Less Talking, More Doing

Alright so it’s time for the obligatory New Years resolution post!

The end of 2015 was such a blur! Seriously, wasn’t Halloween, like, yesterday? Ah, well…

With the new year, of course, comes new resolutions! Like the title of my posts says, this year, I’m going to focus on “less talking, more doing!” Sometimes I feel like I plan things and talk about doing things so much and then never actually do them, how awful is that? So this year I’m going to make it a point to start actually doing the things I’ve been talking about.

With that said, in 2016 I will…

… pay off all of my debt (minus student loans, let’s not be ridiculous).

… go to the Art Museum (shame on me for living in Philly for almost 8 years and never going there before).

… get back into yoga.

… (cough, cough) blog more.

… make myself dinner more often than not (or, less replacing snacks with meals and ordering takeout).

… bake more!

… go to New York City. (No, I’ve still never been.. and I’m pretty sure this is not the first time NYC has made an appearance on a list like this…)

What are your 2016 resolutions?!

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Hello, 2015

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This year, I’m going to cook and bake new recipes, paint, make things, blog, write, save money, send more cards, travel, spend more time with friends, take some “me” time, exercise, explore new makeup, clean out my closets, do more things in nature, take more walks, make new friends, eat healthy, take more pictures, and above all, BE HAPPY.

Happy New Year!

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Goodbye, 2014

I can’t say I’m sad to see 2014 go.

Don’t get me wrong, some really great things happened this past year.

I read some really great books.

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I saw some really great movies.

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I watched some really great TV.

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My brother graduated from high school and started college. I got a new job. I fell in love. I fell out of love.  I moved out of an apartment with a roommate and moved into an apartment with a boyfriend. And then moved out of that apartment and into a place of my very own… And then had to get a new second job in order to afford said place of my very own. I joined a gym. I made new friends. I lost some along the way, too.

2014 has been a roller coaster of year. It has taught me a lot about life and a lot about myself.

In 2014 I learned…

Love really does make you do crazy things. Like stick around for longer than you should and put up with things that you shouldn’t have to. It’s easy to sit there and say what you would do if you were in someone’s shoes, but it’s a whole other thing to actually be that someone in the thick of things. You never know what someone is going through, so can we all just start being nice to each other?

There is always a way out if you want there to be. I was the first person to tell people how bad of an idea I thought moving in with a boyfriend/girlfriend was, and then I did the very thing I used to preach against! So when it wasn’t working out, I felt like such an idiot. I’m lucky to have supportive friends who would always let me vent and parents who offered to help me even before I asked.

Don’t ignore your intuition. That little voice inside your head that’s whispering to you? Accept the fact that it knows better than you do and listen to what it’s saying.

Nothing is as important as your own health and happiness.

Someone who sees the glass half empty all the time is not someone you want to be around.

Just because you post copious amounts of cat pictures on your instagram and no longer have a boyfriend does NOT mean you are a crazy cat lady. (Saying this for a friend.)

Not wearing makeup isn’t the end of the world. In fact, no one even said I looked tired/awful/insert unflattering adjective here. Instead, someone commented on my “healthy skin” and said they were jealous of my long eyelashes. I think I’m on to something here, ladies…

On the flip side… Makeup is fun! This past year, I discovered my interest in nice makeup and Sephora and I’m not looking back. Maybe in 2015 I will finally attempt to try some of Amber Rae’s makeup tutorials!

Sometimes you just have to stay in and watch 90s TV marathons on Netflix. And that’s totally ok.

I still don’t have it all figured out, but instead of letting that scare me, I’m meeting the new year with arms wide open and ready for change. Bring on 2015!

A 2014 “To-Do” List

Way back in January, I decided that there were 13 things that I was definitely going to do this year. Let’s see how I’m doing…

My 2014 To-Do List

… finally finally finally go to NYC. Nope.

read at least 1 book every month. Hopefully more than that, though! Thanks Broke Girls Book Club!

… make at least 1 new recipe (from my list of 49+ pages of recipes to try) every month. Not so much (and now the list is up to 56 pages…)

… go camping. Is it too late for this now that it’s October?

… learn how to play the guitar that’s been sitting in the corner of my living room since I moved into my apartment over a year ago… Not yet

… bake and make more desserts! The last time I baked anything was over a month ago…

… keep playing pool (in hopes that I’ll eventually become good at it). I haven’t played pool since before Tall Guy hurt his knee last February…

… do at least 1 creative thing a month. Not quite…

… go up to the observation deck in City Hall. Ugh. No. 

… use the pastry bags and tips that Tall Guy got me for Christmas to decorate cakes and cupcakes. I tried to use them once and failed miserably. Do they have directions for those things?!

… figure out how to use the espresso machine my parents gave me last Summer. The years of sitting in our attic hadn’t been very good to it. When I went to finally use it, I found mold growing. 

