Resolution Update

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I’m backdating this because it’s two weeks late, but maybe I’ll look at it later and just think I wrote it on the right day. Except for the fact that I’m admitting to backdating it. But I don’t care. 🙂

Six months down, six to go.

Work & Professional Development
PMP Certification – PMP application submitted, January 23. Approved, January 29. (Now I just have to take the test.)
ITIL Certification Developer Certification
Security+ Certification
Have everyone on my team get a Salesforce certification
Attend Dreamforce
Find a better system to manage projects – TaskRay installed in Salesforce org, April 2.
Have someone in my company create a real quote for actual products in our Salesforce org and send it to a customer (as in, launch “Phase 2” of our Salesforce project)
Present something at a conference
Start a Salesforce user group (either locally or one for my company’s suppliers) – Started a group on the Salesforce website, February 28.
Apply to grad school

Improve Social Life
Host a dinner party
Host a brunch – Hosted a brunch at my house, July 4. Hosted a brunch at John’s house, July 5.
Host a poker night
Host a wine tasting
Host at least three visitors in my guest room – Stephen in town, March 21-26 and April 3. Kerri and Leah, May 23-26. Parents in town, July 10-12.
Host a crab party
Make some actual NYE plans
Go to more events and less bars
Watch less TV
Invite people out that I don’t normally spend time with
Make more friends who are girls
Play poker in real life with human beings (as opposed to on my phone with other people’s avatars) – Joined a poker league, February 6! Now I can play poker with real human beings once every three weeks. 🙂

For My Well-Being
Complete this 30-day yoga challenge
Mentor a child through The Up Center
Volunteer for something
Feel confident about my appearance in a swimsuit by February 10 – Pretty much accomplished. I bought a bunch of one-pieces and tankinis, and I ended up wearing my bikinis anyway. Then I got so sick, I lost like six pounds, so that counts, right?
Have a vegetarian week
Run in a race
Try a juice diet
Post a series of gluten-free recipes
Get contacts or prescription sunglasses
Figure out why my eyes are so red and puffy and sensitive all the time/fix it
Ride my bike at sunrise as many times as possible when it’s warm enough
Cut my hair or stop using it as an excuse not to exercise (as in, “It takes so long to blow dry…”)
Write a really nice post about Mele when I’m ready

Visit Aunt Kim & Uncle Franky in Pennsylvania
Spend a whole week in New Jersey
Visit Nicole in Texas
Visit my brother in Jacksonville and take a road trip down the coast of Florida to Key West
Taste wine at some vineyards
See Mayan ruins – Saw the Tulum Ruins, February 15.
Put feet in Mediterranean Sea – Put feet in Mediterranean Sea, April 14.
Take photos of a lighthouse
Shop at the Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale
Go back to Hawaii
Go back to Las Vegas
Go on at least three cool weekend trips – Took a weekend trip to NJ, May 8-10. (Is that cool?)

New Things to Do
Take pictures of pelicans with my telephoto lens
Learn how to use new sewing machine
Sew myself a dress
Learn to play the ukulele (at least one song)
Shoot a gun
Roast my own coffee
Create a book of my Instagram photos and send it to my grandparents
Find a creative way to keep area around coffee grinder clean
Paint something cool with watercolors
Make some kind of homemade liqueur (maybe this one?)
Take a dance class

Stuff I’ve Been Putting Off
Go through pictures from Hawaii/write a post about trip
Back up all data and sell old computer
Get vintage Lilly Pulitzer dress hemmed/altered in time for Tulum trip – Technically accomplished because I had this dress altered, and I picked it up February 8. But the lady kind of messed it up, so now I need to take it back.
Finish barstools – Barstools complete, January 1.
Post a “how to” about editing photos on an iPhone
Find a way to display some of my Instagram photos in my house
Frame all of my new Cassidy prints and the pelican print I bought last year – Framed two Cassidy prints and the pelican print, July 15.
Start a new business – Started a new business, July 1.
Post in this blog more

The Usual
Go horseback riding
Go ice skating
Go surfing
Attend a few good concerts – Hullabahoos @ The Sandler Center, January 9. Reel Big Fish/Less Than Jake @ The Norva, January 31. Zac Brown Band @ the Amphitheater, June 5.
See a few good plays – Salome @ Harrison Opera House, February 3. Legally Blonde, The Musical @ The Sandler Center, April 18.
Read at least 10 good books – Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett, The Mystery of the Crimson Ghost by Phyllis A. Whitney (you can purchase this classic gem for $.01 on Amazon…), And One For All by Theresa Nelson (end phase of reading favorite books from age 13), Shark Dialogues by Kiana Davenport, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, The Overnight Socialite by Bridie Clark
Make a new resolution every month:
January: Stop fiddling with my resolutions in Evernote, and put them on my blog where they belong – Posted, January 18.
February: (Nicole said this counts, so I’m posting it.) Pay off my car – Paid off, February 21.
March: Plan trip to Spain, and grow more trees than Jeff – FAIL. Never planned trip to Spain. Just did a bunch of stuff when we got there. Growing more trees than Jeff was a pretty stupid resolution.
April: Fail.
May: Fail.
June: Uh…I don’t even know. I’ll be happy if I write another blog post before July. – Aha! Accomplished!
July: Convince my landlord to fix the broken gutter/piece of my roof at my house

