2017: The Year of More

We have officially survived 2016. It was a pretty rough year, let’s all be honest, but we made it through. In 2016, I strove to say yes to more things and to be more positive. I’m not entirely certain I fully accomplished it, but I think I did pretty well. This year I am going with a similar, abstract theme for my resolution (and one concrete goal, too). In 2017, I plan to focus on one guiding principle: more. While vague in nature, I will be asking more of myself and my life in 2017. I have created a few different areas and which I hope to “more.”

If you have been following me recently, you will have noticed my monthly goals. This “more” concept will be replacing my old goal system and bring in a few more areas. This focus will help me grow all the areas of my life in an all-encompassing way.

  • Be More: These are my wellness and self-care goals. They’ll tackle everything from hydration and sleep to working out and taking care of my body, soul, and mind.
  • Develop More: These are my career and professional goals. I’ll spend time very month growing myself as a social strategist, writer, and networker.
  • Learn More: This is my monthly trivia goal! One of my favorite parts of 2016; it’s here to stay.
  • Try More: Like 2016, I want to keep saying yes and experiencing new things every month. This could be a new cuisine, work out class, activity, etc.
  • Read More: I was all about books this Christmas. It has been a while since I was a big reader (probably middle school). I hope to awaken that part of me in 2017 and read at least 12 books.
  • Cook More: A few of those Christmas books were some great cookbooks. This year, I hope to expand my culinary skills and master new recipes. I’ll be taking a cooking course in January to help push this goal.
  • Give More: Registering people to vote and collecting cans at Friendsgiving were two of the most rewarding parts of my year. I want to give back even more this year! The world definitely could use it.
  • Do More: 2017 is going to be the year I get more hobbies so I don’t have to say, “I work and watch a lot of TV.” When someone asks what I do for fun. Defined hobbies, here I come.
  • See More: I watch a lot of reruns, y’all. I want to add a little more culture to my life by watching more “must-see” movies. Any suggestions?
  • Hygge More: Hygge is a Danish word that means, in essence, “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.” Each month this year, I will focus on a part of my home/environment to add a little more hygge to.

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December Goals

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November was such a busy month! I went on my first business trip, settled into my new job, and of course all the Thanksgiving festivities. It is officially the holiday and I am beyond excited. My apartment is something Buddy the Elf would definitely approve of. This month is going to be just as crazy, if not more so than last month, but I am excited to see what it brings. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Here’s what I hope to get done this month:

  1. Finish school strong. I only have a little over a week left in my last grad school course. This course has been a killer so here’s hoping I can pull it off!
  2. Spread Christmas cheer. For me, that means Christmas cards (and my general Buddy like demeanor). Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get one.
  3. Get consistent. I am the worst at taking medication as prescribed or even taking a vitamin (that I know my body could use). Time to get that daily dose of vitamin M.
  4. Learn some trivia. Since it’s the holiday season, I am going to learn the holidays of the major religions:Christianity (protestant and catholic), Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, plus non-religious major US and global holidays. AND I’ll be learning the capitals of North, Central, and South America.
  5. Create a morning routine Not that I have the evening down. Let’s see how the morning shapes up.
  6. Increase productivity. Italian is on the back-burner for now, so I am going to work on my productivity instead. I’m going to do one productive thing every day as soon as I get home from work. Be that unloading my dishwasher, vacuuming, or client work. No dinner or TV time until I have accomplished something.
  7. Soda challenge. My hydration game is strong. Let’s lower my caffeine game. No soda after 8PM!
  8. Move my feet. This month, I wanted to do a run or other event for charity. I missed the boat on The Trail of Lights Fun Run, but I’ll be doing Lights sof Love instead! Support my fundraising goal!

