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Life Lately in Pictures 

October 13, 2017 in About Me / College

Happy Friday friends! 

Here’s some snippets of my life lately in pictures. 🙂 


Breakfast dates with amazing gals at a new coffee shop that opened up nearby. 


Hikes with my momma!! We love nature a whole lot. 


YOGA in a new thrift shop Beatles shirt!! 


Seeing my best friend at home this weekend!! 


Exploring nature with my bff this weekend and a few stops for some pics along the way. 🙂


Going to a farm with my bff!! 

Highlight of your week? 

Weekend plans?! 

Fan of autumn?! 

happy weekend loves!! 

xoxo

lyss 

Snippets From My Week

September 22, 2017 in About Me / College

Friday you’re here wassup !! What a week guys haha. Time to show you all some of it!

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My favorite tank top. Ever. All hail Bob.

A snippet of my happy moment from teaching yoga Tuesday!!

//today when i was teaching i told the class to focus on being more gentle with themselves and we moved through a slower flow and I ended the practice telling them to bring more love and tenderness not only to themselves on their mats, but also to themselves in the world. i said that peace comes in surrender, so surrender to the thoughts that tell you you don’t deserve to take the time caring for yourself and making yourself a better human being. it made me really happy. //

LISTEN TO DRAGONFLY BY NAHKO AND MY HEART, YOUR HEART BY TREVOR HALL. THANK ME LATER.

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This is my roommate Krista. I love her so much. She inspires me with her relationship with food, she inspires me to go with the flow. She has a kind heart and leaves me peppermint tea and cute notes when my stomach hurts. We laugh a lot. Ya this human’s pretty friggin awesome guys.

->”Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” by Kevin Paris. It’s a mantra that means “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” THIS. So beautiful.

->”Ten years from now, make sure you can say that you chose your life, you didn’t settle for it.” THIS. So important.

I bought tickets for my favorite singer ever!! Nahko!! I can’t wait!!

My new Rumi book came in and I’m pumped. Talk about words that speak to your soul.

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I wear this Blue Lapis Lazuli crystal a bunch and it is so healing for me… always encouraging me to speak my truth even when my words feel like their caught at the back of my throat. Crystals are wonderful and very healing… I encourage you all to learn more about them!

Have a great weekend humans! Sending lots of love. Be gentle with yourself!! I know that’s one of my goals.

do you have a favorite crystal? 

favorite song lately?! 

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Highlights From The Week

September 15, 2017 in About Me / College

This week had so many lovely things in it!!! Aka I was an absolute cheese-ball and 1000% embraced it. 

~ On Monday I started meeting with other lovely women for a retreat we are leading. I have the honor of working with two other students and three staff to coordinate a women’s interfaith spirituality retreat. AND teach yoga on it. I am so so so excited to facilitate this experience for others and create a space where everyone feels welcome. 


Creating an environment with women being open, honest, and empowering one another is something I am so excited to do. 

~ On Monday I also taught my first yoga class at my college!! There was a relatively big turn out and my gosh was I nervous before hand. Had to call my momma to talk about random nonsense to get my mind off my nerves lol. But once I got there and truly felt grounded in my area I just had an absolute blast. 

~ I taught again on Tuesday and felt WAY more calm and confident. Teaching is bringing me tons of joy. This practice means the world to me and being able to share it with others is the best feeling!! 


~ I got to visit my friends at the HOPE house this Thursday. This is a home for special needs and disabled adults. I’ve been going here since my freshman year. These humans just radiate so much happiness. Loved getting to spend an hour of my day with them. 


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~ I subbed in for a teacher that was sick on Thursday and taught a class. Figured out how to dim the lights in shavasana which was lovely and got to teach some friends as well. 🙂 

Grateful for these opportunities. Grateful for the times I am uncomfortable- for those moments help me grow. Grateful for the humans in my life that conintuously support me and stand by my side. How beautiful it is to have others cheer you on with each and every stride. 

Have the best weekend friends!! Please tell me a highlight from your week- I wanna hear ’em!! 

