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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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HELLO JULY

Hi Aspirers!

Today is July 1st! Yes I said it, July 1st. Can you believe it? This year is flying by. July is one of my favorite months of the year because it’s my BIRTHDAY MONTH!! Seeing your next birthday is a blessing that we sometimes take for granted. Let’s take the time and make everyday a blessing. I wanted to celebrate my birthday a little different this year but I’ll still be accepting gifts of course. This July I want to point out all things I’m grateful for and things I’m able to do.

For the next 31 days of July I will point out at least 1 thing that I’m grateful for. I’ll be posting either on my blog or Instagram. Make sure to follow me on Instagram @_cocorenee if you haven’t already. If you want to share what you’re grateful for this July make sure to #GRATEFULFORJULY on all your social media! Can’t wait to see your posts!

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

SavagexFenty REVIEWS

Hey Aspirers guess who received the lingerie line by Rihanna! I did! With all the hype of this new line I had to get my hands on it because I love anything by Rihanna. Who doesn’t love Rihanna?! I decided to not only make one review video but TWO! In the videos you’ll find out the quality of products, how everything fit me, and is it worth your money. Check out the videos and let me know what you think.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

2018 New Year, New Body

Hi Aspirers there is one thing I’m tired of and that is my weight. Guess what it’s time for a change! Yup I said it a change! When I was in college I lost about 40lbs but over time I’ve gain half of the weight back and I’m not loving it. I still fit in the same size because my weight gain was evently spread out. You know what it’s hard to lose it again. I would exercise and then stop for awhile, then start again and stop for awhile. It felt like a never ending cycle. Recently I figured out why, I was bored. I get bored so easily doing the same workouts. So I decided to create a random workout plan and hopefully it’ll challenge me to continue working out. I chose this workout method for it to be fun and random everyday that I worked out so I won’t get bored. Each time I pick a popsicle stick I won’t know the difficulty level until it’s picked. I’ll be pushing myself daily.

I’m sharing this with you all because I want you to hold me accountable and I would love for you to join in as well. Continue reading and find out my plan for a new body!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Instructions:

1. Label all your ziplock bags. Label one bag REP or SETS, second bag EXERCISE, and the third bag TIME FRAME (how many seconds, minutes, or times). The markers I bought to write in the bag wasn’t working on the bags so I used paper and taped the labels on like so.

2. After you label your bags it’s time to label your popsicle sticks. For the REP or SETS popsicles I put 2, 3, 4, and 5 reps. You’ll know how many times you’ll have to repeat that one exercise.

3. For the EXERCISE sticks I put random exercises and something fun I decided to add (can you spot it lol). I’m planning on adding more don’t worry. Some of the other exercises that aren’t shown: knee crunches, planks, arm circles, flutter kicks, etc.

5. For the last bag TIME FRAME I wrote multiples of 5s and I wrote up to 50. The reason why I was specific on the time length because it’s based on how long you were planning to workout. Say if you chose to workout for an hour and you randomly selected sit-ups and 50. You then can decide if you want to do sit-ups for 50 seconds, 50 times, or 50 minutes of sit-ups. If you want a good variety of your workout doing the same thing might not be the best thing.

After you labeled your bags and your popsicle sticks it’s time to workout!

My plan is to workout 2-3 days a week for an hour. Once my strength builds up I want to add more difficult exercises so I can continue to progress. If you are trying this method you could create ziplock bags with warm up and cool down options. Make this method your own. I don’t have a personal trainer so I have to do something that’ll work.

Stay tune for updates on my progress and I’m planning on showing you a snippet of my workout. If you decide to do this method or something similar comment down below.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

What’s In Your Closet

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Okay let’s be honest a lot of us do it. Don’t even try to lie. We purchase something thinking we are going to wear it often. The next thing you know you wear it once and forget it’s in the back of your closet. You finally remember it when you’re trying to find something else. For me I hate throwing out clothes or shoes unless I know I can’t fit it. Especially if it’s too big. At the same time I don’t want to get rid of staple pieces that will continue to be in style such as blazers and tops.

