30 Days Of Self Improvement

So far, there’s been a few days this season where I just feel lost. Not sure what to do and can’t necessarily get myself out of bed. But I’m not okay with that. I want to do more this summer and with my husband deployed, now is the perfect time. This blog post will feature a few ideas to boost your self-improvement and mood. It’s also geared towards keeping busy and staying productive. It’s the end of July people, the clock is definitely clicking.

Start a fitness plan. 

Find a new coffee shop and study, work, or create something.

Read a book from a genre you normally wouldn’t lean towards.

Set your alarm an hour earlier than normal.

Watch the sunrise. 

Watch the sunset.

Drive 20 miles outside of your city to a unfamiliar place. 

Go see a movie with an old friend.

Cut your hair.

Take a long walk without social media, texting, or phone calls.

Do something nice for someone else. 

Make a vision board.

Declutter and deep clean your space. 

Write down what you want to accomplish in the next year.

Work on your professional resume. 

Learn about something new.

Eat breakfast outside. 

Try meditation.

Go the entire day without complaining. 

Make a new “feel good” Spotify playlist.

Donate your clothes to a shelter in need, thrift store, or friend. 

Buy yourself flowers.

Start planning your dream vacay. 

Don’t buy anything for 24 hours.

Go to bed early.

Clean out your email inbox.

Stretch your night routine and pamper yourself. 

Spend a day trying out photography.

Sign up for a non-credit/credit course at your local college or recreational center.

Volunteer at an animal shelter.

June Vacation Essentials 2017

Vacation season is upon us and I can’t help but think about what I’m gonna pack + what I need vs what is practical. This July, I’ll be taking a week long trip to Fort Lauderdale, FL for some quality hubby time. We’ve got this thing planned out from beginning to end. Each day will be something new, exciting, and full of adventure. So, it’s crucial I’m bringing the items necessary for our activities. Which rolls me into today’s post…my favorite vacay essentials for June! If it’s just a day at the beach, dip in the pool, a cruise, or something larger; these essentials are guaranteed to get you in the Summer mood!

Sundrenched Straw Tote by Free People

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Vegan straps, straw, and tons of space! How could you ask for much more?! This lovely little bag features a spacious lined interior with a draw string top closure. Just amazing for keeping your items secured in place. Can’t wait for this beach bag to take me everywhere I need to go fashionably and functionally.

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Metallic anything is a winner to me. I’ve been digging these copper Birkenstocks. The comfort level is incredible. Full of support and cushion, other sandals probably don’t have. These would go great with some ripped jeans and a light tank; perfect for a bonfire night. Huge fan, huge fan.

Ruffles Palm Tree Leaf Print Bikini

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I’m okay with this palm tree trend never-ending. This suit could be the sweetest addition to your Summer getaway. Very loose and nothing too heavy that will weigh you down in the heat. The colors are vibrant and the fit can be flattering for so many body types. Love this!

Down The Shore Henley by FP Beach At Free People

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A light and beautifully designed white top screams Summer fashion. The buttons make this shirt customizable for a little show or a lot. I’d personally, use this as a cover up for that palm tree swimmy I mentioned early. Peep the suit for those beach vibes. No shame.

Hello Boys Straw Hat

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These cuties have been seen all over Instagram. It’s Summer time babes, let’s embrace it. This hat is inexpensive and great to add on top of your head during those salty water-filled afternoons.

Summer 2017 Bucket List

It’s Summer in Chicago. Finally. Am I right?! Those cold mornings and dewy afternoons paid off. March, April, and May showers bring June flowers? Is that how it goes? Anyways, I’m in nice weather mode from here on out. The shorts have been purchased and sandals are the only shoes I’ve been wearing. With Summer comes adventure though and I’m totally ready for some serious exploring.

Last year, I made a huge bucket list full of things I knew I had to complete before those months were over. Not to say I completed everything on that list, but a large majority was crossed off. I plan to do the same this season and wanted to share my plans with all of you! Some are more extreme than others so bear with me here.

1. Swim In The Ocean

In a few short weeks I’ll be headed back to Florida for a long vacation with the hubby. I was just in Orlando after Christmas time but didn’t get to enjoy any of those gorgeous Florida beaches or swim in the sea. So, this time around, I’m doing it.

2. Fish In The Ocean

Speaking of Florida, when I’m there I think it would be outside of my comfort zone to try fishing. I’ve fished in lakes before, for small fish…very small fish. But never anything bigger than my hand. I don’t have to necessarily “catch” anything, it would just be an experience to check off.

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3. Grow My Blog Following

My blog is considerably new. This winter I ended up taking my social media platforms more seriously and began to gain a following on multiple channels. But that stuff is hard to keep up with and sometimes I slip up on posting and creating. This summer, I want to focus more on finding my path in the blogging world.

4. Go Cliff Jumping

There’s something exciting about heights and facing your fears. Super anxious to cross this one off my list. Can’t wait to find a pretty place to jump, take pics, and enjoy the Summer weather.

5. Start Real Estate Schooling

Surprise! Ya girl wants to go back to school! Specifically, for real estate. I know, I know it sounds absolutely insane. But it’s something different, new, and rewarding! Let’s hope I follow through with this new found career path.

6. Run A 5k

I’ve been obsessed with running lately. This Summer, I’d love to try a 5k in the city or a cool obstacle course type thing. Really for no other reason but to say “I did that”. Ya know?

7. Start A Garden

I’ve begun my test for a green thumb by adding a couple house plants to my living room. So far, no good. With that said though, maybe things will be different in the real outdoors. It would be neat to plant some fresh flowers and watch the colors grow.

8. Try All The Halo Top Flavors

My lover, my life, my shawty, my wife. I eat a ton of that stuff. Can you blame me though?! It’s delicious and much better for you than regular ice cream. A few months ago, Halo Top released 10 new flavors. I’ve only tried 3 out of those 10 flavors! Needless to say, this bucket list item will be crossed off before Summer’s end.

Now it’s your turn! What are you Summer to-do’s? I want to know! Leave a comment down below or tell me on my other social media platforms. Let’s share our plans and try new things!