Aug 8, 2019

Thoughtful Thursday

Happy Thursday. This week was going good until yesterday. Found out that I am going to have to graduate in the fall now. Long story short: I did all the paperwork and everything to graduate this summer. I went to talk to the teacher in the class who then said that I did not turn in some of the work. Well......turns out all of the items (8 to be exact) that she did not have were already turned in through email or on blackboard. Now, I have to resend everything. Luckily, I kept all the papers that I turned in from the class.

Then, on top of that found out that I am going to have to pay for a class that isn't really a class. I have to be enrolled to graduate so, I have to do like I did this summer and register for this class. One goof thing not school related is that I am going to a baseball game in September. I've been trying to go to a game the whole summer but couldn't find time to go. To say that I am excited about it is an understatement. Here are some thoughts for this Thursday:











Peace & blessings everyone & have a great Thursday!!!

Aug 6, 2019

Fitness Tuesday: Why do you need to stretch???

Hello and happy Tuesday, people. This weekend was pretty relaxing for the most part. Went tubing on a lazy river with some of my co-worker and then ran a few errands on Sunday. Thought I was done with my class but I was wrong. I have to return in some items (WHHYYY MEEEE!!!!!). Hopefully (fingers crossed) I can get the grade that I need so I can graduate this Summer. Anywho, today I wanted to talk about a subject that I talked about a year your or two ago: stretching. If you want to see more, here is the link to the post: http://www.vulnaviajohnson.com/2017/05/fitness-tuesday.html.

A few benefits of stretching include increased flexibility, helping with muscle tension, soreness, & increased blood flow. I try to stretch once before I get out of bed in the morning & once before I go to bed. During the work day, I do more stretches that help with my hands since I type most of the day.
Here are a few stretches that any age can do to help decrease your chance of getting injured:




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If you want to get some more information about stretching here are a few articles that go more in depth about the topic:

Facts about Stretching

Mayo Clinic

Why stretching is just as important as exercise


I think that it is important that people are getting as accurate as possible information. There are so many people (especially on social media) that give nutrition or health advice but are not trained to do so. The health & nutrition advice I give out is to benefit people of all races, age, & genders. It just gets annoying when people jump on the health & wellness bandwagon because they think it's the "cool trend" to be on.

Okay, end of my mini-venting session. Next week, I am going to talk about why you should eat a balanced diet instead of jumping on the diet trend train. Peace & blessings, all & have a great Tuesday!!! 

Aug 1, 2019

Thoughtful Thursday

Happy Thursday and August!!! July went by really fast. I can't believe that this summer is almost over. One plus side is that I'm officially done with school, partly. I turned in all the assignments but now I'm waiting to see what grade I received, need a B to be done done. Fingers crossed. One thing this means is that I'm going to be able to blog more & work on some personal projects that I have put on the back burner. Motivation is a wonderful thing, right. Speaking of which, her are some thoughts for this Thursday:











So excited about spending the rest of my summer catching up on sleep & doing things that I enjoy. It's nice knowing that I have time to relax, figuring out what my next move is. The possibilities are endless at this point.

Peace & Blessings, all & have a great start to your August!!!!

Jul 16, 2019

Fitness Tuesday: Foam Rolling


     Since the last time that I wrote somewhat regularly in May, I have been trying out different health activities and techniques to see if they would help with some of my physical pain that I have been having. Originally, we thought that it was a side issue from my thyroid problem. Recently, we narrowed it down to a pinched nerve (not sure where thought). One thing that I started doing is foam rolling for the problem.

I have been trying to find some different ways to use my roller, which I bought at Marshall. They sell roller online and at Physical Therapy offices/facilities as well. When buying a roller make sure to get the correct length for your height. One thing I learned is that it hurts that's not a good thing. It has to do with the fascia underneath the skin. According to Mosby's Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, fascia is an elastic connective tissue found throughout the body that surrounds and supports various muscles and organs. Unhealthy fascia can cause cellulite and pain among other issues. Here are a few foam roller exercises to tryout to work out any stiffness or pain in your body:









This muscle roller is the one that I bought from amazon a while back. I usually roll in the morning and before bed. Personally, I found that it has helped with the tightness in my legs. I also use a large foam roller to lay on to stretch out my back after sitting for most of the day. This roller is similar to the roller that I have (mine is a 36').

If you need more resources on fascia. Here are a few resources about fascia:

The Top 5 Ways Fascia Matters to Athletes by Brooke Thomas

Latest Wellness Trends for 2019 from Simple Roots Wellness

Feeling Achy? The Body Part You Don't Know You Have by Corrie Pikul


Gave some of these exercises a try if any of you have chance. Peace & Blessings, all. Have a Great Tuesday!!!





