LENA MARIE LOVES | MAY 2017

Standing in the sunset on Sylt

May has officially come to an end. It was a busy month, but good busy. My semester is over half way mark and the end of semester stress is aggregating, but it’s nothing that my May memories cannot improve! 🙂

Lately, I have been loving…

TO WEAR…

My brand new Adidas Gazelle shoes in the color ice purple! I have a confession: I have fallen victim to a trend. Typically, I try to hold off on trends because I like going my own way, but after a while, they do rub off on me. It seems like Adidas sneakers are everywhere these days. So, I caved and started looking at them myself. I chose these because I personally love that they are suede! The shiny, vinyl-like look of the Superstars is not my thing. I also love this color. I gravitate towards girly colors and the shade ice purple was a very neutral, understated girly tone that I loved. Plus, they are very versatile. I can dress them up with jeans, white denim or black denim or I can channel the athleisure look with leggings.

At the beginning of the month, I also added a new Essie polish to my collection that became my tone for May called “not just a pretty face“. It is a really pretty pink nude tone that says summertime without being in your face.

TO EXERCISE…

By doing Insanity Max 30 and getting OUTSIDE! I finished up Insanity Max 30 midway through the month and chose to measure my progress by taking progress photos! I just posted them on Instagram and Facebook a few days ago! What surprised me the most was the difference between the two photos. I knew I had lost some weight, but the visible difference was eye opening! I just was not aware of the extra weight I had been carrying around when I started.

This month I also spent a lot of time outdoors. While on vacation we spent a lot of time hiking and biking. Plus, with the weather being so lovely, I try to walk places whenever possible!

TO USE…

The Clinique Sonic System, a facial cleansing brush! My skincare routine has stayed pretty much the same, but instead of using my hands to wash my face I now use this brush and I am in LOVE! I did not think my skin could get any softer than when I use an exfoliating face wash, but I was so wrong! This brush really deep cleans my skin, gets all of the dirt and makeup off, and leaves my skin so incredibly smooth.

I use the Acne Solutions Brush Head because I have acne prone skin! I love that there are firm bristles at the top made for your t-zone and the softer bristles at the bottom, made for your cheeks. Washing my face is now something I actually look forward to!

TO READ…

No Excuses! by Brian Tracy! I have another confession to make: I broke my new year’s resolution of reading a book a month… I just started this book a few days ago and have not even made it a quarter of the way through, but I am already in love. It is about the power of self-discipline and even in the first few chapters, has been really eye opening for me. While I would not call myself lazy, I definitely don’t push myself as hard as I possibly can. Yet I want to be successful…

One of my favorite quotes in the book so far is “successful people are willing to pay the price, whatever it is and for as long as it takes, until they achieve the results they desire.” I know I am willing to pay the price, so now I just need to do it!

TO BE GRATEFUL FOR…

Being able to travel with my family! Family life has changed a lot throughout the last few years. From age 5 to 18 my parents gave up everything to take care of others. The vacations we took were to visit family in Germany or maybe a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Yet they instilled into me the value of seeing and experiencing the world. Upon moving to Germany my parents were forced to reinvent themselves. My dad jumped into a new career and my mom went to school to be able to practice her new career. Throughout it all, they supported my educational endeavors, failures, long stints in the US, and were always there for me. Now, we have found ourselves in this big adventure called life and have the opportunity to catch up on family trips. I am extremely thankful for this time with my family before I take the giant leap into leading a life and a future family of my own.

THESE 5 MOMENTS…

As you may have noticed, the “Lena Maries Week” posts are no more. They got old to write, felt like an obstacle I had to overcome every Sunday and I do not think many people cared about what I did every week! Instead, I will highlight my 5 favorite moments of the month in my monthly round-up posts! I hope you like this!

  1. May 6. Meeting up with our old neighbor in Hamburg, Germany before kicking off our week long vacation on Sylt! Check out this blog post to read all about the lovely week we had!
  2. May 11. Out of our whole vacation, I think this day was my favorite. We spent the day biking the island and finished off the day biking along the water. This scene remains vivid in my memory because it just hammered home that I belong wherever water is.
  3. May 21. After several weeks of not seeing each other, I met up with my friend Carla to shoot some photos for our blogs and Instagram pages. I had so much fun taking photos, catching up, and working out together. I feel so lucky to have met such lovely people here!
  4. May 26. My parents and I spent the day running errands in Stuttgart together. My mom picked out a new pair of glasses, I found some new clothes, and we enjoyed gelato on the Schloßplatz together. It made running errands fun and again, this is not something we have always been able to do together!
  5. May 27. We took a day trip to the Zugspitze, which is the highest point in Germany! We had great weather, an impeccable view, and I could cross another thing off of my bucket list!

What did you love throughout the month of May? I hope the month of June is off to a great start for you all!

With love,

Lena Marie

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