May Goal & A Day in the Life {WIAW}

Happy May!

May is going to be one crazy month, with graduation, a big girl job interview (eep!) and the start of my internship, but I am more than excited for what May will bring!

A new month means a goal time!

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Back in April I set a goal to get more sleep, ideally aiming for anything more than 7 hours because I really stink at getting to bed on time. Well, even though it wasn’t a complete success, there were a couple miserable 5 hour nights sprinkled in there, I definitely got a lot more sleep than I have been the past few months. I even got 8+ hours on more than one occasion which is pretty unheard of for me.

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Sleepy puppy.

Getting a full night’s sleep is something I’m still working on, but I’m doing much better, which is a major improvement!

This month I’m going to focus on…

Hydrating!

I really stink at drinking water. So much so that I usually resort to toting a huge water bottle around with me, because you look pretty silly carrying a huge water bottle if you don’t actually drink any of it. Dehydration really takes a toll on my workouts, and makes my legs cramp like crazy when I walk up hills and since the entire town of Boone is on a hill (literally I walk up hill to class… both ways… in the snow. Okay, grandpa rant over)  that’s not such a good thing.

So my goal for the month is to get at least 60 oz of water everyday, ideally 64+ oz, but I have my trusty Eddie Bauer 30 oz water bottle, so I aiming to drink at least two of those everyday, and even more on days like this:

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Sometimes 4 cups of coffee is necessary, but so is lots of water.

And because it’s Wednesday…

WIAW time! Thanks to Jenn for hosting!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a day in the life sort of post so I thought it’d be pretty fun to bring one back. There’s some recycled photos are happening here, but I’m a huge creature of habit, so they’re all pretty accurate.

8:00 AM

Breakfast time:

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Plus one more egg. I used to be a diehard sweet breakfast eater but lately I’ve been craving eggs in the morning, gotta get that protein in early!

9:30 AM

Caught the bus to campus for my Dance History class. Today’s lecture was on hip hop and I have to say, it’s pretty entertaining to listen to your tiny, white, yoga-loving professor discuss hip hop.

11:15 AM

Lunch-ish? I have a 4 hour gap between classes, but I try to stay on campus to be productive. If I go back to my apartment I get pulled into all things Food Network, it doesn’t help that Paula Deen comes on at noon. Yes, I know Paula’s TV schedule, I don’t play with my Paula’s Best Dishes. So I hung out in the campus coffee shop instead to get some work done. I think I spent more time reading blogs than doing actual work. Whoopsies.

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Sweet potatoes, Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter (which is absolutely delicious by the way), lots of cinnamon and a sprinkle of salt. My new favorite snack!

Check out those painted nails! I finally made it happen!

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And my staple banana. I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten one almost everyday this year.

12:30 PM

Lunch part 2:

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Spinach salad with raw tempeh, grape tomatoes, apple cider vinegar and nutritional yeast.

1:30 PM

I headed to the campus gym for today’s Best Body Bootcamp workout! My arms feel like jello! Today’s workout featured a few exercise on the incline bench, which makes me feel a little badass when I use it. It’s one of those pieces of gym equipment you rarely see girls use so I always feel a little awesome using it. Maybe that’s silly but I’m okay with that.

I also got in a little cardio on the bike. Still trying to take it easy on the running because my foot is still sore but I’m getting antsy! I just want to run again! Injuries are dumb.

2:45 PM

I had a quick  hard-boiled egg before heading to my 3:30 Finance class, the last one of the semester. I’m pretty glad, I learned a lot of really useful things in that class, but I’d much rather be designing something pretty than working out stock prices.

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5:00 PM

Caught the bus back to my apartment, and ate a banana as soon as I walked in the door, my stomach was growling up a storm!

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Just ignore the fact I already used this picture in this post, that’s not important.

6:30PM

I cooked up some zucchini ribbons with grape tomatoes, onions, and a little nutritional yeast.

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Kind of like this, but minus the kale. Our fridge is crazy and my zucchini was completely frozen, so the “noodles” did not look so appetizing after they were cooked, but luckily they tasted just as good.

7:30PM

A post-dinner greek yogurt snack.

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followed by an unpictured orange and some raw tempeh, because I’m too lazy to cook it and I don’t mind the taste of raw. Maybe that means I’ve been a vegetarian for too long, I feel like raw tempeh should not be an enjoyable taste.

I spent the night trying to be productive and not get sucked in by cat videos on YouTube, it was difficult, but I like to think I succeeded, at least a little.

11:30 PM

About to hit publish and go to bed!

How much water do you try to drink everyday?

What’s something delicious you’ve eaten this week?

What’s your go to meal for busy weeks? 

Week 2 BBBC Goals

Today has been an interesting day. Mostly because my 8AM class started of like this:

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I watched the man eat a guinea pig, A GUINEA PIG. WHY. Actually, I didn’t watch it happen I glued my eyes to my laptop in an attempt to not puke or cry. Each would have been equally embarrassing.

Oh it gets better.

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FYI my 8AM is a Leadership in Technology class, I’m pretty sure that has nothing to do with eating bull reproductive parts. Unless I skipped that section of the syllabus.

What a great way to start of the morning. Or something.

(Shameless self-promotion: you can follow me on twitter @coffeeandgreens)

Best Body Bootcamp Goals Week 2

Monday started week 2 of Best Body Bootcamp, which I’m absolutely loving – my muscles hurt so good and it’s actually making me enjoy strength training again, miraculous.

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Last weeks goals actually went pretty well. Tina has a check-in sheet for us to check off daily if we achieved our goals, typing in that little ‘x’ gives me enough satisfaction to try really hard to achieve my goals everyday. Who knew a little ‘x’ was all it took?

  • Stretching – I was really good about this one, I think I only missed one day. Stretching is pretty ingrained in me after so many years of dance, as long as I remember to do it I’m pretty good about it.
  • Sleep – I’m making progress! There were a 5 and 6 hour night that were not so great, but I made a much better effort at actually trying to get enough sleep. But sometimes procrastination happens and you are up until 1:00AM writing a speech for your public speaking class. Whoops.

A new week means new(ish) goals:

  • Drink 60 oz of water everyday – I suck at drinking water. I don’t hold a lot of liquid and I hate having to get up every 20 minutes to pee, but I definitely see a huge difference in my workouts and energy when I’m well hydrated. I know 64 oz is usually the norm for water goals but I have my trusty 30 oz Eddie Bauer water bottle, so I’m aiming to drink two of those everyday. So far so good, and my bladder is getting a nice workout.
  • Sleep – okay this one isn’t new, but it’s something I really need to work on so I’m giving it a second week, actually I’m giving it the whole month but I think I’ll add a different goal next week. I’ve been so much better about it this past week, I’m just hoping to keep it up!

How do you stay motivated towards achieving your goals?

Are you a Bizarre Foods fan? What’s the weird thing you’ve ever eaten? I eat a lot of weird combinations on a regular basis, but nothing that comes close to bull testicles or guinea pigs.

Holy Sleet & New Goals

Holy sleet mother nature.

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Pardon my very bad weather pun.

We got an inch of sleet here in Boone today. What. And then it started snowing on top of that. Double what. I just want spring, is that such a ridiculous request? Thankfully it will be 65 this weekend, talk about some bipolar weather.

On the bright side, it was a good day for a cup of coffee. But let’s be real, everyday is a good day for a cup of coffee 🙂

Lots and Lots of Goals

Actually I only have three goals to talk about. I just like to exaggerate. I love springtime because it’s such a refreshing time of year (if Mother Nature decides to actually let us have spring this year) and a good time to uh, getyoshitotogether before the end of the school year, graduation, summer, defrost after winter, whatever your situation. So let’s talk goals:

Best Body Bootcamp

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I’m started Tina‘s Best Body Bootcamp this week (and loving it! My muscles are already crying for mercy in the best way possible). Every week she asks us to set 2 goals to work on throughout the week. This week I’m focusing on:

  • Sleep: I suck at sleeping. That sounds like a ridiculous statement, but it’s true. Most nights I average 5-6 hours for no good reason at all other then I’m bad at going to bed early and I always wake up early. This week I’m trying for at least 7 hours of sleep every night. It’s been a little rocky so far, but I’m trying!
  • Stretching: My legs have been super duper tight lately and I need to stretch more consistently especially after working out. Plus since this tendonitis flare up I’ve been going gung ho on whatever anti-injury measures I can find and stretching seems to be key.

