30 Things I’ve Learned in my 20’s!

Yes, another girl crying about turning thirty and how much she loved her twenties, not really but you get it. Read on to hear what I would tell my twenty year old self. A few life lessons and everything in between.  #Thisisthirty

I love birthdays.  And ladies and gentlemen, today is my birthday.  I am turning THIRTY! How did that happen!? I love reflecting on my birthdays…thinking what have I learned, how to be a better person in the upcoming year, the things I have checked off on my life “to do” list and what I want to accomplish in this new year. Oh, and a day just to celebrate ME! Who doesn’t love birthdays!? As I say goodbye to my twenties and helllllllo to a new decade, I am really thinking back to my twenty year old self. Oh my gosh…the things I would tell myself. Like for real.

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I experienced so much … love, adventure, failure,successes, embarrassment, insecurities, fun, lots of fun, loss, etc.  All the feels.  All of these experiences have made me, well ME! I really feel that your twenties are years where you are becoming the person you want to be, you are figuring life out.  It left me with realizations, lots. How much you really change year to year. I thought it would be fun to share the 30 things I have learned that I wish I could of told my twenty year old self.

  1. Have fun.  This is pretty much the obvious. 
  2. Be confident, always.  Have confidence in yourself, and in the ones you love.  It goes a long way. Trust me. Oh, and trust your own voice, stand your ground. 
  3. Who cares what others think.  For the LOVE OF GOD….who cares!! NO one cares…be yourself, be authentic, YOU DO YOU! You’ll be sorry if you do care. 
  4. Remember what you were taught in Kindergarten.  Share, be kind to others, say thank you, and treat others the way you want to be treated. 
  5. Go for the “good” bottle of wine. You wont have that headache tomorrow, promise.
  6. Express gratitude.  Take a look around, you have a great life, don’t take it for granted. 
  7. Don’t apologize for something you feel is right. If you feel that way, genuinely, don’t apologize for your feelings. 
  8. Find your passion. Life is too short my friends, I know its so cliche, but find something to do that you want to do, everyday. Or even a hobby! 
  9.  Life can change in a blink of an eye. Legit.  Your world can be totally rocked, to the core.  But, you’ll survive, I promise. And, it won’t be the last. 
  10. Friendship is hard work.  Put the work into those genuine friendships, because you never know when you’ll need a good friend.
  11. Its okay to walk away from friendships.  Really, its okay.  There is a stage when you learn that you may need to walk away from people who bring negativity into your world. You don’t need it. Peace out. 
  12. Everyone does life in their own time. Some will be married, have babies, and new endeavors…and your still trying to figure things out.  Take your time. Ignore the pressure. 
  13. Surround yourself with good energy.  Spend your time with people and environments that make you feel “good”. Seems pretty obvious right?!
  14. Do not compare yourself to others.  Someone once told me….Comparison is the thief of joy.  
  15. Your not fat. 
  16. Don’t let social media ruin your mood.  Guys, nothing is ever as it seems. Believe me. 
  17. Anxiety is real.
  18. Take care of yourself for crying out loud.  Eat the veggies.  Exercise. And drink that H2O. 
  19. Get yourself a good eye cream.  For real. 
  20. I am still learning to have patience….
  21. Go to the dermatologist. Make an appointment when your done reading this.  Go ahead. 
  22. Quality over quantity. Always. 
  23. Sometimes, just be quiet and listen. This can be hard, but just be quiet.  Honestly. 
  24. Give back, volunteer.  It makes you feel good. Its get you out of your own head. 
  25. Always wear clean underwear. 
  26. Let it go.  Just like Elsa…let it go.  It doesn’t do anyone any good when you hold on to anger and stress.  Let it go. 
  27. Take a deep breath.  You’ll feel better, even better…take five.
  28. Adopt an animal. You know I love Henry and Louie…I couldn’t not say this. but for real, they will warm your heart.   
  29. Listen to your mother. She is right 95% of the time. 
  30. You will make  A LOT of mistakes. But remember to learn from them or you’ll make them again.
  31. I still have a lot to learn.  and I mean A LOT!

So that’s it my friends, my life lessons at the ripe age of thirty.  I have so much more to learn and more mistakes to make.  I can’t wait to see what this new decade has in store for me.  Cheers to thirty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Grass Protein Superfood

Amazing grass and FitApproach sponsored this post. All opinions are my own.

