This quote (if this is even a quote) is kind of my favorite right now. I don't know about you, but sometimes I get sick and tired of being compared to everything and everyone. Nothing is about being yourself. If you are going to do something, it should be like something else. Take the above quote for example, "Look like a girl. Act like a lady... blah blah blah." What does that even mean? Like for real though think about it. These are just things that our society has ingrained into our heads that we have to be. It is what you need to act like or be like in order to be acceptable. Well I don't agree. I get the concept, but I think we should be whoever we want to be. I don't think we have an obligation to fit into societal norms. Just be yourself. I would think that the majority of people are pretty normal without having all these "rules" that we should be living by. Just sayin'.
This past weekend was a longer weekend due to MLK day. Basically what this means is I didn't have school OR work. Aka best thing ever! How did I spend my extra free day. Why going to the dermatologist and exploring Barnes & Noble of course! You guys, I seriously spent like an hour and a half in Barnes & Noble just looking around. I gathered plenty of fashion, art, and photography books and enjoyed and hour and a half of beautiful pictures and inspiring messages. As I was going through what I would call a cookbook created by Nylon magazine I realized how purely content and happy I was just sitting there in a crowded Barnes & Noble looking through random books with pretty pictures. You know what else I realized? It was completely free!
Lately I have been really stressing out about money. Mainly because I have my Europe trip on the mind. I seriously am trying to figure out how I am going to pay for the entire thing. I realized that I really needed to change my spending habits in order to save enough for my European adventure this coming July. So I came up with this idea while sitting in Barnes & Noble. I made a plan to live a simpler lifestyle. I realized that I needed to become less attached to material things, so here is the plan I came up with..
1. For this entire year, the only clothing I can purchase is clothing that I have thrifted. Looking at my closet (and my mama's)
*So I am now coming to finish this post. The fire alarm at the library just went off, so we were rushed outside.. into the freezing rain. Literally, freezing rain. Campus is like an ice rink today. Ridiculous!*
2. For this entire year, I will only go to see movies at the dollar theater. Except for the Great Gatsby. That is my one and only exception. Midnight showing anyone??
3. This might not be a hard one of the rest of the world, but it is going to be extremely difficult for me. I can only go to concerts every other week. Gah, kill me now! I haven't been to a concert for TWO WHOLE weeks, and I am dying! DYING!
4. I am dying my hair back to blonde, so I know longer have to pay for color. Only haircuts from now on.. sigh.
5. Once it gets warm again (aka not freezing rain, the literal kind) I am determined to ride my bike everywhere I can. I am actually stoked for this one.
Well there you have it. These things might not really matter to the average person, but the all matter somewhat to me. I don't have a lot of money to begin with, so these are the little things I get to do for myself. It will be a challenge to take a little bit of that away, but I know I will find other things to fill my time with. It is worth it for Europe! Haha It has actually been kind of fun to think of things to do that are free instead of going out and spending money. I think this year is going to be a very creative year which I am really excited about!
Do any of you have fun and FREE activities or ideas that you enjoy? Please share!
Well I think that is enough writing for today. Don't want to get too boring! I hope everyone is having a fantastic Thursday! All you fellow Utahns... be careful out there! Don't forget your ice skates!