Resolution Update // May 2015

Big things are coming in June and I’m excited and terrified about my blog readers’ reactions. In the meantime, I’ll recap my progress on the annual resolutions list. I don’t think I’m doing very well.

HEALTH + FITNESS

Lose 20% of my body weight
Take advantage of health coach provided by insurance
Eat breakfast every day
Take a daily multivitamin This has stopped and I don’t know why … forgetfulness? Laziness? Inconvenient? All of the above, honestly.
Exercise four days a week
Work out with a personal trainer
Drink 150 ounces of water every day
Complete a juice cleanse
Complete a 90-day challenge
Eliminate something from my diet each month (i.e. sweets, fried foods, sugar, fast food, etc.)
January – Rough start at the beginning of the month, but I’ve managed to stay away from excess sugar for two and a half weeks. Small steps.
February – I avoided tomatoes like the plague.
March – Still avoiding tomatoes.
April – No tomatoes.
May – No tomatoes.

Be showered and in bed by 10:30 every night
Learn more about and use essential oils
Find a skincare routine that works for me I’m using DHC morning and night, sometimes I’ll even wash my face again during the day. I love the deep cleansing oil (such an oxymoron to cleanse oily skin with oil but it works). Then I use a mini scrub brush and bar of soap which creates this amazing lather and feels like a facial every time!
Participate in a “new-to-me” group exercise class January 9 – tried a 60-minute cycling class, January 24 – tried INSANITY, January 28 – Zumba with Miss Ivy
Schedule annual appointments with OB-Gyno, eye doctor, and dentist January 16 – comprehensive eye exam; January 19 – purchased eyeglasses at Warby Parker; January 20 – teeth cleaned; January 21 – cavity filled (booo!) 

BLOGGING

Create a blog post calendar … and use it!
Attend a blog conference
Attend a creative writing workshop
Publish a blog post every day for a month
Publish a “how to” post
Publish an original recipe This cheeseburger casserole is semi-original meaning I grew up watching my Mom make it for supper but I think every household in the South makes some form of a tator tot or cheeseburger casserole, so it’s definitely not original or unique – but it’s really tasty!
Continue the weekly FINISH THIS link up FAILURE – I did not make it 100 weeks. I think I stopped at #73. Whatever the number, this link up was beginning to be a burden, lacked direction and creativity, and I made a commitment to myself at the beginning of the year to eliminate things in life that were not satisfying and/or joyful. I’m grateful to the participants, and I apologize for not noticing them sooner about it’s elimination, but my Wednesdays are improving already – despite it being one of my busiest days of the week!
Start a blog series January 5 – Monday Musings began; January 24 – weekly meal plan with menu/recipes
Meet five bloggers in person
Host a sponsored giveaway
Host a bloggers’ watch party for 50 Shades of Gray 
Continue writing for MOMquery 
Continue writing for Sweet Jesus Ministries, an online ministry and site for Christian women. I submitted two articles this month.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Organize and back up my photos
Sell my current camera and upgrade to this one I’ve changed my mind and WANT this one.
Acquire a 85mm prime lens
Acquire a telephoto lens
Expand Three 31 Photography by scheduling at least 10 sessions
Take a Lightroom class
Join a camera or photography club January 19 – first meeting with Cleburne Photography Club

HOME LIFE

Refinanced our home mortgage for a lower interest rate February 11
Execute our living wills
Create a gallery wall in the living room
Hang a family picture above mantel/fireplace
Rearrange the living room furniture
Buy new comforter + bedding for guest room
Buy new side tables + lamps for master bedroom
Repaint the side table in Kamden’s room
Install new kitchen sink + granite countertops
Make our home more energy efficient
Have a technology-free weekend
Find a cleaning schedule … and use it!
Eat at a celebrity chef’s restaurant
Try a new recipe every month
January – Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole (Husband’s reaction was meh.)
February – Blueberry Muffins
March – pork tenderloin in the Crock Pot
April – French Onion Chicken Noodle Bake (Husband’s reaction was yum. He went back for seconds … and thirds. I was shocked! Then he lovingly renamed the dish Chicken Scratch. Okay, whatever!

