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Monthly Goals Link-up : Oct. 2017

3 Oct

You guys! It’s officially fall! Okay, okay, I know it has been for over a week now but I’m celebrating it now. I woke up with a craving for pumpkin muffins this morning, so that’s going to hopefully happen this week.

I got to go to Bend in September to meet my newest nephew. (have I told you guys this already?) I made it a point to get to see all of my nieces and nephews that are in town this trip. Family was the priority this go-round.

I have done pretty well on my goals this past month, well…On the ones that I knew I’d do. If that makes sense. Anyway, let’s just hop to it, shall we?

 

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Recap of Monthly Goals:

Integrate new scene into ‘Amelia’ – I’ve only worked on this a little bit. But I did finally save it on a flash drive!

Post Regularly – I missed a few (or more?) that I’d intended to write

Lose weight/work toward health – for more info, check out Health Update Aug/Sept 2017

Read more books on Jewish living –  I’m currently reading Jewish Roots by Dan Juster

Write a letter to one person a month  – nope

Try a new recipe – Mostly this month I’ve thrown meals together but I did make 2 from Against All Grains – the Banana Pancakes and Vanilla Granola. I most likely fudged both recipes, making them with things I had on hand, rather than following them exactly. But they both were yummy and I really want to make the granola again. It was the first time I’d made soaked-nut granola, also oat-free and I loved it!

Watch/Read a documentary/biography – I watched part of Gordon Buchanan’s Tribes Animals and Me.

 

Recap of Sept goals:

Finish Adirondack Chair before the rains come – nope and I doubt now that it’ll get any work done on it until spring/summer next year. For now, it’s sitting in my office. Sad.

Work on Disability – I did call a disability lawyer beginning of this month but haven’t heard back from them. I haven’t called them back either though soo….

Scrapbook Laura’s visit – I’m 3/4 of the way done with it!

Deep Clean bedroom – we bought a bed frame finally! Getting that really helped give me the motivation to finish cleaning the room.

Two things I didn’t think I could do, but I did!

~Drove to a friends’ house and back – that equals an hr drive! I was so excited that I was able to do this!

~Drove to Bend and back! – it’s 3 hours one way so I was nervous about it but I did fine!

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Oct goals:

Go to a pumpkin patch

Deep Clean Laundry Room

Call Disability Lawyer again

Buy Cover for the VW Bug

Trim crazy grass bushes in front of yard

Prep for NANOWRIMO

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Linking up with Stay Gold Autumn again!

~Laura

Monthly Goals Link-Up: Sept 2017

5 Sep

I can’t quite believe it yet, but we’re into September folks. Which means, for our household, we are only a few weeks away from the High Holy Days and OH starting up classes again at OIT. Bless me, but I’m not ready to have him gone a few nights a week again! He’s done with this degree come the end of winter term though, so I know I will survive! (plus, I’m not the one stuck doing homework all hours of the night.)

It’s staying hot here though, and my OH just stuck his head in the door to tell me that ash is falling. ASH. From the 15 or so forest fires that are burning this state up.

I’m looking forward to cooler weather – before the rains come – when I can step outside without getting hit with heat and humidity. Humidity just sucks any sort of feeling-slightly-human right out of me.

Anyway, August went by quickly, as I knew it would with all the things we had planned. Although, some were cancelled because both dogs have been fighting hot spots for about two months now and they just can’t go out in public when they’ve got open, raw sores. Poor things.

As for my goal list this month, I did pretty well. I’m pleased with what I was able to get done -even if it wasn’t on this list. Like travel 3 hrs to Bend, sit through a fantastic performance of Willy Wonka, then go on to hang out with friends and family the rest of the day without totally and completely crashing like I thought I was going to.

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Photo by Melissa Askew on Unsplash

Recap of Monthly Goals:

Integrate new scene into ‘Amelia’ – I’ve only worked on this a little bit.

Post Regularly 

Lose weight/work toward health – for more info, check out Health Update : July/Aug 2017

Read more books on Jewish living –  Neither are Jewish, but I’m reading Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend and The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie OMartian.

