40 Days to Personal Revolution: Why I decided to do this challenge

40 days to personal revolution

I’ve practiced yoga inconsistently for the past four years. I love practicing but just finding time to fit yoga into my schedule has been a challenge. So one of my 2018 goals is to deepen my yoga practice.

During the holidays, I saw an advertisement on Facebook that my favorite yoga studio in Atlanta, Active Sol Yoga was hosting a 40-day yoga challenge. I thought this is the perfect way to set a good intention for the New Year and work on my goals. Once I’m committed to something I am usually all in. So I kicked off my 40days on Sunday with a small group session at the studio.

During the next 40 days, I’ll be joining several others around the world who are following the 40 days to Personal Revolution program by Baron Baptiste. This program follows the Baron Baptiste style of yoga. So each day throughout the 40 days I will practice yoga, meditate, follow a clean eating diet plan, journal daily, attend weekly small group meetings at the studio and read the 40 days to Personal Revolution book by Baron Baptiste. I’ll be sharing weekly recaps here on the blog along with some clean eating recipes. Each week has a different intention for your practice that you should focus. 

Committing to yoga for 40 days is a huge task and accomplishment. So during this 40 days, I’ll have to make some sacrifices like limiting social media use and cutting some things out of my schedule. But as I said before I love yoga but the challenge has been fitting it into my schedule. But as we discussed in my small group session, it’s about making time for your practice. Even its just 20 minutes in the morning before work. 

I’m at the point in my life where I’m figuring out what I want for my life and my future. So I’m balancing priorities and shifting my focus toward accomplishing my long-term goals. That means figuring out my career goals, my intentions for this blog, and how I want to continue to grow as an individual. I’m in my early thirties and childless so I think the timing for this is right. 

The theme for week 1 is presence. I love that because one of my 2018 goals is to work on being present over perfect.  So I’ll be sharing how week 1 went next week. 

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2018 Goals

Last weekend a few of my friends and I gathered together to put together our vision boards for 2018. If you remember my blog post from a few years ago on how to create a vision board, you know that I’m a huge believer in putting your goals and aspirations out in the universe. 

The holidays were a little sad for me as my family and I coped with the loss of my grandmother. So, I spent my holidays unplugged and off social media to unwind and reflect. Which is something I plan to do more of in 2018. Unplugging allowed me to listen to God and think about my goals for the new year. 

One// Unplug more

Unplugging a little bit during the holidays was nice. It reminded that you can miss out on the important things in life like connecting with family and friends if your face is always tied to a screen. It is hard to unplug when my day job and running this blog require me to be online all day. I plan to unplug at least one weekend a month in 2018. 

Two// Embrace my journey

2017 was filled with breakups, ending of friendships, hospital stints and me pondering what to do with this blog. I often tend to plan for the future which is hard when you are supposed to leave things up to God. So in 2018, I am going to achieve being present over perfect and embrace my journey. 

Three// Travel more

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the United States and travel internationally. The world is a huge place and there are still several countries and cities I would like to visit. My first trip of 2018 is already in the works. I’m excited because this will be my first trip internationally since my trip to Aruba two years ago

Four// Learn a new craft/skill a month

In 2016, I set a goal to read a book a month. This year I set a similar goal and this time it is to learn a new craft/skill a month. My first class is at the end of this month. So stay tuned for recaps on the blog each month. 

Five// Focus on my health

I am an overall health conscious person and I watch what I eat. This year my focus is to meal prep more and get back in the gym. I just signed up for TRX training classes and I am about to embark on 40-day yoga challenge. So stay tuned for weekly recaps on the blog to hear about how my challenge is going. 

Six// Save, Save, Save

For the past year, I have been following the Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University program. I am currently in Baby Step Two and have paid off all my credit cards. My focus for 2018 is to ambush my student loan debt. I spent most of 2016 and 2017 in grad school getting my masters in Integrated Marketing, now that I am done with school its time get rid of those students loans. My goal is to finish paying them off in 2019. So as I reach milestones in Baby Step Two, I will share details of my progress here on the blog. 

Seven// A new look and feel for Eat.Drink.Shop.Love

My goals are to make some big changes here on the blog. Throughout 2017 the biggest question I got from readers was “Are you still blogging?” Yes, but working a full-time job as a content strategist and going to grad school started to take over my life. During that period, I decided that Eat.Drink.Shop.Love needed to grow up. I decided to slow down the amount of content I shared here on the blog until I figured out what that meant. In 2018, Eat.Drink.Shop.Love will be changing and the type of content I’ll be sharing will be more personal. So think new look, new name, new experience. I will share more details later on. 

