Reading List of 2019

Reading List of 2019

One of my major goals this year is to read more so I’m going to make that happen (granted I’ve started late to the game). I began The Four Agreements and loved it but life got crazy the last week or two and I haven’t picked it back up. I’m going to take a few solid days to catch up and it’s a short book so I think I can still finish it easily by the end of January. Although while I clean I have been listening to Troublemaker and I love hearing Leah Remini’s own voice and spunk about her early childhood experinences. And that is much easier for me most time anyway- I can usually absorb a audiobook okay for the most part.

My plan going forward is this: Read 1-2x day AM/PM (even just a few pages) read according to my guide and lined up books. I’d like to do reviews on these books or at least some so let me know if that interests you at all. I just gave away a lot of physical copies of books I had since I just never read them but I had so man others that I needed to read, so those were donated. Most of these are books that I’ve had for at least a few years and others I’ve just gotten recently in Kindle or Audible. This is my take on a reading challenge which it is- because I’m lucky with my slow reading speed and comprehension if I can read one book a month.

Here’s my 2019 reading list goal plan:

January: The Four Agreements-paperback/Troublemaker on audible

February: The Power of Now-kindle
March: The Soul Searchers Handbook/Adventures for your Soul-kindle
April: Daring Greatly-kindle
May: May Cause Miracles-kindle
June: The Untethered Soul-kindle
July: Make it Happen-kindle
August: Sacred Powers-to be ordered
September: Talking as Fast as I Can-audible
October: This Is Just My Face-Try Not To Stare-audible
November: Seriously I’m Kidding-audible
December: Big Magic-to be ordered

And a few extra suggestions of ones I have/want to read if I have extra time or swap any of these out.

-Catcher-kalyn nicholson
-Kind is the new Classy
-Girl stop apoligizing
-The power of habit
-Becoming
-Nine Perfect Strangers

 

What are you looking forward to reading this year? New or old? What is your favorite types of books to read and why? Let me know in the comments below. Drop your favorite books down below in case I need to add them to my list!

2019 Word of the Year

2019 Word of the Year

COMMIT

com·mit
/kəˈmit/Submit
verb
1.
carry out or perpetrate (a mistake, crime, or immoral act).
“he committed an uncharacteristic error”
synonyms: carry out, do, perpetrate, engage in, enact, execute, effect, accomplish; More
2.
pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy.
“they were reluctant to commit themselves to an opinion”
synonyms: pledge, devote, apply, give, dedicate
“they committed themselves to the project”
*from the Dictionary search on Google*

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This word stuck out to me right away when I started to think about Word of the Year. I have in much of my life lacked a sense of commitment and sticking through the tough times. Not so much in a sense of personal commitment but in pretty much every other way. I tend to bail out on things when it gets hard or when my anxiety comes into play. So being consistent and commiting to each and every adventure and new thing I take on- I can at least try and follow through on. The goal is to apply this to my personal life in learning to drive (permit), my new PT job, and my relationship. It will also help me being consistent and commited on here in this space, also helps to batch write and plan ahead.

Last year my word was “Renew” I think I did well and applied this word Renew in many places. I started this new blog and maybe didn’t make as much progress last year as much as I wanted but that’s okay. I started out feeling as fresh and new as I do now-but we had obstacles and we balanced and problem solved it better than before. I wasn’t I as anxious this year as I was the year prior. I have found ways and techniques to cope day to day and change my reality in a better way. Now committing to the process and the journey will be a whole new place I haven’t been in before.

I want to recap some of my acheivements from this year that were motivated by renew. And will be pushed forward more by commit.

-less anxiety

-working with younique

-practicing my makeup and getting on video

-worked on budget all year long (still learning and fixing it)

-reading more although not entirely successfully but more intake media was accomplished

-got a job (in december) PT at Chico’s

-figured out who and what I wanted in my life

-building on my relationship and making it stronger

-we moved and then regretted it

-working on calming my intense emotions and not being snappy, angry and annoyed over literally small things I can’t control

-found my blog and local tribe of babes and brainstorming new projects and more content that’s valuable

-worked on my self love, and self care journey; made serious progress

-stayed at home and kept on top of chores and wifey duties pretty well

-purged and organized a LOT this year which felt so good

 Those might be semi vague but honestly they were HUGE for me. So I feel good about moving into a new year with these things in my belt. I am thankful to have Sean by my side and be growing into a newer person by exposing myself to things that seemed hard or impossible. It’s not- it’s just adjustment and progress not perfection. I can’t expect to never feel uncomfortable because we all feel that way from time to time. It’s moving through the muck and learning to be okay and get stronger by learning not by being ‘all knowing right away’.

