3 Relaxation Techniques to Keep You Motivated

Staying relaxed and motivated isn't always as easy as you need it to be when you are living a Boss life. Try these 3 simple techniques to keep you the Boss juices flowing.

 

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in deadlines and providing perfectly inspiring content that we become stressed out. Do you ever feel like in those moments you either put out half a$$ work or you get so stuck that you cant get anything finished at all! Eeek! That’s no good. Part of this is because your natural stress instincts kick in. Your body starts reacting the only way it knows how. Your heart rate speeds up, it begins prepping itself to run away. See ya later, deadline. So we have come up with a few things you can try to help you relax, so you can put out your best work.

Deep Breathing

This is a pretty simple concept but the reward is great. While you breathe instinctively throughout the day, there are breathing techniques you can practice to give yourself the extra boost and clear mind when you need to get sh*t done. Using a technique known as “firebreath” can really relax and energize your mind and body. To begin get yourself into a comfortable position giving your belly plenty of room to go in and out. Once you’re comfy, begin panting like a dog. Do this for a moment. Now, close your mouth and start taking quick breathes again but through your nose. Now go back and forth between the two breathing styles. Continue firebreathing until you begin to feel slightly dizzy but still energized and awake. Don’t go any further than this… unless you want to pass out. Which we do not recommend as a good idea. The great thing about practicing this quick breathing technique is that you are doing more than calming your body in that moment, you’re also training your body to be less stressed all around. Overtime you wont have to practice breathing. Your body will naturally remember what to do in stressful situations. So the need to practice breathing or even being stressed will diminish! Woot! There are many other techniques like deep breathing or OM breathing. Pick your fav and give it a go daily.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

This technique is a bit more difficult to begin. But the physical relief you will fell will relax your mind and you will gain more focus. Begin by lying on your back. Allow your legs and arms to melt to the side of you. Once comfortable tense your body isolating one body part at a time. Tense each part for about 30 seconds. You can begin with your toes and feet and work to your face and head or begin with you head and head down your body. The choice is yours. Some have found it beefical to place a finger on your temple as you go through this process. By doing this you are creating a memory of this technique. The goal being that you will eventually be able to simply place your finger on your temple and instantly feel the release of stress from your body.

Kissing

We know kissing someone special is amazing and hopefully takes us to a hhappy place. But the cool thing is that there is actually some science behind this wonderful feeling that we often crave. Actually kissing someone you care about releases happy happy hormonoes like oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine… You know the chemicals we rush to the gym to for. (So obviously going to the gym would also be another great way to relax and reenergize.) These chemicals all work in our bodies to calm us and give us that loving feelin’ inside. Kissing is also great for the immune system. Many believe that a little smooch boosts our virus fighting defenses. And a little French kissing with honey can fight cavities. The more saliva you get going the better. So call your lover and go at it like teenagers. Fun and healthy? Yes, please!

These are only a few of the many many tricks you can try to reduce your stress and to help you enjoy your life a little bit more. Try one or try them all. It’s up to you… Just try something! You deserve a peaceful happy life.

Make sure to leave us a comment about what technique you tried to help you relax. Can’t wait to hear what kind of fun you had!

October Book Klub

The Singles Game may seem like the most unlikely of books to pick up from the nearest Barnes & Nobles to help you create the perfect life brand… but don’t count this fictional novel delight out just yet. Lauren Weisberger is no stranger to writing novels about boss babes who learn a thing or two about living a life they dream of. Devil Wears Prada… anyone?! So it is no surprise that The Singles Game is any less fiercely inspiring.

Grab yourself a cup of fully caffeinated coffee and get ready to dive into the world of love, tennis and self respect.

Can’t wait to here how this book helps you find your new and improved Warrior Princess. Leave us a note below.

Snag your copy of The Singles Game on Amazon for a fabulous deal.

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September Book Klub

Often times we read things that come from a single source. They are often slanted to the viewpoint of the writers. But in The Nature Fix, author Florence Williams brilliantly walked into her journey merely seeking answers to questions she really didn’t understand. Just as many of us don’t really know why being outdoors makes us feel good but we would like to know why. Wouldn’t it be great to learn how to harness Mother Nature and have her wisdom in our ear whenever we need it? The Nature Fix will give you just that.

The Nature Fix is so much more than a boring book about how nature can help you. Florence Williams takes us on a journey through countries and time as she unravels the mysteries that nature has over us mortals. Her witty outlook on her epic date with Mother Nature is a true delight. You will be captivated to learn and read more.

SO grab your cup of bark tea (if you dare), find a beautiful meadow and enjoy this lovable, knowledge packed book into why nature is good for your life brand.

