It’s getting colder and the sun is rising later, which means we will all be waking up in the dark soon. Maybe it’s just me but as winter gets into full swing here on Long Island, waking up with no sunlight is so difficult. It literally could take an army to get me out of my bed. Even after waking up it’s tough to get going, just a constant groggy feeling – it sucks. Implementing a morning routine can help with all of this!
Starting the day on the right foot can lead to a super productive day. Having an effective and maintainable morning routine can help you keep those good mornings going day after day.
Did you know that having a morning routine can give you :
More Free Time
Better Sleep Patterns
Getting your life together in the morning can lead to all sorts of positive things! There’s no better feeling than waking up and feel productive. A morning routine can help with this! But it does take time and some fine tuning. Sometimes you plan too little and sometimes you plan too much, it about coming up with the perfect combination that gets you fired up to start your day. Don’t be discouraged if a morning routine didn’t work in the past, you can try again and make it better for you!
Having a morning routine can kick start the mood for your entire day. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy either. I personally give myself 30-45 minutes every morning to run through my morning routine. A routine can be different for everyone, some people need an hour to wake up some people need 5 minutes. If you are thinking about adding a morning routine to your schedule or just looking to change yours up a bit, here’s a list of some things you can include!
Make a Healthy Breakfast
Write Down Your Goals For The Day
Make a Cup of Coffee
Going for a Walk
Read for 30 Minutes
Make Your Bed
There are really endless possibilities that you can incorporate into a morning routine. The idea is to create a maintainable routine that not only makes you excited to wake up in the morning, but gets you ready to tackle the entire day ahead. It gives you time to plan in the morning and can help you lay out a game plan for the day. In reality, there really aren’t any downsides to a morning routine!
Do you have a morning routine? What are some of the things you do every morning?
I came across a post on Oliva’s blog, and it got me thinking that it may be a good idea to tell you all more about me! I tend to write more about Long Island, my Jeep Wrangler, and self-love/self-care pieces (all of which are super important to me). Although I share and write a decent amount of social media, I try my best to keep my private life well private. It took a little brainstorming but I think it is pretty cool to give you an inside look at who I am and who is writing all this content! We might be more similar or different than you think.
In order to get to know me better, and let you learn more about who I am, I think it would be fun to share 10 things about me that you might not know :
1. I Played Lacrosse In College
I am a former D1/D2 NCAA athlete – kinda crazy that it feels like yesterday but my college career started 10 years ago! I’ve played lacrosse my entire life and continue to stay involved in the sport by coaching at the club level, providing private and small group training to youth players, and running/organizing clinics for local towns. I played at the Division 1 level at UMass Amherst and completed my playing career at Dowling College. Lacrosse has made me who I am and I am so lucky to have had to opportunity to play at the highest level possible.
2. Cooking Is Not My Thing
Ask me to bake anything and I got you! But cooking – that’s a whole other playing field that I steer far from. I mean I can do the basics and I follow directions really well, but coming up with creative meals and cooking from scratch is not my forte. I want to learn more and get better, but I’m pretty content with hoping I surround myself with a bunch of people that can cook! I do have to say, if there’s one meal I can cook it’s breakfast. I love making eggs and omelettes and pancakes – that I can do pretty damn well.
3. I Love Sneakers
I am a self-declared sneakerhead and have been since High School. I had a bit of a fall off when I wasn’t making enough money to support my expensive habit, but guess what? Sneakerhead Tina is back in full swing. I currently have my eye on two upcoming releases – Stussy X Nike Hemp Air Force 1 and Off-White X Futura X Nike Dunks. I’ve recently been all aboard the Yeezy train and have gotten lucky in the past few releases, but I have always had a soft spot for Nike sneakers. My collection of Dunks and Air Max’s was impressive – I wish I was the same size shoe to wear them all! My one rule for sneakers is to never buy after market, I will only pay retail for any sneakers that I own.
4. I Only Wear Mis-Matched Socks
Yea, this is a weird one but only the real one’s know how accurate this statement is. I like fun socks and I don’t like matching them after doing laundry. My feet are always covered by sneakers so it’s not like anyone ever sees my mis-matched socks! I’ve always been about being efficient, taking time to match socks could be better used elsewhere – like writing this blog. Think about all the socks you’ve matched and folded, that’s probably a pretty decent chunk of time you could of been using somewhere else!
5. Madewell Is My Favorite Store
I love Madewell – I swear by their jeans and they really are the only ones that fit me just right. Whether I am at work or out with friends it’s pretty much guaranteed that at least 2 pieces of my outfit are from Madewell. They really have clothes (shoes, bags, and accessories) for every occasion. The sale section is always pretty great as well, I’m always about getting a good deal – you can typically always find al sizes and extra discounts in the sale section!
6. I Was An Amateur Bodybuilder
Way back a few years ago, really not that long ago, I was into bodybuilding. I competed in NPC shows and earned the Nationally Qualified ranking. I was planning on competing at the National Level for my Pro Card but ultimately decided against it. I learned a lot about myself during that time and what I was capable of doing, physically and mentally. I am very happy that I left the sport. Not only are you pushing extremes physically, but it takes a mental toll as well. Constantly being compared to others and worrying about your own image starts to eat away at you confidence and self-esteem. As much as people preach that it’s “you against you,” every competitor knows that you are comparing and going against others. I’m happy I am one of the few who have removed myself from the sport without any major consequences, physically or mentally. Maintaining a good relationship with fitness is also something I am grateful for! I hope everyone who is consumed in the fitness world currently, comes to the conclusion that the world doesn’t revolve around the way you look. It’s all about balance!
7. My Favorite Color is Purple
This one people might say – Tina your Jeep is purple, you love purple, we get it. That is all true but most don’t know why purple is my favorite color. I lost a very close friend in 2012 to a tragic dirt bike accident. It affected me very much and I still carry the pain with me every day. His favorite color was purple. I started wearing purple bracelets to remember him by. Slowly but surely the purple bracelets evolved into pretty much everything – the color brings back all the happy times, the memories, and everything I never want to forget. Whenever I see purple I think of Nick and know that he is with me always. Purple will always be my favorite color.
8. I Am 5’10”
I am pretty tall for a woman and never really liked my height until recently. I was kind of tall for most of my life but really shot up in High School. Being the tallest person in the room is a typical thing, I’m used to feeling like an Avatar. I used to slouch a lot and hated taking pictures with my shorter friends. I started embracing my height and after all is said and done i really do love being tall! It doesn’t hurt that my boyfriend is 6’5″ so I always feel little next to him!. 🙂
9. I Will Own My Own Business
I guess this is a future thing, but manifesting works wonders – I will own my own business. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mind and have many side hustles. The idea is that I put enough energy and focus behind one to take off. Being super realistic, I’m spread very thin between my full time job, coaching, lacrosse private trainings, and lacrosse clinics. One of my goals is to dive into e-commerce and really take advantage of this super digital era that we are living it.
10. I Am An Emo Kid
Yup – Growing up on Long Island during the pop-punk/emo scene pretty much assured I would be an emo kid. My seat belt-belt, skinny jeans, and band tees were the regular. I still listen to all my favorite albums from the mid-2000’s – emo drives in my car happen weekly. I still go to shows pretty often, the last one I went to was Silverstein’s 15 year Anniversary Show at House of Blues in Boston. While in Boston I got to see Anniversary shows with Senses Fail, Bayside, The Story So Far, Of Mice and Men, Anthony Green, the list goes on. I’ve always been big into music and the scene!
So there it is – 10 facts about me that you might not know! I have to say this was a pretty fun blog to end the week with. Let’s hear it! What is a fact about you that others might not know? Feeling rebellious? I challenge you to post 10 things about you!
It’s the end of the year and I cannot wait for my week and a half off! This year has had some many ups and downs – from moving from Boston and starting a new job, to navigating my way out of an extremely toxic relationship and finding a better one. I swear 2020 was the year for ultimate growth – but one thing that’s been consistent throughout most of the year? Work Stress.
Some people handle work stress better than others – I like to think I have a good hold on it, but sometimes I let it control my day. The first thing to do before trying to fix work stress, is acknowledging that it is a thing! We spend so much time at work, a majority of our lives, that it just seems normal at some point. Guess what? It’s not. Yes, some stress is good. It means you’re invested in reaching a goal and motivated to do it. When that stress reaches a higher level and it becomes unmaintainable, then your productivity will plummet. You want to avoid that at all costs.
Finding the line being highly productivity and stress related burn out is tough in the work place, especially in highly competitive environments. Once you’ve acknowledged that work stress is 100% the problem, here are some ways to help you decompress and keep your sanity.
Figure Out What Is Causing Your Work Stress
Work Stress can come from various different sources – figuring out what is causing the stress can help you better understand how to control it and also how to navigate your way out of it. Sometimes we get stressed over things that just aren’t worth it, you need to understand the root or the problem to know how to fix it. Maybe you have a micro-managing boss who is always nagging in your ear. Maybe you set unrealistic daily expectations for yourself and struggle to reach your goals every day. It could be that you are just unhappy at work. The list really could go on forever – every industry and job title has its own pressures and stress that come along with the territory.
Once you understand why your work stress is getting to a crazy point, you can start to develop a plan to fix it. Try to solve something that you don’t know the basis of can be tough, all the wine and essential oils can’t solve a problem if you don’t know why you have it.
Work Breaks Into Your Daily Schedule
Staring at your computer or working yourself to the bone for 8 hours straight doesn’t do anyone good. If you find yourself stressed from work, give yourself time regularly to take a break. Make sure you respect this time! Don’t go and book meetings or schedule tasks during your free time.
Breaks help with your productivity and your focus. Stepping away helps clear your mind and gives you a chance to look at things with fresh eyes. A task that was once daunting might not be as bad at second glance. Allowing yourself 5-10 minutes to get away from work, wether it be a task or a person, can help save your entire day.
Ask For Help
This is tough for a lot of people, myself included. Remember this – asking for help does not mean defeat. Asking for help doesn’t show weakness, it simply means that you need help! Most of the time, others are more than ready to assist a helping hand. If your work stress is coming from a place of unpreparedness or being unsure, asking for help can change your life. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from higher ups or peers – It’s a lot more beneficial to get the task done right first than to be told that it’s wrong and you have to re-do everything. Whatever you need help with just be vocal about it – everyone has been new or a beginner at some point. If you are confused, don’t know where to start, don’t know how to work something, not sure what to do next, don’t give up on it completely. Ask for help!
If You Need To Vent, Don’t Vent To A Co-Worker
If you have stress from work, chances are some of your co-workers do too. You should refrain at all costs from venting to them. Call your friends or your family. Talking about work stress to co-workers can open a can of worms when it comes to office drama and things getting re-told to people who shouldn’t hear them. You really just don’t want to go there. But why is this important to handling stress?
When you start venting with a co-worker, it will continue. It can become part of your every day to complain about how stressed you are and how miserable you can be. It takes time out of your day to finish your work and it puts a lot of negative energy in the air. Instead of talking to someone in your office or organization, try calling a close friend or family member. They’ll be totally unbiased, let you get whatever you have to off your chest and then go on with your day. It will only occur the next time you call or talk to them about it. Venting is so necessary and can help with controlling and decompressing stress from work – just make sure you are venting to the right people!
Stop Working At The Same Time Every Day, Don’t Overwork.
This might be a reason because I need to hear this… I work 12/13 hour days normally and it really takes a toll. Overworking might not be bad the first or second time, but it takes a mental and physical toll if it becomes a reoccuring issue. Letting work take over your life can be pretty negative toward your overall well-being. A way to combat this is to set a time that you can stop working and call it a day, don’t look back.
I totally get that some jobs you can’t do this and that some people have to be available 24/7. For situations like this, make sure your time off is your time off. Bringing work to days off makes work an around the clock event. If you can’t be done at a certain time then it is incredibly important to maximize your time off. Separate yourself from work and help get a head of your work stress!
I hope this was helpful! What are some ways that you handle work stress?
If you need an extra push to get you through the eventful year that is 2020, then you are in the right place. It’s safe to say this year has been a roller coaster. But guess what? One month left! We did it! All the good and bad is coming to an end, but there’s still 4 weeks to go. 4 weeks to accomplish the goals that you set out to reach this year.
Let’s end 2020 on a high note! Here are 30 motivational quotes to get you through December :
Don’t wish for it. Work for it.
Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase.
Create a life you can’t wait to wake up to.
Your only limit is your mind
Two things you are in total control of in your life are your attitude and your effort.
It’s a slow process, but quitting now won’t speed anything up.
If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.
It’s a great day to go after your dreams.
Never let your fear decide your fate.
The distance between your dreams and reality is called action.
Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow.
When you feel like quitting, think about why you started
Every single thing you do now is for your future.
Don’t ignore your own potential.
Success is never owned, it is rented. And the rent is due every single day.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Make more moves and make less announcements.
Don’t stop until you’re proud.
Success isn’t overnight. It’s when every day you get a little better than before. It all adds up.
People who avoid failure also avoid success.
Discipline is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t want to do it.
Consistency is more important than perfection.
You don’t have to be great to start. But you have to start to be great.
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
Get out of your own way and make it happen.
It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.
Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.
Doubting yourself is normal. Letting it stop you is a choice.
One month left of 2020! I know everyone says this, but this year has flown and time really has just disappeared. So much has happened this year, but there’s so much more that you can fit into the last few weeks! With the holiday madness all around, there’s no better time for a break than right now. Take an hour out of your weekend or finish work early one day to do something new! There’s one month left in 2020, go on an adventure today instead of waiting until 2021!
There’s tons to do on Long Island at any time or day. If you are looking for a new adventure on Long Island before the new year, I hope this list can help!
Visit Avalon Gardens in Stony Brook
Avalon Gardens and Nature Preserve is a privately run sanctuary located in Stony Brook ( or Head of the Harbor, if we are being technical ). The property is filled with trails and paths that lead to statues and even a maze. You are bound to see plenty of animals. It is a great stop to visit for families or if you are looking for a solo escape. You can walk on the main paths and not go too far from the entrance. If you are looking to really get lost in the wilderness, you can head deep into the reserve on the less traveled paths. Avalon Gardens is really a hidden gem on the North Shore!
Find the Ruins of Knollwood Estate
The gold coast of Long Island is filled with houses larger than you can dream and properties with landscaping to match. Just driving through the area is sight-seeing in itself. Deep in the Muttontown Preserve, lies the remains of a once lavish estate owned by a royal from Albania, Knollwood Estate. There is not much left of the home, but there are two large staircases that lead from the gardens to the foundation where the mansion once stood. You can also find various structures leading up to the staircases that were once apart of this compound. The can get the ruins by accessing the preserve from southbound 106 through the equestrian center. You can also find the closed gates that hide the once lively driveway. Adventure seekers this is for you!
Grab a Coffee From Rise & Grind in Patchogue
Calling all Instagram models, this coffee shop on the south shore of Long Island was made for you! Rise & Grind just open this summer and has made a big splash since then. Grab a cup of coffee or some amazing food. All you need to do is check out their Instagram for pictures of the incredible breakfast menu. But it gets better, they just launched their lunch menu this week! The kitchen is now serving lunch until 3pm, Monday through Friday. Located at 240 E Main Street in Patchogue, this can be a quick stop on any South Shore trip!
Walk the Boardwalk in Long Beach
Enjoy the ocean views in Long Beach! Parking may be tough, but it will be worth it. Spending time in this city is like no other on Long Island. Bring the family or your friends to walk the 2.25 mile boardwalk. In the summer you’ll see the packed beach and tons of volleyball games, but in the winter you’ll see beautiful views and will enjoy the brisk weather. After walking the boardwalk, head to the west end for some amazing food at one of the many restaurants. It’s incredibly easy to make a full day out of a trip to Long Beach!
Visit the Christmas Village at the Milleridge Inn
Looking for a family outing on Long Island? Look no further than the Milleridge Inn in Jericho, New York. Known for its themed displays in their village and fun seasonal activities for children of all ages, the Christmas Village is no exception. The ornate decorations really feel like you are visiting the North Pole. Located a short distance from the Long Island Expressway, it really is an easy spot to get to if you are coming from closer to the city or from out east. Don’t forget you can grab a great meal from the restaurant after exploring the village and all the activities.
Grab a Glass of Wine at Del Vino in Northport
Looking for a more relaxed adventure that ends with a glass of wine? Del Vino is the spot for you. There’s no need to drive all the way to the end of Long Island to enjoy the vineyards. Head to Northport and visit this gem tucked away on the North Shore. Located at 29 Norwood Road, in Northport, you’ll have to do a bit of driving off the beaten path but it is worth it! You really get all the charm and luxury from a North Fork vineyard, but half the drive (literally).
Visit the ‘Magic of Lights’ at Jones Beach
The drive-through holiday light display is back! Pack up your car and head to Jones Beach for all the holiday cheer. Not only is this totally social-distance friendly, but it is a tried and true Long Island favorite. This display has been around for years and continues to draw impressive crowds again and again. The 2.5 miles drive includes tunnels of lights and themed displays like the 12-days of Christmas. The only downside is the lines, pick a peak time and you may be waiting for an hour or so before you even enter. It costs $30 per car Monday through Thursday and $35 per car on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Grab some hot chocolates and get to Jones Beach!
Do you have any adventures you want to go on before 2021 starts? Let me know in the comments!
The holiday season is finally here! I am not one of those “Christmas begins after Halloween” people. For me, Christmas comes after Thanksgiving. The holiday season is about giving and about coming together with family and friends. With the world is it’s current state, there’s no knowing where things will be in a few weeks. Will everything shut down? Will the coronavirus continue spiking? No one knows, which means taking advantage of this holiday season and making sure you are keeping your loved ones close is so important.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are all about striking deals to spoil yourself or those you care about most with gifts. Yes, giving big elaborate gifts can be seen as the ultimate way to show someone you care, but that’s not always the case. There are so many ways to show someone that you care about them with spending tons of money. I mean it is common knowledge the time is way more valuable than money.
Check out 5 simple ways to show someone you care about them :
1. Go out of your way to spend time with someone
There are so many things that you can do every single day. You can be a bum, you can go change the world, you can chase your dreams, you can really do anything you want! Choosing to spend time with someone is the best gift that can be given.
