Delayed 2016 Goals

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Hey y'all! I know it's been a bit quiet around these parts - I've been 1. enjoying a little bit of time off of school and 2. trying to bust out 2 new e-book workout programs before I go back to school on January 11 (: BUT I'm here now because what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't set goals for 2016...? I know I'm a few days late but hey it's fine. Okay so GOALS:

  • Declutter our house.
Adam and I want to buy a house within the next 2ish years (we're waiting to see where I get into grad school come 2017 before we plant our roots permanently). I feel like if I start slowly decluttering the house (I'm thinking one room a month) that come moving time, life will be so much easier. Plus who likes clutter? Not me. I started this one already and got my office decluttered this week:

  • Read at least one non-school related book per month.
I think this one will be easy for me, but I still want to make a point to keep it in the post to hold myself accountable for it. I'm reading my January book now: You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. I'll let y'all know how it is once I finish it.
  • Get straight A's in school.
In August I went back to school. I have one bachelor's degree, but I'm back for another one before I go on to get my master's. I'm pursing speech-language pathology, in case you were wondering (: I start my core speech classes in January (I got all of my pre-reqs out of the way in the fall) so I'm determined to get all A's to bring up my GPA.
  • Put away X dollars in our savings account.
Adam and I discussed a set amount of money that we want to add to our savings account over the next 12 months. We got a lot more serious about our finances toward the end of 2015 so it's nice to have some real financial goals. I guess this means that I won't be going on my weekly online shopping sprees anymore...#adulting
  • Practice balance, patience, and love regularly.
Being in school full time, working 2 jobs, and being a wife makes it hard for me to achieve balance sometimes. This year I want to focus on not spreading myself too thin and actually properly balancing everything to the best of my ability. I'm not the most patient person on the planet, but I have gotten much better over the last few months. I'm trying really hard to tune in to others' emotions and feelings and just be more sympathetic and loving toward others. 

So now that my goals are on the internet I guess I have to uphold them, right? (; Do you have any goals and aspirations for 2016? Do tell!

xo, Jess

Christmastime To-Dos

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Y'all know how much I love my lists. I make lists of's a little much actually, haha! BUT nonetheless it's what I do. So I thought that since I have a whole month homework free (well mostly...I will be prepping for taking the GRE again, eeeek) that I would jot down a few festive activities that I want to do over the next few weeks (:

  • Build gingerbread houses (check!)
Side note: Adam got REALLY into the construction of this house of ours. I love him!

  • Cuddle up on the couch in Christmas PJs and watch my favorite Christmas movies with my husband (those would include: Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Santa Clause to name a few)
  • Buy a real tree to decorate (check!)
  • Make it over to Orlando for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Drink all of the peppermint mocha lattes + hot cocoa (check!)

  • Drive around and look at Christmas lights
  • Attend a holiday brunch party (planned...thanks, Crissy!)
  • Spend quality time with family and create memories
What are some holiday activities that you're looking forward to?!

xo, Jess

Be the Person Who Gives Others the Warm Fuzzies

Thursday, December 3, 2015

You know what's easy? Complaining. Ungratefulness. And just being a Debbie Downer in general.
You know what's also exhausting? See above.

Shifting your mentality to a positive state, even over the littlest, tiniest, things can make such a huge difference in your overall attitude and how your days go (and the days of those around you...helloooo).

I used to be a Debbie Downer. I would pick and pick and find things to complain about. I basically had a scowl permanently painted on my face...furrowed brow and all.

Then one day I realized 1. how unhappy I was 2. how unhappy I was making people around me and 3. how freaking good I have it and how I needed to stop being a little brat and finding things to complain about. Ya feel me?

Joy is so powerful. If you wake up and intentionally fill up with joy, your days (even Mondays, guys!) will be so much brighter and more fulfilling. You will be a light to those around you.

You know those kind of people that I'm talking about right? The people who are genuinely happy - their attitudes are so contagious and they just give you the warm fuzzies inside. Don't you want to be someone who is giving others the warm fuzzies?! 

Your attitude attracts people. What kind of people do you want to attract? The vibes you give off can either make your days great or make them unbearable.

Just a little encouragement...find joy and cling to it :)

xo, Jess

November at a Glance

Monday, November 30, 2015

Helloooo my sweet friends :)

Another month come and gone. Like...what? I'm not complaining, though, because November was filled with fun (and a little bit of craziness) and I know December will be even better (can you say WINTER BREAK *insert hallelujah hands emoji right here*).

Here is my November at a glance:

We went to see Zac Brown Band for Adam's birthday! This was in mid-November and yes, it is STILL warm enough to wear shorts. And NO I am not happy about it.

Speaking of sweet (read: wild) boy, Harley, turned 1! He is SO different from Buck. Buck is calm, cool, and collected and Harley...well Harley is hyper and the poor boy doesn't realize how big he is and just doesn't have that mind/body control connection thing down quite yet...I still love him to pieces though!

And while we're talking about pups, I'm sad to say that we lost our family dog, Majesty, this month. He was 12 years old and such a loving dog. I really just need to dedicate an entire post to my love for dogs because guys...IT IS REAL. We miss Maj every day but we know that he is in a better place now, running in mud holes with his sister and breathing easy. RIP my sweet Majesty.

It was cool enough to wear boots for a whole 2 days and you better believe that I took full advantage of that.

My bestie had her baby shower! It's SO crazy to me that I'm at the age now where my friends are having babies...intentionally. Still having trouble letting that one sink in. Can't wait to meet the sweet babe though :) (Despite my cup saying that it's a boy...that's unknown. She's waiting to find out the gender until the day the baby is born. We all had to guess what we thought at the shower!)

I experienced my first "fancy" coffee. And by fancy I mean that there was a design in the foam. I know, my elegance is astounding.

And of course the day after Thanksgiving, Adam and I busted out the Christmas decor...YAY! Can you believe that I didn't take one single picture on Thanksgiving? We had family in from Colorado and had a big family get-together and I was so busy catching up with everyone and just soaking in the family time, that I didn't even pull my phone out of my purse!

It's finals week for me now...I took my physics final and statistics final today. I have 4 more to go this week. I'll be done (and HOME FREEEE...well until January) on Saturday. And you better believe I plan on doing a whole lot of nothing productive during my winter break because this girl needs some good R&R on the real (okay I say that but I am the worst at the worst).

Anyway, just thought I would do a quick November update since tomorrow we will be graced by December :)

xo, Jess

10 Harry Potter Quotes That Will Give You All The Feels

Sunday, November 22, 2015

I've been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. Getting lost in the pages of a good book, getting to know different worlds and evolving characters is one of my happy places.

I recently finished reading the Harry Potter series (I know, talk about behind on the times. I read 1-4 in elementary and middle school but once I got to high school I was to cool to finish them...eye roll).

I told Adam that I started reading them and he was like, "Oh wow good, that should last you a few months at least since those books are so long." Except I finished all 7 in like 6 weeks...oops.

While reading these books, there were certain little nuggets of wisdom that jumped out at me. Today I give you - 10 Harry Potter Quotes that Will Give You All The Feels.

1. Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of time, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
- Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

2. If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. 
-Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

3. It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

4. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.
-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

5. We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.
-Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

6. It matter not what someone is born, but what they grow to be. 
-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

7. What's comin' will come, an' we'll meet it when it does.
-Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

8. My mum always said things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.
-Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

9. It's a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.
-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

10. Differences of habitant language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.
-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Now on to watch all of the movies ;)

xo, Jess

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