Lazy Saturday

39134860ac7e11e381ee0e1a2586fc7b_8

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

FebRecap

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

RainyLosAngeles

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)

hi-res-oscar-dresses1

Here Comes The Rain

HikingMe

LA, the rain is coming! Are you ready? I’m looking forward to it. Los Angeles needs the water. This week seems to be my last week of daytime freedom before I start up on a project, and it’s jam packed with fun. Yesterday I reached a big goal of finishing all of the Secret Stair walks from Charles Fleming’s book (a big goal of mine). I’ll be finishing up a table today, and also visiting the Reagan Presidential Library this afternoon. When the rain rolls in, I’m looking forward to deep cleaning the house, reading my book and working on some blog posts for you. February is over at the end of the week, so expect a resolutions check-in. Lots to do, lots to do!

UPDATE:

The Reagan Presidential Library is a lot of fun! Expect a write-up on my visit soon.

d588f5409f1e11e38a2d121a7ff3b48e_8

An Evolving Blog

CautionTape

You may have already noticed, but I’m making some live changes to the blog in 2014. It’s a bit of a construction zone over here. Please pardon Life Absorbed’s appearance as I work through the kinks and settle on the right look for Life Absorbed 2014!

Many of my 2014 resolutions have to do with big changes, and 2014 is going to be filled with these changes, growth and evolution. As this is all happening, it means Life Absorbed will also be evolving along with me. I hope everyone stays on board for the changes. I’m excited- are you?

2014 Resolution Update: Feb 1

ResolutionMonthsGraphic

It’s February 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 a month has gone by, it’s time to see if I’ve been good or bad.

Since my list had some particulars and some abstract goals, I thought it would be best to make a specific January-resolutions-to-tackle list. This can be helpful if your resolutions feel a tad overwhelming (I raise my hand and lower head in guilt).

I also did something new this year- I have a digital sticky note on my desktop where I add a goal that I reached (or fun event that I did) and the date I did it. This way at the end of the month I have a list of accomplishments. Too many times months fly by and I get a sinking feeling of “did I even do anything this month?? Surely I did something worthwhile??” So instead of going over all my zillion resolutions I’m going to copy and share my January 2014 sticky note of achievements.

- Went snow tubing with Lexy (Jan 3)
- Drove to NY on a thrift store venture whim with my parents and saw Jasper Johns house (Jan 4)
- Went to a Uconn Huskies Basketball Game (Jan 7)
- Drove to New Hampshire and visted Kaleigh and Julie+David’s place (Jan 8)
- Told a boy I like him (Jan 8)
- Got a credit card (Jan 10)
- My juicer arrived today (Jan 11)
- Built my own Bar Cart (Jan 13)
- Built my own Console Table (Jan 16)
- Had a Palm Springs weekend (Jan 18/19)
- Did a Secret Stair Walk (Jan 21)
- Played really well in Dodgeball and helped my team win (Jan 22)
- Built a hat rack (Jan 23)
- Went go karting (Jan 23)
- Had my yearly doctors appt (Jan 24)
- Saw Fitz and the Tantrums perform at Robin Thicke’s Pre-Grammy Party (Jan 24)
- Did 2 Secret Stairs Walks (Jan 25)
- Finished reading Wild (Jan 25)
- Went to the Eagle Rock Brewery 4th birthday event (Jan 26)
- Satellite Concert (Jan 27)
- Sugar Fish dinner with my Uncle (Jan 28)
- Completed my Illustrator 2 class (Jan 30)
- Got my Spud box and started using my Juicer (Jan 31)

My plan is to continue these lists for all 12 months, so at the end of 2014 I’ll have a full list of accomplishments to be proud of and it’ll make 2014 not feel wasted. I’ve decided February 2014 will be about exercise. I’m going to finish all my Secret Stair walks, do more hikes, go running at the gym more and hopefully work up to running a 10k in 2014. I hope to do more reading and have more “me time”. I hope to have my website fully up and running… and so much more.

