Talking New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not one for setting New Year’s resolutions. I do love the idea of setting goals and eventually getting to check them off, but I just normally don’t set any real “resolutions.” Maybe it’s the pressure of everyone asking “What’s your resolution?” Or maybe it’s just a little spark of rebellion (lol, just kidding).

But this year I decided to set one small, just-for-fun resolution: I wanted to learn a new skill. And I’m so excited about the goal I’ve picked!

This year, I’m going to learn how to play the ukelele.

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I’m not a musically gifted person. True, I played piano a little as a kid. And I’ve always loved singing – I took choir through middle school and part of high school, and drove my parents crazy as a child because I was always singing. Even now, I find myself filling quiet space with song. I don’t even realize I’m singing, until someone tells me to be quiet. So I thought the ukulele would be a natural choice – something I could strum and sing at the same time. Plus, it seems like a relaxing hobby that would be just for me to enjoy.

So I bought a ukulele online after reading a few reviews, and I’ve had it about 2 weeks now. I’ve been playing almost every day for about an hour, and I’ve improved SO SO much already. I’m still not good, but I really enjoy it, and I notice significant improvements every time I play. As a perfectionist, it’s easy to get caught up in the imperfections in my playing, but I’m trying to be more kind and mindful that it’s ok to be imperfect every once in a while. My brother, an amazing musician, told me his mantra with music: “You have to be ok with being terrible all the time.” As he explained it, you’ll never really feel “good.” And that’s ok! For me, the ukulele is about peace and finding another method of expression and relaxation. And that feels like a really good thing.

What are your goals or resolutions for the year?

Xo

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Life Update: Happy New Year

You guys! It’s been so long. I don’t have any good excuse, only that it’s been a busy whirlwind couple of months. I wanted to share a quick update on my life, and also to wish you all a Happy New Year! Can you believe 2018 is here? I have lots of hopes and goals for this year, and I’m really looking forward to get back into blogging in the new year.

I’ve been getting back into hiking the past couple of months, and it feels so good. A few weeks back, I was hiking with a friend in the redwoods and it was right in the middle of the ladybug migration season. How cool is that? There were literally thousands in clumps all over the trail.

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I flew back to Colorado for 3 days over Christmas to see my family and it was really nice. It was a short trip but it was great to spend some quality time with them. Now that I live in California, I don’t get to see my family that often and it’s just nice to be in the same room. My cat was…ignoring me pretty much the whole weekend. But that’s how cats are, isn’t it? My parents were babysitting a dog, and he was the sweetest dog ever — a total snuggle baby.

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This December, I tried to do as many holiday-themed activities as possible. Some of my friends got together for a gingerbread house competition, and it was so much fun. We couldn’t pick a winner, because they all turned out so good. Everybody got really into the details and we all got so competitive, it was such a fun thing to do with friends!

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I’ve been doing some little art projects lately, and one of my friends thought of this brilliant idea to hang paper airplanes from the ceiling over the bed. I love it so much, it’s one of the most fun room decorations I’ve ever had. It’s very comforting to wake up and see colorful planes having over you.

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I also took a stab at making my first Christmas ornament this year: a pineapple out of felt. I made it for a friend, and it took me probably 5 hours to do it, but I love the way it turned out! I might write a tutorial for the pineapple, if you guys are interested. I know it’s past Christmas, but I think this could be cute at parties or baby showers or summer bbq’s, too. (:

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I hope you all had a great holiday season, and Happy New Year! Anybody have a resolution this year? I’d love to hear what your goals are for the year.

xo

 

Life Lately: October Vibes

Is it just me or was it just August, like, last week? Somehow we’re already almost through all of October, and it hasn’t quite felt like fall to me yet. Maybe it’s because I’m used to the Colorado fall, and here in California it’s still been pretty warm. Seriously, this week is in the high 80s and low 90s! There’s barely any color changes in the leaves, too, which is kind of weird. But, one way or another, it’s almost November. Wanted to share a few quick photos with a brief update, since it’s been such a busy fall.

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A couple of weekends ago, I hiked Mission Peak (a classic Fremont hike) with a friend. It was 85 degrees in the middle of the afternoon and we didn’t bring enough water, and I honestly thought I wasn’t going to make it. My friend pushed me to the top, and even though I probably won’t do that hike again anytime soon, I’m glad we made it. This picture is the view from the top. (Also pretty amazed my friend put up with my complaining, thanks for dealing with me at my worst.)

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After trying sushi for the first time this month (and loving it, surprisingly!), I picked up this adorable printed blouse as an homage to my new love for it. All them sushi vibes!

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Made homemade hot-pot last weekend, and it was SO good. Still tampering with the broth recipe, but it’ll get there. If you haven’t had hot-pot before, it’s a broth that you cook meat and vegetables in at your table (kind of like Asian fondue, I guess?).

