Weekend Recap: Sickness + Starbucks

Good morning, friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. It was 64 in Chicago all weekend and I can’t even contain my excitement, even though I wasn’t able to take advantage of much of it.

I drove out to work on Friday pretty early to get some stuff done for work. I had a small lull around 10:30 so I headed over to the gym to get in my upper body + HIIT workout.

Friday Workout

I got in a few more hours of work before leaving around 12:30 to miss traffic. I got into Chicago around 1:15 and headed straight to Starbucks to continue working.

Starbucks work

Around 3, Ben showed up to work the rest of the afternoon with me. 🙂 We left a little after 5 and headed back to his place to hang out with Teressa.

I was in an amazing mood all day on Friday up until we left Starbucks. I was so hungry because I was trying to “save as many calories as possible” for dinner that night because I knew we were going out. Such a stupid idea. I was so tired, so cranky with Ben and struggled on and off all night with my mood. Grrrr.

Friday Night Fun

Saturday morning Ben woke up to go train around 5 a.m., but he was feeling absolutely awful. He ended up canceling his sessions (which he never does) and went back to bed. We didn’t get up until almost 11, which was crazy. We didn’t get to lift together like we usually do which bummed me out, but it was nice to sit around all day and not do anything. Granted, the weather was AMAZING and we holed ourselves up inside on the couch. We finished Stranger Things (SO GOOD), then watched some Parks & Rec and Dexter for the rest of the night. I wish Ben would’ve been feeling better, but I didn’t mind getting to cuddle up with him all day (and force him to look at funny memes). 🙂

Target Meme

Sunday we slept in a little bit (only until 9 this time) and then ate some breakfast. I went back to my apartment while Ben went to lunch with his family. I had so many dishes to get through, so once I got through cleaning I took my migraine pill (booooo allergy headaches) which made me pass out for a bit.

Later in the afternoon/early evening, Ben and I headed back to Starbucks to get some work done. I had all intentions of figuring out a new theme for my blog this weekend, but that didn’t happen. I got as much done as possible on Sunday and just chalked it up to a relaxing weekend – I don’t really have those very often!

The rest of the night consisted of leftovers from Valentine’s Day (we cooked spaghetti and meatballs together) and Dexter. Pretty chill weekend, but I’m all for that!

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie. 

Day in the Life: Work Day

Since I’ve been in Chicago for over a month now, I’ll take you along on a normal day for me! So I’ll take you back to Monday (even though no one wants to do that on a Friday!)

5:35 a.m.: Ben’s first alarm goes off, I pretend it’s lying

5:45 a.m.: Ben tells me it’s 5:45 and I need to get up. I look at him like he’s the devil, then remember I love him and it’s not his fault it’s Monday

5:55 a.m.: Throw on workout clothes, leave Ben’s apartment (I packed a bag) and walk the few blocks to my car

6:45 a.m.: Arrive at work, walk to the gym across the campus (it’s a HUGE company)

7:30 a.m.: Finish first day of Ben’s program, foam roll quads that are still beaten up from squats on Saturday, get ready for work, pick up a diet Mountain Dew (don’t judge me) from the convenience store

8 – 10 a.m.: Get to my desk, make food, log on, check emails, do work, talk to co-workers, bang head against desk, accidentally type in the wrong blog URL for my blog into Chrome and get a security notification that I was blocked from a porn site. Commence panic attack and fear of losing job for typo. Text boyfriend who (as always) puts life into perspective and basically tells me to calm the eff down. Roll eyes at self.

10:30 -11:30 a.m.: Leave work for early lunch (I have a noon meeting). Head to Target to pick up prescriptions, then to Chipotle for lunch

12 -12:30 p.m.: Meeting with partner and creative team on mailer project, write up recap notes, cancel meeting for 3 p.m.

