It’s hard to believe that it’s already May. It feels like we have done so much this year, and to be honest, we have! Since the beginning of the year Nick and I both have moved across the country into a new apartment, started new jobs, traveled to Washington, DC and Asheville, NC, and celebrated Nick’s 30th birthday. I’ve gone to SC Comic Con and visited my parents a few times in Greenville. It’s been a whirlwind of a year so far.
In May, there are so many things I want to accomplish, so I’m hoping to write them down and make them public in hopes of actually making them a reality. Thanks to Becca and Mia for inspiring me to put these down “on paper.”
1. Goal: Finish Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train” / Start and Finish Ron Chernow’s “Alexander Hamilton” / Start Emily Giffin’s “First Comes Love”
I need to catch up on my reading list, specifically I need to finish the books that I got from the library last week. Earlier in the year I set a goal to read ten books this year, which is probably 8 more than I read last year. I really enjoy doing it but for some reason, the TV always wins out. I finished reading “Yes, Please” by Amy Poehler earlier this year and haven’t picked up a book since, despite going on a bit of a spending frenzy at a few secondhand bookstores this year. I started reading Jenny Lawson’s newest book “Furiously Happy,” but I got two pages in before realizing that I should probably read her first book, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened,” first.
When I lived in SC before, I went to library all of the time. My mom is a devoted patron and it’s something we did all of the time when I was a kid. So, I got a new card (and paid a $2.80 fine from 4 years ago… oops) and grabbed “The Girl on the Train” and “Alexander Hamilton.” I’m about 65% of the way through the first and then I’ll tackle the second, which admittedly was longer than I expected it to be. The books are due May 11, so I have ten days to do it, or I can get an extension if needed. After that, I’ll dive into Emily Giffin’s newest book “First Comes Love,” which I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of thanks to Goodreads! That will definitely put me back on track for my goal of ten books in 2016.
2. Goal: Blog at least twice a week through May 31, and keep it up after that!
I have SO much material waiting to be posted on this here blog. I’m talking recipes from way back in 2015 and posts about our adventures so far in 2016. I want to try to blog at LEAST twice a week every week in May. Eventually I would like to be able to apply to The Blog Society and they require at least 3 posts a week, so I need to get into the habit of doing this. Can you believe that I used to consistently blog 4 times a week back in 2012? Yeah, neither can I. But it’s true.
3. Goal: Clean out closet and take basket of clothes to Clothes Mentor, Plato’s Closet, then donate remaining clothes to women’s shelter.
I want to make some progress on cleaning out my closet. I’ve started folding things and putting them into a laundry basket so that I can take them to Clothes Mentor and Plato’s Closet (I will donate what they don’t take but since I am starting my wardrobe pretty much from scratch, I need some funds to do this.)
I wanted to try Poshmark but I think it might be a little more time-consuming than what I can commit to at this point. Plus I just don’t have a good place to take pretty photos of the clothes. Before I start adding to my quite barren closet, I need to get a hold on what I actually have in my possession. (Except for this gorgeous top I got from Francesca’s yesterday. It’s so pretty, y’all!) I subscribed to Gwynnie Bee and I’m currently in their trial month. Basically it’s like Rocksbox but for clothes, and I find that these clothes are a little more suited for my body shape than other subscription boxes. We’ll see how it goes! If you want to try a free trial month of Gwynnie Bee, I’d love it if you used my referral link here.
4. Goal: Eat out only once this week while Nick is gone.
I need to STOP SPENDING MONEY. Nick and I are in the process of paying down some debt and saving to buy a house and that isn’t going to happen if I keep spending like it’s the end of times. With Nick traveling so much for work, it’s hard to cook at home for one (AKA I’m lazy) but I’m trying really really hard. I had a salad from Chopt yesterday because I was nearby and had been dying to go there, but I’m limiting myself to eating out maybe once more this week and that’s it. We are getting a Hello Fresh box and while I did get a $20 discount on this week’s box thanks to you guys signing up from last week’s post, it’s still $49 for three meals that I can’t make until Nick gets back on Thursday. (If you’re interested in trying Hello Fresh, you can get $40 off your first box by registering here.)
5. Goal: Eat something substantial for breakfast every day.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but when I don’t eat breakfast, I end up making really bad decisions about lunch because I’m hangry by the time 11 a.m. rolls around. Typically I’ve just been eating a pack of peanut butter crackers for breakfast (I know, I know…) but I need to eat something more substantial to tide me over until lunch. The problem? I don’t like eggs and that seems to be the main ingredient in most breakfast items. I also cannot do “green smoothies” because of the texture. Any suggestions?
What are your goals for May?