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#FridayFrivolity - Pokemon Go! Funny Memes, My Own Real-Life Crazy Stories, and More!

Hello Friday, and hello friends!  I'm so glad to see you again at this week's #FridayFrivolity.  :)  This week's theme is "childhood" and I can't remember which of us chose it, but it worked out pretty well I must say... because lately a good number of people have been a little distracted by a blast from the past.  For some of those people it is a blast from their childhood, but for EVERYONE involved it's a return to childhood, in a way.  

Anybody got a guess what I'm talking about?  

Oh yea, baby, I'm talking about Pokemon Go! 

Fashion Fun - Adorably Affordable Vacation Tote Bags - Travel in Style!

wow, a lot of these cute bags are only $5!  so perfect for traveling too! -  Tote Bag Round-Up, $25 or less! Cheap gift idea and frugal fashion fun!  Perfect lightweight bag for traveling and summer fun!  Purse or handbag replacement, adorable collection in different styles! via Devastate Boredom

As you all no doubt remember from my breathlessly spazzy post the other day, my husband and I had a car break-in while hiking, and my bag and wallet were stolen.  

Hey, better than having your whole car stolen!  I've had that happen before too... *rolls eyes*

I actually really liked the tote bag that was stolen, so I was quick to check into replacement options and luckily it's still being sold.  And, um, I happened across a lot of other super cute and affordable tote bags too, haha!  So I figured I'd share them with you.  

#FridayFrivolity - Cow Funnies!! Funny and Cute Cow Memes for Cow Appreciation Day

Hello, Friday, and hello friends!

I've been a little off-radar lately, dealing with getting back into the swing of reality after two weeks of vacation fun, working on unpacking and settling into a new city, dealing with insurance stuff and getting our car fixed after the break-in last week... not to mention the general awfulness every time I turn on the news.  :(

Ugh.  Reality is lame, y'all!

In honor of cow appreciation day tomorrow, let's have a few laughs and try to focus on what is good, and beautiful, and funny instead!

...like the sweetest, cuddliest cow ever! 

#FridayFrivolity - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... My Reality Lately! ;P

Hello dear friends, and hello Friday (late)...

Imagine me breathlessly dashing off this blog post, because I am SO BEHIND on everything... this past month has been a whirlwind!  Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly...

The 3 Best Relaxing Puzzle Game Apps to Distract You When You're Stressed - Stress Relief on Your Phone

The 3 Best Relaxing Puzzle Game Apps to Distract You When You're Anxious - Stress Relief on Your Phone - via Devastate Boredom

I don't know about you, but when I'm stressed my mind can go a mile a minute.  Whirling thoughts, dwelling on whatever circumstances are causing the anxiety... not fun.  There are plenty of ways to deal with it when it happens, and believe me, I've tried them all!  ;P  Deep breathing, meditating on a scripture verse or motivating quote, rereading specific favorite books, calling a friend, yoga, etc etc -- but today I'm going to share another fun option for calming / distracting a spinning mind... one you might not have tried yet! 

Tired of Feeling Stuck? July Goals - Tips for Progress and Company Along the Way! Life of Intention Linky Party

If you're tired of feeling stuck, there are some seriously helpful tips here!  5 Steps to Creating Goals that Won't Discourage You! Embracing a Life of Intention, Purpose, and Focus - How to Actually Come Up with Goals You'll Reach!  via Devastate Boredom
Last week I wrote about goals, and bucket lists, and what to do to make resolutions that motivate instead of discouraging you.  It is possible!!  

I also shared that I planned to start a link-up party for folks to share their goals each month, for online community and accountability as we move towards lives of greater intention.  Well, today is that glorious day!!  Below I share my goals for this month, as well as the link-up party for you to share your goals as well.  I promise to read each one, and share them via social media too!  

But first, in case you need a refresher, here are four tips for how to create goals that will set you up for success, not frustration.   

