11 March 2011

11 in '11 | March Update (Part 2)

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You guys, I cannot believe we're already 3 months into 2011. It's ridiculous! Does this really mean my wedding is only 3 months away? Ohhh myyy goshhh. 

Since I have a few new followers, I'll fill ya in on what I do on the 11th of each month here at Hard Corps Love (ha). I have a list of 11 goals and resolutions I made for 2011, and I keep track of them on the 11th day of the month. It's kind of a motivational/progressive/accountability thing for me.

With that said, I did great for January 11th (barely 2 weeks into the new year, go figure!), but then on February 11th I totally sucked and only posted half of my updates. Since not much has changed with that half of my goals from last month to this month, I'm just going to post the second half of my goals today.

It's never too late to set goals or resolutions for yourself! Feel free to take the image above if at any point, you'd like to join in. I could use some company, really. ;-)

So here is an update on the second half of my 11 in '11 progress.
    6. EXERCISE | Work out 3x a week, minimum.
    • Um, yeah. About that. I really hate to start off my progress on a bad note, but seriously? I haven't been making time to work out. I can blame it on the weather, blame it on my schedule, blame it on whatever, but the truth is I just haven't been prioritizing. And with my wedding right around the corner... yeah. I need to put this first.
    • My plan? I'd like to start P90X again on the 18th. It's a 3-month program and the 18th is the 3-month mark to my wedding day. Cutting it close, yes, but also a really good reason to stay on track!
    • I started to C25K (Couch to 5K) program in December, and even though I've taken a few breaks along the way, I'm going to pick back up with Week 4. I will run a 5K this year!
    7. MONEY | Spend less, save more.
    • Okay. So aside from the massive shopping spree at DSW that Joshua & I indulged ourselves in last month, and aside from the dresses I purchased at Macys for my bridal shower, bachelorette party, & rehearsal dinner... and aside from the office furniture we bought to furnish the home office (tax write-off!), we're doing pretty well. Ha.
    • I'm taking a once-a-week coupon class on base and learning so much about coupons and budgeting. I saved $13 on my last trip grocery shopping, and I have a feeling I can save a lot more if I put more time into it! The world of couponing can be quite ridiculous, I've definitely learned.
    • I'm making it a goal to read this book, SHOO, Jimmy Choo!, by the 11th of next month. This girl (yours truly) could use some help.
    [SIDE NOTE: One of my BFF's and maid-of-honor, Sue... just got a job at Jimmy Choo in Boston! So proud of her. Go Sue!]

    8. TIME MANAGEMENT | Be 5 minutes early. Everywhere.
    • Sometimes, yes. Most of the time? Getting there. But at least now, I'm not as late as I used to be. This resolution is continually getting better.
    • And this may sound weird, but now that my hair is longer, I have the option to get ready quicker and therefore, leave the house earlier. When I had my shorter cut, I had no choice but to blowdry, flat iron, and style everyday. Now that it's getting longer, I can twist it up into a bun, pull it back into a braid, tie it loosely into a side ponytail, or doing something else with it that doesn't require an hour of blowdrying the massive thickness that is my hair.
    9. SCRAPBOOK | Get up to date with j&d scrapbooks.
    • We haven't been as good at taking a photo everyday as we did in January for Project Life, but we are still taking the photos and have all of February to catch up on as far as documenting them. I have a million prints to order before we can do this!
    • Let's just say I'm really glad there are still 9 months left in the year for me to catch up on this one!
    10. KINDNESS | "Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty."
    • This goal is seriously the hardest goal of them all. I want to do more, give back more to my community, be a better person, inspire people. I just don't even know where to begin. Joshua began volunteering for the Marine Corps, but I just don't know what to do?
    • I've donated to 3 charities so far this year though, all in the past month. When I can and I have the money, I do try to help out as much as possible. 
    11. KEEP IN TOUCH | Regularly update email, photos, Facebook, & website.
    • Definitely keeping up with this one. I uploaded a bunch of pictures of Gypsy Rose to our Facebook album, "All About Gypsy" last week, and I finally shared our engagement photos both here and on Facebook. 
    • Both of my websites could use some sprucing up though, so that's next on the list.
    • I'd also like to return emails a bit quicker. If I don't respond right away, sometimes I forget until the next day or week, and that's just bad manners!
    So I'm making some progress, but I still have a lot to accomplish. I'll say it again... thank goodness there are still 9 months left this year!

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