Goodbye April, Hello May

Dance competitions, concert adventures, and plenty of blooms.
Dance competitions, concert adventures, and plenty of blooms.
The first few days of May slipped away from me before I could get things moving here. Better late than never? Sure. Yet again, another jam-packed month is in the books. I’m powering through the next six weeks until recital season comes to a close, and there’s no slowing down before then.

April was a pretty great month and May is shaping up to be even better. Take a look at what was accomplished and what’s to come!

In April, I…

  • Cheered on my students at their first competition of the season. I was (and still am) beyond proud of what the girls accomplished to prepare for their first big performance. All of my dances scored very well, each receiving at least 290 points out of 300.
  • Celebrated the 2.5 year mark at work. I can’t believe it’s been that long since I started at this position! I’ve definitely learned a lot in my time here and am excited to see what the future has in store. One thing I’m super pumped about? Lots of writing in my future.
  • Enjoyed some of the best live music. We all know that I love concerts, and April had two of the best to date. I caught a show from Tycho & Alt-J when I was visiting Molly in North Carolina. Just a week later, I got to see Sufjan Stevens perform to a sold-out crowd at the Academy of Music in Philly. Did I mention our seats were in the second row? Yea, it was pretty great.

In May, I will…

  • Wrap up two dance-related things. I’ve got two more competitions coming up this month, one with each studio I teach at. I’ll also close out my third season dancing with the Precious Metal Dance Team. This year’s move to the brand new arena has been fun, but I’ll welcome some much needed time off!
  • Focus on me. With so many things going on, I’ve let taking care of myself take a back seat. I’ve definitely felt the repercussions of that, and am geared up to kick off some lifestyle changes just in time for the summer months.
  • Turn 25! My birthday is just under two weeks away, and I’m excited to spend some time with friends & family. Last year on my birthday I launched my 101 in 1001 project, so stay tuned on updates on that!

Here’s to a new month, sunshine, and as many outdoor brunches as I can handle!

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Goodbye March, Hello April

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A pretty desk makes all the difference in the world.

I have to admit, I’m eager to be writing this post only because I have high hopes of spring being just around the corner. There are some flurries lingering in the forecast for tonight (why? can we not?), but cross your fingers for blue sky and sunshine from here on out.

March was a pretty busy month, but nothing compared to what’s lined up in the next few! This past weekend was actually my last totally free weekend until… wait for it… JULY. What? I know. Believe me- I took advantage of that free time and checked a ton of things off of my to-do list, all while saving some time for fun, too.

In March, I…

  • Traveled to Boston, MA for work. Well, really we were in Foxboro but who’s counting? Kim and I worked the AAA Travel Marketplace Show at Gillette Stadium for 22 hours over the course of three days. Mix that with the eight hours it took us to drive there (thanks, blizzard), and my feet were done.
  • Traveled to NYC with the dance studio. We took some of the ensemble girls into the city to take a few classes and see Matilda on Broadway. It was a whirlwind of a weekend, filled with plenty hikes across midtown from studio to studio. I was able to meet up with my friend Elise for lunch, which was wonderful. I hadn’t seen her in nearly four years, since we said goodbye the morning I left London!
  • Wrapped up competition choreography. Piecing together these dances might have been one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced. It’s funny to be on the teacher’s side of the equation for a change- I totally understand the absurd amounts of frustration that occur when students are consistently missing class, and can’t remember choreography from week to week. I had hoped to have these dances done long ago, but better late than never? Sure, let’s go with that one.
March was also full of tasty beverages.
March was also full of tasty beverages.

In April, I will…

  • Head to Raleigh, NC for a long weekend visit with Molly. For Easter weekend, I’m packing my bags and heading south for a few days! I cannot wait to be in some sunshine & warmth, and be able to spend some time with Molly. On top of whatever adventures she’s got planned, we’re also going to see Tycho & Alt-J at the Red Hat Ampitheatre on Friday night. If you know anything about me, you know I love a good outdoor concert.
  • Kick off my third season with the Precious Metal Dance Team. Our first game of the season is on Sunday, April 12. Not only is this game our first in the new arena, but it also marks the 5th Annual Youth Dance Clinic. This year. we have over 125 young dancers & cheerleaders that will be joining us on-field for a halftime performance. It’s exciting to see the number grow more and more each year. We’re hoping for a smooth day filled with lots of fun!
  • Attend our first competition of the season. Both studios I teach at will actually be competing at the same event, so I’ll be dressed in a nice neutral outfit. Even after all the battles in class, I’m still very proud of what my students have accomplished, and I can’t wait to see it all come together on stage!

