Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up...

 celebrating four years with my guy...
 a short trip where I took absolutely no pictures :/
 small cheese plate for dinner...
 evenings are for reading newly illustrated classics. 
drinks and dinner with my favorite person. 

(images via instagram)

Quote of the Day

"Learn as if you were to live forever."
-Mahatma Gandhi


Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Showing

Like most people, I have a serious fascination (and a very real fear of) with sharks. Which is why I love  shark movies, so please do not judge me for wanting to watch Deep Blue Sea as we near Shark Week. What's your favorite shark movie? 

Friday Morning

Hey readers, there's a lot of celebration happening this week so I'm excited to be traveling to the coast to get away for the weekend. I'll be wishing happy birthdays and celebrating anniversaries for the next few days all while enjoying a little quiet time and hitting up the beach. Since it's a pretty packed weekend, I'll be short and send you on your way. Happy Friday, see you all next week :)

this week's favorites...

Since it's taken me years to get into Youtube subscriptions, I have officially become an addict to all travel vloggers. And if you didn't know they are all going to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, I need to book my plane ticket asap!!!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Treat Your Self

Splurge: Record players are back, treat yourself and start collecting your favorite albums. Save: Check out the artist on band camp or their personal site and buy directly from them. 

Splurge: Check into the local hotel for a day or two and enjoy a nice day at the spa. Save: Go for a nice relaxing manicure/pedicure date with your sister or friend.

Splurge: Treat yourself to your favorite kitchen piece.
Save: If you don't want to break the bank, Threshold has the cutest kitchen accessories.

Do Your Thing

I use to dread going home after work because that meant getting back online and entering the classroom. There was nothing soothing about my evening. Dinner was always rushed and falling asleep while reading for an assignment was a regular occurrence. It's barely been two months since graduating and I already feel like a completely different person. I still have a lot to work on and I constantly have to remind myself to relax with my constantly busy schedule whether its work/blog related or trying to structure a productive evening. I realize now that time is precious and I don't want to waste a minute of it, so going with the flow is a little more than challenging during the week.

When I come home, I leave everything at the front door -  my keys, my shoes and whatever anxieties I have about work. I found a routine that works for me and acts like a meditation without closing my eyes and crossing my legs. After I kick off my shoes and think about the joy mentioned in Marie Kondo's book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, my mind is at ease. I head straight for the pool and kick back, I've read more books in the last two months than I've read in a year, I work on puzzles, I am way more conscious about what I eat, I've cleared out my entire apartment and the floors have never looked so clean or spacious. Coming home and looking into corners or spots where I used to pile up my belongings, it really elevates my mood, I'm not kidding!  Having time to find yourself and do the things you love is more than important, it's essential to leading a happy and healthy life. Now, when the work day is over, I can't wait to get home and do my thing.