march | small goals


Ahhh, it's March, y'all. We made it. Can we all just take a deep breath together? February is always tough for me. The month is simultaneously too short and too long. I always try to cram too much stuff into 28 days, while I'm constantly wishing it would just end so we can get to spring and move on from the cold weather. It's been so dreary and cold and I'm sick of all my winter clothes. But, I did manage to get a few things done despite all of that!

1. make and gift cute Valentine's crafts | Done! I forgot to Instagram them before I gave them out because I was just too excited, but damn were they cute. If I were a better blogger I would have done a tutorial or something. Next year! (Makes imaginary note for February 2016.)
2. step up my 'gram game | Done! I love the way my Insta feed looks these days. Glad I went back to all-square pics. Also, I hit 1000 followers over the weekend -- yippee!
3. dye my hair | Not done because of lack of funds, but hopefully happening super soon! Stay tuned.
4. finish Not That Kind of Girl | Hahaha, no. I should have made this goal "start Not That Kind of Girl" because then maybe I would have accomplished it. Instead I didn't even open the cover. Whoops!
5. make an appointment regarding my dizzy spells | Done! Unfortunately, the appointment isn't until March 26 because it's with a specialist and apparently those appointments are few and far between. Trying my best to hold out until then!

So, I didn't get everything done I set out to do, but I did okay! March will be better. March is always better.

1. get all things CAMP in order and have the best weekend ever | The official countdown to CAMP has begun! I have SO much to do, and lots of exciting news which I'll be sharing soon. I have a bunch of upcoming CAMP-related posts, so more on this later.
2. pay off my credit cards | I filed my taxes over the weekend and was blessed with a major tax return (to give you some perspective, I had to pay back almost as much last year). I'm going to put it directly to my credit cards, and then to the last payments on my laptop. Getting out of this dumb mini-debt I've caused will help me focus on paying towards my massive pile of student loans and generally surviving.
3. explore acupuncture | People consistently recommend I try acupuncture for my various ailments (and specifically my dizziness), and since I have never heard anything negative about it ever, I figure I should at least look into it. I got the card of a acupuncture and massage therapist whose office is next to my therapist's, so I'll hopefully do a little research and give her a call. Do I know any acupuncture experts? Any of you have any experience with it?
4. make some progress in a book | Any book! I have a bad habit of getting out of the reading rhythm and then feeling too guilty to start again. March is going to be a ridiculously busy month, but I want to get back in the routine of reading before bed and on weekends to get away from the screens for a bit.
5. become a salad eater | My most recent therapy appointment accidentally turned into a grocery shopping/cooking class where we tried to nail down what I might eat in a salad. I can tell that my body is craving greens lately, and I've been trying in general to be better about listening to my bodies needs and giving in when I can. We decided on romaine lettuce + avocado + creamy Italian garlic dressing. I wanted something leafy that wasn't spinach or kale, avocado, and something creamy but light on top. I'll probably make a salad for dinner tonight, so I'll let you know how it goes! If you're a salad lover, I'm into suggestions!

What's on your to-do list for March?


  1. Nicole, have you ever tried a green smoothie? They've been all over Pinterest since I first got on Pinterest and it's my #1 way to get green vegetables into my body, plus other vitamins. Super basic recipe is just spinach or kale, banana, and almond milk (do you like banana?). I like to tune mine up with chia seeds and I'll mix up the fruit based on what I'm craving and what's in season. It makes for a good morning or afternoon boost and makes me feel less guilty about my otherwise not super healthy eating habits. Not that you asked, it's just a good alternative if salads get dull! I don't know what your work is close to, but when I lived in South Austin, Jason's Deli was my go-to salad bar. Also, check out salads in a jar for a good way to pack for lunch!

    I have never tried acupuncture because it kind of freaks me out and I've never had anything serious enough to get me to do it, but I know lots of people who have done it for lots of different reasons and they all have had super positive results. I think the biggest thing is finding a person you feel comfortable with and feel you can trust. It's a vulnerable position to put yourself in! If you do try it, be aware that if you like it, you'll probably have to do it on a regular basis, at least until your health issue is resolved (if it's something resolvable). I have a friend with an mysterious ailment that has not been diagnosed by any of the experts she's seen, and acupuncture is the only thing she's seen results with in reducing her symptoms (she's tried diet changes, various medications, you name it). I think she goes once a week, when she's able to.

  2. I wish I could make smoothies my thing, but I just hate them -- and so does my body! My body is never sure what to do with a smoothie because it doesn't recognize it as food nor drink, so I usually just throw it up. :( I feel like salads have lots of possibilities, I just have to find things I like! Love the salad in a jar idea. Putting my food in something cute sounds like a great motivator!

  3. I'm a BIG salad lover! I love romaine with red pepper, cucumber, arugula, chopped almonds, avocado dressing. Mash up an avocado and mix it with some olive oil, then toss the salad. Fresh herbs go a long way, too!

    Good luck with your dizzy spells. I do hope you feel better soon!

  4. So....this month I am on south beach diet. I mean, HARDCORE on it. I am dying a little and currently about to cry about wanting jalapeno chips. Good luck to both of us in March.

  5. On mine it's getting my blog in shape for CAMP -can't wait- and try to make a couple new dresses/get on track with my line. I used to have loads of back pain and dizziness, I tried a chiropractor tho with great results. =)



  6. i'm SO excited to meet you at CAMP! you're such a badass on Twitter and your blog!

    Thanks for the chiropractor rec -- I'll look into it!

  7. Congrats on hitting 1000 on IG!! That's a HUGE milestone and I am so happy for you :D :D :D

  8. I did try acupuncture once for migraines - I'd had one going for over a week that no pain medication was touching, and it worked right away. The one reason I had never tried it before was because I did not like needles but these acupuncture things are not really like needles at all. Now where I live there isn't anyone who does it locally or else I would be giving it a go for other things. :)

    I'm adding your blog to my feed reader. :)


  10. Awww you're adorable!!! And yes definitely do, I've read that chiropractice and acupunture together make a good team treating conditions.

    Best wishes!

  11. I so wish I could come down for CAMP but I can't wait to hear about it when you're back! And huge congrats on 1,000 followers :)

    xo, Maddy

  12. Oh, girl, I'm right there with you about making progress in a book. I started a book in the beginning of February and FINALLY finished it last night. I'm weird and hate quitting a book in the middle, and even though I was completely underwhelmed by the book I was reading, I was determined to finish it! I'll be off to the library to get another book or two feels great to finally be reading a little bit more :)

  13. I am wayyy out of my reading rhythm as well! It is so hard to start after you stop for a while, even though I picked up Shirley Temple's bio! A salad tip- I definitely try to do one meal a day that's mostly veggies, but I notice in colder weather I just don't want salad. I love doing roasted veggies in the oven, and it's so easy! Just lay them out on a cookie sheet (literally anything, but I love baby carrots, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and brussel sprouts), sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and any other seasoning, and bake 'em. Couldn't be easier, and it's super yummy.

    ♥ perfectly Priya


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