More and more recently, we’re beginning to discover the importance of self-care. Improving your mental and physical wellness, no matter your situation, is always worth the time investment.
However, knowledge is nothing without action and some of us just feel too busy to take care of ourselves.
But it doesn’t have to be that way!
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For everyone out there too busy hustling to take a breath, this post is for you. I’m right there with you, and I know the feeling of keeping your gears turning for so long that your brain physically feels like it’s starting to rust. That’s why I’m starting the #wellnesswin 30 day challenge. For me, for you, for your stressed our friends and family, and for everyone who just doesn’t have time to relax. Together, we’re gonna find our zen.
Every day for 30 days, we’re gonna do one of these activities to take care of ourselves
Most of these wellness boosters take less than 10 minutes, so you don’t have any excuse for not fitting it in. You don’t have to do them in any particular order either, so the ones that do take longer can be saved for weekends (or whatever days you tend to have the most free time.) Some of them can be even done with others, so share the love and bring your best friend, significant other, or even kids in on the fun!
My goal with this challenge is for everyone to find joy in the little things, and build self-care habits that will make them a stronger person. Sound like fun? Good, because the challenge officially starts now!
Here are your 30 days of wellness and self-care activities!
Day 1: Go for a walk Day 2: Take a hot bath Day 3: Start a good book Day 4: Light your favorite candle Day 5: Go out and hug 3 animals Day 6: Compose a list of your best features Day 7: Cuddle up with a warm drink & a blanket Day 8: Look in the mirror & compliment yourself Day 9: Do your favorite form of exercise Day 10: Enjoy the atmosphere of a cafe while you work or read
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Day 11: Create a playlist of music that makes you happy Day 12: Binge watch some Netflix Day 13: Make a heathy, delicious meal Day 14: Color in a coloring book Day 15: Try meditation Day 16: Watch your favorite childhood movie Day 17: Declutter one area in your home Day 18: Buy yourself some flowers Day 19: Make your skin lotion soft Day 20: Unfollow/block a negative person on social media
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Day 21: Wear your favorite outfit Day 22: Drink a green smoothie Day 23: Volunteer somewhere special Day 24: Pop bubble wrap! Day 25: Write about your day in as much detail as possible Day 26: Stretch for 10 minutes Day 27: Buy a 2 dollar face mask and enjoy Day 28: Watch an interesting TED talk Day 29: Become a blanket burrito Day 30: Treat yourself to your favorite sweet
And, for those of you who love printable as much as me…
I created a printable, personal, check-offable list just for lovely you!! If you subscribe to my mailing list you’ll get access to that along with all of the other goodies in the secret library!
Finally, don’t forget to share the wellness love! Repost this picture on Instagram and Pinterest, or share a photo of you taking care of your lovely self with #wellnesswin. I’ll be stalking the tag and leaving likes 🙂
Want to learn how to pack your travel bag to save money and time, but not sure where to begin? Lucky for you, I’ve been trial and error testing for the last 4 years, and have developed a pretty streamlined system in that time.
Why did you start packing minimally for travel?
Believe it or not, my mom was my inspiration and instructor on learning how to pack light, and travel smart. The two of up have been taking trips with 1 backpack a piece since 2014 when we jetted off to Italy for a 9 day backpack excursion. Since that trip, we now backpack every single adventure we go on (no matter how long.)
Through a process of extensive trial and error, we’ve near perfected what to bring, what to leave at home, and what bags to put it all in. Today, I’m going to share my secrets with you, to help you travel lighter, and cheaper!
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This post is going to cover…
What backpack and organization system we use
How to go about packing for a longer trip (I’ll be using a 2 week adventure as an example)
How to create a cohesive wardrobe that’s functional and fashionable without overpacking (using the capsule wardrobe technique)
That alone should put you on a great path, however, if you want a complete copy of what I pack for multiple climates, you should join my email list! If you do, I’ll send you over my lovely warm and cold weather packing lists, along with lots of other free goodies! (Who doesn’t love freebies right?)
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started!
What backpack/suitcase do I use?
Let me start out by saying I have very quickly become anti any suitcase with wheels, or any other non squishy parts. The great part about a minimalist packing style is the great savings! The backpack that my mom and I use (and have recommended to everyone who has ever traveled with us) is amazing for many reasons. One of those is that (provided you don’t overstuff it) it tucks underneath most airline seats.
Because I can usually get some great deals through them, I fly with Allegiant Airlines a lot. They, like most budget airlines, will charge you extra to put a suitcase in the overhead bin, but not for a personal under the seat item (see where I’m going with this?) If you can fit all of your stuff into an under the seat bag, you can save a lot of money, which means getting to travel more!
QuickDisclaimer: We’ve never had any issues with them letting us tuck our bags under our seats, but I can’t guarantee that that will always be the case. Whether or not your bag is packed small enough is up to the discretion of the airline, and if you get someone who’s in a bad mood, they may try to charge you extra.
Along with its cost effective size, these bags are also excellent because of their ample internal space, compression straps on the sides, and many lovely pockets.
Enough droning on though…
The backpack that I so adore is the eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior. It comes in several lovely colors, but I personally have the Blue Yonder color! I also attached several patches to mine so it stands out in a crowd and is irrefutably mine. To be specific, a panda and a Batman logo because I’m a wee animal loving superhero geek.
One more note on the bag, we actually turned the shoulder strap that comes with it into padding for the waist-belt, because the one it comes with is a bit uncomfortable without it.
Okay! So that’s the backpack, what do I use to store my stuff within my bag?
I’m glad you asked lovely reader! If one were to just fold their clothes up and toss them into this backpack, it wouldn’t all fit very nicely, and even if it did, it would be a nightmare to get anything out of. Thus, I introduce to you, packing cubes. The revolution that’s sweeping the nation, they’re bold, their styling, and they’re très functional.
Packing cubes work by allowing you to press all of the excess air out of your clothes, to compact them into their smallest possible form. Ergo, you can pack more clothing into a smaller space! Sounds like a no brainer to me.
We used touse these packing cubes. Which are great as they are and enough for most people. However, we’ve since discovered something even more magical.
The mythical double zippered packing cube!
You want to talk about saving space? These things compress clothes like little magic voids. It’s like Mary Poppins’ carpet bag came to life and turned into a packing cube.
Now unfortunately, I couldn’t find the exact brand that we pack in anywhere online as we purchased ours from TJ Maxx. They were by the brand Sharper Image if you really want to go searching.
However, I was able to find several on amazon that look a lot like the ones we use. I can’t personally vouch for the brands, but they seem to have good reviews and look like the ones I use. The ones I’ve found are these by LeanTravel and these by Hynes Eagle. The Hynes Eagle ones are less expensive and have the same rating, but they don’t “look as nice” which is why I put the other ones too. I’m sure both work well, so it’s really up to your personal taste.
I also own a different style of compression packing cube by the brand BigFoot. I don’t personally like the design of them as much as they seem to hold less clothing, but some people prefer these, so again, it’s really up to personal taste.
If you want to scout around yourself for even better deals, what you’re looking for are compression packing cubes. The key word is compression, because that should mean that they have two layers of zippers, which means double the compression…hence the name.
What else do we use to organize our stuff?
There are 2 other packing bags that we use for our other essentials. My electronic cords, and my non liquid/gel toiletries each go in their own separate mini packing cube for a more organized bag. I use these ones by TravelOn, but anything works.
Finally, we like to pack our extra pair of shoes into their own bag. I take two pairs of shoes on just about every trip I go on. One pair of comfy walking shoes, and then either a pair of small waterproof boots, (like my Rubber Converse) or a pair of sandals (like my Keens), depending on the climate. We put our shoes in little drawstring bags, like the ones that come with TOMS shoes. This way, if they get a little dirty, they won’t ruin everything else. It also keeps them compact and organized.
Now that I’ve got my backpack and packing cubes, what do I put into them?
Another good question. I’m now going to present to you the wonders of the capsule wardrobe!
Capsule wardrobes are a system that lets you maximize your outfit combinations, while minimizing what you pack. There are templates all over Pinterest if you want to learn more, but for now, I’ll use an example of a really minimal one to make my point.
Let’s say we need to pack for a two-week trip to New York City. You’ll need to be able to dress for formal and casual, warm and cool. We can do that with 13 pieces of clothing. That’s right, you heard me! Thirteen!
How do we start?
Well, there are three types of colors in a capsule wardrobe. Your base color, your neutrals, and your accents.
Your base color will be either black, navy, or brown. This is the color that will match everything else in your bag, so you’ll want to use it for the pieces you’re gonna be wearing a lot such as bottoms, jackets, and shoes.
Your neutral colors will be a mix among gray, white, and beige. Generally you’ll pick 2 of them, and again, you’ll use these colors for the pieces you’ll wear a lot, but you’ll also use them for tops and accessories.
Finally, you’ll pick your accent color/colors. These are your rainbow colors, and every shade in between. Some common choices are soft pinks, sea blues, deep reds, and mossy greens. It’s simpler to pick just one accent color, but certain accent colors work really well together too.
Putting it into practice
I personally tend to pack a wardrobe made up of black, white, gray, blush, and a soft blue, as those are the colors already found in my closet.
Now, for the pieces themselves, here are the perfect 13 pieces to use as a jumping off point for your minimalistic packing adventure. Several of the numbers list several options so that you can customize it to fit the climate you’ll be in, and your personal style.
Nice gym shoes/walking shoes
Sandals or boots (depending on the climate & activities)
A pair of jeans
A pair of capris, shorts, or nicer pants
Another skirt, or a pair of capris, shorts, or nicer pants
A scarf (preferably in one of your accent colors)
A button up long or mid sleeved shirt
A flannel, or a button up long or mid sleeved shirt
A light sweater
A plain t-shirt
If you pack those 13 pieces alone, you can create 30 different outfits! That’s way more than you need for 2 weeks. I personally often substitute the sweater, and one of the button ups for 2 more t-shirts, but it’s really all up to individual preference. Those 13 pieces are really just there to be a guideline for how to pack light.
Congratulations, you’re now ready to pack like a pro!
Hopefully I was able to help stter you in the direction of what you were looking for, but if you stll have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!
Also, if you’re like me and travel gets you excited about growth and exploration, you may want to check out my post on the 10 ways to level up your life.
Until next time, have a lovely rest of your day, and before you go, remember, if you want my full packing list collection,
Give me 5 minutes of your time and I’m sure that we can find some new, fun, and maybe even exotic, hobbies for you to enjoy!
We’ve all heard the saying, all work and no play…makes jack a dull boy?
I’ll be honest, I had to google the end of that quote and I was quite surprised to see that it a. didn’t rhyme and b. wasn’t very insightful after all. You get the gist of it though.
If you don’t take time to play, life won’t be very interesting for you, which is why hobbies are so incredibly important for our well being!
But why are hobbies important?
They help us grow, keep us sane, and provide interesting conversation topics in moments that we can’t for the life of us come up with something interesting to say.
A story from one of my favorite books (The Like Switch), actually talks about how the things we enjoy, attract people to us. The specific story talks about a man who enjoys collecting marbles, and is looking to make friends. So, everyday, he goes to a bar, lays out a row of marbles, and examines them with a magnifying glass. Eventually, the bar tender and several others begin asking about his odd hobby and through this, he has a conversation starter and a way to make friends.
I don’t expect you to get into marble collecting, but you get the idea. 🙂
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Along with attracting people similar to us, hobbies make us more well rounded as people. By exposing ourselves to the interests of others, we become open minded, and better versed in the world around us.
Lastly, hobbies provide outlets for physical, creative, and emotional energy in a way that work and relationships can’t. Even the most extroverted of people need time to do their own thing every once in a while.
Of you already have several hobbies of your own, and so all of this may seem a bit redundant to you. However, I’m telling you this not to reaffirm the things you already enjoy, but to encourage you to branch out! Maybe even put a few of these on your Bucket List (which you’re checking things off of, right?)
By the way, I also put this post into a video format if that’s more your speed!
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If not, read on!
Below, I’ve compiled a list of 65 potential hobbies and I’m challenging you to pick one, and try it out for a month. For this one month, try doing things that will allow you to improve in this area.
If it’s an instrument, take up lessons. If it’s photography, spend several days this month finding cool places to take photos, take a class, or even start up an Instagram account for your photography!
The world is your oyster, so get out there and give one of these a try! (Some of the hobbies can be clicked on to go to a site with more information about it. Aren’t I so helpful? 😉 )
1 Learn an Instrument (Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Cello, Trumpet, and so many others to choose from!)
