2014 Resolutions


2014 resolutions, picmonkey

So I've been meaning to write this post for a while now. I had actually tried to write one after arriving in Los Angeles (boy does it feel nice to be home), while waiting for Michael (my special guy) to pick me up. I got interrupted halfway through the post with a call from him saying he was close by so I had to pack up and go. After that, life got crazy. Since my mom had done some home improvement projects to my room, most of my things were out of order and it is still taking me some time to get all settled and organized. Also school started two weeks ago and the semester is already looking like it will be filled with constant all-nighters. But aside from being busy (and trying to readjust to normal life and sleep), it also took me a while to really think about my resolutions. This year, I have a mixture of serious to fun ones as well as broad to specific. So here they are:

1. Get more sleep! 
This is something I am forever working on. A better way to put this is to have a better sleep schedule. I tend to let insomnia and excuses get in the way of me going to bed at a decent time and getting enough sleep. This would probably be the key to solving a good part of me getting my life together.

2. Become financially stable.
I say this every year and it is something I do keep a watchful eye on. I don't completely mismanage my money, but I know I can do better. I really want to get serious about budgeting and paying off debt this year. I am graduating and am lucky enough to not have needed loans throughout college, so it makes sense that I have little excuse to not pay off what I owe. Thankfully it isn't much, but it still would be nice to be rid of. This resolution is not just about debt though, it is about starting off my adulthood as responsibly as possible. Good thing I enjoy Suze Orman and Dave Ramsey lol.

3. Wear more white.
So I know this is kind of a weird resolution, but I often seem to avoid wearing white. Part of it is because I am always afraid of getting it dirty lol. But since the holidays I have really been having this weird obsession with white dresses and crisp white shirts. I feel like I am young and should have a little fun with wearing white. I do a lot of black and gray so why not through in this neutral right? Plus it seems to fashionable.

4. Be more adventurous.
I want to really put myself out there this year and try things that I have wanted to do for a while or that are out of my comfort. Like I said, I am still young, and I feel like I should take advantage of this. I am not really the party girl type (though I don't mind a party or two), but I feel like I need to live a little and let loose while I can. A few of the things on my list would be learning to surf and zip lining. But this also extends to trying other new things on a smaller scale like trying a new cooking class or taking guitar lessons. 

5. Be more organized.
This is one I have already sorta started on. The most important part of this resolution is I have to allow myself to let go of clutter, which I've slowly begun to do. I don't necessarily mean clutter as in true junk, but I tend to hold on to items that I don't really need or that don't belong in this chapter of my life. Some of these items are books, magazines and clothes. Since being in NYC however, I have had an urge to purge(it rhymes ha!) and downsize to make room for the me I am currently. Also I just am tired of constantly being messy. I wasn't that way as a child, but I've let laziness and frustration turn me into a messy slob. 

6. Work on my inner self and building friendships.
This is a bit of a two parter, but I feel they go hand in hand. I need to work on making myself happy and work on any inner issues I have that may be preventing me from being happy. I also need to start doing more things for me. This includes continuing with my healthy lifestyle and attending therapy to help me work out things that affect my happiness. I also want to work on building my friendships, both new and old. Sometimes it's difficult for me to make friends as I can be shy and feel overwhelmed. But I really do want to get closer to my friends and make new friendships. I want to be able to have healthy people in my life and also it would be nice to have those friends you can count on and plan friend dates with. Plus I really need a girlfriend (or a few) to go to the gym with and go shopping with.

7. Work on my hair/appearance.
It's not that I just let myself go looking like I just rolled out of bed, believe me I'm not that bad. But i do tend to forgo things sometimes either because I didn't make time or get lazy. However, I really want to start putting a little more effort, especially with doing my hair. Usually I just brush and go, but lately I've been wanting to work with it more, you know curl it or straighten it every once in a while. Also I hate looking frumpy and I think this needs to stop.

8. Be more fashion forward.
This kinda has to do with wearing more white, but it's more than that. I use to be one of the girls in high school that was admired for her fashion sense and style and well I want to get back to that version of me. Well not high school me but that part of me that was more fashion savvy. I mean I still am fashion savvy just forget to apply it to the physical self lol (if that makes sense). I want to again pay some more attention to my appearance (refer to my hate of frumpiness). Also, I want to feel that confidence of rocking a stunning outfit.

9. Better time management.
This goes hand in hand with getting more sleep. In fact, I need more sleep in order to be able to have better time management. I tend to also get frustrated with my day because I'll wake up to late to get any truly productive done in my day. I want to be able to get what I need to get done in a day, done. This will allow me to manage my heavy schedule this semester and also allow me to fit in things I want to do. I also need to be more efficient with my time and try not to get so distracted. This is also essential for the future of this blog.

10. Travel more.
Does this really need further explanation? I have places to go and see and also people to visit in some of these places. 

Anyway, those are my resolutions. I know this was a lengthy post, but they did need an explanation of sorts so they didn't sound too weird lol. Anyway, I'm off to bed as I am meeting a friend in the morning.

Love and goals,
Astrid

The Move, it's Finally Here

Hey guys so last night was the night; my last night in sunny Los Angeles. I was a nervous wreck trying to pack last minute (I ended up overpacking), but that's what I get for procrastinating and overwhelming myself. I almost, almost ended things with my boyfriend Michael, but in the end we worked through our disagreement and are stronger than ever. Anyway, back to the good stuff LOL.

We made it on time to our flight, though I had to pack an overweight fee. I doesn't really surprise me, I've always been one of those people who like to overpack to be overprepared but uses like half of what she brings with her. Now I know I have maybe dropped a hint here and there about this, but in case you missed it, I'm moving to the Big Apple for the rest of 2013 as part of an exchange program at my school. I have always wanted to go to NYC, even if it was for a short visit, so this is definitely taking care of my bucket list, and then some.

However, as excited as I was to move to NYC and embark on this adventure, it was still bittersweet to leave the city I was born and raised in, behind. Once we got on the plane and seated and shenanigans had been taken care of, it was finally time to relax and get some sleep, but did I? No! I could not sleep a wink on the first plane(we had a stop in quiet Cincinnati, Ohio). I would try to, and then I'd start thinking about how much I miss the little girl I took care of and Michael and a bunch of other thoughts that plagued my mind. My sister and mom sorta slept, so they got some rest. I however slept maybe 30 minutes towards the end and even that was barely passable as sleeping.

Then we had a luggage issue because when we went to claim a carry on that had been too big to fit overhead, we saw one of our checked in luggages, but not the other. Well turns out, neither checked in luggage should have shown up on the carousel so it was kind of a blessing we had to get our carry on or else my luggage would not have made it to where it needed to go. Then we had some breakfast that was not all that great and my mom and sister slept on the floor like bums while I, still not able to fall asleep tried to work on uploading pictures onto my computer.
Oh and our connecting flight got delayed. When we finally boarded, we boarded the smallest aircraft possible.
But alas, we made it to La Guardia Airport safely and I finally got some sleep on that plane. We got a cab and made it to where I will be living for my time in NYC. We were glad to finally be on the ground and quickly set out to explore, but I will save my first day of NYC for tomorrow's post. Talking of which, I know I've been bad at sticking with my 21 days, and I may start it all over, but my reason for failing to stick to it is well the whole moving, packing, getting things together ordeal. So with that being said, I've also decided to blog about my NYC adventures and share them with you. Hope that makes you happy, cuz believe me, NYC is a whole lot of fun :)

Kisses from the Big Apple,
Astrid