Stop Saying ‘Yes’ All The Time

Stop Saying ‘Yes’ All The Time

Is anyone else a ‘yes’ person? I tend to use this word way too often and forget that I have the choice to say ‘no’. I’ve found myself saying ‘yes’ to things I don’t even want to do!

I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a post that said “Stop saying yes to shit you hate.” This one really resonated with me because I am exactly that person (and I know many other people are too). I am always saying ‘yes’ because I never want to disappoint someone if I say ‘no’.

Most recently, I’ve realized that my cup runneth over and I don’t have enough time (or energy) to keep saying ‘yes’ to everything. That whole speech they give you before you take off on a plane about putting on your oxygen mask first before helping someone else, totally makes sense. We have to take care of ourselves before taking care of others. Show up for you first!

Saying ‘no’ doesn’t make you selfish or weak. It also doesn’t mean that you need to give anyone a super long explanation when you say ‘no’ (something I’m still working on). Obviously, this advice should be taken with a grain of salt (please don’t tell your boss ‘no’ when it comes to finishing a project). Say ‘no’ to the things in your life that are taking too much of your energy and aren’t bringing you joy- Marie Kondo your time.

If you would rather stay in for the night because you’ve had a stressful week, then do that instead of going out. If you want to silence your phone because you are craving peace and quiet, go for it. It’s not always easy to say ‘no’, especially if you’re not used to doing it (take it from me). It takes courage, so be kind to yourself. Put yourself first once in awhile and give yourself what you need.

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

October Intentions

October Intentions

Somehow it’s already October, which means another month to set intentions or in my case, try harder to work on last month’s intentions (hey, no one’s perfect). It also means it’s the season of watching Hocus Pocus and Halloween Town. In all seriousness, I believe that a new month symbolizes new beginnings and a fresh start.

Here’s what I’m focusing on this month:

  • Recite affirmations to myself daily in the mirror (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it)
  • Avoid spending money when I’m bored or upset (an intention I set for September and am still working on)
  • Cook more and try new recipes
  • Disconnect and unplug more to enjoy quality time with loved ones
  • Unfollow accounts that are no longer bringing me joy (Marie Kondo your social media)

Set your own October Intentions! If you need some a little inspiration or guidance in setting your own intentions, I’ve put together a worksheet to help you. If you want to share your intentions, comment below or tag me on Instagram @geenicolette.

Outfit details: Sweater: Hazyl Boutique, Bralette: Enzee Boutique, Jeans: Athleta, Bag: 2 Sisters Boutique, Necklace: Francesca’s

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

October Intentions

October Intentions

Somehow it’s already October, which means another month to set intentions or in my case, try harder to work on last month’s intentions (hey, no one’s perfect). It also means it’s the season of watching Hocus Pocus and Halloween Town. In all seriousness, I believe that a new month symbolizes new beginnings and a fresh start.

Here’s what I’m focusing on this month:

  • Recite affirmations to myself daily in the mirror (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it)
  • Avoid spending money when I’m bored or upset (an intention I set for September and am still working on)
  • Cook more and try new recipes
  • Disconnect and unplug more to enjoy quality time with loved ones
  • Unfollow accounts that are no longer bringing me joy (Marie Kondo your social media)

Set your own October Intentions! If you need some a little inspiration or guidance in setting your own intentions, I’ve put together a worksheet to help you. If you want to share your intentions, comment below or tag me on Instagram @geenicolette.

Outfit details: Sweater: Hazyl Boutique, Bralette: Enzee Boutique, Jeans: Athleta, Bag: 2 Sisters Boutique, Necklace: Francesca’s

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

What Does “Healthy” Mean Anyways?

What Does “Healthy” Mean Anyways?

To be quite honest, the rise of social media has made me a bit confused on what the health industry is really about anymore. I like to think that my lifestyle and teaching yoga fall under the “wellness” category rather than “fitness” or “health” because I personally teach and practice yoga for the mind, body and soul connection. As much as I like to educate students on different yoga postures, there are poses that don’t work well with everyone’s bodies (especially if someone’s had previous injuries). That’s why there are modifications. The same thing goes with food.

I’ve spent the past few weeks looking at different websites for “healthy” recipes and majority of them led me back to Instagram and personal blogs (which I so appreciate because I love a good recipe recommendation). However, it gets to be a little tricky when there are influencers out there telling you something is “healthy” and then other accounts are telling you to leave that food out of your diet.

It can be confusing, frustrating and just plain misleading. Something that is “healthy” for one person to consume might not be “healthy” for another. If you too are feeling overwhelmed by all of the different information out there, I invite you to take a step back and think about what healthy means to you and your body. It looks different for us all.

