Monday, April 20, 2015

BEDA Day 20: Spring It On!

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you're having a good day thus far. My Monday started off on kind of a rushed note--I woke up literally 3 minutes before I had to leave for class, meaning I had to throw on the first socially acceptable outfit (aka a t-shirt and leggings) I could find and rush to my 8 AM science lecture. It was about as fun as it sounds...

Anyway, today I wanted to talk about how beautiful springtime is. This time of year is almost magical, with warm temperatures and sunny skies. It's hard to be in a bad mood during springtime, because it's just that nice out. Although spring comes with allergies, rain, and some humidity, there's so many ways to embrace the warm weather, as long as you pop a few Claritins before you walk out the door. So here's my fool-proof list for a successful spring. If you do all of these things, I guarantee you'll find there's a spring in your step. Pun so very much intended.

1) Walk somewhere you'd normally drive or take a bus (within reason obviously): One of my classes is on the outskirts of campus, as it used to be a high school before our university bought it. From my dorm, it's probably a 20-30 minute walk. Naturally, I normally take a bus there, but lately I've been walking there and back. This started out as a total accident--one day I missed the bus because I took too long of a nap, leaving me with no other choice but to walk. And initially I was really annoyed and didn't want to hike all the way across campus, but as soon as I put on headphones and sunglasses, I was in such a good mood. So much so that I was actually refreshed and alert by the time I got to my geology lecture, which is very rarely the case on days when I take the bus. Those hard plastic seats just aren't as invigorating.

2) Accessorize your rain gear: We know the old adage, "April showers bring May flowers." AKA it rains a lot this time of year. You need to keep an umbrella in your backpack or purse at all times, just in case. And while the rain can be gross and put a damper (again, pun intended) on the day, it doesn't have to be that way. You can take little steps to make your rainy days less miserable. How, you might ask? A cute rainy day outfit, of course. Because for some reason, even if you have super frizzy hair and runny mascara, a cute ensemble pulls everything together. Wear a skirt with your rainboots and suddenly you're pulled together while you run through puddles. Don a bright yellow, nicely fitted rain jacket and suddenly you make "trying to stay dry" look fashion-forward. Plus piecing together a cute rainy day outfit gives you that extra motivation to get out of bed on rainy mornings when you'd much rather stay in bed.

3) Make a point to hang out outdoors for at least half an hour every day: If you have reading to do, do it outside. If you're meeting a friend for lunch, suggest an outdoor picnic. If you need to take a nap, sprawl out and rest on the grass. Getting that extra vitamin D helps alleviate stress, boosts your mood, and gives your skin some healthy sun exposure. "Healthy" is the operative term here, though: even in the spring, too much sun is bad news. If you're especially fair or are planning on staying outside for an extended period of time, slap on some SPF. Take it from the girl who got the worst sunburn known to man last year--this is not something you want to skip out on.

4) Discover new music:  A few weeks ago I posted my springtime playlist to get you inspired, but flip through the radio or take suggestions from friends to find new songs or artists you might like. Having fun, upbeat music is nearly essential if you're planning on sunbathing or going on a long walk. My most recent discovery is the band Walk the Moon, who's hit "Shut Up and Dance" has been stuck in my head for nearly three days now. Upon listening to their entire album on Spotify though, I can confirm that all their tracks are pretty good, too.

And I guess that's it, guys. Sorry this was quite the short list, but I'm just all over the place in my head today. Maybe it's because I'm indoors--I'm going stir-crazy. Gonna go for a walk now. Stay excellent.

x,
Lauren

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