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Somehow I feel like all of my "peace" training for the last two years had prepared me for this quarantine. I used to be a person who lived completely and fully in the future, the what if girl constantly. I was always trying to plan my life and the lives of the people around me. But when a death would suddenly happen, or a break up would leave me inundated with emotions I had to learn to let go of control. I went to therapy and really focused on my faith. Overtime I started to learn to only focus on the day ahead not tomorrow or next month. I started to stop wondering "what if" and just let things be what they were. 

Somehow I feel like all of my "peace" training for the last two years had prepared me for this quarantine. I used to be a person who lived completely and fully in the future, the what if girl constantly. I was always trying to plan my life and the lives of the people around me. But when a death would suddenly happen, or a break up would leave me inundated with emotions I had to learn to let go of control. I went to therapy and really focused on my faith. Overtime I started to learn to only focus on the day ahead not tomorrow or next month. I started to stop wondering "what if" and just let things be what they were. 

I have always had a fear of abandonment but with therapy I learned I am ok. If someone leaves me, I am ok! I can take care of myself physically, emotionally and especially financially so what am I so worried about? I can tell you I have no idea the last time I asked "what if" to myself, even during this pandemic. 
 

I want to say something though, I am VERY blessed to be in the situation I am. My job is essential and I worked from home prior to all of this so I don't have to worry too much on that end. I also do not have children that need to be homeschooled which I know has been very trying for a lot of families. I did however, get a puppy which has kept me very busy but like having children it was my choice to take on the responsibility- in sickness, and in health! 

Ok so here is how I am staying sane! 

I live with my best friend, best choice ever! When choosing to live with someone from now on I would ask yourself "Can I be quarantined with this person?" My answer is YES. We get along great, take our alone time when we need it, agree on activites and both take responsibility at home with chores and the dogs! 

Having a puppy has kepy my mind off the negative because I don't have time to think about it. Haha. The puppy is teething, potty training and straight up attacking Stella. I am constantly multi-tasking with work and watching them or cleaning up his pooh, which is ALL. DAY. LONG. But I wouldn't take it back. We love walking him on the trail, talking to neighbors and watching the sunset.

I am getting outside a lot. I always liked walking or running on my trail but before all this happened, I was doing cycle 2x a week and hot yoga 2x a week and that was my go-to. Now I am getting out to walk or run 2-3 times a day.. Well trying to! I started playng tennis and do some rollerblading. Izzy and I kick a soccer ball sometimes and do outdoor HIIT workouts!


We are surrounding ourselves with our Florida family to keep the happy alive. Hannah is like our family, She is here every weekend. Izzy lives next door so we spend a lot of time with her. This has been our weekend saving grace. We spend time on the bay, having drinks, floating and soaking up the sun. We do this carefully and yes there are others on the trail but we keep our distance and stay in our own pod. I feel SUPER blessed to live on the water, and in Florida during this time.

We watch a lot of TV or movies but sometimes it's too much and we need brain stimulation so we play games like Monopoly, Clue or card games. We also like to sit on the patio with drinks and watch the boats and dolphins float by. We have kareoke nights and dance parties.

I haven't been too motivated on Instagram lately and I am not sure why. I guess because it's a constant reminder of what is going on. So I am trying to keep things light and honestly trying to keep my brain and my faith positive. I read the bible every night and keep a nightly prayer journal where I pray for the world and people I love. My 35th birthday is next Monday, April 13, and this is not exactly how I planned to spend it but I am happy to have made it to 35 with good health, financial stability and mental sanity haha! 

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Stay safe, stay healthy, stay peaceful friends!

XO, Cheers

Jenn

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I always get asked what I eat and how I stay fit while traveling for work all the time. I did a blog about this a few years ago but wanted to do an updated version as so many people responded to my stories about my travel nutrition. 

When I travel for work it's usually only two days. So before I leave my house I make a shake to take on the road in the morning. 

I always get asked what I eat and how I stay fit while traveling for work all the time. I did a blog about this a few years ago but wanted to do an updated version as so many people responded to my stories about my travel nutrition. 

When I travel for work it's usually only two days. So before I leave my house I make a shake to take on the road in the morning. 

 

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Lately, my recipe is as follows:

310 Nutrition Toasted Coconut
1 Banana
1/2 Cup of Blueberries
1 Cup Unsweetended Almond Milk
1 scoop of Chia Seeds 
Ice
Blend

I love 310 because it has ZERO sugar added but still tastes like ice cream! I do not like super sweet drinks so this has been the best protein for me. 

