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summer bucket list 2017

Happy summer! It’s officially here with the humidity to prove it!

Summer Bucket List

For the past few weeks I have been gearing up for the new season and adding things to my summer bucket list. While it is not my favorite season (I’m not a fan of the extremely hot and humid days we get here), I do love that summer always seems more relaxed than other parts of the year. Summer comes with its own kind of fun. It brings a relaxed vibe, long days, warm nights, fresh fruit and vegetables. The sunny days entice me to spend more time outside and allow for dinner on the back patio and outdoor weekend projects. I am excited for all of these fun experiences this summer!

-Swim in the pool at our complex (we didn’t swim in it a single time last year!)
-Spend an evening at Honeysuckle Tea House (we went for the first time to cross it off my spring bucket list and we loved it!)
-Go to one place on our Triangle bucket list
-Try a new coffee shop
-Ride bikes together
-Pick blackberries
-Make popsicles
-Go to the lake
-Make and start to implement a plan for our back patio beautification
-Refinish table
-Pick paint color for guest bedroom
-Take a trip before Will starts his MPH year
-Try a new seasonal recipe
-Go to a Durham Bulls game
-Buy local food from the Farmers’ Market

What fun things are on your summer bucket list?!

june goals

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Happy June and almost summer! It is starting to feel more and more like summer every day, with warm weather, open pools, and nightly thunderstorms to boot. Our May was filled to the brim and because of our packed schedule it seemed to go by quickly. While being busy and fully booked can sometimes feel stressful, we got to spend wonderful quality time with so many friends and family members who we don’t see often. It was a great month and having a three-day weekend right at the end was the cherry on top! I’d take another May 2017, if anyone’s asking. I’m going into June with a still busy schedule, but have great hopes for it after the great month we just had. Plus, summer is coming, and while the intense heat of July and August aren’t my favorite, June still has some beautiful long nights that I’m looking forward to filling with time outside. Without further ado: a recap of May goals and some new June goals!

May Goals
– Plant herbs – I moved the basil outside and so far it has been doing well in its pot. I may plant it in a bigger pot this month, but we’ll see how it does.
– Have tea at Honeysuckle Tea House – I’m carrying this one over because we didn’t get to do it but I really want to while the weather is nice.
– Celebrate with friends and family at (and on the way to) weddings – carrying this over from last month because we have more weddings coming up in May! Celebrated with lots of friends and family at and on the way to a wedding last month. We are looking forward to even more family and celebration at a special wedding this month (see June Goals below!)
– Balance my work and weekend obligations with exercise – Run at least 3 times a week, do toning exercises at least once a week. I feel like I am back in a good rhythm with running again, and when the evening thunderstorms throw of my running plans I have been able to do indoor exercises. Hoping to keep this up!
– Successfully work all of our end-of-school-year events at work (5 within 15 days). Halleluiah!
– Spend Memorial Day weekend relaxing with friends and family (brunch?!). Memorial Day Weekend was packed to the brim with friends and family and it was so refreshing and so good! I’ll recap our brunch spread soon!
– Make plan to make headboard for daybed. Made a plan, now figuring out a good time to implement.
– Celebrate bachelorette parties, bridal showers, birthdays and Mother’s Day. May was full of celebrations and parties, with one (or more!) every weekend!

June Goals
-Make and decorate a cake for a baby shower
-Celebrate Will’s brother and almost sister-in-law getting married!!!
-Help with the wedding, rehearsal dinner, and other celebratory events
-Enjoy a girl’s trip to LA with childhood friends
-Add two go-to dinner recipes to our list
-Use the lettuce and herbs from our garden in meals
-Find a moisturizer or foundation with SPF that I like and start wearing it regularly
-Make new popsicle flavor combinations
-Continue with a regular running schedule or do indoor toning exercises when it is thunder storming or too hot (welcome to North Carolina summers!)
-Have tea at Honeysuckle Tea House
-Celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary (!)

may goals

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April was packed to the brim and flew by so quickly because of that. We went to two weddings, drove through 5 states, spent Easter in Virginia, survived Will’s night shifts, made 800 cookies (!), and celebrated birthdays. Between lots of work and lots of social obligations, May is looking just as busy, if not busier. I’m trying my best to avoid the overwhelm that could easily absorb me. These May goals are helpful with that. They are an easy way for me to focus on what I truly want to get done this month, and a reminder that I can leave other things to the side for later. Not everything will (or can) get done at once, and I plan on reminding myself of that as the month gets into full swing.

