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I got this phrase from one of my favorite ladies, Kristen Kalp after reading her book, Change The World, Dammit! It basically goes over how it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the million things you should be doing that you don’t do any of them.

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Other people experience it? Oh. I don’t want to say cool, but I’m glad my guilt is lifted a little bit. And her recommendation is to add 3 new tasks a week, on top of your already busy schedule. I’ve heard ideas similar to this from other #bossbabes I admire, like Leah Remillet and Alex Beadon, as well. Making a top 3 or top 5 things to do for the day and getting them done. They make total sense and I’ve been hearing it for a while but why hasn’t it sunk in until now?

I don’t know. To be completely honest I have a fire lit inside of me like I haven’t had before. It might be because I’m finally figuring out what it is I truly want to do in this world and the person I want to be. But either way I’m doing it.

I decided to do it. No more excuses, no more bullshit.

I started working and crossing things off my list. A major one for me was getting my oil website updated and all together. There are two pages that need to be finished, but I haven’t finished the material on them to finish the page. I’m letting it go, adding it to my Master to do list and moving on to the next task. I’m not letting it hold me back from not having my site up at all. I’m just doing it.

There is still a TON on my master to do list and if I look at only that, I’m going to be 10 seconds away from a nap. That thing is exhausting, but that’s what it takes to be a boss babe and that’s what it take to live the life you imagined.

My 5 tips to help you overcome the Possibility Paralysis are…

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1. TURN OFF YOUR DEVICES. If you can’t handle that go airplane mode and if you can’t handle that go to do not disturb mode. APM allows you to use your phone without the internet so you won’t get notifications and you can still use your alarm. DND allows your phone to only ring from you favorite list and if someone calls more than once in a row. So if it was an actual emergency, they’ll get through to you. And if you’re keeping the phone on, and in the same space as you.. have it facing down so you don’t see it light up!

2. Make my to do list for the next day the night before. Every night I clean up my desk (A newish rule I’ve been loving) and make sure I’ve figured out the top 5 things I need to accomplish the next day for my biz. The next day I’m not wasting any time trying to figure out what’s important, I already know and can dive right it!

3. Do the worst stuff first. There are a few biz things I have to do that I don’t enjoy. Which I make sure I do first, and get it out of the way. I feel more accomplished and it’s not always looming over my head like.. “oh yeah I still have to do X and I don’t want to!”

4. Take breaks and use a timer. I set my timer for 1 or 2 hours and then set my alarm for a 15-30 minute break. I get up move around, stretch, listen to 90’s music and have a dance party.. whatever it is, it’s not biz related.This may seem counter productive but for me when I’m in the zone I can get a lot more accomplished then if I’m forcing myself to work. I also take my time more seriously when it’s like okay.. 2 hours you work and then I can do whatever I want.

5. Stop replacing important things with urgent things. It’s important for me to write blogs and take photos. It’s important to do so much for my business and I know that but when I started replacing urgent things I made no progress. I hate to break it to you but your calls, texts or emails can wait a little while. You facebook likes, comments, instagram love or periscopes… they can wait too. I let all of that consume me and take over. My perception was sewed because I always like to respond and comment and see what everyone was up to. I love to attend periscopes live but I realized those are getting in the way of whats actually important. They really can wait. Even if your periscope isn’t on replay, I will be okay.

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The Best Thing My Mom Taught Me | www.amylorraine.com
This is my mom. She is one of the kindest people I have ever met and has a heart of gold. She is an early riser, board game enthusiast, craft maker and probably the most impatient woman awaiting the title of grandma. My mom has taught me to be compassionate, honest, loyal, and a million other things.

But the best thing my mom taught me was how to be uncool.

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My mom was so uncool. And it wasn’t because she was an 80s fashion icon…She basically “ruined” my life. She didn’t let me go to anyone’s house without meeting the parents first because she knew my safety was more important. She didn’t buy me expensive clothes or worry about name brands. She didn’t let me get my nails done or have a cell phone or tv in my room when I was still in middle school because she wanted me to understand that they were a privilege and not a necessity. She didn’t let me see R rated movies because she didn’t want me to grow up too fast.

And yet, my life isn’t ruined. I know now, even without children of my own, that your job was to be my mother, not my best friend. You loved me and I love you for being uncool.

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Growing up I didn’t need a best friend, I needed a mom. And I got a bad ass mom at that. So thank you, Mom, for not being my best friend. Thank you for teaching me patience, appreciation, honesty, kindness and that being cool is overrated. I’m glad you’re my best friend now.

