101 in 1001

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rather than making vague, well-intended new year’s resolutions i’ve decided to do that 101 things in 1001 days challenge. i’ve started (but never completed) this challenge in the past but i’m excited to try again.

the criteria for the 101 things is that the must be specific with a result that is measurable or clearly defined. they should also be things that require a some effort or work on my part. some of the things my list may seem super simple but hopefully they’ll kick off good habits that will stay with me longer than the 1001 days.

also i don’t want to jinx things for 2016 because well, we’re only 7 days in, but so far i haven’t hated it.

for my heart

1. reconnect with my favorite high school teacher
2. reconnect with a friend from cardiff/london ysa
3. journal every day for 2 months
4. create a vision board
5. work/collab/do SOMETHING with chloe
6. attend the ballet
7. finish drawing of denham green garden
8. have a painting done of harlow

for my soul

9. attend the temple every week for 8 weeks
10. complete 10 days of truth
11. commit 50 scriptures to memory
12. subscribe to ensign magazine
13. read reread all general conference talks from the last three years
14. read scriptures every day for at least 30 days

for my mind

15. learn to play one song on the piano
16. read 50 new books
17. answer the 50 questions that will free your mind
18. complete the 52 lists
19. take a photography class
20. take an online class
21. take some kind of art class
22. use duolingo every day for at least one month

for those i love

23. mail a care package to my mom, brother and sister
24. send my grandmother flowers for no reason
25. make chat books for my nanny kids
26. bake a birthday cake for someone
27. get harlow’s shots each year (2016, 2017, 2018)
28. make macarons for someone
29. get harlow’s teeth cleaned
30. make a music playlist for someone

for my blog

31. design (or have designed) a blog logo
23. reach 100k followers on pinterest
33. create a weekly blog series and stick to it for at least 4 months
34. meet 10 blogger friends (that i haven’t already met)
35. interview 6 people for a blog series
36. get business cards for my blog
37. complete a 30 day photo challenge
38. hit 2k followers on twitter
39. combine fb accounts and delete old one
40. take a blogger/social media workshop or conference
41. participate in 6 ‘Roid Weeks
42. blog four recipes

for fun

43. pay for the person behind me in a drive-thru
44. visit the ban.do party house
45. attend high school reunion
46. attend or organize some type of mission reunion
47. make a flower crown
48. build a sandcastle
49. go on a blind date
50. use up a roll of film and get photos printed
51. go to a sporting event
52. go to an outdoor movie
53. start and fill up a sketch book

for a simpler life

54. go one month without eating out
55. produce zero waste for two weeks
56. do 8 zero waste shopping trips
57. go two months without buying any beauty products
58. create a capsule wardrobe
59. unsubscribe from all junk emails
60. clear out and get rid of storage unit
61. go through/clear out items stored at my mom’s house
62. go one month without shopping

for my wandering heart

63. visit a state i’ve never been to
64. visit england and wales
65. visit portugal
66. visit new york
67. take a road trip with a friend
68. attend paris fashion week
69. spend a day at butterfly beach

for my health

70. get new health insurance
71. compile my own cookbook
72. do a raw diet for one month
73. go to the eye doctor
74. find (and go to) a doctor for a physical
75. run a mile without walking
76. lose (xx) pounds
77. do 20 push-ups every day for one month
78. give up soda for at least two weeks
79. floss every day for at least 30 days
80. go to the dentist
81. take a class at dash fitness
82. find a workout i love and stick to it for at least 3 months

for my wallet

83. pay off my car
84. reach (xxx) credit score

for my tastebuds

85. eat a lobster roll
86. go to magnolia bakery
87. make the perfect lavender mint tea latte
88. make perfect (to me) hummus

for my practical side

89. repair/replace laptop
90. buy a nice bed
91. find a place to rent that I love
92. switch car insurance
93. wake up at 6 am for at least two weeks

for a splurge

94. buy a nice watch
95. get my car detailed
96. get my eyebrows threaded
97. save up for a new handbag
98. get a pedicure
99. go to Disneyland
100. buy a pair of tieks
101. find my “signature scent”

if you’ve made it to the bottom then high five! have you done this challenge? will you? if you do link your blog or list in the comments because i’m nosy. happy 2016!

photo: milka_interiors

tiny victories

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happy 2016!

while i do like sitting down and making resolutions it can sometimes make me feel like i’m beating myself over the head with “you didn’t do this”, “you should have done this”, “you should have done this”, “you should have done more of…” you get the picture. so before i sit down and make new goals i thought i’d try to think of some things that i’ve been doing that i want to continue. it’s a short list but it’s a good place to start.

i am sleeping better

i’m still trying with my family

harlow is alive and healthy and happy

i am getting better at asking for what i need and saying no to what i don’t

i’ve been spending more time praying and meditating

i’ve been working hard and going to therapy and i think it’s starting to pay off a little.

i hope you’ve had lots of little victories too!

