Choose Your Own Adventure [Link Up]

6.04.2015
the very last link up, i can't believe it's arrived. thank you all for joining in, it's been fun seeing what everyone has worked on. personally, i've accomplished a lot. more than i would have if i didn't have to report back here every month, that's for sure. thanks for being lovely co-hosts, steph and ashley!

okay on to the may results - read month.  guess what?  i didn't fail!  reading hasn't been my thing for quite some time now but i'm slowly coming back around to it.  so my goals:

1. read (and comment on) the blogs on my feedly.  pass.  i'm behind on this week, but it's june anyway.  for the month of may, i did great!
2. read eat to live which i actually bought.  pass.  i love this book.  it's not for everyone but the vegetarian in me was pleased.  and not only did i finish that, but i also read marie kondo's 'the life changing magic of tidying up' and it was fantastic.  i donated 5 bags of things after reading it.  me, the girl who already massively decluttered her belongings.  great book.  weird in parts, but i recommend it.
3. assess my online library and amazon ebook wishlists.  pass.  i got everything off my amazon wishlists - nothing i wanted to buy, so i either deleted it or put it on my online library wishlist.  so the library wishlist grew but it's all things that i'm definitely reading once they become available.  it's a little long (for me - it's between 7 and 10), but it's organized!

hooray success!  it's nice to end this link up on a high note.  how was your final month?  can't wait to hear.

general guidelines:
1) if you want, follow your hosts not entirely perfect, life according to steph, and keeping up with ashley and cody.  (i like twitter, that way i can follow you back and tweet you encouragement throughout the challenge.)
2) link up your post about your results below for the month - we want to hear all about what you did, how you fared, what resources you used, what you'd recommend to others, etc.
3) please link to your actual post about your results.  links not having to do with the challenge will be deleted.
4) feel free to use this button, created by the lovely sarah at venus trapped in mars.

Not Entirely Perfect


40 comments:

  1. i totally shit the bed with reading this month. i have a stack of books that i have to get through but i started watching friday night lights and then those books stayed where they are.

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  2. Awesome on the reading, of books and blogs. I really want to read that Tidying Up book. I've enjoyed this link-up as well. I started exercising because of it! I don't usually set goals, so thanks for the motivation.

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  3. My library list is always ridiculously too long. My Amazon wishlist is less so because I get buyer's paralysis and I'm terrified I'm going to spend money on a book I'll hate. I still have a gift card from Christmas I haven't spent.


    Great job on your goals this month! I need to check out that tidying up book because EVERYONE keeps mentioning it.

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  4. I may check Marie Kondo out of the library.


    My To Read list has over 150 books on it I think. You'd die. LOL

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  5. Great job, friend! Definitely going to add the book about tidying up on my to-read list!

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  6. Looks like a great month of accomplishments :) Gosh I wish I had more time or made more time to read. I need to learn how to live on two hours of sleep so that I can squeeze some in. I'm literally in the kitchen every night, whether it's cooking dinner, making breakfasts and lunches, feeding the dogs, walking the dogs. In some ways I'd love to have a paleo delivery service so I could have that time back.
    In any event, great job. I also want to read Eat to Live... Someday. I need to finish what I've already started... *rolls eyes* lol

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  7. Sounds like you had a great, successful month!!! I am going to have to look up those two books that you read, they sound interesting. My to-read list is forever growing.

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  8. nice! I am late to the game and just got my ebook stuff set up for my library card! I have been addicted to it since then.

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  9. Great job!


    I need to go back to the library and renew my card. It expired from lack of use.

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  10. Ohh I should put all my GoodReads to-read books on my libraries wishlist. Great idea!! Good job getting all your goals met!

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  11. You did a great job on your May goals! Thanks so much for hosting this link-up. I had a lot of fun with it.

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  12. I need to actually write mine up but I did pretty well. I will check out the tidying up book. I tried being a vegetarian in high school. A friend of mine was/is, but I really hate vegetables so I was starving at the end of a month and broke down and bought a Big Mac.

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  13. oh and this evening I will have completed the secret goal from the relationship month.

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  14. haha FNL is a necessity though, I would have done the same! You'll get to the books when you finish ;)

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  15. Thanks for linking up! I'm glad it helped over the months :)
    I definitely recommend the tidying book. It's a pretty different way of looking at things than the usual organizing/decluttering books out there, so it was nice to change it up. It helped me for sure!

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  16. Haha I remember that gift card! Still?! That's some willpower. I would spend that sucker so fast.
    Definitely try the tidying book. It helped me a ton, 5 bags of stuff is huge for me! I really didn't think I had much left to get rid of, so that was great.
    Happy Birthday!

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  17. It's really good. It leans heavily toward being vegan/vegetarian and lists all the health reasons and studies, so I loved it. My meat eating friends would hate it though.