Finding Your Silver Lining

 Feeling like life is one big pot of crazy?! Need something to make you smile? Your silver lining might just be right in front of you.
Life can be tough. Do you often find yourself engulfed in the daily grind? Never truly seeing or appreciating your life… Then POOF! You wake up one day and your whole life has flown by. Sure, maybe you take time for yourself but you can’t seem to relax long enough to soak up the benefits from the escape. Here’s the kicker… It is a simple-ish switch in your mindset. If you want to bring more happiness into your life you have to put in the effort to appreciate ALL that you have. Yes, ALL, even the crappy stuff.
Those negative bits of life, that irritate the hell out of you, do have silver linings. You simply have to look for them. Sometimes they are harder to see than other moments, but they are there. Let’s say you have an extremely negative person in your life. What is the first thing you are going to do? You are going to tell them to peace out. Right?! That’s happiness 101. Get rid of all negative energy. Unfortunately, or fortunately, this simply isn’t always an option. Either they keep finding their way back into your life or they are an in-law or someone you are usually fond of and aren’t ready to let go of. No matter what the reason is for them staying in your life, you have to remember that there IS a reason. The reason isn’t always that they are one day going to be your BFF or your fav person. Sometimes the drama they are dishing out will affect another area of your life. Maybe the drama they are bringing into your life pushes you closer to someone else. Hopefully, once their purpose for you life is fulfilled (in the eyes of the Cosmos) the Negative Nelly will find their way out of your life. Often when you focus your attention elsewhere (like a budding health relationship) the party pooper moves one, because you aren’t taking the time and energy to feed their egos by joining in on their drama fest. Sometimes these types just want to alienate you or ruin another relationship you have. Hopefully this only makes your relationship stronger! Silver Lining!!
Sometimes it’s not a person but a piece of your life. Maybe it’s your crappy job, working for crappy people, in a crappy city. Sure, maybe it started out awesome. You were excited and challenged. What could possibly go wrong?! Well… a pile of crap can go wrong. It just keeps piling up until one day you realize you no longer know or love your life. But there is still time to fix it. Dust off that resume, update your personal brand, create a life brand. As you do all of this you will see how much wiser you are and how much more kick butt experience you now have. All because of the crappiness you have been experiencing in your life. These new powerhouse traits you have picked up are going to help you land a truly awesome job… silver lining. Boom.
The thing about silver linings is that you have to look for them. They aren’t always jumping up and down right in front of your face screaming, “Yo! Hom girl! It’s me, a silver lining.” That would be awesome but totally not gonna happen… 99% of the time. And if you are looking and you really can’t find them… well, that’s because it’s all inside your head. You need to relax and refocus. You can’t see them because your head is a total mush ball of chaotic crappy crap trying to ruin your life. Don’t let it do that. Take back control over your mind (and your life) and find those damn silver linings!
To gain that control you have to remember that life won’t suck forever. In the meantime, enjoy those silver linings and don’t forget to give those crappy moments a chuckle. You never know when a silver lining is hiding inside. So, change your mind, let positivity in and shut out the crap. Otherwise, you are going to get sucked into the crap hole and you seriously don’t want that.
Stay positive and hopeful. Eventually, whatever issue you have will resolve itself, one way or another. You simply have to be patient and enjoy every little happy moment you can grasp onto. And in those frustrating moments keep your faith in that silver lining.

The Blogger Wormhole

If you are a blogger (or any kind of creative go getter) there is one thing that can suck you in and really muck up your life… The Blogger Wormhole. Yup, it is this creepy black hole of endless thinking. As a blogger, you are constantly racking your brain and your life experiences to find content that your readers can relate to. Which is exactly what you should be doing…. ish.

See, there is a fine line between helpful analysis of your life and thoughts to be used on your blog…aaaannnndd… then there’s the Blogger Wormhole. The Blogger Wormhole is when your useful creative juices get all mushy and gooey and become this mess of overthinking the choices and experiences you’ve had in your life. You begin to get stuck in the Why Me and the What if I would have thinking modes. You know, the crap that leaves you laying on the couch in your pjs with a bowl of ice cream in your lap and cheese puffs in your hair, while a sappy rom-com plays in the background. Yeah, welcome to the Blogger Wormhole. While you are in the creepy darkness of the wormhole you find yourself crying over “spilled milk” from your endless thoughts of a life past and a future that might be a touch scary. You’re in it. You’re in deep.

BUT…

There is hope, friend. You can get your ass out of that hole and keep yourself out. Would you like to know how? STOP OVERTHINKING! Keep your thinking cap on just long enough to grab the general concept you need for your post. Once you have that beginning nugget of an idea… turn it on your readers. Start coming up with similar examples that they may have gone through. Then go back into the hole, just for a minute, to see what you learned from your experience. Then GET THE HECK OUT OF THERE! Don’t waste time analyzing if what you did was the best thing or not. Move on. Get your snippet and fill in the rest of your blog post with ideas that might help your followers with their specific problem-o.

