ten things i would like to achieve

A while back Helene blogged about the ten things that she would like to achieve in her life. Her post inspired me to write my own! Writing out your dreams is an amazing way to hold yourself accountable. My hope is that one day I can look back, hopefully when I am old and wrinkly, and be happy with all that I have achieved.


Without further ado,

ten things I would like to achieve

Go barefoot and bra-less often.

I don’t know about you, but to me there is something incredibly freeing about digging your toes in the dirt. Every chance I get, I kick my shoes off. Also, I’ve traded my underwire bras in for bralettes and am loving it!

Backpack Europe.

John and I do a lot of traveling around the pacific northwest — exploring new trails, finding gorgeous waterfalls, and climbing up mountains. While I absolutely am enamored with where I live, there is something enchanting about Europe. To be able to visit Ireland, France, Greece, Italy, Norway, and all of the places in between would be a dream come true.

Completely decorate our home.

Through the years John and I have picked up a lot of hand-me-down treasures. While I love the gifts and love behind them, I also wouldn’t mind matching furniture. Also, our walls are rather bare. Slowly, but surely, we have been working on home improvements. This has included, so far: a gorgeous handmade wood dining table, painting the walls, laying down amazing laminate flooring, painting our front door a bright coral, and purchasing our first “real” furniture!

Minimize our life.

To put it simply, I have too much stuff. I would estimate that a good 80% of what I own I do not use, wear, or actually care about. At this point in time a majority of our stuff is in storage units. The oddest part? I have not missed one thing yet. My end goal is to completely go through all that we own and get rid of everything that does not make us happy or fulfilled.

Be debt free.

At this point in my life I feel like I am drowning in debt. Between mortgage, two car loans, student loans, and credit cards I am overwhelmed. Am I embarrassed to admit this? Well, yeah. However, if I want to truly hold myself accountable I cannot pretend that debt does not play a huge role in my life.

Make healthier choices and love my body.

Eating healthy and working out is pretty nonexistent right now. With so much going on, I have put myself on the back burner which is incredibly unfair to my body (and sanity). From firsthand experience, I know how great I feel when I have been eating right and working out. My skin clears up, my nails and hair don’t break or split, and I am mentally calm.

Read inspirational and motivational books.

When I began reading “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero I realized that I needed more books like that in my life. Of course I do not plan to give up my fiction books, but rather I plan to add more diversity to my reading.

Live self-sufficiently.

For a few years now I have been dreaming of planting a garden full of fruits and vegetables. To be able to eat food that we have planted and grown would be such an amazing feeling! Not to mention how much money we would save. After all, there are a lot of days where I have to feed four hungry boys.

Give back often.

I am blessed with an amazing family, a roof over my head, reliable transportation, and a pantry full of food. However, there are many families that are not. I hope to volunteer more as well as have my boys volunteer with me.

Inspire others.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live a life that inspires others? To give back and inadvertently cause others to give back as well? Living a life that is inspirational would be amazing.

Those are the ten things that I would like to achieve, what are yours? 

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a happy list

one // Having a successful six-month performance review at work. The best part, I may have been given really exciting news as well as amazing feedback. Not to mention, I was able to bring home my review paperwork so that I could focus on continuing to improve.

two // All of the babies. Lately my social media feeds have been filled with adorable newborns! Most excitingly, my cousin’s girlfriend is getting really close to her date. Of course I can’t have any more babies, but that won’t stop me from snuggling the ones close to me!

three // Starting the show Riverdale. Due to being a huge fan of the Archie comics, I knew I had to watch this show! Surprisingly, the other night John was sweet enough to let us watch the first episode. My favorite part, we both loved it! I found myself laughing through the entire first episode.

four // Our incredibly stormy weather. True to it’s nature, Washington has been getting quite a bit rain lately and I am loving it. The weatherman announced that two storms would pass through. Which I was pretty excited about!

five // Hocus Pocus on television. Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons. One of them being that I am able to watch Hocus Pocus as much as I want without getting weird looks!

six // Learning more about the new moon and setting good intentions. One of my favorite posts to write this year would, hands down, be my new moon intentions post.

what has made you happy this week?

