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Checking In On My 2015 Goals

A Single Dream Quote

Well we are already into month eight of 2015, which means I’m a little bit behind in checking in on my 2015 goals, but still important to do! That’s why I wanted to share today – perhaps a little selfish on my end to document my goals publicly so that I feel a bit more pressure to keep up with them.

{Move Out of My Comfort Zone More Often} I tell you what – this one has been hard for me to keep track of. I think moving into a new role at a new company has been the biggest challenge for me in my comfort level (even though it is absolutely what I wanted). I was at my last job for three years and nine months, and while I was super excited about the new job, it is hard to make new friends right away. There is always something different about making friends at work, you want to be professional, yet you spend at least 40 hours with them a week, so you want to be able to be yourself and relate on more than just work. I think I could continue to put in more effort to attending networking events around here and that’s exactly what I hope to do before the end of December!

{Say No When Necessary} I know this sounds silly still, but it has been so good for me. I am a people pleaser, so saying yes has always been my default. But when saying yes takes away a part of you – the healthy, happy you, it isn’t worth it. Luckily I have made so many good changes and improvements over the past couple months I have been able to say YES more than I have in a long time because I have the energy and I’m happy. Regardless, I am going to keep this in mind because saying no when necessary keeps me going without a major meltdown (or two or three).

{Work Hard – Blog Hard – Stick to an Editorial Schedule} Well let’s be honest – I was rocking at this earlier in the year and then boom – completely fell off again. Finding, applying to and interviewing for new positions was mentally and physically exhausting and once I had the new job, transitioning to a new commute (30 to 45 minutes longer than my last commute) and the new role took a toll at first. I feel great at the new job now, so I’m finally getting back into more consistency. I think my next obstacle to accomplishing this is a new computer. I hate blogging sometimes because my computer is old and slow, time to find a new one!

{Save, Invest and Be at Peace Financially} It doesn’t seem to matter when or how, but finances can always be the cause of anxiety and pressure. I feel good about my finances, but want to really start saving for the future – a home! I want to be in a home by the time I’m 30 – that’s two and a half years! I think I’ll start putting away a large chunk of my tax refund. I just need to find a good tax calculator first. I have been saving for various other things, but want to start creating a fund specific to a home. I also want to still learn more about stocks and investing!

{Health over Wants} I must say overall this year I’ve done very well with health. I have maintained and even lost a few more pounds. I’ve had some off weeks, but have immediately gotten back on the ball when it comes to my diet and work out plan. Even after taking two weeks off from working out last month, I went back to it and didn’t feel completely out of shape! I’m learning to say no to the things that may taste {really dang} good, but make me feel crappy later on. It isn’t always easy to say no, but it gets easier every time! We are also doing a great job cooking at home, which helps so much with both finances and health goals!

{Stay Focused} I don’t know if this was a turn 27 thing, or the fact I’m in a new role I love, but I feel SO focused. More focused than I’ve felt in a long time. Probably not this focused since applying for jobs out of college. And man it feels good! I feel good about friends, family, finances and all the other important things in my life. Feeling good about those things really can make you feel good inside. Also – I’m doing a better job of congratulating people on their successes instead of being “jelly” – sorry I love South Park! But seriously I feel like a lot of people I know went through a weird stage feeling really out of sorts while the rest of the world had it together – and always feeling jealous of those people. I don’t know what it was, but being happy for other people can really bring you a lot of happiness in and of itself and make you realize how much you have to be grateful for. I’m so glad to be back to feeling that way in my life.

{More Adventures} This one is SO exciting for me. I have had the travel bug since I was little thanks to my parents and this year I was bound and determined to take more trips – even if it was just an hour away to a new place in Minnesota or Wisconsin! And I’ve done it – and still have a couple trips in the near future this year! I’ve been to Taylors Falls, MN (So incredibly cute and charming), Miami, Las Vegas, Kansas City, MO and hopefully Dallas at some point this year to visit my best friend. I also want to make it to visit other friends spread out across the country – Seattle, Boulder and more! I’m thinking we’ll also be able to sneak in a couple more Minnesota trips this year – fall and winter can be absolutely gorgeous around here! My boyfriend and I are also in the process of booking a couple of our bigger trips for 2016. My travel heart is full!

