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February Intentions 2017

I really enjoyed the “intentions” from Angela (Clutter Box Blog) so I decided to keep it going.  Currently, the intentions link up is postponed, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t come back.  I really like definition of intention: Noun

  1. a thing intended; an aim or plan.

“she was full of good intentions”

To be honest – intentions just sounds better.  But I’m a bit odd so who knows.  Well, with all that talking let’s start with what I had planned for January.

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For the blog January:

  • Organize and sort photo prop items – make a list of what to buy – I really worked hard at this. Found out what props that I want as well as going about buying them from different places.  Perhaps a post will follow soon?
  • Take at least 2 pictures for posts with own cameraSo far every single picture from this year has been shot by me. I’m still working out the kinks of my camera and actually planning on buying a newer DSLR soon.  Wish me luck.
  • Work on Instagram feedI can say that I have put forth some effort into my Instagram account. I’m working on placing bright colours in my feed with white space.  Something not original but it is a start towards aesthetically pleasing in my eyes.
  • Continue to use Buffer for social mediaOkay so I did a decent amount on buffer – but I deleted my paid account and currently searching for somewhere else. I find that it’s too much for me and I’m only working on Twitter so paying $10 for only Twitter is kind of crazy.

For personal January:

  • Clean and organize the spare bedroom (again)Okay, so I sorta did this. I mean – I cleaned then a lot of crap got placed back in there.  Oops?  I figure it would be better placed on the to do list further in the year (like summer) when I’m off and have the time.
  • Keep kitchen clutter free and dishes cleanedTotally did this for the most part. I think I had a few days in between that I didn’t really keep up with, but nothing too much.  Travis had to help me a few times only because we had a mouse problem and I was overwhelmed with all the dishes that needed to be rewashed because of it.
  • Continue to keep on top of household choresKind of failed and kind of worked on it. Most of the laundry got done, but they lay in the hampers for over two days.  Floors were Swiftered sometimes, but not every week like they should be.  Perhaps more since we have a dog… who knows?
  • 2 dates this month with Travis Totally nailed this! We had a few dates out with friends throughout the month.  I even had a surprise dinner guest which was pretty cool since he was attempting to figure out who was joining us.  I love surprising him every so often.
  • Doing yoga at least 5 times this month Failed.  FAILED.  I didn’t even do it once this month.  Sigh.  I really shouldn’t place these on my list, but I have hoped.  No reason why – I just felt lazy and didn’t want to work out this month.  No other excuse.

Highs

I am really proud about the push forward I have towards my blog.  I’ve been posting more, scheduling more tweets ahead and even gaining a bit in my Instagram account.  I used to teeter on just 330 now I’ve jumped up to around 400.  I love Instagram, and I’m slowly trying to work my creativity into it.  I’m pushing myself to be there more.  So I’m seeing progress.

I’m also enjoying the freedom I have with using my own pictures.  It’s pushing me to expand my knowledge of this field and test different tricks.  I cannot wait to see how much I’ve progressed in a year’s time.

I have also progressed in my health by rejoining Weight Watchers.  I have some bad days – but I’m logging everything I’m eating and trying to even it out in the end.  So far I’ve lost around 12 pounds ( which is a start from the 40 that I want to lose from now until the end of this year).

Lows

I’ve been off and on sick for a better part of two months.  Near the middle of the month, I even had 2 days (again) off work because of my migraines.  I’m really starting to get annoyed with my body.  Trav and I have a new doctor so I will be asking about what else I can do for them – besides simple vitamins.

I really liked that I added one more inspiration to my month goal – having 4 to work with seems a lot better than 3.  It gives me something to strive to as well as something to challenge myself without too much anxiety.  Let’s see what I have planned for February…

February Intentions 2017

February Intentions 2017

For the blog:

  • Continue taking photos with camera – explore a new lens
  • Buy a tripod for camera and research what new camera to buy
  • Post at least 3 times per week on Instagram
  • Share posts with other places besides Facebook and Twitter
  • Extra: Get to 5k followers on Twitter – Currently at 3,331  which means I only need 1,669 more to go.  It is a stretch, but I want to see how close I can get to it.

