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 

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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

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

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Love,

Astrid

P.S. Don't forget about the

Totally Awesome Amazon Giveaway

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

Weekly Wishes #19 (& Weekend Recap)

Weekly Wishes #19 by Astrid Stars and a Weekend Recap

How was everyone's week? I don't know about you, but I had a productive week and am still very much loving March. I've also just noticed how "happening" (I feel like I sound like a dad saying that, but oh well) the month is or at least how every weekend seems to have a holiday going on. I mean the weekend before it was DST starting and this past weekend it was Pi Day (more of that in a bit) and then St. Patty's day and more to come. So let's do this....

Last week's wishes were:

1. Set a bedtime alarm-

Ok, I'll be honest, I just started doing this last night....sooo I guess I better set tonight's alarm. Also I failed this 'cause 1 day/1week is not enough to say if this worked.

2. No phone upon waking up- 

I will admit this is hard sometimes, but I've managed to do better than expected. I was very successful with it for most of the week, but I caved this weekend. Also, it's hard to gage when it's "OK" to check my phone already when I don't have anything to get to right away. So I'm gonna try not using it within the first hour of waking up.

3. Plan my weekends-

 So this was a semi-success. I planned Friday night and Sunday accordingly, but Saturday was a bit of a hit or miss. First off, I need to plan at least 3 days ahead since my friends are busy or just need a heads up. Friday I went bowling with a

Meetup group

and it went OK. It was for newcomers (like me), but it felt rushed and the place was too loud to really get to know one another. I'm glad I went out, but it also felt like a waste of my time and money.

Weekly Wishes #19 by Astrid Stars and a Weekend Recap, including Pi Day

Republic of Pie, people in line for Pie

Weekly Wishes #19 by Astrid Stars and a Weekend Recap, including Pi Day

Pie List at Republic of Pie

Weekly Wishes #19 by Astrid Stars and a Weekend Recap, including Pi Day

Pumpkin Pie and Nutella Latte at Republic of Pie

Saturday was Pi Day (3.14, get it) and I got very excited, but also had a moment of sadness. See, I didn't realize the date until the night before and then when I asked who wanted to join me, everyone seemed busy or said they "might" be interested. Alas, I decided to just go ahead and go by myself to Republic of Pie, one of my favorite Pie places and work on the blog there. And then things got better. 

The Power of the Pi(e). James texted me while I was finishing up creating a content calendar for the blog (FINALLY did this LOL. Kudos to me right?). His phone service can be spotty sometimes so he had just seen my text from earlier that day. Basically, he would have joined me had he seen it earlier. This cheered me up and since I had finished setting up the calendar, I offered to deliver pie to him and his mom. In the end we ended up hanging out and having a good time talking and watching Brain Games (such a cool show). 

Weekly Wishes #19 by Astrid Stars and a Weekend Recap, including Farmer's Market

My Farmer's Market flowers :)

On Sunday, James and I decided to try "Sushi Sunday," and idea I got from Ingrid Nilsen (aka

Miss Glamorazzi

). Basically, we (well really I) have decided to designate Sundays for going out for Sushi. But before we even met up for Sushi, I decided to start my Sunday off right by heading to the Farmer's Market in Studio City (since I actually woke up early) and get my self some flowers, even in the 90+ degree heat. Anyway, Sushi Sunday was a success. We enjoyed our Sushi/Bento dinners and also some dessert at FatBurger (we are gluttons) and basked in our food comas. There was also awesome conversation as always, which is my favorite part of hanging out with him. 

4. Block out an hour a day for Design "stuff"-

 Yea, this didn't happen. 

This week's wishes:

1. Fill Content Calendar-

 So the calendar has been created as in its been set up. Now to put it to use and start filling it with content I'd like to plan for the blog.

2. Research Gardening-

 For my

March Wishes

,

I mentioned wanted to learn to garden. Well I've decided to finally get the ball rolling this week. I need to research what I want to plant. I need to look into the kind of grass I'd like and also set a plan as to how I want to go about the whole shebang.

3. Create Content Calendars for YouTube Channel-

 Pretty self-explantory. I don't really need to do this for my

Vlog Channel

 (although I do need an editing schedule and decide if I want to switch to weekly vlogs). I do need this for my

Main/Beauty Channel

however, it makes it so it's easier for me to grow the channel.

I will leave it at that since this post is probably my longest one ever. And I wanna go to bed LOL. Now it's your turn to share your wishes for the week. 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

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Love,

Astrid