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September Goals

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It’s been a hot minute since I posted a goals post, but I am needing a list for the month SO BAD!

This month is pretty crazy – a LOT  (and I mean A LOT) of traveling. We’re talking almost 1/2 of the nights of this month NOT sleeping in my own bed. I’ve been realizing that when there are nights away from home on the horizon, I tend to lose my sanity and freak out and shut down. That makes goals so much more important – if I can determine what is important to me and make a cross-offable (made that up thank you very much!) list to stay motivated.

My lists have been very specific to accomplishing my 101 in 1001 list and I’m stepping away from that and making my list full of things I immediately need/want to get done, regardless of if it moves the needle on my 101 list or not.

September Goals

September Goals

  1. Post 6 blog posts
  2. Send friend mail
  3. Re-do my “about me” page
  4. Get rid of the behind the couch clutter
  5. Buy flowers
  6. Decorate for fall
  7. Host an Instagram giveaway
  8. Try a new coffee shop
  9. Read a book
  10. Apply for 10 sponsored opportunities

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May 2018 Goals

Shoot y’all. May is LITERALLY HALFWAY OVER and I’m just now dropping my goals for the month here. April was rough. I always reference my planner for my goals and Justen put my planner away and I couldn’t find it. 😐 ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, when I finally looked back at my goals I was excited that I did much better than I’d imagined.

April Goals:

  1. New Recipe
  2. Buy Flowers
  3. Read 2 books
  4. Wear earrings every day for a month and get rid of any I don’t wear or like (#71 on my 101 list)
    So this just in: earrings absolutely destroy my ears, does anyone else have this problem? My piercings kept getting kind of infected. I wore earrings every day the best I could and have determined the few earrings I’d like to keep. I figured that counted 😀
  5. add 50 entries to my gratitude journal
  6. Go on a hike
  7. Send 4 letters
  8. Celebrate a random holiday
    Caramel Popcorn Day. It didn’t end well, let’s just leave it at that.
  9. Try a new coffee shop
  10. Clean up my blog’s draft folder

Completed: 6/10 60%

ANYWAY. On to May. That rhymes :]

May Goals //


  1. Try a new recipe
  2. Buy myself flowers
  3. Send bday cards to Hannah & Cillian
  4. Try a new coffeeshop
  5. Go on a hike
  6. Order Poshmark business cards
  7. Read 2 books {1 of 2 finished}
  8. 50 gratitude entries
  9. Take photos of 10 things that make me happy
  10. Go on 3 walks and listen to podcasts {1 of 3}

It’s weird how setting goals takes some fine tweaking. I need to figure out how to set really realistic and beneficial goals that I’m excited about working towards. Because we’re already halfway through the month, there’s some stuff I’ve already accomplished. Now if only I could remember to add these freaking goal posts at the freaking beginning of the month, lol.


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March 2018

This year I’m documenting what happens one little month at a time. It’s on my 101 list and it’s fun to keep track of what we’re doing. I’m sure that in years to come we’ll look back on the little details and be happy that we can remember them 🙂 Cheers to that.

Coffee Shops Visited: 8

  • Crema
  • Slow Hand Coffee
  • Case Study Coffee
  • Stumptown
  • Jim & Patty’s
  • Hidden River
  • Saint Simon
  • Thatcher’s Coffee



1 – Went to Arnold’s, Crema and RCA Studio-B.
2 – Went to Peg Leg Porker, Slow Hand Coffee Roasters. Cinco with Ernie
3 – Bowling with the Halter’s
4 – Oscar’s Party at the Halter’s
5 – Surprised the twins at their school before flying home (and discovering our flight was cancelled!)

