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24 Bucket List

Reality hit me today that I turn 24 in six days! Even though the journey to turning 24 has been important, I am all the more dedicated to making 24 an absolutely incredible year. While sleep-deprived at 6:15 AM during my last overnight shift, I drafted a bucket list to be completed before I turn 25.

I’m not going to include the whole thing on here right now because it hasn’t been finalized yet, but I thought I would offer a taste of what is on it:

  • Either complete a triathlon or at least be registered for one in 2015.
  • Go to at least one live concert of a band/artist you love. Preferably more!
  • Finish watching every single AFI movie on both 1998 and 2007 lists.
  • Run a 10K or a half marathon if I get really into running.
  • Make a time capsule and bury it somewhere that won’t be disturbed for many years.
  • Visit Yosemite National Park, Alaska, or Alberta, Canada. Backpack.
  • Make London study abroad scrapbook.
  • Visit both siblings at college.
  • Visit bff at grad school.
  • Learn how to comfortably parallel park.

I want 24 to be awesome because a) It’s the last year that I’m closer to 20 than 30, b) It’s my favorite number!, c) I love having an excuse to push myself in the sake of self-improvement. When I’m 25, I will have my specific goals. The same goes for when I’m 26 or 46 or 56. For now, I’m focusing on the now: enjoying the last few days of being 23 and looking forward to everything a new year and a new age will bring. 🙂

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Nail Polish Maintenance

To some, this may sound a little bit odd, but I have the awful habit of painting my nails and then never taking it off. In other words, I allow my once beautifully manicured nails (okay, let’s be real–I do them myself and they’re not perfect) to fall into the awful chipped nail polish territory. In the highest form of hypocrisy, I judge others for having chipped nails as sloppy, careless, and maybe even childish while I commit the very crime on a regular basis. I associate chipped nail polish with middle school girls who get excited about the novelty of painting their nails, but then lose interest and don’t bother to use nail polish remover and repaint. I am one of those girls. I am exactly one of those girls. However, in the name of self-improvement, I intend to change that.

Personally, I have never been able to grow out my nails because I have been playing the violin since I was four years old. Any violinist (or string player, for that matter) who is even remotely serious about practicing his instrument will tell you that long fingernails and fingerboards do not mix. I am ashamed to admit that the only reason my nails have grown to a decent length is because I haven’t picked up my violin in a few weeks. Oops! On the plus side, I have been able to paint (and now repaint) my nails.

DSC04588As you can see in the picture on the left, my nails have started to visibly chip. While there is not much chipping in the middle section of the nails, my nails have obviously grown during the week that has gone by since I first painted them. For my own reference (and for anyone else who may happen to have this issue), nail polish at this level of chipping should be removed. The standard I have set requires that I remove the polish at this stage. It’s simple, really. Get some cotton balls or swabs and wipe away. The next part is completely voluntary and really depends on whether or not you have 15-20 minutes to devote to applying more nail polish. One thing is for sure: no nail polish is better than severely chipped nail polish!

DSC04591Next, I selected a nail polish from our limited collection. I selected a color called “Crowded” by UO Basics. You can get it here from Urban Outfitters for $5. I painted two coats with an additional clear coat. I am not a nail painting expert by any stretch of the imagination, so I apologize for the bits of polish that leaked out to my cuticles. This sure beats picture #1’s chipped polish, doesn’t it?

Reasons to Keep Nail Polish Looking Fabulous:

1. Chipped nail polish looks sloppy.
2. On the flip side, well-manicured nails look classy and make you seem more put-together.
3. Painting nails are an easy accessory to match any outfit.
4. Well-manicured nails in a muted color make you look more professional.
5. Painting nails is fun! And so is keeping them looking fabulous.

Goals of Week 2

Last week, I made a post about the specific goals that I would like to focus on that week. I was very successful in maintaining or completing several of them. Others, I still have not integrated into my routine (or I straight up did not do). Every week, I’m going to focus on certain aspects of my goals in working toward the “ideal me.” I know that some of these are really, really basic (“She doesn’t take off her makeup before bed? She doesn’t brush twice a day?”), but they’re little things that I need to improve upon.

1. Get. A. Haircut. 

2. When nail polish starts to chip, remove it and re-paint. Right now, I’m rocking purple nails with a nude pink  color on each ring finger. They’re still looking pretty sharp, but the latest I should get this done is Monday.

3. Eat a multivitamin every day. I’ve been doing really well on this, but I’m leaving it on the goals list for one more week to hopefully solidify the habit.

4. Remove all makeup before bed. I’ve been ROCKING this, but I’m also going to let this one stay on the list for one more week.

5. Early to bed, early to rise. This one is going to stay on the list for a while. Luckily, I never get to bed later than midnight and I wake up at 7 AM.

6. Brush twice and floss every day. I brush twice a day most days, not not every day. I floss every other day. Getting there!

7. Drink LOTS o’ water. I’m still getting there. I probably drink 2-3 bottles of water per day. I’ll continue to focus on this for at least one more week, probably more.

8. Write one-page journal entries. Okay, this one is really tough. I only wrote one one-page entry last week! This week, I will also focus on not talking on the phone to my boyfriend or skyping with a friend if I’m writing.

9. Submit one job application. I have no good excuses for this one. None at all. For me to get to this, I need to get over my frustration of having applied to so many jobs and not hearing back from any of them. I need to trust that I’m not wasting my time and that something will turn up for me. It has to. The first step is getting back into those applications!

10. Find a healthy recipe and cook something new. I’m really excited about this new goal that I’m adding this week! The rest of these are repeats.

11. Lift weights regularly. Because I have never really done this before, I don’t know if it’s possible to do every day or if I will get sore. This is also a new goal!

And, finally, here are the items that I can remove from last week’s list (drum roll):

1. Make and decorate cookies with royal icing. (Hobbies)

2. Study for two exams Saturday. (Professional)

3. Run a 5K. (Health)