May Goals (10 in 30)

May Goals - 2018 - AVintageJoy

I "May" be a little late, see what I did there. But here we go! NSYNC got a star on the Hollywood walk of fame, and "It's gunna be May" meme is alive and well, all is right with the world. If you haven't seen the meme you should look it up, and if you have you'll already know I posted about it on my instagram story! Now that it's half way through May, what are my goals...

1// Make one video. I've really been wanting to start with videos because it is so much fun to look back and see my travels through videos. 

2// Get enough sLeEp (do you remember when we used to do that online) not sure how I just thought of it, but yeah get enough sleep. I have a super bad habit of sleeping too little!

3// Read One book from start to finish. I'm pretty bad at reading honestly, but I know it will help me mentally. This month I will complete this!

4// Learn and apply four new things about editing pictures. I think editing is so much fun, but some of those presets are so expensive. Youtube school it is!

5// Fully move into my new place. It has been a long road and a tiring one, but with all Jesus and none of me, I have a new place!! I'm so grateful!

6// Have a "new place party" I can't think of the actual word for that. 

7// Start an actual workout routine. Work has been more and more stressful and I need to find a way to "work" through the stress of it all. I've heard wonderful things about working out. I'm going to try that! Maybe I'll walk or run around my neighborhood?

8// Don't hate me but.....Renew my passport! And yes ladies and gentlemen if you're following along that is the third time this goal has been on my monthly goals *face palm*

9// Find ways to relax. As work becomes more and more stressful it's important for me to find new ways to relax. The other day I was at brunch with friends and consciously realized that it was the first time I had really felt relaxed in a while. I honestly still can't think of a time recently that I felt that relaxed, that's sad!

10// Keep my identity in line. There are so many incorrect aspects that try to talk into our lives, sometimes out of the best hearts, but they're incorrect. They try to tell us what our identity is in and what it should be in, but I know the truth! My identity is not in my job, nor should it be! I always want to do my best in anything I do, but if something goes wrong at work that does not change who my identity is as a person! I need to remember what defines me, and who has the authority to define me! 

Why Good Habits Matter

Creating good habits is so important to make sure that you're on the right path! This is Why good habits matter!

Creating good habits is so important to make sure that you're on the right path. Having a goal and creating habits that move you towards your goals are one and the same. If you can't create those positive habits, but you really really want to accomplish your goals, you're really setting yourself up for failure. Goals that are worth striving for, sometimes have roadblocks and hard seasons associated with them; good habits are the thing that make the difference in those hard times. 

Let us start at the beginning:

The definition of a habit according to Webster (also my autocorrect keeps wanting to put Hobbit and that just makes me happy): 

"An acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary"

"The prevailing disposition or character of a person's thoughts and feelings" 

I love that both of these really describe the fact that a habit is something that we don't just have out of nowhere, it's something that we have to work to have. It's something that has to "prevail" over the other things we want to do.

One of the main reasons that people don't accomplish their goals is because the habits that need to be the backbone of those goals isn't there. We start on our goals and when something goes wrong (*cough* which it will at some point *cough*) we don't have the habits to get though the hard times. 

But how do you create a habit? And what does that practically look like?

You remind yourself why this is important. You remind yourself of the "why" behind your goals. You say out loud why this is important. Why you doing this gets you closer to your goals, and you keep going! 

Keep spending those ten minutes before bed reading your Bible even when you feel stagnant, because it is those habits that lead you deeper in your relationship with God! You keep trying to write your screenplay because you feel that your story matters, and it will help someone in their season of life! You strive to have two days off a week because you know how important it is to your mental health to have a moment of release.

Remind yourself of the "why" behind your habit. You are the best and only you that will ever you. Give yourself the best shot at your goals, by being honest with yourself. Are you putting in the effort and creating the habits that get you a step closer to your goals? Are you giving you your best shot!? Are you focused on the correct goals? That's an entirely different post, but it's another important question to ask. 

What habit are you working through right now that you can focus on continuing? Is there a habit in your life the you should really let go of? Are you creating habits that move you towards your longterm and short term goals?


My Recent Etsy Favorites

Who doesn't love small businesses! Here are a few of my recent favorites on Etsy!

I'm a huge fan of any sort of small business. It's so inspiring to see people trying to do what they love and make it into a sustainable way of living! It's been a few months process of working back in forth and applying and getting rejected, but I finally have a new place I'm moving into in only a few days! I'm so excited to have a new place that I can use to be "that home." You know the one, the one where everyone is welcome, the one that if someone needs to escape for a day they can join for pizza and a movie! Or if they need, they can crash at while they're visiting. 

In that spirit of the unique and small business, I've been "Pinteresting" and "Etsying" everything! Here are a few of my favorites I've found on Etsy. go check them out! 


I am probably going to paint either my cabinets or my backsplash white! I also really want an long rug to keep in the kitchen. The below from TURQUALITYRUGS is so beautiful! She's also offering 


A coffee section in my house is an obvious! I'm looking into signs and this one, from DeannasCraftCottage is on the list! 

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I'm going to have a hug patio!! It makes me so happy. I've been on the hunt for a hammock chair. Look at this beauty via hamanica


All the fairy lights!! I'll have the exact same type of "roof" over my place. Via Dealalley 

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Unique shelves are so simple, but such a great addition to your bedroom wall. I don't really put any pictures up in my bedroom normally, so this could be a great addition to the walls without any pictures up! Loopholes. Shelves by infinite abyss 

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I've always been in love with the small details of things! Aren't these perfect for dresser drawers!? Via owlkraft 


Living Room:

I feel that white curtains bring such scerentity to a living room. They act as a clean slate to the day! I really love these from MagiLinen

I'm in the deciding mode if I want to do a ladder that will mainly be for my blankets or one that I can use a shelves. Look at this beauty though! Via PipeAndWoodDesigns 

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Above the toilet storage can be such a wonderful addition! Add your body butter, and hand towels without taking up precious storage space on the counter! Look at these beauties from Truedimensiondesigns 


YAS! With my personality I so much so need reminders to slow down and relax! These are so perfect! Via LittleLadyPrintShop


The Best Coffee Shops in Denver

Every perfect weekend starts with coffee! Make sure you're going to the best one when you're in Denver next!

I have loved coffee since I was a kid and my babysitter made what she called "Coffee Milk". It was basically a bunch of milk and a little bit of coffee. That was it, I was hooked to the taste!! There are so many different aspects of coffee that just make me happy: the idea of sitting in a coffee shop and catching up with a friend over a wonderfully crafted cup of coffee, or spending a quiet morning making french press coffee. There is just something so wonderful about it, that brings people together. I also have this thing about wanting to constantly try different coffee shops. Therefore, I've been to quite a few in Denver. My base for coffee is a cappuccino, therefore at all of the below I've had their cappuccino and I approve this message! 

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Thump Coffee

This is my favorite coffee shop in Denver. The coffee is always spot on, still the best cup of coffee I've found yet, and the food is just as good! In the back of the coffee shop there is a "no computer/technology" area, and that just reminds of the Gilmore Girls "No Cellphones" sign, it makes me smile. The one downside to this coffee shop is that they don't have plugs around the shop. They only have them in the front by the windows. Therefore, make sure you charge your device before setteling in. Thump has community tables, so get use to sitting across and next to someone you may not know. You can always tell who hasn't been there before when they start to search under the table for something that isn't there. 





Steam Espresso Bar Denver

Steam Espresso Bar

This is my second "go to" if you will. Steam is located a little more south near the college. Smaller is size, but just as wonderful for the coffee. There is one community table near the front, similar to Thump, but Steam has a few smaller more individual tables in the back area. There is also an outdoor space that is perfect when the weather is nice. Steam is located more in a neighborhood so you'll have to street park, but honestly most places in Denver if you're driving you'll have to street park. They also have the garage door type doors behind the counter which let in so much wonderful outside air!





PigTrain Coffee Union Station Denver

Pigtrain Coffee Co

Did you just get in from the airport? Looking for a quick cup after your redeye flight? Pig train is the stop for you! Located in Union Station in Downtown Denver, Pigtrain is a good cup of coffee and a a great grab and go. If you're looking to sit and work, you can do so in Union Station, but not really in Pigtrain. If you do go, you have to check to see if they have popsters!! Homemade pop tarts, you literally can't get any better!! The one that's my favorite is their raspberry popster! Blue frosting and sprinkles! YUM











Amethyst Coffee Denver

Amethyst Coffee Company

Amethyst is the smallest of the coffee shops on this list. Located just off of Broadway and just south of downtown. Amethyst is a nice walk if you just went to the Denver Art Museum and are looking for some good coffee. The parking lot is super small! So be warned when you have to circle to find a spot. My favorite drink is the cold brew. Although the smallest, Amethyst also has probably one of the most Instagram like insides. Good for a quick in and out coffee.

I would like to say I've been doing "research" on these coffee shops, but really I just truly enjoy each of them. There is something unique about them all and the more time I spend looking for new places to visit, the more gems I find!! 






Stella's Coffee Denver Pearl Street

Stella's Coffee House

Are you headed a little more south of Denver? Looking for a place that feels more relaxed, but still has great coffee and pastries? Stella's is a wonderful option for you. Located on Pearl surrounded by cute boutique shops and homes, Stella's is a great escape for a quick coffee or a few hours of work.

When I first walked in I was confused that I only saw one table, but then I turned the corner and realized there was an entire back section that wrapped around. So much space!! They also switch up their "coffee of the day" section often so see what's new before ordering your regular. 





Corvus Coffee on Broadway Denver


Corvus Coffee Roasters

Located on Broadway, about 7-10 minutes south of downtown, this is a perfect coffee shop to stop into if you're in the mood to shop! Broadway has so many cute little, privately owned boutique shops.

The coffee I tend to get at Corvus is their nitrous coffee. Disclaimer, it's strong! It's actually really funny, because every time I really need to get things done quickly I'll go to Corvus because I know the coffee will kick in and I'll speed through my work. It's also perfect if you need an oil change, I'll explain... It's located about a block or two from a mechanic so it's another great stop if you're trying to have a multitasking productive day! 



Quarterly Goal Update

Good Morning April! 2018 is going faster and faster. We're already starting to step into the second quarter; leaving all of the regrets of things we maybe did or didn't do behind, let's do a quick goal update and look forward:


January Goals

Be generous! - I don't really make a new years resolution, and I generally don't have any sort of "word of the year" either, but this year I really felt like God was brining generosity to my mind. What it actually looks like, what it actually means to live a generous life, and how I can do that so much more in my own life. 

This is definitely an ongoing goal. Honestly it will be for the rest of my life. However, I really love that it's so much more of a priority in my life now.

I feel that so many times I've felt I was generous, but I wan't actually. I'm actively listening more and seeing the ways I can be generous in my everyday life. 





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February Goals

1// Go on more hikes. HALF CHECK. I've been on one, but it was hilarious. This is when we got stuck and kept slipping. I couldn't stop laughing.

2// Get my eyes checked. CHECK. 

3// Passport renewal time. Not yet *cries into pillow*

4// See the daylight more. CHECK, I've been making so much more of an effort to be outside. 

5// Look for a new place to live! CHECK

6// Have my nails done more this month. Still working on it.

7// Wake up earlier this month and have a slower morning. I've definitely been better at this, my body now wakes up at 7am even on my off days. 

8// Stop cracking my fingers. CHECK

9// Read more. I purchased #Girlboss, we'll see how that is.

10// Stay healthy. CHECK I actually didn't get sick at all this month! Such a blessing, because everyone around me was getting sick nearly the entire month. 



March Goals

1// Make oatmeal twice. CHECK I actually made dinner twice! It's not breakfast, but I'll take it! 

2// Write down a verse. CHECK Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." I really needed to hear this, this month especially. It's been really tiring, but I know God's plans are better than mine! 

3// Do something that is out of my comfort zone. CHECK I played volleyball at a park the other day. This may be something really inside of your comfort zone, but I haven't played in about 15 years. I also learned something about myself, when I'm really focused and want to be good at something I get really quiet! Something to know for next time I guess. 

4// PASSPORT! *cries into pillow*

5// Cut my TV Cable. CHECK (kind of). I called and it would have been more to have just the internet. It makes no sense but whatever. 

6// Do one at home facial/mask. CHECK I pulled out my Dr. DennisGross daily peel, and I remember why I own it. It's so wonderful! 

7// Taxes. *I will do these today* *I will do these today* Maybe if I chant it to myself it will come true. 

8// Wear my sandals more!! CHECK! It has been warm enough for me to wear them multiple days this month. I'm so excited! 

9// Take more pictures. CHECK I've been more conscious about bring my camera with me and documenting when I see a moment. 

10// Remember that comparison is a thief of Joy. CHECK I've really been trying to remember this principle. When I compare myself to someone else, it's not only hindering, but it's belittling to the place that God has me in right now. I'm trying to be grateful for the season I'm in!

What do you think of a quarterly updated on how I'm doing on my goals? Do you find this helpful? Would you rather see how I'm doing at the end of each month instead of quarterly? Let me know!

 A goal without a plan is just a dream. 


April Goals (10 in 30)

April Goals - AVintageJoy

It's officially Spring!!! Thank God!! I'm so ready for the snow to stop and the tulips to come out. It will sometimes still snow here in April, but I'm praying that this year that doesn't happen. I've loved the winter months, but when they start creeping into my other seasons, I'm over it!

1// Plan to see at least one concert, and purchase the ticket! I really want to see more concerts this year. Last year I was so busy that I missed all of them. Even though I'm busy this year too, if I plan far enough ahead I'll be fine.

2// Unsubscribe to all of the unnecessary emails. I have multiple inboxes that receive emails from things that don't even apply anymore. This month I will unsubscribe from at least five lists that I don't ever read!

3// Move into my new place. I'm so so excited to see what God has in store for this new step! 

4// Actually have all the boxes unpacked. I have a bad habit of keeping multiple boxes when I move, but it's so much better when everything is in its new place. It feels so much more like home!

5// Take 4 days off in a row! I really could use a quick break from work. A quick get away for the weekend is really needed.

6// Find a regular doctor. I've learned over the past few days that I have a really bad habit of not taking care of myself. I know that sounds dramatic, but it's everything from not drinking enough water to needing to find a doctor and still not having one. I really need to find a doctor and get a regular checkup this month. 

7// Find an exercise plan that works for me. I have some family traits and medical things that stop me from being able to do certain types of exercises. I really want to find a plan that works for my body type that I can consistently do! 

8// Work more from the other side of my brain. What do I mean by that? I spend most of the day in a very logical place. At work I have to always be "on" which I understand, but I really want to make sure I'm flexing the creative side of my brain and finding things to do that stretch that side of my personality as well. 

9// Take regular breaks. On the same note of a personal health, I need to make sure that I'm disconnecting from the computer regularly. Walking around outside, or visiting a museum. Something that gets me away from looking at a screen and typing. Because I already do that about 10-12 hrs a day at work.

10// Get my haircut! I spend a good amount of time not thinking at all about my hair, except for making sure I'm washing it, and then all of a sudden there is this day that happens that I'm like "I'm over the length, it has to go!" I'm defiantly there right now. Plus it always feels so much more healthy after a cut!! 

I can't believe the first quarter of 2018 is over! What are your plans for the second quarter? How are your short term and long term goals going?


10 Ways to Turn Around A "Bad Day"

Not every morning is a magical morning. Here are some tips and tricks to help you when you're starting to have a bad day.

There are some days of the year that you wake up and everything feels like a wonderful hallmark movie. The kind where the light streams perfectly into your bedroom. You wake up to a crisp morning where you have nowhere to be and nothing on the calendar, other than things you want to do.

But there are also mornings where you wake up and you didn't realize, but you are out of coffee filers. You forgot to put your clothes out the night before so now you have five minutes to put together an outfit before going to work. And then, after you're too far to turn around, you realize you forgot the coffee, you had to scrounge together, at your house. 

On those harder mornings here are a few things to help:

1// Remind yourself of the positive. Write on your mirror, or on the back of your door, an encouraging word to read outloud to yourself before you leave the house.

2// Wear your favorite perfume. This is definitely a go to for me! On the mornings where I wake up and I don't really "feel like it," I put on my favorite scent and it reminds me of travel and fun days and I immediately have a little moral boost .

3// Remember that every day is new, today is what you make of it! And if it sucks, there's a new try tomorrow. You can have a bad moment of your day, but that moment doesn't have to define your day! Take a quick lap around the block and clear your head. 

4// Close your eyes and breath slowly three times. Balance out your breathing, its the simple things that help turn your day around. 

5// Drink a glass of water. Sometimes it's just you being dehydrated from the night before that makes you a little more cranky.

6// Give yourself something to look forward to at the end of your work day. You can stop on the way home from work and pick up food for dinner, or go out with a friend for a drink.

7// Go to bed early that night. If you're not having the best day, set yourself up for success tomorrow and get a good night sleep! 

8// Drink a cambucha or probiotic drink. Do something small that's good for your body. Keep your stomach happy!

9// Do something at the end of the day that makes you feel pampered. Do a quick 5 minute face mask, or make yourself a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed. 

10// Do something that switches up the way you think. Two hours before going to bed, put down the social media and pick up a book, or paint something when you get home. When was the last time you painted something? For me, I honestly don't remember. 

What are your tips and tricks? Share them in the comment section, I would love to know how you turn your mind around when you're having a "bad day."