Sunday, September 4, 2011

August Resolution Review!

Resolution #1- Read 100 books this year.  So far I've read:

January- 11 books
February- 5 books
March- 10 books
April- 8 books
May- 11 books
June- 9 books
July- 5 books
August-  6 books

 TOTAL: _66_ books (should have 66 2/3 read at this point!)

Status:  Starting to fall behind!!  The girls' birthday party planning and my new "business" of drawing are taking up any bit of free time I have!  I will be really sad if I don't make it to 100 when I've been doing so well all year long!

This month I read the first 2 in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield (and I have the others waiting to be read).  So far, I like them.  I also read the first 2 in the Dark Hunter series (and again, have more waiting to be read, lol).  So far I like them as well, however, I'm really hoping the series connects more from book to book b/c I don't really care for book series that don't!  I also read 2 nonfiction books this month (which also probably contributed to a  low # of books this month, lol).  I read Arthritis: Your Questions Answered which was SUPER informative and I'm really glad I read it (though scary b/c basically I found out that there is not a whole lot I can do and that it's just going to continue to get worse and worse :(  ).  I also read How to Draw Lifelike Portraits from Photographs by Lee Hammond (and checked out several other similar books) and even though it was all stuff I already knew and have figured out on my own, I DID learn a lot of stuff about materials that I never thought of and have helped me so far!


Resolution #2- Work out at least 30 minutes 2x per week.

STATUS: Officially over, though it was good while it lasted!  Jason is currently obsessed with working out and there can only be enough room in our family for one! :)


Resolution #3- I WILL donate blood this year.

STATUS:  Completed 2/17.  AND again 8/30!!!  Super glad I got to do it again!!  No pain at all afterward this time either, just some lightheadness.  Am hoping to do it one more time before the end of the year- I need to wait 8 weeks before I'm eligible again though.  I think I will have a yearly goal of donating at least 3 times per year for the rest of my life! :)  It is something I really feel good about and I feel like it gives me good karma!

(thanks for taking the pic Alisha, lol! Me and Amanda getting our blood taken! :)  )


Resolution #4- Get boudoir pictures taken of myself.

STATUS:  Still waiting.  I've promised myself I WILL get it done though! ;)


Resolution #5- Drink more water

STATUS:  Doing pretty good.


RESOLUTION #6: Plan out a summer home-schooling curriculum for Venily and stick to it!
STATUS: N/A anymore.  But I would like to start a preschool activity hour or so each day with Haven and Kylee!  Also, I need to start researching preschools for Haven to go to next year!  Ahhhh!  Is that really possible?!
RESOLUTION #7:  Paint a picture of my girls to hang up in my house.  (This is something that I've wanted to do for a very long time and I know will be very time demanding, but it's something I really want to do!)

STATUS:  No painting yet, but I've been very busy with doing drawings.  I have started a business and have a facebook page for my business, a website, an email address, business cards, etc.  It's pretty legit, lol!  I'm proud of myself, even if it never earns me a ton of money.  It is something I really like doing!

HERE is my facebook page!

HERE is my website! (still working on it though!)

I'm still kind of embarrassed about the whole thing, lol.  Oh, well!  I'm getting better at not being so critical of myself and letting people see things I'm working on before they are finished... so it's a start!


  1. Your welcome for taking the pic, I took it solely for this blog purpose! =)
    I really think you should book your boudoir shoot soon! You are (somewhat=) tan and have been active all summer! You will not feel very sexy in the dead of winter! =P Amanda can edit out every little imperfection. You have nothing to lose and nobody will ever see them but you (and Amanda).

  2. Lol, I really wish I would have done it earlier in the year when I was dead set on getting it done! Now I am so nervous about it, haha! I will definitely be breaking open a bottle of wine for that one! ;)