I also pack a travel packet of 310 Protein for the following day to mix with water.

This last week I traveled to Fort Lauderdale for two days. I brought 4oz of strawberries, 4oz of Quaker rice crisps- lime flavor OMG so good, 2oz of coconut cheerios, a greek yogurt and carrot sticks.... I also love celery!! YUM!

It is important when being on the road to still get your appropriate macros in your body. I always plan. So I knew Thursday night I would be drinking and eating poorly so I limited my carb intake. I skipped lunch so I could have more at dinner. 

Friday I had my shake, then I had a lunch at my meeting, chicken quesadillas. I did not eat any snacks on the road and saved up for sushi dinner and some wine. It is not about what you eat it is about how much. My macros:

5'2
130 LBS
90 Carbs
120 Proten
50 Fat

I gain weight with fat so I need to keep that AT 50 or below. Also, if you have a bad day just cut back on these numbers the next day.

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XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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I loved this book. I love her, I love her honesty and she inspired me to walk away from toxicity and to hold onto faith beacause God is always working behind the scenes. We may not feel it through the pain, but we need to go through it to get to where we are meant to be. Her book sold out on Amazon and was #1 on the iBooks list the first week of the release. I am so happy for her. She built an amazing clothing company that she threw herself into during times of pain and it has been so successful. Her mom has done an amazing job with it. I think the book will help a lot of people face their past, confront their ghosts and hopefully move on with their heads held high with a new horizon in sight.

I have had a girl-crush on Jessica Simpson since 1999 when she announced she was going to stay a virgin until marriage. Something was different about her than Britney and Christina and I took a liking to her. I drew her in my art class, tried to constantly dress like her and was completely inspired by her. When NewlyWeds premiered, to say I was addicted was an understatment. I never missed it. I bought all of her CDs and knew all the words to every song.  


My friend Gina and I went to see her at a concert at Washington Township high school, we had front-row seats and I was in AWE!!! Then in 2004 my friend Debbie and I saw her at Walmart (which she talks about in the book). At this time she was definitnely on the rise in season 2 of NewlyWeds and the release of "With You". We literally went from a flight from Cancun right to Walmart to see her haha. Sadly the line was SOO long to meet her, we got pictures of her though and had to leave. So I never met her ° so sad. When NewlyWeds ended, so did her and Nick which of course I was heartbroken. I followed her career and love-life avidly for years. Her country album, Do You Know released in 2009 was easily my favorite album of hers. 

LOL this was 2009 in Las Vegas!

I loved her show in 2010, The Price of Beauty. My friend Rosaana and I would watch religiously every week. If that wasn't on we would sit in her kitchen, drinking wine, doing our nails and would BINGE re-runs of NewlyWeds. Also this year, my cousin told me her boss was Jessica's hair dresser and she had hung out with her MANY times. So Christmas that year my cousin brought me a back-stage pass with Jessica's autograph° yup I was 26 years old and still in awe. 

At this point, she had started dating Eric and I became infatuated with following them on Twitter. She was the first and almost only account I followed for a while. Haha. I loved how private her life was, even when it wasn't. Rumors flew about her and Nick, Johnny, John and Tony but nothing was ever confirmed. Which is why when she announced she was releasing a tell-all I was like YES now we will all know the truth.

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I pre-ordered the book in November for a February 4th release. I came home from happy hour that evening and read for 4 hours, I finished it the next night. Yes 450 pages in two days, I was cross-eyed. My initial feedback was that the writing was a little rocky at first but it became smoother after a chapter or two. I like how she opened the book, talking about the worst day first, the "intervention". She was very open and honest about her actions, what she felt and her friend's responses. Ironically, my cousin's boss, Rita Hazan, was there doing her hair during the inter-friention, I of course did not know this until reading the book.

I felt like I already knew a lot about Jess (yes I call her Jess haha) since following her from the time she was 17 years old. But she admits a lot that was not exposed until now like her sexual abuse or the details of her cousins death. I always knew she was faithful growing up in a very religious home, but the fact that she has carried that strength throughout her 39 years was really evident in the memoir. After her cousin passed away (so tragically and shocking) Jessica began journaling on the regular, and I am obsessed with the idea. I blog which is great but a lot of the time I don't put that personal of information or a daily prayer on here, which I should!

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Nothing from the beginning of her stardom really shocked me. "Lose 15 lbs, show more skin, become sex object"° yes all seems about right to me. Even the reason for the divorce did not shock me. He seemed to become jealous of her rising fame and ended up disliking her almost to the point of hate. I actually went back and watched a few episodes of NewlyWeds and was like WOW it really is evident he did not like her. She said they became their roles even in their lives, which I would imagine was easy to do considering the first through 3rd year of marriage was all on TV for the world to see. But I will say this, she was herself in the beginning and America took a genuine love to her open and honest-ness and we all fell in love. Instead of Nick being a happy supportive husband he was jealous of her video budgets, and constant being on the road. At this point, 98 Degrees was no more.

The part that affected me the most was her relationship with John Mayer, or "relationSHIT". Again, we have all heard the rumors, especially about what a shitty person Mayer is° see Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift. But I was more upset that she let it go on for so long and allowed the abuse. He never hit her, but verbally abused her time and time again and ruined special moments for her. But eventually I thought Ok Jess now it's your own damn fault. They broke up 9 times in about 2 years. Then she started dating Tony Romo, who seemed to be a little insecure telling her she could not kiss men in any movies she was cast in.. LOL ok. She realized she did not love him enough to give up her career and I feel like she probably would have ended it anyway but he broke up with her the day before her birthday because he went through her phone and saw an email from JM talking about the BBQ at her parents. She was there, she did see him but she did not tell Tony. She left Tony's and ran right to John's after he told her in front of her whole family how much he loved her and wanted to be with her, she too was in love with him. When she got there, he basically told her he was grateful she was back because he could not come up with any good musical content without the emotional ups and downs of their relationships° basically she was a muse and that was it. He did not love her. It was really sickening and sad to read. Then he did an interview calling her sexual napalm and saying how he wanted to snort her. He was infatuated and addicted to her, not in love. She felt dirty. I would too.

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I love the way she met Eric, just a casual night at her house for a basketball game. They start talking about pooping pigs (you just have to read it lol) and talked for hours. They slept together the first night° look at that ladies° see some guys are not children and can handle a mature sexual relationship! He moved in two months later and they both wanted to start a family and started trying right away. Jess had some medical issues early on and had an ovary removed, so she could only get pregnant every other month in a nutshell. Well with both her kids, she got pregnant on that "off month". The egg somehow jumped over to the other falopian tube, the one she had, to be spermed haha. She was happy and shocked both times. They seemed perfect, her life seemed perfect but no one knew how intoxicated she was° well until the Ellen interview, yikes. She was consistently taking sleeping pills since 15, and then was prescribed a stimlant (she never says which but I assume adderall) so she should drink for hours without getting tired or passing out. Until the Dr. said, the stimulant or the Ambien, I cannot give you both you are killing yourself slowly with the drugs and alcohol. This all took a head when she was going to have a tummy tuck for stretch marks and loose skin. In 2017 on Halloween she began drinking at 7:30am and does not recall who got her kids ready. She was trashed. She had an emotional conversation with her father and completely shut down. That was the day she stopped drinking. Well technically 11/1/17 was her last drink. 

I loved Open Book. I love her, I love her honesty and she inspired me to walk away from toxicity and to hold onto faith beacause God is always working behind the scenes. We may not feel it through the pain, but we need to go through it to get to where we are meant to be. Her book sold out on Amazon and was #1 on the iBooks list the first week of the release. I am so happy for her. She built an amazing clothing empire that she threw herself into during times of pain and it has been so successful... a billion dollars successful. I think Open Book will help a lot of people face their past, confront their ghosts and hopefully move on with their heads held high with a new horizon in sight.

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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Valentine's Day (for me Galentine's) is upon us. I for one, do not celebrate but I know a lot of you lovelies out there do! You have 5 days, did you shop?! Well, luckily if you are an Amazon Primer, you still have a change to get some amazing gifts for your loves!

Valentine's Day (for me Galentine's) is upon us. I for one, do not celebrate but I know a lot of you lovelies out there do!

Below I am sharing two low-key celebration looks along with accessories for cupid's day!

I bought this shirt last year at Nordstrom Rack and it is of course gone but I am linking some cute red Amazon Prime tops that you can snag on the fly!

