Mar 30, 2017

My Love Affair with Spotify

After months of flirting, Spotify finally stole my heart from Pandora and we moved in together. Pandora isn't even allowed space on my phone anymore, though I did use my "station seeds" to figure out all the music that I liked since my knowledge of musicians was minimal.

That actually ended up being a huge bonus to switching, because now instead of "dub electronica" I can tell you that my focus music station is mostly Lindsey Stirling and Alex Clare. I also figured out how to use Spotify's search and started checking out their "similar music" suggestions at the bottom of my playlist and it is glorious.

I'm super proud of my music stations. They are...

Kid Music!

All the best of my favorite Disney movies. I was a little snobby when I started and only allowed Pocahontas, Mulan and a couple choice others in, but gradually I've been adding goofy fun songs, too, so now there's all the villain songs from Ursula to Gaston to voodoo guy from Princess and the Frog. I actually think the villain songs are my favorite right now, though Prince of Egypt is still the most beautiful soundtrack.

Blood Pressure Reduction

This started because of one amazing song I thumbsed-up on Pandora that took the dwarf song from The Hobbit (omg) and made it into a full length song with Native American drums (le sigh). I tracked down that song, discovered that the artist, David Arkenstone (OMG OMG OMG!) has a bajillion albums, they're all mood-themed (Native Dreams, Fairy Garden, etc), AND did some of the music for World of WarCraft. New favorite artist right here. I've since added some Enya and a yoga album based on Native American flute music, but it's still basically David Arkenstone radio because he's amazing.

Epic Instrumentals

Lord of the Rings soundtrack, some video game music (Skyrim and Elder Scrolls) and Escala. You know, for when I need to feel like my life is more exciting than just sitting at a computer moving a mouse around.

Nobody Gets Me

All my favorite angsty music from high school and college. I started with 3 Days Grace because they're the epitome of that mindset with "I Hate Everything About You" and pretty much every song on the album Life Starts Now. I've also got Green Day, Sick Puppies, Shinedown, and Papa Roach. Come to think, I also really need to add Five Finger Deathpunch, who has a permanent place in my heart because of these lyrics, "We're all just chalk lines on the pavement." Yeah, man, I feel you. Life is pain.

Musicals and Melancholy

This used to have various sad-sounding love ballads, but those got kicked off and now it's just musicals, but nothing peppy or happy. We're talking Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd, and Phantom of the Opera.

Traditional Christmas and Alternative Christmas

Traditional Christmas is all based on the music my mom played for our childhood Christmases, which means smooth rich voices singing classic songs. Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Andy Williams. Confession: Josh Groban is on there too, but no country music stars!!! Contemporary artists only get on if they sing the original song exactly, no modern embellishments. Alternative Christmas is everything that's musically similar to Carol of the Bells (love how creepy it is!), plus some Christmas rock/metal, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

My Sister Has Better Taste in Music Than Me

Uhhh... I couldn't tell you what the theme is for this one, but I stole almost all of it from Sister3 and then just added a few James Bond songs. It's got Sia and it's also got Nancy Sinatra. Just lots of eclectic, beautiful things outside of my usual. I tried tracking down some of the artists and with the exception of Sia (who is amazing), I really only liked one or two songs by them, so I didn't add more.

And, of course, there's Focus Music but I already told you about that and it still needs work before it's as fully fleshed out as it was on my Pandora account.

Now that I've finally converted, I can't imagine ever going back to Pandora or buying music. I'm even paying for Spotify premium to get rid of ads, which is totally worth it because I have so much control over my music now. No annoying acapella guy trying to sneak into my instrumentals station, and no Santa Baby in my Christmas music (shudder - I cannot tell you how much I hate that song. I'd rather listen to Dominick the Donkey on repeat for 5 hours than just one rendition of Santa Baby).

What do you use to listen to music? Any suggestions for my stations?

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Mar 21, 2017

Let's Talk Multi-Level Marketing

At some point Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) went from an occasional novelty to a pervasive influence in our daily lives. I'd estimate that at least 1/3 of my Facebook friends are or have been involved with an MLM company at some point and the sales party invitations are as incessant as candy crush invites used to be before I blocked them.

But I can't block the MLM invites and posts and not-so-subtle hints from friends. And I'm burning out on this whole sales party concept pretty hard. Which is the polite way of saying I hate it. Absolutely cannot stand it.

