manic monday.

I hope you all had an amazing weekend.

[J] & I took a road trip to des moines, IA. the trip was planned on a whim. and a nice little escape. until our drive back to chicago on saturday night ..5 hours in a “wintery mix” [aka: freezing rain & snow]. watching cars drive right into the ditch does nothing for my heart rate ..but thanks to [J]’s driving, we arrived safely.

on sunday, [J]’s brother gifted us round two of our christmas present – the installation of our remote start. [if you live in cold temps, these are invaluable!]. I can now start the car from the comfort of my nice warm bed. if I wanted to. while his brother was hard at work, we were enjoying #SundayFunday. someone’s gotta do it.

scenes from the weekend ..

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beer glassI chose to drink beer from our {not-so-dainty} wine glass. what can I say ..I like stemware!

yay giveaway!you like them too? I’m giving away a pair on {TheDailyTay}’s blog. [BONUS: there are 15 other bloggers giving away some serious goods]. what are you waiting for? go! enter!

SONY DSC[I learned how to multi-task: playing with dog & baby simultaneously. boooom!].

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and last but not least, a quick shout out to kirsten @ {objets d’envy}. the first piece of jewlery [J] ever got me was from her. and I’ve been in love since. so, I got my mom’s christmas present from her. when I received the sparkle in the mail, I contemplated keeping one of the two pieces. but guilt set in. so she got both!

necklace earringsnow off to the land of productivity. at least, I hope. my to do list could stretch to the moon, wrap around 8x’s, and come all the way back. impressive. especially for someone without a paying job.

happy manic monday.

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welcome 2013, with open arms.

2012 you’ve been an adventure, to say the least. but I am not hesitant to say goodbye. I have a much better feeling about what’s to come in 2013.

I spent the last day of 2012, in the car. road tripping from colorado back to illinois. the entire day. [we got home NINE MINUTES before the clock struck midnight]. I had a lot of time to ponder what I want out of the new year. and how the heck I’m going to get it.

so, I took a couple hours. a piece of paper. 5 categories. and created a list of goals I will work to achieve throughout the year. [I did something similar last year, but my goals were lofty. and lost sight of them quickly. but I learned my lesson, and have a new approach].

meet my ..

2013 goalsfinancial.

  • create a monthly budget.
  • save all receipts, to track my spending.
  • put 2% of every pay check into a “no touch” savings account.

health.

  • run a 5k. [this is lofty for me. I’m not a runner. tips on how to get started or great 5k’s out there would be oh so appreciated].
  • join a gym.
  • go once a week. [minimum. last year I went straight to 5x’s, and when I failed the first week, I quit. whoops. being a little more realistic in 2013].
  • try 5 new workout classes.
  • take vitamins every day.
  • don’t drink a single sip of soda. [which shouldn’t be too hard. I don’t usually drink soda, but had a couple moments of weakness in 2012].
  • weigh yourself on the first of every month. [this is just so I can track my weight throughout the year].

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  • post 5x per week.
  • sponsor two blogs per month. [who should be my january picks?!]
  • become more involved in the blogging community!
  • attend 1 blogger meetup/event. [I’ve always wanted to, but I’m now ready for my first].

travel.

  • go to europe [again]. with [J].
  • visit northern california. [I’ve only been to SoCal, but am dreaming of a trip to napa + san fran].
  • explore four new cities.
  • go spring skiing in colorado. [I haven’t since my early college spring break years, but the weather is so perfect. much more than the 8° temps we had in december].

personal.

  • read 1 book per month.
  • [continue] to alternate date month. [starting with me in january].
  • be in our own apartment by april 1st. [we’re hoping this will happen much sooner, but like I said ..my goals are much more achievable this year].
  • do a DIY project once a month. [I sincerely enjoy crafting ..so I’m going to make it a point to do more. which I will share, success or failure].

so there you have it. the list of goals I have created for myself in 2013. to ensure I stay on track the entire year, I have made it impossible for me to go through a single day without seeing them. they’re on my phone, laptop background, hanging on our message [cork] board. I have also created excel docs for the harder ones to track [ie. monthly weigh in, blog sponsorships, & completed books]. I placed those in my master binder. where I keep all things important to me.. health, finance, blog, etc-related.

I am more determined than ever to embrace this turning of a leaf.. & to make it the best year yet!

[I will be posting my 2012 year in review on thursday.. dun, dun, dun. but even better, tomorrow part 1 of my CO vacation.. in the mountains].

happppppppppy 2013 all.

may we all have a happy, healthy year ahead.

[ps: head over to {sunny with a chance of sprinkles} and enter the giveaway I am co-hosting. $75 to amazon. BOOM!].

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freakin’ out ..

I honestly cannot wrap my head around the [small] amount of days separating us & christmas. assuming the world doesn’t end on friday.

yesterday [J] & I went out, with every intention of starting & finishing our holiday shopping. sadly that didn’t happen.

but I did get an early present, from [J]. I screamed at the top of my lungs, I was so excited.

cole haan winter coat.
cole haan winter coat.

and today, it snowed [a little]. so we’re heading out again, to ACTUALLY finish our christmas shopping. [& I’m wearing my new beauty, because I would NOT let him wrap it. spoiled].

don’t forget to enter my giveaway on {Mish Lovin’ Life’s blog}. the winner will be announced tomorrow!

7 day 'til christmas happy tuesday.

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