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Five Things Friday {1.18.19}

{ONE}

New to my Queue

                                         

 

{TWO}

Favorite Book of the Week

{THREE}

When I Wasn’t Reading

Unfortunately I had a bunch of sick kids this week. Today is the first day all 4 are actually back in school. We also had the varsity football banquet for our senior, which was so bittersweet. I’ve spent most of this week medicating, sanitizing, and washing bedding. Is it Spring yet? 

{FOUR}

New Books I Borrowed

          

{FIVE}

What’s Up this Weekend

We have a 3 day weekend and we have absolutely nothing planned except relaxing and enjoying some football on Sunday. I need to grab some groceries but other than that I plan to wear my comfy pajamas for 99% of the weekend! I’m trying to fight off whatever devil virus my kids had this week so I cancelled all plans. Next week is super busy so this weekend of nothing is much needed. 

 



Five Things Friday {1.11.19}

{ONE}

New to my Queue

                                          

 

{TWO}

Favorite Book of the Week

 

{THREE}

When I Wasn’t Reading

This was my kids’ first week back to school after a 16 day winter break. It was hard, y’all. So hard. Cranky kids, cranky mom…even the dogs were cranky. But we survived. I’m not even sure what I did all week- laundry, cleaning and organizing, grocery shopping, and took one kid to 2 different doctor appointments. I’m so ready for the weekend!

{FOUR}

New Books I Borrowed

       

 

{FIVE}

What’s Up this Weekend

We have no set plans this weekend. Three kids have social plans but other than that I think we’re just going to stay home and watch the NFL playoffs. And do more laundry, of course. 

 



2019 Monthly Goals: January

I’m going to do my goals a bit differently this year. I’m breaking them down into 5 categories to help keep myself motivated and accountable.

1. Personal Goals- 

  • Replace coffee with hot tea in the mornings
  • Drink only water during the daytime
  • Delete at least 10 unwatched things off DVR

2. Book Goals-

  • Purge and organize my Amazon wish lists
  • Read at least 5 books from Kindle Unlimited
  • Work on my delia.reads Instagram account 

3. Family Goals-

  • Redo chore lists
  • Have at least 1 family movie night

4. House Goals-

  • Clean kitchen every night before bed
  • Create new laundry schedule

5. Blog Goals-

  • Update pages & categories
  • Sort old posts from 2018

I have high hopes for actually accomplishing some much needed things this year!

~Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

Jim Rohn



One Little Word 2019 + Goals

Simplify.

My one little word for 2019. 

A small word with a big meaning. 

I had no trouble at all figuring out my word for 2019. Life has gotten very complicated- too complicated. It’s time to simplify. Time to take my life back. Time to make changes. With that in mind, here are my 7 resolutions for 2019!

1. Work on my vision for this blog. Now that I’ve figured out what I want this blog to be going forward it’s time to jump in with 2 feet and make it happen. I have a bunch of things on my to do list including design work, editing, and creating new pages. Having a plan makes this process a lot easier. 

2. Choose my TV time wisely. I’ve slowly been cutting down on the amount of mindless things I watch. I watch almost no reality tv anymore. I have a few favorite shows such as SWAT, 911, Criminal Minds, etc that I love. My worst habit is having the TV on for background noise. I don’t do well with silence. But instead of watching shows that I really have no interest in I’m trying to be conscious of what shows I choose to spend my time watching. And confession- I love the old shows. I still watch Roseanne, Everybody Loves Raymond, Home Improvement, and a few others that have been off the air for years. I can’t help it- they’re my comfort shows.

3. Only buy necessities. I’ve been on a self-imposed shopping ban for months now. And it feels good. We have too much. We have more than we need. When we moved back in May be got rid of so much stuff. And we still have too much stuff. I’m not buying things we don’t need anymore. We have a very significant amount of medical debt from our son’s concussion recovery that we have to find a way to pay. And by very significant I’m talking tens of thousands of dollars. We could pay for years of his college with this money. Sigh. We look forward to retiring in our early 90’s. 

4. Be healthier. I’m not going all out here, but I need to make some attempt to be healthier. I’ve not drunk anything other than water and coffee during the daytime hours since before Christmas. Sweet tea is my weakness and I cut it out cold turkey. Next to go is going to be coffee. I’m switching to tea. I’ve noticed recently that drinking coffee is making my stomach hurt and I’m getting rebound headaches. Don’t worry, I’m still drinking wine and liquor at night. I’m not a fanatic. I’m also trying to eat healthier- salads and stuff. I still love pizza and french fries so again- not going all fanatical here. 

5. Accept myself without apology. This is a big one for me. Probably the biggest one. I am who I am and I’m tired of trying to be someone else. No longer will I deny aspects of my personality to make other people happy. I’m done. I will not temper my actions or words out of fear for how someone else will respond. If they don’t like it….well, tough luck! I’m an introvert who loves to read and avoids social situations whenever possible. I’m perfectly fine with that. I’m giving myself permission to just be me. 

6. Get my mental health under control. A lot of this goes with the one above. Constantly trying to be something or someone you’re not is exhausting and it doesn’t lead to a great mental space. My depression and anxiety has been out of control for much of this year and something has to give before I lose my @&^% and end up on the news. I don’t know yet what this is going to look like or what direction I need to take but I’m hoping by eliminating some things and embracing other things the path will become clearer. 

7. Purge social media. I’m going to be ruthless. I’m unfriending anyone who brings me down, who only tries to sell me stuff, who only wants to play the comparison game- both on Facebook and Instagram. Life is too short and I’m done. I’ve already unfollowed about 300 people on IG and it’s a work in progress. 

I have some very specific book resolutions too that I’ll be sharing later this week. I have a good feeling about 2019. 

Peace.



Hellooooooooooo Friends

It’s been a long time. Thank you for the emails and comments you sent worried about my family. We are fine. 2018 turned out to be an extremely stressful and hard year for our family and I am ready to see the end of it. I have missed writing and sharing. I struggled heavily with my mental health towards the end of summer, as I do nearly every year, but this year the struggle was really bad. I had to give myself permission to step back from sharing until I was in a better space. I’m still battling but I’m ready to write again.

I’ve had a few months to decide where I’m going with this little blog of mine. I lost a lot of the joy I used to get from blogging. It began to feel like a chore instead of being fun. So I’m shaking it up. My kids are getting older and the things they are okay with me sharing for the world to see are getting fewer and farther between. They are in charge of their own stories now and I don’t feel comfortable sharing their stories for them anymore.

So where do I go from here? I have spent the last couple of months pondering that very question. I’ve thought long and hard about what brings me joy now, what I’m excited to write about, and what my identity on the blog should be going forward. I love to read, I love to cook, I love to organize, and I love sharing those things. Going forward I will be sharing a lot of book reviews, delicious recipes, favorite books, organizational ideas, and some lifestyle things focused on myself. I won’t be sharing my kids or my family. If you’re a longtime reader who would like to follow our family I do have a private Instagram where I share all the pictures and stories. Please feel free to request to follow us there. I started a brand new Instagram for the blog if you’re interested in keeping up with the books and recipes I’ll be working on.

The blog will be under construction for a bit even though I plan to begin posting new content tomorrow. I’m sorting through past posts and working on creating new pages and updating existing ones. All the existing recipes, book reviews, lifestyle posts, and DIY posts will remain but the more personal ones about my kids will be removed. I’m ready for a fresh start and a new path. I’d love to have you join me on this new venture but if books and food aren’t your thing I get it. Thank you for reading along and I wish you nothing but the best.

Peace.