Monday, August 31, 2015

My New Favorite Snack

Happy Monday! This weekend was jam-packed at times and relaxed at times, but always fun! I had a late girl's night out on the town Friday. Saturday was filled with paddleboarding, macarons, and a bubble bath. Yesterday was errands and church. I had plans to go to a yoga class but didn't make it. It's a shame that weekends are only two days, but what's a gal to do? I love having balance between getting recharged and making the most of my time off work. My weekends (this past one included) fall into a typical pattern. Saturdays are usually my relaxation/catch-up day and Sundays are usually reserved for yoga and errands after church. This may be embarrassing to admit but in addition to being a creature of habit, I'm that person who always has a snack on hand when I'm running around. Whether I'm out on errands, heading to the pool, or off to work- you can typically find a small bite in my purse. I am not cute/fun/pleasant when hungry, so I try to spare those around me and keep myself on task by being prepared.

Snacks are a tricky thing for me, because it's so easy to fall off the wagon of healthy eating here. Especially when we're talking about packaged foods. It's basically effortless to grab a bag of chips or a candy bar as you're running around. They taste great. But they can be stuffed full of unnecessary sugars, preservatives, and ingredients that leave me feeling lethargic afterwards- the exact opposite of what I want out of my on-the-go snack! I've tried a host of different snacks, and wanted to share one of my recent favorites with y'all- Nakd bars from Natural Balance Foods. These gluten free snack bars are AMAZING and so good for you. They're just the perfect snack for me, and I am confident that y'all will like them too.
gluten free snack bars, nakd
nakd bar, gluten free snack bar

The first thing that jumped out to me about these bars is the fact that they are gluten, wheat, and dairy free. While I don't have any issues with gluten, I do have issues with milk so the fact that I can eat these without any discomfort is perfection for me. They are 100% natural and don't contain any preservatives or icky additives. In fact, the labels contain ingredients that are plain and simple to understand. The brand describes their approach to production as "wholefood", meaning it's minimally processed and pretty dang close to eating the ingredients as they naturally occur.
nakd bars, gluten free, wheat free, dairy free
nakd bars, gluten free, wheat free, dairy free
While these bars maintain a host of positive qualities, the huge deciding factor for a new snack has got to be the taste. I haven't tasted every single bar that they make, but I'm just loving my 13 bar sample pack! The texture of these bars is unique, mimicking what a homemade energy bar would feel like. They are soft but not crumbly- an important factor to consider if you snack in the car! With flavors like Pecan Pie, Strawberry Crunch, and Caffe Mocha, they have great variety to pick from. My favorite so far is Cocoa Delight- my mouth is watering just thinking about it! I definitely recommend starting out with a variety pack, and you can go back to buy boxes of the individual flavors that you like best.
nakd bar, natural balance foods

You can read more about these bars, as well as purchase them, on their website, or feel free to ask any question to me in the comments or in an email! I definitely recommend these for anyone looking to try a new delicious and healthy snack option. Especially those with food allergies! Have you ever heard of or had any of these bars yourself?

Full Disclosure: I received a complimentary variety pack from Natural Balance Foods to review honestly. As always, all opinions and words are my own. I benefit in no way if you purchase this product. Thank you for supporting brands that support A Peachy Sonder!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Calzone for One

Hey readers! How's everything going? I am glad we are halfway to the weekend- I'm sure I'm not the only one! You may or may not have noticed my new look around here, but I couldn't be more excited about it! Please take a look around the new navigation and let me know what you think. I'm always open to constructive criticism, and want my site to be user-friendly, so don't be shy.
calzone, cooking for one, dinner
Today I wanted to share another quick recipe that is a staple at my apartment: easy peasy calzones. Best of all, this is adjusted to be a recipe for a calzone for one! I started making these in college and love how versatile they are! You just need refrigerated pizza dough, cheese, and your desired fillings to make them. I've done a simple version- just cheese and pepperoni- thanks to what I had in my refrigerator, but you can get really creative here. I've done ham, banana peppers, olives, roasted garlic, mushrooms, and more before! Basically, everything but the kitchen sink can go inside.

The great thing about this dinner, is that you can make 2 huge calzones from one can of dough! In college, that meant it was a perfect roomie-bonding activity to cook together. Nowadays, it means one to go in the refrigerator to eat later in the week. I love having easy and delicious meals ready to go in the fridge. Anybody with me?? I simply reheat the second calzone in the oven at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes or until heated through. I serve the calzone with warm pizza sauce for dipping, and a salad to pretend I'm being healthy! To be honest, that's a ton of food but since this calzone reheats so well, I don't mind having some left over. Bon appetit!

calzone, cooking for one
calzone, cooking for one 
pizza dipping sauce

Calzone For One

1 canned pizza crust, cold
1/3 cup cheese (more or less for your tastes!)
pepperonis (or desired toppings; drained of juices)
1 tbsp olive oil
pizza sauce for dipping

1. Preheat oven according to crust packaging and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Cut pizza dough in half. The dough becomes less manageable as it warms up, so if you need to prep your ingredients, do so before taking dough out!
3. Fill calzone square with toppings, leaving about an inch of exposed dough to seal edges. Fold dough over to create a triangle calzone and pinch edges to prevent the toppings from oozing out while baking.
4. Brush olive oil lightly on the dough and cut 2-4 small slits in the top layer of the dough to vent.
5. Bake according to crust packaging. Mine tends to take the upper limit of the cook time, but watch to ensure that your crust doesn't burn!
6. Serve with warmed pizza sauce and enjoy immediately.
7. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers!

What are your go-to easy dinners? Have you made calzones at home before?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Recent Purchases

Hey, y'all! Happy Monday! Are you having a nice start to your week? To be honest I'm a little homesick. I'm soo ready to see my family over Labor Day weekend! I'm counting down the days.. literally. I've been bitten by the shopping bug more than usual lately, does that ever happen to you? I'm pretty disciplined when it comes to my budget and rarely go crazy with my spending. Maybe something's in the water but these sales/items have been too good to pass up lately! I wanted to share a couple of my favorite recent purchases with y'all.

Recent Purchases- August

Recipe Box. If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't, you should!), you've probably already seen my post about this cutie! I have been looking for a recipe box for some time now but couldn't decide exactly what I wanted. I'm headed to my Grandma's house for Labor Day weekend and we will be spending plenty of time cooking during my trip. This box comes with adorable recipe cards included! I can't wait to fill them up with delicious family recipes! I purchased mine here.

Shift Dress. Unless you're not a Lilly lover, you knew that the After Party Sale happened on Monday and Tuesday of last week. I was lucky enough to snag this cute Janice Knit Shift in these adorable stripes! It shipped extremely quickly and was at my house on Wednesday after the sale! Now THAT'S service. I've already worn it to work once, as well as the photo on my new "About Me" page, and know that I will get so much use out of it.

Clutch. After this post, I was on the serious hunt for a clutch! I was pretty decided before I stumbled upon Mark and Graham's website. I immediately fell in love with this clutch and knew it was the one for me. I got the gold monogram added on- it's adorable in person! The material feels amazing and holds a surprising amount.

Bath Soak. I've been having some serious trouble sleeping lately. I've used some sleep aids before, but that isn't something I aim to make a habit of. So I've been working to create a relaxing evening routine, and nothing works better than a luxurious bath. I've been a huge fan of The Body Shop's facial products, but have been amazed by this soak. It has a soothing scent and I feel so relaxed after a dip with this!

Elsa Top. I've shared my love of Lilly's Elsa tops before, but I'll reiterate- these babies are GOLD!!!! They are perfect for work and play. I love the bright colors and the cut is great for work. It's flowy without looking overly casual. I've been eyeing this print for a while and was thrilled to grab it from last week's sale! I can't wait to wear it!

What purchases are you loving lately?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

What I've learned from living with AWFUL roommates

Hi guys! I can't believe we are so close to the end of August. It's blowing my mind. I'm headed out to Memphis for Labor Day weekend to spend some time with my family and it cannot come fast enough! I don't get to see my extended family very often- we are all scattered from California to New York and everywhere in between. Unfortunately, we won't get to have everyone there but I will take time with anyone I can. Family is super important to me.

As I've shared previously, I'm currently living alone. For me, it was an easy choice that I'm thankful to be able to pull off financially. I've never lived on my own before my current situation. I went straight from my parent's house to dorm life, to sorority house living, and then apartment living- always with a roommate/several roommates. I've roomed with complete strangers and I've roomed with close friends. It's been good, bad, and messy (but never ugly because I've been blessed to live with people with awesome taste!). To be completely transparent with y'all, I'm a Type A person. I like lists, and organization, and cleanliness. I picture myself as flexible and forgiving with others but there are definitely things that get under my skin when it comes to shared spaces. With it being back to school time and also when many people are making career transitions, I wanted to share some lessons to help you avoid similar struggles that I've experienced with your roommates!
 Clean your dishes. I had a roommate right out of college who I met the day we signed our lease. We both relocated for our job (same company) but had never met. She is a sweet girl and very similar to me, but was not particularly clean. I enjoy cleaning and am able to deal with most messes without being bothered with a few exceptions- one being dishes. In my home growing up, we weren't allowed to leave the dishes in the sink unless the dishwasher was running. Even then- the plate needed to be rinsed and potentially soaped-up depending on the meal so the food didn't get caked on. I blame this for my lack of tolerance, but please don't make someone else clean up your dirty food dishes! Even I have times where I don't load my dishwasher right away, but if you share a kitchen do remember to come back and do it. You're not living with your mom anymore and unless you have a conversation to assign this task to a specific person, YOU are responsible for YOUR mess!

Chore share. Regardless of my schedule, I always make time to clean. It's important to me to have a clean space to live in! I'm also one of those people who will procrastinate by cleaning, so that distraction goes away if my place is already tidy. Because of my tastes and tendencies, this is something I do without thinking. Although I may wish- I am not super woman and cannot do everything I set out to accomplish, so I've found that my living situation it much easier if we divide chores between roommates. It's hard for one person to clean up for several people- that's a full time job! Plus, tasks are more easily accomplished when broken down into more manageable activities. A clean house is not unattainable with teamwork!

Respect personal space. Learn your roommate(s) or simply ask- how they feel about sharing items in your common spaces. Do they mind if you use their Keurig? Or favorite coffee mug from Europe? Their KitchenAid mixer? The candle in the living room? Will you be sharing shoes? Or clothes? Make sure you are both clear on these boundaries so that you won't accidentally cross one and cause problems later. Living together can be tough and silly problems don't help! 

Understand needs for alone time. Every person is comprised of a unique mix of introversion/extroversion. Therefore, we each have different needs when it comes to alone time. Depending on your job/class schedule/extracurricular, you might need time to decompress when you get home. Or, you might need to be welcomed by friendly faces when you walk through the door. Make sure you express these needs so you can be supported/be supportive of your roomies! This will help keep you on the same page and help to minimize animosity.

Be thoughtful with guests. When I was in college, I had a year in an apartment with 3 other girls. We each had our own rooms, were paired off for the bathrooms, and all shared a kitchen as well as a living room. At the time, we all had boyfriends and were having them over at different times depending on our schedules. I liked all of my roommates' significant others, but I think it was hard to be respectful in our small apartments. If someone was having a fight in the living room at 1 AM or having a pre-gaming party to go out, we all heard. Make sure you are mindful with friends or significant others. Yes, it is your home and your oasis- but the same goes for your roommates!

While these lessons won't prepare you for every single roommate situation you're bound to run into, they will help you steer clear from some of the sticky spots I've gotten stuck. I hope you find them useful!

What are your tips for roommate living? How do you make sure things go smoothly?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Loco for Leather

Y'all. I don't know what's come over me lately, but I'm all about leather jackets right now! I never thought in a million years that I would want one, but I do. Really, really badly. I always associated leather jackets with bikers, Uncle Jessie from 'Full House', and strangely my father (he didn't have a motorcycle but he did have a brown leather jacket that's older than me.. and that he still has...).

I tend to identify my style as classic, feminine, and conservative. Even more confusing why I'm coveting a rugged, edgy, masculine piece like a leather jacket. What can I say? The heart wants what it wants. Leather is an investment to me, whether it be in the form of shoes, purses, or jackets. So naturally it will take me forever to pick one out. Thankfully, it's still hanging around 90 degrees up here so I won't be needing one just yet! This is perfect for fall and I wouldn't be surprised if I ended up with one once it gets colder, but for now I will get my fix by drooling over them in stores and online. Here are a few of my current favorites!

I think that they're extremely versatile! You can add a little edge to a feminine floral dress, or jazz up a white t-shirt and jeans. I love the idea of getting a blush pink jacket like the one I've linked above. Not only does that add a feminine touch, but I think it will fit nicely into my current wardrobe- which is a HUGE plus for me! I have a harder time, especially with more expensive pieces, buying something that doesn't fit well with my current closet. Anyone else like me out there? I can't be the only one. Anyways, cheers to colder weather!

What fall fashion are you drooling over right now? Do you have anything totally outside your taste that you are coveting? Which jacket is your favorite?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Spongelle Body Contouring Buffer Review + GIVEAWAY

Hey y'all! I hope you're having the most fabulous week! Mine has been pretty good and I'm just happy it's FRIDAY! I'm about to get into a super busy season with my job, so I'm enjoying this "calm before the storm" time period. I've found that when I get busy with work, my typical routine and priorities shift. Normally, I stay in a pretty structured routine and this makes me happy (yes- I'm very Type A). I try to get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, eat right, have a healthy amount of exercise, and keep up with my family/friends. Add in work responsibilities and blogging, and I have a full day every day!

Unfortunately when my routine starts to shift, I notice some not-so-cute side effects. Bags under my eyes, dry skin, fast food/take out for meals, feeling isolated from loved ones... YIKES! Any one of those problems are basically a nightmare for me, not to mention a combination of several. To my dismay- there is no quick fix for these problems. BUT, you can take steps to lessen and/or prevent them when you know they're on the horizon. Prevention is key for so many issues we run into- and that's precisely how Spongelle's Beyond Cleansing body contouring buffer comes into play!
spongelle, anti-cellulite, body contouring, beauty buffer
Do you remember my first experience with Spongelle? I couldn't be more thrilled to check out another one of their awesome products. This body contouring buffer is designed to fight cellulite before it's a problem. How is this miracle accomplished? The shape of this buffer allows you to massage areas prone to cellulite. This treatment aims to stimulate lymphatic flow in those areas to firm and tighten your skin- ultimately preventing cellulite. It also contains caffeine and other botanical extracts to give immediate results after use. Um- hello?! A preventative treatment to keep my skin looking youthful that involves a massage? Do you think there is even a second of hesitation here??

As expected, my experience with the body contouring buffer was wonderful. First- the beach grass scent is just intoxicating. I mean, seriously. I wish y'all could smell through the screen! Simply taking it out of the box transported me to a spa-like mindset. I love feeling pampered and this did just that for me. The buffer is to be used in gentle circles with the textured side and the soft side is used to cleanse. This has 30+ washes in it and I can't wait to continue using it. My skin is soft, smells great, and appears smooth- especially in the areas that I massage. In my understanding, the new plumpness of the treated skin is due to the caffeine inside the buffer. I do believe that prevention is the only true way to combat certain issues like cellulite and do not think there is a quick fix that will provide long term results. With that being said, I think that quick fixes absolutely have their time and place! I'm happy to have discovered mine- this is perfect to bring along for a beach trip or to be used any time that you need a little last-minute skin tightening.
spongelle, anti-cellulite, body contouring

spongelle, anti-cellulite, body contouring

spongelle, anti-cellulite, body contouring
It even looks fun!
Overall, I'm pleased with this product (not that I'm surprised after my last experience)! Want more Spongelle? See their Instagram page to look at images to get you in a relaxing mindset and stay up-to-date with all product news! If you'd like to get one for yourself, Spongelle body buffers can be found at Anthropologie, spas, and local boutiques. You can use the store locator found on their website to find the closest location to you! In addition, they are sold online. Spongelle is generously offering 20% off to readers with the code "BBLOGGER20" through October 19.

This giveaway has ended, thank you for all who entered!

Full Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample from Spongelle to review honestly. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I benefit in no way if you purchase this product. Thank you for supporting brands that support A Peachy Sonder!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Eat, Pray, Love Book Review

Hi hi! I'm back again with another book review. This was actually my second time reading "Eat, Pray, Love" because my initial attempt was unsuccessful. I first tried to start this book while in college, and wasn't able to juggle all of my commitments AND read. This was fairly typical of my college days- my renewed love for reading has really blossomed since I've been working full time. I purchased this book before it was even committed to be a movie, and decided I wasn't going to see the movie until I finished it... years later I am finally ready. This second attempt obviously had divine timing because I was able to get all the way through it and really felt as though my older self appreciated it more than my college self would have. I've had more relationship experience, finally have the desire to travel, have a love for yoga, a steady faith, and well, my love for pasta has always been here. But you can see that I am basically an ideal candidate for this book.
The book is split into 3 sections, not-so-slyly relating to the title. The author, Elizabeth Gilbert, picks up to travel after a nasty divorce and what I gathered to be a mid-life crisis. She spends her time in 3 different countries- Italy, India, and Indonesia- and explores different aspects of her personality while immersed in the culture of each one.

