Weekly Goals

Yes, okay, I’m one of those people who loves making goals. I like to make a lot of to-do lists, and I have multiple calendars in addition to my planner. But sometimes I feel like I don’t always spend my time that well. Recently I’ve wanted to be more productive, so last week I decided to make a “weekly goals” list to keep me on track. You guys, I loved it!

This little list of goals was more than just a list of homework. I added a few things that I really wanted to get accomplished, and even a couple of things that would make me happy (like painting!). It felt really good to check things off my list, and I felt like I spent my time more productively.

Here’s a sample of what my list looked like:

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I think the keys to making a good list of goals is to make the goals specific, and attainable. Goals should never be something that are impossible to achieve. They should be challenging, but not so hard that you can’t accomplish them.

This week, I made a few goals that were kind of silly, like taking a bubble bath, to offset some of the harder goals–like going to the gym 3 times and learning the dermatomes for neuro.

I can’t wait to make a new list of goals for next week!

xo.

Homemade Pizza Rolls

Did you ever eat those frozen pizza rolls as a kid?

I’ll be the first to admit I hated anything with spaghetti sauce as a kid (I was a total freak, I know). But a couple years back, when I was still in full-blown vegetarian mode and my family went on a vacation to Florida, my mom bought me some frozen pizza rolls to eat for lunch. I fell in love with them! And pretty much anything with spaghetti sauce is my BFF now that I’m in my twenties.

Anyway, I had some leftover pizza dough in my freezer from Thanksgiving this year (you can read that post here), so this weekend I decided to whip up some homemade pizza rolls to freeze. I figured I could pull them out of the freezer some night when I’m desperate for something fast. They turned out really good (although not very pretty, so don’t judge them by the way they look).

Homemade Pizza Rolls

First, I prepped my ingredients. I used 1 leaf of kale, and grated a little mozzarella and parmesan cheese to put inside with my spaghetti sauce.

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Next, I cut my dough into little pieces.

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I rolled the dough up into little balls, flattened them into circular shapes, and filled them with spaghetti sauce, kale, and cheese.

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I folded them up like little burritos, and popped them in the oven (preheat 400 F, cook for 15-20 mins until they start to brown).

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Like I said, they aren’t pretty. But they sure taste good! I can’t wait to eat them all up.

You could personalize these with any ingredients that you wanted, pepperoni, mushrooms, etc. Just don’t fill them too full, or you won’t be able to close them!

xo.

Happy Weekend

Now that the second week of the semester is over, school is starting to pick up serious momentum and I can tell I’m going to get busier every day. So this weekend, I’m making it a point to spend some of my lingering free time doing things I want to do. Some of the things on my list include painting, trying to take a walk in the park, and getting lots of relaxation time.

Last night, I had some friends over for dinner and cards against humanity. My friend made homemade pho (it was amazing, you guys!) and I made some spring rolls, and we had a really fun night! Here are some pictures of the dinner:

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The pho boiling on the stove. My house smells so good still! Lots of spices and herbs.

Pho 2

Pho. So good.

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My little spring rolls with peanut sauce.

We had a great night! Pho is one of my favorite foods, and Pittsburgh doesn’t seem to have many good spots for pho, so it was really nice of my friend to make some for us. I wish I could have pho every time I get sick–it has the best healing taste. Hope you have a great weekend!

xo.

Picks from Pinterest: January

I’m sure you’ve heard me say it (or scream it from the rooftops!) several times before, but I’m not really a winter person. I like when it snows and I love skiing, but I am much happier when the days are light and sunny and warm. So winter can be a pretty rough season for me to get through. This year has been even harder, because I’m adjusting to the constant-gray-skies of Pittsburgh (at least in CO, winter has some sunny days, too!).

Luckily, for the first time in my life, I’m going on a vacation during my spring break! I’m going somewhere sunny and warm–I can’t wait! It’s helping me get through this season.

Anyway, hopefully you’re dealing with winter better than I am. Here are some of my most recent Pinterest finds:

1. The cutest DIY Animal Mat — I could see making this in a larger size (and maybe making it a leopard or a bear) for myself!

Sew an animal mat. I want one for me!

