It All Started on Instagram

Almost a year ago, I started my fitness account on Instagram, Powergirl_Fitness. My goal with this account was to find workouts that I found to be efficient for myself and others; what would be better than a workout where you actually felt like you worked something? As time went on, I also had started blogging about fitness and health as well. Surprisingly, most of my readers had told me that they really enjoyed my Health & Fitness section on my page the most. Little did I know, what started as a hobby/interest to help others, would lead me further than I’d ever expect.

A while back, I had been approached by the gym I belong to if I’d be interested in fitness training…how did they know I had potential?

Because of my Instagram account!

I think it is incredible how influential social media can be. We all know it can make an impact in one way or another, but this was beyond my expectations. All I did was take an interest and shared what I’ve tried with everyone!

Cut to a few months later, and I am now a Group Fitness Instructor!

I’m definitely nervous for this new journey, because I am jumping into a different area of work. Luckily enough, I have immense experience teaching dance so I’m confident that most of my methods will transfer over. Though I may be nervous in hoping that all goes well, I keep trying to stay as positive as possible.

What I love most is that I’m surrounded by some badass fierce and fearless instructors who are now my co-workers. These are instructors that I have attended their classes and fell in love even more with working out; their classes served as a playground for me–instead of dragging my feet to a workout, I thought of it as a time to play. I hope I can be half the instructor that they are!

I have started training, and I’m so excited by all that I’m learning! I can’t wait for January so I can see how this all unravels. My purpose of this post was to show that an opportunity can come at any time! It’s funny because we all start Instagram accounts or blogs just for fun, and we never expect the opportunities that can come from them.

I want to hear from you the readers! Would you like for me to document this new journey? Also, what opportunities have you gotten from your blogs or social media accounts? Or what opportunities do you hope to receive?

Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Mind and Body

The holidays can bring many joys for us, but a lot of complications as well. Maybe you have anxiety or you’re stressed, or maybe you’re trying to positively stay fit during this time of year. I wanted to share with you all some apps I have that have helped out in the past few months.

My first app love! The Nike Training Club app!

This app has everything to offer and it’s free!

They include workouts to better your strength, endurance, flexibility, and mobility. When you select a workout, it also explains what the workout is geared towards; with this perk, you’re able to work what you actually need. The Nike app also includes numerous yoga workouts, and workout plans as well. Don’t even worry about, “how will I know how to correctly do the exercises?” THEY INCLUDE VIDEOS! Nike trainers not only demonstrate the exercises, but they are narrated as well.

I completed a workout plan through this app, “Gym Strong,” and when I was done, I went to lift weights and noticed that I actually needed heavier weights! So, there’s your proof that it makes an impact.

This app is definitely my #1 favorite app!

Next up, the Nike Running Club app.

I find myself to be pretty average when it comes to running, but this app made running bearable! The set up is similar to the Nike Training Club app, you can pick different runs to go on, and match it to your skill level as well. What I love about this app is the coaching that is narrated during the workouts. It’s nice to have some encouragement when you feel like your lungs are going to bust out of your chest. This app definitely will encourage you to get your running shoes on, and go for that run you’ve promised yourself!

The last of fitness apps is Class Pass Go.

I actually had found this on an advertisement on Instagram, and guess what? It was a great find! They have audio classes that cover cardio, strength, flexibility and even Pilates and yoga! My personal favorite has been the ab section, it’s probably what I use the most. This app serves a great purpose of pumping up any workout, and you can mix and match the different classes as well. Not to mention, they have a meditation section too! This app connects to a new meaning of mind and body!

Lastly, here is an app to help you in a time where you only have a few minutes!…Oak.

Oak has deep breathing exercises that can assist when you’re having an anxiety attack or you’re stressed. I’ve used this app at work and at home. It is great to have an app that will pull through quickly. With this, there is nothing that will prevent you from enjoying your holidays!

