10 things to do (that aren’t staring at your phone)

Hi supers!

Some business first: if you haven’t entered the giveaway, you should go do that. Right now. I’ll wait!

 

Why are you still reading this? Go now!

 

Ok, cool, you’re back!

 

So, as we all know, I was vastly underemployed this summer, and I didn’t handle it very well. I seem to be doing much better now!

Anyway, this Summer, I found myself spending hours sitting around on my couch, playing around on my phone. Facebook, Two Dots (my game of choice), Instagram… you name it, I was wasting time on it this summer.

So today, I am making a list of things to do instead of staring at your phone screen! Let’s get right to it:

  1. Activity Books. Whether it’s coloring books for adults, word searches, crosswords or sudoku puzzles, there are tons of ways to keep your mind and hands busy! Personally, I’m a fan of those super cheap crossword magazines, and of course, an erasable pen!
  2. embroidery, painting or another artistic hobby.  A lot of people like to knit or crochet. I like to do some hand embroidery- it’s portable, I can watch tv or do other things while I’m doing it, and at the end of it, I have something to display or give away!
  3. Deep clean or sort something. Maybe it’s the junk drawer in your kitchen. Maybe it’s your bedroom closet. Wherever it is in your home, I bet there are places that you know could use some organizing. Dig in and get them cleaned out! You’ll feel better once it’s done!
  4. Dust. I don’t know about you, but dusting is the chore that usually gets skipped at my house. But if you find you are bored, dusting is a great way to get you moving and get some (in my case) much needed housework done! Bonus points if you turn on some music and have a dance party!
  5. Write a letter. Handwrite a letter or a card to a friend. My bff and I have an ongoing (although not constant) stream of written communication, and getting something in the mail from her ALWAYS makes my day. Better yet, write that letter to your grandparents.
  6. Do a jigsaw puzzle or learn a form of solitaire. I don’t have a lot of room for puzzles (although I really enjoy them), but I spent the majority of my down time one weekend this summer playing solitaire and was amazed at how well it kept me busy!
  7. Learn more about something you are passionate about. The library and the internet are such amazing wealths of information! Make good use of them and learn about something you love or maybe just something you’re curious about! Become an expert- just for fun!
  8. Decorate your dream house. Sometimes I get on amazon and etsy and just make lists of all the pretty things I would buy if I had the money!
  9. Read a book. Again, you can learn anything you want to this way. MY personal favorites are sci-fi/fantasy and mysteries, but I try to read one book that’s good for me while I’m getting those stories in!
  10. Get up and get out of your house and go exploring. Find a new park, eat at a new restaurant, drive down a new road. Change your surroundings just enough to make you look around and appreciate them.

 

And there you have it! Ten things to do when you’re bored. Get off your couch and be amazing.

 

Superhero action of the day: Tell me your boredom busters! Comment here or over on the Superhero Living Facebook Page.

 

HELP ME HELP YOU: A Giveaway

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Hi my Supers!

I am so excited about this idea, you have no idea. Let me begin with the back story.

I’ve thought about running an etsy shop for a long time. As I’ve mentioned, my public persona is that of a costume designer and seamstress, and if you read this post the other day, you’re caught up and know that I’m full time freelancing now.

When I started this blog, my intention was to also start an etsy store that would sell some of my handmade creations. These items tend to be things like a variety of different use bags, blankets, etc.

Well, I think the time has come! I’ve made lists of the items that I will list in my shop, and I am working on making some of that inventory this weekend. These items will no doubt change over time, and I have some fun ideas to keep people visiting- but more to come on that!

Here’s where you come in: I’d like to do a giveaway on some of these products! FREE STUFF! Here’s a picture of what’s on offer in this giveaway:

 

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If we start from top center and go kind of clockwise, the items are:

  • set of three reusable beeswax food wraps, sized 8, 10 and 12 inches
  • Two lovely cloth napkins
  • Two quilted placemats
  • Quilted handmade table runner, size 78 inches by 16 inches
  • microwaveable bowl coxy
  • 9×12 quilted trivet
  • set of two quilted hot pads
  • casserole cozy
  • reusable snack pouch (bottom center)
  • set of three bowl covers, size 8, 10 and 12 inches

This is a surprise giveaway- so I’ll send you one of these items, but which one will be a surprise! (Although feel free to tell me your favorites!)

