Bucket Lists Help Me Focus – Here’s Mine

My life has always been planned in my head: go to college, get a good job, get married, have babies and travel. All things I love and want to do.

This year, I will be 27. TWENTY-SEVEN! I know to some that seems young, but I always had it in my head that all would be accomplished by now. Bonus: I am getting married this year to B! Woot <3!

I started writing my bucket list when I was in high school. I saw my dad and step-mom, Patty writing theirs, so I thought I would do one too. It’s long. You’ve been warned.

So even though this year I will be 27, I know that I have done a lot with those 27 years. And even more to come…

Check out my bucket list.

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Current Obsessions: February 2014

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I have to say that this has been ringing true the past few days. I have a million tabs opened for some reason. Mostly this happens when I am deep into my feedly and want to read “ALL THE BLOGS.” I think I might have an RSS problem but for now, I will just do as my co-worker Ben says and “pin those tabs, yo.”

My Future Home Office

Talk about an obsession. I have been so anxious to look up desks, bookcases, table lamps for my future office…but we don’t even have a house yet. Heck, we aren’t even planning on moving out of our apartment until after the wedding. Pinterest gets me excited about moving every time I am on it. I am excited about creating the perfect, clean white office with accents of blue and pink. It’s going to mainly all white furniture with hints of grey. I also am hoping to do a white molding in whatever room this is. I have created a mood board that I will share with you in the upcoming weeks! Next up, living room! 

Planners

In case you didn’t notice from this blog post, I am currently obsessed with planners. So much, that I have bought two! I purchased a MyAgenda from MomAgenda. I saw that my friend Ami had one and thought it was a good purchase. But personally, I don’t like writing in the long format (ahhh you live and you learn, right). So I have an order in to Graphic Image to get a gold planner. This one is likely to work for me a bit better because it has the days of the week on the left and a blank page on the right (perfect for to-do lists).

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Yumbutter‘s Dark Chocolate D’lishe Peanut Butter

This stuff is to die for. Seriously! I got a jar of it for Christmas from my awesome office mate, Heather and ever since then I have been topping it on my banana (or just straight into my mouth). This company is no joke either. They make sure that when you buy one, they feed one. Just like my other favorite shoe brand, TOMS this company is giving back. And I dig that. One jar is only $10 and you know you’re helping one child who has been malnourished out there. Good reason to each chocolate peanut butter!

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My Polar Loop

I recently returned my Fitbit Force (more on that later) and purchased a Polar Loop and Polar H7 Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor (HRM). I love it. Yesterday, I was bummed because I forgot to bring my HRM to work with me so it didn’t track it as a workout. This device is the best one I have seen yet. It can track your full workout with the HRM and it also tracks steps, calories, sleeps and displays the time. It’s also comfortable and works great for me. I’m happy that I finally have a fitness device I like!

Resolution Recap – January Edition

So…resolutions. Ideally, at the beginning of the year the only thing we can think about is how, “This year it will be different, this year I will change _____ habit.” But change is harder than it appears especially when we want to make SO many changes in our life. I originally wrote that in 2014, I wanted to…

  • Lose 30 pounds by May 1st
  • Read 10 books
  • Learn more about WordPress (php, html, css etc.)

Ha!

My January Progress

Lose 30 Pounds by May 1st

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Minus a week of sickness – exercise log is good.

In my opinion, this one is most important. I want to be healthy and I want to look really good on my wedding day. The last time I lost a lot of weight was a couple of years ago and I followed a strict regimen because it was a competition. In retrospect, I see that the motivation was to beat one particular person and even though I don’t remember if I did…it motivated me to stay on track. This time, while I am doing really well with exercise, the eating bit isn’t as good.

In February, I will focus on eating healthy, whole foods and staying in my calorie budget. While I like Lose It, I find that Anytime Health does a better job in helping me understand how much I can eat and how much I need to work out. I know I need to switch to that platform instead because it’s what works.

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Post-workout in our fitness center at the apartment. One week of being sick really took a toll.

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Healthy, sweet snack at work

So far, I am down 2 pounds. Not ideal for getting to my goal in time. I’ll need to up the ante in the next month which sucks because Valentine’s Day is around and chocolate haunts our office hallways. I need to re-learn moderation and accept that this time, it won’t be like last.

Read 10 Books in 2014

I finished my first book of the year, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. This book is a MUST READ. Gladwell is inspiring and blunt. I highly recommend it. I just can’t believe how many amazing points and theories can be brought up in a single book. I will make sure to do a full review in the coming weeks of the book, so stay tuned for that.

Generally though, I am not focused on this goal. I am focused on my first goal, health. I will need some recommendations for books though, so feel free to let me know in the comments. :)

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Sen Jo snuggled with my during my week of Influenza. Isn’t she darling?

Learn More About WordPress

This one is just laughable. I haven’t done anything to actively learn more about coding or wordpress other than what I need for my job. I want to learn about WordPress hooks, editing CSS, child themes, and more but I just don’t seem to have the time. Although, I could watch less Castle and then I might have time (I’m addicted – marathoning it – currently on season 3). I need to set aside some time to really look at this particular goal and figure out why I want it, why it’s important, and how I can make it a priority.

Hoping the weather improves so I can work out outside.

Hoping the weather improves so I can work out outside.

Focus for February

Resolutions are hard especially when we make multiple big goals. My first priority is to lose weight, not only for my health but for my wedding in May. I also know that I’ll have time post wedding to focus on the other two so maybe that’s why they aren’t too big of a priority for me. Right now, I just need some motivation/inspiration to continue on my weight loss journey even though I am not seeing the results I want (probably because I am not working hard enough on them).

What about you? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

What I Read Wednesday {Link Roundup}

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Great quote from Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Can you tell I’m craving chocolate?

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{Shameless Plug} Moodboard: 50 Shades of Winter from Lemon & Lapis (My Design Company)

Bye Bye, Focus. Hello Sally!

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Last night, I bid farewell to my Ford Focus. While it was a great car while in its prime, lately it started having issues. I just wasn’t prepared to continue putting money into it. So I started the look for my next car. Obviously, I wanted a Subaru Impreza. The AWD alone is enough reason to buy it in Minnesota. I test drove a beautiful one at Minnetonka Subaru and fell in love but quickly realized it was out of my budget. :(

So, I thought to myself. What do you want in a car?

  • Heated seats
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Hatchback
  • Great gas mileage (I drive 60 miles daily)

I found two cars matching what I wanted in my price range: the Hyundai Elantra GT and the Ford Fiesta. I loved them both and am confident I would be happy with both.

I decided, after doing calculations in a spreadsheet, the Fiesta was the way to go. It had all my wants and needs for the right price.

So, I’d like to introduce…SALLY!

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Celebrated with a trip to Caribou this morning!! :)