I hope this post is helpful in making a crazy time of year easier. Also, all of these apps are free! How do you stay calm or in shape during the holidays? Let me know in the comments below!

The Holiday Classics are Under Fire

As it comes closer to Christmas, we all find ourselves enjoying the legendary holiday movies and music, but the argument continues that some movies and music provide the “wrong idea” for children or portray “an inappropriate message.”

What do I take from this?

That it’s the holiday season and everyone has something to complain about!

If it’s not that radio stations are debating to get rid of the song, “Baby it’s Cold Outside,” it’s people debating that Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer would influence people to bully–oh! and Charlie Brown is racist because the only black character is sitting on the other side of the table by himself in the Thanksgiving special.

If only you could see my eyes rolling at this.

It has been a debate for a while that “Baby it’s Cold Outside” was a song about “date rape,” and it shows a woman in a bad situation. Well, news had broke recently that a radio station in Ohio had pulled the song after their listeners voiced their concern. The biggest argument with the song was that in 2018 with the evolution of the #MeToo movement, this song has no place being heard.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for women’s rights, and I am the first person to advise someone to speak up in a difficult situation—but really? How many rap artists or singers in general sing about sex? Yet…we don’t argue that? Oh! What’s next, we’re going to question “Santa Baby” with the lyrics “…think of all the fun I missed. Think of all the fellas I haven’t kissed.” Let’s just think about that for a moment.

On the other hand, we have poor Rudolph under scrutiny as well. Like I mentioned earlier, people have criticized that the classic illustrates for people that it’s okay to bully, or might influence bullying.

What?….

Let’s take Rudolph for what he portrays. This is a character that overcomes bullying, and learns that though he may be different, he is able to take what differs him from others and make it into a positive. Isn’t this what we want children to learn? We are always teaching children that it’s great to be different, forget everyone else! And guess what? With children watching, they’re only going to remember Rudolph…chances are they do not care about the bullies. I have watched Rudolph millions of times, and I don’t even think about the bullies.

Lastly…Charlie Brown.

There was a blast of outrage when people had noticed that the black character, Franklin, was seated on the one side of the dinner table by himself in a half broken chair. You know, maybe that day Franklin just didn’t want to deal with people!

Do you know how many times I was on a lunch break or something, and I didn’t choose to sit with people?

That was a happy day of peace!

But in all seriousness, we as a society need to stop being overly sensitive. Different countries and millions of families are dealing with major issues that are bigger than your simple dislike for a song or holiday movie/special.

At the end of the day, teach your children how to say “no,” teach them that different is beautiful, and teach right from wrong.

Now, I’m going to continue to enjoy my holiday season, and be rid of the negativity the internet brings. When I have kids, they’ll continue to experience the holidays as I did as a child and adult. As you’ve read this post, remember:

I am not judging parents or beliefs, but just asking to stop and focus on more important issues. Sound off in the comments below what you think? (Positive Vibes only!)

Much love & Happy Holidays!

Christmas Playlist

Happy weekend!

As we head into another weekend of Christmas shopping and events, I thought I’d share my Christmas Playlist. The classics are legendary, but I certainly do love a remake. Though it’s a short post, I hope you find it to be helpful!

Sabrina Carpenter

Silver Nights

Christmas the Whole Year Round

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Wrapped in Red by Kelly Clarkson

1. Wrapped in Red

2. Underneath the Tree

3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

4. Run Run Rudolph

5. Please Come Home for Christmas

6. Every Christmas

7. Blue Christmas

8. Baby it’s Cold Outside

9. Winter Dreams (Brandon’s Song)

10. White Christmas

11. My Favorite Things

12. 4 Carats

13. Just for Now

14. Silent Night (feat. Reba McIntyre)

Christmas Eve (single) by Kelly Clarkson

Grown-Up Christmas List by Pentatonix (feat. Kelly Clarkson)

Fireside by Everly

1. Sleigh Ride

2. Winter Wonderland

3. I’ll be Home for Christmas

4. Christmas Time is Here

5. O Come, O Come Emmanuel

6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Christmas Kisses- EP by Ariana Grande

