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.

Boring Self Care

I am a huge fan of self-care, but recently it’s been turned into a gimmicky marketing ploy used to sell expensive skincare products, weird stones to massage your face with, and $100 candles–all in the name of “self-care.” I was excited to find an art series about “boring” self-care: namely, things that actually promoted nurturing yourself instead of being a self-care consumer. Here are some of the ideas the artist included:

  • Made breakfast
  • Cleaned the toilet
  • Went outside
  • Realized I could not heal in the place I got sick
  • Curated my insta-feed to be positive
  • Opened a window
  • Brushed my teeth
  • Picked up my meds
  • Washed my hair
  • Drank enough water
  • Rested
  • Replied to emails/texts/DMs
  • Booked a doctor appointment
  • Showed up to appointment on time
  • Did the dishes
  • Got out of bed
  • Remembered to breathe
  • Survived a day at work
  • Brought snacks to work/school
  • Went food shopping
  • Put sunscreen on
  • Did my homework
  • Stuck to a healthy routine for me
  • Did a devotional
  • Vacuumed
  • Did not hang with people I don’t like
  • Got an eye exam
  • Cut my toenails
  • Did my skincare routine
  • Changed my sheets
  • Let myself cry
  • Started a budget
  • Had compassion for myself
  • Went out in the sun
  • Said something nice to my body
  • Went for a blood test
  • Celebrated my period and took it easy
  • Did my banking
  • Attended to my dental care
  • Woke up and got out of bed at a reasonable hour
  • Opened my mail
  • Calculated my spoons
  • Had a cup of tea
  • Sorted my paperwork
  • Opened the curtains
  • Went to bed at a reasonable hour
  • Wore day clothes in the day and night clothes at night
  • Went to a fellowship meeting
  • Learned to identify when I am self-sabotaging
  • Took my medicine as prescribed
  • Put the recycling out
  • Did my laundry, took it down, and put it away
  • Made my bed
  • Was honest about how I feel
  • Met with friends
  • Cooked and ate a nourishing meal
  • Had a shower
  • Went to therapy
  • Made that important call I’ve been putting off
  • Made a list of early warning signs and things that help for my mental illness
  • Picked my underwear up off the floor
  • Practiced good sleep hygiene
  • Engaged in my hobby
  • Asked for help

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My 12 Favorite Fall Activities

This might be a basic opinion to have, but I loooove fall! From the colorful leaves to the delicious seasonal drinks to finally getting to wear sweaters again, I just can’t get enough. Here are the twelve activities I’m enjoying the most this fall:

  1. Apple-picking (and baking afterward!)
  2. Going for a hike or drive to see the leaves
  3. Eating and drinking all things pumpkin
  4. Dressing up and handing out Halloween candy
  5. Going shopping for back to school supplies and new clothes
  6. Making a blanket fort and watching old movies
  7. Going to a corn maze or hayride
  8. Having a bonfire and roasting s’mores
  9. Go pumpkin picking at a local farm
  10. Watching Harry Potter
  11. Hosting a Friendsgiving potluck
  12. Decorating the house for fall

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New Year’s Resolutions: 9 Months In

It is finally fall– my favorite season of the year! Even though we don’t get much of a proper fall here in San Diego 😉 As it is the last check-in of the year before the final sprint towards my goals, here’s where I’m at 🙂

  1. Log everything I eat: going well! I started the 2B Mindset program in June and it’s been so simple and easy to stick to. One of the principles is to log all your food and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing, using the Beachbody Nutrition app! Tracking is so much easier when you get in the habit of doing it!

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  1. Resting heart rate below 60: In progress! This is probably the hardest goal for me this year because it requires so much consistent effort to make it happen. I know what I need to do though– exercise, stress management, and weight loss will be the keys to success. Just gotta make it happen! It’s actually so much easier to be healthy here in San Diego than it was in DC because there’s so much fun active stuff to do and there’s healthy food everywhere.

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  1. Travel to five new countries: done! I visited Ireland with my dad in May and then did a solo trip to Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein over the summer. Seriously so many unbelievable experiences, and I can’t wait until I can travel again! I probably won’t visit five new countries again next year, but maybe one or two. I have this long-term goal of visiting 30 countries before I’m 30.

