4 Ways to Not Constantly Think About the Future

If you’re anything like me, you’re a planner – and that means constantly planning what you’ll be doing this upcoming weekend, next weekend, and when you’re going to move into your own apartment and get a puppy after graduation. One thing that I’ve learned from my experiences in college, studying abroad, and life in general is that life isn’t fun when you’re constantly planning and looking forward to what’s coming next. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed opportunities and have let things pass me by because I’m not present all the time. Don’t get me wrong there are times when it is really important to plan ahead, like applying to college or getting big assignments done before a deadline – but when it comes to life in a general sense, it’s time to learn to let go and be present.

Stop Making Plans for Every Weekend in Your Foreseeable Future 

Start thinking about what you want to do later today rather than what you’re planning on doing next weekend. By focusing on the present day you can make plans to have fun today rather than drearily going throughout the week waiting for the weekend plans to come. Trust me, it isn’t fun just ‘trying’ to make it through the week. Also, if you plan so much all the time then when you do have plans you’ll only be thinking about future plans if you’re current event isn’t as fun or exciting as you had ‘planned’ it to be. Are you seeing a theme yet?

Start Meditating

This one I particularly enjoy because it forces you to focus on what’s going on around you and within you. By pushing out other thoughts and using the mental space to feel, listen, and breathe in what’s going on in the present moment, you’ll start to feel more connected with yourself and become more aware of the things that are directly around you. Here’s a meditation podcast I liked to listen to when I was just getting started: Meditation Oasis

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Make a List of Things You Love To Do… And Then Do Them

When you don’t have anything to look forward to in your day it makes it really easy to focus on what’s coming up in the future that you can look forward to. Something that has really helped me was making a list of all the things I love to do and then making sure I find time in my day to do at least one of those things. Not only will having a list like this to remind you to do the things you love, but it will also spark interest in those things when you forget it’s something you enjoy doing. Here’s some items that are on my list:

  • Journaling
  • Going for a Walk in Nature
  • Reading a Book
  • Making New Crafts for the House
  • Write a Blog Post
  • Go Outside and Take Pictures

Stop Waiting for Something Better

Has there ever been a time where you’ve regretted not taking advantage of an opportunity because you believed something better would come along? Yeah, it’s happened to all of us, but the only way to prevent that from happening again is to stop waiting. Being almost done with my undergraduate education and on my way to starting a career and living on my own, I am constantly searching around for the apartment I want to live in, the kind of dog I want to get, etc. etc. But by already having my future mapped out and by bee-lining for the future I have set in mind, I could potentially pass up a really good opportunity. Uncertainty is scary, but the greatest lesson I’ve thought myself is this:

If I have everything figured out already, then the future would simply be boring.

It’s true, something better may come along after you’ve already committed to something – but who’s to say you can’t walk away and take that other offer? The only thing you should be committed to in this life is yourself and your happiness. So open up that bottle of wine you’ve been saving for 10 years and enjoy the present moment. If something good came along once, then you haven’t used up all your luck – something good will come along again. All you have to do, is stop waiting and start living.

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Trust me when I say that this is a hard feat for me to conquer as well. During my junior year of college I had the opportunity to take a Strengths Quest test. If you don’t know what this is, it is a test designed to highlight and give you information to your top 5 strengths. Guess what my number one strength was? Futuristic Thinking. I am a planner! There is nothing more I love to do then plan things out, for myself and for other people. But by constantly being in the bubble of planning my future, I’m not experiencing my present and it’s something I really want to change. I hope some of these tips can help you take a step back from your future and start to really enjoy your present 🙂

XO,

Chanel

Falling Into Fall

Today I finally embraced the season by going out to the local farms and enjoying all things Fall. My boyfriend came along for the ride (he’s still getting used to my blogging and photo-taking obsession), and it was so much fun! We went apple picking, cider tasting, jelly shopping, and of course – picked the perfect pumpkins! Other than each other of course… But ultimately, my favorite thing about Fall is the fashion style that comes along with it! There’s nothing I love more than putting on a comfy sweater and a blanket scarf to stay cozy during all the festivities.

