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Hello 2017

I’ll be honest, this past year was tough. My nose was broken into a billion pieces, causing the worst recover from surgery, my car was the victim of a hit and run outside my house in the middle of the night, ‘You Know Who’ won the presidency in a heartbreaking and terrifying turn of events, and very worst of all my dear grandmother passed away. Despite the constant devastation and hurt I started a new job that I love, I now have a nose that breathes and looks better than before, I have a new car, I managed to get myself out of debt, I learned a lot about myself and my values, and I know my grandma is dancing in the streets of Heaven right where she has wanted to be for years.

Because of the distractions of 2016, I didn’t accomplish many of the goals I set for myself, but I did finish a few! I read 100 out of 100 books – so exhausting, but rewarding! I took a picture a day – except for about a week after my nose surgery. I made a point to brush my teeth and floss every day- except again for a couple days after my surgery and it was life changing. I ran through a field of sunflowers and made lasting memories with friends and family.

I needed this year. The bad mixed with the good. We understand the highs when we feel the lows. We know who we are and what we want the world to be when faced with the polar opposite. We grow stronger when we come out of the fire having learned and experienced. I have high hopes for 2017, not because one more turn of the earth means that anything has changed but because I have changed. I have grown in what I expect from myself and what I want to give to the world. I am excited for the opportunity to learn more and grow.

So without further ado, here are my goals for 2017!

  • Become more active with my faith
  • Create an in depth family tree with personal information about my ancestors
  • Apply to and be accepted in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)
  • Make a weekday meal plan- and eat healthier!
  • Get in shape, also take up yoga and meditation
  • Launch my new business
  • Check off another state to visit on my goal of 50 before 50 (I already hit 30 before 30)
  • Visit a museum I’ve not been to before
  • Enter Photography in the fair
  • Volunteer
  • Write and find a publisher for my book idea
  • Visit a trampoline park
  • Try every new Lush bath bomb
  • Get a makeup lesson
  • Learn how to curl (as in the Winter sport)
  • Bake more!
  • Create a photo a day for a year video
  • Draw every day for a year
  • Become a better leader and learn how to better manage my time at work and communicate effectively
  • Find my style
  • Buy a disposable camera and take an adventure
  • Practice self-care- when my bucket is full I can use it to help others

2016 Movie Challenge|Week 2|Eat Drink Man Woman

MV5BMTg5NTQxMjc5MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjYxODcxMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_AL_As one of my goals for 2016 I am participating in a movie challenge to watch a different film each week for all 52 weeks of the year – each with a unique theme. Some will be films I have seen before, others will be new, and all of them will adhere as closely as possible to the week’s theme. I will review each of them here weekly and if you like, you can follow along with me on the challenge!  I have listed each week’s challenge at the end of this post. So pop yourself a bowl of popcorn and kick up your feet!

Week 2: A movie you started but never finished

I have had Eat Drink Man Woman on loan from my dad for several months now. There was one point I started it but (very unusual for me) never got the chance to finish it. I picked it back up this week for the sake of the theme and oh my- this movie is so good! It is funny, heart breaking, poignant and so satisfying. This is a film for foodies and has so much heart. From the opening of the film with the father of the three women creating Sunday’s dinner with so much care, love and detail we can tell that this is a good one.

The film follows three young women and their father who all live in their father’s home. Each Sunday he makes an elaborate dinner for the family which is where announcements are made, and emotions are at their rawest. It seems like this family is able to communicate best while they are eating. Slowly everyone’s story unfolds as the women find love and move out, and their father has the biggest surprise yet with the sweetest ending. The art of food leads the way.

 

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2016 Movie Challenge

  • Week 1: A movie with bad reviews
  • Week 2: A movie you started but never finished
  • Week 3: A movie with a one word title
  • Week 4: A movie a friend recommended
  • Week 5: A movie with a love triangle
  • Week 6: A classic romance
  • Week 7: An Academy Award best picture
  • Week 8: A move by a female character
  • Week 9: A movie based on or turned into a tv show
  • Week 10: A movie with a number in the title
  • Week 11: A movie based entirely on its cover
  • Week 12: A silent movie
  • Week 13: A funny movie
  • Week 14: A movie you own but have never watched
  • Week 15: A movie based on a true story
  • Week 16: A movie with antonyms in the title
  • Week 17: A movie directed by someone under 30
  • Week 18: A movie that made you cry
  • Week 19: A movie you were supposed to see in school but didn’t
  • Week 20: A movie your mom loves
  • Week 21: A movie based on a graphic novel or comic
  • Week 22: A trilogy Part 1
  • Week 23: A trilogy Part 2
  • Week 24: A trilogy Part 3
  • Week 25: A movie made by a director with your initials
  • Week 26: A movie set in a different country
  • Week 27: A movie with nonhuman characters
  • Week 28: A movie from a director you love but haven’t seen yet
  • Week 29: A movie at the bottom of your to-watch list
  • Week 30: A movie with magic
  • Week 31: A documentary
  • Week 32: A movie that came out the year you were born
  • Week 33: A movie you hate
  • Week 34: A movie based on a book
  • Week 35: A movie set in high school
  • Week 36: A musical
  • Week 37: A movie in a language you don’t speak
  • Week 38: A banned movie
  • Week 39: A popular director’s first movie
  • Week 40: A movie longer than 3 hours
  • Week 41: A movie with a color in the title
  • Week 42: A mystery or thriller
  • Week 43: A movie that scares you
  • Week 44: A movie that takes place in your home state
  • Week 45: A collection of short films
  • Week 46: A movie released this year
  • Week 47: A movie set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • Week 48: A memoir
  • Week 49: A movie by a director you’ve never seen before
  • Week 50: A movie set during Christmas
  • Week 51: A movie from your childhood
  • Week 52: A movie set in the future

