A Year in Charlotte

Knock, knock. Is this thing on?

It’s certainly been long enough where I feel like I need to reintroduce myself and give this little blog a revamp.

Where have I been you ask? Or didn’t, either way… I moved to Charlotte last September and have been MIA pretty much in the blogging community since. I’ve definitely missed expressing myself and unloading on this platform and would love if I could be better about keeping up on it (I’m totally in a better place than I was last year!). 

So, what’s new? Well, take a seat boys and girls because I’m here to tell you. Within this last year I have had exponential growth. I experience feeling alone for the first time. Not like moving out of your parent’s house but still living in the same town alone. I mean my car broke down a couple weeks ago and I called my dad and he told me he couldn’t help alone. I get it, I’m 25. I’m an adult. When will I get off the tit? Side note: I think my parent’s love it when I call them for help so probably never.

Let’s rewind a bit here and jump back into last November. As some of you may know, I’m a girl that has always held many jobs. I love being busy and often times take on more than I can handle (I’ve tried to outgrow this but I think it’s just who I am at this point). So when I first moved here I was working constantly. I think I was trying to fill the void of feeling lonely. It helped in a lot of ways but always hurt me too. Because on days where I didn’t have anything going on I would find myself sleeping to pass the time until I could work again. Yikes, that’s hard to admit!

If you’ve followed my blog in the past I have always been open about mental illness and finding ways to deal with anxiety. I have far from perfected it but I have totally found some ways that help me when the going gets rough. Onto December, the holidays are a very hard time to be away from your family for the first time – I learned that reallllll quick. But I was lucky enough to visit my family in Florida for Christmas. We had an incredible time and it was so nice to have some R&R time with the people I loved the most.

Fun fact, it doesn’t really snow in Charlotte so that was a very interesting season for me. In Montana it starts snowing in October. In fact, my mom texted me the other day and said that there was going to be snow this upcoming week! Get your Carhartts out ladies and gents! I brought mine to Charlotte and it’s the most worthless thing!

Right around springtime I was slowly starting to enjoy what this city has to offer. Charlotte in the Spring is beyond beautiful. All the flowers are blowing and everything is incredibly green. I was spending more time outside hiking and on the off-chance I would stay inside I would do things that would make feel fulfilled (making dinner or taking my dog on walks).

Summer has been hot but a growing time as well. I often times feel like I’ll never stop growing and as I age I understand that maybe that is what life is about – constant growth to be the best person you can possibly be.

Although Summer is still going strong I’m one of those basic girls anxiously waiting to eat, drink, carve anything pumpkin (I was actually ready in September but my roommate would not allow me to jump-the-fun). I have so many fun plans coming up for the rest of the year and I feel like I’m finally finding my grounding again. Also, moving is expensive and mentally/physically exhausting. So, yes. After an entire year of being in Charlotte I am finally starting to feel financially stable again. It did not help that I took a 3 week vacation back in May (will create a separate post for that later) but I would do it all over again for that incredible experience.

Anyways, there is the quickest update that I could possibly do! I’m happy to be back and hopefully I will be better about keeping up this time around.

Until next time,

Christine

QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

1. What’s your favorite Fall item?

2. Have you ever moved far from home?

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Moving!

Well, everyone,

I MOVED. After the months and months anticipation it finally came. I was at a loss for words from the outpouring love and support from my family and friends the night before we took off. It was so much fun (some of us had too much for, cough-me) and really made the trip the next day feel so surreal.

We named our party Bye, Felicia of course.

Billings, Montana has always been home to me and it will always be home. I honestly just left and I am already looking forward to going home and visiting all my family and friends. Although I miss them, I still feel like this was the best decision for me.

I know I’ve discussed this topic before but I was soooo unhappy with life in Montana and I could never figure out why. I was surrounded by the most wonderful people, I was in my junior year of college, I got to see my family as much as I please, etc. Then point of all this is to let anyone know that is struggling is the smallest (or largest for some) changes can literally change. your. life.

At the end of the day I feel incredibly blessed to take this leap with my two wonderful friends. I feel so blessed that they wanted to move across the country WITH ME so we could all take this journey together. I know that there will be times of sadness but I also know there will be times of greatness.

I know this post is semi-sappy and I promise to give an update of my apartment and decorations as soon as we get settled. But for now, I leave you with this.. I GOT A PUPPY!

We were going through so much change as it was that we felt we should throw something else into the mix.. whoops!

