I Will… [Day 10]

September 10: 10 items off your bucket list. If you haven’t made one, now’s a good time to start!

Three years ago, when this blog originally started, one of the tabs at the top said “Bucket List”. That page is private in my settings now and when I just went to look at it to see what was on the list, the page had the words “Under Construction”. After a quick search of my Mac, I realized that my Bucket List no longer exists! My best friend in high school and I wrote buckets lists the summer after our freshman year of college. I know there were a few items on that list that I have accomplished like becoming a Spinning instructor and running a half marathon, but I really am not sure what else I put on there!


I like to think that my hopes and dreams and goals have shifted as I “grew up” in college, so it might be better to rewrite my list anyways. 😉 Now, I would include:

1. Run one race every year in a new-to-me city. This will give me the chance to race, which I love to do, and see new parts of the U.S.! I really want to go to Colorado to see the mountains and I really want to go to the West Coast! The furthest west I have been is Las Vegas, and all I did was fly to Las Vegas, spend a few days there, and fly back home. So I need to explore!

2. Own a beach house.

3. Read the Bible (I’m working on this now!).

4. Compete in a triathalon. This particular event made my list because I love to run and I love to bike, but after years of swim lessons and even a year of swim class in high school, I still hold my nose when I swim. Sigh. Breathing through my nose (or whatever you call it) underwater freaks me out!

5. Ride a Skycoaster or parasail with my brother, Jake. He LOVES the adrenaline of heights and has been on the Skycoaster many times, but I am so afraid! I have previously promised, and consequently broken my promise, to do something crazy like this with him. Luckily, that doesn’t hold him back!

6. Attend a blog conference.

7. Be published somewhere. I love to write and I would love to make it a career in some way…I am just not sure what way yet. 🙂

8. Learn how to sew or knit. I want to make things. Hahaha

9. Grow a garden (once I move out of the city)!

10. Travel outside the U.S. The only places I have been are Mexico and Canada, which I suppose count as leaving the country, but there are so many places I want to see. SO. MANY. Maybe I should make this bucket list item “backpack across Europe” or something of the sort so I can see a lot all at once. 🙂


What’s on your life list?

Rain, Reading + A New Look

How was your weekend?! Mine looked a lot like this…


Comfy clothes and slippers approximately 6 seconds after arriving home. Ha! I dare you to change faster than me. 😉 I was super excited to wear these clothes because it felt COLD this weekend which was a welcomed change! As a 23 year old, I pride myself on being an adult (90% of the time) but there are still some things that I rudely claim “only old people do”. One of these things –> talk about the weather. However, let’s discuss weather for a minute.


Sitting in my car because nothing is important enough to deal with hail.

The Maryland/DC/Virginia area has been having some crazy thunderstorms lately. Last week, it was about 95* with 90% humidity all week long. It. was. so. hot. But on random occasions, we would have these ridiculous thunderstorms…think puddles that are deeper than you think when driving, lightning that makes green lights turn red, and hail. This craziness usually only lasts for an hour or so and then we are back to sun and heat. But on Saturday, it torrentially downpouring and CHILLY! 🙂 After running a bunch of errands in the morning, I decided the rain wasn’t worth fighting with anymore and came home to relax in my favorite comfy clothes. Is there anything better than that on a weekend?!


Aaaand there’s that sun we were talking about.

My weekend was already off to a great start (besides cooler weather) because my roommate checked our mailbox and I got ALL THE THINGS!


The new music and choreography for Round 40 of PiYo (which is 80s inspired…so fun!), a card from my mom, a card from one of my best friends, and FREE protein powder packets from Quest Nutrition! I received Vanilla Milkshake and Chocolate Milkshake after filling out a survey a few weeks ago. My favorite Quest protein flavor is peanut butter because it is truly such a decadent flavor! Some protein powder can taste gritty or even thin, but I have never had that problem with Quest protein powder. You should try it! (P.S. I’m not sponsored in any way by the company, I just love their products.) Their website is always offering some kind of free promotion. Also, they just came out with two new protein powder flavors: Salted Caramel and Banana Cream. Salted Caramel is right up my sweet tooth’s alley. 😉 One of my friends from college sent me a picture of the two free packets she received in the mail and she got the two NEW flavors! I love mail and I love free things so I tried not to be too jealous. Ha!


My many pieces of mail inspired me to sit down and make little cards and care packages for two of my friends or family. One of my summer bucket list goals was to send two pieces of mail each month. June = check! And I am obsessed with the stationary. Target dollar section is the best!


For some reason, I have been waking up at 3 or 4 AM every night and I cannot seem to go back to sleep. Thanks to Molly’s suggestion, I heard some pretty good tunes the other night. 😉


And I added another book to my list for the year! My mom and I set a goal to read 52 books this year and seeing as it’s already July, I am nervous about how close I will actually get to achieving this goal! I love Jodi Picoult and when I saw this book at my local Half Price books, I knew I had to get it because even though it’s an older title, I have never read it. It was hard to finish and I hate when that happens! It was much different than her “typical” story line, the timeline was a little difficult to keep up with because each chapter jumped around, and I found myself kind of not caring what was going to happen at some points. Now that I know how the story ends, I like how it all came together…and I’m glad I have another book to add to my list! Ha! Have you ever started reading a book that you just couldn’t get into!?


I ate my favorite meal on repeat…


…and served in the nursery at church before attending service on Sunday. I go to National Community Church in DC and I’m so glad God brought me to that place when I moved here last summer. I have been in a small group since I started attending church, but I just started serving in the nursery. I LOVE spending time with the babies in the nursery. The first week I shadowed, I was holding a baby who was teething and she was SO distraught the entire time her parents were in church. This week was much better but we were a few adults short so it was difficult to appease the ones who were upset and keep the ones who were happy entertained! My favorite moment was laying on the floor with 2 girls and a boy and playing “cars” with them. They thought sound effects were hilarious even though they were only about 9-12 months! One girl took a liking to me and when she got tired, I ended up rocking with her a lot. When her dad picked her up, she cried! I wanted to go home with her. She was so sweet!

Perhaps the biggest event of the weekend came when I went to the hair salon and told my stylist to “chop away”.


I have worn my hair the exact same way since eighth grade. I just like my side swept bangs and long length! I have cut it shorter a few times over the years, but I really wanted something different! Now, I have choppy layers and my hair is longer in the front and shorter in the back. Also, my favorite topknot ponytail hairstyle is out…


…because my ponytail now looks like this! Ha! Running so far has required lots of bobby pins and headbands. 😉 And I miss the knot on top of my head when I’m just hanging out and relaxing! It feels weird to have my hair down. Ah!

– How was your weekend?

– How often do you change your hair?

Summer 2015

Let’s face it…whether you’re still a student or you’re out in the real world, the arrival of summer is pretty sweet. There’s so much fun and anticipation surrounding a new season, at least for me. I love to make plans and enjoy seasonal activities! This summer, I have plans to travel to Nashville, Tennessee and Wildwood, New Jersey. Other than that, I will be working and taking summer classes. But, I have to have a little fun each day…so I made a summer bucket list! If there ever comes a time where I wake up and think, I have nothing to do today, I’ll refer back to this blog post. 😉

– See the Pirates play in either D.C. or Baltimore
Pirates v. Nationals in D.C. 6/20/15

– Go to Lululemon’s running group in Georgetown
Lululemon running group in Clarendon: 6/22/15

– Take a yoga class outside

– Read the Bible

– Invite friends over for dinner

– Swim in my pool

– Try five new restaurants
1. Vermilion: Alexandria, Virginia 6/13/15
2. Pinkberry: Arlington, Virginia 6/22/15
3. J. Paul’s: Georgetown, Washington, DC 7/4/15
4. Snap: Georgetown, Washington, DC 7/8/15
5. Founding Farmers: Tysons Corner, VA 7/12/15
6. Buzz Bakery: Arlington, VA 7/12/15
7. Sweet Leaf: Arlington, VA 7/12/15
8. Earl’s Sandwiches: Arlington, VA 7/13/15

– Go to Second Saturday Serve with church

– Get out of the city and go hiking

– Rent and ride bikes in D.C.
4th of July Weekend

– Run on three new-to-me trails
1. Northwest Branch Trail: Hyattsville, MD 6/24/15
2. Custis Trail: Arlington to George Mason Memorial Bridge to DC 7/12/15

– Go to a November Project workout
1. Rhode Island Ave: 6/26/15
2. Capitol Building: 6/29/15

– Make plans with each of my brothers

– Visit Stefanie in Rochester

– Take a day trip to the beach

– Go to a drive-in movie

– Start volunteering in children’s ministry
Day 1: 6/14/15

– Mail two cards to two friends or family members each month
June: Sarah & Julie

– Go to the Farmer’s Market

– Visit Chelsea in Philadelphia

– Go to the National Zoo

I just moved to the DC area last August, so there are lots of things on this list that are there just because I still feel like I am “new” to the city! Tell me…what are your summer plans?!

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