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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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2015 in the Books

2015 in the booksEvery New Year I list my top ten memories or accomplishments from the out going year and set 10 goals for the incoming year. Before I do that I like to look at the lists from the previous year. Of my 10 goals I set for 2015, I completed 7 of them. I even exceeded a few.

  1. Completed my Associate in Claims in February.
  2. Went to the ANWA Writer’s Conference.
  3. Added 7001 words to my book, even though my goal was only 5000. I was working on another book at the beginning of the year, but I got bogged down in the story. I had another story tickling my brain but I kept pushing it off because I had to finish what I started. I’m not a quitter you know! At writer’s conference I realized how much I have learned about writing since I started writing that first book. And I gave myself permission to take it to a good stopping point and come back to it later. The excitement of starting a new project (and a 4 day writing retreat) propelled me past my goal by the end of June.
  4. 2015 in the booksPosted to my blog monthly. Not only did I post every month, I published 22 blog post. That’s almost double my goal!
  5. My goal was to read 18 books, but I finished my 19th book on New Year’s Eve.
  6. I did awesome at tracking my food intake on My Fitness Pal! My goal was 5 days a week, but I tracked it almost every day last year.
  7. In August I started a new position as a total loss claim associate.

Unfortunately that leaves three goals unmet.

  1. One was hard to keep track of and harder to obtain, to exercise or play a game with the kids. Some weeks their are only with me a couple of school nights and life was too busy to have time to play. There were also a few times they spent the entire week with their dad. My intention was to set time to have fun together. It doesn’t seem like it should be that hard, but then there’s life.
  2. I decided to start scrapbooking digitally and print the books on Snapfish. My goal was to catch up on the last four years, I actually finished zero.
  3. My final failed goal was to lose 10 pounds, but I gained weight last year instead.

There’s no use in beating myself up for the missed goals. I can learn from them just as much as I can from the goals I met. I continue to learn to fine tune them and focus in on what’s most important to me. I still working on not trying to do more than I can, but continue to push myself to improve.

So as you look back to 2015, what were your accomplishments and lessons learned? As we share, we can all get a broader perspective and support each other.

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December 2015 in the Books

December 2015 is history. As usual, I’m always a little sad to see December end after all the anticipation and build up of the season. I’m trying to get excited about Valentine’s Day so I have something new to look forward to and help motivate me to pack away the Christmas decorations. Before I get ahead of myself, let’s wrap up December.

2 – Pounds gained, overtime and extra holiday busyness aren’t good for my workout routine.

2 – Blog posts.December 2015 cards

3 – Books read, my favorite was The Paperbag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne.

4 – Social events including a Christmas Eve brunch.

6 – Projects completed, including a bar stool overhaul.

35 – Christmas cards mailed.

36 – Photos posted on Instagram.

48 – Rolls made to take to Christmas dinner. Since there was only 7 of us eating, I have a couple dozen in my freezer.

401 – Page views on Just Wanna Be Me.

114185 – Pinterest views.

Top Blog Posts

  1. Book Theme Party
  2. Celebrating Thanksgiving Just for Me
  3. Pizza Nachos
  4. Prophets & Brownies FHE
  5. I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Please share what made your Christmas magical in the comments section. I hope your New Year will be a healthy and happy one.

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Celebrating Christmas Just for Me Takeaways

With the struggles I had celebrating Thanksgiving, I was discouraged with how far I have to go to figure out how to celebrating Christmas in a way that brings me joy, instead of focusing on making them special for my children. Celebrating Christmas lights

I still watched Christmas movies, to the point that where I questioned my decision to get rid of cable. Truth be told, I broke down and subscribed to a couple of channels on Roku to get my Christmas movie fix. I listened to Christmas music on Pandora sometimes when I was home, but I just mixed it in with the other songs on my iPod. It didn’t encompass me like it has in other years. I love looking at Christmas lights, but walking around the neighborhood by myself isn’t nearly as fun.

Celebrating Christmas CardsWorking made it harder to find the time to make my own Christmas cards, so I bought some really nice ones at the thrift store this year. The only crafting I did was with my grandsons; their cute little hand prints are still sitting on my counter waiting to be painted. Buying the perfect gift for anyone was elusive. I struggled to enjoy the season and not miss the Christmases like when the kids were little.

I’m so grateful when it all came together on Christmas Eve eve when my son was excitedly making a thoughtful gift, and my girls were wrapping caramels, while I made Christmas breakfast. As we laughed and talked, a feeling of Christmas wrapped around me and I felt at peace. The feeling continued the next morning when the kiddos were happy with their gifts (even the ones I started second guessing myself) and graciously received the “practical” gifts with gratitude and appreciation.

Those moments help clarify what I want. Now to learn how to achieve those moments more consistently, even when I’m on my own. What are your secrets to feeling the spirit of Christmas?

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