Opening Your Mind

Opening Your Mind

The time has come. 

It's the end of the semester and everything is CRAZY. You're trying to manage school, summer plans, friends, formals, and everything else. It can really take a toll on your sanity, and I know I am always searching for a way to stay calm.

But what is calm? 

Have I ever really been calm........EVER?? 

It's true, sometimes I live my life like a helicopter, buzzing all over the place and never really touching down on anything. But in the last year I've discovered that the number one way to erase every one of my worries is by opening my mind. 

This phrase: "Open Your Mind"

We've all used it before, but recently I've discovered that it is a cure for all major stresses. 

So here's an activity:

1) List your top 5 worries 

2) Close your eyes and take a breath 

3) Ask yourself why does this cause me stress? Will it truly affect the rest of my life? Will I care/lose sleep over this topic in 10 years?

This is opening your mind. Taking a mindful moment to consider the true repercussions of the events in your life.  This minimizes both the fear and the nerves surrounding a topic or event. 

So take a moment......

and open your mind. 

Travel

Travel

Happy New Year! May your resolutions be cheerful and your minds ready to take on the new year ahead! I began my new year by hopping on a plane back to the East Coast!  

I have always loved to travel, it's a BIG passion of mine! However, it can be a BIG pain if you don't have the right accessories with you. Since I've been traveling for such a long time I have learned through the process of trial and error what I should pack and carry on. (My family loves to tell the story of the time I went to New York and brought not one, not two, but three bags full of clothes...for 2 nights) 

Tonight, I am stuck in the best place to write a blog post on travel. An airport. My flight back to New Jersey has been delayed for 3 hours, therefore leaving me with plenty of time to write! So here we go! 

Kara's Top Five Travel Tips

1) Plan ahead! Plan ahead! Plan ahead! 

I swear by my planner, we all know this. But! I truly believe that when you travel you should try to control all that you can, because sometimes you end up in situations out of your control (SFO, with a 3 hour delay.....cough cough....cough) So plan outfit that is comfortable, but allows you to be a professional after your flight. Find a carry on bag that allows for plenty of storage, but doesn't break your shoulder in half. And most importantly! (In my humble opinion) Pack food! I often struggle to find healthy and affordable options in the airport. So I try and bring my in flight staples and little treats with me! Bonus: this also saves you time! 

2) "But What Do I Wear" -The Grinch

I have been known to strut through the airport in heeled boots, ratty pajamas, and even a brand new audition dress. But what I recommend to all of you is to invest in the following pieces: 

1) Joggers: Here are a pair from Nordstrom that are Linen and Crop (which looks great with a cute pair of sneakers or flats).

2) A cotton sweater. Airplanes can often be cold and keep you from being comfortable; a comfortable bulky sweater such as this one from the Gap is a cute cozy way to bundle up on your 

3) Cute comfy sneakers are a must when traveling. They are easy to slip off at security, but keep your feet warm during those long flights. Take a look at these Steve Madden slip ons

3) Healthy Eating 

I try to maintain a healthy diet despite my location and the number one way to combat cravings for fast food or sweets is by packing snacks to bring with you on your flight. I personally always want a cracker or chip similar to Saltines and have found that Sea Salt Pop Corners are a healthier alternative. This tip differs based on your taste, but I recommend a canister of nuts like Blue Diamond Almonds and a form of protein like Teriyaki Turkey Jerky. Also, a small fruit salad can be perfect for those Red Eye flights. This tip will help you save money and keep your tummy happy! 

4) reusable Water Bottle  

BRING A WATER BOTTLE! Bottled water in the airport can eat up the cash in your wallet! Instead stick an empty water bottle in your carry on and fill it up when you get past security. Want ice and cold cold water? Stop by the Starbucks and ask the barista to fill up your bottle for you. My favorite water bottle is the S'well bottle, which you can find here.

5) The Carry On 

Backpacks, duffle bags, purses, satchels. I've had them all. However, my number one recommended bag is the Vera Bradley Preppy Poly Weekender Bag. This bag has 2 large pockets and 1 zip pocket inside perfect for various types of carry on item. The internal pocket has an adorable design and has enough storage for my laptop, book, planner, pens, etc. However, the best feature of this bag is the strap on the back that allows for it's placement on your suitcase, this allows for easy transport and a hands free experience. 

What in the world is in my Carry On Bag?! 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

So it's no secret that I believe FULLY in the power of meditation in one's day to day life. Taking 5 simple minutes to close your eyes and breathe can change everything! 

One year ago, I embarked on a journey to start practicing mindfulness in my everyday life. Mindfulness is a type of meditation focusing on living each moment fully engaged in the present. Have you ever driven home and realized you don't remember how you got there? (Did I actually stop at that stop sign?) Mindfulness combats our tendency to turn on auto pilot. It forces us to be aware of ourselves and our environment. 

By practicing mindfulness every day we create what I like to call a "superpower". You become so aware of yourself that you understand the "signs" of depression, anxiety, stress, or whatever causes negativity in your life. Furthermore, being present in the moment often opens our eyes to the unseen positives surrounding us; we realize that living with an unhealthy mental state can be primarily caused by lack of perspective. Mindfulness opens your eyes. 

Want to know more? Check out THIS LINK or Find mindfulness programs in your area! 

My Tools

My Tools

Katniss has her bow and arrow, the Jedi his light saber, my weapons of choice are a planner, a notebook, and good pen. 

In order to achieve organizational success I highly recommend investing in a good planner. There are many options, including the Erin Condren Life Planner, the Day Designer, and Simplified Planner.

My top choice is the Emily Ley Simplified Planner. I have the DapperDesk Leather Planner with a gold monogram. Unlike the original Simplified Planner, the DapperDesk Planner has an open note section at the bottom opposed to the designated sections of the original planner. 

I also like to keep  a notebook on hand to write out my thoughts, memories, or anything that comes to mind. And last but not least a good book for the moments in between your busy day, my current choice is Amy Schumer's "The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo". My planner goes everywhere with me, so I like to keep my schedule and goals pasted inside so that I can refer back to them when I'm stressed. 

What tips do you have to keep your life organized? 

 

Welcome!

Welcome!

Hello All! 

Welcome to my blog! I began cataloging my life on the internet a few years ago. It all started when I made a promise to myself and my body to make actively healthy choices. In the past 6 months I have noticed that these healthy habits have been dwindling. So therefore my New Years Resolution is get back into blogging and jump feet first into my healthy lifestyle! 

A little about me? I am a twenty year old girl from Santa Cruz, California. I am in my third year of college at Rider University, Westminster College of the Arts as a Musical Theatre Major with an Arts Administration Minor. In the last year I have made several exciting discoveries in my artistic life! These discoveries have led to incredible opportunities that I cannot wait to share with you! 

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