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

 

Weekend Wrap Up: Weddings & Wildflowers

Monday’s are the worst. Well… not this Monday because tonight is the finale of Bachelor in Paradise and I have my Boom Chicka Pop and Rose lined up and ready for a cozy night in. But Monday mornings? Yes, they are indeed the worst.

Let’s reminisce about happier times (aka the weekend) shall we?

Lily 

Don’t know who Lily is? Well, she is the pregnant cat that had taken up residence on my porch for the past month. Did you know that apparently if you feed a cat in Rhode Island it legally becomes yours. I knew I needed to find this sweet baby a home and a safe place to have her babies (that wasn’t my living room). Well thank God for the amazing people at Pet Refuge here in Rhode Island. They are a non profit no kill cat shelter, and luckily they had one bed open. Dropping her off was a lot more emotional than I thought it would be, but it was the right thing to do. She is safe and will be well taken care of – and you can bet I am going to be visiting her and her babies until they find homes.

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Backyard Wedding

This Saturday we went to the wedding of one of the most amazing people I know, my friend Krista. Tucked away at her parents house in Fitchburg MA was the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen. When people say weddings are supposed to be a party… well this was a party! Amazing food, awesome band, and great people. We danced the night away celebrating the union of two people who could not be more perfect for each other.

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10,000 Suns & The Providence Flea

Sunday was a GORGEOUS day so after sleeping in a bit it was time to get out and spend the day exploring the city I call home. On our way to the Providence Flea, which is a Flea Market full of some incredible local vendors and amazing food trucks we stumbled upon 10,0000 suns, a living art installation consisting of 10,000 sunflowers. It is gorgeous, and it is things like this that make Providence so wonderful.

But let’s get back to the incredible vendors at the Providence Flea. One that I thought was absolutely incredible (and one of the best ideas) is the Wildflower flower truck. An old Volkswagen bus was converted into a flower truck, which you can either buy single flowers from or create your own bouquet.

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Another busy week is here, but Monday means we are one step closer to Friday right? I will see you back here again then friends.

xx Casey

 

Falling Back Into It

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Good Morning Friends! I hate to keep saying it has been a while, but.. it’s been a while hasn’t it?

It has been almost a year now since I wrote my first post here on My Nine Lives and began a new chapter in my blogging journey. Right out the gate I was posting four times a week throughout the winter and spring, and then when summer approached and my schedule began filling up I just could not keep up. But you know this already.

There are three big reasons why I keep coming back to blogging. One is because I love connecting with people who have similar passions as I do. Two is because I love to create, and blogging gives me an outlet to do so. Three is because it makes me excited. Which is most important. Because if something doesn’t make you excited then why are you doing it?

So here I am, not promising to be the most consistent blogger in the world. But with the change of seasons comes a whole new sense of inspiration and I am really excited to share with you some awesome content two days a week beginning today. So you will be getting a little My Nine Lives every Monday and Friday. However, if I get a wave of inspiration who is to say I won’t post more? This is a journey. And I am so grateful that you have been on this ride with me for the past year.

I have another busy weekend coming up which I will tell you all about in Monday’s post. But until then, have a wonderful weekend friends! My favorite time of year is upon us.

xx Casey

It’s Not A Diet

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GUYS. I need to share with you some awesome news. I am going to take this moment to give myself a quick pat on the back. I have always been the girl who says “I’m on a diet” or “I am back on track on Monday” or “I’m already off the wagon so I will just eat this and start again next week”. Eating healthy was always something that looked good on paper but in reality I just couldn’t get myself together. I love food. I love beer. I love having a good time. And in my mind those three things go hand in hand. And they do in some aspects, but I am finally at a place mentally where I can go for the healthier option and still have a good time.

And with that I have officially lost 12lbs and am feeling better than ever. I still have a ways to go to be where I ultimately want to be, but this is a start and I couldn’t be more proud.

So what am I doing? It’s simple really. Cutting out the carbs, minimizing my potions, eating more fresh produce, staying away from the fast food, eliminating the beer, and lifting weights. It has been a couple weeks now since I have been doing these couple of things and it no longer feels like I am on a diet. I have built this lifestyle that now feels.. normal. I am happy, I do not feel like I am missing out on anything (other than maybe a couple slices of pizza), and I am seeing results.

I am vacationing to Florida on August 9th to go to one of my best friends weddings, and this has been a huge motivator. Who doesn’t want to feel their best while on vacation? I plan on losing another 5-10 by then, and I am taking big strides to reach my goal. That means working out 6 days a week, and cutting out all alcohol. No wine for the next 15 days. I can do it (because I am sure I will have enough of that on vacation to make up for it!)

I will update you on my results when the time comes. Would you guys like a post on my fitness routine? Or some of my favorite meal prep recipes? I am excited to continue to share this journey with you all!

xx Casey

How To Simplify Your Life

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Good Morning Guys! How was your weekend? Mine was a little nuts. Like, getting lost in Boston at midnight by myself with a dead phone nuts. Thankfully the rest of the weekend was not as eventful. But that’s life right? One day you are going full speed and the next you are an auto pilot. So today I am sharing with you a couple tips to help simplify your life, and help make those crazy days a little less.. crazy.

01 Set monthly goals – but just three of them. Decide what you realistically want to accomplish and work towards those goals. You will feel AMAZING when you check them off your list at the end of the month.

02 Declutter. How amazing does it feel to come home after a long day to a clean and organized house? Now trust me, most weeks by Friday my apartment looks a little less organized and a little more like a bomb went off – but what if you spent 20 minutes every day after work organizing one little area? Hang those clothes up instead of just throwing them on the chair (you know you have one of those chairs!), do the dishes, clean up the cats toys that he took out of his basket. Your atmosphere affects your mood, so imagine how much better you would feel after a quick organizing sesh.

03 Unsubscribe from unwanted emails. How much do you hate waking up to 100 emails only to find out 90% of them are from groupon or Nordstrom? Take a day and go through and unsubscribe from all those unwanted emails. Or, you can use a website like unroll.me and they will take care of it for you.

04 Meal Prep. Guys, this has seriously become a lifesaver for me. Not only because I am trying to eat healthier during the week, but because it saves me so much time. My schedule is different all the time and I never know what time I will actually make it home, so pre-portioning and pre-planning my meals is a life saver.

05 Slow down. Seriously guys, I know this is obvious and self explanatory but how many of us actually take some time out of our busy lives to relax and do something for ourselves. Whether it is having a cup of coffee while reading your favorite blogs or listening to your favorite podcasts, re watching the hills for the hundredth time, taking a relaxing bubble bath, or watching the bachelorette with a glass of rose and a bowl of boom chika pop popcorm (tonight!).

xx Casey