How to Get Motivated to Workout

Hello Babes,

Over the past few months, I have had little to no motivation to workout since my schedule was so busy. I think this low motivation mindset is very easy to fall into when life picks up and we get distracted from ourselves. I know how much of a struggle it can be to dig deep and find the urge to workout. What’s the point, right?

Well, over the past two weeks I have finally been getting back into the swing of things and I am feeling 110% better. I feel like my mood has been elevated, I am able to relieve my daily stress and my digestion has been better too. Obviously it’s only been a week, so there are no major changes yet but I already notice the difference in the way my body feels.

My 4 tips for finding motivation to workout

Find a workout that works: When you are beginning to workout again it can be hard to find which workouts work for your body. The best way to learn is by trying many different types of workouts. I was a cheerleader for almost 9 years, and after quitting, it took me some time to figure out what worked for me. I have found that variations within my workout really worked for me, things like resistance training has been the most beneficial for me. When I am using my own body in a workout rather than machines, I feel more accomplished in my workouts.

Start small: It’s hard to just jump right into intense workouts, so start small and then work your way up. Starting small can refer back to the first tip, which is finding what works for you. Do your research and learn what would work best for your body and lifestyle.

Find inspiration: When you are stuck in a rut and do not want to workout, it’s best to find a reason to start again. Whether this is finding a role model that inspires you and motivates you or if it’s simply finding a valid reason to just do it. For me, I was inspired by Sarah’s Day on YouTube because she talked about her personal issues prior to getting healthy and fit, things such as acne and digestion, which related to the problems I was having. This made me think maybe adding a workout into my daily schedule may help.

Do it for yourself: If you cannot find a good enough reason to start, then just do it for yourself. Working out for even 15 minutes a day will boost your mood and improve digestion. It can also help you get better sleep. No matter what, adding a little sweat to your day can improve so much. Get inspired and get motivated!

These are just a few things that have motivated me to jump back into working out. So far, I am feeling amazing and I’m so glad I found motivation to start again. I just started my own fitness journey, so I understand the struggle of starting again. As long as you find a purpose for it in your life, you will succeed. Never push yourself to workout if it does not feel right or you’re doing it just to please others. You must workout for yourself or you will never be pleased with the results.

I’m so happy that you decided to stop by PYM and read this post today. I hope it can help you find that fire from within to start doing what’s best for your body. If you want specific posts from me, feel free to suggest in the comments or via email. I would love to chat with you and hear your thoughts.

Find your motivation!

xo, Lyss

 

 

12 Reasons to be Happy Right Now

Hello Pretty People,

I apologize for not posting yesterday, I was feeling uninspired this past weekend and I had no idea what to share with you beautiful people. It hit me this morning though, why should you (& me) be happy right now. I figured I would take this time of the year to list out some reasons to be happy. I think there are many reasons to be happy, but sometimes we get caught up in the routine of life and forget to stop and smell the roses (a.k.a be happy!).

It’s funny because this is the time of the year that people are setting goals and beginning new things, so why does it feel so depressing?! Well, I’m not sure if I know the exact answer to that question but it could be the fact that people set too high of expectations for themselves. This is the time of the year we should be excited about what’s to come and all the goals we have just set for ourselves. Since that is not the case though, I thought this post could be a helpful reminder as to why you should be overly excited and happy everyday.

Reasons to be happy right now:

You’re alive

You are still breathing, which means you still have the chance to make your life into something. You have the opportunity to live life beautifully. There are so many people that are alive, but do not choose to live. Be the one who lives!

There are people that need you

Sometimes you might feel alone, and maybe like no one needs you, but there is someone out there who depends on you. You don’t always see these people because they may be watching your from the shadows, maybe you inspire them or motivate them to be better. Just because they aren’t telling you face to face, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

You are loved

You have people all around you that love you; family, friends and even coworkers. Once again, this may not be vocalized daily but you are loved by many.

Happy people are more productive

Why would you ever waste time dwelling on the negative? Well, we all do it and it inhibits our productivity. When you are happy, you tend to be more productive. Your mood is up, and therefore, you are motivated to be more productive. Negativity and depression causes us to be setback and move more slowly.

You’re strong

you may not believe me, but look how far you’ve come! I know you must of jumped through rings of fire to be where you are today. Your journey may not look like someone else’s, but that doesn’t make you any less than them. You are a warrior.

Everything can change

If you are unhappy in your current situation, be optimistic because things can change at any moment. Some things take time, you just have to be patient. You are not going to be in this spot forever!

It boosts your mood

Being happy is a lot easier, and less depressing, than being negative. Of course you will have a better mood if you are walking around smiling and being positive in all situations.

When you are focusing on the good, you attract more good things

Law of attraction, my friend. When you are positive and optimistic, you will attract more positive vibes. This is one you will notice too! You will see the people you choose to surround yourself with start to change, and your mindset will adjust to be positive more naturally. When you focus on the negative, you are just feeding that negative energy and allowing it to grow.

Today could be the best day

You never know what a day could hold for you, never be pessimistic about what’s to come. Never underestimate what today my bring. There is so much opportunity for a great day, just wait.

You live in a beautiful world

This world is so beautiful; there are so many things to explore, near and far. You are lucky to live in such an amazing world. Sometimes it’s easy to forget what’s around us, but here is your reminder that the universe is beautiful. Now that’s something to be happy about!

You have the power to make someone’s day

Here you are, a happy person, with a giant smile on your face. Why not spread that happiness to others. You have the power to improve someones day, so why not take the chance! Just throw a stranger a compliment or send your best friend a positive quote. It’s simple!

You are in control of your life

Lastly, you have control of how your life will go; take advantage of your power and choose happiness. Each day you wake up, make the decision to be positive and optimistic. Everyday is a fresh start to be happy and leave your mark on the world. Do not forget to fall in love with the little things and appreciate the world around you. Whenever you forget why you should be happy, you can always check back to this list or create your own. Now is the time to take control of your happiness.

 

It’s easy to forget some of the reasons we should be happy, and it’s also easy to get into that mid winter slump. I know I have been struggling with the winter blues this month and my mood has definitely taken a plunge. Writing this post reminded me of the reasons I should be happy. As I mention in the beginning of this post, I was running low on inspiration for today’s post and when this popped in my head this morning, I knew I had to pursue it.

Thank you all for reading this post today! I want this post be a reference for you, and inspire you to be happy. As my readers, I like to be up front with you because I want you to know I am human. I have the same struggles that you do. Please share this post and feel free to create your own list of reasons to be happy. This will allow you to look back on the rough days and be inspired by the good days. Thank you again for reading.

May you have a grace-filled week!

xo, Lyss

 

6 Ways to Supercharge Your Morning Routine

Hello Beautiful Souls,

There is nothing I love more than a great start to my morning; those mornings when you can just jump out of bed and seize the day. The problem is those do not happen everyday, and I’m sure you know what I mean. Wouldn’t it be great if every morning was like that though? Well, I may have the tips and tricks for you to supercharge your morning routine.

As we move into a new routine for the new year or new semester, our morning rituals may be impacted from our holiday breaks. Starting the morning off on the right foot effects how the rest of your day will go. We all know what happens when we wake up and something negative happens, right? The day seems to tumble down from there. That is why I am sharing my favorite morning rituals with you. Starting everyday with a fresh and positive outlook sets the whole day up for greatness.

6 Ways to Supercharge Your Morning:

Get enough sleep: As much as we would all love getting a solid 8 hours, it is not always possible with a busy schedule. Although you may lead a busy life, sleep is important to being able to continue daily activities adequately. Try to get at least 7 hours a night. Getting enough sleep is not only important to your mental health, but it is also important to your physical health.

Drink tea: Starting your day with some tea is great for many reasons; first, you get a head start on your water requirements for the day. You may also choose to drink a caffeinated tea that will boost your energy. Tea’s are really good for you too! Tea is natural and it is better than a sugary latte (which I still love). When I wake up and start checking my emails and schedule for the day, I like to drink some tea.

Wash your face (& moisturize): Washing your face is key to keeping beautiful and healthy looking skin, it will also make your skin feel refreshed each morning. Moisturizing is super important during the cold winter months, the wind can be brutal and you want to protect that gorgeous skin of yours.

Eat breakfast: The most important meal of the day, right? It really is! Eating breakfast in the morning, even if it is small, will energize you for the rest of the morning. I use to skip breakfast and instead have a cup of coffee. Now that I have began to eat breakfast, I feel more energy throughout my morning.

Check the biggest thing off your to-do list: Start your list of to do’s early, and start with the biggest task on the list. Once you finish the biggest task, you will be able accomplish the smaller tasks much quicker. My days are most productive when I am able to start early and check important things of my list.

Listen to a powerful playlist: When I am getting ready in the morning I love to throw on my favorite playlist to get my energy flowing. I have different playlists for different moods. When I am working on homework or work stuff, I may listen to a more mellow playlist. In the morning, I like to listen to either a dance/pop music playlist or an alternative playlist (Coldplay, American Authors, etc.).

Each morning you wake up you have a choice on how the day will go, and that decision is up to you. It starts when the alarm sounds, are you going to keep snoozing or wake up and attack the day? Your life is your choice, what you do is up to you. Your mindset for the day starts as soon as you wake up. If you tell yourself the day is going to suck, it will. If you tell yourself it is going to be a great day, then that’s what it can be. The choice is yours!

Thank you for reading today beautiful souls! I hope this post can offer you some motivation or inspiration to add to your morning routine. This semester is looking quite crazy for me but fear not, I will continue to work on bring my readers the best content. Don’t forget to subscribe to PYM if you enjoy reading every post and check us out on social media. Thank you again for reading.

Choose to be the best version of yourself today.

xo, Lyss

How to Take Control of Your Life This Year

Hello Babes,

The beginning of the year means the start of many new things; for me, it’s the start of a new semester and the beginning of my internship. For most of us, now is the time to brush up on those time management skills and kick our productivity level into high gear. Today’s post is your check list for jump starting your year and making meaningful leaps toward your goals.  I want this post to spark that fire within, the fire that makes you jump out of bed in the morning and take control of your life. The time is now!

Being productive is not the challenge, it’s staying productive that is difficult for most of us. For me, the cold weather really makes my productivity tank. I just want to stay under the covers all day and catch up on some Netflix. Anyone else get like this? It’s the worst! Since I know the struggle, I figured I could share my best tips on how to stop wasting time and get your life together.

Now’s the time to get it together, girl:

Organize your work space: Nothing makes me avoid doing my list of to-do’s more than a messy work area. Clean your desk, organize your papers and decorate your surrounding environment. This will help you work more efficiently and keep a positive work space. Staying organized will help you find important things quickly and allow a clear space for you to get sh*t done.

Buy an agenda (& use it): My agenda is my life; it contains all important meetings, events and appointments I have to attend. It also helps me organize my blogging schedule and keep track of my work schedule. Your agenda can be tailored to your life; whatever your career or life consists of, an agenda will save your life. It is a must-have for every working girl!

Manage your inbox: Keeping up on your emails not only lessens your list of to-do’s, but it also gives you piece of mind. You can worry less about missing an important message while boosting your productivity. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people do not respond to my emails; I understand everyone gets busy but make it a goal to keep up on your inbox. You won’t regret it!

Set goals: Setting goals not only makes you more productive, but it also increases your motivation. Organize your goals and look at them continuously. This will keep you focused and allow for you to move quicker through tasks. I make a list of my daily goals (or to-do’s) and a list of my long term goals. If you missed my new years resolution post you can click here to read it; this post can help you set meaningful goals and crush them in 2017.

Build your network: I decided to add this one because I feel as though networking is crucial to building a positive image for yourself. It can also lead you to many opportunities, whether it be socially or career-based, networking is great. Grab coffee a person in your dream position or introduce yourself to that person you see on the bus everyday. You never know who you could meet and it never hurts to make a friend.

Dress for success: This last one is more directed toward those college students who constantly wear sweat pants. Referring to the last tip, you never know who you’re going to meet and that’s why you should strive to dress the part. I live by this, and most of the time, I don’t meet anybody special. But, I always feel prepared for what the day may bring and it makes me more confident. If you are a junior or senior in college, you should be taking steps towards building a professional wardrobe anyway, these are just the baby steps toward that. Feel free to connect with me privately to discuss wardrobing advice, I’d be happy to assist.

Now that you know the ways to get your life together, it’s time to get out there in the world and kill it. Lead by example, when you have your life together you influence those around you to get their lives together. The secret to getting your life together is actually faking that you have together when you don’t. It’s like reverse psychology on yourself. Once you train your brain to be productive, even on the days you’re a mess, you will begin to actually have your life together. It’s a crazy concept!

There has been so many times where I feel like my life is a complete mess, but I hold it together and fake it till I make it. It’s funny because during these times I’ve had many people tell me how put together I look or how I have it figured out, and boy are they wrong. You just got to own it and do what sets your soul on fire, and no one will doubt you. When you don’t believe in yourself, no one else can either.

Thank you for reading today! I hope some of these tips can help you get your life together in 2017, or at least motivate you to get it together. Don’t forget to follow PYM on instagram @pym_blog or on Twitter @pymblog_. I share new posts here, along with positive quotes and polls. You can also subscribe via email on the right of the page. Check it out!

Happy Monday.

xo, Lyss

 

 

3 Ways to Crush Your New Years Resolutions

Hello Pretty People,

The New Year is upon us, and I cannot believe that it is already almost 2017. This post’s title may have been unappealing at first and maybe you rolled your eyes at the word “resolutions.” But, fear not! I am not really a fan of the whole “New Years Resolutions” either. Let’s use the word goals instead. I am constantly setting goals for myself because life is always changing and you must adjust accordingly.

The New Year is a perfect time to set new goals for yourself because the end of a year usually comes with a lot of changes. Since I am currently a student, the end of the year is the end of a semester and the new year means new endeavors. This also means new goals! You may also just be getting into a rut at this point of the year and maybe setting fresh goals will motivate you to get back to slaying. Whatever your situation may be, it is never a bad idea to set some goals and work on yourself.

The idea of resolutions has been poisoned because people set unattainable goals for themselves, they are more likely to fail. This is discouraging. Your goals must be in reach and they must be something that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning and work hard. If you absolutely hate the gym, why are you setting a goal to go to the gym 3 times a week? These types of goals are setting you up for failure. They must spark the fire inside you.

Here is how you can set attainable goals for the New Year & crush them:

  1. They must motivate you: The goals you set must set your soul on fire, which I mentioned above. These goals should make you jump out of bed in the morning with a driven attitude to accomplish them. I am highly motivated by my goals, and this is what keeps me going. If you are unmotivated by your goals, then you will not be inclined to reach them. It will feel more like a chore than an accomplishment. Tip: Your goals should align with your passions, you should make small goals that are going to put you a step closer to your grand plan. If you follow your passions, you will be able to accomplish your goals more easily.
  2. Visualization: The next important key to accomplishing the goals you set is to overload your environment with these goals. My personal favorite way to display my goals is to create a vision board, this really helps keep me focused on what I am trying to accomplish. I also like to keep little post-it notes in my agenda and in my work space; all these things really help me continuously visualize my goals and where I want to be. Tip: Create a vision board, or something similar, to focus your goals and keep yourself on track.
  3. Make relevant & reachable goals: This might seem like an obvious one, but just like the gym example, people tend to set unobtainable goals. You want to evaluate where you are at in life and set goals that are relevant to where you are. You can’t set a goal to save $1,000 if you don’t have any money flowing in, so maybe set a goal to get a job or find a way to make money, then set the goal to save. You must start small and work your way toward these goals. Goals are a process, not an all of a sudden action. They take time. Tip: Write down where you want to be in 5 years then write down how you can work toward this five year plan this year. Think big, but start small. The ultimate goal will motivate you but it might take a bunch of small goals to get there.

Setting goals can be lots of fun, in my opinion. They are like little life challenges that you set for yourself and then you get to watch yourself accomplish them. My goals motivate me everyday. I have a big, crazy dream that many people give me a crooked grin when I talk about them. These goals are what keep me going, whether I accomplish every single one isn’t the point of setting them, necessarily. It’s the point that they motivate me to live life to the fullest and work toward something important to me. If I accomplish them, that’s great and fulfilling. If I don’t, then I at least tried to do something that I was passionate about.

This year set goals that inspire you and motivate you to be the best version of yourself. Set goals that make you proud of yourself. Set goals & then crush them. There is nothing wrong with having New Years resolutions, but there is something wrong with setting unattainable goals that you cannot accomplish at this point of your life.

To help you set goals and stick to them, I created a free downloadable worksheet that will help you focus your goals and write them out.

Free Goal Tracker, click here>>>NewYearNewGoals

Thank you all for reading today! Be sure to print out the attached worksheet and set your goals for before the New Year. Don’t be afraid to make some resolutions, just use these tips to stick to them. I love setting goals for myself, and you should too! Don’t be discouraged by others failed resolutions, just set your own goals and work hard at them everyday. You will see results. I am planning new things for PYM all the time and you don’t want to miss out, so subscribe now. I look forward to sharing many more posts with all of you and if you have any requests, please let me know in the comments.

Cheers to a New Year, darling.

xo, Lyss