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3. 25 Is Quickly Approaching
Um, I’m 100% not ready to be 25 years old. I can’t even clean out my coffee mug at the end of the day; how am I supposed to be a real person? With this new found knowledge that my birthday is in less than 3 weeks, I’ve decided that I want to attempt to get my shit (semi) together. I made a budget. WHAT?! Adult life, hello! I even looked at apartments and I’ve totally got this down. The one thing I’m missing is a job. Casual. I’m working on it, ok? Get off my back.

2. Barre3
Ok, so techincally it’s been 2 weeks since my last class; I’ve been busy. But I get points for buying a pilates ball and light weights to use at home. Anyway, these classes are Hell on Earth in the best way possible. Barre3 (a company founded by Sadie Lincoln) is a combination of Barre (ballet), pilates and yoga and gives you a killer overall body workout.

With Sadie’s method, the first 30ish minutes of the class is cardio-based and actually makes you want to die. I cursed my nutritionist the whole time for suggesting I take this class. But the last 30 minutes were actually quite delightful, in a painful, my-ass-may-fall-off kind of way. It’s more pilates based, which means the moves are more concentrated and slow and you do a million reps using only your body weight (or light 1-3lb weights for arm work). Still death-based, but a nice cool down from the cardio.

Overall, these classes kick ass. Madonna goes to them, so you know they have to be good. To find a studio near you, check here. Can’t find one? Sadie also offers classes online to do at your own discretion so you can sweat peacefully from the comfort of your home.

1. ELITE DAILY PUBLISHED MY ARTICLES!
Literally can’t even belive life right now. I know it’s like not that big of a deal, but shut your face because I think it is! So far Elite has published 2 of my articles (here and here) as of July 10, and I can only hope they continue to do so. Also, they denied one of my articles and I was really happy about it because I didn’t think it was very well written when I sent it in, and now I know that they don’t just accept whatever is sent to them. My second article got 7k shares and I’m so happy because 7,000 people liked my article enough to share it with their friends. Someone even posted a “rude” comment, so like, I also have haters. I’m loving every second of this…

I also post each of my articles (published or not) on my other blog (which I changed the name/url to) at Stop Irritating Me.

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3. Fish-ish
So, I meant to post this a few weeks ago when I decided to go out and purchase some fish! I had googled “small pets” and obviously some crazy animals came up that I had never even heard of, but I went for the less interesting route and chose fish. I found all these articles about how calming they are, blah blah blah. Hey, who couldn’t use a nice calming pet that requires *LITTLE* maintenance? So I up and went to my local PetSmart and harassed one of the workers into spending an hour with me to explain how to care for fish. Yeah, not so easy to own fish, but I overestimated my dedication and purchased 4 fish and a massive tank. For the next 3 hours I half-assed setting up the tank with semi-distilled water and skimming through the information packets. Pssh, I got this.
The first few days were filled with joy. I fed my four lovely fish, named them and stared at them for minutes on end. What a great purchase! Unfortunately those were the only days filled with excitement. About 10 days into owning my little buddies, I woke up to a very odd sight. I found one fish dead (poor little Flower) and three new fish. I was living in a Dr. Seuss book. I guess it’s true that with death comes birth, or whatever that saying is.
So etcetera, etcetera, days go by and the tank gets dirtier because I don’t know how to clean it, especially with three baby fish swimming around. So we come to yesterday. At this point I had lost two fish, but still had five, which was still more than what I started with. Go me. I finally decided that I needed to clean the tank because one of the fish was on it’s death bed and I wanted to be it’s Guardian Angel. Instead I became the Grim Reaper. Oops. Again, I half-assed cleaneing the tank with semi-distilled water and hoped for the best. I got the worst. Within the hour of me scooping out the water and putting the new water in, I had killed all five fish. All of them. Every single one. My Dr. Seuss book came to a sad and scary end, not suitable for children.
Basically, owning fish sucks unless you have dedication or can hire someone to do all the work for you. The little bit of relaxation I experienced was NOT worth the pain and stress of knowing that I had to eventually clean the tank (aka kill everything). On the plus side, I now have a 10-gallon tank that I can use as another way to clutter my room.