{WARNING, lots of exclamation points and capital letters are used in this post}

If you follow me on social media… {SNAP: Jhiggs787} and {IG:Myhealthypassion} YOU KNOW…I have been LOVING a very specific protein powder.  Like seriously LOVING! I can’t stop talking about it.

but before I get to that…let’s talk about why I normally do not eat protein powders.

  1. I don’t like the “chalky” taste it leaves.
  2. I don’t care for the 800 million ingredients.
  3. Lots of artificial sweeteners.
  4. They simply do not taste good.

Now….I was super stoked when I received an amazing package from AMAZING GRASS. It was the best care package EVER.  I am all about on the go breakfast and I want so badly to love shakes…but never did.  But I wasn’t sure how I felt about the powder.  Because, I normally do not like them, remember all of the above statements.

I started to look at the ingredients, and I’ll be honest, I was super impressed. I LOVED that it was plant based.  Amazing Grass Protein SuperFood contains a unique blend of USDA Organic pea, hemp, chia and quinoa, delivering 20g of complete plant-based protein per serving plus 7 alkalizing organic greens and two-full servings of wholesome fruits and vegetables. Each flavor is also grain-free, paleo friendly, and can be enjoyed alone with water, added to a smoothie or almond, cashew or coconut milk. The line’s unique pea protein is the only available source that is 100 percent grown, harvested and processed in the USA, providing one of the smoothest, best tasting plant-based proteins on the market. I mean, I was excited to try it.

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Then my friends…I tasted it.  I LOVED it.  I threw into my blender a scoop of vanilla powder, strawberries, ice, water, and a heaping spoonful of peanut butter.  (I also tried the chocolate peanut butter and AMAZING) I LOVED IT! This powder has turned me into a smoothie machine.

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I never like powders, but this one is different.  I want to shout from the roof tops how much I love it.  Take my word for it, try it. You will NOT be disappointed!

Let me know if you do…you will LOVE it!!!

Are you a protein powder fan, this one has made me a believer!

What’s on the Menu this Week?!

Monday, we meet again! What a fast weekend, aren’t they all?!

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So what is everyone cooking this week.  Fill me in, I need new ideas/recipes! Keep reading to find out what I’m making.  But first, how was your weekend?

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This weekend was a good one, Nick and I crossed a lot off a lot on our “to do” list for our house! We finally sold our couch! Yay!! We loooooved our sectional couch when we bought 3 years ago, but we were def over it! So I had the genius idea to sell it! And Craigslist came in handy! So now  I just want to decorate and switch things up in our living room.  We enjoyed a date night at home on Friday with sushi & wine! Yum! Saturday, we went out in the AM to a new Farmers Market, it was a good one!  Saturday evening, my mom invited us over for dinner and nick mulched her yard.  Ya know…while I relaxed on the deck with a drink in hand.  And yesterday, I had a quick meeting with Brittany, a friend I found on IG (social media is awesome) all about essential oils! Then I was off to buy and plant a ton of flowers, clean a bit! Then we were off to a graduation party.  And here we are now….!

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And now…what do I plan on eating this week.  That’s really why your reading this post, right?! Lets get to it!

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So here is what’s on the menu this week.  Lots of weight watcher friendly choices and high protein.  Do you have a fabulous summer recipe, please pass it my way. I need some new ideas! Also, I am doing a summer recipe swap, stay tuned!

Pesto Marinated Shrimp with zoodles, peppers, olives and artichokes

Turkey Burgers on a lettuce wrap & roasted sweet potatoes

Marinated salmon on top of Kale salad

Mexican Fiesta Chicken bowls

I’ll give you all recipes next week! Stay tuned….Whats on your menu this week?! Have a FANTASTIC week everyone!

 

See ya Later May, Helllllllllo June!

Almost halfway through 2016…say whaaaaat!?!

I didn’t post too much in May, but I am getting better. Its one of my June goals…read on to find out my other plans in June.   Here is what happened in May! Just in case you missed it, and want a quick catch up!

I saw my best friends in Ohio, threw my friend Amanda a wine themed shower!  Oh, And I RAN 4 miles in the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay!

