December Is Upon Us

Greetings fellow bloggers! If you’re reading this, thank you for sticking around during a dreary November. I am making a pledge to myself to get back into the habit of blogging regularly.

I have this idea in my head and so much of the past month has been spent brainstorming. Change is lurking in the shadows and I am determined to get more organized.

This month will be all about reading (I have 6 books to read, 15 if I want to really challenge myself). The end of the month, of course, is the holiday which means reuniting with family and friends.

The one thing I am looking forward to most about December is the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next one.

Cheers to a great month.

December Is Upon Us

Management

The past few months have been a bit chaotic, mentally. As each day goes by I get more unorganized and more scatterbrained. Today I sat down to tackle some issues I’ve been procrastinating.

  1. Email inbox.
    Besides the usual (deleting those pesky newsletters & junk) I am terrible at keeping my inbox clear. I also lack responding to emails in a timely fashion. Today I manged to reply to Busy, an email six weeks in the making, and deleted items from my social/promotion tabs.
    How do you manage your inbox?
  2. Scheduling posts. 
    I have used this feature off and on but today I’m looking into a more solid plan to use scheduling for my blog. Usually each day I carve out an hour of my time to write an update. The post feels lacking or rushed and not from the heart. In the future I’d like to improve my content and post thoughtful updates.
    Do you use the schedule feature?
  3. Bookshelves.
    I used to be organized and I realize this every time I open up Goodreads. Years ago I discovered GR and the OCD side of me rejoiced. Now I am working on getting my bookshelves more organized and labelled efficiently for easy perusing. This will also help with reading challenges in the future.
    Bookshelves, to organize or not to organize?
  4. Memories. I take leisure photos but rarely manage to upload, edit, or review a batch before taking on a new project. This is a big task I need to get under control and it will take time but I am going to try to spend a small amount of time every day to get this done.
    What daily routine helps keep you sane?

That may seem like a lot to some and not many things to others, for me it is just enough for now. Time management used to be a strength of mine so I plan to remedy my current situation.

Do you have any tips for managing life, time, reading, self, etc.?

Management

Year One

celebrating

I recently announced a milestone for myself and this blog. I have been on WP for a whole year now (and I’m nearly halfway through 2015 and still reaching my goal of updating daily). Today I bought myself a gift to celebrate the occasion. It is quite fitting since the traditional way to honor an anniversary in the first year is paper.

Happy Anniversary, Blog!
…or pencils.

Today was a good day and now I am off to color.

Year One

You’re Ahead of Schedule

My reading progress, at the present.
april book update

I decided to look at the details of my progress so far. It doesn’t feel like I have spent that much time reading but this number for me is something to talk about. We are one third of the way through the year and I am happy with my books so far.

Each year I participate in the Goodreads reading challenge (2011 was my best reading year). This year I decided to change my thinking about the challenge. I normally would pick a number and scramble to meet that goal by December. This year I chose to read books from A to Z where the author of the book or the title will represent each letter of the alphabet.

I have been stuck at the letter H for awhile so last week I gave myself permission to jump around the alphabet. There are a few books on my TBR pile that are itching to be read (I also have a few books needing reviews that will serve double duty).

Have a great weekend, and happy reading!

Are you participating in a reading challenge this year? How is your progress?
You’re Ahead of Schedule

Ring, ring.

Who last called you on the phone?

My last phone call was work related, boring. I’m not much of a phone talker, hell I’m not much of a talker. I am a mean listener though. When thinking of phone calls I think back at least a decade to the time where land-lines were the norm and cell phones were for the elite.

My hometown friend and I used to talk on the phone every night or every other night, even though we saw each other often and lived in the same town. She would do most of the talking and I would chime in with the needed agreements or exclamations to keep the conversation rolling. Our conversations were probably filled with the most mundane topics but we always had things to hash out before the day was over.

Now the idea of calling a friend out of the blue almost terrifies me. I want things to talk about and nothing, according to me, ever happens worth mentioning. Also I hate the idea of interrupting someone’s day to chat on the phone.

I think I’m going to try to send a letter each month, toward the end, to keep up to date with this hometown friend. We’re not as close as we once were and I do miss our nightly chats. What’s the best way you keep in touch with others?

Ring, ring.

Goals

What did you get done?

Wednesday, the half way point of the week. A good day to get things done. Have I? Not especially. The best laid plans and all.

In our house it’s trash night, so we did manage to de-Christmas the house and get the tree to the curb. This took all night after dinner. So something got done today.

My friend and I had a discussion this week about setting small goals for yourself to accomplish to keep motivated. I do well when I practice this because I’m a to-do list person and enjoy crossing off items on my list (more than I enjoy a clean, organized home).

What tips or tricks have you used to get things done?

Goals

Good Eats

What is the last “good” thing you ate?

About a month ago I found the best recipe for hummus I’ve encountered thus far in my life (find it over on my pinterest). I’m a bit new to the hummus craze but this is by far the best I have tasted. Pair it with the naan bread recipe I have pinned and you have yourself a great snack.

The big secret is to take the skin off the chickpeas before grinding them in the food processor, doing so creates a hummus that is as smooth as a baby’s bottom (weird metaphor I know). This step is also the reason I only make hummus twice a month, maybe.

During January you will get the big push for dieting and eating right but this life choice is really for all year long. If you’re not making good choices, of course, now is a great time to start. My vegetarian anniversary is coming up next month and I made this life choice 5 years ago. I could not have done it without the support of a few close friends. Make sure if you are “going healthy” to have a friend join your adventure so you can both help motivate each other to stay on the right path.

What “good” snacks do you always go for?

Good Eats

Here We Go Again

What is your number one goal this year?

I have seen a few posts relating books to your life. The “page one of 365” was trending on Twitter at midnight. And it got me thinking about my book, this thing called life. 2014 zoomed by in my opinion and I imagine that this new year is going to be much of the same. I have set a few goals for myself, but I tend to focus on the small, daily goals to stay motivated. My number one goal for this year is to stay on task. I want to finish things I start and stop procrastinating.

I love how the beginning of the year always gives us all the feeling of the slate being wiped clean, just as each Monday does for us procrastinators. I don’t know how many times I’ve thought I’ll start on Monday or there’s always tomorrow. But what if there weren’t a tomorrow to be had, then what? One thing I’d like to accomplish this year is a change in my thinking. I want to live more in the moment and appreciate the gift of each day.

So long story short, this year is all about that bass getting things done.

Writing prompt idea found on Pinterest, daily questions are not my own.
Here We Go Again