weekly gems

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Hi, Madison : )

 

things that are making me happy

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  • The photo above, which is my church’s weekly bulletin, because it shows the church’s weekly schedule for this week includes Dan and I’s wedding!!!!
  • Baseall
  • A good book
  • Funfetti cake
  • Naps
  • Singing loudly while driving my car
  • Early Sunday Starbucks treat
  • Visits with and calls from great friends
  • Finding a hilarious new favorite TV show
  • Sunshine and cool breezes
  • A clean house
  • A happy Madison

What is making you happy as of late?

new year’s all year: august reflections and september goals

In January I introduced the 2012 New Year’s All Year Challenge, in which I made broad “endpoint” goals for the year and explained that each month I will make specific small goals that are stepping stones to my endpoint aims. Each month I will also reflect on the previous month’s goals and efforts.

Source: ohpioneer.com via Kelly on Pinterest

 

August goals:

  • Health: continue practicing new healthy eating habits and try the remaining six classes at my gym
  • Finances: continue to read more about finances through LearnVest and complete a bootcamp (Take Control or Getting Hitched)
  • Relationships: don’t judge others and carry out little kindnesses
  • Wedding: Find a photographer!!!
  • Career: apply for full-time positions as they get posted, start planning out pre-season plans for 2012-13 swim season, and review educational methods and theories
  • Self-enrichment: practice gratitude

August reflections:

Health: I did well with my health eating habits! I kept food logs, measured my portions, and lost some weight. In fact, since my new nutrition plan began mid-way through July, I’ve lost ten pounds! : ) I did not do well with going to the gym, though, due to travel, illness, and preparing for my new job. However, I know I need to add regular exercise to my new health regimen if I want to (a) lose more weight, (b) do so at a more rapid but healthy rate, and (c) get even healthier and stronger. Finances: I did read more articles about saving and student loan debt, though I did not complete a bootcamp. Relationships: This goal is one I’ve been working on throughout 2012. I think I make some progress every month, but it’s one that I can always do better on, especially when I’m stressed and more prone to obsessing over my worries and becoming oblivious to the issues of others. Wedding: I did tons of research on photographers in the Northeast Ohio area within Dan and I’s price range, and we narrowed it down to our top choices. Career: I got a one-year job! and maniacally prepared for it. Self-enrichment: I did well practicing gratitude. Whenever I felt very stressed or down, I just started listing everything for which I am grateful.

Source: fab.com via Kelly on Pinterest

 

September goals:

  • Health: continue practicing healthy eating habits and workout a couple times a week
  • Finances: budget and make first student loan payment
  • Relationships: show loved ones my love for them
  • Wedding: Book a photographer and update to-do list/plans
  • Career: find a rhythm/routine that works for teaching full-time and stick to it; finish preseason plans for 2012-13 swim season
  • Self-enrichment: learn more about stress and anxiety and coping techniques

 

new year’s all year update: july reflections and august goals

In January I introduced the 2012 New Year’s All Year Challenge, in which I made broad “endpoint” goals for the year and explained that each month I will make specific small goals that are stepping stones to my endpoint aims. Each month I will also reflect on the previous month’s goals and efforts.

 

 

July goals:

  • Health: reevaluate goals/change in habits for healthy eating and try each of the nine classes at my gym at least once
  • Finances: complete the Take Control Bootcamp through LearnVest
  • Relationships: don’t judge others
  • Wedding: revisit/revise complete wedding to-do list and start knocking things off! (particularly photographer, DJ, and bridal party wear)
  • Career: apply for full-time positions as they get posted and continue reading nonfiction books and articles
  • Self-enrichment: practice gratitude

July reflections:

Health: I met with my nutritionist again and we revamped my eating guidelines so they offered more variety and flexibility, but still promoted good habits and a healthy calorie count. I did not try all nine classes at my gym at least once. I think that might have been a little too ambitious for attempting in one month, at least a month in which I worked evenings a lot.  I did try three of the nine classes: kick (kickboxing), centergy (yoga/pilates mix), and group power (strength training). Kick and centergy were awesome, but group power was pretty rough on my knees, particularly the one I had surgery on several years ago. I think I’ll try that one again when I’ve lost some weight and grown a bit stronger. Finances: I did not complete the Take Control bootcamp. I did read a lot of articles on LearnVest about student loans and how to manage paying them back, which helped me feel more in control. Relationships: don’t judge others. I didn’t do the best with this goal this month, though when I started having petty thoughts I would recognize why it was wrong and stop. Wedding: Our wedding plans changed in a big way this month. Our budget changed, so our wedding plans had to adjust accordingly. We needed to change halls, so that took precedent over looking for photographers or DJs, and great new hall was found! : )  Career: I did well with applying for jobs and reading articles and nonfiction books. Self-enrichment: I struggled with practicing gratitude at times, but I always tried to reflect and focus on the positive.

