Friyay Thoughts…

Happy Friday all!

 

So what are you thinking about today?

Here are my current thoughts buzzing around my brain.

 

Friyay thoughts…

New band discovery: AJR.

 

Discovered   AJR  this morning. And so glad I did! They were on the Elvis Duran and the morning show this morning. Little did I know, my friend reminded me that they opened for a Melanie Martinez concert we went to last year!

It’s funny because they mention Elvis Duran in their song:

“I can’t complain, no, I won’t be mourning

Cause I skipped on prom

For Elvis Duran in the morning”

One of the brothers told the story of how he actually did skip his prom because he had to take an early flight out the next morning to go perform for Elvis Duran’s show at a mall. How funny and inspiring if that?

Take a listen…

 

 

 

September’s Black moon tonight.

 

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“A black moon occurs when there are two new moons within the same month.”

The stars are supposed to be even brighter tonight because of this. So make sure to look up tonight!

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Halloween costume ideas.

 

I think this one is really funny, although I am not super thrilled about being a tree.

 

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Thinking about how I’ve been slacking on my Abandons posts and my 20 something guides.

 

These are my favorite kind of posts to do. And the hardest to get done. I have been thinking about new places to explore for abandoned treasures and 20 something guide ideas…

So far I have done:

A 20 something’s guide to Adulting

A 20 something’s guide to an anxious mind   (Which also doubles as a biography of my life)

A guide: 20 something myths

A 20 something’s guide to housework

 

Any ideas?

 

 

Wine and my bed.

 

Pretty much since I woke up I have been thinking about both of these things…

 

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What are your Friday thoughts?

 

 

Monday gratitude

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

I am sorry for the lack of updates this week, life has been busy, and we had some family things come up…

We had an unexpected grief in our family and had to pull together to get through it.

This changed our plans for our family visiting, but we were still able to spend time together and show them what the Catskills are like in the best time of the year, autumn.

 

It’s so important to remember your gratitude every day, but especially on Mondays.

Now that it’s getting colder, it is getting harder and harder to get out of my warm bed with my pup all snuggled behind my knees. But I have to remember that another weekend will come soon and I have to be thankful for the current moment.

 

Monday Gratitude:

 

Oktoberfest.

 

Last post, I mentioned my plans for this weekend were to go to Oktoberfest with my family and my cousins, who were visiting from Ireland.

It’s my favorite festival by far and it goes on for 4 wonderful weekends!

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By the way, I got Hunter boots….! First time out with them at the fest.

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Meet 3 month old Ginger. I fell in love.

 

Changing leaves.

This time of year, when you look out into the mountains and some trees are changing and others are still green and some just have their tips super bright.

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Impromptu sister photoshoots at our beautiful home.

 

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Coziness.

 

Saturday night my sister spiced up some hot apple cider and rum and we all went outside to enjoy some drinks by the fire….ahhhhh.

We also had a hilarious game of Cards against humanity that night.

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What are you grateful for this Monday?

Weekend roundup; weekly planning

Hope you had a glorious weekend!

It’s been awhile since I have done a weekend roundup and weekly planning post. This is because to be honest, I’ve been slacking completely with my Happy planner.

Now that fall is coming, I felt the urge to pick it back up again and begin my fall planner layouts. So excited!

 

So, Last post I talked about how I was going to Coney Island for my friend’s 25th birthday.

Unfortunately, I did not feel safe bringing my new camera with me so all of these pictures were taken on my iphone. It still amazes me how great that camera is, though!

We went down on Saturday, which involved a lot of traveling, walking, and Pokemon hunting.

Did you know that Pokemon ride the subway, too?

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We got to Coney right when the sun was setting, which was beautiful.

Here I am posing with my one true love, ice cream.

P.S.- As a blogger, I kind of suck at getting pictures of my outfit when I am out and about. But this is a cute black 80’s style overall dress I just got from Forever 21, an Aztec patterned crop top from H&M, Converse, and a Vera Bradley crossbody. [Necessary for the subway and traveling to keep your stuff safe.]

