Monday, January 1, 2018

18 Goals for 2018

It's the most wonderful day of the year! I love the beginning of January for all the newness and freshness and wonderfulness of it. Something about a brand new year with so much potential always motivates me and inspires me. So on that note, I'm going to share my 2018 goals with you all! Although seriously, this whole as many goals as what year it is thing, not going to keep working for me for much longer. I think I'll have to rethink things when I hit 2020. But until then, enjoy my goals for this upcoming year.

1. Put $2,000 extra on the mortgage
2. Put 15% of my income into retirement savings
3. Read 15 books
4. Donate my hair again
5. Do some front yard landscaping
6. Eat dinner at the table together at least 8 times a month
7. Run my 7th 5k
8. Go away for our 10th anniversary
9. Take a yoga class
10. Invite a different family/couple over for dinner at least once a month
11. Replace sun room
12. Complete the Couch to 5k program (FOR REAL GUYS)
13. Visit the Grand Canyon
14. Knit myself a pair of socks
15. Replace cleaners and personal hygiene items with greener options
16. Organize and run the second annual Rejuvenate Retreat
17. Have a vegetable garden
18. Repair my ring from my mom

Let's see how I do this year! Maybe for once I will actually complete 100% of them? That may be wishful thinking but you never know. 2018 could be a year full of surprises.

If you have made any goals, feel free to share them in the comments. We can keep each other accountable throughout the year.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

17 Goals for 2017 - Progress Report #4

Maybe this blog will just be for sharing goals now. Or maybe I'll get around to posting more in 2018. Who knows what the future holds, but for now I still enjoy sharing my goals with you all and being able to keep track of how I'm doing. So I will continue to do so!

2017 turned out to be a pretty good year in the goal department and I'm proud of how I did!

1. Read 12 books Done! Joining a book club definitely helped this year, although my goal was pretty small as it is.
2. Renovate basement It's done!!! We still need to do some serious cleaning/organizing/purging but the renos are officially done on the interior of the house. Woot woot!
3. Run my fifth 5k Done! And I ran the whole thing! Time was 38:47. I actually also ran another one in September and my time was 35:28. Go me!
4. Set up a nursery No nursery because no baby. I just coudn't handle having a set up nursery so instead I have made the room into my workout room. Maybe I'll share pics once it's done being set up.
5. Blog at least twice a month Not at all! I did well the first 6 months and then seriously fell off the wagon on this one.
6. Take a pottery class with Dan Done!
7. Visit the ocean I went in July and it was amazing! I need to go to the ocean more.
8. Go on a weekend camping trip We got out in August and the weather couldn't have been better.
9. Clear backyard and bring in fill This one finally got done in November and it's looking good back there! I can't wait for some grass and a garden next summer.
10. Make a budget We are rocking this one by having a monthly budget for the last 4 months and actually sticking to it!
11. Go on a date once a month with Dan I can't remember specific dates but I'm pretty sure we did something at least once a month so I'm calling it done.
12. Buy new windows for the basement Windows are done and are beautiful!
13. Start a couples infertility support group Done!
14. Colour more often Work sort of got in the way.
15. Start organizing photos on the computer Not one photograph was organized.
16. Attend a dance workshop Attended one the end of March. Read more about it here.
17. Do bookkeeping at least once a month Mission accomplished.

Go me! I actually completed 13/17 goals this year, which is like 76%. 

For the fun of it, let's look back at some previous years goals and my success rates:
12 Goals for 2012 - 58% complete
13 Goals for 2013 - 85% complete
14 Goals for 2014 - 86% complete
15 Goals for 2015 - 67% complete
16 Goals for 2016 - 50% complete

If you really want a good chuckle, click on the links for each year and see how my goal making skills have improved. 

How did you guys do with your goals? I love hearing from you, even if you don't hear from me much!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

17 Goals for 2017 - Progress Report #3

So want to know how much I suck? I haven't written one single post since my last goals update. That means, in exactly three months, nothing has been posted to my poor neglected blog. I'm pretty sure that's a record for me. I won't make you any promises for how the next three months will go, but hopefully I'll be able to get one ore two posts up before my final goal update at the end of December. Sorry to my readers, if I have any left. 

Now on to my goals, I think I'm doing okay. 

