2019 Goals

Reflecting back on 2018

One of my quotes from 2017 was:

“I feel like 2017 was a learning process and this year (2018) will be where I put plans into actions”

One of the biggest plans I put into motion in 2018 was getting a new job. I won’t go into the details on why I left my old job but it was time for something else. I’ve been at my new job for 4 months now and it was the best decision I ever made!

Another plan I put into motion was carrying a notebook in my purse to write down ideas that came to my head. That notebook has really helped me through the year. Ideas that I thought were bad at the time didn’t seem so bad when I would read it back at a later date and vice versa.

I also dabbled in filming some YouTube videos to see if I like being on camera and the jury is still out on that one. If I do anymore videos in the future they will be different than I’ve done before and better quality.

I have a list of goals I had for 2018 below and here is how I did.

More writing – PASS – My Graves’ Disease book is still a work in progress but I wrote more this year for it and other ideas for books.

Less TV – FAIL – In fact I may have watched MORE TV in 2018 than 2017. Insert my Friends marathons. I know, I have problems!

More reading – FAIL – I planned to read more books but it didn’t really materialize.

Less game playing – PASS – I deleted Candy Crush and a few other games off of my phone and iPad.

More meditation – PASS – I’ve been waking up most mornings and doing deep breathing exercises and at night before bed also.

More exercise – PASS – I lost a few pounds from walking on my breaks at work but my weight fluctuates because of my stupid thyroid so I can lose it and gain it back pretty fast if I do not stick to it.

More taking care of myself – PASS – I am who I am!

Less worrying about things that I cannot control – PASS – I’m always going to worry about things I can’t control BUT I think I did better this year than previous years so I gave myself a PASS.

As for 2019, I’ve compiled a list below of goals for this year.

FINANCIALLY

1. Pay off our cars

2. Cut the cable

3. Save approximately 5% or more of our income for savings

PHYSICALLY

1. Muscle stretches before bed and when I wake up

2. Walk 1/2 mile to a mile a day

3. GET BACK TO DOING YOGA

MENTALLY

1. Write more – This is a given

2. Read more – I subscribed to Entrepreneur and Rachael Ray magazine again (I used to subscribe many moons ago) and I got a discount from my job. I subscribed to Entrepreneur for $2.00 for the year and Rachael Ray free for the year! Reading books and magazines on my phone or iPad has just kept me staring at a screen that I want to get away from. I’m definitely going old school with my magazines this year and maybe my books!

3. Less time scrolling through social media – I waste way too much time on this and have been for a while now.

NATURALLY

1. Make my own skin care products – Save money and less chemicals

2. Bake our own bread – Same reason

3. Continue to grow fresh vegetables and herbs – Right now my herbs are ready to be cut and dried out and the cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day are growing nicely!

Well, there you have it! New goals for a new year approaching us and a look back to last year.

I hope that everyone has a great new year!

Till next time…I’ll see ya soon!

~ Stacy

Five December Goals

Here are 5 goals that I want to reach for December.

1. Stick To My Christmas Budget

Okay, I don’t REALLY have an actual “budget” for Christmas gifts but I’m going to think outside the box for some of my gifts this year.  For example, gift bags filled with little items such as candy, chapstick, candles and special gifts that that particular person may use.

One of my favorite bags is the Littles Carry All by Thirty One.  You can fill it up with all kinds of goodies and the bag can be used for many things such as a tissue holder or an organizer for your remote controls to name a few.

2. Walk 2 Miles A Day

I found this cool app called Pacer.  You can keep track of your steps and you can do daily stretches and challenges with your friends.  I know that there are a lot of other apps out there that do the same thing but I like this one and I like that it has daily stretch videos.  If you want more features I think it’s $3.00 a month and you can have coaching and guidance to reach your goals.  My walking has been around a mile a day since I’ve started and KNOW I can do better.

3. Get Back To Yoga

I used to do yoga once a week with an instructor but she is no longer teaching yoga on Saturdays and hasn’t been for over a year.  I’ve done beach yoga a few times but honestly it is way too hot in Florida for me to do yoga on the beach.  I’m very sensitive to heat (mostly humidity) and sometimes feel like I cannot breathe if I’m accelerating myself too much in the heat.  When wintertime comes in Florida the weather is usually perfect for me but still prefer being inside while doing yoga.

So…..I’m going to get back to yoga and do it in the privacy of my own home.  We have decluttered our spare bedroom which has given me room to start back up!

4.  Continue To Declutter The House

We’ve been doing a good job with going through crap that we do not need or want anymore.  It’s been therapeutic to be honest.  In December, I want to declutter to the point where our tiny house looks bigger than a mansion!  Okay, maybe that’s a little far fetched, but we can sure as hell make it feel like it!

