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Creating A Vision Board

January 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

I heard the idea of a vision board at this same time last year. I love goal setting and thinking about my dreams, so this obviously drew me right in.

For many, the new year means preparing for new experiences and new opportunities for self-improvement. People who write down their goals and dreams are actually more likely to achieve them. I started doing this in my journal a few years back, and it’s been so cool to see the goals and dreams I have accomplished. Instead of taking the traditional route of writing down your resolutions, making a vision board is a great way to bring your dreams for the new year to life.

Follow this graphic to make your own vision board->

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Once you make your vision board, hang it up in a place you can see. Keep this as a reminder of all the amazing dreams you have in your life. Use this as motivation on your best days and worse days. Have fun with this and get creative! If you make a vision board, DM me on my Instagram: @blissful_lyss29 so I can see how it turned out! Follow this website too  for more tips on how to make your vision board. 🙂

Happy weekend friends! Any plans?! Hope you enjoy whatever you’re up to. Sending you all love <3

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My Body is Just Fine

January 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Throughout my 21 years, I’ve definitely received my fair share of comments about my body.

“You’re too thin.” “You’re too big.” “You’re too tall.”

In the depths of my eating disorder, my ED was fueled by the “you’re too thin” comments. These made me feel good. Thinness equated to beauty in my eyes.

It’s taken me many years and a lot of hard work to fully accept my body. On some days, I still don’t. And that’s okay, because I’m human. And we all have those days. It’s taken me many years to pull myself out of the destructive cycle that my eating disorder created. But I did. And I am thankful for that every single day.

A few days ago, I was left in a position where an individual made a very rude comment about my body. “Wow, you got a little belly there, huh? I’m surprised you don’t have a six-pack!”

I was left not knowing what to say but simply chuckle and move on.

But this comment hurt. My belly has always been my most insecure feature on my body. I don’t have a six-pack. And I’ve never had a six-pack. Not even in the worst of my eating disorder. In the past, this comment would have sent me spiraling back into my destructive ways. I am aware of the pain I felt from this. I am aware of the discomfort this comment had me feel. Yes, I did cry after this. I am frustrated with individuals making comments about others bodies, and I find it completely inappropriate to make comments like that towards someone.

I wish our society stopped making comments about other’s appearances so damn much. I wish our society stopped putting such an emphasis on how we look. I wish that people would learn to see the inner beauty within every individual’s soul.

The thing is, I know my stomach is beautiful the way it is. I know that I have fat on my stomach- and that is okay. That is perfectly, 100% okay. I know that I am perfectly content not having a six-pack.

One comment about my body will never dictate how I feel about it. It will never take away the appreciation I have for it.

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My Favorite Posts From 2017

December 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

2017 was a fun blogging year for me. I stepped into more of my truth this year, and started exploring other topics to blog about. I dug deeper into eating disorder recovery, mental illness, yoga, spirituality, and shared some of my own struggles. Here are some of my favorite posts from this year:

Push Past your Fear

“I think what is so crucial to remember is that conquering our fears is going to help us in the long run no matter what the outcome may me. If things go well when you face your fears, you will grow. And if things don’t go well, you will also grow. So there is nothing to lose. Because we ultimately become a better version of ourselves when we face our fears. But when we don’t and we hide behind them, there is no room for self-improvement.”

I Never Thought I’d Beat my Eating Disorder

“If you are at a time of struggle. If you are deep within your eating disorder, remember this: even though you may not feel strong enough to overcome this battle; even though you don’t think you can beat the demons in your head: I was once there. I was in your shoes. And here I am: here I am living my life to the fullest. I didn’t think I had the power within me to fully let go of my eating disorder, but I did. I am not a special case. If I can do it, you can too.”

“You are going to hurt. But you are also going to heal.”

“Let yourself hurt, Let yourself heal. You will be stepped on in this life. But just like flowers, you can still grow. Pain is just a temporary setback, that’s it. Nothing long-term, nothing forever. Trust in that, have faith. And remember the power you hold within your heart.”

Stop Food Shaming

“Because all food is is just food. It is nourishment. That’s it. No bad, no good. It gives us life, it gives us energy, and it keeps us going.”

Yoga Teacher Training

“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.”

An Open Letter to my Depression

“Dear depression, you hurt me. You made me feel weak. You made me feel alone. But you did not take me from my loved ones and from the things I loved. You allowed me to grow into a wiser human, one that is always aware of her self-worth and magic within her veins.”

Pain Enables Growth

“I have let my hurt change me, but I will never let it make me smaller. I will never let what has happened to me trim down my unique edges. I am not ashamed of my hardships.”

We Are Like Oceans

“You will be messy in this life. You will feel scattered and all over the place. Do not let this discourage you. The ocean is messy and scattered, yet it continues to flow- and so should you.”

Observation Without Judgment

“Work on just noticing how you are doing. Check in with how you are feeling that day. Get in tune with yourself. Once you made those observations, don’t get angry or frustrated with yourself if you aren’t in the best mood and aren’t pleased with a feeling you’re having. Know that this mood or feeling will soon pass and you are simply a human being that encompasses a variety of feelings.”

Repairing Broken Relationships

 Let go of your eating disorder. Soften. You will see how when you let go of ED, you will regain back these connections you thought were long gone. Find some fight in your soul. An ED will not take all connections and healthy relationships from you if you don’t let it.”

~Thank you to the humans that read this blog. Thank you for your kind messages and comments. This blog means so so much to me, and I am grateful to have this space on the web to share the words that fill my own heart and hopefully fill other’s too. Love you friends Hope you take today to reflect on what this year has given you and prepare yourself for what the new year may hold. Sending LOVE and LIGHT- today and always! xoxo

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Wholeheartedness

December 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

I don’t crave half-hearted living. It’s not within my soul. I cannot do anything without putting all my heart into it. I cannot post on Instagram just to post. I cannot post something that I find little value in. My soul is not filled when I take a picture of every meal I eat and post it on Instagram. Because for me, there’s a lot more to living than that. And while I know that beautiful food pictures bring in the most followers, I can’t find it in my heart to create that content for others. My brain has thoughts blossoming left and right, the experiences I have had on this planet need to be shared in some way, my empathetic self has to make its way into the world through something greater than a picture of salad.

I support people whose passions lie within food blogging, and I would never talk poorly of those who have a love for this. I will still snap pictures of my food here and there: it’s fun! And food is something that connects us all together which is a beautiful thing. I used to take pictures of my food all the time. And now, I find little meaning in that. Some food is truly beautiful. But why would I post a picture of my smoothie where I could instead post a picture of something that holds such importance to me- a message I want to share or a story that needs to be told. Living wholeheartedly and embracing authenticity has pulled me away from constant food pictures and towards longer captions, pictures of nature or myself, and releasing the words in my throat that I once swallowed and held back. Our words are important and deserve to be heard.

I have not, and I probably never will crave surface level. Surface level friendships or relationships leave me feeling unfulfilled, just as posting surface level content on Instagram or with this blog does. My heart feels unsatisfied. Digging deeper and being vulnerable is what pulls me back to my laptop and the Instagram app, because I know that vulnerability is strength, and in sharing my rawest moments; some soul out in the universe will be inspired to share theirs too.

I think our world desperately needs vulnerability and authenticity. We need to speak our truth, we need to live our truth. That truth is something that varies for each and every individual on this earth, but I know my truth is something greater than only sharing my meals with the world. My tongue craves the harder conversations. The ones about mental health that can leave your heart punctured. The conversations about racism and feminism that can result in energy levels sky-rocketing in a room, the echoes of voices vibrating against the walls. My mind yearns for new knowledge. My soul pushes for additional steps along this avenue of spiritual growth.

