Morning Makeover

Let’s get a few things straight. I like to think of myself as a morning person. Once my eyes are open, and my feet hit the ground, I’m good to go. However, before anyone goes to pat me on the back, it’s the eye opening feet to ground thing that I struggle with. You see, I often fall into a stay-up-way-too-late only to dread getting up in the morning slump.

I was reading this guest post  and thought to myself, my morning routine definitely needs a makeover! I realize that I may not wake up every singing show tunes (Sound of Music, anyone?), but maybe getting a simple routine together would make my mornings a lot less rushed, a bit more pleasant, and dare I say enjoyable? Here are a few things on my mind when I think about creating a morning routine.

1. Go to bed on time

Right now, I have the sleep schedule of a college freshman. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that I work from home, and while I do have set hours, I often overwork, and under-enjoy. Which leads to me staying up at ridiculously late watching yet another Youtube “What’s in My Bag” or “Naked 3 Palette Review”. Boo. If it got to bed around 10:30 pm through the week, I’d be able to get up and hit the gym (or yoga studio). Working out in the evenings just doesn’t work for me.

2. Use an Alarm 

See my first point. My college freshman behavior indeed extends into the morning. I have horrible alarm use habits. Sometimes I set it, sometimes I don’t and I usually wake up naturally around 8am (give or take 30). This always leads to mild anxiety, as I never have time to get prepared to walk into the office. Even if said office is next door to the bedroom. If I went to be around 10:30 pm, I could wake up at 6:30 am which would give me time to take care of the things that matter most: easing into my day, taking time for my well being, looking presentable, and getting a jump start on my workday to do list.

Now for the fun bits! If I’m up in the morning, I might as well make it fun to get ready, right? Here’s my short list of things that would make the routine fantastic:

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1. Bodyweight and HIIT workouts are my go to on gym days, so these Nike Free Bionic Training shoes are perfect for me. I like to save my pricey running kicks just for running, so these shoes (with their barefoot feel) are so amazing.

2. Because I work from home, I can light candles in the morning without worrying all day if I’ve blown them out🙂 This Peach Bellini candle from Bath and Body Works has an amazing, fresh scent that lingers. It’s perfect to light while getting ready to face the day.

3. I love fresh uplifting minty-ish scents after a workout. This Early to Rise body wash by Kiss My Face smells like wild mint and citrus, and is the perfect pick me up in the morning.

4. I lack a robe in my life, and this plush pink one fits my girly bill🙂

5. One of my favorite scents – The Body Shop’s Satsuma Body Butter is a standby for smelling clean and fresh post shower.

6. I’m not a caffeine addict per se, but I’m trying to limit how much coffee I drink for sanity’s sake. The roasted flavor in Numi’s Toasted Rice Green Tea is perfectly balanced, and I often drink a few cups of this throughout the morning.

7. This Brita Water Pitcher in punchy pink would make remembering to drink enough water throughout the day a breeze.

I’ll report back in a few weeks with how my morning routine is going!

XOXO

– K

Neglect.

I must admit, I’m the worst at neglecting this little blog. However, I just keep feeling the urge to revisit it, and keep writing. Even if I haven’t written since September. There’s a lot going on in my little corner of the world! We’re moving (yay! lots of design posts coming your way), I’m shopping, I’ve lost weight (need to get back on track!)and just would like to be able to document some of it. I’ll be back soon!

September to Remember

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Hey Hey! Look at this – two consecutive posts!

I guess I should start with another confession: I love the start of a new month! It means a fresh start, new goals, new plans and things to look forward to.

I consider it a bonus that this month kicks off fall as well. September is also my 6th wedding anniversary, so pardon me if I am a bit more squishy and lovey around the 15th of this month🙂

I’ve found that setting monthly goals works really well for me – so I’m going to keep that ball rolling. Here’s what I’d like to accomplish this month:

1. Become an early riser – I work from home. Yes, it’s awesome. No, I do not work in my pj’s. While working from home is great, it can also eat up your life. I can sit down at the computer around 9am, blink, and it’s 7:30. Boo. That’s not healthy – at all. However, I’d love to start getting up earlier – it gives me time to do the things that are really important, and sets a lovely tone for my day. I found this article from Zen Habits about becoming an early riser, and am going to base my goal on that. All in all, I’d like to start getting up at 6am daily. Maybe 7 on the weekends. The Plan: This week, I’ll start waking up at 8am every day, Week 2, 7:30am, Week 3, 7:00am and the end of the month 6:30am. Obviously, I also plan to get to bed a bit earlier – getting between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night. 