I’m going to start a couple things this year that I want to focus on and implement immediately. 

  • Journaling
  • Meditation
  • Yoga/exercise
  • Quality Time with Sean 
  • Dogs; get them active and playing more

That’s pretty much it. I have rambled enough, I think. Hopefully this is helpful or gives you an idea of my plans for 2019 and at LEAST for the month of January. Small steps- big accomplishments. I’m psyched for this year-here we go!

 

two zero one nine

two zero one nine

What I want in 2019:

1. Blog 2-3x a week

I should start prepping content now and thinking of topics that people will find helpful in the new year or in January in general. There are many subjects that I haven’t even explored or touched on so if there is something specific that you’d like to see please leave me a comment below or feel free to email me.


2. Travel-California, Florida, Greece?

Start a savings TRAVEL fund so we can take a trip or two this coming year. The only way to make this happen is to start being more conscious of money and paying off debt and setting extra funds aside. My dream trip is Greece and by god, I would FLIP if I got to go.


3. Read one book a month

I can absolutely do this. I find when I am reading often I do really enjoy that intake of story and information. Set a schedule to do this every AM/PM and stick to it. Find the only books that you enjoy and really want to fully read and gain knowledge from.
“Some books leave us free and some books make us free.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


4. Personal Growth- self love, self care, self actualization commence

Do a self care routine a couple times a week if possible. Have a better sense of my own self love and self respect. Start doing and achieving whatever I can for self growth and actualization. *Read personal development and write notes or take aways to apply those principles*


5. Save 1K for emergencies or towards 10 yr wedding fund

Again another savings goals. But I have to make this happen for a better wedding plans and emergency savings because we have learned this year that that is IMPORTANT. If you yourself don’t already have one or has recently depleted I encourage you to start one.


6. Listen to more audio media- podcasts, ted talks, music etc

I have started applying this while I clean or write posts/brainstorm etc or sometimes before bed when I’m antsy and can’t chill out. I enjoy a few podcasts like Pretty Basic, Coffee Talk with Kalyn and also a few crime or general knowledge ones. I try not to grab too many downloaded for lack of space and also for simplicity sake. I am working on decluttering every inch of my mental and physical space.


7. Volunteer- aka being a nicer, more giving person; and/or donate more often to non profit charities

I want to (if not a job) have a better sense of community and doing something with my time that I enjoy and helps others. I’ve often thought of volunteering at a soup kitchen or a dog shelter or even helping at a donation center or charity. The only thing holding me back is transportation so let’s make that happen too. The second part of this is donate more and keep track of those things so they can be deduced for tax reasons.

8. Get my freaking LICENSE

I go back and forth on whether I want to or not and being more independent as a human being. But overall, I know it would help so much for me to be able to get out and do things without asking for a ride or relying on other modes. Fear about driving is common, but it will be better in the end to gain the knowledge and then make a decision from there.

9. Improve Exercise and Nutrition habits

I have somewhat improved upon eating better, not in a perfect way but definitely different that I’m not eating just only junk and fast food. Finding healthy snacks and drinking more water is a basic start I’ve begun. I am not really as close on the fitness track but I have a goal for a new gym routine/yoga and stretch days.

10. Build better relationships

My actual relationships, friends, family or otherwise, have been sort of  put on the back burner. I don’t mean to and yes I’m close to a small group of close people I love and trust. But I have pulled away from many and also put up with far too much interpersonal abuse so that has stopped this year. However I do care about many people I know and want to continue to get to know in my life and that is what I’d like to improve upon. Building and focusing on nurturing a friendship/relationship takes both parties giving 100%.

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End of Year Reflection

End of Year Reflection

This year has been a crazy wild ride for sure. Up and down, in and out, bad and then good again. I didn’t know what to ever expect and that was kinda hard.

January was a fresh start and we had a lot going on that we took care of in the first few months. Then in March, we suddenly moved because we were out of city limits and didn’t like the place we lived at. We moved back into town and returned to a previous complex only to find out that it was basically a joke (i.e loud neighbors, constant barking dogs and management that doesn’t care at ALL). So we quickly regretted that. I think we will end up moving this year when our lease is up in May.

Sean’s job situation has been up and down all year due to many crappy situations, but we are striving and reaching for more. We want to grow and be even more successful and take on more serious responsibility. I was working for Younqiue and Doterra which I may still continue in the background but I want to have a J-O-B, so I hope come the new year I may be set up to do so. I would love to invest more time and money into making this a better place and trying to better myself in many ways coming into 2019. I want more for myself and my personal growth and development. (Side note: I got a job and I’m so excited-nervous for it… wish me luck!)

