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February Review

Remember at the beginning of the year when we set some goals? This February I was still plugging away at mine. How about you?
1 – Pound lost. Here’s to not finding it!February dessert
1 – Fancy date at Orange Sky
1 – Insurance designation completed
2 – Days of the American Night Writers Association writing conference
4 – Belly dancing classes
4 – Bags of chocolate to share with my kiddos for Valentine’s Day
5 – Projects completed, but they were good ones
10 – Countries visited Easy as PIE, well not the whole country but you know what I mean
18 – Holes of miniature golf
25 – Pictures posted on Instagram
593 – Words my new writing project
601 – Easy as PIE page views

Whether your February was filled with progression your New Year’s resolutions or other fun stuff, I’d love to hear about your month.

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Living in my Head

Writing Conference NotesI came home last weekend from my writer’s conference on an incredible high. I used some of that energy to finished writing my book that I was muddling through for the last year (or at least came to a good stopping point for now).

Monday, I was still bounding with excitement and started working on a new writing project after work.

Tuesday was a hard day on the phones at work, then Cub Scouts started a few minutes after I got home. I was worried about losing that pep in my step so quickly after my awesome weekend. But when everything settled down, I spent a few minutes working on the opening scene to my new book. My mind kept working on the scene while I slept and I added to it when I got up the next morning. My workout suffered, but I was excited about my day again!

Sometimes I think I spend too much time in my own head, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Maybe I need to be more intentional and escape into my imagination as a way to escape the mundane. This could be a tool to balance my mood when I’m feeling discouraged or overwhelmed; a way to stay connected to my goals and dreams.

So now to put my theory to the test and experiment with spending more time living in my head, which sounds like a lot more fun than a lot of the other tests I’ve been taking lately! How do you escape reality?

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New Year, New Goals

The New Year is goal time and I don’t mean football. Before we get too far into 2015, I wanted to take this time to reflect on my progress on last years goals. I start each year recording my top 10 memories of the previous year and setting 10 goals for the new year.

Of last year’s goals, I completed five. I finished a couple of specific books. I attended a conference. I doubled my target of adding 2000 words to my book. Not only did I finish one class for my insurance designation, but I finished four of the five.Books

The other half of my goals, I didn’t quite achieve. I wanted to finish the first edit of my short story, but I didn’t even it touch it last year. Another goal was to lose weight, instead I gained weight. I made some progress on the others. I read half of a specific book, I worked on my scrapbook a little bit (and I do mean a tiny bit) and I read 14 of my 24 book goal.

It would be very easy to look at these unmet goals as failures, but I’m choosing to think about why I didn’t achieve those goals. I haven’t worked on my short story because I’m not ready to relive some of the memories the story triggers. I realized a couple of the goals aren’t as important to me right now. My lifestyle isn’t conducive to reading 24 books, so I scaled that goal back. And I didn’t have a plan to make the weight-loss goal become a reality.

June scaleI took my “failures” into consideration as I set this year’s goals. While I want to push myself, I also want to keep my goals achievable. This year’s goals include:

  • Finish my AIC insurance designation
  • Go to a writing conference
  • Add 5000 words to my book
  • Blog monthly (maybe weekly if I can get back into the swing)
  • Read 18 books
  • Complete digital scrapbooks for 2011 -2014
  • Lose 10 pounds
  • Log in food journal 5x a week
  • Get a promotion
  • Exercise/play with the kids weekly

I’m hoping this is the balance I’m looking for between focusing my goals on what’s important to me while remaining attainable. I’d love to hear your goals for the year. We could support and encourage throughout the year.

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November & December Sliced

I keep getting more and more behind with this whole blogging thing, now I’m slicing November and December in the middle of January! But I’m glad to review the last too months regardless. Maybe this year I can come up with a schedule I can make happen.

November

.6 – Pounds gained

Rolls sliced

These rolls don’t need a long time to rise!

1 – Book read, Crossed by Ally Condie

29 – Countries visited

48 – Rolls made for Thanksgiving, I thought I’d grab a shower while I let the rolls rise. As you can see that wasn’t the best idea.

49 – States visited

687 – Words added to book

1512 – Page views on Easy As PIE

December

0 – Words added to my book, I did Christmas instead

2 – Books read, yeah a big finish

2.8 – Pounds gained

12 – Months sliced

20 – Countries visited

25 – Projects completed

46 – States visited

48 – More rolls for Christmas. I had more than I needed for dinner, so I asked my kids if they minded if I shared some of the extra rolls with my team members at work. One of kiddos said, “No, we can eat 30 rolls.”

587 – Pages views

Now that I’ve survived December and have a year of months sliced under my belt for 2013, I’m trying to wrap my head around the New Year. I’m still wrestling with setting my goals for this year so I can move forward and successfully slice another year’s worth of months.

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