Lifestyle

A Reflection on 2016

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Happy 2017! I hope your New Year’s was fantastic! This post is being published a little later than I had originally planned but is something I still want to share. Despite the common opinion that 2016 was horrible and the tragedies that occurred, it was personally my favourite year yet. For me, 2016 was a year of personal development. After many years of struggling with my mental health and happiness, I took matters into my own hands and completely changed my mindset. I can now I say I am the happiest I have ever been. This year I worked hard and am proud with what I accomplished. I have been blogging, working at a clothing boutique, and doing an online course with Parsons and Teen Vogue while simultaneously graduating from high school and starting business school. I have met so many incredible people along the way and am very thankful for all the loved ones in my life.

I have high hopes that 2017 will be even more amazing than 2016. This year my main focus is on self care, being present, and trying new things. I celebrated this New Year’s Eve with my favourite people and started 2017 with a Polar Bear Swim! Let me know in the comments what your favourite part of 2016 was!

Beet and Blueberry Smoothie

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Happy Saturday everyone! Today I want to share with you my favourite smoothie of the moment. I came up with this recipe by experimenting with different ingredients and happened to create a drink that is not only gorgeous but also incredibly nourishing. This recipe is jam-packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, and everything you need to stay healthy during the winter months. I can’t get enough of this earthy, fresh, and spicy drink so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Ingredients:

  • One handful of blueberries
  • One cup of spinach
  • One beet
  • 1/2 tsp of hemp hearts
  • 1/4 tsp of chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • One cup of water

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This is such a simple and delicious recipe that I can’t wait for you to try! I would love to know what your favourite kind of smoothie is so let me know in the comments below!

Healthy Habits For November

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Hello everyone! I hope that you are all doing well despite the very unfortunate occurrences in the US. On a more positive note I thought I would share some of my tips on how to stay healthy and happy this November. Enjoy!

Drink More Water: Drinking lots of water is something I have become quiet good at over the past year. It has made such a difference in the way I feel and my overall health. I highly recommend that you increase your water consumption this month to maintain a glowing complexion and flush out toxins.

Get Lots of Sleep: This is something I’m guilty of not doing well. School, work, blogging, and my social life leave me with very little time and I tend to leave sleep as a last priority. My goal for November is to prioritize sleep and I hope that you do the same!

Meditate: I started meditating a couple of years ago and it has completely changed my life. Calming your mind is very difficult at first but as a result of meditating I am much more present, compassionate, and patient than I used to be. Even when I am really busy I like to set aside at least five minutes a day to meditate. It is so important to remember to participate fully in the present moment even with life moving at a fast pace.

Moisturize: This tip is a pretty obvious one but a crucial beauty habit for the cold months. The moisturizer I use and will stand by for the rest of my life is coconut oil. I use it in replacement of a body lotion and it also makes a great hair mask! On my face I use a moisturizer from a local shop that contains ingredients such as shea butter and lavender oil.

Be Kind: Always be kinder than you feel. Especially with the devastating events happening in the US at the moment, it is important to be a kind person in the midst of it all to help those around you. Positivity and kindness is contagious so spread it everywhere and adopt it as a part of who you are.

Stretch In The Morning: Incorporating stretching into my morning routine is something I have recently started doing. It improves your circulation therefore increasing your energy levels. Giving yourself a few minutes to stretch every morning will help you set a positive tone for each day this November.

Use Your Planner: I have always been a huge fan of planners! My life would be incomplete without one and if you don’t own a planner I would highly suggest investing in one. Especially during this busy time of year it is helpful to have a place where you can organize everything you have to do.

I hope that you find these tips useful and let me know in the comments what you do during November to stay happy and healthy!