Creating content with this process is great because now your blog wont just be me Me ME. You will be more relatable and more helpful. Your readers will be all, Whoa! That was freakin’ awesome! It’s like she’s my bestie and I told her my secrets. How did she know that?! Don’t you want to be your followers’ bestie?! Duh. Just remember you aren’t a good bestie if you are stuck in the depressing, nasty, dark Blogger Wormhole. So dip your toe in but don’t take the plunge headfirst.

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Ultimate S’more

Nothing says summer like a gooey yummy s'more. It's time to take the s'more up a notch & enjoy it all year long!

8 graham crackers, crushed

1 cup unsalted butter, melted

4 dark chocolate pudding cups

1 cup dark chocolate chips

16 marshmallows

1 cup almond slices, toasted (optional)

strawberries (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 325°

Combine crushed graham crackers and melted butter in a medium mixing bowl. Divide cracker mixture evenly between 4 small ramekins. Press mixture into bottom of each ramekin to form a crust. Spoon 1 pudding cup into each ramekin. Spread evenly over crust. Sprinkle ¼ cup of chocolate chips into each ramekin. Place ramekins in oven. Bake for 10 minutes, until chocolate is melted. Remove ramekins. Heat oven to 500° (broil) (Optional: top with toasted almond slices) In a single layer top each dish with marshmallows. Place ramekins bake in oven, on top rack. Broil for 1 minute or until marshmallows or until golden brown. Serve with fresh strawberries (optional).

Serves 4

 

10 Summer Fundays

Make your summer end with a bang! Enjoy these 10 Summer Fundays.

With a few more weeks of summer left, it’s time to make the most of the warm sunshine. We’ve got some fabulous summer fundays to make these last weeks extraordinarily memorable.

Cape Cod Bike Ride & Picnic

You don’t have to live at the Cape to enjoy the iconic summer vibe. Find yourself the cutest picnic basket and fill it with all of your favorite goodies. Don’t forget a cute vase to add some flare to you picnic with some fresh picked flowers from your picnic extravaganza. When you basket is packed strap it onto your cruiser and head to the park or near by lake.

 

Backyard Camping Trip

Sure, you could have a simple backyard camping night, weekend, whatever… BUT why not take it up a notch. Invite your girlfriends, your lucky fella or enjoy the time alone. Set up your tent, add a movie projector, hotdog and s’mores bar… And you’ve got yourself a night of fancy backyard camping.

 

Polaroid Picture Adventure

There is just something beautifully nostalgic about a polaroid picture. Snag yourself a camera on Amazon and hit the road. Spend the day searching for the perfect summer inspired pictures.

 

Basic Girl Day

We all love the best of the Basic Girl trends. Why not make a silly day out of doing all the “Basic” things of life. Start your day with some avocado toast and a delicious cup of coffee. Get yourself gorgeous and have a Snapchat selfie sesh. Then you absolutely have to spend the afternoon floating in the pool on a fabulously extra large pink swan. Top the night off with some sushi and a rom-com… don’t forget the rosé!

 

Get Your Park On

When was the last time someone went parking on a date? Find a secluded spot with a beautiful view and park your car. Hop in the backseat and enjoy a steamy makeout sesh. Enjoy the romantic throwback!

 

Swing and Read

Grab your summer read and curl up in a hammock. Make sure to grab a light cozy blanket, a crisp glass of wine and a soft pillow. Maybe a few snack too! If you’re looking for the right boo head over to the K Girl Book Klub and grab your copy of our monthly read (don’t forget to signup so you get a new fab book each month).

 

Find the Perfect Home

Even if you aren’t in the market for a new home, spend the day house hunting. Hit up all the open houses you can find. Be sure to bring a camera and pen and paper. You never know what clever ideas you might see.

 

Be a Tourist

Get to know your town. Take the day hitting up all the local hotspots and tourist attractions.

 

Watch a Sunrise

We always catch a beautiful sunset. But how often do we catch a beautiful sunrise? Make yourself some coffee or tea and find a comfy spot to watch the sunrise. Really take in this beautiful moment and let it energize your day.

 

Throw a Birthday Bash

Who cares if your birthday is in December? Throw yourself a ½ birthday party full of summer fun from when you were a kid. Set up a water sprinkler and maybe a slip n’ slide. Top it all off is a full on sundae bar. Let out your inner child and get wild! Feel free to add an adult flare with some Jell-O shots and you fav drinking game. Just be sure everyone has responsible fun!

 

With all these great ideas, you are sure to end summer on with a bang. Life is about having fun; whatever you do make sure you are having fun. Get out and experience this beautiful time of year!

Let us know how you enjoyed your summer fundays. Leave a comment below!

