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Taking Lessons From Vacation To Real Life
 
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Ugh, don’t we all love vacation? It’s a time to unplug, relax, and not have a worry in the world. Somehow life is always just better while on vacation. After being in Italy for the past week, I felt like I hit re-set on my mindset and learned a few things that I wanted to bring back to my everyday life. So, here’s a post on what I learned and how to implement it into your day-to-day.

Be bored:

In today’s society, being busy is a status symbol. It signals how important you are and if you are successful enough. On vacation, you are the opposite of busy… At first I had no idea what to do with myself, I was so fidgety while laying at the beach. Then slowly I just learned to be still, be bored.

How to implement into real life:

Setting aside once a week to spend 1-2 hours with friends, family, or your bf/gf to just talk, look out the window, drink a glass of wine, etc. No screens, no agenda. Just soak in what is happening around you and be present in the moment.

You can’t plan everything:

Italians basically don’t plan or worry about anything. They have a more laissez faire attitude about pretty much everything, which is the exact opposite of Americans. Yet, in the end everything always works out okay and life keeps moving. I think giving up a little control over everything could give us all a little sanity back.

How to implement into real life:

Anytime you start having time anxiety, feel like not everything will get done, etc remember that it’s not life or death. Everything will be okay in the end. You will make the train, that assignment will get done, and everything will come out in the wash.

Read More:

While IG, Youtube, and FB are all amazing for keeping in touch with people and getting inspiration, there’s nothing like reading a good book. I feel like I haven’t really gotten into a book in a loooong time, but in Capri I started reading Jackie, Janet, and Lee and I was obsessed. Reading it all the time, and it reminded me how much reading brings you into another world, kind of like a form of meditation.

How to implement into real life:

Even though I can’t read as much as on vacation, I still am going to try to read some of my book every night before going to bed. It’s a great way to not look at electronics, but still have a way to wind down.

I’d love to know what you bring back from vacation and implement into your everyday life. Comment below :)

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How To Stop Yourself From Buying ALL The Things
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I recently was talking to someone about how i keep myself from wasting money on unnecessary things. Its something that can be so easy to do, especially with this consumerism culture are are living in today.

You can get caught up in needing the new it bag you see on your favorite influencer or the mask that will make all your skin problems go away. I even find it hard to see an Instagram ad and not want it immediately (IG targeting is SO good these days).

So how do you put the credit card down and not give into what you want?

I’ve come up with a verrry simple method. I make a note in my phone of all of the things I want/need to buy. At a glance iI see what I really need to be spending my money on, and what I probably should be spending on. It gives you a perspective that takes you out of the consumerism mindset and shows you what you really need vs. what you want.

I typically wait 1-2 weeks before buying clothing/makeup/beauty though since I feel like the time helps me see if I really want it or if I was just caught up in thinking I needed it. If an item stays on my list for along time, I probably REALLY want it and can buy it and know I’m not wasting my money.

I hope that helps some of you be better about saving some $$ and ont wasting it on what is trendy at the moment.

xo

Sarah

Why Your Phone Case May Be Your Most Important Accessory
 
Why your phone case may be your most important accessory

 

I know this post title sounds kind of ridiculous, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about lately. 

Not necessarily about your phone case (we will get to that later in this post) but how much your phone affects your life

I mean, your phone is probably the one thing you’re physically attached to 24/7 (which is actually kinda scary to think about). Especially if you are running a small business, instagram page, or have a full time job… You are constantly checking/responding to notifications.

But how much do we really pay attention to how taking care of our phone as much as we care for our homes can actually improve your life.

 

THE INSIDE

Okay Let’s start with the inside - everyone says beauty comes from the inside, right? Same thing for your phone. - Like you know how when you are trying to get ready and throw ALL of your clothes on the floor because you have NOTHING to wear? Then later you realize you should probably clean that up because its genuinely better having a clean room, so you can think better? Do your work without the impending task of cleaning your room when you get home?

Lately that’s how I’ve been feeling about my phone. It’s sooo unorganized and theres just so much happening on there that I don’t even want to open it anymore. 

I.E. 200 emails in my inbox, 8,000 pictures in your camera roll (with no organizational folders, c’mon Apple!!!), apps you don’t use, etc. 

But, what if we organized our phones just like our rooms? So when we lock our phones we have peach of mind because we know where everything is. 

We know that we’ve answered all our emails and we know where to look when we need to attached a document in an email or find a picture to post on instagram.

Why your phone case may be your most important accessory

HOW TO FIX THIS

  1. UNSUBSCRIBE from all those news letters you don’t read, or you think you will one day maybe read. The stores who send you 1,000 emails, but you never look at them, just delete them. I’m not saying delete it all, but delete the one’s that don’t provide you value once during the span of a week. This way you can see which emails you need to respond to without the clutter.

  2. Delete your apps. Basically Marie Condo that sh*t. And if you don’t get that reference, you should read this and delete anything you haven’t used this year or anything that doesn’t bring you joy. Now you’re on your way to saving time and not having to sift through 20 apps to find the one you’re looking for. If you’re psycho like me you can make folders for each category and put your most used apps on your first page.

  3. Do the same to your camera roll. I have probably 1000 screenshots I don’t need,100 accidental screen shots of my lock screen, and 30 pictures on the same thing, but thought “maybe I’ll need it” on my camera roll. When you’re bored and doing nothing start from the top and DELETE. You literally won’t miss it, I promise. Now you can see the clear fun memories and pictures for your business and not 100 of the same pictures (maybe just 5).

  4. I kinda take my camera roll to another level which if you run a small business you probably understand. So, I made an album for blog post/instagram pictures, so I can stop scrolling for forever to fins what I’m looking for. There’s just one album now that I keep all edited & ready to go photos.

  5. Use the gmail/outlook app NOT apple mail. Well one, it literally doesn’t notify you. Two, if theres a really persistent subscription that just won’t let you unsubscribe gmail filters it out for you. And you can make certain e-mails filter into other folders or categories. Organization <3

Why your phone case may be your most important accessory

THE OUTSIDE

So now, you can take a deep sigh of relief because your phone is pretty well organized, easy to navigate, and stress free. 

The fun part is picking out a case! And it doesn’t have to be anything expensive, just something you look at and it makes you happy. For me, I have this palm case I got on amazon for $6.85 and it protects the crap out of my phone. I’ve dropped it 100 times (like glass down on cement floors) and nothing has cracked. (I also recommend a glass screen protector). 

Every time I see my case, it makes me smile a little cause it reminds me of my trip to Miami with MKM. So, pick a case that means something to you like a quote a picture an image DO YOU! 

Tag me on insta or stories if you try my tips or get a cute new case :) would love to talk everyone. 

xo,

Sarah


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Why Traveling Helps Me Stay Motivated // Bucerías Photo Diary
 
Cute house (one of hundreds) on the small side streets of the town.

Cute house (one of hundreds) on the small side streets of the town.


 

If you've been following along on Instagram, you know I've been in Mexico this past week! 

I was such a great trip full of family time, laying by the pool, and really just doing NOTHING. Which felt absolutely amazing. We went on many adventures (pics below!!), so I hope to be able to share more pictures from the other towns we visited. But, enough about me... let's get to the post.

Today I wanted to talk about MOTIVATION, since it is something I think makes it so hard to start a business in today's world. Staying motivated in the midst of comparing yourself (I know you aren't supposed to, but I mean c'mon that's impossible) to other Instagrammers, Youtubers, 20 year old millionaires, etc can be so detrimental to your motivation to get out there and start your one-man shop.

And to be honest, this happens to me all of the time. Some days I really don't feel like posting and I definitely don't feel motivated, but after coming back from Mexico though I feel SO MOTIVATED. Motivated to write my posts, take pictures, and do the other stuff I kinda don't like about blogging like...hashtags. Now let's get to the juicy stuff, like why.

One of the only unique shops I saw (hopefully!!) with the coolest glassware. That's something Mexico does really well, COLOR!

One of the only unique shops I saw (hopefully!!) with the coolest glassware. That's something Mexico does really well, COLOR!


Traveling Gives You Perspective

When you detach yourself from the current world you created for yourself you really see why you started and why you want to continue. You forget about likes and followers and focus on the why of your business. It also gives you actual time to think of new content ideas since your brain doesn't feel any pressure to come up with something amazing.

Really it just gives you a break from the real life which allows your creativity to flow and for you to focus on what is really important to you and your business.

 

 
Sleek, simple typography outside of someone's house!

Sleek, simple typography outside of someone's house!

A street across the bridge! You can see some of the shops here and love these cute little flags hanging!

A street across the bridge! You can see some of the shops here and love these cute little flags hanging!

Close-up of the flags :) I love the pretty colors.

Close-up of the flags :) I love the pretty colors.

Painted wall!! I posted about this on here, but still can't get over how someone PAINTED this!!! Crazy.

