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Hello lovelies! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week so far, and if you are lucky enough to still get Spring Break, I hope you are OVER THE MOON EXCITED because Spring Break is almost hereeeee!!!
I remember when I was in college and it was the week before Spring Break, I would always get so incredibly excited as the end of the week came near. I would get excited because I generally had a Spring Break vacation planned starting at the very beginning (aka, the last Friday of classes before Spring Break) and it would go until the very end. I LOVED using that time to get away and either go on a trip with my family or go to visit Jordan and spend the week with him (back when we were still doing long-distance and I only got to see him once every month or two).
It was always such a fun time and I still get excited for Spring Break, even now that I’m not in college anymore.
I wanted to write a blog post about a popular Spring Break vacation that a lot of people would be taking this year, whether it be going to the beach, going hiking, or heading up North to spend time somewhere with colder weather. But then I got to thinking… What about the people who aren’t going anywhere for Spring Break? Last year, I got my first job out of college the week before Spring Break hit, so obviously I couldn’t take time off to go on a Spring Break trip.
I remember how particularly uneventful the week was since I was watching my friend’s Instagram stories and seeing everyone’s posts as they tanned themselves on the beach or posed with mimosas and cocktails at 10 in the morning, while I was stuck at my desk, working.
So this year, I took a poll on my Instagram to see how many of my followers were taking Spring Break vacations, and how many were kicking it at home. While I did have a few people who said they were taking trips to tropical places or getting out of town, the overwhelming majority said they were just staying at home.
So I got to thinking… What if I made a post specifically for the people who weren’t going to get to get away for fun Spring Break vacation?? I know first-hand that it can be kind of sad if you see a ton of your friends out having fun and you were unable to go whether it be because of work, or financial strain, or other responsibilities.
Hey, growing up and taking on more responsibilities as an adult is NO FUN. *Flash back to my parents warning me when I was younger not to grow up too fast and me arguing and wishing I could fast forward time to be able to drive and live on my own and be in charge of my own life.*
OKAY GUYS LESSON LEARNED. LET ME BE A KID AGAINNNNN.
Just kidding, I’m so dang happy with the way my life has turned out up to this point, but it is definitely a lot of responsibility to be an adult and work while going to school, and pay for your own bills. Trust me friends, I totally get it.
So this post is for all of my followers who are going to be chilling at home for their Spring Break vacations. I’ve put together a short list of things you can do at home that, while they may not be as glamorous as parasailing in Cabo or skiing at Lake Tahoe, hopefully will still give you a few ideas to relax and have your own mini-vacay at home. Sometimes, just relaxing at home and taking the time to destress and decompress is exactly what you need to recharge and get you through the rest of the semester.
- Have a treat-yo-self day – I feel like so often we get to working non-stop and push ourselves to meet deadlines and get things done. That can be good, and I know that I, personally, am all too guilty of this too, however it’s equally as important to take some time for yourself to slow down and breathe. It’s okay to relax and take some time to rejuvenate! Grab a face mask, (I’m currently using this one!) fix yourself a refreshing cocktail (fact: it’s never too early for a mimosa) and just take a full day to focus on YOU. Force yourself not to look at your computer screen, finally binge that show you’ve been wanting to watch (COUGH APRIL 14TH COUGH) and make it a point to just relax.
- Call up your girlfriends for girl’s night – This must come complete with copious amounts of chocolate, pizza, and chick flicks. If you’re looking for an AMAZING chocolate dessert for a girl’s night get-together, check out this Crockpot Chocolate Lave Cake Dessert. 3 ingredients, 2 hours, 1 life-changing dessert. This would be perfect if you’re having a few friends over, since it makes a lot!! I made this one night when I went over to a girlfriend’s house for a sleepover a while back, and it was just the two of us. We finished the dessert of course, but it was truly one of my greatest feats.
- Start a new workout plan – Right, so after you eat a pound of chocolate in the aforementioned step, you probably aren’t too keen on the idea of working out. Hey… I GET IT, trust me. BUT, while I never really feel like working out (I’m definitely not one of those people who looks forward to exercise) I never ever regret it after I do! It always makes me feel accomplished and productive that day. If you’re looking for a new workout I have a couple home workouts on the blog if you want to check them out! “5 Lower Body Exercises for Killer Legs and a Booty” and “Home Workout: Ab Edition“
- SLEEP – Okay this one might not sound fun or interesting, but who actually gets enough sleep in college?! There’s always something going on or something to do or finish to turn in the next day, and before you know it, it’s 3 am, you’re nowhere near finishing your homework due at 8 am that morning, and you’ve succeeded in eating 2 poptarts, a pint of ice cream, and an 8 count nugget meal from McDonald’s even though you swore off fast food. IT HAPPENS. College is all about learning how to nap and slip in sleep where you can! So if you think you’re stuck at home for Spring Break, take advantage of it! Get some rest, sleep til noon everyday and don’t you apologize to ONE PERSON about it!!
- Read a new book – This is one of my favorite things to do during my off-time. It’s a rarity that I get to read for pleasure anymore since when I’m not at work, I’m doing homework for my MBA classes, and when I’m not doing homework, I’m working on writing blog content or taking pictures. So when I DO get time to sit down and just relax and read a book, it makes it special to me and one of the things I value having time to do! I know everyone is so different as to what they like to read, but if you like fiction and romance, I would definitely recommend Jojo Moyes as an author to check out! She is best-known for her book Me Before You, but my top two personal favorites of hers (I’ve read all of her books!) are The Last Letter from Your Lover and The Girl You Left Behind. They are both books that I wish I could un-read, just to read them again for the very first time!
- Have a shop til ya drop day – Aren’t these just the BEST?!?! These kinds of days are ALWAYS fun to me!! My favorite shopping partners are my Aunt Sheila and my Mawmaw. Some of the best memories I have are driving around from dawn to dusk with my aunt and mawmaw, shopping at countless different shopping malls and outlet malls, boutiques and all! There were times we didn’t even buy anything except for a lunch or a coffee, and that was completely fine. It was more about getting out and having a fun experience together. I don’t care what the Gilmore Girls say, window shopping can be fun!!
- Take a day trip – Explore what’s around you! I can’t tell you how many times I thought there was absolutely nothing to do on a boring day when I was by myself, only to get to searching online and finding a ton of options right within driving distance for me! For me, Houston is only about a 45 minute drive to Galveston, so when I am bored at home, Jordan and I will hop in the car and take a quick day trip. Even though the beaches aren’t super pretty at Galveston, it’s still fun to get away and get a change of scenery. We will walk up and down the Strand, visiting all of the beach shops there, stop for ice cream at the chocolate shop, and grab some food before heading home! It’s fun, generally pretty inexpensive for us, and we get to have a day away from the usual.
- Explore your town – Just as getting away can be fun, seeing what you can find in your city or town is just as entertaining! I’ve always been able to find something new to do in Houston… I just generally don’t look for them! I usually just do a quick Google search of things to do in [insert city here!] on whatever day of the week it is, and it will pull up what all is going on around me that day. It can be kind of uncomfortable getting out at first and trying new things, but I think that’s also part of the excitement. You learn and get a better understanding for what you like and don’t like. It’s part of growing and I for one, love getting to experience that!
I hope some of these ideas helped those of you who are staying at home for Spring Break! I’ve been there all too many times and I know it can suck seeing all of your friends posting Instagram photos and videos on vacation while you’re stuck at home. I’ve been there all too many times, and these are all things that I’ve found have helped me personally to feel like I’m getting the proper Spring Break I want and deserve.
Thanks for reading! Xx.