2016 Goals – 6 month check in


This is one of the falls at Ricketts Glen State Park in PA. Doesn’t have anything to do with this post; I’m just missing home.

So back in October, I started my bullet journal. I’m still going strong and will do an anniversary post in a few months. But one of the things I want to do is take a look at my 2016 goals, now halfway through the year.

Some goals/habits I’ve been successful at:

  1. Taking my vitamin D and probiotic everyday
  2. Made (and went to!) my annual dental, eye, and mammogram appointments
  3. Acknowledging birthdays via card or phone call (on or before the actual day)
  4. Continually editing my wardrobe using the “if I had to buy this again (at full price), would I?”

Some goals/habits that I’m not so consistent at:

  1. Drinking water (keeping hydrated)
  2. Keeping to some of the financial goals I had set for myself
  3. Being consistent in edifying and encouraging the CatMan

Some goals/habits that I haven’t even worked on yet:

  1. Getting a pedicure every 3 months (my feet are horrible and actually cause me stress; part of the reason I’ve already put this off for 6 months)
  2. Daily devotional that I can maintain
  3. Making some Ayurvedic-based diet changes

Things to know

I saw this list making its way around different social media outlets and have to say I agree with most of items on it. I wish I had learned the in-and-outs of budgeting and investing 30+ years ago – it would have saved me some heartache. And “a thousand times yes” to the car skills.

What are things you wish you would have learned in school (or earlier in your adult life?)


Commandments and Secrets

I’ve talked about Gretchen Rubin’s various Happiness books and projects before. My lists of Personal Commandments and Secrets to Adulthood were two of the first things that I migrated over to my bullet journal.


Did you think you were going to get away without a picture of Chuck as Moses Moses Moses?

Here are a few of them:

  • Staying up late does not make the next day better – ever.
  • Identify the problem.
  • Office supplies make me happy (and the corollary: too many crafting supplies make me guilty and exhausted.)
  • Stop what I’m doing and clean it up BEFORE I’m tired.

What are some Commandments or Secrets you live by?


#1 with a bullet (journal)

In my blog-hopping last week, I came across the concept of bullet journaling. Evidently this trend has been around for a while, but it was new to me and I was intrigued. So I did some Pinteresting and determined I was already doing something similar with my list making – I just had to consolidate everything into one location.On Thursday (my day off), I gathered all my washi tape and other artsy supplies as well as one of these blank journals and got to work.

Here’s a shot of one of the inside pages: one side is my Lowes/hardware shopping list as well as a list I carried in my purse of all our light bulb sizes and special battery needs, the other side is a list of back-burnered crafting projects (the little colored circles are punched from paint chips.)
inside shot

Here is the monthly calendar I created: I’m much more of a monthly vs. weekly kind of gal. I’m still debating if I want to go this route for future months. My bookmark is a piece of vintage ribbon securely taped to the back inside cover.

And here is the index page. One of the ideas of a bullet journal is that you don’t have to worry if a list ends up being continued on non-sequential pages. All you have to do is add the additional page numbers next to your indexed category. For instance, you’ll see I added page numbers 17 and 18 to my Online Shopping list started on page 11.

I love that I can finally create a planner based on the way I think and that I can make it as crafty (or not) as I want. Want to find out more about Bullet Journaling? Check out this video.