8 Healthy Habits to Adopt in 2021

Hi Everyone ~

I hope you all had a great weekend and are having a good kick off for the week! I have been in a little bit of a funk lately figuring out what my path looks like, so I wrote this current post in hopes of helping me establish good habits to bring forth with me this year. Enjoy!

Find time for passion projects

I was really good at the beginning of quarantine last year making time for trying new projects, making time to write, and just doing activities that brought me joy in a time where there wasn’t any. And towards the end of last year, I really didn’t have the motivation to do anything new or fun which is what I want to change. I believe if we make more time this year to focus on the projects and activities that get us excited, then we as a whole will just feel happier throughout the year. I know we all get busy with everyday life (which sucks), but I hope that we can set aside even an hour of our day to doing something that brings us a bit of joy, then isn’t that time spent worth it?

Read and learn more often

I had a professor in college that would constantly remind us to “fill our reservoir.” What he meant by this was to never stop learning and absorbing information. I believe it’s super easy to fall into this state of comfort and feel like we know everything we need to know so we stop trying to learn new things. I truly want to read and learn more this year because that is the only way to grow as a human being both personally and in your career. Try signing up for newsletters pertaining to your interests, read a self-help book to help improve your personal life. Anything you can do to never stop learning a new skill or new habits to adapt can help improve your overall well being.

Move your body daily

I’ve learned the most important thing about working out is not necessarily always about lifting the heaviest weights or doing the most squats, but just focusing on always moving your body. I started working out with Beachbody on Demand and the one thing that is constantly reiterated is always move your body. If you need to modify a workout because it’s pushing your limits a bit far, then modify and still move your body instead of quitting because you feel like you aren’t able to do it. A habit that I believe we should all try to adopt this year is the importance of constantly moving on the daily. Even if it’s your rest day, try going for a short walk around your neighborhood or practice some beginner yoga to stretch and move. Especially with everything we went through last year in quarantine of always sitting around and not being active, this year we should try and do the exact opposite!

Do not disturb time

Nick has probably called me out for being on my phone time well over 100 times last year. As a society, we have an addiction to our phones. No shame, just sharing the facts. Especially being in quarantine majority of 2020, I spent a lot of time on my phone watching Netflix, scrolling through social media, endlessly going through TikTok’s, it was a lot of screen time on top of working on a laptop for work. This is a bad habit that I am really wanting to change and spend more time reading or doing activities that I haven’t had the motivation to do because I was distracted by my screen. Try creating a no screen box, turn your phone and other distracting devices to silent, then go and do something for 1 hour. See how you feel and maybe slowly add more time the next time you put your screens away. You may find a new hobby that you never would have thought you would have liked!

Meditation time

This is a habit I hope you all try and incorporate into your healthy habits this year because I feel like it is a great way to take 10-15 minutes in the morning or night to really check in with yourself and how you are feeling. I have found that whenever I have meditated in the morning, it helps me get my mind in check and set my intentions throughout the day. When I say intentions, I don’t mean the list of items that I want to achieve, but more so how do I want to feel as I go about my day (ie: focused, calm, happy) and how I want to feel at the end of my day (ie: strong, relaxed, accomplished). YouTube has a ton of free 10 minute guided meditations or you can check out the app Headspace!

Enjoy food that also nourishes you

I have always hated the idea of fad diets and cutting out foods that are actually meant to nourish your body. I’m not trying to bash on anyone else’s food choices because, believe me, I am the last person to judge on eating habits. This year I am trying to not cut out foods I enjoy but focus on adding in good food that also nourishes me at the same time. Your body is meant to support you and since I have started training with Beachbody, I have been taking more of an interest in what I put in my body. I mean I’m working out hard, why ruin that with bad food right? But don’t get me wrong ya girl still loves her Chick-fil-a but I just use it more as a treat on occasion, not lunch every other day. What I want to get across, is food should not be something that has to taste bad in order for it to be healthy. I have found plenty of recipes online that are healthy and they taste delicious and don’t cut out hardly any ingredients. At the end of the day, enjoy your food because it’s there to nourish and support your body.

