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Adventure Tuesday // il Pizzaiuolo

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Let’s face it – about 90% of these posts about Italy are going to revolve around food. I can’t help it! It’s just too good to ignore. I have to tell you about the amazing meals we had. And this restaurant.. it’s a gem. A favorite is putting it lightly! 

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When Kallie, Natalie and I went to Florence in 2010, this restaurant was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. In fact, the night we went there has become almost legendary! Natalie randomly found it on a website of the best restaurants in Florence, so we trekked across the city to check it out. There was a long wait (always a good sign!); we put our names down and skipped off to enjoy a glass in a nearby piazza while we waited. Finally our table was ready and we excitedly ordered a pizza each (and more wine, obviously). When the pizzas arrived, we were immediately transported straight to heaven. It was incredible. Perfect doughy and crispy crust, flavorful but simple sauce, and excellent topping combos (to this day, arugula on pizza is one of my favorite things ever). We finished every bite, which was a total feat. After dinner there was a small limoncello incident (namely me drinking too much of it because Kallie and Natalie wouldn’t man up), and I think there was also some tiramisu? Regardless, we left stuffed in the best way possible, with a reservation in the books for the following night (and we didn’t even feel a little bit bad about it!). 

Needless to say, when Casey and I arrived in Florence, dinner at il Pizzaiuolo was at the tippy top of my list of things to do. I couldn’t wait to get back – not only for the best pizza ever, but also to prove to Casey that it would live up to the hype. 

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And it didn’t disappoint. The pizzas were just as heavenly as I remembered, and we loved watching the pizza makers toss dough behind the counter. I tried to convince him to go again for second time, but it didn’t end up working out. I guess we’ll just have to go back! 

Friends, if you are ever in Florence, definitely get yourself over to the Santa Croce area and have a meal at il Pizzaiuolo. You won’t be disappointed! 

Adventure Tuesday // The City of My Heart

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Do you have a place in the world that you love more than anywhere else? Maybe your hometown, or the place you went to college, or maybe even where you live now (lucky!), or perhaps there is somewhere in the world that you feel completely, inexplicably drawn to, even if you’ve never been there before? For me, that place is Florence, Italy. 

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I studied abroad in Florence when I was in college and oh man, it completely captured my heart. Italy as a whole is amazing and incredible and wonderful. I loved everything about my summer there – the cobblestone streets, the open air markets, the tomatoes, the gelato (oh my god, the gelato!), the language, the history, the people, the evening passeggiata, drafty stone churches, wine, leather sandals, nutella for breakfast (and lunch and dinner), the museums (oh, the museums!), the scenery – everything. But there was something about Florence that just drew me. It had an indescribable brand of magic that spoke directly to my soul.  By the time I got home, I was already trying to figure out how to get back.

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Fast forward two years – my sister was studying abroad in France, and I was about to graduate college and freaking out about what to do with my life. I offhandedly suggested visiting/backpacking in Europe after graduation to my friend Natalie and she totally made it happen. We spent two weeks city bopping, including an amazing 3-4 day stint in Florence (which included the best meal of the whole trip – in fact, we ate there two nights in a row and didn’t even feel a little bit bad about it!). 

Casey and I talked about an Italian honeymoon when we got married three years ago, but ultimately decided that it wasn’t the right time (due to both a lack of vacation time and funds). I was disappointed, but we promised each other that we would get there someday. 

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Finally, about a year and a half ago, I got so itchy to get back to Italy that I started dreaming about it. I must have read Under the Tuscan Sun about a billion times that winter. On a whim, I bought a bunch of guidebooks and started pouring through them. I mentioned to Casey that we could charter a sailboat and sail the Mediterranean and he was immediately onboard (what?!! ahhhhhh!!). We realized that we could totally swing it if we went in shoulder season (late September) and booked our lodging through Airbnb (instead of staying at hotels). Casey even convinced two of our friends to meet us on the boat (for backup/safety). It was actually going to happen! Picture me jumping up and down and dancing around and singing/yelling and then making a thousand and one packing lists.

