Things to do when you’re bored

Things to do when you’re bored

Today I’m sharing some ideas of things to do when you’re bored. I know you can find thee posts everywhere but I had this list compiled on a day when I myself was bored. Maybe you can help me think of even more things that one can do in any situation when we’re bored. I grouped some things like exercise and any activity such as hiking, biking or rock climbing. I guess those are each individual things. I should have compiled it better but I’m sure I’ll have even more editions of this post to come….

  • sleep
  • sing
  • clean your room, house, car
  • write something/blog
  • tv/movies/netflix/youtube
  • read a book, newspaper, blog
  • listen to music/podcast/tedtalk/etc
  • surf the web, research
  • play games
  • plan an app game on your phone
  • spend time with wife, husband, significant other, family or friend
  • pinterest (self explanatory)
  • self care
  • give advice/personal growth
  • create new goals
  • go shopping or browse around
  • chat with online friends, text someone, go visit someone
  • burn a candle, warm scentsy or diffuse essential oils
  • play/watch snapchat
  • travel
  • babysitting
  • take a shower
  • do your hair/makeup
  • take pics on cellphone or camera
  • decorate/buy decor
  • cook or bake
  • pen pals
  • dance
  • horoscopes, moon and star gaze
  • buy gifts
  • use planner
  • go donate something
  • volunteer
  • go to the library
  • exercise or find a new activity

    What things do you do when you’re utterly bored? How do you entertain your children when they say “mom, I’m bored…”? Any tips, tricks or other boredom buster ideas, leave them in the comments below!

5 tips to update your home

5 tips to update your home

As a homeowner, sometimes you need to scrap everything. The answer is to update your home and change the space entirely. It’s one of my favorite things to do when I’m restless and need a new vibe in my home. It is easy to get bored of your surroundings, so doing a low-cost makeover on the style of your home is simple. Painting the walls a new brighter and lighter color will make such a big difference in waking up a stuffy room. Go to the home improvement/paint store like Lowes or Rhodda and pick up a few paint sample cards. Check them against the wall and get enough of a paint sample for swatches on your wall so you can physically see them as they dry. When you’ve decided on a color you like, buy your brushes, drop cloths or plastic, painters’ tape and rollers. And put on some old clothes to wear while you’re working. If you are working on a dark color you may also need primer. I’m a responsible young adult with a rental house in the city and I never realized how crucial having reliable garbage and recycling services are. It can be frustrating and confusing if you’re new and don’t understand the guidelines. Since living here I’ve been striving to sort and recycle much more than I ever have before. But things like house paint cannot just be tossed out! PaintCare (including Oregon, 7 other states and DC) provides safe and effective recycling of paints from households and small businesses like painting contractors and property managers. The PaintCare stewardship program began in July 2010 in Oregon. Drop-off sites consist of paint retailers (paint, hardware, home improvement stores) that volunteered to take back paint making it easy for the public to do so without hesitation. These places accept house paint, primers, stains, sealers and clear coatings (shellac and varnish). There’s no charge for bringing your paint to a PaintCare drop off site. There are 170 sites in Oregon and PaintCare is funded by the PaintCare fee which is in the included price of paint sold in Oregon. This is used to fund all parts of paint program:
  • Paint collection

  • Transportation

  • Recycling

  • Public Outreach

  • Program Administration

  • To manage old “legacy” paint (paint that accumulated in homes/businesses before the program started)

Is there paint sitting in your garage or business right now? I bet it’s old and has been there awhile. If you’re not going to use it up, the good news is they will accept paint even if it is more than 30 years old so now you have no excuse- go recycle it! I’d recommend going to the PaintCare website and seeing where and how you can donate or use up that leftover paint.     Now, the next step is to rearrange furniture, it specifically changes the whole outlook and feel of a home. You can always make things even more interesting by looking up Feng Shui. Maybe moving the chair one of you really loves into the corner for a reading nook. Or hang a new piece of art that you enjoy seeing daily. Switch your couch and TV to opposing walls if you can or flip the couch’s position. If you have a rug, clean it or shake it out to breathe new life into your cozy floor covering. Try adding some lovely flowers or oxygenating plants for a livelier feel. When creating, a new aesthetic feel for a room is as easy as purchasing a few new things to incorporate. Even on the cheaper side if you are on a tight budget, go to stores like Michael’s or Home Goods. Another way to add to your home is to place collections or trinkets of things you love and enjoy. And mirrors will always make your house look much bigger.   Clutter is a thief of time, it’s silently there trying to mess up your day. When you can’t find your keys, your shoes or your phone-making your life a whole lot harder. It’s not a good thing to have a lot of clutter from your closet to your pantry. A good place to start is by gathering some organizational materials to fix the problem areas. Using shelves, containers and labels to combined loose objects in your cupboard to make things look neater and overall easier to find. When organizing the madness, do what makes the most sense. If you use your brush before your lipstick, then keep your brush in the top drawer and your makeup organized near the back or in next drawer down. In the pantry keep your spices clustered together and your flour next to your sugar for baking. Make sure all your perishable items are sealed for the longest shelf life. By using labels in your cupboards, you can avoid putting that flour on your cereal or baking soda in your coffee. With these tips, hopefully you can refresh your home and enjoy the new space a little bit more this season.
5 ways to cheer up after disappointment

