03 August 2021

August Goals

 Hey y'all,

I have drafted a ton of posts but actually publishing them has not happened since January so if you stuck around, thanks you. The last year was hard and for someone who loves to socialize and plan for the future, it was filled with lessons on God's provision and timing. I am glad I am healthy and can now see small groups of friends again. 

I am also trying to be gentle with myself as we slowly return to "normal" with gentle August goals. 

Movement.

I returned to the Barre3 Chapel Hill studio about a month and a half ago and I would like to keep up with at least one class a week. 

I also joined the YMCA since I have a few friends who are members so I have built-in gym buddies. I have gone a few times a week to just walk (since it is a million degrees right now) and started taking classes. My goal is to go to the Y at least 3 times a week. 

Budget.

No random spending. I am great about making a budget but following through is harder. Two of my best friends are getting weekly texts this month about if I did unnecessary spending. So far, on day three of the month I have only spent money on gas, groceries, bills, and my bestie's birthday gift (planned spend).

Sleep.

Get to bed by 11pm. I have been terrible about bedtime the last year especially with working from home. I am now in the office twice a week and would love to work out the other mornings. Also, the Olympics are killing any hope for me to go to bed at a reasonable time. So I am making an effort for lights out to be 11 pm.

Mental health.

I have gained weight over the last two years and for my mental health, I went through my closet and I am getting rid of everything that does not fit now. I am not holding onto the "one-day" things. I want my closet to be filled with things that fit and I feel good in. I do not want to continue to see items and think about what my body looked like in the past. 

I am slowly posting things on Poshmark with the goal for everything to be up by the end of the month. If things don't sell by the end of November the items will go on Facebook or ThredUp.

Books.

Finish 3 audiobooks and 5 physical books. Now that I am driving a bit more I am listening to more audiobooks. I am currently listening to Cameron Eubanks Wimberly's book, One Day You'll Thank Me. I just started the physical book, Life's Too Short, by Abby Jimenez. I am also finishing up Jen Wilkin's Ten Words to Live By: Delighting in and Doing What God Commands with a group of women from my church. 

What are some of your goals for August?


22 January 2021

Five on Friday {January 22}

I felt like this week flew by but I think that was mainly because I went back to my office on Tuesday to work on a project digitizing files. Our company has not returned back so I have seen at most four people in a day but it has been nice to slowly ease myself back to an office routine. That has meant that I come home and have had to do all the chores and things I have squeezed into a break like a load of dishes or laundry but it has been nice to see my office. Here are a few things I have loved this week.

one. The inauguration. 

No matter your political affiliation, the inauguration was a very important event this week and in the history of the United States. I thought throughout the event, if I have children and they have to do a history project, I can answer questions of how I felt to watch the first female VP be sworn into office. I teared up a few times during the ceremony, especially during  Amanda Gorman's poem.

two. New Morning Mercies.

I have been reading Paul David Tripp's devotional, New Morning Mercies, and Wednesday's entry on hope was very timely for the inauguration and for the new year. We were all created to hope but our hope is not in the world, it is a person, Jesus. 

three. Peloton Wicked Week.

This week, Peloton is back to their broadway series with Wicked. Wicked is my all-time favorite musical so I am so excited to take the run, yoga, and strength classes. I took the 30 min cycling class last night with a friend. I did belt out the songs while riding so I got a bit breathless during the middle of class. You can try the Peloton app out for free for 2 months right now. I use the app and then have a Sunny bike for the cycling classes. I streamed class last night on my FireTv.

four. Aldi flowers. 

On Sunday after I got the all-clear that I just had a cold and not COVID I swung by Aldi for a few groceries and picked myself two of the $3.99 bouquets. I put them together in a mason jar and they have been a bright spot every morning while I packed my lunch. 

five. The That Sounds Fun Podcast with Annie F Downs and guest Kendra Adachi. 

I would say the last half is very powerful about bodies but it was a great podcast to remember what is important to you. If getting a homecooked dinner is important to you then you should work on becoming a genius at that but it does mean you should be lazy about something else, maybe you outsource the actual grocery shopping. 


on the blog this week.

I shared my meal plan as well as what I streamed on TV last year this week. Next week I am going to share my favorite reads from the Fall!

My plans for the weekend.

I have a lunch planned with a friend on Saturday. Streaming church. Deep cleaning my place. Wicked Yoga on the Peloton app. Watching Newsies and lunch with a friend on Sunday. Barre3. Matchless bible study homework. Reading the Duke and I (Bridgerton #1).

As usual, I am linking up with Andrea of Momfessionals and Erika of A Little Bit of Everything today.



What are your plans for this weekend?

20 January 2021

What I Watched in 2020 {Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+}

2020 was a year when streaming tv was constant rather than going out to see friends, weekends became full of the latest episodes of a show. It was also a year when I got rid of Netflix after having some decision fatigue from January to August so I missed out on the Tiger King drama.

I thought I would share some of the shows I watched in 2020 to give you some ideas of shows to add to your lists. I would love to know some of your favorites from last year to add to my list.

Netflix.

Bridgerton.

Great British Bake Off.

Sherlock.

The Home Edit.

Hart of Dixie.

Selling Sunset.

