8 for 2018- 4 to drop, 4 to pick up

        I hope you enjoyed my last post on my top 17 obsessions of 2017.  Now that 2017 is officially going to be in our rear view mirror, it’s time to put all of our focus in 2018.  I’m usually one of those people who rolls their eyes ((HARD)) at people who use the term “New Year, New Me”, but now I think every day, every moment is a chance to turn oneself into their newest and best version.  You don’t have to wait until January 1st and if you do make January 1st your redo day and you “mess up” on January 3rd, than you have another moment to try to make it right.
          2018 is a very important year for me and a year that I am really focused on making a great one.  I want to get my crap eating under control, get my migraines at bay, get rid of my rosacea, tame my anxiety, improve my relationship with money and get in amazing shape for my wedding.
   In order to help me with all of these lofty goals for the next year, there are 4 “habits” I plan on dropping, and 4 “habits” I plan on picking up.  Think of these as my New Year’s Resolutions.

4 to drop

* My reliance on packaged snacks*

I was raised on junk food and continue to be a huge junk food eater.  It’s not good!  I have never met a Twinkie, a Reeses or a Keebler Elf product I didn’t like.  Even to this day when I get hungry at school I’m knocking on the snack closet  looking for Twinkies.  Even when I choose what I deem a healthy snack, it’s packaged.  Now granted, a Larabar is WAY healthier than a Twinkie,  but there’s no reason I can’t pack a baggie of berries with some cream to dip it in or some veggies and hummus.  I always lean towards convenience and ease, even though I have the time to do more and treat myself better.  This year I will not be relying on packaged snacks and instead only use it as a treat.

* Starting something and not seeing it through*

I can’t tell you how many exercise programs I’ve began or how many times I’ve started a posting schedule for my Younique business page and I do good for about a week and then totally slack off.  Since consistency is my word of 2018, there’s no more of this!  If I don’t think I can fully see something through, I’m not going to dive into it.  And if I do begin something,  I will do everything in my power to complete it to the best of my ability. 

* My Diet Coke habit once and for all!*

This is a hard one, a super tough one!  I love Diet Coke.  It is a total vice of mine.  I’ve definitely cut back in recent years.  I only have it at home if someone purchases it for me (which is rarely) and I usually only have it at work for lunch.  Being at one can a day for 4-5 days out of the week is a HUGE decrease.  Since I have been on Christmas vacation I have only had it once while I was out to lunch with a friend.  People have told me to have seltzer water as a replacement, but I don’t like seltzer, it just has to be a willpower thing to finally kick this bad habit.  

* Getting anxious over what I think people mean*

I never really thought of myself as an anxious person until the last 10 years or so.  Unfortunately, my anxiety has only gotten worse.  Usually it is only limited to typical high stress situations, air travel or large crowds, but sometimes I give myself anxiety by overanalyzing and overthinking situations about what people say to me.  No more of that.  If someone is going to say something, they will say it to me and I can deal with it then.  If not, I will not work myself into thinking something terrible.  

4 to pick up

*Green smoothies with healthy add ins*

I think green smoothies are a great way for me to get in a serving or two of fruits and vegetables.  Considering I am not a huge fruit and veggie eater, but am a big snacker I think this will help kill 2 birds, with 1 stone.  Also, thanks to my girl The Skinny Confidential, I now have a list of healthy add-ins to try in my smoothies including collagen, pearl powder, matcha, etc.

* Fresh and clean snacking*

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As mentioned above, my reliance on packaged snacks is going to be SO 2017.  2018 will be all about clean, unprocessed snacks.  It might mean a Larabar or 2 every now and then, but I am going to try to keep my snacking very Whole 30-like.  

* Time blocking post work hours*

There have been so many evenings where Nick and I are like , “where did the time go?”,  on a work night.  I find myself being so mentally exhausted after work that I give myself permission to just crash on the couch and surf Youtube for hours.  I want to use my time when I get home a lot more efficiently.  This will include making a lot more dinners ahead of time, blocking out time for blogging, school work and things I enjoy. 

* Reading more for pleasure*

Some of the books on my reading list

I love reading.  There is nothing better than diving into a good book.  However, I find myself wasting so much time after work that I don’t give myself the proper reading time I should and truly want to.  Just today I cancelled a few magazines that I just let pile up and no longer enjoy reading so I could dedicate more time to checking books off of my very long reading list.
So these are pretty much my 2018 resolutions.  
Do you have any resolutions this year??

Change Your Morning, Change Your Mindset: My Favorite Podcasts

      I am someone who is VERY into their routine.  I completely thrive within my morning and evening routines.  If any aspect of my routine is thrown off, it can sometimes throw off my day (I am working on that!).
     A huge part of my morning routine used to be watching my favorite morning news show while getting ready for work.  Then my favorite anchor was fired after I spent almost every morning for 11 years with her! How could they do this to me?? This threw me off and led to me looking into other options for my morning routine.  I tried a few other morning news shows, but nothing worked.
     I follow this lovely “Girlboss” Youtuber called Erin Henry.  In her Facebook group girls were talking about their morning routine and several people commented on how horrible watching the news was to start your day.  I never really thought about it.  While I loved my favorite anchor and felt a connection with her, she did deliver me a lot of bad news every day and this was how I was CHOOSING to start my day.
     I decided I needed to revamp this part of my morning routine and add in something that would help me start my day in a more positive way.  This led to my rediscovery of podcasts!
     I now start every day by listening to a positive podcast while getting ready for work and I truly feel it has led to me having better days.  It puts me in such a positive space that my mind is slowly beginning to learn to respond to situations in a much more calm way.  I wanted to share some of my favorites with you in hopes that you will give them a try and allow them to become part of your daily routine in some way!

The Chalene Show

The Chalene Show was one of the first podcasts I subscribed to and is definitely one of my favorites.  Although she doesn’t post as regularly as some of the other girls I am going to mention, she has a large bank of episodes for you to choose from already.  Her topics range from health, weight loss, organization, balance, etc.  She is a fitness guru for Beachbody and while I have never done her workout program, I love listening and learning from her and her husband.  She is very uplifting and uses tough love when necessary.  She provides tips and tricks that are tangible, especially in the health and weight loss department.

Fit Fierce and Fabulous Podcast

Erin May Henry on Youtube recommended this podcast in a video and I am so glad she did.  The host, Courtney, interviews a lot of guests to provide information on a lot of topics that may be deemed “new age” but I just find fascinating.  I have learned a lot about crystals and manifesting and using my mind as a tool to fight my anxieties.  This is probably my favorite podcast of the ones I mentioned and definitely helps to change my morning mindset!

Style Your Mind

For all you Instagram lovers, this one is for you!  This podcast is hosted by Cara Alwill Leyba aka The Champagne Diet.  It’s such an amazing show and really focuses on topics that will help you design your ideal life by making positive choices in all aspects of your life.  It’s very uplifting and has me definitely wanting to read her books!

Rich Bitch

Don’t be fooled or turned off by the name!  This is a great podcast for girlbosses as it focuses on money and on our ideas towards money.  Any girlboss can listen to this, but it is especially helpful for women entrepreneurs and network marketers.  I have taken a couple of great notes while listening to this one and I think if you gave it a chance you would too!
As you can see, I have been loving the podcast life! 
 Do you have any great podcasts to add to my list?