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You know how they say you’re a reflection of the five people you spend the most time with? Well, lately I’ve been surrounding myself with people who own gym memberships and prioritize healthy eating. I know, weird huh? Truth be told, I can feel something shifting inside me. Now that I’m in my mid-20s, I feel like I should be more responsible in taking care of my body. I also am starting to feel these weird pangs of, “if not now, then when?” As in, my body can probably do some incredible things, but I’d never know since I never try, and if I don’t try now then maybe there will come a day when I no longer can. Na mean?
September always feels akin to New Years for me. It just seems like a new beginning and chance to turn things around. Today, I want to share a few things I
want to will incorporate into my life this Fall, in an effort to take care of this ol’ body of mine. I’m also sharing a free printable, so you can plan your healthy Fall lifestyle, too, and then brag to me about how kickass you feel and look. Leh do dis.
1. Go to a yoga, spin, or martial arts class at least once a week. Since working out alone doesn’t really inspire me, I think group classes might be exactly what I need. I also feel like yoga and martial arts will have a spiritual or mental component, which seems like something I’d totally dig. I know the hardest part about trying these classes is just getting my out-of-shape booty to them, so this season I’m not going to let The Lazies have any say in this.
2. Daily super smoothies. I’ve mentioned my smoothie obsession before and, people, it is no joke. I think super smoothies are the gateway drug to a healthy lifestyle, since you can pack tons of fruits, veggies, and nutrients into a blender, press a button, and call it a day. If working out were this simple, I’d already be addicted. My smoothies are easy: I add about 1-1.5 cups of kale or spinach (I freeze it first), then half fresh and half frozen fruit (a little fresh pineapple adds a lot of good flavor!). For added benefit, I also add a spoonful of chia seeds and have recently been using Aloha’s Daily Good Greens, which is a 100% natural, blend-able powder that gives me energy and hydration. Each packet of Daily Good Greens has two servings of fruits and veggies, and is also packed with vitamin D and Vitamin A (which is vital for clear, glowing skin, y’all!). If you think a smoothie is about the easiest way to be healthier, then Aloha’s blend box is like a smoothie in a packet. It’s like crack. For healthy people. Try it. By the way, Aloha has a free trial (that’s how I started out!) so you can try before you buy, ya dig? They’ll send you 14 days of Daily Good Greens powder fo’ free and you can choose to auto-enroll in their monthly service. Check it out right here.
3. Plan my healthy meals (with a schedule!). You know what happens when it’s 7:00pm and you’re tired from a long day of work, and all you have is frozen food and leftover pizza? Well, I’ll tell you what doesn’t happen: going to the grocery store to buy fresh veggies and fish. Pass the pizza, please. But honestly, nutrition doesn’t have to go out the window just because of busyness. I want to plan out my meals more (the printable below should help you, too!), so that instead of staring into the abyss that is My Refrigerator, I can feel confident about my meals, rather than confused. I’ll also be able to make sure I’m getting the right nutrients instead of leaving it up to chance.
4. Meditate. I think meditating gets this weird reputation, as if it’s only for hippies or Buddhist monks. In reality, you’re just focusing your mind and doing some breathing exercises. I remember during one class in college, my English teacher led a full 50-minutes of meditation, with different ways to breathe and think. I felt so good after that class and would love to incorporate it — even if only ten minutes a day — into my daily routine.
If you want to fend off The Lazy Demons with me, I made a little printable that we can use to plan out our weeks this fall, because leaving things up to chance has made me about 0% healthier and I’d really like to have a say in my body’s future.
Click the image above or download the printable here.
What’s one thing you can do this fall to be healthier?
Hey there and welcome to Weekly Wishes, where I talk about the goals or challenges I want to achieve this week and also let you share your own through the link-up below. I’d love for you to join me and add a link to your own goal-oriented post! It’s a great way to make new friends from around the world and gain some motivation to achieve your weekly aspirations.
