New Year’s Resolutions: 6 Months In

Oh my gosh how is it already halfway through 2018??!?!! This year is FLYING BY! As I write this I am across the pond in Switzerland. It is soooo cute here! I decided to take some time off to travel between quitting my job and starting grad school, and I am loving Europe so far ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s how I am doing on my New Year’s resolutions I set waaaay back in January!

  1. Log everything I eat: I have finally started to make this happen! Back in June, I started the 2B Mindset nutrition program because one of my friends is a coach for it. 2B stands for the “two bunnies” (aka four rules of this program): veggies first, more water, log your food, and step on the scale. I’ve fallen in love with the program and how easy it is to follow and stay consistent with! All I do is log the food I ate on an app (there’s a journal I can write it in too if I want), and for each meal, the app gives me suggestions on how much of my meal should come from which food groups. Like I said, super easy! I love it and it’s something I’ll definitely be able to stick with long term.

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  1. Resting heart rate below 60: I am making progress on this! I took a break from wearing my Fitbit for a few months, but I’m back to wearing it so I can track my progress. All the walking and hiking I’ve done in the last week has definitely helped with my heart health! I’ve got some big hikes planned for Italy…can’t wait to see how many steps I get then! haha. It really is fun tracking my fitness metrics and watching them improve over time ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my goals for living in San Diego is to be super active– I’m talking surfing, hiking, yoga, barre, running– you name it! So I have a good feeling that my resting heart rate will continue to go down as I continue to become more active and athletic ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Travel to five new countries: This one is definitely going to happen! I went to Ireland in May with my dad and Switzerland on my own last month (still there currently!). In July I’ll be traveling to four new countries–Liechtenstein, Austria, Slovenia, and Germany– so I will 100% be meeting this goal by going above and beyond! This fits into my bigger goal of visiting 30 countries before I’m 30, and I’ve planned it out so that if I visit 2 countries every year from now on, I’ll hit 30 countries by the time I am 29! It’s totally possible! I think next on my list is Mexico– I would really love to visit Cabo San Lucas โ˜บ๏ธ

  1. Move to a new city: So things came together, and yes I am moving to San Diego!!! I am seriously so excited ๐Ÿ™‚ In addition to moving to a new city I’m also going to be switching careers from financial analysis to teaching! Starting in August I’ll be going back to school for my Masters of Arts in Teaching at Point Loma Nazarene University.

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The first half of this year has been absolutely transformative, and I can’t wait to see what other adventures I will have in the rest of 2018! Already looking forward to checking in on my resolutions at the End of September ๐Ÿ™‚

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Geneva, Switzerland

Hello! I am currently in Switzerland and oh my gosh it is BEAUTIFUL here! I’m pretty sure every magic kingdom in every fairytale ever is based on Switzerland because it’s so stinking cute! I flew into Geneva and spent one day there exploring and even got to see a friend who’s in grad school there. Geneva is really cool because it’s such an international city and there’s lots of different cultures all mixed together ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some photos from the trip!

The view of Lake Geneva from the top of the Ferris wheel ๐Ÿ™‚

First stop: the farmer’s market โ˜บ๏ธ

A panoramic view of Old Town. My friend and I went to an outdoor jazz concert and this was right behind the park we were in!

The flower clock ๐Ÿ’

Coffee from my Airbnb host. I don’t know what kind it was but it tasted delicious!

The Rhรดne river. It is so clear and blue ๐Ÿ˜

Birdie, a super cute coffee shop in Old Town.

