“But You’re Not Country.”

“But You’re Not Country.”

I may not be “country,” but that definitely doesn’t mean I cannot appreciate country music. Just as every other type of music or form of art and expression, it takes a creative mind and hard work. That should be appreciated.

Not only can one appreciate music, but there are some dang good country artists and country songs. You don’t have to listen to some back country banjo jam, but turing your nose up on the rest of the genre is unfair.

I am on a country female artist kick. This has been a change in my normal country music playlists, but here are some new ones that are for sure to make you smile ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Champion – Carrie Underwood
  • Well Behaved Women – Madeline McDonald
  • Women – Florida Georgia Line feat. Jason Derulo
  • Sue Me – Sabrina Carpenter
  • GIRL – Maren Morris
  • High Horse – Kacey Musgraves
  • Butterflies – Kacey Musgraves
  • One More Shot – Kaylee Bell

Those are just SOME of the ones that have caught my attention recently and made me appreciate music again. There are a few that I can’t get over right now, these are them:

  • Rockin’ All Night Long – Adam Hambrick
  • My Wave -Keith Urban
  • Laid Back – Dallas Davidson

I could list some amazing songs in this post, but I am not going to do that. It would never end. I am going to say this, there is a lot more to country songs than “country.” People like this music because it is RELATABLE! Even if you have never been back roading, I am sure you can relate to “Last Time For Everything” by Brad Paisley. Country music taps into emotion behind actions and experiences, it brings out the important times in life, and often it will make you think about your own life.

I am not asking you to like it, but I am someone who believes in giving credit where credit is due. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

*if you want to hear some more quality songs follow my Spotify country playlist*


I am too young for this…

I am too young for this…

Seriously concerned about this… I am only 22.

So basically over the past couple weeks I have noticed some things that I (probably) have been experiencing for a while, but am just now realizing that they are (probably) not normal. I like to think I am healthy and active, but I am starting to think twice recently.

The first thing I noticed was that if I sit criss crossed (usually while writing in my bullet journal, or drafting a blog post) for longer than 5-10 minutes, it is impossible to get up quickly. My legs are so stiff and to move them is incredibly painful! This is new, really new. Unfortunately, I guess I am realizing I should start stretching more! Maybe drinking more water will help. I woke up the other morning stiff as a board. My back was in so much pain. Since when does this happen to a healthy 22 year old? Not sure, but I feel like a 75 year old man with arthritis. Sorry to all 75 year old men with arthritis. My heart goes out to you.

I always used to make fun of our college alumni who would come back for alumni weekends or to visit, and they could not keep up at the bar. They used to be the ones who set the pace! Especially when they’re sipping their expensive craft beer and chardonnay… Come on, live a little guys! The ones that do join in on the drinking games and whatnot usually are the ones you will not see the next day. This brings me to the second thing I noticed. Hangovers really are a bitch. Now don’t get me wrong this is always true, but now… Its a whole other level of tired, groggy, and dizzy. I do not understand how I used to be able to bounce back and make it to my 8 am chem lab the next morning. Anyway, yeah, I am so sorry to everyone I made fun of for this.

Last thing, I was looking at my bank statement from the past month (yikes) and noticed where my money goes. Car payments, rent, groceries (not even good ones), and health insurance… I guess this time comes for everyone, but I didn’t think it would hit all at once *internal sobs* so when people tell you to not grow up, listen to them. Take advantage and live every moment of being 17 or 20, its not all about that milestone birthday, because with those come great responsibility. Responsibility isn’t a bad thing until you wake up one day and realize you are paying for your own life and you also have to make a living (don’t forget about a retirement plan!). Not easy. Especially while in college or right out of college. I definitely need to crack down on my chipotle habits and follow my “budget.” The word “budget” makes me nervous. I don’t even know how to make a valid budget that will work or that I can even manage to follow. LOL and don’t get me started on taxes. I can teach you about derivatives and integrals or chemical reactions, but I don’t even know where to start with “filing taxes.” I can type over 50 words a minute and explain ocean acidification, but please don’t ask me to tell you what an I9 is or how to fill out your W4.

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” -Dr. Seuss

How to Start and Maintain a Bullet Journal

How to Start and Maintain a Bullet Journal

Especially if you are NOT artistic…

At All…

Really, not artistic even in the slightest

Get ready for some fun and some really laughable moments! You probably are going to think that your pages will look Pinterest worthy, and if you’re anything like me… they won’t. At all. So in this post I am going to tell you (and show you) how to stick with it! I have and I truly think it has made a difference in my self esteem and being aware of things that are bothering me that I may not have noticed. It also has taught me to see things differently and in a more positive way! I love that!