Resolution Update

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June was fun, but it went by so fast! Luckily, I found some time to make new friends and visit some out of the ordinary places on the weekends (like Ntelos Pavilion, the Bayou Boogaloo, and the Virginia Aquarium). I also spent a few (but not enough) lazy hours reading my patio, and a few short evenings at the beach. I acquired everything I needed for my guest room, and put the finishing touches on my patio for summer. At work, we spent most of the month testing and tweaking our new quoting system, which amounted to lots of late nights. In the end, we decided to push our launch date out until October, but we also unveiled our plan to hire a team of five Salesforce-focused people! I’m pretty excited about spending July recruiting, hiring and training my new team…and hopefully squeezing in a few beach days now that we’re not on such a strict timeline. 🙂

PMP Certification
ITIL Certification
Salesforce Administrator Certification
Salesforce Advanced Administrator Certification Developer Certification
Attend Dreamforce again
Successfully get data governance committee up and running – Launched data governance committee, January 10. Second data governance meeting went really well, February 25.
Develop a new strategy for keeping my email under control – This awesome out-of-office message made it so I didn’t need to worry about drowning in e-mails the entire time I was on vacation: Aloha! I will be on vacation in Hawaii from March 28 through April 5. I will be checking emails intermittently, so if your email is urgent, please write me back and let me know by putting URGENT in the subject line (but keep in mind I’ll be six hours behind EDT). If it can wait until I return, please write me again on or after April 7 because it’s quite possible your original email will be lost in a sea of unread messages in my Inbox by then. 🙂 Pineapples & palm trees, Lisa DeNoia.

Redesign the blog (again) – Redesigned and renamed the blog, January 26.
Post a series of gluten-free recipes (I’m hoping this will motivate me to cook more?)
Participate in Nicole‘s “Finish This” series – Co-hosting Finish This… series. Wrote four posts in January. I haven’t been doing quite as well with this in February — I’m going to catch up, though. I completely failed at this in March. Sorry, Nicole! And continued to do so in April. I posted one of these in May, but I seriously need to get it together. 🙁
Write something hilarious – My out-of-office message above? 😉
Plan a link-up for next year’s resolutions

Plan a girls trip
Visit Nicole in Texas
Visit Regina in Colorado
Visit Tara in Ohio (or meet her somewhere cool)
Visit my brother in Jacksonville and take a road trip down the coast of Florida to Key West
Eat pineapples in Hawaii – I ate pineapples every day in Hawaii, March 28-April 5.
Play poker in Las Vegas
Taste wine at some vineyards
Take pictures of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse

New Things to Do
Shoot a gun (well)
Learn to play the guitar ukulele (at least one song)
Eat a clam (because I promised J’s sister I would try one of hers) – Ate a clam @ Metropolitan Oyster Exchange, early April. I didn’t love it, but I ate it.
Acquire some kind of bar cart or wine rack (liquor bottles are taking over my counter) – Acquired wine rack/bar, January 12.
Take a dance class
Start a good things jar (or maybe a virtual one) – Started virtual “good things” jar in Evernote, January 4.
Get that damn container of books out of the back of my car – Container of books out of car and put away on a new shelf, January 12.

The Usual
Keep up the horseback riding
Go surfing – Surfed in Waikiki, April 1.
Go ice skating
Do yoga
Host a party @ my house
Read at least 10 good books – Crystal Blue by John H. Cunningham, The Wet and the Dry: A Drinker’s Journey by Lawrence Osborne, Another Roadside Attractions by Tom Robbins, Hawaii by James Michener
Attend a few good concerts – Yarn @ The Jewish Mother, January 27. Taimane @ the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, April 3. Frankie Valli @ Chrysler Hall, April 8. Bruce Springsteen @ the Amphitheater, April 12. Jimmy Buffett @ Farm Bureau Live, May 24. Avett Brothers @ Ntelos Pavilion, June 8.
See a few good plays – Vagina Monologues @ ODU, February 15.
Publish something I’ve written somewhere other than my own blog

Financial Goals
Put more money in the 529 college savings plans I opened for my BFF’s kids
Increase monthly TD Ameritrade transfer to $325 in January and $350 in June – Increased monthly TD transfer to $325, January 4. I don’t know why I said June here. I meant July. But this is done, July 5. 
Start a new business (preferably with another person — I think it would be more fun that way)
Create a 2014 budget and track my progress against it monthly in Mint, Quicken or some other tool
Achieve the savings and net worth goals I wrote down in my budget

For My Well-Being
Get back in the habit of getting regular facials
Have a vegetarian week
Find a new cleaning service
Watch less TV – I’ve been watching so much less TV. I don’t have time to watch TV.
Get contacts or prescription sunglasses
Join a gym
Run in the R&R Half Marathon (I said I’d never do it again, but I changed my mind)
Log 3,650,000 steps on my Fitbit (that’s an average of 10,000 per day) – Walked/ran 246,032 steps and 99.56 miles in January. Walked/ran 214,419 steps and 86.76 miles in February. Walked/ran 183,128 steps and 81.32 miles in March (got a little behind while I was sick for a few days). Walked/ran 258,099 steps and 103.10 miles in April. Walked/ran 237,871 steps and 97.05 miles in May (lost one day because my Fitbit’s battery died). Walked/ran 183,714 steps and 73.57 mils in June.

