Wednesday, December 17, 2014

31 things for my 31st year.

I ended my 30th year on the planet with a BANG and want to keep that excitement and momentum going throughout my 31st year. I've decided to put together a little bucket list of 31 goals and ideas I'd like to see through during my 31st year - some big and some small. Basically, consider this a jump start on my 2015 resolutions!

  1. Go on a tropical vacation.
  2. Bring Kenley to the zoo.
  3. Stand with my best friend on her wedding day. 
  4. Walk {or run?} the 3 lake loop {Calhoun, Isles & Harriet for you locals}.
  5. Donate hair to Locks of Love.
  6. Clock 350 running miles.
  7. Read 15 books.
  8. Grow blog to 1,000 followers. 
  9. Meet Erin. 
  10. Read Dave Ramsey's book and follow his get out of debt plan.
  11. Anonymously pay for a stranger's coffee. 
  12. Design & print our Family Yearbooks.
  13. Spend a day in Stillwater. 
  14. Visit my family in Colorado. 
  15. Call my grandparents once a week. 
  16. Host a dinner party. 
  17. Attend a yoga workshop.
  18. Go on a super fun date with my hubby.
  19. Try a new Minneapolis restaurant.
  20. Do something spontaneous.
  21. Treat our parents to dinner.
  22. Start saving for a house.
  23. Go to a Gopher away game.
  24. Do something extra fun with my girlfriends. 
  25. Go on a Mother/Daughter date with Kenley.
  26. Give up something really hard for lent.
  27. Go for a run in Central Park.
  28. Make a Big Fat Greek dinner on my own.
  29. Climb a mountain. 
  30. Run a half marathon.
  31. Maybe, just maybe, starting thinking about Baby #2.

I'll keep you posted throughout the year on how I'm doing, but for now, I'd better get to work! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

birthday week {a recap}

No, that is not a type-o...I celebrate a birthday week. Birthdays have always been a really big deal in my family and just because I'm 30, doesn't mean I'm too old to celebrate all week long. Here's a little recap of how I finished up 29 and kicked off 30.

Monday :: My sweet hubby surprised me with coffee & a bagel, he said "here's the start of birthday week" when he gave it to me and didn't even sound sarcastic!  That night we took Kenley to the Timberwolves game for a family date night! Kenley was terrified of the starting line ups and our mascot Crunch, but other than that had a blast cheering "GO WHITE TEAM" and howling when the opposing team shot free throws. We definitely have a little Wolves fan on our hands.

Tuesday :: Kicked off with a little coffee + Target date with my favorite little shopping buddy. And that night I did an oil party with one of my girlfriends. It was a blast and huge success! It's so much fun sharing my passion for oils {and making money at the same time}!!!

Wednesday :: Jason and I had a little mini-at-home birthday date which was so very perfect! We watched a bunch of FRIENDS episodes, including The One Where They All Turn 30 {that's my favorite show of all time for those who don't know about my severe addiction}, drank wine, ate Chipotle and ate Gelato! Does like get any better than this?

Thursday :: I cashed in on my free birthday Starbucks, ran what seemed like a million errands and stopped to have a little visit with my girlfriends and their two perfect baby girls, Hailey & Lauren. That night I went to my baby sister's dance meet then out to a birthday dinner with her and our parents at our favorite hangout. I came home to a super sweet handmade card, a case of my favorite wine, our mattress pulled into the living room and Love Actually queued up! It was so perfect!

Friday :: My actual birthday, was filled with so many fun messages and kind words from friends and family - I felt so loved! Kenley & I spent the morning snuggling while Jason served me my morning coffee with birthday whipped cream! The Kenley and I met my mom for a balloon shopping and coffee date. I did a little shopping, worked for a bit and then got ready for celebration part 1.
My mom had us over for a delicious Greek dinner, Red Velvet cupcakes and surprised me by inviting my bestie and her fiance who showed costume! We had a fun night reminiscing, opening gifts, playing games and watching Britney Spears live.

Saturday :: Was all about celebration part 2. However, I was not feeling so hot from the night before. Thankfully, I was able to take a nice long day before getting pampered! I got my makeup done, got a blow out at The Wow Bar {best blow out ever!} and had a little mani/pedi action. I was done and ready just in time to head to Toby Keith's for my Big 3-0 Party! I had the BEST time!
My only regret is that I didn't get pictures with everyone!

To everyone who stopped by, who sent a birthday wish or a thoughtful gift - THANK YOU! I have never felt so special and so loved. This was absolutely the best birthday EVER and I am so lucky to have the world's best family & friends! 


