This past week was one filled with unexpected deaths. There’s no other way for me to put it, but then again when is death to be expected? Is it easier to bear when the person is a certain age? Is it harder to bear when they have a status?
Last week was just one of those weeks where I wasn’t inspired. I couldn’t get into the groove of anything. Whether it was work/blogging/homework, I was barely pushing through, but I felt stuck. I was moving, yet not nearly as productive as wanted to be.
HAPPY FREAKING MONDAY!
Let’s start the week off right with a daily dose of motivation. This week is all about taking a step back and living in the moment.
Story time — I went to Pinot’s Palette for wine and painting Friday night. Thankfully I had the day off for Good Friday so I spent the day doing absolutely nothing and it was amazing. Sometimes you just need those days to do nothing. It’s okay every once in a while to lounge around and binge watch a show/YouTube videos, or even curl up with a book.
Getting back to the wine and painting, the experience was amazing. I am no artist. I color every which away instead of going in one fluid motion. I haven’t taken an art class since my sophomore year of high school and I thought that this class would be painting by number. Not the case at all.
It was great to sit down with friends, my Pepsi (since I don’t drink wine), and be device free. I was able to really focus on the art for three hours without taking a picture. I didn’t have the urge to since I was so preoccupied. I was able to really enjoy the moment. Being that it was my first time doing the whole wine & painting it was a great experience.
I’ll never forget when I went to the Maroon 5 concert last March and Adam Levine told everyone to put their phones away during ‘She Will Be Loved’ and enjoy the f*cking moment (his words). This one girl just couldn’t do it and he took her phone, put it on stage, and she didn’t get it back for the rest of the performance. One of the security guards ending up giving it back to her. How can you really enjoy the concert, the music, the atmosphere, if you’re trying to film it? Just so people could know you were there?
If you’re having a date night or you’re out with your friends for dinner, put your phones away and talk to each other. It’s crazy how in this society you can go to a restaurant and everyone is looking on Instagram/Facebook instead of interacting with each other. They have to take a selfie, or a picture of their food/drink. The reasons are endless. Try taking a step back from and living life not by the lens. Save the selfie for the intermission.
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Today I’m in a great mood. Unfortunately, these days don’t come often because of my surroundings. Yet, i wanted to share my good vibes virtual with you all.
There are days that I let a lot people get under my skin. I let them control my happiness. Allowing someone to inadvertantly control my happiness is based off people tearing you down to bring themselves up. There’s so many people I encounter from coworkers to family that doubt my potential just because. They never have a reason why, their energy is just failure. I’m a failure because I’m not doing things their way or staying in the normal lane.
Why must I box myself in? Why must I appease others to make them feel better? You only get one life. Don’t waste your time trying to make others happy and allowing them to steal your happiness. Don’t let them crush your dreams because they can’t see and don’t want to believe in your future.
There are people out there that want to see you fail. That’s reality. Never let the negative energy turn you away from what it is that you want to achieve. Never give anyone power over your life. Don’t settle because they expect you to. Don’t settle because they force that feeling on you. Live your life as crazy as others may think it is.
Cheers to a productive week. Crush the negative gives with a smile. As Taylor Swift says, “shake it off.”
I’ve been loving how consistent I am with my Motivational Monday series. There’s nothing like starting a week off with positivity, but should i just end Monday? Why not carry it throughout the week?
I’m a firm believer in writing things down, hence why I focus a lot on planning. Yet, writing down positivity has become a part of my weekly rotation and I hope to get to a point where I can write things down daily.
I started my Motivational Monday series to share positivity. There are days when you’re just not feeling it, but I love learning from other peoples experiences. It shows that you’re not alone. It shows that someone else out there is going through the same thing you’re as you. If they can make it through, so can you!
A lot of my series also focused around coping with my daily battle with depression and anxiety. I’ve always been anxious about the littlest things, but the anxiety on top of depression began in 2009 when my grandfather passed. Then two years later I lost my mom. On top of all that I was dealing with the roller coaster of high school, the college application process, trying to stay strong for my younger siblings, yet I realized that I was alone in doing all of this.
Feeling alone is horrible. There’s a feeling of emptiness inside and it can be a challenge to get out of that mind state. I’ve learned to find things to calm me down. Whether it’s a reading about positivity, doing some sort of craft, or just spending time listening to music. There’s something for you that will alleviate the pressure you put on yourself.
Focusing on the positivity and writing it down has helped in more ways than one. I have a journal filled with quotes from just about everywhere. I’ve also incorporated reading more on positivity. Write down how you feel and instead of dwelling on the negative, find the positive within. Something as little as writing it down can change your mood and reignite the fire within.
Although Fall doesn’t officially start until September 23rd which means there’s a good two weeks left of Summer, I wanted to share my Summer favorites from music to YouTubers, my top 3 planner layouts and my latest TV obsessions. Be sure to check out both my May & June favorites and my 2014 Summer favs below:
- May Favorites: Music & Scandal Fail
- June Favorites + Summer Vibes
- August | End of Summer Favs (2014)
So I wanted to break up my favorites month by month, but since I never got around to doing one for July I figured I’d combine the two. Starting off with music there’s not much that caught my attention. Of course I have my Summer Vibes playlist, but as for songs that have been on rotation there’s nothing really new. I have been loving:
- Walk the Moon, ‘Shut Up & Dance’
- Drake, ‘Back to Back’
- The Weeknd, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’
- Mark Ronson x Bruno Mars, ‘Uptown Funk’
- Fifth Harmony x Kid Ink, ‘Worth It’
The beef between Drake and Meek Mill (read my reaction HERE) was quite entertaining and I’ve been debating on whether I want to spill my dislike on “Omeeka.” Maybe. Moving on, enjoy my Summer Vibes playlist below:
Next up, YouTube! I’ve really enjoyed making videos this Summer and it’s fun when I can just turn on the camera and share whatever with the world. It’s really fun for me. My goal between for the remainder of the year is to add more vlogging. As for my favorite YouTubers, I have quite a list, but I’ve narrowed it down and noted what I watch each YouTuber for:
- BronzeGoddess01 (motivation)
- AprilJustinTV (vlogs)
- Kayla Lashae (vlogs)
- EllesGlitterGossip (vlogs / planner spreads)
- LivinLikeLindsey (vlogs)
So since I’ve been making at least ONE YouTube video a week, I have fallen in love with my planner again throughout August. During the end of July, I really wasn’t into my planner spreads. Then I started to use the Darice sticker books that I had purhcased from Michaels and I’m in love all over again. I’ll be sharing all of my planner layouts on my Instagram, but here are my top 3 of the Summer. Click each pic to go directly to that particular Plan With Me. Also be enjoy my planner playlist below:
Lastly, I have a new TV obsession. In June it was Hawaii Five-0 that I discovered on Netflix and binge watched over the course of two weeks. Since I’ve made the switch from Comcast to Fios, I have a new found love for HGTV. In particular, “Love it or List It,” “Flip or Flop,” and “Property Brothers.” I’ve always had a thing for people fixing up houses and the design of it all, but now I’m on this kick and those three are my new craze.
I’m so excited Fall is almost here because I am more than ready for Shonda Rhimes Thursdays and my crime shows like Criminal Minds, the second season of NCIS: New Orleans, and of course Hawaii Five-0. I’m also looking forward to Modern Family and Blackish. Lastly, I hope Scream Queens will be good.