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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.
Pounds gained, overtime and extra holiday busyness aren’t good for my workout routine.
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.
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- Book Theme Party
- Celebrating Thanksgiving Just for Me
- Pizza Nachos
- Prophets & Brownies FHE
- 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.
September 2015 was the hardest and saddest month I’ve had in a long time! I knew I’d have a hard time with my daughter going to college but it was still more than I bargained for with the empty house. In addition to the time alone, I’m trying to learn what brings me peace now that I don’t spend so much of my life taking care of my children. But that is another post for a future date. On a more cheerful note, here’s a review of last month’s accomplishments from September.
.2 – Pounds gained, it’s a good thing I started working out the last couple of weeks
1 – Birthday card made, I haven’t done that in a while
2.5 – Hours cruising Canyon Lake with my honey
10 – Mini signs on the bicycle wheel on my wall
16 – Pictures on Instagram
18 – Projects finished in September
32 – Construction paper spiders on my kitchen wall to celebrate Halloween
$100 – Gift card to Kneaders that I won!
445 – Just Wanna Be Me pageviews
49,987 – Pinterest views
Top Just Wanna Be Me Posts for September
July 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 – 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)
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.
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!
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1. Pizza Nachos
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!
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!
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
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?