In my post on creating a stress free environment I spoke about laying off the social media and spending the first hour of your morning listening to music, reading a couple pages of a book, or listening to your favorite podcasts. Podcasts have become one of my new favorite forms of entertainment. I can walk around my house, get some things done, all while listening to a podcast. So today I am here to share with you some of my favorites that I love to listen to on a Sunday morning.
01 The Skinny Confidential His & Her Podcast. Out of all of the podcasts that I listen to this is definitely my favorite. Lauren & Michael of The Skinny Confidential (which is also one of my favorite blogs) talk about so many different topics and hold nothing back. From how to deal with anxiety to boob jobs and birth control, Lauren and Michael are open to talk about anything. They are hilarious and informative all at the same time so definitely give this one a listen.
02 Straight Up With Stassi. From my FAVORITE Vanderpump Rules cast member comes a hilarious podcast full of Bachelor Recaps to interviews with other Pump Rules cast members and all of it is done with her sarcastic charm.
03 Betch Slapped. From the girls who run one of my favorite guilty pleasure blogs Betches comes another hilarious take on life and anything pop culture.
04 The Balanced Blonde Podcast // Soul On Fire. Moving in another direction, Jordan who is the author behind one of my favorite wellness blogs The Balanced Blonde. She has guests ranging from nutritionists to yogis on her blog that are really inspiring. This is definitely another one of my favorites.
Are you a fan of podcasts? Do you have any favorites that I should add to my list? Let me know if you listen to any of these too!
Good Morning Friends! I had another post planned for you today, but if I am going to be completely honest with you.. I am just not feeling it. It is a gloomy day, I wish I was in bed with my kitten, and I really want a donut. First world problems amiright. So instead I thought I would bring you guys a little bit of positivity by sharing with you my top 5 favorite quotes for getting out of a funk.
It is Monday, the beginning of a brand new week. Instead of starting your day writing yourself a To-Do List of things you would like to accomplish, today I want to talk about the importance of creating Daily Intentions. Daily Intentions allow you to choose which direction you would like your day to go. Why is this important?
Writing down your Daily Intentions helps you determine what is important to you, how you want to be, and what you want to experience. As a result, you begin to live these intentions ultimately creating the life you want. For me, this is a happier more content life. So when I write my Daily Intentions, they are focused more towards those themes. A Daily Intention does not guarantee that your day will go exactly as you planned it. Life happens. But these Intentions work as a road map to what you want to achieve.
Here a couple examples of the Intentions I like to set at the beginning of the week:
May I live in a state of peacefulness.
May I keep a focused mind today.
May I live my day in a state of continuous joy.
May I have lots of creative energy.
These are just four examples of the types of Intentions that speak to the way that I want to live my life and go about my day. These are not a list of rules, they are a list of guidelines. The whole idea is to promote a happier lifestyle.
A new week is ahead of us now, and I have a feeling it is going to be a good one! What are your intentions for the week? I hope they bring you a sense of peace and happiness.
Another month has come and gone my friends and we all know what that means.. monthly favorites time. Let’s do this.
01 POLAR. SELTZER. Grapefruit Polar Seltzer was my first favorite of the month last month I know… But Guys. This past month I have been lowkey OBSESSED with Seltzer. I have about three cans a day – two at work and one in the evening, and I literally can not get enough. Grapefruit is still my number one, but the Cranberry Lime is coming in at a close second. Stay tuned for next month when this is my number one favorite again.
02 Vanilla. This month I have been continually obsessed with anything vanilla scented. Walk by my office and it smells like a room full of cookies. You are welcome.
03 Summer House. From the creators of the best reality TV show ever, Vanderpump Rules, comes Summer House – a group of New Yorkers spending their summer weekends drunk on Rose 99% of the time. The season just ended, so head over to the Bravo App and binge watch it and pretend summer is here.
04 My Crock Pot. This past month I have been meal prepping in my crock pot on Sunday and eating it for dinner during the week. This really has been a lifesaver. There is minimal cleanup, hardly any work, and saves so much time.
05 Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness new album Zombies on Broadway. If you know me you know I have loved Andrew’s music since the time he was in Something Corporate. Jack’s Mannequin’s music carried me through every big moment in my life, and now The Wilderness is killing the game some more. This album is so unique to anything Andrew has done before. I am sure you have heard the single “Fire Escape” and if you haven’t what are you even doing with your life? Check out my other favorites “Island Radio” and “So Close”.
