• Individuality

    Individuality. I feel like that word is more like a sentence. Let’s face it, sometimes it can be hard to be yourself. Maybe you feel like your jokes aren’t funny enough, your stories aren’t exciting or you don’t fit a type that you “think” you should fit. This is what I refer to as toxic thinking. These are thoughts that you should throw out of your mind immediately and not let them come back. Ever. This is where the concept of individuality comes into play. I love the fact that everyone is so unique. It can be hard to be yourself, and sometimes, it takes time to grow and bloom into who…

  • Looking Up

    It is freezing outside and the roads are covered in ice, but that didn’t stop me from venturing outside. I love the outdoors, so I do my best to go outside, even if the air hurts my face. Today, I went for a walk and it was so beautiful and relaxing. The weather conditions were not ideal, but I wanted to go for a walk regardless. As I began my walk, I looked at the frosted trees, the icy road and the gentle snowflakes that were falling from the sky. I kept walking and got to the frozen lake, where the air was really hurting my face now (but I pretended it didn’t bother…

  • Casually Christiana’s Plan For 2017

    I hope you all had a wonderful new year. It’s 2017, wow! I have a lot of ideas in store for 2017 for Casually Christiana, and I wanted to give you all a little sneak peak into what you can expect and look forward to this year. Woo hoo! Wellness & Health One area I plan to focus on this year are more posts on wellness and heath. I think it is such an important topic to talk about because we ALL know what it’s like to feel stressed and overwhelmed. I am planning on talking about more ways to relax and de-stress. Also, I am planning on having a…

  • Holiday Life Lessons

    Wow, how is Christmas over already? Where in the world did the holiday weekend go? I feel like I blinked and it was over. Life just goes by too fast and I wish it would slow down. This holiday weekend was busy, but extremely fun and memorable. Nic and I split up the holiday and spent time with each of our families and it was wonderful being able to see everyone during this special weekend. I love seeing family and I am very close to them, so being able to spend time with my family as well as Nic’s warmed my heart in many ways. In addition to spending time with…

  • A Thanksgiving Reminder

    This blog will be short. I wanted to write a quick post to all of my readers reminding them of something important. This Thanksgiving, when you’re enjoying the wonderful holiday with family and friends, take a moment to think of your friends, neighbors, family or coworkers. Is there someone you know who doesn’t have a place to go for Thanksgiving? Does your neighbor live alone, and you have a suspicion they may be celebrating the holiday alone? Stop by. Send them a note. Give them a call. Invite them. Not sure if someone has plans? Ask them anyway. Give thanks and spread love. Don’t forget about others this holiday season. Also,…

  • Growth

    I’ve come to realize more and more that growth is a journey that isn’t quick but happens in the blink of an eye. Is that confusing? Let me explain my logic. I grew a lot during my college years. I became more studious, found the love of my love, figured out what area of study I was passionate about, began running more often and so on. To me, this all signified growth in various ways. When I started graduate school, I saw myself growing in different ways. I realized it was OK not to be perfect and that it was ok to get curve balls thrown your way. Yes, it sounds awfully cliche…

  • Waiting

    Something I’ve realized is that often, we wait for something to pass. We may wait for Friday, wait for the week to be done or wait for the weekend. Sometimes, it’s good to wait for things. I love waiting for holidays, birthdays, travel adventures and so on. However, I’m not talking about that kind of waiting. What happens when we wait for Friday? We may forget to enjoy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. What happens when we wait for a week to be over with? We may forget to enjoy the good things that have happened that week. Life is so short, and waiting for things to happen while not enjoying…

  • 5 Ways To Have A Better Day

    It’s a good day to have a good day, right? Sometimes, it’s hard to have a good day. Whether it’s a hectic schedule, a gloomy day or just overall stress, it can be hard to find that ray of sunshine. However, I have come up with 5 ways that can help you have a better day. 1. Do something for someone As Audrey Hepburn said, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” This couldn’t be more accurate. Doing something for someone else will not only fill your heart with joy, it will fill their day with love. It…

  • Training Your Mind

    Training my mind is something I have been working on. I have a tendency to overthink situations and many times, create scenarios in my head that aren’t even true. This leads to negative outcomes, such as worrying and being stressed about situations that I don’t need to be stressed about to begin with. Therefore, it’s critical to train your mind to stop overthinking and start thinking positively. I’m a very positive person. I always look on the bright side of situations, look for the best in people and enjoy the simple things in life. However, I let overthinking get to me sometimes. The good news about that is that it can be…