Jul 15, 2019

Summer salads

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     With it being summer, I love easy recipes that I can make that don't require a lot of cook time. A salad is a great way to incorporate vegetables and protein in meal, without all the heaviness of a traditional meal. Salad's are a go-to for lunch & dinner due to my busy schedule. Not having time to make a full dinner, many salad options are far better for you than anything processed in the grocery store or those from fast food restaurants.  Here are some of my favorite at the moment:

-Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes & Mozzarella

-Summer Chicken Salad

-Lemon-Orzo Veggie Salad 




I love getting recipes from online cooking magazines and sites. If you have an account, you can save them like a digital recipe box. In my case, I print them off since it is easier to have them on hand when I need them. These salads can be served as the main dish or as a side. If anyone has a salad the at they have tried, I would love to see it.

Until next time, Peace & Blessings all. Have a great Monday!!!

Jul 11, 2019

Thoughtful Thursday

     Happy summer all!!! I am a bit late saying that, like almost two weeks to be exact. I have had been having a writer's block so to speak. A lot of topics I want to talk and have post set up for but are incomplete. Part of it is that it is summer the other part is frustration about life and blogging in general. I have made a commitment to myself that I am going to try to manage my time better to write more again.

We all go through periods in life where we are indifferent about various situations. For the last two-three month, that is the period that I'm slowly moving out of. One way that I'm doing that is through my health. I have added in some vitamins and supplements after going to the doctor. In some future post I'm going to talk about vitamins & supplements, holistic treatments that I've done, along with other areas in the health & wellness field. Another way, being the main way is through my diet. For the moment, I'm probably going blog two to three days a week or until I get some other things I have to do finished. Until then, here are some thoughts for this Thursday:



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Peace & blessing everyone. I hope you all have a great Thursday!!!!


May 16, 2019

Thoughtful Thursday

Happy Thursday, all!!! This is going to be a short and sweet post. As usual, I am super busy. I still have to finish my last three projects for my one class so I can turn them in before the Summer season starts. Right now I have an I in the class until I turn in the rest of my work. I also have to turn in my graduation paperwork to Graduate this summer. I am a walking mess as of late so I am just rolling with the punches. Until next week, here are some thoughts for today














Peace & Blessing! Have a great Thursday everyone.

May 9, 2019

Thoughtful Thursday

     Happy May and Thursday!!! Life happened again. Got busy with my final semester of Graduate School: one class left, turning in all my graduation paperwork & then I'm done. Been feeling blah thanks to living in the land of pollen. Something big did happen: I broke down and bought a car. I've had my car for sixteen years (I bought it in college and it the only car that I've ever owned up until 2 & a half weeks ago). I like it but it's a big adjustment going from not having a car payment to having one now.

Other than that, I'm just trying to figure out what I'm going to do now since I'm done with school again. There is definitely going to be time for writing again. Some time for reading and trying some of the recipes in all the books I bought recently also.  All this going to start next week once I stop slacking and finish my final class projects. Until then, here are some thoughts for this Thursday









Since, it's been forever since the last time I posted, I have a good amount of post to put up so everyone be on the lookout for that. Until then, Peace & Blessings, all!!!

Apr 11, 2019

Thoughtful Thursday

Hello again!!! I am a slacker at life at this point so I am not even going to make an excuse for it. With all the pollen hanging out down here (YAY, Alabama), my full-time job, and taking my last two classes not having enough time is an understatement. I am going to try to get back in the swing of things. I do have a couple of blog post that are half way done. Maybe, I'll post those sometime soon. Until then, here are some some thought for today:











I have been trying to come to term with somethings that I need to change/adjust in my life. I have been feeling drained lately. Could be from my thyroid, allergies, or just needing to take a break from running around non-stop. I am going to try to start writing again at least two times a week for the moment and see what happens.

Peace & Blessings all and have a great Thursday!!!

Mar 20, 2019

SILK18 Shampoo

A little over a year ago, I was contacted by Maple Holistics to review their Tea Tree Shampoo, which they sell in a shampoo/conditioner set with their Argan Conditioner now.  Since then, they have branched out offering a variety of shampoos, conditioners, and skin care. I was contacted again, this time to share their new shampoo: SILK18


The first thing I noticed about this shampoo was the packaging.  The packaging is a great size, not too bulky to sit on the side of the shower or in the back. Some of the bottle that I had would fall off, driving me up the wall. It's easy to store in any area in the bathroom. The bottle is made out of recycled packaging as well. One reason I like the company if that they are for holistic and healthy products. If you do not know about the company, all their products are natural and cruelty-free.  

Their products also are safe for color treated hair and paraben-free. According to the Organic Consumers Association, parabens are used to extend the shelf life of products. It helps prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria in a number of products we use everyday including deodorant, soaps, and moisturizers. For me, I tend to buy products now that don't have a lot ingredients or chemicals in them and this shampoo fits the bill.

The are ingredients used in this shampoo that have found separately in a few shampoo but never together all in one before. With SILK18, I love the small of the it, being a big lover of vanilla. They use natural vanilla to achieve that smell. It also contains argan oil, jojba oil (used to make the hair soft and give it shine), and botanical keratin in the product. 


