Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Workin' It Wednesday Link-up: New Year's Resolutions

Hi! Thanks for joining me today for Shay and Erika's new monthly series, Working It Wednesday. Here's their schedule of topics for the rest of the year:


Today, it's all about New Year's resolutions. I have four completely different goals for 2017:

1) Floss every day.



I did so well with this goal for the first four months of last year and then fell out of it. I'm determined to stick with it for all 365 days in 2017! THESE flossers from Dentek are my absolute favorite.

2) Keep blogging.



I've been blogging since July of last year, and there were definitely days where I was ready to quit. On link-up days, I'd get so excited that over 100 people actually looked at my page, and then I'd have days where 5 people viewed my site! Sometimes, it's completely frustrating that more people that I've never met before read my piece of the internet than my own friends and family. BUT, I'm also so grateful for all of you that I've never met in person! There are several of you who have encouraged me and motivated me to keep going, so thank you so much for that. And that's what I love about this blogging community- we all keep each other going, even when the times get tough! 

I'm excited to continue hosting my Thursday recipe link-ups: Try It Thursday. Please join me and visit the linked bloggers, too!

And if you hate the gym and don't want to exercise for hours on end, check in with me on Tuesdays for a new series called Tuesday Training.

Don't forget to join me and the girls over at Moms' Coffee Date for our monthly link-up. We link-up on the 3rd Thursday of the month, so next Thursday, we want to hear about your best organizational or cleaning tips! 


3) Set up a date day/night schedule with the kids.



I work an hour away from our home, and it's bothersome that I don't get home until around 5 p.m. It would be nice to settle down and hang out with the kids after school, but there's always a practice to get to or a test to study for, and so our time together isn't the quality I'd like for it to be. I'd like to set up a day each month where one kid gets 100% of Robert's and my attention for a few hours. We do so much together as a family that I think it would be nice to have more time with each kid individually.

Some ideas I have are: roller skating, bowling, going to a science experiment place, visiting a museum, practicing at the rifle range (Trip is a fantastic marksman but only gets to practice when he goes to ranch), painting at a pottery place, going to get a pedicure, and taking a cooking/baking class together. What are some of your favorite kid dates? Tell me in the comments please!

4) Be more polished in my appearance



Most mornings, I'm exhausted. My colitis is currently not in remission, so I wake up sick most days and have to take care of myself vs. spending time in front of the mirror. It also doesn't help that I was blessed with some of the worst hair in the world - my stylist can attest to this! It's easy for me to throw my hair in a ponytail and wear exercise clothes all weekend. I know that I definitely feel my best when I look my best, so I'm going to push myself to take more pride in my appearance.

Thanks for joining me today! Leave me some love in the comments below, and I hope you'll link-up with me tomorrow for my Try It Thursday recipe link-up party! See you soon!

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16 comments:

  1. I LOVE the flossing idea- that is a great one- I may need to add that to my list too :)

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    1. I actually find laying in the dentist chair with nobody bothering me to be almost spa-like. I should maybe NOT floss so I have to spend more time in the chair! HA!

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  2. I am with you on being more polished on the weekends...I too pretty much commit to black leggings from Friday afternoon till Monday morning! I too started blogging last year....lets keep at it!! It's so fun!!

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    1. Thanks for popping by, Genevieve! Yes, I need to only wear the workout clothes for the workouts! :)

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  3. Floss - well that's a good one for sure! I need to have some dental work completed - aghhhh scared/sad. I think that being more polished makes me feel so much better all the way around! Have a terrific day!

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    1. Working with tweens/teens and getting compliments throughout the day is always nice when I do a better job at putting myself together!

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  4. Everyday flossing is one of my secret goals! I try and then I forget...

    Thanks for sharing your goals for the year!

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    1. I'm hoping my dentist notices and I get to visit the prize box or get a sticker or something! :)

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  5. I can definitely relate with some close friends and family not really "getting" me doing the whole blog thing... Love a pottery painting kiddo date idea!

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    1. My sweet sweet neighbor was the best blog reader and so enthusiastic and kind about my blog. We sadly lost her this past December, and it always makes me sad to know that my number one reader for the day wasn't her. She always made me feel like it was worth it to at least one person to keep writing! :)

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  6. First I have to ask, do you go by Al or Allie? We're becoming buddies and I want to call you the right name😜. I've tried to figure it out on my own but #fail. Oh my friend I hear ya' on the blogging front and especially watching your "traffic statistics". When you know what kind of traffic some of the girls are getting it can be quite defeating. Have you connected your blog to Google? I did that around Thanksgiving and my traffic has a little more than doubled and made me so excited!!! Now I'm not saying people are coming in droves, but hey! at least a few more have found me.😘 Happy Wednesday!!!! BTW...I did your workouts yesterday👍🏼 Liked both of them and added the 5 minute ab plus a 10 minute yoga. I've gotta' get some of my flexibility back.

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    1. Most people call me Allie - my husband calls me Al - but the name of the blog sadly comes from my AOL screenname as a pre-teen! HA! I set this up years ago when I had to do a blog for my school and just went with that! I'm so happy to have started reading new to me blogs around Xmas- feel like I found some people that are my jam! I got some Popsugar in this morning before work and feel so much better about eating the croissant a kid brought me this morning! :)

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  7. Flossing is such a good one! That way I can stop lying to my dentist, and he can stop hassling me about it! ;)

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    1. Ha! We're like kids thinking we can get the doctor to believe us! "Oh my permanent retainer just fell out!" (I TOTALLY wasn't chewing on some candy!)

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  8. Great goals! Watching blog stats can be frustrating! Props to you for creating two of your own linkups! That's impressive!

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