Five Actions I’m Taking to Heal.

There is something going on in my life right now that I’m not ready to talk about on the internet yet, but I would like to share with you what I’m doing to heal.

1.    Staying active.  

This will mean something different for each person who reads this. For me, in this moment of my life, hot yoga is the activity that is fueling my soul. I love hot yoga. When I’m in the studio, room full of strangers, instructor guiding the class, sweat dripping down my face, energy flowing through my body, I just can’t get enough.

I’ve never considered myself a person who loved to work out but hot yoga has changed that for me. Find that thing that makes you excited to move your body. Whatever that is. Going on a walk, CrossFit, Zumba, Pilots, Dance, whatever it is, find it, and do it! Not tomorrow, not next month. TODAY. Go now.

 

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2.    Ask for help.

For years I’ve thought about talk therapy. But there were so many uncertainties. What if it’s awkward, what if I have nothing to say, what if it doesn’t help, how will I pay for it, where will I go, I’ll have to get in the car and drive to the place to talk to a stranger about my deepest thoughts, god no.

 

Luckily one day, while listening to my favorite podcast My Favorite Murder, Karen and Georgia mentioned BetterHelp. Online talk therapy at an affordable price. These women are amazing. They talk openly on their podcast about mental health and therapy. I trust these women. So, that day, ignoring all of the other little voices in my head, I signed up. And guess what. It’s not awkward, I do have lots to say, it is helping, it’s not insanely expensive, I do it from the comfort of my home, I don’t have to get in the car to go anywhere, and I’m LOVING the experience.

 

If you’re like me and have thought about it for years but never did anything because you were scared, put your ego down, and do what your heart tells you to do. 

 

3.    Spend some time alone.

You wouldn’t know just by looking at me but I promise you, I come from a big Italian family. Which means as a child and into my early adulthood I never really had any time when it was just me. I loved this for the most part. Always someone else to talk to, hang out with, go for a ride with, etc.

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The last few months I’ve been experimenting with spending some time with me. M E. For the first time, ever I went to the movies by myself and I took myself on a Panera date. This time has been lovely. Turns out I kind of like me. The voices in my mind have had a chance to speak and I’ve had a chance to listen. It’s been lovely.

 

It wasn’t lovely at first because I just felt alone but when I softened into the thought of being physically alone but not actually alone I was able to really enjoy and appreciate this time.

Recommend some actives that you think are great to experience on your own in the comments.

4.    Declutter.

I have a tendency to hold on to things, physical items and emotions. But holding on to these things does not serve me or the people around me. It’s important to appreciate our past and what we’ve learned from the experiences we’ve had and the items that can sometimes represent those experiences. But as Marie Kondō says “The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don't.” 

Taking the time to go through each section of my home and removing items that no longer needed to be in my life was liberating. Plus, my house looks so much more organized and clean now which my inner Monica Geller loves.  

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5.    Be honest.

This is difficult. But when you take the time to really truly evaluate your emotions a whole new world opens up in front of you, I promise. Be open with yourself. Be open to the people around you. The better you communicate to the people in your life what your truth is the better they can understand and appreciate who you are. But better still this openness will allow you to understand and appreciate YOURSELF.

“The sooner you step up into the greater most authentic version of You, the sooner your fears will dissipate, the sooner your concerns will begin to fade, the sooner life will bend towards you. The more you will flow with life. You” 
― Rebecca Campbell.

 

Xo, Brittany

It's Normal to Feel Like You're in a Rut!

Hello beauties, 

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“How to get out of a rut” “What to do when you’re in a rut” so on and so on. We’ve all seen these videos pop up on our subscription feed on YouTube. We’ve searched on Google and Pinterest for ways to get out of a rut. But today that’s not what I’m searching. Today I’m just allowing myself to feel like SHIT. Can I tell you a story?

