Happy New Year

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Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you all had an amazing 2013, and you look into 2014 with bright eyes and open hearts.

Cheers to 2013, hello 2014!

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Unplug

Every few months I have a realization of how addicted I am to my phone. Not even my laptop, just my phone. I only notice this because of how dirty my iPhone case becomes. Isn’t that gross?

I am making a huge effort to put my phone away more often. In hope to be less stressed, less caught-up-in-everything, and more relaxed and open to inspiration. I often feel like my brain is a giant soaked sponge when it has consumed so much information that does nothing for it. Like Facebook. And maybe even information that does matter like text messages and phones from far-away-friends.

It’s proving to be a bit difficult! Because of my profession and passion for communications, social media, new media and so on, being on my phone kept me up-to-date. I am playing around with the idea of allotting myself “screen time” like I am a type-A mom. 

How do you remind yourself to unplug?

 

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Snow Day

Today I had a honest-to-goodness Adult Snow Day. It was splendid. A very sneaky blizzard found its way up the coast of Lake Michigan and literally dumped 16 inches on us overnight.

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Snow Days are what dreams are made of. (Anyone remember that movie “Snow Day” from the 90’s?) For me, I didn’t do much. I slept in, made some blueberry muffins, and assessed the damage outside. It’s amazing how fast the day went and I really wish I could have gotten a lot more done — but it was nice to take it easy and take a college-style nap, ya know, at 4 p.m.

Granted the weather kind of halts people from actually getting to fully enjoy their Snow Day, but if I had another day to do it over, this is how it would play out.

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Obviously, I would spend the morning sleeping in. What a luxury it is to not set an alarm! A bagel and some coffee would serve as my late morning meal as I watched the snow fall. Another luxury — a bath — would be in order, followed by meticulously choosing a perfect Snow Day outfit. (Think chunky cable, boots, etc…) A lunch date would be a must, preferably at a tiny low-key place that served delicious soup and crusty bread. The rest of the day would be spent reading or with my good friend Netflix.

What does your perfect Snow Day include?

Valentine’s Day

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I refuse to believe Valentine’s Day is a “Hallmark holiday.” As a single girl, I still embrace the pink, the chocolate, the flowers, and of course — the love! LOVE. No matter if you’re single, dating, or married for 40 years, love should be celebrated daily. Why not have a little reminder every February 14th? Valentine’s Day is like your annual review — but for your love life. I don’t believe that if you’re single that makes your “annual review” a failure. A love life should include the love you share with your family, self, friends, pets, or even coworkers. 

I watched Valentine’s Day, the movie, the other day. Why are Valentine’s Day stories always the best? I once dumped a boy on Valentine’s Day after he gifted me a box of chocolates… how terrible of me! This year, I secretly sent my best friend flowers at her work. I can’t wait to hear her reaction.

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?

Celebrating life.

Recently, I’ve been reading a lot about post-grad life. It may be because I am a recent graduate, but it seems like it’s everywhere. Is that the new trendy topic? Hmm… Anyways, one of the most stressed topics is staying in touch with friends and to continue play.

Since I was mainly on a strict mission to find full-time employment this summer, I felt as if I was ignoring some of these objectives. With the sobering fact that summer does and will come to an end, I set off to meet up with close friends and try a few new things to rev up my life.

Last week, I met up with three friends, two of which we celebrated birthdays for. We chatted over brunch at The Knick in Milwaukee and did a bit of shopping. I thought it was cute how we all immediately went to the home section of Anthropologie, forgoing the clothing for plates and butter dishes, oh my! Is it not amazing the energy you can stimulate off of a great day with your girlfriends? The catching up, laughs, and advice is unmatchable. How do you stay connected with friends, whether they live five blocks away or five states over?

I left feeling intoxicated off the love and fun we shared in those short few hours.

Next, I decided to cross a few things off my bucket list. Two of which in one day. First, my friends and I decided to jump off the lighthouse pier. It was such a scorcher of a day, Lake Michigan was not only bearable, it was refreshing.

Yes, that is my friend holding my hand. That was my one condition. 😉

Later that day, or should I say next morning, I found myself enjoying the sunrise. 22 years of living on Lake Michigan and not once have i watched the sun rise over the lake. That’s embarrassing! Gosh, it was gorgeous. Highly recommended!

Tell me: how do you add a little spice into your everyday routine? Do you sometimes feel bogged down by the day-to-day grind? What are your tips for mixing things up?