10 Best Practices for Inner Peace

Between work, home and just life in general, it is really difficult to take some time to just BREATH! So…I have outlined 10 of my best practices for inner peace! These small things really help me and I hope they help you!

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Live Unplugged

Try to live unplugged as much as you can! By unplugged, I mean leave the phone alone. Don’t take it to dinner with you, leave it on the charger in another room while watching tv! Just leave it! You’ll feel instantly better and people will enjoy your company as well as your undivided attention.

Take a New Fitness Class

Whether it is Yoga, Pilates, or Crossfit; find out what works for you. Even if it’s, pole dancing! Do it! The extra energy will feel great and your body will look awesome too! Bonus!

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Try a New Hobby

Always wanted to make your own clothes? Do it!! Take a cooking class! Try surfing. Do something that you find enjoyable!

Read More

This could go under hobby so it’s sorta cheating…oh well! I enjoying reading and nothing feels better than getting absorbed into a story and really connecting to the characters! Here is one of my posts above about my favorite Summer Reads!

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Sleep In

Feeling drained all the time? That’s your body telling you that you need to catch up on some zzzz’s. On your day off, don’t set your alarm and just let your body naturally wake you up! You’ll be glad you did! And don’t forget, sleep cures almost anything!

Treat Yo Self!

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Take a personal day and just pamper yourself. Get a massage or a facial. Do something that makes your feel good! I’m not girlie girl but getting a mani/pedi always makes me feel pretty!  (Thank you Parks and Rec for that sweet gif!)

Meditate

This isn’t for everyone but I’ve heard that once you get in to it, then you’re able to control your inner peace. But if you’re anything like me, where you have a constant rap song playing in your head or just an up beat tempo, clearing your mind can be a little tricky. So go back to taking up a new hobby!

Look for a New Work Adventure

Boy, have I had some bad jobs! Going home super stressed thinking about that stupid job and barely being able to sleep because a million things are running through your head. I swear, my last position, I went through a bottle of wine a night and I don’t even care for wine that much! It really takes a toll on your body and mind and it’s just not worth it! So find another job that you love! Say “peace bitches,” to that ungrateful boss that doesn’t appreciate you or your work ethic!

Just Dance

One of my favorite things to do at home is blast some music and do stuff around the house. Which usually involves me dancing. And sometimes I don’t even complete the work I was set to do. Instead, I find myself performing and just dancing around my house. When I’m finished I’m usually laughing and smiling. Can’t dance? Who cares…you’re home alone, just do it, even if you’re in your birthday suit!

Travel Often

Go away for the weekend! Even if it is an hour away.  Just go somewhere and clear your head! If you have the ability, go somewhere farther, preferably a beach with a cold one in your hand! I try to travel as often as possible to keep my sanity!

Easy..right?!? Now, take some time for yourself and relax!

Love ya’ll!

Taylor


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Annual Girl’s Weekend


Every year, a group of us girls take a trip to a cabin in Wisconsin. Some lake fun, late nights drinking and games, and always a lot of laughs.

It’s always a fun weekend with these girls, and I always leave with something. This year it was my realization that I am very thankful for growing up like I did. I’ll explain.

I have been on a boat so many times growing up and everything just kind of comes natural for me.  Like docking, driving, motor issues, etc.  So, a lot of the other girls didn’t know some of the basic boat ‘etiquette’ you could say, so I was a little reluctant about going out with these girls because it’s always good to have at least 2 people who know exactly what’s going on.

A friend of mine owned the boat that we took up north and when we were about to put the boat in the water, I asked all the checklist questions about the plug, keys, life jackets….all that. She said “yes, I went through everything.”  I’m thinking okay, cool, we are ready to go.

She backs the trailer in and I pull the boat out on the water and I’m giving it some gas taking it down the lake a little bit, waiting for the girls to put up the trailer.  I go dock the boat and I look back and there is so much water in the boat. I’m thinking to myself, “what the hell?!?”  So I quickly pull the boat up to a dock and pretty much punch the gas to the dock where it is also very sandy and just pull it as close to shore as I can.  I flip the pump switch (which allows any water coming in to be pumped out) and start throwing all the stuff out of the boat to relieve some of the weight.  Chairs and coolers were just flying on to the shore.