Write a letter to one person a month  – 

Try a new recipe – I made a recipe from my Eating Clean cookbook – No-Eggplant Garden Herb Ratatouille. It was good but I over-cooked the veggies, resulting in what felt like a stir-fry. I also made 2 recipes  from Against All Grain’s Meals Made Simple, Peruvian Style Chicken and Chicken Verde. Both were good but I think I liked the Peruvian Style best.

Watch/Read a documentary/biography – I watched Bear Family and Me by Gordon Buchanan. (I’m really going to be bummed when I watch all of his shows!)

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In the midst of a serious discussion

Recap of August Goals:

Finish Detox – I mostly did this. I detoxed for 12 days when I was shooting for 14.

Sand Adirondack Chair – Due to my Fibromyalgia, I am not able to do this as often as I would like. I did work on it a few times this month though.

Apply for Disability – GAH. This is the biggest frustration of August. Long story that’s still not finished.

Do Lil Laura’s Scrapbook of their visit – ha. so I had to order the pictures printed twice…. I am currently waiting for them to arrive so I can scrapbook them!

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A smoky view of Mt. Hood

September Goals:

Finish Adirondack Chair before the rains come

Work on Disability

Scrapbook Laura’s visit

Deep Clean bedroom

I’ve just decided that I want to write down at least one thing that I didn’t think I’d be able to do. Even if it’s ‘walk the dogs’ – ‘go grocery shopping’ – ‘make it through doctor appointment’ —etc. I want a visible reminder that, even if it wasn’t on this goals list, I accomplished something I wasn’t sure my body would let me do. (I’ll admit to thinking that finishing the adirondack chair will be this months)

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The indignity of wearing the “Cone of Shame”

Linking up with Stay Gold Autumn again for the link up!

~How was your August? Are you ready to switch gears from summer to school and fall?

~Laura

Monthly Goals Link up: August 2017

4 Aug

Hello lovelies! I did rather well on my goals this month, I hope you did as well! I feel like several have turned into habits (which is the whole point eh?). I had a friend and her daughter over mid-month and that was so much fun – along with doctor visits, I’ve been kept busy.  I’m gonna add some pictures of their visit on here because I just can’t resist.

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Recap of Monthly Goals:

Finish writing new scene in ‘Amelia’ – YES! My OH bought me Dragon speech recognition software just this past weekend and it’s helping me get my handwritten scene typed up to integrate it into my manuscript.

Post Regularly – I’ve noticed it seems to be the 3rd week of the month that I struggle with…

Lose weight/work toward health – I’ve been able to figure a few things out and lose some weight as well!

Read more books on Jewish living –  It’s not Jewish, but I’m reading Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

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3rd IV along with a classic book

Write a letter to one person a month  –  counting calling ppl instead of writing them

Try a new recipe – I made two recipes from my Eating Clean cookbook – The Warm Cleansing Tea (fennel seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds) and the Coastal Carrot ‘Fettuccine’ ( the carrots are ‘ribboned’ to be the noodles) and Rosemary Roasted Carrots and Beets. All three were delicious. The tea makes several servings so I put the leftovers in my fridge and used them in my morning smoothies! I had difficulties ribboning the carrots but the dish was quite tasty anyway. And the roasted beets and carrots. YUM. I’m definitely making that one again very soon.

Watch/Read a documentary/biography –  Finished watching Gordon Buchanan’s Snow Wolf Family and Me.

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At Pittock Mansion

Recap of July Goals:

Start 21 Day Detox – so this detox is from the Eating Clean cookbook that I mentioned above. While I haven’t gone as strict as I wanted to, I’ve decided to just do it but for two weeks instead of  three. I’m eating very strict and have removed as much toxins as I can right now. SO. I’m currently on day 4!

Go through 2 areas and clean – Just the other day I went through OH’s half of the  closet and pulled out the dead, the dying and the never-worn. And then straightened up the whole closet and part of my dresser. I’m gonna count that as two!

Schedule landlord to clean up yard?  – My OH is doing it and it’s looking great. He’s even laying down new mulch (it hasn’t been refreshed since we moved in 3 years ago). This heat wave we’re having is making him take a break on it though.

