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2015 Resolutions: Feb (and March) Recap

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Hey peeps! I'm finally back with a goal recap.  Let's see if I can actually remember these past few months. :P

1.  Whole30

2. Get pregnant
Still working on that

3.  Quit my job
Nope.  Still working. :p

Every. Day.

4. Finish two books with Doad
Still working on our current read: A Meal With Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission Around the Table by Tim Chester.  I think we have one chapter left.  :)

5. Read 24 books
I'm slacking a little bit on my reading, but I've gained momentum the past week or so and hope to catch up soon.  I'm currently reading book #5 for the year (The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun). Books #2-4 were the following:

The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner - way more interesting than I expected and definitely something I want to try more often.  I tapped often when reading the book, but have forgotten to do it now that I'm not reading it anymore.  I'd be very interested to know if I have any readers who tap.  I struggle with anxiety and handling my stress and found it very helpful when I remembered to use it to calm myself down!

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler - best book I've read this year!!! I can't recommend it enough, for all women, not just those trying to get pregnant.  I thought I knew a lot about reproductive health, fertility, and FAM but this book still taught me tons.  I borrowed it from the library, but really really want to get my own copy.  It's a valuable resource that I think every woman should own!  Have a raved highly enough about this book yet? Lol, go and read it NOW! :p

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - :)  After all the thick, informative books I'd been reading I decided my brain needed a break.  Expect to see the rest of the series pop up on this list throughout the year.  ;)

6.  Marriage Conference
Bleh.  This is harder than I thought.  I used to hear about these all the time on the radio.  Now I can't find any in our area... does anybody have good recommendations?

7. Go on a cruise (or nice vacation)
Yes!  This is happening!!! We are headed to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun soon!!  :) I can't wait!

8.  Have all purple hair
This is in progress.  I have *mostly* purple hair, but some of it didn't take and is more on the pinkish side.  I'm gonna be a jerk and make you guys wait for a pic until it's finished.  :p

9.  Color run?
We've kind of stopped with the running this year.  Maybe we'll pick it up again now that the weather's nice again, but we definitely are the hibernating type while it's cold.  I also just enjoy long walks together over running.  We've kept up with the fitness though and I currently attend a zumba step class and a yoga class twice a week.  I love it!  Why didn't anyone tell me working out could be super fun before? This is one of the first weekly fitness/exercise habits that I've stuck with for more than a month :p

All that to say, a color run is not out of the question for the year, but it's not high on the list... we'll see.

10.  Keep up with the Spanish lessons
I have slowly been getting back into the Spanish lessons.  I think I'm on lesson 17?  So over halfway through.  :)  Our trip to Cancun has been a helpful motivator.  Now that I have purple hair, I don't think as many people will mistake me for a native as they did on our trip to the Dominican Republic, but I'd still like to be able to carry on a conversation while we're there.

11.  I finally remembered my last goal.... Learn to drive a stick shift!
Since we've been married, Doad's cars have always been ones with manual transmissions.  I have "practiced" in parking lots several times, but still don't have the confidence to get out on the road.  It's time.  2015 is the year that I will learn to drive a stick shift!

Be encouraged, friends!  It's not too late to chip away at your resolutions.  Even if you haven't thought about them at all in weeks or months, just take one step today towards accomplishing one.  It's all in the baby steps.  :)  Leave me a comment and tell me what your baby step is for today.  Mine is knocking out a couple of chapters in my current book.  :)

Dropping All the Balls

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Oi! This week has been a week, if ya know what I mean!  I'm feeling super incompetent right now and need a quick burst of productivity to keep me from feeling like a total failure so I'm crossing something off my to do list that has been on there for way too long: BLOG!

I've been doing that procrastinating thing again where I don't write at all because I don't have time for a pretty, well thought out post.  Well folks, this won't be pretty or well thought out, but it's a post.  :p

If I'm being honest, I'm pretty disappointed with myself this week.  I feel like I really have dropped all the balls.

I haven't been keeping up with my 2015 goals AT ALL (like, I don't even remember what half of them were.)

I haven't been staying on top of the housework or even dinner (hubby has cooked dinner more than I have this week.)

I have had a super hard time with my attitude about work this week (I cried on Tuesday when my alarm went off.)

And I have a killer sore throat and am getting sick just in time for my weekend (cue more tears of frustration.)

I'm trying not to beat myself up and to believe that everyone has weeks like this and it'll be ok.  But it's hard not to look at my accomplishments (or lack of them) and not feel crappy about myself.  I really phoned it in this week.

I wish I had a deep life lesson to wrap up this post in a pretty little bow, but nope.  I'm sitting here drinking my hot tea with honey and lemon essential oil and just praying that maybe this post is what someone else needed to read today.  Maybe someone else has dropped all their balls (is that dirty?) and needs to know that they're not the only one.  'Cause you're definitely not.

