Help Me, I’m Stuck!

I’m writing to you with a little bit of shame weighing on my shoulders. It’s been over a month since I’ve written my last blog post, and I’m a bit disappointed in myself. I typically pride myself on never missing a week and making sure that I’m always prepared, but I’m not going to lie- I needed the break. Life got hectic, very hectic. Not just for a little bit, but honestly probably since about two years ago. Between upsets in my personal life, health, work life, etc. I was beginning to slowly lose my mind. Instead of confronting my problems head-on, I kept hiding behind the everything’s alright mindset. I continued cranking out blog posts even when I felt as bland as a ham and cheese sandwich. Now that a lot of my issues have either resided or solved themselves, I’m finding myself in this mental rut. Not just regarding the blog, but on EVERYTHING. What am I doing with my life? Am I where I need to be right now? How come some things have changed drastically, while some things never change? A tornado of doubts and worries storm up in my mind resulting in a physical, zombie-like numbness. After talking to many of my mid-20s counterparts, this turns out to be so common that it’s scary. Most change doesn’t happen overnight, so what can we do in the meantime to get ourselves back on the yellow-brick road to optimism, creativity, and excitement? I’ve been seriously thinking about this a lot lately, and these categories are where I think the answer(s) lie. Continue reading

Shake it Off!

I never thought I’d be quoting a Taylor Swift song, but I guess there’s a first for everything! Just in case you aren’t one of her Swifties, Shake it Off was Taylor Swift’s first song after transitioning her career from country music to pop. The hit single is not only catchy, but promotes “shaking off” all the negative energy around you. Well, this week I’m here to do the same thing. There are so many little things that can drive you up the wall and make you a total bummer to be around. For example, this weekend was not my best weekend ever. I’m finally getting over a cold, I had to spend so much more money than I was planning on going out, and I got a flat tire on Super Bowl Sunday. Even though I just wanted to wallow in my own misery for a little bit, I’m starting to learn that it’s just not worth it! We all have our good days and our bad days, and that’s just the unfortunate thing about life. Here are my tips for shaking off the annoying things that life throws your way. 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 to Pick Yourself Up Out of a Funk

Nothing is harder than dragging yourself out of a depressive state. As you may know, one of my favorites clichés to repeat is “when it rains it pours”. That’s how I feel like 2016 has been: pouring horrible things from the sky, one after another. Right when it looks like the sun is peaking out again, BOOM- another terrible thing falls on my head. Without going into too much detail about my personal life, it’s been affecting my eating, my sleeping, and my face (which is now decorated in splotches of acne that even the best quality makeup is having a difficult time hiding). Even though I’ve been somewhat keeping it together on the inside, my insides feel like a Walmart after opening up on Black Friday- full of utter chaos. Back in the old days when I was 12, I could listen to my Green Day albums and stare up at the ceiling for hours on end. These days, those calming angst-filled moments just don’t seem to cut it anymore. Even though I’m still working through some things (so we’re learning together, yay!) this is what has helped me so far. Continue reading