ups and downs

Can I be completely candid here? Sometimes, life gets the best of us. It knocks you down, and kicks you while you're still struggling to get up. That's how my week has been. I got sick, faced adversity and challenges at work, and coughed up $250 for a brand new tire (my second new tire in a little over a month -- let's just say my sporty coupe isn't built well for Nebraska winters). And it's only Thursday.

Admittedly I've been feeling really sorry for myself and I've been throwing myself quite the pity party. Getting sick sucks. Feeling overwhelmed sucks. Shelling out $250 for a tire you don't want (but need) sucks. But in these situations when I'm down and out, I get to thinking that there's only two options of how to proceed: keep sulking, or do what you can to make it better.

Easier said than done, I know. But it's times like these when I have to force myself to be conscious and aware of everything -- from my emotions to my choices to my actions. In short, ask yourself: what can I do to make today go a little more smoothly? What will bring me a sense of peace and comfort? How can my life be intentional instead of reactional?

For those who don't know, moving back to Nebraska a year and a half ago was a difficult and tough decision for me. Nebraska wasn't necessarily where I saw myself at this stage in my life. I was grateful for an excellent opportunity to further my career and to grow as a professional, but I was also a bit disappointed that I would wind up back in my hometown after I'd worked so hard to leave it. In the time since, there have been ups and downs. The main ups have been this blog, which has helped me find my voice, and fitness, which has helped me find my strength and endurance.

That brings me to Zaelie Collection. What I love most about Zaelie is its message of empowerment. Zaelie is "the passionate woman who believes in herself above all else." Moreover, the brand is inspired by the idea that "yoga and fitness is meant to be healing," and thus clothing should reflect that. Zaelie apparel is handmade in Brooklyn, New York and features some of the most comfortable, functional, and stylish activewear I've come across to date.

I'm so honored and humbled to be collaborating with Zaelie, and to be offering my readers an exclusive discount on their Zaelie Collection purchase. Use promo code 2015 at checkout to receive 25% off your purchase. Discount is good through 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, Jan. 11.

Here's to fresh starts, positivity, and seeing the light no matter how dark it seems to get.

Halter: Zaelie Collection (c/o)

Legging: Zaelie Collection

Hoodie: Zaelie Collection

Shoes: Nike

Mekita Rivas