15 Ways to Become Your Best Self

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone!  It’s been a while since we’ve last chatted, I hope you’re life has been nothing but beautiful and inspirational!  

Sometimes taking a step back and focusing on the little things in life is one of the best steps we can take in order to better ourselves, and to refresh our mind, body, and soul!  We’ve all been there, where we feel a little off balance and like something isn’t quite right.  Taking a break in order to receive clarity can be one of the best things for you, especially when it comes to being your best self.  I wanted to share 15 ways to truly become your best self, and each of these are things that I aspire to do every single day!  Every day is a beautiful, fresh start, and the perfect time to make your life, and yourself, the best it can possibly be!  

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Finding Your Balance

I’ll be the first to say, I’ve gotten off track.  

Remember the notorious funk I talked about a few posts back?  Well it decided to linger around a little longer than anticipated.  I gave up on working out, on making plans both for now and my future, on positivity, and allowed myself to be consumed in a toxic environment.  This isn’t me, but it is something that all of us face every once in a while.  

Life is a little off balance.

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3 Summer Smoothie Recipes

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone!!  It is a beautiful, sunny day in Michigan, perfect for an outdoor cardio sesh and a refreshing smoothie!  

When it comes to smoothies, I like to constantly switch up flavor combinations and ingredients to fill my body with new and nutritious fruits and veggies!  That brought me to sharing three of my favorite recipes, featuring some fresh, summer ingredients!  Get ready for a post filled with must-try recipes, and more information about each ingredient than you’ll probably ever need!! 😉 

The Recovery

Handful* of mango

Handful* of pineapple

1/2 of a banana

1 tbsp of honey

1-2 tsp of ground turmeric 

Splash* of coconut milk (for flavor & consistency)

*For these ingredients I included rough measurements, feel free to add as much or as little of each ingredient!

Benefits

Mango: prevents cancer // lowers cholesterol // clears the skin // improves eye health // alkalizes the whole body // promotes healthy sex // improves digestion

Pineapple: supports immune system // bone strength // eye health // improves digestion // contains anti-inflammatory benefits 

Banana: healthy calories // fat and cholesterol free // excellent source of potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, manganese, and fiber

Honey: helps prevent cancer and heart disease // reduces ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders // anti-bacterial and anti-fungal // increases athletic performance // helps regulate blood sugar

Turmeric: anti-inflammatory // increases body’s antioxidant capacity // improves brain function // lowers risk of brain disease // lowers risk of heart disease // help prevent (and treat) cancer // delay signs of aging

Coconut Milk: highly nutritious // rich in fiber // contains Vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 // contains iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus // lactose free

 

The Detox

Handful of kale

1/2 cup chopped cucumber

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1 banana

Handful of pineapple

2 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 – 1 tsp spirulina powder

Splash of dairy-free milk (of choice)

Splash of cold water

Benefits

Kale: low calorie // high fiber // zero fat // high in iron // high in Vitamin K // high in Vitamin A // contains powerful antioxidants // anti-inflammatory // cardiovascular support

Cucumber: hydration // flushes out toxins // skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon // aids in weight loss // revives the eyes // cuts cancer risk

Lemon: promotes hydration // Vitamin C // improves skin quality // weight loss // aids digestion // freshens breath // helps prevent kidney stones

Chia Seeds: source of omega-3 fatty acids // help raise HDL cholesterol // protects against heart attacks and strokes // antioxidants // provide fiber, iron and calcium 

Spirulina: source of protein // Vitamins A, K1, K2, B12, iron, manganese, and chromium // more beta-carotene than carrots // more iron than spinach

 

The Fat-Burner (Metabolism-Boosting)

12 oz fresh orange juice

1/2 of a grapefruit

Handful of pineapple

Handful of strawberries

1 cup vanilla greek yogurt*

*Substitute dairy-free yogurt for texture if lactose-intolerant (like me)!

Benefits

Orange Juice: Vitamin C // protect against cancer // prevent kidney disease // lowers cholesterol // potassium // heart health // lowers risk of diseases // fight viral infections // regulate blood pressure 

Grapefruit: weight loss // lowers risk of stroke in women // heart health // lowers blood pressure // lowers risk of cancer // healthy digestion and regularity // hydration // healthy skin // filled with fiber, potassium, lycopene, Vitamin C, and choline 

Strawberries: one of the healthiest fruits // antioxidants // lowers blood pressure // protects the heart // free of sodium, cholesterol, and fat // helps burn stored fat // boosts short term memory // bone health // cancer preventative

Greek Yogurt: protein // packed with nutrients // lower in lactose // healthy probiotics // calcium // Vitamin B-12 // potassium // workout recovery 

You made it!!  Definitely let me know if you try out any of these smoothie recipes this summer, and what your favorite healthy ingredients are!!  I hope you have a beautiful Wednesday!!

Love & Good Vibes

Tessa

Today’s Inspiration

How to Enjoy Finals Week {& Still Get an A}!

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone!!

I am currently finishing the second to last day of my junior year, and I am so excited for summer vacation!!  This week was basically finals week for me, and even though I don’t have any written exams this semester I know the feeling all too well!  While the week is usually filled with high stress and caffeine levels, it’s important to take time to soothe your mind, body and soul!  I wanted to share six of my top tips on how to enjoy finals week, because for most of us it’s the dreaded week that we wish didn’t exist!  Also, be sure to check out my Final Exam Study Tips / Managing Stress post for a little extra inspiration!

Take A Break

Relax your mind for a while, and take a break from studying!  You deserve time to yourself without worry.  Studying is only successful if your mindset is, so take breaks to refresh your being!  For every 2-3 hours of studying, give yourself an hour break in between and do something that you enjoy! 

Go Outside

Is there truly anything better than fresh air and sunshine?!  Head outside and listen to the birds, smell the flowers, watch the clouds, and enjoy your surroundings!  There is no better way to destress than by emerging yourself in nature, and I guarantee your mood will be completely lifted!

Spend Time With Friends

Plan a coffee date, go for lunch, or even throw on your comfiest clothes and have a study session!  Spending time with friends will leave you smiling and laughing, which will boost your energy and lower stress and anxiety levels!  Even when you’re having a busy week, always make time to spend quality moments with the people you love!

Stock Up On Snacks/Drinks

(Vegan + gluten free rosewater & pistachio ice cream, I’m in HEAVEN!)

Throw all of the health/wellness advice out the door for this post, because finals week calls for your favorite snacks and drinks!  I promise the week will be much more enjoyable if you stock up on delicious treats, because who doesn’t love to have a snack (or a pizza!) after a long day of cramming?  You deserve it!

Detox

Finals week will most likely cause a lot of mixed emotions, so definitely take time to detox during the week!  Detoxing your mind, body and soul will remove any toxic energy, and will release all of those emotions as if a weight is being lifted.  My favorite ways to detox are to meditate, take a bath, take deep breaths, take a nap, light a candle, and go to hot yoga!

Treat Yourself

After a long day/week, treat yourself to something that makes you ecstatic!  Whether it’s retail therapy, your favorite meal (my go-t0 is sushi!), a road trip, or a day at the spa, do something that is going to make you as happy as you can possibly be!  You worked hard, and you deserve it!

Definitely make sure you head over to A Touch Of Tulle, and check out her post for her top tips on how to survive finals week!  Good luck, you can do it!!

Love & Good Vibes

Tessa

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Wellness & Workout Routine for Spring + Fitness Planner Walkthrough

Lululemon Tank // *White Marble Sports Bra // *Gray Mesh Leggings (sold out) similar here and here // Marble Swell Bottle // Lululemon Yoga Mat

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Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone!! I hope you all have had a wonderful week so far, and have been absolutely loving the warm weather!  I apologize for not posting since last Wednesday, I have had quite a busy schedule with my semester ending next week!  My final day of junior year is April 20th (no finals for me this year, yay!), and I could not be more excited!

The lovely spring weather has inspired me to amp up my workout and wellness routine, especially since we’re heading into summer vacation!  I wanted to share my current routine with you all, while also including a walkthrough of how I organize my fitness/wellness planner!  I use my Erin Condren Life Planner, which is the main way that I keep track of my activity per day!

As you may have noticed, this is definitely not the week of May 1st!  My planner is filled to the max up until the end of April, so I decided to plan everything out on a fresh week!  This information is relevant to the beginning of this week, April 10-12, and it is what I have accomplished thus far this week!  Also, the Bikini Series and Whole30 Diet are actually relevant to the first week of May (not April 10-12), and I fully intend on sharing my journey with you all starting on May 1!  Hopefully that makes sense!! 😉 

ANYWAY

Each Sunday I like to plan out the upcoming week’s workouts, while writing my weekly goals to the left of the spread!  I love writing things down beforehand, because I am always more likely to accomplish the task if it’s written in my planner.  Plus, who doesn’t love checking off completed tasks?!  I also like to track my mood after my workout(s), the calories I burned for that day, my water intake, and my step count (I keep track of that information on my Apple Watch, which I wear every single day).  I also enjoy tracking my meals each day, as well as snacks I’ve had, and I like to use the “Meals” section to do some meal prepping for the upcoming week!

When it comes to workouts, I generally stick to cardio, core, and hot yoga!  Lately I’ve been getting back into weight lifting and strength training during my Body Sculpting class, and it’s actually inspired me to lift more weights over the summer.  I take my Dance for Fitness (cardio) class on Monday and Wednesday as well as Body Sculpting, and I usually run a few miles/spin and attend my favorite hot yoga class on Tuesday and Thursday.  I also enjoy following the weekly/monthly workout routines by both Blogilates and Tone It Up, because the workout programs are truly the most fun!  I believe a successful workout not only leaves you sweaty, but smiling!  I’m going to be participating in the TIU Bikini Series once again this year, which is an 8 week program designed to sculpt that summer body!  Who’s with me?!

When it comes to overall health and wellness, the most important thing is to do what makes your mind, body, and soul happy!  I feel the most energized, recharged, and refreshed when I complete a good workout, but there are plenty of other times when a lazy day is much needed!  That’s okay!  As long as you love yourself inside and out, and find the utmost joy in what you’re doing, that’s all that matters!  Your body is a temple for your mind, body, and soul, so nourish it with only happy thoughts, good health, and positive energy!

Thank you for sticking with me through my small hiatus, the end of the semester workload hit a lot quicker than I anticipated!  Also, I’m curious as to what some of your favorite workouts/wellness habits are? Definitely let me know in the comments!!

Love & Good Vibes

Tessa

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