There you have it – my March Favorites. Can not wait for next months Spring Favorites post which will most definitely include Polar Seltzer and probably anything vanilla scented. Vanilla flavored Seltzer? Just maybe…
Good Morning Friends! So we are officially winding down March and heading into a new month. How crazy is that? This is the time when I would usually share with you my Bullet Journal for the past month. That is what I had planned. That is what I prepped for when the month began. But then… it never happened. I never wrote in it again. I did not log my water, I did not log my days. I did none of it. And that is when I realized this might not be the thing for me.
The concept of Bullet Journaling was so cool to me. I would spend time scrolling through other peoples pages impressed by their creativity. But then I realized that this wasn’t the type of creativity that worked for me. I am more of a free spirit. I always have been. I have a creative mind that is always racing and always in a million places at once. So that structure of logging things each day became more of a chore and less of an outlet for me. So I decided to scrap it. I decided to ditch the logs and use my Bullet Journal as more of a… journal. To just write exactly how I am feeling when I am feeling it. To write my daily intentions without having to “log” them. To feel free and less like an experiment.
One of my favorite quotes is “What you think you become. What you feel you attract. What you imagine you create.” Everyone is creative in a different way, and what you feel and think is what you become. Bullet Journaling wasn’t very freeing to me, so I will be ending this series on my blog. Thank you for following along! And I will still be reading your Bullet Journaling posts because even though it did not work for me I am still pretty damn fascinated by it!
When I read a book I gravitate towards something that is going to give me a good laugh and a little escape from the stress of everyday life. As you can tell from my Book Club posts so far I don’t necessarily pick up George Orwell’s 1984 when looking for a light read. So when I found the Babe Walker Series through one of the guilty pleasure blogs that I read (ahem, totalsororitymove.com) I had to download a copy. I have finished the first book in the series and am excited to start book number two – which I will totally be doing a future Book Club post on!
A little synopsis of the book – Babe Walker, center of the universe, is a painstakingly manicured white girl with an expensive smoothie habit, a proclivity for Louboutins, a mysterious mother she’s never met, and approximately 50 bajillion Twitter followers. But her “problems” have landed her in shopping rehab-that’s what happens when you spend $246,893.50 in one afternoon at Barneys. Now she’s decided to write her memoir, revealing the gut-wrenching hurdles she’s had to overcome in order to be perfect in every way, every day. Hurdles such as:
- I hate my horse.
- Every job I’ve ever had is the worst job I’ve ever had.
- He’s not a doctor, a lawyer, or a prince.
- I’ll eat anything, as long as it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, low-fat, low-calorie, sugar-free, and organic.
This book is witty, clever, absolutely ridiculous, and definitely gave me a good laugh. If that sounds right up your alley give this one a try. Serious readers – I would give this one a pass.
You come home from work and there’s piles of dishes in the sink, clothes all over the floor, the counter is a mess… how do you relax? I believe your attitude is a product of your environment and when your environment is full of chaos your mind will be chaos. So to fix this mess here are five ways to de-stress your environment and help you feel more relaxed at home.
01 Incorporate Plants. Plants release more oxygen into the air which helps you breathe easier. They are also instant mood boosters! (As long as you can keep them alive longer than I can keep plants alive)
02 Get Rid of Clutter. Each night try to make it a point to organize for 30 minutes. Tidying up for just a couple minutes each nights helps alleviate things from piling up. This puts you in a great spot for the next day. Waking up in a clean and organized environment will instantly make you feel more relaxed!
03 Create an Area of Peace. Whether it be your bedroom or a corner of your living room, create an area of your home free of electronics where you can go and be at peace. I have a second bedroom in my apartment which I am slowly turning into a multi-purpose room where I can go and shut off from the world and relax. (I will be sharing a post about this in the upcoming months!)
04 Lay off Social Media. So I began to speak about this in number three, but I cannot tell you how clear your mind can be if you just lay off social media first thing in the morning. Now I know this is a hard one but if you just give that first hour of the morning to yourself, and not to looking at other people’s lives, you will begin your day in a much happier mindset. Instead put on some music, put on your favorite podcast, or play that audio book you have been listening to.
05 Make Your Bed. I know this one is kind of annoying and something that I do not always do myself, but making your bed first thing in the morning signifies to your brain that sleep time is over and it is time to wake up. Also, this just rounds back up to number 2 and creates a cleaner environment.
I hope these tips help start your week off right! Let me know if you have any other tips to creating a stress free environment at home. Also, I will be sharing even more tips in my Morning Routine coming up soon!
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