July Favorites

Books:

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

I can’t even say enough good things about this book. Incredibly sad and inspiring and one of my all time favorites. I also have an entire post going up about this on Friday and will discuss it in my reading wrap up so all I’ll say is that I highly, highly recommend this book. It’s a collection of essays and stories by Marina Keegan who passed away in 2012. She was 22 and had just graduated from Yale the day before her death. Marina is a huge inspiration to me and I urge all of you to pick up this book if you haven’t already.

Graphic novels

I read a number of graphic novels to try and kickstart my want to read again. It definitely helped. I’ll talk more about the specific graphic novels in my July Reading Wrap Up post and will link that here when it’s been published!

But I really appreciate the artistry that goes into making graphic novels and I have so many favorites that I will continue to reread time and time again because I enjoy the illustrations and the stories so much.

If you have any suggestions for graphic novels that I should pick up, comment them on this post! I haven’t read a ton, I’ve stuck to the ones I’m familiar with for the most part so far, and I would love to branch out and read more.

Other Media:

Letterkenny

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Over the last couple of weeks of June I kept getting ads on Hulu for this show called Letterkenny. On the Fourth of July, or actually on the third technically, I decided to start watching it. I’m not even going to lie to you when I say that I made it through five seasons in that weekend… And I may or may not have already rewatched the first two seasons since then.

This show is just perfect to me, the running jokes, the physical humor, the absolute absurdity of so much of it. It has overtaken Parks and Rec as my go-to show when I need mindless humor. Check it out on Hulu! They’re going to begin filming a new season in the next few weeks!

Machine Gun Kelly’s album Hotel Diablo

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Last month I talked about one of the singles off of this album (I Think I’m Okay) and now the entire album has been released. I’ve listened to at least one of the songs every single day since it came out. Also still can’t believe that I like rap, used to be the only music I could not listen to but here we are…

BooksandLala’s entire YouTube channel

I want to say that I discovered her channel in May? But I’ve increasingly just really found myself enjoying to watch her videos. And then her Reading Rush vlogs were my favorites of all the RR vlogs. She just has so many unique video concepts and reading challenges and watching her videos always makes me want to push myself to come up with new ideas for this blog. Also her son looks like my youngest brother and it makes me smile whenever I see him (they’re the same age too which I think is such a funny coincidence!).

Makeup:

Colourpop’s new lip tints

I saw them on Twitter a few days before they were released and I bought the entire collection the day they were released. They are so nice!! I’ve been looking for lighter lip products that aren’t drying and these came out at the perfect time. They’re apply light but you can build the color easily and they fade so nicely. I’ve only gotten a chance to wear a few of the colors so far but I’ve really liked each one! Colourpop is one of my favorite brands to use to experiment with colors because they’re so cheap.

I’ll insert some swatch pictures when I have a chance to take them in good lighting 🙂

Clothing/Accessories:

Tevas

I had to finally bite the bullet and purchase a new pair of Tevas because I lost the pair that I got last summer (very sad about that, I wore that other pair constantly last year 😦 ). This new pair is really cute and comfortable (despite the fact that they’re slightly too big, which is unfortunate because they’re technically in a children’s size). I wore them quite a bit after I got them. They provide a lot more support than my old pair did and honestly what more can I look for in a shoe, support and ease of wear. PERFECT.

I’m also really excited to have these because I finally got a new state park pass so I can go hiking!! I have a camping trip planned in the middle of August that I’m really looking forward to and I know I’ll be wearing these shoes for that entire trip. I have a big issue with hiking in close toed shoes over the warmer months. My feet get too warm and if my feet get too warm then my entire body overheats and feels really bad (thank you sensory issues) so I prefer hiking in sandals. I’ve tried Chacos but could never get the pair I had to fit my feet well and they took forever to put on so I’ve turned to Tevas instead and have not looked back. In the cooler/muddier months I wear a pair of hiking boots from the brand Oboz.

Food/Drinks:

Lychee Bellini tea from David’s Tea.

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I bought two new teas from David’s Tea in July and the Lychee Bellini kind was my favorite. I’ve only made it a few times because I’m lazy but I’ve been brewing it hot and then sticking it in the fridge overnight and mixing it with lemonade before drinking it. It’s from their Mocktail Collection and I highly recommend it! It smells wonderful and is really fruity and sweet. I’m really trying to make myself drink more tea and less pop but it’s a struggle.

Other:

Crossword puzzles

I spent many, many hours doing crossword puzzles in the last few weeks of July. It was my way to force myself to stay off of social media and still act like I was being productive. Things just got pretty bad with burnout in July and I stopped doing everything that wasn’t just scrolling mindlessly through social media until I literally ran out of stuff to scroll through. I couldn’t hold my concentration to read anything longer than a Tweet and I basically just gave up on doing anything other than go to work and sleep. I’m pretty sure that if I hadn’t done crossword puzzles that I would’ve spent my weekends starting at various walls in my house and acting catatonic. Tons of fun.

Anyways, so I’ve been working my way through a book of crossword puzzles and really enjoying that. It’s a good and easy way to do something without really putting out too much mental power so it felt like I was still basically doing nothing but I didn’t feel as guilty about it.

My new logo

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I gave my blog a little bit of a makeover when I finally had the motivation to do so and I created a really basic new logo. I really like it and I’m excited to continue on in this blogging journey!

So those are some of the things that I enjoyed in July. I can’t believe tomorrow is already August. This year is going by way too fast and I hate it!! What do you guys have planned for August?

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June Favorites

Y’all… It is July already. How the heck is it already July. And it’s also already the end of the first week of July… Holy cow make time stop!!! I swear time goes way too fast when you’re working full time doing stuff that you don’t like. It feels like there’s no good time left anymore. I hate growing up!!

Anyways, here are some of the things that I loved in June! Oh, and before I begin, this post contains affiliate links!

Books:

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Red, White, & Royal Blue… I mean is that even a question that this was my favorite book of the month? It was so good and all I want to do right now is reread it but that means I have to buy it because the wait time at my library is insanely long! I highly, highly recommend this book! Pick up your own copy here and read my review of it here.

Honestly Casey McQuiston kicked it out of the park with her debut novel. What a sweet romance, the best cast of characters that I’ve read in a very long time, and such an engrossing plot. I will be gushing about this until the end of time!

Radio Silence is my other favorite book from this month!

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I really enjoyed this book even though it took me a minute to get into it but it was the type of book I would’ve loved to have in high school and it made me feel really nostalgic. If you’d like to pick it up for yourself to read, buy a copy here and if you’d like to hear more of my thoughts, this is the link to my review.

Other Media:

Dan Howell’s coming out video

This video was one of the most iconic things to come out (haha) of this year’s pride month. I watched it while I was at work and cried the entire time. This made me so proud of Dan and the LGBTQIA+ community and just wow. ICONIC.

I Think I’m Okay by Machine Gun Kelly & YUNGBLUD

I was introduced to MGK by someone really close to me and I’ve been a fan of his for almost a year now. A lot of his music I use when I’m having panic attacks and really bad depression days. Same with Mac Miller. Still have no idea why their music works for me like that but it does.

This song dropped a few weeks ago and I literally haven’t stopped listening to it since. I haven’t related to a song so much as I did to this one. I’m pretty sure this will be my #1 played song of the year. I can’t wait for his new album to come out.

You Need to Calm Down/ Lover album!!

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You guys… Taylor Swift finally announced her new album and I am SOOOOOO excited. I have been a fan of her since I was 13 and I think I will be a fan of hers forever. Catch me listening to her album on repeat as soon as it releases in August. But since her album can’t quite be a favorite yet (though I will say that I’m pretty sure this might be my favorite era of hers), her single You Need to Calm Down definitely can be a favorite.

And can I just say how much I freaking loved this music video? All the cameos in it were amazing. Also I have to gush about Taylor on here because no one I know in real life likes her and they all think her music sucks and I’m too chicken to say that I actually like it so I’ll just express my love of it here!

Clothes/Accessories:

Old Navy Boyfriend Fit Shorts

I have had two pairs of these in the past few years and they’re honestly my favorite shorts ever. I have pretty big thighs and a lot of times shorts and pants get really tight on them and it can get uncomfortable. And with shorts in the summer chafing can get really bad! So these have been great, not too tight but not too loose either. When they go on sale I’d like to get one more pair just so that I don’t keep wearing the same pair every single day.

