How to stay productive

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Fall is one of the busiest times of year. There are bills to be payed and gifts to be bought, maybe you are even traveling out of town to visit family. It becomes so easy to lose focus of the daily tasks you need to get done when looking ahead to all of the things you need to accomplish by the end of the year. Here are just a few tips that help me complete my goals and tasks in a timely (but fun) manner.

Start off your week on Sunday with a trip to your local coffee shop. I am fortunate to have a Starbucks right down the street from my house so I usually pop over there on Sunday to just sit with some coffee, calm music in my headphones, and my planner. This allows me to collect my thoughts, browse through my list of things to do for the week, and come up with a plan for how to get things done.

Buy a planner if you don’t already have one. I have this one and I LOVE it. Having a planner helps me to keep my work schedule, my schedule for Bentley, and my social schedule all in one place. It has monthly calendar pages as well as note pages and one grid page for each month. I like looking at my month as a whole so that I can plan vacations and pick the best weekends for friends to come visit in Charleston. I also bought these pens and let me tell you: pens make or break a planner. If you have everything written in black, it is much harder to tell what in your planner is important versus just a note. At least buy colored highlighters if you don’t like colored pens.

Turn on music while getting things done at home. I find that playing my favorite music while cleaning the house or loading the dishwasher can make even the most boring tasks a blast! Taylor Swift’s new album came out on Friday and if you haven’t listened to it yet you MUST buy it and play it on repeat. It’s just so fun! I may or may not have been found dancing around in the kitchen singing into a spoon to King of my Heart.

Set reminders in your phone. We all know that you might not be staring at your planner every second of every day but what you probably are staring at is your phone. You can set timed reminders or just general reminders but I prefer timed reminders so that it will show up on my Apple watch home screen.

Get up and walk around. It is easy to get zoned into a project and forget where the time has gone but if you get up once an hour and just walk around the house or the block for a couple of minutes, it will stimulate the oxygen getting to your brain and you will remember all of your tasks you still have left to do. And it’s purely healthy for you! I actually had a the sweetest little old man as my patient in the hospital last week that said to me “I know why I am here… I didn’t move around enough at home. I just sat all the time. You bet when I get home I will be taking a walk every day”. My goal is to educate people on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle BEFORE they have to come see me in the hospital.

These are just a few tips to help jump start a more productive lifestyle!  Let me know if you have any other tips or tricks that you do to become more productive.

 

Xoxo,

Kendall

 

 

 

 

 

Get to Know Me

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November is here! I thought I would share 10 random facts about me so y’all can get to know me a little better.

I’ll start out with the fact that I am a nurse. I graduated from nursing school in May with the idea that I would get to Charleston and start at a pediatrics office and have my dream hours and dream job. Well that happened, sort of. I got a job at a dermatologists office working with patients of all ages (but mostly elderly). The hours were nice but it turned out to be a part time position with no opportunity to advance to a more full time position and with bills/adulting to do that was no bueno. So, to the hospital I went. For a job atleast. So now I am working on a medical/surgical floor which is the opposite of anything I ever wanted but is turning out to be not so bad.

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Let There Be Biscuits

Situated between The Silver Dollar and The Rarebit, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit is one of Charleston’s best kept secrets. It’s a hole in the wall, and you could blink and miss it on a sunny morning stroll on King Street, but if you do happen to pop inside you will be hit with the mesmerizing aromas of fresh country ham and butter. Callie’s has many different combinations of biscuits you can get but their three for five dollars deal is hard to beat. This morning I tried the blackberry jam filled shortbread biscuit, the cinnamon biscuit, and the country ham biscuit and they all were impeccable. If you do choose to go you must try three different kinds of biscuits or you are doing yourself an injustice.

I originally stumbled upon Callie’s a few months ago when my college roommate Taylor insisted that we make it there after a night out. The have late night hours from 10pm to 2am on the weekends but are open weekend mornings and from 7am to 2 pm during the week. Whether you’re visiting or a local, make sure to stop by and give Callie’s a visit… you won’t regret it!

Meet Bentley

Bentley, B, rocket, foe, baby boy.

All names for the 47 pound whirlwind of energy pictured above.

If you would have told me two months ago that I would end up with the task of caring for a bundle of energy in a German Shorthaired Pointers body, I would have laughed in your face. Literally. After having a Brittany Spaniel puppy for a month in October of 2016, I swore I would never have a hunting dog breed again because of their neurotic tendencies but here I am and boy is it already turning out to be a wild ride.

My mom and I came across Bentley via the internet shortly after I had graduated from USC in May. I was unemployed with virtually nothing to do but study for the NCLEX (which I passed… YAY!) so of course why wouldn’t I think getting a puppy was a good idea? I had my heart set on a cockapoo which looking back now is almost opposite in every way from Bentley but nevertheless I wanted a lap dog. My mom despises lap dogs and said the only way a dog would be entering our house was if it was a GSP. I immediately got on my computer and started looking at GSPs and stumbled upon a breeder in Georgia that had a five and a half month old puppy who needed a home. I figured by five and a half months old that the puppy was past the wake-up-every-three-hours-in-the-middle-of-the-night-to-potty phase so I was blinded by that seemingly insignificant joy. We went to pick him up and what we saw when we got there was a tornado. A happy tornado; unbridled, untrained, and spirited. We instantly fell in love with him and hauled him back to our families house on Daniel Island.

Ever since then, I’ve only lost one pair of running shorts and about a thousand dollars in vet bills and dog food. Just a slight setback. But was it worth it? Absolutely.