Stop spending money you don’t have and other grown up mistakes

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  • Stress shop
  • Spend more than I earn
  • Say yes to dinners, parties, and events I cannot afford
  • Buy lunch more than once a week (baby steps)
  • Be chronically late and take an uber to work
  • Binge on cookies, cupcakes, or other sugar disasters provided in the office


  • Budget every month
  • Review all credit cards and stop spending!
  • Workout three times a week
  • Make my lunch
  • Eat more healthy snacks
  • Drink water
  • Clean room and closet on a far more regular basis
  • Donate clothes I do not wear
  • Write three times a week as stress relief/reflective practice

I just ordered a pizza on my credit card and ate the last of some Talenti gelato because perspective. However some Bridget Jones style life goaling was in order. July, you have fucked me over but I will not be defeated. I will take my broke ass and get focused!!!! I will get back on the hamster wheel of grown-upness and make it happen.

Tomorrow I will get on the scale, cry, get off the scale, and work out. I will buy vegetables for consumption from the farmer’s market or Trader Joe’s. I will not spend money on beautiful, expensive, organic food from Whole Foods…money that I do not have. Oh and I will buy dish soap because I should also wash dishes.


I requested off two days from work to clean out my closet and get rid of crap. I’m going to actually finish that damn Marie Kondo book.

Step 1) Bridget Jones type journaling.

Step 2) Read Marie Kondo book. Clearly reading self help type book = grown up.

Step 3) Start working out over the next week in lead up to “4 day staycation aka grown-up retreat.”

Step 4) Read Whole30 to prepare for paleo type eating in mid-August/September.

Ok, so I took off 8/8 & 8/9 on a whim based on a workshop I was at on Thursday. Let me back up, Thursday the University held a professional development conference for staff. I selected a couple of workshops primarily on balance, mindfulness, and putting your vision into action. Cheesy, I know. There was still some solid shizz discussed though and I walked away with some useful tips. One such tip was take vacation! JUST DO IT! Even if you’re broke and can’t go anywhere. So I’m having my own grown-up little staycation and going to focus on some me stuff that I want to fuckin’ tackle.

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  1. Workout every day (maybe even twice a day). I’m going to take a Hipline class, barre method, and do some running.
  2. Wash all my clothes.
  3. Donate everything I don’t wear.
  4. Organize closet.
  5. Read everyday.
  6. Drink smoothies.
  7. Eat healthy lunch salad.
  8. No tv (unless on in background while closet working ie Gilmore Girls on Netflix)
  9. Listen to music and podcasts only.
  10. Do some mindful/reflective zen shizz about what I want, what makes me happy, and ways to improve life.


That was some solid work, peeps. I’m drinking water not booze and going to watch some Great British Baking and call it a night.






I plan on starting 2015 like the Goblin King himself

Dear Interwebs,
The holidays swallowed me whole and on the last day of work before vacation was to begin, I awoke with a nasty son of a bee cold…which later developed into a very sexy hacking cough. I’ve never been sick for Christmas and I do not recommend it. Even delicious tamales and wine cannot make you forgot that you are feeling like shizz balls and would prefer to be in pajamas.

Today, six days later, I’m finally starting to feel better. There’s still a cough and I’m wiped pretty easily but improving. Clearly all my plans to exercise, blog, and everything else went out the goddamn window.

Really, Interwebbies, all that there’s time for is cleaning my messy casita and giving myself a pedicure before our NYE guests arrive. I have to squeeze in a quick brunch with my homegirl manana and then it’s all about the CLEANING!!! Straight up Cinderella style.

I am ready for 2015…well not yet..but you know metaphorically. 2014 YOU SUCKED!!!!!! This was just a plain old shizz fest and I am ready for a new year with new hopes, goals, some dreaming, and some success. That’s the cool thing about new year is it gives you a chance to dream about something different, maybe even new, like blowing out candles on a cake. Granted, you can start fresh any day of the damn year but there’s something fresh and clean about the new year.

I want so much and so little for 2015. I remember reading somewhere about choosing a word to describe your year and what you want to reflect in your life. I guess for 2015 I want to be inspired. I want to wake up to dreams with the energy to chase them and not be scared. Maybe a little less cynical. That would be nice. I mean within reason since clearly my sarcasm is the main reason the few of you check back in…that and my witty self deprecating banter..clearly đŸ˜‰


Sigh, that’s frightful. What does inspired mean??? Let’s check with Webster’s shall we?

Full Definition of INSPIRED: outstanding or brilliant in a way or to a degree suggestive of divine inspiration

Hmmm, ok. How about INSPIRATION (noun)
: something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create

: a force or influence that inspires someone

: a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something

: a good idea

INSPIRED to take care of myself, inspired to learn more, to dream more, and chase crazy silly fulfilling ideas. That’s what this little brown girl is hoping for in 2015. I want to let the stress go and all the pain and worry I carried around last year. Changing my outlook….hmmm…. I may need a book for that.

Running is definitely back on the agenda as soon as I’m not coughing like a Granny who spent her youth on the strip with a pack a day habit. Once I get paid in January, I’m throwing some cash at the Livermore half marathon and making my training official. There’s something that’s soulful for me with running and seems to bring me a deeper sense of peace. Trust Interwebbies, that is the type of thing I need for the new year.

Anyways, your lbg is alive and survived the holidays. I enjoyed them a little less than usual due to being crazy sick and missing my little Grandma but all and all I survived. Now, if I could just get over this cough. Although perhaps the 9:30 ice cream binges aren’t helping. Hell, at least I’m chasing it with a cough drop and some Dayquil.

That being said, I hope your holiday kicked ass! Perhaps, you have something fun planned for NYE? I’d love to hear about it or perhaps you’re a wise old lady and will be drinking for cheap in your glorious living room in sweatpants. HEAVEN.


Your moment of zen.
Yes, that is David Bowie aka the Goblin King. Dance Magic Dance, b-i!