FUF #7: Back on track!!!

Yay-yeah! This week’s goals…check and check!

Closet cleaned and organized…with a stack of clothes to deliver to Goodwill. Will try to take care of that next week.

And…here’s my first of 5 Pinterest projects that I said I’d complete before I turn 27!

T-shirt Quilt 👚

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Can you tell what college I went to?!? Lol! GO COCKS!!!

Not the straightest and most perfectly lined up quilt but for my first try at it, I’m pretty proud of my first DIY quilt! This project made me fall in love with a sewing machine and I think I’ll have to invest in one. Thanks to my MIL who let me borrow hers for the week so I could complete this project and make up my mind about getting my own! Now to pin for sewing projects on Pinterest…hehehe!!!

So glad that this week was pretty productive! 👍 Here’s to keeping it simple, stupid. KISS! 💋

Goofin’ off, KW

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FUF#5: Fadin’…fast!

Losing a bit of steam with this weekly challenge, and I’d say that I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it…but hey, I’m only human and even the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray!

*sigh*

Such is life…time gets away some times, just gotta pick right back up. But, this week wasn’t all lost! I found out a week ago that my boss’s
boss’s boss is paying me a store visit, so that’s kind of taken up my life. I’ve got about a week left to prepare the store, so I had to put some of my personal goals to the side for just a brief pause!

I did get some things accomplished…

1) Here’s a preview of some of my photos from the “snow-pocalypse”

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Found the squirrel prints to be cute…

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Hope to have more later, but here’s one with a bit of inspiration…one of my fave quotes from this week’s Pinterest search!

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2) Made it to the gym 2 out of the 4 days that I challenged myself, but to my defense…I did do two hard days and the other two days that I didn’t make it to PF, I did make it to the mall to cardio-shop! 🙂

3) I started the purging of the closet and I’ve gone through one section but still a looooot more to go! I’m enlisting my bestfriend’s help so that hopefully by the end of the month, this project will be done…or one can hope!! Just something about letting go of clothes…why is it so hard for ladies to do?! 😀

Welp, here’s to hoping that two not-so-stellar weeks won’t completely bring my resolution progress down to a halt! Lol!

Goofin’ off, KW

FUF #4: Whomp…Whomp…Whomp!

What a bummer! I challenged the challenge head on but probably bit off too much by lining up three goals that are more project-like in nature and required hands on time when this was my long week at work! Bah! Oh, well! Not to be discouraged…failure just means an opportunity to try again and go harder next time!!!

But all wasn’t completely lost this week…it just wasn’t nearly as victorious as the previous one! I did make a few steps into the three mini-challenges but due to the lack of free time, I didn’t finish the projects completely!

Here’s my progress so far:

1) Pick up photography again and explore Charlotte: The winter storm that came through did bring some bad traffic across the south but it also provided a great inspiration as a backdrop for my first photo project! I kind of cheated and didn’t really drive out to explore the city but the woods in my backyard was just as pretty to explore and photograph; plus it kept me off the crazy icy/snowy roads.

It felt nice to have my Sony DSLR in my hands again and with my longer lens in tow, I was able to capture birds and my surprise guests—a family of deer!!! The reason why I only half-finished this goal though is that I haven’t had time to really look through my shots, but here is a teaser! Don’t judge that it’s not all that fancy…I’m no professional! I just love goofin’ off with my camera!!!

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2) Get caught up with current events: I’m ashamed to admit that I get so easily caught up in my bubble that I don’t know what is going on in other parts of the world! This is embarrassing!!! So the goal was to read the local paper and I did…but guess what, all week long, all the Queen City talked about was the snow and the chaos that ensued with it. Not exactly the current events that I was thinking l needed to really immerse myself in…I’d like to challenge myself to go even deeper and dig further! Does anyone have any readers/sites/bloggers to recommend?

3) Make a handmade card for a friend and snail mail it: Soooo…I’m half way through this one as well. I was just going to make a card as I challenged myself but then I got excited and came up with an idea to make a care package for a friend (details on a later post!). Let’s just say again that lack of time prevented me from actually getting the package finished and mailed off! Oh well! At least, I’m one step into it and I know they will just love the random surprise whenever I finally do finish it!!!! 🙂

So…although not as accomplished as I had hope, at least the week wasn’t a complete bust! Can’t expect to just breeze through resolutions and goals every week! 😉

Goofin’ off, KW

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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

FUF #2.1: The simple things…

Through the madness that is the retail pharmacy at this time of the year–flu shots, actual flu patients, the winter cold and other gross sniffles, and oh yeah, new insurances without updated cards and the unknown “Affordable” Care Act…

It’s been very easy to get angry, frustrated, exhausted, pissed off–you name it, I was almost to that point until I remind myself of what I wanted toneeded to focus on this week.

Goal #1: Laugh more, worry less.

Goal #2: Smile more, frown less.

Goal #3: Pray more, complain less.

And just when I thought the day was going bad as I had prescription on top of prescriptions to fill, patients awaiting to counsel, phones going off, my drive-thru line about to wrap around my building and I’m stuck running the registers because everyone and their brother was at my store…the pressure was building but I made small talk about the weather and laughed with a customer, kept a smile on my face from one patient to another, and prayed quietly on the inside for my shift to end…

Then, lo and behold, the last patient I ring up tells me, “I watched you through that whole rush, and I am appreciative of your efforts in how you handle it all. You are very patient.”

Winning!!! This was too exciting for me to wait for tomorrow to post! Let’s just hope I still have a lot more positive vibes left as I head into my long weekend marathon at work!!!

Goofin’ off, KW

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New Year’s Resolutions?!? Say what?!?

I started this blog. Got a couple of hits and follows…got excited…and then got hit by the holidays and disappeared! Tsk tsk tsk! Talk about what not to do when starting a blog…or just what not to do when starting any new thing up! Smh!

Welp, here we are though! It’s that time again when everyone starts talking about new year’s resolutions and since I’ve never been too good at sticking to any that I start and since I don’t have a great track record so far with keeping up with this blog, I’ve “resolved” that I will tackle the two by starting a personal BLOG CHALLENGE!!!

So, what exactly will I do to challenge myself…

I searched high and low Google-searched for the most common NY resolutions and found an article that put together the following list:
1) Lose weight
2) Improve finances
3) Exercise more
4) Get a new/better job
5) Eat healthy
6) Manage stress
7) Quit smoking
8) Improve relationship
9) Stop procrastinating
10) Set aside “me” time

9 out of 10 could apply to me (thank God, I never picked up smoking!) but realistically speaking, that is all too much to take on all at once but I really do need to adapt each one into my lifestyle in some shape and form…so here’s the blog challenge idea I just came up with:

2 blogs a week: Mission Possible Mondays and Follow-Up Fridays

Every Monday, I’ll post about a task I’ll get myself to focus on for the week that will help improve on one of the above 9 resolutions. Then, on the following Friday, I will update on my progress. Hopefully, by challenging myself on a weekly basis, my baby steps will be more rewarding and result in a more successful path to a better me in 2014!

Anyone want to join me? Comment and let me know how you do with the challenge…I’m sure I’ll need some encouragement, too!

Goofin’ off, KW

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