Cook those recipes!

So the original plan was to make my way through a cookbook. When I couldn’t find one I truly loved, I decided instead to tackle Pinterest recipes – 300 to be exact.

Pinterest quickly became an obsession. How perfect to have all my bookmarks in one place visually! But too often, items are pinned and then completely forgotten about. I began cooking my way through my Pins in January of 2016. I obviously won’t make it to 300 recipes by April 16th, as I first intended; however, this is a journey I’m going to continue without worrying how long it takes to complete.

2016: 47 Completed
2017: 36 Completed

Well I’m 83 recipes down, only 217 to go!

JANUARY 2016 (9)
This was a month of veggies, as I crossed off my first 30 Before 30 item, “Go vegetarian for 21 days”.
One Pot Spicy Thai Noodles
Cajun Chickpea Sweet Potato Burgers
Chunky Veg Soup
Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayo
Red Enchilada Sauce
Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet
Wondergrain Tacos
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Speedy Teriyaki Veggie Noodle Bowl

FEBRUARY 2016 (5)
The veggie meals continue! Once I got into the habit of eating vegetarian, it felt good to keep it going for a bit longer.
Fresh Vegetable Lasagna
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
Crispy Avocado Tacos
Sweet Potato Black Bean & Kale Quesadillas
Curried Chickpeas with Spinach

MARCH 2016 (7)
This was a month of eating with friends – brunch before St. Paddy’s Day and a game night full of appetizers.
Quinoa Black Bean & Corn Tacos
Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Casserole
Make Ahead Cinnamon Baked French Toast
Thai Green Curry Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl 
Warm Spicy Black Bean Dip
Simple Cilantro & Olive Oil Dipping Sauce 
Wonton Mozzarella Sticks 

APRIL 2016 (4)
Mostly snacks and appetizers!
Spicy Chili with Fire Roasted Tomatoes 
Healthy Seven Layer Dip
Simple Roasted Chickpea Snack
Homemade Pizza Rolls

MAY 2016 (2)
And now my cooking slightly declines, as the morning sickness has begun.
Spicy Garlic Chicken Penne with Peas
Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

JUNE 2016 (2)
It’s strawberry season!
Classic Homemade Strawberry Pie
Summer Pineapple Strawberry Cooler

JULY 2016 (1)
Only made one recipe this month, but it was a good one to share at the family reunion.
Greek Yogurt Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting

SEPTEMBER 2016 (7)
The man and I moved in together and I finally felt like cooking again.
Baked Chicken Breasts 
Spaghetti Aglio, Olio, e Peperoncino
Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake
Bacon & Spinach Pasta 
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Light Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies
The Best Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

OCTOBER 2016 (1)
6 months pregnant and I’m often too tired to cook.
Two Ingredient Bean & Queso Dip Pan Fried Burritos

NOVEMBER 2016 (1)
The Best Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

DECEMBER 2016 (8)
Invited a friend over for brunch, tried some healthier recipes & made some desserts to share over the holiday.
Brown Sugar & Banana Oatmeal
Spicy Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas
Oven Roasted Breakfast Potatoes
Dutch Baby
Pioneer Woman’s Pot Roast
Oreo Truffles
Confetti Cake Batter Cookies 
Crock Pot Tex Mex Chicken Lettuce Wraps

JANUARY 2017 (10)
Baby’s arriving any day, time to get cracking on those freezer meals!
Lasagna Roll Ups
Beef, Bean, & Cheese Burritos
Breakfast Burritos
Beef & Broccoli
Chicken Parmesan Casserole (Freezer Meal)
Freezer to Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup
Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala
Fajita Dinner Kit
Oven Fajitas (Seasoning Blend)
Fruity Breakfast Burritos

FEBRUARY 2017 (0)
A big ‘ol goose egg for recipes this month. We lived off freezer meals (see January ’17) as exhausted first time parents.