Sand/Paint Adirondack Chair – I FINALLY sanded a bit on it this past week. This project that I didn’t want to last even a week has now been sitting around for a month. OY.

~Side note : I did Camp Nanowrimo as well in July (it’s a more-relaxed verision of Naowrimo that’s in November). That’s how I managed to finally finish the scene for Amelia’s story. I’m hoping to carry that momentum into this next month and integrate that scene into the manuscript and then move onto more editing/filling in gaps.

~Another side note, in case you don’t know, Leverage is one of my favorite tv shows. It’s on Netflix. Go check it out. But! Christian Kane is one of the main actors in it (as well as in Librarians – both are filmed in Portland and have the same ‘feel’ thanks to it being the same producer. Also, these trailers make both shows look super intense but they are more comedy/drama, but I digress..) but I recently found out that he’s also a singer/songwriter. I’m loving this song and this song of his. Real country music right there. ( I have to add that I just got so distracted watching gag reels and such for both these shows on netflix just to get these links!) 

 

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Soaking our feet is something she loves to do with me

August Goals:

Finish Detox

Sand Adirondack Chair

Apply for Disability

Do Lil Laura’s Scrapbook of their visit

 

 

 

 

 

Linking up with Stay Gold Autumn again for her Monthly link up. I’ve been having a hard time with her actual link picture so I’m just sending you straight to her post and at the bottom you can find the other blogs linked up!

How was your July? 

Monthly Goals: July 2017

6 Jul

Hello lovelies! June passed so quickly didn’t it?! I feel like it was really only two weeks, the way it blasted by. My OH finished up spring term and is taking summer term off – we’re both looking forward to the break! Haven’t seen much of him these past two terms. I didn’t meet a lot of my goals in June because of my health but I’m excited that every month I’ve tried a few different recipes!

On to the goals!

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(This is my rose bush in my front yard! It is blooming like crazy right now and I’m loving it!) 

Recap of Monthly Goals:

Finish writing new scene in ‘Amelia’ – nope. did get some brainstorming done on ‘Georgia’ story

Post Regularly – I’m getting a bit better!

Lose weight/get healthier – I’ve been able to keep my weight at least the same, if not losing any. I’ll share more of my health next week.

Read more books on Jewish living –  It’s not Jewish, but I’m reading When God Doesn’t Fix It by Laura Story

Write a letter to one person a month 

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Try a new recipe – Once again, I have been trying recipes from Against All Grain, this time from her Meals Made Simple book – Peruvian Style Chicken, Meatloaf and Chocolate shake (with spinach not avocado). All three were yummy! I’m loving this new cookbook.

Watch/Read a documentary/biography – I started watching another Gordon Buchanan show – Snow Wolf Family and Me. Abby and I love watching it.

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Recap of June Goals:

Start 21-day detox – no but I have been strict on my diet – limited starch, no processed sugar

Get my hair trimmed – Finally! I cut 6 inches off and it feels so good and healthy again

Finish Crochet projects

Go through 2 areas and declutter – not at all. This month was rough on me

Schedule landlord to clean up yard – no but I’m still hoping to. So maybe this month?

Vacation – YES. We had a wonderful time.

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My new Japanese-style tub!

July Goals:

Start 21-day detox

Post Regularly (I’ve already planned out most of this month’s posts!)

Go through 2 areas and clean

Schedule landlord to clean up yard?

Sand/Paint Adirondack Chair

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my dad pressure washing my chair for me!

What are your plans/goals for July? 

~Laura

 

Monthly Goals: June 2017

7 Jun

Heeeellooooo doctor appointments and couch! Goodness, I feel like that’s most of what I did in May.

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Recap of Monthly Goals:

EDIT Amelia book til ready for a professional editor.  – Still in the midst of writing a longer, more detailed, makes-more-sense-to-the-story scene. I also had a brilliant light-bulb idea that I’m gonna add!!

Make writing a habit most every day –  nope

Grow SGL’s Traffic –  I’m actually gonna take this goal off for a while and change it back to ‘get on a regular posting schedule’ =)

Lose weight/get healthier – I’ve actually lost almost 2 lbs this month! That’s huge for me

Read more books on Jewish living –  I’ve finally finished Messianic Jewish Manifesto by David H. Stern. Come back for a review of it!