So I will continue to saunter away from half-hearted living. For half-hearted living leaves me with a void I don’t want to attempt to fill. I will continue to move towards being my purest, most genuine self. I love taking you all on this journey with me. I appreciate your support as this blog and Instagram has shifted along with who I am as an individual. Thank you. Thank you for reading lengthy captions on Instagram that stem from my heart space. Thank you for appreciating vulnerability and authenticity. Thank you for listening to my imperfect journey.

“Wholehearted living is about engaging with our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’ It’s going to bed at night thinking, ‘Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.” -Brené Brown

Hope you all had a LOVELY holiday!! Happy Tuesday sweet friends. xoxo

Agree to Disagree

November 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

I found this on Tumblr this week, and it really got me thinking. It also felt super applicable to several situations I’ve been in within the past 2/3 weeks or so.

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I find myself getting frustrated with the actions of others. I notice the way people treat each other, I hear the things people say about one another, I see the dynamic of some friendships and question how that can even fall under the category of a friendship, I log onto Instagram and I see “recovery accounts” who are promoting such a false idea of eating disorder recovery; and I am left with this feel of aggravation. For the actions and opinions of others don’t align with my own. Will I stand firm in my opinion on what characteristics a good human should embody, how people should treat one another, how friendships should work, what eating disorder recovery should entail, and the false portrayal of recovery on social media? 100%. But just because someone else does not see eye-to-eye with me does not mean that I cannot respect them. It simply means we can agree to disagree.

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I do not have to agree with someone to like or respect them. Respect and kindness is something that should be given regardless. 66e55bccc684798d4c787dddd9517ed4.jpg

However, I am also finding power in speaking my mind. I have silenced myself in the past, and I am at a point in my life where I simply do not care how others perceive me. I have a lot of thoughts in my head that I want to share. I have the right to voice my opinion. I have the right to speak up at something if I do not agree with it or think it’s causing harm of some sort. There is nothing wrong in using my voice. It would be a shame if I didn’t, and it would be a shame if I did not speak up about the things that many people are afraid to (mental health, what’s wrong with social media, etc). We all have a mind with thoughts, opinions, different views… we all have the right to share these thoughts- with good intentions in mind, of course.

So yes, I am speaking my mind. Yes, I am expressing my opinions. But I am also recognizing that not everyone sees eye-to-eye with me. It is not fair to get angry with them or stop respecting them just because they hold a different opinion. What is fair is to agree to disagree, and move on with the understanding that you both think in a different way on a certain subject and recognizing that’s totally okay.

Speak up, the world needs the thoughts in your head released. Open up that throat chakra and remember to speak with love, gentleness, and good intention. Do not let anger and frustration get in the way of you and another’s relationship just because you have differing views. Remember to agree to disagree and to still spread good energy to this person regardless!! Use your voice and be authentic!!

&quot;Throat Chakra Affirmation&quot; by CarlyMarie | RedbubbleAny thoughts on this?! Drop them below!! Would love to hear them. Happy weekend beautiful souls. <3 xoxo 

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Observation without judgment

November 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

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                 “The ability to observe without evaluation is the highest form of intelligence.”                      -Krishinamurti

Observation without judgment. It’s something that is definitely not easy for me. Lately I have been observing areas of my life and judging them. I feel like quotes pop up right when I need them. I have read this quote several times before, but was reminded of it the other night. When I teach yoga, I tell the class at the beginning to just notice how they are feeling without judging themselves for whatever those feelings may be. Tired? Honor it. Energetic? Honor it. Sleepy? Honor it. Whatever they do for that hour is done with the intention of honoring those feelings without any sort of judgment. It’s so tough to remove judgment against certain feelings because society enforces these feelings as “bad” or out of the norm. For example, tiredness is sometimes misconstructed as laziness. Not having a bunch of energy all the time/ not wanting to do a bunch of movement is also seen as lazy. Crying can be viewed as being weak or overly emotional. Anger can be viewed as a lack of control or as being aggressive. So, think how easy it is to judge our feelings when society places the expectation that we should all be smiling and loving life 24/7. 

