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Weekly Recap

It’s Sunday, which means it’s weekly recap time!  It’s a HOT one here in Memphis today!  I need to get some yard work done so I don’t get a nastygram from my homeowner’s association but I think only my front yard will get done in this heat.  That’s all they can see anyway.  I’m looking forward to cooler temps.  We’ve got highs in the 70s forecast this week.  70s!  In July!  In the south!

In case you missed it, here’s what was on the blog this week:

  • I shared the contents of my Spring Fling Vox Box from Influenster in, appropriately named, Influenster Spring Fling Vox Box.

    Influenster Spring Fling Vox Box

    Influenster Spring Fling Vox Box

  • Better late than never, I finally recapped my experience with the Feel the Force Premium Package, which was part of Star Wars Weekends.

    Feel the Force Premium Package

    Feel the Force Premium Package

  • Finally, I told you about a few things that have gotten my attention lately in Things That Got My Attention.

    Source: Clark and Kensington OPI making house paint?  Mind blown!

    Source: Clark and Kensington
    OPI making house paint? Mind blown!

  • For those of you who are fans of my Facebook page or follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you got the first glimpse of a new product I’m testing called GO Tape, a new kinesiology tape.  I’ll be reviewing it and giving a lucky reader a roll of it in the next few weeks so be watching for that.

    GO Tape--be watching for a review and giveaway in the coming weeks.

    GO Tape–be watching for a review and giveaway in the coming weeks.

Now let’s talk about my July goals.  Last week I told you I’d update you weekly.  As I’m typing this, I realized how redundant that could get to be in a hurry so I’ll update you at the end of the month.  If anyone has any specific questions about how I’m doing, I’ll answer them.

I hope everyone has a great week!  What fun things do you have planned for the week?  Let me know in the comments.

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July Goals

Yesterday I shared with you about how I’m feeling a bit like time is getting away from me this year.  I decided to set goals for the remaining months.  Since this is the 3rd day in July, it’s time to get started on that! 

July Goals

  • Running:  4o miles
  • Other Fitness:  Princess Posse July Plank and Squat Challenge and 2 days per week of T25
  • Weight Loss:  5 pounds
  • Home Organization:  Completely clean out fridge and organize 2 areas of my bedroom.
  • Financial:  Set up the Etsy shop I’ve had in my head for months.

Remember I said this was going to be bite-sized pieces?  This is about as bite-sized as I know how to make it.  I hope I actually get more than this accomplished but I will be very happy with this.

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Year Half Gone or Half Remaining?

It’s July!  How did that happen?  More importantly WHEN did that happen?  Half the year is already gone! 

I really try to always be a glass half full kind of person.  That being said, with the year already half over, I’m having a very hard time seeing the year as half remaining instead of half gone.  I’ve never really been a New Year’s resolution maker, but I did set some goals for myself this year.  As I look back on what they were, it’s hard to face the fact that I’ve accomplished nothing. 

I wanted to PR all of my running distances (5K, 10k, 10 miler and half marathon).  So far, I haven’t even run a 5k or 10 miler this year (Navy was 10 nautical miles, not land miles).  I have done a 10k and a half marathon but they were nowhere near PRs.  In fact, they were PWs (personal worsts).  Having to take my first DNS (did not start) for a half marathon by missing Rock and Roll Nashville doesn’t make me feel any better about this, either.  So, while I still might accomplish part of it, this goal is likely not going to be met. 

There were also a number of home projects I wanted to get done.  How many of those have I done?  You guessed it!  Nothing!  And realistically, nothing much will get done towards that specific list by the end of the year, either.

I did get this monstrosity of a bush cut down and back under control but it wasn't on my initial "to do" list.

I did get this monstrosity of a bush cut down and back under control but it wasn’t on my initial “to do” list.

Another thing contributing towards my year half gone feeling is that to me, the last half of the year always goes by much more quickly than the first half.  So, by the time I get to mid-year, it feels like I might as well start decorating for Christmas. 

I know I need an attitude adjustment about this but how do I do that?  I’ll start by focusing on what I HAVE done, that may not have even been on the list to start with. 

I did complete a spur of the moment trail half marathon in January.  It was my first trail race, so technically we could call that a trail half PR, right?

I finished!

I finished!

Since the Navy 10 Nautical Miler was a new distance for me, I can call that a PR, too.

I was thrilled to earn my anchor!

I was thrilled to earn my anchor!

I’ve had a great travel year so far!  I took a semi last-minute trip to New York City, my first time going! 

NYC trip in January

NYC trip in January

I’ve yet to tell you all about it, but that’s coming.  I’ve been to Walt Disney World twice this year and got to participate in some really fun experiences. 

Marathon Volunteer Jacket and Credential

Marathon Volunteer Jacket and Credential

I also have 2 more great trips on the horizon, one for later this year, and one for next year, if nothing happens to prevent them.

I also finally did something about the nagging foot pain I’ve been having, and while it’s not 100% perfect, it’s probably as close to perfect as it’s going to be.

So, all in all, it really hasn’t been a bad year so far, and all the important things are still going well.  I’m healthy, and my family is healthy, as far as I know.  However, I do feel the need to make better use of the time I have.  I can make excuses all day long for why things don’t get done but that doesn’t make things all of a sudden get accomplished.  Life, like my career, needs a plan for reaching goals.  Unfortunately, it’s not always enough just to set them. 

With the remaining 6 months of 2014, I’m going to start setting monthly goals for myself, bite-sized pieces.  At the beginning of each month, I’ll take a really hard look at what I think I can realistically accomplish personally in that 30 or 31 days.  Then at the end of the month, I’ll re-evaluate and see how I did. 

I have 6 whole (almost) months to do this!  So, the year really is half remaining.

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