2017 Goal Check-in / Lenten Promise

2017 Goal Check-in / Lenten Promise

I can barely believe it, but it’s already March which means we have nearly completed the first quarter of 2017. This also means that it’s time for a goal check-in. Surprisingly, I’ve been very good about my goals for this year, and I’ve even interlaced it with my Lenten Promise.

Since I’m trying to be a healthier human being, I gave up soda pop for Lent, which is actually super hard for me since I crave Coke/Cherry Coke on a regular basis. Seriously, we’re talking insane caffeine headaches on a daily basis as of lately due to a lack thereof. Yesterday marked one week without my beloved beverage of choice, and it is turning out to be a bit more difficult than I anticipated. Nevertheless, I’m pushing through it, and I think I’m doing pretty well if I do say so myself!

I’ve been pretty good about sticking to a workout regiment at least 4 days a week. Pilates has lately been my workout of choice and I’ve come to really enjoy it. Sometimes I have an occasional slip-up due to a long work day or post-work plans, but, if that’s the case, I try to get in at least a half hour leg and ab workout. I also drink at least 20 oz. of water a day which has made a huge difference in my complexion.

As for my travel goal, I’ve booked three trips within the next three months! I’m super excited for what the rest of the year holds!

How are you doing on your goals? If you’re religious, what did you give up for Lent?

-K.

Travel Essentials

If you follow me on any form of social media, you know that my boyfriend, Ryan, is in the Air Force and has been stationed on the other side of the world for a little over a year. I’m so excited to announce that in just three short months I will be hopping on a plane to visit him for a two week Italian adventure!! This is my first time traveling internationally so I’m super stoked, but also a little nervous, but that’s to be expected. I’m mostly elated to be reunited with my guy; It’s also the first big vacation Ryan and I are taking together in our three years of being together.

Since this is my first international flight, I’ve been doing a ton of research to plan and prepare. I’ve obviously never been on a flight this long and I have the tendency to get bored easily so I need plenty to keep me occupied during my travels. In honor of this exciting news, here is my list of necessities for traveling.

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  • First and foremost, I always take a large tote bag or backpack as my purse carry-on so that I can have my essentials right at my fingertips throughout the flight. I just purchased this one from Longchamp and I absolutely LOVE it. It fits everything I need and then some. It’s even large enough to fit a laptop if you wish to bring it with you for work related trips. The Longchamp could also be used as an overnight bag for quick trips.
  • I also always bring a cross body bag or wristlet for daily use so I’m not lugging around a large tote. My boyfriend bought me this Michael Kors one for Christmas and it goes with just about everything!
  • Your iPad or laptop is essential if you wish to do anything other than watch a movie on a long flight. I intend on using mine for blogging purposes, and I may just download a few games for fun. If you have any fun game recommendations, I’d love to hear them!
  • I, personally, love the feel of having a book in my hand and, therefore, don’t download them onto my iPad. I’m still working on the Outlander series as I’ve mentioned in a number of previous posts, and I’m hoping to be on the 5th book by the time I leave. In fact, I may even bring a back up book between my layover and our train rides during our vacation.
  • Hand Sanitizer is huge for me on a plane. I know it makes me sound like a germaphobe, but I’m always hearing about people being sick after flights. Plus, you never really know how often they clean your area. Piggybacking off of the hand sanitizer, hand lotion is also necessary with how dry the air can get on a plane.
  • Whether or not I’m on a plane, I always have gum or mints on me. On long flights when I don’t have the opportunity to brush my teeth after meals or snacks, it’s nice to freshen up even the least bit with a piece. I also like to chew gum while taking off so my ears don’t pop – this may be an old wives’ tale, but I will never take off without it!
  • Earbuds- to block out screaming children, your snoring neighbor, or to simply listen to music or watch a movie. I will never ever board a plane without mine.
  • I tend to be a bit of a clumsy person so I always have a Tide To Go Pen on me to prevent stains.
  • Chapstick is my best friend – I won’t leave the house without it, let alone the country. My go-to since middle school is Burt’s Bees Original.
  • A new addition to my travel bag is roll-on perfume to freshen up before I land. For this trip, I chose the fragrance Burberry Brit Sheer – it’s a very light, floral, borderline fruity scent.

Not pictured above, but are also super helpful:

  • Advil and/or Dramamine
  • Cell phone (although that’s a given)
  • Chargers
  • Shawl/blanket scarf in case it gets chilly on your flight

What are some of your favorite travel essentials? Also, if you have any tips for me, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!!

-K.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Last week I took a little break and went to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with my boyfriend, Ryan and his family to visit his grandma while he’s home. A fun fact about me is that even though I’m a Michigander, I have never actually traveled to the U.P. until now! We did a family vacation to Mackinac Island when I was five, but that is as far north as I’d ever been. It turns out that the U.P. is nothing but historic and absolutely beautiful!

We stayed at the Laurium Manor Inn in Laurium; It’s a darling old mansion of the family of a copper mining tycoon, built in 1908 that is now a bed and breakfast (with a fabulous breakfast). The history nerd that I am, I loved getting to know the history of the house. We stayed in one of the maid’s rooms (#7) on the third floor right across from the ballroom. It was quaint and lovely, but you need to mind your head on the sloping ceiling. Rumor has it that the old house is haunted from it’s days as a funeral home, but we didn’t experience anything paranormal.

During the trip, we explored the Lake Superior shoreline since his grandma is lucky enough to call the lake her backyard and were able to witness some breathtaking sunsets. We also toured a copper mine and explored the towns of Calumet and Copper Harbor.

