Six month anniversary

I can’t believe that it has already been six months since I first started Channeling Chanel. I am so extremely thankful for each and every one of you who has followed along on this journey with me. From changing jobs to moving to a new state-this has been a whirlwind year for me. I have absolutely loved sharing my life with all of you and creating content that I hope inspires you! In honor of my six month anniversary, I just wanted to take a look back at six of my favorite posts/looks:

-LBD & Chill

Fancy florals

-Before I turn 29

-Horsing around

-Nailed it

-Cute and comfortable

If there are specific topics or things that you would like me to write about please let me know. Whether you have followed me from the very beginning or are just starting to follow along now-I sincerely appreciate you. Thank you so much for six amazing months and here’s to many more!

XOXO,

Amanda

Kicking sugary drinks

Okay so I have been talking about how I want to be healthier A LOT lately but I haven’t really been following through. I decided I would start out by taking baby steps as far as my diet is concerned and that means giving up pop! I am the type of person who was pretty much addicted to pop-I mean like two Dr. Peppers a day kind of addicted. I know, gross right? Not to mention SUPER unhealthy. The amount of sugar in a bottle of pop is alarming.

However, as I am writing this I have gone five days without consuming any pop! I know that isn’t a long time but you have to start somewhere. My longest streak is 21 days but I am really trying to completely give it up for good. In order to be successful giving it up I wanted to be able to substitute it with something else and I found the perfect drink: sparkling ice! I am obsessed with these drinks. They have zero sugar and they contain vitamins and antioxidants. Sparkling ice also comes in several flavors so there is definitely plenty for everyone to love. My favorite is strawberry watermelon. Hopefully this will kickstart the rest of my health journey! Have you tried sparkling ice? If so, which is your favorite flavor?

XOXO,

Amanda

Clear the shelters

Hey guys! As I am writing this post I am tearing up because it is definitely something near and dear to my heart. Tomorrow on Saturday, August 17, there will be be several shelters nationwide participating in “Clear the shelters.” Rescuing animals from the shelter is such a huge deal to me because the thought of an animal feeling unwanted and unloved (or even worse being put down) just breaks my heart. According to the ASPCA, “Every year 6.5 million animals end up in the shelter but only 3.2 million are actually adopted.” During clear the shelters, pet adoption fees are either reduced or waived.

I adopted puppy (my cat, Chanel) from a shelter in Virginia and she is the love of my life. I have no idea what I would do without her! The saddest part? When I first went to the shelter I didn’t have any of my apartment paperwork which is required for adoption but I only planned on looking so I figured it would be fine. I saw her and instantly fell in love but there was nothing I could do without the paperwork and I was so worried that she would be taken by the time I got back. I asked the shelter about her and they told me that my chances were pretty good because no one had ever asked about her. *Cue giant tears*

The silver lining was that even though she had not been the most sought after animal in the shelter, I was later able to bring her home with me and give her all the love in the world. (Fun fact: I may have talked about this before but the name of my blog, Channeling Chanel, is inspired by her. I originally used it to create an Instagram blog for her!

For more info on clear the shelters check out this link! Please adopt, don’t shop!

XOXO,

Amanda & puppy

The struggle is real

Hey everyone! So this is a post I’ve been wanting to do for a while but I haven’t had the courage to write it, until today. I think it is unfortunately a huge issue in our society that so many of us deal with and I would just like to share my experiences in hope of possibly helping someone else. So here goes:

A person’s weight and/or body image is something that is extremely personal. We live in a society where we are told that we need to be a certain size or we are not deemed beautiful. Because of that I feel that so many women (and men) struggle with their body image because they feel they don’t fit into the ideal standard of beauty. For as long as I can remember I have struggled with body image. Throughout my entire adolescent life I was tiny. I was super athletic due to soccer and cheerleading and weighed only about 90 pounds which was fine for my height but I still felt fat.

It is something I very rarely talk about but I did have occasional struggles with eating disorders and I always wished I was thinner. Fast forward to now, I am absolutely not the weight I was back then and I am even more unhappy with my body. I won’t even lie, I look in the mirror almost everyday and hate the person looking back at me. I never got away from that negative mindset and now that I am a bit heavier than I was back then I am even unhappier with myself. I hide it really well but it is something that truly plagues me. It is definitely my fault because I am not the healthiest eater and don’t work out as often as I should but even then, why do I feel like my weight determines my self worth?

We are entering a very body positive movement nowadays which is amazing but we are still not there yet. The thing that really set me off is the comment written on my Instagram in the second picture. How dare someone ask me that? (The original commenter has since deleted the comment but later DM’ed me again asking about my weight and made other objectifying statements). Because I am dedicating my life to sharing myself with the public I understand I open myself up more than others but why is my weight up for discussion? If I want to share that with people, it is my prerogative but the opposite is also true.

