Weekly Wishes #22

Weekly Wishes #22

So I forgot to do Weekly Wishes last week, which is not how I wanted to start the month, but hey, I'm human and life happens and the world didn't end. So far, I've been pretty good about being on time for work. I was late one day last week but that's because some how my brain kept 2:30 instead of 2:00 as my start time. Anyway, I digress... based on how last week went in general and my first week of the

Bikini Series

, I have very clear goals this week.

This week's weekly wishes are:

1. Don't slack the healthy lifestyle on the weekends!-

So I did very well for my first week of the

Bikini Series

. I did my workouts and ate healthy (following the 8 week plan Katrina and Karena sent those with a  Nutrition Plan), but once Saturday hit I just got lazy. I didn't get any workouts in Saturday or Sunday and I ate a lot of bad take out (damn you Chicken McNuggets).

2. Drink more water-

 This is the only area that I wasn't so great at. I really need to up the water intake.

3. BREATHE-

I stressed myself out so much last week that I ended up getting nothing done on my days off. I do have a lot of things I need to get off my list, so in a way this wish is a conglomerate of many to-dos. Basically I kept stressing over putting up blog posts and finishing some freelance research work, but also just take it one minute/hour/day at a time. Or else I won't be able to focus and it becomes this vicious cycle.

What are your wishes for the week? Share in the comments. 

As always, you can join in on the fun and do your own Weekly Wishes posts by joining the link up hosted by 

The Nectar Collective

:

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Love,

Astrid

April Wishes || Weekly Wishes #21

April Wishes || Weekly Wishes #21

I cannot believe it's April already. Honestly I feel it was just yesterday when I was writing my wishes for March and thinking how February was so short. I cannot complain about March, it was definitely a good month for me what with getting a new job and getting the blogging (and YouTubing) on a smoother roll. I do apologize for April not starting quite so smoothly, this week was seriously busy in terms of work. Anyway, before I set my goals for the month, let's see how last week went with accomplishing my wishes.

Last week's wishes:

1. RE: Content Calendars-

Still didn't happen.

2. 30-Day Blog Challenge-

 Started off fine, but then work came into play and I'm now playing catch up. But, we will get 

there :)

3. Stay on top of my Facebook Groups-

 This was probably the only 

wish I managed to accomplish. Right now I am caught up with the majority of my groups, although I do need to finish up one thread. 

4. Set up a Sponsors Page-

 Maybe in April, LOL.

Also, as far as my goals for March, I did do 2 out of 3, which isn't bad. I did start doing more fashion posts, such as

this one

and

this one

. I also have been doing better with my

main channel

 on YouTube.

With that, here are the goals for this month:

1. Be Punctual-

 If you know me well, then you know that I'm most often always running late. Seriously the struggle has been real. As much as I try, I am usually at least 5 minutes behind. But now that I've started a new job, I'm really trying to break the habit. So far, this is seeming possible.

2. Rock the 5th Bikini Series-

 Some of you may know that I'm a

Tone It Up

 girl...basically I am a happy follower of Katrina and Karena and their workouts. And the

5th Bikini Series

is around the corner. I am so excited and so ready to get back in shape (seriously, I've been terrible). I'm so serious about getting healthier in fact, that I did a one day juice cleanse (look for a review on here soon).

3. Drink my Water-

 Lately my skin has been acting up and been super dry, so hydration is a must. I need to really start making sure I'm getting my water intake.

4. Balance Work/Life-

 I'm so happy to be employed again, even if it's only part time (second job search is ongoing). That being said, I need to find a way to balance my alternating work schedule and this blog and my social life and anything else that's going on. April is already stressing me out a bit since I realize there's already so much going on. I gotta remember to balance and BREATHE.

5. Budget-

 So I have a job now and I have a somewhat steady income, which means I can restart my debt repayment plan ASAP. The struggle is real though 'cause there's so many things I want to buy now, but Priorties, am I right?!

How is April looking for you? What are your wishes for the month? I'm curious to see what y'all say in the comments. Either way, here's to rocking April, and hope California gets some showers. As always, you can join in on the fun and do your own Weekly Wishes posts by joining the link up hosted by 

The Nectar Collective

:

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Love,

Astrid

Friday Favorites: Trader Joes, Target and Books

Anyone else feel this week flew by? For whatever reason I woke up today going, "Whoa, it's time for Friday Favorites already?" I feel like it should barely be Wednesday, but I guess that's what happens when you have an early week, or maybe it's the fact that it's been such a hot spring week. I actually worked a couple of days this week (woohoo!) both babysitting and orientation at my new official job. Those days left me pretty tired so I'd go to sleep or just veg out in front of the TV.  These were my favorites that helped me get through the week.

