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Yesterday was my 31st birthday, and every year, I aspire to become a better version of my current self. I am in dire need of an upgrade, as is my blog. So in honor of this new year of life, I have a list of thrity one-derful (that’s oh-nedder-full) things I want to accomplish by next April.

1. Grow my relationship with God through prayer, Bible study, and worship
2. Run a 10K – this is already in the works, I’m running one April 12th
3. Complete another 365 picture challenge
4. Make and sell some bath bombs, cupcakes, and costumes
5. Write a ten minute play
6. Finish reading the complete works of Jane Austen
7. Get to the 1960’s in my Oscar Winning Movie Watching
8. Write a song on the Ukulele
9. Start a Vlog with my hubby Rob
10. Build a loft for our bed
11. Finish our Wedding Album
12. Find a job that I love
13. Run a 1/2 Marathon
14. Get back into Yoga once a week
15. Get all toxins out of my home and change to homeopathic cleaners
16. Volunteer with food banks or homeless ministries
17. Keep mentoring and focusing on youth and kids
18. Send more letters and gifts to friends and family to let them know I love them
19. Finish Baby Steps 1 & 2 of Dave Ramsey FPU.
20. Make it a ritual to Skype with my family every Sunday
21. Get a new stamp in my passport
22. Host a Wine and Cheese Party
23. Go swimming at Barton Springs
24. Get BBQ at Franklin’s
25. Go hiking at least once a month
26. Get back into Bouldering and Rock Climbing
27. Volunteer at a Horse Ranch and Ride
28. Reread and Own Madeleine L’engle’s Wrinkle in Time Series
29. Start and Finish Madeleine L’engle’s Meet The Austin Series
30. Get a massage for each season, spring, summer, winter, and fall
31. Begin to train for a marathon

Fashion · Self Discovery · Self Improvement

Fashion Forward

Piece of my Heart

So I like fashion a lot, but the problem is that I don’t always dress the way I’d like to.  Most of the time, I settle for frumpy and blah.  It’s easy, it’s comfortable, and it doesn’t take long.  However, when I look in the mirror sometimes, I get so disappointed and full of self loathing.

Since about the start of 2014, I’ve been trying to be a little better about really dressing and looking the way that I’d like to.  Not everyday, but certainly, a great deal more than I used to.  At least once or twice a week, I’ll do my hair, and I’ll look for a cute outfit to wear.  My latest goal is to only own clothes that I really love, so that I’ll be wearing something that I am always happy with.

This particular outfit made me extremely happy.  Most of it comes from Modcloth.   Piece of Your Heart Dress, and Lady in Rad (Navy) Boots on sale- they also sent me a nifty little card holder to attach to my phone.  Not quite sure where I got the tights- maybe from Target? Also, I did up my hair in victory rolls.

Self Improvement

Birthday and New Year Resolutions

Okay, so in this new year of life, I’ve decided to make some resolutions.  I want to turn things around and make things better for myself.  I’ve been tired and grumpy, and lonely, and friendless for far too long now, and it’s about time some things change.  I cannot change where I live (yet) or my ethnic background, but there are a few things that I can do to be a better human and have a better life while I’m on this earth.

01. Love God
I want to love God, with a true love.  I would never say it out loud, but I really haven’t felt a deep love for God for what seems a long time.  There have been a few moments, but my love has been fickle and fleeting.  I was happiest when I was all out for God, but I let myself be drawn away by painful experiences.  I’ve stopped trusting and depending on the supernatural, but it’s time for me to start believing again.

02. Give Unto Others
I wish to be more generous with others, especially the ones I love- being more thoughtful, giving gifts, sending cards, letters, thank yous, and thinking of yous.

03. Take Care
I must start taking care of myself.  Eating right, exercising, all of that.  On top of that, I have decided to get therapy for my anger and grief issues which have been spilling into my beautiful marriage.  Also, I’ve decided that I need to start getting massages regularly to help reduce stress and nerves.

04. Study
I plan to begin learning new languages (Spanish, Italian, Hawai’ian, restudy my Korean, Japanese, and French), watch more foreign movies and documentaries, read more books, do some maths, study some philosophy, look at stars, and things like that, so my mind won’t rot or turn into jello.

05. Create
I need to continue creating things– whether it’s writing, journaling, making mix CDs, playing the uke/guitar/piano/melodica/kazoo/recorder, painting, costuming, doodling, taking pictures… it’s what motivates me and inspires me.

06. Dream Big
I’m ready to open up my possibilities book again and start mapping out some new possibilities.  Being here in this small town with people who are satisfied with mediocre has been making me a bit cynical.  I didn’t like this place when I was growing up in it, and I like it less after having seen the world.  We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams.