Things That Make Me Happy

Things That Make Me Happy
Hellllloooo!

Life of Hayley has been a little depressing as of late. I was talking to my husband, Brett, the other night and he said I should make a list of the things that make me happy so when I’m down I can read the list. So here goes nothing!

By the way, this list is not in any kind of order.

  • Our cat, Lucy
  • Summer nights by the bonfire
  • Hanging out with Brett
  • Being at the Lake surrounded by family
  • My parent’s dog, Megan
  • Shopping with my mom and sister
  • British candy
  • Road trips
  • A clean car
  • Freshly baked cookies
  • A completed to-do list
  • Sunday afternoon naps
  • Getting a good deal (on anything)
  • Summer in Michigan
  • My grandma’s banana bread and zucchini cake
  • Traveling (especially around Europe)
  • A good ol’ cup of tea
  • Reading before bed
  • Helping someone when they need it
  • Writing (this blog, a book, who knows?)
  • Boat rides
  • Walking the dog
  • Toddlers
  • Nice people
  • An unexpected “Thank You”
  • Weddings
  • A clean house
  • Fresh sheets
  • Weekends
  • New skin care
  • A full tank of gas
  • Clothes that I feel comfortable in
  • An empty e-mail inbox
  • Coke Slushies
  • FroYo
  • Putting my pajamas on after work
  • Christmas Eve
  • Fireworks
  • Summer car rides with music blaring
  • Home
  • Ikea
  • Reading book reviews
  • Brunch
  • Fresh flowers
  • London, England
  • Our wedding video
  • Collecting vintage tea cups
  • Harry Potter!
  • Art Shows
  • People watching
  • Puppies
  • Trader Joe’s
  • 90’s music
  • Sunflowers
  • Sour candy
  • Friends
  • Going to the beach
  • Camping

That was easier than I thought it would be! I could go on and on but I won’t bore you with the details. Making a list of my favorite things actually did make me feel so much better! Next time I’m feeling down I will come back and read through this to remember my happiness.

And as the saying goes – “It’s a bad day, not a bad life”

Thanks for reading! What are your favorite things?

 
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2018: Second Quarter Goals

2018 Second Quarter Goals
Hello there!

I didn’t think this post was going to happen but here we are. What’s new with you? Are you crushing your 2018 goals?

I am back with another quarterly goal list and I just wanted to mention how first quarter went for me.

The first three months of 2018 went by so quickly. January was a blur of excitement, anxiety, and many, many tears. February featured the birth of my co-worker’s baby which means three months of maternity leave for her. In other words, I am swamped at work but thriving. I am learning every day and my team is simply amazing. March feels like it didn’t even happen. March meant long hours, lots of meals at my desk, and an overflowing calendar. In other words, tax season. It’s been a rough three months but I am grateful every day for the opportunities that have been thrown my way.

We are almost one month down for the first quarter. I still can’t believe how fast this year is going! Can time just please slow down a bit?!

So, here are a few of the things I am hoping to accomplish during what is left of the second quarter.

  1. Create healthy habits. What does a healthy lifestyle look like for me? I am still trying to figure this out but I will not stop until I have the answers that I am looking for. I don’t like what I see in the mirror and I am going to change that. Baby steps are needed but little by little I will get to where I want to be.
  2. Family First. My grandparents are back from Arizona which means that summer is right around the corner. I want to spend as much time as I can with my family. I want to go camping, spend days at the lake, and just enjoy as much time as I can with the people that I love most.
  3. Make our house a home. If you didn’t read my last post, Brett and I bought a house and moved in last month! We are so excited to decorate and really turn this house into our own home. We have dreamed of this for so long and still can’t believe that this is our reality. This is the beginning of another chapter in our story.
  4. Me Time. I find myself putting other people first a lot of the time. I often forget to take care of myself. I want to find time to do things that help myself like get a haircut and buy some clothes that will flatter my new, curvier figure. I have spent so much time the last couple of months being really negative about my body so I need to spend some time on making myself better from the inside out.
  5. Blogging. Is this still a thing? Does Life of Hayley even exist or matter? It’s time to figure it out. Maybe I will never be full time writer or have the most pin worthy posts but sharing pieces of my story impacts my life is a positive way. I need to figure out a way to make this blog work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! 🙂
  6. Get my head in the game. A huge thing that is holding me back is my health. I mentioned in a recent post that my headaches and migraines have been getting worse. It’s miserable. I have an appointment with my neurologist in mid May. I am hoping to discuss some next steps with him that could improve my quality of life. Right now I feel like I am just trying to make it through each day in one piece.

