Monday, January 16, 2017
The past two weeks have been a whirlwind. I have been at work/out of the house an average of 11 hours per week day, one night I was at the office until after 9PM waiting on a file to be completed so that I could start a process that takes around 4 hours to run without delaying anyone else's work the next day.
I have continued on my goals and am making good headway. I have our Kitchen complete and our Pantry (thanks hubby!) and our living room from the A Bowl Full of Lemons Home Organization Challenge. I am starting our dining room this week.
My bible writing is going well, I am in the begat's section of Genesis which is a bit tiresome but I am making headway towards Noah.
I have continued eating clean and am making progress on my Advocare 24 day challenge. This weekend I went to Cincinnati for Advonation and learned a lot, I stayed on plan throughout my roadtrip. I have also decided to start working harder towards my goals and am going to step up my game.
Stay the course, push through and make time and you can achieve your goals.
Posted by Shanon at Monday, January 16, 2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
The inspiration for this task came from my cousin and her husband. They are currently working on writing the bible with their daughter as part of their home schooling program. I thought the idea sounded amazing and wanted to join in the fun! What a better way to really absorb the word of God than to write it as you read?
There are countless studies about taking notes with a pen and paper verses a lap top and study methods where you simply rewrite your notes. So I figured the same must be true with the bible as well!
I started the project a few months ago and quickly lost my steam. But my husband and I are currently going through the process of being confirmed in the Catholic Church (another story for another time) and I thought that I would take advantage of this chance to start fresh using one of the translations approved by the Roman Catholic Church rather than my trusty, falling apart, NIV study bible.
I am actually really excited about this and am kind of geeking out. I am committing 15 minutes per day to the project and if I miss a day it's not a big deal, I will simply make up the time the following day. I am holding myself accountable and making sure my cumulative time for a week is at least 1:45 so that I don't get too far behind and decide to do something crazy like spend 6 hours in one day making up for 3 lost months.
Wish me luck!
Posted by Shanon at Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Yesterday - Out of bed around 7:30 AM
Spent a couple of hours working in the kitchen. Cooked meatballs for dinner for Monday & Tuesday Night and prepared a meatloaf that is now ready to throw in the oven for dinner Thursday & Friday.
Had leftovers for lunch around noon(ish)
Spent some quality time with my deal sweet husband
Did a 24 minute workout
Wrote a blog post
Spent about an hour researching community issues for the Junior League community impact development committee.
Then after dinner I took a quick shower and headed to a friends house to watch the Bachelor premier around 7:00.
You will notice I completely spaced and failed to make time for my daily bible writing (have I mentioned my daily devotional is including writing the bible for 15 minutes per day?) Don't worry I made it up today!
Since I was out late last night (Yes, 10:30 is late!) I turned off my work out alarm and decided to enjoy the extra hour of sleep. Despite that I was out the door and headed to work at 7:00. I took a 15 minute lunch break and somehow miraculously made it out of the office around 5:15, getting home just before 6:00.
At 6:15 I headed back out the door for a 30 minute run(ish) and rewarded myself when I got home with my yummy turkey meatball leftovers from last night and a popsicle made from Advocare Rehydrate (Key Lime Cherry YUMMY!!!)
From 7:00 - 8:00 I watched a couple of videos about human trafficking for my Junior League project and drafted a few member education Facebook posts to be uploaded later this week.
From 8:00-8:30 I worked on my bible writing
at 8:30 I sat down to type this blog post and as soon as I am done I will be heading upstairs for a shower and to get my clothes laid out for tomorrow.
Assuming there is time after my shower I will probably spend 15-20 minutes working on embroidering the blanket I am making for my dear sweet nephew who was born over our Christmas vacation. I have it about 75% complete but still have a few letter blocks left to finish before I bind the quilt and get to break out the new sewing machine my mom generously bought me for Christmas. I promise to upload a picture when I get it complete my hope is to have it done and in the mail to my sister in law before Valentines Day.
My plans for the rest of the week look a lot like my day today, only with possible longer work days (hopefully I stay as productive as I was today!) and rotating in a couple of hours finishing up the kitchen (all that is left is my spice cabinet and under the sink) in place of my Junior League work.
