2014 Resolution Update: A Look Back At June

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We are already halfway through 2014! How?! I feel like I still write “2012” all the time. Well this month I get a big fat “F” for blogging. I feel like I let you guys down as work, errands, and obligations have made blogging challenging in June. There’s just not enough time in the day! I’m just glad I was able to do my June writeup (especially since I skipped May). Get ready for a completely narcissistic list of my accomplishments this month- I really need it as a motiviation. Sometimes when you’re so consumed with work you need to make lists like this to remind yourself you’re human and that you did get something done this month. Make a list- it’s fun, I swear.

- I walked to my favorite watering hole to meet up with a good friend for a drink on the patio after working my butt off on a table I’m making (June 1)
– Morning + Evening exercise… and lots of not sleeping due to Africa panic (June 2)
– So much Africa panic- “It’s going to cost me HOW much?!” (June 3)
– Delivered a finished table I made to a friend (June 3)
– ALL tickets purchased!! Africa’s happening 100% booked! (June 4)
– 2 hour-long walks + Dodgeball. I’m in exercise mode (June 5)
– Griffith Hike with Eva (June 8)
– Went to a strangers house party where I didn’t know anyone. Ballsy (June 13)
– Hike to Inspiration Point + Girls Night + Daniel and Casey’s Birthday (June 14)
– Morning walk with Jamie + Hollywood Hills Hike with Eva (June 15)
– Awesome movie night with the girls- Obvious Child (June 16)
– Dinner in BH with my Uncle- got to see the Peoples Choice Awards red carpet while I waited (June 19)
– I got my travel shots! I’m officially covered! “Lets test it out” -my coworker (June 20)
– Brenda + Joe’s Wedding! (June 21)
– Walked with Amber- exploring Pasadena on foot (June 22)
– Paid off my credit card- aka the entire Africa trip. Painful but it’ll be worth it (June 23)
– Finished my Typhoid Fever meds- I’m now protected. Bring it on! (June 27)
– Made lots of headway on my tables + discovered an awesome park walking distance from my house (June 28)
– Hiked Mt. Wilson! Training hikes for Kili! (June 29)

June has been a month of Africa becoming official, freak outs about the cost of Africa, and my grand spending hiatus (Im living off crumbs). It was a fun month, but I’m glad to be out of retrograde and into July.

2014 Resolution Update: A Look Back At April

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Another month older, another month wiser? Probably not, but we are well on our way into spring at least. April was a really fun month for me, with guests coming into town and weekend trips. It was a busy month, but Im excited to see what May brings to the table. I’m hopeful that May will be reenergizing, and filled with more creative projects. I’m also starting to plan for a summer Africa trip, and In the next two weeks I expect tickets will be purchased and tours will be booked, so I anticipate by the end of May I’ll have spent more than I hoped. Oh well, it’s freakin’ Africa?!

I’m getting ahead of myself. Lets give April a full recap!

- Delivered a table I made! They loved it (April 3)
– Delivered another table I made! (April 4)
– Fitz and the Tantrums concert!! (April 5)
– Met up with my RISD friend Melisa for dinner (bumped into Moby) (April 7)
– Sommer’s birthday dinner at Edendale (April 10)
– Uncle David stopped by The Newsroom (April 11)
– Alex and Kelly’s Wedding! My date with Mr. Peepers (April 12)
– Relaxing Malibu day with Erica. Lunch at Neptune Net + El Matador Beach and Point Dume (April 13)
– Dinner at Alcove with Grace, Eva, Karen, Erica and then to the Observatory for the Blood Moon (April 14)
– Drinks with Jamie at Tony’s (April 15)
– Dodgeball Spring Season started up (April 16)
– Finally a day off! Walk and Park day in Silverlake, Happy Hour, and Karen’s goodbye gathering at Golden Road (April 18)
– Beach glamping weekend with Erica up north! We did it right! (April 19-20)
– Grace’s birthday dinner (Aug 22)
– Dodgeball + voting event in Glassel Park and then a commissioning meeting to talk side tables (April 26)
– Build Day! Sand and stained my newest piece and Jeremy’s 30th birthday (April 27)
– Indian dinner with Erica where we mapped out our upcoming Africa trip (April 29)

Cheers to April, and now on to May!