Her name is Pippa (Pipp for short) and she is the absolute sweetest. She is 1/4 American Bulldog and 3/4 French Bulldog. I’ve wanted a frenchie for awhile but I knew that they often have a lot of health issues because of their big ol’ heads. So I opted for a mix – and to say the least, I am not disappointed.

Training her has been a task in itself but she is such a love bug.

I am thrilled that I finally had some down time to update everyone on life and can’t wait to start up Wellness Wednesday again soon. I have a few posts I’ve been dying to write so be on the lookout, friends!

Thanks for always being there to support me in all my endeavors.

Xx, Christine

PS. Quick question. How do we all feel about Colton being the new bachelor?

Wellness Wednesday – 4 Wellness Tips

Welcome back to Wellness Wednesday!

This week I wanted to touch on 4 wellness tips that I try to practice daily. They are all simple, easy and healthy and definitely make me feel better when I’m consistent with them. So, with that, let’s get to it.

  1. Eat Breakfast

Everyone has heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You need to make sure that you are boosting your metabolism first thing in the morning and starting off your day with a healthy breakfast! When you eat breakfast you providing your body energy and helping your focus for the rest of the day.

I also utilize breakfast as a tool that will ensure I eat healthy the rest of the day. When I start my day off right with a smoothie, protein pancakes, eggs etc. I know that I have already taken a step in the right direction for the day and don’t feel exhausted and tired. Often times when I eat a heavy breakfast or brunch (my favorite meal of the day) I tend to need a nap afterwards. Every once and awhile I love doing that but nothing makes me crankier than waking up and feeling bloated and still sleepy. Therefore, eat healthy breakfast and kick off your day the right way!

2. Drink Water

Since the human body is made up of about 60% water you want to make sure you’re giving it the proper nourishment! I love to always drink a glass of water before each meal. Sometimes when you are craving food or sweets it is actually because you are thirsty! So put the brownie down and take a big ol’ gulp of water before biting into that treat.

Above is the main reason I like the drink water below are a few other fun facts I wanted to shared:

Without water your muscles feel extremely fatigued. When fatigued, muscle cells will actually shrivel until replenished. This for sure goes hand-in-hand with drinking water while exercising. Before I go to the gym I make sure that I am completely hydrated so that my muscles are able to stretch and grow versus just trying to replenish themselves. Since you’re sweating your body needs water constantly to replace the loss of fluids.

I also notice that when I am drinking enough water my skin clears up! When you are dehydrated your skin starts to look wrinkled and dry. But once you hydrate enough the skin will loosen and the kidneys will start to secrete the extra fluid through urine. Once enough water is drank, it is important to moisturize to lock the water into your skin.

3. Eating Habits

So this one is super short and sweet! Throughout the day I try not to eat two bad meals in a row. When I eat one bad meal I’m instantly craving another one … but if I don’t allow myself to do so then it resets myself back on track to continue eating healthy for the rest of the day.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

So this is one that I have yet to try but I’m going to start incorporating this into by everyday routine! Every morning I want to drink a cup of hot water, lemon and apple cider vinegar. It has sooo many health benefits and I will list a few below.

· Weight Loss

· Reduced Cholesterol

· Lower Blood Sugar

· Kills Bacteria

· Heart Health


Well that’s all, folks! Since I’m preaching breakfast, breakfast, breakfast. This week I’m going to share a smoothie recipe! It actually isn’t mine … I stole it from my friend Jayde. But I started drinking these in the mornings and they fill me up and make me feel energized.

Pineapple/Banana/Spinach Smoothie

Prep Time : 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

1 Pineapple

4 Bananas

1 tub Croyo (Natural Grocerers)

Vanilla Extract

Hemp Hearts

Chia Seeds

1 bag Spinach

Unsweetened Almond Milk


Step 1: Add 8 drops of vanilla extract to the coconut yogurt (this sweetens it just a tad) and stir well. Divide the yogurt into four mini-mason jars.

Step 2: Chop one pineapple and divide it into four ziplock bags. Cut four banana and also add those to the ziplock.

Step 3: Add 1c spinach, 2 tbsp of flax seed, 2tbsp hemp hearts and 2 tbsp chia seeds

**These nutritional fats add so many benefits to your diet

Step 4: Freeze the four baggys and place the mason jars in the fridge. When ready to drink, add all ingredients together in a blender and add 1/2c unsweetened almond milk. Drink up – you won’t be disappointed.

Tune in next week for another Wellness Wednesday!

Toodles,

Christine

Fourth of July Recap!

I haven’t posted a recap in forever so I thought I would fill everyone in on what’s new! If you haven’t picked it up in the previous posts; I am moving to Charlotte, NC at the end of August. I was dying to expand my horizons and start a new adventure so I decided to take a leap and move in the fall. But, besides that.. I’ve just been a busy little worker bee and just saving as much money as possible and trying not to put myself in a poor position when I move.

May

May brought the end of a semester and a small vacation. My best friend and I traveled to Portland so I could visit some friends and she could visit her sister. While I was there I got bangs, many brunches, and lots of clothes that I didn’t need. I had so much fun visiting my friends and was sad to come home. On the way home we drove an hour in the wrong direction, yikes, and had to turn around make it a two day trip. Although it felt like a lifetime to get back home, it’s always nice to travel with someone that you’re so close with because it never makes for ‘awkward’ car silences or conversations.

ALSO! My sister graduated high school! Woohoo! I’ve never been more proud of anyone and she is such an inspiration to ME (even though she is the younger sister!).

May also brought my friend Michelle’s birthday. We went out to a few bars and definitely had a few too many drinks! We had sooo much fun and it was totally a night to remember. Sometimes it is so nice to catch dinner and drinks with friends instead of curling up at home and watching movies (which is what I would rather do 99% of the time). I felt so blessed to be apart of her special day but I was for sure regretting some of the drinks the following morning.

June

This month I got to go to… Taylor Swift! She was playing in Denver and it was a last minute purchase. Kenzi, Michelle and I were spontaneous and just randomly bought the tickets to go see one of my favorite pop stars. And it was safe to say that she put on the most amazing show. Besides that, the trip was cut super short because it is hard for us all to get the same time off. We drove back in a hurry but it didn’t make the trip any less amazing.

Believe it or not, but I went to four movies in June. I am beside myself that I spend that much money on movies but who doesn’t love a good matinee? I went to see Book Club (awful, don’t see!), Incredibles 2 (movie of the year for sure!), Tag (so incredibly stupid), Jurassic World (eh) and Oceans 8 (Sandra Bullock will forever be a babe). Even though all these movies were so wonderful, I think the best movie that I have seen this year yet would be Love, Simon. It is so touching and heartfelt and if you haven’t seen it – you need to.

July

Well, it is only the 7th ..  but my fourth was pretty great with great friends. Besides getting sunburnt to a crisp while on the lake with my family, my friends and I went to the lake and had some drinks and basked in the sun all day (woohoo!). It is so rare to get these times with my friends and I really do cherish every single moment.


I know my life seems super boring at the moment but I promise I’ll be more exciting soon! Until then .. here are some photos my sister took of me last weekend to practice studio lighting. She is so talented and if you all don’t follow her on Instagram already then you should start! @alexajorgensonphoto

ttfn,

Christine

PS. This week on Wellness Wednesday I’m going to be discussing 5 wellness tricks I practice daily. It will also be featuring a cilantro lime shrimp salad! Check back Wednesday & subscribe!

Wellness Wednesday – Social Media Detox + Recipe!

Happy fourth and welcome to my second Wellness Wednesday.

This week I’ve decided to talk about the social media detox I did a last month and how it affected me and why everyone should give it a try.

I was definitely the typical girl who was always sending her girlfriends memes on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat etc. I was constantly scrolling through the popular page and comparing myself to fitness models, makeup bloggers, YouTube stars and so on. I was so consumed in other people’s lives that I felt like I truly wasn’t living mine to the fullest. The point being, why was I doing that? I decided that it was extremely unhealthy to be doing so and honestly exhausting mentally. I hate participating in things that make me feel sad or upset afterwards and I knew that I could easily make a change for the better by just putting my phone down.

Because of that, I decided to deactivate my Facebook, delete my Snapchat and Instagram apps from my phone and take a break from social media for awhile. At first I was constantly grabbing for my phone to start scrolling through mindless posts that I’ve already seen a hundred times. But after just a few days I noticed that I was reaching for my phone less when I was at home, with friends, driving (we are all guilty) etc.  I really was trying to focus on being aware in every situation. I’m so tired of hanging out with people that are constantly on their phones! Please put it down and be present. If I could have a life motto it would for sure be to be present. 

I did have certain vices that helped this detox. I definitely saw myself on Pinterest more and instead of browsing or being so invested in other people’s lives and what they were doing; I was getting ideas for my new home in Charlotte. What I really wanted from this was to pull myself away from everyone else and focus on myself instead. And you know what? I truly believe that is the reason I came back to blogging! I wasn’t comparing my blogs to other blogs, or myself to insta-models anymore. I was so consumed in my well being and it really opened my eyes.

