Good afternoon, friends! I know I’ve been MIA for about 30 years but I’m back on the blog and determined to keep y’all updated on my life, New York City, recipes I’ve found, and how I attempt to decorate my 450 square foot apartment 🙂
Have you made your 2019 goals yet? I use a method that I learned in business school, the S.M.A.R.T. method. Goals must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. New years resolutions are great and all, but they need to be realistic, action and results oriented or *listen closely*: they will. not. happen. So here are my three specific, measurable, and attainable goals for 2019:
- Not to spend above my means:
- Action: Stick to my budget and only use debit card for spending; I have a bank account for spending money and I ALWAYS go over what I allot myself and put things on my credit card. It’s so bad and that ends TODAY. No. More. Tips/advice/encouragement in the comments are much appreciated
- Measurement: Savings account growth! I use my savings to pay off credit cards ALL. THE. TIME. NO MORE. And probably more packed lunches 🙁
- Get stronger:
- Action: Work out for at least an hour, at least 3 times a week (cardio + resistance)
- Measurement: gain 5% muscle mass, be able to do 20 push ups not on my knees (right now I can do six. Which I think is really good! But we’ve got a ways to go…)
- Adapt a paleo lifestyle:
- Action: Complete whole30 in January and afterwards carry on with a 95%/5% Paleo lifestyle
- Measurement (or as they’re referred to in whole30, Non Scale Victories): Lower body fat, clearer skin, better sleep, more energy, less anxiety, less hangry
- Here’s my pep talk to myself on this: ‘eating healthy’ CANNOT be a phase or a fad, it HAS to be a lifestyle shift. Barring the occasional necessary emotional ice cream eating and chardonnay fueled girls nights out, I fully intend on committing to this lifestyle change that I’m already very familiar with
What are your goals for 2019? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section so we can hold each other accountable!
Friends, family, Max, Dixie, and Jesus
You guys. I just spend three blissful weeks in Texas surrounded by family, lifelong friends, Dixie, and Max. There is nothing on earth that fills me with more joy, and I definitely cried after my mom dropped me off at the airport on Sunday (airports and me crying are like peanut butter and jelly – I guess they could happen separately but it’s much more common together).
Getting to spend time with my family before my sister leaves for Africa for a year was very important to me, and we soaked up our time well, with long walks, late night talks, and plenty of home cooked meals and cuddles with our puppy Dixie Belle.
I rarely talk about Max on here, but over New Years we got to escape for a few days to one of our favorite places we’ve discovered together – Fort Worth; and it’s worth writing about. Don’t judge us for vacationing to a town only 45 minutes away – this town is Texas to the core and so adorable. We rang in the New Year at a Randy Rogers concert at Billy Bob’s – the world’s largest honky tonk, and it was so refreshing to spend some quality time together. (Now only 34 days until he comes to NYC!)
Living in New York City – I love living in New York City, but for my own mental health, I think it was imperative that I left for a few weeks. Something that I didn’t realize would effect me so much in NY is how fast paced and high anxiety of a city it is. Everyone and their dog is stressed out in New York, and it rubs off on even the most easy going of girls (Max, this is not the time to tell me I’m not easy going). I’m taking it day by day, and trying not to let the downsides of this amazing city get the best of me.
Winter – New York is COLD and dries my skin out and I’m OVER it. I hate static electricity and bundling up just to check the mail. I won’t even begin to ask the question, ‘when will it end??’ because I know the answer. The answer is May. *takes 1000th sip of hot tea today*
One thing I will say though – New York in the winter can be beautiful!
And my last thing. I’ve developed the habit of adding half and half to my coffee over the past year and I have been STRUGGLING to adapt to almond milk (vom). But! I’ve developed a recipe over the last year or so that I whip out when I’m eating Paleo, which now hopefully is until further notice. It’s so delicious, and throw in the amazing craft roasted coffee that was a part of my Christmas present from Max, it’s AMAZING. Here it is:
- 2-3 cups of fresh brewed coffee
- A dash of Trader Joes pumpkin pie spice (unless you’re using flavored coffee)
- 1 tsp of 4th & Heart Vanilla Ghee
- 1 scoop of collagen powder
- As much almond milk as you want
And then you put it all in the blender and you’ve got yourself a delicious and nutritious coffee drink. Do I do this every morning during whole30? YES!
Thanks for reading everyone! As I say every time I take a lil break from blogging, I’m excited to hopefully get back to it and write lots of more good stuff! See you soon!