Weekly Wishes #25

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Driving along the Galveston coast

Each week, I link up with The Nectar Collective to join the community of bloggers who share their goals for the week. I’m continuing to update my goals for the entire month of July rather than having a new set of goals each week. Right now, thinking about my to-dos in this big picture format has been working the best for me.

Sometimes I wonder why I post these goals updates, but then I remember how much I am motivated by reading other people’s goals, and I also think about the encouragement I have gotten from doing this link-up. For these reasons, I definitely want to continue doing these posts, at least for the time being. I don’t expect that most people would like reading goals updates, but that’s okay!

July Goals

1. Read three books. I should be wrapping up book #2 soon! It has been great to be back into a good habit of reading.

2. Organize my jewelry. Over the weekend, I was randomly walking past The Container Store, so I dropped in to take another look at the jewelry organization sets I have been eyeing for months. Well, they happened to be on sale, so I took that as a sign that I should buy them. I had some good ideas on cheaper alternatives, but none of them were working for me due to my small drawer space and various other reasons. I’m happy with the purchase, and I look forward to diving in and being reunited with all the jewelry I have forgotten about over the years.

3. Revamp my blog design and layout!! I am happy to report that I have a fun, new blog design and layout nearly ready to go! Daniel helped me out over the weekend – I could not have done this without him. We had hoped to launch it Sunday night, but there are a few more things I want to tweak before I completely transition over. I imagine it will be up by one week from now, and I can’t wait!

4. Write all of my posts about our Europe trip that I have planned… and post them! I am not making good progress on this goal. I may have to give myself some extra time to actually write all of the remaining posts, but I plan to have the next one up soon (hopefully this week).

5. Explore SkillShare classes and start working on one. From last week: “I want to be a life-long learner. To me this involves reading fiction and non-fiction, traveling, working on a language with my Duolingo app, watching documentaries, working on playing an instrument (for me, this would be piano, but I haven’t played in years), keeping up with current events, and taking classes just for the sake of learning. I’ve done a decent job of being a life-long learner in some of these areas, but I want to work on the areas I’m neglecting. Hopefully, signing up for SkillShare will help me to grow and work my brain! Do you have any class recommendations? I’m interested in so many different things, but I imagine I would want my first class to be related to developing my blog since that is currently my main hobby.” I have looked into and started a couple of classes, but I haven’t committed to one just yet!

I’m happy with my goal progress as of this week. Hopefully, I can keep it up! In other news, I think I am getting sick, so I’m going to bed as soon as I publish this. Goodnight, world!

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Weekly Wishes #24 and SCSBC 2014 Book Challenge: Month 2

I’m back from my trip to Galveston Island, Texas with my sisters. I had almost more airline delays than I could handle in this one little trip, but I had a blast with my sisters! Galveston is such a cute, historical island for exploring and relaxing – the perfect getaway for the holiday weekend.

This post has two parts: first, I am reporting my progress on my July goals (which isn’t much yet since I was traveling most of last week) in connection with the Weekly Wishes link-up hosted by The Nectar Collective, and second, I’m checking in with my Month 2 update for the Semi-Charmed Summer 2014 Book Challenge.

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First time at the pool this summer – Galveston, July 5

July Goals

1. Read three books. This is the one goal I was able to work on while traveling. I finished The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, and I thought it was fantastic! I thought it was so good, in fact, that I rated it 5 stars on GoodReads – a rare thing for me to do.

2. Organize my jewelry. I have not done anything for this organizational project yet, but I have started getting ideas from different people.

3. Revamp my blog design and layout!! Daniel is out hiking the Appalachian Trail right now, but he comes back tomorrow. And, we are actually not traveling this weekend (for once!), so I think we may work on this then.

4. Write all of my posts about our Europe trip that I have planned… and post them! I’ve started my third and final post about our trip to London, and then I’ll do some posts on Paris. I think I can still have all of these completed by the end of the month.

NEW GOAL: 

5. Explore SkillShare classes and start working on one. I want to be a life-long learner. To me this involves reading fiction and non-fiction, traveling, working on a language with my Duolingo app, watching documentaries, working on playing an instrument (for me, this would be piano, but I haven’t played in years), keeping up with current events, and taking classes just for the sake of learning. I’ve done a decent job of being a life-long learner in some of these areas, but I want to work on the areas I’m neglecting. Hopefully, signing up for SkillShare will help me to grow and work my brain! Do you have any class recommendations? I’m interested in so many different things, but I imagine I would want my first class to be related to developing my blog since that is currently my main hobby.

Semi-Charmed Summer 2014 Book Challenge: Month 2 Check-In

I have had a lot of fun doing this summer reading challenge! I’ve made okay progress this past month, but I’m still behind. I’m not going to get mad at myself if I don’t complete the challenge on time, but it is definitely still a big summer goal of mine!