Don’t forget to check out Krysten’s happy list

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a happy list

one // Meeting up with a wonderful friend for coffee. Being able to chat about essential oils, life, and our boys was a major bonus! I love that our boys are best friends and share our love for essential oils as well. Knowing that they both bring oils to school to share with each other warms my heart.

two // Planning out my month. There is something so fulfilling making plans and jotting them down. Although my calendar is rather full, I love adding to it. Well, as long as it is for fun things like birthday parties, hanging out with friends, and pumpkin patches.

three // Indulging in coffee every single day this week. So what if I have been trying to cut back.
Life is short, drink the coffee.

four // Lighting fall scented candles. There is something so comforting about a home that smells like fall. From pumpkin spice to cinnamon apple pie, I am absolutely loving it. Give me all of the candles!

five // Taking a mental health day. Thursday I was given the green light from my manager to take the day off. Mostly it was spent finishing up things around the house, working on homework, and taking my husband to his doctor’s appointment. However, it was much needed.

six // Getting back into the groove of blogging. This is a hobby that I just can’t seem to let go.

what has made you happy this week?

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a happy list

one // Completely crushing my reading goal for this year. With how busy I have been, reading has had to fall by the wayside. For that reason, I chose to have a goal of reading twenty-four books this year. I am currently reading book number 49! Check out my list of read books here.

two // Finishing painting and trim. Another huge project for us was painting a majority of our home and then painting all of our trim white. Thankfully we are finally done with this project!

three // Decorating our home for fall. The time of year is my absolute favorite. When John brought out our appropriately colored orange and black tub full of fall decor, both Carson and I were jumping for joy! Check out all of the reasons I am falling for fall here!

four // Coming up on my six month work anniversary. I cannot believe only six months ago I made the scary decision to completely change careers. So far I have not regretted it! Although, there have been days where I have found myself missing my old job and coworkers.

five // Tie dying t-shirts for the first time. We have a big work training coming up and we decided, as a team, to tie-dye t-shirts. Afterwards, we went to a local hot spot for a drink and to hang out which was much needed.

six // Signing up to volunteer. Not only have I began the process to volunteer at our local pet shelter, but I am also volunteering for a huge local event. This weekend I will be pouring wine at a wine tasting event. Also, hoping that I get to sample the wine too.

what has made you happy lately?

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a happy list

one // Finishing our flooring. John and I pulled up all of the carpeting in the living room, hallway, and master bedroom! Along with thousands of carpet staples. Once all of that was done, we started laying snap-together laminate flooring. We are absolutely in love with how it turned out!

two // Bottle feeding and raising two sweet baby goats. A couple of Friday’s ago, my mom asked me to go out to the barn with her. Along the way, she mentioned two brand new baby goats had been rejected by their momma. Upon arrival we learned that momma goat was trying to kill the babies. Obviously I couldn’t just leave them there so I packed them up in a tub and put them in our Subaru and brought them home. Don’t worry, John warmed up to them pretty quickly and named them Ed and George!

three // Finally watching Lost. Don’t ask me why we haven’t watched this sooner because I have no idea why. Either way, John and I both are totally sucked into this show! There are so many crazy and wild twists and turns. My mouth drops every single episode.

four // Drinking delicious berry Kombucha. Admittedly, I found it very strange to be drinking fermented tea. However, it was absolutely delicious! The Kombucha was a little “vinegar-y” tasting, but I am definitely finding myself wanting more.

five // Going on adventures with friends. Lately we have been trying to go on some sort of an adventure each weekend. So far we have managed to go to a few different places as well as multiple playgrounds with the kids! It is so wonderful to have such amazing friends that are like family.

six // Having a secret pal at work. At my job we do a fun “secret pal” exchange for six months at a time. Receiving sweet and random gifts throughout the month is so fun! Not to mention, I love being able to surprise my secret pal as well.

What has made you happy lately?