MARCH 2017 (6)
We’re slowly getting this parenting thing down. Plus more sleep, that’s the key!
Homemade Honey Oat Bread
Dreamy Chocolate Mousse
Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies 
Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos 
Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes
Roasted Red Pepper, Mozzarella & Basil Stuffed Chicken

APRIL 2017 (3)
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Stir Fry
Honey-Sriracha Chicken Foil Packs
Iced Mocha with Coffee Cubes

MAY 2017 (4)
Bought pork chops on sale & made some desserts for Memorial Day cookout.
Oven “Fried” Breaded Pork Chops
Berry Bliss Oat Squares
Frozen Lemonade Pie
Panko Breaded Pork Chops

JUNE 2017 (3)
Buffalo Wing Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Carrot Stick Fries
Homemade Deep Dish Pizza
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

JULY 2017 (3)
No Bake Mixed Berry Icebox Cake
Brown Sugar Butter Syrup
3 Ingredient Lemon Cake
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

AUGUST 2017 (4)
Carrot Tomato Soup
Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken
Southern Cornbread
Buttermilk Country Fried Chicken

SEPTEMBER 2017 (1)
No Sugar Added Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats

On the To Make List:
Cutie Pies
Homemade Pancake Syrup
One Pan Easy Baked Fish & Chips
Chicken and Potatoes with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce
Flourless Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mini Italian Burgers

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New motivations, the same passions.

So this blog began about a year and a half ago with the motivation to complete a 30 before 30 list.

Now it’s twelve days until I turn 30 and I never could have guessed I would be sitting in an apartment I share with the love of my life, in a suburban city, watching our (almost) 3 month old baby nap.

My 28-year-old self had grand ideas of traveling, getting out of my routine and truly experiencing life. At the time, I thought that meant really grabbing a hold of the unknown and seeking out the most thrills possible.

Great, more power to you 28-year-old self. I know it was only a little over a year ago, but oh how wrong you were. Instead of living the life of a single girl, I fell so hard in love with the most wonderful man. My cross country road trip morphed into birthing a beautiful little girl. It’s time to postpone hiking and traveling and embrace being a stay at home mama. For now.

No, life doesn’t stop once you have a child, but those priorities sure do change. I no longer need to be so on the go; instead, this is the time of life I need to slow down, just sit and stare into those tiny blue eyes that fill with more love and awareness each day.

The day to day motivations of the “why not experience” have shifted, but my passions remain the same.

Slow down. Connect. Be moved. Ask why not and make this life so damn amazing.

I’m back and loving life more than ever.

 

I’ve already decided that 2017 is going to be ridiculously amazing.

Happy January 1 – the day of cliches, nostalgic look-backs, and often empty promises.

That said, here’s my contribution to the new year.

2016 was quite a different year than I expected. December of 2015, I sat down and wrote this big list of goals for the following year. I couldn’t shake the fact that in a year and a half, I would turn 30. And I wanted to achieve some things before then, dammit! Big things. Maybe too big.

Because it’s a year later (look-back time) and how many have I achieved?

3 of my original 30 goals. In a year. With 3 months left before I turn 30. Terrible? No. Could my accomplishments have been more? Yes, probably. But aren’t most goal lists pretty unrealistic anyway? Indeed they are.

However, this being a new year (a fresh start, they say!), we’re looking on the bright side today. Sure, I didn’t achieve much of that list I made in 2015, but my actual 2016 experiences pretty much blew that list out of the water anyway.

#21 for example – Be single and enjoy it. Okay, that was a good idea. Live for myself, make my own decisions, stop jumping from relationship to relationship. Well sometimes life puts something so good in front of you, it’s pretty impossible to say no, whatever your previous intentions. And when this guy came along, I knew immediately that he was different (cliches as promised, don’t say I didn’t warn you!).

So no, I didn’t ever really embrace being that single, completely unattached girl. Instead, I found the man I intend to fall in love with over and over again every day for the rest of my life. I think I’m okay with scratching out #21.

Oh and here’s the biggest surprise of all in 2016.

Baby Ultrasound Ornament from Pearhead

I sure never thought I’d be having a baby before I turned 30. It was my goal to travel, stay young, and maybe make a few more reckless decisions. Of course life doesn’t stop with a baby on the way, but it sure as hell changes. So for 2017, here’s my new 30 before 30 list.

The New 30 Before 30

I made a 30 before 30 list early December 2015. I no longer recognized myself and I wanted to rediscover my life of adventure and fun. I sat down with big goals of traveling and maybe being a little reckless, with plans to capitalize on my lack of true responsibilities. Just writing that list really did help me find the happy, positive person I have (almost always) known myself to be.

