Spilling It to Strangers

I want to extend a largee THANK YOU to the amazing bloggers and viewers out there who have dropped by Mmm Stories!!

Seriously, thank you all so much for your warm welcome and kind words as I begin to find my voice and subject in this blog! Since it’s creation only a month ago, I don’t think I’ve really taken the time to tell you all how much I appreciate you passing by and giving me a chance. I know our community is filled with amazing bloggers and readers and I am already grateful for starting this blog because it has introduced me to handfuls of new, talented writers and people. Every comment and view seriously fills me with joy.It has felt great to hear your perspective and even more, your encouragement.

Spilling it

I’ve been conversing with friends lately about the way in which people share their stories. I respect and appreciate those who reflect and sort through their lives online because it is their decision to share. It takes courage and talent to express oneself so openly online. Yet, as I’ve entered the real world, I’ve been surprised by the amount of people from all age-ranges who have unprecedentedly spilled their problems verbally to me. I am always excited to learn something new or connect with someone – but sometimes I wonder if there’s a new norm.

Ever meet someone whose problems seem to ooze out of them with every spoken word? Like their ever-mounted problems seem so uncontrollable they can’t help but share with anyone who engages in a conversation with them? So you are learning about a fellow volunteer’s struggle to get custody or support or hearing about your waxer’s efforts to fund her mother’s cancer treatments?

While I appreciate a person’s honesty, and try my hardest to sympathize, I am floored by the blatancy in which every day men and women share personal details with someone they’ve just met. I’m beginning to wonder: is this what it means to be grown up? Are adults more prone to divulging problems because they are secure with the issue, understanding that many others have gone through divorces or children problems, etc? Or is it meant to build friendship and intimacy and create a relationship? Or do someone people not have anyone else to talk to?

I’ve always confided in friends and family or brought up troubles during well-timed events. I’ve tried to keep positive and optimistic even during problematic times. Is this actually..childish..of me?

Perhaps it is because I enjoy getting to know others that I can sense someone’s disappointment and hurt literally conflicting with his or her mind. But it leaves me to question, very seriously,on my not so serious blog, what is the time and place and manners for spilling problems to strangers?

The Book Thief

These thoughts have come to me after a long weekend nose-in-book. I’ve spent most of my weekend curled up trying to finish a book for a Book Club meeting I have today. My sorority sisters and I started a book club and it’s basically my new favorite tradition.

This month’s book was 540 pages of AMAZINGNESSS hailing from the title, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It follows a story of a 10-year old girl named Leisel growing up in Nazi Germany from 1939 – 1942. Her story is one of a normal girl trying to find pleasure and live her life despite the horrific time. Most interestingly, it’s told from the perspective of Death.

Taken from the Amazon.com review: Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesel’s story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. An extraordinary narrative.

I loved the tone of the book; the narration is very clearly told by someone who has been doing their job for so long that they feel no shame nonchalantly spilling important plot points or spoiling suspenseful moments through out the story, as well as throwing in a few sarcastic, even cynical, excerpts in there too.

It’s a beautiful, emotional, heartbreaking story. Zusak blends history with relatable, human characters and has you feel for every one of them. It was easy to plow through the entirety of the book, though from some of the dark nature, I wouldn’t recommend it being the last thing you see before you go to bed.  I seriously cried for 20 minutes while finishing the book and felt SPENT after. I highly recommend this title and can’t wait to hear my friend’s perspectives at Book Club.

I’ve volunteered to host next month’s book club (mostly so I can prepare snacks) and am trying to decide if I should select a new bestseller fiction book (they’ve all been so far), a trashy beach read, a piece of non-fiction (recently up my alley) or a childhood throwback (like The Giver). So much pressure!

What do you think I should pick for book club next month? Any suggestions? Should I go bestseller, trashy beach read, non-fiction or childhood throwback?

What is the correct manner of expressing and sharing our problems? Are there rules?

Funniez

My friend forwarded this to me. This little girl is awesome. She’s strong-willed. Determined. Goal-oriented.

Unfortunately, I’d rather work on my Trophy Wife checklist.

  • Nom-alicious Baking. √

Baked Pumpkin & Banana Oats

Ingredients:
1/3 cup oats
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup pumpkin
1 egg
1/2 mashed banana
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
handful nuts
Directions: Combine all ingredients and cook at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Broil for additional 3 minutes – or until you realize that nuts burn in broil.
  • Regular work outs. √
  • Lunch packing abilities.  √

Included in lunch: Salad with lettuce, cucumbers, sliced turkey, topped with roasted green beans, broccoli and carrots; 3 pieces brown rice, spicy tuna sushi. Almonds & walnuts and strawberries & apple to snack on.

  • Cleaning skills. √
  • A desire to raise and play with a child….? Well. I guess I’ll leave that one to the professionals.

One day kiddos.

Have a **** ******* great day everyone!

I know I will..

Which Jelly Belly flavor is your fav? Have you even had Jelly Bellys lately? It’s been years since I’ve had any..until today!

Have you seen any funny vids or images on the ‘net lately?

My Favorite Little Guy

Meow.

My weekend started with an early bang on Thursday when one of my best friends from college, Ariana, dropped into town. She was already cuddled up at my house by my lunch break and I was super excited to come home to an old friend after a work day, long drive into the city, network event and drive back.

A productive Friday was spent attending my first spin class (finallly a class my brain doesn’t move 20 miles-a-minute in), baking oatmeal chocolate chip cookie muffins and getting our rest on. Then, together with my 2 best friends from home – another in town for a few days!! – we hit the town all weekend long!

We spoke Spanish at an apartment party and attempted after hours on Friday night, collected beads at a Mardi Gras-themed barcrawl Saturday afternoon and listened to an amazing cover band called Rock Candy on Saturday Night.

It was so fun to be reunited with good friends, having adventures and taking a break from the internet! The change of pace was a wonderful flashback but dancing our Old Style calories away required good fueling up after! Sunday morning, my sister, Ariana and I took a trip to the grocery store for the house necessities: $50 worth of bananas, Fuji apples, broccoli, boxes of cereal, almond milk, chick peas and canned crushed tomatoes. It’s all about balance.

Feeling inspired by Gracie’s  Homemade cashew butter, I wrapped up the weekend with something extraordinary.

Nutty Dream Banana Cream Softserve

Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup raw cashews

– 1/2 cup raw walnuts

– 1/4 cup almond butter

– 2 frozen bananas

Directions: Combine first 3 ingredients in the food processor for about 1 minute. Scrape down sides and a pulse until smooth. Add bananas and mix for another minute until creamy. Serve with chocolate chips.

It was a fresh alternative to ice cream or froyo, made right in the kitchen. It was the ultimate refueling snack, alongside ramen & tuna salad respectively.

My Favorite Little Guy

You may have noticed that on Mondays, I’ve been starting a new tradition of featuring doses of reflections and personal anecdotes. In the past 2 weeks, during “My Mondays,” I’ve touched on my perfect relationship and my good mood song.

I have a deep love for furry creatures and gI felt this week’s post should be dedicated to a very special someone.

My cat, Tippy.

Tippy has been with my family for 13.5 years. He looks like a tiny, little guy but he is sort of an old man.
Tippy came into our lives quite accidentally, during a trip to a mall dollar store in  Summer ’97. The store’s owner’s had given away their cat’s newborns, except for one little kitten who had been returned and was left prowling the rows of the store where we found him. Cuddled into my mom’s arms, it only took 5 minutes before my mom, brother, sister and I decided he was coming home with us.  As soon as we took him home, he navigated our hardwood floors carefully and uneasily. We argued over the name of our first pet but my father noticed the cat’s unsturdiness on the floor and the way he walked on his tip-toes. With that, we dubbed him Tippy.

By day 2, Tippy was looking out the window longingly. We let him outside to explore our fenced-in yard and ever since, he’s been regularly prowling all lengths of the neighborhood, chasing down bunnies, mice and birds.

He’s a loud little guy, frequently using his voice to get attention. I’ve read that cats communicate with other cats non-verbally, using signals like tail wags, ear folds and blinking, while domestic cats learn to meow at humans after positive reactions and reinforcement. Clearly my family was never strong with non-verbals because Tippy MEOWS alll day long. To be pet. To be fed. To go outside. He has different meows, almost like a child. He’s lucky he’s so cute and affectionate by nature.

