New Year, New Start

I know I haven’t been keeping up with this blog at all since I started it. Even though no one reads it but me, I still want to keep up with it.

So, I’m going to be doing things a little differently in 2014.

Instead of making this a general blog where I write about things I like, I’m going to make it a blog about my New Year’s Resolutions because I really want to keep them – and I want to start writing more. So this is basically killing two birds with one stone, you know?

Every year, I make general resolutions about losing weight, going to the gym and getting skinny. They never work and I never keep up with them. So this year, I decided to make a more concrete list of things that I think will improve my life and me as a person. I really want to keep up with them and I’m hoping that blogging about it will give me more motivation and will help keep me on track. I’m sick of just going to work and hanging out with my boyfriend and sometimes my friends and being lazy the rest of the time. I want to do things that will improve my life and make me feel better about myself. So, here they are:

For my mind/self:

  • Read at least one book every month. Try for two.
  • Actually read my monthly magazines the month I get them.
  • Keep my room clean – or at least a little clean.
  • Keep better track of the money I spend and save more.
  • Travel as much as I can, try to go to at least three new places this year.
  • Do one new thing every day.

For my body: 

  • Go to the gym three times a week for at least 20 minutes.
  • Eat better and healthier for my stomach issues.
  • Drink more water – three water bottles during work, one at night before bed, no exceptions.
  • Start taking acidophilis every day.
  • Wash my face before bed every night.

I really want to use this blog as a place where I keep track of what I’m spending my money on, an exercise log, a place to put healthy recipes I like, a travel log, a review of the books I read and mainly to write about the one new thing I do every day. Whether it’s reading something new, eating something new, trying a new face mask, getting lunch somewhere different, going somewhere new or trying something I’ve never done, I want to do something new every day. I’m sick of the same old routine. I need to branch out!

So, here goes. I’ll start writing in 2014, after I go on vacation to New Hampshire. Once I get home from there, I always feel like I have a fresh start where I can really try to do new things. I’m excited about these resolutions. I really think they can improve me! Hopefully, this works. 🙂

Sometimes I Hate My Birthday

In a little over a month, on Halloween, I’ll be 25. But I don’t want to talk about that. No, really, I don’t want to talk about it.

When I was a kid, I LOVED my birthday. I had pretty much the best birthday ever, since I was a Halloween baby. Everyone was jealous of me, I got to tell people I was a secret witch, and everyone was always excited to celebrate it since it was also a holiday. Also, my parents threw me the best birthday parties ever. My dad built us spook houses in the unfinished part of our basement, which were legitimately scary since my dad is awesome. Everyone came dressed in costume, my parents bought us all little pumpkins to decorate, and my mom made me cakes shaped like ghosts and pumpkins. The worst Halloween of my life was the Halloween we stopped doing these since we were all getting too “old”.

Now, I kind of hate my birthday. I don’t hate Halloween – it’s the best holiday ever. I just don’t love my birthday.

Here are some reasons I do like my birthday:

1. I get presents. Sorry that’s really superficial. But let’s all admit that it’s the number one reasons birthdays are great, okay?

2. My birthday is on Halloween, which is my favorite holiday, so that means my birthday is my favorite holiday.

3. I get to wear a costume, which is so much more interesting than wearing just another sparkly dress and a tiara.

4. I like seeing who’s going to say happy birthday to me and who’s going to forget about me. True friends vs. fake friends.

5. I can eat candy guilt-free. Which is really more of a reason I love Halloween. So I guess it doesn’t belong here.

Here is a little gem from my 22nd birthday. I was a gypsy and I want to wear that costume every day sometimes.

Here are a few reasons I don’t like my birthday:

1. I’m getting old. It’s depressing.

2. There’s all this pressure on me to do something really fun and awesome and really, I don’t know what to do. So I usually just end up at a bar with my friends who are willing to come out.

3. My birthdays are kind of starting to get unlucky.

  • Last year, we had a freak snowstorm (the only snowstorm of the year had to happen on the night we were celebrating my birthday) and we couldn’t go to the place I really wanted to go to.
  • The year before that, I had tonsilitis and strep throat at the same time, couldn’t drink, had a fever at the bar, was home by 1:00 AM and was also fighting with one of my best friends.
  • For my 21st, I got in a huge fight with two of my best friends, cried at midnight and ended up alone way too early in the night.
  • When I was in high school my parents regularly did not treat me as the birthday princess because they were too focused on making sure my brother didn’t get arrested.

4. I’m getting old. And seriously, it’s depressing.

 

Maybe my birthdays can stop and only Halloween can continue?

Obsession of the Day: Nautical Inspired Jewelry

Anyone who knows me knows that I love the beach. Actually, love might not be a strong enough word. Let’s go with “obsessed with the beach”. I wait approximately 8 months of the year to spend every possible minute I can laying on the beach and soaking up the sun. So, naturally, I love all nautical-inspired things… especially jewelry.

Wearing nautical jewelry during the summer months makes the most sense, obviously, but I love mixing it in during the fall and winter too. When I look at my nautical jewelry around my wrist or neck, I’m reminded of my happy days at the beach and the warm sun. I love it. Here are a few of my favorite nautical jewelry right now:

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Ettika Starfish Leather Bracelet, $50

As soon as I saw this Ettika Starfish Leather bracelet on their Facebook page, I knew I had to have it. It comes in a variety of colors, but the blue was my favorite – I love the way it mixes with the gold. This bracelet is casual but still super stylish, and you can wear it with pretty much anything. Plus, I love starfish, so this was definitely a must-have for me.

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Gorjana Anchor Bracelet, $50

This Gorjana Anchor bracelet is easily one of my favorite pieces of jewelry – and honestly, I don’t even like gold that much. It’s super small and delicate, but still stands out on your wrist.

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Pandora Sea Shell Charm, $65

Yes, I shelled out $65 for this extremely tiny charm for my Pandora bracelet – don’t judge me! It’s one my favorite charms and was totally worth the money. For one thing, I love the touch of gold on my bracelet. For another, every time I look down at it, I smile.

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Tiffany’s Flower Charm Necklace

Alright, so maybe this isn’t the most nautical piece, but it reminds me of Hawaii and beach flowers, which is why it’s on here. Honestly, I don’t even think Tiffany’s sells this anymore. I got it from an ex-boyfriend in high school (AKA a few years ago), and it was the one gift from him I didn’t close up in a box when we broke up. I still wear it on an almost daily basis and it has to be one of my favorite pieces of jewelry I own.

What’s your favorite nautical jewelry? Give me some inspiration!