Week 7 of 52: My 19 for 2019

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Healthy habits

How do you eat fruit snacks? I start with my least favorites, the orange and yellow ones, then work my way to the pinks and then on to the grapes, which are the very best ones in my opinion. This was a very wonderful week, but not a particularly healthy one if the photo above is any indication. I stuck with my big glass of water before coffee rule again, and I feel nearly confident enough now to declare this a habit.

I went to another water aerobics class this week! I have never been someone who enjoys exercising. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a runner’s high. The elliptical elicits dread. But this! This is fun. And I feel a lot more confident after buying a bathing suit that fits my body now instead of the aspirational one that I ordered a while back.


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Read 25 books

We’ve watched a few romcoms before bed this week instead of the usual Family Guy/American Dad genre that Mr. B likes (and I don’t), so I haven’t done as much bedtime reading. I’m still working on Better Than Before and juggling a few others.

I’m still reading The Artist’s Way and will continue to do so over the next 12 weeks as I complete a week by week program.

Books I’ve read so far this year: Rock Needs River


These cuties are barking less and that's very nice

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Dog barking

It’s still going well with the bark less plan! The dogs are doing great most of the time, Thor especially, with not barking as we come and go as long as we’re Johnny-on-the-spot with the treats. Barkley is more likely to get excited and I haven’t quite gotten organized enough to remember to keep a ball by the front door all of the time. I haven’t started zeroing in yet on getting them to stop barking when the mailman comes or the neighbor’s cat is hanging out in her catio. That’s next, I suppose but I’m going to celebrate the victory of quiet-ish welcomes from these cuties!


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monthly date

We went to Powell’s last week, where I could spend an entire day. Somehow, I managed to get out of there without spending any money although I did pick up and put down the same book four times. Thrilling for my husband, I’m sure.

We had lunch at Avid Cider after, and we’ll definitely be back. The pizza and cider were delicious and the service was great. What more can you ask for?


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bath
room
DIY

Just going to leave my Wall of Shame photo up here until I finally get motivated enough to do something about it!

Just going to leave my Wall of Shame photo up here until I finally get motivated enough to do something about it!


Not much to report:

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Secret
(for now) project

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Be more social

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Instagram
more


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Write more

Holy Moses, guys. This week I’ve been writing up a storm. Mostly, it’s because I’ve been doing the 12 week program from The Writer’s Way. I’m not going to pretend that the writing has been good — all I know is that there’s been a lot of it.

Throughout the program, you do three pages of handwritten stream of consciousness writing each morning — called morning pages — plus a few assignments each week. The first few days of the morning pages were a struggle. My hands were cramping up and I couldn’t think of anything to write, so I’d just whine about how my hands were cramping up and that I was really annoyed to be writing three pages of absolute crud each day. What a waste of time!

On day four or so, I started enjoying the writing a little bit more and my hands stopped cramping up so darn much. I also bought a new notebook and a pen, which are clearly necessary for motivation.


Not much to report:

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Automate bill payments

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Go on 10 camping
trips

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Girls’ trip

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Home cleaning routine


Plant a garden | Week 7 of 52: My 19 for 2019 Updates

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Plant a garden

They’re sprouting! I’ve got lots of little tomato, kale, and lettuce babies poking out from the brown dirt. I go check on them just about every day and it puts me in a surprisingly good mood. They feel like a warm smile and a kind reminder that spring is on the way on these cold and rainy days. I’m just hoping that these newspaper pots hold up until it’s time to stick them in the ground!


Not much to report:

15

fashion makeover

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12 craft projects

17

Launch FOLL website

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spend less time
on my phone


Getting organized! Week 7 of 52: My 19 for 2019

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Organize cabinets & closets

Give me a trip to the Dollar Tree and some time with a label maker and I’m a happy girl!

I haven’t made much progress on this front, but I did go through a basket full of medicine under the sink and put it in labeled containers. I discovered that one or two of our OTC medications expired in 2016… so that made me really feel like I have my life together.


What are you working toward in 2019?

I’d love to hear about your goals in the comments

Week 6 of 52: My 19 for 2019

Snowy day

It was a tiny bit chilly here this past week. Nowhere near the polar vortex level of cold the rest of the country recently experienced, but nippy enough that Sally the Civic’s battery finally gave up the ghost on what I had planned on being a very productive day. That threw me for a loop this week, but I think I’m finally back on track.

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Healthy habits

I’m going to focus on the positive this week! I drank a big glass of water every single morning before I enjoyed a cup of coffee. I made it to a lovely yoga class that was exactly what my mind and body needed. I made two delicious dinners that were chock full of healthy vegetables and the rest of the week I managed to eat a few green things and not too much chocolate.


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Read 25 books

I’m going to start with the ugly and then head over to the good. I’m struggling through The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. It’s for my book club, and it’s a doozy. I’m hoping that if I can give it a few more chapters that maybe I’ll get hooked. We talked a lot about the concepts in this book when I took a few digital communications classes at the community college a few years ago so I know that it should be interesting, but I just can’t get interested.

Better Than Before is by the author Gretchen Rubin, who is half of my inspiration for starting my 19 for 2019 list. I read her book The Four Tendencies a few months ago and adored it, so I’ve requested the rest of her books from the library. I’m only a chapter or two into this one and I like it so far!

Next up is The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I borrowed this from the library a year or two ago, and returned it without even cracking it open. This book is supposed to be life altering and is actually a 12 week program to unlocking your creativity. I’m on week one, so this will be on my reading list for a while. Wish me luck!

Books I’ve read so far this year: Rock Needs River


Thor giving me the look

Thor giving me the look

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Dog barking

Coming home to the dogs has been at least 70% less stressful since implementing Sasha’s bark less plan. Thor is doing really well with the treats for a quiet greeting arrangement because he loves food. I can hear him losing his mind barking as I walk up the sidewalk, but by the time I make it inside the door he’s as quiet as a church mouse and is ready for his reward. I use these treats because they’re tiny and I can give them three or four in the first minute of being home instead of a single big treat, which tends to lead to lead to loud noises. Barkley is less food motivated, so I’m experimenting with keeping a tennis ball with the treats and throwing it to get him playing and distracted.


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monthly date

Ok, so we’re not dressy people. I’m officially updating #4 on my 19 for 2019 list to going on a date, any date, that’s not a Saturday lunch at our favorite sushi or Thai place.

Last week, we ended up taking a road trip to the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. We had the place to ourselves and ended up spending a little more than an hour looking through the exhibits. I love museums and galleries, so this was especially fun for me and is something that I really miss from my time living in DC. I take my time and tend to look at everything and read all of the little signs and do the activities, and my husband is wonderfully patient and just waits for me at the exit.


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bath
room
DIY

Another week of staring at the paint samples on the wall! Despite being super high up on my list, it’s not really a priority at the moment. I’ll probably tackle making over our master bathroom in the fall.


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Secret
(for now) project

I’m finally making some headway on this project! It’s just a tiny bit, but the progress feels good even if it will be a long time before I have anything to share. This is something that I’ve dreamed about for a long time, and I’m finally putting in the time and effort into making this a reality.


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Write more

I’ve been writing up a storm this week! I have to hand write three pages doing a stream of consciousness exercise each morning for The Artist’s Way, and starting this week I’ll need to do a few additional writing exercises on top of other writing projects that I’m working on and my weekly writing class. It feels good to work out my brain!


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Be more social

I met my girlfriends for some coffee and had lunch with sister and her family.

It was a great week!


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‘gram
more


Not much to report:

10

Automate bill payments

11

Go on 10 camping
trips

13

Girls’ trip

14

Home cleaning routine


Plant starts

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Plant a garden

It’s not much to look at now, but this right here is hopefully the start of a beautiful and bountiful garden! I made newspaper pots last week and started seeds over the weekend. These plant labels were made from nearly dried out years old Sculpey, so that was a thrilling and inexpensive DIY win!


Not much to report:

15

fashion makeover

16

12 craft projects

17

Launch FOLL website

18

Organize cabinets & closets

19

spend less time
on my phone

What are you working toward in 2019?

I’d love to hear about your goals in the comments

A lot of links

When I read an especially good article, I always save it down to my notes to look at again later.

How to save a website to your notes to view it later. This is an easy DIY tutorial for saving websites to Notes for iPhone users.

Here are five posts that I read this past week that I thought you might enjoy.

Tell me your take in the comments below!

What poverty taught me about being too generous

What poverty taught me about being “too generous”

by Kristine Levine

A Q&A with the 'Crazy Rich Asians' Costume Designer

A Q&A with the ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ costume designer

by Elizabeth Holmes

Polarization is everywhere. But it’s being challenged in Poland by a handful of magazines across the political spectrum. They’ve begun sharing articles, to show readers a variety of viewpoints.

The magazines publishing one another’s work to fight political polarization

by Tina Rosenberg

Instagram's sneakiness makes SB ads look quaint

Instagram’s sneakiness makes Super Bowl ads look quaint

by Sheila Marikar

Recipe I'm trying this week

Recipe I’m trying this week

Red lentil soup with lemon by Melissa Clark