Monthly Resolutions

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For the month of March I made the goal to clean up for at least 5 minutes everyday. I was actually pretty successful at this goal, thought you probably couldn’t tell by looking at my room, but it does look a lot better than it did at the beginning of the month which is a plus. My roommates and I even took a day to spring clean our entire apartment and I straightened up my room a lot.

The point of this goal was to get in the habit of picking up after myself, which actually worked. Now I have to pick up at least one thing off my floor before I go to bed (who am I?). Now if I could just get the rest of my life organized…

Now that it’s April (when did that happen?) it means it’s time for a new monthly resolution. I already know I’m terrible at maintaining more than 1 or 2 goals at one time so I’m tying this goal back into one of my bootcamp goals:

SLEEP

Sleepy kitty.

I’m slowly learning that just because I can function on 5 hours of sleep at night doesn’t mean I should and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s healthy. When I was sick a couple weeks ago I slept all day long. Seriously, I think I slept 18 hours that day, at least. And you know what? It felt glorious. Well minus the whole puking my guts out. Sorry that was gross, anyway it was a wake up call (haha, sleep puns) that I feel so much better when I have an adequate amount of sleep.

So my goal this month is to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. I’ve already failed the past two nights (6.5 and 5.5 hours, yikes), but I’m hoping to redeem myself. I know 8 hours of sleep is ideal for most people, but 7 is a pretty healthy amount and much more attainable for me than 8, so I’m going with that.

Do you set monthly/weekly/yearly goals?

How much sleep do you usually get?

Is anyone else as ready for warm weather as I am? If it snows one more time I will seriously start crying. Not even being dramatic.

March Resolution

Today’s the last day of February, um, WHAT. Where did the month go? I know it’s the shortest, but still, I think I blinked and missed the whole month.

The end of the month means (paycheck!) oh, and that it’s time for a new monthly resolution, but first, let’s talk about February’s.

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For the month of February I made a goal to sketch for 5 minutes everyday and plank everyday. Well that was a big fat fail. Actually I’m being a little dramatic, but January’s Meditation Challenge was much more successful. I think my problem this month was setting two goals. I thought I could get away with two since they were so different (one for the brain, one for the body) and they were relatively small, but I think it got a little overwhelming some days and some days I just straight up forgot.

Overall I was probably around 60/40, so the majority of the time I did what I was supposed to do, which I’m more than happy with. I mean it’s way more than I would have done had I not set the goal for myself. I’ve also gotten back into the habit of sketching/doodling which I really enjoy and is doing wonders for my creativity.

So maybe I wasn’t 100%, but I still feel good about it.

Moving into March, my new goal is 5 minutes of cleaning everyday. I’m not a neat person by nature (my parents will definitely vouch for that one), I’m getting much better about picking up after myself but there are days (especially when school is crazy!) where my room looks like a tornado has torn through it. Whoops. I think taking 5 minutes, everyday will make give me time to pick up whatever I’ve thrown on the floor during the day, without being an overwhelming amount of time. Because after 30 minutes of cleaning I start hating life a little.

Truth.

Are you a neat or messy person?

Do you have any goals you’re working on?

P.S. My giveaway ends tomorrow! Hurry up and enter! I’ll probably end up picking a winner late Friday night. Go win some stuff!

30 Days of Meditation & February Goals

It blows my mind that it’s already February, it totally snuck up on me. I get the feeling that the next couple months are going to fly by!

