I have to say, each year, summer seems to be getting a little bit better for me. Summer 2016 was terrible. Summer 2017 was almost worse, but in a different way. And summer 2018 left me completely bored out of mind, with a total of .8 friends to occupy my time with.

This summer, I don’t really have any close friends in my hometown, and I still don’t even have a car, but I feel like I’m at one of the happiest points in my life. There a handful of lifestyle changes I have made, and while I definitely feel productive, I’m also giving myself time to relax and catch up on sleep. I’m also at the healthiest point in my life, now that I’ve incorporated a medium-intensity workout into my daily life.

The program I am using is called Body Boss, and so far, I am on week four of the pre-training program. My mom bought the set on Amazon for $100, and although it may seem like a huge investment, I’m actually amazed with the progress I have made so far. This program is definitely not designed for people seeking a low-intensity workout, and it’s certainly reminding me how out of shape I was before I started. The program we bought also comes with food guides and a smoothie recipe book, which I intend on putting to use in the hotter months.

Having an intensive workout routine is actually a lot more fun than I anticipated it to be. I am excited to to wake up and begin my day with exercise, and now that I’m starting to see results, it just motivates me even more and makes me feel amazing about myself. My energy is improved, my sleep is better, and my overall mood is just happy and productive. I guess it is true that exercising can help beat the blues.

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Some healthy weight-loss progress!

Every year since 2015, I’ve had an actual summer job that a company or business, but this summer is different. I think it’s common for most students to work full-time in the summer and then focus on school in the fall/spring months, but in my case, I actually worked part-time on my campus. I haven’t had easy experiences with working, especially since I don’t have a car and I always have creepy/toxic co-workers, no matter where I am. I decided to pursue dog-sitting as a summer job this year, because I still want to make money, but I’m ready for a break after working formally for seven months at school. It’s a really low-stress situation for me, and even better, I get to spend time with adorable animals that won’t talk back to me or offend me! One of the biggest reasons that I want to pursue a career as a freelance writer is because I do have such a hard time getting along with people and managing my anxiety, so if that sounds like you, it might be a good idea to pursue dog walking as a summer side hustle. I’m also trying to save $1000 of my earnings by the end of August, with the goal that I won’t have to go back to my toxic school job to get by. Especially since there’s a good chance I’ll be weaning of lexapro, and that will be emotionally draining, I don’t need extra negativity in my life.

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Sophie is one of the dogs I walk, and she’s absolutely adorable. Look at that face!

The third way I am keeping myself occupied and productive is with my book club, which I put together myself in March. I love reading, which I’ve stated many times, and I also love being in charge of things and dedicating my time and energy to it. Even if reading isn’t your thing, I recommend finding a niche, club, or activity that you identify with, especially if you’re feeling lonely or bored. I think book clubs are a great way to be social and stimulated, especially in the summer, when you might have the urge to just roll around in bed all day. I’m hoping to find a way to incorporate my book club into this blog, so if you are interested in being a part of that, let me know!


The fourth and final way I am dividing my time is with volunteering, which I would recommend to absolutely everyone. There are so many different fields to volunteer with, and because I love animals, I will be working on a farm/animal shelter this summer. Not only are you keeping yourself busy (and hopefully having fun in the process), you are doing something amazing and positive for your community. I can already say that volunteering has been one of the most rewarding, beautiful experiences of my life, especially since I get to spend it with animals. Volunteering is also very low-stress in regards to commitment, because you generally are able to pick your own hours and regulate the areas in which you would like to dedicate your time.


Those are the top four ways I am beating my summer boredom, making money, and as an introvert, pushing myself to leave the house a few times a week. Like I said, I am really satisfied physically and emotionally with where I am, and I’m so looking forward to continuing this journey of self-love and healthy living. What are you guys’ plans for the summer? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Coming up next: My Summer 2019 Lookbook

Hi everybody! I hope you’re all well and enjoying the newfound summertime. I, for one, am not the biggest fan of the warm weather. I don’t mind the sunshine so much, but as soon as the sun starts to heat my skin, I get awfully rashy and blotchy. Per usual, it looks like I’ll be spending a lot of time inside!

I posted my last moodboard about two months ago, and now that it’s summertime, it’s time for another one. My style hasn’t changed much since then, but I am trying to incorporate more colors into my wardrobe, like red and denim. Red, black, and white are all very classically rockabilly colors, so I’m very excited to do some summer shopping and pick up some new garments for the season!

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In regards to clothing, I’ve still been finding some great things on Amazon, like those high-waisted fifties style pants you see in the middle. I think they would be a great investment, because they can be paired with a variety of different tops and accessories, and remain historically accurate to the decade I love. I’ve also been very interested in slightly more vampiric, old-school designs, like the two black and white collared dresses. It’s very Wednesday Addams, and because those dresses are short, they would be appropriate for summer wear. You could also, of course, pair the dresses with tights, and make them fabulous for the colder months as well. I’m not sure where the dress on the left is from, but I know the dress on the right with certainty is from the Dollskill website. Another piece I’d like to incorporate into my closet is a red faux-leather jacket, but I unfortunately did not include a picture. Leather jackets, of course, were also an iconic component of the 1950s, and I’d love to add that as a staple to my wardrobe.

In regards to shoes, I definitely need an upgrade. Since my old black pinup heels broke on one of the platforms, I’ve been wearing the same black skechers flat every day. I’d love to get some super gothic platform heels from Dollskill or Killjoy, but they’re so expensive, I might have to settle for these Fashion Nova heels you see pictured instead. I’ve never purchased from Fashion Nova, but I love those shoes, and they actually appear quite comfortable to me. That, of course, is just based on the picture, so if I do buy them, I’ll be sure to update you on the wearability.

Other accessories I will be continuing to wear are red lipstick and over-the-top bumper bangs. I’ve been wearing bumper bangs in my hair for more than a year, because it’s a very comfortable hairstyle, and also quite easy to do once you get the knack of it down. If you’re interested in reading my vintage hair tutorials, I’ll include that link below.

I’m almost out of my Kylie Jenner red lip kit, so it’s time to find a new red lip. The Kylie Jenner formula actually worked really well on me, and I probably will purchase it again in the future, but I do want to try a matte liquid lipstick from Lime Crime. I have one of their metallic red lipsticks, and the color payoff is smooth and pigmented. The lipsticks also smell like cupcakes, so what’s there to complain about?

I think the overall look I am trying to achieve is spooky, high-femme, and ultimate psychobilly. I love the idea that women can be strong and powerful while still being girly, because that is a personal style I really identify with. I also really enjoy looking a little bit edgy, and standing out from what the fashion norms are. If you know of any other ethical shops that I might enjoy shopping on, let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for new style inspiration and ideas.

Vintage hair tutorials: https://diplomatsdigest.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/3-simple-vintage-hairstyles-that-you-can-do-in-under-ten-minutes/

Coming up next: Taco Tuesday: I Tried Making Those Tofu Tacos from The Sims 4

With summer looming in the near future, it’s almost time for fruit picking and farm stand adventures. I am fortunate enough to live in the Northeast, where rural fields and farmers markets are abundant in the summer and fall. There’s something about being surrounded by nature that makes me feel utterly at peace, especially when there are animals around me, too. I think I could be totally content to live on a large square of land with just some cows and goats to keep my company, and maybe a few chonky cats as well.

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As I’ve said before, it’s always a good idea to shop in season when you can. Not only will it save you money, but it’s also good for the planet! Strawberries are in season in May, which makes me extremely happy. They are one of my favorite fruits- right up there with blueberries and raspberries. Like these other berries, strawberries are full of fiber and antioxidants, on top of just being absolutely delicious. Fresh strawberries sprinkled with sugar is a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth, if you’re looking for a healthy dessert alternative. Additionally, they’re a great sweet snack to feed your dog, especially on a hot summer day. Just don’t feed your dog too many, because they’re very high in sugar!


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Another delicious fruit that’s in season is cherries, which are another great source of antioxidants and vitamin C. Additionally, cherries have a high level of melatonin, a hormone that promotes healthy sleep. There have been studies done on men and women that show drinking tart cherry juice can add up to an hour of sleep in your schedule, so if you struggle with insomnia, consider drinking up! Another fun fact: cherries can help reduce post-exercise pain, which is definitely something I’m going to utilize this summer. 


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When I was younger, I used to drink cans of pineapple juice constantly. Although it is very sweet, pineapple is very low in calories, and it has been shown to boost your immune system. As someone who constantly seems to be sick with something, I love boosting my immunity in as many ways as possible- especially with my diet! Thiamin is also very present in pineapple, which aids in energy production and conservation. If you’re not exactly a morning person, consider incorporating some pineapple into your breakfast to give you a zap of energy.


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Moving onto vegetables, zucchini is my favorite veggie that’s currently in season. As a plant-eater, zucchini and squash are some of my favorite hearty staples to include in my diet. There are a number of dishes you can incorporate zucchini into- lasagna, casseroles, muffins, you name it. Zucchini is also packed with nutrients, like fiber and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, which improves digestion and reduces constipation. And hey, who doesn’t like a little less constipation in their life? I’ll include a link to zucchini noodles at the bottom of the page, which can easily be prepared vegan.


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Spring peas, or just green peas, as I call them, are one of the healthiest vegetables you can feed your body! Peas are a very low-fat food, and can even lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. I love peas because they’re very easy to prepare, and they make a great side dish with roasted potatoes or mac and cheese. One of my favorite comfort dishes to prepare is the Amy’s dairy-free mac and cheese with a veggie medley on the side, like corn or peas. Fun fact, peas are actually considered legumes, just like peanuts.


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about all my favorite crops in season, and if you get the chance, stock up on some goodies at your local farmer’s market!

Zucchini noodles: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/172398/zucchini-noodles/

Sources: https://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month