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2015 in the Books

2015 in the booksEvery 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.

  1. Completed my Associate in Claims in February.
  2. Went to the ANWA Writer’s Conference.
  3. 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.
  4. 2015 in the booksPosted to my blog monthly. Not only did I post every month, I published 22 blog post. That’s almost double my goal!
  5. My goal was to read 18 books, but I finished my 19th book on New Year’s Eve.
  6. 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.
  7. In August I started a new position as a total loss claim associate.

Unfortunately that leaves three goals unmet.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Friday Favorites: November 16

There’s only six days until Thanksgiving! I’m still working on taking down the Halloween decorations and I’m not sure I’ll get the scarecrows and other Thanksgiving ones up. Fortunately no decorations are needed to share this weeks favorites!gift favorites

  • I spent an afternoon with some cute girls cruising the mall and hitting the movies. Now that I’m finally thinking about Christmas gifts, I guess I should actually start shopping.
  • We saw The Odd Life of Timothy Green (I know, we’re behind on movies). It was sweet, but sad.
  • Time to stock on baking supplies. There were some amazing deals earlier in the week.
  • We laughed til we cried at the local high school improv comedy show. I don’t remember anything that cool when I was in high school. Jesterz look out!

I know you’re dying to hear my favorites from some of my favorite blogs too!

  • I’ve been wanting to host a cookie exchange for a couple of years. Chef in Training’s Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies would be an awesome cookie to swap.
  • I’m in some serious motivation to work on my 2011 scrapbook; I have almost 60 pages to finish and my goal was the end of the month! Maybe Creating Keepsakes November / December sketches will inspire me.
  • Part of the Thanksgiving decorations that haven’t been put up is our annual Gratitude Garland. Maybe I’ll skip it and try Somewhat Simple’s Giving Tree instead.

Please share your favorites in a comment. I love to hear what’s on your mind!

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Friday Favorites: June 15

The kids are out of school and the weather’s confirming that summer is in full swing with temperatures approaching 110! So how does a typical Arizona family have fun in the boiling heat? I don’t know about everyone else but here’s a few of our favorites of the week.

  • A trip to Flagstaff – we explored Sunset Crater, Lowell Observatory and the Riordan Mansion.
  • ANWA meeting – it’s always good to get my creativity and enthusiasm recharged.
  • Arizona Science Center – I was surprised there were already some changes since the last time we went, good ones of coarse.

So maybe we do more to escape the heat instead of having fun in it. Hanging out in the air conditioning, I found these online favorites.

So what are your summer favorites?

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Slices of May

Was it just me or did May swoosh by for anyone else. There was so much going on I had a harder than usual time keeping up! Here’s how it sliced!

1 – Associate Degree for me! This has been a goal I’ve worked on for over two decades (yes, I’m slow)! It is definitely a part of this year’s word – Nurture.

2 – Recipes added to Real Food for Real People; one of them was even mine!

3.2 – Pounds lost!

4 – Books read, including Queen of Attolia, King of Attolia, Daughters of Jared and The Lost Conspiracy.

7 – Article written for The Homemaking Cottage and Arizona Mama, including my latest the Angry Birds Party.

9 – Flavors of cheesecake sampled from The Cheesecake Factory. What an excellent girls night out!

11 – Scrapbook layouts finished.

15Projects complete. I’ve never met the original goal, but 15 is good for me!

16 – Blog posts.

42 – Names added to my Personal Ancestral File.

624 – Page views.

I’d love to hear how your May sliced up!

 

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