Health and Fitness

Pimp Your Mat Superpower Challenge: Are You In?

Pimp Your Mat Pilates Challenge // My Boring Closet

If your life is anything like mine, you are BUSY. As much as we all try to make time for ourselves and get to the gym as much as possible, sometimes, all you have is 30 minutes. That’s hardly enough time to drive to the gym, do your workout, and get back to your busy schedule! I definitely have those days where I need to squeeze in a workout at home, but I have such a hard time motivating myself. Enter Pimp Your Mat, a subscription-based healthy lifestyle website that offers brand new 30-minute Pilates-based workouts every three days that you can do in your living room with no equipment! Sounds amazing, right? Well, what’s even more amazing is the FREE 30-day Superpower Challenge that starts this Wednesday!

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Weekend Inspiration

Fun Links to Distract You at Work Today

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Image via Pinterest

It’s finally FRI-YAY!!! Oh my goodness, this was the LONGEST week ever, and I’m looking forward to some good music this weekend at the Westword Music Showcase here in Denver! Today, I thought I would share with you some fun links and things I’ve found on the web. Enjoy :)

Still need to get a Father’s Day gift? Mackenzie Horan from Design Darling has you covered.

I’m currently obsessed with all things Mara Hoffman, including these reversible bikini bottoms that are currently on sale!

Carolyn from Boxes and Jars just saved your weekend with a recipe for chocolate peanut butter fudgsicles. This is not a drill, people.

This 1972 photo of Angelica Houston is so effortlessly cool.

Denver locals, want to try a new spot this weekend? I got you girl

A nursing home in Seattle also houses a preschool where the very old and very young spend time together. Get the tissues and watch the trailer for this heartwarming documentary

Good Friday jam: Back of the Car – RAC, Nate Henricks

And another summer jam: Make You Mine – Family of the Year

I’m really loving this treadmill workout right now! Makes the cardio day fly by. 

Any links to share? Leave them in the comments!

Xo Lacey

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Love and Life

Letting Go and Moving On: Don’t Let a Breakup Break You

 
Photo by Noah Berg Photography 

At the age of 27, I’ve been through my fair share of breakups. Some were amicable, some were not. Some were surprising easy, others surprisingly heart-wrenching. While no breakup is ever fun, they all have taught me something about myself and what I am looking for in a partner. I’ve been wanting to post about this topic for a while now, but after my most recent breakup, I only just now feel like I can properly articulate my feelings on love lost and love found. We can read inspirational quotes on Pinterest all day, and we can sit around with our friends and endlessly analyze every little detail of our relationships for hours, but the only thing that can truly heal a breakup is time combined with a shift in your mindset and attitude. 

The minute you let go of the person that’s not meant for you is the moment you open yourself up to meeting someone a million times better.

This was my breakup mantra. I said it to myself over and over until I finally believed it. Life is so funny in that it can change so fast. You could meet someone and in one second everything is different. Everything is so much better than you could have ever imagined. You may have just broken up with someone who you believed was the love of your life, and you’re obviously devastated when you break up, but oh sister, you just have no idea who could be waiting around the corner to sweep up all the pieces of your broken part and put it back together even more completely and beautifully than you ever thought possible. That is the thought that should give you hope. That is the thought that should motivate you to put down the Ben & Jerry’s and get back out there and find the person that’s not only worthy of you, but the one that wouldn’t even dream of hurting you. 

Let yourself mourn the future you had pictured, but don’t let it consume you.

I feel like sometimes the hardest part about breaking up is realizing that the future is going to be completely different than you imagined. All of a sudden, there are so many unknowns and more uncertainty. It’s normal to mourn that, but go ahead and start planning a better future! You may be single, but you aren’t alone. Reach out to your family and friends and plan a weekend getaway or even a staycation. Fill up your calendar so you don’t even have time to wallow. Get out there, be your fabulous self, and enjoy life! 

Realize your worth and don’t settle for anything less. 

It may sound a little negative, but once a relationship ends, I think it’s important to truly be honest about the things in that relationship that bothered you. It may be little things that added up over time, it may be that one comment or that one thing he/she did that always made you feel uneasy, but it’s important to notice these things because you don’t need that going forward. This is how we learn from past relationships. If it helps, write down your thoughts in a journal. Heck, why not write a list of the qualities you need and don’t need? While it’s true, no one is perfect and relationships are always work, you want to be in the relationship that is worth the work, worth the effort, and worth your time. What are your likes and dislikes? What are your deal breakers? Now is the time to really reflect on that because you want your next relationship to be the one that works, that feels right, that is a true partnership

Time heals all, but you have to help it. 

It’s like putting a band-aid and some neosporin on a cut, or putting a cast on a broken bone. Time will heal these things, but not on its own. If you don’t try to move on or try to feel better, it won’t get better. Let your friends be there for you. Don’t be afraid to go on a date. You just never know who could wow you if you give them the chance. Even if you don’t quite feel ready, just having a nice conversation with someone can really do wonders for the healing process. Put yourself back out there and although you still may have to go out with a few frogs, I promise you, one of those frogs will be the frog of your dreams. The frog you never even knew could exist. 

Question to you: how do you deal with heartbreak? Share your thoughts in the comments! I would love to hear what you have to say on this topic.

Xo Lacey

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