Monday, August 06, 2012

Meet Up With Marcia



I have a saying lately that goes along with "When it rains it pours."  The new saying is "When the blessings come in they come in by the bucketload."  One of my recent blessings is meeting Marcia.  I've been so excited for this meet up, as we seem to be alike in so many ways online it's scary.  We both love to make lists.  We both love things to be organized and chaos drives us crazy.  We are both very into enforcing manners with our children.

I will say our meet up did not disappoint me.  Marcia is a beautiful person inside and out.  I loved listening to her talk and especially watch her talking with her hands - so happy to have a picture of that!  We got lots of good pictures, but of course there is never enough.  We had a lovely dinner with our husbands that evening and probably kept them out later than they should be, as they had early morning flights to catch back to Johannesburg.  Marcia and D - It was so nice meeting you and we owe you a trip.  South Africa is officially on our bucket list.  I hope we can bring our kids and they can all get to meet each other and have fun playing.  You inspire me more than you know.  I credit you and your coaching with one of the reasons I am sitting in the Executive MBA program at Villanova right now.  I've learned to live much more intentionally and in tune with my values because of reading your blogs and our emails.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart!





Thursday, August 02, 2012

August Goals

I want to make sure I start August fresh with new goals.  I took August's goals and built on it from there.  Some of the items that didn't go so well (cardio/exercise!), I have on the list again and I will work on a better go of it this month.  This is really helping keep me focused and I really think it does pay off.  July was a very big month for me!  Not only did I get to meet Marcia, which was such a surreal experience, and work on getting prepared to go back to school while juggling work and family, but I also got requested to post for a job that is a promotion for me. I posted, interviewed and got the job all in the last week of July!!!  I can't believe all these good things are happening for me at once!!!  

Family
  1. Date nights with DH - working on plans for the weekend of 8/10, but not sure what we'll have time for after that. 
  2. Finish filling out the paperwork for the boys to start preschool starting the 9/5.
  3. Potty training both boys to go on the big potty.  Finish working with Liam on getting #2 into the potty.
  4. Work with Phoebe on her math skill workbooks.
  5. Back to school shopping for Phoebe 
Work
  1. Have my new position announced and work on transition to new role.
  2. Hire two new developers
  3. Document new development guidelines
School
  1. Finish steps to ensure payment is completed for school in August 2012 
  2. Finish pre-work from email
  3. Keep up with reading and assignments 
  
Health and Fitness
  1. Get cardio every day  
  2. Eat very healthy
  3. Drink 3-20oz bottles of water per day  
  4. Try 4 new healthy recipes
  5. Menu plan for week
  6. Come up with healthy lunch ideas for boys when they go back to school. I'll have to pack their lunch every day.  Snacks are provided by the school
Personal
  1. Post on blog daily
  2. Catch up on reading other blogs
  3. Finish working with the computer shop to get Tom's old information off his MBA program laptop (power supply died)
Financial
  1. Update the new budget and stick to it!
  2. Meet with our Financial Planner about the new budget and identify next steps  

July Goals - Final Update

Things have been totally crazy!!!  I have been so busy I haven't had a chance to put up blog posts about all the amazing stuff going on.  I still have to post about the great meetup with Marcia and her husband in NYC.  We had such a fabulous time and she truly is a beautiful and amazing person!  This will all come soon.  I even have pictures of the fun we had!
Family
  1. Date nights with DH 4 times (currently scheduled on 7/6, 7/14 and 7/28)
  2. Ensure the boys are scheduled for preschool starting the Tuesday after Labor Day (BTW, this is September 5)
  3. Potty training both boys - now we just need to get them moved over to using the real potty.  They've been using potty chairs, so we can see what they are going.  They are currently only wearing pull-ups at bedtime and naptime is in underwear!  Liam still doesn't seem to make it to the potty to poo, though.  He really wants to. 
  4. Make sure Phoebe is doing her summer reading and practicing math skills - Summer reading done and all papers written out.  She just has more math practice to do in August.  It might seem excessive, but she's going into Pre-Algebra in 6th grade, so we just want to keep her sharp with her math skills before she hits the big leagues this year. 

Work

  1. Write and deliver mid-year reviews
  2. Hire two new developers - still working on.  No internal postings yet.
  3. Document new development guidelines - didn't get to this
  4. Added - Post for Group Manager position at work (which is a promotion for me) - yup!  Got the job.  Can't announce it yet as they are working out some logistics if anyone from my current team will go with me.
School

  1. Ensure finances are in order to pay for school in August 2012 - Making follow up phone calls to Bursar Office and Financial Aid
  2. Finish pre-work from email - Mostly done.  Still some more to do.
  3. Finishing reading the book Strengths Finder 2.0
  4. Complete the Personal Biography and email to coordinator
Health and Fitness

  1. Get cardio every day - LOL, still need to work on this!
  2. Eat very healthy - yup!
  3. Drink 3-20oz bottles of water per day - yup!
  4. Try 4 new healthy recipes - sort of
  5. Menu plan for week - did last week, need to do this week.
  6. Make chiropractor appointment
  7. Make follow up appointment with vein doctor (had one treatment already - looks great!)
Personal

  1. Post on blog daily - Need to work on this!
  2. Catch up on reading other blogs - Ditto - needs work.
  3. Meet with Marcia in NYC - Had such a great time!
  4. Find a way to get Tom's old information off his MBA program laptop (power supply died) - Took to the shop.  Waiting to hear back.
Financial
  1. Pay off credit cards with what is coming in from the sale of stock at Tom's old company 
  2. Create new budget and stick to it!
  3. Meet with our Financial Planner about the new budget and identify next steps - witing for August when the new Planner will start
  4. Added - Get Tom an iPhone and have his old company phone number moved to our personal cell phone plan - Done!  Have unlimited minutes, text messaging and a pool of data we can share on our devices.  Saving us money overall!!!