In May of 2015, I started taking a 1 second video of my life every day in the hopes that I’d do it for the whole year. It was one of my long-term bucket list goals, something I’d wanted to take on for a while after hearing about the app 1 Second Everyday and learning the founder’s story.
The biggest reason I had my heart set on doing something like this was to commemorate all the adventures I had during the year in a way that didn’t involve me taking 23423408 photos of my friends in the middle of us trying to break it down on the dance floor at our favorite spot to show off our
sick mediocre moves, The Fat Baby.
Honestly, I just wanted a way to quickly capture some of my favorite moments while not taking myself away from the life I was enjoying. Nobody likes the person glued to their camera when we’re all creating memories together.
And thus, my journey through 1 Second Everyday began. Continue reading “I Filmed 1 Second Of My Life Every Day. Here’s What Happened.”
Okay, Amanda, I thought to myself. This is like, what? Your third night in a row in bed?
The workday was over and I’d shut myself away with a laptop, some comfort snacks, and a serious determination to finish Insecure on HBO. And I had no intention of getting up. Ever.
Which would have been fine, except that I realized this was becoming a pattern of the week. That bothered me.
I really would have loved to cast away all worries and anxieties about the week to the wind and binge-watched sad documentaries (now you know never to ask me for comforting movie recommendations) until it was way past my bedtime. But I also knew that I’d be really unhappy with myself if I did.
Because while one part of me wanted to spend my third evening of the week this way, there was another part of me that didn’t want to.
The part of me that longed for adventure and excitement and passion in my every day life was pleading with me to get up from under the blankets and get on with living well. Continue reading “How To Make Life More Fun: Tips On Living Adventurously”
When I decided I was going to do one thing every day that scared me for a whole month, I’d already gone skydiving. I’d already traveled through another country on my own. I’d slept in a haunted house for a night and I’d eaten termites alive in the rainforest.
Needless to say, I’d already had those big, in-your-face, makes-you-wanna-puke-or-scream-or-laugh-or-do-it-again moments. This challenge wasn’t about that.
It wasn’t about doing dangerous stunts.
It was about pushing myself emotionally, relationally, and personally. Continue reading “Here’s What Happened When I Did One Thing That Scared Me Every Day For A Month”
I don’t really remember how Emily of Simply Us Blog and I met, but I remember immediately being struck by her interest in living life well. She was overjoyed to hear about my desire to fully live out my 20s because she did just that. She told me she was so intentional about making the most of those years that she graduated to her 30s without a single regret. After hearing a bit of her story, I was so inspired that I asked her to write a guest post to share some tips on how she leans into life every single day. Give her a warm welcome!
I don’t think that I started out wanting to do things so differently from everyone else. I wanted to fit in! However, as the years passed and the more I found that my strange lifestyle choices bothered people, the more I wanted to be unique. Continue reading “Guest Post: Simply Us Blog”
This year was full of wild adventures. I spent a summer experiencing the best of NYC, traveled to Puerto Rico, made many bus trips and road trips along the East Coast, and just generally had a ball of a time exploring.
And I’m grateful for all the lessons I’ve gathered from these expeditions and the act of preparing for them. So I thought a good way to celebrate these newfound understandings was to write a post on them! Continue reading “Top 4 Lessons I’ve Learned About Adventure In 2016”
If I had to write a list of things that make me very happy it would include: ice cream, new cities, fun people, puppies, making the world a little better, and poems.
I freakin’ love poems. There’s something about them. I used to hate poems until my junior year of high school when my creative writing teacher made us compose them throughout all of March. After that I absolutely fell in love with how much poems can make you feel in their short bursts, like water balloons. Continue reading “3 Inspiring (And Living!) Poets Who Will Motivate You To Seize The Day”
We all have them: those sites we inevitably look at when we wake up and before we’re going to bed. You’ll often find me perusing my Facebook, throwing out hearts like confetti on my Instagram feed (I honestly enjoy almost every picture I see on there!), pinning like it’s going out of style on my Pinterest, or chatting with other bloggers on my Twitter, and I’m not alone in that. But there are a couple lesser-known webistes I check daily that offer regular opportunities for adventure and fun!
When you woke up this morning, were you excited about today?
Or were you full of dread and boredom, not wanting to get out of the comfort of your bed to start the drudgery that would be your daily routine?
If you identified with the latter question, and if you know your answer would have been the same yesterday and will probably be the same tomorrow, something’s gotta change. And it’s gotta change now. Continue reading “Beat The Mundane: A Wake-Up Call To Anyone Stuck In A Daily Routine”
A couple of my friends and I are planning a trip abroad for after graduation, so I’m all about the side hustle right now. If I want to be able to afford a plane ticket to Thailand or a fun excursion in Cambodia, I’d better have the money to do it!
So I’ve been doing all sorts of things to earn extra cash, and I’ll share them with you in case you’re fresh out of ideas for how to bring in dough for your next trip: Continue reading “3 Easy Side Hustles You Haven’t Thought Of Yet To Earn Money For Your Next Trip”
Once I moved to New York City, all my friends suddenly wanted to visit me all the time. And I don’t blame them – NYC is the bomb! But going to all the touristy spots over and over again with them would do a number on my wallet if I wasn’t careful.
Luckily, many of my friends are budget-conscious as well, and they’re typically down to experience NYC in the cheapest way possible. They’re always asking me how they can spend their time here without spending all their money. So I’ve gathered some tricks of the trade. Continue reading “8 Ways To See The Best Of NYC On A Budget”