Category Archives: Activities

A Little Morning Motivation

Life can be discouraging. At the tail end of school, I’m battling the fear of graduating without a job and not knowing what I’m going to do with my life. I love quotes on Pinterest that are inspiring and remind me to stay positive and keeping me motivated. Lately I’ve been feeling particularly discouraged, so I decided to print out a bunch of the quotes I’ve pinned to hand around my apartment.

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The little bits of inspiration throughout my apartment have been a great reminder to stay positive. Whether it is work, school, the job hunt or just life in general that is getting me down, they cheer me up and keep me going. I hung the above pins as well as a few others. It’s been great to see them every morning! They remind me to choose happiness for the day and to control my own mood instead of letting life control it. I’d encourage you to hand your favorite quotes up in your living space in order to encourage and inspire you!

What do you do to stay inspired? Let me know in the comments below!

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How to Have the Best Spring Break of Your Life

7b5d15bbb8cda290f4c9db822f72177dWell, friends, it’s almost here. The moment every college student has been waiting for since…well…since Christmas. That’s right. Spring break. Students everywhere are buzzing, making plans and counting down the days until they can board their plane, train, bus, etc. and embark on the greatest adventure of the year. It’s an exciting time, really.

If you’re anything like me, however, planning an elaborate spring break trip can be daunting. Great ideas can seem too expensive or overwhelming and are often not accomplished. In that case, spring break can leave you spending excessive hours on Facebook or watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy and every Animal Planet documentary ever made. If that’s you, these two words will put the movie-watching days behind you and will instead launch you into the best break of your life. You ready for it?

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A road trip is an awesome way to spend your break because you can plan as much or as little as you want, go where you want, and be gone for as long as you want, all without breaking the bank. Here are some tips for making your trip as inexpensive (and exciting) as possible.

1) Pick a destination where someone has family or friends that would let you stay and you’ll cut costs incredibly. Whether you go to a friend’s house in Georgia, your second cousin’s house in Colorado, or your Aunt Lorraine’s house in Wisconsin, it’s guaranteed to be an adventure.

2) Pack sandwich materials and water and eliminate food costs almost entirely. Pack snacks that don’t need toRoad-Trip-Snacks- be refrigerated such as trail mix or fruit snacks, and you can avoid the fast-food joint altogether.

3) You don’t need to make expensive, elaborate plans. Half the fun is not having an agenda and taking advantage of the little adventures that pop up. If you get lost, that’s OKAY! In fact, it will probably even add to your experience and make your adventure that much more memorable.

4) More people means cheaper gas expenses. It’s okay to be a little squished in the car. By going with a group, not only will you have an awesome bonding experience with friends, you’ll also have more people to split the cost of gas, and make your trip cheaper.

So there you have it, friends. Grab your best travel-buddies, make a great playlist, and just go! Whether you’re gone for a week or a day, a road trip is bound to be an adventure you’ll never forget.

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Stressed Out? Try Yoga.

School is stressful. I find myself with little sleep, a lot of neck tension and splitting headaches several times a week. I’ve always been a fan of yoga for a great stretch, but after reading an article from the Huffington Post, I’m going to take even more time out of my week to slow down and do a yoga session. The article points out that yoga helps boost your immune system, ease migraines and helps you sleep better, among numerous other benefits.

I took to Pinterest to find a great yoga tutorial. I found this awesome video.

It is part of playlist (click-through to watch it on Youtube, not just on this blog) and for someone who does yoga pretty frequently, I though this playlist was great. I was really relaxed by the end of the second video and feeling great. The first routine is only 5 minutes and mostly breathing exercises, so it’s easy to do between things. I usually take 30-45 minutes every few days to do a deep stretch routine, but this was a great addition to my repertoire.

If you find yourself stressing out this week, take a few minutes to relax and do some yoga! You’ll feel better, I promise.

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Lets go on an adventure.

fa7e564d76f79b510fc8def08c394f6c I’m in a place right now where I am really overhwlmed. Between juggling school, multiple jobs, searching for a full time job, and preparing for a summer trip overseas, I don’t have a lot of margin in my life. Sometimes I find myself discouraged. In these times the best thing anyone can say is, “Let’s go on an adventure!”

According to an article in Health Magazine getting fresh air and exercise can greatly improve your daily health. It’s beneficial to get our of my normal space and do something active and fun.  This actually helps my productivity instead of hurting it.

This weekend while buried under homework I was coxed by my roommate and her brother to join them on an adventure. We drove on icy roads down to the Global Market in Minneapolis and explored the colorful booths and food stands.  We even tried a delicious camel burger.

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Part of going on an adventure is uncertainty. You don’t know where you may end up. This is the exciting part. After we had our fill of camel burgers we drove around the cities, finally ending up by the Guthrie. We rode up and down the escalators and elevators, saw a beautiful view of the city, and almost saw the play showing that evening.

I mentioned that I had never crossed the Stone Arch Bridge before, so a few minutes later I found myself on the completely frozen bridge in ten degree temperature. Although none of us where dressed for the weather we had a great time sliding  our way across the bridge and down the other side. There was something special about not having a plan for the evening, just being able to appreciate what came our way, and finding joy in the friendship of adventuring together.

Like any perfect night, we ended with a good cup of coffee. What about you? Do you need to find some friends to adventure through life with.

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Keeping Calm and Loving Giraffes

Keep calm and go to the zoo

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Cost: The cost of your local zoo
Ease of activity: 10/10
“Re-pin” Worthiness: 10/10

It had been a long week. Between bad news from a friend, forgetting about an important assignment, and not sleeping – by the time I got to Friday I was at the fringes of burnout. Not to mention it was Valentine’s Day and the only plan I had was a date with a Shamrock Shake.

