Falling Waters Preserve

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This Wednesday I took a half day from work and took advantage of this strange 78 degree weather we had in upstate New York this week!

 

First, we grabbed lunch and got gyros- which of course reminded me of Santorini, when we ate gyros every.single.day. And when life was amazing….every single day.

 

P.S.- I also got a haircut on this glorious day- just some short and long layers, trim, and side bang cut… but I felt like a queen the entire day after he blowdried it for me.

 

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It was one of those days when I just felt content… 

 

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Not only was it 78 in February, but the sun was strong. It felt like 80 when it hit you.

 

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I hope your week has been beautiful!

XOXO

Shanny

 

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Currently in February

Currently Listening….

 

 

 

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I hope everyone is having a fabulous February!

 

I can’t believe how much it’s flying by, then again, I feel like I always say that!

But really though…. when you are always busy, time flies by much faster, too.

And lately I feel like I am always grinding.  In a good way- I have been doing a lot of things to try to set up my future and just working hard in general at bettering myself.

 

It’s been awhile since I have written a Currently post. Looking back it’s been since October?! So here we go…

 

Currently Celebrating…

I offered to cook for Frankie for Valentines this year, but he opted that we go out. We had a wonderful night! I also got him some yummy bakery items. (which didn’t last very long)

 

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Currently doing…

 

School:

School is in full swing with my Graphic Design class. In addition to this, I am looking into applying to a Web Design & Programming degree program. (I used to sit for hours and code my Myspace layout back in the day and I loved that sh*t, so we’ll see if I love this too) I read that they do night and summer classes so am hoping to apply by the summer, take a class & see how I do/ if I like it and then go from there. I hope to do both Graphic & Web programs together. P.S. I know I am crazy.

BUT anything with web and design in my opinion is a really smart choice right now. (it will always be needed and web developers can make some really good money) And while I enjoy my job often, I am a case manager and you can’t really do that forever. I have been thinking hard and working hard on other ways to make money- even if it’s on the side for awhile until I make another profitable income from it.

 

 

Poshmark, Ebay, & Thrifting:

I have also been working really hard on my selling on Poshmark (sold 3 things so far and am almost at 3k followers- woohoo!) I sell on Ebay too! (Between both sites I have sold 4 things within the last 2 months, which I think is pretty good!) Remember my Thrift Haul & Poshmark post? I am cutting myself off from more thrifting at least until I make a marketable profit from the last thrift- which totaled $80.00.

 

 

 

House Hunting:

Frankie and I have been looking for a house on and off for about a year and a half. We are more serious about it now and have met with a mortgage company and will meet with the realtor next week. We have seen some houses with creepy basements (definitely on the do not want list) and we have gotten to know what we want and don’t want in a house.

 

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Keeping up with everything else….

I still work 40 hours a week and my job has gotten  a lot busier in the last 2 months (grateful for this though), I still go to the gym at least once a week- the past few weeks it’s been Zumba classes.  I have also been consistent the last 2 weeks with only having 1 coffee a day ( 2 on a really bad day,) drinking less alcohol/more tea, and meditating and journaling more. #Selfcare

Oh and the blog! And seeing friends when I can. Damn, that’s a lot when I really write it down..

 

 

Currently loving…

 

YLEO

 

Young Living Essential Oils.

Did you see my last post? Mom and I have been pretty obsessed with our Young Living Essential oil diffuser. Make sure if you decide to join our love & purchase one of your own, you use our member ID code in my last post!

 

Current Goals…

 

This goes along with my Currently Doing section but I have a few solid things I want to work on right now:

  • Maintain less coffee  & alcohol
  • Attend yoga 1 x a week in addition to the gym. This is harder right now with school, but just requires more planning with my homework schedule.
  • Keep meditating.
  • Work on Poshmark & Ebay for a few hours every week and up my sales.
  • Apply to Web Design program and register for a summer class.
  • Pay off debt & save money. I have been paying off my credit card bill little by little and now I just got a new medical bill.         Sigh.…adulting. 

 

 

Currently thinking about…

 

Travel!

This time last year we were planning our dream trip to Santorini, Greece. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since we went.

This year because we are house hunting and saving we may just take a trip to Florida…Frankie has never been and nana and papa have a condo there we may be able to stay at.

