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Hope is an Energy

Everyone has their own struggle and dark story they don’t want to tell, but after someone gets so completely broken down and brought to their knees there’s only one thing that keeps them going. 

Hope.

Hope is a powerful energy. It keeps most people going without them slowing down enough to recognize it. Without hope, there is nothing to live for, nothing to strive for. 

Hope brings life to the darkest days. It brightens the darkest minds. It mends the broken hearts. Hope is another day, a new day. Hope is a second chance for a new beginning. 

Hope is the heavenly rays that shine through the clouds when it’s been storming all day. Hope is the full moon lighting up the entire sky, but only so much that you can still gaze at the stars.

Hope is that news story that didn’t have a tragic ending. It’s the underdogs finally winning. It doesn’t scare you, because it encompasses all things that are good to you. We don’t hope for bad things, we only hope for the best. 

Stop worrying, and start searching for hope, your own unique hope. When you find your own hope and your own inspiration, meditate on those things, and strive to live in a manner around those things.

xo

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What is love?

It’s a taken a few painfully ended relationships, the trauma of their recoveries, and a whole lot of childish boo-hooing to really be able to define what love is to me and be able put it into any type of words, but at this time in my life, I think I’ve finally figured it out.

Love to me is the most unique and tangibly intangible feeling a person can feel. It’s a conundrum set in motion, that’s constantly playing “red light/ green light” through time. It’s the place where our hearts and our minds intertwine on a deeper level that only those sitting in the middle of it’s glory can truly understand.

Its warm and cool.

It’s struggle and success.

It can move mountains.

But one thing it doesn’t do is keep itself going alone. Love is an emotion that feeds off of  more love. Not just between two partners, but between friends, family, and the love of oneself. It can be attracted to hate, because of the difference, but true love is strong, patient, and can be self-sacrificing enough to endure the darkest of times.

Love is baffling and powerful.

When we share our love and are open to receiving it, we can get it in return ten-fold. We just have to spread it with a kind and sincere heart.

xoxo

Love the Burn: Booty Workout

No date this this weekend? Fall in love with this workout!

You don’t always have to show love to another person. Show your body some love and get it up and moving with this no-equiptment-required workout. You can easily add some dumbbells to your squats and lunges to make them more difficult. Try to squeeze the muscles in your butt as tight as you can while doing these. It really helps!

Warm-up:

Burpees!- they’re evil, but they get that heart rate up. Do as many as you need to in order to get your heart rate up. If you’re panting and starting to sweat, you’re doing them right.

Plyometrics:

2 min Walking Lunges- just what it says, instead of stepping, lunge!

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1 min Squats Jumps- squat and explode out of it, then repeat!

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1 min Butt-kickers- run in place, but try to kick your butt

“Floor-work”:

20 Glute kick backs-

20 Glute Lift Straight-leg Pulses

20 Glute Horizontal Straight-leg Pulses

20 Hamstring Curls

20 Bent-knee Glute pulses

switch legs and repeat for a total of 3 sets

Repeat the plyometric section one more time, then cool down.

(My favorite way to cool-down and unwind is with a few sun salutation, just because I’m a huge yogi.)

I hope you love this burn as much as I do! Feel free to modify the order of the workouts and the number of reps to fit your own needs.

Brief description of some of the more confusing workout here:

***I’m not a certified trainer, this is just a fun workout I created from my own personal workouts. Do what feels right for your unique body, and keep it safe if you need to.***

What You Can Learn From This Year’s Olympics

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Have you gotten to watch the Winter Olympics? If not, you need to, after reading this.

There’s something so inspiring and amazing about the Olympics, but what makes them so exciting?

Maybe, it’s the genuine and unfailing talent and drive of the athletes, or maybe, it’s the fact that countries from around the world come together despite political differences and make peace happen in order for the Olympic games to go forward without any problems.

I’ve been able to look at this well respected and world-wide competitive tradition in new eyes, and wow, I think it is just that much cooler. I finally “get it.”

I’ve watched all the countries with the most power and influence send their very best athletes to compete for the gold.

Sochi was nearly forced to accept equal rights, in order to avoid a public uproar. There was the Slope-skier, Gus Kenworthy, who used twitter to advocate dog adoptions in Sochi. There was the British bobsledder who competed with an injured achilles. Irish gymnast Kieran Behan thought he had lost his ability to walk at age 10 due to a tumor, but overcame that adversity and is competing at the games.

There are many more absolutely incredible athletes, but you need to watch the Olympics to see for yourself and watch the last of the games tomorrow, to hear all of their inspirational stories for yourself.

