Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas Wish List II: December 2015

The Misfit's Wish List: Nov/December '15

It must have painted a pretty shallow picture of me to have created a sequel to my first extraordinarily priced wish list. To be fair, it's not my fault that I live in a consumer-driven, capitalist society that forces me to window shop my life away. It causes me to dream of having an overload of material things I can't afford at the moment, stuff that doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. I still care about nature and the overall well-being of humanity, however, that doesn't change the fact that I want what I want! Now that I'm done convincing myself and all of you that I'm aware of my short comings, I can continue to dream in peace, but I can guarantee I'm nowhere near spoiled. There are  things on my wish list from 2013 that I have yet to purchase, so there's that.

Moving right along, I've come up with part II of my wish list for this holiday season. Everything with the exception of the Apple watch and Beats Headphones are pretty reasonably priced. Here's the run down:
  1. A jean jacket is a staple in my wardrobe and somehow, I misplaced mine not too long ago. It's hard for me to find ones that fit my shoulder span, so it was a little disappointing to misplace my favorite/only vintage Levi that fit so well.  This particular denim is here for example purposes, but the price ($50) sounds about right.
  2. As previously mentioned, Beats headphones have a nice little price tag. All the ones I've seen are at least $250. If I do my research, I could probably find some at a much lower cost, but I just think it would heighten my music listening experience, so I view it as an investment. 
  3. Although I personally like the design of the Samsung G2 watches better, I'm an Apple fanatic. I converted years ago and never really looked back. I think an Apple watch would be good for working out or a really efficient device to have on the go, where things are too hectic or disorganized to keep up with. And ohmygoodness, it's Mickey Mouse
  4. Nine West Galician Women's Boots: All my fall/winter shoes are literally falling apart, so I feel no guilt when it comes to shoes. For a person who loves shoes so much {see my 'SHE LOVES SHOES' board on Pinterest for reference}, I actually don't own that many; just the essentials. As I motion further into oblivion adulthood, I want my things to last, therefore at this point, $90 boots would also be considered an investment. 
  5. Now we're down to the bottom row. It's apart of my daily routine to smell good and leave my mark, so I'm always looking to expand my fragrance collection. Happy by Clinique was recommended to me by a co-worker over a conversation about hygiene. She had it on that day and it has a really fresh, light aroma, that is still very feminine and noticeable. 
  6. What would complete my 'Sons of Anarchy' obsession/holiday binge better than this super epic SoA mug? I don't think there's a real answer to that question. The only thing I could think of would be a SAMCRO t-shirt, that is currently sitting, waiting for me to buy in my Amazon wish list.
  7. Last but not least on my wish list is an Adidas Originals Sport Backpack. I remember wanting a pair of Adidas so bad in junior high and think it's cool that the company has seemed to make an exceptional comeback in the past few years, especially now with the celebrities such as Pharrell, Kanye West, and Rihanna as faces of the brand. As much popularity Adidas has accumulated, it's still an extremely underrated brand.
What are some items you're lusting for this season?


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Music Collective: vol. 40 {The December Mix Tape}

By nature, I'm a sensitive person who feels everything everything so very deeply, so it's very typical of me to be overly sentimental during the holiday season. I'm surrounded by things that remind me of love and family and home, which is basically everything I feel so far away from at the present moment. However, I'm learning how to embrace my emotions, rather than dismiss them, so I usher the feelings in as they come. This play list is a reflection of where my emotions and thoughts have decided to travel lately; the music just helps me process everything better. I've fallen so in love with this compilation and its probably one of my favorites thus far.

What's on your musical radar these days?

{Sidenote: If I am fortunate enough to get married/marry the man of my dreams one day, this would actually be a great starting point for a wedding reception play list.}

Saturday, December 5, 2015

New Year's Reso: Lessons on Clarity, Peace, and Consistency

The circulation of a new year always brings about the motivation to change, to do better the next time around. Although every single day is a new beginning, it's something ultra special about a brand new cycle of 365 and turning to another January on the 12-month calendar. I'm all for it; the newness, the hope, the possibilities. However, this year has taught me certain things that spark a different perspective on how I need to challenge myself in order to make the new year exceptionally better than the ones prior to it. 

There are a few things that immediately come to mind when I think about my goals for the year. It's the standard 'go to the gym' and 'travel more'. Those are among the other list of things I can think of to improve myself, but when I took the time to dig a little deeper and reflect on what lessons I've learned in 2015, I realize it goes beyond that. The most stand out trait I seem to always be working on is consistency. It's also something I've had to evaluate within myself via other people and the mirrors they hold up for me to face. The most prominent of all is retaining peace of mind, no matter how the tides shift.

Consistency brings out clarity. It puts our actions in alignment with our thoughts and the things we claim to want out of life, as well as those expectations for other people. Last summer, I wrote an entire post on Twenties Unscripted (( read h e r e)) about consistency, yet it's one of those things that I admit to not mastering yet. And it's not just doing something consistently, but also being able to stand firm in the decisions you make, to carry out a project until completion, getting back up after failure, and the list goes on.  Being inconsistent causes a wave of mix signals to manifest to the universe, so we are ultimately in charge of everything that manifest in our reality. We welcome our own circumstances. We create our own limitations. Therefore, in the coming year I want to focus my energy on simply being and remaining consistent. 

Ultimately, peace of mind is the most important thing we can cling to; peace when unexpected tragedies occur, peace when emotions and situations change, peace when life is a beach and the same peace in the middle of a tropic storm. It's human nature to be stressed or be anxious, as long as we don't allow panic or fear guide or handle whatever it is we are stressed about. Most things are out of our control and once we begin to accept that, it's comforting to know that we don't have to control everything.  

On so many separate occasions this year alone, I've been placed in situations that were designed to make me lose my cool. Because I value my peace so much, it's just as important to protect it at all cost. Sometimes I've allowed a negative attitude to get the best of me, but I've found that the most beautiful things tend to happen while I'm in a peaceful state, despite what is happening to or around me. Times where I've doubted the power of peace, it wasn't long before I came to the conclusion that peace trumps most -if not- anything there is to possibly worry about and it's the perfect way to generate more positive energy and "good vibes".  

With that being said, my new year's resolutions are to apply what life experience has taught me about consistency, gaining clarity, and protecting my peace. I do believe these, like most things, come with practice, but as long as I'm diligent about keeping the three in tact, the quality of my life will transform who I am in the most amazing ways. 

What lessons have you learned this year that somewhat mold how you walk into 2016? 

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