Motivation

10 Goals for April

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Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in Motivation

I really want to get back in the habit of writing out my goals each month. I’ve been slacking with goal-setting lately, and while I know it’s not for everyone, setting goals on a regular basis really helps keep me on track with my long-term plans. Often, it’s tempting for me to just to kinda willy-nilly follow a path that I think will get me where I want to go, but it just never works well for me. I need to write down clear, accessible goals to follow as guideposts along my journey.

Goals that are not written down are just wishes.

The next few months (or more, actually) are going to be pretty crazy for us, so the most important thing for me to remember with goal-setting is to keep them attainable. I want set goals that give me something to strive for, but aren’t unattainable. It’s a delicate balance to strike, but I think I’ve managed to do it with this month’s goals.

Home Goals

1. Make footstools and pillows for the nursery. The nursery is starting to come together, and this month, I have a few DIY projects I’d like to tackle. We have a futon in the room, and to make it mega comfy, we’re filling it up with a million pillows—and those pillows need new covers! I’m also knitting two footstools (one for the rocking chair and one for the futon), and I’d like to get those finished this month, too.

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2. Clean out our closet. It’s about that time of year—time to tackle a closet clean out. Honestly, I should have done this a long time ago and packed away all my pre-pregnancy clothes, but now works, too. I’m sure I won’t be able to fit into my old clothes for quite a while after Baby J is here, so I might as well streamline our closet now.

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3. Get the outdoor spaces ready for summer. It felt like warmer weather was never going to show up, but we’re getting more and more warm days (even though it did snow last week—womp womp), and with the warmer days, it means it’s time to bring out all of our summer gear from storage. Time to bring out the rugs, patio furniture, hammock and get some flowers out!

front porch

Work Goals

4. Complete all recipe development for my second cookbook. I’m on a tight timeline to get my manuscript done for my second cookbook (although, nothing near as tight as my timeline was for my first book). To be on schedule, I really need to be done with recipe development by the end of April.

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5. Write five BTHR posts for maternity leave. I’m slowly, but surely, starting to stash away some extra posts here and there so BTHR doesn’t go dark during my maternity leave. My plan is to do most of that work in May, but I’d like to get a few posts stashed away this month.

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6. Transfer 25 recipes to Ziplist. I’m in the process of switching recipe services, and now, I’m to the point in the process where I have to move all 320+ recipes on BTHR’s pages over to the new service, one-by-one. It’s seriously tedious work, but once it’s all done, it’s going to be such a nice change. I’m going to start small—transferring over 25 of the most popular recipes this month. And then my goal is for the recipe transfer to be the only work thing I do during my maternity leave. It seems like some good mindless work to do if I find myself getting antsy to do something (and not pressing, so if I don’t feel like it, I don’t have to).

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Personal Goals

7. Treat myself to a spa day. I’ve been working kinda non-stop for the past few months, so I want to treat myself this month with a pedicure, a prenatal massage, and a good ole cut and color for my hair. We’re having our baby shower later in the month, so I might do it as a nice treat to get ready for the party. Fun!

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8. Take every Friday night off. Oy. I always struggle with this, but it’s so important to take time off! Craig and I have gotten in the habit of renting a movie on Friday evenings while we eat our weekly pizza, and it’s a perfect excuse to close down the laptop and stop working for the night. I want to do that every Friday this month.

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9. Read a book. I just have not been on the reading train lately. There are so many books I want to read (parenting and newborn care books mostly), but I just can’t seem to squeeze it in. So I’m starting off slow—one book this month. Just one! It doesn’t even have to be a long one.

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10. Keep as active as possible. Admittedly, the more pregnant I get, the harder it is for me to move, but it is so important for me to keep some kind of activity going. I don’t need to push myself, but a very slow 15-20 minute walk every other day or so is good for me. Even though it hurts to do those walks, I have to remember that it hurts a lot more to just sit on the couch all day. And it’s good for me, Baby J and Puppyface!

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What are your goals for the month?

Wellness Calendar: April 2014 (free printable)

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Posted on Mar 31, 2014 in Motivation

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Phew. March just flew by for me! I think last month, I said I hoped that we’d have lots of nice Spring weather by the time I posted April’s calendar, and I think we’re finally getting there! Yay!

