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Ending the year with a bang!

I'm probably echoing what every other person is saying this week, but I honestly cannot believe it is December already.  I feel like 2013 flew by, and I can't say I'm sad about that.  I feel like 2014 has a lot of happiness ahead, and I can't wait to get there!  In the meantime, here are a few goals to say goodbye to this month with a bang!

1. Declutter my life. Yes, I want to keep my house clean, but I mean more electronically, if you will.  I've started defriending some of the 1,000+ friends I have on Facebook (if our only connection is GWU, where 10k students went, then I don't need you on my newsfeed).  Not to be mean, but I don't like scrolling through a ton of posts I don't care about to reach the ones I do care about.  I love keeping up with friends all over the country on FB, so I'm cutting out the excess.  I'm also going to go through and unsubscribe to the millions of spam emails I get.  I always delete them and ignore them, but taking the extra minute to unsubscribe will be worth it for my sanity. :)

2. Learn Lightroom 5.  I love taking pictures, but I don't know much about editing beyond the simple iPhoto tools.  But, on Black Friday there was a killer deal and I got Lightroom 5 and over $450 worth of presets and instructional videos for $100.  So now that I have it all, I want to learn to use it!  I'll be taking tons of vacation pictures later this month, so I want to make them fantastic!

3. Get my tan on in Puerto Rico! 24 days.  But who's counting?

4. Do well on my finals.  Next week is finals week, and hopefully I'll knock 'em dead and keep my nice pretty 'Bama GPA before I load up on a crazy semester in the spring.

5. Find out what's wrong with me!  When you're reading this I will probably still be in my 2-5 hour hydrogen breath test to test how my body absorbs carbs and such... should be fun. ;)

6. Rebrand my bloggy blog. I already have the new name and domain, and I think this one will stick.  I think my problem has been basing my blog name too much on my stage of life, and not me.  Since my life changes so much from year to year, I feel like I have moved on from my blog name, and that's no bueno.  My new name fits my personality, and how I live my life, so I think it will be great inspiration! 

7. Listen to Christmas music, all day every day. 


So, I could have done a little better during November...

Help Dom raise money for No Shave November.  
Oops! I'm glad I'm reading this now.  I was waiting until the end of the month so I could "pay him to shave it" and forgot!  I'll be donating a little late as soon as I finish this post. :)

2. Throw a Friendsgiving! Success!  It was so much fun.  You can read all about it here!

3. Make at least 1 new meal a week.  Eh, could have been better.  We tried some new things, but working late kind of got in the way.  Definitely adding this to my December goals list!

4. Be more intentional about blogging.  Yes and no.  While I haven't been too awesome about posting, I have a lot of ideas for kicking off 2014 with a bang. 

5. Help my best friend celebrate turning 25! Check!  It was so much fun! 

6.  Get home to visit. Yes!! SO happy.

7.  Have our Christmas tree up by December 1. Done.  Love our little tree!

8. Use all my cute fall clothes that were stored away all last year and make some cute outfits!  Yes sir.  My amazing stitch fixes have helped a ton too!

9. Try to get most of my Christmas shopping done by December 1.  So thankful about this.  I did some work on Black Friday, and almost all of my main presents are purchased...just need some gifts for some members of Dom's family!

10. Wear lipstick when out in public. Yes. Love it. 


  1. I wrote pretty much the same post today! I can't believe the year is almost over!

  2. What Lightroom tutorials and presets did you get? I've been using Lightroom for awhile (though not successfully) and I'm looking for something to help me out. Good luck on your finals!

  3. I love goals lists :) And I'm so excited for 2014, right there with ya! I know it's going to be a big year for both of us!!

  4. Interested in seeing your re-branding, I know whatever you choose will be wonderful.

    I can't wait to see your awesome vacation pictures, I'm so jealous you'll be some place warm and beachy!

  5. Puerto Rico sounds nice right about now!!

    And I soooo agree about the Facebook thing. I finally deleted a whole ton of random people I friended in my college years! It was the best feeling ever!! ha!

  6. New branding?! WHAT! I am excited to see!!!!

  7. Horray on the blog revamping! Can't wait to see- I've got that in my top 5 "to do's" at the moment also! I feel like I should have strongly thought about my FIRST blog name instead of making a 2 minute decision.. there needs to be some form of a decision making process with a flow chart. Just saying!

  8. Oh man, new bloggy name? Very exciting!


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