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Embracing Busyness

March 27, 2017 in College

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” 

Life gets busy. And I know it does for every person out there. Busyness is inevitable. The thing is, sometimes I strive off of it. Other times I really dislike it. But with life comes craziness and stress, and sometimes we just have to learn to embrace it.

Embrace. I’ve been thinking about this word a lot lately. I’m going on a women’s retreat with my college in a few weekends and I have the privilege of being able to teach yoga on it. The theme of this retreat is embrace. After a meeting with the other leaders on Friday, it got me thinking about how we need to embrace a whole bunch of things in our lives. One of these things being busyness.

There’s a lot of things I want to do. There are things I have to do. There are things I dream of doing. Sometimes I stack my plate really freakin’ high. Some days I love that, other days not so much.

With exams and papers, trying to have a social life and trying to take time for self-care, getting in time to do the things I enjoy, writing on this blog, writing for Fit University; there are times where I’m like WOAH. Someone hit the pause button. I dread doing homework sometimes and going to class. Studying is the last thing I want to do at times or going to long meetings. But instead of complaining about these things in my life, I take a step back and realize I need to embrace it all. Embrace the craziness, embrace the fact that I am so dang grateful to even receive a college education. Embrace the fact that I am so blessed that I can do what I love and write so much, that I have lovely friends in my life who care about me. That I love my major, that sure school is hard sometimes but the hard work does pay off.


The load, all of the things on our plate: that will not break us down. But the way we carry it most definitely will. Switch your perspective. Take a step back, take a deep breath and always remember to look at the grand scheme of things.


Embrace Grace.

Have more gratitude. Stop carrying your responsibilities with a poor attitude. Be thankful for all life has given you thus far. For all the opportunities that God has placed in your hands.

Now tell me: 

How do you deal with busyness and stress? 

Thanks for reading friends. I hope you had a great weekend and a lovely Monday!! <3

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Things That Made Me Smile This Week 3/24/17

March 24, 2017 in About Me / College

It’s Fridayy!! I hope you have all had a good week so far. The next few weeks are going to be busy for me but I’m embracing it and going with the ebb and flow of life!

I definitely want to catch up on more of y’alls posts this week, so I can’t wait to read some blogs this weekend. 🙂

I love looking back at the week and finding the little or big things that put a smile on my face.

-> Getting my little Buddha friend in the mail.


-> A great workout on Tuesday. Hit a new squat PR!

-> The fact that the dining hall had SPAGHETTI SQUASH. Yeah, I know right???!! How amazing.

-> Talking with my friend Emily for a podcast. So good chatting with her!

-> Catching up with my dad and having a nice conversation with him. 🙂

-> Getting breakfast with my dear friend Rach and catching up with her.

-> Spending time with the group I went on my service trip with.

-> Doing real life things and looking for jobs and such.

-> Using my essential oils every night and stocking up on my lavender one. Essential oils help with me a whole bunch of stuff. If you are in search of some, check them out here! Love this site. 🙂

-> Spending time with my best friend Karyn. She makes my days SO much better.


-> Getting new clothes in the mail. Athleta and American Eagle had a sale and ya girl had to get on that.

-> Doing some yoga + stretching. 🙂


-> Receiving incredibly kind and thoughtful messages through Instagram and this blog. You all make my heart so full. So thank YOU!!

That’s it for today’s post friends. Now tell me: 

What’s one things that made you smile this week? 

Do you shop at American Eagle or Athleta? 

Have a happy happy weekend!!

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I’m Glad I Eat at the Dining Hall…?

March 20, 2017 in Balance / College / Recovery

HAPPY MONDAY LOVE BUGS! I hope you all had the best St. Patty’s day weekend and did something fun! 🙂

Today’s post is directly for my college friends out there, but I feel like a lot of people can relate to the gist of this message regardless of if you’re a college student or not. 🙂

I’m glad I eat at the dining hall. Yep, you heard it. Yeah, I’ll complain about the food there sometimes, but I’m glad I have a meal plan at the end of the day. And I’m glad I have access to my college’s dining hall.

I’m glad I eat at the dining hall because…

  1. I don’t have time for meal prep while I’m at school. I don’t have time to make chicken & rice & broccoli on a Sunday night when I’m scrambling to finish assignments or just want to sit on my bum and drink Kombucha/read blogs. It’s not a priority for me. And for me, Netflix/blog time > meal prepping during my free time.
  2. Everyone at my school has a meal plan. It normalizes me and my eating habits. I’m not just going to sit in my room and eat my perfectly little prepped meal or bring tupperware to the dining hall while everyone else is eating food from there. Yeah, nope. That just doesn’t sound appealing to me at all.
  3. Food dates are fun. Same with coffee dates. And when your a college student, half the time those are at the dining hall. And with a meal plan, I am easily able to do that.
  4. Eating at the dining hall = relinquishing control. You don’t know how the food is prepped. You don’t know how many calories is in it. You aren’t making it yourself. You are just going to get some nourishment and fuel, and the rest doesn’t matter. Going to the dining hall is a good way to challenge a disordered mindset around food. It is a good way to just go with the flow and realize that all food really is fuel.
  5. Eating at the dining hall= giving less power to food. You don’t need your perfectly prepped overnight chia seed oats with matcha powder + coconut oil + some other nutrient straight from the earth every morning. Sometimes a bagel does the trick. Or an egg sandwich. Or a muffin. The chia see matcha coconut oil almond butter flax whatever you want to make oats just don’t happen every morning. And that is fine.
  6. It helps me keep my priorities in line. Because sometimes when I’m running in 500 directions all I can manage is a pb&j and some yogurt for lunch while on the go, and that is fine. Other things come first. Food isn’t the #1 most important thing in the entire universe. Sometimes a pb&j gets gobbled down while running late to class instead of a quinoa salad with 10 pounds of vegetables. And that is 1000% okay in my world.

So yeah. I am glad I eat at the dining hall. No, the food isn’t gourmet. But yes, I am thankful to have the privilege of eating there anyways.

No questions for today. Any thoughts are welcome!! Always appreciate them so incredibly much. 🙂 Happy Monday friends, sending tons of love!

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Friday Thoughts 3/17/17

March 17, 2017 in About Me / College

Happy Friday friends!! I hope you have all been having a good week so far. Going to be sharing some thoughts and randomness from this week so let’s get started. 🙂

-> I’ve been loving writing over at!! If you know me, you know how much I love writing. So when I saw this opportunity I snatched it asap. Check out my recent post here 🙂

-> I’m so tired of cold weather. And snow. This is really making me think of where the heck I want to live when I’m older, because cold and me just don’t get along like we used to.

-> But with the snow, I did have a snow day Tuesday which was nice. I needed some time to decompress which I took full advantage of.

-> I bought this poster for my room and I’m super pumped about it.

Be Here Now, mindfulness meditation poster print

-> I also bought a little Buddha for my room because I really love him and the whole message behind it.

Sakyamuni Buddha Earth Touching Mudra Statue Marble Style .. Rare to Find

-> I wore jeans for the first time in like forever Wednesday. Plot twist: made it through the day alive without leggings or yoga pants.

->I have a yogurt everyday I feel like. I love my yogurts. I think after not having any last week I realized  how much of a staple they are in my diet. Also #teamsiggis. Anyone else??

->I’m hosting a giveaway over on Instagram. So if you want to win 4 jars of peanut butter go over and enter before Monday!!


-> I bought a pair of black converse from TJ Maxx yesterday and I’m super stoked about it because they were wayyyy cheaper than normal. And I love converse. My white high tops are my babies.

->I spent time to actually paint my nails, but they chipped within two days. #gome

->Thursday was a pretty stressful day with normal college/life things but I got through it. Always a reminder to me of those amazing people in my life who are there for me when things aren’t perfect. So dang grateful for them.

->My two bff’s from home are visiting me tonight. I am so excited. Perfect timing to see them, and it’s St Patty’s day. 🙂

->I sprained my toe last week on my service trip and it still feels pretty freakin’ weird so my two toes are currently taped together.

->I’ve been listening to so much music lately. Nahko and Medicine for the People has my heart. So does Trevor Hall. Such baes.

->I’ve been so bad at replying to blog comments. (Sorry friends!!) Definitely something I want to work on.

I think that’s it for all the thoughts on my brain this Friday morning.

Now tell me: 

Warm or cold weather? Or do you like a mix of both? 

Converse fan??

Any St. Patty’s day plans? 

Have a lovely weekend friends!! Sending all the love. <3

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West Virginia 2017

March 13, 2017 in About Me / College

I’m back! I hope you guys have been doing well. Last week was incredible and I want to share a bit of it with you. I’ll be back to regular blogging and Instagramming. But it did feel nice to take a bit of an Internet hiatus. 🙂


I left for West Virginia at 7:30 am. The car ride was about 9.5 hours so the majority of the day was spent there. We got in around 5:30 and had dinner with our retreat leader Tom! Our plans were discussed for the week and I hit the hay around 11:00 ish that day.