Thursday, December 11, 2014

dream office

I'm not entirely sure what I would say my current job title is {maybe "career gypsy"?}, but I do know that I absolutely love what I am doing - which these days is a little bit of everything. I have always had a lot of interests and passions and the fact that I am making money in a variety of ways doing a variety of things is really what I love to do. I am just not cut out for the 9-5 desk job. 

My array of jobs has me working primarily from home which I also love. Although, sometimes it can feel a bit suffocating having every aspect of your life {work, home, family, dog} surrounding you 24 hours a day, which is why I am finding myself drifting off in to home office day dream land quite frequently these days. We absolutely do not have room in our townhouse for me to have an office but I am hoping some day in the not-so-distant future we will buy a home that has an extra room or even an extra nook so that I can have a cute little space all my own. 

And until that day comes, I will continue to spend time in home office day dream land, also known as Pinterest. Please join me in combining all of these fantastic elements in to one perfect Kristin the Career Gypsy office space.
And yes, my office {someday} will absolutely have some sort of nod to Leo, Britney, Beyonce and most likely the Backstreet Boys too. #notsorry

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

girl friends.

I am abundantly blessed with the world's best girlfriends.

I think the relationships we have are absolutely everything, without family and friends nothing else matters, and I am grateful every day for the wonderful people in my life. While of course my relationships with my husband and family are most important, I think there is really something to be said about having great girl friends. In a world so filled with hate and competition and the inevitable drama that comes with being a girl, it is so very important to have smart, kind, generous, selfless women around you to relate to, vent to, lean on and learn from.

It's not easy being a girl and unfortunately being a grown {almost 30 year old} woman isn't a whole lot easier. It has taken me a while, but I have learned that life is too short and there are too many incredible people in the world to waste your time and energy on people who don't add something positive to your life. Friendships grow and change as we grow and change and people will come in and out of your life. It's definitely true that some people I thought I'd be close with for life and I have drifted apart but it just makes me feel that much more grateful to have the awesome groups of girlfriends that I have and the friendships I've maintained.

There really isn't much better than a night with your girlfriends where you can talk about anything and everything and find yourself crying with relief that someone understands you while crying from laughter at the same time.

It's amazing to have different groups of incredible girlfriends that I have met through the many stages of my life {high school friends, college friends, sorority sisters, Jason's high school friends' wives, Jason's college friend's wives & blog friends is how I explain them to people}because I know that no matter what I'm going through - happy, sad or otherwise - I have a friend who can relate, who can help and who can celebrate alongside me! These ladies are the best of the best and I am so very lucky to call them my friends.

And then, there's my best friend. The girl who has been my constant through all the ups and downs of life. The girl who through all the friendships, relationships and big life changes has remained my gold. The girl who stood next to me as my Maid of Honor and has just asked me to return the favor. The girl who I know no matter how long we go without seeing each other is always just a phone call away. The girl who always knows just the right thing to say and how to cheer me up with just a look. The girl who turns 30 today and I am grateful every day that she was born. The girl who is random, hilarious, beautiful, kind and is my very best friend. 
Happy Birthday my Libby. I love you SO much! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Birthday/Holiday Wishlist

Friday is my birthday. My 30th birthday. And every year around this time I start getting requests from family for my Birthday/Christmas wishlist. Does anyone else have a list 10 miles long of things they need want throughout the whole year then as soon as someone asks for ideas, you can't think of anything? Well this year, I have ideas coming out of my ears! 
Here's a few things I am asking for....

1. Puma Fitness Slim Ankle Running Pants :: Because I have no running clothes & actually run now. 
2. Gaiam Citron Sundial Yoga Set :: Because my mat is crappy & I don't have a good towel for hot yoga.
3. doTerra Lotus Diffuser :: Because this thing is the BOMB!
4. doTerra Spa Collection :: Because you can never have too many essential oils!
5. Tzu Tzu Sport Out of Africa Riley Skort :: Because I live in these skirts all summer long!
6. FitBit Surge :: Because I love my FitBit and would love this one for running.
7. Decoy Chardonnay :: Self explanatory.
8. Michael Kors Kerry Pave-Embellished Watch :: Because it's beautiful and I don't currently own a watch.
9. Tory Burch Thin Enamel Flip Flops :: Because the ones my mama bought me last year broke. #sadface
10. Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer :: Because this keeps your shadow on ALL day.
11. Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner :: Because this is the BEST.EYELINER.EVER.
12. Aromi Beauty Black Cherry Liquid Lipstick :: Because Aromi is my absolute fave lipstick. 
13. Tropical Vacation :: Because Minnesota is cold & I have a December birthday.
14. Starbucks Black Heart Tumblr + Gift Card :: Because the cup is adorable & I'm a coffee addict.