In May 2017, I left my full-time stable job for my DREAM JOB. A Chicago based job that would allow me to 1. work in social media (what I have a degree for) 2. Work in cosmetics (which I love with a passion) 3. Work from home mostly 4. Work with a powerful inspiring female. This all sounds like a dream right. Turns out it was. This position was challenging, fun, literally everything I wanted it to be. Come November 22nd, everything changed. For privacy reasons of everyone involved I’m not going to share the details but long story short as of December 2017 I no longer had that job. ­­

If you follow my channel, you know that in July Alex (my long-time boyfriend) and I bought a condo. In August, we adopted our first puppy, Pepper. I was living on cloud nine. In a home of our own, with a puppy so cute I can’t believe she’s real most of the time, and getting to work from home doing what I love.

After a massive panic attack, lots of crying, and a bit of screaming I knew I had to pick myself up pretty quickly as I’m an adult and have bills to pay. Since all of these things happened, I’ve spent the last few months attempting to put myself back together. I’ve gone from living on cloud nine to literally feeling like my mind is fuzz.

I find myself asking questions like “what do I want out of life” “what will make me happy” “what can I do for 8 hours a day five days a week and still be happy” you know just the typical quarter life crisis questions. They say if you tell the universe what you want it’s more likely to come true so here we go.

Dear universe,

I have a passion for sharing my love of beauty. I love to share how I’ve learned what I’ve learned. Answering questions about makeup, lifestyle, etc. I LOVE to travel. It literally makes me feel like I’m who I’m supposed to be. I thrive when I work with passionate females who are smart and determined. I love the internet. I’ve spent my twenties sharing my life on the internet. I want to create, travel, work, learn, and share.

Love Brittany.

So, do I want to get out of this rut I’m living in? Yes. But do I feel like I’m ready yet? No. Sometimes living in this place of fuzz allows you to appreciate the clarity when you see it. I’m going to continue to ask myself these are questions in an attempt to figure out who I am and what I want my role in the world to be. I may spend my days off watching way too many episodes of Parks and Recreation, but right now that’s okay. I encourage you to ask yourself the hard questions and not to beat yourself up when you feel like shit because girl I’m there with you.

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But why do we so often feel this way? For me at this moment in my life I feel this fuzz because I’m trying to figure things out. Life is complicated and it doesn’t really ever seem to get uncomplicated. Just like any relationship in your life your relationship with yourself has these ebbs and flows. So, when you’re in these periods of debt and uncertainty allow your mind to wander, to think big picture, to imagine all of the possibilities, good or bad. But don’t get caught up in either. Open your mind to the possibility that you won’t feel this way you’re feeling in this moment forever, you won’t be where you are forever, and you won’t be thinking the same thoughts you are now forever. This can be a good thing and a bad thing.


If your life is great at the moment I’m sure you never want these feelings to end. But I wish someone would have told me when I was living my best life that it wouldn’t last forever. One, I would have appreciated each moment a little deeper and two I wouldn’t have been so devastated when it ended. On the other hand, if things suck for your right now remember, it will NOT be like this forever!

xo, Brittany

 

My 3S Fitness Experience

Hello beauties, 

On January 8th, 2016 I received my first email from the 3S Fitness team. Within the email was a simple question, would you like to join our 3S Fitness Community and document your journey for a month on your YouTube channel? Seemed simple enough and just like most people in the new year I had collected some New Year’s Resolution in my mind and taking care of my mind and body was at the top of my list. I decided that I would make this year, my year, the year of taking care of myself, mind, body, and soul. I thought I’d try 3S Fitness for a month maybe two and see how things went.

I’ve always been a believer that you should follow your jut. If it tells you something is bad, don’t do it, if it tells you something will be great, DO IT and do it with your whole heart. After emailing back and further a few times I had a really good feeling, so I listened to my jut. After finalizing my plan with the 3S Fitness team I ran to Target bought a binder, some printer paper, and some printer ink. I printed out my meal plan, wrote out my grocery list, and sketched my workouts in my planner.