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Today’s post is special because I didn’t write it and it is actually going to be the first of many! Each month I hope to have a guest post by someone new talking about things that I know my readers will love. Since spring is finally making it’s way out in Maryland I thought today’s post by Shelly Stinton is perfect!

Healthy Habits to Develop for Spring | Shelly Stinson | www.amylorrine.comHave you been trying to develop healthy habits, but find that you’re struggling? Are you feeling almost as if you’re ready to give up because it seems like your new, more beneficial behaviors are never going to stick, no matter how much you want them to?

Here’s the good news: spring is the season of flourishing, which means that this is your season as well. Like the flowers that are emerging, it’s time to climb up out of the dirt and start to bloom.

And you can do just that when you work on these springtime habits that are meant to make this time of year your healthiest yet.

Walking Daily

After being cooped up all winter, it’s nice to finally get out and get some fresh air. Plus, there are many benefits of walking and they include better circulation, lighter mood, increased weight loss, and an easier time sleeping. Some people prefer to walk early in the morning before anything can prevent them from getting this activity in, while others like to take a stroll at the end of the day as a way to decompress. Neither is right or wrong, just be sure to pick a time that works best for you so you’re more likely to stick with it.

Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Not only is springtime good for walking, but it also provides a long list of vitamin and mineral-rich fruits and veggies that are best this time of year. A few to consider adding to your meal plan include apricots, broccoli, honeydew, peas, and white asparagus. Aim to try at least one new veggie or fruit a week and you’ll expand your eating horizons in a healthy way. You can find recipes for any food item online, so just do some quick research and see which ones appeal most to you. Who knows, you may just find a food that you’ll wonder why it took so long to try!

Enjoy Some Quiet Time

Because people are typically stir-crazy from enduring long, cold months, spring tends to get pretty busy. With yard work to do, kid’s sports seasons beginning, and all of the other responsibilities that traditionally begin this time of year, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. One way to avoid this is to make a commitment to regularly enjoy some quiet time. As College News says when they suggest meditation as a way for freshman to avoid the dreaded freshman 15, everyone can find some time to “just breathe.” Do this one thing and you’ll feel calmer as you work to make these healthy habits stick.

Regularly De-Stress

Changing habits can be stressful. It can make you want to give up almost before you even start as you wonder if you’re strong enough to prevail but, worse yet, Stress.org notes that stress can also hurt you physically. In fact, some statistics suggest that it is responsible for 60 percent of all illnesses and disease. While that type of change-based response is understandable, it doesn’t have to be an absolute. Instead, work to get rid of your stress regularly by doing things you enjoy. Take up a hobby, join a group that excites you, or take a day off work here and there just to let your body and mind relax. Making new, healthier habits isn’t always easy, but these four are perfect for starting in the spring. Whether you choose to do one or tackle them all, there’s no doubt you’ll emerge in better physical and mental condition once they become common in your life.

Besides, what do you have to lose… other than the bad habits they replace?
Healthy Habits to Develop for Spring | Shelly Stinson | www.amylorrine.com

Shelly Stinson is freelance writer based out of Denver, CO.
Her interests include healthy living, being active outdoors and trying new restaurants.
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Oh, Portland. I love you. And I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to blog about you but now it’s finally time to share my trip in March. Since the weather was well.. Portland weather, I didn’t always get my camera out, but luckily the iPhone does a decent job, so here’s a ton of both!

Hotel View | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.comWhen Krista and I got there after a what seemed like a lifetime of traveling, we picked up the rental car and headed to our hotel, The Westin. It was really nice, with a great view of downtown and happened to be dog-friendly. To our surprise, there were two corgis checking in before us. Which totally made up for the gloomy weather. For those of you new here… Krista’s puppy Molly is Bruce’s mom. So were both those weird corgi people.

Powells City Of Books | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com

We made our way to start exploring and ended up at Powell’s City of Books. And the whole “City of Books” thing… it ain’t no joke. It is freaking massive and I could probably spend a month in there. My favorite thing were all the kids books with recommendations from actual kids, in their own handwriting. I actually got my brother an awesome Artist’s Proof copy of the All Out War of The Walking Dead.

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After we left Powell’s, we went across the street and got a huge slice of pizza from Sizzle Pie. My favorite thing by far about Portland is the food. It’s SO vegan-friendly. So I got the Vegan Angel of Doom!

Prasad | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.comThe next day we met up with Ashley at Prasad. Prasad is an all vegan and gluten free cafe, located inside a yoga/massage studio. I got this bomb quinoa chili bowl and… A PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE. Starbucks could take a note and get hip to the fact that you can have a PSL that’s dairy free!

One of the coolest things about the internet is being able to meet and connect with some awesome people, the sucky part is that they live across the country. Ashley and I first connected through a fitness chat when we were doing the Katy Hearn Fitness Challenge. But she’s also a blogger and bad ass mom of 6 adorable kids!

Multnomah Falls | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
After lunch, we drove the scenic route to Multnomah Falls. Which I’m pretty sure is the 8th world wonder. Minus the rain it was hands down the prettiest thing we saw the whole trip.

Multnomah Falls | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
You can go hiking all the way up to the top, but we aren’t really hiking in the rain kinda people, so we managed to make it to that bridge before heading back to the car. And then, which became a theme with our Portland trip, the sun decided to come back out.

Multnomah Falls | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
So we spent some more time driving down and pulling off to check out the views. Oregon is beautiful in the weird foggy rain so I can only imagine what it looks like with some sun shine. That night we ended up going to my friend Kari’s house and got dinner and chatted a while. but somehow I managed not to take any photos there.

Jam on Hawthorne | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
The next morning we went to get brunch at Jam On Hawthorne Cafe. The wait was like an hour so, we figured the food had to be good and once again, it didn’t disappoint.
Keep Portland Weird | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
“Keep Portland Weird” is a thing that I’m not really mad about. Embrace the weird.
VooDoo Doughnuts | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
Okay so I lied about Multnomah Falls, VooDoo Doughnuts is actually the prettiest thing in Portland. I AM IN LOVE. They are open 24/7 and constantly have fresh doughnuts. The line is always wrapped around the sidewalk but it was
worth it. The doughnuts are BOMB. Like I’m honestly sad that they’re nowhere near Maryland. And it would be the top pro if I were to make a pro and con list for moving to Portland.
VooDoo Doughnuts | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
I would have never guessed they were vegan, and if it wasn’t for the guy double checking to make sure he did, in fact give me the right ones, I would have thought they weren’t vegan at all. I tried the VooDoo Doll, Oreo and Apple Fritter. If you’re close to a location, it’s totally worth the hype. Stand in line and buy them all. You won’t regret it.
Pittock Mansion | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com

After we were on a doughnut high, we decided to just drive around. Once we saw signs for Pittock Mansion we figured, why not? Which was one of the coolest historical building’s I’ve ever seen. And the photos really don’t do the view any justice. I can only imagine how crazy beautiful it was when the Portland pioneers, Henry and Georgiana Pittock, had the house in 1914.  The estate included the mansion, a three-car garage, a greenhouse, and the Italianate gate lodge servants’ residence, all situated on 46 acres of land almost 1,000 feet above downtown Portland.

Pittock Mansion | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com

The older I get the more I love learning historical facts so reading a few things about the house were so cool. Henry Pittock traveled at 19 on the Oregon Trail from Pennsylvania where he worked for the Oregonian Newspaper. In 1860, he took became the owner of the paper at age 25, and he turned it into a daily paper instead of the weekly paper it was. It led him into an empire of real estate, banking, railroads, steamboats, sheep ranching, silver mining, and the pulp and paper industry.

While his wife became a huge part of the community and a major philanthropist. She helped found the Ladies Relief Society in 1867, whose Children’s Home provided care, food, and shelter for needy children. And she also worked with the Woman’s Union, where she helped build the Martha Washington Home for single, working women. Georgiana loved gardening and had a huge flower garden at the mansion. This led her to originate Portland’s tradition of the annual Rose Festival.

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Georgiana died in 1918 at the age of 72, and Henry in 1919 at 84. The Pittock family remained in residence at the mansion until 1958, when Peter Gantenbein, a Pittock grandson who had been born in the house, put the estate on the market.

After massive damage in 1962 from a storm, Portland residents got together to raise a fund to preserve the sight. The City of Portland purchased the estate for $225,000. A year and a half later, the repairs were done and the mansion opened to the public in 1965 and has been a Portland community landmark ever since. In 2013, the exterior got a huge renovation to preserve the terraces and stop leaking.

Pittock Mansion | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.comAnd while the mansion does not have all the original furnishing, they made it look as close as they could based off of ledgers and historical information. One of the coolest things was the old school printing press that was used and the newspapers from The Oregonian.

Japenese Garden | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
After we left the mansion we drove around and ended up at the Rose Garden. Since none of the flowers were in bloom there we made our way to Portland’s Japanese Garden. I didn’t get much on the history other than it opened in 1967, where the former zoo was and has 5 different gardens. It was beautiful and I’m sure looks gorgeous year round.