I'm assuming the prevalence of sales parties would indicate that the majority of people do not share my distaste for MLM. I was trying to figure out why it bothers me so much and I think there's a few different factors at play.

Part of it is the blatant consumerism. With the shift in my own priorities lately to deliberate purchases rather than spontaneous or spur of the moment shopping, the likelihood that I want whatever it is that's being pushed at this sales party is low. If I need leggings, I'll have already purchased them from whatever my company of choice is. I also prefer online shopping where I can compare reviews and shop around. While it is nice to have the option of trying clothes on before purchasing, Facebook sales parties don't offer that, so they're lacking both the benefits of try-before-you-buy AND the ability to compare different companies and read reviews.

One of the big things MLM does to garner interest is giveaways and freebies. I want nothing to do with that because as far as I'm concerned, giveaways are just a way to acquire more stuff for the Goodwill box. It's highly unlikely to be something I need or that will bring me joy, so why would I participate when it doesn't add any value to my life? And then there are charity sales parties. It's a great way to get people interested and collect donations (not unlike a 5K - people are more likely to participate in an event than to just donate on their own), but I personally don't want to buy leggings and have 10 cents of each dollar go to the charity. I want to donate outright or not at all. The cost of the leggings is just one more thing reducing the impact of my donation.

It's surprisingly difficult to explain this to the friends who are consulting for MLM companies. One of Ryan's pet peeves is sidebar ads, but in my mind sales party invites are far worse, because it's from your friends. You can't just ignore them, and it's hard to say, "No thanks" without feeling compelled to offer some sort of explanation. And that's exactly what MLM relies on - the feeling of obligation that comes along with friendship. It's easy to say no to a stranger, but a lot harder when it's your friend excitedly telling you how much they need this money or love the freebies or whatever other sales pitch they give you.

And I can't tell you the number of times that I've offered up some excuse automatically before realizing I have left myself open to attempted persuasion as the sales-friend attempts to explain away whatever my bullshit excuse was. "Oh it doesn't matter that you always ruin your nails - you won't be able to chip or peel this special nail wrap!" "Oh, but it doesn't matter that you're pregnant - you just buy clothes in the size you were before you got pregnant!" "Oh, it doesn't matter that you don't have money - this fitness program is really cheap and offers free resources!"

I'm a terrible networker. And part of that is because the idea of pressuring friends for sales and referrals just doesn't sit well with me. I hate it being done to me and I absolutely refuse to blast everyone with my own advertising. I'm not going to use a personal connection or friendship to guilt someone into buying from me. And that's for my own company that I run by myself and am trying to build into my sole source of income.

I'm probably snobbish about what I consider entrepreneurship to be. I get excited when one of my friends says, "I'm starting my own company" because I love seeing other people fulfill a dream or goal. Helping entrepreneurs and startups to build their identities and chase their dreams is what I do! But when I find out it's MLM, I can't help but feel disappointed because it's not your business. You're not running your own company by selling smoothies or nail wraps or sex toys. You're a salesperson for the smoothie/nail wrap/sex toy company.

There's nothing wrong with being a salesperson, but I hate that people act like it's their passion and make it into something big and grand and noble and use that to push sales. "Come support my company." No, I'm supporting LulaRoe or JamBerry or Pure Romance and you will get maybe a tiny fraction of the profit. Or more likely just free stuff and no money, despite the "make money with minimal effort" aura surrounding this sort of thing.

Which brings me to my final point. I hate how misleading the company structure is. I had a friend whose personality was about as unsuited to sales as you can get. Shy, not persuasive, small social network. I would never in a million years have pictured her in sales. But some "entrepreneur" running some sales party convinced her that it was easy and fun and the money just rolls in, and it was a great idea to invest in!

Now, to be fair, I don't think she lost much more than her time trying to get her "business" rolling, but free sex toys do not a second income make. And that's all you're going to get with a lot of these companies. Free stuff as a bonus for getting other people to buy. The company gets your work as a sales agent for the cost of manufacturing a few extra products. If you really think about it, is that a good enough value for your time?

If the answer is yes, then more power to you! But it's not for me, so please don't try to convince me to sell your stuff so that you can a bonus for my referral to give someone else a bonus for referring you and on and on to the person who actually makes money somewhere up the pyramid.

