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5 Bad Habits to Break

Habits can be good or bad but in my case they tend to be mostly bad. I have a lot of bad habits across the board.  It got me thinking that perhaps other people shared similar if not the same bad habit. If we work together I think we can break some of these. With summer approaching I would like to fix some of these for a slightly more stressless 3 months.

1. “I’ll do it in a minute” famous last words as I like to say, but seriously, how often do we utter those words throughout any given day and we never actually do what we’ve said we will do. I’m getting tired of remembering days later about something I was supposed to do. Tonight I finally cleaned out my car and wiped down my windshield so I could actually see. Every night I came home, I would say out loud, I really need to clean out my car. Each and every morning when I got into my car, I would say the same thing. Why do we let everything else stand in our way? Well tonight I took a stand and can not wait to get into my car tomorrow morning.

2. Keeping old makeup. I don’t know about you but this is a pretty bad habit that I currently have. I have a couple of reasons behind why I keep my makeup for so long but I know that I need to 86 those reasons and just buy new makeup. As of lately I keep seeing these awesome pins on Pinterist about how long you should be keeping your makeup. Clearly I know these rules but choose to ignore them, even though I’m supposed to be such a “Fashionista”. Well I’ll let you in on another secret, my eyes have been bothering me, and I WAS chalking it up to allergies but then it hit me, MY MASCARA IS OLD! Yup, one of these rules has finally come to bite me in the ass. It looks like I’ll be buying some tomorrow, oy vey. In all seriousness replacing items such as mascara and eyeliner can really be a good thing, especially if you’re prone to infections, and no one wants an eye infection.

3. Not drinking enough. No, I’m not talking about alcohol. Throughout my day and even more when I’m traveling I forget to drink liquids. In my case, water. I can’t drink soda or juice, so water is supposed to be my go-to. I keep using “busy” as an excuse but it really needs to stop being one. I feel about 100% better when I’ve consumed a decent amount of water during the course of day. It’s even more important when traveling to drink a lot. Elevations and dry air can make you really dehydrated and that’s awful when you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself. Most of my excuses when I’m traveling relate to “using the bathroom”. I hate using the bathroom when I’m traveling, especially on a plane, but it’s just one of those things that I’m pretty sure I need to get over. There are so many health benefits from staying hydrated that it should be a no brainer.

4. Road rage. Tonight I was driving home from work and about every 5 minutes or so I felt myself muttering under my breath or actually yelling at the car in front of me. I actually had to stop and think to myself, what is my damn rush? Why are we always in a rush? I’m literally ALWAYS in a rush. Whether it’s in my car or not, I am always rushing to go somewhere. When did that become the norm? I’ve figured out that I am such a bitch behind the wheel lately it’s not even funny, and for what? What does getting upset about another driver actually do? It doesn’t help the situation, it doesn’t get you where you need to be any faster, so why do we get so angry? I need to stop and I’m assuming a lot of people need to also. Just food for thought.

5. No Fun. When’s the last time you went out and had some straight up fun? You’re having trouble remembering because “fun” is far and few between. I’ve been dating lately and having some serious fun! It’s great to get out and meet people and experience new and exciting times. I’ve also been much more focused on “me”. After being in a relationship you really lose perspective on what matters most to you. Having fun is my new motto and I plan to stick with it throughout the next few months. I’m tired of losing myself to others and I’m looking forward to creating some new fun memories this summer.

So of course these are just my bad habits but I would like to think that some of you share these with me. It would be nice to break even at least one of these over the next couple of months. What are some of your bad habits?

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Save Money When Traveling: Pack These 5 Items

Traveling is expensive, that’s no secret. From booking flights to hotels, cheap is never really a word we would use to describe traveling.  When you can lighten the financial load, that’s always a plus.  I often find it helpful if I pack items that you might typically buy when you’re traveling. Most of these items will often cost you more if you buy them at the airport or once you’ve reached your destination. If you take a moment to check these items off your list you will be saving yourself time and money. (something we all need a little bit more of)

1. Reading Material  Whether it’s a book or a magazine make sure you’ve got it ready to go before your trip. If you’re a Kindle person like me and consequently have Amazon Prime, you will find that they offer plenty of free books and discounted magazines. I always make sure I stock up my Kindle with plenty of light-reads for each trip.  Magazines are another staple of mine but can be very costly at airports.  Your best bet is to check your local bookstore or see if any of your friends have old issues they will lend you.

2. SNACKS I had to capitalize this one, not only because I’m a foodie but because airport food costs a fortune! I like to hit up my local Target and buy a box of protein bars, usually at a pretty discounted price.  They pack easily and will fill you up for those in between waiting times. Trail mix is also another great snack to pack, it’s even cheaper if you buy the nuts and dried fruit yourself and create small baggy’s for them.  You could easily spend $10 and more on airport snacks that aren’t even that great.

3. Water Bottle w/Purifier Now we all know you can’t bring liquids through airport security BUT if you wise up and purchase a water bottle with built-in purifier you can fill your bottle up at the water fountain after you’ve gone through security. A bottle of water cost at least $3 at the airport–who feels like that?

4.  Sunblock Not traveling to some place tropical? Skip However if you are on the verge of a tropical vacation bring your own sunblock.  Tropical/warm climates realize that many tourists will not pack sunblock due to the size.  That being said these area’s will jack up the prices on sunblock, because they know they can make money on it.  One of the best tricks I’ve used is to take a regular 60z bottle of sunblock and squeeze it into two 3oz travel sized bottles.  This is very clever if you don’t want to check your luggage.  You’ll be able to save quite a bit of money this way.

