Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What I Want in Dallas

Since I've been back in Dallas my life has been a complete whirlwind!  Between starting the new job, then the holiday events, and now a few roadtrips, I feel like I haven't really gotten to explore my amazing city as much as I want.  I decided to make a list of a few things I want to check out in the next couple of months.  Hopefully if I put it up here, it'll be more likely to happen!

A restaurant where I want to eat:
Kitchen LTO
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This is a permanent pop-up restaurant that changes 3 times a year.  Not only does the chef and the menu change but an artist comes in to change the interior as well.  How cool is that?

A boutique I want to visit:
Rio Ritz
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Rio Ritz is a funky boutique that is supposed to give the feeling of hanging out at a girlfriend's house.  The precious owner Thais is the cutest thing ever and you may remember her from a little show called Courtney Loves Dallas.  Follow their insta for daily style inspo.

A workout I want to try:
Core Power Yoga

I haven't taken a yoga class since I was in high school but have heard amazing things about hot yoga.  I feel like I've tried almost every workout out there but for some reason haven't made myself go to a yoga studio.  Do any of you girls do hot yoga?  What's the scoop?

There are obviously a million more places to go and places to eat but right now these are my 3 big ones.  Stay tuned for a post like this soon with 3 new things/places!

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Weekend Full of Surprises

I'm here! I'm here!  Better late than never right?  This post will be on the short side but I'm linking up with the fabulous B to talk about my weekend.

Friday night I had dinner with my dad and went home to get some much needed sleep.  #imold

Saturday night I loaded up my overnight bag and headed to Ft Worth for a fabulous surprise.  My good friend Ashley turns 30 this month and a couple of her friends planned to surprise her with a big dinner.  They took her to Ft Worth and told her they were just doing a spa weekend and going to a nice dinner.  When she walked into the restaurant we were all standing in a room and her face was priceless.

We had several drinks and some food and then headed out to a dueling piano bar for some entertainment.
 We somehow lucked out and got tables right up at the front so the musicians played every single thing we requested....even Gangsta's Paradise (yes that was TOTALLY mine)!

Sunday was a lot of laundry and a lot of crying over that Cowboys game (it WAS a freaking catch dangit).

I have probably the busiest week ahead of me between work, work events, and other fun stuff so I may be a little MIA (what else is new since I started this job)!

Hope yall have a fabulous week!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Goals

Yesterday you read about January Goals.  I'm a big believer in setting small goals each month rather than large unattainable goals for the year.  However, there are several things I'd like to accomplish in 2015 so I thought I'd share them on the blog to keep myself accountable.  In no particular order here are my 2015 Goals:

1. Watch Casablanca

2. Be in the best shape of my life
I'm going to be thirty *fun* in April and I am determined that this will be the age I stop hating on my body!  Healthy and happy!

3. Learn how to "really" do my makeup

4. Take a big girls trip

5. Go to a Mavs game

6. Learn how to cook meat
I can cook it but that doesn't mean it tastes like it should

7. Join a group in Dallas (whether it's a social, athletic, church or other group, I want to join something that allows me to meet other people)

8. Try 2 new things in Dallas a month (restaurants, bars, activities, stores, gyms, etc)

9. Send at least 2 pieces of snail mail a month

10. Budget budget budget

11. Get a new blog design

12. Take at least 1 dance class a month

13. Meet other Dallas bloggers
I'm looking at you Helene and Sarah

14. Volunteer for Make a Wish

15. Try at least 2 new recipes a month

I'm sure I'll be adding to this list as the year goes on so I'll keep yall posted!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January Goals

Hey yall!  Well instead of my typical weekending post I thought I'd catch up on my December goals and set my January ones!

December goals:

1. Continue decorating the apartment
Still a work in progress.  I ordered my gold polka dots for my living room and as soon as those are up I will post pictures!

2. Eat as clean as possible during the week
Ugh...epic fail.  Oh well I'm picking this back up today.

3. Work out at least 5 days out of the week
Another epic fail.  Damn you holidays!

4. Make 1 new recipe a week
Ok seriously.....another fail.  Although I am making a couple of recipes this week so I'm making up for this one.

5. Do something Christmasy in Dallas
I didn't get to do anything Christmasy before the holidays but New Years Day a friend and I drove around Highland Park and looked at Christmas lights.  

Ok so December goals were kind of a bust.  Onto January goals!

1. Work out at least 5 days a week
I'm determined that this summer will be the one I feel confident in a bikini so I started my morning off at Beyond 500 and am hoping to work that in 2-3 days a week with Pure Barre on the other days.

2. Eat as clean as possible 5 days a week
This is so hard since I am expected to eat lunch in my accounts and they have some of the best food.  However, I am determined to stick to salads and grilled chicken for the month of January.

3. Start reading again
I haven't picked up a book since I moved into my apartment and that has got to change.  

4. Set up my cash envelope budget
I would really like to start my cash system again because it really did hold me accountable.

5. Finish projects in my apartment
I have a to-do list of things that I need to do for the apartment that I could seriously knock out in a weekend.  I HAVE to make myself set aside the time to get it done!

Later this week I am going to share my list of things I want to accomplish in 2015.  It was no secret around these parts that 2014 was not an amazing year for me.  I had a very emotional breakup, made a huge life decision and moved back to Texas, moved into my new place, and started my a new job.  Needless to say I am more than ready to make 2015 MY year (as cliche as that sounds).  I know I am capable of so many great things but I have to keep myself motivated and not get discouraged by any setbacks minor or major.  I hope 2015 has started off amazing for yall and I can't wait to share my year with my fabulous blog friends!