How to Completely Reset in 30 Minutes

I've been doing this every weekend for the last month, and it's done miracles for my workweek. 

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Let's be real. $14 for a cocktail when what you really want to do is just catch up with a person is exhausting. It's exhausting, because it would cost $2 if you made it at home, and it's loud at the bar, and you're already thinking twice about your goal to wake up the next morning and go for a run before the sun comes up -- if GNI is any indication, I'm not the only one here. 

Those nights can be capital F U N -- and I mean fun, because last Saturday I was sipping a cocktail and playing some (very bad) pool in the East Village. But, on the off chance you find yourself midweek drained emotionally, financially, maybe physically you might be looking for something that lifts your spirit. 

I've started doing this thing once a week. It's simple, costs less than $5, and has helped me grow my network and improve my well-being immensely. 

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I've started going for coffee dates on Saturdays.

I've gone by myself to read, I've met a friend I hadn't seen in a little while to truly catch up, and I've used it as the perfect segue when establishing a new friend/connection after swapping information at a group event. 

Why.

When I say it has been lovely, those aren't even the right words. I used to do this every so often but didn't make a concerted effort to keep up with it until now. Now that I'm making it a priority, it isn't daunting! They normally last between 30 and 45 minutes, are inexpensive, because hello drip coffee, you are a goddess, and I've found that the relaxed nature on the weekend is great fodder for conversation -- there was a dog who was so cute on the way! have you looked at this brunch crowd? how was work this week? 

It's also an excellent reason to stay in on the weekend nights. My budget is a little tight right now. I've been wanting to still stay in touch with my best people but not at the expense of being unable to buy groceries for the week. This is the best of both worlds. I actually find that my network is growing and my friendships are strengthening, because, well, we're not drunk, and we're actually paying attention. 

But what do I order.

Simple. Coffee! Or tea! Maybe a pastry or a more substantial bite depending on when/where you are catching up. I've been sticking to drip coffee (max $3) and splurged last weekend on an almond milk latte ($5). 

Dress me. 

You're meeting for coffee, woohoo! That means relaxed comfort and casual brunch vibes. Thankfully, athleisure is here to stay. I've included my favorite looks below. 

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Layers, Jeans, & Pop

Honestly, nothing is easier than a half up / half down hairstyle, a t-shirt (maybe the one you slept in? I'm not judging) underneath a crisp sweater, and a nice pair of jeans. The pop of color from the shoes is an unexpected surprise, and with everything else neutral, it really adds some great energy to the look. I might throw on a gold bracelet or a hoop earring for a little something extra. 

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Neutral Game Strong

First of all, those joggers are gorgeous -- and so are any athleisure style garb you might have in your closet. A cute sweatpant might work here too. I'm loving this look because of the camel colors, really. They play a nice wintry vibe on what could be a very summery outfit. The jacket and turtleneck for warmth, yet the crop keeps it interesting and plays well against the high-rise of the pant. This is a throw on and run out the door kind of outfit (but cute enough that you could have spent all morning putting it together). If heeled booties aren't your thing, try nude flats or white sneakers. 

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Here. For. This.

I will always celebrate leggings, a chic sweater, and an equally fabulous and over-sized scarf. It's my favorite look to fall back on and the best one, in my opinion, to rock on a Saturday. Simple rings and hair in either a top-knot or loose and flowy always pulls the look together. 

I'm side hustling hard this Saturday for my coffee rendezvous. Can't wait. Cheers to calmer vibes and energized souls! Xx. 


+ What do you think? Coffee dates yay or nay? Tell me in the comments below!


How to Unwind in 19 Seconds

Sometimes, anxiety happens. Here's how to unwind in 19 seconds. 

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Sometimes life is stressful. There are days where the workload is high, the ability to compartmentalize personal from professional and vice versa is difficult, and anxiety threatens to take over completely. I think it is safe to say we have all had that paralyzing moment of not being able to mentally take it down a few notches. 

I use this breathing technique to relax my mind and body for various situations; before an interview or big meeting, if I can't fall asleep, or as a way to exit work mode. It takes less than a minute to complete three rounds and can be done anywhere. 

It's fairly simple yet highly effective. Here's how it works:

1. Close your eyes or drop your gaze to the floor. 

2. Breathe in for a count of four.

3. Hold your breath for a count of seven.

4. Exhale for a count of eight.

5. Repeat at least three times. 

How do you feel? Relaxed? Was it helpful to count or was it distracting?

Happy almost long weekend. Xx. 


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5 Essential Oils You Need for Travel

Hellooooo healthy. Goodbye chemicals. Our five favorite oils for travel below from our resident oil distributer, Shelby. 

Summertime means travel for a lot of us - concerts, road trips, family vacations, plane rides, etc. At the same time, many of us are trying to replace chemicals in our lives, which can translate to our wellness suffering when traveling. To keep you at ease and healthy through even your most adventurous trips, I'm sharing my five essential oils to travel with this summer season...

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1. Young Living’s Stress Away – my go to even when at home, because it smells like a tropical vacation in a bottle.  When traveling anywhere, Stress Away is my best friend. It’s comical how worked up we get trying to go on vacation. If things are going wrong, simply sniff that bottle of stress away. You can diffuse it while you’re packing or roll it on your pulse points before liftoff if planes give you jitters.

The distinct mix of Vanilla and Lime gives Stress Away its unique and pleasant aroma—among other benefits, including Vanilla’s naturally occurring eugenol (antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties). This blend also includes Copaiba, which has a history of beneficial properties, like boosting respiratory health; Lavender, with its refreshing and calming scent; and Cedarwood, which features the powerful plant constituent cedrol (tightened tummy, boosted digestive health, anti-fungal properties). All of these ingredients are expertly blended with the exotic scent of Ocotea, a unique, Ecuador-sourced essential oil.

2. Young Living’s DiGize was my hero on a recent trip to D.C. I had a mysterious fever for two days before we left which left me weak, dehydrated, and nursing a sensitive stomach. Enter in DiGize, one of Young Living's exclusive and proprietary dietary supplements. This unique blend contains Ginger, Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and Juniper essential oils. Aka perfect for balancing a digestive system and feeling like a 10/10.

Inhale directly from the bottle, or mix up with carrier oil in a roller bottle, and apply right to your tummy. Add to a gel capsule, or add two drops Digize Vitality and one drop Peppermint Vitality to water for a stimulating beverage. You could also add two to three drops honey to support a wellness regimen. So go ahead, grab a couple extra packets of honey from your continental breakfast and enjoy those Alligator Fritters or Turtle Soup. Or not. Maybe just that delicious, decadent dessert.

3. Traveling can be hard on your immune system and Young Living’s Thieves is your immune system’s best friend. Blend with a carrier oil in a roller and apply daily to your spine to support your immune system. Diffuse at night for a homey scent - seriously, that cinnamon makes you want to cozy up. Add a drop of Thieves to a spoonful of local honey (that local honey can help you adjust to seasonal blooms as well, because bees pollinate local flowers, and the honey develops a strong allergen base for your health). 

4. If your ideal vacation finds you hiking scenic mountains, chasing kiddos around an amusement park, exploring shops downtown, or even just on a long car ride – you’re probably going to end up with sore muscles and joints. Young Living’s PanAway, applied topically, provides a stimulating aromatic experience with Peppermint, Wintergreen, Clove, and Helichrysum. It kind of feels like Icy Hot or Mineral Ice but 100% natural. If you’re traveling with your best friend or partner, trade some massages with PanAway at the end of the day. Or if you’re going solo, pop a roller fitment on that oil and get into those muscles!
 

5. Finally, Young Living's Lavender – you honestly won’t find me anywhere without it. Rub a few drops on the bottom of your feet to help relax and unwind at the end of the day, and ease into a great night’s sleep -- even when you're in a new location.

Lavender is known for its soothing properties, so applying it after too much time in the sun feels like a treat (bonus: you might add peppermint for a nice, cooling sensation). Also perfect for when some pesky critters have tried to snack on you or you want to keep the bugs away.


Next week I’ll be hosting an online Travel and Essential Oils Facebook class! You can attend from the comfort of your couch and PJs, and I’ll be sharing even more amazing oils to travel with along with some tips and tricks for taking your oils on the go! Read more about it/RSVP here

+Do you use oils? Which one is your must buy right now? Comment below...


Disclaimer/Note: I am not a doctor – I cannot diagnose or heal your ails. I am a Young Living Independent Distributor, and I choose to use their oils and products, because I love their purity and their business practices. I have noticed a significant difference between their oils and many other brands I have tried.  If you’d like to know more about why Young Living is different, I am always happy to gush! Email me shelbyradovich@gmail.com.


