Go With The Flow

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I started this blog because I wanted to become a travel blogger. But I have now realized that putting such pressure on myself has made this blog difficult to maintain. Since none of my posts have really been about travel, I tend to discard a lot of drafts about many of my random thoughts.

So now I am giving myself the freedom to go with the flow. How great does that sound?

Today I thought I should mention the big change that’s happened recently – I quit my job a few months ago and moved across the country (eek!) to a no-job situation. It’s still a little unbelievable that I did something this crazy. All my life, I’ve dreamt about doing something exciting and irrational but haven’t followed through with anything. This would be my first time.

I did it because I wasn’t satisfied with the quality of my life at the time. It felt like there was something else out there for me and that was what I needed to do if I wanted to find it. While every day is full of worry about many things, I’m working on developing a new perspective and more positive demeanor. I feel that will make a huge difference at this point in my life.

Life has so much to offer and deep down under all the fear and anxiety, I want to experience it all. Okay. Maybe not everything. But you get the idea.

xx

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Television Hiatus

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I just recently returned from my first true vacation in quite some time and it was the most energizing and joyful experience ever. Now that I’m back home, it has gotten me thinking about my usual habits.

Whenever I go on a trip somewhere my typical habits are uprooted for a new daily schedule and it’s a refreshing break from the norm. But this was the most impactful break I’ve had because it helped me reflect on all my not-so-great habits.

One in particular is my relationship with television shows. While I don’t watch television all day every day, my tendencies surrounding it are a little unhealthy. When I find a show that I really like, I will not be able to stop watching it until I’m fully caught up. I have shamelessly binge watched SO many shows (thanks to Netflix and Hulu Plus).

Now what makes this habit not-so-great is that I not only waste so much time sitting down and staring at a screen, I also tend to eat a lot of snacks while I do it. Overtime, this has become a habit I have trouble breaking.

When I’m doing something other than obsessively watching a show, I don’t find myself constantly looking for snacks to munch on. This was brought to my attention while I was away and didn’t think about the shows I like.

I believe with easy access and a plethora of options, a television-watching habit is really easy to pick up (that could also be why it took me so long to notice it). So I’ve decided to put my Hulu and Netflix subscriptions on pause for a while to see how things pan out.

If anyone has gone through something similar and has any tips, I’d love to hear them!

…wish me luck 🙂

How To Be Parisian

I just finished reading the book How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas

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…and I think it’s safe to say this book will be staying on my bookshelf forever!

It was so uniquely written that I felt like I was reading someone’s journal. The tips and quirks of a Parisian woman were enlightening and delightful to learn about. One of my favorites was the clip about a Parisian being late to work!

I think it is the perfect guide to being Parisian because it covers so many topics and because it advocates the concept of loving yourself & your natural beauty.

While there are aspects of their lifestyle I would like to adopt, such as their fashion sense, it also left me happier about my own quirks and habits that I don’t want to change. Overall, gaining insight into the lifestyle of a Parisian was a pleasure! It reminded me how much there is to learn about the world and the people in it.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to inject their life with a little more Parisian flair!

Au Revoir!

Vegan Lifestyle

Lately, I’ve been looking into the vegan lifestyle to see what it’s all about, why some people do it, what the benefits and drawbacks are, and what the food pyramid consists of. After what I have seen thus far, which is mostly personal accounts from bloggers and vloggers on the internet, I am considering trying this out next week.

Why next week, you ask? Well I’ll be moving to Seattle next week and once I’m there, I will officially be in control of the food that I eat every day. Not that I’m not in control of what I eat now, but while I’m at home, it’s difficult for me to drastically change my lifestyle & such a fundamental thing about myself. So it’s not a big deal for me to wait another week. It also helps that I’m sick and going through some other health problems at the moment. That is another reason to wait to change something like that.

I’m extremely excited and yet strongly apprehensive about doing this…I’m worried I will get too lazy and not eat the right foods – particularly when around other people or when I’m out and about. Also, I’m not 100% convinced this lifestyle is for me. But I am definitely going to try because I am curious and would like to see for myself the benefits/drawbacks of being vegan. Hopefully, there will be some positive changes going on! I will be sure to document as much as I can.

