Monday, February 27, 2017

Lessons Learned While Traveling

After watching vlogs about people traveling to places I've been to, I have the strong desire to go back. I think I'm not extremely well traveled but I've been to different places, don't worry I'll find pictures. I love traveling, granted it does get stressful sometimes, but it's worth it. Traveling provides so many useful skills that benefit almost everyone at some point in their life. So, for today's post, to honor my wanderlust, here are 3 lessons that you will learn while traveling (inside or outside of the country).
  1. Being flexible will get you far
    1. This helps in foreign countries too because you'll see the more private, "only locals know about it" parts of the country. I learned this in Paris awhile back when our tour guide started taking us to little artist hang-outs all over the city and we saw what everyday life looked like for Parisians instead of the major tourist hot spots even though we went to those too (because if we didn't it would be an incomplete trip).
  2. Know your boundaries
    1. I feel like this goes for everything, but it never hurts to reiterate. If you're uncomfortable with something, remove yourself from it or say something. You gotta trust your gut instinct, especially when traveling.
  3. Step out of you comfort zone
    1. This completely contradicts #2 but oh well. Immerse yourself into wherever you are. If you're in a foreign country experience their culture! It's one of the coolest things ever, trust me. Try the weird food, listen to the weird music, and watch how natives interact with each other. If you're in a different state, do the same thing! Try the weird food (you'll find some I swear) and watch the locals!
There are more lessons that traveling can teach you but you have to experience and find them out yourself or else it won't mean anything to you. A word of advice before you depart, take pictures of everything and anything, you'll be thankful for it when you're writing a blog post about traveling 4 years later. 

Voyage sûr!
Ken


Friday, February 24, 2017

A Teenager's Guide to Loving Yourself

Self-care has been a really big thing within the last couple of years and that's a good thing. Especially with Park's & Rec's, "treat yo' self" episode becoming extremely popular, taking time for yourself has become a mainstream principle. It's important to take a break and show yourself some love when the going gets rough. I know I can speak for students of all ages when I say that school has become a lot more stressful that it has been in the past. I'm in my Junior year of high school and my English class has stressed me out to the point where I've stopped caring about the work and the class itself. Don't get me wrong I still do the work, it's just lost the meaning behind it. Some, if not most, teachers are amazing at recognizing the stress that life in general puts on students in general. Even though some people say that self-care is selfish and wrong, that's not true. In fact, self-care is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and there are so many ways to incorporate it into your life and weekly routine so I thought I'd share my personal, favorite ways to show some love to myself and relax.
  • 2 words. Bubble. Baths.
    • I've just recently found my new obsession with bubble baths and all the bath products I can possibly fine. Lush has some amazing bath products that you can find here. A lot of companies are coming out with bath products to that wouldn't hurt to try either. Bath bombs are my favorite, I'm also a big fan of bubble bars. But cater it to what you like and what you think you would like. If you're just a water only kind of person that's great or if you're like me and have maybe too many bubbles (there's no such thing) in the bath that's great too. 
  • Take yourself out for coffee

    • Whether you like Starbucks, Dunkin, or Dutch go get some! Or, if you're up for the challenge, go find a local coffee shop and support it! I've found that the best coffee comes from local shops. It may take a little research and some driving time but it's worth it, trust me. Sitting down in a coffee shop is the best thing ever. You can do work, read, people watch, listen to music, or bring a friend and have a chat. 
  • Unplug
    • Turn off all your electronics. All of them. Or put them on airplane mode and chill. Detoxing from electronics is nice, even if it's for an hour, you'll find yourself focusing more and feeling better. 
  • Go for a drive
  • This one I don't do as much because if I do happen to do it, it's usually because I'm going somewhere. But driving is insanely relaxing, even in traffic, it's just something that makes me feel at ease because I know I'm in control of my vehicle.so many different ways that you can relax and take care of yourself. If you're having trouble finding some here's my self-care Pinterest board. Let me know what YOU like to do to for self-care in the comments below! 

Love,
Ken

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hi, I'm Kenna

Hi there! I'm Kenna (I go by Ken too), the author behind Live Love Ken if you haven't read my about me page, I highly suggest that you do. To start off, I'll tell you a little bit about myself.

I'm 17. I have 2 dogs & 5 cats. My caffeine addiction is a serious problem. My sweet tooth is insatiable. I'm a big nerd. This is not my first blog (I was hipsternerdmaid.com too). I'm open minded. I believe in equal rights. I'm somewhere between democrat and republican. I wanna move to Boston someday. I plan on going into nursing or health sciences. I'm not good at talking to people. I think I'm relatable to people of all ages. Golden Girls is my favorite tv show. I'm really weird. I enjoy napping a lot. Warm drinks are my favorite kind. Dunky's (Dunkin Donuts) is my favorite. I've been to SDCC once (and I plan on going again). Rob Gronkowski & Chris Evans are my favorite people in the world. I'm kind of crafty and I love Impractical Jokers.
Now that you know me a little better, here's what you're going to find on my blog. It'll be a range of posts from serious to casual and I'll probably throw in some videos too. I'll post twice a week in the mornings and you can always see my post on my Twitter. I can't wait to start blogging again and I can't wait to share my fragile, little mind with you.

Love,
Ken