Favorite Podcast:

Don't judge me, but I just started listening to

Serial

! I know it created a lot of buzz last year and that pretty much everyone (except me lol) already listened to it. I'd actually downloaded it a month ago, but finally had the opportunity to listen to it this week on my way to work, since the traffic heading there was atrocious enough that I could get through at least one full episode during my transit. I'm loving it and really it's no surprise 'cause I LOVE crime investigative journalism. Its also got me looking into crime shows/books.

Favorite Treat:

OMG these cookies are EVERYTHING! Ok so last Saturday I discovered these little delicious gems when I was babysitting. I was craving something sweet and well these hit the spot. They were so good, I ended up heading to Trader Joe's (seriously, they have the best stuff) and buying 2 boxes (yes 2). I ate the first box almost entirely by myself, but shared the second box with James (I left it at his house because of what happened to box #1 LOL). Basically is butter cookies with speculoos in between which is just devilish addictive genius! Don't say I didn't warn you.

Favorite Read: 

Lately, I've really been great at making time for reading. I started reading An Abundance of Katherines by John Green while babysitting, but on Monday I finished the book by relaxing at Starbucks (how awesome is that barista's handwriting). For whatever reason, I was very wiped out at Monday, so instead of working on my blog, I sat down and read. Mind you, I had already been working on blog stuff earlier, so this was some nice "me time."

Favorite Target Finds:

Target is the other place that always has the best things! I needed to go buy some organization items, but like most people, I always happen to come across the stuff I don't need, but end up wanting badly, at Target. So for some reason I found myself in the stationary and found the cute breakfast food thank you (?) cards and the cute silver polaroid camera piggy bank! Both are totally me and the piggy bank made me want to re-do/decorate my room.

Favorite Quote: 

Every time you open the GoodReads app, a quote will appear as it loads your feed. I really loved this one since it basically says that no one can steal your thunder or what makes you unique. People can try to tear you down, but no matter what you can shine. It just seems perfect on those days when you're having a hard time believing in yourself.

So what are your Friday Favorites this week? Please share them with me and let me know how your week was. I hope you enjoyed my favorites and also, I will be posting my March Favorites on my

beauty channel

soon, so look out for it :)

Love, 

Astrid

Weekly Wishes #20

Weekly Wishes #20

Happy Monday every one! I am honestly so excited to start this week. I don't know what it is but Spring just is making me feel more alive and reborn almost(I talked a little about it

here

). Perhaps its the fact that the flowers are starting to bloom and I'm loving the pastels showing up at the stores. It can also be that I just started a 30-Day Blog Challenge (that I need to catch up on, oops lol) and that I finally start orientation for my new job this week. Either way, my weekly wishes this week will focus a lot on working on this blog because I feel like my mind just hit a huge refresh button.

Last

week's wishes

:

1. Fill Content Calendar-

 Still working on that. 

2. Research Gardening-

 Ok so I was running around town more than I planned last week. However, my mom and me started brainstorming about the backyard again and we do know we want to start with planting some grass (not a euphemism, ahem). We know that the bulk for grass seeds is about $80 so that's a start. Also there's a nursery nearby that offers free gardening classes on Saturdays. Still need to see what else we want to plan though.

3. Create Content Calendars for YouTube Channel-

 Didn't happen, but it will.

This week's wishes:

1. RE: Content Calendars-

Definitely need to work on this!

2. 30-Day Blog Challenge-

 I need to stay on top of this, along with other posts I have planned/want to do. I fell off the wagon a bit over the weekend just because I had a lot of errands to run. But hey at least this means the blog will be getting more love this week and the weeks that follow :)

3. Stay on top of my Facebook Groups-

 I am a part of a lot of groups on Facebook, particularly blogger groups. I often will post a link to my blog and then forget to return the love until a week later. I also will forget to check up on the groups at times and I feel bad. So this week I want to begin setting aside a designated time to deal with this along with blog comments :)

4. Set up a Sponsors Page-

 I've been wanting to do this for some time now and my lack of knowledge sometimes keeps me from going through with it. One of the reasons I want to do this is because I'd like to help out other bloggers by sharing their blogs. I also want to do this because it makes the blog look more professional and helps me sustain the blog which in turn means better content for y'all.

Like I said, I really want to put more work into the blog this week. I just feel on fire right now and want to keep that alive. How about you? What do you wish to get done this week? Feel free to share in the comments and remember you can also join in on the fun and do your own Weekly Wishes posts by joining the link up hosted by 

The Nectar Collective

:

The Nectar Collective

Love,

Astrid

P.S. Don't forget about the

Totally Awesome Amazon Giveaway

I have going on with other bloggers. It ends next week :)