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|Posted on September 3, 2015 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
"Being HAPPY doesn't mean everything's perfect. It means you've DECIDED to look beyond the imperfections"
For a long time I searched for happiness. I would look for it from my friends, family, or my current love interest but I could never really find it. That is because even if those people were happy, their happiness didn't transfer to me because I have to create my own. I have to decide that I was happy. But first it took me changing the way I think about my life and my life in relation to the world.
Here are a few quick tips to giving less fucks and living a happier life.
1) Instead of saying "I have to x,y,& z" try saying " I GET to x,y,& z".
2) Set a positive, uplifting quote at the lock screen on your phone. Seeing the positive words all day everyday will ingrain them in your mind and become part of your way of thinking.
3) Believe that your best is good enough.
4) At the end of the day the only persons approval you need is your own. Other people's praise and approval is simply a plus.
5) Do something for yourself every day. It can be something as simple as floating in the pool for 5 minutes or getting an ice cream on the way home from work because DAMNIT YOU WORK YOUR ASS OFF AND DESERVE IT.
6) Do your best with the things in life you can control and do not stress about the things you can't control.
6b) Remember while you can't control everything, you can control your reaction to everything!!!!!!
7) Cut all poisonous people out of your life. The older you get the less time and emotional capacity you have for dead weigh relationships. When it comes to personal relationship, quality becomes much more important than quantity as life progresses.
If you hate your job quit! There are millions of jobs in the world, if you do not like your current one go out and find yourself a profession more suitable for your skills set and interests.
9) If you hate where you live move! To a new neighborhood, city, state, or country!
10) Remember that while happiness is a choice, so is misery. Most often when I come across miserable people they are doing nothing to improve their miserable state, they are simply complaining about their life.
|Posted on July 14, 2015 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
"Life is like a camera, you focus on whats IMPORTANT, Capture the GOOD TIMES, Develop from the negatives & If things don't work out, TAKE ANOTHER SHOT!"
I stumbled across this while I was wasting time on Pinterest. Immediately it struck a chord with me and so I felt compelled to share it!
In today's world everyone has a camera on them 24/7. We are constantly snapping photos to "capture memories". But when you actually think about it how many of the photos you've posted on Instagram are so staged for presentation purposes they've lost all authenticity.
We all have that friend or are that friend who makes everyone wait to take a bite of food, regardless of how starving you may be. They can twist & turn all the plates so they catch the best lighting, maybe move or make a center piece and place it just so, all in efforts to "capture" the perfect picture in hopes of getting a lot of likes on social media.
Or maybe you're at a concert or club dancing the night away having the time of your life and when you look to your friends to share the moment, instead your share the moment with the flash beaming from their cell phone because they are trying to capture every moment of the concert on snap chat. Doesn't that make you feel like you're dancing by yourself?
Cameras are supposed to capture the most important moments and it's important to remember that we are blessed to be able to capture moments with such ease but that most moments are meant to be enjoyed with no interruption and recalled later using your memory, not the memory card in your cell phone or camera.
If you are always focusing on how every moment will be perceived by people who weren't present then chances are you are going to miss the magic that happens in the smallest seconds you spend with your face focused on a screen. You would hate to miss the life lessons and tear jerking phrases wouldn't you? Because I know I sure would!
|Posted on June 5, 2015 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
Have you ever avoided decorating cookies or cakes because of how big of a pain it is to make multiple colors? So have I! So here is my insider secret to cutting down on dishes and time!
What you will need:
1. Wilton disposable piping bags
2. Muffin tin
3. A spoon/small spatula for every color you are making
4. Tooth Picks or Popsicle sticks
5. Wilton color gels
7. Piping tips
Once you have gathered all your needed materials its pretty simple! This works with simple powdered sugar based cookie frosting/glaze or nice thick cake decorating icing like buttercream or cream cheese.
Start buy filling your muffin tin with frosting, about 3/4 full so you have space for stirring.
Next use a tooth pick or Popsicle stick to add color to each section of icing. Make sure to never double dip your tooth pick into the coloring gel! It will ruin it for future projects. Its best to use one tooth pick for collecting the gel and another to scrape the gel off the first tooth pick allowing it to fall into the frosting.
Then use a spoon to mix the color into the frosting. Make sure to scrape the sides so the color is consistent and you don't get white patches.
Now you prepare you piping bag with what ever decorating tip you need and fill the bag!
Once you're done decorating all you have to clean is the muffin tin and spoons! Everything else can be thrown away! Happy Baking!
|Posted on June 5, 2015 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
"His heritage to his children wasn't words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father. "
-Will Rogers, Jr.