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xoxo <3

This Space Right Now

September 8, 2017 in About Me / College / Recovery

I can never force a blog post or an Instagram. That’s just not me. Just like I can never force a feeling or force myself to like something/someone. My life is not based off force: it’s based off authenticity. Creating a space that my heart thrives in, living a life of ease. Forcing does not produce the magic: an open heart and embracing what’s real does. 

This blog means so much to me, and so does my Instagram. The content of my posts have changed and how much I post a week has changed as well. Just like a river I flow through each season of life, and instead of forcing something that doesn’t feel good to me, I let the river flow. But everything that I do write, everything I do put out into the world comes from all crevices of my heart. I put a lot of value into that. 

This space right now in my life is different than it was a month ago, a year ago, two years ago. This space now is one that’s inviting more growth in. One where I have incredible friends who challenge my old ways: who tell me to get that cookie. Sleep in an extra hour. Check in with my intentions behind doing things. Stop talking poorly of someone who puts a bad taste in my mouth. These humans provoke growth and radiate so much love into my life. 

This space right now is allowing me to share so many laughs and genuine smiles with my roommate/best friend. A friend who grounds me, listens to me, supports me. Always bringing me back to the beauty that is human connection. 

This space is going to be getting busier. With yoga teaching starting Monday, as well as meetings for a women’s retreat I’m helping lead; the pace will be speeding up a bit. And I’m going to need to remind myself to pause and recenter. Refocus, breathe, and bring myself back to the present moment. 

This space is not perfect. It gets cluttered and oh so messy. 

This space here on the Internet doesn’t get as many views as it did last year, or the space I have on Instagram doesn’t have as many followers as others; but I’m doing what I love. “I’m becoming fluid in choosing me.” Choosing what feels authentic in the moment and allowing myself to write/post/do what makes ME happy. 

This space is still one of singleness. Doing my life without a male by my side. Something I will talk about more down the line, but something I am still working on: not settling for another human- for I am already whole as is. I am a complete puzzle, and everyday I’m working on feeling that way. Not running from the loneliness that used to terrify me and instead running towards the confidence and fierceness that’s beginning to flow through my veins. 

This space is one of vulnerability, laughter, change, love, smiles, tears, anger, frustration, friendships, family, authenticity, and adventure. I am blessed to be able to take it all in with every single inhale. 

comments always welcomed and encouraged 🙂 hope you all had a lovely week: drop a highlight of it below if you’d like! 

Xoxo, 

Lyss 

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Weekend Recap + Some Rambles

September 4, 2017 in About Me / College

The first weekend back at school is always a fun one. A change of pace and being with friends is gooooood.

Friday

I have class until 2:15 today. I had to get stuff figured out with financial aid after class which my parents helped me with (thank you!!)

Afterwards I just relaxed, ate a snack, napped, then got dinner with my two friends.

I went out with my friends that night. Wore a new crystal and the best/comfiest pants everrrr + danced with the best humans. vsco59ab58fdb1b23.jpg

I am actually a horrible dancer lol. Anyone wanna teach me??

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Me, Krista, Jillian, Nicolette. 

Saturday 

I explored a nature trail, ate Panera Bread, drank a latte from Starbucks… got dinner with friends at the dining hall. Watched a scary movie with friends that night and ate popcorn. I think that’s about it? Pretty low key day.

Also got emotional which I’ve been waiting for. At Reiki two weeks ago she said to stop holding back tears which I’m reallllyyy trying to work on. It’s super hard for me to cry- like it feels as if my tears are completely blocked. So I just kinda sat with my emotions. Listened to some music, journaled, repeated some of my favorite mantras.

For anyone that also struggles with this, try to not swallow your emotions. Let it out, write about it, speak what’s on your mind. At Reiki the woman told me I need to work on this. Speaking what’s on my mind, not being so hard on myself for the times I feel sad or want to cry… and just letting it all unfold.

“It is an act of bravery to feel your feelings.”

Sunday 

I started my morning with a yoga class at 8:30 which was amazing. Love being able to connect with a great teacher and start my morning with yoga… truly is medicine for my soul.

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After showering, I did some homework, made myself lunch, and got homework done at Starbucks with my friend Julie. Doing work at coffee shop is the perfect place for me to get my stuff done. Love the atmosphere there.

I got dinner with my friends then ice cream at this amazing place. Pretty sure it’s rated top 10 on National Geographic?! Anyways- it was really good. You guys know I love ice cream.

My friends and I watched The Conjouring which was really freaky lol. But I’ve been into watching scary movies lately… not too sure why. But I’ll go with it.


I have tomorrow off from classes, but I usually have Monday’s off anyways. My friend from Yoga Teacher Training is coming to visit for the day, and I have to get some homework done.

Really trying to take some time lately to just breathe. I know things are going to pick up schoolwork wise, and I am honestly still just kind of mind blown that this summer is over with. Time is moving by quickly. Yoga teacher training was over a month ago, I am already a junior in college, I am *hopefully* studying abroad for 4 months next semester. Like what?? So with this said, I’m trying my hardest to be more mindful and bring more peace into my heart. Staying grounded into the earth, having gratitude for the smaller things, meditating when I can, healing with crystals, writing, expanding my knowledge in school… being present through it all. One thing that’s incredibly tough but just so so so worth it in the long run.

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~Buddha

 “The way to live in the present is to remember that ‘This too shall pass.’ When you experience joy, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ helps you savor the here and now. When you experience pain and sorrow, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ reminds you that grief, like joy, is only temporary.” ~Joey Green

Happy Monday friends!

Weekend highlight? 

Favorite place to shop?

What do you to cultivate mindfulness and peace? 

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Junior Year

August 29, 2017 in About Me / College

I’m all moved back into my room for my upcoming junior year. Like wtf… I can’t believe I’m a junior??

I love my space this year though and my roommate. My house is so cute and I am very grateful to live with such awesome people.

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Getting adjusted to a new setting/schedule is not the easiest but I have learned to really just go with the flow and ride all the waves that come along with change. I don’t have class until Wednesday this week, and syllabus week is always very very minimal work. So I’m really just trying to go with it all here… enjoy the time with less work and stress and just be present through it all- even the times I am stressed or overwhelmed. Mindfulness is one thing I am always trying to work on with myself.

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This year for classes I’m taking health psychology, research methods, poetry, feminism, and a film class that fulfills one of my gender studies requirements. I really do love to learn so I’m excited because I get to learn about information I am so interested in. I was going to do an internship instead of the poetry class, but I really found it wasn’t fitting for me. If you know me, you know I love poetry… and I didn’t want to work in a school setting. So I kind of just went with my gut and made the decision to drop the internship, take a class for credit, and in return probably have a bit more free time for myself as well.

I’m excited for a lot of things this year… teaching yoga at school, co-leading a women’s interfaith spirituality retreat, turning 21, living in a new housing situation, my classes. Being back with friends and walking around campus again has made me so happy. I’m grateful to be here and receiving an education/connecting with other amazing souls… something I will be reminding myself for the times that I’m not in the best mood and am super overwhelmed by all life is throwing at me.

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any changes happening in your life? 

what are you looking forward to this week? 

Have a great day friends!

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Thank you, Summer

August 25, 2017 in About Me / Recovery

My summer was in no way ordinary. And as I’m growing more into the human I’m supposed to be, I’m realizing I don’t like ordinary. I crave excitement. I long for new experiences and a chance to fill my brain with more knowledge. I have learned to embrace this part of me and to truly seek what is seeking me, as my favorite writer Rumi would say. I have heart that feels so intensely and a true zest for life. I’m learning to accept my fiery yet gentle spirit, and I truly attribute that to what I experienced this summer. 

I honestly did not think yoga teacher training would really impact my life that much. I was just expecting to go in, get my certification, have fun, and come home. But this training awakened my spirit and brought about so many powerful emotions- more than I have ever felt sitting in any church. I definitely had my breakdowns while being there. Emotions flooded me and somedays I just wish I could have just turned the water off. I rubbed at old wounds and opened scars, I told my sad stories and I wept on my yoga mat as I felt past hurt escaping my body. What was so powerful is that every person in this group was in this journey together. How beautiful is that? Humans supporting other humans, helping each other keep our hearts light when we needed it the most and crying on each others shoulders when we felt our scars being torn apart. The community. Learning the yoga. Living the yoga. Awakening my spirit. Connecting with others. It was all part of this magical path I needed to travel on, and I am so grateful I stayed on that path. Yoga teacher training changed me for the better. 

Since coming home from yoga teacher training, my life hasn’t been all magic. Transformations are tough for me. It was a challenge going from such an incredible place with like-minded people to home. But the thing is, we naturally adapt to change- and I did just that. I got back to my part time job at GNC and adjusted my life to one that was similar at yoga teacher training. Meditation, a yoga practice that felt good for my body, bringing crystals into my life, using my mala beads, journaling, reading… all the things that really made my soul feel good. 

I find that when we get comfortable change always creeps up around the corner. This time for me, the change of heading back to school for my junior year of college. I have a lot of exciting things coming my way, and as I sit here at 11:02 p.m. listening to Coldplay I have nothing but extreme gratitude for this journey. The type that is just exploding from my heart and giving me all the feels. I always reiterate to people that this life I live is not perfect. You do not see the terrible anxiety I have at times, the negative thoughts that cloud my brain, the feelings of worthlessness that make my heart heavy. But I am human, and I am welcoming each and every part of me: even the parts I find unlovable at times. I am doing this whole life thing and clapping for my damn self, clapping for those times where I haven’t given myself any credit and clapping because I know I am enough. 

To a summer of new challenges, laughter, growth, tears… and to a new semester rapidly approaching: one that will be full of more tears, laughter, stress, anxiety, joy, and blessings- I welcome you. I will trust in what you give me and stay mindful of how I handle things, my intentions, and the energy I bring into this world and into my own heart. 

|| I. Am. That. I. Am. ||

“Don’t ever allow anything to disrupt your inner stillness. It’s not worth it. Life is so short as it is; so we must live each moment with peace in our hearts and happiness in our soul.”

Open to all the comments as always. Thank you for reading me and always sending love my way. Xoxo <3 Have an amazing weekend!!

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A Brief Q&A

August 18, 2017 in About Me / Recovery

Happy Friday loves! How has your week been? Weird how time just keeps flyin’ by so dang quickly.

Answering some questions I get asked a lot here today and rambling about some other stuff with you friends so let’s get started.

Do you track macros? 

Nope! Never have and never will. I think it’s too time consuming and takes away from me living my best live. I would much rather be engaged and in the moment than worrying about how many macros I was eating.

Calories vs listening to your body? 

I don’t believe that any human should have to count calories. In recovery from an ED that may be a different story, but any other individual should never feel obligated to count how many calories they’re consuming. When we count calories and put a limit on how much we can or can’t eat, we are confusing our bodies and throwing its natural hunger signals off. Our bodies sends us so many messages and it is such a shame to not listen to them. Honor and respect these signals, eat when you are hungry, listen to your mental hunger, stop when you are full, respect your cravings, give your body the downtime it needs… treat yourself with love and admiration: not with rules and regulations.

Tips for healthy hair? 

My hair became very thin during my ED. I lost a lot of my hair, and I didn’t take any supplements to get it back. I know that collagen can be a huge help for healthy and thicker hair, but I just trusted the process. I gave myself enough nutrients and let food truly heal me: including healing my hair! I have thick and healthy hair now and I am so blessed.

Tips for staring yoga? 

I started in a studio, but I think starting at home or a beginners class is great too. Get yourself a mat and just see where this practice takes you. There is no timeline for yoga to learn a certain pose by, that’s what’s so beautiful about this practice. It’s just you and your mat, and you evolving on your mat. Find a studio you like, connect with a teacher who makes your practice even more wonderful, develop a practice at home, check out the yoga videos on YouTube!

Overcoming fear foods? 