Write a letter to one person a month –nope

Try a new recipe – if you follow me on Instagram, you know about my new obsession – Creamy Chocolate Shake. (I’m drinking one right now in fact) This yummy shake hides healthy fats and vitamins. You’ve gotta try it! (just in case you’re curious, yes I’m still in love with smoothie bowls and have one every morning.

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OH made me a shake one day when I was in bad pain

Watch/Read a Documentary – I watched another Gordon Buchanan show, this one was Gorilla Family and Me. I also read Julia Child’s book “My Life in Paris” which was thoroughly enjoyable. (watch for a full review coming!)

Recap of May’s goals:

Edit the heck out of Amelia’s story  – just a few days

Be stricter on NO SUGAR and more veggies/juice – I’ve done Great on this one guys. I haven’t knowingly had processed sugar more than once in may! And my veggie/fruit intake has increased.

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Finish gallery wall –  finally! There’s some more I’d like to do with it but I like how it is now so I’m moving on

Start a container garden – Due to increasing medical bills I think I’m gonna give up on this idea this year. Might get a few herbs on my counter but that’s it.

Get my hair trimmed – nope

Watch Under Our Skin 2 – I found out you have to rent it on amazon and I’m so frugal that I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

Finish crochet projects – YES! and they turned out so cute.

Go through at least 2 areas and declutter – Busted this out right away due to dealing with mice again. Went through and majorly cleaned my office and laundry room

Go on a DATE with OH – technically it was in June, but I’m counting it!

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It’s seriously halfway through the year already! I want to do a quick ‘Goal Check-in’ this month. Here’s my 2017 Goal list.  Since I’ve been updating every month on my regular goals, I’m just going to talk about my BIG goals right now. Which are:

~get my first book published this year  

~ Have my second book written in full  

~Lose weight/get healthier

So. I’ve barely been able to edit my first book and I’ve only just started my second one. And that is because of the struggles of the third goal. Augh. It’s frustrating but can’t be helped. I’m really hoping that I find something that helps soon so that I can get back to writing because I really miss it. I’m bummed about this because I had high hopes to get published this year. Anyway, moving on…

June Goals:

Start 21-day detox

Get Hair Trimmed – have an appointment for when I’m in Bend!

Finish next set of crochet projects

Go through 2 areas and de-clutter

Schedule landlord/landscaper to clean up our sad yard?

VACATION!

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Once again I’m linking up with Stay Gold Autumn – click the picture to check out other great goal posts!

Like to post about your goals? Link up with any goal post in staygoldautumn.com’s linkup on the first day of the month!

What are some of your goals for June? 

~Laura

Monthly Goals : May

4 May

April was full of stress and pain and I’m honestly glad to see it gone. Another perk is that flowers and trees are blooming and the air smells wonderfully like spring (until you pass a ‘grower’s’ house and then it’s awful. but anyway.) I printed out my goals and affixed them to my laptop so I saw them several times a day – it helped so much in reminding me to do them .  . . or to at least think about doing them.

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Recap of Monthly Goals:

EDIT Amelia book til ready for a professional editor.  – For the first 2 weeks of the month I did good on this. In the midst of writing a longer, more detailed, makes-more-sense-to-the-story scene.

Make writing a habit most every day –  The first 2 weeks were spot on!

Grow SGL’s Traffic – nope. I’ve not even kept up with 2 posts a week, much less worried about growing SGL! – working on it

Lose weight/get healthier – I’ve actually started gaining again – check out my health update for more info

Read more books on Jewish living –  I’m halfway through Messianic Jewish Manifesto by David H. Stern.

Write a letter to one person a month – yes!!!

