The Best App Ever

Before we get started, let me just say I’m by no means a fitness guru and I’ll never claim to be. Let’s be real, running doesn’t sound fun to me, I do it so I don’t get love handles. I’m just an average girl looking for ways to keep myself healthy and sane. When I find something that works, I’m going to share it–because I know there are more people out there like me.

With that being said, I just found the best app ever! It’s seriously the best! I’ve given it a week trial run, and I’ve concluded everyone needs this in their lives. This app is perfect for anyone, and I mean anyone.  I’m talking about Yoga Studio by Gaiam.

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I’m not a die-hard yogi–I’ve dabbled here and there–but yoga was something that I really wanted to make a part of my daily routine. I considered my first option, which was taking a class. Neither my calendar (nor my monthly budget) allowed that. So I considered my second option, Google.

Yoga Studio was one of the first suggestions to pop up; so I did a little research, read the reviews (always), and decided to pay the whopping $3.99. Let me tell you, it’s LIFE CHANGING. There is literally something for everyone. It has 3 different levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced, with a choice of classes ranging from balance, combination, flexibility, relaxation, and strength. There’s also sun salutations, earth salutations, meditations, yoga for back pain, yoga for runners, and quick yoga fix. It even lets you customize your classes, which range from 15-60 minutes, so there’s honestly no excuse for me (or you) to not get a class in.

Once you choose which class you’d like and it’s downloaded, just hit play and begin. What I love the most about this app is that the instructor walks you through and demonstrates every move. For someone like me, who didn’t know what Reclined Pigeon was, that’s extremely helpful.  The app can also connect with your calendar so that you never forget a class (lifesaving).

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So if you’re looking for something to add to your already existing workout routine, or are looking to get back into the game, give this app a try. You won’t be disappointed!

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How to Survive a 30 Hour Road Trip

And not kill your significant other.


At the end of July, Max and I ventured on a 30 hour road trip to Olympic National Park. I’ll do a separate post about the park, but today I want to focus on the most asked question: How do you survive 30 hours in the car together??!  When I typed in Olympic National Park in Maps I won’t lie, it was intimidating. 30+ hours in the car, with another person….. pukeee. Cross country road trips are not easy, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be done. When you master cross country road trips, you learn to love them: the sights you see, the conversations you have, and the lessons you learn by working together because in reality you are literally stuck in the vehicle. It’s sink or swim people. So with that being said, here are a few things I always keep in mind for a smooth trip.

1. Establish your timeline

What time do you need to be where? Are you on a strict timeline or do you have a little room to breathe? This trip we had a little room to breathe. We left late on Thursday evening and wanted to arrive at Olympic National Park by Saturday afternoon. We knew we wanted to stop at Roosevelt National Park and that would act as a“half way” point. Everything in-between was up for whatever.

2. Establish a sleep schedule

Who’s going to drive during the night, while the other sleeps, and vice versa? What time will you switch positions? Will you drive through the night, or will you stop at a rest stop?  

Last year, for our trip to the Grand Tetons, we drove straight through without stopping. This year, we decided to stop because we had the time; and the sites we saw were life changing.

3. Take advantage of rest stops

Rest stops may not be the most glamorous, but hey, they’re free. They’re a good place to brush your teeth, take a shower, and freshen up. They’re also a good place to park when you need to catch some zzz’s. This is the first trip that we took advantage of the park and sleep situation.  Max would drive as far as he could;  then, he would pull in and we would sleep until about 5:30am.  I would wake up and start driving. It was a good schedule and I feel we both got an equal amount of sleep.

4. Bring the essentials

A pillow and blanket are obvious essentials; but I highly recommend a sleep mask and noise cancelling headphones or earplugs. Nothing is worse than trying to fall asleep at 8pm when the sun hasn’t fully set, or being woken up because the driver turned the music up. I don’t know about you, but I’m a bear if I get woken up, so I do everything I can to help avoid that situation.

5. Always pack a cooler

For this trip, we filled the cooler with bread, peanut butter, jelly, lunch meat, trail mix, fresh fruits, fresh veggies, and water. LOTS OF WATER.  Our goal on the way is to eat as healthy as possible. We know the minute we get into the park, we’ll be strapping on our packs and hiking a mountain. You’re also saving a bit of time and A LOT of money by not stopping for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

6. Always have a wide selection of music

I include music we both enjoy because, let’s be real, Max doesn’t want to drive 10 hours listening to Beyoncé, even though I would be perfectly ok with that!

Podcasts are also one of my favorite driving tools. You’re driving 30+ hours, why not retain a little knowledge while doing so?

7. Stop and take in the sights

If you see a scenic pull off, stop and take a look. 9 times out of 10 the view will be worth it. It’s also a change of scenery, and a great time to stretch your legs.

8. When you stop for gas, ALWAYS use the bathroom

Even if you don’t think you have to go, try. Nothing is worse than having to go to the bathroom when you just stopped. There’s no reason to create that unnecessary tension.

9. Bring things to do

Whether it’s a book, a magazine, a crossword, or “whatever” keeps you busy. 30 hours in the car is a long time, and your phone can only keep you busy for so long.

10. Enjoy each other

You embarked on this trip because you really enjoy each others company (at least I hope). Don’t let a road trip ruin that for you. Keep conversations light and remember why you’re taking this trip together.


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FEAR.

It’s a four letter word that packs a lot of punch. For some people fear forms in the way of a masked clown, a spider, or a dark room. For others, fear comes from change, risk taking, and the unknown. For me, fear formed itself in this blog. The thought of openly expressing myself on the internet for the world to see was frightening. I had quit my job and started my own business; yet the thought of starting a blog was crippling. The thoughts like “Who cares what I have to say?”,  “I”m not interesting”, and “My life isn’t interesting enough” dictated my dreams.  Then one day I had had enough. I decided fear was no longer going to dictate my life. Who cares if the only person who read this blog was my mom? I wanted this, and I was going to go after what I wanted.

So my question for you is: “If you could eliminate fear from your life, what would you do with it?”

If you’re miserable at your job, quit. If you’re not happy where you live, move. If your relationship is no longer serving you, then move on from it. Be assertive with your life. Whether it’s that promotion, that dream job, or that cute guy/girl at the coffee shop; go after what you want! Because at the end of the day, I’m sure you won’t lay your head down at night and think, “I’m so happy fear has kept me here.”

And when you can feel fear sneaking in, always remember:

“the world is an endless possibility when it isn’t fueled by fear!”

 

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