But as life does best, it threw me a bit of a surprise in 2016 and completely changed my priorities for the year.

Heading into the second half, 21 weeks starts tomorrow. 🙂

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That baby bump was just barely starting to peek out 4 months ago, but I was so excited to finally see the proof of a little baby in there.

So with the many unexpected, yet exciting adventures of 2016, here is my new 30 before 30. With 3.5 months until I turn 30, this list might remain a little ambitious, but we’re going big this year.

In no particular order.

1. Run/walk a 5k.

1. Run a 10k. 2016 was not the year of running. Yes, I could’ve continued while being pregnant, but for reasons we don’t really need to get into, I did not. So the plan is to get back into it slowly. Have you ever heard of the 2017 Gold Challenge? It’s a challenge to run/walk 1000 miles in 1 year. I just might use it to help me get back in to a walking/running routine.

2. Cook a really great meal for a group of good friends.

Once I’m sleeping like a normal person again, it will be time to dust off that pink and black apron and host that infamous dinner party. Or if not infamous, at least a nice little evening with friends.

3. Dress up for a night out.

3. Go to a rave. Let’s get classy around here. Break out those fancy clothes and go somewhere – dinner with the girls, Playhouse Square with the man, anywhere. Get a babysitter and make it happen.

4. Get a job outside of a restaurant!

I think this counts. Stay at home mama. Etsy seller. Freelance photographer. Something like that. We’ll see for sure.

5. Plan a trip with my mom, out of state, somewhere different than we’ve been before.

So on the original list was to go on the trip of course. It’s still a very necessary thing, but it might not happen before April, so let’s at least get a trip in the works. Choose where and when, follow through on our ideas.

6. Ride in a hot air balloon.

I would still very much love to do this. We will just have to plan ahead and look for a deal to make it happen.

7. Do something adrenaline-based that I’ve never done before.

7. Go whitewater rafting. Between January and April, I’m pretty sure I would not enjoy the weather enough for whitewater rafting to realistically happen (I’m a freeze baby, in case you didn’t know). My adrenaline options have been quite limited these past few months, so really, I’m open to anything once I’m able to be a little more active.

8. Take a surfing class.

I’m planning a trip back home to the beach in Virginia for my 30th, so this should be able to happen that weekend, right?

9. Go on our first family vacation.

9. Visit New York City. Could we swing NYC with a newborn? Yes, probably, but we already have two other trips planned this year. We’ll fit in Virginia just in time for my 30th. And then it’s Myrtle Beach in August, so sorry New York, we’ll visit you one day!

10. Take a spontaneous trip.

Maybe I could do a little solo getaway for a day. Life is likely going to be a bit hectic, so maybe “trip” could be loosely defined here? Like, let’s say, a trip to the park. I hear that alone can be quite the experience as a new parent.

11. Go rock climbing.

Okay. Maybe we’ll leave this one. My postpartum body might hate me, but there’s only one way to find out.

12. Visit Lake Metroparks.

12. See the Grand Canyon. Nope. One day, yes, absolutely, top of the list. In the next three months, no. So Lake Metroparks is going to be the goal instead. They have Maple Sugaring events in early March and I believe they even let you milk cows. Family day at the farm!

13. Go vegetarion for 21 days.

Yay, we found one I completed in 2016!

14. Relearn French.

14. Horseback riding on the beach. This is still a wish, but it doesn’t need to happen before 30. Totally unrelated, I’d like to brush up on my French skills. At one point, I was pretty much fluent. An hour a week, 10 minutes a day, it would slowly come back.

15. Get another meaningful tattoo.

If only I could find a reason… Just kidding. Pretty sure I could make this happen, it will just depend on my decision-making abilities before April.

16. Go to brunch with a fun group of girls.

Check!

17. Host a wine, cheese and chocolate party.

17. Go to the cherry blossom festival in D.C. A little less travel, a little more time spent with the friends I’ve made in Ohio. Who doesn’t love wine, cheese, and chocolate? Low key, fun evening while little one sleeps. Sounds perfect to me.

