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June 2016 in the Books

June Retreat

Writing retreat inspiration

Now that June 2016 is done,  I’m trying to figure out why I wasn’t more productive last month. After I took I my last CPCU test last month, I thought I would have all this free time since I’m not studying. Here’s what I did manage to accomplish.

1 – Book read, a different educational book – Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach, now to finish the homework.

1.4 – Pounds gained in June.

2 – Blog posts, including my first recipe in a while.

3 – Days at a writing retreat, a wildfire moved it from the mountains to the valley. I missed my pine trees, but it worked out good due to other family events.

4 – Friends enjoying a beach theme dinner. I’m exited to share the photos and projects!

June Newsies12 – Social events. There was shopping, dancing, dining, a photography meetup and even a trip to the theater.

17Workouts this month. I met or exceeded my goal, but didn’t do as many as other months.

18 – Projects completed. There were boring house cleaning projects, creative projects and chasing my dreams projects.

19 – Photos on Instagram in June

861 – Just Wanna Be Me page views

2940 – Words added to a couple of different projects.

5214 Pinterest average daily impressions.

One of my favorite things about these monthly posts is it helps me keep things in perspective. Even though I didn’t feel like I was utilizing my time as well as when I was studying, when I list out my month I see that I am still working toward other goals. Now that the year is half way over, it’s great check my progression. I’ve completed three of my goals and am on track for the all but two. We don’t need to discuss I haven’t even started on those two. But even if we do go there, the year is only half way over so there is still time!

Top Posts of June 2016

  1. Book Theme Party
  2. Humilty Family Home Evening
  3. Working Together Family Home Evening
  4. Spiritual Thoughts Family Home Evening
  5. Pizza NachosSummer Goals

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May 2016 in the Books

May 2016 is in the books and it was a crazy month full of tests! My last CPCU test, and the kids had AP tests and finals. Here’s to remembering how to relax this summer.May Trunk Makeover

-.2 – Pounds  in May

2 – Blog posts, including my first attempt at a makeover of a piece of furniture

1 – Book read, but it was a for fun book – The Secret Lives of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

May gifts3 – Pieces of new luggage and succulents, thanks to my thoughtful kiddos

7 – Social events, there were some serious celebrating this month

9 – Friends at a celebration dinner at Abuelos

15 – Projects completed, including a couple of steps to some new blog projects in the works

24 – Workouts this month

32 – Photos on Instagram in MayMay Minion

582 – Just Wanna Be Me page views

117,397 – Pinterest impressions

Now that May is the books, it’s on to June with all of it’s adventures and challenges. I’m plugging along on my goals for 2016, how about you?

Top Posts of May 2016

  1. Book Theme Party
  2. Humilty Family Home Evening
  3. Spiritual Thoughts Family Home Evening
  4. Pizza Nachos
  5. Summer Goals
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April 2016 in the Books


April CPCU

Another month down, and April 2016 is in the books. I’m approaching my last big test to complete my CPCU, an insurance designation, and I’m pretty overwhelmed. After my test, I’ll catch up on all those things that are building up while I’ve been studying.

-.2 – Pounds lost in April. My first weight loss this year.

2 – Blog posts, including my heartfelt Leaving Motherhood post.

3 – Books read. including my last CPCU book!

12 – Social events, I was sure a social butterfly last month! There was a couple of girl’s nights out and a couple more where we let boys come too, there was family dinners and even a birthday for a cute little boy.

April Party14 – Projects completed, including finishing my taxes and I helped my daughter with her’s too. I’m so glad tax season is over.

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

38 – Photos on Instagram in April.

1301 – Words added to my new project. I’m not doing good at finishing a project, but right now I need to work on whatever story is in my heart.

1044 – Just Wanna Be Me page views, more than twice as many as last month!

64,650 Pinterest views.

Last month was crazy. Crazy busy. There were some good days, and some really bad days. But life keeps rolling along. Every day is a new opportunity to learn, grow and move forward. Here’s to another month to discover and explore.

Top Posts of April 2016

  1. Book Theme Party
  2. Humilty Family Home Evening
  3. Leaving Motherhood
  4. Summer Goals
  5. Raingutter Regatta
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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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