Amuse me

I spend a lot of time in my car. Just the other day, I rubbed that baby’s steering wheel and said, “you know what Unknown, you really are my best friend.” Yes, my car’s name is Unknown. But like I was saying, I spend a lot of time driving. And I sing A LOT in my car. When my song comes on?! Whew. It’s pretty entertaining, to say the least.

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Travel style – Dallas edition

I’ve had the pleasure of spending the past week in Dallas. It has been loads of fun but boy am I glad to get back home. I ate too much and I spent all my money. I wanted to share with you how I carefully packed for my trip but I would be failing you. I ended up packing WAY too many things that I didn’t even wear. I should’ve paid more attention to the video on the Ford Fiesta Movement website. What I decided to do for this style challenge is suggest how you should dress on your leisure travels.

I can’t say that I have the best style but I do love to be comfortable. Comfortability is of utmost importance when traveling. Here are some of my travel necessities.

1. Harem pants (or something like it, like sweats) – I wear the one in the picture below every single time I travel. Dress it up with a cute blazer and jewelry and call it a day.

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Lunch break

I really tried it with this shirt at work. But the weather was nice out. Why not?

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Weekend at a glance: what an adventure #77

Remember that post last week when I said I needed to go on an adventure? Well, I did that and then some. I was inspired by the Ford Fiesta Movement and did the absolute most in one weekend.

As you know, every Monday, I post a weekend recap of things I did in the city. I knew I was limited on time as every minute was accounted for so I couldn’t go bungee jumping (sorry Bekky). I always post pictures but after seeing this video, I thought doing something like it would be even more interesting.

So what all did I do?

Friday and Saturday, I worked at Music Midtown. If you’re unfamiliar with this, it’s an annual festival held at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Since I was selling beer (Dos Equis, baby), I got to experience it all for the freesky. Who in their right mind would turn down an opportunity to see Journey?? Well, I couldn’t really see them, but I heard them crystal clear. I did see 2 Chainz, Jane’s Addiction, Imagine Dragons and a few others. All AWESOME.

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Ford fiesta movement #adventure

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When the word adventure comes to mind, I think of accelerated heartbeats and nights that I won’t remember. I can honestly say I’ve done a lot of brazen things in my short lifetime. Lets take my trip to Belize in college, for instance, where I was faced with just about every one of my fears. Jumping into a bottomless pool of water to get into a cave…when I can’t swim. Ziplining. Traveling to London and Nigeria and soon, Thailand.

Life is an adventure, isn’t it? There’s a thrill in doing things you’ve never done. It’s all about living and learning.

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28 random acts of kindness

Starting tomorrow, I will do one good deed a day for the next 28 days until my birthday.

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Coming up with a list of things to do was a bit tough but here is what I have so far:

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Meditation challenge with deepak & oprah

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There are times when I my uncontrollable thoughts cause me to become anxious. I mentally create scenarios that make me stressed out for no reason.

Last week, I decided that I’d give meditation another try. It hasn’t worked for me in the past because I can’t seem to settle the rambling thoughts in my mind. A friend mentioned the Deepak Chopra and Oprah 21-day Meditation Challenge to me so I decided to give it a try.

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Green smoothie challenge

It’s not secret that I love food. But breakfast isn’t something that I’m good at remembering to eat. I’m not much of a morning person so if I eat anything, it would be a packaged snack. The new recent craze has been smoothies. Never really cared for them until I learned that they don’t have to taste as thick as a milkshake. So today, I started a 30-day green smoothie challenge. I follow Simple Green Smoothies on Instagram and I’ve gotten TONS of great recipes to try.

All you have to do is sign up for the emails. Don’t worry about trying to figure out what to blend. You will receive a weekly email with recipes. Easy. This is a great way to start off the new year eating clean and healthy.

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If you find that you don’t like the recipes they send you, by all means, experiment. I started with all the fruits (and veggies) I already had in my fridge. Staples: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, bananas, oranges, tangerines, grapes, kale and spinach.

I would encourage you to join me on this challenge. If you blog about it, send me the link! Let’s share recipes! Let’s do this!!! Here’s to a healthy new year.

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Writing, again

Despite me not posting in over a month, you guys STILL visit my blog?! You all are the best.

Writing is a scary thing for me. I graduated with a Communications degree yet I dislike structured writing. APA format is such a drag! But here I am, day two into a month-long writing challenge. If you’ve been following my blog, you already know that I have a thing for challenges. A friend of mine tweeted about it and after two posts, I’m surprised at how easily I am writing. Maybe because the focus isn’t on perfection. No Twitter grammer police patrolling your every typo. Just write. One full-page or thirty minutes of writing will suffice.

If you’re thinking “oh my goodness, write everyday for thirty daysssss???”, it’s okay. Honestly, it’s not that bad (so far). The point is to write. Write what you’re feeling. Express how you’re feeling. I’m a strong believer in that your words can be a blessing to someone else. You never know who needed to read what you wrote. So write. Blog it, share it with your friends, however you want to do it. I’m sure I will share some of my writing here on this blog. But fair warning, these writings will be highly emotional and vulnerable. Read at your own risk!

For prompts on what to write about, follow the hashtag #30writenow on Twitter.

Best of luck!

Weekend at a glance: a new experience #43

I’ve noticed that my blog has become more pictures than words. Funny enough, I have about 28 posts pending. But…I’m lazy and I think they may be irrelevant at this point.

A reader told me she missed my “wordy” posts. Wait, did I write this already? I can’t remember. Have you noticed a change in my blog? What would you like to see more of? What would make you feel more included?

I wish I could make my pictures come to life. I try to pick the ones that display the most action. Not to make you jealous…or anything like that. :)

So this weekend began the month-long challenge of doing one thing everyday. Friday night, I attended a spoken word production called Destinations, at Destiny Metro Worship Church. The subject matter was all about social injustice. If you’re ever in town when these young people are performing, you should check it out.

Saturday, I went indoor rock climbing for the first time ever. It was so much fun!!! I really enjoy outdoor activities, even pseudo ones. My friend Whitney and I eventually became professionals at the sport.

But it wasn’t easy in the beginning. I really had to use my brain!

This is the beautiful time of year in Atlanta for every kind of festival known to man. I attended the Virginia Highland Summerfest. What does that even mean? Just art, live music, beer and food. Basically a good time.

Sunday, I took myself to brunch at the yummy Ria’s Bluebird. I can’t wait to get my bluebird tattoo.

PS. I’ve finally stopped feeling the pain from rock climbing. This must be a sign that I should work out regularly. But I highly doubt I will.

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