Easy Ways To Relieve Stress

Woahhhh this work week has me all types of messed up. Life has been so hectic and I’ve been having a lot going on around me. All of this commotion makes it difficult to stay focused and motivated. There have definitely been more than a few times where I just wanted to give up. Anyone else?

Well, fear not because although we all have those days we also have ways to combat them and offset the stress! I’ve come up with 5 ways to remove stress from your life in a variety of different situations. Join me in this blog post so we can all be stress free together!

Clean It Out 

Alright, stay with me here. Cleaning a space reduces the clutter from your life and will leave you feeling refreshed. Start with small places like your car, closet, or bedroom. Then, move on to the rest of your home or spend time really organizing the areas you just cleaned. Trust me, this helps!

Read Or Write 

Expanding your creative thoughts will help relieve some of that stress build up. It’s a mind aid to just let everything go in the comfort of a good book or journal. Spend sometime at a local coffee shop to dial into a better, more relaxed, environment. Let the creative juices flow! What’s been your recent favorite read?

Drive

Sometimes one of the best ways I deal with stress is to just take a lot of time for myself. There’s nothing wrong with that! I do this frequently by hopping in my car and throwing on some tunes. The trip doesn’t stop until I do. The possibilities are quite endless. A drive can mean a few blocks, miles, or hours. So long as your gas budget allows!

Gain A Green Thumb

I’ve recently began filling my little home with plants. It gives me something to plan for every day and makes my space more welcoming. There’s something wonderful about adding greenery to a lived in area! The process of potting, watering, and watching your new babies grow will give you a new distraction. Guaranteed, the tension will melt away with a succulent or two.

Bubble Bath It Up

Nothing says relaxation more than bubbles. After a long hard day, the only thing I want is a warm bath. Light a couple candles, make a hot camomile tea, and slide on into the tub. This is typically the time of the day where I shut down my electronics and spend some much-needed me time. I can’t be bothered when I’m soaking away the stress.

There are plenty of great bath products out there but some of my favorites come from LUSH. Their bath bombs make me feel like a deserving princess worthy of nothing but sparkles and scents that resemble fresh picked roses or clean linens. If that’s not your thing, try a moisturizing body conditioner or scrub. Pampering myself helps leave the troublesome thoughts “down the drain“. See what I did there?

5 Easy Ways To Be Kind

For some people, being a good person and spreading positivity comes at a high cost. People will say there’s no purpose in being a decent human being if others won’t return the favor. That’s just not the truth.

Spreading kindness doesn’t always mean you get something afterwards. The purpose is to (as cliché as it sounds) make the world a better place. Being negative and not being kind doesn’t make anything better in any situation. So today, I’ve put together a short list of things I feel everyone can do in order to throw some kindness into another person’s day without much effort.

Compliments

Receiving a compliment on a bad day is always really nice to hear. So, give compliments to your loved ones and strangers just because! There’s no real reason behind this other than making someone else feel good about themselves. Compliment their hair, outfit, smile, attitude, anything really. It’s guaranteed to make a difference in someone else’s mood.

Saying Thank You 

Keep it simple and sweet by showing gratitude. Most of the time, others aren’t expecting a “Thank You” but it’s a phrase everyone likes to hear said. It’s a common courtesy gesture that I don’t think people use enough. So say it and say it like you mean it!

Love 

The people around you won’t be there forever so make sure to show love whenever you can. This can be done physically or emotionally and doesn’t cost you a dime. Say “I Love You” today to the individuals who matter most.

Listen

Lending an ear to someone can be the biggest act of kindness for a person in need. It shows that you care and are interested in hearing what they have to say. Good or bad, show support and be that shoulder to lean on. To show your listening show social cues like nodding your head and responding often. This can be more helpful than you think!

