Today I’m sharing tips for how I reach for sanity while still accomplishing some seriously heavy to-do lists! You all have seen me trying different methods & ideas especially on snapchat & instagram lately so I figured it was time to share! I’m going to break down my morning thought process for how I set myself up to have a productive day. Keep reading to check it out!…
Isn’t Amazon the best? I find myself shopping there more & more lately. I was browsing for some of my basic summer necessities- more shoes…more clothes…ya know? The regular! & thought maybe you would be interested in seeing some of my favorite things I found that are HOT weather friendly! Because Vegas tends to be on fire! I was on the hunt for a BBQ outfit aka casual but still cute. For this post I decided to put together four outfits- one cropped, one girl-next-door, one fun combo for us plus-size babes with attitude, & a bright option. & absolutely everything is from Amazon! Keep reading to check out all the details!…
Lately I have been all about bettering myself. Last year I did a great job distancing myself from negative people & that helped so much! This year I’ve been looking at overall wellness- both body & mind. Workouts helps in both of those areas!! Today I thought I’d go over some of my absolute must-haves when loading up my gym bag….
Today is a seriously gorgeous day but we’ve been inside packing. We’re prepping our move little by little & I can’t believe we’ll be living in Vegas again in a month! We’re so excited but it has definitely been tons of work. While cleaning up I picked up a bunch of items I’ve been keeping on hand throughout the house & thought it was definitely time to share some favorites including my absolute favorite pjs, some recipes here on Home in High Heels, tons of snacks, & even my new business! Keep reading to check it out!…
When looking at the fashion trends each season, there is often something I like…but am not really interested in adding to my wardrobe. I thought it would be fun to take three popular trends for spring that have been all over the runways & show some fun ways of integrating them into your home & decor! For this post I focused on gingham, stripes, & the new style of animal print- keep reading to check out my picks!
So last year I wrote out my resolutions on Home in High Heels & I thought it would be fun to do that again! I love the whole “Fresh Start Feeling” you get the 1st of January every year. Can you start bettering yourself anytime? Of course! But sometimes I really appreciate the boost! I have tons & TONS of goals this year but many of them are related to blogging. I doubt that would interest you guys? I’m really active on my beauty blog which you can see here but overall I have a very long list! I figured life type resolutions would be a lot more interesting to read & hopefully it will hold me accountable as well! Keep reading to see my very long list & to see how I did on my 2013 resolutions!
So here is my post containing my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions for reference!
#1 clearly didn’t happen & I’m so sorry. Having a second blog sounded a lot easier than it actually was! I have big plans for this blog in the new year though including my love for fashion, accessories, DIY, cooking, reading, & tons of other topics. I really want this to be a lifestyle blog that shows me for me!
#2 was just okay. I’m actually coming back in February from IMATS LA 2014 to do our taxes & then we’re setting up a whole new plan. My job is so different & our money situation is also different so we need to start from square one allllll over again!
#3 was seriously lacking & is something I definitely will be working on this year! #4 is also something I’m working on this year as well! & #5 has been going great! Check out my DIY for our date night jar here! We’ve been going to more new places which has been so much more fun than the same ol same ol!
#6 I felt like was a huge success. It is something I constantly work on but I’ve been much more conscious of being thankful & overall positive for the past year! Yay!
Let’s dive into 2014 shall we?
#1 Get to saving & budgeting with the snowball method! The first step is saving up a $1000 emergency fund, baby steps! Just google the snowball budgeting method, I’m no expert & that’s where I learned all about it!
#2 Buy myself another new, ritzy camera! I’ve been using a video camera that was my husband’s before we even got married- it is like 7 years behind the times! I want a new camera with video capability (yes I do have my eye on a particular model!) to re-spark my passion for vlogging & such.
#3 De-clutter, donate, & purge more. I went through a huge change with my OCD this year & found myself in the healthiest place I’ve been in a long time. Getting rid of things I don’t need, will never use, or that someone else can use is going to be a huge part of this year. I’ve been doing so well that I want to keep the momentum going! I’m even doing the whole turning around the hangers 7 donating what is left thing. & going through all of our seasonal cra…stuff. I meant stuff.
#4 This kind of feeds into #3 but it is a big one- Use what I have! I need to use up soaps before buying more, use up salsa before opening a new jar, & just get my significant hoarding of everything under control. I also need to organize what I have like magazines I’ve been saving for crafting & stuff I have piling up to use someday.
#5 Read more. Goodreads has been excellent for planning this! I also love audio books so I’m getting a list together!
#6 Get back into my art. I love to draw & paint & just haven’t made time for that creative outlet in a long time. Painting my nails is awesome but I probably should break out the paints again.
#7 Scan ALL of my family photos. When my parents visited they brought boxes upon boxes of photos & documents that need to get scanned so they aren’t lost forever. There are SO many that it is quite daunting but I need to make a plan & stick to it- not an option!
#8 Try even more fun foods & recipes- hubby & I both enjoy them & it keeps us from falling into a rut!
#9 For health related matters, I just need to get back on track. Tracking my food, sticking to a regimen, & having goals all help. Some of my main goals are getting pushups done, working with my yoga ball, & running a mile comfortably! I have a heart condition & if I’m not consistent it is pretty much impossible to layoff then jump back in full force. Slow & steady.
#10 Keep loving my life. Be mindful of all the wonderful opportunities I have. Enjoy the people I surround myself with. & just keep being happy.
What are some of your resolutions for 2014? Any life goals to share?
When it comes it our house…we have lots of stuff. Our kitchen is overflowing, my makeup rooms is bursting, & the closets…well let’s just not play that game.
We’ve got gadgets & gizmos aplenty. We’ve got decor & seasonal galore. You want craft supplies? I’ve got too many! Ha. Does anyone else relate to the Little Mermaid about hoarding? That scene always gives me a giggle.
Let’s talk about what’s been going on though. For those that don’t know, I am obsessive compulsive & have anxiety. I take a medication to live a much better life but I just recently started taking it again. During the break we acquired a whole lot of stuff. & now that I’m back on track it is time to tackle it. We’ve already started & I thought…just in case anyone else out there felt crazy like me…I’d share some tips that have helped me.
#1 “I never use this & someone else out there will love it.”
This is number one for a reason: I repeat this in my head over & over…& over. When I’m trying to decide on an item this is what I say. If I have to think that hard we probably don’t need it. If it is something truly sentimental (your wedding album, prom dress, your son’s first pair of shoes) then that is something you have to think about. But if you are saving 10 dresses from 15 years ago that you’ll never wear again, let someone else!
#2 Ask lots of questions, of yourself & others.
When was the last time he played with this? Where will this fit in with our lifestyle? Is there someone we know who would really appreciate this that we could gift it to? You really need to find a balance. For example, I had well over 100 pairs of sunglasses. Excessive? Yes. But I’ve had most of them for years. The average amount for most people is probably 1-10. the thought of that was enough to nearly make me cray-cray. I couldn’t go down that much! But I did narrow it down to 50. Little by little! Get rid of the things that don’t make your life better: clothes you kept because someone gifted them to you, cracked items you never bothered to fix, games with a bunch of missing pieces…make room for the new.
#3 Get nonjudgmental help.
The nonjudgmental part is REALLY important. Find someone who can understand at least somewhat about what upsets you. You don’t want to feel like they think you’re being dramatic or even making things worse. You might be surprised so talk to them before you start. Go over your triggers, what upsets you most, & what will help make the experience productive. One of my triggers is getting rid of things without me seeing it first. My husband is really considerate & vocal about it now.
#4 Give to a cause.
This helps me so much. I hate the idea of throwing out perfectly good things someone somewhere might get use out of. I just can’t bare the thought of tossing them in the trash never to be loved again. We don’t personally have a good setup for yard sales so donations really are the way to go. Books to the local library. Art supplies to local schools. Clothing to the Make A Wish Foundation drop offs. I can’t even explain the difference between donating & tossing. Right now people are getting great use out of our mismatched dishes, canned goods we’ll never eat, & clothes I never ended up wearing.
#5 Find your own pace.
Some people will speed through certain rooms while others will drag. The kitchen is really hard for me, I can always see myself using those items. Same with crafting supplies. What if I need a lavender zipper someday? Or a mini colander? Or every box of tea ever made? I’ll take longer on those things. Books were really easy for me ever since I started using audio books & my kindle. I used to save them because I would think “Someday I’ll want this for my kids” or “Someday I’ll read this again” but now the only books I tend to keep are a couple from my childhood & my cookbooks. Try to switch between the difficult & easy so you feel like you’re really accomplishing something.
Welp! That’s all for now! If you guys are interested I could talk about our spring cleaning a bit more. It has definitely been an adventure! For the first time in ages it feels good to purge our house of the unnecessary.
