1. Always use sunscreen. I somehow managed to go to Jamaica for 5 days this past week and not get burnt, (I have crazy fair skin and have had some whopper sunburns in my time...but I like to think I've grown out of that). It was mostly thanks to the best sunscreen in the world, (recommended by my dermatologist), not to mention my Q2 hr re-application. I highly suggest you run out and get some (non-greasy, feels light and similar to regular lotion).
Anyway, I get back to Chicago and three days later it's 80 degrees and sunny. So I go to brunch excited to enjoy the Summer weather and what do I do? I get fried. In the Midwest. In April. From 2 hours of an egg white omelette and some prosecco. It's not just a vacation necessity...apparently.
2. Travel necessity. If you want to sleep on a flight, you should by this pillow. I bought it 5 years ago for a long flight to France and have used it on pretty much every flight over an hour since. Yes, it looks ridiculous, and friends I'm with are usually like, WTF Betsy. What is that thing!? But guess who lands well-rested and with the last laugh? This girl. See images below. It also folds up real small for easy storage in your carry-on. I always bring it with me when I fly.
3. Buy this book. "You are a Badass." I briefly gave mention to it in last week's "I Got 5 On It" as something I was currently reading. But after I've gotten further into it, I've decided it deserves it's own moment in the sun. Simply put, everyone should read this book. Especially if you are struggling at all with finding meaning or direction in your life (and who doesn't question those things every now and then...or constantly as of late if you happen to be going through something specific)? It's inspiring, easy to read, and one of those books you will continually ask yourself, was this written for me specifically? It will speak to you. Or at least it spoke to me. And I know other people who have read it that feel this same way. It's a gamechanger. You will thank me later...trust.
4. Think BIG. In the spirit of my latter suggestion, let's remember that, "we are all victims of the rules we live by" (Jenny Holzer.). Where do we get these rules? From our parents, and their parents, and their parents' parents and society as a whole. "Most of which are a lifetime's worth of beliefs that have nothing to do with who we actually are or what is necessarily true" (Sincero 21).
We are grown-ass adults who choose who we are and what we do. The possibilities are endless, so let's start thinking that way and see where it takes us. I mean, what drives you? What makes you happy? Who are you, REALLY? Be that person and screw anyone who doesn't get it or tries to make you feel small. What makes us all so incredible by leaps and bounds is that we're different and unique! There is literally no one on the planet that is exactly like you...and there's a reason for that. I think we should all be so unabashedly ourselves to the Nth degree and just see what happens. I'm practicing and still working on figuring all of this out. But let's do it. Let's get weird.
5. The best thing I've ever bought. If you don't already have a Nespresso machine, you need to get on that train and ride it...like, yesterday. I first discovered them when they were in every hotel room, bed & breakfast, cafe and bar we visited while in France in 2012. I got a hand-me-down from my brother shortly after I got back to the states and replaced his with a new one the following Christmas. I use it almost everyday and make the most delicious lattes on the planet. I buy them as wedding and baby gifts a lot (Hello?! New moms get no sleep and need caffeine...best shower gift EVER)! Here is the one I have: