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Goals for 2017

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It’s still January, so not too late to get some goals in order!  I’m a fan of goals any time of year, but they are especially shiny and inspiring in January.  Five of mine are below – one for each fingie so I can keep track of them all on one hannie.

  1. Last year I pledged on Goodreads (find me there at edohse) to read 20 books, and was so far away from completing that goal I can’t even write the final number here (it is not a double-digit).  This year I’m back at it, still aiming for 20, and I’ve already jump started things by getting a fresh library card.  I plan on doing a deep dive into the biography, memoir and self-help sections.  You can look forward to reviews on power women, along with groundbreaking tips on how not to be late (at least they will be groundbreaking for meh).
  2. Make writing a habit. Look!  While stating this goal I am simultaneously working towards it.  Should I check it off now??  This goal will be accomplished via this blog, and now that I’ve posted the goal, I have committed to the universe and myself, and people saw me do it, so in order to avoid shame I will make this blog great again for the first time.
  3. Add more items to my cooking repertoire.  Unlike Drake, I started from the bottom and I’m still there.  Which – my bad, my bad – I’m an adult and should have worked on this earlier.  But, the only place left to go is up, away from this crossroads of “cereal” and “chicken with rice.”
  4. Be a more committed learner in my grad program.  I feel like I can do anything now that finance is over, mostly because I have learned that I cannot do finance.  I hated fractions in second grade and it turns out I still hate them at 32, so bring on the soft skills of marketing!
  5. Keep taking good care of my body (“it’s the only one you’ve got!” – Karen D). I think I really upped my game with this last year and so it is a no-brainer to continue.  Habits will include:
    • Regular face masks. Looking for luxury and variety at a decent price point?  Allow me to suggest Peter Thomas Roth’s mask sampler kit.  If you’re a baller, get the big one and share with me.
    • Regular body lotion application. Target areas of 2016: hands, feet, neck.  New target area: décolletage (nobody wants leathery cleavage).
    • Obvi flossing.  Introduce the habit to my bottom retainer.
    • Daily stretching. Shout out to the random woman in 2008 who told me to never stop stretching, saying I will thank my younger self.  I think she was on to something.  Was she me from the future??  I predict my 40s will be a good judge of how well this worked out, so never quit reading this blog to find out.
    • For the love of god, quit rubbing my eyes.
    • Reach goal: use cuticle oil.

Did anybody else set some goals for 2017?

{image by Rory Vaden}

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Blog’s Back

{Juicy and I, looking at our future through a picture window}

{Juicy and me, looking at our future through a picture window}

Yeah hello!  Blog’s back.  At least for today it is.  Huge news: I’ve decided that my life is STARTING in 2017.  I’m aiming to live my 2017 life like the power women featured in the biographies on my Goodreads to-read shelf, and thought this post would be a worthy place to start.  The only difference I can see between people like Diane von Furstenberg and me right now is that they DO THINGS instead of bingeing on Orange is the New Black (which, highly recommend, even if it doesn’t let you live your best life).

Last year breezed by with all sorts of fun and new beginnings (bye-bye Boston, see ya job, hello marriage, greetings grad school) and it was a full-throttle, disorganized, love-filled exhilaration from beginning to end.  I think an accurate representation of my mental state in the latter half of 2016 was a delicate balance of hanging onto sanity while blaming my shortfalls on not knowing where all my sh*t was.  Like, I was certain the reason I couldn’t focus on up-lighting for the wedding was because I didn’t know where my senior-year English anthologies were and the stress of that non-issue was mind-melting (they were in Reno at the time, now they’re in a box in the garage).

It was an exciting and terrifying way to live life, but now I’m ready for some structure and calculated power moves that will take me from life-bystander to focused life-CEO.  I’m going to do everything I can this year to find a direction and take it, even if it’s super wrong and I can’t tell anyone about it until years later once the shame has faded.  This blog is one of the directions I’m going, which may or may not work out, so no pressure on any of us here.  I’ve been waiting for my destiny to show up since 2007, but it must be lost because the only thing that rings my doorbell is the UPS guy, and he doesn’t come over that often. *only when JustFab is having a sale.

I’d love for you to join me as I search for my destiny, so please read any and all posts you are interested in, and leave a comment with encouragement if you like what you read.

Also of note: I am writing for a beauty start-up blog, and my posts about everything from 2016 Beauty Trends You Don’t Need to Care About Anymore to How to Wear Grey Lipstick and Not Look Dead, will be linked in the side column and are important must-reads.  Check them out!

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