But Tippy’s older age has brought a few changes. These days a thyroid condition has upped his metabolism so he’s thinner than ever and louder than ever and in need of more touching and affection. He also has stomach problems, which can leave him throwing up all over the house if he doesn’t take his nightly pill. He’s recently taken up a habit of peeing in open suitcases. He is slower this year and hasn’t braved the snow as much.

But he is my little Tippy. Since coming home from college, I have grown even closer to him and look forward to cuddling and feeding and caring for him. I love having an animal in the house and frequently feel so fortunate we all wound up in that dollar store 13 years ago.

What is your pet like? Besides Tippy, my family has also owned a chameleon and a few frogs. My dad and step-mom also have 2 cats, Baby and Shadow.

Have you ever celebrated Mardi Gras? I love finding cool and funky beads to hang in my car!

Getting Yo’ Veggies Series v1

Over the weekend, I had a discussion with some friends about vegetables. It was your everyday, ordinary Saturday night pregame: laying on the floor, pouring wine, listening to Top Hits Pandora and discussing how and why we get our veggies.

It’s a common fact that most of the population doesn’t eat their daily recommended dose of greens and my friends sounded similar sentiments. People find a lot of barriers to eating vegetables.  They don’t like the taste. No one else around buys them. They don’t know how to cook em. They only like a select few. Etc.

So I decided to turn to my family and ask my individual family members how each of them finds ways to  incorporate vegetables in their daily life, hoping to compile a list of tips that could appeal to all sorts of different people with different taste buds and different schedules.

Well after I got a Facebook response  from my brother, I knew his POV deserved it’s own post. My brother, Josh, is a junior at the University of Iowa and nicknamed “Greens” by his buddies for his frequent wearing and eating of all things green. Not bad for an (almost!) 21-year-old boy.

How To Incorporate Veggies Into Your Daily Life

Option #1: Eat like this guy…

copy & pasted from our facebook message thread

Josh K: I rarely eat a meal without a green vegetable.

At least one of my meals a day (sometimes 2-3 ha) involves pasta, so I always have some green veggies ready to saute and toss in with the sauce and cheese

Jen [girlfriend] makes fun of me when we go grocery shopping because like most normal people, she buys all of her produce/food based on the meals she will make that week. I on the other hand buy assorted veggies, peppers/onions/tomatos/mushrooms/spinach/zucchini etc along with bread, tortillas, cheese, dairy etc. Jen makes fun of me b/c she calls me an ‘ingredient shopper’, but I like it this way. (Ed note: I’m the same way!) Whenever im bored or hungry, I cut up the veggies and toss them in tupperware. This way, in the morning when I make an omelet or dinner when I make a pasta dish or lunch for a sandwich or something I can just toss in the veggies. No real effort to go out of the way to eat em, there just always there.

Yes I am weird.

*oOo and green is jus my favorite color soooo i jus gravitate towards green foods naturally duh

and yes i take pictures of my food

Me: Thanks Josh! But WHY do you choose to eat them?

Josh K: Cause they taste GREAT. They add texture, color and flavor to my favorite foods….Um. I guess I don’t think about it much. Most food is junk and processed these days, so its nice to mix in something that is REAL and FRESH and natural.

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And that, my friends, is how Josh sees it.

Break Away Tips:

– Buy a wide selection of vegetables to have on hand

– Try to add at least one to every meal

– Cut up veggies in advance to store in the fridge

– Ignore other college aged male’s reactions

Next post: my mom, my sister, and my step-dad’s take

Did you eat your veggies in college?

The V-Day Hangover

Thank you to all the new folks who dropped by yesterday! I hope you had fun bonding with my kitchen.

I’ll be taking back the blog today with some food, some links and some good ole random stories. I hope you stick around!

Yes, lots been brewing  in the Stories household these past few days.

Let’s recap! The good, the bad and the ugly…

The Good

Friday night, some extended family came over for a wonderful dinner together – leaving plenty of leftovers for the week. It was a full course dinner and the first time, I’ve saw my stepdad cook something…even if it was just a salad!

Chicken soup

Quite the salad

Meat

Plate

Dessert

Saturday night, my sister went to her last high school Turnabout Dance. She’s beautiful!

