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    Cuddles on Saturday morning 


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Photo above: sunset over the Target parking lot. Beauty in the simplest of places!

things that making me happy

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  • 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


does anyone else…



…look forward to the beginning of a new month for new monthly dining specials and shopping deals?

…love Burt’s Bees chapstick?

…prefer leggings to shorts when working out?

…feel gross without two cups of coffee in the morning?

…enjoy key lime pie ice cream?

…like listening to baseball games on the radio better than watching them on TV?

…prefer Mondays to Wednesdays?

…wish *NSYNC would just go on a reunion tour already?

…have plans to see a movie this weekend?

…love giving and receiving greeting cards?



new year’s all year challenge: april reflections and may 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.


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April goals:

  • Health: continue with March goals and train for 5K (I’m doing two in June!)
  • Finances: keep saving money
  • Relationships: be less selfish in my thoughts and actions
  • Wedding: schedule engagement photos, work on save-the-dates, and research remaining needed vendors/services
  • Career: look for professional development opportunities and do well advising swimming intramurals
  • Self-enrichment: get trained and start volunteering at the animal shelter

Reflections on April goals:

I did pretty decently with my goals for April. I continued to do well with my health goals from March (staying hydrated and getting enough sleep). I began training for the 5K I have signed up for on June 23rd. Dan ran with me, then I went for a run by myself. The run by myself felt fantastic the day of (until the end of it, during which my calf started cramping horribly). For the next week and half, I had a lot of trouble walking – horrible shin splints and calf pain on stairs. I think I pushed myself too hard too soon (lots of hill sprints). Maybe I didn’t stretch correctly, either. I just need to pace myself. I did well with saving money for upcoming expenses. As for being less selfish in my thoughts and actions, I think I did better than I did in March or earlier in the year, but still can do better. Dan and I scheduled engagement photos (by a great college friend Kim) for the end of May. I can’t wait! Professionally, a lot went on in the month of April and I’m pretty excited. Lastly, I got trained for volunteering at the local animal shelter and have been twice already. I love working with the cats there – so adorable!



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May goals:

  • Health: learn more about healthy eating and train for 5K
  • Finances: keep saving money and spend smarter
  • Relationships: be less selfish in my thoughts and actions
  • Wedding: work on save-the-dates, research wedding day photographers, and research DJs
  • Career: do well advising swimming intramurals and begin applying for full-time positions as they get posted
  • Self-enrichment: cook and bake more


Did you have goals for April? How’d they go? What goals do you have for May?



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