Go with the Flow

March 15, 2017 in Balance / Recovery

Hola friends. It’s humpppp dayyy!! Woo Woo. Going to be jumping into this post so let’s get started.


Going with the flow can be… quite the challenge for me to say the least. I like having a plan. I love routine and schedules. But I have also learned to love going with the flow and just being. Being in the moment and not wanting to be in control. Being spontaneous. Breaking my routine.

The last three weeks have been a prime example.of breaking my routine. With a whole bunch of exams and not being able to go to the gym as much, to getting sick and again not being able to really workout at all, to going on a week long service trip and not having food or exercise be any sort of priority at all.

Last week consisted of pb&j’s for lunch pretty much every day. White bagels, limited exercise besides some yoga here and there and two short runs, and not a whole bunch of fruits and veggies. Last week was a huge test to me to just learn to be. Be in the moment and fully immerse myself into what I was doing. And I think I passed that little mental test of mine. Sure, there were moments where I felt kinda “bleck” about myself, but in no way did I let that interfere with my time in West Virginia. I went with the flow. And it felt pretty freaking good.

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I haven’t had a “gym routine” in three weeks. Other things have come up within these past three weeks, and the thing is my body is doing just fine. It didn’t get all the kale salads while in West Virginia but it sure got a lot of love from others and absorbed a great deal of knowledge. The gym will always be there, so will the smoothies and nourishing meals; but experiences like the one I just had won’t.

We all know what we need. For me, I need breaks in my daily ebb and flow of life. And I think these past three weeks were a Godsend in a way to loosen up my sometimes too tight of grip and just let go. A lot of things happened that were completely out of my control. Two exams and two papers all assigned within one week, then getting really sick, and still being sick for the first half of my trip. I couldn’t control any of these things. I had to let go and let God take control. And he did a pretty dang good job of that. Because I still remained calm and content during this time. Because I finally just relaxed and went with the flow. Something that would have been incredibly difficult for me a few years back.

So listen to me on this: your body will be fine if you don’t eat all the kale salads all the time. You will be okay if you take time off from the gym. YOU WILL BE FINE. TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY FINE. The sun will still come up even if you have white bagels for a week. The earth will keep spinning if you sit on your bum bum all day instead of sweating at the gym. The gym will always be there. So will all that green food. Your mental and physical health won’t be, or the awesome experiences that come our way when we least expect it. Take ahold of those experiences. Take ahold of those amazing opportunities.

Chill out. Go take a sip of water and realize that our priorities in life change. Take a step back and just go with itGo with the flow. 

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“Let every moment be what it’s going to be. What’s meant to be will come your way. What’s not will fall away.” 

That’s it for this Wednesday loves.

Now tell me: 

Is it easy for you to go with the flow? 

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21 Comments

  • Reply steph March 15, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Hello,
    Thank you for you and all that went on this service trip. I am proud of all of you, but I can attest to how in many, many ways you must be so very happy! You went and you went and I no you had a very bad cold but you fought your way thru and not only helped others but you learned a tremendous amount about yourself!!!
    God bless you my dear!

    • Reply Alyssa March 20, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks mom!! God bless you

  • Reply kat March 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Oh girl I am 100% a planned out person to the T! The only area in which I allow a little variety is my gym life simply because there are so many different exercises and such that I like to incorporate on a daily basis. I wish I was more spur of the moment. Its actually something that I’ve been trying to do more and more – to push myself out of my box and do things on the fly. It isn’t working that well thus far – however my husband and I do have a vacation planned in a few months and I am planning 100% to totally just be IN the moment – no gym plan, no food plan, nothing. And I’m actually excited for it!

    • Reply Alyssa March 20, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      I think that vacation will be awesome for you! perfect time to go with the flow for sure 🙂

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot March 15, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    It’s really hard for me to go with the flow too. In fact, I’d say it’s one of the hardest things for me to grasp! Awesome that you were able to embrace that the past few weeks especially during your trip!
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    • Reply Alyssa March 20, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks so much Heather!

  • Reply Julia @ Drops of Jules March 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I’m the queen of routine. I like to know what I’m doing in advance all the time. But now that I’m working and have a relationship, so much of my time is out of my control. I don’t have a say in how I spend some of my time, and I’m trying to be okay with that. It takes discipline though, as odd as that sounds, to be okay with flexibility. I love that you’re being mindful of this, Lyss!
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    • Reply Alyssa March 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks for reading Julia! I think it is so important to be able to let go of that control from time to time.

  • Reply Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves March 15, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    What an important message, Lyss. Those weeks that aren’t the “healthy” ideal can be tough, physically and mentally, but it is so awesome that you took each moment for what it was and lived them with as much joy as you possibly could. You rock.
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    • Reply Alyssa March 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      YOU rock girl. Thank you so much Alison <3

  • Reply Megan Hallier March 16, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Haha it is such a struggle for me to go with the flow. I am super uptight. I love organization and planning and being prepared for things. So spontaneous trips or decisions freak me out! I totally need to work on this.
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    • Reply Alyssa March 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      I love organization too and knowing what’s coming up. You should totally challenge yourself to breaking that routine!

  • Reply Sarah March 16, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    This is something I am definitely working on. I love “checking off boxes” and having a plan- but learning to just be and be okay in the moment is a work in progress. However, when I do allow myself to trust the process and not try to be so in control, it always ends up feeling so good!
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    • Reply Alyssa March 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Learning to be in the moment is so hard, but so so worth it. <3

  • Reply Emily March 16, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Oh. Amen to this. Amen. Yesterday I heard a preacher say, ‘A Christian doesn’t need to know what happens tomorrow. They just need to know that God is with them.’ And that is what I’m learning, through the greatest, hardest trials that our family and church have faced in a while. If God is with us, who can be against us? I just want to keep Jesus in front of me as my Savior and Lord, and remember that there is nothing He can not do.

    I LOVE that we’re both learning to go with the flow at the same time… Maybe we could do a podcast on it?
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    • Reply Alyssa March 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Love what your preacher said! thank you for sharing that with me <3

  • Reply Cora March 17, 2017 at 3:07 am

    I’ve been having a really tough couple weeks, with a lot of anxiety and fear. Today my good friend said to me, “remember, its about flow.” Immediately I was softened. It is really hard to remember that the flow of life is actually what is going to bring happiness. We make ourselves believe that plans and discipline and rules and structure are what will keep us in place and happy, but these things only keep us hard and rigid. You are so beautiful for living in this flow.
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    • Reply Alyssa March 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      The flow of life will bring us genuine happiness! You are so right about that <3

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law March 17, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    I am definitely a type A person, however, I have learnt that you really HAVE to go with the flow because you can’t actually control anything in life…

    But let’s be real, that does NOT mean it’s easy for me to do it!
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    • Reply Alyssa March 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      You really do have to sometimes!! Definitely not easy all the time though!

  • Reply Angel March 21, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I love routine as well especially in the area of food! I can have rice daily for a month. Yes, I hear you and seriously need to change that. I guess planning meals ahead of time and making an effort to eat right. How do you manage to go with the flow? I find that really difficult.
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