Friday Favorites: Hulu, Doughnuts, & Spreadsheets

It feels a little like a Thursday and a lot like a Friday. These short weeks should be a regular thing. I’ve read compelling arguments for the shorter work week both here and here.
*If you’ve yet to download or receive a copy of January Self-Care Bingo, leave me a comment or download your image from the link!*

On that note, I’ve joined the link-up and here are a few Friday Favorites!

Friday Doughnuts

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Aside from needing to rescue my Tupperware from the office refrigerator, working from the office on Friday means a Top Pot doughnut. It’s the perfect incentive to occasionally cross the floating bridge on a Friday.

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I’m not one for binging a television series, ever. But, I did watch four, albeit short, seasons of Younger last week. It’s comical, slightly relate-able, and takes place in Manhattan. Hillary Duff makes her debut back to television as an editor at a publishing house and a 40 year pretends to be 26 to get a job at this publishing company. 21 minutes episodes fly by and I’m highly anticipating the 5th season.

If you watch it, I hope you’re also rooting for Liza and Charles to end up together.

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2018 Planning & Goals

People generally fall into two categories when it comes to a new calendar year. Those that buy planners and those that don’t. I fall into the first category and I maintain that planner for approximately 50% of the year. Nevertheless, I enjoy planning out a variety of general goals I’d like to accomplish. It seems everywhere I look “goals” is a forbidden word this year, but sometimes a goal is the best way to fuel motivation to accomplish something. Intentions are the 2018 buzzword. Look at it this way, you build a foundation of intentions that are lasting and these help you to accomplish any and all goals. So, get it girl, GO BOLD, set BIG GOALS.
I see how both can fit into your life.
My friends and I sat together this week and created vision boards for 2018, a little serious and a little fun. I’ll have more on that next week.

Spreadsheets and Work Tools

Not the most exciting, but i’m helping out our staffing team this week with role placement and planning. It’s a great change of pace!

Reading for Pleasure

High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way is the book in my backpack. I have a separate post planned to take a closer at this book, but I’m crushing on it so much that I had to share a little early. It’s based on years of research and provides dozens of anecdotes throughout each chapter. If you want to learn more right now, check out his guest appearance on this podcast.  High Performance Habits: Episode: 104 with Brendon Burchard. (He’s also an Accenture consulting alum!)

If you decided to skim through the favorites, I hope if nothing else, you leave with a smile on your face from this dog picture.
This is Paisley, the 2 year old Samoyed!
Tuckered out from a day at the park and waiting for her owner to take her home & away from this gaggle of girls watching The Bachelor Premiere. 12/10 

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What’s your Friday Favorite?
Are you in favor of the 4 day workweek?

Rolling with Intention: Self-Care Bingo Day 2

Time to kick-off an intentional January. By the end of this month hopefully you’ll feel rested, collected, and ready to take-on what life hands to you.

Happy New Year!

I hope that both your week and new year are off to a great start and was relaxing as my own.

Monday was spent sleeping, cleaning, reading, and easing into 2018 after a raucous NYE party. The hairbrush microphone you’d think was left in the teenage years reemerged for us on NYE. Living room karaoke can’t get much better than our NYE 2017 version, it doesn’t take much to hype a group when music from the 90s starts bumpin’.

Today marks the perfect day to kick-off Self-Care Bingo if you have yet to begin filling in your card. Do you still need to copy the card begin filling in the squares? I added the link for anyone hoping to jump on the bandwagon and reset this month.

You can print off the card or keep it on your desktop. I’m choosing to keep it on my desktop and star each day as I complete an item.

Jan 1st: Read for pleasure- Check!

Personal Self Care Bingo

If you aren’t doing this self-care card, how are you living with intention this January?

A Year in Review: Travel by the Numbers

To all the MVP and those in the million miles club, congrats! It takes a lot of travel to rack-up the miles. Those of you commuting to work by plane every week, I’m mildly envious you can claim the miles and fly free for vacations!

This was a year of great travel both near and far for weddings, leisure, bachelorettes, and football. Out of curiosity and a desire to throw things on a pie chart, I dug into my Alaska member account and reviewed itineraries for an overview of my airport adventures.

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The second half of 2017 was truly a whirlwind! Looking forward to 2018 with a few plane hops already in the works!

What was your favorite getaway of 2017?

 

Let’s Play BINGO for Self-Care

As promised, I’ve brought to you the self-care bingo card that will guide you to be more mindful of everyday wellness. I plan to check the boxes off of this card along with you during the month.

This bingo card is intended to be personalized by the user, so you can add actions that personally build you up. The idea of caring for yourself is not all bubblebaths, saying no, or alone time (but those can be a part of it); self-care is setting aside time that reboots you each day. It’s equally important to relax at home with a book as it is to spend time with important people in your life.

It may be difficult to brainstorm 10 items, but brainstorming is a part of the process to understanding how you best function!

Spend the next week prepping your BINGO card and you’ll be all set come January 1st!

If you need clarifications, have suggestions, or feedback, please let me know!


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Ready to Ring in 2018

The new year is sneaking up on us and the holidays are slipping away. Make sure you’re drinking your fill of hot cider and eggnog, January will be here in the blink of an eye!

By December’s end I’ve hardly had my fill of twinkle lights, Christmas trees, and ugly sweater parties- if twinkle lights were hung up all year I’d be a happy camper. But, this is also a busy season and come January I feel the need for a small reset.

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I’ve purposely left blank squares to allow you to tailor activities to your interests. What may energize me could bore you or vice versa. So, take the time to make it your own.

Check back Tuesday the 26th to download the Self-Care Bingo Card!

I’m excited to share this card with all of you!

 

Croatia [1]

Our trip was broken up into 3-4 day segments, the longest time we spent in a city was 4 nights. It seemed natural to break the post up in those segments as well, so, expect three more follow-up posts. I found that we were constantly on the go, something that goes hand in hand with traveling, but is not my ideal pace. Unsurprisingly, the four days spent in Munich were my favorite. We had enough time to slow down for a day in between all of our other planned activities and see/do most everything we wanted.

Our first leg of the trip led us to a 16 hour layover in London. We had just enough time to walk around and tour a bit at night, sleep for 6 hours, and then hop a jet to Dubrovnik.

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Our first leg of the journey was spent in Dubrovnik. We chose an Airbnb with only a 9 minute walk from the heart of town, just “a few” stairs to climb on the way home each night.

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The view from our Airbnb made it all worth while.

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A few highlights from our time in the city were the kayaking/snorkeling around the island, city walls, and the Game of Thrones city tour.

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On our last day in Dubrovnik we spent a couple of hours in the old town aquarium, truly a highlight!

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That’s all for today, cheers!

Virtual Coffee Date [#2]

If we were having coffee I’d share with you…

I’ve just returned from an amazing weekend running around L.A. and Harry Potter World with my best gal pals

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Old friends truly are gold, not many other would put up with, let alone,  join in the constant singing of Christmas Carols. But, they’re not above secretly record videos of these private off-key performances…

I’d tell you that an automatic cat feeder is my favorite purchase as of late, no more crying cats in the A.M.

Barre class has somehow found its way to be my favorite workout class. It’s incredibly challenging, but feels great as re-entry to strengthening muscles. If it’s Flybarre vs. PureBarre I would choose Flybarre every time. It’s less scripted and equally effective.

I have a post about Croatia to share, but I need to add the pictures before it’s ready. All in good time.

I’m still crushing on the Brene Brown’s work. She’s a researcher, speaker, author of several books.  Shoutout to spending a weekend with friends with whom I can unapologetically be myself and belong (rather than fit in).

“One of the biggest surprises in this research was learning that fitting in and belonging are not the same thing. In fact, fitting in is one of the greatest barriers to belonging. Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be in order to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.”
― Brené BrownDaring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lea

I researched the psychology of human relationships, communication methods and outcomes for my senior capstone project. Brené’s research is my bread and butter.

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One more Daring Greatly quote:

“The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.”

That’s all for today. Those Croatia pictures are coming soon, I promise.

 

 

 

Weekend Recap

I’m coming off of a lazy weekend where we had so many plans, but in the end scrapped them all and did almost nothing else.

Friday evening consisted of leftovers, a couple glasses of sparkling wine with one of the roommates, and a feature film from 2006. After learning neither my roommate or boyfriend had seen The Guardian when it premiered 11 (?!?) years ago, it became a personal quest to educate them on the Coast Guard and rescue swimmers (plus, who doesn’t love a good Ashton Kutcher film, his charm has only gotten better with age).
It’s gripping, a love story, personal/emotional growth, and you can’t predict the ending right off the bat.
It’s 5/5 stars in my book and I am 3/3 crying happy tears at the end of the film. Rotten Tomatoes may disagree, but I think you should still give it a chance.

If you also need to catch up on the film, check out the trailer here.

