Friday Five: Sneak Peek

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This post lines up with part of the reason for my absence as of late. I’ve been on the search for direction (for both myself and this blog) and I came across the ultimate list. It’s the perfect combination of a bucket list and a to-do list.

Design Darling has quickly become one of my favorite blogs (her shop is equally amazing!). She created a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days, about 2.75 years. I decided this was a challenge I could take.

This list has proved more difficult to create than I was expecting, but I have finally finished! There is some tweaking I still need to do (I have a problem with being too vague, even with myself) before I share the entire list. But this week I wanted to give a sneak peek of the five items I’m most excited to accomplish.

  1. Graduate!
  2. Go to New York for at least 3 days
  3. Get my boating license
  4. Make an iTunes playlist of 101 of my favorite songs
  5. Eat from a food truck

I encourage you to start your own list and stay on the lookout for my reveal next week!

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

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Friday Five: Favorite Magazines

While redecorating my room this summer I decided to upgrade my old memory board into an actual inspiration board, like pre-Pinterest craze.

I’ve been painting all week and can’t wait to re-hang my board. But before that I had to find pictures/quotes/ideas to “pin.” For this, I turned to my magazine collection. (Which is mostly old copies we had lying around home and at work)

I definitely have 5 faves, although there are plenty more I dabble through.

1. Vogue

2. InStyle

Both of these I turn to for lifestyle and fashion advice. The ads are also to-die-for. Pure fabulousness.

3. Better Homes & Gardens

4. Architectural Digest

My latest obsession has become home decor and ideas for houses and my collection of these old catalogs has grown quickly.

5. Southern Living

Southern Living is perfect for any gal growing up in the south. I love it so much that I follow their blog, The Daily South, Instagram, and Twitter. It’s especially perfect for holidays and tailgating ideas!

What magazines do you draw inspiration from? What are your thoughts on real inspiration boards vs. Pinterest?

Leave a link to your Pinterest page and I will follow! I’m always looking for new inspiration!

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

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Friday Five: Recharge from Work

The work week can be very draining. This is true for anyone regardless of the type of work. I’ve found there are a few ways that I can recharge my batteries during the evenings, which also double as something to look forward to during the day.

1. Exercise: I’m not talking about anything major. Go on a walk. Take a bike ride. Throw the ball with your puppy. I’m lucky in that I can ride my bike down to the river walk in the neighborhood and take an evening stroll along the water.

2. Grab a treat with a friend: My best friend works at a restaurant so our schedules don’t always work out to hang out, but this week we were able to catch up two nights over something sweet. I can’t think of a better way to talk about life than while holding a “love it” size cup of chocolate ice cream with M&M’s from Cold Stone in my hand.

3. Read: A book, a magazine, a blog, anything really. Take some time to yourself and escape to another world or discover some new inspiration. Who knows-you could find a great project for the weekend!

4. Write: I get compliments on my handwriting all the time and I proudly tell people, “Thanks, I practice.” No, I don’t sit around and write the alphabet over and over. I write letter to my friends. I jot down my thoughts. I even write out most posts before I type them. It’s therapeutic to me to just sit and get it all out.

5. An evening with family: I’m blessed that I live so close to so many family members. One of my uncle’s and my dad’s parents live in the same neighborhood as us and another uncle’s family comes  to visit a lot so family nights happen pretty frequently. We always have a blast together and it’s very relaxing.

How do you recharge during the week?

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

Friday Five: Words of Wisdom

My favorite way to find inspiration is reading motivational quotes. Seriously, I have an entire Tumblr dedicated to my favorite quotes that I find. I have pinned a few of my favorites to the blog’s Pinterest page. These are a few of my favorite:

1. season

2. anticipation

3. grace

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5. beinguseless

What are your favorite quotes?

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

Friday Five: Vacation Destinations

So this past weekend my family took a weekend getaway to Table Rock State Park in upstate South Carolina. It was an incredible weekend, very relaxing and very little cell service. It was the perfect way to wind down after a stressful and busy work week. On the way home we decided where we are going to go for our weeklong vacation this year to celebrate my brother graduating from Clemson. Thus leading to this Friday’s five-my five favorite vacation destinations!