I was the only one who was a mess at pictures. This is probably because I only really went to one high school dance..Prom. I eventually made up for that with the fraternity and sorority date events in college. Have you noticed how much dresses have evolved in the last 5 years?

With Baby Sis & Mom

On Monday, I came home to the BEST gift! The Flytrap card I’d won from Rachel!

How cute are her address labels with her brand logo?! The girl knows her stuff.


Outside: Love isn’t easy……

Inside: Fortunately, I am.

Witty. I know I’m supposed to actually give it to someone, but isn’t it just too funny?!

My other wonderful card 🙂

Monday, there was a very touching…slash ridiculous… feature story in the Chicago Tribune. A man and woman  were celebrating their 80TH ANNIVERSARY!! They are 97 and 102.

“A Love For The Record Books” – Fo REAL!

The Bad

These would be my gym shoes.

Sitting at my front door. Not in my gym bag where they were supposed to be so I could take my first spin class after work. I was pretty pissed at the wasted gas so I ate an oreo cookie on the way home.  Luckily I guess this means I have another day to freshen up on the details from Rachel’s Lose Your Virspinity video. The gym is cerca a new Groupon, perfectly in line with my Vegas Goals!

Over the weekend, I also made a new friend. The BIG spider that perched up in my ceiling corner. It has since traveled into the hallway, disappeared at night and reappeared in the shower this morning. I am FREAKED. I don’t want to kill it but I get chills imagining it crawling around my belongings…or me.

Spidey

Strangely, tarantulas don’t freak me out. My friend and I, on an adventurous trip to Iowa, happened upon a random guy who owned a tarantuala. He invited us in to hold it and despite the sketchiness, we did! I think I like these big guys because they’re fluffy and easy to watch over, instead of sneaky and wirey.

Man's best friend

The Ugly

Remember those cute oreo-cookie valentines?  On Monday, I got a call from my friend Kathy saying she had received my package….but it had been stamped “Contents Damaged Upon Arrival” with a giant rip in the package!! Upon opening she found teeth marks around the package and a half eaten cookie! I guess the mailman had taken the bag home and his dog smelled the cookie. That’s the most logical reasoning I can come up with because I don’t want to imagine what kind of  furry friends roam around the post office…

In other Oreo news, Lil Weezy caused a bit of a scandal by haulting Oreo’s attempt at Wold Record of “Most Facebook Likes” in 24 hours…by starting up his own competition. Playas gonna play! See the full story..

Sooo that’s-a me! What’s up with you folks?

Did you go to your high school dances, was I missing out? How do you feel about spiders?

My Perfect Relationship

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

The day of love has never been a true downer for me. I’ve never really done the whole “Valentine’s Day thing” but I’ve  had my fair share of  “Valentine’s Day kinda-sorta-things.” I think it’s about more than jut a hot date…

Besides my cookie valentines to my best friends, I received an annual card from my step-father. And at work, people are feeling extra-sweet.

the spread

I want to use the good vibes in today’s February air to put something out there in the universe. Maybe even as a reminder to myself or a check list of sorts – so that one day I will recognize it when I see it.

My perfect relationship.

The few qualities I know will make up my dream partnership. I do believe it exists, because I believe in putting in hard work and effort.

It composes of the 3 important factors.

  1. Integration

Yeah, its sort of a business word, but it’s the best word I can think of to represent the idea of combining 2 worlds into 1.

In my ideal relationship, my friends are his friends and his friends are mine and together we’ve even created our own network, as well. Being actively integrated into each other’s lives is something I always day dream about. Being able to have nights with our respectable groups – and then meet up together.

I think this also – and even more importantly– applies to family! I grew up living far from much of my extended family so I dream of my children being friends with their cousins. My proudest and happiest moments have come from watching my brother or sister bond with my significant others – and I try to exercise that same policy with their partner’s or my partner’s families. I would be so happy if our sets of parents could get along as well. I didn’t exactly grow up with scenarios like this and I stand by the fact that it would be wonderful for our families to feel like one unit instead of just 2 sides.

2. Communication

I was a communication major. I’ve been known to spark deep conversations with everyone from a taxi driver to a friend from class to a best friend to a person at a bar. I think this comes from my ability to very easily see something from someone else’s point-of-view.

