Monthly Moments – January & February 2018

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I can’t believe it’s March!?!?!

January & February seemed like the longest months of the year, but they’re not. Concerts and events and jobs (oh, the jobs) filled up the books for the past couple of months. I’m super grateful, but whoa! I didn’t even have much time to write a January Monthly Moments post! So, that’s why you’re getting a combined post!

Lots of changes and fun little experiences happened in January & February. I’m pumped to share them all with you!

Health & Beauty

  • I apparently got the shingles in January. It was super weird, so I was down for a few days recovering, I didn’t even realize that was possible, but I’m healthy now! 🙂
  • Did you read my latest post about trying LipSense? You should! And you can still get a discount if you shop with Jessica at Lip Locked Love! Use ‘KELSEE10’ for 10% off your first purchase!
  • I’ve also recently fallen involve with a blush by Tarte. This is all because it comes in a color called “Feisty!” WHAT!? That’s totally for me and it works with my warm skin tones even though I’m pasty.


  • Not really buying clothes right now – it’s purging season, but definitely selling them on Poshmark, eBay, and Swap Society!


I didn’t listen to many podcasts lately, but I’ve added a few new ones to my playlist lately – The Pineapple Project Podcast and The Goal Digger Podcast! Great stuff for those interested in entrepreneurial pursuits or personal finance.


Since I put the podcasts aside, I’ve been able to do some reading! I’m getting some excellent use out of my Kindle these days! I’m currently working on The Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living: How a Spending Fast Helped Me Get from Broke to Badass in Record Time by Anna Newell. Tons of really useful information about going on spending fasts! Anyone can do it – might not be easy, but the premise is simple. Definitely worth a read!

Back in November, I got to meet Laurie Teal, the author of Nine Nights: Your New Little Black Book for Personal Financial Empowerment. She gave me a copy of her book, so I finally got a chance to read it! While it’s steered towards partners and families, this little book has great tips for single people too. The book breaks down the steps to getting everyone in your family (or just you if you’re solo) prepared for emergencies and unplanned situations. Within nine (date) nights, you can get all of your personal or business financial documents and details organized. The book also covers locating, copying, and storing important life documents too. Example: Where are your marriage or birth certificates? Do you know? Think about all those little pesky things that get tucked away and forgotten. Read this book, follow the nine steps, and get all that stuff organized now in case you can’t in the future. It’s super helpful.


I apparently covered a lot of television and such during these cold months.

  • On Netflix, I watched almost all of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. It’s a really short little show that you can watch with no throughline to follow. See some cool celebrities in a car just chatting casually at some fun locations. It’s a really easy watch and I’m certain there’s a celebrity you might know – Sarah Jessica Parker, Barack Obama, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Alec Baldwin, etc.
  • ALERT THE MASSES – The entire series of ER is on Hulu. I can’t tell you how happy this has made me. I watched ER a lot during my childhood, so it was fun to revisit some of these episodes. I also got a lot of laughs when I saw them using paper charts and talking about installing Windows on their one computer! Flashbacks all over! And the episode where Dr. Greene dies, well, I was just a mess.
  • Also worth mentioning, Jack’s “departure” from This is Us. JUST WHY!?!?!?!?
  • On Amazon Prime: Holy Crap! The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is my freaking jam. Another masterpiece by the writer of Gilmore Girls, this comedy is worth the binge. Also, late 1950’s – early 60’s New York City is just a treat to see on the screen.

  • I also saw The Post by Steven Spielberg which is SO timely right now. I’ve been raving about it since the moment I saw it.


  • First, it’s Girl Scout cookie season. Do your part and support the Girl Scouts. If you need a cookie dealer, let me know and I’ll get you covered!
  • I haven’t been cooking much this month, it’s been pretty grab & go around here! However, I will say that my slow cooker has been saving my grocery bill from exploding into the stratosphere! I’ve also made a ton of smoothies lately for the sheer convenience of it all. Working in a restaurant also helps to keep the food costs down.


There’s been plenty of random in my life since January 1st!

  • Working with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as an assistant to some really cool concerts! For example, Leslie Odom, Jr., Audra McDonald, and JOHN WILLIAMS. Yes, John Williams. The composer behind Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, The Post, E.T., and the list goes on! I had a blast running around backstage!
  • Jobs changing again! I’m always finagling some sort of combo of freelance work with a part-time gig or two so that I can continue to take the jobs and contracts that I really want to take. One of my newest hustles is teaching English online with VIPKID! It’s super easy and I can do it at home before any of my normal workdays ever begin. If you have a college degree and like teaching kids, it’s definitely worth a look!
  • Another fun job venture (or two) is in the works. Stay tuned!
  • I’m continuing with another round of the MINS game! It’s been fun getting all Konmari-minimal and tidy up in here. I still have quite a ways to go yet.
  • Finished up an Opera Concert in January and now, I’m opening THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Footlite Musicals tonight. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a show there, but I’m glad this one worked out! Check us out – we run until March 18th!
Come see me sing “Another Life!”

**NOTE: BRIDGES… photos appear courtesy of Gary Nelson**

Talk to me about your 2018 so far! Anything memorable occur?

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