Three-Month Wrap-Up: Graduations, Thailand, & Other Travel Adventures [Plus A Big Announcement!]

 

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I literally don’t even know where to begin this post. SO MUCH has happened over the past few months. My life has been wild.

So I guess I’ll just take you along on a little story ride. And at the end I have some big news to share with you!

In the past few months, I… Continue reading “Three-Month Wrap-Up: Graduations, Thailand, & Other Travel Adventures [Plus A Big Announcement!]”

Weekly Wrap-Up: Epic Parties, More Poems, And Cheesy Thoughts On Living In New York

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The first week of the December has come and gone, friends! How are you doing with the December Reflection Challenge? It’s been helping me slow down for just a few seconds every day to reflect on all the good things that happened in 2016 – my happiest memories, biggest accomplishments, and favorite milestones.

And now we’re coming to the end of the week, which means it’s time for me to do a Weekly Wrap-Up and account for what I crossed off my bucket list over the past seven days. Only this time I’ll be looking back on the past two weeks, since last Friday I posted my Winter 2016-2017 Bucket List instead of a Weekly Wrap-Up.

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been feelin’ the lazy bug lately. My fall semester of grad school is wrapping up and that means it’s finals time for me. Which means all I want to do is wrap myself up in some cozy blankets, pour a nice glass of wine, stare at my Christmas lights, and ignore any and all responsibilities I have to be a real person.

(I may or may not be doing that very thing as I sit here on Thursday night typing this. Hello, Pinot Noir. You are my friend. Please don’t make me do a single thing.) Continue reading “Weekly Wrap-Up: Epic Parties, More Poems, And Cheesy Thoughts On Living In New York”

Winter 2016-2017 Bucket List!

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Goodness gracious, time has FLOWN. It seems like just yesterday I posted my Fall 2016 bucket list, and now I’m already gearing up for winter.

Winter doesn’t teeeeccchhhnically start until December 22, but like, let’s be real. We all know as soon as December hits, it’s winter. Get with the program, official calendars.

I’ve been thinking a ton about what I want to include on my winter bucket list. I had a few setbacks for items on my fall bucket list, so I’d like to revive those and give them another go-around. I do really want to accomplish those items I wasn’t able to complete before, but time constraints inhibited me from going at them full-throttle. I forgave myself for it though.

Items off my Fall 2016 bucket list that will be making an appearance in my Winter 2016-2017 bucket list include writing one poem every other day (#6 on the fall list, #5 on the winter list) and submitting a piece of writing to a literary journal twice a month (#7 on the fall list, #6 on the winter list).

I’m also planning to continue building off of items I was able to complete on my Fall 2016 bucket list. For example, I was able to train for a half marathon as part of my fall goals, and this winter I’d like to continue training and eventually run a half in January.

Similarly, I took a Spanish class during the fall, and I’m going to take another one this winter. Hopefully I’ll get even more fluent in the past tense, which was one of my aspirations last season.

I’m going to be pulling from my long-term bucket list, too. This will finally be the year that I spend New Years Eve in Times Square (#82). I’m really excited for that, because it’s been on my list for a reeaaaallly long time, and this is my chance!

Other things coming up off my long-term bucket list include doing one act of kindness every day for a year (#18) and protesting for something I truly care about (#17), which I feel is pretty appropriate lately considering the political climate.

As far as the length of the list goes, I know it’s a bit shorter this time. Honestly, I’m not worried about that.

At first I was like, Hey, this list is kinda short. Maybe I need to add some more stuff to it. And then I was like, No, that’s stupid. I don’t want to add more to the list just because I feel it’s too short. I only want to make goals I actually want to achieve.

So here it is! My short lil Winter 2016-2017 bucket list! Let’s do this thang.

Winter 2016-2017 Bucket List (December – February)

  1. Spend New Years Eve in Times Square
  2. Run a half marathon (without stopping!)
  3. Take a Spanish class
  4. Gain more confidence in my Spanish-speaking abilities
  5. Write a poem every other day
  6. Submit one piece of writing twice a month to literary publications
  7. Protest for something I truly care about
  8. Throw an epic party
  9. Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center or Bryant Park
  10. Check out a Free Friday at the Knitting Factory
  11. Participate in the No-Pants Subway Ride…or at least go see it. 🙂

Did you cross off any bucket list items this fall? What’s on your bucket list for the winter? I’d love to hear all about it!

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Documentary Appearances, Sporting Events, And Adventures Galore

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So it’s been 8 years since I posted a weekly wrap-up. And by 8 years I mean three weeks. The last one went up at the start of the month, but that feels so far in the past it may as well be 8 years ago. Also, I NEVER use hyperbole.

Anyway.

The reason I haven’t posted as often is not because I haven’t been (mostly) diligent about my bucket list. I’ve been getting after it every day (except for those times when I fail. But hey, I’ve forgiven myself for that).

In fact, I’ve basically crossed off all the things I’m going to be able to complete before the deadline for my short-term bucket list comes to a close.

The reason I haven’t posted is because, well, I’ve been busy. (You knew that was coming, didn’t you? Sorry I have the most predictable blogger excuses in the world. I feel like whenever my favorite bloggers don’t post something in a while they’ll inevitably validate themselves by saying they were just too busy. Tsk tsk.)

Since it’s been  8 years  3 weeks since I posted a weekly wrap-up, that means this post is gonna be looooooooonnng. I’ve got lots of updates to throw your way, so let’s get to it!

This week, I… Continue reading “Weekly Wrap-Up: Documentary Appearances, Sporting Events, And Adventures Galore”

Fall 2016 Bucket List!

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Some friends from college and I at the brightest corn maze of all time.

I know, I know. Fall doesn’t technically begin until September 22. But since classes started up for me this week, it’s basically fall in my mind. Plus, I completed my summer 2016 bucket list a while ago and would like some new goals to strive for.

I’ve been mulling over what to put on my fall bucket list for a few weeks now, and to be honest I’m still not fully satisfied with what I’ve come up with. I feel it’s not ambitious enough. I feel I can be doing more with my time. This list as it stands seems too easy to accomplish.

But I honestly don’t know of any other goals I’d like to add on this list right now, so I’m just going to give myself space to add new bucket list items when it’s appropriate.

Some of my biggest goals are to run a half marathon, write a poem every other day, and submit a piece of writing to a publication every two weeks. Those are big goals for me, especially because they’re both things I’ve failed at before.

But not this time! I’m going to stay accountable to achieving them and putting in the work necessary to succeed.

So, here we are! Let me know if there’s anything you think I should consider adding!

Fall 2016 Bucket List (short-term list, September – November)

  1. Train for a half marathon
  2. Take a Spanish class
  3. Learn how to speak in the past tense in Spanish without really thinking about it
  4. Hike a mountain and/or camp
  5. Go on a weekend trip away
  6. Write a poem every other day
  7. Submit one piece of writing to a publication twice a month
  8. Watch a New York Film Festival showing (tickets on sale Sept. 1)
  9. Attend Atlantic Antic (September 25)
  10. See a ballet
  11. Enjoy the Thompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
  12. Go apple picking
  13. Catch a rooftop movie
  14. Meander through the Queens County Farm museum
  15. Continue active involvement in the fight for racial justice
  16. Do one thing that scares me every day for a month

I’d love to hear from you! Whats on your bucket list this fall?

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Street Performing, Rooftop Bars, And Birthday Celebrations

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What a beautiful week. 🙂 So many wonderful interactions with strangers, friends, and family made the past seven days full of life and joy. And I even got to cross of a few bucket list items!

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Fighting For Justice, Gratitude Journals, & Spanish Classes

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Every week I plan to share a short synopsis of what I did to live fully over the past seven days. It helps me stay accountable to making sure I’m truly making strides towards accomplishing my goals. Continue reading “Weekly Wrap-Up: Fighting For Justice, Gratitude Journals, & Spanish Classes”