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27 Birthday Goals

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Today I turn 27 years old (young) and each year I share a list of goals I have set for myself and an update on my previous year’s goals.

Setting goals is something I live by and I feel that no goal is too small or too big. It’s just about whether you’re willing to work hard to reach them.

“Set daily, monthly, and long term goals and dreams. Don’t ever be afraid to dream too big. Nothing is impossible. If you believe in yourself, you can achieve it.” – Nastia Liukin 

First, I’d like to share the goals I have accomplished this year:

  1. Get a new computer (Got an Apple MacBook Air)
  2. Create a scholarship fund for students who have lost a parent from prescription drug addiction (Started the Lisa Michelle Memorial Fund on September 20, 2015. It’s a non-profit that provides scholarships to students who have lost a parent to substance abuse. We are awarding our first $1,000 scholarship to a student who attends Washington State University. Visit www.theLMMFund.org for more info)
  3. Travel (Went to Napa, Calistoga, and Sonoma Valley for our 1st wedding anniversary)
  4. Move up in my career (Started working at a new company this year)
  5. Get a new phone (Finally got a new iPhone!)

Now I will share my 27 birthday goals:

  1. Pay off car (Only 1.5 years left!)
  2. Hike to upper Yosemite falls
  3. Read all Mary Higgins Clark books
  4. Get my CPCU (Just finished my first class!)
  5. Finish my book
  6. Pay off my student loans
  7. Buy a house or condo
  8. Get my Ph.D
  9. Have children (Looking at three more years until we have our first)
  10. Read 26 books by the end of 2016
  11. Go to the gym at least 3 times per week
  12. Attend more literary events
  13. Go on a small hike at least once per month
  14. Hike to Nevada falls in Yosemite National Park
  15. Run two 5Ks
  16. Read at least 10 books on my NetGalley List
  17. Ongoing Goal: Travel
  18. Ongoing Goal: Save up enough money to pay for my youngest sister’s college tuition
  19. Ongoing Goal: Expand my philanthropy for my Alma Mater Woodbury University and other non-profit organizations
  20. Ongoing Goal: Write more blog posts this year
  21. Ongoing Goal: Raise money for the Lisa Michelle Memorial Fund
  22. New Goal: Write at least one book review per month
  23. New Goal: Read the two newest Nicholas Sparks books
  24. New Goal: Get a dog (will take some convincing from my husband)
  25. New Goal: Read more book news
  26. New Goal: Lose my 1st year of marriage weight
  27. New Goal: Visit my family ore often

Check out my 26 Birthday Goals25 Birthday Goals, 24 Birthday Goals, and 23 Birthday Goals to see what I have accomplished and how my goals have changed over the years.

What are some of your goals and how are you working towards accomplishing them?

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Stories Unfolded 2015 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 39,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy Independence Day!!

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday. Enjoy the company of friends and family while we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776!

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26 Birthday Goals

It’s been a year already.  I can’t believe how fast time flies and how much has changed.  I’m a married woman now and have my own health insurance!  I feel so grown up!

This year I’ve slightly changed the way I will present my goals.  I will give my list of current goals and the list of goals I completed during the last year.

So, here are my 26 Birthday Goals  (in no particular order):

  1. Pay off car (Only 2.5 years left!)
  2. Ongoing Goal: Get toned
  3. Get a new computer
  4. Ongoing Goal: Travel to a new place
  5. Hike to upper Yosemite falls
  6. Read all Mary Higgins Clark books
  7. Get my CPCU
  8. Ongoing Goal: Move up in my career at work
  9. Finish my book
  10. Pay off my student loans
  11. Ongoing Goal: Save money for future use
  12. Buy a house or condo
  13. Get my Ph.D
  14. Have children
  15. Save up enough money to pay for my youngest sister’s college tuition
  16. Expand my philanthropy for my Alma Mater Woodbury University and other non-profit organizations
  17. Create a scholarship fund for students who have lost a parent from prescription drug addiction
  18. Ongoing Goal: Write more blog posts this year
  19. New Goal: Read 26 books by the end of 2015
  20. New Goal: Get a new phone
  21. New Goal: Go to the gym at least 3 times per week
  22. New Goal: Attend more literary events
  23. New Goal: Go on a small hike at least once per month
  24. New Goal: Hike to Nevada falls in Yosemite National Park
  25. New Goal: Run two 5Ks
  26. New Goal: Read at least 10 books on my NetGalley List

Here are the goals that I accomplished last year:

  1. Get married (Married the love of my life on April 25, 2015)
  2. Travel (Visited many places I’ve already been to and some new)
  3. Try sushi (My husband took me to Kabosu in Toluca Lake)
  4. Run a full marathon (My husband and I ran the Avengers Half Marathon)
  5. Move up in my career (Got a promotion this year!)
  6. Get tan (I got a slight tan when I came back from my honeymoon)

Check out my 25 Birthday Goals from last year.  You will see that I changed some of my goals along the way.  That’s just how it goes right?  You end up wanting different things and your dreams may change. Nothing wrong with that as long you always have something to work towards.

What are some of your goals and how are you working towards accomplishing them?

Please Help Me Reach My Fundraising Goal for Cystic Fibrosis

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Hello my lovely followers,

On June 10, 2015 I will be participating in a walk to help cure Cystic Fibrosis. My goal is to raise $1,000 and I’m asking for your help.

Help me reach my fundraising goal by donating any amount ($5, $10, $20, $25). Your gift will help add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis by supporting life-saving research and medical progress. Your gift is 100-percent tax deductible.

Here’s a bit about cystic fibrosis:

“Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. An estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide) have CF.

In people with CF, a defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that”

  • Clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections
  • Obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

In the 1950s, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Since the, tremendous progress in understanding and treating CF has led to dramatic improvements in the length and quality of life for those with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.” 

Thank you in advance for your help.

Sincerely, Danielle

Poll | Drink of Choice While Reading

I’m always curious (for some odd reason) what people prefer to drink while reading a book.  Does your choice depend on the book your reading or just your drink preference?

Personally, I love drinking wine while reading.  So, just to be a little nosy I created a poll.

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Happy Valentine’s Day #FiftyShades

So, I’m anxiously waiting to see Fifty Shades of Grey tonight with my fiance! Isn’t he sweet for taking me (along with all the other men who are being dragged to see the movie)?

I have seriously been obsessing over this movie FOREVER! Ok maybe not forever.  Just since I finished reading all three books in a week.  At that point, I thought it would be super amazing if they were made into a movies.  Then I heard that they were!  Dreams really do come true!

I’ve also been fantasizing about being the female lead in the movie, but perhaps I should keep that dream to myself considering the movie has already been released.

Well now I’ve got to figure out what to wear on my date night!

Who else is going to see the movie?  Did you read the books first?

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