5 Small Ways to Celebrate Valentines’ Day

5 Small Ways to Celebrate Valentines’ Day

I wanted to write a simple post for this love-ly holiday that many people choose to hate. But I wanted to share a few ways that maybe those people or couples who want to switch it up will have a handufl of new ways to celebrate. My hope is that some of these may stick and you’ll have fun with this sweet but sour holiday and I wish you all lots of love. 

5 small ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

1. Enjoy some chocolate covered fruit on a special day-buy the chocolate (the good stuff!) and pick out all your favorite fruits, all different kinds (pineapple, apple, strawberries, raspberries and mangoes!). 
2. Take new pictures for yourself or you and your S/O to create and make memories-try different poses, new sorts of backdrops and all various moods and smiles. Have fun and enjoy each other or do this with your friends!
3. Have a fun date with a group of friends like movie and dinner-grab all your 5-6 closest friends or less a close 2-4 friends and go see a fun movie and have a fabulous dinner from someplace new perhaps.
4. Self indulge; do everything you love for one day- a nice bubble bath, a spa day, a meal or two with yourself-all of the above! 
5. Go on a local stay vacation-discover your city or town, maybe you’ll find a new favorite-find a quaint place and go to a new restaurant or museum or botanical garden. Check out anything that’s a new experience for you! Make a new memory book based on this local weekend of fun. 

I hope these are new ideas that maybe you’d apply to this ever lovin’ holiday together or alone! 

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Feb Goals + Jan Recap

Feb Goals + Jan Recap

Happy February! This month has flown by and it’s been moving at a snails pace though too- January was never-ending! It’s what I’ve heard from nearly everyone, that january felt lke months and months on end. And while I agree I’m glad it’s finally a new one and on into 2019 with a new fresh perspective that maybe will wash away the crud of January. I wanted to get a post up for you and my positive plans for the next 24 days. We had some serious issues this last month with finances and are trying to clean up and simplify our lives in other ways. How was your January and I genuinely hope it was better than ours…. Onto the GOALS & RECAP!

February Intentions:

1. Read one book and listen to one book every month

2. Listen to podcasts and more video media

3. Stretch and move my body at least 2x a week (start 2/7)

4. Blog 2-3x a week

5. Meditate and Journal daily PM

6. Track water intake and count steps with fitbit and thermos water bottle or waterminder app

7. Quality time weekly with Sean

8. Get in touch with 5 friends this month

9. Keep apartment clean by following a chore chart weekly

January Recap:

1. Read half of one book (want to finish The Four Agreements) and finish listening to Troublemaker while doing chores and while doing mindless tasks

2.Started a journal but didn’t keep up with it, want to make that a daily habit either in the coffee time AM or before bed at PM

3. Taking better care of dogs; Maggie was hurt for weeks but hoping to incorporate more play and longer walks, regular schedule for potty time

4. We had a HARD month so a lot was emotionally and psychologically draining. However it’s helped show me how to get through and what it’s like to struggle… Anyway, we are strong.

5. I got a job and decided that I couldn’t hnadle that type of job. I just don’t think retail is for me. I was very overwhelmed and didn’t like that they had a sales quota and I didn’t see myself continuing that.

6. Maggie had injured herself for a good two weeks so we nursed her back to health and she’s doing a lot better now.

7. I did blog somewhat but with all the actual stress and confusion I didn’t make it a priority. I’m trying harder this month. SHARE and REPIN please!

 This month has also flown by already, its 3 days until Valentines day and I’m just aiming to do more and get more done. I haven’t been doing very good this month yet with my goals. But bit by bit I’m going to implement just a few things a day to start these habits I really want to achieve. 

I’ll do an update later this month- I’ve been drinking more water, listening to more media and taking care of the dogs and keeping the apartment clean and tidy. So I need to stay on top of the small things, like tracking water and steps, cooking more at home and journaling daily. Wish me luck!

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Welcome back to Happy Friday! Every week my friend and one of my blogging BFFs, Krysten from Why Girls Are Weird posts this run post collecting all the things that made her (and us) happy this week! It can be anything, As few or many as you like but typically I do 10, it helps you to remain thankful and really think about the nuggets of happy in your week. Come join us and be sure to tell her I sent ya. Drop your link below and I’ll be sure to check it out and comment! I hope you’ll do the same.

Here we go; my happy list for 2/1/19

1. New playlist on spotify

2. I finally finished The Fosters show and about to start Good Trouble

3. Blogging

4. going simplistic on my phone

5. cleaning and listening to audiobook Troublemaker

6. Sean got the job at Home Depot in garden dept

7. cuddles with bouncer

8. watching new documentaries like Ted Bundy on netflix

9. cozy socks and heat on to stay warm

10. snow coming monday

If you join us please insert this into your post as well: 

 

 

 

Reading List of 2019

Reading List of 2019

One of my major goals this year is to read more so I’m going to make that happen (granted I’ve started late to the game). I began The Four Agreements and loved it but life got crazy the last week or two and I haven’t picked it back up. I’m going to take a few solid days to catch up and it’s a short book so I think I can still finish it easily by the end of January. Although while I clean I have been listening to Troublemaker and I love hearing Leah Remini’s own voice and spunk about her early childhood experinences. And that is much easier for me most time anyway- I can usually absorb a audiobook okay for the most part.

