How to get out of a negative rut + loving yourself | Tips

 August 18, 2017


“Worry about loving yourself instead of loving the idea of other people loving you.” – Anonymous 

Ruts are the worst. There’s that feeling of a lingering energy that is telling you can’t accomplish this and that you aren’t deserving of something else. Well, guess what? You can and you are. This is just our own brains tricking us into believing the worst. Only accept the best thoughts to pass through your brain to get out of a rut, and include some love for yourself in there.

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My Summer Morning Routine + Workout 2017

August 14, 2017


“The sun is a daily reminder that we too can rise again from the darkness, that we too can shine our light.” – S. Ajna

For most summer mornings, my schedule is very relaxed and balanced as I try not to give myself such a strict schedule as I would during the school year. I allow myself to do what feels right to me in that moment; however, there are a few things of importance that I like to get done before I go into that complete mindset of tranquility.

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Camping Adventures

August 11, 2017 – Journal


“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.”  – Shanti

I always enjoy the adventure that is camping. To be fully absorbed in nature – away from all the chaos and noise. Just at peace.

I spent the last week at an outdoors camp for my school called Elevation. This course is vigorous as it is tranquil. We stay in a canyon for a week, away from our regular lives and disconnected from the world.

To be completely honest, this past week was kind of difficult to get through.

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20 Quotes of Inspiration

August 7, 2017 – Journal


“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

So, yes. I know I just put my usual beginning quotes inside a blog post about quotes. I couldn’t resist! I have an addiction to fascinating quotes. However, in honor of school just starting today for me, I thought I’d share some of my favorite inspirational quotes to further motivate me. Hopefully, some of these quotes inspire you to go out into the world and conquer anything you want to. You are capable of anything.

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How to change your mindset | Tips

July 28, 2017


“The secret to “having it all” is believing you already do.” – Anonymous

Last Monday I shared some tips I’ve picked up about staying positive and I realized that your mindset is a big part of your success. Naturally, I felt the urge to reward this topic its own post. Your mind is the source of all power within your body. Any action you complete is your decision. By choosing the scary and challenging things, we test our capability and exceed beyond our own expectations. We are able to do this because of our current mindset.

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Staying Positive | Tips

July 24, 2017


“Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.” – Dave Willis 

Maintaining a positive attitude can be so rewarding; but like any good thing, it takes time and practice. Thinking positively will only do great things for you; however simply telling you that isn’t showing you the benefits and possibilities you could encounter. This may sound so cliche, but I promise you, with each joyful thought comes a brighter rainbow.

I like to call it ‘the boomerang effect’ or the common practice, the Law of Attraction. Essentially, both of these methods is the idea that whatever you send out in the world will find its way back to you. So if you send out nothing but positive energy, that same energy will repay in the area where it is most needed. Most people like to use the Law of Attraction to gain things like a new car, home, boyfriend/girlfriend, a significant amount of money, etc., but I like to use for my mental state, assuring that my mood and surroundings are always the way I want them to be. Obviously, this new state of mind isn’t going to prevent any bad experience in your lifetime, but it might just help you find the courage to face these things head on.

Be the change you want to see in the world

Simply being aware of every thought, every word you are expressing during your day will be very effective for your mood and will help you realize what negative thoughts you tend to repeat to yourself and others. Like we discussed earlier, any energy you send out will find its way back to you, good or bad. That is why it is so important to actually try the practice of positive thinking because it will totally change your mindset and reward you.

If you want to attract certain people in your life, then behave in the manner that you would like the people around you to; only then you will draw those like-minded people into your life and increase your own positivity.

Complete the relaxing things

Sometimes, we just totally need those comforting things that instantly make us feel better. Honestly? Being stressed and STILL trying to find positive things in your life is hard work. Once you get the hang of it, it won’t be an extra chore on your to-do list and will totally reward you. Just let go and r e l a x – everything will still be there when you come back, so no need to worry about it. You need this time to recharge your inspiration and overall sanity.

Treat yourself to a spa day. Know that these breaks will give your mind a break to zoom out and look at everything from a different perspective. Only then will you be able to complete your work successfully and happily. Take a well-deserved breather.

Replace the bad with the good

To change a bad habit is to replace it with a good one. Anytime you find yourself believing you can’t do something, reverse your thoughts into saying you can. For the longest time, I fought with this mentality that I couldn’t do it, that I was too scared and inexperienced to try. Now I realize that life is literally too short to be filled with negativity and fear.

We must focus on the impossible and make it possible. We must act fiercely in all our actions. To do this, we have to change our mindset. To change your mindset, observe your habits and how they affect your actions. Realize what you need to do to discover that you are a positive and courageous person.

Find positive inspiration

So, you might be wondering, “Devynne, how do I possibly change my habits to improve my mindset?” Well, I cannot stress how important inspiration is for this procedure. It’s basically intelligence getting excited about new ideas and possibilities. I love that positive feeling of confidence that comes with inspiration.

As I mentioned in my post, How to successfully plan & keep long-term goals inspiration is why so many people are successful and happy with their success. They know where to look for inspiration to keep their creativity flowing. New possibilities are formed and a sense of purpose is found.