1. Last Christmas

2. Love is Everything

3. Snow in California

4. Santa Baby (feat. Liz Gillies)

Warmer in the Winter (Deluxe Edition) by Lindsey Stirling

1. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

2. You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch (feat. Sabrina Carpenter)

3. Christmas C’mon (feat. Becky G)

4. Carol of the Bells

5. Angels We Have Heard on High

6. I Saw Three Ships

7. Let it Snow

8. Warmer in the Winter (feat. Trombone Shorty)

9.What Child is This

10. All I want for Christmas

11. Time to Fall in Love

12. Jingle Bell Rock

13. Silent Night

14. I Wonder as I Wander

15. We Three Gentleman (medley)

16. Santa Baby

17. Main Title from Home Alone (Somewhere in My Memory)

18. Hallelujah

These are only a handful of Christmas albums I enjoy, so don’t think I’m ignoring classics or other remakes! What is your favorite Christmas album? Let me know in the comments below!

Holiday Movies You Can’t Miss!

‘Tis the time of the year where we all start cuddling up in our pajamas, and we binge watch Christmas movies. Nothing is better than having a recommendation list to guide you through the holidays. Trust me, these movies you’ll watch more than once!

The Christmas Contract features multiple returning One Tree Hill cast members such as Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Antwon Tanner, Danneel Harris Ackles, Tyler Hilton, and Elisabeth Harnois.

There are tons of reasons why this movie should be at the top of your Christmas list. The reputation of Lifetime Christmas movies has always been that they’re too cheesy or sappy, but The Christmas Contract is the complete opposite. Two friends, Jolie (Hilarie Burton) and Jack (Robert Buckley) are set up by Jack’s sister (Danneel Harris Ackles) for two different reasons. Will Jolie and Jack’s plan to be a “couple” backfire when they travel to Louisiana to be with Jolie’s family for Christmas? Tune into Lifetime to find out! And for those One Tree Hill fans, this is a reunion you won’t want to miss!

Poinsettias for Christmas features yet another One Tree Hill alum, Bethany Joy Lenz! Ellie (played by Lenz) comes home for Christmas, but finds out that her family’s poinsettias farm is in a great danger. While trying to figure out how to save the plants in time for the town’s Christmas parade, Ellie deals with falling in love and realizing that she may question the intention of her career goals. To enjoy how this movie ends, tune into Lifetime for more!

The Princess Switch is a new addition to Netflix’s lineup. Featuring America’s sweetheart, Vanessa Hudgens, viewers are on a journey to a royal baking competition in Balgravia. Little to we know, events take a run when a baker from Chicago runs into a princess to be, and they look quite similar. What happens when these two look alikes switch places? A commoner and a Duchess? You’ll have to watch to find out more!

The Santa Chronicles gives a nostalgic feel of The Santa Claus days with Tim Allen. After a brother and sister lost their dad, they also lost the meaning of loving one another. One night, they find Santa and after a run-in, Santa crashes his sled. Can this brother and sister duo help Santa save Christmas? Add this movie to your list on Netflix, this movie is perfect for enjoying the holiday season.

And last but not least, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. This was a wonderful sequel to Netflix’s hit, A Christmas Prince. Amber returns to Aldovia to marry King Richard, but the path to the alter proves to be rocky and not as smooth. Between Amber trying to retain her own identity within a royal family, and Aldovia suffering within modernization changes–will the wedding continue?

Now, I’m sure there are tons more movies that should be on this list, but these are just a handful of movies that stood out to me. What’s your favorite Christmas movie? Let me know in the comments below—and happy holidays!

My Best Breakup from Hello Sunshine

We all know my addiction to podcasts! There’s so much to learn from other experiences people have had; not to mention, it’s always nice to learn you’re not alone in certain situations.

