Creating a New Vision Board and Setting Intentions

Creating a New Vision Board and Setting Intentions

Last year, around this same time, I posted my first vision board blog. I didn’t realize that when I created a new vision board the other day. I guess something about spring makes me want to refresh and reset.

The major themes of my previous board included self-care, chasing dreams, and wanting to adopt a cat. Some of those themes have definitely carried over to my latest vision board, yet in a new way with a different aesthetic. Personally, it has been interesting to compare them and see the development in my goals and style.

If you vision board too, I recommend reflecting on old boards after you create new ones. It’s interesting to see your creative process over time. It’s also interesting to see what mattered to you then and what matters to you now.

But, without further ado, I want to show you my new vision board and point out some highlights.

First, I want to chat about some of the words on the board. The big three are confidence, creativity, and joyful. When I feel these three things, I feel my best. Of course, I can not be confident, creative, and joyful 24/7. But, the board serves as a reminder to make choices that help me to be confident, creative, and joyful.

Second, let’s address the cute cat image. Due to everything that has been going on in the world, I haven’t moved yet. So, I haven’t been able to adopt a cat yet. But, a move is coming soon! I hope that the next time I show you my vision board, a cat is sitting right next to me.

Third, I want to talk about the ear on my vision board. It may look a bit random, but if you look closer it is very pierced. I have quite a few piercings, but I want to dress up my ears some more. Also, I want to visit my favorite piercing shop again. My goal is to make an appointment for this summer.

Lastly, you may notice some roller skates and plants on the board. I want to learn how to keep plants alive first, and then I would like to add some more greenery to my home. The roller skates represent getting back on my rollerblades. It’s a hobby that I’ve had a very on-again and off-again relationship with. It would be great to reconnect.

I tried to keep the mood of the board fresh, minimal-ish, and cohesive. I really enjoy how it turned out, and I’m excited to work towards the things on it! I am most skeptical of gaining a green thumb, but I will try.

What’s on your vision board? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Why I Love Thrift Shopping

Why I Love Thrift Shopping

If you’ve been following along for a while, you already know that I adore pre-loved fashion. In fact, many of my fashion blog posts feature items that I got from my local Goodwill.

There are so many reasons why I’m a proponent of thrift shopping, so I wanted to share a few of them with you. I hope that this resonates with you or motivates you to give thrifting a try.

I love thrift shopping because:

It’s fun. Simply put, I enjoy the hunt. I love looking through the racks and finding new favorites.

It’s affordable. The price of brand-name items is significantly less at the thrift store. In fact, I’ve found full outfits thrifting for the same price as one piece of clothing from the mall.

It’s better for the environment. Thrifting keeps items out of landfills and gives them a new life! We’ve all been hearing how bad fast fashion is for the environment, so thrifting is a better alternative.

It supports great causes. When I shop at Goodwill, I know that my dollars are going towards job training and opportunities. I also know that what I spend stays in my community, and that feels good.

It allows me to experiment with my style. When I thrift, I find cute pieces that I would’ve never even thought to look for. Thrifting helps me to learn more about what I like and what I don’t when it comes to my personal style. It has helped me to curate a functional and unique wardrobe.

Overall, second hand is grand!

What do you love about thrift shopping? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

April Highlights ’21

April Highlights ’21

May is here! Let’s chat about April.

During the month, I tried to switch up my typical coffee runs. Of course, I still enjoy Starbucks and Dunkin’, but there are some great local cafes downtown Green Bay that I could visit more. There are also some great tea shops.

While exploring my own city I stumbled upon Pink Guava for a midday pick-me-up. It was absolutely delicious, and I will be returning. I want to continue to challenge myself to shop local when I can and try out new places.

In April, I also joined the Very Important EatStreeters crew! I actually used to intern with EatStreet, so it has been great to reconnect with the brand in a new way and see some familiar faces.

For some background, EatStreet is a food delivery service that started in Wisconsin. They partner with a lot of local businesses (and even Kwik Trip). EatStreet has been my go-to delivery app for a while now, so I’m looking forward to creating more content with them in May.

