To Spring Cleaning Your Space

An Open Letter: To Spring Cleaning Your Space

An open letter to cleaning your space for more reason than it just being a chore. May it also cleanse you spiritually!


To Spring Cleaning Your Space:

Hey readers! This week's open letter is inspired by the arrival of (finally!) spring. Now, the title may sound a bit cliché but I guarantee you that "cleaning your space" has more to do with your spiritual than it does who comes over for dinner and sees clutter (though that is also important!).

I thought about what things in my own space cause me to feel out of sorts. It comes down to how much I've managed to keep without throwing anything out. It's a direct correlation to our spiritual.

Someone kept telling me for years how a change in decluttering your space can also do the same for your vibes. Weather alone can only do so much. I (finally!) decided to take a chance and go through a lot of things in my room. And like magic, I felt calmer.

I could remember asking myself constantly, "Do I need this? Why not?"

This helped to create a sense of control on what "made" my space and what didn't.

It also, in a strange way, allowed me time to realize that some items symbolized what was important to me now versus what was important to me in the past. Later, I would acknowledge that "spring cleaning" actually worked for my internal energies.

Life is busy and filled with less opportunity to get everything done that we want to, but even setting aside a day to declutter your space can make the difference. In no way, shape, or form, should you clean your space in bulk; begin one room at a time.

The most important thing I want my readers to take away from this letter: clean your home, but also pay attention to how it changes your mood. You should clean your space regularly, but I hope it changes your approach to other challenges in life as well. Ask yourself, "By keeping this, will it help me?"

I used to clean just to get it done because it had to be done, but cleaning is a more meaningful task. It does something positive to me spiritually. I encourage everyone to see if it helps you too.



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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.

It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

Cover Image Credit: Sara Petty

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The Lazy Girl's Guide To The Gym

Also, everything else you should know if you're a slightly out-of-shape girl (like me).


With my freshman year coming to an end, I realized a lot of things. I made new friends, I found new hobbies, and I learned a lot of lessons. One of them being that the "Freshman 15" is very real and very scary.

While my friends and family have attempted multiple times to convince me that I'm just being dramatic (I am), I still want to make a change in my lifestyle or I will, in all seriousness, be on track to the "Sophomore 20".

Here is a list of my best gym and healthy lifestyle tips that I am slowly attempting to live by this summer in order to resurrect Emily's 18-year-old body and health.

1. Increase water intake.

2. Find a gym buddy.

3. Start off with cardio.

4. Don't stop on your cardio until you're dripping in sweat.

5. Chug a LOT of water an hour before the gym.

Do not do it right before, or you will be in pain.

6. Eat light beforehand but just enough to hold you over. 

7. Plan out what your routine will be BEFORE you get there.

My routine: Elliptical for a mile, Stairmaster for 10 minutes, ab HIIT workout for 10 minutes, 5 more minutes on Stairmaster.

8. Buy healthy foods while you're feeling motivated.

9. Find a gym that isn't too far from your house. 

10. Don't get mad at yourself if you don't see results in a day.

I know this is a hard one.

11. Try fitness classes. 

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