The Thing About Inspiration

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I have been feeling extra inspired this past month. Like I talked about in a post a couple weeks back, fall is definitely the season when I begin to feel the most inspired. So incredibly inspired in fact that I have begun the planning stages on a new and exciting venture. I am not going to share too much on it just yet (however I am itching to tell you!) – but definitely expect some exciting posts throughout the next couple months.

But for now let’s talk a little more about inspiration shall we? And more importantly how to stay inspired.

01 Write it Down.

Sit down and write a list of what inspires you. Are there any common themes? Do they all have to do with giving back to the community or about creating a healthy lifestyle?

02 Ask Yourself Why?

Now think about what it is about these things that inspires you. Now what are you going to do about it?

03 Switch it Up.

If you are feeling like you are in a bit of a rut change up your environment. When we change our environment, we change our surrounding energy.

04 Don’t Give Up.

If something turns on a light inside of you don’t give up on it. Some days you won’t be as motivated as others. The inspiration might dim a little. Start this process again. Re-evaluate what it is that made you feel inspired in the first place.

I hope you all have an amazing and incredibly inspired weekend!

xx Casey

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Weekend Wrap Up: Cozy Fall Weekend

The last time I posted I updated you guys and let you know I wasn’t feeling well, had been to three doctors, and they had given me some new medicine. Well a week of that medicine passed along with getting some fillings and I am finally, FINALLY, feeling better. I allowed myself to rest, didn’t have coffee for over two weeks, drank as much water as possible, and now I am back at it.

This past weekend was a low-key weekend full of all of the fall activities. On Friday night we picked up some wings from our favorite wing place (the mac and cheese sauce wings at Boneheads is UNBELIEVABLE), poured some hard cider into some home-made cinnamon sugar rimmed glasses, and watched a movie.

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Saturday morning we ran some errands and then I did a deep clean of the kitchen and my spare room. That room (which I call George’s room) has been sitting there giving off some serious blah vibes for a while. Eventually I will do a complete overhaul of that room and re-paint it but this weekend I began rearranging to make it a little more homey. Of course I will share all the room remodeling details with you when the time comes! Usually springtime is when I get inspired to re-decorate but this year the inspo is hitting me in the fall. I’ve been feeling really inspired lately in all aspects of life – but more on that in Friday’s post!

After the cleaning session we picked up some pumpkins, turned on some Halloween tunes, poured some more cider, and began carving. I am OBSESSED with my Harry Potter pumpkin. Then we made some killer grilled cheese and tomato soup, put on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and called it a day.

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On Sunday morning we woke up and met some friends in Providence to take part in the Breast Cancer walk. It was amazing to see so many people come together for an incredible cause. After the walk we headed to one of our all time favorite places The Trap in East Greenwich to watch the game. The Trap does $5 apps during the game so we got the fried mozzarella (always a favorite), dirty chips (with garlic and Parmesan!), and the potato and quinoa tots which were amazing! We also split our all time favorite sandwich, the french dip. It is AMAZING. After that I was ready to head home, curl up in bed, and binge watch a show. My show of choice? Riverdale. I am definitely seeing where all the hype is coming from.

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After such a relaxing weekend I am looking forward to a productive week ahead!

xx Casey

Weekend Wrap Up: Cliff Walks & Weddings

GUYS. I’ve been sick for two weeks now and when I say I’ve had it.. I’ve had it. I am on some new medicine which is hopefully gunna kick this sinus/headache/ear ache/whatever else I have’s butt. So since you didn’t hear from me Friday or yesterday I decided to do a little Tuesday re-cap for you guys.

In the midst of being sick, my mother and my aunt came up on Friday for my sister’s Family Weekend at College. We drove down to Newport, had dinner, walked a little of the cliff walk, and then headed back to Providence. They stayed at my place for the weekend so I headed over to my boyfriends for some peace and quiet.

On  Saturday it was finally the big day, one of my best friends weddings! I headed over to her suite on Sunday morning to get hair and makeup done which she so generously offered. So I headed over with breakfast for the girls that consisted of Egg Soufle’s, Mini Scones, Croissants, Fruit, and a Glazed Munchkin Croquembouche (Which was super easy to make! Just get a foam cone from a craft store, cover in cling wrap, and use tooth picks to cover it in donuts. Yum!) It was such a fun morning and was just the start of an amazing day.

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Fast forward to the ceremony where I tried to hold in the tears so my fake eyelashes didn’t fall out. It was beautiful, the officiant was funny and charming, and most of all you could really feel the love. Then it was party time! The mix of current music, oldies, and old school hip hop kept the party going until around 11:30 when everyone headed home for the night. Side note: their last dance was to Biggie Smalls and if that is not wedding goals I don’t know what is. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous and I could not be happier for two amazing people.

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The next day I said goodbye to the fam, did a bunch of errands, and was in bed resting by 3PM. The rest of the day consisted of naps and The Great British Baking Show which is my new OBSESSION. It is serious cozy vibes.