It’s hard to believe 1/12 of the year just flew by! We only have 11 more months to complete a lot of goals. I hope to spend February productively and when I check in March 1st many more goals will be completed. Cheers to another month!

Snowy Connecticut

43949fda74fe11e385fa0aedbb89c471_8

Happy snow day everyone! The East Coast got some crazy snow last night. It was actually a rare treat to shovel the driveway this morning (I volunteered). Shoveling is quite the full body work out. I even went snow tubing today- what a treat!

I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon/evening with another Israel post. Happy Friday!

2014 New Year Resolutions

HD-happy-new-year-wallpapers-2014-j(Photo from here)

Happy end to 2013, and happy beginning to 2014! If you’ve been following along the past couple years, you know I’m big into resolutions. I like to share them here in a public forum in the hope that I will fulfill as many of the goals as possible. I’m sure that this isn’t exciting to people who aren’t myself, but I think goals are important for everyone to make and I hope you make your own list for 2014. This year I decided to break down my resolutions into categories of basic self-improvement. You’ll see some of my unfinished 2013 resolutions made it onto my 2014 list. Enjoy!

_________________________________________________________________________

2014 RESOLUTIONS:

Digital Resolutions:
O figure out how to update computer in a cost effective way
O Find a solution to a music hard drive, a work hard drive, a photo hard drive, and use bridge to organize it all AKA Digital Organization

“Working toward my Future” Goals:
O Can my passion become my job?
O Keep building! Keep my skills growing
O Develop my art shop website and launch it
O Work on my networking skills
O I’ve wanted a property for years and it’s time I crate a plan to make it real. How much more money do I need?
O Create “dream” renovations via pinterest and then break down what that will cost by room (aka bathroom, kitchen, living space) knowing that it will change by the location
O Practice what you want to do by finding a house on zillow and draw out + illustrate the changes you would make to it and try to attach numbers to those changes. It’ll be a great exercise.
O Figure out how to make buying a property and also developing my own business a reality

Design Goals:
O Build a console table
O Make a headboard
O Design 2 bedside light fixtures for myself (but also to sell)
O Redo my bathroom to be more in the “Spa lifestyle”

Exercise Goals:
O Fit into my 2012 jeans!
O Buy a juicer! and use it!
O Running- you hate it, but you must

Money Goals:
O Pay off my 4.8% interest student loans in 2014
O Finish paying off all my student loans?

Reading/Mental Goals:
O Read my Susie Orman Book
O Become more active in book club
O Even read books outside of book club
O Read my blogging and starting a business books
O Do more Rosetta Stone

Social Goals:
O Volunteer!
O Play more dodgeball
O Go to even more comedy shows
O Use my trapeze coupon

Personality Goals:
O Be more patient
O Don’t be a stick in the mud

“Upping my Skills” Goals:
O Take at least one woodworking class
O Take an Illustrator 2 Class
O Take a Sketch-up Class

California Goals:
O Visit places I ddn’t get to in 2013 (Reagan Presidential library)
O Revisit that Palos Verdes Beach with all the animals!
O Visit Wolf Mountain?
O Elmers Bottle Tree Ranch?
O Gamble House Tour (Pasadena)
O Take a weekend trip north?
O Weekend trip in Palm Springs
O Visit Salvation Mountain
O San Fran? Or a road trip north?

Misc:
O BLOG MORE- be more active in the blogging community
O Keep making/updating/editing my vision board
O Grow a PAIR!
_________________________________________________________________________

This is a very ambitious list with a few “???” in it, but I’ll do my best in ’14 to complete as much as I can. My horoscope has been touting what a big year of change 2014 will be for me and I’m very excited for the welcomed change. 2013 has been so much about saving money, paying off debts and working toward preparing myself for a big change, so I’ve got big expectations for 2014. I think if you want something enough, you can will it to happen… so we shall see :) Cheers to 2014!