Monday, September 15, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
I recently downloaded Seahorse, which is a new photo and video sharing app. Think Dropbox mixed with Facebook. You can upload "scenes" which are basically photo albums and invite your friends to them. If you're taking a trip with a group of friends, or want to share photos privately, Seahorse would be a great candidate!
It's perfect for sharing photos of my pup Misha with my boyfriend so that we have a collective photo album. After downloading the app, Seahorse will prompt you to do the basics like fill out your info and upload a profile picture. It'll also walk you through the basics like uploading a scene, adding friends and viewing your timeline!
It's a little hard to navigate at first, and to access certain features (like Magic and Flashback) you need to "unlock" them by completing certain tasks but essentially Seahorse could be very useful.
Friends can comment on your photos, and you never have to worry about anyone seeing anything. So basically, if you want to share those possibly risque photos of girls night out between friends without anyone seeing them, Seahorse is for you.
If you're interested, Seahorse is also offering an extra 5GB of storage space when you use the code CLEVERHORSE now until Oct. 31, 2014. To download the app you can click the appropriate links below;
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Last Sunday, I found myself anxious to get out of the house for a change of scenery. None of my friends were available for lunch so I decided to do a solo-lunch at the outdoor mall in the Foothills (aka the rich mall). I ate my lunch at a slow pace, sipped on my soda and wrote letters to friends on the outside dining patio for close to two hours before lazily browsing through the shops.
It's important to be comfortable and confident enough to spend time with just yourself. I know some girls who would feel insecure and awkward eating lunch by themselves. There's no shame in spending some leisurely time alone whether it be because you don't want to expend energy on other people, or because you want to get out of the house and no one is available. There are a number of reasons I love my alone-time.
- Confidence building
- Meditation and peace with my own thoughts
- No need for rushing
As an introvert, I feel perfectly at ease with myself and my thoughts. If you're interested getting over the "awkwardness" of being alone in public here are some tips.
- Read a book (fiction, non-fiction, spiritual. whatever captures your mind)
- Bring a sketchbook and people watch+draw
- Write in a journal, or write letters
- Bring some busy work
If you're trying to have some relaxed, leisure time, I wouldn't suggest bringing your electronics along for the ride. Checking on your apps or emails during lunch can be very stressful. Plus, it can sometimes give off a vibe to others that you're uncomfortable with your thoughts and therefore need to constantly be on Facebook.
What do you like to do on solo-lunches?
Monday, September 8, 2014
Last Friday I got my 6th tattoo done after not receiving any fresh ink for two years. I've been kind of down in the dumps lately and so I decided it was time to treat myself. In honor of the new tattoo, I thought I'd share with you my tattoos and their meanings.
My "Protego" tattoo was actually my 4th tattoo. It's on my left rib, under my bra line. Protego is a protection spell from the Harry Potter series. I like the idea of having my own personal protection spell. I'm kind of a weird person in the sense that while I am extremely friendly and often wear my heart on my sleeve, I sometimes have a hard time letting people in. I get "close" to lots of people, but very few get deep with me. Very few get to see the side of me I don't wish to show because regardless of how close I get to people, there's always a part of me that is mine alone and I will always feel the need to keep people out.
This tattoo was my 5th. It's a filmstrip in the shape of a heart. Majority of people who see this tattoo immediately ask me, "What's your favorite film?" The funny part is, I don't have one. I don't watch movies. I'm not a movie buff and this has nothing to do with films in the sense you might thing. I like to call this my YouTube tattoo. I've been on YouTube now for 4 (going on 5) years and it's changed and influenced me immensely. This is my subtle salute to what YouTube has done for me.
Ignore my gross looking foot. This is my Lumos Maxima tattoo. It is, again, a spell from Harry Potter but this time it's for light. Lumos Maxima is basically the spell for the maximum amount of light. It's sort of a matching tattoo with my best friend AJ. She has "Lumos Solemn" (which is sunlight) on the same place but in a different font. It signifies both our love for Harry Potter and our friendship. We often say the we're "The same...but different." which is essentially summed up with Lumos Maxima and Lumos Solemn. We are both light, but different kinds of light.
This tattoo right here was my first. If you're having trouble figuring out exactly what it is, it's the Hawaiian Islands. I was born and raised there and while I never felt I fit in entirely, it contributed largely to the person I am today. It will forever be a part of me.
Before I go into detail about my newest tattoo, I'd like to mention that I am not sharing my tattoo of the golden snitch (yes, from Harry Potter). I'd like to get it redone in the future, and am not currently too eager to show it off, but just know it's there (on the rib opposite of my protego).
NOW. The newest tattoo (still puffy and everything). It's an Augustus Burroughs quote that says, "I am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions." I absolutely adore it. I am not perfect and while I often get told I give off an air of perfection, I'm far from it. This quote spoke to me the first time I heard it when I was 14 (holy crap, was that really 8 years ago?).
I love this quote and it has forever been my favorite. I am all flaws, but I mean well and that's what counts. It is the good intention that makes me beautiful.
What are some tattoos that you have and what do they mean to you?
Monday, August 25, 2014
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
- A well made purse
- Great shoes
- A good foundation
- Quality beddings
- Good headphones
Watch the video to learn more about why it's good to spend more money on these things!
What do you think should be added to the list?
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Monday, August 18, 2014
Make It Magical is a series on finding the magic of every day life. Magic can mean many things. It can mean excitement, adventure, creativity, fun and more. In this series I share bits of my life and adventures that feel most magical to me.
A few weekends ago, I took the time to go up to Phoenix to spend time with my sister, Jon, Misha and Kayli. As an introvert, my "me time" is very precious, so I'm very careful (read: picky) about who I spend my time with. It's never anything personal, it's just me.
Because I'm so picky about the people I invest my time in, quality time with those I do spend time with is usually just that--very quality. Regardless of who you spend your time with, how many people you spend your time with or how you spend your time with them, being around people whose company you love is very magical.
I've heard a saying that says you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. That saying reminds me a lot about something my mom used to always say to me when I was younger; "Tell me who your friends are, and I'll tell you who you are." At the time I just thought she was just being an overly-strict and protective mom. I would roll my eyes at that phrase. Now, I totally get it.
Take a look at the people you spend your most time with. You are just like them. Does that make you happy? I am completely satisfied with what I see when I look around me. I see passion, drive, success, ambition, positivity, spontaneity, loyalty. To hear more of my thoughts on the topic of relationships and those I surround myself with, watch the video! It's 2 minutes long and I'd love for you to join in on this discussion!
Are you happy with the traits associated with those around you (and, in turn, you)? Leave me a comment below!