Motivational Monday w/o June 6th: The Universe

One of my favorite books is The Alchemist. The main character, Santiago, goes through many trials and tribulations on his journey. One of the things he learns that resonates the most with me is:

Universe

Try it out this week. #StayInspired. #3QT

Travel Tips: How To Look Good After A Flight

My 2016 travel season has begun so many of my posts will now be centered around travel tips and destinations (past and current).

I love travel. I live for the long flights, meeting new people, immersing myself in new cultures and shoveling as much food as possible into my mouth.

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I can do it alone (Buenos Aires), with my husband, Keith (Around the World Trip), with my best friend, Linda (Eat Pray Love Trip), or a group of friends – you know who you are (Miami, NOLA, LA…). The truth is, for me, travel represents risk and that’s living! If you’re not a little scared or uncomfortable, then you’re not living life. I fear missing opportunities by merely existing in my comfort zone.

Because of this mentality, I forced myself to travel anyplace I could get to in my early 20’s and the bug hasn’t stopped. If anything, the urge has gotten stronger. I find it my best educator and one worth the investment.

So to kick off these weekly 2016 summer posts on travel, I am going to start with some of my favorite ‘tips.’

Enjoy, stay inspired, and remember, we are always ¾ There….

Tips For How To Look Good After A Flight

I am an ugly flyer. For me, its more about comfort at this point and not looking like too much of a train wreck when I land. I know I will never look like a million bucks when I walk off a plane, but there are some very good tips to keep it together.

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It’s a universal fact that flying wreaks havoc on your appearance. Can we say under-eye bags, wrinkled clothes, dry, lifeless skin, and don’t get me started on the hair.

Before the Flight:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Stay away from caffeine and alcohol
  • I am a huge fan of alkaline water, which balances your PH levels. I carry the drops everywhere. You can put them in your bottled water, coffee/tea, soups, etc.
  • I see people get so jiggy and it only makes the airport / boarding situation worse. I always tell my companions, “In airports, move slower and you’ll go faster.”
  • No make up! This is important for +5 hour flight because make up gets trapped under the dehydrated top layer of skin. This translates into blotchiness and breakouts.
  • If anything, where SPF moisturizer. Yes, you may be inside but the UVA light is still there. Trust me on the sunscreen.

During the Flight:

  • Say no to alcohol! Unless you’re flying first/business class where they serve premium liquor, I’d recommend steering clear of alcohol. Cheap booze causes puffy face syndrome as well as fatigue.
  • Did I say hydrate? I always position myself on the aisle seat for bathroom breaks. I chug water with my alkaline drops. Try and stay away from caffeine, but if you need it, opt for matcha green tea because it contains 1/3 less caffeine than coffee but also contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals.
  • Bring an eye mask and noise cancellation headphones to sleep. To top off this attractive look, I usually wear a hoodie. With all this gear, how could I not pass out?
  • No salt! Say no to the cookies and pretzels. Not only do salty, spicy and greasy foods cause disturbances in your gut balance, they will also cause facial puffiness and bloodshot eyes.

Almost Time to Land:

  • Give yourself a mini-facial: grab one of those pre-moisturized cleaning towels and wipe all that airplane grime away. Moisturize with an SPF moisturizer and pat on some lip balm.
  • I take my pill pack very seriously. No matter where I go, these bad boys come with me. Take your vitamins!!!!! During a flight, the most essential ones are: Vitamins C, D and the Omega 3s with a glass of alkaline water. You can also just add lemon or lime to water and this will give the same result.
  • I love aromatherapy so will take a sniff of either a lavender or frankincense scent to chill me out.
  • I always look like a fraggle rock character when it comes to my airplane hair. My solution? My DogPound Hat. But of course, feel free to use whatever hat works best for you. Add some sunglasses to the mix and you walk off looking refreshed, yet mysterious.

