Year-End Reflection Of 2018

I’m not going to pretend like this is going to be a super motivational post, because let’s be real…..2018 fucking sucked (personally). A lot of shit happened, a lot of shit went wrong and just generally, it wasn’t great.

I like to try and always stay positive and attempt to see the upside of things, but let’s be real, this year was a rough one. From personal stuff with family, to personal mental/internal stuff, to financial stuff, etc., the list can go on and on unfortunately. It’s just been a lot to take in within a year.

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I thought from the beginning that 2018 was going to be an AMAZING year. I swore by it. But, sometimes things, life, etc., just doesn’t go as planned. And if there’s anything that 2018 taught me, it’s that.

However, I must admit that with the bad certainly does come the good (to some extent). In spite of all the things that I briefly mentioned I dealt with this year, there were a few minor blessings as well.

For example, I just recently (2 days ago) hit my goal of wanting to get 100 followers on my blog before the end of 2018, which I now officially have surpassed with a current total of 102 followers (thank you to every single person who’s been following me from beginning until now and even recently started following).

I also made a year at my current job in September, and have worked my ASS off this year to ensure that my bosses, colleagues, etc. know that I am hardworking, reliable, dependent, and trustworthy with any and all work they give me. Which, has led me to recently have not only received a pretty great bonus from my boss, but also just as great of a raise as well!

I also was recently able to pick up a second job, which, although has been EXTREMELY tiring and time-consuming, has been great money-wise for not only paying my bills, but also for a little extra pocket money.

Those are pretty much the “biggest things/accomplishments” that happened for me in 2018. Is that sad? I don’t know, I don’t think so, because you’ve gotta shed some light on the little things that make you feel happy and accomplished just as much as you do the big things sometimes. Giving yourself credit when it’s due.

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With that being said, I also want to bring up how passive I was throughout 2018. Meaning, I was unintentionally super laid back. I let things and people get to me, that I not only should not have, but also I should’ve said more to stick up for myself. I let a lot of behaviors and situations go by that I should not have. I let myself get to such a depressive state in my life without asking and/or getting any sort of help to the point where I felt like I wanted to take my own life. And I just generally didn’t fight and/or push for anything to happen in my life in 2018 BECAUSE of how passive, depressed, and just generally tired I was of life.

These were all things though that, had I taken control of early on, could’ve made ALL the difference. I probably would not be in the position that I am right now, nor would I have been a few months ago.

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Without getting into TOO much detail about it, I just wanted to bring this up to point out that I didn’t make anything happen for myself in 2018. I sat back and attempted to WAIT for things to happen and get done, without realizing that thats not how it works. Sure, I should’ve known that and you hear people tell you that ALL the time, but actually experiencing it for yourself is a WHOLE other level of hurt, anxiety and depression.

It sucks. But, you know what they say, you live and learn.

I’m making a promise to myself to not have a repeat of 2018, in 2019. 2019 is going to be all about making shit happen for myself. I will no longer sit and wait for things to come to me. Whatever happens from here on out, will happen because I want and am making it happen that way.

I’m speaking it into existence (and have been a lot recently if you happen to follow me on social media) that 2019 is going to be THAT year. I don’t typically tend to like odd numbers, BUT, I think and feel like 2019 is going to be a GREAT year for myself, as well as my loved ones. A lot is going to happen and get accomplished, and I can’t wait to see the results slowly start to take place.

As for 2018 as a whole, the only other thing I’ve really got left to say to you is thank you, next….and 2019, I’m comin’ for ya.

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I’m sorry that this post was sort of all over the place, but these were just a few of the thoughts I was having of not only the past year, but also of what’s to come in the future that I wanted to share with you all.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and have a very happy and healthy new year with your family, friends, significant others and general loved ones.

Please follow, like share and comment, and I’ll see you guys next year!

Cheers to 2019……!

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-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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Giving Back This Holiday Season

Hi Guys! Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone had a GREAT and long Thanksgiving weekend, whether you spent it with family, friends, significant others, etc.

As we all know, Thanksgiving is a time for us to all be thankful/grateful for everything we have in our lives at the moment. It’s a time to really step back and realize how many blessings we truly have compared to those that may not be as fortunate.

That being said, in today’s post I’m going to be speaking about an event that Diego and I put together this past Wednesday in order to be able to give back a little during this holiday season to those that are less fortunate.

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The Process to Gather Supplies & Put Everything Together:

This event was something that Diego and I had spoken about doing together for a few years now since we had gotten together. We always knew we wanted to be able to help out the homeless around New York, but it was just a matter of actually planning it out and right timing. Last year we got pretty close to doing something, but for one reason or another, it never ended up happening.

So, this year, we knew for a fact that we wanted/needed to make it happen. Just amongst ourselves, we had played around with the idea for a few weeks leading up to November, but it wasn’t until November 1st that we actually made it known to people through our social media accounts what we were actually trying to do (which was to create care kits for those that were homeless and then pass them out around the streets of New York). We asked our friends/followers to contribute and/or donate any supplies and money that they could, while also (if they could) donate their time to help us put everything together and come out with us to distribute everything.

Time went by super fast which was a bit nerve-racking because we weren’t sure if we were actually going to have everything in time to make our event happen, but thankfully, everything happened the way that it was supposed to, and before we knew it, it was Tuesday, November 20th and the day that we were putting all of our little care kits together.

Each care kit came with: 1 sandwich, 1 water bottle, 2 snack bars, 1 pair of socks, 1 hat, 1 pack of tissue, 1 small bottle of hand sanitizer, a sweater or jacket and a cup of hot coffee if they wanted it.

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We didn’t actually have a set number of care kits that we were going to make, we just knew we wanted to make as many as we possibly could with the amount of supplies that we had.

After putting everything together, we ended up seeing that we were able to make a total of 47 care kits for people.

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Wednesday, November 21st: The Day We Passed Out The Care Kits:

Diego and I knew that we wanted to be able to go out and distribute everything that we had the day before Thanksgiving in hopes that it would be/feel slightly more significant and memorable to these people (not to say it wouldn’t have been significant regardless, but nonetheless). Unfortunately for us though, we realized a little too late that we were going out for this on one of the COLDEST nights of this Fall/Winter season thus far.

There was about 8 of us that night going to pass out all of the care kits and although it was freezing outside, and we had ended up starting slightly later then what we originally intended, we continued to try to stay optimistic….

Like any major event that you end up putting together in your life (especially when it’s a first-timer), there was a lot of nerves and excitement building up around the entire thing.  Excitement, because we knew we were doing a good thing (or trying to) for these people that we didn’t know, but knew needed it. And nerves, because none of us had ever done anything like it before, so we didn’t necessarily know how to go about doing it.

There were also a ton of other things going through our minds about it like how to go about approaching these people and how to truly even decipher if they were homeless or not (without trying to accidentally offend anyone), etc. But, before we knew it we were in the city and it was officially time to pass out the care kits.

We went all over the major parts of the city like Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, passed Times Square and Bryant Park, Grand Central and even up to 51st street (which actually ended up being our last stop), which I am proud to announce that we gave out every single one of our care kits to people that we saw that night!! 😀 (scroll down to see pictures from throughout the night).

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Our General Experience From The Event:

Thankfully, I think I can speak for everyone when I say that although we were all super nervous in the beginning, we were all pleasantly surprised by the end of the night at how smoothly the entire thing went, and also at how unbelievably grateful everybody we encountered was.

I don’t exactly know what I expected, but I definitely don’t think it was to get as positive a reaction as we did from pretty much everyone we gave a care kit to that night. I’m not really sure why, but I just didn’t. The reactions from most people were stunning, in the best way possible. Although there were SO many different ones, 2 examples in particular stood out to me the most…

The first woman we saw and gave a care kit to, Charmigne, was probably the sweetest woman I had ever met, especially for someone in her situation. I went up to her with Diego’s nephew Aden, simply asking if it was okay with her that we gave her one of our care kits. She answered, “of course,”  which then followed by her asking us our names. We introduced ourselves, she introduced herself, and then she continued by commending us on the work we were doing. She said it was amazing to see us, such young people, walking around attempting to help people like them, especially since it was more than she had seen people of higher power (our government) do for people like them (her words).

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She then proceeded to ask Aden if he prayed, he said yes. She asked him if he would mind saying a prayer with her, which he got a little nervous and said that he didn’t pray out loud around other people. But she saw the rest of our group standing at a distance behind us, and asked him if he would feel more comfortable doing it if everyone from our group did it with us, to which he said yes. So, I called them all over, we all held hands, said a few things we were grateful for, said a few of our hopes for her and the people that we were going to encounter that night, and before we knew it, we were on our way. But not before she was nice enough to let us know certain areas in particular to head to, to be sure we saw others in her situation to be able to give our care kits to.

The second example was actually one of the last experiences we had of the night, and it was these 2 guys Eric and Shan who were just as grateful as Charmigne was, but they also just kept questioning why we were out there, in the freezing cold doing what we were. We responded by saying that we wanted to do what we could to give back a little this holiday season, and they were just in awe. They couldn’t believe we had actually willingly wanted to be out there, and expressed to us that it was people/kids like us who were actually slowly but surely saving the world…

Who would’ve thought? Our small gesture of wanting to put together these little care kits for people, would really be enough to have them completely look at the world differently, at least for a little while. I don’t know about anyone else that was involved, but for me, those 2 examples alone were enough to make the entire 5 hours that we were walking around, 100% worth it. Obviously there were a ton of others, but these were the ones that stood out the most for me.

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Overall, we were all so unbelievably happy at the positive responses we had continuously received throughout the night, not only from the people that we had given the actual care kits too, but also from our families and friends that had known about us doing this.

And I think I can speak for everyone when I say that it was definitely a humbling, eye-opening experience for us all, because although sometimes we may say we are thankful for everything in our life, we do also sometimes tend to take for granted the “little” things like having food, shelter and clothes. Things that we sometimes don’t even think twice about, because we never really had to. An experience like this definitely puts all of that into perspective.

Personally, I wish that we could’ve done more, but you know what? Looking back at it, considering we managed to be able to give out every single care kit we had, I don’t think we did bad at all. Plus, this was our first time ever putting something together like this so it was definitely a learning experience, and there’s always next time to be able to try doing something more, bigger and/or better.

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I really want to just take a second to thank every single person that was involved in helping put all of this together….whether you had donated money, or actual materials/food, or even just donated your time to be able to come out with us and pass everything out….thank you SO much; because without you guys, we wouldn’t have been able to make it happen. Irene, Jailene, Victoria, Tabatha, Chris, Mom, Tyler, Genaro, Pablo, Leslie, Alfred, Miyenia…thank you to all of you. You guys really did not have to help us in the individual ways that you did, but we are both so unbelievably grateful that you did. Thank you for helping us put our first little event like this together and making it as much a success as it was, and hopefully next year, or sometime soon we can put together an even bigger and better event.

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post. Please like, share, follow and comment, and I’ll see you guys in the next one!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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4 Podcasts to Listen to When You’re Looking For Inspiration

This post is sort of going to be piggybacking off of my last 2 posts.

If you read my 8 Tips to Staying Motivated post a few days ago, you would’ve saw that one of the things I recommended and have been loving doing myself lately is listening to podcasts.

Now, I know that in the day and age that we live in everything is digital, and because of that, kids, people, etc. are more inclined to read and/or listen to something on their phone or tablets then they are to doing it the old fashion way of picking up an actual book or even listening to an actual record, which is why I think listening to podcasts is great.

If you happen to be one of these people, then keep reading…

Podcasts are really similar to eBooks, and are a great way for people to listen to speeches, motivational speakers, some of your favorite celebrities gossiping, etc. It’s pretty much like a radio on your phone haha.

In my ‘8 Tips’ post, I mentioned that recently whenever I’m heading home at night from the gym, I tend to listen to them now. I found a few that seemed really interesting to me, and from there it just kind of snowballed, so I figure I share my favorites with you guys for those of you that may be interested and looking for some extra inspiration in your life.

I found that these podcasts are SO good at giving you the little extra push you may need to push through whatever struggles you may be dealing with at the moment, or if you’re at a stand-still for one reason or another, etc. But, I find that one of the best things about them all is that it’s not pushing or motivating in an annoying, forceful way like jamming the “need” for school and work down your throats; it’s in a way that’s realistic and really makes you think and put things into perspective in your life.

