Restarting.

A month ago, I joined a couple of lovely ladies on a link up at Coast to Coast: Resolutions Revisited. It was supposed to be a monthly thing on the last Tuesday of every month to recap the progress we’ve made on our resolutions…and well, I’m a day behind on that and two on my weekly MPM, so I’ve thought about it…thought about what I’d like to continue to do to reach this years’ goals and I’ve figured I’d like to just KISS it all away. KISS worked on last week’s MPM/FUF, so that’s what I’ll be switching gears to.

Keep It Simple, Stupid!

ONE

Be healthier: mind, body, and soul. Not exactly super tangible, but still workable. The weekly MPM/FUF were very helpful and got me started on the right foot, but my crazy work schedule often got in the way of really embracing a better lifestyle–my eating habits are poor and I barely make it to the gym. But digging deeper to find the underlying cause of me not being able to really be successful forces me to really be honest with myself. I don’t cope with work stress well and I’m lazy. LAZY! On my long days, I let work run me and I don’t take care of myself–running on caffeinated drinks and eating a snack or two all day only to end on a 3,000 calorie late night dinner at 10:30PM is very typical. Then, on my days off, I binge on my cravings and lay on the couch to recover from the work day prior. I’ve lived by “Work Hard, Play Hard” but I think I’m working harder than I really should be for my own (and my husband’s) sanity! So how do I beat this vicious cycle?

My new mantra: Be healthier: mind, body, and soul–and let work be work.

TWO

Write more or less. I’ve always loved writing so I can let my thoughts go, and I’ve always chosen a blog online rather than a handwritten journal only because my thoughts are a mile a minute and I can type faster than I can write (do my run-on sentences give me away?). Blogging frees my mind, as well as holds me accountable. As I’ve already alluded to above though, the weekly MPM/FUFs were awesome on starting me off well with this year’s goals and also in keeping up with this blog, but I’ve also realized that my own self-imposed timeline is an unnecessary deadline that I don’t need to add to my constantly growing to-do list.

So, I will figure out what to do with this blog whenever I want to. Write more or less on anything and everything–perhaps join more or less TDPs, but no constraints and deadlines! Just write more or less to figure out more about anything and everything.

THREE

Continue to find new things that excite me. I really like this one because whether it be something new to do, a new place to eat at, another Pinterest project to tackle, or anything under the sun…this goal I think will allow me to spend more time on me AND also on my relationships with those dearest to me. I love my middle of the week days off where I can try out something new on my own or sit on the couch like right now to do some personal reflection time on this blog. But I also love meeting up with my best friend to catch up and chat while we’re working on a new craft project. And I, especially, love having spontaneous dates with my husband to try out a new restaurant. Simple as these things may be, they do excite me and are very fulfilling–and more importantly, stress-relieving!

With all that said…ONE, TWO, and THREE will still help me accomplish my original list:

1) Lose weight –> ONE
2) Improve finances (less stress, less shopping! LOL!)
3) Exercise more –> ONE
4) Get a new/better job (it WILL get better when I start to cope better!!!)
5) Eat healthy –> ONE
6) Manage stress –> ONE
7) Quit smoking (Thank God, I never picked up this bad habit!)
8) Improve relationship –> THREE
9) Stop procrastinating –> TWO & THREE
10) Set aside “me” time –> TWO & THREE

Phew…that was long! Goofin’ off, KW

Coast to Coast: Resolutions Revisited #1

I’m so excited because this is my first ever post joining a link-up! I’m a bit embarrassed to report that I had to Google the rules of a link-up even though the awesome hosts, Port City Prescriptions and Flowers In My Hair, explained the rules. I just wanted to make sure I do this right! Can’t you tell I’m a bit behind in the blogging scene?!? HA HA HA!

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So, the rules for the link-up: recap the resolutions, link to the fabulous ladies of Coast to Coast: Resolutions Revisited, and repeat every last Tuesday of the month! Easy enough…here we go!

My list of resolutions were a bit generic but my plan of attack of Mission Possible Mondays and Follow-Up Fridays has been very successful! Little baby steps, every week to ultimately achieve all of the goals below:

1) Lose weight
2) Improve finances
3) Exercise more
4) Get a new/better job
5) Eat healthy
6) Manage stress
7) Quit smoking (Thank God, I never picked up this bad habit!)
8) Improve relationship
9) Stop procrastinating
10) Set aside “me” time

So, here’s the recap:

Four weeks into the new year, and I’m proud to report that MPMs and FUFs have been gosh-durned successful so far!!! I’m really proud of staying on top of this and really making it a weekly goal to start off every week strong and on the right foot by challenging myself and then truly holding myself accountable by the end of the week by assessing and evaluating how I did. The small weekly goals also make the loooooong list of resolutions more realistic and attainable! LOL!

So, which resolutions have I put a dent on with the MPMs and FUFs…

Resolutions 1, 3, and 5: Well, I haven’t lost all of the weight that I wanted to lose but I can definitely report that the relatively healthier meals and snacks I have been eating has at least helped me shed off my excess water weight. It’s unfortunate that my work schedule is posing as a barrier for me making it to Planet Fitness more often, but when I do make it in there, I try to go as hard as I possibly can and go as long as I can! (I can already hear the, “That’s what she said,” comments!!!) I absolutely love the 30-minute circuit workout in my location and I would recommend getting the membership for those who are super self-conscious about working out with machines–they really do live up to the “No Judgment Zone” at PF! Might be silly, but I get really paranoid that people are looking at me like I’m way in over my head with some machines, but I don’t have to worry about that at PF!

Resolution #2: On the topic of finances…I actually am challenging myself to be more budget conscious, starting NOW! I am always big on shopping deals and looking for sales, and I hardly ever buy anything at the suggested retail price–but that doesn’t mean that I’m not splurging either. Eventually, all the small purchases add up very quickly! Yikes! With that said, I’m challenging myself to start looking at how to better budget–including groceries, especially trying to figure out how to reduce waste!!! Does anyone have any budgeting books/sites or worksheets to recommend???

Resolutions 4 and 6: I’m bundling up managing stress with work, since that typically generates the most stress in my life! I’d love to just say that I love helping out my patients so much and that taking care of their health provides me with ultimate, 100% job satisfaction, but there are just those other patients, MDs, and insurance companies that make me want to pull my hair out and just scream. Plus, working in the corporate setting where the bosses want to get as much work for as little manpower as possible, can be very disheartening as a manager…but hey, those are negatives that I’ve been working really hard on these past couple of weeks to overcome, and I’d like to think that I have. Even my husband can attest that I’ve been complaining less and less…bless his heart! He he he! To be honest, there have been two key things that have been really big wins for me in this area: PERSPECTIVE and DELEGATING. I’ve been really striving hard to see my job through different people’s eyes, as well as try not to be Superwoman and be so controlling–delegating for a Type A person is crazy difficult, but when done correctly can be so rewarding! 😀

Resolution 8: Work on my relationships…so vague yet…hmm! I’ll defer on this one for now because this post is getting too long and to be honest, besides always striving to make my relationship with my husband stronger, to always take care of my family, and to find ways to reconnect with my friends who are far…there is just so much that I can work and more importantly, there is always my relationship with God that I need to spend time on!

Resolution 9: Stop procrastinating…hmmm…how about I’m still working on not procrastinating on stopping procrastinating. LOL!

Resolution 10:ME” time…working on this, too! With the help of my fabulous husband, we’re working on this and still finding ways for me to relax, slow down, and enjoy life…not get too caught up life!

Anyways…this is getting too long and well, if any of you have any suggestions on how to make bigger strides with any of these goals, please let me know! I’d love to also see what everyone else is doing! 😀

Goofin’ off, KW

TDP: Your Days Are Numbered ’26’

As an October baby, I am three months into my 26th year. This means that I only have nine more months left as 26 years old, and I am that much closer to being in my late twenties.

I don’t really know how I should feel about all of that…and then thinking about the number reminded me of this article that was all over my Facebook feed last month: 23 things to do before getting engaged at 23.

Now, as I’ve blogged before, I am married and now I’ve shared my age…so the list above will no longer apply to me (plus I strongly disagree with the blogger, but oh well, she is entitled to her own thoughts!!!) But just for fun and for today’s TDP challenge, check out my list…

26 things to do before my 26th year ends (in no particular order, of course!)

1) Start volunteering again like back in my college days!

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~ Cleaning up a transitional home for MLK Day of Service 2009 ~

2) Pick up photography again…and in the process, explore the Queen City and really enjoy being a Charlotte-ian (two birds with one stone!)

3) Get caught up with current events (I’ll start with at least a weekly goal of perusing the local on-line newspaper!)

4) Continue to blog regularly and figure out what I really want to achieve with this blog.

5) Learn basic medical Spanish for my patients.

6) Give up Facebook for at least one week.

7) Finish at least five Pinterest projects waiting to be started on my boards.

8) Take a spontaneous trip (I’m a bit of a planner, so this will be very interesting but a lot of fun, I think!!!).

9) Attend a road SEC game with the Gamecocks.

10) Update my resume and stay relevant, promoteable, and competitive.

11) Read at least 5 inspirational books and really dig deep to get motivated, rejuvenated, and engaged!

12) Go on another family camping trip since the hubs, the pup, and I had such a blast on our first one together back in October!

13) Cut my 12-minute mile down to 10 minutes (my husband says he will help me with this one!!!).

14) Get to the lower end of my
BMI range (hopefully before our trips to Hawaii and our annual Caribbean anniversary trip!!!).

15) Continuing on the topic of health, finally find a local primary care physician in Charlotte and get a full physical! (I still rely on my family doctor about an hour and a half away or go to the Minute Clinic, so I haven’t really had a full proper annual in almost two years!

16) Thoroughly clean out my closet and purge clothes (so my husband can have some decent closet space for once!!! ).

17) Speaking of cleaning up, declutter even more and get rid of at least 26 things I don’t need/use and donate to Goodwill.

18) Pay it forward once in a while.

19) Randomly write thank you notes via the good ol’ snail mail to at least five people in my past and try to reconnect again!

20) Give up Facebook for at least two more weeks.

21) Really attempt to give up Facebook for another three weeks.

22) Watch (and stay awake) through an entire classic 007 Bond movie–which is my husband’s favorite collection!

23) Create a budget for non-essential spending and especially limit my weekly trips to Marshall’s and Target (I’m such a sucker for deals!!!)

24) Speaking of budgets and as the hubs and I are also striving for being healthier, keep track of grocery shopping/spending and prevent waste as much as possible!!!

25) Find ways to better manage, deal, and/or cope with stress–whether it be by learning a new way of meditation or by letting go and delegating more (just not by shopping, of course!)

26) Attempt 26 shots to ring in my 27th year…just kidding, I’d probably end up in the hospital!!! Start a list of 27 things to do before my 27th year ends!

So, that’s a lot. Coming up with the list was a bit much for a Sunday night…but it was actually a pretty fun and interesting exercise for my husband and I come up with together, and he even asked me to help him come up with one for himself, too!

Between this and my MPM/FUF personal challenge…this blog should stay fairly active, don’t you say? Have any other suggestions to add to my list??? Well, I’m excited to get started right away…nine months and counting!!!

Goofin’ off, KW

Whoomp! (T)Here it is!

I’m not a savvy shopper, but I do try to clip a coupon or two or at least scope out the best shopping deals at the stores I frequent.  I’m not a trendy fashionista even if I tried, as heels are just not my thing and I’m just not bold enough for crazy prints.  I’m not a successful, crafting stay-at-home mom either, but I do craft on my days off now that I’ve found a friend who likes to do the same (very rare to find someone who has a similar schedule in the retail pharmacy world–more to come on that later).  And last but not least, I’m not a famous person–not even in my wildest dreams.  So, why am I taking it to this blog like someone will care what I have to say?  

Well, I am because I can, and I’d like to think that I have some “experience” in blogging.  I poured my teen angst on-line via LiveJournal and Xanga in what seems like ages ago.  Secondly, I once was actually a paid blogger for some time during my college years for my University’s undergraduate admissions to help recruit students. Finally, against my advisor’s counsel as he thought I was “getting off easy” on my Honors College Thesis, I blogged away my final year of Pharm.D. rotations in an attempt to figure out which professional direction I wanted to take my pharmacy career–there will definitely be more to come on this Rx career path later…

So, while it may be possible that no one else will read or even see this, I’ve decided that I will turn to wordpress.com and type away, vent, rant, laugh, giggle, and explore what’s to come in the days, months, and years ahead.  I’m no longer an emo high schooler, or a bright-eyed undergraduate, or even an over-achiever Pharm.D. candidate but it doesn’t mean I know who I really am right now in the real world either.  I’m just as much figuring my way around being a wife, a “mommy” to my Aiden, a professional, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a shopper, a crafter…you name it, there’s a lot I still have to figure out.  But more importantly, I want to blog to find a different outlet to just be “a ball of goof”.  I want to start taking life less seriously, one day at a time because I just turned 26 and I can’t keep being too serious or else…or else, life will just get in the way of living my life… I’ve been miss-goody-two-shoes all of my life and my ambitious and driven life has sometimes pushed me so hard that I forget to let loose some times.  I can’t let the best and fun sides of me be only on days-off and vacations…I have to let it out more frequently!

So…stick around, peruse, browse…laugh a little, learn, travel, and experience with me.  I can’t promise anything fabulous, but you just never know!

Goofin’ off…KW

 

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