Progress and Vacation!

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We’re well into week 2 of January and I’m feeling a bit frazzled. Leaving for vacation next week and I’m trying to get super caught up at work, which is difficult this time of year. Not sure what I was thinking scheduling a vacation in January. Oh yeah…I was thinking sandy beaches and sun when it’s currently dark and dreary and a forecast next week with high temps in the teens.

I feel like I work really hard most of the time at my job but when you’re racing to accomplish 137 items before you leave for vacation, it’s easy to realize that I am not always as focused at work as I could be. Kind of like pulling all-nighters in high school and college for those big tests or term papers, I guess. Continue reading

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January 2024 -A Fresh Start

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2024 is here! The crazy thing is that it doesn’t seem that long ago that we were preparing for 2000. Remember that? Everyone was worried that all the computers and clocks and such were going to crash as soon as the clocks hit midnight?

2024 is significant for me because it’s the year I turn 50. Sigh…that really doesn’t seem possible at all. Of course, some days, more often than I care to admit, my body says, Yeah, you’re definitely turning 50…lol.

Getting Back to Monthly Intentions

So, I decided this year I needed to go back to my monthly intentions. I do better with my goals and resolutions when I can chunk them down a bit and get hyper-focused. January’s goal is to work on decluttering and organizing my spaces. Continue reading

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2024 Resolutions/Intentions

New Year's resolutions

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2024 is almost here. You know what that means! Time to plot out the new year and what better way to do that then setting my resolutions (or intentions or goals for those of you that don’t like the word resolutions) for the year. I told Michael I was struggling with my list this year and he suggested I go resolution-free for 2024. I told him that thought literally made me anxious! 

Being intentional about what you want to achieve for the year is so important to me. My resolutions the last few years have been fairly similar. I think that means I’ve settled into my life priorities.

Not sure there’s been a year yet that I’ve achieved every resolution/goal but that’s okay. I think progress should be the bigger goal versus perfection. Priorities sometimes shift during the year and that’s okay as well.

Making it to the gym only twice a week versus the goal of 3 times a week is technically a fail but is it really? It’s still better than not going to the gym at all. Decreasing my debt by 5% rather than 20% is still decreasing my debt… Continue reading

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2023 Wrap-up

December 2023 calendar

Photo by Olivia Gaines

There’s only ten days left in 2023. The older I get, the faster the days seem to fly by. So many great things happened in 2023. Let’s do a little recap and of course I have to update you with the progress I made (or didn’t make) on the 2023 goals and resolutions.

The Good

The youngest man-child bought his first home, a condo just a short distance from me. Pretty sure it’s twice the size of my place.

Nick is still working for UPS and seems to really like it. I’d tell you exactly what he does but I’m not 100% sure how to explain it. He’s an industrial engineer and he basically works with data to improve things and he talks way over his mother’s head when he talks about the reports, processes, etc., he creates, lol.

The oldest man-child moved back to Louisville and is currently staying with me while he settles into a new job and is also saving up for his own place.

Michael accepted one job and then about a month later was offered another job that was more in line with his career goals. He’s now a marketing coordinator for Rev-A-Shelf. I think it’s definitely been a learning curve but he seems to like it. Of course, now he thinks my place needs all new shelving, lol.

The good for me is that I was finally released from all restrictions with my foot surgery. That was a much longer process than I thought it was going to be. I am not a good patient. Foot still hurts more often than not but not enough for me to do follow-up surgery and go through another period of restrictions. Continue reading

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The Craziness of Life

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One week from today is Christmas. I am not done with my shopping. I have a good percentage done but really it’s the odds and ends and little stuff that seems to tie me up every year.

Two weeks from today is New Year’s Day. I do not have any idea what my resolutions/goals for 2024 are going to be yet. Usually I’ve spent a bunch of time at least pondering these.

