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If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say, “There’s not enough time in the day!” I would be, well, filthy rich.

When I was younger, I never understood that saying. I’d think, “well, there are 24 hours in every day and you couldn’t possibly have more things to do than what can get done in 24 hours!”

Oh, child.


I’ve made a list. I call it my “Short-Term List.” I’m legitimately afraid of Life Lists (although I do have one…), so this is not one of those. This is a list of the things that I want to do this summer.

To be honest, my last post was a little bit of a downer. Since then, I’ve taken the time to create this list of how I plan to re-prioritize some things in my life. I know what you’re thinking — Lauren, you’re not really letting go of control here… Well, that’s just not me. I’ve always been the type of person to create my happiness and I can’t bear to sit back and wait to see what’s going to happen. I’m not completely going back on my word about letting the Universe take it from here. There are absolutely some things that are out of our control and we have to accept those things and let the Universe run with it. But, there are some things in life and in happiness that we can control, and one of those things is determining what is really important, like, really important, and focus on those things. Yes, there may be other things that we have to do no matter what, but if we prioritize, we may be able to control our happiness just a little better.

There are two ways people make lists or set goals. They either make the goals or accomplishments way too easy to attain, or they push themselves too hard and end up disappointed. I’d like to think my list is right in the middle – challenging myself but also setting myself up for success. We’ll see.

Short-Term List:

  • Exercise 5 days a week.
  • Cook 5 times per week (breakfast, lunch or dinner)
  • Go on vacation. Like, a real vacation where I don’t check my phone or email for at least 5 business days.
  • Write in my journal every week.
  • Update TOBR (this fancy blog) every other week. Even if it’s short, or just some photos.
  • Talk to my best friend every week (either on the phone, FaceTime, or through text).
  • Talk to my parents every week (either on the phone or FaceTime/Skype).
  • Work on giving The Boyfriend undivided attention during the little time we have together.
  • Set at least 3 hours aside per week for reading (NOT on a computer and not blogs or websites. I’m talking books, people).
  • Spend more time with my friends. Go out more, but do the things I want to do with the people I want to do them with. Release the guilt that’s associated with saying no.


I’m going to start here and see if I can reignite some balance and inspiration in my life. I’ll, of course, keep you all posted on my progress. My biggest concern is that trying to accomplish these items will ultimately stress me out even more. If I hit that point, it’s time to reassess…

Let’s do this!




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