But man oh man has it been hard for me to spill out my true thoughts or feelings to someone of the opposite sex! My tendency to slip into someone else’s thoughts leads me to withhold my own upset or frustration or even love. I’ve never liked being the “weak one” and have previously felt like expressing myself put me in that category. A big que for me will be a man who in turn respects my emotions, thoughts and perspective. In this relationship, I will be able to express my thoughts and feelings – and will listen when he does the same.

3. Comfort

In college it’s easy to hide behind the lubrication of alcohol. Bringing someone to a date event? No longer awkward after the pregame. Date night? Movies at the frat house.

But that’s not real life. It’s so important to me that a partner become just that – a partner in the daily activities. Someone who I feel comfortable dining with, working out with, heading out to shows or parks with. It may sound silly, but having a shopping buddy or a guy who won’t laugh at my messing eating is pretty hard for me. Comfort for me means no longer second guessing or carefully monitoring my every move but feeling free to let my mind peace out so I can ever-so-gracefully (or not) be myself.

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There are my main factors that I think I actively keep on my radar because they are not innate for me and are not as transparent in relationships.

Other things on my Valentine’s Day wishlist?

A man who can express himself in words in a way to rival mine; a man who wants to celebrate the same traditions I grew up with and finds them important; a man who will get excited about good food, adventuring and his friends and family.

Lisa wrote a very real and very relatable post about this sand I think everyone deserves a little bit of what she described.

“You made me realize that there is a man out there for me who will put in the effort for me. He will realize that I am an amazing person with so much to give. I will be able to share with him my fears and dark side…and he will love me for it. I want a partner. A companion. True intimacy with someone. I want someone who will go do something he doesn’t love from time to time just because I love it. I want someone who wants to be with me…who wants to experience life with me. I want someone who isn’t afraid to show what they feel for me and to express their emotions. I want someone who is completely comfortable communicating their wants, needs, desires and fears. I want a goofy and fun love.”

Thanks universe. You listening?

Wishing everyone lots of love on this Valentine’s Day!

In your opinion, what are some of the most important qualities a good relationship should have?

Valentine’s Day Crafts and Treats

Before I get into my Valentine’s Day delicacies and indulgences, let me start with a picture of a healthy Green Monster.

pre-blended

Whew I feel a lot better now….!

So yesterday, I mentioned that I had found some old Cookie Monster valentines from my elementary school hay-day that were too cute not to send around to friends. We can’t set up “mailboxes” in a 4th grade classroom and walk around distributing cards anymore, so I decided to put together care packages to send to people in the Chicago area.

When I initially found these Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, I just J’d my P with excitement! I thought they would be the perfect send off with a cookie monster valentine.

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
recipe from Picky Palate

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package Oreo cookies – I used Double Stuf

Begin by creaming together butter and sugar. According to The End of Overeating, the combination of fat and sugar is the most addicting flavor combination out there. This would explain a lot.

After, add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to the wet mixture and combine thoroughly. Stir in the chocolate chips. Chill for about 15 minutes.

Flatten one scoop of dough with palm and place on top of an Oreo cookie. Repeat and place a flat piece of cookie dough on the bottom of the Oreo to create a cookie sandwich. Seal the edges together to completely close in the Oreo.

Bake for 9 – 13 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool.

These cookies are buttery and rich! It definitely feels like the kind of cookie Mr. Cookie Monster himself would want to nom on.

However, I wanted to throw my besties another cookie they wouldn’t feel so guilty devouring. My go-to health cookie recipe comes straight from Rachel Wilkerson. There’s a nice dose of wheat flour, an added kick of “superfoods” walnuts, chocolate and oats and not too much sugar or butter

Superfood Cookies

6 tbsp unsalted butter

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup whole-wheat flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

1 and 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or coarsely chopped dark chocolate

It was a miracle I didn’t gorge myself on cookie dough. Thankfully, they still yielded a perfect amount of cookies.

The Crafts

In order to complete my Valentine’s Day package, I took one of each cookie and wrapped them in a wax paper lunch bag, sealed with a cute sticker.

Coupled with adorable Cookie Monster valentines.

And thrown placed in a large, padded envelope to be stamped and mailed!

