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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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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My Experience Working Retail (Spilling the Tea About the Reality of Department Stores)

Hello, babes! Okay, so I’m a bit nervous for today’s post. For a couple reasons actually, but I felt a post like this was very necessary…especially for any of you considering going into retail. I worked at a retail store during my summers between college. I won’t disclose the name of the store I worked at in this post, for the simple fact that I still respect my previous place of employment and the managers I was under. With that being said, the following stories have nothing to do with management or higher-ups in the company, it is simply the things I experienced regarding customers and the retail experience in general. So without further ado, this is my honest experience and horror stories of my time in retail.

Feeling Invisible

Alright, let’s start off with something simple. As you all know, when you’re in a sales position, your job is to greet the customer and always have a smile on your face. Your ultimate goal is to build a relationship with that customer and make them want to come back in the future to shop with you. Seems simple enough, right? My coworkers and I formed a habit of immediately going up to customers to ask how they were, if they were looking for anything in particular, or just to simply say hello! It’s just part of the job. It might be important to mention the type of shopper I am personally. When I walk into store, I’m on a mission to find a few new pieces for my wardrobe and I mostly enjoy shopping alone and taking my time. Let’s just keep this in mind.

There were plenty of shoppers that came into our department who were in a similar state of mind. Sometimes there would be trouble though. In many situations I would approach a customer with a smile on my face simply to ask how they were doing or if they needed anything. On a daily basis, many people wouldn’t even take the courtesy to turn around and look me in the eye. Or better yet, not even acknowledge my presence or respond. I completely understand if a person would rather take a look around or shop by themselves because I am 100% that person too. However, I have never blatantly ignored someone if I am spoken to. I personally think attributes like age, economic status, religion, race, etc. (the list could go on) shouldn’t play a part in whether or not you respond to someone. If someone approaches you with happy vibes, you can at least say hi or, “Thank you, but I’d just like to look around.” And to the customers who did say that simple phrase, I thank you very much. It was situations like this that made me feel completely invisible and unimportant to these customers.

“You Didn’t Want to Help Me”

Man oh man! Have I had so many situations that made me want to run out of the store! I remember a very specific customer who became quite angry with me. I’d like to throw it in here that I always gave my full effort with each customer. At times when it would get busy, I’d do my best to remember specific details of each person I placed in a dressing room: what event they were going to, what size they were, what colors they liked and so on. It’s also important you know that there are many departments in this one retail store and customers can roam freely with different clothes from various departments. Which means I do not have a lot of knowledge regarding the pieces from another section.

In this specific instance, my customer had jeans from another department (my section didn’t sell casual clothes like jeans!) Of course, she asked me to get her another size in the jeans. To which I responded, “Those are from another department. Would you like me to walk over and grab them for you?” To which she then scoffed and angrily gave me a big ol’ NO! At that point, there’s not much more I can do. Long story short, this specific customer was getting angry at many things that were completely out of my control, to which my manager luckily stepped in to help out (she was a God send). Before I then run around the store attempting to find another sales person that apparently helped her as well she states, “…since you refused to help me.” Excuse me? I placed you in a nice dressing room, helped you find options, offered to find you something from another department, kept a good attitude and I “REFUSED TO HELP YOU”? Anyways, most retail workers come in contact with a customer very similar to this and I’ve learned to just shrug it off. It’s completely not worth getting upset over, especially when you’ve tried your best and still cannot please the person.

“You Purposefully Messed Up My Order!”

Now, this is an interesting one that I actually didn’t personally experience but is something I heard about time and time again from coworkers. We had the ability to look up any item of clothing in the entire company and send it to someone’s home. It was usually a fairly easy process, unless of course it was one of the last of its kind in the entire company! We were still able to attempt to send it, but sometimes it was not guaranteed that it would be fulfilled. It was protocol to mention this to our customers and it was always understood. However, some of the customers would return to the store after not receiving their low inventory item and get quite angry at the salespeople. Some customers have said, “Why did you purposefully not send me my order?” or “Why did you want to mess it up?” Let’s think about this for a second. Why would we not want you to receive your package? To keep it plain and simple: we work on commission. We want you to buy things. Not receiving the package equals no sale. No sabotaging will ever take place if there’s a possibility to earn commission, trust me.

Feeling Put Down by Customers

There was one thing that really got under my skin. Especially since I am a recent college graduate and actually feeling very good about my accomplishments lately. Earning a degree isn’t a walk in the park for ANY person, so I’m pretty stoked on life right now. Going into retail for a month after graduation though, had an interesting effect. I noticed a lot of customers would make small comments that felt a bit like jabs. For example, “Oh, you might be too young to answer this question or know this fact.” Granted, many people think I’m still in high school upon their first look at me. Regardless, you don’t know someone’s full story just by assuming their age or judging their current job position. This might not sound good, but I felt very looked down upon because I was in a retail position. I’d ask myself, “Did they say that because they think I’m unintelligent, or because I’m blonde, or because I look young?” That sounds ridiculous because it absolutely is. No one should feel less than just because they’re working a certain job to save some money or pay the bills. To wrap up this rant, everybody deserves respect and you should take the time to actually learn important things about a person before passing judgement.

