Resolution Check Up

I will be honest. Until about ten minutes ago, I had forgotten about most of my new years resolutions.

Isn’t that what always happens though? So here goes..

1. I will write more.  

…Have I? I tried writing my husband as much as I could while he was deployed. I’ve totally failed at blogging more. I forgot Elliott’s five month letter. Yeah, I definitely need to keep working on this one!

2. I will put more money into savings. 

Well first off, why was this one italicized? Maybe if I blogged more, I would have caught that error! Hah. I have done a pretty good job with saving. We used part of our tax return to start a CD for the little’s college/whatever fund. Also saving more each month for that and will roll it all into another CD when it matures next year. The 52 Week plan of saving is going well. Started that backwards so the amount put in each week is getting less and less. Even set phone calendar reminders for this one! Then there’s our main savings account, and though it isn’t completely depleted, I definitely need to start putting more money in than I am taking out. So far, so good.

3. I will tackle the rest of this baby weight and then some! 

Totally kicking butt on this one!! Down to 203 from the 260 I was right before giving birth. Baby weight GONE!!!! Down forty some pounds in the last ninety days of tracking on myfitnesspal alone. (Add me if you’re on a mission to lose! > ElliottsMomma) I bought myself a fitbit in March and it’s done wonders for motivating me to walk more. So close to Onederland I can almost feel it! Still quite a ways from my dream goal, but I am determined to get there.

4. I will love more, live more, laugh more.. 

This one kind of feels like a fluff piece now… I will say that being a mom has definitely brought a unique sense of joy to my life.

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If I could add another resolution it would be to work on my communication with the sailor. I find myself unfairly expecting him to read my mind, and it often causes trouble.

So, random people, friends and family who might stumble across this, how are  your new years resolutions going, if you made any? Feeling inspired to work on anything in your life lately?

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Happy (not so) New Year

I’m not a huge fan of  New Years resolutions. They are often cliche, over and underdone at the same time, and almost never come to fruition. That being said, I do have a few particular things I would like to work on this year.

1. I will write more. That means more blogging, more time spent writing in my “letters to Elliott” journal, and more emails to my husband while he’s away. Time is moving way too fast, and I’m so sleep deprived that in a year or two or ten I fear I won’t remember any of this.. and I know I will want to remember it.

2. I will put more money into savings. I have already started doing the 52 week plan, where you put a dollar per week of the year into a savings account, working up to $52 transferred the last week of the year. Only, I’m doing that backwards. Will have a little over $1300 in the bank by the end of the year, which isn’t much, but it’s a start. 

3. I will tackle the rest of this baby weight and then some! I’m already itching to get out and exercise but I know my body isn’t ready.. At least I don’t get winded walking around Costco anymore!

4. I will love more, live more, laugh more.. all around try to remember that I am a positive person and I am capable of accomplishing more than I know and more often than not, the only one holding me back is me.

That’s all I can think of for now, on the fly, sitting on my office floor. Was just setting up an automatic payment for our water bill because that’s one of the last ones I have to physically take care of every other month and with a baby, I’d rather not leave that up to memory to get taken care of anymore.

For the few people that stumble across my blog, and the few regular readers I have, do you have any resolutions? I love the idea of them, even if they are silly.. but I also think re-inventing yourself shouldn’t be a once-a-year thing. I think the best people are always working to better themselves.

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Mommy Blog Wars

I follow a few mommy blogs. Should really update my blog roll, but it’s so easy to lose that list in the framework of this site. Some day I’ll get bored enough.

I noticed that quite a few of the blogs I follow have this button to click, which is linked to a ranking system of top mommy blogs. And for those writers really into their rank, they ask you to vote for them at the bottom of every post. I don’t mind, exactly, but I also don’t see the point. For those blogs that are super-bogged-down-cluttered with advertisements to make money from their blog, I guess it makes financial sense. Advertise products and fill up all the  otherwise “calm” space on your page and then compel people to vote for you, so that there’s more traffic which in turn, equals more money!

I wonder how much money a blog could make. There’s one blogger in particular who I’ve watched go through a mega transformation in the past year from a small personal blog like mine, to this over-stylized mega monster of a site. She has a designated link for sponsors!! The content is so wide-spread to appeal to every type of mommy out there, that the quality has really suffered. She’s gone corporate. I don’t visit there very often, and I never vote her up the list.

Not that anyone probably cares, because I’m sure I’m writing to the air most days, but I will never become one of those bloggers. This is what I do to vent, and to whine, and to carry on and on about things that no one besides me cares to talk or think so much about. Writing is what I like to do. I won’t ask for you money or your votes. The closest I have come to doing anything of that sort is linking to my Etsy shop, but that’s to prove that I’m not lying about having one and because this is a blog about creative ventures. I also installed an about me space where you can link to my pinterest, instagram and twitter, but I’m not overly-involved in any of those sites.

If you’ve stopped by my page in the past, you may have noticed I changed the design. There are some extreme limitations to this site because I am not self-hosting, but instead rely on wordpress.com to publish my content to the world wide web. Maybe next year I’ll move to a different server, and then get one of those fancy layouts that are 100% custom designed. I don’t browse many other blogs here on wordpress myself, but I’m sure if I did I would find half a dozen that had the same theme, same colors. Limitations to design are no fun, but I can work around them for now. Still working on a new signature for this new layout. Get to do some photoshop work and that’s always fun.