5 Quick Ways To Get Out Of A Funk

8.17.2018


'm going to be honest and say that these past two weeks have been hard on me. I've been in a funk and even though I know the reasonings for what triggers my mood, doesn't mean it suddenly goes away. After many days of sulking and wondering why I'm so miserable, I picked myself up and changed a few of my behaviors.

See? Even though this photoshoot is my absolute favorite in a long time, it doesn't mean I have my life together. I have never in my blogging days bought a boutique of flowers for a shoot. So, this cute element seems like everything is lovely. But, that is the funny thing about anxiety or a funk. It creeps up on me in waves. It can last for a few hours or an entire week.

Difficult days or weeks are always going to be apart of life, and it's so important to know when enough is enough. So, in light of my previous funk, today seemed like a great way to share my coping mechanisms. I've been diligent in doing all five below, and they have helped me more than I thought they would. I'd love to hear yours in the comments too!



1. // Take Care of Yourself
This is seriously the most important aspect for me. Me-time is definitely a factor, but taking care of yourself goes even deeper than Netflix and chill. It's about eating healthy, drinking enough water, keeping busy, being around others who can uplift me, waxing my eyebrows, unfollow people on social media who are toxic for me, getting a cut and color, listening to praise music, and praying.

2. // Talk to Someone About It 
I think this is one of the more challenging things you can do, but it's so worth it. Talking to someone helps me see things in a different perspective, and lets me know I'm not alone. 


3. // Pull Out Your Journal 
Writing down my thoughts will always be a lifesaver for me in whatever season of life I find myself in. It always allows me to process my true feelings. Lately, I have started a poetry journal and I love it. You can write a sentence, poem, one paragraph, or a song...just write! 

4. // Get Sweaty 
Working out is something I am just recently exploring. I don't like to sweat and sports have never been my thing. But, walking around my neighborhood when I have a lot on my mind, or feel a rush of anxiety take over it's a great way for me to feel more grounded. 

5. // Keep Busy 
I don't do good sitting around. I have to keep myself busy, preparing for what's to come. The other day I made a list of to-do's for my Master's degree, current textbooks I need to purchase, and job applications to fill out. Having something to look forward to means a lot for me! 

My Mini Work Space

8.03.2018


emember this little space in my room? Well, because of switching my college to online a proper place to study was needed. I had an enormous desk in my dorm and so many newly bought supplies. They simply needed a home. And I couldn't be happier with the final look.


A space like this is just what I needed being home now. It helps me feel so organized. I was feeling so unproductive doing things on my bed, so now no more neck cramps, haha. I bought the desk from WayFair and I pretty much knew it was for me, because it's named "Jenna's Writing Desk." How perfect it that? My name is rarely used in any type of advertising or in Hollywood, so I always love seeing it.

Anyone remember the way my room looked years ago on the blog? Well, I tend to change my mind (a lot) but I have a feeling this new addition is going to be kept for a very long time!! I'd still love to hang some twinkle lights, but I go back and forth on that.

A Health Update | Week 5

7.30.2018


ood morning! Today, I am so excited to be writing this post, because I have never done anything like this before. Back in January, I started a no sugar challenge that lasted 45 days (read about it here)! I ate whole foods, barely exercised, cut out all sugars, and drank lots of water. I lost 17 lbs. I felt really good those two months, and then things started to slip up again. My birthday is in March and with a few bites of sugar, I slowly gave up all my good habits. Well, it took me until July 1st, to really commit to the lifestyle I was so thriving in.

I am ending week 5 of my whole food and exercising health journey. So far you guys, I have lost 10 lbs. I definitely had a few weak moments, but I still walked at the end of the night. That is something I would have never done. I'm trying to change my overall eating habits and realize that a few splurges will be apart of my week, rather than lose it all fast for a quick fix.

So, here are a few things I've been doing and feeling....