Make more time for sleep

Sleep is necessary to function. If I want to go to bed at 9:30 pm, why should I be mocked for wanting to go to bed early and catch up on sleep so I am a better version of myself in the morning? My best advice is to listen to how your body is feeling throughout the day, if you feel like you have overexerted yourself then why not go to bed early. Lately, I haven’t been sleeping the best at night so I have probably been crawling in bed around 9 pm because I know my body is exhausted. Whenever you feel like you need to get some sleep whether it’s at night or maybe even a midday nap on your break, you should take that time for extra Z’s because you will wake up feeling a bit more refreshed and ready to take on your day.

Practice daily gratitude

This year I received a gratitude journal and I have actually been writing in it pretty consistently, which has never been true in the past, but I have loved writing in it every morning. It just puts me in a good mood waking up and focusing on all the good things in my life instead of waking up and going straight to my social media and filling my head with all the outside things. I think this is an important habit to incorporate because it’s a great way to check in on the little things that you are grateful for like, your family, your significant other, your warm cup of coffee in the morning, etc. All of these little things that make our lives just a bit better can make such a difference in your mood throughout your day and week!

I hope you all enjoyed this post and maybe you’ve taken away a few new good habits that you are wanting to adopt this year. I’d love to hear your own healthy habits that you are trying to adopt this year, so be sure to go share them below in the comments!

XX,

Hannah Rose

10 Ways to Make Your Mornings More Intentional

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all are having a great start to your week. I have been feeling like last week was super slow. I guess not having a whole lot going on at the moment can make weeks go by at snail speed, but what are you going to do? Now that we are in a new year, I have been trying to make 2021 the year of reflection and self-focus. I want to use this year to truly better my life and not just keep telling myself that my life is great when it may not be. 2020 was a tough year for a lot of people which is why I am ready for a change of pace and to stop feeling sorry for myself if things don’t go as planned. One of the ways I am trying to make my days less sh*tty is to focus on making every day intentional. I don’t want to spend my days on the couch and not working on anything that brings me passion or just sit around not forcing myself to take charge of the day I have. What’s a better way to kick off your day intentionally than kicking off your morning’s strong. I know in the past I have shared morning routines but I want to share an updated list of healthy habits, I am working on incorporating into my daily routine to have a focused intention throughout the day.

Plan out your morning 

I read that planning out what you want to do in the morning the night before can help you better visualize what you want the day to accomplish. Personally, if I have something planned to do early in the morning, I feel more energized to roll out of bed early to accomplish the task. So the night before, write out everything you want to realistically accomplish in the morning. This could look something like this:

  • 7:00 – Wake Up 
  • 7:15 – 10-minute meditation 
  • 7:25 – Quick workout 
  • 8:00 – Shower and get ready 
  • 8:30 – Journal 

Writing out a basic step by step plan of what you want to do in the morning, really helps to energize you throughout your morning and sets the tone for how you want to attack the rest of your day.

Wake up a couple of hours before you have to be anywhere

I don’t know about you, but I hate feeling rushed in the morning, or really in any situation. I like being able to take my time and get around at my own pace. So typically, I like to get up a few hours before I have to go anywhere. This allows me to ease into my day, workout, shower, and get around before I have to go do anything. You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn before you have to leave. My thought is if you have to be somewhere at 10:30 am, maybe try waking up at 7:30 am and use your time in the morning productively. 

Don’t go right to the technology

I will be the first to admit that I can be addicted to my phone, probably just like the few of you who are reading this post. It can be tempting to go right into your phone to watch a show or check your social media platforms, but I have read that it can be a lot less overwhelming to not go right into your phone first thing in the morning. Instead, try to find an activity that can distract you from going straight to your phone in the morning. Maybe grab that book that you have been wanting to read for months, or write in a journal about your day the other day, listen to music, or cook up something good for breakfast. Whatever keeps your hands and mind busy can help keep you from going right to your phone in the morning. I challenge you to go without looking at your phone in the morning for 1 hour and see how it can affect you in the morning.

Journal 

Over Christmas, my mom and aunt bought me these journals created by Rachel Hollis to help me achieve my goals and aspirations in life. I have actually enjoyed writing in it each morning. It helps me focus clearly on what I am grateful for and focus on all the positives I have accomplished in my life. Even if you don’t have these specific journals that I am using, I highly recommend journaling in some form to help get your thoughts in order and provide you with clarity before you start your day.

