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#TR30Days Round 2 – Whoops, Gotta Close This Out!

Wow, did I drop the eight ball here or what??? My #TR30Days Round 2? Ended Sunday (I think).  Which Means?  I am two updates behind.  Here’s the update and I’ll try to write a recap before the end of the week. 
  • Cut the cord to the cell phone in the car– specifically, while I’m driving.  While I wasn’t on the phone when I got into a minor car accident last week? It really woke me up to the fact that distracted driving probably should have been a factor and it’s blind luck that it wasn’t.  It was #wakeupcall & I’m taking it.  Whatever’s going on?  WILL keep until I put it in park.  Update – Doing REALLY well with this.  There have been a few “bad performance” days; but that’s normal for anyone with anything.  By the by, though – I’d say if the cord isn’t cut?? It’s REALLY frayed! 
  • Business Development – I will add 4 new clients from 7/29 to 8/29 🙂  I’ve got a pretty solid business development plan built out and will be executing it.  Tying it to the “NOW” thing? I’m committing to having my daily work put INTO my CRM system at the end of EACH day – I’ll admit I can have a tendency to want to neglect the “Administrivia” (3) but it’s important, too.  Giving myself the “Three Pass Rule” (4) – I’ll commit to giving up my #Wine Wednesday if I hit a 4th infraction where I focus on database development instead.  A 5th infraction will have me giving up a date night – so there will BE no 5th infraction, for sure!!! 🙂  Update:  I ended up with 3 clients; which is okay.  Paperwork? Still something I really, really hate doing – but did finally give up a date to get some info in.  It’s a work in progress. 
  • Read One Book a Week & One Parenting & Fun Book Over the Challenge – Three a week is way too much for me to realistically keep up with this time, but 1 book a week?  Is a 2 hour time commitment – I can hang with that AND commit to a blog on it to boot!  Also want to read a “just for fun” and a specific parenting book relating to ‘girl cliques’ before the school year starts back up!  Finished the No Asshole Rule Book – I really DO like it and highly recommend you read it if you are part of team development, leadership, or HR/Culture.   I’m working on 3 books right now:  “Teen as a Second Language,” “Outliers,” and “The Average American Male.”  Can I just say that while I’m enjoying the humor in the last book? It is CRUDE – I’m hoping most men truly don’t think that way! Update – did this, love it and have new books for the next challenge!  Will write a book summary on a couple of these – but will say Teen as a Second Language and Outliers are MUST READS. 
  • Blogging – Can I do three a week?  I think I can. 🙂 I’m also going to make a decision on splitting my blog into 2 by the end of this 30-day or keeping it whole, as is.  Update:  Nope; made between one or two different blogs a week on average. So, definitely fell short. BUT, I did make a new blog site that better houses my writing by categorizing it.  Feeling really good about that!  Oh, a couple of my blog concepts ended up on Monster & TalentCulture.  Yay! 


  • THREE – Three days a week I WILL – do yoga, do strength training, and do swimming.
  • TWO – Two days a week I WILL – play tennis & do spin – or spinnish thing Jen taught me (so gonna kill me).
  • ONE – EVERY day I will do my 10k – even if it has to be broken into 2 5ks.
  • I will drink 2 liters of water a day.

Update:  This? Total fail.  So, my health stuff really has just worn me out and I’ve not had a lot of energy.  I HAVE had my water and I WILL get back into working out – starting this week w/ this new challenge. Really.

  • Daily Gratitude WITH my Girls – I really enjoyed this last time & it had such a huge impact on my overall outlook in life.  I want to include the girls into this 30 Days so they can enjoy the benefits of a grateful heart/outlook as well; AND so I can gain further parental insights into a different aspect of their personality. ) –Update:  Getting the girls wrapped into this was much easier once I got them back.  Love the simple discussions we have had on this… I’ve asked them to start keeping a gratitude journal, too; and Lindsey is making her own blog! 🙂 
  • Bible Study w/ the Girls on Healthy Relationships & Sex:  Because if you wait to talk about it until you “HAVE TO?”  You’ve waited way too long.  We’ve chatted about it; but want to start doing a pulse check before we go back to school.  Want to do the study that Shannon Rowell recommended & really hit on what healthy “dating” in Middle School/High School looks like.  Update – The less structured conversations were definitely the way to go; we’re comfortably talking about it & integrating God’s expectation for us on this subject.. so, I’m happy. 
  • Charity Work –   REALLY am keen on @lovedrop and want to be more of a part of bringing awareness to that cause during this #TR30Days challenge.  Also will be participating at the Service/Volunteer weekend at Church as being more involved w/ The Branch has been on my ‘to-do’ list since May of LAST year.  *Oops!*  Was really appreciative of the volunteer weekend & chance to change the ‘to-do’ to an ‘am-doing.’ 🙂  Update:  This one I completed and am happy with; except I need to get back with Jaron to see where we’re at on the submission I did a week or two ago (totally lost track of when I turned it in!) 

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