• Miranda Turner

I tried to fight it... I really tried my best, but it's happened. I am obsessed with mules! For those asking, a mule is a style of shoe that has no back or constraint around the foot's heel. This summer, I have already bought 3 pairs of mules and gifted myself a few pairs from my mother's closet. (lol) They can be worn as the cutest accessory to a casual summer outfit, or the finishing touch to an evening look. Mules are unique and trendy shoes which are very easy to style. They became popular in Spring 2019, with the signature block heel mule. They have completely taken over the shoe world with flats, thin heel, block heel and bootie mules.

Since, COVID-19 took over our reality one benefit I've noticed is a reduce is retail prices! The sales prices are jumping, and this is great time to buy that item you've been eyeing. Below is a list of adorable mules, ALL ON SALE; no shoe on the list is over $50!

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  • Miranda Turner

Updated: Jun 26

Ok so let's discuss health! You know what they say, health is wealth... and I couldn't agree more.

About 2 years ago I started my fitness journey. I became very serious about going to the gym, and working out. Once I graduated, and began working full-time I found I had a lot less time and energy to go to the gym. Having less time to workout, made me examine how healthy and active I was on my moments outside the gym.

Working out is such a great tool for living a healthier life but it can be hard to balance with life and constant responsibilities. If you don't have the time, money, energy, or whatever it might be to get to the gym consistently right now then I recommend you try adopting a few of my healthy lifestyle practices! These are easy, time and cost efficient ways to stay healthy and feel active.

1.) Strive for steps

Walking is one of the easiest and most underrated forms of exercise. I love that you can work and engage your muscles without breaking a sweat or exhausting yourself. If you're like me and have a desk job... then you might be shocked to see how few steps you walk during your day. Challenge yourself to spend 10 minutes at the end of lunch

walking! It'll kick start your digestive process, give you more energy for the second half of the day, and keep you active!

2.) H20 or bust

I try to only drink water. Once a week or so I may have a Coke or Lemonade at dinner but 99% of the time a water with lemon is my drink of choice! This has been huge for me in controlling my calorie intake. Reduce the amount of sugary drinks you consume, and you’ll definitely feel a difference!

3.) Snack time

So, I know the new trend is intermittent fasting. And for some I have seen it work wonders however for me this is not a trend that my body prefers. for me I prefer to be constantly eating. I carry fruit and other healthy snack options in my purse, just like your mom used to do growing up. Healthy snacking keeps your metabolism going throughout the day, and is filling to help curve the desire to eat unhealthy foods! I love having apple slices or grapes!

4.) Stairmaster

This one is pretty simple... STOP using the elevator if you’re only going 1 or 2 floors up. My new office building is 4 floors total so unless I’m going from floor 1 to floor 4; I take the stairs. It’s easy way to pick up your heart, and work on your calves.

5.) Semi-Veggie

My final tip is to try and go vegetarian for one meal, a day! I found this was easiest for me around lunch time. I love soup and salads! So instead of soup and sandwhich... try opting for a vegetable based meal. Cutting out the excess carbs and fats will have you energized and feeling healthier!

Thank you for reading! I hope some of these easy, everyday lifestyle changes can help you to feeling better about yourself inside and out. I will be posting workouts in 2020 so make sure to keep your eyes peeled! Make sure to subscribe to my blog for post notifications and go check out my YouTube Channel for more fashion styles, beauty tips, and lifestyle hacks! Add my blog to your bookmarks to always have access to tips in fashion, health, fitness, beauty, and more. Feel free to email or DM me for collab!

Bye with Grace

  • Miranda Turner

So I haven't blogged in months. I haven't been able to blog in months. This summer, while the sun was shining, and birds were chirping... I was struggling with a major depressive episode. Heading into fall, I really wanted to engage more with my blog but still found myself struggling to find the will power to create.

However, today is World Mental Health Day; and I saw this as a great time to be honest with my own mental health struggles.

For those who don't know, I was diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder and Depression when I was a junior in high-school. If you were to tell me back in 2016 that this would be information I would one day feel comfortable enough to share on the internet; I wouldn't have believed you. My diagnosis of Depression and Anxiety was extremely isolating. I felt crazy and out of control. I felt as though any chance I had at "normalcy" was out of the window. I felt defective.

If I could describe Anxiety into an experience... imagine, stressing all day about a test, being unable to focus on studying because your brain has catastrophized the task at hand to seem unmanageable, and then being unable to fall asleep because you feel that come morning you'll be a failure. Now, pair that experience simultaneously with Depression. After being awake all night, unable to study, and probably having an anxiety attack or two; you finally fall asleep at 5/6am. Physically, you can't wake up and take your test. So when you do finally wake up in the afternoon the feelings of being failure seem to tie your to the bed.

That experience is applicable to any situation, not just school. Socially making plans you want to be apart of but that you physically can't attend because Depression and Anxiety consume all your energy. Or even something as small as cleaning your room or washing your hair... Anxiety makes the task unmanageable thus unaccomplished; and depression makes you feel worthless for not completing the the task.

The cycle repeats, and repeats itself everyday; until it consumes you and you lose track of how long you've felt this way.

The negativity, and isolation I felt around my diagnoses followed me until I was a sophomore in college. It took a failing semester freshman year for me to open my eyes to the fact I could not wish nor will away my illnesses. I could not stop my brain from spiraling into an anxiety attack or depressive episode. I could not pray my brain into hoping my suicidal thoughts would stop. I could not hope and wish myself into being "normal."

I loved my university, and I knew that was where I wanted to be. However, what you know logically and what you feel emotionally DO NOT always align. So at 18, I decided to work to align what I knew, and what I felt.

I challenged myself to try and be healthier and happier. I determined myself to learn to love the person I was born as; and that is a person with Depression and Anxiety. As someone who also suffered from Asthma, I would never deny myself an inhaler if my chest was tight. So, I stopped denying myself the medications my brain needed to have the proper chemical levels. I stopped feeling like a failure because I needed accommodated testing conditions. I stopped comparing my normal, to societal standards of normalcy. I stopped hiding from my peers that I see a therapist every week.

Now, I don't want this to just seem like one day I woke up, and willed myself into being healthier. I must repeat, because none of this was easy... that I CHALLENGED MYSELF. Every day was different and brought new challenges. Some days, I layed in bed, depressed, and sobbed; sometimes multiple days in a row. However, the real challenge was learning to accept and love myself and all my challenges.

The real challenge I am still trying to accomplish. However, with every day and every therapy session it gets a little easier and more manageable. When you start to feel better, it becomes easier to continue to feel better, do better, and do more!

My solemn advice for damn-near every human being is to go to therapy. The growth I have experienced emotionally, mentally, socially, and professionally make therapy priceless. I have learned how to cope with my diagnosis, how to be productive, and how to be happier. Do not deny yourself access to doctors, medication, or anything that will help you process mentally or emotionally.

In our society we ostracize and isolate people with mental illnesses. We paint it as a deficiency in the person. However, if my leg was broken you would tell me to get a cast; and if I was a diabetic you would encourage me to take insulin. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE IN MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES!

In closing, please get the help you need to be the happiest and highest functioning person you can be. You are not alone. You are stronger than your diagnosis. You are normal in every way you were meant to be. I am hoping this very long post can help someone. I hope it will encourage people to find a good therapist. I hope it will help me feel less anxious, and allow me to get back to creating. Finally, I hope that on World Mental Health Day you take a moment to check-in on yourself; and show yourself some love.

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