All my jewelry is from Erika Williner Desgins in Tampa Bay!

Shop below's look-a-like style here.



This Lauren Conrad top is about 5 years old and I am obsessed with it! But again linking some cute pink tops for a date night with yo man!!! This necklace is awesome because you can take the pendant off and wear it plain or put it on another necklace. So versatile.

Shop look-a-like styles here.

You have 5 days, did you shop?! Well, luckily if you are an Amazon Primer, you still have a change to get some amazing gifts for your loves!

Some of my fave items are as follows!

For your wifey/GF:

Bath Bomb Set for the ladies who need a minute
Kiss Wine Glasses for the wine lovahs
Pink Coffee Maker for the coffee lovahs
Bose Headphones for the runner in your life
The makeup/product organizer is AMAZING so is the brush/blowdryer!
Jessica Simpson Open Book Memoir-- just because I love her!

For the Kiddos:

A fabulous snack/candy basket
Heart Sunglasses
V Day Books

For yo' man:

Bar Cart
Globe Whiskey Decanter
Portable Speaker
UGG Slippers
Shaving Kit

For your Galentine:

FRIENDS Candle
Personalized Necklaces
Heart Socks
Wine Glasses

Links below will take you to everything pictured!

VDay Gift Guide PT 1
VDay Gift Guide PT 2

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

 

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I guess there are worse things to be addicted to but right now beauty products are my obsession, as well as Bath & Body Works candles. 

I guess there are worse things to be addicted to but right now beauty products are my obsession, as well as Bath & Body Works candles. 

I started using Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick for about 2 years. I first received it in my BirchBox or IPSY bag, can't recall which one, as a sample and FELL IN LOVE!! It is SO smooth, stays on ALL day and does not stain your lips. It is really easy to manipulate and create the shape you want your lips to be! Some of my favorite colors are:

BAWSE - Red
OUT LOUD- Burnt Orange
BIG SPENDER- Pinkish Purple
DRIVERS SEAT- pinkish nude

(BAWSE IS BELOW)

(BIG SPENDER IS BELOW)


(OUT LOUD IS BELOW looks a litte more red in this pic but it's like a burnt orange)


I discovered TULA  Skincare Probiotic from my blogger friend Jess! It is a probiotic, rose glow brightening eye balm. I use it when I wake up in the morning under my makeup and then later in the day when I feel like my eyes need a little pick-me-up! You can feel it tingle a little bit and I love how it cools and brightens the under eye!

I never used Tarte products but a few weeks ago they were having a 30% off sale and everyone RAVES about the ShapeTape concealer so I was like okaaaiii let me give it a shot! LO V E! It covers SO good and is really long lasting. It doesn't feel constricting but the coverage is incredible. While I was at it, I stocked up on the pressed poweder, the Poreless Primer and the foundation brush. Ok.... so honestly...there is such a difference when you use a good brush to apply your makeup and I love this one. The tip has a little scooper for your foundation. I currently use MAC and this works really well to get a good scoop. The quality is just so different than the one I snagged on Amazon. I would just say not to cheap out on your brushes or concealer. Spending the extra money is definitely worth it. 

If I were to say anything I would say to spend more money on your face makeup and lip-wear. My mascara is literally $5 and I LOVE it. As for above, I like to spend the extra because it makes me feel more confident especially the older I get and more wrinkles that take up residence on my face!

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

 

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A few weeks ago in church my Pastor did a sermon on not looking back and leaving things in the past. This really resonated with myself and everyone I was with. We all had pasts that we didn't want to look back on. Obviously there are times in our lives we will never forget, and times we wish we could. But the point was, not to let what you did then define who you are now.

A few weeks ago in church my Pastor did a sermon on not looking back and leaving things in the past. This really resonated with myself and everyone I was with. We all had pasts that we didn't want to look back on. Obviously there are times in our lives we will never forget, and times we wish we could. But the point was, not to let what you did then define who you are now.

 

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We have all done things we aren't proud of. We have all made bad decisions at one time or another. None of us are perfect, if that were the case Jesus wouldn't be a thing let alone a savior! For a long time I punished myself for mistakes I made in the past thinking I didn't deserve to be loved, or find someone to love me. Some days I still feel that way. But I came to realize that God doesn't punish, He gives you the time you need to repent, reset and move on.

 

My issue is, I haven't been able to completely move on yet.