I started my morning with a little bit of yoga. I had the job of waking everyone up this week, so I got myself up a bit earlier for some me time. I showered, ate breakfast, then headed off to my first site. I went to a pre-school and helped there all morning. I read to the kids and played with them during their free time. These kids had the biggest hearts. Sure, there financial and living situations aren’t fantastic but boy is there love and happiness tangible.

The rest of the day was spent looking at some pretty beautiful sites in West Virginia.


We saw this beautiful point where you are in West Virginia but can see Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland all in one spot!


We also saw this spring area where people used to take baths back in the 1700s… people including GEORGE WASHINGTON.



Tuesday we went to another pre-school and spent the morning there again. Being able to just spend time with these kids and put a smile on there face was awesome. I spent my afternoon at a Boys and Girls club and volunteered there!

Every night we had a reflection, and talking with the group about what we were experiencing/feeling was definitely a huge part of the trip.


Wednesday was a big yard-work day. We spent the morning raking + mulching a local church’s yard!


We had the privilege of having lunch with two of the sister’s at the church. One of the girls was 19 and decided to become a missionary. Hearing her story was super cool and the way that God has touched her life is incredible.


That night, we hosted two women named Penny and Sylvia for dinner. Penny is a survivor of rape and human trafficking. Her story is remarkable. This lady is a fighter. Listening to her story and the amount of obstacles she has overcome in her life just left me in awe. Sylvia helps Penny with her work, and Penny has already done so much in the fight against human trafficking: an issue we should ALL be educated about. One that is especially very prevalent in West Virginia. FullSizeRender-11.jpg


Thursday was another yard-work kind of day. I got up earlier that day and explored the trails at the retreat center. I went for a nice jog and saw some deer along the way ( saw them Friday too)!! It was just so beautiful.

Anyways, for the yard-work we did a whole bunch of wood chopping. It was actually fun using the wood splitter!


We went to Mass then had lunch at the church! After we delivered donated furniture to people in the town and put together lamps that were donated. That night we went to a cute little restaurant and an old general store after. We got to listen to Irish music which was cool!



Friday was a free day for us. We went into Harper’s Ferry and walked around + shopped + ate at a cute cafe. This town was so cute!

We had our last dinner & reflection together.

Saturday morning

We hit the road pretty early and just kept on swingin’ our little way home !! FullSizeRender-17.jpg

This trip was incredible and I am so blessed to have been a part of it. Thank you for reading this little recap friends. I hope that whatever you do today, it will make your soul sing in some way.  I know this trip did that for me in so many ways.

Have a great day friends!

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February 24, 2017 in College

Hi guys and happy Friday!! The weather is gorgeous out and I’m seriously lovin’ it. Making me excited for spring!

I got through my super duper long week (praise Jesus ) and I wanted to share some ways I was able to get through it without going crazy.

My word of the week I kept telling myself was priorities. I had exams, papers, planning for a conference, and other obligations this week. It was one of those go go go kinda weeks where you’re just like I don’t even have time to pee (ha). I really had to prioritize my time, and some things just didn’t fit my schedule.

-> The gym/workouts. I went to hot yoga on Monday and the gym on Tuesday, but that’s it. I could have gotten up early on Wednesday and Thursday to workout, but it just wasn’t my priority for the week. Working out isn’t everything. Remember that. I knew I wouldn’t be getting a lot of sleep this week, and I know how detrimental it is for our bodies to workout and push ourselves when we are sleep deprived. So the gym and I weren’t super tight this week, but that’s okay. We all need a little bit of a break. We need to prioritize.

-> Blogging. I wish I had the time to respond back to comments quicker and read other blogs/write new posts, but again; this just wasn’t my top priority this week. And I thank you all for understanding that!

When life gets super busy with school and such, I really have to force myself to take a step back and just breathe. I can’t do it all, no one can. I don’t have the time to do all the things I want to do like journaling, yoga, spending time with friends, relaxing, etc. But I know that it’s just temporary and soon I will find the time to do those things again!

*My priority for myself this week was getting through and trying my best with preparing for exams, doing papers/assignments, preparing for a conference I’m on a panel for. And even though I may not do well on those assignments or exams (not a good test taker!! ) I’m still proud of myself for trying my best. I’m proud of myself for keeping my priorities in check. Because a few years ago, I would have pushed myself to get in that gym when I was running off 3 hours of sleep.
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Give yourself some Grace! 

