austin fun adventures + results of goal planning

Oh, hey.

I took a week off from blogging to chaotically get my life together before my friends came to stay this past weekend. Boy, I am exhausted today. That three day weekend life is nice (two weeks in a row)! Feels like a Monday, but is a Tuesday. Hoping these next few days fly by! I think everybody’s working for the weekend this week.

The last two weeks have been crazy! September is already shaping up to be a promising and adventure filled month. My birthday weekend we went to Oasis Texas Brewing Company right on Lake Travis, such a gorgeous view on Lake Travis!

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While celebrating my 25th birthday, I took a trip to the San Marcos outlets with my friend Kim and of course brunched hard on a Monday. Aaron then took me out to dinner at El Alma for a “nice” view and some yummy Mexican food. The only thing is, the food was the only good part. Didn’t really have the best experience – the atmosphere was pretty dull and the view honestly wasn’t great. Maybe I was more concerned about getting eaten alive by all the mosquitos. My margarita didn’t even taste like it had any tequila, instead it tasted like a not-so-great bloody mary (sorry friends, not a bloody type of gal). Anyways, wouldn’t recommend that spot unless you get food to go, because I truly did like the food! End rant about birthday dinner.

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This past weekend has been insane! We had the pleasure of being with friends from Milwaukee and I got to meet Aaron’s friends from San Francisco. I did ALL of the Austin things over the weekend.

Friday, I had a lovely half day courtesy of working for an awesome company who cares about our personal lives, and went to meet up with Aaron and his friends, Dana and Kyle, down off east 6th and bar hopped during happy hour. Saturday, I picked up Hayley and her boyfriend Jack up at the airport and immediately started our day off with brunch at good ol’ Kerbey Lane. We then went to the Capitol and admired the beautiful architecture of the largest capitol building in the US. After strolling around downtown, we went to The Art of Brew.

The Art of Brew was a free event that showcased different contemporary art, craft beer, music and food. These communities collaborated together to provide an amazing event for the public and collected generous donations to offset the cost. I tried some amazing beer there this weekend! I’m already excited for next year’s event. But first, I have to go to the Texas Craft Beer Festival held on September 19th at Fiesta Gardens.

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We hit up Shake Shack for dinner (yes, it is as good as the hype) and napped until the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. Tall Boyz was an improv troupe from Milwaukee, and they were by far the best performance of that night! Had a lot of fun laughing my butt off at Coldtowne Theatre off Airport.

Sunday was another fantastic day! We went to The Salt Lick and ate some delicious barbecue and then headed to Jester King to drink farmhouse ales. After spending a lot of money at Jester King on some amazing bottles of beer, we got Lick ice cream and then headed to swim. We were recommended to go to the Barton Creek Greenbelt to only find after a 2 mile hike that  there was no water! The Texas heat and sun dried up all of the water again from the greenbelt. That didn’t stop us though, we headed over to Barton Springs and cooled off instantly in the 70 degree creek.

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Monday’s adventures were the hottest. We went to free yoga day and I tried out a different studio down the street. Next door is a pretty good taco place, so afterwards we of course had to get breakfast tacos. The rest of the day was explored around Lake Austin at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters and climbing Mount Bonnell. We ended the night seeing the bats on South Congress right at dusk, such an amazing sight! So happy that I got to see my friend Hayley from Milwaukee and also got to meet new people!

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{results of goal planning}

To keep it short about my results and goals, I feel like I have learned a lot about making short term goals.

The last three weeks I have been keeping pretty consistent goals, therefore making them a part of my lifestyle. I am staying active three days a week every week, I drink a ton more water than I normally do, and I dedicate a day or two a week to clean up my house and make it feel like a home.

I found that when I throw around too many big goal ideas at once and don’t stick to them for more than a week, I will probably not achieve that goal.

I also learned that scheduling is key. If I don’t schedule some of these bigger goals that I need to accomplish in my calendar, it won’t happen.

I’m going to continue making goals for myself, but I think more on a monthly basis.

This project I was a part of let me write out my action plans and made me feel more accountable all around. Can’t believe 7 weeks flew by so quickly!

I also have been thinking about what I want to utilize this space more for, and I’m planning to do more Austin Lifestyle/Personal Lifestyle posts going forward. I hope you stick around to see more what I have planned!

xo Cheryl

accountability sisterhood: week four results + week five goals

Happy Wednesday!

I have to admit, I am very late to writing this post! We are in the middle of the week and I’m already achieving my goals that I have made for this week.

Thankfully, life is getting a little less hectic. Busy season at work is coming to a stop and I’m finding new ways to work on my personal development. I have been going to yoga with Brittany and Germaine a lot recently, which ultimately makes me a lot happier because I’m active! Weekends have been jammed pack with fun summer activities and hanging out with friends.

