Monday, March 14, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 10

My goodness. Is it really only Monday night? I feel like today alone I experienced three days worth of stress-- no lie. So I'm glad that my Monday is coming to a close. Bring on Tuesday.

In other news, there's a lot of great things happening over here. I'm just a bit overwhelmed at the moment. So I'm trying to find that peaceful, workaholic place that used to be somewhere inside me during undergrad. And with no avail so far. But as things keep getting crazier, I just keep reminding myself that a) I put myself in this situation, and b) that this is all a blessing.

I'm out here living my dreams and doing everything in my power to get there. Most people can't say that. Yesterday I had one of those days where I was so overwhelmed by the amount of work I had to do that I did nothing at all. And that's the worst feeling in the world. Sometimes finding the motivation to conquer the world is hard-- but I'm trying to find it and harness it this next month and a half. #GirlPower

Now onto yet another empowering list!

Week 10: List the Things You Should Ignore

  1. The voices in my head telling me I'm overwhelmed.
  2. My constant urge to procrastinate. 
  3. The haters.
  4. The opinions of people that don't matter. 
  5. The urge to eat more cheese. 
  6. The impatience that I exert on people.
  7. The things I cannot change. 
  8. My recent urge to eat all the ice cream. 
  9. The snooze button (instead of ignoring my alarm).
  10. The voices in my head telling me I'm not good enough. 

Let's get to work. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Weekend Reading

Funny story... This post said Happy Friday when I wrote it. And then I apparently forgot to post it. So. Happy Saturday, y'all!

I have fully recovered from my "time travel" on Monday and Tuesday and I'm ready to conquer the world this weekend. Can't wait to finally get back on top of things again- I've felt like a lost and confused puppy all week. But I did make some delicious peach cobbler yesterday, so I consider that  a big win.

Here's some links that caught my eye this week:

1. Ever wish there was a word to describe a simple, yet strange feeling that you experience from time to time? There probably is a word for that.

2. This article is a good reminder for all of us out there slowly wearing ourselves down. Don't be a victim of early career burnout-- take some time for yourself.

3. The way that the Braves' Freddie Freeman and his wife did their gender reveal will make even non-sports people get all the feels.

4. I obviously just got back from my trip to Vegas and I've got about 10 more trips planned in the coming months. This beautiful travel tote would be a great upgrade from my current one (and it's currently 25% off!). And if it wasn't for the price point on this laptop carrying case, I would snatch it up right this second.

5. My final sports link for the day. If you haven't already seen the Michael Phelps ad for Under Armour, now is the time to watch it. The 2008 version of myself finds it very difficult to let go of Phelps. This video gives me all the feels.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 9

Live footage of me roaming around Athens, Ohio these past two days.

I returned from the strange city of Las Vegas at around 4am on Tuesday morning and I've been a walking disaster ever since. But I'm out here surviving and thriving and doing my best to avoid whining. Because I just had an amazing week, which I'll recap at some point soon. But for now- the usual list making.

Week 9: List the Things You Treasure Most
  1. My friends
  2. Gamma, Ninnie, and Daddy Frank watching over me from Heaven
  3. Cheese
  4. My family
  5. Coffee (Or any other caffeine source for that matter)
  6. My personal space
  7. Mojo Pup
  8. Every single friendship/relationship I have
  9. My health
  10. Netflix (Not even sorry about it)
  11. The University of Georgia
  12. Air conditioning
  13. Crossfit
  14. The Ohio Family
And much, much more. 

This list is obviously a strange mix, but in all honesty, I've really started to appreciate the amazing opportunities I've had in the past year. We tend to take for granted the things we have the opportunity to do, but sometimes its good to just take a second and reflect on life's blessings. I apparently had this same realization exactly one year ago as well...

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That is still so relevant today as I try to manage 6 million different priorities and trying to be a rockstar at life. I just gotta remind myself that all of these priorities are blessings that somebody, somewhere else would kill to have.

Peace and blessings.

Monday, February 29, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 8

Greetings from Las Vegas!!

I'll be calling Viva Las Vegas my home for the next week-ish, and hopefully actually taking photos to share with the world. I'm working with the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the upcoming NASCAR race this weekend, which is bound to be a blast. I've never experienced a NASCAR race before, so it will definitely be a unique experience.

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Enough about how I'm spending Spring Break... On to the list!

Week 8: List Your Favorite Quotes
  1. "A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor." 
  2. "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. And go do it. Because what the world needs is people that have come alive." -Howard Thurman
  3. "Failure to plan on your end does not constitute an emergency one mine."
  4. "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." -Nora Ephron
  5. "The struggle is part of the story."
  6. "The most beautiful voice in the world is that of an educated Southern woman." -Winston Churchill
  7. "Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people." -The Breakfast Club
  8. "If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try." -Seth Godin
  9. "Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of the rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify them, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do." -Steve Jobs

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 7

Here I am with another late list. But I did put up a solid post earlier this week, and I've actually been working on developing content. So I'll pat myself on the back for that.

Moving along to the list! This one was easy and fun, and a wonderful way remember that you're surrounded by great people!

Week 7: List All the People Who Brighten Your Day. 

  1. Mom & dad (who I don't talk to as much as I should).
  2. My best friends back in Georgia. 
  3. The #OHIOFamily. 
  4. Any human being that serves me food or coffee. 
  5. My CrossFit SEO people.
  6. The Dawgs. 

The list may be short, but it covers all my bases. 
Baseball pun... get it?

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Peace Out, Paper!

Anybody else's Instagram feed always filled with perfectly posed planner photos like this? No? Just me? Okay. Then feel free to move along now.

If you are like me, and this is what your Insta feed looks like constantly, then you probably have a snazzy agenda that you swear by, amiright? Well, I'm here to tell you that it's all a lie. I, too, was once a believer in the importance of a beautiful paper planner. But I have been forever changed.

After many, many years being a complete slave to a paper planner, I've officially ditched it. And I never thought I'd see the day that happened. I was a firm believer that the paper planner was completely necessary to my life. Until I finally realized that, in reality, I was actually wasting my time writing things down when I already had them in my Google Calendar. Thereby wasting time instead of saving it- I think that's the completely opposite thing a planner is supposed to do.  

So in 2016, I made the decision to ditch the paper planner completely. I still carry around a small notebook to take notes in meetings and write to-do lists when I enter full-blown panic mode, but I no longer spend an hour each week ever-so-neatly writing down to-do lists and appointments... Only for me to not even reference it later in the week. 

I'd basically already switched to going all-digital, but was convinced by all those in Bloglandia and Instagram that I was supposed to have a pretty planner that was perfectly organized and color-coded and it was supposed to be "MY ENTIRE LIFE!" I used to declare all of these things as truth until I truly realized how much time I was spending worrying about making sure my planner was perfect. Which is completely ridiculous and counterintuitive.

I also constantly changed the type of planner I was using. Sometimes a planner didn't even make through a whole year before I traded that bad boy in for a different one. The one I ditched the quickest was probably my Simplified Planner. I think that thing caused me more stress than anything else. I also had very high standards for my planners. And I honestly never found one that had everything I wanted. So. I ditched it.

If you're wanting to join the digital revolution, I've got a few simple tips for you to make that transition as easy as possible. Because, let's be honest, moving what you may consider "your entire life" from one place to another is hard. So I've got some step-by-step instructions for you.

1. Utilize Google Calendar. 
I cannot emphasize the usefulness of this enough. It is the easiest way to quickly add things to a calendar, especially while out-and-about. Being able to check my day-to-day calendar on my phone when someone asks about my availability is completely necessary these days. I prefer Google Calendars over simply using iCal, because it's insanely easy to sync it up with iCal and because if you need to check your calendar on a work computer or something, it's easily accessible. And because Outlook calendars suck, but use it if you must. I've written about how I use BusyCal before, and it is still my go-to. I invested $50 into that about 5 years ago and haven't looked back.

2. Find a list-making app that works for your needs. 
And then use it. BusyCal has a list feature that I used to use. Now I've gone back to utilizing Hit List, which is also expensive. But I also invested in that many years ago and have finally found a good way to utilize it. But whatever application you choose to use, make sure it syncs well between your computer and your phone so you've always got it on hand.

3. Carry around a small notebook. 
I primarily use this for meetings and such, because it helps keep you engaged, off your phone, and avoid getting distracted on your computer. I also find this an easy way to reference previous meeting notes, lists, etc. I do still tend to gravitate towards writing quick to-do lists down when I'm in a panic, so having that notebook on me at all times is important for me.

4. Don't be scared. 
If you've got a plan, and you're ready for some change, go for it! It may not be the most effortless switch, and sometimes you may find yourself reverting back to wanting that paper planner, which is fine. Do what works for you. But being able to quickly access tons of information on your phone or computer is vital to today's fast-paced world!

If you need an accountability partner to help you through this, I'm here for you! Email me, comment below, tweet me, I'm there! I've helped multiple people through this process recently, and I've seen it work!

Go get after it.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 6

After thinking that I was going to have so much time to blog this week... surprise! I didn't. Or I simply didn't make time. Which is my fault. As usual. But, we're gonna work through this. Because it's Valentines Day and I'm supposed to say relationship-type things like that. So here's a cute photo of what love looks like.

But today I've been super productive. And made some more lists. Because that's what I do. And this is one of those lists.

Week 6: List the Ways You Love to Have Fun.

  1. Traveling
  2. CrossFit
  3. Quality time with friends
  4. Breweries
  5. Eating
  6. Trying new things
  7. Meeting new people
  8. The beach
  9. Planning
  10. Attending sporting events
  11. Online shopping
All of these things are pretty simple. I'm easy to please, and up for anything. I also really enjoy online shopping. So. There you have it. Me and my happy place activities. 

In the meantime, you can find me... Wishing I was here. Like this chick. Chilling. Alone. On a beach. #LivingTheDream