In my humble opinion, this is a beautiful story of self-discovery as she navigates her travels and healing process. She openly writes about her struggles with loneliness and depression, which I was very impressed with. She could have easily glazed over those details and filled the pages with the rest of the story line. Her self-assurance tactics and connection to her budding spirituality were also inspiring to me.

I found this to be extremely well-written and easy to read. It wasn't a book that I couldn't put down, but I had no problem feeling engaged and excited to pick it back up. I love books with a strong female lead and this absolutely qualifies! After finishing, I have decided that I want to go eat all of the pasta she described in Italy and am excited to develop a more spiritual connection to yoga/meditation. But first, I will settle to just see the movie! I hope it doesn't disappoint!

On a side note, I just started Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me" and am loving it. I'm looking forward to the next review already!

Have you read "Eat, Pray, Love"? Did you see the film? What are you currently reading/do you have any book recommendations for me?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Rehoboth Beach Getaway

Hi and happy Friday readers! This past weekend I took a girls trip out to Rehoboth, DE to go to the beach! I've been feeling pretty down lately and I think that I just needed a healthy dose of "vitamin sea". We packed up the car and headed about 3 hours East to get just that!

We arrived around 10:30AM and found the cutest coffee shop called Dreamer for a mid-morning snack. I got a cold-pressed juice and was basically transported to heaven! This had a tropical juice-stand feel with a feminine twist. I absolutely loved their coffee cups and couldn't leave without a photo!
This beach was absolutely packed! I am used to the SC/GA/FL coasts, and have never seen a beach so full of people. We lucked out and found the perfect spot, rented chairs and umbrellas, and got settled. I was very nervous about frying since I haven't spent a ton of time in the sun this summer and was careful to reapply my sunscreen frequently! Thankfully, I made it out with a light tan and no burns! Wahoo! We read, chatted, tanned, went swimming, took walks, and pulled out some rusty gymnastics skills in some clear spots far down the beach. It seriously was a blast!

For dinner, we ate at a cute little restaurant called Fins. We had delicious cocktails and even tried oyster shooters before dinner. Once we got to our table, we had a delicious feast of raw oysters and entrees. I had grilled fish tacos that were the! I have never enjoyed fish tacos that much in my whole life. If you ever head to Rehoboth, I recommend them!!!
Who can pass up a cute pineapple photo opp?! Not me!
For breakfast, we headed back to Dreamer for juices and bagels to eat on the beach. I listened to my church sermon from my iPhone (I love technology!!) and was totally at peace on the beach. I was completely overwhelmed with contentment and gratitude for everything that I do have in my life. It's amazing how good preaching can really change your outlook. I snapped the below photo in hopes of capturing my feelings and to serve as a reminder that I can find peace if I try.
I'm already dreaming of being back with my toes in the sand!
A little confession/peek into my life.. I absolutely love salt water taffy! I hadn't tried it before going to Savannah for the first time in middle school and I've been hooked ever since! It's almost a curse though, because nothing compares to fresh taffy! Whenever I go to the beach, I always try to find a candy shop that makes their own and stock up. I keep a little candy bowl on my coffee table and like to keep it stocked with these pretties.
 I couldn't leave without a bag of fresh sweets!
I'm so thankful that this trip was able to happen! I already can't wait for the next one, I hope it's soon!
Have you taken a girls trip? What is your favorite trip? Are you going to squeeze in one last trip before the end of summer?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Beach Weekend Essentials

Hey y'all! I hope this week is going well for you. Can you believe it's already August?! I'm freaking out a little bit. This year has been a wild one and I am just in shock that it's already the 8th month of 2015. This past weekend, I took some of my own advice and headed out for a spontaneous trip to the beach with a few girlfriends. I had the most rejuvenating time! We packed up the car and drove to Delaware for what was supposed to be a day trip, but we ended up finding a hotel vacancy and turned it into a little weekend getaway. More to come about my trip on Friday- be sure to check back! We had packed contingency bags just in case we were able to find a room but to say we were ill-prepared is an understatement! While you definitely need fewer items for a one night stay, there are a few things you shouldn't forget. To help you avoid my same issue, I wanted to put together a list of essentials for a quick beach getaway!
Well-packed beach bag. A beach bag is the first essential for a beach trip- for obvious reasons! You need a bag that you're ok putting on the sand and won't be upset if sand gets in. A few things I don't want to be caught on the beach without are sunscreen, chapstick (with SPF), a snack, headphones, a sunhat, and a coverup! Here are a few cute ones out there:

Towel. I'm a fan of the over-sized towels or beach blankets out there! It's nice to spread out. Also, if you're going with a group it helps you to claim more space on the beach. This is super helpful on some of the more crowded beaches.

