2018 Recap

2018 was interesting. I started it out with goals, hopes, and a list! Well, when God makes a move or a shift in your life, he makes a move! In 2018 I started out with a few goals let me give you an update on those items:

Create a Savings Plan

I stated in my previous post that I wanted to do a 52 week savings plan of 5,000.00 along with the Dave Ramsey savings tips, and I did that!  Mission accomplished. I am still following Ramesy’s baby steps and I encourage you to buy his book (audio, kindle, nook, hardcover, etc) and participate in one of his financial peace university courses. He is a wealth of resource!

Be more committed to fitness

I did just that.

I was working out 5 times a week, having lunch dates with friends to run hills, eating right, and then………I managed to tear my ACL and partially tear my meniscus in my knee. That had me set back most of  the end of 2018. It was one of the most trying injuries I have ever had. I had a full work load, a very busy 4 year old, and I was in grad school! I managed somehow to do all of it, with a strenuous physical therapy schedule in the mix!

Physical therapy is no fun, but the payoff in the end is worth all of the tears and pain. Also, guess what?! As of Monday, I am back running! This took 5 months to accomplish, and if it was not for my awesome physical therapist at Select Physical Therapy, I would not be as functional as I am today.

I plan on taking the running and getting back into my full blown workout schedule as my progress in physical therapy lets me. My goal? To walk in heels. All 6 ft of me needs to sashay through the Houston streets! Ha! I have also started my new year off with a very basic vegan diet. I am doing it more for spiritual reasons (The Daniels Fast) and, the fast is basically where you only consume, fruits and vegetables. For 21 days you are not to consume any dairy, breads that are not whole grain, sugars, etc. I paired this fast with a journal challenge and devoted time to God. I have lost some weight, and with me not being able to run up until this week, I was concerned that all my hard work in 2018 was being flushed down the drain.

I really enjoyed the fast and being vegan allowed me to try new recipes that brought about a lot of wonderful flavors. I highly recommend trying out black bean vegan enchiladas.

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This was by far my favorite recipe during this fast. Click for the recipe here. I learned with this fast that the discipline of taking care of myself is as important as my relationship with God. I recommend giving your body a good break from meat if you can manage it.

Utilize my power in saying No

I said no to a lot in 2018 and I do not plan on stopping that this year. It is a powerful thing.

Graduate Grad School

I did it! In December of 2018, I walked across the stage with a Masters in Business Administration.

Had to add my own touch to my cap! Proverbs 16:3

You guys know I wasn’t paying for those expensive photos!

Me, Sharde, full time mom, full time employee, a woman with a torn acl, busy personal life, all the above, managed to make it through. I thank God for giving me the motivation and determination to push through all the trying times with a peaceful mindset. The reason I set out to accomplish this? To show my daughter what black girl magic looks like, to show her that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to despite the circumstances, and to finish what I had started.

So let’s see what 2019 has in store!

Weekend Recap

 

It twas the weekend!

It came and it went! At least for me it did. I am working weekends this month so my weekends are like any old weekday for most people.Minimal social activities and lots of Football watching. This weekend some epic Football was played for Divisional Finals in the NFL. I am going to say that Seattle impressed me! I was surprised at the Saints. My Patriots won! The Chargers made great effort to try to win but no dice!

 

Also, my dog has decided to bark at Lord knows what in the middle of the night. Last night I had had it. I love his protectiveness that all his little 12 lbs have to offer, but excessive barking at imaginary intruders wore me out. So his little life might have been threatened at 3:30am . The most I threaten my lovely dog, is him “going to his room” (his crate) which he hates. My dog loathes incarceration. Crates, and Leashes are his worst nightmare. So he came back to my bed and cuddled.

This up and coming week I am back in grad school taking two courses and trying to get back into workout mode. I have been a sloth, of all sloths! 7lbs of slothfulness to be exact. Hope someone has more plans than me! I may make crab cakes. I have had a taste for them lately! Until next time my fellow bloggers!

Weekend Recap

What a wonderful weekend!

I started it off with a bicycle ride around my city. I participated in “Critical Mass” where bikers from all over town meet up at one location and ride out for 20 miles with no particular destination. Was it a challenge? If you count 20 miles as a challenge then yes! Was it fun, absolutely. It motivated me to want to ride more. I bought a bike the day of and had a difficult time getting an entire bike in my sedan (I do not recommend it), and once that was all set I had some seat issues but a quick stop at Lowes and a few minutes later I was ready to go. Now the lower part of my glutes feel sore, but other that that, I feel fabulous! Here are a few pictures from my Instagram (@shoedooo)

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20130603-105037.jpgI named her Schwinniqua Jones(LOL)

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Pretty cool eh? So Saturday I spent my day at my brothers baby shower. He is having a girl with his Fiancee. I will be an Aunt for the 3rd time! This makes my mother aware that I am childless and I get the whole, “When are you going to settle down and give me some  grand kids talk” Ehhhhh. Give me a few years Mom. I need a boyfriend 1st! I was also the most competitive in the baby shower games. I love to compete what can I say. I have 2 cool prizes now. A bread and oil set and a margarita set! Oh yeah! I ended the day re-connecting with an old high school buddy and frolicking at the pool. It’s summer and the pool is a lovely thing.

Sunday I was a bum. Completely. I slept in and played with my dog. I got into a minor fender bender (No biggie!) and had the most hilarious dinner with my closest homegirls. My life experiences are super hilarious according to them. We had tons and tons of laughter! My friends Chicken Tetrazzini was so delicious. Oh. Carbs + Cheese = a lovely explosion of deliciousness. So what did you all do this weekend? Hope it was as fun and adventurous as mine!