Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy – How I Fought Back Against Depression

*I’d like to start by saying I am in NO WAY a therapist or professional here. Everything I’m about to write is my own opinion, taken from my own experiences*

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Since I’m still somewhat new around these parts, I’d like to give you a little backstory before I talk about this awesome book. When I was about 14, I was diagnosed with depression. I was miserable through high school, and the years following definitely weren’t any better. Depression is hard to explain to someone who’s never experienced it. It’s crippling. It leaves you feeling with an incredible sense of worthlessness and dread. You have trouble doing basic things like getting out of bed, taking a shower, doing a load of laundry. You lose interest in friends and hobbies you once loved. You forget simple joys in life and constantly wonder how everyone around you can be so happy. It’s an awful feeling that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

I spent 10 years trying to find a solution to my unhappiness. I tried different medications, (they’re the worst!) therapies, self help books, diets, exercise, and even hypnotherapy. (I also tried excessive drinking, but that only made things worse. Whoops.) They were all a little helpful, for the time being, but nothing really stuck.

At the end of 2012, I was introduced to something called Brainwave Optimization Therapy. This saved my life. I won’t write out all the details now but you can read about it here.

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Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

“Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” written by David D. Burns, M.D. was also a BIG game changer for me in the fight against depression and anxiety. It takes a look at something called cognitive therapy. The idea is that your thoughts create your moods. It’s such a simple idea that it almost sounds untrue. Dr. Burns lays out for you all of the ways our thinking is distorted, and how to recognize those self-defeating thoughts. Once it’s brought to your attention, it’s hard to ignore.

I’ll admit, it’s not magic. It takes a lot of work and dedication to get through this book and put these things into action. But let me tell you, it’s worth it. This book actually taught me to talk myself out of a panic attack, and the first time I did, I immediately burst into tears. Happy tears, of course. Regarldess, they were tears and the whole situation really confused my mom. (Man, I love telling that story)

Here’s some other things you can expect to see in this book.

– “Do Nothingism” and How to Beat It.
– How to Talk Back to Critisism (From others, as well as yourself.)
– How to Defeat Guilt
– The difference between sadness and depression
– How to overcome profectionism

And so, so much more. I can’t talk enough about how much I love this book. I’ve read it twice, written notes in it, and highlighted all my favorite parts. It’s such a great tool to have, and it’s fairly inexpensive too. (The best price I’ve found is on Amazon)

There’s also a workbook version, if that’s your thing. I worked through it, and loved it. It’s a little more hands on than just reading.

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The Feeling Good Handbook

Let’s talk. I love talking to others who have suffered from (or are still suffering from) depression and anxiety. If you’ve overcome them, GREAT. Tell me how you fought back. If you’re still suffering, I am so sorry. I would hug you if I could. Please feel free to reach out to me. I’m always willing to lend a listening ear.

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Coffee Date (A Link Up)

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Recently, Amber over at Mr. Thomas & Me turned a monthly “Coffee Date” post into a link up, and boy am I glad! When I first read her coffee date posts, I immediately thought, “this would make such a great link up!” So needless to say, I’m excited. I’m also excited that this gives me the opportunity to connect with fellow bloggers. I’m new here, so I’ll take any chance I can to talk to you all! Anyway, happy Monday. Coffee is much needed this morning!

If we were on a coffee date, I would be drinking iced tea, because it’s been too hot in SoCal to drink any kind of hot beverage. Not that I’m complaining about the heat! We’ve got a pool in the backyard, so I definitely don’t mind the warm weather.

If we were on a coffee date I would probably be wearing shorts, rather than jeans, because of the afore mentioned warmer weather. I feel more comfortable in jeans, because my thighs are a bit chubby. However, I have a sweet tan goin on right now, and I’d like to enjoy it publicly.

If we were on a coffee date I would first ask how YOU are. I’d want to know what’s going on in your life. Tell me something good that’s happened lately. What are you excited about? What are you looking forward to? No matter how small it may seem, tell me something good.

If we were on a coffee dateI would tell you how excited I am to be in a bigger bedroom. I’d confess that I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I’m 27 and still living with my parents. Even though I have a 2 year plan to get out on my own, I am STOKED to have moved upstairs into my sisters old bedroom. It’s still not a very big room, but holy crap, it’s so much bigger than my previous bedroom. To add to the moving excitement, I have bought myself a BRAND NEW desk! I know it seems so petty to some, but it’s a big deal to me. It’s bigger than my last, and I got a sweet deal on it.

