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.
Here are my goals for this fresh new year:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!*
In honor of the end of 2016, I wanted to round up and share some of my favorite blog posts from the year. No matter where you’re spending your New Year’s eve (or how, there’s no shame in relaxing at home, am I right?!), I hope it’s warm and lovely! And be safe out there (:
The Best of 2016
2016 was full of traveling for me. From my clinical internships where I spent 3 months in North Carolina and 3 months in Florida, to a long weekend in Vail for the International Dance Festival, to interviewing for jobs in California…it’s been a busy year! Here are some of my favorites:
- Three Sisters Spring
- A Day at the Beach
- North Carolina Mountain Trip
- Vail Weekend
- San Luis Obispo Trip
- San Francisco Trip
I had a few fun DIY and home decor posts to share this year. Makers gonna make, you know?
- Felt Wall Hanging
- Gallery Wall DIY
- DIY End Table Makeover
- My Sewing Machine Story
I love to cook, and mostly I love to eat. Here are a couple of recipes and food-related posts from 2016!
- The Perfect Green Smoothie
- In the Kitchen Recipe Roundup
- The Best Chicken Stew
- Delicious Coconut Bundt Birthday Cake
I had a few random posts that I was really grateful and happy to share here on the blog, that don’t really fit into any other categories.
- My dog’s 14th birthday
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- G5 Hop Farm
Happy New Year!
I’ve been settling into my new home in California, and getting my room set up how I like it. My walls were starting to look pretty white and boring, so this weekend I decided to whip together a quick wall hanging. It’s easy and quick, and it really livens up a boring or plain space! It’s a good afternoon project to tuck away for a rainy or cold day.
DIY Felt Wall Hanging
- Gather your supplies, and cut out the shape you want a bunch of times. I chose hearts, but I think this would work well with geometric shapes like triangles or diamonds! I used glittery red felt, light blue felt, navy felt, and black felt. You’ll also need scissors and yarn.
- Cut 2 small holes in the center of each felt shape (just wide enough to pass yarn through the holes).
- String yarn through the shapes, leaving a few inches between each heart. Make the strands as long or short as you want. I didn’t want mine to look too even, so I cute various lengths of thread.
- Hang on the wall using a thumb tack or nail. And you’re done! Step back to admire your handiwork.
See how easy!? I hope you try this quick little DIY, let me know how it turns out for you!
It hasn’t really felt much like Christmas to me yet this year. I’m not sure if it’s because I moved to California and there’s no snow, or if it’s because I’ve been very busy at work, or if it’s because I won’t be home for Christmas this year…but I haven’t been feeling very festive this month.
Anyway, it’s my first Christmas alone, and it definitely feels weird. But things are going good here so far, and I’m grateful for it. I know I’ve made the right decision in moving across the country by myself to start a brand new job in a brand new city. It feels really right (and also kind of like I’m getting dragged behind the boat most of the time, but I digress). Like I’m where I’m meant to be. Good vibes only!
I hope that your Christmas is merry and bright, no matter where you are and no matter who you’re with (or not with). Fill your day with love and joy, find happiness in the little things, and be present in the moment. Wishing all of you (and your families!) a very Merry Christmas.
Once December hits, I’m ready to get festive for the season. I pull out all the fuzzy blankets (which I secretly keep out all year long, #AlwaysCold am I right?), brew up a mug of hot tea, and make a cozy and festive holiday playlist. This year, I’ll be spending my first Christmas totally alone, away from home. And while I’m pretty ok with it so far, I know I’ll really want a solid playlist to keep me feeling the holiday spirit, even when I start to get all the homesick feels.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas music, but the classic stuff gets kind of old after a little while. So I made a little Indie Christmas playlist with some fun and different tunes, and I’m sharing it with you all today in case you want something festive to listen to this season!
Christmas 2016 Festive Playlist
Don’t Shoot Me Santa – The Killers
Christmas in the Room – Sufjan Stevens
Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
The Christmas Waltz – She & Him
Last Christmas – Wham!
Christmas is Cancelled – The Long Blondes
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Death Cab for Cutie
Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
Goodbye England,Covered in Snow – Laura Marling
Little Drum Machine Boy – Beck
The Cowboys Christmas Ball – The Killers
Santa Stole My Lady – Fitz & The Tantrums
Won’t Be Home for Christmas – Blink 182
Silent Night – Low
The Christmas Song (Roasting Chesnuts) – Arcade Fire
Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight) – The Ramones
Holiday Road – The Walkmen
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Starflyer 59
Xmas Time is Here Again – My Morning Jacket
This Was the Worst Christmas Ever – Sufjan Stevens
I want an Alien for Christmas – Fountains of Wayne
I’m on Thin Ice – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
I Feel it in my Bones – The Killers
Father Christmas – The Kinks
Christmas Wrapping – Dog is Dead
Just Like Christmas – Low
Lonely This Christmas – Lucky Soul
I Wish it was Christmas Today – Julian Casablancas
Enjoy! Happy holidays to everyone (: Sending lots of warm hugs and good vibes to you all.
I haven’t been on the blog for a week, which feels so long and short at the same time (I’ve entered this little time warp called “moving” and my life has been a *little* chaotic the past couple weeks). But when I checked in with the blog today, WordPress notified me that I’ve been crafting this little corner of the internet for 3 years, today. And I wanted to acknowledge it somehow! Brace yourselves, I might get a little sappy.
You guys, I’m so thankful for this little blog space. It might not be a hugely followed blog, but it feels like a home, this little blogging community. And I’m thankful for all of you out there who have sent words of encouragement, or have even just read a post or two. Thank you. Seriously. I’m grateful to have this space to share my thoughts, tidbits of my life, and random messy goodness. I have a vision for this blog space, and I’m constantly planning and organizing that vision into content and ideas for improvement. I don’t always have time to share every post idea that I think of. But I hope to be able to share more and more, and to expand and grow and create on Imperfect Chevron for years to come. I’m always looking for ways to evolve and refresh (without changing the base of the blog, of course!) and I’m always open to your thoughts and suggestions. Want to see more of something (or less)? Let me know!
Anyway, thanks for reading and sharing ideas and feedback. I’m very appreciative and thankful for you all! Hope you’ve had the best weekend.
Remember my quick trip to the San Francisco Bay Area a couple weeks ago? If you haven’t read about it yet, check it out here. I did the best suitcase packing I’ve ever done (yeah, I’m bragging!) in that I wore and used every item that I brought. Usually, I lovingly call myself “the overpack packer” because I have a hard time narrowing down what I actually need–a girl’s gotta have fashion options, am I right? But this trip, I was sharing a small suitcase with my mom, so I had to be really choosy when picking my clothes.
Here’s a list of all of the clothing I brought to wear in the San Francisco Bay Area in November:
1 pair long pants/jeans (don’t forget your belt if you need one!)
1 pair neutral capris
1 cardigan sweater
1 pullover sweater
1 jean jacket
3 short-sleeved/tank tops
raincoat with hood
jewelry: necklace, watch, ring
for my interview: 2 blouses
1 pair slacks
Basically, the key is all about the layers. Make sure that all of your clothes can be worn together, to give you the most combinations! The bay can swing from hot to cold in minutes, so having lots of layers is crucial to stay comfortable. Scarves and hats are also great for keeping the wind away. Side note, when I got to SF, I was totally bummed because I forgot to grab my sunglasses as I headed out the door to the airport. That’s the problem with flying when it’s dark out–you don’t think about grabbing your sunnies!
Happy travels, no matter the season!