2016 Movie Challenge|Week 1|Winter’s Tale

Winter's_tale_(film)As one of my goals for 2016 I am participating in a movie challenge to watch a different film each week for all 52 weeks of the year – each with a unique theme. Some will be films I have seen before, others will be new, and all of them will adhere as closely as possible to the week’s theme. I will review each of them here weekly and if you like, you can follow along with me on the challenge!  I have listed each week’s challenge at the end of this post. So pop yourself a bowl of popcorn and kick up your feet!

Week 1: A movie with bad reviews

It was hard for me to decide on which film to watch this week. A movie with ‘bad reviews’ could be really be pretty much any movie ever made. A google search of ‘the worst reviewed film ever’ produced hilarious and ultimately not very helpful results. Finally I settled on picking one from the Rotten Tomatoes website, and when I spotted ‘Winter’s Tale‘ with it’s green splat of 13% I knew this film had to be the one. I started reading the book over a year ago and had not finished it. In fact I had already purchased this film and not watched it yet. I believe it was a Black Friday bargain from last year. Something about the idea of this film appealed to me, but I had heard mixed reviews.

The film is set in a mythic New York city and is about ‘miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil.‘ Our synopsis from the film’s website: Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) is a master thief, who never expected to have his own heart stolen by the beautiful Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay).  But their love is star-crossed: she burns with a deadly form of consumption, and Peter has been marked for a much more violent death by his one-time mentor, the demonic Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe).  Peter desperately tries to save his one true love, across time, against the forces of darkness, even as Pearly does everything in his power to take him down—winner take all and loser be damned.’

This synopsis- while basically true, is only a part of the picture. The plot line is pretty convoluted even downright goofy at times, and while the cast is incredible sometimes the star power overrides the part. (Will Smith is in this film, who even saw that coming?!) Even the acting falls flat a few times- one moment in particular from Russell Crowe that I would have never thought possible. Colin Farrell’s character is believable, as are his relationships with all the other characters and that I think is this film’s saving grace. As much as there is to fit into two hours I feel like the film could have been served better by being stretching to three hours. I don’t normally feel that way- but this film needed some room to progress and breath. On a positive note, the filming and sets were spectacular, the music gorgeous and the sweeping nature of the film is easy to get caught up in. There are extremely sweet and sad moments, but the end is beautiful.

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2016 Movie Challenge

  • Week 1: A movie with bad reviews
  • Week 2: A movie you started but never finished
  • Week 3: A movie with a one word title
  • Week 4: A movie a friend recommended
  • Week 5: A movie with a love triangle
  • Week 6: A classic romance
  • Week 7: An Academy Award best picture
  • Week 8: A move by a female character
  • Week 9: A movie based on or turned into a tv show
  • Week 10: A movie with a number in the title
  • Week 11: A movie based entirely on its cover
  • Week 12: A silent movie
  • Week 13: A funny movie
  • Week 14: A movie you own but have never watched
  • Week 15: A movie based on a true story
  • Week 16: A movie with antonyms in the title
  • Week 17: A movie directed by someone under 30
  • Week 18: A movie that made you cry
  • Week 19: A movie you were supposed to see in school but didn’t
  • Week 20: A movie your mom loves
  • Week 21: A movie based on a graphic novel or comic
  • Week 22: A trilogy Part 1
  • Week 23: A trilogy Part 2
  • Week 24: A trilogy Part 3
  • Week 25: A movie made by a director with your initials
  • Week 26: A movie set in a different country
  • Week 27: A movie with nonhuman characters
  • Week 28: A movie from a director you love but haven’t seen yet
  • Week 29: A movie at the bottom of your to-watch list
  • Week 30: A movie with magic
  • Week 31: A documentary
  • Week 32: A movie that came out the year you were born
  • Week 33: A movie you hate
  • Week 34: A movie based on a book
  • Week 35: A movie set in high school
  • Week 36: A musical
  • Week 37: A movie in a language you don’t speak
  • Week 38: A banned movie
  • Week 39: A popular director’s first movie
  • Week 40: A movie longer than 3 hours
  • Week 41: A movie with a color in the title
  • Week 42: A mystery or thriller
  • Week 43: A movie that scares you
  • Week 44: A movie that takes place in your home state
  • Week 45: A collection of short films
  • Week 46: A movie released this year
  • Week 47: A movie set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • Week 48: A memoir
  • Week 49: A movie by a director you’ve never seen before
  • Week 50: A movie set during Christmas
  • Week 51: A movie from your childhood
  • Week 52: A movie set in the future