My go-to meals | A few of my favorite meals lately has been; lime bbq chicken tacos with guacamole / green pineapple smoothie / apples and almond butter / oatmeal and peaches / egg salad / quest protein bars / zucchini fries.

Joined the gym | After two weeks of the 100 degree heat wave and four straight days of no walking, because of the heat, I got a gym membership. I'm super excited, as my sister loves it, and my friend just joined as well. I was so nervous about going. I've had two memberships before, and I did great. But, this time it took courage, and lots of convincing from my sister to join. I've been going almost daily now for three weeks, and my anxious thoughts are disappearing as we speak.

Craving lifesavers | Sugar is my thing. My first week was easy, second week is when I splurged. So, I thought I'd share a few drinks and snacks I go to while craving something sweet. I love making my own unsweetened iced tea. I recommend Trader Joe's black mango tea and pour it over ice. I also will chew gum instead of candy, haha. I've only made it once, but banana ice cream is super delicious. I blended 3 frozen bananas, and 1tbs of peanut butter, then stick it back in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Exercise routine | I am half way through my 100 squat challenge!! I found it through Blogilates, and I love it so far. Everyday for 30 days, I have to do a 100 squats. The hard part is that everyday is a different form of squat. Who knew there are 30 different ways to squat?! Well, let me say it challenging but so far I'm feeling some muscle. As for the gym, cardio has been my best friend. Oh, and I bought a yoga mat to do some workout videos in my room.

Improvements moving forward | I need to drink more water. I've always had this issue, but now eating whole foods that aren't dripping with sugar or salt, I'm not very thirsty. Maybe I need to keep track on paper every day!

The Heart Of It | Authenticity

7.23.2018


veryday it seems like my side hustle 'blogging' isn't so uncommon like it was six years ago when I started. When I went to my University it was strange to find someone who didn't blog, haha. I love blogging. The community has always been kind to me. And now it's growing like crazy. Unless I check my bloglovin' account everyday, I can't keep up with the amount of content that comes through my feed. Sometimes it doesn't matter, though.

For as much content I read on a daily basis, I can't recall much. Not a lot these days seem to stay with me. Weekly link up's, latest brands that are on sale, and world travels are the only type of posts bloggers know how to produce. And I'm sorry (I'm not really) any more 'swipe up' comments from anyone on Instagram is going to lose my following.


Why doesn't anyone share important life updates anymore? I'm not talking about the ones during graduation, him down on one knee, or the wedding ceremony. I'm suggesting the moments of our lives that seem scary or sad.


Believe me, I'm so guilty of this. I shared photos of my time at University, but not so much about the roommate troubles or the scene in the cafeteria of my ex-roommate attacking my reasons for switching dorms. It's hard to allow strangers into our stories, because our experiences are unlike anyone else's.

Most situations in our lives already require us to be vulnerable, so why would we put ourselves in that place all over again in a blog post, Instagram photo, or story time in video format?

All I know is that I'm tired of content that becomes undistinguishable.


To me, the joy of reading a blog, compared to social media, is the personality that shines through. I genuinely love learning about people's family, their dog, or hometown. Reading their experiences and how they managed to breakthrough. That to me is worth reading for years to come.

I hope that my blog right here is one that displays true authenticity. I want you all to be able to connect with me on some level. This is a small blog, no brand deals, sponsored content. No presents on my images or luxury trips to Europe. Just a girl who is beginning her senior year in college online (just this last year), in her beachy/PotteryBarn inspired bedroom, learning the joys of single-hood, all while trying to lean on the Lord for guidance. That's it. My content is probably simple, and my site isn't crazy with links or colors. But, it's me.

Blogs are changing and while advancement is always neat, let's not lose our sense of authenticity online anymore. Let's connect through our personal stories, not common interests such as fashion trends or bucket list travel destinations.