Make the perfect omelet
Host a dinner party with other couples/families
Host a “Friendsgiving”
Host a game night
Meal plan for a month … and stick to it!
Use the Crock Pot once a week for a month
January – used the CP three times (roast beef and pinto beans)
February – meatballs and homemade spaghetti sauce
March – roast beef and teriyaki pork tenderloin
April – pinto beans, roast (twice), and meatballs

Save loose change and cash out at the end of the year
Purge the entire house and donate or toss things we don’t use
Have my car detailed inside and out
Sell my car and buy a used SUV or crew cab pickup truck

PERSONAL GROWTH

Find a Bible reading plan (such as this one) that works for me … and use it regularly! Today is the 150th day of the year and I have read 178 daily reading assignments. I feel like I am behind where I should be but it’s important to note that each day’s reading assignment typically consists of three or four chapters, depending on the length of the book. In an effort to improve my progress, I read the entire book of Deuteronomy last night instead of the course of 11 days.
Read and study Scripture regularly and more thoroughly I have often mislabeled Dueteronomy has “boring” because it’s filled with a lot of laws and rules, but I read it with a clearer, more receptive perspective and it was truly eye-opening. God is a very loving, merciful, and faithful and asks His beloved children to do just one thing: love only Him. If we do, we live a righteous life. If we don’t, we suffer the consequences because God is jealous and desires our whole heart. There is no gray area – sitting on the proverbial fence – with God; we either love Him with our whole being or we don’t. As humans, we are easily distracted and enticed by idols (whatever form they take) and our heart’s desire does not compliment God’s will. Moses and the Israelites saw this first hand in the Book of Deuteronomy. I don’t want to give anything away about what’s coming up in June, but lessons learned from Deuteronomy (and other books of the Bible) will be discussed!
Seek opportunities to improve (i.e. parenting, photography, blog writing, etc.)
Have regular conversations with Lisa January 14 – the shenanigans have begun!
Create a new resume
Get a job with new resume
Join a professional organization and get involved in the local chapter
Finish The Story Bible study SUCCESS!!!!!! I honestly never imagined myself staying focused and participating in a 32-week Bible Study but I did it. My small group finished The Story on Wednesday, May 27. It has been such an eye-opening experience and fueled my passion for contextual Bible study even more. 
Create and lead a small group for parents with young children
Read 12 books (one per month) 1. Being Christian – Rowan Williams; 2. Captivated By You (Book 4 of The Crossfire Series) – Sylvia Day; 3. Chic & Slim: How Those Chic French Women Eat All That Rich Food And Still Stay Slim – Anne Barone; 4. Fighting Back With Joy – Margaret Feinberg
Keep a prayer journal
Keep a blessings/gratitude jar
Participate in a swap
Get my hair cut at the start of each season January 16 – hair cut
Have my eyebrows “threaded” by a professional
Get a facial/mani/pedi every other month

FOR KAMDEN

Create a 529 Savings Plan – Opened account and made a significant deposit on January 30
Potty train (no more diapers) by second birthday
Continue weekly classes at The Little Gym  January 8 – Kamden was promoted to the “Birds” class (for kids 10-18 months);  May 21 – Kamden graduated from the Birds class and got promoted to Beast status. He still wears the medal around his neck!

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Enroll in Kinder-music
Schedule one play date a month
Mommy + Me photo session for Mother’s Day SUCCESS – In between rain storms, and even a few sprinkles during the shoot itself, Kamden and I finally had our Mommy & Me pictures taken by Becky. It was long overdue, weather and schedules made it nearly impossible, but I’m so excited about the result and can’t wait to see more!!!!

