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Okay, I opened up this weekly horoscope 8-hours after I hit ‘publish’ on my last post

Capricorn Horoscope (July 29th-August 4th):

Put down the one-year plan and make this week about following the signs the universe is sending you. It can be tough for control-freak Capricorn to let go of the wheel like this, but here’s the twist: when you surrender, you find that you’re in the natural flow of life (as opposed to struggling and swimming upstream). Meditation, yoga, even taking a gadget-free walk, will help you observe your surroundings with deeper clarity and insight. Turns out, you’ve been overlooking the obvious. 

f13d0495e4f70f6dbaffc3a4b5a49133The universe speaks, we just have to listen.

Here’s to opening our eyes to the obvious…

-Emily

Sometimes I disappear from my blog. Sorry. 

Sometimes I let awkward pictures pile up in my Photo Album. Cute. 

IMG_4780Sometimes luck finds me when I least expect it. Random.

IMG_4717Sometimes I let work stand in the way of my social life. Not this week. 

561778_10201683955363517_988192243_nSometimes I get tired and grumpy and just need time alone with my cat. Adorable.

IMG_4802Sometimes I get dressed up and don’t wear any makeup. Ironic.

IMG_4828Sometimes I wish my family was closer. Love.

IMG_4733Sometimes I just let go and let the universe guide me… 

…and sometimes the universe makes it very clear that it’s time for a change.

My life has become a constant routine. I’m spinning ’round and ’round in a world of work and sleep. That’s all. I don’t have the energy for anything else. The creativity and freedom inside of me has been suppressed and it’s itching to come back out. My social life has become almost non-existant and I don’t have the flexibility to do anything outside of my weekly ‘schedule’. It’s tough.

As humans, sometimes it’s necessary for us to push ourselves. We bite off more than we can chew, take on a massive work-load, and do things outside of our comfort-zones to prove that we can. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s a vital part of growing up. Jobs, relationships, friendships…they all change as we get older. They become more serious and require more work. With each day that passes we learn what’s truly important and what isn’t worth stressing over. Then we’re able to take a step back and eliminate the things that are holding us back from our true bliss. 

What does this mean for me right now? I’m not exactly sure. I’m letting go of the reigns and opening up my heart and mind to what the universe is telling me to do. Being the control-freak that I am, it’s slightly unsettling…but, at the same time, it’s empowering. And I encourage you to do the same.

Here’s to knowing when it’s time for a change…

-Emily

I’ve been little miss grumpy gills this week and I honestly don’t know why.

Maybe it’s my overwhelming work schedule? Or the anxiety I’ve been feeling about my future? Or the headache that I’ve been battling for 3 days straight? Or hormones? Or general stress?

…or maybe it’s a weird combination of all of those things? I dunno. 

What I do know is that I’m sick of the pity party. I’ve done it and I’m ready to move on. When moods like this hit me, I have a number of things I usually do to ‘fix it’. It takes time but through a process of trail-and-error I can usually find something that puts a smile back on my face…

So, after my shift at work this morning, I set out to rediscover my joy and positivity. I went to the gym (see below!), took a long cold shower (thank you, heat), took a nap, ate my body-weight in food from Panera Bread, went to Target, and spent the rest of the afternoon lounging around with Lionel.

Guess what? I feel 10X better. 

My headache is still lingering but the stress and anxiety I had been feeling has definitely lessened. I’ve been perfectly okay with taking life day-by-day up until this point and there’s no reason that should change. I am, however, going to start getting more serious about my future. The important thing is that  stay in control of what I want and don’t let fear take the reigns of my life like i have in the past.

Yawn. Enough talk about me. How about an awesome workout that will get your heart-rate up, tone your tummy, and get you in and out of the gym in less than 20 minutes? Um, heck yes.

HopToItWorkoutI had this crazy idea yesterday to challenge myself to 1,000 jump ropes but I knew I’d never make it if I did them straight through. Enter an awesome interval circuit! Try to keep moving throughout the whole thing and only take rest when you absolutely need it. You’ll be done before you know it!

Here’s to sweating out our sorrows…

-Emily

Have you ever thought about how simple life must be for an animal? I mean, obviously not all animals are treated humanely (which breaks my heart) but the ones that are seem to have a pretty amazing life. Lionel, for example, is spoiled rotten. I feed him, play with him, pet him, groom him, and scoop his yucky litter box every single day…So, he should be eternally grateful for all that I do for him, right?

Kind of. 

While all of the above is true, I’m also thankful every day for what Lionel has done for me. Over the past 10 months he’s taught me more than I ever could have imagined- all without saying a word.