If we were on a coffee date I would spend half the time looking around the coffee shop. I’m still listening to you! Don’t worry. I just LOVE people watching. Not in a judgemental way. It’s just that I love watching people be people.

If we were on a coffee date I would bring up that it’s July and half of the year has gone by already. How can that be?? I’d tell you that lately I’ve been thinking about where I was (in life) in January 2016 and where I’m at now, just six short months later. And then I’d probably tell you that I’m proud of myself and how far I’ve come. I’d ask what you’ve accomplished in the first six months of the new year and what you have planned for the last six months.

If we were on a coffee date I’d ask if we can do this again next month. And then I’d invite you over to my pool, because really, it’s so much nicer to work pool side than anywhere else.

Can’t wait to see you all next month. Don’t forget to check out Amber at Mr. Thomas & Me. This was all her idea, after all. 😉

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4 Must Have Photo Editing Apps

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For those of you who don’t know, I’m kind of a photographer by nature. Not that I’m any good, but I’ve been known to take a LOT of photos. With the invention of smart phones, and their cameras, photo editing apps have become my absolute favorite apps. Right now I only have ten photo related apps on my phone, but there were times I have had many more. For blogging, all things social media, an eye catching photo is incredibly important. These apps can be a great way to get the job done.

1. Afterlight – This is my number one favorite photo editing app. It has everything you could possibly need. I almost NEVER post a photo to social media without it going through Afterlight first. You can edit the exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows, saturation, etc. There are a CRAP ton of filters.. I counted 43, but the app store is telling me there are 59. (I don’t know who’s math is wrong.. Just kidding, it’s mine.) It includes things like texture overlays, light leaks, a pack called “instant film.” I told you – it has everything. Hands down, best app ever. It’s $0.99, and TOTALLY WORTH IT.

2. Over – In my opinion, this is the best app for adding text to photos. It is also $0.99, with packages available to purchase within the app. You can change the font size, (obviously, what app wouldn’t let you do that?) line width, spacing between the letters, rotate the text, and opacity of the text. My favorite feature is the drop shadow, making the text look less flat. They also have packages of cute little stickers and overlays you can purchase, but I’ve found them to be better on other apps. I strictly use this app for text.

3. A Color Story – This is a free app with purchases available inside. I went ahead and bought the bundle pack of all the filters for $8.99 and have found it to be an great investment. This app seems to have different types of filters from Afterlight. For some reason, they seem like more “blogging” type of filters. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it does in my head. The filters are mostly light and airy, really making colors pop in your photos. As like any photo editing app, you can adjust things like exposure, brightness, contrast and saturation.

4. Photofy – This is my most recent favorite app! (Also free) Of course, like the others, you can actually edit your photo. (Exposure, brightness, saturation, blah blah blah) But what’s fun about this one is it has TONS of these stickers and overlays. I find myself spending way too much time looking through all of them. There’s lots of categories and they have stickers for just about every occasion. I typed in “camping” and found this awesome quote to put over a photo from my latest camping trip. Then you can change the color, size, and add a drop shadow to it. (Drop shadows are my favorite!)

Let’s talk. Do you use any of these apps? I’d love to hear about your favorites!

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A List of Things You Love

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This week, a very good friend of mine asked this question on social media. I instantly thought, “of course I love myself!” But after a minute or two, I realized something… I do love myself, but I probably would have never thought to put myself on a list of things I love.

This, of course, got me thinking. I think it’s interesting that you can love yourself and still not make a conscience effort to take care of yourself. So many of us go through life focusing on everyone else around us. Many of us have husbands and children to worry about. (Obviously not me, but others do.) Some of us have boyfriends that clearly require time and effort. And I’m sure everyone has parents, friends, and siblings that all need some type of attention. Then add to all that, a job, side project (maybe your blog?) hobby, volunteer work, if that’s your thing.. There are dozens of people and things that come before ourselves. But why is that? Why do we find it so
difficult to take care of ourselves, too?

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I’m a big advocate of taking care of yourself. I believe that when you take time to nurture the relationship with yourself it can make you a better wife/girlfriend/mother/friend/employee… Or whatever other role you may be taking on. Not only that, but it keeps you SANE.

When was the last time you did something all for yourself? Do you remember how it made you feel? Energized? Refreshed? Whatever the feeling, I’m sure it was a good one.

