the book club announced.

megan of {the thread affect} & I are starting a book club.

there is nothing better than snuggling up in a blanket, with a cup of hot tea, and losing yourself in a good book. but I get caught up and reading takes the back burner. which is exactly why I made a goal to read one book per month in 2013. and {the thread affect} recommended we start a blogger book club to keep us accountable & on track. the more the merrier.

after careful consideration, we have hand-selected our first book ..

[drummmmroll please …]

the end of your life book club. by Will Schwalbe.

[head over to {amazon} for the description & purchase details].

{the thread affect} & I will be posting our reviews on january 31st.

if you would like to read along with us, we would love to have you! just post your review on january 31st ..let megan & I know ..and we will put a link to your blog on ours!

if you have any questions, just ask!

on another note ..

[J] is taking me to the jelly belly factory today! for a tour. woo hoo!

happy tuesday.

signature1

welcome 2013, with open arms.

2012 you’ve been an adventure, to say the least. but I am not hesitant to say goodbye. I have a much better feeling about what’s to come in 2013.

I spent the last day of 2012, in the car. road tripping from colorado back to illinois. the entire day. [we got home NINE MINUTES before the clock struck midnight]. I had a lot of time to ponder what I want out of the new year. and how the heck I’m going to get it.

so, I took a couple hours. a piece of paper. 5 categories. and created a list of goals I will work to achieve throughout the year. [I did something similar last year, but my goals were lofty. and lost sight of them quickly. but I learned my lesson, and have a new approach].

meet my ..

2013 goalsfinancial.

  • create a monthly budget.
  • save all receipts, to track my spending.
  • put 2% of every pay check into a “no touch” savings account.

health.

  • run a 5k. [this is lofty for me. I’m not a runner. tips on how to get started or great 5k’s out there would be oh so appreciated].
  • join a gym.
  • go once a week. [minimum. last year I went straight to 5x’s, and when I failed the first week, I quit. whoops. being a little more realistic in 2013].
  • try 5 new workout classes.
  • take vitamins every day.
  • don’t drink a single sip of soda. [which shouldn’t be too hard. I don’t usually drink soda, but had a couple moments of weakness in 2012].
  • weigh yourself on the first of every month. [this is just so I can track my weight throughout the year].

LLinaBC blog.

  • post 5x per week.
  • sponsor two blogs per month. [who should be my january picks?!]
  • become more involved in the blogging community!
  • attend 1 blogger meetup/event. [I’ve always wanted to, but I’m now ready for my first].

travel.

  • go to europe [again]. with [J].
  • visit northern california. [I’ve only been to SoCal, but am dreaming of a trip to napa + san fran].
  • explore four new cities.
  • go spring skiing in colorado. [I haven’t since my early college spring break years, but the weather is so perfect. much more than the 8° temps we had in december].

personal.

  • read 1 book per month.
  • [continue] to alternate date month. [starting with me in january].
  • be in our own apartment by april 1st. [we’re hoping this will happen much sooner, but like I said ..my goals are much more achievable this year].
  • do a DIY project once a month. [I sincerely enjoy crafting ..so I’m going to make it a point to do more. which I will share, success or failure].

so there you have it. the list of goals I have created for myself in 2013. to ensure I stay on track the entire year, I have made it impossible for me to go through a single day without seeing them. they’re on my phone, laptop background, hanging on our message [cork] board. I have also created excel docs for the harder ones to track [ie. monthly weigh in, blog sponsorships, & completed books]. I placed those in my master binder. where I keep all things important to me.. health, finance, blog, etc-related.

I am more determined than ever to embrace this turning of a leaf.. & to make it the best year yet!

[I will be posting my 2012 year in review on thursday.. dun, dun, dun. but even better, tomorrow part 1 of my CO vacation.. in the mountains].

happppppppppy 2013 all.

may we all have a happy, healthy year ahead.

[ps: head over to {sunny with a chance of sprinkles} and enter the giveaway I am co-hosting. $75 to amazon. BOOM!].

dec giveaway sunny with a chance

signature1