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August Goals

Happy August!

I did not do much goal related this past month.  Mostly, July was spent focusing on us moving and making enough money to move.  I was actually surprised at how much did read, watched and drove around.  There is something to be said for not worrying about school right now.

July happenings:

  • Miles reached: 645.17 (274.83 miles to Lothlorien.)
  • Weight lost: 8 lbs (Down to 266.8 from 274.8 on 7/1)
  • Books read: 10
  • Blog Posts: 7
  • Vlog Posts:  10
  • Participate in BookTubeAThon, a week long tribute to reading and books.

July’s goals are fairly straight forward.

  • Reach 750+ miles.
  • Lose at least 10 lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading 10 more books.
  • Spend 2 hours 3x a week this month.
  • Build emergency fund back up.
  • Upload 14 vlogs.
  • Sign up/Upgrade Baltimore Half to Baltimoron (5k plus Half).
  • Buy Yule Ball tickets for December 15th.
  • Participate in Read-a-Thin and Tome Topple.

Hopefully, we will know where we are moving to soon.  This whole house process is really, really frustrating ways.  Make sure you have several thousands of dollars saved up.  We thought we had enough but turns out we were wrong.  Hence why I didn’t mark anything off my list this month.  Better luck next time, huh?

Listening to:  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.  Book is super cute right now.

Reading:  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

Quote of the Day: “Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure.” ― Napoleon Hill

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July Goals

Happy July?

June dragged by, I think because the Universe knew I was procrastinating on just about everything.  Either way, I did get some things done last month and even one thing I wasn’t sure I was going to start but did anyways.

I completed two 1001 day goals:

  • Get my passport!
  • Go to a drag show (Baltimore Pride)

I also started one non-1001 days goal I thought was pretty neat.

June happenings:

  • Miles reached: 556.96 (Left Rivendell for Lothlorien…357.33 miles to go.)
  • Weight lost: 6.8 lbs (Down to 274.8 from 281.6 on 6/1).  I really hit a plateau this month but down is down I guess
  • Books read: 12
  • Blog Posts: 7
  • Got Passport in mail!
  • Went to Baltimore Pride
  • Vlog Posts:  6
  • Register for Sister Space in Havre de Grace, MD.

July’s goals are fairly straight forward.

  • Reach 650+ miles.  Half training started again for October
  • Lose at least 15 lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading five more books.
  • Work on “Aftershock” for Camp NaNoWriMo.
  • Build emergency fund back up.
  • Go camping July 1 and 2.
  • Upload 14 vlogs.
  • Sign up/Upgrade Baltimore Half to Baltimoron (5k plus Half).
  • Buy Yule Ball tickets for December 15th.
  • Close on house.  *Fingers Crossed*

It’s going to be another exciting month with plenty to look forward to!

Listening to: Misery Business by Paramore

Reading:  The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Quote of the Day: “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” ― Henri Frederic Amiel

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April’s Goals

Happy April!

Facebook Memories is one of the best things they did and sometimes the worst.  Most of my memories of today are of sadness or frustration.  One has a comment from my mom, who passed away last February.  I wasn’t crying until I read that comment.  Now, I’m having issues focusing on other things.

So let’s focus on accomplishments and what I’m doing in April.  Maybe that will help.

These are the 1001 day goals I completed in March:

  • Complete Dave Ramsay’s Financial Classes.  If you haven’t taken them, I highly recommend it.  Weekly budget meetings are saving my sanity (and hers too).
  • Publish a novel!
  • Donate clothes you no longer use to Goodwill.   This was round one of what I can see will be a few more this year.  My outfit today, while cute, makes me feel like I’m playing dress-up.

Before I get started on April goals, I want to go over what I did in March.

  • Miles reached: 243.35 (214.65 miles to Rivendell!)
  • Weight lost: 14 lbs (Down to 303.4 from 317.4 on 4/1)
  • Books read: 7
  • Blog Posts: 8
  • Signed up for a cooking class
  • Signed up for a Paint Nite event

So what’s April’s goals?

  • Reach 300+ miles.
  • Lose at least 15 more lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading five more books.
  • Finish and frame my cross-stitch project.
  • Start on the next story to finish.
  • Buy a lottery ticket.
  • Do Cross-fit at least eight times this month.
  • Start work Weight Loss Challenge (4/2)
  • Go to Paint Nite event with Ray (4/1)
  • Write 10,000 words on any story.
  • Buy more stamps.  I’m going through these like crazy thanks to mailing postcards and birthday cards to my fellow HRC’ers.
  • Reach 200 postcards both sent and collected.  I’m at 199 and 196 respectively.

It’s going to be an exciting month with plenty to look forward to!

Since today is the 3rd, Paint Nite happened already as did the start of the weight loss challenge.  For the challenge, we have three months to lose a certain percentage of weight.  Because I had surgery, losing about 14 lbs a month hasn’t been so bad, so I set my goal at 13 percent of my starting weight.  In three months, I have to lose about 40 lbs.  I can do that!

Oh and here’s a picture of our paintings:


Looking forward to making today a better day than it has been.

Listening to:  My writing playlist on Amazon

Reading:  Masques by Patricia Briggs.  I wanted something familiar right now.

Quote of the Day: “Joy is something that we have to choose and then work for.” ― Francis ChanCrazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

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Goal Update-March

Holy cow.  It’s March 1st already?  Wow, this year is going quickly.

Since it is the first of the month, time for a goal update.

These are the 1001 day goals I completed in February:

  • Visit Rainbow Row in Charleston, SC.
  • Visit South of the Border.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt.