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I’ll admit, even I forget to do things for myself from time to time. Maybe it’s one of those things you have to actually schedule into your week. Write it down in your planer or on your mobile phones calendar. Do yourself a favor and do something just for you. And the next time someone asks you for a list of things you love, make sure YOURSELF is number one.

Let’s talk. Do you take care of yourself? What are some things that you do for you & ONLY you?

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July 4th Weekend 2016

Hey there! I hope you all had an awesome Fourth of July weekend. I certainly did. I checked two major items off my bucket list in a matter of three days, and it was AMAZING. My boyfriend, John, and I drove from Santa Clarita, CA up highway 395 to Lake Tahoe, CA. We both love road trips and 395 has gorgeous scenery. The main attraction was completing the world famous Rubicon Trail, which we did in John’s Jeep. It was a very long weekend, but my goodness, we had a ton of fun.

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The first item we checked off my bucket list was visiting Bodie Ghost Town in Mono County, CA. I first heard of Bodie a few years ago after seeing an image on the Bing homepage. I immediately knew I had to visit some day. I love abandoned places, and this one is the coolest of all. Bodie was a mining town that boomed in the late 1800s. Although the last mine didn’t close until 1942, it is said that the town’s decline began in the early 1900s. Finally, in 1961 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

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Bodie has an eerie feel to it, which is a given. The buildings are so beautiful, but seem like they could fall over if you got too close. A few of them you can actually walk into, if you’re not afraid of falling through the floor boards. Regardless, it’s an incredible experience.

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This 1937 Chevrolet Coupe is probably the most known thing in Bodie. If you do an image search anywhere online, you’ll find TONS of photos of this car. So naturally, I needed my own photo of it.

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Our next stop was the Rubicon Trail. We camped Friday night near the trail head, and were up early on Saturday morning. We half expected the trail to be congested due to the holiday weekend, but it was surprisingly quiet. It made for a very nice, mellow two days on the trail.

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We camped at Rubicon Springs, which was beautiful. The water was FREEZING, so I refused to get in. Parts of the trail are pretty difficult, (to me, at least) and there was a time or two that I got pretty freaked out. But I survived! We made it all the way to the other end of the trail, where of course, I had to take a picture of my mini Jeep.

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Sunday night we stayed in a Super 8 in Carson City, which wouldn’t be my first choice of motels, BUT I was incredibly desperate for a shower. Monday morning, we hit the road again, headed home this time. We stopped in Bishop, CA to eat at Erick Schat’s Bakery, recommended to us by Ashten over at Just Go Left. First of all, the place smells AMAZING. And the sandwich was pretty freakin good, too. We got a turkey club to go, so we could eat it in the air conditioned truck.

Funny story… We get into the truck and the first thing I say is, “I need to take a picture of this sandwich!” Then, as John is trying to take the box out of the paper bag, the sandwich falls out of the box. It was a disaster! While laughing my butt off, I pick everything up and put the sandwich back together. I take my half, snap a quick picture, and then immediately knock the box and my half of the sandwich onto the floor of the truck. Then I about died laughing. How we managed to drop this sandwich twice, I do not know. BUT it still tasted amazing. And I think the picture is pretty good, too.

Another side note here, I’m still new to this whole blogging thing, so of course I forgot to take a picture of the outside of the building until I got back to the truck. I snapped this picture out the windshield, trying my best not to get any of the cross traffic in the frame. It was difficult, and clearly, it’s not the best quality photo. But whatever, it works! Maybe next time I’ll remember to get a good picture. I also LOVE that there’s an old Willy’s truck parked out front. WINNING.

It was absolutely a great weekend, and I can’t wait to hit the road again. Where we’re going next though, I have no idea!

Let’s talk. How was your 4th of July?

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Photo a Day June – RECAP

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I can’t believe June is almost over! Incase you missed the memo, I’ve been participating in Chantelle’s photo a day challenge. She blogs over at Fat Mum Slim and she’s pretty rad. I’m pretty sure she does this every month, as part of the 365 day photo challenge, and I just happened to join in June. But I’m here now! And it’s super fun. I’ve kept up via Instagram, my favorite social media platform. You can see all my photos there. But here, I thought I would show you 9 of my favorite photos from the month.

1. Key – They key to happiness is the key to my Jeep. It sounds so weird, saying the key to a vehicle is the key to my happiness. And it’s not necessarily the key to my ENTIRE happiness… but it’s a big part of who I am. Not only the fact that I love driving – it helps me think, or clear my mind – but the Jeep community has introduced me to so many good people who have turned into great friends.