Make-Up:

Cabaret Premier Mascara

Classic French Mascara - Cabaret Première by Vivienne Sabó. Cruelty Free. Length, Volume, and No Clump formula. Rich Black Color. 0.3 fl. oz.

I found this mascara in a Buzzfeed article and decided that I’d give it a shot because I was in need of a new mascara, wanted to try something new, and was too lazy to go to Target. So I ordered this one and was very surprised with how much I like it! Ever since I used IT Cosmetics Superhero mascara a few years back nothing else I’ve used has compared. Granted, this mascara still doesn’t work quite as well as the IT Cosmetics one but it’s still better than anything I’ve used in a while. It really makes my lashes look long and full! (I’m actually wearing it in the earlier picture in this post from the RWRB part in case you were wondering how it looked on me).

Lipgloss

I started wearing lipgloss again after watching Mikaela Long’s video about Kylie Jenner’s lipgloss from months ago. I’ve bought a few and have been pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoy wearing lipgloss! Normally I’m a very big fan of matte lip products so the fact that I can even stand something glossy is a big step. I won’t even lie when I say that my favorite glosses so far are the clear ones that I bought from Lipsmackers. What a throwback. I am in the market for a “big girl” brand for clear gloss (preferably something in a squeezy tube and definitely not expensive) if anyone has any recommendations.

Food/Drinks:

Tea!

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I’ve been trying so, so hard to cut down on my pop consumption so I’ve been trying to drink more tea when I’m craving something flavored throughout the day. I’ve been mixing Twinings cold brew teas with lemonade for my afternoon pick me up at work and it’s been really enjoyable. I just got some new teas in the mail so I’m thinking about doing a whole post about my favorite teas.

Other:

Makeup removing cloths

DANIELLE - Erase Your Face 4Piece Cloth Set

I got the original Makeup Eraser a few years back and have used it on and off for the past few years whenever it hasn’t been lost. For a while I got really good at washing my makeup off with cleansing balm and never used the Eraser and I also turned to makeup wipes for a while when I really didn’t have the motivation to take care of my face.

Once I got back into wearing makeup after a pretty long break I started using my Makeup Eraser every day with some micellar water. It’s a really simple thing to get my face clean before I go to bed and not be as wasteful as makeup wipes! I finally bought more cloths because my original one has been taking a beating and I haven’t been able to clean it as much as I would like so now I have a bunch!

Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream

B&BW had a sale on their Ultra Shea Body Cream a while back so I decided to stock up because I was running low on lotion at work and at home and needed some new stuff. I think this might be my favorite product from this store! It is super moisturizing and the scents last so long! I bought Cucumber Melon, Black Cherry Merlot, Gingham, and one that has coconut in it but I can’t find it on the website anymore and it’s at work currently so I can’t tell you the name!

And now as I was browsing the website there’s another really good sale going on with a code for free shipping and I’m trying to use all my strength and willpower to avoid adding all the other scents I’m interested in into my cart… These are really great lotions!

So that about sums up everything that I loved in June. It was a really good month for music and it’s looking like July is going to be a really good month for TV (I already have one show that’s going to make my list and I’m already predicting that Stranger Things 3 will be on there too). Also as I’m finishing up this post I realized that I haven’t talked about Black Mirror season 5 yet… Not sure I’m going to do a full post on it so I’ll say now that I really liked it but it definitely wasn’t my favorite season. Miley Cyrus did really good in her episode though!

I’ll stop rambling now! Happy Friday everyone!

An Open Letter to Managers

Dear Managers and Other Members of Management,

Ever wonder why your turnover rate for employees is really high? Or why people don’t like talking to you about problems regarding their job? Or why no one ever wants to cover shifts or come in for more hours? I’m going to be honest and level with you now… It’s because of you.

Now yes, there could be other reasons. Some jobs are hard to keep employees for, especially if you are employing people in positions that mostly high schoolers or college students work. People leave and it happens, but you should still be able to find people that want to stay. Your college students should want to come back to you next school year or next summer. Your high schoolers should want to work with you until they graduate. You should probably be wondering why you have people in upper level positions leaving so quickly too.