I had to stop labeling foods as good and bad in my mind. Sure, there are some foods that are more nutritious, but that does not make those foods “better” than another. And it did not make me a better human if I only ate those foods. Untying my morality from the food I ate helped me grow tremendously in overcoming my fear of certain foods. Another thing that helped me was incorporating the foods I was afraid of back into my diet at a steady pace. Instead of eating all the things that used to scare me, I slowly added them back in, used my coping skills, and practiced self-compassion for myself when I ate these foods that used to terrify me. Food should never be scary, it is simply fuel for our bodies and minds!

Favorite quotes lately? 

Why don’t we all take a lesson

from the sun

that consistently shows up 

every morning 

just to illuminate our worlds

inspite of how it burned

in its own heat 

all night?”

“You got to learn how to vibe alone. You can’t live your life being dependent on other sources of energy. You have the ability to be self sufficient so tap into yourself once in a while.”

The only thing I know is this: I am full of wounds and still standing on my feet.”

You will grow from the dirt they left you in.”

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden where the flowers are dead.”

Thanks for reading guys!!

Tell me:

What’s your favorite quote lately? 

Do you take anything for healthier hair?! 

Weekend plans? 

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Life Lately in Pictures

August 7, 2017 in About Me

PICTURES. LIFE. All the good things. And Monday’s. Because Mondays= fresh start and fresh starts are a beautiful thing.


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Yoga by the pool lately has been my thang.

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So have been my mala beads, infused with the mantra “I open myself to you.”

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“The mountains are calling and I must go.” And I did go… all the way to the top of Mount Washington!

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I saw my favorite band in the entire universe (Nahko and Medicine for the People) with my best friends. It was pretty freakin’ awesome. And so were the other bands that performed!

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I am crunchy granola. And I sure do eat a lot of it, especially @My Favorite Indulgence granola.

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I listen to a lot of music… this song rocks. Follow my spotify @Alyssa Cristadoro!

I’ve been digging deeper into the principle of Ahimsa, or non-injury /nonviolence. Also, how cool is this Ahimsa tattoo?

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I’ve been focusing a lot on energy. And reading about similar topics in the book “Yoga and the Quest for the True Self.”

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I love Bob Marley so I bought a tank with his face on it. And I love it. (important stuff I know I know)

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I am continuing to write (and read) a bunch of poetry. Favorite books I’ve read: The Chaos of LongingShifting BoneThe Princess Saves Herself in this OneUncaged Wallflower. Definitely recommend these books!

Your turn! 

Hiking… yay or nah? 

City or nature person? Or both? 

Favorite book lately? 

Have a lovely Monday friends!! xoxo

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New Things I’m Loving!

July 28, 2017 in About Me / Friday Favorites

Hi friends! Happy Friday. 🙂 First week back for me in the “real world” after a month in the mountains and it was good! Definitely an adjustment, but still lovin’ this life ya know?

Sharing some favorite things with ya today: let’s get started!!

  1. Rootz Nutrition. This company was kind enough to send me some things to try. This protein powder tastes so yummy! Check ’em out friends. 🙂

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2.  Alternative Baking Company Cookies. Guys- I love these. Seriously the chocolate chip one is so freaking good!! Huge fan. SONY DSC

3. Purely Pinole. I was a bit hesitant trying this, but guys it’s actually so good. Perfect breakfast. I topped mine with granola, raisins, banana, and coconut!

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4. New Facebook group!! Okay guys I started a Facebook group called “good energy, positive vibes tribe.” I just want to have a safe space for humans to connect with one another and share the things that make our souls the happiest. I want this group to radiate love and bring more positivity in each other’s lives, but also show that life gets hard and that’s okay too. We’re all just humans on this planet trying to figure things out, so this is a nice little space to do that together. If you want to join feel free to do so!! 🙂

5. New JOB! I got a job teaching yoga at my school this year!! SO so blessed.

6. I taught my mom and grandma yoga on Sunday and it was so magical.

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7. I love my new mala beads I got from Yoga Teacher Training. Wear them on my wrist every day- they hold such a special place in my heart.

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8. POETRY. I’ve been posting my poems on Instagram!! Go follow me ( @ blissful_lyss29 ) if you wanna read ’em. 🙂

That’s all I gotta say today loves. Happy Friday!

Tell me some weekend plans and one thing that made ya smile this week.

alllll the love <3

Xoxo

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