Category: Just My Life

My 2017 Resolutions, Intentions, Goals

Yes, everyone is tired of hearing about everyone’s else’s resolutions or intentions or goals for the clean slate of the beginning of January. But I want to write about mine just so I can come back to this and remind myself of why I set these at this point in time, because as we all know, so much can change in a 12 month span. My 2017 goals are: 1. Save $9k– I put about $8k towards debt elimination between the months of July and December. If I can do that in six months, it seems like it should be really easy to set aside 9k in 12 months. 2. Go to Portland again– I haven’t been since 2012!! I need to see Woody and Kellie and some different scenery. Maybe Patrick will come with me. We shall see, but when the iron strikes for cheap flights, I’m going for it! 3. Paint the beadboard part of the outside of the house– We’re coming up on eight years in this house and haven’t touched up anything on the exterior of the house except a new roof. Re-painting it will freshen up the place with minimal cost and medium effort.  4. Get a blue couch– I just really have always wanted a teal blue couch! It’s a color I love, and we have a dark wood paneled room that is...

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Looking Back at 2016

I love looking back at these reflective surveys each each and seeing what I was thinking, feeling, and experiencing at the time. Some things never change, and some things do, radically. Here are ones from New Year’s Eve 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. 1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? I got a really good job that pays well that I really enjoy and was able to put some of that extra income to good use knocking down about $7000 of debt from the kitchen remodel in six months. Also, I went ziplining (twice). 2. Did you keep...

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Less Formal Friday Fashion

Fashion is such a fascinating thing to me. I both love and hate it at the same time. I want to want fashion to be my top priority, but comfort always wins. It just does. If I am able to enjoy an event in flat shoes rather than suffering through a bit of it before leaving early in painful but chic heels, then there is no question which direction to go. But as I have gotten older and need to deal more with using my clothes to direct the level of authority that I need to be issued in the office, I have noticed two things happening simultaneously that are to benefit of the people like myself who need comfort to be the top priority when choosing clothes in the morning. First, the level of formality in clothes that is expected by society is lowering. It’s happening slowly, but pushing forward faster by millennials and even Gen X, who are realizing that they can run top corporate companies just as easily in jeans as they can in suits. The only example we need: Zuckerberg. Secondly, fashion companies are taking notice and offering items that can pass as business-casual clothes for people to wear to the office on “I don’t have a meeting days” that are both fashionably strong-minded and comfortable. Luckily I work in a business casual office that embraces...

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Pampering vs. Grooming

It’s all too easy for me to make myself anxious about what I should be doing to the point of where something that is supposed to be purely for enjoyment becomes a chore. One thing that I like to think about doing is enjoying a night to myself that involves putting on some tv shows or a movie and luxuriously and languidly enjoying an epsom salt bath, a charcoal mask, touching up my pedicure and maybe putting a coat of polish on my fingers. But then that’s like, four or five things to do. Doing stuff that involves other...

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Radar Update

I just realized that after writing the post about the reality of owning pets that I hadn’t updated with how Radar is doing! But in a phrase, back to normal. In mid-July we took her to have a suspicious lump cut off of her right front arm, and as of that time we didn’t know what it was. But we did a week later, and though it turns out it was cancerous – soft tissue sarcoma – to be precise, the prognosis seems good. We had decided to remove the lump and just watch closely to see if any...

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