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Create | February 2018 Goals

Word of the Year: Create. February 2018 monthly goals.

Goals. Sometimes it’s more fun to make the goals than to actually follow through with them. A lot of times, that’s how I feel. Sigh. The curse of a Type A. Lists, lists, organization, planning….that’s what is fun for me. But, I need to grow up. I need to become an adult. I need to be strong. I can be strong. I can do this. So, here are the goals I will create for this month (as well as a review of my goals from last month).

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

January 2018 in Review

January 2018 in Review

It’s also been a hot minute since I did a review or a “currently” or a GBOMB type of post. So, I thought I’d catch you all up.  Here is what January looked like in review.

January 2018 in Review

Currently

Finishing | I am finishing deep scrubbing my apartment. I try to do it once in the summer and once in January. I’m also finishing a run-through of my favorite Legend of Zelda videogame: Windwaker. It’s the most cartoonish and Rhys has been watching and very into it. It’s been a fun family activity with Justin, Rhys, and I to do after Evelyn goes to bed.

Subscribing | To Netflix–duh. Hopefully we’ll end our subscription to Hulu soon, once Justin and I are done with our full run-through of the anime Bleach. I’m also subscribing to Little Poppy Co–they have the absolute cutest bows for Evelyn! I love every single one of their picks every month!

Wishlisting | A lot of stuff. I’m actually filling up online carts in a form of “window shopping.” I will actually also be doing my very first birthday wishlist post next week. I’m wishlisting clothing, toys for the kids, kitchen supplies and appliances, house decor, furniture for when we get a house (hopefully in the next three years), etc.

Watching | Well, I just finished The Office and Parks and Recreation. So, really not much. Just flipping through what Netflix has to offer. Sometimes, random episodes of Friends. And, like I mentioned, the anime Bleach.

Hearting | The fact that I can do cute little Valentines with Rhys this year for his Sunday School class, his preschool class, and his teachers! Evelyn! And all that she does! She is adorable and learning quickly. The way that Evelyn and Rhys are so excited to see each other after preschool–they literally run to each other and hug each other for a full minute! They love to play together and Rhys has been such a good, caring, helpful, protective big brother lately.

January 2018 in Review

Justin is Currently…

Getting more and more responsibilities at work. There was a recent set of drama between some tractor/turf/construction vehicle companies and the conferences they are a part of. So, now Justin has to help his company rectify and create some new statistical reports. He has also been recognized and thanked for his effort at the company and is now being paid a bit closer to his worth!!! He is enjoying watching BYU basketball.

January 2018 in Review

I am Currently…

Still working at VIPKID and loving it. I’m hoping to add Level 6 (pretty much proficient if not fluent older kids) to my teaching repertoire. I also stopped teaching at 5:30 in the morning. Waiting to do my first class until 6:00 am has really helped my physical and mental health. Reading a lot more and spending time on social media a lot less. I’m getting back into working out. I tried going the whole month without caffeine. I can count on one hand the amount of times I had a caffeinated soda! I also started using Crio Bru in the mornings to help wake me up and I love it. I have also been finding the sweet spot in being productive/working out/active and learning when to take breaks/when to stop for the day/when to sleep because of my recent diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Yes. You read that right. I have an auto-inflammatory–Fibromyalgia. I’ll be writing a post later this month in more detail about my diagnosis.

January 2018 in Review

Rhys is Currently…

Doing great at speech. Rhys loves his speech therapist. He is definitely improving, although the improvements are slow and subtle. He’s getting better at recognizing and producing specific sounds, although when they come up in conversation, he is at 50% in actual use…but that’s sooooo much better than it was two months ago! He is also participating in a small preschool run by our Bishop’s wife at the Rec Center. Half his class is from his Sunday School class. He loves going to school and doing the activities. He is totally wiped afterwards, but he loves being with friends and learning. He had the “Brag Bag” last week (basically Show and Tell) and he was so stoked to fill it up and take it back to preschool. Rhys is now a “Sunbeam” at church. This means he is in the 3-4 year old Sunday School class and has moved out of the Nursery. He is officially part of Primary (our children’s ministry). He has done very well so far, and I think that my being Secretary of Primary and being in the room with him has helped his transition.

January 2018 in Review

Evelyn is Currently…

Recovering from Roseola. She had her measles vaccine at the beginning of the month and started breaking out in this terrible, red, body-wide rash last week. She also ran a fever and was just absolutely miserable. I thought it was measles because it’s possible to get it form the vaccine (I did as a one year old), but the pediatricians assured us it was just Roseola. Poor girl. She is now 13 months old and her best friend is Rhys. She loves playing with Legos, reading princess books, and playing with her baby dolls. She can say “Mama” “Mah-mah” (grandma) and “hi”. She is also very opinionated and stubborn. And, it’s still an absolute pain in the butt to feed her.

January 2018 in Review

The Good

  • Rhys started preschool and loves it.
  • Rhys can play Candyland and Uh-Oh Cheery-ohs.
  • Evelyn ate a whole chicken nugget all by herself!!!
  • I tried my very first Stitch Fix!
  • Justin and I went on a date and saw Star Wars 8: The Last Jedi. We loved it!
  • I started doing a bullet journal.
  • I ran/worked out at least once a week.
  • I love Crio Bru.
  • I spent a lot of time playing with my kids rather than being on my phone or laptop.
  • Rhys drew his first stick figure! And it was of me!

January 2018 in Review

The Bad

  • I only worked out once each week because of Fibromyalgia.
  • I’ve been breaking out a lot this month.
  • Evelyn got Roseola.
  • President Thomas S. Monson, the leader of the LDS Church, passed away. But, Russell M. Nelson is our new prophet and leader, so everything is ok.
  • I’ve already slept through a class this year.
  • My car needs to be looked at and tuned up…money…

On My Mind

  • I love how President Nelson answered all the questions in his first press conference.
  • How the GOP and the DNC need to get their acts together in Congress. And Trump needs to grow up and take a chill pill and a big dose of humility.
  • How will Rhys truly succeed once he starts Pre-Kindergarten this fall with his speech issue?
  • How do you keep yourself from spending money on eating out, especially when you are trying to save up for a house. This is Justin and my biggest weakness, and has been our entire marriage!
  • Reconciling the LGBTQ community and my thoughts and feelings with the Church’s policies and doctrines. Reading this book helped a bit.
  • I am so excited for all the Marvel Universe movies coming out this year…and a lot of movies coming out in the next few months!
  • Chinese New Year is coming up soon for my students. Many are out of school this entire month. I want to learn more about it and maybe try some traditional, authentic Chinese New Year treats!

January 2018 in Review

  • Both my sister and my sister-in-law are due within a week of each other in April. And, they both have chosen a woodland creature theme for their nurseries.  And, they are about the same age. And none of this is planned because they don’t really know each other!
  • My brother, who has been back from his two year LDS proselytizing mission in Argentina, has a girlfriend. He is an adult who has his first adult girlfriend. This is BIG! Big! Big! I’m super happy and stoked for him…but…he’s too young to potentially get married! I mean, he’s just barely starting his first semester of college since he left for his mission right after he graduated high school!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

My Thoughts on the Sitcom Parks and Recreation

Another mockumentary sitcom: Parks and Recreation. My thoughts about seeing it for the first time years after it ended!

Yes, yes, I know I just did a post about The Office. But, I had finished that sitcom back around Thanksgiving. Since then, I’d been working on another favorite of my friend, Danica— Parks and Recreation. And, I wanted to write this post while the sitcom was still fresh in my mind. And, guess what, I actually liked it…as did Justin who saw a few episodes here and there. (And guess what was Justin’s favorite part: Ron Swanson! Duh!)

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

My Thoughts on The Office

My thoughts on the sitcom The Office. ...ups and downs, loves and hates....

I remember The Office being a big deal when I was a teenage and beginning college. I watched the second half of the seasons almost episode to episode. This was when Hulu had just come out and I was so grateful because I could still mostly keep up with it when I went to college. However, I never really watched the first two or three seasons.

My friend, Danica, is obsessed with The Office. Seriously. Like it’s on most days in her house as background noise. Like, she probably can’t count how many times she’s watched all the episodes. Recently, Netflix took off How I Met Your Mother (my favorite sitcom). And, I had just finished another run-through of Friends. So, with Danica on my mind, I decided to do my first full run-through of The Office.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Word of the Year 2018 | Create

2018 World of the Year: Create. Create a life worth living. Create doesn't have to be tactile. You can create opportunities and relationships as well.

I thought I had a word of the year – “present.” It was perfect. I was going to focus on being “present” in my life, present with my kids, present with contentment, etc. But, then a few weeks ago, “create” came to my mind. It seemed absolutely perfect. I want to be able to create actual products this year. But, create can also encompass things I’d list under “present”: create time with my family, create a stronger relationship with Christ, etc.

Last year was hard – hard physically, hard mentally, just hard. This year, I want to come out into the light. I want to be happy with my life. I want to live all aspects of my life. I want to flourish. So, I’m going to create.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.