And in case you missed it in March, I recorded a video with Lehigh Valley Dancers. Check it out below.

Cheers to April!

Goodbye February, Hello March

At the start of each month, I take a look back at the past few weeks and highlight three things that I accomplished, as well as three highlights for the month to come. It’s a nice way for me to check in and see how things have progressed over time.  Like the idea? Feel free to make it your own! Leave a comment below, I’d love to follow along with your updates!

LV Beer Week, flowers from my Roomie, Hollywood cuddles, & video shoots at Weyerbacher.
LV Beer Week, flowers from my Roomie, Hollywood cuddles, & video shoots at Weyerbacher.

We all know that February is the shortest month, but it’s amazing how those three little days make such a difference. Another month has flown by, and here I am struggling with the fact that I still haven’t made the strides that I wanted to. Baby steps, baby steps.

Regardless, there are still some highlights to be proud of, and some exciting things to look forward to in the month ahead!

In February, I…

  • Celebrated the one-year anniversary of launching the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail. This has been one of my favorite projects to work on over the last year, and I’m loving the additions that have been made recently. Check out the editorial content that I’ve been developing, and will continue with bi-weekly.
  • Spent a day with my parents. My mom & dad came down to visit for a Saturday, and we spent the day wandering about in Easton. I picked up some additions to my antique coffee tin collection. My dad helped hang some shelves in the apartment for me- I see an Ikea trip in the near future!
  • Reminded myself that I am lucky to live the life I have. Mid-January through the first week of February was sort of a rough time for me personally. I let myself be sad for a few days, but then realized that I am happy being me. Sometimes it takes a hard time to see the truth, but it’s nice to feel comfortable in my own skin.

On my last check in, I also set three goals for myself for the month of February. Here’s how I did on those:

  • Read three new books: Half completed. I made it through two, so that’s better than I was doing previously!
  • Try three new recipes: whomp whomp. I didn’t do much cooking throughout February, and my bank account is definitely feeling it.
  • Research/purchase a domain name: Success! If you didn’t notice, you can now access this site via KaitieBurger.com!

In March, I will…

  • Travel to Boston for work. This is our first year having a booth at the AAA Travel Marketplace, held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. Here’s hoping for no snow over the time that we’re there!
  • Head to New York City for a weekend with the dance studio. We’re taking a bus up to the city for the kids to take some classes and will also be catching a Saturday evening show of Matilda on Broadway. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a new show, and I’m excited to spend time in the city with the girls.
  • Wrap up the prep for competition season. The finishing touches are being completed over the next two weeks, and then we’ll spend the final classes cleaning and perfecting each step so that we’ll be ready to take the stage in April.

As far as some goals to tackle in March, I’m hoping to…

  • Publish three posts a week on this blog. Time to push those excuses aside and get to work!
  • Start a ‘bullet journal.’ I read about this last week, and am loving the idea.
  • Cross three books off my reading list.

Cheers to a productive month ahead, and a few steps closer to a sunshine-filled spring!

Goodbye January, Hello February

At the start of each month, I take a look back at the past few weeks and highlight three things that I accomplished, as well as three highlights for the month to come. It’s a nice way for me to check in and see how things have progressed over time.  Like the idea? Feel free to make it your own! Leave a comment below, I’d love to follow along with your updates!

January Favorites
Local architecture, yummy coffee, and our students after our show.

Whew. Just like that, the first month of 2015 is gone! It’s been a little bit since I’ve taken some time to check in on what’s happened over the last month. At end of December, I published a yearly wrap-up, but I’ve missed these little mini check-ins!

I’m a day or two behind (I blame it on the snow), but there’s still lots of time in February to get some big ideas rolling. 2015 started off pretty strong, and I intend to keep that trend rolling in the month to come!

