Make It Happen: A Goal Guide for 2018

HELLOOOOO 2018! Call it cheesy, call it a cliche...but the start of the New Year always inspires me. It's a time for reflection of the year prior, a fresh start, a reset button, and a new beginning. You have 365 day of uncapped possibility and potential ahead, what is there not to get excited about? Like many of you, I make resolutions or goals every year. AND Like many of you, I ditch those goals after the first month, forget about them, or push them off.  Suddenly it's December, and I've just lived another version of the same year. But last year, I decided to make a change. Long story short, I was not happy with where/who I was a year ago, and I desperately wanted a fresh start. So I thought about what I didn't like, and what made me...Give me more!

How to Tell if the Bread You’re Buying is Actually Healthy

The other day, I stood in the bread aisle of the grocery store for more time than I would have liked trying to find a healthy brand. At this point, I think we all know that you aren’t supposed to eat white bread, but beyond that do you know what makes a loaf healthy or unhealthy? Check these 3 things on your next grocery run: 1: Look for the word WHOLE. Whole grain and whole wheat grain are key! This means you get each part of the grain (bran, germ and endosperm) and all its nutrients! You’re going to see a lot of words that sound healthy on a lot of these breads: enriched flour, multi grain, wheat bread. None of those have the word whole in them, which means the grains have been stripped down. So first thing to...Give me more!

Are Your Health Goals Ruining Your Social Life?

Have you ever been so tied to your healthy eating or workout routine that you’ve said no to a night out with friends? You cancel on a dinner date because the restaurant menu isn’t healthy enough. You stay in because you can’t bear the thought of recording the calories for that glass of wine into your MyFitnessPal app. You ditch happy hour because you didn’t run yet that day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for eating clean and working out. And yes, sometimes it is definitely the healthier option to choose those activities over some bar. I get that. BUT strict diet and workout routines can get addictive, and not in a good way. You may have good intentions to begin with, but then you start obsessed over the progress you’re making or the progress you aren’t making. You...Give me more!

WORKOUT: No Gym, No Problem. 30 Minute Bodyweight and Stair Workout

I'm back in Green Bay for the holiday weekend, and with no gym membership that means I have to get creative with my workouts. Luckily, my parents live very close to Lambeau field. The circumference around the stadium is a full mile, they have playground equipment over in Titletown, and there is a giant stair entrance leading to one of the gates. Looks like I found today's gym. Today I chose the stairs. This workout gets your heart rate up immediately, and with each step propelling you forward and up, you are forced to engage all of your leg muscles: glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves! I've included my circuit below. Repeat it 2x. And the great news is, this workout can be done on any staircase. So find one in your area and try it! **Lambeau staircases have 34 steps...Give me more!

How To Make A Millennial Happy In The Workplace

This section of my blog is all about occupational wellness, and occupational wellness is all about the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. It’s about how we use our gifts, skills and talents to make a positive impact on the organizations we work in and to society as a whole. So I thought I would kick this off with an article about the three major contributors that keep millennials happy and engaged at work. . . I now present to you... THE THREE Ps :  The idea of the 3 P’s is inspired by Kathryn Minshew, co founder of The Muse. This woman has dedicated her career to helping people navigate their own and she believes that when it comes to millennials and what they want...Give me more!

30 Minutes to Self-awareness

I recently wrote a post on about how important it is to be self-aware. Read it here! I wrote about how self-awareness plays a huge role in your success in your career, your relationships, and your personal happiness. It's something we should work on throughout our entire lives through a variety of different methods and techniques. However, to ease you into things, I've curated a mini list with a couple of my favorite personality tests to get you started on this lifelong pursuit. You might be surprised by the accuracy. You might learn a few new things. You might get hooked. Levo Talents: Ever get stumped on the “What is your biggest weakness/strength” question in an interview? Levo Talents can help with that. After downloading the app, you will be taken through 35 questions. At the end you receive your...Give me more!

WORKOUT: Burn 350 Calories in 30 minutes

Winter is coming!   …Is that still trendy to say? I don’t know. I don’t even watch Game Of Thrones….   ANYWAY… Yes, here in the Midwest, temperatures are dropping and the daylight hours are dwindling. That means many of us are trading our beautiful lake shore runs for the rotating belt that is the treadmill. But have no fear! There are a lot of ways to spice up your run on a treadmill. You can make some virtual hills with the incline, you can hold yourself to a specific speed goal, you can do timed intervals, etc! I like to write out a plan before my workouts, so I wrote down one that I did the other day. It’s 30 minutes,  3 miles, and burns 380 calories. It has you running at a steady jog throughout with a steady...Give me more!
  Hey, Hi, HELLO! I'm Stacy, and I am so glad you stopped by! I am a twenty-something year old living in Chicago, and I’m a wellness enthusiast (if you will). From 9-5, I work in advertising technology, but from 5-9 you can find me teaching cycling classes at SALT Fitness, working towards my Masters in Health and Wellness Management, taking photos on my Canon, cooking, traveling, attending speaker events/workshops around the city or spending time with my incredible friends and family. I have a wide variety of interests, but at the core of everything I do, and everything I am, is wellness. Physical wellness has always been part of my life. I grew up playing sports and dancing, and I’ve always eaten relatively healthy. However, it wasn’t until a couple years ago when I realized that to be WELL...Give me more!

4 Ways to Step Up Your Coffee Game

Coffee…the magical elixir that gives us life. We already love it, but what if it could also make you more beautiful, reduce inflammation, taste great, AND last longer? YUP. Here are a few things you can add to your coffee to give it a little extra UMPH   Turmeric and pepper I see those questioning eyes. I know it sounds strange. But I swear it works! Turmeric, that (very trendy) yellow spice used to make curry, is an anti-oxidant well known in the wellness world for decreasing inflammation in the body. That alone is enough, but if you really want to increase the effects, just add a dash of pepper. Without getting too far into the biology, the bioavailability of turmeric (or the amount that enters into circulation) is higher when consumed with pepper, thus making the anti-inflammatory effect even...Give me more!

Short Cut to Self-awareness

Do you want to connect deeper in your relationships? How about find more success in your career? Or maybe you just want to live a happier life in general? Yes? I thought so. Well, allow me to let you in on a major element… Self-awareness. What is it? Self awareness is understanding who you are and why you do the things that you do. It’s about knowing your desires, your habits, how you learn, how you handle stress, and recognizing the experiences that shape you. It’s a constant and ever changing pursuit, and it’s not always easy, but knowing yourself on a deep level is a key to success. How Do I Start? So where do you begin with something as overarching and vast/complex as “getting to know yourself”? You could meditate or journal daily, and reflect on your actions and...Give me more!