Motivational Monday: It Starts With Love

heartI’m going to keep today’s post short and simple because the solution to what happened this weekend (and every day before and after) is just that: short and simple. It’s hard to leave a weekend like this feeling anything but anger and sadness. Surprised? Not so much. Events like what occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia happen on a daily basis, they’re just oftentimes not as explicit, violent, or demonstrated on such a mass scale. The thing about racism, white supremacy, xenophobia, religious intolerance, homophobia, and sexism–more specifically–is that they are insidious and they don’t have to be overt with the stereotypical symbols of hate, like burning crosses, angry mobs, and lynch ropes, to be painful and harmful. Acknowledge that. Acknowledge your own bias and the beliefs you have that cause you to judge and mistreat people who are different from you. Acknowledge your own privilege. Have conversations. Do the work and recognize that that work won’t be easy. Do it anyway because at the end of the day our job on this earth is to make life easier, happier, and better for everyone, not just some. The only way things are going to change is if you do something to change it. 200 + years is a long time to hate others. It’s also a long time to live in fear. Isn’t it time we actually do something about this? Love on someone today. Maybe it starts with love. Maybe that’s the first step in the right direction. Maybe we could at least try.

Wellness Wednesday: 3-Ingredient Cookie

cookieHappy Wednesday, friends! We have reached the halfway point of the work week and I hope yours is going as well as mine. I’ve been crushing my fitness and healthy eating goals, meditating daily, and really focusing on myself. In my previous commitment to living a healthier lifestyle, I put a lot of pressure on myself and wasn’t able to find the balance between moderation and total indulgence–it was all or nothing. Healthy living meant food was boring and plain, and you could forget about dessert. The truth is, however, that making healthy decisions means being aware of what you put into your body, and when you put good things into it, you get good things out of it. Thankfully I’ve expanded my understanding of health and wellness, and want to share a treat that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! This recipe has just three whole ingredients. No fillers, no artificial sweeteners, just whole, natural goodness. Enjoy!  Continue reading

Motivational Monday: Master The Door

fall stepsHappy Monday, friends! It’s been about 72 hours since I touched down, and boy there is no place like home. I’ve slept comfortably, been eating right, and working out again (all of which you can follow on the @kermitsays Snapchat–shameless self-promotion). There’s honestly nothing better than falling back into a good routine to kick off a new week. Well, maybe one thing: reframing your mind and practicing positive thinking. I can’t reiterate this enough, but incorporating mindful meditation into my daily routine has seriously changed my thinking. It’s been so wonderful incorporating it into my life, and I’ve used it to not only center myself but also to reflect. In my nearly thirty years of living, I’ve had some great days and some not so great ones. I’ve had some incredible opportunities and some that flew right past me, and while I could allow those moments of defeat and denial to negatively affect me, I choose, instead, to look at things differently, more optimistically. Reminding myself that when one door closes, another door opens has helped me experience life more positively, openly, and fearlessly. Continue reading

Kermit’s Cup of Tea: Friday Findings

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Just one more sleep until I’m back home, and I CAN’T WAIT! It’s unbelievable how quickly this week has flown by. Have we nearly finished the first week of August already? It seems like just yesterday I was lounging poolside with my friends and now I’m saying a teary-eyed “see ya later!” Sometimes I wish time could slow down just a little bit so I could relish in the moment and make more memories with the people I love most (or maybe wish for more wishes). I know I’m the woman I am today because of my amazing relationships. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t met them or made decisions that led me to this very point. I’m a completely different person, a better person because of my experiences and interactions, and I wouldn’t change one thing. I believe everything happens for a reason, and I’m forever grateful for all that’s happened to me. So, here’s to wishing for more memories, making more special moments, developing more incredible relationships, and growing into the person you’re proud to be! What are you wishing for this week? Comment below! Now, on to the finds!

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Thoughtful Thursday: Reclaiming My Time

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By now you’ve likely heard about Congresswoman Maxine Waters famously and appropriately interrupting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during last week’s House Financial Services Committee meeting. If you haven’t seen the video, I’ve linked it here, but essentially Maxine (we’re now on a first name basis) asks a very clear and direct question that Mnuchin “responds” to with a roundabout statement. In an attempt to redirect him and hold him accountable, Mnuchin’s vague non-answers are repeatedly met with “reclaiming my time, reclaiming my time, reclaiming my time…” As entertaining as this moment is, there’s honestly something much deeper and more meaningful at play. Here, Maxine not only informs us that her time is valuable and should not be wasted but also, and more importantly, reminds us of our own value and gives us permission to identify and remove the time-wasters within our own lives.

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Wellness Wednesday: Getting Headspace

img_1317Happy Wellness Wednesday, friends! Yesterday marked ten straight days of guided meditation with the mindfulness app, Headspace. Unfortunately, ten days of Headspace also means my free trial is up. Great! Now how am I supposed to find clarity and focus and also reduce my stress and anxiety (sarcasm)? While I think of new, free ways to deepen my meditation and mindfulness practice, here is my review for Headspace.

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Tuesday Tunesday: Summertime Madness

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Happy Tunesday, friends! Can you believe it’s already August??? Where did the summer, no, where did the year go??? It seems like just yesterday, I was ringing in a new year, and now we’re eight months in with just four to go. It’s insane! Ferris Bueller was right–

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.

Whether you realize it or not, school resumes for some of you this month and for most of you next month. We are officially in countdown mode to the end of the summer, so what better way to kick off the first Tunesday of August than with a few of my favorite summer tunes. Slow down, look around, take it all in. Pull out your best flotation device, lounge in the pool, click play, and don’t miss a thing because you can never get it back if you do. What are you listening to this summer? Comment below!
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