Week(s) in Photos: Aug 1-15


String art project for my first ever craft workshop…


Pow-wowing with my favorite writing buddy and a bedroom redo preview…


My festive tree and a doodle spree with my new bamboo tablet…


The reason i don’t let this guy near my wooden knitting needles…


A little “surprise” and a reason to upgrade my chandelier…


The Willowcreek Global Leadership Summit…


and ridiculous Florida skies…


Dinner with my aunts on I-Drive…


Inspiration for some DIY art and lazy fortunes…


and more previews of things to come!

Annual Goals Recap

First of all, can you believe it is May 1st?!?  CRAZY!

Back in January, I shared my 2012 Annual Goals



… then life took over.  It’s been a hectic four months between being sick, traveling, and then on March 1st, breaking my foot leaving me ambulatory challenged to this day.  Go ahead and scream “EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES!!!”  I agree…


So here’s a little update of my progress:

Read the entire Bible:

I’m following a Bible in a Year program and have wrapped up Genesis, Exodus, Matthew, Psalms 1-37 and Proverbs 1-10.  Not quite on schedule to finish by December 31st but it is progress.


Write 365 pages:

Ummmm… let’s skip this one 😛


Create 52 Things:

Again, I’m behind, but I have 8 done, several of which I’ll be posting soon!


Take 12 Rolls of Film:

Okay, so I have yet to load a single roll of film.  BUT, I have decided to amend this goal to “12 Rolls of Film OR EQUIVALENT” and by that count I have two rolls down with my trips to Pensacola and Vermont in January.  Charging batteries as I type!


Read 12 Books:

Now this I have under control thanks to automatic delivery with my Kindle app.  Nothing heals “sitting in pain on the couch” like a few tween novels and the Hunger Games was just the ticket to get me through the first week after I broke my foot.  I’ve also finished Princess of Mars (of the John Carter series) and have three more going at the moment.  Reviews to follow!


Paint every room in the house:

I have paint chips taped up in every room.  SO ready to get started!


Ride 1000 miles:

Again, this one has been foiled by my broken foot but as I’m nearly healed and the doc has given the go ahead, I hope that this goal is still attainable.


So there you have it!  My new motto is “PROGRESS IS NOT FAILURE!”

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2011: Goals in Review

Here’s a little reminder of the goals I set for 2011… then promptly tucked away to forget about…


and here’s the rundown on how I did…

1. Write regularly-The novel just doesn’t want to be done… that’s all there is to say.  The characters just aren’t cooperating.  Yeah, let’s blame them.  I did make major progress though so I can’t say I failed.

I’ve been better about blogging.  48 posts in 2011 doesn’t seem all that impressive but when you check out the percentage increase in my nifty little chart here, you’ll see I’ve exceeded the rate of 2010 by 128%.  Not. Too. Shabby.


2. Read-I didn’t exactly knock this one out of the ballpark but since I copped out when creating the 2011 list and didn’t establish any sort of quantitative threshold for success, I get to call this goal accomplished.

  • On Writing by Stephen King (Easily my favorite book on writing ever.)

(Then there is always the trashy teen vampire novels that I wouldn’t really want to endorse like Bloodlines, Destined and Diary of a Vampeen…forget I even mentioned them.)

3. Invite friends over-Again, no specifics outlined so I get to cross this sucker off the list.

  • In January I hosted the 1st Annual Fake Thanksgiving… I even cooked my first Turkey.
  • In October I had my housewarming party!
  • I’m going to lump in the “ask for help” goal with this list too since I asked people to come over to help me move in June and also to help me/keep me company after my surgery in August.
  • Being stuck at home for weeks inspired Waffles-n-Church where I invited folks over for breakfast and live streaming church on Sunday mornings.
  • In preparation for my one and only craft fair of the year, there was also a Waffles-n-Crafts day.

Conclusion: Waffles are a good bribe…

4. Give yourself a break-oh, Mariah, and your super vague goals.  I guess I was just really loading the situation to ensure a win at the end of 2011.  Regardless…

  • When I tell myself I didn’t accomplish much this year, a loud and excited voice in my head screams back, “YOU BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!!!”  If you told me on January 1st, 2011 that I’d befinishing the year out on MY couch, in MY house, watching fireworks over MY backyard I would have said you were crazy.  GOD IS GOOD.
  • Is it my 30’s kicking in?  I don’t know, but I spent a lot of 2011 wrestling with the question, “What do YOU really want?”  With the help of my awesome mentor, Lisa, I’m starting to understand my uniqueness and how it interacts with other personalities.  I’m getting a grasp on the ways in which I am best filled spiritually and I’m starting off 2012 with a nice collection of “aha!” moments and whole lot of motivation to get some more!
  • This year I did something I’ve never done.  I handed over my writing for critique.  TWO PEOPLE.  This is big… maybe you have to be a writer to get this but goodness.  It felt like asking a psycho killer to watch your baby.  Then something amazing happened.  My two friends, who are absolutely NOT psycho killers, handed me back a ton of encouragement, some questions and a few criticisms that grew my story and my writing in ways it never would have if I’d kept the manuscript locked up in its Microsoft Word prison.
  • Lastly, in the most literal interpretation of this goal, I’ve adopted a new motto, “Do something for yourself today that your future self will thank you for.”  Get gas tonight, give rushing-to-work-tomorrow-morning-Mariah a break.  Make the bed now, it will give exhausted-going-to-bed-Mariah a smile.

Overall, 2011 was awesome.  Check and Check!  Watch out 2012, I’m coming at you full speed!

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