It’s important to me to have a little extra money floating around to spend on those little luxuries that make me happy. They don’t have to be big – like a bag of my favorite Lindt truffles or cashmere socks that just feel heavenly – but it’s the little splurges on extraordinary things that make me smile and keep me going. When I’m having a bad day, I can splurge on one of these things and instantly feel like a million bucks. Retail therapy IS the best therapy, after all!
I thought I’d share some of my favorite indulgences and splurge purchases I have made that still make the cut today:
1. First up is CHOCOLATE. Great quality, rich, dark melty chocolate. The health benefits of a good piece of dark chocolate have long been lauded, but I would say the emotional benefits far outweigh the health ones. It doesn’t have to be much, but I can always count on chocolate (the better quality, the happier I am) to turn my mood right around.
2. Scarves. Sounds silly, I know – but I love a scarf. It is the hands down best functional accessory. I like hand knitted, infinity, long, short, thick, thin – it honestly doesn’t matter. I have one in every color to rival the rainbow. They just plain make me happy – to buy, wear, and enjoy. I even have a drawer in my dresser dedicated just to scarves. Some may say it’s a bit obsessive, but haters gonna hate- right?
3. My silk’n flash&go. This was a total impulse purchase when I was so frustrated over waxing one day. I had it up to here with painfully removing hair, and did a google search for anything that might put me out of my misery. I was tinkering with the idea of home electrolysis to get rid of all the unwanted hair, but it sounded dangerous and a little scary. I found the Flash&Go, and we’ve been best friends (hairless, might I add!) ever since.
4. Airline tickets. Call me crazy, but when I want to get away, I literally have to get away. Nothing changes my mood like booking a ticket to destination unknown to explore the world! It may be a big purchase, but for my sanity, I totally say it’s worth it. My favorite destinations are ones I haven’t explored yet, and I love having the freedom to just pick up and go wherever I please.
Some say I’m just running from my problems, but I’m ok with that. They haven’t caught up yet! Do you have any retail therapy splurge stories? Do tell!
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It’s no mystery I travel a lot. It’s become a true passion of mine to see the world and enjoy all that it has to offer. As a result of this passion, I spend a lot of time at the beach. There’s something about the ocean breeze and salty water that just makes me feel so alive. I also love being in the water, and enjoying all of creation. A typical day at the beach for me looks something like this:
Wake up on my own time. Grab a cup of coffee. Sit on the balcony and listen to the roar of the ocean waves crashing on the shore as I wake up.
Pack a cooler. Fill with all beach necessities, like frozen grapes, chocolate bars, pretzels and fancy beer.
Throw on a swimsuit. Slather up with sunscreen. Pack a bag with a towel, some light reading material on my Kindle, and my phone.
Make a once over around the place to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything essential. Grab the bag and cooler, head out the door.
Pick up my beach chair and inflatable stand up paddle board so I can hit the waves, on the walk to the beach.
Stake out my spot, set up camp.
Pump up my paddle board, and I’m in the waves in a few minutes.
The beaches I frequent don’t usually have any killer waves, but just gliding over the ocean is pretty serene. There’s nothing quite like it.
I’m convinced I own the best inflatable sup out there, the Tower Adventurer. It’s an awesome ride.
Anyways, I’ll drag myself back in after an hour or two to refuel with a quick snack and a rest.
Usually I’ll read for a little bit, make sure I haven’t missed anything important on my phone, and head back out into the waves.
Repeat until the sun goes down.
The beach life is the stuff dreams are made of. I could do this all day, every day. But, alas, reality always comes crashing back down on me. At least I have my memories to tide me over until the next ride!
Do you have a beach routine you live by? Share with me!
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Traveling a lot certainly has its perks. I’ve seen so much of the world and have a better understanding and appreciation for who I am and how great my life is. However, flying can get pretty tedious and exhausting. I’ve learned a few things to make all that time spent in an airplane 30,000 feet in the air for hours on end a little more bearable. I’m hoping they might improve your in flight experience as well, and that these lessons I learned weren’t in vain.
- Drink LOTS of water
- I know you think this is crazy talk. I did too. I mean, who wants to have to crawl over people you don’t know approximately 1 million times in order to cram yourself into a space you can barely turn around in to let out all the water you’re pouring into your body. But before you stop reading, let me tell you why. Water is one of the most powerful weapons you can use against jet lag. If you want to enjoy where you’re going, bottoms up. Don’t waste the first couple of days in a sleep coma because you didn’t listen to me. Promise it’s worth it. (Here’s another tip: pick the aisle seat. Then you lose the crawling over people when you have to go, and you’re free to drink all the water you’d like!)
- Eat FRESH
- No, this isn’t a commercial for Subway. This is a little embarrassing, but I developed my first hemorrhoid from all the sitting on an airplane combined with eating junk. Don’t be me. When you’re in the airports, grab the salad. Fresh fruit is always a good option to take along as well. Make sure you’re not just putting crap in, or you’ll feel pretty awful. And then you’ll develop other problems as well. (Another tip within a tip: if you end up with the same problem as me, skip the hemorrhoid creams. Not only are they gross and messy, they just treat the symptoms, not the problem. For the best relief from hemorrhoids that I’ve found, give Venapro a try. It’s 100% homeopathic too, which is great for your body. All you have to do is swallow a few capsules and a spray under your tongue. Easy, peasy!)
