I miss…

I was thinking the other day about all of the things I “miss”. There are various reasons why these things aren’t in my life at the moment, but in that moment, I couldn’t help but to write them down. And so I present to you, the things I miss right now.

I miss…

… a kitchen of my own with the pots and pans I have grown accustomed to cooking with over the years.

… my oversized chair that has seemed to help me create the novels (and blog posts) that I so dearly love writing.

… my closet full of clothes, so I need not do laundry every 2 weeks (seriously… it’s like clock-work).

… grass. (Which for those of you who know how much snow we have – and keep getting – it may be May before I see it again.)

… the podcasts I enjoy. There are a couple of them that I used to listen to regularly, but because I haven’t made them a priority, they sit there unheard.

… painting. I’ve done a little (and by that definition, little means 1 piece) painting in the last 6 weeks… but because the area that I live isn’t really set up for it, it makes it more difficult to do (and am afraid that I’d have a huge mess to clean up after.)

… sibling nights. Last year, my brothers and I decided that we would make spending time together a priority. It did for a few months, and then it’s been sporadic (at best) ever since. I really hope that my time spent with them (and their wives) moves higher on each of our lists this year.

… “Scandal”. Yes, the TV show. I need to find a way to watch it online because I missed some episodes that aren’t available on Hulu Plus. (*shakes fist in air*) The only other show that I’m not quite caught up on (meaning I’ve got 10 episodes sitting in my Hulu Plus queue), but don’t care quite as much, is Parenthood.

… my “Friends” dvds. While I love “Big Bang Theory” to no end, there is nothing like having some Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Phoebe and Joey in your life. And right now, that’s sorely lacking for me.

Today I write these things here, in the hopes that with the hard work I’ve been doing this past year getting everything in my life in order, that I’ll be able to have each of these things in my life later in 2014… or at the latest, 2015. (I mean, I know I can’t control when I see the grass… but it’s got to come out sometime… right?!?)

Is there anything in your life that you miss?

Reflecting, part 1…

So here’s the thing… the first of my 14 check-in/review days passed by on Sunday and, while it was not pleasant, I did some serious reflecting. Not to mention, making decisions that things really do need to change in the short-term future.

At the beginning of the year (or just prior to it), I set out some goals… 14 of them in fact… to work to achieve in 2014. Here’s the synopsis of where I am:

    • Walk, elliptical, (maybe) run, or bike a combined 1,400 miles.

{update: 1/28/14} I haven’t started any of this as of yet. Boo to me.

    • Do 14,000 squats.

{update: 1/28/14} A couple of days I did try… and I think I have about 30 done.

    • Do 14,000 crunches.

{update: 1/28/14} I should really do some of these tonight. Yup. As of now? ZERO.

    • Try 14 new, healthy recipes.

{update: 1/28/14} This will probably happen later in the year.

    • Write 140,000 words to develop my fiction writing further.

{update: 1/28/14} Yup. A LOT behind on this too. So far, somewhere around 1,000 words… but not many of them are dedicated fiction.

    • Publish an average of 14 blog posts per month.

{update: 1/28/14} Well, including this one, I have 2. Which means I’ll need to step up my efforts February on.

{update: 1/28/14} I can’t even say that I’ve LOOKED at my Pinterest boards much in the last month. So no. Nothing new completed here yet.

{update: 1/28/14} I really have to get working on this if I’m going to make this happen in January. 3 days to go!

{update: 1/28/14} Nothing here either. Although upon looking at my list, I think I want to attempt some of these in the next couple of months. 

    • Give away 140 items.

{update: 1/28/14} So far 0. But I think when I have time to go through boxes that are in my storage unit, I’ll be able to find a few items. :)

    • Treat myself to 14 “Julie” days to pamper myself. (hair/mani’s/pedi’s)

{update: 1/28/14} I can’t say I did this either. I really do need to get a manicure soon… my nails deserve it. ;)

    • Take a daily selfie.

{update: 1/28/14} I started out strong with this one… and then stopped. As of tomorrow, this is starting again. 

    • Spend 14 days (or partial days/nights) with my nephews.

{update: 1/28/14} I took my oldest nephew to Build-A-Bear for his 4th birthday last week. We had an AWESOME time… here he is with his “SuperBear”.