The rest of this week is going to be full of medicine, soup, and as much rest as I can get. Looking forward to a relaxing weekend ahead.

xx Casey

 

New Season, New Goals

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There is a quote by one of my favorite authors F. Scott Fitzgerald that sums up how I feel about the months ahead: “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”. With October looming I could not agree more. My favorite season is finally here, and this is definitely the time of year I feel most inspired.

So what better time than to start looking at where you are in life and where you would like to be, and creating some goals to get you there? Today I am sharing with you a couple of my goals for the month of October and beyond and how I am planning on getting there.

First things first let’s talk about the tools that I am going to use to help myself plan, stay on track, and stay inspired. I love agendas and notebooks, but I have not found a lifestyle planner that works the way I would like it to. So I created my own. I used the website Canva.com to create a Lifestyle Planner that works for me. I am not going to share pictures of my planner as it contains private information, but let me know if you would like me to share with you the downloadable versions of the pages I created!

01 My first big Goal for fall is Budgeting. I want to get a better handle on my finances and start building a savings for the future. I have created a calendar spread mapping out my weekly income, the bills due that week, how much I have left for miscellaneous spending, and how much I can put into savings. I will also be savings my recipes and tracking each charge for the month so I can have a bigger picture of where my money is going. Am I spending too much on takeout? Coffee? I am going to find out.

02 I have said it before, but this month I am taking it seriously – I will drink 2.7 liters of water every day for the entire month. At the end of the month I will track how I feel and see if it really does make a difference. I have been getting headaches quite a bit this month, and I am curious to see if they are less frequent the more water I drink.

03 I took the last two months off from the gym, and despite the fact that I have still been eating relatively healthy and lost another 3lbs, I never felt better than when I was going to the gym at least four times a week. So for the month of October I am getting back on track and moving closer to losing those last 10lbs.

04 The past four months have been a whirlwind of events which has been a complete blast, but I am ready for a break. October is all about having “me time”. I want to relax, read a book and sit at a coffee shop, binge watch a new show, learn a new recipe, and spend some time alone.

05 All of my goals so far have to do with bettering myself in some way and setting myself up for success in the future. My goal for October is to begin writing out a five year plan and focus on where I see myself going personally and professionally in the next couple years.

And there you have it, my goals for the season. Does anyone else feel inspired as the leaves begin to change? It really does give you a sense of new beginnings, and I am ready for it.

xx Casey

Pumpkin Spice Playlist

Happy official first day of the best time of year friends! Yes today may be the first day of fall but I have been in the spirit for about 22 days now. Catch up guys. So to get you in the spirit as well, today I am sharing with you the coziest most warm and fuzzy fall vibes playlist I could think of. Appropriately named “Pumpkin Spice” which you can list to on Spotify. Go ahead and give me a follow on there since I am always creating new playlists.

So grab yourself a cup of Cinnamon Tea (or a pumpkin spice latte), curl up in a fuzzy blanket, and press play. Fall is finally here.

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xx Casey

Bayberry Beer Hall

This weekend, thanks to some good friends, we stumbled upon the coolest new Beer Hall in the West Side of Providence. However, it definitely doesn’t feel like you are in Providence. Think Brooklyn NY with the cool industrial vibe, communal tables, and antique light fixtures. The place drew me in immediately.

Bayberry is owned by Tom and Natalie Dennen who seem like the nicest couple (with the cutest kid!) – just check out the Bayberry Instagram and follow their journey from building to opening. Their passion for doing everything local from the lighting to the signage is what makes them unique- and inspiring.

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When you enter, take a seat at one of the communal tables and mull over the menus that are placed on each table or go right up to the counter and place your order. The bartenders will serve you your drink and give you a buzzer for your food. When your food is ready you go up to the beautiful open kitchen, grab your plate, and bring it back to your table.

Now let’s get to the good stuff… GUYS. They had a ROSÉ CIDER. Right now you can order it by the .355ML bottle, however the awesome bartenders let me know that soon they will have it on tap. WHAT! We also had a house-made pretzel with mustard butter(yum!) and roasted smashed red bliss potatoes with olive oil and garlic. Everything melded together so perfectly from the food, to the drinks, to the atmosphere, to the service.

This is the place I have been looking for. A gathering place for good conversation with great friends over some killer drinks. I already can not wait to go back and bring everyone I know. Cheers!

xx Casey

A Day at Sunset Orchard

In full fall glory, today I want to share with you the cutest little farm located in North Scituate RI. We went to get some peaches before summer was “officially” over, however I am very excited to get back there for some apple picking.

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Not only are they the most cost friendly orchard that I have been to (4 lbs of peaches for $6!), they also have the friendliest staff and some awesome treats. Can you say apple butter? Yes please! They also have fresh baked pies, candied apples, and fresh pressed cider, among other things. If you are bringing the family, they also have tractor pulled wagon rides as well as a barrel train ride for the kids.

They have tons of FULL trees, which you do not always find at every orchard. Sunset Orchard is definitely my pick for apple picking this year!

xx Casey