What to do with all those clothes if you refuse to get rid of them. Hmmmmm…. Revamp your wardrobe! Think of new ways to wear your favorite pair of pants, that cool top, or pairing those shoes with something else. Think of what colors go well with each other. If you have a ton of summer dresses you can’t wear in the fall or winter because it’s either too short or to cold for it, pair it up with some cute tights and layer it with a cute blazer.

Guys are known for having less clothes than women so switching up what you wear with your favorite pair of jeans is a must. Currently I’m a Men’s Clothing Specialist at Saks. Yes I said it a Men’s Clothing Specialist. Women are great at styling men. Working there I’ve notice a lot of gentlemen stick to the same black or blue suit with a white button up shirt underneath. If you work five days a week to other people it will look like you’re wearing the same thing everyday. Something simple you can do is change up the color of your shirt and tie with your suits. A lot of guys that come into the store are very conservative and that’s their excuse on why their outfits are so plain. In a nice way I have to explain “you don’t have to look simple to keep your conservative style.”

Right now I’m in the process of moving and going through my closet. Like I said before I’m in the process for starting up a YouTube channel and I’m going to show you all some good examples on how to change up your wardrobe. Even if you have very few garments or have so many you can’t even count this video will be worth watching. I hope these tips will work out for you and keep a look out for the video that will go along with this topic.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

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Pantone Top 10 Colors for Spring 2015: Women

Ladies 2015 is approaching fast and I want to make sure you’re ready for spring colors! If you follow me on Instagram (@aspire_oneself) you have seen some of the look books I’ve created based on the top 10 colors designers have used for their Spring collection for 2015. If you haven’t seen the pictures, below are all ten look books I’ve created. I’ve created this as a guide on how to match colors, try different styles, and for your enjoyment. I made sure to pick styles for every woman. I wanted to make sure you can see yourself in those outfits. No matter if your a girly girly, hipster, or casual I picked different pieces you well truly like. Feel free to give your feedback or ask questions on how to incorporate these colors into your wardrobe.

Guys don’t think I’ve forgot about you, just check out my next post soon. It’s the “Pantone Top 10 Colors for Spring: Men”

Enjoy!

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Sincerely, Courtney Renee

The meaning behind my blog’s name….

Some people, well most people probably looked at the title of my blog and though “Huh? Aspire Oneself? I don’t get it.”

When I have to sit down and come up with names for my future store, YouTube channel, or the names for my stuff animals (when I was a kid lol) I would always look up names and their meanings in the dictionary. I would look in the thesaurus too. You can only imagine the names I had for my stuff animals. I named one stuff animal that wore an American flag outfit America Zeal Meadows which means America loves our country. The thesaurus is a great tool but anyway back to why I named my blog and my fashion consulting business Aspire Oneself.

I came up with names like:
Your Lookbook
Inspire Yourself
Your Closet
Your Personal Closet
Fashion Style
A Look Through A Fashionista’s Eyes

Something about “Inspire Yourself” just rolled off my tongue so nicely but the title was already taken. So I started thinking about aspire and looked up what that meant. Which is:

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Well I do want to achieve a career in fashion and help others. I decided the name should be “Aspire Yourself.” Unfortunately that was taken too. Back to the drawing board. If I can’t use yourself I have to find another word. I went to my handy dandy thesaurus on the web and typed yourself and “oneself” came up in the search. Then I looked up what oneself meant. Which is:

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Well I am my own person. I don’t want to be anyone else but a better me. So I’m achieving to be my own person. The person I want to be in the future.

My definition for Aspire Oneself is:

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Even if it’s personal or professional growth we all want to achieve greatness. I know I do and I want to help others the best way I know how. I want to give people great advice, motivational quotes and tips, mentoring, and fashion consulting. #letmedressyou so you can become a better you with style!

Book your appointment. Email me: aspireoneself@gmail.com

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Sincerely, Courtney Renee