2019…The Beginning

“Megan does great work, but she needs to slow down she tends to rush through her work” – 4th grade art teacher.

NOTHING has changed since 4th grade.. lets be honest I’ve been this way my entire life. I can have NO time restrictions and I am still rushing to get from one point to the next. I am conscious of that but I would NEVER have thought I’d change that pace until… I started having trouble sleeping and then trouble breathing because I was getting chest pains. Still didn’t think much of it, then after a few days of pain my right arm went numb. (Anyone who has any medical knowledge automatically goes to heart attack) I didn’t think I was having a heart attack but with a long history of heart problems in my family I was a little nervous. I went to Urgent Care (Long story short… don’t. Just go to the ER or your regular doctor) Went home with no diagnosis and didn’t sleep. The next day in the middle of a sales meeting I started having sharp pains and trouble breathing – time to go to the ER.

Anyone that knows me, knows I DO NOT DO BLOOD. Any type of hospital setting I’m usually passing out. So this was a GREAT EXPERIENCE. They did a quick EKG… and LEFT the sensors on… I should not have been wearing a white shirt (everyone must have been like WTF) They take me in to take my vitals.. I’m oblivious so I go in no problem. Then they say “Okay time to take some blood..” I nearly passed out there. I told them point blank I am going to pass out. They looked at me like I’m crazy.. I’m sorry who likes BLOOD! NO ONE! So anyway… the head nurse comes over (Brian – Oh love that man) and does a great job barely felt the needle go in. Then they start to take blood. NOPE. I’m out. They had to lay me back, get me an ice pack for my neck and then it all went fuzzy! I laid there for probably 10 minutes until I was able to see straight!

Then a million tests later… aka a chest x ray, more blood being taken and a long couple hours in the hallway waiting they determine I have costochondritis. Basically a virus induced by stress. Essentially I must have had a weakened immune system for some reason and add on all the stress and pressure I was under it really attacked my immune system. The virus gives you similar symptoms to a heart attack. If you want to look up details… I’ll attach a link below!

https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/costochondritis#1

The doctor told me to take a few days and do NOTHING. Like legit.. nothing. Don’t even look at your phone just lay on the couch and watch movies. So I did. Kind of helped but I was still stressing about life and work and having anxiety. Resting is great but I needed to deal with the real issue head on. So I had to face what was stressing me out and what was causing this problem in the first place! – I called my mom. (Yes I am 28 and still calling my mom you honestly can’t tell me you don’t)

For those that don’t know my mom is a life coach and honestly pretty damn good at what she does! – I am going to be posting some of the tips and tricks and homework she had me too in a later post!

But update about 2 weeks post emergency room visit – I am doing well. I am breathing, I am much more calm and relaxed. I am dealing with life much better that I have been in years!

Thank you for all those that checked in and sent me well wishes!

xoxo

Meg

Where I’ve Been… Life Update!

“The woman you’re becoming will cost you people, relationships, spaces and material things. Choose her over everything.”

These past few weeks I have spent countless hours on site installing and now removing for the NYC Marathon. There have been a few sleepless nights, no gym time, not the best eating habits, plenty of laughs, a lot of hard work by my team and at the end of the day I can honestly say the event was a success. I am exhausted, I feel like I was hit by a mac truck but I would not have traded this experience for the world.

Let me take you back a few weeks and give you the readers digest version of my world! So the past few weeks I compare to my time I spent working in Saratoga and honestly it is very difficult to understand unless you’ve been through it. I am essentially working 24/7 and unless it concerns work I don’t want to talk on phone, check emails or respond to text messages and absolutely FORGET social media. It is hard to explain but when I’m in that mode I have blinders on. Nothing  else matters, and I just focus on work.

It may not be the healthiest option, now looking back I was eating bagels, donuts, and junk food. I wasn’t drinking water, I wasn’t eating anything of substance and I wasn’t going to the gym. – aka I needed a SALAD.

