2020 goals & a look back

2020 goals & a look back

I’m back and keeping up with one of my goals from last year. Just kidding. I didn’t do so well with writing on the blog last year, so here we go again.

Last year I posted that my three resolutions were to blog more, meditate more, and wear spf consistently. I didn’t do so great with the first one — I only wrote 13 posts last year. So, blogging more is one of my goals again for this year. Things have changed some with my work recently, so I’m hopeful that the refresh there will help me write more here.

As far as meditating more, I did do that last year. But still, the consistency wasn’t there. I’d have a month of doing it every day, and then stop, only starting again when I was feeling particularly anxious or stressed out. The idea of meditating is, for me, for it to help me not get to that point in the first place, so, again, I have “meditate more” on my list for 2020.

Lastly, I was supposed to wear spf more regularly, and I did do that. Was it everyday? Nope. But I was particularly good about putting it on before walking to the gym, which is one of the times I’m in the sun for the longest stretch.

In addition to carrying over blogging more and meditating more, I’m adding that I’d like to read more books. I’m really awful about finishing books and making time to read besides when I’m on the subway. Also, I’d like to try yoga, because I’ve been really stiff and achy recently.

And this isn’t really a concrete goal, but I want to stop holding myself back from doing things because I’m waiting for the “right” moment or for things to be perfect. I do this in pretty much every aspect of life. (In fact, I was recently reminded of this by our dog trainer. My first session with her felt like therapy for me, though she couldn’t have known that. Just a lot of things she said, I could easily relate to other areas of my life.)

That’s all for now. I’m letting the fact that this one took only a few minutes to write be an inspiration for me to do this more.

package-free soap

package-free soap


When it comes to changes I can make in my life to be more eco-friendly, something I keep in mind is just going ahead and doing things that are already going to be pretty easy. (This is was also my thought process when I became pescatarian.) And one change I made last year was to start buying package-free bar soap for the shower.

(I always feel the need to disclaim this stuff — which in itself is probably a bigger issue for another day — but I am just a regular person who is trying out stuff and learning. Anyway…)

Michael and I had already been using bar soap in the shower — often Dr. Bronner’s — but it was when I remembered that Whole Foods sells Good Soap without any packaging that I decided to just keep up with buying those. They’re three for $6 (this last time I got them, they were on sale for only $1.50 each), and you can put them in one of the little paper bags the store supplies — or not. I’ve been taking back the same bag since I just kept them stored in there under our sink, anyway. The soap comes in a wide variety of scents, including cucumber, lavender, and lemonade. I usually go for coconut, because I usually go for coconut in everything.

soap flat

Related: I also have always liked Sappo Hill soaps — especially the almond one — and they don’t have packaging either.

I am not someone who can preach a package-free life AT ALL. AT ALLLLLL. And, as far as showers, specifically, go, I do still keep around a bottle of this Aveeno body wash since I get really dry, itchy skin in the winter. (I’ve had the bottle I have now for two winters.) But, again, this was just a small place where I was easily able to be more mindful and I feel like that’s where a lot of change could add up. After all, things that don’t need to have packaging… shouldn’t have packaging. (This also feels like where I would naturally launch into my rant about biodegradable chip bags, so I’ll leave things here.)



When I think back over the past year, there are a couple major things I think of that I did: left my full-time job to go freelance, went to London, got a dog. Those are all huge and amazing, but it took looking through the photos I took on my phone to realize that a lot of other fun stuff happened too, along with some quick little moments of joy, which tend to make up a lot of the things I photograph.

I thought, then, that it could be cool to go through month by month of 2018 and pull out one photo for each that shows something that happened or something I enjoyed and don’t want to forget. Some months were unbalanced (a lot more happened in June than January), but I decided to still try out this method.



Got this shelf that I thought was going to fit perfectly in the nook in my kitchen only to realize I hadn’t accounted for the floorboards. This ended with me lugging back bricks from Home Depot to support it. (See, told ya I didn’t have anything too exciting for January, but this shelf is still standing and full of things now, and does fit nearly perfectly in that space. The bricks are barely noticeable.)



Turned 29 and got this breakfast while spending a nice morning alone (probably watching DVR’d reality TV): iced green tea and bagel with lox.



Got this Alexander Wang Lia bag that I promise I really, really love the design of and had for a long time and the fact that it is named after me was only a little bit of a boost.



Saw these pretty trees in Central Park.



Covered Meghan and Harry’s wedding for work while having tea and mini scones.



Went to Miami with Michael right after my last day at my job. The beach was really disappointing, because there was seaweed everywhere and it was sweltering (also because I get my expectations up too high for things…), but this nice setup happened at Freehand.



Spent July 4 at Rockaway Beach.



Visited my parents and got stoked about how many condiments were on the table at this diner.



Went apple picking for my friend’s bday (and got hit in the back of the head with a swinging door and thought it was causing two different body issues for a couple weeks after — sorry, don’t have pics of that part!!!)



Went to London for a couple days and got pretty touristy, but not touristy enough because there wasn’t even enough time! (That is a Buckingham Palace bag. It has a stuffed animal corgi in it.)



Got Clyde!!! After years of talking about getting a dog we did it!!! Now I am constantly either saying things like “Hi Cutie! Hi Clydey Clue!” or “Oh my god are you kidding me what are you doing whyyyy????”



Well, I celebrated Christmas in New York for the first time since moving here seven years ago and I could post a picture of that. But, since I’m limiting it to one, I would like to remember this tea Advent calendar that, honestly, was life changing. Opening a tiny door every morning and getting an immediately useful present out really does something for you.

Now, I need to start taking some 2019 pictures, because so far I have one of Clyde eating his bland diet I had to cook for him, one of his poop I had to take for the vet (see: bland diet), and a couple of beauty products I threw away. It’s only up from here!!!