Be-YOU-tifully YOU Project: #39

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Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

This was quite a week to say the least!  It was week 1 of my senior year in college and I was excited to get started! I definitely have my work cut out for me and just finished my 1st book for the program right in time for tomorrow’s class.

I was sick all week long and that cramped my style!  I had a 4-day headache that would not go away and when it finally did, I caught a 2-day head cold, followed by an upset stomach.  I think my body was trying to catch up with all the excitement and process the stress that accumulates when you move and start school.

I joined a gym, but was not able to go for 2 days while I was sick.  I fought it the first day, but on the 2nd day I gave myself permission to rest and recover and it thankfully worked.  I was also well-equipped with my arsenal of hot tea, manuka honey, vitamin C, gluten free crackers, and zicam.

On Wednesday I had a free fitness assessment with a trainer at my gym and was a little thrown off because they kept telling me that when I squat I lean forward too much and my back should be upright like sitting in a chair.  I just cannot figure out how that is possible.  I think I need to lean forward a little bit to counter-balance…

I am enjoying my class, but can already tell that it is going to be intense.  We have a ton of reading.  This past Friday we did not have class and that was such a nice touch especially since I was sick all week.

I felt like I was skating on a thin line between being sick and just feeling lazy and not wanting to go to the gym so on Friday I went to the gym at my college because I knew it would not be busy and I am so glad that I did!  There was only one other person there and I got a good workout in!  My friend April invited me to her CTY Dance class and I did not think that I was up to it, but I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and go and I was SO glad that I did.  April’s class helped me to come alive again.  I did not dance all summer and it was just what I needed!  After dance class I did get a triple tuna sushi roll.  I swear I could eat sushi every damn day if it were an option!

Isn’t it beautiful?

I decided to work off my sushi feast with Zumba and had a total blast!  The instructor even had me dance on stage.  I did not know the song or choreography, but I still had a great time and was smiling from ear to ear!  It was hard to believe that I did 3 workouts after feeling sick all week.

On Saturday I got a haircut and got to catch up with my stylist who I have been going to for the past 6 years!  I was absolutely thrilled with the way she styled my hair!  Keep reading and you will see my new hairdo!!!

After my haircut I went to my friend Marlena’s Triple-Threat Celebration.  She called it that because we were celebrating her graduation, birthday, and going away.  I am so glad that I went and got to catch up with her.  Again I was nervous about going beforehand, but left happy.

That night I desperately wanted carbs, but instead of getting a pizza salad I got an ahi tuna salad bowl which was amazing!  I am proud of myself for resisting temptations time after time!

On Sunday I woke up early and went to my very 1st Buti Yoga class!!!  I have been wanting to do this for years and felt a sense of euphoria afterwards.  It was also taught by Kate who is one of my favorite inspirations and people!!!

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This was Kate and I back in 2015!




  • Create a Bucket-list (my year truly begins in September.)  I am carrying this over to October.
  • Make Time.  This week I made time for myself and got to do things that I have always wanted to do!  Like zumba and Buti yoga!!!
  • Forget about the results.
  • Live Passionately.  Dancing has helped me to be my lively, passionate self once again!
  • Master a new technology.  I am working on it…  I have been kind of busy 😉

Overall, September was a crazy month with so many changes, but it will always be my favorite.  I am looking forward to see what October brings…  Or rather, I am ready to bring my BEST to October.

These are my goals for the month of October and I think they are perfect for where I am at in my life right now!



  • Hone in Focus.
  • Examine True Rules.
  • Stimulate the mind in new ways.

My hectic lifestyle has made me very flighty and I have noticed especially when I am studying that it is hard for me to focus on what I am doing.  When I was reading, I noticed that I was still ready, but my mind was thinking about a bunch of other things.  I need to hone in my focus.

I am setting an intention for the month of October and that intention is: CONSISTENCY.  I am going to be consistent with my studies, nutrition, workouts, sleep, and overall health.

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for I present: My Hair ❤


Here is my weekly: Be-YOU-tifully YOU pic ❤

And if you are still reading right now; thank you.  I love you.  I feel so honored to be able to share my stories and experiences with you ❤ Thank you for continuing to follow me and read about my adventures!!!

Have you set an intention for the month of October?  If so, please comment below to share!  I would love to cheer you on!!!

Be Real.  Be True.  Be-YOU-tifully YOU.

❤ Alana Xoxoxo

4 thoughts on “Be-YOU-tifully YOU Project: #39

  1. Squats, sushi, and gorgeous hair. What a fun and enthusiastic blog post 🎉💜 Trust me, squats are so confusing but once you get it, they’re addicting! Also I might need to prioritize sushi in my week 😅 Having a great week!

    1. Thanks Lady! Yes, it was a great week. Okay, I won’t give up on the squats! And yes! You should totally get some sushi! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will have an amazing week!!!

      ❤ Alana

  2. Ugh, a four day headache sounds horrendous! Well done for giving yourself time to recover and get back well again. Great post, thanks for sharing!

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