March 2019 in Review

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WHAT I FOCUSED ON In MarchĀ 

  1. Some pretty epic things that I’m looking forward to sharing about with y’all soon. šŸ˜‰
  2. Quality time with a lot of amazing people
  3. Work at the coffee shop and researching about TCKs

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READING UPDATE

Fiction: 6
Nonfiction: 6
Audiobooks: 5
Books for Review: 6

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TRAVELING

I don’t even know anymore… I think I was gone five nights?

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GOALS
  1. Personal Goal – YES
  2. Clean bathroom twice – YES
  3. Clean car – YES
  4. Personal Goal – YES
  5. Start new book/program for Children’s church – YES
  6. Trip to PA (NC instead) – YES
  7. Caving trip – YES
  8. Personal Goal – YES
  9. Paleo 25 days – YES (I cheated some with this, but overall I was happy with the month.)
  10. Personal Goal – YES
  11. 8 Bookstagram pictures – YES
  12. Stephanie’s book release stuff – YES
  13. Review 5 books – YES
  14. Walk 5 miles in one day – YES
  15. Deep clean closet – YES
  16. Track all money – YES
  17. Personal Goal – YES
  18. Write significant amounts on TCK 10 days – NO
  19. Read to page 150 in TCK book – YES (and finished it)
  20. Watch about different cultures/countries/TCKs every week – YES
  21. Look for TCK stuff on Instagram – YES
  22. Look up TCK podcast – YES
  23. Write TCK goals each week – NO ( I did 3 out of 4 weeks, but forgot one time)
So, for my month-long goals, I accomplished 22/24, and for my weekly goals, I accomplished 39/46.Ā 
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WHAT Iā€™VE BEEN LEARNING

Some months it seems like I learn so much I don’t even know where or how to categorize all the new information. (Which is one reason writing the highlights on here is pretty epic.) I’m going to try and be succinct this month and just give bullet points.

  • How much having a good schedule really does help me keep up as life gets busier
  • As I get busier I have to say noĀ to more things, but I need to make sure to chose those things wisely
  • When I’m doing really well with one are of life it’s easy for me to forget to keep up with other areas, too
  • The book about God and Love languages was amazing – one of the most eye-opening parts for me was when he said he’s discovered that a lot of times people who’s Love Langauge is touchĀ are more likely to dance, etc… while worshiping God. (That explains a lot)
  • About having a balanced life – aka, making sure that my inner world is healthy and vibrant
  • About how to write business-type blog posts (no worries, not for on here)
  • All about different countries, TCKs, cultures, and how people all over the world view other people – totally fantastic stuff
  • How to punch lots of holes in my comfort zone
  • To savor moments instead of dreading the end of an era
  • To go with the flow
    …And a lot more. šŸ™‚
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OtherĀ 

This month was so busy I barely had time to catch my breath. My world tilted in all kinds of good ways, and I found myself slightly overwhelmed with all I had on my plate. But, enough of the vague, and into the details. šŸ˜‰

One of my co-workers (who was totally amazing) moved out of state, another co-worker had to take a break for medical reasons, and the third co-worker got another parttime job. Because of that, I spent a lot more time at the coffee shop in March than normal. It was great. And busy.

I went caving. I’ve done this caving trip three times before now, but because of various things I was slightly freaked out about it. And when I sayĀ slightly freaked outĀ I mean I had to use a lot of mental control to even go on the spelunking adventure. After I was there though, the beauty reminded me of just why I like doing this type of adventure so much. I’m glad I went, and I want to go again, and hopefully, it will be easier the next time. šŸ˜‰

My mom and I were supposed to go to PA to visit a doctor about my adrenals. That ended up not panning out, but I didn’t know that until a few days before we were going to leave. So, since I had time off work Mom and I hopped in the car and we drove to NC so I could meet my newest niece. I’m very thankful I got to do that.

There’s a guy who’s lived with our family (actually, next door but he does everything with our family) for the last year and a half, and he’s very much like a brother to us. He’s moving out of state (which was the plan all along), so March was a month of trying to spend as much family time as possible before he leaves. We’ll miss him immensely.

I’m thankful for this March. Thankful for what I learned, was able to expereince, accomplish, and all the memories I made.

And now, for April!

