The 21 Day Challenge To Becoming a Better YOU

It takes 21 days to make something a habit, so for 21 days try these six tips to improve yourself. They will not only make you feel better, but make your days better.

#1- Don’t Complain

Why Complaining Is Holding You Back & How To Stop -> Examine, reflect and be aware. And stay positive.

On average, a person complains at least 30 times a day. How many times do you think you complain on a daily basis? Because I know I complain a lot, whether I am complaining about the rain, how cold it is, how slow people are driving, or even how much homework I have everyday. Complaining is negativity coming out of your mouth. Imagine if instead of saying negative things, you said positive things. Like how much you love the sound of rain, snuggling up in a blanket when its cold, or how relaxing driving slow is. Your attitude and outlook on the day would make a complete 360. So try it! Don’t make any complaints about the events of your day.

#2- Spread Kindness

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti

Be friendly to everyone around you. Compliment a stranger. You never know how someones day is going. Words of kindness could bless someone. Even a simple smile at someone passing by will not only make them feel warm, but make yourself feel good also! So for the next 10 days, make it a point to be kind to everyone you come in contact with.

#3- Avoid Procrastination

What Will You Do Today That Shapes Your Tomorrow? - Muscle & Fitness Hers

Procrastination is one of the biggest things I personally struggle with. Especially when it comes to homework; I refuse to do it until the night before. Procrastination brings a ton of stress on yourself. Make goals and follow through with them. Create a to-do list, give yourself a time to have things done by, and follow through with it. You will have so much free time to do activities that you actually want to do.

#4- Be Accepting

We are trained in this society to reject anything that we don not understand. Elevate your mind.

Not everyone you come across will have the same morals, standards, beliefs, and style of clothing as you. Everyone is different, therefore you should be accepting of all kinds of people. A girl has one shoes that you don’t like, oh well. Just because it is not your choice doesn’t mean its wrong. So accept all people, all situations, and all outcomes.

#5- Volunteer and Serve Others

Often the best way to see the needs of others is to stop looking at our own. -Kristen Welch

Serving others should be a big priority. It goes along with spreading kindness. When you do good things for others with a genuine servants heart, good things will come unto you. You don’t have to go to a shelter to serve, you can serve in your neighborhood, at your school, or you can even serve your family. For 10 days, find a way to bless others.

#6- Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Get out of your comfort zone

Most the time people stay in their comfort zone because they are scared to try new things. But it doesn’t have to be a big deal. Do small things, like try food you’ve never had before, or do a new hairstyle. Take baby steps. Getting out of your comfort zone will make your life more exciting. You don’t have to live life on the edge, but lets try not to live life in a box.

Good luck! I hope that you not only try these things, but that you are consistent and it works for you. That you will feel more encouraged and more confident than ever. Here’s to a better you!

– Jasmine

“When you have a bad day, a really bad day, try and treat the world better than it treated you.”

Something that I think should be very prominent in young adults’ lives is the thought “do good things and good things will come your way”. The good karma that people put out in the world not only helps people who could be in need but it also makes you feel good about yourself. Feeling down or stuck in a rut? Go pack a couple lunchbags for the homeless in your town. A movement called #HashtagLunchBag is one way that shows how you can pay it forward.

Here’s a quick video that shows a small group of people coming together to make a difference in their local community. Kindness is contagious and it only takes a few people to start a movement.

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. But if you’re reading this blog you’ve found time to surf the web when instead you could be feeding the homeless or making blankets for the less fortunate. So reach out to your community, or even just your neighbors.

Or something else you can do is volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of America. You can become a homework helper, or maybe even a youth sports coach! It all depends on what your interest are and how much time you have to dedicate. But I guarantee you’ll make the kids day just by smiling and being a strong, positive role model.

Here’s a link to help you find your local club:



Rain, Rain, Come and Stay

Find Beauty in Rain     vertical print by thewheatfield on Etsy, $18.00

I don’t know about you, but it felt like summer dragged on a bit longer than normal this year. Classes started and I was ready to start wearing my fall outfits and my nice snug boots, but instead I was wearing my summer dresses, shorts, tank tops, and flats. I mean, it was nice and all, but I was ready for the wonderful fall weather that comes around each year. The leaves of trees were changing color and pumpkin spice lattes were back, but it just felt so out of place because of the warm weather. However, do not fear, wonderful blog readers. The cold weather is striding in. Some of you may like it and some of you may not. I personally love the rain and snuggling with my blanket and a nice cup of something warm. Here are some more ideas for you to make your rainy days a bit brighter.

1) Bake some yummy goods

You may be stuck inside, but that does not mean you have to be bored. Make your favorite baked dessert or try something completely new.

Homemade Pumpkin Roll -- simple to make, and filled with a delicious cream cheese icing | #dessert

2) Read a book

Grab your favorite blanket to snuggle with on the couch and open up the window blinds as you read a good book. There’s something relaxing about reading a book and listening to the rain fall and watching it outside your window.

Everything is better when it's raining... Repinned by I agree, Because when it's raining, I give my self permission to just sit and bury myself in a good book.

Watch a movie

Warm up some hot chocolate, pop the popcorn, and put on your favorite movie. There’s no time like the present 🙂

4) Finally, my personal favorite, PUDDLE JUMPING.

There is no need to stay in doors at all times while it’s raining. Put on your rain boots and go outside in the rain. Remember, you’re never too old to play in the rain

Well, there’s some of my ideas for a rainy day. Enjoy!



Sweeeeet Strawberry Shortcake!!

So I found this super easy recipe, and felt like I just HAD to share it. When I used to hear the name, “Strawberry Shortcake,” the first thing that would come to mind was the word fancy. Strawberry shortcake is a fancy kind of dessert. Well, either that or a children’s television show. But when I saw this super easy, super simple, super wonderful recipe… I was thrilled.

Here’s all you need: A can of the regular refrigerated biscuits that you can pick up at practically any convenience store, some strawberries, white sugar, and whipped cream. THAT’S IT! You start by separating the biscuits and dipping them one at a time into sugar. Then, place them on a baking sheet and bake them according to the directions on the can. Once they’re ready, serve them warm topped with sliced strawberries (or whatever kind of berry you prefer) and whipped cream. Boom. You have yourself a delicious, EASY to make, refreshing summer snack. Maybe, just maybe… You could even fool people into thinking it’s a fancy dessert. Try it out!


FUN in the SUN with friends!

Interested in finding some neat new activities to have a little summer fun with your friends? Well here’s a few I found that I know I definitely want to try!

First, I began thinking about the joy that a classic board game can bring friends. Well, how about doing one in the sun? And instead of just bringing a board out and plopping it on a table, what about THIS nifty idea? Yard Twister!

I also came across this idea earlier in the spring, but didn’t get a chance to try it. Who’s ever been a part of a paint war? Cause it looks SO fun! And here are tons of different ideas on how to do it!

You can put paint in squirt guns!

Or in water balloons!

Or you know what, you can just do it however you like! But one tip from me at least… Wear a plain white shirt. Make’s it so much more fun!

But if you just want to cool off from the sun, AND still get a little creative, try a paint Slip n’ Slide!

The last idea I found may very well bring you back to your childhood. I don’t know about you, but I LOVED (well, let’s be real, I STILL love) making a good fort with blankets and sheets. You’d stack up the chairs, hang the corners on book shelves or bed frames, and viola. Nothing tops that… Except maybe a fort OUTSIDE. Sure, it might take a bit more improvising, but maybe with a little string, some clothes lines, whatever you got… Just MAYBE, can you make something spectacular.

I hope these ideas help add a little more fun in the sun for you and your friends! If nothing else, I hope they encourage you to get creative, and find some joy. Cause honestly, I don’t think you’re ever too old to go play in the rays.


Trouble Cutting Fruit? Fear no more!

Summer’s here. Yup, let the sun rays flow… In my mind, this means BRING OUT THE FRUIT (not that it HAS to be summer to eat fruit, but sweet goodness is it delightful to be grinding on some watermelon chunks or pineapple while basking in the sun). So, I thought I’d address all those who have ever had the same revelation as me… HOW ON EARTH DO I CUT UP SOME OF THIS STUFF?

In college, I came home one day with a pineapple and cantaloupe in hand, and was super stoked to start munching on them. It had been a LONG week, and all I wanted to do was sit back, relax, and chow down on some good fruit. That’s when it hit me. I had no idea how to cut it properly.

So! If you’ve ever had that same kind of moment of panic, OR, don’t want to in the near future if you have a lack of fruit cutting experience, I’ve done some research for you.

FIRST UP: Of course, that darn pineapple. Why does it have to be such a pain… Or is it?


EASY ENOUGH! Next, watermelon.


