2017 Goals and My Word of the Year

This year, I’m planning to simplify my goals a bit and only concentrate on a few for our home. Instead, I’m going to focus on a word this year. In years’ past, I’ve definitely had a major, overarching goal that could have been summed up by one word. For example, last year would have been school or MBA. But I’ve never publicly shared that word — until now!

My Word of the Year

This is going to be my year of WORK. I’ve finished my master’s degree, and it’s time to crush it professionally. This means I plan to work extra hard this year to make myself indispensable to my company. I work remotely, and I absolutely love my job. I want to make sure this year they know just how important they are to me. After having a career with some serious ups and downs, I feel like I’ve finally found a workplace to call home. Working from home sweetens the deal!

I also purchased a small business at the end of 2016. I know, Crazy! I haven’t decided how much to share about this new business venture here on the blog, but I’m sure there might be some crossover at some point. For now, let me just summarize a bit: I purchased a consignment event business from a person who started it from the ground up. This meant I purchased all of the equipment as well as the intellectual property. I have a business partner, and I really love knowing I can lean on her. She’s definitely part of my tribe. However, my business partner and I definitely have our work cut out for us. We’re changing the business name, creating a new website, implementing new banking and tax procedures, and moving the consignment sale events to a new town all while learning how to run a business.

Additionally, I’m setting a goal for myself to blog a minimum of 18 times this year. This means I must post at least once a month. I would really like to find a blogging rhythm this year. I have plenty of post ideas to share!

House Goals

  1. Add deck skirting to the front porch.
  2. Paint the last door in our house black.
  3. Tile the kitchen backsplash. (Check out some of the options I’ve been considering here.)
  4. Work on the overall curb appeal of our home.

It’s definitely going to be a busy year, but I’m really excited for what’s ahead!

2016 End-Of-Year Goal Check In

Back in January, I made a list of goals for the year ahead. Then, I checked in again in June to see if I had made any progress and also to see if I need to make any adjustments to my goals for the remainder of the year. Now that the year is over, it’s time to see if I accomplished the goals I set for myself back in January.

House Goals

I hope to accomplish much around the house this year. There’s a slight chance we will need to consider moving after I complete graduate school, so as much as I do not enjoy the thought of moving again I would like to be prepared as much as possible. Also, it’s much easier to coordinate home improvements while I’m working from home, which also may change after I have that diploma in hand. June update: we are no longer considering moving. My future job situation is still very much TBD. December update: We will NOT be moving, and my job situation is looking good. 

The Blue House at BetweenWeekdays.com

  • Finish painting all of the doors black throughout our home. There’s only three left! December update: there’s only one door left! The weather got too cold to paint this last door. Overall, though, I’m very pleased with this progress!
  • Complete the kitchen cabinets. After months of working with a contractor, we are on schedule to complete the kitchen cabinets in the next few weeks. June update: thankfully this never-ending task is DONE. 
  • Tile kitchen backsplash. June update: this should probably move to 2017…possibly 2018. December update: I’ve begun ordering tile samples! Curious about what I’m considering? Check out my Pinterest board!
  • Replace dining room table. We’ve ordered a custom dining set, and we’re just waiting for it to be delivered.
  • Continue to steadily reduce clutter. June: steadily making progress. December: I actually just finished going through ALL of Travis’ clothes this week. I’m continually making steady progress reducing clutter.
  • Update the guest bathroomDecember update: Throughout the course of the year, this became a very low priority.
  • Continue the master bedroom closet makeover. June update: see the finished space here!
  • Stain the front porch and deck. June update: we’ve stripped the old stain from the porch! December update: The front porch is stained! We’re considering several different options for the back deck including remodeling and hiring out staining. 
  • Add risers to front porch stairs and skirting below the porch. December update: we added risers but ran out of time to add the deck skirting. Hopefully, we can cross this task off in the spring.
  • Continue making improvements to the outside of our home. In 2015, we repaired our fence and began working in the landscaping. This year I hope to accomplish a few more items to continue adding curb appeal to our blue houseDecember update: we’re getting there! I’d like to make a big push in 2017 to work on the outside of our home.
  • June update: finish my new sitting room. Details to come. 😉 December update: I just sold off the previous furniture that occupied this room, and I hope to have a completed space soon! However, I’m already enjoying spending much of my spare time in this room. I can’t wait to blog about it!
  • June update: take some new photos of the outside of our blue house. The one above is very old. December update: as soon as the front porch is finished, I’ll be sure to take loads of pictures of the front of our house!

