Saturday, April 30, 2016

Summer Bucket List

I am officially on summer vacation!! This is my first summer in three years that I don't have to take any summer classes, so I'm planning on taking advantage of that extra freedom. I've been getting super excited for this summer, so I have lots of things I want to do.

I was inspired by the summer schedule you can find here and the summer fun list you can find here. The only problem with these is that they are aimed for children. Adults want to have fun in summer, too! So I've made my own schedule complete with fun things you should try to cross off your summer bucket list this year!



Summer Bucket List from Courtney's Little Things


Creative Monday

  • Draw
  • Paint a canvas
  • Color in an adult coloring book
  • Try a DIY on Pinterest
  • Paint rocks
  • Journal
  • Take photos  - of your day, of nature on a walk you go on, for your blog, whatever!
  • Update a room
  • Sew something
  • Make a collage
  • Make a greeting card and send it to a friend
  • Make some DIY room decor
  • Work on your 2016 photo album/scrapbook/project life book
  • Write a new blog post
  • Film a video


Out and About Tuesday

  • Go to a farmer's market
  • Visit a park
  • Go thrift shopping or to an antique store
  • Visit the zoo
  • Take a trip to the lake or beach
  • See a movie at the theater
  • Go to a frozen yogurt or ice cream shop
  • Visit a local fair
  • Take a trip to a museum

Bookworm Wednesday


Thursday in the Kitchen

  • Bake cookies - bonus points if you decorate them
  • Make homemade pizza
  • Cook something new. For me it would be enchiladas or lasagna. Why haven't I made these things yet?
  • Make ice cream pie
  • Bake and decorate cupcakes. Have friends over and make it a cupcake decorating contest.
  • DIY ice cream bar
  • Cook or bake something that's been sitting on your Pinterest forever
  • Make homemade fruit smoothies
  • Find a healthy alternative for one of your favorite meals and try it 
  • Bake a pineapple upside down cake

Fun Friday

  • Go camping
  • Have a summer BBQ
  • Make s'mores
  • Go to a concert
  • Go mini golfing
  • Go bowling
  • Dress up and go out to a new restaurant with a friend

Active Saturday

  • Go for a bike ride
  • Kayak
  • Get together with some friends to play a favorite sport (soccer, basketball, you know what you like to play!)
  • Go for a hike
  • Play Just Dance
  • Have a water-balloon fight

Family Sunday

  • Do a random act of kindness for a family member
  • Host a family dinner
  • Visit grandparents
  • Have a family game night. Depending on your family it could be board games, a sport, or video game. 



Summer Bucket List from Courtney's Little Things


So those are the things on my summer bucket list and a schedule to keep things interesting all summer long. We'll see how many of these things I can get done!



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How to Turn Your Year Around

The other day I saw someone post about how they've just seemed to have a bad year so far. That made me so sad because no one should have to struggle through a whole year. While there are some big things that could happen to ruin your year (set backs, financial troubles, deaths, health issues, etc), I truly do believe that we can control our happiness, attitudes, and how we react to bad things that are out of our control.

While this post is titled "How to Turn Your Year Around" these tips work to help you turn your day, week, or month around, too. So let's get started and work on turning things around!



How to Turn Your Year Around from Courtney's Little Things



Let go of the past.

"Don't let the darkness from your past block the light of joy in your present. What happened is done. Stop giving time to things which no longer exist, when there is so much joy to be found here and now."
- Karen Salmansohn

It's hard to turn things around if you're still focused on what went wrong yesterday or last month. Let go of the past and focus on the present. You can't do anything to change or control what happened in the past. If you start to make a few changes now, you can make things better in the present moment and in the future.


Adopt a positive mindset.

"You may not be able to control every situation and outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it."

"Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure."


Attitude makes such a huge difference. In the moment you might struggle with being positive, but in the long run it will make you so much happier and really turn things around for you. You can't always control what happens in life, but you can control your attitude and your reaction. You can either let a mishap ruin your entire day and have a negative attitude about it, or you can deal with the situation with a positive attitude and focus on the good things that do happen throughout the day.


