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Cultivating Joy

We are more than halfway through the year and the time has flown by. For the first six months, I barreled through a full time school scheduled and attempted to work 20-25 hours on top of that. I understand that there are people who work full time while going to school full time and are able to make that happen. For some reason, I can’t quite get that balance. I would love to be able to do that, but in the last few months, I seemed to sink back into an incredibly blue, lost place. I struggled to get out of bed every day. I found little joy in anything, even doing school work – something I had been enjoying thoroughly up until April.

A couple weeks ago, I became frustrated with myself for allowing myself to sink back into an uncomfortably comfortable depression. The frustration doesn’t help, it doesn’t solve any problem. So, in the last few days, a mild shift happened. Putting on jeans that felt fine now feel a bit too tight. My torso is rounder than usual, and that’s awful, because my torso is already too soft.

And, let’s be real: I simply don’t want to be unhealthy, mentally and physically. I need to be healthy.

I devised a plan. Every single day, I have to do something creative, I have to do something physical, and I absolutely have to be grateful for something. How will I accomplish that? Write somewhere what (or who) I am grateful for. If it is a person, I will tell them. And, if I have ten spare minutes, I have to write down exactly how I am feeling or have felt that day. Twice, if not three times, a week I will go to the gym, even if I get on the treadmill for just 20 minutes. Four or five times a week, I will pick up the weights I have sitting in my room and MOVE. Even if I just do steps back and forth with weights in my hand while I watch a movie, that’s still movement. Once or twice a week I will do one of the many doable workouts I found on YouTube. I will set up a reward system for every hour of school work I do each day. Another thing I need to do is write down everything I eat and drink. Mindful eating and consumption is a practice that is effective in my life. By being accountable for how I am treating my body, I will become happier with myself.

One thing I plan on doing that isn’t going to be a daily thing will be the upkeep of my blogs. Twice a week I will do a post at any three of my blogs. I will write about whatever book I have just read, new music I’ve been enjoying, exercise that is fun & effective, fun craft projects I’ve done, and many more.

With all of these simple things I am going to do, I am going to mark reminders on my wall calendar and I am going to set up reminders on my phone. If I don’t see or hear any reminders, I won’t stick to the plan. Right now, I am hopeful. The anxiety that was surging through my body earlier has subsided. I’m excited to go to the gym tomorrow before work. I can’t wait to finish my book this weekend.

What do you to keep yourself happy and excited about life? Please share!

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Daily Post, January 2nd 2014:
When you look back at your blog on January 2, 2015, what would you like to see?

There has been a lot of talk about writing more. In the last few years, I have gotten frustrated with myself because the writing seems to come to a complete halt for a few months at a time. I’d give up, move on to something a little more shiny, then forget I was even writing in the first place.

What happens when I don’t write regularly? I get antsy, frenetic, and combustible. Can a frenetic being be combustible? Am I being redundant? That’s what happens when I don’t write. I lose my focus and forget what words mean. That is very serious.

By January 2nd, 2015, I hope to have a combination of 156 blog posts. That means each blog of mine needs to be posted in once a week. Guess what? I’ve challenged myself to write a blog post every single day of January. I never promised I’d write a post in every blog every day of January. Ninety-three posts? Yikes. No thank you! With the 156 posts, I am allowing myself to not beat myself up if I miss a week.

Apart from frequency, I hope to see more viewership and subscribers. But, I think that goes for most bloggers. Many of us are writing to have our voices heard. Some readers might not like what we have to say and that is allowed. Humanity would be really boring if we all felt and thought exactly the same way. To boost viewership, I think I am going to start YouTubing. Depending on the response I get, I may do one vlog a month. If I manage to entertain enough people, I may vlog once a week later in the year.

Lastly, I am going to actually start writing about concerts I go to, books a read, and movies I have enjoyed seeing. That was the original purpose of my blogging, so why not get down to business? And, I plan on actually having some vacation time this year. I deserve it. I have been working hard at school while trying to not let work in a retail environment get me too wired. I want to be able to sit outside and look out at a lake or the ocean with a cup of tea, a book, and a pen & some paper. I would love to be still for awhile… Still…


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Where In The World?

Actually, where in cyberspace??

I just wanted to update everyone on my social media presence. When you have a moment, please take a gander and hit like or follow or subscribe!