I hope to move to the next room on the A Bowl Full of Lemons Home Organization Challenge on Saturday. Which is the dining room. Ours is in pretty good shape but I know our "bar" area needs a good going through and my china cabinet would benefit from being wiped down so I anticipate being able to finish it this weekend easily which will put me two weeks ahead (thank God, because I'm going to need it if I'm going to be able to tackle our master closets!!!)
Posted by Shanon at Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Monday, January 2, 2017
With the mindset of holding myself accountable I want to post regular updates about our 2017 Advocare goals.
10AM- out of bed, took migraine medicine, drank about 16 ounces of h2o and started my day
Made breakfast (grilled cheese!)
Started the corned beef cooking for our afternoon meal
Started A Bowl Full of Lemons Home Organization Challenge (yes a week early, that's how you get shit done, you do them when you have time off of work)
I started on the Kitchen and when Hubby saw what I was doing he attacked our pantry. The pantry is now 100% complete and I have 4 cabinets left in the kitchen that I will be completing today.
Ate corned beef (YUMMY!!!) and did meal prep for the week. Put together grocery list
Went grocery shopping
Headache was starting to ramp back up so I decided to call it a day on the Kitchen
Got home from grocery store, put away groceries, finished meal prep for the week
Watched Rock of Ages
Daily bible devotional stuff
SO what does this mean?
1- week 2 of the 14 week challenge is done before it started
2-week 1 of the 14 week challenge is 50% complete (hoping to finish it today)
3-Meal prep for the week is done
All in one roughly 8 hours, while doing other stuff. Yes my husband helped, but how else can two people who work roughly 40-60 hours per week have a functioning household unless they also share household duties???
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Posted by Shanon at Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
My new hero is Novella Carpenter. She wrote a book called “FARM CITY; The Education of an Urban Farmer” about her adventures building a garden and raising chickens, rabbits, pigs, and honey bees in a run-down ghetto in California. She also has a blog (www.ghosttownfarm.wordpress.com) I just finished her book and enjoyed it immensely and have started following her blog. I’m hoping to learn from her experience tips and tricks that will help with my little back yard garden (especially once I convince hubby to let me get bees, and maybe rabbits, and maybe chickens…) if you are even a little interested in having a garden in an urban (or even not urban) environment.
Posted by Shanon at Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
Posted by Shanon at Friday, June 17, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Today I had a doctors appointment with my reproductive endocrinologist to prepare for an IUI. So far this month I have taken a pill to stimulate follicle growth (Femera) then when I stopped taking the Femera started another pill to stimulate growth of my uterine lining (Estrodril) these two medications work against one another so they can't be taken at the same time. Apparently the Femera didn't do its job quickly enough so now tomorrow I get to go off the Estrodril and restart the Femera....all these synthetic hormones being put into my body are starting to really jack with me and I'm starting to really understand the weight gain that comes with these treatments. So far I have been able to stave off the worst of it, I've gained a couple of pounds during treatment but been able to lose them before starting the next cycle ... But with each progressive cycle it's getting harder to loose the weight and I'm convinced I'm going to have to start making a more concentrated effort if I want to avoid regaining the weight I lost last year before we started the treatments.
So since my 31 birthday is a little over a month away I'm going to steal an idea from a friend of mine and commit to 31 workouts before my birthday. I'm hoping that adding a more regular workout schedule will help me keep off unnecessary weight and keep me on this healthy path.
I'm also going to have to fight off my sugar cravings a little better ... But that is a whole different battle.
Wish me luck!!!
Posted by Shanon at Thursday, June 16, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
So I mentioned last week while we were traveling that hubby and I had come up with some ideas that would alter our current 5 year plan. While I think that it is important to share specific goals with others in order to help yourself achieve them I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to share these specific ideas with the entire blog-o-sphere at this particular moment. However I did want to take a brief minute to talk about how to build a good plan for your personal life and what we will be doing over the next month or so to put our 5 year plan into writing.
Set SMART goals. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely)
Set intervals at which to measure each individual goal (6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, etc)
Outline how you intend to reach your goal/what action steps you are going to take
Determine what you really want to achieve by accomplishing your goal (i.e. if your goal is to pay off all debt why do you want to do this? To be financially free? To save up for a down payment for a house? Etc.)
Reevaluate your plan and goals regularly to determine if they are still relevant
If you write out your goals and follow this outline for setting up your personal 5 year plan you will be well on your way to accomplishing them.
Posted by Shanon at Wednesday, June 15, 2016