To enter, it’s three simple steps!
1. Like the Superhero Living facebook page, as well as our sister page Charis Weible
2. Share this post on your timeline
3.Comment on the facebook thread

Tag a friend on facebook in the comments for an extra entry!

It’s as easy as that!

The giveaway period will close on September 4, 2017 at midnight Eastern time. I will announce winners on Tuesday September 5, and then be in touch with the winners through facebook message to get your shipping address!

Once you get your item, I will follow it up with a message to get your opinions about your it! I really and truly want your feedback! Don’t worry, I will have specific questions to help you out with that!

This giveaway is open to anyone, worldwide, as long as you have a facebook account!

And that’s it! Sounds pretty easy, right?

I hope you’ll all enter, and help me get the word out about both my shop and this blog, and get yourself some free stuff!

Superhero action of the day: Do you really have to ask? Hop on over to facebook and enter the giveaway!

OMP: Paleo meatloaf

 

It’s been a minute since I posted a recipe, huh?

Well, this is a good one, especially with the unseasonably cool weather we’re having here in Southwest Ohio!

Say what you want about meatloaf, I love it. My mom makes good meatloaf, and maybe that’s why. To me, it’s comforting. It goes with anything. And although it isn’t a super quick meal to make, it lasts a long time and it’s pretty easy.

When I changed my diet to being mostly paleo, I eventually went looking for a good meatloaf recipe. Meatloaf usually has breadcrumbs in it (strike one!), and the best ones are topped with that awesome ketchup based glaze (strike two, lots of sugar).

But man, I found a recipe that I like. If you want to try it, you can find it here. It’s pretty good… but I think I’ve improved on it a bit.

The last time I made this recipe, I forgot to buy tomato paste to help it knit together. I stewed, rather like my fictional tomatoes, trying to decide what to do.

And then I had a stroke of genius. I had canned pumpkin. I added most of the can of pumpkin to my meatloaf and baked it up. I also added quite a few eggs and as usual, kind of punted on the seasonings.

So now, we’ve got whole 30, AIP, Gluten free, paleo meatloaf! Woo!

The results were excellent. I made one full size meatloaf and two baby size ones, and I ate meatloaf for at least a week. But I love leftovers, so that was fine by me!

Here’s the complete recipe:

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds Ground beef
  • 3 eggs
  • medium white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond meal or flour
  • 8 ounces canned pumpkin (NOT pie filling. Don’t do that to yourself)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 T oregano

Process:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. The better mixed, the better your results will be. Really get in there!
  3. Place meatloaf in greased loaf pans (I used one large and two small)
  4. Bake for an hour or until cooked through (less time for the little guys!)
  5. Top with a can of tomato sauce + 2 tsp italian seasoning, if desired.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Converging Circles

This is just a super short little update, really.

If you know me, you know I don’t like it when my people groups touch. It freaks me out when person from group A somehow randomly knows person from group B. And don’t even get me started on the stress of introducing the groups to each other at things like birthdays. OR, GOD FORBID, having to introduce a new partner to my family. Seriously, I’ve had panic attacks over that one.

It’s not a trait in myself I am particularly proud of. It isn’t good at all for creating community and connection. It’s something I am continuing to work on.

So, in that spirit, I want to introduce to this audience the launch of my professional career Facebook page and website.

There’s more to come on both of them, but if you’re interested in my costume design work, you should definitely give the page a ‘like’ (and dare I say, a share?) and keep an eye on what I’m doing! After all, that’s a part of my Superhero Living!

Also, thanks to those of you who reached out after my post yesterday. Having some support makes all the difference!

Superhero action of the day: Check out my new Facebook page and new website! And let me know what you think of both in the comments!

 

The Worst Things About Freelance Work

Hi Superheroes!

I’m a freelancer. I work in Costume Design, primarily for live theatre. It is work that I absolutely love. I am passionate about it. I believe firmly that it is important, invaluable work.