Moral of the story – everyone should take some time off social media and be more engaged in conversations with anyone you encounter. Make sure you are listening and giving your full attention to the people that deserve it. Because at the end of the day, that Instagram model you stalked for over an hour and ended up on her brothers-daughters-friends page doesn’t give a crap about that hour you gave her. But your friends/family/strangers will remember these moments forever.

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Since we got the ‘serious’ talk out of the way I wanted to start incorporting recipes in my blog. Soooo, starting this week I hope to have at least one recipe up a week of healthy eats that are easy to make. This weeks topic is Sweet Potato Brownies.

Ingredients:

· 1 medium sized sweet potato (finely grated)

· 1/2 c of cacao powder

· 1/4 c coconut oil

· 1/4 c honey

· 3 tbsp almond meal

· 2 tbsp pure maple syrup

· 1 tsp vanilla extract

· 2 tsp baking powder

Directions:

1. Preheat over to 320° F

2. Combine all ingredients into a bowl once sweet potato is finely ground.

3. Line a baking tin with parchment paper and pour batter into tin.

4. Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

5. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 min.

6. Place in fridge and eat next day – they are much better and more dense when chilled until the next day!

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Topping:

Heat 1 tbsp of peanut butter, 1 tbsp cocoa and 1 tbsp coconut oil and combine together. Wait until brownies are completely cooled and then drizzle overtop. Enjoy! 🙂

 

Wellness Wednesday

Welcome back to my blog! Might I say .. it’s good to be back. I’m so sporadic with my posts but I’ve just been the busiest little bee working as much as possible before September (if you read my last post you know I’m moving to North Carolina this coming fall!)

What brings me here today is that I have decided to start a weekly segment regarding health and wellness. I know that in the past I have discussed fitness tips and workouts- but I actually wanted to use these posts to focus on something else … mental health. 

I know that so many people are more concerned about their physical appearance but forget that really it is what’s in the inside that counts. More so, how you feel in the inside that counts. Everyone needs to make sure they are taking the steps to ensure that their mental health and happiness should always come first. Often times people will put everyone else above themselves and truly forget how to feel happy or even content. I am definitely someone that realizes that the ‘highest highs’ will never hit us as hard as our ‘lowest lows’, but I am here to share some tips that have helped me lately with alllll of the stress of moving and working and how I  have managed to feel at peace.

For those of you that don’t know know me, I’m Christine. A very high stressed (always), constantly on the go, cat lovin’ gal. I have recently taken certain precautions towards bettering my attitude and ensuring that I feel beautiful on the inside and outside. I’m going to start small with some tips and tricks that should be done often to make sure that you are feeling good.

I know sometimes you haven’t showered in four days, haven’t brushed your hair in five and haven’t brushed your teeth in two and there isn’t anything that you/anyone could say to make yourself feel beautiful (guilty!). But it’s soooo incredibly important that you feel confident because it really does illuminate off you and make marks on the people around you.

So after all of the talking, here are 5 small tips I do to make sure I’m feeling the best of the best:

1. SLEEP – oh my goodness, we get it.. we need 8 hours but we don’t have time! Well, it’s okay to not always get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. And guess what, IT IS OKAY TO NAP. For a long time I felt so guilty napping and would try to force myself to stay up all day when I worked early and had a break in the afternoon. My mood was awful and people around me definitely noticed.

Make sure you are waking up everyday refreshed and exhilarated. I’m not going to tell you to ditch the technology before bed or anything like that. I find that watching one of my favorite tv shows when I’m off work really winds me down at the end of a long day. All I am saying is that every one and a while, inside of going out with the girls, maybe stay in and catch up on those z’s you’ve been missing.

2. Tell yourself you’re beautiful even if you don’t believe it – yo, I know each and every single one of you are beautiful. But you know what? If you don’t believe it, it means nothing. This is going to sound super bogus but I look in the mirror everyday and tell myself I’m beautiful. We’ve all glanced at our reflection and immediately picked ourselves apart – and I still sometimes do but I’m getting better at stopping and pointing out things I love about myself.

If putting on makeup makes you feel sexy and fun – make sure you’re putting on makeup everyday. If shaving makes you feel smooth and flirty – shave everyday! It really is the small things that count and I know that when I’m greasy and smelly the last thing I feel is pretty. So going hand in hand with good hygiene look in that damn mirror and tell yourself you are gorgeous. Because, girl you so gorgeous.

3. Mediate Daily – I’ve added meditating to the end of my day for about a month now and boy have I seen a difference already. I lay down on my yoga mat every night and use the app Headspace.

