Setting monthly goals has been a HUGE game changer for me since graduating college! While I love making a list for the New Year, I’ve learned that smaller, monthly and weekly goals actually allow me to get more done, rather than becoming overwhelmed by following through the major goals for 12 months. I’ve been using Lara Casey’s PowerSheets for three years and I cannot recommend them enough! I love making a mood board of pretty picture each month for inspiration then filling in small action steps to make my big dreams happen. Definitely doable!
2. Library Cards
Hello, beautiful! I hoard books like nobody’s business –and burn through them with lightning speed- but it’s not exactly ideal to haul a suitcase full across the country and back this summer. Instead I got a library card here in Seattle! I brought home a stack of 10+ books last week to work toward my “100 Books in 12 Months” goal (one of the few BIG goals I decided to make this year!). My library has an online reserve option so I type in the titles I want and pick them up a few days later. My latest recommendations are: Longbourn, The Crossroads of Should and Must, and Lunch in Paris.
3. Shakespeare in the Park
As a theatre gal and Shakespeare nerd, I love finding outdoor productions in the summer. Most major cities offer one or two, and I practically came out of my skin with excitement when I found out there would be FOUR in my area this summer! Shakespeare in the Park is a great date-night or friend gathering option. Most places allow you to bring in food and camp out on a picnic blanket with your group, so plan a head and go potluck if you’d like! Some of my sweetest memories are sippin’ on sweet tea watching the bard’s comedies and tragedies under the stars.
This girl loves her TexMex, and while there isn’t much of it out in the Pacific Northwest, I’ll take Chipotle any day! Recently the doc suggested I go gluten free and I sent all the praise hands emojis to celebrate Chipotle’s primarily gluten free menu. It’s my post-church lunch spot of choice and I take myself on afternoon productivity dates more often than I should admit. 😉
5. Farmers Markets
Sunflowers for $5? Yes, please! The Puget Sound is filled to the brim with farmers’ markets, and I simply can’t get enough! From the bustling Pike Place Market downtown to the small-town gathering down the street from my house, I love meeting vendors and trying out fresh fruits and veggies. I take the kids I nanny for a strawberry and nutella crepe on Sundays and they bounce all the way home! Fun fact, catching vendors at the end of the market day can mean better deals! Shop around, bring a friend, and enjoy one of the sweetest summer spots.
Bailey Jean is a believer, blogger, and dreamer from deep in the heart of Texas. She shares the corners of her heart and her adventures as theatre graduate student (and recovering Anthropologie addict) at Brave Love Blog. If she had one message to shout to the rooftops it would be that Jesus takes delight in you, your unique calling is worthy of celebration, and every season of life is to be savored. Okay, that’s three, so she’s not good at counting 😉 You can find her at Brave Love Blog, and on Instagram and Twitter.
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