2. Spring is Springing
handsSpring has not “officially” sprung, but it’s in the air; it’s coming.  Apparently Mother Nature didn’t get the note that spring was supposed to start on March 20 because we were granted two more days of debilitating snow. It’s like winter would never end. But this morning when I checked the weather I was given hope that it WAS going to end. The next week shows temperatures in the high 50’s and 60’s and compared to what we’ve had, that is extremely warm! Joy to the Northeast! I am SO beyond excited to whip out my tees and open-toed pumps and tuck away my disgusting winter coat and wool scarves. I’ll most definitely do a post on my new spring favorites and it will be obnoxiously long. While summer is my absolute favorite season because of the heat and going to the beach, the fall and spring will always be my favorite in terms of fashion. Nothing is better than jeans and a tee. I’m too excited.

1. Being Active

I’ve decided that with the new weather coming, I want to start getting outside more. I tend to be a slight homebody, especially in the winter (aka I don’t leave my house. Ever.) and I really think that needs to change. Honestly, I’m 23. I need to get the hell out of the house. It’s borderline embarrassing. Enter my main problem: what am I going to do? I’ve come up with a few ideas, some more realistic than others (I need to stop thinking that I’m going to go for a run) and I’m excited to try some of them out. I’m excited most about attempting to hike. In my mind, hiking means following a well-defined trail in the woods of my local park. I feel like that’s baby-hiking. I need like, adolescent-hiking. Note that I 100% have no idea how I’m going to go about this. I’ll probably get back into my baby-hiking and try to progress from there. We’ll see. This could just be another thing that I start and end within a week. Hopefully not, but only time will tell. I have my fingers crossed that I’ll come across someone that is an obsessed hiker that will help me become a little more coordinated and knowledgable about how to not twist my ankle the second I step onto an uneven surface.

Now Playing: Yoga Beats

As of late (ok I’ve been slacking “lately”) I’ve been hitting the local yoga studio in my little slice of suburbia heaven (read: hell).  I get stressed very easily, as you can probably tell if you read my tweets, so sometimes I just need an hour to unwind and actually be told to relax.  I find that even if my crazed thoughts race right back after savasana, that hour of pure bliss can get me through another day of hell (ok, my life isn’t that hard, but sometimes it seems like it).

Since I haven’t been able (read: too lazy) to get to the studio recently, I’ve been compiling my own yoga playlist on my iTunes and I must say that I’m really digging it (do people still say ‘digging it?’).  I figured that I would grace you all with some of my favorite selections while you engage in some yoga poses.  I find that my all-time favorite pose is that of the child.  I hate kids, but boy do they know what’s up when it comes to relaxation.

1. Dream- Alice Smith

This song is perfect for vinyasa and sun salutations because it is upbeat, but Smith holds some of her notes a little longer so it helps with the flow.  I love the jazz-like tones in her voice and music, making her cd transitional to every mood and/or situation.

2. Coastin’- Zion I

This one is a little more upbeat and I find that it is great for running on the treadmill (last time I checked, like 3 months ago). This track is also great for vinyasa, maybe a little faster, and I like it for my stretches- definitely stretches pre-workout, as I find that more mellow tunes are better for my deep stretches post-workout.

3. Jar of Hearts- Christina Perri

This is definitely one of the more “angsty” yoga songs that work for me, but it does just that: it works.  I find that Perri’s words and beat are especially good for when I’m feeling exceptionally angry at the male population.  I’ve been working on channeling my anger into other outlets, one being yoga, and I’ve found that listening to songs about how men (and women) suck and we are so much better off without them, really helps me unleash everything (yes, I’m extremely single. I get it). This track is a little angry, very fluid and motivates me to be like, “hey, fuck you, I’m going to kick ass at yoga now,” and I love every second of it.

