Hey everyone and welcome back to Brandi's Closet. First thing's first, Happy New Year to everyone. I'm so excited for what this new year has in store for me. I feel like it's filled with tons of opportunities and new beginnings. Although this blog post is somewhat about eating healthy, I wanted to include some other things I'm doing this year in order to prepare for a new lifestyle i'm creating for myself. So this blog post is composed of a few things I'm starting this year and I wanted to share them with you all. Also some tips and inspirations on how you can incorporate new things into your current or even new lifestyle. Let's get right to it:
I am a woman of God and I was raised in a Christian family where I got slapped for making my mama late to church. Since those times, I have learned to 1. be on time to church and 2. go to church for my growth in Christ and not my mothers. So this year, I'm personally affirming that I will grow in Christ and have a relationship with him like never before. Sometime's Christians get discouraged because a relationship with Christ seems so far fetched. But, in complete honesty it is the first and best relationship you should have with anyone. God will really lead your life in places where you never thought you would be once you allow for him to. My pastor shared 4 really important key notes for his New Years sermon and I want to share them with you along with some bible verses to go along. I can't create the relationship you need with Christ, but I can do my part to guide you a direction that worked for me.
2017 is a significant and anointed moment for the body of Christ. Psalms 102:1
Our set time for moving forward and overcoming has come. Psalms 102:13
Do not....DO NOT get distracted by global challanges or personal issues. Isaiah 60:1-5
This is the year to dream again. Isaiah 43:18
As you grow in Christ, you'll see peace in places unimaginable.
Speaking of peace, I have found a new love for yoga as well as conventional exercising. I believe that it is important to work out and take care of your body on a physical level as well as a spiritual level. I found a really great place in the Atlanta area called Westside Yoga where they offer introductory classes for people like myself who have never done yoga before. I found out that yoga was something for me from looking on Instagram. I got so inspired because I active women like myself finding peace in yoga. I also want to remain healthy this year and what better way to do that than to exercise in some way shape or form. I'm not some personal trainer with a pHD, but these are some tips I have for either exercising or yoga, they are one in the same:
1. TAKE YOUR TIME. This is not a race or a competetion. This is a way to feel better and look better on a time that is good for you. So let the clock run, take your time and really find a regime that works for you because if you don't it simply won't work for you. For me, I do yoga 5 days a week, exercise conventionally once a week and rest one day. Some weeks vary because of my work schedule.
2. DO THIS FOR YOU. Don't do this for you followers or for you friends. Do this because you want to be fit and you want to look good. It's a great way to loose weight and look good for Spring break, but what after Spring break? Will you still have that drive to look good? Or will it not matter? Those are things to take into consideration.
3. SET SMALL GOALS FOR YOURSELF. There's no way to loose weight over night, no matter what the blogs say...this is something that takes time and disciple. So set small goals for yourself overtime and watch the results that you want unfold.
4. SHOP FOR NEW WORKOUT CLOTHES. This is all about your personal preferences and budget. But I know that when I buy new workout clothes I feel so motivated because my outfits match and my shoes are fresh. Some of my favorite places to get workout gear are Lululemon, Forever 21 Active and Old Navy.
This is the meat of my life. Well....not exactly the "meat", but I'll get to that. In March of 2016 I launched Brandi's Closet, which you all know is a fashion, lifestyle and everything in between blog. I've always love reading and writing and I have always loved fashion. I ran tired of "blogging" just on IG. I needed more, which is when I decided to invest in myself and start the website. Since then I've have thousands of viewers, new subscribers everyday and great feedback. I've even seen a dramatic growth in the people around me that blog. I didn't know that me doing something that I love would turn into a world that I would soon fall in love with. Blogging is always easy as 1..2..3..especially in the day we live in. I have so many great things in store this year for Brandi's Closet and I can not WAIT for you all to see what's in store. Stay posted.
And for all my followers who are looking into starting blogging...this is the best time to do so. It's a great community of women and men like myself that want to help and inspire you. Be yourself, find your niche & change that .wordpress to a .com
NOW HERE BEHOLDS THE NOT SO MEAT OF MY LIFE. I have made a long and overdue decision to better my life in more ways than one. One of the ways I decided to better my life was to completely change my diet. I've went on diets before, cut out certain foods and beverages. But this time its different. I was speaking to one of my followers on twitter and she asked me, "Well how do you do it?" and my response was the same response I gave myself that being to just do it. There's no repercussions to face from eating better. I have now decided to be a vegetarian after quite a bit of research and minor influence of some of my favorite Instagrammers. It's been about a week and I feel better than ever. i'm finding so many ways to incorporate more veggies and fruits into my diet than ever before. Being a vegetarian isn't for everyone, but I believe that it's for me at this time in my life. I feel more free and...i don't even know. I feel amazing and I can't wait to see where this takes me. So my twitter follower asked me a few questions and I'm going to re answer them here so that if you are wondering if you should start a new lifestyle choice when it comes to your diet, you'll have a few answers:
Fill me in on how you eat healthy, I'm trying but I seem to fail at it.
It's a mental thing. i always wanted to eat healthy, but it never worked because I treated it like a diet. You have to treat and acknowledge it as a lifestyle.
When I go out I eat healthy (sometimes) but I want to become more strict with it. What was the first thing you started off doing?
I just started to cut things out of my diet. I didn't go cold turkey. But first was soda and red meat like hamburger and steaks. And now I'm cutting out excessive sugars and incorporating a lot more veggies.
I want to try it out, but I don't want to get off track.
That's why I say that it's important to make sure it's something you mentally want to do because before I made it like a mental decision I would get off track too.
Like with anything, start slow and find out what works best for YOU. For more about my new diet, check my social medias or ask me questions on their. I'm an open book.
This is all about new beginnings. Some people are against changing and revamping themselves and the environment around them, especially around new years. But, I am more than excited to take you all on this journey with me. I'll link my social medias below that way you can get an everyday taste.