Sweet. (Get it, cause watermelons are sweet?) How about this nifty one with kiwi’s!


Awesome. Now check this one out! Super neat.


Cantaloupe time! One of my favorites.


Can’t forget this. MANGO’S.


Those are the toughie’s!  But you can also go grab some strawberries, blueberries, bananas, cherries, grapes, pears, and so much more! From there, the options are endless. You can make a fruit parfait, a fruit shishkabob, salad, toss them all in a blender and make a smoothie, or just go with the classic: EAT THEM AS IS.

There are tons of ways to cut all these different kinds of fruit up, but if you’re at a loss like I once was, you can start here! I hope your summer gets a little more fruity with these step-by-step instructions. Enjoy!


QUESTION of the Day

I was asked the question the other day… “What are you doing right now that is requiring faith?” But don’t just immediately write this one off because of what the religious background (or lack of) that you come from is. Get this: IT DOESN’T MATTER. The question stays the same.

Google’s definition of faith is this: the complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Synonyms: trust, belief, confidence, conviction

The question can simply be, “Where in your life do you have to find strength and courage to persevere?” Or even, “Where in your life do you have to truly trust in a friend or a family member, or even your own abilities?” “Where in your life do you have to BELIEVE that something good will happen, or something good will come out of these trying times?”

After some thought, my answer was, “I’m trying to let go of the things I can’t change With that answer, it broke down to three different sub-groupings: past, present, and future things. Certain things on my heart; certain things I felt like I couldn’t do alone; certain people I knew I couldn’t reach out to every day like I’d want to; certain UNcertainties that had to do with my future; and certain memories I knew I just couldn’t change. Those were the things in my life that were requiring faith.

So, I’m keeping this rather short, or at least more to the point. WHAT ARE YOU DOING RIGHT NOW THAT IS REQUIRING FAITH? Right now. At this moment. Dig deeper for this one. Look somewhere in your heart or in your mind that you’ve been avoiding to look at in a while, to confront. Because here’s the deal: When you answer this question, this is the real answer you are giving: I AM STRONG BECAUSE... Think of the harder things. By doing that what you’re truly saying is, “I am strong because I have dealt with this in my past,” or “I am strong because although I don’t know how to go about this situation, I AM STILL GOING…” That’s the key. Still going: A process. You’re not supposed to have some concrete answer. You’re supposed to wrestle with it. You’re SUPPOSED to see how strong you are…

If this question is easy for you, then I challenge you to go even deeper; to try and see even clearer; to try and be even STRONGER.


Laughter… You’re actually becoming HEALTHIER!!!!

I don’t know about you, but there is not much laughter can’t fix… At least in the moment. I don’t mean the “ha ha, that was a corny pun, Daniel,” kind of laughter. I mean the deep-rooted, snorting-triggered, body-aching belly laugh. There is truly no moment for me that can’t be fixed by that kind of laughter.

But here’s the thing: This isn’t just a personal remedy, it has been PROVEN by research that laughter brings about tons of health benefits! So… Laugh a little more in your day, and become healthier? Now how on earth can that be true? Well, here’s 7 research based proven benefits to laughing.

  1. Laughing lowers blood pressure

Lowering your blood pressure, no matter what starting levels they may be at, helps reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks. That should be reason enough to laugh a little more!

  1. Laughter reduces stress hormone levels

The benefit of reducing stress hormone levels are infinite, but the obvious one includes making cuts to the anxiety and stress that impacts your body. On top of that, reduction of stress hormones in your body may result in higher immune system performance. In other words, laughing along with your buddy’s jokes at the end of a long day can not only help reduce some of the stress and anxiety you’ve built up, but also help keep you from getting sick! Sounds good to me.

  1. It’s a FUN ab workout!

Alright, everybody has to have felt this feeling at least ONCE in their life before, and screamed these words during a deep belly laugh… “Stop making me laugh! My belly hurts!” I think one of the coolest benefits of laughing (because keeping you from having a stroke or heart attack or building up your immune system is totally not as cool), would have to be that you are helping TONE YOUR ABS when you laugh! When you are laughing, the muscles in your stomach are expanding and contracting, similar to when you are intentionally exercising your abs. So… Laugh and look GOOD. That should be a bumper sticker.

  1. Laughing improves cardiac health

Laughing is also a great cardio workout, especially for those who are unable to do certain physical activities due to an injury or illness. Laughing gets your heart pumping, and burns calories. Again, how is this not reason enough?