Finished Books:

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.
— Someday, Someday, Maybe, Lauren Graham (344 pages, 4 stars) [from Month 1 update]

25 points: Read a book written by a blogger.
 Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way, Shauna Niequist (252 pages, 4 stars) [blog] [from Month 1 update]

15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.
— Out of the Easy, Ruta Sepetys (346 pages, 3 stars) [set in the United States]

20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014.
— The Fault in Our Stars, John Green (318 pages, 4 stars)

20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title.
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards (401 pages, 5 stars)

PREVIOUS POINTS: 30
TOTAL POINTS: 85

Currently Reading:

15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge.
— The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman (352 pages, rating TBD)

What are you reading this summer?

Weekly Wishes #23 // July Goals

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Watching the sunset on our Annapolis sail, June 28

Happy Monday! I hope that everyone had a great weekend and is refreshed and ready to conquer the work week before the holiday! I know I am. I want to get a lot of work off of my plate before heading to Texas on Thursday.

Today I’m linking up with The Nectar Collective’s Weekly Wishes. I will recap how I did on my goals for June, and then I’m sharing goals I’m setting for myself for July.

June Goals

1. Read three books. I did not reach this goal completely. I’m working on book #3 right now (The Memory Keeper’s Daughter), but I’m not far enough along for it to count. So, that means I’m still pretty behind on the Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge. I’m thankful that there are still two months left in the challenge!

2. Actually clean out my closet and get rid of clothes I no longer wear. I finally got this done! My closet is still really full (Daniel and I share a very small closet), but it is more organized and is now much easier for me to find things.

3. Make a game plan for revamping my blog design and layout. I have a set plan – now it’s time to get it done….

4. Create my April Project Life layout. I have started my layout, and I’m planning to get this done tonight. If I do, then I will accomplish this goal in June as planned.

5. Organize my blog feed. Done! This has made a huge difference in my personal time management. I’m no longer overwhelmed when I open up my Bloglovin’ feed every morning searching for the posts I should read while eating breakfast. Now I can immediately just go to my “Favorites” section to read those everyday, and when I have time, I can browse the other categories I have made.

July Goals

1. Read three books. Sorry to be so repetitive, but I’ve got to set reading goals for myself if I’m ever going to accomplish the Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge!

2. Organize my jewelry. I’ve been eyeing some nice jewelry organizers at The Container Store for months and months, but they are a bit pricey, so I’ve held off. This month, I would like to either be really creative and come up with a DIY jewelry organizer (but I’m really not very creative), or I will allow myself to invest in The Container Store organizers. My jewelry is in such a state right now that I hardly even know what I have to choose from anymore.

3. Revamp my blog design and layout!! I am so excited about this goal. I’ve been all talk about this since I first started my blog, but now it’s time to actually take action. Thankfully, I have a computer-savvy husband who is going to help me out, but I know it will take a little time to figure everything out.

4. Write all of my posts about our Europe trip that I have planned… and post them! I have been somewhat dragging my feet on editing my photos and writing my travel posts. I have quite a few posts planned, so I want to get all of them written and posted this month. I did post one last month; you can read it here if you’d like!

That’s it! I’m looking forward to accomplishing all four of these goals this month. While I will be going on several weekend trips (taking advantage of summertime!), I have more time at home this month than I had in May or June, so I feel like I’ll be able to these goals done at a more relaxed pace.

What would you like to get done this month?

Weekly Wishes is a link-up hosted by The Nectar Collective.

Weekly Wishes #22

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Like I mentioned in last week’s post, I’m doing the Weekly Wishes link-up with the Nectar Collective a little bit differently – at least for the time being. I’m going to be tracking my progress for my month goals each week rather than create new goals for every week. This has definitely helped me take my goals more seriously so far.

Why is June in such a hurry? Slow downI just have one more week to reach my goals for the month, and then it’s time for a new set already.

Progress on June Goals:

1. Read three books. I’m quickly reading to reach this goal. I’m almost done with book #2 (The Fault in Our Stars).

2. Clean out my closet and get rid of clothes I no longer wear. I have started this. I went through all of my clothes that are hanging, and I made a pile of things to donate. I still need to go through the shelves and bins.

3. Make a game plan for revamping my blog design and layout. Like I mentioned last week, I’ve got plans on paper. Daniel and I will tackle the actual update in July.

4. Create my April Project Life layout. I ordered my prints, and I will pick them up this weekend to do the actual layout.

5. Organize my blog feed. I’m actually working on this right now and hope to finish after I publish this post.

 

Weekly Wishes is a link-up hosted by The Nectar Collective.

Weekly Wishes #21

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Subtle yet beautiful sunset over my old elementary school in Aledo, TX

Hi friends! I’m writing this from the DFW airport as we wait for our flight home to DC from Texas. We board in less than 30 minutes, so I’ll try to get my thoughts together as quickly as I can.

I’m planning on taking a slightly different approach to Weekly Wishes – at least for the summer. I’ll still be linking up with The Nectar Collective each week, but I want to change how I do my goals. In the past, I’ve been following the way that Melyssa (blogger at The Nectar Collective) does her Weekly Wishes – one set of monthly goals at the beginning of the month and then a new set of weekly goals at the beginning of each week. I found that I was forgetting my monthly goals nearly every month because I was focusing so much on my weekly goals. Now I’d like to use my Monday post to basically just track my goals for the entire month, and I might add in a new goal here and there if there is something else I want to get done. But I’m tired of disappointing myself by setting too many goals, so I think that this will work better for me. We shall see! With all of that said, here are my goals for June as well as the progress I have made on them.

June Goals

1. Read three books. I’m very behind on this goal, but I think that I can catch up. I plan to finish Out of the Easy this week and quickly jump into my next read.

2. Actually clean out my closet and get rid of clothes I no longer wear. I haven’t done this yet, but I’m going to be home for the rest of the month and don’t think this will be a problem.

3. Make a game plan for revamping my blog design and layout. I have some plans on paper, so that’s a start!

4. Create my April Project Life layout. Again, this is something I think that I can do now that I will be home for the rest of the month. As a bonus, I can work on this while catching up on some of my favorite shows…. ;)

5. Organize my blog feed. Not yet, but this is something I can easily work on while lounging around on a weeknight.

Weekly Wishes is a link-up hosted by The Nectar Collective.

Weekly Wishes #20 // June

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Another month gone! May was very good to me. It was a month of traveling and exploring and enjoying things outside of my office after a very long busy season. I’m happy to say June will be more of some of the same. Here is my goal recap from last week as well as a list of goals for June. I’m not going to recap my May goals because I pretty much failed all around. I have a problem of forgetting my monthly goals since I’m focusing on my weekly goals. I need to make them match up a little bit more to help with that.

Last Week

1. Read most (if not all) of Someday, Someday, Maybe as my next book in the summer reading challengeI just have a few pages left!

2. Organize and edit vacation photos. I’ve finally figured out a photo organization system (somewhat). Our trip photos are almost all organized, but I need to edit still.

3. Clean/organize the top of our dresser. The dresser is cleared! It’s so nice to get that done.

June Goals

1. Read three books. This was a May goal that I actually accomplished, and I want to do it again!

2. Actually clean out my closet and get rid of clothes I no longer wear. This was both an April and a May goal that I kept forgetting about. Hopefully this is the last time I’ll be listing this as a goal!

3. Make a game plan for revamping my blog design and layout. It was always my plan to work on this in the summer, and I’ve started looking at templates already, but I really want to nail down what changes I want for the blog. Since we have some more traveling this month, I won’t plan to actually make the changes until July, but I want to do everything I need to do before actually making the change.

4. Create my April Project Life layout. I caught up through March last weekend! It was so much fun and reminded me why I wanted to do Project Life in the first place. I’m even throwing around the idea of creating a separate album just for our recent trip to Europe, but we will see!

5. Organize my blog feed. The number of blogs I follow on Bloglovin’ has gotten out of hand. I want to delete the blogs I no longer read and organize the rest into categories such as Daily Reads, Organization, Beauty, etc.

Weekly Wishes is a link-up hosted by The Nectar Collective.

Weekly Wishes #19

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Sailboat in Charleston, SC – May 25th

We got back from Charleston very, very early yesterday morning on the train. We took a really long nap when we got home and started moving around noon – unpacking, cleaning, reading, etc. After running some errands, we went to see the new X-Men movie, and then we went to bed early. It probably wasn’t the most exciting Memorial Day, but we were making up for having a very exciting past few weeks! I love traveling and being busy, but it will be nice to have a few weeks at home with a bit more down time than usual. Hopefully, that means I can work more on these goals!

Last Week

1. Finish Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way –  Done! This book was so great. I loved every page! It really makes you think about the important things in life.

2. Organize and edit vacation photos. Nope. I’m going to try to this weekend.

3. Get back to the gym! I did alright, but I still want to get back to being consistent.

This Week

1. Read most (if not all) of Someday, Someday, Maybe as my next book in the summer reading challenge.

2. Organize and edit vacation photos. Gotta try this again! I’m hoping to start my vacation recap posts end of this week, but I need to edit photos first.

3. Clean/organize the top of our dresser. It is so messy because I’ve been using it as a place to store all of the random things in my purse and suitcase from our trips.

Have a great four-day week!

The Nectar Collective