Mid Year Review

I always find it helpful to reflect and document my goals, shortcomings, accomplishments and progress.  You can see my 2015 goals here: http://www.houseofholts.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/2015/  .  So for updates, and to keep myself accountable here we go…

BUY A HOME / MOVE TO THE SUBURBS

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Well, we are well on our way to checking off this box.  We signed over a nice chunk of money to begin building our new home.  It is scheduled for completion by December 12th. We are more than excited and are making progress.  You can check out our now leveled dirt!

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Anyways, this is a huge milestone for us and I am truly in love with our soon to be neighborhood.  It fits the bill for the new lifestyle we are building for our family.

HAVE A BABY/ CONCEIVE

This is one area where I just really find myself focusing about 50% of my brain power.  It has been 6 months, 7.5 cycles and 0 results. Let me give you some background information.  My mother conceived 4 of her 5 pregnancies on the first cycle and the other on accident while trying to prevent pregnancy.  Similar stories for my grandmother, aunt, cousins, etc.  I naturally assumed I would follow suit, so was not emotionally prepared for the disappointment and frustration that comes with difficulty trying to conceive.  I have found myself planning our futures around a potential due date every. Single. Month.  But, this what review and reflection is for.  I have spent countless hours educating myself, popping prenatal vitamins like they are m&m’s, etc.  It’s time for action.

I have sourced and asked for multiple referrals and identified an OBGYN in the area, that is pro treatment, etc.  I’ve made my appointment for an initial consultation and to gets things in gear.  I’ve also explored ER’s in my network also to learn I do not need a referral to a specialist, I have $600 deductible to meet, then they cover at 90% up to $10,000.00.  So, from my research, $10,000.00 does not go to far for fertility treatments so we need to get it right and be aggressive quickly, in addition to start saving.  Needless to say I’m ready to get this started this year as well.

This has been a painful lesson in patience, faith and learning that you can only control so much.

RANK IN THE TOP 10%  IN MY WORK FUNCTION

Since setting this goal, I have moved into another role at my company.  I will not officially be able to check off this box until next March, but feel I am well on my way.  However, I will toot my own horn for a quick minute.  I received a nomination for an award only given to 34 employees for an organization that employees over 50,000 employees.  Whoo whoo!!

FIND A CHURCH HOME

Okay, fail here!  I need to get this in gear and scope at the churches near our new home so we start setting down roots before our move.  ( insert guilty face)

KICK CAFFEINE ADDICTION

BOOM – done! Thank The Lord that Starbucks does decaf drinks.  Maybe next year I should try and kick Starbucks, the money suck it is.

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