The reason I like this app so much is because it will remind me every night at 10pm to lay down and take some time for myself. I focus on my breathing and take some time for myself after being surrounded by people all day. I never thought I would be one to download a meditating app but the difference it makes in my sleep – is amazing.

4. Be Active – I don’t mean you need to workout every single day. What I mean is by staying busy and not just vegging out at home and watching tv. I am not joking, watching tv is one of my favorite activities, but if you are staying active and always have something going on, by the end of the day your body is ready for bed and relaxation.

I try to always plan something for right when I get off my morning job. I know that when I go home after an early shift I’m so prone to go back to bed (and if I need the sleep, that’s great! But sometimes I just lay down just to lay down and that is no bueno). Make sure you aren’t forcing your body into more rest than it actually needs. It will instead make you more tired and then the rest of the day you will most likely be crabby and then for sure not want to do anything with your friends or fam.

So next time instead of binging your favorite tv show that you’ve seen 10,000 times; maybe go take your cat on a walk and get some serious Vitamin D.

5. Exercise – Alright, alright, alright! I’m sure you are all thinking, ‘I knew she was going to hit us with some exercise BS.’ Well, ya. I don’t know about you but every time I exercise I feel so good, on the inside. Me staying active goes hand in hand with eating well. I notice that when I’m working out (hiking, swimming, lifting, etc.) all I want to do is fuel my body with the proper nutrients.

Personally, 3-4 times a week is all that I can really do with such a hectic work schedule but it truly helps me feel good and even gives me more energy! There was a good amount of time that I took off from the gym and I noticed that my mood was terrible. I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin and it really messed with my confidence. I can see the difference with my happiness even after going one time. Exercise will get your endorphins running and that is the exact high that you need to relieve that extra stress that has been weighing on your shoulders.

Alright, everyone. Thank you so much for joining me for my first Wellness Wednesday post. I hope that you utilize some of these tips and I hope that you share yours in the comments below!

Until next time,

Christine

Rebuilding Bridges

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Today I wanted to touch on a topic that hits a little closer to home. As some of you know, (or don’t know) I am planning on moving in the Fall. Therefore, I have done a lot of reflecting on my life (which I often do) about what I am leaving behind.

Obviously I will miss my family and my friends but something that I have been working more on lately is rekindling burned bridges with friendships that I thought I was leaving in the past. I know most of you are like, ‘Whyyyyyy?! You don’t have to be friends with everyone and if someone hurt you then why do you feel like being friends with them again?!’ Well, I’m here to tell you three short reasons why.

FIRST OF ALL, I don’t know how old all my readers are but I am 24. I just feel like I am in my MID-TWENTIES (MID!!!) and I don’t need to be dodging people at the bar or in public anymore. Just because someone may have hurt you in the past does not mean we need to be ‘mean mugging’ them when we see them out or whispering about them behind closed doors.

SECOND OF ALL, aren’t you tired of holding resentment?! You don’t have to be best friends with these people but I know that I held a lot of resentment towards a few people for a long time that would just eat away at me. It wasn’t even me mourning a lost friendship – it was just me being ornery and being nasty over something petty that may have happened months (or even years ago).

THIRDLY, I’m sure that not everyone will agree with this statement but I like to be liked by everyone. I understand that isn’t always possible and obviously everyone won’t like you but it just feels better to know that you aren’t doing or saying things to intentionally hurt someone and hopefully your friends or whoever are doing the same courtesy towards you.

So what brought this topic on one might ask? Well, about a month ago I had someone that I used to be close with reach out to me and ask to grab coffee sometime. This wasn’t the first time she had reached out but this was the first time that she mentioned it that I was like, ‘Yeah, that sounds nice to meet and chat with you about everything.’ So, we decided on a date and met up.

IT WAS LIBERATING. We chatted for hours about ow we both felt about the situation at hand and honestly, seeing something through someone else’s eyes really opens your own. Of course, in the moment you may only think ‘Well, they hurt me. Why would I want to meet up with someone that hurt me.’ But after months and months of not being friends with that person anymore and reflecting back to the situation it hits you like rock.

 

All I could think was ‘WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO GET OVER PETTY SHIT.’ Why do humans get upset over the smallest things and choose not to see things from other people’s perspectives?! Why are humans so selfish? Does anyone have an answer for this?!

Overall, I’m so blessed and grateful to have rebuilt the friendship with this woman and it feels like no time was lost. We caught up and immediately were back to our schemes. What does everyone else have to say about the topic?

 

Until next time,

xx Christine