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The next day I bummed around the house and we eventually made it out to an end of the summer White Party, everyone dresses in white professional/fancy attire. It was a sea of white and I felt as though we’d been transported to Martha’s Vineyard. It was straight out of a Gossip Girl episode.

I wish we’d captured more photos, but this is the only one that I managed to snap.

Sunday, I drove into work and completed a few shift notes and then rounded out the evening with sushi and ice cream.

How did you spend your weekend or what are your plans this upcoming weekend?

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

The Path of Totality

It may be the start of a new weekend, but I want to do a quick scenes from the weekend before it’s obsolete!
Well, we can’t win’em all, so this is our camping/eclipse recap. Check in tomorrow for the most recent weekend recap.

Last weekend at the crack of dawn (9am) we set out on our Seattle to McMinnville expedition to view the total solar eclipse, or as marketed at the local Fred Meyer “The Great American Solar Eclipse”.

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Despite warnings from WSDOT and ODOT, the traffic to Oregon was seemingly better than an average Saturday on I5 South. Any car ride longer than 3 hours feels like eternity and in my eyes requires multiple stops to break up the drive, so once we hit Portland we grabbed lunch and rested. A few hundred dollars and bag full of new clothes later, we drove to the local river, pumped up our inflatable paddleboards and cruised along the Tualatin river.

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After a good hour of slow paddling, we rolled up the boards and finished the drive home only to eat dinner and crash from a long day.

Sunday included winetasting under sunny skies and fighting off yellow jackets with forks. The men in our lives are fearless when it comes to these pests, hand them a fork and the bees won’t stand a chance.

Going into the eclipse I was excited about the event, but felt like I would have been content seeing a 95% eclipse. After experiencing a total eclipse I’d advocate for all to take the time to see a total eclipse if they have the time/resources. The change in temperature, the chirping crickets, and the birds that went silent completed the entire experience and something only those at 100% totality will experience.

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If you missed the eclipse this time around, hopefully you can make the trek to Texas and witness the next event.

In an effort to avoid the eclipse return traffic, we planned to camp for a night in Astoria at Fort Stevens State Park.  This state park offers almost 500 varying campsites ranging from yurt, RV, and tent sites; we managed to secure the last spot at the state park, I think it’s time to buy a lottery ticket- talk about lucky!

We “baked” cinnamon the next morning in an orange rind on our camping stove. Everything tastes better when cooked outside, but these cinnamon rolls would crush the competition at your favorite breakfast spot.

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Check out this glaze!

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We barely explored the sites of the park, but managed to walk the old fort just off the water and drive to the beach to see the old shipwreck. If we ever make it back to this campground we’ll have to bring bikes or borrow a set of cruisers to bike the trails.

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It shaped up to be a full weekend and my only night in a tent this summer! The PNW realistically has 1 full month of summer left, so I’ll need to make an effort for one more weekend of camping.

 

Cheers to a new week!

 

 

 

Virtual Coffee Date

If we were having coffee right now I’d share with you…

The extra space on my back porch step to soak up these August sunbeams. I can’t get enough of the warmth on my face paired with my iced Americano; I wish I could spend the majority of my summer days in the outdoors!

The move from bumping downtown to a quiet neighborhood with a lake has grown on me. If I’m missing early in the morning, you’ll find me sitting on a dock watching the water. [Next time I’ll learn to crop and size these clips, but for now here’s a peek from my favorite dock]

I want to repeat the wedding adventures of the summer and hangout more with my KAO girls in Bozeman. Weddings are becoming mini college reunions and I LOVE it.

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The inflatable stand-up paddleboards that Will and I each purchased were hands down my favorite investment of this summer. I haven’t mastered the standing portion of my SUP, but I’ve got the float and paddle down solid. Come paddle with me!

Despacito is the song of the summer.

DespacitoWe ran Ragnar again this year and our team placed 23rd out of 100~ with many a mishap along the way.

Our home was a revolving door in July. The census ranged from four persons to one in a house meant for three. This made for many a throwback backyard parties and a surplus of red solo cups. I’m missing the chaos, but enjoying the routine our core roommate group is forming.

I’m ready for a work/workplace change, but that’s slow and I’m (as usual) indecisive. In the meantime, the shorter than average days give me great flexibility and I should use it more wisely…

I have a couple trips coming up, one of which is to Oregon for the eclipse!

Your turn:
What are you drinking?
Where’s your next adventure?
How have you enjoyed this summer?