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Sincerely, Courtney Renee

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Being alone doesn’t make you lonely

Happy Valentines Day Aspirers,

Today some of you might be celebrating with your special loved ones either today or maybe later on in the week because it’s hard to stay up past 10:00 pm on a weekday. For myself, I will be spinning time with the one person that means the most to me which is MYSELF. I have no problem with that but for others like myself, some of your friends and family might wonder why are you spending the 6th, 7th, 8th year (who’s really counting anyway) alone on Valentine’s Day. A lot of questions might be asked and the big question on people’s minds  is “Are you lonely?”

Guess what that’s a great question. Anyone can be lonely. You could be in a committed relationship, married, or have kids and still feel lonely. The presence of someone else might not define the well-being of your mental state. You can be around someone every day but something feels like something is missing. There are people out in the world that never experienced being alone and still have unanswered questions about themselves because they’ve constantly been around people for so long they haven’t found confidence in their own skin.

For the longest, I was terrified to eat alone because I thought I would be judged of not having anyone to eat or laugh with at the table. I was so uncomfortable being seen by myself. It sounds weird saying that out loud but it was true. I just went to the movies alone for the first time last year and guess what it was AWESOME! I love being alone at home but enjoy my own company in public is on a whole other level. I even walk away from my girls when we are out to use the restroom by myself. Ladies don’t act like you all don’t go to the bathroom in groups especially the college ladies that are reading this right now.

It’s okay to have anxiety but the only way to get over something is to try it. If there’s a new movie out, a new restaurant to try, a new store in the mall that just opened up I can’t wait for other people to make room in their schedule sometimes. I have to enjoy it first and tell them about it later. Being able to find joy in your own company makes it easier to find joy while with others. We have to be honest with ourselves sometimes it’s not the other person that is causing the problem because we might be the problem. Don’t expect others to bring joy into your life if you can’t enjoy yourself.

Ask yourself this question, are you lonely?

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

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Halloween Movies Part 3

Here it is Aspirers the final list of movies for Halloween! If you’re planning on staying home for Halloween a Halloween marathon is a great option for a spooky night.

21. Erremetari (Netflix)

22. Pyewacket (Netflix)

23. Dig Two Graves (Netflix)

24. Bedeviled (Netflix)

25. Demonic (Netflix)

26. The Girl in the Photographs (Netflix)

27. The ABCs of Death (Hulu)

28. Terrifier (Netflix)

29. Viral (Netflix)

30. Anguish (Netflix)

31. The Hatred (Netflix)

Have a happy Halloween!

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Halloween Movies Part 2

Hey Aspirers,

I hope you started watching some of the movies I’ve listed in my previous post. Here is part two of my list for Halloween movies.

11. Lodgers (Netflix)

12. Apostle (Netflix)

13. Darkness Rising (Netflix)

14. HALLOWEEN 2018

15. Quiet Ones (Netflix)

16. Misery (Fearfest)

17. Thinner (Fearfest)

18. Silver Bullet (Fearfest)

19. Family Blood (Netflix)

20. Emelie (Netflix)

I hope you like these movies. All of these weren’t my favorite but they could be yours. If you don’t want to wait for part 3 check out my Instagram (@_cocorenee) highlighted Halloween story and you’ll be the first to know when I finish a watching a Halloween movie.

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Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Halloween Movies

Hey Aspirers!

I’ve been slacking with my blogs lately. I’ve uploaded videos but I haven’t uploaded a post for you all in awhile. For those that are following me on Instagram (@_cocorenee) you’ve probably noticed I’ve started an October challenge which is to watch 31 Halloween movies this month. The catch is I can only watch movies I haven’t seen already. I have to make time to watch these which is difficult. So far I’ve only watched 23. Yes I know I’m a little behind but I trying to catch up. But, this month isn’t over yet and maybe you might be interested on finding something to watch. I wanted to share with you all a list of movies before Halloween is over.