Try a new recipe – YOU GUYS.  I rocked this one this month. My parents got me a Spiralizer attachment for my Kitchenaid. So, because of that I made : Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Pasta (I added a bunch of veggies and chicken and then we put it on cauli-rice). I actually made it twice this month –  it’s now going to be a regular meal. Plus, I made Spicy Chicken and Eggplant Stir-fry (this was yummy but make sure and use a japanese eggplant like it calls for.) Below is a video of my  OH working on the charoset we made for Pesach – this thing is BRILLIANT. Plus I made bone broth for the first time yesterday although that was technically in May….all well

 

Watch/Read a Documentary/Biography – I watched Gordon Buchanan’s  Elephant Family and Me on Netflix. I enjoyed it so much, I then watched Polar Bear Family and Me.  He’s done a bunch of these documentaries that I fully intend on watching. Plus Abby enjoys them too

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Learn Hebrew- I worked on this a teeny-tiny smidge but that’s about it

Recap of April Goals:

Edit the heck out of Amelia’s story

Be stricter on NO SUGAR and more veggies/juice – the last few weeks I have. Even got my OH to stop bringing home sugar-filled items this past week. Plus I’ve definitely increased my veggies and juice intake!

Finish gallery wall

start a container garden – started planning it!!

Get my hair trimmed

Do Metal Toxicity test asap

Go to Craniosacrial chiropractor appt –  did this times 5 times 

plan a stay-cation for our 4th anniversary – This didn’t happen. I was in severe neurological pain and OH was sick. I ordered take-out (through Grubhub) , he rented some movies from Redbox, we ate and he fell asleep while I watched a movie. All well. We were both home and together, that’s what matters! 

I tried a few cleaning tricks that are BRILLIANT and I just had to share them with you.  Natural alternative to bleach (this got our duvet cover CLEAN) and Erase Stains from Mugs (this seriously worked on all 4 mugs I tried it out on) and Cleaning your Dishwasher  (I’d done this before, works great!)

For May:

Edit the heck out of Amelia’s story

Be stricter on NO SUGAR and more veggies/juice

Finish gallery wall

start a container garden

Get my hair trimmed

Watch Under Our Skin 2

Finish crochet projects

Go through at least 2 areas and declutter

Go on a DATE with OH

~A lot of the stress of April was been car-related. OH’s car was full of mold. The Subaru started smoking and rattling worse than ever and had to go to the shop. The Bug blew a belt. The puppies enjoyed the morning OH was working on the Bug as they got to hang out front with us.

~I’ve been wanting this book and this book for a while now, I might end up buying them this month!

~I’m currently enjoying this playlist on Youtube

Once again, I’m linking up with StayGoldAutumn.com for monthly goals! Check it out!
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Any fun plans for May? 

~Laura

Monthly Goals : March

1 Mar

A month has come and gone already! Where oh where do the days go? My birthday is coming up in March – so we’ve got some fun plans for that, and I’m also hoping to get my novel edited by the end of march! Big plans. Big plans.

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 EDIT Amelia book til ready for a professional editor. – I finally read all the way through it- getting it into my head as a story rather than different scenes all mixed up – and have gotten some editing done. Hit a major frustration that has killed all motivation to work on it. Hoping to get back at it this week though! – sorta WIN

~  PLOT/create Story Board– Finished this a few weeks ago! I’m so proud of it. -WIN

~Lose weight/get healthier –  I have tried to eat healthy this month but it’s not gone too well. The typical .5 lb loss and then gain has happened. – FAIL

Make writing a habit most every day –  Even saying it’s almost every day is probably a stretch. I’ve started writing Georgia’s story, have about 3k words on it (!), but pain and focusing have made it hard to write, or even to want to. – Sorta WIN

Grow SGL’s Traffic – once again, haven’t worried about this yet.  – FAIL

Read more books on Jewish living – not at all! haven’t even picked up Messianic Jewish Manifesto since I started it beginning of last month – FAIL

Write a letter to one person a month – Yes! I wrote a lovely little letter to a lovely person. snail mail makes me happy.  – WIN

Try a new recipe – once again in the Against All Grain cookbook, I made the Basil-Thyme Vinaigrette. It was super yummy , even though I didn’t have a few of the ingredients. Only negative side is that the coconut oil hardens, so you have to warm it up before each use. Also tried a White Bean and Chicken Chili recipe that was sub-par, even after I tried to bring some life to it. Disappointing.  – WIN

