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

More and Less in 2013

It’s time for the OFFICIAL Fancy Oatmeal Blog 2013 Resolutions…nothing like waiting until literally the last minutes of the year to get this stuff figured out!


Taking the advice of some more-better educationalists in this area, my list is based on a “More of this, Less of that” format.

1.  More quality workouts, less “let’s try this.”


What might that resolution look like in real life?  I want to actually plan out my workouts in advance…I usually write something down, but that doesn’t always translate into action.  Preplanning is important as well as tracking the progress that you make in said workouts.  I know that I had become lazy about maintaining my weight training workouts once the school year started, so I had to drop down from 15lbs to 10lbs weights.  I’d like to get back to that.

2.  More reading, less reality TV


I have gotten myself in a situation where I fall asleep to old episodes of Real Housewives and/or a Bravo-based series. I know that it’s probably rotting my brain away, leaving me with pockets of working tissue that resemble a woodpecker’s final product.  So in order to wall-putty myself back together, I would like to replace at least 30 minutes of TV time with reading time.

3.  More slowing down and less rushing 


I know that sounds somewhat….ridiculous, but I really do want to try and slow my roll a bit this year, allowing myself to enjoy the moment in front of me, and not be so worried about what is going to happen next.  “Next” is one of those elements in life that usually causes me stress…what is the next step of our life?  what do I need to plan ahead for for the next class period?  what will we do next weekend?  when will be the next time I see my family?  this time went better than I expected, but what about next time?  How about I just stop, take a breath, and enjoy the moment I’m in?

4.  More pride in my home, less “that’ll do.”


Again, I need to explain this: right now, I’m doing the bare minimum to maintain my house.  I’m definitely not allowing the house to fall into squalor, but I’m not doing all of the things to make this house a home.  I need to do more:

  • Yard upkeep
  • Clean what is not necessarily seen
  • Organize my kitchen cupboards (now they’re just housing all the stuff)
  • Take advantage of our dining room table
  • Utilize office space more efficiently and effectively

5.  More full, less empty

Just in general, find the joy in life and enjoy