12:30-3 p.m.: Back and forth with partner on questions for content calendar. Watch more training videos while waiting for feedback (I swear, this company has over a million training courses I’m supposed to listen to) This current one? Basically a video game about compliance. Like … why. Emailed back and forth with partner who thought I overheard her talking crap about one of our projects (no offense taken even if I had heard because I agreed with her lollll), noticed that I had three meetings in the afternoon that were all canceled …

3 p.m.: Get an email from our mail room that I received flowers, so my coworker and I walked down to get them. The card wasn’t signed, so I texted everyone I knew that could be the mastermind behind it (AKA my mother or Ben). Mom says no … Ben doesn’t respond … so I make up stories about a random secret admirerrrrrrr…

… and then Ben texts me that it was him. 🙂

4 p.m.: Bang head against desk

5 p.m.: Leave work, drive to Whole Foods to pick up a gift card for Teressa, drive back to the city

6:30 p.m.: Start making dinner and meal prepping before I’m assaulted

Cookie Butter Assault

7:30 p.m.: Thankfully Teressa brought me over some ice, then Ben came to make sure I was okay. The huge egg on my forehead was spectacular, but thankfully no blood!

8 – Midnight: I had all of these intentions to go work on blog stuff at Starbucks, but the almost cookie butter concussion made that impossible. I mostly sat on the couch, icing my forehead all night and hanging out with Ben.

And that’s a typical day in the life with me … including the injury. 😉

What’s a day in the life look like for you?

Being a Risk-Taker

I don’t do risks.

Like, for real. Or so I thought.

Risk-Taker

When my coach called me a risk-taker the other day on our call, I couldn’t help but giggle. Me? A risk-taker? The girl that hates going on roller coasters, wouldn’t sky dive for a bajillion dollars and don’t even get me started on gambling (why would I give you money that I don’t know if I’m going to get it back?)

Of course, after the giggle, she mentioned a few reasons why she considers me a risk-taker. Apparently moving your whole life to a brand new city with a brand new career makes me a risk-taker. A lot of people wouldn’t even dream of doing something like that, in fact I can think of about 10 that tried to talk me OUT of doing it. I guess I am a risk-taker.

  1. I’m willing to do pretty much anything (legally, let’s be real here 😉 to get the life I’ve always wanted. I’ve worked for YEARS, gaining as much experience as possible and working multiple jobs to fulfill my passions since I never seem to get that from my jobs.
  2. I take a risk every day when I write as authentically as possible on here and all of my social medias. I could (and have) get made fun of or maybe even in trouble for some of the things I say, but I still think it’s worth the risk to be as real as possible. I think too many people aren’t their authentic selves online and that’s sad.
  3. Like Amy said, I moved my entire life to a city I knew I felt a connection to, even though there were (and still are) many reasons it could *not* work out.
  4. I’m starting my own business. Side hustle for now, but I’d really love to be able to live the life I dream of and Chicago gives me the push I was looking for. My goal is to be less controlled by location and more focused on having more time to live my life with the people I love doing the things I love. Wish me luck! 🙂

How are you a risk-taker?
Do you consider yourself one?

Linking up with Amanda!

Enough is Enough

Y’all know I love to workout. It’s no secret.

Deadlifts with Ben Fritz Fitness

Fitness has become my passion, has led me to a healthier lifestyle AND even helped me find my wonderful boyfriend.

Yes, I love love love fitness, but I do NOT love dieting. Unfortunately I’m not one of those people that can eat whatever they want with no repercussions. I’m not someone who can just “stop eating” if I’m hungry. I’ve had issues with binge-eating, overeating, under-eating … alllll the eating issues. Tracking macros has been a God-send for me, but it’s still a struggle. I fell off the bandwagon around September last year, jumping back on and off multiple times since then. For the most part I was hovering around a weight I was comfortable with, so I didn’t care as much.

Unfortunately I’ve hit a point where I’m no longer comfortable. My clothes don’t fit as well, I don’t feel as confident and I feel lethargic in my workouts (well, all the time really). I am intending to get my thyroid re-tested soon (I have hypothyroidism which also messes with my weight loss) but a lot of this is just pure laziness and wanting to eat ALL THE THINGS.

Thankfully, I have this wonderful person in my life who I spend a lot of time with who just happens to be a fitness professional.

Pavilion Bar

And someone I’ve convinced him to train me. 😉

Of course I already think Ben’s the best, but after helping him brainstorm for future projects for his business, I started thinking that he’d be a perfect coach for me. Now, we’ll see because he IS my boyfriend first and foremost, but I think this’ll be a great way for me to jump back on the bandwagon.

I started his program on Monday, but I’ll definitely be updating you with how everything’s going, how I’m feeling and what my results are looking like. My goal is to lose close to 10 lbs by June 1. I like having goals, and that’s my current goal. Of course, I want to get stronger too, so it is more about how my body is FEELING, but I definitely want to be feeling my best by summer time. My first summer in  Chicago!

If you’re ever interested in fitness, macros, personal training, online training, finding out secrets about me (what?!), make sure you check out Ben.

Five Things I’m Loving on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! Now, I’ve never been one for celebrating a random day in February with or without a boyfriend, BUT I am all about love. So with that, here are five things I’m loving.

5 Things I'm Loving on Valentine's Day

Just Jessie 
Did you know I’ve officially been blogging on here for five years? Crazy! I had a small food + weight loss blog before I started Just Jessie, but I’m so happy I switched over to this one.

I’ve made so many fun connections with new friends and brands in the past five years and I can’t wait to ramp things up this year with making my brand into a business. I’ve decided to finally put my passion and talents to use by providing my own content creation and social media management service. I’m so ready to work hard toward the life that I want!

Chicago
I lovvvvve this city. I love being able to walk to things or get to places easily (I still need to figure out the trains …) I love the energy of the city and how empowered I feel all the time. I mentioned this in my post back in October when I had my solo trip to Chicago, but this city gives me a sense of excitement and the push to go after everything that I want. I still can’t believe I live here and I’m doing it. I’M DOING IT, GUYS!

Warmer Weather
The weather has been sneakily warming up. Granted, it’ll be 50 one day, then 27 the next BUT IT’S STARTING. Everyone keeps telling me that Chicago is amazing in the summer, and I’m ready to see what that’s all about. Plus, dresses without tights?! I do need to do some spring/summer clothing shopping and shoes shopping, but I’m going to wait until I’ve hit a few goals with my fitness journey.

Friends
New and old, I love that I’m able to be around fun people more often. I’ve hung out with more people since I’ve moved to Chicago than I did the entire 2.5 years I lived in De Pere. I’m joking, only sort of. I’m pretty sure it’s close!

Ben
I mean, I can’t do a Valentine’s Day post and NOT mention him, can I? 🙂

After being single for over four years, having someone in my life has been a challenge, but a good one. He’s smart, kind, loving, funny and I didn’t know someone like him even existed. But he does and I’m not sharing. 😛

Plus, he feeds me cake and donuts, but also pushes me in the gym. Best case scenario in my opinion.

What are you loving right now?
Are you doing anything for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day or Single’s Awareness Day OR JUST FEBRUARY 14?

Weekend Recap: Stan’s Donuts

Oh Monday … always coming back even when I don’t want you to. So, instead of focusing on that, let’s time travel back to Friday! 🙂

Work started off pretty slow, which is pretty normal on Fridays. I worked out over lunch …

Shoulders, Biceps and Triceps workout

I left work around 2 p.m. on Friday in order to beat some of the traffic (it normally takes me almost 1.5-2 hours to get home on a Friday …) and then holed myself up at Starbucks. Ben met me there and after a few hours of work, we went back to his place to start a Stranger Things marathon. We didn’t get off the couch the whole night and it.was.amazing.