5 ways to cheer up after disappointment

Now this post was inspired by something I have been going through and didn’t expect it at all. We didn’t plan for it or see it coming so if there is a next time I guess we will know better. (No not pregnant) But this can be applied in most any situation and I suggest to think these over and do your best to not let yourself get too low or helpless about the circumstances because most of the time we are far from powerless. Whichever direction we take it’s still moving forward in one way or another. In the end you never know maybe this will make you a stronger person who can respond and handle difficult times with grace and mutual respect.

1. Identify your feelings and own them

When disappointment hits hard it’s difficult to know exactly what you’re feeling. A messy mix of emotions and confusion about the situation. Whether it be a personal disappointment or being disappointed in someone else- these processes can be hard to navigate. You have to know it’s okay to be upset, hurt, confused, surprised, deceived, angry and actually just purely disappointed. This didn’t go your way but often that’s how things work out and it’s how we learn life’s lessons. It makes us stronger in the end and shows us that life isn’t always peachy.

2. Try a new hobby, skill or trade

A positive way to spin a crummy time is to learn something from it. So be proactive and in turn productive for your bright future. What things are you into? What is that one hobby or language you’ve always wanted to learn? Why not try it now and expand your knowledge and experience! Knitting or crocheting is usually a popular choice. Start a blog about anything you love and I guarantee someone will be into it! Start exercising and eating better to lose that weight you’ve been battling since the new year.

3. Spoil yourself with self-care

Now c’mon what is the first thing you wanna do when things go wrong? So that’s your answer right there. Maybe take yourself out or go workout. Do a face mask, hair mask, foot soak or epsom salt bubble bath. Journal or write-get your words and feelings flowing. There are many ways to make yourself feel better and explore what your feeling before you can move on.

4. Be with others and talk it out

Talking to your support system no matter if that’s a spouse, friend, family member or role model/guide is very important to get these feelings off your chest. Someone else can converse with you and maybe provide you some comfort, solace and perspective that you wouldn’t otherwise see. Having any kind of disappointment can diminish us pretty easily and we tend to get hard on ourselves when something has not gone the way we planned. One way you can do this is by listing the pro’s and con’s of the situation and gathering what you might have learned from it. It turns a bad feeling into a learning experience.

5. Get back in the ‘saddle’ OR move on

At some point, the wallowing has to stop, the conversations get circular and even when you just don’t know what to do- you just have to try again. Or you can move on to a new goal in life and make the best of it. Everyone’s’ life has a different set of circumstances and while someone might seem like they are ‘on top of the world’ you never know what it’s like behind closed doors. So make the best of a crappy situation and buck up! Maybe if you can’t get to this place where you’re okay then my other tips will come in handy and you can slowly but surely move past it.

 

How to cure the Entrepreneurial funk

How to cure the Entrepreneurial funk


As a busy millennial entrepreneur, being and staying productive can be quite a task in itself. With working full-time, going to college, running my online business, and building a house all at the same time, it can be tough. It can be extremely hard to come home, sit down at my laptop, and continue with the same pace of productivity.

It’s hard doing #allthethings, y’all.
I know you wear a lot of hats yourself. And let me guess, there are days you just can’t get out of the funk of being uninspired, tired, and just plain exhausted. These are the days when binging on Netflix sounds a whole lot better than working on hanging out in Facebook groups. 
I have been there and done that. I get it. Grab your favorite hot beverage, my friend. Take a moment to sit with me and chat about my top three ways of keeping productive and getting out of that miserable funk we know all too well. 

