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50 cookieSince my last post, I have officially turned 50 years of age. My fantastic friends at school started my birthday celebration off with balloons, flowers, lunch, cards, and sweet treats. The next day was the shindig with family and friends from near and far. Son #1’s talented friend Tyler made delicious homemade pizzas for everyone in attendance. My BFF Shelly baked an amazingly scrumptious cake with a bra on top of it. And, my gifted cookie maker friend Darleen made incredibly yummy cookies for me to hand out to my guests. What a delight to celebrate ME surrounded by some of the most awesome people in the world! Although my birthday month will soon be over, my year of 50 has just begun.

That said, what have I accomplished so far in this new year besides celebrating my 50th birthday?

  • I organized the bookcases in my living room.  I will need to eventually get more bookcases. For me, there is no such animal as having too many books. I LOVE books! In addition to organizing the bookcases, my hubby repainted Andrew’s bathroom which is also the bathroom our guests use. We also bought new bathroom accessories. This is one of many rooms that need to be repainted this year.
  • #8 on my 19 for 2019 is to read one book a month for self-improvement. For January, I chose Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. I chose to read this book first because it goes along with my theme for the year: COMMIT. Many of the ideas that Rhimes said YES to are goals that I have committed to completing throughout 2019. I definitely enjoyed this book. It spoke to me. I also enjoyed listening to the podcast episode (12/26/18: Year of Yes) of By the Book where Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer live by the rules of a self-help book and discuss the pros and cons of it, as well as if the book is life changing. They both agreed that the book helped them in various areas of their lives by saying yes to things that they would normally want to brush aside. I still need to listen to the follow-up episode (Epilogue: Year of Yes) that aired on 01/02/18. This episode features listener comments and questions about their experiences living by the Year of Yes.
  • I had Monday off in celebration of MLK; therefore, I took the opportunity to get a massage which was #1 on my 19 for 2019 list. It was a Christmas gift from my 8th grade homeroom from last year. I love massages; however, I am terrible about scheduling them even when I receive one as a gift. I figured if I put it on my list, I would go get it. The result was WONDERFUL and RELAXING.

Well, dear reader, what have you been up to since the new year has started? It is never too late to set some goals. Happiness!

“Everyone’s got some greatness in them. You do. The girl over there does. That guy on the left has some. But in order to really mine it, you have to own it. You have to grab hold of it. You have to believe it.” ~ Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person

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Happy New Year, dear readers! 2019 is a brand new year, and I hope you are off to a terrific start. My year was running smoothly until this morning when I drove over a curb at Southeastern University and damaged two of my tires. Thankfully, I was not too far from the Hyundai dealership where the service technician replaced both tires with new ones and got me back on track. It was an expensive lesson learned about being fully present and paying better attention.

And, that experience segues nicely to the word that I have chosen for my theme this year. COMMIT. In 2019, I want to commit to improving my health, wealth, home, and overall well-being (like being more present). Since I successfully completed the majority of the items on my 18 for 2018 list, I decided to make a 19 for 2019 list. Is it more ambitious than last year’s list? Yes, indeed! Will it increase my happiness? Definitely!

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Kat’s 19 for 2019 list:

1. Get a massage.
2. Get eyebrows waxed.
3. Get a colonoscopy.
4. Lose 19 pounds.
5. Go to the gym at least once per week.
6. Run a 5K.
7. Donate blood.
8. Read one book a month for self-improvement.
9. Purge stuff in my house one room/closet at a time.
10. Organize my master bedroom closet.
11. Clear out the front bedroom and make it my scrapbook room.
12. Complete Andrew’s Ireland scrapbook.
13. Organize photographs/mementos.
14. Buy a new bed for master bedroom.
15. Pay off one credit card.
16. Take a voice-over class.
17. Visit Aunt Carolyn in Utah.
18. Participate in NaNoWriMo in November.
19. Create my “List of 100 Dreams.”

 

Other Plans for 2019:

  1. On Goodreads I joined the 2019 Reading Challenge, and my goal is to read 50 books again this year. I barely met my goal of 50 books in 2018, so increasing my goal did not seem like a good idea.
  2. Andrew and I will be attending Comic Con in New Orleans this weekend. I’ll be checking out The Walking Dead actors.
  3. Andrew and I will be attending Fleetwood Mac’s farewell tour in February. I’m super excited that they included New Orleans on their tour schedule.
  4. I will be attending my annual scrapbooking convention with my gal pals June 20th-June 23rd.

What do you have planned in 2019, dear reader? Have you made some resolutions or a 19 for 2019 list? If you could choose a one-word theme for this year, what word would you choose? Let me know what your plans are for 2019. Happiness!

“Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor’s Handbook

 

 

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