1. Read 12 books Done! Joining a book club definitely helped this year, although my goal was pretty small as it is.
2. Renovate basement It's so close! I'm still aiming to be done all the interior renovations by the end of November (our 2 year anniversary of living in the house) and then after that I should be able to post lots of updated house pictures.
3. Run my fifth 5k Done! And I ran the whole thing! Time was 38:47. I actually also ran another one in September and my time was 35:28. Go me!
4. Set up a nursery So the room is getting emptier, but I'm not sure if my heart can take a set up nursery with no baby. So this might not happen...
5. Blog at least twice a month Haha! This one went out the window!
6. Take a pottery class with Dan Done! We had so much fun and I will be blogging about it soon
7. Visit the ocean I went in July and it was amazing! I need to go to the ocean more.
8. Go on a weekend camping trip We got out in August and the weather couldn't have been better.
9. Clear backyard and bring in fill It looks like a wild jungle out there. Seriously, thistles taller than me and giant holes with crazy amounts of greenery. Eek! Hopefully soon though....
10. Make a budget We are starting this up again and are doing well so far. We're even hosting and leading Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University course.
11. Go on a date once a month with Dan I'm going to say we're still rocking this one, even though our dates aren't overly exciting. Dancing last night though, that was fun!
12. Buy new windows for the basement I'm crossing this off my list because we have ordered them and paid for them, so it totally counts. And they'll be installed before the end of the year.
13. Start a couples infertility support group Done!
14. Colour more often Oh.... I haven't coloured in ages.
15. Start organizing photos on the computer This may have been a lofty goal. Although if I wasn't working full time, I'd for sure be able to spend more time organizing myself.
16. Attend a dance workshop Attended one the end of March. Read more about it here.
17. Do bookkeeping at least once a month Keeping up with this one! Woohoo!

I'm really impressed with how many things I was able to cross off over the last few months and am excited about the fact I will be able to cross off at least four more things by the end of the year! Not too shabby at all!

So there you have it, my goal update and "I'm still alive" blog post all wrapped up into one. Is anyone still reading my blog? Comment if you are!

Friday, June 30, 2017

17 Goals for 2017 - Progress Report #2

The year is half over already! Which means it's time for me to share how I'm doing with my goals.

1. Read 12 books I'm at 11! I joined a book club, which is totally helping with my goal.
2. Renovate basement It's looking good guys! Oh so good.
3. Run my fifth 5k Done! And I ran the whole thing! Time was 38:47
4. Set up a nursery Still working on emptying the room.
5. Blog at least twice a month Barely. This month I sort of cheated.
6. Take a pottery class with Dan Done! We had so much fun and I will be blogging about it soon
7. Visit the ocean I'll be there in 3 weeks!
8. Go on a weekend camping trip We plan to do a mini one this weekend but are planning a bigger one for August.
9. Clear backyard and bring in fill It still looks like a woodlot. The trees are down, but the stumps are still there.
10. Make a budget Kind of fell off the wagon with this one. But I'm crossing it off because I never specified monthly.
11. Go on a date once a month with Dan Still doing good!
12. Buy new windows for the basement Next step, get quotes.
13. Start a couples infertility support group Done!
14. Colour more often Haven't coloured much since I started my new job.
15. Start organizing photos on the computer So super daunting...
16. Attend a dance workshop Attended one the end of March. Read more about it here.
17. Do bookkeeping at least once a month Rocking this one so far.

Only five have been completed so far, but a few more will be crossed off in the next few weeks. So go me!

How is everyone else doing with there goals? Share an update in the comments!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Random Thursday Post

Basically, I'm writing this post because I've been super silent on here for the last month and partly because I need two posts for the month of June in order to keep up with my yearly goals. Yup, I'm cheating a little.

But I am going to share some pictures, so you shouldn't be too mad at me. I planned on doing a whole bathroom reveal post but I don't have time for that right now. Maybe in the next few weeks?

1. This is my newest favourite chocolate treat. So good. And since it's organic, I pretend it's healthy.


2. I saw this snack hack on Facebook and thought I would try it. Use an old applesauce container to put peanut butter in and have a handy little snack on the go, all kept together in one jar. I've been taking it to work and feeling very cool indeed.


3. I got my haircut recently (just a trim) and felt so cute afterwards. But since I wasn't actually going anywhere I thought I would take a few selfies at home. I love hairdresser hair.


4. We are looking at getting a sectional for the basement and this is the one I currently have my eye on. I haven't actually gone and sat on it yet, but I like the look of it and it has a pull out couch!


5. We signed up for a vegetable CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) this year and I picked up our first basket on Tuesday. SO EXCITING! Seriously, it totally was the highlight of my week.


And there you have it, a quick little post to share some fun pictures and sneak in at the end of the month to keep fulfilling my goals. Sneaky sneaky me.





Wednesday, May 24, 2017

For My Babies: My Fifth 5K

This post is a little late (3 weeks to be exact) but I wanted to document it on here before too much time passed and I completely forgot. Like what happened with last years run. I did actually run a 5k last summer, it just didn't get blogged about. Oh well.

For the past five years, I have run a 5k each summer. Although maybe I should be more specific and say that I've "participated" in a 5k every summer but only ever actually fully ran one. That's right, the other three were a mix of running and walking. In my defense though, one of those years I was pretty exhausted from 4am wake ups and daily blood draws, since we were in the middle of a fertility treatment cycle. If you want to read more about my previous runs, check out my first 5k, my second 5k or my third 5k. Once again, I slacked on writing about my fourth.

This year I didn't have as much time to train, because the run was scheduled for April 30th and I'm not a winter runner. At all. I'm a good weather runner and even that is hit and miss. But I did start trying to train in February, on half decent days of milder weather and not too icy roads. I also started the Couch to 5k running challenge again, because I'm a sucker for it. This is the seventh time I've started it and have yet to ever finish it. Gosh I suck. Anyways, I ran a total of seven times before running the actual 5k, which is a super low number. Especially since those "runs" were mostly walking with some slow jogging thrown in. But I really wanted to participate in this run, because it was to raise awareness for a cause that I am very passionate about: infertility, pregnancy loss and infant loss. I couldn't just not run in it.


I ran for our five babies that we lost to early miscarriage, Casey, Jaimie, Dustin, Daylin and Quinn and for some amazing reason, I actually had the strength and stamina to run the entire thing. Yup, I slowly jogged an entire 5km with barely any training and I didn't die.


Dan decided he was going to walk the 5k with me but gave himself a head start so that I could catch up with him and then we could walk the rest of the way together. He left 10 minutes before the run was supposed to start, which would have been perfect timing. Except the run started 20 minutes late and I didn't catch up to him until after the kilometre four marker. And by that point, I figured I may as well keep going!

I completed the 4k in 38:47 which was way better than I expected. Heck, I didn't expect to run the whole thing at all. By the time I got to the end, I was completely exhausted and chilled. It was a whopping 4 degrees Celsius and rainy, so the air was damp and cold.


I got a medal for being awesome. Okay, everyone got a medal but I'm super proud of mine. I am so proud of myself for running and like I said, the cause is near and dear to my heart. It was such a powerful event, seeing everyone there for a similar reason. So many people have been touched by loss.

I also had a booth set up for my support group, Dreams of Lullabies. We didn't have many people stop by, but I blame that on the weather. It was wonderful being a part of the event though and maybe someone will hear about our group and get the support they've been looking for.


All in all, it was a wonderful day and I'm so glad I participated. And now I get to cross another item off my goal list!

Monday, May 22, 2017

4th Annual Pinterest Party!

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that every spring I host a Pinterest party and it's a ton of fun. This year was no different, a bunch of ladies got together to eat good food and craft and great fun was had by all! Seriously though, this is a super fun event and I think everyone should have parties like this at least once a year. I'm so glad that I decided to start this tradition back in 2014. If you want to read about previous years, you can click here to read about the first one, the second one didn't get a blog post and the third one was documented here.

If you're new to the blog, you may be wondering what a Pinterest party is. There are many ways to execute one, but how I choose to do one is like this. Invite a ton of women, ask everyone to bring a dessert or appetizer that they found the recipe for on Pinterest and then I purchase supplies to make a craft that I found on Pinterest. I've also been asking people to bring a small monetary donation to go towards craft supplies, so that I don't break the bank hosting the party.


We always have way too much food but it is all so delicious and we stuff ourselves with as much of it as we can. Because seriously, the food is the main draw of the event.



I had options for crafts this year, mainly due to some stuff I already had on hand and because I like to let people choose what they make. Options included painting flower pots, decorating mini bulletin boards, colouring, or embroidering hearts onto cards (leftovers from last years party).



One thing I really appreciated from this year was that my house was much more in shape than last year and I actually knew where my craft supplies were! Hooray for progress with home renovations!


There were 10 of us ladies, which was the perfect number to fit around our kitchen table. I had invited around 45 women and kind of hoped not everyone could make it, since fitting them all in my house would have been tricky. Ten was a good number.


The finished products were awesome and I loved to see everyone's different takes on a similar craft. Creative minds and all!







So there you have it, my fourth annual Pinterest party was a success! Until next year!

Has anyone else ever hosted a Pinterest party? Or a craft party? Or something similar? I'd love to hear your experiences.