Life Recap: May 18-24



WEEKLY UPDATE

How is May almost over already? I feel like being in quarantine time is flying by so quickly. I struggle with not utilizing my time as well as I should but I really focused in last week on trying to feel accomplished everyday. I started working out again for the 10 millionth time since the beginning of this year and kept up with it all week! (*small win for sure)

Last Monday Kyle and I went up to the Uwharrie National Forest in hopes to find some Jeep trails to ride down. We didn’t get up there until later in the day because I had to work that morning but that was fine because the weather has been holding up pretty nice here in Charlotte. Anyways, we drove up, ran Pipp around for awhile (she travels everywhere with us) and then decided to check out some trails. Long story short we got a flat tire. Kyle brought out his jack and realized that even completely jacked up, it wasn’t tall enough to even lift his Jeep to put the spare on. We didn’t have to wait very long when a kind local stopped and helped us. He had a jack of his own that was better suited for what we were doing. We were so appreciative that he stopped, we really don’t know what else we would have done! By the time we scooted out of there we were hungry and ready for relax. When we got home we noticed that he had yet another flat tire, he really isn’t a bad driver I swear. Needless to say, he had to take his car in and get all new tires on Tuesday.



On Wednesday, my roommate and I ran a ton of errands because we knew the weekend was going to be busy. We had plans on Friday to have a movie night, eat tacos and craft so we wanted to ensure we had all the materials ahead of time! We went to Lowes to gather up stuff to make a blanket ladder, which we still haven’t touched, and to Trader Joes to grab eucalyptus for some room decor. We live and breathe grocery shopping. Since March, we haven’t been able to go as often as we would like but there is something about browsing the aisles and taking some time to yourself (or if you’re like me, with a friend!). Does anyone else feel this way as well?

On Friday I worked, and then came home to work on some homework and relax. Both jobs are finally opened back up and it has been hectic since the weekend. Later that afternoon we decided we needed to get up and do something *slightly more productive. We went to get tacos at Sabor Latin Grill and then hustled to Whole Foods for some dessert. Not only did we get a treat, Pippa got one as well! It was a combo of greek yogurt, bacon and peanut butter and she definitely enjoyed it.



We weren’t quite ready for bed when we got home so we decided to lay out my eucalyptus to dry! I really love the idea of hanging eucalyptus above a bed to add some flare. I honestly wanted to buy a pre-made decoration but Marilyn convinced me that we could easily make it ourselves. And after making it, I couldn’t imagine paying so much money for that! It was super easy.



Right now, it’s still hanging on that poor burlap string and hung with Frog Tape. I wanted to find driftwood or old barn wood that I could glue the string to so it would look a little more put together than it does right now. We didn’t anticipate having so much energy so we made a little shower decor as well. We just took the leftover eucalyptus and hung it from my shower head. I feel like everyone is apart of this big secret and I was out of the loop. My room smells delightful and my showers are more refreshing than ever.

I’m hoping to have time to build that blanker ladder this week but I’m headed to Wilmington tomorrow to enjoy my days off before work really starts to get crazy. I hope you all have a great week!

xx stine

Bath Time Essentials


S P L I S H – S P L A S H

Being a person that often struggles with high anxiety, it should come as no surprise that I love taking baths. I think they are relaxing and are a great way to take in some ‘me’ time. Even though a plain ol’ bath does the trick, I love listening to a good podcast or reading a book. I find that if I try to read throughout the day I struggle with wanting to watch television or do a task around the house. I can’t get completely focused – so I enjoy taking the time to layoff the screen time and wind down.

Below I linked some of my favorite items! One of my newest favs is actually not listed but I recently did a DYI project in my room (post soon to come) and had extra eucalyptus to hang from my shower head! It makes the room smell so fresh and so clean!

Anyways, how do you relax at the end of your day? Always looking for new tips and tricks.

xx stine



Life Recap: May 11-17

This week has been nothing short of crazy. School started back up last Monday and I have been having some serious trouble getting back into the groove. As if quarantine hasn’t already made me lazy enough, having that break from spring to summer semester really allowed the laziness to set in – so putting off a few assignments until the last minute made for a couple hours of stressing on Sunday evening. Safe to say I won’t be doing that again.

Besides getting back into school, I have also started going back to work as well. You would think that it would feel good to be busy again but after doing nothing for two months it opens your eyes to see how much you can wear yourself down without realizing it. So, on Friday my roommate, Marilyn, and I decided to get out of the house and head to Black Mountain, North Carolina for a hike.

