Thursday, February 14, 2019

February Small Goals

Hey blog friends! Well, February is already halfway over but that doesn't mean we still don't have goals. We kind of fell off a little blog wise but Jen and I decided we both love it so we are keeping this thing going. The only issue is the weather isn't cooperating every weekend we try to make plans to work on content. Missouri weather doesn't give an eff about best friendship. Anyway, here are the goals we hope to accomplish this month. Let's gooooo!

Jen's January Small Goals
1.  Prep upstairs for painting. Yes! I managed to get a good clean on upstairs and purchased most of my supplies to paint the walls and floors.
2.  Make a photo display.  Done, but I've noticed I haven't used my camera much since which makes me sad. I'd like to continually update this display to keep the photos fresh.
3.  Shopping Freeze.  I managed to not buy myself any extras this month. It felt really good and is helping me realize I'm fine with what I have.
4. Dress up twice a week.  Fail. It's just so damn cold.
5. Exercise.  I did decent the first part of January and then sort of fell off track as I started getting back into my home improvement projects.

3/5 seems pretty good for January, a month we all struggle with.

Jen's February Small Goals
1.  Paint my bedroom walls and floors.  I can hardly believe I'm this far into my bedroom project. Painting felt so abstract and far away when I first started ripping that carpet up. Hopefully I can get the whole room (walls and floors) painted by the end of the month.
2.  Find some pops of color.  Now that I'm so close to finishing my bedroom project I'm in peak decorating mode.  I'm looking to add some pops of colors with some new curtains and lamps.  Hopefully I can find what I'm looking for while sticking to a pretty tight budget.
3.  Purge and organize my collectibles.  A while back I was obsessed with decorating my house with vintage treasures. At first it was way cute and cozy but then as my collection got out of control  it turned into a cluttered mess.  I'm going to purge the excess and rearrange my collection so that I can really enjoy it again.
4.  Organize my sweatersLike the rest of the world, I've fallen into the Kon Marie trend. I feel like it has helped me really invest in my house and my things. I feel so much more in control. I bought 12 linen bins for the huge shelves in my closet.  I'm going to fill them mostly with sweaters and some joggers.  Slowly but surely I will get this closet organized.  Can you tell the clothing part is the hardest for me?
5.  Finish Valentine's Quilt.  I tested a Valentine's Quilt for a quilter/pattern maker on instagram.  I finished the quilt top up very quickly and just need to make time to quilt it and bind it.  Hopefully I can knock that out this month.

Heather's January Small Goals
1. Host a really cool birthday party for E&M I cannot confirm how cool it was, but we did host a dance party/sleepover and I think it was pretty successful.
2. Book a trip to meet Hazel Done and done! I have a weekend in March booked to meet the coolest baby in the world.
3. Read 5 books I read NINE books so suck on that!
4. Kon-Mari my house (specifically papers & miscellaneous) Yes! I made so much progress with this! I'm honestly not done and my extra bedroom is the next big project in this series. 
5. Plan out Christmas 2019 crafts Nope. Did not do this.

4/5 goals complete. Not a bad way to kick off 2019!

Heather's February Small Goals
1. Sunday yoga I'm trying to ease my way back into exercise and doing yoga on Sundays seems like a really nice way to both bring more exercise into my life & beat the Sunday Scaries. 
2. Wear a dress once a week I have so many dresses but I have not been wearing them. It's a combination of laziness and it being too cold to wear anything but leggings and big sweaters. I want to wear a dress once a week this month. 
3. Organize the extra room My extra bedroom is the bane of my existence. I've organized it a hundred times it feels like and it's messier than ever right now. I'm determined to make it look like an actual room that's functional and not just full of stuff.  
4. Start a new knitting project I haven't been creating anything in weeks. I want to start something new, even if it's just making hats with yarn I already own. 
5. Read 10 books I read 9 books in January and want to try to beat that by reading 10 books in February. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

February Book Club

Winter is here with a vengeance and it feels like every other week I'm snowed in. At least it makes for the perfect reading time and I'm so excited to get cozy and dive in to our February book club pick. 

Terrible library barcode placement aside, I'm very excited to read Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand. I've seen this one all over Instagram lately it feels like and finally got it from the library. When I was looking around my house for a book club pick this one jumped out and I was ready to add it to the top of my reading list. I was so happy Jen agreed and now here we are. 

