Sunday, November 30, 2014

2014 Goal Check-in

With a nearly 3 month blogging hiatus, I'm sure you've been wondering how I've been doing with my 2014 goals. :)

There's only 1 more month left, so let's see if I'm still on track!

Individual Goals

Fitness goals - Run Faster and Train Harder
Sept, Oct, and Nov were spent hard at marathon training. Unfortunately, that didn't really include much speed work, cross training, or strength training. Even though I know it should have! It's so hard to find the time to do all of that along with all. the. running. I had a great marathon, though, so NO REGRETS! :)

Blogging goals
Um. You all know how this went. #fail

Goals with Jeff

Read 3 books together. Good news: We actually did start reading together! Yay!! Bad news: We haven't even finished 1 book, let alone 3. Not sure we'll be able to finish 3 before the end of December, but we should make it a priority and still try, right?!

New in 2014. Still going strong doing one new thing every month. Here's what you may have missed:

Sept - Jeff came out with me on a training run. He supported me while biking as I ran.
Oct - We attended a 1st time homebuyers class. :)
Nov - We visited the Las Vegas Natural History Museum

New in 2014 | Enjoying the Course

Enriching Activities. Since August, we've checked off a couple more activities. We volunteered at the Ironman in early Oct, and visiting the Las Vegas Natural History Museum yesterday counts as a cultural activity as well. Now, we have just 3 more activities to check off, and I'm pretty confident that we'll get this all done! Whoo hoo!!!

2014 Enriching Activities | Enjoying the Course

Overall I'm very happy with how my 2014 goals are going, and I hope to finish the year strong! :)
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Anyone else still focused on their 2014 goals?
Anyone start working on their 2015 goals already? I've already got some goals bopping around in my head for 2015 that I'm pretty excited about, so stay tuned!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Where did I go?

Good morning! I hope that you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving yesterday - celebrating food, life, and family. *gobble, gobble*

Once I read that when a blogger has a lapse in posting, that she shouldn't mention it when she returns. Instead, she should just pick up like she'd never left. To avoid alienating (?) any new readers that might have stumbled upon her blog for the very first time.

Well, I simply cannot do that. I feel like I need to write an explanation to those few people who actually read my blog. :)

Especially, since my intent had been to write a good-bye post.
An I'm back and here's why I left post will have to do.

So, here's the story. I GOT BUSY.

And the worst excuse ever not to blog goes to... ME!

All bloggers are busy. I get that. It's just that with marathon training and lots craziness at work, I wasn't really able to give it my full focus. I really felt like I had no time for generating good halfway decent content for posts.

Plus I *gasp* wasn't really enjoying it as much. It was starting to become a chore.

But that's only part of the story. The bigger part was that I looked at my blog stats in the beginning on Sept, and my readership had plummeted. Again. It probably shouldn't have, but it crushed me. I see so many bloggers out there with such great followings who have been doing it for far less time than I have. I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere, and no one would miss me if I were to go away. I felt like I was doing it all wrong because I numbers were declining, and that's really what led me to consider why am I putting in this much effort?!

So, I decided I needed a break. From blogging. Of course, I tried to become a little more active on Twitter and Instagram in my blogging absence.

The first month or so I didn't really miss it at all. I was focused on marathon training and not going insane at work.

But in the past few weeks, I got a few new Twitter followers who said they liked my blog. Of course, I thought that was strange, since I hadn't posted anything new in months. It got me thinking, though. Yeah, I did have some good post ideas! Maybe I should start up again.

And now, my marathon is over and work has improved incredibly, so maybe I'll give this blogging thing another shot.

Kind of a Debbie Downer post, so here are a few race caps in pictures that you may have missed in my absence.

Just click on the picture to view the full story in G+.

Ventura Half Marathon | Sept 2014
Long Beach Half Marathon | Oct 2014
Rock 'n Roll Las Vegas Marathon | Nov 2014

Thanks for reading and letting me get all that out there! If you're doing any Black Friday shopping today, be safe and GOOD LUCK!!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

CyberMonday Cocogo Sale ALERT

Happy almost Thanksgiving!

Yes, I am going to gloss over the fact that this is my first post in nearly 3 months. That story will be saved for another post. :)

And with Thanksgiving, of course, comes Black Friday. Remember when Black Friday actually started on FRIDAY?!

I think I've only ever gone shopping on Black Friday a couple times in my life. Crazy, I know! Usually, I've had to work or some other nonsense.

CyberMonday is much more my thing, anyway. Shopping from the comfort of my own computer. Now, that's the way to do it!

And speaking of CyberMonday, Cocogo is having a great sale on Monday ONLY.

20% off sitewide

And you can combine that discount with any bundles AND use promo code ENJOYINGTHECOURSE for an additional 10% off. You can't beat that!!

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I've got some mouthwatering holiday drink recipes using Cocogo coming your way as well, so GO NOW (on Monday)! Stock on up on Cocogo and STAY TUNED! :)

And, of course, have a deliciously HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!