Lion at Heart

Hey. This post is more of an update on how I’m doing and where I’m at, so if you’re interested, then keep on reading.

So, starting. My boyfriend and I broke up. We both wanted to break up, so it was extremely mutual, but I am a little sad because it killed our amazing friendship. We were only together for two months. This is the first time I’ve been single in maybe over a half a year. I’ve been thinking about my first relationship a lot recently, my 5-month relationship that ended back in January. I don’t want to go back to it, I believe it ended for a reason, but I have been thinking about how good it was, and how I want that, someone like that again. Definitely not for a while, but at least it helps me once again recognize what I want. I believe that after any relationship you should try and find a lesson in it. I have no doubt in my mind that I am going to find something better than what I had before, but the lesson is always something to remember to think about.

I’ve also been studying like crazy. Homework is non stop, and I’m trying to get my driver’s permit. I have one week and a half until my test and I am completely and totally nervous. Not to mention having an unbelievably horrible amount of homework because the hustle never stops.

Speaking of stuff coming up in two weeks, Merced County Spring Fair is in two weeks, and I am working with my animals every day. When push comes to shove, I always remember I can sleep when I’m dead.

But it sounds like I’m complaining about all I’m doing, and we don’t need that negative energy. Today I played guitar for the second time with my church band, and I took my new acoustic-electric guitar (Jessie) out for a spin. I was great. I love music, it’s such a huge part of my life. I always tell people my playlist says what I can’t, and all my walls are down when I am listening to music and that is when I am truly myself. Since we’re on the subject of music, my high school’s spring concert is coming up. Where the band, choir, and guitar will be playing. The setlist for guitar includes:

  1. “Another One Bites the Dust” Queen
  2. “Heart Shaped Box” Nirvana
  3. “Elanor Rigby” Beatles
  4. “Stand By Me” King
  5. “Peter Gun” Mancini

Now, that sounds like fun. It’s even more fun playing it.

I don’t even want to think about finals, but if that is what stands in the way of my summer I am all for it, but that’s a month away.

Anxiety-wise, I haven’t had a single panic attack since my ex-entered my life. He was a really good friend for a while. I was lucky to have him in my life while I did. Sometimes I shake, but I feel healthier and better, and it seems like my body and my mind are handling situations that normally ended in wasting time panicking, in a good and healthy way. I also honestly think I am taking care of myself better. Even though I will always put work and especially my friends over myself.

I have a new plant family. I love watching them right by my window, and they’re succulents so I don’t have to take care of them 24/7. They say having live things around you makes you feel more alive, and it does.

Ooh, and I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but I got M.V.P for soccer. That meant so much to me. I was the team captain and then M.V.P. My coach didn’t even show, only the assistant one. That says a lot about the season. He didn’t say much about anybody, but he did say that he believed that I would do great things and become a great leader, and that meant everything to me. I have a lot to live up to next year if I want to be varsity goalie, but I will work hard every day because I have to if I want to prove myself and gain respect.

I guess this is a good way to lead into why this is titled ‘Lion at Heart’. The breakup wasn’t that bad, but as I mentioned it kind of sucked, but it felt like I was my lion self again. I never changed myself, but I was sad for awhile that’s why the breakup occurred, but something changed. I feel free again. It’s like a part of me, the lion badass part of me turned on again. I am working non-stop, and I can handle it, and I feel ready to take on and conquer this week to come. I have been looking at my phone a lot. The Quote Wednesday #33 is my phone lock screen to remind me.

There’s a fire inside me, and it’s back and I can do anything. So can you if you really want to. I have a new lion logo in the works hopefully to be up by the new may changes. Follow to be a part of the pride, and give this a like down bellow too.

Have a good week and a good life.




My Life Monday #17

Hello people of the internet. Sorry it’s been awhile since I’ve put up a post, but in my defence soccer season is officially here and in full force. I’ve had games almost every day. I am on the girls JV soccer team, and this was the first year we ever went to a tournament. Most girls are new to the team, some aren’t and we placed fourth out of five teams. Not too shabby. I am the new team captain. It honestly meant so much to me when the coach handed me the band that said captain on it and asked if I wanted to take over. I’ve been playing soccer for seven years. It’s my sport. I’m not the best player in the world, but I love playing this game. It’s so stupid but being aggressive makes me feel like a badass, and my friend Andrea and I can vouch for this, when you play it feels like you have a connection with the ball, and as I’ve grown with the name I’ve learned lots of strategy. Besides, I’m definitely a competitive girl that loves to win, so soccer means a lot to me. Oddly it’s a piece of me that I’ve had with me growing up, and it meant a lot to me that my coach recognized me for it and trusted me with getting the team going.