I am currently on a journey to making sure I am the best version of myself. I know it sounds super corny but it is so true. I am trying to focus on myself and all the other great things about me that have nothing to do with my weight. I know that even though someone may look at me and conclude I am not overweight, I would still like to focus on becoming healthier. I want to commit to truly eating a healthy diet and getting a consistent workout routine. With all of that being said, I still don’t want myself (or anyone else for that matter) to think that the number on the scale is equivalent to your worth as a person. Everyone is beautiful on the inside and out and we should all work on empowering one another. I hope you enjoyed getting to know another side of me that I don’t share as often and I hope this has helped ease the mind of anyone else struggling with this issue. Have a great weekend!

Xoxo,

Amanda

Life update

Hey guys! So I have some pretty big and exciting news. In ten days I am moving to Minnesota! You may remember from previous posts where I have discussed how often I move (generally once a year) and it looks like it’s that time. My roommate was promoted out there and I decided to come along with her. I am so excited to be moving somewhere that I have never lived before but I am definitely nervous about the extreme cold.

I am going to be forever grateful for all the amazing opportunities I had and the people I met here in Michigan. After all, this was the place where I mustered up the courage to start my blog. Even though I am sad to be leaving, I am so excited to meet new people and have new experiences. I am sure living right by the Mall of America will be extremely beneficial (and costly) for my blog!

Thank you all so much for following me these past few months. I am looking forward to sharing the next chapter of my life with you all!

XOXO,

Amanda

The importance of a sister

Hi guys! In honor of my sister’s 26th birthday I wanted to write a bit about what having a sister means to me. My sister and I have always been close even when we have lived far apart. She is two years younger than me but if you saw us you might think she was the older sister. (In fact, most people do considering the fact that she is a lot taller than me!) She is such an intelligent, kind, good-hearted and amazing person.

I know I can trust her with anything and no matter what she will always be there for me. I will always return the favor as well. Sisters are so special because not only are they your family but also your best friend. Even though she currently lives back home in Illinois and I live in Michigan we make sure to talk everyday. We actually have a group chat with my mom and my dad and things can get pretty crazy in that group chat. (Although it’s mostly used for us to share pictures of our dog, Lily).

I don’t know what I would do without her in my life. Sisters are so important and even though we may fight or have our issues it is always crucial to remember the bond shared between siblings. Samantha has been so helpful in all aspects of my life, especially with my blog. She was one of the first people I told when I had the idea years ago and always encouraged me to go for it. She has been so supportive now that it has been launched and often takes several of the pictures or even checks out my posts in advance before I publish them.

As far as her career, she works with special needs kids at a school. How amazing and caring is that? She is definitely the kind of person you would want to have as your mentor and confidante. She is so sweet and funny and a great friend to all of those in her life. Among all of that she is also beautiful on the inside and outside. Sometimes I swear she could be the next Kendall Jenner. All in all, I am so grateful to have someone like her in my life not just as a friend but as my SISTER. I love you so much and hope you have the best birthday ever. You deserve it sis!

“The greatest gift our parents ever gave us was each other.”-Unknown

XOXO

Amanda

Flint water crisis

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Happy Saturday everyone! Today I want to switch it up a little bit from my normal style posts to something else that I feel really needs to be addressed: the Flint water crisis. Water is something that is necessary for survival and is something people often take for granted. According to an article on http://www.theroot.com, “the people of Flint, Michigan have been without clean water for more than 1,462 days.” There have been thousands of residents who have been exposed to contaminated water.

As a current resident of the state of Michigan, I want to help out. I will be making a donation to http://www.unitedwaygenesee.org in order to help the people of Flint gain access to clean water. If you are interested in helping out too you can also make a donation, donate bottled water or even volunteer your time. This site offers lots of ways to help.

I understand that not everyone may want to help out with this cause and that is okay but I hope this will encourage you to find another cause close to your heart. I want to commit to making the world a better place and I feel that even though this may be a small step, it is a start. I hope you all enjoyed this post and found some of this information interesting. As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

XOXO,

Amanda

Before I turn 29

Glasses

Sweater

Leggings

Hi everyone! Okay so I will be turning 29 in a few months and I was thinking about some things I would like to focus on/accomplish. It’s so crazy to me how fast time goes by and I really want to make sure that as I grow older I am working on bettering myself. Here is a list of the things I really want to focus on before I turn 29:

-Live in the moment-I think our generation has been so focused on technology that we often miss out on what’s going on around us. There are so many times when I should be enjoying being with friends or family and all I want to do is document it on instagram. I really want to commit to enjoying each moment as it is and not worrying so much about how my life looks on the outside.

-Become more patient-This has always been a struggle for me but I have gotten better. I am such an instant gratification person that I do everything I can to avoid waiting. However, sometimes being patient can really pay off. There is a reason they say good things come to those who wait.

-Pay off my credit cards-This one may seem a bit random on this list but I have been working VERY hard at doing this lately and I have come super close. I just want to be able to be smarter about my finances and not worry about paying interest on previous purchases. It is such a waste of money.

-Be more positive-I sometimes have a very negative outlook and it is not the best way to live. I want to encourage myself to be more positive with myself and others. I don’t always show it but I am a super insecure person and sometimes I tear myself down for no reason at all. I would really like to become a more positive person and spread that positivity to others as well!

-Stop comparing myself to others-“Comparison is the thief of joy.”-Theodore Roosevelt. I am constantly wishing I could be more like someone else and it really gets to me. I think everyone should be happy with who they are. Every single individual is unique and to want to be someone else instead of yourself isn’t healthy. Of course you can aspire to be like them in some aspects but you should always focus on being your most true self.

Lastly I just want to thank each and every one of you for reading. I have had so many people reach out to me in the last few months and the outpouring of support I have received is truly amazing. Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart.

XOXO,

Amanda

The single life

Okay so I’ve been watching A LOT of Sex and the City lately and it’s been so amazing because of how relatable it is. I am a newbie to the show since before this I had only ever seen random episodes! One of the common themes is about being single and independent and how that should be more accepted. As Carrie once said, “The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself.” This is so true and something that people often forget.

Now the one thing I want people to understand is that I am not trying to put down those in a relationship because I fully believe in love. I want to simply let those who are single and insecure of that fact realize that it is 100% okay! After all, how can we be happy in a relationship if we’re not happy with ourselves? From the time we are little we are led to believe that we need to depend on someone else (ahem prince charming) to care for us and make us happy. This idea often creates unhappiness if we are not able to find our prince charming right away or even worse, when it seems everyone else already has.

I am at the age where I have several friends getting engaged, married and/or pregnant. What makes it even harder is the fact that it is all over social media. Sometimes it can get you down when it seems that everyone has those things and you don’t. However, watching Sex and the City lately has made me feel a bit more empowered about being on my own. I have had so many amazing experiences such as moving to Hawaii when I was 22, and I may have never been able to do that if I had been in a relationship. I am fully learning about myself as a person before committing to being with someone else.

I know it sounds so corny and cliche but I think it is so important that everyone at least experiences some time alone to get to know themselves as an individual. We all know those women (or even men) who jump from relationship to relationship and can’t stand the idea of being on their own. Even though it can be scary to be on your own it is definitely worth it and I believe it will help lead to a more fulfilling relationship with your significant other.

I may occasionally find being single a bit upsetting and frustrating at times but ultimately I am extremely grateful for the path that I am currently on. I hope that this has helped anyone struggling with being single to embrace it and learn to love yourself first. (Or maybe you’re in a relationship and just need a reminder to not only love the person you’re with but to love yourself too!) I’ll leave you with another great Carrie Bradshaw quote: “Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.”

XOXO,

Amanda

All about me

I’ve been trying to do some more personal posts lately and I thought it would be a good idea to share some facts about me.

  1. I have lived all over: Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Virginia, North Carolina and currently Michigan. Hawaii and Illinois (where I am from) have been my favorites so far.
  2. I originally went to school for sports management at the University of Tampa before ultimately getting my degree in merchandising at UK. I was super interested in working behind the scenes in sports, potentially as an events coordinator or operations manager. While in Tampa I actually spent a day working with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and even got to be on the field during one of their games. SO FUN!
  3. I am addicted to Taco bell. It’s so bad but I love their cheese quesadillas and baja blasts!
  4. I played soccer since I was 5 years old and then took up cheerleading in high school as well.
  5. I come from a pretty small family. I have one younger sister and no first cousins! I was always super jealous of all those big families but I love my family more than anything!
  6. I have a cat named Chanel but I literally refer to her as my puppy. (The blog is actually named after her!) I also have a dog back home in Illinois named Lily. Both of my pets have made appearances on the blog! Click on the links to see the posts they were featured in.
  7. I literally cannot cook anything. I’ve even messed up Kraft mac and cheese. I really want to learn though!
  8. Friends is my favorite TV show in the whole world. I have seen it so many times and know every line. I even laugh before the jokes are made. (I am Rachel in case you were wondering!)
  9. My style icons are Chanel Oberlin from Scream Queens and Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl. Also can we please bring back Scream Queens??
  10. I’m really short..only 5 feet tall! But that’s what heels are for right?

I hope you found this interesting and got to know me a little bit better. Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,

Amanda