Tackling Life :: May 2017 Goals

I am so thankful for all of my extra free time this month! I’m going to use it to really focus on me and getting my life in order.

I have been doing really well the last few weeks on meal prepping and healthier snacking habits. But, I have been slacking in other areas. For instance, I haven’t been getting enough sleep, reading any, or working on learning Spanish any. Continue reading

2017 Goals :: April

I am so ready for this month!

It is the end of tax season and the beginning of more free time! Meaning I can finally arrange the new place, reorganize my life, and tackle this blog thing head on. Now, tax season isn’t officially over until the 20th, so the majority of the month is going to be crazy rushed — but, I am still so ready for it! Continue reading

2017 Goals :: March

This is sort of going to be a mini recap, too. Not that I have much to recap.

I have been sick the entire month of February. I even spent a week and a half just in bed and slept almost the entire time. I’m chronically sick, but this was so much more than that. I had a mutated flu mixed with a stomach bug and head cold. I still haven’t shaken the cough and that started the last week in January.

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Being sick on top of two jobs left me wayyyyy to exhausted at the end of the day to do anything other than sleep. I felt so bad, my daily face routine went by the wayside, resulting in tons of texture and icky pimples. You’ll be getting a shopping haul post (that’s gonna be a big one!) and a post all about my face mask collection soon; I’m back on that skin product bandwagon. Continue reading

2017 Goals :: February

I can’t believe it’s already February! This is one of my favorite months – also one of my busiest with Valentine’s Day, our anniversary, peak season at Jackson Hewitt, Dillard’s, and other family obligations throughout the month.

This makes it hard to fit in time for me and often this is where my yearly goals go to die. Eek. I am making a conscious effort not to allow that to happen this year!

My main problem in February (other than lack of free time) is always, always, always going for the convenience of fast food and typically unhealthy packaged food. We always order out at least once a shift at JH, add that to all the snacks and goodies they have sitting around and the fact I eat all my other meals in my car, I don’t usually make the healthiest choices.

But I have a game plan to change that this month! I’ve made a list of super easy and quick meals I can eat on the go, plus snacks that are easy to eat at my desk. I even got a lunch box and a couple of protein shake to-go shakers to make this easier. I hit up GNC last week and grabbed some Complete Cookies, Think Thin bars, and Quest Bars. I’ve already started working them into my days as my snacks or breakfasts if I wake up too late to make something.

So far I’ve tried the Snickerdoodle Complete Cookie and it is SO GOOD. Best part is the cookie is two servings so snack now – and snack later! I’ve been pairing the protein bars with bananas and it’s seriously kicking my urge to snack in the behind.

Staying active is going to be the challenge this month! I’m not sure how I’m going to fit it in, but I am going to do at least (ok- probably *just* if I’m honest) three workouts a week. Even if they are quick, ten or fifteen minute ones, it’s better than nothing.

I’ve already figured out what part of Spanish I will be learning this month –more verbs – and set out my books to read for this month as well.

My main goal is just to do better than I did last year and to keep improving myself.

Have you set any goals for February?

 







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Reading List :: January 2017

One of my 2017 goals is to read 104 books this year. It’s kind of a steep number, but I know I can do it. In January, I only read four books – all in the first two weeks. You could say I kind of slacked off in the last two . . .

I’m going to share each of the books I’ve read with you when the month over and then pick my favorites at the end of the year.

 

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Animal Magnetism – Jill Shalvis

Animal Magnetism, one of Jill Shalvis’ many books set in Sunshine, Idaho, is an endearing story about a two lost souls discovering that they bring out the best in each other. Lilah Young, a cute and self-reliant kennel owner, is forced to confront everything she typically avoids when she lets Brady Miller, a no strings attached kind of guy, into her life – and ultimately her heart.

This book is adorable. Lilah is incredibly relatable and Brady is furiously male – a combination that makes for hilarious one-liners, amusing situations, and a great love story.

 

 

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Animal Attraction – Jill Shavis

Animal Attraction, also set in Sunshine, Idaho, features a powerful, yet vulnerable strong female lead, Jade Bennett. Jade is forced to confront the struggles of her past – and her growing attraction to her boss, the incredibly handsome and generous Dell Connelly.

Animal Attraction had the making of a great love story, but falls slightly short when it relies on Dell and his ridiculous good looks to spur Jade into confronting her traumatizing past.  Despite this, Shavis spins a delightfully funny story with several memorable moments.

 

 

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Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

Since You’ve Been Gone follows Emily Hughes as she attempts to complete a to-do list left behind by the enigmatic – and now mysteriously missing – Sloane. Along the way, she meets Frank Porter and turns her life upside down, eventually coming out of her shell and solving the biggest mystery of the summer — – Where is Sloan?

Since You’ve Been Gone is a fantastic coming of age story that will ensnare audiences of all ages with its unpredictable moments, impressively realistic family dynamics, and heart stopping realizations. Matson makes it complete by adding in playlists specifically attuned to her characters.

 

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Royally Lost – Angie Stanton

Royally Lost follows Becca as she travels Europe with her family and meets Nikolai – a crown price of a small, virtually unknown country. Becca finds the confidence to be herself, as does Nikolai. Both teens forge their own path – a path that might lead them apart.

Stanton tries – and fails – to weave a realistic story from a teen’s point of view. The story is ultimately whiney and lackluster…which I hate because I feel like the plot has potential.

 

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All in all, this month was kind of bust. I was afraid of that because I got both of the Shavis books and the Stanton book from a book list I found on Pinterest. I sort of liked the Shavis books. They were cute, despite being pretty simple. But, there is always a time and place for different books, so if a nice, easy read with a cute, romantic outcome if your cup of tea – check these out! I found them bound together,, which was pretty cool.

One of my friends gave me Since You’ve Been Gone for Christmas. This is by far the best book I read so far. It is funny, cute, and relatable. I fell for the characters, which I think is a sign of a great writer. I’ve already put a few more books by Matson on my ‘to read’ list.

What books have you read this year?

Better yet, what are your favorite books??

 




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2017 Goals :: Healthy Mind & Body

I cannot believe it is already 2017! It feels just like 2016 should not be over yet, ya know? Maybe I’m just feeling old . . .

When I sat down the other night to reflect on 2016 and figure out what I wanted to focus on in 2017, I immediately realized that I missed some of the things I used to do all the time but had pushed aside in 2016. I also wanted to make my health more of a priority. I had a couple of semi-serious health issues in 2016 that could have been less severe (or avoided all together) if I had practiced healthier habits.

 

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2017 Goals

Become more fluent in Spanish – I’ve taken a few years in school, but it always seemed like we spent most of the time reviewing the same things. I want to eventually learn a third language – probably Italian or French – but for now, I want to learn enough Spanish to be able to adequately converse with and understand native speakers.

Eat healthier – I’m not going to do any crazy diets (lookin’ at you no carb), but I am going to try and eat out less, drink more water, eat breakfast everyday, and make overall healthier choices when eating.

Read 104 books – I have always been an avid reader, but in high school I used to read four or five books a week. That was in addition to sports, homework, family obligations, and club activities. Over the last few years I have somehow gotten away from this and in 2016 I read maybe 15 books. So I set myself the sort of lofty goal of reading an average of two books a week. That might sound expensive, but I literally have piles and boxes of books I have bought and not read yet.

Be a better blogger – For me this means posting more consistently and putting more time and effort into my posts and photos.

Save more money – I have a legitimate shopping problem and I hope to conquer that issue in 2017 and save more money. This is awfully embarrassing, but maybe admitting it will help me – I have saved a total of $0 dollars all year. What? I know, it’s so bad.

Consistently workout – I have to break this horrible cycle of throwing myself all in to a super tough and demanding workout regimen only to last a week. In order to do better in 2017, I am going to make a monthly plan that gets increasingly more demanding as the year goes on, giving me a chance to adjust to the time commitment.

What goals do you want to accomplish this year? DO you prefer the term goals or resolutions?