Before I get started on March goals, I want to go over what I did in February.

  • Miles reached: 175 ( miles to Rivendell!)
  • Weight lost: 14 lbs
  • Books read: 4
  • Blog Posts: 7
  • Signed up for the Maryland King Crab (The Frederick ½ Marathon, Baltimore 10-Miler, and Baltimore ½ Marathon).
  • Drove to Charleston, SC, and Charleston, WV on back to back weekends.

Not too much done but it was a lot of fun visiting

So what’s March’s goals?

  • Add 100+ more miles.
  • Lose at least 15 more lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading 5 more books.
  • Finish and frame my cross-stitch project.
  • Start on the next story to finish.
  • Sign up for a cooking class.
  • Get our commitment tattoos.
  • Buy a lottery ticket.
  • Pass two of classes and start my third class.
  • Finish Dave Ramsey’s financial class.

Lots of things to do.

Today is also the first day of Lent.  For the next 40 days, I’m writing at least three pages a day in my notebook, for good or for bad.

Here’s to another awesome month!

Listening to:  The Scourge of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler.

Reading:  The Scourge of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler.

Quote of the Day: “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” ― Karen Lamb

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Making Something Awesome

Remember last week when I mentioned that I would start talking about my goals?  This weekend, I completed one of my goals:  Make a Super Epic Rainbow Cake.

This month, we had a handful of birthdays, two of which were our kids.  Add this to me being in the mood to bake something I still can’t quite eat yet and I ended up making the cake.


I used Yolanda’s 4 lb vanilla cake recipe.  If you haven’t seen How to Cake It’s YouTube channel, check it out.  Every Tuesday, she adds a new video with different cake designs.  The designs were what first caught me along with her creativity.  It’s amazing watching her videos and how things come together.  Her channel was the first time I’d seen a mega cake.  I would have loved to have made a mega cake but what I made worked.

Here is a link to How to Cake It’s blog and the vanilla cake recipe I used.  Like I mentioned, I went with the 4 lb version.  The recipe has the quantities to make more or you can ½ the recipe (at least everything but the baking powder… go with at least a tablespoon for the smaller recipe) and make a smaller cake.


For the colors, I used Good Foods liqua-gel food coloring from Amazon.  The colors came in two days (thank you Prime!) and you can tell how vibrant the colors are.  I mean just looked at that cake!


To top it off, I used two tubs of regular buttercream.

I was happy with the cake, what I could have of it.  Ray said out of all my baking experiments so far, this cake was the best.  It’s very moist, melt in your mouth cake.

What I would change would be to make a bigger batch of batter and add some color to the buttercream.  Other than that, it was epic.

If you try How to Cake It’s, please post pictures to How to Cake It’s blog post with the recipe.

Good luck!

Goals complete so far:  2

Listening to:  My Top 100 videos on YouTube

Reading:  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Quote of the Day:   “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”  ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Goals Part 2

I talked about fear on Monday and how fear can keep us from going after what we want most.  Part of the 1001 days project, for me at least, is being about to move past those fears and do things I normally wouldn’t.  Today, I wanted to talk about goals and possible challenges just about anyone can do.

Goals for January:

I have a short list of things I want to get done this month because that helps knock off some of my 101 things.

  • Walk/Run at least 85 miles (I’ll update next week on where I stand with this)
  • Lose at least 15 lbs
  • 5 blog posts
  • Finish reading 4 books
  • Complete or start three goals
  • Register all postcards received
  • Add $200 to savings
  • Finish editing The Universal Remote
  • Make Super Epic Rainbow Cake

All of these are doable with some effort and little creativity.


So one really cool way to get out there and do things are challenges.  They’re called challenges because they are different from what gets done day to day.  This year, I’m working on Run the Edge’s 2,017 in 2017 (I may crack 1,000 at the rate I’m going).  It’s difficult but interesting to me anyways.  Walk to Mordor is another one.  It follows Frodo and Sam’s journey from Hobbiton to Mount Doom and back to Bag End (you can go to Grey Heavens, where Frodo goes at the end of the series).

365 day challenges can be interesting as well.  There are 365 day photo challenges, which is exactly that:  One photo every day for 365 days.  PopSugar has a list for their 365 day Happiness Challenge, where you do 365 that make you happy.  Tico and Tina have a list of 15 365 days challenges along with an article on why you should start a 365 project now.


I’ll call these 30 day challenges.  When I Googled “30 day challenges”, I can up with a lot of fitness based challenges.  These aren’t bad but there are much better to do.  I’m doing the 30 miles in 30 days challenge and no alcohol this month and the unsent letter challenge in April.  Forbes had a list of unique 30 day challenges.  I liked Embracing Simple’s list though.  Things like giving up social media for a month, keep a gratitude journal, donate one thing every day, and getting outside are simple but useful things to do.  Anyone can do anything for 30 days right?

My 365 Challenge:

This blog actually started as a 365 day project where I would post a new post every day with the task of that day, thought of the day, question of the day, a story I was working on, new challenge, etc.  It got a little overwhelming, I lost interest and then I’d stop posting or post infrequently enough that I felt I had to start over.  To me, this is part of why the bullet journal is important to me.  It reminds me to post, even if I don’t feel like I have much to say.

And I’m always open to suggestions on what to write about.

Listening to:  Sarah McLachlan’s Mirrorball CD.  I hadn’t heard it in years but it got me through my angst phase.

Reading:  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Quote of the Day:   “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”― Dalai Lama

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