Saturday started off pretty late for me. Ben got up early to go to work and I slept in until about 10, then stuck around in bed watching YouTube videos for an hour. I ran home, ate some Thai food (mmm) and got ready for the gym. Since I was done early and the weather was NICE for Chicago in February (50 degrees?!) I decided to walk the 25-minutes to Ben’s gym to workout with him.

Chicago, Illinois

We hit heavy deadlifts and squats …

Squats with Ben Fritz Fitness

Deadlifts with Ben Fritz Fitness

I lifted 135# for 4×6 on squats and I’m SO EXCITED plus, it means that I hit another one of my February goals. It helps having someone there to push me.

After our workout, we decided to try a little taco place right down the street from our apartments. Ben loved his steak burrito, but I wasn’t blown away by my barbacoa tacos. I mean, I’d eat there again, but it wasn’t anything to write home about for me.

El Jardin Tacos

After our super late lunch, I walked home (I love that we live so close) to shower and do a few things around my place. PLUS, I had my newest package sitting on my doorstep (found here on Etsy)!

You Better Have Tacos Door Mat

I walked back to Ben’s apartment and we ended up going to Starbucks to get a couple hours of work done. After some productiveness, we headed BACK to Ben’s apartment (I love being able to walk everywhere) to figure out dinner. The night turned into watching more Stranger Things (I’m hooked!), drinking wine and doing laundry. Party animals!

Sunday started off late for me again – Ben got up early, but I just couldn’t pull myself out of bed until 9:30. I’ve been so tired lately! Anyways, thankfully we were both moving slow so we didn’t get out of the apartment until 10, but we had a special destination …

Stan's Donuts

Stan’s Donuts!

I wanted a donut and I’ve been complaining to Ben all week. In my defense, it’s his fault because he got me one on Wednesday when I was sick so now that’s all I’ve wanted. Well, Ben decided we needed a dozen …

Stan's Donuts

We decided to try them all … I had a piece of almost a dozen donuts (I gave up…)

Stan's Donuts

After the sugar coma, we walked over to Starbucks (imagine that!) and Ben worked on his business stuff while I worked on blog stuff. I’m looking to either buy a full new design for my blog or just purchase a template. Hmmmmmm…..

3+ hours later, we both went to our own apartments, ate an extremely late lunch (those donuts killed my appetite) and then headed out to the suburbs to IKEA. I found two things I needed for my apartment storage. We were in and out of there in one hour!

We headed to Ben’s parents’ house for a quick dinner and then off to his hockey game. They won 8-4, I believe. Ben was *only* in the penalty box twice (hahaha).

Ben's Hockey League Game

The game let out around 9:15, so we headed back to the city to get ready for the next day. And that was my weekend!

How was your weekend?

Chicago: A Month In

I officially hit my month-mark at work, which means I’ve been living in Chicago for over a month now. CRAZY.

Chicago Life

And it’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of!

Not. 

Of course, before I lived here I imagined myself frolicking around the city, walking to and from work to my apartment, eating all the time at these fun restaurants. Now that I’m here and my 10-12 hour days between work + commute, that dream has been a little clouded.

The positives:

  • Being with my boyfriend. Honestly, as much as I was the best single girl, my life is filled with a new kind of happiness now that I have Ben. We were ready to do long distance, but obviously I’d rather be closer to him.
  • Being near my friends (+making new ones). I was so incredibly lonely in Green Bay, away from anyone I knew and the people I did know weren’t interested in the same things as me. It’s been so refreshing to be around other bloggers, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, independent and fun people. Plus, the foodies here are the best. 😉
  • Making more money. Just being honest. I’ve worked my whole life at multiple jobs, just to pay the bills. This is the first job where I’ve made enough to live. Only took 29 years …
  • Mindset. I don’t know if it’s the city, if it’s the people, or what, but this city just ignites my fire. It’s the biggest reason I decided to move here. I’ve really been focused on what I want in life (plus, watching my business-owning boyfriend helps get me excited as well) so I feel like I’m going to change my life this year and I couldn’t be more excited. 🙂
  • City life. The buildings. The restaurants (restaurant week in Chicago has been AMAZING). The coffee shops right around the corner to do work at (where I am currently). The hustle and bustle. It’s everything that I wanted and more. I can’t wait until it warms up a bit and I can walk around to see what else is in my neighborhood.

