2015….Bring It On!

I wish every one of you the most wonderful New Year’s Eve
and the best start to a brand new year! 

keep coloring outside the lines,

2015….Bring It On!

2015 Challenge Help

2015 is already looking like an interesting year for me. Job changes that I have no control over, a dedicated effort to get healthy in any way I can. writing in NaNo challenges, my online education, new friends online and off to interact with and so much more that I haven’t contemplated or even know about yet. And I’m not forgetting about a significant birthday in my life either!!

My challenges are in my sidebar, which you can access by clicking on the 3 lines in the upper right-hand corner. I will be keeping track of them on different websites and groups, but also here in one place. Below, I have listed them out and some of the places or ways I feel are going to help with my accomplishing what I want.

I doubt I can pay these 3 bills completely off, so the goal is to pay as much as possible. I do plan to use my 2014 income tax refund to pay off the Amex card. Th car payment is up until April 2016, but the plan is to still have the car by this time next year and maybe get to a low payoff sum and pay that bill a month or two early. I am using Mint.com to track the payments and also send me reminders so I don’t forget.

  • CC#1 Amex: 0/1382.81
  • CC#2 Visa: 0/2628.77
  • Car Payoff: 0/1621.88

I use Amazon a lot to purchase different things including food at times. So any amount off an order is a plus. I am a member of SwagBucks and Bing search sites and am trying out some survey sites (more on that later). Each of these sites give out giftcards for searching and other things. You just need to build up the required points. I find SwagBucks to be so easy and they give out Swag Codes usually every day that are worth 3 SwagBucks if you enter the correct code on the site. I can do searches for both of these sites first thing in the morning, every day. Points add up fairly quickly. On Bing, you get 15 points a day for searches.

  • Amazon GiftCards $__
  • Paypal GiftCards $__

My change jar will get it’s first boost from the January “find loose change” hunt around my house. I know I have a bunch of coins just laying around throughout the house. Afterwards, anything from my purse or pockets at the end of the day and any change I find.

  • Change Jar __ cents

I plan to get as much mileage out of a buck as I can with coupons and sales to add to my stockpiles, which includes my new freezer space 🙂

  • $5/wk Stockpile 0/52

The hardest parts of this coming year promise to be diet and exercise. I always start out good on these things and then the fire goes out. So keeping a fire lit under my butt will be an extremely important focus. Websites and their communities are going to be my help and encouragement on this one. Also when I start seeing results and feeling better, then I hope that will keep me going. The active challenge requires 10 minutes a day as a challenge set up by “SparkGuy”, Chris Downie.
Websites: SparkPeopleFitBit • Facebook Groups • Transcontinental Walk

  • Birthday Weight: 0/28
  • Transcontinental Walk: 0/4063
  • Active 0/365
  • Water 0 cups
  • Try New Recipes 0/52

I have always loved to read and used to read (no devour) so many books every year. I want to get back to doing things I love in 2015 and reading is at the top of my list. I am shooting for 52 books I’ve never read before, but hope I can get more than that.
Websites: GoodReads • 2 SparkPeople Book Clubs

  • Books Bzah 0/52

Something else I have always loved is Horror Movies. I fondly remember late nights into early mornings watching Chiller Theater. Psychological horror is my favorite, but I like other types, even the cheesy ones at times. I want to watch 100 movies I’ve never watched before this year. I’m bad about watching the same thing over and over so this will force me to explore new movies. Also, I will do one of the “100 horror movies in October” challenges, but I normally never get too far on that since October seems to be a busy month.
Website: IMDb

  • Horror Movies Bzah 0/100

I’m sure there will be other challenges to come along, but these are the ones I am starting out with. If I could “win” most of my challenges I would be really happy this time next year, but I’m not putting any hard pressure on myself except for the exercise and water one. In numbers of steps and cups of water, I am practically starting out at ground zero since I am very sedentary and drink a lot of coffee and Coca-cola. By losing 28lbs, I know my cholesterol and GERD would certainly get better. So those goals are the most important ones. The money goals are in second place — I can’t make or save money if I am sick. The other goals are to see how much I can do and how creative I can be with things. Expect lots of pictures based on these challenges throughout 2015!

