Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Show and Tell: January 2015 Goals



I'm linking up with Andrea over at www.momfessionals.com every other Tuesday for a fun link-up called Show & Tell. Today is all about your resolutions and goals. I am going to stick with setting monthly goals in 2015 instead of big, yearlong goals. Let's see how well I did in December...

1. Read 2 books- I am happy to say I achieved this! See my entire 2014 book list here that included the two I read in December!
2. Plan our anniversary trip- I worked on this a little. I found a B&B to stay at but I didn't book it. I was really waiting to start work and see when would be best to take off. Thank goodness we still have plenty of time :)
3. Finish blogging about our Europe trip- DONE!
4. Finish our 2014 photo book- Also done! Yay!
5. Stock the freezer- Fail...
6. Drive around & look at Christmas lights! We sorta did this but not super intentionally... next year!
7. Use our appliances. Another fail...


January Goals:

1. Read 2 books

2. Walk Griffin at least once a week 
once sounds so lame but it'll be a step up from the 0 he gets now...

3. Craft something
I used to craft all the time but never do anymore and I miss it.

4. Use our appliances
I'm going to give it another go this month

5. Stock the freezer
I really need to do this!  

I'm going to start off the year slowly with only 5 goals this month. I just started a new job and I'm adjusting to us both working full time again.

  


Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 Book List



Found on countryliving.com via Pinterest

I love reading and every year since I graduated college, I set a goal for the number of books I want to try and read that year. This year my goal was 14 (since it was 2014 and all...) and I am thrilled that I actually exceeded that goal by two! I actually have three chapters left of another book so I almost read 17 books total! I have a lot of books on the docket that I want to read so I'm going to try and do 15 this year... we'll see! 

Here's what I read this year and let me know if there's something I can't miss reading in 2015!

1. The Devil in the Junior League by Linda Francis Lee
This was a Christmas gift from a fellow Junior Leaguer and it was ridiculous and funny and I loved it! It takes place in a made up city in Texas that is very similar to a large city just east of where we live so that made it even better! I even bought another book by the same author that I somehow never got around to... 


This book will rock your world. I highly recommend it and is probably one I need to re-read year after year.

3. Shaken (Heart of a Warrior) by Kariss Lynch
My friend wrote this incredible book that's the first in a three-part series and I loved it. It's about a girl that goes to Haiti following the earthquake and experiences the most amazing and heart breaking things you can imagine. I can't wait to read the second book that comes out this year!

4. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
I love Nicholas Sparks and I loved this book. The movie however was terrible. So read the book and skip the movie :)

5. Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1)
6. Insurgent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 2)
7. Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy, Book 3)
by Veronica Roth
I jumped on the Divergent bandwagon and never looked back! I mistakenly saw the Divergent movie first and then read the book, but I really enjoyed the series and the movie and I can't wait to see the other two films!

8. Decision Points by George W. Bush
We listened to this book on tape on a drive to and from Colorado this summer and it was really interesting. It doesn't matter what your political stance is or how good a job you think Bush did or did not do, you will enjoy this honest and informative story.

9. Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
I got this book for $1 at a garage sale and I love Ellen so it was definitely worth the read. It's super easy to read and took me no time at all. I thought it was cute and funny and lighthearted.

10. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
A friend lent me this book for a beach trip and I could not put it down. This author is my new favorite and I have now read most of her books. They take place in Australia which I adore and they are all written so uniquely. Read this one asap!

11. The One & Only by Emily Giffin
My friend also lent me this one and I also could not put it down. I like the author and although it got mixed reviews I enjoyed it. It takes place right here in the metroplex and is pretty much all about football! I'll admit it was a little strange, but overall worth the read.

This one took me about a year to read but it was funny and inappropriate and I like Mindy! This is an easy read and if you don't mind a little crude humor you'll enjoy it.

13. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
LOVE this book & LOVE this movie! Go read it and go see it!

I read Melanie's blog religiously and have read both of her books which are both fabulous! This one is about marriage and it's cute, funny, truthful, and an absolute easy read. I can't wait to read her new book coming out this year!

15. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Another fabulous book by this author. This was so suspenseful and I could not put it down! Loved it!

16. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
Again, I really enjoyed this author's story. I will admit it was my least favorite of the 3 1/2 books of hers that I've read but I still really enjoyed it and thought it was worth a read. Her writing style is so unique!

Can't wait to start reading in 2015!