Give Back to the World

I LOVE to travel. I LOVE the world. I LOVE diversity. So why not do what I can to help locals, their communities, and charities around the world? Serengetee and Pura Vida Bracelets gave that very opportunity. Check this out!

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An apparel company that uses fabric from around the world to help support locals, their communities & donates money to charities all across the globe. This “Globetrotter” tank donates money to build schools and promote education through the nonprofit organization Pencils of Promise.

Use the discount code: JRamirez15 for 15% off your purchase!

https://www.serengetee.com/

 

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PURA VIDA:

Pura Vida, meaning “pure life.” This Costa Rican philosophy towards living life to the fullest and appreciating the small things. Bracelets are handcrafted by local artisans in Costa Rica. Proceeds help benefit a diverse array of charities.
Use the discount code: JASMINERAMIREZ20 for 20% off your bracelets!

www.puravidabracelets.com

 

So excited to be a rep for these two amazing organizations 🌎 each devoted to bettering the world. By making a purchase part of the proceeds will be donated to a wide range of charities. Look forward to more posts in the future about the full story of Serengetee and Pura Vida.

 

Quote of the Week: Courage

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My Pinterest account is the epitome of myself.

Each pin, whether it be an outfit, recipe or gorgeous beach in the Mediterranean,  represents a small piece of me. A visit to my pinterest is similar to jumping straight into the realms of my imagination. It is an encompassment of all the ideas I hold near and dear.

One of my most prized boards is the one titled Quotes (I know, so creative). I’m sort of a quote junky when you get down to it. I love how a simple statement holds such an incredible amount of power. The quotes I have saved demonstrate my outlooks and passions. They’re motivating and empowering.

Two specific quotes stand out and have stood out to me for years. They’re literally written on a sticky notepad on the desktop of my MacBook.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Your life unfolds in proportion to your courage.

-Author Unknown

I’ll let that sink in for a second.

At first glance, these statements may seem irrelevant. Like sure, okay, I’ll do one thing every day that scares me. I’ll go skydiving or face my fear of spiders. Sure, that’s great too, but these words mean something SO much more.

It’s all about the little things. If you absolutely hate public speaking, do something that scares you and be the first person in class to present. You may love the idea of chopping your hair off and getting platinum blonde highlights, but you’ve always been too afraid to commit. As Nike says, just do it. You may end up loving the outcome. Go try out that spin class at your gym even if you’re afraid you’ll have to stop half way through. By the class’s conclusion your legs may be numb, but you faced your fear so that’s all that actually matters. Without challenge, there is no change. Just imagine the impact this quote will have one year from now if you actually did something everyday that you find intimidating.

The second quote holds a similar magnitude. It expresses the bigger picture. “Your life unfolds in proportion to your courage,” ran through my head as I drove to the first day of my internship this summer. I was so, so, so nervous. My internship is at a local news station in my hometown. A channel that I have watched as far back as I can remember. The anchors and reporters hold careers I aspire to have someday. Plus, they are local celebrities. As I arrived at the station the intimidation was heavy. Do I turn the car around and pretend I’m sick? – well duh no of course not. Suck it up, get over yourself and act like a grown up (this is much easier said than done). I faced the facts, that the only way you can grow as a person and get anywhere at all is through overcoming your fears.

These two quotes put extra pep in my step as I walked through the newsroom doors. It’s honestly amazing the things you can do once you overcome the barriers you create in your own mind.

Tennis: Top 3 Lessons You Learn When You Pick Up a Racket

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Tennis taught me…

  1. Always Try New Things

    • I randomly picked the sport.
    • Then randomly joined the high school team & completely fell in love with it
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    • When the temperature is 102 degrees and the sun that radiates off the cement courts makes it feel 112 degrees, there is nothing else you can do but push through and ignore the fact that you could pass out/die at any moment.
    • Tennis is 100% mental. In singles, it’s an individual sport. You have you AND only you to rely on. It’s both terrifying and liberating to completely depend on yourself.
    • The wind might be fighting against you, you might be hitting everything out, your opponent might be really getting under your skin, but if your mind is strong enough to overcome the odds, then there’s not doubt that you can win.
  3. Pushes Your Comfort Zone

    • Chances are the first time you touch a racket you’ll rarely ever come into contact with a ball. You’ll swing through the air and completely miss. Then once you start hitting the ball, you face the challenge of getting it over the net.
    • All the pressure is on you.
    • If you’re playing in front of a crowd, you know that all eyes are on you (yet again, it’s not a team sport. Even in doubles there’s just 2 of you)
    • The sport pushes you to overcome your fears, strengthen your mind, and become a stronger person through the process.In tennis, “love means nothing.” If the score is 0-0 it’s “love all.” Some say this is because the only thing keeping a scoreless player on the court is their “love” for the game.

       

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      In tennis “love means nothing.” A score of 0-0 is “love all.” Some say this is because the only thing keeping a scoreless player out on the court is their love for game. 

YouTube = Fitspiration

Of all things, who would have thought that YouTube can be an extreme source of fitspiration? Well, let me fill you in, I LOVE youtube. I have found my very favorite workouts and instructors through their site. There are countless videos with all types of workouts. It’s really awesome because you can search for a workout of a specific length.

It’s your cardio day?

Look up HIIT workouts or weight loss.

You’re going for a more relaxed workout, but want to focus on your abs?

Search for yoga and core or how about some pilates.

Tons of strength workouts are available as well. You can add focus to just shoulders, legs, or glutes. You name it and you can find a workout that will meet all your fitness needs.

