BAD ASH UPDATES

As I shared in my prior post I have recently started the book You are a Badass by Jen Sincero.  This was recommended to me by one of my oldest and dearest friends Kayte.

I am not going to spoil the book for anyone because in my opinion this is a 2018 MUST READ!

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I would like to share some things that resinated with me…

Chapters 1-5:

Most people are living in an illusion based on someone else’s beliefs.

Such a true and unrecognized reality. Don’t get me wrong we need the people in our lives to guide us, but their beliefs become ours as do their fears.

The universe will match whatever vibration you put out. And you can’t fool the universe.

Basically, we can’t just appreciate life when it’s all sunshine and rainbows. You must focus on what your dream life is even when you just walked up to your car and found parking ticket. (I use this example because it happened to me Thursday.) Instead of remaining focused on my use of the day I let that one thing take over and I became instantly angry.  The universe wasn’t going to throw a bouquet of roses at my feet for being a pissy b*tch the rest of the day, just incase you had hope, I didn’t get the bouquet.

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. – Lao Tzu

This quote. That is all. As someone with anxiety I can relate to this. I’d like to defend myself but I can’t, this quote is the truth. I am committing to spending more time in the present because there is really no better place to be.

Having others smear their fear and worry all over you is the last thing you need when you’re strengthening your superhero muscles to step out and take some risks.

Think about this with me, the last time you had a really killer idea and you shared it with someone (new business, ways to revamp a business, movie idea, book idea) what was their first reaction?

For many of us the answer is one of the following:

  • Do you really think people are going to pay for that?
  • How are you going to get the money to start that?
  • That doesn’t seem realistic…
  • How many people will pay to read it?

I will put myself in the guilty category. But why do we do this? Why when someone is attempting to grab life by the horns and make it their best version do we attempt to crush all of their dreams?

 

If you are currently reading the book, let me know what is resinating with you in the comments below.

If you have yet to pick it up… What are you waiting for? Join the journey to stop doubting your greatness!

-A

You are a badass

Late post. Better late than never.

Yesterday was rough. I had the Monday blues and work was exhausting.

This led me to a mall trip…

Which led to this…

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I can explain.

I love all Apple products! I went through college on a Macbook which is now outdated and runs very slowly. My goal with this blog was to share and having the tools to do so is critical. My next purchase is going to be a digital camera to enhance the quality and quantity of media I share.

Today I went to the same mall to exchange a bracelet because it had a crack in it. It was nice to accomplish something before work.

 

I usually go to Starbucks before work but decided to switch it up.

 

It was so good and definitely satisfied my sweet tooth!

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On my way into work today I felt so accomplished because I did something for myself before. Whether a trip to the mall, exchanging an item, getting a donut and coffee, make sure you do something every day for yourself! I realized I don’t do this enough but it makes your day so much more meaningful.

I spend 8-9 hours a day working on someone else’s dream. I deserve to take time out of my day to spend it on mine. This is it. Right here.

What do you do daily to feel accomplished? Let me know in the comments.

I was also recommended the book pictured above and I am so excited to start reading!

Is anyone interested in book updates? I’m starting reading tomorrow.

-A

Miss you Monday

Yes, I just created a thing. Go with it.

This week has been so long! When this happens I often reflect on my happy place. As I mentioned in my previous posts I love France!

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When I feel negative energy throughout the day or week I often turn to my photo stream for a pick me up!

 

Our first two nights we stayed in a hotel and then we went to an Airbnb. Decor compliments of IKEA. So adorable.

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Cheers to positive vibes and a new week!

What’s your happy place? Is it miles away or is it where you are this second? Let me know in the comments below⬇️

-A

Shopping is my cardio

Happy Monday!

Today I returned to work and this lead to a mall trip. I was going to Alex and Ani to pick something up for a work project.

Just so happens I’d been obsessing over three bracelets online this weekend and this was a trip I was happy to take!

The sales associate was so nice and helpful, even though I knew everything I wanted and was out of there in about 15 minutes.

First pick…

This was my first must have; these sold out online this weekend and I was so upset when I found out. I was however so excited when they had them in store.

Second pick…

My love for my fur babies is endless so this was a MUST have! ❤️

Last but not least…

After my trip to France this past October I’ve picked up everything Paris themed. It’s nice to have the little reminders of the beauty that is Paris.

Anyone have a piece from Alex and Ani they are currently loving? If so comment below…

-A

Staycation

This week has been by far the best vacation I’ve ever taken! I didn’t even have to fly miles away to enjoy my days off. Although the weather in Chicago is as moody as I can be, I enjoyed what I could of the sunshine.

I’ve played a ton of Pokémon Go this week and finally reached level 30! It felt like it’s taken me 20 years to reach level 30 so this was a huge accomplishment.

Brian and I then went to see Ready Player One — his choice. I surprisingly loved it and now want to read the book. I will need to have Brian explain some of the references like he did for the movie (I’m just not nerdy enough yet).

On Thursday we went to lunch with friends and followed that up with a trip to a mall we’ve never been. This mall had a puppy shop. **spoiler alert: this girl loves puppies!**

I love animals so much the moment I saw the place I knew this was trouble. I do love animals but seeing as there were all pure bread dogs they were a bit out of my budget for adoption. This doesn’t mean I didn’t make puppy eyes at Brian and try my hardest to convince him we needed another dog.

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I did resist — insert round of applause here. But take a look at how hard it was.

 

If anyone is interested the shop is called Furry Babies in Fox Valley mall Aurora. They also have dog toys, clothing, and treats. *Adoption is better in terms of finances and saving animals, however I have nothing against breading.*

To wrap up our last full day of vacation we spent some time at the mall and then had dinner at Level 257!

Today we both woke up realizing this relaxing vacation is coming to an end. Time goes by when you’re having fun, it goes even faster with your best friend. Our countdown until next vacation has started. Only 7 more work weeks!

Anyone have any recommendations for what we should do on our next vacation? Restaurants, movies, places we need to go, things we need to see?

I’d love to hear your suggestions!

-A

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Welcome to my page!

First I’d like to start with a question I was asked almost two years ago…

“What are your hobbies?”

Flashback, to around that time, I was 23, working about 45-55 hours a week doing what I loved!  However, when asked this question I was speechless; most people think I exaggerate when I say this but I really had little to no hobbies.  Back then I thought what consumed your time, you loved, flash forward to present day, I know that is far from the truth.

I am starting this blog in hopes to document and challenge myself to spend more time living my personal life and fostering a lifestyle that is both balanced and rewarding.

 

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