Resolution Update

May 25, 2016

Happy Humpday! It is officially t-minus 2 days until the weekend, not that I'm counting the hours or anything. We are already at the end of May, can you believe it? It seems like it was just New Years' Eve and we were making our annual New Years' resolutions for the year. Since we are almost half way through 2016, I thought why not check in on the status of my resolutions/goals for the year? So, I am here to update you on how my goals are going and share a little surprise for you at the end of this post (so stay tuned!)

1. Learn new and challenging recipes

NGL, I am a major foodie, so this resolution is probably my favorite. I have been trying tons of new recipes, especially ones that are on the healthier side. At the beginning of this year, I would usually search Pinterest for healthy meal ideas but now I finding myself constantly finding my go-to meals from Gina Homolka (the owner of Skinny Taste.) Her recipes are so healthy and completely reasonable for the average amateur cook. The best thing about Skinny Taste, in my opinion, is that you can search recipes based on ingredient or course. If you are looking for a quality healthy eating resource definitely check her out!

2. Get back into a running routine

So far, I have kind of gotten back into my running routine, in the sense that I have consistently been adding cross country style workouts into my gym days. Getting back into running after being on a long hiatus is hard, that is no secret. Also, running on a treadmill versus running outside is VERY different. Some days I do get discouraged since it is already May and I haven't started running outside yet, but slow progress is better than no progress, right? 

To ease my body back into the swing of things, I have been adding interval training, running stretches, elliptical workouts and running specific weight training to my weekly workouts. This may sound intimidating but I basically just started doing the workouts that I've been pinning for last few years. I definitely feel like I'm getting into better shape and getting closer to my goal. My next step is to add running outside at least once a week to my exercise plan. So, wish me luck!

3. Set some time every week aside for hobbies/me time

Honestly, I was doing really well at this until recently, but I definitely need to get back to this. Self love and attention is so important to being happy, in my opinion. I was even setting aside time every week for "me time" but life has been especially crazy lately and I've put this resolution on the back-burner. But, this is why I like doing updates on my goals - to keep me accountable. This weekend I am looking forward to some quality craft time with my favorite cup of coffee.

4. Read a new book every month

Okay so I have completely failed at this one. I need need need to try to do this and not to make excuses but I'm totally lost on what the good reads are lately. So, if you have some good recommendations, please let me know! I'm going to try to go on audible this week and do some research on some good books to download. I am determined to not neglect reading this year!

5. Run a half marathon

So, you probably know that I haven't run a half marathon if I haven't even ran outside yet, but there is still time. I might have to amend this goal to train for a 5k. I will be running a half marathon by the end of 2018 though and to ensure I don't chicken out I'm going to register for a half marathon by the end of next year!

6. Take photography classes

This is something I still need and want to do. In my defense, I have been researching local photography classes at the Southwest School of Art. Also, I have been looking up photography tips and tutorials on, big surprise, Pinterest. Photography is something that I have always loved and I know that taking some classes would definitely up my skillset and my general disposition. 

7. Revamp my portfolio

Can I get snaps for this one? I totally revamped my digital portfolio and I am so happy with it! It definitely was a struggle, since all of my work randomly deleted itself a month and a half in, but it ended up even better than I imagined. Definitely go give it look and let me know what you think!

8. Do something outside of my comfort zone

I still need to work on doing more things that push me both professionally and personally, but I have gone a little out of my comfort zone with my blog. I've been trying to post more substantial content on Feather + Steele (meaning that I've been trying to post more advice and journalistic style posts rather than just concert reviews and make-up favorites.) Hopefully, if you've noticed, you've been enjoying the change in my blog style.

9. Spend more quality time with friends/family

It's a bit difficult to spend time with my family since I live about 5 hours away, but I try to make the trip every few months. Also, I talk to them on the phone constantly (but I do wish I could see them more often.) I have been spending time with friends but I do need to make it a habit to schedule a girls night in with my friends a few times a month. Girl talk and wine nights are very important and necessary.

10. Stick to my budget and save more

I have always had trouble with saving money, but recently I have been forcing myself to save money every week. Every time pay day rolls around, I take money out of my account and put it aside. I have made this a habit of mine, no matter what, and I've been pretty successful so far.

11. Try some new hobbies and actually try some of my pinned DIY's

Does following new bloggers and social influencers count? If it does, I have a few new favorites that I think qualify as a new hobby. As of now, my top five are: Chelcey Tate, Mandy Ferrugia, Kelsey Claire, Hannah Shaw, and Estee Lalonde. These ladies not only have incredibly intriguing aesthetics but also speak their mind beautifully and effectively. As for trying DIY's, I am still working on that, but I haven't forgotten completely. I have chosen a few DIY's that I want to try out this month: DIY Desk Calendar, Repurpose Candle Jars, + Spicy Margarita Ice Pops. Keep a look out for my update post to see how these DIY's turned out!

Are you keeping up with your resolutions or have you made any new ones?

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