5 Little Ways to Improve your Everyday Life

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It may sound cheesy but self-care is important. You’re stuck with yourself until you decide to croak, so it’s good to set aside time to make sure you’re doing your best to make life as lovely as possible. Now, I know not all of us (or any of us) can afford to go build an at home gym with a personal Robeks in order to improve our daily life, soooo I made a list of easy ways you can add some spunk to your life. It’s all about the little things in life after all. (;

1.) Find an Intellectual Hobby

There are plenty of little things you can do everyday that will make you just a tad bit smarter than you were the day before. For example, my grandpa does a crossword, and my mom likes to do little word riddles. Not wanting to be the dumbest member of the family, I decided I would broaden my horizons as well. I downloaded Words With Friends (basically just Scrabble on your phone) and went all in. I started off really well, long words, lots of points, but it didn’t last long. I suck at it. Everyone’s beating me, literally everyone, even my best friend’s grandma is destroying me (in all four games we’re playing against each other). So, do I necessarily feel smarter? No. But that’s alright because my brain is growing…I’m sure of it.

2.) Buy a Plant

I based this one off of the idea of building a sense of responsibility. You are a plant mother now and are responsible for a living thing’s life. Talk about finding a purpose for yourself… it’s basically motherhood. Except this is way better than motherhood because if you kill the plant it’s no big deal. I recently bought a succulent to keep alive and realized it didn’t even need water. The thing is thriving, and I feel great about myself.

3.) Wear Fun Socks in Serious Places

The best thing about socks is that you also wear shoes over them so no one knows what kind you’re even wearing. You could be in the middle of the funeral and let a giggle slip out because only you know that your socks have pug mermaids on them. It’s like a classified secret between you and your feet. Really, it’s a secret identity, like you’re an undercover agent on a mission to make everyone think you’re boring. But really at any moment you can take them all by surprise and BAM! whip out your fun socks!!! That right there is the definition of true power.

4.) Call Your Friends

This one might not be a big deal if you’re not a teenager but when I’m looking around at my peers I don’t know if half of them even know how to answer the phone. Facetime? Yes. Phone call? Ehhhh not likely. But calling people is fuuuuuuuun I promise!!! When you hear someone’s voice you know exactly what they mean. Over text however, tones get confused and emojis get misused (that rhymed, haha), and then autocorrect goes and ruins the entire conversation, so basically now you’re mad at each other. Plus, when it comes to calling people you don’t even have to look moderately good because unlike Facetime, they can’t see you!! So stay in your pj’s and call your best friend. You forget how much you love their voice until you hear it.

5.) Take the Long Way Home

Okay so I’ll admit that usually when I take the long way home it’s because I missed a turn and my driving skills are definitely not at the point where I can whip out a beautiful U-turn and still stay alive. But hey, it’s kind of fun to plug your address into Google Maps and go ahead and jam out by yourself even if you do know you’re now going to be home 23 minutes later than before. Plus, your mother is already texting you about the million things to get done today. I mean musicians write songs about taking the long way home all the time and they’re all saying it’s super fun so ignore your worries and just go with the flow man. Now, is it a waste of gas? Yes, probably. Should you pretend like you’re too cool to care? Yes, definitely.

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Ainsley Allen

Ainsley is a teenage girl who currently lives with her family in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Ainsley loves big cities, pretty sunsets and cute dogs. She fills her time by dancing, reading good books and singing in the shower.
Ainsley hopes to pursue a career in journalism and write for a women's magazine. Until then however, she is just working on making it through high school.

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  • “Talk about finding a purpose for yourself…it’s basically motherhood.” I lol.
    Love this writer’s fresh & breezy voice. More please.

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