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A Guide To Staying Rad During the Holidaze
Staying Rad During the Holidaze

My Christmas tree has been up for 3 weeks and I’ve been blaring Christmas music since November 1st.

You know, its kinda funny because I’m actually the type of person that waits to put their Christmas tree up last minute. But truth be told, I’m taking a different approach to the holiday season this year. Although the happiest time of the year, it is also the busiest time and I know my schedule picks up significantly after the middle of November. So putting up the Christmas tree when the time suited me was the perfect choice this year. Plus I get to enjoy the lights + cheer a bit longer than most.

(And no, it doesn't mean I'm trying to skip Thanksgiving.)

A few of my intentions this holiday season:

  • Prep + plan. No waiting until December 24th to stress out and start my Christmas shopping. As I mentioned above, I'm completing my holiday check list as time suits me. 

  • Be present in all family functions, this is an ongoing goal of mine. Put the damn phone down, chat with family + friends, get to know your family on a deeper level.

  • Give back more. A few weeks ago I did some work for one of my clients, Shelbie, owner over at She overpaid her invoice by 35% to show her gratitude for me and all I've done for her these last few months. At that moment I decided to take that extra $ and give back to a charity this holiday season. (#radgirltip: if money is a bit tight this year but you still want to give back, donate your time!)
  • Daily gratitude. Reflecting on the day I had and jotting down the small things that made me happy or grateful. (I included a 2 pg gratitude journal in the guide to staying rad during the holidaze!)

I hope to sip my coffee (+ hot cocoa!) a little slower and enjoy the smallest of joys this Christmas.

What are your intentions + desires this holiday season? If you're like me and wanting to make the best of it, download my short guide to surviving the holidaze! Make sure and catch up with us in the Rad Maverix Lifestyle Facebook group and let us know what you're up to and how you're staying rad this holiday season. 


PS - ShelbieLFitness and I have collaborated on a small giving back project this year.

You can purchase the tee below for $30 and 100% of the proceeds will be given to families in need this holiday season.

this is a pre-sale and if you order by sunday, december 3rd, you can score free shipping by using code "freeship".




Life, WellnessMerrissa
Why You Should Create a Bucket List



One crucial ingredient to creating + maintaining the "perfect" work/life balance is making sure you're spending enough time on you. This means adding activities to your agenda that leaves you feeling inspired, relaxed, and motivated to conquer the world. So you might be asking, what's the big deal? What does a bucket list have to do with creating a bombass life? Well, whether you call it a bucket list, life list or to-do list, we all need something to keep track of activities + adventures that add value to our lives.

Your bucket list is meant to be completed on your own terms but how many times have you said, "I'll do it later"? Is it because brainstorming all of the activities you want to achieve before you die feels freakin' overwhelming and a bit gruesome? So why not take it one year or even one season at a time? Let's achieve short-term successes and gain lifetime habits. 


A few reasons why I love bucket lists and well…“life-lists” in general:



Keeping + maintaining a list is the BEST way to re-energize! When the dust settles and the excitement of dreaming up your dream lifestyle wears off you’ll probably lose sight of the big picture. A bucket list is perfect to refresh our perspectives and get back on track. Not to mention, a bucket list literally lets you chart your own course in life; even when life gets busy. 


If you’re tired of feeling like you’re not achieving your goals w/ soul or living your 2017 intentions to the fullest it might be time to add some adventure back into your schedule. My favorite therapy is nature. Sad? Get outside. Happy? Get outside! Annoyed? Get outside! Stressed? Get outside! Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to your mental and physical well-being and helps restore your creativity levels.



Inspire + leave a badass legacy. How would you like to be remembered? Go on and think about it. Years from now when stories are being told by your descendants at the dreaded annual family reunion, what distinction(s) would you like to hold? Badassery? Want to be known as a Dreamer? A go-getter? A get-shit-doner? Or do you want to be known as someone who simply let life go by? It’s up to YOU.



You start the law of attraction. Can I get a HELL YEAH? By creating a bucket list and sharing it you send out #ALLTHEGOODVIBES. Be specific and communicate exactly what you want. The Law of Attraction must be accompanied by a positive attitude and a bit of discipline but things always fall into place as they’re supposed to.



It helps to keep my “what” + “why” on the forefront of my mind. It is so easy to get consumed by the “how” that we often forget about the “what”. This is one of the first questions I ask my clients:

“Imagine looking into the future and living your absolute dream life. WHAT does that look like? Don’t think about HOW it’ll happen but think about WHAT it looks like. Get ridiculously clear on what your dream lifestyle looks like, down to what you’re eating, what you’re wearing, where you’re living, who your friends are and what kind of career you’re kicking ass at.

The answer to this question naturally fills in all of the blanks (your WHY’s). You’re eating healthier because you want to feel better, you landed your dream career because you knew you were meant for ridiculously BIG things, you’re wearing yoga pants because you’re the BOSS and YOU make the rules. These “whys” help define your purpose and will help provide an extra dose of motivation on those “off days” or when you feel like throwing in the towel.

Why You Should Create a Bucket List

What does your dream lifestyle look like? Take 5 minutes to jot down the what + the why.