18. Spend an afternoon completely unplugged, reading, writing, and relaxing in a “fancy” coffee shop.

So you can have caffeine during pregnancy. Being a first-time mom trying to be “perfect”, I have significantly cut back and now just drink caffeine when absolutely necessary. So it’s more of a quick, chugging kind of activity rather than an enjoyed, sipping experience. That being said, I can’t freaking wait to sit down and savor that first delicious cup of coffee. It will be an event. There will be photos.

19. Go to an Ohio winery.

19. Stomp grapes to make wine. I missed the 2016 festival. Sad face. I’ll put it on the 2017 list of fun things to do, but considering it’s in September, that’s obviously not happening before I turn 30. So instead, visit an Ohio winery! They’re surrounding me. I even used to pass one on my way to work every day. So why exactly have I never been? Time to fix that for sure.

20. Cook 300 Pinterest recipes.

I didn’t stop cooking in 2016, but it was not my year of loving food. There was morning sickness, then sugar intolerance, and well, just not wanting to eat. So I’m looking forward to hopefully confirming I still have a love for food, but my pregnant body did not enjoy it most of the time. So I managed 47 recipes last year. Only 253 to go!

21. Be in love and show him in different ways every day.

21. Be single and enjoy it. Don’t forget about date nights, they’re even more important with a newborn around.

22. Take a pinup style photo.

Will I be happy enough with my post-pregnancy body for this? Time will tell.

23. Take a fitness class.

Try Zumba dammit! Why the hell not? Or I guess yoga could be fun too.

24. Read 3 books from the Banned & Challenged Classics list.

24. Hike Old Rag mountain in Virginia. Nope. Not this year, but one day. Maybe I can find a hiking book to read instead. (I’ve already read Wild. If you haven’t, I highly recommend it!)

25. Create a family recipe book.

Call and talk to Grandma about food. She’s not going to be around forever and you’re going to miss the hell out of her cooking.

26. Take a cooking class. Or pottery class. Or glass blowing class.

We did this! Yay.

27. Be in two places at once.

Why is this such a desired thing to do? I really don’t know, but cliche or not, the urge is still there!

28. Bake fresh bread.

28. Do a polar plunge. Let’s skip the cold weather activities this year and warm up the apartment with the oven instead.

29. Start a blog and stick with it.

So yeah, that was a bit of a fail in 2016. This is step one to trying again. Intentions are always the highest on January 1.

30. Have a baby and be the best possible mama I can be.

30. Cross country road trip. Nope. No way. Hell no. Not that it’s completely impossible, but I am just going to accept that a cross country road trip is not going to work out for us this year. I think this new goal, however, is equally significant.

Our biggest adventure yet.

Oh, how life has changed in the last three months. I fell off the face of the blogoworld. I also fell out of most social activities. For a time, my friends thought I deserted them.

No, I just found out some incredible, amazing, utterly surprising, yet completely joyful news. We are pregnant. About halfway through the 10 months. And what a journey it has been already.

Shock. Happiness. Fear. Sickness.

I found out on Mother’s Day. Cliche, yes, but also so sweet.

And we found out last week we are having a girl.

Baby Girl Reveal Photo

Baby Girl Reveal Photo

I was expecting a boy for some reason, but we are absolutely so so happy. And this man is the most amazing thing in my life. He is being 100% supportive and perfect about everything. Life feels like such a dream and I am just trying to ride out this beautiful life as long as possible.

Baby Girl Reveal Photo

Look at those happy smiles.

Baby Girl Reveal Photo

Hello sweet, beautiful Scotland, lovely to meet you.

The city of Edinburgh.

It has been two weeks since we’ve returned from Scotland and the entire trip still feels completely unreal.

The first few days back at home are a blur, jet lagged and falling asleep with Scottish accents floating around my head. It’s only a time difference of 5 hours, but damn, that jet lag is for real. Or maybe I was just in denial of wanting to be back. It was a long, somewhat chilly, but not too rainy, absolutely amazing trip. We drove 900 miles around Scotland, starting in Edinburgh, up to Skye, around to St. Andrews, then down to Glasgow to finish our trip.

It was the perfect balance of experiencing city and country life.

Everyone I see is asking, “Hey, weren’t you just out of the country? Where’d you go? Why Scotland?”

