Friday, December 28, 2012

New Year, New Me?

Well guys, another Christmas come and gone.

It's crazy how quickly the holiday season comes and goes. Yesterday, I found myself putting away all the decorations and turning on the radio to find 106.7 is back to regular music.

I spent the majority of this Christmas reflecting on the year and working on peace.

We may not always be surrounded by people that we enjoy being with. No one's family is perfect. But what's important is to make the best of the situation at hand and do your best to make it better.

I had a lovely Christmas and I hope you all did as well.

And now we're on to the new year!

In preparing for the new year, I've been doing some reflecting on what I want to accomplish in the new year.

Here are a few things I hope to accomplish in 2013:

  1. Finish writing/publish Odyssey 
  2. Publish my first children's book
  3. Continue reaching out to people in any way I can
  4. Be more open with those closest to me
  5. Continue bettering myself
Those are just a few things on my list. You should make one of your own! Write down all the things you hope to accomplish in 2013. Keep it close to you and look at it whenever you need a push.

Have you ever heard that saying "New year, new me" when New Years comes around?
I don't like that term because I find it silly. If you keep becoming a "new you" every year, you'll never truly know who you are. You shouldn't be constantly changing yourself every year. You should be working on bettering the you that already exists.

Don't change who you are. BETTER who you are.

2013 is all about improvement for me!
What is 2013 about for you?

Have a happy and SAFE happy new year. Be responsible in your celebrations!
Much love to you all!

Christina Bracco

Friday, December 21, 2012

Are You Living For You?

Hello friends!

It's been a busy time around here. My Fall Semester has officially ended, my favorite holiday is just four days away, and I'm keeping busy!

In the midst of all the craziness that is the Christmas season, I've spent the last four days in a "Creative Cleanse".

I spent Monday through Thursday in a state of creativity. What does that entail?
I kept away from all social media/television/blogging for four days and devoted my time to reading and writing.

I stayed away from Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and my beloved TV for four days straight. Nuts, right!?

The first day was rough, but then it was smooth sailing.

During this time I did a lot of meditating and thinking about my choices in life.

You all know that I'm dedicating my life to Philanthropy, People-building, and being of service to people.

I started thinking about why it took me so long to make the realization that this is what I wanted to do with my life.
I came to the realization that I was living my life based on other people's emotions and feelings.

I would listen to family, friends, teachers, strangers. They didn't (and some still don't) "get" what I'm about.

"How are you going to make a living that way?"
"You can't make money by doing that."
"Yeah, but what's your REAL job going to be?"

I've been asked these questions time and time again. They often stopped me from believing in my ability to do what I love.

I WILL make a living by helping people.
I'd rather be rich in my heart than rich in my pocket.
My REAL job is helping people.

Don't let the negative comments of others stop you from reaching your goals. Listen to you heart, not the herd.

In doing my cleanse, I was incredibly focused on writing my novel and I got over some MAJOR hurdles.

Because of your support through my struggle with writing, and since making so much progress, I've decided to announce the title of my book!

I'm pleased to announce the title of my first (of many) novel... ODYSSEY !!!

Odyssey is a YA novel about a young girl named Stella Logan, who goes on a journey of self discovery.

I'm incredibly excited to share this process with you, and I thank you for the support.
More to come!

All my love to you. Live your dreams.
Christina Bracco

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hug Someone Today.

In light of recent events, I will dedicate this blog to something different than my original plan for this week.

I got home from English class around 2:20pm est. I opened the door, put my keys on the hook, took off my jacket, hung it up, and checked my phone. I opened my Twitter app to see a number of tweets regarding Connecticut.

I had absolutely no idea what was going on, having been in class for two hours, so I turned on my television. I come to find out that there has been a tragic, tragic shooting at an Elementary school in Connecticut.

An Elementary school. A building full of young kids going about their day as normal as possible. Kids who are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their holiday.

Parents at home with presents under the tree for their children.

And they were attacked. Children were robbed of their innocence, and their lives today.

I am deeply, deeply saddened by this news.

I am absolutely heartbroken.

So many children between the ages of 4 and 10, teachers, faculty, killed or seriously injured.

Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, grandparents. They're all suffering an unexpected, and unfair loss.

My wish for you today, and every day for that matter. Hug the ones you love. Heck, love the ones you don't.
You never know when this gift of life can be ripped away from your hands.

Hug your loved ones. Tell them you love them. Wake up and be thankful every day. Live your life with peace and joy in your heart.

For those who have been affected by this tragedy, my prayers tonight will be dedicated to you.
I hope that they're in my readers' thoughts as well.

Keep faith in your soul and love in your heart.

Bless you all. Go hug your loved ones. I'm sending you virtual hugs.

I love you all deeply,
Christina Bracco

Friday, December 7, 2012

Stick With It!

Hello all!

I hope you've all gotten into the holiday spirit since my last blog.
(Quick note: Anyone in the NY/NJ area who'd like to help out with a drive I'm doing, leave me a comment!)

I've really been struggling in the last few weeks to find motivation to continue my book.
As creative beings, we often run into dry spells while working on certain projects, and I was certainly in one.

It had been weeks since I had written my book and I was really frustrated with myself. I couldn't find inspiration, I didn't know how I wanted the story to continue, and I lost faith in my abilities.

I didn't mention anything about it in my last few blogs because I was trying to work through it on my own.

I came to the point recently where I almost shelved the novel in order to work on other ideas that I had.

Luckily, I had a meeting with my life coach on Wednesday and we discussed the matter.
She encouraged me to push through and continue writing. If I were to shelve my book and move on to something easier, I wouldn't be growing and I wouldn't be challenging myself. I would have been giving up on myself.

We made it certain that I would schedule time in every day to write. Even if I'm unsure of the direction I want to go in, or I feel the work isn't good enough, just write. I can always go back and change it.

Since Wednesday, I have done just that and I feel back to my old self.

I've made it my goal to maintain this new energy and continue writing every day, as well as keeping up with my meditative walks and reading.

I urge you all to continue to push through when you feel as though you have nothing more to give. Find the strength and stick with it. Nothing is better than the feeling you get after you accomplish your goal.

Work hard and you will be rewarded with greatness.

Much love and faith to you all,
Christina Bracco

P.S. - Exciting things coming soon! Stay tuned :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Time To Give

Wow, wow, WOW.