3 Plant parenting (Gardening)
10 Video games (PC? Playstation? Xbox? Pick a console and hone your skills!)
12 Skydiving (My cousin just completed her 500th jump and has enjoyed every airborne moment!)
14 Collecting (Stamps, marbles, figurines, vintage soda cans, books)
19 Rock Climbing
22 Pinterest DIY’s
23 YouTube video creation
24 Sports (Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Football, ect. There are plenty of adult leagues out there, my dad plays softball on weekends!)
25 Volunteering (Animal Shelters, Soup Kitchens, Habitat for Humanity, ect.)
25 Learn a new language
27 Ice skating
30 Legos (they’re not just for kids)
31 Fingernail art
33 Martial Arts (Learn self defense and have fun! I’m currently learning Krav Maga:))
34 Bath bomb testing
35 Bird watching
36 Dungeons & Dragons (I adore this game)
37 Speed cubing (My fastest Rubix cube time is 1:24, can you beat me?)
38 Tasting (Pick a food type or beverage – wine, tea, coffee, french fries, all of the above – and become a connoisseur)
39 Gravestone rubbing (This is an actual thing, and it’s pretty cool!)
40 Tetris (One of my friends has the highest score in Tetris at his very competitive office.)
43 Dog Training (I did agility with one of my dogs for a few years and loved it!)
46 Dumpster diving (May be looked down upon in some places, but is still pretty interesting)
49 Card games
50 Board games
52 Magic (Card tricks, rabbits out of hats, the whole shebang)
53 Model building
55 Coding (Both a great hobby, and a way to earn extra cash if you get pretty good at it!)
58 Bonsai Tree Shaping
59 Music Production
65 Researching (Compile a list of all the things you’d like to learn about and get to it!)
And there you have it, 65 new adventures to set out on! If you try any of them, let me know down in the comments! I love hearing from you 🙂
Oh, and before you go,
Thinking about going vegetarian, or simply curious about how, why, and when I made the switch? Or maybe you’re looking for restuarant suggestions. Whatever the question, it’s likely that I’ve recieved it before, and that’s why I’m writing this post!
First though, I want to preface this post by saying…
This isn’t meant to shame or call out anyone who consumes meat. If you’re simply curious, but don’t intend to switch over yourself, that’s perfectly fine, no judgement here!
I’m just sharing how I live, and lending advice to anyone interested in trying it out!
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Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to the bloody details
For some people, shifting away from meat feels like summiting Mount Everest, which is to say, incredibly difficult. For others, it’s mostly as simple as saying “Okay, I think I’m done eating meat now.”
I fall into the latter category, but that’s not to say that I haven’t faced some difficulties adjusting.
Why did you cut out meat?
I’ve never really cared about the flavor or the texture of meat. It was just something I ate because it was on my plate. Sure, I enjoyed chicken tenders and cheeseburgers, but if you asked me what my top 5 favorite foods were, none of them would have contained meat.
I’d never really given it any thought until September of 2015, when one of my favorite YouTube creators posted a video about how she went vegan.
This… blew my mind. I was 16, and I’d truly never been exposed to any ideas like this.
I’ve always been the sort of person who finds quite literally every living creature cute in one way or another. So, it came as no surprise to anyone that when my brain finally made the conscious connection between meat, and animals, I was quickly ready to drop it like it was proverbially hot.
Though I initially cut out meat because of the animals, in my further research, I learned how negatively animal agriculture affects the planet, and that’s only fueled me further in my meat-less mission.
How did you do it?
Some people like to ease into the waters, but I went vegetarian cold turkey… except for chicken flavored ramen noodles, which I still enjoyed for about a month before kicking them aside too.
I remember I was at school one day, about two weeks after watching the YouTube video on going vegan, and I’d forgotten to pack food, so my only option was Subway. At this point in my life, I totally wasn’t a big vegetable fan, so I decided that one little serving of meat wouldn’t be so bad.
I ordered a turkey and cheese sandwich, paid, and sat down at one of the cafeteria tables to eat.
I couldn’t even get one bite down… This sandwich that I used to love had morphed into disgusting mush in my mouth. I’ll save you the gory details of the imagery that was swirling around in my head. Needless to say…
I haven’t eaten meat since.
I’m thinking about trying a plant-based diet, where should I begin?
If I’m being honest, it wasn’t incredbily hard for me, but some find it more challenging based on how they were raised. So here’s a few tips I have to help you transition if you’d like to give it a try!
1) Watch the documentaries that everyone talks about. Knowing why you’re doing something makes it easier, because your heart and brain can keep you on track when you want to veer off into old habits.
2) Try out meat substitutes. Some of them are… not good, (I’ve yet to find good meat-less bacon) and some of them are amazing! I highly recommend the brands Morning Star, Gardein, and Boca. All three of those companies make excellent products. They make everything, from hot dogs, to nuggets, to “chicken” sliders, to ground “beef,” and, all of those brands can be found at most regular chain grocery stores.
Also, if you’re looking for phenomenal burgers, I couldn’t recommend the Beyond Burger, and the Impossible Burger more highly. I mean, the slogan for one of them is “the burger that bleeds” and it’s definitely an accurate statement.
3) Use your vegetarian adventure as an opportunity to experiment with vegetables. I hated anything but corn and potatoes growing up. Carrots were tolerable, but anything else was pretty much out of the question.
Personally, I found that as soon as I wasn’t relying on meat to fill my plate, I naturally fell into filling it with vegetables, and am now at the point where I like pretty much any vegetable if it’s cooked right.
4) Don’t replace meat with carbohydrates! Listen friends, I’m guilty of this too, sometimes I have no option but to load up on the pasta, rice, or bread, because I need food. (This is especially true in countries that I’ve traveled to such as Egypt and to a degree, Costa Rica, because they already have carb heavy diets.) But when you can help it, fill up on good plant proteins like lentils, quinoa, nuts and seeds, beans, hemp hearts, edemame, tofu, tempeh, seitan, TVP, and so many other plant proteins, along with lots and lots of vegetables. A lot of people go vegetarian to lose weight, but that won’t happen if you carb load to replace the heaviness that meat adds to a meal.
5) Keep healthy fats in your meals too! Protein and veggies alone won’t keep you full. It’s SUPER important to include halthy fats in your meals. My faovrite sources are avocado, peanut butter, and most other nut and nut butters.
6) Do your own research. Personally, cutting out meat has been the most rewarding diet I’ve ever been on, but I can’t speak for everyone. Do your own research, learn, grow, experiment! If you’re looking for recipes to try out along the way, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to vegan recipes that mimic some of my favorite dishes!
