The 10 Most Innovative, Unique Ways To Make Your Daily Routine More Productive

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My dad used to joke that I could only function on two levels: do everything or do nothing; be an overachiever or a sloth. Teasing aside, for a long time I was in the habit of expending all my energy in intermittent, intense bursts, like metaphorical sprints of 14-hour days and insane undertakings in short periods of time, and then I’d just crash and be non-functioning for a week. (Needless to say: it was unhealthy and not sustainable.)
After a lot of needless anxiety, I’m still miles from being a master of deliberately scheduling my time in a completely productive, happy, healthy way. But I’m getting there, mostly because I’ve sought advice, learned for myself, and am generally interested in shit happy people do. So here you have it, a few of the points I’ve gathered from such ventures (and without a doubt, tricks I swear by.)

1. Use scent and sound recognition to cultivate…

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101 Things I Will Teach My Daughters

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1. Chocolate is only a temporary fix.

2. A properly-fitting bra is not a luxury. It is a necessity.

3. Your happiness is your happiness and yours alone.

4. How to apply red lipstick.

5. How to wear the crap out of red lipstick.

6. A boyfriend does not validate your existence.

7. Eat the extra slice of pizza.

8. Wear what makes you feel gracefully at ease.

9. Love the world unconditionally.

10. Seek beauty in all things.

11. Buy your friends dinner when you can.

12. Wear sunscreen like it’s your second job.

13. Try with all your might to keep in contact with far-away friends.

14. Make the world feel at ease around you.

15. Walk with your head up.

16. Order a cheeseburger on the first date if you want to.

17. Never, ever bite your nails.

18. Swipe on some lipstick, put on your leather…

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New School Year, New Me

I never felt the need to start a blog since I was always in the same 10 mile radius as anyone and everyone I talked to. Moving to college three years ago (holy crap.. that many?), has clearly changed that, as well as family and friends moving to different states and meeting people from other countries (okay, country… you know who you are, Kate). So I guess this blog is a way to share my life with them, as well as a journal for me. Hopefully this won’t end up like my pile of journals collecting dust in the corner of my room that number upwards of a billion.

Please bear with my terrible grammar and terribly boring life. This will be a chronicle of events that lead to the interesting life that I WILL have in the future. I will mix in whatever I feel like mixing in, like my opinions and neat things I come across that make my life slightly less boring.

Starting with the basics:

Location: that slightly larger than the smallest dot on the map, Iowa City, IA.

Studying (pre) Business at the University of Iowa.

I hate cats.

Thanks for your time thus far.