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I’ve been feeling pretty down on myself lately because I don’t feel like I’ve been as productive as I feel like I should be.  When I sat down to write my recap for my summer goals, I was pretty pleasantly surprised that I did make progress in some areas that I really needed to… so that helped my overall mindset going into my fall goals.  Got fall goals or a bucket list?  Link up with me and Steph today and share!

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Fall Goals Recap:

  • Finish off our home bucket list of things we still need to complete since the renovation (yes, there are still outstanding issues.  Sigh.  Contractors are THE.  WORST.)
  • Start on the Hub’s Christmas gift (which is going to require a lot of time if I want to make it exactly how I hope to)
  • Edit our Europe 2016 photos, JP’s graduation photos, and Julian’s promotion photos
  • Finish off the stockings that I have already made in time for holiday decor… see if I can make some progress on the tree skirt… lolz.
  • Make a trip to Austin to tailgate with the family and celebrate JP’s accomplishment of being one of the Texas Longhorns!!
  • Develop an action item list for my blog.  I’ve really enjoyed sharing more photos with my best travel photo series but I want to do more!

Summer Goals Recap:

  • WIN!  Take unused boxes to storage and get them out of my office.  I actually did this AND I got our back conference room completely cleaned up (and out)… Mili and I mightttttt have gotten rid of a lot of crap when no one was looking… lol.
  • HALF-WIN!  Finish scanning old files into our system and get rid of all the paper once and for all.  (This is going to require a lot more time than I expected… but I have been making progress on it.  Slow and steady wins the race.)
  • WIN!  Plan our anniversary trip (and actually take it)  True – it was planned basically the day before we left with a location change involved… but we did it!  I’m excited to recap our northeast road trip adventures!!
  • FAIL!  Consign my clothes that I won’t wear again (anyone have experience with sending things to The Real Real?)  (The clothes are separated in a guest bedroom closet, I just haven’t had a chance to get them consigned.)
  • HALF-WIN!  Get our data together and sent to NSC so we can start running some real data analysis.  (We have started sending data to NSC and have gotten a couple reports back… now we just need to analyze them.  The basic results?  Sending kids to community college is a bad idea and doesn’t work out.  Surprise?  Not really.)
  • WIN!  Plan a couple summer date nights  (Okay, so we managed one to see Beauty and the Beast… and a trip to the iMax to see National Parks Adventure… both things my husband loved doing.)
  • FAIL!  Edit our Europe 2016 pictures, JP’s graduation pictures, and Julian’s promotion pictures  (Unfortunately I didn’t touch much of this… and I need to because my sister-in-law was definitely asking about the graduation pictures and my family has been asking about the promotion pictures.  Maybe on the 16-hour plane ride to China…)
  • FAIL!  Update my professional bucket list!  (I just need to get through NCAN and NACAC this week!)



  • kristen - good job on your summer goals, even if you didn’t win them all you still did a lot! i have never heard of the real real-interesting! i normally sell on ebay, and i thought about trying thredup.. but we’ll see. good luck on your fall goals!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Green Fashionista - Tailgating sounds like a must do, and love that you’re making your own stockings! Can’t wait to see them! Happy Friday <3
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  • Stephanie - That reminds me that I don’t have stockings among my Christmas decor items. I should get those. Not sure where I could hang them from but that’s a different problem 🙂
    Editing photos is the worst. It always takes so long! Hopefully you’ll get to them this time, that’ll be a huge task off your plate.ReplyCancel

  • SMD @ Life According to Steph - Picture stuff is hard for me. I should probably make some electronic file goals but…ehh. LOL

    I think you did well on summer stuff. It’s a hard goal season.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Going to Austin is such a fun goal! I love it there! Do you live in TX (I’m in Houston…). I love all the Christmas crafting and planning… I need to get my act together if I want anything new this year!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Hey – high five on tackling some of those summer goals! I feel you on the home renovations items – we are just starting and I’m kind of dreading it! Get on those Europe photos – I’d love to see them! Have a fabulous weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - I’ve never heard of The Real Real. Is it anything like ThredUp? I have been doing a few crafty projects, lately, and I am not extremely crafty so I like doing things that take one day. After that, I find reasons to procrastinate, although I have been doing okay and as long as I actually start it, it’s easier to keep going.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Elizabeth - Look at you planning ahead to Christmas gifts! I was just trying to remember this morning if I ever got Nick a birthday gift back in July, HA!ReplyCancel

  • Betsy - You did end up accomplishing a lot! It’s all about doing a little more each time : ) Right there with you on trying to get the Christmas presents accomplished early. I’m so glad I read your comment, I didn’t realize I had accidentally shared the secret goal. Obviously trying to keep that one a secret for certain reasons because you never know who might see and shouldn’t. I ended up deleting the comment just in case. Again thanks for commenting on that part!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - What are you making your husband for Christmas? I’m intrigued!ReplyCancel

I feel like life needs a pause button… because I am barreling towards October in such a way that is staggering.  Let’s just go with the bullet point version, shall we?

  • Hiring this year has been far more difficult than usual.  Let’s start by acknowledging that I lost a couple people two days before training started so I started out behind.  I had someone else go through two weeks of training and then decide that they needed to be somewhere else.
  • We still don’t have a signed contract.  We got our school list, then some shenanigans happened and our school list changed.  I sent in all the documents and then we found out that they were changing the scope of our work and our funding allocation.  I signed all that while we were on our anniversary trip, and we still aren’t at work yet.  FAFSA opens on October 1 this year.  Sooooo.. we’re going to be playing catch up in a really bad way this year.  I guess I say that every year, but I just feel like this year is already off to a tough start.

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  • We hosted Princeton this past weekend and it was full house.  It was incredible turn out… and it’s the first time Princeton has visited us.  #WINNING!!
  • Next week, I’m headed to Detroit for the National College Access Network conference where I’m presenting with one of my favorite people.  From there I’ll drive to Columbus, Ohio for the NACAC conference where I’m presenting with 3/4 of my team.  Sarah’s still on maternity leave.  Sad.  The NACAC presentation is finalized and uploaded, but I need to finish off my draft for NCAN.
  • The day before I leave for Detroit is our College Kick Off event… where we have 30+ admissions officers coming to work with our kids… so I’ve got to get that done, too.  Thank goodness I was able to knock out the agenda for reps yesterday… and I’ve started trying to slot classrooms… so I’m getting there.
  • And to further complicate life… the day I finish presenting at NACAC is the day I leave for China.  For work.  I leave Saturday at 5:40pm, stop at JFK, and arrive in China on MONDAY at 5:45am.  And I’m there for a grand total of SIX days.  And then I’m home for six days before heading off to Chicago.  For work.

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I can’t even figure out what my fall seasonal goals should be (overcome jet lag?), but I hope you’ll link up with me and Steph on Friday for our fall goals post!!  Grab the graphic below and join us!!

 

Life According to Steph

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journey of doing - paris travel photos

journey of doing - paris travel photos

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