How I Bounce Back Fast from Sickness

Hey there, lovelies!

See those stormy clouds and angry looking waves in the photo above? That’s what my body has been like this past week. It’s that time of year when I feel like everyone has some type of a bug messing up their system. And if you’re anything like me, you hate getting sick not only because it just plain sucks, but because it messes up your routine and training. But, it is so important to listen to your body and work with it to keep it healthy and strong. Put aside the frustration of how inconvenient it is to be sick right now and focus on the ways you can help your body recover. Being stressed and upset about the fact that you’re sick will only make things worse! So, here are the things I do when I’m sick to help my body fight hard and recover fast.

  • Diffusing Essential Oils: This is something I do all the time anyway, but especially when I’m under the weather. I’m currently getting over a cold and having a cozy, yummy smelling environment at home is such a comfort. I got my diffuser and oils off of Amazon for less than 20 bucks, and I probably use them at least every other day. Diffusing eucalyptus, orange and lemon grass are my favorite for a cold since they help open up your sinuses and relieve congestion. Lavender oil is great for sleep, and you know how important it is to get good rest, especially when you’re unwell.
  • Orange and Lemon Water: This one might seem kind of funny, but I like to squeeze/juice a whole orange and half a lemon into some nice hot water and drink it throughout the day. The citrus is refreshing and a nice change from plain water, not to mention the vitamin C content.
  • Soups: This one is a bit of a no brainer, but having lots of nutrient rich soups is a must. Of course the problem can be that you feel yucky and don’t want to put in the effort or time to make something healthy. So what I do is invest some of my time and energy when I’m not sick into preparing healthy soups for when I am sick. Making a big batch of homemade chicken broth to stick in the freezer is a bi-weekly ritual at our house, and boy does it pay off when you’re not feeling well! This week I got home feeling very poorly and all I had to do was throw my frozen homemade chicken broth, shredded chicken, and veggies into a pot and ta-da! Homemade, nutrient-rich comfort in a bowl.
  • Hot Baths and Showers: Nothing beats relaxing in a nice hot bath or shower, especially when you’re sick. The steam breaks up a lot of the mucousy grossness and helps you relax. You can also use a eucalyptus body scrub (the one I use is from Bath and Body Works) and get your diffuser going in the background.
  • Light Exercise: This one obviously depends a lot on how sick you are and what illness you have. If you have the flu and are all pukey you probably won’t be eager to get moving very much. So listening to your body is key here. That being said, when I’m in the thick of it I like to take some time to do some really light stretching and foam rolling. The low-intensity movement and increase in blood flow is great for your body even when it’s not at it’s best, and the slight release of endorphins will give you a much needed boost. Once I feel that I’m on the mend I start reintroducing workouts, starting with workouts comprised mainly of static exercises and light cardio before working back up to my high-intensity routine. However, if I have something relatively mild like a cold, I’ll usually continue working out while sick, I’ll just decrease the intensity a little bit and listen to my body carefully throughout.
  • Water: Surprise, surprise, drinking lots and lots of water is a must, as always. Pay even more attention to being well-hydrated while sick, your body needs it! And be aware of the other types of fluids you’re consuming, like Gatorade or Ginger Ale. While they may be soothing they are also usually packed with sugar, and sugar is not going to help you get better.
  • Move: If you’re feeling restless from hours of Netflix, get up and move. While rest is super important for recovery that doesn’t mean you have to be confined to your bed all day. Get up and do some light stretching, wash a few dishes, maybe freshen up and put on something comfy. The movement and slight change of pace can be refreshing and energizing.
  • Get Clean: This one may be totally unnecessary for some people, but for me it’s a must. No matter how sick I am I cannot stand to feel like a mess all day. I always make sure to wash my hair when I feel able, pull my hair back so I feel tidy, brush my teeth and spritz a body spray to feel fresh. While you may feel like a walking disaster area, being as clean and tidy as you can manage can work wonders in your overall mood.

There you go, I hope you’ll all stay healthy and not need to use these tips, but if you do I hope they’ll be helpful.

xoxo, Mary.

My Home Workout Necessities 

Hey there, lovelies! 

For today’s post I’m going to take you through the necessities I use to create intense, highly effective workouts that you can do at home, in the gym, or anywhere you like! 

I also want to announce that I have recently obtained my CPT and will now be offering online coaching! Feel free to contact me for a customized workout plan designed specifically for your body, your time, and your goals. 

A huge passion of mine is sharing with others how they can workout intensely, effectively, and efficiently from home. There’s no need for an expensive gym membership in order to achieve your goals! I purchased all of these things on Amazon and they were all super affordable, most only cost 10-20 bucks! 🙂 Here are the things I use in my workouts:

  • Ankle Weights: Ankle Weights are a great way to help tone your muscles and can be used in countless exercises. I like to wear 5 lb. ones when doing jump squats, donkey kicks, lunge jumps, step-ups, and more! You’ll definitely feel the burn with that added weight, even though it may not seem like much.
  • Resistance Bands: I could talk about all of the awesome ways you can use resistance bands all day long. I use them for almost every exercise I do! You can wear them around your thighs during squats and squat jumps, place them around the ankles during donkey kicks and heel presses, place them around the wrists for arm toning… seriously, name any exercise and you can probably find a way to add resistance bands to it for that extra burn.
  • Jump Rope: Jumping rope can be a great way to get some cardio in when you don’t have access to a treadmill. I actually much prefer body weight exercises and things like jumping rope to running any day. The fat burn and muscle toning potential is fabulous, not to mention how efficient body weight exercises are.
  • Foam Roller: Foam rolling is just the best. It gets your blood flowing, loosens things up, and even can help with cellulite (what girl doesn’t want that?!). I like to foam roll for a few minutes after each workout. 
  • Sliders: Sliders can open up a whole new world of possibilities for your workout routine. Using them during planks, mountain climbers, and alligator crawls can be great ways to strengthen your core and arms. My personal favorite is using them for hamstring curls… your hamstrings and booty will be on fire!
  • Ab Roller: When you use an ab roller you will feel the burn in those abs, no doubt about it! However, I do caution you to make sure you have proper form when practicing these. It can be easy to compensate using your back muscles which can lead to injury.
  • Dumbells: I only recently started incorporating dumbbells into my workouts. I’m a huge fan of using pushups and plank variations to tone my arms and back. But I’m really enjoying using dumbbells now too! I mainly focus on using them for arm and back strengthening exercises, but these are another super versatile bit of equipment to mix into your routine. You can use them for lots of different exercises, including star crunches, squats, deadlifts, and tons more!

So there you have it! Again, these pieces of equipment are super affordable, easy to store, and last ages. I built up my little collection over time and so can you! I would recommend starting with getting a set of resistance bands (mine are from Fit Simplify) since they’re so incredibly useful. 

I hope you all have found this useful and are feeling motivated to add some of them to your workouts. Again, feel free to contact me if you’re interested in starting your own healthy and fit lifestyle with a personal coach by your side every step of the way! ❤ 

xoxo, Mary.

My Dietary and Nutrition Guidelines

Hello, lovelies! 

Below I have written out the dietary and nutrition guidelines I live and swear by. There are so many ways to implement healthy habits and core goals into your everyday life, and the difference they can make is incredible!

This information serves as a guideline to help you develop healthy habits and additions to your everyday life that will help you get results. These simple habits can help you in countless ways, from fat loss to the overall health of your body’s systems. I encourage you to start implementing these things into your healthy lifestyle! 🙂

1. WATER! I aim for 75 ounces of water a day. Proper hydration has more benefits then I could possibly write about on here. It helps everything from your skin to your bowels to your cells. 

2. PROTEIN. It is so important to fuel your muscles properly, especially when you’re working out regularly and intensely. Especially if you desire to GAIN muscle, you need to provide it with the proper building blocks for growth. Chicken breast, Turkey, Salmon, Tuna, and Greek Yogurt are just a few great options.

3. HEALTHY FATS. Try to consume healthy fats, things like almonds, avocados, cashews and almond butter.

4. VEGGIES. Every day you should be filling your body with nutrient-rich vegetables. There are so many ways to incorporate them into your diet in delicious ways, so try not to be freaked out if you aren’t a fan of your greens. 

5. VITAMINS AND MINERALS. While vitamin supplements can be great, your goal should be to consume as many of your vitamins and minerals from your food as possible. 

6. FRUITS. Again, great way to get your vitamins. I like to have fruit and berries for snacks every day, or include them in my post-workout smoothies.

