What I’ve Learned From 2020

Hey guys,

Long time, no see. Happy New Year! Happy 2021!!

I HATE going this long without posting anything, and I’m really sorry about it, but life has been crazy the past few months for me, as I’m sure it’s been for everyone else as well.

BUT, regardless, it is a NEW year, new beginning and chance to reinvent your(my)self! How exciting is that to think about?! People always like to make the “new year, new me” jokes, but why can’t you change the way you are for the new year? Isn’t that always the point of getting excited for the new year to begin with? Creating new goals, new memories, new habits, etc. etc.? I can’t speak for everyone, but that’s definitely always MY mentality when the new year rolls around.

Because of this, I wanted to reflect a bit and have my first post of the year be about some of the things that I learned from 2020 and hope to change and/or build on for this year (since Lord knows there were a shit ton of things I think we can ALL take away from last year).

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So let’s get straight into it….in no particular order:

  1. Patience

    I think we all learned the hard way last year that patience really is a virtue. This was SO important all throughout 2020, for multiple reasons. Whether we liked it or not, we had to be patient with everything going on all throughout the pandemic. As frustrating as it was, and continues to be at times, we all had to trust and have patience that everything was going to workout, fall into place and go back to how it used to (and no I don’t mean that we’re going to go back exactly how we were before, but that’s besides the point).

Personally, I was also forced to learn a lot about patience professionally. I was at my last job for almost 4 years and DYING to get out and finally find something within the field I loved. And it was one of the MOST frustrating things for such a long time not being able to do anything about it. I was agitated every single day that I had to get up and go to work. Not because of the people or the work itself, just out of frustration for the fact that it wasn’t really what I wanted to do. Until November…when I least expected it, I got a call about an interview for my dream job at my dream company, and within 2 weeks, I had secured the position!! When you finally decide to release control and least expect it is usually when things really start to fall into place. Trust the process and realize that God’s got you, always!! He knows what He’s doing.

2. Gratitude

I don’t know about you guys, but gratitude was a major thing that I learned in 2020 as well, which is funny because I’ve always been grateful for the things and people that I have in my life, but I guess because I was always so ‘on the go’ pre-pandemic, it never really hit me HOW blessed I was and should be. The pandemic and everything else going on in the world at the time, and even now, really shows you that nothing is ever promised in life, so live like today’s your last day on earth and always be grateful for everything and everyone in your life whether big or small.

3. Health

This one is also kind of funny just because I’ve always strived to be healthy and fit (to some extent) when I was big into dieting and working out pre-pandemic, but throughout 2020 I really made myself buckle down and take my mental and physical health a lot more serious. I really made it a priority to recognize the type of things I take in mentally and emotionally via TV or social media, as well as the foods and what not that I put into my body. I’ve never been one for taking vitamins, but after everything that’s gone on, I’ve really realized how important it is, especially as a woman because of everything our bodies go through as it is. I may be slacking a bit on the working out part of physical health, but I do plan on getting back into that slowly but surely in the coming days/weeks.

4. Working smarter, not harder

This pandemic and being home for as long as I have has really put things into perspective as far as my content creation on all platforms. Since everything was shutdown and we were forced to stay home, it forced me (and everyone else that does the type of work I do obviously) to REALLY get creative. It can be difficult as it is sometimes to come up with content ideas in general, but add in the fact that we had to stay home for as long as we have been and feeling like there’s only so many things you can do and show within your home?? Geez, taking creativity to a whole other level. And it still can be challenging sometimes, but the key really is to just work smarter, not harder. Play to your own personal interests and pick the brains of your audience, and it’ll end up being simpler then you think.

5. Self care

This one also plays into the mental health part we were just talking about, but in 2020 more than EVER I realized how truly important it was to put down and step away from your phone/computer and practice self-care. Whether that’s pampering myself, doing the things I love or just being by myself, it’s so important to take care of yourself (in all ways). It really does wonders for your mental health. It gives your mind, body and soul a chance to relax and rejuvenate itself either for the rest of the day or the next day. Please please please prioritize your self-care treatments, whatever that may be for you.

And finally, 6. Surrounding yourself with good vibes

This is just as equally important as everything else I’ve mentioned. I know we’re in the middle of a pandemic and we really aren’t supposed to (or shouldn’t) be seeing other people, but if you are one of those people that are still doing this, please make sure that you are at least keeping good company and positive vibes around you; whether that’s family, friends, significant others, etc. There is enough negative and scary crap going on in/around the world without you adding on to it by keeping bad company around you. Nobody needs any sort of extra negativity lingering around them and it is SO important to keep good people and vibes around you. It helps keep your spirits up when things are rough, and this also doesn’t just apply to people; be sure to keep good/positive music, scents, etc. around you. When you surround yourself with good vibes and energy, it not only makes you feel good, but also ends up mirroring into your own life.

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I hope that you guys enjoyed this new post and took something away from it. I know that I say this A LOT, but I am officially back and my goal for this year is to post at LEAST once a week, twice if I can. So please don’t be shy in dropping any/all suggestions that you may want to see from me on here.

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Thank you guys for reading, and I’ll see you in the next one!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl 

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Making The Most Out of a Bad Situation

Hey guys, how’s everything going?

I hope that you all are doing well and staying healthy and safe in the comforts of your own homes with your families, significant others, etc.

For today’s post I wanted to talk a little bit about making the best out of a bad situation, which I think we can ALL agree that we’re kind of in right now with the whole “quarantine” stuff going on.

I did a similar post to this about 2 years ago (which I’ll leave linked here if you want to check it out), and as I just mentioned, given the circumstances of where we all are right now and what’s going on in the world, I thought it was important to re-create it to some extent.

It’s awful, it’s annoying and it REALLY sucks, but in this very moment, we unfortunately cannot do much to change the ways things are other than following what medical experts and our elected officials are telling us to do which is to STAY INSIDE. Don’t go out. Don’t come into contact with too many people at a time. And try to be as smart about all this (as far as stocking up on food and necessities) as possible.

I’m not saying it’s going to be easy because it’s definitely not, but I can only continue to hope and pray that by doing all of this and following the “rules” that these officials are giving us, that it’s going to make things better with each day that passes.

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Since all of this is so out of our hands and up in the air, the only thing I think we can REALLY do at this point is try to stay as busy, productive and distracted as possible while we’re stuck at home.

I for one am definitely the type that cannot stay still. Those of you that know me and/or follow me on social media know that I am always on the go, always have something going on or that I’m working on and typically tend to go stir crazy being stuck at home for more than just a day. However, under the circumstances, I don’t exactly have a choice. I/we are going to be at home for a LONG time. That being said, I’ve put together the below list of things that I plan on doing throughout this time in quarantine (aside from working lol), that also may peak your interest while being at home moving forward.

Things to do:

