Thoughts on Thursday: Things to do in 30 Minutes {or less}


So I know this post may be coming a little after Thursday, but that's because I originally had planned on a totally different weekly feature/post for Thursday, but we will save that one for next week. 

Anyway, I wanted to start doing this feature, although like most weekly features, they will vary from time to time and I won't always stick to the weekly feature, it is just something to keep me on track. So for today, I wanted to do "Thoughts on Thursday" and just share things I think of throughout the week or things I'd like to share. For this week, I wanted to do things you can do in 30 minutes.
So here are 5 things you can do in 30 minutes{or less}:

{Source: Toneitup.com}

1. Workouts- Recently I have been doing the 21 day fix (a BeachBody Program) and each workout is 30 minutes, which has been helpful with my crazy class schedule. But you don't need to buy a fancy program to do a workout that is 30 minutes or under. Youtube has plenty of free workout videos such as this one from ToneItUp.com or this one from Blogilates. You can also buy affordable videos at Target or Walmart for $5 or swap some with friends.

{Source: Me}
2. Read a chapter or two from a book- This is especially great if you have a small break in between classes and you just want to relax (and finally read the book that's been sitting on your nightstand). You can also do this to help you unwind before bed or if you are waiting at an appointment. 

{Source: Me (wearing a mask)}
3. Put on a face mask- This one is fun because you can pamper yourself while getting other stuff done like getting caught up on your DVR or cleaning your room. Some masks say to leave them on for as little as 10 minutes to as much as half an hour. I usually leave mine on until I feel it hardens as much as it can or begins to flake. I love the one's from Lush.

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4. Talking about cleaning your room, why not take 10 to 30 minutes each day to clean your room. I find that when I do this, I actually keep my room clean longer than when I don't. It also means I actually take less time to clean up over all. 

{Source: Buddhagroove.com}
5. Meditate- Seriously! 30 minutes can be the perfect "me" time to reflect on how you feel and tune in to how you are doing that day. This is something I am working on. Life can get overwhelming so to take time to just let go of everything on your mind, that's bliss. It's similar to the whole taking time to read, but this actually helps you get in tune with yourself, not really escape. It also helps clear your mind for better thinking later on.

I hope you enjoyed this little post. Let me know if you think these are doable in 30 minutes or less and if you can think of other things to do in 30 minutes or less.

Love,
Astrid

Books...Thoughts?

Hey guys, again I know I'm behind on posts. I'm trying to catch up after choosing sleep and exercise over blogging, but since I am currently waiting for my food to settle before working out for the day, I decided it was the right time to sit down and blog a little.

Any way (I say that a lot don't I?!), I don't know about you but I LOVE books!! Ever since I was little, I couldn't get enough of them. They were my escape and I loved letting my imagination run wild with them. As I've gotten older though, I've noticed that reading often gets put on the back burner for most of the year except in the summer and winter breaks. The reason for this unfortunate fact is simply there is a lot to do in my everyday life. After having to attend classes and do schoolwork and then going to work and having to do chores and all that other stuff that fills my day, all I want to do is shut my brain off in front of the TV. Now, I know I have the option of curling up with a good book, but the TV seems so tempting because it doesn't really need much focus. I mean really how much energy and attention span is needed to plop down in front of The Real Housewives of Orange County? Not much really.

But I've finally decided to kind of shake off these excuses because I have a stack of untouched books and also because recently things have been spiced up for me in the book department. Now what does that mean exactly, I'm sure your asking. Well it means that I have been spending more time exploring GoodReads lately (I'm pretty new to it, but love it) and also joining some pretty awesome book clubs through Meetup.com as well as through the Toneitup.com community(we girls reach out on instagram/twitter and our group's managed on Facebook). The picture above is one of the rare nights I decided to go to Starbucks, grab my tea and granola, sit down by a window and read a book I'd been slowly progressing through (it's a good book FYI, just hadn't really made the time for it until then).

I love the times I can truly give myself this type of "me" time. I also often take my books to the gym if I know I'll be using the bike or just carry one around in my purse in case I'm in a situation where extreme boredom may otherwise occur. In fact, I've been having a lot more time to read now, or really making more time to read. I actually stayed up till 5 a.m. not too long ago devouring a whole book that I'd found in the iBooks store (careful, this is very dangerous for booklovers' wallets LOL). I actually reviewed this book on
GoodReads as I'm trying to be present on there. The book I read was along the lines of Fifty Shades of Gray and also started as a fanfiction, but I felt had more of a story line (from what I've heard about FSOG) and was called Beautiful Bastard.

This got me to thinking though, maybe you guys may like to read book reviews on here. I mean why not? For those of you who love to read like me, this may be helpful and for me it keeps me blogging and reading at the same time. Let me know in the comments if this is something you may want to see on here.

Books on My Mind,
Astrid