5/27/16

CURRENTLY - MAY EDITION


I can't believe May is almost over!! I say that every month. You'd think I'd get used to the months zipping by, but here we are at another month's end.  This month was CRAZY.  We moved. And that was super stressful and a big mess. I don't have a lot to show for this month except turning another year older (yay!) and packing all of our STUFF again. 

I thought it would be fun to do a CURRENTLY post to get back into the swing of blogging. I plan on blogging more this summer...but we'll see how that goes.

Reading... several books right now. I've finally started reading again. I think I had only read like 4 books this year prior to this month. I'll do a book update soon. 

Watching... Pretty Little Liars right now (it's easy to have on in the background while I'm working). We are also loving a few new (to us) shows on Netflix: Mysteries of Laura, Cristella, and a TON of documentaries. 

Trying... to get back into eating right. It's been FOREVER. I actually cancelled my WW membership while we were preparing to move. I just wasn't committed to doing the plan. Unfortunately, it's starting to show. I haven't weighed recently, but I have a feeling it's gone up about 5 pounds. No bueno.

Cooking... nothing. Not a thing. And needing to fix that. Pronto.

Eating... a ton of fast food. UGH. But, we are planning a big grocery shopping trip this weekend, and hopefully we'll be back to eating semi healthy soon.

Drinking... water mostly. I also got some vanilla sleepy time tea that I am kind of loving. 

Calling... nobody. I hate talking on the phone.

Texting... my sweet friend Melissa. I bother her all day long with randomness. 

Pinning... mostly recipes. If I cooked as much as I pinned...we'd be all set.  

Tweeting... nothing. I just don't get it. Still.

Going... on a lunch date with C tomorrow. All this talk about eating healthy and we are looking forward to eating out (again) tomorrow. But...we have been talking about doing this for a while. 

Loving...  snuggling with miss Daphne (the cat) each night. She's just so precious.

Discovering... that I am very restless right now. I mean, I think I've felt it brewing for a while...but I am just realizing that I am so ready for some major changes.

Thinking... all the things I want and need to do. Sometimes I feel like my brain goes too fast. Do y'all have that?

Feeling... excited about what is ahead! There are a lot of unknowns in my future, but I cannot wait to see what the Lord has up His sleeve! OKAY, I got this prompt from Bailey a while back and I am just leaving her original answer here. Because it is exactly what I'm thinking!!

Hoping (for)... a fun three day weekend with C. We have nothing planned (other than lunch tomorrow and church Sunday) and I am SO excited about that. 

Listening (to)... Randy Rogers Band station on Pandora. LOVE. 

Celebrating... my cousin is getting married tomorrow. She is getting married out of state and we aren't going, but I am so excited for her.

Smelling... the banana I just ate. I love bananas but hate that smell. 

Ordering... well, thinking about ordering some new clothes online. I am desperate for some new clothes. In the worst way.

Thanking... my mom for helping us out so much during the move. She's pretty great. And that we don't have the worlds most annoying neighbors anymore.

Considering... different career opportunities. I have my mind set on one thing, but I am thinking about trying a few other options. Ready to see what happens. 

Starting... to wake up earlier. Ever since we moved, I've been going to bed at a "normal" time and waking up early (for me). Yay!

Finishing... up the month with big ideas for this summer. 

What's going on with y'all?

5/5/16

HEY MAY


I'm a couple of days late, but Happy May Y'all.

So April was crazy, but also kind of a bust. We are moving next week, so we were getting stuff together most of April. And by getting stuff together, I mean I was mostly panicking and in denial about moving. Again.

Mostly I'm excited about moving away from where we are. Just a bad situation with neighbors (AWFUL) and our internet and phones have not worked properly since we moved here. We live by a creek/forest and at the lower level of the neighborhood. I mean, we live in the city...but apparently it's kind of a hole for technology. So that's fun.

But, I'm also freaking out. We have moved SO many times since we got married. Not on purpose. Just how life has worked out. And we've always lived in pretty nice places and had great opportunities. BUT....I just never imagined we wouldn't be living in our own home at this stage. Hopefully, this move will be the last one before that happens!! I am grateful though, to have a roof over my head. And all this stuff that we keep packing up. Trying to look at the positives.

I'm going to take May pretty easy goal wise. Just continuing to work on my daily habits. I am upping my daily step goal.

1. Make daily to-do list
2. Duolingo lesson each day.
3. Track for WW
4. 6ksteps each day
5. Read SRT daily
6. Drink a 20 oz glass of water first thing
7. Read before bed.

Just a few other goals for the month:
1. Celebrate my birthday!!! (the 10th)
2. MOVE
3. Get back on track with WW (post coming soon)
4. Go to a baseball game (maybe!)
5. Find a swimsuit (dread!)
6. Read a few books
7. Keep looking for a job

We are going out with family tonight to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!!! My grandparents are moving closer to us, so it's fun to see them more often!!

4/1/16

HELLO APRIL



I'm just about the worst blogger ever.

Best intentions...horrible follow through. My life in a sentence, y'all.

March was a crazy month. It's the anniversary of my (step) dad's death...and it's just kind of a sad month. I have really been struggling with missing him. SO many times I want to call him up and tell him about something crazy I saw or get his advice or just sit with him. :(

We are about to move. It wasn't planned, but completely necessary. We were hoping to stay here (an apartment) until we were ready to buy a home (this year!). But, sometimes life has other plans for you. If I were to tell the truth, I would say that this month has been AWFUL and I thought I might literally have to fight someone (ha!). But, I'm trying to look at the bright side. New adventures (and less annoying neighbors!) am I right?!!

So, other than several sleepless nights and a few tear-filled days (drama-queen reporting!) March was pretty uneventful.

BUT....I'm SO excited about April. My sister's birthday. Baseball starts. The blue-bonnets are blooming. Good times.

So the last time I blogged was A MONTH AGO. Horrible.

Last month, instead of doing a massive list of goals for the month, I really wanted to focus on creating some new daily habits. I wasn't perfect, but I think that they are slowly becoming something I do naturally. So, this month, I'm just sticking with the same habits from March. I really want these to become second nature before adding anything else to the daily schedule. 

APRIL GOALS
HABITS 
1. Make daily to-do list
2. Duolingo lesson each day.
3. Track
4. 5k steps each day
5. Read SRT daily
6. Drink a 20 oz glass of water first thing
7. Read before bed.

I did want to add a few other things to the monthly goals for April. Just to keep things exciting! Ha.

OTHERS
1. Hit the 40 lb lost mark. I'm back to 35.2, so losing 4.8 this month is TOTALLY doable. 
2. Clean out storage.  Ick. 
3. Go to baseball game!! DUH!
4. Progress photos and measurements. Let me try this again. 
5. Read 5 books. I don't know if I read a book all of March. Not good.
6. Church every Sunday.  Cause I miss it when I don't go.
7. Blog more. Seriously. 

Hope y'all have a great month! Does anyone still read here? 

3/1/16

HELLO MARCH


A new month means new goals!

So, I didn't make any monthly goals in either January or February. And I feel like the months passed and I didn't really accomplish anything. I'm sure part of that is psychological (I like the satisfaction of marking an item as completed). But, I've also always known I just operate better with a written to-do list. 

I am trying to do a lot of things right now.
1. Get stuff done.
2. Set realistic goals.
3. Create some new hobbies.
4. Change habits.
5. Quit comparing myself to others.


That last one is a major stumbling block when addressing the previous four. I've always dealt with it (haven't we all?!), but I feel like here lately it's definitely gotten worse. So, amidst all the big dreams and goal seeking and the daily to-do's, I am going to focus on showing myself some grace. I love love love the message from the article I shared yesterday. This month is all about baby steps (and grace!). 

MARCH GOALS
HABITS
1. Make daily to-do list. This just keeps me focused during the days.

2. Duolingo lesson each day. Love this app. I have the Spanish and French loaded, but I'm going to focus on Spanish for now. The great thing is that this only takes about 5 minutes a day. 

3. Track. Even if I don't know the WW smart point value. Just work on making this a habit.

4. 5k steps each day. I would love to hit the 10k mark everyday. Or more. But I need to work on making it a routine.

5. Read SRT daily. I'm way behind and would love to get caught up, but so long as I read some each day, I'll call it a success.

6. Drink a 20 oz glass of water first thing. I have cut way back on regular soda (yay!). But I am struggling with getting in all my water goal each day. Hopefully this boost in the morning will help...in lots of ways.

7. Read before bed. I've gotten SO bad about watching netflix at night. I feel like it makes it more difficult for me to sleep. Reading sometimes has that effect, but more often than not it relaxes me. Plus, I need to read more anyway.

OTHERS
1. Hit the 40 lb lost mark. I'm about 5 pounds away (which I have been for MONTHS). This is totally doable, if I would just stick to the plan (and hopefully some of those habits above will help!).

2. Finish the buffet. This has been on my monthly goal list for years. (shameful!) But, I'm happy to say that it has been sanded and has one coat of paint...so we're almost there!! Maybe March 2016 will be the month! Ha.

3. Order contacts and glasses. I've put it off long enough.

4. Progress photos and measurements. I want to start doing this monthly, or maybe every 10 pounds. 

Okay, so that's it. Nothing too crazy. Here's to a successful month! 

2/29/16

LEAP

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Hello!! It's been forever since I last wrote. I knew I'd be taking a bit of a break, but I had no intention of checking out for nearly 5 months. Yikes!! I've been itching to come back though!!

I was going to wait until tomorrow to come back. But then I thought...why not today? Leap Day is fun, right? So, here we are!

Despite my absence, I've been thinking about blogging a lot lately. I struggle with what I want this blog to be, what all I want to share. I've had a blog of some sort for the past 11 years. Crazy! Initially, it was just a collection of my daily ramblings. Not so entertaining...but I do enjoy going back to read the archives. The blog world seems so much bigger now. I don't really feel the need to share my day to day anymore. Let's be honest, that would be incredibly boring anyway. But I do still feel the need to share.

I've been praying a lot about where to go with this blog. I'm not sure I have the answer yet, but I'm confident I'll find my way. One thing that's been weighing on my mind lately is to get out of my routine. I think routines are great...I'm not all the excited about change or crazy adventures. I like my days to be pretty consistent. And, believe me, they are. But, I feel like that can also keep you from blessings. From meeting new people and experiencing new things. And I've actually got a craving for that. I'm not going to be auditioning for the Amazing Race or anything, but I definitely want a break from the ordinary. At least a little bit. :)

I stumbled upon this article today. LOVE it. If you've been around this blog anytime at all, you know I'm a big fan of goal setting. You'll also know that for all my hopes and dreams....I'm not great at the follow through. I think this article really gets to my issue. I try to bite off WAY more than I can chew. As absurd as this sounds, the idea of setting small goals is not that appealing to me. Of course, the idea of failing is even less appealing. So I'm really excited to try this approach to my goals. I'm trying to keep that in mind as I plan my March Goals (which I'll share tomorrow). Hopefully this will make a big difference!

Happy Leap Day!

10/9/15

WHAT I'M READING




I set a goal to read 60 books this year. I set that particular goal...hoping I would at least read 52...which has been my goal the last several years. I've always missed by a book or two. Something tells me that this year won't be much different. I'm currently 18 books behind schedule.

Despite a several month lull in reading earlier this year, I have been busy here lately. I thought I would do a little run down of what I've read lately.

IT WAS ME ALL ALONG by Andie Mitchell. I was pretty excited to read this as I have followed Andie's blog for several years. Unfortunately, it was not what I expected. It's definitely a memoir...but I thought it would be more about how she lost. I feel like her blog is more informative on that particular subject. Her book is more focused on her family and early life. Andie is beautiful and a great writer, but honestly, her book is kind of depressing.

THE GOOD GIRLS by Sara Shepard. I love YA books and Sara is one of my favorites. I think you definitely know what your are getting when you read her books. They all follow a very similar formula....so if you love her books...you'll love her books. If you are bored with that format...maybe don't read her news stuff. Ha. This series (this is just the 2nd book in the series) is VERY similar to Pretty Little Liars. But, I love it.

IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME by Beth Harbison. Love Beth's books. This one is pretty good...not my favorite...maybe only because I feel like this topic (going back to high school) is kind of overplayed. BUT...I did enjoy it (save for the sad parts that hit too close to home).

THE BEST OF ENEMIES by Jen Lancaster. I love love love Jen. I feel like I have said that numerous times on this blog. BUT....I've also said that I prefer her memoirs. I wanted to love it as much as I love her. And even though it started kind slow, I did end up enjoying it. Still prefer her memoirs over her fiction though. Womp Womp.

I REGRET NOTHING by Jen Lancaster. A memoir! I laugh and laugh and laugh. I wish she would just write a diary and let me read it. I feel pretty confident I would love it. Ha. I really did enjoy this book. Had me wanting to learn Italian and ride a bike all over Italy.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins. So, I kept seeing this in the store. I kept seeing people talk about how it was the new Gone Girl. And I loved Gone Girl....so I finally picked it up. I see the similarity. It's very dark. And depressing. And you don't feel good at the end. But, I still sort o enjoyed it. I guess it's just not really my type of book. But, I'm glad I read it. I'm definitely a follower. Ha.

FRICTION by Sandra Brown. LOVE Sandra Brown. LOVE. She is from my hometown. And I just adore her. Her writing is just plain good. I'm always immediately wrapped up in the story. I usually read her books in a day because I can not put them down. Friction was no different. I wanted to zip through it to find out what happened but I also wanted to read it slowly so I could savor it. So good.

IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? (AND OTHER CONCERNS) by Mindy Kaling. I know this book is kind of old. But, I was browsing the digital copies available on my library account (there is rarely anything good available for immediate reading) and this was there. I love memoirs...and I think she is hilarious...so why not?! It was cute. Written in more of an essay/ random thoughts type format. Which is fine. Anyway, it was cute, and now I want to read her new book. If you love her (and haven't read this yet)...go go go!!

Okay...sot that's the last 8 books I've read. I'm currently reading a few other books...and I'm REALLY hoping to hit my goal this year. So, if you need me, I'll be reading.


10/6/15

CAPTAIN QUIT

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Obviously, I've abandoned my big plans for the write 31 days challenge. Though I am EXTREMELY good at making plans and not finishing them....I actually hate doing it. BUT...I was just biting of more than I could chew with that particular challenge. By the third day, I was actually dreading trying to come up with a blog post. And, that's really the opposite of why I blog. It's supposed to be fun, right?!

Anyway...so even though I'm quitting that particular challenge,  I am still going to push myself to blog some more this month. Maybe even a couple of "wear this room" type posts....because I do find them fun....when I'm in the mood. Ha.

Other than that....not a whole lot going on around here. I'm currently watching PLL on Netflix and trying to get motivated to do all the chores I did not do this weekend.

Going to my weigh in tonight....praying for another loss!!!