Get super clear! Tell me about your dreams + let's make it a reality.


You guys! I am ridiculously excited for this Bucket List Challenge.


Fourteen Days. One Bucket List. Free prizes. Are you up for the challenge? Starts Monday, April 10th!


xx, Riss

Reflections + Lessons Learned From 2016
Rad Maverix

A few weeks ago I asked what you, my blog readers + real life besties, wanted to see on the Rad Maverix Blog in 2017. Quite a few responses included wanting to see more real-life / personal blog (+vlogs! are you subscribed to my YouTube channel?) posts. Someone even went as far as saying, “I keep coming back because you're transparent.” Which brings me to my next point, 2016 was f*ing hard (sorry, mom).

I’m not going to “front” or act like last year was the best year of my entire life because it truly had its hurdles but it also had its triumphs. I’m coining 2016 as the year of growth. I grew A LOT last year. In more ways than I can even measure but let’s review a few key points; you know, for shits and giggles.


I was vulnerable. A characteristic I have rarely exhibited in my short 26 years on this beautiful earth. I explored a soul-searching journey that I wish I had started years ago. I have to laugh a bit at that last statement because I truly believe that our entire life is actually a soul-searching journey in itself, some just become aware before others.

I forgave. I forgave those who were sorry and those who weren’t. I mended friendships that had previously fizzled and I also let go of those people who no longer added value to my life. After deciding to forgive, the weight of holding a grudge was immediately lifted off of my shoulders and I was able to live a freer life. If you're struggling with forgiving someone, check out this post.

I created a sisterhood // the #radmaverixlifestyle. This is one of my proudest takeaways from 2016. The Rad Maverix Lifestyle was created in hopes to spread a bit of positivity and a whole lot of sass and confidence. This sisterhood is all about being authentic + real, with ourselves and others. It’s about trying your hardest and challenging yourself to be the best version of you; no matter where you are in your life's journey. This community is about giving back and paying it forward when you have the opportunity. It’s about supporting and lifting up those around you. I am seriously so proud to know every single woman that has joined this sisterhood...I like to call it...the raddest community on earth.

I took risks. This is a double whammy. I took risks in both my personal and business life.

Biz Risks – I took a H-U-G-E risk and started offering coaching programs last year. I was scared shitless because my ego tried making me think that I had nothing special to offer (SPOILER ALERT: WE ARE ALL GODDESSES AND WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO OFFER). A short year later and I’m at a point where I can’t accept all of the clients that I would like to because I’ve *finally* learned to maintain a sacred balance between the hustle life and my social life. This is a feat in and of itself and I find that my work/life balance is refined more beautifully every single day. #progressoverperfection

Another big biz risk I took was creating the 30 Day Finding Balance + Happiness Lifestyle Challenge. I wasn’t sure if this challenge would be a success or not but I poured my heart and soul into this project. Yes, it was a bit scary not knowing how well it’d go over but holy shit you guys. This challenge is CHANGING LIVES. You can find more on the next challenge, starting Feb 1, here.

Personal Risks – I took risks in my personal life when I got super FREAKING raw with my “friends” of the inter-webs (blog, insta, fb, etc). It’s easy to put on a front to your “followers” on Instagram and allow them to believe you're living a picture perfect life. But how does that help others? How does it add value to their lives? How does it inspire others to live life on their own terms? How does it encourage others to know that it’s okay to have those “off days” or to feel sad; as long as you get right back up and be better, do better.

I also allowed people back into my life who had previously “wronged” me in one way or another. This was a big hurdle AND triumph for me. Sometimes I come off as naive because I am so trustworthy of others. I was raised to treat others as I would like to be treated but please don't get it twisted (cue Beyonce's "Flawless"), I see very clearly who is rooting for me. I see who is cheering me on and wishing me the best and these people will ALWAYS be at the top of my priority list. Unfortunately, at some point in your life you have to learn that not everyone has the same intentions as you or on the same team as you. Not everyone wants the best for YOU, especially if it's inconvenient for them. (PRO TIP: these type of people have GOT TO GO.)


"Givers have to learn to set limits because takers don't have any."


I realized it's okay to not fit inside society's box. Because who wants to be kept inside of a stuffy ole box anyways? A lot of the things I do are considered out of the ordinary to others. From my daily routines / rituals to running my business to the way I can fearlessly and easily forgive others and move forward with life. ALWAYS DO YOU.


I defined a style that is ALL MINE + ALL ME. I am not defined by the clothes or brands I wear. I cannot be defined as western/country + city slicker mix. Not even my past can define who I am today.

I am defined by my heart and the way I treat others. I am defined by the way I help those who are helpless and the way I try my hardest to give back. And finally, I am defined by the way I try to leave this world in a little bit better condition than the way I found it. I am perfectly imperfectly me. 

Rad Maverix


2016 Lesson learned:

always Choose to see love + the good in others.

always make decisions with your heart and you’ll never make a wrong decision in your life.

learn your strengths + weaknesses and no one will be able to use them against you.



What did you learn last year? How will those lessons allow you to live your best life ever this year?




Life, WellnessMerrissa