What's it about? 

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

January Book Club

Happy 2019! Can you believe this marks the SEVENTH year Jen & I have been doing this book club? It's my longest running and most favorite tradition ever. I've been sick since the new year began so blogging this month has taken a backseat. I'm feeling much better thanks to lots of rest and tea so here I am to share the first BFBC read of 2019. What If It's Us has been on my radar for awhile since I'm a huge Becky Albertalli fan, but I'm trying to buy less books lately so it's just been on my radar with no action taken. When Jen texted suggesting this for book club, I was so excited. I'm waiting for my library hold to come in and then it's on. Thank you for joining us on this book club journey. Even if you've never read a book with us, just checking out our little slice of the internet is so cool. Now, let's get to reading. 

What's it About?

ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them . . . ?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t nail a first date even after three do-overs?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

What if it’s us?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Birthday Goals {32}

Two weeks ago I turned 32. It was such a great celebration and this year, more than ever before, I felt so comfortable and happy with getting older. I've arrived at this place where I feel like I've been doing a lot of internal work this year and I'm on a good path going into the next year. I've accomplished a lot this year and I'm excited to see what happens next.

Looking at my goals from last year, it doesn't look like I accomplished a lot. I definitely didn't get to everything I wanted to (I mean, how is this year already over?) but it doesn't reflect all the good things that happened. I got married, I went on my honeymoon in Mexico (which was my first time out of the country!), I went to Chicago with friends, I got promoted twice, and found a new therapist that has changed my life. So many big, good things. I'm ok with not getting to the other things on the list below.

Explore my city (and state) 
Run a half marathon 
Create more 
Cook my way through the Thug Kitchen cookbook
Get serious about skincare
Save $2K 
Start a podcast 
Declutter and organize 
Focus on friendships 
Learn tarot 

Birthday Goals for my 32nd Year 
Monthly self care dates 
I want to be more in tune with myself this year. I think part of it could be monthly self care dates. I envision it being taking myself to a new coffee shop once a week to work, or out to lunch at one of my favorite spots. Maybe even a day where I work from home and watch Netflix with a face mask. So many self care options! 

Twenty Nine-King 
No one else loves this idea title, but basically I want to read more Stephen King next year. I've listed his books from first published to most recent, and even included non fiction & short story collections. I'm really excited to read more of his work! 

Write my memoir
This one feels big and scary to write. I don't need to publish this. I won't. But I do want to write more and have a lot of feelings about my life I want to get down. I'm planning to have a weekend ritual where I drink coffee and write for a bit. 

Take a solo vacation 
I've never travelled alone. I don't think that's super weird, but I do think it would be interesting and good for me to take a weekend trip alone this year if I can swing it. 

Create one thing every month 
I've noticed a huge bump in my mental health when I make time to create new things. Even crocheting or knitting hats at night makes me feel so much more centered and accomplished. I want to make time at least once a month to make something new. 

Master intuitive eating 
I recently discovered intuitive eating and it's changed my life. It clicked for me like nothing has before. It can take 9-12 months to really master intuitive eating so my big goal this year is to focus on mastering this. 

Explore my city & state 
This is one I'm bringing over from last years goals. I want to try to make this happen in 2019.

Monday, December 10, 2018

December Book Club

Hey book friends! It's our last book club pick of 2018 (lol wut) and this month I picked our book by literally looking at my bookshelf and seeing this book with winter in the title. I didn't even look at what this book was about and I ordered it so long ago I didn't remember! Turns out it's in the fantasy genre and even though Jen has read a lot of YA fantasy lately, she gamely agreed to my pick that I definitely put a lot of thought into! I'm excited to tackle something that's been on my shelf for over a year and I hope it's seasonally appropriate.

What's it about? 
All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They've enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesel can't help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds--and the mysterious man who rules it--she soon faces an impossible decision. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

November Small Goals

Happy November friends! So far I'm really enjoying the fall leaves that are sticking around and voting got me pretty fired up (even if Missouri is weirdly insistent on being a red state while voting for pretty liberal propositions but whatever). With my birthday coming up, I'm feeling really reflective on the past year and starting to think about what I'm hoping to accomplish in the coming year. I'm excited to work on some goals this month & see what the end of the year has in store for us! 