My first week of workouts were no joke. Abby knows how to make you sweat AND she knows how to fuel your body with proper nutrition so you can workout harder and feel fuller longer. This was the first meal plan I had ever tired where I didn’t feel hungry or crave greasy, salty, or unhealthy foods. It was great! One week in and I was feeling motivated, determined, and you were all so excited about this journey after my first video it made me even more excited. 

Wouldn’t you guess it, after months of looking for a job, right at the start of my second week with 3S Fitness I was offered my first full-time position post college graduation. I was excited for this new journey but also anxious about how it would effect my new lifestyle. With the motivation of the 3S Fitness team, my YouTube followers, my boyfriend, and my inner monologue I was determined to make things work. 

I know I’m not the type of person who can or will workout in the evening so I knew I would have to get my workouts in in the morning. I also know I’m the type of person who feels more bad ass when I have time to do a full face of makeup in the morning. So with knowing all of these things about myself (self discovery is priceless) I began waking up at 4:45am so that I could give myself time to workout, shower, do my makeup, get dressed, and do my hair, with just enough time to run out and catch the train. 

Yes, you heard me 4:45am and keep in mind, when I started it was the dead of winter in Chicago which means the sun doesn’t rise until 7am if we’re lucky. I’m proud to say that I’m 16 weeks and 90+ workouts into my 3S Fitness journey and sure I’ve missed a few workouts, had to make evening workout work here and there, and have had times of disappointment; luckily, I’m staying strong and beyond excited to say I’m still waking up at 4:45am to get my workouts in most mornings and it’s spring know so I get to see the sun rise around 5:30am so it’s not pitch black during my whole workout. 

This journey has been far from easy. I’ve had times of true depression while I transition to working full-time, lots of anxiety when I can’t get everything done, and times of distress when I don’t love my body the way I should plus let’s not forget there are still life things going on other than my job, my workouts, and YouTube. With all of these hard times and hard transition I’ve felt more strength in my mind and body than I ever have in my life. If you would have told my 20 year old self that I’d be waking up at 4:45am to workout and then head into the city to work for 8+ hours a day I would have said, bitch you crazy. 

I get asked all the time at work, how do you wake up that early? or WHY do you wake up that early? The simple answer is I want to workout and I love my morning beauty routine. Now, if I skip a workout or wake up late I feel like I’m missing something in my day. I feel incomplete without my morning 3S Fitness check-in. This community has made me feel a part of something bigger than just myself but at the same time I feel like this is all for me. 

I’m proud to be in the 3S Fitness Family, I’m proud of all of you who have begun your own journey of self love and self discovery. I don’t workout to loss weight or to look good to the world. I workout because when I do I feel I’m doing something good for my body, good for my mind, and good for my soul. The three pillars of the 3S Fitness lifestyle is Strength, Sweat, and Soul. I’ve gained strength in my muscles and strength in my mind, I’ve sweat buckets, and I’ve developed a great understand of what my soul looks like and the person I want to be. So I want to say the biggest THANK YOU to the 3S Fitness Community, team, and lifestyle or changing my life. I also want to thank all of you for inspiring me, motivating me, and giving me the power I need to achieve my goals. I’m not the perfect picture of transformation, I haven’t lost much weight, and I’m defiantly no good at macro counting but just as Abby says this journey is not about being perfect, it’s about being you, and giving it your all. If you try to be perfect you’ll fail but if you try to be a better you than you were yesterday you’ll feel joy and have all of the success you could dream of having. 

I'm so excited for the 3S Fitness Summer Sweat Series! Join FOR FREE to be a part of the 8 week challenge. You will receive 

  1. Daily workout circuits
  2. Full-length streamable workout videos every Friday
  3. Exclusive Summer Sweat Series recipes
  4. Tons of prizes and giveaways
  5. Friends for a lifetime
  6. Amazing results (of course!)
  7. A sexy, confident, take-on-the-world attitude!