Remember back at the beginning of January where instead of setting resolutions I was 100% sure I would end up breaking, I decided to set goals for each month?

January I focused on meditation.

Well I haven’t talked much about it since then, but it actually went really well. I failed a little bit towards the end, I still meditated everyday, but sometimes that meditation was 10 slow breaths before going to bed. Life and school got a little crazy and it became a little bit of an after thought. While I do think that even a short meditation is incredibly beneficial, I wasn’t devoting the time I should have, especially considering my stress level at the time.

Meditation is something I’m definitely hoping to keep in my life as I move into the rest of the year. I learned a lot by taking devoting time everyday to focus on meditation and I took away a few really important things from my experience:

  • Meditation is one of the best ways I personally found to deal with stress – Isn’t it amazing how much calmer and less intimidating everything seems when you take a second to breathe? I was really surprised by how much calmer I felt after only a couple meditation, the difference is amazing.

  • Meditation is not just sitting in a cross-legged position while chanting “OM” – Well it can be if you want it to, but there are so many different ways to meditate that there really is something for everyone. I haven’t tried even a fraction of meditation methods, but some resonate with me much more than others. I was particularly like Chakra meditation.

  • You can meditate anywhere you want – I mean I wouldn’t recommend sitting down for a meditation session while you’re driving or operating heavy machinery, but I was surprised by the places I found myself meditating. I began the month by sitting on my bed every night before bed, but as the month went on I meditated while I was riding the bus, running, walking to class (while keeping enough awareness to not face plant it on the side walk, that would be no fun). I think my favorite place to meditate was on the bus.
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    The bus is always PACKED in the morning and instead of being crammed in a claustrophobic bus like a can of sardines stress me out, I simply cleared my mind focused on my breath and it made the 20 minute trip much more bearable.

  • Meditation helped my sleep A LOT – I generally don’t have many sleep problems, but after a long day of class and homework it’s really hard for me to unwind and it was taking me a long time to fall asleep. A little meditation before bed helped clear my mind so I fell asleep faster and slept a lot deeper than I was before.
  • I does get easier – I promise. The first week of meditation was really tough for me, I couldn’t get my mind to shut up and I just got frustrated with it. The is to keep breathing, don’t let yourself get too frustrated and keep with it.

If you’re thinking about adding a little meditation to your daily routine I highly recommend it.

And that brings us to February!

This month I’m focusing on two small goals, one fitness-based and one creativity-based.

Goal #1A plank a day

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But not that kind of planking (source)

Goal #2At least 5 minutes of sketching everyday

For goal #1 I’m starting off with one minute planks and ideally working my way up to longer planks every week. I feel like I have decent core strength but my planks are pretty weak so I want to work on doing them more consistently

Goal #2 is to help fuel my creativity. I get so many more design ideas when I take time to sketch up some ideas or just doodle for a few minutes everyday. Since graduation is right around the corner and I’m hoping to find a graphic design job, I want to keep those creative juices flowing.

I’m hoping I won’t overwhelm myself by having two goals this month, but I couldn’t pick between a life goal and a fitness goal so I picked both. They’re both pretty small to I think it’s definitely doable.

Is anyone interested in a blog post on how to meditate/different methods? I’ve played around with a few different methods and thought you guys might be interested in learning more about them.

Do you have any goals for this month/week/day/year? I’m usually not a big goal-setter, but small daily goals seems to work really well for me, so I’m sticking with it!

Goals, A Challenge & Thankful Thursday

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New Year’s Day I mentioned that instead of setting typical yearlong resolutions I wanted to set of series of monthly challenges kinda like a 30 Day Challenge sorta deal. Well, I finally decided what January’s challenge will be (this is a big deal because I’m super indecisive):

Meditation!

I want to work on meditating a little everyday. I started on Tuesday and I’ve been working my way up from 1 minute, I’m hoping to add on a minute everyday until I hit about 10-15 minutes everyday, depending on my day is going. I’m starting slowly because I know if I start with the full 10-15 minutes I would get completely anxious over it and not do it. Baby steps rock.