Things Lionel Taught Me

1.) Rest

This is, undoubtedly, the most important thing I’ve learned from Lionel. It’s okay to rest. I’ve always had a ‘go, go, go!’ mentality and I’ve wound up overly-exhausted more times than I can count. It can be hard to take a step back and allow your body and mind to rest but it’s extremely important. You’ll never be able to perform at your best without time for rejuvenation. Lionel has no problem with that…

BPESpQ7CcAAdE0G2.) Play

As adults we take life extremely seriously- we’re almost forced to. But it’s important to balance all of that out with some fun. I don’t know about you, but I never want to lose touch with the little kid inside of me. Between my two jobs, I need to make sure I’m laughing and doing the things that bring me joy.

IMG_46253.) Love

The love of an animal never ceases to amaze me. No matter what I do, how frustrated I get, or how many hours I’ve spent at work, Lionel never stops loving me. Humans are so quick to get angry and hold grudges which doesn’t accomplish anything in the long run. We should forgive, forget, and love like there’s no tomorrow. I don’t know what I’d do without Lionel’s kisses and cuddles…

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4.) Be Present

There is no such thing as “time” for an animal. The past is gone and the future doesn’t matter yet.Can you imagine if humans were able to live their lives that way? The stress and anxiety we’re constantly battling would nearly diminish because we wouldn’t have a zillion things occupying our minds at one time. We would be able to open our eyes, minds, and hearts to what is happening around us and fully invest ourselves in life. Lionel is happy, sad, cuddly, hyper, tired, etc. right this second and that’s that. He’s not thinking about how he’s going to feel in 10 minutes or dwelling on something he did yesterday because it doesn’t matter. And that same rule should apply for us. This is definitely a lesson I’m still working on- and forever will be- but it’s definitely worth the effort.

IMG_4648PS: Lionel has freakishly long toes- and YES, I trimmed his nails after this.

I truly believe that we can learn something from every person and experience we encounter in life, we just have to allow ourselves to be taught. And honestly, Lionel has been one of my best teachers yet.

Here’s to the innocence and brilliance of animals…

-Emily

Words will be minimal today.

I’m not going to harp on the importance of being positive and doing what you love- you know all of that. With each passing day I’m realizing how simple life can be. You’re allowed to be confident, you’re allowed to be beautiful, you’re allowed to be free. So just smile and enjoy life for exactly what it is.

0ad42410cd474d2138c527320879aa28And this is my beautiful life lately:

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IMG_4635IMG_4631DSC01588IMG_4709I’m breathing. I’m working. I’m playing. I’m smiling. I’m laughing. I’m living. And you should too. 

Here’s to always finding the happy…

-Emily

Hey, remember when I used to post exercise/healthy-living related posts every Friday? Yeah, that obviously hasn’t happened recently. In all honesty, exercise has been on the back-burner lately. Life is crazy and I took that as an opportunity to stop stressing about the gym. And it felt damn good.

In the past I’ve let my love for exercise get out of hand- almost to the point of an obsession. As it turns out, too much of a good thing can be bad. However, after taking time off and getting much more in-tune with my body, I think I’ve discovered a balance that works for me. It’s a good thing because I sure missed getting my butt over to the gym on a regular basis and I missed sharing workouts and advice with you all! I’m [finally] finishing up studying for my NASM Certification test and I can’t wait to get that behind me and start putting together a program- potentially for in-person AND online clients!

Since summertime is in full-swing, today I have a new total-body toning workout for you! It incorporates strength, plyometrics, and abs using very minimal equipment. All of the moves should be fairly self-explanatory but don’t hesitate to ask if you need clarification about something! Enjoy!

SummertimeSweatHere’s to sweating to live, not living to sweat…

-Emily

If the calendar wasn’t a good enough clue that we’re in the heart of summer, the weather sure is. The temperatures in Southern California have been ridiculous over the past few days. I grew up where summer days averaged around 105 degrees so I haven’t been too phased by it but LA folks definitely aren’t accustomed to super high temps. Good thing it’ll be back down in the 80’s later this week.

My sister is gone now (boo!) but we had an amazing time together and I’m hoping she’ll be back down for another visit in the very near future. Last night we went and saw “This Is The End and went out to Mexican food for dinner. The movie was so-so (stupid but funny) and dinner was absolutely delicious.

IMG_4664All of the fun things that Lindsay and I did together got me thinking about how many other things I want to do before Summer is over. So, I finally created my Summer 2013 Bucket List! I’ve been meaning to make this since…um, April? Oops. Better late than never. I know a few items may seem silly and insignificant but I don’t care- sometimes the littlest things bring the biggest smiles. (:

IMG_4677I’m going to try to document each item (key word: try) and share the photos and stories with you along the way. Are there any fun things you want to do this summer? If so, I’d love to hear about them!

Here’s to sunshine & summertime…

-Emily