9 – I bought Bachelor Nation 😀
10 – Went to Case Study Coffee + a cute little bakery next to it. Attempted to make a paleo apple crisp and it was AWFUL. 11 – Went to the Portland Saturday Market & Stumptown Coffee
14 – Volunteered at The Salvation Army
16 – Went to Camp Kuratli to help judge the Bible Bowl Competition
17 – Bible Bowl competition. Went to Jim & Patty’s.
19 – Got coffee with my friend Brandi at Hidden River.
21 – Volunteered at The Salvation Army
23 – Walked around the mall with my friend Anna. Had Happy Hour at Feast316 and met up with some friends at the Portland Night Market

Feast 316 Camas Washington //

Portland Night Market // Portland Night Market //

27 – Went to Saint Simon Coffee Roasters + walked to the grocery store to get dinner.
28 – Went on a hike around Lacamas Lake. Justen told me it was a walk but it was straight up a hike.

Lacamas Lake //

30 – Spent the day at camp with the Nottles.

31 – Went to Thatcher’s, spent the evening with Alan + Maria

Books Read: 2

#Girlboss and Bachelor Nation (you can read my reviews here)

Bachelor Nation //

Blog Posts Written: 4

Things Accomplished from my 101 in 1001 List:

  • 6 blog posts (#38)
  • 5 coffee shops (#47)
  • Tried a new recipe (#50)
  • 2 books (#57)
  • Bought myself flowers (#68)

Catch up on our year:

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April 2018 Goals

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Freaking March…. and that’s all I have to say about that. Here’s how I did on my March goals. I was really close to some of them, ugh.

  1. Read 2 books
  2. 50 entries to gratitude journal
  3. Meet FitBit goals 10xs
    I didn’t even CHARGE my Fitbit until like March 16th. I hit my goals 8 times between March 16-31, which was pretty good and I totally would have made it if I’d charged the stupid thing earlier.
  4. Buy flowers
  5. Try new recipe
    We tried another Lemon Chicken recipe!
  6. Join a gym
    OK so turns out gyms are kind of expensive (what the heck?) so instead I started to be more intentional with at-home workouts, which actually became more of a thing! So even though I didn’t actually accomplish this, I did kind of accomplish what I was hoping would come out of it.
  7. Track my spending
    We spent a lot. It was hard to track because I forgot to do it daily and didn’t know how to figure out what I’d spent money on a week prior. Ugh.
  8. List 100 items
    I listed 93. I was so close. Whatever.
  9. Post 6 blogs
    Nope. I think I did four. One a week. I’m a rockstar.
  10. Get caught up on Poshmark books

5/10. 50%. Ughhhhh. I was SO CLOSE to some of them, but got really serious about it too late to actually finish it. Oh. well.

I’m fighting a little bit of defeat and just kind of meh feelings these days so I’m going to look at that as glass half full. Last month I only did 4, so I actually improved, haha.

april goals //

April Goals

  1. New Recipe
  2. Buy Flowers
  3. Read 2 books
  4. Wear earrings every day for a month and get rid of any I don’t wear or like (#71 on my 101 list)
  5. add 50 entries to my gratitude journal
  6. Go on a hike
  7. Send 4 letters
  8. Celebrate a random holiday
  9. Try a new coffee shop
  10. Clean up my blog’s draft folder

Okay so spoiler alert. It’s April 3rd and I’ve already accomplished 2 of those. Last night I bought myself flowers (Bless you, 1/2 off Easter flowers at Fred Meyer) and we tried a new recipe. So I’m gonna go ahead and do myself a favor and start this month with those two things crossed off, thank ya’ very much.

You know what random holiday we’re going to celebrate? Freaking Caramel Popcorn Day. It’s on April 7th. Just in case y’all wanted to add it to your calendars or something. 🙂

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March 2018 Debt Repayment Recap

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This month was all about maintaining. We’ve still been treading water waiting for more hospital bills to roll in. But the good news is that even when we’re paying minimum payments, the number goes down.