I cooked up some amazing buffalo chicken spaghetti squash casserole! Mmmm, you guys have to try it!

I chit chatted about how to eat clean and what exactly that means.

I told you all some random things…like how I LOVEEEEE snap chat (follow me: jhiggs787), the new workout pants i’m loving, and some new makeup!

Lastly, I told you all about my dream office! How I want to decorate and where my inspiration comes from!

Wow, only five posts in May, I hope to double that for y’all in June…so cheers goodbye to may and hello to June!

JUNE GOALS! I am putting it all out there, because if I don’t, who knows if any of it will ever happen…and I’ll have to answer to all of you! 🙂

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  1. Yoga, twice a week! Yep, I’m going to try.  I have NEVER done yoga more than say… twice a month, not even. So I have no reaped long term benefits. But, I am having some back pain and a little anxiety in general.  And I think Yoga is just what I need.  I personally love hot yoga, so that is what I will be doing & incorporating into my workouts. If I cannot make it to a class, I will do something at home.  I am actually excited to see if I notice a difference in my body, mind, and my back! I’ll keep you all posted.
  2. Continue Orangetheory.  I love it.  I will continue going.  Just make it more consistent.  Just once a week, that’s my goal! I don’t think I would like doing it more, but maybe!
  3. Blog, blog, blog! I love this little piece of the web, I can call it my own.  I love saying what is on my mind, sharing, connecting, and yeah…I love it.  So I plan on doubling my posts for the month of June.  So just ten, that’s a walk in the park! Anything you’d like to hear more about?! Let me know!
  4. Ramping up my business! My essential oil & wellness coaching business is really blossoming, and I truly love it.  I have turned it from a hobby to a money making business.  I have had so much personal development and have connected with so many amazing people, I just want to keep going.  If you like to learn more, shoot me an email… myhealthypassion1@gmail.com
  5. Limit dairy and White flour/processed foods.  Honestly, I have to.  Simply because I feel 100% better and healthier when I do not eat dairy.  Now, the white flour and processed foods…they are not normally in my diet, however, I have became a little bit too relaxed with these items.  So especially on the weekdays….I will be trying to really limit dairy and white flour!

Okay, I have rambled on long enough…now tell me, what are your goals for June?! 

My Dream Office Makeover Wishlist!

I would call myself creative, imaginative, and crafty.  However, designer…. no way! I have a hard time standing back and bringing my imagination to real life when it comes to room design.  This brings me to my biggest problem in our home, our upstairs.  I really slacked in the design and “decoration” department.  I put my main focus on the downstairs, which is super important, however, its def time to move to the upstairs.  Our bedroom and other room are in need of some desperate love & TLC.

Our “back room”.  Its SUCH an eye sore.  The reason is, its our EVERYTHING room. It causes me great frustration. It is so many things… My closet, crafting, jewelry, office, Nick’s office, ironing…you name it, it goes on in there.  But, I am learning, its needs to be significantly more functional.  With my business growing, I need an office space that really inspires me to sit and do work.

The struggle is finding balance between office, nick’s space, and everything else that goes on in there.  I need a corner of that room to be designated to a work space.  That’s the first step because I can no longer wait, its that simple!   So here is my wishlist for the “office” space.

So first up for my upstairs makeover…our backroom. Then I will tackle our bedroom!

I want an environment that is light, refreshing, bright and cheerful.  I want to feel inspired & motivated when I am in there. All about the environment my friends…

Here is my Dream Office Makeover Wishlist! 

  1. A great desk! Some that is again, functional.  I love this industrial look, but…I also like white and clean lines. desk
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  2. Shelving & storage space that looks nice, neat, and fabulous! Again, clean lines! storage space

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3. Creative space.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea.  It would make a great back drop for pictures for my social media outlets.

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4. Cute office decor! I love all of these ideas! I love golds & bright colors!

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5. Fun paint colors.  A beautiful color scheme.  Right now the room has one accent wall of a bright, cheerful yellow.  I love these colors!

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So there you go.  This is my inspiration for my NEW “back room”. What do you guys think?  I will keep you all up to date! I am SO excited to move forward with this makeover.  I plan on keeping fairly inexpensive too…Thrift store here I come! 🙂  I will take some before/after pics for y’all to check out!

Do you have an eyesore in your house?! How did you tackle it?