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Shop this look: Sweater – $39 (Nordstrom), Scarf – $25 (ModCloth), Boots – $50 (Target)

I was pleasantly surprised how well my boyfriend was able to handle the camera considering he’s not one of those ‘picture-happy’ guys all the time. But taking photos was actually his favorite part of the day! I don’t know why I never asked him sooner! Anyways, after some pics here and some pics there we decided to look around and do some shopping…

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We found this cute set-up at the High Country Orchard Farm in the Greenbluff area of Spokane, Washington. How cute is this! I couldn’t help but gawk over the vintage wooden decor and all the cute accessories they had. If you’re ever in the region, I would highly recommend stopping at this place! They have tons of fresh, handmade food and of course – apple cider! Yum!

Next, we headed off to the Harvest House and picked out some pumpkins to carve; however, we ended up finding some local Pumpkin beer and ended up using one of the pumpkins to make a beer tap (you can find out more on how to do this in my previous Fall post). It turned out way better than expected! So don’t forget to add that to this year’s Fall Bucket List: Try Pumpkin Beer.

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I can’t get enough of Fall and all the wonderful things that come with it, but winter is quickly approaching so be sure to get in all the things you want to do before the snow starts falling!

What have been some of your favorite activities so far this season?

XO,

Chanel

6 Sites That Earn You Money

Are you tired of your day job that doesn’t offer you anything special and unique to market yourself? Are you tired of not moving up in your company and you simply can’t do more than you already are? Why not quit and start working for yourself! You know you’re already a hard worker and when you work for yourself, you make the rules (and the hours, cha-ching!) These 6 sites allow you to work on your own time to generate your income:

Chloe and Isabel

Have you ever wanted to own an Etsy boutique, but have never known what to sell? Well this Chloe and Isabel is the perfect fit for you! They allow you to have your own boutique for shoppers, but provide all the products! How easy is that? I simply cannot get enough of this site! With the help of mentors and marketing specialists, you will have all the tools you need in order to be successful. Simply go to their site, apply to be a merchandiser, come up with the name for your shop, and start bringing in the revenue.

Etsy

Now, if you do have your own creative ideas and love to make your own products then Etsy is more the site for you! Again, you get to create a unique name for your shop and in just a few steps you’ll be on your way to selling products for your DIY and Pinterest-obsessed shoppers!

Scentsy

The new and innovative way to make your home, office, and kitchen smell amazing.  Scentsy’s are the new ‘candle’ and have tons of scents to choose from as well as adorable holders for your scents as well! You can join the Scentsy crew by becoming a consultant and selling their products for them all while earning commission.

ThredUp

Sell your old clothes on ThredUp! If you’re looking to make some extra cash or are constantly changing up your look and need a place to get rid of your ever-changing wardrobe, ThredUp offers a place to trade in your clothes or receive cash for the items you send in! Just sign up, send in your clothes, and you’re on your way!

Stella and Dot

This is another site similar to Chloe and Isabel that lets your sell their products by becoming a professional stylist. If you’re looking for an outlet to promote your fashion sense and advise others on their look and style, then this is a great opportunity for you! All you have to do is apply, purchase a starter kit, and start bringing in the dough.

FabFitFun

Another great sight to earn money on is FabFitFun – every time you refer a friend and they purchase a subscription through your link, FabFitFun will give you $15 towards your next purchase, whether that be a seasonal box, add-ons to your next box, or just shopping from their current products. And if you refer enough people, you could even get all your boxes for free!

What other sites have you tried to make an income from? Share your success stories here! And as always, thanks for reading!

XO,

Chanel

5 New Things to Try This Fall

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Fall is such a beautiful time of year, with the leaves changing colors and the scents of pumpkin and cinnamon looming in the air. I have always loved the classic raking leaves and jumping into them scenario and I am so excited to clear my lawn this weekend to do just that 🙂

With the arrival of Fall comes the arrival of a new season, a time for change, a time for transition. So why not try something new this season? Here are some of my favorite things to do during this season and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy some of them too!

Bake a Homemade Apple Pie 

Everyone loves pie! It’s an American past time to eat pie for Fourth of July and Thanksgiving, but why not make one just because you can? The Fall season is a great time for fruits, they are finally ripe enough to be put to some delicious use. So why not find an orchard and go apple picking! Going to college in Spokane, I have some great opportunities for this in the Greenbluff countryside where farmers unite and put on their annual apple festival – it’s a great time. It’s one of my favorite things to get a group of friends together and go out there for a day of apple picking, delicious food and cider, and then come home and top it off with a homemade apple pie that I put together from the apples I picked!