The Customer Is Always Right…Right?

This was a major theme in my past employer’s mission statement. They are known for quality customer service and treating everyone with the highest values. Which is awesome! I definitely agree that customers should be treated to the best of your ability if you’re a sales person. They’re giving you their business and they deserve the happiest vibes while shopping. Unfortunately (as mentioned previously), sometimes you try your hardest and the customer still is not satisfied. At times they would become so nasty that they’d make you want to cry. Including myself and many coworkers in my past, this has actually happened. A customer will say such nasty things and make you feel so horrible about yourself that you drive home in tears. Is the customer still right? I’ve come to realize that in a business sense, the customer must always be correct. Morally though, is this okay? Is it acceptable that someone can be so cruel that they make a complete stranger cry? I just feel there is something so incredibly wrong with this, especially because it happens on the daily. Long story short, be kind to retail workers because they’re just doing their job and giving it their all.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and found it interesting. Even though I’ve had a handful of unfortunate experiences in retail, I wouldn’t erase them from my past. Jobs in retail are great if you’re in college or want to work in between semesters. In that sense, I think they’re really awesome. These are just some warning signs to look for! If any of these things happen to you, don’t ever take them to heart. If anyone shows you negativity, it is because of their own unhappiness, not because of you. I’ve had to build up a thick skin and realize these things while in a retail job and it’s definitely helped me develop people skills. The list doesn’t end here though, I’ve had so many other customer experiences I didn’t share in this post! Let me know down below if you’ve experienced anything like this or if you’d like a Part 2 to this post! Excited to read your responses!

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Reasons Why You Should Start A Blog!

Hello, friends! Were any of you obsessed with reading when you were kids? When I was young, I would sit for hours at a time reading books. My favorite season for reading was in the summertime, when I could sit in the sun and read about mermaids or other fictional characters. As the years have gone by, reading has moved from printed books to a bright computer screen. While I prefer a good book in my hands, blogging has transformed the way we read and the way we take in information. It has shaped a new future and brought together people who would otherwise never meet or connect. How incredible is that?? For today’s post, I thought I’d talk a bit about blogging and why you should start one! If you’ve thought about starting a blog, this is the post for you!

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Building a Community

Personally, my favorite part of blogging has been meeting other bloggers. I never imagined I would meet so many people that have the exact same interests as me. A lot of them are located halfway around the world! Fashion, beauty, and lifestyle have connected us all. The WordPress platform and community has been so welcoming through the years and I continue to be introduced to kind people everyday. I’ve only ever received positive feedback and advice on my posts and that has truly been a blessing. The internet can be a dark and negative place sometimes but I’ve only seen light from WordPress and all my virtual friends on here. Blogging really does give you the opportunity to open up about what you love and speak to people who feel the same way.

Getting Creative (The Process)

I first started my blog four years ago, before I went off to college. However, I didn’t get serious about it until last summer. I began reaching out more to other bloggers and simply being more active on WordPress. I never in my wildest dreams realized how much work went into posting on a blog. One post can take a couple days or at the least one day. Photography is the first major step I take when posting. This probably takes the most time when it comes to a single post. After that comes the photo editing, which again takes a decent amount of time. Then comes the writing and organizing it in a way that makes sense. Then finally adding your photos and posting! Depending on how busy I am on a given day, I will split up the photography process and the writing process. Although it is a lot of work, I always feel so creative and I get so excited for a post to go up. If you’re a creative person, blogging covers it all and would be an amazing outlet for you!

Benefits to your Career!

This is something I never thought would come out of blogging: it was a great asset to my résumé! I included my blog in my Graphic Design portfolio and it was something that was so unique and different. It helped me to stand out among the crowd. When it came to job interviews, I was asked about it which gave me a chance to explain my experience in photography, photo editing, and writing. I never thought blogging would help hone my skills in so many different areas of creativity. The fact that blogging helps you network as well is very beneficial to any company. Networking is one of the hardest things to do in any scenario, and the fact that blogging opens you up to that world is truly valuable. Don’t underestimate the small things that blogging can do for you!

I hope this post helps you make some decisions regarding blogging if you’ve been on the fence! It has added so much to my life and allows me to explore my creativity everyday. Not to mention, reading your comments is one of the happiest points of my day! I take your feedback seriously and appreciate it so much! Let me know if you have any other questions about blogging or my personal experience with it. Talk to all in the next post!

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