I’m also looking forward to my graduation in May! On the 15th, I will officially have my bachelor’s in communication. It will feel so good to be done with online classes and celebrate.

What were your highlights? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Elevate Your Look with Curtain Bangs: My Before and After

Elevate Your Look with Curtain Bangs: My Before and After

This 70’s hairstyle is making a major comeback. Vogue UK has even declared the curtain fringe as the biggest hair trend for summer 2021. I cannot tell you how many curtain bang TikTok tutorials tempted me before I booked my hair appointment. I am happy that I went to a local salon, Bloom Collaborative, to get the look.

It was my first hair appointment in a while, so I was excited to finally treat myself. I booked a cut as I typically do, but I also came ready with some inspiration photos on my phone. I described the length of bangs I wanted as “down to my smile.” I didn’t want them too short or too long. I figured this would be the perfect length to frame my face, as well as a good length to style.

For my trim, I asked for all of my dead ends to be chopped off. I trusted whatever length my hairstylist thought would be healthiest. As I said, it had been a while, so a few inches off seemed appropriate.

I took a selfie before my hair appointment and a selfie a couple of days after my appointment for comparison. I’m purposely not showing you my fresh out of the salon look since I am not able to recreate that on a regular basis. Instead, I want to give you a realistic and everyday view.

I absolutely love how the curtain bangs turned out. It’s a subtle change, but it’s just the change I wanted. I appreciate how the bangs work with my face shape and how they work with my naturally wavy hair.

If you are considering curtain bangs, I’d recommend looking at lots of photos for inspiration. There are quite a few variations and options, so it’s important to get specific about what you want. You and a stylist can create a look that works best for you!

Currently, I’m having fun learning all the styling tips and tricks for my new bangs. TikTok has been a great source of inspiration once again. As I figure out the hacks that work and create some of my own, I will keep you posted!

Do you have curtain bangs? Would you try the style? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Steal That Look: TK’s Juicy Style

Steal That Look: TK’s Juicy Style

In case you don’t already know who TK a.k.a. Taylor King is, let me introduce you. She’s a content creator and content producer based in Los Angeles, California. She has a fun and bold style, and she loves anything that she proclaims to be “juicy.”

For a while, I have admired her aesthetic and attitude on Instagram. Her content is always eye-catching and fresh. She finds ways to elevate simple outfits, with bold accessories and unique pieces.

I decided to give her style a shot by first recreating some of her Instagram in-feed fits. Then, I created a few juicy looks of my own.

First up, I went for one of her sporty looks. In the Instagram post, she’s wearing a reworked jersey/windbreaker by @thereal_o_g. I felt inspired to make one with a Milwaukee Bucks jersey and windbreaker that were sitting in my closet. Next time I go to a game, I’m definitely wearing it.

Second, I went for a comfy option. The outfit is nice and cozy, but what I really liked about this post is the posing. As a content creator, I’m always looking for ways to add variation to my feed. A pose like this is extremely simple, yet it has depth. It’s more eye-catching than just another selfie.

Lastly, I tried a dressed-up look. I just happened to have a black one-piece similar to hers as well as a neon jacket already in my closet. I never thought about pairing the pieces together before, but it works! In the future, I’ll have to play around with adding neon to dark outfits. It adds vibrance.

Recreating these in-feed looks helped me to jump outside of my comfort zone. The outfits forced me to look at items in my closet in a different way. Her posts also forced me to think outside of the box in terms of styling and posing. Most notably, recreating TK’s looks forced me to rock her classic red lip.

Feeling inspired, I put some of my own outfits together that I think TK would approve of. I leaned into the red and black color palette that is present in TK’s Instagram feed and brand.

I am obsessed with how this first self-styled look came together. I put on my favorite little black dress, fun sunnies, and my boyfriend’s varsity jacket. The pops of red throughout the outfit scream juicy! If you have a dress, jacket, and statement sunglasses, you can easily recreate this look with your own flair.

Next, I knew I had to break out my red velour Juicy Couture jacket for this blog post. I mean, it says juicy right on the arm! I paired the jacket with a black top underneath and dark wash denim pants. The cherry on top is a bright red scrunchie to hold my hair in a high pony.

