5 Random Thoughts I’ve Had Today #2

These random thoughts are constantly happening…so I thought I’d start a weekly post for some entertainment; for myself and all of you! (I get just as entertained, if not more from some of the things I think about).

1. I wish that every time you worked out it would just build on top of each other and the time spent not working out wouldn’t be so bad either. Then I can tell people, “Ok, you’re done here,” and then the gym will be less crowded.

2. I have had a headache all week so far. Oh my gosh. Could I have withdrawals from drinking? I only had one beer this weekend…is this my body’s way of telling me something is wrong?

3. If I ate lunch at 12:00 pm, is 1:00 pm an appropriate time to start afternoon snacking? Should I eat the popcorn my coworker brought me, an ice cream, my pluot…all of it?

4. I can only watch funny shows tonight before bed. Too many nightmares last night. No more Pretty Little Liars! (Before bed at least)

5. I need to bring toothpicks or floss to work. There’s popcorn stuck in my teeth I’m pretty sure…

Stay tuned for more of my interesting thoughts 😉

My Top 10 Songs to Run to Right Now

I HATE running. HATE it. Always have. But recently I’ve been getting bored with my workouts and I wanted to change things up a bit. So I have started running a mile whenever I can. Just a mile though. Baby steps. Don’t want to get too excited. It’s been a very hard challenge. After my first run I couldn’t even walk. I was limping around work more than the lady with the walker.

I’ve been running for a couple weeks at my gym on the treadmill even though I have a gym at my work. This past week I finally decided to put my lunch hour to good use and hit up the gym. It was pretty awkward – not going to lie. We have one gym rat in the office and he’s ALWAYS there. It almost feels like his gym and like I should have knocked before I went in! Anyway, that first day I forgot my headphones. The office gym rat blasts heavy metal and Nickelback from the stereo – out loud. So I was stuck there running on the treadmill listening to his awful, non motivating music. That run was THE worst. The next day I double and triple checked that I brought my headphones, and that turned out to be a MUCH easier run! It’s got to be the soundtrack!

Here’s my top 10 favorite songs to listen to currently:

1. Lean On – Major Lazer

2. Renegades – VHS

3. Crash and Burn – Thomas Rhett

4. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon

5. Sugar – Maroon 5

6. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding

7. Somebody – Natalie La Rose

8. Dirty Work – Austin Mahone

9. Outside – Calvin Harris

10. I Want You to Know – Zedd

What songs are you listening to for your running soundtrack?! I’d love suggestions!

Happy running!

How to Cure That Hangover in 10 Ways

So because one of my hobbies involves having a few drinks every once in a while, it’s a never-ending struggle to find that ultimate cure to the hangover. Being hung over is just the worst. You always feel delirious, everything that’s anything is hilarious, when it’s really not, and you get this feeling of how leftovers look in the fridge after a week. And sometimes you get those mean hangover sweats and you’re just completely disgusting.

Obviously we all have our own remedies, but here’s what usually works for me!

1. Ibuprofen

Hit up the pain killers. Don’t think that your hangover headache is going to go away naturally.

2. Water

Ice cold water. And lots of it. You need to rehydrate all the hydration the alcohol soaked out of you!

3. Greasy food

I know, people say that greasy food is a myth. Not for me! I need to head to McDonald’s or go get a huge breakfast. I need the food to soak up everything!

4. Ginger ale

A nice cold Ginger ale or sprite really helps ease the hangover tummy.

5. Wash up

Wash your face with some cold water or luke warm water. You’ll feel refreshed afterwards and probably more awake!

6. Brush your teeth!

Enough said.

7. Nap it off

If you didn’t get enough sleep at night, then this is the only time I approve a nap. One hour max.

8. Veg out in front of the TV

Sometimes it’s best to just rent a movie or put on some Netflix and lay on the couch. And do nothing. Absolutely nothing.

9. Freshen up

Put on some fresh deodorant, pull your hair back into a messy bun, spritz some smell good stuff on, and put on a fresh face of makeup. You are ready to take on your hangover day! (Or at least appear that way)

10, Round 2

When all else fails, pop open a cold beer and start round 2! Ha ha. Just kidding. But hey if it works, it works, right? 😉

What makes you feel better after a night of drinking? Anyone else hate hangovers like me? Just kidding. Of course you do! 😉

Happy recovery!

5 Random Thoughts I’ve Had Today #1

Sometimes I can have pretty random thoughts. Sometimes they make sense, sometimes it’s more of a “where the hell is my brain on that one?” And sometimes I just want to share with all of you 🙂 This is just a quick little post, and who knows, maybe it will give you some insight into my thought processes!

1. If I don’t workout today who would know? I have plenty of old sweaty selfies to share with my workout group…

2. The working world is almost fake. After 5 o’clock strikes, none of it really exists. It just waits until 8 o’clock the next morning.

