Your Ultimate Spring Break

Spring break is approaching, which hopefully means warm weather and soft clouds and the ocean and flowers and happiness. But as much as we would all like to fly away somewhere exotic without a second thought, you usually have to do some planning. Even if you’re not going to Australia or Hawaii, you can still have a dreamy vacation wherever you’re headed.

Packing tips:

You are most likely going to be there for less than a week. Pack light, and pack smart. You don’t need much, sense you will mostly be in your bikini ;) ultimate sb post

  • Shoes: sneakers, like chucks. flip flops. fancy-er sandals. one pair of heels for a night out.
  • Bottoms: shorts, and lots of them. harem pants. maxi skirts.
  • One-Piece: a couple light, flowy dresses in both short and maxi length. rompers and jumpsuits are also great throw-ons
  • Tops: light tees and tanks in neutral and bright colors. if you’re feeling a bit daring, go for the cropped style.
  • Bikinis: this should take up the majority of your wardrobe, a girl can never have too many bikinis. pack some coverups too.
  • Accessories: hats and sunglasses, and lots of them for that matter.
  • Makeup: none! pack a little lip balm and you’re good to go. but, if you feel you need it for dinners and such, a little BB cream and bronzer will do the job.

Favorite stores for these items: http://www.swell.com  // http://www.freepeople.com // http://www.nastygal.com // http://www.lalalandfashion.com // http://www.billabong.com

Health and Wellness tips:

  • Wherever you’re going, drink lots and lots and LOTS of water
  • Look up some local restaurants and cafes prior to your trip
  • When in doubt, there is always a near by market to stock up on some basics
  • Focus on choosing the right foods wherever you are. You don’t want to feel heavy and clogged on your vacation
  • Stay active wherever you are! If you’re near an ocean- swim, paddle board, snorkel, surf. If you’re near a mountain- hike, run, or crawl up. If you’re not near anything- go for a run, walk, or bike and explore the area you’re in. Just find some way to move your body and stay active!
  • The only beauty products you need are coconut oil, raw honey, tea tree oil, and sea salt spray! Use the honey as a face cleanser, tea tree oil as a toner, and coconut oil as a moisturizer for your face and body. The only hair product you need in sea salt spray, spray it in on damp or dry hair and don’t fuss too much!image-1

Music playlist:

  • Freedom (#1) – Bikini Daze
  • Ends of the Earth – Lord Huron
  • Be Okay – Oh Honey
  • Peaches – In The Valley Below
  • Latch – Disclosure
  • Go Outside – Cults
  • All of Me – Tanlines
  • Happy – Pharrell
  • All of Your Heart – FM Radio
  • Pompeii – Bastille
  • Pumpin Blood – NONONO

Above all, enjoy where you are and let yourself fully be in the moment. Worrying about the past and future does no good for your soul. Bring a couple good books and embrace wherever the universe takes you.

Until next time,

Claire

PS: I would love to see where your spring break leads you so mention me on Instagram @claire_ty or on Twitter @clairebearshear of your vacation or where you would like to go! xx

10 Small Steps To Happiness

1. feel everything. feel every thing you touch, feel every emotion that emerges within you, feel all situations you are in, feel the cold floor on your toes in the morning; feel every touch, every scent, every thought. don’t apologize for your feelings, there is no wrong or right way to feel.

2. go to a bookstore and get lost. there is a book about everything and anything. find a book that satisfies what your mind desires.

3. wake up earlier. wake up early enough to go anywhere in your world and watch the sunrise. watch the beauty of the earth unfold in front of your eyes. appreciate it. tumblr_n03f93Il8s1rpghrdo1_500

4. go to bed earlier. go to bed at a time to set yourself up to feel energized the next day.

5. surround yourself with sounds, work, ideas, thoughts, and people that inspire you and make you want to do better. keep those things and people close to you.

6.eat better food. stop eating processed food and eat the foods that nature intended us to eat. it with make you feel really good. 

7. get in the habit of drinking more water. it will make you feel clear and fresh, and that is a good feeling.