When looking at my week last week, I definitely noticed moments of judgment against myself. I have improved tremendously in this area, but am obviously still growing. I found myself saying I was being too dramatic for skipping a class when I didn’t feel well, I found myself saying that no one cared about my yoga classes because my turnout was so small, I found myself feeling less wholesome, I found that I was judging myself for feeling sad and crying… We all have these moments of judgment against ourselves. How we react to them is what’s most important.

I think if we all just took the time and energy to notice our feelings and check in on ourselves WITHOUT tossing in the negative self-evaluations and judgment, we would feel as if our mind, bodies, and souls were just sighing saying “thank you.” We put our minds, bodies, and souls through a lot when we are constantly judging and evaluating ourselves. If we could end the judgment that sometimes follows observing how we are doing, and if we could just simply OBSERVE without those judgments, think how peaceful we would be. 

By no means am I telling you to ignore your feelings. I ALWAYS promote feeling your feelings! But also feel your feelings without judging yourself or being so hard on yourself for what you’re feeling. That will only stunt your growth. Work on just noticing how you are doing. Check in with how you are feeling that day. Get in tune with yourself. Once you made those observations, don’t get angry or frustrated with yourself if you aren’t in the best mood and aren’t pleased with a feeling you’re having. Know that this mood or feeling will soon pass and you are simpy a human being that encompasses a variety of feelings. 

Thanks for reading. 🙂 

How can you be more gentle with how you are feeling today? 

How can you remove judgment against yourself in your life?

Happy Monday! Sending love and light. Xoxo- Lyss <3 

Writing share 

October 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hi guys!! Happy Friday. Well to start, I met my favorite singer on planet earth Wednesday night before I went to his concert at a Thai restaurant… legit fan girles so hard. So that was def the highlight of my week! (Pic on my personal insta: alyssac1129!!) What was yours?! Share in the comments so I can read ’em. 

You guys know I love to write. I’m taking a poetry class this semester, and I’m honestly not very found of it. The heavy focus on meter/rhyme/taking quizzes is leaving me frustrated and to me takes away the whole purpose of poetry: to just appreciate it for all that it is. Not remember a certain rhyme scheme or if one poem is iambic pentameter or not. But that’s just my opinion, and I’m also going into this class as a psychology major with every other student being an English major, so that also plays a role! Anyways, I’m still writing, and I will continue to do so. I wanted to share some with you guys today! 

Thoughts on the gym… 

There’s nothing wrong with the gym, what’s wrong is when it becomes something of compulsion and something that creates anxiety if you don’t go. 

Half empty

I never understood how the glass could be half full. 

My eyes were drawn to the empty space. 

Gravitating towards what was missing.

These eyes have the ability to do the same with myself. 

Fixating on all the qualities I lacked. 

The parts of my body that were not good enough. 

I hope one day I can see myself just as that glass. 

I will never be half empty- there’s too much greatness in my bones for that.

It all comes in finding truth through those words- actually believing each and every one of them. 

The hurt 

Let yourself bleed. 

Let your tears wash over you like a rainstorm, feeling renewed the next day. 

You are allowed to feel. And hurt. And grieve. 

For this hurt will not last forever, and your tears will subside. 

Your pain does not define you. 

It is just part of your beautiful narrative.

Women… 

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you do not have to be smaller. you do not have to look liker her. you do not have to do crunches until you get rug burn on your neck and you do not have to rip yourself apart every time you look in the mirror. 

you do not need to be embarrassed if your hips are “big.” let those hips move freely my friend and take up as much damn space as needed. 

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you do not have to set out the fire in your soul because he or she said so. don’t you realize they couldn’t take your heat? you- you are the sun and some people cannot handle that. that’s okay. do not change for them, for anyone. 

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you are not just “ some body.” you are a SOMEBODY. you are important and strikingly beautiful. please apologize to yourself. you don’t deserve to drown in the depths of self-hatred. you don’t deserve it. you never did. take off your handcuffs, break from from the walls around you

women: 

i am proud to be one. i stand in solidarity with each and every one of you. we are so resilient: each and every one of us. so let’s dig deeper. love ourselves, spread love to others. look in the mirror and say, “i am the cradle of light. i am beautiful: every single piece of me- every scar and every single stretch mark. i am enough.” let yourself live in this truth, and when you forget- place your hands over your heart center, and come back to the place that has radiated love to you before- for it can do so again.

Thank you friends for reading!! 

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Have a happy weekend!! Xoxoxo sending lots of love. 

Thinking Out Loud 8/24

August 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

Haven’t done one of these posts in a hot sec. But I love reading them so I figured why not!

-It’s currently 8:10 A.M. and I’m sitting here writing this with a huge wrap on my foot. If you follow my Instagram (@blissful_lyss29) you know that I sprained the side of my foot yesterday. But it’s all good- because I know it’ll be fine soon. But regardless dealing with pain is not fun! Trying to trust the universe on this one and just take a friggin seat and chilllll.

-I move back to school Sunday morning!! This week has been a bit up and down with anxiety. Change is never easy for me, but it is so necessary. I love challenge because it helps me GROW. So I’m trying to embrace the challenges and changes coming my way instead of hiding from them. I am excited for this semester and to be with my best friends again. I’m definitely looking forward to a change of pace as well.

-I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting too- on this summer and just how much I’ve grown as a human. I really attribute a lot of that growth to my yoga teacher training and becoming a more spiritual person. Maybe I’ll do a post on that? My spiritual awakening? But maybe not. I know posting about that kind of stuff can be a bit tricky so I try to stay away from my views on religion and all.

-What’s happening in the world right now is weighing on my heart. I just have a hard time sitting with it all- but I know that I need to be the change I want to see in the world. So I’m rolling with that.

-I’ve been thinking a lot about future plans post college. I know I want to take a year off before grad school, and I’ve been looking into Peace Corps/ AmeriCorps/ other service programs. There are some service programs that I feel called to do and that excite my heart. Service is very important to me, and thinking about that year off as being a time to help others has made me super excited. But we will see what the future holds!

-I started the book “Gravity” by R.M Drake this week. He is incredible. Highly highly recommend. I’ve been doing a lot of reading so I’ll probably have a post out about some book recommendations for you all!

-And last thing: I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes lately. Quotes are so powerful and I think they can spark so much thought and sometimes inner peace.

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How do you cope with change? 

Favorite book lately? 

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GUEST POST from a Future Dietitian!

June 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hi all!! If you don’t know, I began yoga teacher training Sunday night! The transition hasn’t been too bad, just the schedule is super busy! So I appreciate your patience and me not being as active on the blog/Instagram for the next month, but I will still be popping in!! Just might not be responding to comments/ putting out new content/ reading other’s blogs as much as usual.

My dear friend Megan was kind enough to share her background on nutrition and the type of mindset she has on food. This gal is AMAZING and you should definitely check her out.

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Hi all! I’m Megan, dietetic intern and blogger behind RunWholeNutrition.com. I’m passionate about helping others ditch dieting + discover what true health means to them. As a future Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, my job is to help others re-learn how to eat. Despite the clinical nature of my job, I wholeheartedly believe that a non-diet mentality is the best approach for overall health and happiness. With everything I know about nutrition – I truly believe that the best “diet” is one that includes any food, in any quantity, at any time you want it!

 

When most people picture a Dietitian, they typically think at least some of the following things: meal plans, calorie counts, portion sizes, good vs. bad foods, clean eating, food rules, exchange lists, etc. Agreed? That’s what I thought I would be doing when I declared a dietetics major as a freshman in college. Ironically, back then I hoped to work either in weight management and/or sports nutrition. How things have changed!

