June 25th. I love it.

Another week, more fun friends.

First up this week, rediscovering Tumblr. I love it. Tumblr was the platform that I started blogging on back in 2010 and while I was looking for a very specific post, I did get to see all of my posts again. I wrote about some funny stuff and I wrote about everything. Granted, in college I had a LOT more free time and literally wrote everything I thought about or felt, but I would love to get back to that. I’m just going to need some motivation. I mean, my “I love it” blog started as a Tumblr blog.

I love it!

Next up, International Delight Iced Coffee. I love it. I’ve always been afraid to try it because I thought I would drink it all in one sitting (I love coffee), but I bought it as a treat for myself last week to curb my urge to go to Dunkin’ Donuts everyday. It’s totally working. The vanilla iced coffee is delightful (obviously) and a carton of it lasts me the entire week. It saves me about $6 a week! What? I’m totally down for that.

I love it.

Finally, cheering for babies. I love it. Before you get all excited, I’m working in a day care this summer, that’s why I’m cheering for the babies. On Friday one of our little guys rolled over by himself for the first time (at least with us present) and you would have thought we were watching the Super Bowl based on the way our eyes were glued on him and how loud we cheered. This is my last week of camp so I’m hoping we get a few more “firsts” this week so I don’t miss anything next month.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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Life is about rewarding yourself.

People often ask me how I stay so motivated with my routines. It’s almost a curse, being unable to procrastinate. It causes me a lot of stress at times but having things done does make me happy (seems contradictory, I know).

The one thing that I implemented in college was a reward system for myself.

Thanks to some practice with my self-control, I am able to motivate myself with small rewards from time to time. For example, every Friday I let myself get “fancy coffee” (basically coffee from a coffee place and not school) as my reward for making it through the week. This actually started in college in an attempt to curb my meal plan usage at the Starbucks on campus. It continues to this day. Every Friday (or whatever the last day of my work week is), I get Krispy Kreme coffee.

I’ve introduced this system to basically every aspect of my life.

If I take all of my meds for the entire week without forgetting (or ignoring them), I get a little prize next time I’m at the store. Most recently it was Tsum Tsums from the Disney Store (I got 3 because I did it 3 weeks in a row).

If I do my all of my chores without skipping the ones I don’t like doing, I can get a sno-ball or milkshake on Sundays.

If I drink water all week, I can get a soda at the store when I’m shopping.

It’s stupid little things that most people do naturally but I more or less have to trick myself into doing. It gives me something to look forward to and work towards.

Again, this can only be implemented if you have self-control. Start small (like doing something/not doing something for a day and then slowly add on).

Obviously I have full-blown OCD so this is the kind of system that I enjoy because it keeps me on track and makes me feel better about the insane routines I do on a daily basis to stay relatively sane.

Maybe this can work for you, too.

 

June 18th. I love it.

Very interesting week my friends.

First up this week, Tsum Tsums. I love it. If you don’t know what they are, look them up. They’re cute little stuffed animal things that are supposed to look like your favorite Disney character. I collect them and because I took all of my meds for three weeks straight, I rewarded myself by getting three new ones. Rapunzel, Flynn, and Pascal! 

I love it.

Next up, grocery shopping. I love it. It’s weird to say but if you haven’t had food in your house for two weeks, it’s the little things (like getting your favorite kind of chips) that can really turn things around.

I love it.

Finally, my emotional support animals. I love them. I got hit with a stomach bug yesterday morning and Maisy and Yogi knew I wasn’t feeling well. They always know. Maisy didn’t leave my side for 27 hours until I felt better. They may be for my mental health but they can basically fix anything. 

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great. 

I love it.

June 4th. I love it.

Yay love.

First up this week, murder mysteries. I love it. I used to go to these kinds of parties when I was a kid and for the 7th grade girls sleepover, we played. It was Cinco de Mayo themed and I played an angry marachi band leader. I literally screamed everything I said so I went home with no voice but it was totally worth it.

I love it.

Next up, making my karaoke debut. I love it. At the same party where I screamed everything, I also tried my hand at karaoke for the first time. I sang the first verse of “Taylor the Latte Boy” a capella. Since then, I’ve been thinking of other good songs that would be fit for the stage so it’s gonna be a surprise next time I’m convinced to do it.

I love it.

Finally, baking. I love it. For the first time in what could only be months, I used my oven for something other than dinner. I had an urge to bake something today so I ran out and got everything for chocolate chip cookies. It felt good to get my hands messy and not be a lazy bum today.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great. 

I love it.

Once Upon a Bookshelf – So You Want to Be a Jedi?

The Empire Strikes Back - So You Want to Be a Jedi?The Empire Strikes Back – So You Want to Be a Jedi? by Adam Gidwitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Do you want to be a Jedi!

I totally do so I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book. Obviously it tells the Star Wars story “The Empire Strikes Back” but just like the first book in this series, it’s all about perspective.

The author, Adam Gidwitz, prepares you in the preface by getting you in the mindset of a Jedi. He’s not just telling you a story. He’s walking you through your story! In this book, you are Luke Skywalker, young Padawan, training with Yoda and fighting the Empire.

What I loved most about this book is the way in which it’s told. Not only are you the hero, but between every chapter, there’s an activity for you to do to work on your Jedi training. It starts off with easy tasks like trying to meditate (I mean really meditate) for as long as you can while counting to ten. Focus on the numbers and nothing but the numbers.

I tried it. It’s super hard.

As the story progresses, so do your challenges. Focus on balancing on one leg while someone throws something at you.

  • Scatter things all over your room and then walk through with your eyes closed feeling the objects at your feet and not actually touching them.
  • Also like the first book in the series, it also spells out names that you (or me at least) can never remember or pronounce.

The story is a classic and if you have young readers in your house that want/need Jedi training, getting them this book is the first step. There are all kinds of history lessons and stories that aren’t in the original telling (but they fit so flawlessly you wouldn’t know it).

Yesterday I started the last book of this series and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on that one with you!

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