Painted wall!! I posted about this on here, but still can't get over how someone PAINTED this!!! Crazy.

This was just a wall we passed, but love how the flowers/vines are going in and out of the circles and diamonds.

This was just a wall we passed, but love how the flowers/vines are going in and out of the circles and diamonds.

Didn't get the best picture of the saint on the left, but I love how it's right next to the black/white type. Again, so colorful!!

Didn't get the best picture of the saint on the left, but I love how it's right next to the black/white type. Again, so colorful!!

Turquoise &amp; flowers on the side of the street. Nearly everywhere here has a pop of color, which makes me so happy!

Turquoise & flowers on the side of the street. Nearly everywhere here has a pop of color, which makes me so happy!

More flowers!!!! These took up the entire wall and matched it so well :)

More flowers!!!! These took up the entire wall and matched it so well :)

How do you get motivated? Let me know on Insta or stores 

xo,

Sarah

p.s. Don't worry I have more pictures from the Sunday market that I will post later! Those are super cool as well...but we will get to that later! 


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How To Make The Airport Less Stressful
What's in my airport bag

Is it me or does the airport just seem like the worst. Don't get me wrong, I love to travel, but the airport has just always been a source of chaos for me. So, for my trip to Mexico I was determined to make the airport/airplane feel like home. In today's post I want to share some things I put in my carry-on purse that made me feel comfortable while in at the airport...at 6AM *yawn*

First, I'm really into mint tea and lemon water, I feel like it calms me and makes me feel at home, so I drank both of these in the airport and on the plane! It also helps with stomach aches which I seem to get a lot while flying.

Next, I love bringing lavender scented anything. This includes sanitation wipes for the airplane seat, hand sanitizer, and face mist. Lavender is a very calming scent and makes any situation a little less stressful, plus how cute are these little towelettes :) AND after you wipe down your seat, you're enveloped in a scent of lavender.

Then I always have my ticket/reservation printed and my liquids all in one place. These two might seem random, but it's just 2 more things I don't have to think about going wrong.

Finally, my Bose noise cancelling headphones....they are potentially the greatest thing you can bring on a plane. Baby screaming? Who cares. Loud jet noises? Can't hear 'em. It's pretty awesome to just put these on and read your book and the next thing you know you're at your next destination.

I made some nice friends on my second flight though, shoutout to them for making 4 hours feel like 1!

Linking everything else below!

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What's in my airport bag

If you want to see what else I pack in my carry on purse you can check out this post. I put all small items in this small polcadot zip bag and the rest can easily fit in my tote bag :) 


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This Productivity Hack Will Change Your Life (in a good way)

Hello! I know today's Valentine's day, but really isn't it just another day? (yes)

So, I thought today as you go to work/school, I would try to brighten your day with a way to make the long 8 hours feel more productive and worthwhile. How you might ask, with a to-do list!

Since 6th grade when my dad taught me how to be able to finish all my homework by using a to-do list with little check boxes next to it, I haven't stopped. No I'm serious, I make one almost every day since then. In college I just it to prioritize school work and studying and now I use to to manage all the projects I have at work. I haven't found a better way to organize everything I need to get done on a given day. Plus, what is better than checking that little box and crossing that task off of your to-do list?

But, I have learned a few tricks along the way to make your list-making make you feel more productive, which I will share with all of you! And I've included a free printable below, so you can print these cute to-do lists right at the office! So easy and cute.

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Tip #1: Sectioning

On a separate sheet of paper write down everything you need to accomplish that day, like everything. Then weed out the tasks that are the smaller and more administrative like answering emails, writing tweets, writing captions, ect. You want to clump these together and try to complete them all at one time. Choose a time like right when you get in or right after lunch, where you don't need to use all of your brain power to complete them. Then I like to section out my large/medium tasks by either projects or who it's due to.  

Tip #2: Prioritization

Now, I know people say to choose 3 things per day to focus on, but who can do that. I know personally, I always have 1 million tasks on my to-do list and constantly have people messaging me to ask me a question about something else. So, within each section, I like to prioritize what needs to be finished that day and what I can push to the next. I usually denote this on my task list by putting it first in its section and adding a little star next to the task. 

Then I get to work! I like to do smaller tasks, then 1 big task, then smaller tasks, then a couple medium sized ones. So then my day is broken up and I don't feel like I haven't finished anything I set out to do that day, but instead I've just been constantly putting checks in the little boxes. The best feeling! 

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Thanks for reading <3


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