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So last September, we did it – we spent the most amazing two weeks traveling in Italy. I know it’s kind of weird to write about it now, since we’re smack dab in the middle of a brand new adventure, but I want to make sure that my favorite parts of this trip are recorded forever. 

I can’t wait to share the amazing little details and highlights that made this trip so incredible. Today I just wanted to share a quick overview of my love affair with bella Firenze and a brief itinerary that shows where/how we spent our time. I’m going to share more in depth stories every Tuesday – so come back and check it out! Reliving it has been almost as much fun as actually going. :)

I hope that this inspires you to plan a trip to your favorite place, or to that place you’ve always wanted to go! It’s possible! Take the time! Go!! Do it!!


WEEK ONE // MAINLAND

Sunday, September 15 – Tuesday, September 17
Rome

Tuesday, September 17 – Friday, September 20
Florence & Tuscany

Friday, September 20
Livorno

Saturday, September 21
Ferry to Olbia (Sardinia) 

WEEK TWO // SAILING

Sunday, September 22 – Friday, September 27
The Mediterranean
(Sardinia: Santa Teresa, La Maddelena, Palau // Corsica: Bonifacio)

Friday, September 27
Bus to Olbia

Saturday, September 28
Ferry to Civitavecchia // Bus to Rome

Sunday, September 29
Fly home :( 

26 x 26 // Recap!

Today is my 26th birthday! Last year I set 26 goals that I hoped to accomplish before today. Here’s how it turned out:

  1. Sign up for an art class (or two!)
    Pottery Class
  2. Organize and back up all files
  3. Read 26 books
    1. Perfect by Judith McNaught
    2.—8. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    9. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
    10.—12. Fifty Shades series by E L James
    13. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
    14. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    15. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    16. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
    17. The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
    18. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
    19. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
    20. The Art Forger by BA Shapiro
    21. The Witness by Nora Roberts
    22. Paradise by Judith McNaught
    23. The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett
    24.—30. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    31. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
    32. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
    33. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
    34.—36. Divergent/Insurgent/Allegiant by Veronica Roth
    37.—39. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    40. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling
    41. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    42. Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor
    43. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
    44. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane
    45.—47. Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts
    48. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    49. The Collector by Nora Roberts
    50.—55. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
    56.—59. Heroes of Olympus (1-4) by Rick Riordan
    60. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
    61. The Magician King by Lev Grossman
    62. Delancey by Molly Wizenberg
    63. Inferno by Dan Brown
    64. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    65. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
    66. The Giver by Lois Lowry
    67. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
    68. Messenger by Lois Lowry
    69. Son by Lois Lowry
    70. The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
  4. Go to Italy
  5. Complete 26 personal, “just for fun” projects
    1. Wings Over Vermont
    2. Elephant in the Room
    3. Pottery!
    4. Un-beal-ievable
    5. Decorating Our New Place
    6. Bookworm Bridal Shower Invites
    7. Do Your Best Banner
    8. Reading Inspired Art
    9. Andiamo Block Print
    10. Gold Foil Valentines
    11. Soap as Me Card
    12. Awesome Posters
    13. Love You – Said it First Print
    14. Power Through It Koozies & Tees
    15. Surprise Party invites
    16.-17. Christmas Cards x2
    18. Adventure2013 Minibooks
    19. Moving Announcements
    20. Birthday Calendar
    21. Cornell Mafia, et al Buttons
    22. FashionABLE Design Contest
    23. I’m Just Not Feeling It Card
    24.-25. Mothers Day Cards
    26. Fathers Day Card
  6. Take a piano lesson (I have always wanted to learn to play)
  7. Blog (at least) once a week
  8. Refresh my website and update my portfolio. Related: jazz up this space too!
  9. Complete 75% of things on our seasonal lists
  10. Have a conversation in Italian
  11. Research and start Italian citizenship process
  12. Start a daily journal
  13. Shake up my fitness routine (Learn a new sport. Do a real pull up. Run more races. Take a yoga class. Find something new & get out of the post-marathon slump)
    Triathlon // PiYo // ExerStreak2013
  14. Buy a new couch
  15. Floss
  16. Find a hairdresser and get a cut that I love
  17. Be brave and lay on the floor of the Sistene Chapel (I wanted so badly to do this when I studied abroad, but was scared out of my mind to actually do it! This time, it’s happening.)
  18. Visit/host friends who don’t live in town
  19. Host a girls/craft night
  20. Run a sub 6:30 mile (my high school best!)
    I got close – does 7:20 count?
  21. (Finally) See a shooting star
  22. Visit a National Park
    El Yunque counts, right?
  23. Surprise someone (in a big–but good!–way)
    A surprise party for Mom & Dad’s Anniversary
  24. Quit my weekly (twice a week if I’m being honest) Starbucks habit
    (moving to a place where there is no Starbucks totally nipped that one in the bud!)
  25. Organize/file paperwork and create an emergency kit
  26. Do something spontaneous (I am terrible at this. I like to have a plan!)
    We moved to Puerto Rico! That is totally spontaneous.

