11 Tiny Changes That Improved My Life

I am all about life improvement. I truly believe that each person can become better, whether it be in their personal relationships, their diet, or their productivity (or anything else). That’s why I spend a lot of time changing up my routine to better myself.

Tiny Changes to Improve Life

This week I thought I would share the 11 {very tiny} changes I made to my life so far in 2017 that have really improved my life for the better. They have made me healthier, more alert, and overall a better person.

I hope that you will see these tip and try incorporating them into your own life and see what a difference they make! Enjoy!Read More

5 Rituals for a Happier Life

I am constantly in the pursuit of enriching my everyday life.

tumblr_inline_n4wmdqvphi1qh2kpf

In this pursuit, I have found that there are many habits and rituals that can lead to living a happier life. These rituals change often for me as I discover new ones, but there are some that are timeless and I always go back to them. So today I’m going to share them.

These rituals always make my life seem more relaxing and less complicated. I hope they do the same for you.Read More

Good Vibes Only

If you’re looking for me, I am currently hanging “Good Vibes Only” signs all over my life.

This past weekend I was at a friend’s birthday party where a tarot card reader was hired. Now, I don’t believe in any of that supernatural ESP belief as a Christian, but also as someone who just believes it’s ridiculous to try to know what’s going on in life. But when it’s free I’ll try anything.

As skeptical as I was, I entered the experience with an open mind. When my turn came I walked into the room (a bedroom with a small table and a woman in a turban scarfing down carnitas tacos) and prepared myself for the whole “you’ll meet a dark stranger/you’ve had horrible hardships/you’ll die in 30 days” crap that I’ve seen in too many movies to count. But I was disappointed.Read More

9 Ways to Make 2016 Your Year

Okay, first week of 2016 and we’re all looking for a little hope that it will be the best yet! We’re sticking to our resolutions, cutting out crappy people, realizing healthy food is super expensive, and hoping all of this lasts until December 31, 2016.

But the reality is that a lot of us fall off the bandwagon about a month in. You’re tired, hungry, and that stupid ex-boyfriend keeps calling. What do you do? You want 2016 to be your year, your shining glory, and you didn’t even make it a month in! How are you supposed to obtain your goal?

The trick to making any year your year is to know the tips and tricks that are long lasting and not going to burn you out. It’s so easy to rock this year, or any future year, by knowing where to start and where to keep your pace. Below are nine simple tricks that are easy to follow and ensure that you’re fantastic every day of 2016.

As someone who had a pretty rough and tumble 2015, as I’m now realizing, I hope you’ll join me in remaking our lives into something beautiful and positive.

Who’s ready to start being as fabulous as Sharpay Evans?Read More

A Little Monday Reminder

While I am working on my next blog post – it requires a bit more time than I anticipated – here is a quick little reminder of something I am trying to remember after having a little too much of a bitter 2015. See you all Wednesday!

Read More

Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness

Good afternoon Enthusiasts! I have come down with a nasty cold (which just makes winter vacation that much more lovely) and when I’m sick I like to scroll through the web and find things that make me smile. Today, I came across a list of happiness, and as you know, I am all for happiness lists. I thought I would share this list with you and hopefully it strikes the same amount of motivation in you as it did with me.

Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness (via emmaelsworthy)

1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world – start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier – start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.Read More

20 Things That Make Life Better

Occasionally our lives and filled with stress and general disappointment. And that makes focusing on the positive that much more difficult. Recently I’ve found myself not enjoying the little things that normally make me happy. So I made a list of 20 things that make me happy, cheer me up, and generally will lighten up any mood, in the hopes of reminding me why I love the little things. I hope this list will help you too if you’re down.

20 Things That Make Life Better, Our Smile Wider, and Make Stress Disappear

Read More

When I Am Most Content

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! Ends soon! – click here for the link
Don’t forget to start the Holiday Instagram Challenge! – click here for the link
_____________________________________________________________

My first term of university ended this week, which means that I could go home! Which is where I currently am, typing at my kitchen counter with the most delicious-smelling honeysuckle candle burning beside me. If this isn’t bliss, I’m not sure I can handle the real thing.

I was really excited to go home for the holidays because my brain was fried from finals and, let’s face it, coming home is a really wonderful thing. My parents and I decided on me taking a shuttle to Portland and them driving me home from there. This meant a lot of time riding in cars yesterday, but sadly there were no boys (if you get that reference, I will buy you a Christmas present.) Even though I was anxious to get home to my family and my own bed, I really enjoyed my time traveling. And that’s when it hit me: I am most content when I am traveling.

Now, it’s not the going to new places, or the excitement of arrival, it is the actual moving from place A to place B and everything inbetween that I like. There’s something about being on the road or in the air that I find soothing. My worries evade me. I am truly content.

Upon further thought, I’ve figured that this comes from my childhood. If you are only just now joining the Enthusiast gang, then I’ll inform you on some background information. Since I was young I have moved several times (more than one hand) and until about 6 years ago, had never stayed anywhere longer than three years. Moving on, whenever we moved there was always a lengthy drive inbetween locations. From our house in California to our house in Colorado it was at least a 14 hour drive. That’s right, 14 hours in a car with your younger brother, parents, and a dog, with every available inch of the car crowded with various home items. Those are the vivid memories of my childhood.