5. Pay Half Of Our Cabinet Bill Off

We spent $3200 (with shipping) for our new Malibu White Shaker Cabinets from Cabinets To Go and they will be delivered this Friday.  We still need to purchase the countertops but I would like to pay at least half of what we purchased the cabinets for to pay for our countertops.  Hubby and I will be demolishing and installing our new kitchen ourselves,  May the force be with us!

So there you have it.  My December goals.  I’m going to try everything in my power to achieve them all.  Follow me on Instagram for updates on our progress.

What are your December goals?

Till next time..I’ll see ya soon!

~Stacy

How Friends Reruns Changed Me

I’ve been going through a Friends rerun phase lately.  It has made me reflect back to when I was younger and how simple things were back then.  When I told my dad that I have been in a writing rut and binge watching Friends he laughed and said something like “sometimes you just have to clear your head with TV or other distractions for a while” and assured me that my urge to write will come back.  Well it did and it has EVERYTHING to do with my Friends binge!

Now, before I go on, I will confess I am a huge fan of social media and most of you know that but lately I feel as though I do not need it as much in my life anymore.  When I say “social media” I mean, needing to know what everyone else is doing all the time.  Not to mention the TIME wasted on what other people are doing!  It is exhausting, addictive and before you know it it’s the end of 2018 and you look back and think about all the time spent on social media and you just shake your head.  Of course I am talking about myself here.  YOU may not spend as much time on social media as I do and that’s a good thing unless you make money on social media and it is your job to be on.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy seeing my family and friend’s pictures (especially of their animals 🙂 ) but it snowballed into needing to see more and more and before I knew it, I was spending HOURS on social media a day just scrolling, liking, commenting and scrolling some more.  One day a few months back I woke up and felt this craving for a simpler life.  Not a life without social media but to scale it back…A LOT!  I felt this need to go back in time to see how life was before social media to realize how much I do not NEED it in my life and to treat it more as a WANT.  And that is how my Friends binge began.

Some of the things that I learned while binge watching Friends:

Simplicity

The life of the characters on Friends was so simple yet fun.  The simplicity of meeting your close friends at a coffee shop to catch up or at your apartment in the City was the way of life.   Although their lives could be filled with major drama, they always found a way to work through it.  And, yes, I know it’s a TV show but what if we started living that way again…simple.  I mean, meeting at the coffee shop was the highlight of their day!  These days people are more worried about how many complete strangers are watching their political or agenda driven videos.  Not simple.

Laughs

Why don’t we laugh anymore? Why are people stressed out more than they were back in the day?  Hell, you can’t make a joke anymore without someone getting offended.  Our world has become so serious and honestly I’m getting sick of it!  Why can’t we just laugh at someone who has a turkey on their head?  Or how about when we wear leather pants, sweat our asses off on a date, go into the bathroom, take them off, then can’t pull them back up because we have put water, lotion and baby powder on our legs then walk out naked?  Have you seen that episode?  I’ve linked it below.  Be careful, you may laugh your ass off!

Ross’s Leather Pants

Friendships

Friendships are soooo important!  Everyone should have a few good people in their life that you can trust WITH YOUR LIFE.  Having your tribe is such a great feeling.  It may take a while to find out who your REAL tribe is but when you do it’s magical.  You can be you…no filter and no judgement.  You may all be different in personalities as the Friends characters were, but respect is key.  When you have that, you’re family.

In closing, I think I’m going to take a break from some of my social media outlets that waste my time and concentrate more on my real life friendships, this blog, my writing and maybe do some more videos.  You may say, “well, blogging and videos are social media too”.  Maybe it is.  But I don’t think those are a waste of my time.  Big difference.

Till next time….I’ll see ya soon!

~Stacy

 

Two Freebies!

Hey all!  So I received two freebies and coupons with each of the samples this week!  One was Olay Whip moisturizer and the other was Breathe Right nasal strips.  I have used the nasal strips before receiving this sample and they do help with my snoring and opening up my nasal passages.  I will add these 2 strips to my collection and use the $1.00 off coupon for my next purchase.  I’ve never tried the Olay Whip moisturizer so I look forward to trying it out and will be posting my review on Instagram soon (don’t forget to follow me @stacyslivingroom).

Have I convinced you to try sending for freebies yet???  No?  Stick around and you may change your mind!

Till next time…I’ll see ya soon!

Stacy

Free Sample Update

Hey all. So I started sending for free samples from a few websites. I found a website called Sweet Free Stuff and it has a bunch of different companies who send out freebies. I wish I could remember every company that I requested freebies from but I know that one of them was a Clay Mask sample from Sephora. They sent me the email below 🙃

The other website that I signed up for is Sample Source. With this website, you sign up with your email address and they send you an email when freebies are available (side note: I recommend opening up a separate email address when you sign up for freebies and use it only for that so it doesn’t annoy the hell outta you in your primary email).

That’s all for now. Looking forward to getting my free samples and sharing with you what was sent to me!

Till next time….I’ll see ya soon!

Stacy

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