March Goals and February Recap

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I think these posts may be some of my favorites to write. It’s a chance for me to take a break and really think about some self-reflection. Life can get so busy, and goals can easily be forgotten. I made a promise to myself in January to uphold as many resolutions as I could. An easy way for me to do that is to write down my monthly goals. Here’s how it went for this month!

February Goals

Read 30 minutes a day. So this started out well for the first week, but as my first wave of tests came, my free time was limited and I was just too tired to focus on a book. I’m a bit disappointed in myself on this one because 30 minutes isn’t that hard considering my commute to campus is a 15 minute bus ride.

Read four books this month. Books on Audible really helped out because I was able to finish two books just by listening to them instead of music. I think if I would have read for 30 minutes I could’ve reached this goal.

Stick to a budget. Everything was in budget except for shopping. Am I even surprised? Luckily I was only over by a few dollars so I consider this a success! I will definitely be incorporating this into next month.

Cross off two things off my senior bucket list. If you look on my bucket list from freshman year there are still a bunch of things I haven’t done that I’ve wanted to do since freshman year. In February, I was able to cross off:

  1. Attend an ISU vs. Kansas basketball game
  2. Steal a sign (it was a poster at a bar but it counts!)

Blog more than half the days of February. So the Winter 8×8 didn’t end as I planned, but I decided that being true to myself is better than reaching a blog post goal. I didn’t get to blog more than 14 days but I guess I should have accounted for all the exams and projects that would have taken precedent. Through this goal I learned quality over quantity.

Only use my bed for sleeping. I wouldn’t say this was a success, but it was definitely an improvement from last month. There were more Sunday morning coffees spent on the couch rather than in bed. I felt that I was able to get my day started faster when this happened as well. Another win; there were no snacks that made its way to bed this month!

 

Looking at this it really doesn’t look like I accomplished much! Maybe a combination of being overambitious and only having 28 days in the month made for some uncompleted goals. But despite this, I’m not discouraged nor do I feel sad about the month. It was a full month full of new trials and busy weeks.

March Goals

Get back into journaling and self-reflection. I felt like I was at my calmest when I was constantly evaluating my life and reflecting on my actions. Daily journaling is something that fell off my radar and morning routines. Since I’m at work or class at 8:00 AM I don’t have time to make coffee let alone sit on the couch and journal. So I want to make it a focus to either wake up early to get some “me time” in, or prioritize my evenings so that this becomes habit.

Read four books. Okay reading, let’s try this again. I have a 21 hour car ride to Florida and then spring break on the beach so bring on the reading! I’m excited to make this a priority

Try two new things. Towards the end of February I went skiing for the first time. Before we left to go I really didn’t want to do it. I was to the point of sulking. I had a great time and every time something wonderful happened I kept thinking to myself, “I’m so glad I made myself come.” Why didn’t I want to go? I was scared of new things, change, failure. I want to make myself become aware of that dissonance feeling. Let it creep up again in new situations and push through. In March I want to try two new things. They could be as simple as being a vegetarian for a week, or doing a digital detox.

 

And that’s my rundown of February and my preparation for March! Let me know if you have any goals for one of my favorite months!

 

 

20 Minute Donuts

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How often have you found, day of, that there is absolutely nothing to make? During Superbowl Sunday I found the best way to spice up a normal recipe. Believe it or not, they’re actually easier to make than normal brownies! I find that putting a different spin on this dessert makes it look like you put a lot more effort in than you actually did. Just keep reading to see how they’re made!

And if you end up making these brownie donuts let me know, or pin any of the pictures on pinterest to add to your favorite asthetic.

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Lessons From My Dad

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I’m sitting in front of the computer for the second time today desperately trying to find the motivation to write a paper. But searching “pink aesthetic” into Pinterest is so much more interesting and enjoyable than that. while not doing this paper, I stumbled upon some inspiration for today’s post. So to continue this procrastination train, I wanted to share some words about my dad since his birthday is on Saturday and I’ve been reflecting on our relationship lately.

