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

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.

Netflix Therapy

With the start of the school year comes the start of a new tv series addiction. This year I chose The Following to be my drug of choice, and boy it has yet to let me down. I’m in the middle of season two currently and am sad that I’m already half way through the show since it only has a mere three seasons. This show is just filled with non-stop mystery and edge of your seat drama. I LOVE IT! I’ve always been in to the crime scene investigation movies, but this show has more of a thriller/horror twist which makes it that much more intense! If you’re looking for a new show to binge watch this upcoming weekend then I highly suggest it!

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And for those of you who are ahead of the game and have already seen this series, here are a couple of other favorites that I’ve watched in the past:

  • How to Get Away with Murder – Sooooo good! I’m anxiously awaiting the start of the third season!
  • Bates Motel – I love the psychological aspects of this show! Start it today!
  • Parenthood – This show is so real and so emotional, every episode brings me to tears
  • Blacklist –  Another investigative show, but with multiple plot twists along the way
  • Young and Hungry – Funny and light-hearted, you have to see it!

 

Leave comments on which shows you’ve seen and/or are watching now and what suggestions you have for me in the future (since my show is almost over already!) Happy binge-watching 🙂

 

Newport Beach

One of my favorite things in the world is waking up to the sound of waves crashing on the shore. What better way to end the summer than a trip a beach? That’s exactly what I did this past Sunday by meeting up with my family down in Newport Beach, California. We ate tons of good food, spent some quality time walking along the shore, and had a couple drinks to end the night. Here are some of the places we visited along the way!

The Cannery

If you’re looking for a nicer casual to fancy restaurant than this is a great place to go! Upstairs they have a full sushi bar along with their regular drink bar and tables. If you’re looking for good food, but don’t want to dress up much than upstairs is the perfect fit for you. As for those of you who are dressing to impress, the fine dining area on the main floor looks straight out at the water where boats are docked and city lights glow. It’s a stunning view for sure! The food is quite spectacular as well – ranging from Maine lobster and Scottish salmon to open range prime rib. They provide delicious meals that definitely have the aesthetic appeal you hope to find at places like these. You can check out their different menu’s here.

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Three-Thirty-Three

After having dinner with the family at The Cannery, my dad took me here to end the night with a couple drinks. Seeing as it was my first time being able to legally drink with the family my dad wanted to spoil me a little bit, and by a little bit I mean one drink. I decided on the Southern Gentlemen cocktail which was a strong mix of lemon vodka and St. Germain. This drink inspired my new drinking motto: If it looks like water, it’s gonna get you drunk. The entire bar offers a relaxed mood, right on the harbor as well, and if you’re interested in food then they have an entire menu and regular seating on the other side of the restaurant as well!

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Bohemia

I never actually made it in to this boutique since I was only in town for a night, but from just the outside it caught my eye! They offer cute boho attire and accessories that match the beach-y scenery. Perfect outfits for any trip to the ocean or just to add to your wardrobe! Check out some of their products here.

If you’re planning on taking a trip down to Newport Beach or just visiting the day, I highly recommend taking a walk around the neighborhoods or even trying to rent a house to stay in! I mean look at these places, they’re AMAZING. Tell me about your travels to the beach and what some of your favorite places are!

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Summer Reads 2016

At the beginning of the summer I bought eight books to read – only four of which I was able to finish due to my hectic schedule! I typically go for all romance novels seeing as I’m a hopefully romantic, but this summer I decided to switch it up (although not completely) and through a couple different genres in the mix! Here are this summers reads followed with a my personal synopses and reviews!

  1. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  3. The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
  4. After You by JoJo Moyes

 

Reconstructing Amelia

Kimberly McCreight’s debut novel keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time! It’s a story about a mother, Kate, who attempts to solve the mystery of her daughter’s sudden death. After receiving a call one day about her daughter’s misbehavior at school, she arrives on campus to find disaster – her daughter is dead. Through anonymous texts and plot twist after plot twist, will Kate bring justice to a case left unclosed? It’s definitely worth the read to find out!

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Ready Player One

Ernest Cline’s debut novel was another read this summer that takes place in the year 2044 and centers around virtual reality. Science fiction novels are so far beyond my tastes in terms of books, but this one was so well written I didn’t even care that it wasn’t my typical romance novel! Wade Watts, the main character, is a player in a virtual contest that awards the first person to complete a set number of challenges the life fortune of the recently deceased creator of the virtual world these characters live in. It’s compelling, it’s exciting, and better yet the movie is going to be released in theaters in 2018! So be sure to read it before the film adaptation comes out!

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The Hypnotist’s Love Story

I read The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty earlier this year which is why I chose another novel of hers as one of my summer reads. Personally, I like The Hypnotist’s Love Story more just because I felt The Husband’s Secret had such a slow start, but both are super good novels and should be given a chance! The Hypnotist’s Love Story is about a hypnotherapist’s journey through a new relationship that is haunted by the past of an old relationship. There is danger, there is romance, there is lust – a must read for anyone interesting in a twist!

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After You

My boyfriend actually got this book for me after I kept ranting and raving about how beautiful a movie Me Before You was. The sequel to this devastating love story focuses on recovering from loss and moving forward when everything seems hopeless. I never read Me Before You, but the plot of both these novels are so unique compared to other love stories that you just have to give them a chance! JoJo Moyes’ writing is so fluent and so poignant that you can’t put the book down until you’re done.

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What book have you read this summer? And what do you recommend reading in the fall?