Should You Change Your Blog’s Name?

I hope you can all tell by now that I’ve definitely made some changes to my blog. I’ve cleaned up what I’ve could, refreshed the look, and have shifted my content. Perhaps, only for my own personal preference. However, I try to make this site as relatable and transparent as possible which is why I wanted to come on a talk about why I’ve made the changes I have and more importantly why I renamed the blog “TheNatalieLynn.com“.

“Change is good”

So recently, I’ve been feeling very uninspired and when I feel that way I try to counter act it by trying a bunch of new things all at once. I didn’t like the content I was putting out and I hated how lazy I became. If the stuff I put out wasn’t 100% to my liking, I wouldn’t ever post it. Which is how it should be right? But what if everything I wanted to publish needed to be perfect? It just wasn’t possible and my blog kind of fell off for a bit.

I came to the conclusion just last week, that my blog name “ChiGoalDigger.com” had nothing to do with who I was today. It gave the feeling that:

1. I live in downtown Chicago (which shocker, I do not)

2. That I’m reaching towards something and being hella successful.

Ehhh. I guess the second one is true. I mean I do really care about positivity, success, motivation and all that stuff. But I am only human and I wanted to share more than just the ups with my audience. I want to share my lows, the highs, and everything in between. I really want this site to be a platform for what I stand for. Ultimately, the name just didn’t fit and quite frankly just sounded so unfamiliar to me.

If you’re in the same boat. If you feel like what you’re creating isn’t puzzle piecing together just right…try something else! Being relevant is one thing but finding something you’re willing to pour your heart into is another.

Natural Ways To Deal With Stress

Stress is something I’m sure all of us deal with either on a daily, weekly, monthly or rare basis. If you’re like me and stress about nearly everything…these tips are for you! It’s not good to always feel worrisome and overwhelmed – try something down below and see if it helps!

Eucalyptus

Trader Joe’s sells Eucalyptus in bundles for very inexpensive. I’d say I spent under $5 for mine! I love to tie it up in a hot shower to clear my sinuses + makes me feel super calm.

Essential Oils

So many people have found a remedy for their stress by using essential oils. Personally, I haven’t explored them enough to be an expert but I have tried a few like lavender that have definitely helped me feel less-annoyed and concentrated on my day.

Honey & Bananas

Bananas are known to have something called tryptophan. This protein gets converted in the body to serotonin which helps you relax and feel overall more content. I eat a banana in the morning almost every day just to keep my mood going in the right direction.

Honey mixed with chamomile tea before bed has also helped aid my stress. A teaspoon is just enough to get myself in a calm state. Not entirely sure if honey is scientifically proven to have anti-anxiety/stress-free benefits but it sure works for me.

Running

Cardio is hardio, we all know this. But there’s something about running a mile or two that just makes me feel 10x better about whatever is going on in my life. When you exercise, your moving your body and focusing on that, nothing else. It’s calming when you’ve only got one thing to focus on!

Breathing Techniques & Meditation

Taking a few deep breaths or spending some time alone can help you sort out your thoughts on a personal level. I like taking a couple of minutes to unplug from my surroundings and just be.

Indulge

There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a little bit of something good when you’re overwhelmed. Find a healthy snack that you love and can go-to when you need to calm down.

Listening To Soothing Sounds

Take a walk outside or use a sound machine and listen to soothing chirps, waves, or rain. There are even a few apps out there that can bring the outdoors to you!

Declutter

I’ve found a lot of comfort in decluttering my home lately. Removing items that I have no use for anymore and reorganizing really helps clear my mind. This is perfect to do on a cold winter day too!

Taking A Bath

Find the time to treat yourself by taking a long, hot, bath. I’ll light a few candles and prep my tub with some of my favorite bubble bath – always makes me feel less stressed and relaxed.

reading a book in a bubble bath

Himalayan Salt Lamps

I’m sure most of you have heard of these beauties before. The negative salt ions that are produced under heat from the lamp can boost blood flow, calm allergies, and improve sleep. I keep one right next to my bed and turn it on when I start my night routine.

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Inexpensive Gift Ideas For Men

Couldn’t forget about the men in our lives! Whether it’s a boyfriend, husband, brother, or father one of these gifts is sure to put a smile on their face. I’ve created a list of everyday items, must-haves during the winter months, and ya know guy things I think would be great for the boys we know and love! Feel free to add to this list in the comments below!

1) Trendy Passport Holder

Does your guy love to travel? The perfect gift for him would be a passport or wallet. Perfect for that person who’s always on the go! Keep em organized and ready for adventure with this trendy blue marble style!

2) Rubber Wedding Band

I can’t stop seeing these rubber wedding bands!  This gift is awesome for the active husband who may not want to get their fancy wedding band caught on unexpected things. Have a husband in the military? This band is durable enough to withstand so many scenarios and lifestyles!

3) Harry’s Shaving Essentials

Any Harry’s product works for the man who loves to stay clean-shaven and looking good. Definitely a gift someone needs but doesn’t want to spend the money themselves!

4) Ties

Business men will appreciate this – pair a few ties with a new belt and maybe a phone case! The office bound guy will surely be happy with some new goodies to bring to work after the holidays are over!

5) COD: WWII

Okay, I may not know a lot about video games but I do know that there are a handful of new products available for Xbox, Playstation, etc. Find out what’s on your man’s gaming wish list and scoop it up for them!

6) Sports Team Hats

You can’t go wrong with their favorite teams gear! If you’ve got some more money in the budget to splurge, think about gifting a hat with a jersey, car stickers, or miscellaneous memorabilia!

7) Snacks on Snacks on Snacks

Do I need to say anymore? Load a gift bag up with their favorite guilty pleasures! Food is always the way to a man’s heart. Am I right?

8) North Face Pullover

North Face can sometimes be a bit much but this pullover is affordably priced right now! If this brand isn’t what you’re looking for…scavenger through the discount section in the Nike or Dick’s Sporting Goods! I’m sure you’ll find something to fit the person you’re buying for’s liking!

9) Favorite Alcoholic Beverages

Fill a bucket with a few of these and ribbon tied around each few! Such a simple gift that could also act as an easy stocking stuffer!

10) Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

My husband loves this store! From fishing gear, to hunting supplies, and nearly everything in between this store is made for my significant other! I’m sure many of the people in your life would love it too – could this be the dad gift you were looking for?

11) Comfy Clothes

Always a necessity, I mean come on! You seriously cannot go wrong with a reliable pair of sweat pants, gym shorts, or socks. These can be pretty much found anywhere but for extremely inexpensive try Target or Wal-Mart!

12) Movie Bundle

Know someone who adores Christmas classics or traditional family films? Give them the gift of childhood memories and remind them how great these movies really are! You could theme this a few different ways by doing a holiday, Disney, or sports theme.

13) Stranger Things Eggo Game

Stranger Things fans are screaming right now.

14) Coffee Cups

Coffee shops like Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks carry adorable holiday cups during December. Reach for something you’d think they’d love and pop some gum, a gift card, and couple scratch of lotto tickets inside. Easy + useful gift!

15) Cooking Spices, Pots, Or Pans

There are loads of these sets at department stores leading up to Christmas day. Find one that fits your individual’s personality and taste. You could wrap this along with a new pot or pan which are typically not so pricey! Check TJMaxx for good deals!

Woohoo! Can you believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away? I hope this gift guide gave you some inspiration on what you’ll be buying! Let me know which gift idea was your favorite!

Happy Holidays!

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