7 Things to Do When You’re Stuck Inside

Blizzard weather is coming, and that means there will be plenty of days stuck inside! If you find yourself bored with nothing to do… you might consider some of these tips on the list.

7 Things to Do When You're Stuck Inside.

1. Clean everything.

When I am stuck inside, I immediately start cleaning. I also happen to enjoy cleaning, so that could have some effect on why I attack it first, but seriously… having a clean house or apartment is one of the best feelings when you’re stuck inside. I feel it’s much more conducive to being productive.

2. Reorganize your life.

I tend to clean and organize at the same time (which is VERY unproductive). Try organizing before you clean, and go through all that crap. Are magazines spread around and haphazardly stacked? Stack them up, make them look nice. Organize your bookshelf or dvd collection. Find a place for every little doodad. I promise, it will make you feel better!

3. Cook an extravagant dish.

If you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, research a new recipe and try it out! Cooking is a great way to spend the day. If you’re not a fan of cooking, try baking something sweet. I love making cookies almost as much as I love eating them.

4. Study up.

If you’re like me, you’ve got posts lined up in your Bloglovin’ feed that you haven’t had time to read yet. If so, take this time to catch up on all of them. Start studying that foreign language you’ve been wanting to learn or practicing your CSS. Make your time work for you.

5. Plan your next vacation.

Mike and I love to travel, but right now, finances are tight and we have to cut some debt out of our lives before we can really make it a part of our lives. However, that doesn’t stop us from researching places we want to see and things we want to do. Right now, we’re really intrigued by Puerto Rico and Iceland. Polar opposites, I know, but still. We’ve been researching pricing and options for a one-week trip.

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6. Check off those goals.

What have you been putting off? Have you been wanting to knit a scarf? Paint a canvas? Update your resume/portfolio/Linkedin? If you’re just sitting around staring at the wall, maybe you could make it productive and look at those old goals or resolutions.

7. Catch up with friends.

Ahh, the days of phone calls. If you’re stuck inside, call those old college roomies up. Call your grandma. Call your dad! What’s happening in their lives? Do you even know? Pick a person you need to check in on and DO IT. Chances are, they’re stuck inside right now too.

If you’re stuck inside with your lover, reconnect through a fun game like Sorry or Life, or learn a new card game together! The time spent without the social media will be good for you both!

What do you think? Are these things you typically do if you’re stuck inside?

My Proudest Moments of 2014

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It’s Sunday morning, and soon I will be celebrating the last Christmas from 2014 with Mike’s family. It sounds a bit crazy, but you gotta do what you gotta do to get the whole family together.

It’s a funny thing, but my proudest moments overlap with many of my favorite memories of 2014. Even so, I’m going to start from the beginning of 2014 to show you some of the best moments.

March 2014: Attaining my first “real” job.

After a long stint of underemployment, late March finally brought a secure position in St. Louis. It was the first step taken to Mike and I finally being able to build our lives together, and it came with a pay increase.

May 2014: Having my own place again.

Along with underemployment came crashing on a friend’s couch for seven months. In late May, I was finally able to move to St. Louis into an apartment of my own.

Sept 2014: First big PR moment of my career.

In September, I pitched a reporter to cover my company and she agreed. Sometime in Spring 2015, Entrepreneur magazine will publish an article about my company, and it will be AWESOME.

October 2014: Second big PR moment of my career.

Not long after my first PR success, I pitched a New York Times reporter about how our company was using content marketing, and they decided to include us in a story. That story was published in late December. For me, it’s a huge deal. For others… Not so much.

 

There you have it! Those are my proudest moments of 2014. I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store, but I know it’s going to be amazing. What were your proudest moments of last year?

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

About eight months ago, Sarah and I started a St. Louis book club for 20-something women. We wanted to make more friends since a) I’m not from around here and b) we had no lives outside our homes. Honestly, our book club has been the ONLY thing keeping me reading during this very hectic last year. I even had to skip some of our monthly books during a recent freelance project I was working on.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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Now that the holidays are over, I’m finally finding some time to read, and our book for this month is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s a historical fiction based in France during World War II. I’m only 20 pages in, but I’m already enjoying it. Also, I don’t do reviews or summaries AT ALL, so read the plot line here.

It seems like it could be hard to keep up with the plot, as it follows a young soldier in WWII and a blind girl. So far, it’s had several flashbacks and switches between the characters’ POVs.

The cover, as shown above, is lovely, and if I’d seen this on the library shelf, I would have judged it by its cover and taken it home with me.

That’s really all I have to say about the book, but I do recommend it wholeheartedly just based on the first few pages. If you’re a WWII junkie or historical fiction fan, you’ll probably enjoy it.

5 Things I’ve Learned at my First “Real” Job

First real jobs are awesome aren’t they? And totally horrible! Since I’m currently working at what I consider my second “first real job”, I’m going to talk about my first “first real job” as a marketing and sales rep. It was a three month internship/trial period with a company to see if I liked it. I was being paid on a salary and I had the 8 to 4 schedule, Mon-Friday. It was perfect, yet all wrong. The company is awesome, but the job was not right for me.

I don’t want to talk about that though. I want to tell you the things I learned while in that position. It was an awesome learning experience right after college and taught me so much about who I am, what I want, and how the “REAL WORLD” works. Here are 5 things everyone starting their first job should know.

5 Things I've Learned at My First Real Job

1. Emotions are important, but it’s best to get rid of them.

I let my emotions rule my life during that three month time period. I read WAY too much into the things people said and how they said it. I took things to heart when I should have realized it was just business. Remove your emotions if you want to survive.

2. Take every criticism seriously.

There are crappy people out there. This we know. When you start your first job, there aren’t going to be professors that coddle you and give you feedback all the time. You have to rely on your own abilities and sense. It’s hard! I struggled because in college, I was an all-star, but when it came to the real world, I was like a child. I realized I wasn’t as smart as I thought. I felt foolish all the time, which leads me to my next point.

3. You are going to fail.

And it may be huge. It will be embarrassing. You may think you’ll be fired (you probably won’t be). You’ll cry to your grandma, mother, brother, sister, and spouse. You might even think your career is OVER. It’s not. Failing sucks, but honestly, it’s the people who never fail that think they’re invincible and are horrid to work with. It’s good to be knocked down a few times because it’s all about the learning. Take the failure and use it to fuel your learning and career growth.

4. It will drive you crazy.

I don’t think anyone can disagree with this point. No matter how aligned your first job is with your career aspirations, it will be crazy. Whether it be transitioning from college hours to a 9 to 5 or being thrown into workplace drama, you’re going to feel mentally unstable. When I first started, I was exhausted all the time because I was learning a new routine and new rules/regulations/stuff college never taught me EVERY SINGLE DAY.

5. You’ll wonder why you went to college.

This may not be true for technical positions that need to learn actual skills, but for those liberal arts degree holders, you will feel jipped. You’ll realize that the degree only gets you the interview, and the on-the-job training is what helps you KEEP the job. We gotta do what we gotta do.

What did you learn from your first job? Are you still working there?

What My Instagram Says About Me

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I love plants.

When I look at a blogger’s Instagram feed, I feel that I can get a pretty good sense of who that person is and what they care about.┬áSome people take a lot of photos of their dog, like the Daily Tay, while others put images for their latest blog posts. And then there are the ones who take a lot of selfies.

I love my family.
I love my family.

So what does my Instagram say about me?

Looking from the outside in, I would say that I take too many selfies and not enough of my right-hand man, Motley Crue. You might see that I love plants and cooking. You might be able to tell that I like hats too. But even more so, you would see that my hair has changed A LOT over the last few years, from colors and lengths!

I love me.
I love me.

In the last few months, I’ve worked on changing my Instagram into something less sporadic and something more intentional. Less crappy shots. More thoughtful photos. I know that in 2015, I want my life to be lived with intention. I want to embrace and think deeply on all the simple moments, especially in the midst of planning a wedding.

I love my dog.

So what about you? Is your Instagram accurate? Does it portray who you really are?