june goals

friends. wow. it has been such a long time since I’ve shown up here, and I am sorry.

life got very hectic back in march and didn’t slow down until this past week. I was burnt out, exhausted and just trying to keep up with all of the mandatory parts of my life - unfortunately this blog took a hit during that time. today, erin wrote a fantast blog post about balance, and it inspired me to come back here. I’m sitting here in my sweaty apartment, listening to that new bon iver, having the best soup I’ve ever made, and finally showing up on my blog. hello! I missed you!

in the last few months I had amazing times (seeing Bey, hiking, road trips) and hard times (primarily governed by my anxiety flaring back up), and through it all I feel like I’ve been growing so much. even though I haven’t been writing here all that much, you’ve been on my mind. I want this blog to be an exploration of minimalism and a space to document my attempts at adulting, in addition to the lifestyle blog that it’s become - I hope you’re as excited about that as I am.

to keep things consistent with who I am (and despite the fact that we are a quarter of the way through this month), I thought that today I would share my goals for this month!

one / make all of my meals at home. as I’m sure I’ve said hundreds of times before, I’m not a great cook. I’m working on that this month by making all of my food myself. so far, so good.

two / get outside. I really want to be more comfortable outside and get more exercise from things like hiking, canoeing and slacklining. this is off to a bit of a strange start this month (one hike in a thunderstorm, one hike resulting in getting very, very lost and being severely dehydrated), but I am actually very proud of myself for pushing myself so far outside of my comfort zone.

three / try new hairstyles. I feel like my signature look is ‘got out of the shower, brushed my wet hair, called it done.’ I’ve already been experimenting with braids and topknots, but I need some serious hair suggestions!

                       I recently tried these halo braids and felt like a princess all day - if you want a tutorial let me know!

                     I recently tried these halo braids and felt like a princess all day - if you want a tutorial let me know!

four / take care of me. now that life is slowing down, I can spend my time doing the things that make me happy - eating on my patio, discovering new music, reading books and sharing good times with good people.

what are your goals this month? what have I missed the past few months? xo.

confessions

happy wednesday! we’ve made it halfway through the week. because I work in retail, it is actually my friday today! I’m also ridiculously excited because from today it is only seven days until my sister gets here! I cannot wait for her to arrive; we’ve got so many fun plans from dancing to furniture shopping to photoshoots. she’s going to be here for a whole week, and I’m really looking forward to the vacation. today, for hump-day, I’m linking up with plucky for some confessions. 

I confess…

…lately I haven’t been feeling very “into” makeup. this feels pretty weird for me because I normally absolutely love makeup and putting on my face. recently I haven’t felt like putting on anything past mascara, and when I do put lipstick on, I forget to reapply it when it wears off. 

…forgetting to reapply my lipstick frequently means I’m rocking the “outline o” that tends to appear as lipstick transfers off of your lips. this means lately I’ve been running around looking like a weirdo. great.

…I get really offended when people say they like tea better than coffee, but not because I want them to like coffee. back in the day, I used to be a GIANT tea drinker (like 6 cups a day, minimum). while I still love tea and usually have a cup before bed, coffee has become my one true love. when people say they prefer tea, I always feel like they’re insulting me because I’ve always secretly felt that tea is more sophisticated than coffee. 

…I’m kind of embarrassed that I just had a rant regarding tea and coffee. my life is clearly full of excitement.

…I’ve been thinking a lot about what exactly I want this blog to be as I’ve been writing up my fresh about me page. this blog’s one year birthday is coming up, and there has already been so much change from my original vision. I know for sure that I want this to be a space to talk about relationships, adulting, minimalism, and hopefully makeup too. does this mean I’m settling into my genre??

well, that’s what I have for today, amigos. I hope you’re having a lovely week and that your march is off to a great start. what do you have to confess today?

eight ways to romance yourself this valentine's day

I am really lucky to be completely in love with being single. I love that when I get home at night, the night is mine. I love that I never have to ask someone else what kind of take out to order. I love that my future is nearly limitless. while I’m enjoying this part of my life a lot, sometimes holidays like valentine’s day can make me feel like I have in some way failed by choosing to be alone and not having a relationship. if you look past the cheesy ridiculousness that comes with the commercial part of this holiday, valentine’s day is really just about showing appreciation for your significant other. this helped me to decide to spend this valentine’s day really showing love for myself! I’m really looking forward to it, so I thought I’d share what I have planned.

one make a delicious breakfast / there are many ways that I am basically Leslie Knope, but my love of waffles is possibly what makes us the most similar. I’m planning to make myself a giant waffle breakfast. this would obviously be incomplete without step number 2.

two drink expensive coffee / recently my bestie picked up some phil&seb coffee for me on his last trip to calgary, which means I get to home brew the smoothest coffee I’ve ever had. drinking great coffee in a cute mug is one of my very favourite things.

