Today's a big day for The Lysst. Today we're introducing our resident health and fitness expert, Sara Eichinger. Sara trains me (Alyssa) a few days a week, making sure I don't blow up like a balloon with all my indulgences I somehow justify. She's a #girlboss too, which makes her even cooler. You can check out her website here: Natural Fitness 704. She's local to Charlotte like me, but she will be soon offering remote training services, so be sure to keep tabs on her! I've loved welcoming her into the world of entrepreneurship and helping her build her business (*inconspicuous cough* that website is my handiwork... #humblebrag).
Did you know that The National Sexual Violence Resource Center estimates nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States have experienced an attempted rape or assault? That statistic is so not O.K. Oh, and approximately 7 out of 10 victims actually know their assailants, which means it's never a bad time to learn self-defense moves to practice at home, in case you're ever in one of these situations.
Happiness. That elusive, sunny disposition we all crave. That end-game we envision without a realistic route of getting there. That "thing" most people say they want out of life. "As long as I'm happy..." they say, honestly admitting that hopes and dreams only amount to one emotion making it all worth it. Most of us have noticed by now that happiness is not as easy to come by as it seems. In fact, each year, about 6.7 percent of the American population ages 18 and over suffer from major depression. And that's only looking at those who are diagnosed.
We might be in the middle of winter, but that doesn't mean you have to keep hibernating in a sad house. Heading into February, it's important to start thinking about how you can get into the spring spirit when the sun begins to come out from hiding. Since spring is the best season of the year (boy bai, fall.), it's time to start acting like we're excited. Because we are. I am. You are. We are all stoked for spring. Now, check out the first "Lyss Loves" article, where I'm sharing my picks as they relate to what's hot in home decor. Consider me your cool but approachable industry insider that's just tryin' to help a sista out. I got'chu, gurl.