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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.
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
I know we are well past the time of New Year’s Resolutions, but I tend to be a goal-oriented girl anyway. My 2016 goals took me a couple of weeks to narrow down. I know 10 goals can be a lot as it is, but I try to keep them obtainable – that’s why I limit myself to 10. I could set realistic goals like eat chocolate every day, but I set goals that are realistic and also keep me motivated. Without any further ado, here’s my list.
- Complete my CPCU insurance designation. I have two test left and I’m on track to finish in May. Meeting this goal comes with its own special reward – the awards ceremony is in Hawaii!
- Attend a writing retreat. By meeting the goal above, I’ll be in Hawaii when I would normally be attending my favorite writer’s conference. So that makes attending a writing retreat a must, and I already have the time off from work.
- Add 6000 words to my latest book project. I anticipate most of the progress of this goal to be reached while I’m at the above mentioned writing retreat. Although, I did get a 126 word start on it in January.
- Blog two times per month.
- Read 20 books. That’s only one more than I read last year, so I think I can do it.
- Scrapbook 2015, I’m finally going digital. I used Snapfish to make a scrapbook for a gift that turned out great.
- Promote to a new position – or at least try real hard!
- Work out three times per week.
- Start working on my Bachelor’s degree.
- A Monthly Random Act of Kindness.
So there they are, my 2016 goals. I’m happy to say that as of a week into February, I’m still on track with all of them. As much as I like eating chocolate, it’s probably a good thing I didn’t add that as a goal, because I think I actually missed a couple of days already!
I’d love to see your goals! Maybe we could help motivate each other by sharing our journey. Here’s to an amazing 2016!
Every New Year I list my top ten memories or accomplishments from the out going year and set 10 goals for the incoming year. Before I do that I like to look at the lists from the previous year. Of my 10 goals I set for 2015, I completed 7 of them. I even exceeded a few.
- Completed my Associate in Claims in February.
- Went to the ANWA Writer’s Conference.
- Added 7001 words to my book, even though my goal was only 5000. I was working on another book at the beginning of the year, but I got bogged down in the story. I had another story tickling my brain but I kept pushing it off because I had to finish what I started. I’m not a quitter you know! At writer’s conference I realized how much I have learned about writing since I started writing that first book. And I gave myself permission to take it to a good stopping point and come back to it later. The excitement of starting a new project (and a 4 day writing retreat) propelled me past my goal by the end of June.
- Posted to my blog monthly. Not only did I post every month, I published 22 blog post. That’s almost double my goal!
- My goal was to read 18 books, but I finished my 19th book on New Year’s Eve.
- I did awesome at tracking my food intake on My Fitness Pal! My goal was 5 days a week, but I tracked it almost every day last year.
- In August I started a new position as a total loss claim associate.
Unfortunately that leaves three goals unmet.
- One was hard to keep track of and harder to obtain, to exercise or play a game with the kids. Some weeks their are only with me a couple of school nights and life was too busy to have time to play. There were also a few times they spent the entire week with their dad. My intention was to set time to have fun together. It doesn’t seem like it should be that hard, but then there’s life.
- I decided to start scrapbooking digitally and print the books on Snapfish. My goal was to catch up on the last four years, I actually finished zero.
- My final failed goal was to lose 10 pounds, but I gained weight last year instead.
There’s no use in beating myself up for the missed goals. I can learn from them just as much as I can from the goals I met. I continue to learn to fine tune them and focus in on what’s most important to me. I still working on not trying to do more than I can, but continue to push myself to improve.
So as you look back to 2015, what were your accomplishments and lessons learned? As we share, we can all get a broader perspective and support each other.
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!
1 – 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!
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
- Honesty Pack Meeting
- Pizza Nachos
- Book Theme Party Decorations
- Let Your Light Shine FHE
- July 2015 Review
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.
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.
- 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.