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January In Review {2019}

What I focused on in January

  1. Working on my new book, so eloquently referred to as TCKnovel
  2. Delightful family time as the world outside was wrapped up in snow and ice
  3. Getting into the rhythm of a new year and working on my goals

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Reading Update

Fiction: 7
Nonfiction: 3
Audiobooks: 2
Books for Review: 5

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Traveling

Nights Gone: 2
New Places: 0

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Goals

  1. Decide for sure on my year-long Goals – YES
  2. Write plot and character sketches for TCK – YES
  3. Blog 16 times – YES
  4. Walk 30 miles – YES
  5. Decide about Vlogs – YES
  6. Look into Sunday School curriculum – YES
  7. Track hours/money made – YES
  8. Track all money spent – YES
  9. Print pages or draw graph for yearly goals – YES
  10. Send thank you cards – YES
  11. Clean bathroom – YES
  12. Read two nonfiction books – YES
  13. Talk with Aubrey about goals – YES
  14. Mat or water and quiet time thought every day – YES
  15. To bed by 10:30 ten times – YES
  16. 8 Bookstagram pictures – YES
  17. Plus 3 more personal goals – YES

And I had (all together) 58 weekly goals, and I accomplished 45 of them.

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What Iā€™ve Been Learning

Goodness. My brain feels full from this month.

A friend recommended I read the book Anthropological Insights for MissionariesĀ so I bought it and have been reading it for the last couple weeks. It’s been eye-opening and really interesting. It takes me a while to process everything I’m reading so I’m crawling through it but really enjoying it. It talks about how and why we view the world, and how a lot of the time we don’t even realize how different our culture is from other cultures and so we try and relate to them through our worldview and mindset and there’s a huge disconnect. I’ve learned a lot about other cultures and a ton about myself (and those around me) as I read.

Another book I read was Historical Fiction and it took place in Hawaii. Reading about the culture there while reading about how different people think and why they do what they do was exceedingly interesting.

I began working on a book about TCKs – third culture kids – which goes right along with the above information. Trying to imagine the world through theirĀ perspective has been good for me and has shown me how much I try and project my normality on others.

My book has a mystery in it, so I’ve been learning about mysteries this month. I’ve read plot charts, listened to mysteries, gleaned wisdom from blog posts, Pinterest, and Googling. It’s a fun, stretching experience.

This month I learned how to go to a coffee shop and sit down and focus on writing. This sounds silly, but it’s really something I had to work on learning because I’m far too ready to jump from task to task.

Another thing I’ve been working on learning is what to say yes to and what to say no to. I’m far too ready to push myself to accomplish a goal to simply check it off then I should be, so learning to reassess on a regular basis and decide what I really want to and should be focusing on is important. Also, my identity isn’t based on checkmarks. But that’s (so far) a life-long thing I’m working on learning.

Planning ahead and cooking healthy is something I did a lot this month. I’m working at filling my body with healthy things and the best way for me to do that is to have a ready supply of pre-made meals I can just grab. This was good on some levels, and I also learned that not all meals freeze well. (I’m looking at you, Napa cabbage.) Also, the app,Ā MealimeĀ is pretty cool and y’all should check it out.

Money. Folks, I sometimes wonder where all my money goes so I decided to start tracking all of it. I use a nifty little app that’s aptly namedĀ SpendingĀ and it was eye-opening to not only seeĀ howĀ much money I spend but also where it all goes.

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OtherĀ 

Snow tires cost a lot, y’all. But being able to actually make it home instead of literally having your car stop in the middle of the road with no traction whatsoever? Well, it’s kinda worth the money. Also, having brothers who will take care of figuring all the details out for you? Priceless.

Speaking of snow tires… Ohio makes my heart happy, and January is one of my favorite months of the year. I will say though, having church be canceled so much can be a huge bummer. A lot of people who go to our church (including us) live very rurally, so if there’s a lot of snow or ice then they sometimes have to cancel, and this month they canceled Sunday morning church twice and Wednesday evening once.

January was filled with words. I got back into the habit of reading for review and read five books for review this month, plus I worked a lot on writing. Goodness did it ever feel great to be surrounded by words again.

For the last half of 2018 I kinda let my health slide which obviously isn’t good, especially for someone who’s still working at getting their body back into a fully healthy condition after dealing with health issues (aka Lyme disease) for a long time. So, I got some things figured out with my thyroid (which included having it go hyper instead of hypo for a week or so which was horrible). And, I started back on Paleo, began tracking how much water I drink, worked on walking more (quite often while blogging), and getting to bed at a more reasonable time. It’s been good.

January was a fantastic month despite the week or so that I wasn’t feeling well, and I’m so thankful for all I was able to learn, do, experience, and focus on.

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What was one of your highlights in January?