DJ Toaster Biscuit on Tumblr
Ellie McHale on Instagram
DJ Toaster Biscuit on Facebook
Ellie McHale Photography on Facebook
DJ Toaster Biscuit on Twitter
LoveNugget on Twitter
Ellie McHale on Bloglovin’
Ellie McHale on Kickstarter
Ellie McHale on Etsy
Ellie McHale on Klout
Ellie McHale on Linkedin

Also, please swing by my two other blogs I seem to post more often at:
DJ Toaster Biscuit
Daily Ellie

The more followers, likes, subscribers, etc. I get, I’ll actually start posting vlogs on my YouTube channel! The channel exists, but there’s one embarrassing video. If you’d like to actually hear & see me talk, support me these other ways! And I am always open to suggestions as to what you’d like me to write & talk about.

Thank you!!!

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I Am Half The Sky

Two years ago, my mother bought me a book for Christmas. It sat on my bookshelf up until recently. Now, I am kicking myself for not reading it when I received it, as it has turned into this amazing phenomenon. On October 1st & 2nd, PBS hosted a four hour documentary, the visual tie-in to the book I was gifted.

As “Half The Sky” sat within walking distance of me for almost two years, I always made a note to start reading it. Now, with the PBS documentary aired and an amazing movement brewing, I vow to read the book & watch the documentary, all the while taking notes. I have signed up to become a Community Ambassador & hope to host screenings of the documentary in my neighborhood & community. If accepted, this will be a great way to do something of substance with my life. It will act as a form of education for me, as well as allow more people to get involved with a great movement and work together to build better opportunities for women & children to get the best lives possible.

Please, enjoy the trailer. And, subscribe!

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I Like You!

Just like me, there are people out there with voices they’d like to share. And, as much as I’d like to get known and be talked out, I know that spreading the word of those bloggers and vloggers is only fair. They deserve as much recognition as me, if not more. So, I am going to share with you some of my favorite people out there in cyberspace.

First, let me introduce you to a couple of my favorite blogs:

  1. Beauty Vixen, aka Kate Curry. This lovely woman is a seasoned cosmetics & beauty maven, working as an esthetician and skincare expert at Sephora, among many other fantastic roles. She is very aware of the constantly changing trends in the cosmetics industry and is always willing to try the latest and greatest. I love her writing style. She is very approachable, kind, fun, and hilarious. She gets that just the right shade of lipstick makes us feel like Wonder Woman or the right body lotion makes us literally and figuratively feel perfect in our own skin. She’s my touchstone when it comes to hot-now beauty products.
  2. Sarah in Spades, aka Sarah Lubin. Another friend of mine. She recently started her own blog, which is full of fun posts. She loves to share her beauty favorites, beauty products she covets, YouTube videos she loves, joyful nuggets she has found on Pinterest. Sarah is adorable. Her blog is a breath of fresh air, and I love stopping by to get my dose of cute. I enjoy her style and feel that everyone can, too.
  3. I Stop For Suffering. This is my go to blog if I’m feeling blue. All of the posts are very uplifting and inspirational. I discovered this blog when one of their posts showed up on my suggested reading feed. It was a simple post, featuring The Lumineers’ “Hey Ho” video. I love The Lumineers and I love “Hey Ho”, so this was a great post to get me interested. I suggest you bookmark and/or follow this blog for day when you need a little lift.

Now, let me share with you some YouTube channels I enjoy:

  1. Francesca Fiorentini’s channel Laugh To Not Cry. I went to high school with Francesca, and always admired how hilarious she was. And, that hilarity has remained. She’s smart, opinionated, well travelled, and well versed. And, I appreciate that she takes current events and talks about them in a hip, funny way. She’s what I imagine Jon Stewart would be if he were 20-something years younger, not paid by comedy central, and female.
  2. Lipstick and Liner. So, this is an aspiring “makeup guru” (ugh, I hate that term) from Scotland. That’s right. Scotland. While I’m Irish and should really have some fightin’ Irish pride, I admit I have a soft spot for Scottish women. Their accents are to die for. Cutest sh*t I have ever heard. I found this girl when I was scrolling through hundreds of that infamous “Accent Tag” that’s been popular lately. She doesn’t have many videos, but the ones she has uploaded are lovely. I hope she starts becoming more regular in her vlogging. She deserves it.
  3. K.FLAY. Well, must I really explain? Anyone who is into female hip-hop electro-rappers, you probably already know all there is to know about K.FLAY. I just recently discovered her after hearing one of her songs on the radio (the only time listening to the radio has been a positive experience in my life). Naturally, my afternoon was filled with watching videos on her page. Not only do you get to see her music videos and gig footage, but she also has videos of her being silly and videos about books she has read. Cool chick. Very smart and very funny.

I hope you enjoy these blogs & vlogs as much as I do! The more active I become with my blog, the more creative cyberspace people I will come to admire, so be on the look out for more shout-outs!

Currently reading: “Are You My Mother?” by Alison Bechdel

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