If you’ve never downloaded one of my wellness calendars before, these little guys have a daily wellness-focused challenge. When you put them all together, you’ve got yourself a great start to a healthy month! I like to believe that a healthy lifestyle is built off of a lot of small, daily healthy decisions, and this calendar helps you get there. Oh, and it’s totally free!

Download the PDF, print it out and hang it up so you can see it daily. Enjoy!

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Do you have any big plans for April?

wellness calendar: march 2014 (free printable)

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Posted on Mar 1, 2014 in Motivation

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Happy March, friends! Even though we’re supposed to get our worst winter storm of the year tomorrow (ugh!), I’m really hoping that March not only brings the official start of Spring, but the actual physical start, too. Here’s to hoping that by the time I post April’s calendar we’ll all be wearing sundresses, looking at pretty flowers and enjoying the sunshine!

If you’ve never downloaded one of my wellness calendars before, these little guys have a daily wellness-focused challenge. When you put them all together, you’ve got yourself a great start to a healthy month! I like to believe that a healthy lifestyle is built off of a lot of small, daily healthy decisions, and this calendar helps you get there. Oh, and it’s totally free!

Download the PDF, print it out and hang it up so you can see it daily. Enjoy!

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Do you have any big plans for March? Who is doing something fun for St. Patrick’s Day or Spring Break?

wellness calendar: february 2014 (free printable)

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Posted on Jan 31, 2014 in Motivation

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We’re getting ready to flip over to another month tomorrow, and that means it’s time for a new wellness calendar!

If you’ve never downloaded one of my wellness calendars before, these little guys have a daily wellness-focused challenge. When you put them all together, you’ve got yourself a great start to a healthy month! I like to believe that a healthy lifestyle is built off of a lot of small, daily healthy decisions, and this calendar helps you get there. Oh, and it’s totally free!

Download the PDF, print it out and hang it up so you can see it daily. Enjoy!

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Do you have any big plans for February? Who is doing something fun for Valentine’s Day?

my 2014 goals

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Posted on Jan 1, 2014 in Motivation

Happy 2014 everyone! I hope you had an awesome night celebrating (and hopefully aren’t feeling it too bad this morning). We stayed in, and I was in bed by 8:30pm. Party. Hard.

Now the cat is fully out of the bag about our growing family (thank you all so, so much for all of your sweet comments!), I can talk a little more honestly with you guys about my life as of recent. I have a big ole pregnancy catch-up post planned for you tomorrow, but the gist of it is this—as thrilled as I am to bringing a little Cass or a little Craig into this world, pregnancy and I just are not getting along.  I fully believe that pregnancy agrees with some women and doesn’t with others, and I happen to fall in that latter category. More on that tomorrow, though.

My point is: my unfun pregnancy plus the flipped-turn-upside-down-ness of bringing a baby into our lives come June, means that I’ve decided to spilt up my goals for 2014 into two parts. And it also means that the majority of my goals are pregnancy and baby related (your life really does totally change the second you see that positive pregnancy test).

I waffled about whether or not I should even set any goals for 2014—after all, I think the goals of (a) growing a healthy baby and (b) raising a healthy baby are pretty good ones on their own—but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that for myself, it’s going to be important to try to set some goals for this chaotic time. I’m not talking about doing a triathlon by the end of the year (gosh, no, have you met me?), but I am talking simple, easy, but important tasks that’ll hopefully help keep me feeling like me.

Anyway, enough with my yapping, let’s talk 2014 goals.

2014 Goals (January–May)

Write my second cookbook—I’ve signed on to write a second cookbook (yay!), and we’re managing to squeeze the recipe development, writing, and photography of it right in before the baby comes. In fact, my manuscript is due June 15th, but that’s actually after my due date, so my goal is to have everything to my editor six weeks early just to be safe. This may seem crazy fast, but I actually wrote my first cookbook in less than 70 days, so this seems like a luxurious deadline! I’ve also passed on designing this time. As scary as it is to handoff my manuscript to another designer (yes, I designed my Greek Yogurt cookbook myself), I just know it’ll be best for me to hand that part of the process over to a more well-rested, newborn-less designer this time around.

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Get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a week—I know this sounds like a really cupcake kind of goal (60 minutes? in a whole week?) but the truth is, with how rough I’ve been feeling, exercise has been a huge struggle for me during this pregnancy. I desperately need to get back in the habit of something. Just a few walks a week would do wonders!