Here are 10 of the movies I’ve watched so far:

1. Jigsaw (Hulu)

2. Truth or Dare (2017) (Netflix)

3. Friend Request (Netflix)

4. Ghost House (Netflix)

5. Delirium (Netflix)

6. Malevolent (Netflix)

7. The 3rd Eye (foreign film, Asian horror film, Netflix)

8. The Tall Man (Netflix)

9. Bleed (Netflix)

10. Seven In Heaven (Netflix)

I hope you enjoyed reading my post. Keep an eye out for the next 10 movies but if you can’t wait go to my Instagram (@_cocorenee) and check out my Halloween story highlighted on my profile. If you watched any of these movies let me know what your thoughts and we can have a discussion about it.

Sincerely,

Courtney Renee

What is Orangetheory?

Last week I had an opportunity to workout at Orangetheory. I’ve known about Orangetheory for awhile from acquaintances but didn’t quite understand what was so great about Orangetheory. So, when I had the opportunity to have a free workout class with them and I didn’t hesitate to say yes. My first thought was now I get find out what was so great about this “secret” gym where a lot of people are a part of but a lot of information is never given. Even on Orangetheory website there isn’t much detail on the gym.

But, before you continue reading check out this video from my experience at Orangetheory.

Now that you saw a little preview on what to expect at Orangetheory let me go into more detail of their Heart Rate zones. Once you’re there you’ll receive a heart monitor which you’ll be able to keep track of which zone you’re in based on heart rate per minute. There are 5 zones and the goal is to be in the orange zone 12 times. 2367EE92-FC1E-4180-AF81-97BF00333939 How many times can you push yourself when working out? Some people assume that the goal is to stay in the orange zone because the gym is called Orangetheory which is wrong. They don’t want you to over excerpt yourself but they also don’t want you to go under. They want you to keep your heart rate elevated so you can reach that orange zone as much as possible to achieve your goal.

After you finish a class they’ll send your results via email. Here are mine: img_5333

As you can see I didn’t reach the goal of 12 in the orange zone but it’s okay. I felt like I had a great workout and I did push myself. For it being my first time in Orangetheory the pace was different from what I’m use to because everything was go, go, go and I’m not use to the gym. One note I will give you if you decide to try Orangetheory out is talk to the instructor and ask them to repeat what you want us to do. I wasn’t aware there was a screen showing us the floor workout until after I did one full rotation and I wasn’t told it was there to begin with. By everything moving so fast I watched the other members and mimicked them hoping I was doing the workout right but once in a while the instructor did come over and help me out.

After my workout I had one important question. The one thing that isn’t shown on their website is how much is it to join Orangetheory? I don’t know about you but when a company doesn’t put their prices online I’m assuming it’s EXPENSIVE! Guess what it’s not all! Let me break it down for you. There are three membership levels which are Basic, Elite, and Unlimited. The Basic membership include 4 classes per month for $69. The Elite membership includes 8 classes per month for $109. The Unlimited membership includes unlimited classes each month for $169. Unfortunately these classes don’t rollover if you miss a few workouts that month. What that means is if your a Basic member and you only came in for 3 out of the 4 classes in July once August comes that 1 class you miss can’t me made up. You’ll start over that month with 4. If you get the membership package make sure you can make those classes but if you can’t there are packages you can purchase that can rollover. There are 10, 20, and 30 pack packages. If you have a hectic schedule or want to take a workout class once in awhile packages will be a good option. You’re able to purchase 10 sessions for $199, 20 sessions for $359, and 30 sessions for $499. A walk-in session without membership or package is $28. Orangetheory gives group workout sessions not individual workouts. Workout in a group and get motivated together.

Are you interested in checking out a Orangetheory near you check out their website here to find a location best for you. Orangetheory is also located in 20 countries outside of the US. Your first class will be free! My opinion give Orangetheory a try. If you’re like me I prefer working out around other people not alone at home. There’s nothing wrong with switching up your routine and Orangetheory has no problem switching up theirs because they haven’t repeated the same workout since they’ve started.

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Sincerely, Courtney Renee