I am most certainly in the holiday spirit!

Decorations up? Check!

Tree up? Check!

Shopping complete? Almost check!

Holiday festivities? Double check!

Christmas music? CHECK!

The holiday season is upon us, y'all. Instead of thinking about the material value of the holidays, I'm taking this holiday season with a new look. A look of faith.

I was just out and about doing some Christmas shopping. Normally, we tend to forget the true meaning of the holidays and focus on what we're hoping to receive. For me, this season is all about GIVING. As I was shopping and picking up gifts for my loved ones, I couldn't help but smile and get excited when thinking about their excitement and joy when they unwrap their gift.

My heart was filled with warmth because I knew that I would be making them smile.
I will be a part of their happiness.

That's the best feeling in the world.
Being able to bring someone else joy is a remarkable gift that we all hold within us and it's our duty to make use of it.

While in Barnes and Noble, the cashier asked me if I'd like to donate a book to children who were effected by Hurricane Sandy. Normally, I would pay no mind, the cashiers usually offer you things to make you spend more money, but I'm so glad I decided to listen. I donated a book (Monsters Inc. to be exact) and couldn't help but smile because I knew how much joy that will give one special little girl or boy at Christmas time.

What have you guys given to someone else during this time? You still have time!!

A few other acts of kindness I've done lately:

I wrote a Christmas card for a cancer patient in St. Jude's Children's Hospital.I know that a simple card will bring a smile to the child that receives it.  I ask that you keep them in your prayers and donate if you can.

At my church, we have this little Christmas tree towards the front called the "Giving Tree". Instead of being decorated in ornaments, it's decorated with tags. On the back of each tag is an item that a family is in need of. I decided that I wanted to help someone who is less fortunate than I, so I took two. One tag asked for socks for a little girl, the other a woman's sweater. Socks and sweaters will bring a smile to someone's face this Christmas. Think about that.

I will also be helping out with a food drive as it gets closer to the holidays.

My point isn't to show you how much of a saint I am. My hope is to inspire you.
No matter what holiday you celebrate, if any at all, take this holiday season and do something for someone else. No matter how big or how small, every act of kindness counts.

This Wednesday I was a VIP guest at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE  I feel so blessed to have been a part of something so amazing.

I am so excited because tomorrow I will be going to Lincoln Center to see the Nutcracker for the first time. I love my city! I'll be going with my mother and my aunt. I can't wait to experience such a magnificent show! What a way to get even MORE into the holiday spirit.

I love you all and I hope that you are getting into the holiday spirit.
I wish you all a happy and blessed week.

Love always,
Christina Bracco

Friday, November 23, 2012

What are you grateful for?

Hello all!

It shouldn't come as a shock to all of you that today's post is about gratitude. Yesterday was Thanksgiving, after all.

Thanksgiving is one of the big holidays in the U.S. (Gosh. I ate so much. Workouts are cranked up to the extreme level today. Diet starts back up tomorrow. HEALTHY EATING. CLEANSED PALLET).


As I woke up yesterday, I felt extremely sick. I had (and still have) some sort of head cold going on up there. I felt like being a mush and laying in bed until our meal was ready, but I pushed myself. I got up and carried on with the usual traditions. I watched the parade with my aunt and mother, watched March of the Wooden Soldiers, and helped to prepare our feast.

When you're feeling down and out, don't be afraid to push yourself. Push yourself as far as you can go.
I was glad I pushed myself. I would have been upset if I didn't take part in the usual traditions.

I realized another thing when I woke up yesterday. Thanksgiving is the day where everyone recognizes what they have and what they're grateful for. The truth is, we should be thankful every day. I try to make a habit of taking a moment each day to appreciate what I have and what I don't have yet. Why wait for one day of the year? Be thankful every day.

I'm also on a path of forgiveness lately. I'm reconnecting with people who I haven't interacted with in years and I've never been happier.
This year is turning into my best yet. I've grown and learned so much as a person. I'm coming into my own and appreciating the life I have. I've never been happier than I am right now and I'm glad I can share it with people I love and people who I've missed deeply.

Christmas spirit is in full swing. I took part in Black Friday today for the second time. It was interesting. Instead of going at midnight like last year, I went at 6am. I've never been more exhausted than I've been in the last two days, but it was worth it. I had a great time and got some shopping done.

That's one of my goals for the week! Get at least half of my shopping done.

I also have quite a few writing projects that I can't WAIT to announce! They'll be announced next week. Stay tuned! :)

This week is also all about writing. I'll be focusing on getting back into my book this week! Back in action, my friends.

I hope you remember to be thankful every day.
Gratitude is important for a fulfilled soul.

I can't wait to announce my new projects and I'll see you next week!

Safe travels and get into the holiday spirit!
I'm thankful for all of you. Thank you for giving me a platform to express my views. You're inspiring.
Love always,

Christina Bracco

Friday, November 16, 2012

I Challenge You!!

Greetings and salutations!

What's going on in my life?

I've been going through this process in the last month (more-so, in the last few weeks) of transformation.

Here me out.

Last week I told you all about how I was finding myself more in tune with my spirituality and my faith.
Well, that has just been blossoming and growing stronger and stronger each day.

You all know how important I find spirituality to be. It's important to do things that make you happy and feed your soul.
It's important to keep yourself motivated, keep inspiration all around you, and to keep your creativity going.


I find my motivation/inspiration in many different places. I continue my meditation, my walking. Reading/writing. Look at the world that surrounds you.
I work with my life coach, who keeps me SO motivated. I follow inspirational Twitters, I get emails, I watch shows.

There are SO many things you can do.

MUSIC!! (Hi. Go get Ed Sheeran's album. It's been inspiring me like crazy.)

I've been reading this book written by a pastor named Joel Osteen. It's called "I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life"
It's a 31 day process where you read one chapter a day and practice working on yourself.
It's been so amazing. It really puts things in perspective and gives you confirmation that fulfilling your dreams is what you were meant to do.

In reading this, I've decided to make my own challenge for YOU! (And me!)
Over the next seven days, I want you to think of one thing a day that you'd like to change about yourself and work on it!
NOW, I don't mean things such as: "lose weight, get a boyfriend, go to that party". NO. I mean positive, internal things. Like "becoming more organized, having more confidence, loving myself, writing that story I've been meaning to write"
Do things that will benefit your spirit and your soul! For the long run!