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November Goals

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October was a really fun month! I kicked it off with my college roommate’s wedding in North Carolina, went to Austin City Limits, made a trip back home, started my last semester of grad school, and rung in the end of the month with Halloween. The holiday season is quickly approaching which means so is the end of the year. It’s time to get busy. Here’s what I am getting into this month:

  1. Get to chatting. My work goal for this month is to get back in to the Twitter chats I used to be involved with. I’m sure #AdWeekChat has missed me 😉.
  2. Learn a new recipe. In the spirit of Thanksgiving this month, I want to learn a new Thanksgiving recipe. I think it may be corn casserole but time will tell.
  3. Get those steps in. My goal is only 5,000 a day so it is pretty doable. Looks like I’ll be doing some laps around my complex.
  4. Learn some trivia. The election is days away, I’m so nervous y’all. Anyway, in honor of us electing a new President I should learn the other 43 (in order) and the US state capitals. Bonus points for learning political parties of the presidents.
  5. Create an evening routine. Now that I have my skin care routine down (and I hard wake up time), it’s time to integrate other steps to get me in the mind-set of sleep.
  6. Finish Duolingo. I’ve got to get it done with an extra 30 days, right?
  7. Hydrate. Now that I’ve replaced one drink a day, I hope to meet the minimum goal of 64oz per day. I just got a new water bottle from Target with an infusion compartment so hello fancy office water. Today’s special: strawberry cucumber. Share your combos if you have any good ones!
  8. Collect can goods. For my community goal this month I want to collect cans for a local food drive. And not just with me. I’m going to work with others to get donations up.

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My Skimmformation

katherine-02-1It’s not Tuesday, but I want to tell you about a transformation I have seen in myself over the past 2 years. Two years ago Katherine was finishing up her last semester of college (seems like yesterday), working full-time at her internship, and heading up a student-run PR firm, all while figuring out her first post-collegiate move. She was pretty busy to say the least. During this time, she subscribed to TheSkimm to help keep her up to date on current events.

Anyone who knows me knows that I like to be informed. I am constantly trying to better myself through education both formal and informal (nine weeks to go for that Master’s degree). Current events were an area I was seriously lacking. There is so much happening in our world it is hard to follow it all. Enter TheSkimm. This condensed version of notable current events helped transform 2014 into the woman I am today: one who knows her stuff and can defend her position. Continue reading →

October Goals

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It’s month three of sharing my mini-goals, and I have to say, so far so good. Last month, I had a pretty ambitious plan for what I was going to get done, maybe a little too ambitious considering I had to travel for a bachelorette party and a wedding as well as interviewing in order to complete goal one (see below if I did or not). As I start some new adventures this month (repping Lady ATX at ACL and some exciting work prospects), I think I’m going to make my to-do list a little more manageable. Let’s see what I’m getting into this month:

  1. Get collaborative. My work with Lady ATX is on fire right now. This month I want to work with some other writers or photographers to put out some cool work.
  2. Finish Lean In. I’ve been working on this book for a longggg time. It’s time to finally get it read.
  3. Work out more. On that note, I need to make a point to work out at least 3 times per week.
  4. This month’s trivia: Learn all the major league sports teams (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS). Bonus points if I learn all the NFL starting quarterbacks.
  5. Try a new work out class. Now that I’m invested in pilates, let’s shake it up with another type of work out.
  6. Solidify a skin care routine. Part of my new mission of self-care is to start taking better care of my skin.
  7. Finish Duolingo Italian. I’m so close!
  8. Hydrate. This goal has been pretty vague so now I want to replace one drink a day with water + what I have already built on.
  9. Virtually volunteer. I’ll be pretty busy this month so I’ll look for opportunities to help out through looking at resumes for college students, giving social media advice to a non-profit, or even writing letters to soldiers overseas. Send me any ideas or opportunities you may have.

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Reality TV Makes Me A Better Person

32phx17fre-1I’ve written before about why we shouldn’t be ashamed of our guilty pleasure shows. But now I’m making an even bolder statement: reality TV shows make me a better person. I know what you’re thinking, “reality TV stars are kind of the worst,” but hear me out. Television is an escape for the life we don’t have. It opens our horizons to lifestyles and cultures we may never be apart of. Every show brings something different to my life. Whether it is a quality to emulate or a warning of who not to be.

Sister Wives and Counting On

Y’all, I love me some Sister Wives. They have an alternative lifestyle but it totally works for their family. Same with Counting On, the show focusing on the older Duggar daughters. I’m the same age, if not older than Jill and Jessa and our lives are in very different places. I love my life, don’t get me wrong. But these two shows open up my mind to realize that not everyone wants to live my lifestyle. Being less judgmental is definitely something I am working on this year. Unfortunately, House Hunters does the opposite (there is a right house to pick). Continue reading →

September Goals

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Well, August has come and gone. My first month of working on mini-goals is over and it went alright. I may have forgotten about them a few times but all in all  I didn’t do too badly. On to my September goals. Some of them are leftovers from last month but I will hopefully beat them this month!

  1. Find a new position or client I am super passionate about. Career goals defined, let’s do this.
  2. Get my Calligraphy on. I have all the supplies and love seeing other people’s work, hopefully I can find my talent this month.
  3. Find a pilates studio. I’ve got the Groupon so all I need to do is go.
  4. Learn some new trivia: Let’s go with the capitals of every European country.
  5. Create a self-care routine. BOLO for an article about this soon for Lady ATX Mag.
  6. Hit 2 more Duolingo check points. Facciamolo!
  7. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. My body desperately wants water.
  8. Get back to volunteering. Somewhere, anywhere. I used to volunteer at APA and would love to get back to playing with those pups.

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August Goals

IMG_4689I’ve set a lot of goals this year, but they are all pretty long-term and overarching. A friend of mine, Chelsea, does this amazing thing where she sets a few attainable goals every month and I am jumping on her bandwagon. Not only does she blog her monthly goals, she also gives a real honest account of if she attained them or not. Her goals cover all different area of her life and I think that makes it all the more fun. Here’s what I hope to get into this August:

  1. Better define career goals. As I transition away from freelancing and into a more traditional work environment, I need to evaluate what I want in not just a position, but in a company.
  2. Take on a new hobby. It’s time I finally pull out the calligraphy supplies I bought and at least attempt to master the craft.
  3. Get back into Pilates. I loved Pilates in college. It’s time I got into the grove and found a studio home in Austin.
  4. Master a new recipe. I’ve been cooking so much more in my new place but I want to learn a new and maybe more bold recipe this month to get in touch with my inner Julia.
  5. Learn some new trivia. In honor of August 9th being Veep Day, I want to try to learn not only the presidential succession (at least the top 10), but also exactly what the cabinet members do.
  6. Work on my fear of flying. Next month I’ll be flying to Charlotte for my sweet Sammy’s bachelorette weekend.
  7. Hit another check point in Duolingo Italian. I have been seriously slacking on Italian the past month. Time to get back on the horse.
  8. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Since my visit home in early July I lost the progress I was making with building my habit of drinking enough water. I’m aiming for 80 ounces a day.

Wish me luck on my goals! I’ll be sharing an update with you all in about 31 days!

Hometown Throwdown: Austin vs. Memphis

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.29.08 AMI’ve lived in Austin for just over 18 months. While my bucket list has plenty of things to be check off, I feel comfortable calling Austin home. However, after spending a week in my hometown, Memphis, the word “home” gets a little tricky. Which place is really home? The place you can always go back to or the place where you’re starting a life? The more I thought about it, the more similarities and differences I saw between the two cities.

Similarities

  • Slogans: Keep Austin Weird vs. Choose 901
  • Amazing Food (especially BBQ)
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Finding My Inner Julia

Ever since moving into my new apartment (blog post to come) I have become something of the aspiring cook. Maybe it is my new open kitchen or how light and bright it is, but I have been trying some delicious new recipes. Here’s what I’ve been cooking.

My new favorite dish comes from my girl Maria Menounos’s EveryGirl’s Guide to cooking. I never thought I would enjoy Cauliflower Patties but they are incredible. Mine weren’t exactly picture perfect so image to come. I also substituted carrots for onion. I ate the patties plain as a side for breaded tilapia, as well as on a slider bun. It doesn’t taste anything like a burger but it’s still an amazing meal in every form. It’s tricky when you’re first starting but once you get the hang of frying the patties, it’s a breeze.

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 10.46.28 AMI have never been a big fan of seafood aside from the occasional crab and spinach dip (Back Porch has the best). However, in my effort to be healthier I discovered this Honey Garlic Shrimp recipe. This recipe is a total Rachel Ray (takes 30 minutes or less). Excluding marinating time, it takes about 5 minutes to prepare the sauce and 15 minutes to cook. I served mine with quick and easy white rice. Next time I plan to use some (also quick and easy) garlic quinoa. I’ve never had it before, so I’ll let you know how it goes. Continue reading →