2. Mistake – This was such a big deal for me. This one word, part of such a simple photo project, brought up so many emotions. I actually wrote an entire post about it. (You can read it here) But to give you the reader’s digest version… I’m really good at making mistakes. One of those mistakes was getting a DUI. I’m not as bad as I sound, so please, before you judge, READ THIS POST. (I’m not an awful person, I swear)

3. Cute – I just recently got really into succulents. My mom and I went down to Green Thumb and bought a bunch of little succulents. I painted this flower pot a pretty purple color and we planted all the succulents in there and they’re just SO DARN CUTE, I can’t take it. The whole pot sits on the table in our backyard and I’m constantly out there, just staring at the plants… Gah, I love them.

4. Partial – This is just a weird, artsy type photo I attempted. I took this photo at about 7am. I stopped for a Red Bull before heading up to the mountains for a few hours of off-road fun. I got very little sleep the night before, which is why I stopped for the Red Bull. Regardless of the lack of sleep, I had a great day in the mountains.

5. The Floor – I had a hard time trying to come up with something to photograph for this prompt. It wasn’t until the end of the night that I snapped this picture. I had come home late from a friends, was in the kitchen making something to eat, and I glanced down at the floor. I laughed again, because my mom bought this rug for the kitche, but it isn’t a kitchen rug. (I actually have the same one in my bedroom) But it’s so pretty and different, I decided to just take the picture. Not bad, if ya asked me.

6. No Filter – This was also a last minute photo. The sun sets around 8pm (ish!) around here this time of year. It was after dinner, and I had just pulled this popsicle out of the freezer and sat down on the couch. I thought, “oh crap, I didn’t take a picture today!” and just then, saw the gorgeous sunset that happens every night in our backyard. So I went outside, snapped a few pictures, and this was the one I liked the best. Simple enough.

7. Delicious – The beer I was drinking was only a Blue Moon. (Nothing special when your dad & brother are two of the biggest beer snobs ever) BUT, I finally gave myself a break from technology to sit and have a beer (or a few) with some friends. Turned out to be a very nice night.

8. Loud – I watched the hashtags for each of these photos this month, and for the prompt “loud” I saw a lot of photos of kids. I don’t have kids, so I had a hard time figuring out what to photograph. I went for a drive that day, like I do from time to time, and happen to pull over to snap a few photos of my Jeep. I got home later and was looking back at them thinking, “gosh that would have been such a peaceful moment on the side of the road, if it weren’t for that giant hole in the muffler.” Yeah. There’s a softball shaped hole in the muffler of my Jeep, making it… Loud. At least louder than normal. One of these days I’ll have the muffler replaced.

9. Sunshine – I took this photo today, but really, it sums up every day here during the summer. We have an awesome backyard, in my opinion. The water temperature is generally around 82 degrees, which I think is perfect. This is one of the main reasons I love working from home. It’s great to wake up in the morning, get a few hours of work done and then take a short break to hang out by the pool before returning to work. Okayyyy, it’s AWESOME. Summertime around here is clearly the best.

Well anyway, that’s it for the month of June. I’ve already seen July’s list of prompts and I’m SO EXCITED. It’s going to be easy somedays and challenging on others. I’m definitely looking forward to it.

If you’re interested in joining, check out Chantelle’s blog Fat Mum Slim for the July promps and hashtags. It’s fun, trust me!

Also, follow me on Instagram. I’m cool, I promise!

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4 AWESOME Books for Blogging and Social Media

The Internet can be so frustrating. On a daily basis, I find myself cursing the very thing that I love. One minute, I’m obsessed with watching a client’s business/social media accounts grow, and the next I’m on the verge of punching my computer screen. There are tons of tutorial videos, eBooks, and even other bloggers that can help with so much of the blogging/social media frustrations. Maybe I’m a bit different, but I prefer a physical book. Something I can hold in my hand. I like having them for reference; being able to put post it notes on certain pages, make notes, use a highlighter. Saving links to your “favorites list” and using the highlighter on Kindle just isn’t the same. (Although the Kindle can be awesome!)

Today, I thought I’d share with you a few books that have been very helpful to me over the last two years.

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1. Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community
This book was written by Joy Cho, blogger at Oh Joy! In Blog Inc, she goes over all the basics of blogging. Everything from the platform and design you choose, to social media, to how to actually make money via your blog. It’s a short book, but it really gives you a good idea of what actually goes into starting and running a successful blog. It’s quite cheap and definitely worth the read if you’re a newbie!

