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13 May 2016

Goal Setting Tip of the Month: Create a Motivating Environment

i admit it, i was a little skeptical of rory gilmore's study tree.  you remember, gilmore girls fans - she found the most perfect study spot at all of yale.  a tree outside.  she even paid a guy to move when he was in her spot, she was so obsessed with it.  well, turns out she was onto something.


your environment impacts your energy, motivation, and decision making.  for example, studies have shown that people think bigger and more creatively in open rooms with high ceilings.  they also show that people learn better and memorize faster after taking a walk in the woods than they did if they had just walked along a busy street.  sounding a little like rory's study tree environment?  yes, your environment has a direct impact on how motivated you are to achieve your goals and how well you'll perform at attempting to reach them.

so set up a motivating environment!  it really is as simple as it sounds.  of course, the environment you set up will depend on which goals you're procrastinating, but some ways to set up a motivating space include:

- setting up and maintaining a clutter free desk
- buying a comfortable chair
- set up a motivating quote in your work space
- playing classical music

now, those would specifically apply to getting more work done (be it studying, blogging, office work, etc.) but you can see how it would apply to other areas.  working out, for example - clear off the treadmill and make your workout gear otherwise accessible and uncluttered, wear comfortable shoes, listen to heart pumping music.  get outside if you can.

a few simple tweaks to the space around you can really help you achieve more and procrastinate less. it's worth a shot!

12 May 2016

Three on Thursday

welcome back to three on thursday, a post of my weekly (and all time) top three favorites.  if you've missed any prior weeks and want to catch up, just check here.   

1. bath and body works summer candle scents not everyone loves the bbw 3 wick candles.  steph refuses to buy any more, they crap out on her.  but i've never had a problem with them so i keep stocking up, i just love them.  if you've struggled with them before, just make sure that you burn them for two hours the first time; you have to burn a full top layer (so it's all liquid, no hard wax on the outside edges) and then it should be fine all the next times you use them.  anyway, i always under the impression that i only loved their fall/winter scents but i think they've really stepped up their summer scents game.  i recommend georgia peach, pineapple mango, watermelon lemonade, and fiji white sands.

2. martha stewart towels at macy's i was under the impression that my current towels were fine but my mom disagreed.  plus she said when you move into a new house, you get new stuff.  so she bought me all new towels because she's the best mommy ever.  we decided on the martha stewart ones at macy's and i love them.  they are so soft and wash really well.  i got the fuzzies out (which happens with all new towels, you know that.) in just one wash cycle and they were ready to use.  they're currently 40% off!  i got them in the ivory color, in case you're curious.  and in addition to whatever sale macy's is having on a given day, the martha stewart line is being discontinued and everything is on closeout, so i recommend checking out the rest of her line as well (like sheets and kitchen things.)

3. we close on our house tomorrow at noon!  i try to keep my 'three on thursdays' things you should do, try, or buy, and i realize this doesn't quite fit that, but i thought you'd like to know.  so i guess in keeping with the recommendations theme, i think you should follow me on snapchat (stephs1120) if you don't already, because i'll be showing the brand new house!  tomorrow evening will be cleaning and changing the locks, so you'll see the place totally empty, and saturday morning we'll start moving furniture in.  i'll definitely be doing blog posts about this, but in case you want an early view, snapchat is where it'll be!

happy thursday friends!

05 May 2016

Three on Thursday

welcome back to three on thursday, a post of my weekly (and all time) top three favorites.  if you've missed any prior weeks and want to catch up, just check here.   

1. american eagle plaid top.  some days i'm like 'meh, i'm too old for ae and their hippie festival wear' and most times, i'm correct.  but i swear by ae jeans and occasionally their shirts.  in particular, this one.  which is on clearance for only $18.  it's so soft and comfortable, get it!  i live in this sucker lately, i should probably get a back up.  and maybe the dark colored version for fall and winter.



2. deep eddy vodka.  a new favorite brand because i love peach flavored cocktails and they make a peach vodka.  i'll drink it by itself but john makes a face when he does and mixed it with sparkling water instead.  it's so delicious, and they also have sweet tea, lemon, grapefruit, cranberry and of course plain.  inexpensive too.  my target sells it, in case you're looking.


3. kentucky derby pick - mo tom.  that's my pick and i'm stickin to it!  i went to kentucky with my dad this past weekend on a whim to see our baby horse.  i was posting about it to snapchat, sorry if you missed it because you didn't know i had snapchat.  i forget to share things like that.  it's stephs1120, same as all social media if you want to find me!  i'll post some photos and videos here, once i get them off my camera.  anyway, we've had the same horse breeder for many years - i used to play with the cats on his farm when i was little, like 6.  he even taught me how to drive (on one of those john deere golf cart things.)  and he bred mo tom, so that is my pick.  take it for what you will.

happy thursday friends, the weekend is almost upon us!

p.s. i'm gonna be a better blogger.  soon.  one day.  eventually.


probably not.

28 April 2016

Mother's Day By The Numbers

Mother's Day is around the corner (Sunday, May 8th) and if you haven't started already, now's the time to remember all the little things the moms around us do every day and get them a token of your appreciation. Moms are creative, capable, and resourceful. Moms work hard! That’s why moms deserve the best and Swagbucks wants to make sure your Mom gets the best. 

Right now you can earn up to 35% Cash Back on gifts for Mom at her favorite retailers when you shop through the Swagbucks Mother’s Day Sale, saving you lots of pennies and allowing you to splurge a little extra on mom!
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Swagbucks received more than 10,000 email responses and found the following: