The Beginner Backpacker's Essential Gear Guide

The Beginner Backpacker’s Essential Gear Guide

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Happy Monday! We are already halfway through summer. Can you believe that? Summer is my favorite season because there is so much to do. I love being outside as much as possible during the summertime. That’s why today I’m sharing my essential gear guide for the beginner backpacker!

We just went on our first real backpacking trip about a month ago. We planned our trip for about a year in advance. We actually intended to go on the trip last summer, until my husband broke his foot and we weren’t able to go. But it worked out. Delaying our trip meant that we were able to do a TON of research on the best essentials for beginner backpackers like us. That means I did all the work in tracking down the best essentials so you don’t have to! Check out my picks below the break!

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8 Quick and Easy Self-Care Practices for Work

8 Quick and Easy Self-Care Practices for Work

Happy Friday, friends! This is my first week back to work since I attended a 4-day conference last week. The conference was two hours away from home, which meant I was driving four hours each day. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to get back into the swing of things this week.

For those of you who have been keeping up with my posts this week, you know I shared a pretty vulnerable post about how I quit my first job after 10 months. I appreciate everyone’s kind words and feedback! Since I’ve been working at my current job, I’ve gotten much better about making sure I carve out me-time at work. I don’t always get a lot of spare time on the job. There are some days where I have literally 10 minutes to take a break. That’s why I’m celebrating Fri-YAY with some of my favorite quick and easy self-care practices for work. Treat yo’self this week!

[Related: Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: 3 Ways Self-Care Benefits Others

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How to Fearlessly Handle Confrontation

How to Fearlessly Handle Confrontation

Confrontation is a word that makes a lot of people cringe. Lots of people avoid confrontation because they believe that if they don’t speak their mind, the issue will resolve on its own. Or they think that confrontation only makes the problem worse. People are so afraid of confrontation!

But what if I told you that confrontation is a great skill to have that can actually IMPROVE your relationships? It’s time that we stop thinking about confrontation as something to avoid and start thinking about it as a helpful tool. Today we’ll talk about how to handle confrontation fearlessly so you can start speaking your mind and making your relationships even better.

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What I Discovered when I Quit my First Job after 10 Months

What I Discovered when I Quit my First Job after 10 Months

When I graduated from grad school, I convinced myself, like most people in the helping professions, that I would go out and change the world. I chopped my hair off and moved home to Michigan where, bright-eyed, I walked into my first day as a new therapist. I applied to over 50 jobs before moving back home, where I accepted a job from the one and only company that took a chance on a new graduate like me. Being fresh in the field, I was motivated to work, learn, and discover my purpose through my new career. I dreamed about being able to help everyone. But less than a year in, I quit my first job– a decision that I now see as transformative in my own personal growth.

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Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: 3 Ways Self-Care Benefits Others

Self-care is one of the latest buzzwords, and a controversial one at that. Some people are huge advocates of self-care.  Others say it’s unnecessary. Either side of the argument boils down to whether or not self-care is selfish.

There is a misconception that self-care is the same thing as self-indulgence. It’s not. Self-care is simply providing for your own needs. One of the biggest reasons that people don’t practice self-care regularly is because they feel guilty about putting so much focus on themselves. They associate “me time” with ignoring responsibilities. But this is an over-simplified view of what true self-care really is. Putting yourself first does not mean you’re putting others last. Self-care is not black or white. And self-care is not selfish. In fact, practicing your own self-care can be extremely beneficial to the people you love! Here’s how.

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Get the Most out of your Vacation by Traveling on a Budget

Get the Most out of your Vacation by Traveling on a Budget

When you’re on a tight budget, finding the time and money to travel can be a challenge. While I was in grad school, my then-boyfriend-now-husband and I wanted to travel but we were struggling to make ends meet as it were! With a little careful planning, we managed to save enough money to take some pretty amazing 3-4 day vacations without feeling like we were missing out. Best of all, we did this while living paycheck-to-paycheck! Now that we are more financially secure, David and I still plan budget-friendly trips that allow us to see all the sights without draining our savings. Today I’m spilling all our secrets about traveling on a budget.

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How to Stop a Panic Attack in its Tracks

 

If you’ve ever had a panic attack, you know how scary they can feel. Panic attacks can make you feel like time is moving very fast and yet very slow at the same time. Your heart feels like it may beat right out of your chest, and breathing feels impossible because you’re hyperventilating and can’t catch your breath. You feel paralyzed with fear and freeze up, trying to protect yourself from your panic.

Panic attacks are different than general anxiety because of how intense they are. When your brain goes into panic attack mode, it turns off the logical part of your brain in order to pour all its energy into fight or flight. That’s why saying “calm down” doesn’t always help! Panic isn’t logical. It’s chemical!

Fortunately, there are many ways to stop a panic attack in its tracks. Here are some skills to try if you find yourself in the midst of a panic attack.

[Related: 10 Tips to Help Someone with Anxiety]

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12 Creative Date Night Ideas for Any Budget

12 Creative Date Night Ideas for Any Budget

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It’s been over 10 years now since I met my husband, David. That blows my mind! Sometimes it feels like we’ve gone on every date in the book. As fun as a dinner date can be, we like to mix it up with more creative date night ideas now and then to keep things interesting. We have date night at least once per week if not more, because we get creative and don’t need to spend a lot of money!  Here are some unique date night ideas that you can incorporate into your week that won’t break the bank.

[related: Six Important Lessons for a Rock-Solid Relationship]

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July Goals

The year is already halfway over! How is that possible?! June flew by, probably because I’ve been so busy with The Light Owl. Over 2,700 people checked out the site, and The Light Owl got over 4,600 page views! That is miles above what I was hoping to achieve in my first month as a blogger.  The only thing I can say is THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who shared, commented, and supported my little passion project and made it such a success!

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