2. Clean out/organize our storage unit – The husband, dog and I recently moved from Michigan to Ohio. It was a quickly decided and executed move. I love it in Ohio. That being said, we’re in a transitional period..one which involves a poorly organized storage unit containing most of our worldly possessions. Turns out most of our worldly possessions at all..they are more junky than anything. This move to Ohio was a fresh start – so when we are ready to move into our new place, I’d love to move the things that are important, and get rid of the rest.  I read an interview with Jordan Ferney on A Cup of Jo on living in a small space, and thought her tips were super helpful. Though I doubt we’ll be living in a space that small, I’m of the less is more approach and would love to scale down on what we own. This post and this one are also super inspiring from Young House Love are awesome too.

3. Find a church, forreal – I haven’t consistently been to church in a month of Sundays. For some, this wouldn’t be an issue, but for me, it’s important – and it sort of feels like something is missing. So, I’d love to find a church home and get involved this month. Or, at least, visit a few more churches🙂

4. Stick to a eating/fitness plan – When I started this blog, I weighed around 172. The heaviest I’ve ever been. I now weigh 164 thanks to eating well, sweating once a day and being mindful. August was a disaster. There were too many glasses of wine, squares of chocolate and less than healthy food. I’m back on it this month! The plan: Meal plan for the month, grocery shop once a week, and stick to my workout cal. 

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5. Be social – Ughh, I’m an introvert in a new city. Which means I have no friends. Haha, don’t feel sorry for me. The only people I know are my husband (duh), his family and his friends. I miss having girlfriends, I haven’t had them in years! I don’t need a gaggle of women, just one or two awesome girlfriends would be fantastic. Having realized that, I’m going to start putting myself out there. The Plan – I’ll be back in Michigan this month, so I plan to spend quality time with a few friends there. As for Ohio, I’m going to check out a girl’s running group, try to connect with bloggers in the area, etc. 

6. Stick to our budget! – The husband and I have been sticking to a budget for a few months, and we’re making progress. The current problem is we have too many wants, and plans, and not enough money. Time to revisit our budget and adjust. The Plan: We’ll sit down together, hash out a few real goals, put the rest on the back burner, and go from there. 

I’ll post updates throughout the month! What are your goals for September?

[Insert Number Here]’s a Charm Right?

I have to confess, I’ve had a blogging itch for quite some time. When I give in, I may post consecutively for two days and then desert my poor blog for a good 3-12 months. At which point, the cycle begins again. I usually give up on blogging for a bevy or reasons, but the most frequent reasons are:

  • I can be very consistent at not being consistent
  • I figure that everyone and their mom (no,really) has a blog – surely the world does not need another blog by moi. 
  • I suck at journaling, thus I must also suck at blogging – right?
  • I can never decide what this space should be about
  • I’m not comfortable with the unknown. I like things to be planned.
  • I get stuck in a vortex of comparing myself to other girls, and figure if they’ve said it, blogged it, or Instagrammed it, what could I possibly have to add?
  • I’m not super comfortable blogging deep thoughts (now what?) 
  • The interwebs can be a mean place

And then I realized something. Bloggers (the good ones, anyway) blog for them. They do what works, leave what doesn’t and move on with their lives. I know that I’m not interested in becoming a career blogger (props to y’all who do!) but I now understand that blogging could be an awesome creative outlet for me. I always thought of blogging as an outward journey, not a inward adventure. But, that has changed recently. 

Personally, I just want to use this space to document living a fuller life. I won’t Instagram every bit of my life, upload all of my eats each day. I do know, however, that this really will be a space for me to  be creative, put my thoughts down, and expand areas of my life that could use more attention. 

I, by personality am a hardworking girl who gives everything to work, and often finds there isn’t much of me left to enjoy life. This is my account of changing that🙂 I’m looking forward to it🙂

– Karmen

I’m Back!

I’m sure I am not the first person to create a blog, and then proceed to fall of the face of the earth. I’ll be honest – I’m not that great at sticking with things. Blogs, eating plans, goals – you name it, I’ve dropped it. 