Happy Labor Day! For all you US peeps, I hope you’re enjoying the day off accordingly! I think the only national holiday I’ve taken off since starting my own business was Christmas of last year, so I decided to stop being a crazy person and take a chill pill today, too. :)
This weekend I went to the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, which was super fun! They have large animal and dinosaur exhibits, plus they also had a special “butterfly pavilion” outside, with hundreds of butterflies swarming around. It was totally my jam. Here’s a picture of me taking a selfie with a butterfly because, duh. Today is the last day for the butterfly area, but later this month they’re turning it into a “spider pavilion.” I am pretty damn excited, even though it sounds a little creepy. ;) I also spent some time re-decorating my home office this weekend. It’s still in the baby stages, but I can’t wait to share photos when it doesn’t look like such a hot friggin’ mess.
Now, instead of sharing my weekly or monthly goals today, I wanted to check-in on my yearly goals. Autumn always feels like a new beginning to me, so it seems like as good a time as any to see how I’m doing on the goals I set in January, and adjust things as I see fit. Without further ado…
Yearly Goals I’ve Completed
- Go to a blogger conference. I went to two, actually! Alt Summit and Elevate.
- Volunteer with Bloggers Giving Back. Although this project has taken a back seat lately, we did have some successful events earlier this year and I got to meet a few local bloggers who I really adore and still keep in touch with! :)
- Create a foolproof flow and process for my business. Totally! I feel a lot more comfortable and proud of what I’ve created with my business.
- Launch a “secret project.” My print shop! This shop is almost like a hobby for me, so it doesn’t get enough love. But I do have some plans for how I’d like to spruce it up and “officially” reveal it — hopefully soon!
- Buy a new computer. Check!
- Come to terms with life in the US. haha yes! I must have written that goal when I was feeling especially emo about moving back to California earlier this year. Heh. I keep meaning to write a post about what it’s been like to move back to the US after living in Japan. Cliffnotes version: it’s weird, and then it’s not (but it still kind of is).
- Work on ideas for a book. Alt Summit is what really got me motivated to re-consider this goal. I’ve written down some ideas, but haven’t made much progress on following through. I did, however, start writing an e-book, but I don’t really count that in the same way.
Yearly Goals I Have Not Yet Completed
- Possibly start other blogs. This one is still up in the air and probably will be for awhile. I did, however, start a new Instagram, which may be a precursor to a blog that could one day exist. ;)
- Double my blogging income. Yes and no! I do earn more from my blog now than I did in January, but I also pretty much removed all sidebar ad sponsorships (which lost me a lot of blogging income) and have put more of a focus on earning income from my graphic design studio this year. In 2015, I’d like to try shifting things a bit more, so that more of my income comes from blogging, rather than design. It’s tough!
- Get creative with the #CreativeCollective. Oh man, I have not been doing too hot with this! I really enjoyed it at first, but then it turned into one of those things that felt more like an obligation and less like fun, uninhibited creativity. I’m planning to bring it back though, so stay tuned for details on what that will look like!
- Make at least $50,000 before taxes. Not yet, but I should definitely be able to complete this before the end of the year! Woo! I was thinking today about how it’s kind of wild that all of my income is from something I created. Feeling entirely self-sufficient is so, so liberating.
- Take Monja to obedience and agility classes until he reaches the highest level. We ended up not going anymore because after we moved in February, the classes were too far away. I should try to find one near my house! Watching Monja do agility is really the cutest thing ever.
- Read at least ten books. I actually thought I’d completed this, but it looks like I’ve only read six! You can check out my thoughts on the books I read here and here (hint: they’re good!!).
- Travel to three states I’ve never been to. I traveled to Miami (been there before) and Utah (first time) and will hopefully make it to one more state before the years ends!
- Start taking self-defense classes. Nope! But lately I’ve been re-considering this. It’s hard for me to work out consistently because I find it really boring, but I think I could get into some sort of martial arts. Anyone have suggestions?
- Try yoga. Not yet!
- Go skydiving. Not yet, but hopefully before the end of the year. :)
New Goals for the Rest of 2014
- Revamp my print shop. Like I said, this has pretty much just been a little hobby of mine, but I’d like to put together a real collection of prints, take stellar product photos, and get the word out!