1. DISNEY WORLD! Not many people I know can say they have been to Disney World 9 times since they were 3 years old. Even less can say that is where they chose to go when they graduated from high school. But yes, both of those describe me! It is my family’s absolute favorite destination. Until our past 2 trips we have not stayed within the resort, but I definitely recommend it! While, it does cost extra-it is well worth it. From the “Extra Magic Hours” in the parks, to the free transportation-Disney does it right. They also have different hotels for different budgets. The parks themselves, also, have something to offer to everyone. They have rides for the amusement park enthusiasts and shows for the more relaxed theme park visitors. It’s truly a “one size fits all” destination.

2. Cruise! This is a tough one right now with everything that has happened recently with Carnival and Royal Caribbean. It’s also tough because I was one of the lucky people who got the norovirus on our trip. Setting all of that aside it was one incredible trip! We went on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, which was beautiful by itself! Leaving at the beach I love the water and spending a week on the water sounds like heaven to me! I made some great friends while on the trip, had some freedom to do what I wanted to do while my parents and brother did what they wanted. It was a very freeing trip! I also loved visiting St. Thomas! I would love to go back and stay at just St. Thomas for a week or even go see St. Martine since that was the part of the trip I missed out on.

3. Massanutten/Washington, D.C. – I don’t remember how old I was when we went on this trip, but I do remember that I want to go back. We stayed in Virginia in the mountains and took a day trip to D.C. There was so much to see and do that we couldn’t possibly get it all done in a single day. I loved the history and life that the city brought, without having to be in it all week-long. Staying at Massanutten allowed us to spend some time fishing and swimming and just relaxing as a family.

4. Pawleys Island – so this one seems a little weird to write since I live here now, but my vacations to the beach are some of my favorite memories! Each year my dad’s side of the family would all stay in a beach house, usually in Litchfield, for a week together. We would get up each morning and go to the beach, take a break for lunch/naps, go back out for a little while, take showers, and do whatever the plan was for the night. Each night was something different. One night would be eating at Lee’s Inlet Kitchen followed by putt-putt and ice cream. Another night would be spent going to the Pavilion. Another night would be fireworks on the beach. And of course it wouldn’t be a beach trip without some ghost crab hunting!

5. Mountains/Lake – I combined these two because we do very similar things when we go to each place. Finding a little cabin to stay in for the getaway with no intention of leaving, unless by boat. Usually the locations are secluded from actual towns and cell service is spotty. This makes it ten times more relaxing! Make sure to bring along your favorite board games and ingredients for s’mores! My favorites have been Lake Santee in SC, Nantahala River Valley, and this past weekend at Table Rock! Be sure to check out my pictures from this weekend here!

What are your favorite vacation destinations? Do you prefer going somewhere or having a staycation?

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Keep Dancing,

Cayla

Friday Five: Summer Spirit

Well I’ve officially been on summer vacation for 3 weeks! The past 2 I have spent working, which I’m quite happy about. With almost 3 months still ahead of me to enjoy I have come up with some goals I have for my vacation.

1. Date myself! Yes, I know this sounds weird-especially with the amazing boyfriend I have. But last summer I went to see Rock of Ages by myself and it was honestly one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I love that movie way more than the average person because of the feeling I got from seeing the movie by myself. It’s a great way to refresh from the constant interactions with people at work. It’s also a great way to get to know what you truly life and dislike. What would be your ideal date with yourself?

2. Figure out after graduation plans! I know this is a year off, but I need to have a plan when I get back to school or else I will graduate and have nothing lined up. I have a lot to consider-grad school or straight into the work world? what do I want to do? That’s the big one. Maybe I should start by trying to answer that question.

3. Save Money! This is a huge one! I try to save money every summer so that I will be able to support myself at school without a job, but I never seem to save enough. But this summer I have even more incentive to save money, Europe! I’m going in January on a World War II based interim trip and I could not be more excited!

4. Read! I used to do this all the time in my summer during high school. I couldn’t be pried off the sofa if I was in the middle of a book. I would stay up until 4 in the morning reading. However, I don’t read as much anymore and I need to change this. Any recommendations for good books would be great!

5. Learn! This one goes along with the last one, but there’s so much out there to learn beyond reading. There are a lot of educational YouTube videos, which is how I seem to spend a good chunk of my time these days. Know of any good ones? I’m willing to learn about anything!

I feel like these should be pretty simple goals to stick out. What are some of your goals for the summer?

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Keep Dancing,

Cayla