Personal

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  • Graduate from my graduate program. I am on track to complete courses at the end of the summer and to graduate in December with my MBA. June update: I have five weeks left of classes, a field test, and an exit survey separating me from my MBA. December: I’m finished! I graduated at the beginning of this month Summa Cume Laude. The only picture we took was a Snapchat selfie in the car after graduation. #photofail
  • Celebrate our 30th birthdays. We will both turn 30 in May this year.
  • Complete two Advocare 21 day challenges. June update: I’m down 15 pounds and feeling fabulous. Message me if you’re interested in learning more about Advocare. I plan to complete two more challenges this year.  
  • Blog one time per month. June update: so far, so good! I very nearly forgot to blog in May, though. December update: Poor July didn’t have a single post. 
  • Apply for adjunct professor positions. There’s a new program in our home state of Tennessee that provides a scholarship for high school seniors for two years of free tuition at community and technical colleges. It’s a wonderful program, and I’m hoping the influx of students will create more adjunct professor positions in our area. December update: still searching!

And that’s it! This year is really going to be about focusing on schoolwork for me. I may update these goals a bit as the year progresses, but as of right now, my focus is on continuing my education. June: at this point, I’m almost singularly focused on completing grad school. 

December update: It has been quite a year!

Grad School Survival Kit

I recently completed coursework for my master’s degree. During the last year and a half, I’ve been exhausted, overworked, and pushed to my breaking point, but I have proven to myself time and time again that I am far more capable than I give myself credit.

Along the way, I’ve relied on a few simple things to keep me motivated and productive. Since school is back in session for so many this month, it seemed like a good idea to share the products that helped me through my accelerated master’s program.

First up on my list is AdvoCare Spark Energy. Last fall, I relied on coffee to give me the extra boost of energy I needed in the morning. However, I crashed HARD every single afternoon, and I was gaining weight from the tasty additions (flavored creamers, sugar, etc.) to my morning brew. With Spark, I have lost weight while receiving not only a morning boost but also mental clarity that lasts all day long. I can’t imagine starting my day any other way now. Plus the flavors are absolutely delicious.

The next item on my list is tiny but crucial to my ability to focus: bobby pins. (These are my favorite!) I have spent countless hours at my desk every single day for the past year and a half hunched over textbooks, and bobby pins ensure I can focus on the task at hand by keeping my hair out of the way. It’s a simple thing, but it makes a big difference.

A good planner. It’s been said time and time again that one simply cannot be organized without some type of planner, whether digital or paper based. In my world, if I don’t write an engagement down, it doesn’t exist. I’ve used a leather Day-Timer planner with monthly and weekly calendars for the past two years, and I love it. On each week, I insert a to-do list for all of the assignments I must complete each week. The entire thing zips up so it’s professional enough when I need to travel for meetings, etc. Plus, the entire thing is customizable to my preferences. I can also stuff quite a few extras inside it (calculator, pens, notes, business cards, etc.)

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Lots and lots of paper. As an MBA student, I find myself constantly scribbling formulas and notes. I really like larger notebooks with dividers as well as project planners for individual assignments. The larger notebooks were especially handy for the math required in my accounting and finance classes, while I preferred the project planners for the individual projects required for each class as well as work meetings and projects.

I also discovered that I definitely have a preference when it comes to highlighters as gel highlighters are so much better than their marker counterpoints. I prefer the Sharpie brand of highlighters. Gel highlighters are mess free, and honestly, they’re just more fun to use.

Felt pens are also one of my favorite office supplies at the moment. I liked to use different colors for different classes when taking notes or filling out my planner. I also liked to coordinate my pen colors to my highlighter colors for study sessions. Having that visual representation in color really helped me when studying and preparing for the week ahead. (Felt pens are also good for taking mental health breaks to color  in adult coloring books!)

Tabs make it easy for me to reference my textbooks for important information. I adore the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Tabs for several reasons:

  1. They’re large enough for me to write on.
  2. They’re pretty.
  3. The tabs remove easily when I’m done with the subject and it’s time to return my textbook.

