Lunchtime Reading: February 14

  1. How cute is this casual brunch outfit?! (Capitol Hill Style)
  2. The 50 best places to travel to in 2020. (Travel + Leisure)
  3. This mini chocolate sheet cake with raspberry frosting is perfect for two on Valentine’s Day! (A Cozy Kitchen)
  4. How to do Paris like a Parisienne. (The Everygirl)
  5. Colorful ways to add some pizzazz to your winter wardrobe. (Gal Meets Glam)
  6. Love this Half-Up Halo Braid hairstyle! (Barefoot Blonde)
  7. New beginnings are hard. This can help. (Girls’ Night In)
  8. Why you need to shut up about “adulting.” (Cosmopolitan)
  9. The case for taking a day each month to get stuff done. (Medium)
  10. How Galentine’s Day went from a sitcom episode to a commercial holiday. (NPR)

2019: A Year In Review

List your Successes and Achievements of 2019. What are you proud of?

  • Surviving student teaching and growing as an educator
  • Maintaining a 4.0 GPA in grad school
  • Traveling to Portugal
  • Losing 20 lbs. and developing my intuitive eating habits
  • Creating a beautiful home in my apartment
  • Learning to bake chess squares

What are your Learnings from 2019?

  • Setting boundaries is an important skill that takes practice
  • I am much stronger and more resilient than I realized
  • It’s important to align my time with my priorities

What are you Grateful for in 2019?

  • My family, friends (new and old), and faith
  • Adventures at home and abroad
  • Living in San Diego and exploring CA

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Lunchtime Reading: November 17

  1. It’s cold out but you still have to shower– here’s how. (Into the Gloss)
  2. How to layer your bed. Brb, ordering Euro shams. (Parachute Home)
  3. Just ordered the More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care and I can’t wait to read it!
  4. 25 coolest coffee shops in San Diego. (Venue Report)
  5. Nobody cares if your chairs match and other tips for hosting Friendsgiving. (Girls’ Night In)
  6. Why you should have a local bucket list. (The Everygirl)
  7. I consulted this list of 50 stocking stuffers for men to get ideas for my dad and brother!
  8. Love the subtle-leopard print on this blush pink blouse.
  9. Definitely going to visit some of these Los Angeles beauty destinations on my girls’ weekend in Venice next month! (Into the Gloss)
  10. I really want to try this recipe for chocolate chip shortbread cookies. (Bon Apetit)

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Lunchtime Reading: October 7

  1. Copying Meghan Markle’s best fall outfits (via The Everygirl).
  2. This S’well sports cap is a complete game changer!
  3. Why self-care looks different for everybody (via Girls’ Night In).
  4. What is a VSCO girl, anyway? (via The Cut)
  5. How to survive student teaching (via Teach Hub).
  6. Speaking of teaching, this slam poem about teachers is amazing.
  7. These universally flattering sunglasses are so classic!
  8. Skincare: So, What’s the Deal With Exfoliators? (Girls’ Night In)
  9. This has been a really stressful season of life, and these two books have been so encouraging to read: The Obstacle Is the Way and Morning Meetings With Jesus.
  10. How to stay relaxed when hosting overnight guests (via Seattle Magazine).

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New Year’s Resolutions: 9 Months In

Get more involved in 2 community groups: I’m currently in the middle of student teaching, which takes a ton of my time and energy. I don’t have a ton left in me to spend on getting to know new people and going to lots of social events sadly. However, I have gotten more involved in my church community by helping with children’s ministry, volunteering as the Preschool Group Leader for Vacation Bible School this summer, and hanging with some friends outside of church. I really look forward to continuing to expand my involvement once student teaching is over, but for now I’m just focused on maintaining current relationships.

Drink enough water: I haven’t been tracking this for the last 6 months, but I’m going to start again for the last quarter of the year and kick butt at it!

Visit 2 new countries: I visited the Azores (part of Portugal) in June with one of my friends from undergrad. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to knock Mexico off my list before the end of the year, but if not it won’t be the end of the world.

Clean my room/apartment for at least 10 minutes a day: Again, I haven’t been tracking this for the last 6 months. I think if I can do this every night it will help me stay grounded and will make my home a more relaxing place to be.

Lunchtime Reading: March 28

  1. How to build a support system in a new city. (The Everygirl)
  2. Can’t wait to check out these 11 best day hikes in Joshua Tree National Park! (The Outdoor Project)
  3. A beginning gardening guide because it’s finally spring! (Gal Meets Glam)
  4. Loving this 48 hour guide to San Diego! (The Layover Life)
  5. While I am so so excited that it’s getting warmer outside, I can’t help but fawn over these Sam Edelman snow boots that are half off!
  6. How is your sleep hygiene? (Into the Gloss)
  7. Speaking of, 10 gifts for superior sleep. (Parachute Blog)
  8. Would you host your wedding at an Airbnb? (Domino)
  9. I read The Song of Achilles last weekend and it is the best book I’ve read in a long, long time. 13/10 would highly recommend.
  10. A funny comic about upgrading to a flip phone. (The New Yorker)

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Lunchtime Reading: January 30

  1. Tired of visiting overcrowded cities on vacation? Try out these 10 underrated destinations instead. (Washington Post)
  2. This app helps you keep track of all the book/movie/restaurant recommendations you get from your friends. I just downloaded it and love it!
  3. How to dress for winter like a french girl. Doesn’t really apply to me in sunny San Diego, but still. Fun read! (The Everygirl)
  4. After having minor surgery today, I’m loving these 10 ways to improve your recovery post-op. (Very Well Health)
  5. Or Gotham is back at it again with his guide on how to relax. (Into The Gloss)
  6. 14 photos that prove Switzerland is a winter wonderland. (CN Traveler)
  7. Why even in 2019 women’s restrooms still have longer lines than men’s. (The Atlantic)
  8. 17 hidden gems on Amazon, as told by millennial women. (Refinery 29)
  9. Away, my fave luggage brand, makes Dopp Kits now and they look so nice! Very minimal and clean. Love it.
  10. How to be a better plant parent. (Domino)

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