Reading, Writing, Resolutions

Welcome, 2019.

2018 wasn’t a bad year for me, we moved to a bigger house, nicer neighborhood; we got a minivan, I enjoy my calling at church, my relationship with my family is good. Nothing catastrophic happened. It had its ups and downs and self pity moments but I think every year will have that sprinkled throughout. So I’m not running away from 2018 and slamming the door shut behind me – but I do love fresh starts even if there’s nothing I’m trying to erase and forget.

That being said, here are my 2019 goals. I have to point out that yes, there are ten goals again (I didn’t do that last year) but that wasn’t completely on purpose, though I did scratch out a goal because 11 seemed weird.

  1. Read 30 books (3 on writing; 3 church)
  2. Query 5 agents by the end of the year
    • Edit first draft
    • Write query letter
    • BETA readers
  3. Journal once a week
  4. Keep up with the new church curriculum
    • Hold Family Home Evening once a week
    • Share my testimony more
  5. Send birthday cards to family
  6. 12 dates with Matt
  7. Go to the temple at least once
  8. Budget better
    • Stick to the shopping list and come in under budget
    • Re-evaluate wants vs needs
  9. Get fit/eat better/stretch
  10. Organize the house (we have more space but feel just as cramped sometimes…it’s all in how we use the space).
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Ring in the New Year – 2018

I’ve been giving my goals some thought (some less than others) but here they are.  I’m also going to tape them to my mirror so I remember what goals I set.  Here we go:

2018 Resolutions

  1. Query 5 agents by August
    1. Finish the 1st draft with necessary edits
    2. Have 3 BETA readers (at least)
    3. Research agents
    4. Write and polish query letter
    5. Send
  2. Reach goal weight by August 31st by cutting back sugar and working out more.
  3. Make my marriage a priority by having at least 12 dates with my hubs and holding family counsels.
  4. Go to the temple at least twice (DC will be closing in March until 2020 – just thought I’d explain the low number).
  5. Service – do one service activity a month.
  6. MOVE!
  7. Read 25 books.  At least two need to be on writing and three be church books.
  8. Mommy/Son dates – Take time for just Nicky and me by going on at least 6 outings together.

As you can see – I’m making dating my family a big priority this year – someone’s desperate… I’m excited and nervous about my goals – mainly the writing one.  I realized a few weeks ago that I hold back because I get anxiety about the whole submission process.  I figure if I make it a goal then my pride and stubbornness will overpower the anxiety and I’ll finally take the next steps.  We’ll see.  An unwritten goal is to blog and journal more – so hopefully you’ll hear from me more (if that’s what you want).

Projects

As I posted yesterday – I thought I had a draft of my weekly new things. This is by a complete list, looks like I stopped adding after about three months or so but you get the idea.

So I’ve fallen behind reporting on my weekly “projects” which I have dubbed Pinterest projects because honestly 99% of them will be attempts to do things I saw on Pinterest.

So here’s what I’ve tried and how they turned out.

1) Homemade paint.  Recipe found HERE.  This….did not work for me.  I may try it again some time but it came out too thick to actually be used as paint.

2) Family Home Evening on Prayer – I just kind of made this one up.  I have pictures to go with all the answers to the questions.

3) Preschool Calendar Board – this one actually took two weeks because I had to order more ink and go back to the store to get more velcro and laminating paper.  I got the idea from HERE.4) Glazed Donut Muffins – HERE 

These were delicious! Enough said.

5) Pin the Tail on the Bunny (LINK – PS I love this website!) however – the project failed. Seemed simple enough but the Velcro was just too strong and the tails ripped off.

6) baptism FHE

7) Pound cake

I’ve made pound cake before but I wanted to try a new recipe. Recipe found here.

There may have been too much batter, or it was too fluffy, or the pan’s too small. So many options.



But it tasted delicious!

8) homemade guacamole

9) homemade Reese’s eggs

10) rice krispy Easter baskets


11) Wall signs

So long 2017

It’s that time of year again. Time for me to look over my goals and realize that if I don’t write them down and post them somewhere I forget all about them. My first goal for 2018 is to post my goals on the mirror!

This year has been pretty good. We added Izzy to our family and she’s not so bad (and by that I mean she is absolutely the cutest baby I’ve ever seen or birthed). Nicky started preschool in September and he seems to be doing well. His vocabulary has taken off. As of today his favorite things to say are, “oh my word”, “gosh”, “help you” and “scared”…not sure what’s scaring him but he says it a lot.

I got released from my calling with the Young Women in October but now I will be their basketball coach and I’m still teaching Relief Society twice a month (and developing an ulcer because teaching stresses me out).

In 2017 I learned how to let things go. I was getting too worked up on things (and people) being exactly how I thought they should be and that only led to constant disappointment and frustration. Once I let go of my expectations my life and relationships got much better. I still skip up from time to time (today after church for example) but failure isn’t the end, it’s just a learning opportunity for next time (aka tomorrow).

Ok on to the part where I let you know how I did with my goals.

  1. Finish Personal Progress – I’m happy to announce that I finished this back in the spring.
  2. Writing – I didn’t write everyday but when I did write I wrote more than 100 words. I took two months off after Izzy was born but in that two months I contemplated the backstory of my novel and where I wanted it to go. So I’m marking this as a success because I persevered and aside from my “maternity leave” I always had something to submit to my writing group.
  3. Journal/Blog Writing –  Nope. My blog is a pretty good indication of how this went. I probably wrote in my journal less than I blogged.
  4. Have Family Home Evening – medium success. I’ve gotten better – and I’ve made little FHE packets which has been great because then everything is ready to go. I need to make some more but for 2018 I’m set for about two months.
  5. Do something new each week. Success. Mostly I did Pinterest projects. I made a bunch of new food, tried new crafts, made new activities for Nicky and made him a new quiet book to for his age. I have a post around here somewhere where I was keeping track. I’ll look it over and may post what I had.
  6. Get the house ready to sell! Meh. I painted the bathroom and the living room ceiling. I don’t think it will hold us up too much but we will see when we have our realtor come out to look at the house.

Stayed tuned for my 2018 goals after the new year! Hope everyone had a great Christmas and be safe tonight!