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Finding Value in the Little Things

January 15, 2018 in About Me

I’m not starting my semester like most of my friends are right now. In 23 days, I’ll be on a plane to New Zealand. I just quit a job I had for almost two years last week. The only work I’m doing right now is watching my 97 year old nana a few days a week and taking care of her. I’m trying to marinate in this season of my life where I am not super busy. I am trying to enjoy the more fast-paced times and breathe in the slower, restful moments.

In the past, this time would have driven my fragile mind crazy. I have only been able to truly enjoy the slower moments within the past few years, and for that, I am grateful. I do not feel the need to constantly be running around and creating a hectic schedule for myself. My mind is (for the most part) able to be at peace.

My life right now is everything that it’s supposed to be. Some work here in there, writing for this blog, working on a few of my own projects, doing yoga, spending time with loved ones, taking myself on solo dates, moving my body, reading, preparing for my trip, and expanding my knowledge on topics that hold an important place in my heart. All that I need is within me, all that the universe wants me to have and be doing is at my fingertips.

I’m choosing to find value in the little things…

*The peace I feel after doing my own yoga practice. Meditating to the smell of burning candles and quiet music playing in the background

*Solo dates to Starbucks or coffee shops. The warmth of a hot vanilla latte. The first sip of a chai tea latte. The rush of coldness in my veins after a cold brew coffee.

*Reading a book and soaking up every single word. The feeling of finishing a book. Going to Barnes and Noble and looking at all the amazing reads on the shelves.

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*Spending time with my nana who may not mentally be completely with it, but has the biggest, purest heart.

*Working (and trying to improve) my drawing, but also just having fun with it.

*Baking and trying new recipes. I made chocolate oat muffins and they turned out delicious!

*Spending time with loved ones. Having heartfelt conversations, laughing, and doing things that make our souls feel good.

* Listening to podcasts.

*Moving my body in a way that feels good. Feeling thankful for being able to move this body and have the ability to do certain exercises.

*Creating new playlists. Finding music that makes me smile and feel at ease.

*Writing new content for this blog.

*Making YouTube videos.

*Writing new poems and editing old ones.

*Planning things for the future. Like internships I may want to do senior year. Volunteer opportunities I want to do post graduation. Writing down my career dreams and where I see myself heading.

I am finding so much value and happiness in every single one of these things. They are making my soul feel so lovely. I am reminded during my anxious, messy moments of all these things I have that add such value and happiness to my life.

What are you finding value in lately? 

Have a blessed day.

xoxo <3

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Recent Positives

January 8, 2018 in About Me

Life gives us so many beautiful moments, and it would be a shame to not appreciate and celebrate them…

Here are some positive moments in my life lately:

-Trying a new cafe and having the best banana bread and dirty chai latte with great company.

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-Moving my body in a way that feels GOOD. That included going to the gym, doing yoga at home, and trying a new yoga studio.

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-Having a relaxing snow day that included lots of reading, watching Vampire Diaries, drinking hot coffee, and snuggling with my pup.

-Drinking all the hot dirty chai tea lattes. And writing messages on my cups to make myself smile.

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-Trying a new delicious Thai restaurant.

-Finishing two books: The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur and Yoga and the Quest for the True Self  by Steven Cope.

-Listening to new music. Some of my favorite songs lately: This Must be the Place (Naive Melody) by The String Cheese Incident, Television by You Won’t, Ego by Milky Chance, and Lucky Fish by Little India.

-Listening to The Chasing Joy podcast.

-Learning to read Tarot cards.

Now tell me some positives in your life lately. 🙂 Have a wonderful Monday friends!

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Back to the Swing of Things

November 27, 2017 in About Me / College

Hello friends! Hoping you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had a nice time at home and feel refreshed heading back to school for the final push of the semester. Taking the time at home to just unwind and relax really goes a long way for me. I am so thankful for the times I can get home because I find it such a comforting place. But I am ready for the last few weeks of this semester (can’t believe it’s almost done)!

Going back to school is going back to the swing of things. I think it’s so normal to get anxiety upon going back to school or work after a break. Or to have that pit in your stomach upon returning back to your normal schedule. The best way I deal with that is to truly just sit with it because I know that feeling will not last forever and is only temporary.

What’s to come in the next few weeks for me? 

-My 21st birthday is this Wednesday!! I am excited for that and to be able to spend time with friends and family.

-School work… I have one final exam, papers, a project, and a take home final separating me from being done with the semester.

-My roommate’s birthday is December 12th (Sagittarius babies)!! I am excited for her to turn 21 as well. 🙂

-I have not announced it on the blog… but I am studying abroad in New Zealand next semester!! So that has been one thing that is making me very excited. I leave February 7th and am looking forward to that big adventure. I have some finalizing to do before going, but more things are getting checked off the to-do list and it’s all starting to feel more real, especially as this semester is coming to a close.

-Writing, yoga-ing, coffee-ing, self care-ing, journaling, adventure-ing… all things I know will be thrown in the mix of these next few weeks, because they are all things I hold close to my heart. Hopefully I can get some Christmas shopping tossed in there too so I don’t save it all for the last minute lol.

Yes, going back to the routine of it all is great but also daunting for me, but I am blessed to have good things ahead and blessed to find the good in the PRESENT moment: something that used to be so challenging for me. I am grateful for the here and the now and am learning to find gratitude for all the little bits and pieces instead of always looking ahead. I am learning to appreciate the stillness.

“Learn to be silent when everything else is an uproar. Be the stillness within the constant motion.”

Happy Monday loves! What was the highlight of your Thanksgiving? Sending you all love and light! Xoxo <3

Highlights from This Week

November 10, 2017 in About Me / College

Happy Friday guys!

