Friday, June 19, 2015

Life Lately (June 2015)

I feel like I've lost a little bit of my blogging mojo as of late. I don't know, maybe it's the Okinawa humidity that calls for an afternoon nap everyday. Maybe it's the fact that my computer is out of commission for the time being and I'm using Gene's. Maybe it's just that I'm going through a lazy phase. Life hasn't been too overwhelming and sure, I have plenty of things I'd love to share with you all- just, I don't know when. So, to get something up on the webs and let you all know I'm still around and kicking I thought I would share a currently post with some quick and easy Instagram image sharing!

  • making: more salads than I ever thought I would! Gene had his weigh ins for work earlier this week, so lately we've been eating quite a bit of salads. It was actually really good for both of us and I really liked it. We got a little sick of salad and got way off track this week- next week, we're getting right back into them!
  • drinking: WATER & AQUARIUS! I've been trying to hit at least 100oz of water daily. I've been doing pretty good! I quite soda two weeks ago and that has helped with water intake drastically! Also: it's balls hot out here in Okinawa, so after my evening walks where I sweat in places I didn't know had sweat glands I drink a little Aquarius to recover & replenish the electrolytes and everything.  
  • listening to: I've pretty much been rocking out to Today's Hits on Pandora. My favorite songs (click on them to go to the YouTube videos) as of late would be "Budapest" by George Ezra, "This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf*cker (explicit)" by Maroon 5, "One Last Time" by Ariana Grande (I mean, I have to sing along!) and that catchy "Honey, I'm Good" by Andy Grammer.
  • wanting: a getaway! We were planning on spending a night or two at the Ritz here on Okinawa this month. Gene was supposed to have a work trip, so we cancelled it... then the work trip got cancelled. Enter all the crying emojis ever! His work schedule is making it a little hard to plan anything and being a tourist destination is making it a little harder to book something last minute this summer. Hopefully we get out exploring this weekend and that at least makes up for it!
  • enjoying: AIR CONDITIONING! I don't think I ever realized how blessed I was to have air conditioning until moving here. 
  • loving: the drama on this season of The Bachelorette! Anyone else?!?! I can't stop watching it, you guys! I think I like The Bachelorette seasons more than The Bachelor, because a house full of males and the unsuspecting drama that comes from it is absolutely entertaining to me!

  • wearing: work out clothes and nighties. Seriously: don't come knock on my door, because I will be dressed inappropriately to stay cool. As far as workout clothes go, I have a new addition thanks to the good people at Shwings! The so awesomely donated some of their Shwings to me and some of my friends participating in the 100 Miles of Summer challenge! I feel pretty awesome when I look down and see these bright motivators on my kicks!
  • feeling: EXCITED!!! I officially start teaching next week... on my own! My friend Deb got me into a position teaching English to some local students, and last week I shadowed her before she moved! This week, it's all me! 
  • trying: Mexican treats! Our Universal Yums box came in this week filled with yummy treats from Mexico- both sweet and spicy! Next month, the treats will be from JAPAN so hop on over and sign up if you want to see some of the fun treats from over here!
  • reading: Our book club is reading How to Be an American Housewife! We get together next weekend to discuss it, so I guess I should crack it open and get going!

  • buying: All of the planner goods that etsy has to offer. I wish I was kidding. I will be having quite a few happy days in my future! I had ordered these fun stickers to keep track of my orders, and it turns out I will be using one a week instead of for every purchase, hahaha! 
Stickers from Karolina's Krafts on Etsy. Image from @TYRStationeryGrams on Instagram
As you can see I'm always around on Instagram sharing lifestyle posts over @theyoungretiree and planning & stationery posts @TYRStationeryGrams! You'll be sure to catch me there, even when I'm slacking over here! What have you all been up to lately, friends?! I've been missing you all!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

My Israeli Universal Yums Box

I recently discovered Universal Yums: a subscription box that sends you snacks from a new country each month! I asked Gene what he thought about it and we decided we would sign on up! There are two options available: a $15 box with 6 or more snacks in it, or a $25 box with 13 or more snacks in it. We decided we would go with the $25 box and were not disappointed when we got our first one in the mail. There would be nothing worse than seeing an AWESOME snack on Instagram that wasn't included in our box- #TeamFatty for life in this house! I thought I would share a little about our box with goodies from Israel with you all!
When we first opened the box, it was super fun that they used blue and white tissue paper and made it look like an Israeli flag! Just a little something fun that added to the overall experience of the box, especially if you are going to use it as a learning tool with your kids! There was also a card with fun facts about Israel on the front and a description of the snacks on the back!
So what all is on that information card? Fun little "Did you know?" facts that I actually did not know! The first one: that aol messenger, seedless watermelons, and voicemail technology were invented in Israel- talk about a blast from the past! Do you remember your AOL messenger screen name... because I sure do- it was "dancebombbaby" because I took tap, ballet, and jazz all growing up and "the bomb" was the latest slang at the time! Also, Israeli bank notes are covered in braille! That's pretty genius!

On the back side of the card is a picture of all the snacks you'll find under the tissue paper, with a couple quick sentences about them all, and a clue for where next month's box is coming from!
So we got to going through our goodies one by one and assessing them. We were going to do a vlog, but we decided we wanted to be a little more casual with our snacking (instead of trying everything all at once!) and my iPad (which we use to record our videos!) was cutting us off on everything we were recording before then. Problem solved, so we will unbox the next one on YouTube! Here is what was inside our Isreal box:
We went through and tried one or two things every few days. We each had our favorites, but honestly, everything was mixed on a scale of pretty interestingly tasty to damn delicious! The sesame pretzels were pretty good and the Bamba with Hazelnut Cream Filling was yummy! There were two tiny little "fun size" candy bars included: PesekZman Chocolate Bar and and an Elite Hazelnut Chocolate Bar. Um, hazelnut and chocolate just might be my favorite sweet combo, so I was all kinds of winning with this box, but these two bars were out of this world delicious. If I had to pick my two favorites, though, I would go with the Toffee Fruit Chews and the Elite Popping Milk Chocolate!

The fruit chews description read: "These taste like salt-water taffy, except chewier and fruitier. And they're happier! Just look at the cute little faces on the packaging!" They were kind of like taffier Starbursts... if you can imagine that? They were delicious and I wish I had an entire bag filled with them!
 The popping milk chocolate was absolutely amazing! The description on our information card about it read: "Chocolate and Pop Rocks? Don't knock it 'til you try it. This will likely be the most interesting chocolate bar you've ever eaten. The not-too-sweet milk chocolate will surprise you with a popping sensation as soon as it hits your tongue, and the tiny pop rocks will entertain you until the next bite." Gene took the first bite and was unimpressed with it. I took a bite and slowly let the chocolate kind of melt in my mouth waiting for the pop rocks. Gene chewed quickly and swallowed his piece... and the pop rocks started going off in his throat! It was hilarious! I wish we could have one of these every week as our little treat! It was magnificent!
The next box is coming this month from Mexico, I think! The clue was "Ready for more yums in your mouth? Start thinking of a place down south. If you're not into chiles, mangos, or limes that's okay. These Yums will still make you say "olee!"" So, that's Mexico, or could that be any Central or South American country? I guess we'll see when we get our box in!

We'll open the box on our YouTube channel, so hop on over and subscribe to see it! I'll also share pictures on Instagram (@theyoungretiree) of our snacks as we eat them! I can't wait to see what kinds of goodies we get delivered!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Getting My Happiness Planner In

I recently discovered The Happiness Planner and made my first purchase of one. Let's clear the air: I did receive a slight discount as a blogger, but purchased the planner for myself after checking it out and deciding it was something I could really benefit from in this phase of my life. It's not really a planner planner, but more like a journal in a planning format... if that makes sense! BONUS: it got here super quick and actually came in yesterday- just before I go in for my uterine biopsy later today! If there was ever a time for happy mail, that would be it!

I decided to do an "unboxing" vlog since they seem to be all the rage and I got squared away with my recording issues. Clocking in at just shy of 18 minutes, it's a long one, but if you are interested in a happiness planner of your own, I think it's well worth the time. Also: I think I'm just a blast to hang out with. I also talk about leaving steak knives all around the house, and you don't want to miss out on that tidbit! Don't worry- go get a drink refill! I'll be here waiting when you get back!
I talk briefly about the sadness I am feeling in my life right now. I know it's not a "depression" sadness, as I have battled depression throughout my life, but it's a feeling of discontent. It's very hard to explain, but I knew I needed to change it! I am really looking forward to jumping in and beginning that change now. As previously mentioned, I'm going in for my biopsy today, and I have no clue what to expect other than I don't think I'll be doing much getting out and about this weekend... recovery time and all! So, this weekend I am setting aside time to cozy up in the office and get into the opening exercises to prepare myself for a start on Monday!

