2019 January Goals – Accountability, Check in, and Bragging!

January may be over, but I still have goals on the horizon…

My journey to less waste began in late 2018, but I’ve been looking closer at the trash my purchases make and I resolved to make even more changes this year.

As I use up my personal items, I’ve decided to source a more local, more environmentally friendly, higher quality, zero-waste alternative. The first item I used up is my natural deodorant. I switched to the Crystal Body Deodorant, Rock, 5 Ounce back in December and have used it since then with great results. I really like the rock, but it did come in a plastic sleeve – in a plastic and cardboard packaged container. I kept the plastic sleeve to put it in when I travel but tossed the packaging.

The second item I’ve nearly used up is floss. I’m still sourcing an alternative, but am thinking about getting dental lace. I want to check out what the Bothell Recology store has for floss, if any and take a quick peek at my local PCC for alternatives as well. I have a little bit of time before the last bit of my Costco Oral-B Glide floss runs out. I also don’t want to check out the local stores when I’m near them and not go out of my way to visit them.

A third personal item that I didn’t necessarily use up, but am already making changes for is for my menstrual health. I got the Lunette Reusable Menstrual Cup – Blue – Model 1 for Light Flow – Your Vagina’s New Best Friend in December and tried it out for 2 days. Then I read some comments in some of my Zero-Waste groups on Facebook that the device, since it uses suction, can cause a prolapse. Scary. So I haven’t tried it since. I did receive two very lovely pairs of Thinx period panties on my birthday. Thanks, Sis! I still have quite the supply of pads left and am looking forward to trying out the Thinx on the lighter days.

Other changes I have made are as follows:

  1. Composting in a bin in the backyard
  2. Keeping veggie scraps and making them into stock for soup
  3. Refusing whenever I can (envelopes at the bank, straws at restaurants, bags at the grocery store)
  4. Using my produce bags and reusable bags at the grocery store
  5. Using handmade hankies for blowing my nose instead of toilet paper or tissues
  6. I stopped using q-tips
  7. Taking the trash can out of the bathroom and leaving a ‘compost’ bin instead
  8. Using my Buy Nothing and other friendly online groups to recycle items I don’t want and don’t use
  9. Re-using any packaging materials I receive for work/personal
  10. I didn’t buy anything new that wasn’t consumable in January!
  11. Making my own rags for cleaning out of old clothes that were too worn out to donate
  12. Resolving to plan meals at home every day of the month and only eating out when cooking doesn’t work out or when I’m traveling
  13. Planning my meals around what food needs to be eaten (I’m looking at you leftovers!)

My future projects:

  1. Consider a family cloth and figure out the logistics
  2. Make my own Poo-Pourri
  3. Make my own laundry detergent or source a better alternative
  4. Line dry my clothes instead of using the dryer
  5. Stop my junk mail
  6. Source an alternative to my current shampoo/conditioner bottles
  7. Get/Make/Source reusable cloth napkins and store in a usable location for both upstairs and downstairs
  8. Source packaging free fruits and vegetables that aren’t inconvenient to purchase
  9. Source facial lotion

Do you have any other ideas I should consider to reduce my waste?


I completed a fitness goal in January as well – I successfully completed the Blogilates 100 abs challenge. Though many days I did the easier version of the ab-challenge move and some days I didn’t complete the challenge in one day, I did all 100 ab moves in the 30 days. Blogilates is one of my favorite fitness guides on Youtube. I feel stronger and more able to complete ab-related workouts now. I also feel that I do have more ab muscles.

Early in January, my partner and I both got a BodySpec scan and it was fascinating to see the measurements. According to the scan I’m very healthy. It’s always reassuring to have the numbers. It was also quite reassuring to have the 15-minute phone consultation after the scan and for them to tell me that having such a high fat content in the gynoid region (35%) isn’t bad and doesn’t indicate a higher risk for something like diabetes. The gynoid region is where you want to store your fat! Huzzah! My partner and I have both been going to the gym for strength training this month, which I have never really done before. I actually enjoy it (almost anything is more exciting and easier than cardio).

I have dog walking midday all month and have enjoyed the extra movement. Moving forward I want to continue to work on strength training, ab-exercises, and movement during the day. I also want to continue to take my pole classes and the acro-yoga classes I’ve been going to weekly/biweekly. Eventually when my wrist (specifically my left wrist) feels like it has a greater range of motion, I want to work more diligently on handstand training.


My main goal for the year was to save as much money as possible! I’m doing this by earning more money, spending less money, and investing the money that I do have. I put the maximum allotment for 2018 into my IRA account and I am trying out some short-term CD investments. I am also looking for creative ways to earn money. So far I have tried filling out surveys (it’s hard to get chosen for the ones that pay real money), Rover (I love getting paid to exercise and I get to watch cats sometimes), selling unwanted items on Facebook selling unwanted items on Ebay, and selling the remaining book inventory (which means seeking out events where I can sell my books). By the way, if you’re local – come meet me! Cough cough buy my books cough cough.

I am also closely watching all my money. I created a yearly budget and broke it down by month and track every single expense categorically. My monthly goal is to save half of all my incoming money. Here is my monthly budget spreadsheet and a brief breakdown for how January went.

I did spend 55% of my income for January. Mostly because I prepaid my car insurance, legal fees, and 6-month maintenance this month.

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Upcoming Local Event: Neverending Bookshop Author Signing in Edmonds, WA 2/3/19

 

The Neverending Bookshop is pleased to welcome back local author Rachel Barnard with her book “Donuts In An Empty Field”! She’ll do a reading, talk about her books, answer questions, and sign copies of her work. Stop by and join us!

To celebrate Rachel breaking even on her first ever book project, she is offering her first For the Love of Donuts book (Donuts in an Empty Field) at a discounted price at this event.

RSVP to the event on Facebook HERE

 

Add the book to your Goodreads shelf:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30052109-donuts-in-an-empty-field

 

Bring your used books and get store credit to the book store.

Annual Book Party at Neverending Bookshop Aftermath!

What a fun party!

I had all my books, donuts, a coloring station, and new special donut soaps at my party! Thanks to Dreamy Suds for specially making those beautiful donut soaps! Check out photos from the event below. Remember my event from last year? Did you miss out this year? Come next year when all my donuts books will be available or see me at any upcoming event.

Photo taken by fellow author Stephanie Larkin

Photo taken with fellow author Stephanie Larkin

Debuting my new coloring books – I still have some adjustments to make on them

Thanks, Donna for giving me my cool blow up donut!

Donuts from Countryside – not the greatest donuts I’ve ever had

My lovely standup sign that Paul made for me

My entire setup

 

Small Business Saturday and a Bout of Food Poisoning at 5AM

I started the day strong at St. James Espresso in Kirkland with the Elsewhere NaNoWriMo meetup and had a pecan sticky bun (but don’t worry I didn’t eat the pecans, just the good part). I got a couple thousand words in!

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Off to the Small Business Saturday event at the Neverending Bookshop in Bothell for a joint author event with debut author Lori Summerville and her debut fantasy novel, “Fall Through.”

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Then Paul took us out to lunch across the street at the lovely Alexa’s Cafe! I’d never been and couldn’t help but get one of their peculiar looking cinnamon rolls and it was THE BEST EVER! My curry chicken sandwich on a croissant was also quite delicious.

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On the way to Paul’s gig at Tab’s in Kenmore, I stopped in at my favorite local donut shop, Daddy’s and tried out one of the seasonal combos!

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After eating leftover Thai food and two snacks and two drinks at Tab’s I finished the day with mild food poisoning at 5AM…

Author Events in the Seattle’s Eastside today! Neverending Bookshop and Monroe Books

Meet the authors at Main Street Books in Monroe today from 2pm-4pm! For more info, check out the Facebook event page here.

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And don’t forget to support your other local bookstore in Bothell! The Nevending Bookshop is turning 1-year old!

Come help us celebrate one year at The Neverending Bookshop! We’ll have storytime, a literary costume contest (both adults and kids), a short story writing contest (both adults and kids), giveaways, mysterious books for sale, and so much more! For more information, visitwww.theneverendingbookshop.com/events We can’t wait to celebrate one year in the Bothell community!
The day’s schedule: 10:30 a.m.: storytime; 11 a.m.: coloring; 2 p.m.: the children’s literary costume contest; 2:30 p.m.: the adult’s costume contest. Throughout the day we’ll be collecting business cards and contact information for a super awesome giveaway!

For more info, check out the Facebook event page here.

Donuts Aftermath! Two Parties in a Donut Costume

June 25th was all about the donuts!

My drop-in party at Neverending Bookshop was fabulous! Thanks to Rich for buying donut shop #3 (Krispy Kreme) donuts. Shout out to Annie and her mother for helping out and selling all the books. Thanks to Vicky and Sheri for coming all the way from North Bend! Thanks to the entire Allen family (yes, all of them) for coming out. Thanks to fellow author Emily Bates for stopping in (the shop also has her books for sale, hint hint). Thanks to the strangers who I met at the party who bought my books, said hi, and ate some donuts. Thanks to Paul for his rapid cleanup help and for washing the hours-crusted donut knife and cutting board. I had a ton of fun! Here are some pictures from that lovely event:

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And now to the blind donut tasting results!

Donut shop #1 = Factory Donuts in Kirkland

Donut shop #2 = Countryside Donuts in Bothell

Donut shop #3 = Krispy Kreme

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The donut contenders were cake, maple bar, glazed, and boston kreme!

The results are as follows:

  1. 9 people voted!
  2. Not all votes included rankings of all types of donuts
  3. The glazed favorite was… Countryside with 5/10 votes, second place was Krispy Kreme with 3/10 votes and last place was Factory Donuts with 2/10 votes
  4. My favorite glazed was from Countryside. Mmm mmm good.
  5. The cake donut favorite was… Factory Donuts with 3/6 votes (two voters thought all the cake donut contenders were terrible and I was of the same opinion)
  6. The Boston Creme favorite was… Factory Donuts wit 5/7 votes!
  7. The Maple Bar favorite was… Countryside Dontus with 4/7 votes, second place was Krispy Kreme with 2/7 votes and last place was Factory Donuts with a single vote
  8. I did not even try the maple bar because I don’t like maple bar frosting

The party-goers/readers also wrote down their thoughts about donuts, which I will keep with my donut supplies! The raffle winner was Sheri. Congrats! See you all at the next party and thanks to everyone who came out, ate donuts, said hi, and got a copy of Donuts in an Empty Field.

Donuts Amazon Order link:   https://www.amazon.com/Donuts-Empty-Field-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B01FIGENWQ

My second party was a joint-author reading with lovely fantasy writer Ksenia Anske. I admire Ksenia for her boisterous personality, her fantastic author-reader communication, and of course for her lovely dark-raw-fantastical-imaginative writing.

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Upcoming Local Event: Neverending Bookshop in Bothell, WA

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RSVP to the Meetup HERE or the Facebook HERE

 

Celebrate the release of For the Love of Donuts Book 1: Rachel Barnard will be there to sign books, especially the new Donuts in an Empty Field (For theLove of Donuts Book 1). Her other books, Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams, At One’s Beast, and Vanessa’s Book of Awesome Things will also be available.

Add the book to your Goodreads shelf:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30052109-donuts-in-an-empty-field

There’s a raffle: Free to enter. Drawing will take place towards the end of the event. Don’t miss out on the donut swag!

Vote on your favorite donut: It’s a blind tasting! Compare the same donut from several local donut shops and vote on your favorite!

Bring your used books and get store credit!

Got something cool to say about donuts? Don’t forget to add it to the “All about the Donuts” comment/quote box.

First five purchases after 3:00 P.M. will receive a FREE mini donuts swag pack.

After this event, drive down to Third Place Books for a dual author event with Rachel Barnard and Ksenia Anske here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/919472141499694/