Things to Share Thursdays?! | Holiday 2017

 

Did I struggle with the title of this blog post? Abso-freaking-lutely. Trying to be creative with a fried brain results in struggling to no end on all levels of imagination. I promise, you’ll never see this title again! But, enough of the rant and onto the post!

With the end of the semester so close to being a reality, my procrastination daydreams have been reeling toward Christmas cookies [also thanks to our newest addition.. our Christmas tree!]. Does anyone else agree that Christmas cookies taste 100% different than just regular day cookies? Sure, in some instances they might be the same recipe, but I swear they just taste so much better on Christmas.

While there are some cookies in my family that are an absolute staple, there is always room for one or two other recipes to throw in. For us, some of our staples include (and are totally not limited to): chocolate chip, peanut butter kiss, cranberry white chocolate shortbread, hello dollies, pizzelles, and sugar cookie cutouts.

So, I am asking you, what are some of your favorite cookies to share on Christmas? I’d love to broaden my horizons this holiday season! xoxo.

Fashion 101: Save me. 


When I got this new job teaching, I did not expect to look into my [bursting] closet and truly not have a single thing to wear. It seems insane to say for someone who loves shopping a little bit too much, but it could not be any more true. Where I work, there are more days spent on the floor than standing up in front of the classroom – it comes with the nature of the job, this is not a typical school setting. Previously, working retail allowed me to wear basically anything I wanted – pants, skirts, dresses, sandals, jewelry – anything to show of my personal sense of style. It took so much as my first day on the job to learn that a dress paired with booties and a choker would absolutely not be work appropriate in this type of environment.
I will admit, for a while there, I completely felt lost. I missed wearing all of my clothes and totally would look forward to the weekend solely to wear items that I had been missing. I was struggling to find clothes that were not only environmentally appropriate, but professional, as well as me. Seems impossible enough, right?

I am a few months into my job and I am still occasionally stopping at the store on my way home to pick up a top or a pair of bottoms similar to that in which I had seen a coworker wear that day. Just yesterday, I was guilty of running to the outlets on my way home to pick up a few more pairs of shorts, because pants on a 80+ degree day while also working all summer simply won’t cut it [BONUS TIP: J. Crew has their shorts on sale anywhere from $10-$25 this week!]. Shorts are a whole new world for me now that I’ve “grown up” [lol] and am transitioning from high waisted ripped shorts to something that would be considered soccer mom appropriate.

Cropped trousers, flowy tunic tops, and wide leg printed pants have become my best friend – they are comfy, yet stylish. While I am now transitioning into shorts and tees, I am still missing accessorizing with [way too much] jewelry, etc. Slowly but surely, I am getting excited to get dressed each morning again as I continue to add more versatile pieces to my wardrobe and become comfortable with embracing my new soccer-momness.

So to all you fashionistas out there – what are some staples that you think I absolutely need to add to my wardrobe!? xoxo.

We need your help.

I am taking use of this blog today in hopes of getting help locating a longtime friend who has been missing since Saturday, April 8, 2017.

If you are from the Niagara Falls / Buffalo / Western New York area, PLEASE LISTEN UP and SHARE.

If ANYONE sees Kurt Beehler. Talks to him. Knows any information on his whereabouts, DO NOT HESITATE to share this information. He is 24 years old and was last seen in the Niagara Falls area. He has been missing for nearly a week. Attached is a picture of what he looks like, if you do not already know.

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Links to my contact information are located on the right side of this blog, which will further link you to close friends of mine who are concerned for him as well.

Please keep a look out and PLEASE PRAY for his safe return.

Don’t forget to remind people they are loved. Sometimes that is all they need. Thank you in advance, from the bottom of my heart. xoxo.

Relaxing..fact or fiction? 

After a long day [or days] of work, one thing that everyone likes to do is enjoy some leisure or relaxation time. Time to yourself enjoying things that you want to do for fun. Lately, I feel like my relaxation or leisure time has been few and far between. There is one thing I’ve noticed though that makes me wonder if this time is even considered relaxation at all. 

When I am enjoying come down time, I am not really “down.” My mind is constantly racing. Constantly thinking about things I still have to do that day, week, or month. Constantly thinking about things that happened that day. What I could have done better vs. what I was proud of. What I’m going to have for dinner. Where I am going to get coffee in the morning. It really never ends. My mind is constantly racing, thinking about absolutely everything. 

I have tried so many ways to go about everything to clear my mind, but I can never seem to get it to stop. Usually total relaxation comes when I am so burnt out that my body tells me I need to shut off, and I end up passing out and taking a nap. While this time spent is worry free, I wake up and not even 0.4 seconds later, my mind is nonstop again. 

If you have any insights on ways to relax or simply shut off a constantly running mind, hit your girl up and let me know. I love learning new things and welcome everyone’s opinions and experiences with open arms. xoxo. 

Cleanses, good for the soul?!

After a long weekend full of St. Patrick’s day themed adventures, I could not be any happier to be in my bed at 9:26pm on a Monday night.

I mean, how could you not participate in St. Paddy’s activities when your city has been named the #1 place to celebrate by USA Today?

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Since Thursday, it seems as if I haven’t eaten anything that was not classified as fast food or had a drink that didn’t have at least one drop of alcohol in it. Today, it all hit me like a train zooming down the tracks at dance class. I felt disgusting, tired, and fat, and like I never wanted to eat another slice of pizza ever again. [Disclaimer: this will probably never happen].

So, here I am looking up ways to do a much needed detox. So far, here’s what I’ve found:

  1. Chug lemon water. Or if lemon doesn’t float your boat, use cucumber.
  2. Raw foods rock. Even juice cleanses are considered a raw food diet.
  3. Sweat it out. Exercise until you feel like you’re going to vomit.
  4. Meditate to reduce stress and increase body function.
  5. Cut sugar intake.
  6. Drink tea, not coffee.
  7. Go for the foods labeled organic.

If you have any tips on how to detox, or know anything that has worked for you/a friend/a neighbor, hit a girl up. I am ready to learn and ready to eliminate these toxins! xoxo.

 

You are not alone.

I came across the article, What It Feels Like To Have Anxiety, Because It Isn’t Us ‘Being Crazy’ by Hayley Greenwood on Thought Catalog, and it almost felt like fate that I found it. [Truly, shoutout to this girl, because I really enjoyed this article].

just had this conversation with my best friend not even 48 hours ago. How do you describe what anxiety feels like to someone who has never experienced it before? Together, we could not even come up with an answer. This article, however, sums it up to a T.

What I’m gonna do for you is pull some of my favorite snippets out of this article that I think are the most important when it comes to living with, being with, loving someone who experiences anxiety.

And if it is you that is reading this that goes through these struggles, know you are not alone. Know that if you are ever belittled for what you are going through, you do not deserve it; you deserve to get out. You deserve to be supported. You deserve to be loved, for your entirety; anxiety and all.

  • “It gets to the point when it’s the loudest voice in the room, no matter how much you try to get rid of it, it’s just there.”
  • “Your mid will convince itself that things are worse than they really are.”
  • “People underestimate what anxiety really is. You want to call those who overthink everything or make up scenarios in their head crazy, but you don’t understand: those with anxiety can’t control it.”
  • “Be careful with your words – don’t say we’re overreacting, to calm down or to stop worrying. Do you think that if we could stop worrying, we would have by now?” [I think this is honestly the most important thing to take out of any of this, and if you have made it this far to read this, do not forget it].

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the 24-hour crisis lifeline at (800) 273-8255. xoxo.

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Vitamins? Sunshine? Help!

The other day I had a follow-up appointment with my doctor to double check a few things that came up about 6 weeks ago [nothing serious, just some asthma difficulties]. After doing blood work, my doc found that I have a extreme Vitamin D deficiency. She prescribed me a Vitamin D booster to take once a week for 12 weeks, and then to continue with a normal over-the counter regimen. I am honestly so excited for my energy levels to increase with the introduction of these nutrients, because this winter has me feeling so sluggish lately!

Now naturally, I am not surprised due to the fact that I live in Western New York – it’s super dreary and overall, very blah here throughout the winter – and of course I’m suuuper pasty, so clearly I am lacking in the Vitamin D world.

So, with that being said, I am reaching out to my peeps via blog to ask – what are some ways that you help to keep your vitamin D levels boosted? I obviously am going to do the booster and take vitamins regularly after the 12 weeks, but if there is are any other little tricks and tips that you have, send them my way! I’d love to learn more! xoxo.

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SOS! Send help! 


I am looking into ways that I can get my daily dose of caffeine [or other means for energy] without necessarily depending on cups and cups of coffee.

One thing I’ve wanted to work on this year is monitoring my cofffee consumption. I waste a disgusting amount of money on coffee every month, and am not a really big fan of drinking coffee black. So far, I have relentlessly failed. In the last 8 days I’ve probably drank more cups of coffee than I can count on my hands and toes combined.

If you know any tricks or tips on how to eliminate the overdose of caffeine while still maintaining high energy throughout the day, please let me know. xoxo.

Things that college + grad school have taught me.

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I’m currently furthering my education and working toward my Master’s degree, so it’s pretty safe to say I’ve learned a lot being in enrolled in college for the last few years.

