5 Ways To Kick A Rut!

       I’m going to get real with you guys. I’ve been in a kind of rut lately which sucks but something good came out of it in the fact that I was able to write this post for you guys and give myself some advice as well as possibly help some of you if you happen to also be in a rut. So I sat down and thought about it for awhile and here you go, my top 5 tips for getting out of a rut.

 

#1) Get Out Of bed!

     When I’m in a rut all I want to do is lounge in bed all day watching Netflix and playing on my phone. I’ve found that this is probably the most counterproductive thing I could do. What helps me is to make myself get out of bed, get ready for the day and to get outside, preferably with friends. This way I’m not alone, inside, wallowing my day away but instead doing something that makes me feel human again and happy. This is a great first step to feeling better.

 

#2) Get Moving!

      To quote a favorite movie of mine, “Exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy…” It’s true. One of the first things to go when I hit a rut is my health, I just don’t have the energy to work out. But it’s been proven that not only does exercise give you endorphins but a quick 30-60 min workout can also give you a nice boost in your energy levels. So get moving in whichever way you prefer whether it’s hitting the gym, doing yoga, or going for a run. For me specifically running in the woods is extremely therapeutic. It’s the mixture of the running, the fresh air, and the beautiful scenery around me makes me feel better about life.

 

#3) Make Time For Inspiring Things!

     What are you passionate about? What is something that you do just for you, because you like it? What inspires you? I could name so many things. These things are important. I often get so caught up in all the things that I have to do that I lose sight of what’s really important to me, what I really want to do. So my advice would be to make time for the things you want to do whether it’s writing a blog, writing in a journal, painting, drawing, whatever helps you calm down your mind, be creative, and feel good about yourself in the moment.

 

#4) Get Off The Phone!

      I have a bad habit of getting sucked into my phone when I’m in a rut because it distracts me from how lonely and depressed I feel. This is terrible because it also distracts me from everything around me and from taking the initiative and getting out there and actually changing my circumstances. Instead of using games, movies, and social media as a distraction put down the phone and hang out by yourself for a while or use your phone to call up a friend and then go hang out with the specific goal of ignoring your phones. Go sightseeing around town or visit a nearby city, go rock climbing, hiking, a museum (fun fact: my local museum just opened a really cool dinosaur exhibit and I honestly can’t wait to go see it!), there are so many possibilities.

 

#5) Enjoy New Experiences!

     I live for trying new things, this is no surprise to anyone who knows me. But I’ve found that going out and trying something new is also an exciting and great way to help get me out of a rut. New experiences alone won’t fix everything but it can definitely help. One of my favorite things to do while in a rut is to hit the highway, usually by myself but sometimes with a friend, and just drive with no destinations in mind, take random turns, get lost, see where I end up. I stop when I get to a city that looks interesting and spend the day there, try the local food, check out the scenery, and see if there’s any local entertainment. The mini escape from my everyday life gives me a break and room to think about my life and help me fix the rut. If running away for the day seems a little too extreme then stop and think, everyone has a list of things that they want to try whether its activities, food, places to go. I feel like being in a rut is the best time to grab some friends and do some of those things, I’ve noticed that I appreciate them a lot more in the moment.

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Adulting101: Organize Your Life, In 3 Easy Steps!

Hey guys!

Sorry for the late post, I had an impromptu adventure last night that resulted in me driving 3 hours in the middle of the night and being up until 5am this morning. So, I kind of just woke up for the day. I’ll try to make it up to you guys by posting again tomorrow morning at an actual reasonable time. Until then, here’s my first post for my Adulting101 series. I hope you like it. 🙂

Chelsea Blog Pic

 

     For the past year I’ve been on a mission to, for lack of better phrase, get my shit together. I want to be that girl who seems to always have everything together even though I feel like it’s impossible for anyone to be that person all the time. If you’re reading this and you are one of those people then please share your secrets with me! 🙂 But anyway, even though I know that no one can be that person all the time, I’m still striving to be her most of the time. This series is going to be based off of my struggles to pull my life together. You’ll get to here how i’m pulling my life together to hopefully get some ideas for yourself as I’m assuming that’s why you’re reading this post and you’ll also hear which ideas of mine don’t work and hopefully can learn from my mistakes. So without further ado onto the first step: Getting Organized. This is essential and probably needs to be the first step in really getting your shit together.