Starbucks-Chicago

Not-so-positives: (I refuse to say negatives …)

  • Commuting. I thought I’d be able to handle the commute from the city to the suburbs. Well, I can *handle* it … I just hate it. Not only am I in the car for 2+ hours a day, most of that time is in crazy traffic. Stressful and not something I want to do for a long time! Thankfully my job has decided I’m allowed to work downtown one day a week. Cross your fingers that soon I’ll be allowed to work-from-home one day per week, because then I’ll only be driving three days a week instead of five!
  • Work. Now, please don’t take this in the wrong way! I’ve only been here about a month, but it’s been slow moving. I lovvvvve when I get to work downtown with my “clients” and I lovvvvve working with my creative team. However, I don’t have a ton of direction outside of that and I’m still pretty slow. Plus, my company as a whole isn’t at the top of their game and there’s been whispers of lay-offs, which is obviously terrifying for someone that just moved their life to a new state! I also wish I had friends at work!

So that’s my little month-in update on my move to Chicago! Any questions for me? Let me know in the comments! Have a wonderful weekend. <3

Weekend Recap: So.Much.Food.

Chicago is amazing. Wonderful views … hustle & bustle … GREAT FOOD. How do people not get fat here? I’m in trouble …

Friday started out a bit rough for me, but ended up lightening up toward the end. Work was pretty boring, so it seemed to drag on and on. I did talk myself into doing a shoulder/bi/tri workout for about 40-minutes and then stopped at Panda Express by our cafeteria for a very healthy meal. 😉

Panda Express

Workout to work attire

I finally ended up leaving a bit early (around 3) to try to get away from some of the Friday night traffic that always starts in the city … it didn’t work. Traffic was crazy and it took me well over an hour to get home. The last 20 minutes of the drive (aka parking lot on the highway, really) was so incredibly painful because I had to go to the bathroom – THE WORST. I finally got home and logged on from Ben’s apartment (I still don’t have internet) for the last hour of work. I was in the worst mood, so at 5, I logged off and got a call from my lovely friend Saige – the absolute BEST timing. I walked home from Ben’s and chatted with her for over an hour. She always makes me feel so much better!

After my chat with Saige, I walked back over to Ben’s for drinks and hanging out with friends. We headed out to Eataly to walk around and get dinner. It’s a really interesting setup. Basically you can get a bottle of wine or beer and walk around this huge grocery store/restaurant area. Ben and I shared a bottle of white wine and then sat down with our friends for a late dinner at one of the little restaurants.

Eataly Chicago

The table shared oysters, which were okay. I’ve had oysters once before, but I don’t love them. They’re kinda boring. Plus, I like to chew and enjoy my food. 😉

Eataly Chicago

I got a spicy pasta dish (no pics SORRY) that was delicious, and then we headed over to Shake Shack for everyone except Lactose Intolerance girl (MEEE) to get a shake. I did try a bit of Ben’s though … shhhh.

Saturday morning Ben left for work and I ended up sleeping in a few more hours.

Saturday Morning

I did get up and moving, then met him at his gym around 12:30 to workout with him. He was helping me get my deadlift form down and I already lifted 155#, which means I’ve already hit one of my February goals. 🙂

Ben Fritz Fitness

After that, we headed back to our apartments, ate and showered quickly and then headed out to Starbucks to work on some goals together. I’m looking to figure some things out this year financially and professionally and since Ben owns his own business, he’s very smart and passionate when it comes to that kind of stuff. I left feeling energized and excited to get going!

