How To Improve Your Hydration Game For The Better


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #HydrateYourDay #CollectiveBias 


Do you want to know just how important staying hydrated is to me? These days, I literally joke with my friends that I am a redwood tree because I need to drink gallons and gallons of water per day, LOL! Honestly, there are so many health benefits that come with staying hydrated that I’ve partnered with Collective Bias Inc. & The Coca-Cola Company to share a few reasons why YOU should make sure that you’re on top of your hydration game as well.

First off, let’s go over the shocking fact that the average everyday person does not drink the daily recommended amount of water per day (which is 8 - 15 cups of water per day). Gasp! Since the human body is comprised of 60% water, we must stay properly hydrated throughout the day if we want to maintain, or increase, our performance in work, fitness, and overall, life. Because of our fast-paced society, it’s difficult to make hydration a priority, which is why I’m about to shed some light on how we can change things for the better! ;)

But before we get started, I first off wanted to introduce to you guys to a brand called smartwater , a water bottle brand that you can find at your local Target!

Specifically, you can find smartwater in the “Drinks” section at Target OR stocked in the mini refrigerators near each of the check-out registers! With all of this inventory, there’s no excuse NOT to stay hydrated! ;)


Drinking the daily recommended amount of water per day will boost your performance in all areas in life.

To convince you to start drinking more water per day (unless you already do, then kudos to you!), I’ll just leave a BUNCH of key facts on WHY you should stay hydrated!

  • Promotes cardiovascular health

  • Keeps muscles & joints working

    • Removes toxins/waste from your body and makes you more limber!

  • Cleanses toxins from your body (however, this does mean multiple trips to the bathroom for Mich, hah)

  • Balances blood sugar

  • Relieves headaches

  • Promotes healthy skin

  • Maximizes physical performance

  • Promotes weight loss

    • Boosts metabolism & helps you stay/feel “full” longer.

    • Minimizes hunger.

  • Improves brain function

    • Boosts your energy levels

  • Hydrates your body


Keep a water bottle with you at all times - your work desk, the dinner table, your next workout. Treat it like you treat your cellphone! ;)

As a social media influencer and manager, I am constantly on my phone for work-related purposes. Pretty much, you can find me inseparable from my phone. Why can’t this be the same for water?

Note to self - Michelle, bring your water bottle where you would bring your phone. No excuses!

On-the-go? Bring a purse that can FIT a water bottle!

I’m constantly guilty of making it fashion. In other words, I will bring a smaller purse or clutch with me to events so that it matches my outfit. As much as my #ootd might look great that night, my hydration levels will probably look the exact opposite. These days, I make it a huge effort to bring a spacious bag with me (regardless of the event) so that I can always have a water bottle with me at all times.

Buy extra water bottles if needed! It’s better to be MORE hydrated than dehydrated.

If you know that you’ll be running-around-like-a-headless-chicken busy for the following week (or month), do yourself a favor and buy a large case of water or multiple water bottles to prepare you for the craziness that life throws at you! I know that when I’m juggling multiple work tasks/deadlines, followed by hitting the gym, eating a decent meal, and showering, drinking 8 - 15 cups of water per day will NOT be on the first thing on my to-do list. By having a water bottle on supply and nearby (that coincidentally rhymes, whoa!) at all times, you’re doing your body a favor on being able to drink water any time of the day.

Now, after reading this blog post, are you going to change your hydration game to be the very best?

What is one tip that you would like to share to stay frequently hydrated throughout the day? Share with me in the comments below, & let’s stay healthy and hydrated together!

Eight Healthy Changes I've Implemented Into My Everyday Life


After reading a book called "Sleep Smarter" by Shawn Stevenson every single night before my bedtime, the contents of this book have literally changed my life for the better. Not only do Stevenson's life tips provide me with a fresh new perspective of how we should treat sleep as a luxury and not as a dreaded chore, but this entire book made me rethink about the quality of my entire life as well. If you need a good read or want to improve your sleep, I highly suggest purchasing this book that I'll link for you guys here (psst, "Sleep Smarter" book review coming to the blog later - stay tuned!).


