I’ve decided that goal posts every two months works for me. It’s crazy it’s been two months since July, and that I’ve been living in Santa Barbara for almost two months. It’s been somehow both effortless and really challenging to adjust to a new city, a new job, and to do it all alone. I’m more tired that I ever remember being, and I’ve had weird anxiety dreams more often than I ever did before. But I feel like I’m settling in at work and maybe even ready to start trying to be more social.
I did successfully keep all of my July goals, which I’m quite proud of.
I’m going going to lie, moving is expensive, and I’ve spent a lot of money setting up my new apartment and buying new shoes because I can’t wear my Birkenstocks to work. (Everyone will be happy to know I found black flats). Now the real budgeting sets in. I have a handle on what all my bills are and what my paychecks look like, so it’s time to start saving.
Visit a winery.
Yes, this happened. My brother and sister-in-law came up for a weekend and we hit up three downtown wine tasting shops. I’m going to go back to my favorite with Mister BS when he visits!
Send mail, just because.
I did a fabulous job of sending postcards, though I still have some people I missed and want to send letters to. Basically I need to remember to go get stamps.
I am happy to report I am well on my way to being a plant lady (since I can’t be a cat lady). I have two succulents, a fiddle leaf fig tree, and a Madagascar dragon tree in my new place already, and I am going to pick up more this weekend with Nathan when we have a car (but I will tell you, transporting trees from the farmer’s market in an Uber is interesting…) I feel a post on taking care of plants and where to buy supplies coming up.
I’m still not a daily Snapchat user, but I have been remembering to snap Mister BS several times a week. I’m just not as funny or clever as him, so I need more practice.
September and October Goals
1 – Make a MeetUp account and try a few social activities.
I’m very much an introvert, but that doesn’t mean I don’t need some socializing. What’s the point of moving to a new city if all I do is go to work and go home? I want to meet some new, local people beyond my co-workers and push myself out of my comfort zone.
2 – Try four new recipes.
I’ve been really into my favorite comfort foods like broccoli toast (which I’ve been making on tortillas since there is no decent bakery in downtown Santa Barbara) and chickpea, cauliflower, and avocado wraps – which is fine, of course, but I want to figure out some other meals that are healthy, quick, and make enough for just two meals. I mean other than kale salads.
3 – Pilates and running twice a week.
That means working out four times total beyond the regular walking I do now that I don’t have my car with me. California makes me want to be more active.
4 – Practice with Adobe Creative Suite.
I did some basic photoshop tutorials, but haven’t played around much in the other applications. I’m paying for this, and I want to use it. Luckily, my LPL library card works and I have access to Lynda.com for some free training.
5 – Make some shrubs to up my craft cocktail game.
I bought some shrubs from a local craft cocktail supply store. One was amazing, one was not that great (even though it sounded good). I want to experiment with making my own and try different flavor combinations.
What are your goals for the next several weeks?