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I’ve been working hard at working hard this past month, but I’ve definitely noticed it seems rougher than usual (for some of my friends in particular) to press forward, despite that “new yearfresh start” vibes we’re all riding high on. Whether it’s the unpredictable temperatures, or just an overall January characteristic to kind of drag, I’m not into it. The last week or so, I’ve found myself really reaching for those strong mantras to build myself up mentally, and I figured it couldn’t hurt to do a round-up of my current faves to help y’all out too.

You may have seen a few of these on my instagram stories if you follow me, but they still hold solid, so here they are! This first quote in particular is probably what I’m going to try to embody for the entirety of 2018, because it just feels so strong. Let me know in the comments below if any of these resonated with you!! View Post

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How’s 2018 been treating y’all thus far?? I know we’re only two weeks in, but that’s plenty of time to lay the foundation and start making moves so this is your best year yet. I’ve been slowly addressing each goal that I set for myself this Winter, and I’m really stoked on my progress. Not only have I been sticking to my workouts as planned, I somehow convinced my boyfriend to join me for yoga. Kind of hoping he falls in love with it and I’ll have an exercise partner in the future! That said, does anyone else find it easier to tackle things when their goals are quarterly??

I have the absolute worst attention span (or maybe I just can’t break away from my phone??), but something else I want to focus on this year is reading more. Since it’s currently cold as hell in Philadelphia (why do I live somewhere that the air. hurts. my. face), I figure now is as good a time as ever to bundle up and try checking out a few novels! To take you along with me, I’ve put together a rad list of 20 books we can check out in the following genres: fiction, non-fiction, romance, suspense, and personal-development. I’m huge on books to improve yourself (I’m currently chipping away at Originals), so it was important to include a bunch of those!

If you think there’s something I should’ve included on this list, please let me know below!! I’m always down for suggestions that have caught your eye.

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Dang, talk about radio silence over here on TGS. I feel weird pretending I didn’t just disappear from everything for over a month (except Twitter and Instagram stories, if you’re following along), so I’ll catch y’all up a bit before I jump into my winter mood board and 2018 goals.

(remember this shot, from Paris?)

WHERE I’VE BEEN:

Have you ever tried to take a nap and somehow end up hibernating yourself into a new dimension? That’s exactly how my blog hiatus felt.

I work in a high traffic transit bar in Philadelphia, and the holiday season is probably the busiest time of the year with travelers. It also happens to cross over into what’s a super busy blog season. Despite having entries lined up, spreading myself too thin meant something was going to suffer (and as such, something had to give). Until my blog is bringing in as much as my bar job is, the choice was pretty much made for me. #womp

Stress from work, missing my posting schedule, slacking on autoimmune disease care, AND seasonal depression all kind of combined into a massive mess that made it harder and harder to jump back in. That said, I’m ready to make 2018 my most productive year. I’ve honestly been feeling amazing lately, and can’t wait to bring some rad content to TGS (speaking of, did you catch the new header?!). View Post

Since we’re coming up on “bikini weather” real fast, I figured I’d put together an inspiration post with a few of my favorite healthy instagram feeds, to help y’all to be your best you, both inside and out! These ladies have been a pleasure to follow along with, because not only do they live a physically healthy lifestyle, I’ve found that they really work on embodying a healthier mentality as well. When someone can really be that whole package, I find that they seem to just glow as a person, and push others around them to shine as well.

So, check out these chicas, give ’em a follow, and share your current faves with me below!

@shutthekaleup

This rad mama not only shares some of the tastiest looking food, but has such real personality that you can’t help but wanna follow her. Seriously, go watch Jeanette’s instagram stories right now; I dare ya to not wanna be her friend, or wanna have your little play with her’s. Whenever I find myself looking for ideas for healthy food with something a little extra, I scroll on through her insta. View Post

instagram inspiration

Wednesdays are basically the 2 pm slump of the work week, so I decided to share some inspiration to help get you through! Here’s 6 of my current favorite instagram feeds that I’ve been finding myself mindlessly scrolling through:

 

1. @nikishabrunson

instagram inspiration

The first post of her’s I saw was this one of her flickin tha wrist, and I was like whoa, who’s this cool girl. Well not only is she pretty hip, she’s also healthy and inspiring, sharing recipes as well as health advice through videos and pictures on her feed. Would you guess she has a 16 year old son? I’m pretty sure I want to be her when I grow up. It looks like you can view her blog here (and you definitely should).

 

2. @liz_kamarul

instagram inspiration

So I’m moving into a new place pretty soon, and I found Liz’s feed while browsing the #smallspacesquad tag, looking for inspiration for a small homes (duh). This was the first picture of her’s I saw, but I seriously could not. stop. SCROLLING. through all her pictures. Her knack for textures and addition of plants to every room had me heart-eyeing everything. View Post