Currently – The June Edition

What’s up, everybody!?  We’re so close to official summertime — my summer freckles are already back in full force.  Things are starting to feel a little slower around here, which is a nice change.  I’ve been taking lots of walks, sitting on my porch, and drinking tons and tons of water to stay cool.

Lately I’m …

Reading:  My sister sent me this post from Ali (of Inspiralized!) about her version of self-care.  Her approach is so in line with mine.  My self-care looks a lot like adding items to my grocery list before I run out instead of after, washing my fruit at the beginning of the week, and doing the dishes before bed each night.  Baths are nice, but clean kitchens are better.

Practicing:  Still working on my intention-setting.  Right now I’m trying to do yoga (at home or in a class) three times a week and to get out of the house everyday (which is harder than it sounds when you usually work from home).  For inspiration, I love Lee from America’s monthly intentions hashtag!

Using:  I’ve been trying out this bar soap bag for a week or two (with this soap).  My mom found the idea on Reading My Tea Leaves and I am on board — less waste, please!  Moving from foamy scrubby to exfoliating bar soap has been a bit of an adjustment, but I think I like it.

Watching:  My sister recommended Hart of Dixie to me and I’ve finally started watching.  It is so good for some light drama.

What are you loving lately?

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Personal Mid-Year Review

from Fantastic Frank

Last year, I reviewed my new year goals in July as a kind of personal mid-year review.  I think it’s a good idea to set goals and I think it’s an even better idea to occasionally check in to see if those goals are still in line with what you want.  So I’m doing it again!

This year, I had a few physical goals …

  • Run before lunch on WFH days.  At the beginning of the year, I was on a kick and found this goal to be a great way to get my runs in — the longer I wait to head out for a run, the more likely it is that I won’t head out at all.  I dropped the ball when the pollen kicked in and things got busy, but I’m hoping to refocus and get back to my pre-noon runs.
  • Train for a 5K.  I’ve been working my way through a 5K training schedule when I run, so we’re getting there.
  • Train for a 10K.  After I cross my 5K training off the list, I’ll get to this.
  • Perform a real pull-up.  Ugh!  I’m definitely getting stronger and doing the baby, pre-pull-up steps better, but I’m nowhere close to a real, unassisted one.  Let’s call this a “stretch goal”.
  • Floss daily.  I don’t know why this is such a hard thing for me to do.  I’ve had a few week-long streaks of daily flossing, but nothing consistent so far.
  • Successfully complete a Whole30.  I kicked off the year with a solid Whole30.  I completed it and felt pretty good the whole time.  I keep toying with doing another this year, but it’s a lot of work, so I might just stick with one.

There were also some things I wanted to do to explore new things …

  • Try five new restaurants.  I knocked this one out pretty quickly.  In addition to trying new restaurants, I’ve been aiming to try new menu items at places I’ve already dined.
  • Cook one new recipe each month.  So far, so good!  I’m a lazy cook sometimes and I tend to be really repetitive because I don’t get too bored too quickly — this goal keeps things fresh.
  • Read 24 books this year.  I’m only six books in so far!  I need to catch up!  I haven’t loved anything I’ve read this year, other than The Handmaid’s Tale, which makes it really hard to keep devouring books.  Send me recommendations to save this goal!
  • Learn more about manual camera controls.  Still have to get started on this.
  • Finish watching all of the movies in dad’s “must see” box.  I’m about halfway through the literal box of movies that I need to see.  I’m excited to keep checking them off my list!

And some stuff to accomplish organizationally …

  • Review and update digital security.  This is in progress, but it’s slow-moving.  Before the summer ends, I’m going to finish!
  • Update professional portfolio, head shot, etc.  I know that we should all be keeping our resumes, LinkedIns, portfolios, etc. up-to-date, but it’s so easy to just not.  I spent a weekend getting everything updated and I feel much better for it.
  • Reorganize and update personal filing system.  I want to make sure I’ve got what I need to save where I need to save it.  I have a pretty good system that just needs a tune-up.

And, of course, there’s always housework …

  • Perform an apartment deep clean each month.  So far, so good.  I wish I could get more on top of this, instead of waiting until the last minute or until I just can’t stand it anymore!  But a clean apartment is good any time of the month, beginning or end.
  • Perform a full closet clean-up/out.  Bit by bit, I’m making progress.  I really should dedicate a weekend to the project and KonMari it, but I haven’t yet.
  • Perform a full office clean-up/out.  Also in progress!  I’ve got a little bit of a re-do in mind, complete with more storage options because, even after a clean-up, I will have too much stuff.
  • Perform a full toiletry clean-up/out.  Done!  This was the easy clean-up — old, expired stuff got thrown out and everything was reorganized in one afternoon.

Looks like I’m not doing so hot, though I do have lots of things in progress.  Here’s to powering through to the finish line!  I’ve been keeping track of my specific progress on my resolutions page, so follow along there if you’re interested.  Second half of 2018, here we come.

Summer To-Do List

from @zachmilne

Everybody on the internet is making a summer bucket list, which makes me kind of roll my eyes, but it’s not a totally terrible idea.  You see, it’s so easy for me to let summer just rush past, without really appreciating the season.  It’s not really my favorite time of year; I prefer the cooler months and the winter holiday season.  My summers are often spent just waiting for fall.  But not this year — I’m jumping on board and I, too, am making a summer to-do list!

During the next few months, I want to …

Take a trip to the beach.  This one is actually already planned and I am so ready.  I’m looking forward to a week away.

Have dessert outside.  S’mores anyone!?  I’ve got access to a fire pit and everything, so I have no excuse.  But I’d also be totally pleased with ice cream on my balcony.

Host a brunch or dinner party.  Any opportunity to sip on rosé with a few buddies sounds good to me.

Read a bunch.  I’m aiming for at least two books each month!  My 2018 goal of reading 24 books is in a bit of jeopardy with my current progress, so I’ll be fixing that this summer.

Buy a treat at the local farmer’s market.  I don’t usually splurge on more than a coffee, but it would be so fun to buy fresh veggies or bread.

Hike something.  I’m not picky, but I’d love to get into the mountains at some point.

Spend an afternoon at the pool.  It would be nice to set aside time to relax by the pool in the middle of regular life, instead of just doing that when I’m on vacation.

Have any fun summer to-do list items?

(Not My) Wedding Weekend!

I’m back with a peek at my friend’s wedding (!) and a little bit about the rest of my trip to Dallas.  I was only in town for a few days, arriving on a Friday afternoon and leaving on the following Monday afternoon, so I didn’t do much or take too many photos.  But here’s what I’ve got.

We stayed downtown at the Magnolia Hotel.  The location was perfect — nice and central, with lots of restaurants and coffee shops right nearby.  And the giant Eye (weird, but I’m into it) was close too!  Plus Flying Horse Cafe is just off of the lobby and, while not amazing, is a solid place to stop for a pick-me-up while you wait for your room or before starting your day.

My boyfriend and I made it our mission to try a couple different breakfast spots while we were in Dallas.  We started with Ascension (the Elm Street location).  I had their iced Chai Latte, which was nice and spicy.  I also ordered poached eggs and toast — the star of the plate was their homemade raspberry jam.  My boyfriend had their pour-over coffee and avocado toast.  We both agreed we would go back.

The next morning, we tried Otto’s Coffee and Fine Foods.  The aesthetic alone is enough reason to stop in, but their breakfast options and coffee were yummy.  I had a hot Chai Latte and a slice of their lemon loaf.  Mmmmm!

For non-breakfast things, we grabbed drinks and dinner at The Woolworth during our first night in town.  I had the That’s What She Said cocktail, which was fun to sip.  We tried all kinds of shared plates and my favorite was the Philly Cheese Egg Roll — classy, I know.  Our bride planned a rehearsal lunch (instead of dinner!) at Cane Rosso (the Deep Ellum location), so we were able to try lots of different pizzas.  And the night before the big day, we hit up Midnight Rambler (our waitress recommended, and I loved, the Mad as a March Hare cocktail) and Dot’s (chill vibe, solid French fries).

Before I flew back home, my boyfriend and I joined a few friends at Hattie’s.  I ordered the Bison Reuben, which was fine, but I wish I had ordered the Chicken Fried Chicken Sandwich.  I got to try a bite and it was a winner.

But forget about food.  On to the wedding!

My friend planned this wedding on her own from top-to-bottom and it was so fun to see it all come together.  From the flowers to the lights above the wedding party reception table, it was beautiful.  And I loved their sweet, little cake — it looks so dainty and proper on the outside, but it’s really a super-fun choice:  peanut butter chocolate chip!

And finally, the most important part …

I’ll just leave these here for you to see, but don’t you just love love?  I really just can’t get over that shot of him checking her out during their first look!

Back to regular posting now, you guys.  I promise.  See you Thursday!

Currently – The May Edition

from @leefromamerica

Happy May!  I’ve been on the go nonstop this month and it’s just going to stay that way — my family and I started the month with a trip to a mountain vineyard, I finally went birthday shopping with my grandma, I celebrated Mother’s Day and my dad’s birthday last weekend, and next weekend I’m off to a friend’s wedding!  It’s been all kinds of good, but I am tired.  Until things slow down, I’m trying to take my to-do lists one item at a time and to get enough sleep.

Lately I’m …

Reading:  Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco is our current book club selection.  Is it a masterpiece of writing?  No.  But Alyssa is likable and real, which I dig.

Practicing:  Lately I’ve been setting weekly goals/intentions.  I’m trying to make it a centering part of my Sunday, hopefully to minimize those Sunday Scaries!  I keep it pretty basic.  For example, the one I’m really killing this week is my goal of drinking at least 8 cups of water everyday.

Wearing:  I’ve been wearing these Madewell Easy Crop Tees nonstop.  I got mine during a sale and ordered every color.  I’m short, and short-waisted according to a seamstress recently, so the cropped fit works really well for me.

Eating:  Capers on everything!  I’ve been throwing them in salads, having them with my scrambled eggs, and just last night I topped my plate of corned beef and potatoes with a tablespoon or so.  Mmmmmmm!  If you are a lover of all things pickled, do it.  And I think this new Skinnytaste chicken salad recipe looks like a good idea.

What are you loving lately?