I’m beginning to realize more and more that I am really happy in Austin, not sure if I will leave! I will always be a Midwestern girl at heart though, got those Wisconsin roots! One thing that is coming up that I am truly missing out on is fall in Wisconsin. Everyone is gearing up for sweater weather, pumpkin spiced lattes and cute boots up north, and I’m still here wearing shorts and flip flops for at least another 2-3 months. I do miss home a lot and I am hoping to be there over the holidays sometime. I wear a little piece of home on myself now because this past Friday I finally committed to getting a beautiful piece of artwork tattooed on me, done by Kegan at Golden Age Tattoo in Austin. He did a great job on my first larger piece with color, I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants more of an animated floral look!

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This weekend we also celebrated Aaron’s 26th birthday by having dinner and drinks with friends. We tried out Jacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile in East Austin and had some really great food and surprise cakes! I would recommend this place for a date night or special occasion. Definitely get there for happy hour, it really lowers the cost! IMG_1955

Thanks to all of those who celebrated Aaron’s birthday and my early birthday! I’m looking forward to my actual birthday this coming Monday. So here we go with results and goals! Going to keep my goals for week five short and simple, so I don’t have an explanation really for each this week.


{Week four results}

>>goal one<<

  • Be active at least 3 days this week

>>results<<

I did it! Monday and Thursday I went to yoga with Brittany at Sunstone Fit and Friday I did yoga at work during our once a month yoga session in the conference room. Wednesday I challenged myself and ran for about 20 minutes outside with my dog. That was pretty killer in 100 degree weather, going to wait till October to try that again!

>>goal two<<

  • Eat out only 3 times this week

>>results<<

Went out 4 times, almost kept it to 3! Saturday was a double whammy because of Aaron’s birthday and going out twice in one day. But we deserved it.

>>goal three<<

  • Drink two 32oz bottles of water a day

>>results<<

Switched my bottle from the 32oz jug to a 750ml camelback and improved my drinking habits to 96oz a day! I really feel great and more energized because of drinking more water. It also helps me snack less at work if I drink more water. I like the smaller bottle because it forces me to get up and out of my chair at work and to go to the fountain to grab water and maybe socialize.


 {Week five goals}

>>goal one<<

  • Keep up with drinking more water

>>goal two<<

  • Be active at least 3 days this week

>>goal three<<

  • Clean out the second bedroom

REALLY need to crack down on this third one. I’ve scheduled some time to do this, it’s super important because I have guests coming September 4th!


Well, I’m halfway through the week! Looking forward to the weekend, I’m going kayaking on Town Lake and hopefully brunching and relaxing. Two more works days!

Thanks for reading again, I am super happy with goal setting and sharing my results with my friends and family.

xo Cheryl

accountability sisterhood: week two results + week three goals

It’s Monday already?! Where did the weekend go…? If the week is going to be anything like it has been today, it will be Friday before I know it. I have a feeling that I’m going to jinx that!

I had a lovely weekend with friends since the hubs was out of town in San Francisco for work. Friday, I went out for a friend’s birthday and got to dress up to mourn the loss of her twenties (such a fun idea, by the way). Saturday, I went to the Austin Ice Cream festival and sweat an ungodly amount while waiting in line for deliciousness. That day felt like two separate days – later at night I had Kim over we made dinner and watched a movie together. So chill and relax!

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To finish the weekend, Sunday I went to a few breweries with friends and once again died from the heat. We took so many failed selfies and I always seemed to look at Jess’ camera right when she was taking a candid. I got to finally go to Circle Brewery and Red Horn Coffeehouse and Brewery. Such neat places, I especially need to go back to Red Horn in Cedar Park. They serve Rishi tea and it made me think about my home city, Milwaukee. Our original plan was to go to Pinthouse Pizza for dinner, and we finally made it there. I tried such a refreshing beer called Agua Loko; it had cucumber, watermelon and mint in it! Delicious and crisp.

At Redhorn Coffeehouse and Brewery

Failed selfies!

So this week felt a little off, I don’t think I accomplished as many of my goals as I would’ve liked to. But it’s okay! I’m hoping to recover this week by making my goals smaller and more attainable. Here you have it! Week 2 results + Week 3 goals:


{week two results}

>>goal one<<

  • Keep being productive at home with organization and making it feel more like a home.

>>results<<

I think I did home productivity a little different than this. I kept up with dishes, took out the garbage on time (Now that I live in a house, I have to be aware of when trash is picked up rather than walking to a dumpster), put away laundry and kept my bedroom clean. I didn’t unpack anymore and kind of left all of those boxes in the second bedroom to be opened some other time. I would say this wasn’t accomplished to it’s full extent.