It sounds so simple, but for busy people this is easier said than done. Maybe you have to change plans, have lots of work left to do, or put something off that you’ve wanted to do just to sped time with someone you care about. Doing this costs absolutely nothing, and shows someone how much that they mean to you. You don’t have to spend money to show someone you care, giving someone your time weighs so much more.
2. Help someone solve a problem they’ve been struggling with
Everyone you know if fighting a battle. Making it a priority to help someone solve whatever they are facing shows so much more than a purchased gift ever could.
It could be a big or small problem : it could be an argument with a friend, an internal battle, or maybe putting together new Ikea furniture. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, but showing you are invested in finding a solution speaks volumes. If someone you care about is having a tough time with something, help them however you can. Even if you can’t fully solve the problem offer advice or a shoulder to lean in is incredibly valuable.
3. Leave a note or send someone a hand-written letter
Being in such a digital word, it’s easy to get caught up in sharing memes on Instagram or tagging someone in feel-good stories on Facebook. Writing a note for someone to find is such a personal gesture. If you can’t leave a note, try mailing a letter or a card to someone with a note inside. Sending a card to family, friends, or a significant other doesn’t take much time or money. It’s a quick way to show you care!
Just showing a small gesture that you had to take time out of your day to do can really change someone’s day. Adding in a personalized message or note can bring a smile to his/her face!
4. When something reminds you of someone, tell them
There’s really no need for explanation here : when you think of someone tell them! Maybe you watched a movie that you quote with a friend, or heard a song that brought up a special memory, whatever it is tell that person you thought of them. Being in a pandemic world, we might not be able to see everyone we’d like but letting someone know we are thinking about them can help us feel more connected while being apart. Thinking about this possibility of the looming second lockdown? Hopefully these 15 pieces of advice help!
5. Call someone out of the blue
Miss someone? Want to touch base but don’t know what to say? Do you need advice and there’s only one person you can trust? Just call them!
It could be a 5 minute chat or an hour long catch-up. The person you call might need that phone call more than you know! You never know how much a phone call could mean to someone, or even you reaching out could mean. Call a family member that you haven’t heard from a while. Haven’t seen a friend in a bit, give them a call! Just asking how things are going shows someone that you care. No money spent here, except on the phone bill.
It’s been almost a full year since the world was hit with the COVID-19 pandemic. Two weeks turned into 9 months very quickly. As anticipated, all signs are pointing to another shutdown. Just when things were starting to look up, numbers seem to be spiking again. Being through the initial shutdown and quarantine craziness, we’re in a better mental state to take on this looming second covid shutdown.
The first shutdown taught a lot of us about who we are as people – lots of quarantine time to spend with yourself and your loved ones. The led to plenty of quarantine break-ups (guilty) and some bridges burned from short tempers. But it also led to some really positive self growth and awareness. Knowing the two ends of the spectrum that this eventual shutdown and quarantine can lead to, it’s time to put your best foot forward and make the best of a situation that really isn’t great at all.
Here are a few things to start thinking about before the world turns upside down again – Hopefully together we can all make this next shutdown a productive one.
Buy What Your Need, Don’t Be a Hoarder.
You heard me. The absolute mayhem that ensued over toilet paper was just pure idiocy. Buy what you need and please don’t create a stock pile. There are many essential business and operations that will stay functioning during a shutdown that will make sure you have what you need to survive and wipe. You will get your toilet paper, please don’t start hoarding it and price gauging on Amazon, that’s just not cool. We’re all in this together.
Make Sure You Have Proper PPE
With the new administration change, it looks like a mask mandate is in our future. Although this is a touchy subject, we have to remember that it is not the business owners rule. Getting frustrated with employees who are working for a living during a crazy time is unacceptable. They are not the one’s who made the rules and are probably just as annoyed as you are that they have to wear a mask all day every day. Being in an establish without a mask can mean high fines for the business you are in. Please look out for those who are doing everything they can and wear the mask. I promise there are other ways to make your point without disrupting day to day business, and i agree that point should be made!
Do Not Become A Hermit
This goes out to all my introverts out there. As amazing as it is not have to deal with human interaction on the day-to-day during a quarantine situation, it really isn’t healthy. Maintain your relationships and friendships. Check in on those you care about. Do not lock the door and throw away the key. Hey, I was lucky enough to meet someone during quarantine the first time and am pretty happy with how things are going. Just because this “new normal” is happening doesn’t mean you have to put your life on hold.
Wash Your Hands!
We’re dealing with a pandemic in flu season. Yes, we haven’t heard much about the flu but it is still a thing. Don’t think you are immune to any sickness. Take care of yourself and those around you. Wash your hands!
