A Pat On My Back

Can I take a second to brag on myself right now? It's not something I do often on here, but every once in awhile a girl just wants to pat herself on the back. I'm on track to put in a 60 hour work week (7 days... heyyyy, Saturday & Sunday office hours!). And while that's totally insane to think about, and most days my hair and makeup are a wreck... I have sortof rocked this week. 

I've made myself get to the gym a couple times- twice even before work! I've found time to clean my house - mainly because I don't have an choice since we're hosting family Christmas Saturday. I've shopped, wrapped presents, decked our halls and still watched a Christmas movie almost every night. 

No seriously… Monday was Home Alone, Tuesday was The Grinch, which we finished on Wednesday + A Charlie Brown Christmas and last night was It's a Wonderful Life. And tonight? We'll be going to an awesome FREE Christmas play with our faves. So excuse me while I treat myself to an extra cookie or two tonight, because although my life could be a wreck right now?? I grabbed it and hung on for dear life and still found a way to be festive all week long. 

I told Jared I wouldn't let our busy schedules and lack of time off work get in the way of doing all our fun Christmas traditions and I've stayed true to my word. Now I'm just excited to focus on our first family party tomorrow and then all the fun to come next week, too!

On a different note- my friends Sallie & Perkins have a pretty exciting link-up they are co-hosting next month with some awesome gals. Steph, Marla, Katie and myself S&P will be participating in a No-Spend January!! What better time to kick off a spending freeze than after all the holiday spending we've all been doing?? I personally have huge financial goals for 2014 and would love as many motivating friends along the way as possible!

And if a complete spending freeze isn't possible for you in January, that's okay! You can still link-up and participate if you set a personal financial goal. Some people need to focus more on debt, or more on building a savings up… I'd encourage anyone who wants some extra financial motivation to join in the fun! Keep track of your progress, your mistakes, etc and we'll link up in February. So put this on your calendar!! :)

37 comments

  1. look at you go!!!! can you throw some of that motivation my way so I can wrap these presents lol

    hope you have a fabulous party this weekend!!!! xoxo

    ps. does that peppermint bark candle smell amazing? I am in need of some new and I have a yankee candle coupon

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  2. Oh I wish I could say the same with my busy schedule but now christmas break is here I plan on getting on track big time. Starting today we got gym class, wrapping, cleaning and Girls Night...oh and its supposed to do something with weather perhaps again this weekend.

    Have a great weekend! Stop by my blog on Tuesday, I think you'll like what I'm going to post ;)

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  3. I love the idea of a no-spend January! I think I'll join you over on my blog! :)

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    1. Yay! I'm excited so many people want to join in!! :)

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    2. Here's my kick off post! :) http://mylifeontheneedles.blogspot.com/2013/12/no-spend-january.html

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  4. You are amazing. I've been thinking about you all week because our purple & gold disaster is heading your way this weekend. Good luck with everything this weekend... except maybe the game :) Hopefully you will get a day of relaxation sometime before the New Year. You deserve it.

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  5. You have every right to brag! I have the easiest job ever and I've only gone to the gym once this week, bought zero presents, decked no halls, and only saw two Christmas movies. So you go lady.

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  6. You go girl! Kicking butt, Christmas style.

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  7. It's funny the other day Caleb and I were talking about how we can't wait for January and 2014 in general to be THE year we truly begin kicking our debts butttt....so you know I'm in!!! :)

    CAN'T WAIT for tonight!!! Love you a million.

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  8. SO EXCITED for no spend January!!! Although not shopping when Alexa and Glenn come in miiiiight be tough.

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  9. Way to rock it out lady! And to Christmas it out too! Keep it going girl!

    Merry Christmas

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  10. Wow, you are impressive! Thanks for all your help this week despite being a busy bee! Enjoy the crap out of this Christmas holiday because you deserve it! Can't wait to freeze with you!

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  11. I'm pretty sure getting to the gym before work qualifies you for rockstar status! Seriously, that's amazing! Glad you are taking time to enjoy the holidays even though you are crazy busy! :)

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  12. I love the grinch and that candle looks like it smells amazing! Good job on your busy week!!

    agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

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  13. No Spend January? I'm SO there. =D Have a great weekend, Erin!

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  14. you're totally allowed to brag on yourself :) seriously, nice job! by the way, i'm letting some of my closer blogging buddies know that I've moved blogs - I'm no longer going to be at After Eleven….the amount of time I spend doing media at our church has taken over and become a passion…so my buddy and I started a blog called twomediagirlsblog.com - so come say hi - that's where I'll be from here on out! Oh…it's a wordpress blog though so you'll have to follow via bloglovin i think...

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  15. It isn't Christmas without a Home Alone night!

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  16. How do you wake up to get to the gym before work? BRAVO! Wishing you and Jared a very Merry Christmas!

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  17. you go girl!!!!!!!! seriously 60 hours?! thats incredible

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  18. holy moley! you are a working machine. you totally deserve that pat on the back! keep on rockin' it :)

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  19. You Rock! Juggling everything is hard work!

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  20. YOU GO GIRL! :) And no spend January!!?!?! I should participate! Tell me how. HAHA!

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  21. Love the link-up idea!! I've already been setting goals for 2014 and planning to spend as little as possible in January. I always get motivated by community and I can't wait to read more about S&P's financial journey! :)

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  22. Erin, you rock! I'm looking forward to joining the no-spend January! Merry Christmas!

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  23. Wow you go girl! How do you even have the energy or time! I am thoroughly impressed! Enjoy your holiday!

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  24. You go girl! Way to get stuff done & working like crazy!!

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  25. I'll take some of your motivation if your sharing it! For two weeks now, every night I say that when the kids are in bed I am going to wrap Christmas presents and so far I've wrapped three presents! I really need to kick myself into gear!

    Hope you have a great weekend x

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  26. I love weeks like that!!! So glad you had a wonderful one!

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  27. i am PUMPED for that link up!!

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  28. get it, girl! you're motiving me to participate in a no spend Jan!

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  29. Way to go, Erin! It amazes me when people actually find the time to work out in addition to all the things they have to do. You definitely deserve the pat on the back.

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  30. Good for you for keeping the holiday spirit alive while still having to balance so many work hours. Y'all watched some pretty awesome movies. I'm excited about the link-up. Enjoy your Saturday family Christmas celebration-you deserve it!

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  31. Good for you for being on top of the holiday thing! I'm watching Home Alone as I type this... such a great holiday movie!!!

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  32. Look at you go girl!! I've been staying up past midnight to get all my wrapping and Christmas movie watching done!

    I'm so excited for no spend January!! I definitely need to save money for the wedding and our apartment!

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  33. Oh yay! I can't guarantee a no spend January, but since I'm trying to be more focused on personal finance I will totally be linking up and reading along.

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  34. Woohoo, you go girl! I'm excited to try this spending freeze because I've been wanting to do it for awhile. This is the perfect time to try it out!

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