However, I don’t think I ever really minded being cramped in the car. Being on the open road is something I’ve always enjoyed. Actually, just being in a car is something I’ve always enjoyed. Earlier this year I was sitting outside Wal-mart, selling raffle tickets for the walk-a-thon my friends and I put on. We had finished for the day and were packing up, placing the table we had used into their truck. I was squished in the backseat with the table and my friend Alex turns around and asks, “Are you alright sitting back there?” I said I was fine, because it was something I was more than used to. As long as I was in a car I didn’t mind being squished by a table. It’s weird, you don’t have to tell me.

And so, yesterday, as I spent three hours in a shuttle with horrid Wi-Fi and my toes freezing, I didn’t complain. I sat with my headphones in staring out the window, relaxing with the beats of The Strokes and the endless landscape. There’s something about it that makes my brain blank, like every thought I’ve ever had has been erased. I’ve always been someone who overthinks and will die of her brain exploding from thought. But when I’m traveling all of that disappears.

This extends to flying. In the last two years, I have flown a lot. I became very familiar with airports and it kind of scared me, as I didn’t fly for the first thirteen years of my life. While most people get anxious when they fly, especially during take-off and landing, I rather enjoy flying. Last winter my mother, brother, and I were going to Portland. It was snowing and the weather was quite bad. Halfway through our flight the plane was having some troubles and it wasn’t looking too good for the passengers. My mother, who is not a strong flyer, was freaking out. My brother was trying very hard not to freak out. Me? I was sitting calmly in my seat, enjoying being in the air too much to worry myself with the problems of the plane. Yeah, I did get kind of freaked out when the plane dipped, but we landed perfectly safe, so I felt silly for fearing for my safety. But I did tell the story like I survived a war. Because, let’s face it, if your plane has troubles you need to have a good story.

Traveling is my solace. Whether I’m on land or in the air, in a car or on a shuttle, traveling for twenty minutes or for 14 hours, it’s the one place where I am truly content. Yeah, I feel content when I’ve finished for the term or when there are Christmas cookies in the oven, but they in no way compare to traveling. That is my safe haven.

And now my question for you: Where do you feel most content? Is it when you are surrounded by all your loved ones? When you’ve gone for a run? Maybe when you have finished reading your favorite book for the nineteenth time? Leave a comment down below stating when you feel most content. I’m really curious to know.

As always, enjoy your weekend. I’m going to have a review post up tomorrow (highly requested). Meanwhile, make sure to click the links at the beginning of this post to enter my giveaway and check out my Instagram challenge! I love all my little Enthusiasts and I’ll talk to you soon!

Stay classy, Internet,

signature copy (2)

P.S. Remember to request/share any holiday recipes! I’ve got lots of holiday parties to attend, and I want to try something new and share what I make with you!

FIND MORGAN ON THE WEB

EMAIL:

teenenthusiasm@gmail.com

FACEBOOK:

http://www.facebook.com/teenageenthusiasm

TWITTER:

http://www.twitter.com/teenenthusiasm

INSTAGRAM:

http://www.instagram.com/morganmckay

TUMBLR:

http://www.films-and-good-times.tumblr.com

BETTER BLOGGER NETWORK:

http://www.betterbloggernetwork.ning.com/profile/MorganHegarty

KEEK:

https://www.keek.com/teenenthusiasm

Drop the Dead Weight

I’m starting my Senior year of high school in only a couple of short weeks. And while I know I have many more years to come, I want to make this one one of the best. But to make it a good year I need to focus on the positives of my life and drop all the dead, unsupportive weight.

Positive attracts Positive ...

Do you remember when I told you I wrote a book a few years ago? Well, when I reread it, I found this part.

There are two types of people in this world: nice people who want you to go far and mean people who couldn’t care less about you. I try to surround myself with the nice people as being with them makes me happier. You’ll go farther that way.

Read More

How to Not Lose Your Temper and Alienate Children

I spent this last week being an intern for an acting company that put on a summer theatre camp for kids. It was a really great experience, but it definitely taught me a little about keeping my cool.

Of all the jobs that I do, all of them include children. Between my job working at my local children’s museum, being a regular babysitter, and working at various children camps, I spend 75% of my life around kids. And usually I enjoy every minute of it. However, working with 40 children mostly by myself, it really did test all of my child knowledge. And how well I can keep my temper.

Teaching children between the ages of 7 and 15 how to act can be a difficult process. Especially if you have to teach them a play in only 4 days. Being an intern meant that I had to the kids in check, help them learn lines, be their friend when they get overwhelmed, and be every other possible person the teachers or campers could need. Between Monday and Thursday, doing all of that was pretty simple. I didn’t have any problems with being angry and all the kids were pretty great. However, on Friday and Saturday, the days where everyone was high tension as we put the finishing touches on the final show, it was really hard to not just throw a tantrum.

Pinned Image

The hardest was when we had the final performance and 40 kids, plus myself, were stuck in a very tiny room where we were not allowed to make any noise so that the people in the audience could not hear us. Young children do not know how to be quiet for an hour. So, I had to keep myself in check while I had 40 kids trying to talk to their best friend, trying to occupy themselves, trying to use the restroom every 5 minutes. It drove me insane. But I used these tips to not lose my col on these sweet, innocent, slightly loud children.

Read More