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?

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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

23

Well hello!

Seems I’m a day late with this post right now but the way yesterday was going (super packed) I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to be able to get the post out in time. Today I wanted to discuss something different than another recap of my week. Because, honestly. Recaps definitely aren’t my most favorite to write and I’m sure they aren’t your most favorite to read.

I always do a reflection of my life at the beginning of each semester. I determine how much I want to be working vs. how much I need to be working and how both of those will affect my school work. I make sure that I am on the right path in my fitness journey and also make sure to keep my mental health in check. Unfortunately I can be known as the queen of taking too much on and sometimes that can get me in some trouble.

I always try to find balance in my life and sometimes it comes easy, and sometimes not so much. I feel like 23 has been a very awakening stage in my life where I truly found who I was as a person and 2017 has definitely been the year to make things (goals) happen. I used to be the girl that talked ‘big’ but never committed to something fully. So, one day, I decided not to be that girl anymore.

I feel like the first thing that I committed to was my majors in college. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do for the longest time. And I knew that it wasn’t a race and I wasn’t ready to be at the finish line anyways. It’s funny, because when I tell people that I want to go into forensics they always ask, ‘Like Dexter?’ What’s funny about it is that I was watching Dexter when it clicked what I wanted to be. So, no. I don’t want to be a serial killer; but yes, I do want to do blood analysis. Got it?

That brings me into my junior year of college. I had a challenging sophomore year (to say the least) but I think that goes back to ‘taking on too much at one time’. Early Spring was my second big decision. I have always been a ‘talker’. Yeah, I’m going to do this or that and never really made it happen. WELL, that is annoying. What are you waiting for? Just say you’re going to do something and just get. it. done. Don’t hesitate. I decided to enter my first NPC competition (oh, here she goes again .. we get it, you work out). It wasn’t a tough decision because I literally thought about it for two days and signed up for a Coach and here I am. Although there are struggles with my prep, I am the happiest and healthiest version of myself at this time in my life. I found that I don’t need to drink or be the life of the party to keep friends or to have a good time. I have officially been two DD’s this summer on two different bachelorette parties and each time I was still able to enjoy myself. Yes, I do like to drink. But, no. I don’t need it to have a good time.

Which brings me to my third big decision. STARTING A BLOG! I didn’t wait too long before I decided to launch .. I was just so excited! I have never been the girl to put her entire life on the internet, but here I am! Allowing people into my life an open book. I knew if I waited too long, then it would never have happened. And I’m so happy for the way things have turned out.

This year I have learned that being alone is OK. I don’t have the FOMO that other people have lingering over them. Sometimes at the end of the day, I just want to curl up in bed and watch a good tv show, alone. And I love that. For a long time I did feel dependent on other people (to the point where I didn’t want to even run errands alone). It feels good to know that I am self-sufficient but my friends are also there when I need them as well.

I know a few posts ago I mentioned friends come and go. And I feel like that came with age as well. When you’re younger you want to hold on to as many friends as you have because it feels like almost quantity over quality. You soon find in life that it is all about quality. I got a good dose of that at the age of 23 as well.

Like I said earlier, 23 has taught me so much and as December rolls around .. I’m excited to see what 24 has in store. Because I know that it can hold nothing but greatness if I go into it with the right attitude. Every so often there are years of learning and growing. So yesterday, when I was reflecting upon my life. I see how I have changed and progressed so much within the last year, cool! The point of this post is to just be proud of who are you are, because you should always be your own number one cheerleader.

Well, besides my cat. He’s probably my number one cheerleader for sure.

 

Anyways! I hope you all have a good weekend and check back soon for new updates. Let the good times roll, people!

QUESTIONS:

Who is your number one supporter?

Do you have any animals?

 

PS – Since I haven’t posted a workout in forever. Here is a quick booty-crusher workout to get you through the weekend!

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Hi, Bozeman. It’s me, Christine.

Happy Labor Day weekend, friends! I hope you are all enjoying some R&R and taking some time to yourselves. got to spend this weekend celebrating Miss Becca’s bachelorette party in Bozeman, Montana!

I know I have mentioned Becca before but she is one of my best friends. She is getting married October 6th and I cannot wait. We picked Bozeman because it is a local college town and we knew that people there would be down to party (def a perk that it is only 2 hours away).

We rolled in Saturday afternoon and went straight to Target to buy some booze to pregame. Unfortunately, I can’t drink because I am on prep but I was totally a cheerleader for these girls. Of course we took pictures before heading to dinner.

We didn’t make reservations anywhere for dinner, why? we don’t know, so we ended up going to a place called Teds. Their food was amazing. Becca and I both had bison filet and it cut. like. butter. I have never been that impressed with a steak in my life!

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I ordered asparagus and squash casserole as a side. And there was a garlic glaze that sat on top of the steak. I love the presentation of it all; almost too cute to eat! We got a few ‘before’ pictures of the bride but didn’t get any ‘afters’ (maybe just a few in-betweens).

 

We went to a bar called ‘Rocking R’ to hang out until 11pm (which I guess is when the party starts in Bozeman?) The ladies had a few drinks there and we just kinda watched the Bozeman vs. Washington game and chatted until around 11pm and then headed out to the next bar! I don’t really remember the names of any of the other bars but the girls had me rolling. They were being so funny and apparently when Becca starts to drink, she wants to hook you up with every boy in sight. None of us came home with boyfriends soo… good luck, Becca. Better luck next time.

Around 1:30am we decided to head home. Well, Taco Bell and then home. Becca found a bachelor party walking down the street and they were carrying a pizza, she LITERALLY convinced these boys to give her some pizza. I was driving and I couldn’t stop laughing on the way back to the hotel.

The next morning we all woke up and decided we needed food STAT. We went to this place and there was over wait .. we then stumbled upon the Cateye Cafe and I was over the moon (for obvious reasons). The entire restaurant was decorated in cats. I couldn’t think of a better way to decorate, honestly.

THEY CALLED THE BATHROOM THE LITTER BOX FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. They had little cat books and games lining the windows so you would be entertained the entire time you were there.

After breakfast we walked downtown Bozeman to do some ‘light’ shopping (more or less, I’m the only one that bought anything and it was totally a romper).

On the way back we allowed Britt to pick the music. Therefore we listened to Eminem the entire time. I didn’t realize that his music was as deep as it was but I got an entire life lesson of Marshall Mathers. SO, if any of you want to challenge Britt to a Eminem rap battle, I would totally be down to watch.

Right now, I am wrapping up my Sunday snuggled up on my couch with my roommates watching Halloweentown. Most people know that I ‘like’ Halloween and Fall but I do tend to take it to the next level sometimes. We are already trying to decide what to be for Halloween because my friend Jayde and I are throwing a small Halloween party bash!

Anyways! Need to get off the computer to finish watching the movie with my friends. Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post!

Tata, friends!

QUESTIONS:

Who is your favorite rapper?

What is your favorite season?

Where is the best place you’ve been for a bachelor/bachelorette party?