4.23.2017

What To Do When You're Not Feeling Motivated To Workout

We've all been there - suffering through long days where we're feeling tired and sluggish, and the absolute last thing we want to do is get our butts off the couch and work out. And honestly, it's totally fine to have a lazy day every once and a while. But not every day. Today I thought I would share some tips for what to do when you're feeling unmovitaved to work out!


  • Nike (Just do it) - I know this is probably the last thing you want to hear, but trust me on this one. I have never, ever, worked out and regretted it after. What I have done though, is thought about working out, not done it, and then COMPLETELY regretted it and felt guilty later. If it really seems like too daunting of a task, tell yourself you'll just go for 15 minutes, anyone can do 15 minutes right? And chances are you'll get so in the groove that you'll end up just doing a full workout anyways. 
  • Take A Rest Day - I know, I know, this seems to basically contradict what I just said, but knowing your own body is so important. Start trying to learn the difference between just feeling lazy and actually feeling sick or injured. 
  • Make A Journal - When in doubt, write it out (Haha, I'm basically a poet). Try making a fitness journal where you write down your moods and any workouts you did. This can help determine why you're feeling unmotivated. For example, you'll be able to identify if you're unmotivated because you had a rough day, it's that time of the month, you're coming down something, your workout buddy bailed on you, or any of the other million reasons there are. This can also be really helpful when picking out a workout to do. If you're not feeling motivated, but last time you felt like this you wrote down that you did a quick power yoga and you felt great after, you can do that workout again! 
  • Get Your Workout Done Early - I'm not just advocating for this because I'm a morning person, but there have actually been studies done to show that people have significantly more resolve/willpower/motivation when they wake up. If you find that you're repeatedly feeling sluggish and unmotivated to get off the couch, try working out when you first wake up. You'll have more energy and won't get hit by the mid-afternoon slump. 
  • Try One Of These - If you still think that there's no way you can do a workout, try one of these! These TV workouts are perfect, and you can binge watch all the shows you want. This yoga workout is relaxing but is also designed to help get you motivated. These exercises are all really fun and you never even have to leave your couch. 

Hopefully this guide helps you through some days where the last thing you want to do is workout. Share any other tips down in the comments - I'd love to hear them (and I'm sure others would too!). 


XOXO,

Samantha

4.19.2017

Beginner's Makeup Kit

When I was just starting to get into makeup, I had NO idea what products to get, what brands to use, or what items I could skip on. Being a little more experienced now, I thought that it might be helpful if I put together a beginner's makeup kit. This is a list of products that are affordable, easy to use, and verstile so you can get the biggest bang for your buck and put together a kit that includes all the essentials for anyone new to makeup.


Face:

  • Neutrogena Shine Control Primer  - I found that when I was first starting out with makeup, if I used a good primer I could get away without using a foundation. This is the perfect solution if you don't want to spend a ton of money on makeup when you're just starting out. I love this primer because it helps even out your skintone and create a glowy look. 
  • NYX Concelear Jar - A strong concelear is an absolute must for me, it makes me feel much more confident and helps pull a look together. I adore the Benefit Boi-ing Concelear and think that it is completely worth the price. But, if you want to start off with something more affordable. I recommend this NYX one, it's similar in consistancy, works extremely well, and comes in tons of different shades. 

Eyes: 
  • Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner - Eyeliner is the perfect way to add a little drama to your look without needing to use, like, 5 million products. I love this one because it can be used on your waterline or lash line. It can also be used to draw a super precise line or smudged out to create a smokey eye effect. Also, for beginner's, I recommend using a pencil eyeliner over liquid because it will be a little easier to start out and get the hang of. 
  • Covergirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara - A little mascara can go along way, especially for beginners. It's easy to use and can instantly make any look pop. I love this one because it's smudge/waterproof so it can be used for any occassion and when they claim "volumeizing", they're not kidding. 
  • Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye Palette - While this palette is a little pricier than other drugstore options, it's worth every penny. These 12 colors are the perfect neutrals to create any type of look. They're also super pigmented, soft, and easy to blend. 

Lips: 
  • Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick - Obviously this depends on your daily life, but I believe that no makeup kit is complete without at least two killer lipstick shades. I recommend some combination of a nude (I love the shade First Class Nude), a light pink (like Rose Blush) or a deep red (like Diva Red). 


Hopefully this list will help guide you guys to creating a beginner's makeup kit. These are all quality products (that won't break the bank), and can be used to create a ton of different looks. As you become more experienced, your collection will grow - maybe to include a gorgeous blush or amazing foundation - but for now, I believe that these are all the absolute essentials. Let me know down in the comments below your thoughts on these products or if you need any further recommendations to grow your collection! 


