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March 2016 in the Books

With the end of March, 2016 is a quarter of the way through. I had to pull out my 2016 goals and check my progress. I’m well on my way to 7 of my goals, 2 are a little questionable and 1 I missed but I’m hoping to compensate in another way.

0 – Look Mom, no cavities! I’m not sure she cares as much now that she’s not paying for my dental expenses, but it’s still nice to hear every six months.

March 2016 craft1 – Pound gained in March. I’m really tired of this gaining thing, but I’m glad I slowed down from the last couple of months. I started making myself do 10 seconds of plank for every .1 pound I gained everyday. Assuming that strategy helped me not gain as much weight, I’m upping the anti this month. There are signs of hope so far in April.

1 – Blog post. This is the 2016 goal I missed, at least 2 posts per month. But I’ve posted 8 times so far this year (not counting this one), so that averages to more than 2 posts a month. I need to take it where I can get it.

2 – Books read, including The Good Wife Strikes Back by Elizabeth Buchan.

3 – God’s eyes, we had a throwback to my childhood craft day.

4 – Hours of fun at Main Event, I was brave and tried the ropes coarse! Which was so terrifying one little girl was clinging to the ropes crying, while her family stood on solid ground 20 feet below pressuring her to cross these wobbly ropes. After my son and I coaxed her across through her tears, I had to do it too.

March 2016 Candy8 – Social events, two of the events didn’t completely revolve around food. Of the ones that did revolve around food, one was at an old favorite and another was a new to me.

9 – Projects completed, including everyone’s favorite – taxes.

12 – Different kinds of candy brought by the Easter Bunny.

25 – Workouts this month, one of my goals I’m doing well on.

31 – Photos on Instagram

311 – Words added to my book.

446 – Just Wanna Be Me page views, mostly from Russia.

45310 – Pinterest views.

Top Posts of March 2016

  1. Book Theme Party
  2. Sense of Self
  3. Beatitudes Family Home Evening
  4. Native American Blue and Gold
  5. Palm Sunday Family Home Evening
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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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