How Does She Do It: Georgia

georgietonesitup As you saw recently, I’ve just started a new series on my blog, featuring some of the incredible and inspiring people I’ve met…I started with Kristyn and I’m excited to feature another awesome woman I’ve known for a long time – Georgia!

Georgia (@GeorgieToningUp) and I met through the online Tone It Up community and she’s been a constant inspiration for me! Living in the UK gave Georgia a different outlook on life, and yet it was so similar (isn’t life weird like that…) which I love learning about! She’s always awesome and always REAL. Positive, negative, stressed, confident…she always reminds me that it’s ok to feel all those things. But then to pause, take a breath and get back to the positive! She’s a rockstar.

Speaking of real, she and I have always had a similar insight into the healthy mindset. Much like me, she’s always tried to strike a balance between working hard for the body/life that we want, while being happy/comfortable and loving the one that we have (aren’t we all just doing that?). I remember she wrote one post a while ago that’s always stuck with me. It was when the whole “bikini bridge” phenomenon was hitting the internet and it was making all of us insane. She said “So please please please be healthy. I am all about encouraging health and yes I believe in working for that bikini body. But I do not and I will never believe in working towards an unhealthy, unattainable, unrealistic goal. Aim for curves, aim for beauty, aim to feel confident, sexy and beautiful in that bikini ladies!” That’s the key. That’s what Tone It Up is about. That’s what BMOREtoned is about. That’s what I’m about. Healthy and beautiful. Love Georgia!

Check out this quick Q&A I had with Georgia!

arizona skyline What does your typical morning look like?
I’m at University studying Law with American Studies so my morning tends to vary depending on my class schedule. At the moment, I wake up and have a ton of messages from home to reply to because of the 8 hour time difference. Then I normally check through all of my social media and catch up with my Tone It Up team and then I read the news from home – just to keep up to date! That all takes about ten minutes before I get up and make some breakfast and a coffee before doing reading for class. I’m a night owl when it comes to working out!

You’ve recently started some time abroad in the US – how has your time differed from being at home?
I’m doing a study abroad year as part of my degree at Arizona State University, so apart from the change in weather(!) It’s a much bigger culture change than I was expecting! I would never have guessed it, coming from the UK. I’m amazed at how many people don’t understand my accent – the other day I had to spell out the word ‘hot’ when ordering a coffee! I’m also living away from my family for the first time ever. 5000 miles and an 8 hour time difference doesn’t make for easy calls home when I need to ask my mum what a symbol on a laundry label means ;). The biggest change then is definitely being totally independent for the first time ever. I do everything for myself now: cook all of my own meals, do my own grocery shopping, get myself from A-B and all of those exciting adult things! I was largely independent at home but being here has made it complete. I miss the UK loads but I wouldn’t change this experience for anything.

georgietonesitup We’ve known each other for a long time – starting together with TIU a few years ago! I’m always intrigued to find out how teammates found TIU – How did you find K&K?
We’ve known each other for a LONG time! I’ve followed Tone It Up for four years now! I originally found them on YouTube. I had just joined a gym and was 16 years old so I really had no clue what you do in a gym so I went on Youtube and searched! I found one of Sarah Dussault’s videos and there was a Tone It Up video in the sidebar! I watched it and straight away I was hooked. I knew from then I wanted to be a part of the TIU community and I haven’t looked back since.

What do you never leave the house without?
So predictable but my iPhone!! Especially at the moment because time really is crucial when I’m speaking to people back in the UK and iMessage and FaceTime make it so much easier. It’s also how I connect with the Tone It Up team and has documented my entire trip in the USA so far with the camera! I also rarely leave the house without an SPF chapstick. I’m obsessed, I honestly could sit there for hours and apply chap stick continually, I need to stop…it’s not healthy. Also, since I’ve moved to the desert, I make sure I carry water with me everywhere – even if it is just to a shop that’s a block away. The heat is brutal so I’m even more determined than usual to stay hydrated.

What has been one of your biggest successes and what obstacles did you have to overcome to get there?
This is a tricky one! I guess in a way my biggest success is that I haven’t had a total meltdown over here being on my own! I’ve taken moving out (and moving to a new continent!) in my stride and the results are showing. I feel better, more lean and more toned than I ever have. The obstacle I had to overcome was myself! I needed to get out of my own head and get over my fear of being alone. I had to put myself out there and make friends and get used to this totally new environment I was in. I was in such a routine at home and it was working so I was worried that moving to Arizona would throw a great big spanner in the works. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I keep reminding myself daily that I am doing this. I’m living in America, doing well in school, holding down a long term and long distance relationship, still managing to feel really close to my family and having the experience of a lifetime out here! With all of that in place I’m able to commit to my lifestyle and make choices that are right for me and the results speak for themselves :) I’ve gotten abs in Arizona ;)

elle woods inspirational quote What’s your favorite inspirational quote and why?
My boyfriend is a personal trainer and about a year ago he said to me, “You have to love your life the way you want it to be, not what anyone else expects it to be”. This resonates with me so much because I’m a huge believer of creating your own destiny. I am in charge of my happiness and I make a choice to make the most and be positive in every situation life throws my way. If I do, then nothing can ever bring me down and whenever I’m having a bad day I just remind myself of that and the pain will always go away. Whatever anyone else thinks is irrelevant – you steer your own ship!

Be sure to follow Georgia on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with her awesome posts! 

6 Random Questions – Liebster Style

This past week I got challenged by fellow blogger, Kerry from The Adventures of Z and K, to continure a blog chain. The “Liebster award” is not a real award, it’s more along the lines of a chain letter. I’ve been meaning to post this but, as you may have seen, I’m a bit under the weather…and when I’m sick…everything becomes a little slower haha

Anyway, the real gist of the Liebster Award is that there is no real award. “There are no judges, no special rules. No website with an official team to congratulate you and hold your hand. It’s mostly what you want it to be. If you receive the award, you can 1) accept it and 2) pass it along.”

Basically, a cool way to recognize and connect with fellow bloggers! LOVE IT!

The concept is simple and pretty fun (like all those magazine quizes you used to fill out haha) – you pose questions to fellow bloggers and they answer then pass on to their favorites. CHAIN LETTER TIME!

So anyway, Kerry tagged me and here goes…

Six questions answered!

Have you ever done any type of volunteer work? If so what? If not, what organization would you like to support?

I’ve volunteer for National Aquarium (don’t you work there? why would you go back for more? Haha yep.) at different conservation events. My most recent was a clean up at Fort McHenry. It was great to work somewhere that I actually go all the time! We go to Ft. McHenry for picnics all the time in the spring/summer – felt great to clean up!

ft mchenry clean up with national aquairum

When it comes to organizations I’d like to support, the list is endless! As you’ve seen in past posts…it all comes down to lack of time. Maybe one day!!

Where did you go to college? What was your major? Were you in any clubs?

I attended University of Miami and had a double major in communications and art (with a focus in photography). It was a BLAST. And not just because it was near the beach (although that was great).

katekatebear graduation

I loved it so much – especially being on the women’s lacrosse team! Through it, I got to know some of the most amazing women ever. :)

university of miami women's lacrosse

Yes, I had bangs at one point…

university of miami women's lacrosse

What is the best concert you’ve gone to? Any artist you’ve seen more than once?

Oooh best concert…that’s a tough one. I’d probably have to go with the Soul2Soul tour show with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill..they are AMAZING! Especially together. They are the definition of a power couple haha

soul2soul tour

soul2soul tour

Before I got old and tired all the time after work, I used to go to a bunch of concerts. One of my FAVORITES has always been Kenny Chesney. Even if you don’t like country, you’ll love his shows. I’ve been to 5 I think…so fun, I just kept going back! I’ve also seen Aerosmith twice and Will Hoge a few times. OH and Little Big Town (with Emma) 3 times! We need to bring back the tradition, Em!

How many weddings have you been in as a bridesmaid or Maid of Honor?

Surprisingly no. I’ve been tons of weddings, but haven’t been in any.
Never a bridesmaid…never a bride? Feel free to fix that, Tom ;) haha 

Have you ever met a celebrity?

Wait, I don’t count as a celebrity? haha JK 
But seriously, I have met a few…very random ones. LL Cool J at the MTV awards that were in Miami one year. Craig Morgan. Daniel Tosh. Tyson Beckford… who YES is as attractive as you think…if not more.

katekatebear tyson beckford

What is your current guilty pleasure song?

I have to admit (and I hate it) that I love the new Selena Gomez song “Come and get it”. These new little pop stars make their songs SO DARN CATCHY! haha Also, Taylor’s new-ish jam, “I knew you were trouble”. Again, so catchy.

OK…so now it’s my turn to pass it on!

My nominees:

 

My questions:

  • What’s your favorite class you’ve ever taken and why? Have you done anything with what you learned in it?
  • What’s the best workout (or workout move) you’ve ever done? (Like one that’s made you sore for at least a day!)
  • If/When you make a pro sports team, what would your stadium entry song be?
  • How do you like your eggs?
  • If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
  • Have you ever been on a TV show? If not, what show would you want to be cast in? (If so, can I get your autograph? haha)

Ok here we go…let the fun continue!