Oh right, and this is something I've never understood. Multi-level marketing sounds all professional and legit, but is this really any different than a pyramid scheme? I honestly don't know what differentiates the two.

Do you love or hate multi-level marketing and why? What's the weirdest sales party you've been invited to?

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Mar 16, 2017


Grammar Nazis beware. Serious abuses of the English language are to follow.

I've always been a fan of the slang "adulting." It's a humorous way to poke fun at ourselves for struggling to get through basic human tasks that everyone does.

As much as I love the phrase, in the past few weeks I have felt it doesn't quite portray some of my newer struggling-to-get-through-ordinary-life issues. It's not specific enough. So I'm adding moming as a branch of adulting, alongside choring, peopling, and healthing. Also working but that's already a word.

Choring is self explanatory and I'm sure all my introverts will agree that peopling is hard and we don't want to do that today. Maybe next week, at a specifically scheduled time so we can mentally brace ourselves. Healthing is yet another group of things we should do but don't wanna. Which leaves moming, my latest crime against linguists, editors, and copy writers.

Moming is new to me and I don't feel I've quite gotten the hang of it. It seems to involve an awful lot of pacing, shushing, and general troubleshooting. As Ryan put it, we still don't have a reliable soothing technique. Instead we have is a list of things to try and every day we start at the top of the list and go through, hoping that something will work.

The biggest challenge is finding time for design projects and chores. Orion might nap like a champ or he might be awake for 6 hours at a stretch. And if that 6 hours happens to be fussy time, nothing is getting done until Ryan gets home or unless my mom is willing to come over. (Which she frequently is and for which I am extremely grateful.)

Time for myself is slim (still better than the first couple weeks). I've managed to read a couple books which makes me feel much better! But that time was stolen during feedings and often guiltily extended by allowing Orion to fall asleep on me instead of finishing his meal so I could justify ignoring the mountain of laundry or client emails. ("Whaaat? The baby is eating. Clearly I cannot be folding clothes right now!")

Speaking of which, how much laundry can one tiny baby produce? That's what I thought, anyway. But in his 6 weeks of life, Orion has peed on everything. He also has the ability to teleport pee outside his perfectly dry diaper while soaking whatever he's in contact with: clothes, blankets, our bed. I tell everyone this because it still astounds me, and Ryan usually follows with a few poop stories of his own. All our stories are about bodily fluids these days.

I'm getting a bit off track. So moming... it's messy, physically (refer to previous paragraph) and sometimes emotionally (although I like to think I'm becoming impervious to incessant crying). So far it's relatively easy because we just have to keep this small blob of humanity alive without worrying about how we're psychologically screwing him up. Yet...

Moming is trying really hard not to pee yourself because your muscles haven't quite recovered from labor yet and the trickling sound of the sink is making its siren call to your bladder. It's getting irrationally angry at the dog for sneezing because it woke the baby up and guilty for your secret wish that your baby would stay asleep for just 10 more minutes because you are so tired of the constant soothing. It's feeling like a bit of a mess and knowing you can't keep up with everything and trying your hardest to loosen your vice-like grip on the need to control everything.

It's also experiencing all those mushy emotions you told yourself you wouldn't fall prey to. It's taking way too many photos of your baby and then resisting the urge to plaster them all over social media because surely everyone else thinks your baby is as cute as you do. Right? Right???

Moming is reminding yourself that you're not an expert just because you kept your baby alive for 6 weeks and it's sealing your lips to prevent yourself from becoming a know-it-all. It's wondering how much you've changed and hoping those changes that are inevitable will be for the better. It's being excited to watch the baby weight drop off but also feeling a weird disconnect from your own body because is it really even yours or is it just a baby carrier and milk maker?

Moming is wild mood fluctuations from midnight sobbing over your inability to make your baby happy or contain his bodily fluids all the way to blissful gazing at his cherubic face as you wonder when you should start the next one.

Or at least, that's what moming is for me. What is moming for you?

Edit: I got all the way to the end of this and realized there's already a word for this, too.  "Parenting."  Bahahaha!  Maybe I am still sleep deprived.