Not everyone’s experience in college will be the same, but here’s a couple thing’s I’ve learned so far:

 

  1. You need to sleep. Even if it is for 45 minutes, sleep is absolutely necessary. I am not saying that you will never pull an all-nighter, [I am guilty of that myself] – what I am saying that 2 or 3 all-nighters in a row is insane. Nobody likes a walking zombie! You do your best work when your mind has a chance to rest and recuperate and get ready for the next day. Whether it is at 3:30AM or 3:30PM, everything will get done.
  2. Everybody is perfect in their own way. Never ever compare yourself to others. You are smart, you are beautiful, and you are worth it. Your degree is just as good as the next person’s. Everyone is choosing a path that they love. Don’t beat yourself down when you should be building yourself up. No two people are exactly alike, and that is what makes you special!
  3. Getting your degree is a big deal. Not everybody makes it this far, and not everybody chooses to go to college or grad school, so that in it of itself is something you should be proud of! For the endless of hours I’ve put in thus far, I’ve gotten the amazing payoffs of not-perfect-but-still-freaking-amazing GPA’s. One of the most important things is to know that you have put in your best work and maximum effort at the end of the semester. You get what you give, so give it your all!
  4. It is better to be one step ahead rather than one step behind. Professors always tell you to keep on track and to make a schedule to ensure that all of your readings, coursework, research, and internship hours get completed in a timely manner to allow some time to breathe. Being one step ahead insures all is done in case something out of the blue comes up, preventing future stress. Showing up to class early is better than showing up late. Submitting assignments early as opposed to 11:59PM on the dot will prove you didn’t rush through it. If your assignment is due on the weekend, try to get it done during the week. This will allow time to unwind.
  5. It is okay to ask questions. Especially if any of your courses or coursework is completed online. I am not shy when it comes to attending office hours or emailing millions of questions for further clarification. Plus, it helps you to stand out in a group of many other students, while also showing you care! Nothing wrong with making a name for yourself.
  6. Don’t buy your textbook from your college or university’s bookstore. This is a giant waste of money. I repeat, THIS IS A GIANT WASTE OF MONEY. Buy it used. Rent it. Don’t buy it at all. Do whatever you’ve gotta do. But if you do buy it, please, please, trust me when I say to look online. I have [more times than not] literally saved up to $100 off each book when I purchased it elsewhere. From Amazon to Chegg, there is always a cheaper option. Do it!
  7. Sometimes you will feel like you’ve hit rock bottom. Things will get overwhelming. It will seem as if nothing will get completed, that 24 hours isn’t enough time in the day, or that you are failing at everything you do. Even though you may succumb to the stress and feel as if you are at the bottom of the barrel, the good news is, that the only place to go from there is up! Assignments will get completed, you will get through the semester, and you will realize it was all worth it in the end!
  8. Don’t forget to take time to breathe. Even if there are a million things that you have to do during the semester, you can’t forget that me time is important. Whether it’s taking a walk, grabbing a coffee with a friend, or going for a run, focusing on yourself and your mental health should always come first. Even if it’s only 5 minutes stress-free, it will help you feel better at the end of the day.
  9. You will create and lose friendships during this time in your life. I went to college having a solid group of friends from high school and, to nobody’s surprise, my group of friends is no longer the same! Everyone’s priorities suddenly become different. Everyone is trying to figure out their own lives, and your texts will not always be answered in 0.6 seconds. But while it seems as if your core friendships are dwindling, you will create some pretty kickass friendships in the process. At the end of the day, you will always have a couple solid BFF’s that stick with you through it all. These solid few, you will learn, are more important than the 8,000 acquaintances.
  10. You are not alone. There are 8 million times that I can think of that I have had to remind myself that I am not the only one out there that can get overwhelmed. There are people out there that have struggles way worse than being tired from having to pull an all-nighter trying to complete your work. It is important, though, to remember to reach out for help if you need someone to talk to. Sometimes talking to your classmates or friends will help you realize that everyone is overwhelmed and that everyone is in the same boat. It helps when you build a system to support each other. You will get through it together.
  11. You can get just as much work done at home than you will in the library. Just because you don’t spend a countless number of hours in the library doesn’t mean you aren’t as serious about school as the person who does. Not everybody will find success working in the same types of environments. One of my college roommates enjoyed working at cafe’s whereas another couldn’t focus anywhere but the quiet study. Where you complete your assignments does not amount to the type of student that you are. Your best work will be done when you are in an environment that makes you comfortable.
  12. Don’t stress over the little things. The barista didn’t put enough sugar in your coffee? You have a giant pimple on your chin? You broke the tip of your pencil? So what! Focusing on things that don’t matter will only take time away from focusing on the things that do. Stressing over everything will only create one giant avalanche of stress as opposed to one little snowball.
  13. Once you get handed your diploma, you will realize everything was worth it. The feeling you get once you’ve gotten that sacred piece of paper and achieved your goal is something that cannot be put into words. Put in the time and effort. Keep on fighting, power through, and get to that light at the end of the tunnel. Trust me, you won’t regret it.