Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by Clare who writes Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage for the Sunshine Blogger Award, which is a peer nominated that’s purpose is to feature bloggers that have inspired or helped other bloggers or bloggers that create inspiring content. As a relatively new blogger, I’m so excited for this nomination and can’t wait to share other bloggers that write content that I love. Continue reading “Sunshine Blogger Award”

Senior Year

Brette Bliss Selfie

Brette Bliss Selfie
Our bathroom has great lighting for selfies!

I start my senior, and hopefully final, year of college in two days. To say I’m excited is an understatement. I have been a college student since 2014 and as I enter my fifth year, I’m ready for it to be over. I technically gained senior standing last year, but my senior year officially begins next week. I thought I would be afraid that this chapter of my life is coming to an end. Yet, I find myself relieved that it is almost over.

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Phone Addiction Update: Week three

Phone Addiction Update: Week three

Challenge: No using my phone while doing other things (eating, watching tv, writing)

Hours spent this week using my phone: 26 hours and 39 minutes or 12 hours and 57 minutes (subtracting maps and youTube since I technically wasn’t using my phone)

Most used apps: Maps and Youtube

How it went:

After the disaster that was last week, this week went a lot better. I didn’t use my phone for social media much while we were on our trip, I made a total of two posts before today and I wasn’t scrolling through Pinterest or Tumblr for hours a day. I didn’t do so well on not using my phone while eating because most of our days were planned during breakfast. We didn’t watch TV and most of my writing was done yesterday. I think this week was successful, mostly in part because I was on a road trip.

Since we were on a road trip this week, most of my phone usage is for YouTube (music) and maps. The data is a bit skewed this week.

How I’m feeling:

I’m feeling really good about this week. Really good. I plan to implement what I’ve been practicing in the last three weeks in the imminent future and work on the things I struggled with.

Concluding thoughts:

I hope to really kick this phone addiction to the curb because I really hate that I’m always one my phone. What really gets me now is how much I see other people using their phones because its so easy to see other people doing it and to want to do it yourself. I think in the end, the most difficult part of doing the challenge is seeing your friends and peers using their phones in front of you while you are consciously trying not to. I feel good about this whole experience. I’m ready to take what I’ve started and move forward with it. I’m excited to see what I can accomplish in the future!

Oregon Coast Road Trip With my Best Friend

Oregon Coast Road Trip With my Best Friend

Sorry this is late! I meant to post this yesterday, but I hand’t realized how much work it was going to be to polish up my notes and get it ready to be published.

Last Friday I took the cats to the vet for boarding, locked up my house, and loaded up the car for an Oregon Coast Road Trip with my best friend.

Before Summer began, Kayla and I decided we wanted to go on vacation again. We met during the Paris trip I went on last year. We originally planneda 10 day trip with a meticulous itinerary from Astoria, Oregon to Cambria, California. After discussing this with my family and stressing about getting it all done in time, we decided to cut the California part off and just do as we wish along the oregon Coast with a very loose itinerary. We had a direction, some things we wanted to do, and nine days to do it.

We left on Friday, arrived at my parents house that evening, stayed the night, spent the next day with my parents grocery shopping and hanging out, then started our trip officially on Sunday. Continue reading “Oregon Coast Road Trip With my Best Friend”

Phone Addiction Update: Week two

Phone Addiction Update: Week two

Challenge: phone ban between the 8 pm and 8 am.

Hours spent this week using my phone: 18 hours and 11 minutes

Most used apps: Pinterest, 6 hours, 35 minutes

How it went:

I was right, like I suspected in last week’s post, this week was very hard. I think I was too ambitious. Not using my phone after 8pm was the hardest part. I can manage not using my phone in the morning before 8am, that was simple and easy. I think for week three, I will change the ban to between 9:30pm and 8am. I wanted it to start two hours before bed and one before I had to be anywhere in the mornings. I generally go to bed around 10:30, so an hour is a good place to start and eventually I can work up to two hours. When classes start at the end of this month, I will have to adjust again too.

How I’m feeling:

I can confidently say I failed this part of the challenge. I know where it went wrong and I am ready to work on it.

Come back next Saturday for an update on week three: No using my phone while doing other things (eating, watching tv, writing).

About Me: 5 Facts

About Me: 5 Facts

It’s the end of the first week of September. It’s still hot as hell (WHERE ARE YOU FALL?) and I’ve been preparing for a 10 day road trip that I start this weekend. I realized, I really haven’t done anything recently (or ever) to tell you about me and my life (outside of my phone addiction challenge). I think this week is a good opportunity to do that. Next week I will post about the road trip so keep an eye out for that!

To be honest, I was looking at a bunch of pinterest pins about journal and blog prompts in the patterns of “30 days about me.” I’m not ashamed to say that sometimes I need help thinking about content. When looking at these prompts, I realized that either I would never want to answer some of them, they don’t apply to me, or I have no idea how I would answer them. There is always one suggestion; some arbitrary quantity of facts about the you. I think that’s a good place to start. I selected five because, I’m not particularly good at sharing. I share too much, or not enough. So I’m going to share five things about myself that I can go into detail about. I’m still searching for the balance between just enough and too much. If you have any suggestions for how I find it, please let me know!

Without further procrastination, here we go.

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Phone Addiction Update: Week one

Phone Addiction Update: Week one

Challenge: My phone does not go to bed with me.

Hours spent this week using my phone: 19 hours 40 minutes

Most used app: Pinterest, 6 hours 2 minutes

How it went:

This is the first week of my phone addiction challenge and it was surprisingly easy to not take my phone to bed with me. I have a basket on my desk where I empty my bag into and I just set my phone in there before bed and don’t pull it out until I get out of bed in the morning.

I had all four of my wisdom teeth extracted Tuesday of this week and I had done great with not taking my phone to bed up until Thursday. I’m literally writing this portion of the update while in bed. I was under the impression that I would be feeling back to normal by Friday. Well its Friday night and I still feel like garbage and I’m struggling to not take my phone to bed for naps and bed time.

Update: Successfully put my phone in the basket before bed. Then got up and got it around 3 am because of a nightmare.

How I’m feeling:

Aside from the wisdom tooth removal, I feel really good about the beginning of my journey to beat my phone addiction. I think starting out simple and easy was a good plan and while it didn’t work out perfectly due to poor planning on my part (or an innate cruelty towards myself) I think I’m off to a solid start.

Regardless of it all, I spent fewer than 20 hours on my phone this week and I’m pretty happy with that.

Next week is going to be the hardest week I think.

Come back next Saturday for an update on week two: phone ban between the 8 pm and 8 am.