Week 11 of 52: My 19 for 2019

Week 11 of 52: My 19 for 2019

I fell off the wagon for a bit, but I’m back now and motivated to get some stuff done! Here are my updates from the past week.

1: Focus on healthy daily habits: yoga, water, fruits and veggies, and activity

This is something that I haven’t held myself to very well for the past few weeks. Not even a little. I went on two trips, including a weeklong one to the Midwest to visit family, and then another very quick one this past week to the lovely Redwoods. We went on a pretty intense hike (for me, at least) while in the Redwoods and holy cow that was a wakeup call for me. We were all winded and tired, but I felt on the verge of dying. I don’t want to miss out on things in life because I’m too out of shape to lace up my hiking shoes.

This 🍑 was on 🔥

This 🍑 was on 🔥

I really need to get on top of this, but I also want to be realistic and ease into it. I went ahead and signed up for my usual twice weekly yoga classes through the rest of the month. I’m also planning on holding myself to at least one swim aerobics class a week. My goal is really to close my loops everyday and then slowly up my goals for these.

As far as healthy eating goes, it’s not going at all and I’m seriously considering joining Weight Watchers based on some precursory research. I just keep thinking that if I could only follow some parameters that I’ve made up that I’ll suddenly be healthy with barely any effort, but that’s not working out so well for me. I’m not looking for quick weight loss, even as nice as that sounds, because I realize that healthy doesn’t equal skinny and that my ideal body, whatever that means, won’t happen overnight. Do you have experience with Weight Watchers or another program? What has worked for you? What hasn’t worked for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

We're digging this sunshine! Reading outside with my sidekick.

2: Read 25 books

I’m still balancing about a million books at the moment. Currently reading: The Artist’s Way, Better Than Before, Becoming, and Florida (need to try to finish the short story that I skipped so I can finally drop it off at the library).

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

The only thing these dogs love more than barking is going on a road trip!

The only thing these dogs love more than barking is going on a road trip!

3: Get dog barking and door behavior under control

The humans have slipped a little with the consistency on the door behavior, and we need to shape up so that we can once again enjoy relative peace and quiet with the comings and goings. Thor is mostly sticking with it despite our lax behavior. Barkley is still living up to his name.

4: Get dressed up once a month and go on a date (with my husband)

I gave up on the getting dressed up and just decided to aim for a monthly date with my husband that doesn’t involve a Saturday lunch trip to our Sushi or Thai places. I have suggested going indoor rock climbing sometime soon and my husband didn’t hate the idea. Perhaps this will be us soon?

5: Makeover master bathroom

Week 2 of 52: My 19 for 2019 update

Still staring at #5 while I #1.

6: Secret (for now) project

This has slipped along with everything else.

7: Write! Write! Write!

As you can probably tell from my lack of posting around here lately, I’m not getting a lot of writing done. I have managed to do my morning pages for The Artist Way about 80% of the time, but I’ve decided to restart the book as I kept getting stuck on week 3. I’d rather do it right than push through it and not have it be helpful. So here we go again.

8: Be more social

Giving myself an A+ on this one after spending two nights in a lovely farmhouse in the Redwoods with our friend and his two kiddos… sans doors and with only one bathroom.

9: Post regularly on Instagram

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10: Automate bill payments

Done! I thought automating this would decrease my anxiety, but I still panic 2-4 times per month and frantically log in to our accounts to make sure our bills are paid.

11: Go on 10 camping trips

One down, nine to go! Here’s the write up of our trip to Northern California earlier this month.

Baby plant starts

12: Plant a garden and grow 125 pounds of produce

Lots of green stuff going on around here right now. I’ve got a lot of plant babies doing well and a few new perennial plants that I’ve started to green up our backyard are starting to peek up from the dirt. I’m also very excited that a few of the succulents that I took a chance on are now finally starting to root. So much happening!

Succulent starts

13: Go on girls’ trip to the hot springs

Still on the backburner

14: Perfect home cleaning routine

Ha! Hahahaha

15: Fashion makeover

No major updates on this front, although I did find a new button down from Old Navy a few weeks ago that I love and now wear at least once a week. I’ve decided that I really enjoy slightly dressier shirts. I can wear them with skinny jeans or my black pants — that I frantically lint roll before leaving the house — and feel really put together without a lot of effort. I leave the button button undone and then tie it in a little knot since I feel weird with a full tuck and haven’t quite mastered the half that seems to look good on literally everybody but me.

16: Complete 12 craft projects

0 outta 12. Seriously considering counting the snowflakes that I made with my niece from several weeks ago.

17: Launch FOLL website and create email template

One major success! Please pay attention to this one in this sea of Debbie Downers. We gained final approval for the website a week ago and we’re putting the final touches on its launch, which I will share with you all soon. I am very proud of this website and hope that it will be a good way for the friends of my library to attract more members and hopefully more donations, as they will now be able to accept both of these things online.

18: Clean out and organize cabinets and closets (and keep them that way)

While I was out of town visiting my family, my handsome and handy husband installed a new slide out trash can in our kitchen. Now I just have to get my life together enough to organize that space so I can take a picture of it.

19: Spend less time on my phone

Eek! Not even going to peek at my screen time after spending about 14 hours in the car this past week. Riding shotgun is hard work. And how else is my husband going to find out what’s happening to the Royals?

What are you working toward in 2019?

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

Week 8 of 52: My 19 for 2019

Pretty well sums up this week. Week 8 of 52: My 19 for 2019

This was a hysterically odd week, to the point that when I just think about all that happened and find myself in a fit of giggles. I plan to tell you all about it once I’ve had a little more time to process and can get through typing a post without cackling like a hyena, but in the meantime let’s all just reflect on what a weird and wonderful world we all live in.


Healthy habits

What happens when you give up and decide to take the easy path? Well, if that easy path leads you down the aisles of Trader Joe’s you might be pleasantly surprised to find that you actually eat healthier when you stop trying so darn hard. I knew that this week was going to be a little wacko so I made a trip to TJ’s to stock up on some frozen foods and ended up buying a bunch of veggies while I was at it. I stocked up on two bags of salad and a kale and cabbage topper, and shocker: since it required virtually no work to prep we ended up eating a lot more vegetables this week. So consider this my official permission to take the easy route and head on down to Trader Joe’s. This is not a sponsored post, but if anyone from TJ’s corporate is reading my humble blog: call me!

If you’re not a big fan of salads then I’d like to humbly introduce you to the roasted veggie salad. I didn’t manage to capture any photos because your girl was hungry, but I promise to do so next time. To make this delicious and easy dinner, heat your oven to 400 degrees. Put a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Chop an onion (large pieces), carrots (medium), bell peppers (large), sweet potatoes (small), cherry tomatoes (whole), or whatever veggies you have on hand. Mix in a bowl with oil, salt and pepper, chili powder, paprika, and this shallot powder (it’s magic!). Pour mixture on the cookie sheet and spread out and roast in the oven for 15 minutes. Stir and then bake 10 more minutes. I then added a pound of defrosted shrimp sprinkled with the spice combo listed above and baked for 10 more minutes (or until the shrimp is cooked through). Put mixed greens in a salad bowl and then top with the roasted veggies and shrimp. I dressed mine with guacamole because there isn’t anything I won’t put avocado on, but oil and lime or lemon juice plus a few more shakes of the spices is pretty darn good too.

Reading and puppy cuddles. What more can you ask for? Week 8 of 52: My 19 for 2019


Read 25 books

Can we all agree that #44 is looking good these days? Did they give him a dad make under before he ran for office or did he get a glow up as soon as he left? I just imagine he’s out there living his best life with How Do You Like Me Now as his ringtone. I am now officially hold #413 at the library on Becoming, his #1 book pick from last year so I decided to explore a few others that he recommended. Florida, by Lauren Groff, was the first one to show up at the library and from the second I opened it up, I was floored. My god, this woman can write!

Florida is a collection of literary fiction short stories about people from or living in Florida. The first one made me realize how little I notice about the world and inspired me to spend a good portion of my morning pages just focusing on the sounds and colors and things happening around my house. I will admit that I did skip one short story because it was starting to feel long, but I was particularly tired at the moment and I’m willing to revisit it before I drop it back off at the library.

This week of weirdness also put me a week behind on The Artist’s Way. I decided to redo the week instead of half heartedly hurrying to finish it up just to move on to week three. I’m in no rush and my goal to become a better writer is much stronger than my desire to add book #2 to my finished book list.

I’m also still working on Better Than Before.

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


Dog barking

These pests! All week long they were little angels when I walked in the door and I told myself that I was going to film them to show off how much progress that we had made… and then I walked in the door and they both went crazy! Just bark bark city. They were not ready for their close up.

So we’ll try that again next week!

Day date to Silverton, Oregon Week 8 of 52: My 19 for 2019


monthly date

It was sunny out last weekend so we went out on a little drive and found ourselves in Silverton, Oregon. Have you been there? It’s a cute little town. We spent a half hour strolling through a big antique shop before walking all over downtown. They have historical murals painted all over the buildings, and of course I had to stop to read each one and the plaques posted nearly every where.

My original goal with #4 was to go on a dress up date each month, but these little jaunts are a little more my style. Besides, I’d take a drive with no destination multiple times a month over a fancy event every once in a while.



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:


(for now) project


Write more


Be more social


Instagram more


Automate bill payments


Go on 10 camping


Girls’ trip


Home cleaning routine

Plant update Week 8 of 52: My 19 for 2019


Plant a garden

My little plant babies are growing beautifully! I’ve got tomatoes, lettuces, kale, zucchini, and cucumbers popping up. It’s pretty exciting to see all of this green popping up on these cold, gray days.

I picked up a few newspapers to make more pots. I want to start some decorative grasses for the backyard, marigolds to plant with the tomatoes, beets, and a few more rounds of lettuces and kale.

Not much to report:


fashion makeover


12 craft projects


Organize cabinets & closets


spend less time
on my phone


Launch FOLL website

We’re getting close to launching the website! This has been a very fun and rewarding project for me. I love the public library and to be able to help an organization that raises money and organizes volunteers to make it an even better place feels like the perfect thing for me to do. I can’t wait to share it with you in a next few weeks!

What are you working toward in 2019?

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