1) What does a day in your life look like?
My day, at least during the school year, is pretty consistent in form. My school starts at 7:30AM. I’m definitely an early bird, and don’t have energy to workout other than the morning! So I wake up at 4:45AM, workout from 5AM-6AM. I strength train 4-5x a week, and the days I do not I enjoy an hour of power yoga! I also try to in-cooperate yoga and stretching throughout each and every day.
After I work out, I get dressed and eat breakfast, and get a small lunch together for school. I don’t have much time to eat with my classes, and the lunch period is too crowded to even sit down sometimes. So I usually stick to munching on a few small snacks (nuts, eggs, fruit) through the school day.
Since I AM just a “teen” after all, I have yet to obtain my license to drive. I am taking the classes now, so I will have it within a few months. But as of now I take the bus home after school! I’m lucky that my mom can drop me off in the mornings, because that always sets a nice tone for my day
As soon as I get home I either grab a snack, or start dinner. Usually it is the latter, because I hate eating late. The earlier the better for my tummy! Dinner is eaten by 5, and if I am still hungry Ill eat a snack later. The rest of the night is typically taken over by homework, studying, and of course, blogging! I do make time to visit with my sister once she gets home from school, and help her with any homework, and also to visit my mom after her work day.
And like the party animal I am, I usually hit the hay around 8 or 830 PM! No joke. :) The weekends are really fun because I don’t have to get up so early, and both my sister and mother are with me all day. I still workout first thing when I get up, but the rest of the day is never planned! The weekends are the only “free” time I really have, so I make sure to see friends, family, and to -try- and stay up late! I also enjoy experimenting with recipes, and sometimes going out to eat (the only place we really go out to is Chipotle. We love their pledge to stay GMO free, plus the food is just YUMMY!) or to the movies, church, ext.
2) Why do you love yoga so much to the point that you want to become a certified yoga instructor?
I started to experiment in yoga around 4th grade. I remember no being able to even hold crescent pose (kinda like a lunge variation) for a second! I also remember doing some online videos, in which they progressed into balance poses such as half moon, where I was completely astounded by the fact such a thing was POSSIBLE.
It was a challenge for me… and I LOVE a good challenge. The fact that I had (and still do have) so much to learn, so many poses to try and complete, kept me interested. One of the things I love about yoga is that even though the postures never really change, YOU change. The poses and asanas grow with you as a person… there are variations for all levels.
Plus, even if you have to stay on the exact same “level” for years, each day the practice brings something new. Sometimes I feel wonderful, and the entire class flies by. My muscles feel great and I don’t get caught up in my head! But than on other days, the entire class I am stuck. My legs hurt, I lack strength, I just want it to be over with… those are the times when real growth happens. Every time I lay in savasana after those types of days, I feel glad that I kept with my practice, that I acknowledged I was feeling off, and acted upon it.
The reason I want to become a yoga teacher is similar to the reason I also want to become a fitness trainer. I love that EVERY DAY, there is something new to experience. No two days are alike… this is wonderful for someone like me who enjoys being challenged. However, in a sense, there is a consistency to yoga, and fitness and general. I like the fact that I can rely on having a supportive atmosphere daily to walk into, that I will be able to support, talk to, and befriend those who are just as passionate about health and fitness that I am.
Yoga is different than most fitness methods in the fact that EVERYONE can benefit from it. Everyone- a child, a young man or woman, a nursing mother, an elderly couple, even an athlete- can reign wonderful side effects from partaking in yoga! I am excited to meet so many people, with different stories and in all walks of life. In fact, next semester the football coach at my school has asked if I would like to meet with the football team each week and teach them yoga!
3) What’s your favorite holiday dish and why?
Oh, darn! This is a hard question. I think it depends on what I am in the mood for. I am not sure if its a “holiday” dish rather than a seasonal one… but I LOVE soups and chili. Thanksgiving and Christmas time are always prime time to cook up a huge batch of pumpkin chili, or chicken soup. I don’t get this stuff during summer so I look forward to it all year! :) Also, ANYTHING involving sweet potatoes or winter squash, I love.
4) Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In 10 years, I see myself out of college, and hopefully growing major connections (if not already having them). Another reason that I love to blog besides writing is to make connections… I would LOVE to be able to have my own TV show one day. You see cooking shows all the time, but how amazing would it be to be a part of one that focuses on holistic methods and a wholesome diet rather than using processed ingredients to make things taste better, or trying to whip up some “15 minute” meals? I know that is a long stretch, but that is why I am starting my journey towards this giant dream NOW instead of later! I also have many ideas currently for opening a holistic grocery store with my mother, and hope that those plans will be farther acted upon and developed.
I also see myself with a yoga teaching certificate, as well as personal training certificates. I hope to be actively using those on a daily bases as well as a holistic nutrition degree. I also think it would be wonderful to continuously study in the holistic culinary arts. I think that traveling will play a big role in this, as well as to help spread the word of health and nutrition to as many as possible while learning about other cultures approach to life and health!
5) How long ago did you start your blog and why?
I began blogging August of 2012. I had been active in the health and fitness lifestyle for a while by then, and read other health blogs daily. I had always wanted to start one… I would even think of things to write in a post while I would take a shower! Haha Finally, I decided to just DO IT! It was difficult at first, and I did not post regularly in the beginning. But in the past few months I have really gotten serious about it and I am so blessed to have met so many wonderful people and gained new experiences from it
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