Holiday Playlist

Whatever you do with this list, please don’t judge me for it. I don’t discriminate when it comes to music and this list is all the evidence you will ever need. I did spare you by leaving off The Biebs (but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been listening).

I’m a big fan of remakes of my favorite holiday tunes. Most of these songs are classics that have been given new life from artists all across the board and I get that warm fuzzy feeling when I listen to them.

[Side note: My editor (Pete) was assisting me with proofreading late last night and it was brought to my attention that Trey Songz isn’t spelled with an “s.” I’m clearly not up on my R&B game as much as I thought I was.]

Holiday Party Playlist

If you listen to anything, go for Mr. Smith or Mr. Buble. They never, ever let me down.

Are you doing any celebrating this weekend? I’ve got my work party tonight followed by our holiday get together tomorrow night and I’m ready to indulge in festive holiday beverages making memories with my favorite people!

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Weekly Rounds Vo. 7

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I’m usually on top of  my game this time of year, but for whatever reason I’ve been a teensy bit scatterbrained as of late. For instance, I wandered around Target Monday night for a solid hour only to leave without one of the three items on my list I went in for. That’s what I get for not taking my list in.

This also explains why this round up in coming to you on a Thursday instead of a Friday. Imagine my disappointment when I realized my mistake.

After seeing these gold rimmed glasses over on Color Me Styled and I knew I had to get them for the holiday soiree I’m hosting this weekend! I dropped in Sur La Table on the Plaza to pick up a set and also walked away with these gold rimmed glasses as well. I could have spent all night in there, but after the Target mishap, I was determined to get in and get out with what I came for. Plus, I needed to get home and start piecing together my makeshift bar cart (pictured above).

I’ve been binge-listening to The Lively Show every chance I can get. Have you tuned in before?

The team over at Thistle and Finn pride themselves on offering curated goods for the stylishly modern and I would have to agree. They sent me over this soy candle and shea butter hand cream, which both smell scrumptious. I’ve also got my eye on this bowl and I think the Bora Bora Pillow would look darling sitting on an office chair. Check them out and let me know what you think!

Sam Smith’s rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas has been on repeat for the past few days. That man can do no wrong.

Jessica’s apartment is decorated to the nines and that brick wall? To die for. I’ll just be over here anxiously awaiting the whole apartment tour.

Around these parts: My goals for 2015,  Little Bits of Luxe (that you may have to express ship if you want by Christmas Eve!), make sure your bar cart is prepped for the holidays and don’t forget about the braided holiday hairstyle, the mini updo (hello, velvety bow) and the chic ponytail that will take you from work to play!

Do you have any fun holiday parties coming up this weekend? Or are you kicking off Christmas early with family and friends? Cheers!

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Goal Setting for 2015

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We are halfway through the last chapter of 2014, how crazy is that?! Time is moving increasingly faster by the day and my head is bursting with ideas, plans and hopes for the future. So much so that it keeps me up at night and has resulted in a compilation of lists scattered across my desk and notebooks filled to the brim with my ideas sprawled out in chicken scratch (I have nice handwriting and then I have “oh my word, I have to write this down before it slips away handwriting” – the latter isn’t very pretty).

I had the opportunity to talk to Ben Arment last week and the conversation between he, Sarah and I only fueled my fire. What am I waiting for? If you aren’t familiar with Ben or the book Dream Year, I’ll be sharing more later this week or next!

I’m no stranger to goal setting, in fact, it’s how this blog was born back in July of 2013. I’m currently working toward a list of goals and aspirations, but generally speaking, these aren’t as bold as I would like for them to be. I want to dig a little deeper and go where the stakes are a little higher.

Let’s get down to business.

Nicole inspired me to scale back and simplify things as we move into the new year when it comes to my larger, long-term goals. I want to focus on clear, attainable goals with the emphasis on setting myself up for success.

Life in general is strange. On one hand I feel more content and accomplished than ever, while on the other, I’m longing to do more and be more in certain areas of my life. I’m constantly thinking of what’s next and how I can make it happen, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous to put myself out there. Writing these goals down here has proven a rather effective method of keeping myself accountable so I’m sticking to what I know!

Stop spending money mindlessly. Just because we have it, doesn’t mean that we should be spending it. I’ve come to realize that there is a direct correlation between money and going after my dreams. I’m comfortable right now and that’s not necessarily a good thing. For me, comfort = mediocre.

While I don’t get fancy manicures or pick up a daily coffee from Starbucks down the street, I do love to eat out and it’s one of my biggest weaknesses. I recently added up what Pete and I spent on dining out during the month of October and November and let’s just say there is a whole lot of room for improvement. For the month of January, we’re going to stick to eating out only on the weekends and cooking meals at home during the week. I’m ready to kick the bad habit and enjoy dining out in moderation, like a normal person would.

I’ve also been brainstorming other ways we can cut back and after assessing our bank statement I realized I need to chill out on the late cancels for Bar Method – hello, senseless fees. I either need to learn to cancel on time or just get to class, which will help my mind and body, too!

By implementing these things, we will be able to save more than we are now, and hopefully this will allow me to eliminate the fixation I have on money and whether or not we would be “okay” if I were to put myself out there. Keep reading to see what I mean.

…my dreams are big

Up my blog game and continue to grow my following. I’m beyond excited to be launching a new blog design with White Oak Creative in early January. I can’t think of a better time to start fresh than in a brand new year! There is so much I want to do and share with you all here and having a site that inspires me to write is super important to me.

I also need to come up with a system for recording money coming in and money going out when it comes to the blog. I’m a little nervous for tax season, just because I want to make sure I do everything right. This article on paying blog taxes over at The Well helped tremendously and hopefully you’ll find it to be a valuable resource, too.

Speaking of growing my following – I’m always updating Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & Bloglovin’ and I would love for you to join me there!

Develop a plan to offer my services to the public. I want to be my own boss in some way, shape or form. I have an idea of what this might look like for me, but when you’re talking about something this big, the word might is a red flag. I have a strong interest in social media and the important role it plays for businesses both large and small, but I need to hone my skills and really focus in on what it is I can offer these businesses.

So there you have it. A rather lengthy commitment to myself as we move into a new year, an adventure and a reminder that, there is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one I am capable of living.

I’m taking Nicole up on her Goal Buddy System in hopes that having a network of like-minded people will continue to push me toward these goals. I’m bound and determined to set myself up for success in 2015 and there is no better time to start than now.

What goals are you setting for yourself as we move into 2015?

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