Goals on Goals on Goals

Hi ya! We’re tackling three things in this post today:

  • 2017 goals check in
  • Winter goals recap
  • Spring goals reveal

2017 “Resolutions”

(Original post here.)

Be Healthy.
(As in eat better & exercise.) Ehh… not doing so hot here. We’re eating at home more often, but exercise has been a complete no-go.

Feel Less Guilty About Downtime.
(Less guilt when lounging/reading/unwinding.) I think I’m getting better here. We’ve be so busy all year so I can’t quite get a handle on the balance of responsibilities vs. relaxation.

Read more.
(Last year I read 25 books. This year I’m aiming for 40.) According to Goodreads I’ve read 9 books this year and I’m two ahead of schedule. Cool!

Become a Morning Person.
(Less snooze button and rushing, more consistency and chill.) HA. No. Still working on it. I just love sleeping (in).

Get on Schedule.
(As in meal planning, cleaning, dog maintenance, etc.) I’ve been great about a meal and blog schedule. Now it’s time to focus on cleaning and home maintenance.

Winter Goals

(The original list appears here in this monstrous post.)

  • Make a meal planning journal and, like, actually do it
    We’ve been REALLY good about meal planning! Every once in a while I skip a day or we opt for take out, but so far I’ve been making lists and planning meals each and every week!
  • Wash all window treatments & cushion slips
    Partially done… Whoops.
  • Write thank you notes for Christmas gifts
  • Get Lylee on a walk schedule again
  • Clean the junk out of the basement
  • Hire someone to come in and clean the carpets

So overall I did pretty terrible with the seasonal goals. Ha. I’ll be rolling most of these over into spring I guess…

Spring Goals

  • Wash cushion slips
  • Scrub grease build-up off cabinets
  • Replace/fix water heater
  • Get Ly on a walk schedule again
  • Clean junk out of basement
  • Hire someone to come & clean the carpets
  • Finish 3 year scrapbook
  • Order pics for year 4

These are all doable AND borderline necessary. So… here’s to hoping I get them crossed off!

Linking up with Sara & Steph (tomorrow)! What are your spring goals?

Life According to Steph

Last night was crazy…

… yeah we tore it up again / Kicked off our shoes and went to bed by 9pm / We were balling and Netflix / We turned it up to ten / Last night was crazy…

Name that song… (Here’s the answer.)

I decided this post was happening 15 minutes before I left work yesterday. I was going to post about our trip to Texas but I didn’t have the pictures edited. I know some folks document their whole day, but this was a last minute decision.

4:30 pm

Time to go home. I prefer to grocery shop on Sundays but the NASCAR season started and my Sunday afternoons are now tied up. Instead, I popped into the grocery store tonight to get goodies for the week.

(Usually I buy enough for three meals. This week we have some evening activities so I skimmed the list down to two meals.)

5:15 pm

Once home I’m greeted by the welcome committee.

And then they expect me to play with them…

Typically I’d start dinner, but the local cantina changed up their menu and my parents invited us to join them for dinner.

6:00 pm

I swear I ate food, too.

Dinner at the JNG (I told you we always end up here…)

7:15 pm

Home again. Time to feed the dogs, throw the leftovers in the fridge, and change into not-real-pants. (#FavoritePartoftheDay) Now I’m working on this post and lounging on the couch with the husband and dogs.

I end up standing here throughout the evening… Someone always needs a potty break.

8:00 pm

The Voice is on. So I’m still glued to the couch. But now I’ve got some ice cream.

8:41 pm

A dog farted. It was Lylee. K and Enzo both almost puked.

9:00 pm

Technically The Voice is still on, but K’s show comes on (Gas Monkey Garage) so I bid him adieu and retire to the upstairs.

So… now I either crack open a book or switch on some Netflix (cough* Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries *cough).

10:00 pm

K usually wanders up to bed and we drift off to sleep watching Bob’s Burgers.

… 11:00 pm

Let’s be real. I’m usually still awake at 11 so I watch an episode or two of Family Guy. Then I finally fall asleep.

