3.04.2013

The 52 Project: February's Results

Pics via Instagram:
Oscar party, Puffs Event, tulips for Valetines, monthly selfie, EOS in a champagne coupe,
Charlie, annual trip to Helen, GA; favorite polish

How was your weekend? I am slap tired from mine! I had some good friends I rarely get to see drive down from Charleston to see me. We had so much fun! We stayed up so late talking that I'm writing this on four hours of sleep. That totally ties in with The 52 Project! Every week in 2013, I'm taking on a different resolution Want to join? It's not too late! Pick your own weekly resolutions and share them with us! Here are my results for February:

  • Make Bed Daily
    • Result: I did it!
    • Would I Do It Again? Yes, but it's pretty much only made a couple of times a week--usually if friends are stopping by. I see that as an improvement!
  • Write Down Everything You Eat
    • Result: I did it! This was a Reader Request.
    • Would I Do It Again? Sure, but I have a eidetic memory, so I remember it all anyway, so probably not!
  • Attend a Blog Event
    • Result: I did it! This was my favorite success of the month!
    • Notes: I admit, Fate and Fear have played a part in me not attending any sort of blog events in the past. I'm the shyest, quietest, most awkward girl. I was really nervous because I knew I wouldn't be as pretty as the other girls, or as young as them, or have fancy clothes. Sounds so silly, right? But this time, Fate worked, and I attended the Puffs & Dress For Success event. Puffs donated to the cause, which helps women get back into the work force after difficult circumstances. I've donated makeup to them (yes, you can even donate used sanitized makeup), so this cause meant something to me as well! I was very late, due to work/traffic, and was terrified when I arrived, but surprisingly, I was recognized by other bloggers. And they were SO SWEET. In my mind, there are about 5 of y'all that read my blog, so to know real life people that I wasn't related to/friends read my blog blew my mind. I did leave early due to nerves, but I was proud of myself. And I realized I'll never be a style blogger. They are so much more beautiful in person than on their blogs! And taller, hehe. 
    • Would I Do It Again? Yes! I have another event this month!
  • Go to Bed an Hour Earlier
    • Result: FAIL
    • Would I Do It Again? Yes. I did this because everyone around me is getting sick, and I know when I'm tired, my immune system shuts down. I work on the blog until 11 or midnight, and then I need an hour or so to get my mind to settle down. I tried going to bed around 10, but only did this two times out of the week (actually three since I'm heading to bed in just a few minutes). I did a lot of posts, but my page views went way down, and I wonder if it was due to the fact that I wasn't networking until midnight like usual. 
For the first week in March, I'm dining in a restaurant alone!

PS: Have a resolution you'd like me to try? Let me know in the comments!

36 comments:

  1. Your fur baby is the cutest!!!!!!! And good for you for trying to go to bed an hour earlier - I need to make this a goal as well...

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  2. I'm so happy to hear that you attended a blog event. They can be so much fun!

    http://mandycrandell.blogspot.com/

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  3. Love this idea! Sounds like you have been pretty successful so far :) And blog events are the best!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  4. So glad to hear that your project is turning out to be a success. 3 out of 4 is amazing. And was so happy to hear your blogger event turned out fantastic:)

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  5. It sounds like you had a great week! Congrats on attending the first blog event and I hope you feel better soon!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  6. good luck on your restaurant experience!

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  7. Dining alone?! Oh. My. Goodness. I have real anxiety for you about that one. Can't wait to read about it.

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  8. This sounds fun. I will try to go to bed earlier and been meaning to do that and always fail. I will try harder. Is dining alone and traveling alone comparable? I did travel overseas by myself, not fun though ! By the way, i'm from Atlanta too.

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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  9. So cool that you overcame your insecurities and were brave! :)

    callmemaddie.blogspot.com

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  10. I've never been to a blogging event myself for the same reasons. Glad to we it went well. Maybe I'll work up the courage :)

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  11. Love the purple tulips, so pretty!

    always, koru kate

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  12. Way to go for attending a blog event! My fear and awkwardness hold me back, too, and it's part of the reason I still haven't committed to attending this year's Writer's Digest Conference. I also stay up way too late most of the time, and I am paying for it this week with a cold.

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  13. love the tulips
    http://loving-evelyn.blogspot.ro

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  14. Sounds like you're doing well with your plan! Glad you had a nice weekend.

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  15. I love meeting other bloggers. The event you went to sounds awesome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  16. You're so sweet Elle. I had no idea there were blogging events going on outside of this vast world outside of my home... :) I love your 52 week project though, really fun. You are a doll and a gem, I'm glad you went out of your comfort zone-

    That being said, I can't believe you are shy and awkward? So funny, we can't really tell over the blog.

    The other night I was looking at your blog for about an hour and half, just past posts. I got some great tips for my hair. I was looking at your bun post with the doughnut that I've been using for years and I think I've been using it wrong. I did it the way you had it on your post and it's so much easier!! Funny huh?

    Love

    Shauna xoxoxoxox

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  17. You made out really well, love! It sounds like you're very committed and your progress on your goals and things keeps me on track as well with reassessing all of mine :)
    Love all your Instagram pictures and am so glad we follow each other on it now! xox

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  18. I love these challenges of yours! I've definitely found that when I'm not prioritizing my "blog marketing" page views go down too... but then it's always just trying to figure out the life balance.

    good luck girl! I've never eaten in a full-service restaurant alone before. That's kinda still scary for me :)

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  19. I'm going to follow in your foot steps! These are great ideas.

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  20. I have to make my bed every day, I admit, I am a perpetual bed maker :) I even do the kids because they never do it right.

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  21. Going to bed earlier is a good idea, but I don't think I'd be able to pull it off myself either -- I feel like I get so much more productive at night, haha.

    Good luck with dining alone - I'm still too scared to do that lol.

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  22. wow what a great idea! Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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  23. Glad you had a fun weekend and congrats on attending your first blogging event.

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  24. HI Elle,
    So proud of you for going to the blog event. Hold your head high. You are a superstar girl!!! I'm envious of your blogging success and followers but you really put your all into it.
    Elle, love yourself...we love you. Believe it.

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  25. Great job on your project! Attending a blog event is on my to-do list this year.

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  26. I cannot image you being shy & awkward - you always sound so confident! This is a fun series - I don't think I could stand writing down everything I ate tho - way too much info :)

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  27. Oh Elle, good for you for going to a blogger event. I haven't worked up the courage to do that yet

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  28. i'm glad you reached most of your goals in feb., going to bed an hour early is always difficult for most people :) and awwwhh your puppy is such a cutie!

    I hope you're having a beautiful day ~ XO
    NEW POST: www.chriissydollxo.com

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  29. I REALLY need to be better at going to bed earlier (as I type this at 11 p.m.). Oops.

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  30. That is so great that you attended a blog event! Way to go lady!
    About your next goal of dining alone in a restaurant (totally reminds me of Rachel in Friends) I have never done that and it absolutely terrifies me lol! wish you the best and let us know if it was empowering!

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  31. Hey Elle, I was thinking about your resolution to go out to dinner solo. I've done it a bit while traveling. Probably the easiest way to start is to sit at the bar and eat your dinner. You can chat with other singles or the bartender. Last time I did this was at Ruth's Chris Steaks. They say that a steakhouse bar is the best place to meet guys. I like Mitchell's bar for dinner too. Most restaurants will offer their full menu at the bar. Give it a try.

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  32. sleeping earlier is so hard for me...always a fail there! good job on the others!!

    [oomph.]
    mobile morsels

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