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That night…

Later on, we hit the town in Brooklyn.But first came getting all dolled up together!

I wore my new pleather dress from Forever 21, choker from Express, faux suede fringe heels from TJ Maxx [I believe they are Laundry brand- and you can’t tell they are fringey in the picture, wahh], and a blue bag from H & M to give it a pop of color. I crimped my hair to add to the 90’s look and added some winged eyeliner and lipstick.

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We ended up meeting up with a longtime friend who we haven’t seen in awhile, who lives in Brooklyn. He knows his way around, so we ended up at Union Pool bar, which was pretty much the perfect place.

We stayed there all night because it had an indoor bar, outdoor bar and lounging areas, and a separate club section with a DJ who played pretty much all the perfect dance songs.

The atmosphere was so relaxing…

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Halloween accents too, yup- my perfect bar.

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A great time was had by all-but as my mama says, it’s good to go away and it’s even better to come home. Can you see where I get my introverted and homebody tendencies from? : )

 

Weekly planning

 

Now that the weekend has come to an end [cue tears here] it’s time to get back to planning.

So today, I headed over to my favorite place on earth, Michael’s.

 

 

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I thought the leaves washi tape was fall themed, and couldn’t resist using some of my Halloween stickers already, since we’re going to Oktoberfest this weekend! Remember my Oktoberfest post last year?

I am so excited! And I’m bringing my camera, so I’ll be sure to blog about it.

 

 What did you do this weekend?!  Any week plans?

Currently in September

Listening now…

 

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So I was sitting down and was thinking about all of my favorite things right now, today, on Friday September 16th, 2016 and so far in September. I love reading these kinds of posts and finding out what everyone is reading, watching, listening to, etc.

So I hope you enjoy it too!

 

 

 

Currently excited about…

 

We have reached 200 followers on here!

 

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Shoutout to Prapti-Choudhary for being my 200th follower!

I am so happy and amazed at how far this blog has come and how much it has come to mean to me.

So here’s to more blogging and more blog accomplishments to come!

 

 

Currently watching…

American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare season.

I talked about my obsession with American horror story in my last blog post about my fall favorites.

Did you see the premiere?!

 

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We finally got to see what the season will be about and it has some lost colony vibes mixed with Murder House vibes. [season 1] Murder house was my favorite season of all, so I am so so excited to see what they come up with. It also felt more jumpy already in episode 1, whereas most seasons in the past have kind of led up to the scary parts.

 

I am also watching the new Teen mom season…don’t judge me.

I am basically just watching to see what Farrah does next…

 

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Currently reading…

I am not a big reader. Every now and then if I find a book I can obsess over and not put down, I love reading. But I often pick up books and put them down and forget about them… it’s a bad habit, but I love to read blogs and articles.

Speaking of AHS, I am currently reading these kinds of articles a lot lately:

10 things you might not have noticed about the AHS premiere

7 incredibly spooky facts you need to know about the lost colony if you are watching AHS

 

Currently going…

Tomorrow I am going to the city for my friend’s 25th birthday celebration.

There will be Coney island, dinner, drinks, and celebrations!

 

 

Currently listening…

I have been watching Grace VanderWaal, the 12 year old ukelele and singer sensation who just won America’s got talent, on repeat!

Her voice and maturity amaze me and I truly wish she had an album out so I could re-listen to “I don’t know my name” every day.

All of the songs she performed on the show were originals that she wrote. She is just stunning and if you don’t know who she is, I highly recommend giving her a listen. She gave me chills and I cried the first time I heard her.

 

 

Currently buying…

 

Just bought a beautiful pair of flared jeans from Express, which were on sale from $70 to $20! I love flared jeans lately and especially for fall. I also bought an overall dress, a leather dress for going out in the city this weekend, and I recently finally bought clogs. I also may just cave and finally buy those Hunter boots with my birthday money…I tried them on in the store the other day to make sure I got the right size if I ordered them online. And figured out I actually like the matte look better than the glossy!