Two things have happened behind the scenes this month:

  1. I decided to create Poshmark Paydays for myself. As fun as it is transferring $15 or $20 or $38 dollars a few times a day, it’s made me a little out of touch with how much money I’ve been making. Now I transfer my balance every other Thursday (so it’ll hit on Friday). It helps me feel more like I have a job and less like I’m just casually making side money.
  2. I started squirreling away (small amounts of) money to eventually pay off my phone, which doesn’t allow additional payments. Because it has to be paid in full, I started the process to saving up the $700 to pay it off.

Here’s something really exciting. We’re under $20,000!!!! This month has felt so mundane with our debt repayment that this little victory is exactly what we need to stay the course.

Stephanie’s Phone: 779.02 744.02 {-4.49}
Justen’s Car:  5,619.12  5399.22 {-3.91%}
Stephanie’s Car: $14,144.65 13,647.05{-3.51%}

Total: $20,542.79 19790.29 {-3.66%}

2018 Total Payoff: $23,661.40 $19,790.29 {-16.36%}


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Book Reviews Round 1

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Lately I’ve been doing all the reading. I’ve started to take advantage of my library card and I’ve been really diligent about reading more. I thought it would be nice to start doing a little round up of books I’ve been reading lately and what I thought of them. So here are the books I’ve finished reading since 2018 started! I’m on my way to meeting my 2018 goal of reading 20 books this year! I’m over 1/4 of the way there!

Living Well, Spending Less
I’ve read the blog post about how she got rid of her kid’s toys like 15 zillion times, and I love it. This book is okay. I appreciated her journey from being all about couponing for a good deal to realizing you just don’t need most of the stuff you acquire. If you’re fairly new to the whole simplifying/personal finance world, this would be a great entry point. If you’re already in it, consider it good encouragement to stay the course.


The Woman in Cabin 10
This book is what sparked my newfound love of my library card. It’s the story of a woman who witnesses a murder on a small boat (like Murder on the Orient Express, but boat) and nobody believes her. She doesn’t know who to trust or believe and everyone is a suspect.I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile so I picked it up and literally read it in one day. It had a great premise, but about 3/4 of the way into the book it just got really absurd and the ending was so unsatisfying. I couldn’t put it down, though!


A Stranger in the House
I returned The Woman in Cabin 10 and looked for a book I’d been wanting to read (the Couple Next Door). The library didn’t have it, but they did have another book by the same author, so I picked that one up.After crashing her car into a pole while speeding through the wrong side of town, Karen has no memory of why she was there or what was going on. She and her husband, Tom, try their best to piece together what happened on the night of the accident.It was hard to finish because the writing was so boring. The plot line was okay at best. The twist at the end was alright, but definitely did not redeem the writing or the plot up to that point.


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Eleanor is a quirky, socially awkward human being who is fine being alone. She and a co-worker have a chance encounter with an elderly man (and save his life!) and it starts a whole new chapter in her life.This book was good when I thought Eleanor was just a quirky, social awkward girl but as the book went on I started to feel sad about Eleanor’s story and how she saw the world. I couldn’t put it down, though. I do recommend this one!

I’ve seen SO MANY PEOPLE post about this book, so when I saw it on the news I was ALL ABOUT IT. I currently have my own reselling business so reading about a woman who built an empire from reselling clothes on eBay was REALLY exciting. It didn’t live up to the hype for me. It was good but I didn’t really LEARN anything and a lot of what was shared was really directly related to her own journey – which is super cool but definitely not my path.

Bachelor Nation
When I heard Amy Kaufman interviewed on my favorite Bachelor podcast (Here to Make Friends), I was SO EXCITED to read her book. She had a lot of insight into the franchise and what goes on behind the scenes. I tried ordering it online but my card was expired and the payment wouldn’t go through. Justen and I were perusing the Amazon Store and as we were walking out I saw this book and lost my freaking mind.
I LOVED this book – just like I speculated, it had a lot of insight into the franchise (and a whole history on reality dating shows!) and I learned a lot that will forever change how I look at the series. I highly recommend if you are a fan of the Bach 🙂 
What are some books you’ve read this year so far?

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