I wanted my first challenge to be a meditation challenge because I’ll be starting my last semester of college and it’s bound to be pretty stressful. Some people get ahead in their coursework and have a slack senior year, I take too long to decide what to do with my life and end up with a jam-packed senior year. And for some reason I thought to put off my most dreaded class, Public Speaking, until my last semester. Genius Lea, pure genius. Anyway, I’m hoping that starting a meditation habit will help calm me down and not freak out over things like Public Speaking speeches and the realization that in 6 months I have to start acting like a real adult. Gulp.

I haven’t decided what I want my other monthly goals to be, but I’m trying to leave myself some wiggle room because I want my goals to match where I am in life and that’s pretty hard to predict ahead of time. But I’m thinking February might be some sort of organizational challenge because I’m a pretty unorganized and scatter-brained person and it’s starting to get a little ridiculous. And be glad you didn’t see the state of my room before I left for break, too little time + exam stress + disorganized personality does not equal a clean room.

So speaking of challenges…

The people over at Tribesports informed me about this awesome challenge they have going on right now. It’s called the Run to the Moon Challenge.

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Following Neil Armstrong’s death in August a Tribesports member created this challenge in memory of him. The challenge is basically to get to the moon! Challenge participants log all their man-powered kilometers (running, walking, cycling, rowing, etc.) until we reach 384,400 km, so far participants have logged about 46,300 km (including 5 km I did today!). The goal is to reach the moon before Neil’s birthday on August 5th.

I love this idea, it’s pretty cool to say you helped reach the moon! And if you’re interested in participating you can check out the challenge here.

And this leads me to what I’m thankful for this Thursday.

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(Thanks Jessie for hosting!)

I’m thankful for challenges. That might sound a little weird but challenges, both good and bad push me to work hard and be a better person. I love participating in blogger challenges because they push me to do things and make positive changes to my life that I wouldn’t normally make.

Conversely, negative challenges push me too. Let’s be honest, the challenges in our life can really suck, but they make us stronger and they’re part of who we are.

This is a pretty meager example but, today I found out I didn’t get an internship I applied for (I need a final internship this summer to officially graduate and get my diploma), it’s really frustrating because I didn’t get the internship because I didn’t have the skills, it was because I didn’t qualify because I wouldn’t be continuing school in the Fall (it’s a state government sponsored internship program, hence the stipulations), which I apparently missed when reading through the huge program brochure. It sucks because it was an awesome (and paid!) internship and I put all the work into writing multiple cover letters and applications. But, instead of letting this get me down I’m going to use it as momentum to apply for more internships.

It sucks that I didn’t get the internship but in a way I’m a little thankful because it’s lighting a fire under my butt to get on top of applying for other internships.

And because that was a lot of words…

Here’s a picture of a cute puppy to make up for it. Because I’m thankful for adorable puppies too. Thanks Pinterest for fueling my obsession with adorable puppy photos.

2013

Cue the cliche New Year blogpost, I’m not resisting it.

I’m pretty sad to see 2012 go, it was a great year for me and the last one of my irresponsible college days. I’m looking forward to 2013 but it’s going to be a pretty daunting year. I’m finishing up my last semester of college (seriously? Where did the time go!) and then it’s off into the real world. Honestly, I’m pretty scared, I have faith that I’ll be able to get a job and survive financially but the thought of being out on my own and responsible and what not is kinda hard to get my head around right now. But I know I’ll survive and right now I’m focusing on making the most of the rest of my senior.

Whew, now that all that serious stuff is over…

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Some 2012 highlights:

  1. I started my senior year of college!senior year

    (Which included lots of potlucks) 

  2. Moved into an apartmentfriends

    Apartment life is about a million times better than dorm life. It makes me feel a little grown up too 🙂

  3. I turned 21!number9
    And celebrated with my first legal beer!
  4. I completed a graphic design internshipbiscas2
    Lookin’ all business casual and what not.
  5. Went gluten-freebrownies

    Which solved some of my digestive issues and made my gut one happy camper.