Check back in next week and let me know how it went! Next Friday, I'll write about my experience too!

As usual, thank you all for your love and support. You're all so awesome.
I hope you have an amazing week.
Happy Thanksgiving to my readers who celebrate!
(I'm totes looking forward to it.)

Lots of love and fuzzy thoughts,
Christina Bracco
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Friday, November 9, 2012


How's everyone doing?
I hope my east-coasters are slowly getting back to normal since Hurricane Sandy hit. I know I am!

This week has been super crazy for me. That's probably why this week FLEW by. Friday? I feel like I just wrote a blog yesterday!

Well ,where do I begin?

I've been on a spiritual journey in these past few weeks. I've been working a lot with meditation, keeping calm, inspiration, reading, and practicing my faith more.

To me, life is all about exploring and feeding your soul. Keeping your spirit alive and growing. Searching for yourself and the things that you love. Seeing things from a new light and responding to challenges in a different way.

Remember, things may not always happen when you want them to or how you want them to, but you WILL get what you're looking for in due time. Even things you didn't know you were looking for.
That's something that I've been working to accept during these past few weeks.
That and so much more.

I encourage you all to explore yourselves, listen to your hearts, explore your souls, and find your spirituality. It does wonders for you!

I'd like to thank everyone for their support with THPC. I'm slowly getting into posting more, it's just been crazy since Sandy.
Be sure to check out The Happy Place Campaign HERE:

The poetry blog is also getting back into routine!
Check out Tuesdays poem and Thursdays song HERE:

Author Update:
I'm going through a bit of a rough patch in regards to my book.
I had an epiphany, if you will.
The idea and direction of my book has now changed.
I'm having a bit of a meltdown because I feel as though all the work I've put into it so far has been for nothing and I've wasted my time.
The plot is still the same, but I've done a few major alterations that cancel out 70% of what I have written thus far.
Do you guys have any advice on how to get through something like this? Trying to get through something that's out of your control?

I guess it's good in a way because that means that I'm growing and developing more.
It just really sucks.

But an exciting Author Update:
I have several great ideas for Children's Book's that I plan on putting in production in the next few months. Stay turned for a lot of exciting news about that!

I'm about to calm down, have some lunch, take a breather, and think through this.
I tell you, I'm really looking forward to meeting with my life coach this week.

I wish you all a lovely week. Stay safe and stay warm.
Hugs, kisses, and best wishes,
Christina Bracco

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

After A Storm...

Hello Dear Readers!

Gosh. It has been a CRAZY week over here in NY. I'm sure most of you know about Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast Monday/Tuesday of this week.

As a New York native, I don't feel that we expected the storm to be what it was. I personally, have never seen anything like it. The wind was like nothing I've ever experienced before. Losing power all around you, looking out your window and seeing complete darkness, lightning, wires going on fire, no heat, no hot water, limited food.

I am thankful enough to live in an area of Staten Island where I, unlike many residents, didn't have to evacuate. I also live on an incline so the risk of flooding was also not an issue. However, living on a street full of large trees was incredibly worrisome. (Many of which came down).

All in all, I was without power for two days. Without any contact with the outside world. It was something I've never had to deal with for a long period of time before. It made me realize just how much we take for granted. Not being able to open the fridge, having to do everything by candlelight, no cell service, no heat or hot water, we don't truly realize how lucky we are.

My mother and I decided to get out of the house to check out how the neighborhood was looking. Trees, wires, debris, fences, pieces of homes, signs, all down. On every single block. To see people who had trees going through their homes, significant damage done to their property. It's incredibly heart wrenching

I sat in my car (which thankfully has enough gas to last me a while) and I charged my phone as much as I could while I listened to the news on the radio. To hear all of the devastation around NY/NJ was unbelievable.

When I finally regained power and turned on the news to see what was happening, I couldn't believe my eyes. Places in New jersey that I frequent during the summer, that I love going to ever year, completely underwater. All the homes that have been destroyed, fires, flooding, people crying on television because they've lost everything. Family member's homes ripped away from them. It's like nothing I've ever experienced before.

I've been thinking  a lot about volunteering. I will definitely be doing it around the holidays (they will be here before you know it, people)
But in the aftermath of this horrible storm, I definitely plan on volunteering throughout my city to help those who weren't as lucky as I was.
I encourage you all. DO WHAT YOU CAN. Even if it has nothing to do with the aftermath of the storm. Volunteer around your own cites.

When you take a shower today, remember that people are without hot water. When you turn on your lights, remember people are still without power all over.
BE THANKFUL. Don't take these things for granted. I know I won't anymore!


The Happy Place Campaign is officially LAUNCHED!
I'm so very, very excited to start this project and I hope it does what I want it to. Follow and spread the word. I need your help!

You can find more information, as well as it's very first official post HERE:


And I'm so very excited to wish those participating a happy start to National Novel Writing Month!!!
Not my Writing Buddy yet?
Hop to it!
I'm about to get writing!

Much love, many, MANY hugs,
Christina Bracco

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Inspiration Is All Around

Good afternoon, Lovely people!

I don't know about you, but this week FLEW for me. Whoa!

Two things that are constantly on my mind, 24/7, are creativity and inspiration.
This week, I've been working on keeping my creative juices flowing and summoning inspiration from all around me.

You can find inspiration ANYWHERE. You just need to keep your eyes open and let it come to you. Last night I was inspired by headlights on a car. I then went on to write a poem based off of those headlights. Crazy, huh?

I've been working on summoning inspiration from different things lately because I've been working on taking my poetry to a new depth. In the majority of the work I've written thus far, I make the point I'm trying to make very clear. Since exploring the world around me I've been starting to use a lot more symbolism and imagery in my recent poems and I've been LOVING it.

I feel as though I'm stepping up my game and getting better! Like those headlights, for instance. I was inspired to write a poem about an event opening our eyes to something we didn't see before because we were in the dark. Cool, huh?

As you all know, I've been working on figuring out what I want and who I want to be. I want to be a creative spirit. I've been working a lot on meditation. I've been going on hour long walks every morning/afternoon. Listening to music, walking, and taking in new inspiration has been quite lovely. I suggest meditation to you all! Find something you enjoy, something peaceful, and spend a little time a day doing it. It does wonders on your soul.

