Melinda Gale

Fitness & Lifestyle

Weekly Roundup 2.23.2018

It's been 100 years since I've done a weekly roundup but I thought I would share a few of my favorite articles from this week to help get you through your Friday/weekend!

Read any amazing articles this week? Let me know in the comments!

Weekend In Review: Fashion Shows, Galas, and Tar Heel Wins

This is a week late but....

The past few weeks have been non-stopped for me and last weekend was no exception. My schedule has been filled, morning, noon, and night with workouts, hangouts, and work events. This year, I am attempting to say "yes" to more activities and while I am getting little sleep, I am having the best time. 

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Sneak Peek at Kendra Scott's Spring 2018 Collection

I was lucky enough to be able to attend a preview party for Kendra Scott's Spring 2018 Collection at the Kendra Scott store in North Hills this past Sunday and y'all, I fell in love. I've always heard of Kendra Scott and how everyone was obsessed with her pieces but have never gone to the store. When I was invited to preview the line, I jumped at the chance.

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Stick To Your New Years Resolutions with Explore Cuisine!

 With delicious spaghetti's made from chickpeas, lentils, black beans, edamame and more, Explore Cuisine offers an easy way for everyone to celebrate this foodie holiday while still sticking to those healthy New Year's resolutions.

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So WTF Is A Salt Cave?

You guys know I am all about different holistic treatments, ESPECIALLY if I can get a Groupon deal on them. *insert Honey Boo Boo coupon queen gif here* Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Himalayan salt is all the rage right now. Salt lamps, Himalayan Salt for food, and then, of course, Salt Caves.

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Ride Like A Star at CycleBar!

Do you really hate me for that horrible post title? Because don't worry. I hate myself for it. Anyway, you guys know I always try to keep it 100000% real with ya which is why I am going to open this with a confession: I really hate spin. So if I hate spin so much, why do I subject myself to the classes? Because I know that I am going to burn a million calories and feel great after. 

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Closing out 2017

Full disclosure: it's been a terrible mental health day and I also hate New Year's Eve. 

Maybe it's this time of year, maybe it's too much family time, maybe it's the fact that I have been alone a ton but I just basically shut down today. Mental health is a fickle beast. The holidays always make it harder so I try my best just to power through. Everything had been okay until last night. That familiar insomnia mixed with nightmares and anxiety. By 7:00 AM, I felt like I had been run over by a truck. I skipped both church services this morning. I didn't even get out of bed and shower until 3:00 PM and that was only because I absolutely needed groceries. Once I got to the grocery store, all of the sounds had me in such a panic I wanted to crawl out of my skin or burst into tears. I put on my headphones and played a sound bath playlist on Spotify. The music helped but I still felt like I was walking around like a zombie. I ran a few more errands and then came home. It was about 25 degrees out which generally I would hate but this time, I was just glad I could feel something. Dramatic, but that's depression. A numbness that comes and goes without warning. 

Every year, I write some social post about how last year was the actual worst but the next year will be better. But with each year comes its own set of trials, heartbreaks, and lows. No year is perfect. No life is perfect. Nothing is perfect. That's a hard truth to swallow. Sure you can repeat it over and over to yourself but it never really sinks in, not for me at least. My therapist says that I am always waiting for the one thing that feels just out of reach to solve all of my problems. The perfect relationship, the perfect job, the perfect home, the perfect body. But those things don't always happen and even if they did, I will always have anxiety and depression. I will always have demons to fight. I will always have this nagging feeling that I am not good enough. I will always have a little bit of self-hatred in there somewhere. And that's okay. I know these dark clouds pass. The sun always comes back out. So my goal for 2018 is to really remember that. The lowest of lows will always be followed by the highest of highs. I've been through 30 years of bullshit that will equip me to handle almost anything. I can survive and I will survive, it just won't always be a walk in the park. If 2018 doesn't bring the perfect romance, massive amounts of money, and exciting opportunities, that's okay. I just have to do the best I can. If I keep my body healthy, my mind will be healthy. If I remember to take care of myself, I can take care of others. If I show love, I will receive love. If I am kind to myself, I can be kinder to others. 

We've got this. I've got this. 

My Current Faves + Life Update

It's Christmas time and you're likely racking your brain trying to figure out what to buy for your friends and family. However, you can't forget to TREAT YO SELF! Here is a few of my fave items that I highly suggest purchasing for yourself this holiday season! 

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Melinda's Ultimate (And Lazy) Guide to Juicing

I jumped on the juicing train about 5 years ago when my former boss gave me a juicer for my birthday. My loyalty, however, comes in waves. This week while on basic house arrest due to my kidney procedure, I found 4 different juicing documentaries on Netflix and convinced myself I would die by the age of 32 if I didn't start juicing again.

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Namaste on a Budget

I have a love-hate relationship with yoga. I love yoga, but I hate how much membership fees at most yoga studios cost. It can be hard to get your namaste on when all you can think about is how much your bank account is hurting. Sure, there are affordable online options out there but being the extrovert that I am, I prefer a class setting. While battling a few different health problems lately, yoga is my best option in terms of working out. Because of this, I have had to research class options that won't break the bank. 

Thankfully for me, Raleigh is a city who loves yoga and has tons of affordable options.

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Recipe: Roasted Acorn Squash + Burrata Mozzarella + Garlic Brown Butter Pecans + Salsa Verde

Fall is here and that means it's time to break out that hearty recipes! Miami’s own Chef Adrianne Calvo, owner of the highly acclaimed Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, and author of four cookbooks, including Maximum Flavor Social – shares a vibrant recipe for a fall favorite: Acorn Squash.

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Floral Design with SkillPop Raleigh

When it comes to flowers, I have #thoughts. Mostly, it's just a massive jealousy because guys I dated never sent me flowers, or because I think roses are boring and overpriced. However, over the past few years, I have learned to love going to Trader Joes or Whole Foods to buy all kinds of different flowers and create arrangements at home. There's one tiny problem, I have not a damn clue what I am doing. After weeks of lurking SkillPop, I decided I would bite the bullet and take a floral arrangement class. 

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TURTLE POWER! - Turtle Time at Carolina and Kure Beach, N.C.

It¹s "turtle time" again at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach! Want to plan a quick summer getaway that is as relaxing as it is fulfilling and educational? Look no further than Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, North Carolina, where you can enjoy a classic beach vacation while gaining the one-of-a-kind experience of helping endangered Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings. ­

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