goals, LIFE, TRAVEL

2019 Goals Update

I made a list of goals at the beginning of 2019. I shared it on my blog, on Instagram, and made my list my background on my phone. I am really inspired to meet my goals this year, so I thought updates every few months would be a fun way to measure progress, but also see where I am lacking! Here is my 3 month update! (See below for the background I have on my phone. I like to see my goals everyday).

1. Blog consistently: This has been ok so far. I tried setting up a more formal schedule. This works and doesn’t work for me. Some weeks I am not as inspired to write. Others I have something I could post everyday. I may try a bit more planning and even scheduling more posts out since that is something I don’t do often.

2. Visit New York City: I have a flight booked and I am so excited! I will be sure to do a recap of this trip after it happens. You will have to stay tuned for that! Also, leave any recommendations in the comments.

3. Start a podcast: I would say I am only a little further into this goal than I was when I made it. I have been trying to gauge what I want to talk about and what I want the overall theme of the podcast to be. I am thinking I want to have a bunch of guests or I want it to be more travel oriented. We will see! If you have any topic suggestions, let me know.

4. Travel to 3 new places. So far I have only been to one new place this year: Arizona. I cannot wait to go back sometime. Connor and I have a trip coming up that will be another new place for me! As well as the trip to New York City. I am definitely setting myself up to exceed this goal.

5. Learn to cook: I have mentioned this is a couple of posts. I had a week where I was cooking something new everyday. I made fancy ramen, experimented with different types of pasta dishes, and made vegan tacos. Lately, I feel like Connor and I have been so busy with work or we are out of town, so it hasn’t been my priority. I think we are going to try to cook something new this week though! It really is fun to try cooking new things. I always feel so proud of myself after since I have never been a super great cook.

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FOOD, TRAVEL, weekend

Weekend Trip to Detroit

Happy Monday! Changing things up this week with a Monday post. Honestly, I was so tired yesterday when we got home from Detroit, so I knew this post would have to wait a day or two. Anyway, Connor and I ventured to Detroit, Michigan on Saturday morning. We got kind of a late start, but we had a hotel for that night, so it wasn’t a big deal. The drive to Detroit from Chicago is around 4 hours, so it wasn’t too long for a weekend trip!

We arrived in Detroit late afternoon. We drove around the city to get an overview of the downtown and some surrounding areas. We grabbed a coffee at Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company. I got a matcha and Connor got a Five Spice Latte. Both were yummy, and it seemed like a really nice coffee shop to work at or do homework. It was a decent size shop with a bunch of seating.

We stopped by our hotel (The Trumbell and Porter Hotel) to check in, and then headed to lunch. We decided on SLOWS BAR BQ. I am not typically a BBQ person, but we heard good things about it. There ended up being a vegetarian BBQ sandwich, so that was awesome. I love being able to try new things! I forget the name of Connor’s sandwich, but the bartender recommended it!

After SLOWS, we headed to the river walk. It was such a pretty day out. It was sunny out and relatively warm, so we knew we needed to enjoy the outdoors. We walked along the river down to the carousel and turned back. We saw so many dogs (shout out to Brandy the Newfoundland) and enjoyed the view of Canada across the river.

After our walk, we drove around a bit more to decide what to do next. We opted to head back to our hotel and Uber to get a couple of drinks. A friend recommended The Sugar House for cocktails, and it ended up being awesome. We each tried a couple of drinks, and then went to a late dinner. Since it was like 10pm (we had a super late lunch), we went to Johnny Noodle King to end our day. Of course, I was craving ramen, so that is how we ended up there. It really wasn’t that good, but it was the best option available. They did have a lot of choices on the menu, which I appreciated!

On Sunday, we made a couple stops on our way out of Detroit. First, we got brunch at The Dime Store. The wait was about 30 minutes, but I didn’t mind it. There were so many people waiting so I assumed that was a good sign. We got a perfect seat by the window which I loved– I had a great view of the neon sign (haha). I got the avocado/tomato breakfast sandwich with brussel sprouts. Connor got the corned beef hash. We both loved our meals, especially the brussel sprouts.

After breakfast, we drove about 20 minutes from downtown to The Detroit Cookie Company. This place was one of the main reasons I wanted to go to Detroit. I saw it on Instagram and it looked so cute. I was happy to see it was just as adorable in real life. The cookie selection was awesome– so many fun flavors. We got cookies with ingredients like peanut butter, coffee, toffee, cotton candy, raspberry, and more. The actual shop was so cute and decorated perfectly. I loved the mural outside too! And finally, the people who worked there were so kind!