Good managers build employees up, they take the time to make sure that training is done correctly and they recognize that mistakes happen. When you are constantly telling people how bad they’re doing, when you critique every little wrong thing that happens it hurts. How can you expect an employee to come in day after day when they think they can do no right? And I know how frustrating it is to have people make mistakes and then have to clean up after them but that’s what you got into by agreeing to become a manager. So instead of yelling at them or sending out passive aggressive messages or phone calls, politely explain what they’re doing incorrectly and teach/tell them how to do something correctly. And if the mistakes continue then discuss with them how they need to do something differently or that you’ll be taking further disciplinary action in order to help them understand that they can’t keep doing what they’re doing.

At this point, I’ve worked at a number of companies that have been filled with very poor management. And at some point, I might share my stories about the abuse that my fellow coworkers and I endured (because trust me, it’s really bad).

The management is what matters, and if you are a poor manager then I don’t pity you. I don’t pity the extra hours you have to put in to fix the mistakes that your employees make. I don’t pity the time you have to put into hiring countless new employees and training them. I don’t pity you. You deserve every bad thing that comes your way. Why? Because your employees are people too and they deserve to be treated like that. They don’t deserve to be treated as lesser and they will never be deserving of that treatment.

So to everyone in management out there. Think about your company and your employees. If you want your company to thrive, learn how to treat your employees better or eventually you’re going to suffer. Treat others the way that you would want to be treated. I’m sure you don’t want to be talked down to and yelled at constantly so why do that to your staff?

Learn and grow. Be better people.

Sincerely,

A mentally exhausted employee.

P.S. To those reading this, after also posting a rant post on Saturday I promise that I’ll try and write some cheery and fluffy posts this week to make up for some angry posts!

Stop Telling Me That I’m Young

Let me have my existential crisis in peace!! I’m serious though, please for the love of all that is holy stop telling me that, at 22, I am young and have so much life left to figure out that I can’t possibly be feeling the way that I’m feeling.

Do you not think that I understand that? I am fully aware that I’m supposed to have many years ahead of me but we’re not promised those years. And with the state of the world the way it is, how can we guarantee that the world will even survive long enough for me to see old age?

I’m aware that I can’t have it all right now, but it makes it hurt when people constantly tell me that I shouldn’t feel the way that I do because I’m only 22. It hurts even more when it comes from people only a few years older than I. No, I did not graduate and yes it’s okay to have not done that but at this point I’m unsure if I will ever be able to go back to school and that really hurts because I have such a strong desire to finally go back to school.

There are young people out there changing the world, working dream jobs, living fulfilling lives. I’m sitting here at 22 feeling like I have wasted every second of my life up until this point. And it exhausts me to be told otherwise!

Sometimes I just really want to be pessimistic and negative. There’s no reason to pretend to be positive and wonderful and loving life all the time, it paints a false sense of perfection in life and I find that really unfair. If you’re always painting yourself as positive then you start to find yourself never being able to share how you really feel and the thoughts that you actually have.

I also find it really unfair to have my experiences belittled and brushed aside by both people older than me and my peers. Not one person has the same experience as another. Like I was talking to someone the other day and while trying to be motivating about the fact that he was feeling trapped in his position I also empathized. I was brutally honest and I didn’t bullshit him. It’s not fair to try and convince someone that everything will be okay all the time someday because there will always be bad days. But I also do understand that sometimes you have to force positivity when you really don’t want to. So I commiserated but I also motivated, I was very analytical with it and honestly sometimes that’s all I can do. Emotions are stupid, so look at it analytically and then you can find some good in it.

I would just really appreciate it if people replaced the “someday’s” with truth and realism. Because life sucks right now and there’s no proof that there’s going to be a magical “someday” and it’s beyond frustrating to keep having that idea fed to me (not like I’ve ever believe it or anything).

But all in all, I understand that I am young. I understand that I have a lot of stuff left to experience. However, I also feel like in my 22 years that I have lived 10 lifetimes already and I’m just tired of people telling me that I’m living my life incorrectly by being negative about my timeline of living. There are always different paths to take, I get that, but dang!! Let me be frustrated that I’m not on the path that I want to be!! Let me have emotions!! I don’t want to be on the path 30 years down the road, I want to be on that path now and I’m allowed to be frustrated that life isn’t different right now because I fully acknowledge that I am the one that put myself onto this path. I’m allowed to be frustrated that I made stupid mistakes and I threw away many possibilities of different presents and futures. And I own up to that and no I don’t live in that negativity but if I can’t speak candidly about things without being told I’m incorrect or that I shouldn’t think like that then what’s the point?