Have you ever felt that way? Something in the past keeps holding you there? You keep thinking it will change, it will be different so you just keep going back to it° but it never really does. It's because God doesn't want to push you forward until YOU are ready to be pushed. SO until you forgive yourself and move on from whatever is holding you back, there won't be room for anything new in your life.

 

Pastor Matt said we need to be intentional about moving forward. What does this mean? This means we need to intentionally wake up every day with our mind set on the PRESENT. Not the past, not the future, the present. Be where you are, don't look back, and look to GOD alone. If you just focus on that, everything else easily falls into place.

 

We can't go back to the beginning, we can't change the past and we sure as hell cannot control the future. But it's time to upgrade yourself! January is always a good time to hit reset. For me, I wanted to reset the relationship with myself. The end of the year was tough for me but I got through it and I just needed to focus on God and the truth, not the lies from the enemy. So my reboot is done. I am in the process of my resetting getting back to focus on work, my blog and what makes me happy on a daily basis. Next, I will work on upgrading myself. Upgrade= something better. We always want to grow into something better, a better version of ourselves and that should never stop. I have to learn to update my relationships and learn my worth a little more I think -_-

 


 

 

So I want to give you some tips if you are ready for a reboot:

 

1.       Write things down. Keep a journal of your thoughts; the good, the bad, the ugly! Writing things down helps process them and also helps you respond more than react.
 

2.       Clean out your space! I am in the process of putting my Christmas décor away, I changed my bedroom around, and got some new patio furniture! This helps me to reset from '19 Jenn to '20 Jenn!

 

3.       Plan a little trip, get away! I took some time and went to New Jersey for a few days and we have Disney and Daytona planned for this month. Take time for yourself.

 

4.       Dive into a good show or book! I have immersed myself into multiple TV shows; You 2, Four Weddings & a Funeral and the latest is Almost Family. Honestly, in like 2015 when I needed a reboot, my cousin and I watched all 9 seasons of One Tree Hill in 3 months. We didn't go out or date we just rebooted with some chick flicks!

 

5.       Put good nutrition into your body! I wrote a blog about my 2020 nutrition and how I kept weight off during the holidays. Eating well, helps you sleep well, which keeps you rested and less stressed.

 

6.       Try a good tea. I am obsessed with teas! Combine a new tea & TV show—perfection!

 

7.       Don't be so hard on yourself. Everyone makes mistakes. Try to learn from them. If you don't the first time, it's ok everyone repents and moves forward at their own pace.

 

8.       Lean on a favorite scripture, or a few! I keep mine on my cell phone background.
"God is within her, she will not fall." –Psalm 46.5
"Rise up, take courage and do it."-Ezra 10.4 (I love this one for the reset mode!)

 

9.       Don't dwell on that past; who you hurt, who hurt you. Forgive and try to move on. I always give myself one day to feel blue when something happens then I wake up, remind myself how amazing my freaking life is and move on with my busy day.

 

10.   Lean on like-minded friends who are on-board with the reboot! It really does help!

XO Cheers,
Jenn

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Last year I made the decision to get healthy again and work with my friend and trainer Kerven Germain. Kerven worked out with me twice a week and I worked out on my own the other days. Unfortunately, sometimes our busy schedules get in the way and leave us with minimal work out time. This was me over the holiday; stress, lack of time and travel left me with less than two days to work out, at least less than two days to feel motivated to. But one thing I did stay consistent with was my nutrition.

Last year I made the decision to get healthy again and work with my friend and trainer Kerven Germain. Kerven worked out with me twice a week and I worked out on my own the other days. Unfortunately, sometimes our busy schedules get in the way and leave us with minimal work out time. This was me over the holiday; stress, lack of time and travel left me with less than two days to work out, at least less than two days to feel motivated to. But one thing I did stay consistent with was my nutrition.


 

I have tried it all, Whole 30, cutting carbs, keto etc. None of it worked for me. I gained weight on keto, twice! It's just not realistic for me. The best lifestyle meal plan that works for me has always been counting macros. What is a macro? Basically the breakdown of carbs, fats and protein that goes into a calorie. I use My Fitness Pal to track it. What I didn't know before working out with Kerven was there are better times of the day to eat certain macros. And intermittent fasting does work. So I wanted to give you a quick look into how I kept up with my weight loss without working out 5 days a week.

