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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 

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 

Monday Thoughts

September 25, 2017 in Balance / College

Some rambles today right from this little space called lyss’s brain… 

1. I’m working more on intuitive movement. What do I mean by that? Eliminating the shoulds… the I should be doing this talk or I should be doing something else… and instead tapping into my heart space to see what I TRULY want to do. I love movement, but I know I fall victim to these thoughts. So I’m pushing myself to a place of discomfort so I can grow. Time to plant seeds in uncomfortable areas and watch some lovely green trees grow. 

2. Going off the intuitive movement piece, this Saturday I followed that and went on a walk in my favorite nature trails by myself. Just an hour of me walking in the woods with animals and trees surrounding me and my favorite music in my ears. It was so beautiful. 

3. I was talking to my mom about how my Instagram and this blog space is changing a bit… I’m definitely not the same blogger or instagrammer as I was a year and a half ago. I don’t Instagram all my food, I don’t specifically talk about eating disorder recovery all the time. This platform is growing with me as I grow through life and tap into all layers of my being. I’m thankful for the humans that continue to read this blog and follow me on Instagram throughout it all. 

4. As I prepare for a pretty packed week, I’m reminding myself of a few things. Be kind to myself, be patient with myself… create time for just you to refill your cup. Take deep breaths, sleep > movement (always), keep following your intuition, school is not worth a toll on your mental health, go with the ebb and flow of life, know that you can do all things. 

5. I’m really loving tumblr. Definitely have become way more of a fan over the past year. I love posting my poetry, thoughts, and pictures over there that wouldn’t make it to Instagram. (Give it a follow: lysslickingthespoon) 

6. Some goals for this week: be more mindful, me more grateful, be more loving towards yourself and others, have enough confidence that it’s tangible. Don’t get caught up in the small stuff. 

7. I wasn’t eating meat really at all this summer besides fish. But I started eating chicken and turkey again. It became tough getting enough protein in at school and I really just missed chicken and turkey!! So I ate it. I am super passionate about the environment but I am also super passionate about living a life FREE from restriction and it came to the point where I was feeling restricted, so I got myself some friggin chicken noodle soup! 

8. I’m thankful to have had time to journal Sunday night. Definitely cleared my head space and an open crown chakra going to the week is key!! Also journaling is just fantastic. 

All done with what I have to say!! Your turn: 

How are you intuitively moving? 

Do you feel like you’ve changed since starting your blog or Instagram? 

Why are you smiling today? 

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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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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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