Jen's October Small Goals
1. Josie and the Pussycats Marathon.  Until Riverdale, I never realized the Pussycats were part of the Archie universe. I remember being obsessed with the early 2000's movie but they girls seem so much cooler now that I know more about their history.
2.  Removing Carpet.  Bam! I'd definitely say I've removed over half the carpet and glue upstairs. I'm probably the most pumped about this goal because its the most time consuming but I'm so damn happy with the progress I've made. Although my wrists are less happy.
3. Finish Quilt.  Done. Literally the entire quilt. Its ready to be snuggled under and I am so happy!
4. Start an Outfit Diary.  I downloaded "Your Closet" and followed through for a month. But, I don't love the app so I'm not sure I'm going to continue. It's just such a hassle uploading my outfits each day. I still love the idea of having all my clothes/accessories in a database though. Has anyone used a different app and had better experience?
5. Halloween Books.  By the time I got all my reads organized by the library, half the month was over. I did get 2 spookish read in though so not a complete waste.

4/5 - I killed October.

Jen's November Small Goals

1.  Cross-stitch Ornaments.  Last year I had planned to make some cross stitch ornaments to put on my tree but I never finished them.  I'm going to pull them out, finish stitching them and turn them into ornaments because my tree needs some Christmas Kawaii.
2.  Library Books.  My library books are out of control. I have 4 or 5 sitting on the kitchen table that are just staring at me.  Hopefully I can return them all to the library read by the end of the month.
3.  Stretch Challenge.  I've neglected my workouts and this month blogilates is hosting a stretch challenge. This challenge seems like the perfect way to transition into workout out again.
4.  Clean out undergarment drawers.  Lately I've been focusing my energy on building my "cozy" wardrobe.  My, I'm just hanging out all day at the house wanting to live my comfiest life, wardrobe and my pajama wardrobe. It's time to purge some of my older stuff that has seen better days are isn't the most comfy, especially my old bras. It has felt amazing replacing them recently and I want to give Aerie a major shout out (and not just because I want to be an Aerie Girl).
5.  Memory Quilts.  A co-worker has asked me to help her make 2 memory quilts for her niece and nephew for Christmas which is a pretty big project. I don't have all the supplies yet, but I hope to have these half way done by the end of the month.

Heather's October Small Goals

1. Schedule in two kinds of self care I've got a float scheduled for November and I got my nails done a few weeks ago. Done and done! 
2. Go to two workout classes a week I am shocked I kept this up, but I guess I'm in love with spin class now? I go 2-3 times a week on my lunch break and it's amazing. 
3. Make some Halloween crafts I did not get any Halloween crafts done this month, but I did start crafting again. 
4. Redefine my style Still did not get this done. I am mostly living in leggings, but I do still have this on my radar. 
5. Make a budget for the last 3 months of the year Ok so my budget is not super traditional, but I'm committed to tracking every cent I spend through the end of the year & be diligent about how I'm spending my money. 

3/5 goals crushed 

November Small Goals 
1. Host the 3rd annual Friendsgiving! One of my new favorite traditions is Friendsgiving! It's super small but a really meaningful celebration to me. I'm excited to host something low key this year and spend some time with Jen & my sister. 
2. Book a birth chart reading All I want for my birthday is my birth chart read. The only thing holding me back is knowing what time I was born, but I am about to find out so this is happening. 
3. Plan out my birthday goals Every year I make goals on my birthday for the following year. I want to hammer out what those are and come up with a plan to make them more visible throughout the year. 
4. Drink more water I'm trying to drink more water lately. I don't have a goal of oz per day or anything, but I think I have a solid plan in place. 
5. Finish the Intuitive Eating course A friend loaned me an intuitive eating online course that I'm really excited to dive in to. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November Book Club

It's almost the end of the year and we are about to end the 6th year of the Best Friend Book Club. It's my longest running book club and my absolute favorite thing I've ever done. Book club started as a way to stay connected with Jen long distance and I'm overjoyed that we have continued it this long (with no signs of stopping!). Jen chose the book this month, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. Not only is it very on brand for us, the ebook is also on sale for $2.99 right now! I can't wait to dive in and look forward to hearing what you think! 

What's it about? 

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.