April Goals
-Plant herbs – Bought herbs yesterday, but haven’t decided where to plant them yet
-Do toning exercises twice a week – Mostly, but I didn’t do a good job of keeping track so I’m not crossing it off
-Successfully finish making and beautifully present 5 types of cookies for my cousin’s wedding reception – Done done done done and done!
-Celebrate with friends and family at wedding – One wedding in NC, one wedding in Philadelphia, and lots of wonderful family and friends!
-See the Ansel Adams exhibit at the NC art museum – Yes, so good! Triangle friends, it is there through Sunday!
-Celebrate Easter with family – Spent the weekend in VA with both sides of my family (the photo above is from our time in Williamsburg)
-Make a new spring dessert – Checked this off with at least two new desserts
-Celebrate my quarter-century birthday! – Welcome to 25!

May Goals
-Plant herbs – Carrying this one over with high hopes :)
-Have tea at Honeysuckle Tea House
-Celebrate with friends and family at (and on the way to) weddings
-Balance my work and weekend obligations with exercise – Run at least 3 times a week, do toning exercises at least once a week
-Successfully work all of our end-of-school-year events at work (5 within 15 days)
-Spend Memorial Day weekend relaxing with friends and family (brunch?!)
-Make plan to make headboard for daybed
-Celebrate bachelorette parties, bridal showers, birthdays and Mother’s Day

april goals

Welcome, April! Between UNC winning the national championship (see photo below!) and prepping for a family wedding, the first few days of April have been wonderful already! April is my favorite month of the year. The spring weather is usually here to stay by mid-month, and I have my birthday to look forward to at the end of the month. I have good feelings about this month :)

2017 April Goals

March Goals
-Read a book for at least 10 minutes a day – This one didn’t go as well as it did in February; started reading Daring Greatly but didn’t make a ton of progress
-Do toning exercises twice a week – Again, didn’t go as well as it did in February, but did them about once a week
-Start a list of recipes we make often and the ingredients we need to make them to make meal planning is easier in the future – Ongoing
-Make 2 pieces of art for our bedroom – Pushed this off because after hanging art (see next goal) and rearranging our furniture, I don’t know if the art I planned to make is the right thing for the space.
-Hang art in our bedroom – Yes!
-Hang curtains in at least one room in the house (one day we will check this off the list) – Hung curtains in TWO rooms! Woohoo!
-Take a walk/run with Will at least once a week (this may be difficult with Will starting a new rotation, but I am hopeful!) – Yes! This was great!
-Test five cookie recipes for an upcoming project – Yes! This cookie testing came in handy for April’s goals :)
-Celebrate Will’s birthday – Yes! Yay, 25!
-Spend meaningful time with friends – This was wonderful. I may not have checked off the first two goals because I spent more time with friends than usual, but it was well worth it.

April Goals
Plant herbs
Do toning exercises twice a week
Successfully finish making and beautifully present 5 types of cookies for my cousin’s wedding reception
Celebrate with friends and family at wedding
See the Ansel Adams exhibit at the NC art museum
Celebrate Easter with family
Make a new spring dessert
Celebrate my quarter-century birthday!

spring bucket list

2017 spring bucket list
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It is officially spring and we have already had the rain showers and pollen coatings to prove it! Each fall, I like to create a list of things I want to do before the next season starts. I’m not sure why I haven’t done this for every season, because these seasonal bucket lists are some of my favorite ways to set goals. The three-month time period allows for more time and flexibility than my monthly goals, but doesn’t allow me to push things around like I might with my yearly goals. These lists also force me to live in the present and focus on and enjoy the current season. Some of the items on my list are already planned out, and some are left to fill free weekends and evenings whenever the mood (and timing) strikes. So, without further ado, my spring bucket list!

Spring Bucket List
-Go on a picnic
-Plant herbs
-Celebrate my birthday
-See the Ansel Adams exhibit at the NC art museum
-Go on lots of walks
-Celebrate with friends and family at weddings
-Spend time at our local farmers’ market
-Celebrate Easter with family and make an Easter dessert
-Go to at least one new place on our triangle bucket list
-Make lots of cookies for my cousin’s wedding favors
-Have tea at the reopened Honeysuckle Tea House
-Eat a meal outside (at home or at a restaurant/café)
-Have Memorial Day brunch (an accidental annual tradition in my family)
-Celebrate our three year wedding anniversary!

