Winter

Winter

For starters, layer up! It’s gonna be chilly. Even my dog wears a shirt to go outside (and I do not put my dogs in clothes unless necessary). Being prepared is the only way to do it here. If you’re stuck, you’re not going anywhere for a while. That goes for power outages too. If you are here in the winter, bless your soul, and make sure you have plenty of blankets, socks, and snacks before the weather starts! Stock up when you’re off cape or online. Whatever you think you need – get the best version of it.

The snow falls horizontally, there is bone chilling winds, and often power outages that last way too long. This may sound familiar to a lot of people, but on cape cod your resources to getting what you need can be limited. So heres how to deal with it all…

If you are staying by the water make sure to park in a spot where the sun will hit when it comes out. And try to park facing the wind, not perpendicular.

People stink at driving in weather. It could be cold and even a little rainy and everyone is going 15 mph. There are always those people that are zooming by – don’t be that person, but if you’re going too slow people will make sure you know.

Avoid the bridges when it’s really windy and slippery!

Avoid the grocery store last minute if you can. It’s better to go somewhere smaller than a huge grocery store that will be packed.

I don’t have too many tips for this, but lastly don’t be the idiot who tries to go out in the bad weather. I can assure you that everyone will think twice about opening their store or going to work. Call ahead.

“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 🙂

  • 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*


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 🙂

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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) 🙂

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 😉

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 😉