Happy New Year!

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New year, new blog post! I thought a good way to start off 2019 would be to make a list of all the things I want to do this year. Some of these things are new to me or an interesting way to continue bettering myself–ways that will inspire and drive me to continue. Life is too short for the typical new year resolutions like, “I want to lose weight,” or “I need to get a gym membership.” If you engage yourself in fun goals and activities that truly interest you, the other stuff will fall into place.

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I also want to take a moment to reflect and celebrate the things that happened in 2018:

  • I got my hair used to only being washed once a week! (Though now, it’s just been every 3-4 days.) My hair is so much healthier now–it’s thicker and more shiny!
  • I baked a lot of stuff from scratch this year: a few pies, a few cakes, French macarons, candied nuts and cookies.
  • I got my septum pierced! Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but was afraid of what everyone would think. Then I decided that it didn’t matter what anyone else thought. If I liked it, then I should do it!
  • Got into the groove of raising and keeping succulents and cacti alive. Finally! It took me doing a bunch of reading on the subject, but I think my black thumb has become a little greener!
  • I got really into embroidery this year and made a lot of pieces for gifts. Everyone loves them!
  • I finally found some beers I like! (Sours!) With that, I learned I have expensive taste.
  • My gal pals and I did a few vintage thrifting days this year, and I finally found a vintage dress that fits!
  • Jake and I got lots of walking in this year, just checking out cute neighborhoods, grabbing groceries, and walking to brunch places. It’s become one of our favorite things to do.
  • Experienced my first migraine ever! Thankfully, they don’t happen often, but boy, they do a number to you! My personal remedy for migraines is sleep and a pot of black coffee.
  • Added a new tattoo to my collection. (The blue crystal on my arm, for the Final Fantasy series, because I’m a huge nerd.)
  • Celebrated my friend getting hitched by making a chill girls trip to Seattle.
  • Got to ride (sort of, because I was a little chicken!) a vintage Vespa scooter!
  • Was gifted a giant stack of vintage magazines from the 1950s to the 1960s.
  • Busted my buns and achieved a promotion and certification at work.
  • Attended a My Favorite Murder themed birthday party. (If you’re into podcasts and True Crime, you need to check out My Favorite Murder!)
  • Had a blast planning and celebrating my 29th birthday in Portland with my best gal pals by attending a terrarium workshop, getting ice cream in a quirky creamery and exploring the weirdness that is downtown Portland. (Which I love!)
  • Researched and did stake outs with a friend in an attempt to catch the “Serial Cat Killer” in the area.
  • We relocated to a new place that we love! Jake and I are close to pretty much everything now.
  • Visited a pumpkin patch for the first time in years. (I actually can’t remember the last time I went to a pumpkin patch.)
  • Booked an international trip that’s happening in early 2019! I’m so stoked!
  • Scored a beautiful 1960s vintage silver platter set for Christmas, courtesy of Jake. ❤
  • Welcomed a new family member–my adorable niece!

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Wow! Looking at that list, a lot awesome stuff has happened! I’ve got a good feeling about 2019… It’s gonna be rad!

Here’s my 2019 To-Do List:

  1. Hike more – I’ve been wanting to incorporate more physical activity into my life, so I thought hiking would be an excellent way to do this. A few of us are talking about tackling Staircase as our first target, which is located in Olympic National Park.
  2. Visit a haunted historical site – I’m a big scaredy cat, but I do love the thrill of spooky things. I’ll have to do some research to find our first few places to scope out!
  3. Drink more water – I am awful at keeping up my water intake. Which is funny, because I dehydrate easily!
  4. Bake and decorate a naked cake – My Pinterest these days is covered in naked cakes because they are just so. Darn. Beautiful! I’m a fan of simple design, especially since I’m clumsy when it comes to frosting and decorating my baked goodies. If I could nail down a naked cake, I’d be ecstatic! If you’re not sure what a naked cake is, check out this neat post from Kitchn about them!
  5. Open up an Etsy shop – I’ve received so much love and praise for my simple embroidery designs. A few people mentioned that I should try having an Etsy shop for them. Stay tuned for that in the near future!
  6. Take more Polaroid pictures – I love my Polaroid camera to pieces! I’ve got four albums dedicated to my Polaroid pictures right now (going on five soon!), and have a few of them in frames throughout the apartment. It’s been such a joy to look back at all of the amazing and quirky photographs, and guests love to look through them too. Although we live in a digital world right now, I still find myself so drawn to tangible photographs.
  7. Tap into my creativity more – Since I’m planning on opening up an Etsy shop, obviously I’ll need to have some quirky pieces to sell! I need to keep my creative juices flowing. When I’m feeling inspired or driven to create, I need to listen to that and get to crafting!
  8. Visit a museum I’ve never been to before – I love museums and feel like I’ve been to all of the ones in my area. I’ve been wanting to do more traveling for a while now, so making a trip out of seeing a new museum elsewhere will be an adventure!
  9. Practice yoga at home – I’ve been going to yoga classes on and off for many years now. Since we moved, I haven’t been able to find a studio I really like… so I decided that I’d just start practicing at home on my own! Shout out to everyone who got me yoga stuff for Christmas this year, because I now have everything I need for a successful session on my own.
  10. Get back into journaling gratitude – A few years ago, my therapist recommended that everyday, I should write down three things I’m grateful for, three good things that happened that day and three good things about me. It’s been a while since I’ve had a gratitude journal, but I think I’ll get back into it for 2019. Gratitude is something we should always practice and what better way to do it than write something down each and every day? There’s always something or someone to be grateful for!

That’s just ten of the things I have on my personal list for 2019… If I’m going to accomplish all of this, I better hop right to it! Do you have any personal goals for 2019? Do you have any recommendations for spooky places or museums? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Take 2019 by the horns and have an amazing new year!

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