Monday, June 13, 2016

June Goals

I'm a little late (again), but I'm here with my goals for June! Since we're pretty much halfway through June and I kind of fell off the wagon with May's goals (oops!), I've chosen two goals to really focus on this month. Quality over quantity, right? But before we get into that, let's recap May's goals!

01. ORGANIZE MY CLOSET | Done! It's always so cathartic to purge your closet of clothes that don't fit properly or aren't worn anymore.
02. NO FAST FOOD I failed big time on this one.
03. WORKOUT TWICE A WEEK (AT LEAST) I was able to do this all but one week when I simply and honestly could not make it to a workout. My schedule just didn't allow it! But every other week I DID work out at least twice, so I'm counting this one as a success.
04. TRY OUT ONE RECIPE A WEEK | I tried one or two new things with the help of my roommates, but not once a week like I'd hoped. Better luck next time!

2/4 isn't great, but it's not bad. At least it's something! It would help if I could remember all the goals I made–I mostly forgot about trying out recipes! I'll have to make sure to post these somewhere I'll see them every day. Onto June now!

This is another take on the "no fast food" goal from last month. Cutting back on fast food is good for my body and can be good for my wallet, but I've noticed something about myself... Even when I do stop going to P. Terry's for lunch every day, I end up spending way more by eating out at nice restaurants more frequently! I'm very fortunate that I don't have to stick to a strict budget, but I spend WAY too much on food. I've got to find a good balance!

I dyed my hair very blonde a few years ago and, while I loved it, upkeep was tough on my wallet and my hair. With the help of lowlights, I was able to let it grow out gradually (and get a lot of compliments on my "ombré" in the process). The blonde is almost completely out of my hair now, but I've decided I don't want it to go!

Well, that's it for this month! Getting my hair colored is only a matter of scheduling an appointment, but watching my spending is going to take a lot of focus and will power. Wish me luck!

How are you doing with your June goals so far? Don't forget to link-up with Nicole at writes like a girl!


Saturday, May 7, 2016

May Goals

I'm a little late for the wonderful Nicole's (of writes like a girl fame) monthly small goals link-up, but better late than never, right? (Let's hope so because I'm always late.) I've been wanting to join this link-up for months now and decided May would finally be the month! Let's get started!

When we moved into our new apartment back in August, I quickly unpacked and decorated the living room and kitchen (since about 95% of what is in our apartment is mine anyway), but by the time I got to my room I was exhausted and it sat half finished for months. Now all I have left is my closet, and I keep putting it off. Carrie Bradshaw would be so disappointed in me.

Fast food makes my lunch breaks so easy and thoughtless, but it's SO TERRIBLE. Not to mention expensive! My apartment is just close enough that I can drive home for lunch; I really need to take advantage of that and save my money for groceries and good food.

In a perfect world, I would get up early and exercise before work, but for now I'll settle for any time as long as I actually do it.

I don't really ever cook anything. It's not that I don't like to or that I have been bad at it when I've tried, I just... don't do it. I want to find a few recipes that I really like and that are easy to whip up really quickly after work or on a Sunday night.

So there we are! That's where I'm at for May. What are your goals for the month? Make sure you link-up on Nicole's blog, too!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Monthly Mix: May 2016

Here we are at the beginning of another month, wondering again how we got here already. Is it just me, or does it feel like the first half of the year goes by so much faster than the second? I'm sure I've said the same thing in reverse before, but I swear it was just New Years!

The weather has been amazing lately and all of Austin has been taking advantage of it, including me. I'm hoping to take a long walk around Lady Bird Lake and go kayaking again in the next few weeks, before it gets too hot (because, unfortunately, that's coming soon). I have been spending many weekends and evenings reading or blogging, listening to music, and sipping cold drinks on various patios around Austin. Here's a mix to help keep the weekend vibes going into Monday.

Saturday Night Kind of Pink from marvelousmaggie on 8tracks Radio.

