One relationship tip I swear by

So you guys know Justice, right? I don’t talk about my relationship much because it’s so sacred to me, and honestly I value our independence so much. I want to be known for being me, first, not someone for just being a partner to someone else.

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Among other things.

But in short Justice is my soulmate, the best part of my life and the thing I am most proud of. It’s been 5 years, 2 coasts and so many laughs.  He’s gorgeous, smart, kind and funny. PERFECTION.

Through our moves, job changes, career changes, life changes, we’ve had times of insane stress and change. Which for most, lead to fights, and arguments about nothing.

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I remember when we first moved to LA, lots was happening and we both were feeling unsure of the move, so we were fighting a bit. Arguing and roommate problems. 4 years living together things.

I don’t know what it was, maybe a conversation with Lindsey, or deep in a meditation session, but it hit me that if Justin was the person I loved the most, I needed to treat him that way.

Simple, right?

Before in relationships I would say that those closest to me always felt my wrath if I was stressed or things weren’t going my way. It’s like I would take them for granted, with the assumption that they’d always be there because they loved me. Maybe I didn’t always give my best self or the best version of me.

I don’t know if it’s what I saw at home, but I realized that if someone asked me who I loved and cherished the most, it would be Justin, no doubt. If that was true, I needed to always remember to treat him that way. Treat him as if he is the greatest thing. No matter how long it’s been, always be kind, always be patient, and assume the best.

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Right now whenever I am with him, I seriously think about treating him the very best that I can. That’s going out of my way regularly to make life easier for him, to think about all the things I love about him and tell him, and to be sure that I am centered, confident and loving myself first.

It’s also the meditation that has given me space between my emotions and my reactions. Because we are not our emotions, those are fleeting, and they are passing, so when I see the Chipotle bag on the counter after he’s eaten dinner 4 hours ago, and doesn’t want to throw it out for some reason I don’t know, it’s those seconds that meditation gives me to remember what REALLY matters. Me throwing that bag away without saying shit because that’s what I would want him to do for me. If I want someone to be forgiving, kind, and patient with me, I need to be forgiving, kind and patient with them.

It’s been so amazing to grow and to fall so madly in love with this kid, he is truly perfect in my eyes and what I am most proud of in my life. Excited to see what 2018 has in store, and continue leveraging him as a mirror to my personal growth and self-development.

Make sense? Let me know how you are in your relationships. Do you sometimes take them for granted?

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Let’s chat.

Xo

Krista



VIDEO: My Morning Routine (for optimum mind, body and GUT health) with Silver Fern Brand

Hello YOU!

Thanks for being here, I know you’ve got a lot of places to go and things to read, so thanks. Means a lot!

Super excited to share my morning ritual with you.

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I have been really patient about having a morning ritual that’s respect of your mind, body and soul for the past year, I truly believe in cultivating your own. Of course making it your own is KEY, so finding that ritual that is all your own, that respects and honors your body, mind and soul is really important.

If anyone knows me, they know I go to bed around 9:00 – 9:30 PM and swear by at least 8 hours of sleep. I wake up around 5:30 or 6, and most days I don’t feel tired or groggy in the morning. If I do, I’d say 90% of the time I suck it up and feel so glad to be awake that going back to sleep after the alarm doesn’t happen.

My phone stays in the other room, first thing, and I don’t touch it after 9:00 PM. That’s the one boundary I’ve been able to keep as it relates to my phone and I swear by it.

Once I’m up, I’ll oil pull (you can read my post on that here) scrape my tongue and drink hot tea. I wrote a post about those three practices in a post here that really helps to wake your body up in a holistic way. After that, I’ll take my probiotics, from SilverFern. A brand I have been using for the past 5-6 months, and really love how they make my stomach feel. Being conscious about the gut, it’s bacteria and the impact my gut health has on my mental state has really been eye opening for me. It helps to keep clarity of my thoughts and keep all my sugar cravings in check.

You can read more about my love for them here, and check out my probiotic I swear by here.

We also had Charity Lighten on The Almost 30 Podcast, which was AMAZING. She is their resident nutritionist and you can hear that episode here.

After I take my probiotics (yes I take them on an empty stomach – I feel like it helps – it’s the only vitamin I’ll take on an empty stomach but if it doesn’t work for you, do it with food).

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After that, a workout happens, 100%. Right now I am training for a half marathon, and really loving barre. But when I can I’ll get out in Venice to do some HIIT and stretching on the beach.

Meditation, which happens before I start my workday. I need it to really clear my head, and to get myself focused for whatever I have going on. Sometimes I’ll sage myself (as show in the video) if I am feeling low or like I need to remove some negative energy from my field.

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All in all, it takes around 2 hours, but if I walk or run to my workout class (which is 2 miles away) it can take 2 ½ hours. If I want to do this in a pinch, I can take just an hour from beginning to end.

A by product of my hormone journey, healing myself naturally, was also using tools like Silver Fern brand to heal my gut naturally, meditation to heal my mind and working out in a different way to heal my body.

So excited to share with you this video, and to share again a key component of my morning ritual, my favorite probiotic!

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Would love to know your morning ritual. Anything you swear by?

Xoxo

Krista

*Thanks to Silver Fern Brand for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

Bourbon Barbies X Almost 30 Podcast

SO CITED.

We’ve got new merch y’all!

Pumped to share with you the Almost 30 Podcast X Bourbon Barbies Collab!

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Bourbon Barbies is a enviornmentally friendly eco-concious brand owned by two badass women. They are all about no waste, and creating one of a kind authentic pieces. 

So we wanted to bring that to #Almost30Nation!

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Everything now available on The Almost 30 Podcast site, and each piece is custom (aka we only have one!)

Once all 8 are gone, we'll have new monthly releases of gear. 

My personal favorite is the crew neck sweatshirt. For real these are really comfortable, soft and fit JUST right! I am loving the mustard one for right now honestly! 

But you can also wear the flannel in so many ways, with jeans with a tank top, tied around the waist. These are so versatile! Plus they have the Almost 30 Podcast logo on the back, AYY!!

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If you haven't already listened to The Almost 30 Podcast - you must! Click the link here :). We talk about all of the things, and we keep it realllllllllllllll.

So citing! Let me know whatcha think :)

xoxo

Krista