Breaking Out of a Summer Rut!

I move. I'm active in the sense that I like to get things done as soon as possible. If I'm not doing something, I feel like I'm moving backwards. It's incredibly easy to get pulled by that jetstream. You take a break, have a snack and the next thing you know, you're covered in chocolate and five seasons in on The Bachelor.  Fun? Hell yeah. Productive? Creative? Thought-provoking? No. 

Although not easy, getting out of a summer rut kick-starts your passion for creating something out of nothing. It may be simpler to reduce yourself to nothing but television fodder, but we both know you're better than that. 

I care! So much that I won't even recommend different exercises to get you moving. I'm not doing those. I won't force you to. Instead, let's get things going from the inside out. 

1. Try new drinks! 
Summer is the perfect time for experimentation. You now have time for trial and error, whereas the winter only allows time for filter coffee as you speed-walk to class. 

This "Pink Drink" has been sweeping Instagram, purely for aesthetic reasons. High in sugar, but even higher in delicious, the Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk instead of water creates this lovely pink! Nothing says summer quite as loud as coconut milk. 

When you're in need of energy, but coffee just won't do it for you, get iced water with matcha powder. Matcha is condensed, powdered green tea. It boasts that it raises metabolisms and helps your skin! 

Rings: Forever 21 Sunglasses: Street vendor Slightly fading lipstick: MAC Dubonette 
A lover of iced green tea myself, I totally dug the matcha. It has a slightly thicker taste than regular old green tea but the superpowers it contains is worth it! Be warned! The Starbucks matcha powder formula contains an unknown amount of sugar. If you want it completely pure, buy powder on Amazon and make your own!

2. Take up a craft! 
I have a terrible artistic eye. I can appreciate it like no other, but when it comes to creating my own, it always turns out a little bit...wonky. I was inspired by this artist on Twitter and Instagram to make a paper doll. As a working artist, her secrets are entirely her own, but I attempted to create my own paper dolls of my boyfriend and I--one for fun and one for his birthday card. 

Despite the fact that it looks like a child produced it, I had a lot of fun making this. I turned my phone over, played music and completely focused on this project. It was nice for sitting with my own thoughts and to get in touch with my creative side. Who knew it was there?

3. Plan!
I have an addiction to planning. I don't just write things down in a Staples agenda. I pay a lot of money for my planners, stickers and pens. I would like to say that it's a problem, but it's certainly not. Now that planning is "fun" I'm much more motivated to actually do things. And it's another thing to spend money on. 
Planner: Erin Condren 2015-2016 Good to Go Pen: Pilot G-2 0.38 | Photo: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Film
Planner: Kikki K Personal Planner
As laughable as writing down the days I do laundry or wash my hair might seem, at the same time, I'm writing down memories, events and chronicling who I am in a miniscule way. Eventually, I'll be able to look back at my spreads like a scrapbook of my life. To me, that's worth it. 

I refuse to let my summer go by in a blur of television drama. How about you? 
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