 

Source: quotebites.com via Kelly on Pinterest

 

 

August goals:

  • Health: continue practicing new healthy eating habits and try the remaining six classes at my gym
  • Finances: continue to read more about finances through LearnVest and complete a bootcamp (Take Control or Getting Hitched)
  • Relationships: don’t judge others and carry out little kindnesses
  • Wedding: Find a photographer!!!
  • Career: apply for full-time positions as they get posted, start planning out pre-season plans for 2012-13 swim season, and review educational methods and theories
  • Self-enrichment: practice gratitude

 

things that making me happy

Source: buzzfeed.com via Kelly on Pinterest

 

  • Obviously the above illustration! : )
  • Attending and loving my first pilates-yoga fusion group fitness class
  • Fun new nail polish from OPI’s Minnie Mouse collection
  • Walking the dogs at dusk
  • Discovering a new yummy protein shake recipe: vanilla whey protein powder, low-fat chocolate milk, strawberries, and cherries
  • New candles in beachy scents
  • Attending a Greek festival with one of my closest friends and her family just like old times
  • Blueberry pancakes for breakfast
  • A perfect day spent with Dan celebrating the one-year-away-from-our-wedding milestone mark : )
  • Driving around drinking Sonic slushes and listening to baseball games
  • A good night’s sleep

 

things that are making me happy

 

  • A new pair of jeans in my favorite style
  • Browsing Pinterest and wedding magazines for cute ideas and useful tips
  • Having a fun time at the Indians home opener (even though they lost the longest opening day game ever!)
  • Delicious Breyers Blast Golden Oreo ice cream
  • ABC’s new show Scandal 
  • Organizing my life by ordering a classy new planner (I have always used a hard copy agenda – I don’t know why I ever strayed!)
  • Long walks with Madison using her new Indians leash
  • Holiday weekends with family
  • Finally getting my hair cut for the first time in a year!
  • Driving with the windows rolled down and the radio turned up

 What is making you happy as of late?

 

 

outfit envy

While Dan and I won’t be getting married until mid-2013, I can’t help but let wedding and marriage plans sneak into my everyday thoughts – especially after this weekend, when I went to an incredibly beautiful wedding of a dear friend from college! I’ve always loved the idea of gray as one of our wedding colors, and ever since we got engaged, I’m hyper-aware of how other colors pop out when paired with it. I especially love the way gray and vibrant colors are used in the outfits below:

Source: polyvore.com via Kelly on Pinterest

I love how using gray and denim in the big pieces like the shirt, pants, and bag and bright orange in the scarf, shoes, and belt is both casual and stylish.

Source: polyvore.com via Kelly on Pinterest

Yellow and gray is such a gorgeous, happy, and calm combo of colors, and I love the way this outfit pairs them in a professional yet pretty way.

Source: polyvore.com via Kelly on Pinterest

I think this outfit is an excellent example of how the color paired with gray doesn’t necessarily have to be a bright color in order to stand out. The use of light purple in the main pieces and simple gray accents is peaceful and romantic.
What do you think of the use of gray in outfits, as either the starring role or as an accent? What colors do you prefer to pair it with?

design dreams: throw pillows on beds

Lately I have been daydreaming a lot about the home I will have someday soon with Daniel. I want our bedroom to be a safe haven: cozy, comfy, and relaxed, yet romantic, cute, and stylish. I love the idea of lettered throw pillows because they add an “extra something” to the room’s style while also being functional. Check out the ones pictured below:

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Adorable “Mr. & Mrs.” pillows are perfect for newlyweds.
They can always be switched out first initials of the husband and wife once the honeymoon phase is over ; )

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Or, if one wanted to emphasize atmosphere and attitude over coupledom, Scrabble letter-style pillows to spell out a well-chosen word.
Do you like the idea of lettered throw pillows? What sort of ones would you use in your home?
P.S. Check out The Aestate for a great giveaway of an instaclassic home design book, The Perfectly Imperfect Home. And while you’re over there, explore the site – it’s awesome!