2015 Reading Challenge Book List

I love to read, I just don’t have make the time to do it like I should. One of my goals this year is to read a minimum of 40 books (all of which must be over 100 pages) and make time to read for at least an hour per day. Apparently the “reading challenge” is a popular resolution this tear because even Mark Zuckerberg made it one of his resolutions. He dedicated a whole page to the challenge on Facebook where everyone can read the book he’s reading and discuss it.

Last year I tried to do the reading challenge on GoodReads, but I started way too late in the year and only ended up reading four books. But that’s better than what I’ve done in the past! This year I’m starting early with the challenge and even made up a reading list with 85 books, more than what I plan on reading, but I’m hoping that will inspire me to reach and exceed my 40 book goal. Continue reading “2015 Reading Challenge Book List”

Blue Dasher Crafts New Year’s Goals for 2015

I purchased this planner from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler and I LOVE it!
I purchased this planner from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler and I LOVE it!

I love New Year’s. I get to set new goals, and I get to put my planner together for the year, which is my favorite part. I love picking out new printables and putting together the book that will keep me organized for the year.

This year I put my 2015 planner together with my 2015 blogging planner as well as my 2015 Blue Dasher Crafts planner. I really need to think about getting a bigger binder, things are a bit tight in my favorite pink one!

While I put my planner together, I think about what I want to accomplish during the upcoming year. I came up with quite a few goals for 2015. Here’s what I’m planning for Blue Dasher Crafts this year. Continue reading “Blue Dasher Crafts New Year’s Goals for 2015”

A Statement of Accomplishment

On Thursday, I received an email stating that the Certificate of Completion for my Medical Neuroscience class was available. I was so excited, I immediately clicked the link and downloaded the pdf file. After staring at it for a few minutes, I decided to print it.

It sat on my desk for about 24 hours before I decided what I wanted to do with it. Instead of keeping it safe in a page protector and putting it in my Medical Neuroscience notebook, I decided to frame it. Unfortunately, I didn’t have an extra frame laying around, and since I didn’t have the funds (or a car!) to go out and buy one, I repurposed one that was holding an inspirational word collage.

I wasn’t happy about losing the word collage because like I said, it was inspirational, but I thought in the end, this Certificate of Completion was really a statement of accomplishment and provided more inspiration than the collage ever could. I proceeded to clean the glass, which was filthy (how does the glass of a picture frame get dirty on the inside?), and then put the certificate in the frame. I hung it on the wall above my white board, which sits right next to my desk so that I can look up and remind myself that I took a class from Duke University’s medical school and not only passed, but just missed with distinction by 9.7 points. Pretty inspirational don’t you think? Continue reading “A Statement of Accomplishment”

The Hardest Part About My Day… FTSF Blog Hop

Here we are, another Finish the Sentence Friday. Today’s prompt is “The hardest part of my day is…”

That’s a good question. One I actually had to think about for a bit. But it hit me like a ton of bricks.

The hardest part of my day is…

…staying motivated.

I have issues with motivation. It doesn’t seem to like me enough to stay around for very long.

You’ve all seen my weekly goals, so you know I’m pretty ambitious. But there are days when that ambition barely gets me out of bed in the morning. I admit it. Motivation is not my forte.

My relationship with motivation is so bad, I have a secret Pinterest board with motivational sayings and pictures of things I want in my life. Motivation and I have a love/hate relationship. We both love to hate each other.

However, I have learned a thing or two about motivation in this tortuous affair. I think it’s one of those things that confuses a lot of people (myself included!). Continue reading “The Hardest Part About My Day… FTSF Blog Hop”

If at First You Don’t Suceed… Fail Epically

I was inspired by Julie DeNeen and her recent post Go Big or Go Home to write this, mainly because I wrote some really great quotes in my comment. 😀 No, seriously, her post was actually quite inspirational.

“People are too afraid to push themselves beyond what they perceive as their potential.”

That was my first awesome quote.

But why is that? Why do we have a set “potential?” Why do parents stunt their child’s development by telling them to “reach their full potential?” We should all desire to push past, WAY past, that potential. What’s wrong with being a society full of overachievers? We’d have every disease known to man cured, world peace (or domination, whatever) and we’d be a very different human race.

“If you don’t fail, you can’t succeed, and if you’re going to fail, you might as well fail epically!” Continue reading “If at First You Don’t Suceed… Fail Epically”