Accept the things you cannot change.

"Once you've mastered the art of accepting things for what they are, life gets easier."

This is something that is hard for people like me who like to be in control, but there are simply things in life that you can't control. You can't change how people behave or what they think, illnesses, the annoying tasks you get assigned to do, whether that company hires you, and all sorts of other dilemmas. But instead of fighting it, we can just accept these things and move on. It really does make life so much easier.



Take control of what you can change.

"Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't."
- Steve Maraboli

While there are some things we can't change, there are other things that we can change. So identify what you can change in your life -  your attitude, who you choose to spend time with, what you do with your time. I know it's not always true because there are other factors involved, but you probably have some control over where you live and where you work. You can always make plans to move when your lease is up or start looking for work elsewhere, if those are things that are making you unhappy and want to change. 

You have the power to make this life whatever you want it to be. If you want your life to be more creative, create more. Take a class or workshop for your creative outlet. Meet with other creative people. If you want to simplify your life, start saying no to things you're not really interested in doing. Scale down how much you own. Only say yes to the things you really want in life. You can do anything you put your mind to!


Live with intention.

"That was the day she made herself the promise to live more out of intention and less from habit."

Instead of just going through the motions of life, be intentional. Being intentional just means to plan or do something for a reason. It means you have a purpose or a goal for what you're doing - you're not just doing things because it's a habit or it's what you're expected to do.

To start living more out of intention, really think about what you're doing and why. Be intentional with when you wake up and when you go to bed. Be intentional with your routines and daily habits. Be intentional about how you spend your free time and who you spend it with. 


Are you going to use any of these tips to help turn your year around? Have any of these tips helped you turn things around before?



Monday, April 25, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up No. 38

This was a really relaxed week. I didn't have any assignments to do for classes, so I was able to start studying for my final, work on my teaching binders I'm making for student teaching, and have fun with my friends. It's good I got to relax a bit during the week because I was super busy over the weekend! I moved most of my stuff out of my apartment and back to my parents' house where I will be for a few months before I move into my new apartment in July. Since it was a weekend filled with moving, unpacking, and organizing, I didn't take any photos - but I still wanted to share! So let's get started with Weekend Wrap Up No. 38!


Weekend Wrap Up No. 38 from Courtney's Little Things


Friday I had my last class on campus and then started packing and loading up my car! I have finals this week on Wednesday and Thursday, but I decided to move out most all of my stuff over the weekend. So my mom came and we loaded up her van and most of my escape. We were able to move it all out in just a few hours which was good because I had a student teaching meeting to go to in the afternoon. When that meeting finally ended (it felt like it never would) I was able to get in my car and go home to my parents' house! 

Saturday I went to my brother's soccer game in the morning. It was his last game of the season and his team won, so it was a good way to start the morning! In the afternoon I worked mostly on straightening up, unpacking, and organizing. Luckily I had packed the stuff I wouldn't be needing until July (when I move into my new apartment) together, so I only had to work through about half the stuff I brought back. Then in the evening I ran up town to drop off some clothes that I no longer need at a donation site. I had my sister come with me so we stopped to get ice cream, too.

Sunday I slept in before continuing my productive weekend. I cleaned Burt's tank and then organized my closet - taking out winter clothes and adding in my spring and summer wardrobe. It's pretty fun to pull out your favorite summer clothes. I get a bit excited to wear them all again! After that last bit of unpacking and organizing was done, I did some planning and decorating in my planner and bullet journal. That is my favorite part of Sundays which definitely makes me a planner nerd haha. It's just so fun though! I also got a few posts drafted and spent some time chatting with my family. All in all, it was a really good day and a great way to finish off the weekend.

How was your weekend? Did you have a productive or fun-filled weekend? Let me know in the comments!


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Graduation Gift Ideas

It's almost graduation time! Most of my friends are graduating from undergrad this year and my sister is graduating from high school. That means lots of graduation gifts to buy. It can be hard to find the right graduation gift, especially one that 15 other people won't get for them, too. Since I've thought long and hard about this, here's a list of graduation gift ideas!