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Find and try a prenatal yoga class—I’m really excited to try out prenatal yoga! Most of the classes around here don’t recommend starting until you’re after the halfway point of your pregnancy (which is coming up for me in a few weeks). I really hope that the slow, stretchy, low-impact activity will help me feel better, give me more energy, and help my body prepare for labor.

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Prep freezer meals for when the baby comesFreezer cooking has always been my thang, and I definitely plan on stocking our freezer with food for after the baby comes. Instead of doing marathon sessions like I have in the past (I just can’t find the energy for that now), my plan is to do a slow build up—a few extra meals a week—and stash them in the freezer for easy eating come June. We’re also on the lookout for a new deep freezer. We have a medium-sized chest freezer, but it is chock full of preserved fruits and veggies from our garden last year, we want a second freezer (I really want an upright one!) that is just for prepared foods. Easy meals, here we come.

freezer cooking

Buy a second car—Even if we weren’t having a kid, I knew this was coming sooner rather than later. We’ve been on-and-off a one car family for most of our marriage (we did have a second car for about a year, but we ended up selling it). And it worked really quite well for us when we lived in the city and everything was either walkable, bikeable or accessible by public transportation. Now living in the country? Not so much. Craig works full-time out of the house, which means that the majority of the time, I’m home without a way to leave. Which doesn’t bother me too much now (if I really need to get out, I can either borrow my parents’ car or drive Craig to work and take the car), but I have a feeling when I’m at home all day with a baby, getting out for a few minutes to run an errand or go to the park might be the difference between sane Mama and not sane Mama. Plus, it just makes us all feel more comfortable knowing that baby and I will have transportation available if we need to get somewhere.

Car ride
Figure out a better system for our business finances—Since I’m 100% self-employed now, the towering stack of receipts and invoices in my accordion folder is a little intimidating (especially come tax time). I want to figure out a better system for 2014 (and a big chunk of that involves working with my amazing accountant, Lydia).

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2014 Goals (June–December)

Find a new mom’s group or other playgroup—I’m really not much of a forced socialization kinda gal, but I’ve found that having other moms to commiserate with during my sucky pregnancy has really helped me feel normal and more comfortable, and I imagine that feeling continues into motherhood. I have an awesome support group in my friends and family, but nothing is quite like the support of people going through the exact same thing you are at the exact same time.

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Get out of the house at least twice a week—See the above note about getting a second car. The blessing and the curse of living in the country is the isolation. It’s blissful and calm and like a little bubble of peace (which is something we desperately craved when we lived in the city), but it also means that you have to be very careful not to trap yourself in that bubble. Showering is good. Pants with buttons are good. Human interaction is good.

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Join a gym (although, that’ll be later in the year, most likely)—Between the childcare that’s at our local Y plus with Craig and my parents to give me a Mommy-break, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get back at the gym a few times a week after I’ve recovered from childbirth. I have no “body after baby” goals, but I do think that the sooner I get back to establishing a healthy routine for myself, they happier I’ll be. And the happier I’ll be, the happier baby will be. I’m not giving myself a timeline for this, but it’s just something I’m keeping in mind come the second half of the year.

bottle gym workout gloves

Stay present and don’t wish time away—This is something I’ve really struggled with during pregnancy. I wish my first trimester was over so I’d feel better. I wish it was time to go to bed so I could sleep. I wish it was tomorrow because maybe tomorrow will be better. And I know there will be dark and hard times during motherhood, but I really don’t want to wish time away. I want to try to be present and really enjoy every stage and every moment—even the hard ones.

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What are your 2014 goals or resolutions? Anyone else have something big happening in 2014? Happy new year!

wellness calendar: january 2014 (free printable)

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Posted on Dec 30, 2013 in Motivation

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Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all have been having an awesome few days off for the holidays. We’ve been relaxing at home for the past while, but with the new year roundin’ the bend, it’s time for me to get back on track in all aspects of my life—including back on the health and wellness train. And I put together January’s wellness calendar to help.

If you’ve never downloaded one of my wellness calendars before, these little guys have a daily wellness-focused challenge. When you put them all together, you’ve got yourself a great start to a healthy month! I like to believe that a healthy lifestyle is built off of a lot of small, daily healthy decisions, and this calendar helps you get there. Download the PDF, print it out and hang it up so you can see it daily.

Enjoy!

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Do you have any big plans for January?