How I’m Trying to Improve My Health

Hey guys! Happy Sunday and I hope you are all doing fantastic! Since I am so busy Monday through Thursday with work, I love taking time on the weekend to take care of myself and focus on what truly makes my heart sing. One of those things quite recently has been working out and finding different ways to get my body moving. For today’s post I want to talk a little bit about my health journey and where I am now. My hope for this post is that it gives you fresh ideas on how to better your own health and give you motivation to improve solely for yourself and to feel good!

My Active & Healthy Past

As I grew up, specifically through elementary school and junior high, I was an extremely active kid. I tried every sport my school had to offer and I played soccer for 8 years, pretty well if I might add. Soccer (or football as some of you out there call it) was my sport and I put a lot of time into it. I worked up the levels and ended up playing club soccer as a forward or midfielder. With practices at least twice a week for a couple hours each, I knew how to work out and push myself alongside my teammates. Through sports, I was taught how to stretch correctly and how to condition my body to run farther, faster, and beat the competition.

I never had health issues when I was younger, which I was very blessed with. I also never had rock hard abs, probably because I was young and exercised for the sake of having fun and being with my team, not to build muscle or improve my still small body. My family didn’t eat fast food very often and my mom cooked almost everyday. The one flaw I (and some of my family) has always had is a sugar addiction. That stuff is actually like a drug and it’s still something I struggle with everyday.

A Downhill Fall

As high school arrived, I quit playing soccer. There were many reasons for my quitting but one being I was the smallest on the field and although I was the fastest, I was getting hurt often by taller and stronger girls. I decided to pick up tennis through my school (a little reluctantly I will say) and it was a much slower pace than the sport I was used to. I was also growing up and didn’t change my eating habits. I’m sure a lot of you can relate: as you get older you MUST change your eating habits. There is no way you can eat like a child and have a slim figure in your teens or 20’s, am I right? I also ended up on birth control because of my sever acne. I’ve touched upon this topic a bit on my blog, but let me know if you’d like a separate post about it. It’s something I’m quite open about.  One of the side effects is weight gain and while looking back at photos now, I can see when it physically hit me. Long story short, I wasn’t that fit little girl anymore and I don’t think I even realized it.

College Years & Health Realizations

Without me even knowing, I had gained a bit of weight. It snuck up on me out of no where and I honestly didn’t even understand to what extent until college. People around me were going to the gym very often or taking workout classes, which wasn’t even on my mind in the slightest. It wasn’t really until junior and senior year that I started taking my health a little more seriously. I was uncomfortable in my body and didn’t know exactly how to fix it. The summer before my junior year I started researching veganism and although I never went vegan, it taught me a lot about food and health. That summer I did see very small changes once I put the effort in. I was going to the gym as consistently as possible (every other day) and trying to eat as healthy as I could. At one point I completely cut out eggs and tried to eat minimal cheese. I grew up on almond and rice milk so drinking cow’s milk has never been an interest for me.

The summer before senior year, I went to Europe as many of you know. I lost about 6 pounds in those three weeks simply by walking 5-6 miles everyday and eating strictly three meals a day. That is what our schedule allowed for when we were abroad and I barely noticed I was dropping some pounds. Of course, when I got back to the states I wasn’t exercising nearly as consistently as I was in Europe and snacking in between meals. I gained those pounds back, which was extremely disappointing for me. Although I hadn’t lost a massive amount of weight, I hadn’t seen a difference in the scale like that in a long time, shockingly. But it gave me a sense of what worked and what I needed to do.

Senior year I had a gym membership and started going as often as I could. It started to become a bigger part of my life and I could slowly see the difference it was making. Although these changes were tiny and most times I couldn’t see any change on the scale, I was feeling better in my body and stronger overall. Feeling strong was an amazing feeling and it became addicting. Of course, with classes and my graphic design portfolio project I still wasn’t as consistent as I could be.

What’s Up with My Health Currently?

Similar to the summer before, I went to Europe again this year and had a similar situation happen. I came back and had again lost 5 or 6 pounds. This time, I was determined to keep it off and use it as a kicking off point for more weight loss. Going to the gym or going on runs is increasingly becoming more important to me. While I’m still getting used to my work schedule, I work out at least two times a week. Which I know isn’t enough if I want to see significant changes, but I’m in no rush. If this has to be a slow process in order for it to become a permanent lifestyle, so be it. I’m in this for my own health and I know it’s going to be a bumpy road.

I’m still not at the health level I want to be at, but I’m taking the time to learn what works for me. I work so hard at the gym and actually enjoy going now! I like challenging myself to do better and push it a little further each time. Another way I’ve been working out is by attending classes and genuinely investing in my health. I recently took a spin class which kicked my butt so hard but was a great way to switch up my workout routine. I’ve also been looking into barre, yoga, and pilates classes. Some days after work I will also go on a beach walk, which is only about 2 miles but so beautiful at sunset! Find things that interest you and will add variety to your life. Hopefully you’ll find something you enjoy so much that it won’t feel like exercise!

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Long story short, I’m still on my health journey and I have a ways to go but I’m determined to make this a lifestyle and not fall into fad diets that don’t last. I want to be healthy and live a long life. That doesn’t mean I’ll slip up once in a while, but that’s where my mind has been lately. I think one of the most exciting things is noticing my clothes fit just a tad better and I feel more comfortable overall! Here’s to your health and kicking some butt! Let’s have a conversation down in the comments: let me know your favorite ways to workout or some of your favorite healthy meals to make! Talk to you all soon! xx

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Summer in Review (Where I Went & What I Accomplished)

Hey everyone, happy Tuesday! Summer is sadly coming to an end and a new season is upon us. I thought for today’s post I’d take a little trip down memory lane and go through some of the things I did this summer and what I accomplished. This summer was a big one for me, so I definitely want to remember it. Of course, a blog post is the best way to do that! I’ll be starting with May 2018 and making my way through the season to right now, September 2018. Let’s begin!

May

Right off the bat, this summer started off with a bang! This month marked my final weeks of college. Those four years were coming to an end and I was finishing up my final units. It was also the last month in my first apartment! On the 5th of May, I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. It was one of the most surreal and proudest moments of my life. College came with lots of ups and downs, so these years coming to an end was very bittersweet to me. I was excited about the coming months and curious what the future would bring for me.

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Through the month of June I gave myself a mental break and took some time to relax and literally do nothing. I had been in school for 16 years of my life, so I think a little break was good for me. I was anticipating the coming month of June for a very exciting trip with my family, so the excitement was coming to a peak!

June

It was finally time: I was headed back to London and Paris! Not with my school this time, but with those closest to me! We left May 31st and stayed until June 12th. London is my absolutely favorite place in the world (as I’ve said probably too many times on this blog, LOL). It was just as gorgeous as I’d left it the summer before and I’ve been dying to go back for a third visit. In Paris, our hotel was right beside the Eiffel Tower, so we watched it sparkle from where we were staying. The best part of the trip was showing my family around some of the places closest to my heart. I will always be in awe of Europe and it was one of the best trips of my life (both times!)

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I also tried to soak up the sun as much as possible during this month. The summer sun was out and the beaches were beautiful and blue. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is go to the beach, swim in the ocean, or simply tan by the pool. There is nothing better than my hometown in the summertime!

July

Once I arrived back in the states, I had a job lined up with a retail store. I wanted to start working as soon as possible to start saving for another apartment. (I am planning to stay at home for about a year to work and then hoping to move to L.A.) While I was working full time at a retail store, I was also applying to graphic design and social media jobs. All my free time was going into job applications and attending interviews as well as trying to run my blog and my social media platforms. I was on that adult grind for the first time and to be honest, it was quite stressful. The waiting process to hear back from possible employers was nerve wracking and I was itching to start a more serious career. I didn’t have a necessarily positive experience at my retail job, so I couldn’t wait to start something I was truly passionate about!