The past week has been spent searching for some good recipe ideas that I can work on. I am definitely planning on consuming a TON of fruit and veggies as my main source of food. But I also want to mix things up a little so it’s not the exact same foods everyday. I ALSO understand this will be an investment, for sure. Particularly because I plan on going to farmer’s markets and such to find these delicious fruits and veggies. I want my food to be organic and delicious!

Anyway, just thought I’d share my tentative plan. Since I will be near a readily available gym when I move to Seattle, I will also be exercising much more frequently. That doesn’t mean intense training sessions, but ideally I’ll be “moving” hopefully 30-60 minutes a day. This plan gets me excited for the big changes that are ahead in my life!

Wish me luck!

Why Parks and Recreation is My ALL Time Favorite

If you have watched this show, you absolutely know what I’m talking about. After binge-watching Seasons 1-6 twice I could not believe I had gone so long without these characters in my life!

Whenever I am in a sour mood or want to take my mind off something (and I have 20 minutes), I turn to Parks and Rec. This show has humor, it comically reveals the truth about human behaviors, and its characters welcome you in with open arms.

I may be taking this show too seriously, but all I know is how much it helped me get through the last 4 months. It’s not the healthiest option as a form of distraction, but sometimes you can’t be picky. Overall, I just seriously recommend you watch it! Some may say to start at season 2 because season 1 isn’t that great (I have mixed feelings about this). But if you’re going to watch it, why not start with season 1??

Here is when you should watch the show:

When you’re in a bad mood because Andy’s ridiculous comments or Ron Swanson’s extreme beliefs will be so absurd that you can’t help but laugh & forget why you were ever upset.

When you have 20 free minutes because why not? If you want to exercise, do some squats, push ups, and lunges while you watch. It’s a great mood booster!

When the world seems too pessimistic because it helps put things into perspective. It honestly helped me to watch Leslie Knope kicking butt at her job and loving it. While it didn’t help solve my problems, it gave me a new angle to view a job situation.

When you want to crack up because it’s impossible not to laugh when Andy puts his mouth over an entire water fountain spout or goes to multiple doctors in a day & gets his “ankles microwaved”.

Also, a little tip – head to Youtube and search for “Parks and Rec bloopers” for some hilarious clips from each season! Now go watch and laugh your butt off!!

Finding Your Passion

You may have seen this title probably on every single lifestyle/inspiration blog on the planet. Now I have looked at my fair share of these as well and while they can be helpful, if you are not in the right mindset, they are meaningless to you…

What I mean is if you are feeling a bit depressed, like myself, and you go on to read 10 different “passion” articles, you’re still going to feel just as lost. All of those posts may tell you to take action somehow or to dig into your past to find out what you love. Well I’m here to tell you that PATIENCE IS THE ANSWER.

Yeah, I hate being patient just as much as the next person…but I think it’s what got me to an excited perspective on job hunting and life. I was trying SO hard to force passion into my life that I became blind to all the specific things I love in life. With a little time and space (from my own mind), I realized a few handful of things that I’ve always found interesting and would love to explore more in depth.

One of these is painting! So with my 100-day-project, I’m going to work on enhancing my painting skills (thanks to youtube and possibly a few classes here and there). This isn’t going to be super easy but I have faith that it’s possible!

I’m Making Some Changes

Lately, I’ve been a little down in the dumps because I have let my life become a jumbled mess. It has become just as easy to put on a positive face as it is to become irrationally annoyed or upset. These emotions alone are driving me crazy, haha. I absolutely let my emotions control me 100% of the time. (It’s not always the ideal scenario).

This has prompted me to not only search the ends of the internet for advice, but to also look into consulting a life coach for some advice. It’s about time that I begin to take control of my life, figure out exactly what it is that I want to be doing, and begin looking at things more positively. Over the past year, I have been stagnant when it comes to just about anything in my life. All the dreams and aspirations that I have are put on hold because I’m afraid to make the necessary huge changes to get to a new way of living.

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On a more positive note, I am thrilled for my Jawbone Up band to get here! I had been waiting to order the newest one, Jawbone UP3, but it seems shipping/production is STILL held up and I’m impatient (oops…) So I ordered an older model online to get me started for the next year or so!

I am hoping this gives me a new sense of control over my life and motivates me to watch what I eat and do more carefully. I have gotten used to taking my life for granted and not taking care of my body. This only ends up making things worse!

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude – Maya Angelou