Living By Pinterest for One Week: An Experiment

In the five years since Pinterest was launched it has become a mecca for DIYers, housewives, moms, and girls planning everything from their weddings to vacations or what they want to wear for Halloween. For all of the good aspects it has to offer some have labeled it as a “churning cycle of interest, hope, inspiration, jealousy, desperation, despair and depression.” Clearly that can’t be good for a person! I disagree- who cares if the carefully planned dream wedding turns out differently? These pins, organized onto digital ‘boards’ are intended to be ideas, ones that can be sorted through and tried out. Not everything has to work out, that’s life! To prove that Pinterest isn’t just a catch all of lost hopes and broken dreams one of my goals for 2015 was to dedicate one week to conduct an experiment: I wanted to see if I could live off Pinterest ideas the entire time, from morning exercises, to an outfit to dinner.

I spent the months leading up to October going onto the Popular page on Pinterest periodically to pin the ideas I wanted to try. As soon as I decided to pull the trigger and go ahead with my experiment I organized my pins onto the days I would try them out. Not every pin I had collected made the final cut. I’ll also go ahead and declare a big Pintrest fail for all pins regarding exercise, cleaning and makeup. Those didn’t happen at all. I did manage to pull together an outfit based on a pin each day (made harder by the fact that my Royals are in the playoffs and of course I have to show my support!) I also put together a new hairstyle (almost) every day, made new dishes, desserts and did daily DIY activities.

I started my experiment on a Friday- all the better to have a weekend right away to get in the swing of things. One thing I learned quickly was that having to do my hair differently and pull together an outfit with restrictions makes getting ready in the morning take a lot more time. If you want to check out the website related to each idea for yourself just click on the heading for each pin, aka ‘outfit’ or ‘hair’.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 2015

Outfit: So I got the shirt right- except it looked dumb tucked in so that didn’t happen, also booties do not exist in my closet so boots had to do.

Hair: I had a heck of a time braiding the very back of my hair without being able to see what was going on. I had to rest several times as my hands were loosing circulation. It’s not a perfect match, but I liked the results well enough.

Dinner: I tried out the Pin, ‘How to Make Pasta Dough by Hand’ and it turned out AMAZING. This super simple recipe was fun and fast. It certainly helped that I have a pasta machine too. I will certainly be using this recipe again!!

Drink: A favorite drink- the amaretto sour. I’ve tried before to make it on my own and failed. I tried the pin for it on the popular page and failed again. Ha!

DIY: I started working on a dog food can made from an old Christmas popcorn tin. I’ll admit, even though I started this project on Friday it wasn’t finished until a week later on Thursday. (Rome was not built in a day either). However, even though my spray painting skills aren’t perfect I love how it turned out!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015

Breakfast: A complete and utter disaster. Think bland porridge. Even worse it smelled amazing while cooking.

Outfit: My favorite all week! Go Royals!!

Hair: This hairstyle took a little while to get somewhat right, but it was fun! It was the kind of change that I was looking for in the experiment.

DIY: I guess my dork is showing, but it was fun figuring out how to write my name in Elvish! Apparently ‘Kelly’ in Elvish means warrior, derived from the forest, wood, & all things Elvish. 🙂

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015

Outfit: A total win!

Hair: A four braid fail, but a win in general when I switched it up!

DIY: A sweet dog collar/tie combo. It is amazing and makes my pug mix Charlie look totally handsome. He’ll have to wear it for his girlfriend that lives down the street.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2015

Outfit: Totally casual look with a Royals twist. Not my finest look but it worked.

Hair: A total fail. My hair did not want to play the ‘casual wave’ game today.

Dinner: Sushi. It was amazing and I love that I now have the powers to make it whenever I want!

DIY: A biosphere, another experiment in itself! We’ll see how long my little aquatic world can sustain itself.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2015

Outfit: Another Royals game day and I think I rocked it out, even if it doesn’t exactly match my style inspiration pin.

Hair: A concept I have been aware of but had not tried before due to my aversion to all things headband-like. Surprisingly I did like the look!