 

 

first snow

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“i wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? and then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'”  lewis carroll

if you know me at all then you know how much i dread winter. it’s too cold and too dark and as soon as the snow starts falling i feel trapped.

yesterday it snowed and snowed all day. and you know what? i didn’t hate it. i mean, don’t get me wrong, i didn’t love it but it was kind of pretty and refreshing. but more than that i think the lack of snow tears are a good sign for me personally. putting the effort into my emotional health has been work but i’m definitely in a different (better) place than i was even a year ago. so i’m giving snow a little credit for this reminder.

some things i’m looking forward to this winter:

alyson and her family coming to utah

sleeping under 10 lbs of bankets

sweaters! and scarves!

hot chocolate

seeing the lights at temple square

all of the good wintery smells

baking

harlow (jk i look forward to her every single day)

chocolate dipped peppermint jojos

twinkle lights

what do you love about winter? i’m determined to try to love it.

beautiful photo by anne so of cachemire et soie

so long summer

summer

this summer has been crazy. i moved then i moved again. i’ve driven back and forth across the western u.s. and have been bed-less for the last two months.

but i feel good. maybe the stress of moving has blocked out everything else, i don’t know, but i have been pretty happy. i don’t know if i feel like my “old” self but i feel like a new self… and i like it.

my heart is full. thank you for sticking around.

run away with me: beatrix potter’s hilltop cottage

beatrix potter fell in love with the lake district and in 1905 bought hill top, a 17th-century farmhouse. everything from the cottage itself to the garden, which is described as a “haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables” sounds completely charming.

i’ve only been to the lake district once the first time i was in england but my silly 18 year old self was too cool for things like cottages… or maybe we just ran out of time. i don’t really remember but i would love to visit it the next time i’m in the great britain.

you can read more about hill top at the national trust.

images: levens garden, village england, make, do and push

maybe the best deal i’ve ever found

i’m super excited to post this even thought i just said how much i hate packing and moving i have been itching to get on a plane and go somewhere.

i just love chelsea’s blog and especially her travel posts. but this post (and a crummy morning at work) got me looking to see if i could find any great deals overseas. i have some friends in england, france, holland, prague and germany and since i didn’t have any set dates i needed to stick to i just looked and looked and looked using various sites and airlines and dates and i found an amazing deal.

i could fly from los angeles to norway in november for $344. round trip. after taxes. non stop! i can barely fly from salt lake city to santa barbara for that much. anyway then from norway i can take norwegian, or easy jet or bmi to connect within europe. i’m super excited!

i should say that that wonderfully inexpensive ticket doesn’t include any checked bags or meals, but still. i’m a pro at packing snacks and have a very large purse so i should be all set.

you should definitely check out all of chelsea’s tips for finding good deals on airfare. do you have any tips for finding great deals on flights? where are you dying to go? photos: thomas preyer

moving

so i just recently moved to la. and by recently i mean i got here last night. i hope i like it here because i never want to move again.

i’ve moved quite a bit in my life, both around the country and overseas, but i’ve always been able to stuff everything into a couple suitcases or into my car. i’m not sure how i accumulate so much stuff over the last 3 years that i’ve been in utah but there was barely room for harlow in the car on the drive out here.

last night, sleeping on the floor of my almost empty little house, i thought of some tips that will hopefully make moving a lot less painful for you.

1. start early. like the day you decide to move. packing and sorting and cleaning will take longer than you think.

2. ask for help. you might think, “well, i’m just one person living in a tiny house with a tiny dog and i don’t have that much stuff.” you have more than you think you do. you will need help or at the very least someone to keep you motivated.

3. accept offers for help. when people offer to help you move or clean LET THEM. see above.

4. stick to your plan. i flipped flopped from driving a uhaul, to renting a pod, to making multiple trips in my car (it’s a 10 hr drive one way. this was a stupid plan. also this was the option i chose.) but however you decide to move your stuff determines how you’ll need to pack so pick one and go with it.

5. bags over boxes. when trying to squish everything into one smallish car, trash bags are the way to go for soft things like bedding and clothing. sure, you won’t feel super fancy when you’re dragging garbage bags of your stuff into your new place but you’ll definitely be able to fit more into tight spots.
6. be crazy organized. i think this is more important based on how much you’re moving so make lists, label boxes, pack in some sort of logical order (whatever works for you.) there was a point last week (around 2 am) when i was tired, frazzled and had lost my sharpie and just started piling things in boxes. whatever fit went it. half of my boxes went into storage and i’m pretty sure thats where all of my socks are.

7. don’t get a storage unit. (unless you really, really need to) for me it was just to delay making decisions. and now i have a storage unit in another state that i will have to deal with at some point.

8. show your appreciation. say thank you! to everyone – the people that helped you move, clean, babysat your dog (or kids), let you crash at their place while you were bedless, loaded your car, brought you snacks for the drive… it all deserves a big, fat thank you.

basically i am the worst at moving but maybe you can learn from my mistakes?? do you have any moving tips? horror stories?

harlow honey child

it will come as a surprise to absolutely none of you that i just love my little harlow dog. harlow’s mom passed away a few months ago and she’s only a few years older than harlow and it totally freaked me out. anyway harlow is happy and healthy and i plan to keep her that way. today she’s been particularly sweet.

maybe i’m biased but i think she has the sweetest/funniest personality. here’s why:
she won’t sit on a cold hard, floor. if we’re in the kitchen and i tell her to sit she does this funny little wiggle and backs up but she just can’t bring herself to put her little bum on the old floor. 
she can’t jump on my bed with something in her mouth. is this normal? i don’t know but it’s hilarious to me.
when she needs to go outside she goes and stands by the door and then sticks her head around the bookcase and stares at me and waits for me to notice/read her mind. 
she almost never ever barks and i love her for it.
before she sleeps she always fluffs her sleeping spot (whether it’s her bed, the floor, the couch) by pawing at it like crazy then flopping around on her back before settling down. 
she can hear a string cheese being opened from about a mile away. 
and lastly the other day i was sitting on my couch reading and she walked up, bit the end of my sock, pulled it off then proceeded to roll around with it. 
i love my little weirdo!
what are some funny things that your pet does?

trash is for tossers

i very recently came across a blog called trash is for tossers. i loved it so much i read her whole blog. in one day. the whole thing.

when i moved to salt lake at the end of 2012 my new year’s/new house’s resolution was to stop buying paper napkins and paper towels. i did buy these paper towel alternatives and loved them. i didn’t think twice about buying paper products. for 2015 my plan was to stop buying disposable plastic – specifically ziploc baggies. i have some plastic containers that i can wash and reuse and eventually replace with something like these stainless steel lunch containers.  researching more sustainable ways of living was how i came across trash is for tossers.

i read about lauren before i read her blog. i had sort of heard of the zero waste movement but not really. i’ll be honest my first thought when i heard “zero waste” was of an episode of extreme cheapskates i’d seen. i mean i had no idea what her blog was going to be – did she make her own reusable toilet paper and find salvageable food in dumpsters and share bathwater? i was a little nervous.

but as i started reading she just seemed like a fun, personable girl who is conscious of the way her lifestyle impacts our world and is trying to live what she believes. she buys groceries in bulk or at farmers markets with her own reusable jars and sacks, she recycles and composts, she plans ahead, she shops second hand and says “no thank you” to things she doesn’t need. she uses toilet paper.

i think what i admire most about her lifestyle is the thoughtfulness that it creates. i’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we live in such a disposable world (and i’m just as guilty as the next person.) when you can buy a pair of jeans at old navy or wherever for under $20 it’s easy to throw them out if they get a rip or a stain. i’ve been going through my closets as i’m getting ready to move (and still attempting a capsule wardrobe) and surprising how much i have. do i need 6 pair of the same jeans? or 5 of the same white tank top? no i don’t.

anyway back to trash is for tossers. i’ve read other zero waste blogs that tell you how to redo your whole house and what you need to buy and not-so-subtle links to their own book but lauren’s blog (i say “lauren” like we’re friends but i secretly think we would be… haha.) is so genuine and relatable. she’s open and honest and admits it wasn’t an overnight process to change her way of life.

if you follow me on instagram you’ll know i recently attempted my own zero waste shopping trip and i’m happy to say i was successful. i took some cloth bags for bulk granola, french bread, and veggies and some glass jars for bulk olives and quinoa. when i got to the store (whole foods) they weighed my empty containers and i wrote on the bottom of them with a sharpie so i didn’t pay for the weight of the jars. it took a little planning but it was kind of fun. plus there’s no impulse buying when you are limiting yourself to buying bulk. there was no bulk chocolate and no bulk coke zero (ugh). so maybe this will be a good thing for my own health as well as the environment.

oh the other thing i loved about her lifestyle was that she lets her fridge go bare. i always hate cleaning out my fridge and seeing all the unused, spoiled food i toss out. since i bought very few perishable items i’m going to see if i can actually use everything up before i go shopping again. i’ll let you know if i’m successful.

i don’t know if i’ll be able to do this all the time but i think i’d like to try. i mean, it’s worth trying right? and i’m not going to go through my house and toss all plastic items and replace them with metal and glass – that’s hardly environmentally friendly but i can see myself making some changes.

one funny story from my shopping trip: i was checking out with all my jars and cloth bags and the guy was pretty cool about it even though it took a little extra time and so i was telling him about trash is for tossers and how amazing lauren is and i said “she hasn’t produced any waste in two years!” there was major awkward silence and he gave me a very strange look and said something like “what? is that healthy?” or something like that and then i was confused and after some more awkwardness i realized i think he thought i was saying she hadn’t pooped in two years… what? ugh. no. major awkward. sorry, lauren.