How to Become Vegan

How to Become Vegan

For me, I had no idea how to transition to become vegan. Did I just stop cold turkey or do you slowly cut things out? After my first failed attempted I learned that there is no right way, but it’s really about what will work best for you and having a plan. This second time, I have found that I am committed and doing well. Here are some tips that I have found helpful in my journey.

Get rid of all food that is not vegan

I didn’t do this the first time I tried to become vegan and it did not go well. If food is still available for you to eat, well then you are going to eat it. So if you are going vegan all at once, either eat all the other food or get rid of it.

Have a plan

This is really the biggest reason why I didn’t succeed the first time. If you are wondering what you should plan, here is a list of things to plan ahead for:

  • Have a set list of easy vegan meals for when you don’t feel like cooking
  • If you are on the run know things you can eat at fast-food restaurants
  • Know what ingredients are vegan for when you are going out to eat
  • Vegan snacks
  • Vegan deserts

Have a “why”

We all have a reason why we want to become vegan, but it has to be meaningful to you. If it’s just a fad thing you are doing, it won’t stick. I choose to be vegan for a mix of reasons including health, moral, and environmental. Know your why and remind yourself of it!

For a post on some of my favorite vegan meals click HERE!

I hope these tips will help you on your journey on becoming vegan! If you need more recipe ideas follow my vegan board on Pinterest!

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Motivational Books You Should Read This Summer

Motivational Books You Should Read This Summer

I have been really getting into motivational books this year. While I do love reading a good fiction book, there is something about reading an inspiring book that makes you then feel inspired and empowered to do anything! There are so many people out there who have been successful in what they do and want to share how they do it, so why not take advantage of that! So if you are feeling like you are in a rut or just looking for your next book, here are some motivational books you should check out!

You Are a BADASS

 Jen Sincero

Jen takes a look at all that self-doubt and tells us how to overcome all of it!

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**K

 Mark Manson

One of the biggest reasons I think we don’t do what we want is because of “what will people think.” Well this book helps you get over that.

Your Best Year Ever

 Michael Hyatt

Hyatt helps you design your best year ever!

Adventures For Your Soul

 Shannon Kaiser

This is a pretty quick and easy read all about making new habits that will help you read your goals.


What is your favorite motivational book?


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Why You Should Try Hot Yoga

Why You Should Try Hot Yoga

I’ve always loved yoga. It challenges me so much mentally and physically! I didn’t know about hot yoga until about two years ago when I tried my first class. After that I was hooked! Hot yoga kicks up the intensity and makes you feel amazing after. Yoga has always been known for having a positive impact, but I think hot yoga is a little less represented. You not only get the benefits of yoga, plus more since the class is heated! Today I’m sharing some of those added benefits and hopefully you will check out a class near you 😉

Improve Your Skin

Since you will be sweating a ton, all that sweat will pull toxins out of your skin. Your skin all over will feel refreshed!

Increase Awareness

As I said before, you will get pretty sweaty during your hot yoga class. This means during your class you will have to push through those distractions of sweat dripping in places and focus on you. You will also have to work on not letting the heat distract you in any way. By pushing past these distractions you are able to focus your awareness.

Increase Flexibility

Heat helps relax your muscles so you will be able to stretch a little deeper than you usually would be able to.


During a hot yoga class you will feel so energized! Even after the class when you get exposed to cooler air, you will feel lighter and ready to tackle the day!


The hot air in the room helps relax the body and distress.


I have been practicing hot yoga regularly since I have moved back from Europe and love the results I am getting. While it is difficult to do, it is rewarding.

Where I Practice

I recently started practicing at The Hot Room Indianapolis. The staff is amazing and so friendly! Every time I walk in I feel so welcome in the space. The reason I started at The Hot Room is because they have a new client special which is $40 for one month unlimited. I have been searching for a new studio to try, and with the great price I thought I would give it a shot! The Hot Room is really the only other studio in Indy that I have practiced at. Before I would go to studios in Bloomington, where I went to college. So if you have any studios you really love, let me know! I also love doing regular yoga also.

Have you ever tried hot yoga?



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My Year as an Au Pair

My Year as an Au Pair

Holy moly these 9 months have flown by! Right now I’m either at the airport or on my flight from Stockholm to Chicago. If this is your first time on Boarding for Chynna, I’ve been an au pair in Finland for the past 9 months. If you want to know more information about being an au pair below are some blog posts I have written!

My year as an au pair has definitely been an interesting one. As a 25-year-old it’s not something you hear of people doing after college. I will say that taking a year of was really nice so that I could travel before having to get into the game of life. But I don’t think I will ever not stop traveling! I’ve had a fun year and I’m excited to share what I did today!

August and September


I arrived in Finland at the beginning of August and the weather was great! I visited the capital, Helsinki, for the first time and met some other au pairs in the same city. At the beginning of September I went to Tallinn, Estonia by boat with some of the au pairs. Tallinn is a beautiful place I would have never thought of going to, but so glad I did. You can read about my trip HERE.

October and November

My Year as an Au Pair

October was a big month! I turned 25 and went on my first solo trip to Prague! My grandpa is from Prague so I have been wanting to go for a long time and was blown away by the beauty of the city. If you would like to read about my trip to Prague, click HERE.

Why I Became an Au Pair After College

In November I took my next solo trip to Copenhagen! I loved this city! Even though it was chilly at this time of the year, it was amazing! You can read about my trip HERE.

December and January

One au pair I met was from France and when she found out I wasn’t going home for Christmas she invited my to her families house to join them! Seriously the nicest thing and I’m forever grateful for it! We spent a day in Paris before heading to her family’s town and then two other days exploring Metz and Nancy. You can read my posts about France, HERE and HERE.

Traveling to Amsterdam During Winter

After Christmas I made my way up to Brussels and then to Amsterdam. I will say that Brussels didn’t really blow me away, but Amsterdam did! Amsterdam is gorgeous and the canals are a dream to just look at all day. You can read my post for Brussels HERE and Amsterdam HERE.

In January I took a weekend trip to Stockholm with another au pair and her friend. Stockholm is a beautiful city, but pretty cold during the winter! You can read about my weekend HERE. 

February and March

Why I Became an Au Pair After College

I’m not going to lie, February was rough. It’s cold and dark and it feels like winter will never end. On a positive note though, I did get to go skiing with my host family for the first time!

Why I Became an Au Pair After College

I also went to a public sauna and jumped into a frozen lake! Very very Finnish thing to do in the winter.

In March I finally saw a friend from back home! After not seeing any of my friends since August I was so happy. I’m so glad I was able to meet up with them in Barcelona! You can read about my trip to Barcelona HERE. 

April and May

5 Things You Should Do in Lisbon

April was a great month! I had another friend come to visit and we took a trip to Lisbon Portugal! I fell in love with this city. There is so much to see and do. You can read my Lisbon posts HERE, HERE, and HERE.

How to Spend a Weekend in Northern Austria

And here we are in May! At the beginning of the Month I traveled to Germany and Austria to visit an au pair I met in Finland. You can read about my weekend HERE and HERE.

My Thoughts on Being an Au Pair

People ask if I would do it over again and it’s such a hard question. If I didn’t come I would have never met the people I did or do the things I did. And really I’m not sure I would want to give that up. But also I overall didn’t enjoy being an au pair. I love working with kids and even have a degree based on working with them, but this is completely different. I am not in control of anything and had to base my life on what 5 other people were doing. So really I have not felt in control of my own life these past 9 months which has been hard for me. It was an experience though and was able to do so much, so for that I am thankful.

I want to thank everyone who has kept up with my journey these past 9 months and can’t wait to share what I will be doing during this next chapter in life!


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My “Must-Haves” for Spring

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My Must-Haves for Spring

Spring is my favorite season! The Earth is coming alive again and I think people are just overall happier. I have been getting into skincare/health a lot this year. Even though I am in no way old, I am not getting younger and that means I need to take care of my skin and my body. Today I’m sharing some of my recent finds that are now my “must-haves” for this spring!

Sheet Masks

My Must-Haves for Spring

I love face masks in general, but sheet masks are so convenient! I love to take them on a plane with me to wear so my skin doesn’t get dehydrated. I have been using the Garnier ones, since that is what is available in Finland, but there are so many good ones out there! Let me know your favorite ones so I can try them 🙂


My Must-Haves for Spring

If you don’t wear sunscreen or your makeup doesn’t have an SPF, then you need to get some now! I use this ACO Sun Face Fluid. I am not sure if it is available in the States, but I got this at a local drug store. I really like this kind because it is not oily or heavy on my oily skin.

Glass Water Bottle

My Must-Haves for Spring

I love glass water bottles because they don’t have toxins like plastic ones do and you are helping the environment! You are also helping your body stay healthy by drinking water more often since you have it with you!

Whole Fruit, Vegetable, and Berry Supplements

My Must-Haves for Spring

I have a pretty healthy diet, but even I struggle with getting all the servings of fruits and vegetables per day! These are great to bridge that gap so that you get all the necessary nutrients you need. You can find these HERE.


My Must-Haves for Spring

Omega can befit your body and brain! It is great for cardiovascular health, skin health, cholesterol, and many other things. I love these omegas because they are Non-GMO and plant-based, so there is no fishy taste. They also have omega 3,5,6,7, and 9 all in one pill! So you don’t have to take multiple. You can find them HERE.


What are your favorite spring finds?

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20 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

20 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is an April 22 this year! This years theme is to End Plastic Pollution. I am personally really excited for this theme and that it will educate a lot of people on the plastic pollution in the world. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start to help the Earth. Celebrating Earth Day can be a great way to start making positive changes that will positively impact the Earth. So celebrate with me with one or more of the 20 ways this year!

Stop Using Disposable Plastic

Of course this is the first one on the list since it the theme of the year. Stop using plastic bags at the grocery store and invest in cloth ones. Refuse straws and invest in reusable bottles.

Join a Community Clean Up

Research a community clean up in your area and join it! Seeing a clean community makes you feel better about where you live too!

Use Cloth Towels Instead of Paper

This is a win-win since you will save money buying paper towels and you will help the Earth!

Plant or Donate a Tree

You can donate one HERE.

Change Your Paper Bills to Online

A simple change that can help the Earth!

Buy Local Food

Find your local Farmer’s market and buy what you can from them!

Buy Organic Food

This keeps harmful pesticides out of the environment.

Or Start Your Own Garden

If you like to garden, this would be a great way to help the Earth and save money on groceries.

Use Non-toxic Cleaning Products

Keeping toxins out of the Earth is so important!

Donate Old Clothes Instead of Throwing Away

The clothing market is one cause of pollution I did not even realize was a problem!

Use 100% Recycled Paper

This way new trees won’t be used!

Make Sure to Recycle

Look up how you can recycle in your community.

Reduce Your Meat Consumption

You can read about some of my favorite vegan recipes HERE.

Compost Kitchen Scraps

Here in Finland they actually have a biodegradable trash service, which is so cool! But since we don’t have that yet in America we can compost in the meantime.

Wash Your Clothes Only When Needed

And use cold water.

Turn Off Lights

Always when they are not needed!

Take the Stairs

Saving energy and getting exercise!

Read Online Instead of Printing

Saving paper!

Join Earth Day Network’s Campaign

You can join HERE.


Reducing traffic and pollution!


I hope you will be celebrating Earth Day in some way with me this year!

How are you celebrating this year?


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Three Ways to Reduce Stress

3 Ways to Reduce Stress

April is Stress Awareness Month! As someone that can get caught up in stress, I am sure there are others out there that feel the same way! Stress comes and goes in our life. For some it is easy to handle, but for others not so much. I know for me, I know there is really not much to stress out about because everything always works out but sometimes your mind can’t let it go. Stress can cause problems though. It can make you not sleep, eat, or weaken your immune system. It is important to try and reduce stress as much as possible so that you are healthy and happy! Here are three ways I reduce stress!


This can be in any way that you like! I hate running so I’m not going to go running to reduce stress. I like doing yoga, lifting weights, and going for walks. Doing these things really help me reduce stress and stay focused!

Get Fresh Air

Sunshine and fresh air make a big difference! Go outside to read a book or go for a walk! Let yourself enjoy nature. Going outside for a walk is one of my favorite things to do when I’m stressed, especially in a forest.

Talk to a Friend

Sometimes just talking to someone can help you reduce stress. Meet a friend for coffee or dinner and let yourself relax and laugh! I find that most of the time my friends are also stressing about similar things, or have in the past. They can help give advice or just understand how you feel.


How do you reduce stress?



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3 Things to Ask Yourself Before Becoming an Au Pair

3 Things You Should Ask Yourself Before Becoming an Au Pair

Deciding to become an au pair is a pretty big decision. One that I should have probably thought over a little more than I did. Luckily it ended up well and nothing horrible happened, but there are some things I should have asked myself before I signed my contract.

