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My First Blog Post

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

Low Productivity should not = guilt.

I’ll be real. I put a lot of my worth in how productive I am. It’s a barrier to my mental health that I struggle with daily. Some days, the pressure I put on myself to succeed can be overwhelming and I have to ground myself. Today, I found out that my brother and his wife are having a baby. This will make me an aunt to 12. How beautiful is that? This news really made me take a step back and understand what is important to me. We are only on this planet for a limited amount of time. It’s crazy to me that I, and others get so caught up in how hard we are working that we lose sight of life’s greatest gifts. If you’ve ever felt this way, please know that you’re not alone. You’re also doing great, and you don’t have to say yes to taking on that project you know you can’t complete. You don’t have to go out with friends every night. You don’t have to constantly be running around. Take some time to yourself this week and jot down what means the most to you. Give these areas of your life your attention. Doing this from time to time really helps me when I feel inadequate for not completing a work task or studying for school. I hope this can help you as well. Xoxo The Holistic Chick.

Let's Chat about Nutrition…

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Took a couple days off to focus on family, but I’m back to bring you a belated fitness Friday (on Saturday) 

Let’s chat about nutrition. This topic is so polarizing in the fitness community. Here’s my take: eat what you want, in moderation. I know…crazy. Yes, I eat carbs. Yes, I eat fats. Yes, I eat chocolate!! The methods I follow are called “intuitive eating” and “If it fits your macros.” I want it to be made known that I am in no way a nutritionist. This is just works for me! Intuitive eating is eating only when you’re hungry, and macro counting is getting a number (in grams) about how many carbs, fats, and protein you should consume in a day for your body and activity level. Scientifically speaking, you should lose weight and tone up while eating this way. Sometimes I go over my macros, and that’s OK! You won’t gain 10 pounds in a day, or even a week. That will only happen if you consistently go over macros with poor food choices. I hope this has been helpful, keep in mind, results vary for everyone.

Let's get Fit!

Hellloooo! It’s #fitnessfriday which I know a lot of you were excited about. Let me start out by saying, I am NOT an expert on fitness or nutrition. I am very new to the fitness world and I’m still figuring everything out! I use fitness as an outlet for my mental health. It makes me feel good! @juliealedbetter inspired me to start honoring my body with movement every day. Whether that be a workout, a walk, or parking farther away. I no longer see working out as a chore, I see it as something that helps my body. You would be surprised how much that mindset shift can change your entire composition.

Today, I wanted to explain my current split. I try to go to the gym at least 5 times a week. (Obviously life happens and sometimes it’s less) That’s ok! I currently do two leg and glute days, two arms and back, and one day dedicated to cardio 

You may be wondering where abs fit in. I always complete ab exercises at the end of my workout. Abs recover quickly, so you can work them every day! Abs also come from the kitchen, and while doing ab exercises definitely develops them, nutrition is crucial. (More on this next week) I will make a post that focuses solely on my ab exercises real soon.

My exercise is being performed with heavier weight because I have consistently increased weight over the past 3 months. If you are just starting, you can use less weight with more reps! My rule of thumb: if I can complete 12 reps of any weighted exercise, I increase the weight. 

-Deadlift 4×4

-Leg press (highest weight possible, until failure)

-Split Squats (These can be performed on a bench. I use 15 lb weights in each hand) 8 each leg.

-hip thrusts with barbell (these are hard, I can usually only do 10 or so)

-banded glute bridges (Until failure)

-banded lying leg raises (20 each leg)

-banded donkey kicks (10 each leg)

-banded sumo squats (until failure)

-kettlebell swing (until failure)

That’s it! The key part of weight training is steadily increasing weight and surprising your body. I hope y’all liked this fitness Friday.

4 Daily Habits That Will Change Your Life

  1. 30 min-1 hour of movement each day. Example: working out, taking a walk, parking farther away.
  2. Drink half an ounce to an ounce of water for each pound you weigh
  3. Get 8 hours of sleep
  4. Complete 5 minutes of meditation

Believe it or not, small changes in your life can completley transform how you feel. Before I started working out, drinking water, and getting enough sleep, I was low energy, my face was always broken. out, and I was depleted. Small tasks were a chore, and life was becoming so repetitive that I didn’t have much to look forward to. I try to do these four things every day, and I can genuinely say it’s made me a better person. Give them a try and let me know what you think! Xoxo The Holistic Chick

Introducing "The Holistic Chick!"

Hi friends! As my time as an intern at Distinguished Young Women ends, I was left needing a creative outlet. I always thought I had the potential to be a “blogger,” but I was always too insecure to put myself out there. This year, I started really focusing on being who I want to be and doing what I love regardless of what others think. Hence, The Holistic Chick was born. The Holistic Chick is the name of my instagram blog. It focuses on fitness and mental health tips, and also touches on me navigating my life holistically as a college student. I post every week day and my categories are #MentalHealthMonday, #TipTuesday, #WellnessWednesday, #ThoughtfulThursday, and #fitnessfriday. My upcoming personal blogs will be some of the content I have shared thus far on my instagram. My instagram handle is @the_holistic_chick_ if you feel inclined to follow me 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

Website Accessibility

Making your website accessible to your viewers can be tricky. According to W3.org, “Accessibility is essential for developers and organizations that want to create high quality websites and web tools, and not exclude people from using their products and services.

I agree with this statement. Accessibility is a basic human right. Here are a few steps I will include in my website to address this.

  1. Alternative Text for Images. A description of photos will help the blind that can not see a photo.
  2. Transcripts for audio. A transcript of a video will help the deaf understand what is being said.

An example of access and accessibility not discussed in this module: Using bright colors that pass accessibility contrast level requirements. (Internetrix.com)

Email Filters and Email Etiquette September 26th

For this week’s module, we had to create an email filter. Before this module, I had no idea email filter’s even existed. For my filter, I chose to filter out all of my emails from Becky Counselmen. She sends scholarship and internship information. I thought having this in another folder would be helpful for me to access! The process of creating a filter was quite simple. There are few steps. I think having this filter will help me going forward because I won’t lose great opportunities in the jumble of the hundreds of emails I receive a day. Source: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/6579?hl=en

Email to professor:

Good afternoon, Dr. Bishop. My name is Maddie Dozier. I am in your Digital Writing and Production course at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday. I am emailing you today to inform you that I will have to leave lab early next week. I understand that it is my responsibility to complete the required coursework and I will have it completed before our next class. Thank you in advance for understanding. If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to respond to this email. Best, Maddie Dozier

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September 19th Website Illustration

Hello all! For this week, we were asked to draft what our website may look like. Here is a sample of what I’m thinking for my first four pages. During this process, I realized a lot goes into a website. The lines need to be straight, the colors need to match well, and you above all, you need good content. I did learn that making a draft and mapping out my website gave me a better idea of my vision. This excites me as I feel like I have a clear plan in place now. In the video this week, there were some tips listed to help with the organization of a website.

Tip #1: “Your homepage is the window to your brand and to your content.” I agree with this statement. If your homepage is bland and uninviting, why would anyone want to see the rest of your work>

Tip #2: You don’t necessarily need lots of “flash.” This is true. While some websites warrant more flashy images, clear and clean layouts and colors attract an audience as well.

Tip #3: “You should have some engagement media on your homepage.”

Tip #4: “Think of your website homepage in sections.” Doing so will help your readers. Too much jumble and they will get lost. This will lead to lower engagement.

Tip #5: Have a place where viewers can immediately put their information in. This tip is why I decided to add a Q & A box to my contact page. Interacting with your readers is crucial to your website’s success.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=t14MwuWH_ts

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