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!

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.

2014 Resolution Update: Feb 1

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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!

2013 Resolutions: The Final Weigh-in

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Greetings from a wintery Cape Cod. As you know I make a huge resolution list, and in 2013 it was no exception. HERE‘s my initial 2013 list. HERE is when I checked-in and took stock of my progress in July. And now here we are, on the last day of 2013 and it’s time I see how successful I was.

Resolutions for 2013:
- “SAVE SAVE SAVE!” – Check! In 2013 I knocked off 1 of 2 student loans and got rid of all my high interest loans. I’m hugely proud of myself for this because otherwise I’d still be paying off these loans at 50 years old. Just a little more to go.
– Go Cross Country skiing for the first time! – it didn’t happen in 2013.. maybe 2014?
– White water rafting. – I didn’t get to go in 2013, but hopefully next summer.
– Go kayaking – Check! I went in Cape Cod in the fall.
– Walk 5 times a week at least (mornings + nights!) – Check! I was pretty good about walking and added the Silver Lake Reservoir to my regular walks.
– Do a Monster Walk! – Nope, but I still did plenty of walking in 2013.
– Do more hikes from my hike book – Nope, in 2014 I need to hike more.
– More camping! – I hope to do a lot more in 2014 and I’m aching for it!
– Run a race! 5k and work up to 10k? – It’s about time I trained again.
– Whiten Teeth – Check!
– Do a secret stair walk with the facebook group and meet other stair walkers. – I still need to do this. It will happen in 2014.
-Do taxes in January (to get money back sooner!) -Check!
– Take an art class – Check!
– Do more artwork. I have the supplies, so no excuses! – Double Check!!
– Learn French I- Rosetta Stone – Check!
– Learn how to sew – Check!
– Learn how to knit – I still need to do this.
– Take vitamin b – I’m bad about doing this every day, but I’ll work on it in 2014.
– Keep up water intake! – Check!
– Clean bathroom drawer + cabinet – Check!
– Do projects from the Young, House Love book – Check!
– See a dermatologist – I’ve put this off for years now. It’s time.
– Read typography book I got for Christmas – Check! I’ve also read a handful of books in 2013, which is the thing I have the most trouble making time for.
– Clean out closet again this year- Check!
– Clean garage and organize with plastic bins – Done, but I wonder if I should do this again.
– Clean out wallet – Check!
– Clean out all emails – Check! But this is a life project and will have to happen again.
– Clean out computer and back up files – Check! But this is another thing that is a constant issue.
– Get a new cell phone – Check!
– Keep going out during the week -I’m always up for week night fun, I’ll sleep when Im dead – Check!
– Do more running outside – Check! But I still hope to do this more.
– Living on my own?? – Not this year, but it’s another year of saving for something better in 2014.
Improve my blog! Change is a good thing! – Check! I redid the header and I’ve been working away on my shop site.
Keep saying yes.. to everything! Yes to life! YES!
GROW A PAIR!

Trip Ideas:
O Visit 2 presidential libraries – Went to the Nixon Library, still need to see the Reagan Library.
O Take the train somewhere for a day trip outside LA -I haven’t taken the train, but I’ve been north and south for day trips outside of LA in 2013.
O Chicago again? -We shall see
O Beach camping up the coast?
O San Fran? more north? Portland? -I decided to skip this and some of the expensive travel items because I went to Israel and Istanbul with my sister and uncle in November. When I made this list last year I had no clue this was doable, and we made it real!