 

 

How’s your September going? : )

 

 

 

 

 

Fall favorites

Listening now…

 

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Via:

 

Autumn is my favorite season. There are just SO many feel- good things happening in this season. I get a warm and fuzzy feeling like during the Christmas season, but a different kind of feeling. 

I wanted to make a list of my favorite things about fall that I get excited about every year! 

 

1.)  Leaves changing, Chasing leaves, leaf peeping: Fall photography.

Now that I have my own camera, I am even more excited for this. I got my camera in the perfect time! I am so excited to go for drives and chase the changing leaves. 

I took this picture last year , on September 14th. 

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September 29th, 2013.

 

2.) Fall movies.  Mama and I have already watched You’ve got mail. My absolute favorite fall movie. Which, I don’t even know if it truly counts as a fall movie because there is also Christmas and winter in there, for probably the same amount of time. 

 

3.)Fall candles. Currently lit right now while I write: Autumn leaves by Yankee Candle simply home. 

Here’s a list of last year’s favorite fall candle scents, which I think all sound delicious smelling. Fall candles. I need to take a trip to yankee and bath & body works. However, I recently bought a Macintosh apples and pumpkin spice candle from TJ Maxx, which has been doing the job perfectly and probably for half the price of both of these stores. Would highly recommend checking there first!

 

4.) Fall fashion. Shorts and dresses with tights, scarves, light jackets. Most importantly, boots are back! I wrote a blog post recently about my fall fashion inspiration.  Since then, I have become even more excited- mainly about clothes with patches, varsity and bomber jackets, cropped denim with frays, sneakers, and sweaters with elbow patches… hopefully a fall haul soon to come. Last year, I wrote about my fall outfit  for the Oktoberfest festival that I went to, which is actually my next excitement on my list. 

 

5.) Oktoberfest.   

My favorite fall festival, that goes on for 4 weekends in a row in my home town. 

Oktoberfest festivities  are always something to remember.  

Riding the ski lift up and down the mountain with the crisp October air while  admiring the  array of colors, spread so sporadically over the valleys, appropriate of the early October time setting. It’s something I just feel like you can’t beat. 

 

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We went in 2014, too, with our friends. 

Our Oktoberfest is the absolute best because it’s situated right in the mountains in the Hudson Valley- including food, beer, kettle corn, and riding the ski lift.  With your beer, if you prefer. : )

 

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6.) Fall hiking.  

I didn’t hike nearly enough this summer. But I also prefer to hike when it’s cooler out. 

I can’t think of a more perfect time to hike than in autumn, with the cool crisp air and changing and falling leaves around you. 

 

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7.) Pumpkin, apple picking, and corn mazes. 

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8.) Halloween parties. Fall cocktails!

Last year, I had a Halloween party and it was my first ever party that I threw on my own.

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It was really fun planning it and getting everything ready! I had just as much fun photographing everything and blogging about it…

Okay- now looking back, I did not make any fall cocktails for my party. I think I was too busy with the decorating to focus on that!

Pinterest has an array of mouth watering fall cocktails like this caramel apple sangria:

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9.) Being spooky. 

Last year, Frankie and I had “Spooky nights” every so often, where we would watch a Halloween or fall movie and do fall- oriented things. Like craft. I know I’m a nerd, but it was fun.

Being spooky also means dressing as vampires.

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Or carrying a skeleton on the side of the highway.

[We were doing a photoshoot]

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10.) American Horror story. 

I am a huge fan of the show. For Halloween last year, Frankie and I dressed as Meep and Lobster boy from the Freak show season.

There was a costume contest and I was very upset we did not win, but was convinced it was because no one knew who we were because they didn’t watch the show. I urge you to watch AHS! All the seasons are now on netflix.

 

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I also dressed as Misty Day from the Coven season for my party last year…

 

The new season premieres this Wednesday- and there have been many hints, but overall, they have been very secretive about what the season is about. I have heard all sorts of rumors, and they have released many mini trailers, but none really telling what the season is about.