I certainly am glad to not be heading back to the (virtual) classroom this semester, but I do hope some of these products may be beneficial to others who are. I still have one academic requirement left to complete before I can don a cap and gown again to earn my MBA this December, but, in the meantime, I’m glad to return to a slower pace for a few weeks and hopefully resume blogging on a more regular schedule soon.

2016 Goal Check In

Back in January, I made a list of goals for the year ahead. Since the year is halfway over, I thought it might be a good idea to check in to see if I’ve made any progress and also to see if I need to make any adjustments to my goals for the remainder of the year.

House Goals

I hope to accomplish much around the house this year. There’s a slight chance we will need to consider moving after I complete graduate school, so as much as I do not enjoy the thought of moving again I would like to be prepared as much as possible. Also, it’s much easier to coordinate home improvements while I’m working from home, which also may change after I have that diploma in hand. June update: we are no longer considering moving. My future job situation is still very much TBD.

The Blue House at BetweenWeekdays.com

  • Finish painting all of the doors black throughout our home. There’s only three left!
  • Complete the kitchen cabinets. After months of working with a contractor, we are on schedule to complete the kitchen cabinets in the next few weeks. June update: thankfully this never-ending task is DONE. 
  • Tile kitchen backsplash. June update: this should probably move to 2017…possibly 2018.
  • Replace dining room table. We’ve ordered a custom dining set, and we’re just waiting for it to be delivered.
  • Continue to steadily reduce clutter. June: steadily making progress.
  • Update the guest bathroom.
  • Continue the master bedroom closet makeover. June update: see the finished space here!
  • Stain the front porch and deck. June update: we’ve stripped the old stain from the porch!
  • Add risers to front porch stairs and skirting below the porch.
  • Continue making improvements to the outside of our home. In 2015, we repaired our fence and began working in the landscaping. This year I hope to accomplish a few more items to continue adding curb appeal to our blue house.
  • June update: finish my new sitting room. Details to come. 😉 
  • June update: take some new photos of the outside of our blue house. The one above is very old. 

In addition to this list, there are several other home-related tasks we will consider adding depending on what our long-term plans look like in a few months.

Personal

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  • Graduate from my graduate program. I am on track to complete courses at the end of the summer and to graduate in December with my MBA. June update: I have five weeks left of classes, a field test, and an exit survey separating me from my MBA. 
  • Celebrate our 30th birthdays. We will both turn 30 in May this year.
  • Complete two Advocare 21 day challenges. June update: I’m down 15 pounds and feeling fabulous. Message me if you’re interested in learning more about Advocare. I plan to complete two more challenges this year.  
  • Blog one time per month. June update: so far, so good! I very nearly forgot to blog in May, though.
  • Apply for adjunct professor positions. There’s a new program in our home state of Tennessee that provides a scholarship for high school seniors for two years of free tuition at community and technical colleges. It’s a wonderful program, and I’m hoping the influx of students will create more adjunct professor positions in our area.

And that’s it! This year is really going to be about focusing on schoolwork for me. I may update these goals a bit as the year progresses, but as of right now, my focus is on continuing my education. June: at this point, I’m almost singularly focused on completing grad school. 

2016 Goals

Happy 2016! Last year was a strange one for me, but I still managed to accomplish many of the goals I set. Here’s hoping I can do the same this year.

House Goals

I hope to accomplish much around the house this year. There’s a slight chance we will need to consider moving after I complete graduate school, so as much as I do not enjoy the thought of moving again I would like to be prepared as much as possible. Also, it’s much easier to coordinate home improvements while I’m working from home, which also may change after I have that diploma in hand.

The Blue House at BetweenWeekdays.com

  • Finish painting all of the doors black throughout our home. There’s only three left!
  • Complete the kitchen cabinets. After months of working with a contractor, we are on schedule to complete the kitchen cabinets in the next few weeks.
  • Tile kitchen backsplash.
  • Replace dining room table. We’ve ordered a custom dining set, and we’re just waiting for it to be delivered.
  • Continue to steadily reduce clutter.
  • Update the guest bathroom.
  • Continue the master bedroom closet makeover.
  • Stain the front porch and deck.
  • Add risers to front porch stairs and skirting below the porch.
  • Continue making improvements to the outside of our home. In 2015, we repaired our fence and began working in the landscaping. This year I hope to accomplish a few more items to continue adding curb appeal to our blue house.

In addition to this list, there are several other home-related tasks we will consider adding depending on what our long-term plans look like in a few months.

Personal

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  • Graduate from my graduate program. I am on track to complete courses at the end of the summer and to graduate in December with my MBA.
  • Celebrate our 30th birthdays. We will both turn 30 in May this year.
  • Complete two Advocare 21 day challenges.
  • Blog one time per month.
  • Apply for adjunct professor positions. There’s a new program in our home state of Tennessee that provides a scholarship for high school seniors for two years of free tuition at community and technical colleges. It’s a wonderful program, and I’m hoping the influx of students will create more adjunct professor positions in our area.

And that’s it! This year is really going to be about focusing on schoolwork for me. I may update these goals a bit as the year progresses, but as of right now, my focus is on continuing my education.

End of Year Goal Check In

Did you have a fabulous Christmas holiday? We sure did. Today, I’m checking back in on the goals I set for 2015 back in January and updated in June (see pink below). I experienced some major life changes this year, but I kept many of these goals throughout the year. See my updates below in purple.

Health and Fitness

  1. Continue seeing a chiropractor for migraines/headaches. This is actually a habit I started in 2014. Seeing a chiropractor has already greatly helped my headaches, and I’m hopeful it will continue helping. June update: I’ve continued to see my chiropractor, though not as regularly as before since he’s in another town. However, my headaches are still continuing to improve. I will continue these visits throughout the year. December update: I continued seeing my chiropractor throughout the year, and my migraines are finally under control. Although, a night guard made by my dentist this summer seemed to be the real turning point in migraine control.
  2. Drink more water and less sugary beverages. I’ve begun implementing this, and all I can say is, “I want a Coke. Now.” June update: I completely gave up drinking Coke! I do still have the occasional Dr. Pepper, but I’m definitely drinking more water. December update: my grad school schedule led be back to the sugary dark side. I’m currently drinking Dr. Pepper fairly regularly. However, I’m still drinking more water than I was at the start of this year.
  3. Exercise at least 3 times/week. I joined a gym a few weeks ago, and I’ve been going 3 times a week. I would like to incorporate more exercise into my weekends, though. Plus, there’s a Friday Zumba class I’d like to try! June update: This goal went out the window as soon as I lost my job. The gym membership just didn’t seem as important. I do try to take walks as often as the weather will allow, though. December update: We purchased bicycles in the fall, but the start of grad school was the final nail in the fitness coffin. 
  4. Lose 20 pounds. This won’t be fun. June update: Of course there’s been no progress here since I cancelled my gym membership. Maybe next year? December update: I lost 7 pounds on what I like to call the managerial accounting diet. 
  5. Eat balanced meals. I have two big problems: I don’t eat enough protein, and I really like sweets. June update: Since I’m at home now, I’ve made huge improvements in this area. Plus, we don’t eat out nearly as much as before. When I was working outside of my home, I would eat lunch out at least three times a week and dinner out at least four times. Now we eat at home. Check! December update: Check!

2015 Goal Setting at BetweenWeekdays.com

Personal

  1. Read one book a month. No, not a book where I learn something; a book simply for enjoyment. June update: Do textbooks count? No. Oh well. December update: I continued to add to my list of read textbooks. 
  2. Watch less TV. Except for the Big Bang Theory and Downton Abbey, of course. June update: I’ve improved, but we’re having a major love affair with Netflix this summer. December update:  Grad school was a big help inspiring me to watch less TV. However, over the Christmas break, we’ve binged on Netflix. I feel no shame. 
  3. Blog one time per month. I think I can manage 12 blog posts this year. June update: Check! I’ve exceeded this goal. December update: Check! I managed to blog at least one time each month this year. 
  4. Go outside more. Hello sunshine! June update: Check! I have a hammock on my wish list that will further help with this goal. 😉 December update: Check! I purchased that hammock and even managed to study outside some this fall. 