Wow, I had a lot to say. I sometimes forget how much I love having an outlet for all of these thoughts that usually just bounce around in my head.

I would love to hear from you so please comment below with questions, words of encouragement, or just a simple “hello”. I love to hear from you.

As always, thank you so much for reading. Hopefully I will be back soon with more. 🙂

 

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June Goals

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Hello again! I am back from my little blogging break! 🙂

This past semester I studied abroad in London which turned into the best experience of my life. I still have many posts that I would like to share with all of you about things that I did while I was abroad. I flew back to Michigan on May 30th and have just been putting my life back together ever since. It was hard coming home because I feel like I am a much different person now then I was in January when I left for London. I don’t fit the same way in my old life anymore so there are many things that I need to adjust.

Now is my chance to change whatever I would like about my life. I have decided to set myself a few goals for June in order to stay on track and get some things done. This is a new kind of post for me so let me know what you think!

  1. Spend more time with my family and friends: After being away for four months I have a lot of catching up to do. I also realized while I was gone that in the past I haven’t had much time off to spend with my family and I really regret that. I need to start putting my family first.
  2. Take Megan on at least five walks a week: Megan is our family’s three and a half year old puggle. We got her in October and she is a little bundle of energy! I’ve been taking her on a walk every day since I have come back and she really loves it.
  3. Focus on eating healthy: While I was abroad I ate whatever I wanted to and never thought about the consequences. Now that I am back I need to focus on eating healthy and getting back to a heathy pre-study abroad weight.
  4. Organize my bedroom and donate/sell clothing: I have already started doing this and it’s exhausting. While I was gone I lived with just a few clothing options and I liked it much better than having an exploding closet. Now that I am getting older I need to start investing in quality pieces instead of focusing on quantity.
  5. Start working again: I’ve been home for almost a week and haven’t started at work yet. I am going back to my old job which I am excited about but I needed some time off before going back to figure things out.
  6. Finish study abroad blogs: I got really behind on blogging while I was in London because I spent the majority of my time doing things with my friends or exploring London. I have so many adventures that I would still like to share with you! Hopefully I will have time to finish everything this month!

I’m thinking that setting goals each month will be a great addition to my life and this blog. I would love to read about all of your goals so please let me know if you are also doing these posts! I’m always so inspired by other bloggers! Also, at the end of the month I may or may not to a recap where I review the goals that I had set for myself.

Thanks for reading! It’s so nice to back to blogging!

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21st Birthday Week Activities!

It is officially the week of my 21st Birthday! As I have mentioned before, birthdays have always been special to me because I share it with my Grandpa and Riley. Birthdays give me a chance to celebrate everything that I have accomplished in the last year and give me something to look forward to.

This year, I started my birthday week off with a trip to Cedar Point with Brett. Brett is a huge roller coaster fan and yesterday (October 19th) was the last day that the ride Mantis would be running. Brett is weird and sentimental about roller coasters so I agreed to drive down with him to say goodbye to Mantis. It ended up being the perfect day because it was pretty warm and the park was slow so we were able to ride almost every coaster without waiting. We had a great day together!

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Some other activities that I am looking forward to this week are:

  • Getting my new driver’s license: My current license features my braces and awkward 16 year old face. I am super excited to get a new one that actually looks like how I look now.

    16 year old me buying my first car!

    16 year old me buying my first car!

  • Organizing my birthday party: I am looking forward to having an awesome 21st birthday with all of my friends. We are still figuring out all of the details but it’s going to be a fun night no matter what we do.
  • Outlet Shopping: On the 25th my mom, sister, and I are traveling to the outlet mall for some serious shopping time!
  • Birthday party at the lake: Celebrating my birthday at the lake with my Grandpa and the rest of my family is seriously the best part of my birthday every year. I love spending time with my family and the lake looks beautiful in the fall!
  • The Lake!

               The Lake!

  • Carving pumpkins: My dad bought me and Dani pumpkins to carve for Halloween. I just think that carved pumpkins are so cute and I always have a great time designing mine!

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Overall, this week is going to be filled with so many great memories. I am planning on cherishing the time that I get to spend with my Grandpa, family, and friends this week. Turning 21 is a huge milestone but to me it is about way more important things than finally being able to drink alcohol. Turning 21 means that I have spent the past 20 years growing, learning, and becoming a better person. I am grateful for all of the opportunities that I have had over the last 20 years and I am looking forward to all of the adventures that 21 will bring me.

