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Life lately

27 Feb

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Shall we have a little chat over a cup of tea? First, let’s just say goodbye February. Can’t say I’ll be sad to see this month go. Even though it’s short, it certainly hasn’t been sweet. I feel like I’ve been in a fog, and I’m so ready to get out of it. From crazy days at work to being sick to the endless snow and cold, I could use a serious break from it all.

I even missed my blogiversary. Can you believe I’ve been writing here for four years now? I just haven’t had the energy to keep up with it lately. But even under all the layers of snow, I know spring is coming, and I’m ready for a fresh start. Not just with this little blog, but life in general.

Sometimes you just need to take a step back, breathe and start again. New Year’s was two months ago, but I’m hitting refresh today and setting my sights on the rest of the year. Here’s what I’m planning to accomplish in the next eight months:

  • Set up a consistent workout routine
  • Read more, watch less TV
  • Volunteer again
  • Build up my savings
  • Play the piano for fun
  • Make time for those that matter

Looking forward to what’s to come. xoxo

P.S. In case you’re interested – Blogiversary 1, 2 and 3.

Auld Lang Syne

31 Dec

Can you believe we’re at the brink of a new year? Do you feel the anticipation of what’s to come? Maybe it’s unrealistic to believe the striking of midnight wipes the slate clean and everyone gets a fresh start. But there is something exhilarating about the beginning of a new year. I can’t help but feel there’s a little magic in the air, ready to work wonders on those who would believe.

Tonight I’m reflecting on 2014 and feeling excited for what’s to come. I don’t know what 2015 will hold, but that’s the beauty of it.

Happy New Year! Cheers from me to you. xoxo

The best is yet to come | www.the-wild-child.com– 2014 –

-Traveled to San Antonio with Sebastian where we enjoyed the River Walk, attended a Spurs game and even spent a day in Austin.

-Celebrated my best friend’s birthday with a trip to the West Side Market.
-Spent a winter weekend in Westfield, NY, where we used a canoe as a sled.
-Started a book club at work.
-Celebrated three years as a blogger.

-Traveled to Chapel Hill, NC, for a weekend with my dear friend Lindsay.

-Visited Boston for the first time and enjoyed soaking up history and eating delicious seafood.
-Thanks to his work trips, I saw Basti several weekends over the spring – I don’t have to tell you how great it was.

-Celebrated four years with the BF.
-Traveled to Berlin where we ate a lot of food, went bike riding and took a day trip to Fleesensee.

-Attended my first NASCAR race and enjoyed it way more than I thought I would.

-Fourth of July in Oregon with my sister and cousin.

-Celebrated my 26th birthday.
-Attended a One Direction concert in Detroit with my cousin.

-Labor Day vacation in Colorado Springs to see my brother.
-Ran my first half marathon.

-Celebrated Halloween with a great group of friends.
-Shared another lovely weekend in Westfield, NY, with my family.

-Bought a new car. Woot!
-Enjoyed thee best Thanksgiving with both of my siblings home for the holiday.

-Paid off my student loans. Double woot!
-Spent NYE in Berlin with the love of my life – the perfect start to a new year.

Welcome 2014

13 Jan

The new year always seems to sneak up on me. It’s not until a couple of weeks in that I realize I’m writing a new number at the end of the year, and when this happens, I like to reflect on all that took place. 2013 was an incredible year. At the beginning of last year I wrote, “This is the year I want to make things to happen. This is the year I want to do things for me and not feel guilty about it. This is the year I want to make myself the best I can be. In a nutshell, this is the year I need to grow up.”

Looking back, I feel like I did make things happen and finally did some things for me. I started a new job at a fantastic company, and I feel happy at work again. I moved into my own apartment, no roommates, no parents, just me. I ran my first 10K. I celebrated three years with my wonderful boyfriend. I turned 25. I tried some different experiences like celebrating the Passover Seder and going on my first hot air balloon ride. And I did my favorite thing, I traveled. Oh did I travel. I kicked off the year in Florida with Sebastian, enjoyed a quick trip to Arizona, stopped in Pittsburgh for a girls weekend, discovered Arkansas for the first time, walked the streets of Paris, drove through the South of France, spent quality time with my family in Colorado, checked out Milan and fell so in love with Rome.

Looking forward, this is the year I want to continually strive to find joy in life. The world has so much to offer, and I intend to take whatever it will give me. So yes, 2013 was great, but I have a feeling 2014 will be just as great. Cheers to 2014!