For the last few years, I have always been sucked into this vortex that is social media and to be honest, I was not too happy about it. By staring at my phone screen almost 24/7 for work-related purposes, I did not like how people (this includes strangers, a few family members, and various friends) labeled my work field, and thus me, as "superficial" and "vain", without really getting to know me or knowing what the responsibilities of my field entails. When people see multiple selfies or #ootd shots on my page, they think "she's full of herself" or "why can't she get a real job" versus what really goes down. As hard-working influencers, we do not capture photos of ourselves for superficial or ego-boosting purposes (okay, I'll be honest - some people do...but that's just lame if that's their only reason to be on social media), but we do it to continuously create content and build a strong portfolio so that we can partner up with various brands where we can help promote a product, service, or location to our target audience. In other words, social media marketing is the new form of advertising these days and it really works - just not a lot of people know about it still. Also, it's part of our job to be taking photos all the damn time, although those who aren't social media savvy wouldn't understand this task at all. 

Also, by working as a content creator, there is no real break unless you create one for yourself. People would often tell me, "Why don't you just take a break? It's not that hard to do" but no, it's much harder than you think. It's not a job where you can clock-in at 9:00AM and clock-out at 5:00PM - it's just not that simple. In fact, social media is one of the most emotionally draining fields to work in, and if you're in it, you know just how much responsibility it takes to manage a business Instagram account or juggle collaboration emails, photoshoots, and blog posts. However, enough of my mini rant - let's just get to the main point about why I'm writing this post.

Because of the reality behind working in the social media industry, I'll be honest that it's definitely a difficult career choice to stick to because this is one of the fields that follow you from when you head home from a coffee shop or when your head hits the pillow. As a social media influencer, your brain is hardwired to create content 24/7, and thus, it is hard for us influencers to easily separate when to enjoy the moment versus when to document it on Instagram for work-related reasons. Because of the freelance lifestyle of this industry and the self-discipline that comes with it, I'll be honest when I say that I allowed several factors to fall out of my control just so I can manage my Instagram account on the daily - sleep, diet, exercise, you name it.

By discovering this book per a recommendation from a good friend, "Sleep Smarter" has opened up my perspective of the world in which we live in and how so much has changed throughout generations (for example, compare how the beginning of humanity never used electronics versus how everybody cannot live without their phones today). Furthermore, this book has taught me to become more aware of my actions and what I need to do to gain control of my life again. Long story short, let's just say that this book made me a lot more zen. After reading this book, I suddenly had this "wake-up call" that urged me to change a LOT of my current actions and to allow myself to steer the direction of my life again, not social media. At the end of the day, just one little change can make a huge difference in the long run. As soon as I improved my sleep thanks to this helpful novel, I was motivated enough to change other aspects of my life and now I feel like I'm on an all-time high to continue implementing the most healthiest changes for both my body and mind. If you're interested in what changes I've made to my life to make me my most healthiest self today, keep on reading! Remember, just a little bit goes a long way.

1. Get more massages.

I know, I know - massages are PRICEY. I get it. But, just because something is pricey, does not mean it is unattainable. When it comes to investing on something grand that costs more than 15 McDonalds Happy Meals, you need to consider a few questions:

  • Is the money I invest in this purchase benefitting me in some way?
  • Is this purchase going to elevate my mood or improve my health?
  • Is my body stiff/sore from constant exercise or from a 9-5 cubicle job?
  • Can I budget my finances accordingly to save up for this purchase? (Ex: Can I sacrifice a Starbucks coffee per day and make my coffee at home to treat myself to a luxurious and therapeutic experience by the end of the month?)

If you can answer YES to all of these questions, then sure enough - a massage is calling your name! It just all comes down to prioritization and budgeting. If you value your health and care about your body, you will make a bigger effort to treat yourself to the spa once in a while versus spending mindlessly on unnecessary purchases that you don't really need in your everyday life.

Also, quick tip for those who love massages, but don't want to break the bank - I often look on GroupOn for discounted massage vouchers. Let's just say that I've been a very happy camper with every GroupOn purchase that I have made when it comes to massage vouchers, and I have purchased anywhere from 3-5 massage vouchers on GroupOn from various businesses that had 4 stars or more on Yelp. Just be sure to look up the business name on Yelp for legitimate and trustworthy reviews from other customers so that you know you will be treating yourself to a stress-free and memorable experience.

2. Invest time and money in an exercise routine that you enjoy.

From Planet Fitness to LA Fitness to my current membership at LifeTime, I've seen it all. I've bounced among three gym memberships within the last year and that tells me something - I was not satisfied with my gym experience. Although I was hitting the gym for hours per week, I was not seeing the results I wanted. And as much as I know that diet plays a HUGE role in losing weight and being healthy, deep down, I still wasn't satisfied with my current exercise routine. I worked out aimlessly, without a dire motivation to challenge myself with every strength training routine. I did not sweat as hard as I did from my previous hip hop practices and no matter how much I dedicated myself to hitting the gym four to five times a week to endure a 1.5-hour strength training & cardio sesh, it wasn't enough.

Eventually, I learned with time that the only way I am super excited to workout is when I attend cardio or strength training CLASSES and this is offered all at LifeTime. To reiterate, I have taken classes at LifeTime spontaneously throughout the last couple of years, but could never get myself to join due to the high price point of $139/month. I just couldn't justify it. I mean, that's a lot of money for a gym - not gonna lie! However, when I broke everything down to how I felt before/after class to how much I sweat per class to the positive vibes I got upon entering LifeTime, I knew that this was the gym I was looking for all along. Even after just one hour of class, I can guarantee you that I am always sweating like a pig. Not only do I love the positive and supportive vibes from each instructor, but I enjoy the feeling of a good workout sesh in the presence of good company (my friends signed up for this gym as well, making it all the more fun!). Because I am finally happy to workout and FEEL a miraculous different with each class, the overall investment is worth every penny in my opinion.

3. Set your bedtime by 10:00PM & stay away from your electronics one hour before bed.

After I finish reading "Sleep Smarter", I am SO excited to write a book review on this life advice novel because every chapter has seriously changed my life! I will not go into major detail about sleeping smarter because a recap of the book will come soon in a future blog post, but what I can say is that your mobile devices, laptops, and TV screens play a huge role in disrupting your normal sleep cycles. Long story short, as soon as I put away my phone around 9:30 - 10:00PM, started reading from 10:00PM - 11:00PM, and head to bed at 11:00PM, I have always slept like a baby without insomnia getting the best of me. And trust me, this is coming from who I thought was an incurable insomniac (cough - I'm talking about myself) who kept rolling around in her bed from 10:00PM - 2:00AM. By ditching the electronics, I am able to successfully fall asleep almost instantly and wake up every day feeling energized and ready to tackle the day!

4. Satisfy your hanger with healthy, real foods.

Hangry? We have all been there before. Whenever I am with friends or family, I constantly joke that I am hangry, but little do they know...I'm somewhat serious, LOL. When it comes to eating healthier or dieting, I would never, ever suggest starving because starvation will eventually lead you to eat unhealthy junk foods that your brain craves for a quick energy boost. If you are truly hungry, reach for real foods - aka things that grow outdoors or in Mother Nature versus being processed in a factory or combined with a lot of other artificial ingredients.

I have added a lot of healthy recipes to my blog as of lately, but one homemade recipe that I highly suggest hopping on is the Grain Bowl. Find the recipe here to get your daily dose of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Yum!


5. Take real breaks.

A real break does not include going to the bathroom or scrolling through your Instagram feed to see if you got 10 new likes on your most recent photo. Instead, a real break means temporarily getting away from your office and putting yourself in a whole new environment.

As much as I used to count "Instagram scrolling" or "bathroom breaks" as part of my work break, it really isn't a real break if you come to think of it. By taking these useless "breaks", I felt burnt out and drained throughout the work day because I never properly assigned myself an official, legitimate break.

A real break includes eating a meal at your own pace without the use of your cellular device, chatting with friends/family, walking outdoors around the neighborhood or your office building, taking a quick nap, and much more. 

Since I work from home, my work breaks differ a little from the average 9-5 person. Various examples of work breaks I take include helping cook lunch or dinner for myself or the family, hitting the gym for an hour, walking the dogs around the neighborhood, just literally sitting on a couch with Muffin doing nothing for 15 minutes, throwing a ball in the pool for JB to swim to, etc. Honestly, just a little break away from your office can do wonders in improving your work efficiency and productivity. Because we look at our cellphones or laptops a lot these days, I try my best to ditch the electronics during my break so that my eyes feel more refreshed and rejuvenated when I have to return back to my devices for work.