I wish all of you the sweatiest workouts, the deepest sleeps, the yummiest healthiest meals, and the strength you need to love yourself, love your body, and love others. 

xo, Brittany 

Look Awake, Radiant, and Glowing for Spring

Look Awake and Glowing for Spring

You want to look awake and have glowing skin? There are few simple products and things you can do in your everyday routine to achieve that well rested and radiant complexion.  

  1. Want to look well rested? Be well rested. I get asked at work all the time, how am I so perky? How can I survive the day without coffee? How am I so positive? Honestly, I owe it all to a good 6-8 hours of sleep every night. I completely understand we all have things we need to get done and want to do. I work an 8-hour day and commute for 3 hours+ a day so I completely understand the “I don’t have time” reasoning. However, I’m telling you: getting a good night's sleep every night is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Make it a priority, stick to a bedtime, and you’ll notice a big difference in your mood, attitude, skin, hair, nails, energy level, and so much more. Try getting 6-8 hours of sleep this week and check back in with me and let me know how much better you feel. 
  2. Want radiant skin? Drink your water! Water will not only hydrate your insides, but the benefits translate to your skin. I’ve found since I started drinking 100 ounces of water a day my skin is less dry, my hair is shinier, I break out less, I actually have more energy, and my skin looks more luminous. Water is essential for healthy skin, hair, nails, organs, energy, and so much more. I’m going to add working out into this tip because they are both so important for your overall health and affect the look of your skin. Work out as many times as you can fit into your schedule every week. I wake up at 4:45am to get my workout in before leaving for work during the week, I work out 6 days a week. Find a schedule that works for you. Working out actually increases blood flow which will make your skin look more radiant.

 

3. Okay so what happens when you just can’t get 6-8 hours of sleep or workout or you just need more help. My tip is to find good skincare products that work for your skin type.  I have dry/combo skin and some of my favorite products are: Lush Cup O’ Coffee (great for those really early mornings), Lush Otyfix, The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Mask, Lush Ultrabland, Origins Frothy Face Wash, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E Oil, and a good moisturizer. Use a moisturizer even if you have oily skin. This will help to balance the skin and help it from trying to over compensate with oil throughout the day. All of these products help with different skin issues and if you’re not sure where to start do some searching online, let me know if you want to see a skincare post, and/or visit a Sephore, Ulta, Lush, The Body Shop, and ask them for suggestions. Sephora will give you a sample of anything they can, so take advantage of that perk.  

4. Find a great illuminating primer, use an oil mixed in with your foundation, or use a liquid highlighter under your foundation. I’m a big fan of the Becca Back Light Priming Filter. I love to mix this in with my foundation or to use it on its own. It leaves the skin with a gorgeous radiant finish that shines through beautifully throughout the day. If you have super dry skin try mixing a bit of Vitamin E, Maicujia Oil, or another kind of oil in with your foundation to add a luminous look to the skin. A little trick I do when my skin is looking dry is adding a liquid highlight like the L’oreal Lumi Liquid to the high points of my face and then putting my liquid foundation on top. It adds that gorgeous light-from-within look we are all searching for, especially in the spring and summer. Faking it is a good option even if you are able to actually be luminous ;) 

5. Focus on perfected skin. This ties in with a good primer a bit, but finding a good foundation routine is essential. I just uploaded a Full Coverage Foundation video on my channel that you can check out if you haven’t seen it already. When you want to look well rested and luminous there can be few things better than a killer foundation routine. This too goes along with the fake it till you make it or even when you do make it mentality! Find products that work for your skin (I mention a few recommendations in the Foundation Routine video) and apply them well. If you perfect and illuminate your skin, you will look well rested and radiant to the world.  

I wish you all well-rested nights, positive days, and great makeup routines <3 

5 Tips for waking up early

Hello beauties, 

    I’ve had a few big changes in my life recently. Back in January I started working full-time and I started a fitness lifestyle journey. Throughout these first few months I’ve picked up a few tricks that I find make me a better morning person. I have never been good at walking up early or staying up late for that matter, I like my sleep and I will not apologize for that. However, with these new changes in my life I’ve started to wake up at 4:45am to be ready to leave for work at 6:50am. This does me I’m generally in bed by 9pm, like I said I like my sleep. I hope these five tips can help you fall asleep easier, wake up rested, and start your day off right. 

1. Prepare the night before. Anything you can get done the night before is helpful. For me this means: Laying out my workout clothes, laying out my work clothes, preparing my lunch, packing up my bag, and any other odds and ends that can be taken care of the night before. This helps me tremendously in the morning. I don’t know about you but I can’t really focus or think about things too much at 5am! 

2. Put your phone/alarm out of arms reach. For me this is on my desk that is far from my bed but still within hearing distance. This requires me to physically get up out of the bed in order to turn the alarm off. This is critical for me since I’ve had countless mornings where I’ve turned off my alarm without even remembering that I did so. Put it far enough away that you have to get up to turn it off and close enough so you can hear it.

3. Stop using your phone 30 minutes before bed. Now I haven’t read the science behind why this is important but I’ve found it does WORK! I spend all day online, looking at my phone, looking at a computer screen, and just connected to the world. It’s nice to allow myself a good 30 minutes before I attempt to close my eyes to fall asleep to just disconnect. If you have a significant other, I suggestion doing this together. You’ll find you have much more to say to one another and more time to connect one on one face to face before falling asleep for the night. I was always the type of person that would lay down for bed and have a million thoughts racing across my mind and I’ve found when putting my electronics away a little bit before bed my mind can relax when I need it to. 

 

4. Wake up to your first alarm. YES the first alarm, not the second, or third, or fifth; the first! If you would have taken a look at my alarm app 3 months ago you would have seen about seven alarms set within 5-6 minutes of each other. They would have just continuously gone off till I would eventually hear ONE of them. I’d wake up angry and annoyed with the constant buzzing. Bonus tip: Set your alarm to an up-lifting song or beat you enjoy.  Not sure why I always thought my alarm had to be set to the most obnoxious sound I could find. Once I set my alarm to a nice fun song, Rachel Platton Fight Song has been my favorites, I wake up calmer, motivated, and almost ready to take on my day. I say almost because well I am still waking up at 4:45am I can’t be THAT ready. 

5. Go to bed early enough to get 6-8 hours of sleep, every night. This is probably the most difficult, granted I am tired enough at 9pm to fall asleep but there are so many other things I’d like to be doing or need to get done since I did spend all day at work. However, I’ve found if I don’t get at least 6+ hours I’m crabby, exhausted, un-motivated, and just overall feel like crap. I work as hard as I can to get everything I need to get done at at home from 6:30-8:30pm. I put my electronics away at around 8:30 and try to be in bed to fall asleep at 9pm. If you’re looking for a way to track your sleep, a FitBit is great for that. I’m currently using the FitBit flex but will soon be getting the FitBit Alta. It’s great for tracking many different aspects of your life and health. Long story short get your sleep! 

I really hope these tips are helpful. Take it from someone who loves her sleep and was NEVER good at waking up early, you can do it! If you need/want to get up earlier these tips will help. 

xo, 

Brittany 

Room Tour

Hello beauties, 

I uploaded my room tour on my beauty channel back in February and I wanted to add a corresponding blog post today! In December I moved from my parents house into Alex's (my boyfriend of 6 years) parent's house. We designed this room to be a space where I can film my videos, store my makeup and fashion items, as well relax. 

I'm over the moon in love with the end product and lots of you have expressed your love for it as well! The gallery wall was the part I was probably most excited about and was the biggest challenge. I wanted to do it for as cheap as possible and has "homemade" as possible. See the video linked down below for a step by step guide from start to finish on my gallery wall! 

I store my makeup in 2 Alex 5 drawers and a Malm Dressing Table. Please check out my Makeup Collection video below! 

As you can probably tell from the look of my room I'm a big fan of white. There are two white walls and two peach walls in my room and I have mint accents throughout. If you have any questions about where anything is from ask away :) I'd be happy to let you know! 

xo

Brittany