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See you NEVERRRRRR leftovers 🙂


Are you making any treats or sweets for Valentine’s Day this year?

To Recipe or Not to Recipe?

It feels great to be back in the kitchen!! Last night after work, I whipped up Cake Mix Brownies ala Girl Meets Life for my sister’s friend’s birthday. Then I spent the hours before bedtime making a soup for lunch (more down below), while this morning I added a Green (but purple-looking) Monster into my life! Weee woo.

One thing I find intriguing is the difference between my “made by recipe” meals and my “throw it together” meals. When I make a recipe, I like to follow each step –  maybe making a random substitution or eliminating an ingredient or two – to make sure it comes out just perfectly. But my friends tease me because when I’m just raiding the fridge or cabinets, I like to add the most random things to “soup up” my meal, anything goes! A Pimp My Food if you will.  Cereal? I add seeds, apples, and raisins. Noodles? Just add broccoli, carrots and spices. Even ice cream. Best served with bananas and walnuts.

My lunch would be a pretty telling example of these difference.

  • On the one hand, we have the salad I threw together. I personally believe anything can be put in a salad. So here you see…

…Lettuce, hard boiled eggy, green peppers, tomatos, carrots, cucumbers and pineapple;  tossed under mashed sweet potato and topped with Italian and thyme seasonings with a little balsamic vinegar.

I mean..WHAT?! I’ll tell ya, it tasted wonderful. I love mixing sweet flavors into my salad! Even though I’ve read gastrointestinally, it’s not wise to pair fruits with veggies.

…Onions, zucchini, carrots and celery sauteed up in olive oil with cumin, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, coriander, and salt; then brought to a boil with water, canned chopped tomatoes (I used the spicy jalapeno kind), half a cup of canned pumpkin, can of chickpeas and a handful of raisins.

This tasted like it was created for my mouth!! I guess that’s the beauty of working off a recipe…it’s been tried and tested and proven delicious.

My recipe soup and non-recipe salad wound up being the perfect lunch! Sweet and savory flavor combination; plenty of veggies and a kick of protein. I was full for hourssssssss. It was a strange occurrence.

Now I’m off to the store to pick up eggs for some special Valentine’s Day treats. I’m creating little goodies to go with these valentines – yes, I totally found them while I was cleaning my room; they’re cerca 4th grade! I think my friends will get a kick out of em.

Cookie Monster Valentines.

Stay tuned for the final result!

Do you prefer to follow recipes or make your own concoction?

25 Day Countdown

Things haven’t been  too eventful in the eats department this week. Apparently the only crazy thing in my world these days is my obsession for certain songs and my penchant for combining words. I swear I’m totally normal.

 

Spicy Tuna Crunch Sushi from Nan’s Sushi and Chinese

Salad with hard boiled egg, tomato, carrots, peas, corn, green beans and roasted chickpeas, cauliflower & broccoli with salsa

Jessica’s Cookie Dough Dip, a big party hit! (Obvious by the place mat.)

Some good old chocolate and peanut butter ice cream!

I’ve  noticed lately how everyone accomplishes goals a little differently. Some people work best by writing it all out at the start of the month, others try to check something off each day.

I go into work-mode when I’m prepping for a trip or event. There’s nothing like a time sensitive subject to kick my butt in gear.   Therefore its usually pre-trips that I go shopping, care about working out and basically piece my life together.

In 25 days, maybe less, I’ll be heading to Vegas! I’m off to a conference where there will 1,000 other young professionals with similar interests and goals and I want to feel all put together! IT”S GO TIME BABY!

So here’s my list to get my shiz together:

  • Business Goals
    • Design and print new biz cards
    • Purchase new business casual clothes
    • Update resume
    • Finish up physical and online portfolio
  • Materialistic Goals
    • Amp up workouts so they are tough and frequent
    • Be smart about treats and snacks
    • Restock dresses and shoes for going out
    • Find a way to look tanner
  • Life Style Goals
    • Look hotttt
    • Manage finances wisely despite new purchases
    • Have blog be put together with more pages and own domain name

    From my last Vegas trip in Summer 09

3 Weeks to do it! I’m so pumped!

Have you ever been to Vegas before? What’s your biggest trick for accomplishing goals?