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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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Yoga Teacher Training

July 24, 2017 in About Me

There aren’t really words I can use to explain this past month.

Going into YTT I didn’t expect a whole lot- just thought I’d be doing some yoga and learning enough to teach a class.

But a month later, I feel a whole new sense of myself awakened.

It wasn’t just yoga, and it wasn’t a relaxing yoga retreat by the mountains. It was intense. The schedule was long, getting up at 5:30 am was tough, and I truly had to learn how to ride the waves. There were days where all I did was laugh, and there were days where I was overcome with so much emotion. Looking at old scars and re-reading their stories wasn’t easy. I’m all about feeling your feelings, but it’s hard for me to feel those feelings in public: more specifically cry. Yet I found myself crying on my mat twice and taking off my armor that I sometimes grip so heavily onto. I was vulnerable and real: and so were the other 43 humans in my training.

I can’t fully explain the amount of joy that this past month brought me. A feeling of accomplishment, new incredible connections formed with amazing souls, and a deeper love for yoga and meditation. Just wow. There were times in the training where I was like, “wtf what am I doing… is this even worth it?” There were times where I felt like throwing in the towel, or when shavasana truly put me to sleep and I didn’t feel like getting up.

YTT isn’t a walk throw the prairie. It’s some damn hard work. Having one day off a week and going non-stop was an adjustment. But man was I learning about the coolest things. And teaching yoga just brings so much light into my life. Being able to lead other humans through a practice I love is so cool- and I pray to be able to continue teaching others.

The people I met were amazing. Always making me laugh and bringing good energy into my soul. Laughter was essential this past month. So I’m thankful for friends who farted in yoga to keep me chuckling.

Time with nature was essential too. Living right by the mountains was unreal. I would love being so close to all the hiking spots. Adventuring into the woods was such an escape for me. Nature walks and hiking make me feel a part of something greater than myself.

Participating in a 28 hour day of silence taught me a whole lot too. Not using my phone, not engaging in conversations with others, no texting… it was eye opening. It was so hard for me to just sit and be at first. But practice makes progress and this was a very valuable experience.

YTT was hands-down one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in this 20 years thus far. Learning about yoga, living the yoga, and witnessing my two instructors live the yoga and live wholeheartedly was so inspiring. This past month is one I’ll cherish forever. My sanga- community- is one that has left an imprint on my heart. Do the things that scare you, do the things that awaken your soul. I was scared taking off for a month and doing this training, but my god am I so glad I did. I love adventures, I don’t like staying put… and this little adventure was a true testament to that. I know I’ll have more adventures and more time to expand my knowledge and growth, but for now: YTT has truly done that for me.

 

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Thank you for your patience with my lack of blogging this past month. I’ll be back doing it from now on and I’m excited to be writing and connecting with you all!

So much love for you humans on the internet.

Xoxo

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Yoga Teacher Training Week 1

July 2, 2017 in About Me

YOO humans!! How are you?? I’m recapping my first week here at yoga teacher training so let’s get started. 🙂

Sunday 

I got in around 3:30. Unpacked my stuff and settled a bit. Ate dinner then headed to the night session! Met some new people and went to bed early that night. We gotta have our lights out by 10!

Monday

Alarm goes off at 5:15 am. I die a little on the inside. I head to our morning practice, then breakfast after. The food here is so good. Like my type of amazing. LOVE IT.

Another session from 9:00-11:45. We covered all the practicalities of the program here.

Break from 11:45-1:50. Grabbed some lunch in here too, squeezed in a lift at the gym, and headed to afternoon session from 2:00-6:00. We had a break in here which was nice. 🙂

Dinner after that session. Tried to socialize and meet more people in my program! After dinner I took a sauna and whirlpool. Gah I love saunas so much guys. Like can I just have one in my house?? K thx. 😛

Lights out by 10!! I usually don’t go to bed this early so it’s been WEIRD. But I’m adjusting.

Tuesday 

Morning practice, breakfast, drink all the coffee after I do some of the things and before I have to do more of the things.

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Another session, another break. Some cardio work before lunch, eat lunch. Complain to my mom that I’m constipated. (WAH.)

Another session!! Afternoon one. They have booches in the cafe so I snagged one during my break.

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Do some blogging work after the last session. Catch up with friends and family. Try to relax a little bit.

