Thursday, November 27, 2014

Today I'm thankful for so many things. For everything, really. But a few things come especially to mind:

+ a family that let me grow up feeling oh so loved and supported
+ holiday traditions
+ a home away from home in beautiful Tahoe and the amazing friends that host us here
+ California, and all of the adventure that's constantly at my fingertips
+ friends that are like a second family to me
+ New England and all it's beauty
+ an inspiring and supportive job that has given me incredible growth opportunities
+ Jim, Jim, and Jim again. His values, his hardworking and adventurous spirit, and the way he makes me crack up constantly
+ a beautiful ski season on the horizon (**snow dance**)
+ an upcoming New Year already filled with exciting travel plans
+ the mountains, trees, oceans and stars
+ Champagne, stuffing, cheese and pie 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, friends! Check out my Thanksgiving playlist if you're in the mood for some nostalgic, grateful, happy jams :).

Weekly Wishes :: 2

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hi everyone! I took a little bloggy break. Some focus was needed at work plus I've been a bit under the weather. Yesterday Jim and I both were both feeling pretty yucky so we enjoyed a Sunday sick day together...and it was actually pretty fun! Normally we would make sure to be productive and do some exploring, and if only one of us was sick the healthy one would probably put the pressure on to get us going. But with both of us sniffling, sneezing and coughing...we let ourselves take it easy. It's funny how productive you can still feel while doing "nothing" around the house. Some long overdue online purchases, changing out a headlight, having time to cook a real meal for the first time in awhile, self was a productive day!

I'm back with the Weekly Wishes because last time it worked - I really knocked those tasks out. So what do I hope to accomplish this week...

:: This week's wishes ::

  1. Sleep 8 hours a night. I'm still not feeling great today, so this wish is exactly where my head's at right now. Jim and I are always trying to go to bed earlier but this week I'm going to make it a priority.
  2. Firm up some travel plans. I have a few fun trips in the works right now that need to be nailed down (hotels, flights etc.)  - I hope to take care of this this week so that I can start officially looking forward to my travels! Isn't life just better when you have an adventure to look forward to?
  3. Find a good photo editing system on the mac. Maybe you guys can help me with this one... I'm looking for a great, free (or cheap) editing software for my Mac. Editing with iPhoto is fine but sometimes I want to step it up a notch. I'm still not completely used to the organization system on my mac either so that's probably half the battle. Any cheap & intuitive favorites out there??
Have a great week, everyone!

The Nectar Collective

Jersey Beaches

Friday, October 24, 2014

Work is still killin' me this week. Guess it must be fall! Oh so busy. Luckily I have accomplished most of my weekly goals, and have been taking time for myself each day to stretch and sweat with a Barre workout. Work, workout, sleep - work, workout, sleep - that's been my schedule. Sometimes it is nice to just be focused...but I'm looking forward to a weekend with a bit more variety. Maybe some wine, fresh air and friends. 

For now I'll go down memory lane for a moment with these shots from our trip back East in September. Did you know how beautiful the Jersey Shore is? I didn't. As a Cape Codder by heart I've always been very content to stay up on the shores of New England, but I'm so glad that I had the chance to explore the shores of Jersey a bit more during my time there. There is a whole lot more to it than this. The beaches are wide, the waves are huge, the sand is soft, and there is usually a funnel cake and mini golf within you just can't go wrong. We had such a good time there catching up with friends and family. 

Enjoy the weekend, friends! 

Weekly Wishes :: 1

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Monday! Today is my first Weekly Wishes.  Goals, lists and wishes make my world go 'round, so when I came across this Weekly Wishes link-up on one of my new favorite blogs, I just had to join in. This is especially good timing for me because last week felt very tired/blah/unproductive. I didn't get much sleep and I felt like I was falling behind every day (not really the me-time week that I imagined!). But I had a recharging weekend up in beautiful Truckee which left me pumped up for a productive week. It's a good week for wish making, wouldn't ya say?

:: This week's wishes ::

  1. Do at least four Barre classes. Have you tried Barre? I just got a groupon for one month of classes and I'm hoping to start off strong this week! 
  2. Meditate every day. I've been getting back into mindfulness and it feels oh so good. I hope to take time to be mindful every day this week, even if just for a few minutes.
  3. Fix my pants. I have a small hole in a pair of my favorite pants and all I need to do is sew it up...but I can't seem to get around to it, it has been on my to-do list forever.  
  4. Read for pleasure. I have 3 wonderful books waiting for me patiently but I haven't gotten around to cracking them open yet. I hope to read a bit before bed  this week!

PHEW I feel better already!! I look forward to checking in on these goals next week. What are you hoping to accomplish this week??

The Nectar Collective

Me Time + Links

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A visit to Vinalhaven, ME in 2011. 
Another busy week has begun!

Jimmy is actually gone all week for work, and although I miss him lots, it's kind of fun to have a whole week of me time in the evenings. Here are some things I do with my time when Jimbo isn't around:
  • Stay up way too late
  • Watch ridiculous things. Seriously....last night I watched part of Annie and the entirety of Wish Upon a Star (for a much welcomed 90s flashback)
  • Face masks, mani pedis, self tanner, etc.
  • Eat weird dinners (last night: raisins, turkey meatballs and an avocado)
  • Random projects that I don't usually get around to (i.e. organizing my photos - I finally got around to that!)
  • Have the girls over

One of other my favorite "me time" activities is browsing around my favorite blogs and storing things away for reading at a later date. Here are some great ones I've come across lately:

     Simple, practical steps towards sharing and embracing your goals.

     How would you describe yourself in five words?

     Here are some facts about bedding that you didn't know you wanted to know.

     Great collection of easy, fresh squash recipes.

     I don't need to read these books quite yet, but it seems like a great list for down the road.

     Interesting article about how Finland is marketing silence.

     Tips for merging mindfulness into the workplace (plus, check out my tips if you're interested!).

Do you do anything funny or unique with your me-time?

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