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I don’t know much about Catholic religion but The Grotto was beautiful. We only walked around the lower portion where the actual grotto cave and visitor center area is, but there was also an upper level with gardens and chapels. They have daily mass, concerts, and weddings held in the outdoor location and I’m sure in the summer it’s a great place to visit and get some peace.

Trees | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
One of the things Krista and I said over and over again was… that we have never seen cooler trees or greener grass. Apparently the grass is greener on the other side, of the country.

St Johns Bridge and Zootopia | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com

We googled a ton of cool things to do, and since we needed a plan since the rain made it a little impossible to just explore like we wanted we made our way up to the St. John’s Bridge on our way to the Vancouver Mall. Kari told me that I should check out 100% Pure since they had a location and it’s an awesome healthy makeup company. [I come to find out later that the ONLY east coast location, it at the Annapolis mall!] We ended up seeing Zootopia, and if you haven’t seen it, do it. It was way better than I thought.

Happy Valley Station | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
On the last night I got to meet up with Kari again and I got to finally meet Sam at Happy Valley Station! The coolest food truck location I’ve ever scenes and something that neeeeeeeds to happen to Annapolis.

Kari and I have been internet friends for like 4 years. We met through photography, she does the most amazing couple/love sessions and I know I’m going to make her photograph me and Chandler some day. But she also is the one who introduced essential oils to me. And I will forever be greatful for that. Sam is on my oil team too! She rocks the biz, it just the sweetest and also the cutest little mom to be. Plane | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com

When it was finally time to go we did a little shopping in the airport and I’m not a big souvenir person.. yet this mug spoke to me on a deep level. Both accurate and has grumpy cat on it. The ride home seemed a little easier than the ride to Portland which, may of had something to do with watching The Ellen Degeneres show. But whose to really say? 😉
Plane | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.comThis view will never cease to amaze me. I’m sitting here writing the blog drinking hot tea out of that grumpy cat mug reminiscing about all the rainy beautiful vegan goodness that is Portland. And I know I’ll be back.

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What I

  1. Take more pictures.
  2. Back them up on the regular! Your computer WILL crash at the worst times.
  3. Be kinder.
  4. Stop being judgmental.
  5. Drink more water.
  6. Learn how to pluck your eyebrows.
  7. Go vegan. Your skin, the environment, your health and the animals will thank you.
  8. Ask more questions.
  9. Read Quiet by Susan Cain.
  10. Don’t cut your hair. You’ll regret it.
  11. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. You’re lazy so just try.
  12. Don’t be afraid to look foolish.
  13. Save. A Lot.
  14. Don’t be a lifeguard. You’ll hate it and quit anyways.
  15. Be positive and see the good.
  16. Just because you’re thinking it, doesn’t mean you have to say it.
  17. Take care of your body. Start working out and enjoy it.
  18. Travel more.
  19. Start your blog sooner. Stop deleting the ones you create.
  20. Read more.
  21. Don’t put up with anyone’s bullshit. Even if you love them.
  22. Stop procrastinating & get your license.
  23. Don’t go to college right away.. or ever. Live, travel, experience first.
  24. Intelligence isn’t measured by your GPA.
  25. Don’t use tanning beds.
  26. Do your research on toxic beauty and household products.
  27. Stop drinking soda and junk.
  28. But indulge guilt free with treats every once and a while.
  29. Manage your time better.
  30. Not all your friends will be there when you get older. Appreciate the ones that do.
  31. Your siblings get less annoying. Be patient.
  32. Your moms right about a lot btw.
  33. Your parents just want what’s best for you.
  34. Learn how to be responsible with money.
  35. You won’t regret your tattoos. And they won’t hurt as bad as you think.
  36. Understand nothing goes according to the plan you have in your head and it’s okay to let go of those dreams.
  37. Don’t bleach your hair.
  38. You will make mistakes but you’ll learn from them.
  39. Create more art.
  40. Stop being lazy. Your dreams don’t work unless you do.
  41. Your belly button piercing won’t hurt as much as you think.
  42. Don’t feel guilty for being introverted.
  43. Wear more lipstick.
  44. Most people don’t see the world the way you do.
  45. Encourage others.
  46. Become a feminist like now. Girls are not the enemy.
  47. The crappy summer beach patrol job will get you a best friend.
  48. You’re gonna get the cutest freaking corgi on the planet.
  49. Adults don’t have it together. They’re just winging it and hoping for the best. You’ll do the same.
  50. Never be ashamed of what you believe in and who you are.