I love any chance that I am able to get outside. The mixture of fresh air from the trees, the sunshine and the sound of nature is super soothing to me (and the exercise is a major plus). We hit the road early Friday morning to head to Vortex Doughnuts in Asheville. We knew that we were going to be outside all day and wanted to start with a treat. Little did we know the hike that we thought was 5 miles turned out to be around 9 miles.

When we got to the initial waterfall, on the far right above, we needed to decide if we wanted to keep going or not. We had already hiked pretty far so we decided to try to make it to the top. After about 4 miles or so in we found a break in the trees that allowed to look over Black Mountain/Montreat area. We hung around the top for awhile to allow Pipp to recharge and started making our way back down.

Not too far down we realized Pipp was extremely tired. She is a Frenchie but she loves to hike and swim. We wouldn’t be caught dead in the mountains or near a lake without her. But, with that being said, someone had to carry her.

Let me tell you, she is not a normal French Bulldog, I guess you could have probably guessed that by her love of the outdoors. She is 40 pounds of muscle and feels heavy just carrying her up the stairs. Marilyn carried her for awhile on her front but it was exhausting not having her strapped to anything so we came up with a better idea – let’s strap her into my backpack and carry her down that way.

She honestly loved it. She was so exhausted that she treated it like she was riding in the car and let just wind blow through her ears while I packed her down. On the way home we were all ready for bed so we stopped for some quick eats and went home and immediately crashed. We both had to work on Saturday so we wanted to make sure we got a good nights rest.

Saturday wasn’t too eventful. I worked for most of the day and then went to pick up some local pastries before heading home. My friend that I used to work with was preparing an assorted pastry box for the week and from previous experience, I knew they would be dang good (and they were). Once I made it home, I did spot a nice little surprise on my doorstep. My boyfriend sent me flowers! They were so beautiful and had the sweetest little note attached; they definitely brought a smile to my face and maybe one or two tears to the eye. Saturday night I just chilled out, watched some Netflix and did some homework. I love using the evenings to wind-down and recharge for the next day.

I hope everyone is staying safe and sane during these crazy times!

xx stine

Questions:

What are you watching on Netflix right now?

Revamp

Aw, man

You know those on and off again relationships that you just can’t let go? Yeah, that’s me and this blog. No matter how much time passes by, after a few months I have a want to start writing again; not even for anyone else but just for me. I love the way I can brain dump onto a page and it allows me to express myself through words.

For a long time I just couldn’t decide what type of blog I wanted to write. Did I want it to be funny, lifestyle related, health related, etc. I was too busy comparing what I was doing against other really famous bloggers. I didn’t feel like I could compete with their viewers, what they were doing and how often they were posting. They were always doing fun things and documenting them on their page. And then I realized, I do fun things all the time but I just don’t always have my phone in my hand to photograph them (to be fair, I think everyone probably does fun things all the time and they don’t have a blog). But I have so many stories to tell and it makes me so excited to finally feel comfortable in writing whatever I feel like.

Along with the newfound confidence, I decided that I needed to give my page a style revamp as well. So, after hours of redesigning I finally feel better about what I’m posting and where I’m posting. My blog now screams, Christine; so that’s pretty fun. **Side note: I guess I needed to revamp myself as well because my hair is now bright red. It was something that I wanted to do for awhile but never felt like the time was right. So along with many other people I colored my hair in quarantine. I can already feel the daggers coming from my hair lady’s eyes but it was just a depositing conditioner so I will have to keep y’all up-to-date on the progress of hair back to blonde(ish).

Back to the revamp, since it has been so long since I’ve consistently written on this bad boy, it’s safe to say that I’m am a lot different than I was when I was initially writing. You may not see as many fitness and health posts but maybe what to watch on Netflix right now or this is the coffee shop I went to today. All and all I want to engage with the community and maybe make some new friends along the way.

Thank you for everyone for your continuous support and I’ll forever be grateful to you.

xx stine

Quarantine

Good morning? Afternoon? Happy Monday? Wednesday? I’m not sure I even know what day it is anymore!

Overall, it doesn’t matter what day it is; all that matters is that we are all staying safe and healthy while trying to guide ourselves through this quarantine. I’m sure everyone is tired of the memes and jokes that have come out of this and we are all hoping that our world starts going back to normal soon. I know times are tough and we are all trying to stay as busy as possible but I am here to remind you of a few things. So, grab your coffee, wine, beer or whatever is on the list to drink tonight/today/yesterday and/or tomorrow and bare with me as I go through at list of things that I hope will help you like they have helped me these past few weeks.

