My Gym Playlist/Music That Always Hypes Me Up!

What’s up everyone?!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a better weekend than what I had. I was stuck at home feeling really crappy from this cold I caught on Friday night 🤕, which is why I wasn’t able to post on Sunday like I typically try to do. But I’m starting to feel better now, so I’m working on this post while I have some downtime at work! 🙂

If you remember from reading my last post (8 Tips to Staying Motivated), one of the things I suggested was listening to music that not only makes you feel good, but also makes you feel like you can kickass throughout the day. In that post I mentioned that I wanted to be able to dedicate a complete post to the music that I typically tend to listen to, to motivate me not only in the gym, but in the mornings while heading to work, etc. So that’s exactly what I’m going to be doing today!

I managed to narrow them down to the 50 songs that I seem to go-to the most when I want something to really get me excited for my workout and in general. Also, some of these songs may be kind of “old”, but I’m a throwback music kind of girl so 🤷🏻‍♀️.

These are in no particular order:

  1. Run It! By Chris Brown (feat. Juelz Santana)
  2. Turn Up The Music By: Chris Brown
  3. Limbo By: Daddy Yankee
  4. Confident By: Demi Lovato
  5. Danza Kuduro By: Don Omar (Feat. Lucenzo)
  6. Remember The Name By: Fort Minor (Feat. Styles of Beyond)
  7. F*ck Up Some Commas By: Future
  8. Me, Myself & I By: G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha
  9. No Role Modelz By: J. Cole
  10. Work Out By: J. Cole
  11. Talk Dirty By: Jason Derulo (Feat. 2 Chainz)
  12. Run This Town By: Jay Z (Feat. Rihanna & Kanye West)
  13. Power By: Kanye West
  14. Famous By: Kanye West
  15. Let’s Go By: Calvin Harris (Feat. Neyo)
  16. Levels By Nick Jonas
  17. LA Devotee By: Panic! At The Disco
  18. Truffle Butter By: Nicki Minaj (Feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)
  19. Misery Business By: Paramore
  20. The Anthem By: Pitbull (Feat. Lil Jon)
  21. We Own It By: 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa
  22. Mercy By: Kanye West (Feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
  23. Disco Inferno By: 50 Cent
  24. Bad and Boujee By: Migos (Feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
  25. Mi Gente By: J Balvin & Willy William
  26. Privacy By: Chris Brown
  27. For Free By: DJ Khaled (Feat. Drake)
  28. My Sh*t By: A Boogie
  29. Instruction By: Jax Jones (Feat. Demi Lovato)
  30. Cold By: Maroon 5 (Feat. Future)
  31. Don’t Stop The Music By: Rihanna
  32. Wild Thoughts By: DJ Khaled  (Feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)
  33. No Limit By: G-Eazy (Feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B)
  34. Pray For Me By: The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
  35. Games By: Demi Lovato
  36. CRZY By: Kehlani
  37. Waiting For You By: Unlike Pluto (Feat. Joanna Jones)
  38. One Kiss By: Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
  39. Fall In Line By: Christina Agulera (Feat. Demi Lovato)
  40. Dinero By: Jennifer Lopez (Feat. DJ Khaled & Cardi B)
  41. Look Alive By: BlocBoy JB (Feat. Drake)
  42. I Like It By: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
  43. Walk It Talk It By: Migos (Feat. Drake)
  44. X By: Nicky Jam & J Balvin
  45. Siguelo Bailando By: Ozuna
  46. Irresistible By: Fall Out Boy (Feat. Demi Lovato)
  47. I Believe By: Yolanda Adams
  48. Savior By: Iggy Azalea (Feat. Quavo)
  49. Beware By: Big Sean (Feat. Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko)
  50. Moment 4 Life By: Nicki Minaj (Feat. Drake)

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Alright guys, well that’s it. Those are my top 50 songs that I tend to gravitate the most when I’m looking for sick beats and lyrics to motivate me in the gym and otherwise.

As I mentioned, there are SO many other songs that I also tend to listen to that would fall into this category as well, but for the sake of not making this post RIDICULOUSLY long, I narrowed it down to just 50 of them.

Let me know if you guys feel the same way about any of the songs I mentioned, OR if you guys have any recommendations of music/songs that you think I should listen to.

See you guys in my next post!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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8 Tips to Staying Motivated

I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently, because I know that there are always certain days more than others that I tend to need and/or seek that bit of extra motivation in my day to day routines. So, when I sat down to really think about it, I realized that these 8 tips are ones that almost always seem to help me when I’m lacking that motivation. Sometimes I’ll do all of them at some point of my day, and sometimes I’ll just do a few of them.

