Bringing Girl Power to Hollywood

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Bringing Girl Power to Hollywood

While this blog is my little space to share recipes, reviews, fashion, and any thoughts I might have at any given time, you probably know my real passion is in writing novels and screenplays.  I have been at it for almost ten years now with nothing to show for it.

A lot of this has to do with the fact that it’s even harder to break into the industry as a woman.  Can you believe only one of the writing nominees at this year’s Oscars was a woman?  We need some girl power in Hollywood!

Bringing Girl Power to Hollywood

I have a few contacts who are all men.  Don’t get me wrong, they are nice and trying to help me and hopefully soon I’ll have something to show for it.  But it would be awesome to work with more women who better understand where women writers are coming from and that audiences are interested in strong female characters from strong female writers.

People often suggest that I should be a model, and while this is obviously flattering, it sometimes bothers me that people don’t think I can be something more, that they don’t think I can both take pride in my appearance and use my brain.

Mom and Me

These are the kinds of stereotypes that prevent women from achieving great things.  I want to wear red lipstick and pretty dresses and heels that make me feel like I could touch the sky, but I also want to sit at my computer in track suits and type away, creating a world that will bring others as much joy as it does me.

Luckily there are great women who inspire me to keep fighting for my dreams in Hollywood, knowing that I will achieve them.  My Mom is my number one champion.  She may not have had a chance to follow her dreams of being a singer, so she is always there to make sure I have the chance to chase mine.  Mom also reads everything I write.  Is that red pen out of ink yet???

Shopping at Walmart

Many very famous actresses also have their own production companies now.  Not only does this inspire me as they push the boundaries of what have been typical responsibilities for actresses, but it also gives me hope that I can work with them.  They are always talking about championing other women and I can’t wait for the chance to show them what I have.

Brawny® is currently celebrating everyday women who are breaking down barriers in traditionally male-dominated industries and empowering others with the Strength Has No Gender™ campaign, and I am so proud to be a part of it.  I am more than ready to crush some barriers and then clean up the messes I make when cooking and baking (Mom is also good at reminding me of those) with Brawny® Pick-a-Size 8 Giant Plus paper towels.

Cleaning with Brawny

Exclusive to Walmart, limited-edition Strength Has No Gender™ pack is in my kitchen right now.  Not only are the paper towels super useful, but they also inspire me every time I reach for a roll.  Many days are not easy, they are full of rejection and disappointment, but I know that I can break the barriers, achieve great things, and pave the way for the next generation.

Brawny Paper Towels

 

Books on the Lake

Books on the Lake

I have been trying to get my writing career off the ground for about seven years now, and with each passing year the rejection and failure becomes more and more difficult to deal with.  This year, I have decided to do everything in my power to change my pat and the way I am feeling.

I have asked advice from many people and my dad’s boss suggested that I go to an event called Books on the Lake.  It is put on by the Grosse Pointe Library and held at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.  When I read about it, I was sorry I hadn’t attended the annual event sooner.

Books on the Lake

Though Mom and I were late thanks to a moving work crew that left the highway at a crawl for almost an hour, we didn’t miss much of the action.  We were presented a yummy meal and seated at a table with some super friendly, chatty people.  One of them was an author and was interested to hear my story as I was interested to heat how she made her way in the industry.

Devin Scillian

Before long, the speakers took the stage.  First was local news anchor and children’s author Devin Scillian.  I have been a fan of Devin for years, watching him on TV every weekday for about 15 years.  He gave a great and very interesting speech that detailed his love of both TV and books, reading his own book at the White House, and of course, trying to get published the first time.

He sent his book out, like I have done many times, and was excited to receive a letter back in the mail.  When he opened it, it said, “Dear Author.”  Anyone who has ever written to an agency or publisher knows what the next words were.  Something along the lines of “We’re sorry but we can’t represent your book, but we wish you luck in the future.”  He thought it was ironic that they referred to him as author.

Eventually Devin got the yes he was looking for and the rest is history.

Mardi Jo Link

Mardi Jo Link spoke next.  A native Michigander, she first began writing about her life living in Northern Michigan.  When she realized that wasn’t going to sell, she began writing books based on true crimes that had occurred in the area and found a publisher and an audience for them.