10 min meditation 

I never thought that I would be the kind of person that would get into meditation, but doing this every morning has truly helped me center myself and connect with my intentions for the day. I recommend the 10 minute morning meditation from Goodful on YouTube because it’s super easy to listen to and focuses on your intentions and feelings that you want for your day. There are lots of videos or even podcasts that you could find that you can listen to in the morning to help you clear your head for a busy day, so take advantage of your resources and try sitting with your thoughts before you do anything else in the morning.

Make a solid breakfast 

I will be the first to admit that I don’t always eat a solid breakfast in the morning. In college, I was always on the move between classes and work, so I could typically survive on a granola bar and a giant cup of coffee. But, now I realized that my body needs more nutrients in the morning for me to last through the day. Make sure what you are eating is good for you and not just a bowl of cereal in the morning. I recommend fruit smoothies, protein shakes, egg sandwiches, avocado toast, etc. Putting some good food in your body can truly help set your energy levels up for success throughout the remainder of your day. As an added plus if you love to cook, this would be a fun time to experiment with some new recipes!

Get up and moving 

Laying around all morning scrolling through TikTok’s is not a way to start your day. You’ll start scrolling and pretty soon you’ll look at the time and see half your day is gone. Why not do something in the morning that gets you moving around a bit? You don’t have to do a 1-2 hour workout (unless you want to) to feel active. You could go for a morning walk around your neighborhood or try some morning yoga/stretching, anything that gets your body up and around can help make you feel accomplished first thing in the morning and set the tone for accomplishing your other tasks during the day.

Do something that inspires you 

Feeling inspired in the morning is probably the best way to feel good throughout the day. I love listening to podcasts while cleaning our small space. Having a clean space helps me to better focus and feel inspired throughout my day. As for the podcast, I love listening to podcasts that make me feel good about myself and inspire me to do something outside of my comfort zone and work on projects that bring me joy. Whatever inspires you (painting, reading, exercising, etc.) you should work on incorporating that into your morning to set the tone for your day.

This week, I challenge you to take charge of your morning and make everything you do more intentional. I can guarantee that you will see a change in how you go about your day, as well as your days moving forward. I hope you all enjoyed reading this post and let me know in the comments what new content you would like to see from me this year!

XX,

Hannah Rose

2021: New Year & New Beginnings

Hi everyone!

First I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and I’m wishing you all have one of the best years ever, because let’s be honest 2020 sucked. Plain and simple. I also wanted to apologize for basically being MIA since the end of July. 2020 was definitely a year of a lot of struggles for me personally and unfortunately those struggles took away the only thing that was keeping me happy and positive during this whole pandemic. Last year I struggled a lot with anxiety, as I’m sure a lot of you did as well. Between being stuck inside all the time and not having anywhere to go can truly take a toll on your emotions and mental state. I was also having to work from home like a lot of you full time, in a position I don’t believe I was super happy in and I let it affect my work. At the moment, I am no longer with Starcom, but I am truly grateful for the time I spent there and I am just looking to find a position that not only pays well but brings me joy every day. I bet a lot of you have been feeling the same way as I have been and are really wanting this new year 2021 to be a complete reset. Even if we are still working from home, I’m just praying for some positivity and less hatred happening in the world.

With all that being said I am ready for this new year to be a complete refresh on my life entirely. I want to be happy. I want to be happy in every aspect of the word. In my job, relationship, body image and mentally/soul. No matter what 2021 throws my way, I want to be the best version of myself that I can be. A few nights ago, Nick and I had a really deep conversation about being happy and taking care of ourselves and it truly opened my eyes to how sick of allowing myself to fall into the background and not treat myself the way I deserve to be treated. Every year I feel like I write out these new years resolutions that I start off really strong doing and then by the end of the year, I completely fail at every single thing. I’m sure you all have felt the exact same way. This year, I want to change writing out all the cliche resolutions and focus on the resolutions that are specific to how I live my life every year. Let’s do this together and be honest with yourself about the areas in your life that you truly want to fix!

