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.