My recent podcast binge has been “My Best Breakup” hosted by Maeve Higgins. Yes, Higgins and her guests do discuss romance but it’s also bought to listeners attention that your “best breakup” can be anything. This podcast was created by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine.

So, I thought it’d be fun to talk about my best breakups! Though I’ve had my fair share of relationship breakups in the past, my most significant breakups were of a different concept.

My first one was when I was a sophomore in college. I was a dance major, and found that I was not happy with where I was. The department was focused on contemporary ballet (not my thing), and the chemistry between myself and the director was not good! So, I decided one day I was switching majors. With everything not meshing well within the department, I was also not satisfied with only being educated on dance; I wanted to know more about the “outside world.”

When I switched into the English department, I found myself to be extremely lucky! I was indulging into academics that I was interested in, and I continued my love of dance through the cheer and dance team. From that switch, I was able to still become a dance teacher as well.

The question remains, what did this breakup teach me? I learned that education should be an enjoyable experience; I shouldn’t dread going to class or be afraid to mess up. The classroom is where I should mess up, it is also the place where practice makes perfect. I also took from this breakup how I should be as a teacher. I always try to push my students to their full potential with positivity…I even encourage them to laugh at themselves when they feel uncomfortable. As a teacher, I try to make them realize that discovering who they are as people and dancers isn’t scary, but fun! I’m glad this breakup happened, I probably wouldn’t be the teacher I am now.

Now for my second breakup!

My first job was like home, and still is home to me. It was where my friends became family, and I really learned to enjoy taking on different leadership positions. This breakup was the hardest, but it really had set me straight about work ethics. I spent nine years in the same place, and really dedicated my time every summer. Towards the end, I learned that no matter the time you put in or how hard you worked everyday, some things aren’t meant to be. I had tried really hard to continue to excel in the workplace, but year after year I was held back. With that realization and frustration, I decided it was time to move on. I won’t lie, I cried the entire day when I made that decision to leave. I’m not saying it was an awful place, but this was a breakup that taught me it is okay to grow out of certain situations. I wasn’t going to be satisfied with myself if I wasn’t achieving goals, or continued to be looked over. With this breakup, I experienced different things I had missed out on over the years! I was able to enjoy my summer, go on vacation, take on new job opportunities, and rediscover myself. So, how do I present myself as a worker now? I keep in mind that I know my full potential and what I can bring to the table. On the side, I try to not drown myself in work like I had in the past; I find it very important to just take a breather sometimes, and disconnect. How can I be a better worker if I don’t take a timeout once in a while?

Isn’t that what’s really important?

Now, it’s your turn, what has been your “best breakup?” Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Thanksgiving

Can you believe it? We’re at Thanksgiving again! Time certainly has gone by quickly.

I just wanted to write a short post this holiday taking time to recognize all I’m thankful for. I hope that by reading this post, you take time for yourself to give thanks and gratitude for what you have as well.

Love

I just celebrated my 1 year with my boyfriend this past Sunday. I am thankful for him in so many ways! He’s become my best friend, and someone who I can fall back on when I need him most. I’m grateful that I have found someone that knows me inside and out. I only hope that everyone else can find a love like I have.

Health

Listen 2018 has been quite the year for health. June I found out I had mono, August I got my wisdom teeth out, and recently I found out I had low iron levels and low zinc levels. Though these were small health issues compared to people who have it much worse, I am thankful for my body awareness and being able to take care of my health. So many people can’t afford to see the doctor for something as small as a cold. I try not to take my health for granted especially when others don’t have the chance to save their health.

Work

Listen, I have the greatest jobs I could ask for. Not only are they rewarding, but I am able to support myself. Other people struggle daily just to put food on the table, and have to work double shifts to put their kid through school or keep a roof over their head. If you have a job, instead of complaining, be thankful.

Family

Would I be human if I didn’t give thanks for family? It’s a given!

I hope you all enjoy your holidays, and take time to reflect on all of the great things your life has given you!

Happy Thanksgiving!