How to Cry About Pretty Much Anything in 7 Ways

So I’m just going to come out and say it. I’m a crier. Why god made me this way, I’ll never know. But it’s the only way my body knows how react to anything. It’s the WORST thing ever. Do any of you know my pain? I know I’m not the only one like this. Well, at least I hope not! Anyhow, I know that some things my body chooses to react to with a cry are pretty stupid. No, really stupid. It’s super annoying. So I’m not going to tell you how to not cry, (plus, I’ve googled that nod nothing really helps except to just grow a pair) so I’m going to tell you how to cry about everything, since that seems to be my hidden talent.

1. After an accidental fart

So when my boyfriend and I first started dating, and I mean like we didn’t even call each other boyfriend and girlfriend yet, I let one slip. We were at my house and he was tickling me and I was laughing and begging him to stop because I knew something tragic was about to happen. He kept tickling and then it slipped out. It wasn’t like a really long drawn out fart but it was a nice average fart. He stopped tickling me and looked at me, ” You farted!” Kill. Me. Now. I was so embarrassed!! Girls don’t fart out anything but rainbows! So as a reaction, I covered my face and started crying. Good one Allison.

2. Someone attempts to fight you

I mentioned this one in my tips on how to survive the pit, but I’m going to say it again here because it applies. We went to a country concert and we had pit tickets for the first time ever. I got a little drunky-pants and started panicking about all the people touching me. This one dude was just rubbing up on me so I said, “Please stop touching me, for just one minute.” His girlfriend leans over and yells at me, “You’re in the f-ing pit! Get over it!” And in that moment I thought for sure she was getting ready to punch me in my face. I started hyper-ventilating and crying to the boyfriend as my defense mechanism. And what do you know, she even apologized to me for yelling at me. Ha!

3. Meetings at work

I hate talking to my boss one on one. I can rattle off my ideas and opinions with the group, no problem. But as soon as it becomes that one on one conversation, my eyes start to well up with tears! What the hell is that about? Only once out of the 10 times this has happened, have the tears actually started flowing. And after that time I got a raise, so who knows, maybe that worked out for me!? But I really have no idea. I mean, the last conversation that made me tear up was a conversation in which my boss asked me what I was liking about my job! I mean, are you serious! Why on Earth should that ever trigger a cry?! Why!?

4. Saying I love you

And no, this is not a sentimental thing, like I said I love you to someone for the first time like in the movies. It was another time the boyfriend was tickling me (whoa, sensing a theme here), and a body part randomly flailed and slammed into the wall. The boyfriend then said, “Whoa! I did not do that!” And I said, “It’s okay, I still love you, you little shit.” Then he looked at me and said, “What! What did you just say?” And then I realized what I said. Cue water works! I was so embarrassed. We hadn’t said the L word to each other yet, and I completely let it slip! I was trying so hard to not say it for so long, and then it just slipped out. I was shocked, scared, and totally embarrassed. So I cried about it. Duh.

5. Movies

Every movie. No matter the genre. I cry. Have to. It’s the only way my body knows how to have any kind of emotion. I cry for cartoons, action movies, comedies, drama, you name it. Fast and Furious, Finding Nemo, Hot Pursuit, pretty much everything. There’s always that one soft spot in the movie that things have to come to a close, and the music hits me just right. Boom. I’m holding back tears.

6. Then there’s your normal crying emotions

Happy, sad, angry. Those are all obvious qualifiers for the tears. Probably a little too easy of triggers for me, but it still happens. The slightest sadness, a touch of anger, and an overwhelming happiness. It all gets me. When I’m happy for others, when the boyfriend does something nice, and then when something upsets me, I have to have a difficult conversation, or something just makes me mad. But these are pretty normal triggers for the tears right?

7. Drunkness

Then there’s that perfect recipe of cocktails that turns it into a hot mess of a night. The tears just flow and flow and flow. For no reason. I was drunk, having a fantastic night, and then BOOM, it hits me wrong and I start uncontrollably sobbing. And I’m the ugliest crier. Ever. The last drunk cry I had was because we were all yelling and being stupidly loud all the way back to our hotel room and then security knocked on the door and the boyfriend told me I had to be quiet after he left. I actually started crying because I was told to be quiet. Like a freaking four year old. Awesome.
So, that’s about it in a nut shell. I cry. It’s gotta be some form of a talent right? I just can’t help it. I try everything all the time to get it to stop. Nothing works, so I guess I will just continue living my life like a crybaby. Until then, happy crying!

Blogger Recognition Over Here!

