Lack of Adventure

So it’s been a while since my last adventure and I’m getting extremely antsy!!! I mean, yes I’ve done little day trips around Utah and whatnot, but I have yet to do something BIG. Big as in, out of the country, for that matter, the continent! I need to get away and do something totally new and gain some culture shock. I’m going to explain 2 things in this post for people that may also be feeling this wanderlust like myself: 1. How to control wanderlust by mini-adventures until timing/money/work etc. fits. and 2. something that I don’t yet understand, but a feeling of dissatisfaction and mild-depression.

  1. Okay, yes, who doesn’t want to travel the globe at all times? True, there are a lot of people that wouldn’t enjoy that, but I am not one of them. I feel I need adventure and new experiences constantly to remain happy. Not that I’m not always happy (externally). Sometimes, I just get bored and start questioning life too much… ie. what’s my purpose? I’m definitely not filling at purpose at this job. I need experience, life is short, etc. Okay, not combatting this. Option 1 is to quit your job and just do it, work as you go, couch surf, meet people, and let it all get figured out as you go. This would be amazing if one didn’t have student loans and massive bills that they don’t want to defer. Option2: Save save, and save! Save up your money in an account dedicated to travel! Even if you have a regular savings account, create a new one, maybe even at a different bank or credit union, strictly to save for travel. Put al of your disposable income there before you can go spend it on shit. And I hopefully don’t have to mention this, but use your credit cards like debit cards so that you never have a remaining balance. So put all your money in its various places, then use your credit for monthly spending, keeping to a budget that you have allowed yourself. It’s f***ing hard, especially if you new to this life as I am. In college, I was the master of not spending, just because I couldn’t… I didn’t have a savings or anything, I just had about $9 of disposable income a month. Then I got a job and started making some money and all of a sudden though I was Beyonce. STOP! You are not Beyonce and that money you earn is worth sooooo much more than fancy food, clothes, or whatever else you are buying (box wine is just fine). In the mean time, you have to do mini adventures to make up for the lack of travel. Go on google maps and find little towns near by to visit, have a weekend to explore your own area, or as they say “staycation”, Find out how far you are willing to drive/spend for a weekend and pick somewhere, maybe based on an attraction, scenic area, or friend to meet up with. There is so much to explore within the area that you already are, so do it! Okay, option 3: This option is the most difficult, however it is the one that I myself m leaning towards… Make $$$$$. Invent something, start a company, Find your passion and start making money from it. this may take a while, but if you have the perseverance and grit, then just make it happen. Then you get a passionate career and hopefully some travel.
  2. This specific topic is hard for me to talk about because I just passed the point of denial. Depression is something that is extremely common in this world. It is nothing to be ashamed of. The most important thing you can do is realize it and figure out what is possibly a factor to causing it. Write a list of everything in you life. Repeat… EVERYTHING in your life. That includes relationships (both family friends and romantic), work, passion, health, location and surroundings, time spent in nature, everything that you do on a daily to weekly basis needs to be included on this list. then make another list of the things you wish were on that list. First, rate everything on your actual list from 1-10 on how satisfied you are with it. Then make it a priority to focus on the low level one. Next, start adding in the wish list to your to-do list. You have hiking on your list, then go for a hike every week or so. Painting, cooking, networking, etc, whatever is on the list needs to be integrated into your actual life! As far as over all depression and dissatisfaction with life, this will help and bring more drive as it will provide new experiences and hopefully new habits. Another great habit that you should do every single day? List 3 things that you are grateful for every morning! It can be as deep as a relationship with someone that has helped you or as simple as modern plumbing. I swear, this 1 thing will change your life. It automatically makes you a more grateful and compassionate person, therefore accentuating the little celebrations in life.

I truly hope this helped, because it sure helped me as I wrote it. If it didn’t try writing…

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DIY Kitchen Island!

My goodness you guys, I have been wanting to refurbish something like this for my kitchen for soooo long! Although, I must warn you, it was not easy, I was exhausted afterwards! Totally worth it though; getting to see it every time I walk in my kitchen makes me smile. It’s a feeling I could never get from buying something. I’m hooked! More projects to come!

  1. Look for something about the size you want with potential. I found this beaut for $12 at Goodwill. I knew I wanted to paint it white and that I wanted to add some height to it.
  2.  Head to Lowes (with measurements written down). Inspiration begins at Lowes, or Pinterest. For this specific look, I purchased 2 72″ wooden posts, 3 36″ floor tiles that look like distressed wood, a can of liquid nails, sand paper, and of course, 5 cans of white satin spray paint.
  3. Painting is easy, just unscrew the handles and put tape over the part that is attached. For best results, sand down every surface and wipe clean. 3 coats spread out about 30 minutes each should usually do it.
  4. While the paint is drying, begin planning your design, this is the trial and error phase. I thought sawing my 2 posts in half and laying them side by side would work… didn’t. I then put two of the posts laying on the front and back of the surface. I measured the space in between and sawed the leftover two to fit. The excess wood sits in the middle for support. Once the design is finished, you can use the liquid nails and glue down each piece. Lastly, glue down the floor tiles on top making sure they sit evenly with the wood.
  5. Last step, screw back on the handles and wipe down the entire thing, after about 2-3 hours after the last coat of paint was laid.

That’s all there is to it! Have fun and be safe