 


 

I didn’t really expect to hit all of them, so 71% is totally good with me! The purpose of the exercise is to put my goals out there – if I say them “out loud” they are so much more likely to happen! I loved having this list to turn back to when I was looking for a personal project to complete, and I already made next year’s list (which I will post tomorrow). Cheers to another amazing year!

I’m Working On // Do Your Best Banner

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Did your parents have catchphrases/mantras when you were growing up? You know, things they would say to you often, over and over? Like, little bits of wisdom that they would drill into your developing brain? Mine did. There are two phrases in particular that have stuck with me and have totally shaped my outlook on life. 

The first is, “It’s all in your presentation.” My mom would literally say, “You can have anything you want if you ask for it the right way.” They were imparting sales and marketing techniques on my siblings and I from a really young age – teaching us to frame wants/needs in a way so that the other person could truly understand your perspective and find it difficult to turn you down. I’m sure that my interest in the advertising/design industry stems from this!

The second, and most oft-repeated, is simply, “Do your best.” Mom and Dad wanted us to have goals and work hard towards them, but also didn’t want us to get caught up in the results. You want to get straight A’s but got a B in math? Well, did you do your best? As long as you left it all on the field, they were totally cool with the outcome. I think they also knew (kind of sneakily!) that inner guilt/shame is a much bigger motivator than anything they could have dumped on us. So by asking, “Did you do your best?” they forced us to look inside ourselves and figure out what we could have done better (if anything). On the flip side, Do Your Best also takes some of the pressure off – what more can you do than give your best effort? This phrase/mindset has totally stuck with me and during this time of crazy career/life change, I wanted a visible reminder that the only thing I CAN do as I navigate all this newness is my best. 

So I made this banner to hang in my office. It’s super simple. 

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First, I typed up my phrase in Illustrator (you could totally use Word or Photoshop too if you don’t have Illustrator). I made the letters about 4.5” high (which with this typeface was a point size of about 350). 

iwo-dyb-2Then I printed them out, using my inkjet printer, and cut out each letter with an x-acto knife.

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Once everything was cut out, I hot-glued each letter to a piece of black ribbon. I left about an inch between each letter and about five inches between each word. Lastly, I knotted the ends and hung it up! All in all, it took maybe 2 hours, and is an awesome daily reminder that my best is all that I can do. 

Book Report // All-Time Favorites

I am a voracious reader. Reading has always been something I loved to do – in fact, my childhood friends still tease me for thinking that “reading books!” was a completely acceptable slumber party activity (#cringe). There are a couple of books that I end up reading at least once a year – they are my comfort objects, like curling up on the couch with an afghan and The Price is Right when you were home sick as a kid. These are my top 3 all-time favorite books.

