20 Things to a Happy + Healthy Life

Hello Cuties,

Life goes fast, probably faster than many of us would like. We always have all these plans and goals that make our minds hectic, but sometimes we need to step back and enjoy even the little things. I came across this list of 50 things to living a happy and healthy life, and I thought I would create my own version. Below I share my top 20 tips to live a happy + healthy life, daily.

 

Get Healthy + Happy

Drink lots of water

Be positive, always!

Find time to exercise, even just a walk

Eat breakfast, it really is the most important meal of the day

Spend time outdoors, enjoy this gorgeous earth

Love yourself

Worry less (simmer down)

Get enough sleep

Embrace your Flaws

Utilize lavender oil

Drink herbal tea

Travel often, even just taking weekend trips

Explore new places and things

Work hard & dream big

Dance more often

Don’t compare

Be kind

Create a morning ritual

Invest in your relationships

Take care of yourself

Now that you have read through the things I find important to live a happy and healthy life, I challenge you to create your own version. What makes you happy and what keeps you healthy?

Use this list (or your own) to stay focused on the important things in your life. Take what you value the most and each day remind yourself of those things.

Thank you for reading this little post. You can follow my journey on Instagram @blogger_alyssa.

Shine Bright.

xo, Lyss

Lessons From a Weekend of Camping

Hello Beautiful People,

This past weekend I took a camping trip to the northern part of Michigan with my boyfriend, and it was an adventure to say the least. Of course with any adventure like this there is bound to be a little bit of chaos.

We arrived early at D.H Day Campground on Friday morning in order to get a spot, this campground is famous for its amazing location near Sleeping Bear Dunes and M-22. The campground was quaint and right off the shore of Lake Michigan. We quickly learned that there were no showers or real toilets (just some holes in the ground). This is how our weekend filled with adventure began.

Let me give you a quick run down of the weekend. We hiked dunes for about 2.5 miles to reach this beautiful coastline and then 2.5 miles back. It was worth the view but the hike through rolling 400 feet sand dunes was intense. We showered in ice cold Lake Michigan because what else could we do. We were basically disconnected from reality thanks to bad cell service, which this actually a blessing. We drove around trying to find a fishing spot, found one but didn’t get a single bite. To top off the adventures of David + Alyssa, we got a flat tire on the drive home.

As you can probably tell, we were never bored!

Here’s what I learned…

Work together:

One of the biggest lessons I learned from this trip was where David and I worked well together, and where we didn’t. When I was complaining about hiking the dunes, he pushed me through until the end. When my car got that flat tire he calmed me down and told me it would be okay. We had a few tiff’s but nothing we couldn’t talk through. We were able to smoothly set up our campsite, split the expenses and enjoy our time. Ultimately, I think it made us stronger and showed us where we need to help each other more.

Love yourself:

Due to the lack of running water and mirrors, I went all natural this past weekend, maybe too natural with the whole lake shower thing. I learned that my beauty is not defined by beauty tools and products, but by happiness and the smile on my face. I loved every picture that I took this past weekend and the only make up I was wearing was a sunburn and old mascara. Being out in the woods, without a care in the world, taught me how unimportant make up is and how important adventure and happiness is. I was focused on comfort and fun!

Appreciate all things:

Since I was not connected to my phone the whole weekend, nor was I able to properly shower, I learned to appreciate even the little things. Coming home, I was thankful for a hot shower and hot tea. Being away from home and reality, allowed me to focus my time on the important things like exploring new places and loving on my man. It really showed me the raw parts of life, the parts that make it good. Sure, I love a solid shower and getting all ready for the day, but there is nothing more important than the raw happiness you can find under the stars in the middle of nowhere with someone you love. You appreciate those moments much more than the ones you lack.

I never thought a short-weekend trip could teach me so much, but I am so grateful for the things I learned. Though the weekend has it’s moments of chaos, everything turned out okay and life continues on. I really did enjoy every minute, even the chaotic ones. I just had to share this with all of you because it’s incredible what stepping out of the norm can teach you.

Thank you for reading PYM today! Check out more pictures by following me on Instagram @blogger_alyssa.

Be a Happy Camper.

xo,

Lyss

Live Your Life, Shamelessly

Hello Beautiful Souls,

Everyday you wake up, you have the opportunity to do something amazing with that day. The choice is completely up to you.

When you wake up, you can be upset at the world and groan about going into work. This kind of mindset will create a negative space around you and you may even see more negativity start to come your way.

Another option would be to wake up with a purpose, tell yourself to seize the day and try something new. This mindset will most likely bring you lots of happiness and positive vibes throughout the day. It’s called Law of Attraction, believe it or don’t, but it’s legit.

How does this relate to living your life shamelessly, you ask?

Most of the time, we are held back by our fears of judgement and what others may think of us. We inhibit our abilities to grow because we don’t want to look weird or out-of-place. The thing is though, every person that has ever made a difference in this world was weird and out-of-place. They encountered many failures and climbed many mountains. They didn’t wake up innovators, creators or influencers; they became them.

This relates to the attitude you choose to have on a daily basis because you can wake up and let your fears hold you back or you can live your life shamelessly and be the weird one. The weird ones are the leaders and doer’s of our society.

One of my bosses shared this short Ted Talk with us during my first week at my internship. It was some “weird” guy dancing around by himself but he was surrounded by a crowd of people. Of course, he got dirty looks and quite a few glares. Then something happened, another guy jumped up and started to dance like a maniac too; and another one followed. Eventually there was a whole crowd of people dancing and no one felt weird about it.

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The lesson here is that someone has to be brave enough to step outside of their normal comfort zone and be the werido that starts a movement. It can be scary to put yourself out there, especially all by yourself. Once you embrace this idea of being comfortable with being uncomfortable, you will watch yourself blossom into this magical human. People will no longer judge you, and even if they do, you will not worry about this anymore because you’re confident in who you are.

Coming back to the law of attraction idea, your confidence and self-assurance will create this positive vibe around you. People may be intimidated by you, but more often than not, they will be inspired by you.

 

Today, and everyday, I just want you to live the life that makes you happy regardless of what others think. You only have one life to live, don’t waste it worrying about what people might think of you. Spend it being 100% yourself and enjoying every freaking moment. Thank you for reading and have cheerful day!

Do what makes you happy!

xo, Lyss

Stories + Spaces: Self-Love

Hello Lovely People,

It’s time for this month’s Stories + Spaces and the topic is “Self-Love.” You’ve probably noticed my last few posts have been related to self-love, and I have to be honest, my self-love routine has taken a back seat due to my busy schedule this semester. Over the past few weeks, this lack of self care has begun to catch up with me. I’ve been breaking out every week due to stress, illness is creeping up on me and my sleep schedule is out of whack.

Although I love being busy and investing my time into many things, it catches up to you. Sadly, when we get busy I think the first thing we neglect is ourselves. After constantly breaking out and feeling under the weather, I realized it’s time to take care of myself first.

This post could not have come at a better time! I am working on refocusing my attention and taking care of my well-being. Tessa constructed this post and she asked us three questions.

Why is self-love important?

In my opinion, self-love is important because it gives us confidence and makes us happier. When you look up the definition of self-love, you may see synonyms like conceit or narcissism. I find this to be so disheartening. Self-love should not be looked at as a selfish act. Self-love is not about being too into yourself or being selfish; it’s about taking care of your mind, body and spirit. It’s interest in your own well-being, and is that really narcissistic?

Self-love is important to your health, it promotes good energy and a mindful life. Taking care of yourself is crucial to keeping your passions inspired and keeping your vibes positive. Never look at self-love as something negative or selfish. You can still love yourself and spread love to others. Actually, people who are more confident in themselves, are more likely to be kind to others because they are comfortable with themselves. When you are comfortable with who you are, you don’t worry about what others look like or what they think. It’s freeing!

How I promote self-love in my life?

As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, my self-love routine has been a little off lately. But, since I have been feeling this way, I decided to take a step back and focus on myself more. These are a few of the ways that I take care of my mind and body.

  1. Drink tea: Tea is great for many different things; immune system, energy, skin, etc. Drinking tea is healthy & yummy!
  2.  Lavender essential oil: This has been my go-to for everything. I use this on my breakouts, pillowcase (stress reliever) and in my hair (dry scalp). It is the best thing ever!
  3. Taking a run: When I find the time (and the weather is nice), I love to get outside and run. This relieves my stress and boosts my mood.
  4. Getting my nails done: Lately, I have found getting my nails done really helps boost my confidence. It makes me feel pretty and look professional.
  5. Read positive quotes:  I love finding quotes on Pinterest and sharing them with my girl friends.
  6. Sleep: Sleep is so important to me. It keeps me functioning and it’s important to give your mind a rest.
  7. Taking care of my skin: This has been a never ending battle lately, but I always remove all my makeup and wash my face each night. I like to moisturize my face each night too, especially during the winter months.