Wednesday 

Wake up is getting a little bit easier. But hey, still tough ya know? Morning sadhana is beautiful. I feel at ease in this practice.

Morning session was a posture clinic. We pair up with a partner during these and work on teaching that partner the posture. We’re thrown a lot of information through lectures and then we work on it through practice and our own studying time. It’s been a challenge but a very good one. I went into this thinking it would be all lovely and relaxing but guys: this ain’t easy! There’s a lot of emotions that come up. But I’m riding that wave and embracing it all!

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PSA: this place is beautiful.

Thursday

THE DAY BEFORE MY PRACTICE TEACH. And I can get up later!! 5:50 am later but still. The extra sleep always helps. 🙂

I practiced for my first 30 minute teach with my partner. Had a really nice talk at night with a girl in my program and felt pretty good. Wednesday was emotional for me but Thursday I was feeling at peace.

Friday

My practice teach went well and I was happy with myself! I had a lot of fun too. 🙂

We had a lecture on yoga philosophy in the morning and one on anatomy in the afternoon. The first lecture brought up some emotions and tears for a  lot of people but man, was it powerful.

I got to lie outside in the sun and just enjoy the weather and the green around me. It was just what I needed.

I got kind of homesick at night. But after taking a sauna, watching the Bachelorette, and eating some chocolate I felt good.

Saturday 

MOMMMMYYY MY BFF AND I HAD A LONG LONG PHONE CALL. It was amazing. Gosh I love this lady. I went on a beautiful walk while talking to her and just hearing her voice made me smile.

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I got to chat with my best friend Maria too, read some blogs, workout, talk with a friend at the cafe, and get Reiki done at night (which was super cool!!)

Thank you for reading friends. Tell me 3 highlights from your past week!

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Friday Five

June 23, 2017 in About Me / Friday Favorites

Its’ Friday and I want to share five awesome things from my week with you lovely humans. Hope you all enjoyed your week thus far!

  1. Spending time with my friend Leah on Tuesday. 

This girl is just SO REAL and I love her. We got to the same college and I’m super blessed to have connected with a soul like hers. Down to earth and legit always there for me through good and bad. Thankful she lives close to me so I can see her during the summer!!

2. Doing yoga out by my pool on Wednesday morning. 

It was so hot and sunny out. Perfect to just flow outside. I grabbed my mat and put on some good tunes (follow me on spotify!! -> Alyssa Cristadoro) and just flowed. It was so nice to just be fully in touch with my body and do as it wanted. Yoga always helps me with that. Staying in touch with the mind-body connection and treating myself with endless compassion. After doing some yoga I jumped in the pool which felt awesome!

3. Finishing the book Shifting Bone by Alison Malee. 

Wow this book was just beautiful. I am loving poetry books like these with such powerful messages. Alison Malee is a freaking rockstar and a warrior. I highly recommend this book.

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One of the poems from the book! 

4. Spending the day at the beach on Thursday.

My best friend and I took advantage of the hot weather and hit up the beach. The water was freezing but I still went in it once. Just loved being outside and chilling with her. Warm weather makes me the happiest person.

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5. The movie The Shack 

I didn’t read this book but boy was the movie powerful. Literally had tears swelling up in my eyes watching it. The plot line, the characters, the message. SO good. 10/10 recommend.

Your turn! 

Beach or pool person? (I love both!) 

Have you read or seen The Shack? 

Happy Weekend friends! Enjoy it and soak it all in. XOXO <3

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Let’s Catch Up+ Some Rambles

June 20, 2017 in About Me / Balance

Hi friends! Usually I post on Monday’s but I was up late Sunday because I was at a concert (which was so fun)!! So I thought I’d pop in today to ramble a bit.

-I’ve been thinking a whole bunch about my future. (while making sure to stay in the present too of course!!) I have this crazy idea of wanting to write a book. If you know me, you know I love reading and writing poetry. I’ve been doing a lot of writing, and the thought of publishing my own book someday has been on my mind. Gah that would just be so amazing for me!! Until then- just more reading and writing. 🙂

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(You can find some of my writing on Tumblr, or I have been posting some on my Instagram)

-I spent Saturday at a coffee shop with my mom and it was the best thing ever. We drank all the coffee and did all the writing and reading. This lady is just amazing and I cherish days like this with her. Setting time aside for the things that make my soul flourish is one thing I always need to make sure I am doing. Because afternoons like these make me feel SO dang good.