     Step 1) Get a Planner! My number one piece of advice would be to get a planner and be sure to use that planner. Also, make it a planner that you think is cute even if it is a bit pricier. The reason here being that if the planner doesn’t make you want to write in it and carry it around then you’re never going to use it and then you just wasted your money. So go for the slightly more expensive planner if it makes you want to write in it more. For instance I got my planner from Target so it’s not anything fancy like a Lilly Pulitzer one but it’s cute and professional looking while not being boring, actually to be honest it’s way cuter than anything I thought I would find at Target. Also, if you like to deal with electronics more than paper or find it easier to not have to carry a planner around, you can always use your phone or computer. Google has a great calendar that you can access through your google account on any device. There are also, a ton of apps for free that are great planners, picking one out just depends on personal preference and what you are looking for in a planner. For example, I use my planner for life stuff, class, and this blog, so I’m going to want a planner that goes a lot more in depth than someone just using it for school, so it’s all personal preference. Comment down below and let me know if you want me to do a post on my favorite planning or productivity apps that are free.

     Step 2) Use the Planner! Having a planner is a great start but ultimately useless unless you actually use it on a regular basis. As for what methods of planning and using your planner work best for you is going to be some trial and error on your part. For instance, I color code mine so I can see what different tasks I have for the day. Some people like to put times for everything to keep them on track but that ultimately leaves me feeling too overwhelmed. I put big events and important days in the month portion as well as my blog ideas and when I want to post them. My planner is awesome because for each week I have a section for my top 3 tasks and a general to-do list for the week where I put tasks that aren’t time sensitive. In the days section of the week I put all my tasks, color coded, that I have to do on specific days. That way with even a quick glance I can easily tell what I’m doing for the day whether it’s working on this blog, working around the house, homework, or doing a bunch of running around. I try to leave out things that I do every day like going to class but always include my daily workout. Putting it in my planner is like setting an appointment with myself and it makes me more likely to get my butt to the gym. Comment if you want me to write a post showing you guys my planner and how I like to organize for ideas.

     Step 3) Follow Through! This is personally where I struggle. I’m really good at planning things out but when it comes to the execution I am a lazy procrastinator. But if you really want to get organized you have to keep up with your planner and do the things you write in there on the days you have them written otherwise you become like me and spend the rest of the week scrambling around playing catch up with is extremely stressful and not worth being lazy earlier in the week.

 

So, get a planner, use the planner, follow through and you will be on your way to organizing your life in now time!

Alright, that’s all I’ve got for today and that wraps up my first official blog post. If you like what I’ve had to say on this topic or have some constructive criticism I would really appreciate hearing it. Thanks for reading and I hope you have an awesome day! 🙂

-C

New Beginnings

     Hey Guys! So, I’ve been on a mission lately to become the very best version of myself inside and out and I’m starting this blog in hopes of it being the beginning of this new chapter in my life. I’m the kind of person that when I start something new in my life I do it by first purging myself of whatever I feel doesn’t fit in with where I want to see my life going. For example, I’ve got some bad habits such as laziness and procrastination, I refer to myself as the queen of procrastination to help put that in perspective, and lately I’ve been noticing that these bad habits often stop me from achieving my goals. It’s a tough job juggling college, work, friends, family, pets, health, fitness, relationships, still finding time for things I actually enjoy like photography and painting, all while trying to figure out how to be a functioning adult in the process and making sure I have clean clothes, food in the fridge, and paid bills. When I left home for the first time at 18 I had never had a job and didn’t even know how to do laundry for myself, luckily a lot has changed since then but It took time to learn these things for myself. I’m starting to get a little off track. My whole point is that I’m going to be starting this blog off with two different blog series: Detoxing Your Life, where I talk about my plans to rid myself of my bad habits and become the best version of myself and if you like anything I have to say feel free to try it out for yourself; and the second series that I’m really excited about it called Adulting 101, where I discuss my adventures in trying to be an adult, the many mistakes I’ll undoubtedly make, and any lessons I’ve learned along the way which will hopefully help some of you out too if you’re like me and still trying to figure out how to be an adult. Also, I’m going to try to post multiple times a week now so we’ll see how that goes. My next post should be up tomorrow and will be the first in one of the series above. Let me know if you like either of these ideas or if there are any specific things that any of you would like me to talk about in either of those series, or if you just want to say hi or something random then please leave a comment  🙂

-C

Hello!

Welcome to my blog where I like to talk about all things lifestyle. I’m passionate about many things from writing, traveling, photography, fitness, fulfilling my dream of working as an engineer for NASA and going out into space to work on satellites and the international space station before retiring and becoming a photographer for National Geographic, travelling the world taking pictures and sharing my journey. Yeah, I’ve got a lot of big dreams to live out. This blog is going to be my creative outlet while I finish my degree and my way of helping other people fulfill their dreams too. If anything in this introduction sounds cool to you at all then we should totally be friends so hit that follow button and/or feel free to hang out here for awhile. 🙂

-C