What I’m reading, 2014 goals and more

It’s January!  Do you feel like life is a fresh, clean slate?

Maybe if I cleaned off my desk that lovely, uncluttered feeling would happen for me.



I do love that sunshine coming in though!

I took a nice break from things over the holidays.  I woke up later each day, even though I went to bed earlier each night. It was lovely!

Now I’m having a little trouble getting back into a routine.  Things are going to kick into high gear again next week and I’m not sure I’m ready.  Can you relate?


One of the things we did on break was to set goals for 2014.  Jim and I planned to do this together and our oldest daughter joined us.  It led to lots of good discussions and interesting ideas for our family to pursue.  We even got crazy and talked about some 5 year goals.

On my personal list of goals for the year, I only have two blog goals.  In the past, I’ve set quite a few goals for my blog, but this year I wanted to simplify that.

Most of my goals center around deepening friendships.  I want to put more effort into connecting this year.

I also have a goal to finish knitting a simple sweater I started.  Things looked like they were going pretty well with this and then something happened and I had to take it all out, because I couldn’t fix the mistake(s).  Time to start over!

And I set a fairly crazy travel goal, which spurred on the goal of learning to collect flyer miles.  And that led me to start reading this blog.

What I’m Reading

I’ve got several books going right now.  I’ve been savoring Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist, reading a chapter in the mornings while I have breakfast.  It’s a savoring, take-it-slow kind of book and I like that.  The Kindle edition of this book is on sale right now for $2.99.

I started Fannie Flagg’s new book,  The All-Girl Filling Stations Last Reunion, the other day.  So far, so good.  I’ll let you know more when I finish it.

And today I started Dr. Ben Carson’s book, Think Big.  The Kindle edition of this book is on sale right now for just 99 cents.  I’m really liking this book so far.  And if you haven’t seen the movie about his life yet, I highly recommend The Gifted Hands.  I think it is still on Netflix instant streaming.

How the Whole30 is going

Two days in and I had a headache all day.  Excedrin wouldn’t knock it, so I took the migraine meds.  I’m really hoping this doesn’t keep happening.  But if after several weeks, I’m still having these headaches I may give up on this experiment.

Free Amazon Prime Trial

Right now, you can get a 30 day trial of Amazon Prime for free.  We started using Prime last year and we love it.  The two day shipping is awesome!  And the streaming movies and TV are nice too.  We’ll be renewing our Prime account when the time comes.

I hope you have a great weekend!  I’m writing this post on Friday and I see that the weather people are calling for some very nasty weather headed our way on Sunday.  Stay warm and safe!

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  1. Did you talk to Scott Grimmer? I am jealous! I think he’s just amazing and have learned so much from him. When you come back to life-affirming carbs let me know and we can connect at the new boulangerie! Paris is just down the street!

  2. I stopped using the word resolutions and now use goals for some reason it sounds more obtainable. I’m reading Fannie Flagg’s book right now too. She is one of my favorite authors I have read all her books.

  3. Amy Gault says:

    That sounds like low carb flu to me. It should pass after a few days, and you’ll feel much better soon, I hope!

  4. Don’t give up on your Whole 30! When I first went Paleo I felt pretty bad at first but I read that it’s your body ridding itself of all the gluten and other things that can affect it. Good luck and hang in there!!

  5. Have you read the non conformity blog? Chris http://chrisguillebeau.com/ has a whole bunch of travel hacking tips. Hope you feel better.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hang in there, carb flu only lasts a few days!! Sometimes the “kicked in the stomach” feeling first thing in the morning, makes you not want to ea breakfastt… Eat anyway… It will pass!

  7. Thanks for the book suggestions! Just grabbed Bread & Wine! Looking forward to reading it!

  8. Tiffany, I’m so sorry to hear you’re having headaches after two days on the Whole 30 plan. I really hope they go away soon and you’re able to continue with what I’m sure is a healther way to eat. I wanted to mention something that happened to me and that you may want to consider if changing your diet doesn’t relieve your migraines. I’m pretty sure hormones have an effect on migraines for me. I got migraines for the first time at age 12. They stopped when my period started 1 1/2 years later. Many years later, I got them when I was pregnant with my third and fourth children (at age 37 and 38 1/2, respectively). If dietary changes don’t solve your migraine problems, you might want to look into hormone supplementation, either natural- or pharmaceutical-based. Thank you so much for all your fantastic recipes and your insightful comments about family life! I wish all the best for you!

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