Monday 16 February 2015

Epic (and wildly unrealistic) spring to-do list

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my recent infatuation with spring. The last few days have been positively mild, and my spring fever has broken out in full force. I realize that it is only February, but nature doesn't care about our silly calendars, and has decided to bless us with gorgeous weather. I'll take it!

Each year around this time I get the urge to tackle some new challenges. New season, new me - or something like that. I compiled a list of everything I'm into lately and what I have added to my always-growing, epic to-do list. I decided to go big or go home, so a lot of these items are insane quite challenging. But so what? It was a ton of fun thinking of crazy and challenging things to do this spring/summer, and if I only achieve a few of my goals I will be pleased as punch.

(Pleased as punch - where does this phrase come from? Why is punch pleased? Because it has alcohol in it? Is it tipsy? What about non-alcoholic punch - is it just as pleased, or less so? So many questions.
Why am I talking about this? Did I have punch? No, I did not. This is insane. I better stop now.
Sorry about that.)
Geez, that distracted me. English, you are a wonder and a mystery to me. That's why I love you!

Anyway, let's move on to the list, shall we?

~ Spring cleaning! This needs to happen today because my MIL is arriving tomorrow. No better motivation!

~ Kitchen make-over Tori from Wear. Wag. Repeat. posted her amazing kitchen make-over, and I'm completely in love with it all. Our cabinets are in desperate need of some TLC, so I've decided to paint them with the same colours: white on top, black on the bottom. 

~ Go zip lining! My friend and I are planning to go to Whistler some time this spring to go zip lining. I have gone once before in Germany, and it was equally terrifying and thrilling. Okay, I admit it, it was way more terrifying than thrilling, maybe 80/20 - but such a rush that I felt high for the rest of the day. Can't wait to do it with her!

~ Become a yogi master
I'm totally back into yoga. I used to practice regularly a couple of years ago, but then I fell out of practice. Now I'm back (thanks to Mary for her Insta-inspiration!), and I'm obsessed with mastering the handstand. Obsessed! It's my number one fitness goal this year. Will I ever have total body control like the incredible yogi girl in the above video? I'll keep you posted! ;-)

~ Be a money-saving ninja I secretly started this project six weeks ago: no unnecessary purchases (I haven't bought any clothes at all!), eating out only on special occasions, trimming bills wherever we can. My husband and I are determined to pay off as as much debt as we can this year, so saving is our mantra. So far, so good!

~ Improve my photography This one is an ongoing project, and one that I enjoy tremendously. I want to focus on mastering more of the manual camera settings this year, and simply strive to take the best pictures possible.

If you take all of the above into account, my days will soon look something like this:
After starting the day with the little yoga flow number we have witnessed above, nbd (Oh yes, it is. It is a big, frickin' deal. I am a nutcase.) I will have coffee in my freshly painted kitchen. Then I will go on a few quick adventures, be brave and fearless. After that I will head out and take fabulous pictures for the blog, accompanied by fabulous words, for fabulous posts that will attract the attention and approval of thousands. They will approve so much, in fact, that they want to pay me for my work, which means I can pay off all of our debt and stop the no-clothes-buying rule. Because it is a sad rule.
This will totally happen, right? Right??

Do you have a spring to-do list? Any goals/crazy dreams you want to accomplish this year?



  1. Awesome list! Very well rounded selections. Be sure to show off the handstand when you have mastered it! It'll happen. That yoga flow in the video is amazing. Inspiring!

  2. I love how you say 'when' I master it, not 'if' - you are such a supportive friend Amy! They say practice makes perfect, so I will practice my heart out! No worries, as soon as cool poses start happening I will document them with the improved camera skills. I thought this through ;-)

  3. I love zip lining! It's so much fun and I would highly recommend it. I've also done sky diving which is truly terrifying but you know, still do it haha

  4. They say don't just practice something until you get it right....practice until you can't get it wrong! I put "do a headstand effortlessly" on my 30 before 30 list...I feel some competition coming on!!

  5. Eeks, sky diving is pretty much the scariest thing ever. I'm pretty sure I will never be brave enough do it! I admire everyone who has done it, it's so crazy! For now I'll see how the zip lining goes, that's adventurous enough for me :-)

  6. Bring it on! We can have a (head-/hand-) stand-off in a few weeks (or months?)!

  7. jenericgeneration17 February 2015 at 06:27

    Your new daily plan sounds wonderful! :) And your photography just keeps getting better and better. I still can't get over the bee and the flower. Happy spring, Miriam!!

  8. Sounds like a fabulous list! I am totally looking forward to working on my photography this spring. :)

  9. 1) Improve your photography? Are you serious? Haha you're already a pro!

    2) Your kitchen looks incredible - I absolutely love the black and white. It's so sophisticated and stylish!
    3) Congrats on getting into yoga! I tried a class last week and it's not for me...all the tea and coffee I drink makes me need to run or jump or plow through weights or something. Maybe one day I'll be able to settle down a little and focus on peace of mind and those awesome balancing/strengthening yoga poses...good luck!
    ~ Samantha

  10. It's such a fun and rewarding hobby! And you create memories as you go, which is simply the best. Win/win! :-)

  11. Thank you Jenny! Conditions were perfect, I basically just pointed and shot. It gets tricky when the light is off, I need to learn more about that. Happy spring!

  12. 1) Far from it! But it's fun practicing :-)
    2) Isn't it? I really want to paint my cabinets like that. Currently they are a once-offwhite, now yellowed off-whitish colour, which looks very sad. It's in desperate need of some freshing up!
    3) The slow, 'focus-on-you-breathing' yoga isn't my cup of tea either. I like to flow from pose to pose, and do lots of push-up type poses - all to strengthen my core to be able to do that darn handstand I have set my heart on! Your workouts look so tough, I would die trying to keep up with you. You are so fit Samantha!


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