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  1. Plan our wedding
    • Venue booked! 2015-10-18 18.12.46
    • Bridesmaids & MOH chosen (but haven’t been asked so shhhh)
    • Colors chosen and samples printed
    • Photographer booked; scheduling engagement shoot
    • Wedding dress purchased
    • Caterer contacted
  2. Start saving for retirement
  3. Read 24 books – 35 of 24 complete (click on book title to read my review)
  4. Complete a Norway quilt
    • The plan is to complete 1 block per month (there are 9), then 1-2months to quilt, and the last month (if needed) to bind.
    • 7/23 sizing corrected
  5. Give up candy for 1 month 8/7/15
    •  Haven’t had candy since 7/9/15 and counting
    • 7/17/15 – I find that I have more energy throughout the day and feel less of a need to snack. Its actually quite enjoyable!
    • 7/24/15 – I definitely think I had some sort of addiction to candy. I still have cravings for it often enough but I found that I can quench that craving with some tasty frozen blackberries in my water (and it helps me drink more water). An added bonus has been that this has been the only change to my diet I’ve made plus walking the dog a short distance every day and I’ve already lost 5lbs!
    • 8/10/15 – today marks day 33 of no candy and I think I’m going to continue with this for as long as I can. I will attempt to tackle the no sweets at some point so keep an eye out for that challenge.
    • **Bonus: Give up all sweets for 1 month+ **
  6. Go somewhere I’ve never been
    • **Bonus: Outside of the USA
  7. Call an old friend Completed in February 2016
  8. Fold 1000 paper cranes – abandoned because priorities
  9. Unplug from the world 1 weekend (48-72 hours) per month – /12 complete
    • July 3-5 complete
    • August 7-9 complete
    • September 11-13 complete
    • October 9-11
    • November
    • December
    • January
    • February
    • March – scheduled
    • April –
    • May –
    • June –
  10. Learn C++
  11. Join a club (and participate!)
    • Starting up October 1, I have joined 2 book clubs through Goodreads. As for participation, I’ve introduced myself and have picked up the books from the library. I still hope to join a more local club but for now, this will do quite nicely
  12. Walk Worf 5x per weekadjusted to spend at least 15 minutes a day in play
    • **Bonus: Go on a long walk without needing the gentle leader**
    • Week 1, 7/14-7/17 – 5/5! Also completed his first week on Prozac, a good visit to the dog park (aka he didn’t snarl at any other dogs), and we witnessed him play with another dog for the first time!! There is hope!!
    • Week 2, 7/18-7/24  – 5/5 complete. I almost want to say that we’ve completed the bonus already – we walked from the apartment almost all the way to the max stop (to meet J on his way home from work) every day this week and for 3 of the days he made it all the way without his gentle leader! We did visit the dog park as well but a baseball game was going on and it made him a bit nervous.
    • Week 3 & 4 – 4/5 complete both weeks. I did more walking than just those 4 days and some of those days we went on more than one walk so I count these two weeks as a win 🙂 I’ve been working on making sure I walk at least 3000/day (not a lot but remember I’m unemployed) and this last weekend I walked 10,000/day so huge win!
    • Weeks 5-11 have averaged 4/5 walks. It turned out the Prozac was not as great as we had hoped, he started biting me when he didn’t want to do things, and then the withdrawal process made us question if keeping him was even worth it. Those things made walks incredibly difficult but I pushed through and when he was up for it, we walked.
    • Adjusted due to his anxiety levels and the reality of poor weather.
    • March 6 – He has greatly improved with his walks and, so long as we keep them short and in a familiar place, he doesn’t hardly pull on his leash. We’ve been working on building his confidence by frequent positive reinforcement on walks (lots of pets and “good boy”) and teaching new tricks with lots of positive reinforcement (this dog is a bottomless pit).
  13. Participate in a race
    • **Bonus: Money goes to a good cause**
    • March 6 update – As the weather improves I’ve been working through ab, arm, and squat workouts to build myself up to the idea of working out everyday. Today was 55 situps, 65 crunches, 30 leg raises (which are my least favorite), 38 sec plank, 9 push ups (because I suck), and 120 squats (Woot!).
  14. Complete a crochet Storm Trooper blanket
    • Out of 94 black squares: 11 (12%) complete
    • Out of 96 white squares: 14 (15%) complete
    • Out of 24 grey squares:  13 (54%) complete 2016-02-24 14.33.24
  15. Go on a hike once per mont
    • July – Sherrard Point on Larch Mountain 5.4 miles 48bf8-july2015
    • August – oops
    • September – Urban Hike around Portland 6.3 miles 2015-09-18 15.01.35
    • October – Tigard park and Corn Maze 4.9 miles 2015-10-17 15.50.13
    • November – we suck
    • December – Ben Geren park (in Fort Smith, AR) with Dad, littest brother, and all 3 pups2015-12-31 15.07.48
    • January – Urban Hike around Portland 2016-01-23 17.44.44
    • February – Lincoln City beach 2016-02-14 16.27.36
    • March – scheduled
    • April – maybe scheduled
    • May –
    • June –
  16. Take a kickboxing class and learn self-defense
  17. Save $5,000 for our Honeymoon
    • Current amount saved: $57.10 & 45.87
  18. Sell a quilt or cross stitch pattern 10/26/15
    • Working on editing a pattern I’ve already created and hope to list it in the next month or so
    • Opened Etsy shop 10/26/15 – TrekkieChickShop
  19. Blog (at least) twice per month
  20. Get a full doctor’s checkup 2/23/16
  21. Morning devotion and evening journal
    • Week 1, 7/14-7/17 – 5/5. I discovered this app, The Fabulous, that is meant to help in developing goals. What works for me about it is that I know what habits I want to develop and in what order I want to do things, its the amount of time needed to do those things that I get hung up on. Through this app I have set up a morning, afternoon, and evening ritual that I can see how long it will take me and have an alarm go off at the appropriate time for me to be successful. I’ve woken up on time (thanks, I can’t wake up app), started my day as it should, and completed the tasks I needed to throughout the day.
    • Week 2, 7/18-7/24 – 7/7 I’ve come to really enjoy my quiet time each morning as I read through the bible and I look forward to each night, curling up, and reading a few chapters of one of my books.
    • Week 3, 7/25-7/31 – 3/7 Having to be up at 5am each morning has really thrown off my habit tracker. I’ve been good with journaling, even if just a sentence or two, every night.
    • Week 4, 8/1-8/7 – 0/7 Yikes! I’m hoping to work on catching up on my reading over the next few days to make up for how far I’ve got behind. Again, itss just the morning habits that I really struggle with, I’ve got the evening ones down 🙂
    • end of Week 11 update – This has been a struggle and The Fabulous app started to drive me crazy. This coming week I’m hoping to hop back on the horse and find a balance in everything I do.
    • March 6 – After reading several self-help style books (such as Miracle Morning, 168 Hours, and Meet the New You) I have done quite a bit better at sticking to a morning and evening routine.
  22. Finish all 17 16 UFOs (UnFinished Objects) – 6/16 complete
    • Christmas quilt 12/10/15 XmasQuilt02
    • Christmas ornaments (4) – glass balls bought
    • POD quilt – 2 squares complete, need more fabric variations for books & brown wood fabric for bookcase Reprioritized and abandoned this project
    • Golddust jacket – just needs hood and binding
    • High school t-shirt quilt – needs redone/ back & front taken apart, insert batting, quilt, and bind
    • Church/ summer camp t-shirt quilt – shirts selected – Bonus: use scraps to crochet a rug
    • White blouse resized 7/24/15
    • Men’s polo alteration 7/24/15
    • Cat purse (needs closure & hardware) 7/24/15July finishes 02
    • Enterprise models – need correct glue and tweezers to complete2015-08-31 01.11.08
    • Sand display – need more jars, labels, and another shelf
    • Little Mermaid (Siren) cross stitch –  8/30/15
    • Crochet Star Trek (ENT) Andorian amigurumi – body complete
    • Photo books (2-3) – photos organized
    • Music transfer – 0 progress
    • Fix sewing machine
    • Crochet scarf – 1/4 complete
  23. Write letters & goals to my future self (at 30, 40, 50, 60, & 70 years old)
    • J and I finally wrote out a 5 year plan with real steps in place to accomplish those things that we hope to do (e.g. lots of travel!)
  24. Watch every episode and movie of X-files
    • **Bonus: Finish watching them before the relaunch on January 24, 2016**
    • 7/17 Finished the 5th season today
    • 7/24 X Files movie not available on Netflix so I had to skip it for now; On S.7 Ep.6
    • 8/10 Currently on S.7 Ep.22 [s.7 ep.12 X-COPS was so funny!] I’ve been going through the series so quickly that I wanted to take a brief break to stretch it out a bit (knowing that it will be ending in just 2 seasons)

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      Can you tell I was excited for the newest season?


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