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Ranking La Croix, Road Trips, And All The Other Ways I Empowered Myself This Week

Ranking Things, Spontaneous Road Trips, And All The Other Ways I Empowered Myself This Week

For one reason or another, I’ve always been the kind of person who focuses on the negative side of things. Sure, getting some warm fuzzies every here and there is nice, but warm fuzzies don’t help you improve yourself. By focusing on negative constructive feedback, you can identify your weaknesses and target those the next time you do anything.

Ever since I started writing this column, I’ve talked about how I fucked up that week. The different ways that I messed around at work or somehow managed to shoot myself in the foot. I’ve been trying to take all of those experiences and try to learn from them, ultimately teaching myself what it takes to be successful.

That leads me to this week, one that I’m not going to forget for a long time. I took more Ls this week than I have any other week of the year. I’m going into this weekend feeling beaten down, at a loss of control, and quite frankly, just sad. So I figure this is as good a time as any to focus on the things I did right this week, rather than dwell on all the things I fucked up. Let’s give it a shot, yeah?

I power ranked my favorite La Croix flavors! Nice work, Char!

Since I can’t have anything fun to drink on Whole 30, I’ve been drinking a shit load of La Croix. So much that I’ve come up with my Top 5 flavors:

1. Coconut

2. Mango

3. Lime

4. Cranberry

5. Pamplemousse

Never never mind the fact that I got chewed out no less than 6 times at work this week and somehow managed to screw up the entire schedule at our office. Who cares? I ranked La Croix flavors, and that’s what really counts.

I decided to take a spontaneous long weekend to visit my alma mater! Cool!

It’s graduation weekend at colleges across the nation, and that can only mean one thing: my best friend and I hopping in my mom’s car that we’re borrowing for the weekend and heading down to visit our friend that annoys the crap out of us, just because we can afford it!

Why get hung up on the fact that I forgot to get my mom a Mother’s Day card and skipped out on my own brother’s graduation to go hang out with only a small portion of our original college crew? It’s not like I love and cherish the relationship that I have with either of them or take everything they say to heart because of how much they mean to me. Driving 6 hours to the middle of nowhere is way more fun and exciting!

I went to the Shedd Aquarium and saw so many cool fish! Right on!

On Saturday morning, I got up a little bit earlier and made my way over to Chicago’s Museum Campus to check out The Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium with this girl I’ve been talking to. When you actually live in a big city, you tend to forget about all the cool touristy stuff that the city has to offer. Case in point, Chicago’s Museum Campus. I never make my way out there, ever. But now that I’m not drinking for a month, I decided to have some sober fun on Saturday. And let me tell you, I saw so many cool fish! There were sharks, penguins, puffer fish, anemones, and so much more!

It’s really hard to think about how all of your friends were posting Instas from the Kentucky Derby party that they were at that you didn’t get invited to when you’re looking at all that cool stuff! What a great way to take your mind off the reminder that your friends definitely created a group chat without you because you don’t live by them anymore. Just…just fucking great.

I ran a lot! Great job!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love running. This week, I hopped on the old treadmill (because it’s been cloudy, rainy, and in the low 50s in Chicago for the last week and a half) and jogged my way into blissful ignorance almost every day this week.

To me, running is the best form of exercise because it gives you an opportunity to literally run away from your problems, even if it’s only for half an hour. The key is that during those 30 minutes, you clear your mind and focus on literally anything else, and come back to face your issues with a fresh face afterward.

The problem is I didn’t clear my mind. I dwelled on everything, it stuck with me, got worse, and I couldn’t think of a solution. So now, I’m going to take this weekend, enjoy myself, and come back next week with batteries recharged and a new attitude.

Wish me luck.

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Charlie

Using sarcasm as a defense mechanism since 1993. At any given moment I'm either tired, drunk, or stressed out. Get at me at charliepgp@gmail.com or whatever.

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