A few little announcements:

  1. I am extremely pleased to announce that I will be participating in this years National Novel Writing Month! This is my first year participating and I'm ecstatic. Even though I've begun working on my book already, this is a great motivational tool! If anyone else is participating this year, feel free to add me as a Writing Buddy HERE
  2. Next week I will OFFICIALLY be launching The Happy Place Campaign! I will be making a special Blogspot post on Wednesday to announce once it's up and running so check back on Wednesday for that!! I'll link you to it's Twitter and Tumblr! Those can also be found in my Blogspot post from two weeks ago if you'd like to follow those now! :)
  3. Due to my crazy schedule, I forgot to post a Thursday Poem. So, today I'm giving everyone a present to apologize. To say I'm sorry, today I will be posting the poem I was going to post yesterday, PLUS A SONG. Are you excited? I am! I'm even MORE excited because this is the first piece I've ever written. This is what started me with writing. This piece is extremely sacred and personal to me. I'm incredibly pleased to share it with you all. The song and poem will be posted at 3pm est! Don't forget to check that out!
  4. Finally, I've decided to open myself up more to my amazing readers and start to share with you all. With that being said, I'm now leaving areas open for my readers to ask me any questions about my writing, what certain pieces are about, and all that jazz! Want to know why I wrote a certain poem? You can ask me in the ASK box of my poetry Tumblr OR The ASK box of my personal Tumblr. Lets connect! 

I'm excited for all of this and I hope you are too!

Personal Tumblr:
Poetry Tumblr:
(Unfortunately Tumblr is down write now, so this will also start at 3pm est!)

You're all so amazing and I thank, thank, THANK you for the support!
Have a Happy and SAFE Halloween
Much love, many hugs,
Christina Bracco

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Chill Out!

Man, oh, man. I was about to make a sandwich because I'm incredibly hungry, but I figured I should write this first before I get distracted again!

So hello, all!

What a lovely Friday, huh? If you're near me then you are also experiencing an incredibly rainy and cold October day. I love days like this! Except when I have to go out in them. Which I've had to/will have to do.

Shall we talk a little about stress? Let's do that!

So... I am a self-accepting worrier. I worry about almost anything that I'm unsure about. I can't help it! People laugh at me all the time because of how bent out of shape I get over things, but it's just my nature. How many of you are the same way?

I've tried many times to control my anxiety and talk myself out of it, but I can never seem to follow through. BUT, in the end, whatever it is that I was worrying about turns out fine! Almost every time.

Here's an example. I was incredibly sick yesterday and could barely do anything. I was incredibly worried because I had a History midterm this morning. I had the intention of studying for it last night, but with the state I was in, I barely retained anything. I woke up this morning feeling incredibly unprepared and anxious about taking the test. I did my best to spend what little time I had before the test studying. When I got the test... everything that I studied was there. I kicked ASS.

So there I was. In a PANIC. And I ended up doing incredibly well on the test.

Try not to sweat the small stuff! I'll try to do the same.
I've been thinking a lot about being a more positive person. Less complaining, more smiling. Less worrying, more laughing.

Let's focus on things that make us happy! Think of how AMAZING you'll feel once the scary task is finished. You'll do great!

Like, tonight. I have a Sign Language Presentation that I'm nervous about. But here, in front of you all, I'm vowing to do my best to be positive and chill out!

So do the same! Let's make this vow together!

I wish you all peace and calmness for the week.

Thank you to all who continue to read my thoughts and work. It means so much and I will never stop telling you all how gracious I am.

Happy Friday! (Make sure you watch the Halloween Marathon on ABC Family this weekend! I'm pumped!)

Much love, many hugs,
Christina Bracco



Friday, October 12, 2012

SHOW GRATITUDE! (And an awesome announcement)

Hey friends!

Hope all is well in your lives! I’ve been keeping on the busy streak (unwillingly). I’ve been doing a lot of different things lately. I’ve also been doing a lot of THINKING.

Thinking about what?

In reflecting upon my struggle with finding my one career path, I realized that there was always a common theme among my choices. Helping people was always on my mind.

Since then, as you know, I’ve realized that I will not have one said career. I plan to do many things. But what I DO know, is that when people ask me what I do for a living, I want to say: “I help people. I am of service.”

I was reading something the other day and the writer spoke about living his life like his heart. Our hearts are of service to our bodies. That is how he wishes to live his life- Of service to other people. That struck a chord with me because that is the goal I have for myself. With all of the books I plan to write, all of my poetry, blogs, passion projects, I want them to be a service to people who are finding themselves.  I want to inspire, give comfort, give hope, and give people the courage to chase their dreams. I can only hope that I am able to accomplish such things. Whether I help one person or one million, I just want to help. As well as keeping my creativity flowing forever.

With that being said… I have a pretty super cool awesome fun project that I have been secretly working on for a while. I’m ready to start sharing it (even though it’s still in its baby stage)

SO… I’m launching my own organization! Say hello to…


The Happy Place Campaign (or THPC) is a community/organization that I’ve decided to create in order to spread love and positivity!

THPC is a place for people to go to for support and advice. A place for people to go to share their stories, their struggles, their worries, their dreams. A place for people to lend a helping hand and find people who are going through similar struggles. It’s all about spreading positivity and coming together as a community to help each other find our happy place!

THPC is starting off on Tumblr! So how it will work issss…

Every day, I will post a little something, something that’s on my mind or is relatable to something I’m going through, and you all have the opportunity to comment on it and say whatever it is that you want to say! You can comment on a post OR submit anything that’s on your mind into the Ask box! From there, you can ask me to answer privately or to publish it. Therefore, you can just talk to me or you can get advice from a bunch of people! Or both! Cool, right?

Another thing, there is no anonymous option for the Ask box! Everyone is equal. We shouldn’t be afraid to share the things that are on our minds! Don’t be afraid to talk! This is also to avoid any negativity/rude comments via anon.

THIS IS A PLACE OF POSITIVITY! Let’s help each other!!

You can follow The Happy Place Campaign on Tumblr HERE:

ANNNND The Happy Place Campaign Twitter HERE:

I’ll be sure to Tweet every day and we can interact there too!

Yay! I’m so excited to start this awesome project with everyone.