>>goal two<<

  • Go to yoga 2-3 times this week

>>results<<

Germaine and I went to two hot cardio-yoga classes this past week, and boy did they kick my butt! I almost threw up during the cardio-yoga class called Sweat. I know now to eat a little better the day of and also not to do a million burpees. I would say that I accomplished this goal, it felt great going!

>>goal three<<

  • Utilize the First 5 app and wake up with God’s Word every day. With this in mind, need to wake up earlier this week because of a new start time and I want to wake up earlier anyways to start reading this daily.

>>results<<

Well I realized that I don’t do well with reading a screen immediately when I wake up, especially when it’s pretty dark in my room still. This app didn’t really work for me to wake up to. I have my iPhone set to Do Not Disturb every night so I don’t hear any vibrating noises or buzzes. This app requires you to not have your phone set to vibrate/mute and you can’t have Do Not Disturb on as well. Which means I will not wake up if I try to rely on it just to wake me up. Instead, I read the passages/devotion at work while I was sipping coffee, still trying to wake up. That works a lot better for me, especially since I sleep until the very last second I can.


{week three goals}

>>goal one<<

  • Look over finances with Aaron and plan for a monthly allowance so we don’t feel so suffocated by paying only bills.

>>action steps<<

  1. Make a spreadsheet of every bill we pay in a month
  2. Make an amount dedicated to savings
  3. Make an amount dedicated to allowance

>>goal two<<

  • Work out three times this week

>>action steps<<

  1. My work out is defined as being active and moving around
  2. Schedule one or two days to go to yoga with Germaine/Brittany
  3. Actually go to my planned soccer game this Saturday
  4. Pick another activity to do outside at least once this evening, even it’s it’s a very long walk or a hike around a greenbelt

>>goal three<<

  • Go to bed no later than 11pm, even on the weekend this week

>>action steps<<

  1. Relax more at home this week, be inside and out of the hot heat
  2. Last weekend was super busy and on the go, take this weekend to unwind and sleep
  3. Limit my device time at night, it usually keeps me up later

That honestly was really hard to come up with three goals again! I think these are a little bit smaller and more straight forward so I can actually achieve them this week. The hardest one in my opinion will be goal one, I absolutely hate talking finance – it stresses me out! Please send good vibes and prayers our way while we tackle that one! From what I took away from the workshop tonight led by Diana is to pray a lot before discussing those topics and have set goals to tackle debt. I know we can accomplish that daunting task.

Well, it’s 10pm and I actually think I’m going to go to bed now (Yay, before 11pm)!

Thanks for reading tonight and I am so happy to be wide open and sharing my goals/results with you!

xo Cheryl

accountability sisterhood: week one results + week two goals

Happy August!

I have a love/hate relationship with August. First of all, it’s usually the hottest month of the year. And I can say it definitely is now living in Texas. Also, once August is over, it’s like summer is over. But I don’t have to worry about “summer break” being over anymore because #adulthood.

The best thing about August is that it’s my birthday month! I share my birthday month also with Aaron. So we have two days and reasons to celebrate, but not until the end of the month. August used to mark the start of the Wisconsin State Fair that I absolutely love going to every year. It’s my second year missing it, but I’m still dreaming about all kinds of food on a stick anyways.

August is going to be a good month because I’m continuing to chase and accomplish my goals throughout the rest of these upcoming weeks in the accountability sisterhood series. Week one ended Saturday, and week two began Sunday. Let’s see the results!


{week one results}

>>goal one<<

  • Unpack the rest of my necessities and store away the ones not needed from my recent move

>>results<<

I think I did a pretty good job at tidying up my new place. Granted, there are still some boxes here and there and I would love to get the ones right behind the couch out of the way. We were able to set up our storage closet and organize all of those boxes though! Another accomplishment was going to the old apartment and cleaning every inch before we turned in the keys last Friday. It’s tough juggling two places!

>>goal two<<

  • Create a work out regime

>>results<<

Well, I definitely did NOT create a work out regime. I was not inspired to do a DIY work out plan at all. However, I am committing to go to yoga more often with Germaine and Brittany at night and on the weekend. I attended a class called Core which was a series of ab workouts/yoga. Then, on Saturday I attended Fire with Brittany in Dallas (yes, worked out on our little vacation!) and sweated the most I have EVER sweat in my life. It felt amazing! Going to keep that up, as you will see in my goals for this week.

>>goal three<<

  • Stay calm, take time to breathe and don’t stress over workload

>>results<<

Last week was insanely busy! I was testing, QAing and prepping galore for two smooth launches for this week. I am constantly at my desk using three monitors to do my work. I made sure it get up frequently, socialize with co-workers and to take breaks regularly. Only one day did I eat/work during my lunch hour at my desk. I really dislike doing that! Only a few more weeks left of busy season and I can finally breathe.