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Why I Stopped the Winter 8×8 Challenge

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There’s no denying it. The Winter 8×8 Challenge was a complete fail. I could have taken a bunch of pictures in one afternoon and spread them out across the week to look like I wore them all on different days, but I’m not that kind of blogger. So, instead of showing you all four more outfits that are way too similar in style for my comfort, I wanted to share why it didn’t work for me.

I have a neutral wardrobe to begin with

If I were to take a picture of my closet right now, you would see four clothing pieces that actually have color in them. The rest of my closet is white, black, and various shades of gray. This wardrobe works for me, and I love it. But, this means I already have a pretty refined closet to begin with and dwindling it down to eight pieces really just mean wearing black and white the whole time.

My Outfit Determines my Mood

If I’m wearing sweats and a T-shirt, I can promise you that absolutely zero work will get accomplished. If I wear too fancy of an outfit at dinner I’ll feel like all eyes are on me (they’re not) and my mind will become a frenzy. Wearing the same clothes all the time meant that each day was the same and it was making me sad to get dressed every morning. Was it a time saver? Heck yeah. But I also went through the day feeling uninspired and that’s just not good. So I run late most mornings, to me, I’ve discovered that it’s worth it.

I wasn’t loving the outcome

I always want to make sure that my content is at it’s best. While doing the eight by eight challenge I found myself struggling to write each post. I have school, work, and this blog and I never want to produce sub par content, but having to post daily and take pictures was a struggle with my schedule. I was dreading having to go home at the end of the day and take pictures when I could instead dive into my pj’s. This blog is my creative outlet. It has become my space and my hobby and I never want to fell like it’s work or stressful. The minute it becomes stressful, I have to reevaluate. And it was, so I did.

As always, thanks for reading.

Winter 8×8 Day 3

Still a winder wonderland here in the midwest! I’m so happy to be drinking all the coffee with the excuse “but baby it’s cold outside.” On Day three on the winter eight by eight, I was happy to put together a classic, neutral colored outfit that went perfect with a second cup of coffee.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out what’s going on here! For the next eight days (not including Fridays or weekends) I’m only wearing eight pieces of clothing.

This is Day Three, just keep reading:

What I Wore

Sweater (similar)

Jeans

First Impressions

Not feeling as excited about the challenge. I hate to say it, but I’m starting to get bored of my clothes. I guess it’s not helpful that I’m dressing basic. On Monday I think I’m going to accessorize more to add to the outfit. The only person at fault for being basic is me! Ha!

I will say that I felt very classic in this outfit, and if I didn’t have the eight by eight challenge going on I think I would really have loved this outfit.

Styling Tips

If you want to amp up an outfit, do so! I guess this is more of a styling tip for myself, but I’m putting it out there. A lot of the time my outfit will influence my mood. If I’m wearing a lot of dark clothing and not a lot of style, I might not feel the best in it. Wear what makes you feel great!

Winter 8×8 Day 2

I can’t get over all of this snow! It’s suppose to be snowing everyday for the rest of the week, and because I can take the bus to campus, I’m all in for this weather! Although I’m not digging my car out of the snow, and I’m eating literally everything in my fridge to avoid going grocery shopping, I still was excited to put together Tuesday’s outfit.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out what’s going on here! For the next eight days (not including Fridays or weekends) I’m only wearing eight pieces of clothing.

This is Day Two, another cloudy and snowy day, I definitely bundled up.

What I Wore

Sweater

Jeans

Vest

Scarf

Boots

First Impressions

Still feeling good about the challenge! I decided to accessorize with a scarf and a vest (could the vest be considered cheating? Perhaps). And I felt so warm under all the layers and my big puffy coat. After my long day, I got home and changed into my comfy joggers and t-shirt. I couldn’t have been happier. This way I also felt like I’m less likely to get sick of the clothes if I only wear them when I’m “going places.”

Styling Tips

Scarf = Instant outfit. Put a scarf with any long sleeved top and bam outfit created! My go to has always been a scarf, basic top, and something to throw over. I felt put together the entire day, and the splash of color helped boost my mood!

See you all tomorrow!