Financial

  1. Pay off the loan on our truck. We only have 2.6 payments left! June update: This is done! Having the truck paid off is a tremendous financial blessing. December update: Because of this, I’ve been able to pay extra each month on another loan, and we’re on track to have it paid off a full year early!
  2. Begin contributing to a 401K. I’m so excited to finally be eligible to contribute to my company’s 401K program. June update: Well, this didn’t happen. Sad face. December update: No updates. 
  3. Finish saving money for our bathroom renovation. We’re very nearly there! In fact, plans are already in the works. June update: Not only did we finish saving the funds (hello severance package!), we’ve also almost completely finished the bathroom makeover! Read more about it hereherehereherehereherehereherehere, and hereDecember update: I’m so glad we were able to tackle this renovation this year! The severance package I received from being laid off earlier this year went a long way towards helping us reach this goal. 

House

  1. Renovate the master bathroom. Finally! June update: This is basically done! We’ve made a lot of progress since the last photo was taken. December update: Our bathroom still lacks some finishing details (crown molding on cabinets, etc.), but this renovation has completely changed how we function in that space. I love it. 
    Master Bathroom Tile is Done at BetweenWeekdays.com
  2. Finish painting the kitchen cabinets. Finally! June update: It’s too hot to start now. We will have to wait until fall. December update: We hired a contractor back in September to finish this job, however we’ve had a terrible experience. Long story short: our cabinets still aren’t finished. 
  3. Finish painting the doors. Finally! June update: We have two interior and two exterior doors left to paint. Woo hoo! December update: I managed to paint one more door, so we will head into 2016 with only three doors left to paint. 
  4. Reduce clutter. Steadily. June update: Check! I’ll continue to purge throughout the year, but we’ve already participated in 3 yard sales where we made about $500 total. Plus I’ve taken loads of clothes to consignment and sold to Twice (my favorite!) and ThredUP. (Clicking either of those links will earn you and me a $10 credit!) There’s just not much left to purge at this point. Hooray! December update: I’ve continued reducing clutter, and I’m extremely happy with the process. I made an additional $350 from a fall consignment sale. I hope to participate in the same sale next spring. 

Here’s to 2016! Cheers!

2015 Goals Update

Since it’s already June, I felt like it would be a good time to check in on the goals I set for 2015 back in January. I think I’ve made some pretty good progress, but the loss of my job threw me for a major loop and caused me to rethink some of my goals.

Health and Fitness

  1. Continue seeing a chiropractor for migraines/headaches. This is actually a habit I started in 2014. Seeing a chiropractor has already greatly helped my headaches, and I’m hopeful it will continue helping. I’ve continued to see my chiropractor, though not as regularly as before since he’s in another town. However, my headaches are still continuing to improve. I will continue these visits throughout the year. 
  2. Drink more water and less sugary beverages. I’ve begun implementing this, and all I can say is, “I want a Coke. Now.” I completely gave up drinking Coke! I do still have the occasional Dr. Pepper, but I’m definitely drinking more water. 
  3. Exercise at least 3 times/week. I joined a gym a few weeks ago, and I’ve been going 3 times a week. I would like to incorporate more exercise into my weekends, though. Plus, there’s a Friday Zumba class I’d like to try! This goal went out the window as soon as I lost my job. The gym membership just didn’t seem as important. I do try to take walks as often as the weather will allow, though. 
  4. Lose 20 pounds. This won’t be fun. Of course there’s been no progress here since I cancelled my gym membership. Maybe next year?
  5. Eat balanced meals. I have two big problems: I don’t eat enough protein, and I really like sweets. Since I’m at home now, I’ve made huge improvements in this area. Plus, we don’t eat out nearly as much as before. When I was working outside of my home, I would eat lunch out at least three times a week and dinner out at least four times. Now we eat at home. Check!

2015 Goal Setting at BetweenWeekdays.com

Personal

  1. Read one book a month. No, not a book where I learn something; a book simply for enjoyment. Do textbooks count? No. Oh well. 
  2. Watch less TV. Except for the Big Bang Theory and Downton Abbey, of course. I’ve improved, but we’re having a major love affair with Netflix this summer. 
  3. Blog one time per month. I think I can manage 12 blog posts this year. Check! I’ve exceeded this goal. 
  4. Go outside more. Hello sunshine! Check! I have a hammock on my wish list that will further help with this goal. 😉

Financial

  1. Pay off the loan on our truck. We only have 2.6 payments left! This is done! Having the truck paid off is a tremendous financial blessing. 
  2. Begin contributing to a 401K. I’m so excited to finally be eligible to contribute to my company’s 401K program. Well, this didn’t happen. Sad face. 
  3. Finish saving money for our bathroom renovation. We’re very nearly there! In fact, plans are already in the works. Not only did we finish saving the funds (hello severance package!), we’ve also almost completely finished the bathroom makeover! Read more about it here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.         