Lunchtime Reading: June 14

  1. The statement earrings you need for this summer. (The Everygirl)
  2. How to make time for the things that actually matter. (Girl Boss)
  3. I just ordered these earrings in wine and this dress in yellow. Add some wedges and a jean jacket for the perfect summer outfit!
  4. This review of the novel Circe has me wanting to read the book! (Hitha on the Go)
  5. The golden rules of office happy hour: do’s and dont’s edition. (Levo)
  6. No money for vacation? Here’s how to fall in love with your own city. (The Everygirl)
  7. 4 ways to lunch like a Parisienne. (Darling Magazine)
  8. Everything you need to know about applying sunscreen the right way. (Into the Gloss)
  9. 50 most beautiful places in Europe– I’m going to a few of them this summer!! (CN Traveler)
  10. Hold the phone: Abra has found the perfect camisole! (The Work Edit)

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Lunchtime Reading: June 12

  1. Use this international travel checklist before your next trip. (CN Traveler)
  2. 27 surreal places everyone should visit at least once in their lives. (Buzzfeed)
  3. I just got this Khiel’s face mask and it is so amazing! Perfect for summer ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. How to travel better, smarter, easier. (Into the Gloss)
  5. Why every working woman needs a button up bodysuit, and how to style one. (The Work Edit)
  6. What to bring if you’re going backpacking in Europe. (The Savvy Backpacker)
  7. This mocha protein smoothie recipe looks good. Can’t wait to try it! (Paleo Peach)
  8. My summer essentials: these shoes, this tee,ย and this beach towel.
  9. Nine behaviors that can ruin a relationship. (The Everygirl)
  10. How to protect your hair from heat styling. (The Zoe Report)

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Lunchtime Reading: June 7

Today I started a new health program, so in honor of that, I’m making today’s Lunchtime Reading health-themed!

  1. 8 things you’re doing to make eating healthy way harder than it needs to be. (The Everygirl)
  2. The best health and fitness podcasts to help you reach your goals. (Refinery 29)
  3. These hazelnut energy bites look soooo tasty! (The Paleo Peach)
  4. The right (and wrong) way to get in shape for an active vacation. (CN Traveler)
  5. 20 health foods everyone should be eating. (Women’s Health)
  6. The pretty skin diet— I am in love with this! (Town & Country)
  7. Wellness fads seem ridiculous unless you’re the one trying them. (The Cut)
  8. The feeling when you hit your 10,000 step goal. (New Yorker)
  9. 23 things that happen when you start getting in shape. (Buzzfeed)
  10. Scared of getting obese? Here’s how to fat-proof your life. (Fitness)

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Lunchtime Reading: June 1

I am moving! Can’t believe it’s finally happening, but I will be leaving DC and heading for the west coast. (Go west young wo-man?) Moving cross country is a crazy process that can be intimidating/exhausting so I’ve decided to dedicate this lunchtime reading solely to the topic of moves ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. How to move cross-country without going broke/insane. (GQ)
  2. 16 things you should really get rid of before you move. (Bustle)
  3. I love these fun ideas for moving announcements! (Real Simple)
  4. Music to listen to while you’re packing. (Bekins)
  5. The most epic moving checklist in the history of moving checklists. (The Updater)
  6. 33 moving tips that will make your life so much easier. (BuzzFeed)
  7. How to find friends in a new city. (The Everygirl)
  8. Seven ways to reduce stress during a move. (Forbes)
  9. Make your new city feel like home with these 9 tips. (Inc.)
  10. Saying goodbye— the art of leaving a place. (Vancouver Sun)

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My Summer 2018 Bucket List

I saw The Everygirl make a summer bucket list and I loved it so much I decided to make my own ๐Ÿ™‚ So here’s what I want to do this summer!

  1. Go to a Nats baseball game
  2. Visit a Peony farm
  3. Host a farewell brunch with friends
  4. Watch the sunrise from the steps of the Lincoln
  5. Move out of Washington DC
  6. Cruise around Venice in a Gondola
  7. Go to the opera in Vienna
  8. Swim in a natural body of water
  9. Attend an outdoor concert
  10. Canoe around Lake Bled in Slovenia
  11. Go paragliding in Switzerland
  12. Drink coffee in Vienna
  13. Move to San Diego

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