Thursday, May 1, 2014

Time for May Flowers

Well to say that April didn't go as planned is an understatement. I set goals for myself and I'm pretty sure I failed miserably at 90% of them. Surprisingly I'm not feeling beat up about it at all. I think my attitude of "think positive, put out positive and positive will come back to you" is in full stride. Maybe I set too high of goals to begin with. I have a tendency to set the bar low so that I can actually achieve things in life. I know I'm not alone. I can't be the only person who adds things that you've already done to a to-do list, just to scratch them out. Right? I don't know what it is, but lately everything is coming up roses. *knocks on wood* Since Vernon and I have made the decision to do what we WANT in life, everything seems to be falling into place. Nothing major. Just little things here and there that bring smiles to our faces. Life is all about the little things people! I have a feeling May is going to bring more excitement than we know what to do with. Our calendar is absolutely slam packed. I don't think I've seen our calendar at home so full.

I've joined some pretty amazing photography groups on Facebook. The people in them are SO inspiring and the way they feed off of each others work and critiques just makes me smile. Seriously, I could go through the threads and read them all day. I have learned a lot from being in the groups. Also, I have my first two sessions lined up this weekend. I am SO excited! Terrified of course, but VERY excited! After all of the rain we have had this week it will be nice to get outside and take some pictures. I have never practiced with people that aren't my family, so to say this is nerve wracking is an understatement. Each session has a little boy in it and I am really hoping to catch them in their element. Just doing what they do. For me, those are the best photographs of children. Vernon also graduates this month! I'm proud of him for finishing. But what I'm looking forward to the most is that he should have some more time to focus on accomplishing goals that he REALLY wants. Before we jump into May, lets review April.

OK, so how exactly did April break down? Let's recap those goals:

 - Track macros everyday (FAIL!)

- Get outside & enjoy spring (Didn't do so great)

- Practice photography at least once a week (Score! Did this one!)

- No alcohol (Nailed this one too!)

- Burn 5,000 calories a week from workouts (Seeing as I took a full week off from the gym, that's a negative)

- Drink 64oz of water outside of the gym (Success for the most part, maybe a day here or there that I didn't)

- Blog at least 3 times per week (Fail)

- Run at least 10 miles per week (Fail...if I had I'm sure I would have broke the 130lb barrier)

- Refinish nightstands (Didn't even pick them up from my grandma's house haha)

- Finish the month under budget (Nope)

You live and you learn right? That's what I'm going to tell myself anyway. So cheers folks! Here's to a better May! There's no spring break in May. Meaning no week where I can just chuck everything to the wind. Let's set some new goals shall we? You know, so we don't just wander around aimlessly for a month.

I'm really having to push this get outside thing huh? Whatever it takes. I feel like it makes me work on my creativity. Lately I have been SO inspired by Jana Williams Photography it is uncanny. If you're not following her blog already, DO IT!

Seriously, she has such a happy personality, gorgeous on the inside and out! She says that creativity is NOT something we are born with. So when people say "oh that person is so creative," it's not the person themselves. It takes practice. She related creativity to your muscles. You go to the gym to workout muscles and improve them. The same can be done for creativity. So go out there and get creative people!

My running goal is a little daunting, not gonna lie. But it's 2 miles a day everyday minus one. If I run outside then I'm killing two birds with one stone right? Let's hope I continue to see it that way haha

A gallon of water a day. Good grief. I have already been trying to do this and it is way harder than it sounds. For me at least. I bought a new 64oz water jug (1/2 a gallon). I have to drink two a day. When I drank one full one at work I peed about every 30-45 minutes. Ridiculous. TWO of those jugs is not gonna be easy!

Those dreaded nightstands. First off, I need to get them from my grandma. If they're at my house I should feel more compelled to actually start this project. Still not completely sure what I want to do with them. I'll be asking for advice from you blog readers on that later!

Carson's birthday party is June 14th. I am notorious for pulling an all nighter to get ready for something. Whether it's making decorations or cleaning the whole house the night before we have a get together with friends. My goal is to have every decoration finished before June 1st. Man that would be nice! If I even get half of it done I'll be happy honestly.

So there ya have it! Sorry for the long post. But I feel like it's important to set goals for yourself. Even if some seem unattainable, you might just surprise yourself! What are your goals? How do you set yourself up for success? What do you reward yourself with?