End of Summer Thoughts

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Summer is almost over and I am starting to freak out! I am not looking forward to going back to school! I have this problem where I really overbook myself which means that I am taking five classes, in two clubs, volunteering, and working 30 hours a week. How am I going to make this work?

Last year, I lived on campus which provided me the luxury of literally rolling out of bed and running to class. This year I live 30ish minutes away so I will have to plan my time wisely. I’m anxious about living off campus because I never have done it before. I moved back home with my parents so that I can study abroad in the spring. I can’t sign a lease since I will be leaving (hopefully!) in January.

The reality of summer coming to an end has driven me to writing lists like crazy. There is still so much that I need to get done but so little time! Lists are my way of getting everything out of my system. Once I write it done I can stop remembering and overanalyzing it.  I have a journal that is completely designated for lists. I write lists of bloggers I follow, blog post ideas, what I need to get done, what to buy, etc. I write lists mostly before bed so that I can sleep without worrying about the things that I have to do the next day.

Organization is a huge part of my life. College is hard and staying on top of assignments is almost impossible. I rely heavily on lists, my planner, and excel spreadsheets to keep me on task.  I am currently in the market for a new 2014-2015 planner which I will most likely buy from Target. I really considered buying an expensive planner this year because it is something that I use every day. But in the end I would rather spend my money on tuition or something more important.

Well, thanks for reading my random blog. Remember to enjoy the rest of your summer! 🙂

I’d Rather be at the Lake

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Fourth of July weekend offered a much needed break from my crazy busy schedule. Unfortunatly, I wasn’t able to get the whole weekend off so I had to work 11:30-8 on Saturday. But besides that I had a fantastic time out at the lake with my family, watching fireworks, grilling out, and going to a local airshow/balloon event that Brett helps coordinate.

Let’s begin with July 4th. Usually on the fourth both sides of my family (my mom’s family and my dad’s family) come together for a huge celebration at the lake. This year was a little different because we had a smaller party with only a few families there. It was still so much fun to have both of my Grandmas hanging out together. I love being able to spend time with both of my families at once!

Grandpa taking us on a boat ride <3

Grandpa taking us on a boat ride 

The fourth was even more special because my Grandpa took us on a boat ride. This felt like the biggest treat ever because he rarely ever drives the boat anymore. I love when he takes us on boat rides because he can tell us who lives where on the lake. He just knows so much and I really admire him. I felt so spoiled being able to spend so much time with my grandparents this weekend!

My family

My family

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After spending time out at the lake my parents, sister, and I headed to the airshow grounds for fireworks. Brett’s whole family was there as well as a few of his friends so we had a great time hanging out together. I really enjoyed the fireworks this year and I love being able to watch them with my family and friends. I enjoy celebrating our freedom and thanking everyone that has fought for our country. I feel lucky to live in such a great country where we are free vote and make our own decisions.

Kids playing with sparklers and bonfire.

Kids playing with sparklers and bonfire.

Like I said before, I had to work on the fifth. After work we had a neighborhood party with food, drinks, a bonfire, and fireworks. It was fun sitting around the fire talking and laughing with my neighbors. I have known most of them since I was 4 or 5 so they have all watched me grow up. I have babysat most of the kids and it is weird watching them turn into teenagers. It seems like just yesterday I was changing their diapers and tucking them into bed!

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Love

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Today I woke up bright and early to go to the performer briefing for the airshow. I’m obviously not a performer but Brett has to go to the briefings so that he can update the event’s facebook page. After that, we headed to the event grounds to get ready for our busy day. It was such a nice day to spend watching all of the amazingly talented pilots!

 

Smiley face in the sky!

Smiley face in the sky!

The Thunderbirds!

The Thunderbirds!

The Blue Angels flew by to say hello after the show! So cool!

The Blue Angels flew by to say hello after the show! So cool!

Brett is majoring in Aviation Administration so he loves all things airplanes. I just love how happy airshows make him. He is so passionate about them! I had a great day hanging out with Brett and his friends. I am grateful that I get to have opportunities like this!

I had such a great weekend. I don’t want to go to work tomorrow at all! I am pretty sunburnt even though I wore sunscreen so I know that wearing my uniform tomorrow will suck!!!

How did you spend your Fourth of July weekend?? Thanks for reading!!