Watch/Read a Documentary/Biography –  Just finished  Failure is Impossible:Susan B. Anthony in her own words by Lynn Sherr. It’s  a collection of Anthony’s letters, speeches, diary entries and articles. It’s well put together and I’m collecting a LOT of info for my book I’m starting – WIN

Learn Hebrew- I added this one mid-month. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do the past few years but have only ever given a cursory glance at it. Thankfully, my OH still has the books he learned in, so I’m able to do this without buying anything! I’ve started Hebrew in 10 minutes a Day, and worked on memorizing the alphabet with some pretty sweet flash cards. I’m not staying on top of it every day but I’m trying to several times a week. – WIN

~I did survive my dentist appointment, but came away with some disheartening news that I’ll share in my Feb health update (probably next week).

~Not sure I’ve spoiled my OH like I was hoping to. The biggest thing I’ve been focusing on is trying to keep him supplied with juice. And keeping Abby away from him so he can nap on the weekends.

This month I want to:

Watch Under Our Skin.

Edit the heck out of Amelia’s story

Be stricter on NO SUGAR and more veggies

Find a local charity that accepts knitted/crocheted items – anyone have suggestions?

Finish gallery wall

Keep taking the girls to the dog park 3x a week – weather permitting

Check out the linkup below to read some fabulous bloggers goals as well!

Like to post about your goals? Link up with any goal post in staygoldautumn.com's linkup on the first day of the month!

What are your goals for March?

~Laura

Monthly Goals: February

3 Feb

Happy February everyone! I hope the weather has calmed down a bit for everyone, or if not, that you’re well stocked on hot chocolate. It’s been nice enough this past week that I’ve been able to get the dogs to the dog park, whew! Abby was going stir crazy not getting to run.

I’ve decided I want to share how I did on my monthly goals – remember this post?  And then share what my goals are for the coming month. I feel pretty good about January, especially since most of it was spent feeling absolutely miserable.

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~ get my first book published this year – to break this down into littler steps,  EDIT til ready for a professional editor. – Right now, I’m  waiting to get it back from my first two beta readers, so I can editeditedit it. I’m enjoying the bit of a break from working on it though!

~ Have my second book written in full – Broken down into littler steps : PLOT/create Story Board–  I’ve made good strides in plotting it! I’m just starting to put together my plot board, I’m REALLY hoping to finish it this week. -WIN

~Lose weight/get healthier –  I lost 5 lbs…and then gained them back all last month. SO. I know I can lose some, it’s just remaining super strict on my eating habits when I’m feeling awful. Even if I can’t work out, I need to still juice and avoid sugar.  – HALF WIN?

Make writing a habit most every day – as I’ve been plotting, I haven’t officially written but I’d still say I met this one as I plotted several days each week. – WIN

Grow SGL’s Traffic – meh, I haven’t focused on it too much yet. Although I am planning on joining a few linkups each month now ( joined a book review one earlier this week in fact, go check it out!)

Read more books on Jewish living – I’ve started Messianic Jewish Manifesto but haven’t gotten in very far. -SORTA WIN?

Write a letter to one person a month- I did! And here’s proof. – WIN

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Try a new recipe – I made four this month from Against All Grains. Only remembered to take a picture of the Braised Chicken in Artichoke and Mushroom Sauce though! The sesame chicken was good, even make the Cauli-Rice to go with it! Now, the  Banana Bread I made yesterday did NOT turn out. But, I didn’t follow the recipe exactly…It calls for 4 eggs and in Duck Egg land, that equals about $5. Not gonna happen. So I used egg replacer and it did not bake fully. I’m hoping to ‘slice’ it and fry it in the skillet to see if it’ll finish cooking so I don’t have to throw it away. So far, I’m loving this cookbook – WIN

Watch/Read a documentary/biography: I watched the Kirk Cameron film, Monumental, on Inauguration Day. (I’d like to say that I planned that but totally didn’t.) I enjoyed it a lot! -WIN

As for my goals for February, it’s just to keep going through this list, all I’m adding is ‘survive dentist appointment’ and ‘find ways to spoil OH’.

Check out the link up that I’ve joined, and find some other lovely blogs to follow!Monthly Goal Linkup

~Laura

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