51 Ways to Live a Better Life

Lately, I have felt a bit off kilter. After eating so well and losing weight and working out regularly, I feel the difference more acutely when I don’t do the best things for my body. I feel it in my bones and I don’t like the feeling.

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But, for some reason, I can’t seem to get back on track. My Grandmother recently passed away and emotional turmoil like that can certainly take a toll on the body! It’s a real thing and sometimes it’s not easy to track how something like that will effect you.

And then comes a Hurricane and all thoughts of routine go right out the window. No eating healthy, no going for a run. Because there is work to be done! And people to help and my little routine seems incredibly luxurious in light of a situation like Irma has caused in Florida and Harvey in Texas and elsewhere too.

All that to say, I just can’t get my groove back. So I’m trying a new challenge that I found on Pinterest (I’ll give full credit when I can find the source!) Who knows if it will end in a better life or a new improved Lizzie, but I know that when I have something to focus on, something fun or challenging or inspiring, I find myself to be a better person just from the trying. The simple act of showing up for myself usually does the trick.

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If you want to try this yourself, here’s the list:

  1. Start fresh every single day.
  2. Check credit card, statements, bank accounts and pay stubs regularly.
  3. Adopt a “meatless Monday” mentality or the like.
  4. Put down your phone when you’re with people.
  5. Try the 2/30 rule: 2 hours of TV = 30 minutes of exercise.
  6. Understand that exercise doesn’t have to be a big time commitment.
  7. Cut back on EVIL sugars.
  8. Drink plenty of water.
  9. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses, you’ll lose.
  10. Wear sunscreen.
  11. Ask HR about benefits you probably aren’t using.
  12. Safe sex, always!
  13. Never grocery shop on an empty stomach.
  14. Start biking.
  15. Keep healthy snacks at home, at work, in purse, etc.
  16. Stop beating yourself up.
  17. NEVER DO DRUGS, it’s that simple.
  18. Also never smoke.
  19. Take care of your clothes.
  20. Eat whole foods as much as possible.
  21. Consolidate and pay off debts ASAP!
  22. Don’t skip doctors appointments.
  23. Don’t overdo the booze.
  24. Don’t snack if you’re not hungry.
  25. Use SPF and wear a hat.
  26. Don’t rely on pills to help you sleep.
  27. Don’t rely on caffeine to keep you awake.
  28. Drink at least 8oz of fluids a day.
  29. Make your home a place you want to be.
  30. Don’t buy things you’ll only wear once.
  31. Use YouTube for free exercise videos.
  32. Google/Pinterest how to make your own cleaning supplies.
  33. Drop loose change into the same had daily.
  34. STAND UP FOR YOURSELF.
  35. Avoid tanning beds like the plague.
  36. Take medication seriously.
  37. Listen to your body.
  38. Don’t skimp on sleep.
  39. Do mental health checks.
  40. Read labels on everything from food to makeup.
  41. Prioritize stress management.
  42. Optimize your fertility – if you plan to have kids.
  43. Consider drinking liquid chlorophyll.
  44. Always wear a seatbelt, even in Taxis and Ubers.
  45. Wash hands often.
  46. Floss after every brushing.
  47. Sneeze into your arm, not your palm.
  48. For every 20 minutes on the computer, look away for 20 seconds.
  49. Count to 10 when you’re angry.
  50. Learn to take constructive criticism.
  51. Never Google your health condition.

Some of these may be easy to accomplish. Others more challenging. But all are good things to consider.

If you want to join in, maybe pick one or two things that you’d like to try this month. As my friend Renita always says #babystepstogreatness

If you want to jump in head first, come along for the ride!!

Thrift Store Cosplay Big Finale!!

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 31: Star Wars Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker fashion blog post

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Day 31: Princess Leia, Han Solo & Luke Skywalker

Today is the final day of my thrift store cosplay series. I really hope you all have enjoyed my shopping adventures. I certainly had a blast doing it! And now my wardrobe is tricked out!!

I wanna hear what your favorites were and if this inspired you at any point to give your local thrift stores a try. Is there a cosplay you think I should resurrect for Halloween in October? Or a character you’d like to see me try for the next series? Let me know!!

For the big finale, I pulled out all the stops and I’m bringing you characters from my favorite movie franchise of all time. This should come as no surprise…it’s Star Wars. I chose Star Wars! A Princess, a Scoundrel and a Farm Boy!! Enjoy!

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 31: Star Wars Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker fashion blog post

Princess Leia:

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 31 grand finale Princess Leia Star Wars fashion blog post

Dress from Plato’s Closet

Shoes from OMG Thrift

Belt from Goodwill

Han Solo:

Han Solo thrift store cosplay

Vest, Pants and Belt from Goodwill

White Shirt from Plato’s Closet

Boots from my shoe closet

Luke Skywalker:

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 31 grand finale Luke Skywalker Star Wars

Tunic, Pants & Shoes from Goodwill

Belt from Salvation Army

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 30

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 30: Mickey Mouse styled by Disney World fashion blog post

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Day 30: Mickey Mouse

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you’ll know that I am a die hard Disnerd. Mickey is my ride or die Mouse!!

What would the world be with the OG Mouse? Mickey Mouse

Black Turtleneck, Red Pants and Yellow Shoes from OMG Thrift

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 30: Mickey Mouse flat lay styled by Disney fashion blog post

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Thrift Store Cosplay Day 29

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 29 Lilo and Stitch Disney Style fashion blog post

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Day 29: Lilo from Lilo and Stitch

You guys!!! Thrift Store Cosplay is winding down and I only have 2 days of cosplay left to share with you. I have really enjoyed tricking out my closet with fun, whimsical and practical items. Some of which are very specifically costume-ish and others that I will definitely get some more wear out of. My closet is pretty amazing right now!! I must admit and because everything was procured at vintage, thrift, consignment and resale stores, I feel hella good about it!!

I’m gonna be taking some polls on which were your favorite characters and such from the whole August series, so keep an eye out for that!! Also I have a giveaway going on right now with JORD Watches. I hope you’ll take a minute to enter to win $100 at JORD! Use this link: woodwatches.com/g/nerdinthesand

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Photo from JORD 

Ok…back to the cosplay. Today, I give you Lilo:

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 29 Lilo and Stitch Disney Style fashion blog post

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 29 flat lay 'Ohana Lilo and Stitch styled by Disney fashion blog post

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Thrift Store Cosplay Day 28

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 28: JEM and the Holograms rock star fashion blog post

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Day 28: JEM from JEM and the Holograms

Out of all the characters I’ve chosen to cosplay this month, JEM is the one who is nearest and dearest to my heart. I used to watch the cartoon when I was a kid and dream of the day I could have pink hair and be a rock star!

SHOWTIME SYNERGY!!!

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 28: JEM and the Holograms rock star

Dress from OMG Thrift

Star Earrings and Heels from Goodwill

Belt from Salvation Army

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Truly Outrageous!!

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 27

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 27 Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones Mother of Dragons fashion blog post

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Day 27: Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones

Daenerys Targaryen, Queen of the Andals, the Roynar and the First Men, Protector of the Realm, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Mother of Dragons, The Unburnt Breaker of Chains!!

Who’s ready for the season 7 finale of Game of Thrones tonight? I know I am!

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 27 Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones Mother of Dragons

Dress from OMG Thrift

Arm Bands from Goodwill

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 27: Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones flat lay

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Thrift Store Cosplay Day 26

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 26: Bugs Bunny Looney Tunes fashion blog post

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Day 26: Bugs Bunny

What’s up, Doc?!

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Sweater, Top and Slippers from Goodwill

Gloves from OMG Thrift

Pants from Plato’s Closet

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 26:

Bugs Bunny Looney Tunes

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 25

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 25 Marty McFly Back to the Future Michael J. Fox fashion blog post

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Day 25: Marty McFly from Back to the Future

Bringing in the big guns, as I approach the end of August and the end of my #thriftstorecosplay series. I hope you guys have been enjoying these as much as I have!! You know what I just realized the other day, I have 31+ costumes to choose from for Halloween this year!! Win, win, win!

Which leads me to think I might need to regenerate a mini version of this series in October leading into Halloween. But I don’t want to come up with the ideas on my own this time. I’ll be running polls and taking suggestions and maybe come up with a 10 day countdown as Halloween approaches. So if you have any cosplays you want to see me attempt in the days leading up to Halloween, you can tweet me, comment on Instagram, comment here on the blog or email me at nerdinthecity01@gmail.com. Or maybe there’s a cosplay I did this series that you think would make the very best Halloween costume this year. Maybe you think I should take it to the streets, let me know!!

And in the meantime, here is my Mart McFly for your viewing pleasure!

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 25 Marty McFly Back to the Future Michael J. Fox fashion blog post

Plaid Shirt, Denim Shirt and Jeans from Goodwill

Red Vest from OMG Thrift 

High Tops from Plato’s Closet

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Thrift Store Cosplay Day 24

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 24: GLOW on Netflix Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling 80's Leotard fashion blog post

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Day 24: GLOW

This is one of my new favorite shows from Netflix this year. A show about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, set in the 80’s (my favorite era!) If you haven’t seen this show yet, you should.

I didn’t chose a specific character to cosplay, I sort of did an homage to the whole genre. But I think the character I most resemble today is Betty Gilpin’s Debbie. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, it’s cause you didn’t take my advice yet and haven’t seen the show…what are you waiting for? Go watch it, I’ll wait!

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 24: GLOW on Netflix Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling 80's Leotard fashion blog post

Leotard & High Tops from Plato’s Closet

Headband from Sweaty Betty

Thrift STore Cosplay Day 24 flat lay: Glow on Netflix Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

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