Sunday, January 7, 2018

A dream 2018

I realize this post is up a bit late, but please forgive me. They say you should start your year off the way you intend to go on, and in my case that was being extremely jet lagged. Obviously being a complete potato for the first week of 2018 was not ideal, but I guess if I spin it from a positive perspective, jet lag is a sign of having traveled, and traveling is definitely always a goal!

I for one am welcoming 2018 with open arms. 2017 was very, very hard for me and strained my mental health more than I anticipated. In retrospect, some cool things did happen - I got to travel quite a bit! I started the year in San Francisco, followed by Los Angeles (including Disneyland!), Las Vegas, then back to Dublin where I traveled to Edinburgh (twice), Kerry, Amsterdam, Norway (for the first time and I am in LOVE), back to San Francisco (and a trip to LA...again), then back to Dublin with a trip to London, Galway, Boston, New Hampshire and Maine to close the year out before heading back to San Francisco again for the holiday season. Phew!

Those travels truly saved my year, and I could NOT be more thankful that I had the means to do it. And I know what you're thinking - "uh, that sounds like a great year!" but in terms of personal growth, health, achieving goals and feeling accomplished - that stayed at virtually 0% until the veerrrry end of the year when I finally (FINALLY) found a new job. So at least my year ended on a high note!

To start 2018 off right, I wanted to create a list of goals/things to do for each season. I'm a serial list maker, and I find when I post a list publically I am WAY more likely to hold myself accountable for checking it off. Cheers to new beginnings!

(Jan - March)

Save Money
Being unemployed for most of last year + Christmas being a thing = I need to pinch pennies

Start a health & fitness journey
The biggest cliche, but truly something I need to do

Plan a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day
The one exception to the pinch pennies goal hehe

(March - June)

Start traveling 
Starting with a trip to Copenhagen in April!

Celebrate my 28th birthday 
Last year my birthday was one of the worst I've ever had, so I'm determined to make sure that doesn't happen again

Spring Clean
Honestly, I might start this in Winter. Going on 3 years in this apartment and the amount of shit we've managed to acquire is unreal.

See ALL the flowers
A strange goal, but flowers make me unbelievably happy and I just want to see all of the spring blooms! And maaaaaybe even go back to Amsterdam and see Keukenhof?

(June - Sept)

HOW many times does this have to go on my goals list before it actually happens?

Get glittery at a music festival 
It's been a couple years since I've been to one and that needs to be rectified

Have a beach getaway 
I have dreams of the Amalfi Coast, Croatia, or somewhere magical in Spain

Get a health check 
Must take advantage of my new health insurance by mid-year!

(Sept - Dec)

Go to Vermont
I have a wedding to attend on the East Coast in September and would LOVE to jet up to Boston afterwards and re-live my 2017 trip, but instead of New Hampshire & Maine see more of Massachusetts and Vermont!

Re-live my Autumn To-Do List
I had a very magical autumn this year via this list, so I hope it serves me well again this year!

(Dec - Jan 2019)

See snow
I've never lived in a snowy climate so it's SUCH a novelty to me. I would love to rent a cabin and experience it first hand!

See a performance of the Nutcracker
Desperately wanted to do this this year but I could not find a single person who wanted to go with me. Next year, even if I have to go alone, it will happen!

Visit a European Christmas market 
Try as I may, this just hasn't happened yet. And of course I  live I'm the one frickin' Euro country with no epic market. Devastating.

Celebrate NYE properly
This year I spent it on my couch with Joey, jet lagged, wearing sweat pants and no makeup. Though there's nothing wrong with that, I simply feel I am overdue something more special and festive.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Fall Beauty

'Tis the season for coziness and lord knows my introverted ass embraces all opportunities to stay at home wrapped in a blanket, surrounded by candles and plenty of pumpkin-flavored treats. But on the odd occasion that I do leave my house, I have a few special treats that I use to keep me feeling festive and I'd like to share them with you!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

New Hampshire Foliage

Long time, no blog. 

I have no excuse really, besides feeling completely uninspired lately. It happens every once in a while! Truth be told I don't think I've been completely cured of it but alas, I figured I was overdue a blog post, especially since I've done a bit of traveling! 

A couple weeks ago I flew to Boston to see some of my favorite people. We took a road trip on a lazy Saturday into New Hampshire to see the White Mountains - and by "to see the White Mountains" I really mean - FOLIAGE. New England in the Autumn has been high on my bucket list forever, and oh my sweet baby Jesus it did not disappoint me. I was completely floored, driving along Kancamagus Highway with my mouth open like a derp the whole time because I actually could not cope with the colors. Spectacular. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

London Favorites & a To-Do list

(Neal's Yard, London)

I've been to London upwards of 10 times now, all within the last 5 years - crazy! At this point, I've become familiar enough with it that it feels comfortable to me. There's something refreshing about going to a city that I've never lived in and knowing my way around, having favorite spots I like to visit, and not feeling at all like a tourist (even though I DEFINITELY am, especially when I lug around my massive camera!)

Here's a short list of my favorite things to do in London. No matter how many times I visit, these are staples I always go back to!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Autumn To-Do List

Ireland seems to be holding on tight to the last few moments of summer, but my body is FULLY prepared for autumn. Chilly weather, colorful foliage, scarves, boots, hot coffee, holidays & cozy nights - makes my heart flutter just thinking about it! I'm a Spring baby but for some reason I feel like I thrive the most in the autumn, despite the lack of daylight (which I am NOT looking forward to!)

This summer was unfortunately not great. Being unemployed made for plentiful free time with zero disposable income to do all the things on my summer to-do list, which was a massive failure. I did a grand total of TWO things off of my list - so depressing. First world problems to the max. Hopefully I have better luck in the Fall and can check off my FULL to-do list this time around!