This post kind of just turned into a massive rant but I think I got the point across. Basically everyone is at different points in life but that doesn’t give one person the right to tell another person that they should think differently about their life. If you are not personally living that life then you have no say in how someone else lives or thinks about their own life.

Anyways, rant over. Have a nice weekend everyone! (Sorry that I may have started off your weekend on an angry note with this post but I just needed to post it now!)

May Favorites

Well, May has come and gone and we’re now well on our way to official summer. Now if only the weather would cooperate and then maybe I’d be a little excited. But all this rain we’ve been getting lately has just left me thinking good weather will never show up!

Anyways, here are some things that I loved this past month…

Books:

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Lilac Girls… I can’t say enough good things about this book. Here’s a link to the review I wrote. I may or may not also gush about this book in tomorrow’s post as well. I swear I’ll shut up about this at some point (actually I can’t promise that… sorry!!). This book was just absolutely amazing and I want everyone to read it. Heartbreaking and riveting and all based off of real people, it’s just crazy what horrors have happened on this earth.

Other Media:

Lizzo!!! I’d never listened to her music before this month and I have to say I was definitely missing out!

Truth Hurts and Juice are my favorites of hers so far and I listen to both of them at least once a day during my drive to work.

Make-up:

I honestly did not wear makeup enough this month to really compile anything good enough for this category. I did however start to work more on skincare stuff, I even started wearing sunscreen everyday (wow, go me!). Might do an in-depth makeup/skincare post sometime this summer though like I did a few years back in this post!

Clothing/Accessories:

Scrunchies

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I think that scrunchies are so cute and I love wearing them. I tend to wear them more as a bracelet because I usually already have my hair up when I grab them but I really love them as bracelets too.

Heeled sandals & Midi-Dresses

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These shoes are hard to wear at work but I do it anyways! I love wearing heels because they make me feel just a little extra bad-ass every day. And wearing them with longer dresses just makes everything feel a little bit more stretched out and I just think it’s a really nice look. I really enjoy wearing dresses during spring and summer because they’re an easy outfit to just throw together and you need so few pieces to look put together. And when I’m rolling out of bed 20 minutes before I need to be out the door the simpler outfits the better! I got both this dress and these shoes from Target!

Food/Drinks:

Starbucks mango dragonfruit refreshers with lemonade. I’ve also gotten my brothers into them as well. Now I’m really not a big fan of Starbucks most of the time but I had to try this drink and it was SO good. I’ve gotten two so far and I really would get it every day if I allowed myself to.

So that’s a few of the things that I loved in May. I hope to, for June, make a better post. Go a little bit more in depth and have more items on the list. But I guess I really didn’t do much in May and I really didn’t take enough pictures to add things to this list. I’ll try to do better next time and work on compiling stuff all month, working on the post as things come up 🙂

Anyways, what were some things you loved in May?

Collector? Or Hoarder?

I’m calling myself out in this post… I’m a little bit of a hoarder. I’ve gotten a lot better over the years but holy cow is it hard for me to give my belongings up. I like to collect things; books, mugs, fabric, yarn, merch, journals, the list goes on!

Now when minimalism started to become a big thing I really strived to want to be a minimalist. At one point (and I’m a little ashamed to admit this) I got rid of a whole bunch of stuff because the guy I was dating at the time was an extreme minimalist and I figured that I needed to be like that too. Like he literally owned 9 shirts and 1 (one) pair of pants.

I will admit that yes, there is a lot of stuff that I owned/own that I needed to get rid of. Like a really productive thing I did was type up a whole bunch of old papers and got them made into a book so instead of having a box of loose papers I now have a nice and compact book with a whole bunch of my school projects dating all the way back to early elementary school!

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But now I think back and think of all the books I just tossed aside that I would actually really like to go back and read now. And yes I can just check them out from the library but so many times I just check books out from there and never end up reading them…

So this brings me to my big dilemma in this post… How important is it really to have an extensive book collection? I love having books, I love how they look on my shelves and it is so much fun buying new books. Recently there have been a lot of books that are new releases or books that released within the last few years that I haven’t read yet that I really want to just buy (I think I have a total of five or six books on this list right now).

My library has a pretty extensive collection of books and I enjoy going there, in fact I’m sitting at a table at my library right now while writing this! The only thing with this is that I often can’t get books right away or I’m not in the mood to read them when they’re available and when they are available then I’m in a reading slump. Like one book that I really want to read right now and don’t want to buy is The Unhoneymooners and that currently has 14 holds on it before me and I haven’t decided if I want to add myself to that list yet or not.

I know a lot of book “influencers” pride themselves in having an extensive wall of bookshelves and I once really wanted that look too! And some part of me still really wants that wall of books no matter what. Some of the books that I really want to add to my collection are books that I read as a kid. I just want to have them on hand because they bring back so many fond memories! There are also a few authors that I want to own all (or most) of their books because I know that I’ll enjoy them. These authors include Morgan Matson and Maureen Johnson. I also own not one, but two sets of the Harry Potter books, one hardcover and one paperback.

One of the biggest things that makes me hesitate wanting to grow my collection is the fact that I no longer allow other people to borrow my books. I’ve learned my mistake one too many times of allowing people to borrow books and then either getting the book back in poor condition or never seeing those books again. So why should I own an extensive collection of books if I’m just going to let them sit there after I’ve bought them? How many of these books do I actually read right after getting them? The answer? Not many. How many sit there for years after purchasing? The answer? Too many. And I think that’s why I forced myself to get rid of a huge number of books over the years. I’ve probably sold off over 100 books since 2015 and there are probably more that I should let myself part with that I just can’t bring myself to do yet.

But that doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped myself from buying books. I finally caught up on my Sarah J. Maas books, allowing myself to have all the published books in those series (my main guilty pleasure books). And I also didn’t hesitate buying Again, But Better when that came out because I really and truly wanted to own that book.

In the end, I think that my book collection is going to be one of those things that I will spend years trying to hone but it will always be a bit too extensive for what I feel I should own. I have to come to accept that I will never be a minimalist, I just cherish things a little bit too much. It just makes me happy to see a shelf full of books and I’m not going to take that away from myself just because I feel like I hoard things. Someday I’ll have an office in a home that I’ll be able to fill with things I love, I just might have to let things sit in storage for a while before I get to that point.

Just remember that it’s not important whether you own 1000 books or 0. If you use exclusively your library or only buy books firsthand. It all supports something in the end and reading books that make you happy is the most important thing you can do.

Spring Has Sprung

If anyone were to ask me what my favorite season is, my automatic answer is fall. However, I find positives in every season and could find ways to make any season my favorite (except winter, I’m sorry but though there are things that I love about winter I could never automatically say that that is my favorite season, too cold!!!!). Anyways, now that we’re inching closer to summer (though it doesn’t feel that way at all!) I’d like to share with you my favorite parts about spring.

Also all of the pictures in this post were taken when I went to a conservatory with my best friend back in January!

First off, something that I love about spring is that you can finally start ordering iced coffee again without seeming weird, I mean I’ve learned that I can order it year round and just not care what other people think about me but as someone with that extreme anxiety you better believe that I still care! I just really prefer ordering iced coffee when I go to coffee places so it’s nice when the weather warms up and I can freely drink iced coffee without freezing my hands off.

Another thing I love about spring is not having to worry about wearing enough layers and also thinking about the logistics of bringing/wearing a jacket everywhere I go. In the same strain, I also get so happy about pulling out the old knock-off Birkenstocks to wear again. And y’all can judge me right now but I am 100% one of those people that wears socks with my birks when it’s still slightly too cold to wear them sockless!

Back to the clothes though, my favorite outfits are warm and cozy ones… Sweaters and leggings are such an easy go-to that I wear all the time. I like spring because it’s still cool enough most days to wear my favorite outfits but I don’t have to wear a super bulky winter coat over the top of it. Fun fact though, I’ve had my winter coat since I was in 7th grade, it’s almost 10 years old now but it’s still going strong! I hate the hassle of piling on hats, scarves, gloves, boots, and a coat every single day. And having to wear bulky boots everywhere is so annoying! I love being warm and cozy but I also like not feeling like my feet are trapped.

It’s also fun to start bringing out the sundresses again. But that’s more of a fun summer thing because I feel like half the time spring just jumps straight to summer here. There’s no in between time where I can wear sundresses with cardigans, I just go from being too cold to wear dresses to boiling in my clothes so I need to wear only dresses.