Smile at yourself in the mirror. Pat yourself on the back for doing the best you could. Forgive yourself. Remind yourself that failure is inevitable, that messy times don’t last forever. 

Give yourself Grace. We are all still learning. 

Whatever you had to prioritize this week, I am proud of you for doing that: for getting accomplished what you wanted to, for remembering what’s important. And if you had a hard time prioritizing that thing, remember to just give yourself some grace. God’s grace is sufficient for each and every one of us. Always remember that friends.

Now tell me: 

What are your weekend plans? ( I don’t have a whole lot yet. Spending time with friends, homework, church!)

Have a happy happy Friday my loves. Sending all the love!



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Some Reminders to Start Your Week

February 20, 2017 in College / Recovery

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. 🙂

I’m headed into a very busy week -> two exams, two papers, leading a club event, a conference on Friday. I’m a bit stressed but I’m reminding myself this:  “it’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” I wanted to give you all (and myself) some reminders as we head into this week!

  1. Deep breathing really helps. Ya, cliché, but it does wonders. In and out friends. ee3134a652dbacd846210e3e7c83c644.jpg
  2. When it doubt, spoon it out. Not with a boy obviously, with nut butter!! Sometimes you just need a big spoonful of nut butter to make you smile. peanut-butter.jpg
  3. Sometimes life gets busy and hectic. But when we are stressed, we still have to count our blessings. There’s a whole lot to be grateful for! Stop-focusing-on-how-stressed-you-are-and-remember-how-blessed-you-are-1.jpg
  4. Things go off plan. It’s okay. Go with the flow!! We don’t need a plan for every single thing in our lives. eb9052789013a1c33d7471eec33c44de.jpg
  5. Working out isn’t everything. The food you eat isn’t everything. Your workouts do not define you. The food you consume does not define you. Repeat this to yourself over and over again until you believe it.
  6. Talk positively about yourself. -> 

    “Does the sun ask itself, “Am I good? Am I worthwhile? Is there enough of me?” No, it burns and it shines. Does the sun ask itself, “What does the moon think of me? How does Mars feel about me today?” No it burns, it shines. Does the sun ask itself, “Am I as big as other suns in other galaxies?” No, it burns, it shines.” Burn brighter. Shine longer. You are enough as is. 

  7. Be gentle with your body. If you are tired, don’t workout. If you are hungry eat. If you have a craving honor it.
  8. Take time for yourself. Take time to be alone. For solitude is a beautiful thing sometimes. And in solitude, we learn so much about ourselves.
  9. Smile. Ya, we get cranky. But you just gotta smile through it you know?? Don’t forget to smile and laugh. 1644.jpg
  10. All you can do is your best.  Put in your best effort. At the end of the day, that’s all that counts.
  11. You are not defined by numbers. You are not defined by the size of your pants, a test grade, how many minutes you workout. Your worth is not in something so frivolous.
  12.  Stop overthinking. Stop trying to please everyone. Stop living in the past. None of those things will help your growth.

And one last very important reminder: You are the only person you need to be good enough for.”

That’s it for today’s scatter-brain post friends.

Now tell me: 

Anything your reminding yourself as we enter a new week? 

Have a lovely Monday friends and kick some butt today!

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Small Moments of Happiness from My Week

February 17, 2017 in About Me / College

Hi guys and happppyyy Friday!! Busy week this week, and even busier week next week. But I’m embracing it with a positive attitude and open mindset! I think sometimes amid the business of our lives it’s important to appreciate those moments: both big and small, that make us happy. So here are a few from my week!

  • Getting to be part of the Disability Enlightenment conference at my school. This is a conference on disabilities ranging from autism, down syndrome, learning disabilities, etc. to mental health issues and breaking the stigma around all of these things. I am speaking with another girl about student advocacy and how I use this blog and my Instagram (@blissful_lyss29) to advocate for recovery from eating disorders and depression/anxiety! I am so blessed to be a part of this and it is truly making me SO happy. 🙂
  • Seeing my best buddy Tricia! Best Buddies is a program where you help those with special needs. It was awesome seeing Tricia and spending time with her. 16711581_1329008613788433_7001921972264616075_n.jpg
  • Squatting 125 lbs!
  • Skyping my Thearpist
  • Eating this amazing cookie on Valentine’s Day!


  • Getting asked to teach yoga at a women’s retreat at my college… literally couldn’t stop smiling after I got this email!!
  • My gender studies class. Seriously LOVE this class so much.
  • Quotes like these


  • Talking to my mama
  • Good naps
  • Perfectly made iced coffee
  • Doing yoga
  • Spending time with friends

All those moments put the biggest smile on my face this week.

