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1000 km for a single burger

Last week my Dad celebrated his 50th birthday, so in true Kitto family fashion, we went on a road trip to California for the best burgers to ever grace the fast food industry.

(And yes it was totally worth it)

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I am not a plant person, but if there is one plant I’m going to have in my house it’s an Aloe Vera plant. They are immensely useful and quite funky to boot. Yup, thats my kind of plant.

These plants are insanely easy to care for  and make a wonderful addition to your home. They only need watering every one to two weeks and do well both indoors and outdoors.

Aloe Vera is most commonly known for treating minor burns and cuts, but it’s usefulness doesn’t stop there. It also helps relieve athlete’s foot and blisters, not to mention getting rid of nasty bruises.

And then there’s what it can do for your skin. Aloe treats and prevents pimples, and reverses aging. Allegedly, it even speeds up hair growth. Not to mention, taking a swig of this miracle juice calms the stomach, reduces heartburn, and when boiled can even reduce asthma symptoms. And trust me when I say I am only just skimming the surface.

You will definitely not regret purchasing one of these plants! I know I didn’t!

 

Underestimating The Power Of A Clean Space

I used to believe that I thrived in clutter​. In fact, every time I did take the time to clean/organize I inevitably lost at least five items in the process.

However, having grown up quite a bit since then,​ I am now coming to realize that I was completely wrong. I was really just making excuses for being lazy. I admit​,​ I’m not perfect. I still slowly fall back into the same habits of not putting things away and before long I am lost in the clutter once more.

Finding the perfect system is a hard and imperfect process, especially when you’re working with a small space and not a lot of furniture. 

I think part of my problem was I never really understood cleaning. Now I know this sounds strange but hear me out. As a child when asked to clean my room I would meticulously rearrange all my stuffed animals and toys so that they were sitting neatly in a row. I thought it was okay to not put my toys away as long as they were displayed cleanly. 

As with everything in life​,​ you have to find a balance. My process will always lean towards to the aesthetic side, but I have learned not to undervalue functionality. If anything, it has become a fun and creative challenge for me to find solutions that are not only functional, but aesthetically pleasing as well.

So what worked for me?

Establish Zones:

Once you have identified zones, it is a lot easier to see what you need and what you don’t. If something doesn’t fit into one of your zones then you don’t need it on your desk.

Purge and Store:

Get rid of the things you don’t need and store what you don’t use every day. This will make your life a lot easier in the long run, I promise. 

Have Fun With It:

When I cleaned up my bathroom​,​ I made fun little pieces that worked for my needs. Now everyday I love putting away my hair elastics in my custom little organizer. If you don’t love it​,​ you’re not going to take care of it. So whether you are redecorating with DIYs or buying new pieces​,​make sure you love them.

I am proud to say that I have now kept my bedroom and bathroom clean and clutter free for a week! To some this may seem laughable, even pathetic​,​but for me it’s a proud accomplishment and makes me even more determined to keep going.

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The Quarter Life Crisis; The Latest Plague Of The 21st Century

“a period of anxiety, uncertainty and inner turmoil that often accompanies the transition to adulthood.”

      -http://www.quarterlifecrisis.com

It seems now more than ever we rush into college determined not to be left behind in this crazy fast paced world. New degrees are popping up almost as fast as they are becoming obsolete.

And for us (millennials) who grew up with the false expectation that college would be the best years of our lives we are faced with a harsh reality check when we graduate. Those jobs we were promised, they don’t exist. Instead, we find ourselves lost in the  experience paradox.

At 20 I will admit I am facing the infamous quarter life crisis about five years early mind you. What can I say, I tend to do things on my own time line.

I myself could barely wait to finish college, but when I was all said and done, crisp new diploma in my hands I had a sudden realization; I had just gone to school for two years and spent a fortune on a career I was no longer interested in pursuing.

For the first time in my life I was torn between dreams and responsibility. I had student loans, a car loan and rent all bearing down on me. And the only source of income I had was an abysmal excuse of a job in retail.

Then I experienced a moment of clarity. It hit me that me I was just gliding through life, settling for some mindless job, I let my procrastination and my inability to make life decisions get in the way. I had lost sight of my quality life, I was so focused on the job that I hadn’t even stopped to think about all the other aspects of my life.

Life is all about choices, and the ones you make right now are the most important. You can plan for your future. You can plan every single little detail, but the reality is you have no idea where you will be tomorrow, or five years from now. One singular event may permanently alter you and throw you down a path you least expected. So while we must all learn to relinquish our control of the unknown, we must learn to embrace the moment, because thats the only thing you can control.

Realize that you are where you need to be:

For awhile I struggled, desperately treading water as I tried to support myself after I graduated. I eventually called my parents in tears, completely ashamed in what I had to ask:

“Can I come home?”

I have never been very good at asking for help. I am stubbornly independent to a fault. At the time it felt like this question was my way of admitting defeat, that I had failed to make it by myself in the adult world. What I realized is that I needed time to heal and reset and that it was okay to ask for help. There is no shame in admitting you need help.

Learn to be happy with where you are now:

You will be miserable your entire life if you are always looking for the next best thing. I may not enjoy my job, but it allows me to be live in this beautiful rain forest, and pursue a career as an artist and writer. That being said I don’t believe you should ever settle, you should always pursue your dreams, just don’t let them be the only deciding factor of your happiness.

Don’t take the easy way out:

Don’t let distractions get the best of you.  Now more than ever we have movies, games and a number of other distractions constantly at our fingertips, following us wherever we go. It is so easy to fall for the quick gratification of defeating a new level of Plants vs. Zombies than doing something hard that may not have the same instant gratification. Pair that with the fear of not succeeding and it’s a wonder anybody gets anything done these days!

Do something everyday:

No matter how big or small your goal is, knowing that everyday you are taking one step closer to reaching it makes a huge difference.

So get going! Start Pursuing your dreams!

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DIY Hair Accessory Organizer

DIY Hair Accessory Organizer

After reading article after article on how washi tape was a DIYer’s best friend I had to purchase some and try it out for my own. Though I admit I am little disappointed in how transparent it is the variety of colors and designs is outstanding!

For this project I thought I’d make use of my old phone box, and since a little over 1/4 of cellphone users own an iphone I figured quite a few of you are going to have one of these lying around. Since it already comes with handy little dividers in which to sort your clips and hair ties all you need to do is have some fun and break out the tape.

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“My mind is a w…

“My mind is a wild wild thing that runs rapid with ideas. Savaging and devouring them almost as fast as they appear, gone, dissipated into the abyss.”

How A Stranger’s Funeral Changed My Life

ImageLast week I grudgingly attended my first funeral. It was for a great aunt whom I have no recollection of ever meeting, nor had I ever met any of her family. I have never been good with others emotions, I despise crying myself and feel awkward around those who are.

 
As I stood on the outside of the group I began to ponder my own life, as such events often prompt one’s self to do , and I realized I was sick of this loop I was stuck in. I wasn’t even living I was simply existing. College seemed to have stamped out my spunky and energetic soul leaving me an empty uninspired skin.
 
I guess I’m lucky; I hit rock bottom when I was 20, but as I was circling the dregs looking for a way out I found myself in the same routine:

 
1.)Wake up Miserable
2.)Begrudgingly go to work
3.)Get so fed up by the end of the day that I decided I was ready for a change
4.)Get inspired looking up articles on how to change your life ect.
5.)Promise myself I would start tomorrow
 
Rinse and Repeat…
 
I dunno about you, but I see a fundamental flaw in this plan, instead of utilizing my positive head space I left all the hard work for my tired miserable brain the next morning. So inevitably I would always fail and end up in the exact same routine.
 
I did this in all areas of my life: exercise, healthy diet, art…
 
I was determined to make tomorrow a better day instead of focusing on the one I was having. That is why I have learned it is of the utmost importance to live in the present, to live everyday like it is your last because one day, it will be.