That being said, I’m going to share with you guys the 4 different podcasts that I’ve been LOVING lately, and I’m sure you will too. (*Totally not planned to have 2 of them be from women and 2 from men btw lol*).

  1. Don’t Keep Your Day Job by: Cathy Heller

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You guys…..to say that I’m OBSESSED with this podcast is a complete understatement. I don’t even remember how I came across it, but I’m SO glad that I did. When I first discovered Cathy’s podcast, I literally was on a binge of like a week straight listening to all her recent episodes. They were SO good and so freakin’ interesting. I can’t even tell you guys seriously how inspired I felt after listening to her, specifically, the 2 episodes that I would recommend listening to THE MOST, if any at all, are the ones she did titled “What They Don’t Teach In School, Part 1 and 2.” Those are the episodes that really got me hooked. 1000000% recommend to anyone looking for inspiration and trying to find themselves.

2. Bucci Radio by: Amanda Bucci

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This is a podcast I found because I just love Amanda Bucci in general. Amanda is a fitness and lifestyle entrepreneur. I was actually introduced to her entire platform by Diego a few years ago, when she was primarily focused on fitness and competing. Literally she was my fitness goals guys (and still is). But, what I think is AMAZING about her, is how much she’s expanded not only herself, but her brand waaaay past fitness, into something so much bigger and better now (not to say what she was doing before wasn’t great), into what she is today. AND SHE’S ONLY 24 YEARS OLD!! How crazy, but awesome at the same time. Her entire podcast is dedicated to “igniting your fire” and trying to help you figure out not only what your passionate about it, but also how to actually DO something about that passion. If you haven’t heard of and/or checked it out, I seriously recommend that you do ASAP.

**These next 2 podcasts that I’m going to mention are fairly new to me still, but I still have been really enjoying them so far and inspiring just like the first two do.**

3. This Is Your Life by: Michael Hyatt 

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This is another great show for not only motivating, but also just trying to open your eyes and realize that everything you need for your future is ultimately right in front of you. He teaches how to not just SIMPLY live your life, how to work hard for things that make you happy and proud, how to lead by example and be a GOOD leader at that, and ultimately tips on how to start and create your own personal brand.

4.  And finally….The School of Greatness With Lewis Howes

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Obviously all of the podcasts I’m recommending are intended to inspire,  so in that aspect, this is just like the others. However, they all do it in such similar, yet different ways. Lewis’ podcast is all about speaking on the different types of passions he has in his life, while also covering serious topics like people’s mental well-being, breaking through their fears and how to not just work hard, but work smart. He really makes you question all aspects of certain things, which I don’t know about you guys, but I love to have that happen. I love to be challenged and force myself to really think about something even if it may seem obvious. It stimulates your mind to question things about yourself and the things around you instead of just completely accepting them for what they are.  And because of this (among other things), I strongly recommend that you guys check him and his podcast out ASAP if you haven’t already.

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One of the biggest things I love about all of these podcasts is that like I said earlier, they’re not forceful and annoying motivation to the point where it’s like okay….we get it, shut up. Everything all of these people speak about in each one of their episodes is actually REALLY interesting and engaging.

Plus, although they are all AMAZING at what they do on their shows, it’s not like just them talking the entire time, all the time. They all tend to bring guests onto their show every so often to further prove the points they’re trying to make. And yes, occasionally they will be celebrities, but most times they’re not. Most times it’s real people, that have gone through real shit and have genuinely worked hard at whatever it is they love to do to get to where they are today, and that more than anything (to me) is the most inspirational part of it all.

I know that celebrities usually all have their own stories to share and they tend to go through real-life issues of their own obviously, but personally, I don’t want to hear about any of that. I want to hear about these real people that were really sick or dirt poor and how they never lost faith that things were going to get better for them, and never stopped working towards their goals until they got to where they wanted to be (which includes the hosts of these shows too obviously). And ALL of these podcasts never cease to disappoint in that aspect, which is what makes them my favorite and why I so badly wanted to share them with you guys.

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So there you have it. Hope you guys enjoyed this post and end up checking out some (or all) of the podcasts I recommended! Let me know in the comments or on social media which podcast ended up sparking your interest, OR if you have any of your own to recommend for me to check out. I’d love to hear from you guys about it!

See you guys in my next post!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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