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How to Create a Life you DON’T Need a Vacation From

Posted in Lifestyle
on October 30, 2017

I’m creating a life I don’t need a vacation from.

Yes, that’s right. You can create a life you don’t need a vacation from even if you’re an avid travel-lover like myself. I love to travel, but I don’t want such a stressful life that I’m always itching for a vacation and for time away from my life.

If something isn’t working for you, change it.

If your job only causes stress and not joy, leave.

If you’re not happy with where you live, move.

If you want to pursue your dream, go for it.

So what can you do about it?

We have the power to change ANYTHING we don’t like in our lives. Remember that next time you’re feeling stuck, confused and lost. You can change your address, your place of work, or anything else you don’t love about your life.

We also feel the itch for vacations because of burn out. Burn out is real in any line of work when we overwork ourselves without enough time to rest. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, taking time away from emails and phone calls when you’re off the clock, and put your health first. If you’re not giving yourself time to unwind every day or week, then you’re going to deteriorate mentally, physically and emotionally. AKA feel stressed all the time and need to “get away from everything.” Instead, do something for yourself every few days like a workout you love, or read a new book, or spend time with friends.

Before I get comments about how everyone decided to change their life, and they STILL aren’t happy—let me remind you of one very important thing. The goal to creating a life you don’t need a vacation from is consistently feeling blissful with the everyday aspects of your life. If you don’t enjoy getting up, going to work, and coming home to your family then you’re probably not going to be happy. If you’re only happy when a big life change happens like starting a new job, moving to a new state, buying a new home, or taking a lavish vacation, you’re probably not going to be happy in general.

You need to be happy with even the most average days of your life in order to create a life you don’t need a vacation from. 

The truth is, you’re not going to have life-changing events happen every day. Instead, find bliss in Sunday breakfast with your spouse, fresh flowers, a good book, or a fun night in with your friends. Those are the moments that you should look forward to. Those are the moments that make life wonderful, and encourage you to not plan a vacation you don’t need. You can also plan mini-staycations at home when you take a Saturday to do absolutely nothing. Say no to plans you may have committed to because at the end of the day, you need to put yourself and your health first.

So, how will you create a life you don’t need a vacation from? What will you change in your life in order to live more blissfully? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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8 Tips to Get Your Life Together in 8 Hours

Posted in Lifestyle
on October 23, 2017

The Sunday Scaries are a real thing, friends.

Every Sunday, I’m hoping to enjoy the day, feel relaxed, and ready to take on a new week. Sometimes, that’s not always the case. Instead, I’m left feeling overwhelmed by the amount of things I want to accomplish in a short period of time before the week begins. So, I put together an easy plan that will help you get your life together in one day with these eight tips. If you’re looking for a little bliss on Sunday, keep reading!

1| Start Early

Okay, so I’m sure you’re not too happy about reading this one. The truth is, you’re probably up around your normal weekday time anyway (it’s how you know you’re actually an adult). Once you’re up—get out of bed, have breakfast and coffee, so we can make this Sunday blissful, productive and enjoyable. Start by throwing in a load of laundry, so you can have one thing checked off your list before the day fully begins.

2| Sweat a Little

But don’t go all out with an hour of cardio. Instead, do a feel-good workout like Pilates, Yoga or a 20-minute ab workout. Make sure it’s something easy and that it won’t take up too much for your time because you’ll need time and energy for other tasks. Working out first thing in the morning also increases your productivity, so you’ll feel ready to work through the rest of your to-do list for the day.

3| Make The Plan

What does your Sunday look like? Sure I know you want to relax while football is on all day, but this isn’t always realistic. So write down everything that needs to be done from cleaning to meal prepping to family time. It sounds silly to include everything, but I promise it will make your day run more smoothly.

4| Meal Prep with Ease

I love meal prepping two or three meals for the week because it helps us get through most of the week after adding in small meals you can make during the week like salads, wraps, grilled chicken, etc. I also try to meal prep something big in the crockpot for Sundays for the week because you dump everything in one pot and turn it on low for eight hours. Then the other meal will be baked chicken and potatoes, or something similar. While one meal is in the crockpot and the other is in the oven, schedule small cleaning tasks like collecting garbage, running the dishwasher etc. Use the timer on the oven as a race to see how much you can get down in 30 minutes. You’ll be surprised how much you get done. If you’re looking for easy meals, I recommend this chicken recipe or a hearty stew.

