Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday #72: Hello, January

Saturday morning start in a calm coffee shop.

Check it out, friends!  It's the first post of 2019! I don't know about you, but the first few weeks of 2019 have been pretty action packed.  I came back from the East Coast to start work on January 2nd and it's a full swing at the lab.  I can't quite complain; I always think having a lot to do is better than to sit idly.  Moving along . . . 


"New year, new me" is the mantra of most people come January.  New year, same old me, but hoping to make improvements.  As I get older, I find that I more actively seek joy, laughter, and meaningful friendships.  The less drama the better.  Is that a sign of getting old?  I'm mostly interested in quiet, calm spaces and quality time.  One thing I've really reflected on is the amount and depth of female friendships that I have.  Whether it's through FaceTime, phone calls, Gchat, or in person, I really appreciate the amount of strong, inspiring women I'm privileged to be friends with.

This weekend has been particularly packed for me (socially, at least) -- I've caught up with a good friend from Pasadena, saw my friend Ellen who I haven't seen in years (she dropped into Seattle!), and tonight, I'm hosting a girl's dinner with some amazing women I met through work.  We're going to do a pot luck.  I'll be making linguine with Brussels sprouts, pancetta, white wine, and lots of Parmesan cheese.  Apparently, all I know how to make are pasta dishes!


I've managed to stay fairly consistent with exercise so far this year.  I'm still managing my goals of minimum 5X of exercise a week.  I'm thinking of doing a post on my fitness routine.  Anyone interested?  This year, I want to incorporate more high intensity interval training (HIIT) into my routines so I can burn fat.  Apparently, there's a binary switch that's flipped when you turn 30 and your metabolism slows way down while storing as much fat as possible in the midsection!  Currently, I'm alternating between days of cardio and heavy weight lifting.  Rather than focusing on pure aesthetics, I want to improve my strength, endurance, and mobility.   I can eat better, too, but let's be real here!  I don't exercise so much to only eat salads.  Your girl loves ramen, pasta, and croissants.  I always say that I'd rather have a bit of belly than turn down delicious food.


I haven't done any photoshoots yet this year, but I did wrap up the edits for these two gigs this January.  I'll be doing full posts of them soon, but here are two previews.  Something I want to work on this year is editing to make pictures look more refined and professional.  I think I always edit the same way and I need to challenge myself in terms of aesthetics.  I currently have a photoshoot planned at the end of this month.  As for the future?  I'll need to put myself out there more.

It's almost 4:30 PM here in Seattle, so I'm going to sign off.  I have to start preparing ingredients to make dinner because my guests will arrive soon!  Hope you're all having a great Sunday.  Tell me what you've gotten up to this weekend in the comments?


•  Ellen started a baking challenge this year!  Follow The Great Graduate Bake-off.
•  I've been following Torrie on Instagram for awhile and added her blog to my reading list.
•  Michelle's 2019 bullet journal set up.  I love looking at bullet journals!


  1. Sounds like you've started off the New Year well! Hope the dinner was amazing! My "weekend" was Thursday and Friday last week and it was pretty productive, the highlight was doing a murder mystery night at the maritime museum!

  2. I think it's a lovely start for the new year. I can't wait to see more photography projects from you!

    - Leta | The Nerdy Me

  3. I thought the girl in the photo was Lorde haha. Sounds like your 2019 is off to a good start! Also reminds me to set up some quick hang-outs with friends I haven't talked to in a while.

    xo, Richel V.