Reusable water bottle. These are great for the beach- especially if it's insulated! That way, you are able to get some refreshing sips of water while you're out in the heat. There are usually water fountains to refill at, or if your beach has nearby restaurants you can full up at their drink stations! There are so many cute bottles out there, I couldn't help but share a few!

Beach read. I've been making reading more of a priority, and the beach is absolutely one of my favorite places to read! I'm not sure that there is better place. The sounds of the beach in the background, the warm sunshine... total relaxation! I'm usually able to get through my books quickly because I'm undisturbed when sitting out on the sand! Check out some of my reads as of late here.

Flip flops. It's so useful to have a pair of rubber flip flops when visiting the beach! I usually don't like to bring expensive shoes just in case they get wet or messed up another way! Sand can be cruel.

Thankfully, I had most of these packed. I did forget my water bottle and was seriously regretting it every time I had to pay $5 for water! But you've gotta stay hydrated on the beach. Hopefully you'll be perfectly prepared for your next getaway, and I hope it's soon!

What are your beach essentials? Did I miss anything?

Monday, August 3, 2015

4 things you should try alone

Hey out there! If you've been following along with me for some time now, you've probably gathered that I'm currently living alone. I've been through periods of life with roommates, but can honestly say that I've experienced some crucial growth since I've moved to be on my own. When you live with a roommate, you constantly have companionship (which is good and bad sometimes). This means that you can always have a partner-in-crime for binge watching Netflix, grabbing meals out, going to grocery store, etc. This may lead to the misconception that you NEED someone else to do these activities to have a good/productive time. Y'all, that is SO FALSE. Doing certain things alone can be scary but totally worth it. Here are a few things I think every adult should do alone at some point in their lives:
4 things you should try alone

1 Live alone. While there's absolutely value in co-habitating, I think that everyone should experience living alone. There's nothing quite like it! You have the flexibility to reach out when you want company or just relax in your own awesomeness within every square foot of your place if you want to be alone. You are forced to identify your own design style/taste and I think it's healthy to learn how you live naturally. Do you make your bed everyday even if you know no one else will see it? Do you leave dishes in the sink? Are you tidy? It's absolutely a self-discovery experience and will prepare you to understand what you bring to the table (both good and bad) when you live with someone else again!

2 Eat a nice dinner out alone. The idea of this used to terrify me. When I worked in a restaurant, I always felt pity for people who came in to eat alone. I caught myself thinking "Aw, how sad! I hate that they don't have anyone to come out to eat with!" Maybe it has come with age, but I never realized the courage and confidence it takes to take yourself out to a nice meal. It's absolutely easier to stay at home and order Chinese if you don't have a dinner date. And while it does feel weird at first, I now find it to be empowering. If you want a steak, go get yourself a steak! Bring a book, or your iPad, and enjoy a quality meal. Why? Because you can and you deserve it!

3 See a movie alone. This is another silly thing that I used to care too much about! I was embarrassed to go out alone to see a movie, no matter how badly I wanted to see the film. When you actually think about it- this is the EASIEST thing to do alone because it's a solitary activity! You go and sit down in a dark theater to stay quiet and enjoy a movie. Then you leave. I promise you, no one cares if you walk in and out alone. They probably won't even notice. Go and get yourself a popcorn, icee, and some twizzlers- or wine if you're at that kind of theater!

4 Go to the grocery store alone. Now that I do this alone every week, I am not sure that I want to do this with company again. It is so much easier to get through the store and to get everything you need (and nothing extra) when you are alone. You don't really need to discuss much while in the store, especially if you come with a list, and if you're going slowly to socialize- you're probably holding up others!

Do you have anything that you are afraid to do alone? I urge to you give it a try, it can be so invigorating to challenge yourself and step outside your comfort zone! Let me know if you've done something that was scary at first (or if you plan to tackle something soon) in the comments!
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