SBC: goals + accomplishments.


Let’s get this September Blogging Challenge started, shall we? Starting with…


1) September goals.

Stick to this challenge.
I’m sure I’ll end up compiling a lot of the posts (like this one), but I’m determined to complete all 30!

September is going to be a planning month as I have some new ideas that I’d love to implement over the rest of the year. Specifically there’s a campaign I’m planning on for October, which I couldn’t be more excited about.

Read more.
I have 3 books that I’m on right now that I’m sort of lollygagging through, so I want to finish those and move on to some new books. Any recommendations?

Make another video.
…or two. What do you guys want to see?

Plan a getaway.
I haven’t thought much about this, but I’d love to have a getaway to look forward to, even if it’s a small one.

Decorate apartment.
Rachel and I have put this off because life has just been crazy since we moved into our new apartment, but we’re ready to make it all cute and cozy for fall!

Work smarter.
I have a lot of opportunities in front of me, but I need to do a better job taking full advantage of them. That might mean getting rid of some things I’m working on…? I think I just need to sit down and write out which opportunities have the greatest ROI and the steps I need to take to actually get there.


2) Something(s) I’m proud of accomplishing recently.

Over the past year I feel like I’ve grown as a person more than I ever have. I know that’s a pretty broad statement, so more specifically I’ve:

become more self aware/secure in my identity
stopped caring so much what other people think
gotten stubborn (in a good way) about what I want and deserve in life
learned how to hear God more clearly and trust my intuition
learned how to let things go that aren’t right for me

The other thing I’m proud of is where I am financially. There is definitely room for improvement in that department (HELLO cost of living in NYC), but I’m proud of how well I manage my money. Sometimes I still can’t believe that I not only live in New York but also have a full and FUN life here, while also doing what I love for a living.

Side note – that 100% would not be possible without strict budgeting. I follow Dave Ramsey’s advice/tools for that!


If you want to join in on the challenge, it’s not too late! Leave a comment letting me know if ya do :)

September Blogging Challenge |



Your turn! Goals for September? Something you’re proud of accomplishing recently?

september blogging challenge.

September Blogging Challenge ||

I’m sure you’ve seen those photo challenges on Instagram, right?

Well I thought it would be fun to start a similar challenge, but this time with blogging!

Here’s a little September Blogging Challenge I put together with post topic ideas for the next 30 days, and I’d love it if you joined the challenge with

read more… september blogging challenge.

a {long} weekend in the life.

goodbye summer

I can’t believe summer is (unofficially) over. AHHHH.

Even though fall is my favorite season, I must admit I’m sad to see this summer come to an end. It was one of my favorite summers yet – full of highs, lows, lots of fun with my friends and family, and just some personal growth

read more… a {long} weekend in the life.

my favorite sunless tanning products {video}.

Hey pretties!

It’s been a looooong time since I made a video, huh? I’ve gotten a handful of requests over the past month, so here’s a little something I put together last week.

Let’s chat about sunless tanning products, shall we?

(if you’re a YouTube user, feel free to go ahead and subscribe to

read more… my favorite sunless tanning products {video}.

cake batter blondies, things christian girls say, and awkward selfies.

Cake Batter Blondies

Something I’ve always found humorous is what people search to find GML. You guys…I get some WEIRD ones. And raunchy ones. And ones where I can totally tell who searched it

Anyway, I recently saw Brittany’s post addressing some of her most searched terms, and I thought it was such a fun post idea!

read more… cake batter blondies, things christian girls say, and awkward selfies.

snacking smart with sunchips.

SUNCHIPS Multigrain Snacks

Labor Day is one of those bittersweet holidays. In a way it’s sort of sad that it’s the unofficial end of summer, but it’s also exciting to look forward to the upcoming fall season.

Not to mention – who doesn’t love a Monday off from work?

After a summer full of traveling – including

read more… snacking smart with sunchips.

darling magazine + liberty sisterhood | september 5th in nyc.

Liberty Sisterhood


I just have to let you in on this exciting event happening next week – the creator of DARLING MAGAZINE Sarah Dubbeldam will be joining us at Liberty Sisterhood, for a very #DarlingSisterhood!

If you haven’t heard of Darling Magazine, you absolutely must check it out. Their mission of essentially

read more… darling magazine + liberty sisterhood | september 5th in nyc.

emmys 2014 best & worst dressed.

Lizzy Caplan Emmys 2014

Let’s be real – after the Red Carpet I spent my Monday night glued to Netflix. But I just can’t help but play my own little version of fashion police…

Starting with:



My #1 pick for the night – Lizzy Caplan. She stole the show with this dress. It looked 10 times

read more… emmys 2014 best & worst dressed.

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