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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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!

FAVORITES, LIFE

Five Traits + Six Favorites

I saw a fellow blogger, Becky Turner, post this on her blog and thought it looked fun! You can find her posts here. Basically, I’m going to share five traits I have and six of my favorites. If you read this and want to share your traits and favorites, I’d love to read your post! Or comment some of them on this post!

Five Traits

1. Conscientious: I have always been very aware of what I need to do and make sure to get it done. I make sure I am doing the right thing in everything I do. I think this was helpful for me throughout school, sports, and my job now.

2. Reliable: I always follow through on things I say I am going to do. I don’t like letting people down and want to make sure people can count on me! This definitely ties in with being conscientious.

3. Outgoing: I am a pretty extroverted and energized person. I am a huge morning person and try to have a smile on my face as much as possible. I love talking and I think that plays into me being outgoing as well.

4. Creative: I have been a pretty creative, imaginative person since I was little. I have always loved making up ideas and then bringing them to life. Right now, I try to be creative with my blog and instagram. Hopefully some new ventures will come to life this year!

5. Timely: This one is kind of random, but I love being early and am almost always on time (unless something stops be from being on time).

Six Favorites

1. My favorite genre of music is podcasts haha (not sure if that counts).

2. My favorite foods are ramen, cottage cheese, and blueberries.

3. I love traveling, so my favorite vacation spot is Miami.

4. My favorite animal is a cow.

5. My favorite color is green.

6. My favorite show of all time is “The Fosters.” I am watching the spin-off show, “Good Trouble,” now because I loved “The Fosters” so much growing up.

goals, hobbies, LIFE, TRAVEL, weekend

My New Blogging Schedule

Happy Friday! I am my best self on Friday. I’m not sure why, but I’m so happy and so motivated on Friday. I jump out of bed, race to work, smile all day, and feel good about the week. Today I was thinking how I really don’t have a solid blogging schedule.

I have definitely been more consistent this past year, but I think a schedule would be super helpful for me! I’d say I post 2 to 3 times a week, but it’s more sporadic. I always have random bursts of creativity throughout the week, so that has pretty much planned my blog posts thus far. However, I want to try implementing a schedule so I can plan out posts and be more consistent.

I am thinking Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. I almost always post on Sunday with my weekend recaps/highlights. That is something I want to continue as I hope to have so many cool adventures in 2019. I already have some planned out, so stay tuned. Tuesday and Thursday just seem reasonable in addition to Sunday.

Let me know what you think about this new schedule. For those of you who plan out your blog posts more and set a schedule, what are your opinions on keeping a more set plan? Anything you don’t like? I hope you all have the best weekend and I will catch back up with you all on Sunday!

LIFE, weekend

Sunday Night Routine

Happy Sunday! I always have mixed feelings about Sundays because I love relaxing and getting my life together, but I also get sad because the weekend is over. However, my Sundays usually look pretty similar each week. Whether I am home in Chicago all weekend or on a little weekend trip, I make sure I am relaxing and prepping for the week by 4 or 5pm.

Connor and I usually try to get to the grocery store on Sunday so we have food to get us through lunches and dinners. So typically Connor and I start our Sunday evening by making dinner. Today we got our favorite take and bake pizza from Aldi for dinner. Mostly because we were just getting back from a weekend with our college friends, but also because it’s so yummy.

After dinner, I usually throw in a load of laundry. It could be the first of the day, or the fourth or fifth of the day. I like getting ahead of laundry so I have all of our work clothes and work out clothes clean. Having options makes the week less stressful. Plus, our laundry piles up really fast. I feel like I wear 2 or 3 different outfits each day depending on what I am doing after work.

I like to shower early on the weekends so I can let my hair air dry, rather than going to bed with it wet. Then I always do a face mask. I love face masks and do them multiple times a week. Today I used the Moon Mask from Glossier. Face masks always make my face feel clean and soft for the week ahead!

I typically watch Netflix with Connor throughout the rest of the night until I am tired, so around 9pm lol. Between Netflix, I try to blog or at least brainstorm ideas for the week and get my stuff together for work. I pack up my backpack with workout clothes and anything I need for work. I also pack my lunch. Tonight I packed breakfast and lunch. I made a yogurt bowl for breakfast with Greek yogurt, frozen berries, and granola. For lunch I packed a veggie burger patty, hummus with carrots, and cottage cheese. I find this meal to be really filling, but also easy to snack on through the day if I need to.

Sometimes I will read before bed. Right now I am reading “Where Am I Giving?” by Kelsey Timmerman, and it’s good so far! As for the TV shows Connor and I watch throughout the night, we will watch things like The Good Place, This Is Us, or It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Tonight we started season 3 of Narcos. It’s alright so far. I really haven’t been paying close attention.

That pretty much wraps up my Sunday night routine. It’s nothing exciting, but I love feeling like I got to relax over the weekend! I also love getting things somewhat in order so I can workout, relax, or blog after work! What are some things you like to do on Sundays?

CHICAGO, goals, hobbies, job, LIFE

I Feel Like I Haven’t Posted In Forever

Hi everyone! This is going to be a shorter post and the title of this post says it all. It’s weird because I posted a few days ago, but it feels like forever. I am usually dreaming up new posts ideas, writing my ideas down on the train, or just posting more consistently. Even my Instagram hasn’t had as many photos as usual. I haven’t really been thinking about my blog or my posting as much as I would like to.

For some reason, I haven’t felt as creative or inspired this week. I am probably just tired. Work pretty much consumes my life, which makes sense because that’s my job. I have also been running more frequently after work, so I have been getting home later and going to bed sooner. I am usually really good at balancing my hobbies, but this week has been a bit hectic feeling.

I am definitely excited that it is Friday and the weekend is nearly here. I am ready to relax and get ready for next week. I have a few blog posts in the works, but none are ready yet. Hopefully next week I will have more posts up.

I need to figure out a good time to work on my blog, my Instagram, start my podcast, and keep my apartment in order. How do you balance all of your hobbies with your real life? Any tips?

I hope you all have a great weekend! I am excited to share some new posts with you and can’t wait to read the posts you all write this weekend!

FOOD, goals, PODCASTS, running, TRAVEL

My Goals For 2019

I have always done a post like this at the end of the year. I will have a highlights post as well, just because that is fun. But for now I have a list of realistic goals for this year. They are all things I actually want to do. I have realized that there is no reason to wait to do something. There is always a way, even if it isn’t always the easiest route.

1. Blog consistently- I think 2018 was my most consistent year yet. I feel happiest when I am posting blogs and reading other blog posts! I hope to share more of my travels, restaurant adventures, and experiences in 2019.

2. Visit NYC- I have been wanting to do this for awhile. I have never been and exploring another big city would bring endless possibilities. Plus, I would love to visit one of my best friends!

3. Start a podcast- This has been on so many of my goal lists lately. I love podcasts, as you know, and would love to create one of my own. I need to have a solid planning session and look into any necessary equipment.

4. Travel to 3 new places- Travel is something I really want to focus on and make a reality in 2019. I would love to go many other places, but at least 3 new places would be fun. I am interested in going to Nevada, Utah, Maine, Vermont in the fall, and Arizona in 2019. Going back to Miami is another trip I’d be happy to take.

5. Learn to cook- I can make all the basic meals I like, but I’d love to be able to make some nicer meals with Connor. It’s fun to change things up and we have quite a few cook books that have a lot of good recipes!

I have a million other goals related to running, my job, friendships, and overall happiness. But these are just a few I want to focus on. I finally got my flossing routine down in 2018, so that’s one goal I have finally met. What are your goals for 2019?