*The girl working asked why we were in Detroit and how we liked it. We told her we had a really nice time and were surprised by how much there was to do. She also brought up how so many people have misconceptions about Detroit, and that more people should visit and give it a chance. I loved that because you really don’t know what a city is like until you visit. Places can change so much in 5 years, even just one!

The Detroit Cookie Company was our last stop. After I took lots of photos of the shop, we headed home. Connor and I are excited to go back in the summer or fall to experience more of what Detroit has to offer.

Have you been to Detroit? If so, what were your favorite things to do there? What other cities should Connor and I visit?

LIFE

Answering My Questions

I am following up my last post where I asked you questions with my own answers to my questions.

1. What are some of your hobbies?

Blogging and traveling. I feel like my hobbies are always changing, but these are two that I will hopefully always continue to do!

2. How long have you been blogging or reading blogs?

I have been blogging for almost 4 years. I have been reading them for about 5! I don’t even know how I got into blogging. I think I randomly decided to start one, but I’m so happy I did!

3. If you could only eat one thing everyday, what would it be?

I would say blueberries or rice with cottage cheese if I am eating at home, or ramen if I have to eat at a restaurant.

4. Favorite vacation spot?

I would say I like Miami the best for vacation. The weather is great, the drinks/food are delicious, and there are fun places to adventure to. I also feel like beaches are the ultimate vacation spot because I always associate beach vacations with relaxation.

5. Dream vacation spot?

Australia or Argentina. I feel like Australia is somewhere I would want to live. I watch so many people on YouTube who live in Australia and it looks awesome. Argentina has been at the top of my list since high school. We talked about it in Spanish class a lot, and that sparked my interest. Hopefully I will get to visit these places someday soon!

6. What is one thing that always makes you happy?

Podcasts– you are probably tired of hearing me go on about podcasts, but they have had such a positive impact on my life.

7. What is your go-to coffee/tea order?

I have a few different ones depending on where I go, but a matcha latte is my usual order! If I’m craving a coffee, I love to get a caramel latte with almond milk.

8. What is your biggest goal right now?

Starting a podcast is my biggest goal right now. I have a mic and ideas, I just need to get all the technical aspects figured out.

9. What motivates you the most?

Being happy and feeling proud of myself.

10. What is your favorite way to relax?

A yummy meal with Connor, my favorite face mask, and a TV show!

11. If you could move anywhere, where would you move?

I would move to Arizona or Utah. I would love to move out West to explore that part of the country more. I feel like nature is something I miss a lot because I live in a big city, so being out West would bring me closer to so many cool places!

12. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

This isn’t necessarily advice, but it’s something my science teacher told me in 7th grade. She told me the world was my oyster. I like to remember that I can do anything I set my mind to. Nothing is impossible and set backs should never keep me from chasing my dreams or reaching my goals. I feel like there are so many other pieces of advice and encouragement that I have received over the years. Maybe I will do a post on that some time!

FAVORITES, LIFE

Questions For You!!

I was thinking about this post while I was making a bagel for Connor today. I thought about how I always talk about my thoughts, my weekend, etc. in my blog posts. I would love to learn more about all of you, so I thought it would be fun to put some questions together for you to answer in the comments, or even in your own post!

1. What are some of your hobbies?

2. How long have you been blogging or reading blogs?

3. If you could only eat one thing everyday, what would it be?

4. Favorite vacation spot?

5. Dream vacation spot?

6. What is one thing that always makes you happy?

7. What is your go-to coffee/tea order?

8. What is your biggest goal right now?

9. What motivates you the most?

10. What is your favorite way to relax?

11. If you could move anywhere, where would you move?

12. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Feel free to answer all of the questions or some of the questions! I will share my answers in my next post.

Thanks for following along with all of my random posts– blogging is one of my favorite things that I do each week. I look forward to posting and reading all of your posts. I hope you all have the best day!

goals, HEALTH, LIFE

No Room for Negativity

My levels of positivity have been all over the place the past few years. There was a period of my life where I don’t think I experienced an emotion other than pure happiness. There have also been times in my life where I wasn’t so positive. Overall, at this moment in my life, I would say I am positive person. I like to see the bright side. I like to see people smile and succeed. I like to make the best of any situation. I try not to stress about little things that won’t really matter the next year, the next day, or even the next hour.

I have been a “real adult” for over 6 months now. Things happen. Life happens. But what I am 100% sure of is there is no room for negativity. There is always something to be happy about or grateful for.

A few weeks ago I went to the doctor because I hadn’t been feeling well. I now have $400 to pay for my appointments. Yeah, it’s not my favorite thing in the world. I would much rather save that money or go on a trip, but I am happy that I went to the doctor. I am thankful that nothing was wrong and that I am healthy. There is always a positive spin on things.

If I am feeling grumpy about waking up early to go to work, or something along those lines, I try to think of it differently. I have a job. So many people don’t have jobs and would love to wake up and head into work. I am so grateful that I have the chance to improve myself professionally each day. So yeah, every work day isn’t going to be perfect. I’m not going to jump out of bed every morning, but what I can do is try my best and smile my way through life.

Being grateful and seeing the good is so important. It has made me an even happier person. I truly believe that smiling and being a positive person spreads so easily to others. For me, at this time in my life, there is no room for negativity. I always want to have a reason to be happy.

Tips to Create Positivity in Any Situation

1. Step away from a negative situation: take a walk, workout, get a coffee, put your headphones in to enjoy a podcast or music, etc.

2. Slow down: rushing around and feeling like you are in a big hurry can make you stressed. I know if I am in a rush to get to work and something gets in my way, I can get annoyed or frustrated. When I feel this way, I slow down and take a longer route to work.

3. Smile: having a smile on your face puts a smile on someone else’s face. Spread the happiness!

4. Create a list of goals or a to-do list: even after a “bad day,” seeing the progress you made toward your goals, or crossing things off your list will give you a boost of happiness and accomplishment.

HEALTH, LIFE

I Have Been Waking Up Earlier and Staying Up Later

Per usual, I’m a bit off schedule on my blog, but we all know I’ll make it up for the missed posts at some point. I feel best about my posts when I feel inspired to write them! I like a schedule, but I also like writing my thoughts as they come to me.

I am sitting on the couch watching Game of Thrones with Connor right now. He told me I had to watch it with him, and I actually really like it! Connor is almost always right about tv shows. Plus, I feel like everyone loves this show, so I should have known it would be good! Anyway, I am sitting here thinking about my life, especially my sleep recently.

Lately, I have been staying up later– 10pm or 11pm. This is late for me as I like to get to bed around 9pm. There were even some nights where I would be dozing off by 8 or 8:30pm. Along with staying up later and not being as tired, I have been waking up earlier, naturally. I usually try to get up by 6:30am. The past couple weeks I have been waking up at 6am, or even earlier.

I have to say, I kind of love it. Aside from the fact I am sometimes not tired when I force myself to go to bed, I feel more energized throughout the day. I am starting to think I have been getting too much sleep!

I feel like I am back to my sophomore year routine where I stayed up so late (much later than I do now) and woke up so early (had to get a long run in before my 8am class). Of course the college schedule was a bit more extreme, but I also didn’t have a full-time job. Anyway, I am feeling more energized lately, so I am going to see how this new routine works out for me! Also, I am craving coffee more than matcha lately, so that could be part of the reason I’m super energized.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? Have you found your perfect amount of sleep? Do you prefer to start your morning with coffee, tea, or something else?

TRAVEL, weekend

Indiana Dunes Adventure

Connor and I went on a little adventure on Saturday. The past couple of weekends have been more low key, so we wanted to get out of the house and do something. The weather wasn’t perfect. It was rainy and windy, but the temperature wasn’t too bad! We set out for northern Indiana at about 11am.

We had a couple destinations in mind: the Indiana Dunes (the newest National Park!!) and an outlet mall in Michigan City. We started at Mt. Baldy, a super tall dune at the Indiana Dunes! It was closed off, but we were able to take the trail to the beach. It was really pretty. The water was frozen over, but it was such a nice blue color.

After pulling off to Mt. Baldy, we headed to the outlet mall. It was only 2 or 3 miles away, so it was a quick drive. We went to some stores, but left empty-handed. The outlets weren’t as good as I remembered. I would go sometimes when I was younger and love all the shops, but I wasn’t as impressed this time around. I was pleased with the sample I tried at the Lindt chocolate store. It was a white chocolate blueberry truffle and it was so yummy!

We grabbed lunch at Jimmy Johns and then headed to the main beach at the Indiana Dunes. It was $7 to enter and no one was there except two other people (understandably since it was cold and rainy). We walked along the beach and considered running up the dune. We opted not to since the ground was wet. Overall, it was pretty, but the dunes are definitely better in the summer.

The rest of our day and weekend was fun, but that sums up our time at the Indiana Dunes! I am excited to go back in the summer. The only downside is how crowded it is, but the crowds are worth the warm weather and sunny days!