7. HEALTHY MAJORITY. I am all about intuitive eating. Having strict rules about what you can and cannot eat often leads to an unhealthy relationship with food. So instead, I encourage women to be aware of what they eat and to be thoughtful about what they consume. The idea is to make the majority or bulk of what you eat healthy. This allows room for occasional treats without you feeling like you’ve ruined everything. That being said, what I’ve found is that the longer you eat healthy the more your body craves healthy, nutrient-rich foods. Over time you’ll find yourself reaching for unhealthy treats less and less.

8. HEALTHY TREATS. Dark chocolate and dried fruit are great for when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to indulge in the unhealthy.

9. GREEN TEA. Have a cup of Green Tea every day. The antioxidant power is super good for you, not to mention it’s ability to help you fight belly fat. 

10. CHAMOMILE. Drinking Chamomile before bed can help with sleep, a very important and often neglected part of a healthy lifestyle.

11. MORNING LEMON WATER. Drink a glass of hot or cold water with lemon right when you get up. This will supercharge your digestion, a crucial part of maintaining proper absorption of nutrients and excretion of toxins.

12. STEVIA. Stevia is a great supplement for sugar. Avoid things like splenda as they are extremely bad for you. Stevia, however, is a natural sweetener with lots of health benefits.

13. READ THE LABEL. Get in the habit of reading the nutrition label on the back of your food. This simple habit can help you make tons of healthier choices. For example, you may see one product has a higher sugar content than another and you can then choose the less sugary option. Or you may find that one product contains tons of unnatural ingredients and you can then choose a more natural option.

14. ALMOND MILK. Great to have around to add to coffee, smoothies, or just to drink.  It’s much less fattening than regular cow’s milk.

15. MEDICINAL FOOD. Think of food as your medicine, the way you eat can have a drastic impact on you entire body. Partner with your food and try to fuel your body with what it really needs as much as possible. 

16. POST-WORKOUT. Don’t forget to fuel your muscles after your workouts! Below I have my recipe for my post-workout smoothie. You can also workout prior to a high protein meal if you prefer. 

17. MEAL PREPPING. Having healthy meals and snacks available will help you stay on track and provide you with easy, healthy options throughout your week. On the weekend I like to bake a huge batch of veggies and chicken breast and chop lots of fresh fruit to be eaten throughout the week. Below are some easy meal examples:

-Breakfast: Oatmeal with flax meal, chia seeds, raisins, and apple.

                    Egg on top of sauteed yellow squash, zucchini, and bell pepper.

                    Turkey bacon, egg, and sauteed spinach.
-Lunch: Baked Chicken breast with steamed carrots and broccoli.

              Tuna on top of romaine and spinach, drizzled with olive oil and Himalayan salt.

              Spaghetti Squash with ground turkey and Italian herbs.
-Dinner: Bell Peppers stuffed with ground turkey, kale, and a little bit of parmesan.

                Chicken breast with asparagus.

                Baked salmon topped with lemon.
-Snacks: Sliced apple.

                Grapes.

                Almonds, sunflower seeds and raisins.

                Kale chips.
-Post-Workout Smoothie: 

½ cup Greek Yogurt 

Handful Spinach

Handful blueberries and/or strawberries 

½ teaspoon maca root powder (great for balancing hormones)

1 scoop plant based protein powder

1 lemon juiced

1 cup water or ice cubes

1 Tablespoon chia seeds

  

I hope this information has been helpful! The difference each of these things have made in my body have blown me away, so of course I’m thrilled to share them with you all! 🙂 Here’s to a happier and healthier lifestyle! ❤
xoxo, Mary.

Creating Your Healthy Lifestyle

Hey there, lovelies!

Today I want to offer a post focused on some of the ways I have created my own healthy lifestyle that I believe can help you create one for yourself. I think it is so important for women to understand that there are so many ways to create a healthy lifestyle specifically for you. In order to make something that is going to be sustainable and realistic, we need to create something specifically designed for you and only you. The schedule that I use and the routine I personally stick to may not necessarily be the best thing for you, simply because we are different people with different preferences and priorities. So below I have laid out some great guidelines for anyone who is seeking to reinvent their lifestyle and take charge of their health and fitness. I hope that this post will leave you feeling motivated and ready to take the first steps in creating a healthy lifestyle that will work for you. And don’t forget, while the idea is to create something designed for you, there are so many of us here to help you figure it out! ❤

Make Your Health A Priority! 