7) Above all, just go into it with an open heart and mind. If you start out thinking to yourself about how much you miss steak and bacon everyday, you’re not gonna last long. But if you give it an honest try, you may find that it really works for you. Personally, I feel lighter, clearer, and happier eating this way.
Why did I just go vegetarian instead of vegan?
That’s a long story, but the shortest version I can find is,
I still want to go vegan, it’s just really really hard. I have all of the respect in the world for vegans, that takes some serious commitment.
If you read my post on setting goals, you saw that I’ve limited myself to two animal products a week. So, I’m not vegan yet, but I’m working on it.
Going vegetarian was easy for me, all I had to do was replace my protein sources. However, going vegan is a far more invested lifestyle.
It’s more than just cutting out meat and dairy, it’s also purging your life of any products that contain wool, leather, or feathers, and checking to ensure every product you use is cruelty free.
That’s not to discourage anyone from going vegan. It’s an incredibly admirable accomplishment that I hope to achieve one day, but it’s not an overnight process for most.
Is is difficult to eat out with other people?
Yes, and no.
You just have to pick your restaurants wisely. Here’s a quick list of my favorite fast food chain restaurants with yummy vegetarian options.
Burger King: They’re the biggest chain with a veggie burger that I can think of, and honestly, I started off not liking them. So either their recipe got better, or my tastes have changed, because I thoroughly enjoy them now!
White Castle: They have a black bean veggie burger, mozzarella sticks, and several other yummy options. And, if you happen to live in a major city, you may be lucky enough to have a location near you that sells the impossible burger slider! (I was lucky enough to try it when I was in NYC, and it was quite delicious)
Taco Bell: You can replace the meat in just about anything on their menu with black beans to make it vegetarian, but they also have several already delicious options including, the cheesy bean and rice burritos, the spicy potato taco, cheese quesadillas, and the black bean power bowl.
Chipotle: You have several vegetarian options here. You can get Sofritas (really tasty tofu crumbles) or Guacamole in place of a meat, (that’s right, guac doesn’t cost extra at chipotle if you don’t get meat.) Or, you can get what I started out with, which is a “veggie three pointer” which consists of black beans, rice, and salsa on a salad. It may sound boring to some, but it’s actually a couple of dollars cheaper than everything else on the menu! If you want to learn more, try looking up the chipotle point system for pricing things.
Smash Burger: My boyfriend and I are obsessed with their black bean burgers and smash fries!
Freddy’s: I think this chain is exclusive to the Midwest USA, but they have excellent veggie burgers and onion rings!
Red Robin: House made veggie burgers and bottomless french fries? Can you say yum?? I get mine with garlic aiole <3
Gold Star: Another midwest classic, Gold Star recently added a fantastic Cincinnati style chili to their menu.
Panera: Lot’s of vegetarian options to choose from here, and though their menu is always changing, I’ve become quite fond of their edamame soba noodle bowl, black bean soup, grilled cheese and tomato soup, and caprese sandwich. Also, I’m not too fond of most salads, but you can replace the meat in any of their salads with quinoa which even I enjoy from time to time.
There are a lot of other places that could go on this list, (including McDonald’s if you’re lucky enough to live in Europe where they have veggie burgers) these are just the spots that I frequent the most.
Realistically though, you can make a meal at most sit down restaurants out of sides. Push comes to shove, most places have a mixed vegetable medley, some other veggie side, and some sort of starch (usually potato in some form.)
If you’re taking it super seriously though, just know that you may have to ask if you dish is cooked with chicken stock, beef seasoning, or some other form of animal flavoring. I recently discovered that a place that I used to frequent with my family cooked their rice and mashed potatoes in chicken stock, and greased their bakes potatoes with bacon grease.
Has there been anything that you didn’t expect to have to give up?
Marshmallows and gummy candy. Both of those are made with gelatin, the stuff that makes Jello jiggly, and gummy candies gummy.
Unfortunately, it’s made using animal bones, and while some vegetarians are lenient with it, I decided to cut it out.
There are plenty of candy companies that are choosing to use pectin in place of gelatin for their gummy candies, and my local grocery store actually sells a brand of vegan marshmallows called “Dandies’ that even my meat-eating friends honestly can’t tell are different. They toast, puff up, and S’more all the same.
I have a question that you haven’t answered…
Apologies if I didn’t cover your question, feel free to leave it in the comments, or DM it to me on Twitter or Instagram and I’ll do my best to answer it! I, like a lot of people who are gravitating away from animal based products, am really passionate about this, and truly don’t mind answering questions!
As long as you’re coming at it with a spirit of curiosity and not animosity, there’s no such thing as a stupid question, and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is probably just frustrated from getting so many hateful questions and comments <3
Oh, and before you go,
A little over a year ago, I spent two weeks backpacking through England, France, Switzerland, and Italy.
It was fantastic, but the most inspiring part actually happened on the plane ride home.
During that 7 hour flight, I had an altitude induced epiphany about how I didn’t want to get back home after all this adventuring, only to fall back into my old lazy patterns.
So, with the help of my trusty little blue notebook, I created a rudimentary mind map of sorts, to level up my life.
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That was the beginning of summer 2016, and now here I am, half way through 2018, still working on carrying out the goals that I set for myself in that book.
And that’s where this post starts. If you want to create your own mind map, you can check out my post on how to do so here, but for those simply at a loss for what goals to chase, here are 10 amazing ways to level up your life.
1. Ditch an insecurity
I’m not talking about any of those deep rooted mental demons that everyone carries around, those often need a therapist to guide you past them. I’m talking about those little things that make you slightly uncomfortable when brought up because you know you could fix it if you actually found the time to do it.
For me, that’s been my handwriting. I’ve always had really messy, nearly illegible handwriting. I tried to learn cursive when I was little, but I gave up on that as soon as I realized that M’s were written with 3 humps. However, I’ve always been rather embarrassed by that fact, so I went out and got a cursive practice book. I’ve gotta say, my swoopy letter game is getting pretty good.
2. Cut out something thats weighing you down emotionally
Maybe its a “friend” that you dread talking to because they’re full of “innocent insults.” Maybe it’s a habit that you always regret doing but haven’t had the heart to quit.
This doesn’t have to be anything big, for me, my general mood change was as simple as cutting out a lot of the sad music that I was listening too. Though I thoroughly enjoy the somber side of pop punk music, it was weighing me down. So just like that, the self pity in my playlist had to go.
3. Add something to your life that empowers you
What makes you feel powerful? When I walk out of a superhero movie, I feel vicariously amazing, especially if it features a kickin female hero like Black Widow. But why feel vicariously amazing, when you could feel legitimately amazing?
Since the Europe trip, I’ve tried out Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tai Chi, and now Krav Maga, which I’m learning with my mom. I’ve found that the stronger I am, the more empowered I feel, so getting some exercise in through both the self defense, and the self control aspects of martial arts has helped me really tap into my personal power.
Little plug for my favorite workout website. It’s called DareBee, and it’s changed the way I think about exercise. They have everything from martial arts, to yoga, to even choose your own adventure esc RPG workouts. It also happens to be completely free so you should totally check it out. Not a sponsor or anything, I just genuinely love them and what they’re doing over there.
4. Learn a new skill
We all have a small mental list of things that we see other people do, and wish we could do ourselves. This is your moment to dig into that list and pick out something fun to level up with!
For me, that was tap dancing, so over the summer I took a tap class. It was tons of fun, and I ended up putting what I learned to use in a theater production of Singin’ in the Rain!
5. Organize a section of your life
Life is easier when its well organized. Clutter causes mental chaos so this is the time to get rid of a bunch of the crap that’s been cluttering your home. Or, maybe your home is organized, but you’re always late to things or you’re having trouble sticking to a healthy diet. In which case, take the time to set yourself a schedule.
Pinpoint one of your biggest weaknesses in life, do some research on how other people have overcome it, and set yourself a series of goals to replicate what others have done.
If I had to pinpoint my biggest weakness in life, I would say it’s my social skills. I used to have minor social anxiety, and I’ve always been so-so at carrying conversations. To level up that weakness, I did a bit of research and picked two audio books that have helped me tremendously.
The first one is called How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less, and the second is called The Like Switch, which I am currently working my way through. If you’re ever at a loss for where to start on an issue, do a little digging on books written by people who have already overcome the same problem that you’re facing.
7. Pick up a healthy habit
Your body loves you, so It’s nice to reciprocate that love.
The habit doesn’t have to be anything massive for now, it can be as simple as ensuring that you drink at least 4 water bottles a day, or eating a certain amount of leafy greens each week.
For me, I’ve cut out hyper sugared artificial juices from my diet. Do you know how much sugar is in ocean spray? Instead, I’ve been replacing that glass of morning orange juice with a homemade berry green smoothie. nom nom!
8. Pursue a creative outlet
Everyone needs one, and your options for a creative level up are limitless!
Music, art, theater, woodworking, car modding, building with legos, dog training, dancing, photography, and videography just to name a few. You don’t have to be a touchy feeling person to enjoy creation. Since I’m a film student and a blogger, most of my creative energy goes into school projects, and writing posts.
9. Level up your brain power
Start reading more, learn to play chess, learn a new language, or challenge yourself to solve Einsten’s riddle! When in doubt, look at a fictional character that you perceive to be incredibly intelligent, and learn to do something that they can do.
For me, I’ve been learning to solve a Rubik’s cube. My current record is a minute and 28 seconds, but I’m trying to get myself down to a minute!
10. Set a big goal
You’ll notice that throughout this post, I’ve said that your level up life changes don’t have to be anything big, a thousand-ish times. That’s because most of the changes that humans successfully stick to, are small things that build up to mold us into better versions of ourselves.
However, that doesn’t mean we should stop dreaming of achieving outlandish things. Give yourself a goal for something that could take you an entire year, or maybe even a lifetime to achieve.
My big goal right now is to reach 1,000 monthly page views. My outlandish goal is to direct a million dollar film. Both difficult to achieve, one more so than the other, but both entirely possible if I stick to it.
If you take one thing away from this article, make it goal setting. I’ve got a whole post that breaks down how to set goals if you’re interested, but it really boils down to one idea. Set yourself little bite sized challenges that make you feel happy and fulfilled, and gigantic stretch goals that make you insanely excited when you think about achieving them. Just remember, in all of your self exploration, goals are only as impossible as you perceive them to be.
Oh, and before you go,
I desperately crave change in my life, but I have no idea where to begin. All of my goals are too big to reach and every time I try to follow one, I get overwhelmed and give up. Does this ring true for you? Because it does for me.
I’ve always been a big dreamer. I keep long lists of goals that someday I’m going to complete, and then push them aside with all the other hypotheticals that I believe will never become anything tangible. But what if that doesn’t have to be the case?
After watching both of these videos, I came to the conclusion that had been staring me in the face my whole life.
If you want to achieve something massive, you have to first start small
Which is essentially the equivalent to the age-old saying, “you have to walk before you can run.” Imagine that! Those old sayings actually have valuable meaning behind them.
So starting small, I decided to list out my goals, and break them down into bite sized pieces, which is something that you can do too! Btw, if you’d rather watch most of this post, I made a video that covers everything I talk about up to the big pink header that says “Break it down further” You’re welcome 😉
Now, without further delay,
This is how I turned my dreams into goals that I can conquer
Step 1: I picked five “titles” that I wanted to hold, defined what they meant for me, and wrote them as if they were already applicable to who I am (I put them in present tense.) For example, my five were:
1) I am a Hero – strong, and capable of defending myself and others.
2) I am a Storyteller – creating films, books, and more, that will captivate and inspire audiences.
3) I am a Change Maker – bringing positive change to the world through my actions.
4) I am an Explorer – seeing every corner of the earth and inspiring others to grow and do the same.
5) I am a Friend – showing those closest to me how much I love them through my time and attention, and being a kind person to the rest of the world.
These five things are who I want to be at the end of my life. When people describe me after my time, I want them to be able to use these words without hesitance.
However, they’re all still incredibly vague and difficult to chase after. How do I really become any of these words? The answer? If ever you’re confused on what to do, you need to break the task down into smaller steps.
So let’s break it down
To do so, I picked one or two goals for each word. Some are big and will take years to get to, and some are small and can be achieved in a few months or less. You may also notice that some of these goals seem small. That’s because I don’t really know how big I actually want to shoot for, so I gave myself a small goal for now, that I can build upon once it’s been achieved!
1) Hero: a. I want to earn my black belt in Krav Maga and b. Be able to do 10 unmodified push ups in one go
2) Storyteller: a. Write, direct, and create, a high quality short film and b. Write and publish a book
3) Change Maker: a. Volunteer somewhere once a month and b. Become what I idealize morally, so that I can lead by example
4) Explorer: a. Knock 3 more things off of my bucket list by the end of the year
5) Friend: a. Spend time with my most important people at least bi monthly and b. Learn how to better interact with others by practicing the methods in The Like Switch
So now we have more concrete goals set, some of which can already be chased down… but a lot of those still look super overwhelming. You know what that means, if the task looks daunting, you have to
Break it down further
Are you getting tired of breaking it down yet? Hopefully not! For the sake of brevity, I’m just gonna share how I broke down a few of those so you can get an idea of what I mean!
Hero: Earn a black belt in Krav Maga
I’m still just a white belt, so I’ve got a long way to go, but I believe I can do it because I’m setting myself small, achievable goals.
Luckily for me, like most martial arts, Krav Maga uses a belt system that already breaks down your progress into smaller chunks. So right now, I have two goals to chase in this category
Go to Krav 2-3 times a week
Earn my yellow belt
Explorer: Knock 3 things off my bucket list by the end of the year
For this one, I really just needed to pick the three things from my bucket list that I want to do and come up with a way to do them, so I chose
Attend a giant music festival: I purchased tickets to Warped Tour this year to complete this goal!
Stay awake for 24 hours: I’m enlisting Simon’s help and a lot of caffeinated tea for this one (stay tuned for video evidence of my accomplishment)
Do a day of silence: I’m taking my fourth (and last) semester of American Sign Language this fall, so I’m intending to do this half way through the semester!
None of these are super big goals, but they ARE on my bucket list, and I’ve already ticked off some bigger fish this year (ride a camel, visit a pyramid, hike the grand canyon) so smaller goals are a-okay!
Change Maker: Become what I idealize morally
Now this one is a bit trickier to accomplish, as it’s incredibly vague. So for this, I had to decide on what things are most important to me to improve on morally. Though the full list is much longer, I picked two things to focus on for now:
Now how do I contribute positively to these areas? Well I’ll tell you!
I’m already vegetarian, and I eat vegan whenever I can, but I still let a lot of dairy products slip through the cracks. I’ve never been the kind of person who can quit something cold turkey and be happy, (which is the same for most people) so I’m just going to limit my alloted weekly dairy product consumption.
I can have non vegan foods twice a week, that’s it! Ice cream, cupcakes, pizza, whatever it is, I can only eat the non vegan versions twice a week. Granted, there are PLENTY of delicious vegan substitutes to my favorites, I’m just too lazy to make them sometimes. That’s why we’re putting a limit on it for now, that I can slowly increase until I’m completely vegan.
There are two ways that I intend to do my part to keep our planet beautiful:
First, taking shorter showers. Water conservation isn’t really stressed in the midwest, USA like it is in states like California, so I’ve been known to take 40 minute showers in the past. (yikes!) To counteract my normal wastefulness, I’m going to implement a “3 song rule.”
I usually enjoy bopping to tunes in the shower, so I’m gonna use that to my advantage. I can usually get everything done that I need to in about 3 songs (which tends to average somewhere between 9 and 11 minutes), so from here on out, after that third song ends, I need to wrap up my shower pronto!
Second, I want to lower my waste output. I’ve been doing A LOT of research into the low waste lifestyle recently, and am already making changes to my everyday routine to lower my impact. These changes include things like:
Keeping reuseable bags in my car for grocery shopping
Using only refillable water bottles
Buying products packaged in recyclable containers
Eating more whole foods that don’t have to be packaged at all
Not using plastic straws whenever humanly possible (this one is sometimes tricky for me, but I’m planning on purchasing a reusable straw)
Wowee, that was a lot!
Hopefully this inspires you to set goals for yourself in the future! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments, or tweet them to me @EmmaEiram
Also, before you go,
New York City has a population of over 8.5 million people spread across its 304 square miles of towering skyscrapers, sprawling parks, and cheap pizza shops, and every year 50-60 million tourists join them.
The city that never sleeps has long been a hot spot for sightseeing, and with good reason. There are so many things to do and see, that even most life long residents haven’t truly seen it all. So with that in mind, how do you see it all when you only have a weekend?
The unfortunate fact is that you can’t, which means we’ve gotta be smart when planning our itinerary. Luckily, I’ve got you covered. I present to you, 8 tips on where to go, what to eat, and what to skip on your adventure in the big apple!
So What’s Worth your time in NYC?
Like any big tourist city, some things are 100% worth it, and some things are nothing but another tourist trap. In my experience, these 8 spots (in no particular order) make the cut.
1 ) The Top of The Rock
Skip the Empire State Building! I repeat Skip the Empire State Building! I’ll give you 2 great reasons why.
a) Lines! Don’t expect to walk right in to this tourist attraction. Lines for this building are usually wrapped around the block! Talk about a waste of time.
b) If you’re going to pay the big bucks to see the city from above, don’t you want to be able to see the most iconic building instead of being on it?
Enter the Rockefeller Center. The building itself isn’t incredibly impressive to look at when compared to the Empire State Building, but that’s exactly why it makes the perfect building to ascend. Look out over the whole city, from the Empire State Building, to the One World Trade Center, to the Chrysler, to Central Park, to even Lady Liberty in the distance. The photos speak for themselves. The Rock is where it’s at.
2 ) Staten Island
Want a fantastic view of the New York City skyline, and some amazing shot’s of the Statue of Liberty while you’re at it? Then take the Free Staten Island ferry! It’s 100% worth your time, especially at night when the city is all a glow. However, I’ve got some tips for you to maximize your experience as learned from a New York local who gives tours for a living
Don’t be tricked by the people on the street trying to sell you tours to the island. The ferry is FREE and runs every 30 minutes.
Be the LAST person aboard the ferry. Trust me, no matter how full you think the lobby is, there will be room for you on that ferry, AND while everyone else is running up the front to try to get that first glimpse of Lady Liberty, you’ll have a front row view of the Manhattan skyline as you cruise away from it. As soon as the employees put up the ropes, you’re welcome to step out onto the landing platform and soak in the beautiful view.
Also, don’t worry about missing the Statue of Liberty by staying aboard the back. It won’t take long for her to pop up to your left. About this time, several of the people who ran for the front will realize that they missed out and will come back to the back of the boat to join you. But you’ll have already secured your spot with a view of the skyline, and the Statue of Liberty! You lucky duck, you must have read Emma Eiram’s blog 😉
3 ) Joe’s Pizza
Getting hungry? Want to grab a slice of iconic New York City pizza with the locals? Head on down to Joe’s Pizza at 7 Carmine Street. To get there, just take the B or D line on the subway to W 4th St and from there it’s a 2 minute walk.
If you get there and there’s a long line, don’t panic! Joe’s pizza is so famous that it’s a common sight. However, they’re well prepared for the heavy crowds, and a line that looked to my group like it should have taken 45 minutes or even an hour for us to get a single cheese pizza took less than 10 minutes.
One thing to note about Joe’s is that there isn’t really indoor seating, so their pizza is designed to be taken away. However, there is a lovely little park just across the street from the pizzeria with lots of benches.
Joe’s Pizza is so good, that as I was feeding some of my leftover crust to a few friendly pigeons, a local commented happily to me about how lucky those pigeons were to be getting a taste of Joe’s crust. I wholeheartedly agree.
4 ) Times Square/ Broadway
Of course, you can’t go to New York City without visiting it’s most iconic site. Night or Day, Times Square lives up to the hype. It’s a chaotic, overwhelming mess of flashing signs and creative billboards that come together to create something beautiful. If you look for it, you can also see the legendary New Year’s ball, awaiting its next moment of glory.
If you fancy a walk while taking in the busy city, walk along Broadway down to the New York City Public Library. Lot’s to see on the way there, and the end of the road will greet you with the beautiful Bryant Park, and the majestic…
5 ) New York City Public Library
I’m gonna level with you now. Touring elegant and old buildings is probably my least favorite aspect of travel. Call it sinful but I grow bored of architecture quite easily. However, if beautiful buildings are you thing, I can definitely see the draw of coming to this library.
If you’re like me and think that once you’ve seen one grandiose building you’ve seen them all, don’t discount the library just yet. This is where I picked up quite possibly the coolest souvenir ever. Head on into the library and find the gift shop. Nothing special at first glance, however, the bookcases hold a special surprise.
Want to own a small piece of history? Pick up a book from the gift shop. These gems previously held a spot on the shelves of the New York City Public Library, and still have their original library property stickers on them. I grabbed a copy of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (one of my favorite books as a kid) for 3 dollars and was quite pleased with my purchase. Maybe it’s not the souvenir for everyone, but for book lovers, it’s about as cool as it gets.
6 ) Central Park
Moving on, one place you simply can’t miss is central park. Perhaps the most iconic city park in the world, Central Park is truly beautiful.
Walk the grounds and take a picture with one of the many statues including Balto, William Shakespeare, Alexander Hamilton (I see you out here Hamilton fans) and Alice in Wonderland (my personal favorite).
Take a stroll to the iconic Bethesda fountain, and while you’re out grab a bag of those roasted nuts that always smell so good!
Personally, I think the lower half of the park is more interesting, and unless you’re a die-hard Beatles fan, I would skip Strawberry fields. Spoiler Warning: There sadly aren’t any actual Strawberries, just a large crowd and a lot of vendors selling overpriced Beatles merch.
Okay, this one is really just for the Broadway fans, but a large portion of the people who visit New York City go to see a Broadway show, so this one’s for you guys!
Everyone loves getting dinner and a show, but this is a special kind of show. Enjoy your meal while your waiters and waitresses serenade you to the tune of Broadway’s biggest hits!
While I was there, they performed You’ll be Back from Hamilton, Never Enough from The Greatest Showman, Defying Gravity and For Good from Wicked, a Grease medley a mashup of iconic Village People hits, and several other wonderful songs that I unfortunately can’t recall.
As a herbivore myself, I’m happy to report that they also have several delicious vegetarian and vegan options too! So there’s something for everyone 🙂
One thing to note, is that the diner tends to have extremely long lines. If your only chance to make it is Saturday afternoon, it’s not worth it. However, if you can go early in the morning, or on a weekday (we went Monday for lunch) you may just be lucky enough to walk right in like we did. Either way, it’s just a quick walk away from Times Square, so if you’re in the area, and you enjoy show tunes, it’s always worth checking!
8 ) Grand Central Station
My final pick makes the list for several reasons. First, it’s easy to hit. If you’re using the New York City Subway to get around the city, (which you should be!) then you’ll find that you naturally pas through the belly of it several times.
Second, it’s an iconic New York landmark that really is as beautiful as everyone says, and that’s coming from a person who previously denounced most architecture!
Finally, and this one comes from the tech geek in me, the Apple store. Okay listen, I add this point for good reason. Anyone who’s been to an Apple store knows that they tend to have a clean, boxy look to them. This store however is quite literally in the heart of the station. On on the balcony, in the great hall that you’ve seen in countless movies, sits an actual apple store.
Maybe it’s just me, but I still find the whole concept so bizarre, and definitely worth paying a quick visit to.
And there you have it
Hopefully you found something helpful in this post! If you did, consider checking out the rest of my blog for more travel tips, tricks, and stories.
Oh, and before you go,
I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to be their best self. That phrase means different things to different people, but to me, it’s finding true happiness in who you are and what you’re doing. That’s not an easy thing to achieve, and can take a lifetime of learning to get to alone, but with other people, it becomes a lot easier. That’s why I created this blog, to help you find your best self.
Personally, I’m at my best when I feel healthy and organized, and when my life is full of learning and exploration, which is why that’s the foundation of my blog. Health, Organization, Growth, and Adventure.
I’m passionate about health
Because diet and movement shape not just our appearance, but our mood and motivation. Research has found that the bacteria in our gut, and what we feed them, play a key role in how we feel. On top of that, confidence in your outward appearance plays a big role in how confident you are in everything you do. You deserve to be confident in who you are, and if you’re not quite there yet, then it’s time to start learning how.
I’m passionate about organization
Because my head is cluttered when my space is cluttered, and when my thoughts and plans aren’t written down, I’m a stressed mess. For some people, an organized world isn’t entirely necessary, but for many, a lack of organization is the one thing keeping them from success.
I’m passionate about growth
Because I love and respect the people around me. I want to be the best person I possibly can be for them. I’m also passionate about growth because I love and respect myself. One of the hardest things to do in life is to grow and expand your mind. That’s why it’s so important to do so, because growing yourself can help others to grow. Finally…
I’m passionate about adventure
Because really, it’s the best way to accomplish all of those things. Travel, specifically the adventurous kind helps you to stay healthy as you walk for miles, try new things, and tote your backpack around the world.
It helps you stay organized as you have to either plan your flights, hotels, and transportation ahead of time, or go in blind and pay way more for things on top of not knowing if you’ll have a place to stay or a way to get there.
It’s constantly expanding your mind and helping you grow as you encounter new languages, cultures, foods, and people. It’s near impossible to travel internationally without expanding your world view and becoming a more understanding person. I’m constantly thinking fondly back on moments where I sat with someone from another country, and through sometimes broken conversation, had my eyes opened just a bit more. There’s a quote out there about every person holding a piece of the truth, and if we were to put the pieces together we would know the secrets of the universe. I’d honestly like to believe that. I know that my world view is still incomplete, but trough my travels, I’m slowly expanding it.
To me, these four things are what lead to the most successful life possible, and while I chase them, I’d love to share what I learn. That’s why I’m passionate about this blog, because really, I’m passionate about people.
If this sort of thing looks cool to you, explore my blog to keep learning! You can also check out my social media pages if you want to be buddies! (pals, chums, friends, ect.)
Also, before you go,
I love flying. I love the thrum of the air whipping against the plane, looking out the window at the clouds, and having an excuse to watch seven hours of Netflix back to back. What I don’t love is landing.
Like most people, my ears always pop as the plane descends, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that it started getting bad. I still remember the first time I got off the plane in Japan after 15 minutes of excruciating pain, only to realize that I couldn’t hear anything out of my left ear. After about an hour or two, I regained my hearing, but for the next year, every flight after ended the same way. A painful descent ending in minimal to no hearing in my left ear for a few hours.
Finally, I decided to do something about it and did some research and testing. The last few flights I’ve taken, I’ve landed with full hearing, and the popping has been minimal to none, so something must be working. This article is for everyone out there who’s ears are filled with a 4th of July fireworks show at the end of every flight. These tricks have helped me immensely, hopefully they can do the same for you.
Truth be told, the Jury’s still out on this one. I’ve tested these on four flights so far and they appear to work pretty well. However, using my mom (who’s ears rarely pop) as a gauge, none of those flights were especially bad ones, so I’m interested to see what happens on a flight that takes a toll on her too.
If you don’t know what Earplanes are, they’re little silicone earplugs that go in your ear and supposedly help regulate the pressure in your ear. They’re currently generating a lot of positive buzz right now and for their low price point, I personally think they’re worth it. You can find them on Amazon, or at most chain drug stores (CVS, Wallgreens, Ect.)
P.S: I have the kid’s size because I have fairly small ears, just a thought to keep in mind when purchasing.
2) Gum and Hard Candy
Whenever I flew as a kid, my mom would always pack gum for me to chew to help with my ears. It always helped a little bit, but not enough to make a giant difference. Enter Jolly Ranchers candy. While in Costa Rica with my mom, her friend, and her daughter, I learned just how big of a difference sucking on hard candy makes.
Really, if you only do one thing, bring some hard candy. Pop a piece in your mouth and you’ll find that sucking on it keeps the flight from sucking. (Ha, I’m so funny.) Gum also still works in a pinch, but not nearly as well.
3) Stay Alert
In my research, I discovered the piece of advice that most flight attendents offered was to stay awake and alert throughout the entire flight. This is a lot easier said than done, especially on overnight and especially long flights, but when you’re desperate enough, it’s worth it. I personally can’t vouch for it’s effectiveness yet, since I’ve tried it along side the earplanes and hard candy, but if it’s good enough for the people who fly for a living, it’s good enough for me.
4) The Valsalva Maneuver
This is one that you need to be careful with, or it could make things worse (speaking from experience). Basically, you pinch off your nose and keep your mouth closed, then gently blow like you’re blowing your nose. Again, gently or you may experience pain in it’s truest form as your ears feel like they’re exploding. When done correctly, this helps the pressure between your ears and the airplane cabin equalize. When done incorrectly… just be gentle.
5) Don’t fly with a stuffy nose
The worst plane ride of my life was on the way to Miami, Florida. I had been fighing off the flu for two weeks, and while my fever had decreased, I was dengerously close to sinus infection territory. Without thinking things through, I hopped on the flight without unclogging my nose and whole heartedly regretted that decision. My left ear was shot on descent and I couldn’t hear for a solid 24 hours.
A cold shouldn’t keep you from flying, but please do yourself a favor and take a decongestent before departure. I’ve found that the nasal spray that I use for my Spring allergies is helpful, as is decongestant medication.
Did any of these tricks help you?
Leave me a comment and let me know how they worked, and if you have any other ideas, I’m always up for new unique ways to fix problems.
Thank you so much for reading, I hope it was helpful!
Oh, and before you go,
According to Google, it’s “A visual representation of hierarchical information that includes a central idea surrounded by connected branches of associated topics.” That sounds incredibly boring, but stay with me here, it’s not.
Mind maps are a way to take everything up in your brain, and put it down on paper in a chaotic, yet organized, cloud tree. Trust me, it’s really fun!
So how do I make one?
There are two places to start, digital, or on paper. Same basic concept for both, but if you want to create a digital one, I recommend using Mind Node. They have both a desktop, and an app version, and while it’s usually paid, they have a 2 week free trial so you can see if it’s up your alley or not. Not sponsored, I just personally use and enjoy the software.
Once you figure out your medium, it’s onto creating the map itself!
Every good mind map starts with one topic, for the sake of demonstration, I’m gonna make one based around Dogs, (because I love them.) In the middle is where your topic goes, this is the starting point of your genius. Then, you branch off into smaller versions of that topic, for example; big dogs, fluffy dogs, small dogs, yappy dogs, ect.
Those then branch into even smaller and smaller categories, adding a new one for every new thought and placing it where it belongs.
But what do I make them for?
Now you know how to make one, but perhaps you’re at a loss for ideas. Well fear not, here’s some prompts to get you started!
Areas you can improve in
Things you want to learn
Things that make you happy
Your favorite foods
Entertainment you want to consume (TV shows, Movies, Podcasts, Books, ect.)
Your bucket list
Trips your planning
Exercise motivation boards
One more fun thing to do with a mind map, is to make it look lovely. This is especially true if you’re making it on paper. A quick google search will give you loads inspiration.
If you make a mind map of your own, tweet them to me @EmmaEiram. I’d love to see what you come up with 🙂
In the mean time, have a wonderful day, and don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list if you haven’t already!
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