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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Keeping Her Moving

As Volleyball season wraps up for the school year, I'm left trying to figure out what's next for my daughter by way of activities. She is very much involved in her philanthropy club at school, and is spending some time on her journalistic efforts, but she needs physical activity as well.
 
Since she was young, she's always been involved in some sort of sport.  Most of them she hated until she discovered volleyball.  When she was younger she was what I like to call a Miss Priss. She was opposed to sweating, being the least bit dirty, moving quickly, or exerting too much physical effort.  She was all about sitting around and playing with her dolls, reading, doing puzzles, or playing with her little dog by making him listen to her read or trapping him under a clothes hamper.  Simply put, she liked things that allowed her to enjoy her natural easy going pace.
 
I, on the other hand, had something different in mind for her.  I wanted her to go to every activity because I felt like that was the only way she'd discover what she liked. While reading and doll playing came natural to her, I always wanted to push her to discover those things that were below the surface.  And, I simply wanted her to be well rounded.  I knew she'd be smart, and she is. But, I wanted to make sure she appreciated music and could play an instrument, and she can.  At age 3 she started violin and played until about age 6 when she told me she didn't enjoy it anymore.  Then she moved on to the flute and loved it, but when it came to conflict with volleyball, she didn't want to do it anymore.  I also wanted her to play a sport.  I wouldn't have cared if it was fencing, softball, or whatever. I just wanted her to find a way to remain physically active while having fun. 
 
When younger, she played t-ball (ended up hating it); she played soccer (she was a goalie, but used the position moreso to pick flowers and look up at the sky until the teams made their way closer to her); she swam (she still loves swimming and wanted to do synchronized, but during one of our moves no such opportunity was available for her age group); she did gymnastics (hated it from the word go); she danced (loved ballet initially, but let her disdain for jazz get in the way.  In sixth grade, she even had a stint trying to learn more contemporary styles, but decided  that she liked volleyball more and didn't want to do both.); and she took painting and other forms of artistic classes 10 times over. 
 
My point is she is used to doing, trying, exploring things.  I'm happy about that.  However, now I'm left feeling compelled to "find" her something else to try.  Normally she would run in the off season, but because of her case of osgood schlatter's last year, she doesn't want to chance it and ruin her vball off season hopes.  A part of me is thinking about just getting her a membership at the gym, but I don't want physical activity to feel like a chore for her.  She has gone to the gym with me before and she is not a fan.
 
I've asked her to decide on something, but she's at a loss because at this age, you can't just decide you want to try out for, say the basketball team without having the foundational skills established.
 
I've also thought about asking her if she wants to try kickboxing, karate, or cycling.  I'm sure we'll end up finding something to keep her moving.  She has also, in the past, mentioned that she would be interested in doing a triathlon with me.  I have to take some swimming courses this winter, so maybe she can do that with me, too.  Physical activity and mommy/daughter time.  Him...writing this out has helped me.  She is also in the midst of thinking of new things to try, so I'll wait to hear her ideas and then we can decide to together (I hope she likes the swimming idea!).
 
~ Blissfully Yours

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Floors

Literally...I'm about to talk about floors.
 
I really don't like my carpeted floors, especially not downstairs.  Everyone in the house, myself included, acts like they can't remember to remove shoes in the entry way or garage hall prior to entering the living room.  This leads to constant reoccuring stains, no matter how often we steam clean it...and believe me, we have steamed cleaned that carpet tons of times simply because I can't stand to see it a mess.
 
I've wanted hardwoods since I moved in, but never made it a financial priority; something else is always more important.  We have pretty much decided we're going to sell the house and buy something else, but even if we decide to stay, hardwood floors would only benefit the value of the home. Personally, I'd like hardwoods throughout the entire downstairs including the entryway and kitchen, but my lovely husband thinks we should keep tile in those areas and only add hardwoods to the living room.  From a cost perspecitve, he's right. From an asthetics perspecitve, I'm right.  He'll likely win.
 
Our next move is to determine what style of floor we like.  We've decided on real hardwood, not laminate or bamboo or another alternative. But, we haven't agreed on pattern, or wood tone.  Here are our 4 choices:

1. Cherry toned -  My husband likes this style, but the hint of red makes me feel like it will date itself very quickly.  I also feel like it's not nuetral enough for any decor that may be added to the room in the future.
 