DP

Motivational Monday w/o May 29th: Self Talk

I think this sums it up. And don’t feel guilty patting yourself on the back every once in a while. You work hard, and deserve the kudos! Stay inspired.

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Motivational Monday w/o May 23rd: The 5 Things to Quit

The 5 Things to Quit:

Definitely easier said than done, BUT, if you can quit these habits, your life will improve tremendously. I am guilty of each one, but try and remain aware of when I succumb to them, and consciously make it a point to stop.

Trying to please everyone? It’s never going to happen. It’s actually impossible.

Fearing change? Well, change is inevitable in life. If we fear it, we fear living.

Living in the past? There is nothing you can do about what happened. The only thing you have control over is now – the precious present moment.

Putting yourself down? You are one of a kind – there will never be another ‘you’ again. Make every moment count in your life. You were put here for a reason.

Overthinking? Stop. Keep things simple. Life is much less stressful this way.

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Motivational Monday w/o May 16th: Everyone is a Teacher

Everyone in your life is a teacher. They come into your life for a purpose – to guide / challenge / inspire.

I have met some extraordinary people and they have helped shape my story. Whether I knew them for a second or for years, they have all impacted me in some way… and I will never be the same because of it.

Stay Inspired.

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Motivational Monday w/o May 9th: Keep a Big Heart

Motivational Monday: I continue to struggle with my love of food/consumption and staying fit. I have definitely improved, but like my profile pic, I still have work to do in that department. For me, happiness is a wonderful meal with wine/champagne and great company. For that reason I will probably never have a six pack, but then again, I never did 🙂 Cheers to this Motivational Monday meme. Keep a big heart, be happy and stay inspired! #3QT

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Motivational Monday w/o May 2nd: The Wisdom Prayer

This has been a tremendous year and it’s only May! Never a dull moment: When one story ends, another begins! This quote has a lot of special meaning for me – Stay Inspired.

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Motivational Monday w/o April 25th: Dreams

I love instant gratification, but I realize the best things in life are worth the wait and do not always work out the way you expect them to. You will reach your goals with persistence, hard work, honesty, passion, keeping your word, and keeping others accountable for theirs. Don’t give up because what you believe is what you will ultimately achieve. Stay inspired!

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A Weight Loss Shot? Hello?! Sign Me Up!

I am a sucker for new ways to be healthy. I damage my body in every way imaginable but still find ways to keep it working – remember the Cryotherapy article? Well let me introduce you to Lipotropic Injections.

B12-shots

Let’s be real, in today’s world, it’s not easy to lose weight. We are tempted every place we go. Enter in the Lipotropic Vitamin Injections or fat burn injections.

What is it?

Any vitamin/nutrient injected into the body can improve overall liver function – you want a healthy liver to lose weight! Many professionals recommend 2x a week, but honestly, do what works best for your lifestyle and schedule. I usually go once a month for maintenance and it really does help. My place is the Body Factory in NY (http://www.bodyfactoryskincare.com/)

There is a little soreness at the time of injection, but it goes away in an hour.

Here are the nutrients and vitamins:

  • Methionine: Helps break down fat and aids digestion.
  • Inositol: Regulates metabolism of fat and helps prevent hardening of arteries.
  • Choline: Heart health.
  • Vitamin B12: Many Americans are deficient in B12. This nutrient helps prevent anemia, keeps nerve and blood cells healthy and ultimately provides energy!

For me, it’s about the energy. I want and need more. Aside from the classics: eat right, stay hydrated, move, sleep…this gives an extra oomph.

So what are you waiting for? It’s almost summer – boost your metabolism, lose some weight and get more energy. The magic weight loss shot has arrived!

Motivational Monday w/o April 18th

This April month has been a whirlwind of change. New beginnings, closures, celebrations, hello’s, good-byes. This quote sums it up for me. The only thing in life that is guaranteed is change – and that’s a beautiful thing. Every change is truly a miracle if you allow it to be. Stay inspired.

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