What are your goals for the new year?

 

How to dress up your graphic t-shirt

Top Atlanta Lifestyle Blogger, Jewel Hazelton of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love shares how to dress up a graphic tshirt

I’ve recently become obsessed with graphic t-shirts. Every time I see one with a cute phrase I have to purchase it. I love a good T-shirt that I can just throw on with jeans or dress up with a skirt and a pair of heels. 

Top Atlanta Lifestyle Blogger, Jewel Hazelton of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love shares how to dress up a graphic t-shirt Top Atlanta Lifestyle Blogger, Jewel Hazelton of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love shares how to dress up a graphic t-shirt

The weather is starting to turn cooler in Atlanta and I thought this would be the perfect outfit for brunch with friends when paired with a leather jacket.  The top is from J.Crew (Sold Out) and this skirt (on sale) is from Madewell.

Top Atlanta Lifestyle Blogger, Jewel Hazelton of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love shares how to dress up a graphic t-shirt with J.crew and Madewell

This J.crew “Salut!” top stood out because of its bold font and bright blue color. Salut means in hello in French and graphic tees are a great way to start a conversation or get a message across. 

Top Atlanta Lifestyle Blogger, Jewel Hazelton of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love shares how to dress up a graphic t-shirt with J.Crew Salut shirt

Top Atlanta Lifestyle Blogger, Jewel Hazelton of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love shares how to dress up a graphic t-shirt in J.Crews Salut top

Photography by Amber Corbi

Shop a few of my favorite graphic tees below. 

 

 

Create & Cultivate Conference: Seattle Edition

I just got back from Create & Cultivate in Seattle. Create & Cultivate is a full day conference for female bloggers, creatives, influencers, digital marketing professionals and entrepreneurs. Each quarter Create&Cultivate hosts the conference in a new city. I missed Create & Cultivate when it made its way to Atlanta last fall. I was already planning a trip to Seattle to visit my best friend who lives there this fall so when I found out that Create&Cultivate was happening, I had to purchase a ticket. 

Weeks leading up to conference I had been under the weather and was concerned I wasn’t going to be able to attend. But everything worked out and I boarded a plane to Seattle from Atlanta last week. I’ve been looking forward to attending this conference for months because I had heard so many good things about it from other bloggers. 

Create & Cultivate was amazing and unlike any other conference, I had attended. The energy was awesome and it felt good to be in the company of so many amazing women who are doing great things in the industry. Everyone was invested in helping each other flourish. 

Attendees were broken out into two separate tracks during the day. One track was focused on women looking to launch a business or take on a new career path and the second track was focused on content creation, social media and blogging. I attended the second track. Panel session covered topics like how to create snackable content, how to stay creative in a fast-paced and digital world, and advice from the blogging veterans like Emily Schuman from Cupcakes and Cashmere and Gala Gonzalez. Some of the themes from the day were focused on encouraging women to think outside the box, find other mediums than social media to tell your story and be prepared to disrupt your industry. 

The one thing that attracted me most about attending Create & Cultivate was that they paired you with a mentor during the conference. My mentors at Create & Cultivate were Maxie McCoy and Adrianna Adarme from A Cozy Kitchen. I’ve followed both of their career paths for a while now, so it was amazing to be able to chat with them in person and ask them for advice. 

The keynote lineup was the amazing! The keynote speakers were Brooklyn Decker, Mandy Moore, and Issa Rae. All millennial women changing the game in their particular industries. 

If you are a female entrepreneur or a woman in the creative space, I highly recommend that you attend Create & Cultivate when it comes to a city near you.The next city should be announced soon on the Create & Cultivate Instagram account

 

Hey Ya’ll

Hey Ya'll Eat.Drink.Shop.Love

Hey Ya’ll! It has been almost two weeks since I’ve last written a blog post. Let’s just say life has gotten the best of me lately and I haven’t had time to write a blog post or find some creative energy to do so. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently graduated with my Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University at the beginning of May. After 16 months of writing hundreds of research papers until the wee hours of the morning. Let’s just say this girl is tired…

In addition to having the burnt out syndrome. My weekends have been jam packed and after work all I’ve wanted to do is exercise, cook dinner, or spend time with friends. Let’s just I’ve been taking some time to myself these past few weeks to find some balance again and just breath and enjoy life. It has really been refreshing. I’ve also got some new projects I’m working on behind scenes that I’ll reveal sometime to you all in the next few months. So stay tuned!

But for now I’m back to blogging and I’ve got some exciting blog posts to share with you over the next few weeks.