 
 

 2. Multi Toned wood - This is my absolute favorite.  I love the stark contrasts in certain places, yet it feels so cohesive.  And, I could picture a variety of decor in this room with the floor either becoming a focal point, or fading in the background and complimenting everything around it.
 
 
 
 3. Dark Chocolate - I also like this, but not enough to put throughout the entire downstairs.  Our downstairs ceilings aren't extremely high and they don't have the beautiful peaks that are upstairs, so I think this dark color will really make it feel like a dungeon down there.
 
 
 
 4. Maple/Caramel - I really like these as well.  They are a bit on the plain and boring side, but that's what also adds to their nuetrality.  And, anything nuetral is good for resale value. 
 
No matter what we decide to get, it has to be something we both like in case we decide to stay longer than expected, and it also has to be something potential buyers will appreciate.
 
This home improvement thing never ends.  Next, is tackling the kitchen...we have standard builder's cabinets, so I'm ready to dress them up with some hardward and maybe even take out the wood inserts and replace them with glass.
 
~ Blissfully Yours

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

TTC Tuesdays - Week 3

I'm on CD24 and 8DPO (days past ovulation).  My urge to pee on a stick is overwhelming right now, but I know that there could not be a trace of hcg in my system even if an egg has been fertilized.  This waiting is definitely the hardest part.  Luckily, I've found a TTC forum that allows me to talk about this as much as I want, and believe it or not I'm not the most delusional one there, lol.

Now that I'm on day 8, I'm on the lookout for signs of implantation. Every little twing I feel, I suspect it's my baby implanting into my uterus.  When I stop and think rationally, though, I know that I haven't felt anything out of the ordinary, so I'm really just searching for something.

Myself and a group of other ladies from the ttc forum that also ovulated on the 15th, plan to do our tests on the 29th - that is 14dpo.  I really don't think I can hold out that long, but I'm going to try.  My husband is adamant about me not testing too early.  I don't see a problem with testing everyday from 10dpo to 14dpo...what's the big deal?? lol

Anyway, so I've been keeping track of my symptoms with the other ladies from the TTC forum.  Here are mine

CD15 - Positive Opk in the morning. Peak on fertility monitor in the afternoon.

CD16 - Ovulation Day. Positive OPK in the morning. Discomfort and annoying feeling on left side of abdomen.

1DPO - Positive Opk in the morning (leftover from O day). Slight cramping and annoyance on lower left side of abdomen.
2DPO - Slight cramping feeling. Tender breasts
3DPO - light headed while driving (this sometimes happens while riding, but never when I'm driving)
4DPO - light headed
5DPO - Cranky and a bit emotional
6DPO - Extremely emotional and physically tired. Tender breasts.
7DPO - Very sluggish at bootcamp and tired in early afternoon.
8DPO - Lower abdomen a little annoying feeling.
 
Well, that's it for now.

~ Blissfully Yours

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Snippets

We recently discovered the showti.me series, Homel.and.  I had heard about it in passing, but until August I didn't have showtime, so I didn't think twice about it.  Anyway, we have found all the episodes of season one on demand and we are watching them.  The show has already sucked me in, so much that I stayed up until 2:30am watching last night.  That's not my style at all.  I'm in bed by 9:30pm most nights and asleep by 10pm or so.  I'm paying for it today for sure.
 
I've been wanting nothing more than soup and salad lately.  Not sure what that is about, but I wish it would hurry and get cold, so I can eat soup everyday without my husband looking at me crazy.  He is not a fan of soup as a meal....he claims to need something more hearty. 
 
This baby fever I'm suffering from is no joke.  I have almost completely designed a nursery in my mind and via pinterest for a kid that doesn't yet exist.  Oh yeah, I'm also in the process of trying to figure out exactly what grand surprise I'm going to pull together to inform my husband when I actually do find out I'm pregnant.
 
My daughter took the PSAT today.  She was a bit nervous, but I reminded her that it is her first take at it, and that she has until her junior to really be worried.  What I really wanted her to gather from the test was what to expect in years to come.  She will walk away today hopefully better understanding her testing strenghts and weaknesses.
 
I'm starting a bootcamp on Monday.  I haven't done a bootcamp in years and I'm excited.  I love group fitness that doesn't involve memorizing steps or moving to a beat.  Can we say uncoordinated? That's me.  
 
We're going tree shopping this weekend!  I'm so excited for this new backyard project.  We are moving very slowly with getting it done, but baby steps will get us there faster than no steps.
 
