Currently Vol. 05

Chrystina Noel Currently Vol 05

Well, the Saturday currently posts have been slowly turning into Sunday currently posts. I blame work? 60-70 hour work weeks are not my jam. As for this week, I was:

Tired. Trying to catch up on sleep. There’s only so many nights I can go on minimal sleep before nobody wants to be around me.

Attempting to figure out men’s fashion. I don’t know all that much about it and it seems like something that would be useful. What are the basics? Where can one go to learn this.

Making PowerPoint presentations. Why do they always take so longer than you think they’re going to?

Celebrating Mardi Gras. After spending three years in Louisiana it’s definitely a must. I made my first King Cake, took out my Mardi Gras beads, and fried up some beignets. Super excited to write about it this week.

I must have done something else this week, but all I remember is working. I’ll try harder next week.

Currently Vol. 04

Chrystina Noel Currently Vol 04

This week was so much less chaotic than last week, y’all. It wasn’t any less busy, but it was less jumping from thing to thing to thing, which made me feel much more like a sane person. This past week was spent:

Wishing I didn’t have to be a big people and worry about getting my damn heat fixed. It works on warm days, but not on cold days. It’s kind of the worst and makes me want to cry. It also makes me not want to change my clothes or shower at all, which in general is always a problem, but this is making it way worse.

Glad that things are settling into place for The Blog Connect. We’ve announced our party venue and 90% of the speaker list at this point. At this point it’s just promotion, solidifying the remaining sponsors, and making it as wonderful as we can. I’m super excited.

Proud of myself for getting my taxes done early this year.

Thankful for grocery stores. I think the time I was happiest this whole week was while shopping at Trader Joe’s. Grocery stores are my happy place, man.

Getting closer to being done watching Cheers. I started it months ago, and it’s the slowest moving sitcom I’ve ever watched. It’s amazing how long this has dragged out. That said, I do really like some of the characters. I’m definitely not watching Frasier after this though. I can’t handle another 9 seasons.

Wondering how I’m going to fit in all the travel I’d like to do this year. On my list for “want-to-go-to” places are: Utah, Montana, and Nashville. None of those are on my current “go-to” list though. I’m going to have to figure this out and start making better use of my weekends.

Loving these pop open cards made by Compendium. Actually really loving everything on their site.

Pigging out on Girl Scout Cookies. Give me all the Samoa (I mean Caramel Delites) and Thin Mints.

Enjoying mugicha tea. It’s a barley tea, caffeine free, and has a toasty warm flavor. Perfect for all the cold nights.

That’s it for now. Looking forward to hopefully another low-key week next week. We’ll see if I can make it happen. In the meantime, everyone have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

Small Goals: February 2017

Chrystina Noel Small Goals February 2017

One month of small goals down. What have I learned? I really stink at small goals. Well, that might not be true. I’m great at accomplishing things, but I currently have no system in place to accomplish small goals. To explain further, I wrote this great blog post about all the goals I was going to accomplish, but then didn’t write the goals down anywhere I was going to remember to do them.

That said, I totally just looked around my desk and realize I have 4 started to do lists. So I might just need a new to-do list system. I’m waiting for the day that I put my whole life into Asana, but until then, I’ll just rewrite these 4 post-it notes on one new post-it note.

So let’s check in. Here were last month’s goals:

  1. Go through my closet to get rid of anything I haven’t worn in the past year.
    Success. I still feel like I have too much stuff (most of which is basics or dresses), but at least I went through it again.
  2. I want to make progress on the books & magazines on my night stand.
    Not a chance. I’m listening to too many podcasts right now to read books. And I’m not flying enough to have that non-internet time blocked off already.
  3. Repackage my Christmas Ornaments in an efficient way when we take the tree down.
    Yes. It was a beautiful thing. I bought small little bubble bags for each ornament.
  4. Make progress on the blogging e-courses I’ve signed up for.
    Not a chance again. That said, Jess Lively’s Life With Intention Online has started up again and I’m taking that, so maybe that counts.
  5. Figure out how to close down my Chrystina Noel shop.
    I did this right after I finished the last post. I think that’s the key to getting this done.

(Guys. If any of you have any suggestions for how to make small goals, that would be great. Right now I’m having a very difficult time differentiating between small goals and things already on my to-do list.)

For the next month, here’s what I’m going to try to accomplish:

  1. Make my first king cake.
    I can’t believe I’ve never done this before. Working with dough kind of makes me nervous (what if that yeast thing fails?), but I’m excited to give it a try. Mardi Gras brunch  here I come. (The reason this is still on the list even though the brunch is already planned is because I can totally see myself copping out and just making cinnamon buns.)
  2. Make Ben a nice Valentine’s Day card.
    Last year Ben made me a really nice Valentine’s Day card. I tend to get in a card-making rut and they all start to look the same. I’d like to step outside of my comfort zone on this one this year.
  3. Leave work at the office.
    I’ve been really bad about this recently. I’ve been putting personal stuff in the middle of the day resulting in needing to take work home with me in the evenings. It’s not good for my sanity (or anyone around me). So I’m going to start trying to be more productive during the day so I can leave it behind for a few hours.
  4. Finish the branding for the podcast Jess and I want to start.
    Branding is no joke, man. I’m not even trying to get the perfect branding. I’m very aware that whatever branding we create for our podcast is subject to change in the next few months once we learn more about it, but trying to create a logo is nearly impossible if you ask me. I’m far too left-brained for this. I’m just going to have to set time aside and see what I can do.
  5. Get my heat fixed.
    I’ve been without heat for a good number of weeks this winter. It involves carrying a portable space heater up and down the stairs every time I switch rooms, which is kind of obnoxious. I don’t know how people get anything fixed though. Especially things that you kind of need to try something, wait a few days, see if it fixes it, and try it again. WHO HAS TIME FOR THIS. That said. I’m really sick of being cold. So I’m going to have to figure something out.

And that’s it. Let’s see how I do. I’m linking up with Nicole from Writes Like a Girl about Small Goals today. If you’re looking for some inspiration in life head on over to her page to see what she and a bunch of other cool people are doing.

Currently Vol. 3

Chrystina Noel Currently Vol. 3

Hi everyone. I’m not even sure I know where to start about this week. I have no idea how I fit so many things in. That said, it does explain why I was so flipping exhausted by Friday. I’m working on cutting back on activities. Now that we have solidified both lunch, a party location, and the speaker line-up (almost) for The Blog Connect, I should be able to sleep better at night. (It’s coming together quite wonderfully, y’all. I seriously hope to see you there if you’re a blogger!) This past week was full of:

Celebrating Ben’s 30th birthday. (The cake above was courtesy of his mother. She did an awesome job.)

Enjoying homemade dinners. This week it was Tara’s turn to cook and she made delicious portabella mushrooms stuffed with roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and goat cheese. Then I made burritos and this taco recipe to get me through the rest of the week.

Dying my hair back to bright red. The cycle is dye it red, let it fade for 2-3 months, dye it again. At least the faded orange-y color still looks pretty good.

Working really hard on The Blog Connect and PHLbloggers. Between the weekly meetings, the 30+ emails a day flying back and forth, smaller group meetings, PR meetings, and fiscal year planning meetings, this has been taking up a lot of my time. I’m so lucky to have such a great team working on this with me. They’re crazy just like I am. In the best way possible.

Being an adult and getting my taxes done.

Learning all of the music for the Broadway Blockbusters performance at the end of February. There are selections from Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, and more.

Super super sad that Girl Meets World has ended. I don’t know what my new guilty pleasure show is going to be anymore. (The Bachelor will suffice for now, but it’s seasonal.)

Meeting and chatting with some really cool people. Between a networking event at work, scheduled Skype calls, and scheduled coffee dates I must have talked to over a dozen new people this week. I always love getting new ideas and hearing new perspectives.

Trying (and loving) Grateful Plate meals. It’s a Philadelphia-based homemade weekly meal delivery service. We got to try a few of the meals, and every one of them was delicious.

I’m hoping things calm down a little bit this week, I’ll keep y’all posted though. Have a wonderful week!