{week two goals}

 >>goal one<<

  • Keep being productive at home with organization and making it feel more like a home.

>>action steps<<

  1. Do the normal things first, like putting away laundry and making the bed and washing dishes.
  2. Start opening boxes or putting away the little things hanging around the spare room. Take 30 mins every night to make sure everything is tidied up.
  3. Go on Pinterest a create more of a vision for how I want my home to look like, it will get me inspired to add some personality to the blank walls.

>>goal two<<

  • Go to yoga 2-3 times this week

>>action steps<<

  1. Take advantage of the hubs being away and focus on getting to yoga at least twice this week.
  2. Set up times so I can go with Germaine! Or get my own membership this week, hah. Brittany is gone so I don’t have her to bug this week either!
  3. Prep my workout clothes so I can just grab them and bring to work or run home after work and have that laid out for me already.

>>goal three<<

  • Utilize the First 5 app and wake up with God’s Word every day. With this in mind, need to wake up earlier this week because of a new start time and I want to wake up earlier anyways to start reading this daily.

>>action steps<<

  1. Set alarms the night before and remember to set the settings properly for it to actually alert me.
  2. Don’t press snooze so much!
  3. Going to bed ultimately before 11pm will make this easier to actually wake up.

Making goals for this week was so much harder than the week before. So far I am keeping up! I also reached out to my accountability sisters and we have a group text going so far. I need to keep up with it more. But, it turns out my friend here in Austin, Jess, just so happens to be in my group! It’s great having someone in town that I actually see to hold me accountable for these goals.

I hope to ultimately publish these posts every Monday, instead of a Tuesday. I wrote most of these on my way home from Dallas on Sunday. Was able to take this weekend away with friends and swam all weekend in the sun! We also got to see the Giants vs Rangers game (go Giants!) and it was great rooting for the winning team!

Here’s to an amazing week of getting things done and having fun too!

xo Cheryl

catch up

Hiiii.

So it’s been a while, right? Since this past summer I kept thinking about how much I wanted to pick this back up again.  I always have so many thoughts about what I’m going to write and never actually write it down.  But, my life has changed a lot since my last 2013 post! It’s now March 2015… wow.

Life events that have happened, just in case anyone who isn’t my friend yet is reading this:

Married my best friend, Aaron, in October 2013.

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Moved into our own apartment in Milwaukee following our wedding (also got a kitty, Hoefler)!

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Visited Austin, TX for the first time in January 2014 while Aaron was at training for work.IMG_1836

Spring 2014, continued to struggle searching for careers in Milwaukee despite landing another part time job at a coffeeshop, Aaron finished up his last semester of undergrad at UWM. Decided that moving to Austin was going to happen after our lease was up.

Shot for a September move to Austin, ended up moving within a month’s notice and moved into our apartment in Austin on July 15th!

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Had our first Christmas by ourselves by grilling steaks outside in the 60 degree weather. IMG_0652 

January 2015, road tripped back to Milwaukee to have “Christmas” and see lots of family and friends and bring home tons of Milwaukee brews.

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February 2015, left my job at the fruit stand and started my career at a tech company in Austin! Also, rescued a two year old lab mix pup named Chloe!

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That brings us to now… the beginning of March.

I want to write about my experiences here in Austin. I want to learn how to use my DSLR better and post my edited photos. I want to learn more about myself and what my hobbies are.

Speaking of hobbies… since I’ve graduated college I have had this struggle of what my interests are and what I can do as my hobby. I was so busy in college with theatre, band, choir and studying that I didn’t have time to just do something I enjoyed. Not that I didn’t enjoy those at all, I think the reason why is because I loved the arts so much that I guess it was my hobby. I have so many interests, and I pin so many neat things on Pinterest. Where’s the motivation to do it all though?

For instance, cooking. I’m starting to like it more. (Maybe you’ll see some of my creations here!) Now that I actually have a steady schedule, I can cook more! So far it’s been going well. I love grammin’ my food so you’ll definitely see it here. Along the lines of cooking, I started a smoothie kick! Aaron and I just got a NutriBullet and it is phenomenal. In a future post I’m sure I’ll go over my process and how easy it actually is!

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Some other interests: podcasts & books.  I am NOT a book worm though… I would like to be…! See – another interest that could potentially be a hobby. I’m having a hard time choosing which one to devote all my time to. Now that my commute is typically 45 mins to work and 1 hour home, I am blowing through podcasts and just started audiobooks again. (If anyone has any suggestions, let me know!)

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Alright, alright. Maybe I do have hobbies. They’re skimming the top of every interest though. I think I will dive deep into one of them soon.

So there you have it! The last year and a half in a nutshell. Catching up is hard. I will dedicate time to update this blog because I moved across the country away from my loved ones in the Midwest. Hope you enjoy the ride with me!

xo. Cheryl