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SHARING MEMORIES FROM THE PAST 2 YEARS! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BLOG!

Hey loves! Today’s a quick post but I woke up and remembered I started this website two years ago! OMG! I’m so thankful for the readers who visit, read , and comment on every single post and I’m so happy to have your support here’s to the next year!

To keep up with me make sure to follow my instagram , twitter and snapchat!

Kisses,

Petronella

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Hey Loves! How are ya? I currently am in bed watching a few videos from Marie Forleo/ Marie TV on Youtube. The video I’m watching is all about feeling lost and trust me I’ve been there. Although I have always had a pretty clear idea of who I wanted to become and the things I wanted to accomplish, I always felt lost in not knowing how to get there or worst of all; worrying about my future.

I’m not going to lie; I don’t just about my success within my career life in the future but about relationships I’m in, I worry about time, I worry about accessibility , I WORRY A LOT. Well, I used to…

A lot has changed over the past year and I’ve began to worry less. In no way does this mean I don’t worry anymore, but I’ve learned how to cope when I do worry.

FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL

For a while, I would worry endlessly, and a lot of the things I worried about were inevitable for example making mistakes, getting my heart broken or experiencing one big confusion about my life and career. Guess what? All three of these things have happened to me! I can proudly say that I’m not yet where I want to be, but I remember to aware of what I can control. For example, my priorities right now are my visa application, a copy-writing class I’m doing and my online content. These things I can control whether I put effort into them or whether I decide to put them on the back burner. In terms of friendships and relationships however; you can worry about where those will take you but always remember to bring it back to yourself and if you have any doubts be conscious of it and communicate!

ENJOY/EMBRACE THE MOMENT EVEN IF IT’S HORRIBLE

Learn to enjoy or embrace the moment you’re in. There’s a fantastic quote I once heard which said ” I’ve learned to appreciate happiness , love and all the great things in life because I know what it’s like having felt the opposite of that and being full of pain” , I don’t know about you but I can relate to this entirely! Even in the toughest of times, I think the best thing to do is not resist it, bask it in and experience it , so that when things do turn around you can truly appreciate its worth entirely. As Marie says, making this moment its fullest potential could give you amazing opportunities for the future.

GRATITUDE

Sometimes when we worry too much, we often visualize what we don’t have and dwell on that , of course it’s a very human like thing to do BUT shift your perspective sometimes and instead of looking down upon it, be thankful for what you do have or what has happened in your day even if it’s being thankful for someone opening the door for you, or having an amazing meal, that way you can attract better things and can understand the value of gratitude!

FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU NEED RIGHT NOW

A lot of our worries tend to be connected to a lot of things we perhaps need emotionally, worried about your friendship? Perhaps spend more valuable ( valuable is the important bit) time with your friends, family and partners. Feeling insecure about your skills? Take an online course, FUTURE LEARN and SKILL SHARE have so many incredible online courses, you could patch up your skills or even go out and learn something new!

I hope these tips were helpful! Have you got any other tips to help with worrying? Let me know in the comments!

Kisses,

Petronella Risita

 

 

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 FIND QUEST BAR HERE & NAKD BAR HERE 

Hey loves! How are ya?! I’m better after a few days of being terribly sick with a horrible flu, I always get sick this time of the year it sucks haha! It’s been over a week since I posted and it honestly feels like forever! Today I wanted to give you a review and my take on protein bars, there’s a lot of misconception about them and one thing people don’t know is that they’re actually NOT incredibly healthy depending on the brand. In this post, I will review a QUEST bar and NAKD bar and let you know my over all verdict on which one is best!

ALL ABOUT PROTEIN BARS 

As I mentioned before, there is a lot of misconception of protein bars and how healthy they are you. Unfortunately a lot of protein bars contain artificial ingredients, added sugar and up to 43 grams of processed carbs (SO NOT GOOD FOR YOU). So when buying protein bars I highly recommend looking the ingredients list. You can find an article here highlighting exactly what to look for in protein bars and which ones are the best for you.

QUEST BAR 

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QUEST bars are a popular one among many! To be honest, I’ve only had a QUEST bar about three times in my whole life! Their bars come in many varieties and I’ve tried s’mores bar and their chocolate peanut butter bar. For this review I wanted to try something different and went for their vanilla almond crunch bar which you can find here.

WHAT DO I THINK OF IT?

The packaging of the bar looks great, good enough for me to buy it right off the bat haha! I do have to say though like most QUEST bars I’ve had, this is a really hard bar, in the sense that the content of the bar has a very hard exterior. This was definitely something I had to look out for because I have a retainer ( at the back of my teeth) and have to be cautious that they won’t break. Good news is that my retainer didn’t break, bad news is that it was somewhat hard to bite into and chew. The consistency of it felt incredibly dry and in my opinion, did not taste like vanilla or almonds. Kind of tasted like an expired sugar cookie with maybe less sugar. However, when eating the bar, I would recommend only eating half of it since it is very filling.