What is on your spring bucket list?!

march goals

February was a whirlwind. Looking back at my goals for the month I initially didn’t feel like I had accomplished that many of them. But, I feel like I made progress on the goals even if I didn’t accomplish all of them, and I realized that I was productive in many areas that weren’t listed as goals for the month. I’m hoping for more of the same progress in March, even if it is slow. Slow and steady, isn’t that what they say? ;)

2017 March Goals

Here is an update on my February goals before we head into March goals.

February Goals:
Make and send Valentine’s Day cards
Do toning exercises twice a week – some weeks, but definitely not all
Deep clean upstairs bathroomWill did this and I’m so thankful!
Clean up one room for at least 5 minutes a day (rotate rooms)didn’t quite do 5 minutes a day but I’m marking it off because we deep cleaned every room except our bedroom!
Start a list of recipes we make often and the ingredients we need to make them so meal planning takes less time in the future.
Read for at least 10 minutes a daystarted and finished Grace Not Perfection and started The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Purge my closet of things I no longer want or need – purged my t-shirts, so little by little I’m chipping away at this one
Make 2 pieces of art for bedroom
Go to 1-2 places on our Triangle bucket listwent to Cocoa Cinnamon

March Goals:
Read a book for at least 10 minutes a day
Do toning exercises twice a week
Start a list of recipes we make often and the ingredients we need to make them to make meal planning is easier in the future
Make 2 pieces of art for our bedroom
Hang art in our bedroom
Hang curtains in at least one room in the house (one day we will check this off the list)
Take a walk/run with Will at least once a week (this may be difficult with Will starting a new rotation, but I am hopeful!)
Test five cookie recipes for an upcoming project
Celebrate Will’s birthday
Spend meaningful time with friends

As a reminder, here are my guideposts for the year.

february goals

I’m not sure how, but January felt like it both zoomed by and also lasted forever. While I didn’t cross off every goal on my January goals, I’m really proud of the goals I did accomplish in January. We accomplished a lot of tasks that weren’t even on the January to-do list (but I now wish I had included for the gratification of crossing them off the list). All of this made for an extremely productive and gratifying month. I am excited to enter February head-first with the momentum that we generated in January.

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January Goals:
Take down and find storage for Christmas decorations
Clean out and organize the hall closet
Clean out and organize 2nd bedroom closet
Deep clean upstairs bathroom
Get plant for living area
Hang framed art in our room
Go on a date and spend intentional time with Will before shelf/STEP studying kicks into high gear
Do toning exercises twice a week
Make Valentine’s cards! :)

February Goals:
Make and send Valentine’s Day cards
Do toning exercises twice a week
Deep clean upstairs bathroom
Clean up one room for at least 5 minutes a day (rotate rooms)
Start a list of recipes we make often and the ingredients we need to make them so meal planning takes less time in the future.
Read for at least 10 minutes a day
Purge my closet of things I no longer want or need
Make 2 pieces of art for bedroom
Go to 1-2 places on our Triangle bucket list

As a reminder,  my guiding goals and intentions for the year are in this post. How are your goals going?!

goals for 2017 and january

We are 13 days into January and I am just finishing setting my goals for the year. Most people have already decided on and gotten started on their goals at this point, but I firmly believe in the idea that there is nothing magical about January 1st. We put so much pressure on January 1st, but goals can be set and enacted any day of the year. I like being able to relax and reflect at the end of the year and slowly figure out what it is that I truly want to focus on in the coming year once January comes. It gives me time to decompress and come off of the high of the holidays and reflect on the best parts of the entire year before. I also don’t love the word “resolutions,” but instead stick with goals and intentions, because these are not strict “dos” and “don’ts,” but rather things I want to accomplish, focus on and work toward throughout the year. These are deeper than the usual monthly goals, and I hope these intentions can guide my monthly goals throughout 2017.

Goals for 2017 and January

Goals for 2017:
Be intentional – There is only so much time in a day. I want to be more intentional with what I do and how I use it. I enjoy being busy, but can get overwhelmed when I book my days to the brim back-to-back-to-back without scheduled “me time.” I want to be intentional about what I choose to do, instead of trying to do it all. I want to reduce over-commitment (which will cause stress), and focus on the people and activities that bring joy to my life.