I have always been a daddy's girl, and my mother saw this coming before I was even born. Apparently when the time came to give me a name he already had one picked out and my mom really didn't have a say in the matter.
My dad taught me how to do just about everything from driving the lawn mower at the age of 4 to driving a car when I got my learner's permit at 15. He filled my head with tips and tricks to making my life easier. For instance when I was learner to ride the lawn mower I learned all I needed to be heavy enough for the engine to work was a bag of cement on the seat. I honestly credit most of my "Handy Andi" skills to him.
My dad has always been the ear I turn to when I just need someone to listen to my problems or good news. And when I asked for advice he always gave great life lessons. Whether or not I took them was another story.
For many of us, our dads are one of the most important people in our lives. While the month of June reminds us to show them our gratitude for everything they have done for use in our lives it is important to appreciate them all year round.
Sure there will be times where they are invasive and annoying and make you want to pull your hair out, but keep in mind that they had to deal with us for 18 straight years. My father tells me regularly that I am the reason he is bald. So dad here is a list of things I'd like to thank you for this Father's day!
1. Thank you for loving my mother in a way that sets a very high standard for how I want my future husband to love me.
2. For playing with me in the spa when I was a baby until I was big enough for you to build me the pool of my dreams.
3. For letting me be you assistant any time you fixed the car, go cart, tractor, sprinklers, or anything that I may have broken.
4. For letting me help you build the BBQ and Pool Patio. The skills I learned from you have been so valuable to me!
5. For teaching me how to manage my money from childhood
6. For giving me chores, this taught me to have a great work ethic in my adult life.
7. For making me get a job at 16. It let me slowly become financially independent and better prepared for the "real world"
8. For paying for my education and allowing me to start my adult life with out being thousands of dollars in debt. This also allowed me to focus on my studied and participate in college culture!
9. For not letting me get away with anything, for helping me understand the my actions have consequences. This has helped me make better decisions throughout my life!
10. For always being there for me when ever I needed you. For loving me, for supporting me, and for encouraging my happiness even when I make chooses you may not agree with.
Happy Father's Day.
|Posted on April 2, 2015 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
"It's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt"
- Abraham Lincoln
The month of April gets kicked off with people pulling practical jokes on their friends year after year. In my opinion April Fool's Day is all about making a fool out of yourself or others, and its very fun. However in everyday life being made a fool is something we all desperately try to avoid.
Growing up, my father would say, "It's better to remain silent and thought a fool that to open your mouth and remove all doubt". Every time I would say something that was inappropriate or make a statement that was completely untrue or wrong, there he would be, spouting his wisdom at me.
Of coarse at the time I would roll my eyes and ignore him. Now that I am older have a lot of experience with putting my foot in my mouth, I understand that that was some of the best advice I have ever gotten.
We've all been there, spatted out a statement in the middle of a conversation and was immediately proved wrong by a quick google search. It's embarrassing when that fact that you were talking out your a** is brought to light.
So in summary, what dear ol' dad and Mr. Lincoln were trying to say was that we should keep our mouths shut when we don't know enough about a topic to comment on it. It will save us all a lot of embarrassment and disagreements. Because if I'm truly honest with myself, some of the silliest arguments I've had were started simply because I made an unfounded statement and argued it to be right simply to avoid the other people realizing I was just pulling my opinion out of thin air.
|Posted on March 23, 2015 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
I had my first encounter with yoga when I was a freshman in collage. I signed up to take it as an elective with two of my friends. While I loved the movements and the meaning, my teacher didn't to a great job explaining the mental side of practicing yoga.
I gave it another shot my Jr. year of college. I started doing it once a week on the back patio next to the pool. Sadly this "habit" only last a summer. My practice became a hobby very quickly, I was quickly doing it less frequently.
It wasn't until I graduated college and moved from The Central Valley to The Central Coast. There I met an amazing friend who instructed yoga at a very progressive yoga studio. After attending a few of their traditional yoga classes, I knew that I would never again drift away from my yoga practice ( not saying I haven't but I had high hopes).
It was a women's only studio that just radiated positive energy. The owner of the studio was the one who lead the traditional yoga classes and she taught it a way that my college professor couldn't. After the 90 minute routine I not only felt like I got an amazing work out but I was so energized AND completely relaxed at the same time.
I spent just over a year learning my yoga practice at that studio. It healed many of my physical aches and pains as well as my emotional scars, daily stresses, and honestly the way I think about everything.
