Friday, October 30, 2015

And what about those goals?

I wrote this back in October and for some reason, didn't hit publish.
So, I am publishing it with the original date...  :)

Taking a quick inventory on where I am with the 2015 goals.
I have two months to get back on track if needed.

Physical Side
-Get my Fitbit to exceed 10,000 steps at least three times a week... GULP
  I have been doing really good with this one since August.  I am hitting 10K 6 to 7 times 
  a week!
-Wear my retainer at least once a week...
  Not doing so good here and I need to focus on this one - especially since I am looking for  
  a new dentist right now.  Though - I am proud to say that I am wearing my retainer 
  right now!

Mental Side
-Read 12 books (hardback or thought provoking)...  Changed: Read 12 that are recommendable.
  See the post from yesterday.
-Scrapbook the pictures that are already sitting in my craft room (Yes - scrapbooking is mental!  Try coming up with creative, good-looking layouts!)...
  I guess I've been focusing more on quilts this year and for some reason, I'm on a mission 
  to get as many of them owed done as possible.  I started with a goal of 8 for the year... 
  Two have been delivered.  Three are on track for Christmas.  Three have their squares 
  down, but I'm not sure if I will focus on them ahead of the Christmas presents.  Two 
  more could be done for Christmas, if I have time.
  Scrapbooking?  What's that.

Spiritual Side
-Get to church at least two times a month...
  I was doing really well with this one (going three times a month) until Mother's Day.  
  Let's just say that sermon put a sour taste in my month that still hasn't gone away.  
  I am now looking for a new church, but I'm not very motivated to look yet.
-Read a devotion every Monday...
  I have done good with this one.  Helps that I have a book on my kindle set up just 
  perfectly for this goal.

All in all, I think I'm doing pretty well with the goals this year.
I can already think of some new ones that I need for next year if I can keep the new habits formed in 2015 going.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

What I've Been Reading...

I wrote this back in October and for some reason, didn't hit publish.
So, I am publishing it with the original date...  :)

And the very truthful answer is...

I've been on so many planes lately that I have been flying through the books.

Yep - Gotta admit, I'm getting lots of use out of the kindle that MBB bought me, but a lot of the books there do not qualify for this list...They are just quick reads that get my mind off of work, relocation, bills, etc which allows for a better night sleep - most of the time.

I changed up the goal up a bit back in June.  Instead of 12 reads, I am going for 12 reads that I would recommend.  Yep, read a lot this year that I wouldn't recommend...Though I will list those at the bottom.

Updated reads through the end of Oct (in no particular order):

1. Viper Game by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalker Series) <--Recommend! But you need to read the series in order.  This is one of the authors that I will not read on kindle.  I still buy the real book and keep it in my library!

2. Obsession in Death by JDRobb <--Recommend! But you need to read the series in order.  This is one of the authors that I will not read on kindle.  I still buy the real hard cover book and keep it in my library!

3. The Portland Storm series by Catherine Gayle (kindle)...
Okay, I thought about it and I am going to include this romance series. It is a 10 book series (the link connected to the title is only for the first four), so I'm not trying to wimp out on my reading or anything.  Some of the books hit on different topics like Recovering from Abuse (the first one)... There is another about Cancer (two if you count the novella)... And many other real world issues.  Now don't misunderstand me - this is a romance series and makes for a good mindless read if you skip over some of the serious issues, but I really enjoyed the deeper story lines and I learned a little bit about hockey in the process.  <--Recommend!

4. The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede (kindle)
I have had this book on my wish list for awhile now, but couldn't stomach paying $10 and not have a book to hold in my hand.  Then MBB gave me a kindle gift card for Mother's Day and this was the first one that I grabbed.  Appropriate that I read part of it on the flight to New York where I went to visit the 9/11 memorial (didn't make it to the museum, so I will have to go back)...  I liked the backbone to the book and I liked the human touch, but I was a bit disappointed in the writing for $10. Good book to read if you remember 9/11, but I recommend waiting on a sale.

5. The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell (kindle)
This board is about a family torn apart by hoarding.  I enjoyed the read, but it was deep in spots and flighty in others.  Not sure on the recommendation, so I'll leave it here for now.

6. Disney U: How Disney University Develops the World's Most Engaged, Loyal and Customer-Centric Employees by Doug Lipp (kindle)  I enjoyed this kinda sorta story about Disney and kinda sorta self-improvement book.  I really like the concept and kept thinking as I read the book - if only this were still the case today (especially in the Disney Stores, which is also talked about in the book). <-- Recommend for those on a kinda sorta history / Disney kick, though catch on a Kindle Deal of the Day like I did!

7. Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines Book 1) by Marko Kloos (kindle - prime shared 052015)
This series kinda reminds me of Hunger Games, a little bit.  Set in the future where life as we know it is no more.  I really enjoyed the first book of the series.

8. Lines of Departure (Frontlines Book 2) by Marko Kloos (kindle - prime shared 062015)
The second book of this series started out very slow (almost didn't keep going), but got better throughout the book to the point that I am waiting for July so that I can "check out" the third one.

9. Angles of Attack (Frontlines Book 3) by Marko Kloos (kindle - prime shared 072015) I enjoyed this book and was very disappointed when I realized that Book 4 won't be out until April.

10. The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary by Joseph Michelli (kindle) I loved the concepts in this book, but wish that the Starbucks (especially those in airports) would continue to follow the great ideas that I am reading in the book.

Anyone have any recommendations for free/cheap kindle books???

The Not Recommending List (not saying they aren't good books, but I'm not attaching my name)
 > 47 Little Love Booster For a Happy Marriage by Marko Petkovic (kindle)
 > The Strategic Shopping Guide: How to find the best food, save money & improve your health by Jamie Logie (kindle)
 > The Financial Wisdom of Jesus: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Weath by Paul Millard (kindle)
 > Remove Negative Thinking: How to Instantly Harness Mindfulness and The Power of Positive Thinking by Helga Klopcic and KC Harry (kindle)
 > Fitness Optimization: Learn the Essentials of a Healthy Lifestyle.  The 8 key elements of Fitness, Lose Weight, and Become a More Radiant Human Being. by John Mayo (kindle)
 > Small Habits, Big Results: 55 Small Changes That Completely Turned My Life Around by Michelle Williams (kindle)
 > When God Makes You Wait by Adam Houge (kindle)  Honestly, I don't even remember what this was about (other than God), so I'd have to put this in the Not Recommending list.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Love My Name!

I love my name, Nana, so much...
And I'm very blessed that now three people will call me that.

Yep, gonna be a Nana again!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Time is Flying...

I blinked and more than a month went by...

I walked a lot (~383,000 steps), traveled a lot (six trips), worked a lot (nine events), read a lot (18 books, I think)...
I quilted a little, filed a little, purged a little, cleaned a little...
I loved my hubby, my kids, my grandbabies as much as possible...

I have been trying to be better about how I live my life.
I have not picked up the diet flag again yet - but I fear that is coming soon.

I am trying to focus on the things that matter and let go of the things that don't.
I am trying to get MBB and I in the best place possible financially and personally.
I am trying to make this the best life has to offer.

And I am trying to get my Christmas shopping done as soon as possible so that I so not have a stressful December! 
A certain little Zilla has said that he wants to help Nana make cookies.  :)