This blog is really long, huh? Well, I have one more little thing I’d like to say.

Remember to be grateful to those who support you, love you, are there for you, and make you feel good.
Never take those people for granted. Don’t assume they know it. TELL THEM. Whether it be family, friends, teachers, mentors- let them know you are grateful. Never take them for granted.

So, I’d like to let all of YOU know that I am incredibly grateful to all of you. Whether you read my poetry, this blog, you follow me on Tumblr, or you’re new to my work. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Whether it’s five of you or five hundred, you help me reach my goals by reading my work. You give me the confidence and the support I need and with that- I am eternally grateful.

Thank you so, so, SO much for all of the support and I hope THPC does for you what I want it to.

Have a great week and remember to smile. J

Much love, many hugs,
Christina Bracco

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Make Time For You!

Hi all!

This post is a day late! OOPS! I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off yesterday. I just had no time to write this. I'm sad I broke my chain!

So what's been going on with me?

A couple of awesome things regarding school:

Yesterday I applied for my Associates Degree! I'm so excited that I've made it to this point! I'm one step closer to graduating and receiving my Bachelors!
Time is flying by so fast. Wasn't I just in high school yesterday? Oh. No? That was three years ago? Okay.

I've decided to declare a minor! I am now an English major with an emphasis on Literature, minoring in Corporate Communications. Fancy, huh?
With Corporate Communications I will be focusing on business media. Which means Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Digital Media. All of that fun stuff! I'm really excited to have that under my belt! Especially since it will help me better my own business that I hope to have in a few years!

I've been so happy with the positive responses for my poetry in the past few weeks! You've really made me smile! :) Thank you all so much!
I'm slowly starting to share my more personal pieces. I'm becoming more open and comfortable sharing my work and it's thanks to you guys!

I've been working with my amazing life coach for a while now and things have really been looking up for me lately. I've never been happier! This is my year to do things I've never done before and take some chances! I encourage you all to do the same!

This was a craaaaaaaay week for me. I was so busy every day and I was feeling completely overwhelmed! Especially Thursday/Friday! I was feeling like I had no time for myself. On Thursday I decided I needed a break so I held off on the things I was worried about getting done and I relaxed and spent some time with my mom. We got something to eat, did a little shopping, and I felt so refreshed afterwards.
Sometimes you just need to step back and make some time for yourself. You'll feel ten times better!

I hope everyone enjoys their Columbus Day Weekend! My close friends are home from college for the weekend and I haven't seen them in months! We're going to a Haunted Attraction tonight. (Not looking forward to that... eeeeek!) and watching some Halloween movies! This is just what I needed after an overwhelming week!

Remember to smile and make time for yourself!
I appreciate your support and I love you all
Christina Bracco


Friday, September 28, 2012

Get going!!

Hi folks! Today I come to you via the magic of the iPhone. I'm hanging out in Barnes and Noble, getting some creative writing done while listening to Mr. Billy Joel.

I was just writing some reflections in my journal of the past week. Some ups, some downs.

First of all... How FAST is time going!? Excuse me, where the hell did September go!? These weeks are FLYING! It's making me go cray cray! I just counted today... I only have 10 weeks left of the semester. That's not a lot. Especially with days off and how quickly these previous weeks have been going! Time needs to slow. Down.
Does this make you cray cray too? Tell me I'm not alone!

I've been getting my voice back as a poet. I've fallen back in love with writing poetry. I've allowed my poetic voice to come forward again. This has been good.

I haven't written anything for my book in the last two weeks. I don't even know how that happened! I don't feel so bad about it because I've been writing poems.

I'm determined to get back into writing my book this week! While continuing to write my poems/creative thoughts.

I've been LOVING the responses for my poetry! Y'all are the best! I'm slowly starting to post my more personal poems and they've been getting the most love so I'm super happy!

I've finally started cooking again! Check out this awesome dish I made below! I've also started doing the daily crosswords in the newspaper! They're super fun and get your brain going! Also, can we talk about The Casual Vacancy? I ordered it and it's coming Monday. I. Cannot. Wait. I'm trying to finish the book I'm currently reading before it comes so I can start it right away!

I'm in my happy place right now and I'm determined to stay here! I want to help others get in their happy place too. I want to reach out to people more, but I don't know how to do that! Any suggestions? I want to help YOU!

Don't forget to search for me on Tumblr at:

And follow me on Twitter! Just search my name or ChristinaBracc0 !!

Thanks for reading my poetry, this blog, and caring what I have to say. I care about what you have to say and it means a lot that you're helping this dream slowly become a reality!

Smile at a stranger, eat some happy food, and take a nap! I'll be getting two of those three things done today! (I wish the nap was one of the two!)
I hope you do things you've been meaning to do and you do them with a smile!

I've got a lot to do! Let me do my work! Feel free to contact me at any time :)
Love always,
Christina Bracco

Friday, September 21, 2012


Happy Friday Peeps!

It's been another great week! I'm the happiest I've been in a while. So much positive change has been occurring in my life!

First, on a less serious note, Starbucks has been introduced to me. More specifically, Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I'm not a coffee person. The only warm thing I drink is tea and hot chocolate, BUT I had to taste what all the hype was about. Hello, I love it. Lattes peeps. Now I must try ALL THE STARBUCKS.

Except coffee. No.


I've been thinking a lot lately about change and transitions.
Since my birthday last week, I've come to notice a change in where I am in life. I rarely watch TV anymore, I'm rarely sitting on the computer longer than an hour, and I've taken on much more of an adult lifestyle.
Overall, I feel as though I'm living life more.

I find myself waking up every morning, doing dishes, dusting, vacuuming, laundry, cleaning up. I've also found myself revisiting my love of cooking. I used to cook every day. I loved experimenting with dishes. I'm slowly coming back into that and I'm falling in love with it all over again.

I've also found myself eating much healthier than I used to be. I was once the queen of junk food, but now I find myself opting for healthy and organic foods. It has actually been making me feel better. By eating healthy and keeping up with my daily exercise, I feel so refreshed and powerful.

I think I've definitely been living a healthy lifestyle lately.
I just feel as though a dose of life has been injected into me.

Minor setback: With having a five day weekend I briefly slipped back into my lazy ways and I've only been to the library once this week. Therefore, I haven't done any writing. I'm quite upset about it. I will defiantly be getting back on track next week.