Well…why not? It was never a country I had on my list to visit, but when one of my best travel friends suggested it, I was immediately down. She is an experienced, super organized, amazing travel friend that I will go anywhere with, any time. In the past three years, we have ventured to Ireland for St. Paddy’s day, Vegas for her bachelorette, and now Scotland.

And oh man, Scotland did not disappoint. I really had no expectations, but what a beautiful, welcoming country! I love having no idea what I’m in for and in turn, becoming completely immersed in a culture.

Our group experienced the most perfect trip we could have asked for. From day one, the weather was surprisingly beautiful. It was a little chilly at times, but there was so much sunshine that we were even told to be careful out there, we might catch a sunburn! We did hit rain in St. Andrews, but considering that was day six of the trip, we definitely considered ourselves quite lucky.

After some sight seeing and no sleep, we were all ready for some whisky. Whiski Rooms offered us a perfect way to kick off to our time in Edinburgh.

Flights at Whiski Rooms in Edinburgh.

We had a semi-private back table where we could catch a buzz from our two flights split among our group of seven, along with some beers, and so many laughs.

Then it was absolutely time to check in to our Airbnb, refresh, catch a nap, and make dinner plans. For our first night, we chose a cute little restaurant named First Coast, less than a 10 minute walk from our apartment. The food was so fresh and tasted so healthy. Simple, but completely delicious.

Wild rice & walnut pilaf, carrots, rainbow chard, spiced yoghurt at First Coast in Edinburgh

Wild rice & walnut pilaf, carrots, rainbow chard, spiced yoghurt. So many fresh flavors, my taste buds didn’t know what to do!

Super satisfied from dinner, it was time to venture out for some festivities. We followed the recommendations of our server earlier at Whiski Rooms and found live music at Whiski Bar, their sister restaurant. A solo guy was playing acoustic music, a nice environment to relax after dinner. After a drink though, we were in the mood for something a little more lively. Our group ended up at The Royal Mile Tavern and we…closed down the bar. What the hell were we thinking on our lack of sleep? At least the pubs close at 1am! Beyond exhausted and absolutely ready for bed, it was a fantastic first day in Edinburgh.

#13 -Go vegetarian for 21 days.

Challenge number one began the Monday after Christmas. Why wait until the new year when you can start now, right?

This seemed to be the most approachable challenge on my 30 before 30 list without really changing much during the final days of the year. To get ready, I spent time on Pinterest getting inspired by tons of delicious-looking food. Eating vegetarian doesn’t have to be boring!

Although inspired, I immediately noticed some difficulties in the first week.
  1. I work, sometimes long hours, in a restaurant where there are very limited vegetarian options. Day 1 of vegetarian eating, there were some employee mistakes, so there was extra food surrounding me – wings in every flavor, sausage pizza, pepperoni pizza! I was so hungry, it was definitely hard to resist stealing a bite.
  2. Simply breaking the habit of eating meat. I didn’t eat it often when I cooked previously, but when I go out, it’s just an easy habit to choose meals with meat. Also, with working in the restaurant, there’s always food to be shared. I have to change my mindset, stop and think, “wait, I’m not eating that.”

Another thing I didn’t consider before giving myself this challenge was everyone wanting to know why I stopped eating meat.

So why exactly am I eating vegetarian?

Well, I mostly consider it a health challenge. I want to see how my body feels when eliminating meat. I know vegetables should be a larger component of my diet, so this is a great way to focus on incorporating them more. Also, I’ve been really lazy lately, pretty much eating whatever I want and barely cooking. This is a good reason for me to get back in the kitchen and once again start thinking about what I’m putting into my body.

Lastly, it’s a discipline challenge. I’m not always good about sticking with things. This whole 30 before 30 list is a dare to myself to go after some big things that I maybe wouldn’t do otherwise. This is just the start.

