Friday, October 5, 2018

September Review

September was a great month!  We went on a few trips, got super lucky when Hurricane Florence missed up, and enjoyed our 4th anniversary!

Darlington - To start Labor Day weekend, we went to a Nascar race at Darlington Raceway, just north of us in South Carolina.  We had never been to an Xfinity race before, and it was such a blast!
Ocean Course - We finished Labor Day weekend with a round of golf at the beautiful Ocean Course on Kiawah Island!
Florida weekend - My parents came to visit us for a week, and we spent the second half of the trip in Florida, visiting my aunt in St. Pete Beach.  We made a stop in Disney, visited a couple of breweries, and watched the most beautiful sunsets.
Hurricane Florence - Charleston boarded up and got ready for the Flo.  We got lucky this time as it slid north of us, but the northern part of SC and NC are both still dealing with intense flooding.  If you would like to help, please consider finding an organization to donate to here
4th anniversary - Our anniversary was low-key and perfect!  We decided on NO GIFTS this year and bought some chocolate-covered fruit to share.  We went out to dinner, too!
Richmond - We went to a second Nascar race last month!  This time, it was to the short track at Richmond Raceway with a couple of our friends for a Monster Energy Cup series playoff race. 
Pebble Beach - Our last trip of the month was for my work to California.  We had such a blast seeing Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, and everything in between!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

30 for 30 Birthday Wrap Up

HAPPY MEAN GIRLS DAY (and my birthday!).  At the beginning of this year, I put together my own 30 before 30 to keep me intentional throughout the year, and I'd like to think I did an okay job.  Yes, there were a few things I wish I could have accomplished, but that's what 30 is for now, right?!

1. Invest in an original piece of art - Pretty little canvas from Modern South Studio

2. Get back to my ideal strength and weight

3. Volunteer

4. Get 8 hours of sleep each night

5. Purge and donate my closet - Did this twice this year!

6. Start an herb garden - I started this last October and added more this spring.  My basil is out of control!

7. Have a girls night once per month - most months?!

8. Visit more baseball stadiums - We got to Dallas and Tampa this year!
9. Network more

10. Run another race - I did start running daily again but haven't signed up for anything. 

11. Take a cooking class - Big ole nope

12. Try yoga - Okay, so maybe I went on YouTube last night and did a couple of online videos, but hey, I did try it!

13. Start a family tree - This is definitely something I will be doing next year. 

14. Do something nice for a stranger everyday

15. Visit the rest of the breweries in Charleston - We only have 3 more!  Here is my latest installment of local breweries.

16. Try something just for the adrenaline rush - I bet I did, but I can't think of it now!

17. Learn about wine - errrrr, not professionally

18. Make a plan to get to Cuba - There's a cruise starting from Charleston in the fall of 2019!!

19. Be a positive encouragement to those around me - I tried my best!

20. Make an effort to break out of my introverted shell - This has definitely been helped with #9.  I'm trying to meet new people every way I can!

21. Go on a hike - Memorial Day weekend was a blast!

22. Advance my career - I went to a few events over the last year!

23. Buy a new camera - I bought my Canon 80D around Christmas and could not love it more.  There is so much versatility.

24. Travel internationally - Well, the London trip isn't happening due to work reasons, but we are hoping for a trip somewhere fun this winter. 

25. Invest for the future - We are now meeting with a financial planner, and we're on our way!

26. Cut my hair to donate again - I didn't donate it yet, but it is the right length!

27. Grow this blog - Such a big nope.  I just haven't felt like I've had the time or motivation to make it happen recently.  

28. Stay more connected with family - I need to start writing birthday cards again, but I have become better at texting and calling!

29. Learn all the words to Rapper's Delight - SO upset about this one.

30. Write to my congressmen about causes about which I'm passionate - Yes, yes, and yes.  Calls, emails, and letters.  This year has been a wreck.

Well, looks like I was 20/30 with (what I believe are) a couple more half points in there.  Now, if you need me, I'll be drinking all the coffee today while I still try to recover from West Coast jet lag!  I'll be sharing all about that trip (and my last month in the 20s) on Friday!

Friday, September 28, 2018

30th Birthday Wish List

Happy Friday, friends!  My big 3-0 is in less than a week, and since it's such a special one, why not come up with a list of things I'm loving right now!
Gummy bears are the way to my heart, and this Sugarfina birthday set looks so cute!!  I've always wanted to try their champagne gummies, and the birthday cake caramels in the set are calling my name!

Rewined are absolutely my favorite candles, and it's just about time for this one to come back into stock for fall.  For those who don't know, Rewined is based here in Charleston and not only makes candles in old wine bottles but also the scents to match.  This time of year, I love their spiked cider.  I'm linking to one I found in stock online for all of you non-locals, but if you are local, you can shop for them in the City Market or Candlefish (for much cheaper)!

I've been wanting a smart watch forever, and rose gold is my favorite!  I seriously know nothing about these watches, so if anyone has a favorite, please let me know.  I'm looking for something that can do heart rate and track my mileage when running as well as daily steps.  Right now, I am lookingat the Galaxy watch or this Fitbit

Speaking of running, Nike's newest running collection is great.  Everything is so light and comfortable!  I have this bra and this bra already as well as this tank in every color I can find.  Right now on my radar is this sports bra and these comfy jogging pants

I am obsessed with this Holbrook style of sunglasses.  I never like sunglasses that let in peripheral light, and these wrap around just enough to be stylish and comfortable.  This blue and iridium lens combo is awesome!

I need something pretty and rose gold to go with my watch, right?!  I love long pendant necklaces, and I definitely need a new bag.  I make Mike carry around all of  my stuff when we go out. 

Last, but not least, I am obsessed with these sneakers.  I have mint (on sale for $30 right now), gray, and pink.  They wash so easily, but I would also love this blue and maroon, too!

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