And I guess it's ok to have crappy weeks.  Especially if you have a superhero husband who not only keeps his ish together, but keeps all yours together too while you're just laying in bed melting your brain on a Candy Crush game binge...(hypothetically, of course.  I did *not* do that...)

But even if you don't, and everything falls apart, it's ok.  Because life keeps going, and the week's not over yet, and you're not the only one.  Let's pick up the pieces, one by one, and try again tomorrow, k?  Go do one productive thing that you can cross off your list.  And then use that momentum to cross off one more thing.  :)  And before you know it, you'll be holding all your balls again (definitely dirty).

I love you, friends.  Go get those balls!

PS.  Hubby,  thank you for truly being a super hero this week and for picking up all my slack.  I definitely married up and am so thankful that you're the one I do life with - the good weeks and the tough weeks. Thanks for wiping away all my tears, even the ridiculous "I don't want to be an adult" ones.

Monday, March 16, 2015
I've been struggling to write this post for a while now and finally just decided not to write it at all and to vlog about it instead.  As you can see in the video, it was still hard to get out, so I apologize for the immense awkwardness you're about to watch. 

Please keep us in your prayers, friends.  We are trusting God and waiting expectantly for His plans for us to unfold.  

PS.  I'm serious about wanting to be there for others.  If you're going through a similar situation (or not but you just need a friend, that's ok too!) and would like someone to talk to, I'm here.  Contact me through any of my social media buttons at the top right of this page or leave me a comment and I'll be in touch.  :)

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Happy Valentine's Day! :)  Doad and I did a fun photo shoot with some friends the other day and Doad worked his video magic and made an awesome slideshow with the pictures.  I hope you all enjoy it! :)

Here's a couple of extra cute ones with Kate and her adorable son Wilder.  Love these guys! :)

Happy Valentine's Day!  Hope you all had a fabulous time celebrating, whether it was with friends, significant others, family, or simply pampering yourself a little.  :) 

I pampered myself with a little V-day mani! :)

January and February Julep Maven Boxes

Friday, February 13, 2015
Nail polish!!! Lots and lots of nail polish.  :)  That's what today's blog is all about as I catch up on my Julep maven boxes from the last couple of months.  I also try out some fun lip products and get my first ever highlighting powder.


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If you're interested in becoming a Julep Maven, sign up here! Once you register, they'll send you an email with a promo code for a FREE welcome box! :)  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me in the comments below.

2015 Resolutions

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Ok, I've been putting this off long enough, it's time to finalize my list of goals for the year.  I've been struggling to write this post because my goals weren't as clear cut for this year as they were last year. It was kind of a crazy ending of 2014/beginning of 2015 and I just didn't have the time or energy to ponder these things as much as I had hoped.  But it's February now and this is getting ridiculous so here is what I have come up with:

1.  Whole30
We're actually done with this already, but it was one of the few goals I've had since I started thinking about 2015.  Doad and I had planned on doing another Whole30 after the New Year almost since we finished our first one in July. It kind of feels like cheating to put up a goal I've already completed, but I'm leaving it here as a motivation boost. ;)

2. Get pregnant
It should be no secret now, that this has been one of our goals for over a year and a half.  I'm really hoping that 2015 is the year.

3.  Quit my job
This kind of goes along with goal #2 since I will be a SAHM whenever that ends up happening, but as I've mentioned before, I'm kind of just really over working outside the home.  I like being a housewife.  And I'm looking forward to being able to do that full-time.

4. Finish two books with Doad
We finished our first book together last year and I'm upping our game this year.  We have high hopes since we just scored a bunch of awesome books at the thrift store for like $5.  I'm looking forward to some cozy evenings snuggled up with my hubby and a good book. :) Our current read is called A Meal With Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission Around the Table by Tim Chester.

5. Read 24 books
Again, upping my game and hoping to double the amount of books I read last year.  I've got a good start so far with book #1 complete (The Infertility Cleanse: Detox, Diet, and Dharma for Fertility by Tami Quinn) and books #2 and #3 partially read.  ... and like five more books already in line to be read - I can't decide which to choose next!  There are SOOO many books I want to read this year.  I'm actually hoping I will read more than 24 because I just don't think I can wait till next year to read all the books on my list!

6.  Marriage Conference
This was one of the few goals that I didn't complete last year so it is absolutely on the list this year.  I think our marriage is doing great, but I want to do everything possible to make sure that I'm being the best wife for Doad.  :)

7. Go on a cruise (or nice vacation)
The rest of these goals are kind of all fun ones, but we have been looking around for a good deal for a cruise for several months.  We were originally hoping to go last year in September, but then we ended up both quitting and starting new jobs at the same time instead!  My new goal is was to go for our anniversary in March, but we just haven't found a great deal.  Now we're considering an all-inclusive resort type of trip because there seem to be a lot more options and deals to choose from.

