An open letter in light of recent events

Tragedy has struck the world again. Evil sought to terrorize, and I feel sorry for you, those that have caused such pain. My heart is heavy and it aches for you. It aches for the people of Belgium. It aches for Europe. It aches for the world. It aches for all those whom your violent, mindless act of hate have affected. I could respond the way you want me to.. the way that some may feel inclined to.. but I do not feel fear. I do not feel hatred. All I feel is an overwhelming sense of sympathy and sadness. But I also feel hope.

I feel sympathy for the souls who were corrupted by the greed and power of selfish men who falsely proclaim that they are serving “a higher power”. They serve nothing more than their egos and corrupt hearts. I feel sympathy for these people who committed these acts, that their own lives meant so little to them, and were consumed by self hatred and hatred of the world to the point of needing to hurt innocents. You believed these men who prayed on your weaknesses, and gained your trust. Who recruited you to do their dirty work. You were nothing more than a pawn to serve their greed. And I feel sorry for you. Most of all, I feel sympathy for your families, who will not only be forever tainted and associated with your actions, but also lost a loved one. My heart goes out to them.

No, I will not hate you. I refuse to live in fear. As surely that is what your actions have striven to do. I will live each day as the gift that it is. I will explore more of the world and its cultures. I will continuously educate myself. I will strive to help others and make this world a better place.

I do not believe in what you stand for. I will forever believe in the power of unity, love, hope, and respect. I will believe that even when evil rears its ugly head, that the beauty of humanity will shine through. The good in humankind  will always overcome.

My heart is with Brussels. It is with the World.

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Fitting a workout into a busy schedule and why it’s necessary

I can go on for hours about why working out is important. I can also list off all the ways I try to avoid it. BUT this is for those super hectic days, weeks, even months where it seems like we just don’t have the time to focus on our health and working out. And when we do have those moments of downtime, all we can think about doing is relaxing or getting those extra z’s. I am definitely more than guilty of this. I fall off the workout wagon time and time again. But I’ve seen what a busy schedule and traveling without worrying about fitness has done to both my health and my body. It makes me grumpy, self-conscious, laziness sets in, and just a feeling of constantly being tired. None of these work well when you are busy. This is why even though I fall off the fitness ladder, I keep getting back on and putting in effort to make it work into my schedule.

Here are a few reasons why you should make the extra effort to squeeze in a workout even when you are super, crazy busy.

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And I know, I KNOW, that just because you know something is good for you doesn’t make it any easier to follow through with.

Let me tell you friends, Pinterest is your best friend when you are looking for a quick workout. You do not need to fit in a crazy workout! That is the key to making this work when you are busy! While it is ideal to get a whole hour in if you can, sometimes it’s just not doable. That’s when you need Pinterest. You can find a ton of workouts, and you don’t even need to hit up the gym. If Pinterest isn’t your thing, there’s always youtube. There are many, many fitness bloggers and youtubers who post quick workout videos. My personal favorite is Blogilates. Don’t know what that is? You better check it out here. By far my favorite place to find a quick workout.


In the end it’s up to you to make a workout fit into your schedule. And some people don’t ever feel the need to workout which is completely fine as everyone is different. But for those who are like me that notice a difference in their mood and energy, we need to focus on making something work.

What are ways you stay healthy or workout when you are on a tight schedule? What works best for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below :)

Chao Beautifuls!

Daily To Do List

Today I wanted to share with you my daily To-Do List. This is how I keep track of EVERYTHING I have going on, and is a necessary time management tool.

I have always written down to-do lists. I tend to write multiple a day… and drive my family nuts with all of the scraps of papers I would leave around the house with my lists. SO because of my obsession, need to create a list of tasks and activities for my day, I have compiled a daily to do list that allows me to stay on track. This is what has been working for me

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My to do list has a section to list tasks, with a box to the left to check off each task as I go. I have also a note area where I can write down reminders or motivational quotes to help me through the day. One thing that I have always had a hard time with when I’ve found other to-do lists online, is an area for timed activities separated from regular tasks. Most of what I have seen only has one or the other. I have included both on mine so you can see what tasks and activities you have at specific times and which you can go at your own pace.

If you are interested in a copy of my to do list you  can get a FREE downloadable print of the daily to do list .

I hope this helps you manage your time as much as it has helped me :)

Chao Beautifuls!