Summer Favorites

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I missed Tuesday’s and Thursday’s post and there is no video today. Usually when I’m quiet online, it’s because I’m not doing great, but this week it’s because I’ve been preoccupied with having fun. Let’s call it summer slacker syndrome and say I have a bad case of it. It’s no surprise really because I love summer. Today I thought it’d be fun to share what I’ve particularly been enjoying. This isn’t a favorites all about products because that really hasn’t been of interest lately. It’s about the little things.

Okay, I totally abandoned this post to go swimming. I told you I had it bad. Back to the favorites!

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Are Morning Routines Total Bullshit? | & Video

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Why do we care how beauty gurus on YouTube, millionaire CEOS and cool people everywhere spend the first couple of hours of their day? I don’t know how many times I’ve been sucked into articles and videos about morning routines, hoping to learn some secret way to start the day that will make me a better human. Like everything else in life, it’s not a “Do this and everything will magically change!” kind of thing.

The typical morning routines are formed out of necessity, but the ones being presented all over the internet aren’t just about eating breakfast, getting dressed and running out the door. While the content varies, the emphasis is on creating a mindful morning. These people aren’t just rolling out of bed, they are consciously starting the day in a manner that sets them up for success. Or are they?

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June Plan with Me & Why I Bullet Journal

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Happy Sunday! Today I’m sharing my beginner bullet journal setup and why I love the system. It can seem confusing at first, but it’s actually quite simple. If you don’t know what bullet journaling is, there are a ton of very thorough explanations online. To summarize, a bullet journal is a catch all for everything in your life. It’s a planner plus whatever you want it to be. That could be a habit and sleep tracker, lists, your budget,  journaling, doodling, a space for random thoughts and anything that’s important to you. It is completely customizable. All you need is a notebook, a pen and lots of things you want to keep track of.

Want to know what’s in mine?

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When You’re the Only Vegan You Know

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Plant-based diets and the vegan lifestyle are more popular than ever. It’s amazing to see people living consciously and ethically and even making it cool. Sure, some still think we’re crazy radicals or hippie freaks, but veganism is being accepted like never before. If you’re in the right city or active online, vegan people and restaurants seem to be everywhere. I love this lifestyle, but in small town America, it’s hard when you’re the only vegan you know.

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My Pamper Routine & Why it’s Non-negotiable

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When the days are long and full of to-do’s, I’m guilty of not taking time for myself and by the way, nearly all of my days are jammed packed. After a couple weeks, I finally embrace the seemingly unimportant activities that I’ve been putting off and something amazing happens. I feel better. Dedicating an evening to relaxation and treating myself makes me feel like a new and refreshed little lady, who is ready to kick ass.

Recently, I’ve finally realized that “me time” is just as valuable as work time, and actually it makes work time better because I’m not distracted by little things like my unsightly chipped manicure as I type, or how dull and dry my skin is because I can’t remember the last time I did a mask. No, not everyone needs to have polished nails or do a face mask weekly, but if it makes you feel better, you do. Furthermore, you need to do it and not feel guilty about it. I often catch myself thinking it’s silly and a waste of time, but once done, I never regret it. Give yourself permission to do those things that may not make sense, but make you feel better because when you feel better, you do better.

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How to Make a Vision Board

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Happy 2017! New year, new intentions. With so many of us making new years resolutions, I invite you to take on a different methodology this year. No more making a list of goals and shoving it in a drawer to forget about when February rolls around. Last year, I made a vision board and it was amazing. This year, I’m sharing my process. Let’s get started.

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What I Read Last Year

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2016 is gone… and I didn’t read a single novel for pleasure. Maybe that doesn’t seem like a very big deal, but it feels as though I lost touch with my roots. Growing up I was a little bookworm. I had a book with me every day at school and if I had any spare time, you better believe I was reading. In high school I got away from it and once I broke the cycle, I never bounced back. 2015 was the last year I read consistently, so I’m looking back at it to gather motivation for reading in 2017!

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