Now that the marathon is over, i thought I would be getting back to my normal routine. I was wrong. Its been a long couple weeks post marathon but now its Thanksgiving and I am reflecting on all the amazing adventures and experiences I’ve had in 2018. I’m feeling grateful and would not have changed anything that happened this year. I am spending the last month and a half of 2018 looking at the past and planning for the future.

2018 was my year to travel and experience new things and now what I crave most is home and routine. I want to settle down and buy a home and just enjoy the little things. I don’t need to see every ounce of the world to say that i’ve lived. I do love traveling and will definitely still plan trips, but what I want most right now is a a regular routine and to be home.

Hope everyone has an amazing thanksgiving with their friends and family!

Xoxo

Meg

Getting Back on Track

We all fall off at some point in our lives but getting back on track is easier than you think! It is all controlling your mind and getting your body to follow suit. Lord knows throughout my journey I have falling off track quite a few times in regards to eating habits or working out but part of the journey is learning to get back on track and learning from your mistakes!!

Here are a couple quick tips to help you get back on track.

  1. Make a list. When you write down your goals it holds you more accountable. If you feel you need it send the list to a friend or family member to really hold you accountable. If you have social media or a blog share with your followers that will REALLY hold you accountable. When the whole world knows your goals, someone is sure to call you out when you don’t follow through!
    1. Make a daily to do list! And check everything off before you go to bed
  2. Drink lots of water. I mean LOTS
  3. Get plenty of sleep, how do you expect to accomplish your goals if you are constantly yawning or thinking about sleep.
  4. Get up early. If working out early doesn’t work for you then get up early and go for a walk, answer emails, read a book, meal prep etc. Whatever is going to help you get more accomplished
  5. Eat breakfast. So many people skip breakfast which makes NO SENSE TO ME. I don’t understand how anyone can skip a meal, I love food too much. You need food to fuel your body and give you energy to crush your goals! So don’t skip meals!
  6. Get moving! Go for a walk or get a solid workout in at the gym or do an at home workout. There is zero excuses now a days not to sweat everyday! There are so many free youtube videos or workouts on Pinterest so if you don’t belong to a gym you can still sweat! Even a walk around the neighborhood or at your local school track will help you!
  7. Prepare the night before. I always set up my coffee maker and get my oatmeal ready the night before, I also get my gym bag ready for the morning and lay out my outfit for work. If I have an event or dinner the next night I will also get that outfit ready.
  8. Make your bed everyday. If you can’t do something as simple as making your bed each day how do you expect to accomplish your bigger goals.
  9. Clean!! When I feel scrambled and overwhelmed I always clean my environment. Usually that is my apartment, office and car! When I am in a clean place and don’t see dishes, or garbage or clothes that need to be put away I am able to focus on what needs to be done.
  10. Spoil yourself! Sometimes when you fall off track you need to remind yourself of your worth. So go shopping and buy the shoes or the purse youve been wanting. Schedule a spa day or have an at home spa day. Take a bath and do a mask! Whatever makes you feel good.
    1. Before bed I always add oils to a diffuser and let it run for about an hour. Settles me in and I always get a good night sleep
    2. Peppermint shower. Turn on the shower and add a couple drops of peppermint oil. – Truly clears your sinuses and is very relaxing
    3. Pacifica Deep Mud Mask and a hot bath with a bath bomb – so relaxing!

Please keep sharing your tips ! I love hearing from you guys and discovering new ways to get back on track. We all fall off once in a while but it is important to remember this is a lifestyle and we are all human. Just make sure you get back on track and keep working towards your goals!!

