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Has it really been over a year since I’ve posted?! That’s pretty embarrassing.

This sad little Instapic is all I have right now but I just popped in to promise everyone myself that I will make more of an effort to get on here more often. After all, part of the idea behind this blog was to have something to look back on over the years to remember certain periods of my life. Even though things have been crazy lately, like starting grad school this Fall and dealing with some health issues (trying to make decisions on surgery for my endo), I still want to make it a point to get the camera out and document some of the time that has been whizzing by lately.

Cheers to trying harder to post in the midst of craziness. Maybe I’ve been waiting for things to die down lately but I think everyone can agree, you’ve got to learn how to function in the middle of chaos because sometimes the chaotic periods in life just seem to go on and on and on.

On a side note, as you can probably tell from my outfit, I’m dreaming of fall. Yes, I know technically it’s officially fall already but in the sunshine state, it’s very hard to tell. Meanwhile, I’ll keep pretending as I light cinnamon scented candles, make soup at home and pull out all the olive, navy, wine, mustard and pumpkin hued clothes I own. It’s not quite bootie weather yet but a girl can dream.

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This is probably my new favorite picture of my mom because it’s just quintessentially her. She looks prettier than ever completely in her element while in the kitchen with the morning sun shining through the windows.

I don’t get to see my mom all that much since she lives about an hour away but I was so happy to have spent such a nice weekend together with her for Mother’s Day. I woke up bright & early and made the drive up for blueberry pancakes that were well worth the trip. I got to give her some gifts I’d been dying to give her and enjoy relaxing in her beautiful house before a nice lunch. The next day she went with me to have my stitches taken out from surgery (yes I am a major baby), took me out to an early dinner and then we watched Chef. I’ve been wanting to share that movie with her. If you haven’t seen it…go! Such a feel good movie and bonus, RDJ is in it. Swoon.

Happy Mother’s Day Mama! I’m happy to say you’re my mom. Thank you for your support, your unconditional love and your friendship. You don’t know how much I treasure how our relationship has grown :)

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As of last Friday I finally had surgery for the Endometriosis I have been dealing with for a while now. Although I was probably the world’s biggest baby, I’m so happy it’s over with and am looking forward to less days of stomach pain!

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My favorite flowers to cheer me up

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The cutest Get Well balloon

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Please don’t judge for starting out my Happiness project with finances.

Boring.

Materialistic, maybe.

I know. BUT I realize that I need a better grasp on financial matters before I move forward. It has been nagging at me for a while and this project is the perfect time to grab the bull by the horns and really hold myself accountable to create some new, long-sustaining, healthy financial goals. To add to the accountability, I printed out a calendar with a box each day to check off, or x out, depending on daily success with the my monthly mini-goals.

My main goal this month is to not shop at all.

That’s right. Necessities, yes, anything superfluous, no.

I also want to track my spending, be thriftier with essentials, i.e. curbing the extra $ spent on items out of convenience and lastly I’d like to become more patient in making purchases that I do really want or feel I need. When I want something, it’s usually all I can think about and usually end up rushing out to buy it. By holding back, I would obviously like to become more patient but also to become more content with what I have. When I don’t let myself make a purchase I want, it makes me feel proud and in control and I usually get over it quicker than I thought I’d be able to. Something I will probably end up heavily relying on to curb shopping cravings will be to ‘shop’ my closet and try to make new outfits I’d be equally excited about wearing, rather than going out to spend money I don’t have on things I don’t need.