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Please Don’t Make Hand Sanitizer Out Of Tequila or Vodka
I still have PTSD from grabbing some hand sanitizer and upon application think I poured a shot of alcohol in my hands. I don’t want to be reminded of college binge drinking when I am trying to kill any virus germs on my hands. It’s inconsiderate, don’t be that person! Plus after the first lock-down companies doubled down on the opportunity to make hand sanitizer. You can find it everywhere and above the 60% alcohol mark the CDC recommends! I just picked up a large bottle at Target for 4 bucks, they had hundreds in stock.
Don’t Abuse Single Use Gloves
The biggest pet peeve of all of this coronavirus pandemic was seeing people use gloves and touch their face. Or use gloves at the gas station to pump gas, open their wallet with the same gloves, use the credit card with the same gloves, put that waller in their pocket or bag, and drive away holding the steering wheel with the same gloves. The cross contamination that everyone witnesses was really something for the record books. Use your hand sanitizer, wash your hands, and for the love of god please stop spreading germs everywhere with your gloves!
If You Are Not Feeling Well, Admit It.
I’ve heard many people who have not felt well, gone out and interacted with other people, only to find out the next day after a test that they indeed have tested positive for coronavirus. You may think you are fine and invincible but that doesn’t mean that someone else isn’t. Yes it sucks having to stay inside, but doing the right thing really goes a long way, especially during a global pandemic.
It’s A Great Time To Start Something New!
Being stuck in the house and in the house bored, seems well boring. That’s because it is. Flip that attitude upside down and think about all the free time you gain. Think about how much you can gain if you use that time to your advantage. Whether is starting a new quarantine hobby, finishing a household project you’ve been thinking of for months, or even starting a business, just do it! With all this free time at your finger-tips, and no where to go, why not hone in and be productive and work towards a goal! There’s no better time then right now. Why not be the next quarantine success story?
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Support Local Businesses
We all learned that local small business will take a huge hit if this pandemic causes another shutdown. Even if they are forced to close their doors, there are ways to support! From buying gift-cards or buying branded merchandise, helping these business stay afloat is imperative to our economy. We are all in this together. I’ve seen some amazing business shut their doors on Long Island and in New York City, it’s a shame that it’s gotten to this point. I hope that this shutdown we all band together to help small businesses!
Don’t Cough In Public
You want a one way ticket to getting dirty looks? Cough in public. Coronavirus has made coughing in public taboo. Don’t be that guy.
Throw Out Your PPE, Don’t Leave It On The Ground
It was so sad to see the amount of masks and gloves being tossed on the ground and not put in garbage cans. Leaving garbage out is so gross and not pretty to look at it. Even if you have using garbage cans, just try to make the world a prettier place when we are all stuck in a pretty sour situation. Just throw out your trash in a garbage can and call it a day. No more dropping masks and gloves on the street!
Schedule Zoom Dates With Friends
Even if you can’t go out to eat or hang out, use Zoom to stay connected. With friends or family don’t just rely on calling. Having face-to-face interaction can help you stay positive, as well as your friends and family. You never know how much a phone call or chat can make someone’s day. Don’t think Zoom is stupid or annoying, it kind of is, but it’s the one of the only things we will have to keep staying close with those closest to us.
Starting a new routine is tough, but it’s starting to click. Today marks the start of week 5 of social distancing for me and I think I’m getting a pretty good grip on my new daily routine.
Don’t Wear A Mask In Your Car Alone
This may be something that just drives me crazy, but I know I can’t be the only one. You are alone in a vehicle, there is no need to wear a mask. You are by yourself. Unless you work as a ride-share driver or have a medical conditioning that requires you to do so.
Don’t Under Play The Virus
Yes, some people have had no reaction to the disease yet others have lost family members and loved ones. Everyone’s situation is different and assuming makes an ass of you and me. You never know who is truly hurting from the coronavirus. The virus is real and people’s live’s have been effected by it. Numbers and reporting may by inaccurate, but the bottom line is this is real and people have been hurt from it. Remember that before you say anything that could potentially be insensitive to others.
Going into shutdown again is such a bad thought, but even if it does happen we have to stay positive. Positive that things will turn around and positive that this will not last forever.
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This week has been absolutely crazy, and I’m writing this on Wednesday. I’m sure you’ve had a week like this, ya know that feels like 3 months but it’s only 7 days? Working at a Marketing Agency on Long Island, during pre-holiday season, means mass controlled chaos. Stress from work is at an all time high coupled with the sun setting early, makes for not the best the best mood. Working 10 hour plus days, working at home in the same place all day, waking up in the dark and ending your day in the dark, all have been the norm since day light savings and it’s all started to compound into one bad mood. I have managed 2 meltdowns in one week (it’s only Wenesday). Let’s be real – this week has been anything but a highlight.
But has it really been that bad? Yes, dealing with all the work stress and seasonal depression is tough but it’s not the only thing worth thinking about. Focusing on the negative makes everything negative. Focusing on the positive makes everything positive. Mindset shifts can really change your entire mood. Yes, I’ll be the first person to tell you I’ve been a grump and counting down the minutes til the weekend since I went to bed on Sunday night. But in the grand scheme of things this week really hasn’t been that bad, here’s why :
1. Got Started On Christmas Shopping
2. Started Blogging Again
3. Worked Out Every Day
4. Planned Dinner with a Friend I Haven’t Seen in a While
5. I am Finalizing a New Business
6. Re-Organized my Dresser
7. Ate Lunch & Dinner Every Day (big win)
8. Step Count Averaged Over 6k Steps a Day
9. Went To Target
10. Drank 64oz+ of Water Every Day
If you can’t find 10 good things about your week, then you need to go back and re-adjust how you look at it. Stressful days at work or dram with friends happens, it’s easy for it to consume your thoughts. Always remember that there is always a silver lining. You might read my ten things and go “Tina, seriously?” But I promise that organizing my dresser and getting my step count over 5k a day are huge accomplishments. Take a minute and think about the good things that happened when you’re having a crappy week, I promise you that not everything is as bad as it seems.
I challenge you on your toughest week to sit back and come up with 10 things that you accomplished or are proud of. I promise it’s not as difficult as it seems. It also feels amazing to have that mindset shift from negative to positive!
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Just because I bought a daily driver doesn’t mean I forgot about the Jeep Life. In case anyone needed reassuring, I am still 125% obsessed with my Jeep Wrangler. Not a thing could change that. Over my almost 5 years of owning my Jeep Wrangler and meeting what feels like every person in the Jeep World, I’ve come up with a list of few things a new Jeep Wrangler Owner should do.
If you’re reading this as a new Jeep Wrangler owner – Congrats and welcome to the squad! I hope you are enjoying every minute of bumpy driving and jeep waving. I’ve owned 4 cars and I still have the same feeling of excitement every time I get behind the wheel my Jeep Wrangler. I hope the same goes for you!
5 Things You Should Do After Buying A Jeep Wrangler
Go On A Roadtrip!
Pack your bags and hit the road! A Jeep Wrangler is the ultimate adventure vehicle so why not start off your ownership with a road trip?! Make a new playlist with your favorite songs and drive wherever your heart desires. It could be down the street or to another state, it doesn’t matter. There’s so many amazing places to go and see. Now that you own a Jeep Wrangler, you might as well start crossing off some locations on your bucketlist! Get some driver seat time in your new, or used, Jeep Wrangler and go explore!
I’ve been on enough road trips and learned from way too many mistakes to compile this list of ways to stay healthy while on the road. Hope you find them helpful! Drink Water & Pack Extra There’s nothing worse than being dehydrated when stuck in your car. Did you know that most of the time … Read More
Join A Local Jeep Club/Group!
So you own a Jeep Wrangler, no you need some Jeep friends! There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the Jeep World then to join a Jeep Club or Jeep Group. You can find these on Facebook pretty easily by searching for “your state” or “county” and “Jeep.” I would honestly be shocked if that search came up with no results, there are seriously clubs everywhere and new ones popping up all the time!
Getting involved in a Jeep Group is great because you do make new friends and can start going to meet-ups and events with your new squad! It’s also very beneficial for a new Jeep Wrangler owner to join a club because you will learn so much from the veteran members. Some people have had Jeeps their entire life and can share with you a wealth of knowledge and give you tips that you wouldn’t have even thought of. They can help you plan your build and give you information of reputable shops nearby to do the work. You can learn so much more about your Jeep Wrangler by simply joining a club!
I would highly recommend joining a Jeep Club shortly after buying a Jeep Wrangler!
If you bought a Jeep Wrangler and don’t go off-roading, did you really buy a Jeep Wrangler?
It’s what the Jeep Wrangler is meant to do! Doesn’t matter if it’s a beach, a grassy knoll, or a full blown rock course. You should experience driving off-road if you own a Wrangler. Yes, it does get scary sometimes when you are driving off-pavement, but it is such an adrenaline rush and really can push your limits. Driving off-road is exciting and it helps you become a better driver on-road. You start to become very in-tune with your vehicle because you have to pay very close attention to your wheelbase and what’s in front of you. Taking your Jeep Wrangler off-road is almost like a right of passage! You just have to do it!
Don’t Buy Cheap Parts Off Amazon
You will be tempted to buy upgrades for your Jeep, and you will search for them on Amazon, and you will see them for dirt cheap, and you will want to buy them because they’ll be on your doorstep in two days. Don’t. I repeat, do not, but cheap products on Amazon.
Yes, you can find reputable companies selling their products on Amazon, absolutely buy those. But putting cheap products on your Jeep can harm it, from headlights to suspension components. Your Jeep Wrangler is going to be driving on highways and off-road, you need products that can handle that type of pressure. Putting cheap products on your vehicle can cause it to break and not be reliable. Lots of companies overseas will copy designs from American companies and put out look-a-like products for half the price. Please Please Please stay away from this.
The last thing you need is for something to fall apart because you didn’t want to spend the extra $50 dollars on the proper part. I also promise you that other Jeep Wrangler owners will know as well. One thing to remember, the Jeep World is super small and people talk.
Owning a Jeep is pretty cool, you’re entering into a world of some pretty crazy people. Everyone has a different image for how they want their Jeep to be and why they got it in the first place. Here are some tips for new Jeep owners!
Take Off The Top And Doors!
If you didn’t do this already, I’ll be upset! Taking the top and doors off your Jeep Wrangler and driving around carefree may be one of the best driving experiences you can have. It really is not that difficult to do either. One person can absolutely take the doors and freedom panels off of a Jeep Wrangler by themselves. Taking down a soft top is also a one person task. When it comes to taking off a hard top, it is easier with two people and maybe even a garage hoist.
Once you drive without doors you will never want to put them back on! It really is a cool feeling driving around with nothing above or next to you. Let’s be real there’s not many other vehicles out there that let you do this! So take advantage (weather approving) and take off the top and doors of your Jeep Wrangler!
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You’ve decided to head out east on Long Island – great choice! Whether you’re escaping the hectic New York City life or just looking for a weekend getaway from Nassau or Western Suffolk, the North Fork is a pretty great location. The North Fork is filled with scenic roads and country vibes. It’s really hard to believe how close it is to New York City because of how different it is out east. Low key vibes, one-lane roads, and farm stands on every corner – escaping to the North Fork is a must!
Here are 5 Places you need to visit when you are visiting the North Fork.
Located in Greenport, New York, Kontokosta Winery is a real hidden gem. It is the only winery on the North Fork with views of the Long Island Sound. It really is the most picturesque vineyard I had been to. On 62 acres of property, Kontokosta has a beautiful barn style tasting room with high vaulted ceilings. You can relax inside, on an outdoor deck, or take a walk along the grass to the beautiful views on the sound. You really can’t go wrong at all when you visit Kontokosta!
There are tons of farm stands and family businesses scattered throughout the North Fork, but none carries a bigger name than Briermere’s. A family business since 1961, Briermere’s has passed the test of time with straight A’s. Located on Sound Avenue in Riverhead, it is a pretty convenient first stop on your trip through the North Fork. I would say last stop, but if you wait til the end of the day all of the great baked goods will be gone. It’s a pretty hot commodity. Briermere is known for its pies, jams and jellies (all made from scratch). They are worth the drive, from wherever you are coming from. I promise you. Make sure you get there early to avoid the inevitable long line that wraps around the parking lot!
Lucharitos is such an incredible lunch spot if you love tacos, burritos, and margaritas. With locations in Aquebogue and Greenport (and others opening soon across Long Island), you have multiple opportunities to grab some great food during your day. But be prepared, there will be a line and at least at 45 minute wait during peak hours at all locations. This spot is well loved and it is totally worth it! I would order ahead to pick up your food on your way out east or back to avoid waiting ! It also saves some time for the rest of your day’s adventures!
When lavender is in bloom, you must stop by Lavender By The Bay! Two locations, one in Calverton and one in East Marion, offer the same amazing experience. The moment you pull up you will smell lavender, it can be kind of overwhelming but it really is incredible. On 15+ acres, you can pay to roam through the lavender fields and take all the Instagram-able pictures that you can dream of. They even have chairs set up throughout the fields to relax, take a break, and take in the beauty of the purple lavender all around you. Don’t forget to stop inside the store for some amazing smelling souvenirs! Pay attention to the website for official bloom dates to make sure you are going when the lavender is in full bloom!
Located in Southold, Croteaux really is a gem on the North Fork! It is the only vineyard in the United States that devotes itself to making Rose! With plenty of seating within a rustic barn and in the outdoor “Garden,” the walk-in only policy is not intimidating. The wine is amazing and so is the food! I highly recommend the lobster roll, which is only offered on weekends! There are so many places to relax and the scenery is beautiful, a day at Croteaux is not a bad idea at all. If you are a Rose lover, you need to make Croteaux a stop on your next trip to the North Fork of Long Island.