Xoxo

Meg

Secrets to keeping it all together.. or at least pretending you do

I am by no means a superficial person, but I do believe if you want to be successful you have to look the part. A few pieces of advice I have been given or discovered through trial/error over the years that have truly stuck with me…

  1. When you don’t know the attire to wear to an event for social/work always dress nicer than you think! It is better to be overdress than underdressed.
  2. Look the part and dress for the position you want. If you want to become a manager or CEO you have to dress like they would dress. People are visual and if they don’t think you “look” the part they can’t picture you in that position.
  3. Always have a go to outfit ready, that way if you’re short on time you don’t have to stress about what to wear. Mine is a pencil black dress and nude heels. Its sophisticated yet simple. I can wear it to a work meeting and then out for date night! I also like to select my outfit the night before that way i’m not rushing in the morning
  4. Pay the extra money for skin care products. You only have one face and if you don’t wear makeup or are running tight on time if you have good skin you don’t have to worry!
  5. Wake up an extra 15 minutes to always have your hair done. If you’re tight on time, throw your hair in a sleek ponytail. it gives the allusion that you spent some time when you really didn’t! If you do have time, spend the time to make your hair look nice. No one wants to work with or date someone who looks like they just rolled out of bed.
  6. Nails – I understand some people don’t like to get their nails done. Some just don’t like nail polish and some just don’t want to spend the money (my mom is one of those people – I don’t think she has ever gotten a mani/pedi) BUT it is important that you keep your nails at least trimmed and clean.
  7. Make a to do list every morning, (or the night before) and complete your to do list everyday!! This is an important one. When you make a to do list you know what to expect out of your day and when you go to bed with a completed to do list… its one of the greatest feelings!!
  8. Sweat everyday! When you are consistent in your workouts you feel better mentally and physically. Even if you only have time for a quick 15 minute workout or a walk around the block. Sweat everyday!
  9. Continue to stimulate your mind.  Read at least a chapter a day or listen to a podcast/ted talk. I have been trying to get myself to watch the news in the morning or at night so I have some clue what’s going on in the world  besides what i see on social!
  10. Smile.  It is your best accessory

These are my tips to keeping it together, there are days I struggle to get out of bed and change out of sweats!! When I follow  these tips/tricks I feel more confident. I’m more productive and am able to portray the image I want the world to see of me.  If you have any tips and tricks to help you keep it together please comment and share!!

Xoxo

Meg

FMBL – What’s your List?

“Don’t beat yourself up…just get back on track.”

These past few weeks I haven’t been feeling like myself. Un motivated and lazy, my body is always exhausted and it seems like the only thing I really want to do is sleep! I started thinking about why I am always tired and why I can’t get myself to be consistent with the blog. I lost my focus, I lost my why. But rather than give up and just throw away any opportunity, I am getting myself refocused and back on track.

As always, if you know me at all the first thing I did was make a list. Why did I start a blog? What made me motivated to do this in the first place? The last list I made was, what does it mean to me to truly live my best life. After all this blog is my experiences and my journey to discovering who I am and why I’m here. Its learning how to live my best life and finding that path to get me there and of course having some fun along the way!

I’m sharing my list with you, but keep in mind that everyone’s list is different. What makes me happy and fulfilled is not going to be the same for anyone else. We may have similarities but we should have differences thats what makes us unique!

In no particular order…

  • Own a rental property – Saratoga/Fire Island
  • Own a home
  • 2-3 Kids
  • Married to my best friend
  • Driving Lexus IS350
  • Consistently “put together” – I know what it means and theres a post coming soon!
  • Annual girls trip with my best friends
  • Author – 2 books (Stay tuned…)
  • Gem Deck (Again stay tuned…)
  • Strong Body & Mind
  • Healthy lifestyle – no eggs, no dairy – clean eating (cheat days OBVIOUSLY)
  • Fluent in Spanish/Sign Language
  • Grateful
  • Maintain relationship with family

I of course will probably add to this list, but that becomes part of the journey part of the fun! Discovering who you are and what you want out of your life should be enjoyable, it shouldn’t feel like a chore. If you only see the destination as your happy place you aren’t truly living your life. You should focus on gratitude and live in the moment. You can be happy while working towards living your best life. My list is my goal, it does not mean that I am miserable and not enjoying life until I have successful achieved all of these things. I’m living in the moment, truly embracing the journey that gets me there and learning from my mistakes along the way. Everyone will fail at some point in their lives, its inevitable. It is how we respond to failure that makes us who we are. You can accept failure and become defeated or you can continue to focus on your goal and find another way to achieve it.