It was awhile later when she received a call from a big agent after submitting her work to just a few trying to reach more people with her work.  She had accidentally attached some of her writing about her life that she continued to write for her and her family only.  The agent was interested in that and felt people would too with the interest in the lives of real people growing.  It was so cool that a good portion of her career was really a happy accident.

Lisa Scottoline

The final speak er was Lisa Scottoline.  She has a bold, bright personality that invites you to listen and makes you want to be friends with her.  She has written 26 novels!  And also writes a newspaper column with her daughter.  In fact, it is her close relationship with her family that made it so easy for me to relate to her.  You all know I’m super close with my mom.  Who knows – maybe we’ll writer a newspaper column together one day!!!

I also love that she writes across genres.  I have never been inspired by only one genre, but by ideas, no matter where they fit in the genre landscape.  She proves that you can do all kinds of writing and be successful at all of it.

Books on the Lake

We had the chance to meet all the authors after the event and pick up some signed books.  It was great to meet them all, but we connected with Lisa the most.  In fact when I told her about my writing she said she’d help me find an agent.  I sent her an email and hope to hear from her soon.  I really hope that she can help me.  Having her say she would find an agent for me was incredible.  I have been waiting to hear those words for years.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

We already can’t wait to go back next year.  The event was incredible and the setting is just gorgeous.  Plus, maybe, just maybe, going to Books on the Lake will be the one thing that changes everything for me.

How to Make a Vision Board

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How to Make a Vision Board

If you read my blog, you know I have some lofty goals.  Bestselling author.  Oscar winning screenwriter.  Adele concert goer.  All things that aren’t easy to accomplish.

And yet, I don’t give up on my dreams and goals.  I know I am meant to be a writer and there is no plan b.  Actually there’s not even a plan z.  It’s writer or bust.  And I’m not going to be a bust.

Because of this, I have become a very bold person.  I have no choice.  If I don’t stand up for myself, fight for myself, show the world that I have a whole lot of awesomeness in me, no one else is going to.

How to Make a Vision Board

I do this in a variety of ways.  One of which is starting my morning with Listerine.  It gets me and my breath off to a fresh start.  After all, I can’t have bad breath in case I run into an agent or Ben Affleck – hey he was in town filming a movie for awhile.

I switch between different varieties but Cool Mint Listerine is a favorite.  Also, if you haven’t tried Whitening Listerine DO IT!  I will never go through dentist office whitening again.  but back to Cool Mint it is … well … cool because in lab studies it kills 99.9% of bad breath germs and germs that lead to gum disease, it reduces gingivitis 21% more than flossing and brushing alone and plaque 52% more than brushing and flossing alone.  And it leaves a super minty freshness behind.

Shopping at Walmart

I also picked up Listerine Pocketpaks in Cool Mint for the first time on my most recent trip to Walmart.  They are great when I’m on the go.  I can pop one whenever my breath isn’t feeling its freshest.  They dissolve instantly and in lab studies kill 99.9% of bad breath germs.

Okay, so now that our breath is going to be minty fresh, I’m going to show you how to achieve all your bold goals and dreams by inspiring you to create a vision board.

You may have become familiar with vision boards back when The Secret was super popular.  They are a poster board that is covered in photos and quotes that represent what you want from life.  They can cover topics big and small.

Be Bold with Listerine

In order to create a vision board, you will need:

  • Poster board
  • Photos from a magazine or printed off the computer
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
  • Tape

The first thing that you need to do is brainstorm ideas of what you want to be on your vision board.  Maybe it’s a trip, a new house, a career, a family.  For me, for example, I really want to move to California, so I put a picture of LA on my board.

I’d also like to be an Instagram star because it’s my favorite social media.  I’d love to be in Taylor Swift’s squad, make a movie with Reese Witherspoon, be on Ellen, and be represented by the best agency in Hollywood, William Morris Endeavor.

Squad Goals

Once I had my ideas, I printed some pictures, and got to work taping them on my board.  I also used crayons to add inspiring words and some decorations.

The most important thing about a vision board is that it be important and personal to you.  It should represent your very essence.  And supposedly, it is supposed to work.  Which is a good thing, because I’m ready for my bold moves to have bold payoffs.