Without a doubt, the very first step before you take on anything else is to make your health and fitness a priority. I mean really think about that for a minute and commit to taking good care of your body, mind, and soul. Without that commitment to yourself the rest of this will be a whole lot harder to maintain! Make a list of all of the reasons you can think of for why you should be making a change and why you are committed to making it happen. But don’t forget to keep it positive! Like I talked about in my last post, it is so important to do things for the right, positive reasons, and this is no exception. Take a look at my previous post, “Strong, Not Skinny” for more on that topic.

Set Realistic Goals

One of the most common reasons why women end up giving up on a routine is because it wasn’t well-suited for them to begin with. In other words, they set goals that are not attainable based on the rest of their life and responsibilities, and end up feeling like a failure for not being able to keep up. So I say let’s avoid that situation altogether by starting off on the right foot and setting challenging, but realistic goals. Here’s an example of what I mean from my own experience: I work a full-time job, I have a husband, I have an apartment to keep clean, meals to cook, my sanity to keep, etc. Taking all of that into account I can say that it’s probably not realistic for me to expect myself to workout every single day. So what did I do to achieve my goals, remain consistent and avoid being in a situation where I feel like I’ve failed? I decided to workout 3-4 times a week, consistently. Being of the “give it your all” mindset most of the time, that was a hard thing for me to do at first because I felt like I could be pushing myself harder than that. But what happened was something so exciting to me that it was one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place! I found that in sticking to that routine I was not only reaching my fitness goals (these are goals like doing 20 push-ups, for example) without getting burned out, but I was becoming more and more motivated as time went on. Before I knew it I had accomplished my first set of fitness goals and was on to working out 4-5 times a week simply because I was having so much fun with it! It became one of my greatest forms of stress relief and something that I genuinely looked forward to rather than seeing it as one more thing to get done. It allowed me enough structure and consistency to make progress while still allowing enough wiggle room for the things that are bound to come up. As I’ve had to learn the hard way, you don’t always have to suck it up, get it over with, push on through. I’m a big believer that there are ways to create a routine that you thrive on, no matter the rest of your life’s duties.

Listen to Your Body

Having a routine that fits you well allows you to do one of the most important things you can do when it comes to health and fitness: listen to your body! Similar to what I said above, so many women end up giving up because they ignore the things their body is telling them and end up running themselves into the ground. A huge point I want to stress in this blog is to not only listen to your body but to work with your body. Allowing yourself that little bit of wiggle room keeps you from missing your body’s messages and helps you stay balanced. If you’re feeling under the weather you can hear those messages and know that maybe you should take it easy that day and let your body rest. Or, on the other side, if you’ve had a particularly good and energetic week you can add on another workout if you feel like it. All of this is just to emphasize the power that you can have from listening to and working with your body to achieve your goals, rather than trying to force progress while drowning out the noise of your body’s messages.

Consistency, Consistency, Consistency!

So many girls have come to me and asked what my secret is, what I do to not only remain toned, but to continue to gain strength. My answer is always summed up in this one point right here: be consistent. That can sound intimidating because life happens, right? But in my points above I’ve explained some of the ways that I am able to be consistent while still being balanced. The truth of the matter is that you’re not going to lose weight, get defined abs, tone your thighs, get a booty or any of those goals you may have if you aren’t consistent. The beauty of it is that being consistent and maintaining a routine doesn’t have to be all-encompassing and daunting. When you find the right balance for you it will transform not only your body, but your mindset. The trick is developing a routine that is challenging without being overwhelming, that allows wiggle room without dismissing the need to stick with it.

Don’t Say Goodbye to Cheeseburgers Just Yet…

“People who are fit and ‘healthy’ are miserable and deprive themselves! Why would I do that to myself?” Behold, a comment I hear now and then (that honestly makes me really upset) from people who are skeptical about this whole healthy lifestyle thing. It always makes me really sad when I hear stuff like that, because unfortunately, society has given them reason to say those things. It doesn’t have to be that way! There are too many people out there who simply don’t know the foods they should and shouldn’t eat, the ways they can be active to fit their body, the ways they can assist their body to function properly. Living a healthy lifestyle should be all about educating yourself in the things your body does and doesn’t need and working with it to provide or avoid those things. Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself 24/7, it means you try to fuel your body with the things you know it needs most (from food to exercise to sleep, etc.). And guess what? Eating unhealthy food now and then isn’t going to suddenly negate all of your progress! Just like missing a workout every now and then isn’t going to somehow make you gain ten pounds over night. In fact, I think it’s great to have a treat here and there. All things in moderation, it’s all about balance. There are also so many ways to make healthy foods in a way that you’ll genuinely enjoy! No need to eat salads all the time or munch on carrot sticks even if you hate carrots, people. Don’t fall for this sad narrative that taking care of your body is a miserable way to live, it doesn’t have to be that way! There are so many people out here along with me to help you create a healthy lifestyle that will work well for you.