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Miami Recap!

I thought it would be good to do a quick recap of my family trip to Miami! I was very fortunate to be able to join my parents and two sisters for a week-long family vacation (we haven’t had one in years). I helped plan and book the trip, finding the best flight deals and suggestions for things to do on TripAdvisor. I unfortunately didn’t get any outfit photos or take very many photos aside from what you might have seen on Instagram, so here are a few of my photos and a bit more about my trip.

vintage floral swimsuit

Swimsuit (Size Up), Oasap // Sunglasses, Local Miami Boutique (Similar)

This is my all time favorite swimsuit. I am in love with bows and love the unique floral pattern and I also love the way it fits me. The bottoms are a bit cheeky, but not too cheeky if you know what I mean! I also picked up this pair of sunglasses for $15 on my trip and absolutely love them!

miami beach

The view from our hotel! We rented a condo in the Alexander Hotel – the only pinkish hotel you will see lined up on Miami Beach! Staying further north from South Beach is great for a family vacation – there isn’t quite as much chaos or craziness, but if I were going on a trip with friends I would definitely want to stay closer to the action. We had a lot of fun here and were able to book on HomeAway! I would highly recommend HomeAway for renting if you haven’t before. It gave us two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large family room, large dining area and very nice kitchen for the same price a small hotel room would have cost us.

miami drinks

 Dress, c/o Moddeals  (under $12!)

We arrived on Saturday night, so we decided to head straight to South Beach to see all the spring breakers. It was definitely a sight to see! We stopped at the Colony Hotel for dinner and drinks and ended up getting fancy fishbowl drinks – I like themes so I had to order the Miami Vice of course. Buyer beware, there are no prices on the menu and each drink was a whopping $45! At least we got a second drink in a to-go cup for “free” haha. Definitely worth it though, we had an amazing first night and our waiter was on a mission to get my family to head to the clubs a few doors down to dance the night away. His offer of peach schnapps shots were appreciated, but we ended up going home to watch TV instead of partying the night away (no worries – we took taxis the whole time we were there, so no one was driving).

Coffee with a view

This was the view from our condo rental’s balcony – it was big enough that you could see  the ocean when you walked down to the other side. I loved enjoying a cup of coffee here each morning and overlooking the palm trees and view of Miami’s buildings.

black swimsuit

Swimsuit, Oasap (Size Up) // Hat, Borrowed from My Sister!

Here is a photo from our first full day on the beach! I should have washed this swimsuit beforehand – but didn’t (the black straps left some marks on my back, but only until I showered). I love the style of the bow and edgy straps on the back. I actually paired it with different bottoms (not sure how I feel about the high-waisted vintage style on myself) but maybe I’ll wear them together this summer.

i love miami

This is pretty much how every day was spent – sun and drinks in hand. Very relaxing vacation – that’s for sure! My sisters and I purchased matching “corny” neon koozies!

maxi dress

Dress, c/o Moddeals // Lipgloss // Liner // Mascara // Curling Iron

One more selfie from the trip – seemed to be a theme on my Instagram whoops. Oh well! This is also from our first night – wearing the maxi dress from Moddeals and tried to create some beachy waves – this is easily accomplished using a clipless wand that goes from thick to a slim profile. Also, this is probably silly – but I always feel better with just a bit of a tan so I was excited to apply makeup!

I wish I had more photos to share – I wish I would have taken some images of the delicious food we ate – especially off of Espanola Way. We ate at a delicious Italian restaurant and the scenery down there is just gorgeous. But honestly, when I’m on vacation, I like to be on vacation so the memories are in my mind rather than in photos! But yes, that’s about it. It was wonderful and I really truly love Miaim – I hope to plan another trip back soon. It is the perfect mix of relaxing beach vacation and fun!

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