Hello, new readers from KCRG! Welcome!
I mentioned earlier this week that I had big news to share, and that was it! I spent Monday afternoon talking to Beth Malicki at KCRG about what it’s like being a lonely orphan child (all grown up) and how I got started working on Orphan Survival Guide.
The story will run during the 6 o’clock news tonight, but for those of us with no TVs or at work when the news is on, I’ll definitely post a link to check it out once it’s up online!
Last weekend I wrote about all the semester resolutions I did (and didn’t) accomplish this semester. I managed to pay all my bills and get pretty decent grades, but I really needed to take a look at my work-life balance. I was pulling really long days that were pretty draining and didn’t make a lot of time for self-care.
Going back to school while working 60+ hours a week has given me a new appreciation for the free time I had when I just had one 40-hour a week job. And even though I’m too old for summer break craziness, I am definitely feeling the need to relax and have a little more fun now that classes are over.
I do want to spend a lot more time on the blog and work on becoming 100% self-employed, but I need a break from working and schooling all the time.
I’m making the theme of my 2015 summer bucket list the summer of self-care.
When you spend 2/3 of hour days in class and at work, you fall behind on a lot of things–TV shows, new books, taking naps, working on your five-year plan… But now that my finals meltdowns are out of the way, I can finally catch up on all the things I wanted to do and take some time for the stuff that makes existential crises a little more manageable.
- blog twice a week
- keep an editorial calendar and daily blog checklist
refine OSG’s branding
- hit 500 views a day on OSG
- hit 2000 Tumblr followers
- join some link parties
- get paid to blog
- publish a Kindle story every week
up my transcription game up my freelance game
- apply for scholarships
don’t touch my savings account move in to my new apartment quit my day job
- GET A KITTEN!!!
knit something for the State Fair win a ribbon at the State Fair go to the State Fair create a summer playlist go to summer festivals go to the farmers market every week
- find every Little Free Library in town
- take and leave a book in all the Little Free Libraries
- find a new study/productivity place in town
try a new restaurant
- have a fancy brunch one day
- go on a road trip somewhere
- go to the Amana Colonies
- go to Stringtown Grocery
- find the secret Amish bakery in Kalona
- watch all of X Files and House of Cards
commit to one Sims family track my reading lists
- read a book a week
sort through my library/hoard
- get pretty handwriting
go to a Chris Colfer book signing (haters gonna hate, but I love me some Glee)
- grill out
- have a fire pit party
- go on picnics
- learn Spanish through Duolingo/Mango
- DIY some jeans into shorts
- get pro photos done
- have a blanket fort party
get out of bed by 9 every day try new recipes
- try vlogging
- create an inspiration wall
- learn a new skill — SEO, CSS
- improve my design skills — Photoshop, InDesign
try new hair/makeup tricks
- start a gratitude journal
- commit a random act of kindness
- lose 20 pounds
stop eating dairy for real this time
- catch up on Night Vale
- create a memory jar
go school supply shopping try Pinterest DIY decorating projects
- watch the best Bollywood movies on Netflix [more here?]
What’s on your summer bucket list?