Weekly Wishes #12 // April

Each Monday night, I link up with The Nectar Collective to share my “wishes” or goals for the week and to see how I did on my goals last week. For Weekly Wishes at the beginning of each month, instead of setting goals for the week, we set goals for the month.

Last Week

1. Read half of The Cuckoo’s Calling. I’m only about a third of the way through.

2. Tackle the dresser to continue spring cleaning. I did not get to this.

3. Start thinking about and planning the next steps for my blog. I did start thinking about it, but I haven’t put pen to paper.

I kind of failed all of these. When I wasn’t busy at work, I was attending a conference at church, and I just did not have a lot of spare time.

April Goals

1. Finish my February and March Project Life layouts. I am most of the way through my February layout, but I haven’t picked it back up for a few weeks.

2. Wrap up our plans for London and Paris! We leave May 7th, and I am counting down the days. I’m a big planner, so I definitely want to have our “must-dos” planned out before going. BUT it is always important to me to leave plenty of time to just roam around and explore the city, so I need to be careful not to over-plan.

3. Get into the habit of taking walks. I do believe that today is the first of many spring days to finally reach the DC area. After April 15th, when I’m back to a normal work schedule, I really want to get out a couple of weekdays each week to enjoy the fresh air.

4. Read two books. This is a goal of mine every month.

5. Go through all my clothes (in my closet, drawers, and storage bins) and get rid of or donate everything I do not wear. Last summer, I turned all of the clothes hangers backwards, and ever since then, I’ve been turning the hangers of clothes I wear forwards so that I can easily see what I haven’t worn for a full year.

6. Write 4 letters to loved ones. Writing letters was one of my weekly goals a couple of weeks ago, and it made me really want to get in the habit of writing them.


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The Sunday Currently, Volume 19


Rainy Sunday morning

All day Friday through Saturday afternoon, Daniel and I were at our church for The Blue Conference. This fantastic conference focused on faith in the workplace and using your vocation as your way of contributing to God’s work on earth. It was fascinating. I’ll be writing a post of the the incredible line up of speakers and the highlights from the event soon.

The conference was definitely the highlight of the week. I had an very hard few days at work physically and emotionally. Part of it was because I had to work harder Monday through Thursday so that I could take off Friday, but there were many other factors that made it completely draining. As a result, I missed my main post of the week (which usually goes up Thursday or Friday). I definitely don’t want this to become a habit, but I can’t be too hard on myself. April 15th (the end of the busiest time of the year for me) cannot get here fast enough.


Reading  The Cuckoo’s Calling. I’m not far (read paragraph above), but I’m definitely drawn into the story!

Writing  my main post for this week in order to avoid having to miss it again

Listening  to Grey’s Anatomy. Catching up on a couple shows on this rainy morning.

Thinking  about how grateful I am for a much-needed slow Sunday morning even if I do have a lot of work to get through this afternoon

Smelling  my coffee

Wishing  for April 16th!

Hoping  for a productive afternoon that will make Monday a little easier

Wearing  pajamas

Loving  that I can check off cleaning the apartment on my weekend to-do list

Wanting  to wake up! I’m feeling very groggy this morning.

Needing  to get outside today, even if it’s raining

Feeling  slow and groggy

Clicking  Bloglovin’ and a couple of restaurant reviews of potential anniversary dinner spots in Paris

Enjoy your day!

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Weekly Wishes #11


Each Monday night, I link up with The Nectar Collective to share my “wishes” or goals for the week and to see how I did on my goals last week.

Can I just say how much I love setting these goals? Even though I haven’t done extremely well meeting each goal every week, it definitely helps a lot to have the accountability of posting my results on here. There are several things I did this week to meet my goals that I would not have been motivated to do if I had not posted them here. This is such a fun, productive link-up! It helps me to motivate myself to not be as lazy as my cat Banana (pictured above) – which is very tempting to do.

Last Week

1. Continue spring cleaning by organizing our desk and the rest of our office nook.  Our desk is looking nice and organized now! I decided not to bother with the drawers that my husband uses for his things (he likes hiding his clutter away) – but all of the other drawers and spaces are now organized!

2. Finish The 4-Hour Workweek.  I finished this on Sunday. It was a really enjoyable and interesting read, despite the somewhat “jerk-ish” and arrogant tone that the author uses. This book won’t apply to everyone – it really is mostly for people who don’t enjoy their jobs or are looking for a way to free up their time to pursue things other than their career. Also, he places very little value on his relationships with other people in the workplace; his co-workers are portrayed mostly as an inconvenience and a nuisance. Again, I enjoyed the ideas in the book because I always love to hear different views on work and career, and Ferriss offers a very unique and different view along with great advice on time management, efficiency, and starting your own business.