With Listerine and a vision board, we can achieve any bold thing we want!

How to Make a Vision Board

Why I Started a Blog

Why I Started a Blog

I seriously cannot believe I’ve been blogging for over three years now! The time has flown, and I’ve watched my little page grow from grainy overexposed photographs and about ten likes on Facebook to a professional site with quite a few fans that I’m happy to call my own space on the Internet.

If you haven’t been here from the beginning, and I bet most of you have not, then you might not know how my journey began.

I have been a writer since I was 17. Oh yeah, I was typing away on my first novel then. After writing a few more novels and not being able to make anything happen, I realized I needed a bigger audience for my work. Or an audience at all. So I thought a blog might be the perfect fit.

Why I Started a Blog

I didn’t want to have a blog where I just wrote about whatever was on my mind because I felt like I wouldn’t always have something to say. Sometimes I have things on my mind that are personal and important to me that I want to share with you, so I just talk about them with my recipes. But other times, I only want to focus on my recipes, and I love having that freedom.

Because I also love to bake, I knew a baking blog was what I wanted to create. I hired a designer because I didn’t know anything about creating a blog (I still don’t know much!), and she suggested I choose HostGator for my domain and hosting services.

I went with her advice and am so happy I did. HostGator has been awesome! My site runs very smoothly. I have only had a couple issues over the years, and when I do HostGator is there to help 24/7 via phone, chat, or email. They are super friendly and helpful.

Why I Started a Blog

I also love that I have my domain with them too, so I don’t have to worry about working with different companies and keeping track of everything. It’s all in one place. Plus, HostGator offers design services as well as SEO and PPC marketing services to increase traffic. I might just have to check those out.

I hope maybe I’ve inspired you to start your own blog. If you do you should definitely check out HostGator. You will not be disappointed in their service. And if you already have a blog, maybe you want to switch to HostGator. I often hear bloggers complaining about their hosting services. You won’t hear any complaints from me about HostGator.

If you’re interested in checking out what HostGator has to offer, visit my special page where you can get 30% off web hosting services!

Why I Started a Blog

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Five Tips to Beat Stress

Five Tips to Beat Stress

We all get stressed sometimes. I have always had a tendency to be more stressed then most, since I was a little girl. Sure, stress is a normal part of life. If we’re not stressed over things like work, cleaning the house, getting taxes done, throwing a dinner party, or buying new furniture, then we’re probably not alive.

Sometimes big things like that get me stressed, but sometimes little things get me stressed too. Remember when I was telling you about my broken DVR? That had me going insane. And as crazy as it sounds, sometimes even fun things get me stressed. Can you believe I sometimes get really nervous and stressed before going to a concert or event?

I don’t want to be the no-fun person who’s always stressed and gives in to said stress. None of us are ever going to get rid of stress completely, and that’s okay. We have to find ways to cope with it and push it aside when it’s telling us we can’t deal with something.

I have learned a lot of ways to deal with stress over the years, and I’m excited to share some those with you today.

Five Tips to Beat Stress

1. Take a step back. When one particular thing is overwhelming you, a work project, for example, walk away from it or put it aside for awhile. Even if this time period is only five minutes, it will help give you clarity on the situation and deal with it in a calmer manner.

2. Ask for help. This sounds obvious, but we have all been guilty of thinking we can handle everything ourselves when we cannot. Don’t be afraid to ask your husband to help you clean the house or ask a friend to come over early to help you set up for a party. It will take some of the pressure off of you and give you company while doing tasks, making them more fun.

3. Exercise. Exercise is not only good for your health and your heart, but the endorphins it creates are amazing for clearing your head and helping you deal with stress. Choose your favorite activity and do it for at least a half an hour five days a week and you will notice that your ability to handle stress will get much better.

4. Make time for yourself. We get so caught up in our responsibilities and caring for those around us that a lot of the time we forget about taking care of ourselves. Every day make a little time just for you. Whether it’s five minutes to listen to your favorite song, ten minutes to deep breath and meditate, or an hour to watch your favorite TV show, carve some time out each day just for you. You’ll notice quickly that you are much better at fulfilling all those responsibilities when you feel fulfilled as well.