Here are a few photos from our trip!

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This was such an amazing way to kick off the end of summer! What did you do for your end of summer celebration?

-K

 

101 Goals Update

101 Goals Update

Hi all!

A little over a year ago, I posted 101 Goals (original post here) I had for myself to accomplish within the next 20 years. I decided to revisit this post to see how much I have crossed off thus far since this past year has been quite the whirlwind for me.

  1. Graduate college – completed April 29, 2016!
  2. Swim with dolphins
  3. Get published
  4. Visit all 50 states – Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, Pennsylvania, bonus: DC
  5. Travel to Europe multiple times – Currently planning my first trip to Italy in 2017!
  6. Go sailing
  7. Be spontaneous for a whole day
  8. Rescue a dog from the shelter
  9. Buy a puppy
  10. Get married to the man of my dreams (he knows who he is;))
  11. Have children
  12. Start our own family traditions
  13. Own a boat
  14. Be a role model
  15. Take up yoga regularly
  16. Eat more vegetables – try to have them with every meal!
  17. Try a new food/drink every week – I’ve actually been very good with this one
  18. Own a house
  19. Be generally successful in all of my endeavors
  20. Become an exceptionally strong writer
  21. Learn not to get frustrated over mistakes
  22. Live a happy life
  23. Own a pair Louboutins
  24. Make six figures before I die
  25. Finish reading the Outlander series – I’m nearly finished with book 3!
  26. Write for a magazine
  27. Have a fun career
  28. Get a tattoo– BIG maybe
  29. Make at least one person happy every day for the rest of my life
  30. Make a difference in someone’s life
  31. Host a holiday meal for my family
  32. Cuddle a pygmy goat
  33. Make a second job out of blogging
  34. Donate a copious amount of money to charity
  35. Complete at least five Pinterest projects I’ve pinned by the end of the year
  36. Read at least half of BBC’s Top 100 Book List – Pride & Prejudice, HP & the Goblet of Fire, Winnie the Pooh, The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Catcher in the Rye, HP & the Sorceror’s Stone, HP & the Chamber of Secrets, HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Hobbit, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, The Great Gatsby, The Count of Monte Cristo, A Christmas Carol, Of Mice and Men, The BFG, Black Beauty, Artemis Fowl, A Tale of Two Cities, Holes, The Princess Diaries
  37. Take my mom on the vacation of her dreams
  38. Buy my dad a boat
  39. Be in Times Square for the ball drop
  40. Go on a wine tasting tour– Italian wine tasting tour?
  41. Spend an entire day without touching my phone or laptop – I’m discovering that this is more and more difficult especially being in my field of work
  42. Sleep under the stars
  43. Take a cooking class
  44. Read the Bible in it’s entirety
  45. See Les Miserables on Broadway
  46. Go to Disneyworld and ride every single ride
  47. Make diamond boards for my littles  – Became an alumna 
  48. Take the train to Chicago
  49. Speak French fluently
  50. Win the lottery
  51. Have excellent credit
  52. Pay back my student loans by the time I’m 40
  53. Watch the sunset in Hawaii
  54. Honeymoon in Paris
  55. Start an IRA
  56. Perfect my ice skating skills
  57. Maintain a budget
  58. Road trip to Alpha Delta Pi’s Executive Office
  59. Learn to sew
  60. Make my future husband breakfast in bed
  61. Learn to drive a manual
  62. Visit Nantucket
  63. Obtain my CPL
  64. Have my own business cards
  65. Volunteer at least once a week
  66. Purchase a new laptop
  67. Get an international phone plan– lame goal, but necessary for my long distance relationship – We’re making it work with different messenger apps!
  68. Give up caffeine for a month
  69. Meditate regularly
  70. Stop biting/peeling my nails
  71. Purge my bedroom at my parents’ house before I move back in – Done!
  72. Leave a lasting impact on my sorority; I want to be remembered – Became an alumna
  73. Have a date night at least twice a month (girls’ night when Ryan is away)
  74. Strive to learn at least one new thing a day
  75. Keep a journal of something I learn every day
  76. Buy coffee for a stranger
  77. Send flowers to a friend
  78. Answer the 50 questions that will free your mind – Completed on my blog in two separate posts (first and second)
  79. Write a freelance article
  80. Get a massage – Treated myself post-graduation
  81. Drink only water for a month
  82. Explore New England/the east coast in it’s entirety
  83. Perfect my handwriting
  84. Attend a conference (nothing that has to do with my sorority)
  85. Actually bake cookies instead of just eating the cookie dough
  86. Try Tropical Smoothie – Done and I’m obsessed!!
  87. Get head-shots taken
  88. Go on a spontaneous trip
  89. Attend New York Fashion Week
  90. Attend the Kentucky Derby
  91. No fast food for a month
  92. Become a morning person
  93. Strengthen my Instagram game
  94. Get a professional blowout
  95. Read for 30 minutes every night – So far, so good!
  96. Upgrade my iPhone – Done this past Christmas
  97. Throw diamonds with Luke Bryan
  98. Go on a road trip with Ryan
  99. Make a blog friend
  100. See 10 classic movies – Half way there! Gone with the Wind, Wizard of Oz, Schindler’s List, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Jaws, Westside Story, 
  101. Buy a monogrammed stationary

How do you make sure you accomplish your goals? Comment below or share a link to your own blog post containing your 101 goals.

-K

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