Summer ’17 Goals

 

As a certified homebody, I usually spend most of my summer either at work or snuggled up in bed with a fan (or two) pointed directly in my face. This year, that simply won’t do. I want to have a ~*~*summer to remember~*~* and spend at least 60% of my free time doing something worthwhile. I’ve compiled a list of goals, some small and inconsequential, and some grand and life changing. 

 


 

Donate or sell all unwanted belongings

As I was moving into my apartment, I began to realize that I have far too many clothes, accessories, knick knacks and cosmetics. And now that I share a home with someone, it doesn’t seem fair to crowd our closets with items that will never see the light of day. I’m planning to create a capsule wardrobe this fall, so I’ve been slowly clearing out my wardrobe. I’ll be listing many of these items on Poshmark, so keep an eye out for a link to come!

Keep a budget and save $500

I’m not good with money. I used to be a lot worse, so I’m incredibly proud of the progress I’ve made in the past few months, but it’s time to really push myself. I want to budget every single dollar of my paycheck, so no money is wasted, and save somewhere between $200-$500. I don’t want to aim too high, but I also did once save $1000 in a month, so I have faith in my abilities to overcome my spending habit once and for all.

Find a neroli scented perfume

Neroli is my favorite fragrance of all time. It comes from the bitter orange tree, and is zesty, invigorating and joy-inducing (literally–neroli is known as a natural serotonin booster). Neroli oil is the perpetual bridesmaid of the perfume industry; you’ll often find it in a long list of ingredients, but rarely is it the star of the show. I have a few leads on brands that carry a neroli-focused fragrance, and hope to make a purchase by the end of the season.

Take a day trip

I’m keeping this vague, because the destination doesn’t really matter to me. As long as my boyfriend is with me and the sun is shining, I’ll go anywhere.

Make a major aesthetic change

I often feel like one of the few millennials that hasn’t dramatically altered their appearance. I’ve never dyed my hair, never pierced anything (I had my ears pierced as a baby, but since I didn’t consent to that and never wear earrings, it doesn’t count) and have never gotten a tattoo. For years I’ve wanted a bumblebee tattoo or a nose piercing, and I’m hoping this is the summer that it finally happens.

Book a treatment at the LUSH Spa

I cannot let another summer pass without booking myself a spa treatment. Plus, it’s a perfect excuse to spend a day or two in New York!

Create morning and night rituals to look forward to

There is only one thing that always puts me to sleep: my boyfriend, already asleep next to me. I never thought I’d say this, but his snores lull me to the soundest sleep I’ve ever experienced. On weekends though, he typically works till 1-2 AM, whereas I typically work early in the morning and should be asleep long before he comes home. I never am, and I think building really strong bedtime and morning routines will help to break that pattern, or at least make it more manageable. Fingers crossed!

Switch to sustainable food and drink ware

Goodbye, plastic straws, fast food soda cups or styrofoam containers. Hello, stainless steel straws, reusable tumblers and sustainable food storage containers.

Go to more events in Providence

As I mentioned above, I’m very much a homebody. This means that I will skip most, if not all, exciting local events. Not anymore, though! My goal is to accept every invitation I can, and surprise myself with how social I can be. Outdoor movie screenings, concerts and farmer’s markets, look out; I’m coming for ya!

See 5+ movies

I’ve seen two just in this past week, so I may be able to pull this off! At the top of my must see list? Baby Driver, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Band Aid, Landline, Dunkirk, and Ingrid Goes West.

Take the bus to and/or from work

I’m a frequent Uber-user, but need to make the switch to public transportation. If I bus at least one way a day, it’ll mean more money saved and a lessened environmental impact–a win, win!

 


 

What are your goals this month?!

 

xo,

Heddy

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Things to Be Happy About, April 2017

Listening to lush lfieRecords Before Bed

This is a tradition that Matt and I have upheld almost every night since we started dating. A few nights ago we fell asleep listening to Marty Robbins, and it was the most peaceful sleep I’ve had in a while. Living on a busy street means there are a ton of late night distractions keeping us up, but the records help to lull us to sleep easily. Plus, there’s nothing better than having a soundtrack to your nightly snuggles.

Natch Beaut

If you know me, you know I love a good podcast. This one, which is only three episodes deep, is hosted by comedy icon Jackie Johnson, and is ALL about vegan/cruelty-free skincare, makeup, haircare, and more. It feels like a podcast made for me, and I refresh my podcast feed pretty much nonstop on Fridays, waiting for it to post.

“Japanese Denim” – Daniel Caesar

I don’t remember how I came across this song, but it’s stunning. Listening to this while writing has helped to spike creativity, and inspired me to create a playlist of similarly inspiring songs. Here’s a link to his soundcloud page!

Bralettes

I work a lot. There is no greater torture than working an 8.5 hour shift in an underwire bra. Though I am a bustier woman, I have zero qualms about having minimal breast support if it means I can be comfortable all day. There’s no shame in my game, y’all. Bralettes are a national treasure, and I firmly believe anyone with breasts should at least give them a shot.

LUSH Scrubee Body Butter

mothersdayEvery now and then, LUSH comes out with something that blows my mind. I had heard rumors about this product for months before it finally arrived, but my expectations seemed to have been a little too low. Scrubee is a stunning body butter shaped like a bee (my fave). It has alternating stripes of moisturizing cocoa and shea butters and exfoliating coconut shell and ground almonds, which make for super softened skin. I bought 5, which may not be enough.

Creating & Free Time

I’m leaving my job of two years in a few weeks (surprise!) and will only have one job now. I’m so excited! It’s been a while since I’ve had a significant amount of free time, meaning it’s been a while since I’ve been able to give any attention to my creative output. Now that I have the time, I’m so excited to delve back in to writing, painting and weaving, and find new activities to keep me entertained. If you have any ideas of things I should do, places I should go, movies I should watch, books I should read, etc., PLEASE share them!

Poofy Hair

For most of my life, I’ve hated my hair. It’s red, thick, super wavy, and impossible to tame. I’ve been borderline self-conscious of it, until recently. My friend Kat gave me an amazing haircut in November, and since then my hair has been so good. I’m low maintenance about haircare, and rarely use styling tools or products, but my natural look has been making me so happy.

Shampoo Bars

SOLIDS ARE BETTER. Shampoo bars are probably my favorite LUSH innovation, for a number of reasons. For those who don’t know, LUSH has a range of shampoo bars for every haircare concern, from oily or dry to flaky scalp or lack of volume. They are the same amount of shampoo as three 8 ounce bottles of shampoo and last about 80-100 washes, so they are incredibly cost-effective and fantastic for travel. I’ve tried four so far, and my current favorite is Lullaby, a lovely blend of lavender, oat milk and neroli oil. I highly recommend checking them out, and grabbing a conditioner bar, too!

“Hippy grandma” Style

A few weeks ago, my manager told me my sense of style was that of a “hippy grandma.” While some may find that offensive, I couldn’t agree more! My wardrobe is ever evolving, and most of my pieces take on a new life every few months, but there’s a clear running theme. I wear a lot of florals, embroidery, denim, loose fitting trousers and leather boots. Alternately, I wear modest black tops, well fitting pants, cardigans and flats pretty often too. Personal style is a fascinating subject, and I like to make my own rules.

Manifesto for A Happy Life

Aim Hbostonigh + Challenge Yourself
Always create new goals, both long and short term. Challenging yourself, creatively, physically, mentally, etc. is a great way to keep yourself in check. Rather than looking at past mistakes with regret, use them as a tool to improve yourself.

Consume Culture
You don’t have to obsess over celebrities or even pay much attention to the world around you (though I think it’s healthy to keep up with the news). This could be as simple as going to a museum or reading a book. An active mind is a happy mind.

Cultivate Healthy Relationships 
Toxic intrapersonal relationships can have a major effect on happiness. Avoid negative energy and focus on friends and family who positively influence your life. Remember–it’s give and take, so if you’re not putting in the effort, why should they?

Self Care
Make time to be comfortable. If you like routine, create a daily regimen; if you prefer spontaneity, change things up regularly. Treat yourself the way you’d treat your best friend–be sympathetic, understanding and patient.

Treat Your Body Well
Drink a lot of water and eat nutritiously. Obviously there’s nothing wrong with indulging, but bear in mind that food is fuel. Eating primarily sugary, carb-heavy foods is like putting sugar in a gas tank–no bueno. And don’t forget that exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins make you happy!


Project Positivity

Even feigning happiness can improve our mood. In the negative times, seek positive aspects and focus on them. There are many situations where it’ll seem impossible to be positive, and that’s okay. In your daily life, however, it’s always best to be the most positive person in the room.sweetgreen

Express Yourself
Whether you’re creative or not, there are a million ways to express yourself. While creative expression is very important to me, the most important of all expression is open communication. Being honest with a loved one (and yourself) about how you feel can change a dynamic for the better and release tension from within.
Be Unapologetically You
Lastly and most importantly, having a strong idea of who you are (your values, goals, etc.) is incredibly important. Understanding your negatives and positives, constantly working on yourself, but remaining true to who you are–that’s crucial for a happy life.