I’ve come back full circle to this place where I love to blog and share my life with others so I want to continue to have time to do so. I’m trying to get this one post up to recap maybe some of the year and then continue strong into posts for the new year, new me (old phrase I know-but meaningful). Let me know if there’s anything specific that you’d like to see. I’m going to make January a time to discuss personal growth, goals and the ways to improve your life on a daily basis- while finding ways to be happy in the middle of the dark months. My tribe has help close to me, I’ve let go of a few toxic people and moved away from hearing the negativity or falseities. But I’m so overly thankful for those who love me and support me in every step of my life. I have some amazing women around me and I’m sure you know who you are (Raewyn, Pamela, Bonnie, Kris, Emily, Cate-my blogging besties & Krysten who has always been a huge source of encouragement and inspiration) Thank you I had to mention these great ladies! I appreciate Ashley and Cynthia who’ve both been in my life and circled back again, I love you two SO much, seriously! I’d do anything for you both. We have 20+ years and I can’t believe we will grow old all together. Stevie, you’re my rock- you’re an amazing person and I love you SO SO SO much. Thank you fo always being there and I’m happy to be there when you need it; you’ll be my Steve forever; my Jeff Granola supporter. 

I’ve been trying to take better care of myself and who I surround myself with. It might be silly to say but I have been diving into self love and self growh videos on youtube premium, I love watching videos and advice there that I can learn and implement too. My self care has been upped- more baths, more skin care, more breathing, more journaling, more quiet time… I love it. My home has had a big purge too and decluttering has been the best form of feeling clear. So my chores have been my top priority for months, trying to stay on top of it all.

The holidays were calm and chill. We didn’t decorate much and didnt do much anyways during the month. We spent it with my in laws and  didn’t really make a huge deal out of the holidays like we normally do. 2019 is sneaking up so so fast and I’m relieved. It always feels like a new start and I need that about now. I’ve learned how to be more positive overall and I have changed into a more complete happier person in the last six months or so. I know that even our relationship has changed and eveolved and will improve even further in 2019. It feels like a new year, a fresh start. And maybe some people hate that idea; the waiting to be productive, the “it’s a new day/year” mentality when really everyday is a good day for growth, goals and change. But I just like that something motivates me that much to really do so and if I can find a way to stick to them then that’s great for me. It’s gonna be a year to commit but more on that coming soon……

Thank you for reading and following my blog this place means so much to me and I hope as I start my new journey back into the workforce (PT) that I can balance everything. I really appreciate every comment, every share, every repin- my job here is to share my journey and hope that it affects or helps you in some way. If you’d like to tell me anything closing out the new year  please take a moment in the comments to do so or feel free to shoot me an email-which you can find on my Contact page.

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Welcome to Happy Friday! Each week, Krysten from Why Girls are Weird comes up with a list of ten things that have made her happy this week. So I always join in because it’s a favorite part of my week being so thankful and grateful. Having a hard week? Coming up with a list of happy things can help turn that frown upside down.

If you wanna play along come join us and share the photo below in your post and mention I sent ya! This is such a fun thing to do and really makes you reflect about the events and turn out of the week as a whole and as a sum of the parts.

  1. Getting a J-O-B! I’m so excited and thrilled to try my hand at retail in this small boutique. I’m sure I’ll have updates to come….
  2. Christmas movies- I watched so many this year on Hallmark/Christmas channel, it was sooo worth it!
  3. Good music! I’ve been having some jams and if you listen to Spotify- make sure you grab the 2018 most listened playlist. I have some saved bops on there that I’m excited to keep on repeat (for now).
  4. Doterra Oils- I’ve been using mine daily for so many things and man they sure help.
  5. Cooking more at home, I want to find more easy slow cooker recipes which chicken or beef because we eat those protein the most (feel free to link or drop ideas below)
  6. Finding a great candy shop at the mall- buy a jar for 12.95 and refill every time unlimited for 9$. It’s a great sweet random treat!
  7. Writing. Period. I’m so into journaling and spilling my guts out lately. I highly recommend starting a writing routine. Bullet journal, regular journaling or morning pages, blogging- any of it! It’s great for your mental/psychological and emotional state.
  8. Iced coffee and donuts in the AM with hubby. It’s been a great little morning wake up everyday with fresh made coffee.
  9. Wireless phone charger! It’s so convenient!
  10. Puppy cuddles and fuzzy blankets! They’ve been super needy and I love them sooo hard lately.

What made you happy this week? Share with me in the comments below

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