 

My macros are as follows:

Carb 90g
Fat 50g
Protein 120g

 

Yes you get 90g of carbs everyday on this plan! Ok so in the morning I either don't eat and fast until lunchtime or have a shake. 
 


 


My shakes consist of:

1 scoop chocolate protein
(I use Designer Whey or
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1 scoop Chia Seeds
(you can find them on Amazon here)
1 TSP Almond Butter 
(I use Barney or Trader Joes)
1 Banana
1 cup no sugar Almond Milk
½ cup of frozen berries

 

Calories 415 
Carbs 41g
Fat 11g
Protein 40g

 

 


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Lunches I vary, I will mostly do salads with almonds, chicken, low fat cheese and ranch or Italian dressing. I really like Alessi soups too. Half of the bean soup pack is only 15 carbs! I pretty much stay away from breads at lunch time and try not to do carbs because they will make you tired in the afternoon. I keep my carbs very low at lunch.

 

Snacks I will do stick of low fat cheese, or Triple Zero yogurt. I also am obsessed with celery and low sugar peanut butter or almond butter.

 

Dinner varies too but I do consume most of my carbs at dinner. Kerven said to do this because it helps you sleep. If I feel like I had a lot of food throughout the day I will just do a plain shake and salad. But normally I do grilled chicken, salmon or turkey. 

Here are some of my favorite dinners!

 

Mexican Bowl:
chicken or ground turkey
brown rice
avocado
salsa
Mexican chees
dollop of non-fat plain Greek yogurt

Harvest Bowl:
quinoa OR sweet potatoes
chicken OR turkey
dried cranberries
chopped up celery
avocado
drizzle of Balsamic reduction

 

Chicken Parm:
Grilled chicken
1 can of low sodium chopped tomatoes
¼ cup non-fat mozz cheese
1 spaghetti squash
Crushed red pepper

 

One of the most difficult things for me is that I have a HUGE sweet tooth. I cut back a ton actually but I still have some desserts that are healthier to indulge in.

No Crust Apple Pie:
1 Apple
Brown Sugar
Cinnamon
Low Fat Cool Whip
Heat in microwave for 1 min

 

PB Chocolate Banana:
(Only if I didn't have a banana in my shake that day)
1 banana 
1 TBP PB
5-10 Choc chips
put on baking pan, heat for 10 min on 350
IT MUST BE IN THE OVEN! Not microwave!

I also have used tea a lot to help reduce cravings. When I am hungry and I know I can't eat I will have a cup of tea (or coffee) to stop the craving. My other problem is wine! Honestly, I try to stick to just drinking on weekends and did switch to straight liquor for a little while but I love wine, so I try to be smart about it. If I drank a lot or know I am going to I will cut back on my carbs that day or the day after.

 

So if you drank and you're over your carbs that day by 30g then the next day cut your carbs by 50g so it balances out. Maybe try to go for a run or a walk too! We should really all try to give our bodies some form of exercise daily. I love cardio but again during my busy times at work it's hard to stay motivated when it's dark and cold out when I get home.

I hope this helps!! Let me know if you have any questions!

 

**these macros numbers were given to me based on my height and weight, not everyone's will be the same.

 

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

 

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Ah the first Friday & blog of the new DECADE. Can you believe it's 2020?? Wasn't it just 2000.. I'm confused. Well I can say in 20 years I have learned a LOT. If you haven't, you may wanna take a look at yourself. haha. 

I had a convo with my friend a few weeks back and she was saying how she was not sure if she wanted to have kids because of her anxiety and letting other people control her emotions too much. This was me a few years ago. When I say a few, like TWO. 
I was always emotional and let other people's actions control my emotions, it was not healthy. I had to stop and realize it was me, no one else who was making me feel the way I was; a rollercoaster of anger, depression, anxiety and rejection. 

 

Ah the first Friday & blog of the new DECADE. Can you believe it's 2020?? Wasn't it just 2000.. I'm confused. Well I can say in 20 years I have learned a LOT. If you haven't, you may wanna take a look at yourself in the mirror and say "I'm a lyin'...". haha. 

I had a convo with my friend a few weeks back and she was saying how she was not sure if she wanted to have kids because of her anxiety and letting other people control her emotions too much. This was me a few years ago. When I say a few, like TWO. 

