Hello everyone! I feel like I haven’t done a Manic Monday in awhile. I’ve been saving stuff up! ;) So here we go!

Last night there was a spider in the sink in the bathroom, and I didn’t freak out. Now to be completely honest and put it all out there, it was tiny. Not just tiny but TEENY tiny. Still, I didn’t freak out and scream. For anyone who knows me, that’s a big deal, a REALLY big deal! So I thought I would share, and take a little virtual bow, because I was pretty proud of myself!

Family that I haven’t seen in forever might be coming to the wedding, and I’m so excited! My younger brother and sister live so far away, I haven’t seen them in entirely too long, it would be so awesome to see them!

Tomorrow is our walk-through with our venue for the wedding. It’s earlier than most, only because of the crazy schedule that’s coming up, but I’m a little in a daze, it’s kind of surreal. It seems like yesterday (awww how cliche, I feel like I should be telling a story about walking uphill both ways to school in the snow, barefoot!) that we were saying “eh, it’s still a year away!” Ummm not anymore. I have 45’s at home, and glitter spray, and I haven’t sprayed them yet. I have a few shards of broken glass still that keep escaping our broom from a vase that broke while centerpiece experimentation was going down. I have rhinestones all over the place, ribbon scraps on the floor, and a table dedicated entirely to wedding stuff. Everything is coming up so quickly, and while I’m overwhelmed and a little crazy right now, I’m also very excited. I’m excited to spend the day with our loved ones, to have amazing pictures, to dance with both Kaden and Tom to our super secret family song that Kaden picked, and most of all, to marry the man I love. We argue. We tease. We get so angry at each other that we want to scream, and yes, it has happened. But it will all come together, and I’m excited to have an amazing day, and then relax for a little bit! This next month is going to be insane. But it’s a good insane. Which brings me to my next random point…

I’m working on a list of goals, to do the 101 in 1001 days. One of those goals is to survive the wedding with my sanity – ha! I tried doing my monthly goals a few months ago, and I just can’t keep up with that. I prefer to have a longer list to work from, and more time to work with. I posted this on Facebook awhile back:

Is it bad that setting goals, is an actual goal of mine? Ha! :)

It is SO true for me! I’m not very good at setting goals, but I need to be. When I voiced my desire to start doing weddings this year, Tom asked me for a number. How many weddings do you want to shoot in 2011, and keep in mind that we have our own wedding. I told him a number, and BAM! it happened. I know that it won’t be that easy, and a ton of hard work is required to meet these goals. And believe me, I have been working my BUTT off. So on August 1, I will start working on my 101 goals to be completed in 1001 days. I’m still working on the list or I would share it now, but it’s not ready just yet. That means that April 28, 2014, I would hope to have all of these goals done. Or at least in progress.

One of the actual goals is to post the list on my blog, which is really scary for me. I don’t know why, it’s silly, but it scares me. Well, I guess I do know why. Putting my goals out there means that everyone else can see me. They can see if I fail or succeed. I feel like I’m standing up in front of everyone and saying “I want to do THIS by THIS date!” I don’t even have a fear of public speaking and that scares me. Then the goals are real, there’s an invisible accountability. A questioning of my character, my work ethic, and the wondering of whether I can do it or not. But I WILL do it. I will!

I would encourage any of you to start working on your lists! Let’s start August 1, 2011 together. If any of you want to have a partner, a cheering section, or just someone to vent to, let’s do it together. I’m sure I will have those days when I feel discouraged and need someone to lift me up. I’m sure you will too, so if you’re interested send me an email!

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Happy Monday to everyone! The last week in July… make it awesome. :)