5| Schedule Down Time 

After you’ve made up some meals and are halfway through cleaning for the day, plan in small sections of downtime. An hour to read or work on one of your passion projects (whatever it may be). Then plan another two hours to watch a movie with the family or catch part of a game. Adding in pockets of downtime to your schedule will help you look forward to crossing off items off your list, so you can enjoy that time.

6| Prioritize Cleaning

What really needs to be cleaned on Sunday for you? I think we default to Sundays for cleaning because we don’t tackle many chores during the week. Instead, prioritize what needs to be done on Sundays like laundry, dishes, bathrooms, etc. Maybe you can plan an hour on a weekend to work on smaller cleaning tasks like dusting and vacuuming. That way, you aren’t spending hours cleaning everything in your home.

7| Look Ahead for the Week

It only 30 minutes, but it’s definitely worth it. Grab your planner, bullet journal, phone, or whatever you use to plan your life and make sure you have everything scheduled for the week from appointments, plans with friends, events, dinners, and everything in between. Taking the 10-15 minutes will save you stress the following morning, so you know what’s coming your way. Also pick out your outfit for Monday, and have your lunch ready to go for a stress-free morning.

8| Make Time for Family/Friends 

It’s SO important to make time for friends and family if you can’t do so during the week. I love Sundays and always look forward to them because we have Sunday dinner at Josh’s parent’s house, so it’s a tradition to watch football, eat dinner and spend time together. However you decide to spend time with family and friends, make sure you focus on your time with them and not cleaning, cooking or anything else.

I hope this post helps you rethink how you plan your Sundays. With a little planning comes a ton of bliss, so make sure to take the time to make a plan for the day and stick to it! You got this, girl!

How do you get your life together on Sundays? What is on your to-do list for Sunday? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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Self-Care Challenge: Week 4

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on July 28, 2017

I feel like this month has been flying by! I can’t believe this is the last week (with the exception of the weekend) for our 30-day self care challenge. If you haven’t been keeping up with the last few posts, make sure you check them out: week one self care challenges, week two self care challenges, week three self care challenges.

Week Four Challenges:

Watch your favorite movie.

I have too many favorites, but I decided on Pitch Perfect because you can’t go wrong with singing and Anna Kendrick. Right? What is your favorite movies or top five list of favorite movies?

Take a social media break.

It was a perfect day to take time away from social media because I had everything scheduled in advance, so I wasn’t even worried about posting to different platforms. It’s amazing what this little break can do for your well-being. I was able to focus on enjoying the day rather than aimlessly scroll on social media!

Meditate for 10 minutes.

I’m a person who meditates so much better when I’m listening to soundscapes like summer thunderstorms. It definitely helps me relax a lot easier and enjoy the time in peace. Do you meditate? Do you listen to guided meditations or have any apps you use? Make sure to share in the comments!

Try an online class or webinar.

I’ve been taking so many online classes, courses and webinars for all things, blogging, social media, etc., and this one was no different. I decided to focus more on YouTube, and I can’t express how much I learned. P.S. this might be a hint of something coming to Blissfully Brunette soon!

Visit a chiropractor.

My chiropractor is incredible. It’s amazing what one little adjustment can do for my neck. If you struggle with neck and back pain, I would definitely recommend it because it will change your life. I promise.

Take a power nap.

This was after a LONG week and even a longer weekend ahead, so this nap was so well deserved. If Corrine says we should take naps, then we should take naps. Side note: Are you watching the Bachelorette? Who do you think will win?

Compliment a stranger.

It’s incredible to see how taking the time to compliment someone can make their day, especially when they’re a stranger. Take the time to spread some love and kindness by complimenting that girl at work or someone at the bar.

Week Five Challenges: 

Two words: adult coloring.

Buy flowers and plants for your home and office.

 

What tasks did you enjoy the most from week four? Which tasks were the most difficult? Make sure to share your experiences in the comments below!

 

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Self-Care Challenge: Week 3

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on July 21, 2017

Goodbye week three and hello week four. Make sure to go back to the self-care challenge week one and self-care challenge two if you haven’t read my review of those challenges yet. Then we can review the week three challenges, and then it’s time to move on to week four. How have you been enjoying the challenges so far? What has been your favorite week? What week has been the most difficult? Make sure to share all your thoughts in the comments below!

Week Three Challenges: 

Create a calming playlist and relax while you listen.

So I didn’t necessarily make a playlist but I did listen to a lot of soundscapes, which I didn’t realize how much I love listening to them. It’s very relaxing after a long day of work to enjoy. I even threw on a sheet mask while I listened to thunderstorms. What a better way to spend a weekend, amiright?

Do yoga or pilates for 30 minutes.

I am all about pilates, so I decided to try yoga for something different because it has been awhile since I’ve done a good 30 minutes of yoga. Let me tell you that it was so relaxing, and I’m wondering why I haven’t been doing this more frequently. Did I feel sore? Yes. But was it the BEST kind of sore? Absolutely!

Plan a night out with friends.

Sushi nights are the best nights. My favorite thing to do is to grab some sushi with my friends, and hangout with some wine and relax after a long day at work. It’s the little things in life that make it wonderful. Whether you’re relaxing at your house or going out for a girl’s night to the bar, make sure to spend quality time with friends.

Take a scenic drive.

I’m happy to live along the lake where I can enjoy beautiful views and a scenic drive along the water. I used to hate driving, but now I find it to be calming and relaxing when my favorite music is playing. I took a drive out along the lake and it happened to be a beautiful night with an even better sunset.

Organize your digital life.

My laptop was looking a little crazy after planning so much content for this month and for next month, so it was in desperate need of some organization. Let me tell you that my laptop is looking good after a few minutes of filing and sorting through my blog content.

Write 5 things you love about yourself.

1| My ambition.

2| My ability to dream no matter how big those dreams may be.

3| My compassion for others.

4| My ability to give love.

5| My strength.

Treat yourself to your favorite dessert.

What do you do when all desserts are your favorite? Oops. Just kidding. I plan on going on an ice cream date with Josh later today to treat myself to some ice cream, and I know I’ll have absolutely no regrets. Neither should you, so go #treatyoself today.

 

Week Four Challenges:

Watch your favorite movie.

Take a social media break.

Meditate for 10 minutes.

Try an online class or webinar.

Visit a chiropractor.

Take a power nap.

Compliment a stranger.

 

What tasks did you enjoy the most from week three? Which tasks were the most difficult? Make sure to share your experiences in the comments below!

 

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Self-Care Challenge: Week 1

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on July 7, 2017

Week One Challenges:

Take a 10 minute walk at work.

I’m thankful that I have an opportunity to walk quite a bit during the week at work because I think I would lose my mind if I sat at a desk non-stop for eight hours. However this was on a Saturday, so I wasn’t in the office this day, but I made sure to still get my walk in on this day outside.

Spend an hour reading your favorite book.

Sundays are for reading #amiright? I love being able to sit down with a good book and this day was no different. It was nice to be able to enjoy reading without rushing, etc. It was sincerely therapeutic. I’ve been loving Big Magic from Elizabeth Gilbert. P.S. What books have you read recently that you’ve been loving? Make sure to share in the comment below!

Treat yourself to coffee from a local cafe.

Coffee and Monday go together like peanut butter and jelly. Today I visited a cute coffee shop and treated myself to a latte, which is something I definitely don’t do enough. It’s the little things in life that make a Monday enjoyable (like incredible coffee in the cute cafe).

Cook your favorite meal.

I’ve been cooking up a storm recently. I’m all about making fresh, whole meals that I truly enjoy. I wanted to treat myself to a meal I love and prep extra for some leftovers for the week, too. I made a pasta dish that could definitely be served in a restaurant (jokes).

Make a DIY face mask and pamper yourself.

My skin needed some TLC. So I treated it to a simple face mask with honey, sugar and olive oil. It’s a three ingredient mask that helps with any redness and also helps with brightening your skin as well. Honey works wonders for curing redness, acne, and help making your skin look its best.

Go for a hike on a trail near your home.

Get outside and walk somewhere new near your home. Explore a new hiking trail or a park that you’ve never been to before. Spending time outside does wonders for your health and well being, so take the time to enjoy and explore.

Journal for 20 minutes.

I have all different journal, but today I plan to sit down and write down whatever comes to mind. Stream of consciousness journaling is therapeutic and beneficial, and I’m excited to try this for the first time as part of this challenge. Journaling always helps me feel stress-free almost immediately, so I’ll be taking time today to write.


Week 2 Challenges:

Declutter your closet.

Do a random act of kindness.

Try a new hobby and practice it during the challenge.

Call/ FaceTime a family member to catch up.

Plan a staycation in your town for a weekend.

Turn off your phone for a night.

Write 5 things you’re thankful for.

What tasks did you enjoy the most from week one? Which tasks were the most difficult? Make sure to share your experiences in the comments below!

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