6. Drink more water.

As if health experts or your mom has not advised this enough, stay hydrated friends. I noticed on days where I did not drink enough water, I felt dehydrated, which led to annoying headaches and dizziness that only interrupted my work productivity. Thus, if you are trying to stay focused and energized throughout your entire day, keep a reusable water bottle by your side at all times so that you reach for water - sometimes I drink water without even thinking about it! Now that's the beauty in owning a reusable water bottle.

Recently, I've been using my Contigo and take it with me EVERYWHERE - my desk, the gym, my nightstand, you name it. You can purchase my Contigo here in a beautiful mint color.

7. Clocking out of work at a certain time (if you work freelance or are an entrepreneur).

This seventh point goes hand-in-hand with Tip #3. Before, I always used to wonder why I constantly felt burnt out and drained - this was because I had no "off" button and used all of my free time trying to catch up on "extra" deadlines. In the end, this is actually counterproductive because the quality of my work just decreased, despite giving my work so much time. By knowing when to clock out each day and give yourself a break for the remainder of the day, you allow your body and mind to rest and prepare for the next day ahead. If you continue to overwork an individual and don't provide proper rest/breaks, there's only so much that he/she can do before his/her work productivity, creativity, and efficiency begin to decline.

As an entrepreneur or freelancer in the creative field, you must remember that there will ALWAYS be work to take care of and there will never be an end to it. But don't think of this negatively - think of this realistically instead. Instead, what you can remind yourself of is to work as hard as possible every single day, reward yourself with a much necessary break and leisure time (gym, massages, mani-pedi, meditation, dinner with friends, etc.) and you'll eventually get to where you want to be. 

The most successful formula in life is work-life balance. If you surround yourself with too much work or playtime, you won't get very far in what you're trying to accomplish. However, if you learn to balance the two well, then you'll only leave room for more window of opportunities and success. 

8. Pick up yoga (or meditation) whenever you have free time.

Honestly, I used to correlate yoga with the terms "slow" and "boring" because that's how I viewed the movements (sorry yogis of the world!). But, that is coming from an oblivious and ignorant Michelle back then. After taking my first yoga class this previous weekend with friends at LifeTime, I honestly enjoyed every minute of my one-hour yoga class. Yes, yoga is a very "slow" and "chill" class, but a yoga room creates a very tranquil and problem-free ambiance that one needs when surrounded by a high-stress job or environment.

What I love most about yoga is the fact that you can temporarily get away from all the stresses of life (work, relationships, finances, etc.) and focus on what truly matters in that 60-minute time frame - the words of your instructor, the tranquil music, your body/mind. Not only does the calm, soothing music allow you to enter a very zen state of mind, but yoga is a great way to work out all of the kinks in your body when you spend the majority of your life working in front of a computer or working out. After dying from two one-hour classes back-to-back last Sunday, yoga was the third class that saved my aching muscles from collapsing on me that day. With yoga class, I was able to give my body the time and place to stretch and recover from the daily stresses of life and felt rejuvenated right after.

Regarding meditation, you have to be really disciplined and be in a quiet environment to do this consistently. I've only tried meditation once and I'll be honest that it's not for me (in other words, I can't picture myself meditating alone unless a friend joined me), but what I can say is that it really works. If you allow yourself 10 minutes to meditate, you allow your mind to approach internal stress factors or problems that you are currently dealing with and accept these problems for what they are. In other words, meditation allows you to be at ease and helps you approach problems in a calm, accepting state versus reacting in a panicked frenzy.

If you have 10 minutes in a day to meditate or an hour to head to a nearby yoga class, I'd highly recommend it to improve the health of your body and mind.

Ever since I've implemented these positive changes to my health and everyday lifestyle, I love sharing with you guys what works for me, with you! Let me know in the comments section below which tip resonated with you most - let's chat!