2. Likeable Social Media
This is one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BOOKS. Probably of all time. About two years ago, I decided I wanted a career in the area of social media marketing. This was one of the first books I discovered and I absolutely LOVE IT. I recommend it to anyone who wants to better their social media skills, at all.

Dave Kerpen is the CEO of Likeable Local (a software company) as well as chairman of Likeable Media, a social media marketing firm. His take on social media marketing is BRILLIANT. He focuses on how to build community, define and target your audience, and even goes into detail on how to deal with haters. It’s beautiful! If you only buy one book ever to help in your blogging/social media career, this would be the one to buy.

3. SEO Like I’m 5
This book was actually recommended to me by my mom’s friend, who went to a fancy college and got a fancy degree in marketing. (Which I clearly did not) She is a very smart woman, and in a list of books she recommended, this was one of my favorites. It’s pretty easy to read, and gives you the basics on search engine optimization. I’ll admit, in the very beginning, SEO was kind of hard to grasp. (Man, I feel lame typing that) But this book helped a lot. The title alone gives you a sense of, “I don’t get it, explain it as if you’re talking to a child!” It helped… a lot.

4. WordPress For Dummies
I realize not everyone uses WordPress, and not everyone is a fan of Dummies books. But I fall in both categories. I’ve always used WordPress, (even for personal websites before I launched my blog) but it was always such a pain to try and figure things out. Like I mentioned earlier, I can watch tutorials online and read other bloggers’ posts with their own tips, but nothing compares to having a hard copy in my hands as a reference guide. Any time I ran into a problem with WordPress, I’d grab my Dummies book and quickly found the solution. I am a big fan of Dummies books, and this one is absolutely a big help. Whatever platform you’re using, I’d suggest having a Dummies book on hand as a reference.

Let’s talk. Do you have a favorite book related to blogging and/or social media? I can always use more recommendations!

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Taste of OC – the Aussie Bean

Happy Tuesday! Is that a thing? Does anyone get excited about Tuesday’s? Well, I am. One day closer to 4th of July weekend!

I’m very happy to announce my very first blog series, Taste of OC. Every month I am going to be talking about a place in Orange County to eat, drink and be merry. There’s dozens of places I’ve been meaning to try and I think this is a good excuse to finally do it.

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The Aussie Bean is an Australian Style Coffee company located in Orange, CA. Gavin Wilkinson, originally from Australia, move to California, bringing Australian coffee with him. Personally, I think it’s the best in Orange County! Chain coffee shops seem to dilute the coffee taste with sweeteners and sugar. The Aussie Bean is by far the richest coffee I’ve tasted.

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Their location is a historic building near The Circle in Orange, so the architecture has been here for many, many years. During the late morning hours, the place is a bit quite, but trust me, they sure know how to draw a crowd. The menu is short and to the point, making it easy to choose a favorite. I’m a big fan of the cold brew (brewed with ice over 12-16 hours, especially good on a hot day) and the Aussie Bean flat white. The most unique thing about this coffee shop is they do not offer any public Wi-Fi. Yup, you read that right. No Wi-Fi. What’s a person to do? Have a conversation with another person, face to face. It’s nice sometimes. 😉

The furniture is one of my favorite details about the Aussie Bean. The tables and chairs are stamped with their name and koala bear logo! (Notice the koala has a coffee bean for a nose?) Outside seating is also available for those with dogs, or those like me, who like to people watch.

If you find yourself in the area of Old Towne Orange, The Aussie Bean is definitely worth a visit. Be sure to say hi to Gavin while you’re there! That Australian accent will always put a smile on your face. 🙂

Be sure to follow the Aussie Bean on Instagram!

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20 Facts About the Unsophisticated Blogger

Hi! Since I’m still a bit new around here, I thought I’d throw ya some random facts about myself. So without further adieu…

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1. I am currently 27 years old.

2. I just recently started to figure my life out.

3. I am working on building my own business in the world of social media marketing. (I love being self employed!)

4. I suffered from depression for almost 10 years. In 2012 I found my cure. (Read more here)

5. I have two DUIs on my record. It’s not something I am proud of at all, but it is something I embrace as part of me, and now use it as a sort of “cautionary tale” because really, getting a DUI sucks. (Especially two. Don’t do it. Not even once.) You can read about it here.