And, as usual, make one new resolution every month:
January: Get new running shoes – New running shoes arrived, January 8.
February: Complete Salesforce Administrations Essentials for New Admins (ADM201) training online – I’m almost done, but I have about an hour and half left. However, I’ve accomplished more than eight average human beings this month, so I refuse to insinuate that I failed at this. I’m going to get it done as soon as I can.
March: Complete PMP application – Fail.
April: Stop leaving work after the sun goes down – Accomplished. Thank you, DST.
May: Put a bed in my guest room – Bed in the guest room, May 23. Mattress on the bed, May 25.
June: Have the VHS of my high school history project converted to digital media – Failed. I forgot I even wrote this down.
July: Apply to volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Finish This… #25: 25 cents, 25 dollars, 25 minutes, 25 miles, 25 years…and a $25 gift card giveaway!

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It’s Week 25 of the Finish This… Link-Up, and as a thank you for participating over the last six months, the each co-host — (Nicole (Three 31), Jen (The Arizona Russums), and Becky (The Java Mama) — is giving away a $25 gift card! To be eligible to win a gift card, you must participate in Week 25 by answering the prompts in a post on your blog and adding it to the official collection list using the link below. Four (4) winners will be selected using a random number generator. Giveaway ends June 30.

Click here to add your post and read other bloggers’ Finish This… posts.

Okay, here goes Week 25!

1. I have a quarter to use a pay phone. I call…
A pay phone? What’s that? I’d probably call our consultant’s project manager on our Salesforce project because I call her about 97 million times a day.

2. I found $25 in my pocket, I buy…
…a Lilly Pulitzer item from eBay. Of course.

3. I have 25 minutes to watch anything on TV, I turn on…
…depends on the season. Vampire Diaries. The Walking Dead. So You Think You Can Dance. Big Brother. A movie. That’s about it.

4. A meal I can prepare, from start to finish. in 25 minutes or less is…
…this (Is this a meal?): Spread one package of cream cheese over the bottom of a medium-sized microwaveable casserole dish. Top that with one can of Hormel chili (no beans), and top that with one package of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Pop it in the microwave for seven minutes, and serve it up with some tortilla chips and beer, and voila! Taco dip! My mom used to make this for us when she was rushing out the door for bowling and leaving us with a babysitter. 🙂

5. At the age of 25, I wish I had known…
…that gluten gives me the worst headaches on the planet. I wasn’t sick. I wasn’t dying. I just needed to give up bagels!

6. If I drove 25 miles south from my house, I’d be in…
…North Carolina.

Link up your Finish This… post, enter in the giveaway and browse other posts HERE!

Want to join us next week? See below for the writing prompts. =)

Prompts for WEEK 26 (July 2)
1.It’s never too late …
2. I compare myself to others …
3. My personality is …
4. I can …
5. I embrace change …

Finish This…#19: A lesson, exercise, a good hair day, and being grateful.

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Oh, remember this? Yeah, the link-up I “host” every week with Nicole (Three 31), Jen (The Arizona Russums), and Becky (The Java Mama)? You know. The one I haven’t posted in 12 weeks. *sigh*

Well, you know the drill. If you’re a blogger, join in! Click here to add your post and read other bloggers’ Finish This… posts.

Okay, here goes Week 19.

1. A lesson I learned from my mom …
…is to get up early on vacations. It’s how we managed to hike so many trails, visit so many national parks, taste so many delicious foods, enjoy so many hours on the beach, photograph so many sunsets, catch so many waves, drink so many pineapple juices, and experience so many more cool things on our trip to Hawaii. Relaxing is overrated. I can relax on the beach at home. 🙂

2. To burn calories, I …
…run, ride my bike, or walk. Unless I’m working too much, in which case I just eat more, which kind of defeats the purpose.

3. My best hair day was …
…either this day or this day or this day. Or maybe this one.

4. I am grateful for …
…beach days and boat drinks and living near the ocean, family and friends and working on a cool project, gluten-free pasta, Kona coffee, good music, colorful art and photographs, white sneakers, comfy jeans, road trips, sunglasses, noise-canceling headphones, and being right more than I’m wrong.

Link up your Finish This… post and browse other posts HERE!

Want to join us next week? See below for the writing prompts. =)

Prompt for Week 20 (May 21)
1.My favorite recipe is …
2. I believe in …
3. I need to set boundaries …
4. I began living when …