I still get so pumped every time an awesome fellow blogger puts my name down on their page! It makes me all giddy and excited, so I definitely love doing these! Sarah from Sarah Learns Life nominated me and I am so thankful! (Sorry it took me so long).

Here are the rules for this one:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Write a post and give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to
  • Let the nominees know you have nominated them and provide a link to the nomination details.

The Beginnings of How to Get Things Done in 10 Ways:

So for about a year or so I kept telling my friends that I wanted to start a blog. I had no idea what for or what I would write about, but I just knew I had stories that I wanted to tell others. But I had no idea how to find my niche, so I just never did anything.

I was talking with one of my friends about my need to start a blog and she said, “You should totally do it. Why not?” I was like, yeah why not Allison?! “But I have no clue how to start a blog or what I’d write about. I have no hobbies, no passions, and no talents. Pretty vanilla over here.” She told me, “You’re good at giving advice!” Are you serious woman? I have never heard that. Like ever. But okay…”I could be like Andy Anderson doing an advice column for that magazine in the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days!” Then my friend said, “Oh! You could call it “How to Get Things Done in 10 Ways”!” And boom. Ladies and gentlemen that’s how that started. And here we all are today.

My wise words of wisdom:

  1. Blog it like no one’s reading it

My biggest fear was that no one would read my blog or even care about what I had to say. How was I going to be any different than all of the other 1,998,436 bloggers in the world?! But then I realized, this blog is for me. It’s a place to write down whatever the hell I want, and if a couple of people like it, then awesome! If that’s all it ever becomes, then hey at least I gave it a shot and I was able to try something new and I was writing how I wanted to write. Not how I thought people wanted to read, but how I wanted to write! This isn’t a formal school essay, it’s not an email at work to upper management, it’s a B L O G, so you can write however you want – ABOUT whatever you want!

2. Pictures!

When I first started this I never put up any pictures. For a couple reasons. 1) I always thought, “Oh I should write a blog post about that thing we did last weekend. Oh wait, I forgot to take any pictures. But I’ll just post it without any pictures.” Pictures make everything come so much more alive! Sometimes it’s hard to post pictures for everything I’m writing about, but at least that header photo so it can catch readers’ eyes as they scroll through their Reader page! 2) I didn’t feel like it was okay to use iPhone pictures. But you know what, that’s all I’ve got! I just make sure to take extra care that everything is in focus, the lighting is good, and then use an app to edit and make the photo the best it can be!

I’ve been meeting a ton of cool bloggers recently and want to give them a shoutout with a nomination!

Finding the Extra in Ordinary

Sophie Speaks Up

The Post Grad Gal

The 9 to 5 Wanderer

Find Your Happy Place

Kelsey Sherri

Lovely Littlest Life

Happy blogging!

How to Caption Your Photos in 4 Ways

So I think I’ve mentioned before, but I love Instagram. Like I think I might actually be borderline obsessed with it. I love posting pictures and using filters and playing with the lighting and stuff to create the perfect image. And yes, I get excited when people like my pictures, so I always make sure I pick the perfect picture. My biggest challenge: typing up the perfect caption for that perfect photo. Am I the only one making this a bigger deal than it probably needs to be?!

Here’s what I’m thinking about when I come up with my captions. There’s really only 4 things I ever consider.

1. How can this sound as cool as possible?

Obviously, Instagram is a way to highlight your most glorious adventures. Think about it. I don’t post pictures when my toilet is clogged or when I’m watching Pretty Little Liars on the couch on the middle of a Saturday. I post pictures when I’m at a concert, when I’m in Tahoe on the top of a mountain, when I’m in a hot air balloon. The moments I really want to share with people!



2. Should I caption what’s actually happening in this photo?

Or do people find that boring? I want to seem like I’m a wise and profound picture poster, but sometimes I’m like, no this is really all that’s happening here. And it’s cool. Boom.

3. Would an emoji work here?

Sometimes I literally am so stumped I just do an emoji. Instead of saying “Riding bikes in Tahoe!” (Like any other time we go to Tahoe) I just went with 🚴🏼🚴🏼 and hope people get the idea. It works right?


4. Go for the element of confusion

This is definitely the boyfriend’s style. He likes to ramble off these words of wisdom and then gets disappointed when he doesn’t get as many likes. Well…that’s because no one understands them. Ha ha! He’s pretty clever sometimes though 😉


So that’s how we do it ’round here. I know, I know, not really the most important thing in the world, but you have no idea how much time I spend thinking of the perfect caption. It’ll make or break your photo! It’s the important things in life!! 😉