For starters, you will need to either log into amazon or pop into staples. For this to truly be rewarding I suggest staples (or wherever you get your art supplies). Go browse around and find some fun deals and tools that will motivate you! Here is the list of things I got and knew I needed:

  • Journal – specifically one that would fit in my bag! Also if you are doing more drawing than writing DO NOT get ruled lines or blank. I suggest the dotted ones unless you want some graph paper. Also make sure it will hold up in your bag! Hard cover is always great! Moleskine has a hidden folder in the back and has worked great for me!
  • Washi tape!! – this is the best way to jazz up your bullet journal and add some color, but also to make it easier to find pages. I also tape some polaroids in mine when needed. Its great stuff and comes in all different colors and patterns! Who doesn’t love that?!
  • Sticky tabs – so you can divide months, weeks, days, years, or mark special pages you want to go back to. Whatever your heart desires. Yes these can be cute (mine are polka dots) and removable!
  • Highlighters – grab your fav assorted color highlighters!
  • Pens – colorful assorted pens please! Maybe one or two normal ones
  • Pencil – one pencil (I’m sure you have one around the house somewhere, just make sure theres a good eraser – you’re going to need it)
  • Markers – HIGHLY recommend Tombow dual tip (truly amazing and totally will step up your game)
  • Whiteout tape – for those pesky mistakes (I use it all the time) so do not pass up on this, you will want it
  • Index cards – this seems dumb, but I use them for bookmarks, rulers, and a pop of color! They also make great to do lists on your book mark
  • Binder clips – attach, bind, divide, etc.
  • Scissors – yes throw some of those in for trimming whatever you want to add in (pictures, clips)

Excessive. I know. Now how to get started… Either go at it and just start to get a feel for whatever you want to add and what you need in there. OR get some motivation from Pinterest. There are great examples of how other people set theirs up and how amazing it looks! Mine, not so much, but this helped me find the things I did want to put in there. Spending page, hydration tracker, sleep tracker, morning and night routine, songs I love, Netflix list, what makes me happy, things I want to try, and my goals for the month! There is so much more to add and it is so fun to find the right fit!

Make time every day to sit down with your bullet journal. 5-10 minutes minimum. It will end up being a lot longer than this if you take it seriously. If you make it part of your routine, it will feel natural and easier to commit to. It is your place to create something meaningful to YOU! I was worried about writing things down that were emotional or anything I didn’t want people to see, but I knew that people didn’t have to see those pages if I didn’t want them to, and it is also a great way to write down what is bothering you or something you need to get off your chest. Then its there to either move on from or go back to at an appropriate time when you’re ready.

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Pastel and polka dot monthly tabs ๐Ÿ™‚

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My to do list makes me smile and is hard to miss (even when thrown in my bag)

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New month, new pages! Basic here, but it gets the job done (and pink is my favorite color)

I like to number my pages to see how far I get in a month, or even a week.

A variety of colors and patterns, but also positive pages and even quotes will make a difference in your outlook. I am constantly thinking of new ways to make something basic or easy. Positive and motivating quotes are not just helpful, but as you are flipping through on another day and you come to one that may have pushed you out of your comfort zone or calmed you down during a hard time, this is a good reminder of the ups and downs. It truly does get better. If you had asked me about two months ago if things would get better I would have laughed in your face. I was going through a lot (which I still am), but putting energy into something that was all mine and that I created, made me see the good and bad. Soon enough 95% of my pages turned positive, instead of dwelling in the past. My outlook has evolved into something that has made me stronger, and to look for the good in every moment, not just getting caught up in the anger or hurt.

This is your life, do what YOU want. Live how YOU want to live. Do NOT let people dictate your future for you. Definitely do NOT get caught up in the past, you’re not going backwards. Time is constantly moving forward and it is YOUR turn to run with it (so long as you stop every once in a while to feel the sun on your cheeks and toes in the sand) ๐Ÿ™‚

don’t stand in the current, ride the wave

Live without?

Live without?

Most definitely not.

For your convenience, I am going to share with you some things that I would rather not live without. I LOVE finding new products and pieces that I will forever have with me or in my possession, so with that – if I am missing something AMAZING – please comment below ๐Ÿ˜‰

Disclaimer: My list was super long so I am going to do this post with only a few and I’ll post more later… (And no I don’t get money if you click on a link – thats how you know its true love)

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My beloved boots (that are well worn in). I have had them for 6 years now!

Laces tied in barrel knots. http://kimsboatshoes.com/best-way-to-keep-boat-shoe-laces-tied/

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Ray-ban aviators with blue mirror lenses. They just happen to look pretty cool with some filters and they block those pesky haters ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sunshine and Pink

Sunshine and Pink

A LP Lifestyle

There is a lot more to the Lilly Pulitzer brand than bright colors and dresses. The woman who started the line, Lilly obviously, was truly unique. She was determined on living HER life and how SHE wanted it. There is a lot to learn from her and how she acted. Yes, her company has grown into something amazing. For me, I see the amazement in Lilly’s free spirit and desire to be different!

You Gotta Regatta - Lilly Pulitzer Print

After wearing these clothes for so long I like to think I can say I understand her. She lived in a different time, where everything was changing and she made a statement. Her clothes are different, yet practical for everyday life. That is truly what the lifestyle is that Lilly believed in – hard work and having some fun! It is truly amazing how her ideas have grown into something beautiful!

New England… This is where I TRY to channel my inner Lilly diva. The weather makes it truly difficult, but the one quote I keep going back to is…

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With this mentality, anything can happen. It’s as if theres a fresh new beginning that comes with built up excitement about your favorite time of year and it all gets better from here!

Find Your Perfect Nightly Routine

Find Your Perfect Nightly Routine

I always had a hard time getting to bed. Either on time or completing everything I wanted to do before bed. Finally, after months of not having a good sleep schedule and not being able to sleep through the night (I sound like a newborn), I decided to listen to all those studies about “blue light” and “winding down before bed.”

I followed a strict nightly routine for a few days, which included (not limited to) the following:

  • Not being in bed when I wasn’t going to be sleeping
  • Turning off computer/ tv half an hour before bed (as for my phone… just turned that non night shift. Lets be honest, I wasn’t going to turn it off)
  • Not getting ready for bed until 8 hours until I have to wake up (this was difficult, I like to sleep more than that. A lot more than that)
  • Setting an alarm for when I had to get up (also, making sure each day this time was consistent)
  • Brushing my teeth, putting clothes away, etc.
  • Finally, time to get into bed

Doesn’t seem like a lot, right? HAHA. Wrong. When you try to do this and put these steps into motion for multiple nights you start to realize how much (or little) you were doing before. I could never settle my thoughts and calm down enough to sleep unless it was LATE. Following the strict 8 hour rule, I would get into bed and wait to fall asleep… Not looking at my phone, but also checking the time every few minutes worried I was losing precious sleep time. On the third night of this strict schedule, I realized it was not working. I was tired in the morning and still had a hard time falling asleep. I took to Pinterest to find good ways to fall asleep. It was that night that my troubles would be eased. I found a FREE app that would make me sleep like a baby.

https://www.rainrainapp.com/

I had fun going through all the sounds and laughing at the ones that were just gonna make me either have to pee all night or make me kinda scared. I settled on Cascade. The perfect level of running water. I also like Rain Rain 3D which is the perfect background storm sounds. I would set a sleep timer and I was out like a light. I woke up the next morning so excited to be well rested and awake! I’m not saying this app puts you to sleep but listening to it helped soothe my thoughts and everything I was thinking about, worried about, or drifting to. It took about 10 minutes to fall asleep instead of 30. The next night I said screw it to my routine of strict timing and just using the app. I slept all night, for 10 hours.

I cannot explain the difference it has made overall for my levels of alertness during the day. I am sure most people know the value of a good sleep, but I didn’t until I was able to knock out for a whole night.

There is nothing wrong with a sleep schedule, but for people who are too busy or too tired to follow it every night, things like this app can really make a difference. Also the different sounds are comical. I might just have to play the waterfall while my brother is sleeping and see what happens… (I’ll keep you posted on that one later)

The Beginning of a NEW Chapter

The Beginning of a NEW Chapter

I’d like to start by saying thank YOU for joining me in the start of something different. I am new to this, so we will learn together!

A little about me: I was raised in Boston, MA (the best city aka title town), but my heart has always been on Cape Cod. That is where I spent my summers. My childhood was filled with sun rays and beach days! I could not be more thankful for this. I got to learn and experience a lot of different and unique opportunities! Most importantly, I was drawn to the sea. My mom called me a fish. She could not get me out of the water! I loved swimming, sailing, and just about anything that had to do with being in or on the water.

My love for the ocean brought me to studying marine biology and environmental science at my dream school. Could I get anymore lucky?? I didn’t think so. Somewhere along the way of fighting my way through the numerous math and science classes, I lost my motivation. This was new to me, it took a long time for me to realize that I was not as dedicated as I had been. My life up until this point was school and sports (pretty much like every other 20 year old I thought). It wasn’t until my anxiety caught up to me that I realized I was in too deep. I had spent my entire high school career focusing on school and lacrosse that when I got injured my senior year (and couldn’t play my first year of college) I didn’t know what I would do. I dove into what I knew, school. This worked for a while, until I realized it wasn’t making me happy.

Happiness for me was being involved with the ocean – whatever it may be. I resorted to my roots. Sailing. Luckily I had the opportunity to do this at school. It wasn’t until my junior year that I realized I spent most my time focused on being an athlete or being healthy rather than staying genuinely focused on my school work. This showed. I decided that as hard as it would be, I had to give something up – sailing. Unfortunately, this did not do as much as I thought it would. I continued slipping behind in school.

It wasn’t until past half way through that year that I knew something terrible had happened. I lost who I was. Thats when I made (probably) the best and hardest decision of my life… Leaving school, moving home, and working full time at (what is and had been) the best job ever. The drive home from school felt like the world had been lifted off my shoulders, and I couldn’t help but smile. New chapter in my favorite place ever. Cape Cod Massachusetts.

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Barnstable Harbor – July 2018

“Anything is possible with a little sunshine and pink” – Lilly Pulitzer