But I also miss running so much. Running joined my life about thid time least year, and it has changed my life. It changed my body, my mindsets, and so much more. I don’t have the energy to run with homework and soccer practice, but I try to make time for it on the weekends, because I miss ab workouts, and just running a straight three miles with headphones on. Funny story, the day after Thanksgiving I think it was. I knew I had soccer practice the next day, and I was feeling kind of flabby. So I just decided to run three miles. I wiped it out like it was nothing. It sucks that most people my age don’t understand how much running can do for you. It’s hard at life, but you push through the pain. When you run through the emotional and physical pain in your life it’s like breaking down a wall. I feel an indescribable high, and it makes me so happy. That and the fact that I can binge whatever I want and not gain fat.

This entire post is going to be a talk about my life right now, perspectives, and thoughts of the moment stuff like that. Like and follow for more if you find me tolerable.

Happy December everyone! Merry Christmas! And all that jazz. I really enjoy Christmas season. It makes me feel at peace and in the moment, and filled with joy giving stuff to my friends and just spending time with them. And with end of December comes new year! This is such an insane thought, but I’ve had this blog up for a year. Wow how it’s grown. But that’s another post for another time.

It’s Christmas time! So I’ve been scrambling to get presents. Actually now that I’m older it’s nice to understand the financial situation of my family, and to not want everything for Christmas. Getting presents for my friends hasn’t been anything super stressed so I honestly went to Dollar General (my favorite store) and bought all my friend some small gifts for Christmas. My boyfriend is the harder one to ship for because I want to get him something really special but not over the top and definitely not expensive.

But the other thing I have to concern myself about in December is finals. Oh the ‘f’ word I’ve been begging people not to say, but it’s here. I have to start studying for it. I am talking all advanced classes, but because I am a Sophmore I cannot take AP classes (kinda happy about that). I can normally handle my advanced and honors classes, but I’m struggling as I always am with Algebra 2 and Spanish those have always been my hardest classes. I have a C in algebra and I am 1% away from a B and this test can make or break my grate for the semester. Ah the stresses! I’ll get through it, but I just can’t stop hustling for a second. Especially with a band concert this week, and lots of games in between. I also have to finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in a week and I’m not even half way through, so audiobook here I come.

I haven’t been stressing about it at all really, but at the same time my acne is so bad. I haven’t been insecure about anything in a long time, but this is really starting to get to me. I am trying to eat healthy, and drink water I’m not really stressed at all but it is so red. My bad spot is normally on my chin. It’s red and it hurts so bad. If you have any tips please comment them bellow.

Anyways, thanks for being here if you read to the end, remember good vibes = good life, and the hustle never stops. See you on Wednesday.




My Life Monday #16

Helloooooo internet. It’s Issie! How’s life? I hope it’s going well. You know what? I’m pretty happy right now. School is hard, but I make it through.

Okay so what’s been going on in my life recently… Let’s start with FFA. I joined the Job Interview team at my school. For this I have to get recommendations, fill out an application, and create a cover letter. You choose a job based on the 7 Ag pathways. I don’t remember what all of them are, but I remembered one of them was animal science, and I knew that’s what I wanted to do because I have such an experience with animals. So, Job Interview you pick a fake job that is created for the sace of the competition. You fill out all the paperwork like you would do in a regular job application, and you get interviewed. It’s a competition, but it’s also a simulation of a job that you would apply for so that you get proper experience for when you apply for a real job that you’re interested in. I have applied for the position of a part-time Assistant Swine Herder. I am not too experience with swine but the job description just said you needed to have experience with animals, and I totally do.

Another thing I’m doing in FFA is Project Competition. I love doing this, I did it last year, but it’s a public speaking competition where the judges come to your house and you give a presentation about your animals. I love talking about my project and I just enjoy speaking competitions I think I’m pretty good probably because I’ve been doing speaking competitions and winning (if I do say so myself) since I was 9. But I have a lot of paperwork to fill out over this week for both of of these competitions, but it’s super fun.

Next thing in my life! Hmmmm. Music! Guitar. We’re starting to do do or Christmas songs for our concerts. I’m playing harmony and bass for different songs but I feel like I suck at this but I’m working on it but it’ll get better.

