2014 Resolution Update: A Look Back At June


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


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


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


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


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!

Live More, Weigh Less 28 Day Challenge

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Sarah Jenks (life coach and motivator) has created the 28 Day Challenge, Live More Weigh Less. I’m a little late to the game (it started Sept 3) but there’s still time to catch up. Signup HERE to join the challenge. For example some of week 1’s challenges are “buy fresh flowers”, “eat without distractions” and “watch the sunset”. These are all easy enough to try out and it’s not about weight loss (like the title implies) but more about living better and happily.

“These challenges are meant to be little changes you can continually incorporate into your life to bring more fun, love and self-care into your daily routines” – Sarah Jenks

Give it a try… it’s FREE!


Lately I’ve been reevaluating what makes me happy (thank you Happiness Project for your words of wisdom as I’m reading the inspiring book) and I’m trying to get back on track to really finding a life path that makes me happy. I’ve always said, I’ll do a job until it’s no longer fun. Now, I know no job is fun 100% of the time, but when the bad times out-weigh the good, it’s time to take an inventory of your life and goals. Where do you want to be in 5 years? What about 10 years? Are you on the path to that goal already, or have you veered off-path? Are you already doing what you love, or working towards it? I’d love to hear from you. I’m accepting advice from everyone.

I feel like the best place to start is by making a list of what you enjoy. How would you fill your days if you won the lottery (yes, taken from the movie Office Space) and is there a way to do any of these as a career? If your favorite things are varied, maybe you try looking for 2 part time jobs to get to try a little bit of everything. I know the economy is bad, unemployment is high, and beggars can’t be choosers, but isn’t there something to be said for liking what you do? Our lives are so short as we speed along on a planet moving 6,700 mph around the sun, and our lives are just specks in time. Don’t you want to enjoy your speck?

Thankfully, I’ve had a fantastic weekend in the wilderness meeting great new friends, catching some rays, and getting a crazy arm workout on the Kern River. There’s nothing like a wilderness getaway to help clear your mind and get you on the path of refocusing about what’s important in life. There will be a more detailed post on that later for any of you interested in a cheap weekend getaway in Southern California.

One experiment I did to get the photos attached here was going to google and searching “happiness” to see how people visually define happiness. Almost all the photos feature elements from nature and many are people by the beach jumping in the air with their arms raised high. Unfortunately, jumping in the air doesn’t really do it for me. Though, there’s something about this apple and happy finger that makes me smile. Silly finger, apples are for people 🙂