 

Now, I have a new list: intuitive eating, Health At Every Size, mindfulness, self-care, food peace, holistic health. (and note: I’m not talking about the Instagram version of holistic health that’s literally just green juices and yoga. ew.) When I work with a client, I want them to know that they have the innate wisdom inside of them to make the healthiest food choices for their body. Despite spending years studying the science of nutrition, there is absolutely no way that I could create a single meal plan that would nourish EVERY person’s physical AND mental health. I just can’t. Anyone that tells you that there is one special way to eat is selling you a lie – each of us have our own unique way of caring for our mental health.

 

Rather than creating these strict meal plans and foods rules, I will work with you to help YOU discover what foods feel best in your body. I know that I tend to crave something really hearty and savory for breakfast, or else I’ll crash 1-2 hours later. I tend to make some type of breakfast sandwich to start the day. My boyfriend, on the other hand, regularly has those delicious bakery pastries and will be perfectly satisfied for half the day. Every body is different! Rather than saying, “Oh my gosh that pastry is full of sugar, you NEED to have some protein!”, I know that that pastry is full of the carbohydrates/sugar/fat that his body needs to get through the day. While it may not be the most “nutrient-dense”, eating a pastry for breakfast is the healthiest choice he could make for his body. Rather than forcing himself to eat something he hates, he can now go on with his day doing things that ACTUALLY matter, without worrying about food or his body. Isn’t that what true holistic health is all about? Our purpose in life is greater than the sum of nutrients we consume.

 

The point of this is – when we rigidly try to control our food, our food ends up controlling us. How many times have you eaten a side of veggies when you really wanted fries – only to end up feeling totally unsatisfied and needing MORE food after your meal is over? Ummm like a million times for me (guilty)! Rather than trying to control what I’m eating, listening to my body’s cravings, and then satisfying them, allows me to nourish my body in the healthiest way possible. Sometimes I need some sodium and my body will prompt me to eat some fries. Sometimes I need a certain vitamin/mineral and my body will prompt me to eat some veggies. When you view these two scenarios as completely morally neutral, you can nourish your health without having to worry about it. When eating all types of foods elicits the same emotional response, you have the freedom to make the healthiest food choices for your body.

 

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Thank you Megan for showing us your amazing and balanced mindset around food. We need more dietitians like this! Show this girl some love and follow her on Instagram/ keep up with her blog. 

I’m off!

March 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Happy Sunday my loves! I hope you have been enjoying your weekend so far. My bodies been trying to fight off this nasty cold, so rest + water + smoothies + doggy cuddles was my weekend. 🙂 Oh, and some yoga because my life would be incomplete without it. 


S/O to Target for $8 shorts too. 

The gym hasn’t been my priority. I’ve quite honestly felt like crap all week long between a slight fever, bad cough, sore throat, and congestion. So the gym just wasn’t a good thing for my body this week. And I only went a few times the week before because of a bunch of exams. And this coming week I’ll be on a service trip in West Virginia, so it again won’t be a priority. But the thing is, I’m totally okay with that. Life happens, bodies need rest; and I wouldn’t give up this service trip for hours spent in the gym anyways. 

As I’m writing this in a van at 8:13 am with a runny nose and a crampy stomach (just got my period!!) I sit with a feeling of excitement in my chest as I embark on this journey. I applied for this trip way back in September and am extremely blessed I was chosen to go. This week I will be in West Virginia with a group of girls from my college serving the community. We will be helping with rural poverty and environmental issues. 

My heart is happy. Volunteering is something that makes me feel alive, and I cannot wait to immerse myself into the culture and connect with those who I will be surrounded with. 

I will most definitely be talking about this trip when I’m back, but for now; it’s time to head out! 


Keep letting your soul burn bright friends. 🙂 

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