Five Tips to Beat Stress

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I hope my tips will help you enjoy life and stress less. After all, life is precious and we should get the most out of it.

Do you have any tips on how to deal with stress?  Share them with me in the comments!  I’m always looking for a new tip.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Exciting News: Pies and Plots is Partnering with ZipList

I am thrilled to tell you all about ZipList today.  Many bloggers have partnered up with ZipList, and I am so excited and honored to now be among them.

ZipList allows you to save recipes from my site along with many others that are partnered with them to one central Recipe Box.  This is where all the recipes you want to make will be located, from all different websites.  Sounds a lot easier than the hundreds of bookmarks and recipes torn out of magazines and newspapers I have!

ZipList Save Button

Click on the Save Recipe button to add it to your Recipe Box!

To use ZipList, you’ll need to sign up for an account if you don’t already have one.  It’s very easy to do!  I know you’re thinking you already have tons of accounts, but this one is very worthwhile since it will simplify baking, cooking, and grocery shopping.

In order to add a recipe to your Recipe Box, just click Save Recipe at the top of the recipe right next to the title.  You can also click on Recipe Box in my navigation bar, which will take you right to your personal Recipe Box where all the recipes you have saved are located.  You can browse around that area to find more recipes as well.

ZipList Recipe Box

Click on Recipe Box in the navigation bar to head to your personal Recipe Box!

ZipList

Check out this cool Recipe Box ZipList created that looks just like my blog!

Here, you’ll also notice tabs for Grocery Deals in your area as well as your Shopping List.  The Shopping List is probably my favorite feature.  I think of things I need at the grocery store all the time, and then I promptly forget them no matter how hard I try to remember.  With this feature, you’ll always have a running list of items you need, so you won’t forget anything.  No more going to the grocery store five times a week.  Score!

ZipList Shopping List

Can’t wait to start adding things to my Shopping List!

So I hope you check out all the new ZipList features and enjoy using them!

North American International Auto Show

North American International Auto Show

Mom and me in front of a BMW

I have dreamed of going to the North American International Auto Show for about fifteen years.  I watch all the TV coverage every year and imagine walking through the show, perhaps rubbing elbows with the automotive brass.  In particular I have always wanted to attend the charity preview.  Over the years, it has raised millions of dollars for children’s charities in the Detroit area.  Going meant so much to me I even put it on my bucket list.  Well, I finally went! 

Okay, so, I didn’t go to the charity preview; instead Mom, Dad, and I headed to Cobo Arena for the industry preview.  It was the perfect way to check out the Auto Show, and I am more than willing to cross going to the Auto Show off my bucket list!  While the industry preview lacks the black-tie glitz and glamour of the Charity preview, the ticket price is also about two-thirds lower and it’s even less crowded than the fancy event.

North American International Auto Show

Dad checking out a cool blue Mustang!

In typical Michigan fashion, it was a gross, snowy, frigid day.  So bad, in fact, we came very close to simply staying home (have I mentioned how badly I want to move).  We persevered and the drive down wasn’t too bad.  Of course, in typical Detroit fashion, parking was a nightmare.  The garages and lots near Cobo were for reserved parking only.  Luckily Dad, being the amazing guy he is, dropped Mom and me at the door and went to park in the Joe Louis Arena garage a little ways away.

The industry preview is for people who work in the automotive industry to check out the Show before the general public.  Both Mom and Dad used to work for Ford, and there seemed to be no restrictions on who could purchase the tickets, so even though we aren’t quite industry professionals, we went.  There were only a fraction of the people there as on a public day, but still the Show was quite crowded.  I can’t imagine going on a public day.  It was smaller than we imagined, but very easy to navigate, especially with the map provided to us.

North American International Auto Show

The Ford exhibit.

We headed pretty much straight to the Ford exhibit while we waited for Dad.  We all may be a bit biased but the Ford exhibit was really the most impressive.  It seemed like a little Auto Show all by itself.  The Mustangs and F-150s were featured prominently.  There was even a working assembly line that made actual car parts during the Show.  Lincoln was near the back of the Ford display.  It was very sleek and modern.  The old Lincoln on display and the cool geometric decorations were my favorite.  Against all the odds, Mom actually ran into an old friend from Ford.  Sometimes the world is indeed very small. 