House

  1. Renovate the master bathroom. Finally! This is basically done! We’ve made a lot of progress since the last photo was taken.
    Master Bathroom Tile is Done at BetweenWeekdays.com
  2. Finish painting the kitchen cabinets. Finally! It’s too hot to start now. We will have to wait until fall. 
  3. Finish painting the doors. Finally! We have two interior and two exterior doors left to paint. Woo hoo!
  4. Reduce clutter. Steadily. Check! I’ll continue to purge throughout the year, but we’ve already participated in 3 yard sales where we made about $500 total. Plus I’ve taken loads of clothes to consignment and sold to Twice (my favorite!) and ThredUP. (Clicking either of those links will earn you and me a $10 credit!) There’s just not much left to purge at this point. Hooray!

I’m pleased with my progress this year, especially considering the huge life changes that hit me upside the head. However, I’m pleased to report that my professional life is looking up. It’s still too early to set any professional goals for myself, but I’m happy with the direction I’m headed.

Here’s to the rest of 2015!

 

Top 10 Most Pinned Posts

We are having a dreary, rainy day here in Tennessee, so naturally I’ve been wasting time on Pinterest. During a search for a housewarming gift, a project of mine popped up (See number 9 below)! This exciting find led me on a hunt to find my post popular posts on Pinterest.

1. Three Easy Kabob Recipes

Grilled Chicken Pineapple Kabobs at BetweenWeekdays.com

2. How to Can Spaghetti Sauce (Recipe Included!)

How to Can Spaghetti Sauce from BetweenWeekdays.com

3. Red Front Door

Red Front Door at BetweenWeekdays.com

4. Crafting a Hot Pink and Zebra Baby Shower Corsage

DIY Corsage at BetweenWeekdays.com

5. My Favorite Taco Seasoning Spice Blend

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6. Pinterest-Inspired Baby Shower Projects

Pinterest inspired baby shower projects at BetweenWeekdays.com

7. How to Make a Tutu Wreath

How to make a Tutu Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

8. DIY Paint Chip Art

DIY Paint Chip Art from BetweenWeekdays.com

9. DIY Keepsake Art

DIY Keepsake Art at BetweenWeekdays.com

10. How to Make a Clothespin Photo Wreath for the Laundry Room

DIY Clothespin Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

Honorable Mention:

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe at BetweenWeekdays.com

Goal Setting in 2015

I’ve been thinking about goals quite a bit recently. I learned last year that smaller goals are more attainable than larger goals. For instance, I began taking a multivitamin, developed a skin care routine, and worked hard to receive a promotion in 2014. So, that has me thinking; what do I want to accomplish this year? What good habits can I add to last year’s building blocks to make me a better, more well-rounded individual? Here’s my list:

Health and Fitness

  1. Continue seeing a chiropractor for migraines/headaches. This is actually a habit I started in 2014. Seeing a chiropractor has already greatly helped my headaches, and I’m hopeful it will continue helping.
  2. Drink more water and less sugary beverages. I’ve begun implementing this, and all I can say is, “I want a Coke. Now.”
  3. Exercise at least 3 times/week. I joined a gym a few weeks ago, and I’ve been going 3 times a week. I would like to incorporate more exercise into my weekends, though. Plus, there’s a Friday Zumba class I’d like to try!
  4. Lose 20 pounds. This won’t be fun.
  5. Eat balanced meals. I have two big problems: I don’t eat enough protein, and I really like sweets.

2015 Goal Setting at BetweenWeekdays.com

Personal

  1. Read one book a month. No, not a book where I learn something; a book simply for enjoyment. 
  2. Watch less TV. Except for the Big Bang Theory and Downton Abbey, of course.
  3. Blog one time per month. I think I can manage 12 blog posts this year.
  4. Go outside more. Hello sunshine!

Financial

  1. Pay off the loan on our truck. We only have 2.6 payments left!
  2. Begin contributing to a 401K. I’m so excited to finally be eligible to contribute to my company’s 401K program.
  3. Finish saving money for our bathroom renovation. We’re very nearly there! In fact, plans are already in the works.