“Failure is nothing more than a chance to revise your strategy.”

Unknown

“I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordon

I expect to fail, I expect to go into funks like these past few weeks but I will never give up on my goals and the life I want. It is not an overnight process, there is no way I can have everything on that list overnight. But I will have everything on that list.

I challenge you all to make your list. What does living your best life look like and how do you plan to get there? Write it down. It may seem silly but be specific. If you don’t write down your goals and read them over and over how do you expect to achieve them?

Xoxo

Meg

Up on the Roof ♥️

“When this old world starts getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space”

There are very few places or things that can calm my mind. Very few things that allow my mind to settle and allow all the stresses or worries of the world disappear. I am a well known over thinker as well as someone who thinks of every what if. With work I am always “on” and I always am answering questions or solving problems or thinking when It comes to my personal life… I don’t want to think. I don’t want to decide what restaurant to eat at, I don’t want to decide where we’re going on vacation or plan vacation! So after a stressful day or not eh weekends I like to “escape”

My escapes:

  1. Snuggled on the couch watching Reality TV – Yes i’m talking Kardashians!! My step dad used to make fun of me so much, but it gets me out of my own head and focused on other people’s problems. Even if they are losing $50K diamond earrings in the ocean (okay Kim) I can’t watch for hours but its nice to watch an hour before bed to get my mind off the day!
  2. The beach… when I need to escape after a long crazy day walking the beach or watching the waves crash or the sunset just always gets me to relax. It forces my body to relax and my mind to just focus on the present moment.
    1. Fire Island or Cape Cod will have the same effect.
    1. I love a chilly fall almost winter day on the beach. The cool crisp air and the sound of the waves. Its my happy place and where i feel safe.
  3. The gym. The gym keeps me sane. It is my cure all. If i’m cranky, mad, sad just not feeling good I go to the gym. Even if I don’t want to, i’lll force myself to at least go and walk which then usually turns into a full workout haha. But the gym clears my head and allows to me to focus on my body and not my mind. The gym also helps with my anxiety and keeping me level headed.
  4. If it gets really bad… I go to the woods. Driving through the mountains or windy roads with huge trees on either side completely relaxes me. Takes me back to when I was a kid and didn’t have the pressure of the world or any cares in the world. I was just me and whenever I am hiking in the woods or driving upstate NY or VT I instantly go back to that feeling. That is home to me and completely puts everything else on the back burner and I can relax and forget the world

The other day I went for a drive, no destination in mind. But like always I ended up at the beach. I walked for a little while and then sat down in the sand and just stared out at the ocean and watched the waves. I pulled out my phone and opened the notes section and didn’t think, I just wrote down how I was feeling and whatever thoughts came to mind… Here is what came out of it….

As I sit here on the beach the cool breeze touching my face the smell of salt water my toes buried in the sand to find some sense of warmth I think about the future and what it is that I really want out of life. I’ve always talked about starting a blog and never actually take the time to do it. I think the biggest problem is that I get so caught up in my day that when inspiration hits it is quickly taken away by an email or a phone call or a meeting. So I sit here on the beach feeling inspired. My phone is on air plane mode so I can’t be disturbed and I’m writing my first blog entry into what will become my journey. I don’t know what the future holds for me and I am at a fork in the road where I can stay on the same familiar path and continue on with my comfort level or I can take a risk (big risk) and leave everything for a new adventure. It sounds terrifying to someone who plans every second of their day and is constantly trying to analyze every action. But there is no sense is sticking with what is familiar. I know the pain the challenges the stress the anxiety of this path as well as the joys and happiness but there has to be more. Right now I feel as though I am merely existing I’m not living life to the fullest and I feel stuck. I am not growing as an individual because I am not in the environment in which I am supposed to grow. This chapter of my life is ending and it is time to turn the page and see what happens.