4. In the Waiting Line- Zero 7

While this is my favorite yoga beat, it is also one of my favorite songs in general.  Zero 7, much like Frou Frou (Imogen Heap), has such a chilled out vibe that goes perfectly with pretty much anything from yoga, to running, to drinking wine, to just laying in your bed staring at the ceiling. As you may have noted in previous “Now Playing” posts, I’m very big on really hearing the lyrics in a song and understanding them, and In the Waiting Line is one of those songs that speaks to me.  I know that I sound like the biggest music snob on Earth right now, but it’s too true not to talk/write/whatever about.  This track is all about throwing away the “9 to 5” ideal and not wasting your life with mundane acts. I’m definitely not a “9 to 5” type, so I often find myself switching to this track when I’m feeling like my life is getting too bland and I need to remember that there is an escape.

Sorry that was so deep. I really like this song, ok?

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3. Remembering that I have a Blog

THIS EXISTS? Who knew, right?  I’ve been super busy with my extremely long holiday break from work that has been filled with way-too-long naps, shopping, eating and cocktails with friends.  But hey, I’m back and that’s all that matters.

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2. The Holidays Being Over

I love the idea of the holidays and the actual holiday (Christmas, NYE, etc.), but I hate what they entail.  I’m not big on being forced to sit around a table with my extended family to gossip about who’s in prison, pregnant (again) and what I’m doing with my life.  Look, I have no idea what I’m doing with my life- I’m 22 and my parents still pay for my gas, so please stop asking.  Also, NYE can blow me.  Plans always get effed up and you end up at some random kid’s house with 20 people you don’t know drinking wine out of a plastic cup.  Sure I could have just stayed in and probably have a better time, but I needed an excuse to wear my new backless romper and hot pink Kate Spade bag.  Sometimes we have to make sacrifices.  Whatever.  I’m just beyond happy that I can wipe this fake ass smile off of my face and get on with 2013.  See ya 2012, it’s been a shit show and I’m glad you’re over.

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1. New Years Resolutions

Without question the most corny of my Top 3, but I’m not even the least bit sorry that I love making New Years Resolutions.  Why start changing your life around randomly when there is a set day that things are “supposed” to change along with the date?  I’m a little late on making my resolutions this year (usually I figure them out towards the end of December), but I’m chronically late for life, so I’ll just chalk it up as one of my many flaws.  Here’s a working list of some things I hope to complete and/or pursue in 2013:

  • Volunteer- Something that I used to do all the time and have since gotten “too busy” to do.  While I may have a rough exterior, I have always had a soft spot for helping others in need.  Weather it be working at a local soup kitchen or volunteering at the Red Cross, I hope to do something at least once a month (got the idea from this Thought Catalogue article)
  • Find the Gym- I know this is on everyone’s list, but I don’t want to go to lose weight (while that would be a welcomed outcome).  I always enjoy going to the gym, it’s just the process of getting there that actually kills me
  • Go to a Shooting Range- I’m all for gun control, but I think it would be bomb as hell to learn how to shoot one
  • Travel to a New Country- traveling is one of my favorite hobbies, but it’s a little difficult when you are a poor 20-something.  Which brings me to my next goal:
  • Save up!!- I’ve been doing a pretty good job of this for the past 6 months and I would like to see that effort continue. I know I need to let myself splurge every once in a while, but saving up to do bigger and better things in the future will be way better than those gorgeous pair of shoes that “I must have”
  • Read for Leisure- Another thing that I have been getting better at, but I want to continue to work on.  I have a tendency to stop reading books when I get bored and completely forgetting about them.  I need to fix that
  • Spend more time doing things I enjoy, even if it means doing them along- I love seeing movies, going out to eat, grabbing a drink (or two) after a rough day at work, but sometimes people are too busy with their own shit to join me.  So I’m going to (attempt to) throw caution to the wind and head out solo.

There are plenty more where that came from, but I don’t want to bore you any longer.  One of my biggest goals is to REALLY keep up with this blog.  I tend to get distracted very easily and forget things, and I don’t want that to happen to this!  Here’s hoping!