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-Sunday I went to one of the best concerts of my life!! I saw SOJA and the Dirty Heads with my bff (and roomie next year) Krista! The energy at the concert was just so good and they played all my favorite songs. Music holds a very special place in my heart. If you haven’t heard of these bands you gotta check ’em out! SOJA especially has some very powerful lyrics.

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(RANT AHEAD!)

**Sometimes I think people forget that those who have fought a mental illness and are recovered still do have bad days. And I just want to reinforce that my life is not perfect by any means. Anxiety plagues me from time to time, I can’t sleep some nights, I worry, I feel inadequate and fall into the comparison trap. I am human and it is normal to feel these things. Authenticity is something I value SO much, and it would be an utter shame to post myself on the internet as being the perfect most put-together person, because I’m not.

My headspace was a bit off last week. I felt overwhelmed, anxious, and pulled in a whole lot of different directions. If you saw my post last week, you know that I have always struggled with anxiety. Sometimes with life’s stressors it gets a bit worse. I will be leaving this Sunday for a month and will be taking on the long but rewarding journey of becoming a certified yoga instructor. The thought of leaving for a month has been freaking me out a bit, but I know that this has been one of my dreams for a very long time. After reading “You Are A Badass” (this book rocks) and hearing that life is too short to put your dreams on hold, it has definitely given me a push in the right direction. I have a whole lot of dreams and goals in my head, and I want to chase them head on.

I am so grateful for the good days in my life, and when the bad one’s hit and I am feeling at a place of struggle, I really dig deep and remind myself that I am human. I am flawed. And I do not have to be ashamed of feeling anxious or feeling weak just because I run a blog and Instagram on mental health. That is why I value authenticity SO much- because by showing you all that I am not perfect, I am showing you all what it is like to live a realistic life style. You are not going to wake up everyday ready to embrace each obstacle thrown at you, you just aren’t. Somedays you’ll wake up with a heavier heart and foggier mind but that doesn’t mean you should be frustrated with yourself. It means you are human, and that little bump in the road will too pass just like the other ones have as well. 73d97d8cf75d856df0629121d12c9541-1.jpg

The moment’s we are feeling uncomfortable? Embrace them. Be fearless in what scares your mind and makes your heart beat faster. I remind myself this daily. Be present, be calm. But do not be afraid of the anxious feeling in your chest or the uncertainty that the future holds, for life is too short to be lived in fear.

All over the place post, but I think I got everything out I wanted to say.  🙂

NOW TELL MEEE: 

Do you think my mom and I look alike? (lol silly question IK) 

Favorite book you’ve read lately? 

Do you enjoy writing? 

(OH- and if you want to learn more about me check out this YouTube video I posted today!!)

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Let’s Catch Up

June 6, 2017 in About Me / Friday Favorites / Yummy Eats

Hi guys! How are ya?! Lol introductions always feel so forced to me. But I hope you’re doing well! I’ve been posting more over at my YouTube channel which has been fun. So check that out if you like watching videos!

So let’s catch up this fine Tuesday. Well- catch up on my life haaaaaa. 🙂

Lately…

-I’ve been working a lot. GNC and babysitting! Good money though which is a positive. And I’m thankful to have two jobs that aren’t too stressful.

-I’ve been watching lots of documentaries!! I highly recommend Missrespresentation, Embrace, Minimalism, and Living on one dollar. All of which are on Netflix!

-I’ve been eating all the rice cakes. They’re so nice because I can always switch up the toppings!

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-I’ve been trying to plan a bit for my future. There’s a lot I want to do in this world, so writing down all of those things has been helpful for me. I need to make a big vision board. Any suggestions on how to do those?!

-I’ve been listening to lots of good music. Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Ben Howard, SOJA, Rebelution, Jack Johnson, Logic… Any of you fans of these people?!

-I’m seeing two concerts this week! City and Color on Thursday and Jack Johnson on Friday.

-I’ve been finding all the good quotes on Tumblr. Follow me!

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-I’ve been embracing all the puppy kisses and yoga flows.

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-I’ve been mentally preparing for the fact that I’m taking off for a month this summer. I will be living where I am getting certified to teach yoga. Putting my anxieties in his hands, and following my dreams despite the fear that sometimes engulfs my mind. “Wake the dreams into realities” -following that mantra wholeheartedly.

