Let’s Get Outside – Simple, Cost Efficient Outdoor Activities To Try This Spring

If you’re like me, you like winter for about the first month, and then you can’t wait until the sun and warmer weather can return. Where I live, this winter hasn’t been horrible, but, spring can’t come soon enough for me. I want to get outside and spend some days in the sun! However, being in college, I don’t have unlimited funds to spend on outdoor activities. Here are some of my favorite, low cost ideas to try out once spring has sprung.

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  • Go to a driving range. Obviously this requires you to have clubs and a range to go to, but this is one of my favorite things to do when I have time! I’m not very good at golfing (at all), but theres something relaxing about going to the range.
  • Putt Putt! If standard golf isn’t for you, putt putt might be an option that would suit you better. I love getting to go and play putt putt with my family, and usually one round doesn’t carry too hefty of a price tag.
  • Visit a national or state park. This option very well may be free, but some parks charge admission in order to take care of park upkeep and staffing. I grew up going to the parks and there is so much to learn and see!
  • Paint kindness rocks. Your only expense here is paint and sealer, you can pick the rocks up in a local park or along the edge of a lake or stream. This is something I very recently got into, thanks to a professor at school. I felt totally silly painting rocks until I realized how relaxing it was. After you seal the rocks, you leave them for others to find and brighten their day. Your area may have a facebook page that organizes rock painting. For me, the NE Ohio Rocks page is an awesome community for sharing your work, and seeing if anyone finds your rock! It really is a fun activity to try out with kids or to relax with. Plus you could make someone’s day!
  • Go to a drive in movie! I haven’t been to nearly enough drive ins, but every time that I go, its always the best experience and a super fun way to spend time with friends. Bring your own snacks, blankets, and chairs, and you’ll have a fun and inexpensive night!

Free Options

  • Visit a local metro park and have a picnic! I’ve done this a few times in the past and it makes for super photos. Bonus points if you explore some trails too!
  • Go Geocaching! Similar to a modern day treasure hunt, geocaching uses coordinates to guide you to a hidden prize. All you need is a phone, a pen to sign the log, and a good attitude! I’ve personally found over 300, and you’ll be amazed how many are in your community! Just remember to leave the cache hidden as you found it, if not better. You can geocache all year long, not just spring, but I think that spring weather is the most pleasant for days outside!

I hope that some of these ideas get you outside and moving once the weather allows! What is your favorite thing to do in spring? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO EM

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March 2018 Goals and Aspirations – Let’s Do This!

A new month spells for new opportunities and a fresh start. I’ve been clinging to my resolutions since the new year started, but I think that every month is a perfect opportunity to get started on some new goals and become as best as we possibly can.

This month, I want to focus on being the best I can be and working on the aspects of myself that I know could be better. I want to improve a few aspects of myself, from health to overall attitude.

Physical Health Goals

  • 10,000 steps daily. There are so many benefits to walking and getting in the exercise you need daily. It helps physical and mental health, and is one of my favorite ways to destress.
  • Get under the 170 lb mark. I am getting SO CLOSE and can’t wait to hit that milestone. It will be a huge reward to all the work I’m putting in to get healthier and lose weight!
  • Yoga twice a week. I love doing yoga, and it is one of the most relaxing activities that I know. I need to fit it in to my schedule more!

Mental Health/Attitude Goals

  • See the world in a more positive light. After spending the last half a year or so sick, I want to make sure this month that I am facing each day with positivity and energy. Everyday has the potential to be a great one!
  • Take time to slow down. Somedays, I feel like unless I do it all, it’s not enough. I need to take time this month to focus on me, and not letting myself get too overwhelmed.
  • Sleep! This month, I want to try to get 8 hours a night (as much as possible). My outlook and health would greatly benefit from consistent sleep.

Blogging Goals

  • I want to consistently have new content every week, and love what I’m writing each week, too!
  • Instagram! I hope that this month I can grow my Instagram to 7k followers! We’ll see though!

Do you have any goals for this month? Share them with me in the comments below, I would love inspiration for next months goals!

XOXO Em

Check out my last post from Cleveland’s Wizard World Comic Con!

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CLE Comic Con – Wizard World 2018

So. I finally got to go to my very first Comic Con EVER this past weekend, and I think I have officially fallen in love. Like. Wow.

I was really anxious about going in the first place. I usually don’t fare very well in spaces that are crowded and hard to get out of, but the entire day wend without a hitch and I am so happy that I got to experience my first comic con with some of my favorite people and do an obnoxious amount of shopping.

Wizard World is a convention that tours the states, stopping major cities, bringing vendors, celebrities and panels for guests to enjoy during the day (or weekend). I don’t have much to compare it to, but overall we had a really great time.

We weren’t sure if we wanted to dress up in cosplay, with none of us ever trying it out before outside of the normal times to dress up (i.e. Halloween). We decided pretty early on that we wanted to dress up as a group (with myself being horribly indecisive about my costume for months on end), but we headed to the convention up in Cleveland in full on Star Wars costumes. I guess in my eyes thats like the way to experience it fully, and being a total nerd, I was really pumped to get to dress up like Captain Phasma for the day.

My absolute favorite part of the experience was the sheer amount of shopping there was to be done. So many artists and vendors had brought their pieces to sell, and I fell totally in love with so many new artists and their work! Of course it didn’t hurt that most of their art is themed around my favorite games and movies, but it was really cool to get some original art and chat with the people who make the pieces. I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite vendors on my instagram this upcoming week so be sure to stop by and check out some of the people who are making amazing stuff!!

Another really cool thing was getting to see everyone in their costumes that they worked on. Mine was purchased online, but you could tell that some people had spent months getting their costumes together and getting to show it to everyone was a serious sense of pride. Maybe sometime I can spend some time and make a really cool cosplay, but the people we saw had serious skill on their side.

I left with a better understanding and appreciation of conventions (and convention goers) in general. I can’t wait to go to another, with another costume, and get to meet some new amazing people, find new artists to follow, and do some serious damage shopping. Overall, it was a seriously positive experience and it was super fun to get to be a total dork for a day. If you’re interested in information about the convention that I attended, you can visit their website here.

Have you ever had the chance to attend a comic con? If not, would you? Share in the comments below <3

XOXO Em

Down Days – Tips & Tricks For Better Mental Health

Living with anxiety (& the subsequent depression) for pretty much my entire life, I’ve had my fair share of days that really are less than amazing. Tons of days where I don’t feel like getting out of bed and facing the day, and my bed and space seems a thousand times more comforting than the rest of the world. Living through these experiences for years, I’ve picked up my fair share of tricks to help break out of the funk and get back to business. School doesn’t have time for a lot of down time, so finding myself back into a productive sort of mood is super important. Mental Health correlates to your overall wellbeing, so it’s important to take it seriously.

Some of my favorite tricks are:

  • Read a good book. Even better, take that book someplace outside of the house; a park, coffee shop or even backyard are great options.
  • Walks. Exercise is one thing that seriously can kick sad feelings to the curb, just from a chemical standpoint. I like to go for walks in the evening, bring some headphones along, and just try to clear my mind of everything that could be cluttering my head.
  • Go on a tiny day trip. Even if its just to a nearby town or city, getting out and experiencing new things can help to lift your spirits.
  • Have a spa night. If you can’t bring yourself to leave the house, you can always pamper yourself at home with face masks, nail polish and snacks! Sometimes I like to put on a favorite tv show, and just hang out while my nails dry.
  • Call up friends. Support from friends & family is super important!
  • Clean up your space. Living in a clutter free & clean environment can make everything  a little better!
  •  Listen to music. Sometimes it’s just nice to lay down and listen to some music and reflect.
  • Go to the gym. Again, exercise is key to chemically beating bad feelings and boosting up energy.
  • Indulge in a new hobby. I’ve recently started to care for some tiny plants, and sitting and caring for them always makes me feel better. It’s a whole new hobby for me to learn about and keep me occupied.
  • Bake/cook a treat. There’s nothing better than something home cooked and tasty to help you feel better!

Of course, as always, everyone has their own techniques and tricks to help themselves feel a little more energized on days that drag. Finding them might be a little bit tedious, but it’s worth the energy!

Do you have any techniques that help you feel better on bad days? Share them in the comments below.

XOXO Em