For Personal:

  • No pop at all this month
  • Organize bedroom and create a wish list for room
  • Have 4 dates with Travis. Plan one in secret (mix it up with alone and with friends)
  • Meal prep for a whole week
  • Extra: Do not order out once this month

 

I have set one extra goal because I really want to challenge myself.  I know that it is something extra in the shortest month of the year, but I have faith that I can do it.

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What are your intentions for February?

My 2017 word of the year
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My 2017 word of the year

I’ve read a lot about different people and their word of the year.  This word is supposed to encompass them throughout the whole 365 days – 52 weeks – 12 months.  (No, I’m not going to burst out into song – Yet.)

I’ve thought long and hard about what I wanted this year to be for me.  I think I’ve found the right one.

I don’t think that I’m ready for something more powerful – like fearless, focus, or courage.  But I think I’ve found a word that I’m ready to work with.

That word is…

My 2017 word of the year

Balance

This year I have a lot of goals that I want to get done, but I fear that I’m going to need a sense of balance to get them the way that I want them.  This word is perfect for me.

I need to find the right balance in my own personal life – struggling with my anxiety and depression, but the struggle to set time aside for both personal as well as romantic.  I know that we all tend to do that – we get so focused on what we need to do that we fail to perform what we should be doing.

This year I’m going to work on balancing all that.  I know that I will struggle with it and there may even be a few days where I don’t make it, but that is okay.  I will learn to be okay with doing what I can and not worrying about what cannot be.

Balance: an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.

– a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.

This is the year that I push myself but don’t completely lose track of what and where I want to be.  Balancing both a work and home life with the possibility of adding more is scary.  But, I will make it.  I will find myself and push myself past a comfort zone into finding who I  truly am.  No more wishing – time to start doing.

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What would be your word of the year if you could have one?  Please share in the comments below.

Songs that speak to me
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Songs that speak to me

I’m a bit behind in Sarah Emily’s 52-week blog challenge – Oops! Usually, I’ve followed along consecutively, but my creative drive is a bit lacking as of late.  So, I’m going to pick and choose which ones I’m going to be doing at one time.  Today I’m jumping ahead to week 36 – songs that speak to me.

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Songs that speak to me

We all have that one song that just sparks something in you.  I know for my husband they are the songs that remind him of his father.  For others, they might be reminders of a long lost love, family members who have gone or even just an event in your life.  Here are my picks for songs that have spoken to me and their reason behind them.

Last Chance by Kaskade

I think that I fell in love with this song from the very first time I heard it.  One of my good friends was playing their favourite songs and this one just popped up.  I stopped midsentence just to listen to it.  Perhaps it’s the chorus or the somber tone it has, but it just sparked something within me.

 

Hello by Evanescence

The melancholy works of Amy Lee and her band were a staple for me growing up.  She gave me a voice in “Wake Me Up” and “Breathe No More,” but this song.  This song was the one that just got me.  The emotion pulled at my heart when she cried out “don’t try to fix me I’m not broken.”

For me – it was my mantra in high school and beyond.  I wasn’t some project that someone could try and fix because like Amy – I wasn’t broken.  I may have been hurt, but I wasn’t going to let that define me.

 

Bring Me the Disco King by David Bowie

This is off the Underworld Soundtrack – that I just recently found in my boxes.  I forgot how much I love David Bowie.  His voice is so unique and I miss the fact that he is gone from this world and won’t be making any more music.  I think that this song is one of my favourite songs from him.

 


Pacifica by Spor remix by Kito & Reija Lee

This song is very dear to me.  Travis always said that it was our song.  It’s one of the tunes that he played for me while we were dating.  I have to say that though I enjoy the original this remake is far better.

The chorus is breathtaking – and you can totally feel like you’re flowing on the waves.  I know that I’ve shared this song in a previous post – but it has always been one of my favourite memories with Travis.

I love that we could sit up all night – even far away as we were and listen to songs together.  We’d take turns guessing what songs are what as well as sharing some of our favourites.  I think I fell in love with him on one of these nights.


Breathe me by Sia

Really – any song by Sia I love.  Her voice is so interesting and she has always been a big influence in my life.


Say Something A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera Cover by Pentatonix

This song is heartbreaking – and yet so incredibly beautiful.  I don’t know if I could pick between the original or the cover.  But Kirstin’s voice in this is so amazing.  I adore Pentatonix but this song is one of the reasons why I started to listen to them.  They could take something so beautiful and add to that beauty.

 

What are some songs that speak to you?