Sharing: a peek at January in photos and what I accomplished this month. //

January in Photos & Reverse Goals List

Happy Tuesday!

As I thought through how I wanted to approach “month-end” in 2017, I thought back to my December in Photos post. I loved that one and enjoyed sharing a glimpse of some photos that don’t necessarily make it to the blog or Instagram. That didn’t happen quite as much this month. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of these before. I think some months you’ll see more that have been shared already and some months you’ll see less.

I also wanted to talk about some of the things I’ve worked on each month. There was a time when I shared monthly–and even weekly–goals on my blog. I thought about reviving those this year, but I decided not to, in favor of thinking about what I can do each day to further advance my bigger goals. A few years ago, I first heard about a reverse bucket list from my friend Erika. With that idea in mind, I decided I’d rather end the month with a reverse goals list, instead of starting it with a list of goals.

Stick around to the end of the post to see that. First, let’s start with the photos!

Sharing: a peek at January in photos and what I accomplished this month. //

New Year’s Day started with a book, some coffee and smooches from my NYE date, Odin.

Sharing: a peek at January in photos and what I accomplished this month. //

I spent a lot of time at my desk this month, jotting down notes from different webinars. It started with one on planning, led by Callie Gisler and Kayla Hollatz.

Sharing: a peek at January in photos and what I accomplished this month. //

Here’s a little before and after of an Instagram shot. Messy desk to not so messy desk.

Sharing: a peek at January in photos and what I accomplished this month. //

I’m a member of the Loft Literary Center — the place where I’ve taken a lot of writing classes recently. They recently held a Member Happy Hour, where they released their new look (which I like SO much better than their old one!). A friend and I attended and stopped for coffee between work and the event.

Sharing: a peek at January in photos and what I accomplished this month. //

The end of 2016 was so busy that I felt like I didn’t get to spend as much time with my sweet Little One as I like to. I’ve soaked up lots of time with her this month. We sat in this chair quite a bit as I read and she snoozed/kept an eye on any passersby outside the house. I also started to use the portrait mode of the iPhone 7 Plus and wondered why I didn’t use it right away.

Sharing: a peek at January in photos and what I accomplished this month. //

I have been in love with playing games recently, which is a little unusual for me. There might be a post with some of my favorites in the near future.

Sharing: a peek at January in photos and what I accomplished this month. //

Castle Danger Brewery did a tap takeover at a pub in St. Paul so a friend and I camped out in a booth that night. It was fun to have a few drinks and talk for awhile.

Reverse Goals List

1 // Rearranged the furniture in my room. I love the new setup and am now inspired to do some organizing that needs to be done.

2 // Finally created my @dreams-etc email! I can’t even tell you how long this has been on my to-do list.

3 // Put together three videos. I uploaded my Pep Talk earlier this month and my overview of 2016 this morning. You’ll see the third later this week.

4 // Worked out five days a week. Until the last week of the month, because I actually decided to have a bit of a social life. And I’m not sorry about that at all.

5 // Wrote a short story. The shitty first draft, but one that’s been on my mind for awhile. Also, I think I came up with the perfect names for the characters. That’s always a good feeling!

Get Caught Up!

>> Word of the Y ear // 2017  |  Shared my word to guide 2017.
>> Favorite Books Read in 2016  |  My top reads from 2016.
>> Happy Friday // 01  |  A new series to share gratitude and inspiration from the week.
>> What Steps Can You Take Today to Achieve Your Goals?  |  Taking daily steps to achieve goals.
>> Anticipated YA Releases of 2017 (January – June)  |  YA novels to keep an eye out for in the first half of 2017.
>> Happy Friday // 02  |  Gratitude and inspiration from the week.
>> Book Tour // This Is Not Over by Holly Brown  |  An online battle ensues between a temporary renter and a host.
>> Current Skincare Routine  |  The skincare products that recently cleared up my skin.
>> Happy Friday // 03  |  Gratitude and inspiration from the week.
>> 25 Creatives to Follow On Instagram  |  A list of artists, bloggers and other creatives to follow.
>> Happy Friday // 04  |  Gratitude and inspiration from the week.

What adventures did you have in January and what’s on your Reverse Goals List?

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  • Reply
    Leslie Nichole
    January 31, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I like the idea of a reverse list, that’s a fun idea. Wow, it seems like you were a busy one this month. Aww, your little sweetheart is adorable!

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      February 14, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you! It was nice to see how much I accomplished and to be happy with that instead of stressing over a list of goals at the beginning of the month. 🙂 Thank you! She’s always the highlight of my day.

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    Sarah Prince
    January 31, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I think even working out just 3-4 days a week is a huge win. Be glad of how much exercise you DID get done!

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      February 14, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you for the encouragement! Yeah… it can be so hard to fit exercise in. I used to get upset if I didn’t work out for at least an hour most days of the week, but even these half hour workouts throughout the week feel so good! 🙂

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    January 31, 2017 at 11:51 am

    LOVE the idea of a reverse bucket list! And you’ve had quite a productive month!! Always love to see what’s happening in your neck of the woods (and your adorable puppy pics!!). Also way to go on the exercise front–that’s amazing! XOXO

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      February 14, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you Charlotte! I love being able to connect with you via our blogs. 🙂

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    My Urban Family
    January 31, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    My desk is looking like your before photo of yours… I really should add that to my todo list this week. It’s another thing on the list, but I always work so much better when it’s clean and organized instead of working in the chaos!

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    Chelsea Jacobs
    January 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Pictures of dogs in chairs will NEVER get old. So cute!

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    Becky @ Disney in your Day
    January 31, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I love the idea of reverse goals! I’m still doing goals at the beginning of the month but I’m trying to break them down into very specific, manageable bits and pieces that I can really tackle.

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    January 31, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Reverse goals! Love it! Looks like a wonderful month!

  • Reply
    January 31, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Your dog looks so cute! And those coffees! Beautiful!

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    Debora Dahl
    January 31, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    That is a great list. I still havent made to the gym this year! So bad! You have such a cute dog!

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    February 1, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Firstly, loved your desk! This is such a fun post! 🙂

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    Erin of Very Erin
    February 1, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I love the idea of this post, you accomplished a lot!

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    Autumn @ Stay gold Autumn
    February 7, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Your puppy is always so darling! I love how you contribute to yourself with writing classes and webinars. I hope you keep having an amazing year 🙂

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