Through the years I have narrowed down some of my very favorite fitness channels…

Christine Salus

Subscribers: over 129,000

Workout Type: Strength, Plyometrics, HIIT, Cardio, Circuit

I love, love, love Christine Salus’s workouts. Not only are they challenging, but they’re actually fun. The time flies by because you are constantly doing something different. Many of the videos are fairly short as well since you are working extremely hard at a high intensity. You don’t have to exercise for as long. I’m a huge fan of her HIIT workouts. My most favorite is the 500 Calorie Total Body HIIT workout (no equipment needed) plus 8 minute ab challengeThe total workout time is a minor 30 minutes, but the high intensity makes it fantastic. It’s an interval workout that consists of 4 rounds of 5 different exercises and very short rests. The end is a killer ab sequence to completely burn out. I highly recommend all of her workouts and channel.

Ali Kamenova

Subscribers: over 96,000

Workout Type: Interval Yoga

Another top favorite of mine, Ali Kamenova. She has completely changed the way I look at yoga. Before I thought of it as stretching, relaxing, maybe some strength work. Do one of her workouts and then just try to say that yoga is easy…trust me your mind will be blown. Kamenova uses an innovative approach through her use of interval yoga. There are high numbers of planks in many of her yoga videos. She also throws cardio in to really get your body pumping. This is not your average yoga. One specific routine I really enjoy is the AK30 Interval Yoga Intermediate Calorie Burn Weight Loss HIIT.  The workout incorporates vinyasa flow yoga as well as an interval cardio sequence in the middle that even includes jump squats. Check out her channel to mix up your typical yoga routine and really push your calorie burn.

Yoga With Adriene

Subscribers: over 1,467,000

Workout Type: Yoga

The yoga that Adriene offers is very natural and is all about what feels best for your body. I really enjoy her workouts because I feel like I am in an actual yoga studio all from the comfort of my own home. She’s focused on working to your personal limits and always improving yourself through consistency and practice. Adriene has many videos that focus on a diverse array of different topics. There are healing, stretching, flow, yoga on the road, beginners, and even weight loss yoga. The Yoga For Weight Loss – 40 Minute Fat Burning Yoga Workout is amazing! I do this video all the time to sort of reset my body. It focuses highly on core work but touches on the entire body as well. The sequence tones the abs, is great for digestion and blasting fat. Try out Adriene’s yoga to really take your workout routine to a new level!

 

 

 

 

You CAN Workout At Home

The fitness world is vast, complicated, and for many people it’s intimidating. Exercise doesn’t have to be so hard. There’s no need for an insane workout schedule or dare I say even a gym membership.

As a college student I am lucky to have access to an ah-maze-ing rec center. And when I say amazing, I’m not kidding. The University of Missouri’s Rec is rated as one of the best collegiate rec centers in the nation.

Anyways, back to the point…during the school year I am constantly using the rec which is great, although now I’m back home for the summer. I easily could have gotten a gym membership at a local place, but I decided to mix things up.

I have found youtube to be a FANTASTIC source for workouts, especially when you want to try new things. Plus it’s nice because you can do them from anywhere. I take advantage of the large spaces I can find at home to create my own little gym. For HIIT workouts I usually use the family room. Lately, I’ve done yoga in the mornings out on my deck. The point is, there is no excuse to not get a great workout. The intimidation of working out at a gym or the cost of a membership are completely nonexistent.

So my best advice to selecting a workout…MIX IT UP!

When working out at home I love to do different things each day. First, this helps so that your body is constantly challenged and never becomes accustomed to the same movements which avoids an plateaus. Second, you won’t get bored – and that’s the best part honestly!

I love yoga. I love HIIT workouts. I even will force myself to hop on the treadmill and muddle through. The modest weight bench, dumbbells, and other forms of resistance training come in handy as well and get put to great use.

All in all, fitness doesn’t have to hard.

 

 

 

 

Snack Blast

 

IMG_5650Let me tell you about my latest obsession…peanut butter. Creamy dreamy rich peanut butter. It’s a literal bliss, a pure dollop of heaven. Honestly, I think I eat it on a daily basis. Some people tend to stray away because of the high amount of fat it carries. Although fat is a necessity for your body and optimal to have a balanced diet. Peanut butter is rich in vitamin E and magnesium. It’s even known for promoting weight loss as crazy as this may seem. So now you understand that I highly approve and love good ole natural peanut butter. For this snack blast however I used PB2, which is a powdered peanut butter.

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I wanted to incorporate lots of protein in my snack to stay full and satisfied, hence the yogurt. At first I was going to use it as a “dip” for my fruit, but it was so dang good I had to grab a spoon. Next I threw some of my fav homemade protein balls on my plate and then tossed some fruit into this jivin’ snack. Wa-la the most amazing combination of foods EVER!

Snack Blast Yogurt Recipe

1/2 cup vanilla Greek Yogurt

1 T PB2 powder (no water added)

1 /2 – 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Throw all the ingredients in a bowl & mix. Easy as that and so delicious. You can adjust the amount of protein powder depending on how big your scoop is. Keep in mind that whey powder will increase the liquidness of the yogurt. I also tossed some shredded coconut on top just for fun (and extra flavor.)IMG_5649

My Snack Blast has 4 large sliced strawberries, 1/3 cup blueberries, my yogurt, and two homemade protein balls.The nutrition facts demonstrate the great balance of macronutrients this whole snack packs.

Nutrition Facts:

307 calories

30g protein
38g carbs
5g fat