I’m choosing to take the road less traveled and explore. I don’t want to look back on life and think wow I wish I had explored opening my own business living in a new unfamiliar place where I know no one and can be whoever I want to be. I have been molded by so many people that have come and gone in my life and not enough by the people that have remained constant in my life. – more on that to come don’t worry. I’m ready to start down the path I’m calling the left path as I’m right handed and that is where my comfort level is. Im taking the left and I’ll see where I end up. It definitely can’t get worse. Life has a funny way of falling into place when you least expect it

It is so rare in this world to find a place where you can sit in silence and genuinely enjoy yourself. I’m reminded of the movie friends w benefits where she is laying on the rooftop in the busy city of New York and there is no cell phone reception and she lays on the roof staring at the stars. The beach is my rooftop. I can sit and listen to the waves crash for hours. Walk the beach on the edge of where the water meets the sand. Watch the seagulls fly overheard and the little birds that I have no idea the name of scurry as the waves come closer.

I love the beach when it seems no one else does.

Don’t get me wrong I love laying on the beach soaking in the sun but when it’s vacant except for the lonely surfer the fisherman and the one man walking his dog… that is when I love the beach. When it’s just the waves crashing against the shore. It’s quiet and I can be alone with my thoughts and my dreams. It’s simple but it’s my happy place and my rooftop. The beach just makes sense. All the stress and worries of the world disappear. I’m calm I’m happy and I could live in those moments forever.

If you have not found your happy place I urge you to explore visit as many places as possible. The place where you fee most comfortable alone. That is one of the greatest feelings in the world. If you’re able go to your rooftop once a day. If that’s not possible go at least 3 times a week. I cannot begin to tell you the impact it will have on your life. Enjoy every moment take it all in observe everything and capture it in your memory forever.

Everything is alright… up on the roof.

xoxo

Meg

Life Update

“As selfish as it sounded, she had to focus on herself. She kept trying to find happiness in other people. But realized it had to come from within her. Everyone wasn’t meant to understand her solitude and some felt slighted by her focus. Then again misery loved company and she learned to love being alone.”

After my last post I wanted to write a super motivating positive post but I’m just not there. I had an amazing weekend that grounded me and got me out of my head in regards to anxiety and stress but i’m still working through some stuff! I am happy, I am doing well I just need more time to process and deal with some things going on in my life. But I wanted to get on here and update you guys with what I can and being able to share what i’m going through with you all is important!!

The first update that of course effects my stress level is work! I recently made a change from operations to sales. The transition has been great and it has been a fairly smooth transition. My schedule is better! I am able to set my own appointments and I’m not awake at 4AM everyday or on site for 14 hours a day! That also allows me to have more work life balance which we all know i desperately needed!! Sales has allowed me to do what I do best which is connecting and networking with people. I love meeting new people and getting paid to go to events and meet people? YES PLEASE! So although it will be more pressure to sell, at least I am able to set my work schedule and have more control regarding that!

In regards to FMBL I am working on a few different projects that I cannot wait to share with you all!! One will be this year! The other may be a little further down the road but lots of exciting things to come!! – Stay tuned 🙂

My mom is moving to Colorado.. which I think is amazing and could not be better timing. But with her moving comes cleaning and packing her entire house! She isn’t taking her furniture and since I want to buy a house soon I have to get all her furniture into storage! I’m helping my dad with projects around his house so my step mom doesn’t kill him (LOL)

Now that i have furniture its time to really get serious about a house! I am meeting with a mortgage broker and real estate agent this week to get that ball rolling !

I also leave for a girls trip next week, I then come back for a few days have an install then get directly on another plane and off to London for the week with my mama! Then I am back for a month long install/removal! – Life is crazy right now to say the least!

I mean… can we add one more thing??

“They say if you want something done, ask someone who’s busy.”

#truth

I have definitely been distant from friends and family but right now I just need to focus on myself and my goals! I have a very ambitious year ahead of me and I just need to be selfish right now. There are a few more things going on that I am not willing to share publicly but I am dealing with that and working towards being the best version of myself!

Right now I am in a good place mentally and emotionally I just need to keep myself busy and focused on my goals. I have very ambitious goals and I am working incredibly hard and staying focused.

