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28 by 29 List

I think we’re all big fans of Bucket Lists here at LWS, so I just had to share this “28 by 29" list by Wit & Whistle. Unlike my ambitious (and half-completed) “12 by 2012” last fall, I feel like her list is manageable and realistic. Years ago a friend and I each created a “100 Things to do by 30” list but I am scared to revisit it, knowing there is no way I am getting half of them done. I like “30 by 30,” though! I think I’m going to take a hard look at my goals and carve out 30 good ones I can accomplish over the next 3 years. Love, Nik

Amanda’s Manifesto/Goals for 2012:
Personal: a) take more weekend trips (Monterey, Big Sur, Carmel, Sonoma, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Santa Barbara, San Diego) b) expand social network by joining a new club/group c) procrastinate less & “only deal with something once” d) save more $$$ for big 2012’ish happs & talk about money less e) unplug & stay unplugged f) continue Italian lessons g) be a better “morning person” h) explore inDesign i) more brunch j) establish night-time skin regimen 
Health & Exercise: a) drink two big water bottles per day b) reduce gluten intake by 1/3 & partake in “meatless Mondays” by continuing to plan meals c) run a faster 1/2 marathon or full marathon d) tone up arms/get back into Body Pump and interval training e) grow healthy hair by getting it cut every 8 weeks and not putting it in a ponytail every.single.day f) take vitamins consistently g) try to eat seafood
Career/Speech Therapy: a) plan more thoughtful, fun, and meaningful therapy lessons b) explore/improve BASS c) explore benefits of Hanen certification, PROMPT, and infant oral motor/feeding skills d) read 1 article of evidence based practice each month
Puppy: a) continue to work on Steve’s leash “behavior” b) improve Steve’s recall
(Image taken from Vmacandcheese.com)

Amanda’s Manifesto/Goals for 2012:

  1. Personal: a) take more weekend trips (Monterey, Big Sur, Carmel, Sonoma, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Santa Barbara, San Diego) b) expand social network by joining a new club/group c) procrastinate less & “only deal with something once” d) save more $$$ for big 2012’ish happs & talk about money less e) unplug & stay unplugged f) continue Italian lessons g) be a better “morning person” h) explore inDesign i) more brunch j) establish night-time skin regimen
  2. Health & Exercise: a) drink two big water bottles per day b) reduce gluten intake by 1/3 & partake in “meatless Mondays” by continuing to plan meals c) run a faster 1/2 marathon or full marathon d) tone up arms/get back into Body Pump and interval training e) grow healthy hair by getting it cut every 8 weeks and not putting it in a ponytail every.single.day f) take vitamins consistently g) try to eat seafood
  3. Career/Speech Therapy: a) plan more thoughtful, fun, and meaningful therapy lessons b) explore/improve BASS c) explore benefits of Hanen certification, PROMPT, and infant oral motor/feeding skills d) read 1 article of evidence based practice each month
  4. Puppy: a) continue to work on Steve’s leash “behavior” b) improve Steve’s recall

(Image taken from Vmacandcheese.com)

2012 - going to try to think big. Love, Nik

2012 - going to try to think big. Love, Nik

Breaking Down Your Goals into Manageable Tasks

I’m digging this post from Meg, of the blog MIMI+MEG, about “missions.” ("Missions" sounds way better than "goals," doesn’t it?)

Meg created 4 different documents (which you can download in coral or blue) to help break out missions is simple, manageable chunks.

I always start out each year with an unattainable number of resolutions, but perhaps if I break them down into bite-size, measurable pieces I’ll feel much better about accomplishing the things I want to do in 2012! Love, Nik

So, I got to looking at my 12 By 2012 Bucket List and got a little anxious. 2012 is coming up at rapid speed and at the rate I’m going, I know for a fact that I won’t get to cross all 12 of those items off my list before the year is up. 
As the week is coming to a close, I wanted to pause for a moment and reflect on some of the things that I HAVE accomplished recently. I think what this “12 By 2012” exercise taught me is that I need to be better about setting realistic goals… or making sure I celebrate seemingly small accomplishments in life so I don’t get all bent out of shape whenever I look at my master Bucket List and think “My god, when am I EVER going to do all of these things?!” Because let’s face it. We’re all busy girls and despite what we may think, we all get a LOT of things done but don’t always give ourselves credit. 
So, without further ado, I may not be able to cross them off of my bucket list, but here is a short “I DID IT!" list to make sure I celebrate some of the things I have been able to complete recently:
Posting Wedding Photos to Facebook: My trifecta of families had been bugging me to no end to post photos of the wedding, and although it took me over 2.5 months and I sacrificed sleep for it earlier this week, it feels really good to have that off my plate. 
Got My Wedding Dress Dry Cleaned: Again, it took me almost 2 months to drag myself down the 1.5 blocks to the dry cleaners, but considering my priorities lately, I consider this a win. (Plus, I got a much better deal than I was expecting!) 
Cleaned Up the Living Room: Okay, so my decision to buy a new, smaller desk for the ‘home office’ area of our living room may have been a hasty one during a quick weekend trip to Target, but this small piece of furniture has completely transformed the look and feel of our tiny space. (It’s predecessor was an unwieldy, too-big IKEA desk that never quite fit in and made seating semi-awkward.) We’d been putting this off for months thinking we’d sort it out when (if?) we moved to another apt but it feels great to just have it out of the way.
Started Christmas Shopping: So, I can’t cross this off completely yet and I haven’t exactly made loads of progress (bought 1 gift), but I wasn’t expecting to be able to even begin thinking about this until the last minute this year, so I’m happy to have at least gotten something done! :)
What have you girls gotten off of your plate lately? Love, Nik
PS: The cute (and realistic!) to-do list above was designed by my friends at Old Tom Foolery. Get yourself a pad here!

So, I got to looking at my 12 By 2012 Bucket List and got a little anxious. 2012 is coming up at rapid speed and at the rate I’m going, I know for a fact that I won’t get to cross all 12 of those items off my list before the year is up. 

As the week is coming to a close, I wanted to pause for a moment and reflect on some of the things that I HAVE accomplished recently. I think what this “12 By 2012” exercise taught me is that I need to be better about setting realistic goals… or making sure I celebrate seemingly small accomplishments in life so I don’t get all bent out of shape whenever I look at my master Bucket List and think “My god, when am I EVER going to do all of these things?!” Because let’s face it. We’re all busy girls and despite what we may think, we all get a LOT of things done but don’t always give ourselves credit. 

So, without further ado, I may not be able to cross them off of my bucket list, but here is a short “I DID IT!" list to make sure I celebrate some of the things I have been able to complete recently:

  • Posting Wedding Photos to Facebook: My trifecta of families had been bugging me to no end to post photos of the wedding, and although it took me over 2.5 months and I sacrificed sleep for it earlier this week, it feels really good to have that off my plate.
  • Got My Wedding Dress Dry Cleaned: Again, it took me almost 2 months to drag myself down the 1.5 blocks to the dry cleaners, but considering my priorities lately, I consider this a win. (Plus, I got a much better deal than I was expecting!
  • Cleaned Up the Living Room: Okay, so my decision to buy a new, smaller desk for the ‘home office’ area of our living room may have been a hasty one during a quick weekend trip to Target, but this small piece of furniture has completely transformed the look and feel of our tiny space. (It’s predecessor was an unwieldy, too-big IKEA desk that never quite fit in and made seating semi-awkward.) We’d been putting this off for months thinking we’d sort it out when (if?) we moved to another apt but it feels great to just have it out of the way.
  • Started Christmas Shopping: So, I can’t cross this off completely yet and I haven’t exactly made loads of progress (bought 1 gift), but I wasn’t expecting to be able to even begin thinking about this until the last minute this year, so I’m happy to have at least gotten something done! :)

What have you girls gotten off of your plate lately? Love, Nik

PS: The cute (and realistic!) to-do list above was designed by my friends at Old Tom Foolery. Get yourself a pad here!

Top of my wish list: #Winning. Love, Nik

Top of my wish list: #Winning. Love, Nik

10 Things You Should Be Able To Say Before You Die

Another set of goals to add to the list. Love, Nik

twelve by 2012

The blogger behind “Oh, Hello Friend" started this "12 before 2012" project where she has set a list of 12 goals she would like to accomplish before December 31st. I love referencing my never-ending "bucket list" and occasionally crossing things off, but lets be honest… I may be biting off more than I can chew with that one.

I kinda find this 12 by 2012 idea inspiring! 12 seems like a reasonable enough number (then again, so does ONE New Years Resolution, but anyway…) but I think I may want to hop on board this train and make myself accountable.

I think I’m going to sit down and try to prioritize some realistic/reasonable goals and see if I can hold myself to the list for the next couple of months. Anyone else want to join me?

Love, Nik