{update: 1/28/14} I started Gifts of Imperfection. I’m trying to do a LifeClass with Brene Brown through Oprah.com right now… so in theory, I should be done with this book by the time the class is done. 

There it is. Now if only I had put on my list to complain 140 times about the snow that has been falling (we’ve had 55″ thus far in January… 100″ for the season now) or that I would watch 140 television episodes for the year… I would have a lot more to report back on.

Until next time!

My 2014 word…

A year ago, I chose a word and thought it was my word for 2013. But soon enough, things changed and soon enough I had a new word.


I embraced parts of new life throughout 2013… new friends that I am blessed with and new place to live after selling my condo. But at the same time, there were things that I didn’t embrace as much as I wish I had. My fitness routine, my faith journey, and my writing were some examples of this. With the goals for 2014 that I have identified to accomplish for the year, I also wanted to incorporate a word to focus on as well.

And I’m going back to the word I originally chose for myself at the beginning of last year. It’s almost as if I have grown into this word and it’s time for me to embrace it. (See what I did there?!) :)

My word for 2014 is…


I plan to create many things in my life. Create a new mindset for myself, because I am worthy and believe that God has a beautiful plan for my life. I will create deeper and more meaningful friendships with the cherished who are already in my life, as well as the new people that enter throughout the year. I will create memories with my nephews. I plan to make time to create a new me in the realm of fitness and weight loss. And most of all, I hope that there will be a new adventures created in a new home, in a new city… that will bring me laughter and joy.

I guess I have hope for the new year. I have a renewed sense of purpose. I want nothing more than for each of my goals to happen… for each of things on my 101 in 1001 list to be fulfilled. I know that in doing all of these things I will learn a lot about myself.

And I think that’s the best I can ask and hope for on the first day of this year.

Those Pesky 2014 Goals…

In years past I’ve tried to do the whole “resolution” thing at the start of the new year… only to have found myself flailing and floundering in the hopes of picking up the habits I hope to change. I never seem to have the right “game plan” (for lack of a better phrase) and always am seeing myself as trying to change my habits into the generalized ideas of eating better and working out more… without any real plan or goal in mind. Well, other than the goal of just trying to lose weight.

So here I am with 14 goals to start 2014. At the end of the year, I hope to assess each one and say that I was able to complete each one. Because if I do, my life will be much richer for it.

Presenting the goals:

  • Walk, elliptical, (maybe) run, or bike a combined 1,400 miles.
  • Do 14,000 squats.
  • Do 14,000 crunches.
  • Try 14 new, healthy recipes.
  • Write 140,000 words to develop my fiction writing further.
  • Publish an average of 14 blog posts per month.
  • Make 14 things from my Pinterest boards (not recipes.)
  • Mail 14 cards or postcards (via Postcrossing) per month.
  • Accomplish 14 things from my 101 in 1001 days list.
  • Give away 140 items.
  • Treat myself to 14 “Julie” days to pamper myself. (hair/mani’s/pedi’s)
  • Take a daily selfie.
  • Spend 14 days (or partial days/nights) with my nephews.
  • Read/Finish these 14 books I already own.

The Gifts of Imperfection (Brene Brown)
Plan B (Pete Wilson)
* The Me I Want to Be (John Ortberg)
* Start (Jon Acuff)
* The In-Between (Jeff Goins)
* Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul (John & Stasi Eldredge)
* Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain)
* Anything (Jennie Allen)
* So Long, Insecurity (Beth Moore)
* One Thousand Gifts (Ann Voskamp)
* The Happiness Project (Gretchen Rubin)
* The Fire Starter Sessions (Danielle LaPorte)
* Revelations of a Single Woman: Loving the Life I Didn’t Expect (Connally Gilliam)
* Let Hope in (Pete Wilson)

I also have a bonus item… to review the list 14 times each year (or every 26 days.) So I am putting a reminder in my phone for each of these 14 dates to review (and probably blog about) what has been done, what is going well and what I need to do better at.

I’m pretty excited to see where this is going to take me. I have a feeling that even though I’ll have lots to do with this, I’ll also be blessed in ways that I can’t even imagine.

What are you doing to start your new year right? Are you planning it out yet?

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