Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekly Goals #31

For the record, let it be known that I'm completely aware that these "weekly goals" are more like "every-few-weeks-aka-when-I-feel-like-it goals". But for clarity, let's keep calling them weekly goals. 

This past weekend, I visited my future college for the bajillionth time. I'm getting so excited to move myself into my apartment/suite in August! Yay college! But now it's back to my last few weeks of school before I graduate. And let me tell you guys....senioritis: so real. It's so, so real. 

Let's review last week's (aka the goals I made like a month ago...on my birthday, no less) goals! I made a goal about exercising. Like I've mentioned, H and I have a big event coming up in less than two weeks. Personally, I hate everything about the idea of a "big event" because that means a late night, lots of people, lots of socializing, and lots of anxiety. The last time we went to an event like this one (and it was much, much smaller), I had a panic attack, got sick, and had to leave after only half an hour. Even thinking about that night, I get a little emotional because I've never felt that nervous and out of control. 

I'm not generally an anxious person. I don't get stressed about work or classes, like ever. Something about feeling like I have to live up to some expectation of how to act and not knowing how makes me feel lost. It's a totally confusing feeling for me. And obviously, a really miserable one too. 

But H really, really wants to go to this event and so we're going. I don't want a repeat of last time so I've been trying to take steps to avoid it. I've been practicing doing 4-7-8 breaths (in for 4 counts, hold for 7, out for 8) whenever I start getting anxious, using my anxiety beads and journaling. It's seemed to help, so far, but I'm not convinced that I'll be feeling this confident about it in two weeks. 

Part of my anti-anxiety plan is making sure I don't have any other sources of anxiety. I made sure to get a dress that I really like, I'm going to practice my hair and makeup ahead of time and most of all, I'm exercising to lose a couple pounds before the event. I figure if I can feel great about how I look, I'll be a little less nervous about how to act and all. 

As part of that goal, I joined the #1800minutechallenge, which you might have heard about on Twitter or other blogs. Basically, the goal is to exercise (in any way!) for 1800 minutes during April and May, which comes out to about 30 minutes a day. I play soccer 2-3 times a week with a recreational team, but I'm supplementing that with running intervals on the treadmill and the occasional elliptical workout. 

This week, my goal is to exercise for at least 45 minutes, three times outside of soccer. I'm also tracking my steps and my water intake and working to cut out desserts while eating solid servings of vegetables (my weakness). 

What are your goals for the week? How do you manage your anxiety? What do you like to do for exercise?

Friday, April 11, 2014

DIY Design: Make a Back-to-Top Button for Blogger

Okay, first a disclaimer: I am not an expert coder. If you ask me how to code anything on your website or blog, I will probably send you somewhere else, especially if it involves CSS. But HTML I can handle in small doses. And when I recently figured out how to make a back-to-top button without crazy coding, I just had to show you how I do it!

In case you have no idea what I'm talking about, a back-to-top button is the little button that appears in the corner of my blog and if you press it, you'll be catapulted back to the top of the page. For really long pages like archives, a long homepage or even a post with a lot of comments, this is super nice to have. 

First, make a small button. You can do this in Picmonkey or Photoshop, depending on your skill set (or I can make you one!). I made mine a circle, about 80 pixels in diameter. Upload the photo either in a post or in Flickr/Photobucket and then copy the image URL. If you upload it into a post, flip over to HTML first to find the image URL.

Then, open up your blog dashboard and go to Layout. Make a new gadget in a sidebar (or in a footer if you don't have sidebars) for simple HTML--it's called HTML/Javascript. Simply copy/paste this HTML into the box, add in your image link + admire! Look at you go, you HTML wizard.

<a style="display:scroll;position:fixed;bottom:5px;left:5px;" href="#" title="Back to Top"><img src="YOUR IMAGE LINK" /></a>

If you need to change your margins, just change the number before 'px' and that will change how many pixels of margin you have between your button and the top and left sides of the screen. This code will automatically put the button on the left side, but you can easily switch it to the right side by putting 'right' in instead of 'left'. I chose to do that + I also changed my position to 34 pixels from the right side so that it wasn't half on gray, half on white (at least on my computer). 

Let me know if you have any issues! I probably won't be able to help but I'll try ;) If you enjoyed this tutorial, I'd lurvvv if you would pin the image up top! I'd love you even more if you pin it from the actual post page, not my homepage!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Playlist #22

Hi friends! I hope you've had a lovely week so far and are ready to ace the rest of your week! I just wanted to say a little thank you for everyone who has been so supportive over the last few weeks as I've been dealing with my whole choosing-a-college situation. Though it hasn't been a super fun situation to be in, it really made me happy to see some of y'all really reach out and say nice things to me. Go you!

Today, I've got a little playlist to help you relax through the rest of your week. Also, I'm sort of in one of those icky music ruts, so if you have any recommendations, send 'em my way, please and thank you!

Have a lovely Wednesday, y'all!

Monday, April 7, 2014

March in Favorites

Things have been looking way up in March! I've been healthy, I've been happy, I've been (mostly) non-stressed! I've been treating myself right, exercising, eating healthy and trying to be happy and it's resulted in an inner peace that I've been feeling over the last few days. I'm inspired and excited for April to really begin!

April is an especially exciting time because after this month, I literally have about two weeks before I graduate. I haven't said much online about my graduation because I am so much younger than my niche of bloggers (I just want to fit in!) but it's so exciting that I can't not. I've decided where I'm going to college (something that's private for now) and I feel at rest now that I know what my future looks like. 

In March, my main goal was to organize my mind and my life and focus on my health. I didn't do perfectly the whole month, but I'm proud of my effort the last two weeks or so. I've been exercising, focusing on healthier snacks and meals and though I haven't seen "results", I do feel better, at least mentally.

In April, my goal is to enjoy every moment, stress free. This month and the next will be filled with many things that I'll experience for the last time. It's both exciting me and terrifying me. I want to enjoy these last days and remember them as good memories, not times of anxiety.

But anyways! Let's recap March.

This month, I went sort of all out crazy with music and have started listening to quite a bit of new music, largely consisting of that absurdly happy sort of indie pop. I'm warning you, these may get stuck in your head. #sorrynotsorry

If Ever I Stray // Frank Turner
Your English is Good // Tokyo Police Club
Man on the Street // Imperial Leisure
You Got Lucky // Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

...and yes I realize that Tom Petty is not indie pop.

This month, I read two whole books. (This would be my sister's cue to sarcastically ask me if I want a cookie as a prize. And yes, I would.) I'm not going to elaborate on them too much because I plan on writing a review for them soon, but I read Reconstructing Amelia and The Memory Keeper's Daughter. Currently, I'm also working on The Omnivore's Dilemma. Keep an eye out for a post on them in the next few weeks! And if I don't post one soon, someone please bug me to finish The Omnivore's Dilemma before I turn 80, because I've been on it literally forever.

This month, I took a lot of time to reevaluate my blog and my direction and my intentions in blogging in my posts Honest Thoughts on Balance in Blogging and Getting Involved in the Blog Community. I also really enjoyed sharing this Blog Post Organizer Printable + including a little snippet about the basics of genetics. (Eeeee science!)

Sneak peak of April: tips on finding inspiration for blog posts, reading more + building habits.

If you have a month recap post, please share the link! I love reading a good recap!