Goodbye Iowa State

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Wow. I really really really can’t believe that I’m graduating on Saturday. I feel like it was earlier this fall that I was chatting with hall-mates in the dorms, showering with flip flops on, and navigating through campus all by myself.

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19 lessons you learn when you have a brother

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Today is my little brother’s birthday and I wanted to write a quick something to commemorate his 19 years making my life a whole lot of fun!

I’m extremely lucky to have the relationship that I do with my younger brother. Although we didn’t grow up without the bickering and the occasional wrestling match, we grew up to become close. Being in the same sports in high school really pushed us to have the same interests and even some of the same friends. Dinner conversations revolved around game plays and we took turns complaining about 5:30 AM practice.

If you read about what I wrote for my Dad’s birthday you’ll see that I’m doing something quiet similar. Here’s what I learned from having a younger brother. Happy Birthday Kenneth!

Nineteen things I learned from having a younger brother:

  1. That a good and honest relationship between siblings takes work when you don’t live under the same roof. But the work is always worth it
  2. I have to get used to being asked if he is older because he towers over me and doesn’t shave
  3. That as hard as I try to protect him from the bad in the world, he will experience it. But,
  4. He is stronger than I give him credit for, and he can handle what is thrown his way.
  5. That when I give advice to them, it comes from a place of experience which tends to hold more weight
  6. He’s got my back. Whether it’s being  DD or leaving the door unlocked so I can sneak back in the house, he’s got me.
  7. To value loyalty
  8. That I’ve been training to be a mom since the day he was born due to the amount of times I use to jam the bottle in his mouth or force him to play house with me
  9. I’ve learned to delegate what advice I give him and what choices he can make on his own
  10. He HAS to love me despise how weird I act
  11. and vice versa, I have to love his weirdness too
  12. I’ve learned about cooperation and teamwork. Because “if mom and dad find out we’re so dead”
  13. fighting growing up has taught me not to sweat the small stuff because,
  14. we only have each other to grow up with
  15. I learned some serious negotiation skills to convince him to give me half of whatever he’s eating
  16. That I always have a gym buddy to go with
  17. That he will never fail to surprise me with the knowledge he knows or the things he has learned
  18. That just because he doesn’t do it my way, doesn’t mean it’s wrong. It’s usually just as good if not better
  19. and finally learned that I will always have a best friend.

Happy happy birthday Young Kenneth!

 

 

Hot Yoga: A Beginner’s Guide

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I’ve had my fair share of variety when it comes to fitness classes. I’ve always found motivation in being surrounded by others while working towards a common goal. Whether I was swimming laps for hours with the swim team, sweating my face off during spin class, or making a huge fool of myself at Zumba, I always found myself enjoying those group classes.

When it comes to yoga, I’d be the first to tell you that I wasn’t a fan. Too slow, too boring, not intense, no gain were all mantras that rang in my head while trying to touch my toes. If you have caught yourself thinking how I did, maybe you just haven’t found the right kind of yoga. I think I found mine… and it’s hot yoga.

This is the LAST yoga I thought I would enjoy seeing that I have a phobia of being too hot and passing out. But there’s a yoga studio about 10 minutes from my apartment that my friend Shelby has been raving about and since I’m moving in less than ten days, I thought “ehh why not!” They even have a discount for students so I didn’t feel like it was a huge investment.

So what’s a Hot Yoga Studio really like?

Not intimidating at all! As soon as you walk through the door and confirm your reservation, everyone in charge are extremely welcoming. I took off my shoes, socks, and jacket and followed Shelby into the yoga room. And yes it was warm, but not hot.  Especially while just sitting on our mats before class chatting, the heat felt nice after being freezing all day (thank you April snow).

What do I need?

Water. I actually really enjoyed sweating in the class because I felt like my body was showing me that what I was doing was hard. But anytime you sweat, you must refill with water. During the class the instructor encourages taking breaks and drink water. I brought my insulated S’well water bottle with me to keep the water cold while the room was hot.

Yoga Mat. If you don’t have one don’t worry, you can usually rent it at your studio but call ahead just in case. Or you could run to TJ Maxx and pick one up for around $7. I have two because I buy them like I impulsively buy coffee mugs.

Yoga Towel. You don’t need to bring a yoga towel, but it’s extremely helpful when your hands get sweaty. Slowly sliding from downward dog into plank due to slick hands gets old. So I suggest renting or bringing your own. I got mine at TJ for super cheap!  I just laid it down on top of my mat for extra traction.

A positive attitude. In previous yoga classes I found myself looking at the woman next to me flawlessly standing in tree pose while I wobbled around. It left me feeling competitive, annoyed, and usually scattered. I really hated that part of yoga. But it wasn’t yoga. It was me. Go into your practice as if you were alone. Remember that you are going to focus on your own development and your own practice and your own form of mediation.

What’s the class like?

Each instructor is different which one of the amazing things about hot yoga. Some burn incense while others offer cold cloths to put on your forehead at the end of the class. But generally you’ll go through an hour practice including lots of poses, but nothing too crazy due to the heat.

You’ll sweat a lot and burn more calories in the warm room (I burned 260 for the hour). and even though you’re not attempting to stand on your head, you feel like you’re working hard physically and mentally.

I literally can not describe to you the after yoga feeling I got. I usually get the endorphins flowing during my usual workout but after hot yoga it was better. Shelby and I were talking in the car afterwards and I kept telling her I couldn’t remember what I was stressed about. It felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders that I didn’t know that I had. Like walking out after a massage, I felt like I was in a blissful daze!

Got any advice for my first time?

Get there early. Don’t rush into class. Go early and find where you want to lay your mat. Also they might have you sign a waiver so you want to make sure you have time for that as well.

Remember why you’re there. Don’t get caught up in everyone else. Remember your goals for your practice and why you’re there.

Pay ahead of time. I paid a couple days in advance so I knew I would have a space in the class. Also, this way I felt like I had to go or else the broke college kid inside me would have freaked about the money being wasted. My fears and hesitations would have made me chicken out so if that sounds like you, pay early!

Wear what makes you comfortable. Yes it’s hot, but if you don’t feel like going in leggings and a sports bra, then don’t! A moisture-wicking tank will be just fine.

Eat an hour or two before. I was nervous about fainting in the heat, but it’s nothing to worry about if you are prepared. Eat something healthy and filling a bit before class.

Let me know if you plan on going to a Hot Yoga class or if you’ve been before! 

 

If you go to Iowa State University, don’t be shy to check out Ignite Yoga!

Someone is Stealing my Content

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Hello my wonderful readers!

I wanted to reach out to you all and let you know about something that has been going on the past few months in my blogging life. Initially I wasn’t planning on blogging about it, but there has been so much anger revolving around this issue, that I just don’t know what else to do.

As I’m sure you read by the title, someone is stealing my content. I stumbled upon this when the owner of the site went ahead and requested to use one of my links. Suddenly I was taken to a website where every one of my blog posts were displayed. On someone else’s site. There was a wash of emotion that came over me. Anger, violation, intimidation, and a bit of fear.

My face, my words, my image, was somewhere else. And before anyone starts saying “yeah but that’s the internet, what do you expect?” know that it’s not okay to take other’s content. There is no way to protect your content 100%, but when someone steals your thoughts it feels similar to (how I would imagine the feeling of) someone breaking into your home and touching your belongings. Every time I hop on my blog, I know that this other site will go ahead and copy, word for word, my work.

I don’t want to go ahead and put down the website’s name, they don’t need any more traffic than they’re already getting. But, I did want to put this together to get the word out there that the internet, while a wonderful space, can have it’s downfalls. I wish I never saw the site and that I was in the “ignorance is bliss” stage still. It can be hard to find the right people to help and it can feel overwhelming.

I have gone back and forth on what to do when it comes to blogging. I hate the idea of having my pictures and words somewhere else. I go back and forth deciding that I don’t care and that I care very much. It has put into perspective how I want my future with Barrychic.blog to look.

I wanted to write this to warn others to always be on the lookout for content that is being stolen. Tell others if you see their work somewhere else. Be sure to put a clear copyright message on your work and on your site. And understand that it’s impossible to prevent people copying your blog content, but that doesn’t mean that you are powerless. You are the creator, you have these thoughts and ideas, and you are the soul and mind behind your site. No one can take that from you.

Why You Need to Listen to Your Body

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Summer is right around the corner, and for me that means going into “finals mode” except not cramming flashcards, but workouts. I recently have been loving my fitness journey. I’m not comfortable with showing any of my transformation photos on the internet, but I will say that I’ve gained six pounds (of muscle!) and it makes me happy to see the changes in my body rather than on the scale.

The past year I’ve been loving the Youtuber Sarah’s Day. She’s a health and fitness Youtuber who’s motto is “Listen to Your Body.” I always thought that to be a great motto, but I didn’t really live by it until recently. Here’s what I learned about why to need to listen to this motto.

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Reflection to Myself on my Birthday

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It’s my birthday today!!!! I absolutely love this day because it’s dedicated to enjoying multiple free coffees and being surrounded by the ones I love! Thank you to everyone that has already made me feel so special!

My sweet friend Anne from Mindfulness in the Midwest recently had her birthday and wrote down some reflection questions that she asked herself. As you know, I’m very into self reflection at the moment and so what better way to acknowledge my birthday here on BarryChic.blog than to do a self reflection? Earlier this week I grabbed a cup of coffee and sat down to think about my wonderful life. It’s a long post so snuggle in, grab a drink and your cozy blanket, and enjoy!

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March Recap & April Goals

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The month is already almost over! I can’t believe that March has come and gone. Here are my goals that I wrote back at the beginning of the month and a summary of how I did. I also wrote down some April goals for myself.

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Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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I’m not the best baker and I believe some of that has to do with my lack of patience and inability to look at details for a long time. I often end up messing up the measurements or I become disinterested in the entire process. But, I come to you with the ultimate banana chocolate chip recipe that I found on Pinterest although I adapted the recipe a bit. It can be made in 30 minutes start to finish which is perfect for those who are on the run or just don’t feel like spending all afternoon in the kitchen (and I feel you!).

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Travel Diary: Florida

This homebody once again convinced herself to leave the Midwest for spring break! Last week thirteen of us piled into cars and drove the grueling twenty-one hours to the gulf coast of Florida.

It was my first real vacation that wasn’t with my family which made for lots of firsts (and fun!) After I did a travel diary for Dublin and Burlington, I found myself going back and rereading the post to reminisce.  I’m sharing with you some of the highlights on our trip along with some great memories that no doubt will last a lifetime. Continue reading “Travel Diary: Florida”

It’s IWD and I Have Something to Say

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Women’s rights are human rights and seeing as today is international woman’s day, I see no better day to celebrate that fact. Ladies, we have come so far in history but we still have mountains to move. Let us remember that we are not fighting each other or men, we are fighting for equality each and every day.

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