What Purchase Will Help You Achieve Your Resolution?

Last year I had a tiny resolution of cutting back plastic waste- specifically, get really good at not using plastic bags. Conveniently, Chicago implemented a 7 cent bag tax as soon as a chose this resolution, so I could really justify my investment in Baggus. I bought 3 small bags, gifted one, and bought a large bag. If I forgot my bag, I bought a new one and planted it in my car or by the door. And we probably used plastic bags a hundred times less than we did in 2016.

I have been taking group physical training lately, and feeling stronger with every week. I was having trouble holding my feet still while holding planks, and I was finally sick of slipping and struggling. If my feet slip every 10 seconds, how can I hold a two minute plank? Enter: Adidas Crazy Trainers. I am so stable and can feel my strength. I was worried that once my excuse of slippery feet went away, I would discover that I couldn’t hold these poses, but was surprised to discover that I feel stronger and feel like I could hold these moves all day.

What purchases help you accomplish your goals? Is it a new cookbook? Leggings that don’t pull or tear during your workout? A nice laptop case or new backpack to make it easier to get to the coffee shop and work?

Homemade Gifts for Every Occasion in 2018

Who else is tired of buying? I have serious consumer fatigue. I am trying to take a break from spending, for my economic health and just my general sanity. Here is how I will navigate those gifting situations where you normally need to buy.

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Hostess Gift: Homemade No-Knead Bread

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Birthday: To make an easy favorite scrubby face mask, mix together honey, thyme, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

For kids: Did you know you can make your own temporary tattoos??? It looks so easy!

For soul sisters: How fun to make one of these swing dresses together!

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Wedding: A homemade blanket or quilt, or a homemade woven pillow.
A packet of seeds with a loving note and personal illustration.

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Thank You: Cinnamon Roasted Pecans

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Mother’s Day: Handmade Paper Wreath

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Father’s Day: Your top 5 recipes, hand written.

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Valentine/ Anniversary: Home cooked meal with a handmade card

100 Little Resolutions

  1. Be Nicer
  2. Try ice climbing
  3. Make pottery
  4. Pay my credit card bill
  5. Get a summer job
  6. Take more weekend trips
  7. Catch some sunrises
  8. Buy less
  9. Make more
  10. Read twice as much
  11. Watch less tv
  12. Spend more time in nature
  13. Break bread with loved ones
  14. Find quiet time
  15. Meditate
  16. Try new things
  17. Try old things
  18. Be more present
  19. Be playful
  20. Smile more often than not
  21. Get good at slacklining
  22. Save 20% of my income
  23. Celebrate my birthday in a big way
  24. Write
  25. Spend more time outside
  26. Listen to more music
  27. Make more music
  28. Learn how to dance
  29. Be more creative
  30. Use divergent thinking
  31. Enjoy running
  32. Try new experiences
  33. Go to community events
  34. Call my grandparents regularly
  35. Get really strong
  36. Give advice
  37. Take advice
  38. Really, really listen to others
  39. Plan travel
  40. Explore locally
  41. Make time to live slowly
  42. Host game nights
  43. Play more in general
  44. Find enjoyable work
  45. Create less waste
  46. Reuse, reduce
  47. Make a plan
  48. Provide support
  49. Try things that scare you
  50. Revisit old things you always loved
  51. Build a foundation
  52. Embrace change
  53. Speak up
  54. Smile lots
  55. Laugh more
  56. Save money
  57. Be purposeful
  58. Learn more
  59. Visit new places
  60. Wander through museums
  61. Explore new food cultures
  62. Stretch
  63. Say “thank you”
  64. Volunteer in the community
  65. Figure out how to compost in the city
  66. Garden
  67. Slow down
  68. Support small artists
  69. Brew my own beer
  70. Take a daily walk
  71. Get up earlier
  72. Buy used
  73. Soak up the sun
  74. Plan for retirement
  75. Eat less meat
  76. Have a no spend month
  77. Journal
  78. Date night with your significant other
  79. Cook more from scratch
  80. Buy local
  81. Plan a vacation
  82. Make your own products
  83. Use the Neti pot
  84. Bake homemade bread
  85. Try a vegan week
  86. Repurpose old clothes and items
  87. Host a craft night
  88. Collaborate with others
  89. Take a painting or drawing class
  90. Visit a farm
  91. Invest more
  92. Drink more tea
  93. Read the ingredients
  94. Eat high-quality, ethical food
  95. Wear sunscreen
  96. Write a research paper
  97. Read more non-fiction
  98. Encourage my family to take a dream vacation
  99. Don’t lose things
  100. Be prepared

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Reflections and Intentions

Reflections
-Kept my boyfriend’s birthday gift a secret for a whole month and surprised him with a kayaking trip through downtown Chicago!
-Kept eating right, kept exercising, kept losing weight.
-Took a sick day and felt better for it. It’s hard to know when you are really sick and when rest will fix it. Hint: rest will always fix it.

Intentions
-Schedule group personal training and other exercise opportunities (read: hiking, dancing) for the upcoming months
-Stay one day ahead of schedule so flying to a wedding this weekend is zero stress
-Really, TRULY stay up to date on the blog

Intended
-meet my blog goals. Sorry for the inconsistency, guys!
-My Climb Like a Girl program is almost over. I need to set a new personal challenge.

