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new year, new resolutions

new year, new resolutions


I stumbled on this gorgeous door in hayes valley, sf, and it reminds me that the new year is full of open doors & new resolutions.

I've found that the best way to actually follow through with new year resolutions is to write it down, and more importantly, write how I will achieve it. It makes goals actually tangible. This year, I have a few main goals. 

This healthy bowl is from a new lunch spot we discovered that's perfect for whole30 meals in a pinch.

1. Feel fit & healthy. The holidays were filled with all kinds of treats & yummy goodness (why can't I say no to baked brie?!), and with that comes the lethargy. I'm ready for a feel good, energized self, and I'm going to kick off the year with another Whole 30 challenge. Now, Ang and I are no strangers to Whole 30 - we did it twice in the last year. And while most starting it, use it as an elimination diet to understand what your body may have intolerances to, it's also great for a reset. It has taught me just how much sugar there is in absolutely everything. Want to know more about our tips, tricks, & recipes? Stay tuned, We'll be posting them along the way.


This is a small little mood board of some of my inspiration - shiplap back wall (which is just an extension of the ceiling), reclaimed shelves inspired by joanna gaines, concrete table inspired by pottery barn, and farmhouse chairs found at birch lane

2.  Renovate the dining room. This has been on our project list since we moved into the house. But we've been swamped with so many other house projects, that this one has just been pushed to the side. Part of it is that it's quite the daunting project since our plan is to build pretty much everything ourselves - a reclaimed drift wood chandelier, a concrete table with a wood bench on one side (buying the chairs for the other side.. I'm not THAT ambitious), a shiplap wall featuring built in cabinets with a hidden desk, reclaimed wood shelves, a refinished bar, a cut wine barrel... you can probably see why it's a pretty big project!

This photo was taken at my mother-in-law's place in Missoula on our last trip - almost 7 or 8 years ago! This photo was taken at my mother-in-law's place in Missoula on our last trip - almost 7 or 8 years ago! 

3. Travel. This year we're determined to make it back to my husband's home town of Missoula, Montana. We've been talking about visiting for the last couple of years, but have had so much going on that we haven't made it out. So this year, I want to make it a point. Missoula is absolutely breathtaking, with the beautiful mountains & untouched, pristine rivers. 

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4. Figure out my finances. Last year, I listened to a really helpful book on audible - Rich Bitch, by Nicole Lapin (sorry for the language, this is not sponsored). I liked it because it was written from a woman's perspective without an actual finance background - so all of the terminology & explanations were in terms that I understood. My goal this year, is to put all that I learned into practice, particularly moving my 401k into an IRA account. The choices are somewhat overwhelming, but I'm determined to actually make a decision & move forward. 

Now, it's time to get to work on these! Have you written down your goals yet?

january mood board

january mood board

2016 in a nutshell

2016 in a nutshell