6 Empowering Morning Rituals

Mornings are a great time to set the tone for your day to be productive and enjoyable. I tend to be an early bird, and feel like I accomplish the most at work bright and early. If mornings are a little rough for you, here are some of my best morning rituals to start the day off on the right foot:

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What I’m Loving: 10 Ways to Practice Self Care

As the summer approaches, I feel like life always becomes so busy that it often feels hard to keep up. Its important to remember to pause and take some time to take care of yourself. I feel like its so easy to tell other people to do this, but its so hard to do yourself!

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To make it easier, here are my favorite (relatively easy) ways to take a little time for you:

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8 Easy Packable Healthy Snacks

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know I try to live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I’ve found that a good diet and daily exercise makes me feel so much better mentally and physically, but I also try hard to keep a balance so that I’m not obsessed with what I eat and the calories I burn.

Because I run 25-30 miles during an average week, I have to replace quite a few calories in my diet and it is difficult to add in snacks that are both filling and fuel your body, without spending lots of time preparing them each night. I like to keep packable snacks on hand to keep my energy up throughout the day and to keep me from grabbing a donut or cookie floating around the office.

Here are my favorite healthy snack ideas that are easy to prep and to keep on hand during a busy day:

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What I’m Loving: Making Change

What I’m loving today is change. Not the money kind (although I do like that too), but the change from doing something different and trying something new. My motto for 2018 has been JUST DO IT (please don’t sue me Nike)– which has pushed me to reach out of my comfort zone and try the things I’ve always been too scared or hesitant to do.

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Here are some of the new things I plan to push myself to go for this year:

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Everything You Need for Your First Half Marathon

After running a few half marathons the past couple of years, I finally took the plunge and ran my first full marathon last October. Over my time of training and racing I’ve tried all sorts of gear and goods to help with running and thought I’d share my advice for any of the newer runners out there.

I tend to get really nervous before races and like to know as much as possible ahead of time so nothing unexpected happens. In the last year, I’ve had races during below freezing temps, pouring rain, and extreme heat so I’ve learned to always be prepared!

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Healthy Apple Cake Recipe Review

First things first, I am not a cook. Or baker. But since I’ve become more serious about running, I’ve really focused on trying to eat better (real) food. Its pretty easy to create healthy meals and snacks like my amazing banana oat cookies, but desserts get pretty tricky– especially for holidays.

In a quest to make a healthier dessert, I found this recipe over at Amy’s Healthy Baking for healthy apple cake. I will caution that a lot of the “healthy” baking options out there only focus on one or two substitutes in the recipe and are often still really high in sugar or fat. I liked this recipe because it used wheat flour and not a lot of butter or sugar.  Continue reading “Healthy Apple Cake Recipe Review”