Mar 14, 2017


SUYB!!!  Books and blogging are 2 of the things that make me feel the most like myself so I was bummed last month when I missed it.  But I'm slowly and surely figuring out ways to make time for my 2 favorite hobbies even with Little Dude around, and I'm super glad to be back for this linkup!  Going over my books for the last 2 months since I missed one and I haven't read a ton in the past month anyway.

♥♥♥♥♥ - Loved!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Kindle)

So... I actually thought I'd be reading books during labor.  Silly me.  Anyway, I bought this for the hospital and didn't end up reading it until a couple weeks after but it was so good.

The Sword of Summer (Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan (Kindle)

I am on a huge Riordan kick.  Percy Jackson took me a couple books to get into but now that I'm in, I love all of them.  This series is with the Norse gods and they super weird and I love it!  I'm also enjoying a YA series that, while it touches on romance, isn't chock full of love triangles and other cliches.  I felt like the characters in this were much more fleshed out and I liked that we touched on their backstories and not just the main character.

The Hammer of Thor (Gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan (Kindle)

Same as #1.  And, interestingly enough, you can see the effort Riordan is putting into his books to show a wide range of diversity.  Some of the conversation about "gender fluidity" came across a little preachy to me, but I still like that he's not afraid to make characters of every race, religion, and orientation.

♥♥♥♥ - Liked

1001 Nights in Iraq by Shant Kenderian (Audio)

Super interesting story.  Kenderian is an immigrant who visited relatives at home in Iran just in time for Saddam Hussein to invade and enlist all males to fight in his army.  Kenderian spends most of the story figuring out ways to get captured by the Americans so that he can return home, and after capture, figuring out how to convince the Americans that he really is a US resident.  A fascinating look into life in the Iraqi army and the American POW camps.

On the Edge (The Edge #1) by Ilona Andrews (Kindle)

I always purchase my Ilona Andrews books.  This series is set in the Bayou, which is interesting, but ultimately not my favorite setting.  I like Kate Daniels and The Innkeeper series more.  Still a good story!  Just a tad darker and less fun than the others.  And the cover makes me cringe just a bit...

The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester (Audio)

Sooo... I was scrounging the library for something to listen to and the title made me curious.  It's actually just based on the 2 authors' Internet handles BUT the book surprised me.  I would never, ever have listened to this if I knew it was just 2 YouTubers talking about themselves, but they ended up being extremely entertaining and I laughed a lot.  My favorite part is definitely the part where they share stories from high school and pieces of their diaries/teenage social media angst.  Always good for a laugh.  Also, YouTube can be a career.  Who knew?!

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff (Paper)

FINALLY DONE!  I actually didn't like the format when I started this, but when you read something for 8+ months you adjust.  I think my rating is probably skewed by the sheer amount of time I've spent with this book, but there were definitely times throughout my pregnancy when I'd be having some weird symptom, get caught up on the current month in the book, and then all my concerns would be discussed.  It is super thorough, and at some points you have to skim through the huge lists of symptoms that don't necessarily apply, but you'll never be left wondering!

The Magicians by Lev Grossman (Kindle)

We watched the show first, which made this a challenge, because I'm terrible about comparing and nitpicking.  The book is very different and in the beginning the main character, Quiton, drives me up the wall with his whiny teenager self-centeredness.  BUT the ending goes to a very interesting place and I had to concede that this might be one of the most unique worlds I've read about.  It didn't remind me of any other book series.  Although they did have a book in their world that was kind of Narnia-esque, but it wasn't even the story itself, it was a story within the story.

♥♥♥ - Ambivalent-ed

Before Beauty by Brittany Fichter (Kindle Unlimited)

Meh.  It's a Beauty and the Beast story.  I wasn't inspired by it, but I didn't hate it either.  I didn't bother to rate it on Goodreads because I just didn't have anything to say about it.

Bayou Moon (The Edge #2) by Ilona Andrews

I'm just really not feeling this series.  There's a 3rd and I'm not even going to buy it (gasp!).

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnolly (Kindle)

A cute story, but I actually didn't like the Disney aspects.  I either wanted it to be true to the Disney version or diverge completely, instead of kind of being half Disney with all kinds of weird embellishments.  Part of the problem was that I was picturing the Disney characters and then their dialogue didn't match the way they talked in the movie.  And the story was cute, but it wasn't anything amazing.  I'm giving 3 stars because I think my biggest hangups were my own fault rather than the book's.

