Happy 2019 everyone! I’m really excited for the new year. Now that Eloise is with us, I’m thinking of all the memories we are going to make this year! There will be a lot of “firsts”, and I just want to make sure I soak it all in.

2019 GOALS:

read more books (my goal is 5-8 books this year)

go back to school in the fall (juggle being a full-time student & mommy)

practice gratitude/ be more positive

pay off debt & save more money

go on one family vacation

blog more & write more

go on more walks & be outdoors more

I really wanted to make goals that were attainable to reach… how many times have you made goals that were just unrealistic? I have, and it’s a waste of time. So, this year I’m focusing on things that matter: my family, hobbies, finances, etc. What are some goals you have for 2019?


As I reflect on 2017, it has been one hell of a year for me. 2017 started off with me leaving to my study abroad program in Paris (Jan-May). I traveled to so many beautiful places in Europe {it truly was a dream come true}. It was my very first time traveling alone, living alone, and focusing entirely on myself. I pushed myself completely out of my comfort zone, and there were many proud moments. I am so grateful for the experiences and life lessons of 2017.

When I got back from Paris (late May), I decided to give love a second chance, after 6 months of being apart. We are making our way to Maui in just a few days, and I’m curious/excited to see where our relationship goes this year.

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2018 holds for me. I know it’s going to be a year full of big changes. I should be graduating college the end of this year, which is something I’m ecstatic/nervous about! It also might be my last year of living in the Bay Area, which is so bittersweet to even think about. Who knows! I’ve noticed you can try to plan.plan.plan every aspect of life out, but most of the time things don’t go as expected {which isn’t always a bad thing}

A goal of 2018 is to travel as much as I can. I know this is so cliché  because who DOESN’T want to travel?? Obviously it’s on everyone’s list of things to do! Whether it’s a day trip, weekend trip, or full-blown vacay- I want see new places. My top 3 International picks: Iceland, Greece, Switzerland. My top 3 U.S. cities: South Carolina, Chicago, Maine.

I want to do well in school, and I want to continue my fitness journey. Possibly signing up for spinning classes or barre classes, eat cleaner, and work on my body confidence. Since I have Prolactinoma it’s SO much harder to lose weight. It’s frustrating beyond belief but it’s my reality, sadly. So with that being said, I want to lose a good 20-30 lbs, but I need to continue to search and find what works best for me, since I do have this condition.

I hope everyone had an amazing & safe NYE! I celebrated in SF, had some drinks & watched fireworks from Russian Hill. It was such a nice night. Happy New Year!  What is something you’re proud about in 2017? What is something you’re looking forward to in 2018?

I’ll see you guys in a few weeks, going on vacay! Follow my instagram: krystalinthecity for Maui pics!



a dose of positivity for 2017:

I hope the start of 2017 has been amazing for you… I love reading positive quotes to gain inspiration or motivation; also to remain positive no matter what life throws at me!

Here are a few of my favorites recently:







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2016: new year, new memories, new goals.

I’m so excited for the new year. 2015 wasn’t the best year for me, there were a lot of struggles and I’m looking to a new fresh start. Some of my new year goals- or resolutions- are to start working out again/getting healthy. I know, I know, a lot of people say this: but hear me out…
In October, after many blood tests, and finally an MRI, I was diagnosed with Prolactinoma. It means I have a small benign tumor on my pituitary gland (in my brain). I had been dealing with so many health issues [extreme weight gain, depression, anxiety, irregular periods, fatigue, acne, and more] for YEARS prior I was actually diagnosed Oct. of 2015. I was ultimately prescribed medication right away, for my tumor to shrink and my prolactin levels to come down. Since my prolactin levels were so high, it was causing me not to have regular periods. I didn’t have my period for months at a time, and the longest time of not having my period was 7 months! After being on this medication for 2 and a half months, I finally got my period. With that being said, another huge problem for me (and that I’ve been struggling with since getting sick) is not being able to lose any weight. I gained so much weight in the past 3 years due to my health problems, and there wasn’t anything I could do to lose it (since my hormones were all jacked up). So now that I KNOW what’s wrong with me, I should now be able to lose all the weight I gained a lot easier! It has been the biggest struggle these past years (especially in 2015 because I was working my ass out, and couldn’t drop a single pound).
I’m determined more than ever to get my life back on track. Only being 5 foot 2 inches, I need to drop about 30-40 pounds, to be healthy and feel more confident. This will be one of my biggest goals in 2016.

Not only do I want to be healthier, but I want to TRAVEL. I feel the happiest when I’m out exploring new places, eating new food, and can check those places off my wishlist. My goal is to go on at least 2 vacations this year. I love weekend getaways; this past October, Dexter and I went to Seattle just for the weekend and it was so much fun! I’d love to go on a “real” vacation for a week, and maybe one weekend getaway this year. Fingers crossed. I want to go to Hawaii again, I’d love to go to Boston, Chicago, South Carolina, or Maine!

What are some of your goals? Happy New Year! Let’s make 2016 a great one!

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(San Francisco, top of Russian Hill celebrating our 5th New Years together)