Tuesday, January 31, 2012

12 goals in 2012

Last year I did a 20 goals in 2011 & although I didn't complete all of the goals on my list it was still a fun little reminder to step outside of my normal routine.  This year I thought I would make it even easier on myself & just shoot for 12 simple goals in 2012! 

Most of my goals are self explanatory but some may not be so here is the list with a little explanation. 

1. take a hot air balloon ride - one of my dreams since childhood! This will be the year I can feel it, also we now live in the vicinity of a big handful of hot air balloon tour companies & I see hot air balloons in the air daily. I got to see one take off a few weeks ago & my heart almost exploded....
2. start a quilt - this one is kind of funny if you know more about my details with my aforementioned job fiasco but nonetheless this will still be a goal of mine (& it has been for the past two years...so it's time to at least start one this year.)
3.  penpals & sending more snail mail - I have already been doing a great job with this goal, being this far away from all my friends & family makes this particular goal kind of fun! I know I love receiving snail mail from them so I can't wait to send more to them...
4. make more handmade gifts - I have been compiling a list of fun diy's & handmade gift ideas, I can't wait to put them to good use & to share some on here. (pinterest makes this goal so easy, add me if you have an account, my username is mpdesigns)
5. cook my moms famous lumpia - my parents lived in the Phillipines for awhile before I was born & my mom learned how to make filipino lumpia, which essentially is their version of an eggroll. If you know my family you know that this is a prized recipe. All of our friends & family that have had it, ask my mom to make it anytime they come visit. It takes time to make them, so we only have them on special occasions (& it's the most delicious meal you will ever have). She even changed the recipe slightly to make vegetarian ones for me years ago - BUT can you believe I've never tried to make them by myself?!?! I'm 28 & have lived away from home for far too long not to try these on my own....(I'm scared, mom, come help me). :)
6. do more outdoor workouts - there is no excuse for this one. There are great running/biking trails right outside of my front door.
7. road trip to surrounding areas - there are amazing places to take day trips to not only in Colorado but also Wyoming, etc. I'm making a list for this summer! 
8. join a group/club - I'm hoping this will help me make some new friends. If you are in the Boulder area & want to do a knitting, reading or craft night let me know! 
9. bike to the grocery store - there is a grocery store, coffee shop & yogurt shop in biking/walking distance from our house.  I can't wait to bike there in the spring/summer. I have to get a bike first...but baby steps.
10. bake a pie from scratch - I still have never done this, shame on me.
11. blog more - I want to get better about documenting our life but also I want to get better about commenting on all the blogs I love & read daily. 
12. make time for myself & my family - this one has been hard for me since I started working from home on my own small business. I have a hard time taking time off or working on projects for myself. I want to start making time to create new things & just get refreshed.

So that's that! Looking forward to accomplishing these goals in 2012. & I know I'm a little late on posting these, but at least I got it posted in January, even if it's the last day of the month!
hugs & cheek pecks, meghan

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Monday, January 30, 2012

our weekend

This weekend we: 
-had a friday date night at Whole Foods, the salad/hot bar there is the best!
-had our first froyo date since moving here (we tried Spooners, soooo yummy!)
-watched a million episodes of Grey's Anatomy.  I never thought I would like that show, but they have all the past seasons on Netflix, I started from the beginning & now I can't get enough...I'm so hooked!!
-started a new knitting project for myself (a new cranberry red hat!)
-finished a bunch of knitting orders
-went on a looooong walk with my pups on Sunday & ended up at the little lake above. I'm pretty sure it will be one of my new favorite hideaways to ponder the universe & whatnot. The views were pretty breathtaking. Exploring my surroundings here in Colorado is my new favorite!

What did you do this weekend?! hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan ♥ 
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

soul searching

I have been quiet for awhile on here, so I thought I would give a little update. This will be a rambling collection of my recent thoughts, so I apologize in advance. Being raised as an "air force brat" & moving about every 4 years of my childhood, you would think that moving to a completely new place would be an easy task. & while the transition has been pretty smooth, being an adult & moving to a completely new town comes with its own set of hiccups.

Friends:: It's actually kind of hard to make friends as an adult, I find myself being so much more apprehensive about just throwing myself out there. I know we have only been here for a month but I am at a loss as to where to begin with this step. Where do you find people your own age & with the same interests?! I think as adults, even if we don't like to admit it, we worry so much more about what new people will think about us. It's not as easy as sharing your pudding cup with the cute girl that sits next to you in the first grade & then becoming bffs....I mean, if I just walked around asking people to share my pudding cup now, I am pretty sure someone would call the authorities.

Job:: Okay, so this is probably too in-depth of a subject to tackle without having its own full post. BUT I decided upon moving here & with the husband going back to school that I wanted to transition into a slightly more stable, full-time job outside of the home & outside of Pleasantly Plump [Knits.]. This left a lot of questions as to what I was going to do with my little handmade business & really what direction I wanted to pursue. I found & applied to a company that I thought would be right up my alley creativity wise, something that would create that spark in me that leaves me motivate & fulfilled. Without going into too lengthy of an explanation, I was hired & worked a full week there & decided that it really wasn't for me. The company was great, but the job position just didn't fill my needs & it wasn't fair to me or the company to stay there. This was a hard pill to swallow for me, I have never accepted a position somewhere & decided within the week to not return. I went through several emotions- guilt, feeling like I had failed, a little embarrassed, & worrying that my family & friends would think I was crazy...but at the end of the day I know that this is my one life to live. I get to make up the rules & I also get to make the decisions that will make me the happiest & grow as a person. The other side of taking that job meant that I would have to shut down my shop, at least to made-to-order transactions.  I never realized how weird & almost painful that would be to do, I have put my shop into vacation mode plenty of times in the almost 4 years I have had it, but this felt different, it felt permanent & it also felt like I was losing one of my best friends. So, I still have no answers for this subject, I am still going to pursue another job but Pleasantly Plump [Knits.] will stay open for the time being. Is it crazy to wish for a happy medium?! A job I love outside of my handmade business but one that leaves me refreshed & motivated enough to continue to pursue & grow Pleasantly Plump [Knits.]?! I don't know the answer right now, but I am going to continue to try to find it.

Location:: This is actually the fun & upbeat part of our move. Overall, I am SO happy we decided to take this huge leap. I love where we live & wake up every morning & look out our windows to those gorgeous mountains & thank my lucky stars that we were able & brave enough to move here. Boulder, Colorado is an absolutely stunning place!! I feel safe here & feel that sense of belonging. I feel overly grateful & excited about our adventure daily. I have beautiful parks & walking/biking trails right outside of our door.  The pugs & I take daily walks & discover new & beautiful things every time we go out. & can we talk about the sunrises & sunsets here, good gracious! Also, the weather here is so different than Georgia, normally gorgeous baby blue skies & sunny but will drop a few inches of snow every few weeks. I can honestly say that I love it & I seriously can't wait to see what spring & summer brings.

I guess that really brings my life up to speed. I am looking forward to this year & trying to convince my friends & family to come out & visit. I wish they would all just move here, I want to share it so bad! If you made it this far in my post, thanks for reading!! I am looking forward to getting on a more frequent posting schedule, I've missed blogging. Happy Weekend from Colorado to you! hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan

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