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
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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!

The Half-Way Mark | 26 Before 27

How am I already 26 and a half?! I swear my amazing triple threat birthday/graduation/going-away party was like.. last week. My two friends with the same exact first and middle name sitting at the bar drinking beer, my high school friends throwing darts, my best girls catching on life with babies and plans to go back to school full time, and a whole table full of women who have been some of my biggest cheer leaders the last few years. #crying #blessed

In this my 26th year I have done a lot, despite my pretty much constant down playing of my successes. I guess I am rather happy with the whole graduating college, moving to the second largest city in the US, finding a place to live, and getting a job.

Okay, enough gloating, let’s see where I’m at on the goals I set for myself this year. I’ll italicize the ones that I’ve been keeping up on, but are long term and thus can’t be considered a success until May.

1. 30 Days Of Biking
2. Get new glasses and wear them NAILED IT. I now have 6 pairs of glasses. $6 frames, $6.95 single vision lenses. I love Eye Buy Direct. Get your own here, or leave a comment with your email address and I’ll send you my referral link. I’ll do some kind of post on those at some point.
3. Send 50 pieces of mail .. I have to be at least half way on this one.
4. Stop shoving stuff in closets … FAIL. I still down on a dresser, so my plan to make my closet into a dream space has failed and thus it’s full of junk.
5. Clean the bathroom and vacuum weekly
6. Stop binge watching TV – Seriously, you watched 107 episodes of a horse show made for teens.. you can’t get that time back. Haha, funny.
7. Cook meals, eat the leftovers
8. Go on a film camera adventure
9. Take the train to San Diego
10. Drive up the 1 and camp Big Sur
11. Get on a surf board (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.
14. Budget, save money, don’t go hungry
15. Make a blog schedule, try and stick to it .. I’m trying. Haven’t really made a schedule, but I’m here.
16. Find some friends in Los Angeles
17. Commit to weight training/find a great gym and an even better trainer
18. Make 12 vlogs
19. Explore California – Joshua Tree/San Francisco/Running Springs/San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara .. This weekend I’ll be in San Diego, and Thanksgiving I’ll be in Los Osos!
20. Go to a LA Kings game
21. Film a makeup tutorial
22. Drink at least 120 oz of water a day .. OMG THIS IS SO MUCH WATER, WHAT WAS I THINKING?!
23. Buy a new camera lens
24. Learn enough LA history that I can give a super cool LA tour .. Visit me, let me take you to Venice, promise it will be great.
25. Take a trip with the California Family – Mexico? Los Osos?
26. Lose 20 pounds – I’m not super strict on this number.. I just want to lose fat and gain muscle. Lean mean lady machine.

That’s a little reality check. I’ve only crossed off two things.. Looks like I need to step up my game. The next six month better be action packed.. also I now realize some of these goals are contradictory.. like “save money, and also buy a new camera lens, and new shoes, and travel a bunch”.. I guess I wasn’t anticipating my salary. In the words of Tim Gunn.. “MAKE IT WORK!”

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