ADD Mornings

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I have timed my morning routine down to the very last second – although I continue to hit the “Snooze” button, thinking that, somehow, I will be able to miraculously cut out 10-15 minutes of my morning routine, and still make it to work on time. This has yet to happen. For now, this is how my morning brain works:

6:00am – Alarm 1 goes off – Ah, sweet. I can sleep for another 30 minutes.

6:30am – Alarm 2 goes off – Eh, I can give it another 15 minutes. I’ll be quick.

6:45am – Alarm 3 goes off – Ugh, okay I really need to get up. I’ll just check my phone for a minute – Facebook, Candy Crush, KCRA. Ew – the news is so depressing. Okay, that’s enough.

6:53am – Crap – I REALLY need to get up now. Aw, Isabelle looks SO cute and snuggly right now…I’ll lay a couple extra mintes with her.

6:56am – OMG, okay, up. Today I’m REALLY going to leave by 7:30. I’ll just rinse off in the shower real quick. Let dogs out…wait…Isabelle is going to freeze her little butt off.  I’ll wait for her.

7:00am – Finally get in shower. I’ll be quick. Just a quick rinse.

7:12am – Finally get out of shower…that’s okay, I’ll be quick. Ugh – where are all of my clothes?! Aw, Isabelle’s ears are SO cute right now. She just wants me to throw her rope for her.  I’ll just toss it a couple of times.  Okay, she is NOT getting tired…I can’t do this all day.

7:20am – Crap! I need to do my makeup. I’ll be quick. Oh! KCRA Alert – I should read that. I never know what’s going on in the world.

7:25am – Finishing makeup…what the heck am I going to wear?? Am I working out at lunch today? WHY can I never find a matching pair of socks?! These pants are stupid.

7:33am – Outfit number 3 – Whatever. This is fine. I don’t care anyway.

7:35am – OMG the dogs need to eat. I HATE feeding them so close to putting them in their crates for the day…why do I always do this? What can I have for breakfast? I don’t have time to cook anything. I’ll just grab oatmeal. Who ate all the oatmeal?! Aw, Isabelle is such a good girl – waiting on her rug for her food.

7:40am – Come on, dogs! Lock ’em up! I know, I know, I’m so sorry. I’ll be home soon (no, I won’t). Don’t look at me like that. Isabelle – Get. In. Your. Own. Crate. Why is this such an issue?

7:43am – Okay, I’m fine. I’ll still be on time. Purse. Gym clothes. Oatmeal. Crap. Do we have anything I can take for lunch? Perfect. Leftovers. I’ll just put them in a Tupperware. Where are all the Tupperware containers?! Dishwasher – okay. I should empty this. No. No time. Okay, lunch – check! Let’s go.

7:47am – Keys. Purse. Gym clothes. Lunch. Alarm on. Bye pups! Be good girls. Why do I always say that? They are locked in crates. Whatever. They know what I mean. Do they, Courtney? They’re dogs…whatever.  Yes, they do.

7:48am – Out the door. Oh, there’s Judy and Max (the dog from nextdoor). Hi Judy! Hi Max! I should give him a quick pet on the head…he’s running over here. Okay, good. Bye Max!

7:50am – Finally in the car. Ugh I can’t see out of the window…defrost…windshield wipers. Whatever, it will be fine once I start driving.

7:53am – Waiting at light. I’M SO LATE. Whatever. Worrying about it will not get me there any quicker. I’m really going to start getting up on time. This is NOT worth the extra 15-30 minutes in bed. I probably don’t even really fall back asleep. What’s on the radio? I hate when the Wake Up Call plays music…I actually want to listen to them. Oh well.

8:10am – At work. Exhausted already. I need coffee. Ready for a nap.

Repeat x 5…Monday-Friday…

 

The NOW Factor

The NOW Factor – I’m going through this phase of life where I want everything, and I want it NOW.  And this is different than the “screaming toddler gets what they want” phase…or is it?  Maybe I should try that.

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I’m trying to practice patience with this weird transitional period of life, but transitions are not always easy, and they do not always happen quickly.

I want my dream house.  NOW.

I want my dream job.  NOW.

I want to pay off my credit card.  NOW.

I want to write my name as Courtney Dilly, MBA.  NOW.

I want to be earning three times my salary.  NOW.

I want a perfectly toned body.  NOW.

I want to enjoy this transition period, rather than want it to be over.  NOW.

Is this how everyone in their mid-twenties feels?  I should hope so.  Let’s enjoy it together, shall we?  Cheers to the “Mid Twenties Transition”!

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Take Heart

I am loving the new chloe + isabel Take Heart collection!  The pieces are perfect for fun Valentine’s gifts for your gal pals, girlfriends, wives, sisters, mothers, daughters…anyone!  Plus, it’s SUPER affordable!

Take a peek – and shop here!

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Closet Shopping

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Right?  I can barely fit a new shirt into my closet, but have “nothing to wear”.

Every so often, I like to go “closet shopping” – this is where I take some time to go through clothes I already have, put together new outfits, check Pinterest for the latest fads, etc.  You’ll be amazed at what you new outfits you come up with, and what clothes you forgot you even had!

Here are a few of my favorite ways to make any outfit feel new :

1.  Layer – add a sweater over a collared shirt, a tank over a long sleeve, fun tights under a skirt, etc.

layerFound on styleoholic.com

2.  Add a cute belt to change the look of a dress, sweater, shirt

sweater_beltFound on glamradar.com

3.  Add a fun scarf – for warmth or a splash of color!  LC – I adore you.

laurenconrad_scarfFound on couturecandy.com

4.  Cuff your jeans/pants – 1 roll, 2 rolls – play around with it!

cuff_jeansFound on sidewalkready.com

5.  Accessorize!  A piece of jewelry can distract from the same ol’ outfit you’ve been wearing, and make it look brand new!

palm royale_chloe and isabelPalm Royale collection – chloe + isabel – found here.

Do you have any fun “closet shopping” tips?  I’d love to hear!

Mint Monday

Okay, friends – If you haven’t discovered Mint.com  yet, I am about to change your life.

I have never been (and still am not) a pro at sticking to a budget – not buying that adorable, new outfit at Nordstrom, stocking up on hand soaps at the Bath & Body Works semi-annual sale…
you pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down?

Mint.com is here to save the day!  And your life.

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Here’s what you do – create an account (it’s free & there’s a free app for your phone).  Link ALL of your bank accounts, credit card accounts, car loans, mortgages, 401k accounts, IRAs – everything.
(Mint.com prides itself on being a secure site)

Mint.com will create a summary for you – how much you have, how much you owe, the value of your assets, and your net worth.  The site will track your spending habits, and create budgets for you in your most common categories.  These categories can be bills, groceries, fast food, gas, insurance, etc.  The longer you are a member of the site, the better the site gets to know your habits.

Now you can really see where your money goes.  Are you spending too much on fast food each month?  Should you search for another Internet provider?  All kinds of things!  Mint.com even searches for ways that you can save money – a credit card with a lower interest rate, etc.

Play around with your budgets, and see how much you should have at the end of the month, if you stick to it.  *Hint – this number should be POSITIVE.  If it’s not, you need to cut back.  Create goals to pay off credit cards, or save for a down payment, and Mint.com will track your progress and tell you how much you need to pay, and how long it will take to reach your goal.

The site even offers a free credit score update every 3-4 months – how awesome is that?!  Your credit score will show up on your summary page each time you log in.

Create a regular check-in day (might I suggest Mondays…) to keep on top of things.  Seeing where my money goes (and where you need to cut back) makes me think twice about skipping my
home-cooked meal and eating out, or grabbing Starbucks on the way to work.  Plan for special occasions and treats, and include them in your budget.

I have been using Mint.com for several years now (just recently got back into regular check-ins), and it has given me such great insight on my spending habits.  It’s a GREAT tool for young adults who are starting to plan for large purchases, and for ANYONE.  It feels good to feel in control of your money.

Let me know what you think!  I’d love to hear other “Mint Monday” success stories.

Walk MS 2015

I still cannot believe it’s 2015!

That being said – Walk MS Sacramento is just around the corner – Sunday, April 19th!  This year will be a bit different because I won’t actually be walking.  I will be in San Diego for my good friend, Carina’s bachelorette weekend – so exciting!
We are both getting married this year – can’t believe that either!

Carina

Anyway, I still want to fundraise for the event because we’ve been able to raise thousands of dollars in previous years for the cause.  And, hey, I wouldn’t mind a cure someday!  Just sayin’…

Feel free to attend the event without me!  It’s always a lot of fun, and after-walk brunch options are everywhere. :)

Here is a link to my team page – MS. Courtney’s Warriors.  Please share, and help me meet, and BEAT, my fundraising goal of $3,500 this year!

Walk MS, Sacramento
The 2014 crew <3 Thank you all SO much!