 ~ Blissfully Yours

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TTC Tuesdays - Week 2

 
It appears that everything is moving along smashingly in our first cycle of TTC. I'm currently on CD17.  As I told you in the first post, we are using a fertility monitor to determine the day of ovulation. Well, because I'm a bit paranoid about missing my window of opportunity, and because I've read way too much informaiton on the topic, I am also taking OPKs in conjunction with monitor testing.
 
I take the OPKs in the morning and at night, and the monitor on the afternoons it instructs me to do so.
 
On CD10 the fertility monitor gave me a reading of "high fertility."  I almost jumped off the toilet I was so excited.  And, then I became a little dismayed because I was out of town and my husband wasn't with me, so we couldn't BD in celebration. 
 
Let me back up and offer some explanation about the monitor versus the OPKs.  The monitor gives you up to six fertile days in each cycle (if you ovulate that month).  Technically sperm can live in a woman's body for up to 5 days, so the monitors measures certain hormones in the body and determines when you are about 5 days out from ovulation.  It considers those days to be "high" because if you BD, there is a possibility that sperm will still be around when the egg drops on ovulation day.
 
OPKs, on the other hand, only give you a positive result within 48 hours of ovulation. There is no ambiguous "high" day. 
 
On the morning of CD15, we got up to go to church and as usual I took an OPK....since I started taking them on CD8, the test line was always very faint, if it was present at all.  So, imagine my shock when after 4 minutes I look over and I have two dark lines (the control line is always dark, but if the test line is the same color or darker, then you are going to ovulate within 24 to 48 hours).  I screamed and jumped up and down and told my husband the great news.  He was excited as well, but wanted to wait until the afternoon for the the monitor testing to confirm.


(This is the Wondfo OPK. See the two dark lines...the one to the right is the control line, and the one to the left is the test line.  Both the same...wooohooo!)



 
After church, I did the monitor test and sure enough...I got the peak symbol, which is a picture of what's supposed to be a uterus with an egg in it.  I screamed with excitement and texted it to my husband who had already left to go watch the eagles game.  I wanted him to come home right then so we could BD, but I decided to be patient and let him finish the game.

(This is my Clear Bl.ue Ea.sy Monitor. The angle is a bit weird, but what you see there is that my egg is ready to be fertilized. The "15" indicates the cycle day)


I swear when I saw both the OPK and the monitor confirm my impending ovulation, I was so happy you would have thought I just got a positive pregnancy result.
 
I pray one of his swimmers is able to meet up with my egg and make our first baby. However, I'm staying level headed as well and understanding that it doesn't always happen the first month of TTC. 
 
I'm just so happy we got the monitor and the OPKs because tyring to calculate on our own was like trying to shoot a target in the dark.  Just for kicks, I did another ovulation calculator to see what days it said I was fertile for the month, and low and behold, it has my fertile days as past ovulation. So if we were still doing that, I would have missed my actual ovulation day...and another month with no chance of baby.  Not to say a baby is garaunteed this month, but at least we know there is a chance.  Come on babies... go find a comfy place to attach in mommy's uterus!
 
 
~ Blissfully Yours

Monday, October 15, 2012

Her First Dance

My big girl went to her very first high school dance over the weekend (homecoming).  I cried. I'm a big baby about my baby.  She looked beautiful and more 16 than 14, I think that's what made me cry.  She really looked like a young lady instead of my little girl, and while it's exciting to see her blossom into her own, it's scary at the same time.

She went with a group of her girlfriends.  They went to dinner first, and then I took them to the dance.  I was a picture taking machine.  I made her take tons of pics before we left the house, then more when we picked up the other girls, then more outside and inside the restaurant before I left them to eat on their own.  When I picked them up, I of course had to take more pictures outside of the dance.

After she got home, we had a long talk about all the fun she had.  She told me that she danced alot...she even danced with a boy.

Here is a photo of my  young lady...my baby as she was heading out for her first dance.



~ Blissfully Yours

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

TTC Tuesdays - Week 1

 
This new weekly series will be all about our attempts to conceive a baby.  I will try to be as candid as possible, 1. Because I just typically tend to be open like that when blogging (I guess you can call it my one of my "safe" places), and 2. Maybe I can help someone through my story, and I’m all for that.  I bring up my intentions to be candid to say, if you don’t want to hear words like cycle, pee, mucus, hormones, etc. you may want to skip the TTC Tuesday posts, and come back on Wednesdays.

