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End of Year Goal Recap!

Hello friends – long time, no talk! ūüôā Am I the only one who is simultaneously excited for the new year and a little disappointed about not quite getting everything that I wanted to accomplished in 2015? Even though I have these conflicting feelings, I am trying to focus on the positive “clean slate” feel of 2016. Since I missed my 3rd quarter goal review altogether, I wanted to make sure my last post of 2015 was a final review of this years goals.

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In case you missed them: 1st Quarter Goal Recap and 2nd Quarter Goal Recap. For this end of year recap, I have listed all of the mini goals I started the year with in pink and then a summary of how I did in black. You can click the link following each number to see my full original post about each goal category. You might want a beverage of some sort before you start this! ūüėČ

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2015 2nd Quarter Goal Review

We are officially half way (plus a week) through 2015! How did that happen?! I found my 1st Quarter Goal Review post to be helpful as I was reflecting on my 2015 goals several months ago, so I wanted to share my progress through the 2nd quarter of this year as well.

My overarching goals for 2015 are listed first and if you click them, you can read my original posts that outlined the mini goals I would be pursuing over the course of the year.¬†The “successes” and “areas of improvement” listed below focus specifically on my progress in April, May and June.¬†

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2015 Goals:

1. Growing my business

2nd Quarter Successes:¬†I collaborated with one of my favorite bloggers, Tina from Carrots ‘n’ Cake for her sons 1st birthday party. This collaboration helped drive some traffic to my shop, plus¬†Tina was super fun to partner with! I also launched a new “Party in a Box” line of products.

Areas of improvement:¬†I am at a point with my business that I get enough orders to stay busy (which is awesome!), but it also means that it is tricky to carve out time to develop¬†new products. Starting a digital product line has been at the top of my ‚Äúto do‚ÄĚ list all year. I have several items started, but I need to focus on finishing and launching them. I also need to start consistently sending out and promoting my ‚Äúweekly‚ÄĚ newsletter. Sadly, these last two items are identical to what I wrote in my 1st quarter review.¬†My first digital product is slated to launch this week (!!!) and then I am going to focus on finishing and launching several other digital products that are almost complete¬†by the end of July. Hold me to this, o.k.?! ūüėČ

2. Getting healthy / taking care of myself

2nd Quarter Successes: Weighing in here weekly. Although now that I am looking back, I realize, with the exception of June, I only weighed in monthly this quarter (eek!). Let’s call this a half success.

Areas of improvement:¬†Making sure I weigh-in here weekly, the accountability and reflection does help me (even if I am not always posting losses). I also need to stick with my low carb eating. The summer heat makes it difficult to get outside for exercise, so I need to come up with a new indoor plan to get more activity into my days. My current “mini-goal” is¬†to lose 20 pounds by mid-August (I set this goal in June and am currently on track to do this.).

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Weekly weigh-in: Week 23

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Having this weekly post has made me realize how fast 7 days fly¬†by! It feels like just yesterday, I was posting my last weigh-in. This week was a bit crazy in the weight loss area. I have stuck with eating within an 8 hour window. Additionally, if I am not hungry around a traditional meal time, I haven’t eaten. This may sound like common sense, but my schedule is such that I eat at pretty regular intervals (3 meals a day). This change has been good for my mindset, because now I am noticing when I am truly hungry (and then I will eat something). If I am not hungry at dinner time, I don’t eat. I continued to focus on low carb selections, but also allowed myself a treat or two.

This strategy is seemingly working, because I am down 4 pounds since last week! A bigger milestone for me is that I am in a new “decade.” What’s a decade you ask? Well it’s how I think of 10 pound increments. My weight hasn’t been this low in 2015, so I am pretty pumped! In fact, I just realized that I am down 10.5 pounds since January 1! I definitely started the year out slower than I would have liked, but I am very happy with my recent progress.

Week 23 weigh-in (June 16, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 4.0

Total pounds lost (since April 28 re-start date): 7.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

I am headed to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks this week, so I know I will have some beautiful hikes to report about next week!

How are your goals for 2015 going?! Are there any you wish you could re-start?!

Previous weekly weigh-in’s can be viewed here!¬†

Weekly weigh-in: Week 22

Another week, another weigh-in! This week I am pleased to document a loss!¬†I have continued to focus on low carb choices for lunch and dinner (within an 8 hour window). I am also consistently going to the third floor¬†for each bathroom break (those stairs really add up!), even though I didn’t get any formal workouts in last week.

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As I mentioned last week, I want to lose 20 lbs by mid-August, and my loss this week keeps me on track to accomplish that. This week I am keeping up the momentum and¬†focusing on portion size too. I have also considered having one meal (most likely on the weekend) that is a “treat.”

Week 22 weigh-in (June 9, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 2.5

Total pounds lost (since April 28 re-start date): 3.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

Previous weekly weigh-in’s can be viewed here!¬†

Weekly weigh-in: Week 21

Hmmm… Perhaps I should start calling these “monthly weigh-in’s”… ūüėČ Thanks for sticking with me through this process! Have you ever heard the sayings, “you can’t out train a bad diet” or “abs are made in the kitchen”? I have heard (or read) these phrases more times than I can count, but the sentiment never really sunk in. Until last week. My boyfriend and I had worked out a couple of times, I was trying to take the stairs regularly at work and yet my weight wasn’t decreasing at all. I think far too often I use exercising as an excuse to “indulge” in edible treats. Of course when one “indulges” regularly, it stops being a treat and turns into habit (that often continues on days when there is no exercising!). Ha.

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The rock outcropping straight ahead is Tom’s Thumb!

This week I am focusing on eating low carb foods and eating within an 8 hour window of time. The time frame method was first mentioned to me by a good friend and is kind of like “intermittent fasting,” if you are curious. So far I have been doing Noon – 8:00 p.m. or 12:30 – 8:30 p.m. and it is working for me (I am surprisingly not hungry in the mornings). While at work, I am walking outside to another building and going to the 3rd floor for my bathroom breaks, with the goal of going to the 4th floor each time next week and the 5th floor the week after that. I am trying to take small steps daily (both literally and figuratively!) that will add up to the results I want.

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(Not So) Weekly Weigh-in: Week 16

My goodness, where did the last 5 weeks go?! If you remember, my last weigh-in was week 11 and I was taking a “free pass” because of all the celebrating I was doing. I didn’t mean to not check-in for 5 weeks (eek), but that seems to be what happened. I am checking in today with some good news. This week I have re-focused my efforts to eat a low carb diet and honestly, I am already feeling better.

I am also approaching my health with a little different attitude. As evidenced by my opening sentence, time flies by so quickly. Instead of focusing on my long term weight loss goal (which can be depressing and overwhelming), I am going to focus on making good and healthy decisions each day, with the confidence that those days are going to add up to weeks, months and years and that over time I will see the results I want. I am going to keep logging my weight daily and checking in here once a week with an update.

Week 16 weigh-in (April 28, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 0

Total pounds lost (since April 28 re-start date): 0

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

Click here to check out my previous weigh-in’s.

Anyone else have weight loss or health and wellness goals they are re-focusing on?!

Live music and a free burrito

Happy Wednesday¬†friend! I hinted at another concert post last week, but it has taken me some time to get this past weekend documented (my apologies!). On Friday, my boyfriend and I saw the country group Reckless Kelly at Harold’s Cave Creek Coral.

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We had missed Reckless Kelly when they came through AZ in August, so when we saw they were coming back through the area we grabbed tickets. Harold’s is a restaurant, bar and live music venue that is about an hour north of where we live. Harold’s had three ticket options: VIP reserved seating (3 rows), reserved general admission seating (3 rows) and general admission (standing). We “splurged” and got the reserved general admission seating and ended up being 4 rows from the stage!

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The crowd was a little more subdued than I expected (not much standing or dancing), so we had a great view of the stage all night long! Reckless Kelly just released their 8th album, so they have tons of materials to choose from. The show was very high energy and entertaining! I especially enjoyed the lead guitarist Рhe was GREAT!

The stage was set up outside of the bar and it really wasn’t crowded at all. Plus, the AZ spring time weather was perfect. I would highly recommend catching a show at Harold’s just make sure to wear your jeans and cowboys boots! ūüėČ

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Alabama Shakes // 04.08.2015

Ever the supporter of my goals, my boyfriend got us tickets to an Alabama Shakes concert for Valentine’s Day. The group came through Arizona on their way to Coachella and played at The Marquee concert venue in Tempe. The show was last week and we had a blast!

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We had never been to The Marquee, so it was fun to see a new venue. The Allah-Las opened for them and while I generally enjoy opening acts, these guys didn’t stand out to me (I had to do quite a bit of searching to even know what group they were, because they never mentioned it when they were on stage!).

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2015 1st Quarter Goal Review

Hello friend! Can you believe that the first 3 months of 2015 have already passed? I want to take this chance to look back and see what progress I have made towards my 2015 Goals so far (and to look at what I need to focus on over the next 3 months).

A quick note before I dive in… My overarching goals for 2015 are listed first and if you click them, you can read my original posts that outlined the mini goals I would be pursuing. The “successes” and “areas of improvements” sections are my recaps of the progress made towards my mini goals.

Sunflower Paperie blog 2015 goal review

2015 Goals:

1. Growing my business

Successes: Product feature on Sage Grayson Coaching and participating in the Bonnie Christine Ribbon Tour. I feel like both of these items helped me reach new audiences and I loved getting to work with other creative entrepreneurs. I have also been posting regularly here, so I am happy with the community that is developing in this space.

Areas of improvement: Starting a digital product line has been at the top of my “to do” list all year. I have several items started, but I need to focus on finishing and launching them. I also need to start consistently sending out and promoting my “weekly” newsletter.

2. Getting healthy / taking care of myself

Successes: Weighing in here weekly.

Areas of improvement: Well, basically everything. I have been weighing in here each week, but I haven’t made my health / wellness a priority (thus I haven’t seen any results!). I have a whole list of excuses that I could share, but the bottom line is that I need to get focused (and stop making excuses, haha). I have been thinking of some additional tracking tools that will help me focus and plan to share those with you¬†next week.

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Ribbon Tour Project

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Several weeks ago, Bonnie Christine (one of my favorite creatives) posted on Instagram that she was looking for bloggers to help spread the word about her new line of ribbons (which can be purchased here or here). For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bonnie, she is a surface pattern designer in addition to authoring the wonderfully inspiring Going Home to Roost website.

I e-mailed Bonnie right away indicating that I was interested, and I was super excited when she selected me as one of 18 bloggers to participate in a blog hop focused on projects that highlighted her new ribbons. Bonnie provided each of us with the ribbon and fabric of our choice to use in a project of our selecting.

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After a lot of debating and brainstorming, I chose to make several wall decor items that I could hang together. I found these old embroidery hoops at a thrift store in Kansas years ago and really wanted to use them, so they became a bit of an inspiration for the project. I tried to be creative in the ways I used her fabric and ribbons.

Click here to see my completed Project!

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