♥♥ - Mildly Disliked


In part because I did not waste any time on things I didn't want to read.

 - Did Not Finish or Wanted to Burn in a Fire


I quit all kinds of books.  None for noteworthy reasons, just because I ran out of time at the library or I wasn't feeling it, or because I got distracted by having a baby.

I'm trying really hard to finish Stiff, but it's rough going.  I don't necessarily mind the morbid content, but it's not fun to read and it's hard to make myself choose it over something more fun when my reading time is so limited.  And I like to munch on something while I read, and obviously a book about cadavers is NOT a good choice for that.  I own this so I'll probably finish it eventually but in the meantime I'm going to keep going through the various Rick Riordan series.

Challenge Updates

Officially resigning from all challenges, self challenge included.  It's hard to find time to read right now and I selfishly don't want to use any of my precious reading time on "good for you" books vs what I really want to read.

What have you been reading?  Have you read anything from my list and what did you think?

Linking up with Steph and Jana
Life According to Steph

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Mar 9, 2017

Harry Potter Themed Time Wasters

I was reminiscing about some of my favorite Harry Potter memes and Internet things (for lack of a better word) and I thought, "Everybody loves Harry Potter!"  So here's my collection.

Harry Potter Puppet Pals

Hermoine/Katniss Rap Battle

This Ridiculous Reddit Thread

A Buzzfeed List of Memes

And, of course, Pottermore!  This is the holy grail of time wasters, but if you just want a little bit of a distraction, at least go get sorted.

Naturally I googled "Harry Potter memes" after starting this post and then after an hour down that rabbit hole, I decided this list was long enough.  Enjoy!

What are your favorite Harry Potter themed time wasters?  Or do you have another fandom you prefer?

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Mar 7, 2017

The Science of Tardiness

Confession: I have become one of "those people."  You know, the obnoxious friend you can pretty much count on to keep you waiting for 15 minutes.  The late friend.

I know this because a friend of mine literally said, "You're my late friend."

And I was distressed and appalled by this because I had thought I was improving!  I'm definitely trying, and in attempting to address this problem, I have identified a few key mistakes that people with chronic tardiness habitually make.

Oh, and I should also confess that my blog title is misleading.  There is, in fact, no science in this post.

The Real Reasons My People Can't Be On Time to Save Their Lives

1. We Underestimate the Base Time Needed

When estimating time to get somewhere, we look back at the fastest we've ever made the journey.

2. We Leave No Margin for Error

Traffic?  Whaaat???  This never happens and is clearly not my fault.

3. We Forget that Walking Across the Parking Lot Isn't Instantaneous

I was arguing a time estimate with my mom one time and she gave me her reasoning for her (in my mind excessive) travel time.  I was completely flabbergasted when she mentioned leaving 5 minutes to get from the car into the building.

4. We're Not Trying to Be Early - Just On Time

You know that saying, "If you're 15 minutes early, you're on time.  If you're on time, you're late"?  We don't.  Unfortunately this also removes yet another safety margin.

5. We Find Last Minute Things to Fill Any Extra Time

Because we don't particularly want to be early, if we ever find ourselves with extra time, we say, "Oh good!  Now I can clean the toilet/tidy up the bedroom/pack myself a lunch/etc."

6. Some of Us Are Just Horrible Procrastinators

I'm cutting the "we" because I don't think I'm guilty of this one, but I've argued extensively with Ryan about it.  Maybe it really does only take you 10 minutes to get ready, but if you're going to goof off for an hour before going somewhere, why not get ready and then goof off after?

Here's an example of how exactly an evening with me and Ryan goes down.

30 minutes prior to planned departure time...
Jenn: I really want to be on time this time.
Ryan: I only need 10 minutes to get ready.
Jenn: Well I'm going to go get ready now.

10 minutes prior to planned departure time...
Jenn: Please go get ready.
Ryan: Yep, just let me reach a stopping point with whatever derpy phone game I'm currently obsessed with.

8 minutes prior to planned departure time...
Ryan: Now is a good time for a shower.
Jenn: We're not leaving in 8 minutes but thankfully I built in 5 extra minutes to the travel time I based on the minimum time needed to get there without any margin of error!  Surely we'll still make it.

0 minutes prior to planned departure time...
Ryan: La la la, throwing on my clothes, so ready to leave and totally on time.
Jenn: Well, since he's not ready, let me just...