I'll be sharing over on Instagram (@tyrplans) if you are so inclined to follow along with my 100 days! It's going to be an exciting rush, I can feel it already! I may or may not blog about it during my 100 days, but I'll be sure to come back in September and let you know how I feel about the process!
Do you take time to plan your happiness?
Do you keep a journal to promote a better outlook?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Finding Joy In My Everyday // Brazilian BBQ, Listing, and Happy Mail

It's been a while since I stopped to reflect on the little things in life around here. I try to in my daily life, and actually plan on devoting a section in my planner to taking note of the little things happening daily that make me smile, bring me comfort, and make life better. I'm going in for my uterine biopsy tomorrow, so when Hope reached out to me on twitter about this link up, I knew it was the perfect time, so, I'm joining in and sharing some of the things that have brought me joy over the last week or so!
Hop on over to Hope's post to link up!
First and foremost: I had my very first Brazilian BBQ experience this past weekend! It was amazing and something I hope we do more of! I mean, meat, on meat, on meat? Sign me up. Also, one of the servers looked like he could have been Johnny Depps' cousin or something, am I right?
This week I decided I am going to join in the #ListersGottaList challenge by The Reset Girl! It's basically fun journaling prompts every day that you complete with a quick & easy list! Some are fun and lighthearted while there are a few other ones that make you stop and really reflect. I think it will be fun to look back on them over the years and see how my lists would change depending on the phase of life I am in! You can find out more about it on her site: Listers Gotta List! You can follow along with my lists on instagram @tyrplans!
This week I have also had quite a fun time with HAPPY MAIL!!! I've gotten in some stickers from a few etsy shops for my planner, including Ladybugz Designz, PB&J Paperie, and Karolinas Krafts! I have also ordered some, which fills me with joy knowing they are on their way to me! It's always fun going to the post office and actually finding something in our box waiting for me! I am also loving spreading that happiness to others in my RAK Project! I've been writing up postcards to send out to friends, both new & not, real life & virtual! I can't wait to see where this hobby or spreading joy takes me!
This week has been a pretty good week for me, filled with many small moments of joy. I hope your week has been as well! To see more of my moments of joy as they are happening, be sure to follow me over on instagram @theyoungretiree!

Where are you finding joy?
Where are you making joy for others?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My RAK Project!

You know when something weighs heavy on your heart, and you know you need to do something about it? That has been me lately. I don't know if there's something in the air or what, but I've seen quite a few people struggling- both friends I have known for a long time, new friends, and people I follow on social media. I am seeing new mamas struggling with their little ones, I've seen wives struggle with their husband's schedule, I've seen women I admire struggling with aging, I've seen gals struggling with their health and weight loss journey... I guess that's where my generation is at in our lives?
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I want to reach out and hug so many of them, but there's simply no way I could do that, and even if I could, that would kind of be super creepy. I can send a symbolic little hug in the form of a random act of kindness, though! Don't get me wrong, I'm not a self made millionaire or anything, but I feel like dropping a $1 roll of washi in a bubble mailer and sending it off for a couple of bucks could brighten someone's day. I feel like those few Jamberry wraps I'm never going to use on my toes could cheer someone up. I feel like a row of stickers off one of my sheets might really excite someone. When I'm at Family Mart, maybe picking up a little Japanese treat and dropping it in the mail is just what a new friend could use in her life right now. Maybe just a postcard of a beautiful beach is enough to find in your mailbox, on some random day, to remind you everything will be alright and add a ray of sunshine to your week!
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I've been thinking about how feasible this would be for me to do. I have postcards and stamps just wasting away in my office. I have stickers, and Jamberry wraps, and washi ready to go. I have stationery where I could write a friendly hello and drop it in the mail box. So: I decided I was really being called to this- to brighten the day of friends and strangers alike! I'm so excited to start a Random Acts of Kindness Project!

I would love for you to sign up below if you are interested in finding a little happiness in your mailbox! Share it with your friends- I don't have to know the people signing up to share some sunny mail with them!

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I hope you will follow along on instagram (@theyoungretiree), if you're on there! I'll be hashtagging any posts about my project #TYRRAK! Maybe you'll be inspired to join in, in big ways or small ways, in your community, or on a broader scale! There's just something so fulfilling about helping another person in a random way! I can't wait to see the happiness this will bring to others!

Have you ever given random acts of kindness?
I'd love to hear about them!

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