I would bet that even the laziest people have cleaned something since this whole thing started. I say this because I am one of those lazy people and I have cleaned my room and bathroom more times in the past few weeks than the entirety of me living in this apartment for the past year and a half. Even though cleaning may be a quick fix to feeling better, here are few things to detox that you may not have thought about until now.

First, your timeline. You know all those Facebook and Instagram friends that you look at daily and wish you were living their lives? Sorry, but it’s time to breakup with those habits and either unfollow, mute or hide those posts from your timeline. You aren’t being malicious by doing this one thing for you (and this is not me saying cut those people out of your lives, no, no, no, I’m saying stop comparing your damn self to other people – you are a perfect king/queen and do not need to prove that to anyone). When you separate yourself from looking at what your life ‘could be like’ and focus on what your life is actually like, it can be really eyeopening and show you how wonderful your life is already.

Second, you know those clothes that don’t fit anymore? TOSS THEM. I know this isn’t the TV show What Not to Wearbut I’m telling you – stop wearing clothes that do not fit you anymore! They cannot be comfortable and they cannot be good for your mental health. Instead of focusing on what your body used to look like (you know, back in high school before all those curves started coming in?), embrace what your body looks like now. You are beautiful the way you and when you have those constant reminders staring at you in your closet they may harming you more than you think!

Third, utilize your time. This isn’t me telling you to workout more, learn a new language or start a blog (hehe). But really take the time to analyze your life. Were you unhappy in a job before this all started? This could be blessing for you. Start applying to your dream jobs, jobs that you have always wanted but have never had time to fill out those tedious applications. Who cares if you don’t get them, right? All they can do is not call you and you are in the same position you were already in. Have you been wanting to go back to school but haven’t had time to look into it? Well it seems like the time has come, look into your degree options, meditate and explore your mind on what you would want to pursue and use your time to find the best option for you.

Lastly, feel your feelings. I know during this hard time you may feel sad, mad, depressed, etc. But you also may feel selfish for feeling those things. Don’t. Feel how you need to feel for you. It’s alright to feel selfish during these times, hell, during all times! It’s important to acknowledge your feelings and to not push things under the rug because you feel like you bad because you have it better than others. Let me tell you, you’re right. You might have it better than other people but I’m sure that people that have it better than you are also struggling during this time. Times are rough but we are all in this together (literally, which is crazy), ad even though someone’s life may look glorious on the outside we all have our struggles on the inside. So most importantly, be kind.

Alright, folks. Well that is about all I have for right now. I hope that everyone is enjoying their time as much has they can. If you have gained 10lbs through this situation or have been working out daily, your’e doing great, sweetie – keep up the good work.

xx christine

Wilmington


Since moving to North Carolina 2 years ago I’ve always wanted to visit Wilmington. For the beach? Nah. For the cute bars and coffee shops? Nope! But for a One Tree Hill self-tour? You nailed it!

The first day we got in later in the afternoon so we decided it would be best if we waited until Wednesday to do a little self-touring. We checked in at our little beach Airbnb and decided to head out to a local brewery. Since times are still very uncertain we brought our masks and social distanced as best as we could against the staff and other customers.

We started at Broomtail Brewery. They were only doing outside seating because of the pandemic but worked perfect since we had Pippa.


Kyle is the right, he enjoys IPAs and DIPAs. My flight, left, consists of a saison, a couple sours and a stout.

We putted around this spot for awhile and then headed towards the second brewery. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any photos of this one and the beer was terrible. We switched to hard liquor and then headed back to change. We both weren’t feeling super well, stinks when you’re on vacay, but switched into cozies and walked along the Wrightsville Beach before calling it an early night.


Please ignore tie-dye shirt. My mom gave it to me when I was like 10 and I still have it 16 years later.

Wednesday we woke up refreshed and ready to rumble. But first, coffee. We hustled down to a local coffee shop called Be Spoke. It had a minimalistic style to it and their coffee was incredible. I usually get four shots of espresso over ice, honey, cinnamon and almond milk , working in a coffee shop has made me an addict but I like how the sweetness of the honey pairs with the espresso and it’s definitely been my go-to drink for awhile. Although I fufu mine up, I tried Kyle’s two shots of plain espresso and they were great as well – so A+, Be Spoke.