10 minutes after planned departure time...
Ryan: Are YOU ready to go?
Jenn: I am irritated that we are late and OBVIOUSLY I have been waiting on you even though I did 10 extra unnecessary minutes of makeup.
Ryan: Well, I'll just go get in the car...

I was out on a coffee date with someone a while back and we were talking about this.  She said she pissed off some of her Facebook friends by flat-out accusing chronic late-comers of a lack of consideration for other people's time.

As much as I'd like to defend my people, I think I have to concede this point.  But let me explain!  It's not that, in the moment of getting ready, I think to myself, "Should I be on time or should I make so-and-so wait for me for 15 minutes?  Aw, fuck 'em."  No!  BUT if I truly, really cared about the impact my actions had on others, I would take the time to think it through and figure out how to fix the problem.

Which is part of what I'm doing here.  Obviously I've spent a lot of time analyzing my reasons for being late, but I need to spend more time in corrective action.  I've gotten to the point where I'm on time about half the time, but I really want to get back to being the consistently punctual friend I was once upon a time.

In addition to being more considerate of other people's time, it's a much less stressful way to live.  I don't enjoy rushing around and driving like a jerk because I'm trying to make up a couple extra minutes.  I don't imagine too many people do.

I didn't really want to turn this into a goals post, so I won't list my corrective actions, but I think it's fairly obvious anyway.  Leave extra time, don't procrastinate, etc, etc.  I know what my problem areas are now, and I swear I'm working on it!

Next social faux pas to address: remembering names.

Are you a late or early person?  If you're late, do you have the same reasons I do or a whole set of different ones?

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Mar 2, 2017

Quarterly Goals - Spring!

Disclaimer: I knew I would struggle with goals once Little Dude made his appearance (he doesn't feel like a Reptar anymore and I almost never call him by his real name so... hopefully I'm not confusing you too much) and I did.  As in, nothing happened in February whatsoever.  I'm ok with that.  I'm also recovering from the shock of, "Holy crap I have a baby!" and I'm ready to start setting goals and living my adult life again.

Winter Seasonal Goals (December, January, February)

1. Broaden My Cultural Horizons

December: Read The Girl with Seven Names, January: Hidden Figures (this is more historical but it's such a good story and we could all stand to know more about our country's not-so-distant history) and 1001 Nights in Iraq, February: Ehm...

2. Attend 1 Networking Event Per Month

December: Polka Dot Powerhouse, January: I was registered but then they moved the event to 2 days before the induction so... :'( BUT I did TA an HTML class for Girl Develop It and someone actually asked me for a business card, February: Blergh

3. Try Something New Each Month

December: Parenting classes (this is a little lame, BUT it was definitely new and quite interesting. Picture of our fake baby below), January: Had a baby! and TAed a class, February: Bloop

Our "baby" for the newborn class.  We learned how to diaper, bathe, and swaddle!

4. Have a Baby; Don't Freak Out

Well, I would love to say that we handled this all smoothly and no freak outs occurred, but... let's just say I'm glad delivery and the first 2 weeks are over and we're feeling much more comfortable with things like, "OMG he's so tiny and fragile and how can I even pick him up without breaking him???"  Lol!  It is definitely getting easier, as evidenced by the fact that I had to time to write this post.

2.5/4 - In case you're wondering about the math here: 2/3 * 3 (for the first 3 goals) = 2 + .5 (for number 4).


Spring Goals (March, April, May)

  1. Business Collaboration Project (Just got wind of this today, so hopefully it goes somewhere! But if not find something else to work on.)
  2. Have 1 Baby-less Outing Per Week (Can be super lame dog park or running errands, BUT go be an adult and not just a mom.)
  3. One Social Event Per Month (Baby permitted because he's adorable and e'erbody wants a piece of that!)
  4. Write Some Non-Baby Blog Posts (Back on the theme of being my own person and having thoughts outside of my new role in life.)
  5. Sign Up for a 5K (Ran my first post-delivery mile the other day and it felt so good!  P.S. Don't tell my gyno - I haven't technically been cleared to work out yet.)
And that's it!  I was considering making more, but I think that covers the areas I really want to focus on: health, business, and trying to avoid tunnel-vision.

Do you make seasonal goals?  What are you planning for this spring?

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