5 Steps to Creating Goals You Will Actually Reach!

  1. Pick a reasonable number of goals. If you have twenty goals that you are tackling all at once, you're going to get discouraged.  Period, end of story.  Honestly, the human brain can't even RETAIN that many thoughts / goals... pick no more than seven, and probably just start with four or five.  I say seven because it's the so-called Magical Number of things your short-term memory can hold... and I recommend actually starting with four or five because it's better to begin with less and have success, than to bite off more than you can chew and give the whole thing up in a fit of frustration.
  2. Pick goals that are within your control.  A lot of times people say to make your goal "measurable," but goals like, "increase my twitter following by 500" or "lose 10 lbs" are measurable, but honestly not entirely within your control.  Discouragement, here we come!  A better goal would be, "each week follow 150 new folks on twitter, to begin growing my own following," and "work out four times a week."  You are in control of your own efforts, and if it results in 500 twitter followers or 10 lbs lost at the end of the month, amazing!  But by making your goal within your control means you can meet it, and feel great about your success, even if you've "only" lost 7 lbs, or "only" have 378 new followers. 
  3. Pick goals with room for flexibility.  If you say "have 30 minutes of activity a day" rather than "go running every day," you can meet your goal even if you end up with terrible allergies, or torrential rains in your area, and end up doing workout videos online instead.  Similarly, "do a family activity outside of our house twice a month" is going to be more easily attainable than "go hiking as a family twice a month."  When you sprain your ankle, or one of the kids decides he hates the outdoors, you have room to pick other options and still meet your goal.  
  4. Find accountability.  This can look different ways... online accountability through sharing your goals in a blog post or on facebook, joining my monthly Life of Intention linky party, or leaving a comment on this post to share your goals... "in real life" accountability by setting up a monthly Goal Check-In Coffee Date with some pals, having your bestie ask you about your progress at the end of the month, etc.  There are lots of ways you can go about this, so pick one that works for you.
  5. Make it HARD to forget your goals!  Set yourself periodic reminder alerts on google calendar -- write "goal check!!" in your planner at weekly intervals -- set an alarm on your phone -- write "work out!" on a sticky note and put it on your box of cereal -- etc.  Time can slip by so quickly if you aren't paying attention, so be deliberate about finding ways to pay attention!

All right, it's my turn for that "online community accountability" thing...  Here are my goals for July.

Life of Intention Goals for July:

  • Finish drafting / editing my fantasy novel, working on it for at least 60 minutes EVERY. DAY.
  • Unpack for at least 30 minutes EVERY. DAY.  I'm hoping this will mean it's finished long before July is over.
  • Look for a day-job.  Explore employment opportunities for at least 45 minutes EVERY. DAY.
  • Do some crafty stuff.  Have one project completely done by the end of the month.  (decoupage?  painting canvases?)
  • "Surf" facebook for only 45 minutes a week. Open my kindle app instead of the facebook app all the rest of the time, and READ!

That fifth one might ring a bell for you, because a couple of weeks ago I shared some articles that had hit home for me about how technology is DESIGNED to hijack our brains and keep us engaged (since the more ads we view -- often without even realizing it -- and the more links we click, the more money most sites are making).  In that same post I also shared a webinar I was lucky enough to get to watch for free (sadly not free any more but you can read some of my favorite quotes from it still...) all about the power of really focusing in order to accomplish tasks -- and did a two-week "Deep Focus" Challenge to work on strengthening that skill.  Maybe some of you even joined me!  If you didn't at the time go back and check out that post now, because I can't say enough about how empowering that challenge really was! 

I really do feel like my brain is stronger, more resilient, and more able to tackle hard things now, which is amazing and exciting.  I'm sure you can see how those same trends of re-learning how to focus, and really prioritizing the things that are important to me, come through in my goals -- by limiting time on facebook, choosing to spend free time reading, and by setting aside concentrated blocks of time to FOCUS on specific projects and goals.  

Alright, now it's your turn!!  I can't wait to read your goals for July, and/or ooh-and-ahh over your progress last month.  :)  

Join the Life of Intention linky party below and I'll hop on by -- and share your post via social media too!  In addition, one lucky party participant will randomly win a feature next month! Sweeeeet!

PS: To make it easier for others to find and join our online accountability community, please include a link-back in your post.  Thanks!!

If you're tired of feeling stuck, there are some seriously helpful tips here!  5 Steps to Creating Goals that Won't Discourage You! Embracing a Life of Intention, Purpose, and Focus - How to Actually Come Up with Goals You'll Reach!  via Devastate Boredom

Here are some of the places you might see this post partying! 

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Spring Bucket List - Success or Failure?? Don't Wait for New Year's to Change Your Life - Tips for Setting Goals!

YES!  Great tips for getting those resolutions back on track now that we're half way through the year...!  Frustrated With Meeting Your Goals? I've Got Tips and a Monthly Check-In! setting attainable goals, achieving resolutions, link-up linky, tips for succeeding and making your goals work, virtual accountability for progress, via Devastate Boredom
Goals, schmoals.  

Everyone was posting their goals on their blogs after New Years, and I felt super jaded about it... all like, "those aren't attainable goals!  You're going to get discouraged" or, "those are way too many goals!  You're just going to get frustrated!"  And in a lot of the cases, I was probably right.  A lot of those people probably did find their New Year's resolutions discouraging, and have probably forgotten about them altogether by now.  

BUT when my pal Lisa over at Syncopated Mama asked her readers for a "spring bucket list" as part of her series 5 After 5 a while back, I went ahead and responded... and *surprised gasp*, it actually was motivating.

This was my list at the time...

Hilarious and Totally Awkward Stock Photos - #FridayFrivolity LINKY blog party!

Hello Friday, and hello friends!

This week's #FridayFrivolity theme is one I picked myself... awkward / funny stock photos!  Shall we dive right in??

Now, this one might be controversial.  I know it is supposed to be all sweet, and like, "oooh the miracle of life.." but guys.  GUYS!  It is CREEPY.

