Weekly Wishes #10 (+sponsor love)

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Hey all. It’s Monday, you know what that means! Today, I’m linking up with The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. The Weekly Wishes is where we all can share our posts about goals, challenges, and wishes for the week!

Last week, I wished for a few things and they weren’t very successful. My Bloglovin’ feed is still overpowering me! But at least I haven’t let it grow anymore. And I did complete the biggest wish of all–to get home safely. I spent last night with H and we had a blast just hanging out, eating pancakes, ice cream and black cherry soda (balanced diet, am I right?). So I totally don’t even care about my other goals; all that matters is that I’m finally home.

A week from today, school starts again! In honor of this wondrous (jokes) occasion, I’m offering a SURPRISE SALE–30% off all ad spaces from today until next Monday, August 19, 2013 when I start school. See all of your options on my sponsor page and make sure to mention this sale when you contact me!

But on a slightly less happy note, I don’t have much time before school craziness starts. In other words, I gotta get my shiz together. For those of you who don’t know, I just drove home to NC from Michigan over the weekend, where I’ve been living for two months. So I have a lot of schoolwork left to do and unpacking and cleaning and I need to work on finding a job! And to add to it, my body’s on a crazy sleep schedule because I used to get off work at one. In a week, I’ll be getting up at 6ish for school, so something’s gotta change. Basically, I got lots to do.

In more simple terms, here are my wishes:

  • Get my body on a good sleep schedule. Specifically, lights out by ten thirty, out of bed by eight. I can do this!!
  • Do some major cleaning! Pick up or clean for 30 minutes every single day–if possible, right when I get out of bed. My desk drawers are stuffed and I’ve got books all over my room that need to be picked up (figures).
  • Write out a full posting schedule for my first week of school. 
  • Look for a job. I’d ideally like a job in tutoring, but I’ll see what I can scrape up–wish me luck!

Now head on over to The Nectar Collective and join the Weekly Wish link up.

Today, I’ve also got a super exciting opportunity to introduce a lady who’s been chilling out on my sidebar recently. Crystal writes over at The Happy Type about positivity and things that inspire her. In her own words, The Happy Type is “a place for women to grow”. Let’s chat with this stellar female!

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Crystal, I want to introduce you by talking about some of your favorite things–give us a book recommendation to start us off! 

In high school a teacher made me read Catch-22 and I was so mad because a wartime story, UGHHH! BUT it turned into my all time favorite book because of the amazing story line Joseph Heller’s writing is simply sensational. Even if you don’t like wartime fiction Catch-22 is such an engaging story that you’ll find yourself immersed in it in no time!

I’ve never read that, but I’ll definitely be adding it to my list! What about your favorite band or song?

Journey / “Don’t Stop Believin'”!

If you could visit or live in one place, anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Prague. END OF STORY.

Ooh, Prague sounds super! 

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Her fave posts: Protecting Your Joy / Being Happy Where You Are (Literally)

My fave posts of hers: If Home Is Where The Heart Is, Then What About When Your Heart Is Missing? / Four Seasons Smoothie (yum!)

Meet up with Crystal: Bloglovin’ / Facebook / Twitter

What were your wishes this week? Don’t forget about the sponsor sale–30% off until next Monday!

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Tips for a Long Distance Relationship (Part 2)

For the first part of this two-part series, I had H (the boyfriend) come over and help me out and give you some tips on surviving a long distance relationship. H and I spend every summer (~2 months) about 800 miles apart. You can read part one here. How do I live without this stellar human being? Read on.

Be intentional about communicating. I work a lot during the summer and because of that, H and I don’t find a lot of time to talk. But you’ve got to show your boyfriend that they still deserve your time. I’ll call H whenever I can–on the walk home from work, or sometimes when I get off my shift at midnight. Yes, I’m exhausted at that point, but it’s worth it to be the time into our relationship.
Send letters and care packages. It’s really special to have something tangible with you that you know your boyfriend or girlfriend has touched and put together. Letters are cheap and always fun to get. Care packages can be cheap too–fill it up with little things that remind you of them wherever you are. Encourage them to send you one too!
Be really honest. Really really really honest. When you’re not face to face, it’s really easy to misunderstand things or not notice how the other person is feeling. It may feel tough, but it’s best to be honest about how you’re feeling about things. If you’re angry, don’t push it down and let it boil up–deal with it. If you’re in a bad mood, don’t just be grumpy–admit you’re in a bad mood. When I’m in a funk, I always tell H and he’ll send me pictures of cute animals or bad jokes or funny internet articles until I can cheer up a little.
Trust each other. This one sometimes seems really tough to do, but it will make both of you infinitely more happy with the relationship. I try to let H do pretty much whatever he wants as long as it doesn’t hurt him or us. Hopefully, you’re with someone who makes trusting easy but sometimes you might not be. Don’t be controlling and set rules for each other–you need to trust your boyfriend that he’ll be honorable.
Are you in a long distance relationship? How did you make it work?
P.S. Don’t forget about the Adventure Lovin’ Giveaway going on right now. And ad spaces are also on SALE!