I have really been dreaming about going to Thailand someday.  Anyone been?

 

What have you been currently up to?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Introvert’s “Peace” of Mind

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Ohhhhh, Sunday.

This weekend was a busy one.

I had a bunch of things I wanted to get done (and I did) and had to work a fundraising event for my job today.

Tomorrow brings Monday yet again and also brings… people. Lol.

I have talked about my Introversion  a few times and have definitely come to terms with it over the years, and even learned to embrace it and take pride in it.

Being an introvert with anxiety takes on a whole new level of self care that is needed to get by in every day normal life.  Self doubt thoughts are common and hard to shut off and we tend to…..ruminate. Any other anxious introverts out there with me? (This is not my life goal to be known as this, but it is what it is, so let’s all forge together now and bond over it, okay?) Some day I will talk about my particular anxiety I struggle with when I have the courage more on this blog.

Talking about mental health is so very important. Working on our own mental health is incredibly vital.

So I created this sanctuary.

This Introvert’s Haven.

This little mediation corner.

 

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Candles, plants, meditation pillow, & essential oils.

Lately I have been meditating to summer crickets or rain/rainforest sounds. Do you also know about the Insight Timer app? It’s great and full of guided mediations and wonderful calming sounds.

Winter is at that “feeling way too damn long” point right now (thanks February) and trust me- listening to these summer sounds with the lights off, eyes closed, with some yummy and soothing smells really helps ease the mind.

Something that has really helped me lately are essential oils. My mom and I have been really into Young Living Essential Oils right now. She wrote her own post about it here. 

 

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Essential oils are very therapeutic and there are so many combinations that you can put together for different purposes- stress, headaches, congestion- just to name a few.

So when I need a little down time, I shut the lights (and the world) off, light a candle, turn my salt lamp on, and pour some water and oils into my diffuser- this one’s the desert mist diffuser. 

This diffuser changes colors as it diffuses which is extremely calming. (And fun to watch)

 

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Tonight i’m diffusing: Copaiba, Cedarwood, and Lavender (for stress)

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We also have a few other stress relieving oils like this Tranquil roller ball (I love it so much) and Stress Away oil for the diffuser.

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My mom has the Aria diffuser, which is really amazing because it comes with a remote, has a glass dome, and it plays meditative music as it diffuses. She got this with the premium starter kit, which comes with 11 oils.

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And we finish with a wise word from my mama…

If you think Essential Oils might be for you, take a pop over to Young Living and check out the Premium Starter Kits – they are definitely the most ‘bang for your buck’ to get started on your journey. You will want to become a ‘member’ to purchase a kit – it doesn’t cost you anything and you have no further obligation, but it does guarantee you get the wholesale pricing, which is far less expensive than retail pricing! When I reviewed the individual oils, diffusers, etc. it was going to add up to a LOT more than buy purchasing the kit, so I went with the kit, it just made sense. If you do place an order, please use my member number 13867635 in both the SPONSOR ID and ENROLLER fields so they know you are part of my essential oils family.

 

A Spring Valentines Setting

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I decided to do something a little different this year working with Oriental Trading, but still wanted to do a winter post. 

February is tough for me- at least with January there is the hope of the new year and all of that. February is where winter gets mean and seems to torture you even worse. Spring can sometimes feel like months away but really it does fly by…

 

But at least there is Valentines day and celebrations of love.

 

Looking through Oriental Trading’s Marry Me collection, I got inspired to do a Valentines table setting and thought it would be fun!

 

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I had such a good time putting this together and even added my Stranger Things cross stitch present from my friend Sam up on the wall. No romantic Valentines dinner is complete without Stranger Things, right?! Nothing is complete without Stranger Things.

 

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As soon as I found these starfish and succulents, I knew I wanted to do a spring-themed Valentines table setting.

Something to brighten this dark and dull winter and bring life to the table.

[  Placed on the Wood Medium Round Centerpiece  ]

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Love Is Sweet in Gold

 

 

 

 

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I think this chalkboard may be sold out because I could not find it on the site, but they have many other chalkboards available.

 

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Milk bottle set with stand 

 

My plan is to make a terrarium with the succulents so I will do an updated blog post on that once it happens…

 

 

 

As always, 

Thanks so much for reading

XOXO

My Thrift Haul & Poshmark

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(Anyone else watching The End of the F***ing World on Netflix?! This song is courtesy of that show. So good- especially if you loved Atypical, like I did.)