My husband and I have dreams we want to pursue in the future that will allow for more time for the things we love and enjoy: serving others, traveling, reading, taking classes, investing in new hobbies, spending more time with loved ones, etc. And if we put some of the advice given in the book into practice, we just might be able to have that extra time at some point in the future! We will see.

3. Do my usual exercise goal of going to the gym four times during the week. Yes! Finally, met this goal this week. I think I’m going to stop listing this as a goal – it’s getting repetitive, and I’m always going to have this goal in the back of my mind.

4. Finish my next travel post or AT LEAST make good progress on it. I made a little progress.

5. Write a letter or two to people I love “just because”. I’m so happy to say that I wrote these letters! Daniel and I wrote a letter to our sponsored child Moses, and I wrote one to my lovely sister.

This Week

1. Read half of The Cuckoo’s Calling. I attempted to start this book a few weeks ago, but then I had an incident where the electronic library copy didn’t transfer correctly onto my Nook, so I lost it and had to get back on the waiting list at the library.

2. Tackle the dresser. I’m continuing my spring cleaning and want to organize the drawers and the top of our bedroom dresser (including the things that have accumulated in the hidden corner by the dresser). Hopefully, I’ll be getting rid of some t-shirts and other clothing items that I don’t use.

3. Start thinking about and planning the next steps for my blog. I’ve put this off because of busy season at work, so even though I still have 3 more weeks of busy season, I’d like to at least start thinking about my next steps. My husband is a web developer, so this summer he is going to be helping me switch over to a new blog design that I can better personalize and use. My current wordpress.com template has made it nearly impossible for me to make changes that I want – my biggest issue is the comment system and how I can’t use Disqus.  Also, I am unable to purchase outside blog templates.

Another blog-related step I’m considering taking is getting into Twitter. I have an account in my maiden name that I never ever use; I always say my husband tweets enough for the both of us. :) But, I think with having a blog and everything, it’s time for me to get into it. If you are a regular user of your Twitter account, what do you like about it? Is it a “must-do” for a newish blogger?

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The Sunday Currently, Volume 18


Buckwheat Banana Pancakes for Saturday brunch at Copperwood Tavern

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It has been such a great weekend. Friday I had a lovely dinner with my friend Kaitlin while Daniel hosted a game night and pizza at our apartment for a couple of friends. Saturday I made it to my favorite yoga/pilates class at the gym, we ate brunch outside at a restaurant in Shirlington we had been dying to try (Copperwood Tavern – yum! Pictured above.), we went to see Divergent in theaters (very good!), and then we spent the rest of the evening at Barnes and Noble planning Paris, reading, and working. Today we will attend church, try to get some things done around the apartment, and go to small group.


Reading  The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. Almost done! The author has some really interesting advice. I’m thinking I’ll give a short review with my Weekly Wishes tomorrow or Tuesday.

Writing  in my planner. Lots of fun things to look forward to post-busy season!

Listening  to the Explosions in the Sky Pandora station – an old favorite

Thinking  that I’m really excited to have discovered my grocery store’s pick up service.  I can order all of my groceries through an app (in which I can also make lists to automatically add on to future orders), select a pick up time, and then just drive up to the store at my pick up time for someone to bring my bags right to my car. The best part is that this is apparently a totally free service, and they don’t allow tipping. Too good to be true? We almost always do our big grocery runs on the weekend when it is the most crowded, so this would definitely save us time. Have any of you used a grocery pick-up service? What do you think?

Smelling  my Cranberry Pear Bellini BBW candle

Wishing  I could implement some of the tips that Timothy Ferriss suggests in his book I’m reading (see “Reading” above)

Hoping  for another absolutely gorgeous day like yesterday. It was almost 70 degrees, and I was wearing flip-flops for the first time this year

Wearing  pajamas

Loving  looking at pictures of my family on Facebook. Some of them participated in the Bearathon yesterday – a half marathon that Baylor (my alma mater) puts on every year, and I’ve enjoyed scrolling through those pictures.

Wanting  to nail down all of our plans for London and Paris. We have spent some time in Barnes & Noble going through stacks of travel books on both places and making lists of things we want to do, but now we have to narrow the lists down because they are huge. Let me know if any of you have suggestions on things we cannot miss! Also, we will be in Paris for our 3rd anniversary, and we are looking for a great place to eat that won’t break the bank.

Needing  to be productive today

Feeling  happy and blessed

Clicking  TripAdvisor sites for London and Paris and, of course, my Bloglovin’ feed

Enjoy your day!