- Stock up on Entertainment
- Fill up your iPad or tablet with movies. Pack a book or a magazine. Put some new games on your phone. Whatever you need to bust boredom, stock up on it. And then add some more. Of course, you don’t want to be dragging a 100 lb pack through the airport either, so use some common sense. That’s what makes electronics so great – they can serve as a one stop shop for entertainment. I never feel like anything heavy while I’m hurdling through the sky, so I try to keep my choices light and as brain-dead as I can. But I do love a good Sudoku puzzle too.
- Get to the airport early
- But not TOO early. There’s a delicate balance. Don’t start your trip out running through security like a banshee. But don’t get there so early that you’ll burn up a movie or two before you even get on the plane. The most important thing is to get your bags checked in 2 hours before the flight if you’re traveling internationally. One of my favorite things to do is check in my bags 2-3 hours before the flight, and then bounce out of the airport until about 45 minutes before my flight. Gives me some time outside of the airport, but my bags are sure to arrive, and I have plenty of time to grab a Starbucks before I board the plane.
- Walk Around
- Get up and move. It’s good for you. You’ll feel better. Just don’t be that person that grabs the back of everyone’s seat as they walk, lurching them backwards. SO not cool.
- Be FLEXIBLE
- If you go in with flexibility as the key, your travel day will go swimmingly. Just remember your awesome destination, and be excited that you’re in the process of getting there, quickly! Be kind to everyone you encounter, and they will most likely be kind back. Plus, you’re putting some good out there that’s bound to come back to you somewhere along your journey!
I hope this will help some of you who are getting ready for your journeys of a lifetime. Travel is awesome, and it’s definitely something I’ve gotten to be really good at. Let me know if you’d like to know even more of my pro tips – I’m happy to share what I’ve learned along the way!
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I’ve been zipping all over the globe lately, loving and living life.
I just got back from a week and a half stint in Southern Europe. It was simply incredible.
Traveling definitely has its perks. Airport food does not.
I’ve seen some of the most amazing sunsets from places I’ve only read about in books.
I’ve met some of the most incredible people.
I’ve done new exciting things I could have never dreamed of.
I’ve also eaten more awful airport food than I ever care to remember. What is it about airports that attracts such incredibly bad food choices?
It’s been getting a little more difficult to button my pants these days. A few too many fast food burgers on the run were catching up to me. My Air Yeezys are still rockin’ it, of course, but I’ve got to keep all of me looking good.
Just this past weekend, my friend recommended a meal replacement shake to me called IdealShape. I’ve never been a huge fan of any skinny shake myself, so I was hesitant to give it a try. They’re just not my style.
He finally mixed one up for me, and I hesitantly took a sip.
I was blown away. Seriously.
Every preconceived notion and ill thought about skinny shakes in my head was banished.
The chocolate flavor is to die for. And it satisfied my hunger. Never would have guessed it.
So now while I’m jet-setting all over the globe, I will be taking my skinny shake with me.
So long, gross airport food. IdealShape is a great travel companion.
And my pants are fitting better than ever now too.
Don’t get me wrong, my Air Yeezy’s are still precious to me and will always be number one in my book.
IdealShape is just becoming my number two.
It starts with the shoes, people – but it’s all about who’s filling them. And I fully intend to be the best me I can possibly be.
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I’ve found that really living and loving life comes with a lot of suitcase packing. There’s so much of the world to see and experience. To keep things simple, I keep a set of my must-haves already packed and ready to hit the road. Here’s a sneak peek inside my travel bag, and the top three things you’ll never find me without wherever I am in the world…
1. My Air Yeezy 2’s
Did you really think I could leave these behind? The catalyst for the change in my life perspective? No way! And yes, I have a travel pair. It’s so cool to me to know that there’s part of the earth from all over the world on the soles of these shoes. It makes them even more inspiring to me. I also look awesome wherever I go, and I love representin’ my Air Yeezy’s to the world at large.
2. My Sleep Aids
I don’t go anywhere without a bottle of Melatonin and my earplugs. It’s also kind of embarrassing, but I would never leave my anti snoring mouthpiece called Good Morning Snore Solution behind. No snoring equals a much better night’s sleep, which means I have a much better time exploring the world come sunrise. Not to mention I’m not disturbing any one else’s sleep as well, which just makes life better for everyone.
3. Zip top baggies
You can use these for everything imaginable. From collecting sand and shells for souvenirs to protecting my electronics and valuables, I’ve used these for more than you can imagine. From keeping me organized, to keeping things clean, they are a must have, for sure. They don’t take up much space, but it’s certainly something I’d never leave home without!
Hopefully this short list will help you be a world adventurer as well, and live life to the fullest with less stress! Do you have any must haves that you keep packed? Share your tips with me!
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