Here’s the thing. Sometimes it sucks.

I mean that.

It is scary. It is hard. It means sleepless, worried nights. It means giving up on some things. It means remaining confident in the face of unimaginable fear.

And that’s the worst thing about freelance work.

The fear.

When you have enough work, freelancing is the dream, right? I mean. I get to do work that I love, on my own schedule, and get paid for it. There are many days when I wake up and I cannot wait to get to work. When I’m doing this work, I simply can’t connect to my friends who say “ugh, I don’t want to work today”. I’ve had jobs like that. But my costume design work never, ever feels like that.

Don’t get me wrong, there are days when I’m frustrated or disappointed by what has happened. But I alway see the good side of it. Always. I always want to keep up with it. I can talk about it for hours.

I’ll take my worst days of freelance work over most of my days doing other work. It makes me feel alive.

But when work gets slow, it’s the scariest thing in the world. When the contracts run out unexpectedly, and you realize all of a sudden with a start that there isn’t a paycheck coming. And not ever again unless you get off your couch and go for it.

And sometimes, you do just that, and you don’t get the gig. And there still isn’t a paycheck coming.

Meanwhile, how are you paying your bills? How are you buying dog food? How do you generate work and content that are interesting and provide value when you’re so scared of losing your shirt it’s all you can think about it?

That, my supers, is the worst part of freelancing. It’s hard. But not in the way you think. Not the work itself- the old saying “do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”? It holds true. The work is hard, but when you love it, you don’t care. You do it anyway.

But when the work dries up… That’s hard. Learning to budget for those times is hard. Giving up vacations is hard. Admitting that you can’t go out with a friend because you’re broke is hard. If you’re an extrovert (like I am), staying mentally healthy when you can’t afford to go out and have adventures is hard.

And I don’t know how to get through it.

That is why I’ve gone so silent on you. It’s so, so, so hard to write about being a superhero when you feel like a guttersnipe. I don’t feel Super. I’m scared. I’m anxious. I’m just barely managing to keep my head above water, and honestly, some days I don’t. There are too many days when I am content to sit on my couch playing games on my phone and listening to audiobooks for hours on end.

And what kind of hypocrite would I be, if I can’t even be my own Superhero? How is that Superhero Living? How can I help you if I can’t help myself?

I don’t have the answers. A lot of times, I do feel like I can shed some light on these kinds of subjects, but I really and truly can’t today.

But here’s the thing I’m holding on to. My raft in a sea of fear and confusion. It’s pretty simple: This too shall pass. It will. If I’m being honest, the end is already in sight. It feels like it will last forever, but it won’t.

And today, that’s how I’m living like a superhero. How are you?

 

Stand in your truth

Hi my superheroes!

I feel like I might actually be ready to write this post- and I feel like this might be part of the reason I’ve had trouble writing for a while.

Tonight I want to talk about living in your truth.

There’s a lot to unpack there, isn’t there? Let’s see.

First of all, to be able to live in our own truth means that we have to know ourselves well enough to know what that is. Yikes, that seems convoluted. What I mean by that is, when a situation comes up, you have to know where you stand on it. And you have to stand there for yourself.

A lot of times, when you face a difficult situation, there will be people in your life, people that you care about and who’s opinions you value. And those people will be on opposite sides of your situation. They’ll tell you to turn right, yelling to be louder than the people you value telling you to go left.

You have to make the choice for yourself.

Sometimes, you’ll choose poorly. That’s the risk. Sometimes, you’ll think you were doing everything right and all of a sudden, you’re upside down in a ditch with no idea how you got there. You still have to choose.

So once we know where we stand, then you have to find a way to act on it. You have to. No options. If you’re going to stand up for something, you have to put your money where your mouth is.

And that can be so, so, so scary. I know. But here’s what else I know. You’ll feel better for it.

Say, for example, you see a friend making a risky change. Maybe your best friend is catching feelings for someone new, and after thinking about it, you realize the guy is bad news. Do you tell your friend?

