Summer Goals: Update 4

As I explained in this post I am working on completing some summer goals. This is the last update of this month! Overall I think that it has been a pretty successful first month of summer. Of course I haven’t completed all of my goals every week, but I think I am making good progress.

1. Read at Least One Book A Month

I finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest! I think that was probably 300-400 pages this week. Its hard not to speed up reading when you get to the end of a good book.

I am currently looking for a new book to read next. I have been reading tons of samples on iBooks (best feature ever!).

2. Eat Real Lunches

This week’s lunch has been honey wheat bagels with honey nut cream cheese – yum!

3. Call my Mom at least Once a Week

I actually called twice! And I saw my whole family earlier in the week which was fun!

4. Walk or Do Pilates Three Times a Week

I walked on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday. I also did pilates today! Go me!

5. Take Outfit Photos Once a Week

Okay I haven’t done this… I also still haven’t managed to post those outfit pictures I took like a month ago.

6. Try Two New Recipes a Month

I definitely exceeded this goal this month! I even made two new dishes this week.

I made a zucchini pasta dish with whole wheat pasta and seasoned with crushed red pepper, garlic sea salt, basil and parmesan. It was awesome!

I also made a zucchini and sweet potato stir fry seasoned with grounded mustard, garlic sea salt and paprika. It was quite yummy!

Next week maybe I will actually look up a recipe and then follow it – haha.

7. Bake Twice a Month

I really didn’t succeed at this at all. Its kind of hard to convince myself to turn on the oven lately even for the sake of cookies!

8. Make a lot of Wedding Crafts

I really need step up the wedding craft making. I have been trying to organize gathering supplies. June is gonna have to be quite the crafty month!

9. Find Something I Love to Do

Lately I have been loving walking thats pretty much all I have so far.

10. Relax More and Smile More

Overall I think I have been doing pretty well at this throughout the month. Lets hope I can continue doing that.

Mini Goal

Last week my mini goal was to pick out an outside couch for my porch. I did this and I am super excited to get it and spend lots of time reading and drinking tea outside!

Next Week Mini Goal

  • Finish unpacking!

Overall a pretty great week. Here’s to an even better weekend (which will include my first Bridal Shower!).

~Caitlin

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Skylines

I really have no idea what text should accompany these photos. I have been thinking and thinking and everything sounds stupid.

I think cloudy skies are beautiful…The End.

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Happy Memorial Day!

~Caitlin

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Another Friday Update!

As I explained in this post I am working on completing some summer goals. On to this weeks update:

1. Read at Least One Book A Month

  • I read 115 pages in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest (I seem to have a trend going of reading more and more pages each week – haha).

2. Eat Real Lunches

  • I did pretty well this week with this. Lots of hummus and pretzels with aside of strawberries – yum!

3. Call my Mom at least Once a Week

  • Done! Always fun to catch up with my Mom.

4. Walk or Do Pilates Three Times a Week

  • I went on one walk. It was kinda rainy and gross all week. Hopefully next week I can go on more walks!

5. Take Outfit Photos Once a Week

  • Nope

6. Try Two New Recipes a Month

  • Not this week.

7. Bake Twice a Month

  • Not yet but the month’s not over yet!

8. Make a lot of Wedding Crafts

  • No but I picked wedding shoes after MUCH deliberation. My dress I picked in one hour, but everything else is proving a bit more difficult.

9. Find Something I Love to Do

  • I have mostly been focusing on unpacking this week. I have been enjoying relaxing still which is always a fun thing to do.

10. Relax More and Smile More

  • I think I have been doing pretty good this week. Maybe I am finally getting a hang of relaxing and having fun thing.

Mini Goal

Last weeks goal was take more pictures. I did this a little bit. I shared some random pictures I took of day to day life in this post and I plan on sharing some more this weekend or next week.

Next Week Mini Goal

  • Pick out a little couch for my porch – my porch!

Overall this week has been pretty good and I am looking forward to an awesome long weekend. I plan to have a weekend full of relaxing and slow unpacking. Maybe even some exploring in my town!

Have a glorious weekend!

~Caitlin

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Day to Day

Here are some mediocre iPhone pictures of life lately. Which I have to say has been pretty awesome. I have been slacking on the blog posts lately but I have a good excuse. I have been the process of moving into an apartment I love (and I can’t remember where I packed my camera at the moment (hence the iPhone pictures)). Last weekend was entirely consumed with moving activities so I am really looking forward to the upcoming one and its a long weekend at that! I have to say though this is by far the best kind of moving.

Stacks of Boxes:

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Some Unpacking:

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An Empty Room (which is no longer empty):

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A Pretty New Dress:

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Besides moving I have been wedding planning, online shopping for apartment furnishings, job hunting, going for walks, watching Boardwalk Empire and Big Bang Theory, and reading books and blogs, oh and eating lots of awesome pizza.

~Caitlin

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Update Time!

As I explained in this post I am working on completing some summer goals. Here is this weeks update:

1. Read at Least One Book A Month

  • I read 82 pages in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest

2. Eat Real Lunches

  • I didn’t do so well with eating lunch this week mostly because I am running low on food. On Tuesday I had a peanut butter sandwich and other than that I had snacks like apples and luna bars and such. There is always next week.

3. Call my Mom at least Once a Week

  • No

4. Walk or Do Pilates Three Times a Week

  • I did some pilates this week.

5. Take Outfit Photos Once a Week

  • Nope

6. Try Two New Recipes a Month

  • Not this week.

7. Bake Twice a Month

  • Not yet but the month’s not over yet!

8. Make a lot of Wedding Crafts

  • No but we sent out our save the dates & I picked bridesmaids dresses! I think those are some pretty fun milestones regardless.

9. Find Something I Love to Do

  • I have been focusing on enjoying relaxing and being okay with not having a definitive plan for the first time in my life.

10. Relax More and Smile More

  • See above

Mini Goal

Last weeks goal wastry two new hairstyles. I succeeded in this!

  • One side braid with a flower.

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  • High messy ponytail.

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Next Week Mini Goal

  • Take more photos!

I didn’t do the greatest at completing my goals this week. Lets hope I do a little better next week.

Have an awesome weekend.

~Caitlin

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On Having A Plan

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I am someone who has always had a plan. Before I started high school I was sure that I wasn’t going to take physics when I was a junior. I was sure what I wanted my grades were going to be and that I would go to college after I graduated.

I carefully narrowed my college choices down to two schools (schools I knew I would get into). I attended overnight visits at both and audited classes. I was going to be sure that I picked the right school.

I chose my major long before the end of my senior year in high school. I signed up for an Anthropology class right away. I had a plan: Cultural Anthropology classes first semester and Evolutionary Anthropology second semester.

I had an even greater plan than that. I would work really hard all 4 years of college, I would write an honors thesis, and then I would go to graduate school. I would get my pHD and then I would work in a museum until I was older and then I would teach.

One day all of a sudden I was a second semester senior in college and I no longer had a plan. I didn’t have a job lined (not even a menial one). I didn’t apply to any grad schools…I didn’t even take the GREs. I found (and still find this terrifying). I like having a plan. I plan everything from meals to outfits to the perfect date to start ordering Christmas presents.

But I am starting to realize that a lot of the best things in my life are things that happened off plan. I never ever planned to go to a school in my home state. I swore up and down that I was going somewhere else, anywhere else. If I had followed through with this plan I wouldn’t have met Jim.

I certainly didn’t plan to meet the man I would marry in October of my freshman year of college. And I really didn’t plan to meet him at a bus stop. This unplanned event led me to meet someone who is my world and my soulmate.

On I smaller scale I didn’t actually plan on majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology. I had a form filled out declaring my major as Cultural Anthropology, but the day I was going to hand it in I just knew that it wasn’t right. I declared my major as Evolutionary Anthropology and never looked back. I am so glad I made that deviation because I loved my major so much.

As I mentioned earlier in this post I was planning to go to graduate school, and maybe I still will some day. The reason that I always planned on graduate school is because I always thought that the only thing I was good at was school. The people I love assure me this is not the case, and while I am still not so sure, nothing good in life resides in your comfort zone. Not to mention the major reason I am glad this plan didn’t work out: that is I don’t like school! I always thought I liked school because I like learning but the two are certainly not the same thing. Learning involves personal growth and school involves homework, stress, bad teachers, frustrations, and busy work.

Before I ramble on any further I am going to end this post by simply saying: Plans are really overrated.

~Caitlin

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Graduation!

On Sunday I officially graduated from college! I have been done for a week and a half already, but Sunday made it official. It still doesn’t feel any different from a normal end of the semester. Maybe it will finally hit me when I don’t go back to school in the fall.

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Regardless I now have a B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology and I suppose that is pretty darn cool.

~ Caitlin

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