Introducing A New Series: Wellness Wednesdays

 

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My goal for the blog in 2018 is simple: tell a story. I am a full-time copywriter, so storytelling is what I do. When I think about my favorite blogs to follow, they all have one thing in common: they tell a story. So I am going to do my best this year to pull back the curtain a bit. In assessing my blog over the past few months, I feel like I haven’t shared more than sale items and style tips. And while I still intend to do that, I want to share more with you.

Yesterday I polled you guys on Instagram stories asking if you’d like to see more healthy living tips like diet, exercise and clean products. I was so excited to get a resounding yes from you all. I don’t want to take away from my current content at all, but I feel like healthy living is a huge part of my life and my story, so I am going to start a weekly series called Wellness Wednesday.

What can you expect from this series?

DIET

I rarely share anything about my diet on the blog, but I have been a pescatarian for about eight months now. This means I eat a fully vegetarian diet with the exception of fish. Because of this, I am forced to find healthy ways to incorporate protein into my daily diet. I have always had a passion for nutrition, but this has definitely caused me to take an even deeper look at what I eat each day and I have honestly never felt better!

EXERCISE

I actually work out 5 times a week. I’ve been a runner since I was 13 years old (I actually got into blogging with a running blog called That Running Girl several years ago) and have enjoyed finding ways to grow as a runner and fitness lover ever since. I am a self-admitted cardio fiend, but work hard to incorporate strength training into my routine. I am always trying new things (my most recent journey is BBG!) and will share some of my favorite workouts with you guys.

CLEAN PRODUCTS

While this is admittedly still a work in progress, I have cleaned up the products that I used substantially over the past few years. This has taken a lot of research to find out what is in the products I grew up using and what I should be avoiding. It is amazing what you will find in things we use every day like deodorant, face wash, makeup, etc. As I discover and use new products, I will give you all an honest review (let’s be real, sometime all we care about is how well the makeup stays on!).

I think this series will be really fun for me and hopefully beneficial for you as well. Because healthy living is such a big part of my life, it only makes sense that I find a way to incorporate it into the blog! (I will, of course, stay in tune with the theme of my blog which is “accessibility,” because it’s important to me that everything I post is realistic for you guys to buy/try.)

If there is ever anything you want to see on a Wellness Wednesday post, let me know! Thanks for reading. 🙂

fitness | Tips For Hiking

One of the best things about traveling is that you can explore new places while you get in a good workout. When we were at Lake Tahoe recently, Mark and I took every opportunity we could to see new views of the beautiful lake. Hiking quickly became one of my favorite ways to be active while on vacation. Below are a few tips I discovered while hiking that may be helpful for your next trip.

Remember the altitude. When we were hiking in Nevada, Mark and I were quickly reminded that it can be difficult to breathe at a higher altitude. We found it helpful to take breaks every 15 minutes or so to catch our breathe since we weren’t use to the altitude.

Bring water. Because our hiking trails were often far away from anywhere we could get water, we made sure to bring a water bottle with us every time we went on a hike.

Dress appropriately. One of the best ways to ruin a hike is to be in uncomfortable shoes or clothes. It’s important to wear tennis shoes, activewear and sunglasses if you will be somewhere bright.

Wear sunscreen. There isn’t usually much shade when hiking, so it’s a good idea to bring sunscreen to avoid a sunburn. If you are planning to hike more than two hours, you should reapply the SPF every couple hours.

Stay on the path. If you aren’t familiar with the area where you’re hiking, you should stay on the path that’s been formed. Most hiking trails will have a path from previous traffic that will help guide you.

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