 

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The Live Better Challenge | www.amyloraine.comMy goal was to do something creative for at least 15 minutes a day. There were a few days where I wasn’t truly intentionally, but overall March was a success. Between reading, photography, crafting, calligraphy, adult coloring books, website design.. I had a lot to pick from and since creativity is something that comes in bursts, it’s not something I want to “schedule”.

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I took Laura Hooper’s Caligraphy class in the beginning of March and I’ve spent some time practicing and loving this new art form. I will be added some fun things to the shop soon!

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One of my favorite things, along with the rest of the world now, is adult coloring books. I got Harry Potter and Disney Princess because clearly I’m an adulty adult. And I got these chameleon pens because they’re so freaking cool. If you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon, please do yourself a favor and get aboard.

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And were now into April which is all about no processed foods and no eating out… Trying to finish out this month strong!

Want to check out my list for the year? Or check out my recap for January? February?

 

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Reading 
Quiet by Susan Cain.
Wearing my new red Hunter rain boots. Thank you April showers!
Watching Friends on Netflix.
Trying to update the shop. New products coming soon!
Cooking ALL the time. No processed, no eating out. (okay a little processed and a little eating out. BUT! mostly cooking ever-ayy-thing)
Eating tahini sauce like there’s no tomorrow. #Obsessed
Drinking water with a drop of lime essential oil
Texting Courtnie the most and mainly just memes and the laughing cry emoji
Pinning recipes for non processed vegan meals
Tweeting not as often since The Walking Dead is over for now
Going to see The Jungle Book in theaters
Wearing these red Hunter Rain Boots!
Loving my new Daryl Dixon crossbow mug
Hating that my laptop is broken
Discovering new friends in The Living Room
Feeling loved
Hoping Bruce lets me sleep in instead of waking up with him on my face at 7am
Listening to Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman and Zendaya – Something New
Wanting to go back to Portland, maybe when it’s not raining…
Celebrating my birthday with friends this weekend.
Smelling birthday flowers
Ordering cruelty-free, vegan, organic, nontoxic makeup from Root
Thanking everyone for making this birthday special
Starting to get my silhouette out for fun craft projects!
Finishing The Oil Adventures website! April 27th, launch date!!

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My birthday is Monday so I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of all the things I want to accomplish over the next year. I have a 30 by 30 list but this will help break down some of those goals, and even smaller ones.

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To be completed by April 11th, 2017
Completed | In Progress

 

1. Travel Solo
2. Get Tattooed
3. Own a Pair of Red Hunter Rain Boots
4. Complete My Live Better Challenge
5. Sell 100 Items in My Etsy Shop
6. Go To The Beach
7. Hit Gold with Young Living
8. Finally Get a Cumberstone Ice Pop!
9. Practice my Calligraphy Skills
10. Take Bruce hiking
11. Send monthly happy snail mail
12. Visit Salt Lake City
13. See In theaters: The Jungle Book, Ghostbusters, Finding Dory, The Girl On The Train, Moana, and Beauty & The Beast.
14. Move!
15. Read 72 books
16. Dress up for Halloween
17. Explore Somewhere New in Maryland
18. Eat at a Fully Vegan Restaurant
19. Have a Harry Potter Book & Movie Marathon.
20. Donate Money To Charity
21. Create all DIY Christmas gifts
22. Get Photographed by Cheyenne Gil
23. Double my blog traffic
24. Go to the Pumpkin Patch
25. Learn Yoga
26. Photograph The Sunrise
27. Go to a Concert

I absolutely reserve the right to modify this list over time (but I only hope to update it by marking things off!). Have you made a list of this you’d like to do this year? I’d love to hear what’s on it!

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Oh Bruce.
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How crazy that you’re already a year old. I feel like one of those parents with cliche quotes about my baby growing up too quick… you know like.. The days are long but the years are short. And dog years are even shorter so it’s like I blinked and he turned 7.

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His birthday was March 20th, but like another parent cliche, life has been busy and hectic and I’m just getting a chance to sit down and write this out.

Happy Birthday Sir Bruce Corgnelius | www.amylorraine.comWe celebrated with a pup-pie while wearing a bow tie. Even though I wanted to make him his own “chocolate” cake as an ode to Bruce from Matilda I realized I didn’t have time after getting back from my Portland trip.Happy Birthday Sir Bruce Corgnelius | www.amylorraine.com

Things were into now: snuggling in bed, picking up sticks, being chased, hiding bones, and pulling out shoe insoles.
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Here’s to another year of crazy cuteness B.

