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?

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

2018 Update

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

I can’t believe that March is already here and Winter is SLOWLY coming to an end. Today I just wanted to touch on my life and what has been happening since my last blog update.

I’m back in school and just chugging along (more or less), working out about 3-4 times and week still living with my 4 incredible roommates. Seems pretty boring, right?

Well it’s safe to say I was feeling … a bit stagnant. So after weeks and weeks of feeling upset and not feeling like I was progressing I decided to talk to my advisor about what my future held. Once I talked to him I realized we were NOT on the same page and although I was gearing up to graduate next Spring I still had a semi-long road ahead of me.

That’s when I decided. CHRISTINE, you are not happy taking 18 credits, you are not happy with this or with that, you complain too much, you don’t sleep enough blah blah blah. So I decided to make some serious changes. LET IT BE KNOWN: one of my biggest pet peeves is when people complain but don’t do or change anything about it. And I was NOT about to be one of those people.

I decided to drop a few classes that were stressing me to the max. I decided that those classes weren’t worth my sanity or anxiety and I needed to catch a serious break. I blocked off an extra day at work because I wasn’t feeling rested when I was going back to school on Monday and I almost felt suffocated and couldn’t catch my breath. I also decided one big thing that I needed to do to feel happier – but that is a surprise that I cannot talk about right now.

Since I have tweaked just a few things I’ve already felt happier, less stressed, relieved etc. I feel like I have just that much more time to focus on myself and re-find my happiness.

I don’t ever want anyone to think that big changes are the way to always go when you’re having a ‘quarter life crisis’ (that’s what I’ve been calling it) or that you can’t be happy by making just small changes. For me, though, I’ve realized that all the small changes have been adding up for me to make one big change.

Pictures are sure worth a thousand words but just because someone appears to be happy in pictures does not mean one damn thing. I’ve always had an incredible support group to back me up on every decision – and for that I’m very thankful.

As of right now I just wanted to touch base but there is a lot of things I want to touch more on. Soon to come.

With love,

Christine ❤️

POST SHOW RECAP

Hi, hi.

There has been so so much going on in my life lately that I felt like my next post NEEDED to be a recap of what I have been up to!

I am going to start with I COMPETED IN MY FIRST COMPETITION! I was over. the. moon. I will never forget walking off the stage and the feeling that I felt. I was ready to eat. That was for damn sure.

Rolling back just a few days, me and some friends drove up to Spokane (where my show was going to take place) a few days early to get settled in and actually make a vacation out of the whole ordeal. I felt so fortunate to have these people come and support me as I pursued something that I have been working towards for months.

We got in around 1am on Thursday morning and went straight to bed. We were so exhausted from the drive and most of us had a long day on Wednesday. From Billings to Spokane is about 7 hours and we didn’t make it out of town until late afternoon. Going from waking up at 6:30am everyday to being able to sleep in was amazing. A not-so-secret about me is that I loveeeee to sleep. It’s a problem.

ANYWAYS! Thursday evening we went to Scarywood. Ooohhahhhh. If you have never heard of Scarywood before, it is just Silverwood but the employees dress up and walk around and scare you. Turns out, I do not really like haunted houses … I like a lot of scary and gory things but being scared ‘shitless’ is not something that I am interested in partaking in.

Friday we woke up pretty early and I got in my last workout. We were staying with my friend’s aunt and so we were able to cook some food for the next day since we knew that we wouldn’t be at home all day. I wasn’t staying with them that night because I was going to get my supppper dark tan and then hit the rack and prepare for the day ahead of me. I guess the biggest thing that I was nervous about was having my dad and sister coming to my show. I know that they will support in whatever I do but I always have a thought in the back of my head that I want to make them proud. So for me, this was a big deal.

Saturday was exhilarating. People can tell you what it is going to be like backstage and what poses you need to strike onstage but no one can prepare you for the feeling that you get once you are up there in front of all those people. You feel like you accomplished something that many feel they cannot (I believe everyone can achieve anything that they set their minds to but many don’t want to). Although I didn’t place. I came off stage with the biggest smile and I was ready to eat.

 

If you don’t know me then you really don’t know the struggles that I was having about competing. About a month before I was set to walk. I was having serious doubts. I feel like people don’t understand how I felt unless they have actually been in my position. I felt too ‘fat’, my posing wasn’t ‘good enough’, I wasn’t motivated etc. The list could go on and on. I pushed through because people would tell me that I would regret it if I didn’t. I pushed through not entirely for myself but for my friends and family that had given me such kind words of encouragement. And because of them, I chose to be at the most vulnerable state that day.

We came back on Sunday and boy did life not stop. My Coach wanted me back on a reverse diet by Wednesday and at first I really wanted to follow it. But now, after two and a half weeks.. I haven’t been eating the best or working out. It is hard because you go hard hard hard for eight months and you really don’t feel like you get time off. So I took the time off that I wanted and I’ll be going back to the gym this evening. I don’t and won’t ever maintain how lean I was that Saturday and I am ok with that. But since a few of you have followed this journey, I have decided to share my progress photos with you. I don’t look ‘cute’ by any means but these are my transition photos from start(ish) to finish.

I don’t look super lean in any of these but I was also pumping 2 gallons of water into my body each day with a crapton of veggies. I was constantly bloated and doing soooo SOOOO much cardio. On show day I thought it was a MIRACLE how lean I looked and even though I could have been leaner. I was so happy with my progress.

Since next weekend was Halloween weekend. I was DTP. I haven’t been out with my friends in so long that I was ready to dress up and have a good time! I was Pooh and my friend Nat was Piglet. We had a lot of fun dancing and enjoying each others company.

 

Unfortunately, we had so much fun on Saturday that we disregarded the fact that we were having people over to carve pumpkins on Sunday. Ohhhh no. We were not in the mindset that we needed to be to be cleaning our house and decorating. Even though we all weren’t feeling ‘too hot’ we had a heck of a time carving pumpkins with all of our friends.

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Can anyone guess which one is mine?

 

 

I know that this post was long awaited but it took me awhile to decide what I wanted to write. Thank you to everyone that supported me along the way of such a long journey. I will forever hold you all close to my heart.

Knock, knock

Wellll helllloooo,

Yes, I am still alive and yes, still blogging. I did take a slight hiatus because school and my competition prep has kept me busier than usual! But, I have some fun recaps to share as to what I have been up to!

I am two weeks out from my competition in Spokane and I couldn’t be more pumped. I have struggled a lot this prep with staying motivated and on track but these past few months have been really eye opening. Once I got my suit I realized that it was all becoming real. As much as I would love to share progress photos.. I think I will save them until after I come back from my show.

 

(This is actually my favorite gif right now)

Last week, Sidney, Lindsey and I decided last minute that we wanted to go the Jimmy Eat World concert. We had soooo much fun. I think we only knew like two or three songs but we danced in the crowd and had a great time anyways. I love that we were all able to share this experience together even though we didn’t know any of the lyrics.

 

On Friday, MY BEST FRIEND GOT MARRIED. Helllll ya. Not only did she get married but I was able to be apart of the big day. It was so beautiful to watch her and her (now)husband tie-the-knot. Not to mention that her maid of honor and I cut a freaking rug on the dance floor (if you didn’t know already – I LOVE to dance).

On Sunday evening, my friends Nat, Jess and I went to the pumpkin patch. ‘Tis the season! I love Fall. I love the weather, the smells, the food. We took a hay ride up to the top of the corn maze, walked through and then picked out which pumpkins to carve. I was especially excited because we are having a ‘pumpkin carving party’ when I get back from my show on the 29th! I love to celebrate the holidays surrounded by friends and family.

Even though this post was ‘short and sweet’ I will definitely keep you guys in the loop of my last two weeks of cutting! Stay tuned!

-Christine