Summer is officially here, and I am so excited to share with you some ideas on how you can make this summer the best one ever. Check out my list, and comment below if you've ever done any of these before!
1. GO TO A LIVE SHOW
2. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
3. GO ON A DAY TRIP
4. GET ICE CREAM OR ICEES
5. FIND SOME WATER AND GO SWIMMING
6. VISIT A PARK OR ZOO
March 8 is International Women's Day, so I want to take today's blog post to thank a few of the inspirational and influential women in my life. If you're one of these women, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being you. I hope you have an awesome International Women's Day.
My mom, Susan
My mother-in-law, Tonya
My friend, Kayla
Keep rocking your cheetah print, and ruling the world. I can't wait to see all of the amazing things you accomplish.
My female coworkers and friends
My female friends, like Ms. Wendy, Ms. Tracey, Katie, and my friends from the Millennial Advisory Commission, are supportive and kind. I appreciate them so much!
these women, I'm not sure I'd be anywhere close to the woman I am today. I've been through a lot in my life, some of which I share with my support system, and some I keep to myself. I can't begin to say how proud I am of me. I've done so much in my 28 years so far, and I'm looking forward to where God takes me. To any woman reading this, I hope you take a moment to thank yourself and recognize yourself as an influential and inspiring person in your own life.
Tell me who most influences and inspires you in the comments below.
St. Patrick's Day is almost here, and I know that a ton of people love to celebrate it. So, I decided to do a few special designs on my RedBubble shop for St. Patrick's Day.
As the designer, I do receive a portion of the proceeds of the sale of these items. If you want to support me, this is a great way to do so. Of course, only get something you actually like!
HERE FOR THE BEER
WORD ART: MAKE YOUR LUCK YOURSELF
Leprechaun Enthusiast Club
Make sure to purchase your St. Patrick's Day stuff soon, so it is sure to arrive on time. Thank you so much for your support, even just clicking on or reading through this post. It means the world to me.
Happy Twosday, everyone, and thank you for coming to the blog. If you're like me, you've seen a ton of talk about today having some sort of special meaning. I decided to look into it and put it into layman's terms for you!
Many people also seem to believe that repeated numbers bring luck. Much like matching 7's on a slot machine, seeing the same number all together is rare and lucky.
I read an article from Providence Journal that said many couples find the date lucky and several have scheduled their weddings for that day!
Another interesting thing I did was look up how Twosday is going viral on TikTok. A lot of people on there, and on other social media platforms like Twitter, are calling today a "spiritual day" that shouldn't be ignored.
That leads me to believe that someone's had some good results on palindrome dates like today, so why not give it a try? Below are a few ways you can celebrate and participate. It would probably work even better if you do one of these activities at 2:22 p.m. (or a.m., if you're up that early).
WAYS YOU CAN CELEBRATE TODAY
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and it can be difficult to find a unique gift to help your gesture of love stand out. But, I've got you covered. Check out today's post for some ideas:
DIY CASTING KIT
What unique gifts have you received on Valentine's Day? Tell me in the comments below. Thanks so much for reading!
Last week, I wrote about things that my husband Jonathan thought were good gifts for Valentine’s Day. This week, I wanted to write about some things women would like to receive.
Tell me about your most interesting Valentine’s Day gift and who it was from in the comments below.
Before we get started, it is important to mention that all women and men are different, but this is from my perspective and what I think other women would like to receive.
When in doubt, always check with your significant other. I feel it is important that you know your S.O. inside and out! Have a good feel for their likes and dislikes so you can find a gift that’s perfect for them.
1. COSMETICS/SKIN CARE
Make sure to listen. If your significant other has their eye on a special palette or lipstick, take a mental note and grab it for them.
I personally don’t purchase a lot of bigger makeup items often. In fact, most of my palettes were gifts from Jonathan.
2. SOMETHING FROM THE HEART
So, it is nice to be able to share those with my husband, who loves them!
4. GIFT CARDS
5. SOMETHING THAT FEEDS THEIR PASSION
If you have any useful ideas for gifts for women on Valentine’s Day, leave them in the comments. Thank you for reading!
When I was thinking about Valentine's content, I decided I wanted to do a gift guide because I used to struggle a lot with purchasing gifts for my husband.
Instead of writing down some ideas, I wanted to consult him to see why he appreciated gifts like these. Check out these five gift ideas for Valentine's Day from a man's perspective.
1. SOMETHING THAT SMELLS GOOD
"If you're going out for dinner or a movie, you want to smell good for your S.O. and colognes smell good."
2. VIDEO GAMES/ACCESSORIES
"Video games are fun and a great stress reliever. Having a new game or accessory would make playing more enjoyable."
3. TOOLS AND APPLIANCES
"Getting tools makes me feel like I can do more and fix things myself. Being able to do that with your own tools makes me feel better than having to call someone (unless we really have to)."
4. SOMETHING THAT FEEDS A PASSION
"These gifts allow you to express yourself. If you like to draw, you can draw things you like or something that reminds you of a good memory from the past. If your S.O. gets you a gift that feeds your passion, it shows they're listening and they know what makes you happy."
5. A BEARD CARE KIT
"If you're into making yourself look and feel good for your S.O., the beard care kit is a step in the right direction. You can pamper yourself, but it also makes you look and feel better."
As the clock strikes midnight and a new year begins, many of you probably make promises to yourself about what you’ll accomplish in the coming year.
Sometimes the goals are lofty, and sometimes you may lose sight of your goal before the first month of the year is over with.
Take into consideration these 10 pieces of advice I’ve curated for you!
1. Get a Handle on Your Stress
My mom had a stroke in her 40s, and my family and I attribute it to the stress she endured at work.
She worked alongside a woman who was very critical, despite not really understanding how to do her own job. Additionally, she was a single mom with two kids in school who participated in several activities.
Getting a handle on your stress can help you live a happier and longer life.
2. Make Smaller Goals and Set Timeframes
But we often forget that these goals can be easier to reach if we set smaller goals that help us stay focused.
This usually means setting goals for each month. Maybe you want to try to lose 5 pounds in January. Maybe you want to read 10 books cover to cover in the first three months. Making these smaller goals will help you meet your goals.
3. Cut Out Toxic and Negative People
Toxic and negative people can suck the life out of you. These are people who constantly vie for your attention, or make you feel bad about yourself.
There are several ways you can cut out negative people or lessen their impact on your life. Check out WebMD’s article on toxic and negative people and how to deal with them.
4. Focus on You
If this sounds like you, you likely spend a lot of time doing for others, sometimes so much so that you work yourself into the ground.
Take time to put yourself first. Burnout happens to everyone, and it can shorten your life and make your life less enjoyable. Make time for you and learn to say no if you feel you will be negatively impacted by giving more of yourself.
5. Keep Learning
This is a great way to build up your resume with official certifications. It will keep you at the top of your game or can help you learn new skills for a new career!
6. Spend Time with Family and Friends
Spending time with family and friends who bring you joy is a great way to lower anxiety levels and depressive episodes.
I personally loved having a ton of time with my family over Christmas break. I spent nearly three weeks with my mom and brother, and was able to spend quality time with them, my husband, and his family.
COVID-19 has put a stop to a lot of family get togethers. I recommend you get vaccinated or at least tested before you spend time with family members or friends, especially if they are prone to infection.
7. Drink More Water
You can get away with not keeping clean oil in your car for a while, but eventually it will break down. The same goes for your body.
If you want flavor when you need something to drink, consider using flavor packets or liquids like MiO.
8. Put Energy into Things/People That Pour Back Into You
For example, you may feel you are pouring too much energy and effort into your job without learning anything new. However, someone else may be pouring in a ton of energy into their job, but they find the knowledge they are receiving useful for their personal and professional growth.
It might be a friendship, or it could be an organization that only you and a few others are putting time into. Do what you can but remember that you need to refill the energy that you pour out!
9. Set Boundaries
Whatever it is, setting boundaries will help you live a more enjoyable life with healthy relationships.
10. Don't Get Discouraged
Finally, don’t get discouraged if you miss a goal or fall behind.
While progress is imperative for growth, sometimes you won’t always meet your goal. That’s OK, if you’re trying. Therefore, setting reasonable goals is important. If you set too lofty of a goal, you could be setting yourself up for failure.
But everyone fails. It’s how we learn. Don’t get discouraged and keep moving toward your goals.
This year, you can live up to the “New Year, New Me” phrase. All you have to do is follow these 10 steps. Do you have an idea or tip that could help others stay motivated in 2022? Leave it in the comments below or find me on social media and let me know what you think.
Organization can improve your sleep, reduce stress, improve your relationships, reduce depression and anxiety, and make you more productive, according to intermountain healthcare.org. With benefits like these in 2022, why wouldn't you want to get organized? Let's hop into my plan for staying organized in 2022.
GET A PLANNER
SET SOME GOALS
DON'T SAVE CHORES FOR THE WEEKEND
I usually feel pretty exhausted at the end of the day, but I'm making it a goal to do one thing each day when I come home before I go into relax mode.
This could be unloading and reloading the dishwasher, washing laundry, or cleaning up one area of your house. You could even set a timer and clean for just that small amount of time.
This will reduce the clutter in your home and make you feel more organized.
PUT YOUR THINGS AWAY RIGHT AWAY
However, I still haven't unpacked. No matter if it is unpacking your suitcase after a trip, or even just unpacking and storing your groceries right after returning from the store, doing this can keep you organized.
If you leave things out, your home will become more cluttered and chaotic. Put things away right away.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO STAY ORGANIZED?
Have a tip I didn't mention here? Leave it in the comments. I know we all want each passing year to be better than the last. Share your thoughts below, and be sure to check back here for more blog posts in the future.
2021 was a tough year for everyone. I think most of us were hoping it would be better than 2020. To be honest, it kind of was, seeing as how most people didn't have to quarantine and work from home (though I can't say that I don't miss it).
Needless to say, I made a pretty short list of goals for 2021, but I didn't really achieve all of them.
I also wanted to make money from my content. I'm not yet to a threshold where I can take out the money I've made, but I am still earning from ads on my blogs. I wanted to read the Bible cover to cover, and I almost did. I only have a few more books, so I'm hoping to finish reading the whole Bible by the middle of this year. Lastly, I wanted to spend more time with my family. I've been lucky to do this, especially at the end of the year.
I have already gone ahead and purchased a nice planner for 2022, and that's because I want to be more organized. I don't know if it's just me, but I am super organized in the office. I make sure my space is clean and that everything has its place, but that isn't the case at home.