My goals for the upcoming week, (and to continue after the upcoming week), is to continue living with this new perspective. Get outside and do things that you love with people that you love. Feel free and wear a smile. Make others smile. And keep laughing. Don't look back. Only look forward if you want to reach your destination.

I hope you all have an amazing week and I hope that you challenge yourself to do something you've been too afraid to do!

Get some fresh air! Indulge in life! Feed your creativity!
Hugs, kisses, and best wishes

Christina Bracco

Friday, September 14, 2012

Creativity In. Technology Out.

Hello all!
I’m currently sitting in my college library, listening to some Charlene Kaye and typing away. This is a pretty great way to describe how this past week has been going for me.
I’ve taken it upon myself (with the help of a lovely person) to take a break from technology. That doesn’t necessarily mean cutting it off entirely, but I’ve been limiting my time. I’ve been limiting my time on the internet, not only because of its great distracting abilities, but because it also makes time go by so fast.
Do you ever sit down to look at one little thing on the internet… and then find yourself looking up at the clock and realizing an hour or two has gone by? It happens to me ALL THE TIME! I don’t want my time to go by so quickly. I could be doing so much more in those two hours than sitting on Twitter!
This week was all about limiting internet use and getting outside! Getting some work done!
Let me tell you… it’s been AMAZING. Instead of watching TV or turning on the computer, I’ve picked up a book. Because of this… I started and completed a book I’d been meaning to get to in two days! Awesome!
The feeling has been amazing. I’ve replaced technology with creativity. I’ve gotten SO much work done. Every day, in my free time, I come to the college library looking like a bag lady. Carrying a bag full of my school books, laptop, reading, and my writing books. I don’t connect to any wifi, and I sit and get my work down.  It’s such an amazing feeling.
I’ve also started to embrace my surroundings more. Take a step back and observe. I just walked here and saw people meeting up with friends, walking to class, the beautiful sound of the water in the fountain, the beautiful sunshine, birds chirping, the wind hitting my face. If you just sit back and look at your surroundings, you’d be amazed.
I’ve also started some amazing (and daunting) projects!
I’ve submitted a poem to one of my schools literary magazines. I’ve never shared my work with the public. It’s been scary and exciting.
In following that step, I’ve also created a blog dedicated to  my writing that I update every Tuesday and Thursday! That’s also been very nerve racking, but the response has been positive and I feel  amazing about it.
I’ve also settled on where I will be applying for a job in just a few months. I want to wait until this crazy semester is over.
And… drum roll please…
The whole idea of it was scaring the crap out of me, but since I’ve been letting the creative juices flow, I decided it was time to get to work!
I’ve got two chapters done! Of course, I’ll need to go back and revise at a later date, but It’s coming together perfectly. It’s amazing how the process of writing something triggers you for more ideas. I’m extremely proud and I think it’s going in the perfect direction.
All in all, this week has been amazing. I’ve never felt better. I’ve accomplished so many things in just a few days and I’m determined to keep the momentum going!
A few other little things before I go:
1.       Everyone MUST read every day by David Levithan. It is SO brilliant
2.       I’m about to start It’s Kind of A Funny Story
3.       I’ve also decided that I will go to Barnes and Noble every Wednesday (my day off) Don’t just sit inside because you don’t have anywhere you need to be! GET OUTSIDE!
4.       I’m about to continue on with my novel – Wahoo
5.       It was my birthday yesterday. Being twenty is scaring me. But thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes <3
6.       I will be updating this blog every FRIDAY
7.       Find me on Twitter at ChristinaBracc0
I challenge you all to get outside and do something you’ve been meaning to do! I can’t even express how amazing you will feel once you do it!
Much love, many hugs

Friday, September 7, 2012

Long time, no see.

Well, I have completely neglected this blog. A few things:

1.The reason this blog was put on the back burner was because (like you know) I was in the process of moving. It was a very busy, uncomfortable, difficult time in my life. I was juggling so much and I was so overwhelmed. Thankfully, I'm finally settled where I am and I am getting my life back in order.

2. I have decided to pick up blogging again. Of course, I have my Tumblr, but I mean blogging in the sense of writing out my thoughts each week. It was therapeutic.

3. Speaking of Tumblr, I've just created a Tumblr where I will now be posting my original poems/songs/short stories twice a week. It's incredibly nerve racking to be sharing such personal thoughts with the public, but it's time. You can check it out HERE: !!!! Be sure to follow if you're on Tumblr!

4. Upon returning to this blog, I decided to reread my old entries. My, a lot has changed since then. I'm in a completely different place. Isn't that crazy? Just a few months have gone by, yet so many things are different. I've switched gears from becoming a Casting Director. I've realized that is not my true passion. I think I was just so desperate to have an answer as to what I was going to do with my life that I settled for anything. Since then, with the help of an amazing Life Coach, I've decided that I don't need to pick one thing. I can do everything. Which is what I've always wanted. I want to dip my hands in more than one basket. I want to work behind the scenes. In shows, films, musicals. I want to reach out to people. Make a difference. Inspire. I want to be a wife and mother.

The main thing that has come and completely changed my life... writing. In the recent months I've become more serious about my writing. It's my main focus. I want to be an authoress. A story teller. I want to touch people with my words. Words cannot express how excited I am to take this passion and do something amazing with it.

I'm about to start writing my first fictional novel. I hope to release it in a year or two. We shall see. I want it to be something I can be incredibly proud of. I will spend some time making "Author Update" posts where I'll talk about how the process is going. It's so incredibly daunting, but I'm excited!

I think that will be it for now! I'm so happy to be back. It feels great to have a voice again.
Thanks for taking this journey with me! I'll be talking to you real soon! :)

Christina Bracco

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Time has passed yet again..

So.. I've been SUPER busy and that leads me to neglect this blog. But alas.. I am here!!
The Oscars just ended!! Loved Billy Crystal! My favorite moment was def the whole Cirque performance! That was mind-blowing!!! Best dressed? Michelle Willams! Hands down. She's flawless.

Things going on with me? I'm currently house hunting and it's probably the most frustrating/scary/stressful thing I've had to go through in a while. The whole process is very daunting in itself, but when it's constantly becoming more difficult.. it's even worse.

