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5 Ways to Revive your Life!

Knowland Park
The whole reason I created this blog is because I have this “excitable” side to my personality and somewhere along the way I stopped posting and maybe even lost a little bit of my passion for living life with excitement. So as a reminder to myself and to others I figured it’s high time for me to get back on track with posting more often.

To say I’ve been on an adventure while I haven’t been posting is absolutely an understatement. Since I last posted on here a lot of things have happened:
Me with Sabrina, a dog I trained!

  • Joined as a Perfectly Posh Consultant and started selling the most amazing pampering products.
  • Started my own etsy crochet shop with the cutest name ever, Enchanthread!
  • My Mom spent a week in the hospital in the fall and that was a very scary time.
  • I moved to California for change and to find a new job.
  • Spent my first Holiday Season away from home.
  • Tried a bunch of new food and explored a lot of new places!
  • I found and got involved in a new church.
  • I learned how to train dogs and got to work as a dog trainer.
  • I sold my Ford Fiesta and bought a Mazda3 in California.
  • My step-brother got married.
  • I led worship with a solo song for the first time.

  • And those are just the things I remembered right off the top of my head! Amidst all this adventure, I certainly have found myself in some of the lowest of lows. Being away from home at Christmas, homesickness, the job search stress, crushed hopes and facing tough decisions. My personality is typically upbeat, positive, happy and, of course, excitable so when I find myself going through the storms of life, I definitely am constantly trying to find that rainbow as soon as possible. So here’s 5 things I do to try and revive my life and keep that excitement strong (something I’ve really been working hard at, lately).

    1. Be Thankful! – This should be a no-brainer but sometimes it’s not easy to mentally give yourself a break from a bad situation and take a look at what you have to be thankful for. There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. A job, a family, friends, a roof over your head, meals on the table are the easy things to name but think about the things you take for granted like being able to breathe and be alive or even the little things you appreciate in life like a beautiful day and the things that make you smile.

    2. Find Your Own Happiness! – Sometimes we rely far too much on others to make us happy. When I think about the times I’ve most appreciated living and felt the most happy, it’s when I’ve been the one completely in control of my own happiness. It’s been the times that I’ve stopped trying to do everything for everyone else and briefly just made time for myself to do whatever it was that I wanted. For me, what that is varies depending on my mood, sometimes it’s just curling up with a good book, crocheting a project for myself (rather than for someone else), spend time pampering myself or going on a solo shopping trip!

    3. Learn Something New! – Occasionally we get stuck in a life rut dealing with the daily monotony and the same old routines. One of my favorite ways to blast through those pesky life ruts is to learn something new. Over the last 9 months I’ve started dabbling more into the baking world and it’s been so much fun baking my own bread and getting to try new baking recipes out. It’s something I never really had time or the desire to try before but it’s a lot of fun and a pretty healthy alternative to all the processed choices in the stores! Over the years, I’ve learned a lot of different things and picked up some new talents and hobbies and I usually end up surprising myself. Not to mention it’s a great confidence builder to prove to yourself that you ARE capable of doing new and different things!

    4. Go On An Adventure! – An “adventure” doesn’t have to be anything extreme or expensive. Maybe challenge yourself out of your comfort zone, try a new place to eat, or visit a new town and explore. Find a new trail to hike or park to walk around. That’s been one of my favorite parts about moving to a new state and especially one with so many places to explore. It makes me wish I had been a little more adventurous back in Virginia, too, because it’s a great way to find more reasons to love where you live which also leads to living with more gratitude! You’ll be surprised how much fun you have, too!

    5. Get Spiritual! – Last but certainly not least, one of the things that has always been important to me when I’m struggling in some way is to refocus on my spiritual life. There’s been times in my life when my spiritual life has been on FIRE and those have always been the seasons of my life where God has encouraged me to grow in other ways in life too. It’s made me more courageous and more accepting of whatever path I find myself on. Just taking an hour in the morning and dedicating that time to doing Bible devotions and in prayer, always starts my day off right and I tend to have better days as a result, too.

    Beyond these 5 things, there are so many other ways to revive your life and I just wrote about the first 5 that came to my mind. Feel free to comment with some of your favorite ways to rejuvenate when things get tough or boring. I’d love to hear more ideas!


    Wannabe 8 Year Old

    When is the last time you went to a toy store? If you’re not a parent or you don’t really have any little nieces/nephews/siblings, then chances are it’s probably been a long while. For me it certainly had been, however, over the last year I think I’ve browsed more toy stores/toy sections in total than I have in maybe my entire life. Such is the territory when you are a kid at heart and you are also dating someone else who is one too. Some of the most fun times spent on my California vacation in February were spent in toy stores with my boyfriend. Yep, that’s right! Out of all the amazing places I got to visit and things I got to see, I really think some of my favorite memories of that entire trip were our visits to toy stores. When it comes down to it we’re both just two big kids.

    He raved about this huge toy store in the Downtown San Luis Obispo shopping center which, of course, we had to visit when we were in town visiting his college campus. It definitely didn’t disappoint and that store had some old childhood games that I had completely forgotten all about. Then he took me to the toy store he would frequent as a kid in San Mateo on my very last day in California. I don’t even know how much time we were in there playing with little windup toys and browsing aisle to aisle, but it was a great memory to close out my trip. Plus he bought me a cute little zebra plush there too and surprised me with it (if you understood his dislike for my zebra obsession, you would know this is a BIG DEAL.

    The Thing & Wolverine Mighty MuggsFor almost a month now my boyfriend has been collecting Mighty Muggs. It started because he stole two that his sister had bought from Target a while back. Turns out these adorable little vinyl toys have been discontinued and so they are even harder to find these days than they were originally. In an effort to help him because I’m an enabler, I have been hitting up every store I can think of within my local area checking every toy section to check to see if they might have any. The closest I came was finding ONE of the Thor Mini Muggs at Toys R Us. He informed me that those are not Will kid friendly. Which basically means he doesn’t think they are as cute as the Mighty Muggs. So in my search for his toys I managed to, instead, find toys that I wanted to start collecting.

    Disney Mystery MinisWe’ve all seen those Funko Pop! vinyl figures (NO, I’m NOT collecting those) practically everywhere, right? Well, Funko also has “Mystery Minis”. I’m not even sure how many different sets there are, but I discovered there are DISNEY Mystery Minis. Basically you buy a tiny box and it has one of the following Disney characters in it (with 3 varying expressions each): Mickey, Jack Skellington, Pooh, Stitch, Maleficent, Mike Wazowski, Sulley or Tinkerbell. I tried my luck and bought three. All of which were Stitch. Now don’t get me wrong, Stitch is adorable, but I was disappointed that I didn’t at least get some more variety (and I’m really hoping for Maleficent or Jack). Upon searching further, I continued coming up empty where the Mighty Muggs were concerned even after hitting the Vinyl Toy jackpot at Barnes and Noble. Now I am also wanting to start collecting the Tokidoki Unicornos. Okay.. maybe I’ll stop if I can just get the zebra one! You see what I’ve become? I have turned back into an 8 year old child. I’m 29 going on 8 apparently!

    The point of this is more than to just be completely random and to seem like I’m out of my mind (which I am, clearly). Sometimes we all should try to take a step back from our busy schedules, stressful jobs, everyday problems and just remember what it’s like to be a kid. Remember what it’s like to get excited about something seemingly pointless. Remember when our biggest concern was completing a collection of toys, baseball cards, legos, barbies, pollypockets, action figures, etc. I don’t know what it was for you when you were a kid, but don’t you often wish you could go back to when you didn’t have a care in the world? Who says we can’t? Maybe we should all remember to be a little bit more carefree and to enjoy more of the little things that make life so beautiful.

    2 Week Countdown Begins!!

    So in exactly two weeks from this moment.. I’ll be on a plane heading to San Francisco, California! The season of “firsts” continues! My first solo flight. My first solo trip. My first trip to the West Coast. And also the longest time I’ll ever be away from home! So here’s our tentative plan.. oh, I say “our” because I’m traveling there to spend time with my friend (okay at this point I should just resign to the fact we are much more than friends.. and I should mention this is the ‘friend’ that traveled here and spent 2 weeks here with me over the Holidays).

    So yeah.. our tentative plan is this:

  • Eat lots and lots of delicious food.
  • Road trip to LA and spend a week there. (My longest road trip, too!)
  • Go whale watching.
  • Visit his college campus.
  • Eat more delicious food.
  • Hang out: aka watch movies, play video games, cook together, etc.
  • Take tons upon tons of pictures. (okay this is more of MY plan)
  • So yeah.. when he visited here we had this entire list of possible things to do. We managed to do a lot that was on the list but there was a lot we didn’t get to. When we made the list we knew it was impossible to do everything so we just decided to do what we could and save the rest for another time. Same goes for this trip. Some things are already booked/scheduled/etc. But others.. not so much! I’m really excited about it, though. Especially after last week..

    Last week I was about ready to cancel the trip all together. Hit a little rough patch and was just feeling like maybe it was a bad idea but now I think we understand each other and are even closer from talking about it.

    Anyway, I don’t really know what the future holds for both of us but I’m just going to make this trip, the trip of a lifetime. I think this trip is going to teach me a lot about myself and also about him and I’m ready and excited about it! Right now I’m just busy with my figuring out what to pack and obsessing over flight details, flight procedures and security clearances. Since I’m a freak and worry about stuff like that. After that, the rest should be a breeze! Expect a full report during and after the trip!