Winter 8×8 Challenge Day 1

In case you don’t know what the 10×10 challenge is, check out what’s going on here.  For the next eight days (not including Fridays or weekends) I’m only wearing eight pieces of clothing.

I’m going to be posting everyday and talking about my outfit, first impressions, and styling notes. Super similar to what Caroline Joy does which is where I got the 10×10 idea from. So let’s get into it!

What I Wore

Jeans: Under $30

Boots

Hoops : Under $4

Turtleneck (Similar) Also here

First Impressions

Let me start off by saying the next seven days won’t have this amazing picture quality! I had a wonderful winter walk with my AMAZING photographer friend Hannah Fisher. She makes me feel like a freaking model! So a huge thank you to her for making the challenge start off on a great foot!

I work in an office on Mondays and it was a huge snowstorm so I opted for my fuzziest snow boots and my turtleneck. I’m not a huge jewelry girl, maybe that will change once I start wearing these pieces everyday, so the only extra that I opted for was my Apple watch that I wear daily and delicate hoop earrings.

Styling Notes

Monocromatic is in. I felt like the outfit really worked because there were different shades of blue. This challenge is already forcing me to be creative.

Dress for the weather. really wanted to wear one of the lighter sweaters but with the weather being cold, windy, and snowy in the morning and warm and sunny in the afternoon, I knew I needed to wear something that would work with both. Dress for what the weather is, not what you want it to be. Don’t worry, whatever you’re pining for will come soon enough.

 

See you all tomorrow with Outfit number 2!

Winter 10×10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

Could it be? Oh yes it is! Another 10×10 seasonal challenge! I’ve now done a Summer and Fall challenge. After the fall experience I really felt annoyed with the clothes that I had and I didn’t walk away liking my time doing the challenge. I dreaded putting on the same clothes and I went to class not feeling confident. That being said, I had no reason to start a winter 10×10.

This season I’m setting some different ground rules. My weekend starts on Friday so technically that’s the “weekend” for me and therefore no 10×10 on the weekends. Also, it’s only for school/work. I spend so much time in the morning changing my outfit and trying to pick the right one that I’m often late. I’d like to not do that and I believe the 10×10 will help. But once class or work is over, I’m free to change into anything I feel like. I think that will help make me dread the clothes less. Because my week will only be 4 days, I decided to only do an eight day challenge with eight items. Therefore, it’s an 8×8 this season!

I originally got this 10×10 challenge idea from Caroline over at Un-fancy, so if you want to see how the pros do minimalism, check her out.

Today I’m going over:

  • How it works
  • My desired takeaway
  • My ten pieces

How it Works

Following in Caroline’s steps, each day, I’ll post my outfit of the day, share my first impressions, and then give some styling notes. I’ll also let you know how I felt in the outfit and if I changed the minute I was done for the day. For the challenge I get eight items of clothing (tops, pants, dresses, etc.) I still didn’t feel comfortable enough to include shoes but maybe that’s best saved for a Spring 10×10 (or 8×8). And as stated above, weekends are not included in the challenge and Friday is included in the weekend.

Accessories, pajamas, purses, backpacks, and gym clothes don’t count. The goal is to create a new outfit each day using only these items.

My Desired Takeaway

Every time I visit home I always bring back more clothes for my closet at school. Even though I’m extremely conscious of the fact that I have to move out and graduate in May. So what I want to get out of this is a realization of what clothes I love, and which I can do without.

I also want to pick three items to donate or sell on Poshmark. After picking my ten items I’m sure I’ll find articles of clothes that are just sitting in my closet untouched. They deserve a better home!

My Eight Items

Here’s what I came up with:

  • 1 top
  • 3 layering pieces
  • 2 sweaters
  • 2 jeans

Can’t wait to daily blog with you all on this 8×8 challenge! Let me know what you think!

I Worked Out for 30 Days and this is What Happened

Sounds ambitious I know, but I realized that it was actually a lot easier once I laid down some rules and motivation. Did I go to the gym every single day? Absolutely not! But, I did find that was my favorite type of workout! The other days? a mix of at home videos, runs outside and just plain skipping the gym. Here’s my experience after a challenge of 30 days of working out.

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