Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekend Update

Hello friends!

What a weekend it has been! I feel like not only was this weekend full of relaxation, I was also able to get a lot accomplished. Although I barely touched the list that I made on Friday, I realized something so much more important.

For the last few months, I would get so upset whenever I looked into a mirror. I noticed changes in my body that I haven't ever seen before. Fat going in places it's not suppose to, and staying there. I have no one to blame but myself. I began eating badly and not taking care of my body. It really shows now.

Everyone says: "But you're still skinny". Skinny is not what I'm going for; healthy is. Although looking great in a bathing suit is a MAJOR perk, feeling better and more energized is much more important. I started making changes a few weeks ago but would cheat on my diet every day. I wouldn't even call what I was doing a diet.

This time is different. Like I said before, my goal isn't to be skinny. It's to be healthy. To feed my body what it been longing for is my goal. I will admit, there is a weight goal I have set for myself but with the understanding that muscles weighs a lot more than fat, so I realistically may not make that goal.

I will set myself up for success through my meal planning, working out schedule, and with self-determination. I want to try new workouts, and try new things. I want to love running again like I used too. I know I can do it. It starts with me saying "yes" and not making excuses for myself.

Stay tuned, I will share as this journey I'm on continues!

Here's me trying a new workout: Tire flipping. (clearly the grammatical term for it).

This time will be different. I know it.


My weekend was amazing. My husband and I spent the afternoon working out and visiting some monuments here on the island. It helps that our gym is in walking distance of Pearl Harbor. Seriously such an amazing site to see. I snapped some photos as we walked around, and will leave them below.

It really was an amazing weekend, and one I hope will remain in my mind for a long time.

Us on our Saturday night date: Cheat meal of the week was California Pizza Kitchen ;) SO WORTH IT.

I hope you all had an amazing weekend, and met some of your goals. Here's to a good week of life changes and making our goals! (Well in Hawaii, we still have one more day off...thank God for Hawaiian holidays :) )!

Until next time,

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Peppermint Project Diffuser Bands

Hey friends!

I know I told you in my last post that I'm going to start sharing things that help make me feel like a better and happier person. Since I started using Essential Oils, I have seen so many changes in my life. One of them is it helps me adjust my emotions naturally. I like to use them daily for when I need a boost of energy or something to ground me. Although they smell amazing and work great, it's kind of a pain in the butt to put them on every 15 minutes.

So, I really wanted to look for something that diffuses them throughout the day. I looked up necklaces but they wouldn't work for me since I use a lanyard all day at work. While browsing Etsy, I came across this shop called The Peppermint Project. The Peppermint Project makes Braided Herringbone Vegan Faux Leather Diffusing Bracelets.

First off, shipping was SO quick. I ordered them, and they were here (in Hawaii) in 1 week or less. I was so excited. That never happens to anything I buy here. I ordered 2 bracelets. At the time, she had a deal that certain colors were $6.00 so I took advantage of that. I bought the lavender and the gold. (See Below).

Guys. When I say life changing, I mean it. I love putting the oils I need on this bracelet in the morning based on my emotional support needs. As a social worker, I definitely use a lot of peppermint to avoid future head pain and lavender to keep me calm. I also like to add a little En-R-Gee to get my butt in gear on those tough days. The oil scents last good 24 hours, but I noticed that mine lasted even longer. (Even better ;) )

The Peppermint Project has so many option to pick from. She has so many colors that also include metalic versions as well as really cool beaded bracelets. Below are a few options that you can choose from. The options are endless.

Lucky for you, she offered a coupon code for you all to use! If you head over to The Peppermint Project on Etsy, you can use POH25 to get 25% off your purchase. 

ALSO, since you read alllll the way to the bottom, The Peppermint Project & I are having a giveaway. She is GENEROUSLY giving one lucky winner either 4 single bracelets OR a beaded one and a single braclet.

Comment with your favorite oil!
Easy as that ;)

If your interested in learning more about oils & joining my team:

To shop and use the coupon code, head to:

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and will enter the giveaway.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Checking In and Update!

Friends! Hi!

I hope you are all doing great. I have really missed you all!

First off, I wanted to apologize for my lack of posts over the past few months. To be completely honest, the last few months have been tough. I started work at the end of September, and I'm a full time social worker. I spend majority of my days working and for a while, I would come home and be so completely exhausted that I would put my PJ's on immediately and start Netflix. I got into a really bad routine. I stopped taking care of myself. I worked, slept, and hung out with my husband when he was home. I didn't workout, blog, or do anything that used to make me happy.

My routine made me sad.

I found myself getting into a funk. I was always miserable, unhappy, and tired. My husband could really tell. I didn't want to do anything that involved anything other than Netflix, PJ's, and my home. After  I really began to notice changes in myself physically, emotionally, and mentally, I knew it was time to do some soul searching.

I really wanted to figure out exactly what used to make me happy? What things used to make me feel productive, successful, and confident with myself? What could I do again to bring the old Jen back, because I missed her and I know my husband did too.

Well with some help (and serious prayer), I remembered a few things.

The number one thing that I stopped doing was working out and taking care of my health. Working out is something that I used to do my whole life. I mean, I played college soccer so sports and fitness were literally my whole life. It was constant and something I could always depend on to be there. It's a fantastic natural stress reliever and helps you better yourself at the same time. So to get back into it, I made it an appoint to push myself to run or workout at least 4 times a week. It's a number that I can commit to and feel confident that I can complete it. So far, since I've made that goal, I have been able to achieve it and I can already see a difference in myself.

I also remembered that blogging and planning makes me happy too! SO here I am.

But this time, It's going to be different. I am going to blog about everything. I want to share my world with you and I know this is the best way for me to do it. I always feel like I have something to share with the world but never sure how to do it.

So here I am world. I am going to be open and real. I'm going to share with you my life in terms of life in Hawaii, blogging, planning, health and fitness, and my new found love of Essential Oils.

I hope your happy to see a new post from me, and I know I am happy to be back. I'm ready to make this journey mine again, and I know this is a great place to start! Please let me know if there is anything you want to know or see, and I would be happy to address it!

PS- I hope you love to see Hawaii pictures, because man this island is beautiful.

Until next time,

Weekend Update

Hello friends! What a weekend it has been! I feel like not only was this weekend full of relaxation, I was also able to get a lot accompli...