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Plant a tree
Make a special craft or memento
Install book shelves in his bedroom
Read a book before bedtime every night

FOR OTHERS

Surprise Husband with a meaningful gift
Continue donating breast milk to the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas January 5 – Donated 332 ounces. January 22 – My pumping days are officially over. You can read why here. As sad as I am, I was able to donated 3,300 ounces to the MMBNT.
Donate to a charity
Throw a surprise party for someone
Attend a wedding
Attend a baby shower Baby Erin (and her parents) were showered with lots of love and gifts on May 2.
Leave a 100% tip for excellent service
Volunteer at least five hours each month
Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
Send a “just because” gift to someone
Send 12 handwritten notes (one per month) I wrote a note to Lisa and Jenny, via snail mail, but I honestly don’t remember if it was this month or last. This monthly resolution update is harder than you think.
Send a care package to a soldier
Celebrate special milestones (i.e. birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) with greeting cards

ADVENTURE

Go to Bova for a custom ring design consultation
Go to Bova and have my ring and earrings cleaned
Have a ladies’ night once a quarter February 13 – dinner and movie, March 13 – breakfast with the Zachry’s (and Kamden too)
Attend a college sporting event
Attend a professional sport event
Invest in quality luggage … and use it!
Visit three museums January 6 – Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas; February 20 – Clinton Presidential Center & Library
Visit Ruthie in Austin
Visit Lisa in Virginia
Visit Jenny in North Dakota
Visit Jacqueline in Houston
Visit Heather in Houston
Visit Jen in Arizona
Visit a Presidential Museum February 20 – Clinton Presidential Center & Library in Little Rock, Arkansas
Visit a popular landmark I’ve never seen before
Go to Lake Ouachita (Arkansas) with Husband’s family
Go to Fredericksburg, Texas
Go hunting
Play a round of golf April 10 – played in a benefit tournament (4-person scramble) for Glen Lake Camp. My foursome shot 63, 9-under par.
Go to a drive-in movie
Shoot a bow-and-arrow
Compete in a shooting sport
Complete a fitness challenge I competed in another challenge hosted by my gym but my efforts were less than stellar and my results proved it. Disappointed and frustrated and mad at myself for the lack of discipline.
Go paddle boarding
Attend a cooking class
Attend a line dancing class at Billy Bob’s

And for good measure …

JANUARY
Read and study the Bible for 31 consecutive days following a specific reading plan. DONE!

FEBRUARY
Exercise 1,500 minutes in a month, or 75 minutes every week day, and avoid “bad for me” foods. FAIL!

MARCH
Walk a minimum of 8,000 steps every day for 31 days (must wear pedometer). PARTIAL SUCCESS – I wore my pedometer every day but I did not get a minimum of 8K daily steps. But some days were better than others and there were even a few days where I walked in excess of 10K steps, so maybe I averaged 8K instead. I’ll try harder next month.

APRIL
Walk 10,000 steps every day for 30 days. Begin the “Total Transformation” challenge at the gym. Exercise like it’s my job. Purchase a pair of cycling shoes with bike clips. The month of March was a resounding success at failing miserably. The only thing I accomplished from this list was purchasing a pair of cycle shoes with bike clips, which I thought I did this in March but it doesn’t really matter.

MAY
Submit five articles for SJM. Fail, I only submitted two. Exercise 2,000 minutes in 31 days. Fail.

JUNE
Write four articles for SJM. Exercise 2,000 minutes in 30 days.

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  1. sweetjesusministries June 2, 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

    That’s a lot of resolutions! I should probably set some myself, but I’m afraid I’d be disappointed in ME by the end of the year! Love that you have SJM goals on there. 🙂

    • Nicole June 2, 2015 at 10:13 am - Reply

      You know, Jan, I’ve created a similar list for the past four or five years and I always make a long list, on purpose. I know there will be things I don’t accomplish or attempt and fail, but I set the bar high and see where I land a year later. Set some goals for yourself and check your progress periodically, you might surprise yourself. Then, when it comes time to set new ones, you can add the ones you did not accomplish on your new list and start over. Believe me, there is no perfect resolution list!!!!!!!!

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