Many people are aware that yoga is an amazing work out but some haven't experienced the mental side of it. Yoga also teaches a new mindset. Yamas and Niyamas are the ten ethical precepts that teach us to be at peace with ourselves, our family, and our community when practiced daily.
Now that I live in San Diego my practice has started to suffer due to only being able to do the physical movements of yoga. To solve this problem I asked around about good yoga books. I came across "Living Your Yoga". It explains each principle and provides you with sample routines to help guide you to being able to practice alone.
SIDE NOTE: Pandora has a great yoga playlist!!
And to help you with daily inspiration download the app "Daily Yoga Quotes" from the app store! You can set the alarm so every day you get a mind provoking tid bit at the time of your choosing.
|Posted on March 3, 2015 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
Wanderlust: (noun) A strong desire or urge to wander and explore the world.
I have a spirit that is hungry for adventure and new experiences. I think that travel is important part of developing as a person; it opens up your mind to the fact that not everyone is like you. And once you understand that people have different backgrounds than you, you are closer to being able to understand where they come from.
My love for travel was sparked around the time I was 13. I had joined an elite cheer team that traveled up and down California to preform in competitions. In addition to that, I was also a member of the schools choir, diving, and gymnastics teams which did the same thing. Year after year until I graduated from high school I bounced around the state, seeing monuments, missions, historic churches, and meeting new people. At a very young age my eyes where open to that fact that everything and everyone has a story. Being a girl who loves a good story I wanted to know them all.
After high school I had the opportunity to travel to Europe with my french teacher, Madam Peppers, and upperclassmen that had completed 3 years of french. I went to England, France, and Spain. It took two weeks for me to fall in love with the world and I am now lucky enough to be able to cross the ocean again for some more adventures.
My boyfriend and I leave this thursday for Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy!!! For the last month I have been researching, shopping, and packing for two people! Reading check lists and articles on how to pack light, appropriate for the weather, and still have everything you need. But its two days till take off and I think we are ready to go.
Every time I've traveled it has been with a large group of 50+ people and every minute was scheduled. And to be honest it was very stressful, even taking my type A, control freak personality into consideration. So this time it's just me and the most amazing man I have ever known and no itinerary. There is no doubt in my mind that this trip is going to be a test of my new relationship but when we make it through this, we will have amazing memories that we share with no one but each other. To me that is magical thing.
Check in after St. Patricks day to find out how my trip went and what I learned along the way about life, love, and how to travel.
|Posted on February 17, 2015 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
"The Struggle you are feeling today, is building the strength you will need tomorrow" -Unknown
Struggle, everyone experiences it at some point. Your going about life and a storm happens. Car Accident, Fire, Flood, Injury, Illness, Divorce, Breakup, Death, or Loss of a Job. What ever it may be, you life just hit a speed bump/road block and you now have to scramble to stay afloat.
Two weeks ago I lost my job. It was just a normal tuesday. I woke up in a fantastic mood, got in a work out, picked out the day's outfit, and went to my weekly manager meeting. Moments after I greeted everyone I was informed that I was being let go. I was completely in shock. While I have made mistakes in the beginning of my employment, I felt that my worth ethic was always exceptional and what I produced was always creative, thought out, on time, and cost efficient.
I was completely caught off guard. Once I realized what was going on everything got really blurry. Their words and my own sounded slurred and slow motion. I was embarrassed, shocked, disappointed, panicked, angry, sad, and then embarrassed again. All I wanted in that moment was to get out of there with dignity and fast. When they finished talking and paperwork was signed I thanked them for their time, shook their hands, gathered my things and walked towards the nearest exit. I remained professional and managed to not burn any bridges by keeping my composure.
The entire drive home I was trying to process what happened and figure out what to do from here. Too embarrassed to call my parents, all I could think was "What am I going to do". My trip to Europe is a few weeks away. Who is going to hire someone who is going on a trip. What if I don't get a job? How will I pay for things? How long can I get by? What are my options?
Here is a road map to surviving job loss:
1. Find out if you are eligible for unemployment. If you were laid off or fired you most likely are. If you quit you are not.
more information on unemployment can be found here: http://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/
2. Update your resume.
Contact information, dates, achievements, charity work, skills all need to be updated. Here is a sample resume>>
3. Write a Cover Letter.
Make sure that it describes you as an employee. Your skills, qualifications, work ethic, and why you want the job. Try to make it tweak-able to match different job descriptions. Here is a sample cover letter.
4. Work your Network.
Contact everyone in the area that might know of a job or able to help you get a job and let them know you are looking. Also contact your references and make sure that they are still comfortable being a reference and know to expect calls.
