HOW TO GET INTO A FITNESS ROUTINE IN 2021 | BE YOUR BEST YOU PART 1

Hey everyone! I am super excited for today! I will be starting a series called “Be Your Best You” and I will post a new one every Monday! Things from fitness to a positive mindset, we will be covering a huge range of topics in this series! Today we are starting with health & fitness: getting into a fitness routine for 2021!

Also, sorry I didn’t post Monday! School is completely online for a bit and it’s been busy!

In 2020, I did not have the best fitness routine. I took walks occasionally and sometimes worked out, but that was it. If you saw my new year’s goals post, you’ll know a big thing I want to work on this year is getting active!

So, today I am bringing you with some tips to get into a great fitness routine by mid 2021!

Pick An Area To Focus On

First off, you should decide if there is an area you would like to focus on. For example, if you want to run faster, then try to focus on running instead of an ab workout every day! For me, I want to focus on walking/just getting fresh air, running, and some an workouts! Of course, you can do whatever you want and feel free to mix it up as much as you’d like!

Start Slow

In the begining, you do not have to work out daily. You can start by working out on the weekends, and slowly add it in to your weekly routine. That way, it will be much easier to get used to working out!

Hydrate

This one is super important! You should always hydrate before and after you work out! If you aren’t a huge fan of plain water, you could add some fruit in, ice, or get a cute waterbottle! I have a nice insulated waterbottle from target that looks like a hydroflask but is much cheaper!

It’s Fine If You Miss A Day!

Expessially when you are first getting into fitness, remember that it is 100% okay to miss a workout, or take a break!

Just Do It.

Okay, it may be just me, but actually getting up and out the door or to start working out is SO hard! So if you just ‘force’ yourself to get up and do it then you will be all set!

Listen To Music

Listening to your favorite upbeat music will help pass the time when working out! You could also make your playlist the length of your workout. (however I can’t really do that because I am always stopping songs in the middle haha)

Do It With A Friend

If there is a friend who would be willing to do this with you (either distanced or through zoom) it would help make working out more fun and motivating!

So, I hope you enjoyed the tips for getting motivated to work out and get back into fitness!

I am planning on posting a life update next! So be on the lookout for that! πŸ˜‰

Good luck to everyone with your goals for 2021! If you didn’t see my goals post, go check that out!

And thank you so much for reading!

Do you listen to music when you workout? What helps you get motivated to work out? Let me know!

~ Arabella ❀

MY NEW YEAR’S GOALS & TIPS | COLLAB WITH EMMIE

Hey guys! I seriously cannot believe that it is already 2021! It feels like it was just 2019, haha! Anyways, today I will be sharing my new year’s goals and some tips for you when setting new years goals and fufilling them! This is a collab with Emmie, who has such an amazing blog which you can check out here! Be sure to check out her goals as well!

I have several broader sections and will go more into each one! I am super excited for 2021! I also have some fun things planned for 2021 as well. I also can’t believe that in a year I will likely be able to drive!

So, let’s get started! Plus I will have some fun travel inspo because I really wish we could travel rn! It is one of my goals for college is to travel a bit during breaks and stuff like that! College isn’t for a few years but I am excited!

Health

This is a big category for my 2021! I really want to start working out and be active, even if it is just taking a walk!

I want to eat healthier, basically limiting my candy. Also, try to limit snacking throughout the day and make it healthier foods like fruits and veggies!

I also want to take some time to read and just relax without screens once a week! I feel as though I am on screens a lot and want to change that!

School

Since I am doing a hybrid school, I am on screens so much more. I want to try and get any weekend homework done Friday so I have the entire weekend to relax and not think about school! Also, when I am online, take breaks in between subjects to grt active and away from screens!

Also, I am going to try and procrastinate less haha! I am an ISFP so I tend to procrastinate. A lot, so that is one of my goals this year!

Screens

I have already talked about this in the previous sections, but I want to limit my screens during the day! It will be hard but I know I will be able to do it! I also want to try and make sure my time on my screens is productive, such as blogging!

Blog

I am hoping to post once to twice a week and grow my blog! I want to get to 300 followers on my blog! Last year I did not really blog consistently, so this year I will hopefully be sticking to my schedule and grow my blog a bit!

Also commenting on other people’s blogs… I can be pretty bad at that, so I hope to work on that!

I want to revamp the blog, which I have already started experimenting with!

Business

I want to start a business! It will be a great way to earn money. I have been thinling about it for a few years but I think this year will be the one where I go for it! I would also love to have a small business as a job when I am older so this will help!

Myself

I want to try finding new hobbies, and just being myself! Also being happy with who I am and enjoying my life! Fufilling these goals will defintely help this!