… go paddle boarding. No.

… go to the Art Museum! Still no. (And still so ashamed). 

So… do you think it’s possible to cram all of this into the next 3 months?

Oh, the Places I Will Go… And the Things I Will Do

So I told you about my one and only New Years resolution for 2014 and I’m happy to say that it’s already going swimmingly!

While I’m convinced that the sentiment is resolution-worthy, there’s a teensy tiny part of me that feels like my resolution was a bit of a cop out. Yeah, I want to have more “me” time, but there’s a ton of other stuff that I want to accomplish this year that I didn’t want to put down as a resolution for fear it would go the way of most resolutions, as in, it would never happen.

And so I bring you my list of places I will definitely go and things I will definitely do in 2014. Note: THESE ARE NOT RESOLUTIONS, ok? Think of it as a “to do” list of sorts. I LOVE lists!

In 2014 I will…

… finally finally finally go to NYC.

… read at least 1 book every month. Hopefully more than that, though! (Thanks in advance to the Broke Girls Book Club for keeping me on track with this…)

… make at least 1 new recipe (from my list of 49+ pages of recipes to try) every month. I’m talking dinner/appetizer/soup/meal recipe. No baked goods or desserts included in this goal! 1 a month can’t be that hard, right?!

… go camping. Real camping. With tents and sleeping bags and a fire pit… And preferably very little cell reception. Tall Guy was a boy scout, so I’ll be fine you guys.

… learn how to play the guitar that’s been sitting in the corner of my living room since I moved into my apartment over a year ago…

… bake and make more desserts! My list of dessert recipes to try is at least 10 pages long, so I really need to get cracking!

… keep playing pool (in hopes that I’ll eventually become good at it). I actually won a couple of games against Tall Guy last weekend, so that’s a step in the right direction…

… do at least 1 creative thing a month. I’m thinking along the lines of a craft project, painting, collage or really just anything that gets my artsy fartsy juices flowing!

… go up to the observation deck in City Hall.

… use the pastry bags and tips that Tall Guy got me for Christmas to decorate cakes and cupcakes. I’ve graduated from the rigged gallon ziploc bag method, people. Get excited.

… figure out how to use the espresso machine my parents gave me last Summer. I’m sure it’s super easy (I’ve been a barista before, so if I can figure out an industrial espresso machine and milk steamer, I can figure out this machine, I’m sure), but I just haven’t ever taken the 5 minutes I’ll need to look at it. I know, I’m awful.

… go paddle boarding.

… go to the Art Museum! Because I’ve lived here for 5 years now and STILL haven’t been!… I should clarify that I’ve never been inside the museum… I’ve walked around the outside a bunch, though! *Hangs head in shame*

 

Lucky number 13 seems like a perfect place to stop…

What’s on your “to do” list this year?

Broke Girls Make Resolutions

I finally made my New Years resolution! What’s yours?

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Last year, for the first time ever, I stuck with all of my New Years resolutions! Well, ok… Technically I only made 1 New Years resolution, but still… My 2013 resolution was to start blogging, and I’m happy to say that as of this past Tuesday, I have been blogging on my personal blog for a year!

Since the whole “1 resolution” thing worked for me last year, I think I’ll keep that going and only make 1 again this year. Sure, there are a lot of things that I want to do this year.. Start running again, make more crafts, get back into painting, bake and cook more.. But I don’t necessarily need a resolution to do all that stuff… Plus, how many resolutions like that fail? And I’ve got a record to keep, people!

It seems like it always takes me a few weeks to really get started…

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Tuesday Thoughts: Anniversary Edition

As of today, I have been blogging for exactly one year. ONE YEAR!

I’m particularly proud that I’ve been able to keep up with the blog this past year since it was my one and only New Years resolution for 2013! I don’t know if I’ve ever been able to stick with a New Years resolution before this one… Woo!

If this has taught me anything, it’s that I need to make one, small, realistic New Years resolution each year so I’ll actually stick to it! That way when I’m 100, I’ll have slowly accomplished everything I wanted to!

Ok… Kidding. Kind of.

I’m not sure what this year has in store for the blog, but hopefully it will be just as good as the last!

Happy Blogging! x

P.S. – Check out my year in pictures!

2013: A Year in Pictures

Disclaimer: I hate New Years. Don’t get me wrong, I love the spirit that the New Year brings and thinking about resolutions, but I hate the hype surrounding everyone’s New Years Eve plans. It’s right up there with birthdays and Valentine’s Day- everyone wants to have the perfect day/night and do something SO SUPER FUN that you’re almost always disappointed that things usually end up being so-so.

Now that that’s out of the way, I wanted to take this opportunity to look back on all of the adventures I had this past year!

I had some good times this past year. What’s your favorite memory of 2013?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! x