Schitt's Creek.

Emily in Paris.

The Originals.

Legacies.

Glow Up.

Hulu.

Elementary.

Blindspot.

Scandal.

The Great.

The Masked Singer.

Supermarket Sweep.

Disney+

Muppet Christmas Carol.

Frozen II.

Hamilton.

Soul.

Treasure Planet.

On Pointe.

The Little Mermaid.

Onward.

Emperor's New Groove.

Amazon Prime.

Making the Cut.

Brittany Runs a Marathon.


PBS Passport.

Kinky Boots on Great Performances.

Victoria.

Sanditon.

Endeavor.

Beecham House.

What did you watch last year?

18 January 2021

Meal Plan Monday {January 18}

It was a very chill weekend as I waited for my results. I got my negative COVID test results at 11 pm on Saturday. I mostly worked on finishing up the puzzle, washing all my bedding (including pillows), and watching a lot of Castle. I also finished our book club book and have started the first book in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series.

I am working on a cookbook index with all the recipes I want to try from my cookbook collection but while I am working through that I decided to keep meals simple and based on what I already had in my home in case I was not allowed to leave due to COVID. Here are my meals for this week:

Breakfast options

Green smoothie
Trader Joe's GF/DF pancakes
GF everything bagel with cream cheese
Lara bar
Chocolate strawberry smoothie
Breakfast sandwich
Cereal

Monday

Lunch: grilled cheese and tomato soup (I'm using Pacific foods but I love this homemade version)
Dinner: penne aurora and Ceasar salad

Tuesday

Lunch: grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner: tacos. I am using leftovers from my freezer but I always use this recipe

Wednesday

Lunch: turkey and cheese sandwich. chips. fruit.
Dinner: leftover tacos

Thursday

Lunch: grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner: TBD - either leftovers or breakfast for dinner

Friday

Lunch: grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner: pizza and salad

Saturday

Lunch: chili from the freezer (I used this recipe as a base) with GF cornbread
Dinner: out

Sunday

Lunch: chili with GF cornbread
Dinner: chicken apple sausage, sweet potato, red onion sheet pan bake

What are you making this week?

15 January 2021

Five on Friday {January 15}

We have made it through the first two weeks of 2021! I felt like 2020 was both the fastest and slowest year. I am really trying to focus on my habits this month and thinking through my routines. This could be my daily quiet time, my cleaning routine, as well as my health. 

This week has been interesting as I am fighting what appears to be a cold but I am waiting on my PCR test to confirm I am negative for COVID. Because of that, this week has been spent in my apartment as I don't even want to walk in my apartment complex and get too close to anyone. 

So while I have been drinking all the orange juice here are five things I have loved this week. 

one. puzzles.

I asked for puzzles for Christmas. I received this Thomas Kincaid one and after attempting to start it, and being frustrated by the amount of blue, the sky, water, etc, I put it away for a bit and started on this puzzle I found at Target. It has been a fun brain break to go work for 5 mins during the workday or at lunch. I think I will finish it up this weekend. 

two. routines.

One thing I have examined this month is my routines. I have decided to declare Friday night as pizza night. This has helped to simplify meal planning a bit and is a fun mini celebration at the end of the week. I think eventually I might order Blaze or Mod pizza to deliver but for now, I stocked my freezer with some frozen GF options. I have enjoyed the Freshetta, Cappello's, and Sabatasso's (at Costco) options.
I am also trying to really rest and take a full Sabbath on Sundays. I set my phone's screen time limit so I have very limited access on Sundays until 5 pm. I have enjoyed the quieter, slower days to really rest on God's faithfulness and provision. 

three. Laura Cox Collection.

Before I started the Contentment Challenge on Sunday, I ordered a grab bag from one of my favorite small businesses, Laura Cox Collection. On NYE, Laura ran one of her annual grab bags. You pay $45 and receive four items. I received a bracelet set and three pairs of earrings. While the yellow pair are outside my comfort zone, I think they would be fun to rock on a beach trip, you know, when those are a thing again. She currently has a curated box of some of her best-sellers that I have my eye on when my discretionary spending freeze is over.

four. Matchless.

My small group is going through this Angie Smith study on the life of Jesus for the next eight weeks. Last night was our first meeting to chat about the introduction and the video. It was such an amazing discussion and I have so many notes from the other women's perspectives. 

five. Castle.

I received seasons 4-8 of Castle on DVD for Christmas. I loved the show when it was on air but I don't remember finishing it. I started season one last week and I am almost done with season two. It has been a great show to watch in the evenings when doing the dishes or other house chores.

Plans this weekend.

Well, I am waiting back on a COVID test to see if I have just a mild cold. Before that, I had plans to meet a friend to watch Disney's On Pointe. It's a docuseries about the School of American Ballet in New York.

Since that is on hold, I will be finishing my book club book, watching church online, working out with Barre3 Chapel Hill via Zoom, painting my nails, attending our book club Zoom on Sunday, meal planning, and blogging.

On the blog this week

I did a re-introduction post as well as some of what I am currently reading, watching, and wondering.


As usual, I am linking up with Andrea of Momfessionals and Erika of A Little Bit of Everything today.




What are your plans for this weekend?

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