North American International Auto Show

Mustang concept car.

North American International Auto Show

Super cool old Lincoln.

We covered the whole Show.  Mercedes was cool, so was Bentley, though their cars were all blocked off.  I’m rather Bentley obsessed, so it was a bit of a disappointment to not be able to get up close and personal to their cars.  Cadillac had a really awesome display with sleek looking cars.  The paint on one of them was so sparkly – just my kind of color!  I could definitely see myself riding around town in a BMW or Porsche.  What is rather amazing is that the show is built from the ground up each year.  All of the displays, the different floor materials, the lighting, everything is new every year, and all of the displays look markedly different each year. 

North American International Auto Show

Mercedes exhibit.

North American International Auto Show

North American International Auto Show

The elusive Bentley.

Then it was back to the Big Three as we checked out the Chrysler display.  I have always loved 300s, and up close and personal they are even cooler, especially the blue one.  Concept cars are always one of the best parts of the show, though there were fewer this year than in years past.  However, this Dodge SRT was enough to satisfy my concept car cravings.  I can never get enough of the Chargers and Challengers either.

North American International Auto Show

Dodge SRT concept.

North American International Auto Show

The history of Dodge’s most famous cars.

Of course, heading over to GM, the Corvette’s aren’t too shabby either.  Who wouldn’t want to speed drive the speed limit down the road in one of those?  Or perhaps a Camaro, which has never looked better.  Interestingly, there are tons of people walking around each exhibit cleaning cars.  The vast majority are out in the open, allowing people to touch and even sit in the cars, but the companies work hard to make sure the cars still look great, as everyone has a phone or camera out taking pictures.

North American International Auto Show

Corvette race car.

North American International Auto Show

Look at the sparkly paint on this Cadillac!

Each company also has product specialists that are there to answer questions and help people figure out if a particular car would be a good fit for them.  After all what’s an Auto Show if it doesn’t help sell some cars?  A quick tour through Jaguar and Land Rover and we felt like we’d seen all there was to see within about an hour and a half.  Dad headed back to get the car while Mom and I picked up some souvenirs.

North American International Auto Show

Dad and me in front of a Volvo.

North American International Auto Show

Hitting the road at four, we figured it wouldn’t be too bad of a drive home, but with the snow that had been accumulating all day and was still falling, it took nearly three hours (no exaggeration) to get home when in ideal conditions it should take about thirty minutes.  That is a long time to be in a car, and we all wanted nothing more than to get home.  Dad handled the roads incredibly well and got us home safe and sound.  It would be easy for all of us to say we wish we hadn’t gone, to be beyond frustrated over the traffic, but that is not the case.  It was a wonderful day and a wonderful show!  We are all so glad we went.  I feel very lucky to still be able to make memories like this with my parents.  Who knows, maybe we’ll even go again next year!  If you are in the Detroit area and interested, the show is open to the public until January 26.

Fashion Friday: Christmas 2013 Recap

Fashion Friday: Christmas 2013 Recap

The holidays have come and gone in the blink of an eye.  I definitely made the most of them, though.  I have spent tons of time with Mom and Dad.  We’ve watched more movies than I thought was possible, everything from Match Point and Rain Man to Despicable Me 1 and 2.  Mom and I went shopping and picked up a couple Ralph Lauren sweaters on sale!  We saw War Horse on stage.  It may be my new favorite show.  It is different from anything we have ever seen before, and I highly recommend seeing it if you ever have the chance.  We also did lots of relaxing, which is exactly what I want my holidays to be about.

Christmas Day itself was simply delightful.  After a leisurely (albeit boring) breakfast of oatmeal (I had to save up for what was coming), we opened presents!  Christmas is about spending time with the people I love and making memories, but come on, we all have to admit, it’s so fun tearing into presents.  Most of my presents weren’t exactly a surprise since Mom likes ideas and I even had to help her order a few 😉  I got three skirts, but only ended up keeping one from Valentino Red.  It was by far my favorite present.  I am seriously in love with this skirt!  I unwrapped a lot of books I asked for and Justin Timberlake’s newest CD.  There was some makeup, including a fun green lipstick I can’t wait to try, plenty of nail polish (duh!), and some stuffed animals.  The only real surprise was a tiny Michigan Hello Kitty Dad picked up.  I’m not a Michigan fan, but I love Hello Kitty and am enamored with my toy!  Gorgeous Ugg slippers and the annual Swarovski snowflake ornament rounded out my gifts.