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The 4th of July is the halfway mark of the summer, so the holiday is very bittersweet for me. We usually drive down to the pier and watch the fireworks sparkle above the ocean. I always envy the surfers who get to sit on their boards out in the water and watch the beautiful lights. They have the best view in the entire country in my opinion. This year though, I don’t have to leave my city after the summer ends since your girl is graduated!! The Fourth was a bit more sweet this year.

August

Once August rolled around, all my efforts had finally paid off! My very first interview ended up offering me a graphic design job! There was a point in July when I thought I might never find a great job, but I was so wrong. If you put enough effort into something and are motivated to achieve something, it will always come through. I put in my two weeks at my retail job and was extremely excited to start this new adult chapter of my life. At the very end of August, I started a graphic design position at Locale Lifestyle Magazine in Orange County. I’ve been with the company for about a month now; the office is absolutely gorgeous and my coworkers have been extremely patient and kind to me. It’s been crazy to see my design work up on the website and on the Locale Instagram. If you’d like to check out what we do at the magazine and look into any events we have coming up, please head over to localemagazine.com!

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September

That brings us to this month, September! This summer went so incredibly fast, I don’t really know where the time went. I currently am working full time at the magazine and working hard on Instagram and my other social medias on the side. My blog and various social media platforms are such great hobbies for me creatively and what I look forward to doing on the weekends. My schedule has basically been: work during the day, get home and relax or work on my blog/YouTube/Instagram, plan for my blog on the weekend and go out with friends, and repeat every week. I’m definitely still on that hustle, but I know it’s what I’m meant to do right now and it’s going very well. I like working hard and reaping the benefits of being passionate about something. I am getting more comfortable at my new job everyday and have released a new YouTube video every week (you can subscribe here if you like!) I’m excited for what the rest of the year has to bring, especially when it comes to blogging! What was the best part of your summer this year? I’d love to know in the comments! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and have a fantastic rest of your week! xx

Side note: Today is September 11th, marking the anniversary of the attacks in New York. I couldn’t put a post up without mentioning the events of this horrific day. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by these happenings and desperately hope the world can know peace soon in the future. We couldn’t have gotten through it without the firemen and policemen and every person that helped during this event. The states was changed after September 11th, 2001 but we are a stronger country because of it. All my love.

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Fall is Here! (An Autumn Sweater LookBook)

Hello loves! Well, September is upon us which means fall is practically here (the Autumn solstice is on September 22)! Being from Southern California, we get limited rainy days and absolutely no snow days. When fall rolls around, I look forward to the rainy weather and being able to cozy up with some nice hot chocolate or tea with one of my favorite movies. I’m also a big fan of fall fashion with layering, knee high boots, and oversized sweaters. I thought I’d kick off this new month with a brand new video on my YouTube channel dedicated to some of my favorite comfy fall sweaters!

I’ve really been enjoying making videos for you guys so I hope you’re enjoying them! I’m slowly getting better and more efficient at editing so that’s been very exciting! I’ve been posting once a week on the weekends, so be sure to subscribe if you’re new to my channel! I have a lot in mind when it comes to future videos and looking forward to more of this type of content creation. Be sure to drop your channels below if you also make videos so I can check them out! I’ll keep this post short and sweet and I’ll talk to you all very soon! Have an awesome Sunday! xx

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Where Have I Traveled Overseas? (My Favorite Place)

Hello friends! Hope you are all doing so well! To my own surprise, I have been very consistent with making YouTube videos lately. I’ve been having a ton of fun with them (including the editing process which has become much more exciting for me!) I love that you guys can see my actual personality and learn a little more about me!

For whatever reason, my travels have been on my mind recently. I have so many posts about various countries I’ve been to and lately all I’ve been wanting to do is travel. It actually is very therapeutic to make a video and talk out how I’m feeling, even when it comes to something so simple as my passions. I sincerely hope you guys enjoy watching and maybe learn a little more about the world!

