Small Goals: September


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I am writing to you from a beautiful 68 degree morning here in Austin. I wore a sweater this morning. I ate breakfast outside. I'm drinking coffee outside right now. It is blissful. It's getting to be the most wonderful time of the year... you know... October-November-December. 

As far as August goes, I was right to make easier goals. The whole month was basically busy busy busy. I booked a ton of work (YAY!) and I worked through a ton of things on a personal + creative level. As some of you've noticed (and emailed me about, thank you for that gentle push!) I've all but given up on writing lately. I never show up here, even though I thoroughly enjoy it when I do. I

Well, I recently had a therapy breakthrough that led to a personal, laying in the floor of our bedroom, thinking through what I want out of this one big + beautiful life breakthrough, that led me here. So I'm believing that I'm in a better place to show up now. For you, whoever you are that might be reading this, + for me, but more on that later. Right now we're talking about goals!

Here's a little look into how I did on August's goals! 

1) Evaluate my morning routine. ✖️

Totally forgot about this, to be honest. I'm going to move this to September's goals!

2) Learn to love working out. ✖️

I let this slip this month, but I've put some good measures into place for September to hopefully rejuvenate my love for sweating. 

3) Purchase tank tops.✔️

Done! Bought several tank tops, just in time for the weather to get cooler! No regrets though!

4) New personal budget for Tucker + I! ✔️

I did it! But we still are in the trial period to see if it works!

 5) Eat my vegetables. ✔️


Done. We've eaten so many vegetables + we also purchased a Vitamix which has increased our fruits + veggie intake like CRAZY. 

What's up next for September? Well I'm glad you asked!

1) Evaluate my morning routine. 

It's back, back again! This month I'm going to try some new things + talk to my therapist about it. 

2) Be outside more! 

The weather is nice! Even if it gets hotter, Texas Summer isn't going to last forever-- I want to swim a few times + walk around the lake this month. 

3) Try something I've previously said I couldn't do.

So I honestly feel like I need to prove myself wrong about my abilities. I know what this thing is but I don't want to spoil it for you. I want my attitude to be 'I can' about a lot of things this month. 

4) Channel my inner Jenna Lyons.

Jenna Lyons is one of the most successful female business bosses out there + she eats the same thing for lunch everyday: A Cobb Salad. I don't like Cobb Salads but I think having a little routine would help. I'm going to attempt to eat the same thing for lunch everyday for 7 days. 

 5) Get a library card. 

I stole this goal from Valery, but it's a dang good one. It's time. 

What are your goals for the month? Let me know! 

Small Goals: August


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It's almost August. Whoa. I feel like this month absolutely flew by! I know I say that every single month, but WHOA. How did we get here? 

July was full of fun, relaxation, evaluating + remapping for the rest of the year. 

And I hope it isn't presumptuous but I'm hoping August will be more of the same, plus lots of hard + fun work!

Before we get into that-- let's talk July goals!

1) Get my car inspected. It's time. ✔️

Did it! Woohoo! I got it registered too! At a drive up registration place + just basically squealed with excitement because I had dreaded doing it all forever and when it was time to get it done it ended up being pretty simple!

2) Listen to more podcasts. ✔️

I have listened to so many podcasts this month. Oh my word. I won't list individual episodes (but I have been known to share them on my Instagram story!) but I'll tell you my top ten from this month... yes 10... because we drove for a total of almost 40 hours on our vacation! GASP! 

  1. The Nerdist
  2. Bodega Boys
  3. Breakfast for Dinner
  4. Lore
  5. Revisionist History
  6. Up + Vanished
  7. House of Carbs
  8. A Piece of Work
  9. Modern Love
  10. Death, Sex & Money

3) Go on a real vacation. ✔️

Y'all. We did it. Oh my goodness. We did it. We took a real vacation. I'm going to talk about it more in the coming weeks, but oh my goodness. It was the best. We went crabbing. We ate a ton of good food. We relaxed. We took naps. We went on super long walks. It was basically bliss. I want to take more vacations. 

4) Schedule time for fun. ✔️

Did it! Happy hours, coffee dates, yes to FUN, the whole nine yards!

 5) Be present. ✔️

Did it! It's hard not to be present when you check out of your normal life, though! Looking forward to putting what I've learned into practice!

I'm pretty proud of the fact that I completed 5/5 of! Woohoo! I feel like I never actually accomplish that. 

So what's on the plate for August? Well I'm glad you asked? 

1) Evaluate my morning routine. 

Post vacation left me in sort of a morning slump. Sleeping in is easy + kind of encouraged on vacation, but in real life sleeping in is a great way to put me in a bad mood. New morning routine means 6am alarms, no phone until I'm dressed and hopefully a few new things! My friend Kelly talks a lot about starting her morning routine at bedtime, so maybe some of that too? 

2) Learn to love working out. 

For some reason writing about working out makes me feel weird + like theres some added pressure, but I'm doing it anyway. This month is all about me learning what I enjoy doing + where I enjoy doing it. I think I'm going to cancel my Y membership. Things are gonna get weird. 

3) Purchase tank tops.

It's so hot in Texas, and I somehow stumbled upon two magical sweater tank tops that made me not grimace when I see my arm in a mirror... and I'm never looking back. I need to purchase at least three more tank tops this month with my spending money.

4) New personal budget for Tucker + I!

