Hello July..

Half the year has officially gone. I'm thinking about my first post of the year and so far nothing has really happened quite the way I planned. Is it really a surprise though?! Things rarely ever happen exactly how we plan them but yet things always happen just they way they are suppose to.
 

I'm pretty happy this far. I've had quite a few challenges, which forced me to make some changes in my life. I wanted growth and I guess I got just that. The whole thing was definitely not easy to process and I still have a lot to figure but I'm a good space.

Two things I am not super proud of are my lack of consistency with the blog and my poor commitment to my workouts. I'm definitely making the time to improve that for the rest of this year.

I'm also making more time for myself doing more of the things that make me happy, but also meditating and connecting with myself and working on my faith.

My main Goals for the month of July

- Work on Improving my relationship with God
- Be more active (Exercise) and drink more water
- Get out there more and meet more people
- Do more of what makes me happy 


How has the year been so far for you? Have you made any plans for the rest of the year?
30

In The Moment..

Hello Lovelies,
Happy Easter. I hope you've all been well and had a great Easter day.

I have been a completely m.i.a; I got a bit overwhelmed and had a hard time getting my thoughts together. I let myself take a small break from the blog to sort things a little but still don't feel like I was able to archive much. ..That's just life. It is going to be tough at times, maybe confusing or even overwhelming, but that it is just part of the journey. With all of that I definitely do not want to neglect the things that bring me joy, like blogging.

30

12 Thought Provoking Questions

Having the right answers to the wrong questions is not worth much but asking the right questions is already part of the answer.
I've been doing a lot of reflection recently. I have some pretty important decisions to make and I'm trying to make sure I consider all angles and ask myself all the right questions.

In the same spirit I thought I would share a few thought provoking questions with you.

62

What I Would Have Worn..

The closest I came to having a prom was watching it in movies. We don't do proms where I'm from so I've never had one. I always enjoyed seeing the younger ones dress up for the occasion though (not to make myself sound so old). All the suits and bows and the amazing beautiful dresses.. it definitely sounds like a very fun experience.  

We had an end of the year celebration with dance performances, theater and a lot of other very enjoyable activities. I have the most amazing memories from these times with family and friends but the fact that prom is so much more talked about always made me wonder what made it so popular. I don't particularly feel like I really missed out on anything tough.

If I had gone to a prom I would have opted for something a little like this:
43

5 Ways You're Wasting Your Time

"Know the difference between being patient and wasting your time"
I came across this posted on Instagram and it spoke to me a lot. I realize I have been wasting my time more than I have been patient with a lot of things. Slightly upsetting but I'm glad I at least came to this realization so that I can be more conscious of this in the future.
This quote got me to think about a lot of the different ways one could be wasting their time and pretty much inspired this post.
57

What Love Is

What is Love to you?
Peace, Happiness, God.. I'm not too sure how to describe it myself.
Reading children's answers to this same question does not only make me smile but reinforces the feeling that regardless of whether or not we know how to explain Love, we should always make sure we show it.
Although I don't really like commercialized side of Valentine's I enjoy seeing all the different creative ways people express their love and appreciation to the ones they care about. Regardless of whether you are in a romantic relationship or not, I think we should all celebrate Love.
I discovered this a while ago and thought what better time to share it than now.
Children's answer to the question "What is Love".

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”Terri – age 4

 “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”Rebecca- age 8


“My mommy loves me more than anybody.You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.”Clare – age 6


“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.”Cindy – age 8


“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”Elaine-age 5

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.You just know that your name is safe in their mouth. Billy – age 4


“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” Noelle – age 7


“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” Mary Ann – age 4


“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” Lauren – age 4

“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” Jessica – age 8



I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's day and remember to keep this lovely spirit around for the rest of the year.

xo
139

Kindness

I've always wondered why people can be abuse and unkind to the people they claim to love. The thing is, one cannot give what they don't have, so it is hard to be kind to others if you don't have kindness for yourself. Most people really speak to others the same way they speak to themselves.