And there ya have it. I’m always curious to see what other people do in a day/night so I figured this might entertain some folks. Some days are a little more productive than yesterday… I squeeze laundry or dishes or organizing into my nights. Monday was pretty lazy because #Mondays.

What does your Monday usually look like?

Goodbye Fall… Hello Winter

The last three months of the year are my favorite. I love colorful trees and cool weather, I love fall fashion (a.k.a. jeans and a sweatshirt) and fall foods, and I love how seamlessly fall becomes winter- November flurries, Christmas lights suddenly appear on the neighbors’ houses, leaves in the streets become drifts of snow. Also, does anyone else love a blue dusk? I know summer and fall have the prettiest sunsets, but I just LOVE how the sky turns blue at the end of a winter day!

In September I made two separate posts for my Fall Goals and my Fall Bucket List. Apparently this was my ‘get it done’ season because I most certainly did. With the first day of winter a week away and Sara & Steph‘s link-up on Friday, here’s a recap of my fall season + some goals for winter.

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The FALL Bucket List

  • Go to a local apple orchard & bring home a bushel small bag of apples
    Thanks to my mother- & sister-in-laws for going with me!
  • Get all the fall decor out & around the house
    And now we’re on to Christmas decor!
  • Visit a few fall craft shows (preferably with Mom)
    Mom & I went to one little festival, but technically it’s a CHECK
  • Pick out some bright orange pumpkins
  • Carve said pumpkins (preferably with Fred & Christina)
    I carved them alone, but that’s ok
  • Drink lots of apple cider
  • Get a PSL DONE 😉 I checked this off at the start… ha
  • Host our annual Halloween Party
    It was a 90s theme and it was a success!
  • Take the dogs to a local park or nature trail for hikes
    Ly and I went hiking- it was too chilly/long for Enzo
  • Visit a haunted house
  • Bake a few new fall cookie
    (No, but I failed HARD with these… Ha!)

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  • Fall vacation with the husband
    Charlotte and Myrtle Beach
  • Add a few classy, seasonal pieces to my wardrobe
    Thank you, Old Navy

  • Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Create & enjoy a fire pit area in our yard
    We created it… ‘enjoying’ it is a different story…

and now…

The FALL Goals

  • Paint the front door (I’m bloody determined to make this happen.) | YES. Done!

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  • Keep with the #30DayYogaChallenge that I signed up for | I went 13 or 14 days straight, then I got sick and fell off the wagon *sigh*
  • After the challenge is over continue to practice yoga weekly | Nah.
  • Continue volunteering weekly | Try bi-weekly…
  • Order 3 year photos for scrapbook
  • Get invites out for Halloween Party
  • Walk/bike to work at least twice a week | Not twice a week, but I walked to work occasionally.
  • Create a fire pit area in the backyard | Ok, so we upgraded the backyard and added a concrete pad & fire pit area, but our neighbor straight-up lost his mind and went passive aggressive psycho on us. As in, called the fire dept. (911!) to report our small, legal, backyard fire. Like, walk your ass over and talk to us like an adult, dude. It’s been a headache, and I’m leaving out a ton of detail, but things seem to be resolved and we’ve had fires in our backyard since. (Seriously, though. People are insane sometimes. )
  • Get all the pieces of my Halloween costume together BEFORE the week of the party | Ha. No. We rush ordered my costume. But whatever, we looked fly.

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  • One crockpot meal a week (**buy crockpot liners!) | At least I bought some liners…
  • Hardcore wash the dog beds & blankets | Multiple times, in fact
  • Wait until the end of Nov. to break out Christmas stuff | I lasted until mid-ish November…
  • Get X-mas shopping done! | Most of it!

I did OK with the goals. I straight up killed the bucket list. Thank you to everyone that helped! (After reading the goals results I feel like I should post about our exterior home improvements. Is that of interest to anyone?)

OK, on to some Winter Goals

  • Make a meal planning journal and, like, actually do it
  • Wash all window treatments & cushion slips
  • Write thank you notes for Christmas gifts
  • Get Lylee on a walk schedule again
  • Clean the junk out of the basement
  • Hire someone to come in and clean the carpets

Keeping it short and sweet this season!

