October 2015 Review

Halloween bean bag tossWith October 2015 in the books, the holiday season is officially here. But before I get carried away with the festivities, let’s see how life went last month.

.4 – Pounds gained. While I was close to holding steady, I didn’t quite make it

3 – Books read, including Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. I might actually make my goal this year

5 – Beanbags made to play games with the Halloween trick-or-treaters

16 – Projects completed, including finally getting my carpets cleaned

28 – Bagel Mummy Pizzas for my work Halloween potluck

33 – Photos added to Instagram in October

142 – Words added to my bookOctober invites

439 – Just Wanna Be Me pageviews

93,513 – Pinterest views

Top Just Wanna Be Me Posts for October

  1. Thanksgiving Cub Scout Pack Meeting
  2. Pizza Nachos
  3. Book Theme Party Decorations
  4. Halloween Bat Invitations
  5. Family Home Evening Living Prophets
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Celebrating Halloween Just for Me

Halloween MummyHow do you celebrate the holidays? For the last 25 years my answers focused on my attempts to make the holidays memorable for my children. Now that they are adults and teenagers, they aren’t interested in many of the traditions of their childhood. Without the kiddos to concentrate on, I’m left me pondering what makes the holidays important to me and how to celebrate in a way that brings me joy.

It’s back to my word of the year, happiness, and figuring out what makes me happy – just for me.

I keep calling it an adjustment, but it feels like opposite extremes of the spectrum! All those years, bringing my children joy truly made me happy. The flip-side of not having them to focus on sometimes leaves a painful void. It’s hard to not take their lack of interest as a personal rejection – that I’m not important to them, rather than the activity. Realizing what I was doing to myself has helped a little. But I’m still trying to fill the gap.

With Halloween is around the corner (yikes!) and once again I’m looking for how to celebrate that feels like me.

Halloween candyWhen I was a kid Halloween was cool because you dressed up and got candy. With my kids, I stuck to the cute side of Halloween. I loved walking around the neighborhood with my kiddos, visiting the neighbors. But my favorite part was talking and laughing with my kids. Last year, my trick or treating days came to an end when my teenagers chose to hang out with their friends or had to work. I’m so glad I was able to enjoy taking them out one last time the year before, even though my neighbors gave me grief for not sending my teenage kids trick or treating on their own.

My oldest daughter loves the scary side of Halloween, with her haunted houses and zombie walks. But I’ve never been into the spooky parts. Do you know how hard it is to find Halloween activities for adults that don’t revolve around getting scared or drinking?

I bought a costume to wear to work on Friday and we’re having a potluck. I’m thinking about making Monster Munch and Mini Mummy Bagel Pizzas. I also put together a “pumpkin” decorating contest. I gave everyone a print out of a blank pumpkin for them to decorate. We’ll invite the other teams to vote for their favorite.

If I have enough energy, I’ll spend Halloween night in the driveway with festive activities for my trick-or-treaters; paper pumpkins for them to decorate, pumpkin bowling, and a bean bag toss. Maybe a few quick games of Halloween bingo or I could share some Halloween trivia.

I’m not sure if any kids will be interested in taking a break from their candy quest, but it is fun thinking of the possibilities. I think I’ll be okay on my own this Halloween.

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September 2015 Review

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.

September card-3 – The number of words added to my book (or in this case the sum total of words edited out)

.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 – Books read including Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

2.5 – Hours cruising Canyon Lake with my honey

Wheel on the wall5 – Days on antibiotics to kick a nasty case of bronchitis

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

49,987Pinterest views

Top Just Wanna Be Me Posts for September

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August 2015 Review

August was crazy busy and full of transitions! My nest is a little roomier as I sent a kiddo off to college. And I started training for a new position. I’m surprised at how much energy those two changes took!

New York Skyline web1 – Test passed, only 5 left to earn my CPCU and a trip to Hawaii!

1 – Book read; my friend Tamara Passey’s The Christmas Tree Keeper.

2 – Cub Scout meetings, sadly they were my last.

3 – Kiddos attended an 80’s Murder Mystery party.

4 – Days in New York City with some of my favorite people.

10 – Sit ups, a weak effort.

15 – Projects completed, four of them were even fun.

16 – Photos on Instagram.

23 – Days of the 30 Butt Lift Challenge. A stupid cough kept me down!

24 – Cupcakes, I made as a farewell for my Scouts.Butterscotch cupcakes

38 – States visited the blog, including the District of Columbia

39 – Countries visited Just Wanna Be Me

110 – Flutter Abs

125 – Bicycle Abs

165 – Crunches

312 – Bridges

368 – Heel Kicks

449 – Fire Hydrants

517 – Just Wanna Be Me page views

551 – Pointed Butt Lifts

711 – Squats

42,055 – Pinterest viewers

I’m not sure how I gained weight this August with all that exercising, but I’m ready to finish kicking these respiratory issues and get back on track! Please share your accomplishments from last month and this month’s goals!

Top Just Wanna Be Me Posts

  1. Honesty Pack Meeting
  2. Pizza Nachos
  3. Book Theme Party Decorations
  4. Let Your Light Shine FHE
  5. July 2015 Review

 

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June 2015 Review

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!Raejean Glasses

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!

3 – Treats made: Hot Chocolate Cookies, French Toast Cupcakes and (a brand new to us recipe) Salted Caramel Brownies

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

June 2015 Instagram32 – Instagram pix posted in June

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?

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