How Am I Doing with that Must-Get-Around-to-Doing-that-Soon List?

Posted: August 9, 2018 by Rachel

By sheer, dumb luck I came across a list that I had written two and a half years ago. My MUST-GET-AROUND-TO-DOING-THAT-SOON LIST that I had completely forgotten about. Dare I read it over and see what I can scratch off the list?

My Must-Get-Around-to-Doing-That-Soon List

Book (and take) that vacation to Mexico for our fifth anniversary
Read more classics
Stop comparing myself to others
Publish my second book
Quarterly organization of DJ’s closet
Buy a new journal for 2016 (preferably before 2016 begins)
Try one new restaurant each month for date night
Go back to Bardot for the beet and goat cheese salad
Host a wine and cheese party
Try one of those wine and paint places
Spend a Christmas in Canada
Stop comparing myself to others
Give up caffeine for a month
Give up alcohol for a month
Be more patient
Finish reading The Most of Nora Ephron
Have updated family photos taken
Do something wildly out of my comfort zone

All in all, that’s not so good. But it was a good reminder, and I’m hopeful that if I come across this list again in another two and half years, I can scratch off a heck of a lot more than three things.

I’m curious, though, as to what is on your list, so please share!

Winter Lists On a Thursday Morning.

Posted: March 1, 2018 by Rachel

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I was inspired this morning. So, here’s a little glimpse at life right now:

things currently on my nightstand.
mango papaya candle
slow motion by dani shapiro
ear plugs from last night
phone charger

songs I can’t stop listening to.
say something by justin timberlake & chris stapleton
help me out by maroon 5
hold me tight or don’t by fall out boy
still feel like your man by john mayer

things on my 2018 to-do list.
eat more popsicles outside
teach my son to swim
go on a road trip
finish my new book
see fall out boy in concert again

things i want to purchase but won’t.
another third love bra
every single one of dani shaprio’s books (i’m pretty close, anyway)

things i’ve loved lately.
archer farms donut shop coffee
waking up at 5am to write

Previous Lists:

Winter 2017
Winter 2015
Summer 2014
Spring 2014


Posted: January 1, 2017 by Rachel

Waking up on January 1st always feels like a new beginning. It doesn’t matter if you’re one of those people who think new years resolutions are a joke. Because I don’t. To me, it’s a fresh start. A clean slate. A whole new year to do with it what I like, and put the past behind me.

With that in mind, here’s a little glimpse at life right now:

things currently on the table.

2 hot wheels cars

half-burnt candle

black pen

a half-eaten bowl of soggy cereal (thanks DJ)

things i want to purchase but won’t.

all the candles

a pair of red converse

all the jeans

a new, better quality laptop case

the type of woman I want to be.




what I’m working on.


my marriage

writing. always writing.


things I’ve loved lately.

anything by taylor jenkins reid

candy cane coffee

sitting, reading next to the christmas tree

what i want to get better at this year.

eating healthier and smarter

washing my face at the end of every day

putting my marriage first

Winter lists on a Monday morning.

Posted: January 19, 2015 by Rachel

We’ve had it easy so far this winter here in Las Vegas. There was a week of bone-chilling cold, and then things warmed up again. Christmas has gone, New Years is a memory, and January is in full effect.
This morning I’m thinking about the here and now.


things currently on the table.
laptop in need of charging
half-burnt candle
a discarded banana peel

things that haunt me.
disposing of my college journals.
all the stories I haven’t written.
the self-depricating voices in the back of my head.

things I want to do but won’t.
learn to surf.
go jeans shopping.
stop being envious of others.

the type of woman I want to be.

what I’m working on.
my marriage
writing. always writing.

things I’ve loved lately.
tiny beautiful things
red lipstick
ending every day reading
a new year

p.s. spring + summer lists.

summer lists on a thursday morning.

Posted: June 26, 2014 by Rachel

the last time i compiled a list like this it was still spring. we weren’t yet dashing indoors to avoid the heat. we weren’t rushing out the door at 7:30am to go to the park before the temperatures ramped up. we weren’t thinking about how to entertain ourselves indoors all day. i wasn’t showering twice a day; once in the morning and once before bed, to wash the days stickiness off of my skin.

spring is gone, and summer is in full swing. this morning i’m thinking about the here and now.

things that inspire me.
the written word

my proudest accomplishments.
graduating college
moving to another country for love
my son

things that disappoint me.
writers block
missed opportunities to nap
broken sleep
forgotten birthdays
people who lack ambition

movies i will never tire of.
the holiday
wedding crashers
crazy stupid love

how i love spending my days.
spending time with my family
paper crafting
drinking coffee
writing in my journal

things currently on my nightstand.
my journal
a mason jar filled with iced coffee
two books
bobby pins
phone charger

things i wish i could forget.
friends disappointing you
missed opportunities

spring lists on a friday morning.

Posted: April 4, 2014 by Rachel

even though the past few days here in vegas have brought about a drop in temperatures and fierce winds, it is still spring, and just the thought of t-shirts and sunglasses, jean shorts and flip flops is enough to get me through. summer (especially here in vegas) is just around the corner.
though our winters are mild, there is always a shift when spring comes along. suddenly we spend more time outside, open the windows, clean out the cobwebs both in our homes and our lives, and spend more time with friends and family.
my to-do list is stacking up. most of the items on it are a work in progress, something that i won’t have the satisfaction of striking off for some time, but i take comfort in knowing that i’m working towards something. i never have been one to like standing still, waiting on the peripheral of what’s next. but this morning… this morning i’m thinking about the here and now.
things that catch my eye.
morning light
green eyes
long, wavy hair
things i want to purchase, but shouldn’t.
white converse shoes
thick gold rings
a rose gold watch
anchorman 2 on dvd
a studio calico handbook
indoor plants
what i want to get better at this year.
spending less
making my bed
washing my face at the end of the day
eating healthier and smarter
not wasting my time
a few songs i could listen to over and over again.
all of me by john legend
undermine from nashville
someone like you by adele
small bump by ed sheeran
radioactive by imagine dragons
talk dirty by jason derulo
i won’t give up by jason mraz
neon by john mayer
royals by lorde
the only exception by par amore
angel by jack johnson
food i never tire of.
cheese and crackers
things in my bag.
two pens
bobby pins and hair elastics
my phone
an empty gum wrapper
tide to go pen
places i want to visit.
new zealand
new york with my hubby
portland, oregon
smells i like.
library books
apple cider
my husbands t-shirts
the nape of my son’s neck
words i love.