Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Ten on Tuesday

1.  I'm behind on writing book reviews. There is no excuse.

2.  Last Monday, I had a biopsy done on my hives.  I was expecting a scrape, but instead got numbed and then two stitches.  I get them taken out on Thursday and can't wait, even though I know it will hurt some because my skin is so sensitive.

3.  Biopsy narrowed the cause down to 3 possibilities.  After some serious thought and investigation, I think I may have discovered the cause.  Not 100% sure yet, so will keep monitoring and check back in a few weeks.

4.  Belvita breakfast bars in blueberry have become my new favorite thing.

5.  I can't believe that this men's romper is a thing.  And these suits with shorts and short sleeves.  I don't know which print is worse.  Credit to the models who can keep a straight face while wearing these.

6.  May begins tomorrow and I haven't decorated my planner with the stickers I bought at the beginning of April.

7.  I have a sudden desire to play tennis.  Too bad my racket is packed away in a box...most likely on the bottom of the pile of boxes.

8.  I'm starting to make design outlines for my blog makeover.  It's still going to be a while.

9.  Maximus got his very own car seat/carrier.  Now he can ride safely in the car with me.

10.  We are supposed to get rain and thunderstorms every day this week.  Yay Spring!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Weekend Recap...

Friday:  This past Friday was no different from many others.  Friday evenings are my "decompress" times.  I don't usually go out and I spend the evening relaxing and recovering from the week.  Since we were behind a little, my mom and I got all caught up on This Is Us.  I don't really like drama shows, but this one is so good.  I'm anxious for the next season to get started.

Saturday:  Max likes to wake up at 7:30 am on the weekends.  It would be so nice if he could make it to 8 am.  After slowly enjoying my morning coffee, I helped my dad hang a new ceiling fan, which has made a big difference in the temperature in the living room.  The weather was so nice this weekend that the heat was turned off and the windows were opened.  I love having the windows open in the spring (and fall).  We had beautiful sunshine, so I sat on the patio with the dogs and read my book until it was time to get ready for an early dinner with my cousins who were in town for an event.  I haven't seen them in a long time, so it was nice to get out and enjoy their company.

Sunday:  I read more on the patio in the morning before going to a quilt bingo game.  I like to play bingo.  I like supporting a good cause.  However, I will most likely not play bingo with this organization again for many reasons, including how they don't follow the rules and wait almost 45 minutes before starting the second round when they had announced the break was 15 minutes.  They wasted a lot of time and made a lot of people angry when they didn't follow the rules.  It was not a good time.  After getting home, I went back out on the patio and finished my book.  I never should have started this book without the rest in the series because now I want to read them all.  This book was very enjoyable. 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Book Review: The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success

The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success, by Kate White

From GoodreadsTwenty-two years ago Kate White wrote the bestselling career bible Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do, and helped thousands of women push their success to the next level. Now a new generation of women, still eyeing the pay gap and glass ceiling, needs its own set of rules for today's modern workplace.

In THE GUTSY GIRL HANDBOOK White presents the nine core principles that have guided her career, offering dozens of straightforward, doable strategies for women in any field and at any stage in their professional lives. Drawing on original research, and sharing new success stories and never-before told examples from her time as the editor-in-chief of Cosmo, White inspires women to own their excellence, break the rules (or make their own), ask for the money and opportunities they deserve, and refuse to apologize for who they are and what they want.

THE GUTSY GIRL HANDBOOK is a resource for women who want to build confidence, negotiate a great salary and perks, manage meetings, mansplaining, and interruptions, and create game-changing "notice me" ideas. This all-new, accessible handbook is a great gift for graduates, and a must-read for professional women of all levels.

My Review

I've wanted to read this for a while and I'm glad I did.  I do enjoy a good self improvement book every now and then.  This book is filled with good advice like how to take good risks, knowing your worth and asking for what you want/need, and how to overcome failures.  The tone of the book is positive and the language is conversational.  I enjoyed how the information was broken down and divided up by sections so it didn't feel like I was reading a textbook. 

Something I liked most about this book is at the end of each chapter, there is a breakdown of the key points or takeaways for that chapter's topic.  There are also tools for specific topics to help you understand the information and how to apply it; simple flowcharts, quizzes, etc.  I especially liked the section on how to speak confidently and how to present yourself as a strong, intelligent women with important contributions in the workplace.

This book has also been written for the modern society and workplace.  You're not getting information that was only applicable in earlier decades, but many tried and true principles show up, such as how to build your brand, time management techniques, and getting rid of the idea of "perfection" and moving forward with "good enough".

While many women will use the information in this guide to move their career forward in the corporate world, I plan to take most of the principles and apply them to my MK business.  This is a great book to have on your shelf for whenever you need a quick refresh on a topic or want to boost of inspiration. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ten on Tuesday

1.  Reading my old posts really brings attention to how much I have grown/changed, plus what things I still love.

2.  Have you ever made a Vision Board? I'm in the beginning phase of making one.

3.  Another book review is coming this week!

4.  I haven't seen Mrs. P since Christmas.  This information makes me sad.  Mrs. P, are you reading this right now?

5.  Yesterday, I totally crushed all my goals for the day as far as steps, calories burned, distance walked, and minutes active.  However, I ate way too much junk food.

6.  It's been 4 months since I was promised a new desk...and I'm still waiting.

7.  Max likes to stand on me in the mornings while I'm trying to wake up.  This usually leads to him walking back and forth on me until I get up.  Melody let's me lay in bed as long as I want unless she really needs to go out.

8.  My tournament bracket has moved to 4th place out of 12, however my top two teams both lost last week in really close games.

9.  Apparently, invisible aligners are available for dogs.  Did you know this?  SmileDirectClub, who can help you straighten your smile, can now help your dog too.

10.  Doing the quarterly check-in for my yearly goals last week was really helpful.  It really gives perspective on the progress made.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Three Month Goals Check-In

It's been three months since I set yearly goals for myself.  In an effort to be more accountable to those goals, I am going to do quarterly check ins to see how I'm doing and what I need to focus on.

1.  Earn My Red Jacket:  The date to accomplish this goal is June 30th.  After attending Career Conference, I have gotten some of that positive energy back and new inspiration to promote myself in my business.  It's time to start sharing this amazing opportunity.

2.  Pay Off 2 Credit Cards:  The date to accomplish this was March 1.  I have paid off one credit card, with another one to be paid off soon.  Hopefully within the next couple weeks.  Once I get that one paid off, I want to focus on a pet health care related credit card.  That one will take some time to pay off, but it will be good to get it paid down.

3.  Makeover My Blog:  I gave myself until December 31 for this one.  I'm still thinking about what I want to do to turn this blog of mine around, trying to work out an action plan.  Many times, I've thought about deleting this blog altogether and starting from scratch.  I'm not sure if that's the right way to go, so for now, I am going through all of my posts from the past 10 years and deleting anything that didn't make sense or is not positive enough to be included anymore. 

4.  Get My Own Place Again:  The goal is October 1.  I want it to be summer when I get this accomplished.  However, it is very dependent on getting some of these other things accomplished. I'm still working toward this one.

5.  Pay Off 1 Student Loan:  This should be paid off this year, that was the original plan.  I still want to get this paid off, but recently, I've decided to focus a lot of my smaller debts.  I am still making extra payments to this loan each month though, so I'm chipping away at it little by little.  This thing needs to go away as quickly as possible though.

6.  Earn The Director's Suit:  No progress has been made toward this goal.  I must first earn the Red Jacket before focusing on directorship.  Moving into leadership and coaching other women will make such a huge impact, not only on my life, but on lives of others.

7.  Read 40 Books:  As of today, I have read 22 books, so I am over halfway to this goal already.  I'm about to finish 2 more books, so I'm thinking about what my next read should be.  I have quite a selection of unread books waiting on my bookcase to choose from.

8.  Maintain a Healthier Lifestyle:  Thanks to the MyFitnessPal app and the Fitbit, I am doing well with this goal.  With the exception of the hives lately (and the process of trying to treat them), I have been making better eating choices, have been making an effort to be active every day, if only for 30 minutes, and focusing on burning more calories each day than I take in.  I've also set daily goals for myself in number of steps, active minutes, distance walked, and calories burned.  I strive to reach these before going to bed each night.  I've increased my water intake significantly and have cut back on the alcohol so much.  When I have a drink now, it's only 1-2 glasses of wine 2-3 nights a week.  I've also been paying attention to the nutrients in my food to make sure I'm getting more of what I need and less of what I don't.  Now if we can only figure out what's going on with my skin.

9.  Refinish Bookcase:  This hasn't been started yet.  The date to accomplish this one is July 1.  I'm confident that it will get done by then, especially now that the weather has warmed up.  I just need to decide between paint or stain.

10.  Finish Christmas Shopping by December 1:  I haven't even started yet.  However, I am on the lookout while I'm out and about for things I think someone might like. 

My focus has been constantly pulled toward my word for the year, DISCIPLINE.  I make sure I stay focused and disciplined in my activities to accomplish these goals.  Now that they have been reevaluated, I can't wait to see what the update will be at the end of June.