Monthly Archives: October 2013

Simply the best

Today I’m happy about: realizing in growing up, but not losing my free spirit.
I had an incredible 2 hour chat with my mom via Skype and although I know we are extremely close, today we were really like two adults talking about everything under the sun, and I am so grateful to be able to do that with her. She is an amazing lady and I love her more than words can express.

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’ve had a chance to talk to someone you love today.

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Not a jeans girl

Today I’m happy about: leggings. There is no pant that is more comfortable, hands down. I easily dress them up or down and I feel happiest when I am wearing something I feel good in, aka- leggings. I seriously want to say thank you to whoever created them!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Silence the voice that’s keeping you down

Today I’m happy about: not giving in to my inner voice’s negativity. I had planned to workout this morning but just didn’t feel like leaving my cozy bed. I had a nagging guilt that followed me all morning because I didn’t go, even though I was listening to my body.
Since I began my journey into intuitive eating over the past 3 weeks, I have felt much freer and was able to let go of a lot of my self-imposed rules. However, this has also caused my body to change in reaction to this, and although I know it’s for the best, and I am feeling stronger than ever during my workouts, I am worried that I am ballooning up and gaining too much weight.
The reality is that I probably haven’t gained more than a few pounds, and it’s just my body’s way of adjusting to being fed what it craves rather than being constantly deprived. But even though I know these changes are all for the good, the part of me that has relied on control for so long, is having trouble letting go.

Although this was a challenging day, I am really happy I didn’t give in to these feelings, and still enjoyed a day of delicious and nutritious meals, without worrying about how much I should or shouldn’t have.

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Tis the season

Today I’m happy about: fueling my obsession with Lululemon with a new scuba hoodie purchase! My body is still trying to adjust to this east coast weather and I am SO grateful for all my coats. I can’t imagine what it’ll be like when every single day of winter doesn’t get to above 20 degrees…
But right now, I am continuing to love the chill in the air because it feels like the holidays are just around the corner.

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As I was sipping my tea this afternoon, I enjoyed the message that came with my cup; “Be yourself.” This is something I struggled with a lot during my undergrad and after starting to open up to my therapist about everything that’s going on in my head more recently, I realize that I wasn’t being myself. I have so many things I am passionate about in my life, and such a great support system, but for a long time I started to lose track of what made me, me. But as I am starting to be more and more myself, I am letting go of the rules and thoughts that I used to use to make me feel “in control.” And I couldn’t be happier! Who really needs to be in control 110% of the time? Does it really make you happier? Or more secure? I found that it limited me and made me feel like I was living in a very safe box, but a box all the same.
Now I am throwing away that box and saying yes to all the exciting new opportunities that are being opened up to me, now that I am allowing myself to see them.

I’ve heard a lot of jokes about Boston being hard on people in the winter and sending students either to drink or get hopped up on drugs, but I for one think this might be my best winter yet!

Is anyone else ridiculously excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas?

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Cozy

Today I’m happy about: getting my booty to the gym this morning even though I wasn’t feeling it, and my cozy bed seemed like an easier choice.
I am also totally loving the colder weather that’s setting in here in Boston! This California girl is going to need to go shopping for some warmer layers to keep enjoying the cold as it continues to drop below zero, but I can’t wait for my first city snow!

Happy Saturday! I hope you’re having a marvelous weekend!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Hi! It’s me!

Today I’m happy about: feeling like myself again! Dealing with depression and anxiety takes it’s toll not only on you but on the people surrounding you who love and care about you. Although I know change doesn’t happen overnight, I am so grateful to finally be on a path to improvement. The air feels fresher when I walk outside, the work I have to do feels less difficult, and I am re-discovering my passion for music and learning in a way I had not felt for a while. Not to sound like a cheesy infomercial on late-night TV, but I really feel like I’m living again after having been in a dark cloud for a long time.

I hope you are all having a beautiful and enjoyable Friday!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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The Alchemist

Today I’m happy about: being done with my long day and audition, finally! I started this day early and was gone from home the entire day, traveling between school and Cambridge and back, but it’s all done and everything went well! I was even lucky enough to enjoy one of my favorite caf├ęs for lunch, Life Alive in Cambridge is so fantastic, with their fresh and healthy meals that keep me satisfied and happy for hours.

Happy hump day!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Tocca qua

Today I’m happy about: finding a way to feel more supported when I sing. And having the loveliest Skype chat with my mom this afternoon.
Tomorrow will be a big and busy day for me so I’m planning to go into it well-rested!

Happy Tuesday!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Focus on the progress

Today I’m happy about: riding the bus home with a pal and being able to vent about our mutual struggles with singing right now. I also enjoyed one of my all-time favorite sandwiches at lunch, which totally helped me get through the day. The vegan chickpea “tuna” melt at Blue State Coffee is out of this world. I don’t even like tuna salad and this sandwich is the bomb with Daiya vegan cheese! Lactose-intolerants for the win!

What did you have for lunch today?
Do you use any tricks like a lunch out, to get through a tough day?

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

Why is shopping so fun?

Today I’m happy about: finding a new audition dress on sale for half off at Ann Taylor! I am also loving my new Lululemon vinyasa yoga scarf… And my En Route crops… And my Wunder Unders… And my Bang Buster…. Um everything Lululemon. I know I am not the only one here who lives in workout clothes more than regular people clothes! They are just so comfy, and when the weather starts to get colder I just can’t bring myself to wear anything but my warm and cozy leggings, sweatshirts and headbands.

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Happy Sunday everyone!
Did you do any shopping this weekend?

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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