Ugg Slippers

Love my new shimmery Ugg slippers!

Michigan Hello Kitty

I did receive a bracelet from Tiffany, but it was one of those UPS delayed gifts, so it came the day after Christmas.  I found the clasp really difficult to operate, so I’m returning it for the matching necklace.  I can’t wait to show you!  Plus, Tiffany kindly sent a $50 gift card for the shipping issues!

Next it was Mom’s turn to open.  I found some awesome surprises for her.  She loved her track suits and makeup.  She is returning one jacket I found for her, but the gorgeous leather jacket I found fits like a glove.  And the black and white Milly dress is so perfect on her.  I was thrilled Mom liked her presents.  She already can’t wait to wear the jacket and I don’t blame her.

Mom's Christmas Gifts

Mom looking fabulous in her new leather jacket and dress :)

Mom and Me

Mom and me celebrating Christmas! I’m wearing my new skirt that I LOVE!

Dad went last.  He got a bunch of movies he asked for, along with a book Mom and I picked up.  His stand out present was a Shinola watch.  Mom and I chose it from all of their styles and he loved it.  What’s really cool about Shinola watches is that they are made here in Detroit!  The watch has a really clean look and we all love that it’s a locally made product.  Dad is a watch collector so this was the perfect gift for him!

Shinola Watch

Dad’s amazing new Shinola watch. Made in Detroit!

After the present opening ceased, we all tried on and explored our gifts.  Then it was time to head to the kitchen!  I made Snickerdoodle Cookie Cups with Maple Buttercream.  They were delish and I’ll be sharing the recipe very soon!  Mom got the prime rib all ready for the oven. 

While everything was cooking, we watched some movies and chilled.  Then it was time to eat our amazing dinner before more chilling and watching more movies.  I didn’t even turn on my computer all day.  It was just the rest we all needed!  I hope you all had a great Christmas as well!

I don’t know where the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve went, but I blinked and the calendar said 2014!  NYE was quiet.  We stayed home and watched the coverage from Times Square.  I’m just hoping 2014 has great things in store for all!  Happy New Year!

New Year’s Resolutions to “Get Old”

Not too long ago I told you what I’m doing to make sure I live a good, healthy long life. It’s about more than just eating healthy and exercising. It’s about leading a life of balance and happiness, because, let’s be honest, if we’re not happy, truly not happy, life isn’t going to be good no matter what else we’re doing.

There are always things we can do to improve our lives. No one is perfect. All the yoga in the world isn’t going to compensate for a diet full of cheeseburgers and a job that leaves you stressed out isn’t going to get any better no matter how much water you drink.

It’s that time of year, though. You know? The holidays, which means the New Year and the resolutions that accompany it are just around the corner. In the midst of buying gifts, cooking and baking, traveling, heading to parties, and spending time with family, perhaps you’ve had a chance to consider the resolution you’ll be making come January first. Maybe you’ve been considering it since last year’s resolution went by the way side by the time February rolled around. When you make resolutions, it’s the perfect time to think about how the things you do now will affect how you Get Old.

What’s Get Old? Get Old is an initiative developed by Pfizer to challenge people of all ages to rethink what it means to Get Old and take a more active role in their health and quality of life at every age. Sounds like a pretty good initiative to me. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, especially around the holidays, it’s easy to forget that the actions we take today will have a huge impact on our lives years and years from now. But it’s true.

Everything from skin care to healthy eating to exercise to trying to keep stress levels low can add not only years, but good years on to our lives. No one wants to live to be 100 if it means being sickly, frail, and unable to enjoy life. While there are no guarantees, changes, both big and small, can help to ensure we all Get Old with success.

New Year's Resolutions to Get Old with Pfizer

Playing games is going to help me achieve my New Year’s Resolution to de-stress!