Then, as it often does in a time of need, genius struck. Or more accurately, Pinterest struck. Just scrolling along, looking for something fun to do, when I saw the pictured pin: keep calm and go to the zoo.d2b92aa5230a347f344386c739323332

You don’t have to tell me twice, so off to the zoo I went to get some much needed R&R.

I only live 15 minutes from the Como Zoo in St. Paul. They are open every day of the year, and it’s totally free. I’ve never gone in the winter, because: Minnesota. However, it was so much fun. The animals are kept inside so it’s actually a warm activity, and you are able to be much closer to them than when they are outside.

It’s important for you to understand that I love giraffes. No, it’s so much more than that. When I read an article last week about a Danish zoo killing a “surplus” giraffe to feed to the lions I actually cried a little.

IMG_20140214_151250_444So, by myself on February 14th in Como Zoo, I spent a half an hour just relaxing and watching the giraffes. It was easily one of the best Valentine’s Days I’ve ever had and it made me feel much better after a crazy week.

Takeaway: Sometimes the best Pinterest projects aren’t actually projects. Social media is a gift, but it can steal from us the joy of actually living. Pinterest can inspire you to go on an adventure and remind you that what you love isn’t on a screen at all.

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If You Can’t Beat It, Join It: Finding Ways to Enjoy the Snow

The first snowfall of the 2013-2014 winter was on October 20 – 114 days ago. During that time, many Minnesotans have also experienced the coldest temperatures of the century. I think you’ll agree with me when I say that it’s time for the snow to melt, the trees to bud, and the flowers to replace the frost-bitten snow. Unfortunately, tonight’s forecast predicts…snow.

You’ve heard the phrase, “If you can’t beat them, join them.”

Well, I think it’s safe to say that the snow isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so we may as well embrace it. With that in mind, I began searching Pinterest for some fun snow activities, and once again, Pinterest came through. Here’s the Pin -> Snow Activities

I know what you’re thinking. “I haven’t done this stuff since I was in middle school.” Maybe, but trust me, friends, they haven’t lost their element of fun. So grab your snow gear, grab your friends, and head outside. Here are some of my favorite snow activities.

1) Sledding! If you don’t have a good sledding hill, having a car pull a sled is equally as fun. If you don’t have a sled, use a food tray or  even an old cardboard box!

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2) Build a snowman/snow fort. This can be time consuming, but it’s totally worth it. Try a snowman contest with some friends.

3) Snowball fight. Ready. Aim. Fire.

4) Snow angels! You’re never too old for this.

5) Ice skating. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or you’ve never touched a pair of skates in your life, it’s guaranteed to be a good time.

There are so many more ideas of fun things to do in the snow, but here are just a few to get you started! I’d love to hear your ideas as well. The snow’s not going anywhere anytime soon, so get out there and make the best of it.

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Frugal is Fun

7c5fd5db8bd10ec04c3155b9634d6295 According to an article found online at MSN.com  (http://goo.gl/HaoPvW) many Americans owe over 20,000$ in credit card debit.  While this may seem like a staggering amount, it is not unusual for Americans to be carrying both consumer and credit card debit.  Along with news media and financial planners, a new voice has risen up to tackle this issue.  Financial or “debt-free” living bloggers  have created communities to share ideas and encourage each other to live debt free lives.

One of my favorite blogs, And Then We Saved (andthenwesaved.com), follows the journey of one young woman as she digs herself out of over $24,000 dollars in debt. It is a collection of encouragement, updates on her own journey, and fun ideas for saving money.  This pin, a link from her blog, suggests 56 free things to do instead of spending money.

I have come back to this pin several times looking for things to do instead of spending my hard earned cash.  A few of her suggestions include; reading the archives of a favorite blog, making creative meals with food you already have in your kitchen, writing letters, organizing your closet, creating new outfits, and even making some of the things you’ve pined on Pinterest.

Over the last few weeks I have tried some of her suggestions.  I have Instagrammed a few of my adventures.  I made crafts I already had, created a pasta dish, wrote letters to friends, and finished a few books I had been wanting to read.  Saving money isn’t boring, with a little creativity and planning it can be really fun!

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What do you do to save money?  What are your favorite free or nearly free things to do?

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Can You Say Karaoke?

Do you ever have those nights where you’re just craving a night on the town but you don’t have the time or the resources to make it work? Well, friends, I have a solution that will make that problem a thing of the past. Karaoke. That’s right, grab some friends and make a night of it.

Now, I wasn’t pinterest-inspired because of a list of karaoke tips or because my favorite pinner said it would be a great idea. No, I was actually browsing pictures of cute animals and there it was – a picture of a kitten with a microphone. BAM! Inspiration. See the actual pin (and many other cuties) here ->Karaoke Kitty.

Cat I’m going to be up front with you right away. This idea doesn’t work unless you’re willing to use a little imagination. With the right attitude, though, this can be a TON of fun. If you have access to a karaoke machine, wonderful. However, if that’s not an available option for you (as I imagine would be the case for most people), you can improvise and use a laptop, tablet, cellphone, etc.!

While I’m sure no two karaoke experiences are the same, we had a great time experimenting, and I’m sure you will, too. We packed up our laptop, picked our favorite songs, and headed over to our school’s black box theatre. We used (with permission), a fake microphone from the prop box and sang our hearts out. IMG_4056

If there’s not a theatre nearby available for your use, get creative! Use your dorm room, your living room, or even a nearby student center! You never know who may want to join you.

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So, if you’re a tight budget, in a time-crunch, or are just in an adventurous mood, why don’t you try channeling your inner rockstar and make a night of karaoke? It’s easy, it’s free, and it’s  a crazy fun time.

Grab a friend, pick your favorite tune (I recommend “Surfin’ USA” and “Don’t Stop Believing”), and go have some fun! Until next time, friends, rock on.

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