There have been a lot of “6’s” in the posters and trailers. I have heard the season is about the lost colony, which I think would be pretty cool. But we will have to wait and find out!

 

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 What are your favorite fall things?

Labor day ; summer roundup

Listening now…

This holiday is bittersweet for me for sure… as it is for many. 

The summer is coming to an end and I can’t even believe where the time went.

This summer was great and I feel so lucky.

I got to go on vacation to both Provincetown  and camping in Ocean city and Virginia Beach. 

I got to celebrate big things like my 25th birthday, as well as little things like drives, flea markets and farmers markets. 

Friday night started off with a pretty pink striped sky that was so beautiful I had to capture it. So amazing to have my very own camera now!

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Saturday was a quick farmer’s market morning…

I did not take many pictures here because I was holding onto the pup and mama’s abundance of vegetables and baked goods. Worth it, though.

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Sunday I took the pup for a mini hike down to the falls. We checked out both the overlook part and down by the falls!

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Sun orbs and fishers….

 

On the way back from the falls, I stumbled across a new creek that I can’t believe I never discovered before! In this picture, you can spot a girl doing a yoga pose to your left.
[I love life’s little unplanned whims]

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Of course someone had to chase her ball and swim! I’m so proud of the little babe for not being afraid to try swimming in new places. 

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On Monday,  I had a fun day planned at the fair with my friends and I got to meet another little friend before we left! Meet this little baby, Pokey.

He was shy at first, curled up in his ball and shaking. My friend says this is the norm, but I am so happy he finally came out of his little ball to say hi!

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We left Pokey and headed over to the fair…

There is just something about the fair, isn’t there?

I go every summer and this year I was afraid I was going to miss it. I went to a different fair than I normally go to, but it’s good to try new things. It was way hotter than we thought and later we said that we wished we had thought to go at night, because fairs at night are even better! But we still had a blast.

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My friend and I both love cemeteries and finding new ones. Seems strange to some, maybe? My grandma used to take me for walks in cemeteries when I was younger and I was always found them peaceful and enjoyed walking around and seeing the architecture as well as reading the stones…

So on the way home from the fair, we visited a cemetery. I especially love taking la-la drives now that I have my camera.

This one was so huge we only covered maybe half of it.

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What did your Labor day weekend look like?

 

Fall fashion inspiration

 

Listening now…

 

 

September is upon us!

Ahhhhhhh…..fall.

My favorite season of the year and so many good feelings are associated with it.

The mornings are chilly, it’s time to start thinking about Halloween and throwing another Halloween party this year,  and what am I going to dress up as?!

Actually, truthfully, I think about Halloween all year long.

I am so very happy we are transitioning into fall fashion. By the beginning of July, I get tired of alternating my skirts and dresses every day for work.

At least when that happens in fall, throw a new pair of tights on, a different jacket, and voila. There are so many fashion options in the season of fall!

 

I found some outfits to inspire me and maybe they will inspire you too…!

 

 

Over the knee boots, suede, lace ups, pom pom hats. 

 

 

Black jeans and converse.

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Rolled up jeans, trench coat, statement flats.

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Burgundy, leather, tights.

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[I really want a pair of Hunters.]

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Pairs great with leggings, jeans, or a dress like this and high socks. 

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As per usual, Alexa Chung does fall perfectly.

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Shorts with tights, hat, collared shirt under sweater, trench. 

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Sweaters as dresses, fur bag, more knee high boots and burgundy. 

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Simplicity…

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 What looks are your favorite for fall?

Flea market, dog day, and drives

Listening now…

 

Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday and that you had a great weekend!

My love had the weekend off so we got to spend every day together.

And the other beautiful thing was that I got to take out my new Canon Rebel beauty that I talked about in my last post. 

 

Saturday:

 

Saturday we took our boy to the vet…just a general check up. Everything went great and he is a healthy and happy boy!

 

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After that, we took a la la drive….

 

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We then remembered that they were having Mountain Top Dog Day near us and we knew we had to go!

