Favorite Way to Spend a Day

What is your favorite way to spend a day? This question is always so interesting because it changes so much from person to person. Get ready, because you’re in for a ride! (a relaxing ride filled with chai tea :))

Saturday is of course the superior day and my favorite. You’re well rested (probably) since you got to sleep in, and there is no work hanging over your head for the next day! I like to start my Saturdays off by eating a long breakfast, preferably of fluffy blueberry pancakes with piping hot chai tea. Sometimes Iโ€™ll even call my mom in the morning ๐Ÿ™‚ then, I like to relax with some drama filled reality TV, and once I am fully awake and showered, I will do something creative like draw, paint, or write a blog post (as I am doing right now- what a surprise!)

Me writing this blog post with some chai tea in my giant Sailor Moon mug. Blog inception. #livingmybestlife

After that itโ€™s time for lunch, where Iโ€™ll make a fancy salad or curry dish. In the afternoon is when I get active- I either fish, play tennis, or go hiking. Dinner is probably a hamburger or some kind of pasta, and then I end the day with a cocktail and a sitcom.

Phew! There were so many twists and turns in my thrilling ideal day, I hope you were you able to hang onto your belongings! Feel free to share your ideal day in the comments, I would love to hear about it!

What Keeps Me Creative

Some of the best advice I received in college was inspiration does not strike, it is created.

I was having trouble coming up with ideas for my senior art show, and therefore I procrastinated until I thought of the ‘perfect’ idea. As my post suggests, the number of ideas I had was zero.

I explained this to my professor which is when he gave me that nugget of advice. You need to create stuff first before you will be inspired. Even if that first stuff is bad. Sometimes you have to make some bad stuff just to get the ball rolling.

He gave me an assignment to draw something 100 times in different ways. It sounded daunting, but I had nothing for my critique which was in 5 days. I picked a statue of the Buddha from my study abroad program which really spoke to me and spent all weekend drawing the same statue.

100 images of the Buddha on the wall was powerful and created a beautiful collage effect. Even though I drew it 100 times, they were all a little different, and I learned something with each iteration. I discovered which materials I liked and didn’t like, which mediums went well together, which colors really popped together. And I had tons of ideas for where I was going to take this idea next.

Young me at my senior art show ๐Ÿ™‚ can you see the elephants in the paintings? lol

So in conclusion, the best inspiration is just getting started, and embracing the fact that some of it may be crappy. Sometimes you need to dig up some rocks before you find some gems ๐Ÿ™‚

New Collection: Cozy Feelings!

Everyone loves fall, and it may come as no surprise that I also love fall, probably for the same reasons as everyone else: Pumpkins! Pumpkin lattes! Hot beverages! Spices! Corn mazes! Haunted houses! Apple picking! Cider! Everything!

My new collection serves up hot beverages and with a large helping of cute animals. We’re talking cuddly foxes, mischievous squirrels, and curious hedgehogs. We’re talking piping hot tea, happy matcha tea lattes, and cozy mugs overflowing with coffee. Do you have cozy feelings yet?

Collection launches on Thursday, August 22nd at 7PM CST ๐Ÿ™‚ get it here!

Vegan leather straps and lined with a magnetic closure. So luxe!
Squirrels and acorns and hedgehogs, oh my!
How cute are these cute-teas??

It’s back to school time! Give me your life hacks

It’s almost back to school time! So for fun, I thought I would write about my life hacks/principles that I live by. Feel free to share your life hacks in the comments as well!

Relationship Stuff

1. Say yes to plans more often that you say no. As an introvert, staying in and laying on the couch is my default preferred activity. It’s low stress and comfy. And that’s about it- there’s no excitement, no bonding, no memories to be made. In the moment, it may be preferable to do nothing over expending energy to do something, but usually you’ll feel a lot better getting out and about ๐Ÿ™‚ and you’ll look back with fewer regrets.

2. Make other people feel welcome. Survey the crowd, see if anyone looks uncomfortable, and say hi. You will 100% have a new introverted friend.

Money Stuff

I am frugal- I love the thrill of the hunt, the challenge in finding cheap deals and things to do. Here are some things I do to challenge myself:

1. Bike when you can. Is your workplace less than 10 miles away and not riddled with highways? Try biking! The library is only 2 miles away? Why not bike! You get exercise, a good mood, and save money on gas. Not to mention, you don’t have to fight for parking ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Cook like 80% of your meals. I wouldn’t say I enjoy cooking, but after years of cooking, I have become a semi decent chef unintentionally. It saves money and you build a skill!

3. Have lots of cheap hobbies. Instead of buying candles, I learned how to make them. And then I made soap. And bath bombs. You’ll have Christmas gifts for decades!

Necessary but not-so-fun Stuff

1. Do the dishes, or at least rinse them out before they get crusty. No one ever wants to them, might as well do them when they’re still easy to clean!

2. Get everything ready the night before. No more worrying that you’re forgetting something and no more running late! I have never not done this, so I have a hard time understanding why you wouldn’t- but also I understand that some people may prefer a more leisurely morning than my mad dash to get ready in 25 minutes. I love me some sleep.

3. Finally, be nice to yourself and free up some brain space by doing the things you are dreading most. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound by cure ๐Ÿ™‚ it make your life simpler and less stressful, leaving you more time to enjoy yourself with less worrying!

What are your life hacks or principles that you live by?

The Best Gift I Ever Received

In 7th grade, I received a Yellow Submarine sweatshirt and โ€œCat Loverโ€™s Soup for the Soulโ€. It was the right amount of quirky and mainstream, and I loved it. The sweatshirt was worn well into high school, and Cat Lover’s Soup for the Soul sits prominently on my book shelf after surviving rounds of KonMari purging.

Have any of you read the 5 love languages? Though the title has the word love, it can apply to friends and family members too. My love languages is 100% gifts (not saying you have to get me any ;)) My first reaction was “I’m not materialistic!” But then I thought about the times I felt most loved, and it totally made sense. It’s not so much about the gift as it is the effort and thought put into choosing a gift. It shows they paid attention to all the little things you say and do, and they really GET you, and your interests, and who you are as a human being.

On the flip side, the gift I was most proud of picking out was for my brother’s high school girlfriend. I was a freshmen in high school at the time, so obviously the two best things I could think of for another deep, artsy soul like myself: the Twilight book and the Juno movie soundtrack. I was so proud, and a little jealous that she was getting such an AWESOME gift. My mom surprised me with the same gift a week later because she’s the best ๐Ÿ™‚

Other great gifts Iโ€™ve received: tea and a homemade birthday cake, a cat card game, cat socks and a coloring book. My tastes have not changed much apparently =^.^=

What are some of the best gifts you received?