I’ve been 30 for a little over a month now. I haven’t had any revolutionary break throughs yet, but I have been slowly piecing together a playlist based on being 30.
I was listening to some of these songs around the time I turned 30. Some are songs that I always come back to and love. Honestly this might be the most random collection of songs I have ever put together. Something about it just feels right. For me this playlist encompasses who I am in this current moment.
Do you have songs that remind you of a certain age?! If you had to pick one song to represent your current age what would it be?! I’d love to hear about them!
Hey you party people — I started a vlog! After months, maybe years, of persistent pestering encouragement from my bestie, Hannah, I’ve decided that now is the time.
My main response every time Hannah suggested I start a vlog was, “What would I even vlog about?!” Well I still don’t really have the answer to that.
One day a month-ish ago on my commute home from work I was listening to the Elise Gets Crafty podcast. Elise and her guest, Allie Lehman, had both completed something called “The 100 Day Project” and I was very intrigued.
Basically, you create something for 100 consecutive days. Elise chose 100 Days of Pep talks and Allie opted for 100 Days of Paintings. Here’s the official description of The 100 Day Project:
What Is the 100-Day Project? It’s a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the 100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process.
At that time I decided to embark on The 100 Day Project and start my vlogging journey. I selected my 30th birthday as the start date.
Here we go:
If you want to follow along on my vlogging journey subscribe to my YouTube channel or just check back intermittently when you are bored and feel like Netflix is too big of a time commitment.
What should I vlog about?! Give me any and all suggestions that you’d like to see across the next 98 days!
By now I’m sure you’ve heard that the couple formerly known as ‘Hiddleswift’ has ended their relationship.
If you’re oblivious to this news then you should probably stop reading. Not sure what choices you made to end up here.
I am not here to judge my girl Tay’s love life. Because, if I’m being honest, in the current dating climate a 3 month long relationship feels like a pretty solid accomplishment to me.
I’m here to provide Taylor with this breakup mix.
The tone of this mix is meant to encourage feeling all the feels of a relationship ending while maintaining an optimistic outlook for the future.
As a friend of T. Swift’s, based on her definition provided in this video, I’d like to let her know a few more things.
Taylor, if you need someone to spend your time with I have a pretty busy schedule, but I would be happy to make time for you. Female friendships are so important! We could paint portraits of our cats, drink wine, and play Mash to determine who we’ll actually end up with. [Fingers crossed I get Matthew Gray Gubler, have a mini pig as a pet, and live in a modern loft after honeymooning in Tokyo.]
I’ve been giving a lot of thought about who you should date next — when you’re ready, of course! I really think that SNL’s Colin Jost is a fabulous choice. What’s your stance on being referred to as ‘bae’?
Just think of how cute it will be when you host SNL and you can make a cameo on Weekend Update with your adorable new BF next season. I see a Leslie Jones flirting battle in your future and it is awesome.
Keep your head up, girl! Way to be brave and put yourself out there. There are so many people who don’t embrace their feelings and just live cautiously in fear. Remember, haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.
Do you have any go-to breakup songs? I’ll save them for the next time someone I meet on Bumble doesn’t want to go out on a second date. 💁🏼
These are the jams I’ve been listening to on repeat for the last few months. Recommended if you like being sweaty outside on 100 degree days and drinking cocktails on patios and rooftops. This mix is perfect for accompanying you on summer road trips and poolside parties (flamingo floaty not included).
Faves: Both songs by Will Joseph Cook. There was a week where I exclusively listened to him on repeat. This video for “Take Me Dancing” is guaranteed to brighten your day!
Some people make New Year’s resolutions. I am not one of those people. I create goals based on the season because it works better for my life, dreams, and sleep schedule. I also gave these goals a cooler name — seasonal moxie — because I can.
We’re already month into summer, but (YOLO) here are the things I want to focus on for the remaining sweaty summer months I have left. As you can see from my Spring recap I did an ok job at completing last season’s goals. In an effort to focus more on my follow through I’m approaching my goals with these 5 steps. Fingers crossed for better results come fall! Let’s dive right in…
Be Active AF. I’ve been doing a little better about going to group fitness classes through ClassPass, but I really want there to be some form of activity every day. I’m not saying I want to get a one hour work out in every day, but something more than the walk from my car to the office and back would be nice. Basically, I’m trying to avoid getting to this level:
Make time weekly for creative pursuits. I’m the type of person who has too many ideas and doesn’t know what to do with them. I’ve narrowed a few ideas and I am ready to run with them. I’m excited to see where they go and how much progress I can make. I want to get in the habit of working on these projects weekly, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on finalizing anything within a certain period of time. At this phase I am leaving myself some flexibility to discover and adapt as I go.
Organize my room. I’ve lived in this house for almost a year now and some of my stuff is still just shoved in boxes under my bed and in my closet. I need to go through all my shit and get rid of what I don’t need. I have a pile of clothes that are waiting to be altered. These things need to find permanent homes or be donated.
Be more intentional with how I spend my $$$. I want to get a better grasp on how I’m spending my dollars so I can use them more wisely and on things I actually want. Less impulse shopping and more thoughtful purchases.
Dream routine!!! Dudes, this is serious. I want to be this human who has a time and a place where I accomplish all this badass stuff. It’s going to be easier to accomplish all these other goals if I have a routine in place. I’ve been saying this for, like, ever ever, but I am really feeling it right now. Summer time is the perfect pressure free time to test out some new options for my schedule. I’m going to test out some different routines and adjust accordingly when necessary.
Summer is also time for FUNZIES. Here is some more lighthearted shit I would like to accomplish:
Ride a swan boat. I have been trying to to this FOR-EV-ER.
Brunch all the GD time.
Perfect my own iced coffee recipe
Swim in any water that exists, especially Barton Springs
Make my own signature sangria
Watch a movie outside
You guys, I’m feeling super pumped about this right now. Please feel free to ask me how any/all of these bad boys are doing over the next couple of months. The first day of fall is September 22nd and I’m going to do my best to attack these in full force. Starting with brunch this weekend because, duh.
Do you have any exciting summertime plans lined up?
I’m here to report on my successes and not quite successes of my Spring Moxie. If you need a refresher on what I was attempting to accomplish you can find the original details here.
Create a morning routine. LOL. Well I had a routine, it just wasn’t the one I was hoping for. My routine consists of resetting my alarm several times and barely having time to feed my cat and put on a coordinated outfit. I’m going to find a way to do this. I just gave up and stopped trying and loved my bed and morning kitty snuggles more than the idea of eating breakfast and doing morning yoga and having plenty of time to get ready in the morning. #YOLO
Take after dinner walks. So, I probably did this a handful of times which was great, but it didn’t quite become a habit. My reason for this was to work on my fitness. I ended up joining a volleyball team (we won the championship game!!!) and reactivating my Classpass membership, so I’ve been doing a little more physical activity which feels like a win.
No TV or Internet after 10 PM. There were some solid stretches here. I read Big Magic, Why Not Me?, and Chasers of Light. I definitely want to try to get back into this groove. I had to finish the new season of Orange is the New Black first, obviously.
Get a new tattoo! I actually got an old tattoo covered up with my new one and I couldn’t love it more! If you’re in the ATX area and looking for a tattoo artist I highly recommend Megan at Bijou.
Make my room more awesome. I have officially put some art on my walls, but definitely need to add more. The painting is a Synesthesia interpretation of the song “Who Knows Who Cares” by Local Natives and was done by Jennifer Morley of audioacrylics. The letter board is by Letterfolk and is currently featuring lyrics from Angel Olsen. The Joy and Sadness painting is by a pal I went to high school with (check out more of her stuff here). A friend’s BF drew me Taylor Swift with no pants on, this was obviously pre-bleach blonde bob Taylor. I also 💜 having old photos on my walls. Yes, that is a giant light up gummy bear.
I know we’re already a few weeks into summer, but I’m still working on narrowing down what to focus my energy on. I’ll be back soon with more deets. Do you have any big summer plans?
This tweet is still 100% true. One Tree Hill is early 2000s perfection. The high school memories just flooded back with every moment of the show. And damn, so much happens in season one! Like, all the things I remember about One Tree Hill happen in season one.
Not going to lie, I got a little teary watching the opening credits for the first time.
The technology from 2003 is so fucking hilarious.
Selfies on a polaroid, because Peyton was the best prime-time punk rock princess ever.
Doing a quick little Internet Search, y’all.
Nathan snapping a 0.3-megapixel photo of Haley and Sheryl Crow, because even back then they knew that pics or it didn’t happen was the rule.
I don’t know what is more retro about this photo, the classic Nokia phone, that Brooke is actually calling, or that it is titled “Brooke’s Cell” because they all still used their home phones too.
These “Street Style” headphones that he was probably using with a discman.
The early 2000s fashion is also so perfectly captured.
This random extra on the basketball team who is only in this episode. His hair + necklace combo and, maybe eyeliner (?!) is so much emo perfection.
The entire cheerleading squad wearing different track suits.
The quotable moments from the show are killer. This gem is my favorite:
“I guess I’m just a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a bitch.” — Peyton Sawyer
Oh and the soundtrack is beyond amazing. I’ve compiled my favorites from season one in case you’d like to stroll down a very emo memory lane. So many of the songs from this TV show were the ones on the mix cds my bestie, Ida, and I made.
I am so glad I’m re-watching One Tree Hill in all its glory. Season 1 gets a 10/10 in my book. Did you watch One Tree Hill back in the day? Are you a Brooke, Haley, or Peyton? I’m obviously a Peyton 😉
Last week I went to the Beyonce concert in Dallas. Leading up to this monumental moment in my life I was struggling to figure out what to wear to an event like this. The truth is I don’t worship at the alter of Queen Bey as much as others — I’m team Destiny’s Child 4Ever.
I wanted the Beyhive to accept me as one of their own. There was a lot of pressure to disguise myself and look like I woke up like this. I mean, it’s not like I was going to see Taylor Swift or Katy Perry. That style I have down.
The only logical step was to crowdsource my outfit inspiration. I used lyrics from my favorite Beyonce (& Destiny’s Child, duh) songs to try to channel the perfect look. The results were pretty split:
The top three were “All the women, who are independent Throw your hands up at me”, “‘Cause its 11:30 and the club is jumpin‘ jumpin”, and other. I had some work to do.
The final look y’all:
Honestly, this outfit made me feel like a badass and I was definitely channeling Beyonce.
Her show was obviously amazing!! I left feeling empowered and like I wanted to magically dance like Beyonce, or at least one of her backup dancers. For a full recap of the show check this post out. Luckily for me, there’s a dance class that I’m about to enroll in. Let’s get in formation, y’all.
Here’s some neat-o stuff I found around the interwebz recently-ish.
Inside Out’s Joy & Sadness are now available to meet & greet and take selfies with in Epcot. I need to make a trip to Orlando ASAP. And maybe swing by Hogwarts too…
If you’re on the dating scene here are the most likely ways you’ll find your future soul mate… or maybe just your next summer fling.
Upset that I did not discover the gem that is “Award Show Taylor Swift” sooner. A sneak peak of this lyrical masterpiece “I can’t help this look on my face / It’s like I’m living in a freakin’ dream”
These 9 year olds are dropping the fuck word for some kick ass reasons.
One of my recent binge watches was You’re the Worst. I noticed this beer that they were always drinking on the show was Penn something and decided to look it up. Turns out there are a bunch of fictional beers used for TV shows and movies.
“No one is sure exactly how it happened, but it looks like Caesar met Austin in person at a Planet Hollywood back in 2012 and he followed her on Twitter sometime after that. ” This is what celebrity crush dreams are made of. Matthew Gray Gubler, you can follow me back on twitter anytime…
Not sure what emoji to use with your next Instagram post? Consult the Emojini 3000! I tested it out with this lovely photo of Harry Styles and you can see the Emojini’s recommendations.
I am obsessed with “Hello My Name Is Doris“. I have a feeling this movie is the closest thing to predicting my future. If it’s still playing in your area I highly recommend checking it out.
Have you discovered anything super rad online recently?