Whoa, We’re Half Way There

Did you know this website almost died? My amazingly special magic unicorn coworker saved it. Like all the way saved it from the literal depths of hell. Thank you, Daniel. Thank you.

Today is my half birthday, so that means it’s one of two days a year I show up here. Let’s take a look at some photos from the last six months.

– Tiny Moving Parts at The Regent for my birthday – Boats at the pier in Long Beach – Dad and I on the Redondo Beach pier after a delicious meal at a fish place – Old pool balls in a museum – Anna visited LA for the first time! – The Broad – Alex’s Mom visited and we went to The Queen Mary – Views from my parking lot  – Jaws of Love – Ocean – Mom visited, was the most wonderful/kind/special/giving/love/perfect person and went beachcombing at Sunset Beach – Pinegrove in San Diego – Alex and I at a Lakers game – First Aid Kit at The Theatre at Ace Hotel – #bobawasted with Drake at the opening of Milk+T – Roberta’s Halloween party! – Dressed up as Eleven, too bad Alex was too tied up to have any fun (get it, LOL).

1. Move into my own apartment in Long Beach
2. Buy a new bed and mattress
3. Curate a cohesive interior design/style
4. Not go broke ehhhhhh, I did set up my 401k today.
5. Work hard. Work really really really hard, and then get a promotion
6. Accomplish all of my work goals
7. Use my soon to come-in-the-mail, holographic-cover, sticker-filled 2018 ban.do planner every day
8. Unplug more
9. Read 10 books I haven’t read one. Not even one.
10. Visit Seattle
11. Visit Boston
12. Visit Mexico City and Tulum with Anna
13. Go on two weekend camping trips
14. Eat more brunch
15. Smile and say hi to strangers (people actually do this in Long Beach!)
16. Send 100 pieces of mail, send me your address at sweethannahpea@gmail.com I need to keep track over the next six months, 100 is A LOT.
17. Steal more flowers for fresh arrangements Haven’t done this once since moving to Long Beach.
18. Eat more fish 
19. Go surfing
20. Find and photograph tidepools
21. Make a scrapbook of 2017
22. Play basketball Alex….
23. Put more recipes in my recipe book
24. Finish a coloring book
25. Go to a Dodgers game and a Kings game There is still hope for the Kings game. Failed at the Dodgers part, which is too bad seeing how good they were.
26. Go to 12 concerts Highlights include: Tiny Moving Parts, Bjork, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Now Now, Noname, Frank Ocean, Jaws of Love, Fleet Foxes, Local Natives, First Aid Kit, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile as Sea Lice, and Pinegrove three nights in a row. 
27. Master fake eyelashes

I feel like I’m doing not super great in terms of completion. I’ve written this list in the previously mentioned planner and will be checking in there more frequently. Hopefully, after that promotion, I will be able to take those trips to far off places, especially Mexico City to help support their tourism industry. Alex and I have a lot of vacation time coming up, so I’m crossing my fingers for camping, tidepools, books, brunch, and basketball.

See you in six months.

27 Before 28

Don’t rub your eyes, it will smudge your mascara.. you are seeing this correctly. You are reading a blog post from me, Hannah, the now 27-year-old. If somehow you’ve ended up here on this post and you’ve never been to this blog before, you should know, I am a terrible blogger. Like 6 months hiatus, terrible. I am also a person who loves lists and goal settings. For the last 3 or 4 years, I have made a list of goals to complete before my next birthday. My last post was also a list of goals. So, if you don’t like goals or lists, this would be a good time to exit.

Let’s start with the 26 goals before 27:

1. 30 Days Of Biking
Nope. After 2 years on the list, I’m ready to take this one off. It’s just not happening.

2. Get new glasses and wear them

3. Send 50 pieces of mail

4. Stop shoving stuff in closets
I mean, I still shove stuff in there, but it’s organized shoving, so that’s different.

5. Clean the bathroom and vacuum weekly
I certainly didn’t actually do this, but for my not birthday (she said it couldn’t be a birthday present), my Mom bought me a new vacuum, and I’m obsessed. Also, I’ve set aside one day a week to clean the bathroom.

6. Stop binge watching TV

7. Cook meals, eat the leftovers

8. Go on a film camera adventure

9. Take the train to San Diego
The train is expensive, so I drove. Had a great time with my beautiful host, Dara.

10. Drive up the 1 and camp Big Sur
I did take a ride up the 1, and it sparked a rather large fire in my heart which burning out of control. I have to get back and camp this summer.

11. Get on a surfboard (no need to put the pressure on actually learning to surf, just get on)

12. Take great care of the CR-V

13. Invest in some health related stuff: good shoes, Fitbit, gym membership, etc.
Got shoes, got a gym membership, canceled the gym membership, decided that a fit bit was unnecessary, saved money.

14. Budget, save money, don’t go hungry

15. Make a blog schedule, try and stick to it
Obviously, that never happened.

16. Find some friends in Los Angeles

17. Commit to weight training/find a great gym and an even better trainer
*insert excuses here*

18. Make 12 vlogs

19. Explore California – Joshua Tree/San Francisco/Running Springs/San Luis Obispo/Santa
Barbara
I didn’t see nearly as much of California as I had hoped, but I did visit Palm Springs with my Mom (seriously miss that lady). I have, however, seen a lot of Los Angeles, and discovered a new favorite place, Long Beach.

20. Go to a LA Kings game
I never made it to a Kings game, but I saw the Lakers and the Clippers play.

21. Film a makeup tutorial

22. Drink at least 120 oz of water a day
I’m completely obsessed with my Joseph Joseph Dot water bottle. It has significantly increased my water consumption. I’d highly recommend purchasing one if you are struggling with this.