I was always emotional, let other people's actions control my emotions, and took everything personal. It was not healthy. I had to stop and realize it was me, no one else who was making me feel the way I was; a rollercoaster of anger, depression, anxiety and rejection. 

I started therapy, went on some anxiety meds and since then have learned that if you let go and let God control things around you, it makes your life and body much less stressed. I learned I can't worry about anyone else's actions or opinions of me because that is not a reflection of who I am. I am who God says I am, period. And I deserve what God says I do.

For a while I was really sad about being single. Then Dan and I started dating and it was nice to have someone but I think through the year I just really learned to grow and love myself more than anything. In the beginning of December we called it quits for mutual reasons, but we are still BEST FRIENDS. While it seemed like a good idea on paper, our chemistry was more friends and we wanted to keep it that way. When it ended, I wasn't sad... I was SO happy because we got SO close as friends again and we had some amazing experiences!

When I left the relationship what I realized was I never lost myself, so coming out of it wasn't difficult. In the past I lost myself time and time again. I will NEVER do that ever again. I learned that not everything is meant to last forever and not everyone is supposed to be in your life forever. It is what it is. The people meant to be there, will always be there. The one's who are cruel with their words, and have evil in their hearts are the ones you need to shake your head, roll your eyes at and just walk away. 

STRESS creates wrinkles ladies, LET. THE. SHIT. GO!

Also,  I learned to embrace being single and give more time to God, to better my body, my mind and my experiences without having to answer to anyone else. And I am LOVING IT.

Embrace where you are in your life, because you may not be there again.

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Tips if you are going through a tough break up:

1. Find a show you can relate to that makes you lose yourself in it. Mine is always One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl or Grey's Anatomy.

2. Music. Make a playlist for however you are feeling and play it over and over again. I like angry girl music such as Miranda Lambert or Ariana Grande.

3. Get dressed up and go out with your girls, even if it's nothing fancy. Make yourself feel alive again.

4. Find a new hobby whether it be working out, writing, reading a new book or starting a blog!

5. Don't rush to find someone else. Take this time to heal and mend your soul with family and friends and things that bring you joy!

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Jenn

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Set Goals, Sleep, Wake up, Crush Goals, Repeat.

Goals are important. Yes it's kind of like planning but not really. The difference is, most goals can be controlled by YOU where as plans for your life are mostly controlled by GOD. I mean out of my top goals I hit this year, falling in love with my life is defintely my fave! What kind of goals are you setting for the new decade?!

Sucesses in 2019

Went to NYFW
Hit my personal financial goal
Hit 10k followers
Fell in love with my life 
Running 3 miles without stopping

Traveled to 4 new places:
Asheville, NC. Berlin, Germany. Prague, Czech Republic. Amsterdam, Holland!
Not too shabby of a year!!


Goals for 2020

Watch my beautiful sister get married
Exceed my personal financial goal 
Read 3 classic books, watch 5 classic movies 
Beat my mile time by 2 minutes 
Visit a new country/place (I try to do this every year, I think 2020 is going to be a few cities in Italy :) :) :) stay tuned)


 

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Jenn

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I am a planner, always have been but in 2019 I kinda threw my hands up in the air & have gone with the flow & it's been the best year yet. Life wasn't meant for us to stress or cry over, it was meant to be lived everyday doing something that brings you joy. It doesn't have to be work, but take time everyday to do something you love doing. Don't do anything that doesn't bring you happiness, it's a waste of your precious time.

I am a planner, always have been but in 2019 I kinda threw my hands up in the air & have gone with the flow & it's been the best year yet. Life wasn't meant for us to stress or cry over, it was meant to be lived everyday doing something that brings you joy. It doesn't have to be work, but take time everyday to do something you love doing. Don't do anything that doesn't bring you happiness, it's a waste of your precious time.

Surround yourself with people who make you belly laugh. My girl friends, sister and Dan are those people for me. They make me laugh until I am red in the face and cramping in the belly.


Fall in love with a new hobby, for me it became working out and drinking tea.. is that a hobby?? Enjoy the chaos, appreciate the surprises & accept when things don't go our way. When I am acting a fool over something so silly I say "Jenn people are dying, this is nothing, please slow your roll." And I remember that work is work, I don't cure cancer, no one is dying on my table.


 I give everything the best effort & most attention I can, shit happens we are all human & made beautifully imperfect! Once you can accept that & roll with the punches life becomes a lot more fun promise!!

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XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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