Monday, June 16, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
Today's Monday Mantra was inspired by my recent trip to Moab. As a tried and true city girl, my electing to visit Moab came as a shock to my friends, family, and even myself, but I absolutely fell in love with the town and it's nearby national parks. So in love, in fact, that I am already planning two more trips out there in the next year.
Take a chance. Push yourself. You never know what you might discover.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Happy birthday to me! One year older and a whole lot wiser. Ok, so the second half of that statement might be a lie, I don't really consider myself more wise than I did last year, but I do like to think I'm getting less stupid. Also, for those of you that know me, today isn't my birthday, that was a few days ago, but I'm going to go ahead and use my cross country road trip as an excuse for my lack of promptness and general posts.
The following list was inspired by a high school friend of mine who posted a similar list on Facebook for her birthday. So here is goes:
- Figure out who you are and stop apologizing for it.
- In fact, reconsider how much you're apologizing in general. You don't have to say "sorry" every time you accidentally run into someone in a crowded place, when you're not interested in someone who has approached you, when you're clearly not in the wrong, or other similar situations.
- That being said, there is power in admitting when you're wrong and taking responsibility for that. People have more respect for someone who can take responsibility for their actions than those that gloss over the situation or simply ignore the problem.
- There is also a lot of power in being to do things by yourself. Whether it's going to the movies, out to eat, or traveling alone, it takes a level of confidence to do it, but it also means being able to do what you what, when you want.
- There is no reason to fear aging. There are plenty of examples of men that have gotten better with age but here are a few examples of women: Jessica Lange, Robin Wright, Helen Mirren, and Gillian Anderson.
- It's easier to stay healthy than it is to get healthy.
- It will also be harder and harder to maintain your weight and physicality as you get older, but it is worth trying.
- Keep the secrets others tell you, it's part of being a respectable person. If you must tell someone, tell your journal or your pets.
- The quickest way to look like you took time doing your makeup is to apply a couple of coats of mascara and a bold lip.
- You don't have cave to societal, familial, or cultural pressures, unless those pressures are to not be a criminal. Don't be a criminal.
- If you do break from the norms, people are going to ask you "why?" a lot, you don't have to explain yourself to them.
- Wear sunscreen every day. This is not just about maintaining youthful looks, it's about not developing skin cancer.
- Don't wear cheap shoes. Your feet will thank you later and so will your wallet when you aren't having to replace your favorite shoes every season.
- Trust your gut. It's good to push yourself out of your comfort zone but if something really feels wrong, don't do it.
- People don't change for anyone but themselves and they rarely do that so don't waste your time.
- Live alone at least once. You learn a lot about yourself by doing this.
- Work in retail and/or the food industry at least once. It can make you more understanding, kind individual.
- Learn to manage money very early. Debt can haunt you long after it's paid off.
- If you struggle with mental illness, as I have (depression), get help. It's quite possibly the most important thing you will ever do for yourself.
- Put down your damn phone sometimes! At best you're being rude and at worst you're missing out on experiences.
- Be careful what you read and believe. Especially on the internet. Especially about medical issues.
- Get lots and lots of calcium in your diet. At some point you will stop generating new bone and you need enough before than to last you the vast majority of your life.
- Pick up after yourself. Mom was right, it's a lot easier to pick up after yourself in the moment than having to clean everything all at once.
- Have good posture. It's good for your body and will project an amazing air of confidence.
- There's no shame in going to school later in life.
- Do the regular maintenance on your car. Also, take the time to find a mechanic you trust so you don't get gouged for money.
- Forgive yourself for the mistakes that you make along the way because they're going to happen...a lot.
I hope you enjoyed my little list! I'm planning on making this a yearly thing, with things I learned in the past year, and, hopefully, I'll be a bit more on the ball with getting it up on my actual birthday.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
I'm heading into finals week while also planning a road trip, so I haven't been posting as regularly as I would like. Things will start picking back up again soon.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and good luck to those who are also heading into finals!