glow up // creating an EXCITING fitness routine

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For a lot of people the words ‘exciting’ and ‘work out’ don’t belong in the same sentence, but if you want to be one of those people who does get excited I’ve got some tips for you. Today’s post is a collaboration with my friend Faith who has been my work out buddy over the last couple of years while I lived in New York. She recently received her NASM certification AND launched a fitness Instagram (@thesweatycoconut) so I figured she’d be the perfect person to help get people excited!

Read on to stop torturing yourself for a ‘summer body’ (spoiler: you already have it!) and to start enjoying working out!

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bloom // 10 ways to fight discouragement

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Sometimes it seems like everyone around you is having the time of their lives, working their ultimate dream job with a hot babe by their side. Then there are the friends who are seemingly always on a relaxing fancy vacation. Even if you’re not prone to the occasional (and unadvised!) comparison, it can be hard not to feel a little discouraged. Or maybe you’re working towards your ultimate dream and you are not yet seeing the results you want. Or maybe you’ve been job searching for months and nothing has quite panned out yet. Whatever it is, we all go through periods where we are feeling discouraged and need a little pick me up. Below are 10 of my favorite go-tos. Whether you try just a couple or all of them in one day (no judgement zone!), I guarantee you’ll feel encouraged in no time flat. Continue reading “bloom // 10 ways to fight discouragement”

BACHELORETTE WORK OUT // at HOME in your body

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hey y’all!

I’m going to mixing things up around here and decided to go ahead and get the party started today with a fun work out game I made for myself.* I absolutely love working out now, but I didn’t become ‘fit’ or active until my freshman year of college. Between my freshman and sophomore year I actuallyΒ lost about 20 pounds instead of gaining the ‘freshman 15’! I’ll talk more about that on another date. Today I wanted to share a really fun work out, of sorts, I created to mix things up. For the first time in over 3 years I have cable and for the first time in ever I’ve been watching The Bachelorette. As a fellow black chick I wanted to watch to support Rachel and support all black women in mainstream media. The more support we have, the more we can have diversified representations for people of all ethnicities and backgrounds!

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