July 2013 Goals


Do you guys set goals for your month? Day? Life? I feel like I’m constantly setting them and breaking them. It’s said that goals must be clear and attainable and you mustn’t have too many. This seems like too many rules! Anyway here is my short clear attainable list of goals for this upcoming month.

Write 25k words of new novel ala Camp NaNoWriMo (if you are participating, you can find me by the user name

Lose 5 pounds. Totally attainable

Ride my bike 6 times

Take a yoga class

Don’t spend time on my phone in the AM

blow bubbles

A mix of fun and seriously, small doable tasks. I got this, July.

What are your July goals?



May 2011


Don’t ask what the meaning of life is. You define it. – That’s what my YES&YES Calendar says for the Month of May.

I failed miserably last month with my goals. I failed to the point where I’m not going to bother recapping them. I’ve been sick or distracted for the entire month of April.

This month is going to be filled with a lot of unfamiliar things, so instead of setting specific goals for myself, I am going to set vague ideas.

Balance. I need to work on it, I’ve always needed to work on it. But this month I’m going to pay special attention to balance because without it I slip away from myself.

Health. Working out just hasn’t been… working out. But that’s not something I’m going to give up on. I think I just need to be more structured when it comes to exercise. And also I’ve been toying with the idea of cutting sugar almost entirely out of my diet. This may be the time to put that into action, or if not, at least plan to make that work for June.

Write. Oh that five letter word that is always on my mind. There’s nothing more to say about this, it all goes back to balance. Make time to make writing part of my life.

Also, the weather is beautiful, the sun is shining and I want to spend as much time as possible outside and soaking in Vitamin D.

May Events:
May 2nd is Miranda’s birthday.
May 6th is Hanson day. Let’s remember the times we wore Hanson t-shirts to school and secretly hummed Mmmbop all day. Just me? Oh, okay.
May 13th & 14th are bachelorette party/ kidnapping nights.
May 18th Miss Sarah Day turns 26.
May 19th Shaylin’s rehearsal dinner
May 20th ladies luncheon, getting nails did, hanging out in a fancy hotel, taking multiple bubbly baths and hosting a two person dance party.
May 21st Shaylin’s wedding. Maybe I should schedule in a day to write a toast. Eeek! Anyway, lots of dancing and wine and photographs and an after party. And an after after party. Generally just a lot of partying.
May 22nd I don’t know, I think I’m going to want to go out for breakfast.
May 23rd- May  31st probably 216 straight hours of sleep. Sounds good to me.

What does your May look like?

Welcome To March


Take a big, deep breath in. Close your eyes. Exhale slowly through your nose. Do you smell that? It’s the scent of winter fading. It’s the smell of hope. Feel the warmth on your cheeks, sunlight will be amongst us soon.

March feels like a huge exhale after the long rough winter. “Spring” weather doesn’t even typically arrive here until April, sometimes later. I distinctly remember one year during elementary school we had a snow day on April First!

Anyway, in the spirit of what Penny from Star-Stuff did in her blog, I’m going to do the same. Goals for March.

Since it’s the third month of the year, my goals are themed by threes.

1. Go to the gym or work out at least three times a week.
2. Post here 3 times a week.
3. Launch my second blog. Post there (you guessed it) three times a week.
4. Sit down with my HP Mini, probably elsewhere, and write three times a week.

Hmm, this all sounds like work. (And, I have a lot of catching up to do, already!). I’ll add in some fun stuff like:

1. Pick up my bridesmaid dress and eat amazing pizza (check!)
2. go on a date
3. try a new kind of food
4. play on swings
5. celebrate the equinox with someone awesome (any takers? It’s SUNDAY MARCH 20th).

How are you spending your March?



Do you ever feel like your psyche is playing tricks on you? Like you do things in order for you to have the excuse to do something else? If that doesn’t really make sense, allow me to explain: Sometimes I feel as if I’m legitimately addicted to things that seem like silly/ impossible things to be addicted to. For example, eating out for lunch whenever I’m at work. I find myself becoming way too lazy to make a lunch to bring with me, or on the days when I do bring one, I either find something wrong with said lunch, or I don’t know, I just plain don’t feel like eating it.

This has resulted in me spending a lot of extra money on my lunches, money I could be saving for a trip to Portugal or using to pay off the amount of student debt that looms over my head. This has also resulted in me hoarding a lot of extra calories that simply aren’t necessary. These calories have been either pushing my weight limit over the edge (as if it wasn’t already high enough) or just stalling my attempts to be and feel healthy.

So. Starting tomorrow (and I say tomorrow not only because I procrastinate but also because today was one of those days that I “forgot” about lunch, to say the least, and I don’t feel like eating a freezer meal) I plan on making this into an adventure. How so? I’m not really sure, but I’m working on that. Expect updates.

A couple obstacles I need to overcome (+ possible solutions):

* Feeling like the food I bring isn’t tasty enough (only bring the best food)
* Not wanting to spend my whole break in the breakroom (bring sandwiches or something I can eat while I drive elsewhere)
* Snack time is not chip and candy time (how did I even become this unhealthy? bring fruit!)
* Boredom does not equal snack time (fill that time with writing! – and not Spider Solitaire)

Does anyone else suffer from this inability to bring your own lunch? Can’t stop eating out? Have you conquered any of these obstacles and have some suggestions? Let me know!

<3. Melanie. Kristy

August Aspirations

So I’ve decided that my three main priorities in life right now are the following (in alphabetical orer because I’m terrible at picking favourites): health, money, writing. These three main factors have ALWAYS been a large part of my life, but I’m terrible at managing or controlling any of these aspects. Hence my new attempt at monthly goals & to dos. I’m also terrible at following through with anything, I get frustrated, bored, lazy or I just plain forget and many many goals are lost to the once-maybe-could-have-beens of my life.
My plan is to alternate a little bit, some months to be a little heavier on one aspect than another and just to simply find ways to fit these things into my life in healthy amounts.
So here is attempt number one: August 2010
Exercise four times a week
Yoga once a week (this is not included in exercising)
Make an effort to: drink water and take all pills
Be aware of what you’re eating
(Next month: Don’t eat out, continue with exercise & yoga, Weight Watchers!)
Do not withdraw from either savings accounts
Pay everything on time
Pay off two small cards
Write 3+ times per week (not during work)
Catch up on all blog posts
Do you think these goals are too much? What could I do to change/ alter them? I will report back at the end of the month 🙂
<3. Melanie Kristy