Laughter is the Best Medicine

We all know that laughter is the best medicine and we can’t take life too seriously, but check out this article from Best Life: 20 Crazy Health Benefits of Laughter–No Joke.

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Fuel for Mind and Body

Your diet plays a major role in your overall well being, not just your level of physical fitness.  For one, when we like the way we look and feel more confident it elevates our mood.  Additionally, the vitamins and nutrients we take in through food (or not) can have a major impact on focus, headaches, and even our ability to manage stress.  To be your best self and get the most from life, take a look at what’s on your plate.   You can read more in this Eat This, Not That! article, 8 Ways Eating Better Can Improve Your Mental Health.

30 Before 30

Happy Birthday to Me!  Yesterday was my 29th birthday, so I think I need to step my game up–it’s time for an epic to-do list: my 30 Before 30 List.

I looked at a lot of other 30-before-30’s online, and seeing them made me reflect on how full and exciting my life has been thus far.  I have so much to be grateful for.  I have been on so many excellent adventures and done a lot of intense and adrenaline-pumping things–and met some really amazing people along the way.  I’m looking forward to the next year and I’m going to try to accomplish my whole list and more!

1. Take a cooking class
2. Goat yoga!!!
3. Make homemade wine
4. Finally do a BYOB painting class
5. Beach yoga
6. Travel alone
7. Learn another language
8. Learn how to cook your favorite dish from your favorite restaurant. *spicy beef tips from The Village
9. Go to an ice bar
10. Run a spartan race!
11. Test drive your dream car(s)
12. Go to one of the best restaurants in the world
13. Watch a meteor shower?  If there is one
14. Bungee jumping
15. Scuba diving
16. White water rafting
17. Pottery class
18. Improv class
19. Ballroom dance class
20. Piano lessons
21. Take a technology/social media break for a week
22. Make homemade soap
23. Helicopter ride
24. Reconnect with things I’ve already done and enjoyed: horseback riding, ziplining, parasailing, more kayaking, more comedy shows, more concerts, museums, football games, more camp fires, more golf and tennis
25. Indoor skydiving
26. Air gliding
27. Swim with sharks
28. Self defense class
29. Set (and kill) a reading list
30. …

Home Organization Tips

I got this article from the realtor.com email newsletter.  It’s full of handy tips for getting and staying organized. 

http://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/mistakes-youll-make-organizing-your-home/
Another organization rule I’ve always lived by: the Ohio method.  Only Handle It Once

Get Running Now

I found this amazing article on running for weight loss–must read!

http://bestlifeonline.com/run-a-perfect-race/

 

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The classic duet Baby, It’s Cold Outside has always been one of my most favorite holiday songs–but unfortunately it perpetuates the stereotype of men conniving women to spend the night with them even after they’ve repeatedly said “no”.  Nothing screams Christmas cheer like sexual coercion, right?  But I grew up listening to this song with the scent of my mother’s cookies baking and despite the message, I still enjoy listening to it. Well leave it to Lady Gaga to at least reverse the gender roles in her rendition with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  They’re both so talented–it’s just delightful (find out about the original versions here).

By the way– “‘No’ means ‘no'” is not good enough, but only “yes” means “yes”… There’s a debate on college campuses around the country on redefining the standards; read more here and help prevent sexual assault.

Go Jennifer Lawrence!

I love a good story about someone standing up to the sexual crimes against women that are so widespread in our society.  Jennifer Lawrence isn’t taking her stolen nude photos lightly–and she shouldn’t!  This is a victory for American culture.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/02/jennifer-lawrence-doesn-t-need-to-laugh-this-one-off.html