Tips for a Long Distance Relationship (Part 1)

For this two-part series, I’m having H (the boyfriend) come over and help me out and give you some tips on surviving a long distance relationship. H and I spend every summer (~2 months) about 800 miles apart. Here’s how we do it:

Greetings fellow members of the interwebs, you can call me H. Not because I have anything to hide, I just like feeling mysterious. I like hunting, fishing, offroading, blowing things up/lighting things on fire, NASCAR, football, baseball, golf, the south, and my bitchin 95 ford bronco. That’s not everything but it should give you a rough idea of who I am.

I’ve been dating Allie for a while now, and I think she’s pretty cool. You should definitely follow her blog. If Bob Saget wasn’t so tweaked out on coke all the time he would give it two thumbs up, so that just goes to show how awesome her blog is. Anyways, this is our second summer together. During the summer, I stay here in Dixie and hold down the fort while Allie goes up North. Long distance relationships are far from easy but they are possible. Here are some tips that help us get through the summer:

Look at the small picture. When I go on runs, I focus on a crack in the sidewalk about 20-30 feet away, run to it, pick another crack, run to it, etc…. If I look way ahead, I get discouraged and I get worn out faster. When I focus on something close to me and run to it, I find that I can run much farther and the run is much less miserable. This same idea can be applied to long distance relationships. Instead of getting overwhelmed by the idea of being away from your loved one for (enter time apart here), take things day by day. When you wake up in the morning, focus your mind on getting through that day. Don’t look at the big picture, look at the small one.

 

Go out of your way to make your time apart as easy as possible on the other person. Make time for phone calls and skype dates. You don’t have to set aside a whole hour for a phone call, even 15 minute phone calls are nice. When you can’t talk on the phone or skype, text them. When you can’t text, just send a little text saying something nice and letting them know what you’re up to. One of me and Allies favorite methods of communication is letter writing! It may not be as popular as it once was but I love it. You can write about future date ideas, tell them stories that they haven’t heard, tell them things you like about them, or write really anything that comes to mind. You can draw pictures too! I’m no artist but it adds a little personal touch.

 

Keep yourself busy. If you’re broke like me, you may think that it’s hard to keep busy when your wallet is as empty as a doughnut box in a police station. However, there are many things you can do to keep busy without having to spend much or anything. Things to do with a little money: Go see a band you’ve never heard of (cover charges at music venue near me are usually $7 for minors, $5 for adults). Go to a discount movie theater or get a redbox movie (there’s a $2 movie theater near me, and redbox is only $1.20). Go to a minor league sporting event (the tickets for the minor league baseball team here are $14), There are many more things you can do on a budget, those are just the first three I could think of. Things to do for free: Go to a park, read, window shop, clean/organize (I know, not very fun but it still keeps you busy), run/walk/exercise, cook (Not free for everyone, but I still live at home so I don’t buy groceries. If you have to buy your own groceries, you can still cook on a budget. And no, I don’t mean ramen noodles). There’s plenty of things to do for free. Just google free things to do in (enter city here), and I’m sure you’ll find something. The less time you spend alone doing nothing the better.

 

Give your significant things for them to remember you by. Allie has some of my t-shirts, a sweatshirt, a bottle of my cologne, a bear I gave her for valentines day, and a photo album full of pictures of us. I have one of her t-shirts, some sweatshirts, one of her stuffed animals, and a bottle of her perfume. Sure it’s not the most manly thing to sleep with a stuffed sheep covered in perfume, but it helps. Having some of hers stuff makes me feel closer to her, especially her perfume. Every little bit helps in a long distance relationship.
I hope these tips help!
Thanks for reading,
H
P.S. Tune back in next week to hear my tips on how I survive living without this stellar human being. –Allie