It has been a busy past few weeks with going home for the holidays and also having one of my best friends from college, Lauren, come visit me in California. I absolutely loved being home, but I will have to say that it did reinforce to me that I made the right decision to move. I was able to spend time with my amazing family and friends and treat myself to some delicious food at some of my favorite spots in Madison. Wisconsin is such a beautiful, unique, and great state to live in, and who knows maybe someday I will be back; but for now, I am still young and have a lot to experience, learn and accomplish. I have come to find that there are so many opportunities out here in California, and I want to take advantage of that. When I think about where I’ll be in 5 years, for the first time in my life I have zero clue, but I am ok with that! All throughout high school, college, and I’ve been told even as far back as 1st grade, I have been a perfectionist, always trying to plan, plan, plan and know exactly what I’ll be doing next. I still am that person for the most part, and I actually really enjoy keeping track of my whole life in a planner, but I have also learned that it’s ok to not know what is next. I am fully accepting and ok with failure, flaws, insecurities and all. For the first time in my life I don’t know where I exactly want to end up, but I do know I have many passions and ideas and it will take time to piece those together.
The title of this post is Balance in the New Year, and I chose that title because I have decided that balance is what I want to work on this year and apply it to every aspect in my life. I want to work on handling stress in healthy ways and controlling only what I can in certain moments. I think by working on this I will become more stress-free, see improvements in my thyroid disease, and become happier overall. I want to put more time into acupuncture, massages, and meditation, things that will benefit my mental and physical health. I’m not going to feel bad when I have a day where I may have not been as productive as I’d hoped and sat in my pajamas for a little longer than expected. That thought reminds me of one day over winter break that was a total “go with the flow” day, and I absolutely loved it. One day when I was back home, my best friend, Sara, asked if I wanted to get my nails done. Even though I wanted to get a lot of things done that day since the holidays had been busy, I knew I’d be glad I did this, so I did. Sara and I went and got our nails done, and then afterwards decided to get coffee. We were the only two in the cafe and just sat in big cozy chairs for over an hour with our coffee and just talked about life. Then my family wanted to go see a movie, so Sara and I went to go meet them. Well we didn’t realize these days you almost have to buy tickets a week in advance, so never mind the movie idea. So instead we all went to a nearby bar/restaurant and ended up having some wine, laughing and telling stories. Then Sara and I went and got some dinner, and met up with old high school friends later. Moral of the story, it was a day that I did not plan out hour by hour in my planner, and it actually felt really refreshing. I kept saying to Sara, “Today is just such a whatever day, and I love it!” I need some more flexibility and balance in my life, so maybe I’ll start by only organizing 90% of my daily life in the planner 😉 haha. I love structure and organization and thrive on it for the most part, but I have realized that life does not have to be 100% structured. I’m really excited to work on these positive changes in my life and see what 2016 brings!
I had so much fun with Lauren these past 5 days, and I thought I’d share some pictures below of what we all did. I’m looking forward to getting to know this city even more, so that when people come to visit, there is more to add to the to-do list. Although it is fun to be seeing and doing things, I’ll admit it was nice to just sit in my apartment some afternoons and catch up. One night we even got caught up watching some Lifetime movies, and I’m pretty sure my neighbors probably thought something bizarre was going on with all of my and Lauren’s commentary. Another night we brought out our inner child and went on rides down at the pier. We were really excited for the Ferris wheel, but we both actually got pretty nervous when it stopped and we were at the top haha. Ahh don’t tell me I’m becoming afraid of heights! Then of course it was essential that I bring her to some of my favorite spots for breakfast and other delicious eats. I know I have been MIA lately, but I wanted to do this recap post of my last several weeks and say that I am ready to get back into the kitchen with recipe experimenting and providing you with many more healthy tips for the new year! I may not get to post as much as I’d like, but hey it’s all about balance right? 🙂 Hope everyone had a great holiday and New Year!