Am I okay with doing more than what my contract says?

For example staying home with the kids when they are sick. I don’t get paid anything extra and I lose my free-time during the day. Or doing the dishes everyday. I am only supposed to clean once a week lightly and then once a month a heavy cleaning. Even though this isn’t a big deal, spending 15 minutes of your morning almost everyday cleaning up after people can get old (and they start to expect it). If you aren’t okay with doing more than what is in your contract, then you need to be true to yourself and know how to say no. I am still working on that one.


Am I patient and flexible?

Not only will kids test your patience being belief, but sometimes situations will arise where you need to be flexible. Like if the taxi doesn’t come at 5am for the dad and the mom needs to drive him. That means you have to wake up and be in the house with the kids (if you don’t live in the same house). Or maybe a toddler is throwing a tantrum and has cried for the past 20 minutes. You can luckily learn these two things over time, but I would ask yourself if you are willing to.


Am I okay with doing these differently than I do?

Not every culture does things the same ways you do. What they eat for breakfast, how they spend their free time, and how they raise their children. Are you open to do things differently or not?


I think these are really tough questions to answer and ones that should be thought over before making a decision. For some of you these might be easy and you know or have known you wanted to be an au pair for a while. That’s great and I hope you have the best time! If you want to know how I became an au pair in Finland you can read my post HERE.


Do you have any more questions about becoming an au pair? Feel free to ask me!



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Four of My Favorite Children’s Books

Four of My Favorite Children's Books

April 2nd was Children’s Book Day and as an Elementary teacher, I love children’s books! Even as an adult, some of these books inspire me. Today I am sharing a few of my favorite children’s books that I like to read in a classroom or to any child I know!


Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

Four of My Favorite Children's Books

Red is a crayon, but is not good at drawing red things. All of his “red pictures” like strawberries keep coming out wrong. That is until he realizes that he is not actually red at all, but blue! This book is so inspiring to be your true inner-self!


The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Four of My Favorite Children's Books

This book is hilarious! It’s a story about a boy, Duncan, who went to get his crayons but finds letters about why they have quit instead. Orange and yellow believe they are the true color of the sun and are no longer speaking, black wants to do more than just outline, and blue is done coloring bodies of water.


Maya Angelou (Little People, Big Dreams) by Lisbeth Kaiser

Four of My Favorite Children's Books

Maya Angelou is one of my favorite authors, so I love being able to add that into a classroom. This books shows a glimpse of Angelou’s life and how she never gave up on her dream!

The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch

Four of My Favorite Children's Books

In most fairy tales you will find that the Princess is the one who needs to be saved, but this is not the case in this book! When Princess Elizabeth finds that her Prince, Ronald, has been kidnapped and her clothes have been burned by a dragon; she sets off to save him!

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3 Reasons Why You Should Start Listening to Podcasts

3 Reasons You Should Start Listening to Podcasts

Until this past year I have been completely unaware of the podcast world! There are so many out there about anything you can think of, we have a whole app designated for it an iPhones. After I found out about these and the app on my phone, my life has changed. Because of this, I want to share with you 3 reasons why you should start listening to podcasts!

Listening to Podcasts Makes Information Personal

When you are listening to the podcast, you almost feel like you are apart of the conversation. This makes it meaningful to you and you want to listen.

You Learn Something New

There are so many things in the world that we don’t know! This also means that we are missing out on a lot. There is some pretty interesting stuff to learn and some interesting podcasts out there that talk about those things.

You Become a Better Listener

Sometimes when you have a conversation with someone you might not even realize you have taken over the conversation. When you are listening to a podcast it is kinda hard to give a response to someone who can’t hear you. This forces you to only listen to what they think and feel and not respond at all.

If you are new to the podcast world, here are a few of my favorites!

  • Manifestation Babe
  • Self Service
  • Atlanta Monster- if you are into crime shows this is a good one for you
  • Empty Frames- a mystery podcast where the speakers look at great unsolved museum mysteries
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class
  • 60-Second Science
  • The Gratitude Podcast


Don’t see anything that might interest you on this list? Google something you are interested along with the work “podcast” and you are sure to find something you will enjoy!


What podcasts do you like to listen to?


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