XOXO,


Samantha

4.18.2017

Finals Season

End of April means finals season for any students out there. That time is always very stressful for me. I wanted to share the ways I relieve stress. These are the things I live by during the school year. 

-Going for a long run- before my knee injury this was my go to. I live on a hill, and there was nothing more satisfying that doing doing sprints up and down the hill. I love the feeling of going for a super intense (sometimes short) run because I always feel cleansed and refreshed. Running was a great way for me to release my anger and stress. Unfortunately, I have not been able to do this due to my broken knee, but I cannot wait until I can run again, even if it might not be for months. 

-Long hikes- another thing I cannot do! I love early morning hikes to clear the air. I love feeling cleansed and refreshed and really connected to nature. Sometimes I will listen to quiet music, other times I will my phone at home, and sometimes I will go with friends. Hiking has been a really good, fun stress reliever for me. 

-Taking a long bath- unlike the other 2, these don't require any physical activity. Go to the mall and buy yourself a bath bomb and take a nice long, hot bath. Don't use your phone because that will just kill the vibe.

-Spending time with friends (and leaving any electronics at home)- as you can probably see, I have been very interested in the "no electronic life" (says that girl who writes a blog). I am thinking about writing a post on it, so let me know if you're at all interested. Quality time with friends is the best kind of time in my opinion. I love just disconnecting from the superficial world and connecting to my friends. I find this to be one of the most relaxing, stress-relieving, and rewarding things one can do! 

Those were my 4 de-stressors. I'd LOVE to hear your tips, especially since I cannot currently do 2/4 things on that list. 

Remember, you can tackle anything that comes your way; take a deep breath, everything will be okay.

XOXO,
Jordan 

4.16.2017

17 Reasons To Be Happy Today

Like many of you, I am an incredibly busy person. Being a person who's always on the go and always  has a million things to do means I (unfortunately) often forget to think about my happiness. All the negativity in the world and in the news makes this issue 10x worse. And this is a HUGE problem. Today, I'm here to spread a little happiness. And while yes, this list is a little silly and just meant to be fun, I hope it reminds you guys to think about your own happiness and start putting your own happiness first.


  1. You woke up this morning. Good job, the hardest part of the day is done. 
  2. It's spring. 
  3. The days are getting longer. 
  4. Who What Wear says bright colors are in this season. 
  5. These boots are on sale. 
  6. It's festival season.
  7. April the giraffe just gave birth. 
  8. Bill Nye Saves The World premiers April 21st. 
  9. Trader Joe's now sells matcha green tea. 
  10. Artichokes, asparagus, mangos, and pineapples are now in season. 
  11. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (author of The Girl On The Train) will be released on May 2. 
  12. These goats learned how to jump. 
  13. This dog and human duo saved each other and now take on epic adventures. 
  14. There is reason to believe Starbucks is releasing a unicorn frappuccino
  15. Carbs AREN'T bad for you. 
  16. Benefit They're Real Double The Lip lipsticks are coming out soon.
  17. Share this list with all your friends to bring a little happiness to their days. Spreading joy leads to happiness. 

I had tons of fun creating this list for you guys. As always, share any other reasons to be happy down in the comments below - we could definitely all use it! 

XOXO, 


Samantha

4.14.2017

Tips for long car rides!

Hey guys! 
As you are reading this, I am in North Carolina on a road trip with my mom. We landed in Atlanta on Wednesday, and are flying out of Raleigh tonight. The car ride from Atlanta to Raleigh is over 5 hours. Typically, my mom would be the primary driver since she is wayyy more experienced, but she was exhausted. Instead of pushing back the long drive, I decided to drive. I drove for 3/5 of the time. As I was driving, I thought of a few tips I would recommend to anyone with a long, daunting drive ahead of them. 

  1. Make a banging playlist ahead of time- In my opinion, there is nothing more tiresome than driving without music. Depending on my mood, I have a great rap playlist, a hip-hop one, a more quiet one, and a more alternative one. Even if others are sleeping, playing music softly will help keep you engaged and awake. 
  2. Bring something to drink- I stopped and got a smoothie. This was the perfect wake me up every sip I took. Of course, the only downside is, if you're anything like me, you will have to pee more often. This brings me to my third point. 
  3. Stop for a break- Every 2-2.5 hours get off at a rest stop and walk (or run) around your car a few time. The fresh air will wake you up and refresh you! 
  4. IF YOU ARE TIRED STOP AND REST. This trip is not worth your life or anyone else's life. 

Let me know what your tips for long car rides are!! 

Thanks for reading <3

XOXOX,

Jordan

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