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    Best Life Livin’

    Hi there ‘Lysse on Life readers,

    I’m so glad my pal, Alysse, has given me some space to scribble a few things down. This is an affirmation, a reminder, and a declaration to live my best life. I’m writing it for myself but hope that you can take something away from it too.

    The concept of living my “best life” popped up on my radar within the last year. Since then, I have asked and been asked by peers and friends countless times, “are you living your best life?” The question is typically posed as a wake up call, when it is very clear that some aspect of my life is not together. Unfortunately, I didn’t really know what living my best life looked like for me. It was easy for me to evaluate my life using the standards of best life livin’ I thought society expected of me. Continue reading

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    Pajama Sets To Make You Feel Like You Have Your Life Together

    Hello!

    Welcome to my first new post on the new rebranded site Lysse On Life. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know how excited I am for what is to come and I am most thankful to all of you who read the blog and support what I’m doing here. Today’s post is all about pajama sets!

    When I was growing up my mom always tried to convince me that I needed matching pajama sets. I convinced her that sleeping in a t-shirt and spandex would suffice, and it did for a while. But then one day I decided to indulge in a couple pieces of clothing that actually came from the sleepwear section and my life was changed. Oh how good it feels to climb into bed after a long day and change into some cute and comfortable pj’s. I know it sounds like a small thing, but it makes me feel like I have my life together, ya know?

    I don’t know about y’all, but sweating in the middle of the night is #gross. Here are some of my favorite sets for the spring/summer to keep you cool and cute!

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    Beauty

    Deva Curl Styling Products: A Review

    Hey everyone! I have another product review featuring Deva Curl, coming at all my curl hair chicks!

    About a month after receiving a Deva Curl product from Influenster, I was asked to joining the Deva Curl Social Media Influencer team! It has honestly been a dream to work with a brand I whole heartedly believe in. With that being said, every product is not for everyone and everyone is not going to think they are great, and that is okay! I also want to preface this by saying that I have 3B hair. My curls are decently loose, the width of a small grape and my overall hair texture is not very coarse.  Before using these styling products, my hair product list started and ended with a bottle of olive oil. My hair screams for moisture and the olive oil does just that and leaves it looking shiny and healthy. I can only speak from my experience with my hair type, but I hope my descriptions will help you decipher if it could work for you!

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    Why it’s Okay to Blog Without a Niche

    If you’ve ever read a “how to blog” article there is always a step about finding your blogging niche. They say if you want to be successful you need a niche so you can find your target audience and have engaged readers. You know like deciding whether you are a food blogger, fitness, maybe fashion, or a mommy blogger? With my blog, I could never seem to identify one point of my life that I felt I could continuously talk about. Honestly, that’s why my previous blogs have failed. After my Dad died I had a blog about grief. I’m pretty sure at one point I had a blog about my future medical career (lol) but none of those stuck. Why? Because I could only talk about those topics for so long before I ran out of things to say, and my non-existent readers at the time just got bored.

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    Lysse On Fitness: Sustainable Nutrition

    Hey y’all! I’m back to the Lysse on Fitness series to talk about nutrition! If you’re behind on the series make sure to check out the intro post, the post about matching your method to your goal, and the most recent post about creating a workout schedule that fits your lifestyle.

    I never paid attention to my nutrition until I stopped rowing in my second year of college. I grew up in a home where every homemade meal had a vegetable, I never ate white loaf bread, my mom bought a lot of organic products, and there were certain sugary cereals I was never allowed to have. Though I probably had fast food 1-2 times a week (thanks to late sports practices), Pop-tarts (Wildberry) are my favorite and Oreos we apart of my nightly dessert. I had balance. Continue reading

    Lifestyle, Shine Theory

    Community Over Competition

    The Rising Tide Society is “a network of creative entrepreneurs who believe in community over competition.” Such a simple and beautiful thing, huh? After I wrote the post In A World Full of Girl Bosses, I have been thinking a lot about the blogging/creative industry. For one, it has definitely fired me up again about my blog, and I have been spending a lot of time thinking of creative content, ways to improve my image quality, and trying to be as real and personable with y’all as possible. When I’m looking at a new blog or even an instagram account I only follow them if I feel like I can “get to know them.” If they are inviting me into their life, I want in. But if they are just posting outfit picture after outfit picture with nothing personal, I’m not as inclined to want to engage with them.

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    Podcast Party: S-Town

    *no spoilers here*

    From the producers of Serial and This American Life, S-Town (Shit Town) was released last Tuesday, March 28th. Unlike before, all seven episodes were released at once so I was in binging mode for a good 12 hours in order to finish it ASAP. The new series is similar to Serial in that it is a murder mystery story per say, but the feel of the entire show is different. John, a resident of a small town in Alabama, also known as “Shit Town” was the catalyst for the show after he sent multiple intriguing emails to host, Brian Reed, about his hometown and a mysterious murder that seemed to have been swept under the rug.
    The murder mystery pulls you in, but John’s genius, and at times vulgar
    personality, keeps you listening.

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    Finding a Workout Split That Matches Your Goals

    Okay, so now we get to the fun part: the gym! There is no one way to do fitness, I hope through all this you remember that. What one person does in the gym, or what one person eats doesn’t mean it will work for you, even if you think you have a similar body type. Finding a workout split that fits your lifestyle should also fit the goals you decided on in the last post. Can you commit to going to the gym every day, three times a week, do you have gym access, do you work crazy hours and going to the gym seems like the thing that will break the camel’s back? All these things determine what your workout routine could look like.

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