Meet Majda! Isn’t she beautiful? She’s only 21 years “young” and such a bright, sweet and delightful young woman.
Majda is currently a double major at the University of North Florida studying both Finance and Marketing. Majda is also employed full-time as a product marketing generalist for a local company. She loves the outdoors and being on the water! In her spare time, Majda enjoys “hanging out” with her friends, meeting new people, reading and going on any sort of adventure!
Majda shared a few tips that have helped her stay healthy and well:
- Drink As Much Water As Possible Throughout The Day! Put the soda and coffee down! Water helps to naturally detox your body, it clears your skin, and overall gives you a lot more energy. It’s hard at first, but don’t get discouraged. I was accustomed to drinking maybe 2 – 3 water bottles a day, but the trick is to slowly increase your water intake throughout the week and in no time you will be up to your goal of about 7 – 8 water bottles per day. I usually try to drink 3 by noon, 2 while I’m at the gym, and so on. Find whatever way works for you, just keep hydrating!”
- Cut Down on Sugar. Talk about a challenge! I think I love chocolate more than anything in the world. But like all great things in life, moderation is key; too much of any good thing can be bad. So, choose your snacks wisely. Instead of eating a whole box of cookies, treat yourself to one cookie for going to the gym, or for studying, or for whatever else you did well that week.
- Majda’s Exercise and Workout Routine. I think the hardest part about exercising is actually making it to the gym. We’re humans, and we’re busy! At times, we are downright lazy. But as long as you get your booty into a gym, from there, it can be easy and fun! I work out a couple times a week, but I’m still trying to get myself in the habit of going more often. I love, love, love working out abs, it’s my absolute favorite routine! Arms and legs are great too. I think I just love the feeling of being sore for the next two days. I do low weight/high reps right now and will eventually transition to do max weight/low reps. Just keep me away from any sort of cardio! My ultimate goal is to gain a few pounds of muscle, so I can look super toned; hello summer!
Majda believes that great health means being emotionally and mentally healthy, too. These are a few tips that have helped her.
- Make Grateful Lists. This is something I learned from the book, “The Secret”. Oftentimes we take for granted all the wonderful things in our lives. We let the negatives outweigh the positives, but we have to stop that. You’d be surprised how much this can affect your mood and, inevitably, your whole day. So at some point, make a mental list of all the things you are grateful for. I try to do this daily, right before I go to sleep. Here’s an example: “I’m grateful for my family/friends, my upcoming vacation, Ryan Gosling, etc.”
- Surround Yourself With All Kinds of Wonderful People! This includes family, friends, peers, etc. Befriend everyone. Yes, I mean everyone. Ok, maybe not serial killers, but you know what I mean. Share your happiness with every individual you come in contact with. You never know what kind of connections you can make with a simple compliment or conversation. Share stories, laughs, deep thoughts, even just a few words. Get to know people. Know their stories, find what makes them smile and ask why. Every person is worth getting to know, for one reason or another, so be friends with everyone! I guarantee you, expand your circle, and it will change your life for the better!
I asked Majda to share if she has ever been unhealthy or felt as though she wasn’t living a “healthy lifestyle.” She shared, ”I jokingly tell my friends that turning 21 was the best and worst thing that happened to me last year. As soon as I could legally drink, I was at the bars several times a week. Sure, I had an absolute blast every time I went out, but it started to take a toll on my body. I was always tired, I felt sick, my skin wasn’t as clear, my abs weren’t as tight, and my overall health was starting to decline from such a party lifestyle. So…queue the moderation! I quickly realized that my health was more important, so I toned it way down. Sure I will have a drink once in a while, but I’m definitely not chugging beers and taking shots!”
I asked her how she feels today and she shared, “Today is a new day, and it’s a great day. We are always given a choice of how we want to feel. I’ve always been an over-analyzer, but for the past few weeks, I let negative thoughts into my head. I knew it had to stop, so by talking to the amazing people in my life, I quickly realized that my thoughts are only as good as I want them to be. Why worry? Why stress? Why dwell? Happiness is the key. Find happiness in everything that you do, in every person you meet, in every situation you are in. Every day, find it, feel it, speak it, share it. That is the true secret to not only a good day, but a great life.”
Thank you, Majda, for sharing your story and about your mental, emotional and physical heath! You have a lot of wisdom at such a young age!
Until next time…
Your friend, Clare.