My Go-To Places for Inspiration

I have a confession to make… I’ve been feeling incredibly uninspired lately when it comes to just about everything. I typically pride myself on being a very creative individual, but at the moment I feel completely unmotivated to explore new ideas. Even though I know this feeling plagues everyone at times, it can be really frustrating. I’ve been especially frustrated, since I have to come up with a new topic every week for this blog, and lately that’s been much harder than it looks. Luckily there are so many different avenues of art and history to get amazing inspiration from. Here are a few of my favorites! Continue reading

How to Go About Creating Your Own Halloween Costume

One of my favorite holidays is right around the corner! That’s right, it’s about to be Halloween! I have already explained the pure awesomeness that Halloween entails in this blog post, but now I’m here to give you some tips on my favorite part of this festive day. That’s right, I’m here to tell you how to go about creating your own costume. I take pride in my Halloween costumes, and probably spend too much time daydreaming about what the next one will be. Over the years, I feel like I have almost perfected this craft and would like to share with you what I have learned so far. Continue reading

Getting Back on Track through Organization

After getting through a rough period of your life, things can be messy. Literally. In fact, every great organizational system that I’ve come up with was due to something in my life that was previously disastrous. I still remember feeling all out of sorts during my very first semester of college. There were now so many assignments and exams to balance, along with expenses and access codes. I remember writing things down randomly, but I didn’t have a good way to keep track of everything that was being thrown at me. That’s when I decided to start using a planner and coming up with a method to separate all of my priorities within one single item. Here are a few of my favorite ways to stay organized! Continue reading

Are Your Mid-20s Not What You Hoped They’d Be? Join the Club.

Are some of your friends engaged/married/having kids while some of your other friends are still day-drinking and struggling to find their lot in life? Are you feeling completely lost and constantly struggling to stay afloat? Are you disappointed with how life has been post-college? If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you’re in your mid-twenties. I thought I was the only one feeling stuck in a rut, until I realized that literally everyone else around me was feeling the exact same way. Even though we have different feats to overcome and even though some of us planned more for the future than others, we all are struggling with this awkward balancing act of our early adult lives. The ultimate battle of leisure versus responsibility starts to take full effect and it can make us all a little nutty. These are some of the key takeaways I’ve learned recently about how to stay sane during this unstable part of your life! Continue reading

How Having Empathy (or at least Sympathy) Can Drastically Change Your Life

sym·pa·thy

ˈsimpəTHē/

noun

1. feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.“they had great sympathy for the flood victims”

synonyms:

compassioncaringconcernsolicitudeempathy

em·pa·thy

ˈempəTHē/

noun

1. the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Sometimes it can be hard for us to see outside or our own bubble of stress! Depending on our experiences, we can either become more enlightened or jaded towards other people’s behaviors, actions, or dilemmas. It’s easy to judge others from afar, but it’s much harder to walk a mile in their shoes. It’s almost completely impossible to have empathy for others in every single situation, but you can at least develop some kind of sympathy towards the person and their situation. Here’s where having empathy and sympathy has helped me personally lately. Continue reading

Knowing How to Ask for Help

Let me start off this week’s topic by saying, I have learned a very valuable lesson lately. For the last year, I’ve been internally harboring my feelings to the point that it’s severely effecting my life. Not to sound like I’m bragging or anything, but I graduated college, found a good job, beat my health scare, and accomplished even more difficult feats. By getting through these situations, I drove myself to believing that I can ultimately help myself through anything. Even though I’m a fairly independent person, there were several weekends where I felt so alone and sad, that I’d sit in my bed for hours and avoid everyone. After a while, I started to realize that by trying to help myself, I was in-turn shutting myself off from the outside world. Sometimes we don’t realize how many people and resources there are out there to help you get through the rough patches of your life. Here are some key takeaways that I think will help you too! Continue reading

How To Get a Handle on Your Paranoia

I wasn’t always this way, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve become quite the “Paranoid Pauline”. I think as life started to slowly burden me with more responsibilities and stress factors, I started to overthink EVERYTHING. From constantly checking if I had certain necessities in my purse, wondering if people whispering from far away were talking about me, to questioning if something was actually happening, there was a period of time in my life where my paranoia started negatively playing a major role in my life. I justified my thought process by pretending it was a normal side effect of growing up. Even though I can still be a fairly paranoid person, I now realize that I need a grasp on reality in order to succeed. Here’s how I started dealing and preventing my paranoia. Continue reading