We wanted to grab a quick breakfast before starting our little tour around the town so we walked down the street and saw a cute little bagel shop. They had a setup in their doorway to ensure social distancing so we ordered and hung out outside the front of the shop; it was near the water so they totally have a great view from work.



After breakfast I decided it was time to start our One Tree Hill tour. Kyle was so kind and drove around and took photos of me. I’ve watched OTH more times than I can count. So one could understand my excitement when I got to see some of the main places that the show was filmed at. I’m not going to go into too much detail about each spot but the houses are currently occupied by homeowners so I had to be quick out and took a quick when taking the photos.



After driving around town for a couple hours we were ready for some drinks before we headed back to Charlotte. We stopped at a local distillery called End of Days. They specialize in gin, vodka and white rum and let me tell you, every drink (3 each) that we tried was beyond tasty. They had a modern farmhouse style inside and even let us bring Pippa inside! We stayed there for a few hours just enjoying the rest of our vacation and each other’s company.



Welp, cheers to a wonderful vacation and now back to reality. I hope everyone had a wonderful week/weekend/month etc. And thanks for tuning in!

xx stine

A Year in Charlotte

Knock, knock. Is this thing on?

It’s certainly been long enough where I feel like I need to reintroduce myself and give this little blog a revamp.

Where have I been you ask? Or didn’t, either way… I moved to Charlotte last September and have been MIA pretty much in the blogging community since. I’ve definitely missed expressing myself and unloading on this platform and would love if I could be better about keeping up on it (I’m totally in a better place than I was last year!). 

So, what’s new? Well, take a seat boys and girls because I’m here to tell you. Within this last year I have had exponential growth. I experienced feeling alone for the first time. Not like moving out of your parent’s house but still living in the same town alone. I mean my car broke down a couple weeks ago and I called my dad and he told me he couldn’t help alone. I get it, I’m 25. I’m an adult. When will I get off the tit? Side note: I think my parent’s love it when I call them for help so probably never.

Let’s rewind a bit here and jump back into last November. As some of you may know, I’m a girl that has always held many jobs. I love being busy and often times take on more than I can handle (I’ve tried to outgrow this but I think it’s just who I am at this point). So when I first moved here I was working constantly. I think I was trying to fill the void of feeling lonely. It helped in a lot of ways but always hurt me too. Because on days where I didn’t have anything going on I would find myself sleeping to pass the time until I could work again. Yikes, that’s hard to admit!

If you’ve followed my blog in the past I have always been open about mental illness and finding ways to deal with anxiety. I have far from perfected it but I have totally found some ways that help me when the going gets rough. Onto December, the holidays are a very hard time to be away from your family for the first time – I learned that reallllll quick. But I was lucky enough to visit my family in Florida for Christmas. We had an incredible time and it was so nice to have some R&R time with the people I loved the most.

Fun fact, it doesn’t really snow in Charlotte so that was a very interesting season for me. In Montana it starts snowing in October. In fact, my mom texted me the other day and said that there was going to be snow this upcoming week! Get your Carhartts out ladies and gents! I brought mine to Charlotte and it’s the most worthless thing!

Right around springtime I was slowly starting to enjoy what this city has to offer. Charlotte in the Spring is beyond beautiful. All the flowers are blooming and everything is incredibly green. I was spending more time outside hiking and on the off-chance I would stay inside I would do things that would make feel fulfilled (making dinner or taking my dog on walks).

Summer has been hot but a growing time as well. I often times feel like I’ll never stop growing and as I age I understand that maybe that is what life is about – constant growth to be the best person you can possibly be.

Although Summer is still going strong I’m one of those basic girls anxiously waiting to eat, drink, carve anything pumpkin (I was actually ready in September but my roommate would not allow me to jump-the-gun). I have so many fun plans coming up for the rest of the year and I feel like I’m finally finding my grounding again. Also, moving is expensive and mentally/physically exhausting. So, yes. After an entire year of being in Charlotte I am finally starting to feel financially stable again. It did not help that I took a 3 week vacation back in May (will create a separate post for that later) but I would do it all over again for that incredible experience.

Anyways, there is the quickest update that I could possibly do! I’m happy to be back and hopefully I will be better about keeping up this time around.

Until next time,

Christine

QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

1. What’s your favorite Fall item?

2. Have you ever moved far from home?