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Why Florence Should Be At The Top of Your Bucket List Destinations

Florence is the most incredible city in the world! I cannot express enough how much I love this city. I was fortunate enough to spend an entire semester in Florence studying abroad, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. There is so much to gain from studying abroad and just because my experience was at the heart of Italy, doesn’t mean it’s the only reason why I love it so much. From the shopping, to the delicious food, to the most breath-taking views – Florence is filled with adventure after adventure and endless things to do! Here are just some of my favorites from my four months there:

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View of the Duomo from the top of the bell tower

The Art, History, and Culture

Florence is known to many as a city of culture, simply because so much history took place there. If you’ve ever heard of the Medici Family then you know Florence, considering they were one of the most influential and powerful families to run Florence for many, many, years. They even created a secret tunnel from their home that runs through the Ponte Vecchio. I didn’t know there was a tour that took you to see this tunnel until after I had left Florence, but if you have the chance you should go! What an incredible opportunity to see the secret world of the Medicis! But anyways, some super popular and highly recommended museums to see while in the city are the Uffizi Gallery (my personal favorite), the Galleria de Accademia (where the statue of David is), the Pitti Palace, and the Stibbert Museum (it’s a little less known, but still super cool to see).

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What’s in the Box?

I got my first FabFitFun boxed in the mail this morning and what better way to start a Monday and the beginning of the week? FabFitFun is a subscription box that sends you the newest products and accessories every season so you’re always in tip-top shape with fashion and beauty trends. All box contents are a surprise, unless you opt to have add-ons with your box – which don’t worry, there is a surplus of as there are tons of items to choose from! So as you can see, I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a package in the mail before, but you’ll understand why once I share with you all the amazing things that came inside 🙂

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All my goodies ranged from french lavender body oil to a complete eye shadow pallet! I absolutely love all the products that FabFitFun was able to snag up for this year’s Fall box! One of my personal favorite items so far has been the toesox though – what a creative idea! It’s so fun to have little slip on socks, but the best part is that there’s room for your toes to breathe! So instead of toe sock, there toe-less socks. So fun!

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This amazing travel mug has been another one of my favorite items from the box! It’s a nice, healthy size for avid coffee drinkers like me, and your drink will stay warm for hours! It’s awesome! Plus, who doesn’t like a rather flattering wake up call in the morning 😉

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Lastly, this eye shadow palette is simply stunning! If you’ve ever used a Naked palette, it’s essentially like that! It’s an incredible product and I love the double-sided brush that came with it! This palette is perfect for my skin tone since they are neutral colors, and other boxes might have other palettes for different skin tones, interests, etc., but as for me – this couldn’t have been more perfect!

You can order FabFitFun as a seasonal subscription for $49.99/box or you can sign up for an annual subscription and receive 4 boxes for $179.99! But even better, with my discount code, you’ll get $10 off your first order! Get your box here: http://xo.fff.me/elR41 

All other items that came in the box: BrowGal eyebrow gel, SkinLaundry night serum, Spongelle bath scrub, ModCloth blanket scarf, Nature coloring book and color pencils, and Cottonelle wipes.

Crafts, Crafts, Crafts!

I have been having sooo much fun with crafts lately! I got the diy bug all over again and just splurged on items from Michaels such as mason jars (TONS of mason jars), paint, sand paper, paint pens, and more! Here are some of the projects I worked on this weekend:
 Distressed Mason Jars
I’ve wanted to do this craft for soo long and I finally got around to it this weekend! Thanks to Pinspiration, I took some tips and dived right in! I used Craftsman ‘Sky Blue’ and ‘White’ paints for my jars, each needing around 3 coats and an entire night to dry. Then I used sandpaper to distress the jars, working slowly and meticulously, but I couldn’t be happier with how things came out! I chose bathroom storage items for my jars, like this soap dispenser and tissue holder, but there are many more options for you to choose yourself!
Halloween Lanterns
These were so much fun to make! I had never used spray paint nor paint pens before and I was surprised to find how easy they were to use! It took me around an hour for each jar, but what fun is a craft if it only takes five seconds to make? Plus, the reward is that much more satisfying the more effort you put into it! All I had to do was spray paint the different sized mason jars, insert a traceable design to the inside of the jars, and start tracing away with the paint pen! With October right around the corner (literally, coming up this weekend!), it’s a great way to get in the Halloween spirit!
For further instruction on how to make these, look up these links: