Monday, January 26, 2015

[thirty] before 30...UPDATE!

Happy Monday, Friends!
I can't believe we are encroaching upon the end of January. I mean really... do you kind of want to start 2015 over again? I know I wasn't ready yet!
I'm taking a little break from wedding planning to share with you my pathetic progress on my [thirty] before 30. I mean it--I'm totally failing miserably! My hope is that after the wedding, I'm able to resume some sort of normal again! Right now and for the next 60 days (eep!) every ounce of free time is dedicated to the big day. Stick with me! I promise I won't be an absentee blogger forever! 

[thirty] before 30...UPDATE!

  1. Get married!
  2. Read five (5) fiction books. 
  3. Read five (5) non-fiction books. *I'm still working on the FIRST non-fiction book I started back in October... but I *have* updated my Goodreads. That totally counts... right? 
  4. Make our Christmas stockings. *Christmas has come and gone... and I'm in the same place I was on the first stocking when I started this post. Sigh. 
  5. Take a "real" day off. 
  6. Run a 5K.
  7. Host a party.
  8. Finish knitting the second sock.
  9. Travel to Julian, CA in the fall. 
  10. Create a signature cocktail.
  11. Take myself on a date.
  12. Start a wine journal. *Wine journal has been gifted! Pen hasn't touched the paper yet... wine = extra calories, extra calories are not a friend of wedding dresses. See #1. 
  13. Have a beach day.
  14. Lose 10 pounds. *Ah, another partial credit. 5 lbs. lost... woo!
  15. Try my hand at canning.
  16. Learn how to use my DSLR camera.
  17. Unplug for a whole day.
  18. Try a new exercise. *FINALLY! One I can mark off the list! I have been doing The 21 Day Fix and as a result, been lifting a lot of weights. I LOVE IT! I even see a teeny, tiny, minuscule bit of muscle definition in my legs. Who knew!? Let it be known that I still groan on pilates day, though... 
  19. Make a new friend. *I feel like I can strike this one off the list. I've met a few fellow designers that I enjoy seeing out and about socially, and have been re-acquainted with old high school acquaintances. 
  20. Sew a piece of clothing.
  21. Build up my savings account. 
  22. Try five (5) new meal recipes from Pinterest.
  23. Try five (5) new dessert recipes from Pinterest.
  24. Play a round of golf with Spencer.
  25. Develop a healthy skincare routine. *Definitely working on this one... 
  26. See a live music performance.
  27. Take the dog out for a 'Doggie Day' once a month. *My poor London dog. I'll have to double up after the wedding! 
  28. Cook at least one meal a week. *Meh... 
  29. Make a piece of art for our house.
  30. Take at least one (1) photo a month with Spencer. *I am saddest of all that this one is failing me. It's really a challenge for two people to try and hop in a picture together. I know we've got a couple from last year... will have to squeeeeze one in for January before the month ends. The 'selfie stick' we got for Christmas should help. If we ever take it out of the box... 
Hope you all are having a WONDERFUL new year! XOXO!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

happy new year!

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I can't believe it's here... can you? I remember when 2000 was a big deal. Like, a REALLY big deal. And now we're staring down the barrel of 2015. Unbelievable.

I hope that you all had an absolutely wonderful holiday and a joyous new year! I hope that you spent time with friends and family, had at least a couple days of rest and relaxation, and enjoyed every single bit of the season.

2014 was, without a doubt, one of the best years of my life. Typing that seems a little odd, but it's absolutely and wonderfully true. The year began on the heels of an engagement and I've spent the last twelve months preparing and planning for our wedding--which takes place in just under three {short} months! I got to take an all-expenses paid trip to Seattle for a weekend of professional development with other local designers--who I've befriended and get to see socially from time to time. Good things happened to me professionally, and I finally reached a place of content with my current job situation. Good things happened for Spencer too, as we celebrated a new job for him this year as well. I started selling {using, and loving!} Younique products, and got a promotion to the next tier in just under three months.

I've tried other new things, too. I've attended several professional development events--learned a lot and have met a lot of great people. In October, I started introducing essential oils into my every day life, and I could not be happier with the results! From a culinary standpoint, it was a year of new foods as well--rainbow carrots, beets {YUM}, coconut oil coffee, and black bean brownies (don't knock it 'til you try it!). I even kicked my long-running Diet Coke addiction in that, I can have one or two from time to time, and not have or crave another for several months {that's huge!}.  I chose family over work, and my late nights at the office were reduced and my happiness increased. My fashion sense has grown {yep, I even own plaid pants now} and I don't feel embarrassed to try new looks the way I once did.

No, no. I don't mean to imply that it was all rosy around here. A lot of not so good things happened, too. But this year, more than any other, the good things shone through the bad. It was a great ride and I know that 2015 will have big shoes to fill!

As I've mentioned 100x before, Christmas is my favorite season. Though I didn't get to do all of my favorites this year (binge-watching Christmas movies, drinking hot chocolate, looking at Christmas lights, etc.), I did do some of my favorite things and those that I did, I enjoyed immensely.

This year, I got to split time in both mine and Spencer's hometowns {wedding planning demanded it, but I was happy to oblige}. We started the first leg of our journey with his family for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A couple of days later, we had a couple's shower hosted by a few of his Mom's friends--our first shower and a great one at that! My parents drove in for the festivities, and I said goodbye to Spencer {who headed back to San Diego} and I spent the next 5 days going strong at home base (AKA wedding central).

december 27th: cutting our cake... we are sometimes incapable of taking a serious picture together. 
december 27th: all of the family at our shower.
december 25th: christmas day!
I got back late last night, and am trying to get back in the groove of every day life. It's always such a let-down after the holidays. Between mounds of laundry and other things demanding my attention, I am trying to soak up the last couple of days of vacation before the 'real world' hits once more.

This year is starting off strong already, and I hope that I can keep up! In addition to the obvious "crunch time" in our wedding schedule, I'm starting a new fitness and healthy eating regimen where I'll be trying to "eat clean" {less processed foods, more fresh foods}. This isn't a charge to loose weight as part of a New Years Resolution {though I'd take any help I can get!}, but rather a healthy jump start to the next DECADE of life {hello, THIRTIES--you're right around the corner!}.

Cheers to a new year! Wishing you all the best one yet!