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Self-care Sundays

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This mommy, wife, sister, friend, wanna get fit, big dream-chasing life gets crazy sometimes! I’m so super grateful for it and all that is on the way but, sometimes I forget that taking care of me should be on my list as well and it does not make me a bad mother or a neglectful wife.

Things like scheduling a pedicure, getting a facial or taking myself to the chiropractor for this annoying back pain I’ve had for 2 years now. Or asking hubby to watch Benjamin while I go to Home Goods or Target. Carving out 2 hours to go to Barnes and Noble with Becoming by Michelle Obama, so I can read it in peace and finally finish it!

What I’ve also realized is that self-care is also letting go of people and situations that no longer serve you. We’ve all had that “friend” who always has something negative to say and is always the first to “turn up” and bring the drama wherever they go. Or that relationship that you are in that is going nowhere fast but, you stay out of fear of starting over.

Let me just say, that saying no sometimes is so unbelievably therapeutic. As a former people pleaser, this is tough to do but, it feels too great not to! Not in a mean, nasty way of course but, there’s just so many family gatherings, birthday parties, dinners, and baby showers I can go to in a month while still handling my business and taking out some time for me.

I’m still figuring, adjusting, and rearranging my life to squeeze in my definition of self-care because, after 30+ years of living, I FINALLY know that it is more than necessary.

What’s your idea of self-care? How often are you including it into your daily/weekly/ monthly routine?

Check out some of my favorite things to use when I need to just do me!




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Eats

7 Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

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I know I’m thirteen days late but, happy 2019! How long can you still say ‘Happy New Year’? Well, I’m wishing all of my followers, readers, subscribers, friends, and family a transformative 2019!

For a few years, I would get super anxious and slightly down when New Year’s eve would approach because I did not feel like I accomplished anything groundbreaking. Looking back now, I know that was false but, I’ve since figured out that I can accomplish more by doing a few things:

  1. Knowing what I want– Fact: most of us don’t know what we really desire (besides a new car, house, and a new body). If you want instant clarity and relief from anxiety, sit down and write out all of the things you would like to get done this year. I pray first and ask God what I should do then, wait for a feeling of peace.
  2. Visualizing– I actually visualized my life with all of my goals completed, and not like a faraway dream but, as if it had already happened. It’s hard to do at first but, it really helps to make things feel more concrete.
  3. Stepping into the feeling– how would you act if you actually had that dream career? how would you wake up every morning? What types of places would you go to on the weekend? What kind of conversations would you have?

The main key is not to overthink it. Though nice, not every goal has to solve world hunger. Here are some resolutions that should be on every 30 something’s list:

  1. Turn off all screens one hour before bed. No TV, no phone, no tablets. Pick up a book, workout, meditate, or have some quality time with your honey instead *wink*.
  2. Life’s short. If you want the car, buy it. (There’s a Tesla Model X and an Infiniti QX 50 with my name on it).
  3. Learn how to make your money work for you. Investments, passive income, residual income, and automation are the name of the game.
  4. If you are struggling to fit some exercise in every day (like me), set an alarm on your phone that goes off whenever you first get home in the afternoons/evenings. Drop whatever you’re doing and move for at least 5 minutes. Dance, go for a run around the block, jump rope, do 20 burpees. Eventually, you can go to 10 minutes, then 20, then 30.
  5. Call a family member or friend you have not talked to in a while.
  6. Get a passport.
  7. After the passport comes in the mail,  take at least 1 trip overseas. There is so much world out there and experiencing somewhere different can really switch up your perspective on your entire life.


Fit Life, PCOS

Healthy + Fit Black Friday deals

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Happy holidays! I hope your Thanksgiving day was filled with lots of good food and great company. We went to hubby’s aunt’s house and had a really good time. Next year, hubby and I will probably host Thanksgiving dinner when we are in our new house *prayers up and fingers crossed*.

I made my famous curry coconut chickpeas and a sweet potato casserole.  If you are following me on IG, @simplisticchic_ , I posted the recipe for the chickpea dish in my InstaStories.

Now on to what has arguably become one of the most anticipated parts of the holiday season–Black Friday shopping. I’m not advocating  going into debt on things you do not need but, I am all about scoring a good deal on something I’ve had my eyes on for a while.

On my personal list are some more Nike’s, workout gear, knee high boots, a new car seat for Benjamin, and some much needed supplements. Realistically, only two or three of these will actually get purchased but, we’ll see.

Today, I’m sharing some great Black Friday deals to help you stay fit that you do not want to miss!






What’s on your Black Friday shopping list? 


PCOS

Why You Should #KillthePill

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Hey loves!  If you’re on Instagram (you should follow me at @simplisticchic_), you may have read about the #Killthe Pill campaign started by  health coach and author, Gessie Thompson (she has helped me numerous times on my natural health journey and really knows her stuff!), Dr. Amsu, and Dr. Amun.

Many women do not realize that birth control may be the main cause of the fibroids, PCOS, ovarian cysts, blood clots, infertility, auto-immune diseases, thyroid issues, or psychological problems they are plagued with.

When I was first diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), I was told that I would have to take birth control pills to “regulate” my cycles and help with the super oily skin and breakouts.  Then in the future when I wanted to have a baby, I could come off of the birth control and start fertility meds.

All I could think was, “Ummm…ok.”

Something about that did not seem right to me but, being young and eventually wanting a baby I popped those birth control pills every month (on and off) for about eight years.  My symptoms only got worse over time and I was beyond frustrated!

I stopped taking the pill, and began my journey to finding more natural solutions.  I changed my diet to a more plant-based one (I eat fish every once in a while), I changed my thinking (let go of some emotional baggage, learned better stress management, and positive thinking), and everything else fell into place. Best decision ever!  It was not easy nor did it happen overnight but, one healthy baby later I can say it has all been worth it.

Did you know?

Estrogen-based birth control methods, as classified by the World Health Organization, are Group 1 carcinogens.  In layman’s terms, they can be cancer-causing! They only mask the symptoms of hormonal imbalance such as heavy bleeding, cramps, hormonal acne, etc. and put women at a high risk for even worse health conditions later on.

Ladies, please consider non-hormonal birth control options, do  your research, and take charge of your health.  The benefits in the end will surpass any inconvenience or trial-and-error you will have to do right now.

Click on the hashtag, #KILLthePill on Instagram and share your own birth control nightmare story, if you have one.  We all owe it to ourselves, our daughters, mothers, aunts, and friends to educate ourselves on how to live our best lives.

Follow @coachgessie, @dr_amun and @dr.amsu for much more on women’s natural health and the #killthepill initiative.

Are you taking birth control currently?  Have you experienced side effects?