Dinner: Chicken Pad Thai- a nice try but oh my saltiness!! Next time that will need to be dealt with. I couldn’t even finish it it was so terrible.

DIY: I’ve been obsessed with trying out Lush bath bombs and I thought when I saw the ‘make your own Lush bath bomb!’ pin I would try it out. It is a fun process, but can be a little difficult to get them to stick/not fall apart. Maybe a different recipe would work out better. Anyway, it actually worked!!

Dessert: Cream puffs are now my new favorite thing. The cream is AMAZING.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015

Outfit: A total fail. It lasted just a little longer than my photo shoot session.

Hair: Another total fail. It lasted until just about the end of my photo shoot session.

Dinner: Ok, so I admit I got lazy. I made frozen ravioli as the pin wanted, but used a pre-made vodka sauce that I made from my old recipe a few days before. Still it was pretty good!

DIY: I tried a sugar scrub recipe that looks NOTHING like the pin, but did work pretty well I suppose. Fun to make, but I think I’ll stick with store bought scrubs.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2015

Outfit: One of my favorite outfits of the week! It looks great with jeans also.

Hair: Good in concept, but a poor execution. I’ll have to practice so it doesn’t look  so messy in the future.

Dessert: Maybe the best dessert ever. Not just my words either. A Root Beer Float Pie? Heaven.

DIY: Henna is huge on Pinterest currently. I had every intention of following the instructions of how to make your own henna but discovered it would be less expensive to just go out a purchase a kit. It worked well, although I’m tired of it already. Handy tip- henna on your feet will last longer than henna on your hands (aka somewhere that is washed very frequently). I do suggest a towel on your work surface if you try this out. There are also some deals you can get on Amazon if you purchase a pack of cones, however you need to allow for several months of shipping time.

It was a fun week and overall I declare it a rousing success. I found several new recipes I love, made some pretty darn cute things and found several new hairstyles. While a lot of Pinterest is all about good lighting, it doesn’t mean you can’t make or do something equal as good or better.

What are some of the best pins you have found?

Happy New Year/My Goals for 2015!!

Looking back on 2014 it has been a year of growth, new friends and lots of memories! I am looking forward to another year of learning, growing and helping others in 2015. A big thank you for coming along on the ride with me- and a big thank you to those who will be my partners in crime completing some of these goals with me!

2015 Manifesto

Write/Illustrate and (self?) publish a book

Read the Bible all the way through

Get back to my goal weight (aka loose my ‘freshman fifteen’) and get fit!

Go to a museum I’ve never been to before

Conduct an experiment- live one week of my life according to the popular page on Pinterest: clothes, make up, food, crafts, lifestyle, cleaning, etc. etc. etc.

Take part in a flash mob

Explore the ‘tourist traps’ of my home state of Kansas

Have my DNA tested to confirm our knowledge/suspicions of our family genealogy and to help with creating my family tree

Create my family tree

Nurture my green thumb: 1. Make a Harry Potter themed miniature garden, and 2. Make a Lord of the Rings themed miniature garden

Go geocaching

Take a cooking class

Read “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance with Dragons” before the “Game of Thrones” season 5 premier.

Get a another dog!

Learn how to letter press print

Go ziplining

Make a budget for my finances

Go tubing in the snow

30 before 30- visit 30 of the US states before my 30th birthday on September 9. I have 6 more to visit!

 

Check out my past yearly goals- 2012, 2013, and 2014– and my bucket list!

Getting Colorful at The Color Run!

Back in May my friend Anna and I had a father/daughter day at the Color Run! It is advertised as the ‘Happiest 5K on the Planet’ and it really is. We had so much fun, starting even before the word ‘GO!’ Here’s to good time with friends and family, and checking off a goal on my 2014 Manifesto!

A picture of the ‘before’- clean white shirts and no extracurricular color in sight. The threatening rain showers ended right before we hopped out of the car, so we were free to get messy!

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We got our first taste of color at the yellow powder station. We learned quickly to hang out at the stations for a few minutes- liberally applying color ourselves to each other- whether it was invited or not. 😉

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The Kansas City run we were in started in the parking lot near the Chiefs stadium, looped up around the Royals stadium and ended in the far parking lot. You don’t even feel like it’s work – running or walking. There were water stations set up strategically, and a big party with lots of extra color at the end. Here are the ‘After’ pictures!

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The theme of the run was ‘Kaleidoscope’ so they had a big one for groups to pose in. Lots of hamming it up ensued. 🙂

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If you get the opportunity to participate in a Color Run, do not hesitate to do so, you will love it! You exercise, get colorful, and it is super easy to wash off in the shower. Just make sure you bring along sheets for your car ride home!

Aside

In keeping with the spirit of this blog- to live life to the fullest through as many new experiences as possible- I have been slowly compiling the start to my ‘bucket list.’ I dislike that term, but I don’t have a … Continue reading