In my final look, I kept on the same black shirt and put a leather top over it (it’s a Harley Davidson top that I found at a thrift store!). I also brought back the same sunnies from earlier to add another pop of red. This outfit made me feel like Sandra Dee at the end of Grease.

Emulating TK’s aesthetic and style was, in short, fun! Her typical outfits vary quite a bit from my typical fits, but I can still appreciate the juicy energy. If you ever see a style or a trend that you like, try it! You never know what it may help you learn about your personal style.

What was your favorite outfit? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

What I Eat in a Day with a Plant-Based Diet

What I Eat in a Day with a Plant-Based Diet

Eating plant-based doesn’t mean that I only eat kale, but I wouldn’t say that I don’t include it in my diet. Instead, I view eating plant-based as enjoying fresh and colorful foods. To show you what I mean, I tracked everything I ate in one day this past week.

Let’s start from the beginning, at 7:30 am on Wednesday…

When I start working remotely, I also have breakfast. This morning, I made an egg sandwich on oat nut bread (I always add hot sauce for flavor). I enjoyed the sandwich with coffee and some lemon water.

By 10:30 am, I felt in the mood for a snack. I grabbed a Peanut Butter Banana Clif Bar (I am always fully stocked on these). It paired well with my second cup of coffee.

Around noon, I went out to lunch at Bona Fide Juicery with a friend. It’s a super cute local spot in Green Bay. The açaí smoothie bowl I got was amazing, and I highly recommend trying it if you’re in the area. Typically, I make something at home, but sometimes I want to treat myself.

When 3:30 pm hit, I had some more snacks. This included carrots and some homemade applesauce. I try to keep pre-chopped veggies in my fridge. This makes it easy to reach for healthy options.

Around 6:00 pm, I made dinner. My entree included Banza noodles, broccoli, cauliflower, and some zesty Italian dressing. The cool thing about Banza noodles is that they are made from chickpeas, so they have more protein than just regular noodles. This is great if you don’t eat meat like me.

Later in the evening, I had some tea with honey while watching TV. I also had a few Dove chocolates that I got for Easter; they are one of my favorite treats.

It may go without saying but, I don’t eat “clean” every day. Somedays, I go out to eat and get greasy sweet potato fries. Other days, I enjoy snacks that aren’t just fruits and veggies. But I believe that this blog post captures a pretty average day for me (give or take eating out).

Overall, I try to make food choices that make me feel good and give me energy. It helps to find whatever balance works for your needs and your tastes!

What are some of your favorite meals? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Bunny Hop to Starbucks: Cadbury Egg Coffee

Bunny Hop to Starbucks: Cadbury Egg Coffee

Hoppy Easter weekend! In celebration of the holiday, I created my own Starbucks “secret menu” item. It has almost everything a Cadbury Egg has plus espresso! If you have a chocolate craving and need some caffeine, this drink is for you.

To order, ask for a grande iced americano. Then ask for 1 pump of mocha, vanilla sweet cream cold foam, and light caramel drizzle to be added.

As you may have noticed, each of the ingredients imitates a part of the Cadbury Egg. The mocha is like the chocolate shell, and the cold foam and caramel act as the creamy inside. I think it comes together to create a sweet treat that’s balanced. Since americanos are espresso-based, you are still able to taste the coffee.

But, if you are craving something even sweeter, others have created secret menu items like the Cadbury Egg Frappuccino. This drink also looks delicious and very insta-worthy.

Tip your barista well, and enjoy!

What’s your favorite Easter treat? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

March Highlights ’21

March Highlights ’21

No April fools here! Let’s recap March…

This year’s spring break looked a little different, but I still made it to Milwaukee for a day trip. I visited a friend, grabbed some delicious food, and did a little thrifting. It felt good to safely get out a bit and enjoy the time off. Also, I adore the pre-loved finds that I brought home like this $10 Coach purse. I think it will be perfect for spring style!

On International Women’s Day, I collaborated with Per The Work Edit on my podcast. They created a forum for women in the workplace to connect and network. I love the community, and I encourage you to join! You can still use my code, “Midnight21”, and my link to get free access.

Speaking of podcasting, I created new cover art for my show! If you have listened lately, you may have noticed it. I believe it captures the Megan Till Midnight aesthetic nicely.

I also released a couple of new episodes in March. Early in March, my boyfriend joined me for another relationship chit-chat. Later in the month, Alyssa Coleman joined me for a discussion about all things productivity. You can tune into the episodes here.

I’m quickly approaching graduation, so it has been easy to get caught up in planning. Yet, it’s important to appreciate the moment too. March allowed me to slow down a bit to relax and recharge. I’m looking forward to what April may bring.

What were your highlights? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

My Drugstore Beauty Must-Haves

My Drugstore Beauty Must-Haves

You can treat yourself without breaking the bank. In fact, there are many little luxuries that you can find at your local drugstore.

In preparation for this blog post, I went to Walgreens and picked up a few of my favorites. The items vary from skincare to makeup to nail care. I believe the following list has something for everyone!

#1. Soap & Glory What A Peeling Mask. The first time I used this, I was shocked at just how pink it truly was. It gave me a good laugh when I looked at myself in the mirror while applying.

But, it works very nicely. After using it, my skin feels much softer and refreshed. I also like that it stays on for about 20-25 minutes. While it’s on, I can simply relax and enjoy it.

#2. Elf Expert Liquid Liner. This has been a staple in my routine for years. It’s extremely affordable, and it allows you to create the perfect cat-eye. Plus, it stays in place throughout the day. I haven’t found a better liner.

#3. Soap & Glory Ultra Smoothing Lip Oil. I love the tint, and it’s very hydrating. This is my go-to when I want a glossier look.

#4. Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab Balm. During cooler seasons, my cuticles get very dehydrated. This product with lotion helps!

#5. Kiss Gel Fantasy Short Nails. I used to love getting acrylics, but it gets really expensive. Not to mention, acrylics are pretty rough on your actual nails. Now, when I want the look of acrylics I go for glue-on nails. I like the color of these Kiss Gel Fantasy ones, and the length is perfect!

What’s your favorite drugstore beauty product? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

6 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

6 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

As we spring forward, I think it’s important to reset and refresh. Discovering more productive ways to work can help us do just that.

Recently, I had a chat with Alyssa Coleman on my podcast. She’s a Productivity Strategist for creative entrepreneurs, and she’s an entrepreneur herself! It was so great to connect and hear her story. Also, I learned a lot about productivity from our conversation.

Below I have summarized some tips from the show that can help all of us create more productive days and achieve our goals…

Reframe your view of productivity. You don’t have to be super busy to be productive. You also don’t have to take part in “hustle culture.” Alyssa describes productivity as simply making as much impact as you can in the shortest amount of time.

Set a schedule that works for you. If you’re a morning person, then plan to work on large tasks in the morning. If you get your best ideas on walks, then prioritize time for a stroll in your schedule.

Alyssa says it’s important to discover your natural rhythm and when you are most productive or creative. You’re in charge of your schedule, so make it work for you.

Create daily non-negotiables. Alyssa has her own list which you can find here. Essentially, these are things that you do every day to work towards what you want. They keep you accountable and productive!

Understand what holds you back. If you’re procrastinating, ask yourself why and get to the root of the problem. Sure, you could just “power through,” but will that really help you the next time this holds you back? It’s easier to sort things out right away. Also, it feels a whole lot better.

Make goals and plan for them. Alyssa says she loves to reverse-engineer her schedule. Figure out what you want to accomplish in a month, and then plan little tasks for each day to help you reach that goal!

Experiment, yet focus. Admittedly, I enjoy trying a lot of different things. In fact, experimenting is kind of how I started blogging! I’ve found that you have to try things out to see what sticks. It helps you to discover what you enjoy and what you don’t.

Yet, it is important to experiment strategically. You have to focus on the things you want to nurture and grow. We can’t do absolutely everything, and we don’t have to.

What tip will you put into action? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!