Life

19 for 2019

One of my favorite podcasts is called Happier, starring sisters Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft. Fun fact: they are also from Kansas City and I went to the same school that they did! Not the same time but I still think it’s pretty cool…

One “happiness tip” they suggested both last year and this year was to create a list of things you want to do that year. Instead of choosing a few big resolutions, this list comprises of specific action items, which puts a lot less pressure on overhauling a part of your life. It’s called “19 for 2019,” which means you pick 19 things you want to do.

Rule #1: You don’t have to finish the list. Check off the easy things first to get the ball rolling but if something doesn’t happen, you’ve still accomplished so many other things.

Rule #2: Your list can change. Life changes and your list should change with it. For example: I wanted to take a trip out of the country last year but with both finances and figuring out kidney donation testing, it was no longer a priority.

Rule #3: Have fun with it! Put things on your list that you really want to do and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

One item on last year’s list was to ski 10+ times!

One item on last year’s list was to ski 10+ times!

So what’s On my list?

  1. Run the Chicago Marathon.

  2. Raise $2,000 for Chicago Marathon.

  3. 25 push ups on my toes.

  4. Paint my own needlepoint canvas. - halfway there on this one!

  5. Write at least 2x per month on my blog.

  6. Increase savings account to __.

  7. Go on 10 dates.

  8. Go to a concert.

  9. See a live musical, play or ballet.

  10. Write a fiction novel.

  11. At least one yoga/stretching session per week.

  12. Make $1,000+ with Beautycounter.

  13. Visit Sarah in Wisconsin.

  14. Visit Elizabeth in NYC.

  15. Visit Maddie in Santa Fe two times.

  16. Buy a new bra that I love.

  17. Go to a Bingo night with Lea. - scheduled!

  18. Happy hour or speakeasy with work friends.

  19. Go to a Chiefs game.

Another “18 for 2018” was to visit my friend Julie in Dallas!

Another “18 for 2018” was to visit my friend Julie in Dallas!

See? Some things are big and honestly might not happen and other things are small and easily accomplished. It’s helpful to put something you want to do on a list to create more of a commitment. My coworkers have been talking about doing a happy hour for well over a year and we never manage to schedule it. Now I have an extra incentive to take charge and make it happen!

The other pro of this list: it keeps you from forgetting the things you want to do. Seeing on my list that I want to visit three different people reminds me that I need to plan ahead and shouldn’t wait until the last minute or put it off saying I forgot and don’t have time anymore. It might not work out but I know this list will push me to at least try.

Finally, putting your goals in writing helps you commit to them more than if you just think about them. You can see them laid you in front of you and you could even print off the list, stick it on your fridge, and put a checkmark (or sticker) on it each time you finish a task.

If you were to make a 19 for 2019 list, what are a few things that you would include?

My Word Of The Year

I’m a little late on this post but better late than never, right?

That’s what I’m going with here and this year. I’ve found myself with so many dreams this year (and the past several years) but I always put them off, then I’m afraid it’s too late. But you know what? It’s never too late for your dreams, you might just have to get there in another way.

Which leads me to my word of 2019. The trend of choosing a word for the year has been going on for a while now and these past two years I’ve decided to join in. It can’t hurt, right? While some people choose more specific words, mine is easy to remember and very much worth execution.

L I V E

My word of the year is “live,” as in live your life to fullest and truly experience what the world has to offer.

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Why did I choose this word?

I have a tendency to let life pass me by. I don’t make plans because it’s just easier (and safer) to stay home. I don’t put myself out there and meet new people because I get anxiety about the unknown, about not being in control. I’m so much better than I used to be but it’s still there and I need to keep proving to myself time and time again that if I just give something new a try, it’s almost always worth my time and energy.

This year I want to truly live.

I want to embrace each day.

I want to meet new people.

I want to build on the relationships that I already have.

I want to go on adventures.

I want to pursue dreams and ideas that only live in my mind.

I want to create.

I want to love.

I want to make others feel loved.

I want to find joy in everything I can.

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I will most defintiely have moments where I choose to hide out in fear because I can’t just change overnight. But that’s the point of having a word of the year: you keep in mind to push you out of your comfort zone. You do your best to allow it to influence your choices.

So this year, I am reminding myself time and time again to live.


Do you have a word of the year?

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Well hello! Yes, I’m still here! It’s been an overwhelming fall season (and early winter…) to say the least but I’ve got quite a few blog-post ideas up my sleeve so keep an eye out! However, since we’re so close to Christmas (and I missed Hanukkah completely), I wanted to dive into holiday gift ideas for all the beautiful women in your life or just for yourself. And yes, I get myself Christmas gifts. :) Because why not?

Honestly, one of my favorite things to do is give gifts to people. I’ve said this so many times to people but if I had all the money in the world, I would love, love, love to spend it giving people gifts or experiences.

Although I’m a bit late on this post, I know many of you still have plenty of holiday shopping to do! Below are all of my gift ideas, either things that I own and love or things that I know would make great gifts this year (*cough*mightbeonmylist*cough*).

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018

1. Modestly M Kansas Candle

I love candles, I love Kansas City, and I love anything with a bee on it so when I saw this candle I absolutely had to get it for myself. Modestly M Candle Co is a local Kansas City small-batch soy candle company and I love supporting small businesses. I found my candle in a Hallmark store but you can also order them online.

2. Hydroflask Water Bottle.

I don’t actually own this one yet (on my Christmas list!) but I have heard nothing but good things about them. After asking several people (okay, really just my cousin) I’m going with the 32oz. I also want the straw lid because I’m the type of person who spills all over themselves when trying to drink out of a regular water bottle… As an FYI, you can find these a little cheaper at other stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods!

3. Athleta Elation Tight in Powervita.

Omgyouguys. These tights feel like BUTTER. I used to think that was just a saying until I tried these tights on! If I didn’t’ have to dress for like “work” every day, I would wear these constantly.

4. Beautycounter Mini Lip Gloss Vault.

While this is a lot of lip gloss for one person, it’s the perfect thing to use for stocking stuffers or add-on’s with other gifts that you’re getting friends and family. There are so many colors so you can give the perfect one to each of your friends. I’m dying to try the Peony color!

5. Cuyana Classic Leather Zipper Tote.

This gift is definitely on the pricier end, but I’ve had this bag for a few months now and I am completely obsessed. I’d been using the large Longchamp tote for over 10 years and I decided to replace it with something else. I love this bag because it has a zipper on top (easy for airports or clumsy people like me, plus one of the two inside pockets also has a zipper. That was my biggest issue with the Longchamp bag - if my bag tipped at all, EVERYTHING would come flying out. I did, however, add a base inside the bag so it’s flat at the bottom instead of “droopy” but that was super easy to do. And obviously got it monogrammed ;)

6. Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag, Sandwich Bag.

I've been slowly but surely trying to use less plastic and these reusable bags have been so amazing! I felt like I was using SO MANY plastic baggies and with this bag, you can rinse it out, hand wash it or throw it in the dishwasher and use it over and over again for years. It comes in several sizes as well. I have the sandwich bag size and the snack bag size. 

7. Audible Membership.

I tend to take a lot of long road trips but whether someone you know enjoys books on long walks, on their commute or just when they’re doing things around the house, Audible is a great resource for getting new books. I also use the library but you have to wait a long while for newer, popular books! With Audible you can start them off with a one, three, six or twelve month membership as a gift.

8. JCrew Tortoise Hoop Earrings.

Another wishlist item! I saw someone wearing them and can't stop thinking about getting these earrings. I actually want to plug ALL JCrew Factory earrings because they're really not expensive (especially when on sale!) and they have cute options for all different styles - fun and funky to classic and simple. Edited to add: I received THESE earrings in multicolor as a gift yesterday and am in love! A more “fun” version of tortoise!

9. A Book!

I’m a pretty big fan of books and I always think they’re a great gift. Some suggestions for this holiday season are Becoming by Michelle Obama (on my list!) or The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (one of the best books I read all year!).

10. Best of Beautycounter Set.

This set is the perfect gift for a friend who loves skincare or someone who is interested in removing toxins from their life. This set includes four of the most popular items that Beautycounter offers: the cleansing balm, Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion, No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil, and No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask. The lotion is what I’ve been using for over a year and the No. 1 oil is my favorite because it’s so refreshing on my skin in the morning - like orange juice for your face!