It all comes back to what seems like is a common theme in my life: too much going on. And I’m sure I’m not alone.  I’ve noticed lately when I try to get info from people, whether it’s work or personal, that it takes awhile for people to get back to me. It’s a vicious cycle at times. So basically we’re all running around like crazy people…that’s my theory at least. Continue reading

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Stocking Stuffers for Everyone

Christmas stockings

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It’s nearly Christmas time again. Who is ready? Presents bought yet? And if so, are they wrapped and under the Christmas tree? We just got the Christmas tree up and some minimal Christmas decorations out last week. I live in a tiny condo anyway and merging some of Michael’s things in with mine while he’s living at home again has left very little room for lots of decorations. 

Christmas shopping is going okay. I’ve got several gifts already purchased but with just two and a half weeks left, it’s definitely crunch time to wrap it up. 

Here’s my list of favorite stocking stuffers if you’re like me and always looking for last minute gift ideas each year for the stocking. Continue reading

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A Frugal Christmas

Christmas tree and lights

Photo by Jonathan Borba

It’s that time of year again. Christmas is 5 weeks from today. Everyone have their Christmas shopping done? Yeah, me neither. I have one gift purchased…well, actually two gifts, I guess, since I added my parents on to my Netflix account and they said that could be one of their presents, lol.

Do you at least have your Christmas money set aside and a plan for getting your gifts purchased? Haven’t gotten a list together of what people want yet but normally get that done on Thanksgiving day when our family is all together. I was much more deliberate about setting money aside this year into a sinking fund to help pay for Christmas gifts. I don’t have as much saved as I would have liked since my car and my home’s air conditioner had to be replaced this year but I am a little further ahead with funds than I normally am. Continue reading

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Holly’s Favorites-Winter 2023 edition

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Photo by Alena Zadorozhnaya

It’s time for another edition of Holly’s Favorites! I’ve noticed that there’s a common theme going this time around with my favorites and that’s comfort. I guess that’s appropriate if you read my last post because this is the time of year that I really focus on Hygge. 

Roku Stick

We gave up cable television several years ago. Don’t think I’m totally crazy. I love my television so I didn’t give up my favorite shows, I just changed how I watch them. We stream nearly everything now, although I do have an old-school antenna in my living room and bedroom so I can catch live tv on occasion. 

Between me and the boys, we pay for Netflix, Paramount Plus, Hulu, Apple+, and Disney Plus and Philo. Now, full disclosure, if I paid for all of these services then I would probably be paying more than I was when I had regular old cable. I pay for a couple of the subscriptions, and each of the boys pay for a couple so it’s fairly reasonable this way. Continue reading

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It’s Fall and Time For Some Hygge

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Fall is my very favorite time of year. The weather is perfect (although it seems like we get less and less Fall weather every year where I live). Jeans and a sweater, gorgeous scenery all around with the fabulous Fall colors, and great conditions for a bonfire and roasted marshmallows. Fall is also the perfect time to add a little extra hygge into our lives.

What is Hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”)? Merriam-Webster defines it as a cozy quality that makes a person feel content and comfortable. Based on that, adding some extra Hygge in our lives can look a little different for us all. Here are some of the ways I like to add a little Hygge in my Fall/Winter routine: Continue reading

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More or Less

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Photo by Rachel Claire

I am a creature of habit. If I ever go missing, it won’t be too hard for my friends and family to track me down. My kids tell me all the time that it’s a good thing I don’t have a stalker. I’m not sure if that’s because of my propensity for sharing on Facebook or my fondness for routine.

My ideal week includes at least one and preferably two Barnes and Noble visits. I wander the store a bit and then generally end up in the cafe to order a Venti (go big or go home, right??) Chai Creme Frappuccino or iced Chai tea latte with brown sugar and settle in to write for an hour or two.

I need at least one trip to the library…similar routine as Barnes and Noble. I bring a drink in with me there but I wander the library, grab a book (or two or five) and then settle down to write a bit or perhaps browse their magazines. Continue reading

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