My plan going forward is this: Read 1-2x day AM/PM (even just a few pages) read according to my guide and lined up books. I’d like to do reviews on these books or at least some so let me know if that interests you at all. I just gave away a lot of physical copies of books I had since I just never read them but I had so man others that I needed to read, so those were donated. Most of these are books that I’ve had for at least a few years and others I’ve just gotten recently in Kindle or Audible. This is my take on a reading challenge which it is- because I’m lucky with my slow reading speed and comprehension if I can read one book a month.

Here’s my 2019 reading list goal plan:

January: The Four Agreements-paperback/Troublemaker on audible

February: The Power of Now-kindle
March: The Soul Searchers Handbook/Adventures for your Soul-kindle
April: Daring Greatly-kindle
May: May Cause Miracles-kindle
June: The Untethered Soul-kindle
July: Make it Happen-kindle
August: Sacred Powers-to be ordered
September: Talking as Fast as I Can-audible
October: This Is Just My Face-Try Not To Stare-audible
November: Seriously I’m Kidding-audible
December: Big Magic-to be ordered

And a few extra suggestions of ones I have/want to read if I have extra time or swap any of these out.

-Catcher-kalyn nicholson
-Kind is the new Classy
-Girl stop apoligizing
-The power of habit
-Becoming
-Nine Perfect Strangers

 

What are you looking forward to reading this year? New or old? What is your favorite types of books to read and why? Let me know in the comments below. Drop your favorite books down below in case I need to add them to my list!

2019 Word of the Year

2019 Word of the Year

COMMIT

com·mit
/kəˈmit/Submit
verb
1.
carry out or perpetrate (a mistake, crime, or immoral act).
“he committed an uncharacteristic error”
synonyms: carry out, do, perpetrate, engage in, enact, execute, effect, accomplish; More
2.
pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy.
“they were reluctant to commit themselves to an opinion”
synonyms: pledge, devote, apply, give, dedicate
“they committed themselves to the project”
*from the Dictionary search on Google*

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This word stuck out to me right away when I started to think about Word of the Year. I have in much of my life lacked a sense of commitment and sticking through the tough times. Not so much in a sense of personal commitment but in pretty much every other way. I tend to bail out on things when it gets hard or when my anxiety comes into play. So being consistent and commiting to each and every adventure and new thing I take on- I can at least try and follow through on. The goal is to apply this to my personal life in learning to drive (permit), my new PT job, and my relationship. It will also help me being consistent and commited on here in this space, also helps to batch write and plan ahead.

Last year my word was “Renew” I think I did well and applied this word Renew in many places. I started this new blog and maybe didn’t make as much progress last year as much as I wanted but that’s okay. I started out feeling as fresh and new as I do now-but we had obstacles and we balanced and problem solved it better than before. I wasn’t I as anxious this year as I was the year prior. I have found ways and techniques to cope day to day and change my reality in a better way. Now committing to the process and the journey will be a whole new place I haven’t been in before.

I want to recap some of my acheivements from this year that were motivated by renew. And will be pushed forward more by commit.

-less anxiety

-working with younique

-practicing my makeup and getting on video

-worked on budget all year long (still learning and fixing it)

-reading more although not entirely successfully but more intake media was accomplished

-got a job (in december) PT at Chico’s

-figured out who and what I wanted in my life

-building on my relationship and making it stronger

-we moved and then regretted it

-working on calming my intense emotions and not being snappy, angry and annoyed over literally small things I can’t control

-found my blog and local tribe of babes and brainstorming new projects and more content that’s valuable

-worked on my self love, and self care journey; made serious progress

-stayed at home and kept on top of chores and wifey duties pretty well

-purged and organized a LOT this year which felt so good

 Those might be semi vague but honestly they were HUGE for me. So I feel good about moving into a new year with these things in my belt. I am thankful to have Sean by my side and be growing into a newer person by exposing myself to things that seemed hard or impossible. It’s not- it’s just adjustment and progress not perfection. I can’t expect to never feel uncomfortable because we all feel that way from time to time. It’s moving through the muck and learning to be okay and get stronger by learning not by being ‘all knowing right away’.

I’m going to start a couple things this year that I want to focus on and implement immediately. 

  • Journaling
  • Meditation
  • Yoga/exercise
  • Quality Time with Sean 
  • Dogs; get them active and playing more

That’s pretty much it. I have rambled enough, I think. Hopefully this is helpful or gives you an idea of my plans for 2019 and at LEAST for the month of January. Small steps- big accomplishments. I’m psyched for this year-here we go!

 

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