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  1. Move to a new city: check! I moved from DC to San Diego back in August and love it so far. I live in a cute little house about a mile from the Pacific Ocean with some awesome roommates. My job is working in the first-grade classroom at a Catholic school on Coronado and I’m working on my masters to become an elementary school teacher. Moving to a new city isn’t without challenges, but I love it here 🙂

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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 🙂 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): water first, veggies most, 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 🙂 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 🙂

  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 ☺️

  1. Move to a new city: So things came together, and yes I am moving to San Diego!!! I am seriously so excited 🙂 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. I’ll probably try to work a little bit too, but nothing really intense– just like a barista or florist or something!!

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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 🙂

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What I’m Doing on Friday Night

This weekend is going to be sooo busy– a trip to Hela spa (Jennifer is the best aesthetician ever!), brunch at Union Market, a camping trip to the Shenandoahs, church, and celebrating Mother’s Day! Tonight is my one free night that I have all to myself, so I’m taking advantage of it by 1) getting ready for next week b/c I won’t have time to prep on Sunday like I usually do and 2) relaxing because I will be on the go for the next 48 hours! So this is what I’m up to on my Friday night 🙂

  1. Reading this week’s Girl’s Night In newsletter to get all the staying in vibes!
  2. Wishing these white tassel earrings from Target weren’t out of stock! 😦
  3. Planning my trip to Europe this summer. I am equal parts excited and nervous!
  4. Re-watching The Office  (U.S. version obvs) on Netflix. I’m just starting season 6!
  5. Reading Home Sweet Maison, a super cute book about French homemaking.
  6. Doing my laundry so that I actually have clean clothes for Monday morning!!
  7. Spiffing up my apartment so that I can be sure to get my security deposit back when I move out. This article is a big help!

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New Year’s Resolutions: 3 Months In

I can’t believe it’s already April! With 3 months of 2018 behind us, we’re 25% of the way through the year. I thought it would be a perfect time to check in on my new years resolutions and see how they’re coming along!

  1. Log everything I eat: I haven’t been consistent about this. I’ve been jumping around between different apps/journals/websites and it’s a little overwhelming. I think I should just pick one method and stick to it! Moving forward, I plan on using the fitbit app because 1) I always have my phone with me and 2) it takes into account my activity when it calculates how many calories I should be eating!
  2. Resting heart rate below 60: I still have a while to go on this one. I think hitting the gym consistently is the most important part, but meditating/managing my stress will also help it go down.
  3. Travel to five new countries: working on it! I have tickets to visit Ireland with my dad, and I plan on doing some extended travel to Europe this summer–Maybe Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, and Iceland? Still up in the air, but I think it’s definitely doable 🙂
  4. Move to a new city: this one is quite possible. Things aren’t set in stone yet, but it’s nice to be so young and free and able to go anywhere!!!

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The Fashion Edit: Sports Game in the Corporate Box

Attending a sports game with your boss in the corporate box is exciting but also tricky to navigate, especially in terms of what to wear. It’s a casual event, but you’ve also got to put your best foot forward and impress your boss….all without looking stuffy or like you tried too hard. So what should you wear? Here are some tips to help you dress with confidence for the event:

  1. Wardrobe: Assuming the game is on a weeknight, wear what you would normally wear to the office. While senior partners can get away with showing up to events in sweats or jeans, you cannot. You are a junior employee, and you still have to prove yourself. So dress the part of someone who is put-together and hard working.
  2. Team spirit: Unless you are specifically told otherwise, don’t wear a team jersey because it will make you look juvenile and tacky. Instead, opt for something more subtle like dress socks that are the team’s colors or a baseball cap (a regular one, not a flat top).
  3. Wrong side: Speaking of team spirit, do NOT wear the other team’s colors. This shows a lack of awareness that won’t do you any favors.
  4. Finishing touches: Keep your hair and makeup polished but not over the top. A blow out wouldn’t hurt, and neither would a manicure, but save the prom-esque makeup for another day.
  5. Keep it classy: This goes without saying, but remember you are representing your company in public at this event. A good litmus test for your outfit is, “if the president of the company saw me right now, would I be embarrassed or proud of my appearance?”


Hope this helps, and congrats on scoring a seat in the corporate box. Knock ‘em dead!

2018 Travel Wishlist

This year, one of my resolutions is to travel to 5 new countries. I’m hoping to do some serious travel this summer and perhaps some shorter trips during the rest of the year. Here are 10 countries on my list that I would love to visit!
1. Norway
Doesn’t it just look amazing?! I know Norway is super cold and rather inhospitable in the winter, but in the summer it’s 24 hour sunshine! I’d love to visit Lofoten (pictured above), Preikestolen, Jotunheimen National Park, Bergen, Geirangerfjord, Trolltunga, Svalbard, and Oslo.
2. Turks and Caicos
Flights to Providenciales are ridiculously cheap and look how clear the water is! How could I not go?? There are plenty of places to stay, both in terms of resorts/hotels and more casual Airbnbs. All I need is a swimsuit, a good beach read, and some shades!
3. Indonesia
Originally I planned on going to Bali with my friend in March. But given the volcano eruptions on the island and the giant ash cloud hovering above it, I think my trip is going to be postponed until further notice 😦 Bali is one of those amazing places that is relatively cheap to get to ($750 roundtrip doesn’t sound bad!) and so affordable to stay at! Between the rice fields (pictured above), beaches, and waterfalls, it seems like a slice of paradise.
4. French Polynesia
To be honest I don’t know barely anything about French Polynesia other than that it has cool beach huts (pictured above) and is in the middle of the Pacific. But honestly, what else do you need? If only I could afford to stay at one of these luxury resorts!
5. Switzerland
There has been talk of a family trip here this summer. I’d love to visit the big cities like Geneva and Zurich and Bern, but what I’m really excited for is the mountains! I want to go to Zermatt to see the Matterhorn (pictured above), Interlaken, Lucerne, Laggo Dello Stabbio, Valais, and Verzasca!
6. Zanzibar (Tanzania)
One of my best friends is going to be in Madagascar with the Peace Corps, so Zanzibar is on my radar because it’s the closest tourist-y destination to his country. I hear it’s got beautiful beaches!
7. Portugal
This place looks like paradise!!! I’d love to visit Lisbon, small towns like Sintra, as well as beach towns like Lagos and the rugged Azores islands. The colorful houses and crystal clear blue water look so inviting!
8. Iceland
The Land of Fire and Ice is calling! One of my dreams is to go here in the summer when the nights are only 4 hours long and go for a road trip around the Island. Everything looks so lush and verdant there…seems like paradise to me!
9. Nepal

Hiking Everest? Probably not. But trekking the Annapurna Base Camp circuit? Heck yes! Nepal is expensive to get to, but I hear that once you’re there it’s pretty cheap. Almost all of my family vacations in the States have been to the mountains out west, and I’d love to go abroad and see some more!

10. Australia

As you might have noticed, this year I’m really drawn to two things: water and cool rock formations. I know it sounds simple but seriously, nature is so awe-inspiring! I would love to see the 12 Apostles (pictured above) and go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, but I would also love to check out some cities down under like Melbourne and Sydney.

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2018 New Year’s Resolutions

2017 was a whirlwind year– I graduated college, moved to the city, and started my first “real adult” job. I traveled to India, France, and across the United States. I met some of the people that have become my closest friends.

So what will 2018 hold? There’s so much I want to happen in the next 365 days. I want to travel more and visit tons of new places. I want to deepen my friendships. I want to be healthier and happier. I want to do things that scare me! In light of those aspirations, here are 4 goals I have for myself for 2018:

1. Log the food I eat every day: My health is important to me, and I want to be mindful and aware of what’s going into my body. I’d like to lose a few pounds too, but instead of focusing on the result I’m going to work on the process. You know what they say: fall in love with the process and the results will come! So for 2018, my health-related goal is to log everything I eat in either 1) the new Fitbook I just ordered or 2) my Fitbit app.

2. Have a resting heart rate below 60: This is my fitness related one. I’m still trying to figure out what kind of physical activity I like best, so it probably wouldn’t be realistic to say “run a half marathon” or “perform in a ballet” or “become a surfer,” because I don’t even know what kind of exercise is the best fit for me yet. However, setting a target resting heart rate is good because it allows me to try all kinds of workouts and activities while I strive towards my goal of heart health 🙂

3. Travel to 5 new countries: I know this is a stretch. And it could be pretty expensive. But traveling really gives me energy and passion and makes me feel alive, so I want to make this a bigger part of my life! A few places on the list: Switzerland, Indonesia, Zanzibar, Iceland, Portugal, Turks and Caicos, Norway, Fiji

4. Move to a new city: This is the biggest and scariest goal by far. I’m getting butterflies just thinking about it! It’s exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. I’m still trying to figure out where I want to move…taking into account the cost of living (gotta be able to afford to travel!) and a potential pay cut from switching careers has made things a little difficult. Why must all coastal cities be so hecking expensive???

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