Thursday, March 21, 2013

Forward Thinking Friday: What Motivates You?

Since the completion of my Disney Princess Half Marathon, let's just say I have been very unmotivated. There are a few different factors that go into this, the main one being that this spring semester is the hardest for my graduate program. It is difficult to balance that alongside with work and personal life.
I had intentions of getting back on my fitness and healthy living bandwagon this week, but I just returned from a conference and I am still recovering from that.

So my question I pose and ask myself is what motivates you? Through a Twitter question and tips from friends I have gotten some great suggestions including:

  1. Signing up for another race (this came from my sorority sister Michelle who just finished her first full marathon, snaps!)
  2. Rewarding yourself for small goals
  3. Taking a break and finding a new activity
  4. Find someone to hold you accountable

Taking these tips this is how I plan to proceed:

  1. First, signing up for the Athleta Iron Girl 5k in Clearwater, FL on April 14th. This will be a small and achievable goal right now!
  2. Being that I want to get back onto MyFitnessPal, by running I will be able to reward myself with a good snack or dessert (Double win! Eating healthy and being able to reward myself). New running clothes are also a great motivation.
  3. I hope to get back in the pool again soon. I used to be a swimmer when I was younger and for a short period of time in high school. I enjoyed it and now that I live in Florida I can swim outside all year long!
  4. I am currently recruiting someone to hold me accountable. Any takers?

Other things I still like to do or process to stay motivated are:

  • Download a new playlist! For me, listening to a brand new playlist is enough motivation to get out of bed.
  • Think about the end result (there's that futuristic in me). What does the future look like 1 year from now? How will this activity affect my health and well being down the line?
  • Positive self talk. There is nothing more powerful!

Some other tips that were sent to me from @BeFitMotivation include:

These are all great reminders. Not to mention I'd also love to reward myself with this Marley Lilly monogrammed chevron bikini top!

What are some suggestions you have on staying motivated and re-energizing yourself? Enjoy one of my favorite motivating songs below! Happy Friday!


Friday, March 15, 2013

Forward Thinking Friday: What's Next?

As an individual who has done multiple leadership workshops, retreats and as someone who works at a university, I have done multiple personality-leadership style assessments to learn more about myself. One of my favorites of these though is StrengthsQuest. This test allows you to learn more about what your natural strengths are and how to focus on these rather than trying to improve your weaknesses. When you take the assessment it delivers you a report of your top 5 strengths and a description of each.

My top five are: Strategic, Responsibility, Futuristic, Positivity and Arranger

I will not go into detail now about what each of them mean, but I included a link above for you to find out more or to take it yourself. It is pretty inexpensive to take it online and it allows you to learn more about yourself, your work styles and how to use these to the best of your ability.

What I will say from this though is that my number 3, futuristic explains me to a tee and explains why Fridays will be "Forward Thinking Friday". The theme description according to StrengthsQuest is that,

"People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could
be. They inspire others with their visions of the future."

 ...And that is exactly how I feel. I have always had future goals and dreams that I wanted to work for--the most recent being the half marathon. That inspired me to do more and work more. The future excites me, especially knowing that so much lies ahead of me in my journey of personal well-being, running, education and adventures. I hope I can only lead by example through my footsteps and actions to inspire others.

That all being said today's post is really what's next for me in this quest. Well today I officially registered for another half marathon in November...which is really exciting because it's the..

I am especially excited about this race because I will be running it with my dad (Papa). He is one of the greatest inspirations for me in life and I am so excited to runDisney with my dad and also have a fun family getaway for the long weekend (Veteran's Day weekend)! For now that is really what I know is definitely next. I will continually be updating the "Future Races" sections of the blog at the top as things come up. This summer I will be doing an internship and I do not know the location yet, but that is for sure going to determine some 5k and 10k races (maybe even more!). The next few weeks are about to be crazy with a conference, major assignments due, my birthday and then finally summer time. Needless to say I am excited for what lies ahead, but I need to find the balance between school work, work and a healthy/active lifestyle which is certainly a challenge!

That is it for today! How do you find balance in your life? What are some goals ahead of you?


Monday, March 11, 2013

My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things

Through this blog I will be sharing some of my favorite health, beauty and personal inspirations that gets me through life and transitions. Channeling my inner Oprah I decided to share my favorite things with you today. These are some items I use everyday! What are some of your favorite things?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

well orange you confused?

The title of this blog is for a few different reasons...

  1. Orange has been my favorite color since I was a little girl
  2. When I crossed the Florida state line in June the first thing I did at the travel stop was drink Florida orange juice, so it can be symbolic
  3. But in all seriousness, when I moved here I bought a letterpress for my room from  seller 1canoe2.  The letterpress says "Orange you glad you live in Florida". This is hanging in my room as a constant reminder to be happy that I am here and that I have this opportunity, hence the name of this blog. It would not be my blog if it was not clever, cute and fun!

Letterpress hanging in my room courtesy of seller 1canoe2 from