Remember why you started

My lack of productivity links directly with losing sight of my goals. I noticed when I forgot why I started on this journey, the urgency, the inspiration, and all the jazz just was not as present. If this is you, take the time today to go back down memory lane. Remember why you have chosen this journey. Take in the emotions and feelings and allow yourself to go through those memories all the way to the beginning.
There is always a reason.
I decided to become an entrepreneur because I was tired of the corporate life. I wanted to create a life of my own filled with things I love. Every day at work, I remind myself with my dream board. It’s a collage of photos I put together in Canva and printed off to hang at my desk. I remember my reason for starting on this journey and furthermore, I remind myself of my why. 
This could be in the form of a daily text message, the collage I described, or simply journaling each day that you are thankful for being on the journey towards what your heart seeks. Just remember to visit your reasoning and why every so often. It will guide you and make sure you stay on track. 

Set goals that get you pumped

This starts at the beginning of the year. The beginning of the month. The beginning of each and every single day. Start with the top three goals that you need to a). Accomplish for the day and b). Get you super pumped. What usually happens is I start off slow and sluggish, but after accomplishing my top three goals, I start to gain some momentum and get so pumped I cannot stop when it is time to go to bed. 
True story. 
If you are not overall pumped for your goals and what you want to accomplish, take a second look. See how you either make them more exciting or can realign your goals with what you are passionate about. Sometimes it just takes a quick tweak and you are set to rock n’ roll. 
However, it is not enough to simply make the goals. You need to set them, add a due date, and hold yourself accountable. Planners and homemade goal worksheets have always done the trick for me. 

Don’t force it

No matter what, you cannot force yourself to be more productive, more inspired, or more of anything. Follow where your path and know that it is in your best interest overall. 
If you feel like writing instead of creating graphics, write your heart away. 
Getting out of the funk depends on the actions you are taking to get yourself out of it. If you keep pushing yourself into things that do not align with your purpose, you will never get out of the funk. (Well, maybe eventually.)
As you are in these funks, remember to stay true to who you are. Remember why you started. Set goals that align with your purpose and that pump you up. Finally, do not force anything. Let it come to you and go with the flow. Your journey and sailing will go a lot smoother that way. I promise. 
By: Ashley DeLuca




Bio:
Ashley is a digital marketing and web strategist who empowers female millennial entrepreneurs by creating a web design and foolproof strategy in 30 days. She enjoys eating cheese and playing with her two basset hound puppies when she is not glued to her laptop. You can find her at blankslatemediaconsulting.com
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10 Reasons To Be Thankful by Kayla Pickrell

10 Reasons To Be Thankful by Kayla Pickrell

I’m here to present to you Kayla Pickrell who is the Founder & CEO, Lucky Dog Mail Club and she’s sharing 10 reasons to be thankful. I think this goes perfectly, hand in hand with her company and message that getting cards and stationary isn’t a lost art and will make people happy and thankful that you thought of them in any situation. If you know this blog then you know I am a VA for Shield Sisters Initiative and they are all about self-care and fostering encouragement in others. And really caring for yourself could be as simple as writing a note to someone else. Journaling and meditation are my two favorites! Keep reading and check out these awesome products that Kayla has for us.

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Everyday, I write down 10 things I’m thankful for as I journal – along with my biggest task of the day, what I’m looking forward to the most, and whatever else my little heart thinks of. I write down what or who I’m thankful for because it brings clarity, focus and a sense of something bigger than yourself.
Everyday, you do a set of tasks and get caught up in the list and just getting things done that you often don’t look at the bigger picture. But the bigger picture is where it’s at. It’s why you do what you do every day. Looking at the bigger picture allows you to channel what you love and enjoy doing.
I challenge you to stop what you’re doing (or whenever you can) and write down the ten things, people, animals, etc. that you are thankful for at this moment. The more you do this, the easier it comes. They don’t have to be big things either. Sometimes I write, “I’m thankful it’s not raining,” because I was excited for mine and Odin’s walk for that day (Odin is my three-year-old Border Collie/Black Lab and the face to Lucky Dog Mail Club). Sometimes it’s, “I’m thankful for coffee,” because I am so tired I can’t think of being fully functional without it.
Track this list, and yes, you are allowed to repeat items. In fact, there are no rules. This is your list, your reasons to be thankful. No one needs to see them but yourself.
Later on, or even immediately depending on how it works for you, start sending thank you cards to the people on those lists. If you take the time to write one thank you card a week, I promise you, it will be worth it. Not only does this transform your thoughts into actions, but it transforms the lives of those you send a card to.
I know what you’re thinking, “How does one single card transform someone’s life?” Think of the last time you received a handwritten card in the mail. How did that make you feel? Did you smile, laugh, maybe you even called that person? I don’t know about you, but I keep a shoe box of all of the cards that have ever been sent to me. Wouldn’t you want to make someone else feel that way simply for helping you out or being there for you?
A card is so intentional and real and pure emotion that it sets itself apart from everything besides being in-person. It starts or continues a true relationship. It puts you top of mind with the person on the receiving end.
So why aren’t people doing this more often?
Cards were so quickly replaced by the digital world (texts, emails, digital pre-written cards, Facebook, etc.) that the personal connection stopped being there. Now communication is so lackluster that it doesn’t provide meaningful communication.
The likes and comments don’t mean a thing to a relationship, and it definitely shouldn’t take the place of them. The digital world is magnificent, but so are the real people in your life.
Set yourself apart and make a difference in the world, no matter how small. You’ll notice that these changes creates a change within yourself, as well as others.
Kayla Pickrell is the founder and CEO of Lucky Dog Mail Club, a stationery subscription box tackling the snail mail revolution by promoting gratitude outside the digital world and building intentional relationships. Kayla has been in the graphic design industry for six years in some way, shape or form. Starting out in the wedding industry, she created pretty paper goods for all things love. While she still does this, she finds joy in creating thank you and greeting cards that brightens someone’s day in their mailbox. Kayla’s favorite things: coffee, kayaking and ice cream. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram or email.