  6. I ran lots of racesPhoto on 2012-03-03 at 18.57 #2

    Including seven 5Ks (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), an 8K, a 10K and a 4 mile Sticky Bun Run!

  7. And I started this blog

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It’s been a pretty amazing year and I’m hoping 2013 will be equally amazing!

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I’m not big on resolutions. I really struggle with consistency so they last about a week before I let them fall by the wayside. So this year I actually want to focus on consistency. I want to set shorter term goals (I’m thinking along the lines of a month or so) and focus solely on one goal each month and work on creating habits, rather than having several lofty yearlong goals I never do anything about. I was reading Danica‘s blog and saw she was doing something similar and I really loved the idea. I did really well with my 30 days of yoga goal back in November and the “30 days of _____” is something I want to continue into the New Year.

I haven’t figured out exactly what I want my January goal to be, I’m thinking I want to start with meditation but I’m still brainstorming some ideas so I’ll let you guys know when I figure it out. I think sharing these goals will also help me be more accountable because I’ll feel pretty silly if I make a big deal about it and then don’t actually follow through.

How did you celebrate the New Year? I didn’t end up running that 5K and snuggled up with Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on CNN instead. Such a party animal over here.

Do you have any resolutions this year?

What was your favorite part of 2012/Anything you’re looking forward to in 2013?

Summer Goals

AKA: Reasons not to sit at home all day and be a bum. Although it will be tempting.

  1. Take a yoga class in a real yoga studio.
    I love group fitness yoga, but I’ve been practicing yoga long enough that I want to start embracing yoga outside of just the physical aspects. There’s a great yoga studio in Boone, but $15 a class is a little expensive when you’re minimally employed (emphasis on minimal, $15 was my entire last paycheck, ouch). I think it will be an awesome experience

    Raleigh has a yoga studio that used to be a bank vault, how cool does that sound? (source)

  2. Find a local running group to join.
    None of my friends are runners and I really want to find some like-minded people. Running groups make me nervous because I’ve only ever run by myself and I’m a pretty slow runner, but I want to put myself out there and meet some new people. Especially people that understand the urge to get up and go running at 7 am. I hear Tir Na Nog has a good one.
  3. Run a 10K.
    A 10K is the next distance I want to tackle. I’ve got my eye on one on the 20th of this month. I might not be super prepared for it, but I want to give it a shot. Plus a 10K is just over halfway to a half marathon which is my ultimate goal.
  4. Volunteer.
    I’ll only be working 12 hours a week at my internship, and since my second job hunt was unsuccessful (to be honest I didn’t try that hard). I want to do something meaningful with my time. I’ve been looking into volunteering for my local SPCA. Can I just volunteer to roll around in a pile of puppies and kittens? Kidding. But not really.

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  5. Set up a cot at the farmer’s market, eat fresh produce all day every day and never leave until August.
    Realistic? Yes.
    North Carolina’s summer produce is the best. I plan to eat strawberries until my stomach hurts.

    Excuse me while I plug my own design for a minute

  6. Beach.
    Need I say more?
  7. Ride a bike.
    I want to start riding a bike again, but it slightly terrifies me because I haven’t ridden one since elementary school and I’m super clumsy and accident prone. But bikes are great for the environment (and my wallet) and great exercise, so I want to try to get into riding one.
  8. Get crafty.
    I’ve had an Etsy site for months, but no time to make anything to put on it. I want to try to change that. I’ll post a link if I ever make anything worth selling. Selling crafts would also make my wallet happy, bonus

    Except maybe scarves won’t go over so well for summer.

  9. Take an dance or art class.
    Trying to unleash my creative side. I’ve been missing dance a lot lately and I want to try to get in some classes over the summer since I’ll actually have time for them. However I’m in a weird place where I’m too old for most dance classes, which are geared towards the 18 & under crowd, but too young for the adult dance classes offered at most studios, which are geared towards the parents. Or they’re massively expensive. I’ll have to hunt around and see what I can find.