Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer 2014

Fall is my favorite season, but the sun lover in me puts summer at a close second. I live for sunny days, sun tanning, and eating outside. I'll be honest, I haven't been as excited about this summer as I should be. I started to write a list of the reasons why and all it did was make me sound ungrateful and as though I'm complaining. My life changed completely in January and everything from my body to our budget is a bit different and that means summer will be an adjustment this year. 

In order to gear up and get excited about summer, here are 15 things I hope to accomplish:



1. Go on a snow cone date with Zach (without baby)--this would be a nice quick date that would ease me into leaving her. Plus, I've been wanting a snow cone since March probably, don't ask why.

2. Garden! My garden is planted (thanks, mom!) and I am ready to tend to it and eat from it all summer long. Hello zucchini recipes!

3. Summer walks with friends. I am super excited to get together with my best friend this summer and enjoy walks with our girls. 

4. Picnics. I love eating outside in the summer. With JasieAnn, I imagine this summer would be best spent picnic style. She should start on solids this summer...whenever she's ready, and having her actually eat with us would be so much fun. 

5. Drive in movies with Zach (and baby??!!) The Easter Bunny bought us a date night to the drive-in. We will see how trying to get the little miss to sleep while we watch goes. 

6. Visit the Farmer's Market with JaiseAnn a few times---can't wait. Zach works Saturdays so I'm excited to have a little friend who can tag along with me for things like this. 

7. Work on getting out of debt. I follow Dave Ramsey on Instagram and he says that getting out of debt takes priority over preparing for the future. He recommends getting the "present" in order first. Zach and I have made the decision for me to cut back my income by either working from home or part-time (more on that later) and so it's a strange time to start working on it, but we have some plans. It will take sacrifice and dedication, but I am excited to start. 

8. Host a get together at our house. I don't know for who/what. Maybe it will just be family, but I love having people over and I'd like to get back in the habit. 



9, Train for a 5k. My brother, JaiseAnn, and I are going to run a race in October. It's not that far, but I'm working on getting my body back to being capable again. I've been running three times a week for almost a month now. 

10. Family Vacation! We have an upcoming vacation planned with Zach's family. It will entail traveling/flying/etc.. with a baby which means I will probably be learning a lot. 

11. Get a tan! Last summer I didn't really get one. I was pregnant and sick and the sun made me feel so gross, but this summer I plan to get one. I think the majority of my tan will happen on our family vacation. 

12. Plan more intentional date nights. Things can be kind of Netflix monotonous around here and I would like to dedicate one night a week to something different. I've pinned some "date night at home" ideas and am excited to start putting them to use. 

13. Study scriptures. This part of my life has taken a huge hit for several years (if we're being honest). I've gone through spans of only revisiting it for a day or two and then taking long breaks. I have started a scheduled reading time (before JaiseAnn's first nap, while I'm nursing her) to read and study. It's already helping improve. 

14. Go to the temple. That may sound simple, but I haven't gone since long before JasieAnn was born. It's been a lot longer than I care to admit. I have a million reasons (don't fit in my dress, too much time, need someone to watch the baby, I have other things to do) etc...not to go, but I need to make some time to start making my spiritual life a priority again. 

15. Blog! 

Linking up with Erin

8 comments:

  1. I'm excited to walk, too, and Grace and I are always up for a good farmer's market! I thought maybe Grace wouldn't want to be tied down in a stroller this year, but we have been taking lots of walks lately...long walks, and she is good to go as long as we're moving:)

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    1. Oh good! I'm glad. I wondered about that, too--with Grace walking. We should make a few dates for the Farmer's market. Hopefully as JaiseAnn gets older, she'll be able to manage staying awake for longer periods of time. I'm a little worried about a meltdown. Actually more than a little worried. :)

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  2. Going debt free is so hard and can give you so much anxiety. But once you do it and you're there it's amazing. I love all of Dave's advice.

    <3 Jackie
    http://ournashvillelife.com

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    1. We will be in it for a long while...our main debt is our home, car, and student loans. We'll tackle the car first, and then pay down the loans. This definitely gives me anxiety, you're right. Truthfully, staring our debt and our budget in the face has been difficult for me. Thank you for the encouragement!

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  3. You have some awesome goals for the summer!!! :) You will love getting out of debt. It takes sacrifice and sometimes it's not really fun, but it is so worth it :)

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    1. I will love getting out of debt. We have student loan debt as high as our mortgage, truthfully. So we'll b at it for a while, and there may be some setbacks, but I got tired of just knowing that forever we'd be making two house payments essentially. We figured out that if we just worked on paying down ONE loan at a time, we could snowball them. (Since some of our loans are as small as $2,000) it wouldn't take too long. I'm hopeful and excited to actually have a plan. Thank you!

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  4. One of my goals is to get out of debt, too!

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  5. I'm guessing given your stage in life, you're possibly battling the student loan demons as well?!?! I'd love to get out from under those...it's going to take some time, but it's worth it. :) Good luck on to you!

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