 

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Linking up with Sara & Steph for Winter Goals!

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Life According to Steph

Quarterly Goals Check-In

Happy Friday!

This week I was reading posts from my usual bloggers and all of a sudden I felt so sad that I live so far away from most of y’all. Seriously, though. As an adult it’s pretty tough to make friends out of the blue but there are so many bloggers that I follow and communicate with that I know we’d get along and wander through Target together every weekend in real life. If any of you want to move to Ohio I will absolutely help you find a house/apartment. Ha.

Alright, so that was a little off topic.

Today I figured I’d look back on my goals that I made in this beginning-of-the-year post. October kicks off the last quarter of the year so hopefully I’ve at least scratched the surface of these goals….. ha.

(I also did a quick goals update in July!)

Start running.
Nooooooope. I was feeling confident in July but eff that shizz. Honestly, I think I’ve found my groove with yoga. I’m good with that. Bye for now, running shoes.

Learn to cook more (vegetarian) meals.
Yeah, dude! I made wings for the first time this week! I actually texted K on Monday and told him I was planning to cook every night this week. He was pumped and offered to make his chili one night, too. (And it made for a yummy Wednesday!) Still working on the vegetarian part, but at least there’s some progress in the kitchen!

Find a word for 2016.
Most of y’all probably know I picked “embrace.” I’d say things are going alright. Haha.

Read, read, read. And write.
So many people read WAY more than I do, but I’m feeling good because last year I barely touched a book. Most of what I’ve read this year can be found here. My writing has taken a backseat lately, but I’ve made progress this year so I’m still crossing it off.

Volunteer.
Ok, I’ll finally talk about it!  🙂
I’ve been volunteering at a wilderness rescue and rehabilitation center on Saturdays. So far I’ve syringe-fed baby squirrels and cuddled a duckling and tossed meat to vultures. They also have a resident fox and I swear my heart bursts each time I see her ❤︎

So in conclusion, I’m feeling pretty good  🙂

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same gif I’ve used for every ‘goals’ post… ha

These past two weeks of sinus-crude have knocked me off my social game, but just looking back on what I’ve done this year recharges my battery! And I’m working on these Fall Goals, too, but I’ll talk about that when the season ends. How are you doing with your 2016 goals/resolutions?

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**In other news, the pit bull ban in Montreal was suspended  🙂 There’s still a battle against breed discrimination, but it’s a good start!

Fall Goals: Me-Time Activities

In regards to Wednesday’s post, K was not physically fighting Lylee… They were arguing and she was being punished with the squirt bottle on occasion. We don’t physically fight the dogs. (They’d win.)

Let’s just get this out of the way: I failed pretty hard as far as “summer goals” went… If you need a refresher, this season I had planned to:

  • Paint front door & replace house numbers
  • Build small deck in backyard
  • Scrub greasy build-up off kitchen cabinets
  • Order Year 3 Photos & start scrapbook
  • Wash couch cushion slips & dust fans/blinds/neglected places

Yeah, not much accomplished. I’m going to approach Fall a little differently. I believed that life is too short to do a whole bunch of things you don’t want to do. A few weeks ago I put in my notice at Justice and then I decided to dedicate Saturdays to volunteering and then I signed up for a yoga challenge. Less obligatory activities and more me-time activities.

Fall Goals

  • Paint the front door (I’m bloody determined to make this happen.)
  • Keep with the #30DayYogaChallenge that I signed up for (I’m 5 for 5 days right now!!)
  • After the challenge is over continue to practice yoga weekly
  • Continue volunteering weekly
  • Order 3 year photos for scrapbook
  • Get invites out for Halloween Party
  • Walk/bike to work at least twice a week
  • Create a fire pit area in the backyard
  • Get all the pieces of my Halloween costume together BEFORE the week of the party
  • One crockpot meal a week (**buy crockpot liners!)
  • Hardcore wash the dog beds & blankets
  • Wait until the end of Nov. to break out Christmas stuff (... yeah right)
  • Get X-mas shopping done!