We had plans to meet with another couple (Ben’s clients/friends) for dinner and drinks downtown. They lived in a GORGEOUS high rise that was completely apartment #goals for me someday. We had so much fun!

Chicago

After all the fun of last night (tequila, why you gotta be so rude) we both woke up not feeling the best this morning. We finally made it out to Whisk for a late brunch and it was amazing! For any of you Parks & Rec fans out there, this bar has a Ron Swanson decor theme and it was hilarious!

Whisk Chicago

I got Buffalo Chicken Hash and Ben and I shared a half order of Oreo Raspberry Pancakes. Oh. Kay.

Whisk Chicago

Whisk Chicago

Once we rolled ourselves out of Whisk, we drove out to the suburbs to watch the Superbowl with Ben’s family. Ben, one of his sister’s and I headed over to Starbucks (where I’m currently writing this …) to get some work done before hanging out on their couch for the night. Of COURSE the Patriots won, but I will say (even though I hate them …) it was cool to watch such an exciting ending. And Tom Brady is pretty fantastic, I’ll give them that. I’m just sick of them winning all the timeeeeee.

We drove back to my apartment late and went to sleep. I had a ton of trouble sleeping so this morning has been rough! I have a lot on my mind – lots of goals that I want to push towards. Plus, honestly, Mondays are hard knowing I have to go back to the commute. I still think it’s worth it, but I will not complain once they start letting me work-from-home once a week and I can then take two days off my 5-day commute!

How was your weekend?
What do you do when you have trouble sleeping?

Linking up with Katie!

February 2017 Goals

I’m just going to tell you right now that I love Mindy’s blog and she does her monthly goals this way. It totally inspired me to do them as well!

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Health & Fitness Goals:
Lose 3-5#. My body weight has been fluctuating a ton lately due to stress and not eating well. I’d like to get back into a routine.
Begin program with Ben. (P.S. If you’re looking for in-person training in Chicago OR online training, my guy is THE BEST in my completely unbiased opinion.)
3 days of cardio per week. I hate cardio, so I always find a way out of it. I sit ALL day, plus sit in the car, so I need to amp that up.
Pull 140-150# in deadlifts. I’ve been stuck at 135#, 4×6 for the last month. I could pull more, but I’m chicken.
Squat 120-130#. Same as DL. I’m chicken.
Start consistently tracking macros. I’ve fallen off this wagon (more like completely crashed and burned) so time to jump back on.
Try yoga. I’ve been talking about this for MONTHS. I need to try.

Business & Financial Goals:
Figure out plan for future professional life. Slightly vague, but I just want to be sure I’m safely thinking about my future. Ben’s going to help me put together a plan of attack.
Start looking into freelance writing and social media. I’ve been putting this off, but after talking with a new friend Rebecca I’d really like to dip my toes back into freelance. My ultimate goal someday is to be able to work for myself, so I might as well start now! Especially once I want to start a family (I’m obviously speaking entirely of a family of puppies) I’d like to have some flexibility with my schedule.
Pay off $500 in debt. My salary is higher than it was at my previous job. While cost of living is HELLA expensive here, I’d like to take these first few months making big chunks of payments on my personal debt. I saw this on Mindy’s blog and I think it’s a spectacular idea!
Write at least 3 blog posts per week. I’ve been struggling with this, so I need to get back on a schedule.
Post at least 1 YouTube video. I miss YT, but I’m going to start off slow.
Write love story with Ben and post on blog/social media platforms. 🙂

Life Goals:
Download Audible. I’ve been listening to the same music over and over again on my 2+ hour commute per day. I need to get into listening to some books!
Finish setting up apartment. While I’m feeling less overwhelmed than I was, I’d still like to get everything situated. Plus, I’d like to start having visitors!
Figure out daily meditation or journaling. I need to get back into a routine and since my brain is always in overdrive, I think this would be a great way to start or end the day off right.

