Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pretty Print

Stop stressing. Right now. Whatever you're stressing over, just stop.

I know that's much harder to do than it sounds, but just do it. I know I need to follow my own advice on this one. Everything will fall into place, I promise. 

I don't know about you, but I've been in need of some motivation this week (as if you couldn't tell from what I wrote above...). So here are a few of my favorite quotes via Pinterest! 



Worry is a misuse of your imaginationPass it on.

"Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink." - Lilly Pulitzer #lillysaid



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Plaid For Days

I would wear plaid everyday if I could!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Appreciating the Good Times

I had one of those weekends. One of those miserable, no-good weekends with all but one or two small bursts of good in between all the bad. The thing is, my weekend didn't even start out all that bad! Valentine's Day was very nice (even though I woke up a bit cranky to say the least.) I'm not quite sure what happened between Friday and Saturday, but it must have included a visit from the bad luck fairy because it all kind of went downhill from there. 

Saturday was, well, not great. Just like Friday, my Saturday started out pretty great with a trip to target. (Hello, half-price Valentine's Day candy!) That night, a bunch of my friends and I hung out and watched some movies. Then it got bad. I was leaving to go to McDonald's for some midnight snacking with one of my best friends, and as I was backing up to turn around to get out of my friend's neighborhood, I had a nice run-in with a mailbox? tree branch? bush? Whatever it was, it left a nice dent on the trunk of my car (which I've only had for 2 months...). 

We went to McDonald's even though I was half crying and guess what? Their ice cream machine? Broken. Broken. I thought: Just my luck. We got fries instead.

Sunday. I woke up to do homework, and I got on the thought train of: Okay, I can turn this weekend around. The universe had other plans for me. I had a clarinet lesson later that day (#bandgeek) and when I got to my teacher's house, I realized I had totally forgotten my clarinet and music. Great. So we rescheduled and I headed home. That's not even the end of it.

Later that night, I went to youth group at my church and actually had a great time. On the way home, my luck was broken once again. I was driving along and all of a sudden, the car about 40 feet in front of me swerved into the lane to the right. I immediately saw why: there was a black car at a dead stop in the middle of the road. I slammed on the brakes and stopped about an inch away from the car. It was an act of God that I didn't hit it. 

After almost wrecking my car, I pulled into the grocery store parking lot and just broke down. All of the emotions of the weekend came piling on all at once and I just cried. Sometimes that's all you need; a good cry. 
think happy thoughts

This whole weekend really got me thinking about something: sometimes you need to have a bad weekend to realize you've really got it good.

You need bad in between the good to really be thankful for the good. 

If all you ever experienced was the good, you would never truly be able to appreciate the good. You need bad to appreciate the good. 

What I've learned from the past two days is that when things seem really bad, just think happy thoughts. Push through. Get through it all knowing that good times are on the other side. Promise. 


Friday, February 14, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Procrastination Station

Motivation... what exactly does that word mean again? The other day I found myself searching pretty hard for the meaning. Lately, I've felt like I can't find the inspiration to do anything at all. Schoolwork? Nope. Cleaning my room? Nada. Babysitting? Nah. I do these things anyway, because I know dropping the ball means bad grades, angry mom and lack of cash, respectively. I just can't seem to find that push to get me going and keep me going.

Procrastination has become one of my specialties lately. All of the things I have to do pile up in the form of an extensive post-it note checklist, and suddenly I find myself browsing Pinterest and Kate Spade. So, I feel like it's time for a pep-talk for me, by me. (And maybe it'll help you too.)


How do you even find motivation when there's nothing there to begin with?

This has been my biggest struggle. The way I go about it is this: Sit down, make a checklist. Turn my phone off or on silent. Clear off my desk so I have an open work space. Think of/write a list of goals that I want to focus on while doing work/that I want to achieve through my work. This is the hardest part; getting focused, I mean. I find that once I get in the focus-groove, it's hard to get out of it.


Why keep working, even when motivation is scarce and the task isn't fulfilling, even in the slightest way?

That answer would be because although there's no immediate outcome now, everything will add up to a better future for you. I sure didn't want to babysit today. It was the last thing I felt I had time for. I forced myself to go because I had already said I would and it turned out to not be so bad. (Plus, I'm a few dollars better off than I was before.) The experiences of all the things you don't want to do will come into play in the later years. Do it now, even if it's last on your list, to make your future a little brighter.