Now tell me: 

Three reasons why you smiled this week! 

Have the best weekend guys. Get some rest and do something that’ll make you smile!

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Weekend Recap: Psychic, Starbucks, & More

February 6, 2017 in Balance / College / Yummy Eats

It’s Mondayyyy. Another new week coming our way. ALSO CAN I GET A HILLL YAAA for the Pats winning!! Jeez what a game and a comeback!!

Going to be recappin’ my weekend for y’all today so let’s get started! 🙂


I started my day with a leg workout. I was home Thursday night- Friday b/c of a dermatologist appointment Thursday afternoon! And I wanted to see the rents. 🙂 After my workout I came home, showered, ate breakfast, then headed back to school for my class at 11:30!

I got lunch with my friend Krista after class then my friends Leah and Rachel joined me to go see a psychic. (Crazy IK lol). It was actually super super cool and I’m glad I did it and got to experience it!! After we went to Bertuccis and talked about our readings over dinner. The lady was so cool and I feel like she definitely knew what she was doing.

After dinner, I came back to campus and spent time with my best friend Jillian. Jillian, my roommate Jen and I went to see a movie that was playing in the dining commons! We got chais too. Super relaxing yet fun night. After Jillian and I just chatted for about two hours. Love and cherish our talks so much.


Saturday morning I got up around 9:00. I caught up on blogs, ate some breakfast, watched YouTube videos, then went to Starbucks to do some homework & my devotionals with my friends Jillian and Jenna. After Starbucks, Jillian and I hit the gym for an upper body lift! Then we ate some food and chatted for a bit after. And fell asleep trying to do hw… hey it happens.

I got dinner with Jillian and Jenna, then went back to my room to get ready for the night. I went out with my friends and had a really fun time. 🙂


This girl >> Love my little Jillian to pieces. God gave me the greatest best friend. 


And this girl >> SUCH A GEM AND GENUINE GAL. So many great people in my life. 


I got up around 9:30 not physically feeling my best. (hey, it happens after a night out. But people, that is BALANCE. And that is LIVING. You aren’t always gonna feel A1, but that’s okay. Making those memories with friends is 10000% worth it. Trust me on that one!!)

I left school around 10:15 to grab a coffee and drive to work at GNC back home. I was covering someone’s shift and I definitely could use the money! I worked 12:00-6:00. After work, I came home and ate dinner (CHIPOTLEE!!), worked on some reading, and watched the Superbowl with my parents.


And you bet this bad boy was consumed. Seriously my fave flavor of all the So Delicious ice creams. SO YUMMY!

And that was what my weekend consisted of. Nice balance of fun + me time + work time. 🙂

Now tell me: 

Have you ever seen a psychic/palm reader/ anything of that nature?! 

Fav treat from your weekend? Mine was def that ice cream!

Have the best Monday peeeps. Go do something that’ll make ya smile! 🙂

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Friday Favorites 1/27/17

January 27, 2017 in College / Friday Favorites / Yummy Eats

Hi guys and happy Friday! I hope you all have been having a lovely week so far. 🙂


Going to be sharing some faves from this week so let’s get started!

1.PERFECT BARS. These are the best. ALSO SIGGI’S. Soooo much yumminess here!! (And bananas are an obvious fave!)


2. This black dress from Macy’s that I wore to my schools formal last week! So cute and actually comfy!


3. These quotes! ->

“Does the sun ask itself, “Am I good? Am I worthwhile? Is there enough of me?” No, it burns and it shines. Does the sun ask itself, “What does the moon think of me? How does Mars feel about me today?” No it burns, it shines. Does the sun ask itself, “Am I as big as other suns in other galaxies?” No, it burns, it shines.”

“Someone once told me that human beings have three dimensions: how you see yourself, how others see you, and how you want others to see you. The closer the distance between the three dimensions, the more at peace you are and the more stable you become.”

“You know who’s gonna give you everything? Yourself.”

“The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because their shit worked out. They got that way because shit went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”

4. Getting accepted to yoga teacher training. 🙂 I’ll be gone for a month from June 25-July 21st and will be living at Kripalu and getting certified there! I AM SO EXCITED!!

5. Spending time with this guy!! And all my other friends at Best Buddies. 🙂


How cute is he?!?

That’s it for this week frandzzz. Thank you for just being so freakin’ awesome and always stopping by my blog!! Means the world to me. <3

Now tell me: 

Favorite snack bar?! 

Any quotes you’ve been loving? 

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