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YAY OR NAY?

NAY ! Sadly I really didn’t like this bar, a lot of factors let me down and I felt as though it just didn’t work for me personally. Since this bar is quite heavy, I wouldn’t recommend having it before a workout (especially if its high impact). In addition, their flavours were really lacking and this happened with the other two flavours that I tried in the past.

NAKD BAR

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NAKD bars were a new try for me! I was already enticed by the fact that it was dairy free, wheat free and vegan! Although I’m not a vegan, I do appreciate products that are beneficial and tasty for me and can help the planet as well.

WHAT DO I THINK OF IT ?

I’m a big banana bread lover so I got their banana bread flavoured bar and I promise you it actually tastes like banana bread! It’s consistency was nice, soft and chewy, and I loved that because it nicely balances out all of the incredible flavours in the bar! These bars are quite small so you don’t feel incredibly full after eating one but you are most definitely satisfied! It’s a great pick me up right before a workout!

YAY OR NAY?

Absolutely YAY! From the first time I bought these till right now when I’m currently writing this post, I still eat these bars before a workout and occasionally right after before I get home and prepare a shake! They are not only delicious but do not include any artificial additives, no additional sugars and good for the body! Who doesn’t want that? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BUYING THESE ! (If you are in Kenya you can find them at Healthy U)

Would you rather try the QUEST bar or NAKD bar? Let me know in the comments!

*Disclaimer

This is not a sponsored post, all the opinions are my own.


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Happy February babes! I figured today I’d do a quick post with a recap of the first month of the year! From launching my blog to doing the 30 days of yoga challenge this month has been incredibly eye-opening, there were good days and there were some that weren’t as good but one step forward which means more growth!

Here are the top 3 highlights that happened this month on the blog!

  • RE-LAUNCH OF THIS BLOG

Wow it feels crazy to say just  a month ago my blog came back and it has been nothing but fantastic writing posts and sharing with you guys again. I’m so thankful for all the love I’ve received and for all the readers, especially the new ones 🙂 .

  • BEST POST OF THE MONTH IS…. DIY COFFEE SCRUB

I don’t usually check my stats but this month you guys loveeeedddd the DIY Coffee scrub post, if you haven’t seen it, you can find it here. I was so happy you all liked it that I’ll have another DIY scrub post on my blog soon!

  • 30 DAY YOGA CHALLENGE

So hopefully you all follow me on instagram, snapchat and twitter, I’ve shared my yoga journey with you guys and boy has it been a good one! Last night I finished day 30 of my yoga challenge and I was so proud of myself! This challenge not only helped with my body physically but also mentally. It taught me to take more care of myself and trust myself more! If you’ve been hesitant to try out this challenge, what’s the worst that could happen? NOTHING! Give it a shot and you’ll be surprised as to how far you can come! If you want more info on my challenge I’ve already done a post here and will have a new post going up next week reflecting on the challenge!

Hey loves! I’m not exactly sure how to start off this post but I really want to be real not only for my readers (because being authentic is always good) but for myself too, because I know I’ll get out of this little rut eventually and I want to look back on this post, knowing that I persevered. This year has been HARD. I can feel my shoulders just tensing up as I say that, but please do not mistake that with the fact that good things have happened this year too. Earlier in the summer, I went to Stockholm, probably one of my favorite places in the world and has the most sentimental meaning to me. I met up with old friends and made new friends! I got to see my best friend, who a 110 percent is my rock! I’m not ready to go into detail and explain what exactly it is that has made this year so hard for me but I will tell you that the biggest thing I have dealt with is STRESS. A little backstory, I suffer from anxiety and that has been going on for the past 5 years or so and anxiety SUCKS, but of late ( perhaps the past 3 months or so) I’ve been dealing with Acute stress (which combined with anxiety isn’t all that good) which you can find the definition of it here . I didn’t know how intense it got until, my skin (which already has its issues) got so bad and I would wake up looking so pale some mornings, some of my hair began to fall out and my sleep was off the charts. It took a lot of therapy sessions and a lot of meditation to start to feel a little better and since my hair hasn’t fallen out but my skin will act up every now and then when I’m stressed. To add onto that when I am stressed, even if it’s over the smallest thing, I feel like I could literally pass out. I haven’t felt like this for a while, and I’ve gotten so many questions from you all asking how come I haven’t posted in the longest while, but it’s been because this is a lot to deal with so I just have to take things a step at a time. As much as I also am worried about my health, I always keep my readers at the back of my mind, so this is just to let you know that when I do take those really long breaks , it’s not on you, it’s simply because I need a little bit of a time out.

Hope you all can understand.

Love always,

Petronella