2020: Fourth Quarter Goals

At the beginning of 2020 I was super motivated to make some lifestyle changes. I wanted to use this year to prepare myself for the next chapter of my life which might include motherhood. COVID forced me to slow down and spend some much needed time working on my mental health and my relationship with my husband. This year might not have gone according to plan but it wasn’t a complete waste of time.

To finish the year strong, here are my 4th quarter goals:

  1. Be intentional about spending time with family. We’ve had to be creative in order to spend time with family and friends this year due to social distancing. I’ve still been able to spend quality time with the people that I love and I don’t want that to change because of the colder weather.
  2. Create a new holiday tradition with Brett. We love the Christmas season but this year many of our normal traditions most likely won’t be happening so we will have to create a new tradition together.
  3. Schedule my remaining annual and semi-annual health appointments. Dentist, PCP, and Neurologist. It’s going to be a busy 3 months with all these appointments but I will be glad to have them checked off my list for awhile.
  4. Save 50% of my holiday bonus for 2021 house projects. My company is super generous and always has a year-end bonus for employees. If we have one this year I want to save at least 50% of it for future house projects!
  5. Stick to my current health/wellness routine. This includes past quarterly goals of spending time outside, meal planning/prepping, and monitoring my water intake.

We are almost done with this crazy, unpredicatable year. Who knows what 2021 will be like but let’s finish this year strong!

Do you have any goals you want to complete before the end of the year?

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Five on Friday #5

Five on Friday

It’s been a hot second since my last Five on Friday post! Today I am finally back with another five things that I am looking forward to or thinking about on this dreary Friday morning.

  1. We leave for Arizona tomorrow morning to visit my grandparents! My mom, sister, Brett, and I are going down for a few days of relaxation and family time before my sister moves to Hawaii next month. I can’t wait to be back with the fam and have a few days off of work!
  2. I have five books packed in my suitcase ready to go for some serious pool time reading. I’m flying through books again so please send me your recommendations! I’m trying to read a variety of different genres this year.
  3. I’m in the process of redecorating my house for spring and it’s making all of this snow and ice much more bearable. Michigan went from -37 degrees Fahrenheit to 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the matter of a week. My body is confused about what season we are in.
  4. I’m working on changing my mindset towards weight loss. I’ve been really struggling since early 2018 with my weight after taking a medication that made me blow up like a balloon. I’ve had issues with food in the past so I know that I need to be careful with myself and try to keep this experience as positive as possible.
  5. Brett and I are trying to plan out our summer! Summertime in Michigan is my absolute favorite but I always feel so stressed to squeeze everything in my the time it rolls around because I didn’t plan ahead. This year I just want to spend as much time at my grandparent’s house on the lake as possible.

What are your plans for this weekend?

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What Fourth of July Means to Me

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Happy Fourth of July!

Today is one of Brett’s favorite days of the year and I always try to share his excitement! Our 4th always consists of spending the day at an Air Show and celebrating all of the men and women who fought or are currently fighting for our country!

I always think of both of Brett’s Grandpas on this day. His Grandpa Charlie died before we started dating but was an incredibly hardworking man. But his Grandpa Ed (Red) lives in Florida and I have got to know him well through the years.

When Brett’s Grandma passed away in December we spent a lot of time with his Grandpa. Ed pulled out his scrapbook that he created from his days in the Army and shared many stories about his experiences during World War II. It was heartbreaking to see how badly these memories still hurt him. He was injured and earned a Purple Heart which is a huge honor! I am proud to call him “Grandpa” and will make sure to pass along his stories to our future children.

It hurts me to watch him suffering from the loss of his wife and an injury that still he suffered during World War II. He lives alone now in his nineties while his whole family is in Michigan. The VA has done very little to help him while he risked his life for years for this country.

The Fourth of July means so much more than fireworks and barbeques. It’s a day to remember all of those people who represented our great country and fought for our freedom. All of the people who still suffer from the memories and heartbreak of war.

I am proud to live in the United States but I realize that it took a lot of suffering from others in order for us to enjoy this freedom. Today we should celebrate America and all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Thanks for reading and Happy Fourth!

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Adventure Down Candy Cane Lane

Hello again! Long time, no blog.

Well, it’s official….the fall semester is finally over! I got my grades back and guess what? I made the Dean’s List! Woohoo!!! This semester definitely kicked my butt and I am so happy that it’s over and I passed!

I’ve been trying to spend a lot of time with my family and friends before I leave for London in just over a month.  One of the people who it’s going to be hardest to leave is my boyfriend, Brett. He is so encouraging and supportive of my decision to study abroad and is the person I talk to most. I can’t imagine not seeing him for four months….

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With that said, Brett and I have been spending a ton of time together because we will miss each other so much. One of the fun winter activities we did together was to volunteer to usher at a local theatre. We ushered the show Shrek which I loved! It was such a fun show!!

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After the show, we walked across the street to the downtown park. Every year the city sets up “Candy Cane Lane” which includes candy cane walkways and a ton of lights! It was a great way to end an amazing night!!

Thanks for reading!

Home for the Holidays

Today was my last day of exams! I studied my butt off and did the best that I could do so I hope that it all works out! But enough of school, I am home now and it’s time to party! And by party I mean work a million hours and hang out with my family.

Today’s activities included taking my microeconomics final, packing up and cleaning my dorm room, and making the short journey home to my parent’s house. I am so excited to be home for a relaxing break! Tomorrow morning we have a manager’s meeting at work and then I am doing some Christmas shopping with my sister before we both have to work at 5!

On Saturday my mom is graduating with her master’s degree! She has been working on it for five and a half years and I am so proud of her for completing her degree! My mom’s best friend is coming up from Ohio for the ceremony as well. I can’t wait to celebrate all that my mom has accomplished! I am so lucky to be her daughter.

For now, I am relaxing by the fire with a mug of hot coco from our new keruig! I am also catching up on the latest episode of Bones! 😉

I hope you all have a great start to your holiday break as well!