Tips & Tricks For New Year Goals/Resolutions

  • If you have had trouble completing goals in the past, make broader ones, like I am!
  • If you want to go deeper, make sure you are specific, something measurable, and attainable!
  • Make sure you will enjoy completing your goals
  • If it helps, set a yearly goal and then do a month-by-month to help!
  • Don’t feel pressured into making goals now! You can create them any time!
  • Lastly, don’t feel pressured into finishing your goals and you can put them aside if needed.

So, I hope you enjoyed hearing about my goals and I hope you enjoyed tbe tips and tricks for your new year resolutions!

Once again, go visit Emmie’s amazing blog here!

I will be posting Mondays and Thursdays for the month of January!

What are your new year resolutions/goals if you are making them? Let me know!

πŸ’œ Arabella

A RECAP OF 2020

Hey everyone! I seriously can’t believe that it’s already 2021! This year flew by so fast. Today I will be doing a 2020 recap, and then on Saturday I will be posting my new year resolutions as a collab which I am super excited for!

My blogging wasn’t very consistent until the end of the year, but I am hoping to change that for 2021! Things didn’t really start til March when covid hit, but we will still go month by month.

And the photos are from Pinterest, with some fun winter inspo!

Month-By-Month Recap

January

In January, I started school back up again. It was pretty much just school the whole month!

February

February was much more insteresting than January with the break from school, where we ate out a lot and went shopping!

March

At the begining of March, it was pretty much just school. Then covid hit and we thought we would be gone for a week which turned into the rest of the school year!

April

April was pretty much just quarantined, we had some school but it was mostly just assigned work. We did a lot of baking. Nothing else really happened this month (pretty much sums up 2020 haha)

May

This was when we did all of our zooms. We did a lot of baking as well!

June

We finished up with school which lasted pretty much the whole month. Also a few social distanced gatherings! It felt nice to see people haha! I also did some gardening with my sister!

July

In July, we went to the pool, got outside, and I was doing some cross country practice (which I did not even end up doing haha).

August

August was the same as July! School got pushed back to mid September, so still just going to the pool and hanging around haha! We also took a mini trip in August!

September

At the begining of September, I toured my new school with my friend, got all the info on going back to school, and started high school! We started remote and went into a hybrid of at home and school!

October

Pretty much just school this month! We also celebrated Halloween, but that’s it!

November

November was the same, just hanging around. We also got a nice break for Thanksgiving which was soooo nice!

December

In December we had school, got in the Christmas spirit, celebrated Christmas and my birthday, and then here we are today!

As you can see, 2020 wasn’t the most exciting year but it still flew by so. fast.

Blog Recap

I did not blog much in 2020 until November! You would think that I would have done plenty of blogging during quarantine, but I did not really do much until late in the year! I currently have 223 followers and I am soooo grateful for each and every one of you! πŸ™

Okay, real talk here! Blogging has been such an amazing outlet for me! The amazing community that has been created here is soo amazing and I am glad to have great friendships with you guys! I am planning on some blogging tip type posts for 2021 so be on the lookout for that!

I’ll go a bit deeper in my next post, but I have something fun planned for the new year, through January at least! So be on the lookout for that πŸ˜‰.

So I guess that is my recap of 2020… a boring year but passed by so quickly!

How was your 2020? I know it wasn’t the best year for anyone, but we have to still remember the good parts of it rather than the bad!

I seriously cannot thank you all enough!

And with that, I guess I will see you in 2021!

πŸ’™ Ara

TIPS FOR HANDLING BLOGGING DURING THE HOLIDAYS + SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Hey everyone! It’s already deep into December, my favorite month of the year! The holidays are an amazing time of giving and joy, but sometimes it can be stressful to handle blogging during the holidays as we are doing school, planning for Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate), prepping for the new year, and so much more. Today, I will be sharing my personal tips for handling blogging during this time! I hope you find this helpful! I seriously cannot believe it is almost Christmas! You can also use these tips for anytime life gets busy! Hope you enjoy!

Disclaimer: none of these photos are mine, credits to anyone who took these amazing photos!

Prioritize

The first tip is prioritizing. Obviously your health, physical or mental, should come before your blog. Choose things that you want to focus on this holiday season and leave out things that can wait. Blogging will feel much less stressful if you pick and choose what you want to focus on in the holidays.

Schedule Your Posts

This can be really helpful to me! If there is a day where I am not doing much and have time to blog, I will be able to produce more content. However, do not post them all at the same time! Schedule them a few days apart so you can get ahead of schedule and are staying consistent!

Set Time to Blog

Setting time to blog will be really helpful. I am sometimes the type of person to just blog whenever I want, but when I do set times to blog, it helps so much since I know I will be able to get everything done by then and it will help keep you on a schedule!

Take Breaks

Let me say it: It is 100% okay to take breaks! You should not feel guilty stepping away from your blog. I am planning to do so for Christmas and the following week, it will help give time for your life! And honestly, I do not really care when even my favorite bloggers take breaks as I know they are doing what is best for them! As I said before, your health should come first and don’t feel guilty about caring for yourself.

Plan Out Your Posts

Planning out your posts by the week/month is a HUGE lifesaver! Instead of having to think up of an idea every time you want to post, you will have them right there for you! I do it by the month but it really depends how often you post!

threw a Hanukah photo in here too! Is there anyone who celebrates?

I hope you enjoyed my top tips for blogging during the holidays/busy times. What are your favorite tips for stressful times? Let me know!

And for a special announcement…

Unless my plans change, I am planning a special series for 2021! It will be throughout January and possibly February! It will be all about getting into a healthy lifestyle! I will have things like fitness, eating, and just keeping a healthy, happy life! These posts will be once a week! I am thinking about names… Maybe “Live Your Best Life” or “Better You”? It is still in the works haha, but I hope you all are excited for it! I sure am!

Anyways, thank you all so much for reading! I hope you have a happy holidays, whatever you celebrate! And I hope you found these tips to be helpful for the holiday season and just life in general!

Thanks for reading!

πŸ’œ Arabella

MY TOP SONGS WHEN I’M LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION

Hello everyone! Today I am back with a fun, inspirational post! I will be sharing the top songs I go to for inspiration. Whether that be blogging, or just life in general, I love these songs and they just help gain some inspiration for me! I was literally listening to one of these songs when I came up with the idea for this post, haha!

Let’s get started! I hope you enjoy these songs and that they give you as much inspiration as they do for me…

Fun fact about me: when I am listening songs by myself I usually skip 3/4 of the way through, unless I absolutely love the song. So, when I’m listening with others, I just have an urge to skip even though I don’t want to be rude, haha!

Just a warning: a lot of these songs are by Rachel Platten, because if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I love her songs so much!

Believer – Imagine Dragons

Okay, this was the song I was listening to! It is a great song with an amazing message to it, and is super popular. I would recommend listening to it!

Soldiers – Rachel Platten

Soldiers was just released a few months ago, however, I am obsessed with it! The lyrics are beautiful and SO inspirational! Definitely check this one out!

Rise Up – Andra Day

You can probably tell by the title, but this is a great inspirational song! I first heard it a few years ago and was hooked. It’s a softer song, but has some amazing lyrics!

Fight Song – Rachel Platten

I have loved this song for about 4 years now. And it is an amazing song that I would 100% recommend anytime you need inspiration!

Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi

Okay, this is a kind of sad song but I love it song much! I do not know how much of an inspirational song it is, but it does give me inspiration when I listen to it!

One Day – Matisyahu

This is an inspirational song for me, definitely! The lyrics are great as well!

This photo is not actually blurry, that is the screen door!

Better Place – Rachel Platten

I love this song and it is beautiful and gives some major inspirational vibes!

This is Me – Kesha

This Is Me is from The Greatest Showman (which I haven’t actually watched haha) but it is a great song and has a great message!

Bad Blood – Taylor Swift

This is not a real inspirational song, but I love it and it does give me inspiration!

So, those were just a few of my favorite songs for inspiration! Honestly, music just gets me in a great mood and I get loads of inspiration from it!

What are your go-to songs when you’re in need of inspiration? I’d love to hear!

Thank you so much for reading!

~ Arabella πŸ’œ

MY FAVORITE BOY NAMES EVER

Hello everyone! In case you missed it, last week I posted “My Favorite Baby Girl Names“, and now I am doing a part two to that, with boy names this time! This list will be much shorter, and my style of names is all over the place. So read on to find out!

***Disclaimer: these photos are from Pinterest and are not mine.

  • Theo
  • Levi
  • Krew/Crew
  • Knox
  • Jude
  • Sal
  • Max
  • Asher
  • Cole
  • Blake
  • Charlie
  • Hudson
  • Lucas

I hope you enjoyed! What are your favorite boy names? I would love to hear!

So, that’s it for my favorite boy names! I am pretty picky with boy names, so that is why the list is so short compared to the girl names, lol.

Have a great week,

Arabella πŸ’™

8 HELPFUL PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR BEGINNERS & SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS!

Hello everyone! Today I will be sharing some photography tips for beginners- but really, anyone can use these tips! I have been interested in photography for a while now so I will be sharing a few tips I learned along the way… plus some of my photography I have taken recently. Enjoy!

My photos are usually of people, objects, or nature! But the ones I post are most often nature because I obviously can’t post photos of people on here…

***Disclaimer: I am definitely not a pro photographer, and I am of course still learning! But I really hope that these tips are useful to you- even if you are advanced!

These photos are from a recent photoshoot I did a week or so ago! They turned out pretty good!

#1: Find Your Style

If you take photos of anything you find, that’s great! I do that sometimes. But it is much easier if you find your “photography style” and work with that. For example, if you love nature, then you could have a style revolved around that and it will be easier to find things to take photos of. For me, I love taking photos of people and objects I find around the house (almost like if I was selling it as a product), so I tend to go for that type of photography rather than food, for example.

#2: Use Natural Lighting

When I was first starting out, my photos did not look too great because of the lighting. Outdoors during the day is a great source of natural lighting, or by a window as well. You could also buy some lighting equipment to brighten the photos. Just using a photo editing service to make photos brighter is a great idea if you are stuck with little lighting, too. The photos from this photoshoot did not have natural lighting as I was shooting on a bed, haha! If it’s rainy or you don’t have great lights… that’s what the flash is for, not the best but you can also edit your photos!

#3: You Do Not Have To Invest Right Away.

If you are like me, then you probably do not have that much money to buy a fancy camera. Instead of buying a camera, a phone would work great for photos, and once you get more experienced, then you can get a camera. But why get one when your phone likely takes great photos? Then, if you truly love photography and want to get more into it, you can invest in a camera.

#4: Experiment!

A big tip I have for beginners is to experiment. Try out different settings and angles and see what fits. It will also help you learn the camera or device you are using and get more comfortable with it. Also, you will get to find your style and see what you enjoy taking pictures of! And, you never know, you may end up taking an amazing photo you’d never even thought of taking!

#5: Look For Inspiration

Look for inspiration if you want to be better at photography. If you look on Pinterest for example, you can find plenty of beautiful photos in the category you want. Also free photo websites will give you inspiration as well. And by just looking at things in your daily life, you can find inspo for whatever you want to take photos of!

#6: Know The Basics

It is honestly easier to take quality photos once you’ve done some research. Look up what different settings mean, what potential cameras you could get, different types of photos, and other things like that. Once you know those things, you will know how the photos and cameras work. Of course, you don’t really need to know anything besides how to work a camera. But if you know a little bit more in depth about a camera, it will be so much more fun and easy to take photos!

#7: Make Sure You Actually Have A Passion For Photography

This one is pretty simple. If you want to continue taking photos and get more involved with photography, you have to have a passion for it. If you love taking photos and being creative with photos, photography will be so much easier. If you don’t have much of a passion for it, you won’t be wanting to do it as much and won’t have that “drive” for photography.

#8: Just Be You!

Okay, this may sound cliche, but honestly, in photography, you just have you be yourself! There are so many ways to express yourself in photography so you should do just that, instead of copying other people’s ideas or asking what they want. Take photos of things you love and things you want to take photos of. That will help you improve, if you really love what you are taking photos of!

So there you have it! 8 of my top tips for beginner photographers. I would love to see some of your photography! I love taking photos and have for a few years now, it is definitely a passion of mine! I hope you guys found my tips helpful!

Lastly, PLEASE submit any questions you have for me! Life, fashion, school, blogging, anything you want! I may have to turn down anything too private but I doubt I’ll have to! Submit as many as you want in the comments!

ALSO: Would you guys preffer this color for my blog (teal) or maroon?

I really hope you enjoyed! Thanks for reading!

~ Arabella πŸ’œ

MY FAVORITE BABY GIRL NAMES

Hey everyone! Today’s post is inspired by Ainsley at Ainsley Beth! She posted a baby names post and I have been so obsessed with baby names that I decided to try it out! Since I have so many favorites, I will be doing baby names I love for girls and then next week one for boys.

My style ranges from super popular to pretty unique. Do we have any names in common? Or do you absolutely detest any of these? Let me know!

I have always thought about baby names in the future. I want to become a mom so I have been thinking about names that are good together and what first and middle names would be perfect! Obviously, that’s not for 10 or 20 years, but I still love fantasizing about it!

Let’s start. In no particular order, here are my favorite baby girl names!

***Disclaimer: these photos are not mine, they’re from Pinterest!

  • Emma
  • Riley
  • Lila
  • Delaney
  • Saylor
  • Navy
  • Aria
  • Avery
  • Taytum
  • Malia
  • Josephina
  • Cora
  • Ruby
  • Isla
  • Piper
  • Madeleine
  • Brynn
  • Oakley
  • Posie
  • Capri
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  • Cove
  • Adelaide
  • Ariel
  • Nova
  • Colette
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Those are most of my top girl names (that I can think of, anyways). My girls name list has always been super long compared to the boys…

Be on the lookout for the boy’s name post for next week!

Thank you all so much for reading! What are your favorite girl names? Let me know in the comments below!

~ Arabella πŸ’œ