In January, I…

  • Enjoyed some time off for the holidays. Okay, so this one trickles over into December as well, but who’s counting? I took a little over a week off of work surrounding the holiday season, and it was just what I needed to refresh my mind and start the year ready to run. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to jet off to a picture-perfect destination as I would have liked to, but that’s a goal for 2015!
  • Traveled to NYC for my third NY Times Travel Show. I can’t believe this is the third year I’ve attended this event for work! Time flies, right? I only ended up working the set up & first day of the event due to some other things going on (keep reading…), but it was just as much of an adventure as any other year is!
  • Debuted a new piece of choreography. Amanda, Arenda and I presented new work at the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange’s Cabaret Nights IX this month. It was great to be able to perform in a different setting than I’ve been used to of late… cough cough, football field. We had wonderful support from friends & family, some of our students even came to watch! You can view our piece here.

In February, I will…

  • Get back into gym mode. Alright, confession time. I’ve totally been a slacker since the holiday season, and I need to get my butt back into gear! The cold weather definitely does not make it easy to leave my warm office over lunch and head to the gym, but I’m going to tackle it!
  • Plan ahead. I’ve got a lot of things coming up over the coming months from football games, to dance competitions, to work events, and more. Now, more than ever, it’s important that I really look forward and plan ahead so that I can tackle all the goals I have stored up in my brain. I’ve been making some baby steps here, but it’s crunch time. Now, let’s get focused!
  • Write, write, and write some more. I’m really feeling ready to make some big strides, and will be stepping up my writing game here, at work, and beyond. Stay tuned for some fun!

As a new part of this series, I’ll also be including three goals to accomplish in the month ahead.

In February, I’d like to tackle…

  • Two books. Not That Kind of Girl and Yes Please have been calling to be from my bookshelf for weeks!
  • Three new recipes. It’s been quite some time since I tried something new!
  • Research into purchasing a domain name. I know this is a step I need to take eventually, but there are so many things to consider in the meantime!

Cheers to the start of a new month!
Keep me in the loop if you’re starting your own monthly check-in series. 

Goodbye November, Hello December

November
November fun: fall leaves, coffee shop productivity, Christmas taking over the house, and a chilly day at the beach.

A Monday back from a holiday weekend and the start of a new month sounds like a pretty big breath of fresh air to me today.

Thanksgiving has come and gone. It was nice to see some family, and of course to take on the crowds of Black Friday (although they were a bit sparse this year). The holiday weekend was still packed with things to do, including the Turkey Trot 5k, a photo shoot, and more. At least we had time to put up a majority of our Christmas decorations around the house!

Now that I’m back on track with a full work week ahead, it’s time to look at some of the things that I’ve been working on over the last month, as well as some things that I’ve got planned for December.

November was a quiet month for me here, but I promise that there are some things in the works to make this project a much more regular thing.

In November, I…

  • Got down to business at the gym. Having the new facility at the arena down the street is the biggest blessing- lunchtime workouts have become my saving grace. I love coming back to the office after a quick (but efficient!) trip to the gym feeling refreshed and ready to go. This also means that I’ve been eating out a lot less and packing my lunch a lot more, making my wallet very happy, too!
  • Shot my third calendar with my dance team. This past Sunday, we headed to the shore (brrr!) to shoot our 2015 calendar. I have to say that all those gym trips had some real motivation behind them! We were lucky to get a relatively mild day with some sun, but the wind did pick up mid-way through the afternoon. The shoot went very well and it was great to spend some time with the girls outside of the studio.
  • Participated in the beta group of 30 Days of Gutsy. Jess has set up this fantastic course all about developing & achieving goals, conquering obstacles, and more. We’re just about halfway through now, and I’ve already learned a lot about how I work, what habits will better me, and how to really push myself to the next level. Stay tuned for more details on what I’ve been working on! I very much recommend giving her blog a follow, as well as checking out the course when it becomes available in 2015.

In December, I will…

  • Table a third major event for the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail. Last month, we hit up the Split Rock Beer Festival and December brings the Fegley’s Brew Works Craft Beer Festival. These events are always fun for me to attend, not only as a beer-lover, but also to get the word out about the Ale Trail project.
  • Wrap up a few big projects- at work and beyond. I’m hoping to finish out a handful of tasks around the office this month, as well as get a bulk of work under my belt at the dance studio. I’ll be taking on some additional classes starting next week, but I’m hoping to wrap up all my pieces for competition by the end of the year.
  • Take some much-needed time off! I haven’t had a real break in a few years now, and I’m really looking forward to giving myself a very needed vacation at the end of the month. I’ll be utilizing the end of my vacation days around the Christmas holiday, giving myself a solid week with nothing to do- no work, no dance classes! Actual vacation plans are still TBD, but I’m counting down the days regardless!

Happy December!