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10 Stay-at-home Ideas for Your Valentine’s Day Date

There’s an expectation of an elaborate and romantic night when you think about Valentine’s Day, but sometimes it’s just as nice to stay in with the one you love.  Nothing is better for your relationship than spending time alone together to really connect and communicate. I came up with a few ideas on how to make a Valentine’s night at home a little more fun.

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  1. First things first, ditch the cell phones, your significant other deserves your full attention, and don’t you want his?
  2. The obvious is dinner, but both you and your partner cook each others meals. It shows that you pay attention and know what they like.
  3. Eat your meals picnic-style in the backyard or on the living room floor.
  4. If you’re creative, collaborate on a work of art.
  5. Turn your living room into a dance floor and put on some music.
  6. Rent a movie neither of you have ever seen.
  7. If you guys are a fit couple, try some partner workouts.
  8. Light some candles, and take a long sexy soak in the tub together.
  9. Look at old pictures of when you first met. Reminiscing can make you fall in love all over again.
  10. Bust out the wii remotes or a board game and enjoy some playful competition.

Even if you are going out to celebrate Valentine’s Day, these are all little ideas that can be used year round. Any night you two can get some alone time is important, and you should try to take full advantage of it.

The Superbowl XLVIII Workout

I’m a girl who loves football. I’m pretty feminine most of the time, but if there’s a good game on, don’t ask me  to go shopping.  I cheered in the NFL in 2012 and was a competitive and school cheerleader all my life, so I know the game and get really into it.

The fact that games can run up to almost 4 hours means watching them can really eat away at my day and productivity. While a lot of people, maybe that significant other of yours, are vegging out on the couch, you can squeeze in a good workout.

After discovering the beauty that is NFL Redzone and being able to watch a bunch of games at one time, I decided my restless body needed to move, and I came up with the idea to do 25 squats every time a touchdown was scored.  Since we were watching multiple games being played at once, those squats really added up. I made it through that Sunday feeling good about myself and not bloated and full of beer or bar food.

I decided it was time to branch out from just squats and add a little more fun to the workout. These moves are easy ways to get your heart rate up and your metabolism going through the game, and it’s keeps the game interesting, because you’re always waiting for what workout comes next.

The Workout

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touchdown – 25 squat jumps

interception– 25 jumping lunges

flag on the play–  25 jumping jacks

timeout–  25 crunches

player injury– 25 push-ups

commercial breaks– hydrate

half time– dance party to  Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Pepper

It’s just like a drinking game. If you see it in the game, do the corresponding move and try to last the whole game if you can.

If the jump squats and lunges are too much you can always tone it down and just do regular air squats and lunges. I just wanted to keep the intensity high since there’s no weights involved.

I don’t want to add too much to the list because I think this should be an exciting game, and this is probably well enough since the games are so long. If you’re not out partying for the Superbowl give this workout a try and let me know what you think.

Also, who are you cheering for? Neither are my team, but I was born in Seattle so I’m a little bias.

Courage of a Lion: Believing in Yourself and Your Dreams

Loving yourself is hard.

It is.

As a twenty-something trying to get my degree and propel myself into a future, I sometimes get tripped up in my failures rather than my successes, and those “failures” (if they can even really be considered that) take over my focus, but I know it’s time for change. It’s time to shift my focus from “I don’t know if I can,” and “Maybe later in life I could do…”  to “I am successful, and I am capable.”

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Being that it is Martin Luther King Jr Day I thought this was an amazing quote to ponder over:

Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles.
Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.
Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it.
Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
Expediency ask the question, is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, is it popular?

But, conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”     –   Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I’ve let self -doubt destroy my 2013. Although I had many fun times and lots of fun memories, I stayed in my comfort zone, like a coward. 2014 is asking me, “What’s next?” and I’m ready to answer.

Courage takes time. It takes thought. It takes a look inward. It’s best to take time to yourself and evaluate your goals. Step away from the outward distractions, the social media, the tv, the “buzz.” Focus on yourself, what is it that you really want out of your life? Is it attainable (and of course it is, anything is to a dreamer and doer). Now, plan plan plan!

Have the courage to pursue your dreams. Do it for yourself, because you’re your biggest cheerleader, and you’re the only one who’s going to pursue these dreams for you. Yes, its’ hard, but I promise it will be worth it.

Just do it for yourself, and nobody else, because sometimes it’s ok to be selfish, and when it comes to shaping your future and reaching your goals, it’s necessary.