When you feel overwhelmed, remember this: 

Before drowning in a bucket of denial that leads you to Gossip Girl Netflix marathons (we've all been there), take a moment, step back, and realize it's okay to take a break and clear your head. Throw that checklist aside and take a walk. Call your mom. Hug your cat/teddy bear. Do what you need to do to get moving again.

Sometimes I feel like taking a break is cheating, especially when there's an SAT practice book and a huge stash of AP U.S. History flashcards eyeing me from the corner. Know that it's not. This is something that's taken me a large time to accept. You just have to know when to draw the line between a break and procrastination. That's also taken me a long time to recognize...

I really hope I can follow my own advice!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sunday Best

I'll take any excuse to wear a dress!


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Healthy Guilty Pleasures

You and I both know that food is absolutely one of the best parts of life. Everything just tastes so good! (Well, maybe not everything... *cough* olives *cough*) The worst part, though, is that the best stuff is usually the worst for you! Hello, ice cream, cake, donuts, etc. 

But, good food can be good for you. I've come to learn that you can still get that guilty pleasure feeling minus the guilty.

ONE: Avocados
Only the best (fruit? vegetable?) ever. I could literally eat these raw all day. Add a little lime and salt to a few slices of one of these and you've got the best snack ever. Oh, and don't even get me started on guacamole...

TWO: Pineapple
Pineapple practically tastes like candy. It's so sweet! This has always been my favorite fruit aside from maybe watermelon.

THREE: Hummus
I could eat hummus for days. There are so many variations and flavors of hummus that it never gets boring! Plus, you can practically dip anything in it. Celery, cucumbers, carrots; the list goes on.

FOUR: Dark Chocolate
Yes, it is possible for something as amazing as chocolate to be good for you. Since dark chocolate gets its natural flavor from the cocoa beans, it doesn't need much sugar or milk to taste good. So, it's been proven to be healthy (or at least healthier than other chocolates) for you!

FIVE: Kind Bars
One word: delicious. These bars are absolutely amazing. I live on granola bars. You can always count on finding one of these in my purse. Most of the bars are gluten free and dairy free if that gives you any idea of their health level.

What are your healthy guilty pleasures?


Friday, February 7, 2014

Pink Everything

I've always loved the color pink. It pops in the brightest, cutest, cheer-you-up kind of way. If it's pink, I'll likely buy it. Today in Target, I was going down the art aisle and came across some adorable washi tape. I almost didn't pick any up until I saw one in hot pink! (And yes, I did buy it.) To share my obsession with the wonderful color that pink is, I put together a little collage.

What's your color obsession?


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Touch of Spring

You can't go wrong with a statement necklace and button down. It's definitely one of my most common outfits. Plus, the flowers on the necklace gives me a little touch of spring in this seemingly never-ending winter!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Netflix: My Top 5

Quite frankly, I'm not sure what I would do without Netflix. Admit it, it's your guilty pleasure too. With the abundance of shows and movies, it's hard to walk away from such an amazing thing. Here are my top 5 from Netflix. (And trust me, this list wasn't easy to put together. There are so many good shows!)

Breaking Bad is such an intense, amazing show. It literally keeps you on the edge of your seat. Once you think you know where a plot is headed, the show twists everything around in a crazy, keeps-you-watching type of way.

I don't know how they do it, but every episode is better than the next. With 10 seasons, you'd think there would be some overlap, but this show seriously knows what it's doing. Truthfully, I do have to cover my eyes in some of the, um, bloodier scenes. Nevertheless, this still is one of my all time favorite shows.

One word: hilarious. If you ever need a quick laugh, this is definitely the show to go to. The episodes are so good, that I'm definitely contemplating going back and watching all 9 seasons again. I love it!

Psych definitely ranks up there in terms of comedy. It's one of the funniest yet most interesting crime investigation shows I've ever seen. You can't get through one of these episodes without laughing; I promise.

And last, but certainly not least, Gossip Girl! I was so sad to finish this show on Netflix. I'm planning on re-watching all 6 seasons now that I know who Gossip Girl is. This will forever be one of my favorite shows, if not my favorite.

What do you all watch?