2. Dreaming of my spring vacation with this adorable bikini

Seersucker Bow Bandeau and Bikini by amourouse on Etsy

3. My inspiration for all of my outfits this month — gotta love a boyfriend jean + layers combo.

Wide plaid + boyfriend jeans

4. As soon as I have a home of my own (and a little more time), I’m making a teepee for myself.

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5. These shoes!

Black toe-dipped

6. I’ve been really drawn to animal prints this season (even more than usual!). This coat is perfect.

Leopard coat

Those are some of the things I’ve been obsessing over this month. Hope it’s warm wherever you are (even if that means you’re curled up under blankets next to the space heater, like me!).

xo.

Book Talk: Orphan Train

(No spoilers in this post–go ahead and read on!)

I have to admit — I haven’t been reading much.

I do feel like grad school is a fairy good excuse; with the long hours of classes, hours of studying, and lots of other things going on in my life, I really don’t have the time (or energy!) to sink into a good book at night.

But it is unfortunate. So when my mom raved about Orphan Train over the phone this fall, I knew I had a great read for my winter break.

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Christina Baker Kline weaves a captivating story through the narration of two characters: 17 year old Molly and 91 year old Vivian, who are sort of thrown together without knowing how much they have in common. Both are orphans, and both have experienced hardship in their lives (though their stories are very much different!). While the writing isn’t prose, Kline does an excellent job of telling an important story, and I couldn’t put the book down. I finished it in 2 days. If you’re looking for a great story that you could potentially finish in a weekend, this is the book.

The amazing part about the orphan train in the story is that it’s more fact than fiction–between the late 1800s and early 1900s, orphaned children were loaded onto trains and driven town-to-town, hoping they’d be selected from a lineup and finally have a place to call home. I have to admit that I was intrigued enough by the history that I did a little research on orphan trains after I finished the book. I just couldn’t stop thinking about the story!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read and a captivating story–I really enjoyed reading it, and I hope you do, too!

xo.

 

Currently I’m…January

Today I want to start a new mini blog series called, “Currently I’m…”

Each month (hopefully!) I want to post a new little segment about what I’m doing, listening to, watching, etc. I stay pretty busy with grad school, and I’m always looking for ways to continue posting new content, even if I’m not able to post a lot of DIY projects or recipes all of the time. Plus, l think it’ll be a neat way to track my year. Like a little time capsule that you get to open after only a year!

Even if you don’t have a blog, you could start a little monthly list of the things that you’re currently doing or feeling. It could be scrawled on a piece of notebook paper, or logged through a word document. It’s always kind of fun, looking back to see what you were like or what you were experiencing at a certain point in your life! So here goes.

Currently I'm January

This was a fun little list to make! I’m looking forwards to making a new list every month and looking back to see what I was up to in past months.

xo.

Life Lately: January Dreams

Happy New Year!

I’m really excited to see what 2015 holds for me, and I hope it is filled with love, laughter, and joy for all of you readers. I don’t like to make one big New Year’s Resolution, but I do like to make lists of goals. Here are some of my goals for this January:

Goals Jan 2015

In 2015, I would like to be the kindest version of myself. I want to give compliments on a regular basis, and mean them. This year, I need to focus on taking better care of myself: diet, exercise, sleep, and play. All of those are really important! Something I struggled with last Fall was binge-watching Netflix shows–it really got in the way of me doing homework (or exercising!), and I’d like to cut down my tv hours so that I have time to do some more productive things. I’m not planning to completely stop watching Netflix, I just want to limit myself to (hopefully) weekends only! In the upcoming year, I’d also like to spend more of my free time with friends. I am starting to realize that grad school is going to be over before it even started, and I want to make sure I spend lots of time with my new friends before school ends.

Do you have any goals or resolutions for the new year?

Here are a few photos from my holiday back home–I was really sad to leave home! But coming back to Pittsburgh is also a happy thing, I get to continue my education and see all of my friends again after a long 3 weeks apart.

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My cat and I — Family Portrait

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The cutest little kit for making mulled cider — it was delicious!

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I toured New Belgium brewery in Fort Collins with some of my undergraduate friends.

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Skiing Loveland with my dad before Christmas. Can’t beat that gorgeous mountain view.

xo.