Thursday, May 5

Achieve 2016: May Goals

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Hello, friends!

It's Cinco de Mayo, which is a favorite holiday for me. Who doesn't want a reason to drink margaritas and make guacamole?


Honestly, I cannot believe that we're in the month of May already. April goals didn't even happen last month; it was all that I could do to stay alive.

But I did get a lot done last month:

  • I served on the planning committee for the Cayce Festival of the Arts, and we put on a successful event. 
  • The Mister and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary.
  • I painted our master bedroom while the Mister was out of town.
  • I helped host our final professional organization of the 2015-16 plan year, including handling registration and driving our speaker to his next destination.
  • I completed another month's worth of massage class and homework, and I got promoted in jujitsu.
  • And I launched my Etsy shop, Chasing Blue Jays.

Honestly, I'm surprised that I found time to blog at all, but I did actually get a couple posts completed as well toward the end of the month. So even though most of my goals for this month are still lingering from earlier in the year, I'm comfortable with that because sometimes you just have to deal with life.


Now, I'm ready to get back on track, because I still have huge things I want to accomplish this year, which means getting back on track with the baby steps.

Anyway, let's take a look at this month.

May Goals

  • Repeat Week 3 and continue running the Couch to 5K Program. 
  • Get three lists completed in my jujitsu notebook: Shime, Goshin and Oku.
  • Give 10 massages between the May and June massage classes.
  • Add four more items to my Etsy shop.
  • Finish reading Retire Inspired by Chris Hogan; order and start reading Great by Choice by Jim Collins for my leadership event in June.
  • Broadcast on Periscope twice a week.
What are you trying to accomplish this month? Do you have any wins from April to celebrate?

The Monthly Goals


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Friday, April 29

Friday Confessional 4.29.16

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I confess...

This has been an interesting kind of week. I alluded to changes at work in yesterday's post, but didn't want to get into it. Basically, a stream of income has been "temporarily" cut from my business starting at the beginning in June.

I fully expect this will become a permanent change, which means I'm evaluating parts of my business model and exploring ways to grow my other lines of production. I was pretty stressed the other day when the announcement was made, but I've had time to process and get some perspective so it's not so scary now.

I confess...

I've decided this should be a kick in the pants to be more serious about some business goals that I have. When I took a leadership course a few years ago, we created business plans and 5-year goals. I haven't been as dedicated to those goals as I should have been. I've re-committed to several of them, and luckily, the Mister is willing to help hold me accountable.



I confess...

I met up with our local group to work on our yarnbombing pieces or other projects. It's been so nice to meet up with a group of ladies and chat over coffee and yarn.

Amongst the ladies, I was the only one who wasn't knitting; it was kind of fun to answer some questions about crochet. My yarnbombing piece is about halfway done.

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I confess...

I had to take a break from jujitsu the week after taking several hard falls on Monday. Sometimes working out with big strong guys isn't a good thing...especially when they don't really how much strength they're adding to a particular technique.

This is exactly why there is a healing curriculum taught in our system as well. When you train hard, dings are a part of your future. Luckily, I was able to get my neck adjusted during Wednesday's class and felt much better afterward.

I confess...

I'm behind on my homework for the healing course. I still have to give nine massage treatments before our next class in two weeks. I think my Mister is going to enjoy me getting caught up.



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Thursday, April 28

Monthly Coffee - My Favorite Blog Posts from April

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Welcome to the Monthly Coffee, a little linky party hosted by me and Miss Angie from My So-Called Chaos.



This party is all about sharing those fabulous blogs that you've read this month. Let's grow our blogger community by sharing the best posts you've come across. You'll find new blogs to read, and we'll all make new friends.

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Without getting into a lot of detail about work, there have been some changes rocking my industry lately, and that has definitely affected my choice of favorite posts this week. If you need a dose of encouragement, you're in the right place.

This encouraging post from Moose Studio has been helpful when with keeping things in perspective and staying positive. I'm especially focusing on not letting fear [of change] bring me down.

 Nick Alexis Creates shared a list of 6 things to do to take a business to the next level. While a few suggestions relate to online businesses, there's quite a bit here whether your business is centered in the virtual world or is a brick and mortar outfit.

Not so long ago, Sue A Allen had a day that started aimlessly, and she shared her four steps for taking charge of her day and not letting her emotions rule how events turn out. When things seem to be out of control, it sure is easy to stay stuck in your head, replaying worst-case scenarios; she provides some tools to overcome that.

We all know how easy it is to get caught up in life and completely forget about the self-case that keeps us well enough to take care of our responsibilities. If you need a reminder, check out this list from Unapologetically Us of personal appointments that you should be keeping.

And for something a little lighter, I had a few chuckles at this post from Heart Mind Soul about getting an athletic style massage for the first time. Given that I'm taking a massage healing course at my dojo, I can certainly understand someone's responses when they've only received massage in a spa setting.




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