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If you know me in real life or follow me on twitter, you know I am a huge Walking Dead fan. It is the only show I make sure I watch live during the week. I have a ton of others that I try to watch but it’s the only one where I make sure I have nothing scheduled during that time so I don’t get spoilers and can live tweet with the millions of other viewers.



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I thought it would be fun to blog my theories after last night’s episode, so don’t continue to read if you didn’t watch and don’t read if you don’t want any comic spoilers too. We know the show is based on Robert Kirkman’s graphic novels and while the show has a habit of not playing out 100% like the comics, the comic plots are important to talk about when talking about theories. So I do have to get into spoiler territory. So you’ve been made aware. Stop reading now if you want to go in knowing absolutely nothing.

Last night was a big episode for The Walking Dead fandom. We met Negan.. and Lucille. Let me just start by saying how much Jeffery Dean Morgan slayyyyyed last night’s episode. I feel like he’s definitely everything we want in a sociopath villain. Good looking, funny, charming, and evil.

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And while I really don’t try to read to have anything spoiled I did know this story was coming and I even knew the ending would basically go exactly how it played out. It didn’t mean I wasn’t having a mini panic attack with my sister while watching the episode though.

But for those of you who watched, you know we were left with a major cliffhanger and we know someone was beaten to death with a barbwire baseball bat. But we don’t freaking know who it wasssssss. AND IT’S KILLING US.

And I know tons of fans are mad about how it played out, I’m not. It could be because I was a little prepared for this cliffhanger.. but it’s could also be because I love the heart racing suspense and tension more than I like having my favorite characters die. And it also could be because I thought we were going to lose someone right away and then end with the same cliffhanger so… only one loss is a plus in my eyes.

So first, let’s start with who all was there.. Glenn, Rosita, Daryl, Michonne, Abraham, Maggie, Rick, Sasha, Aaron, Carl, and Eugene.

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Negan made it very clear they now work for him, and they’ll die if they don’t. So obviously he’s not going to kill them all, since dead people can’t work. But he’s gotta kill one for killing his men and to show he’s serious about his new world order. Out of those capture cast members, my top three picks to die are Glenn, Daryl and Abraham.

 

Glenn

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Readers are already aware that this scene was straight from the comics and this was one of the most important scenes of the series. It just so happens, that in the comic Glenn was on the receiving end of the bat.

We did spend quite a bit of time this season already wondering if Glenn had died so it would be just like TWD writers to make us think he was safe just to give him the ax for real. His death also pushed Maggie’s plot line really far so keeping him alive would have a big shift from the comics and that could be a problem for the writers. Or they could keep him alive now, and set it up for him to die at any point after and devastate us all over again.

I’m not 100% convinced they’ll stick to the comic plot line but he would my top pick solely because it was a major plot in the comics, he’s a huge fan favorite, and he’s an original member.

 

Daryl

The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale Theory | #WhoIsIt | DarylI’m always worried about Daryl’s fate because he’s not in the comics at all. So we have no idea when or how they plan to kill him off. And since he is a fan favorite we know his death will be monumental. I hope it’s not him for selfish reasons of loving his character and wanting to see him and Carol get together.

I feel like the story line built up so far wouldn’t make much sense to kill him off though. We’ve got this battle between him and Dwight and I think that with those two characters we need to have some closure on that. And he’s kind of become the face of The Walking Dead on a higher level than Rick and Carl. He’s the voice/face of the iPhone game and a ton of promotional stuff. And obviously being a major fan favorite.. it would be kind of a big way to piss off the viewers.

I personally think he’s the best choice because it would have SUCH an impact, and that’s the point of this major death by Negan. It would make Negan hated more than all the past villains combine. But I don’t think they gave Daryl much screen time this season other than to build the Dwight feud, which I’d rather see end between the two of them.

 

Abraham

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Although he’s not an original he’s become a part of the family and I feel like his entire story this season has been set up for his death. In the comics, he got an arrow through the eye, just like Denise so he could definitely be a goner at any time.

The season has been more dedicated to his love triangle and the new romance with Sasha and his bromance with Eugene.  In last night’s episode, he tells Sasha he wants to have babies with her and he finally tells Eugene he was wrong about him. In a send-off that looked like Eugene was going to his death, I really think it was the closure to that friendship to set up Abraham’s demise.

My only reason of why he wouldn’t be killed is because Kirkman has said he regretted killing him off before this upcoming war in the comics. Since he was an actual soldier, his story would be really interesting to watch unfold against Negan and The Saviors, and at the same time.. fill in a spot to be Rick’s new right-hand man if Daryl or Glenn were going to get the fate. But if they were going to stray from the comics, his death would make the most sense for how the entire Season 6 played out.

The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale Theory | #WhoIsItAnd now for why the rest won’t die.. let’s see:

Rick – Uh. Hard no, It’s just not happening. It literally doesn’t make any sense to the plot for this story to kill off our main guy.

Carl – Same. It also wouldn’t make sense for Negan to say if anyone screams or anything cray happens to cut out Carl’s eye and feed it to Rick if it were one of them.

Michonne – I was worried a little about her fate just because her and Rick are finallllllly together, but after watching I really don’t think it was her.

Rosita – I def don’t think her death would be that much of an impact so I can’t believe it would be her. But I could see Abraham’s death playing a major part in pushing her character into a great story to tell. Since we know she still is in love with him.

Maggie – I did worry about her too. I mean Negan is supposed to be HATED, so what better way to make us hate him than to kill off the sick pregnant woman who we love so much. Negan made the comment about how shitty she looked and that he should just be putting her out of her misery right now.. so no, not her.

Sasha – Once again her story could be pushed forward a lot more with the death of Abraham but not much would change with her death.

Aaron – I like him and his character but I really don’t think there is enough that would make this be important, especially to our group. He helped them.. but he’s still an Alexandrian.

Eugene – Oh it better not be him. I was so upset that he was going to sacrifice himself because I LOVE his character. His death would have been better as the sacrifice than this random victim.

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But of course, this is all my crazy theory. They could tell us one has died and come back October a few more die after the initial bat swing. I’m prepared to lose everyone, but I don’t want it to happen. Even though Carol’s new found guilt has put a bump in my plans fo her I think it actually saved her from getting killed off this episode. And I think it’s setting her up for a new interesting layer in Season 7. I love that Morgan and Father Gabriel have stepped up. I’m super intrigued by the horseriding group that are hopefully going to nurse Carol back to health. And I hope Enid kicks Carl’s ass for locking her in the closet but finally kisses him once she knows he’s okay. I mean, what’s the point of a zombie drama without a little teen romance.

All in all, I loved the episode and I will be back next week to watch Fear The Walking Dead and will be having a Season 7 viewing party in October. So let me know in the comment’s who you think it is? I love talking theories!

 

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  • Jennifer Busl - Love everything you said. I so desperately want for Daryl and Carol to get together. Hubby and I think it’s Abe, just because we/I don’t want it to be anyone else!!ReplyCancel

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Last Saturday I was lucky enough to snag a spot at Laura Hooper‘s Intro to Calligraphy workshop in DC. For those of you who don’t know Laura has been doing calligraphy for 20 years (12 professionally) and makes it look so damn easy. But don’t be fooled, this art form is way harder than it looks. With the help from Laura, her sister and Director of Operations, Alyssa, and Lindsey who works for Karson Butler Event, where the workshop took place, it was a lot of fun and super informative at the cute pinterest worthy studio.

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The workshop started with Alyssa going over the supplies and what we were going to get into. And then Laura started going into teaching and we got started. The whole process of writing in calligraphy actually wasn’t that hard but it does take time. You have to learn how to be steady and even with your pressure and strokes. But overall, I think with some practice I will be able to do this for my shop, which was something I was definitely hoping for.
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Thank you Laura, Alyssa and Lindsey for putting together such an awesome workshop!

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In a world full of more can striving for a mediocre life actually be something extraordinary?

I think so.

Our world is busy and there is a “need” to be faster, stronger, smarter, prettier, better, more successful… But what if I realized that’s really not what I want. Yes, of course I want to be successful, but maybe my definition of success is changing and I just want simplicity.

Maybe I just want to have a job, or two that pays my bills, funds some travel and makes me happy. Maybe I want to get married and have a kids, foster and adopt, and just have a home filled with love, laughter and a lot of puppy snuggles. A life where we enjoy the simple things.How Can Mediocrity Actually Be Extraordinary | www.amylorraine.com

For as long as I can remember I had wanted to get out. I wanted to travel the world. I didn’t want to stay in my hometown. I didn’t want to slave away at a 9-5. I didn’t want a mediocre life. I have said (and tweeted) it many times. And to a degree, I still don’t.

I do want to to travel to world. But I also want a home base, whether it’s the one I grew up in or not. For as long as I can remember I thought the measure of success was ultimately if I stayed in my hometown or moved away. And here I am, a college graduate back at home and with that old definition, I’d be a failure. But before I left I didn’t appreciate my family the way I do now. I didn’t think it would matter how far I went if I could still come home for holidays. But I think now, since growing up and growing closer, I kind of can’t imagine living states away from them now. And definitely not once I start my own family.