Buuut – I’d like to change that. So in an effort to stick to that goal – I’m back. What I have I been up to? Moving. The husband, the dog and myself packed up everything in Detroit, and have moved to Ohio. I seriously couldn’t be happier🙂 With that said, it’s been quite hectic, but very very exciting :) 

Enough words though, how about some pictures? 

My first game at Progressive Field 

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Enjoying Edgewater Park

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I’ll be back soon!

Confession Time

Confession time! Here goes:

I’m a socially awkward penguin. Case in point..this is me:

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(Source)

I grew up “like” an only child. I say it that way because, well, I’m not an only child by any means. I have two older sisters and an older brother. However, I was the surprise baby, and spent most of my childhood and teenage years at home alone  as the only child in the house.

Occasionally, I think this has a lot to do with my overall personality. By default, I am an introvert. I’m not a fan of crowds or large groups of people, and am not by any means the life of the party. I’m a homebody, I enjoy quiet, I like when it is just me, the hubby and the puppy.

At 29, I’m totally down with my bad introverted self🙂 However, what I find much different from say, 5 years ago is how solitary I now am.

Sidenote: solitary and introverted are not the same thing. Check out this vid – The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

What’s the difference you ask? I asked myself the same thing. Why am I not typically comfortable in social situations any longer, why do I shy away from meeting new people or making new friends? Why don’t I share my awesomeness more often?

Super simple answer: because I’m not comfortable in my own skin. Literally. In the past 5 years or so, I’ve gained about 25lbs. In the past 7, I’ve gained closer to 40lbs. Image

Me in college, me a few months after our wedding and me at a work party last winter

Eek. Weight gain has a way of surprising you doesn’t it? I’ve steadily packed on weight from emotional eating (happy and sad), inconsistency (I’ll start, but will find something else fitness related to distract me in 0.004357 seconds), poor planning (tomorrow’s Monday? I haven’t gone grocery shopping!!) and excuses  (I’ll eat this cake today and start first thing tomorrow).

I’m a planner by nature, and an overthinker. Which often results in me planning yet doing nothing, which results in no results.

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So, I’m committing to taking a different approach, a little less planning and more doing. I’m tossing in some accountability, and some kind of social aspect as well. Stay tuned!

Follow Your Bliss vs. Beast Mode

I’m going to start with a confession. It isn’t earth shattering — but in the healthy living blog world it may be.

Currently, there’s Cool Ranch Doritos dust on my keyboard.

They were really good. Good in that overly salty, crunchy, not-even-close-to-an-actual-food-found-in-nature kind of way. I’ve heard and read that these kinds of cravings, or poor eating habits subside once they are replaced with good habits and healthy food.

Which brings me to the title of my post: “Follow Your Bliss vs. Beast Mode”

I’ve realized that I struggle with some kind of healthy living schizophrenia. As in, I either commit to doing a detox from said Doritos with kale juice, sign up for unlimited yoga, and buy a new pair of  Lululemon pants or swear off the Doritos, buy the biggest bin of chocolate protein powder, head off the the grocery store with an ancient cutting diet plan in hand, and pack my gym bag.

I lack balance. Not only in this area, but others as well – but that is for another post my friends🙂

There are many different schools of thought with regard to getting healthy. There’s intuitive eating vs. 5-6 meals a day. Treadmill Shredmill workouts vs. Bikram. I used to think that for me at least, it had to be all or nothing. But I’m realizing that what I need is balance. More green, less Doritos. Less sitting, more sweating. and I shouldn’t be afraid to mix is up!

I need a plan with variety and balance, and I need to stick to it. I’ll be back later with what the plan is!

 

 

Insert Snappy Inaugural Title Post Here :)

Hey there! I’m Karmen🙂 I totally believe that my inaugural post will be awkward no matter what I say, but I might as well get it out of the way right?

I’m starting this fitness/lifestyle blog to hold myself accountable  to get in shape, and go after the things I want in life (health, career, relationships, etc.). I can’t count the number of times I’ve started a blog, but first  fifth time’s a charm right??

I also started this blog to document the months leading up to my 30th birthday =) (1.1.14) — I haven’t been the best at making memories, and I’d love to start. So here goes!

– Karmen