  1. It BOOSTS T cells

Laughing boosts T cells, which are specialized immune system cells just waiting to be activated. When you laugh, you are basically giving permission for TAKE-OFF for those cells to immediately begin to help you fight off sickness.  So next time you feel like there’s a cold coming in, try adding in a few chuckles.

  1. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins

The job of an endorphin is this: To be the body’s natural pain killer. So when you laugh, you release endorphins that can help ease chronic pain. You know, like what the medicines that cost the big bucks do.

  1. Laughing all-around produces a general sense of well-being

Research has proven that laughter can help increase your overall sense of well-being. Doctors have found that people who have a more positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative. So, when you smile and laugh, you can live longer? That has GOT to be enough reason why you should add more laughter in your day.


Yes, the deep-rooted belly laughs are great. But really, just a chuckle, or even a giggle can do so much for you. If I am being literally benefitted health wise by doing something that brings me joy, something that means I am having a good time, well then count me in. So think about this the next time you’re feeling stressed, anxious, like you’re getting sick, can’t be physically active, want to have a more positive outlook on life, or you just want to know you have given yourself a nice exercising touch to your day. Laughter can do the job! So, go ahead and get your giggle on!




Searching for beauty? Searching in the wrong places? Just go WANDER!

Being new to write to this blog, I skimmed through a vast amount of the previous things that have been talked about or shared here. It didn’t take long for me to realize what I wanted to contribute first…
A common theme that I have recognized in this blog has been the idea of beauty and what it should mean to us. Beauty that is real, though, rather than a false expectation or image of something that doesn’t exist. In Alyssa’s February 20th entry titled “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful”, she stressed true INNER beauty. Beauty that goes far deeper than what kind of clothes you wear, what the shape of your body is, or what color eyes you have. It’s about seeing something honest, something true, something real in a world that has become more and more artificial or engineered.

Well, beauty can be seen in many places. One place I’ve learned to find it is in NATURE. So, I give you this: A rather famous quote that may look short, but can take you the distance…


Playing video games, browsing your social media, watching great movie hits: These are all things that I do as well. I would be a complete hypocrite if I said to quit doing all those things. But there is only so much of technology you can take before getting caught up and stuck in the false beauties the world offers. It is EASY to look at magazines and wish that was you when you see pictures like that every single day on Instagram. And it’s EASY to feel your body isn’t shaped right when you see women portrayed like mighty goddesses in games or on the internet or in television shows. But when you find time to just wander… To “lose yourself” in a green world of nature that only has and only knows TRUE beauty… Then that’s when you begin to see with a new pair of eyes. That’s when you see what real beauty is.

Here are some pictures I took just last weekend at a place that is 13 minutes away from where I live. A place with infinite trails that allows you to just wander…



Now here’s the real test: I challenge you. Yup, I said I challenge you. You don’t have to go climb a mountain (unless that’s your kind of thing), but just get outside. WANDER. Even if you’re in a place where there aren’t many trees, go take a walk. Or sit on a bench and watch the clouds. Or find a good place to watch the sunset… Or even the sunrise! (You gotta get up early for that one, which is REAL hard for me, so kudos to you if you can) But just go outside. Find what is bare but authentic, what is simple yet real… Find something that is beautiful.


“Cool” Ideas for Summer!!

Summer is still a couple months away, but with all this great weather lately, I’m starting to get excited!! I’m already thinking about warm summer nights, BBQ’s with friends, and laying out in the sun.

So, naturally, I’ve been looking at fun summer time ideas online, and this one caught my eye… fun ideas for ICE CUBES! Who knew there were so many cool things you could do with ice cubes? These are all great ideas for summer birthdays, BBQ’s, 4th of July, and other parties and get-together’s.


This one is so simple but so cool. Rainbow ice cubes! All you have to do is add a little bit of food coloring into the water before you freeze them.



If you want to add some flavor, you can make Kool-Aid and pour it into an ice cube tray to make yummy fruity ice cubes.



Another thing you can do is add some fruit. Not only does it look neat, but it’s refreshing and even healthy! You could even add mint, too.



You can also find trays to make ice cubes in different, fun shapes. You can usually find these for really cheap at places like Target, IKEA, or Walmart. Here are a few examples:

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This one is made to look like a shark fin popping out of the water!!! Perfect for a beach party!


I also like these, they look like little boats sailing on top of the water!

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Hope you can use some of these ideas at your summer parties!!