three listen to my favourite songs / since I’ll be off on valentine’s day, I’m going to listen to good music all day. this will undoubtedly include beyoncé, of monsters and men, the lumineers (their new track!? damn!), and mumford and sons. I wanna cycle through old favourites and new albums that I haven’t had a chance to really listen to.

four light some candles & spa-myself / this might sound pretty typical, but there is something delightful about surrounding yourself with little happy lights that smell great. just because this girl is on a spending-freeze doesn’t mean I can’t pamper myself a little bit! while binging on gilmore girls, I’ll be giving myself a mani and pedi and enjoying a face mask.

five do some relaxing yoga / yoga is one of my favourite ways to spend time alone. I love how it forces me to consider every single part of my body and how it inspires me to let go of the stress. 

six hang some artwork / even though I’ve lived in my apartment for roughly 6 months, my walls are still basically completely bare. there’s something uber-satisfying about bare walls and empty surfaces to me, but I have several prints/photos that I really care about and want to hang, especially in my bedroom.

seven read a book / something that I never make the time to do (but love doing) is reading. I have a shelf full of books I want to read (including wild, the help & paper towns) - and I keep buying more books! I definitely want to spend a little bit of time indulging in some good books.

eight watercolour myself a love letter / okay, I know this sounds obscenely corny, but over the last few weeks I have been writing down a list of things I appreciate about myself. lately I’ve also been really enjoying watercolours. I plan to put the two together and make myself a little gift. *shrugs* I love me, okay?

how do you plan to spend your valentine’s day? what are your favourite ways to show yourself some lovin’?

hump-day confessions

oh hey friends! it’s wednesday, which means we are officially halfway through this week. here in alberta we have a long weekend coming up, and I’m really looking forward to it. I don’t really have any plans - I was thinking of trying to runaway for a few days, but I couldn’t find any realistic travel plans. how do you like to spend a long weekend? as usual, I’m linking up today with plucky  for hump-day confessions. 

I confess that I am really feeling the need to re-decorate my room. it’s the only room in my house that I do not absolutely love. partially I think it’s that I still have a twin sized bed (and I’m 6 feet tall), but it just is the only room that feels kind of out of date/disorganized. hopefully while my sister is here, she can help me re-vamp it a little bit.

I confess that I am as excited as a kid on christmas eve for what this year is going to bring. 2016 is going to be the best year pretty much ever… my sister is coming to visit next month, I’ve got a trip to portland in the works for the summer, and I’m going to see Beyoncé in may (!!!). it’s going to be a good year.

I confess that ever since I said I had my anxiety disorder under control, it has been a constant struggle to keep it that way. it’s been rearing its ugly head, but I know that I am still the one in control. it’s just about reminding myself that I can handle whatever life throws at me, and knowing how to calm down in those difficult moments.

I confess that today I am going on a mini adventure to staples and the library. it’s very likely that normal people wouldn’t find this in any way exciting, but I cannot wait. it feels like the best way to take care of myself during stressful times. 

do you have any confessions today? :) don’t forget to link up! xo.

february goals

I cannot believe we are already a month into 2016! january has certainly been a blur, and I’m excited for this next chapter to begin. it actually hadn’t occurred to me that another month was about to begin until this morning when my monthly reminder to pay my rent went off. I took some time today to think about how I want february to go, and I set up some goals to fit in with my 2016 resolutions (you can see my january goals here!).

robineylea feb goals

one / no spending. despite my goal of spending less in january, I still went way over budget in several life areas. knowing my sister is coming to visit in march gives me extra reason to save money, so I want to put a spending-freeze on my life for february. this will exclude bills, groceries, necessities, and a couple of pre-planned get togethers with friends. have you ever tried a no-spending month? any tips?

two / try out friends’ interests. my resolution of putting more work into my relationships is off to a good start. january brought a refreshing focus on good conversations and time-wasters. this month, I’d like to be more open to exploring my friends’ interests. I have no idea what this will look like yet, but I know for sure that it will be interesting!

three / re-create my about me page. this has been on my mental to-do list for SO long. when I started this blog last year, I essentially copied my about me page from a blog I wrote for many years (with a few edits). I feel like it doesn’t reflect who I am now, and I’d like to re-create it.

four / finish de-cluttering my bedroom. while I did get around to re-organizing my christmas decorations and my bathroom/makeup, I didn’t really take the time to deal with my bedroom. I will definitely get this done this month!

five / wellness challenge. I really want to continue working on my physical and mental health, and the fact that my work puts on a wellness challenge every february is perfect. my goal is to log my meals every day!

six / learn about style. trying to overhaul my sense of style is really difficult when I don’t know what I want my personal style to look like! this month, I’m going to watch all of the youtube videos and read all of the blogs/magazines I can, and try to come up with a descriptor for what I want my personal style to be.

seven / watch one TED talk per week. I finally signed up for a free TED account, and to work on learning this month, I’d like to watch at least one video per week. 

so that’s what I’m working on this month! it seems like a lot, all written out, but I feel like it’s pretty achievable. do you have any goals for february?