Spring also brings with it the start of hiking season! As soon as the ice is gone on the trails I try to go hiking as much as possible! My goal in the next few years is to go on at least one hike at every single state park in Minnesota and I’ve already made decent headway on that goal. I actually have a camping trip planned for later this summer and I’d like to try and plan at least one more if not two but I’ll have to see what plans I end up having for the summer.

Back to hiking in spring though. Hiking in spring is so nice because there are no bugs! Even if it’s a bit chilly it’s so easy to just add an extra layer or two and just keep moving to stay warm. The fact that mosquitoes aren’t eating me alive and I’m not breathing in gnats is so great. I don’t even care when I cover my boots in mud, no bugs makes up for it all!

The last thing that I really love about spring is that the days are finally getting longer. The extended sunshine makes it so much easier to have motivation to do stuff. Unfortunately my work schedule right now makes it so hard to make myself go to bed on time because I just want to enjoy a full day but I digress. I think this summer will involved a lot of me just being too exhausted to function at work because I’m going to stay up way past my bedtime to enjoy the final bits of sunshine every day. I also really love having rainy days instead of snowy ones! However, now that I drive I really hate having to drive in the rain! But rainy days are still my favorite nonetheless.

Just seeing the world start to turn green again every year instantly helps me start to shake away my winter blues. Every single day the trees outside get a little bit more green and it makes me so excited to start seeing so much green again. And it makes me even more excited to start seeing flowers too! The grocery stores around here have started setting up their outdoor plant sections and I love it! Bring on the plants!

So these are just a few of the things that I love about spring. It’s a season that brings about change and rain and sunshine and green. It makes me so happy and even though what comes next is the boiling heat of summer I still like spring!

What’s your favorite season? What parts of spring do you like best? What do you like the least?

Hope you all have a good day!

 

 

18 Things I Wish I Would Have Known In 2018

2018 was possibly the worst year of my life for loads of reasons. Yes, I had a ton of good experiences overall but in the end, things just turned to shit!! So here are the 18 things I wish I would have known right off the bat at the beginning of the year.

  1. If someone doesn’t like you, don’t waste your energy trying to make them like you.
  2. Money is the root of all evil… SAVE SAVE SAVE!
  3. Sometimes the people who say they will never leave you, will leave you, and you have to learn to accept it even if it is really hard.
  4. Moving home isn’t a bad thing
  5. School can wait, your mental and physical well-being can’t
  6. Food is not the enemy, sometimes other things can make you gain weight too
  7. You don’t have to have found “the one” by 22
  8. Birthdays aren’t special, don’t stress
  9. Your best friend should always be there for you and if they give up on you, they weren’t your best friend after all.
  10. Do NOT change yourself for anyone but yourself
  11. Sometimes your coworkers will hate you and they will lie about you and hurt you. Always be the bigger person.
  12. Memories can hurt, but don’t get caught up in wishing the past was the present. You can’t change where you are.
  13. Not everyone is out to get you, but at the same time sometimes the people who say they’ll help you turn out to be the worst people in the end.
  14. Pets don’t live forever and sometimes you lose them way sooner than they were supposed to go. Cherish the time you have with your furry babies.
  15. People will be successful, you might not be. Don’t compare your life to others just because you’re on a different path and in a different season of life.
  16. The people who you think should be hurt by karma won’t be, they might never be. Realize that and move on. You can’t ruminate on how many different ways you could ruin their lives if you were karma. It’s a waste of your time.
  17. Sea glass hunting and milkshakes and a trip to Gooseberry Falls will always be worth your time.
  18. Don’t let your fear of the future let you make drastic decisions.

I hope even one of these points can hit home with one of you reading. I have a lot ahead of me this year and even though I’m really scared of everything, I’m also really excited about life again. I can’t wait to share more with you.

Sincerely, Amelia

P.S. I definitely purposefully scheduled this post to go up on the 18th. Look at all those 18’s haha!

New Year, New Me?

So, it’s been a long time since I’ve even touched this website. For a while I honestly thought that I was done blogging for good. Sometimes I still feel like I should give up on this blog completely and delete it. I’ve actually started getting rid of all of my social media and it’s been wonderful!

But then I remembered how much I actually enjoyed writing for this blog, how excited I got coming up with new content, and how it helped to add structure to a chaotic life that I honestly wish was still my life.

