The October List

The October List

Here’s to another month! Can you believe that there are only 2 more months left in 2017? I feel like this year has gone by so quickly!

Mantra

Expect nothing and appreciate everything.

If you’ve read my past few monthly lists you know that I was struggling to find a mantra that really suited me. I had used the mantra I am fulfilled. I am fearless but I felt I needed a new mantra. I searched and searched and nothing felt right to me. 

This month I finally found a mantra that has been working out! Expect nothing and appreciate everything. This mantra has been so helpful in my life. Sometimes we can get caught up with expectations that are through the roof. When we don’t have realistic expectations we can’t appreciate what is happening. I want to appreciate more joy and so I expect nothing and appreciate everything. World changing! 

Instagram

Sabina Trojanova @girlvsglobe

I followed Sabina earlier this year and I absolutely love her account. If you are a travel lover, you need to follow her. She takes such beautiful photos and inspires me to travel the world. She also inspires me to take better travel photos. Click here to check out her instagram. 

Daily Otters @daily_Otters

Listen, I just love sea otters. They are so adorable. They are so smart. I just can’t handle all of their cuteness! While I’m scrolling through my instagram feed I just need to see some little otter faces BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO ADORABLE!! Click here to add the simplest of joys to your life. FYI I am currently sitting on the couch laughing to myself about how much I love otters! 

Twitter

TEDTalks @TEDTALKS

Recently I have been on a TEDTalk kick. The last week of October I have watched at least 5 TEDTalks a day. I really just love listening to well educated, passionate people share out their ideas with the world. I follow TEDTalks on twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest ideas being shared into the world. Click here to check them out! 

Tiny Buddha @tinybuddha

If you’re an avid reader of this blog then it should be no surprise to you that I love wisdom and I love quotes. Tiny Buddha is where these two things come together. Click here to check it out. Tiny Buddha spreads beautiful words of encouragement, dreams, and inspiration throughout my Twitter feed. 

Book

The Boy of the Wooden Box

Last month I read through this book faster than most. I just could not put it down. I think in part because it is a true story that takes place during the Holocaust and partly because it is set in Krakow. This story was written by Leon Leyson the young boy who was saved from being killed in concentration camps by Oskar Schindler. He was the youngest name on the list. This book shows the true horrors that took place during the Holocaust from a young boy’s point of view. I cried harder than ever while reading this story but I feel it is one that everyone should read. I have already forced it onto people around me. Click here to purchase this story on Amazon. 

TV Shows and Movies

This Is Us

So, I know that this was also on The September List but I am all caught up now. OH MY GOSH! The more I watch it the more I love it. How could you not? Seriously. I just want to be a member of the Pearson family. I think that is what makes this show so wonderful. The Pearson family contains little truths from all families and the show is so darn relatable that you just have to keep watching. I bought my season pass for season 2 on iTunes and am so excited to get to keep up with this show as it goes on. 

Song

Closer -The Chainsmokers

Gosh I just love this song!  I just really love the Chainsmokers. My sister says that they are pretty big in the US, I don’t know. What I do know is that I love this song and I make sure to listen to it everyday when I am walking home from school. 

Podcast

Up and Vanished

Another repeat from The September List but it is necessary. Now, I don’t want to spoil it for any future listeners but I just got to the part where they made an arrest! What?! This cold case is getting solved! Each and every morning I listen to the podcast and put on my detective hat on my walk to the car. You must listen!

Quizzes

Can you name 100 countries in seven minutes?

I love challenges like this! Click here to take the challenge on yourself. I got 86 countries in 7 minutes and I don’t think that is too bad. I tried to go by continent the best I could and then guess all the ones I forgot in the end. Let me know what you get! 

Pick 6 hot Actors and we will give you your dream husband

Yes, I know how ridiculous this is and I don’t even care. Click here if you want to know. I ended up getting an actor who I didn’t even click on or like so… I don’t know how legit this whole thing is. 

Which Era of Pam Beasley Are You Most Like?

I love The Office. I love Pam Beasely. She is one of my absolute favorite characters on the show. Click here to take this quiz yourself. I got season five Pam. Pretty fun! 

How Many Animated Kids Movies Have You Actually Seen?

I love watching kids movies and I also love checking things off of lists so this is the ideal quiz for me. Click here to see how many you have seen! I have seen 33 out of the 42 on this list. Not too shabby! 

Place I Visited

Warsaw

Now that summer vacation is over and I am back to the grind of work I’m not traveling to as many places as I was before. So… Warsaw was my favorite place! 

I really did love Warsaw. I liked the big city vibes. I loved the gardens of the palace we went to. Click here to read all about Warsaw. At the end of the day though, I really enjoy Krakow a lot more. 

Moment

Hearing the Words "You've Been Upgraded"

Now, I know that this is honestly all I talk about but I can’t get over it. Stuff like this just doesn’t happen to me ever! So having it happen in Warsaw was pretty darn exciting. I know I am destined to live a life much fancier than the one I live now but my budget just does not agree. Until this magical time comes I guess I will just have to make the most of all the fancy upgrades I get. 

Links

7 ways that AIM away messages were the most savage places on the internet

Gosh, RIP AIM. AIM was so wonderful and now it has gone. I had assumed that AIM was already gone and forgotten. To hear that it was still kicking, but barely was sad. To pay my respects please read this article about how savage AIM really was. We’re all reminiscent now but who wasn’t cut down or cutting down others on AIM? 

32 Hilarious IT Crowd Moments

Oh, gosh, IT Crowd is such a funny show. If you haven’t seen it I do believe that it is on Netflix. These moments made me laugh so hard I cried. Click here to enjoy some hilarious moments yourself. Please note these are funny even if you don’t know the show. 

Here's What INFJs Absolutely Must Have in Order to Be Happy

I guess this link is very specific to INFJ personality types like myself. Unless maybe you want to learn more about someone who is INFJ. Anyways this list was so true! These really are the things I need to keep my life in balance. Click here to read more. 

The One Thing I've Done That's Helped Me Calm Down

As you know, I am all about gratitude and joy. This article from one of my favorite blogs, Cupcakes and Cashmere, is so wonderful. I strongly believe that incorporating more gratitude into my life has made me a happier, healthier person. I also highly suggest everyone incorporates a little more gratitude into their day to day. It seriously can’t hurt. 

10 Habits of All Happy Women

One of my three big goals for this year 28 is mental health a big piece of the puzzle is happiness. This list from The Everygirl has 10 really important keys to happiness. As I read this article I mentally checked things off the list that I already do. I reflected and these habits really have brought me more joy and happiness. 

If You've Done Any of These Things It Counts as Harassment

We’re not ending the October List on a light note and that is due to some events that have come to light this month. I am such a fan of the #metoo movement bringing harassment out into the light but there is still a long way to go to get to the right place. 

Just yesterday some man was yelling things at me as I walked down the street. Click here to read this wonderful article from Buzzfeed. This is a checklist of a variety of things people might not believe are harassment but they are. 

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