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  18. I think you should, it's super interesting. I don't know how easily you could apply it, because you have a whole house (she recommends doing a massive declutter, all at once. Like the whole house, every inch of it, in say, 6 months. Yeah... maybe if you didn't work full time or have a house full of pets and a husband...) but it's still a really fun, different perspective.
    Omg 150?! I thought 10 was overwhelming!

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  19. It's good! It's actually pretty different than anything I've read yet on the subject, so I recommend it. 5 bags of stuff is huge for me, I thought I had nothing left.

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  20. THIS IS THE BEST NEWS EVER. You go girl. I'm excited :)
    I think you'll like the tidying book a lot. You'll be amazed at what you find that can go.
    I'm surprisingly picky about veggies and fruits for being a vegetarian. I'm slowly opening up to more, but it's a work in progress.

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  21. LOL. I read 7-10 a month usually. If I hear of something good, I want to keep record of it. I'll get to it eventually!


    Yeah, I can't do it all at once. But it's worth checking out!

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  22. I always thought that paleo would be labor-intensive! I'm still not sure of all the rules, but I know I couldn't do that much time in the kitchen. I'm not big on cooking in the first place, so I just steam some vegetables and call it a day.
    Eat to Live is pretty good! I think on paleo you eat a lot of meat though right? Eat to Live really pushes you towards vegan/vegetarian (I already am vegetarian so it was fine.)

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  23. I'm definitely getting back into reading for pleasure so that's good! I really like both of those books - those two, plus total money makeover, are the only 3 books I actually own, so that's saying something!

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  24. I love the ebook option! The actual library is close to my work, but ebooks are just more convenient. On the Chicago system, you have 21 days. So it's nice that I can decide if/when I feel like reading on a certain topic. With physical books, you read them when they come in and that's that.

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  25. I was really bad about actually getting to the library too. I pretty much exclusively use the ebook option now, much easier for me!

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  26. Thanks! And thanks for linking up, it's been great having you :)

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  27. It is. I don't get to sit down much when I get home from work every night. I suppose it's what you make of it, if that's the life you want to lead then sure it's worth it.
    At the moment, I'm eating about 2 servings of actual meat and other proteins throughout the day. I was trying to go vegetarian or vegan a couple of years ago but I'm allergic to some legumes and nuts so eliminating meal completely out of my diet while still going at it at the gym like an animal just doesn't work. Ethically, my heart is meat-free, but for now I just try to make as smart of food choices as I can (organic, free-range, no GMOs etc). I'd love to be one day 100% vegetarian/vegan though.

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  28. congrats on doing so well in May :) i want to read that tidying up book. i normally keep all the things i want to buy in my amazon cart 'saved for later' so that it shows price changes, but i had like 50 things in there and i was losing track of everything so i cleaned it up and it's so refreshing :)

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  29. Caitlin @ Candyfloss & PersieJune 5, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    These are such great ideas! Especially since you girls seem to be really good about keeping up on your goals!

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  30. Kudos for succeeding on all your May goals! :) That's wonderful. I'm not sure where I am right now but I'm blog focused. My email list is what I want to figure out and tackle this year. This month? Acquire basic Linux skills. It's already in motion. Things are happening. Neurons are firing. :) Have a great weekend Stephanie!! -Iva

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  31. sounds like you had a great successful month of may on your goals! I'm going to still linking up with goals each month, but they are not themed.

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  32. I feel the same way about The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Great motivator but weird in parts. I've been revisiting it as I prep for our move.

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  33. AHH! I swear I read somewhere that the linkup was just over for the summer. If it's over forever, how on earth will I ever get things done?? :(

    On another note---yay for rocking reading month!! And thanks for being responsible for almost all of my un-laziness from the last nine months. :)

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  34. Thanks girl :) The library wish list definitely helped, now I'm just waiting for my picks to be available!

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  35. I was doing that too, on Amazon, but I started to feel like I was just putting things in there to see if the price dropped or that I only 'maybe' wanted. Feels good to have it cleaned out! My wallet is pleased with me.

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  36. Thanks! I was off a couple months but overall, I've had more successes. I thought this month would be the hardest, but it was one of my only perfect months!

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  37. Oh good, someone just commented that they're sad to see it go. I'll send them your way! Thanks for being my co-host :)

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  38. I was originally just going to break for summer, but Steph and I decided we just have too much on our plates. However, our other co-host @Ashley Servis is going to keep going! Same day, link up every month. But no defined topic, you can pull goals from anywhere. So you can keep being un-lazy :) I'll be linking up too, when I can get my act together haha.

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  39. It was definitely strange, like when she says to great your clothes and thank your socks. I'm already overly attached to stuffed animals, I can't get attached to clothes too. And the crying over the shampoo bottle... whoa girl. Calm down. but the overall message and her tips were really great. If you can get past the weird little details, it's an awesome resource.

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  40. I wish I was as motivated as you! I'm slightly more blog motivated this month than I have been for the last 3-4 months, but still not ready for things like e-mails lists. Good luck!!

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