Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Routine

I'm a planner, so naturally I gravitate towards routine. Just like a to-do list, it feels good to check off the steps of my day. Recently, I read Becky Murphy's(Chipper Things) post on her morning and nighttime rituals and felt inspired to write my own. We live different lives and work different jobs, but I love learning how others create routine. From high school to college to the real world, my routine has changed over the years. Although some days are different, I'm sharing my typical routines from Sunday evening to Friday morning.

Evenings:

Whether I'm reading, watching TV or surfing the web, I light my Lavender candle in the evening. Not only is it soothing, it's the perfect scent for sleeping.

Around 10:30, I start prepping for bed. Since becoming an early riser, I pack my gym bag with tomorrow's work outfit and lay out my workout gear.

To wash up, I brush, floss and rinse with my favorite mouthwash. When it comes to my face, I keep it simple. I don't typically wear makeup, so a gentle cleanser does the job. I finish off with a toner, night moisturizer and gentle eye cream. Seriously though, I can't go to sleep until my face feels clean and extra moisturized.

Once my alarm is set, I fluff my pillows and jump in bed. To avoid playing games on my phone, I pull out my Sudoku book and challenge myself to finish a puzzle in 15 min or less. Whether or not I finish, I turn out the lights and before I know it...zzz.

Mornings:

My alarm goes off and I always snooze once. I get up, put on my workout clothes, and make instant oatmeal with frozen blueberries(trust me, they thaw fast) for breakfast.

Since I'm on my way to workout, I brush my teeth and wash my face quickly. I grab my bag and double check I didn't forget something, e.g. shoes for work. Lastly, I stuff my purse with snacks and leftovers for lunch.

Depending on the day, my morning workout consists of Barre, Blogilates, or running. Thanks to the gym at work, I only need 25 min to shower and get ready!

Once dressed, I put on a daily moisturizer, curl my lashes, and add some mascara. Every once in a while or if I have time, I'll even throw on a bright lipstick. Saving the hair for last, I towel dry my hair and throw in leave-in conditioner - stops all most frizz in its tracks.

After I get to my desk, I make a cup of hot green tea and let the day begin!

So now that I've shared my routines, are you an early riser or night owl? Routines might be for me, but what about you? Share your secrets and tips for getting ready quickly in the morning.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Sisterhood of TXSC Camp

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Coming back from Texas Style Council Camp, I felt different. More vulnerable, more inspired, more confident, and best of all - a sister in a wide community of bloggers. Being the last year of TXSC, I decided to volunteer. Not only would it push me out of my comfort zone, but it would allow me to experience the weekend in a new light. As much as I love going to every session, I loved working behind the scenes and connecting with new blogger friends.

As you might have noticed, I haven't been on my blog game lately. I have no excuses, I just haven't felt inspired to write something. This month has been a roller coaster  of emotions and it's not something I usually talk write about. To be surrounded by a community of strong and intelligent women was inspiring. This weekend wasn't about "how to get over a blogging rut", "how to monetize your blog", or "how to be the next big thing" - it was about learning to support one another and creating a positive presence on the world wide web. We might have different numbers, cameras, or writing styles, but in the end - we are all creatives and blogging is our form of expression.

I don't know what the future holds for The Blushing Dreamer, but I'm going to take it one step at a time. I'm so grateful to have been part of the final TXSC conference and even more grateful to have had the opportunity to revisit my old camping grounds from Girl Scouts. It's not everyday you have the chance to visit a girl scout camp and make new blogger friends, am I right? Thanks to social media and camera phones, I'll cherish these memories forever!

Cheers to my new blogger friends!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Texas Style Council CAMP

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Just four more days till Daylight Savings, you guys! As much as I loved waking up early to run(not!), I sure do miss running in the sunset. Now if only the weather would cooperate. I thought I lived in Austin, not Seattle or NYC! Still, even with this crazy weather, last month was another whirlwind. Camping, dancing, new friends, birthdays, etc. It might have been busy, but fun nonetheless.

When I look at my planner, the next three weekends will be a roller coaster. Most importantly, the final Texas Style Council(TXSC) conference! After attending my first conference in 2013, my blog took off with weekly posts and what felt like endless inspiration. Eventually things slowed down and so did the blog posts. As much as I loved reading fellow blogs, I couldn't get myself to write as often as I used to. Like life, this blog has had its ups and downs, but I'm hoping to start fresh after the 2015 TXSC CAMP!

CAMP will take away the glitz and glamour, and focus on the foundation of blogging! For me it's a creative outlet. When I look back at my first post, I remember why I started this blog. It started out as a challenge and along the way I've met new friends and come across incredible opportunities. I'm excited for a weekend of connecting with new blogger friends, recharging, and finding inspiration in the outdoors(Speaking of the outdoors, I have some big news to share soon!). If you're attending TXSC CAMP this year, let me know! I'm signed up to volunteer this year, but I can't wait to roast marshmallows round the campfire with y'all!