Monthly Resolutions

IMG_7524Let’s be honest, I am already ending 2017 in a manner that I would’ve never expected. . . I am sitting in a Starbucks by myself drinking coffee and blogging. . .I am new to this whole coffee scene and actually enjoying it; the music is nice, the people are friendly and I don’t have a dog begging to sit on my lap or a cat about to throw up on my couch – yep that happened last night.

2017 was a great year and I am not complaining, but I am really looking forward to starting a new year with new goals and expectations.  Some highlights of the year include:

  • Visited seven states
  • Started Pure Barre journey
  • Joined (and helped implement) a new team at work
  • “Survived” a hurricane
  • Drove a NASCAR
  • Ended a relationship (not going to lie – this one was tough to go through)
  • Started “A Lil Bit of Pip” blog!

Anyway, back to the “Monthly Resolutions”. I am SUPER excited about these, obviously there’s the typical “Lose Weight” “Be a Better Person”  “Exercise” BLAH BLAH BLAH New Years Resolutions, but instead this year, I’m going to try something different to motivate me in a different way EACH MONTH!

January – Dry January

  • No alcohol the entire month of January! I can do this and after a full month of Christmas festivities my liver will be extremely thankful!

February – Home Improvement Project

  • I have an on-going “Daddy-do” list, I am not handy AT ALL, so I am vowing to do a Home Improvement Project BY MYSELF without my dads help (but may need to borrow some of his tools)

March – Take a Random Road Trip 

  • Doesn’t matter where or who with, but the weather in March is usually the nicest and I LOVE to put my sunglasses on and just drive – who knows where the road may take me!

April – Host a Party 

  • And by “Host a Party” I mean “Host-a-Party” to the fullest extent, printed invitations,  place cards

May – No Eating Out 

  • I can “Go Out” but I can’t EAT out

June – Pay it Forward

  • This speaks for itself.

July – Plan a Themed GNO

  • I’ve had plenty of girls night out ideas and I have never implemented them – this is my chance!

August – Take a day off from work and do something for ME! 

  • Spa day, cleaning/organizing, whatever would make me happy for a day!

September – No Social Media

  • Cannot get on Instagram or Facebook the entire month of September

October – Take a vacation

  • The leaves are changing and the weather is perfect this time of year for a vacation – whether it’s close or far away, go somewhere!  (Fingers crossed I can plan and make a trip overseas for this one)

November – NO Spend November

  • Cannot spend money on myself – this will be tough with Black Friday sales (especially if I have the same mindset I did as this Black Friday, but it’ll be good!)

December – Do Something Selfless

  • I am so incredibly fortunate and this is the month for giving, so I want to give my time and/or money and do something for others!

Some other additional things I want to accomplish include: 

  • Trying a new recipe a few times each month
  • Get better about saying my prayers before I eat and bedtime – I am ashamed to say that I’ve let this go.  
  • Strike up a conversation with a random stranger. 




Random “Pip” Facts

So….in an effort to get to know a lil bit more about me, I have put out a few #randompippinfacts. I have said this before, but I am TRULY an open book, so I compiled the most random/useless facts about me:

  1. My ringtone is “That’s My Kind of Night” by Luke Bryan.
  2. C99DCEE0-76C6-4C86-9C8C-24D7B4F19876.jpgMy dog is the BEST gift I’ve ever received – we share the same birthday and have gone through so much together. If you don’t love her the way I do, chances are – I won’t like you!
  3. I love to travel and always have my next trip planned.
  4. When I was younger, I believed that I would get married at 24 and have my first kid at 26, 28, 30 & 32 (clearly God laughed at that plan).
  5. I would much prefer to sit around with great friends and play board games than go out – does that mean I’m officially old?
  6. I don’t eat vegetables (and very few fruits) – this is my biggest insecurity and something I have literally prayed about my entire life to change 😦
  7. I won’t leave the house without earrings or mascara on – call me vain, but I won’t
  8. I am a VERY impatient person. . .don’t keep me waiting.! My dad was an “if you’re not five minutes early, you’re late” kind of person and that has been instilled in me.
  9. It takes me less than 30 mins to get ready (hence impatience).
  10. I have my real estate license and pay my bills by working in commercial real estate – I actually enjoy my job, one of the many reason I stay in Jacksonville.
  11. I don’t have cable – and rarely watch tv.  I don’t understand the fascination and why it’s always the topic of conversation. (But many have argued with me over this, so I know I am the rarity).
  12. In fact, if I do watch tv or a move – there is a strong chance I will fall asleep!
  13. I wear skirts 89.6% of the time.
  14. And make up random statistics.
  15. I am a country music junkie.
  16. My female celebrity crush is Kate Beckinsale.
  17. My refrigerator looks like a bachelor pad (beer and condiments) – it’s kind of embarrassing.
  18. But I love to cook, just don’t do it enough.
  19. Putting an apron on makes me extremely happy and I have been known to do it even when just making a grilled cheese sandwich.
  20. I am always up for doing something out of the ordinary. #RIDEORDIE
  21. I have a string cheese at 10:30 and green tea at 3:30 like clockwork every workday.
  22. I work downtown and walk the bridges (approximately 4 miles) at lunch during the months of October – April (as long as it isn’t too hot – don’t want to push my coworkers away too much).
  23. I take a Pure Barre class at least five days a week – mostly first thing in the morning before I have time to realize what I’m actually doing! IMG_5874
  24. I was that nerd in grade school who needed braces at the same time as glasses and begged my mom to put me in contacts – she did, thank goodness!!! I now have a permanent retainer behind both my top and bottom teeth and wear daily disposable contacts.
  25. I have diagnosed myself with RBS (restless body syndrome) – I literally DO NOT sit still.
  26. I actually enjoy doing dishes.
  27. I get giddy at air shows – primarily because of the bragging rights that I once did bi-plane stunts.
  28. In 2005, The Jaguars played the Steelers in Pittsburgh – I flew with the team out there and we ACTUALLY won in OT!
  29. I will walk up to a complete stranger just to say hello to their dog and if available, steal puppy kisses.
  30. I am one of those obnoxious morning people and I don’t even drink coffee.
  31. My shoes are all in my trunk causing me to leave the house without shoes on and digging through the trunk when I get to my destination to find the right pair.
  32. I am an open book and will probably share too much.
  33. I have to put Vaseline on my lips before I go to bed every night.
  34.  Sounds worse than what it is, but I have a split uvula.
  35. I’ve traveled A LOT, but one of my favorite trips was doing the Mighty Five in Utah and I REALLY hope to do it again SOON! IMG_0070.JPG

BONUS:  This blogging world has made me realize I can’t figure everything out right away and apparently that drives me INSANE!!!