2015 Came In Like A Wrecking Ball

2015, wrecking ball

Can you believe it’s March? I can’t. It seems like this year is flying by without a care in the world, while the rest of us mere mortals struggle to keep up. Well, 2015, you shall not pass … without us first enjoying a few more blogs and good times.

Only three months in and the year has already been a roller-coaster. I’m pretty sure Miley sent her wrecking ball my way when she finished air drying. That is what she was doing, right? 

In true wrecking ball fashion, life has been filled with with broken glasses, expensive auto repairs, and an unexpected 45 day move out notice from our landlord delivered on Valentine’s Day. These days I spend more time dealing with the wreckage that is 2015 than doing anything else, like blogging.

Naturally, I wallowed in self-pity, which may have included a drunk Skype date with the bestieIt’s not considered drinking alone if you’re Skyping, is it? 

It wasn’t until I was relaying my horrible misfortune to my mom that I finally came out of my funk.

“It’s a year of changes.”  – Mom

It was a simple phrase, an observation, something she probably doesn’t even remember saying, but those five words brought me back from the bog of eternal funk. This is a year of changes. Some I planned, like becoming a vegetarian. Others rained down upon me as wreckage. But in a period change, I must accept the bad with the good.

Change isn’t always easy or wanted, but it can reap awesome rewards. I broke my glasses, but I gained the opportunity to review this great site. My bank account took a hit when I repaired my car, but I was finally able to sell it for a decent price. I have to pack up and move, but I get to purge all the extra stuff in my life. And who knows, maybe I’ll find a better home. 

2015 is definitely a year of changes for Eternally Wanderlyn, too. I have big plans for this little blog of mine. Not only will it reflect some of the changes in my life, such as learning to manage a vegetarian lifestyle surrounded by meat eaters, but it’ll also get a facelift and spawn some new series. I can’t wait to share these changes with you! 

I’m excited and a little scared to see what else 2015 has in store for me and the blog, but mostly I’m happy to be back. So stay tuned, readers, there’s a wrecking ball coming your way!

How is your year going so far? Do you have any big changes happening this year? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

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Review: Firmoo Glasses

Firmoo

After my glasses decided that I wasn’t fully embracing my geeky side, they staged a protest by spontaneously breaking one morning as I reached for them on my nightstand. Perhaps, they merely wanted to stay in bed that day or partied too hard the night before. Either way, I was forced to indulge in some nerd fashion of the worst kind – taped glasses. So I was ecstatic when Firmoo contacted me about reviewing their product and services. I would finally be able to retire my not so geek chic glasses.

Choosing the perfect pair of glasses can be a little daunting. Luckily, Firmoo has a nifty app that allows you to upload your photo so that you can virtually try on glasses. Since I’m blind as a bat, this option suits me much better! I can actually see what I look like instead of trying to Mr. Magoo my way to a mirror where I’ll only be able to squint at my blurry reflection. The site itself was really easy to navigate and I was able to simply upload a picture of my prescription. However, you also have the option to enter the prescription yourself.

Firmoo-Glasses

Once my glasses were ordered, I simply had to sit back and wait for them to arrive at my doorstep, which took no time at all. I placed the order on Monday and by Friday they had arrived. Even more astonishing was the fact that they shipped all the way from China. Talk about speedy service.

With the glasses came a micro-fiber lens cloth, eyeglass bag, tiny screwdriver and a map themed case which I am completely in love with. It’s perfect for someone who has such a bad case of wanderlust, like me. The glasses themselves are much nicer than I was expecting with scratch resistant lenses (Firmoo offers this for $5 extra) and comfortable frames.

Overall, Firmoo offers quick service, good quality and affordable prices.

I will definitely be ordering glasses from Firmoo again! But for now, I’m officially upgraded from disastrously nerdy to geek chic. What do you think?

Firmoo, glasses

This month Firmoo is offering a special buy 1 get 1 free promotion through Valentine’s Day. The best part is the prescriptions don’t have to be the same. So grab a friend for some extra affordable glasses. Or you can get a fun pair and an everyday pair just for you.

So have you ever ordered glasses online? What style would you choose?

Disclosure: I received a free pair of glasses from Firmoo in exchange for a review on my blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I received no monetary compensation.

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Around Town : The Alamo

The Alamo, San Antonio

The Alamo, San Antonio

As part of the ‘Around Town‘ series, I’ve talked about several exciting places to visit in San Antonio. You can head on down to the River Walk for some margaritas and shopping, enjoy a relaxing walk among the beauty of the Japanese Tea Garden or take in the whole city from atop the Tower of the Americas. But, there’s one place in San Antonio so iconic that there have been movies dedicated to telling its story – The Alamo.

The Alamo, San Antonio

History

The Alamo, founded in 1718, was the first of several missions to be set up along the San Antonio River. However, in 1836 this particular mission landed a special place in history when a small group of Texans managed to defend its walls for 13 days before succumbing to General Santa Anna. Today, the Alamo and its defenders, which included Jim Bowie, David Crocket and William B. Travis, serve as a reminder of courage and sacrifice in the pursuit of liberty.

San antonio, Alamo

Visiting

Set in the heart of downtown and surrounded by modern day buildings, the Alamo is a wonderful juxtaposition of past and present day San Antonio. Within its walls, you can get your history geek on by exploring exhibits about the Texas Revolution and Texas history free of charge. But, if organized fun is more your style, you can also enjoy an audio tour for $7 or opt for an actual tour guide (prices vary).