Outfit Details:


Jumpsuit: Julia Jordan NYC

Shoes: Zooshoo

Much Love,


Healthy Eats: Grain Bowl


New month, new recipe - let's do this! In today's monthly blog post series of "Healthy Eats", I am excited to share with you guys a NEW recipe that I've added into my weekly diet - the Grain Bowl. I discovered this recipe not too long ago at the relaxing Glen Ivy Hot Springs, where I purchased this same entree and fell in love with it by first bite. Looking at every ingredient that my Grain Bowl from Glen Ivy consisted of, I realized that this was the perfect homemade recipe that I was looking for, whether I have to pack it for my on-the-go lifestyle or if I prefer to eat at home. Thus, I wanted to present to you my HOMEMADE version of the Grain Bowl that you won't see on any other recipe websites and I hope you guys enjoy it as well! Again, I've partnered with my favorite grocery delivery service in the LA/OC area called MilkAndEggs to bring this recipe straight from the kitchen to the blog. If you love recipe blog posts, be sure to click the heart button at the bottom of this post to show some love and let's get cookin'!


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Grain Bowl

- sweet potatoes, chopped
- asparagus, chopped
- brussel sprouts, chopped
- baby tomatoes, chopped
- red onion, chopped
- pre-packaged wild rice, quinoa, or brown rice, cooked
- parsley, chopped
- garlic, chopped



1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. While the oven is preheating, start chopping ALL of the vegetables (sweet potatoes, baby tomatoes, asparagus, red onion, brussel sprouts) into bite-sized pieces.
3. Coat 1-2 glass bakeware pan(s) with olive or cooking oil, then set all of the vegetables on to the pan(s).
4. Bake vegetables in the oven at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. (Keep in mind that sweet potatoes take the longest to cook, so these may have to stay in the oven for a total of 15-18 minutes).
5. While the vegetables are preheating, add olive oil to a pan and set heat to medium-high.
6. Add chopped red onions to the pan on medium-high heat until caramelized (red onions should have a brown/caramelized look).
7. Microwave/prepare pre-packaged quinoa, wild rice, or brown rice.
8. In a large bowl, add rice on the very bottom as a base. Then, add the remaining cooked vegetables and top it off with parsley chimichurri.


Parsley Chimichurri

- 1 cup parsley, chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt

1) In a food processor, combine chopped parsley and chopped garlic. Pulse until finely minced.
2) Transfer parsley chimichurri to a separate bowl. Whisk in olive oil, red wine vinegar, and salt.
3) Store in fridge until ready to eat.

Find the original parsley chimichurri sauce recipe here.

And that's about all there is to the Grain Bowl! I absolutely love using this recipe as a MEAL PREP for when I have a long week of work ahead of me. Not only does it incorporate a variety of vegetables into one meal, but the parsley chimichurri adds that extra kick of flavor that many vegetable dishes lack. Personally, I find that it's best to prepare all this recipe over the weekend so that you can simply pack it to go in a tupperware container quickly for the weekdays when you head to the office. Honestly, I can't wait to teach one of my good friends how to make this recipe because it's so easy and fun to make!

If you do decide to bring this recipe with you to work, all you need is a microwave to make this recipe taste just as good as when you make it at home! ;) Don't forget to tag me on Instagram in any future Grain Bowl recipes that you do decide to whip up at home - I'd love to see your creations!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by MilkAndEggs; however, all opinions remain my own.

Much Love,


Steppin' It Up A Notch


So this is one of the blog posts that I've written quite a while back, revisited, and rewrote because so much has changed within the last couple of weeks in just JANUARY! As much as you could call this a late "New Years Resolutions" post, I prefer to use the phrase "2018 plans" instead, as it packs a more powerful punch and sounds a lot more ambitious than "NYE resolutions".

To be honest, 2017 was a year of finding myself. Personally, I reflect back on 2017 and am thankful for everything that's happened, but I will be honest when I say that it wasn't my best year. My health deteriorated from poor diet choices, my work stresses got the better of me, and I felt completely lost and unmotivated with my social media platforms for several months.

However, I've started 2018 with a BANG and a new mindset to change everything. This year, I'm ready to eliminate all of the negativity and stresses holding me back and am now embracing this year with an open mind and a determined checklist of goals to tackle.

In this post, I wanted to share with you guys a few plans that I aim to commit to for the long haul and I hope that you guys can follow me along on this journey to a happier life!