Yes. You speak the truth with great love, but you tell her. And when you do, you’ll feel it. Your chest will loosen up. Your breath will ease. Speaking the truth, even when you’re scared, is a huge, huge part of becoming a superhero.

But it’s more than just having the courage to speak up. Every now and then, we’ll be faced with a situation that will test us. Every now and then, you’ll have to stop in and check in: Does this still feel right? Sometimes you’ll find yourself in a situation that no one else will understand, but for whatever reason, it feels right to you. Follow that instinct. Stay on your own path, no matter how twisty it seems. Find your place, and stand tall.

 

Superhero action of the day: Stop and take a minute today to really determine where you stand on something you’ve been avoiding.

10 products I’m loving for August

Hi, my superheroes!

 

I’m sorry to have gone radio silent on you. To be honest, I felt like a fraud posting about being a superhero… because I just don’t feel like on recently.

But it’s August first, so let’s talk about some products for the end of our summer!

You know the drill- I’m not getting any money from anyone for this! Enjoy!

 

  1. Rhinegeist bubbles. Y’all Rose beer. In a can. Ned I say more?c6vuwrpu4aagqp6
  2. This ELF BB cream: elf-83262-2Super lightweight, natural coverage, and a little bit of SPF. It’s excellent. It’s also about $4. Pretty hard to beat that.
  3. On that note, I’m also loving this Burt’s Bees balm in Plum:     fedd2588-1048-4941-841e-8d79c6ce2ef5_1-4d72991f84233c5e137c7d5ae7423e24                                                                                                                It’s actually a pretty good match for my cover girl almost lipstick that I was loving last month…. but it’s WAY cheaper at about $6.
  4. Sharpie Pens. Seriously, I got hooked on these in college and will hardly use anything else. Perfect for back to school! 1888a890-ba8b-41cf-a7dc-5a44a39a5bf3_1-1b37215d77396202df34169792893553 Bold lines, writes like a marker, doesn’t bleed through, works if you have to label clothes (like me!) How can you go wrong?
  5. my Foam roller! I’m working my way back into weight lifting (post soon!) and I’ve had some pretty sore days! If you don’t have one, I got mine for about $3 at a store called Five Below, but also check secondhand sports stores if you’re trying to find one for cheap! exfmrl_image1
  6. Panera’s Chai Tea Latte. If you know me, you know I don’t do much caffeine anymore. I just can’t! But when I need something, I grab a chai tea latte. Whether hot or cold, it’s creamy and comforting like coffee, but without the mega caffeine burst that makes me a little unstable.  Panera’s are good- but one of my goals is to make my own this month- look for a post soon!original
  7. Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo. Y’all. If you are not dry shampooing, you should be. I was an every day shampoo girl. Well, apparently that’s super bad for your hair. So I got some of this and I’m not going back. Honestly, sometimes I’m on day 4 before I wash with this stuff. It’s amazing. My hair is also pretty fine, so this works great if I need to add some texture to my hair. 41im2mamvel-_sx466_
  8. Secret Outlast deodorant. This stuff is legit. I’m not kidding I can work out hard for an hour and not stink afterwards. The completely clean scent is what I get and it has a very light but pleasant perfume, it doesn’t get white stuff on my clothes, and it doesn’t feel weird in my armpits.         71kxe2b8wrxl-_sy355_
  9. Santa Cruz Organics Lemonade: I love juice. It’s the only calorie filled drink I keep in the house anymore (ok, barring alcohol!) But so much of it has a ton of sugar and other weird stuff in it. So when I can, I stock up on these juices and lemonades. They’re great on their own, but I especially love to put a little in with my seltzer water to make a delicious Summer mocktail. I love the lemonade, strawberry lemonade and mango lemonades. lemonade
  10. Quantico: If you love suspense filled TV, this one is for you. First, Alex Parrish trained to become FBI. Then someone framed her. This excellent ABC show will definitely keep you pressing “Still Watching” on Netflix!2b5866299c49737fe704050b444697d6

 

So there you have it! 10 products I’m loving for August! And I promise I’ll try to post more this month- this is harder than I thought it would be!

 

Superhero Action of the Day: it’s a new month! What are you going to do with it?