Nonetheless, these tips always end up being my go-to on those motivation-less days to help get me through the day. These are obviously things that tend to work for ME, and I am well aware that what works for me, may not work for everyone, but I figure I share them because you never know who could end being benefited by them.

So let’s get started! 🙂

  1. Do things you love and that make you happy. Pretty straight-forward and obvious, no? There’s a reason I mention this, because as obvious as it may seem, a lot of people tend to not do it very much. Some people are super strict in their day to day routines. They mostly only do the things that NEED to get done during the week, like going to work, getting errands done, etc. But, try not to be so serious all of the time. Make sure that you’re making time throughout your day to do things that make YOU happy; whether that’s during your lunch break at work, after work, a night-time routine you have, etc. It’s extremely important and needed in order for you to keep yourself going, and actually WANT to carry-on with the rest of your day.

2. Listen to music that hypes you up & makes you feel good. I don’t know about anyone else, but on my way to work every morning (which is about a 20-30 minute train ride and 5-10 minute walk afterwards), I always try to listen to particular songs that I know are not only going to really wake me up, but also hype me up to start my day. And 9 times out of 10, it works. The only “downside” to this is that by the end of it, I’ve got the beats stuck in my head, and all I really want to do is dance throughout the day, but ya gotta pick your battles right? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂. (*I’m planning on doing an entire post on the music that always ends up hyping me up and making me feel good, although it was going to be more so of a gym playlist kind of post, but I definitely want to incorporate this in there now*).

3. Wear clothes that you feel good in. I know this one can be a little tough, more so during the week because most people are working and what not, but who says you can’t look and feel cute at work? Screw what everyone says that you’re not there to impress anyone, I mean you’re not, but you should be impressing YOURSELF and make yourself FEEL good in whatever it is you’re wearing. Chances are if you look good, then you’re going to feel good, and if you’re feeling good, then you’re definitely going to want to kick ass and conquer the day.

4. Listen to podcasts. This has been SUCH a big one for me recently. I more so have been listening to these at night, on my way home from the gym, but nonetheless, it helps SO much. The inspirational podcasts I’ve been listening to in recent weeks has really become such a huge part of my night-time routine, and I’m SO glad that it has. Believe it or not, listening to motivational podcasts can really spark something in you to find what you’re passionate about in life and attempt to take whatever steps necessary to get where you want to be. (*I’m also planning on doing an entire post dedicated to my favorite motivational podcasts that have been inspiring me SO much lately, so stay tuned for that!*)

5. Go to your favorite place(s). You’d be surprised what going to some of your favorite places could do for you in sparking your motivation. There are 2 places in particular that I absolutely LOVE to go to, that almost always not only spark my motivation, but also my creativity and if I were lacking inspiration as well. It kind of helps me release any stress that I may have, clears my mind and gets everything rolling again.

6. Reading & looking up motivational quotes. Am I the only one that does this? Anytime I’m lacking motivation wherever I am (whether at home, work, etc.), I will legit sit and just look-up motivational quotes on Google. Believe it or not, it really does help (me anyway). It helps because it shows me that whatever I’m feeling, I’m not the ONLY one feeling it, and there’s a weird sense of comfort in that. I’ll look at different websites and images for motivational quotes, post and/or screenshot a few that I like the most, and viola I end up feeling the slightest bit better and more motivated then when I first started my day. Google never fails me!!

7. Thinking about the future and where you’re going to want to be in 5-10 years. This one is super important. Anytime that I am feeling unmotivated and like I’m at a stand-still in my life, I take just a few minutes to think about where I am right now and where I eventually know that I want to be in my life, in a few years, everything I want to have, everywhere that I want to go, etc. and I INSTANTLY feel better and more motivated then ever before. If you have goals that you want to achieve, and remember that everything you’re feeling and going through at the moment is just temporary, and keep in mind that you WILL get to where you want to be one day, I guarantee you that will spark your motivation more then it probably ever has. I don’t know about anyone else, but thinking and/or planning (to some extent) my future, from the smallest things to the biggest, is such an exciting feeling to do and makes me never want to stop working towards all of those dreams and goals that I have.

8. And finally, Go to the gym and workout. Is anyone else surprised that this one managed to get thrown in there somehow? 😂 But seriously, personally, being able to get a good sweat in everyday at the gym (even though it’s almost never at the very start of my day like many people typically tend to suggest), always makes me feel motivated after the fact. It makes me feel good in all aspects and makes me want to do more (not workout-wise). Again, this is one of those things that will make you look good, as a result make you feel good, and as a result of THAT make you want to continue to kick ass and push for more!

