Getting Out of the Hamster Wheel Effect

This weekend it dawned on me; my daily routine has become so “routine” for lack of a better word, that it has made other areas of my life extremely messy. I took a look around my room and it looks like a natural disaster has hit it. On top of that, my backpack has become an abyss of random documents and my planner is so scarce that I wouldn’t be surprised is a tumbleweed popped out of it. I was never the most organized person I know, but in recent years I have had some level of organization in my life. Now I  feel like I’m completely lacking in any organization. So how do I plan on getting out of this cycle of utterly distracting routine?  Well let me explain. Continue reading

Why You Need to Take Some Time for Yourself

I just took a week off from work, and man did I need it! It wasn’t that my job was so stressful that I couldn’t handle it anymore, I’ve just had a lot going on in multiple areas of my life for a long time now. I decided to combine my Thanksgiving holiday time with a couple more days simply because I needed a break from everything! I got to see family, participate in holiday traditions, relax, go out with old friends, and get in a mini road trip where I got to meet Conan O’Brien! I’m a huge fan of his by the way, so that was awesome. Vacation time doesn’t solve every problem you have, but it can help you adjust your attitude towards certain things. Taking time for yourself can help with… Continue reading

Have You Ever Thought of Investing in Yourself?

There have been many times where I felt like I was stuck in this unavoidable rut in life. What always had helped me in the past, was looking at things like they were short-term. Every semester in college I would count down the weeks until break and graduation. As the saying goes, “No pain, no gain.” Where I’ve always had a struggle, is when I feel this way, but there isn’t an end-date anywhere in site. So how do you get yourself out of this situation? Well, it won’t be easy. This is where you have to take a long deep breath, evaluate yourself, and decide which path of self-investment is right for you. Continue reading

It’s Time to Stop Dwelling on the Past

It tends to happen when you least expect it. You’re trying to go to sleep, you’re taking a shower, or you’re hanging out with an old group of friends, and BAM! Somehow, a repressed memory from the past comes creeping up back into your fragile mind. I say this, because it’s been happening lately to me more than I’d like to admit. I’ve personally grown a lot in the last six years (basically since I graduated high school in 2011), but some moments make you forget all of the progress you’ve made. Whether it’s a “funny” story or a character flaw you had, the memories can be cringe-worthy. Instead of asking yourself, “Why did I do that?” or, “Why didn’t I say this instead?”, try your best to move forward with these helpful tricks. Continue reading

The Power of Perspective

Admit it, we all like to occasionally wallow in a shallow pool of our own self-pity. Why do we do this? We do this because of perspective. Ironically, the only way to keep from drowning in it is by using the power of perspective. “Haley, you’re not making any sense.” I get it, I’m contradicting myself here. Well, let me explain to you what I mean. 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

Does Everything Have to Be a Competition?

Ever since I was a little kid I remember being told that competition was a good thing, whether this meant being competitive in school, in sports or just being competitive with your friends. I understand competing with yourself, but I’ve never liked having to compete against others. It’s weird because I strongly believe in having drive, motivation and ambition, but again I feel like those are traits that inspire you to compete against yourself. Something about having to tell everyone that you’re the best or constantly having to one-up your friends leaves me with a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach. These are the areas where I notice people feel the need to be #1 the most: Continue reading