If you’d like to see any extra photos about the places I discuss in this video, I will like them all below.  In the video I also tell you what my absolute favorite place in the world is! I’m so blessed to have been able to see so much of the world at my young age, but there’s always been one place that stands out. Drop a like (if you like) and subscribe to my channel to see more from me! I have a new video coming and I normally post on Fridays or Saturdays!

London, England: Visit 1, Visit 2
Paris, France 
Kassel, Germany
Venice, Italy
Athens, Greece

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New Londontown Fall Line + Giveaway!

Hello everyone! I am so excited for today’s post (what’s new?) A little while back, I told you guys about my collaboration with Londontown nail polish. I was amazed by the high quality of this polish and so happy to be working with such an awesome brand. For today’s post, I’m partnering with them again to bring you their fall line! Yes, I know, we don’t want summer to end but honestly with these new shades I’m ready to kick off the Autumn season with a bang and a Giveaway! (Products and rules to enter below)

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I don’t believe I mentioned this in my last Londontown post, but each of these bottles sell for about $16. For the average person this may be a bit pricey, but if you’re serious about your beauty products, you definitely get what you pay for. The quality is seriously amazing and has lasted WAY longer than your normal Target nail color. Since I’ve been in a student’s position, I’m so happy to be announcing a giveaway with Londontown! Not only that, but you guys have been so supportive of me throughout this past year of taking blogging more seriously so I’m stoked to be able to give back!

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The Fall Shades

Londontwon was sweet enough to send me four new colors in their autumn line (two of them are included in the giveaway). “Kissed by Rose Gold” is one of the most gorgeous shimmer shades I have ever laid eyes on. It’s the perfect mix of silver and rose gold (which would be great for November and Thanksgiving in my opinion). “Jane Austen” is a lovely pastel pink/purple shade. It is almost white with a little hint of lavender. Next, “Iconic” is a bold blue tone. If you’ve been loving the bright nail shades this season, this is the blue shade for you! Last but not least, “Vendetta” is a deep red and really sets the whole tone for the entire fall collection. While I normally reach for the cooler tones on my nails, I’m excited to try this red shade out this season!

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What You’ll Receive from Londontown!

There will be one lucky winner that will receive quite a few items from Londontown to take their autumnal look to the next level! In your package you will be getting:

Briolette and Opal you can learn more about in my last Londontown post if you’d like to know more about those shades and what I thought of them. This is all a $123 value that you can win by taking a few simple steps!

How To Enter!

There are a few simple steps to this Giveaway. First, head on over to Instagram and give both @sageoliviablog and @londontownusa a follow. Second, tag a friend you think should also enter the giveaway or you’d share these goodies with! Lastly, like any photo on my feed! This should only take you a few seconds and will make you eligible to win all of these quality items from Londontown. I know I say this in all my collaborative posts but I wouldn’t endorse something I don’t truly love and I think you guys would really enjoy these products so please enter this awesome giveaway if you’d like! Best of luck to you all and I will be in contact with the winner once the giveaway ends! Talk to you very soon! xx

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It Finally Happened: My “First” Youtube Video!

GUYS!! I did it! I’ve finally sat down and filmed a video for you. As I’ve mentioned previously, I made a handful of videos about three years ago when I was in college. They were very fun at the time but not really my type of content that I’d be watching now. So I’ve privated all those videos and I’m starting fresh! I’d love for video content to become a regular aspect of this blog, and it was actually extremely fun creating this video at such a different part of my life. So without further ado, here is my video all about why I started this blog and all the pros and cons to the blogging world!

I mentioned this in my previous blog post and a bit in the video, but I’m really focusing on making content that I would want to watch myself and creating things I genuinely love. Making this video took a few days between filming, editing, and my full time job. However, I think it’s one of my favorite things I’ve made simply because it wasn’t rushed whatsoever and I really took time with the details. Of course, nothing is perfect and I want to keep improving. For example, part of the video is a bit blurry because I’m still learning how to use my camera when it comes to recording.

