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Pull Yourself Up and Keep Moving Forward

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This past week was definitely rough. Classes are finally in full swing, I've been super busy at work, and sailing is starting up again. 

Even though I only had about 2.5 weeks off from school, and I worked almost every day, I had so much fun over winter break and a lot of time to relax. The highlight of all of these breaks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and so on) is that Cam comes home. I get to know that I'll walk into work and see him, or the word of the day he leaves on my white board. And that after work, and after school pick-up for my siblings, I get to eat a yummy dinner (that he cooked) and watch Bones. So whenever he leaves (in this case, last weekend) I basically say to myself "okay, it's back to reality" and it always just feels like something is missing. 

It's not easy living at home and working every day while also being a full time student. And when the only person who can really put you at ease goes 4 hours away for a loooooong period of time, it kind of sucks. 

We all have to learn how to deal with things that we may not enjoy, or things that we just want to be over with already. We have to learn how to keep trudging through the mud even though it would be so much easier to just stop in our tracks. 

I don't have a conventional "college experience". I don't live on campus, and I'm only at school 2 days a week. I have to work full time so it's not easy for me to be super involved in clubs, greek life, or sports. I do my best to keep up with sailing but even that gets really hard sometimes. 

So, when I feel high-strung and like I just want to sleep all day and avoid all responsibilities (I'm sure I'm not alone in that feeling), I do a few different things to keep myself moving forward. Now, I just want to be clear that this list is really more made up of things that can help you push your "reset" button. De-stressing and taking a break is just as important and productive as doing work.

Spend quality time with family // Whenever I'm struggling to keep up and feel overwhelmed, I go to my little brother first. He's one of my best friends (even though he's only 9) and he never fails to cheer me up. Whether we just sit and talk, play his favorite games, or I read to him before bed, I always feel better afterwards. It's hard to find time to go out and do fun things together since I work so much, so even those 10-30 minutes at home make a world of a difference to me.

Snuggle with your pet // Oliver, my one year old puppy, is honestly a little monster. He is so much work, and causes me a lot of stress that would normally not help my situation, but he definitely makes up for it when he's calm and snuggly. If I'm feeling overwhelmed but am under a time crunch, I grab Ollie and have him cuddle up next to me while I do my work. Having him right there calms me down and gives me a good (and welcomed) distraction every time he tries pressing the keys on my laptop.

Facetime or call your best friend // I know that the moment I start to panic or get really upset, I automatically turn to my phone to call Cam. Sometimes you just can't calm yourself down, and you need to hear someone telling you that it's all going to be okay. Especially when you have that time to Facetime or talk on the phone rather than texting with someone you really miss, you end up feeling even better. I know that after talking to Carrie (and Sharon and Michael), and Cam I feel like I can just about tackle anything that may come at me.

Take a hot bath/shower // At the end of a really long day, nothing feels better than taking a hot bath (with a Lush bathbomb of course) or a nice hot shower. It's so relaxing, it relieves headaches, and you have time to just relax and clear your head with no disruptions.

Take time for yourself // Even though sometimes it's important to have someone to help you get through hard times, you should always know that you have yourself to rely on. Take some time (even if it's only a little bit every day) to just be by yourself. Whether you knit, read, watch Netflix, or go for a drive, just do something that fulfills you. 

xo, Anna

 

 

My 2017 Reading List

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When people would ask me what my favorite hobby was, reading was always at the top of the list. I used to read entire series of books in a day. I was *that* girl that would bring a book with her no matter where she went (including lunchtime at school - yep). 

And unfortunately somewhere in between senior year of high school - going to college - and then getting a full time job - I stopped reading. I would buy a book or find one I wanted, and then I would end up convincing myself that I just didn't have enough time to read. Obviously that's not true because somehow (we all) I find hours and hours of time to binge watch Grey's Anatomy and Gilmore Girls sooo...

When thinking about things I wanted to focus on this year - reading more was a no-brainer. This summer when I was in Greece - there was no TV and little to no wifi - I read 8(!) books over the course of the two weeks. 

I have only picked up about two books to read since then, and one of those was for school.

So, a few days ago I decided to make a list of the books I wanted to get through, and I'm planning on at least one a month.

(But, P.S if you haven't read Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur then please make that #1 on your list!)

1. Talking as Fast as I Can - Lauren Graham

2. You Should Have Known - Jean Hanff Korelitz

3. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk - Kathleen Rooney

4. Two by Two - Nicholas Sparks

5. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett

6. Today Will Be Different - Maria Semple

7. Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures - Emma Straub

8.  The Hopefuls - Jennifer Close

9. The Regulars - Georgia Clark

10. The Chemist - Stephanie Meyer

11. Scrappy Little Nobody - Anna Kendrick

12. The Nest - Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

 

What books are you reading? Message me with any recommendations!

xo Anna

(P.S you can follow me on Goodreads!)

Smoking Slippers (under $100!)

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I'll be the first to admit I have an unhealthy obsession with my J.Crew smoking slippers/loafers. I snagged these up (pictured above) about a year ago, and although I was hesitant that I would ever actually wear them, they were too cute to pass up (I mean look at the embroidery!).  I was genuinely surprised on how often I pull them out, and also how comfortable and chic they look! They truly complete any outfit.

Although these ones are no longer available, I rounded up some of my favorite smoking slippers that are currently under $100! 

xo Anna