The up north life.

Well, my dream is still to go work for Ellen, but I certainly would not be mad about living in northern Michigan for the rest of my life. It was so hard for us to go home yesterday….to go back to the traffic and work and the loudness. It’s no good! We are already planning a trip back there in July. Maybe I should just live with my parents forever and go on vacation once a month. Just kidding; kind of.

But honestly, people up north are just nice. When you go out in the itty bitty town, everybody knows everybody and is asking about their kids and how their weekend was and all that jazz. Where I live, I know that I am constantly trying to avoid talking to most people I know because it is awkward and I don’t want to deal with the conversation.

Up north, people just show up at other people’s houses and don’t need to text their location and what they’re doing every 5 seconds. Technology takes a backseat to being outside. I went for a run every single morning and passed multiple people that said hi and asked how my day was going. One older guy even asked if he could run with me! Relationships are more important than iPhone’s, which is such a great change of pace.

It is quiet at night up north. Last night my friend and I were in bed and heard a car at like 11:30 p.m. at night, and that was out of the ordinary. Typically it is silent and pitch black at night, which is so relaxing and comforting. When I am trying to sleep at home, I hear people yelling outside of my window and am constantly woken up by the headlights of cars driving by.

There are a ton of elderly people up north! Do you know how interesting it is to sit down with an 85 year old woman and hear stories about her life? A hell of a lot more fascinating that hearing about Justin Bieber’s haircut or the latest person voted off American Idol. Now you all know how much I love my celebrity gossip and reality TV, so it must really mean something if I am saying this!

Of course I love my family and where I’ve grown up, but now I know even more than ever that I need to get out of this area and experience more in my life. Sorry for the rant! Back to normal tomorrow…maybe Smile <3

It’s the Freakin’ Weekend..

..finish that song.

 

Before I say anything at all, I need you guys to appreciate this:

You guys. Oh my goodness. This was from Thursday night’s episode of Glee. I’ve watched this scene approximately 7 times already. I already loved this song, and this performance just blew my mind. I want to walk down the aisle to this song when I get married. Moving on….

 

The other day in my post I discussed a new topic for each day of the week. I’ve been doing pretty good with it so far, so let’s keep the streak going! I said Saturdays I would talk about a healthy activity to do with your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, workout buddy, sister, brother, etc. This topic can apply to any of the above, plus just about anyone in the whole world, so give it a shot!

 

I’m currently reading a book by Gretchen Rubin called The Happiness Project. It’s all about this one woman’s journey for contentment. She organizes her book into 12 chapters for each month of the year. My goal is to work right along with her each month in making small changes to my life to see big results at the end of the year. January focused on boosting energy. Her main points were to:

  1. go to sleep earlier
  2. exercise better
  3. toss, restore, organize
  4. tackle a nagging task
  5. act more energetic

exercise

I did this by starting to hit the snooze button for the first time in my life (1), getting in some form of physical activity every single day since January 1 (2), getting rid of a bunch of old clothes (3), clearing out my computer (3), taking the leap to pursue my personal training career (4), and just trying to have fun and not stress so much about the little stuff (5). I did a decent job.

 

Here’s February’s mini-goals to remember love:

  1. quit nagging
  2. don’t expect praise or appreciation
  3. fight right
  4. no dumping
  5. give proofs of love

love

Personalizing these to pertain to me, they essentially mean to:

  1. stop bugging Luke about every little thing that I don’t agree with (sorry babe; I’m a gem)
  2. I already do a really good job at this one, but I guess I can do things that I really only want to do for me, no one else
  3. learn to communicate with the people in my life, rather than backing away whenever a situation gets difficult
  4. stop blaming people for my faults or my bad days (when I’m stressed or upset I tend to take it out on other people; Luke points this out to me all the time)
  5. hugs, e-mails, mini-gifts, quality time, surprises, etc.; basically making people feel good

 

Okay, okay, so what’s the point? This brings me to my fun activity! I actually just finished up February’s chapter and Gretchen talked about implementing a week of Extreme Nice. She did this with her husband in particular, but I want to do this with everyone I come in contact with. Gretchen basically said that she implemented her 5 mini-goals to the extreme for one week. One thing that I found particularly interesting is that she said her husband really never commented on her change in behavior, which she took to be a positive sign, because that meant her behaviors that week weren’t that far off from her “regular” behaviors.

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m literally known for cursing at drivers that upset me, storming away from someone like a 5 year old when I don’t get my way, using the silent treatment way too much, talking behind people’s backs, and putting myself first when I should really concentrate on the best interests of those in my life that treat me so well. Now this sentence made me sound like a bad person; I swear, I’m not. I’m normal. But for this next week, guess who’s going to be the nicest freaking person in the world? This girl right here.

We’ll see how this goes. I nag Luke, a lot. Hopefully he’s reading this and laughing right now, because I’ve probably already screwed up, but I swear I’m going to try really, really hard not to :p

So my challenge for you? Join me in a week of Extreme Niceness! Leave a comment below on who you’re going to be extremely nice to and how you plan on doing this. Let’s make the world a happier place during this month of loooooove :)