Feb 23, 2017

The Struggle is REAL.

Hey loves. I'm sure we have all said that phrase, "The struggle is REAL." And I'm also sure that we've said it hundreds of times. It's the perfect phrase for when you're struggling to do anything. 

For me I mostly use it when my motivation is low. When doing what I'm supposed to do is the LAST thing on my "Want to Do" list. For instance, working out. For the past 3 weeks(with a beak in between) I've been working out. It has been so hard! On top of eating right, and drinking between 110-128 ounces of water a day. And before this, I was drinking maaaaybe 30-50 ounces of water a day, a strong maybe. My eating was so out of pocket. Popeyes, Chick-fil-A, Wendy's, Ledo's Pizza, Chipotle, Qdoba, and probably the worst of all, Nana's home cooking. 

I knew that I needed to change for two reasons, 1.) I was the biggest I had ever been. Pushing 230lbs. 2.) I was UNHAPPY. Depression and anxiety had gotten the best of me. And what I thought was comfort food was NOT giving me comfort. I honestly didn't realize it was a problem until I decided to make a change. 

Before writing this I sat down and thought about why I was making the past choices I was making and I was depressed and anxious about everything. I knew it wasn't a solution but it was a quick fix and it was the only thing I knew to do. So I did it. But now I'm understanding (hindsight is def 20/20) why I made that choice and I'm doing everything not to go back to that lifestyle. 

My weight & eating style affected everything. What I wore, how I took pictures, what pictures I posted on my blog and social media platforms. It affected my motivation to write posts. If I didn't like the way I looked, I wouldn't put the pictures in my blog post. Or, hell I wouldn't post at all. It was starting to affect things that I loved and I knew something had to change. 

I share all of this to say this, the struggle was real then and it is still real now! There are struggles everywhere. Working out has been helping me with my depression and anxiety BUT getting up at 5am and giving it my all is a real life struggle. I pretty much exchanged one struggle for the other. And that's okay. I'm learning that struggling doesn't stop just because I change things about myself. As we go through life (and grow through life) things will get easier, but we will gain more struggles.

I hope that you guys are well. I hope that you can find a way to cope with whatever is a struggle in your life. I hope me sharing my struggle and how I've started the process of overcoming it will help you. Leave a comment below of something you struggle with and how/if you have overcome it.

Also y'all, I'm not perfect by any means. And I more than likely will still eat bad foods when I'm traveling. But I'm working on it. And they say you can have cheat meal! Hahaaa.  I love you guys and I will speak to you soon.


Feb 20, 2017

2017 Travel List

Hey loves! The last travel list I made was in 2015. I went to 4 cities on that list of 20 between 2015 and 2016. This year I made a list of 10 locations. Maybe one or two repeat cities(that I didn't travel to) on the new list. But I'm excited to share it with you all.

2017 Travel List

1. New Orleans
2. Austin, TX
3. Toronto
4. Florence, Italy
5. France
6. England
7. Dallas-Houston
8. Phoenix
9. Detroit
10. Indianapolis

Like I said, its 10 locations. Both abroad and domestic. Its basically a wish list/goal list.

 I'm really excited about this year. I feel that greater is coming. Greater, trips, greater health, greater coins(yes, please!), just greater everything! I pray that 2017 is much better than 2016. Lord knows we went through a lot as a country, so I can only imagine what people went through individually last year.

Comment below where you wish to travel this year. I hope that you all get to go everywhere your heart desires in 2017. See you next time!


Feb 16, 2017

Just Do It 2K17.

Hey loves! So, I have to be honest. You may not be able to tell but I am pretty shy. I've overcome it in strides over the years, but I'm still very shy.

Along with being shy, I'm suuuuuper fearful. My fear of the unknown is REAL. So I spend days, weeks, months, and/or years talking myself out of doing things simply because I'm fearful of the outcome. It is a HUGE hindrance to my success and this year I am vowing to change that. 

I'm calling this, Just Do It 2k17.

I have to do better, I have to have faith. There's so much that I have planned this year and I am going to do everything in my power to make it happen. Nothing matters more to me than my success. The days of being my own worst enemy are over. Time to be on #TeamJanisha!

So no more fear. I do understand that this will NOT happen over night, and I hope you guys understand that too. But I'm taking the first step and I'm very proud of myself for it. 

If you are struggling with shyness or fearfulness please take some time to understand why you feel this way. Reflect on what you feel and think. Every thought and every feeling is valid. You can join me on this Just Do It 2k17 journey.

Comment below if you suffer from being shy and/or being fearful. And if you want to join me on this journey. We can keep each other accountable! Also please share any tips you have about letting go of fear and shyness. I could use it!


Feb 13, 2017

Positive Vibes in 2017

Hey loves! Happy New Year!! 

Aren't you glad 2016 is over!? Seriously, 2016 was one crazy year. I took a break from blogging in the month of December, that ran over into the month of January. I needed to regroup, re-brand, and relax. My brain was running 1700 miles per minute and it was becoming very overwhelming.

While on break I learned some good tips for blogging and different ways to manage my content. I also took the time to do lots of research, shout out to Mattieologie for that tip! I did so much reading in November and December. Taking ideas from here and there and finding ways to make it my own. 

My new Instagram page is really moving in a good direction. If you guys don't follow me you should, JanishaTravels. Join my travel squad! I have to come up with a name for my readers/followers.

 I have some exciting trips planned this year. I'm already behind on writing about my first trip of the year, but I'm gathering my life. Slowly, but surely lol.

How did you guys spend your new year? I stayed home and relaxed, got mentally prepared for this year. I have already been working on some of my resolutions. Working on a 2017 Travel List as well. My 2015 one was so bad, I don't think I went anywhere on my list. Actually I went to Chicago, Vegas, Dallas AND Houston. I doubted myself lol. I hit three of those cities in 2016.

I will be posting my 2017 Travel List soon. As well as some of my 2017 Goals. I really want to make this the best year yet. I know last year I didn't make a New Year post, resolution or travel list and I honestly believe it had a lot to do the progression of the year for me. I didn't start off with an end goal so I ended the year feeling like I didn't achieve anything. But we'll get into that another time.

I pray 2017 is good to you. Stay positive guys. As one of my favorite Youtubers Terroll Lewis says, "Thoughts become things." So think positively and what you think will come to pass! Love you guys!


2018 Travel List & Goals

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