I’m not always a huge fan of resolutions, but this initiative inspired me to make one this year.I  try to do a lot of things in life that will ensure I Get Old with ease, but one thing I’m not good at is stress control. Frankly, sometimes I’m a bit of a stressed out mess. And that is so not good for my health, now or later. My resolution is to try to stress less. While this is easier said than done, I’m determined to make a conscious effort.

How am I going to do this?I ’m going to disconnect from my phone and computer. Running a blog means I’m constantly checking emails and social media, but it can be super draining. I’m also going to cook and bake for fun. It’s not always fun to bake with the pressure of taking pictures and writing about it. Baking has always been one of my favorite ways to de-stress and I want to go back to that. I’m also going to try to play more games. Card games, board games, whatever. Mom has always said she loves to play games, so I figure it would be fun to have game night. It will also be fun to put together a really hard puzzle. Games and puzzles will also help my brain function and memory increase, helping me Get Old too. Score!

New Year's Resolutions to Get Old with Pfizer

Putting together puzzles will keep my mind active, helping me to Get Old!

So what are your resolutions? What are you going to do to help you Get Old?

What are you doing to Get Old well? Tell us at GetOld.com and join the conversation on Twitter.com/GetOld and Facebook.com/GetOld.

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Pfizer and Get Old. I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own. Get Old is a registered trademark of Pfizer Inc.

 

Leading a Healthy Life and Getting Old

Most people think since I’m 23 years old, I believe I’m invincible and behave as such. I can’t blame them for thinking this, as that’s how many of my peers behave. But this is simply not the case. I focus on living a healthy lifestyle now so that I feel good not only today, but also so I set myself up to live a long, good, healthy life. Hopefully all the measures I’m taking now will really pay off in my fifties, sixties, and beyond.

Of course, there are the basic things we all should be doing to be healthy now and in the future. Exercise is a huge part of my life. It not only keeps me physically fit (especially since I bake for a living), but it also helps mentally. Exercise keeps my anxiety at bay and often my best ideas strike mid-run.

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Love my purple tennis shoes!

I also try to eat healthy. I eat fruit at every meal. I love fruits of all kinds and often choose fruit over dessert. Shocking, I know! I’ve enjoyed fruit since I was a little girl. I also make sure to work lots of vegetables and lean protein into my diet. But I focus on things I enjoy, rather than forcing myself to eat foods just because they’re healthy. Kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, halibut, salmon, and lean beef are some of my favorite foods; the fact that they’re healthy is simply a bonus. Recently I’ve made a concerted effort to incorporate more whole grains such as oatmeal and quinoa. Water is the only beverage I drink. Well, except for the occasional martini when I’m having a fun night out. Water keeps me hydrated, particularly when exercising and in the winter when my skin can get very dry.

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Brussel sprouts off the stalk are my favorite!

I also try my hardest to get 7-8 hours of sleep. If I don’t, trust me, you don’t want to be around me!

There are less obvious ways I take care of myself too. I was terribly unhappy when I was in school and that’s no way to live life, so now I focus on following my heart and passions. This is why I’m pouring everything I’ve got into my writing. I know it’s what I’m meant to do because when I’m working on my screenplay or novel, I’m smiling. It must only be a matter of time until it’s my career.

Me time is a super important part of my healthy life plan. Whether reading a book, watching a movie, going out to a fancy dinner with my family, or going shopping, it’s vital that I take time to unplug from my phone, computer, work, and other tasks of everyday life on a regular basis. Without that time, I’d go crazy. I’d also go pretty crazy if I didn’t indulge sometimes. I don’t want to live to be 90 or 100 if it means foregoing every dessert and fried food that comes my way. Finding room in my life for splurges is just as important as kale chips and baked sweet potatoes.

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Enjoying a fun night out with my parents and aunt and uncle.

Hopefully reading about what I do to maintain a healthy life long-term has inspired you to do the same no matter your age. A few small changes can make a great deal of difference.

 

  • Get Old is an initiative developed by Pfizer  to challenge people of all ages to rethink what it means to Get Old and take a more active role in their health and quality of life at every age.  Whether it’s through watching what you eat, physical exercise, spending time with family and friends or participating in an activity you’re passionate about — each of us has the power to decide for ourselves how we want to Get Old. It’s not just about living longer, but living better.

 

 

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Pfizer and Get Old. I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own. 

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