Resolution-ing

Two thousand fifteen.  We are as far away from 2000 as we are now from 2030.  I don’t remember where I heard that after Christmas but it blew my mind.  I remember the 1999-2000 New Year’s.  I was in 3rd grade, Oregon Trail was still good, I exchanged Best Friends necklaces with someone for the first time.  To think that I am now living exactly in between that Katherine and 2030 Katherine is equal parts frightening and exciting.

Anyway!  January!  Latin: ianuarius, named for Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions.  Funny how these things work out, ain’t it?  2014 was a doozy of a year.  We moved twice, the second time all the way across the country.  I left my first big girl job and got another one, this time (hopefully) more aligned with what I’d like to do long-term career wise.   I (maybe) figured out what I want to do long-term career wise.  Collin and have now spent our longest time apart since we moved in together.  Presently, he’s halfway done a two week trip to China for work.  I ran a 5k.  Like I said, a doozy.

Thus, 2014 ended.  On NYE actually we went to bed at 11 PM and woke up at 11 AM.  So we started 2015 on a GREAT, fully rested foot.  I’ve got my fingers crossed that the year continues to follow that pattern because man alive, I felt like a million bucks that morning.

And so we come to the the traditional resolution making segment!  The thing about resolutions is that I have this problem of thinking about them as a success vs. failure thing.  If I make this resolution in January, and December Katherine can’t make it happen, then what does that mean?  Does that mean my whole year was a bust?  Classic Katherine to put that much pressure on something that’s not intended that way and to see things as black and white, right and wrong, success and failure.

This year I’m going to try to keep my resolutions a little grayer, and little more flexible, a little me forgiving. And with that: the resolutions or whatever!

Fitness

  • Work towards running a 10k by the time I’m 24
  • Keep doing yoga and learn how to do an armstand

Intellectual

  • Take some technical writing classes, maybe complete a full course
  • Read new books instead of always re-reading old ones

Culinary

  • Perfect JUST ONE vegan baking recipe (because cookies, man, I miss them)

Financial

  • Stick to a savings plan because my bank account is very very sad after a month of unemployment/moving across the country
  • Curb the impulse spending

Personal

  • Stay happy.  Above all things, stay happy.
Kennebunk Beach, Christmas Day 2014

Kennebunk Beach, Christmas Day 2014

Merry 2015, babes, and good luck resolution-ing.

The Great Purge

On Sunday afternoon, I pulled everything out of my closet.  Everything out of the drawers and those trusty winter storage boxes that somehow always manage to spell just a little musty.  I laid out all of my things on my bed carefully and then started making piles, the main pile was, of course, the Eliminate Pile.
Since starting my first big girl job in a business casual office, I’ve been struggling to keep a grasp on my personal style while also being work appropriate.  And, not surprisingly, made the classic mistake of trying to acquire as many pieces as I could all in the name of “keeping my options open”.  The problem was, with more options, came more indecision and insecurity.
So began the Great Purge.  Everything that I either hadn’t worn more than twice maximum this year got thrown in The Pile.  Let me tell you, there are not many things that are quite as therapeutic as getting rid of sh!t you don’t need!
I’ve donated clothes before and Saver’s is a godsend to get rid of things you just don’t want to deal with anymore.  It seemed a shame, however, to lose out on such an investment.  Earlier this summer, with our move from Newmarket, Collin and I explored Second Time Around.  I must say, I enjoy shopping there, I did not like selling there.  Their policy is to evaluate the donated items based on use (fine), age (alright), and, most of all, brand (wait.).  I mean, I get that.  I shop by brand too.  But it was the unworthy feeling of having some of my belongings labeled as “lesser” that I really didn’t like.
So this time, with my Pile, I looked online for some other options.  There are sites that operate a lot like STA – thredUp and Twice.  These are, honestly, really nice options if you a) have a closet full of brand name things and/or b) don’t really care.  I decided to use Poshmark because it gave me the ability to list all of my clothes and price them as I thought was appropriate.  I’ve even made one sale!  I’m not sure if I’ll be able to sell all of my clothes and I may end up mailing them to a third party to pick through or donating them to Saver’s, but, right now, I really like the control I have.
SHAMELESS PLUG: If you have ever wanted to shop through my closet or have no idea who I am and are interested on gr8 dealz, check out my closet!  Seriously, I listed almost 40 pieces (WOW) on there.
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I’m making the commitment to myself, to keep my wardrobe down to the essentials and down to pieces that I truly love.  It’s so much easier to get ready in the morning and to go about your day when you know that you’re always putting something on that you feel 100% comfortable in.  And all the extra space is really nice!

Happy (almost) Fall!

Hi hello, welcome to September!  I love this time of year.  To be fair, I love most times of the year except those days in the middle of July when it feels like you skin is melting off (too hot) and the last days of March when there is still snow on the ground no matter how sunny it’s been outside.  Fall is my favorite, though.  It’s not bitterly cold like Winter, but you can finally breathe again after the heat and humidity of the summer, and it’s so beautiful, especially in New England where people travel to see the leaves (seriously).

Last Fall on Central Street in Newmarket.  Black & white film

Last Fall on Central Street in Newmarket. Black & white film

MY TOP 10 FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT FALL IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

1. Wearing tall socks

And, more generally, shoes that require tall socks (boots!). I like the change over and keeping my feet toasty.

2. Taking my sweaters out of storage

They smell equal parts like the tuperware they’ve lived in for the summer and moth balls, which makes no sense since I don’t use moth balls, and the first time you pull one on, you realize how cold you’ve been for days.

3. Mulled apple cider

As someone who does not enjoy tea, I very much like the second option for a hot beverage that isn’t coffee.

4. Apple everything

Picking them, eating them, baking and cooking with them.

5. My birthday (!!!)

C’mon guys, that’s not a surprise.

6. The foliage

It’s breathtaking and it changes every single day.  I almost crashed my car (exaggeration) several times last fall because the trees next to the on-ramp where so spectacular!

7. Decorative Gourd Season Motherf*ckers

Always. 

8. Seeing your breath for the first time

I’m a weirdo that loves the cold but that’s why I moved here!

9. That all the summer tourists have gone home

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that the tourist industry is huge and very beneficial for New England, but it’s also really nice to be able to walk around town without getting mowed down by angry travelers and to get a dinner reservation on the weekends.

10. “Fall Jackets”

They don’t provide any real warmth, but it feels so nice to give them some air time and have an extra set of sleeves in the chillier mornings even if you know you won’t need the coat in the afternoon.

I know, I know it’s not “technically” fall yet. But the last 2 nights have been a little chilly, I’m wearing one of my favorite sweaters for the first time in a while, and I’m to excited to wait to blog about it on 9/23/14!

What are your favorite things about fall?