Which leads me to this blog topic. Change.
I love change! Don't get me wrong! But I'm talking minor changes.. like.. buying a new TV.. that's good change. BUT.. when you're face with real life changing change.. it's a lot to handle. I currently have so much change going on. I'm not very happy about it. I'm good with it when it's one thing at a time.. but I'm extremely overwhelmed with everything going on right now.

What do I do?
Let my frustrations/worries/stress out in a healthy way. Doing A LOT of writing (as usual)!
Dance, singing, talking about it! I usually HATE to talk about things that are bothering me.. but I can promise that it feels amazing after you do!

Don't hold it inside! Let it out! Change is good. Life is all about change. It may be daunting, but it's worth it in the end. That's what I believe, anyway. That's what mindset I'm in right now.

Everything works out the way it's supposed to. God throws challenges at his toughest soldiers.
Be a fighter. Grow with the change. It will be okay in the end.

What kind of changes are you going through? Feel free to share with me! Don't forget my Tumblr/ Twitter and the Comments section are always open to those who need it!

Love you all. Best wishes! Talk to you in a few days!
Xoxoxo Christina

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Now and Then..

Good evening! (Or morning.. whatever!)

I said that I would write a blog today and that is what I shall do!
I'm kind of excited about this one because I think it's a really great exercise.


I think we as people should always be looking to change. For the better, of course.. because no one is perfect.
I've never met a single person who is completely happy with them self. If you are.. you're an ass. :P
So I came up with this little exercise last night that really got me thinking. I guess you can call it a bit of a self-evaluation to help you become a better you!

I want you to think of three things that you are. It can be positive or negative. For example, you are self-conscious, anxious, smart. Whatever three things come to mind first! Then I want you to think of three things you WISH you were.

I think it's a great way to evaluate yourself and really help you see things about yourself in a different way. When I did it last night I was really surprised at myself with what I thought and how I felt. It put things in perspective for me.
And just to share with you all, I will do it again.

3 Things I AM

  1. I'm caring
  2. I'm strong
  3. I'm angry
3 Things I WISH I were

  1. Confident
  2. Calm
  3. Secure
Thinking about this really made me think about my life and how I'm feeling.
I really, realllllly recommend doing this! Especially those who are struggling with something.

Don't forget to express yourselves in creative and healthy ways! I've been writing A LOT lately.
I'm considering putting some of my writing on my blog, but I don't know. Let me know what you guys think!

So there you have it! Evaluate yourself! Express yourself! And share!
Feel free to share your 3 things in the comments or anything you wish to share! You can also message me on my Tumblr or my Twitter at anytime for ANYTHING. I don't bite! If you wish it to remain private just tell me and I won't publish it!

Hope this little exercise helps you guys out! It sure helped me!
Until next time <3
Xoxoxo Christina

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Looking out for me..


I've decided to sit down and write for no special reason! It's been pretty busy around here. Juggling a jillion things at one time! But that's okay. It's my specialty :)

I wanted to write about something that's been bothering me in my own life (especially lately) and get opinions and advice, as well as sharing my own.
I think that it's extremely important for a person to always put their feelings first. I've struggled with doing this for a while, but I'm starting to realize that you can't always worry about looking selfish or mean. You're just looking out for yourself.
Always, ALWAYS put yourself first! Not only does it save you from doing things you don't want to do, but it shows people that you can't be walked all over.
I've learned to finally put my feelings first. After years of practice, hehe. If you're unhappy or you don't want to do something, you have the right to say no.

Those are just some crazy thoughts that have been running through my head all day!
On another note! I'm really looking forward to getting around to reading "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran. I actually heard about it through Julia Albain and I'm really excited to start it! Probably after this semester because I have a lot of reading to do for my English class.
Do you have any books to suggest? Alwaaays interested to hear whats out there! :)

This post is shorter than usual, but I'll just make it short and sweet!
So there you have it! I'll be making a better post this week!
Be sure to leave some comments!

Xoxoxo Christina

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Long overdue..

Hello, hello!!

It's been so long since I last wrote a blog! I've been so busy with packing and starting school again, I've lost track of time! My classes seem okay so far.. I'll let you know in a few weeks after things are settled and the major work begins! I'm taking American Sign Language, Geology, a Geology Lab and an English class. Most of my requirements are complete and I'll soon begin to focus on my major! Yay!

Also.. can we talk about Sherlock??? I've just started watching it yesterday and I'm in love! I have two episodes left then I will be all caught up! I am SHER Locked! Looooove!
And last nights Glee!? Yes, yes, YES!


I'm always one to be thinking of my future and all my dreams that I wish to accomplish.. I thought it would be fun and inspiring to create a sort of bucket list of things I'd like to accomplish or do in my lifetime. That way I have some goals and dreams set for myself and I'm always focused on achieving them. I typed them all out on my computer and saved them. I'm sure as time goes on things will be added and hopefully things will get check marks next to them!
I have about 35 or 36 so far.. ( I don't feel like opening the document to check)
Some of them are as simple as "graduating college", while others seem bigger such as "live in England for some time" .
A few other things:

  • Attend a UK music festival
  • Work in a theater
  • Get an internship at a casting office
  • Get married and have children
  • Meet Lady Gaga
They vary! :) But I think it's really cool and kind of important to think about the kind of life you want to live and the kinds of things you want to do. Creating a list like this can help keep you on track and help you remember what it is that you want to accomplish with your life.

I hope to live a life full of happiness and amazing experiences. Where I can wake up everyday and love going to work and enjoying the fun in life while always maintaining my security. And I wish the same for all of you!

So there you have it! Some advice from me to you! Think about your dreams and goals! Make a list, write it down and keep it with you! I hope it's full of check marks :)
Be sure to let me know some of the things on your list! I'd love to hear some! Maybe they'll give others and I ideas!

I certainly won't wait another two weeks to write my next one! I've gotta go finish Sherlock! Adois!
Xoxoxo Christina

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I want so much more than they've got planned..

Hiya! Long time no talk!

Hope everyone's doing good. College students are starting to go back to school. I just had to say goodbye to a couple of my friends :(
Luckily, I don't go back until the end of the month! WOO!

Tomorrow will be my first day as an usher in a Broadway theater! I'm really excited. I'll be working at RENT. Freaking awesome way to start!
I've been doing a lot of thinking about my future and what I want out of life and it's all becoming quite clear to me now. I've always had the goal of becoming a teacher for early childhood until this past semester when I started reevaluating everything. I think that I was always so focused on becoming a teacher because I would always play school when I was younger and I just always saw myself doing that.. I never really thought about it.
Then I realized that that's not really my passion in life. I've always loved entertainment. Music, singing, dancing, acting.. all of it. I've always had a creative mind that was different than everyone else. I saw things differently. That's my real passion in life. The arts. I've realized that I want to be involved in show business. That will make me extremely happy and fulfilled with life.

So my goal is to become a casting director. I'll be interning at some theaters and at casting agencies in the next year and I'm so excited to grow with this process. I will also eventually get into acting, but I want to focus on something to be my backup plan if that never works out. My main goal is to do casting for Broadway, but film and TV will work just fine for me.

I think it's important for people to really think about where they want to be in life and what they want to do. I always say to myself that I don't want to wake up twenty years later feeling unfulfilled and with regrets about what I did with my life. Whatever your true passion is.. you can make it happen.

So that's just some advice I have for all of you. Do what makes you most happy in life. Not what others want you to do or what you think is easiest or will make you the most money. Do what you love. Simple as that.
And even if you're not sure yet.. don't sweat it. You don't have to figure it out right away. Life's not that easy!
You've got plenty of time to figure it out.

So whatever it is that you want out of life.. I hope you achieve it! Believe in yourself and know that I believe in you too.
 Feel free to leave any questions/ comments/ suggestions in the 'Comments' box or in my Tumblr ask box!
Have a great rest of the week! I'll let you know how RENT goes!
Xoxoxo Christina

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Express Yourself


Hows everyone doing? Its been a busy couple of days with a bunch of great news!! We're only 11 days into the new year and 2012 is already looking bright :)

I've got some great news! I'm excited to share that next week I will be working at the Broadway theater where RENT plays. I've been wanting to see RENT for years now and I'm excited that I will finally be seeing it while working at the same time!

I'm really excited I'll be working at the theater and hopefully this will last very long because it gives me perfect experience in the behind the scenes world of Broadway theater! I also plan on interning at an agency or casting company in the near future for even more experience. It's the perfect thing to do because I plan to become a Casting Director in my future. :)

I'm glad I've finally got these things planned out! I feel like I'm back on track.
I'm also in the process of moving and looking for a new place. I'm really excited for that as well! I'll probably be renting since there's only two of us, but this is super exciting!

I've been listening to A LOT of different types of music lately. Music is so important to me. It feeds my soul.
Music is one of the best ways to express yourself. I think the arts in general are the best way to express yourself. Whether it be singing, dancing, playing an instrument, acting, drawing, panting, making movies.. anything at all!

I write a lot of different things. Poetry, songs, short stories.. any idea that pops into my head. I also do a lot of singing and dancing. It's important to keep your creative juices flowing. I couldn't imagine a life without the arts.

This is a pretty long post. I think I'll end it here to save myself from more rambling.
How do you guys keep your creative juices flowing? Do you do anything that you'd love to share?
Put a comment on the "Comments" box below!! Until next time!
Xoxoxo Christina

Friday, January 6, 2012

Lemon Brisk and Risk

Hey guys!! Happy Friday :)
Hope everyone had a good week. I'm just relaxing on the couch drinking a Brisk lemon iced tea. Happiness.

Just some updates! I found out that I passed all of my classes from my last semester. Super excited about that! And my GPA even went up! Hard work does get you somewhere, people.
I still haven't heard anything about my secret project. Wish me luck!!

I've been feeling pretty down lately. I'm back into the state of mind where I'm very worried about the future. It's all kind of up in the air for me right about now. I'm taking it one day at a time. Giving myself a pep talk every day. "Everything will be okay. You can be what you want. You will live your dreams." I guess I have some doubts about myself because I don't have a very good support system. I don't think people believe in my dream. Everyone just sort of shrugs off what I say, but I'm serious about what I want.

So.. that's some advice I have for all of you. Be your own support system. I've learned that. I'm doing it for myself. ALWAYS believe in yourself.. even when you feel like your dreams are impossible to achieve. Nothing is impossible if you have the will to do it. Never take your passion lightly. If you have a passion for someone.. give it everything you can. Don't ever let that passion die out. You have that passion for a reason.

Is this rambling? Am I just going on about my own thoughts? It's hard to express everything that's going through your mind. I think that's one of the hardest things for we as people to do. To get everything from your brain.. onto paper. (Or in this case.. text of any kind).

I feel like this may be getting a little long. I think I'm going to write a post about creativity and expressing yourself next week! Stay tuned for that one. I have a lot of great ideas!

So.. in conclusion.. always be your biggest fan. You know what you're capable of. ;)
And I leave you with a silly question that I've been asking people all day: What's your favorite word?
Leave your answer to that question and any thoughts of your own in the Comments box below!

Stay tuned! Till next week!
Xoxoxo Christina

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Taking Chances

Hello all! Happy new year!

I hope you all had a lovely holiday season. I hope New Years Eve was good to you! It certainly was good to me. I had an amazing night filled with amazing people.
As a part of my new year, I'm looking forward to embracing and cherishing so many more things. The term "don't sweat the small stuff" will come into effect! I'm hoping that I can be more relaxed and feel comfortable taking more chances.

I've made a step in the right direction in regards to my future. I won't say anything yet because nothing is confirmed, but it's something new and exciting that I really look forward to. I hope to work in the entertainment industry in the future. Ideally, I'd like to be acting, writing, directing, performing, etc.. but I'd also love to be in an agency, management, PR company, a critic.. all that jazz! I took a step to get my foot in the door. Sometimes you have to work from the ground up! I'll keep ya posted on how it goes with my secret mission! :)

I hope you all are doing well on your resolutions so far! Stay motivated and positive. You can do absolutely anything you put your mind to.

It's been a stressful few days. Hopefully, after tomorrow I'll be able to relax and continue to enjoy my vacation. A month off is definitely needed. It's a mental health vacay!

So I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and feel free to leave any comments, questions or suggestions below! I'm off to do a nice workout! I'll be updating you guys soon!
I look forward to hearing from you.. don't be shy!
Xoxoxo Christina