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WHERE in the FRESH HECK have I BEEN?!

HEY HEY HEY PARTY PEOPLE!

It’s me, your fearless leader. It is now an entirely different year than it was since the last time we spoke. We have moved through three different Zodiac windows (it’s now the AGE OF AQUARIUS, for reference). In short, it’s been a long ass time, and I’m going to offer an explanation for that.

Blogtober was a lot of fun, but it was also a ton of pressure for me as a new blogger to try to figure out the entire world while embarking on this giant project while ALSO making my way through my very first full semester of my accelerated graduate program. I took on too much. I bit off more than I could chew. This will surprise literally no one.

And usually, it’s fine. I’m an ambitious person. I like being busy. I work full time, I go to grad school full time, and I’m still trying to cram time in for things like fitness and learning new languages and reading books. It’s just who I am. That being said, I started this blog to be a stress-free, creative outlet that I could use to just create and let loose. Blogtober turned this blog into the opposite of that; I was feeling pressured to just pump out content as fast as I could, regardless of whether I really wanted to write about it that day or whether I thought it was as great as it could be.

So I neeed a step back, and what I thought was going to be a teeny step became a BIG step. But honestly, now that I’m getting into the swing of things again, I really missed it. And so here I am.

I’m going to do a lot of revamping, redesigning, reorganizing. I’m going to start talking about things that bring me joy, and get some brighter colors up in here. (This will probably be pretttttyyy slow because I work like, nine hours a day and go to school three more, but it will HAPPEN).

If you’re still reading this, thank you for being patient with me, thank you for hanging on, and thank you for letting me fail and make mistakes and still come back to try again.

 

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October Favorites! (Miscellaneous)

Happy first post-Blogtober post! Wow that’s a mouthful.

So I do this thing where I go through phases  in being obsessed with all sorts of different things depending on the week, or day, or month, so I thought it might be fun to do a few of my favorite things through the month of October. I tried forming some kind of order to these, but honestly, there isn’t one, so we’re just going to roll with it.

The first thing I’e been obsessed with is something I’ve talked about here before-my sloth blanket. I literally have carried this thing all over my apartment with me for the entire month. I sleep with it at night. Bobby knows that if I ask him to get me a blanket, I mean the sloth blanket. There’s just something so absurdly comforting about sloths in Halloween costumes! And honestly, it’ll probably just be a constant favorite. It’s too soft and too cozy to be a seasonal item.

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My next favorite is more of a general category than a specific item, and that is CUTE SCHOOL SUPPLIES. I’m obsessed with my planner this year; it’s one of the Happy Planners from Michael’s. It’s big and colorful, and the layout is super cute. And how adorable is my pen?! It’s from this great website called Blog Prop Shop. The crystals inside were what originally sold me. I had so much trouble figuring out what color I wanted to get, but the pink goes so nicely with my planner, I definitely made the right choice! And it just writes so smoothly, I’m obsessed. If you’re a school supplies junkie like me, you know how I feel.

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The final item is something I didn’t know I needed until I had it, and WOW is it a lifesaver! This adorable pink dish (also from Blog Prop Shop) is the perfect addition to my vanity/desk setup! I have this cute little fall aesthetic going, and it fits perfectly! Right now, it’s holding a cute set of bridal hair ties, and I use it to hold my rings when I’m doing my makeup, going to take a shower, basically whenever I need to put them down and not lose them. It’s pretty sturdy, too, so I’m thinking it’ll just become my go-to when I need a cute place to hold literally anything.

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Blog Prop Shop itself honestly is one of my October favorites. They just have so many cute things that you don’t realize you need until you NEED them. They just add a little OOMPH to your living space, and I can’t wait to keep ordering them. I mean, free shipping anywhere in the US? Sign me up please.

And because they’re literally the coolest people alive, the owners of Blog Prop Shop gave me a coupon code to share with you! Just enter fearlesslykate20% at checkout and you’ll get 20% off your whole order!

I hope you guys liked this post, and shoutout to Blog Prop Shop for this awesome collaboration! Go give them a visit and buy yourself something nice. You deserve it. 🙂

 

 

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Blogtober Day 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN

IT’S HERE IT HAPPENED!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I was going to write this yesterday, but then I realized that the festivities hadn’t actually occurred, and thus I would have nothing to talk about, so here we are.

Guys, I love Halloween. The entire day just seems super spooky no matter what you’re doing. Like, I was driving down the Merritt Parkway and all the yellow leaves were just giving me major fall/Halloween vibes. Anyway.

Yesterday was sort of a miscellaneous day until the night; I read a spooky book with a fall candle. I went to the bank and the grocery store. I did some laundry. And THEN it was HALLOWEEN TIME.

My roommate and I, and one of our friends, and one of her friends from work all went out together (actually to the bar where I work) for some pretzels and beer, and obviously we were super extra the entire time (See below).

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This costume was SO easy but one of my favorites! I’d bought this body suit ages ago and never worn it, so tonight was the night! My twin (sorority) gave me the velvet skirt when she was cleaning out her closet, so the only things I bought were the spider web tights and super extra hat. And honestly, when you’re a little drunk, the netting on the hat is the most fun thing to play with.

All in all, it was a super successful Halloween. We had a ton of fun, ate some good things, and I read a couple super spooky books (definitely read Disney’s Hocus Pocus, thanks Mom!!!!). And I’m definitely breaking this Halloween costume back out for our Halloween event at work on Saturday, and also probably next year TBH.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween! Now that Blogtober has officially ended (thanks for following!) I’m going back to a regular posting schedule, probably Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun. Could change, but that’s what I’m aiming for right now.

Catch ya later my spooky friends!

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Day 28: Self Care Sunday: Walks in Nature

Ahhh we’re so nearing the end! I’m trying to make it with a strong finish, and there’s definitely a lot I’ve learned about doing Blogtober, but ANYWAY. Today’s Self Care Sunday I actually got the idea for earlier this week. I had woken up and was supposed to go to the gym for a really intense workout, but what I wanted more than anything was a nice, slow, meditative walk in nature. So after arguing with myself for 45 minutes, I decided that going to the gym wouldn’t actually be that productive because A) I would hate myself the entire time, and B) I would be so miserable being there that the workout would probably suck. So in the interest of #SelfCare, I put on my sneakers and set out on a walk down to the riverside.

Something about being out in nature just resets me, and I think this is a pretty universal feeling. The air is clear, the weather is soothing, and something about all the trees really just helps you get in touch with yourself. At least that’s how I feel. So I downloaded a podcast from Kalyn Nicholson, put on a jacket and my sneakers, and went for a walk. I spent a lot of the walk practiciing mindfulness; trying to be cognizant of the way the leaves looked, of how the air felt, of the scent in the air. I found a flower randomly going out of the pavement, and then had a rush of gratitude; if I hadn’t been watching where  I was going, I would’ve missed it entirely.

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Literally just growing right out of the sidewalk!   

I live right near the Naugatuck River, and there’s this beautiful little river walk I love to run on, and that was where I decided to go take my walk. So I walked down there, saw the sun, smelled the river, and honestly just felt so at peace with the world. It sounds so “hippie-dippy”, but some time in nature is sometimes really just what you need. As much as we all think of meditating as sitting criss-cross on the floor, sometimes it’s just as helpful to walk through nature and be mindful of your surroundings. That was what I focused on Sunday, and as much as I was obsessed with getting home and getting a bunch of tasks finished, I tried to push all that away in favor of just being mindful and enjoying what I was doing in that moment.

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Casual morning. I am so grateful to live near something so beautiful.

In the end, I ended up walking 3 miles, which although took me about an hour at a much slower pace than I would’ve normally run, was super cathartic and wonderful. I returned home at peace, feeling at one with the world, and ready to take on the day. Sometimes, we need to just forgive ourselves, take it easy, and do what’s best for our minds versus what we believe is the ultimate end-all-be-all. I’m still learning how to accept that, but it’s something I’m really trying hard to believe in.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this Self Care Sunday, and here’s to making a strong finish with the rest of Blogtober!

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Blogtober Day 25: How I Celebrate Halloween

Hey y’all!

Blogtober is coming to an end in just 6 days, and I’ve definitely failed a bit at it, but I’m still going to go along pretending like I haven’t for a little while longer. Today, I’m sharing with you a guest post I wrote for my lovely friend Sophie! She is also doing Blogtober, and I’m so excited she gave me the chance to be apart of it! Click here to read my post and check out the rest of Sophie’s blog!

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If you can’t get the hyperlink above to work, copy and paste this one into your browser:

https://sophieblogslife.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/halloween-guest-post-blogtober-day-25/

 

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Blogtober Day 23: Hello Gourd-geous

I am literally obsessed with pumpkins. That sounds like the most ridiculous statement in the world, but bear with me. They’re so cute and orange and round. Pumpkin patches are incredibly aesthetically pleasing. Pumpkin carving is a FUN holiday activity. You can actually EAT things made of pumpkin and they are DELICIOUS. What reason is there to not carve pumpkins?

So, I am enthusiastically encouraging everyone to get to a pumpkin patch as soon as possible (like, yesterday), and pick yourself some pumpkins. Yes, you can get them at a grocery store for cheaper, but the experience of going to a pumpkin patch is SO much more enticing!

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Okay, I mean come ON, this was a man made pumpkin patch and it was still the greatest thing I’d ever seen!

Pumpkin picking is an EXCELLENT date, and honestly one of the most fun ones I’ve done! Bobby and I went to this fall festival on Staten Island (where he lives) and spent a crazy long amount of time looking for the absolute perfect pumpkin (plot twist: we left with three). It was just so much fun to be laughing and looking for these pumpkins and knowing that once we got them home, there was even MORE fun in carving them!

 

We got some pumpkins, we got them home, and after I forced Bobby to watch Hocus Pocus for the first time (he was indifferent to the film, which I find unbelievable), we set out to carving these bad boys. We lit a fall candle, turned on a horror movie (Freddy vs. Jason), and bonded over the careful art of carving a jack o lantern.

Even though he’d only done it once before, he was way better at it than I was, but like, whatever, I’m barely even bitter about it. We also opted out of buying the guides at the store, but they look really fun, so I’d be interested in trying one of them someday! You can get them at Target for only five or so dollars, and they look really cool! This is how our free handed pumpkins turned out.

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There’s a little guy next to those two we didn’t carve…he’s just sitting on my desk as I write. He was too teeny!

Anyway, this was an A+ fall experience, and whether you’re doing it alone, with your family, or with a significant other, I would definitely recommend it all! It gets you really in the spooky mood!

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Blogtober Day 19: The Little Things

Happy Blogtober Day 19! We’re definitely getting up there; I can’t believe October is almost OVER! I’m a little sad, but I also love the holidays, so I’m not reaaaally super mad.

Anyway, this is going to be kind of a short little baby post, but I really was just FEELING it, you know? I’ve been really appreciating fall lately and I really just wanted to sit and make a list of all the little things I’ve seen lately that have just made me really grateful for being alive.

When I started thinking about that, I started thinking about how cliche it sounds, but how important it is. Whenever I get too stressed, Bobby tells me to just BREATHE. Stay in the moment, recognize where you are and what you’re doing, and be mindful. It’s great advice, and we should all take it more often. When I take the time to appreciate the little things around me, it makes me an all around more mindful, happy person.

We have such a tendency to get caught up in whatever is going on- work stressors, relationshps, filling our already cluttered schedules with emails and phone calls and coffee dates where we anxiously check the clock the whole time to makes sure we’re not late for our next appointment…we never actually get to ENJOY anything.

So, this week I’ve been making a special effort to really notice and appreciate all of the teeny little things the universe has to offer. Sort of like the world is saying, “Hey, look. It’ll be okay.” Here’s a few examples of things I’ve stopped to notice and appreciate over the past week:

  • a perfectly shaded,  bright red, yellow, and green leaf just laying in the grocery store parking lot. Literally looked like someone had pulled it off the shelf at Michael’s. It was PERFECT.
  • the shade of blue the sky turns right around 9 am when I leave the gym
  • the Glade “Cozy Autumn Cuddle” candle. I buy one (two) every single year and burn through them.
  •  that really nice in-between weather where the air is crisp and chilly, but the sun is shining down, so the entire outdoor climate is just in perfect equilibrium
  • the moment when you first wake up in the morning before you open your eyes where there’s just total peace as you float between asleep and awake
  • a really good, long, belly laugh with your best friends. The kind where you laugh until you can’t breathe and you’re crying and your stomach hurts.
  • the colors of the trees driving down the Merritt Parkway (Connecticut is BEAUTIFUL in the fall. New England does not play.)

I guarantee there will be more, but these are just a few things that make me really happy when I see them and just kind of give me a really good feeling about being alive.

Share with me some of the fun little things that bring you joy in your life! I’d love to hear them!