5. Get on job sites and post your resume.
Indeed and LinkedIn are good places to start. Next apply for jobs interest you, pay you what you need, and ones that you are qualified for. Indeed, LinkedIn, Craigslist, HCareers, Monster, and Individual companies websites. While its important to get any job right now so don't have gaps in income its also important to try and obtain a job you will enjoy in a quick manner.
6. Get your finances in order.
How much debt do you have? How much available credit do you have? How much interest are you paying are your cards? How much do you have in your savings account? Who owes you money? What can you sell? and How much are your total monthly bills that have to be paid (rent, car, insurance, credit card minimum payments, TVTV, internet, and water/electric)?
Savings divided by your monthly fixed costs will tell you how long you can go until you are completely out of money. In the mean time collect on debt that people own you, sell things you don't need, and take odd jobs.
7. Work out
its important to get outside and stay active to avoid becoming depressed and giving up on your work search. Also helps keep you healthy.
8. Pamper yourself
Get your hair done, a new outfit, or massage. This is a stressful time. You need to give your self a mood boost. Plus you will be going on job interviews and its very important to work that "look good, feel good" mentality.
9. Go out with friends.
Sitting by the phone isn't going to get you anywhere. Applying for jobs for 3-4 hours a day is plenty. Spend too much time and you will burn out and cover letter quality will suffer. Making plans gives you things to look forward to. But when you are out talk to new people, maybe you might mingle yourself into a new job.
10. Prep for interview.
Make sure to take notes on all the jobs you have applied for. Business name, contact info, salary info, and details of the position.
Never go to a job interview with out doing your research. What is their mission statement about? Who are their clients? Why are you perfect for the job?
Having this information makes awkward pauses less likely to occur. Instead of saying "ummmmm", you will have a tailored answer ready togo. You will seem prepared, confident, and poised. Try and get your interviewers card so you can follow up.
11. Follow up.
Send a thank you note to your interviewer, thanking them for their time and reiterating why you are the one for the job.
Call 2-3 days after the interview to check on the status of their hiring process and stay fresh in their mind incase they have more interviews scheduled. If they say they will call back get a time and day. If they do not call you by their specified time call them back the next day. Your efforts will stand out even if your resume wasn't the best.
Thankfully I followed my road map and landed myself a great job, with a great company, the pay I need, and a schedule that will allow me to join the 9-5 club!! Well, more like 7-4 but you know what I mean.
It's important to stay busy and stay positive. Its's easy to let the embarrassment and stress overwhelm you and take control of your life. Before you know it you have been out of work for so long that you have maxed out all your cards, drained you savings, and lost everything.
|Posted on February 17, 2015 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
"Save the excuses. It's not about "having" time. It's about making time. If it matters, you will make time" - The Goodvibe Co.
Since everyone else is making new years resolutions, we'd thought that we would give you some suggestions. MAKE time for the people and things that you care about. And most of all don't forget to include yourself in the category of this that you care about and make time for yourself.
About 10 times a week I would tell myself, or poeple that "I didn't have time" to do, what ever they are asking me to do. But when I really sat down and thought about what I spent my time doing, I was surprised to find that I was full of crap. Its not that I didn't "have time", it's that I didn't what to do that particular thing. People use the phrase "I don't have tme" as an excuse for not doing things or not going to things, When in reality that are just to timid to say, "No thank you, I am not interested" or "No, I don't want to go". Some where in history poeple starting getting being honest and direct with being rude.
If you think about it, telling a few white lies every day to avoid being rude, is rude. Why do we tells these lies when the truth is easier to understand? Because we are too embaressed to say, "No Mom I can't come visit this weekend because I just want to relax and watch tv". So instead we say, "Mom I wish I could come visit this weekend but I don't have time, (insert excuse-work,sick,errands). We even use this as an excuse when people simply call to check in and see how we are doing. But when you crunch the numbers, you have plenty of time.
There are 168 hours in a week. The average person works 45 hours a week. Cleaning house (Chores) 5 hours. Running errands 5 hours a week. And sleeps about 7 hours a night. Dont forget that there are 48 hours in a weekend.
168-45-49-10= 64 hours of free time with 48 hours of that being back to back days off, leaving =16 hours of free time during the week or 3 1/2 hours a day to do with what you like. And remember, this number has allocated for chores and errands.
But we still continuoulsy say, "I dont have time". Since this realization I have challenged myself to make time or be honest about how I am spending my time. While it may be more upfront then people are used to, I do not have to keep record of what I've said to whom. I have put power in the honesty of what I say. I have accually made time for people, hobbies, and myself. I challenge you to do the same.
|Posted on December 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|