 

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They had a demonstration from the local police department of their K-9 patrol and how they train them to sniff narcotics. It was pretty cool!

 

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We also saw a hot dog dressed as an actual hot dog in a costume…. tried to photograph from far away, but I just did not do him justice.

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In addition to all of the beauty of dogs surrounding us, we had this. 

 

Later that night, I drove past my favorite field near sunset and had my camera.

 

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I was not originally going to pull over, but then I spotted 3 deer in the field…

 

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I watched as they all jumped away and admired their graceful attitudes.

 

Sunday:

 

The next day, we hit up this huge flea market that I have not been to in quite a few years. As you may or may not know, I love flea markets. And farmer’s markets. Basically any markets…

I forgot how amazing it was and how many treasures you can find here…

 

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Quite a few old cameras were found…

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But only 1 sad clown…

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Funny story about Mr. wooden duck here. I had my blogging brain turned on while taking these pictures and strolling the flea. I remembered a previous gaming post about my favorite game Gone Home that I had written- in the game, there is a wooden duck that I somehow remembered looking like this guy. When in fact, when I looked it up while writing this post, he was a Christmas duck. I’m pretty sure he was still wooden- so, close enough. Either way, he reminded me of Gone Home ; )

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Frankie scored a $20 telescope!

 

The rest of the day….

 

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 I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Blog birthday and my 25th!

Listening now…

 

[The song my blog was named from!]

 

Yesterday was 1 year with Thegoodthingscomin! I can’t even believe it! Read my first post ever here….

 

 

This blog has been a great outlet for my feelings and it has become so much more than I ever thought it would. 178 followers is tiny in the blogging land, but to think that many people are reading your words somewhere out there…is pretty cool.

 

I like to chat with you guys about big things and little things in my life and everything in between. My blog has changed a lot from the beginning and will continue to evolve…excited to see where this goes!

 

Speaking of big things in my life, last time I wrote I talked about my 25th birthday and my 25 goals.

 

To celebrate a big birthday and my blog anniversary all in 1 week, I am so lucky!

 

I’m happy to say it was a glorious day at the lake, followed by a wonderful birthday dinner with my family- 4 of whom [nana and papa and my 2 cousins) I did not even know were coming so that was a great surprise!

 

Glorious day at the lake:

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We taught this boy to swim this summer!

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I have been begging my Frankie for a camera for awhile now….I normally borrow mama’s camera when I want to take good pictures. The morning of my birthday he surprised me with a disposable Fujifilm camera and told  me he ordered me something else, but it was not a camera, and that it didn’t get here in time.

Brat.

Then he brought out the big box. Which ended up to be my dream, Canon Rebel T5, with a kit with a tripod, other lenses, a camera bag, and so many other accessories! My sissy chipped in too and I’m sure was in on the gag gift idea as well…

I can’t wait to play around with this and share the pictures on my blog. I have loved photography for a long time, but when I started blogging I found myself wanting to take pictures even more.

 

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Lucky enough to finish the birthday night off with the ones I love the most..

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Thank you to anyone reading, leaving thoughtful comments, or passing by.

Here’s to a year! 

 

 

 

 

25 goals for 25

 

Listening now…

Guys, I turn 25 today!

 

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I’ve had mixed feelings about it.

 

But then I was reminded of this important message by someone I know whose daughter did not get to make it this far in her life…

 

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So here’s to embracing 25 and what will come from it!

Because many don’t get that chance.

 

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I really love goals. 

 

25 is the perfect chance to create new goals.

 

So without further ado,

 

25 goals for 25:

 

1.)Stop being so anxious about the future.  

Being 25, I have plenty of time to figure that stuff out. It is also normal to have doubts, worries, fears. And to not have a clue what I am doing.  I have quite a few things I am interested in and want to try, so let’s take that day by day…most don’t have this figured out, anyway.

 

2.) Make Meditation a priority. 

This goes along with number 1- meditate, light some candles, listen to Native American flute music with rain. [my favorite meditation music.] Rinse. repeat. Learn to just be.