I think that’s a good start! What are some of your goals for February?

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A birthday in transition …

Good morning! It’s officially NOT my birthday (unlike yesterday) and we’re back to “real life” – aka I’m not getting a bunch of sweet texts about my birthday anymore. 😉

If I’m being completely honest, yesterday was hard for me. This month has been all over the place for me emotionally (and physically, let’s be real) so I’ve been up and down for a few weeks. Starting a new job, living out of a suitcase for 3+ weeks (still currently living out of a suitcase, really), figuring out traffic, getting used to living with my boyfriend, then having to move out. Parallel parking … 😉

I’m usually a complete birthday diva, putting together a party with as many of my friends as possible. Last year I went to Chicago with my friend Julie (how funny that I am living here now …) and the years prior I always had parties with as many of my friends as possible. I’m an extrovert, so I love having people around me, ESPECIALLY on my birthday. This month I just couldn’t seem to be excited for the day, though. Not so much because of the age, but more because I feel very unsettled. With the move and trying to get my feet planted here, it’s been a struggle. With that said, it was still a pretty great 29th birthday!

The morning started off rough – I have not been sleeping enough basically since I moved to Chicago, so I was pretty sleepy plus super crabby that I had to work. Work was okay – a pretty slow day and I don’t know many people. I took myself to Chipotle lunch, then got through my afternoon of meetings. After work, I made a quick Target run and then drove back to the city. I chatted with my friend Lindsay for a good hour, so that definitely helped brighten up my mood PLUS seeing all of the texts, FB and Instagram messages.

Ben ended up getting done with work early and made me promise not to go to my apartment without him, so my mind was racing. If you remember, I basically closed the door on Saturday night with everything thrown all over the place in my apartment and haven’t touched it since. We walked over there last night and he had organized the boxes the best he could, plus put together my bed frame and my whole living room. I cried.

Living Room

Ben’s got a weird schedule because of training (usually early mornings, then late nights with afternoons off) so he spent his day putting together my apartment. Like … I can’t. And then he decided that wasn’t enough and got me a bag I’ve been eyeing for MONTHS and showed him in Charleson, but refused to buy it for myself because of the price.

Lululemon Bag

I literally laid down on my bed and stopped talking because I couldn’t handle all the emotions I was feeling. Poor guy. 😉

After I got over my love paralysis (eew, I know, who am I), we went back to his place and then watched Dexter and Parks & Rec. No better way to end my 29th birthday, in my opinion.

Since it’s still January and I’m officially in my 29th year, I figured what better time than to voice a few goals and reflections:

  1. Get back into a routine with working out, meal prep, laundry … just life. I think I’ll feel a lot more settled that way.
  2. Find a way daily to work on me. Being in a new relationship tends to bring out many old demons. Strengthening my confidence in myself, my worth in myself and knowing what I deserve is something I need to work on.
  3. Save some moola. These $5.50 SB drinks stop today (mostly because I’ll be setting up my coffee pot tonight – YUSSSSS)
  4. Make connections in the city. Expanding my professional network is important for my future goals.
  5. Focus on things I’m passionate about. I love blogging. Love YouTube. Guess what I haven’t been doing lately? Either of those things. I need to start to focus on the things that make me tick.
  6. Strengthen friendships. I have a lot of friends/acquaintances in the city which is a big reason I moved here. I want to continue to grow those friendships, since I’ve missed that the last few years living in Green Bay.
  7. Find a way to make travel more of a priority. Travel is not only fun, it awakens my mind and my heart. While this doesn’t go along with #3 so much, I want to be sure I make this a priority.

There’s probably more, but we’ll go with those for now. Birthdays always bring a feeling of a fresh start for me and I’m excited to see what this year has in store for me. I mean, I’m not quite sure how these last few months of my 28th year could be topped, but you never know!

Are you a birthday person or do you prefer low-key?