 
Here is a list of Acronyms I’ll likely be using on this journey:

BD – Baby Dancing (sex)

BFP – Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test result)

BFN – Big Fat Negative (pregnancy test result)

BBT – Basal Body Temperature

C# - Cycle number (fyi, I'm on C1 because this is the first month we are really trying)

CD – Day of current cycle

CM – Cervical mucus

FM – Fertility Monitor

OPK – Ovulation predictor kit

TTC – Trying To Conceive


 
I gave thought to starting a side blog about my TTC adventures, but who wants the hassle of managing three blogs (this one, business blog, and a TTC one)? Not me.

So I figured, I could share all my TTC moments with you all one day a week. 

In case you don’t know, let me give you some background.  I’m a 32 year old, healthy newlywed wanting my future babies to come right now. I am already the mother of one amazing teenaged girl (conceived when I was 17 and not ttc).  My husband, who is a few years older than me has no children of his own, though he views my daughter as his.   We want more kid(s) – plural, so we want to go ahead and get this show on the road.  Also, I’ve had issues with fibroids in the past, and by issues I mean they have invaded my uterus twice causing me to have them removed.

At my last check up, I was fibroid free and my uterus was the shape and size of a perfect pear. And, I had recently ovulated.  That checkup was in June.

My husband and I decided to leave Baby Dancing (BD) for marriage, so we didn’t start taking advantage of my perfect breeding conditions until August (the month of our marriage).  Though, in August we weren’t really TTC-ing with any sophistication, we were just having newlywed fun. 

In September, we decided to use an on-line calculator to try and determine my ovulation period. We’ve since found out that method wasn’t successful and my uterus is still without child.

So, my husband started off on some research.  That man is the research king of products. At any rate, he found some forums and such that were raving about a fertility monitor.  You guessed it, we bought it.  So starting this cycle we are using a fertility monitor by cl.ear blu.e easy (the reviews are overwhelmingly positive).  It seems pretty simple to use. Right now I’m just turning it on every morning waiting for the day that it tells me to pee on a stick and check my fertility level.

Why are we using a monitor?  Well, given the past fibroid issues and our ages, we don’t want to just “try” haphazardly.  Here’s the thing, there is only a 20% chance each month that a woman will get pregnant.  And that 20% chance can only take place when she ovulates.  My cycles aren’t the most regular, though not terribly irregular, so we don’t want to waste time (see years) - we're not spring chickens.  Also, there is a chance those little fibroid creatures could come back and block passage ways to make things happen naturally.  We are open to other methods of conception, but we would love to conceive the “natural” way.

So there you have it.  You have been brought up to speed and are now cordially invited to watch me on the journey of this super exciting life step.

 
~ Blissfully Yours 
 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Ramblings

I'm looking for another master swim class, but I can't seem to find one in my area during the Fall.  That makes no sense to me. I understand that the tri season is over, but what about people training for next season?  Come on people...give me a master swim class.
 
All of our Friday nights are taken up by my daughter's volleyball games.  We haven't had one friday night date since marriage.  Speaking of marriage - yesterday made 2 months. yippie!
 
I think the weather has finally broke here in Texas.  I initially thought that a couple of weeks ago, but then somehow it went back up to 90.  The heat is now gone...see ya sucka! 
 
I have a huge interst in carpentry. I want to build and design furniture. I'm not interested in doing upholstery work, though.  I looked into taking a carpentry class and they are more expensive than I initially thought. I'm going to try to teach myself some things with the help of youtube.
 
I'm back to a mild addiction to television.  I hate that. And, I'm not quite sure how it happens.  However, I know that I'm wasting some precious hours staring at the boob tube, and it's time to stop.  I read somewhere a long time ago that if you spend a year studying a subject in place of your typical tv time, you'll become an expert.  I wonder how true that is.  Maybe I should do an experiment. hmmmm...
 
We had a realtor come look at the house a couple of months ago to give us an estimated listing price and some pointers on how to make sure we can list at the top of the spectrum for our area.  One of the things she mentioned was the backyard.  Right now, it is literally a blank canvas with grass.  She told us to plant some trees.  A plants guy told me that the best time to plant in Texas is in the Fall. Guess who is going tree shopping in a couple weeks? 
 
Speaking of realtors and such, we are starting the process of getting one of my husband's properties on the market. And, of course that means we have to do some minor improvements to maximize list price.  It's hard to agree to focus on improving a place we don't live in, when there are things we could do for the one in which we actually reside.
 
