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?

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.

one word: intentional

intentional

Happy New Year!

Hello, 2018.

Admittedly, I still feel like just the other day it was the beginning of 2017. All through last year I found myself wondering how time was flying by so quickly. Does anyone else feel this way?

In regards to the New Year, I used to set resolutions like it was my job. However, by February I would forget all of my resolutions and never get around to achieving them. Fortunately last year I discovered the trend of choosing just one word. One word that I would plan to live the year by. At first I thought that it was silly to try to choose just one word to set for the year. After all there are thousands of amazing words to choose from. Finding just one to become your mantra for an entire year is intimidating.

Thankfully, the more I thought about it the more it made sense. Choosing one word would help guide and bring better focus to my year. Plus, I could remember one word much easier than a list of resolutions.

how to choose your one word:

  1. Take a few minutes and write down who you want to see yourself become. Write a paragraph and reflect on what you hope to accomplish in the coming year. Think of the end result of what you hope to achieve. Remember: this paragraph needs to be deep, important, and personal.
  2. Condense your paragraph down into one sentence. This sentence needs to encompass the main goal of the entire paragraph. Make sure that you also write down this sentence.
  3. Decide which word would best resonate with the sentence that you wrote. The word does not have to literally be contained in the sentence; just one that sums it up. You can choose an adjective, a noun, or a verb. Your one word can be whatever you want it to be. Just try to remember to choose a word that is challenging and promotes growth. Something that you can use as a mantra to give you an extra push or use as guidance. Also, don’t make the word too narrow.

my one word:

intentional

in·ten·tion·al
/inˈten(t)SH(ə)n(ə)l/
adjective
done on purpose

 

I would love to hear which word you chose for 2018! Feel free to let me know in the comments.

happy friday v.8

wooden ornament

happy friday

one // Adopting a puppy. We are so darn happy to announce that we are adding to our family! While I was volunteering at our local adopt-a-pet this past weekend, I met the sweetest little pit bull pup. Immediately I fell in love with him and knew I had to bring him home. Shockingly, my husband (eventually) agreed.

two // Winter break. Admittedly I am beyond excited about taking a two week break from college. With the end so close in sight, I am struggling to maintain motivation. I am just so ready to be finished!

three // Still working out. I’ll be honest, I am horrible at starting a habit. However, for two and a half weeks now I have been working out consistently. Not to mention, I have even been eating healthier!

four // Getting ready for Christmas parties. This time of the year is always so fun! Between family get togethers, friend parties, and work parties we have a full schedule.

five // Secret pal reveal at work. Our special events committee at the credit union runs a secret pal program. When I found out I signed up right away! My amazing secret pal, and friend, announced herself yesterday!

six // Preparing for the new year. There are so many things that I have in the works for next year. To say I am excited is an understatement.

What has made you happy this week?

Don’t forget to check out Krysten’s happy list