Setting August Goals

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This summer is absolutely flying by. I honestly can’t believe we are approaching the last month of it, and I kind of feel like I have been doing a lot and not a lot at the same time. This summer I have been able to catch some live music, start up a new hobby (kinda), attend some festivals, and honestly just enjoy my time. I mean, I live in the Upper Midwest…you gotta live it up while the temps are above zero!

While I feel like the summer has been going well I do think I have slacked in some areas. I think I’ve been dealing with a lot of stuff mentally and it has kind of drug me down. Honestly, I’m really sick and tired of it and I know that if I want to change things I need to make a plan. So today I want to talk about my goals for the next month. I want to write them somewhere where I can see them, I want them to be seen by others, and I want to hold myself accountable. So basically, if you see me in person or around social media feel free to see how I’m doing with these. Politely shame me, please. I need to make some changes and to make those changes I gotta start today.

So…in August I will:

  1. Read more! Ok, kind of broad but hear me out…I’ve averaged MAYBE 1-2 books a month. THAT IS SO LOW FOR ME! I miss reading and am finally feeling like I’m getting back into it while I’m devouring Daisy Jones & The Six by Tayler Jenkins Reid. I am trying to knock out a few more books I own and plan to read these books in particular this month…
  2. Do the Blogilates Booty Challenge! I used to do workout challenges all the time. I found that they made me feel accomplished and that I was challenging an area of my body that I sometimes ignore. I tried her 100 abs challenge, but some days that took up more time than I had. Well, her booty challenge looks great and I am SO in! Starts on Sunday if you want to join!!
  3. Run 2-3x a week. I used to run 3 times a week. I ran a half marathon last year. After that race I just kind of lost my motivation and found lifting. Lately I have found the benefit of doing a short run (1.5-3 miles) after working just to kind of come down from the day. This addition means some days I’m getting two workouts a day, but that’s fine. I had an amazing run the other day. That runners high sure is nice and I am so excited to get back to it! Plan on running later today, which will make it 2 runs this week! giphy
  4. Research my next job step. Ok, anyone who reads this is going to be like “ok, she’s leaving her job she just got last year” AND THAT IS FALSE! I love where I work. Basically, I want to see what I see what else I can do, what more I can add to my job and what more I can do for the company. I can’t remember the last time I wanted to do more than just maintain a steady job and not move forward. This is weird and awesome.
  5. DO SOMETHING! Ok, another broad one. I just basically want to try. I want to try to go out, try a workout class, try a new hobby…I want to do something. Based on what’s written on my calendar I actually have some stuff planned which is great. Kinda leaning on finding that hobby now…hobby
  6. COOK. I cook, but not that often. I always find things I want to try but never do. Over the past month, while I’ve tried to be good about eating what makes my body feel good, I have also found myself eating some not so good things. Cooking from home makes everything better and saves money (seriously Emily make that stick in your noggin). I want to cook more, maybe try a new recipe a week or something like that. Still working on the details of this one.

I think these goals are very reasonable, and I hope that I can give you progress on them as I go (especially the books! I want to talk to you about the books!). This is seriously the best way for me to stay accountable, so please…hold me to these.

What are some of your goals for August?

emily

Looking ahead at 2019!

Happy 2019!

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I hope you all had a safe, fun, and relaxing start to the year. Whether you went out or stayed in, I hope that you brought in the new year in the best way for you.

I am honestly kind of excited for this year and I really can’t put my finger on the why. 2018 was a tough year for me. While I had a lot to celebrate (and I have made sure to celebrate those accomplishments) I also had some lows. Those lows have definitely helped me see some things I need to change, but it also showed me how resilient I truly am. I am really proud of how far I’ve come. I know I’m not where I could be yet, but I took a massive leap from the beginning of 2018 to the end, and I think it’s only going to go up from here.

I know you are seeing a ton of New Year Resolutions. The phrase “New year, New me” is everywhere, and honestly…not a fan. If you can say that and stick to it, awesome. Unfortunately, I don’t see many people stick to that. I haven’t stuck to it when I’ve used it. Because of this, I feel like I approach the new year a little differently.

Each year I make goals for myself. I find that goals are things I can get to, and once I reach them I reevaluate to challenge myself more. I have found that these evolve more than a resolution would, and making the goals have helped me have even better years (and grow even more).

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So, here are a few of my goals for 2019:

  • Read 50 books. This is down a bit from last year, but my reading slowed a bit towards the end of 2018, so I figured just roll with it and I can always adjust and add more.
  • Buddy read at least 2 times this year. Obviously I’ll go for more, but I do miss buddy reading and did it way less than I had wanted to last year. I started a Buddy Reading group on twitter (let me know if you want to join!) so I’m hoping that it’s a group I can come back to in search of people to read a book with me.
  • Blog 2 times a month. I obviously won’t stop at 2 times a month, but I think trying to establish at least 2 a month will help me get back to it. I miss blogging a lot, but I have found myself not always making the time.
  • Read more diversely. I think I did a fairly good job of this last year, but I can always do better. I want to read from a wide range of authors and in a wide range of stories.
  • Less screen time. I find myself scrolling through my phone all too much. I would love to be able to not look at my phone for at least a half hour before I go to bed, and to try to set more time limits.
  • Budget! We have had some financial bumps, as people do, and instead of just hiding and hoping it goes away I am ready to take it on. My husband and I are cutting some things, limiting other things, and trying to buckle down to pay some stuff down. I am hoping that instead of buying books I will utilize my library more. I am hoping to cook more, do more homemade things, and find more fun date nights in. My husband and I are both fed up and so ready for a change. I think we are finally in the mindset to make it.
  • Do a pullup. I have gotten back into working out over the past few year but my upper body strength is severely lacking. I want to do an unassisted pull-up. Once I do that I want to continue to add more.
  • Take another trip. I haven’t decided where to, but I want to go somewhere new, or explore somewhere known just a little more, with my husband. Vacations are so good for you, and I think taking a trip this past year was so good for me!
  • Focus on eating what makes me feel good. I am a sucker for sweets, a sucker for grease, and a sucker for gluten. None of these things make me feel good unless I watch my portions, and even then they don’t always make me feel good. I want to remind myself that I do like vegetables and food that is a little bit healthier. I want to keep my portions in mind and I want to feel better about myself. Food is such a huge step in that.
  • Journal. I think I need to get back on the journaling train. I want to set aside a certain amount of time each day to write. I don’t care what it’s about, I just need to write. 2018 was a year of some high emotions and a year of some drama. I think I would have handled things better if I could have written things out instead of letting them bottle up in my head.

I have more goals, but I think some are less firm goals and more ideas. I want less drama, I want more connections, I want to do more and collect less, I want to make running fun and try a few more races…I have many personal goals that I want to keep to myself too. I am just really feeling the whole mindset of the new year lately, and I am trying my best to embrace it.

What are some of your goals for 2019?

emily

Whats up 2018!

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Hey Everyone. I have been kind of lackadaisical with writing reviews on the blog. I have been so busy over the last couple of months with a big test I had (and I found out that I PASSED!!!!!) and I didn’t get to read and write as much. 2017 is gone and passed me up so fast that I am still wondering where it went. I did get to my Goodreads goal of 50 books for the 2017 year. It was a close one but I squeaked a couple in there in December. I also finished up my Harry Potter reread on the 1st and so I am ready to start a whole new year with some great books!

So here it is….2018…..and I am going to make this a great year. I have a few goals in mind for the blog and reading (of course) that I would like to accomplish!

  • I joined in with some lovely ladies (including the wonderful Emily) on reading a classic a month this year. I have wanted to in the past read some more classic novels that I was never required to read in school. To see where a lot of authors get their ideas or inspiration from. Though I know it will be hard to read some of them (especially when it is written in old english) but I am excited to see what different novels I can add to my read shelf.
  • I upped my Goodreads challenge to 60 books this year from 50 last year. I discovered audiobooks midway through last year and I think I can get in an extra 10 books in!
  • I want to do at least 2 posts a month that are just me posting about books I am reading or something to do with the book world. Whether it’s books you should check out or ones I have read/listened too or just a Harry Potter fandom post. I feel like I didn’t get to post consistently last year, so I am going to really try hard to make this goal.
  • Enjoy books! I don’t want to set to many goals so I’ll finish with this one, just enjoy the books I am reading. Books can be so much fun and pull so many emotions from you but sometimes I feel like I just skim books and I really don’t take them in and enjoy them. This year I hope I discover some amazing books and can tell you about how much I enjoyed them.

Well I am off to read a little more and I hope everyone is having a great start to their year! Look for a couple of posts coming in at the end of the month…I am reading a few new books that are coming out and I am excited to share them with you!

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arika

 

Oh HEY There 2016!

I still am in shock that it’s 2016. Last year at this time I was so sure that 2015 was going to drag on forever and I saw no end to where I was at in my life. But man, when things started the change they CHANGED FAST and the year kind of disappeared from me. I tried to recap 2015 the best I could, but I still can’t get over just how far I have come within the last year. I am so excited to start 2016.

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Yes, I know that we are no 8 days into the New Year and I have been silent. Probably like super eerily silent. I’m still alive. I promise! I was visiting my family for a weekish for Christmas (which was SO FUN! It’s not often we all are in the same area code these days so to all be together was awesome) and then I immediately came to WI to bring in the new year with some awesome friends and then…I got sick. I THINK it was a cold? Not even sure what happened, but I had to use a sick day this week. But I am FINALLY feeling better! But this means that I basically slacked and missed out on a WHOLE WEEK of blogging goodness, like sharing my goals for the year!

I hate calling these resolutions, because then I never accomplish anything. But I do believe in making goals, and I do think that January is a good time to set a routine. Soooooo here are a few goals I have for 2016:

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  • Read more unknown books. It’s not that I don’t love the popular books. Oh I love my fair share of those books. But there are SO MANY books in this world that are also awesome and also deserve some love. I want to find some books to give some love to!
  • Continue my casual blogging ways. Ok, that sounds ridiculous right? But I kind of love how I do this. I like to keep things simple. I think there is less stress in it for me. Obviously if I want to make things fancier I will, but I think I got a good thing going. I will definitely be trying to blog more, but that will come.
  • Finish 3 series. This sounds crazy right? I am not a binge series reader though. I kind of bounce around so I am in the middle of MANY series. I think setting this as a goal is good and helps me free up room for more series?
  • Send up some blogger love. Basically I need to get better at commenting on the various blogs that I read. There are so many that I think of something and then for some reason say nothing. I need to stop this.
  • Cook more. This is more for my personal life, but I need to do this. We kind of haven’t been in the best finacial situation in the past few years, so we make cheap meals. Cheap, easy meals. Cheap, easy, lazy meals. I am totally capable of cooking, I just need to do it!
  • Be healthy. No, this is not giving me a specific diet. No, this is not giving me an amount of weight to lose. I just want to be healthy. I want to feel good. I think that it’s always my goal, but it needs to be restated for myself.
  • Make sure to take quiet time. I am terrible at taking time to read my Bible, to pray, and to reflect. I am the worst at it. I definitely need to try to get a schedule down because I know I will benefit from this tremendously.

I think these are all so easily attainable, and things that I can continue once I get a schedule down. What are some things you hope to accomplish in 2016?

I hope to have a wonderful and productive 2016 and hope to have more posts up on here soon!

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