We recently paid off a giant credit card which means I need to re-do our budget + reallocate some funds. Super excited about this one. 

 5) Eat my vegetables.

We recently signed up for a CSA box + our attempt for the month of August is to not waste a single vegetable. This means way more cooking at home + WE ARE STOKED. 

What are your goals for August? I'd love to hear! 

Bookin' It! A Mid-year Update 📚


As promised, here's a little mid-year update on my 52 Books project! Here's what I've read so far this year!

❤️1) Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
2) Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
3) One More Thing by BJ Novak
❤️4) Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
5) Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
6) The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
❤️7) Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
❤️8) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie
❤️9) Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
10) The Great Discontent Volume 1
❤️11) The Roommate Book by Becky Simpson
❤️12) Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner
13) All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
14) Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
15) Franny + Zooey by JD Salinger
❤️16) Pansy by Andrea Gibson
❤️17) Bread + Wine by Shauna Niequist
18) When You Find Out the World Is Against You by Kelly Oxford
❤️19) The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
❤️20) Big Girl by Kelsey Miller

So yeah... I'm definitely a little behind. I should be at at least 26 now, but I've read some great books and I am confident that I can catch up! I'm currently on vacation as this post goes live, so I'll hopefully be plowing through several amazing books in Charleston. As I type I'm reading My Life in France by Julia Child and it is AMAZING. Above I've hearted my favorite books I've read so far, so check them out. I've definitely taken a dip into every genre-- feminist literature, books written by Christian powerhouse women, classics, children's fiction, poetry, books about creativity, and short stories.

While completing this project I've learned a lot about setting long term goals. It's hard + it takes discipline! I've thought about quitting many, many times... but ultimately I've realized that I'm in this for the long haul. I really want to complete this goal. I want to get through it, and so I will.  

Do you have any book recommendations for me? I'd love to hear. 

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!


As i'm typing these words I am a mere 28 hours away from a vacation and I absolutely can't wait. Tucker and I realized recently that the last time we took a real vacation we lived in Virginia... we've taken a few long weekends but other than that we haven't left the state together to do anything but go home for Christmas. 

Y'all, it's so time. I'm currently in the throws of all of the pre vacation busy, and I'd be lying if I said that even this... writing this blog is a bit of a task. Blogging this month, is going to be a posture of showing up so please, give me grace. 

I'm going to be brief, but yesterday I had a conversation (with my ever lovely therapist) that challenged me to reframe my mindset on vacation. Instead of trying to take two weeks off of work, something that seems incredibly daunting to me, I'm reframing it as working on different things. Instead of working on the professional, I'll be working on the personal. I'll be working on clearing my mind, working on getting lost in a city that I think I know, working on my creativity. So that's what I'm going to do! 

Wish me luck! 

 

Small Goals: July


July is FINALLY here! Y'all. I feel like I've been waiting around for July since January started. I think it's might be my favorite month of the year. It's the middle of summer, which I love, even though it's scorching. It's also my anniversary month. Need I say more? 

This month I'll be taking a few weeks to travel and focusing a ton of effort on relaxing! Tucker and I are doing a mini staycation in Austin, going to Atlanta + to Charleston, SC! I promise to take lots of photos!

If you were wondering about June's goals, then wonder no more! Here's how I did: 

✔️1) Start rebuilding my wardrobe to maximize my personal style thanks to Feel Good, Dress Better-- a new workbook by my friend Nicole of Writes Like a Girl

Did it! Cleaned out my entire closet + started reshaping my wardrobe to better fit my fashion motto: Miss Frizzle meets Madewell!

✔️2) Launch my rebrand!

It's alive! I also ordered notecards, business cards + stickers! Yay! :) 

✔️3) Try a meditation/prayer combo to be more present!

I tried headspace + got through about 8 days of it and it really helped! I also tried to be more mindful and directed! I plan on carrying these intentions in to daily life moving forward. 

✔️4) Unplug more!

I did it for the most part! I've gotten way better about putting down the screens + having more conversations with those around me. I need to keep going with this one as well. I learned a lot. 

✔️ 5) Clean for 20 minutes daily!

So I love this intention a LOT but didn't get to do it as often as I'd have liked to. I plan on bringing it back and folding it into my daily routine moving forward though. 


So what are my goals for July? Well I'm glad you asked!

1) Get my car inspected. It's time. 

My inspection on my car has been out for a while. Way longer than I'm willing to admit. It's time to take care of it. 

2) Listen to more podcasts. 

I love podcasts. It's such a great educational alternative to watching TV while I work. They make me profoundly happy. I'm going to shoot for one a day. 

3) Go on a real vacation. 

It's finally happening. Tucker and I are celebrating 10 years of being together + 5 years of wedded bliss on the 8th + we're going to one of our favorite places in the US-- Charleston! I'm putting up a real out of office message, not checking my inbox, and checking out of the hustle + bustle of Austin for a little bit... I could not be more excited but I'd be remiss if I didn't say I was a bit... nervous? Taking a break seems daunting. I'm trying to learn to relax, y'all :) 

4) Schedule time for fun. 

I feel like with the addition of a vacation during the month of July, the rest of my days are pretty packed. I want to make sure I don't rush towards a burnout by working too much. I want to make time for happy hours, friends + reading this month. 

 5) Be present.

All of the intentions I've put in place over the past few months will be for nothing if I'm not actively trying to be present in the day to day. 

What are your goals for July? I'd love to hear!