If I Buy This, I’ll Be Happy
One year ago this week, I was laid off and introduced to the quar. Like many other people, I took this as an opportunity to better myself. Or at least told myself I was going to better myself because, let’s be real, I’ve spent the better part of the past year horizontal with my dog on one side and a bag of sweet chili Doritos on the other. None the less, my intentions were good. And like, I’m sure, so many other people out there social media made me even more blindly confident in this. That inspiration was always fleeting, but for a solid 3 or 4 days a month I was committed to this new healthy lifestyle! I spent many a 3 a.m. on Tik Tok inspired to begin my new life the following morning! Cut to waking up at noon, seeing there’s a Roseanne marathon on, and grabbing those Doritos instead. In some small ways, though, these influenced purchases were helpful and did help me become a better version of me who now doesn’t judge myself for eating a Little Debbie brownie for breakfast. Let’s get into it!
The Ultimate Homemade Deodorant
For years I have been on the hunt for the perfect natural deodorant. I had such a hard time finding one that 1. lasts all day and 2. doesn't irritate my skin. The problem that I was having was that every time I would find one I enjoyed and lasted all day, it would always make my under arms break out or itch. After doing some research, I discovered that it was the baking soda in these deodorants that was making me break out and that other people were having the same issue. So, once again, I was on a quest to find a natural deodorant that 1. lasted all day, 2. doesn't irritate my skin, and 3. was baking soda free.
The Ten Second Tidy
As a child of the 90's, The Big Comfy Couch was a staple in my house. My sister and I loved this show! I didn't realize exactly how much a clown and her dolly would have impacted how I do chores even now as a 27 year old. If you've never seen The Big Comfy Couch (first of all, how dare you!), you wouldn't be familiar with the ten second tidy. Loonette looks to the camera, offended that someone made such a mess, and realizes it was in fact her mess and she had to clean it up. Check it out.
I Tried Selling Print-On-Demand on Etsy for Six Months
If you've ever looked into ways to make money from home, I'm sure you've seen something about print-on-demand nestled between taking surveys to make $1.80 an hour and driving for Uber. If you've ever looked into print-on-demand as a source of income, I'm sure you've seen the blog posts and YouTube videos titled something like "Make $20,000 This Month!" and "How We Make $100k A Year Without Lifting A Finger!" As someone who would love to make $20,000 a year (forget about per month!), I was intrigued, so I did what any rational person would do: I launched my own Etsy store jam packed with my print-on-demand designs in October. Well, relaunched I suppose. I've used Etsy since 2018 to unload some vintage pieces I didn't want anymore. I digress! I spent weeks researching and learning the best ways to make sales and drive traffic to my store, how SEO works, what promotion and marketing I would need to do, everything! And this is how it went..
By now, I'm sure everybody knows what an emotional journey getting through work and school can be. Especially working from home and attending virtual classes. There is no longer such a thing as a "school" playlist or a "work" playlist; it depends on my mood. Whether I'm motivated, focused, energetic, sad, or (what usually happens) a strange combination of those I have playlists on standby. Seriously, I feel like Spotify is one new playlist away from sending me an email saying "You alright, love?" So, I've pared down 5 of those playlists for you to get your own mood-board-playlists started because you simply can never have enough.
Welcome Back to the Dysfunction That is Chris Klemens
Typically when someone brings up YouTube, I’ll talk about my favorite YouTubers from when I was younger. I’ll talk about the Zoellas and Jenna Marlbes of the platform instead of creators I’ve more recently discovered. In a way, it’s because they’re almost like a security blanket. A lot of people know who they are so people my age and I can relate to one another and I don’t take as big of a blow to the ego when talking to people younger than me. Someone who has changed this for me, however, is Chris Klemens. I discovered Chris’ channel about two years ago from seeing the video above on my recommended list. From the get go, I found him funny and very endearing. Spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen the video: there is a moment about halfway through where he “liquid pooped his pants” on camera and, in that moment, I was an instant fan. Anyone can cut that out of the video, but leaving it in for comedy value and a sense of relatability was really the icing on the cake for me.
Fluidity in Fashion
Long gone are the days of "You can't wear that, it's for girls." As society is becoming more open and accepting as a whole, the lines of feminine and masculine become more and more blurred. More and more people are questioning why it's acceptable for women to wear men's clothing, but not the other way around. Is it possible to erase the gender identity society bestowed on clothing?
A Moment in Time
I feel as though there’s some great debate around tattoos; does it have to have meaning? I’d argue that, whether intended or not, all tattoos have meaning. Each tattoo is attached to a moment, a memory, and each hold a place in the heart of the tattooee. I know people who want tattoos but don't have one because they can't decide on something important enough to have on their body forever. I know people who have important meaning in each of their tattoos. I also know people who don't understand how I can get random tattoos on a whim because they don't understand my belief behind tattoos. All of these are valid. Tattoos are permanent after all and you should be comfortable with what you get if you ever get one. I just think of tattoos more of a photo album or a journal. Little pieces of my life and moments I'd like to cherish.