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December 2018 Goals

4 Dec

I am sitting here at such a messy desk, you guys. I’ve been putting off cleaning up my office all week because there were more pressing matters to get to – like decorate for Hanukkah – but this mess has GOT to be dealt with this week. It’s driving me crazy – even when I can’t see the cluttered desk and covered counter behind me (not to mention the disaster that is the drawers), I know it’s here, waiting for me. Accusing me of not getting to it yet. The guilt is real. But for this afternoon, I’m going to sit in the midst of it and ignore it to get this written out and scheduled!

I feel pretty good about what I accomplished in November, although when you look at my list and the amount of things not crossed off, you might be surprised to hear that. I have been struggling with falling asleep for a few hours every afternoon (and before you think ‘that sounds so nice’ – it’s not. I’ll be in the midst of a crochet project or trying to edit my book and next thing I know, I’ve blinked and it’s two hours later. Chronic Fatigue isn’t cool.) Anyhow, what with that and being on vacation for a week (so much fun) around Thanksgiving, I’m  okay with my progress.

With all that in mind, I’m keeping December’s goals to a minimum.

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Photo by Robert Zunikoff on Unsplash

Recap of Monthly Goals:

Watch/Read a documentary/biography

Try a new recipe: I made coconut chicken tenders from  Against All Grain cookbook. We weren’t too crazy about them, sadly. But I think that was partly my fault, not the recipe.

Read theology/marriage/bible study book: I’ve been slowly working my way through Constantine’s Sword

Edit ‘Amelia’ : I haven’t done as much as I wanted to (more on that coming later this week) but there has been progress

Eat healthier/lose weight :  I have lost a smidge of weight and am getting back to eating less starch/corn/processed. The holidays were hard on my eating =(

Post Regularly  – 3 out of 4 posts isn’t bad

November’s Goals:

Best effort on NANOWRIMO – I did as good as I could but not my BEST – again, more on that later this week

Complete Joann’s Crochet Along  – I am thinking I’ll add to it but for now, it’s done

Vacuum Subaru

Clean Floor Vents

A few Secret goals =)

1 thing I did that I didn’t think I could: I went to and made it through a full service at synagogue!

December Goals:

Clean Floor Vents OR Vacuum Subaru

Make: marshmallows, gingerbread cookies/house, etc

Get shelves for classic books

set up 2019 planner?

~Laura

 

 

November 2018 Goals

5 Nov

Happy second week of November, readers. I’m okay with what I got accomplished last month – even if it wasn’t everything on my list. With prepping for Nanowrimo, fighting stomach issues and strong chronic fatigue, a trip to Bend and trying to get out with Abby every day, I feel just fine about what I accomplished.

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in checking off items on a list, but it’s always important to slow down and take a walk around the neighborhood. (Which is why I like to write ‘walk’ on my list, heh).

 

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Recap of Monthly Goals:

Watch/Read a documentary/biography

Try a new recipe: I am still cooking from  Against All Grain cookbooks. I made Carne Asada burrito Bowls the other night (here’s a recipe inspired by AAG, to give you an idea)

Read theology/marriage/bible study book: I’ve been slowly working my way through Constantine’s Sword

Edit ‘Amelia’ : I have plotted out a bit more and have even started (barely) the new first scene!!

Eat healthier/lose weight : I have now lost 6.4 lbs since I started getting more intentional in August. I have – reluctantly – added starch and corn back into my diet but I’m trying to keep it to a minimum.

Post Regularly -3 out of my 4 posts planned isn’t too bad.

 

October’s Goals:

Sketch out new scenes on ‘Amelia’

Make progress on crocheted doll dress – (buzzer sound) I got so stuck on this project that I put it away until at least January.

Crochet rag rug for laundry room

Complete Joann’s Crochet along – I’m so close to finishing this

Stain clean living room rug – nope nope nope

Clean Subaru –  I cleaned the windows and wiped it all down, now to get to vacuuming it

 

November’s Goals:

Best effort on NANOWRIMO

Complete Joann’s Crochet Along

Vacuum Subaru

Clean Floor Vents

A few Secret goals =)

 

Because of Nanowrimo (find out what it is here) I’m not having too many goals this month. I REALLY want to get a ton of writing done on ‘Amelia’. Also, if you’re doing nano, I’m ‘dreamingagain’ on the website!

~Laura

What are your goals for November?

October 2018 Goals

4 Oct

Happy October, friends! I’ve decided to start these monthly goal posts up again – at least til the end of the year and then we’ll see what happens! I like having some goals set up for the whole of the month – and then to have them posted where I see them regularly helps a lot.

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Photo by Keilidh Ewan on Unsplash

 

Recap of Monthly Goals:

Watch/Read a documentary/biography

Try a new recipe: I am still cooking a lot from  Against All Grain cookbooks. I just tried this mashed cauliflower breakfast bowl (with some changes).

Read theology/marriage/bible study book: I’ve been slowly working my way through Constantine’s Sword

Edit ‘Amelia’ : I finished filling out the plot board for the updated version of Amelia’s story! I am SO excited to have made this headway.

Eat healthier/lose weight : I have lost a bit of weight (!!!)  For the past month (?) I’ve avoided corn and starch for the most part. Sugar remains to be a BIG no-no, as I’m reminded when I cheat and have some.

Post Regularly – not really?

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So because it’s been since June that I last did this, I’m just going to start fresh and move onto October’s goals:

Sketch out new scenes on ‘Amelia’

Make progress on crocheted doll dress

Crochet rag rug for laundry room

Complete Joann’s Crochet along

Stain clean living room rug

Clean Subaru

~Laura

Do you do a monthly goals list? 

May Recap and June Goals 2018

1 Jun

I feel like I did pretty good on my goals this month considering how many days I spent stuck on the couch.  I do have several goals for this coming month,  but as a few of them are super easy/quick I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get most of them done!

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           (Abby’s first adventure to the beach! More pictures are on Instagram!)

Recap of Monthly Goals:

Watch/Read a documentary/biography : I watched some of Gordon Buchanan’s Elephant Family and Me

Try a new recipe: I am still cooking a lot from  Against All Grain cookbooks. I did make these Stuffed Sweet Potatoes .

Write one letter a month

Read theology/marriage/bible study book: I’ve started reading Gifts of the Spirit put out by First Fruits of Zion.

Edit ‘Amelia’ : I finally picked up a tri-fold cardboard thing and have started putting together a plot board. I can tell already that it’s going to make such a difference.

Eat healthier/lose weight : I haven’t lost any weight, while being decently strict on eating…mostly

Post Regularly

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May’s Goals:

Go through/declutter stuff in attic – every week I want to…

Crochet appliques for my aunt-  I’m having some difficulties with this project

Finishing touches on crochet Camper

Character changes/development

Finish reading/reviewing Nick’s book – I’m getting so close to the end, it’s so good!

Visit Collett end of month 

1 thing that I didn’t think I could do: I really, truly did drive to and from Eugene this past weekend! I also sanded my Adirondack chair last week

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June Goals:

Go through/declutter stuff in attic

Crochet appliques for my aunt

Finish reading/reviewing Nick’s book

Transfer plant to Copper pot

Finish Adirondack Chair

Fix/Finish rag rug

Donate box of stuff

Plan Mike’s Graduation parties

 

~Laura

 

What are your goals for June?

March/April Recap and May Goals 2018

27 Apr

What with disappearing for the past month-ish, I didn’t do goals for April. But I want to get back on track with these, so let’s get started!

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Recap of Monthly Goals:

Watch/Read a documentary/biography : I read Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas (review next week!). I’ve also been thinking about watching some of Gordon Buchanan’s shows again. Like this one

Try a new recipe: I have been trying a lot of new ones lately. I just haven’t been keeping track. Mostly they’ve been from Against All Grain cookbooks though.

Write one letter a month – I wrote one just the other day!

Read theology/marriage/bible study book: I have finally finished Biblically Kosher: A Messianic Jewish Perspective on Kashrut by Aaron Eby.

Edit ‘Amelia’ : I’ve finished filling out index cards for each scene and am prepping for re-writing scenes and writing new ones

Eat healthier/lose weight : I have gone back and forth on this. I am strict on my eating habits and then get fed up (or just really want pasta) and get off track for a while.

Post Regularly: well, we know this didn’t happen! Ha.

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March’s Goals:

Finish Index Cards/Move onto next step :  well, I’ve sort of moved on to the next step…

Finish Crocheting Vespa for Mom   

Finish Dusting Blinds

Finish 30 Day Declutter Challenge  still working on this….

Workout 2 days a week

1 thing that I didn’t think I could do: I washed and covered my VW Bug! Finally!

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May Goals:

Go through/declutter stuff in attic

Crochet appliques for my aunt

Finishing touches on crochet Camper

Character changes/development

Finish reading/reviewing Nick’s book

Visit Collett end of month

 

~Laura

What are your goals for this coming month? 

 

February Recap and March Goals 2018

9 Mar

 

February was a pretty good month for me and I did so much more than I normally am able to. This doesn’t mean that I busted out all of my goals (if only!) but I am still quite happy with everything I accomplished.

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Recap of Monthly Goals:

Watch/Read a documentary/biography : I’m still reading Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the amazing campaign to end slavery by Eric Metaxas.

Try a new recipe: Once again I made a few recipes from the Eating Clean cookbook (Tomato Soup, veggie burgers and the Everything but the Gluten cookies. I also just made the mock mayo yesterday). I also made Lemon Coconut Bars ( pretty yummy even though they weren’t what I was expecting) and Chicken Spinach Meatballs (didn’t add the parmesan cheese of course).

Write one letter a month

Read theology/marriage/bible study book: I have started Biblically Kosher: A Messianic Jewish Perspective on Kashrut by Aaron Eby

Edit ‘Amelia’ : I have almost finished filling out index cards for each scene

Eat healthier/lose weight : I have been able to clean up my eating even more

Post Regularly – In keeping with one post a week, I have been able to.

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February’s Goals:

Couch and box springs to the dump – NOPE. Augh

Clean Oven –  I did scrub the door and a quick wipe down on the rest. So I’m counting it

Finish dusting house – I did dust a few of the blinds!

Workout 2 days a week – I did good the first few weeks of the month! Took Abby on a walk almost every other day.

Finish crochet Camper – nope. Other projects that have/had deadlines took precedence

Index Cards for ‘Amelia’  – I’m only a few chapters from being done!!

At least 1 Thing I didn’t Think I could Do: I worked in the yard for quite a while. Baked 2 pies in one morning.

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my book. in a nutshell.

And now, for March’s goals:

Finish Index Cards/Move onto next step

Finish Crocheting Vespa for mom

Finish Dusting Blinds

Finish 30 Day Declutter Challenge

Workout 2 days a week

How was your month?

~Laura

 

January Recap and February Goals

6 Feb

January was a rough start to this new year, so I’m really hoping that February is a bit more gentle and kind.

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Recap of Monthly Goals:

Watch/Read a documentary/biography : I started reading Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the amazing campaign to end slavery by Eric Metaxas. I am enjoying it so far!

Try a new recipe: Once again I made a few recipes from the Eating Clean cookbook (pickled pears and apples and the pancakes). I also sort of followed the lamb meatballs recipe in Against All Grain cookbook. I followed the spicing and marinating of the ground lamb. But, ended up using it as spaghetti meat instead of turning it into meatballs. It had such good flavor.

Write one letter a month

Read theology/marriage/bible study book: I am still reading The Supernatural Ways of Royalty by Kris Vallotton (mixed feelings on it so far).

Edit ‘Amelia’ : I finished my read-through on the 20th!

Eat healthier/lose weight : I have been able to clean up my eating a lot and have gotten back to the weight I was at the beginning of the month

Post Regularly – I’m starting to think that I need to change my posting goals. As much as I want to focus on posting two times a week, I want to focus on editing my book and often I’ll find myself posting instead of doing that. So… an adjustment of goals just might be in order.

 

Jan. Goals

Couch and Box Springs to the dump – augh. I feel like these are never going to leave.

Clean oven

Redecorate TV table

Dust entire house – I did get half of this done.

Workout 2 days a week  I’ve  been able to walk Abby a few times each week!

1 thing I didn’t think I could do:  I did 3 quick trips to the grocery store with a BASKET rather than a cart. I haven’t been able to heft a basket around a store in about a year.

I also just got back from a quick trip to Bend – and I did really well with a super busy 2 days that I couldn’t have done months ago. Woot!

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And now, for February’s Goals:

Couch and box springs to the dump

Clean Oven

Finish dusting house

Workout 2 days a week

Finish crochet Camper

Index Cards for ‘Amelia’

 

~Laura

 

 

 

 

December Recap and January Goals

11 Jan

I’ll admit to wondering about continuing these monthly goals posts but I have enjoyed how they keep me focused on what I want to cultivate in my life. Writing. Learning. Health.

I have read a lot about choosing a word for the year and I’ve mulled it over a little bit. I’m hoping to pick one out by the end of this month and then I’ll share it with you next month!

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Recap of Monthly Goals:

Edit ‘Amelia’ – 

Post Regularly –  I feel like I did pretty good on this.

Lose weight/work toward health –   I didn’t lose any weight but am making tiny steps toward being healthier- check out my health update for more info.

Read more books on Jewish living –  Once again, they aren’t books on Jewish living. But, I finished For Men Only (a review is coming this month!) and have started The Supernatural Ways of Royalty by Kris Vallotton (mixed feelings on it so far)

Write a letter to one person a month  

Try a new recipe – I made a few from the Eating Clean by Amie Valpone cookbook.

Watch/Read a documentary/biography – I so want to see the new movie about Vincent Van Gogh’s life! Maybe this month..?

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Finally getting to the dog park!

Dec Goals:

blood draw for CMP 

eye doctor appointment

Go through Guest Closet

Donate stuff to thrift store

Totally busted out all my December goals in the first few weeks of the month, well except for donating the stuff to the thrift store, that one took me a while longer. But, I was so proud of myself. But now onto my goals for January!

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Jan Goals:

Couch and Box Springs to the dump

Clean oven

Redecorate TV table

Dust entire house

Workout 2 days a week

 

~Laura

Monthly Goals – Dec 2017

12 Dec

I feel so behind already this month friends! Along with that, I feel very unmotivated to write, which is sad since I really wanted to be further along in editing my novel.