While only a portion of the mission remains today, its strong history (and free price tag) make this spot a must-see for anyone visiting San Antonio. Best of all, the River Walk is only a few steps away!

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The Alamo, San Antonio

Cannon, Alamo

Have you ever visited the Alamo? What iconic spots are there in your city?

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10 Signs You’ve Found Your BFF

BFF, besties, best friends

I am lucky enough to have an amazing group of friends who have been there through it all – horrible days, crazy adventures, celebrity ogling, and so much more. And today happens to be my bestie’s birthday. So, in honor of this lovely woman who has put up with me since the 6th grade, here are a few tell-tale signs that you too have found your bff.

BFF, besties, best friends

1. They know all your stories. Mainly because they lived them with you.

Besties, BFFs

 

2. You indulge each other’s richest fantasies.

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3. You finish each other’s sentences.

BFF, Bestie

 

4. But you don’t need words to communicate. One look is all it takes.

Friends, Besties

 

5. You can text them anytime. Day or night.

Best Friends, BFF

 

6. You have your own language.

yoda, best friends

 

7. You share the same jokes over and over again and still find them hilarious.

besties, best friends

 

8. They’re always willing to join in your weirdness and vice versa.

dogs, besties, best friends

 

9. You watch the same TV shows or read the same books at the same time just so you can talk about them.

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10. Even if you haven’t seen each other in a while, you can pick up right where you left off.

Best Friends, Boy Band Sing a long

Bestie Date Night At A Boy Band Sing-A-Long

Thanks for always being there, Nattie! You’re the best friend a girl can have and I’m lucky to continue growing old with you. :) Happy Birthday!

What are some other ways you can tell you’ve found your bff? And what is your best friend like?

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What To Do When You’re Having A Bad Day

grumpy bear, grumpy, Bad Day

grumpy bear, grumpy, Bad Day

Have you ever had a day where nothing goes your way? A day so terrible that you want to run and hide beneath your covers until tomorrow comes?

Well, I seem to be stuck in a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day that refuses to end despite the fact that the dates on the calendar change.

It began with something so simple that I merely shrugged it off as an inconvenience – a clogged sink. Sometimes your kitchen doubles as an indoor pool. It happens. But, this wasn’t any ordinary clog. This clog jump started a series of unfortunate events that, while completely unrelated, culminated in one very long bad day that spread over the course of 2 – 3 days. The aftermath of which left me with a $600 car repair bill and a pair of glasses jerry-rigged with tape. I’m not sure this is what they meant when they said the geek look was in.

The minute the mechanic dropped that $600 figure I finally broke, which was only fitting since everything else around me seemed to be breaking. After a good crying session, I found myself stewing in a bubble-bath (courtesy of Troy) with a glass of apple-pie moonshine drinking soaking my cares away. And it was there, between the slow pruning of my fingers and 90 proof relaxation in a glass, that I realized stressing about my problems wasn’t going to make them disappear. I wasn’t going to magically cry tears of money or re-set the clock on my horrible day. But, I could reset my mood. Instead of sulking while I was soaking, I could focus on dealing and coping with my day by not letting it break my spirit.

So if you’re having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, here are a few ways that you can re-set your mood, too:

Breathe.

When nothing seems to be going your way, take a moment to just breathe. Focus on slow, calming breaths. Not only will this help you clear your mind, but it can also release some of that tension that’s building up from your bad day.

Walk away.

Hit the pause button and put some distance between you and the issue. If you’re stuck on a problem at work, switch to a different project or take a stroll around the office. If you’re at home, enjoy an hour of Netflix, read a good book, or take a short nap. Sometimes all you need is a little break to be able to re-focus.

Get out.

If simply walking away isn’t working for you, take it a step further and get out. Take an early lunch or a short walking break around your office neighborhood. Enjoy a night out on the town with friends. Or simply explore your own neighborhood. A change of scenery will help you distance yourself from your worries for a little while.

Take a bath/shower.

I’m convinced that water has some magical healing properties. I am never more relaxed than when I’m soaking in a hot bubble bath or standing in a steamy shower. Set the mood with some aromatherapy candles and light music. I guarantee it will help you unwind after a bad day.

Indulge in some music therapy.

Pump up the volume on your favorite jams. Then sing loudly and off key. Add a few amazing dance moves and pretty soon you’ll be wondering what had you so down in the first place.

Write it out.

If you’re like me, writing holds a special therapeutic quality to it. Grab your notebook or laptop and write until your frustrations have transferred from your body to the words on the screen. And if you’re a blogger, you might even be able to turn that into an awesome blog post!

Get a hug.

The power of touch is so great that some healthcare providers have been using it as a form of therapy for years. Hell, people have even started businesses to provide cuddling to those who need and want it. So next time you’re having a crappy day, reach out to your significant other, a friend, family member or even your pet for a quick embrace.

Pet an animal.

As most of us dog-moms already know, petting an animal has been shown to drastically improve your mood. But, you don’t have to join the ranks of crazy dog-mom to reap the rewards. Visit an animal shelter and spend some time making those pups and kitties day a little bit better. It’s a win-win.

Remember, tomorrow is another day.

Channel your inner Scarlet O’hara and power through today by remembering that it will end. Even a streak of bad luck like mine has to come to an end at some point. Let’s just hope it’s not 7 years from now.

What do you do when you’re having a bad day?

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