November Small Goals


As I type out this blog post I am sitting in my friend Ben's apartment in New York City. I never in a million years thought that I'd actually book this trip. As someone who prides herself on being a go getter, I certainly didn't know I'd be going and getting all this. So so excited to share more about this trip with y'all!

While we're on the topic of things I'm having trouble believing: I also can't believe that it's almost November already. We're almost done with 2017! Can you believe that? Y'all... I'm so ready for 2018. 2017 was a year of learning a lot + growing a lot, and I'm sure 2018 will be too... but I do hope it will be a little kinder to me. 

Enough chit chat, let's talk about goals for November. 

I didn't set goals for October. I took the month off from trying to force blogging to work for me to actually evaluate whether or not I wanted to be doing it and survey says, I totally do! I love writing. I love getting my thoughts out and sharing them. 

October was so great! I slammed a month's worth of work into two weeks, I traveled to New York + Minneapolis! I met up with several internet friends and got to build some stronger connections with some existing friends I've met IRL, and I took a little break to get in tune with myself. I think October may have been my best month of the year. Not setting goals totally worked out for me. 

Without further ado, here are my goals for November:

1) Finalize + shoot this year's Holiday Gift Guide

2) Throw the best Friendsgiving ever

3) Read 10 books 

4) Come up with a new style ID

5) Try keeping a digital planner

What are your goals for November? 

I Really Like to Write.


I was recently involved in a technologically driven conversation with someone about not doing things that we love. I say technological to make it sound cooler than it is. The conversation was on Twitter.

It was a few tweets back and forth.

My friend is a baker in Virginia. She bakes things. It’s what she truly loves to do. She also loves to write. And cook. But she doesn’t do those things. I offered up a new book I’ve been reading, this one, that’s been offered up to me so many times that it got annoying, and then it got frustrating, and then I got curious and now I’m in love. Now I’m the person recommending it to people even though I’m less than 100 pages in. This book as about so much, but it touches on catching your subconscious up to your consciousness + channeling that energy to accomplish what you really want in life.

What I couldn’t condense into 140 characters or less is that I get it. I really do.

I’ve been trying to apply this in my own life lately.

I’ve realized that there are things that I LOVE that I don’t do. There are also things that I should do that I don’t do.

For a long time I thought something was broken in me-- why am I okay with not doing the laundry when I know that I need to do the laundry? Why do I go months without writing when I know how much I love to write? I’m generally really good at processing things out by writing. But it doesn’t always come easy for me. It takes work. I don’t know where it fits in my life and that causes me a good deal of stress. I feel like it takes away from other things that I should be doing.

But I really love it. So here I am.

If you’re reading this, then I’ve figured out a plan. Or maybe not. This has gone from living in a secret Google Drive file to living in the bright light of the internet. 

Small Goals: September


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


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.