 

 

I wanted to write this post for those who may not have thrifted yet and may not realize the amazing finds you can get, while paying way less than you would at a retail store!

I started thrifting around age 18 and haven’t stopped since…

I actually prefer thrifting to shopping in the mall because I find it more fun and satisfying when you find something really unique and when you find something of a brand you know is expensive that you bought for like $5.

 

 

 

J Crew French Hen sweater:

 

This item was listed on my Poshmark account- (that’s here by the way) and sold within about 2 weeks. It’s so cute and soft, I was considering keeping it for myself.

 

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White Mountain booties:

Channeling my inner Angela Chase obsession again, these reminded me of her….so obviously in the cart and home they went. (Thanks to my love for gifting me with these Adidas leggings for Christmas)

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Banana Republic “Keep It Simple” Sweater:

 

We could all use this little reminder for life, right?

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Asos Brocade & Leather Jacket:

 

 

Mango Suit Collection Utility Jacket:

 

I had never heard of this brand, but when I looked it up, found that they sell pretty well on Poshmark.

I have been wanting a Utility Jacket for awhile and this one is perfect. It has tons of pockets and is really warm. The inside of it can also be unbuttoned and worn as a vest! Great for traveling.

I also really love the small leather strips on the shoulders.

 

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Never mind my crazy hair…

 

Do you go thrifting? Do you thrift and Posh or Ebay? P.S. I have an Ebay account, too- that’s here.  

I am really excited to get better at selling on both- I have been listing all of my items on both accounts so that if it does not sell on one, it may sell on the other. I had a pair of Lularoe leggings listed on both that someone eventually bid on on Ebay, so I took it off Poshmark since a bid means the item is sold- listing on both is more work, but it increases your chances of making money and reaching an audience!

 

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Thanks for reading & happy thrifting!

 

 

 

March to the beat of your own drum

“So, what do you do?”

 

I am a composition of many things-including stardust and dreams , like you & her over there. I am a dreamer to be more than one anything for the rest of my life, yearning to be a multitude of my dreams, wrapped up in one. I am someone who is not defined by my career, but by my person.

I am a blogger & a writer. I am a case worker, helping teens & adolescents. I am a career student- and yes, that means I have many skills. I am a lover of learning. I am an anxious person learning to cope. I am an animal addict. I am a dog person, inside and out. I am a gamer. I am an introvert. I am a fashion lover & a thrift-er. I am a Yogi. I am a traveler.

I am a daughter, sister, girlfriend to my love. I am all of my dogs’ best friends and probably their life.

 

How about we ask instead,

“What makes you the happiest & sets your soul on fire?”

March to the beat of your own drum. 

 

 

….”When are you getting married?”

 

 

 

We will buy a home and have a baby. We most definitely will acquire more dogs. We will travel for sure. We will do these in no particular order. We will probably do everything backwards and may question our every move of this life. What we won’t ever question, though, is our integrity to do our very own thing- as we want to.

And we might or might not just not be the marrying type, but the loving type for sure. 

 

March to the beat of your own drum. 

 

….Moving out?

 

 

When my dogs do, yes. Because I will miss them way too freaking much. On the real-Rushing out to spend money on rent so I can’t get ahead seems silly when I have a great relationship with my mom (and dogs!) and help out around the house and pay rent. There’s this weird thing where not everyone who lives at home is a lazy bum. I know, it’s crazy. Also damn- house hunting takes a long time. And mom and I love to watch This is Us and The Crown together. When I move out with Frankie who will I watch girly shows with? Okay, okay….I’ll keep looking for homes. With a Girl Cave.

 

March to the beat of your own drum.

 

…..”Are you okay?”

 

 

…….I was until you asked that.  If you heard how loud my brain is you would not be questioning my silence. Many times I would rather just listen and observe. I am okay, I just don’t feel like talking, probably because there is so much conversation going on in my brain. Honestly, my introverted self is quiet as this is the only way I can achieve a little bit of solitude while surrounded by people. Because I need that…to function. I used to think this was odd about me, but now I cherish it. You should too. 

 

March to the beat of your own damn drum. 

 

 

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