Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013, you're one of my favorites yet.

2013 has been one of my favorite years of my life. It’s been a year marked by friendship, adventures, celebration and joy. I feel very fortunate for the opportunities {both personal and for work} to travel and explore. This year also was a year spent surrounded by both new and old inspiring, challenging and loving people who have made my life so much better. Here’s a few of my favorite Polish My Crown posts from 2013 and two quick videos sharing a few of my favorite little moments.

Looking forward to what’s to come! Happy New Year!
(also love reading my December 31, 2012 post and December 31, 2011 post!)

Advice and Inspiration:
Defining Success
Why the Fairytale Mindset Needs to End
How to Make the Most of Your Weekend
Inspiring Women Series {parts 1-8}
Adventures and Spontaneity
How to do Adulthood Well
20 Things Every Twentysomething Should Know How to Do
*last two originally posted on RELEVANT Magazine

Adventures:
Marrakech is My Happy Place {Part 1 and Part 2}
Barcelona {snapshots, favorite morning moments,
San Francisco hikes {above the clouds, the perfect sunrise hike, rope swing!, Corona Heights}
Big Sur {here, here and here}
Seattle Snapshots

Thursday Thankful Lists:
Simple Moments
All of the Time Thankfulness
Thursday Thankful List #69
Thursday Thankful List #76
10 Things I’m Thankful for Right Now
Choosing Joy

My Life:
Two Years Ago Today
A Letter for Kristen
A Mother’s Day Thank You
Share Your Life

PS: Happiest 21st birthday to my beautiful sister Katie!

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25 New Year’s Resolutions Every Person Should Actually Make For 2014

I saw this article floating around my Facebook feed about resolutions everyone should make and wanted to re-share before January 1st here on Polish My Crown. Something I started doing in fall of 2012 was writing down monthly resolutions for myself. They are always posted in my journal and somewhere in my room so I can read them daily, but often, I share them here on my blog. Challenging myself to do new things, to cut bad habits and to make different choices is something that’s very important to me, as it’s allowed me to grow, learn and embrace new people and experiences. It also helps me slow down, focus on and appreciate what really matters in life {hint: it’s not how much money is in my bank account, how many Twitter and Instagram followers I have or how many times I work out}.

The full list is below with a few of my favorites in bold. Happy Monday!

1.Stop posting negative sh*t about celebrities on social media. Miley Cyrus does not care what you think about her haircut, Justin Bieber does not care what you think of his tattoos and Gwyneth Paltrow couldn’t care less regarding what you think about her diet.

2. Stop resenting yourself for drunk texting your ex.  Sure, its a little embarrassing, but at least you’re addressing your feelings. Not that you should aim to drink an entire bottle of rum then see what happens, but… roll with the punches.

3. Leave the country. If you don’t have money, look into doing charity work abroad. Some programs will sponsor you.

4. If you hate your job, quit your job. Repeat after me: THE MONEY IS NOT WORTH IT. Food and shelter are clutch though, so make sure you have another job lined up.

5. Stop beating yourself up for skipping the gym on days you truly didn’t have time. But also, stop skipping the gym on days you had plenty of time to go.

6. Make up — not to be confused with make out — with an ex.

7. Rid yourself of enemies. Apologize for what you did wrong and forgive those who have wronged you.

8. Rid yourself of “frenemies.” Don’t spend 2014 surrounded by people you secretly despise.

9. If you think somebody is cute, say “hi” and introduce yourself. Every relationship you have ever had started with a greeting.

10. Leave your phone number for someone. Worst-case scenario: you won’t get a call and maybe you’ll feel a tiny bit embarrassed. Regardless of the outcome, you put yourself out there and probably made the other person’s day.

11. Stop caring about how many people “like” your Instagram photos. If you like the photo enough to post it, what else matters? Social media anxiety is a waste of time.

12. Cross something off your bucket list. Sky dive, bungee jump, scuba dive, etc. Don’t make excuses as to why you can’t accomplish something, and check out.