There you have it, those are the main points I think are a great starting point if you’re trying to take charge of your health and fitness. Even if you’ve been sticking to a routine for a while, these points can be great reminders of what’s really important! I want to encourage you, to motivate you and help you achieve your goals. Feel free to contact me if you need help getting started and we can work together to find a routine that is realistic and sustainable for you! ❤ Thank you for reading!

 

xoxo, Mary.

 

Strong, Not Skinny

Hey there, lovelies!

Today’s blog post is all about self-love and healthy forms of motivation. The message that I want to put out there for other women is to be healthy and strong, not skinny and weak. There are so many ways to maintain a lean and mean physique in a way that strengthens and nourishes your body. That being said, even if you’re someone who loves to work out, I think we all have moments when we slip into some dangerous thoughts and negativity regarding anything from lack of motivation, to lack of noticeable progress, or (maybe most dangerous of all) what the scale or the mirror tells us. I’ve been there… I still go there sometimes, unfortunately. But I’m here to share the things that have turned my attitude around in ways I never could have imagined.

First, some background: I know I’m not the only girl out there that’s struggled with her body image and I know that a lot of you can probably relate to what I’m about to talk about. I’ve been down some dark and dangerous roads in the ways I used to treat myself, all because from a very young age I would look in the mirror and see someone who I thought was ugly, worthless, and just plain wrong. For a long time I didn’t properly take care of myself, in part just because I was young and didn’t really understand how yet. Heck, I’m still learning! 😉 But with time and a whole lot of help from God and loved ones, I conquered some of the most aggressive demons I had been facing for so long. I realized that I had been hurting myself in more ways than one, and hurting those who cared for me in the process… I didn’t want to do it anymore, I couldn’t keep hurting myself and those I love. I found that I was desperate for more information on how to properly take care of myself, and I found ways to fight those negative and harmful thoughts that still attack me today. So all that being said, below are the things that have helped me to overcome and thrive.

  • Redefining Myself – Trying to See Myself Through God’s Eyes

I remember one night I was crying on my sweet husband’s shoulder, asking him  why I was so broken and wrong… downer, right? He responded, “If only I could make you see yourself the way I see you, or, better yet, the way God sees you.” In that moment something clicked. I knew that God loves me and that He made us in His own image. I remembered my Mom quoting Psalm 139 where it says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” I knew that God doesn’t make mistakes, He didn’t mess up when He made me! Looking back now I’m somewhat ashamed that I even truly thought that the way I turned out was a mistake… but it’s honestly what I thought. I could feel a burden lifting off of my shoulders as I realized that I could be free from this horrible weight of self-hatred if I could try and see myself through His eyes. So what do I do? Every day when I look myself in the mirror I reaffirm what I know to be true: that God loves me and that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. The same is true for you! ❤

  • Do It For The Right Reasons!

I’m sure you’ve also had that moment when you come home from work or school, you’ve had a long day and you know you still have a lot to do… including working out. If you’re like me, you start to spiral out of control and get more and more overwhelmed until you’re in a really negative place mentally and emotionally. I remember one night in particular when I was exhausted and down, I looked in the mirror as I changed into my workout clothes and BAM! The thought of “yuck, of course I have to workout to fix that!” came into my mind and I found myself pushing through a workout that I was much too tired for, only to finish it feeling resentful toward myself for not doing a better job and not working out harder. Not cool, not cool at all. As I talked with my hubby about it in all of my anger and frustration that evening, he made another really good point (I swear, I’m married to the sweetest man alive!). He said, “Have you ever thought that maybe you’re doing this for the wrong reasons? You workout to ‘fix’ what you see to be wrong with your body instead of working out to take care of it and strengthen it. You have to do it for positive reasons!”. He was exactly right, negativity only breeds more negativity. You’re never going to find yourself enjoying your workouts and taking care of your body, soul and mind if you’re doing it for toxic reasons you’ve gotten stuck on in your head. The next day when I went to workout, I felt once again like a huge burden had been lifted off of my shoulders. I decided to listen to my body and train according to what I knew I could handle instead of pushing myself to an unhealthy extent. I felt refreshed and genuinely proud of myself at the end of each session, and I couldn’t wait for my next workout! With this new mindset I could challenge myself and make noticeable progress in a healthy way, knowing that it was okay for me to have an off day now and then. This, my friends, is a huge part of what makes a healthy lifestyle sustainable!

  • Don’t Listen to the Scale or the Thigh-Gap

I personally have a rule that I do not step on a scale to track my progress. Of course, there are reasons why you may need to track your weight (maybe your goal at the moment is to lose a certain amount of weight for health reasons or maybe you’re tracking your weight in pregnancy, etc.) and that is totally fine! In my case I personally avoid the scale because I’ve seen the power those silly numbers can have over me and it just isn’t necessary. The same goes for trends and #bodygoals like the thigh gap or any others you can think of. I’m a short girl, I’ve got short legs, in order for me to have a thigh gap I would need to have pretty much no meat on my bones! No thank you, I’ll stick to having my muscular thighs that touch together. 😉 What really matters is how you feel and whether you’re happy with the progress you’re making according to the goals you’ve set for yourself. Which brings me to my next point.

  • Set Realistic Goals for Yourself

This is a topic that I’ll be going into more detail about in another post coming soon, there’s a lot that I want to share that I think will be really helpful! For this post I’ll say that you don’t need to push yourself to extreme lengths to get results and maintain a fit and healthy body. Working out 3 or 4 times a week, for example, is far more sustainable, realistic, and better for your body and mind than pushing yourself to workout every day. More than likely you’re in a situation like me where you work full-time, you have family responsibilities, etc. So set goals that challenge you to work hard and be consistent, but there’s no need to go to the extreme.

  • Don’t You Wanna Be a Badass?

I want to encourage and empower other women to strive for more, to be strong, to be healthy, to be fit, to show that you can kick some butt! A huge turning point for me was when I realized that being skinny doesn’t necessarily mean you’re healthy, it doesn’t mean you’re strong. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be a tooth-pick, I want to be strong, lean and mean! 😉

So there you go, ladies! I have so much exciting content that I cannot wait to post in the near future, including more in-depth information on my workouts, goals, and ways to achieve a healthy and fit lifestyle. I wanted this post to come first before all of the rest because I really feel like it lays the groundwork for everything that is to come in the future. Thank you so much for reading!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now go out there and kick some butt!                                                                                      xoxo,

Mary.

My Very First Post!

Hello!
I’ll start off by welcoming you to my blog and saying how excited I am to have this platform to share the things I am most passionate about. I hope that everyone who reads my posts will be encouraged and enlightened by what I have to say. In this initial post, I want to lay out for you a little bit of my background and my plans for the content to come.
My name’s Mary, I’m a 21 year-old Christian wife who hopes to encourage women to nourish and strengthen their body, soul, and mind. I currently reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with my hubby/best friend/high school sweetheart, Alastair. We’re both originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, where we met back in the Fall of 2012. We got engaged in March, 2016 and were married on December 29th, 2016. I work as a full-time nanny while my fella goes to school at Calvin College. As we’ve taken on this adventure of being on our own here in Michigan, I’ve had the opportunity to hold onto and grow closer to God. Starting this new and beautiful life with my husband has come with the hardship of homesickness, but there have been so many blessings and so much positivity that has come from that struggle! While I’ve drawn closer to God in this time I have also enjoyed diving deeper into my passion for health and fitness. I truly believe that women have such a unique and beautiful strength that deserves to be cared for and nourished. I’ve named this blog “Strength, Faith, Positivity” because I believe these things reflect what I strive for in order to have a balanced life: a strong body, a deep and profound faith, and a positive mindset. I’ve come to believe that a healthy and balanced lifestyle can be attainable and realistic no matter the craziness you may deal with daily. I hope to share these things with you as I continue to learn and grow, and I hope that you’ll join this journey with me!

The content of this blog will include the following categories:

  •  Health and Wellness
    • Fitness
    • Hormonal Health and Balance
    • Mental Health
  • Beauty
  • Faith
  • Homemaking
    • Cooking, Baking, and Meal Prepping
    • Organization
  • Marriage and Relationships

Look out world, this lil’ lady has a lot to say! 😉 I’m so looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned and discovered on my journey so far, and I’m sure there will be plenty of new lessons and thoughts to share as my journey continues.

xoxo,
Mary Van Maren.