2017 Word & January Small Goals

Hello 2017 and World of the Internet. It has been a while! I took a long break from blogging this fall for a few reasons. The biggest being that my life seemed to be spiraling a bit and I needed to figure some stuff out. The good news is that I have done that for the most part and am now back to a place where I can write and post things again.

So since, I have not posted any small goals for a few months, I figure I’ll make this my 2017 and January goals.

First 2017! I can’t believe it is already a new year. I’m hoping for some big things this year, some of which are out of my control so we will see. I have decided to make too many specific goals/resolutions for 2017. I have chosen a word for this year though! That word is focus. I have found that recently my life has lacked focus. I have just been going through life hoping and wishing that things will happen to me. I really haven’t had a focus and it has taken a toll on me.

Here are some of the things I am going to focus on:

  • Focus on God and His plan for me
  • Focus on building my career
  • Focus on who I am as a person and not as a relation
  • Focus on my budget
  • Focus on my health
  • Focus on being joyful through everything

So now on to specific goals for January:

  1. Start Blogging Again: I have missed blogging. I never had a ton of followers, but it has been a nice outlet and I look forward to doing it again. I am going to try to post more consistently and get stuff done ahead of time (I am working on this post on Sunday to publish on Monday).
  2. Start Hockey Wednesday: This is something I have had in the works for a while, but I really want to dedicate a weekly post to hockey. I am working on a Hockey 101 series that I am hoping to start this month.
  3. Stick to Budget and Pay Off A Credit Card: This is a big one. Budgets are easy in theory, but when that cute outfit you have been wanting stares at you in the face, budgets seem to be forgotten. I do have a budget laid out and I have scheduled the last payment on one my credit cards.
  4. Cut Out Carbs: This is another big one. I have gained a lot of weight at the end of the year and it is not good for my health. I can feel how unhealthy my body is. One of my good friends cut out carbs and has had a lot of success, so I am going to lean onhere for help with this.
  5. Start Scripture Journaling: I found the Intentional Planner, through Molly of Still Being Molly and I knew I had to have one. I got one and plan on using the Scripture Journaling part everyday. I really want to seek God’s purpose and plan for my life this year, so this is a good start.

So there you go! I am hoping that my few readers will keep me accountable to these goals and focuses. Please reach out and ask how I am doing on my goals for the  month.

Just like I used to, I am linking up with Nicole over at Writes Like A Girl and the rest of the goal setting bloggers!

Comment below with some of your goals or tips for any of mine!

Monday Musings Vol. 10: 10/17/16

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This week has been pretty boring, but that is actually a good thing. I’ve had some time to relax and of course watch hockey!

On The Blog:

  • I had planned on doing a post last Friday, but time got away from me.

Love & Life:

  • Thursday, we had chicken fajitas and watched the Stars’ season opener.
  • Friday, I went to Katy Trail Outpost with some friends. I highly recommend their Texas Mule.
  • Sunday, Michael joined me at my mom’s for lunch which was nice.

Professional:

  • I pretty much just worked a lo this week.

Recently Spotted:

Crafting:

  • I have all the Christmas gifts for the boys done. Now I am just about on schedule on the first girl project. So excited!

Now Streaming:

  • Podcast: I need some new ideas. I go through my podcasts so quickly.
  • Music: NeedToBreathe is one of my favorite’s right now.
  • TV: SO I just found out this week that I won’t be able to watch someof my favorite shows on Hulu. I’m pretty sad about that.

Reading:

  • I’m really enjoying the Chuck Colson book.

Hockey:

  • The NHL season started on Wednesday and Auston Matthews who was the number on draft pick scored 4 goals in his NHL debut. That is pretty good.
  • Canadiens opened their season in Buffalo on Thursday and beat the Sabres 4-1 in regulation.
  • The Stars opened their season on Thursday as well. They played the Anaheim Ducks at home in Dallas and won 4-2 in regulation.
  • Saturday, the Canadiens played in Ottawa and loss to the Senators 4-3 in a shoot-out.
  • The Stars also lost on the road on Saturday. In a high scoring 6-5 game, the Colorado Avalanche was able to come out on top.

Looking Forward To:

  • A wine night on Thursday with my friends.
  • UTA Terry Scholar and Alumni costume picnic in the afternoon on Saturday.
  • A friend’s birthday party on Saturday evening.

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Monday Musings Vol. 9: 10/10/16

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Happy Thanksgiving! Today is Thanksgiving in Canada and I celebrate every year by making pumpkin cookies. I brought some to work today and sent some with Michael as well.