 

3.) Maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

I have still been having my daily morning smoothie, working out 1-3 times a week, and I stopped looking at the scale. I want to try out new workouts, up the intensity, and not be afraid to try new things at the gym.

 

4.) Get more serious about my blog. 

I’m pretty close to 200 followers and I would love to reach 200 email and WordPress followers.

I didn’t intend to make it a goal to make money off of my blog when I started, but when you start blogging, you come across a ton of people who make a living off of blogging. It’s pretty amazing that people can support an entire family on a blogging income with enough hard work. It would be nice to eventually make some extra money on the side doing something I really enjoy.

 

5.) Learn the ukelele. 

I got a guitar for my birthday about 2 years ago and learned a song, a few chords, took some lessons. Then I put it down and didn’t pick it up again….I read online that the ukelele is easier to learn and a lot of people learn that first and then guitar. I have a mint green ukelele I got from amazon with a shark on it that is just waiting to be played. I really love to sing and want to do cover songs when I learn to play.

 

6.)  Move out on my own…

Yup, it’s a big one. I’m finally ready to move out on my own, create my own space, and make my own mistakes in regards to living on my own. I will have to find something pet friendly though, because I would be very depressed without my babies. 

 

7.) Try a new thing at least once a month. 

Whatever it may be, just something new. I’ve been wanting to try aerial yoga, pole dancing classes, hip hop classes…

 

8.) Cook something new at least every 2 weeks. 

I started doing this and then school got in the way, but I love to cook when I actually do it and going along with goal # 6, I would love to have at least a few dishes under my belt for go-tos.

 

9.) Road trip out west. 

Frankie and I road tripped down south the summer I graduated from college, 2 years ago, and it was the best trip of our lives. Would love to go out west next- this might not happen exactly in my 25th year, but it will happen.

 

10.) Get up earlier, to do more things before work.

Work sucks and the earlier I get up, the more free time I have to do things I love before work. At one point, I was getting up earlier a few times a week to write a blog post, and my best thoughts and writings came from those times, not sure why…

 

11.) Laugh at yourself.

I’m a spaz and do a lot of silly things. Sometimes I worry how I look to other people, when really, who cares? I need to laugh at myself more.

 

12.) Make your opinion of yourself matter more than the opinions of others about you. 

If I could turn off caring about what others think of me, like a switch, I would have years ago. Wouldn’t that be amazing?!  This should have been goal # 1 for me.

 

13.) Do things you love, more often, and every day. 

 

14.) Be more authentic. 

 

15.) Keep track of my gratitudes more often, whether writing them down or just noticing them in my mind. 

Gratitude is important to me. But sometimes when I get caught up in life, I forget to keep track of what I am grateful for as much as I used to. I think it’s an important thing to keep as a habit.

16.) Throw another party.

I really enjoyed throwing my Spooky party last Halloween. And dressing as Misty Day from Coven. I was also really proud of myself for planning it all on my own and following through with it and that it came out better than I expected.

 

17.) Do more spontaneous things. Surprise yourself more. 

 

 

18.) De-clutter your life, regularly. 

It feels really great to get rid of stuff. I also love to shop, so I definitely accumulate some stuff too. I still have a whole box of summer shorts I found that don’t fit me anymore- that’s just bad energy sitting in the corner.

 

19.) Get out of your comfort zone more often… 

This is a big one for me that I need to work on.

 

20.) Positive affirmations and more positive self talk. 

 

21.) Network more for my blog, find my blog “tribe”…Spend time each week commenting, viewing, discovering new bloggers.

 

22.) Build myself a nice nest egg savings account. 

 

23.) Take more pictures.

I love photography and how it makes you more aware of your surroundings. To take good pictures, you have to be present.  And still. 

 

24.) This goes along with the last one- buy a DSLR camera and learn the manual settings on it. 

It would be cool to know exactly what settings to set for each individual picture and really personalize each photo…

 

25.) Keep making goals,  but don’t be too hard on yourself.

A good one to end on, to remember that we can do a lot, but we can’t do it all.