The subtle art of not giving a #@%!

Hello all,

 

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You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of.  You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Today on a trip to target I picked up a new book, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A #@%! by Mark Manson 

The title itself drew me in and although I am only through the first two chapters I am finding it to be such an easy read.   The message differs from many self-help books I have read.  If you’re looking for a guide to happiness, this isn’t it.  If you enjoy chanting in the mirror “I deserve happiness” on repeat 30 times, this book isn’t for you.  This is a honest book that allows you to focus on the #@%! you should give and not give a #@%! where it isn’t needed.

Again, I am early on in my reading but I LOVE that this book is realistic.  Life has challenges, life is unexpected and unfortunately/ fortunately life sucks sometimes.  I love that this book encourages you to think past what your idea of happiness is and focus on the challenges you will face to get there, that is where you find out if you want something bad enough.

So excited to keep reading…

Have you read this book or another by Mark Manson?

A good life is not a life without problems.  A good life is a life with good problems.

For those wondering, I know I have not been posting as actively as originally planned.  The reason is simple: I am living the best life possible!  Although I want to take moments out to share my new finds, some great products, and just about me — my intention is to live in the moment and not allow the freedom of sharing to become the burden of creating content.

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Thanks for reading!

-A

 

 

R&R

Welcome back,

This past weekend was so relaxing. My friends and I joke about it but I literally had to quit my job to go on a girls trip with some great friends!

I am so lucky Stephanie and her family invited us up to Minnesota. The beauty of everything around us just brought such peace over me. In between refreshing cocktails, soaking up the sun, tubing, and eating the most delicious food I had this sense of family. Now this could be a Midwest thing, or it could just be Steph’s family is that bad ass, but I totally felt at home from the first moment I met everyone.

From telling jokes as if we’ve known each other for years to sharing how we met the woman who brings us all together we laughed so much I nearly burned off the calories I’d taken in… nearly. 🤭

There were so many moments on the lake I literally got lost in the sounds of the water while gazing at its beauty. It was like the stress relief sounds they have to put people to bed, BUT BETTER!!! It was real life and I still can’t get over it.

I also discovered my new food obsession: top the tater (I’ve known Steph for nearly 3 years and not once did she mention this; royal sinning).

So this is a chive and onion dip that changes the dip game for me. So much so I am researching ways to bring it to Chicago. What an activist, I know. You will thank me later tho.

The worst part of this trip was saying goodbye to such great people. When you meet someones family you can see exactly what made them the person they are. Stephanie’s family is so full of love and laughter with literally the biggest hearts to open up their home to me.

I’m still sad we had to go. 😪

Along our travels I added to my bucket list:

  1. Go snowboarding
  2. Ride a horse
  3. Run through a corn field

This was such a blast! Thank you Gayle and Mark for opening up your house to me! 😊

-A

Vacation Recap

Hello all,

Better late than never.

As I settle in from my absurdly long vacation I am so grateful for all I did while enjoying time with my wonderful family and boyfriend.  The picture below represents my feelings on being 26.

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As many of you saw via my Instagram, my dog Bella cut the webbing of her paw prior to my vacation.  Although we do not know what she was injured on in our yard we do know she’s a wild child and loves to get into things.  This didn’t ease my animal loving heart when I first found out.  I shed a tear for sure.  This also allowed for lots of cuddles with “Coney,” our official nickname for this little one.

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Bella is officially cone free and loving life again.  She enjoys running around in the yard looking for bunnies and jumping up on hind legs too look over our deck at the neighbors dog while barking.  I swear the neighbor dog thinks we are insane (she doesn’t know the half of it).

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A few days after my birthday Brian and I went to Replay to see the Pokemon set up for their event (As mentioned in prior post).  Since, they’ve now expanded the event to incorporate the entire bar and a Pokedex to “catch em all.”

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The time this must have taken earned my respect and also made me want to hire them! What do you think about the decor?  Have you gone to Replay or are you interested in going?

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Brian and I received all of our badges and it was such a fun time!

Later in the week my friend Kayte was in visiting from Seattle.  Oh man did I miss her!  It is nice to have friends who’ve nearly lived your entire life with you.  It is like choosing your family.  16 years of friendship and still holding on for dear life trying to adult. : )

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Brian and I also finished 13 Reasons Why 2, I haven’t found the words to express how I feel about it yet.  I suppose it’s similar to how I felt after season one, check out my 13 Lessons post for my recap of what I got from season one.  Did you watch season 2?  What are your thoughts/feelings about the seasons huge end?

To wrap up vacation Brian gave me my gift.  Literally one of my favorite gifts of all time!  The gift of a hobby and art, in the form of a Cannon Rebel T6.  I’ve always loved capturing a moment and being able to see the beauty in it forever!  I am so excited to have the highest of quality memories for both myself and my family.  Thank you again babe!

Special thank you to everyone who called, text, facebook messaged, and spent my birthday with me.  Here is to 26!  I am ready for what this next year has in store for me!

– A