House

  1. Renovate the master bathroom. Finally!
  2. Finish painting the kitchen cabinets. Finally!
  3. Finish painting the doors. Finally!
  4. Reduce clutter. Steadily.

2015 Goal Setting at BetweenWeekdays.com

I know the above seems like a lot, but I’ve already implemented most. Plus, I have all year to work on it! What are your goals for 2015?

Happy Halloween & An Update

Happy Halloween, friends! Is everyone excited about trick or treating tonight? We won’t be home to hand out candy this year, but we have some other fun things planned; more on that in a moment!

I thought it might be a good idea to check in here on the blog with a little life/project/blog update. This isn’t the type of post I normally write, but now that I’m working again you’ll probably see more on-the-fly posts just like this one. So, let’s dive into what we’ve been up to lately!

The Blog

I know blog posts have been much slower lately, but I do have some things in the works! For instance, I’ve been painting in my spare time. Want a sneak peek?

Primed Storage Building at BetweenWeekdays.com

Last weekend, we got our storage building patched and primed. We’re hoping to paint it this weekend, and I can cross that project off the list! I’ll be sure to share the deets here on the blog. Doesn’t the building look creepy all white?

I’ll also be decorating for the holidays next month. I’m so looking forward to pulling out all of our Christmas bins since we didn’t get to decorate last year since we were in between houses. I love the Christmas season, and I can’t wait to enjoy it in our blue house! I’m sure I’ll be sharing lots of holiday posts in the upcoming months.

I’m so grateful to my friend Becky who has recently been sharing some travel-related posts with all of you. She knew I was having a hard time adjusting to working outside of my house, and she graciously wrote a couple of posts for all of you. She’s a star, plus she has some pretty awesome travel tips. Look for more from her soon!

While I can’t promise daily posts, I can promise to post more during the next couple of months! We still haven’t even finished the house tour yet.

Project Updates

Lately, there hasn’t much crafting going on around here. I go through phases with crafting, and lately I’m just not feeling inspired. However! I do have two craft projects on the docket! In fact, I’m looking at the supplies for one of them as I type.

I’ll be sure to share those projects and any others I might tackle.

Life

I knew that taking a job outside of my home would change things for me, but I never expected to actually enjoy what I do. I love my job, which is something I never thought I’d be able to say. I only work part time, which allows me a lot of freedom, but lately I find myself going into the office on my off days quite often.

So, what do I do exactly? I’m a social media specialist, which is pretty much as fun as it sounds. I handle social media accounts for everything from a national financial business to a pawn shop to a group of Clydesdales to a Halloween goblin. Each week is different, and I can be as creative as I want with some of the brands. For instance, here’s what this week looked like:

  • Monday: We had a charity luncheon, and then I had several meetings. I spent most of the morning poking people on Facebook as the Halloween goblin.
  • Tuesday: I spent most of the day at the horse stables shooting pictures and videos for their social media campaigns. (See my fancy work camera? I’m trying to convince Travis we need to purchase one for personal use, aka BetweenWeekdays.com!)
    Horses at BetweenWeekdays.com
  • Wednesday: I took some photos at a car lot and then clocked out just after lunch. Yep, I have a car lot as a client, too.
  • Thursday: Tonight I’ll go to a local Halloween block party where I’ll be live tweeting/posting for all of the brands I represent.
  • Friday: I’ll take some pictures at the bakery, wrap up a few first-of-the-month things in the office and head home by lunch (hopefully). Yep, I do social media for a bakery, too!

See why I love my job? Oh, and I get to blog!

Other than working, life has been pretty sweet lately. This is my most favorite time of year. I’ve had fun unpacking my sweaters, picking apples and logging lots of cuddle time on the couch with my husband and sweet furbabies.

Speaking of furbabies, today is Winter’s first birthday. Happy Birthday Winter Jane! Mama loves you! For more furbaby love, check me out on Instagram.

Happy Birthday Winter Cat at BetweenWeekdays.com

So, there you go! That’s what I’ve been up to these days. I’m sorry if there hasn’t been as much blog posting, but just because there’s less on the blog doesn’t mean that there’s less in my life. In fact, it’s just the opposite; and I’m loving every minute of it!

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