- Finish and market at least one e-book. I’ve been working on one off and on and would love to have it finished in the next month or two.
- Buy a new DSLR. I’d really love to buy a new camera so that I can take better photos for this blog. Hopefully soon!
Phew! I’m sure there are more goals I could think of, but this seems like enough for today. :) What are your goals for the rest of the year? Month? Week? Share ‘em with me, y’all!
WEEKLY WISHES LINKUP RULES
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3. You can link up your posts on any day of the week, but the most common day to do so is Monday. :)
4. THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL! You MUST visit the person’s blog who linked up directly before you and leave them a motivating comment.This is such an important part of this linkup! We are each here to encourage each other and build a community of determined women and friends. If you join our community, please share some love — that’s all I ask. :)
p.s. Have you taken the 2014 Reader Survey yet? I’d love to hear your perspective!
Since yesterday’s Reader Survey, I have been riveted (is that the right word? Whatever, I’m usin’ it!) by all of your responses! I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and a teeny tiny part of me was scared that I’d get an outpour of cruel, anonymous feedback, because, you know, #TheInternet. But actually your feedback so far has been really loving, supportive, and constructive. If you all weren’t totally rocking my world before, then I’m pretty head over heels right meow. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, then follow me right this way. It’ll be open for about a week!
I’m planning to share all the results next month, but for now, one thing that a few people mentioned is that, for a “personal blog,” The Nectar Collective isn’t all that personal. Zing! Actually, not really, since that’s totally true! Let me essplain. I’ll be honest with you, sharing my personal life on this blog is something I’ve struggled with since the very beginning because I never really wanted The Nectar Collective to be a blog about my life. I do want TNC to be a relatable, useful, and inviting community, but I don’t want the posts here to center around my day-to-day.
One day, I’d love for TNC to be the kind of blog that doesn’t quite feel like a blog. The kind with (paid!) contributors, multiple (kickass!) posts per day, and a big ol’ community of thoughtful people who start their day with a cup o’ joe and The Nectar Collective. A girl can dream, can’t she? On that same stroke, I don’t ever want TNC to feel soul-less or corporate. I hope that whatever it is or becomes, it will always feel more like letters from a friend than an email from your boss.
So I guess what I’m getting at is that I will aim to infuse TNC with more of my (and Monja’s!) personal life, but also want to share with you that TNC probably won’t ever be completely about my lifestyle. Hopefully we can find a middle ground that we both enjoy, ya dig? Do you have any suggestions for how I could incorporate more of my personal life into this blog in a way that might feel good for us both? Currently, I do monthly check-ins and share about my week during Weekly Wishes each Monday. If you’ve got any tips for other ways I could make TNC more personal, I’d love to hear them. :)
One way that I’ve tried inserting more of “me” into my blog is by adding occasional style posts. I think style is very personal, and I enjoy the creative process that goes into everything from picking a photoshoot location to what color lipstick I should wear. I’m hoping to buy a new camera soon (any suggestions?) and really want to style some quirky + fun photoshoots.
I think today’s outfit is pretty indicative of my typical style. I tend to go for jeans, simple tops, and something colorful or kind of funky to add a little “flair” (that word always reminds me of Office Space) to my attire. The shirt I’m wearing is actually made for yoga, so the material is soft and the back is super cute + unique! Seriously, work-out clothes that double as regular clothes? I’m sold. You can peep all the outfit details below!
Purse: Target (here) | Sweater: Forever 21 (old) | Jeans: H&M | Shoes: Target (old) | Necklace: Forever 21
How would you describe your personal style?
p.s. The winner of the blog consultation giveaway is Jordan Powell! WOOOO! I’ll be in touch via email with the details! If you didn’t win, you can always book your own session. One of my recent consultation clients sent me an email saying, “Honestly, I told everyone about our wonderful conversation and I loved every minute of our chat!” I’m kind of loving these already. :)