I don’t want a 9-5 that makes me unhappy just to pay bills. But I want a consistent job that pays the bills and feeds my soul. I don’t want a mediocre life where I’m wishing for the weekend or my next vacation. Or one where my debt and bills are the only thing I can think about. But I want to enjoy the little things in life and not be so caught up hustling for the “greatness” I don’t really want.

I want room to breathe. I want to drink a cup of tea and read a book and retreat to re-energize and not feel guilty for not always hustling my hardest. I want time to spend with friends and family and not think about my to do list.How Can Mediocrity Actually Be Extraordinary | www.amylorraine.com

I want to blog for myself and if I find a tribe who like what I’m sharing then I want to spend my time getting to know them and connecting with them. I want to create for myself and if people like it, than that’s pretty freaking awesome too. I want to learn and share about health and wellness and if others want to better their health than we can journey together.

I want to care about things that matter. I want to love deeply and laugh loudly. I want to be present. I want to enjoy the mundane and mediocrity. And I think there is something so damn extraordinary in slowing down to enjoy it without constantly wishing for more.

 

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Life Lately | Vol 1
Reading
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Playing tug with Bruce. All day. Erryday.
Watching Walking Dead and Grey’s Anatomy religiously and live tweeting
Trying to be consistent. With everything.
Cooking all the recipes from Minimalist Baker. Can’t go wrong.
Eating Neo’s pizza, Ben and Jerry’s vegan ice cream, and an entire sleeve of Thin Mints in one sitting. #NoRagrets
Drinking Peach Tranquility Tea from Starbucks. New fav!
Texting a lot more than usual even though It takes me like 12 days to respond… I apologize in advance. I get distracted ALL OF THE TIME.
Pinning secret boards (*insert evil laugh*)
Tweeting mainly just reactions to all the shows I watch.
Going to a calligraphy class Saturday with Laura Hooper and Portland next week. SO excited!
Wearing more onesies. They’re so comfortable.
Loving life. Plain and simple.
Hating political fights on Facebook. Y’all need to get it together.
Discovering how funny it is that I’m an adult. (When did this happen?)
Thinking about naps.
Feeling sleepy.
Hoping for a spring weather constantly.
Listening to Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, James Bay, and Nsync. (Always Nsync)
Celebrating Bruce’s first birthday on the 20th. WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?
Smelling samples from i smell greatI think I’m a wild honey kinda girl.
Ordering music and that makes me feel like a grown up. No more illegal downloading for this girl #TooLazy #TimeIsMoney
Thanking Bruce for finally snuggling me through the night.
Starting to make videos for TheOilAdventures.com which will launch in April!
Finishing this. 😉

How’s life been for you lately? Leave a comment below and make sure we’re friends on Instagram.

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El. Oh. El.

The title of this blog post, is a damn lie.. so let’s just start right there. I did not have a month of working out consistently. I had half a month of working out sporadically. And sometimes that’s life.

My goal was to work out 5 days a week. But that didn’t happen. But since this challenge is The Live Better Challenge, I’m still proud of myself for working out as much as I did. Working out for 15 minutes is better than 0 minutes. Working out for 2 or 3 days a week is better than 0 days a week.

But you know what helps motivate me? New workout clothes and shoes. There is just something I love about workout clothes that makes me want to wear them and when I wear them, I feel like okay, let’s do tha damn thing.
Nike | My Month of Working Out Consistently | The Live Better Challenge | Part 3 | www.amylorraine.comSo what did I learn this month?

Endorphins are a lie. I mean, I’ve always thought that but it just was reenforced. I don’t like working out. It gets so boring to me and I have a hard time motivating myself to keep going. So a little bit is a damn big accomplishment for me.

I’m not giving up though. I’ve been working out and texting my friend Courtnie to keep each other motivated. We’re honest about it and don’t bullshit each other, which is awesome. I just wish we lived close enough to work out together in real life. For The Bachelor finale we are doing two squats every time Ben kisses one of the girls. (If you watch The Bach then you know this is gonna be a lot)

But here’s to keep on keeping on. March is all about the creative juices, and I have a feeling this month will be my favorite. Reading, crafting, calligraphy, photography, etc. I can’t wait.

Want to check out my list for the year? Or check out my recap for January?

 

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I’ve been wanting to try out some double exposure photos for years and this week I finally did it. I’m loving these so hopefully this series will continue, and I’ll do more in the future. Probably once the weather warms up and I can get some new nature shots!

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