13. Stop hating yourself for eating dessert. A piece of birthday cake is a right, not a privilege.

14. Keep a journal. It doesn’t have to be something you use daily, but documenting your experiences is incredibly important. You’ll appreciate it later.

15. Strengthen relationships with family members. Blood is thicker than water.

16. Help strangers. “Pay it forward,” do good things for the world — and don’t post a Facebook status about it.

17. Conquer a fear. Personally, I fear Bikram yoga.

18. Turn off your smartphone at dinner.

19. Don’t check your Twitter feed when you’re with friends.

20. Try a fashion trend you never thought you could pull off. And, do it with confidence. Floppy hats, snap backs, Harem pants; you can do it!

21. Double-text without fear. THOU SHALL NOT BE IGNORED!

22. Shop locally, eat locally and recognize where your money is going. Consumers control the economy, so visit the mom-and-pop coffee shop down the street instead of Starbucks. Shop at boutiques rather than chains (they aren’t all expensive — trust me). Try Etsy.com instead of retail conglomerates.

23. Cry. When you’re happy and when you’re sad; embrace your emotions as they come.

24. Stop being so shallow. Next time you find yourself judging someone based on his or her appearance, imagine the person standing in front of you saying, “I’m beautiful.” You’ll start to believe it.

25. If you want someone to commit to you, vocalize it. Don’t settle for being someone’s “f*ck buddy” if that isn’t what you want. “Together” is the waiting period between “talking” and “dating”; purgatory shouldn’t last forever.

via EliteDaily

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have a great weekend

Just because Christmas was a few days ago, doesn’t mean the holiday season is quite over. I loved this print from Curly Girl Design about the holidays and reminded that this is a season, not just a few special days. I hope your weekend embraces the in-between time from Christmas until New Years. I hope your weekend is full of cheer and celebration and laughter with the ones you love the most. I hope your weekend is spent warmly near the fire wearing cozy socks and cuddled next to someone. I hope your weekend cherishes the full holiday season, not just fizzle out after one day.

I know I’ll be spending mine in my Hunter wellington boots! Happy Saturday!

21 Habits of Happy People

{“Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” ~ Elbert Hubbard}

Hope you had a very merry Christmas! Over the past week, I’ve been re-reading old blog posts and feeling inspired by the words from two and three years ago. Since we have quite a few new Polish My Crown readers, I am going to re-share some of the older articles because some of them are really important reminders that we can all use some of the time.

I originally shared this post THREE years ago {can you tell from the super old photos?} and the original list was pulled from here. This list reminded me of a few habits I need to pick up on and a few that I’m thankful to already embrace. Even happy people feel grief, sorrow or sadness; they just don’t let it overtake their life. Here’s 21 things happy people make a habit of doing:

1. APPRECIATE LIFE: Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff. 

2. CHOOSE FRIENDS WISELY: Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. Friends that have the same ethics as you will encourage you to achieve your dreams. They help you to feel good about yourself. They are there to lend a helping hand when needed.

3. BE CONSIDERATE: Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. Respect them for who they are. Touch them with a kind and generous spirit. Help when you are able, without trying to change the other person. Try to brighten the day of everyone you come into contact with. 

4. LEARN CONTINUOUSLY: Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that has sparked your interest – such as dancing, skiing, surfing or sky-diving.  

5. CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: Don’t wallow in self-pity. As soon as you face a challenge get busy finding a solution. Don’t let the set backs affect your mood, instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change. Learn to trust your gut instincts – it’s almost always right. 

6. DO WHAT THEY LOVE: Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! No wonder there’s so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn’t worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests.

7. ENJOY LIFE: Take the time to see the beauty around you. There’s more to life than work. Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods etc. Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it. Don’t live in the past or the future. 

8. LAUGH: Don’t take yourself – or life to seriously. You can find humor in just about any situation. Laugh at yourself – no one’s perfect. When appropriate laugh and make light of the circumstances. (Naturally there are times that you should be serious as it would be improper to laugh.) 

9. FORGIVE: Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. Forgive others for your own peace of mind. When you make a mistake – own up to it – learn from it – and FORGIVE yourself. 

10. GRATITUDE: Develop an attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings; All of them – even the things that seem trivial. Be grateful for your home, your work and most importantly your family and friends. Take the time to tell them that you are happy they are in your life. 

11. INVEST IN RELATIONSHIPS: Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. Nurture and grow your relationships with your family and friends by making the time to spend with them. Don’t break your promises to them. Be supportive.

 

12. KEEP THEIR WORD: Honesty is the best policy. Every action and decision you make should be based on honesty. Be honest with yourself and with your loved ones. 

13. MEDITATE: Meditation gives your very active brain a rest. When it’s rested you will have more energy and function at a higher level. Types of meditation include yoga, affirmations, visualization or just sitting in complete silence. Find something you enjoy and make the time to practice daily. 

14. MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS: Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of you and your family. Don’t get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying. Don’t get caught up with gossip or name calling. Don’t judge. Everyone has a right to live their own life the way they want to – including you. 

15. OPTIMISM: See the glass as half full. Find the positive side of any given situation. It’s there – even though it may be hard to find. Know that everything happens for a reason, even though you may never know what the reason is. Steer clear of negative thoughts. If a negative thought creeps in – replace it with a positive thought.

 

 

16. LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY: Accept others for who they are. You don’t put limitations on your love. Even though you may not always like the actions of your loved ones – you continue to love them.

 

17. PERSISTENCE: Never give up. Face each new challenge with the attitude that it will bring you one step closer to your goal. You will never fail, as long as you never give up. Focus on what you want, learn the required skills, make a plan to succeed and take action. We are always happiest while pursuing something of value to us. 

18. BE PROACTIVE: Accept what can not be changed. Happy people don’t waste energy on circumstances beyond their control. Accept your limitations as a human being. Determine how you can take control by creating the outcome you desire – rather than waiting to respond.

19. SELF CARE: Take care of your mind, body and health. Get regular medical check ups. Eat healthy and work out. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water. Exercise your mind by continually energizing it with interesting and exciting challenges. 

20. SELF CONFIDENCE: Don’t try to be someone that you’re not. After all no one likes a phony. Determine who you are in the inside – your own personal likes and dislikes. Be confident in who you are. Do the best you can and don’t second guess yourself.

21. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Happy people know and understand that they are 100% responsible for their life. They take responsibility for their moods, attitude, thoughts, feelings, actions and words. They are the first to admit when they’ve made a mistake. 

>>>>Begin today by taking responsibility for your happiness. Work on developing these habits as you own. The more you incorporate the above habits into your daily lifestyle – the happier you will be.

Most of all: BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.

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happiest of holidays

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Last Minute Gift Ideas #MyKindofHoliday

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Thursday Thankful List

There are always reasons to be ungrateful or unhappy. It’s actually sometimes easier to calculate those moments: a delayed flight, a lost UPS package, a rip in my favorite boots, not getting enough sleep, people at a coffee shop talking too loudly when you’re. just. trying. to. focus. Yes, that was me just now recalling things I’m not-s0-thankful for. Once the negative, ungrateful, “this is why today ISN’T great” memories flash in your head, it’s often hard to make them stop.

But right now, in this moment, I’m choosing to instead refocus and shift my thoughts to the good, to the things that make me feel warm and grateful and full of love. Right now, that moment is just thinking about reuniting with my three favorite girls and soaking up the holiday season. I’m thankful for what’s to come: the bursts of laughter, the cuddling on the couch with my pups, the morning coffee with the fam, the smell of our Christmas tree, the time spent with sisters who are growing up so quickly, the simplicity of being at home.

And right now – that is outweighing any petty, insignificant things that might otherwise block my appreciation for the day. Enjoy your day! xo