{ p.s. my little series "coffee talk" is now changing into "the heart of it." I thought it fit better with the branding of A Beautiful Heart. Coffee photos to start off the post, though, will probably be leaving! } 

A Makeup Find | Cream Eyeshadows

7.17.2018


very time I go to Carlsbad my makeup collection grows, haha. The outlets have a BareMinerals shop with great deals, so swiping my credit card is easy to do! This summer I have enjoyed the simplicity of cream eyeshadows. I feel like I don't have to worry about darkening my crease line. I just put the cream eyeshadow all over my lid and it's good to good!

Do you have any favorite go-to cream eyeshadows? I would love to add more into my makeup routine! A neutral color palette makes everything look so flawless. Light browns just seem to compliment my skin tone.

My detail shader brush works perfectly to apply a creamy texture (instead of using your finger to dab it on). Many don't use brushes for application, but I find it helps everything look more smooth.

Life Lately

7.13.2018


appy Friday! I hope you are all doing well. I have been loving my blog as of late. Documenting my thoughts has always felt right. My summer has been a great one. When I came home from college I was mainly focused on unpacking and resting. I binged the entire season of Parenthood (I loved it so much), traveled to Ventura with my family, bought a desk for my room, and enjoyed shopping trips with my friend Emily. Now, I'm back in school mode and busy with homework deadlines, which I don't miss at all (okay, kinda not true but it's July).

Anyways, so much has been going on and I've been terrible about posting photos or even mentioning it all here on the blog and my Instagram. So, I thought I would break it up and share a few topics that have been a part of my life lately (see what I did there, ;).


Health // It's been 3 weeks after this weekend since I began eating healthy and walking. So far I lost 4 lbs. in the first week (I haven't weighed since). I'm so proud of the achievements I've made in such a little time frame. I joined the gym, something I had so much fear over. I can't exactly pin the anxiety over walking into the gym, but it's getting easier every time. Maybe I'll write up it's own post sometime soon about that, because I already have a lot to say (just not today, haha).

My Room // As you can see in the photo below, I bought a desk. I absolutely love it, and I'm really trying to plan out how I'm going to blog an official tour of it. My bookshelf is also super organized, which makes me so happy. When I came home this summer, my foiled windows were replaced by actual blinds (score!). It makes my room lighter, but natural light is my favorite so I don't mind.


College Courses // Well, I started two courses this summer that are going to last 8 weeks. I just finished week 2, so 6 more to go! One is an English course, which has so much reading involved. Everything is online and I have to say how happy I am with my professors. It's crazy to think that after I graduate, I will have completed more units online, than inside actual classrooms. But, it works for me and working at my own pace is wonderful. Oh, and did I mention is ended up being the least expensive option for me to complete my degree? Yes, I believe that makes it all worth it! :)

Looking Forward To // I cannot wait until July 20th, because Mama Mia 2 comes out!! Oh, and I still haven't seen Incredibles 2, is it worth seeing?

Finding Inspiration // Changing my lifestyle patterns and bad habits is tricky. I still have hard days, and times when I think 4lbs. isn't putting a dent into anything. I have found that the key is to change my social media feed to fit my new lifestyle, so I won't be tempted of the old one. I've been pinning more healthy recipes on Pinterest, and following girls on Instagram who talk about their weight loss journey through sharing their workouts, smoothie bowls, and daily tips. I cannot tell you how much this motivates me to stay on track!

What have you been up to lately? 

San Buenaventura Mission

7.09.2018


kay, I promise this is the last of my vacation photos! It was such a relaxing week, and I am desperately wishing I could rewind time and go back. I started my two summer courses for college this week and it's kinda torture (not really, I'm dramatic). So, looking back on these photographs it makes me extra nostalgic to have those deadline free summer days back! 

Anyways, my visit to San Buenaventura Mission was my favorite part of my trip. My dad was so kind and patient to do a little photoshoot for me! Favorite photos ever, probably of this entire year! I found out there are 21 mission in the state of California, and I was very excited to make this one my second. I now want to visit them all, starting with San Juan Capistrano (it's only an hour away from me). I just love how every state has a natural piece of history waiting to be explored, and I think I've found California's! 