Graduation Gift Ideas from Courtney's Little Things


1. Stationary | Whether they're going on to college, grad school, or even work chances are they'll need some notebooks, notepads, and other stationary items.

2. Something fun | You could get them an adult coloring book and colored pencils to help ease the stresses that come with the post-grad life. You could get them a cute tsum tsum or two because really, who doesn't want one? 

3. Home Decor | Chances are they're moving along with graduating so help them make their new place home with some blankets/quilts, art prints, or a nice framed photo.

4. Bath & Body | A nice set of lotion, body wash, and shampoo is exciting when you're an adult. Even better when it's in pretty packaging.

5. Fuel their passion | Does the person love to bake? Get them some cute baking-ware or a cookbook. Does the person love to read? Get them a book off their wishlist or a classic with a beautiful cover. Does the person love to create? You can never go wrong with new paint brushes and a few bottles of paint.

6. Gift Box | A gift box is my favorite answer to all gift dilemmas. Don't know what to get someone or can't find the perfect gift? Just buy a bunch of fun little things to put in a cute mug or basket.


What are your top picks for graduation gifts? Let me know in the comments!



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Getting Out More

Do you ever get on social media and start feeling like your life is so boring compared to your friends and people you follow? They're all out on vacations, cool day trips, going out with friends, and just doing awesome things while you're sat at home watching yet another episode of the show you're currently binge watching on Netflix.

Here's the good news - that situation can be easily fixed! How? By getting up and going out! Here are a few ideas to help you get out more without breaking the bank.



Getting Out More from Courtney's Little Things



Take a trip to the park.


Take a walk around the local park or plan a day trip to a nearby state or national park. I'm lucky enough to live close to several state parks so I'm planning on making the most of that this summer by visiting a few of them.


Visit a museum.


It seems like every area has at least a few museums. Whether it be a history museum, an art museum, or some strange collection, it's always fun to visit and learn a thing or two. 


Summer festivals/fairs.

Summer is just over the horizon and with summer comes all sorts of festivals and fairs! Town festivals, county and state fairs, and of course music festivals are always happening in summer. I'm not always up for the spinning rides at fairs, but I always like walking through and seeing all the bright colors, smelling all the fair food, and running into people I haven't seen in awhile. Check out when some local fairs or festivals are happening in your area!


Try new restaurants.

If you're like me and my friends, you tend to frequent the same restaurants. We all like to get our usuals and it's easy since we already know we all like and can agree on this restaurant. Sometimes you just need a change though! Find out what cool restaurants are in your area. Maybe there's some local restaurants you've never been to, an ethnic restaurant, or restaurant that serves a type of food you've never tried before.


Visit the library.

As you may know, the local library is a magical place filled with books. Rows and rows of books. And if you're lucky it has cozy little sitting areas to sit down and read. If that doesn't feel like the coziest, most perfect way to spend an afternoon, I don't know what does. Make a trip to the local library, check out a few good books, and see what else your library has to offer. I know our local library has exhibits and classes from time to time.



Getting Out More from Courtney's Little Things



Plan a girls' day.

We all need more girls' days in our lives. Take the initiative and plan something fun for you and your friends! It could be a good shopping day, a girls' weekend trip, or even a well deserved night in. You'll be happy and so will your friends!


Volunteer.

Volunteering is a great way to get out more and help others at the same time! I've always really enjoyed volunteering whether it be helping with an event, working with kids, or playing with animals at the animal shelter. It's so rewarding to help others and you get to meet some great people.


Get active.

Yes, I'm going to suggest exercising as a way to get out more. My favorite ways to get out and be active is hiking and kayaking. There's some great trails to go hiking on in my area. I love going out for a hike, enjoying the sunshine and nature, and snapping a few photos. I also really enjoy kayaking. My mom bought 2 kayaks a few summers ago and it has become one of our favorite things to do. It's great to pack them up, head to the lake, and do some kayaking. It's always so beautiful and relaxing on the water. Some other ways to get active would be to join a summer league, get some friends together on the weekend to play a game of basketball, or participate in a marathon like the Color Run.


Create your own event.

If none of these ideas interest you, you could always create your own event! Maybe you'd like to set up a blogger meet up in your area or teach a class. Eventbrite is an event planning site that helps you create any event you can imagine! Eventbrite could help you post and promote your event online, send invitations, track ticket sales or RSVPs, and they offer support if you need help in planning your event!


Those are some of the ways I'm planning on getting out more this summer. I really want to make the most of this summer since it's my last one as a student and I want to make it memorable. What are some ways you're planning on getting out more this summer?



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ways I've Changed in College

This is a post I've been meaning to write for a while, since I'm nearing the end of my time on campus. While I don't graduate until December, I will be spending next semester student teaching which is a whole different ball game than the typical college schedule.


Ways I've Changed in College from Courtney's Little Things


In just a few days the majority of my friends will graduate and regardless of who is or isn't graduating, it feels like we will all be going down our own paths now. One of my friends will begin her first year of teaching in her own classroom and I couldn't be more excited for her. Another will be moving home and taking a year or two to work and figure out what exactly she wants to do with her major. Two other friends will be beginning their masters programs. And another friend will be finishing out her last semester on campus while I will be finishing out my last semester student teaching. It's so strange and scary that after four years together, we will all be changing locations, schedules, and everything else that comes with big life changes. I can't believe the time has flown by already!

There's so many emotions when you're considering all the changes that are coming - excitement for all the new opportunities and adventures that await, fear of the unknown, sadness that this moment in time is over, and a bit of a feeling of loneliness since I won't be close (location wise) to the best group of girls I've ever had in my life.

Then I remind myself that just four years ago I was terrified to go to college and I think of all the ways I've changed since that first day walking around campus, just trying not to get lost and talking with just about everyone. To be honest, I feel like a completely different person from who I was when I entered college. I've grown exponentially.


I've become much more self-aware and have a much clearer idea of who I am. 

In high school I still wasn't sure who I was and was more likely to change who I was to fit in. Now I know who I am, what I like and what I don't like, and I know what choices are right for me.


I've grown into a much more confident person. 

I wasn't confident in high school, and, to be honest, I just didn't like myself. As I've learned more about who I am and gotten a better hold on my depression, I've learned to love myself and a more confident person.


I've learned how to manage my depression. 

The first step was really accepting that I have depression and need to get help for it. Over the past year I've learned ways to cope with my depression and the importance of practicing self-care and being honest with others about how I'm feeling.


Ways I've Changed in College from Courtney's Little Things

I've become more comfortable with who I am. 

This goes back to knowing who I am and being more confident, but to me this seems like something a bit different. I'm not only able to appear confident, but I'm also comfortable with who I am. I don't feel bad for not wanting to go out on weekends and I'm comfortable owning that my ideal Saturday night is spent reading or watching TV with a friend. I'm comfortable with being an introvert and not being the super outgoing and friendly person (although I am nice!).  I'm comfortable with being a total nerd (I love learning). To me, this has made all the difference. Instead of being embarrassed about all those little things that make me me, I'm able to own them.


I've become more independent.

While I still refuse to call customer service, I do call and make my own doctor's appointments. I'm able to do all those little things that make you independent like the chores, life administration (like making those doctor's appointments), and being able to spend weekends in my apartment alone. Now I don't rely on my parents to take care of me - I'm able to do it myself and I've kept myself alive for 4 years. Woo!


My friends have become super important.

In high school I didn't have a really good group of friends. My school was really clique-y, which didn't work for me. So I had a friend from this group, a friend from that group, but no one really hung out all together. 

In college I have the best group of friends. We're all close, have certain traditions (TGIT, dinner and a movie on Saturdays), and on occasion we go out and do fun things like eating out, shopping, or going to the movie theater.


I'm better at listening.

I used to be much more like "I have to be right" and "my opinion has to be heard." In college I've become much better about this. I can still be like "I'm right, my opinion is more important," but now I can recognize when I'm getting into that attitude and stop myself before I end up in an unnecessary argument. I can let someone say something and not have to argue why my side is the right side.

I'm also much better at just listening to what the other person is saying. I can just listen to someone talk about what's happening or what they're feeling and not immediately jump in with my advice or opinion. Sometimes people just want to get things off their chest, and they'll let you know if they want your thoughts on it. 



How have you changed in the past few years? How did you change in college?





Monday, April 18, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up No. 37

This week I've been busy prepping for a big presentation I had Thursday, a big project that's due today, and starting to plan for finals the last week of the month. I felt like I did a ton of work so I was very much ready for a nice weekend. Since this is the last weekend I plan on staying here at my apartment, my flatmate and I decided to make the most of it.

Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things


After I finished up some homework on Friday, my flatmate and I went out to Dairy Queen to grab some ice cream. I switched things up from my normal banana split blizzard and got a peanut butter cookie dough blizzard. In the evening I wrote up a post and enjoyed some pinteresting.

Saturday I got dressed up for a girls' day with my flatmate and one of our friends. We spent 6 hours out shopping and eating. As you might know by now, my friends are graduating soon so our shopping trip was primarily for finding graduation dresses. So after lunch at Olive Garden we went to several stores. Everyone ended up finding a dress - even me. I usually refuse to try on dresses, but since they were trying them on I figured I would try on a couple. I have my sister's graduation coming up soon as well and knew it would just thrill my mother to see me in a dress. I ended up buying not one, but two dresses. I figured I might wear a dress when teaching as well as to my sister's graduation. I also bought some cute shoes and jewelry.

When we got back home, I did some studying for my only "real" final (the rest are reflection papers) coming up. Then I did some blog reading and watched a marathon of my favorite show - Law & Order SVU.

Sunday I straightened up my room a bit before heading out for a walk. I headed out for a walk and was thinking I would just head over to the park a few blocks away. Well, I noticed a little trail near the park and decided to explore! I was so glad I did because it was a beautiful wooded path and even had a little side trail that lead out to a small pond with lots of cute turtles. I think these turtles were the same kind as my pet which made it all the more darling. I loved sitting there watching their little heads pop up out of the water and one of the braver turtles climbing up a branch sticking out of the water. So adorable!!

When I got back to my apartment I took some blog photos, did a bit of homework, wrote some blog photos, and then edited some photos. It was a very nice relaxed afternoon - just what I needed before the final stretch of college classes.

Here's some photos from the weekend:

Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 37 from Courtney's Little Things 


How did you spend your weekend? Let me know in the comments!



Saturday, April 16, 2016

My Tsum Tsum Collection

So tsum tsums are taking the blogging world by storm and it seems like everyone has a post about their tsum tsum collection. And I'm adding to it. Because tsum tsums are adorable and you can always look at more pictures of these cuties.


My Tsum Tsum Collection from Courtney's Little Things


I only have five at the moment. I got my first three in February for Valentine's Day. They were Marie from the Aristocats, Donald Duck, and Meeko from Pocahontas. Meeko isn't actually a Disney tsum tsum, but it looks just like Meeko!

A few weeks ago I added to my collection and got Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh and Dumbo. I love Eeyore and he's so adorable as a tsum tsum. He's definitely one of my favorites.


My Tsum Tsum Collection from Courtney's Little Things
My Tsum Tsum Collection from Courtney's Little Things
My Tsum Tsum Collection from Courtney's Little Things
My Tsum Tsum Collection from Courtney's Little Things
My Tsum Tsum Collection from Courtney's Little Things


Next I want Sadness from Inside Out and Minnie Mouse. Although, they would ruin my rather monotone theme. Do you love tsum tsums? What tsum tsums are next on your wishlist?


