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photo by : Poppy Miyonga

Hey loves! It’s been almost 2 months since I put up my last post on here. WOW I have missed blogging. A lot of my friends and of course you guys have asked where I’ve been , or did I stop blogging? The the truth is, I took a break from EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE. I had to for my health, my sanity, for my growth.

 

WHAT HAPPENED?

To start off, a couple of months ago when I left Australia, I hadn’t officially announced that I was leaving Australia for good. I left for very many reasons. Mentally I was all over the place and felt like, I NEEDED TO BREATHE. I came home to my mom and my cousin Hellen ( FYI we don’t live together but we see each other often) .  As much as I thought I was okay, because I suppressed  a lot, I wasn’t ok and that eventually led me to a hospital where I was almost admitted into. The truth is, all I was doing for a while was pushing myself and my engine had no fuel in it, I couldn’t stand people, I had the worst social anxiety and hid in my house, and I began to hate myself. I went off of social media for a really long time. I did it because it felt like noise for a while and felt a tremendous amount of pressure.

6 MONTHS

The truth is, the first 4 months of my life were hell. It’s an understatement to say I couldn’t get out of bed, but I could barely take a shower everyday. I couldn’t dress up. Leggings and sweatshirts were my go to no matter where I went. Both my mom and Hellen noticed this huge change in me. But it’s not that I was lazy, but physically couldn’t dress up everyday. I was always uncomfortable or in pain ( which also had to do with the serious back problems I was facing). I did nothing but cry to my therapist, and my best friend about how I felt like I wasn’t myself and felt like everything was spinning all the time, I felt out of focus or I guess out of touch. But into the second week of April, I guess you could say a shinning light came through, I saw doctors, got on the right medication where I began to get the right help. I will say that a lot of spirituality helped me.  I few weeks prior, I created a vision board ( BLOG POST + VIDEO COMING SOON) . 

Even more importantly, I had the best 3 individuals hold my hand along the way. And after that along the next two months, I manifested so many things I wanted in my life!

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WHAT IS TO COME? 

First off, I’m moving to… LONDONwords cannot describe how incredibly thankful I am to not only have the opportunity to head to the school of my dreams but to live in the fast, vibrant city of London! I will pick up blogging and try my best to produce regular content. I want to keep being open and honest with all of my readers, not just about my successes but bumps along the way too! Lastly, give the best advice I can based off of personal experiences. Remember: THINGS WILL FALL INTO PLACE 

WHY I DECIDED TO SPEAK UP ABOUT THIS

There is such a standard for perfection and sometimes we forget we’re human, we can definitely have our doubts about our future and we can grow from the worst of experiences life will give us, but THINGS WILL FALL INTO PLACE.  I don’t want to put a false impression of who I am or how my life is going; I choose to be open about it because it will help me grow and I hope it can do the same for you as well!

The last thing I want you to take out from this post is ; life isn’t necessarily about our success or our failure, yes that will make up some part of it. But majority of it will be growth and be the women or men we want to be.

 

Kisses ,

Petronella Risita

 

 

Answering your questions on my latest youtube video!

Hey loves! Wow it’s been a while, I apologize for the silence, I needed a breather and it was a good time out. I recently went to a yoga festival in Lamu, which was fantastic and will post up some pictures soon. For now I wanted to leave you with a new video on my youtube channel! Let me know your thoughts and don’t forget to subscribe!

Kisses,

Petronella

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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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Photo by the best Poppy Miyonga

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!

 

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Bikini is from Ivyrevel 

HOTSPOT : SANKARA HOTEL

Hey loves! Wow it feels weird to not have posted for a week but I needed a bit of a time out , so many changes are happening and so many things are being planned! Today’s post is my first HOTSPOT post ever on the blog! How exciting! I’m looking forward to starting this series with you and sharing all my HOTSPOTS  all around the world!

THE LOCATION

First up was none other than the beautiful Sankara hotel here in Nairobi,Kenya (in Westlands) and it is incredible! After a hot day, I wanted to take some time and relax by their gorgeous rooftop deck with a beautiful pool that has a view of the city.

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THE INTERIOR

For the day since I hung out by the pool, I wanted to show you the incredible view by the pool. Whether you’re catching a tan or just craving a good swim, I highly recommend coming here! The interior is quite modern with very earthy tones, which give off a very relaxed vibe in the deck area.

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YAY OR NAY?

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I say absolutely YAY, this has probably become one of my favorite spots in the world. If you are currently living in Nairobi or thinking of visiting definitely take some time off and relax at Sankara! I forgot to mention that they also have a fantastic sauna and steam room that you can’t miss out on!

What are your thoughts on my first HOTSPOT? Let me know in the comments or tweet me here

Kisses,

Petronella