8. write. write about any place or situation you’ve ever desired, include every detail. write what you did and thought that day; write what you’re feeling. just write.

9. stretch. stretch up toward the sky as if you can touch the clouds. stretch down toward the earth as if it’s molding underneath your fingertips.

10. lie underneath the sun and dream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t an option. let your mind drift to a land of endless possibilities. take steps each day to make that happen for you.

Until next time,

Claire

Starting A Healthy Lifestyle: The Basics

This post is for people who are just getting into health and fitness. I will be doing a post soon for people who are already living a healthy lifestyle and want to amp it up. tumblr_mn5p6xftlS1s8kq4zo1_400

  1. Change you mindset. This is not a “diet”, it’s a lifestyle. When you choose to live a healthy lifestyle it is all about balance. Don’t dread eating a healthy meal, make every single meal you eat flavor packed and delicious. You can have the things you like, such as brownies and burgers, but in moderation. One bad meal will not make you unhealthy just like one good meal will not make you healthy.
  2. Water. The best advice I have for this is: CHUG! If you think you’re drinking enough water, drink more. Your body is 60% water. YOU.NEED.WATER!! Water helps with literally everything in your life. When you go out to eat, get water. When you’re at home, drink water. When you’re at work or school, bring water. Always be drinking water. To help with this, get at least a 32 oz reusable water bottle to bring and fill up wherever you are. tumblr_mon7n7LG111rltj0eo1_500
  3. Eat clean, lean, and green. This is a good rule of thumb with healthy eating. Eat lean protein like fish, chicken, eggs, nuts, and yogurt. Eat clean and green foods that fuel your body like vegetables, fruits, and good-for-you grains like quinoa. Strive to eat the least amount of processed foods as possible. Swap out a regular salad dressing(s) for olive oil and lime. If you stick to this moto of “clean, lean and green”, you will be on the road to success.
  4. Sleep. Now a days a lot of people consider sleep a luxury, not a priority. You need to make sleep a priority. This does not mean getting 6 hours of sleep on the weekdays and sleeping until three on the weekends (i am guilty of this). Get everything done earlier, stop eating and turn off electronics a couple hours before bed, drink something soothing like tea and read a book to help you relax. If you have trouble settling your mind before bed, there are these relaxing chewable tablets called “Tranquil Sleep” that really help. You can buy them here: http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Factors-Stress-Relax-Tranquil-Chewable/dp/B000OBY4MU
  5. Stay Active. We were born with limbs, and bones, and muscles…our body’s want to move! So get up and move that body of yours. Walk, run, box, jump rope, dance, swim, lift, hike, stretch, bike…just go out into the world, sweat, and move your wonderful body. tumblr_m965q7tyAa1rnhmhjo1_500

I hope my advice helps you, and remember: this is a lifestyle not a diet. 

Until next time,

Claire

What matters

I was scrolling through my Tumblr and came upon this post. This post changed the way I viewed life, please do yourself a favor and read this. This story is not mine. tumblr_mc2fhkfwgw1qa9c27o1_500

“A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.”

Current music favorites

I am completely and entirely inlove with music. So here are some of my current music loves.

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Let Me Go – HAIM

Tennis Court – Lorde

You Found Me – The Fray

Work B**ch – Britney Spears

The Fox – Ylvis (judge me)

Summer Love – One Direction

Don’t Be Mad – Gina Cimmelli

The Fault in Our Stars – Troye Sivan

Vienna – Billy Joel

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (demo) – Greg Laswell

Hurricane – MS MR

Hold me, Trill me, Kiss me – She & Him

 

 

 

Do you know where you live?

You need to open your eyes in order to open your mind. tumblr_mnr20afDx81r87i11o1_r1_500

I take the same route to school everyday. Today, I opened my eyes and actually looked around. Everyday, I just look straight forward and complain about how slow the cars are moving. I realized that I knew nothing about a route that I have been taking for five years. To me this opened my eyes and inspired me to realize were I am. Pay attention to who your are with, what they are saying, and what is going on around you.

I encourage you to get to know where you are. It is easy to say you live somewhere; but difficult to say that you know where you live.

Until next time

Claire

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