#bekindblogcampaign

It’s easy to let a bad mood stick to you like gum on the bottom of your favorite shoes. I wouldn't say those moods come around often, but when they do they have a tendency to put a dark cloud over your day and make you want to rain on everyone’s parade. I try to be a positive person, and not to toot my own horn or anything, but I think most people that know me personally would say that I am. Sometimes overly positive.

So, when Morgan of Eeny meeny Miny Morgan asked me to be a part of the #bekindblogcampaign, I couldn’t say no, because this campaign is all about who I am. As Morgan puts it, being kind and being positive are choices. Yes, choices, meaning that you have control over your mood.

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I love this quote because it's so true. Our reactions to life determine so much that it's almost scary. When I sit back and think about situations that I thought were the end of the world at the time I laugh, because it seems so silly now. What if I had reacted different? How would it have changed things? They weren't bad situations, but how I reacted put me in a place to think that they were. 

So, I'm making a pact to spread more happiness around, to be more positive, and to be more kind because I think the world could use a little more of it. A few years ago I did 22 random acts of kindness and as my birthday approaches in less than two months, I think I may do this again.

I'm tagging a few bloggers to join in as well and spread the kindness in their own ways. The Newlywed Notebook and The Steezy Blog, I hope you both pay it forward and pass it on!

CheriBundi: The Cherry People

I'm not a coffee drinker or much for caffiene, but every now and then I need a little pick me up. Whether it be at that dreadful 2pm mark where you think 5pm is never going to roll around, after a workout, or first thing in the morning after you've gone to bed a little too late; sometimes you just need to wake yourself up and give your body a little boost. 

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CheriBundi offered me the opportunity to try their 7-day challenge. For 7 days you add one 8 oz. serving of cherry juice to your diet. Each 8 oz. bottle has over 50 tart cherries in it and according to research over the last several years, these tart cherries pack a lot of benefits into this small bottle. 

  • Improves Sleep Quality 
  • Reduces Exercise-induced Oxidative stress
  • Helps Promote Healthy Inflammation Response
  • The Ultimate Antioxidant 

Even Dr Oz is a fan of tart cherries and their many benefits. 

As the name suggests, the cherry juice is quite tart and sweet, but don't let that steer you away from giving CheriBundi a try. Personally, I found that the juice tastes just like that cherry pie at Thanksgiving, minus all the calories! You can always add water to your juice to dilute the tartness and still get your daily tart cherry fix. Or, if you find yourself needing an end of the day drink...

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CheriBundi Tart Cherry juice comes in five flavors. 

  • Tart Cherry Juice (The every day cherry juice.)
  • Tart Cherry Juice Light (Less sugar)
  • Tart Cherry Rebuild (Includes whey protein. Perfect post workout)
  • Tart Cherry Restore (Electrolytes and vitamins for a real pick me up)
  • Tart Cherry Relax (Includes L-Theanine)

I've loved adding in this tart juice into my daily routine and it's already on my grocery list for the next trip I make. I've noticed a big difference in boosting my energy during the day and helping me sleep at night. It's amazing how your diet and what you feed your body can affect how it runs. So, instead of grabbing that Starbucks tomorrow morning, maybe grab a tart cherry juice instead.

If that doesn't convince you, check out this list of professional and college sports teams who love CheriBundi! You can try the 7-day challenge yourself by signing up here.

 

This post is sponsored by CheriBundi and BlogMeetsBrand. I was compensated for this post, however all opinions expressed above are my own.

Benefits Matter to Millenials

Life in your 20's is fun. There's new opportunities, new experiences, new friendships and adventures...it truly is one of the most freeing time periods in your life. At least that's what those older than me say. I'd have to agree, so far, my 20's have been great; full of ups and downs, but I'm learning so many new life skills and things about myself. 

As I look around at my peers though, it seems we, as millennials have quite a few things we still need to learn. We may know how to pay our rent each month, how to boil water, how to "balance" our checkbooks (aka look at my bank account to make sure I have enough money to write that check), but there are several skills that we lack when it comes to planning for our futures. 

Millennials are very now and in the moment type thinkers. I know I am. It's hard for me to sit down and plan out what things will be like in 5-10 years. While we may not be able to plan for some thing in our lives, be can definitely prepare ourselves for a financial disaster. 

Benefits Matter

The reality is, we're really only one emergency away from financial disaster. According to the Aflac WorkForces Report which studied millennial workers, 62% have less than $1000 saved for a out of pocket expenses associated with illness or accidents. Personally, I find that number scary, and as I read through the report, I realized that I'm not sure I even have $1000 that I'd want to part with. The reality is, I could definitely save more money and make sure that I'm prepared financially for any sort of emergency I may encounter. 

As a single female, I find it even more important to make sure that I can support myself in case a disaster ever occurs. I don't have a husband to rely on, and being almost 25, I feel like while my parents would help me, I don't need to lean on them either.

Benefits Matter

As open enrollment approaches for me and many others around the country, there are a few things I'll be considering this year. 

  • It's nearly time for me to jump off of my parents health insurance and get onto my own. It's important to educate yourself about how your insurance works. It can be very confusing, but take the time to sit down with your HR department if you don't understand something. 
  • Start a 401k sooner, rather than later. This was the first thing I did when I started my job after college and it's been amazing to see it grow in just the 2 and a half years I've been here. Match whatever your company matches, and even more if you can afford it. I love being able to look at this and realize how much money I'll have in this account by the time I retire. 
  • Look into if your company offers a health savings account (HSA). This is money you can use and build up over time for medical expenses like doctor visits, glasses, prescriptions, etc. 

Don't be intimidated by planning for your future. Although it's not one of the most fun things about being in your 20's, it is important and rewarding to know that you're adult enough to be able to handle it. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.