-I’ve been enjoying Whole Foods vegan muffins. Whole Foods bakery in general is just so good. 🙂 And everything there for that matter!

-I’ve been seeing friends. Laughing with them. Trying to dance and making a fool of myself. All the things that make my heart happy. I’ve been encouraging friends too who have been struggling with mental battles. Life is pretty freakin’ tough sometimes guys.

-I’ve been working on my handstands and back flexibility!

I think that’s about it guys. Your turn!

What have you been eating lots of lately? 

Muffin fan? 

Any documentaries I should watch? 

Have the best Tuesday guys!

xoxo,

Lyss 🙂

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Let’s Talk About Relationships

June 2, 2017 in About Me

Happy Friday friends! Hope you all have enjoyed your weeks thus far. I’ve been working a lottt and trying to find time for friends/fam/me! And this blog because it truly makes me so genuinely happy.

This is a topic that is pretty important to me: relationships.

If you know me, you know how much I value human connection. I love being able to connect to people on a deeper level.

If you also know me, you know that I have never truly been in love. I have spent years seeking validation from guys, letting what men think destroy my self-esteem. I was in a crazy cycle of “find a boyfriend, if you don’t find one there’s something wrong with you.”

I know so many girl (and guys!) struggle with that, and the pressures of being in a relationship. I still do too.

But the thing you have to remember is you must be whole by yourself before you allow another human into your life. Be confident in who you are and recognize that you are too full of life to be half loved, that you should never shrink yourself for someone else.

Be willing to meet others, be willing to open your heart. But also be open to the fact that there are so many people we haven’t met, and so many people we might connect with out there in this world. If you haven’t met that person yet, you will. The universe just wants you to focus on YOU right now.

I’ll let the video suffice for the rest. 🙂

Now tell me: 

Dating advice you think would be helpful to share? 

Have you ever struggled with seeking validation from others? 

Thank you for watching friends. All the love to you great humans.

Have the best weekend!!

Lyss 🙂

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Weekend in Pictures

May 22, 2017 in About Me / College

What a lovely weekend it was. All the fam time this weekend which was amazingggg. 🙂

Friday

I spent the day in the city with my BFF Paige. We got Dig Inn for lunch and walked around after. 🙂

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After getting home, I headed to the track for a workout. It was SO beautiful hot. Really hot but man I loved it.

Hit the hay kinda early ish for me that night too. After ice cream of course.

Saturday 

Up at 6:30 a.m. b/c my brother’s COLLEGE GRADUATION WAS THIS DAY. So friggin’ crazy guys.

Stopped at Dunkin’ along the way because we really did need some Dunkin to help keep us awake. The ceremony was awesome, and we just missed the rain. (Thank ya God!) My mom and I, scratch that- all of us- were pretty sappy that day. Just super proud of my bro for finishing this chapter of his life. Onto the next one he goes!  (how is that going to be me in two years too???)

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Proud Sister. Love my family so incredibly much.

Before driving back, we enjoyed a nice lunch out. Had some yummy crab cakes and the bro got swordfish that looked amazing. All the fish there was making me so happy.

Sunday

I woke up, enjoyed my oats and mug of coffee pretty slowly. Love having that time to actually just breathe and take life in during the mornings.

I went to the gym with my dad and trained back, legs, and abs. We took a sauna together afterwards which was nice. I’m in LOVE with sauna’s lately.

Dad and I hit up Home Depot and I got some new plants for my garden! After a shower and lunch it was time to put my semi-new green thumb to work.

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Planted some peppermint, lavender, SWEET POTATOES, red bell peppers, and sunflowers. 🙂

My best friend came over and sat by the pool with me a bit before she had to work. We talked and caught up on life and it was just what I needed. Sunshine + best friend= all the happy feels friends.

After she left, I did some poolside yoga. Loved being out in the sunshine and just flowing.

Do as Buddha says ;)

Enjoyed the flows and sunshine in my new & favorite “Buddha Says Relax” Shirt.

This weekend was definitely one of lots of family time, reflection time, relaxation, and feel-good activities. 

Now tell me: one highlight from your weekend? 

Have you ever been to Dig Inn?! If you’re in Boston 1000/10 recommend. 

Sending all the love to YOU. <3

Xoxo

Lyss<3

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