I never thought I'd say this at 32, but I'm ready to make my final move for a long while. I always thought I'd want to move every 2 to 3 years, but I actually have a desire to settle down in one place and let some roots develop. It's true - marriage and age changes you...for the better in my case.
 
I'm so happy I fell in love with a man who loves to travel.  Maybe that's why I'm comfortable with living in one place now because I know we'll always be going somewhere new.
 
My daughter's first homecoming dance is next week.  She was asked to go by a boy she knows.  This boy, she told me, typically always grabs her books for her when she's walking to classes and offers to do things for her.  She told me that she has only viewed him as a friend, but she realized he felt differently when he asked her. Apparently she could tell by the look on his face.  She turned down the offer to be his date for the dance. Why? Because he's shorter than she is.  She did, however, want me to know that he was cute, but that she just couldn't go with someone who was that much shorter than her.  She made him believe that I wouldn't allow her to go with a boy, and that she was going with a group of friends instead.  Teens, I tell ya.
 
That's it for now.
 
~ Blissfully Yours

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Visions


The last time I did a vision board was in 2009.  Just about everything on it became reality: homeowner, weight loss, marriage, career progression, and volunteering more.  The only area that didn’t happen was the one of showing my daughter the world outside of this country.  Now that she is a teenager, only four years from living outside of the home, I am hard pressed to make sure this happens.  My husband and I have written into our family constitution one family trip abroad each year. We both have the desire to show our current daughter and future kids the world.

I took my vision board off my bedroom wall, for the first time, earlier this year. I realized that it was relevant anymore.

This weekend I plan to work on another.  It will have the following areas: 

1.      Health – This was on the last one, but this is something that I need to stay focused on.  My family has its share of ailments, and if I drop the ball I could fall victim, too.

2.      Strong Marriage – I’m a love drunk newlywed, but I also realize marriage will get tough, and I want to stay armed and ready to keep mine strong and pressing forward.

3.      Business growth – I just started a new small business and my husband has dreams of starting his own as well.  We are both putting in the ground work for great things, and I can’t wait to see it all come to fruition.

4.      Expanded family – If you haven’t heard, I’m hear to tell you, Operation Baby is in full effect. I started out wanting two more children, but I’ve since changed my mind AND convinced my husband that we should have as many as God wants us to have…even if that means 4 more.  I’m excited.

5.      Family relationships – I want to get genuinely stronger in these areas with my mother and sister.  My sister and I have grown so close, but I want to make sure that continues. My mother and I have seen better days. I think her moving closer to me and then living with me temporarily did quite a bit of harm to our relationship. I hope I can get over myself enough to fix things.

6.      Happiness – I just wish happiness on myself and my household, even if things don't continue being as great as they are now...always. 

7.      Continuous learning – I have so many interests, but I don’t always give each of them attention. I want to make sure I’m actively learning and growing my interests.

8.      Writing a book – this has been a tug on my heart since I was a teenager, and still I continue to push it in the background.

While those areas are broad, they really touch all aspects of my life and the desires of my heart.  Here is to putting the prayers up and watching the blessings of my vision board come down!

What’s on your vision board (Even if it’s only in your heart right now)?

~ Blissfully Yours

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ugliness

I did something some ugly yesterday that it is still weighing on me.
 
 
There is an employee that works for my company.  I used to supervise her, but after two years of headaches , I carefully found a way to have her reorganized from under my purview.
 
 
This person and I have a mutual dislike for each other.  However, I continue to be polite, I speak to her every morning even though she rarely, if ever (in grunt form only), responds.
 
 
She has been out of the office for over a month with medical mobility issues.  She also lives in the neighborhood across the thoroughfare from mine.  And, she has no family here.
 
 
I haven’t once called her and asked if she needed anything despite the proximity of our homes.
 
 
Yesterday I had to take my daughter to CVS to pick up some writeable CD’s.   As I pulled into the parking lot I saw a car that looked like the woman’s, and she immediately fell on my mind.  As I was pulling around to find a parking space I saw right into the CVS and she was standing there: one crutch under her arm, the other in the cart, looking fragile.
 
 
My first thought was that I had to get out and offer to do her shopping for her so she could sit down, but then a wave of “but, I don’t want to” came over me and it won.
 
 
I sent my daughter into the store alone just so I could avoid having to make contact with the woman and offer my assistance.
 
