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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 

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.

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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. 


Jiji and I 

~ 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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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.

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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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Another Year Done

May 12, 2017 in About Me / College

I feel like I haven’t written on here in forever… and I apologize for that! When finals come around all my energy goes towards school and keeping myself mentally sane. But I will be back and doing what I love on this blog so I am super excited for that.

With the end of a year usually comes a lot of reflection- something I honestly haven’t had the time to do yet, but know I will regardless. And for the little bit of reflection I have done on this year, I wanted to share with you today.

God put so many challenges in my life sophomore year and there were times that I simply wanted to give in, but looking back I have true faith that only I could’ve climbed those mountains. I can’t believe how much I’ve grown since September. Just goes to show you that you can really turn pain into gold. 

This year showed me pain.  Raw, real pain. Walking into the year feeling as good about my life as I have in a while, yet somehow crumbling within 3 months in. Crumbling and shattering at the seams. There were times first semester I did want to throw in the towel. No one knew the pain I was feeling- the pain of my relationship, the pain I felt every single night going to bed questioning why I had this dark cloud over my head- a cloud that I simply just couldn’t lift. I kept all of this in. I kept the times where my ex would do or say things that hurt me, the times where his actions were not something I wanted to be associated with, the times where I felt so trapped. All of this I held within me- and it soon burst, just like all things do. But it burst in the form of cutting. Cutting my wrists because it was the only way I felt I could release this pain.

Psalm 56:3- “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

I had to put my trust in something greater. I trusted in God to bring me through what he brought me to- because I knew he could, and I knew somewhere deep down on my toughest days I could make it through these obstacles. So I went to group counseling, ended a relationship, and started fresh in 2017. Fresh with the mantra that this was my year of growth. This was the year that I would truly embrace the word energy. Energy in the fact that I only would put it into things and people that made me happy, people that gave this energy back.

Focusing on energy made me realize that I had to let go of some friendships. I had to let go of the people that were no longer serving me and giving me this energy back that I was putting into them. Was it hard? Absolutely. But I needed people who I could genuinely connect with. So I opened my arms up to new people, new souls. I held tightly to my few close friends and embraced more amazing friendships and people into my life.

This year I finally realized something. I am good enough on my own. I do not need a man to add to me, because I am WHOLE as is. I embraced my independence, I embraced my strengths and worked on building my confidence. And I learned that never will I ever again settle for a man. Never will I shrink myself for someone else.

This year showed me how privileged I truly am. Being in areas of poverty opened my eyes to how the world is still broken and I want to do more to change it. These experiences I have had ignited a spark within me to work towards repairing the world. I want to make an impact- I want to start change and do something greater. The world is hurting and so are thousands of people out there. I want to work harder to fix that.

“You cannot change what you refuse to confront.” 

“Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?”

This year I embraced learning in way I never have before. I didn’t dread class. I saw it as an opportunity to gain more knowledge. So many people do not have this privilege of attending college, so why whine about it? Of course complaining is normal, but recognizing how blessed I am to have this experience really switched my mindset about school around. It is not all about the grades, it’s about what you learn and what you truly take out of it.

Hardship. Pain. Embrace. Growth. Learn. Energy. Love. Compassion. Gratitude.

Just a few of the words that have shown me a lot this year.

adviceandsupportforyou:
“Recovery is possible.
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Always.. “Be strong and sturdy like wood. Be fluid and flow like water.”

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Recent Moments of Joy

April 24, 2017 in About Me / College

You know those moments where your heart feels like it’s going to explode out of your chest just because you’re feeling alllll the happies in the world. Yeah- those are the best moments ever. Where your soul is feeling alive and the world is just on your side.

Here are some of those moments I’ve had in my life lately. These moments just make me see how beautiful life is even when I am extremely stressed, cranky, and frustrated. This world gives me pain yet this world gives me immense joy. For that, I am eternally grateful.


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This note from my mom before I left for school last week. This lady puts up with all my mood swings. She gives me the encouragement I need. She lets me rant on and on about how I want to change the world one day; about how I want to end all of these injustices that have been tugging at my heart. She listens to my complaints, she loves me unconditionally, and she is my best friend. What else could I ask for in a mom?

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Getting to have breakfast at one of my all time fav place’s with amazing friends. You know those people who just kinda get you? Yeah, these gals are those kinda peeps. I <3 them and the conversations we have. And I love their love for endless cups of coffee and cute little cafe’s.

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Thankful for friends who let me borrow their dresses and help me feel put together for fun charity events. And thankful for those times I do decide to throw on real people clothes instead of leggings.

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I had the privilege of going to Project Heal’s GALA on Friday night. Project Heal is an organization that raises money for those who cannot afford eating disorder treatment. I was so happy to meet one of the founders of this organization and spend time with the girls in the Boston Chapter. Seeing the power of community and the hard work that everyone in this chapter puts in really just left me smiling from ear to ear and motivated to keep on doing more to make a difference in this field. I say it a lot, and I’ll continue to say it: there is no greater feeling in the world than positively impacting someone’s life. And in this life of mine I will continue to work to positively impact someone else’s life and spread the joy I have within me outwards into this world.

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My BFF Krista captured this moment. Looking back on it just made me smile. This week did kinda suck and I felt overwhelmed, but these moments make it all worth it. I’m always one to remind myself that life’s challenges are not meant to be defeating, but they are meant to teach us something. Finding joy in the littlest moment’s like laughing with your friends on a Saturday night can go a long way.

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My friend from my mission trip put this dreadlock in my hair. I’ve been wanting it for a while so I figured why the heck not. And she did an awesomeeee job. Super happy with how it came out!!

“That’s what makes life fun. That you can make these decisions. That you can create the world that you want.”

Tell me some moments of joy. I would love to hear them! Happy Monday friends. 🙂 

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