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Well everyone, thanks for reading in 2013! Tomorrow I’ll be posting my 2014 New Years resolutions and in January my Israel + Istanbul travel posts will begin. I can’t wait to share all of this with you, as well as all the excitement that 2014 is going to bring. My horoscope has been saying for years that 2014 is going to be a big year of change for me, and I’m really looking forward to the needed change!

2013 Resolutions: July Update

This is 100% for my benefit, but sometimes you have to publicly list your goals in order to successfully follow through with them (accountability). Since it’s already July- wow! – I figured it’s a good time to take stock of my 2013 year long resolutions and see what’s changed, and what I have left to cross off the list.

Resolutions for 2013:
“SAVE SAVE SAVE!” - I’m always saving, and this year I’ve already knocked off one of two student loans. I’m pretty proud of that, but there’s still more to go. 
Go Cross Country skiing for the first time! – There wasn’t enough time to do this, but it can still happen later this year.
White water rafting. - I’m hoping for a summer trip, but still working the dates out.
Go kayaking - In fall I have plans to visit Cape Cod and get my kayak on. 
Dig out the bizarro la book and see what else is worth doing
Walk 5 times a week at least (mornings + nights!) - This is always a challenge (balancing exercise with work and comedy) but I’ve been good so far and even added a new walk route to the mix.
Do a Monster Walk! - Hopefully this can happen in the fall when I’m funemployed.
Do more hikes from my hike book
More camping! - I haven’t camped yet in 2013, and I’m aching for it! 
Run a race! 5k and work up to 10k? - It’s about time I trained again.
Whiten Teeth - done! 
Finish Secret Stair Walks – Like 5 more to go, but I don’t want them to end so I’m spacing them out. 
Do a secret stair walk with the facebook group and meet other stair walkers.
Do taxes in January (to get money back sooner!) -Done! 
Take an art class - My plan is to start a design class this month
Do more artwork. I have the supplies, so no excuses! - I bought my miter saw and have been nonstop with it ever since. I love it! 
Learn French I- Rosetta Stone - I’m in level 2.
Learn how to sew - I already sewed a pillow and some of my barrel chair.
Learn how to knit - I still need to do this. 
Take vitamin b – I’m bad about doing this every day, but I’ll work on it.
Keep up water intake! - I try
Clean bathroom drawer + cabinet - Check! 
Do projects from the Young, House Love book - I’ve done several, and should do more.
See a dermatologist - I’ve put this off for 3 years now. It’s time.
Read typography book I got for Christmas - Done. I’ve also read a handful of books in 2013, which is the thing I have the most trouble making time for. 
Clean out closet again this year. Maximize space and make it pretty!
Clean garage and organize with plastic bins - Done, but I wonder if I should do this again.
Clean out wallet - I carry around so many unnecessary things. Check! 
Clean out all emails - This is a life project.
Clean out computer and back up files - This is another thing that is a constant issue.
Get a new cell phone – Done! 
Keep going out during the week -I’m always up for week night fun, I’ll sleep when Im dead.
Do more running outside – Train for that 5k/10k above!
Living on my own?? – Can I afford it? I’ll find out closer to Novemeber
Improve my blog! Change is a good thing! - I’ve been working like crazy on my blog shop which is coming soon. I can’t wait to share it with you.
Keep saying yes.. to everything! Yes to life! YES! 
GROW A PAIR! 

Trip Ideas:
O Visit 2 presidential libraries – Went to the Nixon Library, still need to see the Reagan Library.
O Take the train somewhere for a day trip outside LA -I haven’t taken the train, but I’ve been north and south for day trips outside of LA in 2013.
O Chicago again? -We shall see
O Beach camping up the coast?
O San Fran? more north? Portland? -This local trip has been nixed for the year, mainly because I have more exciting news: I’m going to Turkey and Israel in November! In an attempt to save money, I thought a road trip would be my big trip of 2013, but when an opportunity knocks you have to accept. This means getting to meet up with my sister while she’s on her 2013 quest around the world.