Monday, August 6, 2018

11 Random Things

Hi! How is your week going? I've been MIA for the past few weeks for good reason, but I'll tell y'all about it later. In the meantime, I wanted to get a post up featuring some random thoughts that are currently on my mind. Maybe, I'll turn this into a series. Who really knows? Let me know what you think of this bullet point style of a post.
  • At the beginning of June, my dad and I went on a road trip through the Washington national parks. As you can probably imagine, the trip was stunning and breathtaking. I'm still trying to understand the caliber of the national parks we visited as I'm struggling to wrap my head around their beauty and size. I've always known that I love national parks but this trip just proved that I want to visit every national park. I guess I officially have a bucket list now. I'm coming for you, all 58 national parks.
  • I went on a summer program where I kept a journal for a little while. As I look back at what I wrote, my memories come to life and are so much clearer than had I just thought of them. I also found journaling to be a calming activity to do every night. I'd love to continue this tradition by spending ten minutes before bed writing down whatever comes to my head.
  • I really miss the art of the handwritten note. I want to make more of an effort to send my friends handwritten letters this year as I believe handwritten notes demonstrate so much love for someone. I hope this means I'll have a collection of letters, stamps, pens, and other letter writing supplies by the end of the year.
  • I've always known the power of no phones, but I spent a day with two hundred fifty people where no one was on their phone. It was beautiful to see people talking with one another as they waited in line, people turning to each other as answers to their questions, and people having genuine conversations free of distractions.
  • I desperately need to reorganize my closet as my closet has an overwhelming amount of storage but its chopped up in a weird way for the current layout I have. I'd like to take the time to take everything out of my closet and set it up in a way that inspires me to create outfits that excite me. I'm hoping a closet transformation will help me get more into fashion.
  • I haven't sat down and listened to music in almost a year. It's alarming to know I went so long without enjoying the beautiful art of the written word, but I'm happy to be back to basking in the glory of music. I'm planning on creating a playlist for me to get ready to so I can guarantee I'll listen to music more often.
  • I walked into my closet and couldn't remember the last time I used my running shoes. It's frankly quite embarrassing to admit this so I know I need to change this. I'd like to start going on walks with my dog every night during the sunset to allow me to soak up the last few weeks of summer.
  • I've been experimenting with some face products recently. While they're not as natural as I'd prefer them to be, I'm hoping they'll clear up some areas on my skin that I'd prefer to look a little less blemished.
  • I haven't been doing much personal reading in the form of books in the last few years, and its really starting to bother me. I think I'm going to pick up a few books to keep on my nightstand to encourage me to read more.
  • I'd really like to create a proper night routine as I often change up what I do each night before bed. I'm planning on including some time for journaling and reading a book. I'd love to add in time to do some light stretching or back rolling as I know they're both good for you, but I don't want the routine to become too long it doesn't happen.
  • I'm really struggling with how to keep up with blogging as I feel like I am good at blogging for a few weeks and then awful for a few months. I have an evergrowing list of ideas for posts so that's not the problem. I'm thinking connecting with more bloggers will help solve my problem.

Alright, that's it for me. This was really calming so I might end up doing it more often. Tell me your thoughts, favorite party food, whatever's on your mind.

32 comments:

  1. Handwritten notes are lots of fun!! I've also been cleaning out my closet over the past couple weeks to make it more organized!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    1. You're smart for slowly clearing out your closet. I might try that next time.

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  2. I've been doing some decluttering myself and it feels so good! I'm so glad you had fun visiting Washington's national parks. I love driving over to Olympic National Park - it's so beautiful!

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    1. Olympic National Park is so pretty. I love all the lush forestry.

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  3. i think handwritten notes are the sweetest form of emotion - they're so genuine!

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    1. I totally agree with you. My day is always made when I receive a letter in the mail.

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  4. Sounds like things have been happening and you've been working on a lot lately. I always like the whole pulling everything out and putting it back in. I think that's a great way to organize.

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    1. I've been taking out sections and putting it back in. This allows me to do it over the course of a few days rather than all at once. I find that it works best for me to break up the task.

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  5. I also love handwritten notes! I actually keep a box of blank cards in my house at all times. On days when I work from home, I bring a few with me to the local coffee shop to write for friends.

    -xo, Azanique | www.lotsofsass.com

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    1. That's so sweet of you. I definitely want to make writing a note to a friend more of a weekly practice.

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  6. I've been doing a lot of decluttering lately too! Your trip to the national parks sounds lovely!!

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    1. I feel like back to school time is a popular time to declutter.

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  7. oh i love how busy you've been! i wanna see photos of your road trip with you dad xD and for blogging, you just gotta start the post and then let it sit until you're ready to write :) good luck!

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    1. I'm in the process of going through all the photos I took.

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  8. I like this series!
    I love handwritten notes too and in fact I'm working on getting better at calligraphy so I can send really gorgeous looking notes to people in my life!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. I'd love to learn calligraphy. I might have to pick up a toolkit to test out with some friends.

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  9. Wow! Your trip through the Washington national parks sound amazing!!! I'm also a HUGE fan of no-phone zones/days :) I try to schedule times to unplug on a regular basis. It does great things for my psyche!

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    1. I totally agree with you about it being good for my psyche. I find that it helps me clear my mind.

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  10. I really enjoyed this post! National parks are absolutely gorgeous <3

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com

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  11. I try to always send handwritten thank you notes because they feel more personal, but I seem to put them on the back burner and they end up getting sent MONTHS after the gift was given haha.

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    1. Any handwritten note is greatly appreciated no matter how late.

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  12. You should definitely try to get into a nighttime routine! I think it's very beneficial for me and helps me get ready to fall asleep (even if my routine includes netflix!) because it's something that you get used to and kind of look forward to every day.

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    1. I totally agree with you. I'm going to be testing out different routines for the next month or so. I'll be sure to report back with the routine I end up choosing.

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  13. the road trip w/ your dad sounds awesome! a few of my friends have backpacked through washington and the nature there is unlike anything I've ever seen...from their pix, of course - hope to see yours soon! & I too am trying to find a nighttime routine. I'm all over the place, and I feel like if I can find some structure before I close my eyes, I'll wake up feeling organized, motivated & refreshed! x, nicole // www.nicoleeigh.com

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    1. I’d love to go on a backpacking trip though Washington. Your friends’ vacation sounds like such a dream.

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  14. OMG girl I need to organize my closet so badly too. It's gotten SO out of hand! Everything is a mess - I can't even see my closet floor with all of the boxes and bags! Ugh!

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    1. You'll feel so much better when your closet's organized. I now feel so much more relaxed in the mornings.

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