Take every recipe, food/product recommendation, blog, workout video, Instagram account, Pinterest post, etc. with a grain of salt and try to modify with things that you know are right for your body. Food bloggers and cookbooks are great resources for meal inspiration but it’s important to keep in mind that the recipes they’re posting are what’s good for their bodies since they’re the ones consuming it.

Before you purchase supplements from someone promoting them to you on Instagram, look at the ingredients list and make sure your body can tolerate them. Do some research. Do a self evaluation before trying a workout video someone posted. Think of ways you can modify if your body needs.

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

Finding a Hobby as an Adult

Finding a Hobby as an Adult

I recently posted a question on my Instagram Story asking people what their hobbies were. Several people reached out to tell me theirs and a few others said they don’t have one but would like to. This got me thinking… as an adult, finding a hobby can be pretty darn difficult. Between work, trying to balance a social life, a consistent skincare routine and everything else, it can be tough to find the time for a hobby.

However, it’s important to make time for something that makes you happy. We all have bad days or weeks and a hobby can help make those better (for me – sometimes a nap works too but hey, self-care comes in many forms depending on the person and day). I had to do some soul-searching to figure out my hobbies. Check out some of my hobbies below:

Gina’s Hobbies:

  • Cooking
  • Reading
  • Blogging
  • Stand Up Paddle Board
  • Yoga
  • Walking Outdoors

If you are also taking some time for self-reflection and want to try out a new hobby, here are some suggestions:

Ideas for hobbies:

  • Baking/Cooking
  • Volunteering/Activist
  • DIY/Scrapbooking/Painting/Drawing/Photography/Other Art Activity
  • Building Things
  • Crochet/Knitting/Sewing/Jewelry Making
  • Reading/Writing/Blogging
  • Hiking/Camping/Paddle Boarding/Kayaking/Outdoor Activities
  • Growing Plants
  • Wine and Beer Education/Mixology
  • Sports/Fitness Activity
  • Makeup/Beauty/Hair
  • Learning something new/Teaching Others

What’s your favorite hobby? Let me know in the comments!

Photo by: Ashley Dahl Photography
Location: Catalyst Ranch
Shirt: Vibrate Higher
Necklace: Charming Charlie

XOXO,
Gee Nicolette

July Intentions

July Intentions

The other year I started setting intentions rather than New Year resolutions as a way to evaluate things I wanted to work on and change in my life. A few months ago while scrolling through Instagram, I saw someone post their intentions for the month. I loved this idea because our personal goals, mantras or things we are working on change month to month (sometimes even day to day). This is something I’m starting to incorporate into my life and invite you to do the same!

I’m sharing a few of my intentions for July:

  • Get my body moving everyday (morning and nighttime stretching)
  • Clean and get rid of things I no longer need
  • Read a book I’ve been wanting to read
  • Try new recipes
  • Show gratitude for loved ones and kindness to strangers
  • Be more present in the moment
  • Take more time to listen

What intentions are you setting this month?

Wearing Joriki Tibetan Prayer Flag Cropped Legging and Black Slash Band Top. Get 15% off all Joriki orders with code GINA15

Happy July!

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

Small Changes to Relieve Daily Stress

Small Changes to Relieve Daily Stress

Ever have those days that seem like you just can’t catch a break? You wake up feeling rushed and are in a hurry to get to your destination on time. I’m sharing a few tips to help relieve unnecessary stress (let’s face it, we can all shed some stress from our lives).

  1. Pick out your outfit the night before work. This is a big one for me! I feel more put-together when my outfit is picked out and I can get ready in the morning with ease.
  2. Unplug before bed. Give yourself 30 minutes to an hour before bed to stop scrolling through social media and let your mind (and eyes) rest before sleeping.
  3. Spend 5 minutes in the morning to yourself. Set your alarm clock 5 minutes earlier and be still. I like to sit in the dark with my oil diffuser on and enjoy the quietness before starting my day. It’s also a great time to meditate or get in some stretching.
  4. Breathing exercises. Spend time throughout your day taking deep breaths. Set reminders on your phone to take deep breaths (I like to count to 4 on my inhalations & exhalations). Release your tongue from the roof of your mouth. Relax your shoulders away from your ears. Unclench your jaw. Just let go of tension in your body.
  5. Drink water. Staying hydrated can keep your stress levels down. Enough said.
  6. Get your body moving. Get up and stretch, go for a walk or workout. Do something to clear your mind and get any built up tension out.

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Have any tips you want to share for stress relief? Comment below!

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette