Why Good Habits Matter

Creating good habits is so important to make sure that you're on the right path! This is Why good habits matter!

Creating good habits is so important to make sure that you're on the right path. Having a goal and creating habits that move you towards your goals are one and the same. If you can't create those positive habits, but you really really want to accomplish your goals, you're really setting yourself up for failure. Goals that are worth striving for, sometimes have roadblocks and hard seasons associated with them; good habits are the thing that make the difference in those hard times. 

Let us start at the beginning:

The definition of a habit according to Webster (also my autocorrect keeps wanting to put Hobbit and that just makes me happy): 

"An acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary"

"The prevailing disposition or character of a person's thoughts and feelings" 

I love that both of these really describe the fact that a habit is something that we don't just have out of nowhere, it's something that we have to work to have. It's something that has to "prevail" over the other things we want to do.

One of the main reasons that people don't accomplish their goals is because the habits that need to be the backbone of those goals isn't there. We start on our goals and when something goes wrong (*cough* which it will at some point *cough*) we don't have the habits to get though the hard times. 

But how do you create a habit? And what does that practically look like?

You remind yourself why this is important. You remind yourself of the "why" behind your goals. You say out loud why this is important. Why you doing this gets you closer to your goals, and you keep going! 

Keep spending those ten minutes before bed reading your Bible even when you feel stagnant, because it is those habits that lead you deeper in your relationship with God! You keep trying to write your screenplay because you feel that your story matters, and it will help someone in their season of life! You strive to have two days off a week because you know how important it is to your mental health to have a moment of release.

Remind yourself of the "why" behind your habit. You are the best and only you that will ever you. Give yourself the best shot at your goals, by being honest with yourself. Are you putting in the effort and creating the habits that get you a step closer to your goals? Are you giving you your best shot!? Are you focused on the correct goals? That's an entirely different post, but it's another important question to ask. 

What habit are you working through right now that you can focus on continuing? Is there a habit in your life the you should really let go of? Are you creating habits that move you towards your longterm and short term goals?

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The Best Coffee Shops in Denver

Every perfect weekend starts with coffee! Make sure you're going to the best one when you're in Denver next!

I have loved coffee since I was a kid and my babysitter made what she called "Coffee Milk". It was basically a bunch of milk and a little bit of coffee. That was it, I was hooked to the taste!! There are so many different aspects of coffee that just make me happy: the idea of sitting in a coffee shop and catching up with a friend over a wonderfully crafted cup of coffee, or spending a quiet morning making french press coffee. There is just something so wonderful about it, that brings people together. I also have this thing about wanting to constantly try different coffee shops. Therefore, I've been to quite a few in Denver. My base for coffee is a cappuccino, therefore at all of the below I've had their cappuccino and I approve this message! 

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Thump Coffee

This is my favorite coffee shop in Denver. The coffee is always spot on, still the best cup of coffee I've found yet, and the food is just as good! In the back of the coffee shop there is a "no computer/technology" area, and that just reminds of the Gilmore Girls "No Cellphones" sign, it makes me smile. The one downside to this coffee shop is that they don't have plugs around the shop. They only have them in the front by the windows. Therefore, make sure you charge your device before setteling in. Thump has community tables, so get use to sitting across and next to someone you may not know. You can always tell who hasn't been there before when they start to search under the table for something that isn't there. 

 

 

 

 

Steam Espresso Bar Denver

Steam Espresso Bar

This is my second "go to" if you will. Steam is located a little more south near the college. Smaller is size, but just as wonderful for the coffee. There is one community table near the front, similar to Thump, but Steam has a few smaller more individual tables in the back area. There is also an outdoor space that is perfect when the weather is nice. Steam is located more in a neighborhood so you'll have to street park, but honestly most places in Denver if you're driving you'll have to street park. They also have the garage door type doors behind the counter which let in so much wonderful outside air!

 

 

 

 

PigTrain Coffee Union Station Denver

Pigtrain Coffee Co

Did you just get in from the airport? Looking for a quick cup after your redeye flight? Pig train is the stop for you! Located in Union Station in Downtown Denver, Pigtrain is a good cup of coffee and a a great grab and go. If you're looking to sit and work, you can do so in Union Station, but not really in Pigtrain. If you do go, you have to check to see if they have popsters!! Homemade pop tarts, you literally can't get any better!! The one that's my favorite is their raspberry popster! Blue frosting and sprinkles! YUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amethyst Coffee Denver

Amethyst Coffee Company

Amethyst is the smallest of the coffee shops on this list. Located just off of Broadway and just south of downtown. Amethyst is a nice walk if you just went to the Denver Art Museum and are looking for some good coffee. The parking lot is super small! So be warned when you have to circle to find a spot. My favorite drink is the cold brew. Although the smallest, Amethyst also has probably one of the most Instagram like insides. Good for a quick in and out coffee.

I would like to say I've been doing "research" on these coffee shops, but really I just truly enjoy each of them. There is something unique about them all and the more time I spend looking for new places to visit, the more gems I find!! 

 

 

 

 

 

Stella's Coffee Denver Pearl Street

Stella's Coffee House

Are you headed a little more south of Denver? Looking for a place that feels more relaxed, but still has great coffee and pastries? Stella's is a wonderful option for you. Located on Pearl surrounded by cute boutique shops and homes, Stella's is a great escape for a quick coffee or a few hours of work.

When I first walked in I was confused that I only saw one table, but then I turned the corner and realized there was an entire back section that wrapped around. So much space!! They also switch up their "coffee of the day" section often so see what's new before ordering your regular. 

 

 

 

 

Corvus Coffee on Broadway Denver

 

Corvus Coffee Roasters

Located on Broadway, about 7-10 minutes south of downtown, this is a perfect coffee shop to stop into if you're in the mood to shop! Broadway has so many cute little, privately owned boutique shops.

The coffee I tend to get at Corvus is their nitrous coffee. Disclaimer, it's strong! It's actually really funny, because every time I really need to get things done quickly I'll go to Corvus because I know the coffee will kick in and I'll speed through my work. It's also perfect if you need an oil change, I'll explain... It's located about a block or two from a mechanic so it's another great stop if you're trying to have a multitasking productive day! 

 

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10 Ways to Turn Around A "Bad Day"

Not every morning is a magical morning. Here are some tips and tricks to help you when you're starting to have a bad day.

There are some days of the year that you wake up and everything feels like a wonderful hallmark movie. The kind where the light streams perfectly into your bedroom. You wake up to a crisp morning where you have nowhere to be and nothing on the calendar, other than things you want to do.

But there are also mornings where you wake up and you didn't realize, but you are out of coffee filers. You forgot to put your clothes out the night before so now you have five minutes to put together an outfit before going to work. And then, after you're too far to turn around, you realize you forgot the coffee, you had to scrounge together, at your house. 

On those harder mornings here are a few things to help:

1// Remind yourself of the positive. Write on your mirror, or on the back of your door, an encouraging word to read outloud to yourself before you leave the house.

2// Wear your favorite perfume. This is definitely a go to for me! On the mornings where I wake up and I don't really "feel like it," I put on my favorite scent and it reminds me of travel and fun days and I immediately have a little moral boost .

3// Remember that every day is new, today is what you make of it! And if it sucks, there's a new try tomorrow. You can have a bad moment of your day, but that moment doesn't have to define your day! Take a quick lap around the block and clear your head. 

4// Close your eyes and breath slowly three times. Balance out your breathing, its the simple things that help turn your day around. 

5// Drink a glass of water. Sometimes it's just you being dehydrated from the night before that makes you a little more cranky.

6// Give yourself something to look forward to at the end of your work day. You can stop on the way home from work and pick up food for dinner, or go out with a friend for a drink.

7// Go to bed early that night. If you're not having the best day, set yourself up for success tomorrow and get a good night sleep! 

8// Drink a cambucha or probiotic drink. Do something small that's good for your body. Keep your stomach happy!

9// Do something at the end of the day that makes you feel pampered. Do a quick 5 minute face mask, or make yourself a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed. 

10// Do something that switches up the way you think. Two hours before going to bed, put down the social media and pick up a book, or paint something when you get home. When was the last time you painted something? For me, I honestly don't remember. 

What are your tips and tricks? Share them in the comment section, I would love to know how you turn your mind around when you're having a "bad day."

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Christmas Gift Guide

Make sure this year that your gifts have a personal touch to each one of them!

I'm a little...ok a lot obsessed with Christmas. I believe it's the most magical time of the year filled with such wonder that even the sky chimes in and brings some extra ambiance. However, the hardest part of Christmas is trying to find out what gifts to buy for people. 

The best gifts are those that people can tell you spent time on, that you remembered their favorite of something or thought that this items can help their lives in someway. Who doesn't want to be that reminder for their friends and family that they've been thinking about them and looking for a present that "looks like them." For me, that's personally one of may favorite things, when someone gives me a present and says "I saw it and it looked like you so I had to buy it!" 

Here are a few of my favorite things...to buy for friends and family.

An Adult Onesie. To start off your gift exchange, bring a fun element of surprise by putting a fun adult size onesie in there. I find onesies such fun whimsical addition to a cold winter night. They really do keep you warm, but also keep you in good spirits. How can you not be laughing when wearing a onesie. Even the thought of someone angry in a onesie makes me laugh. 

Wonder Woman the movie on dvd or blue ray! I love this movie so much, I feel like it has a wonderful message to it, and it's directed by a woman. We need more female directors, show some love! 

A coffee grinder. Give the gift of happiness, aka fresh coffee. They will think of you each morning and be so grateful during those times that they accidentally purchase the whole been coffee as opposed to the ground coffee bags.

A bathtub caddy. After a long day working hard, pampering yourself shouldn't feel complicated. Give your loved one the peace of mind that you've already got it covered. I will say I would probably put some bath bombs with the caddy so they can start off the "bathtub caddy experience" on the right foot. Also, if they don't know you're getting them a caddy, they may not realize what to do with it, lol.

A Sleep Mask. When you're on a long flight all you want to do is sleep at some point during the flight, but that's the exact time that someone around you wants to read. A sleep mask feels a little funny to put on until you're sleeping soundly and then you're so grateful to have that mask! Perfect for the person who's always on a plane to somewhere.

A Figurine. If you have any friends or family in your life that are a little nerdy, this is so perfect! I personally have a few pop figurines on my bookshelf and I feel like it adds so much character, see what I did there, to the bookshelf. You could pick something from their favorite video game, comic book character, tv show, you name it! You could also take this another way and purchase a jewelry item that they can wear that reminds them of their favorite ____. I've seen so many delicate looking necklaces or bracelets that have a W for wonder woman. 

Two Tickets to Something. This could be a concert, show, event, cooking class, you name it. Something that they can look forward to that you will be doing together. On Christmas day they will be receiving so many items why not give them the gift of an experience that you'll share together. 

A Subscription to a monthly box. There are so many monthly options out there from food, to nerdy things, to makeup, to clothing. Have your Christmas present last all year by purchasing a monthly subscription for someone. That way they feel the Christmas spirit all year and they also think of you every time they open a box. This is great for the loved one who is far away!

The best presents I've ever gotten have been ones that I could tell thought went into. It's hard when life goes so fast, but what can you do this year to add something a little more personalized to your gifts?

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Visiting A German Christmas Market

A German Market Downtown Denver, who knew! What a great way to spend a December night!

Christmas markets bring out the Christmas spirit in all of us. Walking around a fairy light filled market, drinking a hot beverage and listening to the holiday songs is such a wonderful way to spend a December evening. One of my goals this moth was to visit the German Christmas Village that's in downtown Denver, called the Christkindl Market. 

The market is built specifically for the Holiday season. Open every day from November 17th through December 23rd. It's located on 16th street which is a pedestrian walkway; save yourself the headache and don't try to turn down the street when you're making your way to the market. There is a 16th street shuttle you can use that only drives up and down the street, so you don't have to worry too much about your parking. You can street park on an adjacent street, or you can park in a nearby parking garage. If you're staying in downtown, walking may even be the best way to get to the market. You'll have the opportunity to see all the lights on the trees and those ice skating near the clocktower. I personally suggest going to the market at night although it opens at 11am. I feel like the Holiday spirit is much more alive during that time, and the lights sparkle even brighter! 

The market has pastries, bratwurst, candied nuts, hot apple cider, and many other food options, but I still ate before so I could focus on the hot cholcolate and mulled wine. I had never tried the very highly anticipated mulled wine before, but it did not disappoint! It was so good. I could definitely see how this wine can be dangerous, it's that good. When you purchase the wine you also get a cute mug to commemorate your visit. 

Have you ever tried Mulled Wine? The German Market is definitely the place to try it!

The above picture is from inside the tent that has the wine, they do only take cash so be sure to bring some with you. Outside there are booths all around selling so many different types of holiday items. There was one booth that had homemade hats and scarves, one that had small figurines, but my favorites are always the ones that have food. The only down side is that all of the places that had food were cash only and I always forget that fact until I'm already there. Boo the atm fee, but it was worth it! 

 Do you have a Christmas Market in your area? I've been obsessed with looking around at all of the Christmas Market posts I've been seeing. Good friends, and good times had by all! Now I just need to go to a Christmas Tree farm and snag some garland to hang around the house! I'm a little behind on that, but it's a work in progress! 

Our group may have stayed all the way through until closing time. It was just so perfect out we couldn't bring ourselves to leave. The below pictures is the exact same place as the first but at the end of the night vs. the beginning. Thank God for warm beverages around this time of year!

German Market Downtown Denver! - AVintageJoy
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My Cold Weather Essentials

My Cold Weather Essentials - AVintageJoy

Having cold weather or winter essentials is a must around this time of year. The past few days the temperature has dropped significantly! It went from like 70 degrees to 31 degrees. My winter nature kicked into full gear and it makes me so happy. I've pulled out all of my home winter essentials and think you should too. It honestly doesn't matter what the weather is like where you live, it's that time of year, embrace it!! 

1// A cozy blanket over the couch. I have to have a cozy blanket near me, if I'm going to be sitting on the couch for a long period of time. Even if it's hot outside I need to have a blanket on the couch. It adds such an element of a cozy home. 

2// A go to candle to light every night. In general I love for my home to have a scent, but when it's cold outside it's even more important. I never did this back in the day, but since I've been more consistent with lighting my candles it's so nice to walk into a room and it smell like cookies, or autumn, or buttercream. It's the easiest way to add another layer of comfort to your home. 

3// All of the Lotion. It gets so cold in the winter that I end up keeping a small lotion in my purse for the moment in the coffee shop that you realize your skin is dry. I think part of it is genetics: I remember in the winter my dad's hands would always get so dry. He works outside with his hands so he would always have such rough hands in the Ohio winters. But the other part is truly just this time of year and the havoc it tries to put on our skin. Bonus: Make sure you're also putting a little bit of a heavier moisturizer on too. Protect your face! 

4// Lip balm/ exfoliate your lips. Every morning when you're finishing up your makeup don't forget to exfoliate your lips. It's something that many women tend to forget, but it really does help your lips stay healthy this time of year. Add a simple lip balm or lip primer before applying your lipstick to ensure your lips stay moisturized throughout the day!

5// When the weather changes or goes back and forth from 70 degree weather to 31 degrees everyone around gets sick. I am a firm believer and advocate for Airborne/Emergency. Especially the gummy version, I'll take the other kinds if I have to but I would so much rather trick myself into thinking the gummy ones are candy.

6// A flavored creamer. It's such a small luxury to give yourself but it's so rewarding. I really love hazelnut around this time of year. I tried to do the pepermint creamer thing, but hazelnut is still the winner in my book. 

7// Nail polish. My nails are pretty strong, but when it's so cold out they can't help but become breakable. Protect your nails by keeping at least a coat of clear on them. My favorite colors for fall or winter are dark red or plum. I love the darker colors this time of year. Plus by having your nail painted you look that much more put together. 