Give Your Time 

Giving your time and appreciation is also very effortless. Choose to spend your time with people who make you happy and people who need it the most. Try volunteering for your community or connect with new friends and old family members. Relating to what I said above, tomorrow is never promised and we’re not sure what the future can bring. Make everyday count and spread your positivity upon others.

My Courthouse Wedding

Hi everyone! I hope your March is off to a wonderful start. Spring is so close and summer is just around the corner. Did anyone else think this winter flew by?!

In today’s post, I wanted to talk a little about my courthouse wedding, what my plan was and how I did it. I know a ceremony like this may be a tad on the unconventional side but ultimately it’s what my husband and I had wanted from start to finish. To be completely honest, it couldn’t have been a more perfect day and I’m so fortunate that everything worked out in our favor.

Let’s Start With The Why 

Growing up, I always imagined myself having a large, drawn out, extravagant wedding. I wanted a big white dress, tons of bridesmaids along with a reception planned for a queen. But as I’ve grown older and gotten more mature, I realized those things were less important to me than other details. My plan had changed from being traditional to a more intimate and modern style.

After we had decided on this casual and laid back arrangement, people began to wonder why? Distant family members would ask, “why rush it”? Others would question if there was a deeper meaning for getting married young and spontaneously. It was almost like we needed to prove something to people in order to do what we really wanted.

In my opinion, our plans were not spontaneous at all. We had been engaged for over 6 months prior and had been living together for most of our relationship. We had fought, cried, laughed, and experienced life together as a couple. To commit ourselves to one another was something we had thought of for a while and was not by any means a righteous decision.

With that said, I do believe it’s important to think about a life changing move like marriage and discuss if it’s a “right time” decision with your significant other. For myself and my husband, it was.

Did I Send Out Invites?

This was one of those things I just didn’t feel was needed in my instance. The family we were inviting was immediate and the only other person attending was a close friend. If your plan is to include all members of the family then maybe some simple invites are needed but for us they were not a necessity.

Things I Knew I Wanted On My Day

There was a short list of keepsake or memory worth things I wanted to include on my wedding day. I knew I wanted a cake, flowers, and a dinner to follow but I didn’t want anything too big or glitzy. I found a local bakery to create my cake, my husbands mother took care of the bouquet, and I chose a fair priced restaurant where we all could gather afterwards.

My Color Scheme

Even though I wasn’t having a large amount of guests come to this event, the goal was to try to make everything cohesively tie together. After many days of pinning on Pinterest, I found some color shades I loved. I geared everything around light rosy pinks and a purple maroon color with touches of ivory. It really wasn’t anything over powering but just enough to be memorable.

The Overall Experience

The process of getting our marriage license to tying the knot was smoother than expected. My advice to others thinking of doing the same set up I did, is to come prepared. Don’t forget cash, two forms of legal identification, where to go, who to see, and your courts availability. Knowing all of this information will make everything go as planned without any issues or hiccups.

To add, if you’re religious and would like the ceremony to serve a specific purpose, make sure you tell that to your judge. Our I do’s were less than 2 minutes but I know some judges can accommodate you if need be.

Reception?

I really quickly wanted to mention what our long-term goal is for a “reception”. In the next coming months, we are planning to send out “Eat, Drink, And Be Married” party invitations. We will be holding a large get-together to formally announce our marriage as well as celebrate with all of our family and friends.

What makes this difficult, is that my husband will be deployed from March 2017-Fall of 2017 so this is something we are still trying to figure out and organize. Will he take leave time? Should we just wait until he returns home? We’re still figuring it out.

To wrap this up, I’d like to again state that the way we got married is not the way everyone chooses to get married. There was much thought, consideration, and discussion over our decision as to what we wanted and what we didn’t. All in all, the day was full of love and new beginnings. As a newly wed couple, we are so excited to be officially husband and wife. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!

If you have any questions regarding this topic please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m open for discussion on many of the topics I blog about and will gladly answer any you may have. My socials are always linked on the home page for your convenience and I’m pretty quick with getting back to people! Let’s chat!