With this shampoo, a little goes a long way. Since my hair is on the shorter side, I use a nickle 
instead of a quarter (as is suggested). If you have longer hair, I would say to use the quarter size. I have been using the product for almost a month and still have over 90% of the bottle still. Starting at $12.95 for the shampoo, I think that is a great invest for a great product. As I have gotten older, I realize that sometimes you have to spend more money for a quality product.

You can find the shampoo on Maple Holistics website here or on Amazon here. It comes in 12oz and 16oz. If you go through the companies website, you will be able to get a coupon to use on Amazon. Next, I'm going to try the conditioner. If anyone gets a chance, I would highly recommend trying this shampoo and some other products from Maple Holistics. 

Peace and blessings, all and have a great Wednesday.

Disclaimer: I received this product from Maple Holistics for review. This opinion is and mine alone. I received products as compensation for my opinion. 

Jan 22, 2019

Fitness Tuesday


Happy Tuesday!!! Yes, I'm a total slacker and have been blogging once a week....... Better late than never. Anywho, for my Fitness Tuesday I want to talk about something that we all must do: sleep. For the past few months, I have been researching and looking into sleep. This means what to do or not do before bed, lighting, temperature of the room, and so on.  I also have been listening to podcast that give some great information about sleep. One piece of information that I found interesting is that the 7-9 hrs that is suggested for adults is not necessary for all.  Here are a few articles that I found pretty helpful about the topic:


 And if you are wondering how I look when I'm going to be?  The picture below I think is pretty accurate:


I hate being cold so I am usually wrapped up in a blanket or my snuggie looking like a human burrito. Plus, due to my underactive thyroid, I am cold more than your average person. Research has suggested that we should sleep in a cooler temperature room. The amount of sleep we all receive affects all of our bodies are different. The older you get, the less sleep you need (hence why children need more sleep). It is interesting reading all the information out  because there is no right or wrong answer with sleep. We all have to do what is best for our bodies, not a one size fit all program. On a future Fitness Tuesday I will share some tips on how to get better sleep.

Until next time, Peace & Blessings all & have a great Tuesday!!!

Jan 14, 2019

Life focus for 2019

The last two weeks has been busy for me. I am trying to get back into the swing of blogging regularly. Between all my health issue and some other events that happened last year, saying that I'm glad it is 2019 is an understatement.  With that said, here are some of the areas that I'm going to focus on this year along with life updates that go along with them.

Health
Last year, I decided to focus on my physical health: exercise, eating better, etc.  This year I want to pay closer attention to my mental & physical health.  For me, this means finding and doing activities that will help with my brain fog, focus, flexibility, & strength. I have been mediating now for over two years. In late November/early December I found out that I have a number of big & little allergies. Two of the main allergies I have now to Rice and Chocolate.

I have been dealing with ear issues that I have figured out are from my allergies. There are a couple of books that I have read on the subject of nutrition impacts on your physical & mental health (a few podcast as well). The correlation of all nutrition, physical activity, & mental productivity are extremely interesting. Those three topics are going to be seen more on the blog this year.

Finance
In 2018, I did save a bit of money. A few things came up where I had to use a little of the money (tuition & getting my car fixed were two of the main things). Steps have already been made to save for a newer car in the next few months. I set up goals in three month increments. March will be the first update on this topic, be on the lookout for those post.

I read a finance book or two this past summer that I will talk about when I start my book reviews. The books range from managing money in a relationship to how to budget as a single woman. I did make a spreadsheet for a monthly budget. I am trying to see how I need to track my spending on a daily basis.

Personal Growth
Summer 2018 was suppose to be about me learning about fields and areas that I was interested in. I started my CPT course but........ I am so busy with school that I am not finished yet. I have until March to finish it. I have been writing in a journal again. Also, I wanted to get back into reading for fun/leisure again. Part of the reason that I have so many books that I have not read. Since last October/November, I have bought about fifteen books that I have not gotten around to reading yet.
One of the main goals to like so many other people: to try to read a book a week for the 52 weeks of 2019. So far, I am three weeks into the new year & three books in the hole. I am going to try to catch up. Most likely, I will do a book review of the books I read on the last Monday of every month.

There are some other things that I want to focus on in 2019 too. I decided to not call them goals or resolutions. For some reason, those two words I feel set people up for failure. I know, in the past that I have put pressure on myself to try to finish all the task in a timely manner or I just give up. This year, I am going to not be so hard on myself. Oh, and I was going to pick a word for the year for myself but I have not narrowed it down yet. If anyone has suggestions or the word they are going to use this year, I would love to know it & why you chose that.

Everyone have a great Monday!!! Peace & Blessings, all!!!


Jan 3, 2019

Thoughtful Thursday

Happy new year and Guess whose back!!! The last part of 2018 (starting in mid -September) I felt completely burnt out. Between school, work, and my personal relationships, I needed to disconnect from blogging among other things. Last year was a rough one of me physically and mentally. That being said, since it's a new year, I thought it would be appropriate to post some thoughts to get the new year off to a good start.













On Monday, I am going to post some of the goals/improvements I want to make personally and professionally. Here's to 2019!!! 

Peace & Blessings, all!