23. Buy a new camera lens

24. Learn enough LA history that I can give a super cool LA tour

25. Take a trip with the California Family – Mexico? Los Osos?
After recapping all of these goals, my biggest takeaway is life gets busy, for everyone. This year has been filled with so many experiences, I can’t feel too bad about not accomplishing some things on this list.

26. Lose 20 pounds

That year is over is done, so let’s not look back for too long. However, I did have some pretty great successes and moments I’d like to mention: drove 1800 miles to Los Angeles by myself, survived 2 months in Los Angeles without a job or a home *thank god for my Aunt Mary and Uncle Jon*, got a job after 2 months in Los Angeles at a kickass advertising agency, got an apartment, paid my bills on time, found my soulmate, got a promotion to a position I love after just six months at previously mention advertising agency, haven’t been in a car accident, or been eaten by a shark. TOTAL SUCCESS. So here is what I’m planning to do with the next 12 months:

1. Move into my own apartment in Long Beach
2. Buy a new bed and mattress
3. Curate a cohesive interior design/style
4. Not go broke
5. Work hard. Work really really really hard, and then get a promotion
6. Accomplish all of my work goals
In February I took a promotion at work, from Receptionist to HR and Operations Assistant. I absolutely love my new position and have since decided to further pursue a career in Human Resource. When my review comes around in February I would hope I have proven myself worthy of a new title and another happy little raise.
7. Use my soon to come-in-the-mail, holographic-cover, sticker-filled 2018 ban.do planner every day
8. Unplug more
9. Read 10 books
10. Visit Seattle (hello brother and best friend!)
11. Visit Boston
12. Visit Mexico City and Tulum with Anna
13. Go on two weekend camping trips
14. Eat more brunch
15. Smile and say hi to strangers (people actually do this in Long Beach!)
16. Send 100 pieces of mail, send me your address at sweethannahpea@gmail.com

17. Steal more flowers for fresh arrangements
18. Eat more fish (more will be really easy because I eat approximately none right now. And I’m totally already killing this goal.. I’ve had fish the past two weekends. WHO AM I?! I need to write a food post.)
19. Go surfing
20. Find and photograph tidepools
21. Make a scrapbook of 2017
22. Play basketball
23. Put more recipes in my recipe book
24. Finish a coloring book
25. Go to a Dodgers game and a Kings game
26. Go to 12 concerts (we’ve already been to 1, and we have tickets for 7 – soon to be 8 – others)
27. Master fake eyelashes


Thanks for following along when I do post.. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read what I’ve written, especially when it’s solely focused on me and my shit. I have a backlog of other stories to share.. Museum of Ice Cream, Palm Springs, and more! See you soon.

New Year, New Me

The title of this post is just a joke. Chill out, internet. I’m sure I’ll be relatively the same in 2017, but isn’t it fun to come up with a few goals so that at the end of the year I can reflect on how the 26 Before 27 goal of watching less TV directly impacted my New Years ‘get abs’ goal.

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Goal One: GET ABS. I know that sounds pretty vain and a little gross, but it would require a lot of hard work and dedication that would better my overall health. So I want abs. Is that too much to ask? Just like four abs, even two would be great!

Goal Two: GET A FRIDAY THE 13TH TATTOO. There are two opportunities to accomplish this in 2017. On the hunt for a $13 deal.. now there is a tattoo in LA I could afford.

Goal Three: SAVE MONEY. Future Hannah, please be patting yourself on the back, or the wallet, for accomplishing this one. Like, come. on. You’ve sucked at money for way too long. It’s not that hard. Don’t buy shit you don’t need.

Goal Four: SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BLOG. That’s vague, huh? I just want to be better at it. Patty says I probably have hard time committing to creative outlets because.. something about planets being in retrograde at the time of my birth. I believe it. I really want to show up here. For me, and for you too, my wonderful audience who has been so encouraging that I’ve just left hanging. Which leads me too goal five..

Goal Five: TAKE ALL OF THE PICTURES. I got a beautiful, very stylish, leather camera bag from Jo Totes for Christmas. So there is no excuse to not take my camera with my everywhere I go. I want to be the documentarian I know I am capable of being. The more photos I take, the more I will enjoy taking them. It’s a win-win.

Goal Six: POST AN INSTAGRAM PHOTO EVERYDAY. This goes hand in hand with the previous goal, but I posted less than 200 gramhammers in 2016. For a person who loves the gram so much, I don’t share often enough.

Goal Seven: SIT UP STRAIGHT, you slouch monster.

What are you goals for the new year? Are you a New Year, New You kind of person or more of a it’s 2017? kind of person? I’m kicking the year off with another Whole30, reading a new book, and feeling rather humbled by my recent trip back to Iowa.

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Last Year I .. | 2016 In Review

campaigned and caucused for a candidate I believe in.

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graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, which wouldn’t have been possible without my champion parents.. in fact none of this would be possible without them.

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said goodbye to the perfect little house in my picturesque hometown.

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drove 1800 miles from Iowa, to Nebraska, to Colorado, to New Mexico, to Arizona, and finally

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said hello to my new home in sunny California.

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ate lots of healthy food, shed some serious pounds, and completed my first Whole30.

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watched the sun set over the ocean more times than I can count.

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from Chicago to San Diego, I played tourist with a few of my favorite ladies.

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discovered lots of new music, and saw a few of my favorites play live.

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started working at a pretty hip advertising agency, where I’ve made my first friends since the big move.

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What a year! 2016 has got to be one of the biggest chapters in my little book of life, and I have to say, I might be sad to see it come to a close. However, after all that, I’m ready to slow down a bit in 2017.. who wants to go to the beach?

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Check out my past yearly reviews here.. 2015, 2014

Inspired by Kaylah!