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August Book Klub

You Are A BadA**

By Jen Sincero

 

Every so often you find a book that is technically in the “self-help” arena but is yet so beyond the, oh so cheesey, Find Your Inner Peace, Find Your Life, BS out there. You Are A Bada** is that rarity. Jen Sincero brilliantly breaks down all the crap you have been bottling up in your life. She cracks your “bottle of life” over your head and pours out the crap juice you’ve been drinking. THEN she rebuilds you a seriously kick-a** pimp cup and helps you brew the most delicious adult life EVER. Maybe a life of romantic rosé or a hoppy adventure…

We suggest reading this nugget of AWESOME a few times. Do it over the next few weeks and then maybe try to read it all in one sitting. This is definitely one of those books that has so much goodness that you are going to want to read it over and over again. It’s that good.

So RUN (walking is for the non-bada** folks) to the nearest book store, get your copy and get to reading. It’s funny, it’s deep, it’s powerful… it truly is going to change your life. So get ready to embrace the Bada** that already lives within. Woot!

Leave us a comment below of what you think of the book. And if you have any suggestions for future reads, leave us note!

Happy Reading!

Screw Adulting

 
1, 2, 3… Boom. Welcome to adulting. You now have responsibilities, commitments, deadlines and way too much other crap going on. No wonder you’re such a bore! STOOOP! Pump the breaks. Rewind. You, love, are anything but a bore. But maybe, just maybe, you are acting a touch boring… Don’t shoot the messenger.
Look, it happens to the best of us. As we get older more and more crap piles on top of our plates and we keep thinking, If I can just keep my head down a bit longer I can make it out. Only problem is that the light at the end never gets any closer. It keeps getting farther and farther away. WTF!
But guess what, you have the power to make that light shine it’s light on your beautiful face. Beam me up, Scotty, I want a taste of that! That’s what you’re thinking, right? You can admit it. We feel ya.
The secret you ask for is within you and it is super easy to find. All you have to do is STOP. Each day find a moment or several moments to stop and do something unexpected. If your creative juices are clogged by dull adulthood, stop and dance. Break out your most titillating music and bust a move. Have a solo dance party or to really stop the boring you, drag a few friends onto your impromptu dance floor. Not only will you be the life of the dance party, the physical movement will send your juice flowing right.
Perhaps you’re in a poopoo adult funk and seem to be sucking the life out of everything. But wait; is that a sweet child selling cookies? Sure, you could be a bore and say you can’t buy any because it’s swimsuit season and Lord knows you don’t need another calorie… OR you could buy some delicious sweets and chat with the gang of cookie monsters Find out why they’re selling cookies. Kids are always full of hilarious honesty and cheerful giggles. It is hard to be an uptight bore when they are telling you about the adventures their gang encounters. Let the conversation inspire you to enjoy the rest of your day with a smile. Maybe you will allow yourself to find your own little adventure.
Whatever you do to lift the boring fog, the number one way to live a life that is chalk full of fun vibes is to start living! Stop saying you can’t go to the next Harry Styles concert because you’re too old to have a mad crush on the ex-1D stud… Start opening your iPhone to Ticket Master and hit the buy button. Why miss out on something that could be spectacular because you’re too “adult”? A major adulting sinkhole is this idea that growing up means that you now have to conform to social rules. Be funky. Be wacky. Be YOU. No one is going to look back on your life and say how wonderful you were at doing your laundry or marvel about how punctual you were to work. Now, don’t go skipping out on work, you totally need that job to support your new love of adventure. Work to live; don’t live to work. The point is that you only have one shot at this life so do what brings you joy, and when you do that you will no longer be a bore you will be the coolest adult in town.
Whatever your funk may be, it is up to you to get out of it. Sure, you could be the ol’ stick in the mud or you could be the YOLO hustler. It’s up to you. How do you want to live your life?
We want to hear from YOU. What keeps you young at heart? Please share in the comments below. Until next time, mwah!

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Summer Shrimp Pappardelle

Healthy has never tasted so good.
Perfect light and healthy meal for warm summer nights.

 

2 tbls. olive oil

3 Shallots, sliced

6 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

3/4 cup semi-sweet white wine

4 fresh basil leaves, chopped

2 fresh oregano sprigs, chopped

2lbs. shrimp, peeled and deveined

4 small kumasi tomatoes, 1 inch cubed

1 8oz. package pappardelle

1 bunch of fresh parsley, chopped (garnish)

Heat large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil. When oil is hot add shallots and garlic. Cook until translucent. Add red pepper flakes, wine, 1/2 basil and 1/2 oregano. Stir bringing to a boil. Add shrimp, cover until almost cooked, about 3 to 4 minutes. Toss in remaining herbs and tomatoes. Cook pasta according to directions. Pour shrimp and sauce over pasta, sprinkle fresh parsley and serve warm.

Serves 6