Outfit Details:

Workout Top, Sports Bra, & Workout Leggings:
Ellie Activewear
*Similar styles - Tank #1 and Tank #2

Shoes: Ryka

Photography By:

Sharon Litz (@sharonlitz)


1. Waking up earlier.

For those who know me closely, you know that your girl never wanted to get out of bed past 10AM. Since January 2nd, I've been setting up my alarm and getting up exactly at 8:10AM. The first morning I did this felt like absolute hell, but I will admit that each and every early morning after Day One becomes easier. Nowadays, I feel pumped that I'm getting so much shit done before noon. If I really have to lay down longer, I casually browse through my emails or Instagram feed for a good 10-15 minutes before getting up, but I don't ever let my eyes close after that alarm or else...mission unaccomplished.

A quick tip for my snoozers out there - Cosmopolitan magazine states that hitting the snooze button is pointless because you're getting an inefficient and interrupted amount of sleep, so you might as well get your ass up and do something productive! Ever since I read that tip, I've successfully gotten out of bed without hitting the snooze button and I couldn't be happier.

2. Sleeping earlier.

This second point pretty much goes hand-in-hand with point one, but I thought that this was also an important topic to address. As a previous night owl, I was always guilty of staying up late (which is why I woke up late) and I realized that a lot of the things I did from midnight to 2:00AM were absolutely unproductive and useless. I didn't like being the last person to go to bed in my family and wasn't happy with the fact that I didn't use this time wisely. Since I wake up at 8:10AM nowadays, I make it a plan to sleep between 10:00PM - 11:30PM. Whoever says sleep is for the weak is wrong in my opinion because I believe that you can be your most efficient and productive self when you are well-rested.

3. Losing weight and being healthier.

Now this is a personal topic that I'm not as comfortable talking about, but I want my platforms to be about accepting your flaws, loving yourself and your body, and brainstorming solutions on what you can do to improve your situation if you aren't happy. I'm never somebody who wants to settle or accept things for the way they are, and always strive to change for the better.

So let's begin with the long-story-short version. Ever since the beginning of freshman year of college to now, I've gained 30 lbs in total. Thirty. Fucking. Pounds. When I went to my doctor's appointment recently, I was shocked at just how quickly undisciplined eating and lack of exercise could sneak up on you and take a negative toll on your body.

Now it's time for honesty hour. As much as I love the feeling of working out, I never pushed my body past its limits. Ever since I retired from my hip hop team (and thus retired from exhausting AF dance practices) and developed a burning discomfort that shot through my wrist called tendonitis, I always exercised casually and made excuses that I couldn't work out too "hard" because my wrist hurt. Little did I know that this laziness bit me in the ass several years later.

With family and the wrong crowd of "friends" (who are no longer my friends for obvious reasons), I've always been made fun of how much I eat. I was told that I ate too much, that I never stopped eating, and that I was fat. To be honest, I knew that they were right that I ate an unhealthy amount for an individual with my body size and height, but that doesn't disregard the fact that hearing each negative statement about my body stung.

However, with a New Year comes a new change. Several years ago, I went on a strict diet and had a consistent exercise regimen that helped me drop 10 lbs easily. If I did it once, I know that I can do it again. Honestly, I'm not so focused on the number on the scale as I am about how I feel/look physically and emotionally. Thus, my first goal is to drop 10 lbs first. From there, I will make another realistic goal until I reach a weight that I am happy with. After all, it's all about the baby steps and making realistic goals that you know you can stick to :)

I wanted to thank a LOT of you guys for giving me positive feedback on a type of "diet" that I plan to implement into my everyday lifestyle called Intermittent Fasting. With Intermittent Fasting, I essentially eat a healthy diet within an 8-hour time window and fast for 16-hours. To put it simply, the excess fat and weight that you have will be burned effectively if you stay dedicated to this disciplined routine.

It's currently Day 2 and the hunger is totally real (and torturous), but I'm motivated enough to keep going because I know just how rewarding it is to feel healthy in your own body. Not only does staying healthy keep my mind focused and stress levels lowered, but it definitely makes me feel like I'm more in control of my life and I end up making better choices when I treat my body right. I'll definitely write a blog post on my Intermittent Fasting progress and will keep you guys in the loop if you have any questions, so be sure to stay tuned on Instagram stories if you want daily updates ;)

P.S. For those who are trying to lose weight as well, the mobile app MyFitnessPal is literally a gamechanger! This app counts calories for me so I didn't have to, but don't forget to get your daily nutritional needs as well ;)

4. Improving my time management skills and achieving work-life balance.

I will be honest when I say that I personally felt that my time management skills sucked, even when I was a crazy planner lady using five planners at once. With time and learning more about the lifestyle of being a freelance creative in the social media industry, I learned that you need to be able to work hard, but also enjoy your life outside of work.

As an entrepreneur, I have to work more than the average 9-5 and same with a lot of other freelancers. After all, the hustle never stops when you're building your own empire. However, I should never be at the point where I drown myself at work and refuse to hangout with anybody because that kind of lifestyle isn't good for you either. I learned that making myself work over 12 hours per day just led to a lack of productivity, constant daydreaming, and inevitable procrastination. This is also why I'm not a huge fan of the 9-5 cubicle lifestyle - I just can't imagine myself chained to a desk for eight hours per day. I value days where I balance commuting for photoshoots and events or just blogging at my desk, but I will admit that this lifestyle can be very mentally and physically exhausting if you're not ready for the challenge.

To achieve work-life balance, I have to literally force myself to take a short break from work. One of my best friends knows too well that I refuse or hate taking breaks, but they are necessary if you want to refresh your mind. Also, if I need a break from my desk, I also use this time to exercise at the gym, then jump right back into work after a quick shower and meal.

So if you're a workaholic like me, my one piece of advice to you is to work hard, but remember to take necessary breaks. You'll find yourself a lot more productive in the end than working non-stop hours.

Which of these 2018 plans resonated with you most? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll talk to you guys soon!


Much Love,


My Six Healthy Living Tips + WORKOUT GEAR GIVEAWAY


As much as we often rely on New Year's as the "perfect" time to improve certain life aspects for the better, I'm a strong believer behind starting anew anytime, anywhere. If you're unhappy with a certain life aspect, just know that you have the power to change the direction of your life if you have the right mindset and motivation. And one significant part our lives that I wanted to talk to you guys about today is health and how important it is to make healthy choices in our everyday lives, both physically and mentally.


Photography By:
Thy Nguyen from @thy.time

A healthy lifestyle can only be achieved when you treat it like an everyday routine instead of a short-term goal. Thus, I always enjoy making one realistic short-term goal that I can stick to before moving on to the next big goal. For 2018, I aim to become healthier both physically and mentally. However, for today's blog post, I'll be focusing on the more physical aspects of healthy living! With that being said, I wanted to share a few health-related tips that I plan to implement into my everyday lifestyle and I hope that sharing these tips will help motivate yourself towards a healthier life as well! Plus, I have a fun GIVEAWAY for you guys at the end of this blog post so keep reading along to find out how to win an entire WORKOUT GEAR OUTFIT for yourself!


1. Incorporate exercise into your schedule like it's a MUST - like brushing your teeth or taking a shower.

More often than not, we make excuses as to why we don't have time to exercise when we really have all of the time right in front of us. Find yourself with the free time to scroll through your Instagram feed or watch a 10-minute YouTube video? Yeah buddy, don't lie to me - you definitely have time to work out.

If you're a busy bee like me and are always on-the-go, you can always devote anywhere from 5-30 minutes to do a quick, high intensity workout at home if you don't have enough time to hit the gym. If you are consistent towards squeezing in quick workouts around your busy schedule, your hard work and dedication will really make all the difference - both physically and mentally.

Personally, the longer I go without a workout, the more lethargic I feel for days on end. Dedicating a portion of your day to exercise allows you to take a mental break from work and the stresses of life to focus on just you. Just think of working out as the "me" time you've always wanted. Remember that we use our body every single day, so we should be finding ways to take care of it to the best of our abilities as well.