  • The first thing I personally am going to do is genuinely try to enjoy these first few days I’m home and off. Let’s get it out of our system whether it’s just the first day or first three. Personally I know these days are well deserved off for me, as I’m sure it’s the same for you guys as well. I’m saying to enjoy them as best you can and do nothing right off the back because realistically, when are we ever really going to get a chance like this again? Being at home, doing relatively nothing but relaxing and (more or less) not really having a care in the world. I don’t know about you guys, but I personally don’t get too many days like that in my day-to-day routine.
  • Start a new book or book series (i.e., the Twilight series, Harry Potter series, Hunger Games, Pretty Little Liars series, etc.). Something that will take you a while to get through.
  • Find and start a new TV series (or movie collection). With all of the different streaming services in the world today, it should not be difficult to find SOMETHING to watch and get into, even if you may not have cable.
  • Get into listening to Podcasts. People suggest this a lot, and when I first heard of that I was definitely like ehh, but then I started looking into it myself and finding certain ones that really peaked my interest and I got into it more and more. I would listen to them on the train going and/or coming from work. Walking home. I even used to listen to it as I was doing cardio sometimes. There are some really great and inspirational ones with amazing vibes within them (I have an entire post dedicated to my favorite ones which I’ll leave linked here if you guys want to check it out).
  • Practice Self-Care. There is no better time then right now to be able to practice self-care whether that’s taking care of your skin more regularly, giving yourself a mani/pedi, meditating, practicing yoga, etc. Take care of yourself now more than ever.
  • Home workouts. This one is SO important (for me personally anyway). One of the biggest disappointments I’ve had thus far throughout all of this is the fact that every single gym in New York is closed right now and I have no way of being able to strength train at the moment anymore. So, because of that I need to get a little creative and start to come up with a home workout routine because who knows how long I/we are going to be stuck home, but either way, summer is approaching so I’m still trying to have that ‘summer body’ mentality in mind and stay in shape.
  • Teach yourself how to cook/bake something new (or several new things). I’m actually kind of REALLY looking forward to this because I used to be so in love with the idea of cooking and baking when I was younger, I would always find and save recipes for my mom and I to be able to try making together (which we did a few times). But, as I got older, I started being more on the go and spending less time at home, which prompted me to never have time for making stuff for myself, so since I still live at home with my parents at the moment, whenever I get home at night my mom usually is the one to cook and leave stuff for me on the side. I know how to make a few things here and there, but I’m excited to hopefully take some more time out to learn how to make more meals for myself.
  • Spring cleaning!! This one is pretty big for me too because I’ve been saying for a while now that I want and need to take the time to just stay home, go through all of my clothes and what not and get rid of anything/everything that I don’t want or use anymore. SO I will 1000000% be taking advantage of this time home and finally be siting down to do that at some point. Out with the old, in with the new!!
  • Clean up and organize the pictures/videos on your phone. Since I’ve been taking my blogging and Instagram content more seriously in recent months, I’ve been taking SO many pictures. But because I end up taking so many, after I take the one or 2 that I end up using to post, I end up leaving all of the rest just kind of sitting in my camera roll from each individual shoot so there is a LOT of build in there at the moment. It is a must that I do a bit of spring cleaning in my camera roll throughout this time as well haha.
  • For my creators out there, take this time to try and plan (and execute if possible) new content!! It can be so difficult to plan out content sometimes, especially when you throw in having a 9-5, going to the gym early in the morning or right after work, balancing a relationship, friends, a home life, etc. Now is the PERFECT time to try planning out new content (whether it’s Instagram, YouTube, blog posts, etc.) for when we finally come out of quarantine. But also, try creating new content. It can be difficult because there’s only so much you can do at home, but this is the time to really try getting creative and putting things together for your personal brand or whatever you may be working on/towards.
  • and finally, take this time to RESEARCH and EDUCATE yourselves (as I obviously will myself) on all of the serious stuff going on in the world right now. Although it’s all the media seems to be talking about at the moment, I promise you that there is SO many other things going on in the world OTHER than the virus. DON’T listen to everything that news outlets and the media has to say, do your own research and help yourself understand all of this whether it’s with the virus, the financial repercussions that may or may not come out of this or all of the employment stuff going on and that will happen after all of this is over. Yes, it can be very scary and/or nerve-wrecking to read a lot of what’s going on or going to happen, but I personally would rather educate myself and somehow be prepared for what’s to come then go in blind and not know or understand half of what’s going on.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post and that it genuinely was helpful to you in some way, shape or form. Things are SO difficult right now, but try using this time to take a step back from all your normal responsibilities for a little bit, relax, recharge and come back better then ever. Usually the new year is a time to really “start all over” and “start fresh,” but maybe THIS is what will be our fresh start.

This is the time to take advantage of all the free time we’re going to have in the coming days/weeks and do all of those things that we typically tend to put in the back burner because we “don’t have time.” Time is all we really have right now.

So on that note, stay productive. Stay inside. Stay healthy. Stay safe and I will see you guys in my next post.

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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1-Year Fitness Update!

Hey Everybodyyyy! Happy Hump Day! 🙂

In today’s post I really wanted to be able to talk to you guys about my 1-year fitness update; how it’s been going, where I’m at with it right now, and where I hope to be in the next few months (my goal).

This is something that I’m a little nervous about, as I’m sure most people would be, just because health, fitness and weight in general, are all really sensitive topics to speak about, especially in this day and age. However, I thought it was important to share this with you guys for a few different reasons.

Important because firstly, it’s a pretty big milestone (for me). Secondly, because who knows, maybe somehow or another me speaking about this will help and/or inspire someone else in their own fitness journey, or to even START their own fitness journey. And lastly (although this sort of piggy-backs off of the first two reasons), because I just recently did an entire post on confidence and self-love (which I’ll leave linked here if you guys wanted to check it out), and so what kind of person/writer would I be if I didn’t speak out on something as important as body-positivity and self-love more in-depth for something as sensitive as this?

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How The Past Year Has Been Going:

The first thing I want to speak about with this is probably the most obvious thing, which is, how this past year has been (fitness-wise). And well….let’s be honest, dieting is hard and it sucks ass. You really have to learn self- control when it comes to something like this, ESPECIALLY if you’re used to eating a certain way for a certain amount of years, which I pretty much was.

I’ve mentioned it before, several times, but I am not only a picky-eater, I’m also a MAJOR junk-food eater. Put those 2 things together, and you’ve pretty much got a recipe for disaster (in my case anyway).

Now, I’ve never been the best eater, throughout my entire life. BUT, I will say that it got really bad when I was away in college (as I’ve spoken about once before in my first health post, the reasons for this, etc. which I’ll leave linked here ). I gained A LOT of weight in college, I would actually say that the majority of my weight gain happened in college (freshmen 15 is no joke ya’ll even though it extended over the course of 4-years, but whateverrr!).

