My February intentions were:

1. Go to the gym 4x a week

2. Walk outside 20 minutes per day

3. Use HappyPlanner to keep detailed workout log

The gym was hard. It’s far. I went 14 times in February – which for me is good, but did not meet my goal. One week I went only twice as I was traveling for work. Otherwise I went 3 times, which was great. The first week I went 5 times (!) – so I started out right at least!

Walking outside 20 minutes a day was also hard. So if you consider my commute, I did walk outside 20 minutes a day getting to and from my house (haha), however the intention was to take walks during the day at work. It was cold out and difficult to meet this goal. Some days I walked a ton, though, but that’s normal for me.

The detailed workout log – I did OK with this. I did log how I exercised when I went to the gym. I’ll take it.

Overall, I was glad to set this intention. It helped push me to go to the gym more, it was very motivating. It’s still inspiring me to try to hit this 4x a week goal, and if I go 3x, that’s cool too! I’ll try to incorporate the walking again in March.

March’s goals are to kick my bad habits, drinking and indulging in mary jane. I’ve already broken this with drinks yesterday at a company function. It’s tough. But I’ll maybe do a documentation of drinking to be more mindful of it.




1. Review/purge clothes

2. Review/purge from scary closets/under the bed

3. Contact all companies that send paper communications and ask to be unsubscribed

Roughly a week into February, and finally making this post. My BFFL and I have embarked on our own person Wellness/Happiness project for 2018, trying to make our lives a little bit better. This month, we focused on minimalism.

I had 3 goals, and while I didn’t completely meet them, I didn’t completely fail myself either.

1. I did review all my clothes. I put a handful aside to keep at my dad’s house, and a handful for textile recycling/giveaway. I also ID’ed clothing I wasn’t wearing and decided if I don’t wear it within 6 months, I’ll put it in storage or give it away.

2. I did purge from many areas of the home. Was it a full purge? No. But, absolutely made progress and got rid of a few bags of stuff. So amazing how much of a difference it makes!

3. I did this to the best of my ability…but I just finished doing it today. Still, progress!

I also attempted to not buy anything this month, beyond food. So many of my things I brought back from our trip to Philly were food 🙂 but still good. A lot less consumerism than my usual.

February’s intention is movement, and I’m looking forward to crushing it!

a running list of things i’ve bought this year

if it’s not food or general life needs related it goes on this list. #accountability


  • salt by nayyirah waheed
  • food containers for my husband
  • a NASA hoodie from H&M (was too cold)
  • a unicorn hat from H&M (was too cold)
  • a South Philly ornament (from vacation)
  • an Eagles coaster (from vacation)
  • two Philly hats (from vacation, 1 lost)
  • blue sage to cleanse my house (does this belong here? IDK)
  • ovulation kits (also, does this belong here? IDK)
  • a 5 boroughs bike tour long-sleeve shirt
  • a shirt from spongebob the musical
  • a fish dress
  • a small belt
  • a great dress with tie front
  • meow meow tweet oil (birthday)
  • a ganesh dress (birthday)
  • 2 incense packs (birthday)
  • a black linen tunic (birthday)
  • 2 small eataly water bottles (birthday)
  • lilac sandals for the gym
  • three umbrellas
  • one big teapot
  • one 2-cup teapot, pink
  • unicorn lipstick
  • unicorn palette
  • eyebrow gel
  • fruit bowl
  • kate spade earrings
  • avocado earrings
  • avocado t shirt
  • vera bradley tote
  • unicorn tshirt from universal
  • slytherin headband
  • tongue scraper
  • star dress

on slowing down

It seems like every time when I have a bountiful week planned, I get sick. Let me give you a picture of this week’s schedule:

Monday: Barre 715AM-8AM (meaning I’d have to wake up at 530AM), Trader Joe’s run to get supplies for the week, after work see A Year In Review with Neil Degrasse Tyson at 7PM, ramen dinner

Tuesday: AM workout, spin class 620-705PM

Wednesday: 745-8AM Barre, meeting with finance rep 6PM

Thursday: Hot Yoga 730AM-830AM, Hot Athletic Yoga 6-7PM

Friday: Spin 730-815AM, Spongebob Musical 8PM

Saturday: Dinner at 6PM

Sunday: Brunch at 1PM (in Williamsburg meaning I have to leave at 11AM…)

Sooo yeah. Have I gone to the gym? Nope. Did I go see Neil Degrasse Tyson with what I think was a fever? Yes. Was it worth it? Actually yes, because Bill Nye came out. Did I sleep during it? Uh, yeah.

It feels sometimes like when I plan and plan and prep and prep life just happens to get in the way. Where’s the balance between planning and life? Is my body telling me to slow down? To chill out?  Isn’t being a better person directly correlated to doing more? Do I need a better routine, a better commute?

I can’t help the spinning, sometimes. All the time. Always.

And so I sit surrounded by projects I’ve halfway finished with things I barely use, a pile of clothes that needs to go out to wash and a pile of clothes I guess you could consider clean, but they’re on the floor so maybe they’re dirty again, and I wonder sometimes if I’m manic, or if I’m depressed, or if I’m just tired and I don’t know how to feel awake.


be in love with yr own life

being in love with your own life doesn’t mean you have to be perfect, in fact I am far from it.

being in love with my life, for me, means:

a few glasses of a nice chianti

antipasto for dinner

crusty, delicious bread swathed in olive oil

buying flowers and looking at them

working from home in my bathrobe

to-do lists

staying home from the gym and reading

a tidy-ish home

lots of time indoors & outdoors

waking up early and reading in bed

my very own cold brew

burning incense


I am finding that sometimes saying YES also means saying NO.

When I am loving myself I sometimes have to say YES to staying in bed, or to staying inside and watching TV.

I know I need to get back on track with really exercising. The kind of exercise that makes you sweat and makes you uncomfortable. But to be honest, I really only like yoga and walking. I do weights, I do cardio, I do core and ab workouts because I HAVE to, not because I LIKE to. I’m thinking, maybe now I’ll start doing MORE workouts I LIKE, and see where that gets me in a month versus trying and failing to get up to do something I DISLIKE.

And here’s the thing, too. I like the eat man, I like to drink. Spoke with my father yesterday about unwinding with wine, and our reaction was the same – YOLO.

So I’ll drink my wine, and some days when it’s not a good idea, I won’t drink, but I’ll be less stringent about only drinking X amount of days per week. And less stringent about food, too. Because everything will work out fine just following the 80/20 rule.

Everything will work out fine.