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Discovery

I really enjoy the personal challenge that comes with each new theme. September was all about resiliency, which translated for me as a strength and firmness. I am excited to learn and evoke more playfulness with October’s theme: Discovery.

October brings the first brisk bites of fall weather, with the accompanying sense of opportunity. It is a time of year that people consume all sorts of flavors we neglect the rest of the year: apple, pumpkin, nutmeg, mace, squash! The same goes for color and texture. The other day I bought goldenrod high heels and a royal blue velvet clutch. Granted, the purchases were for a specific wedding outfit, but the color and texture were so unlike me! I think I caught a little bit of this autumn influence.

October brings instant thoughts of festivals and Halloween. A month of celebration and adventure, people from all walks of life partake in a bit of blatant paganism. Expect a post on the vital relationship between women and their personal witchiness. It’s coming.

My personal resolutions for discovery including learning something new, trying on a new viewpoint or lifestyle, and trying something I think I don’t like (swimming, pickles, etc.).

Expect invigorating challenges, new things, whimsical stories, and the expected spookiness on the blog this October.

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Reflections and Intentions

Reflections
-I forgot my keys. It’s definitely Monday.
-I went rock climbing outside  !!!!!!
-I am rectified in CPR.

Intentions
-meet my blog goals. Sorry for the inconsistency, guys!

-My Climb Like a Girl program is almost over. I need to set a new personal challenge.

Intended
-Climb a V2 at the rock wall
-I’m climbing outside and camping this weekend!
-Get more sleep. (Tuesday night maybe?)
-Do more things that aren’t Netflix. Bike. Play piano. Play a long game of chess.

5 Rules for Your Side Hustle

One way I’ve realized for me to feel more independent and content with a high-stress job is to have a little side hustle running. I tried driving for Lyft, and I am ready to peel off my stickers and downgrade car insurance. It’s a hassle and frankly, I’m overqualified. I can earn 5 hours of Lyft money in one hour of private piano lessons. Here are my strategies for a little money to pad my rainy day/ sunny day accounts.

  1. Ask what you deserve. 
    There is no better time than when you are your own boss. This work is your overtime, and if you are going to put in extra hours you might as well earn what you deserve. If I am going to spend 2 hours teaching piano after 8 hours of butting heads with students, then that money best be worth my time, because it’s going to take a lot of energy and patiences.
  2. Don’t hate it. 
    You had a food service job in college and it drove you crazy. Don’t go pick up an evening shift at the place down the street! For the love of all that is good, find work that you can at least tolerate!
  3. Don’t let it interrupt your main gig (unless that’s secretly the plan)
    Look, for now teaching provides health insurance, a somewhat reliable income, and summers off. I am not going to jeopardize that consistency unless I have a solid footing for another career in place. That doesn’t mean I won’t explore other skillets and options, but it does mean I won’t pick up any crazy night shifts that will affect my ability to work the next day.
  4. Promote yourself
    Just like when applying to and interviewing for jobs, you are your own best advocate! Tout your skills and achievements loudly and proudly, because you deserve to make gains from your accomplishments.
  5. Schedule on time and off time
    Extra work and money can be a little addicting. When you start lining up your new opportunities, be sure to schedule solid time to yourself. Solid time doing what you love, like hanging out with friends or having dinner with your partner, but also some time to yourself. It’s healthy. You need it. Don’t go crazy with your side hustle.

 

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Reflections and Intentions

Reflections
-Yay! We had our best blog day every last week!
-New workout routine (making adjustments for myself)
-I’m changing my mindset
-Clean, fresh apartment space
-Conversations with old friends, celebrations with new ones

Intentions
-Prepare myself for the next 2-4 months right now!
-Buy plane tickets for a personal getaway
-FINALLY pay that parking ticket
-Set-up freelance opportunities for teaching and playing
-Have fun every week (every day?) this month

Intended
-Continue our Professionals series
-Make a pinhole viewer and observe the eclipse
-Get ready to go back to work

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Monday Reflections and Intentions

Reflections:

-I went to an amazing secret concert… and got tickets for another one!

-We got a gig! I got paid to play jazz with my two best friends.

-We tried to go camping… ended up with a long road trip, a few mosquito bites, and a restful night in our own beds (the trail to our campsite was flooded!)

Intentions:

-have a blog post scheduled for every day of my vacation

-be packed for vacation by the end of today!

-don’t spent more than $100 during vacation

Intended:

clean house

-update my Chicago licensing information

sort out my finances

 

Last week: Monday Reflections and Intentions

Monday Reflections and Intentions

Reflections:

-Partook in a fancy AF wine tasting (only after listening to this Gastropod episode about wine through the lenses of a sommelier)

-Finally watched “Get Out

-Successfully used transit systems in two cities; also successfully used transit between the hours of 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. from O’Hare airport to the south side of Chicago.

Intentions:

-Keep posting on the blog each day during this busy week. Share music with you!

-Reconnect with old friends I haven’t spent time with in years

-Stay extremely active (like, walk through the labyrinth pictured above) and eat right in order to counter the late nights I will surely be having

Intended:

-write a post about Hamilton!

-go to the beach

-see the Redwoods