With that purpose, you discover tranquility and a spunky comfort. It can be a change of scenery, a motivating playlist full of your favorite songs, a new book, or even just scrolling through a lifestyle blog overflowing of incredible thoughts. Find your source and make it accessible for you so that the full experience can take effect.

Catch a few Zzz’s

Sleep is so important for our well-being. It’s up there with nutritious food and water – without it, we all are basically zombies searching for a purpose in life. Lack of sleep is one of the causes of headaches and bad moods; two things that can easily cause stress in the simplest of tasks and negativity. In order to feel your best and express that by being your full, productive self, make sure you are getting 8-9 hours of sleep.

Of course, we all have our ups and downs in life, so don’t feel guilty when you let one little negative thought slip you by. Like all good things, this practice will take time, so enjoy the process! This is a life changing experiment that can truly impact your mindset and outlook on everything. Stay strong and remember that we all have that positive light inside of us.

xx – Devynne

How to successfully plan & keep long-term goals | Tips

July 14, 2017


“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Unknown 

Planning may appear a tedious task to some, or the origin of tranquility to others. Whatever your views are on planning, there is no denying that having a specific goal set provides the spark of different motives or ideas. An intention is a simple art that can be a personalized guide for your life. These intentions ignite and drive passion, which why we need to focus on the more long-term aspect of them. This creates the correct expression of our drive; we need some sort of an idea to eventually develop and advance beyond them.

Goals should be big – ones that shoot past the moon and the stars. It doesn’t matter if you “bite more off than you can chew”, actually trying and putting yourself out there will only benefit you with lessons and experiences.

Ask questions

Get ready to search into the depths of your soul for this one. Ask yourself meaningful questions that will cause you to have some serious idea breakthroughs about certain goals you want to set and accomplish. Questions like “What gift/passion do I want to present to the world?” or “What skills do I want to have obtained by my 75th birthday?” are great starters. When you have a moment, just write down any ideas that may have occurred to you, or think up new ones and ask yourself questions that relate to your ideas.

Document the process! Journaling will be your best friend in this situation. Obviously, long-term goals require some thought and life-provoking questions and journaling can assist you in doing just that.

Journal the process

Speaking of journaling, actually writing your goals on a physical piece of paper can help them become more realistic and ideal for the future and/or present. Seeing helps us to believe; things like vision boards or affirmations in your journal can encourage a successful journey towards your goals.

Once you decide on checkpoints to base your milestones around (more about this down below) you can journal in some updates or realizations that you’ve encountered since the last deadline. This will help you see growth in areas that aren’t always seen by the naked eye.

Find inspiration

The world is your oyster – use it. Seriously, find what gets your brain flowing and use it to fuel the fire inside. Personally, whenever I need full on inspiration for my goals, I go on YouTube and watch productive vlogs to get my day going. I’m not even kidding; something about watching other people complete their day’s work in an aesthetic manner makes me want to be productive.

Then, I create long-term goals for myself. Goals like meal-prepping or working on this blog every day are things that I know are important to me and that I need to work on and find inspiration for. Once I discover my inspiration, I get to work on my goals. One of my go-to methods for this is focusing on little habits I can improve in my daily life to achieve these goals. Find what works for you and use it to invest some time into your own goals.

Soak up knowledge

Once you’ve figured out the goals you want to accomplish in the far or near future, gaining any type of knowledge on that subject is most ideal. Any knowledge gained towards your goal will prepare you for the journey and end result. This will also ease your mind as you approach certain bumps in the road since you will have the knowledge to move far and beyond those difficulties.

Knowledge is the key to long-term success. For example, let’s say I have this goal of running 2 miles under twelve minutes and I want to achieve that in three months. I would begin running every morning, but also research tips on the best ways to accomplish this.

If you would happen to have some experience in the field you are setting your goals in, do not be afraid to read some “tips for beginners” articles. It may obtain the information you are already aware of, but some posts may also surprise you with their professional thoroughness.

Set check-ups

Finally, the best thing to do when you have a project you want to complete is to set check-ups or, like I discussed earlier, milestones. Treat this process like a homework assignment for a class; holding yourself accountable by setting up checkpoints throughout your journey can and will be effective. Once you feel like you have to finish a project by a certain time (or a certain piece done by a certain date) you will actually feel motivated to finish it within that amount of time.

I’ve found that scheduling what time/date I want to have a specific project finished by motivates me to schedule some time aside to work on it. Google Calendar will be your best friend if you love to schedule everything this way. I literally use it for everything. My entire schedule consists of meal/week prepping, time to work on my blog, photography shoots, my workouts, meditations, etc.

Of course, everything changes when the school year begins, but as of now, my schedule is everything I want it to be. The journey towards your goals can be beautiful as long as you make it fun and productive for yourself.

Obviously, it is super amazing to plan and prepare for your goals, but finding inspiration to hold a balanced schedule throughout can be a bit difficult. Always focus on ways to improve your habits and take it one step at a time.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and no one expects you to become this incredibly productive human being in one day. Walk casually through the process and enjoy life. That’s what goals are all about, right?

xx – Devynne