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Project 52: Week 4

For a recap of this project checkout the first post.

This Week’s Project

Project: Watch Five Documentary Films 

Length of Project: This week

Joel was traveling for part of this week so each evening I watched a different documentary. I love documentaries, but for some reason I have to make a plan to watch one. It’s not a genre I usually pick on a whim. My three favorites were:Read More

Project 52: Week 3

For a recap of this project checkout the first post.

A wonderful New Year’s resolution pep talk from Ana-Marie Cox, “It’s not how many times you fall away from your goal. It’s about how often you come back to it.” Ana hosts one of my favorite podcasts, With Friends Like These.

This Week’s Project

Project: Finally get my passwords organized 

Length of Project: This week

I used to be forever forgetting or mixing up my passwords. I was determined to get this sorted out in a safe and successful way. I signed up for 1Password and quickly got all my passwords stored safely. (This project did not take a whole week.)

Project: Write and mail Christmas thank you notes

Length of Project: This week

I’m usually pretty good about getting my thank you notes out quickly, but for some reason I just felt behind after the holidays this year. Giving myself this assignment this week was the best way to get caught up. I took a few minutes with my coffee in the morning and wrote a few a day and was caught up before the end of the week.

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Project 52: Week 2

For a recap of this project checkout the first post.

This Week’s Project

Project: Eat a serving of fruit everyday 

Length of Project: This week

Sometimes you just need a simple, accomplishable goal. I washed and cut lots of berries and pineapple for quick fruit salads and somedays just went with a banana. Sometimes, just accomplishing one little thing like this or making the bed can set the tone for the rest of the day in a positive way.

 

On Going Projects

Project: Read one book a month 

Length of Project: All year

For January, I am reading Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and EMO by Andy Greenwald. I’m almost halfway through.

I’m using Goodreads to keep track of my progress on this goal. 

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Project 52: Week 1

The first week of 2018 is officially in the books and now seems like a good time to bring back this blog.  For 2018 I want to use this space to document a year of self improvement/development. Some of the projects I’m trying will last the whole year and others are just for a month or a week. I’ll do a recap post each week to talk about what I did and how it went.

My main goal for 2018 is to practice finishing projects. I am so great at starting new things. No one gets more excited about a new endeavor than I do! Now I want to get better at finishing them. Here is Week 1’s recap:

Project: Read one book a month 

Length of Project: All year

I am fairly certain that the only books I finished in 2017 were audiobooks. This year I want to read one physical book a month. One of the nice things about this project is that I have so many, barely-started books laying around. Now I get to finish them and I have a small head start (sometimes only a few pages) each month.

For January, I am reading Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and EMO by Andy Greenwald. I’m really enjoying it. It’s a deep dive into a specific music genre that I know random things about but now I feel like I’m getting a fuller picture of the scene. I enjoy reading or listening to people talk about things they’re passionate about even if it’s something that I wouldn’t normally care about. This book hits the sweet spot of passion and something I’m interested in, too.

I’m using Goodreads to keep track of my progress on this goal. 

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A new project

It’s been more than a year since I’ve posted here on my dear ol’ blog. I do miss writing, but I’ve hardly known what to write in the last year. So much and so little has happened all at the same time. I have not given up on this blog (despite the long absence), but in the meantime I would like to invite you to a new place.

Air travel, airplane

Joel and I have had the great privilege of traveling more and more recently. Last year we visited many places in England, Scotland, and Ireland. This time next week I’ll be back in England. Follow the adventures over here, if you please!

four things: mugs and cookies

I always fall for a pretty mug. Pair them with cookies and you have perfection!

Mug // Recipe

Recipe // Mug

If you’re looking for a good read to go along with your coffee or tea break may I recommend light and airy Summer at Tiffany or for something darker The Mastermind.

her, here

A post series that pairs portraits and places.

Bette Davis and B & W Powder Room

One // Two