Easy enough. I made 5 goals for summer and accomplished half of one so I bet I’ll do great with 13 goals. (Ha.)

Linking-up with Steph & Sara today. What are your F A L L + G O A L S ?

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Life According to Steph

The 2017 Planner

No one is giving me money or a free dog to write this post. I wanted this planner so I contacted the company and asked them if I could get a coupon code for myself & my blog friends. And apparently the people at Plum Paper are angels because they sent all of us a code.

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So here’s your code for 10% off (good until 11/30/2016):

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And here’s my new planner:

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I, like many bloggers and Type-A nuts professionals, love planners. I usually order my planner for the new year some time in August. When it arrives, I go crazy jotting down all the birthdays and events. I really love laying out my entire life on paper. Weird, but true.

Anyway, I browsed and browsed for the perfect planner because I’ve been using the same one for three years and I finally settled on Plum Paper. They offer the standard monthly and weekly pages, plus some extra spots for goal writing, important events, contact info, and doodles. They also have tabs for each month which makes flipping through SO much easier!

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I chose to add on and asked for a “Bills Paid” page at the end of each month, as well as two sets of stickers!

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There are SO many different add-on options including fitness tracking, home planning, family planning, budgeting, and wedding planning (plus more). There are also dozens of cover images to pic from, but I loved the crisp, clean look of the flags. So like I said, here’s your code ( LIFE10 ) for 10% off a planner. I don’t get any money from this- just the joy of passing on savings 🙂 Enjoy!

** I am so grateful for the minds and souls that read my blog. I was so nervous to share my feminist post last week and I am just overwhelmed by the incredible, strong, badass women who responded. You are all the greatest.

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The Drafts

Such an ambiguous title, right? I didn’t mean to make it so vague. I’m not talking about football or the army; I’m actually talking about the blog drafts that all of us have stored away in cyberspace. Well, I do at least.

I won’t lied. I was totally stuck on what to write about today. Nothing felt right. When that happens I usually consider skipping a day or even an entire week. (If my pattern isn’t obvious, I try to post Monday, Wednesday, Friday.) This week I looked through my draft posts, ended up cleaning them out and getting rid of 2/3, and then decided that the remaining few still didn’t fit for today.

And then I had a Jimmy Neutron brain blast. (Tell me I’m not the only one who remembers that stupid show…) Why not share all the drafts in my folder? Not in their full form, but just as a little preview for y’all of what’s to come (or not come, I guess… Depends on my mood).

I am a Woman & That’s OK
This is an angry feminist post. It almost went live today, but I held off. It’s not quite where I want it. Plus, it has some cursing (because it’s angry) and I know my family reads my blog so I need to edit it and/or just get past it. Ha. I’m sure something will happen soon enough that boils my blood and drives me to push “publish.”

Confession: I’m Obsessed with Planners
I ordered a planner and they gave me a coupon code for my blog readers! (Nope, I didn’t get the planner for free- I got a coupon code, too.) Once my planner arrives I will share pictures of how cute it is along with the code for you to get one if you want!
*The name of this post might change. I’m not loving it.

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What I Read… August 2016
This is pretty standard. I always have a running draft for books. So far I have two for August. I think I’ll end up with three total. Maybe four.

Blogger Love
Similar to the book post, I usually have a “blogger love” post saved somewhere for me to jot down the things I’ve read. This one is going live on Friday 🙂

IMUO (In My Unpopular Opinion)…
I started a post documenting my ideas or opinions that I think aren’t widespread. I’m still collecting thoughts for this one. I think I have three or four so far.

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Helpful Tips to Calm an Anxious Dog
This post is 3/4 done and very important to me. Lylee is an anxious dog and it’s something we’ve been battling for years. I feel very passionately about dogs and their behavior/mental health/etc. so I will end up posting this eventually- once I get it perfected.

If something sounds good or dumb, let me know. I’m always looking for input! Also, I’m totally fine with people following/copying/borrowing my ideas 🙂 Write what you want.

**Also, I shared my thoughts on body image + marriage with Elyse from Just Murrayed so check that out!

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