WOW. It has been way too long since I have even had a moment to spare to on my favorite pastime. My life has been up in the air and in the past month has taken so many unexpected turns. I figured I would write a post with updates since everyone has the same questions for me. First off: NO, I am not stopping blogging, I still love it just as much as ever!! New content WILL be back soon!!
I have moved back to Atlanta. This has been a surprise to some, but has been on my mind for a while. California is magical. It holds beauty and beaches and sunshine and palm trees and much more. It is a place where I grew exponentially. Where I learned about myself in ways I didn’t know that I needed to learn. And I loved it there, truly. I think that is something people have been asking me a lot about and I think people feel that I have had a negative experience. That could not be more false. I have made life long friends here. I have made memories I will never forget. And apparently gotten more cheesy. LOL. But a LOT of my heart is in Atlanta. A lot of it. I spent a lot of time in the word and in prayer and seeking guidance for the right path to take. And I know that after spending more time in California, it would begin to feel a lot more like home. But I took a good look at my heart and my thoughts and tried to get to the bottom of where I wanted to be.
Today I am going to be discussing the items I always include when packing and the things that are always on my to-do list before I leave on a trip.
★ Items I always make sure to have:
→ Makeup stock
I love makeup and I tend to go through my favorite products pretty fast, so I always make sure that I have all of my faves stocked up for when I travel. Nothing worse than reaching for your shape tape and realizing it’s out and you don’t have time to run to Sephora before the nights festivities.
→ Travel pack protein + meal replacement shakes
As I am slowly changing my lifestyle to reflect healthy eating habits (emphasis on slowly), replacing a few meals with healthy shakes and replenishing my body with good nutrients after a work out have become CRUCIAL parts of my day. Isagenix products are my FAVE and they come in convenient little pouches with the exact amount of powder you need to pour in your shaker bottle and go. I feel like on the go health is a consistent theme in my life… My favorite flavor is strawberry but during holiday season they have an eggnog flavor that is to DIE for. I also always have almonds or peanuts with me. If I get too hungry, I lose all self-control when it comes to eating so I like having nuts with me as a quick fix until I can get to a healthy option.
→ A physical book or have one downloaded on my iPad
I love watching movies and getting work done in airports, but sometimes it’s nice to just read a freakin’ book. I like using my kindle on my iPad when I don’t have time to go grab a physical copy of the book I want before I leave, but I really love the feeling of having an actual book in my hands. For long travel, a kindle/iPad is more efficient because you can have lots of reading material without taking up a ton of space, but for a week long trip, one book is generally enough for me! Right now I am reading Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst and it gives me chill bumps almost every chapter. She speaks right into insecurity and how Jesus wants us to feel desired and wanted. It’s a fantastic read.
→ Digestive assistance
I didn’t really know what else to call this… You guys know I have major digestive/stomach problems when it comes to eating and dairy. I am lactose intolerant and potentially intolerant to many other things that I have not yet discovered. Traveling makes this so much worse! I generally eat worse and I drink more alcohol and I am not exercising as much so all of that combined does not lend itself to great digestive health. I asked my God-sister Kelsea for advice on products to use to not experience those problems this trip and she gave me a few options and from those options I purchased a few:
▷ Natural Vitality Natural Calm Anti-Stress Drink (wow that’s a mouthful) – Basically, this is a magnesium supplement that you can put in warm water or in a water bottle when you head out the door to increase magnesium in your body which is suuuuper helpful for good digestion. My favorite blogger, Payton Sartain of Hustle + Halcyon, wrote a whole post on magnesium that I will link here. I like this product because it is super easy to travel with and drink on the go.
▷ Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal Supplement– Charcoal is becoming a very well-known and active ingredient in a lot of drinks/foods and beauty supplies. I will admit I haven’t done THAT much research but I plan on doing a whole post on the benefits of it beyond helping with digestion. It whitens teeth, relieves bloating, removes toxins, clears your skin, I mean I could go on and on. And I will, in a separate post!
It’s Tuesday and it has truly felt like Tuesday today, that’s for dang sure. This past weekend was non-stop. It was fun & full and I pretty much ignored all adult responsibilities for the weekend. I actually hate not being productive on the weekend and getting things done but this weekend I just decided to forget my to-do list and explore!
Lorelei had some friends come into town this weekend so we wanted to do lots of fun Orange County activities. Honestly, I had to remind myself like “oh yea, I live here” for most of the weekend. I am truly blessed to be able to live in such a beautiful place.
On Friday we went to an OC SC game at the new stadium in Irvine, which was a blast! Food truck food and hanging out watching a bunch of hot guys play sports is an exceptional way to spend a Friday evening if you ask me. Lo used to intern for the team and she knew one of the guys playing for the other team so that was super fun! Basically, she spent the whole game answering my soccer questions because I really had zero knowledge before Friday. We headed home after the game because we knew that we had a big day the next day.
HI! Happy Monday and welcome back to Forge A Frenzy!
It has been two long weeks since I have last posted and wowza, life has been crazy. I took an unintentional hiatus from Forge A Frenzy over the last two weeks due to two life events: Moving from Newport Beach to Huntington Beach, and a much needed trip to Atlanta to see my dearly missed friends.
All of that being said, life is finally settling back down to normalcy. I am figuring out my new commute to work, unpacking tons of boxes, and scouring Pinterest for room inspiration ideas. And I got a pedicure. Pedicures always put life back on track.
I have two fun looks coming up on Forge A Frenzy, this one and another that will be posted shortly, but after that there are going to be some home/interior posts coming because that is where my hard earned money is going towards these next few weeks. I have slowly but surely been redoing the furnishings in my room and I have some cute DIY’s (that don’t look like DIY’s) that I am going to be tackling. The rest is a mix and match of HomeGoods finds and Target scores. I like to get the best bang for my buck and those two places have really been helping me out.
On top of that, I have tons of new places to add to my Atlanta food + drink guide that I will be summing up in a post as well as adding to my Atlanta Travel Guide page. Such exciting stuff!!!