Friday, August 29, 2014

BLOG SERIES: How-To Get Out of a Blogging Rut

Blogging can be exhilarating and simultaneously exhausting. It's increasingly easier to get burned out in an over saturated market. It might be the changing of the seasons, but the Internet feels very stale lately. I've definitely been off my usual game from lacking style inspiration to lacking the energy to create. But here's how I got back on track.

Yes, a social media/internet detox. With Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, and a hundred other ways to stay in touch (digitally) -- it's important to take a step back every now and then. I didn't check Instagram for an entire day, didn't get on Twitter for three and I never once opened my Bloglovin' app. I didn't leave a single comment or read a single blog post. I disconnected briefly, but enough to not be overwhelmed by others thoughts, opinions, and lives.

Be Present and Active
When you're not spending time absorbing other people's online lives, you have time to be actively aware in your own life and surroundings. There is so much inspiration and beauty surrounding us. Beauty that is easy to miss when we're not looking it directly in the eye.

I find so much inspiration when I go for a walk that I want to scream. It's simple and yet, it's exactly how I get back refocused. What soothes you? Is it yoga, running, hiking? There's something about the outdoors that can change you.

Meet with a Friend
This seems easy, I know. But you'd be surprised at how talking with a creative minded person can get you back on track and interested. Abby and I met up last night and we discussed everything from blogging to sports to the kids we grew up next door to. In those few hours we spent together, we came up with more ideas and plans than I have on my own in a month.

Blogging is a very solo activity and it can be isolating when you are the sole creator. Collaborating with other people on ideas, events, and just bouncing ideas off of each other can completely drag you out of your rut and help you feel enthusiastic again.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

OOTD; Where we escape

We are officially into the hottest days of the year. I am a hot mess of humidity waved hair, melting make-up, and consistent whining. When I get warm, I cannot cool down which is why I can't function in 80+ degree weather. Which is exactly what's happening in these photos. Me, sweating to death. But I'm so smooth, you (hopefully) didn't notice.

I received a ModCloth gift card for my birthday and I had been eying this dress for awhile because a) it glows in the dark b) it's covered in skulls and my family is really into skulls. So, it made sense. I personally would never spend $90 of my own money on a dress, but sometimes you can treat yo' self. This was also the last one in my size, so I believe that's the definition of fate.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes! I had a pretty good day. It was filled with rain, parking tickets (who knew you were supposed to have a front license plate?), misplaced anger, and self-reflection. Ah, the sweet joys of growing up.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

OOTD; Coma Girl

I've always been into birthday's. Well, other people's birthday's that is. There's just something about celebrating the life of those you adore. Whether it's just a simple breakfast or a show -- it's a reason to celebrate! But when it comes to my own, I'm like "STOP PAYING ATTENTION TO ME," Over the years, however, I've learned that nothing is more sad than doing nothing at all on your birthday. Which is why I make sure to do something different every year. This year? Cleveland or Columbus for the day. Haven't decided (thanks to the weather), but either way it will include lots of amazing food, delicious coffee, and shopping. I mean, what could be better? Oh, and I share a birthday with Joe Strummer aka the front man of the Clash. So, I totally win the birthday lottery.

Also holy crap, August is almost over. I'm another year older and my nephew just turned six. I mean, wow, where does the time go?

Monday, August 18, 2014

OOTD; diamond eyes

I've rarely had the luxury of long or multiple vacations. But I do live for those brief weekends, more than an hour driving, some sort of adventure, and a few days off work. It's been a long while since I had a reason to escape daily life, so when my Dad invited me to join him on his adventures to Southern Ohio/West Virgina for his second Tough Mudder, I quickly obliged. If you aren't familiar, Tough Mudder is absolute insanity. It's 10+ miles of running and over twenty obstacles. It's the definition of physical fitness and mental determination. As a spectator, you get the opportunity to walk the course and see some of the obstacles and it's pretty crazy out there! My Dad did this Mudder solo -- which is pretty gnarly. Even more gnarly? He finished in less than 2 1/2 hours. His dedication and interest in fitness is very admirable and inspiring. (I type as I eat pizza rolls...)

Plus I got to spend the weekend in West Virgina, lounging around, sight seeing, eating delicious vegetarian food, sippin' on coffees, doing nothin' I had to, and spending quality time with family.

Oh, and I wore this dress one day. It's such a great one, but being so over-the-top pink I've struggled with wearing it often. Like, is it okay to be that pink on a daily basis? Maybe. But sometimes I like to scale it back.