january currently

currently

This year, so far, has been interesting. However, I believe that it has been alright. There have been many changes so far, mostly for the better. Not to mention, the usual ups and downs. Whenever life gets busy, blogging goes out the window. I am going to try to write more posts this year though!

january currently

drinking // Warm lemon water in the mornings. A decaf Americano in the afternoons. Tropical Strawberry Shakeology with carrots, mangoes, nectarines, and sweet potatoes whenever possible.

watching // I am obsessing over and absolutely loving Riverdale. Growing up, I would always read the Archie comics and as soon as I found out about this show I began jumping for joy! John and I have been binge watching The Punisher and Travelers on Netflix too.

reading // Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Normally I am able to move through books quickly, however not this one. Which isn’t to say that I do not like the book! I just have not had as much time lately.

working out // Since the first of the month I have been working out. However, I did not make a resolution to do so. I simply feel like crap and need to make a change. First, I did a 21 day boot camp with the 21 Day Fix. Now I am doing a new program called 80 Day Obsession!

thankful for // My husband finally agreeing to let me get a puppy. I seriously adore our newest family member so darn much.

loving // Puppy cuddles, three day weekends, sleeping in, and sweating my rear off.

anticipating // Finally being done with school! Yesterday was my first day of my very last class. February 12th is my last day of school!

What are you currently up to?

new years children’s interview

A few years ago, I saw a wonderfully fun post idea from Emmy. Around the first of the year she would ask her children a few questions! Then, she would share those answers in comparison to the previous years. While I cannot find Carson’s answers from the previous years, I thought it would be fun to join along again. After all, it is a rather cute idea!

happy new year

carson

basics

Name: Carson.
Age: Seven.

favorites

Breakfast: Bagel and cream cheese.
Dinner: Macaroni and cheese.
Dessert: Ice cream — strawberry. 
Drink: Strawberry milk. 
Fruit: Watermelon. 
Vegetable: Carrots.
Restaurant: McDonald’s. 
Place: Bowling alley. 
Show: Pokemon XYZ. 
Toy: Fidget cube. 
Board game: Monopoly. 
Video game: Minecraft. 
Book: Go Dogs Go! 

questions

What is one wish you have for the new year? To get more Lego sets. 
Where is one place you want to go this year? To the park. 
What do you want to do differently this year? Stay at Brayden’s house more often. 
If I gave you $100, what would you spend it on? Video games. 
What was your favorite thing about last year? Going to the park. 
If you could have one thing, what would it be? A cell phone. 
What do you want to be when you grow up? Scientist. 
Who is your best friend; who are your friends? Skarlett. 
What is something your mom always says? Did you hear me?
What is something your dad always says? Yes to playing games. 

brayden

basics

Name: Brayden.
Age: Ten.

favorites

Breakfast: French toast.
Dinner: Burgers.
Dessert: Ice cream — mint. 
Drink: Dr. Pepper.
Fruit: Apples.
Vegetable: Broccoli.
Restaurant: Olive Garden. 
Place: Wild Waves.
Show: Walking Dead.
Toy: Xbox.
Board game: Monopoly.
Video game: GTA.
Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

questions

What is one wish you have for the new year? Ride dirt bikes more. 
Where is one place you want to go this year? Wild Waves. 
What do you want to do differently this year? Participate in more sports. 
If I gave you $100, what would you spend it on? Video games.
What was your favorite thing about last year? Christmas and spending time with family. 
If you could have one thing, what would it be? A million dollars. 
What do you want to be when you grow up? Math scientist.
Who is your best friend; who are your friends? Jordan. 
What is something your mom always says? Be nice to each other. 
What is something your dad always says? Dude. 

hello, atlas

rescue pup

meet atlas

Once or twice a month I volunteer at our local Adopt-A-Pet. Last month, just before Christmas, I was put on puppy duty. (This essentially means cleaning the kennel and adoring the little pups. Giving them loves and hugs, etc.) Usually the puppy pen has small breed, fluffy, pups which are adorable but easy for me to not want to bring home. However, this last time, this little white and black streak of lightning came running out. One look at his adorable face made it very apparent that he had a little pit bull in him.

Every one who knows me knows that I am a sucker for any dog in the “bully” breed. Lets just say, he stole my heart right then and there. I knew that he would be the perfect fit to our family.

the convincing

Now, for over two years my husband has been saying absolutely no to getting a puppy. When I say no, I mean a hard no. An absolutely no way, no how no. This is not per lack of trying on my part either. After all, we already have two large dogs.

When I got home from volunteering, I practically put my husband’s clothes on him and drug him out the door. I was hoping that by him seeing the puppy, his heart would melt too. We got to Adopt-A-Pet and the other volunteers immediately brought the puppy out. After about an hour and a half of saying no, John finally reluctantly did not say no.

about atlas

Atlas was voluntarily released when he was just four weeks old. The gentleman who had him simply did not have the time to care for him. When Atlas got to Adopt-A-Pet he had not been socialized and was unsure how to act around dogs and people. Not to mention, no one was truly sure what breed he was or much about him. Watching him grow, our best guess at this point is American Bulldog and Pit Bull.

We were able to bring him home when he was eleven weeks old. There were over twenty-seven applications that were put in to adopt him! John and I were given the choice to rename him, and I felt that the name Atlas would be the perfect fit.

puppy

 

why new years resolutions fail

new years resolutions

Every single year I feel a bubble of excitement about New Years. I spend hours upon hours coming up with both challenging and exciting resolutions to complete throughout the year. In fact, and ironically, most of my resolutions are the exact same as the year before. This is because each year I completely fail at accomplishing my resolutions. Admittedly, this gets frustrating. I find myself thinking what am I doing wrong? Or is it me or is it my resolutions? 

why new years resolutions fail:

Too many resolutions. 

When coming up with resolutions, it is easy to go a little overboard. At least I do. Often times, we set too many resolutions for ourselves and become overwhelmed. Giving yourself dozens of goals to focus on makes it to where you cannot put as much effort into each goal as you should. Focus is impossible when you are juggling so many resolutions! The more simple and focused the resolution the easier to attain.

Unrealistic resolutions.

Many resolutions are to change habits that you have had your entire life. For example: eating healthier, spending less money, being more active, simplifying your life, etc. Negative habits are formed over years. Undoing them is going to take more time than just a few weeks. Be realistic about the small steps that you will need to take.

Not being willing to pay the price. 

Nothing in life is free. Although, we would love to think so. Resolutions can cost money, sacrifice, and time. Are you truly willing to put in the effort, money, and time that it may take? Recognize whether you are or are not and begin from there.

The resolutions are not flexible. 

Are your resolutions win or lose with no in between? Resolutions must be able to adapt because life happens. Unfortunately, we cannot control the future. Sometimes things must change a little bit.

There is no action now. 

If you aren’t acting today, right now, chances are you won’t tomorrow or the next day. When setting resolutions it is easy for us to say “I will start [insert date here]”. However, when that time comes it is easy to continue pushing the date back.

The necessary information is not there. 

It is easy to give up when someone doesn’t know what to expect. Researching what will need to be done to attain the resolutions ahead of time is key. Not to mention, it will give you a better perspective and timeline of what needs to be done. Without the right information you will eventually attain your goal. Unfortunately, it could possibly take longer than it should.

Unwillingness to fail. 

By not trying because you are afraid of failing, you fail before you even begin. There is that saying “it is better to try and fail than not try at all”. It is so true! Plus, with failure you at least learn from the situation and know what to change for your next attempt.

The resolutions are all talk. 

If your resolution isn’t something you truly want to do, then chances are you won’t be dedicated enough to accomplish it. The resolutions you set must be something that you truly want to do. If it just sounds good, most likely it should not be made into a resolution.

Quitting before the finish line.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Did you know that a majority of people give up on their resolutions in the second month? This is easy to do when you aren’t truly invested in putting in the work to accomplish your resolution.

habits for blog success

For 2018, I am hoping to become serious about blogging. While McKenzie Allyshia is relatively new, I have been blogging for around eight years. Through these years I have mostly learned what does and does not always work. However, I will also be the first to admit that I am not always right!

habits for blog success

habits for blog success:

Plan and schedule blog posts in advance. 

Having a written-in-advance blogging calendar makes it easier to come up with new content. Not to mention, I can spend quality time coming up with posts instead of hurrying to hit publish. I prefer to attempt to plan a week or two in advance as well. This way you don’t find yourself staring at a blank page trying to come up with something to write. Also, take a few hours to brainstorm future post ideas.

Network, network, network.

I have always been really shy, at least in person, in regards to talking about my blog. How is it that I am so comfortable sharing my life with strangers? Yet, in person I shut down? Being proud of your blog is important — share your blog and the work you have put into it!

Post on social media. 

Try to post on social media on a regular basis. Not only does it help promote your blog, but you may connect with new readers. Posting on social media can give you new outlets of communication as well as help you establish a relationship with a wider audience.

Conduct and track research on your blog. 

What posts have the most comments? What topics do you gain the most views on? It is important, and key, to create content that will interest your audience. If you are interested in making an income from your blog, you will have to keep up with trends and study your analytics.

Maintain your blog. 

Ensuring that all facets of your blog are up to date and working is very important. If you consistently have broken links, readers may turn away from your blog. Also, update your pages! Make your blog as inviting, and easy to navigate, as possible.

Create or join a blogging community.

Being active in a blogging community can really encourage growth as a blogger. Make sure that you respond to comments in kind, comment on other posts, and reach out to others.

What are some tips that you would like to share?