20 Blog Posts on Rose-Colored Linds! What I’ve Learned So Far

blog2I am, at my core, a writer. Since I was a child, it has always come relatively easily, what with having a very vivid imagination and the ability to be infatuated with just about anyone (or anything). But like most creative endeavors, full-time adulting eventually took the fun out of it.

It’s been that way for about six years — that is, until the idea for Rose-Colored Linds came about. I truly don’t know what changed, but writing and documenting here for the past month-and-a-half has been really fun. Needless to say, I am looking forward to more.

To mark this milestone of 20 posts, I thought it fitting to share what I’ve learned so far:

1. The best ideas really do come in the shower, or while driving, or out for a walk. I’ve been making a concerted habit to go through my thoughts during such moments of pause. Sometimes it gets a just a little bit weird, but, hey, we’re all mad here, etc.

2. Research is more than a Google search. Listening to new music, going through your Twitter news feed, engaging in water cooler talk — that’s research, too. Writing is inherently a solo activity, but it instantly becomes a social engagement once published. So being somewhat in tune what’s stimulating others will assist in what you add to the discourse.

3. If you want to create content, don’t wait — start now. As in right now. If you think it’s all been done, think again. Sure, there’s a lot of content out there, but there’s always room for more, especially if it comes from a fresh perspective. The interwebs are deep and dark, but plenty of gems kick up to the surface. Let one of them be yours.

4. Visuals go a long way. Everyone has an imagination, but there’s something to be said for a photo or video making a wall of text more digestible. If a picture is worth a thousand words, you’ll probably only have to write 500 or so.

5. Be patient. Stick with your dream. Earlier this year, I had big plans for the patio garden outside my apartment — a hopeful little jungle oasis to be enjoyed during the heat of summer. I bought some seedlings, was gifted a couple tomato plants, and my faithful annual geranium started blooming. It took a while, and didn’t turn out exactly as I’d imagined, but I’ve got a garden that I’m really proud of. Things don’t happen overnight. They may not happen for weeks, or months, or even longer than that — but they will.

To wrap it up, I’ll leave you with this quote by inspirational speaker Sandra Turley: “Seek to be worth knowing rather than well known.”

Thanks for reading – see you in the next post!

Yes, You’ve Settled 

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“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers

In 2001, I had a Samsung flip phone, a 5G iPod nano, and a Dell Inspiron laptop running a Windows XP operating system. That was all I could ask for, and as a struggling college student, it made more sense to hold onto what I had until it either snapped in half or melted enough AC adaptors to render it useless.

Soon after graduation, however, smart devices were experiencing a massive boom, so I decided to move onto something new. I totally could have got another flip phone, as they were and are still being manufactured. But for me, it was time for me to join the new and ultra-improved tech stream the whole world had found itself thrust into. And so I did, essentially trading three devices for one.

Now, new tech is one of those things that — while increasing exponentially — is at most everyone’s fingertips in the form of a smartphone. With constant release of new products, updates, and features, it can a challenge to keep up — but either you do, or you don’t. The choice, relatively, is yours.

This can apply to anything you can think of, from a film or music genre to a sex position. It’s great to know what you like — but being so sure runs the all-too real risk of being frozen in time. And not in a classic, timeless sense, either. More like a primitive relic.

I’ve been feeling this lately and have been making an effort to implement simple strategies to be more in tune with the outside world instead of humming along, ignorantly blissful within mine:

1. Listening to new music. This has probably has been the easiest and most accessible way to keep stay in the now, because — while I may question some of the latest trends in popular music — it gives me some insight into what is “hot” or “fresh”, therefore leaving me feeling somewhat hot and fresh. It’s also given me more insight into how my parents and other adults felt about Top 40 music when I was a teen during the late nineties. (Sorry, Mom and Pop.)

Today I stumbled upon Julia Michaels while reading an article from BBC that piqued my interest. A songwriter-turned-pop-artist, she reminded me a bit of Tove Lo, who I can’t get enough of. So I figured, why not give her a chance? Michaels’ debut mini-album “Nervous System” was released just this past Friday, and if you like pop music with a little twist, you’ll probably like this. (Saucy types, stick around for “Pink”.)

2. Reading articles from start to finish. Like, actually reading them and not merely reacting to a headline.

Cool story: I came across a Vanity Fair article on tonight’s Game of Thrones episode (look out for spoilers) and I had geared up to tell them off via Twitter based on my strong reaction to the headline via Google search. (I actually did, but deleted the tweet once I actually read the article. Oops.)

Say what??

Just saying, we’re all guilty of falling into sticky af clickbait and we should know better by now but, you know, we don’t.

3. Hanging out with people. Whether online or in-person (ideally the latter), social engagement is where the magic happens. Having turned 32 this year, I feel very “old” sometimes, and yeah, while not a teenager, my mind feels like me, which is as only old as I feel. And now the cliche phrase makes sense, whereas it used to be just words.

Sharing ideas, interests, coming to a common ground, etc. keeps the blood flowing to the appendages, as it were. Keeps the neurons alight and all that jazz. Going where people are may take a little effort, but more often than not, it’s worth it.

Don’t get me wrong: having that comfort feeling that makes you feel how you felt the first time doing anything is one of the best things out there. Like that cozy sleeping-in feeling on a rainy day, being comfortable is absolutely needed. Just remember that being too comfortable can run the risk of mental and emotional atrophy from staying in the same place for too long. 

Besides, new experiences are always out there, waiting for that first time feeling to be uncovered. Rarely will they be where you’ve been a million times before.

So get moving.

I’m an Idiot: ArmorSuit Military Shield Product Review

I’ve only had the ArmorSuit Military Shield for 18 hours and can already tell you that it’s one of the best products out there for protecting your smart device’s screen. I can tell you this with absolute assurance because I am a complete idiot.

I ordered the product on Thursday after reading about it on Digital Trends – it was at the top of the list, so naturally, I found it on Amazon and purchased it for the awesome price of $7.85 + tax. When it arrived on Friday afternoon, I was so giddy that I just had to put it on right away.

The instructions on their website are super clear and easy to follow: Basically you power off your smart device, wipe the screen with microfiber cloth, spray a spray bottle solution on the non-adhesive side of the product, then the adhesive side, lay it on, then smooth out the bubbles with an applicator. (All of the above tools come in the product’s package.). Ideally, this should be done before bed so that the product has time to dry and adhere to the screen.

Well, I did all of this last night, and was really glad to have found a solution to my screen troubles. I was about to call it a night when I randomly received a call last minute to go out with friends. No biggie, I figured; I’d just be careful with my smart phone and have a good time. So I did and all was fine and dandy.

I woke up this morning to look at my phone, as the ArmorSuit should have dried and been good to go. I really couldn’t believe just how amazing my screen looked — I couldn’t see where the screen protector ended any my screen itself began. I was really impressed with the product and geared up to give them five stars on Amazon.

Little did I know that it was definitely too good to be true, as the screen protector had SLID OFF in my clutch at some point last night. Not only that, but it had folded upon itself and adhered to bar receipts, a book of matches, and a pack of gum.

I freaked out. OF COURSE this would happen. I was thoroughly distraught. I started to peel the paper off the shield, thinking I’d ruined it — game over, time to but a new one. Then I thought, well, why not at least try to salvage it? I can always buy another if I have to. (Now keep in mind, ArmorSuit has a lifetime warranty on their products, but I would have totally purchased another because I’m that idiot that ruins things in less than 24 hours.)

So I gave it a shot and  basically did everything you’re not supposed to do:

I put soap on the adhesive side and rubbed it vigorously.

I used a scrubby pad to get the red dye from the Trident gum package off.

I lathered and scrubbed, and lathered and scrubbed, lathered and scrubbed some more.

And this product just TOOK it. There may be the teensiest scratch in the entire thing, but if there is, I can’t see it.

After a good hour of this, I was able to repeat the application steps and let it dry as I’ve been going about my chores this beautiful Saturday.

I am highly impressed by this product because it has withstood me, an idiot. I really thought I’d ruined it, but its technology kept me from doing so. Do yourself a solid and keep ArmorSuit and its Military Shield products on your radar. 10/10, would wreck again.

Strength Training for the Zombie Apocalypse, Ep. 5

Leg day, glute day, lower body day — my favorite, my favorite. Probably because when I see or feel progression, it is such an accomplishment. My lower body is a beast and I’ll always be working to tame it. Definitely a worthy challenge.

Here’s a routine I did the other day for time, which was around 56 minutes:

I have a community gym in my apartment complex – no fancy machines, but some equipment (dumbbells, ankle weights, resistance bands, ab rollers/slides, pull up bar, etc.). It’s been fun figuring out and improving upon basic exercises/functions in the name of strength progression. Like kinesiology, except, well, obviously not.

Still, it can be a little bit of a challenge to wake up other muscles in the body, which why I surf other blogs, YouTube channels, Pinterest, and the great and powerful Google for inspiration. I mean the way that the “yeah, she squats” craze burned across the interwebs years ago, I’d’ve never thought to do abductions or pull throughs. Like, come on now. She does more than squat, fool.

Anyway, a lot of folks incorporate and modify moves by “The Glute Guy” Bret Contreras, who incorporates and modifies from others as well. Let’s face it, though: he’s some kinda king. Boss of butts.

Abby Pollock on YouTube is also a favorite of mine with her scientific breakdowns to understand why and how instead of blindly jumping in and hoping for the best.

Check out previous episodes here:

Episode 4

Episode 3

Episode 2

Episode 1

Where do you get your workout inspiration?

20 Unconventional Blog Post Titles

Thought I’d have a little fun — stop me if you’ve heard these before:

1.  How to NOT Go Viral

2. Face It, We’re All Dying 

3. The Good Old Days Were Great for You, But Sucked For Your Parents

4. 20 Singers Who Do Not Use Autotune

5. How to Silent Fart Your Way Out of a Bad Date

6. 5 Exercises to Get a Flat Butt

7. 10 Reasons to Go Carnivorous

8. How to Stay Below the Poverty Line

9. Save on Dental Bills by Avoiding Responsibility Altogether

10. How to Side-Eye Your Way to the Top

11. Charming Incompetence = Basically a Princess 

12. How to Talk Yourself Down from a Double-Shot Espresso High

13. 8 Reasons to Marry Your Fiance and Not Run Off With the Horse

14. Chocolate is a Vegetable, Wine is a Fruit

15. 20 Ways to Emo Like It’s 1994

16. Celebs: Like Hell They’re Just Like Us

17. A Day in the Life of a Parched InstaThot 

18. You’re Not Special, Just Loud and Annoying 

19. How to Successfully Daydream Yourself Out of a Job 

20. Throat Punching: The New Pinky Swear 

Would you write about any of these? (I’m sure someone already has…)

Happy Friday!

Strength Training for the Zombie Apocalypse, Ep. 4

So I’ve realized I’ve got a little time to kill before the humans start to turn and am going to hop on the vanity train for mile or two.

I’ve been alternating upper body and ab days with glute and leg days, throwing in HITT and LISS cardio where it fits. My upper body tends to show more progress sooner than other areas, yet I’ve noticed that my back and shoulders could use a little work (in comparison to my biceps, triceps, etc.).

My favorite upper body exercises tend to involve bodyweight strength progression (i.e. push up variations) — again, functionality over aesthetics. I will be incorporating more challenging bodyweight exercises to up the ante while achieving a more balanced look — i.e. tricep push ups, diamond push ups, pull ups, chin ups, and handstands…. probably in that order.

I just haaaaaaaate push ups in general, though. They’re not supposed to be easy. And maybe two sets of 12 reps is adequate at this time. I just have to learn to be patient with myself. The post-apocalyptic civilization won’t be built in a day.

Yesterday I did more back-centric exercises while not neglecting (shoulders, bis n’ tris) coupled with core work. Completed this bad boy below in 52 minutes and 6 seconds:

Am doing lower body today and will follow up with that routine later this week.

Check out previous episodes here:

Episode 3
Episode 2
Episode 1

What does your workout routine look like?