Monday, September 29, 2014

Inspirational Quotes of the Week #17

Hey guys!
I meant for this to go up on sunday, but better late than never, right? So these are my four favorite quotes of the week! As usual, all of these pics are taken from pinterest! 

I love this quote! I am a huge "look on the bright side" person, and this quote is a less cliche way of saying it! 

We're all getting lots of homework and have tons of things to do each day, but this quote helps to put everything in perspective for me because for every person that's complaining about their job, there's another who's unemployed. 

Love this quote! I am a huge believer in taking a risk if you believe it'll make you happy in the end. The greatest things in the world were create by risk takers, and having the ability to go after your dreams and fight for something you want is amazing. 

This last quote is for all you bloggers and youtubers out there! It's so easy for one negative comment to outshine the tons of positive ones, but don't take it to heart because you are doing great things with your life :D

So let me know what your favorite quotes of the week are, and follow me on bloglovin because I've been posting a ton  lately! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Shoulder Surgery (Bankart Repair) Experience

Hi guys!
So I promised that I'd do this video as soon as my surgeon cleared me, and I finally filmed this video today! It's all about my shoulder surgery (bankart repair) and the event leading up to the surgery (how I injured it, pre-op, day of surgery) and the recovery after it (rehabilitation). If you open the video in youtube, you can see the description box, and the times where I talk about all of these things, or you could watch the whole thing through!

I hope you enjoyed this video, and if you're getting a bankart repair on your shoulder and have questions about it, please feel free to leave them in a comment or tweet them to me because I'd love to help you out! Also, don't forget to subscribe to this channel and give this video a thumbs up!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Song Favorites!

Hi guys!
I have a few song favorites that I wanted to share with you guys! I know that I do these posts twice a month at least, but they're fun and I change up my song favorites a lot!

Kongos - Come With Me Now
I love this song so much and it never gets old! 

Shake it Off - Taylor Swift
This song has been playing on the radio a lot lately, but I've still been really into it! It's definitely one of the better Taylor Swift songs (in my opinion)

Vance Joy - Riptide
This music video is the most bizarre thing in the world and the song lyrics are really random, but the song itself is awesome!

Coldplay - Sky Full of Stars
Love this song and I've been actually loving Coldplay a lot more lately! This is definitely a song I've played on replay a lot lately!

So those are my song favorites! Let me know what yours are in the comments, and don't forget to enter my giveaway!
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Inspirational Quotes of the Week #16

Hi guys!
I have another inspirational quotes of the week post! I have 4 different ones for you today, so let's get started! Also, two of these quotes are from two of my favorite writers of all time (Fitzgerald and Kerouac)!

I love this quote! On my beauty/fashion blog today I posted a "how to achieve your dreams" video, and this quote totally goes along with the same idea! It's better to try something and fail, than to never try at all!

This quote isn't exactly inspirational, but it sums up everything that I want to achieve in my lifetime and what I want to do with my life!

Such a true statement! I tend to hold grudges and hold on to anger, but I've been making an effort not to and this quote just reaffirms that for me!

I love Kerouac and this quote is amazing! We need to make an effort to live a life we're proud of and that we are absolutely, positively in love with because it's the only life we get. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and don't forget to enter my giveaway! 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Giveaway Time!!!

Hey guys!
I'm so stoked for this post because it's a GIVEAWAY!!! I recently reached 200 followers on my bloglovin, and that is absolutely amazing for me! So here's the good stuff!

Prize: Your choice of a NYX palette (Natural, Adorable, or Smokey) and Your choice of a MAC Lipstick!

Nitty Gritty: 
  1. Giveaway runs from 9/15/14 to 10/6/14
  2. United States Residents Only!!! I'm so sorry if you're international, but shipping is really expensive!
  3. If you're under 18, please get your parents permission to enter as I will be needing an address!
  4. Winners will be picked on 10/7/14 using! 

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So I hope that you guys enter this giveaway and are as excited as I am about this! Also, I haven't tried the NYX palettes, so I can't give an opinion on which is best, but if you win and want lipstick suggestions I'm all yours! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Inspirational Quotes of the Week #15

Hi guys!
So I have another inspirational quotes of the week post for you today! I know it's been a while since my last one, but I've been super busy lately and I couldn't write one! Also, all of these pics are from pintrest, and if you'd like to follow me on pintrest, you can click here!

This is just a really adorable winnie the pooh quote that has an amazing message! I think that especially in that teenager/young adult stage people are so worried about fitting in, but standing out is even better and more amazing!

I love this quote because it's kind of the inspiration behind my blogs! I want to live the life that I want to live, and inspire you to live your greatest and best life! 

I think a lot of people get stuck in the victim mentality or they put themselves down thinking about how they aren't good or aren't successful, but that same effort could be put towards something great and productive!

So I'd like to say that I'm going to start making these a weekly thing like they were first intended, but the truth is I'm probably not going to. ...But I will say that I'll try and do them more often! Because these really are some of my favorite posts to write! Let me know in the comments what your thoughts on these quotes are an what your favorite quotes are!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Many Ways To Crack Your Back

Hi guys!
I have had back pain for a while now, originally from cheerleading, but now due to bad posture because of my shoulder surgery and recovery. I thought that I'd do a post on the many ways to crack your back because I have done it all and I've found ways that help a lot!

If You're Alone...

1) Foam Roller
Lie on your back, placing the foam roller under your spine. If you have long hair, tie it up because it is very painful if it gets tugged and caught in between the roller and floor! Then put your feet on the ground and use that to roll yourself on the roller! It's pretty much common sense! This works well (for me at least) on my mid back, but not so well on the upper back because the shoulder blades affect the pressure and make it harder to get some satisfying pops!

2) Shoulder Blade Squeeze
This is for a very specific area... Right between your shoulder blades! This is slightly harder and more painful, but the more you do it, the better and easier it gets! So clasp your hands behind your back and pull away from your body! You might get a few cracks in your upper back! 

3) Spinal Twists
There are two variations to this... the seated and the lying down. For the seated, you basically just twist your body to the side trying to lengthen your back and release any tension in the mid to lower back. If you're doing it lying down, lie down with both legs straight. Then bring one knee to your chest, and twist, bringing your knee to the opposite side (on the ground) and turning your head the other way. Personally, I do the sitting one more frequently, but they both work well!

If You've Got a Partner

1) Walk on the Back
This sounds scary, but it really isn't! You need someone at least 90 pounds to step on your back. Tell them to step side to side on the upper to mid back, trying to be careful on the lower back because it's softer and there's no rib cage as a barrier there! 

2) Push on the Back
The typical "cracking of the back". You'll lie on the ground (face down). You're partner will put their hands on either side of your spine starting at the top! They'll ask you to breathe in, and when you exhale, they'll push in and up, cracking the vertabrae! It's uncomfortable at first, but soon you and your partner will find the pressure that works and it'll feel amazing!

3) Sit on the Back
This one sounds bizarre, but it's what I've been using the most. If you want your upper back cracked, but stepping or pushing freaks you out, you'll lie on the ground face down. Your partner will sit on your back, facing your legs. They'll shift their weight back and forth, and that'll crack your back! My dad does this to me all the time because the other methods freak him out and although it sounds awkward, it works extremely well!

So those are the ways that I crack my back and what works the best for me! If you have upper back pain, I'd say you should definitely try it with a partner because sometimes you can't target that spot yourself! Let me know how you crack your back in the comments and I'll see you in my next post!