If you're dealing with unkind people, try not to judge because we never know why people are the way they are and what they might have gone through.
Not judging and trying to understand and empathize doesn't mean you have to stick around and get hurt either. It is not selfish to chose yourself first and get some distance if you feel you need it.
The more time you spend hearing negative words the more likely you are let them sink in.

If you're not really able to distance yourself from negative and unkind people, try to be more mindful of your thoughts. Watch what you say to yourself and how you talk and react to others. Try to spend more time around positive people. Make sure you don't subconsciously become unkind.
My dad once told me: You can always learn something from others, regardless of whether you like them or not. Try to focus on what you can learn from these people.

Sometimes you'd meet unkind people that would try and make you feel like you are the problem, that is NOT true. Do not change yourself for anybody.
Don't be tempted to be unkind back and give people a taste of their medicine. When you know better, you do better.

Here are a few ways you can be Kind to Yourself

Treat yourself to a nice bath, a spa, a weekend away...

Practice positive affirmation.

Read a nice book.

Meditate. Get in touch with yourself.

Make some time for your hobbies.

Be Kind towards others. Doing good will make you feel good.


Here are a few ways you can be Kind to Others

Give someone a meaningful compliment.

Leave a lovely note for your partner to find.

Write an appreciation letter to a friend.

Buy coffee/juice/water/a sandwich for a colleague.

Donate your used books.

Volunteer at a local shelter.

Remember promote what you like instead of bashing what you hate. I hope you had a good Wednesday. If you have any kindness tips please share in the comment section.

xo
168

What I've Been Enjoying Lately

Being less bothered
You can't please everybody. I know this already but still sometimes let others get to me. It doesn't matter if someone thinks I'm a blue goat, I'm not going to turn into one so why should I care?!

Liza Koshy on YouTube
I heard about Liza and saw a few snippets of her videos on Instagram but only recently checked her YouTube channel. She is amazingly creative  and I just love love her sense of humor.

Ariana Grande
Even though she is extremely talented I feel like I'm a bit old to be listening to Ariana's music. I stiil enjoy a lot of her tunes. Out of nowhere this week I got hooked on her song "Into You" and I still can't take it out of my head.
[Just googled it and even though she had that sweet baby face she is actually 23 :O.]

Finding new Inspiration 
I've been catching up on Oprah life class and learning so much from others experiences, different ways to look at my own experiences, new ways to think about challenging situations and so much more life inspiration. I love it!

Life can keep us very busy and even get tough at times, so it is very important to make sure we still enjoy it as much as we can.
I hope you all had a great week.

What have you been enjoying lately? Let me know in the comments.

Enjoy your weekend dearies :)

xo

Let's Connect:

120

Healthy Eating Tips for Beginners

One very common resolution people make at the start of the year is to change their diet habits and start eating clean. I have it as one of my goals this year not just because of all the health benefits but also because of the boost of energy I have everyday when I eat healthy. 
If your looking to get rid of the few pounds packed during the holiday season, trying to get a summer body ready or working on improving your lifestyle, I strongly encourage you to make eating clean one of your goals.
In this post I'm going to share a few tips with you to help you transit to healthier eating habits. 
Introduce
Don't try to suppress all junk food overnight and eat salad only. Instead, start introducing more healthy options to your meals and progressively improve your eating habits. Slowly add more veggies to your plate, substitute fried food for oven baked or boiled, snack more on fruits.. This works better long term and you're less likely to cheat and get discouraged and all back into your old habits.

Plan ahead
Make a shopping list before going to the store/market and stick to it. Don't buy anything you're trying to avoid. If you buy and keep cookies around your house, you're very likely to end up stuffing yourself with them.
Prepare your meals before hand. Cook enough for the day or the whole week if you can. Store in small containers and heat the food when you're ready to have it. Having meals ready ahead saves you from improvising and getting an unhealthy quick fix when you're hungry. This would also help you budget and save some money.
Drink more water
Ditch the soda, energy drinks and other unhealthy beverage. Start drinking more water. Ideally you should have about 2 liters of water a day. Have a tall glass in the morning, in between and during meals and another one before bed. If you're craving something sweet, try natural fruit juices or fruit infused water (fun and yummy).

Stay on top of temptation
The more you try to resist temptation the more you'd think about what is tempting you. So instead of denying yourself completely of your guilty pleasures learn to consume them in moderation. You can have a scoop of ice cream or a small portion of chocolate once in a while. Don't cheat and ruin all your progress by stuffing yourself every time you're having a treat. Remember, you trying to build healthier habits.

Be patient
Change take time so don't be too harsh on yourself. Take it one step/change at the time. If you find yourself cheating, don't get discouraged and fall back into your old habits. Pick it up from there and keep going. Remember, the beginning is always the hardest but this is nothing you can't do.

Other healthy eating posts I have coming up:
-Meal planning tips
-What should be on your plate
-Healthy snack ideas
-Meal sizing
-Healthy alternatives

I tried to keep this post light but informative enough.
Let me know if there is anything you would like me to talk about.
What are your resolutions for the year? Feel free to share them in the comment section.

xo

Let's keep in touch:
162

Polka Dot Dress

I meant to put this up last week as an outfit inspiration for an end of the year get together with friends but got pretty busy and barely had time to blog. Not quite back to my usual blogging schedule yet. I still have to give more of my attention to other life priorities but I'm hoping to be able to blog more soon.

I think every girl should have in their wardrobe a polka dot item. They are perfect for an effortless chic and elegant look, very easy to style and they never go out of trend.
I got to chose this lovely polka dot dress from Rosegal
Like I was saying earlier in the post, this dress [styled by my sister] would be perfect for a get together with friends or even a date.
The dress is very nice and light but I would have preferred the top a bit stretchier. You can find it Here.

I also got this nice hoodie [modeled by my sis] from Dresslily. The fabric is really light but it is warm enough. I love the patterns on the sleeves, hoodie and pockets.
This is a go to for a casual and comfy look.
You can find the hoodie Here.

Both these items are at an affordable price and I would say the quality pretty much matches the price. If you decide to order from these stores remember that their size are a lot smaller than usual. The dress was a size large instead of my usual medium but was still very tight. The sweater was a medium and fit well.

I hope you all had a wonderful start of the year. Have a great weekend everyone!

xo

Connect with me:
85

Good Things..

Happy New Year!!
It's also my birthday today. For some reasons turning a year older is making me reassess my whole life lol. I don't mind though. I am not where my younger self had imagined I would be today but I'm not in a bad place either. I hope I never get to a point where I'm simply comfortable and stop setting new goals, challenging myself and growing.
There is a lot I want to happen career wise but I only have limited control over things. I'm just going to prepare for everything I pray for and make the best of whatever happens.

In terms of self improvement I really have to work on better time management and eradicate this bad procrastination habit I've had for years now (I know this is going to be a though one).

My goals are mainly based on progress and self improvement. I don't want to focus on too much at the same time so I broke it down this way (among other things)..

Body 
I'm doing a 9 week workout plan starting tomorrow January 2nd and ending on March 5th. March sounds far away but I just had another 9 week program to end the year 2016 and it went unbelievably quick. I'm also going to practice eating breakfast this same period and avoid improvised unhealthy snacks before lunch. 

Mind
I'm going to do more reading, educate myself more and try to find new source of inspiration every week. I've also switched my routines a bit and trying to get myself out my comfort zone (I'm hoping this would help stimulate my mind differently). 

Soul
I've started the Joyce Meyer 365 days promises for your everyday life devotional on the Bible app. First day was very enlightening and motivating and I'm pretty excited about the other 364 days.

I'm slightly anxious about this but a in a good way. I'm also trying to take a picture a day to challenge my creativity, I wonder what that's going to turn out like.

These are my main mottos for the year:
Make the best of what you have
Be better than yesterday
Enjoy the moment
Be good, Do good.

89
Sauniya © 2016. Powered by Blogger.

Blogger templates

Popular Posts