August 2015 Review

August was crazy busy and full of transitions! My nest is a little roomier as I sent a kiddo off to college. And I started training for a new position. I’m surprised at how much energy those two changes took!

New York Skyline web1 – Test passed, only 5 left to earn my CPCU and a trip to Hawaii!

1 – Book read; my friend Tamara Passey’s The Christmas Tree Keeper.

2 – Cub Scout meetings, sadly they were my last.

3 – Kiddos attended an 80’s Murder Mystery party.

4 – Days in New York City with some of my favorite people.

10 – Sit ups, a weak effort.

15 – Projects completed, four of them were even fun.

16 – Photos on Instagram.

23 – Days of the 30 Butt Lift Challenge. A stupid cough kept me down!

24 – Cupcakes, I made as a farewell for my Scouts.Butterscotch cupcakes

38 – States visited the blog, including the District of Columbia

39 – Countries visited Just Wanna Be Me

110 – Flutter Abs

125 – Bicycle Abs

165 – Crunches

312 – Bridges

368 – Heel Kicks

449 – Fire Hydrants

517 – Just Wanna Be Me page views

551 – Pointed Butt Lifts

711 – Squats

42,055 – Pinterest viewers

I’m not sure how I gained weight this August with all that exercising, but I’m ready to finish kicking these respiratory issues and get back on track! Please share your accomplishments from last month and this month’s goals!

Top Just Wanna Be Me Posts

  1. Honesty Pack Meeting
  2. Pizza Nachos
  3. Book Theme Party Decorations
  4. Let Your Light Shine FHE
  5. July 2015 Review


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July 2015 Review

July KneadersJuly 2015 is in the books and I am so glad I wasn’t moving this year (unlike the previous 2 Julys). Not only did I not move, but I continue to get more settled and have added a little more character to my home – bicycle wheel and all!

1 – Blogger event at Kneaders. There was delicious food with all kinds of interesting things to look at and socializing. In addition to some of my favorite things, we had a kitchen tour.

1 – New software, yay Scrivener! I did get my book transferred over, but I’m still learning all the cool things it can do.

1.6 – Pounds lost in July, almost as much as I gained in June.

2 – Kinds of muffins for Sunday breakfasts; Blueberry and Chocolate.

3 – The number of treats I made this month; Salted Caramel Brownies, Brownies, Hot Chocolate Cookies. My kids and my co-workers loved them.

3 – I finished 3 books! It took me a couple of months to finish my commercial insurance book (AINS 23). And significantly longer to finish The Corner of Bitter and Sweet and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. (Add links)

July Dinosaurs

5 – People around the table at Ted’s Hot Dogs.

11 – Projects completed, a little cleaning, a little decorating and quite a bit of reading.

30 – Day Thigh Slimming Challenge

38 – States visited the blog.

41 – Photos posted on Instagram.

54.15 – Percentage of Just Wanna Be Me visitors are men!

100 – Plastic dinosaurs hidden around my house. When we find one, we hide it again for someone else to find.

150 – Crunches, baby steps.

205 – Number of visits from Russia, beating out USA. What’s going on there?

464 – Inner Thigh Pulses

512 – Side Leg Lifts

551 – Side Lunges

633 – Just Wanna Be Me pageviews

712 – Leg Swings

751 – Plie Squats

762 – Words added to my book.

25884 – Pinterest views

As you can see by some of the last numbers, I did pretty good sticking to the 30 day leg challenge.This month I focusing on my bootie and trying to sneak more ab work too. August holds some other excitement other loving my body back into shape, but I’ll tell you about that in a few short weeks. Please share your July highlights or August goals!

Top Pinterest Posts

1. Slow Cooker Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

2. Chicken in a Creamy Parmesan Sauce

3. Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

4. Cheddar Potato Balls

5. Tuscan Chicken Skillet

Top Blog Posts

1. Pizza Nachos

2. Book Theme Party Decorations

3. Culture of Being Nice

5. June 2015 Review

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The Culture of Being Nice

How many times have I told my kids to be nice? Be nice and share your toys with Susie. Be nice and give Johnny a turn. It drives me crazy when parents act like saying please is a golden ticket that gives their kid a free ride to whatever they want. Maybe this is just more of me getting meaner, but I can’t help but wonder in hindsight if sometimes I have taken away my children’s voices all in the name of being nice.

I recently watched my daughter panic at an invitation she wanted to turn down but struggled with declining and still being nice. I know I taught her this, but in hindsight I’m not sure how avoiding is any nicer than being straight forward.Nice Beach Cake

I know she isn’t the only one who has trouble with what nice actually means. One time a lady at church was talking about a co-worker that was constantly harsh and abrasive. From the description the co-worker was toxic and should have been avoided. But the church lady decided the best way to deal with her abusive co-worker was to try harder to be friendly, and make her a cake. And most of the women in the room seemed to agree that her “Let me reward you for walking all over me” attitude was a great idea!

There is no shortage of the opposite extreme either. Strong personalities seem to smell us from a mile away. But I’m learning it’s not nice to reinforce that pushing and manipulating is acceptable. Even when we’re interacting with moderate personalities, our hesitation and beating around the bush can be hard to interpret. Is the hesitation because I have other plans, or don’t like Chinese food, or am not interested in spending time with the person who offered the invitation? Or maybe, I just need a little encouragement.

I’ve also noticed that when I’m talking to someone who is obviously being nice or encouraging, I catch myself wondering if their compliments are sincere or if they have some ulterior motive. It’s like I’ve spent so much time putting a positive spin on everything to be nice, that I wonder if the tables have turned and I’m on the receiving end.

I absolutely believe that when sharing my feelings it’s vital to do so with kindness, tact and sensitivity. However, honestly is equally important to be honest for the greater good of the relationship. Additionally, it’s important to be sensitive to the other person’s needs and wants, to be aware of their body language and strive to truly understand them. When I’m authentic, it creates a safe environment of trust.

I’ve had years of building bad habits that will take time to break. But I’m working to be content with who I am, and then maybe I can help others to do the same. What are your best tools to find a balance between being nice and being honest?

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June 2015 Review

I’m so glad life settled down in June! There was still plenty going on and I got overwhelmed a few times but overall things were manageable. I’m looking forward to the routine of school, but I do enjoy not having to get kids up and out the door on time. I just wish I could spend more time being lazy or playing with them!Raejean Glasses

1 – Bicycle wheel on my wall, the first step of our family mission statement display

2 – New lenses again – I had to have them remade since I’m poly-carbonite sensitive

2.2 – Pounds gained. Darn it!

3 – Treats made: Hot Chocolate Cookies, French Toast Cupcakes and (a brand new to us recipe) Salted Caramel Brownies

4 – Days at a writing retreat; I may have overestimated the snack to hiking ratio and gained most of my weight that weekend

7 – Social events, there were parties, retreat and dinners with friends

9 – Projects completed in June, and only a few of them were writing related

June 2015 Instagram32 – Instagram pix posted in June

37 – Countries that visited Just Wanna Be Me in June, Brazil was #2 after the USA

459 – Page views, my Summer Goals for Kids was the most popular

1626 – Russian twists, I lost a half inch in my waist, but gained it on my hips

3886 – Words added to my book, yay retreat!

With 2015 half over, I looked back over my New Year’s Goals. I’ve completed or am on track for six of my ten goals; I completed my Associate in Claims, went to a writing conference and I start training for my promotion tomorrow. Thanks to the writing retreat, I exceeded my writing goal of 5000 words to my book and I still have six months left! I have been very diligent about tracking my food and exercise and have blogged at least once a month (barely, but I’m still hanging in there). The rest of my goals seem pretty far out of reach but they help me track my growth and fine tune what is truly important in my life.

How’s your progress with your resolutions or goals at the half way point of 2015?

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