To my friends and family I love you! I am still here at any hour any day if you need me. Just please give me the space to work on me right now! I will still be posting content it just may be a little more time between the posts 🙂 Thank you for your love and understanding as I am under construction!

“Sometimes you just need to be selfish and take care of you. If they love you, they’ll understand.”

Mental Strength and Anxiety

“Rule your mind or it will rule you” 

These past couple months I have had anxiety, something i’ve never really experienced in my life. Sure when life gets stressful there are times i’ve felt anxious but not like this. I would get stressed when i was stuck in traffic and was going to be late somewhere or when I procrastinated and had to rush through. These past couple months normal activities that never stressed me out or gave me any anxiety were now debilitating me to the point where i didn’t want  to leave my house. Most people assumed I was just being a “Grandma” and not wanting to go out, but the reality was I was going through a phase of light depression and dealing with a fair amount of anxiety. I am a grandma, but this was getting out of control, I was sleeping at 6PM and not waking up till 7AM. I wasn’t tired, I just needed to get out of my own head and not face reality.

Those around me know I can be indecisive and especially lately a bit of a flake when it came to plans. I didn’t want to tell people what was really going on, and even writing this now knowing everyone is going to read this is giving me anxiety. I told myself today that I was no longer going to let my mind rule, I control my mind. When my mind tells me not to do something or that i can’t, I’m going to do it and I will accomplish whatever it is my mind says I can’t.  So here i am forcing myself to write this before I go to bed!

I am not one to take medication, I want to solve the problem not mask it. (personal preference) I know I can talk to counselors and friends and have plenty of support around me but I started with pinterest. (We all have our own methods) I always go to quotes or lyrics whenever i can’t decide how i’m feeling. So browsing through pinterest I found this quote…

“Physical strength will get you to the start line, mental strength will get you to the finish line.”

This hit home for me. My entire life I’ve focused on my physical strength and have been exploring who I am currently, but I have not been strengthening my mind. I read occasionally but since college I haven’t been learning like I used to. I want to learn spanish, sign language, I have a huge pile of books I have yet to read and places I want to explore. My mind is begging for knowledge and strength. I then of course typed in mental strength and pages upon pages came up. So of course I became that girl that just keeps browsing until there are no more pins left to read! Through these quotes I have discovered with myself that I lack discipline. Growing up I always had sports or lessons, you had to show up for those or your wasting money and disappointing people. Now, if i skip a workout, or don’t do that lesson in Spanish or never learn sign language i’m only disappointing myself. Somehow I became okay with that. Not improving myself because it was easier and required no effort. (That is not who I am and not who I was raised to be) I also discovered, I overthink simple things because I am so worried about what everyone thinks, I am so worried I am going to make a wrong decision or say the wrong thing. Everything is a big deal and needs to be solved immediately.. well so I’ve always thought.

These past few months, I have been tested more than ever and its shown mainly through my work. I have over reacted to several instances, and over analyzed for HOURS over situations that are completely out of my control and where has it gotten me? – Some relationships have been impacted and will never go back to where they were, i have stressed myself out and caused myself physical pain from the stress. I have stayed up all night losing sleep thinking about all the possibilities that could happen. I have missed important events or dinners because I have been too stressed with work to go out. – I don’t want to harp on the negative I want to focus on the positive. Not where i’ve been but where i’m going.

“Overthinking ruins you, ruins the situation, twists things around. Makes you worry and just makes everything much worse than it actually is.”

I realize now that along with my physical strength I need to work on my mental strength. I need self discipline, and that is only going to happen if i learn to control my mind. Although mental and physical strength overlap there are other exercises I need to do to focus primarily on my mental strength.

I love this & it explains my brain. I have been called insensitive......

During these past few months I noticed I haven’t been sticking to my diet as much as I should, I’ve been missing workouts, I haven’t been posting consistently to the blog, my energy levels are down, I haven’t touched my rosetta stone or the pile of books I have to read. – It all starts with a list (especially for me) I need to get my feet back underneath me and start fresh.

“When the mind is calm and focused it becomes a magnet”

Goals for September:

  1. Workout 4-5 times per week
  2. Stick to my diet (80%)
  3. Every morning before anything list (3) things i’m grateful for
  4. If i’m feeling anxious I will force myself to get up and out –  not hide at home
  5. If my mind says no, I am going to do it anyway!
  6. If I begin to feel stressed I will take a deep breath before I react

I want to continue to strengthen my mind and grow as part of my journey. I am a work in progress and am continuing to grow. Everyday I discover new things about myself and am still learning to love myself. It is all about finding my best life. This blog is not about living my best life and showcasing all my highlights, I want you guys along with me on this journey and that means sharing the not so attractive moments. I am only human and I am experimenting to find what works best for me. I love sharing this with you and hope that one thing I say will help just one of you.

Stay strong, and live in the moment. Cherish those that support and love you! I am leaving you with one of my new favorite quotes and with a Ted talk that I found while doing research on mental strength.

“You know that little voice in the back of your head telling you to stop? Well you can train that little voice, I taught mine to shut up.”

Amy Morin – The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFbv757kup4#action=share

 

Xoxo

Meg

AM Routine

“Everyday is a new beginning, Take a deep breath smile and start again.”

You always read that successful people start their days before the sun rises. I agree with this whole heartedly. However most of those people are starting their days with a workout… I LOVE the idea of that, it just doesn’t work with my schedule right now. I was struggling to get everything accomplished when I was starting my day at 7am. I had it in my head that if I was waking up early it was too workout, I didn’t think about other things that I could cross off my to do list before 7am! I knew I had to come up with a plan to fit more into my days!

I came up with this routine and it has been working so well for me! I am able to manage my time better throughout the day and cross off everything on my to do list. Before I was trying to cram too much in a small amount of time because I couldn’t get past the idea that the only thing I can do before 7AM is workout… haha.

My Everyday Morning Routine

First thing I do when I wake up is wash my face. I am such a stickler when it comes to my skin care routine! I use Pacifica Kale Face wash and absolutely love it!

Turn on the coffee maker and start boiling water for my oatmeal. I pour myself a glass of water sometimes I’ll squeeze lemon but I always have a full glass of water before I drink or eat anything!

(Steel Cut Oatmeal)

  • Blueberries
  • Banana
  • Cinnamon

Once my coffee is ready I’ll sit on the couch and pull (3) affirmation cards. – 1 from each deck! Link to the decks I use below!

https://www.amazon.com/Affirmators-Affirmation-Cards-Help-Yourself/dp/1601067119

I like to write down in a journal my 3 affirmations and my initial thoughts to each. I will also just write down any thoughts that come to mind,, usually no more than a page!

Now its time to connect with the real world. I scroll through my work emails and try to get them down to 0! Not always easy, but I answer what I can before I get to the office, so I can start my day with a clean slate! As I’m answering emails, I make my to do list for the day!  I will also fill in any errands or anything else I need to get done!

Oatmeal is ready! With my oatmeal I have a glass of orange juice! I drink the trop50 as it has way less sugar!!

While I eat breakfast I either work on blog posts or I’ll do a chapter of Rosetta Stone (Spanish). By then,, its close to 7 AM and I need to get my butt moving!

I then start my hair and makeup, Some days are super simple and I don’t even wear makeup, other days I do a full face it all depends on what I have going on, Most days I keep it pretty simple, I am a girly girl but I also have zero patience when it comes to getting ready especially if I’m in the field or sitting in my office! (Weekends or nights out are a different story)

Before I get dressed I head to the kitchen and prep my food for the day! – thats a whole post in itself!

I always lay out my clothes the night before so getting dressed in the morning is easy! I used to stress so much over what to wear in the morning and then it would end up with my entire closet all over my room because I had to try every outfit on!

Then its off to work!!

