Monday, July 8, 2019

Ten on Tuesday: 6th Month Goal Update

It's been six months and I continue to make progress on my goals.  To help stay focused and accountable, it is time for another goal check-in.

1.  Earn My Red Jacket:  I did not accomplish this by June 30th, but I am 1/3 of the way there.  I got a new team member a few weeks ago and I'm so excited for her.  I still have a goal to share the business opportunity with 5 women each month.  Building my team will build my business, which will help me accomplish some of my other goals.

2.  Pay Off 2 Credit Cards:  As of March 28, I had paid one off.  I'm happy to report that I have paid off the second one!  It took a little longer than planned, but it's paid off.  I am now focusing on a pet healthcare related credit card.  This will take a long time, but I've accepted that.

3.  Makeover My Blog:  Yeah.  Nothing has happened with this one, except that I have begun a list of topics and ideas I have.  I've considered shutting this blog down and starting completely over.  I have made progress on deleting posts from the past 10 years that didn't make sense or were not positive enough to be included anymore.  I still have until December 31 to accomplish this one.

4.  Get My Own Place Again:  The goal date is October 1.  Progress is being made since paying off some debt will help me get to this point.

5.  Pay Off 1 Student Loan:  The original plan was to pay this off this year.  A few months in to 2019, I decided to focus on the smaller debts and getting rid of them in order to increase my monthly payments to this loan.  Since I have paid off 2 credit cards and some medical bills, my "debt snowball" has increased significantly.  I have also increased the amount of the standard monthly payment in addition to the extra payments.

6.  Earn the Director's Suit:  In order to earn the director's suite, I first need to earn my red jacket.  See #1.

7.  Read 40 Books:  Today's total is 38 books for the year.  Some of those are books I've read for my nephew's book club, but many have been books for me.  Almost there!

8.   Maintain a Healthier Lifestyle:  Whoa.  I've been tracking everything I eat and drink in the MyFitnessPal app since February.  I also hit my daily Fitbit goals about 90% of the time.  There are a few days when I don't quite reach the daily goals, but I'm close enough that I can make peace with it.  My alcohol intake has decreased significantly and my water intake has greatly improved.  I've been focused on trying to eat more protein and less refined sugar and sodium. I recently completed a 21 day Crop Top Crunch Time Challenge with Love Sweat Fitness and that was amazing.  So much so, that I signed up for the next challenge which is 8 weeks and began on Monday.  My follow up appointment with my doctor is later this month and that's when we will see if the changes I've made have impacted my health for the better.

9.  Refinish Bookcase:  Holy cow!  This came in just under the wire for the deadline of July 1.  I decided to stain it so the process of stripping, sanding, sanding, sanding, and staining took way longer than I had anticipated because this piece of furniture was a beast! (PS--It's taller than me)  I also got some help on this project, for which I am grateful. It looks amazing now though.  Especially with all my books on it.  This was finished on June 30.

10.  Finish Christmas Shopping by December 1:  I have completed the shopping for 3 people on my list.  Considering I hadn't started by the end of March, this is quite the accomplishment.  I still have a long way to go, but I will make my list this week and make progress.  I should have 2 more people finished this month.

My word for the year was DISCIPLINE and I have done very will with this as my focus.  It's so motivating to see the progress made since the end of March.  There will be another update in September.  Let's see what I can get done by then.  :)

Life Update

Hi.  Is there anyone out there? 

It's been a while, hasn't it?  About 2 full months.  There hasn't been a lot that's happened.  I have been giving my blog a lot of thought.  I'm very tempted to shut it down and start completely over.  I'm still considering doing videos, however I need the equipment for that.  Here are some highlights from the past two months. 

1.  I'm still going to the gym about 3 times a week and I love it.  Due to other obligations, I haven't been in over a week and I miss it.

2.  I refinished two side tables and a beast of a bookcase either outside or in the garage during the hottest days of the year.  The sweat was ridiculous, but the furniture pieces look amazing!

3.  My sister and her family visited us for a week last week.  It was so good to see them all.  We celebrated my nephew's birthday, went to a water park, played kickball and wiffle ball, and just had fun.  I hadn't seen them since September 2018.

4.  I've read quite a few books and have enjoyed each one.  I just finished a great series.

5.  My skin has gone almost 2 full months with no hives.  I am about 99% sure I figured out the cause.

6.  My Mary Kay team grew by one person.  I'm so excited for her and ready to build my team even more!

7.  I also celebrated my 15th MK anniversary!

8.  My new job is still great!

9.  I paid off another credit card.

10.  I also started saving for the future through a retirement plan.

I'm sure there's more, but these are the things that stick out in my mind.

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!

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.