April Recap

Starting a new fun post for the end of every month where I go over my favorites for the month!

Favorite show: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Season 2.

Favorite memory: Adopting Kaya! Having a dog has been challenging, but so rewarding. The sense of responsibility Kaya has given me has really kicked my butt into gear.

Favorite place: A great hike at Delaware and Raritan Canal, one hike down and one to go for my bucket list!

Favorite meal: It was from Zoe’s Kitchen, I’m really obsessed with falafel lately.

Favorite Instagram: I had a lot of favorites this month!! I think I’ll go with this one.

Favorite Tweet: This great meme.

Favorite book: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella.

Favorite blog post: The Yes Theory

Favorite collaboration: I received a few great products this month, but I have to give main praise to this flosser. It’s a huge lifesaver for me as I am trying to avoid as much dental work as possible.

What’s one of your favorite things from April?

The Hookup On: Feeling Ordinary

There was a time in my life where I would have done anything just to do nothing. I wanted to be lazy, watch Netflix, sleep a lot, and just stay in one place.

I fell in and out of that phase for a couple of years through college. Sometimes I wanted to do everything, sometimes I wanted to do nothing at all.

But something really clicked when I graduated and started working a 9-5 job, Monday through Friday. After the excitement of accepting a new job passes, everything becomes redundant. Waking up, going to work, cooking dinner, watching tv, going to sleep, and waking up to go to work again. The weekends were spent trying to piece myself together again after an exhausting week. There just had to be more.

I don’t think anyone ever wants to feel ordinary. You want to feel like you’re doing more, like you’re one of the special ones. But there are a lot of people that I could point my finger to and call them just ordinary. And sometimes I wonder if I’m one of them.

What do you do when everything just seems so blah? Work is blah, social life is blah, dating is blah. You can try to change up your routine. Go somewhere new for dinner, travel on the weekends, join a gym – but the blahness will still be there unless you change your whole outlook.

If you’re bored, then you’re boring. If you consistently think your life is blah, it’s going to be blah. If you’re upset that you’re ordinary, then make a change. Most of the time, we are the only ones in our own way. It’s not our 9-5 job, it’s not the mediocre weekend plans with friends, it’s not the spark-less first dates. It’s us.

But if you wake up in the morning and tell yourself you’re going to make today just a little better. Or if you change up your routine with enthusiasm, you’re going to be more than ordinary.

And on days, or weekends, or months when I just feel like I’ve been doing the same thing day in and day out – I remind myself to get out of my own way. That there are so many things to be done, but I don’t have to do them all right now. I can have one boring day, but that doesn’t mean I’m ordinary. And I can have an exciting day, but that doesn’t mean I’m extraordinary. Unless I follow through with a new attitude.

You can do and be anything you want, you can be more than ordinary.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you soooo much to itsgoodtobecrazysometimes for the nomination! I am very honored 🙂 I’ve been nominated for a lot of awards lately and I’m so thankful, but they’re a little hard to keep up with so I apologize if I missed any.

The rules were to select 15 nominees for this award and then tell 7 things about yourself.

  1. I got to carry the baby Jesus down the aisle of church on Christmas…it was awkward
  2. I’m a pretty awkward person
  3. I need more pop punk friends
  4. I saw The Starting Line in concert last night!
  5. I’m debating on telling people “I’m a writer” when people ask me what I do like Carrie Bradshaw always does
  6. I watch a lot of Sex and the City Marathons
  7. I also watch a lot of Netflix, currently binge watching Sons of Anarchy

And now my 15 nominees (which is actually 5 sorrrryyy)

  1. Sometimes Silver Linings are Blue
  2. Words and Notion
  3. ZEN AND Π
  4. Little Misadventures
  5. only bad chi

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10 Productive Things To Do Alone

I sometimes find my weekends completely empty. No plans, no friends to call, and very little errands to run. During this time off I like to take a couple mental health days. There’s nothing wrong with spending a weekend alone and choosing to not pack that weekend with tons of plans. Here’s a couple of things you can do alone when you find yourself with solitary free time:

1. Take a bath

Set aside a good amount of time to just soak and forget about all your other problems.

2. Go to the library

Sign up for a library card and get started on the reading list you pinned on Pinterest two years ago.

3. Binge watch a series

Escape your own reality with a non stop marathon of Netflix.

4. Go to the gym

Push yourself harder than you usually do and spend some time sweating it out in the sauna.

5. Learn a new skill

I personally learned how to crochet, I’ve made like 6 infinity scarves because that’s all I know how to do – but it’s really easy!

6. Go on a hike

Somewhere safe you can go alone, obviously. The scenery is guaranteed to make your day.

7. Run errands

Get done allllll of the things you’ve been putting off.

8. Clean!

I guarantee there is one spot in your house or one drawer in your room that needs reorganizing.

9. Get your nails done

Or do what you do to pamper yourself.

10. Shop!

Spend a little money and splurge. You’re not spending $16 on two cranberry vodkas at the bar with your friends so go buy yourself a new top or necklace.

photo by: https://www.flickr.com/photos/laurenunfscurtisward/
photo by: https://www.flickr.com/photos/laurenunfscurtisward/

7 Things I Was Supposed To Do This Summer…

1. Go on adventures

I had a list of places to go including the beach, museums, flea markets, and more – but I just worked and slept a lot.

2. See my friends all the time

The characters in the Netflix shows I watch count as my friends right?

3. Lose weight

Going to the gym every day turned into thinking of going to the gym every day turned into binge eating.

4. Find a relationship

But that involves going to the gym and going on adventures and I did neither.

5. Get an awesome tan

I did, but it only lasted like three days.

6. Save money

I worked a lot, but can’t really seem to find where I spent all of my money?

7. Get my life together for the upcoming year

*See 1-6*

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photo by: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hillaryraindeer/

10 Times Happily Single Girls Aren’t Actually Happy

1. When you’re lazy and bored at the same time

I want someone to entertain, but I don’t want to get out of bed or stop watching Netflix.

2. When all of your friends are going on a couple’s retreat

They invite you but you’re just going to be trying to meet other people while consistently going home alone so…

3. When you’re hungry and have no one to eat with

You want to get out of your sweatpants and go to a sit-down restaurant but you’re just alone and get two large Wendy’s fries to go instead.

4. When something unreal exciting happens.

There’s not really anyone you can immediately text or kiss or hug or ya know.

5. When your summer wanderlust is biting at you.

I want to go to this museum, this amusement park, and to see this movie so who can I force to come with me?

6. When you’re singing along to love songs but you’re not in love

Well this is kind of depressing.

7. When you’re sick and rolled up like a burrito in your bed but can’t reach the advil.

Can someone bring me soup? And medicine? And cuddles? And maybe a cure for this cold?

8. When you don’t want to go out and get black out drunk with your friends

No matter who your friends are, I’m sure their bad influences and your boyfriend/girlfriend would be a better one.

9. When you’re tired of mediocre people who last a couple weeks in your life

Maybe I could find someone who lasts a couple months?

10. When you just want someone to be there

Like having a pet, but it’s less frowned upon when you’re super attached to them.

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photo by: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikedorokhov/

6 Reasons I Don’t Mind Being Alone

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photo by: https://www.flickr.com/photos/susannahhope/

1. I can binge eat and watch girly Netflix shows with no judgment.

I know a boyfriend would binge eat with me, but he just would not get the love between Meredith and McDreamy!

2. I usually don’t want to be cuddled when I sleep…

I don’t want all your sleep breath in my face as I’m trying to relax…

3. No bra? No make up? No problem!

Being alone means there’s no one to impress.

4. Sometimes I’m more productive when I’m by myself.

I don’t have to worry about anyone’s schedule, just my own errands to run.

5. I can be in my own head for a while.

Sometimes, I just don’t want to tell you how my day is going.

6. When I’m alone, I can just be me.