Winter Break Recap

January 16, 2017 in About Me

Hi guys and happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. 🙂

I wanted to do a recap today of my winter break, because I can’t believe it’s already done and ovaaaa. And that I’m heading back to school today!!

This winter break was truly a blessing. It was a blessing sent from God for sure. Within this past month I was able to figure a whole lot out about myself. I was able to grow and get myself out of a big hole that my depression dug me pretty deep into.

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“She confidently trusts the Lord to take care of her.” Psalm 112:7 

I officially finished the semester on December 21st, but during finals and the last week I enrolled myself into a group therapy program for depression. So it was definitely a big balancing act of taking care of myself and trying to push through the last bit of school, but I managed. I was also commuting to school at this point too. ( I only live about a half hour away)

I officially finished this program a little before Christmas time, so it was nice timing for sure.

I worked at GNC this break. Just 3 shifts a week, but I really needed the money. (Helloooo XMAS shoppin!) I really love my job there so it made my happy. 🙂

I started lifting more and feeling STRONG. No better feeling!

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I did lots of yoga. And began to truly cherish my yoga practice again.

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I prayed. I read the Bible frequently and did my devotionals. I went to church. I talked to God a whole lot.

I ate SO MANY SWEET POTATOES. And discovered my love for sweet potato yogurt bowls!!

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Siggis yogurt + banana + nut butter + purple sweet potato + cinnamon = HEAVEN!!

I discovered my love for soulcycle.

I got to hang with two awesome amazing gals from IG!!

And eat some awesome food with them. 🙂 (Dig In is BAE)

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Allie and I in this restaurant were legit like two 5 year olds in a candy shop. Oh and taking the perfect pic was a struggle y’all. But the plant def made it perfect. #bloggerprobz

I spent NYE with my best friends from college and home!! And we had SUCH a fun night. 🙂

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Me,  Jillian, Krista, Shana 

I spent time with family and my best friends at home.

I began to feel more confident in myself. Depression really sucks all the self-worth you have outta ya and I am FINALLY beginning to gain that back. (Thank ya Jesus!!)

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God’s plan is perfect, his timing is perfect. He placed some challenging times in my life during the months of November and December. //God allowed me to go through rough waters in order for me to recognize the serenity that is the shore.” // The shore is beautiful. Gosh I still have some tough days, but I thank the Lord for the progress I have made this past month. And I cannot wait to continue along this journey of growth and self-discovery, for it is an incredibly beautiful one. 

Now tell me: 

What is one thing you learned about yourself in the past month? 

One thing you are looking forward to this week? 

Have the best Monday loves!! Sending allll the posi vibes. You can get through this week and anything it throws at ya!! Xoxo <3

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18 Comments

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law January 16, 2017 at 4:30 am

    It sounds like you had a great winter break full of growth and learning. I can’t believe the colour of those purple sweet potatoes! Our purple sweet potatoes are white inside 🙁

    One thing I learnt about myself in the past month is that I am capable of SO MUCH MORE than I often imagine.
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  • Reply Stephanie January 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I learned that sometimes a hug is good enough. I learned that and have a tough time applying, you cannot control everything and that’s ok!!
    What do I know for sure, that I love my family and I am so proud of them!

  • Reply Kate January 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    This post inspired me to take on today with a new attitude. Thank you for the reminder that his time is perfect. Yesterday in church I was reminded of that when this verse was read- 2 Peter 3:8-9 “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

    By the way, even though I didn’t get to leave a comment your posts from last week were on point!

  • Reply kat January 16, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I’ve gotta say – I’m so jealous of your yoga practice! It’s something that I really want to get better at but it’s the STARTING part that I’m bad with haha. I have really bad wrists from typing all day long for work, so I know yoga will be something that is rough for me when I first start!
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  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot January 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Wow it sounds like this break was exactly what you needed to regroup! So glad you’re feeling better <3 I hope this next semester goes really smoothly for you!
    This past month I've learned that it's okay to lean on my husband and lean on my loved ones for extra help when I'm feeling tired, sick, and overwhelmed. I also learned that my body is amazing and I am in awe that I'm literally creating a human.
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  • Reply Emily January 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Your winter break looked so restful and just awesome in general! God’s mercy is so awesome.
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  • Reply Susie @ Suzlyfe January 16, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Look at you lifting and yoga-ing and getting out there! That is awesome, Alyssa! I hope you take the same feelings with you into the new semester!

  • Reply rachel @ athletic avocado January 16, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    So happy that you had an awesome winter break and was able to know Jesus more, that’s the best thing that could ever happen 🙂 Good luck this semester!
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  • Reply amy @adventuringamy January 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I wish I was that accomplished in yoga as you, but I have a long ways to go haha! Glad you’re appreciating your practice more though!
    One thing I learned about myself is that I’m definitely more of a hustler than I thought, and i’ve definitely been working my ass off recently in order to spend more time doing the things I love. I currently have a few days off from work so I’m looking forward to reading, drinking way too much coffee and just chilling out for bit!
    Hope you are well, it’s good to see you blogging and happy:)

  • Reply Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar January 16, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Gal. That is a shoulder stand, to be sure! I’m so impressed.
    So glad that you’ve been having more success managing depression these last few weeks. Sounds like this winter break really brought some joy to your life–a new workout you love, good food, time with friends and family. I’m glad you took the initiative and courage to give that group therapy program a try. Good luck starting your new semester. Hope your new classes and adventures bring you joy!
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  • Reply Ellie Pell January 17, 2017 at 12:47 am

    I am amazed at your yoga split! That’s pretty neat to look at 🙂 This past month, I learned more about my new coworkers and how to be quiet when nothing needs to be said. Sometimes I struggle with silence.
    This week, I am looking forward to learning a new part of my job.
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  • Reply Megan Hallier January 17, 2017 at 12:50 am

    That looks like such a nice break. I am super excited for next week because my brother and I are going on a roadtrip which is gonna be epic!
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  • Reply Sarah January 17, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Good luck this semester girl! One thing I learned about myself this month is that I have more grit and “stick to it-ness” than I ever could have imagined- and with that I have found a new confidence.

  • Reply Mackenzie January 17, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Looks like such a beautiful time, girlie. LOVE that verse that you shared too- so powerful. Also- I have been obsessed with siggi’s, cinnamon, and purple sweet potato bowls lately! I didn’t know that was even a thing, and I thought people would think I was strange for putting yogurt in my sweet potato- so I’m pretty excited that you love it like I do! I haven’t thought about adding bananas though.. definitely will be trying that! Have such a great week, dear. It makes my heart so happy that you are in such a positive place, love.

  • Reply Taylor January 17, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Sounds like you really needed the break to decompress and focus on yourself. Glad you were able to do that! I remember in college how I just longed for winter break. College is a stressful time anyways on top of finals.. it was always such a great feeling to be done and then ready to start fresh again. Have a great week!! xoxoxo
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  • Reply samantha January 17, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    It seems like you had a nice winter break! I hope that this spring semester goes well for you too. I know that Im excited for it to begin! One thing i learned about myself this break is that journaling and spending time for yourself is necessary sometimes, its not bad to take care of you sometimes.

  • Reply Caroline January 18, 2017 at 2:05 am

    I’m just really so happy for you right now and for all the growth and happiness you found this past month. Breaks can be so rejuvenating and wonderful for that. I learned how much I really need God right now in my life, and that I need to pray and spend time with Him. This week, I’m looking forward to starting class and heading to Atlanta for a leadership conference for my sorority!
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  • Reply Allie February 16, 2017 at 3:33 am

    omg wait why am I just seeing this. LOVEE💛💛💛 def like 5 year olds in a candy shop maybe worse

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