25 Goals: Second Quarter Update + “Rock Your 2017 Goals” Workbook

I can't believe it's already time for my second quarter update! This year is flying by so fast! But when I went through all my goals this year, I've found I'm making pretty great progress! I think it helps to have the goals at the front of my bullet journal for easy reference. It's a fast reminder to keep pushing forward and make daily progress. How are your 2017 goals going? Ready for a revamp? I've created this awesome Rock Your 2017 Goals workbook to help you plan and accomplish your goals this coming year. Sign up below to get FREE access. 1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany. At Paprika, I [...]

By | 2017-04-21T00:49:50+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Books, Education, Goals, My Journey, Travel|12 Comments

25 Goals: First Quarter Update + “Rock Your 2017 Goals” Workbook

Three months since I set my 25 goals. How crazy is that? I've managed to cross off 7 of the 25 goals, and I've made a sizable dent in a few of the others. I'm starting to feel like the ones I have left are pretty difficult. But then again, what kind of goal would it be if it didn't push me out of my comfort zone? Have you begun working on your goals for 2017 yet? I've created this awesome Rock Your 2017 Goals workbook to help you plan and accomplish your goals this coming year. Sign up below to get FREE access. 1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany. At Paprika, [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:59:13+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Books, Education, Goals, My Journey, Travel|14 Comments

25 Goals for My 25th Year

I loved setting high goals for myself last year. Having those goals out there for everyone to see continually pushed me out of my comfort zone. At times, I felt a little vulnerable, but I grew so much and had a fantastic time doing it. I loved having a whole year because this allows me to make some bigger goals and strive to set habits instead of one-offs. So this year I'm back with new categories and new heights to stretch myself for another stellar year! 1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany. 2. Be serenaded on the canals in Venice, Italy. 3. Visit the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. 4. Munch on a pretzel [...]

By | 2017-04-06T11:47:33+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Books, Goals, My Journey, Travel|30 Comments

24 Goals: Final Update

I can't believe it! Another year is coming to a close. I'm going to be 25 on Sunday. While those of you who have already passed this point are going to laugh at me, I've still got to say it. Something seems different about 25. It seems older. I will officially be in my mid-twenties. I'm supposed to have my whole life figured out by now, right? (Ha!) And I can now rent a car. My hubby's happy cause our insurance costs should go down, lol. Looking back, it's been a great year. And I can say that with confidence, because I have this awesome record of all the things I've accomplished. I completed all but 5--3 of which have [...]

By | 2016-09-07T20:55:47+00:00 September 8th, 2016|Books, Crafts & DIY, Goals|13 Comments

24 Goals: Third Quarter Update

Nine months ago, I set 24 goals on my 24th birthday. I thought I was doing really good until I counted them up a few seconds ago... Technically I have 10 out of 24 goals left. With only three months left, that makes me wince! Then I looked a little closer and I'm not quite as scared. Three have simply been postponed until the next birthday year and four are close to completion. All the others have been checked off. Having this list has been fantastic! (A) It reminds me of what I want and (B) when I have a day questioning if I'm getting anything done at all, I just have to look at my list and see what all I've [...]

By | 2016-06-09T09:03:51+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Books, Goals|11 Comments

Halfway There! 24 Goals Update

Six months ago, I set 24 goals on my 24th birthday. By the end of September I was panicking. "What have I done?" I thought. "I haven't completed a single thing!" So I got to work. I'm very pleased to say, I've made good progress. A little more than I was even expecting. And, of course, in some places, not as much as I was hoping. All in all, I'd say I'm right on track. I also want to say welcome back! Thanks for hanging tight through my short break. I've had a lot of good, crazy things happing these past couple months and I can't wait to share them with you in the coming weeks. 1.    Gain 200 blog [...]

By | 2016-03-09T10:05:44+00:00 March 9th, 2016|Goals|15 Comments

24 Goals First-Quarter Update

Exactly three months ago, I set 24 goals on my 24th birthday. By the end of September I was panicking. "What have I done?" I thought. "I haven't completed a single thing!" So I got to work. I'm very pleased to say, I made good progress. A little more than I was even expecting. And, of course, in some places, not as much as I was hoping. All in all, I'd say I'm right on track. 1.    Gain 2,000 blog followers. Gain 200 blog followers. I am striking out this and the next point, not because I have accomplished them, but because I am reviewing and revamping my goals. I'm taking the blog back to what I originally intended--a place [...]

By | 2015-12-09T23:57:00+00:00 December 10th, 2015|Goals|16 Comments

The Leaves are Changing, So Must I

I love fall. I love pulling out my jeans and boots and sweaters. I love wrapping my hands around steaming mugs of tea to warm them in the crisp fall air. And I love the colors of fire dancing on the wind as the leaves turn and fall. It's a beautiful time. And a time of change. And I have certainly been needing a change. This summer has been a wonderful, mercurial, and ridiculously busy time. I've barely seen my house, finished my first novel, prepared for and attended a conference, kicked off the application season for my editing business, and started this blog. I've had a blast learning about blogging. And have an entirely new respect for those who [...]

By | 2015-10-25T15:39:47+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Encouragement, Goals|15 Comments

Find Balance One Step at a Time

Ever since I have started this blog, I have had great difficulty in finding balance between work, life, and everything in between. I am currently balancing four jobs (only two of which pay), trying to keep the house from falling apart (feels like a losing battle), wanting to spend time with my lovely husband (who is also ridiculously busy), and needing to have a breath of free time... to not go crazy. How do I do it? I don't know. But I do know I haven't been doing it well. My house has been a mess for longer than I can remember. As a freelance writer, editor, and blogger, I find I'm always doing more of one or the other. As for [...]

By | 2015-10-05T01:09:14+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Encouragement|27 Comments

The Liebster Award!

The Busy Life has been live for just under two months. During that time I've learned so much about blogging and the blogging community. But that doesn't even compare to how much I've learned about myself! Becoming a blogger has been an awesome, crazy, confusing journey and I can't wait to see what the future will bring. I am so humbled and honored to announce that The Busy Life has won it's first award--the Liebster Award! I want to thank Yannivlovely for this nomination.  WHAT IS THE NEWBIE BLOGGER LIEBSTER AWARD? The Newbie Blogging Liebster Award is an award given to new bloggers, usually for those who have less than 200 followers (I calculated this my looking at Bloglovin'), by other [...]

By | 2015-09-22T09:44:04+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Encouragement, Goals|19 Comments