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This is not a “Lifestyle” blog.

Happy 2017 friends.

Here’s the thing.  I didn’t despise 2016 like some did.  It is the year I became a mother.  It was the longest-shortest year in which I lived a thousand lives and died a thousand different deaths.  But it wasn’t an peaceful year either.  I didn’t have an “easy” baby. Nearly all of our appliances (and one car) died.  I got some moles removed and biopsied and I got mastitis twice.  So I think it is okay to say I am tired.

When I was at yoga the other day, the instructor was extolling the virtues of letting things go that do not serve us.

Here’s the thing.  I have let everything go this year and most of it has not been by choice.  Running?  Let go.  My body?  No longer mine, nor will it be for the forseeable future.  Sleep.  Quiet time.  Friendships.  I have no intention to “let” anything else go because if I am going to be so honest, I am tired of having things taken from me.  When I was writing in the 365 day-five year journal I received before Critter was born, I remarked in response to one of the prompts that I was quite impressed by how much less I need in my current existence to survive/have some level of enjoyment and enthusiasm in my life/keep growing.

All of this is to say that I feel like I haven’t had a lot to say in the last two weeks and when I think about what I want to write or share with you all, I don’t even know where to begin.  Right now my “lifestyle” blog feels more like notes from a ship’s logbook. End dispatch. 

I have no resolutions and I have no “Intentions” because this is what my life looks like right now.

Toys and chaos, people. Toys and chaos. 

I have no idea what to promise you all for 2017.  I’ll keep posting what we eat because the Friday Food Round-Up! is something I have loved to do.  I’m sure there will be some updates on our finances and what that looks like with buying and selling a house.  And of course the odd missive about our boy baby who is soon to advance to the next level of big boy.  After that, it’s all a mystery.

If you’re still reading, thank you for coming along for the ride so far.  I hope your 2017 is a beautiful one. 


October Goals

Well, I think it’s time for us to accept that each month, I have the same goals!  They might be slightly different sometimes, but ultimately, they’re all the same!  And that’s okay!  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to exercise.  Or eat well.  Or try to keep a social life alive.  They’re really important things in my life. The house fixing?  Well, we sort of have to do that.

I can already say that after going to one adult yoga class after a three week hiatus, I’ve already booked all of my yoga classes for the rest of the month because I want to go and I need to go.  And, even if Critter still doesn’t sleep through the night, I know that this month I will be because Sleeptacocation is coming.  It’s gonna be incredible.

Do you have any October goals?

September Goals

Great news, y’all.  It’s the beginning of the month and I have actually taken the time to write out my goals!  On time!

Some of these goals are repeat items from last month.  They seem sort of obvious (go to yoga class, plan friend dates, eat well) but they’re things where if I don’t make a conscious effort, they just don’t happen.  We fall into the “busy” (or tired!) trap.

I know with the house projects, they’re going to take longer than this month to accomplish so we need to start now so that they actually get done.  Otherwise it will be December and we will wonder where the time has gone.

Finally, Critter and I are starting ECFE on Thursdays through our school district at the end of the month.  I have probably too high of hopes for this one, but I think most of them center around the idea that the other mamas in the class are cool and maybe we’ll make some friends out of the deal.

August Goals

It’s so late to be posting these but I did write them out earlier this month.  Already winning at some and failing at others.  That said, I went to hot yoga yesterday and OMG it was healing. 

July Goals

Well, June goals went reasonably well. I totally failed at sourcing any 18 month clothing. But that’s okay!  I’m still hoping I can make a run to Once Upon A Child in the next few weeks. 

Anyway, here are the July ones.  We accidentally did our Financial goal on June 30 (we’re fine so we are continuing on our merry way), but that happens sometimes, right?

We do need to sort out what house projects are happening this year. It’s all stupid little stuff to get our townhouse ready to sell next year. Replacing switchplates, fixing paint. That sort of thing. Nothing exciting but very necessary.  Since it is a busy month for us I don’t actually think we’ll start any projects but who knows, really. 

Do you have any July goals?

June Goals

I have some goals. 

Basically surrounding self-care and survival. 

I was going to write a big long post about them but if I can achieve Me Time, Home, and Be Social, I’ll be jazzed. 

February Goals

I don’t know why I feel like I have to set goals for the month of February.  It may have something to do with the fact that January is over.  It may have something to do with the fact that I like having things to work towards.  I’ll also take a moment to add that I spent most of the month of January unsure as to whether or not there were 30 or 31 days in the month (yes, seriously) and almost wrote a post like this yesterday.  Once a blonde, always a blonde.


Based on what I have seen other bloggers do, it is my understanding that if I am setting goals, I need to physically write them down, and then they need to be staged, ideally with a beverage and some other props.  I hope I did this part right.  Please accept my apologies for the giant roll of toilet paper.  We don’t usually keep Kleenex around the house (judge if you have to, Lord knows that Marcus and my Mother think this is deeply uncivilized) so this is what I use to blow my nose when I am sick.  With that in mind, I feel worlds better than I did last weekend, but the congestion is still just a little bit out of control.  I have a feeling that next week will really be my week.

Anyway, without further adieu, my February goals.

1. Run more.  I was able to get back into my groove of 3-3.5 miles/day no problem – I was really thankful for that.  I would like to get that number up to 4 or 5 miles by the end of the month.  This is partially because I would like to get back to the glory days of running for an hour just because.  This is also partially because I have no intention whatsoever of running while we are in Italy – I want to account for some fitness loss during that break.  I may pack running clothes just in case the beauty and trails are unbearable, but honestly the last two European vacations where I have committed to running, the cobblestones and pavers have just wrecked my feet beyond recognition.

2. Get my continuing education credits sorted for my professional designations.  I’ve already started this project and I’m looking forward to sharing an update soon!  Also, this update will probably be about as exciting as watching paint dry.  You have been warned.

3. Learn more Italian.  I’ve already accepted that I’m not going to be any level of fluent by the time we jet off to Italy on the 26th.  But, I think it would be good to make an effort to master a few more things like counting to 10, asking for help, etc. 

4. Bake some stuff (or make some new snacks!).  I spent most of January wanting to bake, but I just did not have the time.   I think there’s more time now and I have a few good reasons to make the effort.  Who knows, maybe I’ll share the end results here.  As a bit of motivation, I made Spicy Crockpot Chex Mix today for the first time and I think you might love to give it a try too!

5. Throw some parties!  There are actually a few on the calendar.  One of them is an annual fete, the other is an outright celebration.  I can’t wait to get the details sorted.

What are your February goals?