On The Blog:

  • Check out my post about Fall Outfits. My first flat lay post and I think it turned out pretty well.

Love & Life:

  • I had a Happy Hour with some of the girls from my small group on Wednesday and it was great to share a margarita and some time with my girls!
  • Saturday was my friend, Nancy’s bridal shower. It was the cutest tea party theme.
  • Saturday night, I hosted sister night. I always enjoy the time I get to spend with my sisters.
  • Sunday, we made pumpkin cookies at my mom’s house.

Professional:

  • I attended the TWU Terry Banquet last Monday. It was great to see how the program has grown. The speaker was great and said some really though provoking things.

Recently Purchased:

  • I know I said I wasn’t buying anything, but I found this adorable dress at Kohl’s and I needed something for the wedding I have at the end of the month and the UTD Terry banquet.

Crafting:

  • I should have the third project done this week! I’m pretty excited to move on to a new one that is different.

Now Streaming:

  • Podcast: I have started listening to Molly Stillman’s Business with a Purpose podcast. It is really good and eye opening to see how many businesses really care about helping others out.
  • Music: I’ve got Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer Pandora on all the time.
  • TV: I started to watch Notorious at my sister’s suggestion. I like it quite a bit.
  • My small group has started a study on Chuck Colson’s The Good Life. Pretty good so far.

Hockey:

  • Friday night, we watched the Frozen Fury pre-season game that took place in Las Vegas. Dallas won so that was pretty great.
  • We already have plans to watch the season opener on Thursday.

Looking Forward To:

  • The NHL season starts this week!
  • I have Small Group tonight. Every time I leave small group, I always feel so refreshed!

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October Small Goals

It’s October! That means it is time for tights, boots, pumpkin, cinnamon & hockey. I have a pretty busy month in October, but is should be a lot of fun too. Before we get into my goals for this wonderful month, let’s recap my September goals.

  1. Spruce Up My Resume: Done! This was actually not that hard, but needed to be done.
  2. Finish Promulgated Contracts Class: Also, done! Now, I need to look into taking my next class.
  3. Use To Do Lists More at Home: I’m counting this one even though I didn’t use them as much as I really want to get into the habit of doing. I did use them a few times in the month and it really helped my productivity.
  4. Finish 3 Crochet Projects: I’ll have to settle for finishing 2. The good news is that I have really gotten the hang of this pattern so this third one should be done in no time!
  5. Post 2x a Week: Yeah… that didn’t happen. This will be one of those goals that get pasted on to the next month!

So 3 out of 5 is not bad, but could be better. Part of my problem was probably that I didn’t keep my goals written down anywhere so I couldn’t easily reference them. Here are my October goals:

  1. Post 2x a Week: Let’s try this again. I actually have posts planned for this so it should really help with that.
  2. Finish 2 More Crochet Projects: I’m thinking 3 was a pretty high goal last month so I’m just hoping to get 2 done this month.
  3. No Spending Extra Money: I’m really trying to build up my savings account more, so this month I am not spending extra money. I’m obviously still buying, groceries and gas as well as the occasional going out to eat with friends or family, but I am not going to spend money on a bunch of extra activities.
  4. Use Instagram to Share Posts: I am going to make an effort to use Instagram to share and promote my posts.
  5. Establish a Work-Out Routine: I really need to get back into a good work-out routine. I am not sure what that is going to look like yet, but it will be a priority this month.

Here’s to a good October! As always, I am linking up with Nicole at Writes Like a Girl and the rest of the wonderful Small Goals bloggers.

What are your goals for this wonderful month?

Monday Musings Vol. 8: 10/03/16

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It’s October! I pretty much love this month because everything is decorated for fall and the NHL season finally starts!

On The Blog:

Love & Life:

  • Michael got a car! His car was totaled 6 months ago in a hail storm and he has been riding his motorcycle everywhere since.
  • Michael and I went to see That Thing You Do while it was at the Alamo Drafthouse. I loved that movie as a kid and Michael had never seen it. We went with our friends, Wes and Tricia so it was great to see them as well.
  • I picked out new glasses via Warby Parker. I really enjoyed the experience and can’t wait for the glasses to come in!

Professional:

  • I had a very productive Terry Officer Meeting this past week. We got a lot of dates on the calendar which was a goal for the year.

Recently Purchased:

  • I got this pair of jeans from Old Navy. They had a huge sale and I had just found a hole in one of my pairs of jeans.
  • I also picked up a lunch box while I was there because my old one had an unfortunate encounter with my toaster oven. Mine is gray with the word lunch on it in pink cursive.