But it just got to a point where I literally weighed the heaviest that I EVER did. I definitely wasn’t obese, but for my age, height, etc. the weight I was at (at the time) was NOT good. Plus, I was not happy and/or confident in my body AT ALL. It was a bad time, for a long time. And I’m sure other people noticed it obviously, but few actually told me about it. Which was fine I suppose, because it’s one of those things that you kind of just need to see/realize for yourself in order to make any sort of change.

There were times where Diego would REALLY try to push me to go to the gym, and I would go, but then I would just be eating whatever still before or after it, so it was completely defeating the purpose. It took a few months after I started my fitness journey for it to REALLY start. And what I mean by that is, for a good 4-5 months, I had gotten the whole working out, and going to the gym consistently part down, but I wasn’t taking the food portion of it seriously, so I hadn’t been seeing results.

It wasn’t until about May that I started to take both super seriously, not to the point that I turned anal about it, but to the point where I actually started seeing results now, so it was the actual exciting part.

And I’m not going to lie to you guys, it’s hard af to keep up a diet, there were SO many times when I would give in to any/all of the cravings that I had, whether it was with regular food or junk food, and would see what little progress I made turn to shit. However, I learned to not only control those urges, but also not deprive myself of the little things that I wanted, and would find healthier alternatives to go around that, while also being able to stick to my diet.

Every once in a while like during “that time of the month,” it gets a little difficult because of cravings and what not, but over time I have actually really felt like it’s gotten easier.

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Where I’m At Now:

Between going to the gym AT LEAST 4-5 times a week, and cleaning up my eating TREMENDOUSLY, I have seen SUCH an insane amount of progress.

I think you guys can agree with me that how we perceive ourselves and our bodies can be really iffy sometimes. Sure, you have your days where you’re feeling GREAT and super confident with yourself throughout workouts, after workouts, etc., but there are also those days where you pretty much look exactly the same, but the confidence just isn’t there. You don’t feel yourself which, as a result, causes your confidence to diminish a little.

Well in general, that’s happened to me pretty frequently, especially since, although I know I’ve made a lot of progress, I’m not quite where I want to be yet and some days are harder than others to see the results that a lot of other people see, in yourself.

HOWEVER, I’ve learned that I really need to give myself credit when it’s due, and little by little (with each pound being shed), I have been gaining the confidence back that I used to have a few years ago.

I think my progress actually hit me the most thanks to some pictures that I took last Thursday (on Thanksgiving). I’m not exactly sure what I was doing or why I was doing it, but at some point during the night I was scrolling through old pictures on my phone and came across the ones I took last year for Thanksgiving. It didn’t fully occur to me until I decided to do a side-by-side picture of that and the one(s) I had just taken earlier that day and this is what I saw:

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Last year thanksgiving vs. thanksgiving this year…a 26 pound difference. On the left, I was at about 203lbs and currently, on the right, I’m at 177.

I’m not at all happy and/or proud of the way I look on the left side, in fact, I’m kind of embarrassed to be showing that picture compared to me now, BUT I am SUPER proud to see how much of a difference between the two there really is.

If you know me, and even if you don’t really but follow me on social media and see my posts, you would know in recent months how much work I’ve truly been putting in at the gym, and this is just proof of that. I am super proud of where I currently am at now and can’t wait to see where I’m going to be in a few months with this fitness journey of mine!!

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Where I Want To Be (My Goal):

As I said earlier, I’m not at all where I want to be yet, but I know that slowly but surely, I’m getting to meet that goal.

Ultimately, my main goal is to lose another 10-15 pounds and tone up my body a little more, then just continue to maintain it from there.

If I continue the work-out and eating regimen that I currently have, I really don’t see how or why I wouldn’t achieve these mini goals that I have set for myself (unless of course I just happen to throw it all out the window one day, which I don’t count on doing).

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Overall, it definitely has NOT been an easy fitness journey for me, but looking back at where I once was, and seeing where I am now, is enough motivation for me to keep pushing through. Besides, I’m not looking for easy and never have. And between my own confidence and Diego behind me pushing me to keep going, I know I’m going to end up hitting all of my fitness goals sooner rather than later.

Well guys, that’s it. That is my 1-year fitness update. I hope you guys like this post, and that in some way, shape or form it helped and/or motivated you to keep pushing through your hurdles that may be stopping you from going to the gym or just continuing your own fitness journey. You CAN do it. It’s going to take time and dedication, but it is 100% possible. Keep pushing through and I promise you that you’ll end up seeing results!

Thank you guys so much for reading, please like, follow, comment and share, and I’ll see you guys in my next post! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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