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1. Harry Potter
Okay, so technically, this is more than one book, but to me, they are a singular entity. I can’t choose a favorite, and whenever I do read them, I always read all seven, in order (OCD, much?!). I remember waiting and waiting and waiting as a kid for each successive book to come out and when I finally had it in hand, holing away in my room and reading it cover to cover all in a single sitting. I just couldn’t put it down – I HAD to know what was going to happen! Even now, after reading them dozens of times, I struggle to take a break from the story. I can’t get over how amazingly well thought out they are. Love, love, love.

2. Paradise
This is my guilty pleasure book. It’s like the silly rom-com of novels, the one that you can’t help but love despite it’s semi-implausible storyline and somewhat sub-par acting. This is the book I pick up when Casey is out of town, or I can’t shut my brain off, or I’m not feeling well. It’s a great fluffy book, perfect for the beach or long road trips or snow days.

3. Under the Tuscan Sun
I picked up this book after I returned from my first trip to Italy (I spent one summer in Florence during college to study art history). I was feeling homesick for tomatoes that tasted like tomatoes, cobblestone streets, art museums, bold red wine, drafty churches, creamy gelato, leather sandals and the evening passeggiata… and this memoir brought me right back. This is the book that I curl up with when I start feeling “itchy” to get back to Italy (which is surprisingly often). For me, the writing is like a time capsule to that amazing summer and a couple subsequent vacations (you can’t keep me away from that country – I swear it’s magnetic). A bit of a warning though – even though the writing is beautiful and amazingly descriptive and kind of magic, I’m not sure the effect it would have if you’ve never been to Italy. I mean, I’m sure it will make it come alive for you, I just can’t guarantee that you’ll feel the heady, tangible connection that I feel when I read it.

What are your all-time favorite books? Are you as obsessed with Harry Potter as I am? I really hope that they aren’t a weird generational fad – that they are timeless and someday my future kids will read and love them too.

I’m Working On // Un-BEAL-ievable

My friend Alexa contacted me a couple weeks ago looking for some help designing a birthday party favor for her boyfriend’s 30th. Johnny and I go way back – we started at Select a couple months apart, and worked together for years on most of the digital projects that came through the office. He and Lex sort of adopted Casey and I into their awesome group of friends, and we spent lots of time hanging out with them outside of work – playing kickball, hiking, skiing, sailing – you get the idea. So I was psyched to help out! The koozies were Lex’s idea, and she simply requested a fun design that mentioned “Johnny’s 30th Birthday.” 

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I was inspired by these weird internet mashup animals (Johnny always had a few hanging at his desk) and the fact that he used to live in Wyoming, home of the Jackalope. So, a too-cool, sunglass wearing character plus a play on words (Johnny’s last name is “Beal”) and voila! A super fun party favor was born. 

They came out awesome and I hear that Johnny had a fabulous celebration. Happy happy birthday, friend! Wish we could have been there!

*Photo by Johnny’s awesome sister, Sarah. Thanks, Sarah!

Book Report // Recent Favorites

One of the items on my birthday list (26×26) was to read 26 books. I love to read! So finishing at least two books a month seemed like a perfectly achievable goal – one that wouldn’t be too easy or too hard.

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I grossly underestimated my reading ability. As of last August, I have read at least 60 books. And that only includes the ones I have kept track of! Some of them I have read more than once… some more than twice. But one of the awesome things about keeping a list has been that I remember the good ones when people ask me for book recommendations. And this year, there have been several standouts. Here are my top 5 (in the order that I read them).

1. The Fault in Our Stars
This book has gotten a lot of press recently (the movie version is coming out in June) and wow, it’s a good one. It’s one of those books that is just so poignant, emotional in the best way. I highly, highly recommend.

2. The Art Forger
Although this story is completely fictional, the plot is woven around the unsolved 1990 theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston. I am a fan of art, museums, mysteries and Boston, so this was right up my alley.

3. The Goldfinch
I feel like everyone has been talking about this book this year – not only has it been mentioned by several bloggers whose book recommendations are usually spot on, it won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction! So reading it was a no-brainer. And it didn’t disappoint! This was the first book in a loooong time that I couldn’t just plow straight through – it was long and interesting and jumped through time and the characters were so fascinating and the plot totally engrossing. Everyone should read this!

4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
I bought this book on a whim – half because Amazon recommended it, and half because I liked the cover (yeah, yeah, I know I shouldn’t do that but I totally do) and it sucked me in! I guess I really like stories where there is some sort of mystery or mysterious circumstance, and also, I love books, so why not a book about a mysterious bookstore? A fun, twisty, lighter read.

5. Me Before You
Oh man. This book took me completely by surprise. We were going to the beach, I needed something to read, and I bought it sight unseen (one click purchase, FTW). And I loved it! The story was surprisingly, uniquely bittersweet, and although I couldn’t really relate to the characters circumstances, I totally got them.

Now that I’ve listed all of these out, I feel a little bit boring! Although I’ve read tons of books this year, in all categories – fiction, biography, young adult, fantasy, etc etc – all of these kind of fit into two of them! First, there’s emotional, relationship-y, semi-romance-y types (The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You) and then there are the nerdy/creative mystery/thrillers (The Art Forger, The Goldfinch, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore). Maybe I need to branch out – any suggestions?

 

PS The book that I am currently re-reading in the photo up top is The Magicians (it’s like a darker, more adult The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe). The final book in that series comes out this summer, so of course I have to re-read the first two!

I’m Working On // Andiamo!

Awhile ago, my friend Natalie sent me a link to this year’s Print Exchange and simply said, “Let’s do this!”

You can read more about the project here, but basically, the gist is, make 12 prints, mail them to us, and we’ll send you 10 in exchange. It’s kind of like an artsy/designer/grown-up version of those funny pen-pal chain letters my cousin and I used to do when we were kids (anyone else remember those? I can’t quite put my finger on the deliverable – stickers, maybe?!!).

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It had been a long time since I carved a linoleum block – since Studio Art my freshman year of high school, I think. I ordered a kit from Amazon and started brainstorming – the theme was Let This Be a Sign, which was nice and open.

I wanted my print to be travel/adventure based. Our “motto” is Let’s Go Anywhere. Casey and I are always up for an adventure (like moving to Puerto Rico!). Plus, we vacationed in Italy last fall (which just happens to be my most favorite place in the entire world. I can’t explain the pull that that country has on me – it’s magnetic and magical. I’m so grateful Casey got to experience it with me!) and I was full of inspiration and ideas from our trip. My absolute favorite word in Italian is Andiamo.. which means “Let’s go.”

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I thought it would be cool to combine the Italian and the motto (which are basically the same thing), but I was worried that something text-based would be super boring. So instead of using plain paper, I purchased some old European maps on Etsy and used them as the background, which provided tons of visual interest. And made each one just a little bit more unique/special.

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You guys, linoleum printing is SO FUN. I designed my text in illustrator, printed it in reverse, and used a simple lead-transfer technique to get it onto my block. The carving only took an hour or two, and it was so rewarding! The progress was immediately visible and made me feel so accomplished.

The printing was almost as easy. I was glad I had extra pieces to test – some definitely came out better than others. But that was the other awesome thing about this process – it was supposed to be imperfect. I wanted it to feel handmade and to have a bit quirky irregularity. I am so happy with how it turned out! I have a feeling that this technique might be a new obsession.

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20. Run a sub 6:30 mile (my high school best!)

Last Wednesday, I hit the track. Not only have I not run “the mile” since high school, I also rarely time my runs—I find the watch itself distracting and get frustrated knowing exactly how long things are taking me and how much more road is ahead of me. But I needed to find a benchmark so I strapped on my husband’s Garmin (he loves data) and biked over to a nearby high school to see where I stood.

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After a quick warm up lap, I was off. I’m not going to lie, I was reaaaaally hoping that I could just whip this guy out and check it off my list… but I ran as hard as I could and finished in 7:20. Which is pretty good considering I haven’t done any speedwork since high school lacrosse practice over 7 years ago (oh my God I am so old). I only have to cut a minute off of my time (Experienced runners/sprinters are totally shaking their heads right now. A minute is kind of a long time… but I’m hoping by ignoring this fact I can just attack it and get it down. I have almost an entire year to make it happen!). Knowledge is power, and now I know. Time to get it done!

26×26 is a list of goals that I am hoping to accomplish before my 26th birthday in August 2014. For the full list, click here.

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Last week I turned 25. I’m still not quite sure how I feel about it, except that it seems kind of old. I’m sure that my 30 year old (or 40 year old or 50 year old) self will look back at this and laugh, but for now, it seems like life has sort of tricked me and all of sudden I went from being a carefree teenager to an anxious adult in no time at all.

They aren’t kidding when they say that time flies.

In an effort to be more purposeful about how I spend my time, and because I love lists, I came up with a (non-exhaustive) list of things that I would like to accomplish before I turn 26 (and basically kiss whatever is left of my youth goodbye).

  1. Sign up for an art class (or two!)
    Pottery Class
  2. Organize and back up all files
  3. Read 26 books
    1. Perfect by Judith McNaught
    2.—8. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    9. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
    10.—12. Fifty Shades series by E L James
    13. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
    14. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    15. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    16. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
    17. The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
    18. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
    19. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
    20. The Art Forger by BA Shapiro
    21. The Witness by Nora Roberts
    22. Paradise by Judith McNaught
    23. The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett
    24.—30. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    31. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
    32. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
    33. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
    34.—36. Divergent/Insurgent/Allegiant by Veronica Roth
    37.—39. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    40. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling
    41. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    42. Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor
    43. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
    44. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane
    45.—47. Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts
    48. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    49. The Collector by Nora Roberts
    50.—55. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
    56.—59. Heroes of Olympus (1-4) by Rick Riordan
    60. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
    61. The Magician King by Lev Grossman
    62. Delancey by Molly Wizenberg
    63. Inferno by Dan Brown
    64. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    65. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  4. Go to Italy
  5. Complete 26 personal, “just for fun” projects
  6. Take a piano lesson (I have always wanted to learn to play)
  7. Blog (at least) once a week
  8. Refresh my website and update my portfolio. Related: jazz up this space too!
  9. Complete 75% of things on our seasonal lists
  10. Have a conversation in Italian
  11. Research and start Italian citizenship process
  12. Start a daily journal
  13. Shake up my fitness routine (Learn a new sport. Do a real pull up. Run more races. Take a yoga class. Find something new & get out of the post-marathon slump)
  14. Buy a new couch
  15. Floss
  16. Find a hairdresser and get a cut that I love
  17. Be brave and lay on the floor of the Sistene Chapel (I wanted so badly to do this when I studied abroad, but was scared out of my mind to actually do it! This time, it’s happening.)
  18. Visit/host friends who don’t live in town
  19. Host a girls/craft night
  20. Run a sub 6:30 mile (my high school best!)
    Progress: 1
  21. (Finally) See a shooting star
  22. Visit a National Park
  23. Surprise someone (in a big–but good!–way)
  24. Quit my weekly (twice a week if I’m being honest) Starbucks habit
  25. Organize/file paperwork and create an emergency kit
  26. Do something spontaneous (I am terrible at this. I like to have a plan!)

 

*Photo from a hike at Jay Peak last month…not quite the summit, but close.