8.  Have all purple hair
I know, it sounds crazy, but it's really not TOO much different than what my hair already looks like - pictured below in a sneak peak of a super fun valentine's photo shoot.

I saw this pic on pinterest months ago and haven't been able to get it out of my head.

I think it's gorgeous.  Call me crazy, but I love purple hair.  It's my "non healthy/crunchy guilty pleasure". ;p  I couldn't go all purple for the wedding, but now I have no reason not to.  Unless I chicken out, I will be going all purple the next time I get my hair done.  EEEEEK! :)

9.  Color run?
I'm not really sure if I want to do this or not lol.  But they look like fun and are a good reason to exercise.  If Doad and I can find one we like, we are hoping to do this later this year.

10.  Keep up with the Spanish lessons
I really fizzled out at the end of last year, but for the last week or so have been making myself get back into the habit of working on it again.  I don't have a specific goal for this yet, but I'm hoping to at least make it through the second set of 16 cd's (32 lessons) by the end of the year.  It's slow going, but that way I know I won't get overwhelmed.  :)

11.  I know I had one more goal, but I didn't write it down and forgot what it was... :/
I'm leaving this one as a place marker for whenever I remember it.  ;)

There they are, my goals for the next 10.5 months.  Time to get cracking' on 'em.  :)

Did you make goals this year?  Leave me a comment with your top one or two resolutions.  Let's hold each other accountable to reaching our goals in 2015.  :)  Can't wait to hear from you!

2014 Resolutions: November and December Wrap-up!

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Got kinda quiet around here again.  I have some updating to do!  First things first, let's start off with our final goals recap for 2014.  I'll be doing both November and December since I kinda skipped both.

1. Run 100 miles this year. 
I'm pretty bummed about this goal.  I think I've just run out of steam since I know that I'm not going to be able to complete this goal.  I ran 3.51 miles in November and zero miles in December.  So my final running total for the year was 30.73 miles.  Definitely farther from my goal than I had hoped, but I am still proud of the work that I did and that I kept running at least a little bit for almost the whole year.

2. Get back to my wedding weight. 
So my weight definitely went up after the holidays, but I'm still counting this one as a success since I did hit this goal for several months this year.  We also have just started the Whole30 again, so I have high hopes that I will be hovering somewhere around this goal weight again in a few weeks. :)

3. Read 12 books. 
Check! I actually finished this goal in November, reading both The Nourished Metabolism  by Elizabeth Walling and The Nesting Place (affiliate link) by Myquillyn Smith.  They were both awesome books and I highly recommend them.  Especially The Nesting Place, I started out just reading it for fun, but I ended up getting so much motivation and so many great ideas for making our house more homey and can't wait to work on some of these fun ideas this year.  In December, I read the book Two From Galilee (affiliate) by Marjorie Holmes.  This is one of my favorite holiday books and I read it almost every December.  I finally got my own copy for Christmas last year so I don't have to steal it from my mom! ;) 

4. Read through one book together with Doad.
Check! :)

5. Find a cleaning routine that works. 
This is still a work in progress, but I do feel like it has improved since the beginning of the year.  Hopefully hubby agree. ;)

6. Sell one item from my Etsy shop.
This happened in April.  Yay!!! Unfortunately, my sales momentum went down after that and I didn't focus much on the shop the rest of the year.  As always, I have many ideas, they just keep getting pushed down on my priority list.  

7. Go to a marriage conference.
I'm really sad that this didn't happen this year, but we definitely have not ruled it out altogether and I'm still keeping my eyes out for a good one to attend this year.

8. Go on a date with one of my sisters each month.
For November, I had all three sisters over to my house.  We made cookies, and I modeled my bridesmaids dress for them while they helped me pick out matching shoes lol. :) I'm so fun.  It was a good time though and I always love our times of girl talk.  I was hoping in December to have a girls night with all three sisters and my two sisters-in-law but it just got so crazy busy that it didn't happen.  I'm still counting this goal as a success though, I think 10 out of 12 months is pretty good. :)

9. Learn Spanish
This is another partially completed goal.  I definitely learned *some* Spanish this year and while I wasn't expecting to learn ALL of it, I did really fizzle out towards the end of the year.  

So there you have it.  Five out of 9 goals definitely completed, 3 of them partially done, and only 1 that got no attention at all (which I'm not taking all the responsibility for because money, timing, and availability. hello!) Not too bad if I do say so myself.  :)  

How about you? 
How did your goals turn out?

Stay tuned for my 2015 goals and resolutions soon.
Hope you all had a great holiday and that your January has been going super well. :)

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