August Recap & Chit Chat

Okay so I know it’s seeming like I’m doing chit chat posts every other week, but I swear this trend isn’t going to continue. This month has just been insane and I want to keep y’all updated on everything! Although I do love chit chat posts, I don’t want them to just become ‘filler’ content for y’all. So, I’m limiting myself to around one a month.

For the future, I’m going to be doing chit chat posts at the end of each month where I’ll be talking about my month and covering my blog stats for said month. I did one of these at the end of July, and y’all loved it so I’m bringing them back every month. I love being transparent with y’all, and these monthly recaps and chit chats are my favorite way to do so!

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Coffee & Chit Chat | No. 2

First off, let me just say that I love how these coffee & chit chats are becoming more and more of a thing in the college/lifestyle blogging world. It’s not that I’m not genuine in all my other posts, but I just love this format because it’s so relaxed, and I legitimately feel like I’m hanging out with you chatting over a cup of coffee.

So lets see… where do I begin.

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Debunking Pinterest Fitness B.S.

Sometimes if I’m in need of a good laugh or something to raise my spirits, I’ll hop on to Pinterest and go straight to the “fitness” category. Sure there are some great, quality, informative posts on there, but the majority of the posts under the “fitness” category are straight up b.s. At first I laugh at how absurd some of these infographics are, but then I realize that people actually believe this stuff. I mean we’re talking about these “Get a Flat Stomach in One Week” pins having tens of thousands of repins. That’s insane.

Ever come across Pinterest fitness articles and don't know how to separate fact from fiction? Look no further!

Pinterest is a wonderful tool, and in fact I use it all the time if I’m looking for a circuit workout to do or if I’m just trying to switch things up. But, just like a lot of things on the Internet, the facts just aren’t there for some of the articles. I’m going to highlight some of the ridiculous fitness pins I’ve found on Pinterest over the past few weeks/months because we all need a good laugh now and again.

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Food Is Your Friend

Here’s the thing, y’all. I’m tired of hearing all of these ads for quick fixes, magic pills, diet trends, and juice cleanses. I’m tired of social media glorifying the idea that the less you eat, the skinner you’ll be. I’m saddened by the fact that so many girls are starving themselves in order to get that ideal “model” body that only those with the genetics, trainers, and nutritionists can barely reach. I’m tired of girls and women being afraid of carbs, afraid of fats, and thinking that 1,000 calories is enough. I’m tired of food being viewed as the enemy.

Food is not the enemy but your fad diet is.

Food is fuel. Food is energy. Food is vital to anyone’s health. FOOD IS NOT THE ENEMY. The other night when as I was in the shower being hit with inspiration for this post, I kept thinking of Bruce from Finding Nemo and how he says “fish are friends not food.” Anyways, it’s taken me a long while to develop a healthy relationship with food, and all I want is for you to do the same. Being flooded by the media about how food is the enemy doesn’t help, but I swear, once you start viewing food in a positive light, it’ll change your life.

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We’re Taking A Break

Good morning! Wow, Abigail you’re posting a blog post on a Monday? What is this, 2015 or something? I know. I know. But, I have some important news for you.

If you’ve been following Living the Gray Life for a while now, you’ve probably noticed that my posting schedule has been super inconsistent for the past few weeks, and my content hasn’t been top notch. There’s a reason for this: I’ve spread myself too thin.

Between classes, homework, work, the blog, the gym, boys, friends, and trying to figure out my life for the summer, I have no motivation. I’m exhausted, my creative juices have run dry, and blogging has become a chore which is the last thing I want. In order for me to regain control of my life, I need a break. I need a break from something in my life. And sadly that break is going to be in the form of blogging.

I will be back at the end of March or beginning of April, but until then there won’t be any updates on the blog. I’ll still be active on Instagram and Twitter so don’t think I gave up completely 🙂

I’ll see y’all soon!
~abigail gray

Rediscover Your Hometown This Spring Break

Are you heading back home for spring break? Not going on some crazy beach vacation with all your friends? Because girl, same. While I’d love to go to the beach or go on some extravagant trip across the country, that’s just not in the books or the budget for me this year. For spring break I’ll be heading back to good ‘ole Knoxville spending my days at all the doctors appointments I can squeeze in. While I’d usually be down about not doing something fun for spring break, this year I’m looking at the whole staying home for spring break in a new light.

Knoxville has a lot to offer in terms of the hipster vibe that I know and love. I’m talking local coffee shops, cute little restaurants, outdoor activities, and so much more. I’ve never really truly explored Knoxville in this way before, so while all my friends at UT are still in school slaving away at midterms, I’ll be falling back in love with the city in which I became who I am today.

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