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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August Goals 2017

August 4, 2017 – Journal


“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Unknown

Creating monthly goals is such a fantastic thing to journal and focus on each day. The month of August is already shaping up to be very busy, as I have just gotten back from my week-long camping trip, and am starting school next week along with a concert on Thursday.

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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

Thoughts on ‘The Hate U Give’

July 21, 2017


“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”
― Angie Thomas

Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Genre: Teen & Young Adult Emotions & Feelings Fiction

Date of publication: February 28, 2017

Page Count: 444

Rating: 5/5 stars


This book is everything I expected it to be and more. I truly believe Angie Thomas properly portrays an issue that everyone is aware of, but is something no one digs behind-the-scenes to observe all the action takes place.

The Hate U Give focuses on just that. This novel opens with main protagonist Starr and her everyday life – only it becomes more complex as she is a witness to her best friend’s, Khalil, unruly death, caused by a police officer. During this hectic journey for peaceful justice, Starr meets some victims along the way who shared the same potential as Khalil. This spirals into particular realizations that cause Starr to reevaluate some of her judgments towards Khalil, and other individuals caught up in the drama of Garden Heights. Not only does Starr realize potential issues in the world around her, but she discovers her own faults and strives to fix them.

This review does contain spoilers, so read at your own risk!

This book was so incredibly realistic; not only did Starr battle with the murder of one of her best friends, but she continues to struggle with the people around her, making this book more and more relatable. The Hate U Give demonstrates how friends that once were like-minded, grow apart over the years and end up complete opposites. This being the sudden close-minded expression of another one of Starr’s best friends. Of course, this book mainly focuses on the negligence of society, but seeing it within Starr’s friend circle made her problems more effective, causing stress in an area where Starr needed tranquility.

Constantly throughout the book, Starr struggles with herself as “Garden Heights Starr” and “Williamson Starr” (two very different versions of herself which she created) frequently switching back and forth between them. As a result of this, she loses herself along the way, not realizing the correct way to express her feelings during the trial of the officer who shot Khalil. Eventually, she finds herself in a new light, conquering her fear and facing the trials. Khalil gave her courage and lived on within Starr, igniting the fire in her bones.

Khalil’s death also had an effect on different individuals worldwide; it meant something to each person. The injustice we face in our world today is people not being respected and are diminished because of their race or any other pointless aspect to an equal human being. This is why The Hate U give broke ground with its release; it discussed a difficult topic that needs attention.

The Hate U Give made me realize how blinded some of us are by accusations and hate. Because of this, we lose sight of humanity in these victims of police officer crimes in our real life. Obviously, this isn’t the case for everyone, but I found it to be true in my own life and decided to change my outlook on certain situations. I also contribute an expression of high praise to the realistic features in The Hate U Give, because of how Angie Thomas so brilliantly painted the practical side of riots and protests. I, myself, have never attended a protest; however, I did quite enjoy the fact that anger and sadness were expressed throughout each and every protester.

Another lovely aspect of this book that I most enjoyed was the amazing characters that supported Starr throughout her obstacles. I actually loved every character in this book (besides her close-minded friend, Hailey… she was horrific). Each character experienced some sort of character development; characters who faced difficulties in different areas of their life expanded into their true potential with honesty and patience, which are two virtues we need more of in our world today.

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Overall, The Hate U Give is a groundbreaking novel that fearlessly attacks an extremely common issue in our society today. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is willing to listen and understand the struggles many innocent individuals face. This book changed so many of my thoughts and I hope if you read it, it will change yours too in some positive way.

xx – Devynne