This week was super chilly and the time change has been tough for me. Having it be dark at 4 pm is not something I enjoy. But regardless, there are some good things from the week of course. 🙂

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I started my week off with a nice nature walk listening to my favorite music. Very peaceful and healing morning and I definitely needed that time to help ground myself before the upcoming week.

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Went on a lunch date to Whole Foods with my gal pal Julie Monday. Enjoyed a salad and a really yummy smoothie. Loved catching up with her and getting off campus for a good meal!

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Spent some time volunteering at the HOPE house Tuesday for the Best Buddies program. These gals are amazing. So kind hearted and full of love. Happy I got to spend an hour there on Tuesday with all those lovely humans.

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Went to an awakening yoga class Wednesday morning and felt SO relaxed after. Perfect gentle movement to start my day and really felt so mindful throughout that whole practice. Love this studio and the owner!

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Starbucks has HOLIDAY CUPS. Got myself a latte after yoga and the crisp morning + holiday cups + crisp air just made me feel all warm inside lol.

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My best friend always makes me a happy bean. Love laughing with her and living with her. Very grateful. 🙂

Your turn! Share at least one highlight from your week with me. Have a lovely weekend!!

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Be a Seeker of Everyday Magic 

November 3, 2017 in About Me / College

One week since I’ve blogged, and I apologize for that! This week was very busy and had some ups and downs. Being sick and a lot of stress were some of those downs, but I’ve grown accustomed to the business of college and the stress from assignments. And it’s Friday! 

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit stagnant. I feel like I’m at a stand-still. For the passionate, firey part of my soul; that is a tough feeling to deal with. I love creating content for this blog and Instagram, but I’ve honestly felt disconnected from it and a bit uninspired. I question if I’m still making an impact on others lives. I question if the content I am putting out is things that people enjoy reading or seeing. 

I’m the type of person that likes to work towards things. I like having something that I look forward to. I’ve been that way since a young age. But I’ve seen how that mindset has led me to dissatisfaction with myself too- I’ve seen how that mindset led me to the “you aren’t doing enough” thoughts or created the idea that the only way I can find happiness is through achieving my goals. 

It would be a shame to miss out on the beauty of now just because I’m working to create goals and plans for the future to give me something to work towards. Yes, I want to sit down soon and get all these thoughts in line so I’m feeling a bit more in tune with myself, but regardless of that- I need to continue finding peace in the present. 

I don’t talk about it a lot, and it’s something I do intent to talk about more, but the college scene is just not my favorite. I get frustrated being here and lately I’ve been upset with the actions of the world and others around me. I’m not like a lot of people at this college, and that’s okay! But instead of letting the desire to run away to the mountains and connect with likeminded souls consume me, I’m trying to really work on finding peace in the environment I’m in. This has been a goal of mine the past few weeks or so, and it’s something I struggle with- but one thing I’m consciously trying to improve.

Where do I go from here? First, beat this cold and catch up on some relaxation. I want to journal a bit more on this topic and also cultivate some ideas to add some spice into my life with the intention that adding these things won’t make me happy- nor will any adventure or crystal or essential oil… only I’m the one that can find happiness and inner peace in the moment. I want to better appreciate the everyday magic right before my eyes and find more gratitude for where I’m at now in my journey. 

Have you ever felt this way? 

Tips for when you feel at a stand-still? 

How do you life mindfully? 

Any tips to keep yourself grounded? 

Have a lovely weekend friends!! Sending you all love and light. 

Lyss 

Friday Thoughts 

October 27, 2017 in About Me

This week kinda just flew by. I started the week with a midterm paper due, and after that knee I’d be having a lighter work load until this coming week. I have an exam and some papers coming up, but every time I find myself getting stressed I remember the term “bless stress.” I’m blessed to be here receiving an education and worrying about schoolwork rather than where my next meal will come from or if I’ll have a place to sleep at night. Perspective is everything. 

I taught a yoga class at a real studio Wednesday morning. I subbed in for a class that started at 5:30 am. The 4:30 wake up call was tough but teaching was soooo worth it. Loved the space I was in and leading other women through a nice flow. 

I started feeling sick Monday night and now have a cold. Just lots of sniffling and coughing. It’ll pass! Just have to rest up and give myself some extra care and compassion. 

I don’t have a lot of time to read blogs throughout the week just because of other obligations, so I always look forward to Friday’s and the weekends when I do have that time. I love reading what some bloggers have to say, or getting the chance to listen to podcasts. The Food Psych podcasts have been on point lately. Love the topics they’re bringing onto that show and the diversity of guests she has. 

I had a dirty chai today and it was very good. If you’re looking to spice up your typical coffee order try this: iced chai tea latte with soy milk and 1 shot of espresso. Also I’ve really been digging matcha lattes with soy milk lately too. 10/10 reccommend. 

The new season of Stranger Things comes on Netflix today and I’m legit SO excited. I don’t keep up with a lot of Netflix shows but this one is definitely worth it. 

Going into Halloween Weekend mind blown in a way that October is coming to an end and November (my birthday month) is approaching. Excited to spend time with my friends and dress up in angsty rock star clothes tonight and go home Saturday! 

One last thing before you go into the weekend, and something I typically always say before I teach yoga. Bring your hands to pray, resting against your heart. Feel your heart beat? You’re alive, you have a purpose. Don’t let go of that. Move your hands toward your lips- remembering to think before you speak, and letting the words about yourself be kind ones, for you deserve respect and appreciate for every layer of your being. Move your hands toward your third eye center, letting this serve as a reminder to do things in life with good intentions and to trust your intuition. 

Thanks for reading my thoughts today. 

What are your weekend plans? Any Stranger Things fans? Favorite podcast lately? 

Sending love and light! Xoxo

Lyss

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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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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