The Philosophy Of Something New

The Philosophy Of Something New

Have you ever tried something new? Who am I kidding, of course you have.


So you found yourself in quite the predicament, you must attempt to do something new. *Shiver* Oh trust me, I know the feeling. Starting new things is, needless to say, quite the exciting experience. Now whether or not exciting things are good or bad for you is an entirely different discussion, but regardless of how you view the more exhilarating sequences in life, this whole "new" thing can be hard to do. Many thoughts can plague one's mind while starting off, such as, but of course not limited to,

"Why am I doing this?."

"I can't do this."

"This is going to be too hard." Though in that grand array of negative thoughts that can often first flood the inner sanctum of our hearts as a reaction to the idea of new, there also lies the ever so faint, and ever so pleasant feeling of "What if?" This singular thought, that penetrates the darkness of our usual first reactions, can be a powerful tool when used correctly.

I'd wager that most of us tend to give in to those negative thoughts more often than we use those crazy, fancy things called "optimism", and "enthusiasm." Why do we as humans tend to lose such traits as we age? With age typically comes experience, through trials and hardships, and with those things, we become not just stronger but often hardened and desensitized. When something bad happened enough times to someone, they stop hoping for something better and just expect similar bad things to happen to them again. I can't say it does not make sense, that this wouldn't be the most logical way to adapt to hard things. I think we can live better though.

Have you ever seen a child before? Small things, kinda look like miniature humans? Of course you have. Anyway, have you taken note to the fact that they are the most optimistic and enthusiastic scamps that ever existed? You tell a kid that you might play a game with them, and they are not like 90% certain that you are absolutely going to play that game with them. At the very least, they are full of hope that you will.

So this grand disconnect between ourselves and the youngsters we used to be is a good example of how we slowly learn how to be less, as we become more. We become more experienced but less open to the idea of new. Children will try just about anything. Remember the first time someone tricked you or pranked you? Of course you don't! It happened too many times as a child for you to really notice it or care! You were just excited to be learning, excited to be doing something new. That wondrous excitement would feel entire, though small, being every time something new came rolling around.

Trying new things is a difficult thing indeed, I won't deny that. It can scare the bravest of us. I also am not trying to chastise or tell you that you are doing things wrong for having such emotions such as fear of new. What I am saying though, is that there is always room to grow, to improve, to try to be better. Is not our betterment in a sense, something new? When we put in that effort to become better, to handle new things with a better attitude, we are in a sense attempting something new.

So, how do we best try something new? Well, in my opinion, we do it with a smile on our face, hope in our hearts, and the optimism and enthusiasm of a child. Don't beat yourself up for halting before the edge of that jump into the great metaphorical pool of new things, but do take time after that leap of faith is taken, the hard deed is done, smile, regardless of the outcome.

Try something new today, trust me, it might lead you somewhere that happiness lies.

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An Honest Review Of ItWorks! From Someone Who Doesn't Sell The Products

No, I'm not looking for you to "join a team" or begin any challenges.

I'm sure you've seen your friends on Facebook transition from friend to salesman. Whether it be for Scentsy, LipSense, or AdvoCare; multi-level marketing companies are on the rise thanks to social media. ItWorks! remains one of the most prominent.

ItWorks! is a health and wellness company using primarily plant-based ingredients without any artificial sweeteners or coloring. Their "number one seller" is the famous body wraps but the company is mostly weight loss supplements and vitamins. The company has a passion for the natural over the synthetic. Co-founder Mark Pentecost states on the site's Our History page that "you want to know that you're putting the very best things in your body."

Since most reviews of these products come from distributors, who are therefore biased, I have reviewed three of their greatest products and one I believe you should avoid.

1. Greens™ Blend Chocolate

As a vegan, I sometimes have to double check that I'm receiving the proper nutrients. ItWorks! Greens have been saving my life lately. It contains 52 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods as well as 34 fruits and veggies. It is meant to alkalize, balance, and detoxify.

This is my favorite product! It gives me energy and even fills in for breakfast sometimes. It honestly makes me feel great. Then again... they always said eating all your fruits and veggies would!

ItWorks! gives you those healthy servings in a delicious chocolate flavor (which is bomb with almond milk). Make sure you use a blender bottle or blender. Like many powdered supplements, it can have that grainy aftertaste.

2. Advanced Formula Fat Fighter™

The idea behind this supplement is that it’s "okay to indulge if you have your Fat Fighters." Basically, if you just must have that sweet treat or piece of bread then you can take this pill within an hour to prevent your body from absorbing the carbs and a portion of the fats. If you're anything like me, you eat what you want when you want, so you'll end up taking these pills on the daily.

The main reason I like the Fat Fighters is that they reduce cravings and I normally have such a sweet tooth!

3. ThermoFIGHT™

This product is meant to increase calorie burning, boost the rate of your metabolism, and boost your energy. Like with Greens, I definitely feel energized when I take this supplement. Not in a jittery or wired way, either.

They say "abs start in the kitchen" but I'll try and cheat the system when I can!

4. Ultimate Body Applicator™ and Defining Gel™

This is the ItWorks! claim to fame... and that ASTOUNDS me.

I used to be so skeptical of this company because of the wraps. I tried them three different times and was not impressed each time. The ultimate body applicator and defining gel are meant to tighten and tone the skin to redefine the appearance of your body’s contour. Sure, you'll receive those results... just at an outrageous price. It's an expensive product that requires a lot of re-purchasing in order to receive any drastic results. Not to mention the most drastic results are just reduction of water weight.

They're really just an overpriced skin firming lotion. I suggest finding a nice cream from Target and sitting in the sauna instead.

If your facebook-friend-turned-salesman pushes for you to buy the wraps, just remember that I warned you.

I would like to give an honorary mention to KetoCoffee (probably their second most popular item). Because it is not vegan, I have not given it a try. I have heard amazing things from multiple women, though. Most keto coffee recipes give people the shakes and amp them up too hard. I've heard that ItWorks! has perfected the recipe.

I have used the first three products for a little over three months now. Sometimes I am inconsistent and miss servings. However, I match these products with a vegan diet (mostly whole foods based) and 3-4 days of exercise. I do not have drastic results but I have lost a little over ten pounds and feel great each day. I plan to remain a customer with this company (I have Greens on Autoship!).

I feel so blessed to be a Loyal Customer with ItWorks! because I receive up to 40% off and free shipping after three months. Without this discount, I probably never would have given this company a second thought. I highly recommend going that route because, well...

Cover Image Credit: Savanah Garcia | Instagram

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Stop Making Resolutions and Start Making Goals

Turn your "I want's" into "I will's."


Hello 2019! I'm writing this on January 8th, meaning I have had eight days to work on my New Year's resolutions. However, here's the thing: I did not make any resolutions this year. Ever since I've turned 13, I've had the same two resolutions: Put myself first and become healthier. I can safely say that six years later, those things have happened... but not because of "the magic" of the new year. Instead, I have achieved them because I turned them into goals.

Don't get me wrong; I think new year resolutions are fantastic. I believe that people should have goals in life and be motivated to work towards something, and the start of a new year is a great time to re-evaluate your life and get things going. However, most new year resolutions are simply just wishes or aspirations that people have. Usually, there are no steps or a plan involved. Goals have those things. They involve making changes to your life, thinking about the next step, and checking your progress on a regular schedule. Wishes and aspirations are statements that lead to creating goals, and that is where most people give up.

This year, instead of creating a resolution, I sat down and thought about what I wanted to achieve during my lifetime. I thought about places I wanted to visit, things I wanted to experience, and people I want to talk to. I splurged it all onto a word document before organizing it into a list, specifically a bucket list. My list has 25 things on it, ranging from getting a tattoo to attending Mardi Gras in New Orleans to visiting each of the 50 states. At the time, my list was just an aspiration, and part of it still is. However, some things I have steps in mind for and am planning to cross off my list, meaning parts of my list are goals that I am trying to achieve.

If you're reading this and are one of the many people who made a resolution this year, do not fret! Instead, sit down and turn your wish into a goal. Create a plan. Break it down into steps. Figure out a time where you can monitor your progress. Do not expect the new year to magically help you into achieving what you want. Take some initiative and get it yourself. You can do it!

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