So the owner of the boat comes over and she’s freaking out. And I’m asking her questions to try to find out what’s happening. And she is standing on the dock in complete shock.  So I dive off the back and feel for the hole that is usually plugged up and the plug was gone.  So at that point, it was a race against the clock (or the rushing water) and I’m searching this entire boat for the plug.  I run back to the truck and find the plug in the truck bed and sprint back to the boat, jump in the water and plug the hole. Phew! I’m sweating thinking about this again.

My friend was still standing there starring. And I just start laughing. I’m like “girl, your boat was about to sink!” Then it hits her, and she’s like “oh shit, oh shit…what can I do?!?”  I’m say, “nothing now, your boat is good, just a little wet. And I think you need to consider selling this thing.”

When I say I’m thankful for the way I grew up, it’s because I was able to control this specific situation through my experiences.  As a child, my family would go camping for the weekend and take the boat and just water ski and cookout the whole time. I didn’t realize at the time that I was learning actual life skills or sweet MacGyver techniques. Another story that I’ll write about later on, was when I got lost in the woods.  Yuck! Besides that specific experience, I am very grateful for my childhood and the little things that I learned! Simply a blessing in disguise! I hope everyone had an exciting weekend!

Thanks Ya’ll!!!!


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Excuse Me While I Vent…

I had a great day yesterday…I was in a good mood, had a great workout, and even my boss was cheery. Just a great day all together. Until I stopped at the grocery store to get some stuff for the girl’s weekend coming up.  Yea know, the essentials…booze and chips.

So I’m walking through the parking lot pushing my buggy (shopping cart) and this a-hole starts backing out, fast. He literally runs over the buggy and somehow I moved out of the way. Although he did kind of clip my side. But I was safe…

So this guy gets out of the car and starts yelling “watch where the f*** you are going?!?”  By this point I was trying to process what just happened and was sitting on the ground.  He is just yelling and spewing profanities.  And this other guy runs up to me asking if I was alright and that he also called the police.  He said that he saw everything and he then starts cussing at the hell-on-wheels driver.

I really can’t believe this guy had the nerve to yell at me for walking and getting in his way.  Well the police show and apparently there is nothing they can do since in Chicago, grocery store parking lots are considered “private property.”  What if I was seriously injured? Could they have not done anything then? This is mind boggling, and I don’t blame the police officer what so ever but the laws are stupid.  He did “write it up” but this guy gets nothing?!? They should have a ticket similar to wreck-less driving but for the person just being an asshole.  “Sorry sir, you’re a major prick, so I’m giving you ticket for wreck-less attitude.” I don’t know, I’ll work on the name later.

I guess I could take matters into my own hands but I feel like the universe will work this one out.  Or at least I hope so… Sorry, rant over!

All Smiles Today!

2 Truths and a Lie

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Yesssss, another one! So, I’ve been nominated by Barb Knowles to reveal 2 truths and 1 lie, five times. Since she figured out the math in her last post, it will be 10 truths and 5 lies (Btw, thanks for doing the math Barb because, it certainly isn’t my strong suit).

Anyway, I have to tell you guys facts about me and you have to guess which is a lie!  Please write your guesses in the comments below and don’t cheat by looking at other people’s answers because they might be wrong (I literally took these few lines from Barb’s post so please don’t think I stole them!)  Let’s do this!

#One

a. I’m scared of cockroaches.

b. I like to drink pickle juice.

c. My favorite dessert is carrot cake.

#Two

a. I have a Master’s in Sport’s Management

b. My favorite sport is hockey.

c. I am a former dancer.

#Three

a.  I’m 5’9”

b. I have 1 child.

c. I have 2 dogs.


#Four

a. I have read Harry Potter in 2 days.

b. I played Volleyball in College.

c. I’m named after my dad.

#Five

a. I have went skydiving.

b. I took a 2 week trip across country.

c. I use to take kickboxing.

Alright! Please write your answers in the comments section with the number and letter of each lie.  I will wait a couple of days to post the answers and  you can see how well you know me.  Or what a good guesser you are.  And I get to see if the readers who know me in real life and are friends of mine will know all the answers!

Now I will nominate a few people but please don’t feel obligated.  Good Luck!

I nominate…

Tyler @ Thomason’s Take….cause I know he loves these posts 😉

Renata @ Little Med Book

TateTiffany @TateTiffany Captures


Saving Big! Cha-Ching!

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3 Ways to Save that Dough

We all love saving $$$, but how?

I’m going to let you in on a few of my secrets on how to start saving big on items like groceries, clothing and home merchandise!

So, here is my number 1 tip on saving bank…COUPONS!

I love coupons! And I know a lot of people do! I’m no where near a crazy coupon lady but I totally know a good deal when I see one!

First off, you can search for free coupons on a few different sites! Here’s one below:

1.Red Plum– Great way to print coupons FOR FREE! It’s like FREE MONEY! Why wouldn’t you?!?!  You can save on groceries, beauty and personal care! Just do it! I’ve even made it easy for you! Click below!!

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2. Clothing– So I’ve done some searches and found a few different types of saving for you bargain shoppers!

3. Home– I’ve also found some other home deals for you!

  • Wayfair– 70% off coupon code!
  • Homegoods– They always have specials going on!
  • Amazon-Just some cute rustic metal letters for your home decor!

So here are just a few things that I found! I hope it helps you as much as it does me!  Please let me know if you have any questions! Good Luck Saving Big!

5 Senses Tag

First off, I would like to thank Tyler for tagging me in his Five Senses Post!  And do go check out his awesome blog,  Thomason’s Take!  His pictures and posts are truly an inspiration!

How to participate:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • For each of the five senses (or as many as you do) describe five of your favorite things having to do with that sense. Favorite sounds, smells, etc.
  • Be yourself, get creative!
  • Nominate five other people to do this tag

Let’s get to it!

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Smell

  1. Freshly cut grass
  2. Espresso
  3. Sea-salt air
  4. the smell of a book being opened for the first time (yes!)
  5. Puppy’s Breath (awe!)

Sight

  1. Seeing the earth from an airplane window
  2. Fireworks lighting up the night sky
  3. The vibrant colors of the ocean
  4. watching a swell take over when surfing
  5. watching a storm roll in from the porch

Touch

  1. Petting a puppy or dog in general
  2. Freshly shaved legs against covers
  3. The feeling of clean sheets
  4. The feeling of a warm bed when its cold
  5. The feeling of water running past you while swimming

*I see a pattern with me sleeping! LOL

Sound

  1. A baby’s laugh
  2. Music (of any kind)
  3. The sound of weights being racked at the gym (I’m so weird!)
  4. A thunderstorm while laying in bed/sleeping (another bed reference!)
  5. The sound of a piano being played!  (My favorite instrument)

Taste

  1. Sweet Tea
  2. Freshly baked Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. Right out the oven homemade lasagna (oh sweet baby Jesus!)
  4. My dad’s homemade pizza
  5. Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Squares

Now that you’ve learned a little about me, I would like to nominate the following:

Well there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my 5 Sense Post! Don’t feel like you need to do this, it’s just something fun! I can’t wait to see yours!

Thanks Ya’ll!

 

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Shameless…

Alright, so I have gotten mildly addicted to the show, Shameless.  I know it’s been out for a while but I’m usually too busy to watch TV.  And I also prefer to binge watch shows when they come out on Netflix.

For those of you who don’t know, Shameless is about dysfunctional family, and the a man named Frank, who is a single father to 6 children.  He is also a drunk who is never home.  So the children essentially have to learn to take care of themselves.

This show is jam packed with humor, controversy and betrayal.



If you’re anything like me, you sometimes enjoy grotesque humor but there are some scenes in this show that made me cringe or get utterly embarrassed for the actors, and that is damn near impossible for me!

I have talked with a few people that have said that “finally, a show where it presents a real family.”  I’m not so sure about that statement, but these scenarios are drastic!  I guess that’s why the title is so perfect!!!

Have you watched the show? What’s your favorite episode/scene?  What other shows do you like?