I hope these tips were helpful to you guys in one way or another and you find your motivation to keep going, because once you spark that, you can only go up-hill from there!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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A Letter to Those People That Are No Longer Apart of My Life

To whom it may apply,

Truthfully, there is no real reason for me to have to sit here and explain myself or my actions to anyone, but out of courtesy, this is something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and feel like I want to do.

There is also no reason for me to apologize for the decisions I’ve made unless it’s actually harmed anyone in any way, which, I highly doubt has happened. However, I feel like there are some things I want and need to get off my chest for the reasoning behind these actions which I’ll express in this letter.

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As I’ve mentioned several times in some of my previous posts recently, I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I’ve realized that I no longer have time for taking and/or dealing with crap from anyone; whether you are a friend, family, or even from passing strangers. And because I’ve made that realization, it’s forced me to make the conscious decision to have to cut all of the “dead weight”, so to speak, out of my life, that which includes some people and things that have been with me for YEARS.

If you happen to be one of those people, I do to some extent want to apologize because I realize that for some, it may have been or seemed sudden and out of nowhere. I’m not apologizing for me actually doing it, but the way that I did it. And although it may have seemed sudden to some, for me, it had most likely been building up for a number of months, if not years.

If you know me, you know that I tend to stay quiet for a lot, and if I’m your friend and/or an important person or part of your life, I will be there for you through thick and thin, no matter what. You can call me, text me, etc. and I’ll be there for you without question. My point in bringing this up is that because I’m like that, it takes A LOT (believe it or not) for me to finally give up and walk away from someone.

That being said, believe it or not for some of you that I’ve cut out, it wasn’t the easiest decision to make…Some of you that had been apart of my life for more than 10+ years. Some that we started out school together way back when. Some that I had been there for through some really serious shit; family stuff, relationship stuff, etc. But as time went on, and I started to be more hyperaware of all of the people and things around me, and where I knew I wanted to be with my life, I realized that my perception on a lot of these people and things had changed, because their actions towards me and their general habits were speaking louder then anything else.

None of them were going the extra mile for me, as I had with them. None of them would reach out to me, the way I did with them. And none of them would be there for me when I needed it, the same way I was with them. As a result, I started distancing myself, little by little. Those people started seeing and hearing from me less and less until it got to a point where they didn’t hear from me at all. Which was ironic because when I did to them what they did to me, they didn’t like it and would get upset with me about it, which made my decision to cut them out THAT much easier.

It was a harsh realization for me, but something that I knew had to be done in order for me to benefit myself and my future. I knew deep down that if I kept these people in my life that weren’t benefiting and/or lifting me up in anyway, that they were just going to end up holding me back later on down the line. Is that selfish? Probably, but in a healthy selfish way, I think.

Please trust, that if you REALLY knew me, you would’ve known that I never do anything to get anything in return; whether that’s materialistically or otherwise…BUT if you were a good, TRUE friend in general, out of courtesy and respect, you would’ve done for me everything that I had for you.

And to reiterate what I said in the beginning, I am sorry to some extent, because maybe the way I went about it all wasn’t exactly “the right way,” as in not saying anything, and just distancing myself, and I should’ve spoken to you about it. But, in my mind at the time, not only did I think that it was the easiest way to do it all, but I didn’t think it needed to be said, because any decent person would do for others what they wanted and expected other people that they consider ‘friends’ to do for them.

Truthfully, I just needed to do what was best for myself, because I’ve learned that not everyone is going to have the same mentality as me, and/or want the same things as me. Some people are just content with everything that they have at the moment and don’t care to do or want more, which is okay in its own way.

Just to be clear, I’m saying all of this now and it may or may not seem as if I’m upset and/or hurt by all of this, I mean I was, but please do not doubt that I am so beyond over all of this. I’ve made peace with everything that’s gone on. I’ve closed those chapters of my life, and am not holding any grudges towards any of those people or things, but I’m simply just telling “my side” of things.

Some people and things are just not meant to be permanent in your life, and I’ve come to make peace with that. It is unfortunate at times, but it’s all in God’s plan for us.

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I hope to some, this was some sort of form of closure, although who even knows if you actually want, need it or care. And to others, I just hope it means we can peacefully close that chapter, put it behind us and move on with our lives without issue and/or drama. There is no bad blood. There is no “tea to be spilled.” There is no drama or “beef”. There is nothing but the memories of what was and what currently is.

**Note: This letter was not in any way a form of singling out any particular person, but actually, I had a variety of people in mind when writing this which there is no need to mention them, because they most likely know who they are, and if they don’t that’s fine too.**

Sincerely,

Emily Hernandez

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