Blogging has become such a big part of my life so I hope this video inspires you to create your own or get more involved in this lovely community! I also mention a couple reasons why being a blogger can be difficult. Even through that though, I wouldn’t want to give it up. Let me know what your thoughts are down in the comments! Also, please keep in mind that I’m not super great in front of a camera yet so don’t judge me too hard 😉 Talk to you all very soon! xx

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Thinking About: Pressures of Social Media and Being Unapologetically YOU!

Hello beauties! Recently I’ve had a bit of an epiphany, especially regarding blogging. I hope you guys are okay with this being a wordy post, and if not, I’m asking you to read as far as you possibly can because I think this message is really important for every person. I’ve been thinking long and hard lately about the current status of this blog. A lot of my time is spent stressing about getting a blog post up. Guilt racks my brain knowing posts aren’t going up in a consistent order. I think guilt when it comes to posting is fairly common in this community and I really want to talk about that today. Another topic I’d love to cover is being shy in front of a camera, feeling like someone is silently judging you, and attempting to be completely and utterly yourself. I’ll split this post up into two different sections so if you’d like to read one or the other that’s cool too!

Quality Over Quantity

Consistency has always been on my mind regarding my blog. I’ve never been good at it and it always seems like something I’m chasing to master. I’ve attempted the: Just get a post up on a specific day, at a specific time, even if you don’t love the content. I don’t think this is a mindset that works for me. While I still agree some sort of consistency is vital for a successful blog, I want MORE for this passion of mine. I don’t want to simply throw something up because the time of day is demanding it. I want to create something I’m proud of and something I want to share with people in my actual life. Throughout these four years of my blog, I’ve kept it relatively quiet. It isn’t until recently that I started to reach out to other people in my life and most have been extremely receptive and supportive!

I’ve felt myself recently coming up with ideas for a post just because it was doable and something I could get up quickly. I’d even get a bit bored of myself and these ideas! If I don’t want to read my own posts, how can I expect anyone else to? If I want this to become more than just a hobby some day or add even more meaning to my current career, I don’t want to feel like this anymore. I want to spend time on being creative and let go of the mindset that this is possibly a waste of time. So many people might believe it is a waste of time, but I don’t ever want to take that to heart. The post you’re currently reading came from one of my personal writings. Here’s a little excerpt: “Your job matters, but so do your passions. They light your fire! New goal: be SO incredibly proud and happy with my own content to the point where I’m my own subscriber.” From now on I want to spend more than a few hours making a post. I went to spend genuine time creating content, key word CREATING and completely without limits. Having fun with blogging again only making things for my own happiness and satisfaction is what I want to strive for.

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Self Consciousness & Photography

One of the most important (and at times, most fun) parts about blogging is the photography! Especially someone who has lived with a creative mind, photography has always brought my posts full circle and essentially brought them to life! However, at times it can be one of the hardest aspects about being so active online. Sometimes I don’t particularly enjoy being in front of the camera, however if I’m planning an OOTD, this is kind of unavoidable. Just like anyone else I have good and bad days especially when it comes to photos of myself.

Whenever I ask someone to take a photo of me in a public place, this is especially where my anxiety comes in. You can’t help but let little thoughts sneak in like: “I really hope no one is looking at me taking this photo” or “I hope no one thinks I’m weird while I’m doing this.” What I’ve come to lately though is: WHO CARES?! If you enjoy something and its adding something positive and significant to your life, forget anyone else who throws negativity your way or tries to downgrade your success. Being unapologetically YOU matter so much and I believe it will bring you the most rewards. What if you put all of your energy into this? What greatness could become of it? Another little line I wrote out was: “Prove them wrong by being consumed in your own happiness.”

These are just a couple things specifically related to blogging that I’ve been thinking about lately. I hope it helped even one of you in any way because I don’t think I’m alone in any of these thoughts (or at least I hope I’m not!) Comment down below if you’ve ever had these thoughts cross your mind and how you’ve dealt with them. Let’s get a positive and effective conversation going!

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