february | small goals


Let's take a moment here to share in a deep breath, okay? One...two...three...wasn't that nice? Especially at the beginning of the year, I always feel like a new month is an opportunity to take a deep breath, look around, and get ready to keep moving forward. This is one of the reasons I love doing my monthly small goals. I get to take some time to reflect on my accomplishments and be grateful for what I've got, while also considering what needs to get taken care of in the next 30-ish days. Before I get into my goals for February, let's take a look back at January, shall we?

1. finish Yes Please | done! Read my review here!
2. do 5 minutes of Duolingo 5 days a week | Hahahaha. I knew this was a long shot. I think I did Duolingo like 4 times in all of January!
3. Scope out some new outfit photo locations | done! I'll have some outfits in the coming weeks with cool new backdrops, and I've got a note in my phone for jotting down future ideas.
4. finish a puzzle with Dago | Total. Fail. Every time I sat down to work on the puzzle, I would get incredibly dizzy and have to lie down in the dark with my eyes closed for a while. We finally decided to just pack it up. My dizziness has been especially bad lately, which I'll talk more about below.
5. take down the Christmas tree | done! I did it on Saturday evening when I remembered it was one of my monthly goals so I could check it off this goddamn list!

February is a short month, so I tend to give myself a little extra slack on the goal front. Here's what I plan to do in the cold-but-romantic month of February!

1. make and gift cute Valentine's crafts | I really wanted to give out Hello Kitty Valentine's this year, but I didn't see any at Target, so I decided to make some cute crafts to hand out instead. Going all out for Valentine's month this year!
2. step up my 'gram game | Instagram is one of those major sources of envy for me, as I scroll through other people's perfectly curated feeds. I'm deciding to 'gram more deliberately, rather than just posting for the sake of posting. I want to post prettier images, and I'm going back to the traditional square shape for consistency. Follow along here!
3. dye my hair | This is one of the goals from my 25 before 25 list that I haven't completed yet. Briley and I finally came up with the perfect color, and now I'm so excited about shaking things up!
4. finish Not That Kind of Girl | If you follow me on GoodReads, then you saw that I actually started Bad Feminist, but I think I need a buffer book between Yes Please and Bad Feminist, and Not That Kind of Girl seems like a good fit. I'll be sure to explain more in my eventual review of Bad Feminist!
5. make an appointment regarding my dizzy spells | I'm not sure if you can really call them "spells," but seeing as I thought my dizziness was totally normal for the last few years, I don't know what to call them. With the help of WebMD and Arrested Development, I've deduced that I have vertigo. Is this an official diagnosis? Not even close. So, I need to go see a professional so I can find a solution (or at least something to pacify the discomfort). This goal probably isn't so blog-exciting, but putting my goals here keeps me accountable, so I decided to include it.

In addition to these goals, I also plan on having the loveliest time at the annual Galentine's Day party hosted by Vagina :: The Zine with Briley as my date, and then do something fun and cute with Dago for official-Valentine's. Not sure we can beat last year's date, but we're gonna try!

What are you planning to do this month?


  1. Yay for getting stuff done! I hope February is just as successful. And good luck on the Instagram game. It can be so consuming!

  2. I used to work at a physical therapist's office and one of our PT's specialized in Vertigo. There are specific maneuvers they can do which in most cases will knock out the vertigo completely. Depending on what state you are in, generally you need a primary care doctor to refer you to a physical therapist. I would highly recommend you ask your primary care doc if they would recommend a physical therapy office for vertigo because Dave (my old boss) could fix it in about 85% of patients with just one visit. Let me know if you have any questions!

    xo, Maddy


  3. that's so good to know! my primary care doc recommended me to an Ear, Nose, Throat doctor, so i'll start there and then if that doesn't help i'll definitely look into a PT! thanks, girl!

  4. Dizzy spells do not sound like fun at all. I really hope going to the doc helps and gets rid of it! Have fun that that Galentine's Day Party! Sounds like fun!

  5. Hoping those spells aren't anything major! But the goals seem great and fun! I need to figure out what I have planned for the month. I've been good at quick daily goals, but nothing more lasting. Time to change that!


  6. Regarding the dizzy spells, do you find yourself losing your balance or walking into things a lot? I have a condition due to a lipoma (a lump of tissue) in the back of my head, which affected the development of blood vessels in the part of the brain that controls balance. Like you, I had it for so long that I thought it must be normal and I was just clumsy.

    I was initially diagnosed with vertigo, but it didn't make sense, because according to that, I should only get dizzy when standing, but I would get spells while sitting and lying down.

    In my case there's nothing that can be done, I manage it by sleeping as much as my toddler will let me, keeping my stress levels down, sticking to lighter exercise (not too much running or high intensity exercise) and eating regularly.

    That said, I recently found out about someone who had something similar, and they were able to remove the lumps which seems to helped. So it might be worth requesting an MRI if you feel it may be something more than vertigo.

    Definitely go and see the doctor!

  7. Oh goodness, I'm so sorry to hear that you have to live with that. Even the discomfort I experience sucks, so I can't imagine what you've gone through. I'll definitely bring that up to the doctor when I list my many hypotheses.

  8. so excited so see what hair color you choose!!!! I hope your dizzy spells go away :/

  9. I have been there with the dizziness - I get frequent migraines, along with dizziness (BPPV) and Nystagmus (the worst!). I got both a MRI and an ENG to help figure it out - might be worth mentioning to your doctor! PT helps a lot of people with BPPV (not me unfortunately), but also getting enough sleep and staying super hydrated are my best recommendations.

  10. ^^This me haha^^
    Love your blog and the monthly goals!

  11. Oh no, vertigo! I've never experienced it personally, but I know a few people who have struggled with it from time to time, and it sounds absolutely miserable! I really hope that you can get into the doctor and get some relief. My grandpa recently had it and it went away after some physical therapy.

    By the way, I am so excited to see your new hair color!!! And I'm about to go follow you on Goodreads - I just joined it in January and I'm in love with it!


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