Weekly Wishes!

How has another week gone by already? It seems like yesterday I wrote last week’s wishes out and it’s already Tuesday before I’m doing this week’s! This weekend was for shopping for new things for my apartment, moving furniture in my friend Megan’s apartment, and relaxing and being grateful for an extra day of rest and reflection because of the holiday.

Last week’s goals were to:

1) Get bedding for my new mattress! 2) Work out 2 days this week. 3) Sign a lease for a new apartment! 4) Create my first Creative Collective post. 

I’d say I did pretty well!

I did get some sheets and a mattress pad for my bed, but I’m holding out on a comforter until I find the PERFECT one that I can just fall in love with. I have enough bedding for now, but I’d like a new one to bring it all together. I got my workouts in! AND I got approved for my lease so now I just have to wait a couple months before I can move in (I’m holding out for my ideal location and floor plan)! And as for my Creative Collective post, I failed a little by not making what I planned and posting it late, but it ended up turning out alright! I’m still working on another Word of the Year project, but I have a feeling that one I’ll do as I get closer to my moving date.

For this week, I’d really like to:

1) Keep working out and work on running longer distances. The weather going from 5 degrees up to 65 yesterday definitely helps me want to get out there more!

2) This weekend- work on getting a few more things for my apartment. I’m doing this slowly but surely so that when I move in I’ll already have most of what I need!

3) Keep to my budget! Last weekend I went and did some shopping with my friend Megan and we each got some incredible deals on things for our apartments. However, that means that this week we are on ramen and PB&J budgets. We’re working on being better at adulting. 

As usual, linking up with Melyssa and others for Weekly Wishes!

The Nectar Collective
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14 in 2014!

Last year, instead of the classic type of New Years resolutions, I wrote a list of goals to keep in mind and to strive for in my phone. It acted as a sort of reminder of the kind of woman I wanted to be and the kind of things I wanted to accomplish in 2013.

That list consisted of:

  • Grace
  • Patience
  • Persistence

And the tangible:

  • Graduate from college
  • Find a job
  • Find a place to live with reasonable rent and a decent neighborhood
  • Feel good in my body

I’m happy to say that I accomplished most of what I set out to do this year. I will continue to strive for grace, patience and persistence. However, I feel like I’ve taken on my struggles this year with a bit of all three. They say there are years that ask questions, and years that answer. 2012 was a year of questions, 2013 was definitely a year that answered.

I transitioned from college student to college graduate (woo!), I found not just 1, but TWO jobs that I have absolutely loved. Even though I had to leave my teaching job, I learned so much in that time and I wouldn’t change those few months for anything. Plus, I am so happy in my new job! I feel truly lucky to have this experience.

As far as an apartment goes, I had one over the summer of course, but since moving to Atlanta I’ve been staying with a friend. This goal didn’t go quite as planned, but I am working on it currently and should have my own place by mid-February! Exciting!

Feeling good in my body. Well, this is a whole different post for a different day. But I’m working on it and learning to accept my body just the way that it is and cherish it for all the things it can do.

Going into 2014, I want to continue to keep my goals of grace, patience, and persistence. I feel that they are still pertinent to the year to come. I also want to add 14 more tangible things that I am hoping to accomplish this year.

-Adopt a pet
-Attempt a craft off Pinterest
-Put as much money into savings as possible
-Establish a killer work wardrobe
-Be conversational in French
-Compliment someone every day
-BUDGET
-Floss more often
-Be more creative
-Learn to cook at least 5 meals
-Get my own apartment
-Visit 5 New (Interesting) Places
-Keep up with my blog
-Call mom and dad at least once a week

With these goals in mind as we head into this new year, I am excited to see what life brings me. Last year was a year of transitions, and I’m hoping that this year will bring a new type of stability. I am in a new city with a new job and my new college degree, and I’m ready to just “be” for a while and let life come to me. This means doing the best work I can and preparing for grad school the best that I can and being the best person that I can.

Bring it, 2014.

Adulting!

My goodness!

So remember how last time I wrote I said I had decided to stay in Idaho for about another year while living with my parents to save $$ and go to school and such?

Well, I’m back on the fence. I still want to stay, but I just don’t know that I can make it another year. In a few weeks, when my summer teaching session ends, I’m planning a trip for a few weeks back to Atlanta so I can see how life could be there. I need this trip! I miss the city and my friends desperately, and need to do some serious appreciation of the boyfriend.

BUT! I am currently working on job applications like crazy closer to my parents, which is making my head spin. As much as I know I need to get a job there, I know my heart isn’t in these applications because I really would rather find a fabulous job in Atlanta that could convince me to move back there. I have one last application out in Atlanta that I’m not counting on, but I am certainly hoping for! It’s one I’ve wanted for a while, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

In other news, adulting is hard. Is that really news though?

This week, my car got hit. In. My. School. Parking. Lot.
Meaning it was the parent of one of my students. Disappointing, seeing as they all know it’s my car. In my head, all people were honest enough to leave a note if they hit someone’s car. Or say something. Something. But no. It’s not a big deal in the scheme of things but it totally threw my week off. I’m fine, my car still runs, no harm done (except a big dent). So  getting that fixed will be…interesting.

My debit card expired. My new one was sent to my parents house. Meaning this week I’ve been without a way to spend money. Again, not a big deal, just inconvenient. I’ll get it this weekend when they visit.

Actually, now that I think of it, maybe that was a good thing, ha!

Anyway, people sometimes suck and money is better saved.

Now, I MUST get back to this pile of laundry. My parents are coming down to visit this weekend and I would hate for them to think I’m struggling as much as I am. They have enough to worry about without worrying about the cleanliness of my apartment!

PS- For the record- it’s clean, just cluttered!