Things I Learned by 28

With my 28th bday being right around the corner, I thought I’d share 28 things I learned by 28. Please feel free to share any of the things you’ve learned throughout your life!

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  1. Know how to be alone, because you will be alone at times and it is OK
  2. Your mom is your best friend
  3. & so are your sister and/or brother ❤
  4. You’ll always be your daddy’s little girl, no matter how old you are
  5. Don’t rush into dating or marriage, the right one will come
  6. Get an education, it comes in handy (beauty school, technical school, college, etc.)
  7. Work where you are happy, not where they pay the most
  8. Credit cards are only for emergencies (and some light shopping)
  9. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!!!
  10. Don’t get yourself into debt trying to impress people that don’t matter
  11. Alcohol should be consumed with limits, not until you pass out
  12. You don’t need alcohol to have fun at parties
  13. Travel as much as you can
  14. Be kind to everyone, why waste your energy being mean
  15. Not everyone is your friend
  16. It’s OK to get out of a toxic friendship/relationship,  regardless of the years in it
  17. You’re allowed to cut family off
  18. Always do your bed before you leave & wash the dishes before bed bc cleanliness
  19. Don’t go to bed with your makeup on…WASH YOUR FACE
  20. You don’t need makeup to look beautiful
  21. Be comfortable in your own skin
  22. Eat your veggies and drink your water (your body will thank you)
  23. Think twice about that tattoo you want…they’re forever (unless you do laser)
  24. Don’t go to bed mad
  25. Be HONEST…it takes more time/energy to lie
  26. It is OK to ask for help, you’re only human
  27. Don’t compare yourself to others, everyone is unique
  28. Don’t let others pressure you: drugs, alcohol, marriage, children, etc.

 

 

***BONUS: Always take time to be HAPPY!

& there you have it folks, all the wisdom you need from an almost 28 year old! (I’m sure I could’ve thought of more but…OLD person’s brain here lol)

2018 Goals

Every year most of us sit and think of what our New Year Resolution/s will be. This year, I want to drop that title and just build a list of goals I have for 2018. I didn’t have to sit and think long and hard about what goals I had, they all just naturally came to mind. When it comes to goal setting I like to categorize my goals and make sure I give myself I time frame for that goal to be completed. So before I keep rambling on, here are my 2018 goals! (Notice my goals are addressed to myself because that is who these goals are aimed for, myself.)

PERSONAL

  1. Health Improvement: By the end of 2018 I will be 20-30 lbs. lighter and more physically toned. I will do this so that I can improve my health. This goal will help give me more energy, less knee pain, and a higher self-esteem.
  2. Better my eating habits: Every month I will cut out an unhealthy food and add a healthy food in its place. I will cook at home more often and will grocery shop with my health, not my cravings, in mind. This in turn will help me live longer, have a better immune system, and help my husband eat less junk.
  3. Pamper myself: I will make sure that each month I schedule one or more appointments for things that make me happy and help me relax. This can be anything from mani/pedi, hair apt, massage, spa day, or even just coffee/dinner dates with new friends.
  4. GO HOME: I will make sure to fly home at least twice this year. While I was in Guam I did not have the opportunity to fly home because it was a long and overpriced flight. Now that I am in WA I am closer to home and flights are very affordable. Plus I have not seen my family, friends, or Vinny (family dog) in over a year.

HOME

  1. Remodel master bedroom: By July you will have replaced the carpet in your bedroom with wooden floors. The room will be painted with decorations up on the walls. You will decorate to your liking and buy black out curtains for all windows (my neighbors leave their lights on all night).
  2. Remodel master bath: By July you will have replaced the tub, vanity/sink, and floors in your bathroom. The bathroom walls will be painted and you will add floating shelves to open up the room more.
  3. New Fence: By the end of Spring your backyard fence will be replaced. This will allow for your three fur babes to run around this summer without escaping into the neighbors yard.
  4. New washer/dryer: By April you will have a new washer and dryer. This will not only make laundry be faster, but it will also make your laundry room look nicer.
  5. Furnish guest bedroom/office: By February you will have the bed in the guest bedroom set up. You will have bought a mattress and bedding for the bed. The walls will be painted and decorations will be up.

FINANCIAL

  1. Pay off debt: By July my credit card will be paid off. I will only use my credit card for emergencies (& no shopping isn’t an emergency…sad face).
  2. Build up my savings account: By the end of the year I will have enough money saved to support myself for more than five months. I will aim to save half my monthly pay if possible.
  3. Save for two trips: I will save money for a trip in the Spring and a trip in the Fall. Some ideas of destinations are…Iceland, Hawaii, New Orleans, or Costa Rica.

I made these goals while keeping in mind that some goals cannot be achieved in the time frame I gave myself and it is okay.

Now I want to hear from you. What are some of your 2018 goals?

Photo Credit: Pinterest. 

My Year in Review

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So here we are, just a few days away from 2018! This year seriously feels like it flew. I know most people will say that about every year but, honestly, it feels like a blur.

2017 was a year of many changes for me. I started off the year as a newlywed, less than one month in. Not only that but I also rang in 2017 by lonesome self…and Meeko! My husband had to work and believe people when they say, “how you start the year is how it’ll go for you.”

Ever since the year started I spent a lot of time alone, adjusting to my new life in Guam. Marriage was definitely difficult! ***To everyone who makes it seem like such a breeze on social media and in public, props to you, you’re either VERY HAPPY or deserve an Oscar!*** The first half of my year was spent mostly in my home. Literally…IN MY HOME! I’m surprised I didn’t go crazy. I had quit my job of more than five years to move to Guam and also sold my recently paid off car. So needless to say, I was an unemployed and carless housewife! Why didn’t I go outside or walk places you may ask? Let’s just say there is nothing walking distance around, weather isn’t the best for walking, and there are plenty of stray dogs. During my self-inflicted house arrest, I watched a lot of Netflix, and decided I needed another dog to keep me company. That is where Olive came in to our lives. At just one or two weeks old we bought Olive off a man who was desperate to get rid of her. I hand raised this little puppy until she opened her eyes, ears, and was able to walk and eat on her own. Another thing I accomplished in Guam was learning how to cook! & with the cooking came the eating. Unfortunately, due to my very inactive life in Guam, I gained 30 lbs…yes 30! I had worked so hard to get myself in shape and reach my fitness goals for it all to just go down the drain in a few months.

Fast forward into July and we were up and moving across country to Washington. We bought our first home together and I bought a new car (Yay, Freedom!). Once we settled into our home we started volunteering at a local animal shelter, and if anyone knows me they’d know that was a bad idea! Three days into volunteering, we came home with Jack. About a month or two after arriving I was fortunate enough to have found a job in a field related to my Bachelors Degree. I chopped off my hair, I lifted my lashes, and I got ACRYLICS for the first time in years. Lastly, I decided to start blogging! I love to write and I love social media so this definitely felt right for me.

There have been so many new things that have happened this year that it amazes me how so much can happen in what seems to be such little time! Regardless of it all I feel so blessed and grateful to have good health, a loving family, new and old friends, and a job I love. I am definitely ready for 2018 and everything it has to offer!

                       Photo Credit: Janet Quiroga

Stay tuned for my New Year resolutions on my next post! 🙂