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My poor kitty (who lives in Colorado with my parents) had to have a cyst removed above her eye this week, and she looked so scary after! Poor little girl. I guess the timing is all right, with Halloween right around the corner. She can go as a zombie cat, maybe?

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Picked up this little Cabin candle and have really enjoyed burning it so far. It’s subtle but freshens up the room with a musky, earthy scent.

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And a snapchat from the Pumpkin patch, because what would Halloween be without pumpkins? Side note, I carved mine WAY too early and it’s already mushy. So. Womp womp. But it was still fun, definitely one of my favorite fall traditions. My family always carved pumpkins every year, and I love continuing to do so to celebrate the season.

Anyway, hope things are going well for all of you! Happy Halloween (:

xo

Life Lately (and an apology)

Hey, there, and happy April! First things first, I want to honestly apologize for my lack of presence here on the blog the last couple of months. I’ve been trying to survive at work, and in the last couple of weeks I’ve realized I haven’t been taking good care of myself. So I may not be posting too much in the next couple of months, while I try to get myself back on track! I think, sometimes you just have to take some time off and get a breath of fresh air.

Anyway, this weekend I headed over to a local park for a short hike, and I snapped a couple photos. The pictures just don’t do this view justice, I swear it is even prettier in person. California sure is nice!

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Just look at these wildflowers, I mean!!!

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I always feel like getting out in the fresh air recharges me, it really refreshes my soul. It sounds weird but I always feel so much better when I get out.

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Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

xo

 

Life Update: Spring Fever

I’ve had a looooott of people ask me how I’m liking California so far. And to be honest, I’m really liking it! But I’ve had some bouts of grouchiness with all the rain we’ve been having here…I mean, I know it’s a good thing. But also, I’m a sun baby. I love my sunshine, and just getting outdoors, and when I can’t do that I start to get a little antsy. Anyway, overall I’d have to say that California has been treating me well so far! I’m dreaming of Spring, and am already more than ready to break out my shorts and start shopping for swimsuits for the Summer…yeah, I get a little excited about warm weather.

Here are some snapshots from life lately:

I just bought this cute little lens for your iPhone, it slips right over the camera slot. I’ve been playing with it a bit, here are a couple of the wide angle shots:

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Been feeling a bit under the weather the last couple weeks, so I’ve been upping my Vitamin C intake, which looks like this for me (I’m not big on taking medicine):

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Lately I’ve had the creative itch…I’ve been doing a lot of painting and sewing! I made some adorable pillowcases with the cutest prints. Popsicles!?! I mean!!?

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And this work-in-progress little painting:

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So that’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to! Hope you have a wonderful week. Holy cow, we’re welcoming March this week! :0

xo

 

2017 Goals

I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions. The word “resolution” just has this negative connotation to it, don’t you think? Maybe it’s just me… So, I don’t make resolutions. BUT as you all probably know, I do love to make goals, and there’s something refreshing and inspiring about a brand new year. Starting another year always pushes me to reflect on how my life is going on a day-to-day basis, and I like to make little goals for myself. I’m always pushing myself towards positivity and finding happiness in every day, and I’m ready for the new opportunities and challenges 2017 has to offer.

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Here are my goals for this fresh new year:

  1. Send more birthday cards: I always love receiving mail, and I know how special it makes me feel when I get a birthday card from a friend or family member. I really want to send my friends lovely little handmade birthday notes this year! It’s a simple but very meaningful way to tell the people I love how special they are!
  2. Spend more free time “hobbying:” with grad school taking up most of my time for the last couple of years, I really want to make my hobbies more of a priority again. I’ve missed sewing and painting, I love letting my creative energy just flow.
  3. Travel to Europe: more specifically, Paris, France. I’ve never been to Europe before, but my wanderlust is so real. One of the most important things in my life is traveling, and I’m so excited to visit Paris with my family next fall. I’m trying my best to learn French!
  4. Meet friends in my new city: having just moved to the SF bay area, I don’t have any friends yet here (other than the amazing people I work with!). I really want to meet some new friends here this year, to really establish my life here.
  5. Eat at a new restaurant at least once a month: I’ve just moved to the area, and it’s got some really great restaurants. It’s such a diverse community with an amazing variety of eateries, and I’m slowly building a list of my favorites! But it’s easy for me to fall into a comfy pattern of eating at just a couple places over and over. So I want to keep myself trying new restaurants as much as possible!

So there you go, a few goals I’ve made for myself for 2017! Do you have any goals?

*Side note: I just checked my inbox and have finally sorted through all of the messages! Sorry for the long wait on those responses. I am going to get better at checking them on a regular basis, I promise!*

xo