So…sometimes things don’t go according to plan eh? I mean, technically, we ate at home a lot more. But mostly, I got so sick in the end that I could barely eat let alone make dinner. Oh the humanity. But I definitely learned some things…
For one, being sick hindered me a lot. & my husband often shows love with food so we had a lot of takeout & pre-made meals. I can’t blame the poor guy. He is so miserable when I don’t feel good & he often stands there staring at me to see if I’m going to die. He is a good man.
I did learn a lot though: No more eating out because we’re lazy. If I have something planned, we need to find the time to make it. Fast food shouldn’t be our first thought either. Before, we were eating out just to eat out. Now I think it is important to choose wisely. Choose places we actually want to go or try & to enjoy in moderation. No more going on crazy “only eating out” type streaks.
So in the end, I learned a lot. I’m still pretty shaky so I haven’t been posting as much but I’ve been making the time to work up a schedule. I really want to make this blog about my life, our life together, & to include things you might find entertaining or helpful. Here’s to trying! I’d love to hear what you’d be interested in seeing! Feel free to comment below!
So lately I’ve felt like I was in a life rut. Everything feels a bit blah & dull & that is how I know depression is beginning to creep in. If you’ve ever suffered from depression, the beginning is the worst for me. You can feel it coming but, unlike what most people think, you can’t just “be happy” & skip past it. I think mine currently has a lot to do with the winter. I get more depressed in the winter even with spring right around the corner.
Something about the lack of sunlight really does some damage & with the snow…I can never think of anything to do. We don’t have kids so most of the activities around Omaha, Nebraska (where my husband & I are stationed because he is in the Air Force) are placed around family events. I feel like we fall into ruts with what we do here & that’s rough. We basically go grocery shopping, eat out, & go regular shopping. That’s a big change for me. In California, there is so much to do even if you’re just hanging by the beach or outside in the sunshine. Keep reading to see a few ways I’ve found to make myself feel a bit better & you can add your tips as well!
I thought I’d make a short list of things that tend to make me happier when I’m feeling down, even in the winter snow. I’d love to know what gets your spirits up! I’m sure you have some great ideas.
1. Get out of the house. Even for a few hours, just leave. Being stuck inside can make me feel worse, more suffocated & lonely.
2. Go to the zoo or volunteer with animals. Being with animals (even though I have my own) can lift my spirits a bit. They make me happy, they’re fun to look at, & I always learn something new.
3. Find your local art scene. Not so much here because Ryan doesn’t like to go, but visit local art stores, museums, or art districts. If you’re artistic like me, this makes you happy because you love inspiration. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a piece of jewelry I wanted to learn how to make or a painting technique I would’ve never thought of.
4. People watch! I absolutely love people watching but I have some serious issues with feeling overcrowded. Unfortunately here there aren’t many outdoor malls. Imagine that! Maybe it is the snow? But if you live in a warmer area, this is always a go to for me. My favorite place to people watch is Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California if you’re ever in the area.
5. Watch a movie…somewhere other than your house. Like I said earlier, getting out can be the change you need. Even if you have loads of movies the act of getting ready & going out can make all of the difference. Look for a cheap movie theater, sometimes they have really fun random movies!
6. Go bowling, play lazer tag, or paint balling. Do something active that doesn’t feel like working out & that you can’t do at home. It is so much fun & if you have a spouse its something they’ll likely enjoy too. It is competitive without being too physically strenuous. Sometimes when I’m depressed I feel really lethargic so that’s something important to me. I wish running worked for me…but it just hasn’t.
7. If you don’t want to leave the house (or can’t) for lengthy periods of time…start something new. Start scrapbooking, learn to bake, work on training your dog, learn yoga. Do…something new. It can be frustrating at first so it might not work for everyone but the focus can really help me & I always feel good about completing something new on my own successfully.
8. Get organized. Start organizing an area that has been bugging you. I have OCD so that can really help me to focus without getting overwhelmed. Often times it is something that doesn’t NEED to be done in any length of time so I can take however long I need to make things exactly how I want them.
I’ll try to add more things as I come up with them but I’d LOVE your input. Feel free to leave your tips & blog links below & I’ll add them to the list! I feel like it is really important to remember you’re not alone if you feel like I do & that there are ways to helps!
Obviously I’m not a doctor & you should consult one if you have any feelings to do harm to yourself, others, or if you are concerned with your well being. The photo above was taken at the beach in Laguna Beach, California while shopping along the coast. It is my photo.