This isn’t really a bullet point but just a statement on promoting self-love and that is speaking positively about yourself. When you speak negatively about yourself to others and to yourself, it promotes negativity in your life. Never compare yourself and be confident in who you are.

What I love most about myself?

Who I am and where I come from. A lot of people don’t know that I use to be a tomboy growing up; I raced motorcycles, caught gaint frogs and built forts until I was about 13. People see me as a girly girl and all into fashion, which is partly true, but I come from a lot more than just that. I’d like to thing my life as been on the end of a little crazy but nothing to complain about because I believe it has all made me who I am today.

My past has made me work hard for every single one of my goals, it has taught me to have a kind heart but not to take shit from anyone. I always give people second chances, but never a third. Ambition and passionate are words that describe my attitude toward many things in life. I love that I had the opportunity to grow up playing outdoors, doing ballet and racing dirt bikes, it made me tough. So, what I love most about myself is who I am because of my past and what I’ve become because of it.

Everyday and everything is a lesson, what you learn from it is up to you. You can make it negative or you can make it positive, the choice is yours.

I really enjoyed writing this post, especially during this busy time of my life. It’s always nice to remind yourself that self-love is important. Be sure to check out the other girl’s posts too! I will link their blogs below.

Tessa | Simply Tess

Ally | A Touch of Tulle

Paige | Where the Wildflowers Are

Thank you for reading today! Stay tuned for more posts from PYM. I apologize for only posting once a week sometimes, my schedule is insane and I barely have time for homework. Thank you for sticking around and I hope your week is amazing.

Happy Monday.

xo, Lyss

3 Affirmations for Your Monday

Hello Love,

Love is in the air this week! Valentine’s day is coming up and everyone is in the mood for some romance and lust. When we think of Valentine’s day, I believe many of us automatically think couples and mushy love stuff. But, what about self-love? Of course you should go on that cute date and enjoy the day with someone you love; but why not make this whole week about love. Loving others and loving yourself.

It is also the most dreaded day of the week: Monday. Therefore, I thought I would put together three affirmations to get you through this Monday and this week. Whether you are single or in a relationship, self-love is always important. To be in love with someone else, you must also love yourself.

Self-love is not selfish, self-love is crucial to your physical and mental health. You should always take care of your mind, body and spirit to the best of your ability.

3 Affirmations for Monday:

  1. You are enough: We always are doubting ourselves. We allow too many outside factors to influence our own thoughts and beliefs, so much that we underestimate ourselves. You are enough; you are strong and you are beautiful. Stop comparing. Believe in what you are capable of and magical things will happen. When you believe in your own greatness, you attract positive vibes.
  2. You are amazing: This does not just mean your looks or accomplishments, but who you are as a person and how you take care of your soul. Love your strengths and your weaknesses. Love your flaws, for they make you beautifully unique.  Take care of yourself. Embrace other peoples flaws. Eat a balanced diet that energizes you, drink water and treat your skin with care. You inspire others without even knowing it. Just be your amazing self!
  3. You make things happen: you have goals and dreams that you strive for everyday, you make your dreams a reality. When you are passionate about something you make it happen, nothing stands between you and your goals, except fear. Never let fear inhibit your greatness. Wake up and work hard, everyday. Whatever you are working towards, you will make it happen because you are strong and you are capable. Believe that you can make it happen.

Affirmations are a great way to start your day and jump start your week. Keeping these types of things in mind throughout the day is important for your confidence, happiness and health. I think the world forgets the importance of mental health too often. Taking care of our physical well-being is crucial, but mental health is also crucial to making life beautiful and colorful. Create a list of your own daily affirmations and watch your spirit transform. It’s important to believe in yourself.

I always say its way easier to be happy and positive than it is to be sad and negative. Negativity takes a lot more strength, choose happiness today!

Thank you all for reading! I hope these affirmations can kick start your Monday and get you on track for a killer week. Never doubt what you are capable of, spread love and kindness and most of all, be fiercely authentic.

Live life colorfully.

xo, Lyss