A California Bucket List For Summer

7.02.2018


ummer is the perfect time for me to clear my head and be refreshed before the college semester (even though my courses begin in July, uhh). I have to be honest and say that summer isn't my favorite season, as Southern California is pretty much summer all year round, haha, which is probably why I feel that way. Yet, there are a few things that make this time very special and exciting. I always look forward to family vacations, 4th of July, and time to binge on Netflix.

I just got back from a week long vacay with my family up in Santa Barbara, so a few things below have already been done (oops), but I still added it anyways. What's left on your list?



Santa Barbara Zoo

6.25.2018


he Santa Barbara zoo is something my sister and I had to do on our trip. It didn't disappoint. I've been to the San Diego zoo and the Safari Park, but they are overwhelming, hot in the summer, and crowded.  This one, however, was tiny in comparison. And I loved it.

I'm still trying to figure out my spirit animal, but the kola bears were darling. And of course the snow leopards are so my five year old me, haha. Most of the animals were asleep, hence the limited photos below, so I wasn't able to capture those two favorites. The whole day was perfect, though, and it ended with a henna painted on my foot, which might be the best thing in the world.

Project 365 On Instagram | My Experience + Tips

6.19.2018

n the beginning of 2018, I thought it would be to participate in an Instagram challenge for the year: Project 365. Posting a photo everyday for one year seemed like a lot, but I figured I already post all the time so why not give it a go! Obviously the new year 'fresh start' ideal was my first reasoning for joining, but there's more. Keeping an Instagram feed or aesthetic is so difficult, and I found myself never posting unless it looked "good enough" to share. So, my hope was that this challenge would help me not worry so much about that. That my new focus would be to share simple moments throughout my day, to look back for the whole year and be remembered of small things that meant a lot to me.

Well, I as of right now I have posted photo number 83/365. I am a bit behind. It takes a lot of time and effort to find new angles, locations, and even outfits to post an image everyday! Many of my days when I started was time spent inside classrooms, cleaning a dirty dorm, or watching Parenthood in my room this summer. I thought I'd share some tips, along with pro's and con's!



1. // Learn to take photos of new things around you.
This has helped me see everything in a new light. I paid more attention to the colors of buildings to the food on my plate. Something so simple, yet so much joy!

2. // You can always inform others what your up to.
I love being able to 'be real' on my page. For a solid three months my life was super healthy. My love for acai bowls began, and I was walking everyday. It was a nice way to be held accountable, yet a way for me to track my progress.

3. // Enjoy the small things.
I already touched on this a little bit, but remember to enjoy your Instagram! It doesn't have to be about your travels or new outfits every time.

FAVORITE COFFEE TABLE READS
SEASONAL OUTFIT STAPLES 
GO-TO HAIRSTYLE 
YOUR PUPPY 
DAY PLANNER SET-UP 
CURRENT TUNES 
DOWNTOWN CITY STREET 
ALL YOUR PLANTS 
PHOTOS OF DEAR FRIENDS 
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE 
ANY TYPE OF NATURE 
LOCAL COFFEE SHOP
FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP 
SMOOTHIES 
EVERYDAY ACCESSORIES 


1. // It's time consuming. 
This is a given, but it's worth mentioning. I can't tell you how many times I got a few days behind and had to post within the same day to make up for it!!

2. // You run out of ideas on what to post. 
This is the hardest thing about this challenge. How many more beach, palm tree, or coffee photos can a girl post? Refer to my idea list above!

3. // Sometimes you want privacy. 
Not everyday are you exploring your city, having dinner with your girlfriends, or making your bed! Sometimes, you're tired or sad. Your hair isn't curled and it's a no makeup Monday. It can be difficult to create content that is meaningful on these types of days! (Hence why I'm behind).

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