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Inspirational Printables and September Goal Review + Link-Up Community

awesome free printables to motivate you to tackle goals and progress! -- Free inspirational and motivational printables - quote art for your fridge, mirror, or gallery wall!  Make Things Happen and May You Live Every Day of Your Life by Jonathan Swift - various colors and designs to choose from.  Jump start your goals by printing these typographic posters, and then join the Life of Intention community link-up! via Devastate Boredom
awesome free printables to motivate you to tackle goals and progress! -- Free inspirational and motivational printables - quote art for your fridge, mirror, or gallery wall!  Make Things Happen and May You Live Every Day of Your Life by Jonathan Swift - various colors and designs to choose from.  Jump start your goals by printing these typographic posters, and then join the Life of Intention community link-up! via Devastate Boredom

Anybody else excited about October??  October was always one of my favorite months growing up because it was the month of birthdays (my own, my younger brother's, and my dad's) and also the month of Halloween!  Actually, we didn't really celebrate Halloween when I was a kid, but our church always had a Harvest Festival that was pretty much the best thing ever... basically a fair where all the games were free.  And we still all got to dress up so... free fair in costumes??  Kid paradise!  

This post is going to multi-task a little bit and serve as both my long-promised new installment of inspirational printables AND a review of monthly goals... since clearly we will accomplish more goals when we are motivated and inspired, I hope it will be an acceptable combo.  ;)

Goals first, printables at the end as a reward for our hard work!

I failed to do a goals post at the beginning of September (but I had a good reason!) so let's first review what my goals had been for the previous month, as well as how my progress went.  

My goals for August:

  • Be consistent in looking and applying for jobs.  Try to apply to at least 4 a week.  I actually did really well on this, and applied to four jobs a week for a couple of weeks... and then I stopped, because I found a job!  I found a gig tutoring verbal test-prep for college and graduate school entrance exams (SAT / ACT / GRE / GMAT) and it's been working out really well.  The last couple of weeks I've been passing 20 hours a week with it, so now I'm just working on finding a good balance time-wise that allows me time to work on creative projects as well.
  • Draft 20,000 new words for my fantasy novel.  No, this one didn't happen, due to the new job thing.  That's okay though, I'm gearing back into it for October.
  • Find a doctor, eye doctor, and vet.  Make appropriate appointments.  We managed the vet appointments!  I have a doctor's appointment scheduled soon too, but I still gotta find an eye doctor in the next month or so.
  • Create and begin to practice a more deliberate posting routine for this blog.  That did not happen, AT ALL.  ;P  But I have several posts half-done as I type, so hopefully this one will gear back up too.
  • Make plans to visit family.   Check!  Made plans AND visited family last month.
  • In addition to walking my dogs, do 30 minutes of additional physical activity (yoga, strength training, etc) 5 days a week  Check!  I've been averaging two strength training and three yoga sessions a week lately. *pats self on back*

New Goals for October:
  • Plan and throw Halloween birthday party for my dad.  I've thought of a lot of ideas but not started any actual preparations yet.  I'm hoping to do some fun, creepy themed-food and a bunch of dollar-store hacks for decorations, so keep an eye out for a pinterest-fails type of post as a result... I am NOT very crafty, haha!
  • Write 20,000 words of my fantasy novel.  I have a new writing software I'm excited about, and I've been doing a lot of brainstorming for material over the past few months, so hopefully this will be pretty painless once I manage to get started.
  • Figure out how to do a kindle promotion for my ebook.  You're supposed to be able to do a "free book" day, OR some kind of graduate sales period when it starts at a really low price and then gets a little higher each day until it's back to normal... I gotta figure all that out and decide which to do.
  • Stay active.  Keep up the fitness!
  • Post on this blog three times a week.  I can do this!  At least... I think I can, I think I can...
  • Find an eye doctor.  Make an appointment.  I freaking hate the ophthalmologist.  They always have trouble sizing my contacts correctly because of my astigmatism, and then I get way stressed out with the new equipment to check for possible glaucoma.  You remember how it used to be the puff of air in your eye?  I had a hard enough time keeping my eye open for that, but now they come and poke you in the eye with what looks like a giant pen...  My anxiety level always increases my overall blood pressure and gives a false high reading, and then they have to do the air puff after all... TRAUMA.  Feel sorry for me!!
Okay, I missed our Community of Intention link-up last week, so I'm extra excited to see what everyone has this month!  Posts from August / September are welcome as well, since I'm behind on what has been going on with everybody....

Now it's your turn!!  

Join the Life of Intention linky party below and I'll hop on by -- and share your post via social media too!  In addition, one lucky party participant will randomly win a feature next month! Sweeeeet!  

(please note, only posts about goals or living life with intention will be eligible for a feature.  All other posts, please consider linking up at my #FridayFrivolity weekly party instead!)

If you don't blog, tell me about your goals in the comments.  Either way, I can't wait to read your goals for October, and/or ooh-and-ahh over your progress from last month.  :)  

Featuring...



 Our lovely feature for this month is Erin over at Stay at Home Yogi, with her post Goals Inspiration Round-Up + Quarter 2 Review.  Erin shares honestly about the ups and downs of seeking change and progress, as well as some helpful resources for continuing forward motion just the same. Among her victories so far this year, Erin LOST 30 LBS, significantly decreased her family's debt, reduced her family's screen time habit, and started to prioritize self-care.  Way to go, Erin!!







Okay, finally the moment you've all been waiting for... the printables!  I have two quotes to share with y'all, in four different styles for each.
awesome free printables to motivate you to tackle goals and progress! -- Free inspirational and motivational printables - quote art for your fridge, mirror, or gallery wall!  Make Things Happen and May You Live Every Day of Your Life by Jonathan Swift - various colors and designs to choose from.  Jump start your goals by printing these typographic posters, and then join the Life of Intention community link-up! via Devastate Boredom

And....
awesome free printables to motivate you to tackle goals and progress! -- Free inspirational and motivational printables - quote art for your fridge, mirror, or gallery wall!  Make Things Happen and May You Live Every Day of Your Life by Jonathan Swift - various colors and designs to choose from.  Jump start your goals by printing these typographic posters, and then join the Life of Intention community link-up! via Devastate Boredom

In return, if you haven't already, please consider signing up for the Devastate Boredom email list!  Your subscription will unlock the full library of free printables, both past and future, for your inspirational pleasure.  ;)





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The Magical Brew -- COFFEE! Printables and #FridayFrivolity Fun

Hello Friday, and hello friends!  


The theme at this week's #FridayFrivolity is that most magical of brews... coffee!

Lately I've been working hard on some new inspirational printables to share with y'all (coming TOMORROW, whaaaaaat!) so I guess it was natural that my mind went immediately to a funny slogan I had on my kitchen wall in my last apartment... "but first, coffee."  Since I have moved since then and the printable didn't survive, I thought I would make my own version to share with all my lovely caffeine-lovin' readers this week!

Behold.  
Funny free printables - typographic quote art "But first... coffee.  'Cuz this household has priorities."  Humorous fun printable art for your kitchen or gallery wall! via Devastate Boredom

I thought all the black might be a little too dark, so I made it in a few of my favorite highlight colors too... if it would strike your fancy to have it in your own fave color, just let me know in the comments and I'll happily oblige you!

Funny free printables - typographic quote art "But first... coffee.  'Cuz this household has priorities."  Humorous fun printable art for your kitchen or gallery wall! via Devastate Boredom

Funny free printables - typographic quote art "But first... coffee.  'Cuz this household has priorities."  Humorous fun printable art for your kitchen or gallery wall! via Devastate Boredom

Funny free printables - typographic quote art "But first... coffee.  'Cuz this household has priorities."  Humorous fun printable art for your kitchen or gallery wall! via Devastate Boredom

You can always download them here if you're having any trouble.


Now on to the link-up! :D 



The Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!  via Devastate Boredom



The Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!  via Devastate Boredom


Featuring...


My own personal favorite:
The post Autumnal Equinox from Helen Fern Original Photography is just AMAZING!  So full of gorgeousness that I could hardly pick just one photo to highlight here.  Lovely!  Go enjoy some fall beauty, NOW!

Another awesome post chosen at random:

If you don't already, be sure to go link up at A Bountiful Love's party, Blogger Spotlight this week!  Lots of fun to be had there too.  ;)


The Hosts:


Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom




Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!
Pinterest // Facebook // Twitter // Google+  // Bloglovin

Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an "un-labelly spot" for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits.  She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more!  Her latest post is "Passport to Fun: Italy" -- all the recipes, music suggestions, costumes and more that you'll need for an awesome Staycation "trip" to Italy!


Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore - "MUsings NOt FOod RElated."  Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more!  One of her latest posts is the hilarious "Seven Things I Don't Post on Facebook #SorryNotSorry" -- a must-read for anyone who has ever rolled her eyes at a friend's social media overshare!





Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics -- from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more!  Her most recent post is her flash-fiction horror story "Secrets" -- such fun shivers, and the story just won a magazine competition too!



Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  
We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  :)  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!


Now time for the new stuff! 

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy.  That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. 

If you're here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin'! 

Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! 


You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome!  

There are three rules only: 


Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!




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#FridayFrivolity Superheroes Edition! Funnies Plus Stuff I Love...

Hello Friday, and hello friends!

I am SO. BEAT.

I wish I could say that this is why....
But I'm pretty sure nobody would believe me.  ;P

However, our awesome topic at #FridayFrivolity this week IS Superheroes -- I can't wait to see what Munofore, Syncopated Mama, and Babi a Fi will be highlighting! 

But as for me, here are just a few quick highlights of superhero-y things I love. 

The superhero comic art my husband and I made together soon after we got married...

Superhero t-shirts... of which I own two, currently: Wonder Woman and the Flash.  The first two from this selection are actually pretty similar to the ones I own.  Until recently I also owned a Mighty Mouse t-shirt, which I then recycled into a pretty awesome Mighty Mouse tote bag... Mighty Mouse, sadly, seems to have fallen out of style.

(Please note, this post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you click and / or purchase items via those links, I may receive a small commission as a result, at no cost to you.  If you would prefer to view an item via a non-affiliate link, use the contact form to let me know and I will be happy to email one to you.  Thank you for supporting Devastate Boredom!)  


I will leave you with one more Superhero-y funny, and then I'm off to bed... check out the other hosts to keep the hilarious party going all night!
Yeah!  What's with that??



Now on to the link-up! :D 



The Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!  via Devastate Boredom



The Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!  via Devastate Boredom


Featured Posts:

I've enabled a new add-on for our party, a randomly-selected (via inlinkz) feature!  This week's first ever randomly selected post is....
Paper Seedlings with her greeting card tutorial "This is For You"!  A wonderfully creative and lovely project!


My personal favorite from recently was an awesome post called "The Power of No" from Shelbee on the Edge -- I not only love her fantastic sense of style, but also her empowering thoughts on the topic of boundaries and priorities, and the way a well placed "no" can help establish both.  LOVE!

The Hosts:


Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom




Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!
Pinterest // Facebook // Twitter // Google+  // Bloglovin

Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an "un-labelly spot" for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits.  She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more!  Her latest post is "Passport to Fun: Italy" -- all the recipes, music suggestions, costumes and more that you'll need for an awesome Staycation "trip" to Italy!


Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore - "MUsings NOt FOod RElated."  Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more!  One of her latest posts is the hilarious "Seven Things I Don't Post on Facebook #SorryNotSorry" -- a must-read for anyone who has ever rolled her eyes at a friend's social media overshare!





Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics -- from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more!  Her most recent post is her flash-fiction horror story "Secrets" -- such fun shivers, and the story just won a magazine competition too!



Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  
We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  :)  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!


Now time for the new stuff! 

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy.  That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. 

If you're here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin'! 

Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! 


You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome!  

There are three rules only: 


Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!




Like what you're reading? Subscribe via email, and I'll keep the good stuff coming! Then let me know that you did... I love to make new friends!



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Style Inspiration -- September Readers' Choice Awards!

pin now, shop on payday.  ;P  Welcome to the September Readers' Choice Awards!  Trending fashion finds, style picks, and awesome ladies clothing sale deals await!  Perfect for building your capsule wardrobe on a budget, discovering your personal style, and ideas for trying out a new outfit combination! via Devastate Boredom
I recently noticed a nifty feature on one of the aggregate sites I use to discover / collect style finds and deals to share with you, my lovely readers... the site reports which clothing picks are most clicked after I post them!  

I got such a kick out of this discovery that I thought I would share the current "Readers' Choice Awards," so that all of us can admire the different trending styles among Devastate-Boredom-reading fashionistas.  They include some pretty wide-ranging looks too!  I've gotta say, I LOVE how y'all ladies rock your personal styles!

Check it out!

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September Readers' Choice Awards

Even better, a lot of these are on sale now since the US is headed for cooler weather!  Y'all have good taste AND are frugal... I love it.  ;P  


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Hilariously Counting Down to Autumn... Pumpkin Spice Funnies! #FridayFrivolity blog party

Hello Friday, and hello friends!


We lovely ladies of #FridayFrivolity are unabashedly counting down until Autumn this week.  Yes, we know that the first day of fall is a week off, and yes, it might still be rather unpleasantly warm in our neck of the woods... but our enthusiasm just would not be quelled one more week!!

Hurray for fall!  Hurray for the fabled approach of cooler weather!  And hurray for fun holidays for the next three months!

This is me right about now:  

Hilarious autumn-themed pumpkin spice latte memes!  Celebrate the funny advent of fall! via Devastate Boredom

My Top 5 Favorite Moments from Female Comedians - Iliza Shlesinger, Anjelah Johnson, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler!

Get excited... this past week's #FridayormaybeMondayFrivolity theme is "favorite female comedians"!  In the past we've honored Amy Poehler in particular, but this time we left more room for individual blogger interpretation... and though I was too distracted and busy this weekend to get my post up on time, the topic was too good for me to miss out on!  Don't forget to go swing by Babi a Fi, Munofore, and Syncopated Mama to see what awesome funnies they chose, too!  

Devastate Boredom's Top 5 Funniest Moments from Female Comedians

(Warning:  Not all of these are safe for work... or small ears...  These are "grown-ups only" funnies this week!)

Iliza Shlesinger -- Tapas -- (this is just the audio which is lame because WATCHING her adds a whole 'nother layer to her comedy, but oh well.  The "tapas" bit starts at 1 minute if you want to skip right to it)



Dog Owner Alert! The 8 BEST Deals on Natural Puppy Products on Amazon!

List of the best frugal and all-natural dog products available on Amazon -- cheap and affordable organic dog chews, bully sticks, antlers, treats, dog food, biodegradable poop bags, shampoo and grooming, toys, kennels and beds and more!  Perfect list for a new puppy owner -- what you need to buy! via Devastate Boredom
Haha, I see a few trends in my posts lately!  Stress relief and "saving money" are both clearly on my mind lately!  I even had a post the other day that combined BOTH!  ;P  

But I have to admit, this money-saving post is really just for the pet-lovers out there, so apologies if that doesn't include you... and big thanks for starting to read just the same!  Feel free to forward this on to a few animal lovers in your life -- their wallets will surely thank you!



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Extra Wicked this Week! Top 10 things You Should NEVER COMMENT on Social Media #FridayFrivolity

Hello Friday, and hello friends!


Okay, I'm just going to be upfront with you all... I was feelin' extra wicked as I wrote this post!  The #FridayFrivolity theme for the week is a very innocent "letter writing," but I took that poor little theme and stretched it into a very evil interpretation.  "Letter writing" turned into "notes" turned into "comments on social media..."  It made sense at the time, really.   

So here is my top secret collection of comments I have been tempted to leave in response to photos posted by folks on Instagram / Facebook / pick your poison.  
As a disclaimer, I love photos of my friends, and their babies, and their dogs, and so on.  I very frequently even love photos of random people / babies / dogs.  But occasionally, I look at a snapshot on social media, and think Wicked Thoughts.  

If you are extra sensitive to meanness, and have never had a mean thought ever in your whole life, just stop reading now! 

(Rest assured, none of these were prompted by photos of people I actually know.  Or at least that's what I'm going to claim.) 



The 10 Most Awful Things You Should NEVER COMMENT on Social Media



I maintain that this one isn't even mean... because I'm also complimenting the parents.

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