2014 Resolution Update: A Look Back At March

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It’s already almost a week into April and time to look back at March and see how my 2014 resolutions are coming. This post is mainly to keep myself on track, but I hope it inspires you to work on your own goals as well. In THIS post I detailed my 2014 resolutions, and now that 3 months (yikes! Time flies!) have gone by, it’s time to see how productive I’ve been.

As I shared last month, I’ve started keeping a list of key goals that I’ve met throughout the month so I can feel like I’m at least making a dent. This list excludes anything that follows routine, and is reserved for new activities, goals, or just things that excite me. I started back to work at the start of March, so I was far less productive in my outside goals, but did my best to fill nights with friends, exercise, comedy and good times. It’s also worth noting that the last two weeks of March I spent suffering from a nasty cold (which I can’t seem to shake).

- Made website for my shop on Squarespace for the year. It looks awesome (March 2)
– Started back on the Newsroom Season 3 (March 3)
– PGA/DGA screening with Grace and Carl (March 6)
– Took Sally and Kerrie on a tour of LA (March 8)
– Explored the Palos Verdes Tide Pools with Erica, Kerrie and Sally (March 9)
– Payed off all my 5% interest rate student loans!! BIG step!! (March 10)
– Dodgeball finals! We didn’t win, but had a good time (March 12)
– Comedy event hosted by Kevin Bright at the new Emerson Building (March 13)
– Special Birthday dinner at a Palos Verdes Resort for Tamar’s Birthday (March 21)
– Saw Brandon Walsh (90210) on my morning walk (swoon) and Special Birthday dinner at Bow+Truss for Erica (March 22)
– Finished another table! And more birthday events at Golden Road (March 23)
– Edendale for Michelle’s Birthday (March 25)
– Beverly and Ronna show at UCB (March 28)
– Productive Sick Day – got a lot of at home stuff done while resting (March 29)
– Sent off my first Etsy sale, Brunch at Sqirl, Gregory and Kelly’s wedding shower (March 30)

I feel good about how my free time was spent and this is the big month where most of my LA friends had their birthdays which meant lots of fun friend time. I also was good about maintaining my 4-5 walks a week, but slowed a little during those sick weeks. I also crossed a big student loan goal off my 2014 list of resolutions. Lots to be proud of this month, especially given the work stress that comes at the beginning of every project.

Now that March is on, it’s time to tackle April! Spring is upon us and since I don’t have the garage this month, my projects are on hold until May which means I’ll be spending my weekends attending weddings, taking day trips outside of LA and focusing on exercise. First things first, making this cold go away!

It’s Friiiiday!

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It’s Friiiiday everybody! Are you ready for the weekend? Sure enough Im swamped and can’t do a weekend guide, but I had a two second break and wanted to share this link to a site called Thugpography. My friend Sommer brought my attention to it, and it’s beautiful and hilarious. It’s all lyrics from rap songs, and it’s a fun arrangement of fonts and text. Happy Friday!

How Brilliant People Spend Their Day

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I’ve been slammed with work these days, and it seems like I eat/sleep/breathe work, which kills my creative spirit. Thankfully I know change is in the air and that this current schedule won’t be mine forever (more on that later this year). I saw THIS ARTICLE online about how brilliant people spend their time and I find it fascinating. So for fun, I made a pie chart of my current life. Im clearly not brilliant, but it’s fun to compare schedules with the greats. Obviously weekends are different than midweek, and I do different things each night, but I would say this sums up my average day:

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Isn’t that pretty sad? Depressing. Hopefully later today I’ll update with my dream schedule of how I spend my time. But hopefully now you understand a little more of why I have to skip blogging some times or why posts go out late. In 4 months my schedule will be completely different and I’m excited for the change.

How does your pie chart compare to the brilliant people in history? Are you more of a Beethoven or a Freud?

 

Lazy Saturday

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I’m so pooped. I’m sorry for the lack of posts this past two weeks, but it’s been go-go-go. Today was supposed to be a building day, but instead I’ve just collapsed into my bed. I’ve lit a candle, I’ve got CNN telling me all the possibilities for the missing plane, and hopefully my laundry will start washing any minute. At least my relaxing feels semi-productive. Now tomorrow will be my building day, so be sure to check out my instagram to see some of the photos of the day.

2014 Resolution Update: March 1

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It’s March 1st and time to check in and see how our 2014 resolutions are coming. This post is mainly to keep myself on track, but I hope it inspires you to work on your own goals as well. In THIS post I detailed my 2014 resolutions, and now that 2 months have gone by, it’s time to see how productive I’ve been.

As I shared last month, I’ve started keeping a list of key goals that I’ve met throughout the month so I can feel like I’m at least making a dent. This list excludes anything that follows routine, and is reserved for new activities, goals, or just things that excite me. Here’s what I’ve got for February, the shortest month of the year:

- Started juicing with the Spud box (Feb 1)
– Hung out in Alex and Scott’s Studio and learned about the steps of starting your own business (Feb 2)
– Bought a scale- time to lose weight! (Feb 3)
– Had a great day that made me see how happy I would be if I had my own design/build business (Feb 4)
– John Mulaney Show taping with Martin Short and Elliot Gould + Penny Marshall (Feb 6)
– Kelly’s bridal shower (Feb 8)
– Rebel Bingo (Feb 8)
– The Women’s Dodgeball Clinic was today! (Feb 9)
– TAXES DONE! (Feb 10)
– Payed off all of loan “E” of my student loans… baby steps (Feb 10)
– Did 2 Secret Stair Walks (Feb 11)
– Figured out a way for my blog to evolve, as 2014 evolves (Feb 13)
– Walked to the other end of Burbank and back (Feb 16)
– Did 2 more Secret Stair Walks! (Feb 19)
– Dentist Appt! Done for 6 months (Feb 20)
– Dinner out with friends at Mr.C’s Bev Hills (Feb 20)
– Hiked Echo Mountain (Feb 22)
– Saw the Sock Puppet Theare’s Golden Girls Show (Feb 22)
– Explored downtown on a beautiful Sunday with Jamie (Feb 23)
– Hiked to the Hollywood sign with Grace (Feb 24)
– Last Secret Stair walk from my book! All done! (Feb 25)
– Visited the Reagan Presidential Library (Feb 26)
– Finished Kelly + Alex’s new table (Feb 27)
– Worked on my website, read my book + finished watching Sherlock on this rainy day (Feb 28)

I feel good about the last 28 days. It helps that I’m unemployed right now, as once work starts up (Monday!) I won’t have time for any of these goals. This is why I made my best effort to cross off Secret Stairs and the Reagan Presidential Library from my to-do list. There’s nothing like a lingering project nagging the back of your mind, especially once I lose my weekdays.

I’m relieved that the last day of February was a cozy rainy day, perfect for working on digital projects and reading. I also am using this time to figure out my goals for March. I spent February doing more hikes and finishing my Secret Stair walks outdoors, so with work starting up my only mid-week exercise can be my walking loop and hopefully lots of gym time. It’s time for indoor exercise. This will help with several goals on my 2014 resolutions list.

Rainy LA

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Are you loving the rain as much as I am? The sound of the rain hitting my bedroom window…. love it! It’s calming, and boy does LA need the rain. Today I’ll be watching the Oscar nominated shorts, which reminds me…. IT’S OSCAR TIME! It’s this weekend- are you ready?! RedEnvelope has made THIS fun oscar ballot sheet, for all those watching from home. Enjoy the weekend!

Update: Check out these Oscar gowns of all the winners of the Best Female Actress category (by Paul North/ MediaRun Digital)

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