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Recap of Monthly Goals:

Edit ‘Amelia’ – I got through it once and have started going through it again!

Post Regularly – Not at all. But with my health crashing and the holiday, I am not surprised

Lose weight/work toward health –  !!

Read more books on Jewish living –  Finished Jewish Roots by Dan Juster and also read (non-Jewish) For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn (insert link to review) and have started For Men Only.

Write a letter to one person a month  – nope

Try a new recipe – Sweet Potato Soup –it was so delicious! I really want to make it again. I also tried a new granola bars recipe but I can’t remember where I got it from.

Watch/Read a documentary/biography – The Painting Life of Vincent Van Gogh. ~Now, you might not know this about me, but I am a huge fan of Van Gogh’s paintings. I have a dream of going to see an exhibit of his somewhere, someday. Anyway, this documentary was interesting and told so much about where he got his inspiration from. Also, I really want to go see this movie they made about him

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Tea date at Townshends!

Nov Goals:

Finish Cleaning Laundry Room – It was technically in Dec that I finished it but since it was before this post went up, I’m counting it.

NANOWRIMO – yes yes and yes! I busted through my entire manuscript in the first few weeks. Writing tons of notes, marking where new scenes need to go, etc. The last two weeks, I started going through it again but didn’t get very far

Donate stuff to thrift store – nope. I’m going through a bit more stuff before I do

1 thing I did that I didn’t think I could: I got up the gumption to call the disability lawyer again and am having them help me with all the insanity of trying to get approved for disability

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Dec Goals:

blood draw for CMP

eye doctor appointment

Go through Guest Closet

Donate stuff to thrift store

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Do you set monthly goals? If you do, how did you do in November? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly Goals Link Up : Nov 2017

7 Nov

It’s that time again – checking in to see how I did on my goals in October and setting new ones for November. Plus, you guys – it’s almost Thanksgiving!

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Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash

Recap of Monthly Goals:

Integrate new scene into ‘Amelia’ WELL. I changed this to ‘start editing whole manuscript’. I PRINTED IT. (so exciting) and have been working my way through it.

Post Regularly – I missed about three posts last month.

Lose weight/work toward health –  crossing this one off because I have made some improvements in my health. A new health update should be up soon!

Read more books on Jewish living –  I’m currently reading Jewish Roots by Dan Juster. I also went through the 4-week Bible Study called Rest and Release.

Write a letter to one person a month  – yes!

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Try a new recipe – Pumpkin Bread with Chai Coconut Glaze from theroastedroot.com  – it was yummy and moist but we weren’t overall thrilled with it. It wasn’t sweet enough, or pumpkiny enough for our tastes. I was super impressed with the glaze though – yum! I also made the Grain-Free Waffles from Against All grains.

Watch/Read a documentary/biography – I watched part off Hidden Killers of Edwardian and Victorian Homes. It was really interesting and I plan on watching the other two episodes.

Recap of Oct goals:

Go to a pumpkin patch – nope. I had it planned but then it fell through thanks to feeling terrible!

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Deep Clean Laundry Room – I got halfway through it…

Call Disability Lawyer again – nope

Buy Cover for the VW Bug – yes! it’s going to be too big but we’ll jimmy-rig it

Trim crazy grass bushes in front of yard

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Prep for NANOWRIMO –  This one fits in with my monthly goal of Amelia’s scene/editing.

1 thing I did that I didn’t think I could: I worked in the yard three times!!

 

Nov Goals:

Finish Cleaning Laundry Room

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Donate stuff to thrift store

 

Because of Nanowrimo, at least one trip to Bend, and at least three doctor appointments plus a lab to do, I am keeping November’s goals light. One other thing to note, in case you don’t follow me on Instagram (click on photos on the right from IG and it’ll take you there!), we lost our beloved 12 year old golden, Lady, on the 21st of October. It was sudden and shocking and we miss her so very much.

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It has shaken me up so much that I just couldn’t write here, or edit my novel, for about a week. We buried her on my parent’s property and I head there soon to ‘check on her’ one more time before winter sets in.

I have a feeling that my novel is going to get several new scenes that are sad while I do Nanowrimo this month (if you aren’t sure what I keep referring to, I explain it here). Which a book can always use! (although, I will admit that I’m reading a novel right now that I am struggling to get through because bad things keep happening the the MC. . . I keep muttering to the author ‘if such and such happens, I’m not going to keep reading’… but since it’s a book that I got free for a review, I am. I am assuming that by the end, I’ll like it…??) Anyway, if you’re doing nano, I’m dreaminagain on the nano site.

Happy November!

~Laura

How did you do on your goals last month? Have any fun plans for Thanksgiving?

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