Healthy Snacks for the Office

Granola popsicles are something you need in your life. 

Editor's Note: This post originally ran August 24th, 2016. The Team thought it best to bring back to the forefront of our minds, as resolutions may have fallen to the wayside and mindless snacking on the rise. Office snacks are great to have on hand for any time you're so hungry you want to bite someone and too tired to do anything more than go to the vending machine. Keep nearby to stave off disaster. Xx. 

Normally my day goes something like this: I snag a filling breakfast, scarf down a quick lunch, and then it's 4 p.m., and I am so hungry, I can't decide whether to wait until dinner and know I'll be an emotional mess or eat everything in sight until I'm bloated and uncomfortable. Sound familiar?

What do I snack on at the office or on really busy days? is a question I get from almost every client of mine. The issue usually to be solved lies in being restricted to the snacks present in the office rather than what is sustaining and nutritious. It is because of this problem that settling for a candy bar or stale chips only to be hungry 20 minutes later is more common than not. Since I am going to be working with some amazing interns soon, and having snacks at creative meetings is a must for me, I wanted to group together delicious alternatives that kick boring snacks like granola bars to the curb. 

I love these snacks because of their low sugar content, mix of healthy fats and protein, and minimally, if at all, processed ingredients. Enjoy!  

The perfect savory balance between creamy and crunchy. It's a colorful treat for your eyes and a flavorful party for your tastebuds. Using carrots, celery, peppers, or whatever vegetables you have on hand is a great way to up your vegetable intake and ensure nothing you buy goes to waste. Great Vibes Tip: Buy plain hummus and stir in extras for a change of pace (i.e. olives and oregano, parsley and lemon, pine nuts and basil, hot sauce, etc.).

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Whether you call them rice crackers or cakes, they usually are accompanied by horrified faces from childhood memories of plain, stale snacks. But, they've gotten quite the remix. What I love about these is the crunch factor you can't get from a simple slice of bread. I've shown you two ways here: one with avocado, cayenne, salt, and pepper; and the other with almond butter and banana. Great Vibes Tip: Try peanut butter with a drizzle of honey or hummus with a slice of tomato. Endless options. Delish!

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Probably my favorite of this entire bunch and one you can only really do if your office has a freezer. That being said, it is incredibly simple. Blend up one banana, a dash of cinnamon, and three (+/-) cups of coconut milk. Divide the mixture among your popsicle molds. I used an actually popsicle mold, but paper cups, old yogurt containers, or an ice cube tray works flawlessly. Place in the freezer for ten minutes. After the ten minutes are up, cover the exposed part with granola, press down gently, and then push your popsicle stick into place. Cover and freeze until solid. Great Vibes Tip: Make your own granola! Bake 3 cups oats, 1/2 cup buckwheat, and two tablespoons chia seeds on a baking sheet in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes. While baking, stir together two tablespoons coconut oil, two tablespoons maple syrup or honey, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and half a teaspoon of turmeric. After the dry ingredients have become slightly fragrant, remove from the oven, mix with the wet ingredients, and place back into the oven. Turn the oven off, and let sit for 5-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Keeps well in a glass container in the refrigerator. 

I could chat the benefits of kombucha for an incredibly long time, and you've seen me make cocktails with it here and here. I love this snack, because it is easy for on-the-go travel. It provides healthy bacteria and that sweet and savory element that satisfies almost all cravings. To make the roasted chickpeas, strain the liquid from one can, pat to dry with a paper towel, and mix with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and black pepper, salt, and cayenne to taste. Bake on a baking sheet at 395 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes, stirring every 5 or so, until crispy and crunchy. Great Vibes Tip: Don't like chickpeas? Roast cashews or almonds for a delicious alternative. 

Sometimes, nothing is going to satisfy that sweet craving except chocolate. Rather than dive into a bag of M&Ms (though that has a time and place) choose rich, dark chocolate, preferably 65% cacao or higher. The above chocolate is found at Trader Joe's with an impressive cacao content of 82 percent. Have a couple squares and savor each piece. If you still want more 10 minutes later, have another square. Repeat until satisfied. 

+What is your favorite snack here? Which one are you most likely to make?


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