Start writing again

Like I said earlier, I know I have been MIA since last August but I want to make a change and get back into writing. Writing has always been my favorite way to share my emotions and reach those that may be going through the same thing that I may be going through. I started this blog back in 2017 and I let writing for this blog, which brought me a lot of joy, turn into a chore. I want to be more intentional with posting and truly get on a real schedule and actually write the content that I want to write.

Build more intimacy between Nick and I

I’m sure there have been couples dealing with this all the time and it’s something that Nick and I have discussed on multiple occasions. I know that things like intimacy being discussed can sometimes weird people out, but it’s 2021 can we please discuss s*x and intimacy openly? We are not perfect as a couple and there are some areas that we could definitely improve on. Now I won’t go into any details, because clearly this is for Nick and I to work on, but I do think that it’s important for me to share realistic things like this on my page because, I’m sure there are plenty of other couples how go through the same exact thing!

Workout FOR ME

Every year. Every year I share that I want to workout more and every year, I am pretty solid in the beginning, and then I get in my own head and my own way and just completely start to crumble. I actually workout because I enjoy it and once I start to feel like it is becoming a chore that I need to do, then I start to slow my roll. I want to workout for me and because it makes me happy, not because I feel like I need to look a certain way or loose a specific amount of weight to be happy. Now 2020’s quarantine, definitely put some extra pounds on, which SUCKED. I started personal training and I definitely think it helped me a lot, but sometimes my eating habits and lack of motivation really hurt me and set me back more than pushing me forward. This year, I want to workout, but do it for me and do exercises that make me excited to workout and not feel like it is a job I need to do in order to feel good about myself.

Get my anxiety under control

This year more than ever, I have had terrible anxiety. Whether it be work related or just the stresses that 2020 brought forth to me, I don’t think that I handled my anxiety the best that I could have. I’ll be completely honest with you, I suck at sharing my emotions and admitting defeat. So instead of actually taking care of my anxiety earlier this year, I basically called it a “momentary weakness” and kept going with my day. I mean how f*cking dumb was I? Sorry mom for the language, but seriously. Anxiety is not a moment of weakness, it is something that I should have taken more seriously at the time and really focused on myself to make myself better in the end. I want to be able to better handle situations that may put a lot of stress on me and not allow it to consume my day or my relationships with people.

Journal in my Daily Journal every day (be honest)

This Christmas my mom got me this Start Today Journal created by Rachel Hollis to start bettering my life moving into 2021. This journal is meant to daily take a look at your life and be intentional on everything you write to help you get to a better place and live your life to the best of it’s ability. I love doing things like this and I’m actually really excited to do this every morning and night. I want to be honest because let’s be real no one ever made any progress by lying to themselves.

Eat Better (and really stick to it)

I’ll be the first to admit, I love to eat! I have no issues with eating food but I do struggle with learning to keep it under control. Now I am not the unhealthiest eater in the world, but I can admit that there is room for improvement. Nick is also notorious for eating not the best but since he has a faster metabolism than me, I basically gain his weight on top of my own. Now I have definitely felt the quarantine weight and I am trying hard to get it back down and be healthier all around. So Nick and I both are making a conscious effort to buy healthier food items, stop snacking, cut down on eating out and focus on just making better choices overall. We want to make sure that we are leading the best life that we can live and not get wrapped up in treating our bodies like crap.

Give myself more grace

Let’s be real, this year was tough on all of us. During 2020, I found myself being too hard on myself for things that I truly couldn’t control. Which in turn caused a lot of anxiety, crying and sleepless nights. My mom would always remind me to give myself more grace on the areas in life that I can’t control, which is tough for someone like me who thrives on having control of my situation. So this year, I really want to change that and be more kind to myself and not put so much pressure on my shoulders in the areas of my life that I may not be able to fully control.

I probably could think of an endless amount of resolutions that I am determined to stick to going into 2021, but these are the main areas of my life that I see needing the most help moving into 2021. I do want to share a few smaller intentions that I want to bring into 2021 because I don’t want to forget about these areas that could use some improvement as well.

  • Read a new book every month
  • Make more effort to call those I love
  • Cook one new recipe a week
  • De-Clutter more often (physical and emotional)
  • Learn a few new skills for work
  • Master plant care

I am wishing you all the best with your resolutions/intentions for this new year and please god let 2021 be way better of 2020! I will talk to you all again soon!

XX,

Hannah Rose