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Exploring DC: Union Market

Last Saturday, Spring was in the air in DC. It was a beautiful 65 degrees, and we decided it would be a shame to stay indoors working all day. So we made plans to meet good friends at Union Market in DC for a long lunch. We were especially eager to get out because Snowstorm Wiley was on his way to meet us the following Monday morning.


We didn’t actually realize that the market was indoors, but it was still a great way to enjoy the weather because they opened up all the entryways to let the fresh air in. The market is made up of a variety of food stands, a few cute shops, and one sit-down restaurant, all in a big warehouse-type building.


The flower stand had some really pretty options that made me even more excited for Spring!




One of the shops inside the market, Salt and Sundry, sold all types of homegood items along with stationery, craft items, and a fabulous candle selection. It reminded me a lot of Anthropologie without the clothes (unfortunately, it was priced the same as well).


We enjoy brunch at Bidwell Restaurant. It was a long wait but that is expected for brunch on a Saturday.


I ordered a spinach, goat cheese, and mushroom omelette with sides of potato hash and salad. Yum!



What trip to a market is complete without some ice cream in the sun?



Or some empanadas to take home and eat for dinner later?


Before we left, we stopped at the No. 1 Son’s  pickle stand to get some District Dills and Teaism to get a new tea to try. It was a great day, and we look forward to going back to try out some of the other tasty food stands!

Weekly Wishes #10


This was the view outside my window today as I worked from home. Where are you, Spring?

Each Monday night, I link up with The Nectar Collective to share my “wishes” or goals for the week and to see how I did on my goals last week.

I had a great weekend, but it was busy. Since the weekend is the time I’m usually able to work the most on my goals, I once again didn’t do too well on them.

Last Week

1. Start my spring cleaning by organizing and cleaning out our file cabinet. I was able to do this last night! It was so nice to get all of those old, unnecessary files thrown away.

2. Read half of The 4-Hour WorkweekI haven’t read half of it – more like one-third.

3. Do my usual exercise goal of going to the gym four times during the week. I went three times. Better than the past two weeks!

4. Finish my next travel post.  No, I didn’t finish.

This Week

1. Continue spring cleaning by organizing our desk and the rest of our office nook.

2. Finish The 4-Hour Workweek.

3. Do my usual exercise goal of going to the gym four times during the week. I went to BodyPump tonight, and I’m trying really hard to get up for 6am cycling in the morning! The hardest part will be getting myself to bed early enough tonight.

4. Finish my next travel post or AT LEAST make good progress on it. Let’s try this again.

5. Write a letter or two to people I love “just because”. I love letters, and I don’t write them enough.

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The Sunday Currently, Volume 17


Despite working a good part of the day yesterday, it has been a nice weekend. Daniel and I were able to take a long lunch break Saturday to visit DC’s Union Market with some friends. I’ll probably put together a short post about it this week – it was such a fun little market.

The highlight of today was getting to see my aunt and cousins who were in the area. We met them at a play place so that the little ones could run off all their energy before flying home. Their flights are around the time I’m writing this, so they are getting out of the DC area right before the next snow storm hits! Yes, another snow storm is coming our way…. This would normally excite me, but I think I’m done with the cold days that leave no room for getting out into the fresh air. It’s time for Spring!


Reading  The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. So far, it’s a pretty interesting read, but I have not gotten as far as I would have liked.

Writing  not much – just reading things

Listening  to the usual Sunday afternoon Starbucks noises

Thinking  that I’m really missing my family and friends in Texas today

Smelling  my vanilla rooibos tea and my Warm & Cozy VS body spray

Wishing  I could train my body to wake up early on weekends like most people my age seem to have done. I love the early morning, but if I don’t have an urgent reason to be up, I won’t get out of bed before 9 or 10. During my busier weekends like this one, I tend to not work out, but if I were able to get up earlier, I could get in a good workout before the busyness of the day began.

Hoping  that everyone stays safe and warm during the snow storm tonight

Wearing  my new GAP jeans, boots (hoping it’s the last time to wear these this winter), and a sweater

Loving  Dave Barnes‘ new album that I just purchased. We also recently bought tickets to his concert here in April!

Wanting  to not be sleepy

Needing  to clean my apartment at some point today

Feeling  burnt out but trying to remember the little joys in the daily grind. Oh yes, and slightly sad because we finally finished up the entire Friday Night Lights series last night. I’m sad for it to end!

Clicking  the news. I’m very sadden and frightened by the missing Malaysia Flight 370. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and to everyone around the world searching and trying to figure out what exactly happened.

I hope that you are enjoying this lovely Sunday too!

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