2017 – January Goals

Hello there! Long time, no write. January is typically a time for people to establish resolutions, new goals, and new habits. I was inspired to write this post from a BuzzFeed article (of course, BuzzFeed Queen here) about achieving your New Year’s Resolution to Losing Weight. A lot of the advice the dietitians gave were about setting attainable and realistic goals. These not only apply to establishing a workout regime and diet, but also to other goals that anyone can start planning the processes.In the past posts, I’ve made process goals that lists out action steps on how I will attain that goal.

I gotta be honest – I did not write one single post last year. Bummer! What was keeping me from writing? I had a pretty stressful 2016 because I felt burnt out at my job and also felt defeated when it came to job searching. I gave up on fitness, I gave up on trying to find a hobby, I gave up on happiness to some extent. I went to church less and my finances seemed to keep piling up on me. I didn’t have confidence in myself.

I decided to make a few changes so I could get out of this rut towards the end of 2016. I took a chance and left my job that was making me miserable to work at a start up. I joined a gym. I stayed in more. I started to learn how to cross-stitch. I’m going to keep the momentum going in 2017 and start creating monthly goals and hope my friends and family keep me accountable. If you see me slacking, go ahead and call me out! I dare you. I also appreciate the encouragement as well!

{ January Goals }

>>goal one<<

  • Work out three times per week

Reflecting on my health and fitness goals.

I joined Orange Theory back in November and love it! I only signed up for the 2x a week package instead of unlimited since it’s less expensive. Eight times a month is not cutting it for results yet. I need to incorporate at least one more day a week of activities to feel more progress.

>>action steps<<

  1. Schedule two classes at Orange Theory – Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs
  2. Gather accessories needed for running outside (running band, charge headphones)
  3. Run for 15-20 minutes each Saturday morning (depending on weather)
  4. After run, use free weights for three exercises.


>>goal two<< 

  • Finish two cross-stitch projects

My first few stitches, I’ve gotten a little further since this. 

For Christmas, my friend gifted me a three month subscription to get cross-stitch projects delivered to me. I started my first project in November and still haven’t finished it.

>>action steps<<

  1. Instead of using screens before bed, spend 30 minutes cross-stitching a night.
  2. Set a reminder on phone to pull out project at night.
  3. Have materials accessible in one confined place.


>>goal three<<

  • Start a bullet journal

It’s the beginning of a new year, what else better way to start than to get organized! I found this article from BuzzFeed to be very helpful on where to start. I have so many notepads around my desk filled with notes and ideas, but they’re scattered and not contained and do not have a system. I’d like to give this a try to see if it will work for me.

>>action steps<<

  1. Purchase a bullet journal.
  2. Create an index and establish a key.
  3. Establish a future log and start writing!



I am really looking forward to this year. Aaron and I have vacations already lined up and I’m already happier at my new job. I’m excited to reach my goals and keep writing new ones (even if they’re repeated) monthly. If you’re looking to write more goals or get motivated, I also loved this article from BuzzFeed as well that inspires me to get things done and focus at tasks at hand.


Three cities we’re traveling to this year. insta: @_socheryl

Thanks for checking in! Hope to see more posts from me monthly.

xo Cheryl


catch up


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.


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


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!


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.


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!



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!


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!)


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

hi world.

So it’s late at night, I know.  For some reason I am up reading Buzzfeed articles and laughing at ridiculous photos and gifs and I can’t help myself – I’m easily entertained.  The con to this is that I am easily distracted as well.  I can’t get myself motivated without people telling me to or I have to start my day off in a certain way to actually get anything accomplished.  Well, I’m trying to change this.

My first change in the past month has been counting calories, working out and being more conscious of my weight.  I’m not the girl who will constantly say “Oh, I’m fat!” but I am just concerned about my health and ultimately my laziness.  So far, My Fitness Pal has been helping me out every single day! I also have been using my gym membership that is reasonably priced for the last couple of weeks too.  It’s not the best gym in the world but it suits me fine. Change #1 is totally in effect.

Change #2? Well that would be to start getting organized.  But there are different tiers to this organization.  First of all, my room.  It is a disaster.  How am I supposed to live in this hole if I can’t find anything at all?  Once I throw away at least three bags of useless junk I think I will be able to breathe a little bit more.  Thankfully, I will be moving out at the end of the summer so I am forcing myself to go through all of my junk anyways.

I’ve been pinning a lot of great tools and tricks about planning my wedding, so when am I going to finally use them?! Next step is to go through those articles I’ve pinned so long ago and actually stick with one of the organizational binders!  Keeping an accurate track of my budget and what has been spent, spending more time on the guest list, checking off tasks that have been completed, the list could go on.

I’ve been wanting to create this blog for a while now and I think I started it at the right time.  I want to write down and express what’s actually floating around my brain and start making my dreams a reality.  I hope whomever reads along with my adventures can give me encouragement and feedback.  For now, I’m off to sleep this Monday away and to wake up to a new day!