Birthdays and Planning for the Year Ahead

Passion Planner

Welp, today I’m another year older. I don’t mind getting older. So far, I’ve found a lot of the cliches to be true- I’m more self assured. I know myself better than ever. I’m less bothered by things I can’t control. In the “owning who I am, accepting the things I cannot change” aspects, I’ve certainly made progress. In other “make a plan of things to grow your life” ways- not so much. Each year, I think about the things I’d like to accomplish before the next birthday, and looking back over the last several birthdays, turns out I’m TERRIBLE at executing those wish list items. In fact, I’m pretty sure everything on my list from last year is still on the docket for this year. I don’t know whether I should be impressed with my inertia, or if I should be deeply ashamed that time is passing me by so quickly with little to nothing to show for it but an unfulfilled wish list. This year, I’m determined to move on some of these items that have lingered- some for years- and I’m writing about it on the internet as a way to attempt some accountability.

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Weekly Obsessions #5

It’s been a while since I’ve shared by current obsessions, mostly because I’m still obsessed with all the things I listed in my last post. I’ve had a few new things hit my radar, and I can’t seem to get enough.

1. Dystopian YA Novel on Twitter (@DystopianYA). This account is hilarious. If you read YA at all, you’ll immediately recognize what’s happening with this account. I’m obsessed, and hope more people follow.

2. Great British Baking Show (aka Bake Off). I know. I know. It was listed in my last obsessions post, but the finale aired on Sunday, and I laughed and I cried. I crave more episodes! Why do UK shows do such a better job of casting real, likable people who don’t cater to infuriating stereotypes (the diva, the muscle-head, the rich out-of-touch snob, etc). We LOVE to cast these roles in every reality show we air in the US. I wish we’d have more of these realistic castings. No drama. Each week someone still leaves the show, and eventually a winner is crowned, but there’s no bitching, no backstabbing, no bickering. I love the sincerity and the focus on the challenge. Can you tell??

3. The Original Sinners Series (starting with The Siren). Warning- this book series is HOTTTTTTT. I don’t even remember where I was initially introduced to it, but I read it thinking I would have a quick, trashy, no-fuss read, but I got hooked and kept reading the next book, then the next one. As the series continues, the character development is crazy good. It’s also incredibly empowering for women and sexuality. A main female protagonist who makes no apologies for her life? Love it.

4. Caroline Hirons. If you haven’t seen her name all over this blog, then you haven’t been paying attention. She’s the queen of skincare, and she’s changed my skin for the better. I can’t even believe how terribly I treated my skin in the years it mattered most, and now I’m working hard to undo what amounts to ignorance in my teens. If you see a Tata Harper product somewhere on this blog, it’s because she’s recommended it. I’ve been using two of their products, and my skin gets better and better everyday. I ACTUALLY PUT OIL ON MY FACE. On my acne-prone skin. And it’s clearer than ever. Seriously, you want great skin, read her cheat sheets. Now all I need is a bit of Sunday Riley in my life and I’ll be complete.

5. Gabifresh. I want to be her. That is all.

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Weekly Obsessions #4

My birthday is this weekend, and as such I use it as an occasion to abuse my husband’s goodwill by indulging in all the things I love the most this week. People in my life know that I don’t just celebrate a birthday. It’s a birth event. A week-long excuse for me to do as I please. Re-reading this, I know it sounds a little bit diva, but all it really means is that I get to watch a few extra episodes of TV I love, or get to pick our weekend movie without hearing sighs or complaints about the fact it probably stars Katherine Heigl.

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Five Cookbooks I Love

I love cookbooks. They keep me from cooking the same 6 things over and over (here’s looking at you, 2009,) and I’m often inspired to try new techniques or flavor combos that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

In our kitchen, we have a bookshelf that holds our collection of cookbooks, and my husband’s beer glass collection. Our top shelf is the elite of the elite- the ones we reach for the most. Off that shelf, here are the five easily accessible, great for cooks of all levels books I think everyone should own:

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Weekly Obsessions #1 – Five Things I’m Obsessed With This Week

1. Knitting. I took a knitting class last year when I found out my sister was having a baby. I had dreams of knitting all the cute things in the world, but it turns out that I’ve not knitted one baby related item at all. I enjoy it, so I’m taking that enjoyment and forcing it’s output onto the people I love in the form of homemade gifts. I knitted this scarf for my mother-in-law, and I’m knitting this hat for my sister-in-law. My grandma is home from Florida for the Christmas season, so she’s next on my list. Hope they like them. They don’t get a choice in the matter. 🙂

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