Related Post: Favorite Animated Movies
 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

My Favorite Animated Movies

I love animated movies! I have no trouble heading to the movie theater and asking for a ticket to the latest kids' movie. There's so many cute animated movies and when you watch them as an adult you pick up on all of the themes along with the cute jokes and funny moments. I decided to pick out my favorite animated movies from the last few years, because I would really struggle if I was going to name my favorites of all time! 

My Favorite Animated Movies from Courtney's Little Things

Inside Out

If you haven't heard, this movie is all about feelings and what's going on in your head. I love the characterization of the five emotions. They're so true and sometimes I really picture them when I'm really feeling an emotion. They just describe your feelings so perfectly! Since the film is about the emotional life of a young girl, it brought back all sorts of emotions of growing up and how crazy it can be! This film is really so well done - the characters are spot on and the story line is stellar.

Frozen

I know some people are beyond sick of this movie, but I am still in love. I love the story of sisterly love and possibly mental illness. I strongly identify with Elsa. I love the bond between Ana and Elsa. I love the art/animation. I love the music - I listen to the soundtrack in my car all winter.

The Croods

This movie about a caveman family is pretty darn adorable. It's all about family bonds, especially that between the daughter and father. I first watched this movie while studying abroad which may be why that story line hits me so hard (still). I've cried at least twice watching this. If you need another reason to watch, Emma Stone plays the daughter and again, it's an adorable film.

Home

One, oovs are the cutest aliens. Two, Oh and Tip have the best adventure. Three, this kids' movie has songs by Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez (since they are two of the main characters). Home is about an alien oov, Oh, who just can't seem to fit in with his fellow oov, despite really wanting to have friends. When they colonize planet earth and relocate all the natives (is this a larger commentary?), Tip and her mother are separated. So Tip and Oh team up to find her mom...and escape the other oovs who are looking for them.


Have you seen these movies? If you haven't I really would recommend having a movie night and watching them! They're so charming. What are your favorite animated movies?


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

DIY Graduation Cards

This spring I have 4 of my friends graduating from college and my younger sister graduating from high school. That means I had to do some shopping for graduation gifts for all of them. If I give them a gift I obviously have to include a card, so I decided to go with handmade cards! I really like these with all the sparkles and personal touch (monograms) for each girl.

DIY Graduation Cards from Courtney's Little Things


All the supplies came from Michael's craft store - not that they're sponsoring. I just want you to know where to get these items!
- Blank white cards and envelopes
- Red labels
- Sparkle silver washi tape
- Sparkle silver letter stickers
- Graduation stickers (caps, balloons, and diplomas came in one pack)
- Graduation statement banner stickers

DIY Graduation Cards from Courtney's Little Things


On the front I placed a red label in the center of the card and then laid a sparkly silver letter sticker with the person's first initial on top of the label. Then I put the cap and diploma sticker in the top right corner and a balloon sticker in the bottom left corner. I like the diagonal design and it looks so clean!

DIY Graduation Cards from Courtney's Little Things
DIY Graduation Cards from Courtney's Little Things


On the inside of the card I used the sparkly silver washi tape to make a vertical line on the right side. I taped it all the way around the card to give it a clean look. Then at the top I placed one of the banner stickers on the top right side, with the right edge even with the tape. So pretty! It leaves plenty of room to write a nice message, too.

DIY Graduation Cards from Courtney's Little Things
DIY Graduation Cards from Courtney's Little Things
DIY Graduation Cards from Courtney's Little Things


I'm so happy with how these turned out! I think my friends are really going to like these - and their gifts!

DIY Graduation Cards from Courtney's Little Things
DIY Graduation Cards from Courtney's Little Things
DIY Graduation Cards from Courtney's Little Things
DIY Graduation Cards from Courtney's Little Things

Do you have any graduations coming up? Are you going to DIY some cards?



Saturday, April 9, 2016

10 Things To Do More Often

We all have things we should do more often. I saw someone else with a post titled things to do more often (which of course I cannot find now), and that title got me thinking about things I want to do more often. This is a bit of a rambly post, or at least it felt that way to me while writing it. Anyways, these are a few of the things I would like to do more often.


10 Things To Do More Often from Courtney's Little Things



Call friends/family.

I am the worst at picking up the phone and calling anyone besides my mom. I am good if I call my brother who lives 6 hours away once a month and it's a miracle if I text my friends who live out of town more than one day a month. It's sad! I care about these people, so I need to get over the thoughts I have about it having to be a long phone conversation that will drain me or being too busy to call.


Eat more fruits and veggies.

I practically live off of carbs and cheese: pizza, pasta, sandwiches, the list goes on. I need to be better about including more fruits and veggies in my diet. The fruits are the hardest for me because if I'm craving something sweet, I reach for an artificial sweet first (like a cookie or chocolate...).


Get outside.

Especially with blogging, it seems like it's so easy to spend your day in front of a screen. There's always a post I could write, blogs to read, and social media to post on. It's not good though! I need to spend more time outside, especially now that it's nice out.


Explore the area I live in.

I think most of us take for granted the areas we live in. I'm lucky enough to live in an area with lots of parks around within an hour or two hour's drive. It's a waste to sit at home when I could be out exploring a national or state park! I've added a few of these places to my summer bucket list, so hopefully I will be able to cross a few off my list.


Visit grandparents.

I wrote a post a while ago about a surrogate grandparent that I lost. Now my grandparents are getting older. When I was younger I didn't want to visit my grandparents because it was "boring" or they talked to my parents more than me. Now I really don't have that excuse anymore since I have the ability to stop by for just 15 minutes by myself if I want, but I still keep that mentality that it will be boring or awkward, even though I've had some really good conversations with them as I've gotten older. I need to visit them more because just like I said in that post, there's no guarantee on how much longer you have with them (or anyone else for that matter).



10 Things To Do More Often from Courtney's Little Things



Live in the moment.

I'm a planner and a worrier. I like knowing what's happening and when it will happen. I like being prepared and knowing what to expect. While it can be a great characteristic that keeps me organized, reliable, and responsible, it can also be a bit bad when it causes me to focus more on the future than what's happening right now in this moment. I have to remind myself sometimes to just enjoy the moment I'm in, even if it doesn't seem like a good moment, because you'll never have it back. You can either enjoy your present moment in life or constantly be looking towards the next assignment, change, or whatever it is for you.


Appreciate the little things.

Watching the sunset, taking a moment to enjoy the spring flowers, slowly eating your favorite meal (instead of scarfing it down), and accepting compliments from a stranger are a few of the things that come to mind. There's just so many little things in life that are pretty great when you take the time to slow down and appreciate it instead of rushing from one moment to the next or open your eyes a bit instead of just watching TV and internet scrolling.


Listen to music.

When I was younger, I listened to music all the time. I even thought I wanted to be a music journalist for a while in middle school. In college I stopped listening to music as often because I was sharing a room or living with someone who did not appreciate loud volumes. This year I've been listening to more music again (it's great to not have to wear headphones when you want to listen to music) and it's something I feel like there's always more time to do - cleaning, writing, reading you can always be listening to music in the background!


Read.

While I truly believe reading anything is great - blog posts, magazines, online news articles - I want to read more books. I've already started reading more this year and it's something I want to continue this year and throughout my life. There's just so many interesting books to read! I've found I like more non-fiction books, but it's still good to get lost in a fictional world from time to time. 


Be honest/open.

Not that I lie all the time, but I'm very private and my feelings and hobbies are things I like to keep to myself. My hobbies like blogging and decorating my planner are things that get me really excited and that I love so much, that I would be crushed if anyone put them down, so I think I keep them to myself because of that fear of rejection. My feelings, especially when I'm depressed, feel like they would be a burden if I told someone else or I think they'll just make other people feel bad, too, so I don't share them. I also take a lot of pride in being "strong" which makes it more difficult to share feelings (even though feelings don't make you weak!) since I want to seem like I have it together and I want other people to feel like they can come to me if they have a problem. I know it's not logical, but it's how my mind works!


So those are 10 things I'd like to do more often. What would you put on your list of things to do more often? Let me know in the comments!