End of Year Goals

by Stephany on September 15, 2014


I’ve been thinking a lot about goal-setting lately. Most specifically, what goals I want to achieve by the end of this year. It’s hard to believe we’ve lived more of 2014 than we have left! There are less than four months to go until we ring in a new year and I want to see some serious progress in my life.

So, after some thinking, I came up with a list of a few end of year goals I’d like to see myself achieve. Since I have less than four months to accomplish these goals, I had to get serious about which ones I wanted to be a priority for me. I didn’t want to just come up with a super long list… I wanted a short list of accomplishable (<– yes, that’s a word) but challenging goals.

Without further ado, here are the five goals I want to achieve over the next four months:

1. Lose 15 lbs

I’ll need to lose a little less than 4 lbs a month to achieve this goal, which is doable, but only if I buckle down and get serious about eating better. I can exercise my face off, but if I’m not implementing healthier eating habits, then I’m not going to see any results. Weight loss happens with dietary changes, plain and simple.

2. Save 10% of each paycheck, and transfer my savings account over to a CapitalOne 360 account

The easiest way to begin saving on a regular basis is to simply save 10% of your paycheck. I need to set up automatic deposits, so I don’t even think about having the money to play with. And, on that note, I also need to switch my savings account over to one that will do more for me. Currently, my savings sits in an account with my bank, but it’s very limited to what it can do. (Basically nothing.) A CapitalOne 360 savings account will earn interest, allow me to create multiple accounts for different needs, and keeps it in a place that is a bit harder to access, which is something I need.

3. Go to therapy

I need to be in therapy like whoaaaaaa. It’s not even something I need to question anymore. I need to talk to a professional, to help me sort out my shit. There are so many ways I’m holding myself back in life, and it simply comes down to a lack of self-worth and too much anxiety than I know what to do with. I found the therapist I want to see, now it’s time to schedule a visit and get this started.

4. Take a trip somewhere new for my birthday

I’m thinking of either St. Augustine or Savannah, Georgia. I’m not sure which to choose! St. Augustine is closer (3.5 hours) than Savannah (6 hours), but I feel like I would enjoy Savannah more. Hmm.

5. Completely cut out soda and my daily sugar habit 

Oy. This will be a hard goal, but it goes hand-in-hand with my goal above to lose 15 lbs. I just need to give up soda. Completely. One hundred percent. There is nothing good in soda – not in regular soda or diet soda. Both are equally bad for you, and it’s time to cut it out of my life for good. I feel better when I’m not drinking soda, I sleep better, and it’s a lot easier to stick to eating healthy (soda just makes me crave more bad stuff!) It’s time. Also – sugar. Gah. I don’t want to give up sweets completely, but I do need to cut down to where I’m only having one or two a week. Sugary treats should not be a daily occurrence!

What’s one goal you’d like to achieve by the end of the year?


TGIF (v.4)

by Stephany on September 12, 2014

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The high of my week was working from home yesterday! Oh, it was just so nice. I woke up at 7:15, took a shower at 7:45, and was sitting at my computer to start working by 8. I was super productive, got to snuggle with Dutch all day, and enjoyed the quiet and calm. I’m not sure I would love a full-time work-from-home position because the hustle and bustle of office life is good for me, but it will be nice to be able to do this a couple times a month!

The low of my week was not doing well with healthy eating and exercise. This whole week was a wash for me. I feel crappy when I eat crappy, so it makes no logical sense why I continue to do so. (Besides habits and comfort zones and yadda, yadda, yadda.) My mom shared the below picture with me, which came at the perfect moment. I just need to find out what works for me!


The best article I read this week was NFL Should Ditch the Pink Crap and Recognize Domestic Violence Instead. I can’t even tell you how disgusted I have been with how Roger Goodell (NFL commissioner) has treated this situation with Ray Rice. It was handled poorly from the beginning. (Sorry, Ray Rice gets a 2-game suspension for domestic abuse and Josh Gordon gets suspended for an entire season for smoking pot? This makes sense in whose mind?!)

“[T]he NFL is in a unique position to take this disaster and turn it into something incredibly useful and good. The League could be global leaders in domestic violence awareness and prevention if they chose to the lead on this now. They could prove to disillusioned fans that they really do give a shit about the millions of women who tune in to NFL games every week. They could open up lifelines to women who didn’t feel like they had anywhere to go or any place to turn.”

A podcast episode I loved was The Notorious RBG by Stuff Mom Never Told You. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is just badass, you guys. If you ever wanted to know just how badass she is, listen to this podcast. The ladies do a fantastic job discussing her life and impact on politics.

The best money I spent was nothing. Ha! I honestly only spent money on food, groceries, gas, and some toiletries. Nothing exciting to talk about, sadly!

My plans this weekend include a long walk with Dutch, a pedicure with Mom, and celebrating my brother’s birthday on Sunday. (By watching football and eating pizza and cake. Works for me!) It should be a calm, low-key weekend, which will be nice.

What was the highlight of your week? Any fun weekend plans?


Currently in September

September 10, 2014

Feeling… a bit out of sorts lately. I’m not sure what’s going on, but I’ve felt a bit crabby lately. I have a short fuse, and I get annoyed by the slightest things. I haven’t been sleeping well lately, so maybe that’s why? I hope so, at least, and I hope I can snap out […]

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My 10 Books

September 8, 2014

I’ve really enjoyed this meme that’s floating around Facebook and blogs. One of my favorite things to talk about is books and reading, and anything that gets people discussing this topic is fine by me! I thought I’d take a page from Amber and Nora’s books (ha ha ha… get it?! Oh, puns!) and write my […]

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August Reads

September 5, 2014

It’s time for my monthly run-down on books I read over the past month. I ended up reading 9 books in August, bringing my total books read to 60. It was hard to pick a favorite book because I read so many great ones! But I would say Maybe Someday was my favorite, and Code Name […]

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August Check-In & September Goals

September 3, 2014

Complete honesty? I had no fricken idea what goals I set for myself in August. I knew I had challenged myself to work out 31 times, but my other four goals? No clue! So it’s not very surprising that I didn’t do too well this month. I’m going to try to be better at tracking […]

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On August

September 1, 2014

Highlights of August: attending my first Miami Dolphins football game, supporting my friend as she taught her first-ever spin class (which reminded me how much I dearly love spin), celebrating my one-year “workaversary,” and going on a ghost tour with a bunch of girlfriends. August was good to me. It was fast and busy, but […]

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Five For Friday (v. 36)

August 29, 2014

1) The maintenance light is on in my car. Like a proper adult, I’ve been ignoring it, hoping it will magically go away, but it hasn’t and I’m going to have to take it in to be looked at. I thought it started blinking because I needed an oil change, but I got the oil changed […]

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A Day in the Life: Monday, August 25, 2014

August 27, 2014

Let’s do another day in the life post! I think I might start doing these once a month because they are so fun to put together. Even if my life is pretty boring. Ha! 4:36am: First alarm goes off. 5:30am: After five or six subsequent alarms (I use Sleep Cycle and then two backup alarms on […]

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The Tampa Bay Project #4: Take the Ghost Tour of St. Petersburg

August 25, 2014

  On Friday night, I knocked off one of my adventures on my Tampa Bay Project list! I went with five girlfriends from my book club to take in the Ghost Tour of St. Petersburg. Our book club turned four years old this month (though I’ll celebrate two years in the club in October!), and we like […]

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