50 Things You Should Probably Be Doing Right Now

50 Things You Should Probably Be Doing Right Now

It's time to put that procrastination to good use.

One of my biggest pet peeves is procrastinating. I hate putting things off, and would rather get things done as soon as possible rather than later. I’ve always done my best, but every now and then I find myself falling into this trend. However, during these lazier times I often like to do something else that is productive even if it’s not what I’m supposed to be doing at the moment. So whenever I put off a job application or homework or any other sort of responsibility, I think of something that’s on my to do list and get it done instead. This is what I like to call “productive procrastination”. So when you’re putting something off, here are some helpful and productive things you can always do instead:

1. Cook a meal for yourself, or for later in the week, or someone you love.

2. Learn how to write a check.

3. Get your finances together.

4. Do laundry.

5. Clean your desk.

6. Chat with a friend or family member that you haven’t talked to in awhile.

7. Go to the gym.

8. Take a relaxing bath or long shower.

9. Go through your closet and throw out some clothes you don’t wear anymore.

10. Start binge watching a show that you haven’t had time to start.

11. Call your mom or dad. They will appreciate it!

12. Write in a journal.

13. Take a nap.

14. Go to a dog park.

15. Go for a walk.

16. Read a book.

17. Start planning a surprise birthday party for a friend/significant other.

18. Go to Michael’s or Joann’s Fabric or A.C Moore, and do something crafty.

19. Fix something in your house that hasn’t been working, but you haven’t gotten around to.

20. Wash your dishes.

21. Learn how to use Google Docs, or Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or any other computer program that would be extremely helpful.

22. Figure out how to do your taxes.

23. Clear up storage on your iPhone.

24. Wipe down your computer screen and clean your cardboard.

25. Get rid of stuff from your exes.

26. Clean out your fridge of stuff you don’t need anymore.

27. Clean out your iTunes library.

28. Redecorate your apartment.

29. Update or create a new resume.

30. Walk your dog, because you are lucky to have a dog and it should be walked!

31. Update your fire extinguisher. If not, get one.

32. Update your first aid kid. If not, get one.

33. Make a list of all things adults should have and see if you do.

34. Make a will.

35. Learn how to sew.

36. Learn how to knit.

37. Learn how to play a musical instrument.

38. Learn a new language.

39. Make some tea.

40. Read the newspaper.

41. Work on your public speaking skills.

42. Learn how to change a tire.

43. Learn how to make a drink or two.

44. Iron some clothes.

45. Plant a garden or buy some plants to keep in doors and tend to.

46. Plan a nice date night for your significant other or next date in the future.

47. Find a new hairstyle like a cute updo or learning how to braid your hair.

48. Learn CPR.

49. Learn how to light a fire.

50. Do something to treat yourself because you deserve it!

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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'Sissy, Why is That Boy Wearing Makeup?'

June is time to celebrate equality.


This past weekend, I went to the mall with my family. It was just a normal family excursion, and I wanted to walk into Sephora to show my mom a perfume I liked. We go inside, and my mother and I drift away from my dad and 6 year old sister, Sierra. I showed her the perfume I thought smelled amazing (Roses de Chloé) and we look for my sister and father to exit the store. As soon as we leave, my little sister grabs my hand and asks, "Sissy, why is that boy wearing makeup?"

This was the first time my little sister has ever asked about anything like this, and I wanted to make sure I gave her an answer. I turned to her and said, "Sierra, sometimes there are boys who wear makeup, and girls who may dress like boys. People are allowed to wear what they want, it doesn't matter." Sierra looks up at me, says, "Oh okay," and that was the end of it.

Sharing this experience to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

So thankful to live in a country where all sexual orientations get a day to celebrate their love. That's what this world needs more of-- love. It shouldn't matter who it is, where they are from, the color on their skin, or their gender identity.

When Sierra was born, I always wondered when this conversation would come up. I wondered what I would say, how she would react to it, and how she would be exposed to it. Like I consistently preach, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad Sierra was able to get exposure and receive an immediate answer. Love is love, and I will forever stand by that.

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