the end of september is upon us. i can hardly believe it, because usually i don't think summer goes by very quickly. you know me, i'm a huge winter/snow fan, so summer seems to drag for me. but not this year. i really feel like tara and i just began our 101 in 1001 lists yesterday. granted it was only july 4th that we started, but in 3 months i've accomplished 27 out of my 101 things, and i have so many more in progress.
it gives me a heck of a lot of insight into my personality too, because my 'organization' goals are almost completely done while my 'financial' goals are barely touched. touche, stephanie procrastination techniques. touche.
you can see my complete 101 in 1001 list here. and here's my september progress: (bold = completed, italics = in progress)
get the apartment on a realistic cleaning schedule - my place stays pretty well clean, i've got a good system going and it hasn't been a problem in a few months. i think if i can keep it up another month, i'll be ready to check this off.
learn a quick makeup routine using favorite products - i have picked my favorites of everything. once i find what i love, i really don't change. so i have favorite day time versus evening makeup staples and i've perfected getting it all done in just a few minutes. i was showered, hair dried, dressed, makeup, everything done in under 40 minutes just a few weekends ago. and probably 20 of that was drying my dang thick hair. but it's safe to cross this off now, i can do it in just mere minutes. i'm by no means a beauty blogger, but if you're interested in my favorite products, i'll definitely share!
figure out a skincare routine - i got all my favorite products down to a science. my skin isn't sensitive, but i like to stick with what i know and see results from. if i can stick to this more often in the next month or so, i'll be confident in crossing it off. like the makeup, if you want to know what i use, i'll be happy to share.
make my own mini happiness project
take photos in a photo booth with john - at navy pier! so fun.
(let her find out i'm dating her brother and then) be civil with julie - well she found out in august, and she's totally fine with me. at least, to my face. she gets a little dramatic about it with john occasionally by asking the pointed "how's stephanie?", but when he had to break a date night because of a sudden change in his work hours, she told him "why can't you just go any way? she's a nice girl." i consider that a win. he may never be civil with his own sister, but at least i am.
pay off student loans - one is paid off! that's 4 out of 5 paid off. and i made a big dent on the last one. so close i can taste it, it's about $5,000 left at a 3% interest rate.
decide if i really want that tattoo, once and for all, and get it if i do - i made a decision. no tattoos for me. yeah, that decision took at least 5 years to make. i wanted a hawkeye, like the tiger hawk iowa symbol. i thought i did at least, but i finally decided that tattoos are just not my thing. tara's are fun and they look cool. i know i'd always love the tiger hawk. but tattoos just aren't 'me'. oh well. decision made!
make awesome matching halloween costumes with tara - my pinata costume! it's more than half finished, you can check it out on instagram. tara is (or should be...) working on hers, we're going to look hilarious. and we're going to throw candy at people all night, so it's a win all around. next month, this will be checked off the list! october is going to be a big 'check it off' month, i can tell.
so that's 4 more things accomplished this month and a lot more in progress. i also read a ton and watched a bunch of movies/tv series so there's big dents in those goals too. i really want to hit 50 by the end of december. i think it would be so fun to have half my list done in just 6 months, when i have 2.75 years.
if you want to link up your posts on your goals, please do! your posts can be anything related to your goals - 101 lists, bucket lists, 30 before 30 lists, anything you're working on or planning to work on soon. i love seeing other people's ideas and progress!