In fact, Blogilates is one of my favorite fitness YouTubers and I've included a few of my go-to videos that will BURN every inch of your body once you're finished with them! Trust me when I say to not let a cute and motivational individual like her make you underestimate these workouts - they are definitely challenging ;)

Quick Burn Arms (8 minutes)
Plie Squat Challenge (8.5 minutes)
5 Minute Flat Abs
Perfect 10 Minute Abs
Lift Your Booty Workout (7.5 minutes)
Kick Butt Blaster (8.5 minutes)

2. Drink more water.

One useful tip I read a long time ago was to drink one glass of water before every meal so that you already start the meal partially full. Not only does this help you consume less calories, but it helps you stay hydrated as well!

3. Keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times - at your desk, in your purse, by your nightstand.

This year, I plan to utilize a reusable water bottle wherever I go. If you didn't already know, I tell my friends that I'm like a redwood tree because I drink gallons and gallons of water per day, LOL! By refilling your reusable bottle with fresh water, you're saving your health from the nasty carcinogens lurking in plastic bottles, money from purchasing new water bottles, and you're saving the environment as well! Plus, if you're all for supporting environmentally friendly causes, then can I just say that you're pretty damn cool ;)

Additionally, I find that I get huge headaches during work when I fail to stay hydrated. Having a plentiful source of water by my side at all times will only help fuel my hustle further ;)

Purchase my favorite reusable glass water bottle here.

4. Hop on the scale every couple of days or once a week, not every day.

Trust me when I say that hopping on the scale every single day will make your efforts feel ineffective and discarded. Weight loss doesn't happen overnight, so trust the process. Most importantly, trust yourself and that you're doing everything in your power to make healthy choices.

Personally, I like to hop on the scale every couple of days to see if my altered eating regimen made a huge difference or not. Whenever I carefully monitor what I eat for the day, the scale definitely shows the results that I'm looking for. 

5. Choose the fruit over dessert.

Whenever I find a dessert craving lurking in the corner of my mind before bedtime, I refuse to give myself the time of day to think about it and opt for a pear or banana instead. Eating a piece of fruit will keep you just as satiated and satisfied, and eating one dessert may often lead you to further junk food temptations that your body doesn't need.

6. Never grocery shop when you're hungry.

If there's one thing that Nutrition class taught me, it's to never shop for groceries when you're starving. From the wise words of my professor and my own personal experience, this statement has never been more true.

Here's a quick story - I don't know why, but there was this one day I was grocery shopping while hungry and I ended up buying 3-5 extra snacks that I didn't need or even want to eat once I went home to eat a proper meal.

Lesson learned, I'll say. Save your hunger and money by eating a satisfying meal first before you enter the grocery store. Don't say I didn't warn ya ;)

Whew, now that we've breezed by the six tips, I hope that at least one of these tips resonated with you to make healthier choices in the long run! Now for the moment that you've all been waiting for, let's get to the GIVEAWAY! ;)

With Missmisschelle, I always aim to use my platform to promote environmentally friendly practices and eco-friendly products. Thus, I've partnered up with one of my favorite workout gear brands, Inside Out Active (@insideoutactive), to host TWO giveaways on my social media channels - one Instagram Giveaway and one Facebook Giveaway. You can find the respective rules on both my Instagram and Facebook pages, so be sure to follow those required rules first before reading the remaining rule below.

Two lucky winners will be winning an ENTIRE WORKOUT LOOK from Inside Out Active -  yep, that means one flowy workout tank, one pair of comfortable workout leggings, and one COMFY AF sports bra. Can somebody say #winning?

P.S. I cannot STRESS how much I love their sports bra, as I've worn it for years throughout intense hip hop dance practices and workout grinds at the gym. Also, I think it's super cool to brag that I'm wearing a one-of-a-kind sports bra that's 95% made of bamboo, heh ;)

Wearing Inside Out Active workout tank, sports bra, and workout leggings.

Wearing Inside Out Active workout tank, sports bra, and workout leggings.


>> To complete this giveaway, all you have to do is comment down below which tip you enjoyed reading the most from this blog post and whether you're entering the Instagram giveaway, Facebook giveaway, or both! Don't forget to leave your full name, Instagram handle (if you have one), and email address in the comments section as well! <<

Good luck to all of you and I'll be announcing TWO lucky winners total in seven days on both Instagram, Facebook, and my blog. Giveaway is open to US residents only. With that being said, stay hydrated and healthy, everybody! :)

Much Love,