The Keys to Finding your Next Apartment

The Keys to Finding your Next Apartment

Location/Price/Size:

Of course when you’re moving, you’ll have an idea of why and where you want or need to be living. Location is most important factor when choosing a new apartment because you’ll be there for at least 6-12 months or longer if you choose to re-sign. 
Price is also going to be one of the major key elements; maybe there’s a strict budget or you have some wiggle room. Either way you need to be diligent about price and discuss with your partner/spouse or roommates about finances. It’s important to be up front and very honest about it.
You have to be realistic about square footage, number of rooms, how many bathrooms, amount of closet space, as well as storage spaces like cabinets and drawers and storage closet (if available) you’ll truly need.  Know what you have and if anything downsize & declutter before moving-it will help you a TON. A lot of new tenants aren’t allowed to make many adjustments to the space however it’s a great practice to be smart with organizing clutter and also using wall space in a tactful way(vertical not just horizontal). 

Applications/fee, Deposit-first last month’s/credit check, Pet fees, utilities:

Step one in moving is taking tours and physically seeing the space. If and when you like an apartment (or condo/house etc) then you have to apply for it. Put in your application ASAP! Applicants are vicious at some nicer complexes and will snatch a unit from under you without a deposit down or unit being held (this happened in my experience twice). When you fill out the application, make sure you print neatly and if you mess up; either A) very carefully use white out and write clearly over or to the side of the mistake or B) start over on a fresh application  if it can’t be fixed.

DO NOT PUT YOUR IDENTIFYING INFORMATION on it until the end especially YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER! For fear of it falling into the wrong hands besides your hands or your managers hands…BE CAREFUL! 

But also don’t forget to sign the bottom and bring with you any needed documents like bills for identification, pay stubs or bank statements for income verification and an ID (of some sort). Usually application fees are no more than 20-40$ a piece, if at all.
Have an idea of your credit score beforehand- you don’t need to know this particularly but you’ll have a deposit based on credit so be realistic about what that number may be. They can run anywhere from like 300$- 2x the full rent amount (is what I’ve seen on Oregon applications). Sometimes it’s one full month rent or even first and last months rent OR a flat rate deposit based on your credit.
Pet fees are a big part too when you have a kitty or your best friend fido, you’ll want to bring them with you. These days it is expensive to bring your buddies along with you to a new place-I don’t know if every state has “pet rent” but usually you’ll at least be hit with a not-so-friendly deposit for your furry pal too. I know most major cities are initiating these fees, especially in big time NYC or Seattle. 
Utilities are another monthly expense (most places don’t cover for W/S/G (water, sewer, garbage), so if anything one maybe comped but don’t go in expecting anything. Count these in addition to your rent and pet fees expenses could be upwards of 50$ or more depending on where you live.

Quiet community V.S louder kid friendly complex:

As far as this goes- you need to know what type of person you are. You may not have all the control in the world over this but, to an extent you do. If you are a family of four, you won’t mind having lots of kids and a more active community around you. But if you are a single adult, a quiet older couple or a pair who just isn’t about kids then you’ll want a much quieter complex. In your search be mindful of places that are loud and active versus more quiet and reserved. We personally don’t like to hear  screaming, some badly behaved kids constantly and have to deal with many families in the pool for instance but you don’t have much control over it. So I always just ask what the manager thinks and if we can get a unit in a quieter building.

Hard floors/Laminate V.S Carpet:

This is a main point of a residence and he floors you have really set the stage for your apartment. If you have kids then you’ll want more carpet for falls and playtime. If you have dogs or cats then maybe hard floors might be a better option. There are often many options in an apartment and this may play more into what you’re looking for in a place. I find hard floors a little more difficult to clean the dust bunnies and get the corners spic and span but also impossible to keep nice clean carpets with dogs- so weigh your options and take it into account while visiting spaces. I love using Swiffer products on my floors and Dyson vacuum for carpet. I would highly recommend a Dyson vacuum, they are worth the money and you’ll want to use it for everything. 

In Unity Laundry OR Laundry Room separate outside space: 

I always prefer having my own laundry in unit. Sometimes it’s not possible and having a laundry room outdoors is usually what people would get stuck with. The moving of everyone’s clothes, having to pay coins for it, and going up and down floors with your laundry is a hassle.
Having an in hall laundry area is somewhat of the same problem. It’s always in the way, you’ll have clothes everywhere and moving them up and down (usually in a stack able version) isn’t the best for your back.
But those who can be blessed with an in-unit laundry room (small or large) will certainly appreciate some place to get rid of those stinky clothes, somewhere to get those spots out and a place to fold and sort. Handy too when you can do laundry in your own space at any hour. Do your best to also keep your laundry space clean and maintain as pests can get in through walls or where the connections come through. Wipe down your appliances every week or two in order to keep them looking nice and clean and working properly. You can also do a vinegar and hot water rinse cycle to “disinfect” your machine. 

Renters insurance, Mold/Mildew/Pests, Late Fees etc:

Important things you need to know before moving into a new place. Renters insurance is required everywhere and there’s no need to have an over expensive coverage usually it’s required for 100K worth of renters insurance for a year time span. I go through Assurant and they have me on a plan that’s about $15 a month (which is normal for Oregon state) around $180 for the whole year to cover costs if any damages should occur. Believe me if a fire or something does happen you’ll be thankful that you had that coverage.
Mold/Mildew and Pests will and do often happen. Just ask your manager and go over these points in your rental contract. Usually it states that they will come and clean mold as it occurs and because it can make you very sick- it needs to be carefully cleaned with bleach and blocked from more moisture getting inside to create moldy areas (door seals, windows, bathtubs etc.). Pests are another story- I would think that a maintenance person or manager would cover that as well but I can’t speak for all properties. I know our complex here has a “pests day” where you can make appointments with an outside company if such a need occurs.
The penalty for not paying rent on time or past the rent pay days usually the 1st-the 5th. Late fees are usually anywhere between $50-150.

Gated V.S Non-gated: 

Gated and non-gated complexes, these are also nice to take into account. Honestly especially in a sketchy neighborhood- I’d rather be a little more protected from the outside population. Having a key card or gate key is nice and also a bother, if lost or stolen you’ll be paying for a 30-40$ key, because they are specially cut at the key maker. Unlike a normal door key lock they are more intricate and therefore cost more. But not gated can sometimes be more dangerous and strangers being even more loud and obnoxious.

Security number, access code to pool/office/bunkhouse, newsletter/special events and maintenance number:

Things you should know that you may not think about, make sure you get the number for security company if they have it or local police/non emergency line.
You’ll need pool access codes or key/key-card if needed and knowledge about who can and can’t come into the pool area. Some complexes do not allow guests or limit to one per resident. Pets are not allowed in pool and clubhouse areas. Knowing the hours of when the pool is open and exactly when it closes is good to know.
Office hours are a need to know basis and you should memorize them so you’ll know when you can get help to a problem or concern. Know who is the manager and what the policies are for living in that complex.
A newsletter goes around in some complexes to let you know what the happenings are- special days of the month, holidays, closed office days or events like Taco Tuesday!
Having the maintenance number is crucial because you’ll have accidents and things will happen in your new apartment. And although it looks shiny and new- it’s been lived in before, so truth is it has previous dents and dings. Don’t be scared to live in your space though despite breaking in your own apartment. I love to be in new shiny spaces but a cozy lived in place is just as nice too.

I hope that this is super helpful information! If any of this helped you or you want to pass onto someone else, I would really appreciate it. 
*This is all information I have learned over the years and is based on my knowledge in Oregon.*



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