I’m super excited for the summer! Hubby and I moved to California recently (thanks Navy!) and we live extremely close to Los Angeles. We are in Ventura County, a 15 minute drive from Malibu and there’s so many things to do, so many places to see! I’ve come up with a list of 100 Things To Do This Summer so that if you run out of ideas, you can look here, and viola- you have something you can do. Feel free to add things below in the comments! We could all really use some ideas.
Stress is one of the most horrible things that we as humans have to deal with. Sometimes, stress can take over everything around us. Financial situations, issues in relationships, work, and many other things can make us feel stress in our daily lives, its just about how you deal with it that can make you feel better or deal with it better.
Here is a quick list of ideas of things you can try to do to help you when you are stressed! Or at least to take your mind off of it.
1.)Yoga always helps.
2.)Exercise to let off some of the steam.
3.)Meditate/Pray because God can always help and He always listens.
4.)Read the Bible and find encouragement in His word.
5.)Go out with friends to a comedy show, or to an outing that you can laugh and have fun at.
6.)Watch a funny movie/show so that you can get a laugh to get your mind off of things.
7.)Bake brownies, cookies, muffins. (And then eat all of it! LOL)
8.)Write/Journalize about what is going on. Getting your feelings out on paper helps.
9.)A long drive on the highway gives you time to think and clear your head.
10.)Shopping: but try not spend all of your money!
11.)Play a sport such as going golfing, or even fishing (if you consider that a sport), swimming, volleyballs, paddle boarding. Anything works!
12.) Get a massage at the spa. Or get a pedi.
13.)Clean everything. Start maybe with your closet. The key to healing stress can sometimes be reorganizing your whole closet.
Strictly a pictures post!
On May 10th, it was our anniversary! Eric and I have officially been married for two years. And oh boy, has it been a long road. Every marriage is different, every couple goes through different things. And I would definitely say, our second year has been the toughest yet. I do believe that we will come out stronger than ever because of it though!
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For a while, I was going through an extremely difficult time. I’ve been in the process of PCSing (the military is moving us) and my husband and I haven’t seen each other in months, and it’s been pretty stressful. I’ve felt alone, anxious, depressed, sad, and many other negative things that make me feel like I just can’t get through the next day.
First off, I want to start by apologizing to my faithful readers. I have ignored your comments, I have avoided writing, and I have stopped all connections with my blog. I was wrong to do that. But, in all honesty, I am truly glad I did. These last few months have been insane for me. And being away from my blog gave me so much time to think. There was something specific I was trying to think about. But I didn’t know what it was. I couldn’t seem to put it together in my head.
But when I finally figured it out, (after I got over my writer’s block) I was finally able to get back on to my blog and remember why I started doing this in the first place. So thank you, for continuing to read my blog and my nonsense writing.
If you’re wondering what I was thinking about. I will tell you.
My mind has been an ever proliferating cloud of destruction and questions.
The biggest one being:
What am I doing?
Silly, simple question right? WRONG. This has been the biggest question during my time away from you. I have constantly asked myself, what am I doing. I don’t know if this is any worse than the people that are going through the “Who am I?” stage. But I feel like it’s pretty darn close.
Through my time away from you guys, I have came to a huge realization.
Life is soooooooo short.
Too short to not do the things that we want to do. Go to the places we want to go. Help the people that need help. Laugh the laughs that we need to laugh.
And the crazy part is that I already knew this. I constantly tell my friends this. I constantly tell unhappy people this.
We live everyday like there’s many days left, when in reality there isn’t. We don’t do the things that make us happy, the things that matter, the things that count. We don’t do the things that we will look back on when we’re in our death bed, and say, “that was an amazing moment”.
We live in conformity. We live in comfort. With routines (which I am all for routines). With unhappiness. With the same thing over and over and over again.
Get out of your comfort zone, do the things you love to do. Enjoy your life, enjoy the people around you that care about you. Stop staring at your cellphone. Stop worrying about what you forgot to do at work earlier today. Stop not taking trips. Stop stressing about the little things, like how you forgot to buy black socks. Geez! Just wear your blue and green sock! Stop feeling embarrassed about something that happened weeks ago. Stop giving up. Stop trying to be perfect. Stop letting peoples view of you stop you from doing what you want to do. Stop judging other people! Stop being so negative! Stop forgetting to breathe.
Go on that hike you’ve been talking about for weeks. Plan that trip to the island you’ve been trying to go visit and save up for it! Breathe fresh air. Laugh with your friends. Be positive. Pay it forward to the person getting coffee behind you at Starbucks. Compliment the lady at the toll booth. Pray for the people you care about. Visit a sick friend! Text someone you miss terribly, and find out how they are doing. Smile at the security guard at work. Go on long walks and look at the stars. Enjoy this planet while you’re here, it’s truly something beautiful. Wake up early on an off day and watch the sunrise. Help a homeless person. Volunteer and spread love! Go out and have fun dancing. Try new foods. Visit new places! Do something that makes your nervous. Spread good vibes. Be happy. Because life is too short, and we want to enjoy it.
I realize, that we let the fear of silly things control us and take us over. And that’s not what I want to be doing. That’s not who I want to be. When did we lose our imagination? When did we lose our connections with each other? When did we become so afraid to love, and to show compassion? I realized I slowly started to become that person. One that is so afraid to do anything. When I used to be the girl who wasn’t afraid of anything! And, I don’t want to lose myself in that charade.
I wasn’t writing about things I truly wanted to write about because I was afraid of what people would truly think. I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do because I cared too much about everyone else’s opinion. But since when did I ever care? Why did people start becoming so judgmental in the first place? We are who we are, and we are humans. Don’t let the fear of striking out, keep you from winning the game.
I love you guys,