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

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MPM#7: Get back on track…

With only about 8 months left before year 26 ends, I’ve got some serious work to do to knock out some of my your days are numbered ’26’ list

Here’s a couple I want to tackle this week:

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

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

And here is how I will accomplish the above two:

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Will stick to these two as my goal for the week because just the closet alone is going to be quite the task–let alone making this quilt! 🙂

I’m super excited…anyone else have worked on something like this and have any tips for me?

Goofin’ off, KW

MPM #6: MPM’s gettin’ hijacked by TuesdayPM

Bah! Bah, on failing to blog last night…the 14-hr work shift really leaves very little time to have even just a brief moment to have some solo me-time to think about this week’s goals, but nevertheless, it’s never too late to get started. (Wow! Talk about a run-on sentence! Lol!)

So…here are my three goals this week:

ONE

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This week (all two days of it thus far at work) has already proven to be a mad-house type of week with yet another snow-pocalypse. I’ve had to pretty much scrap most plans I’ve made (to get ahead for that store visit I had previously mentioned) and just try to roll with the punches. But as well as I’ve been doing that, I’ve been failing to even just take a breath!!! Bah! Hilarious that the quote above is the one of the first few pins under the “quotes” section on my Pinterest–as if it was specifically talking to ME!!!

TWO

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‘Nuff said!

THREE

Well…I’ll stop at those two simple and basic goals for now! Don’t want to bite off too much more than I can chew! Lol!

Goofin’ off, KW

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MPM #5: Startin’ off another week…

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I just love, love, l❤️ve Pinterest, and this morning, the above poster was the first on the feed I was browsing and it made me wonder if it was specifically trying to talk to me…lol.

So, starting this week off right and pressing on…here are this week’s goals:

1) Wrap up last week’s projects: mail the care package and edit my photographs!

2) Make it to back to the gym at least 4-5 days this week (since I didn’t at all during my long work week last week…bah!!!)

3) Knock off another from my 26 list: clean a room and purge clothes some things, anything…

I really am calling myself out with the number 3 because if I don’t post this and hold myself accountable, I’m always going to find a way to justify keeping some of the most random stuff I have and don’t use!

So…short and sweet this week as I take one from my high school Physics teacher–Mr. Rogers, “K.I.S.S.: Keep It Simple Stupid!” I’m sure he didn’t come up with it but he sure did use that saying every time we tried to work on some complicated problem or fixed up our robotics project—yes, I said ‘robotics.’ *nerd much?!? Lol*

Alright…what’s your three? Lemme know how it’s going…

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

MPM #4: Challenging the challenge…

‘Twas another 14-hour day back to the grind filled with “no stupid” questions and other several fires to put away, but nothing that my new and improve, more positive me couldn’t handle…hello Monday!.

I’d say, “Can you sense the sarcasm?”, but to be honest, there is only a slight lingering hint of sarcasm in there now and not as much than per usual. At every point in my day today where it could have easily gone south, I just told myself that it wasn’t worth it and tried to focus on one of my past weekly challenges…and just like that, it seemed to work and the day got better—that, and the day kept going on regardless! There really was no time to dwell on anything anyway…C’est la vie!

And coming to that realization was really just refreshing…to realize that making these small steps every week are really actually helping me accomplish something one step at a time. Whoduthunkit?

Well, since I’m on a roll…I suppose we should just keep it going, and hopefully y’all saw my long post last night that was inspired by The Daily Post. Lemme tell you that coming up with 26 meaningful and realistic goals to accomplish in 9 months required a lot of thinking. Interestingly, as my husband helped me come up with the list we realized that after Googling for other blogs to see what other people have challenged themselves, it only made me appreciate (and thank The Lord, God even more) how blessed I really am that I have hit a lot of high points in my life already and have had some pretty darn great experiences…I would read a blog out loud to the hubs and many of the things that people were wanting to accomplish by 30, I could actually check off, like:

– 9yo: got a passport
-10yo: traveled to a different country (moved from the Philippines to Guam…then South Carolina)
-15yo: bungee jumped
-16yo: learned to play the guitar
-23yo: zip lined the Philippines
-24yo: explored Road to Hana in Hawaii, married the man of dreams, adventured in Costa Rica and Nicaragua
-25yo: bought a house, relaxed in the Dominican Republic, and splurged $$$ on something just because I deserve it

And so on and so forth…I’m going to stop before I start to sound too braggy-braggy. Gross! Lol!

So back to trying to tie in my 26 things before my 26th year ends and this week’s MPM…might as well knock some things off that list while I’m on a roll with the MPMs

1) Pick up photography again…and in the process, explore the Queen City and really enjoy being a Charlotte-ian: I challenge myself to one photo blog entry this week highlighting something about the QC.

2) Get caught up with current events (I’ll start with at least a weekly goal of perusing the local on-line newspaper!): I challenge myself to read the Charlotte Observer as many days as possible this week.

3) Randomly write thank you notes via the good ol’ snail mail to at least five people in my past and try to reconnect again: I challenge myself this week to at least send one handmade “just because” card!

Here’s to feeling accomplished and to accomplishing even more! VICTORY!!!! Lol!

Goofin’ off, KW

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FUF #3: Gettin’ real (and basic), got good!

Yes, the basics! Oh, the most basic and simplest of goals this week, and yet I feel I accomplished so much! When I woke up this morning, I felt like tossing off the covers, throwing up my arms over my head, and screaming “VICTORY!!!”

This past Monday, I wanted to focus on three things this week: (1) to worry less, (2) to delegate, and (3) to be a sweeter wife!

Simple enough but I was having such a tough and crazy week before this one that I had to lay it all out for myself and focusing on these simple things made me realize one thing: PERSPECTIVE

Once I took a beat and just stopped for a moment to really think about what I was stressing over, I was then able to find another way to look at the situation, and like magic, my day went just about that much smoother and that much better. It’s crazy how sometimes it’s so easy to just let life eat up our lives away. It’s so easy to get caught up with the details and forget the bigger picture…

So this week…

Work is driving me nuts as always because I am trying to position myself to be promoteable (is that a word because WP is not recognizing it), but I didn’t want it to take over my personal life anymore. My very supportive husband is just amaze-balls at what he puts up listening to when I get home, as I vent like crazy.. But I wanted to be a sweeter wife, so I let him off this week and tried my absolute hardest to keep the work talk to the minimal. In addition to forcing myself to delegate, I took the extra time to set up a meeting with my bosses and partner to game plan for the month, which allowed me to take some of the workload off myself now that my partner is in the loop and will be taking on some of the tasks I’ve been loading on to myself!!! Can you say victory all around?!?

There were other small victories throughout the week, but enough of the boring talk and skipping on to the fun part as I did promise that my blog would be about me goofing off and all this serious talk is too much nonsense….

This past week was restaurant week in the Queen City!. (Do I hear, “victory,” again somewhere in the background?!? Lol!)

The hubs and I picked three restaurants, and we had a blast sampling some of the best of what Charlotte has to offer, as well as enjoyed the company of good friends!

Here are some photos to leave you drooling over as a sneak peak when I have time to blog more about each place!!!

Old world Tuscan, yet still very modern Italian cuisine at Aria

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Somewhat a 90’s thing but hey, don’t knock fondue until you try it…it was our first time checking out the Melting Pot

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The South End of Charlotte boasts a lot of historic charm and that locals scene feel, and the gastropub The Liberty did not disappoint!!!

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Well, now that I’m hungry again…hahaha!!! How did your week go? Hope it was as victorious as mine was…here’s to more victories!!!

Goofin’ off, KW

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