 
It bothered me all night and it has carried over into today.  I was so ashamed of myself I didn’t even want to tell my husband.  I finally told him this morning and he agreed that it was wrong, but he tried to make me feel better about it and told me that we all let ugliness win sometimes, but to try to do better moving forward.
 
 
As much as I don’t care for that woman, I still can’t believe I didn’t offer to help her while she was clearly in need of help.
 
 
This just further shows me that I have a long way to go. No matter how ugly I think that woman has been to me, I am worse because ignored my first thought (Which could have only been God) and chose to be ugly on purpose.
 
 
I can’t let ugliness win again…ever.
 
~ Blissfully Yours
 

 

Business Horizons


As I told you all before, I have been diligently throwing myself in the development of a new business venture since everything wrapped up with the wedding.

During the process, I had moments of stress (Many that I’d like to forget), and moments of wanting to throw my hands up and turn it all over to my husband.  In the end I got through it.

I was quite shocked that I was so stressed because I’ve planned tons of events for my family and friends in the past and never was I stressed…just pure excitement and happiness in making their visions come to life.
 
Toward the end of my own wedding planning, I remembered that joy for planning and it caused a light bulb to go off in my mind.  I wanted to turn my enjoyment of event planning into a business.
 
So introducing:  An Adams Original – Event Designand Planning Firm.  This is what I’ve been working on.
 
When the thought hit me, I talked it over with my husband who threw all his support at me, and I hit the ground running.  I’ve been taking study courses to add a level of “expert” knowledge to my practical experiences; making contacts in the event planning world of Dallas; and working on my marketing plan.
 
I still have much to do, but I am well on my way.  Today is my internal launch date.  I launched to my family and friends weeks ago and begin advertising on theknot.com and weddingwire.com.  I even reached out to a friend of a friend who I helped with her wedding and a cousin that I helped to get reviews from them.
 
I’m really excited about this new chapter in my life. It's funny that for so long I was trying to figure out what a great business of my own would look like. I was thinking that my talents could only be used in my professional government setting, and I didn't even pay attention to the things I was already doing.  Sometimes things are right in front of our eyes (and hands), and we don't even notice.  I'm glad I finally took notice of my abilities.

 
~ Blissfully Yours

Monday, October 1, 2012

Small Steps Forward

I almost can’t believe it’s the 10th month of the year. Soon I’ll be saying how I can’t believe it’s 2013. 
I haven’t set out any monthly goals in quite a while. I was so busy with wedding planning and me allowing life to have its way with me instead of the other way around.  I’m finally refocusing on things and getting my feet on stable ground.
Last year, I set out to read all of the presidential biographies (maybe it was two years ago).  I never got around to finishing and, I didn’t start in order.  Well, I’ve decided to rededicate myself to this goal.  I’m a few chapters in on a bio of George Washington.  The book also serves as a double bio, and talks about Benedict Arnold.  So far, so good.  This leads me to the first goal of October.
1.       Finish reading the George Washington Biography.
 
From the moment I accepted my husband’s proposal to be his wife, and even before I ever met him, I always had thoughts and a desire to be a good wife when the time came. It pains me to say that I never had any direct role models for what I think is a “good” wife.  My granny and granddad were happy, but she was mean and yelled at him a lot…I don’t want to be like that.  So, I recently purchased a book that I’m going to work through to make sure I’m starting off on the right path in my new wife role; it’s called “A Wife After God’s Own Heart” by Elizabeth George. You may have heard of her other book,  “A Woman After God’s Own Heart.”  This leads to my second goal.
 2.       Complete the book and exercises of A Wife After God’s Own Heart.  I plan to do much writing and reflecting during this period.  Initially, I wanted my husband to do the male version simultaneously, but I’ve since changed my mind and want to make this about me getting better instead of risking either of us focusing too much on what the other is doing and not enough on our own behaviors.
 
 
Over the past several months I have not been as focused on my physical fitness as I’d like to admit. I can make all kinds of excuses about how my time got away from me, but really there is no acceptable excuse.  I think I’m starting to finally get back on board mentally. For me my mind is the part that has to be dedicated. So here is my third goal for the month.
 3.       Go the gym 3 days per week for the entire month, and run 4 times per week.  I will run on my gym days and then do a long run on the weekend.
 
 
That’s it. Those are my goals for the month.   I’m going to tip toe back into goal setting since I’ve not done it in so many months.  And, with the limited number to focus on success should definitely be mine!
 
~ Blissfully Yours