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February 2016 in the Books

February 2016 was longer than most Februarys, so it’s taking me an extra long time to sum it up. Or I got overwhelmed with test preparations. Either way, it’s in the books so let’s get it wrapped up!

1 – Book read, I enjoyed a second Brene Brown book

2 – Social events, one of which was a delicious dinner at Abuelo’s with a few friends from work

2.2 – Pounds gained, can I blame it on too much studying? I did come up with a new strategy. I’ll let you know next month how it worked

3 – Blog posts

February 2016 Muffins4 – New recipes tried, my favorite was the Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

16 – Projects completed, including apply to go back to college for my Bachelor’s degree and  a makeover for my coffee table

21 – Photos on Instagram

41 – Sealed with a Kiss Muffins baked, and I love how the photo turned out

92 – Words added to my book

100 – Reasons why I love my sweetie from the Dating Divas

391 – Just Wanna Be Me page views

37815 – Pinterest views

Top Posts of February 2016

  1. Native American Blue and Gold
  2. Beatitudes Family Home Evening
  3. Book Theme Party
  4. Pizza Nachos
  5. Simple Blue and Gold

There you have it, and March isn’t even over yet! How did the shortest month of the year go for you? Let me know in the comments, on Facebook, or Twitter.

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Sense of Self

Sense of selfI’ve shared on my blog my challenge adjusting to my kiddos getting older and “leaving the nest” and reconnecting to my sense of self. I know it is the way life progresses. I know it’s a good thing I raised them to be independent and responsible; I am proud of their successes. I wouldn’t want anything less for them. Despite all the upsides, I know I’m not the first woman to struggle with the transition.

I recently finished reading I Thought It Was Just Me by Brene Brown and found a quote that clicked my feelings into place. She is actually quoting another book called The Healing Connection by Jean Baker Miller and Irene Stiver, “…women’s sense of self and of worth is most often grounded in the ability to make and maintain relationships.”

For 25 years, the concept of who I am has been centered on my children. I will always be their mother and have a connection with them, it’s no longer a daily connection. Despite the fact that my idea of successful parenting is kids who move out and manage their own lives, I still feel like the ground beneath me is shifting. I have a hard time holding onto my identity independent of being a mom.

It’s interesting how having the words to describe my feelings helps me feel more in control. Understanding the why behind my feelings gives me control. I suddenly have the urge to flashback to my childhood and start singing “Knowledge is power”!

As the book’s title suggests, lacking the understanding is isolating. By being part of the conversation, even if it’s a one-sided conversation through a book, we build connection to others who have similar experiences. These connections help us reach out to others who have been through or are going through similar experiences.

Brene mentions several times that we are wired for connection. We need to know we’re normal. We need to know who we can turn to help us cope with life’s challenges. And when we get to the other side, helping others can give us meaning and perspective.

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January 2016 in the Books

January 2016I feel so behind since I just shared my 2016 goals and February is more than half over. Before any more of the month slips away, I better get it in the books. Valentine’s Day is over, so now I need to look forward to the next holiday. St. Patrick’s Day?

2.2 – Pounds gained, grrr….

3 – Books read, including Angels of Morgan Hill by Donna VanLiere

3 – Social events: comedy, night hiking and a girls night out

4 – Blog posts

January 2016 Comedy8 – Family members to Jesterz

14.5 hours of inventory for Performance Bearing

15 – Homemade biscuits, only some of which did we cover with chocolate gravy

19 – Projects completed, including getting the Christmas decorations packed away in the middle of the month

25 – Workouts in January 2016

35 – Books donated to Changing Hands Bookstore

37 – Photos on Instagram

38 – States that visited Just Wanna Be Me

January 2016 Flower196 – Photos taken on a solo photography hike around Veterans Oasis Park, I’m going to enter one in a photo contest

618 – Just Wanna Be Me page views

1532 – Average daily Pinterest views in January

Top Blog Posts in January 2016

  1. Lehi’s Dream Family Home Evening
  2. Book Theme Party
  3. Pizza Nachos
  4. Native American Blue and Gold
  5. December 2015 in the Books

January has been a great start to 2016. I hope it has been for you as well. Please share in your January 2016 accomplishments in the comments.

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2016 Goals

2016 Goal settingI know we are well past the time of New Year’s Resolutions, but I tend to be a goal-oriented girl anyway. My 2016 goals took me a couple of weeks to narrow down. I know 10 goals can be a lot as it is, but I try to keep them obtainable – that’s why I limit myself to 10. I could set realistic goals like eat chocolate every day, but I set goals that are realistic and also keep me motivated. Without any further ado, here’s my list.

  1. Complete my CPCU insurance designation. I have two test left and I’m on track to finish in May. Meeting this goal comes with its own special reward – the awards ceremony is in Hawaii!
  2. Attend a writing retreat. By meeting the goal above, I’ll be in Hawaii when I would normally be attending my favorite writer’s conference. So that makes attending a writing retreat a must, and I already have the time off from work.
  3. Add 6000 words to my latest book project. I anticipate most of the progress of this goal to be reached while I’m at the above mentioned writing retreat. Although, I did get a 126 word start on it in January.
  4. Blog two times per month.
  5. Read 20 books. That’s only one more than I read last year, so I think I can do it.
  6. Scrapbook 2015, I’m finally going digital. I used Snapfish to make a scrapbook for a gift that turned out great.
  7. Promote to a new position – or at least try real hard!
  8. Work out three times per week.
  9. Start working on my Bachelor’s degree.
  10. A Monthly Random Act of Kindness.

So there they are, my 2016 goals. I’m happy to say that as of a week into February, I’m still on track with all of them. As much as I like eating chocolate, it’s probably a good thing I didn’t add that as a goal, because I think I actually missed a couple of days already!

I’d love to see your goals! Maybe we could help motivate each other by sharing our journey. Here’s to an amazing 2016!

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