Thoughts from 2015 and for 2016


Despite the trend of creating resolutions, I decided I would do something different during this transitional time of the year.

I found this wonderful photo on Tumblr and decided this would be far more beneficial than just creating the same resolutions from years past.


Looking Back at 2015…

My biggest accomplishment…becoming pregnant despite not knowing I was for three months.


My nicest memory…watching some of the most wonderful young people graduate and take their steps into the next phase of their lives.


My favorite book and film…

I usually can only think of the most recent films/books I’ve partaken in, but I enjoyed them none the less.

Book: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 22557272

Movie: “Creed”


My biggest challenge…coming to terms with the changes in my life that I didn’t plan.  I’m very much a Type-A personality, so when I cannot have control, I tend to become quite agitated.  Learning to make lemonade out of lemons, or better yet, not seeing the flow of life as lemons in the first place is something I want to work on for the upcoming year.

I learnt…how much I truly wanted to be a mommy after so many years of not being able to make that happen when it was my focus.  Life’s surprises often highlight what you never knew could be possible.

I travelled to…Michigan for Thanksgiving.


I failed in…trying to give up my addiction to Bravo/Real Housewives.  #SorryNotSorry

Looking Ahead to 2016

My goals for this year…

  • Continue with my healthy pregnancy and deliver a beautiful baby boy in March
  • Grow my Scentsy business
  • Take more time to enjoy the true joys in life

I want to continue…my current reading streak of getting in a few dozen pages each night.

I want to try…cooking more during the week.

I want to stop…and enjoy peaceful times instead of trying to cram “to-dos” into every “free” moment.

I want to learn…one new recipe per week.

I want to travel to I want to begin…again…running after my body has healed from the delivery.

I promise…to never give up on my 2016 goals, no matter how I may stumble and get stuck at times.

Less and More in 2015

Ah, New Year’s Resolutions.  We love to love and hate you.  I love to make them, but I get frustrated because I want certain outcomes, but don’t always know how to make them happen.  For example, I am trying to lose those last few pounds and keep them off; how original.  I feel like I’m pretty healthy as it is, so what else is there left to do but stay consistent?  I want to read more books, but how will I actually incorporate that time into my day?  Create everyday.  Sooooo…create everyday?  Oy!  Aaaaaand now I’m overwhelmed.


While sifting through blog postings about New Year’s Resolutions, I came across Erika’s “Less & More in 2015” from All Things E.  Her process of developing her own resolutions led her to creating two lists: Less and More.  How simple.  How complete.  THANK YOU!200 (1)

In 2015, I want less of these things in my life:

  • Negativity – I want to let go of trivial things and do so in a faster, lasting manner.
  • Skipping days at the gym
  • Nighttime snacking
  • Artificial sweeteners

In 2015, I want more of these things in my life:

  • Reading time.  My goal is to read 50 books this year.
  • Genuine interactions with people.  Technology is a facilitator, not a replacement.
  • Gratitude Lists
  • Creative Outlets – My bullet journal and new crafting room will make this possible.
  • Cooking at home
  • Daily flossing – time to be an adult, I guess

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2015

I hope that you had a memorable and safe New Year’s Eve.  Our house was pretty calm as we watched movies, cooked dinner, and enjoyed the last night of 2014.  Today we will be watching my husband’s alma mater, Michigan State University, play in the Cotton Bowl against Baylor.

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Because it is January 1st, it’s only appropriate to show you my 2015 Bullet Journal.  I started a brand new Moleskine journal for my day-to-day needs, and a 3-ring binder for other tracking.

Bullet Journal 2015

I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest and a Facebook page, Bullet Journal Junkies, and collecting ideas for how to create the most Amanda-friendly setup.  I’ve pulled inspiration from a few sources:


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Another amazing pin that I found talked about indexing hacks.  I don’t like the idea of having tabs sticking out of the side of my Moleskine, so this was perfect!


(Link to Pin on Pinterest)

Using an X-ACTO knife, I was able to create my own “internal” tabs:



For now, I only made two tabs:

1.  Monthly List

2.  Lists

Lists and Months

As if I weren’t documenting every single thought and event that is going to occur in 2015, a good friend shared a 5-year Q&A journal that I just HAD to have!  I used my birthday gift/Amazon card and purchased my own copy.

Q&A Collage

What I thought was so interesting and cute about this journal is that each day of the year provides not only a topic to reflect upon, but five years worth of space to see how your perspective changes.  I am going to make this a task to track because I want to see how I change over those years.

I’m off to get ready for a delicious lunch of homemade chop suey and smashing Spartan football!

Enjoy your January 1st!