#Achieve2017 : March

At the risk of sounding like every other blogger on the Internet, I can’t believe it’s already nearly March!

Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s look at how February went. For my February challenge, I focused on relationships. I had a list of 28 items, and I completed 14 of those. That would be a solid C for my February grade.

Womp, womp.

I had a list of excuses for why I only did half of the tasks, but it really boils down to I didn’t make finishing the tasks a priority. So, I’m determined to do better in March! Ready to see the March challenge?

In March, I’m going to complete the 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success Course!


For the 99.9% of you out there asking what that is, allow me to explain. Several months ago (uh, maybe even last year…before Charlotte was born), I purchased the 30 Days… course that was created by Gina Horkey. She is a mother of two who was able to launch her successful freelance writing business while she and her husband both had full-time jobs. She had a sale on her course, so I bought it, hoping that it would launch my freelance writing career and allow me to be a work from home mom.

I didn’t make finishing the course a priority (sensing a theme with me yet?), and it has just languished in my inbox, waiting for my motivation and prioritization. Now is the time for me to dive in!

Okay, that’s great for me, but how about a March challenge for everyone else? I’m glad you asked! Your goal is to do something daily in March to help you gain skills and knowledge in your desired career. If you’re already working in your dream profession, then see what types of professional development opportunities are available or take a risk and develop some materials of your own. Let me know what tasks you’re going to do!

If you’re interested in getting a sample of Gina’s work, she has a free 5 lesson email course that you can sign up for here.

I’ll be updating my course progress on my freelance writing Facebook page (shameless plug), so make sure you’re following me there! Let’s make March a great month for our careers!

*Amber note – this post contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase the freelance writing course, I’ll earn a small commission which I’ll use towards planner supplies…I mean, responsible, adult things.


#Achieve2017 : February

Argh! I meant to have this post up last Sunday, but life happened, including a death in my husband’s family, so I’m behind on everything (except for Wednesday’s Currently post since it’s pretty short and sweet).

Before I talk about February’s challenge, let’s recap January’s challenge, which was no restaurants or coffee shops. So, did I make it? Sadly, the answer is almost but not quite. There were a couple of stumbles, particularly after a difficult week for our family, but overall we did better than usual, so I’m giving us a B+ for January.

Now, without further adieu, February’s challenge is…

Improving Relationships!


February is the month of love, but that doesn’t necessarily have to only mean romantic love. It can also encompass the love you have for yourself, family, friends, and yourself, as well as a general love of doing nice things for strangers. Plus, since we’re in kind of a funky time in the United States where it’s so easy to get into arguments about things, I thought a little extra love couldn’t hurt anything!

Since it’s already February 5, you have a couple of options if you’d like to participate in this challenge : A. Just pick 23 items from the list instead of doing all 28, or B. Continue this challenge into March and have a couple of days with overlapping challenges after the March challenge starts. You could also do a couple of overlapping days in February to finish by the next challenge. Look at all of these options!

Here is my relationship improvement list. If you’re not married or dating someone or in a romantic relationship, replace all references of spouse with a friend or family member. I also didn’t include anything to build relationships with children because our child is still a little too young to do these things for, but feel free to mix in your child(ren) for some of these items!

  1. Compliment your spouse publicly
  2. Send a note to a friend
  3. Email or message someone you haven’t talked to in a while
  4. Buy your mom or dad a coffee
  5. Do a chore that your spouse hates to do
  6. Call your grandparents
  7. Don’t say negative things about anyone for an entire day
  8. Spend a couple of hours by yourself doing something you wouldn’t usually do
  9. Go on or plan an unusual date with your spouse
  10. Introduce yourself to one of your neighbors if you don’t know any of them
  11. Tell someone you admire them or something about them
  12. Send out old school paper valentines to friends
  13. Tip someone who accepts them but who you normally don’t tip
  14. Go to dinner with your sibling(s)
  15. Bring your coworkers a Valentine’s Day treat
  16. Have a conversation with someone you see every day but don’t really know
  17. Let someone in front of you in line
  18. Send your future self an encouraging note (use futureme.org to schedule it)
  19. Make your family’s favorite dinner
  20. Hang out with someone you haven’t seen in a while
  21. Let someone merge at the last second, even when it annoys you to no end
  22. Comment on someone’s blog post (you’re welcome to do that here hahaha)
  23. Don’t write that brilliant comeback to that person’s political post. Seriously.
  24. Ask your coworkers if there’s anything you can to do help them with projects
  25. Send a dumb meme to your sibling
  26. Let your spouse sleep in one morning
  27. Help someone out at the grocery store who has his/her hands full
  28. Compliment a stranger

There you have it! I’ll edit this post and mark items out as I complete them. If any of you participate in part or all of this month’s challenge, let me know by using #Achieve2017 on social media or use the button above to share on your blog, social media accounts, etc. Also, look for March’s challenge earlier than on March 5!


Resolutions and Crap

I put a lot of thought into that title, obviously.

Happy almost 2017! Whether you thought 2016 was the most evil year ever or you didn’t find it all that bad, we’re about to  start a new year with new possibilities.

If you know me in real life, then you know I’m a huge nerd for the new year and making lists and goals. I’ve not been great about my follow through in the past, which you probably knew if you browsed the blog archives and saw the many challenges that I started and never finished. For the new year, I feel different and more determined. I don’t know the cause of it, but I am ready to make big changes, hit major goals, and complete a lot of these undone, lingering tasks that have plagued me for far too long.

One way I plan to achieve these things is to take some time each week to go over goals, tasks, and plans to organize and arrange my week. I have not been prioritizing this, and I can tell a huge difference in how I feel and how smoothly my week goes when I do this.

I am using the word achieve as my focus word for the year. I haven’t done this in a couple of years, but after seeing it pop up in several different Facebook groups, plus after thinking about the changes I want to make, this seemed like the perfect word for me in 2017. I had originally thought about using the word discipline, but after looking at some of the definitions and synonyms of discipline, achieve seemed like it had a more positive connotation, and it covers more of what I want to accomplish in the new year. Anyone else have a word for the year?

One final piece to my resolutions and crap (ha!) is to have a series of monthly challenges that I will write about here. I’m calling them #Achieve2017 (I know, I know…). I have hammered out the challenges for January – March and will write a more detailed post on all of them once I get the rest of the year settled. If you would like to join in, the challenge for January is no restaurants/coffee shops. Ouch! After all of the money we’ve spent and terrible food we’ve eaten recently, this one will be a double whammy for us. I am so bad about not meal planning and not thinking about dinner until after work when I’m on my way to pick up Charlotte, so we fall into the restaurant trap a lot more than I care to admit. So, if you’d like to join me for this month’s challenge, leave a comment here or on Facebook and let me know that you’re in. I’ve also spent several hours making a nice little graphic for January’s challenge. It’s posted below, so if you’re joining in and want to add it to your blog or any social media, go ahead! If you’re a little more low-key, use the hashtag #Achieve2017 to join in.


Here’s to a successful and fantastic 2017!

Day 17

Day 17: Something you’re looking forward to

I’m so stinking behind on this, but this topic is related to the reason that I’m behind.

I’m looking forward to FINISHING GRAD SCHOOL (that’s right…it needs to be in all caps!). For some reason, I had the brilliant idea to work on not one but two Masters degrees while working full-time. And, let’s add the fact that I’m a HUGE (again with the big letters) procrastinator, and it just makes my life extremely difficult. I’m *supposed* to finish one degree in May (if I can get my act together) and the other in August 2012, so for now, that’s what I’m looking forward to. On a smaller scale, I’m looking forward to summertime and maybe getting caught up on this in my lifetime. Ha.

Day 16

Day 16: Dream house

Ah, yet another thing that has been on my mind lately! Since I still live with my parents, I don’t have the experience of renting or owning my own place, so I’ve been giving this topic a whole lot of thought. Right now my dream house is a townhouse or a condo. I don’t want anything fancy, just basically a couple of bedrooms, a bathroom or two, kitchen, living room, etc. I would love to have an extra room to use as a workout room too. I’m pretty simple! 🙂