Resolution Update // August 2015

Eight down; four to go.

HEALTH + FITNESS

Lose 20% of my body weight
Take advantage of health coach provided by insurance – Spoke to a health coach on August 25 and scheduled another session in September.
Eat breakfast every day
Take a daily multivitamin
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.
June – I don’t remember the last time I ate an actual tomato but I have had tomato-based products a couple of times: pizza sauce, barbeque sauce, and ketchup.
July – Tomatoes are back, at least a little bit, and I’ve not reacted.
August – nothing eliminated

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 – Four days into trying the “Simple” skincare line (cleansing water and scrub) and “Pepta-Bright” serum my complexion has significantly cleared, especially on my jawline.
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!); August 27 – teeth cleaned (all is well)

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 SUCCESS – I posted every day in the month of June. Check out 30 Days of Manna.
Publish a “how to” post
Publish an original recipe
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 February 13
Continue writing for MOMquery 
Continue writing for Sweet Jesus Girls

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 Completed my first bridal portrait session on August 23 and, after making a really stupid rookie mistake in Lightroom and editing twice, the photos turned out really well. I hope the bride likes them just as much!
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. He has since renamed the dish “Chicken Scratch.”
May – ?
June – homemade granola bars
July – Peach Crumb Bars and Homemade Nutri-Grain Bars with Strawberry Jam
August – M&M Cookie Dough No-Churn Ice Cream

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
May – roast beef
June – pinto beans
July – beef roast and vegetables
August – pinto beans and pork teriyaki

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!
Read and study Scripture regularly and more thoroughly
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 May 27
Lead a small group Bible study August 27 – Finished the 12-week study series, “12 Women of the Bible”
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; Grey – E.L. James
Keep a prayer journal August 21 – began 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; August 5 – hair cut
Have my eyebrows “threaded” by a professional
Get a facial/mani/pedi every other month

FOR KAMDEN

Create a 529 Savings Plan – 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. Kamden’s last class at TLG was August 24.
Enroll in Kinder-music
Schedule one play date a month An impromptu Mommy&Me play date with T + C at the playground!
Mommy + Me photo session for Mother’s Day SUCCESS – May 8

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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 Kamden’s favorites are Little Blue Truck and God Knows You.

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 3,650 ounces to the MMBNT.
Donate to a charity
Throw a surprise party for someone I attended a surprise birthday party on August 15, that counts, right?!
Attend a wedding
Attend a baby shower 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 August 30 – Mailed a copy of “12 Women of the Bible” study guide (including copious notes!) to Jenny.
Send 12 handwritten notes (one per month)
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)
August 8 – dinner with moms

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; July 14 – second trip to the Perot Museum; August 14 – Dallas Aquarium with Kamden, Mom, and Aunt Georgia
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
Go to a drive-in movie
Shoot a bow-and-arrow
Compete in a shooting sport
Complete a fitness challenge
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. FAIL – All of my writing efforts this month were focused on “30 Days of Manna.” Exercise 2,000 minutes in 30 days. Semi-Failure. I logged 1.505 minutes in June.

JULY
Write four articles for SJM. FAIL – I submitted one. Publish a weekly health update. SUCCESS! Log 2,000 minutes of exercise. MAJOR FAIL! Make reservations for a mini family vacation. FAIL.

AUGUST
Register for a 5K race. FAIL.

SEPTEMBER
Meal plan for a week and submit two articles each to SJM and MomQuery.

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  1. vintageregina September 2, 2015 at 11:13 am - Reply

    You are a rock start lady! I do think I’m going to try something like this again. I really enjoy watching you dream and do!

    • Nicole September 2, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Lady! Lady! Lady! First of all, your new blog looks AMAZING and I’m so excited for you and proud of you. I think I signed up as a subscriber (Mommy Brain – you know!) but I don’t think I saw a comment form to leave you a note. All is well, no biggie – just know that I’m stalking your page often.

      As for me, blah, I think I’m going to start making daily or weekly to-do lists. Now that Kamden is going to a pre-school two days a week, I really need to get my butt in gear. Of course, this week has been plagued with a fog of allergies (I swear I’m allergic to Texas, but don’t tell Husband) and I’m miserable and unable to breathe. But I think a daily/weekly to-do list would keep me focused and more accountable. Of course, I’m doing laundry today only because Kamden had a diaper explosion this morning and his sheet and blanket *HAD* to be washed. Ugh, being a domestic diva is hard. The struggle is so real.

      Love you to pieces. Smooooooches.

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  2. Margaret Feinberg (@mafeinberg) September 2, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Love seeing your progress and updates, Nicole! And love the photos of you and your sweet little one.

    • Nicole September 2, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      MARGARET!!!!!!! Your comment made me think of my mom who called me today “complaining” that her favorite daughter has not sent pictures of her favorite grandson. I really need to do better, I’ve become such a slacker!

      Kudos to you and your team on the adult coloring books. I’m having issues with the store page loading (it could be my connection – I’ll keep trying) but I really want to get some and give away to #BibleJournaling friends. The small group at church has been super successful with the creative crowd, it’s amazing how our gifts and talents can illustrate our faith too! For the ones who are artistically-challenged (Yours Truly), these adult coloring pages would be great inserts for our Journaling Bibles. The graphics and handwriting are perfect with the verses. WAY TO GO, FRIEND….you’re really onto something here.

      Big hugs to you and the family, N

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