Inspiration · Random · relationships · thoughts · Travel

A Week Away……and other thoughts.

I just came back from the best vacation I’ve ever had and I can’t help but be completely washed over with a feeling of gratefulness. I truly believe that once you’ve found your person, no one else in the world matters the same way that they do. I’m in love in a way that I have never experienced and I occasionally wonder what I did to deserve it. My boyfriend and I went on a cruise on the MSC Divina to Jamaica, Mexico, Bahamas and Cayman Islands. It was a great learning experience – for travel purposes and each other. I didn’t know it was possible but we managed to become even CLOSER.

Even though I have always had issues with religion and probably always will – I can’t help but always know in my heart that regardless of what religion is right or wrong – there IS a God. I saw a lot of gorgeous views like the one shown above and felt the most amazing love and happiness while on this trip. There is a lot of evil in the world, but with all of the beauty, love, happiness and good that also exists, it’s hard to believe that there isn’t a God and that it all happened by chance.

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Regardless, I am back from vacation feeling refreshed and encouraged to make my mark on this world and to lift others up. I also will continue to make the ones I love feel respected, safe and appreciated. Having this AMAZING partner in crime in my life is both a blessing and a privilege. I look forward to many more adventures and doing life with him.

Hello, Summer!

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xo

More pics to come on my online photo album.

 

 

#lifestyle · Inspiration · Random

Worry.

Worry can really put a damper on things. But we all struggle with it.

If you have an analytical personality, then you know exactly what I mean.

Sometimes, I wish I could go back to the exact moment in time that caused me to be such an over-thinker. Instead I manage it by keeping myself busy. Crossfit, fitness, cooking, art projects and helping others. Nothing makes me happier than to make another person smile. It doesn’t have to be debilitating!

I recently purchased this book in hopes to learn new tricks to keep my over-thinking mind in check. I feel that it’s important to always seek out ways to improve yourself. 

Has anyone read this book? If so, what are your thoughts? Do you struggle with anxiety? How do you deal with it? I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences 🙂

Have a beautiful day x

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up

food · Healthy · Inspiration

The Importance of Niacin

Niacin, also known as Vitamin B3, is one of the most important Vitamin’s that your body needs. A lack of Niacin in the body can cause serious problems. One of the biggest problems it can cause is issues with the brain. Depression, dementia, suicidal thoughts, etc. Over all, it supports the function of the nervous system and the brain. In addition, Niacin can also be used to treat diabetes and arthritis (in conjunction with other Vitamins and Minerals).

To expand on the issue of depression, many studies link depression to Niacin deficiency.

In the brain, low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin are associated with depression. One of the building blocks of serotonin is the amino acid tryptophan, and one of the building blocks of tryptophan is niacin. Tryptophan also helps the body supply itself with niacin. If tryptophan is divided between serotonin production and niacin production, serotonin production is likely to be inadequate. Supplemental niacin and tryptophan can improve symptoms of depression.” Read more at Livestrong.com

Unfortunately, unlike FAT, the body does not store Niacin. It leaves the body in large quantities daily, so it is imperative to eat foods that contain this or take a natural supplement.

“Men need about 16 mg per day and women need 14 mg per day unless they are pregnant or nursing (pregnant and breastfeeding women have higher niacin requirements)” – Fitday.com

Niacin has a lot to do with metabolism and energy levels. According to the Live Strong website, “it helps convert the macro-nutrients into their building blocks, which are smaller carbohydrate molecules, such as glucose, amino acids and fatty acids.” If you’re feeling tired, you could be lacking in Vitamin B3, NOT caffeine 🙂

Where is this super Vitamin found? Red meat, liver, kidneys, chicken, turkey and fish. (Fish is my favorite which is why it’s in bold!) There are always restrictions in that a lot of red meat is not healthy for the heart and fish contains mercury, so it is best to be conservative with how much you eat them. As far as veggies, most green leafy vegetables have niacin as well as asparagus, beans, carrots and tomato. Eat veggies as raw as possible. When you cook them, you’re also cooking away the nutrients.

SO – eat your greens, don’t eat TOO much meat, and cook your veggies as raw as possible. You’ll feel great, I guarantee it 😉

xo

Sources: Fitday.com Livestrong

Beauty · Fashion · Healthy · Hollywood · Inspiration · Model

By Popular Demand :]

This is a huge topic, especially among women. The definition of beauty.

The funny thing is, there isn’t ONE definition. Have you ever heard the phrase, beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Well, it’s true.

The media has its positive ends, but as far as the image of beauty it is trying to portray….it’s completely ridiculous. It sends the message to women [and men], that one must look a certain way to be beautiful, hot, sexy, blah blah blah. STOP! It’s all noise. Wouldn’t life be boring if there was only one type of flower to look at? Or the same type of dog to own? YES! https://i2.wp.com/pazoo.com/sites/default/files/puppies.jpg

People grow different flowers, and own different breeds of dogs because it’s a matter of opinion and preference! What is really important to remember, is that the people that are seen on television, magazines, and movies are paid to be in shape. They have their own pressures to look their best. Most of them have hired trainers and nutritionists to help keep them on track and in check. They literally spend hours working out. Their pressure is not only success, but income as well. This is their job and their livelihood.

I cannot tell you how long it took me to realize all of this and keep it in the right perspective. I used to be so insecure of myself because I didn’t think I looked “perfect.” But….perfect? What is perfect really? One of the coolest quotes I ever saw on Facebook one time was sort of a message from women to men saying [and maybe not the exact words], “If you aren’t rockin’ a six pack, don’t expect us to be a Victoria Secret model.” Is that not THE best thing you’ve ever heard?! It’s so true! 🙂

My biggest point is, it doesn’t matter if you’re curvy, straight, a size 0, 6 or a size 16 [did you know a size 6 and above is considered plus size in the modeling world?] What REALLY matters is that you treat your body right and you have a personality that illuminates the room. What I mean by that, is that happiness and confidence is contagious and that is the ultimate attractive quality. Looks only last so long. If you think about it, looks actually change quite a bit. Do you look the same way you did in high school? or college? Of course not! And that’s okay! Do not let the media pressure you, and men, don’t let the media affect your expectations of women!

I love food documentaries, one in specific that I enjoy is Hungry for Change. In that documentary, they discuss pharmaceuticals and beauty products that “assist” people in looking beautiful. Here’s the thing….those things only COVER UP the root problem, not fix it. So what would help you ask? Proper care of your body, from the inside. If you feed your body right, treat it right….it will shine for you. Here are a few encouraging quotes and verses that discuss this topic directly.

Psalms 139:14, I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”
― Leo Tolstoy

“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”
― Dorothy Parker

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
― John Keats