How I Plan To Spend My Newfound Freedom

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How I Plan To Spend My Newfound Freedom

So as some of you may know, I have been going to school part time for the past two years to get my MBA (Masters in Business Administration). Between school and working full time, I didn't really have much time to do anything else. What time I did have was mostly dedicated to keeping this blog going. Everything else sort of fell by the wayside, including my social life. Well as of Tuesday, I attended my last night class. *happy dance* I still have one more test to take and one more weekend class this summer before I officially finish my degree, but as far as I am concerned I am free. And here are just some of the things I hope to do with that newfound freedom (and money):

1. Cook!
No joke, I’ve been eating basically the same breakfast, lunch, and rotation of dinners for the past 2 years. Enough of that. There are so many new recipes I’ve been meaning to try but more than that, I really want to start eating healthier. Therefore, I’m definitely planning on dedicating more time to meal planning and meal prep. Maybe you'll see some posts on this topic in the future! Meanwhile, if you have any recipes to share, or tips or anything related to cooking - I'd love to hear them!

2. Tone it Up!
I used to exercise 6+ times a week back before I started school but since then it’s been drastically less (although I’ve still managed to keep it up!)  I would like to work out more regularly again and discover new ways to work out. I want to take an aerial yoga class, maybe even a barre class and I am definitely interested in joining the Tone It Up community. I've started doing some of their free YouTube workouts and I'm thinking about buying the TIU Nutrition Plan. Do any of you do their workouts or recommended any other YouTubers for good workout videos? Whats your favorite way to exercise?

3. Travel Planning/Traveling!
As most of you know by now, I LOVE to travel. I haven't stopped traveling these past two years but most of the trips I've taken have been through the MBA program - and they've been great - but I'm happy to be back to picking and planning my own trips. Honestly, it's therapeutic for me. There are so many places I want to go and I've started creating Pinterest boards for each trip to start organizing my ideas. For starters, I'll be going to Budapest, Vienna, and Prague at the end of June - have any of you been there? Any travel/trip suggestions?

4. Watching TV
I am SO BEHIND on shows it's not even funny. First order of business will be to catch up. But I also haven't started any new shows in a while and quite a few I used to watch have ended so I'll probably be in the market for a couple new ones. Maybe I'll start watching The 100 so I can join the fandom! What else should I watch? Any other TV show recommendations?

5. Riding! 
I LOVE horses and I rode for a little bit in college but I’ve barely been on a horse since then. Part of the problem is that I don't own my own horse but my dad's girlfriend does and has asked me to go riding with her. I will definitely be taking her up on her offer now that my weekends won't be overwhelmed with school work and I can't wait. What do you like to do to unwind?

6. My 15in'15!
Two weeks ago I shared my list of 15 things I hope to do this year. In addition to all of those things, I am just really excited to discover new places, hobbies, interests, etc. I just can't wait to LIVE. I feel like a new chapter of my life is starting! What are some new things you are hoping to do this year?

7. Nothing!
I can't wait to have the luxury of doing nothing, completely guilt-free. I forget what that feels like. I am reinstating Sunday Fundays and I have every intention of bumming it on my couch for long periods of time to bask in this nothingness. :D
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