  1. Water – Ra Ra Riot & Rostam
  2. Taro – alt-J
  3. Someday Soon – KT Tunstall
  4. Bros – Wolf Alice
  5. Look What I Made – Last Good Tooth
  6. Simple Song – The Shins
  7. Lunar Sea – Camera Obscura
  8. Don't Just Sit There – Lucius
  9. Brazil – Declan McKenna
  10. Crawl – Bear Lake
  11. Sedona – Houndmouth
  12. My Only Swerving – El Ten Eleven
  13. Jackrabbit – San Fermin
  14. Coffee – Sylvan Esso
  15. Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse – Minus the Bear
  16. Vagabond – Wolfmother
  17. Tenuousness – Andrew Bird
  18. River – Leon Bridges
I just checked and I haven't posted a mix since about a week after I moved to Austin. (So not only has it been a year and a half since I've posted a mix, but I've lived in Austin for a year and a half, which is NUTS, but I digress.) Despite the name, my mixes have never been "monthly," but even I will admit it's getting a little out of hand at this point. I'll get the hang of this eventually.

Have a good week, all!


Friday, April 22, 2016

A Few Things

Let me tell you something–being sad is exhausting. Distracting yourself from being sad is exhausting. If there was ever a time to "fake it 'til you make it," it's during a break-up. It's been getting better, but my brain is still a little foggy. For example: I thought I had dropped my ring as I was walking out of my apartment the other morning. I found it later on my finger.

So it really goes without saying that I need a few good things to focus on. Today is Friday and it's my day off, so we're already off to a good start, but here are a few more.

→ I just discovered there is a Juiceland a block away from my work (even though I've been at this branch for over eight months), which means I am now spending, like, $20 a week on smoothies. Totally worth it though. Nothing more refreshing on these warmer days than a smoothie and Juiceland is the best. There are tons of locations all over Austin (and one in Houston and Brooklyn), so stop by and treat yourself!

→ If you haven't watched the newest Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer (though surely you have), it's very important that you do so. Try not to openly weep and/or yell during the revamped "Hedwig's Theme."

→ Save this one for when you need a good laugh.

→ I was finally able to download and listen to The Lumineers' new album Cleopatra today and it was so worth the four year wait. I bought tickets to see them in September and I'm even more excited now, which I didn't think was possible.

→ Augusten Burrough's Lust & Wonder was released about a month ago and I devoured it last week. He is one of my favorite writers and his newest memoir did not disappoint. Go snag a signed copy at BookPeople before they're all gone!

If you're going through a hard time and (mostly) faking it like I am, just keep in mind 1) you are never alone in this, and 2) we'll get there! Every day we're getting better at getting better. Have a great weekend, all!


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Long time, no see

I've been pretty quiet on here for the last nine months or so. Aside from the 24 Before 25 list that I posted yesterday, I've only posted one other time since June. It's not that I didn't want to post, I just couldn't seem to find the time. I'm kicking myself for it, too, because there was so much that I wanted to write about, so much that I wanted to share. My life has been so full! And while I, of course, kept up with Twitter and Instagram, I have nothing to show for it here.

For example, if you only read my blog and don't follow me on any other social media platforms, then you don't know that I had a real, bona fide relationship with a real life boy. (I'm pretty sure the only people that actually read my blog not only follow me elsewhere, but also know me in "real life". But still.) His name is David. He came home with me for Thanksgiving, we road-tripped to California to meet his parents, said I-love-you's... The whole nine yards!

But I didn't take the time to write about any of it, and now that relationship has ended. It wasn't a bad ending; nobody did anything wrong. It was simply a matter of feelings, and you can't help what you feel. It's been a rough few weeks for me, but I'm okay. I am sad and at times angry, but I've been doing my best to focus on the good stuff and trying to keep my hurt feelings from tainting memories of what was really and truly a wonderful relationship.

I'm not writing all this down to get pity or even words of encouragement. (I know it had nothing to do with me, I know I am enough, I know it gets better–believe me, I know. I get it.) I'm writing this down now because I'm upset with myself for not keeping track of it all then.

My blog has always been a place where I talk about my life. I do this because I like to share pictures and words with people, but mostly I do it for myself, so that I can look back and see what my life was a few months or a few years ago. But now when I look back, David, who was such a big, important part of my life, is nowhere to be seen.

This is all to say: I don't want that to happen with anything or anyone in my life again. I'm going to make the time to write these things down and share them here because it's important to me. I'm going to stop waiting for inspiration to strike, to "get in the mood" to blog, and I'm going to stop trying to make everything perfect. I'm just going to get out. I'm just going to do it.

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