Crafting:

  • I finished 2/7 projects so far. I’m already making good progress on the third though!

Now Streaming:

  • Podcast: I loved the recent podcast about Robbers’ Roost by Stuff You Missed in History Class.
  • Music: Gavin DeGraw’s newest album is on repeat in preparation for his concert at the end of the month.
  • TV: I’m watching The Voice and trying to decide who I really like.

Reading:

  • Still working on  The Unbroken Line of the Moon (The Valhalla Series Book 1) by  Johanne Hildebrandt. It’s a pretty interesting historical fiction piece.
  • My small group has started a study on Chuck Colson’s The Good Life. Pretty good so far.

Hockey:

  • Team Canada won the World Cup of Hockey to no one’s surprise.
  • The NHL season starts next week!! (I am so excited)

Looking Forward To:

  • TWU Terry Banquet tonight
  • My friend’s bridal shower on Saturday
  • Sister Night on Saturday as well

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Monday Musings Vol. 7: 9/26/16

I’m so excited because I got to wear sweater to work this morning. I know that this cool down is probably temporary, but yay for sweaters for today!

On The Blog:

  • I’m doing pretty well with keeping up with Monday Musings.
  • My October Small Goals post will go up at the end of the week.

Love & Life:

  • We moved the last of Michael’s stuff on Tuesday and then watched the WCOH Team Canada versus Team USA game.
  • I got my hair cut and decided to change up a little by getting thick fringe bangs. I kind of love them!
  • Michael’s brother was in town this weekend so we took him to a local arcade and some brewery tours.
  • My mom was able to finally go to Kendra Scott with my sister and I to pick out her birthday gift. She got some gorgeous earrings.

Professional:

  • I finished my Promulgated Contracts class so I am officially half way through my Real Estate license classes!

Recently Purchased:

  • I resisted spending temptation this week and didn’t spend any money!

Crafting:

  • My Christmas projects are coming along, but not as quickly as I would like.

Now Streaming:

  • Podcast: I love hearing the preseason previews on the Puck Podcast and the reviews of the WCOH.
  • Music: Michael shared a Megachill playlist with me that actually really helped with my Final for my Real Estate License class
  • TV: Fall TV is back. I watched This Is Us and Designated Survivor. Both so good!

Reading:

Hockey:

  • I was so happy to watch hockey again on Tuesday, plus Carey Price was in net for Team Canada.
  • Team Canada is in the finals and will be playing Team Europe in a best of three tournament. I think we all know how this is going to end.

Looking Forward To:

  • Terry  Officer Meeting
  • Relaxing weekend with no real plans

Link Love:

  • I loved Cara’s tips on simplifying your morning routine.

 

Monday Musings Vol. 5: 9/12/16

I am ready for life to slow down a bit, but that doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon.

On The Blog:

  • I had a post planned for Wednesday of Friday, but I didn’t get the finishing touches done on it. I am hoping to get it out this week.

Love & Life:

  • My mom went into the hospital on Tuesday, so I left work early to go see her. She has had a rough week, but is doing better now.
  • Michael and I went to see “For the Love of Spock.” It is a documentary about Spock and Leonard Nimoy. It was really good.
  • I went to the baby shower and finished the diaper cover and hat.
  • Saturday night, Michael and I went to see La Rondalla Romantica de Dallas for one of Michael’s class assignments. It was interesting to hear a different type of music.

Professional:

  • I polished up my resume so I can get it sent out to some places.
  • I attended an Terry alumni and current scholar pizza party and UTD. It was great to see how some of the freshmen that I interviewed were doing.

Recently Purchased:

  • Bath & Body Works had a sale so I stocked up on some lotion and got a free three wick candle.
  • I got two new tops this week. They are just some nice sleeveless work tops that were only $3 each.

Crafting:

  • My first Christmas gift project is really taking shape. Hopefully the next two go just as smoothly.

Now Streaming:

  • Podcast: My hockey podcast, Puck Podcast, has started their season preview which means the NHL season is right around the corner!
  • Music: I’m pretty much in love with the new Gavin DeGraw album.
  • TV: I’ve been binge watching The West Wing while I work on my crochet projects. I just got to the season that was aired in 2001 and you can definitely tell there was a shift in thinking.

Reading:

  • I need to read more. I’ve just been so busy that reading has taken a back seat to the rest of my life.

Hockey:

  • The World Cup of Hockey prelim games have started. I have not had time to watch any yet, but I’m so excited to watch hockey again.

Looking Forward To:

  • Terry Luncheon
  • Michael’s Move (He will be so much closer to me)
  • World Cop of Hockey Officially Starting

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