* FYI: I do have affiliate links in the way of you signing up under me on SwagBucks and Bing if you go through the links provided. Of course, I would appreciate it if you did, but do not feel you have to – you can visit those pages on your own. The other links will take you to my profile where you are welcome to befriend me if you wish*

I would love to hear of your resolutions or challenges you have set up for yourself in 2015. I might join you or at least cheer you on. I very much believe that writing goals down helps you achieve them, especially if they are somewhere you can see them regularly. And being among others who share the same goals can only help as much as you participate. I am glad I have found several very active message boards to read others’ adventures and cheer them on. I have already received encouragement for what I am doing from some of those sites. And of course on this blog, every like, follow or comment is appreciated. Thank you all so very much!!

And from me to you: Best Wishes, Good Luck and HooRah for you on your 2015 journey whatever it may be and wherever it may take you!!

keep coloring outside the lines,

2015 Challenge Help

January 2015 TBR List

I need to read one book a week to make my goal of 52 books in one year. I figure if I can read during my lunch at work or before I go to bed, this should be an easily accomplished goal. That is as long as I am consistent. Also a few long weekends during the year and I always read a lot during the summer. I like to read while sitting outside. And another thing, as anyone who loves to read can tell you, there are always opportunities to read if you keep a book close at hand. Examples would be during car trips and while waiting on for appointments.

Besides the free Kindle First and free Amazon books, I normally use the online version of my local library. It used to be hard to get books, but now there are a lot. It is just hard to get popular books. But thankfully they have a hold system. Sometimes the hold system takes quite some time due to more than a hundred people waiting on a few copies of the book. No matter to me, except for when I want a book right now to be able to discuss it for a book club selection. Of course you can only check out so many books and they are loaned for 3 weeks at a time.

Since January is the first month, I am going to go with a theme of “first in a series” books. I pass by a lot of authors that have long running series, because it seems too much work to go back and figure out the order of things. And of course, I would have to read them (OCD) from the beginning in order. So to try this out I found some options on my library site – maybe I will find someone new to like!

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Looks like January has the potential to be a very interesting month!
And this doesn’t even include my free Kindle First choice and/or book club choices.

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January 2015 TBR List

The Perfect Human Diet (2012)


Health is not the absence of disease. I agree with this. When I go to my physical every year, I am declared healthy by a doctor. Yet I don’t feel I am a healthy person. I think this would describe a lot of the people in this country.

The narrator of this movie, C.J. Hunt  “dropped dead” of a heart attack at the age of 24. He started researching.
The information starts with different people’s research on traditional eating. These included people from Australia and Canada and their native traditional ways. Surprisingly, exercise or eating only plants wasn’t a big factor. It was more the local foods that were eaten prior to modern convenience foods, including wildlife meats.
He sought out information from vegetarian and vegan followers. He found contradicting information about whether humans are herbivores vs. carnivores. Abstaining from carbs, which actually is not something new, but something from the 1800’s. In the 1950’s carbs regained a good name and fat became the bad guy. Following just this far in the program, it illustrates how confusing it is to eat right when rules/advice get changed back and forth.

At the end the perfect human diet is a paleo diet. I didn’t agree with a bunch of the things in the documentary, but there were a lot of interesting ideas.

My rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5/10

The Perfect Human Diet (2012)

Movie Review: Food Fight (2008)


Is picking the best of a pile of tasteless tomatoes really a choice? I so agree with that statement. Sometimes choosing the “good stuff” in a store still isn’t the best thing you can do.

War and agriculture has always been linked. I never thought about this. The US Army K-Ration was the grandfather to the modern day TV dinner. A relation was made between making bombs and fertilizer. In the way we farm now, petroleum is in just about everything. What?!
When it was first introduced in the 1950’s, convenience food was marketed as “like having a maid” to the housewife. Housewives went out into the work force. Flavor went out the door as a priority with the making of convenience foods. In the 1960’s a counterculture who rebelled against the conformists fought to get back to basics.

I found this film very interesting because of the information given regarding how the government has had such a big part in the food that is available and the food that is promoted here in the United States. The layout of a typical store is set up for consumer failure on the way to choosing healthy choices. To get to anything healthy, you must walk through aisles of junk food. I find this to be true wherever I go no matter what store.

I also loved seeing many popular professional chefs in their own kitchens and gardens and most of all at the farmer’s markets. The gardens featured made me want to garden again. I can very much attest to the difference between store tomatoes and ones that you grow yourself.

My rating: StarStarStarStarStarStarStar 7/10

Movie Review: Food Fight (2008)