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Twenty thirteen

14 Jan

After a brief hiatus here, and a much-needed break from work, I’m back at it. The holidays were wonderful, and I find it hard to believe that everyone is gone. I keep thinking my brother is across the hall or Sebastian will be here when I get home from work. I know it’s not true, but it would be oh so lovely if it were. In the meantime, I’ve been finding things to distract myself, and yesterday it finally hit me – a new year has arrived. Wasn’t I just writing a resolutions post last year, and then boom, 2012 is gone.

I can’t complain though, it really was a fantastic year. I started getting back in shape, continued growing as a young professional and of course did some awesome traveling. However, realizing  I turn 25 this year (when did that happen!?) I can’t help but want to make this one even better than the last.

This is the year I want to make things to happen. This is the year I want to do things for me and not feel guilty about it. This is the year I want to make myself the best I can be. In a nutshell, this is the year I need to grow up. Even though I’ll always be a kid at heart, at 25 I can’t pretend I’m a kid anymore. My life is happening, and I don’t want to stand back as it plays out in front me. I want to take the reins and show life the way.

I have big plans this year. I hope you’ll stay along for the ride. Cheers to 2013!


Resolutions revisited

25 Apr

The nice thing about setting goals is you can always go back and reevaluate.  Since we’re past the first quarter of 2012, it felt like a good time so see how I’m doing. Surprisingly, I’m right on track.

  1. See Sebastian at least every three months. We’re doing well with this. I visited him at the start of the year, and he surprised me with a visit during Valentine’s week. We’re planning a vacation for the end of May, and I cannot wait to see him again. The gap from his February visit to May will be a little over three months, but I’ll take that any day over five. I can’t believe last year we went from June to November without seeing each other. Never again.
  2. Learn German. I reset my Rosetta Stone lessons to start over from the beginning, and re-enrolled in studio sessions. I’m only a few weeks in and already surprised by how much I remember – and how much I forgot. Each week I try to do two lessons. Maybe I’ll be fluent yet!
  3. Read more. This has been a fun goal to meet. I received a Kindle for Christmas, and I’m absolutely in love with it. I thought I would miss turning pages, but the technology is amazing. The screen really looks like a real page, which I love for my eyes, my books download in seconds, and I’m definitely reading more. So far this year, I’ve read: Wicked by Gregory Maguire, The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins and the Fifty Shades of Grey series by E.L. James. Looking forward to downloading more books for my upcoming beach vacation!
  4. Get back in shape. This is still a struggle, but I like a good challenge. I recently completed a 5K and I’m planning to run a 10K in May. It’s nice to work toward something, and slowly but surely I’m getting there.

I’m proud of my progress and glad that I set realistic goals. What were your resolutions? Are you on track to reach your goals?

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8 Jan

Isn’t the start of a new year funny? The first day of the year arrives, and it’s like we’ve been given a clean slate and a fresh start (even though nothing has really changed). And of course everyone sets those dreaded resolutions – the things we’re going to work on in the coming year. Most people don’t end up sticking to them, and maybe they are a little silly, but there is something refreshing about setting goals and working toward them.

2011 was a great year. I started a new job, celebrated my one year anniversary with Sebastian and even traveled abroad (twice). Looking back it was absolutely crazy, but I loved every minute of it. And now I’m looking forward to this year and everything it will bring. Even though I don’t usually make resolutions, I am a big fan of goals. So in the spirit of the new year, here are my goals for 2012:

1. See Sebastian at least every three months. This will be a little tough and probably expensive, but we’re both done with the months of waiting. It’s no fun, and we owe it to each other to do better.

2. Learn German. I’m not talking fluent here – I’m well aware it will take a while for that to happen. However, I’d love to be able to communicate with my boyfriend in his native language, even in beginner sentences.

3. Read more. When I was young, I used to read all the time. But if you’ve ever been through college, you know that reading for pleasure takes a back burner to your studies. I fit in a few books here and there, but lately I’ve been dying to really read again. I recently finished The Hunger Games series, and I can’t wait to start my next book.

4. Get back in shape. This has been a struggle of mine since I transferred from the University of Findlay to Kent State. I played on the women’s soccer team at Findlay, and when you go from working out two hours a day to nothing, it has a profound effect on your body. I know people often make this resolution, and it’s cliche, but it’s something I’d like to accomplish. Plus, Sebastian and I are thinking about taking a cruise this year, and I’m determined to have a bikini body, even it if kills me.

Goals and resolutions aren’t always perfect, and you don’t always reach them, but it’s nice to work toward something. Good luck in reaching your goals, I know I’ll need it for mine ;-)