Formal was three days ago, and that was absolutely great. My boyfriend and I had dinner at my house. My mom hit dollar general and bought some table covers and cute paper plates and napkins. We had a nice dinner together my mom made this super easy pasta dish (my boyfriend’s favorite food is pásta). We also had fro-yo, and watched Supernatural on the couch before we went. When we went to the dance we had a good time. He doesn’t dance too much but he doesn’t sit up against the wall. He holds my hand and stares and laughs at me while I dance like an idiot. And when we slow dance I yell the lyrics to the Ed Sheeran songs that’s playing. Then he kisses me and says I’m cute, he’s right. I had a good night with friends, and it was nice to spend time with him, and my friends, and to not have to spend money.

It’s Thanksgiving break now, all of my teachers tell me to enjoy my break but it’s hard to do that when they give you homework. I have lots of things I want to do this week, and one of them is a fall photoshoot. I am so excited because the leaves around my home town are so colorful and their are so many colorful walls I want to take pictures in front of.

I also have my first game tomorrow, wish me luck.

But hey! It’s Thanksgiving, and I am so thankful for everything in my life, my animals, my school, my friends, my life, my country, my boyfriend, my sports, food, the fact that McDonald’s finally opened back up in our home town. There’s so much to be thankful for, I’m very blessed. I’m surprisingly not a huge fan of Thanksgiving, I don’t know why, but I do adore food so it works.

Comment below what you’re thankful for. So this is my life right now. If you liked this and you find me tolerable, like and subscribe below. Remember good vibes=good life.


Fitness Friday #7

Sports are Life, and the End of a Season

Hey, it’s Issie. How are you? Hope you’re doing good. Cross Country just ended for me. I ran my race and I ran hard during Sub-Sections. It had been a good season, I have worked so hard to get where I was when I ran, and I gave that last race everything I had. I put so much into this season I feel proud of what I have accomplished and proud to be a Cross Country runner. Like I tell most people, I still think Cross Country was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life, and it gave me a sort of attitude, that I will take with me throughout my entire life.

One of the best things that made my season so good was my team. Now, I’m not normally the biggest extrovert, and when it comes to people in my small town sometimes I’m not always accepted if you will, and this team was like a family. We supported each other when running around the track. We bonded through our love hate relationship of running, and fear for our coach’s practice plan. We went out to breakfast before school together, and we talk over Snap Chat about things that aren’t even relevant.

For an individual sport, we were more of a team than I ever was playing soccer.

I’m kinda sad it’s over, but soccer tryouts are today through Wednesday, so wish me luck. I never really realized how much sports are a part of my life, but they really are. I guess I really just like getting out there and doing stuff, and exercise and fitness has changed my life. If I’m anxious, or mad, or depressed, or just so happy I want to dance fitness is always there for me. Sports are life.

I guess it’s just sad but with the end of a season comes another. Hopefully I make it on the soccer team.

Anyways, remember good vibes = good life.


Fitness Friday #6

How to Survive High School: Staying Fit for School

Hello people of the internet! Welcome to a Fitness Friday on ThatGirlIssie. So today’s post is all about how to stay fit for high school, and how it really will help you.

I know for most people my age, working out is something people would like to do, but it’s just too much work. Well, I’m here to tell you the best outcomes will be from working out three times a week but pushing yourself for a solid hour and making little changes to your diet.

First things first. Working out should be about setting goals to improve your body and lifestyle with reasonable standards. But at the same time anything is possible. So set goals for yourself, for example I told myself I would get abs and get on the cross country team, I just ran varsity in my first race, and my stomach is getting so much flatter. Also remember things come with time and don’t expect jurassic differences.

For most teenagers my age you goals should be about toning and tightening your body to feel as fit and happy as can be.

For a three day workout I would normally focus on one thing for each day. Say you workout Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Make Monday a leg and butt day, Wednesday an arm day, and Friday a core day. You can easily look up workouts for these individual areas on Pintrest or YouTube. And remember, you don’t have to stick to this overbearing workout that you hate. You can make it fun by dancing, playing soccer with friends or just doing things that you enjoy.

The thing to remember is you will have to try and skip out on junk food if you actually want to see differences in your body, but their are so many easy healthy substitutes for all the junk food out there and it’s just a click away. When you workout three times a day your body is burning off fat but not enough where your metabolism can handle you intaking more food than before even though you think that might work.

To me, fitness is an important part of my life because being healthy makes all the difference when I get anxious or when I’m not feeling good. You learn more about your body and how to take care of yourself. What makes you happy, what makes you feel good, and that’s what this is about.

Comment bellow if you want individual workouts, and check out the fitness tab for healthy meals to prep, and old workouts.

Good Vibes=Good Life