This is my perfect world! Some days this routine works other days I have to modify it. There are some days I have to get out the door at 5AM to get to a job site and none of this gets accomplished, there are other days I have to run an errand and it cuts my routine short. Its a balance and its a lifestyle. So I don’t freak out if I have to alter my routine, I go with the flow! Its important not to punish yourself if you don’t always stick to a routine, life happens and will continue to throw you curveballs you just need to keep riding the wave!

You also have to experiment and find what works for you! For some people they may love working out in the morning and that fits their schedule – thats amazing! That doesn’t work for everyone (clearly) Some people are able to work out during their lunch break.. I give you guys a lot of credit! You have to come up with a routine that works for you!

Leave me comments about what your routines are or if you have any tips or tricks to getting up in the morning (I still struggle haha)

Stay tuned… my PM routine is next 🙂

xoxo

Meg

Quotes & Lyrics

“I can’t explain…but I’ll find a song that can”

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I am totally that person that if you’re in my car listening to my playlist hang on tight you never know what is going to come on next! One song can be maroon 5, the next hannah montana and then onto Johnny Gallagher Jr. (You just never know) I do have a large range of taste in music and I definitely attribute that to my upbringing. I was surrounding by a variety of music, my mom listened to John Denver (yes I can recite almost EVERY WORD OF EVERY SONG) my step dad was into… EVERYTHING and my dad listened to Jethro Tull. So where country comes in… I couldn’t really tell you but I love it all.

I love live music and going to concerts or musicals. The atmosphere makes you feel alive and its a place to get lost in the lyrics. Growing up my mom used to take us to the Flynn theater and we would see shows such as Bye Bye Birdie and Fiddler on the roof and although I’m not theatrical I can appreciate theater. My stepdad used to take me to Broadway shows and I just loved it! Favorites were…. American Idiot, First Date.

When it comes to concerts.. thats a tough one for me to decide my favorites. I obviously LOVED seeing my step dad perform and would give anything to see him perform again. But let me think… As far as hidden gems…I recently saw Jeff Daniels live and OH MY GOD was he fantastic! He did an amazing job of combining humor with real experiences and then tugging at your heart strings all in 2 hours! It was a fantastic show and I Would highly recommend it! Anytime Johnny Gallagher Jr is in town I have to go he is phenomenal as well.

Country…I am obsessed with Luke Bryan (Duh who isn’t) Rascal Flatts… wow! They were so funny and real! Keith Urban puts on a great show as well! I bought tickets to a show at Mohegan Sun back in high school.. he was so good I bought tickets and saw him AGAIN the next night! haha

I love local artists and seeing street performers as well. Those are the ones that are truly passionate about their craft. When you are willing to perform for free it really is a passion and not a job.

Music has been there for me when no one else has. There have been some really rough times in my life where I’ve been alone and music was there. Whether that was taking a drive and just letting my playlist play or flipping through youtube listening to every song title that interests me. When I don’t know how I feel or what i want to say, I always can find a song that seems like it was written about me and it allows me to process my thoughts completely. I can spend hours on youtube finding new songs or just cleaning my place and having dance parties to 90’s throwbacks.

Music is definitely a huge therapy and release for me. It has really gotten me through some tough times. Quotes have a special place in my heart as well. I can spend HOURS AND HOURS on pinterest just reading quotes. Its such an amazing tool that allows you to search keywords and it populates all these quotes related. Many times I will search quotes about strength, happiness, law of attraction, life advice etc. and just read the quotes for hours and pin them so that when I need those words of encouragement or reminders I have them.

Any situation where I feel awkward or can’t find the answer I have a quote a lyric or a song I can turn to! Even when I need encouragement or I just to laugh I have songs or quotes for those too! Check out my spotify for my playlists and pinterest for quotes for almost EVERY situation! I am still sorting and cleaning up my pinterest but bare with me!!

Spotify – findingmybestlife

Pinterest – megcoan

Let me know your favorite songs or quotes I am always searching for my next favorite!!

Xoxo Meg

 

“The key to a women’s heart is hidden in her playlist.”

“Somedays I need the music, sometimes I need the lyrics.”