8// Fairy lights! I love having lights up around my living room windows. It's different house to house, but I suggest buying all white lights. This way if you like them you can keep them up, and if you don't want them all year, at least they'll blend in as much as possible with the blinds or curtains. 

9// A Holiday movie to watch. Spread the Christmas cheer and invite friends over for a movie night! There are so many great ones out there, and so many horrible ones too. All equally as fun to watch around this time of year. Need some ideas of movie to watch? A few of my favorites are: White Christmas, The Holiday, Elf, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas

What are your tips and tricks for the cold weather months?

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A Weekend In Los Angeles

A Weekend in LA Los Angeles - AVintageJoy

Sometimes you don't have a week to spend in a place. Working full-time you have to pick and choose when you want to use your PTO, but you also want to escape every now and then and enjoy a quick weekend in a new place. This is going to be a more "stream of conscious" post about how my weekend was and what I did.

One of my goals from November was to "Take a Day Trip", now while this wasn't within driving distance. I'm counting that as one of my goals met! 

This is how I spend my weekend in LA...

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Night One:

In order to ensure I have the most time possible in a place I always take a night flight after work, that way I wake up the next day in the place I want to visit and I'm ready to go! So, I took a night flight out of Denver to LAX. Didn't check a bag, because why would you! So expensive. 

Went directly to In-N-Out got a burger and fries, however I just realized I never got a milkshake. I'm disappointed in myself. We then went back to my fiends house, because why would I waste money on a hotel room when I'm going to visit my friend anyway! We could spend that money on food!! #priorities 

Day One:

Slept in, it was glorious! Got up and actually spent time on my makeup. We then braved the downtown LA parking and went to Grade Central Market where I first got a coffee and then we walked around wishing I had a desire to cook that day. Whenever I'm in those type of places I always want to get all of the handmade pasta and cook something, but I really would rather just eat everything in the market. 

After exploring for a while we decided that we should probably eat something, so we ate at Eggslut. The breakfast sandwich was actually pretty good. It was so much fun to watch them make the burgers and cook the bacon! 

We found the bench that Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone sat in during the montage in LA LA LAND, so of course we took a picture!! I posted it on my Instagram if you haven't seen it already. 

Then it was off to The Last Bookstore. The best part of that bookstore is the upstairs. When you go up if you turn left you end up in a place where there are little shops that you can purchase art from, but if you turn right you end up in the best kind of book labyrinth. I couldn't help but wonder how they got all the books to stay like that! 

Game night at a new friends house was the closer to the day. I can proudly say that I won the game!! Even though I'm not entirely sure if we played correctly. Then we got ice-cream because what is a hang out night without dessert?! Sad that's what it is.

Day Two:

This was definitely the favorite of the days for me because one of my dreams became a reality!!! I wrote a post about it here but I got to walk around the WB Studio Lot which was a literal dream come true!! I have never felt more like a Gilmore. I also got to see where they filmed so many iconic movies, where Mary Jane kissed Spiderman, where Rachel finally gave into the Phoebe run, and got to danced around on the Ellen stage. 

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We spent so many hours there!! 

After we got back, we got ready and went to west hollywood where we hung out at a Star Wars theme bar. At the Scum and Villainy Cantina the photographer shot first because we took so many pictures. 

Day Three (The Final Day):

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Brunch was the main item on the menu for the morning. 

The main thing that I was so glad that we did that day, but it was painful at the time, was Griffith's Observatory. It ended up being so worth it in the end but during the painful time of driving around in helpless search for a parking spot I almost gave up!! M, thank you for making me stay and keep going!! We ended up finding a spot and making it just in time for it to get dark, bye golden hour, but it was still beautiful! 

I didn't realize how large it was, in the pictures you always only see one section of it, but it's beautiful from every angle. It was also another location from LA LA LAND, but such lie when they pulled right up to the Observatory!! All lies!! 

From there we drove to the airport and I went home. It was a great weekend filled with laughter, friends old and new, and exploring! 

Have you been to LA before? What was your favorite thing you did during your trip?

Also, trying to take a picture outside of a popular observatory, nearly impossible to do without others in the shot...queue random guy on my right. 

Griffith Observatory - AVintageJoy
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