A LOT has changed since the last time I talked to you and while I know I will update you on some things, most of my life will be staying private, it’s been a whirlwind to say the least.

Now, that it’s quite a bit into the new year I figured I’d share with you five ways that I’m going to try and make this a really good year!

 

1.I’m going to get back into reading. Beginning next week I’ll have a half hour commute to and from work and while I know I’ll be listening to music most days (especially in the morning to get myself pumped up) in the afternoon I think I’ll listen to audiobooks. I recently tried Audible and really enjoyed it! Though I can’t afford the full subscription yet, I hope to be able to soon because I have yet to have the concentration to be able to sit down and read a physical book. I’d really like to power through all of Jen Sincero’s books because I have heard nothing but good things about them. I’ll be starting with You Are a Badass and then go from there.

2. The next thing that I’m going to try and work on is drinking more water and cutting out the soda. Granted my caffeine addiction is far from gone (I found out I can make really great iced coffee at home and I’m completely hooked. I will be sharing how I make my iced coffee in an upcoming post.) I think the first thing I need to do is get a new water bottle. For some reason those always make me more motivated to drink more water. I really want a HydroFlask but I might have to just stick to my trusty Nalgene bottle that I’ve had for years.

3. I really want to start exercising as well. I had a really good habit of going to my apartment gym for a while but then I got sick and a bunch of other stuff happened and now I’m back living at home and don’t have access to a gym. I think I’ll try to start doing yoga and weights in my room before work and then as soon as the weather gets nice I’ll be hiking as many weekends as I possibly can! My goal for a few years now has been to hit up every state park in Minnesota and I really want to get going on that goal.

4. I’d like to keep journaling. I started that pretty early on this year and have done really well with keeping my journal updated. I think I’m going to make another post soon on journaling again and talk more about how I journal now and also how I read and annotate self help books.

5. I want to develop and maintain a self care routine. At least once a week I want to pamper myself and pretend that I actually like it. I also want to have enough money to do things like possibly get my nails done or go get a massage if I had a really bad week. But first I’ll start off with face masks and not so healthy food. (This carbonated mask is still my absolute favorite when I want to have fun… I also reeeeeaaaally want to try the Hell Pore mask.)

So overall these are the things that I want to try at the beginning of this year to better myself. And included in all of this is a continuance of blogging. I’d really like to try and post once a week, if not more. I’m not going to try and force myself to stick to a schedule because I have sooooo much that’s going to be going on but I’ll start with posting once a week and going from there.

I’m really excited to be back y’all! Hope you’re ready for spending a great year with me!

 

Sincerely,

Amelia

P.s. I joined the Amazon Affiliate program so the links in this are from that. I promise I won’t share anything I know isn’t good.

 

 

 

June Favorites

Summer is whizzing by, I can’t believe it’s already July!

Here are some of the things that I loved in the month of June:

First off was the nonfiction section in my local library. I have spent a great deal of time perusing this section and have a massive stack of books that I need to read this summer. Most of the books that I’ve checked out were in the Christian section and I’m loving learning more about my faith!

Next favorite is my Sand Cloud towel. I have wanted a nice beach towel for a few years now and I finally got one that is instagram worthy. I bought the acid wash print and honestly look how nice it is! I’m so glad I got to contribute to #savethefishies.

Next up is my favorite new top that I got from Old Navy. It fits me so well and it’s really comfortable. I’ve been sorting through my closet slowly but surely and stocking up on basic pieces and I’m definitely a fan of this basic tee.

The day lilies have been in full bloom! I love flowers and my favorite part of spring and summer is seeing all the pretty flowers bloom in my front yard.

Red lipstick has been my go-to for years now and my most recent red lip purchase is this ColourPop and Hello Kitty collab. It’s the nicest liquid lipstick I have ever purchased, goes on smoothly and stays for hours!

My last favorite is this body mist that I got while I was in London. It is scented white grape with aloe and smells like my favorite lotion (which has been discontinued) so I had to get it! I have yet to look up if I can buy this online so I’m a little nervous about using it since I’m sure I’ll run out quickly. However, I love it so much it’s worth it to use it every day.

So that’s what I’ve been loving this month! What have you guys been into this past month?

Have a great week everyone!