So. It’s been 50 days since I first committed to eating vegetarian. What did I learn?
  1. When eliminating animal products, it’s easy to get in a habit of eating the same, quick meals. Variety is important. Get creative!
  2. Preparation is key. If I forgot to take a meal to work, I was pretty much stuck eating bread and cheese. Not exactly the healthiest choice.
  3. Protein is important. I felt so tired within the first couple of weeks and quickly realized I wasn’t getting enough protein. I felt so much better once I started getting protein outside of just dairy products. Beans and eggs became a staple and of course brown rice, but also peanut butter, almonds, and some high-protein veggies like edamame.
  4. I couldn’t beat myself up for accidentally eating meat. 15 days in, I ate some chicken during work without even thinking about it. Two bites in, my brain reactivated, “what the hell did I just do?”

So obviously, it is past the 21 day challenge and I have continued to go (mostly) without eating animal products. There are pros and cons to a vegetarian diet, as well as a meat-filled diet. I’m still not entirely sure yet which I prefer.

Has anyone experimented with both diets and find they have a preference?

 

#20 – Cook 300 Pinterest recipes. (January Edition)

The original goal on my 30 Before 30 list was to cook an entire cookbook. I looked at a few and I was having a hard time finding one that I loved enough to commit to 100%. What can I say? I have commitment issues and I like freedom. So, this became a Pinterest project instead.

On last count, I had 2,584 food-related Pins, spread out among 23 boards. And these Pins have been neglected and left to fend for themselves in Pinterest world for far too long. Better than newspaper clippings and handwritten recipes taking up space, I suppose. Wow, remember those days?

Anyway, I figured this would be the perfect way to encourage finally following through on all the beautiful kitchen inspiration found on Pinterest. Time to get cooking!

January 2016 Recipe Total: 9

This month was one of vegetarian meals because I also took on the 21-day vegetarian challenge. Of the nine recipes I tried, there were zero complete fails, yay! Let’s start with a couple of the favorites.

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet from Ambitious Kitchen
butternut squash enchilada - 1This was my most recent meal and I’m absolutely looking forward to the leftovers. My roommate ended home on this night and was beyond happy I shared. Two thumbs up.

Speedy Veggie ‘n Brown Rice Noodle Bowl with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce from Oh She Glows
asian noodle bowl - 1
Who knew veggies could be so tasty? This one surprised me by how much I truly enjoyed it. I knew it would be good. I love Asian flavors, but it was better than good. It was damn delicious.

Some other dinner options I tried:
Cajun Chickpea Sweet Potato Burgers from Peas & Crayons
Wondergrain Tacos from Wondergrain
wondergrain tacos - 1
One Pot Spicy Thai Noodles from Domestic Superhero
Beat the Cold Chunky Veg Soup from Butterfly Foodie
Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayonnaise from Skinny Taste

I also made some homemade Enchilada Sauce thanks to Gimme Some Oven. And it may not be fall, but it’s not a crime to still enjoy pumpkin, is it? I found some cans of pumpkin puree floating around my pantry and made the always delicious Pumpkin Spice Smoothie from Healthful Pursuit. Yum!

 

This post is in no way affiliated with Pinterest. I am simply part of the Pinterest-obsessed community and want to share my love of the tool.

Breathe and focus, beautiful girl.

I’m still looking for that carefree, happy girl I used to be.

I know it’d be better to stop searching for her and she’ll more likely come back to me. But if I do that, I’m afraid I’ll get lost in the day to day monotony. Work. Bills. Drinks.

just die

So how to escape that monotony? I have all these wants, dreams, and desires. That’s what the Why Not Experience is all about. So why do I still feel so stuck and lacking motivation?

What am I here for? What does this life mean? Sometimes the questions completely fill my brain, twisting, turning, spinning. Everything feels so wrong. I feel so lost. I’m drowning. I just want to scream.

Breathe.

It’s time to stop thinking and questioning so damn much. Just take it a day at a time.

Focus. One foot in front of the other and you can slowly climb out of the water.

It’s time to stop feeling so absent and remember how to soar. This is my February Focus list, in hopes that I can do just that.

  1. Work out. It makes you feel good.
  2. Be damn independent. You so are.
  3. What about those hobbies and interests? Life isn’t all about work and partying.
  4. Friends/family. You need them. You love them. Don’t forget about them.
  5. Unplug. Get off Facebook and stop being mindlessly on the computer.
  6. Smile so freaking big it hurts. Even when it hurts to smile.

What do you want to focus on in February? Is anyone else out there feeling so completely lost?