This selfie photo is hilarious only and completely because of the girl in the front, standing there with her arms stiff.  Her thoughts: "Oh gosh, now they're hugging me.  I didn't know we were hugging-friends... I just met these people a week ago... should I hug them back?  Should I just stand here?  I'm gonna just stand here...  It'll be over soon... it better be over soon!"  

This one is SO WEIRD.  I swear the guy who took it was like, "hmmm I want to take a photo of my girlfriend's butt, but that would be weird, so I'll put our arms in it, like, holding hands, and then it will be totally artsy and sweet."  It's not, photographer dude.  It's still just weird.

I think I'm going to have to do another collection of weird / awkward stock photos soon, because there was sooo much hysterically funny material, but I was in a big rush this week.  So, stay posted for more soon!  :P

Now on to the link-up! :D 

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Featured Post from Last Week:
In a fun twist, since we now have four hosts we will also have FOUR FEATURES.... but you will have to go check out the other three blogs to see if you were featured there!  ;)  

As promised, I have TWO features this week, to make up for my lack of feature last week...!

 I just recently started to get to know Samara over at My Adventure Called Life, and I am LOVING her blog!  This post, How to Make the Most of Your Days Off, is SO in synch with the light bulb moment I recently had about focus and productivity!  A great quote from her post -- "being busy does not mean you are being productive."  Love it!  Hop over and learn three ways to make the most of your time off, and prepare yourself for a more enjoyable week.

Another of my fave bloggers is Jamie over at Medium Sized Family -- she has a great sense of humor, and always has wise and thoughtful posts about handling money and getting out of debt.  Check out her post How to Get Out of Debt by Breaking Up Your Paycheck for some really helpful thoughts and strategies!

The Hosts:

Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom

Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living a life full of all of her favorite things... friendship and connection, laughter, books and music, furbaby love, minimalism, wellness pursuits, Paleo-ish cooking, and on and on!  Curious about how to create a capsule wardrobe without losing your mind??  Check out her series here!

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!
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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an "un-labelly spot" for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits.  She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more!  If you have preschoolers at home you have GOT to check out her awesome series, Latticed Learning, full of fantastic lesson ideas, book suggestions, craft plans, and more!

Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore - "MUsings NOt FOod RElated."  Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more!  She has an AMAZING tutorial up right now on creating your very own mixed-media, Asian-inspired wall art!  I'm definitely going to be trying this project myself as soon as I move... so gorgeous!

Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics -- from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more!  If you have a blog, you have GOT to check out her most recent post, "10 Things Every Blogger Should Know About Linked-In" -- so much helpful information!

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  :)  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!

Now time for the new stuff! 

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy.  That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. 

If you're here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin'! 

Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! 

You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome!  

There are three rules only: 

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Here are some of the places you might see this post partying! 

Like what you're reading? Subscribe via email, and I'll keep the good stuff coming! Then let me know that you did... I love to make new friends!


Business Casual Capsule Wardrobe Inspiration - Sample Minimalist Closet - Uptown Chic with a Colorful Soul

Finally!  A capsule wardrobe I can wear to work.  And turquoise is my favorite color too!  Business Casual Mix-and-Match Capsule Wardrobe Inspiration - Example Minimalist Closet - Uptown Chic with a Colorful Soul! via Devastate Boredom
Time for another installment of my capsule wardrobe fashion inspiration series!  I decided a couple of months ago now to create some sample minimalist wardrobes for inspirational purposes, because I think there is a lot of talk about "capsule wardrobes" without anyone really knowing what that looks like, besides, you know, "small."  If you haven't already, be sure to check out my previous posts in this series:

Comfy Creative Neo-Indie Capsule Wardrobe (aka, my own personal style  :P)

Classically Feminine "Preppy" Capsule Wardrobe

Easy, Dreamy, Breezy, Bohemian Capsule Wardrobe

A quick summary for anybody new:

The Most Amazing Cleaning Life Hack You've NEVER Seen Before! Green, Non-Toxic Way to Deep Clean Rugs of Toxins

I can't believe I've never read this housekeeping tip!  A little grossed out I didn't know about this already... The Most Amazing Lifehack Cleaning Trick You've Never Seen Before! How to Deep Clean Your Rugs / Mats the Easy and Effective Way!  Perfect for homes with kids, pets, asthma or allergies... life hack your way to a cleaner house! via Devastate Boredom
I'm going out on a limb by saying that you've never seen this cleaning hack before, because usually that kind of language is clickbait and usually the actual tip is the same-old-same-old... but in this case, I think it's completely justified!  When I came across this cleaning hack, casually mentioned in a paragraph of housekeeping tips with none of the fanfare or fuss it deserved, it was brand-new to me.  I couldn't believe it was true until I gave it a try, and then, I couldn't believe how well it worked!  

Read on, friend, your house is about to be cleaner!

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