Deepen my faith – This is something I can always work on, but want to focus on even more this year. I want to pray more and read more of the bible. I want to find a routine for these things that works and incorporate it into my weeks in a way that is sustainable. I don’t know what this looks like yet, but hopefully I can find out as the year goes on!

Gain confidence that is not based on perfection – I recently realized that I often do not recognize the things I do well because I don’t think I’m doing them perfectly or well enough. Striving for perfection means that even when I am doing well at something, I am not confident in myself until I think I am doing each task or activity the best that it could be done. This is so bad! In the end, this leads to a lack of confidence in a lot of things, because no one is perfect at everything! I want to grow my confidence and remove the idea that perfection is a necessary variable in the equation to have confidence in anything.

Love others well – This kind of falls under the goal, “be intentional,” but I also want to separate it as another specific intention. I feel so loved when I receive kind texts and notes, and I also get so much joy from spreading love to others, on birthdays, during hard days or weeks, but also just during the mundane and routine days. I want to reach out to friends and family more often to check in and let them know I’m thinking of them, send unexpected snail mail, judge strangers less, continue generosity and follow how our donations impact the lives of others.

In addition to intentions, I want to focus on a word for the year: growth. Sometimes change can make me unsure and hold me back, but without change it is difficult to grow. There are so many aspects of my life where I want to grow and learn and build. When faced with challenges and change this year, I want to ask myself how I can grow from those instead of giving in and accepting stagnation or resisting change.

Now to get started on those intentions, I have more specific January goals!

Goals for January:
Take down and find storage for Christmas decorations
Clean out and organize the hall closet
Clean out and organize 2nd bedroom closet
Deep clean upstairs bathroom
Get plant for living area
Hang framed art in our room
Go on a date and spend intentional time with Will before shelf/STEP studying kicks into high gear
Do toning exercises twice a week
Make Valentine’s cards! :)

Do you have goals, intentions or resolutions for 2017? Share them in the comments! Let’s keep each other accountable!

december goals

December, December, the most wonderful time of the year is here! November was a whirlwind of activities and seemed to go on longer than usual (I think having half a week of the month left after Thanksgiving contributed to that). We have already started to get ready for Christmas and it makes me so happy. Our tree is up and decorated, wreaths are hanging and pops of red and white fill our downstairs. I am so excited for December and all of the fun holiday joy it brings. I have set aside some of our ongoing goals (like painting our room or hanging curtains), because while it would be great to get those done, I want to spend December enjoying time with friends and family, participating in lots of Christmas traditions, baking, and celebrating. Here’s to December goals and a merry December to you and yours!

December Goalsvia

November Goals
-Start making a list of gifts we are giving and start shopping for Christmas gifts
-Test holiday recipes
-Paint our room (this will get done!)
-Get a Christmas tree (it sounds early, but there is still half a week of November after Thanksgiving!)
-Focus on what we are grateful for, not on what we want or lack
-Get ready for December parties

December Goals
-Throw a baby shower for two beautiful mamas-to-be
-Post gift guides!
-Participate in my family’s annual gingerbread house contest
-Bake Christmas cookies! :)
-Spread love to my morning bus driver, mailman, coworkers, and other people who help us throughout the year
-Go out to breakfast with Will before work (a tradition we started last year)
-Get all of our Christmas presents by December 18th
-Enjoy the holiday season with friends and family!

november goals

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I feel like we were just starting October and now Halloween is over and it’s on to November! Maybe it is because the weather hasn’t been completely fall-like, with spurts of warmth and cool days sprinkled together, but it really doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I’m excited to get into that mindset, because I love the cozy, relaxing time that comes with it, and especially the season that follows, but I’m just not there yet. Fall has been beautiful here and we are making such great progress on our fall bucket list. Now that I’m almost done with weekend work events and Will is out of his crazy surgery and medicine rotations and has weekends off here and there, I’m hoping we can cross off even more fall and November goals!

-Start making a list of gifts we are giving and start shopping for Christmas gifts
-Test holiday recipes
-Paint our room (this will get done!)
-Get a Christmas tree (it sounds early, but there is still half a week of November after Thanksgiving!)
-Focus on what we are grateful for, not on what we want or lack
-Get ready for December parties

What are your doing this November?

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