5.  Headphones, Chargers, Accessories These items you think would be a no-brainer but how many times have you seen people purchasing ear-buds and chargers from those Best Buy machines?  Generic chargers (at least for the iPhone) can cost around $7, airport prices will charge at least double.  The same goes for ear-buds  just recently I purchased a second pair at Kohls for $10.  If you don’t spend a lot of money then you probably won’t care if something were to happen to them.  I will often keep these extra headphones and chargers in my carry-on so I know I will always have them when I travel.

Other items that I recommend you bring yourself:

  • neck pillow
  • travel blanket
  • eye-mask
  • sleep aids
  • headache/cold pills

If you take the time to purchase a few of these before your travels you will be pleasantly surprised how less stressed you will be not only mentally but financially as well. Having a snack handy and a good book can go a long way. Happy travels!

 

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica: Day’s 6-8

It’s official I finished my first full week of volunteering.  What a challenge! I honestly didn’t expect it to be this hard. I spent one week working with children aged 10-12, who barely spoke English and I barely speak Spanish-you can imagine the confusion.  Regardless, I’m loving it and I really wish I could give these kids another week of my time. That being said, after a long week, getting away is just what we needed.

Earlier in the week we decided to plan a trip to Manuel Antonio.  Manuel Antonio is a beach community that is a 3.5 hour bus ride away from San Pedro.  There you are able to enjoy the beautiful beaches, the national park, amazing food, and fun night life.

When arriving on Friday night and after checking into our hotel (hotel Manuel Antonio) we were on the search for food and of course drinks. What a difference getting away can do–we were a large group around 30 but we managed to created sub groups, mine consisting of 7.

A few differences between Manuel Antonio and San Pedro:

  • The weather! It has been around 70degrees in San Pedro with hardly any humidity-however in Manuel Antonio it was around 95 degrees with 100% humidity. It was down right unbearable at some points, at least for me anyways.
  • Causal–Manuel Antonio is a very casual beach town. People walk around in there bathing suits or anything that is casual and comfortable. San Pedro/San Jose is much more conservative.

On our first official day we decided to venture into the National Park for the beaches. However there is a huge public beach that was across the street from our hotel.  You have to pay $10 to enter the national park and it takes about 2hrs to complete the whole thing. We went just for the beaches and honestly I’m not sure what the difference between those and the public beach was.  If your looking to just beach it I would skip the park. Although if you have time and appropriate footwear then I recommend hiking the park. I had neither.

The night life in Manuel Antonio is awesome! So many people around just drinking, smoking, enjoying life.  One of the best things about Manuel Antonio is their drink policy; there isn’t one! You are able to buy pretty cheap drinks and just carry them around the city with you.  It makes for exploring and mingling much easier.  Also if you feel so inclined you can try making a bonfire on the public beach. Many people do so and its a great way to relax and unwind   with the people you came with-we had a great time!

On our last day we spent some time at the public beach.  The weather was a tad overcast but don’t let that fool you-sunblock! Yes I managed to gain color even  on a cloudy day. I’m turning a lovely shade of golden brown, its wonderful.

It was really nice to get away for the weekend. Seeing how two different sides of Costa Rican’s live was definitively an eye opener. Even though it was a mini-vacation I still haven’t forgotten the real reason why I am here.  I can’t believe I only have 4days left-It has gone by so fast. These next few days will be spent seizing the moment and enjoying life.

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Exhausted In Costa Rica: Day 3

I think that the title of my post really says it all. Today was an exhausting day.

5:45am

Wake up! Really hard to do considering that we had gone out the night before. However we didn’t stay too late but late enough when your waking up early.

I should mention that last night was really fun and the bars in Costa Rica are so laid back and CHEAP! I sampled some awesome orange beer and I really wish I had taken a photo but its not really safe to bring your phone out with you at night, especially at crowded bars.

Anyways…

6:30am

Shovel in breakfast for 15minutes and then run to catch a 6:55am bus.

The good news is that I made the bus and now that I’ve got the right currency I feel much better about buying and paying my way around the city.

7:30am

Hop on another bus to my site (the school where I will be working).

7:50am

Get off the bus and WALK another 5 blocks to school.

8:00am 

First interaction with the children. There are 20 of them aged 10-12; starting tomorrow they will be mine and another girls from 8-11:30am. I’m really looking forward to helping them learn English.

However today was just a relaxed day filled with playing games, taking pictures, and getting to know them.

10:00am

Arrive back at the main building; grab a snack and start to plan out tomorrow’s lesson.

We plan on starting with the Alphabet because they hardly knew any of the letters. It should be a really good stepping stone for them and for us.

The rest of my afternoon consisted of eating lunch and exploring. We took another bus downtown to San Jose and explored the local shopping and Mercado Central.

Crowded isn’t even the word I would use to describe it. It’s got this awesome New York meets Europe vibe that’s really amazing on so many levels.

Today I was on the hunt for a change purse and some postcards to send out.

Great success on both fronts!

There is much more walking here than I had previously anticipated and consequently my feet, calves, and ankles are pretty much killing me.

Other than that my experience thus far has been off the charts.

I literally feel like I’ve known the girls I’m staying with for years-we’ve created such incredible bonds its amazing. 

Meanwhile I’m still starving, waiting for dinner, so that being said I’m stuffing my face with pretzels while my house mates eat nuts.

Yep, that’s my night.