3. If I only eat half an ice cream sandwich, then that counts as portion control right?

4. I wish I liked to read for fun. I wish I wasn’t so bad at reading.

5. My hair looks like shit today. Do people notice that too?

Stay tuned for more of my interesting thoughts 😉

How to Look Like a Pro at Any Brew Fest in 10 Ways

This past weekend I went to my second brew fest. My first brew fest was, well, awesome, but a little crazy. So I didn’t hesitate to get tickets to another one! This one was in a small river town called Downieville. Another thing I want to be completely honest about…I love beer. I am no expert at all, I like what I like, and I just love beer. So brew fests are a new favorite for me.

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The Downieville Mountain Brew Fest was a small town brew fest with about 20 breweries that showed for the event. I wore my favorite drinking shirt (which you’ll see in a minute) and it’s always entertaining to see the look of concentration on peoples faces as they try to read my shirt. Then the concentration turns into smiles and laughs and thumbs up. Anytime I can get a laugh out of someone is the best!

Anyway, here’s what I make sure I take with me and what I recommend for any successful brew fest experience!

1. Small backpack or fanny pack

A lot of breweries bring free things like koozies, bottle openers, stickers, etc., so I have to have somewhere to put all my goodies! I also have started collecting coasters, which they all bring, and one day when I feel crafty I’ll make something with my collection. Oh! And a backpack or fanny allow for a hands free experience so you can taste away!

My favorite small backpack, selfie stick, sunscreen, and brew fest swag.

My favorite small backpack, selfie stick, sunscreen, and brew fest swag.

2. Selfie Stick
I’m obsessed with my selfie stick, so I will continue to mention it, bear with me. It’s the best though because you can get the whole drinking team and their beers in the photo!

3. Sunscreen

Pretty self explanatory here.

4. Your favorite drinking shirt

I am a huge fan of funny shirts. It’s a weakness and problem all at once. I’m always looking for clever shirts. This weekend I wore my favorite:

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5. Pace yourself

This truly is key. You do not want to be the one in the group that your friends have to drag you and shove you into a car, or the friend that becomes so dysfunctional that they have no choice to sit around and watch you be passed out. Pace yourself so you maintain a buzz, but don’t become a quick hot mess.

6. Make a new friend

There’s nothing better than being around people that share the same love you do. So strike up a conversation. Everyone is drinking as much as you are and unless you’re being an asshole, people will want to talk to you. And when you get bored you can just walk away and blame it on your buzz.

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8. Be cautious of a dress or white shorts

A lot of brew fests happen in the summer. So it’s hot. You’re going to wind up wanting to sit somewhere at some point and there’s not always going to be seating. So you usually end up on the lawn, on the curb, somewhere not clean.

9. Water

Stay hydrated! It will make it possible for you to enjoy the brew fest longer! This time I got pretty tipsy in the first hour and I actually cut myself off for an hour and just drank water so I could make it to the end of the brew fest!

10. Take pictures

If you’re on a mission to drink I recommend this last thing. Have someone take a picture of you and your friends (or use your selfie-stick) when you get your first beer. Then get another picture of the end of the brew fest. The looks on your faces (more specifically, your drunk eyes) will be priceless.

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For any of you that enjoy a nice cold beer, you definitely need to check these brew fests out!

Happy brew festing!

How to Purge Your Closet In 6 Ways

Last year I made the big girl move out of my parents’ house and into my own apartment. My closet space tripled in size! It was absolutely amazing and I was able to hang up everything! A few months ago when I bought all my new fancy work clothes, I had to buy more hangers. Then it got to the point where I couldn’t even slide the hangers to see all of my tops anymore because there were too many!

I had to take a serious look at what it was that was taking up space. Every time I even looked at my closet it was just a reaction of “holy shit”. So one Saturday morning I got past my hoarding tendencies and purged the closet.

1. Color coordinate

Since I have a small amount of OCD I have to organize all my tops by color in my closet, and then by type (short sleeves, long sleeves, dresses, skirts, slacks). When I organize by color it also helps me see what color I have plenty of and need to stop buying and what colors I should be looking to add to the mix.

2. Turn the hangers around

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I have seen this idea on Pinterest many times but as usual my laziness kicks in and just says, “Nah, maybe next year.” This year I finally did it! I turned around all my hangers so that now, whenever I wear something, I take the hanger off and turn it around the right way. Then at the end of the season I will know what I never wore and can say goodbye.

3. Have you touched it in the last year?

This one kind of piggy-backs on the previous one. You can definitely tell, if after a year you never turned the hanger around. But you can also look at your clothes and just know, “I haven’t worn that in 4 years,” means it’s time to go. Stop hoarding.

4. Try it on

Maybe you haven’t worn something because it was too tight last summer, or you didn’t like the way it felt. Try it on! Who knows, it may look mighty fine this time around!

5. Move the off season clothes elsewhere

I try to box up my heavy winter sweaters and scarves to make room for my summer clothes and vice versa. Then next season it will literally feel like Christmas when you break them all out again.

6. Donate it

Everything you finally decide to part with you can donate! As long as it is in good shape. Don’t throw your T-shirt in there with the pit stains and holes across the bottom. One man’s trash isn’t always another man’s treasure!

Yes, cleaning and organizing sucks, but when that mood hits you, you gotta jump on it! Take advantage of it and finish your organization project – whatever it may be! Because if you try to walk away from your tossed about closet mid-way, it just might stay there a couple more days. So take a stab at it! Happy purging!

How to Dress for Success in 5 Ways

I have officially been working in the business world for one year this month. When I started my job last summer I was a young, broke, college grad with two nice, interview-worthy outfits. Once I accepted the position, I ran to H&M to get the cheapest nice tops I could find to try to create a professional wardrobe, thus creating a solid five outfits (thank god for casual Friday).

My mom had always told me to slowly collect nicer blouses, skirts, and slacks. I always told her I’d rather buy more tank tops. Finally, almost a year later, I have contributed to my wardrobe greatly (with the help of my lovely mama). It started as a collection of black, grey, and tan, but now I have much more options in colors and varieties!

These are my tips that I’ve gathered over the past year on how to dress for success. Or at least look like you belong in the building.

1. Color is your friend

Like I mentioned before, it all started with neutral colors. I gradually started adding bright pinks and royal blues. I even have a bright red blouse that I call my power blouse. Red is a very demanding color; it says look at me and listen to whatever the hell I have to say!

2. Watch that length

My second or third week at my new job I wore this one dress I had from H&M. It was navy blue with flowers on it, cotton, super cute. I got called into a conference room by my trainer and it was there that she told me my dress was too short. I was super embarrassed and I’ve never worn a dress since! I mean, how was I suppose to know? I went from bartender to HR professional over a weekend! It wasn’t too short for life, just too short for an office I suppose.

3. Ross is boss

I’ll admit it, I don’t have the patience for Ross. The home section, of course, but the clothes section seriously hurts my OCD. One day after work I had some time to kill, so I started browsing through the clothes. Some of the blouses I picked up and thought, “Why are these shaped so funny?” But I decided to try them on anyway for the sake of killing time. They fit perfectly! Super cute, cheap and professional! Wins all around!

4. Get yourself a watch

My favorite watch. Kate Spade. My boyfriend bought for me for Christmas.

My favorite watch. Kate Spade. My boyfriend bought for me for Christmas.

Watches are grown up. They are classy. They are professional. And you can always find out what time it is without pulling your phone out and looking like a rookie. So get yourself a watch. Or two. Or five. It starts to get addicting.

5. Cute flats are a necessity

I’m afraid of heights so heels are definitely out for me. Plus, I’m almost 5’8″, which is pretty tall and heels just make me look freakishly tall. Also, of whatever reason, I find myself walking all over the office more than sitting at my desk all day. Who wants to deal with the pain of heels anyhow? Flats are still functional and professional.

And that’s how I dress for success! Just a few key points I keep in mind while shopping and getting dressed in the morning. Just remember to dress classy enough to make an impression, but keep up with the dress code enough to fly below the radar! What kinds of things do you wear to work?

How to Come to Terms with Being Hobby-less in 6 Ways

As I sit in the backyard of my boyfriend’s parents house on a sunny afternoon I start thinking, “Dang, I could do whatever I want to do today. What should I do?” I have never been one for hobbies. Not because I don’t enjoy doing things, not because I don’t have enough free time, but mostly because I’ve never found anything I’m good at it. That’s the real problem.

I’ve tried many activities over the years. Basketball, soccer, painting, drawing, reading, tennis, working out, scrap booking, crafting, you name it. Nothing has ever stuck. At least not yet. I’m thinking I’ve still got some time!

I’ve basically come to terms with the fact that I just have no hobbies. Not for a lack of trying either. Mostly a lack of talent or interest. So here are my suggestions for any of you that may know what I’m talking about.

1. Think of your free time

What would you do if you played hooky from work one day? What is it that you would be so excited to do? Whatever it ends up being – could have the potential to be a hobby in some way.

2. Are you good at anything?

Have your friends ever complimented you on something you’ve done before? What do you feel like you’re good at? And it may be nothing. I’m definitely not good at anything in particular.

3. Anything you want to try?

Have you ever seen something and thought that it looks like fun? I think a ton of activities look like fun and could be a great way to spend my free time. The key is to not be so damn lazy like me and make an effort to give it a shot.

4. Be up for anything

The best way to discover new things is to take part in activities that your friends already do. Who knows? Maybe you’re secretly a skilled wake boarder! Say yes to the friend with the kayaks, say yes to the friend that does yoga, say yes to the friend that rock climbs.

5. Accept that you have no hobbies

On the other side of the spectrum, you can always accept the fact that you don’t have any hobbies and might not ever. It doesn’t mean that you don’t know how to have fun or enjoy yourself. Look at me – hobby-less for 20+ years and going strong.

6. Put yourself out there and get a hobby

The other option and final option is to just put your fears of failure to the side and try something new. You may totally love it or you may totally hate it. You just have to remember if you hate it then you’re just crossing another thing off the list of possible hobbies. If you love it, you may have struck gold!

Just know that you’re not alone. Plenty of people don’t have that one thing that they spend all their free time on and we are all doing just fine. But if you’re on the hunt for your next hobby, I hope this helps! If you have a hobby, what is it? I’m always looking for my next attempt at a hobby!