6. I still live with my parents! Because of my history with depression, and a few shitty decisions I’ve made (everyone’s got one) I’m not ashamed of this at all. I have awesome parents & awesome siblings, and for the most part, I love living here.

7. I have a pretty cool boyfriend, John. We’ve only been dating a few short months, but I think it’s going pretty well…

8. I have a slight obsession with all things Internet and social media, but I know when to put my phone in my purse and have a face to face conversation with someone.

9. 3 years ago I got a 1991 Jeep Cherokee, and discovered the real world of off-roading… I LOVE IT. It has become one of my biggest passions in life.

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10. That passion in life led me to start a little group/online community called Jeeps of SoCal. It’s my baby and pride & joy. Check it out, if you’d like.

11. I love Star Wars. Although, it’s the only thing Sci-Fi I can stand.

12. I have a thing for true crime. I always loved psychology, and I really love the dark side of psychology. That being said, I could watch Investigation Discovery shows 16 hours a day and be totally content. (That gives me 8 hours to sleep!)

13. I didn’t really go to college. I took classes here and there, always for a different major, but nothing ever stuck.

14. The only sport I enjoy is baseball. People ask why and the only explanation I can offer is that I take after my dad, and the only sport he’s ever really been into is baseball.

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15. I’m an Angels fan, although I’m the worst fan ever. I know they suck and I have very little faith in them. Awful, I know.

16. I love writing. Journaling, being creative, and literally, just the physical act of writing words on paper with a pen.

17. I have pen pals! It’s something I’ve been doing about 7-8 years. I love getting something in the mail that isn’t a bill or a “pre approved credit card”.

18. I love living in Southern California. I like the idea that I can visit the ocean, desert, and mountains all within a day. (Doing so is on my bucket list!)

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19. I’m still unsure of this whole blogging thing. I keep asking myself, “why does anyone care what I have to say!?” That’ll pass, right?

20. I consider myself lucky to be in the world of bloggers. From what I’ve seen, these ladies (and maybe some guys??) have each others backs. That’s quite encouraging.

Let’s talk. Comment and tell me something about you! Or, if we have something in common, PLEASE tell me. I’ll feel less alone. And it’s awesome to feel less alone.

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My Top 11 Summer Jams

IT’S OFFICIALLY SUMMER! Which is painfully obvious in Southern California. We had a brief heatwave, with temperatures in the 100s for a few days. It was slight torture. (We have a pool, so it wasn’t all bad) But with everyone talking about the first day of Summer, I got to thinking of my favorite songs for the season. Some of them I’ve been listening to for years, while others are new favorites. Either way, they are all my Summer jams for 2016!

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1. Summertime – Kenny Chesney: This is a given. It’s a classic Summer song!
2. Like We Did (Windows Down) – The Maine: The Maine is in my top 3 favorite bands (that isn’t in the country genre) and this particular song is one of my absolute favorites. It reminds me of the summers I spent running around Orange County beaches with my best friends.
3. Boys of Summer – The Ataris: This song is a classic for me. (Yes, it’s a cover. The original is by Don Henley.) I first heard this song in the Summer of 2003 in the backseat of my friend’s dad’s car. I don’t know why this song (or the entire album) stuck with me, but oh man, did it!
4. Beachin’ – Jake Owen: I’m a fan of new country. I know it’s slightly lame, but it’s also very catchy and I just can’t help singing along.
5. Pontoon – Little Big Town: I’m not a big fan of being on boats, but this song makes me want to be on a boat… Or a pontoon, whatever the difference is.
6. Am I Pretty? – The Maine: This song says nothing about summer, but the tune is so upbeat and catchy, I can’t WAIT to listen to it, windows down, driving up Pacific Coast Highway. 🙂
7. Sunny and 75 – Joe Nichols: This song made the list because of the title; it’s the perfect Southern California weather.
8. Drink to That All Night – Jerrod Niemann: This song is for the party girl in me. Which comes out rarely, has a few drinks, and then is in bed by midnight.
9. Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams: This is a CLASSIC classic. No explanation needed.
10. Days of Gold – Jake Owen: Just another lame, catchy song I can’t help but know all the words to.
11. El Camino – Frankie Ballard: I’ve had this song on repeat for about a week now & I can’t seem to get enough of it… It made the list for that alone.

You can listen to ALL these songs on SPOTIFY. The best place to listen to music, ever.

Let’s talk. What are some of your favorite songs for Summer? Do you have any recent favorites for Summer 2016?

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