The Yellow Brick Road of Mental Health

Hello all!

As you may notice, this is not a regular blog post. I am taking a little “me” day because my mental health needs a little love and attention today. Things have been a little rough lately and I need a little break to recoup and appreciate myself. I’ll be back on Friday to discuss my favourites, but for today, I’m going to do something for me.

And do something for you! Take a jog, make a smoothie, eat some cake, finish that craft.

Stay classy, Internet,

morgan

A Change Has Come {And Why It Was Needed}

There is a chance that if you are reading this you are noticing that The Enthusiast looks different today. Actually, it looks very different. A change has come to The Enthusiast as all great things change, and after six years, I figured it was time for a facelift. A better look, better content, better me.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

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A Look Inside My 400 Sq Ft Apartment

If you aren’t aware, about six months ago I moved into my first “Big Girl” apartment. It’s a small studio that when I first moved in I told my mom, “There’s no way my queen bed is going to fit in here.”

Spudio tour

Now I’m finally putting the finishing touches on the space and I’m so excited to share it with you! This project has been one of the biggest design projects I’ve ever worked on, and with the help of many design books and my mother, it’s something I can proudly put forward.

So, without further ado, here is my apartment! (The lighting in these pics is inconsistent because the trees outside my window change the lighting from corner to corner.)Read More

21 Things I Learned at 21

Well, Enthusiasts, I made it to 22. And it’s been quite the year.

If you’ve been following me on this journey, you will know that every year I make a list of all the lessons I’ve learned. If you haven’t been following, here is 17, 18, 19, and 20. And what you’re reading here is 21.

21 Things I Learned at 21

The ripe age of 21 tested me in ways I never knew. I graduated college. I got my first adult job. I dealt with heartbreak for the first time. I bought a car. I learned a lesson about friendship. I became really good at making avocado toast. And each of these experience taught me about the person I am, and who I strive to be. I’m a lot stronger than I give myself credit for, and I hope the lessons below show that.

The days that defined my 21st year of life will always stick with me, to remind me of the path I’ve taken where I am. And with Year 22 happening in only a few short hours, I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me.Read More

An Enthusiastic Day in the Life

One thing I love about being in my early twenties is that my life is constantly changing. A year ago I was in school, living with a group of girls and trying to cram homework and socializing in whenever I could. Six months ago I was living at home with my parents spending most of my day dogsitting our enormous Labrador puppy. And now I’m working full-time and living in suburban Portland.

Lots of change.

A Day in the Life

With all these changes I have watched my daily routine change. It’s interesting to see how I arrange my schedule around what life is throwing around me to still accomplish everything I need to and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

Today I thought I would share my daily routine in order to get everything done, while still enjoying my youth.Read More

Female Seeking Brunch Buddy

Adulthood is weird. You have to work to live, you have bills, your metabolism is now a laugh, and making friends is hard.

Unless you have a workplace or a social activity filled with similar minds, it’s hard to meet people. You have to really put yourself out there to create friendships, and even more effort needs to go in to maintain them. That is hard!

Adult Female Seeking Brunch Buddy

As a new adult in the world, I am discovering this and am finding myself in a slump while I seek brunch buds and shopping partners. While it’s been difficult and I find myself sitting in my apartment alone, I know that life is about taking challenges and showing them who’s boss.

Now, who’s ready for some truths I’ve found on my journey!

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What is High-Functioning Anxiety?

Do you feel constantly overwhelmed, even though you’re getting plenty done? Do you feel like you can never achieve success, even when you have achievements? You likely are a highly-functioning anxious person.

High-Functioning Anxiety

Today we are going to discuss what high-functioning anxiety (HFA) is, as discussed by someone who has it herself.Read More

Your #InternationalWomen'sDay Book List

Today is International Women’s Day, and I am so proud to be standing side-by-side with so many amazing women in this world. Everyone deserves a voice, and it is a day like today that reminds us what a voice women have.

Some of these voices are shown in literature in amazing feminist books that everyone should read. They make us laugh, they inspire us to action, or they tell a story of exactly what life has been like for women in the past. I hope you will take time during Women’s History Month and read a few.

#InternationalWomensDay Book List

*Note: These books are only a few of great books that I’ve read (that are more mainstream), there are many more out there (that are amazing and just not as popular on Barnes & Noble shelves) and I encourage you to open up your library like I will be doing this month.Read More

The Pros & Cons of Anosmia {lack of smell}

You know how we all have those quirky things about us? Mine is that I can’t smell.

Ever since I was little, scent has never bothered me. I figured it was because I’d never experienced anything too potent enough to offend me. But the older I got, the more I realized I didn’t know any scents. You could stick a toilet brush under my nose and I’d grin, saying, “Smells great!” because I cannot smell – at all.

pros-cons-of-smelling

After doing research about exactly what could cause my anosmia {the lack of sense of smell} I’ve come to two conclusions about what it could be.

  1. Despite the sense of smell being early developed in a fetus, the eight weeks I was born prematurely clearly were defining weeks in developing my nose.
  2. Someone stuck something up my nose before my cognitive memory came about and it feels so natural I have no clue, similar to 30 Rock’s Tracy Jordan.

No matter what the problem is, I have survived nearly 22 years on this planet without being able to tell the difference between a rose and garbage truck and I thought I would share the pros and cons of only have four senses.Read More

What It's Like to Be the High Maintenance Friend

We all have that one friend, the friend who is just a little bit more than a casual hangout 90% of the time. It doesn’t what you’re doing, they go that extra mile to make sure it’s more complicated/fancy/special than it was.

I am that friend. I am 100% the high maintenance friend.

high-maintenance-friend

When you’re the high maintenance friend, it’s not about causing inconvenience. You just expect a certain standard of things. And here they are.Read More