Okay. I finally have some.
Clean out the basement bedroom. We need to organize it and purge/donate/sell what we don’t need. If we achieve this we will have managed to rid ourselves of the giant room of clutter and things in our house.
Finish my SPHR recertification. This isn’t due until 2020 but I only have 14 credits left and they’re all business ones so I need to get it done so I can relax and forget about it.
Finish our photo albums. I need to assemble what we have so far, and organize and order vacation photos from all of our pre-baby trips.
Try to lose four pounds. Yes this is a specific number and yes I am and am not serious. Basically my pre-baby J.Crew shorts are on the edge of fitting and I actually like the shorts. I have no actual plan to accomplish this goal and frankly if I have to order new shorts it is what it is.
Take care of my actual garden. When I was looking at photos of our 2018 landscaping project and the Back 400, I forgot how much work we did! This year I actually need to plant a working garden for our jam/berry/herb garden and care for the flower garden.
Actually the longer title of this would be The Brief List of Things That Served Me in 2018 After I Weaned Glitter and She Started Sleeping Through The Night. Let’s be honest. I was not some sort of productivity paragon prior to that nor did I feel like one.But I will say, a number of the listed habits below did start prior to the aforementioned longer title.
- Waking up every morning (even weekends) at 5:00 AM.
- Going to bed by 9:30 PM every night (this was helped by setting a strict wake-up time).
- Eliminating any phone usage in dark rooms like our bedroom at night (that light is bad for you!!!).
- Cutting out caffeine in the afternoon.
- Soaking in a HOT Lavender Epsom Salt Bath at least once per week with no distractions.
- Cutting down the amount of alcohol I am consuming (I plan to continue to explore this in 2019).
- Prioritizing my reading time.
- Exercising regularly.
- Volunteering monthly.
- Eating two eggs for breakfast every day.
- Washing my face. I hate to admit this but it works. I was firmly rooted in the Don’t Do It camp for YEARS. Honestly I probably only wash and retinol it once per week because I still have the skin peeling issue. But I moisturize daily and my skin looks beautiful. I also stopped applying any powder or foundation type product to my face (outside of eye makeup) because of said peeling and I think that has also contributed the healthy look of my skin.
- Monthly date nights with my husband. Though now that we have achieved that I think the ideal frequency would be more like a date every three weeks.
Like I said, I still don’t know if or what I can commit to for 2019. As I continue to reflect and consider, I feel like most or all of my new year happened at Rosh Hashanah and so perhaps the path is set for now.
As I mentioned on Monday (aka New Year’s Eve) I am following-up on last year’s resolutions and what happened. It’s not fair to post goals and not share the results!
- Work on our photo album. This is something I did not touch until December 31 and that is because frankly it was the lowest priority. What I did on my actual sick day: went through all of the photos I took in 2018 and purged literally thousands. I came to the determination that each week I need to go through my photos and delete the non-essentials. Does anyone else have a system for this? Having a camera on oneself all the time is a literal miracle but it also means we all take so many photos that simply aren’t good/don’t need to be commemorated. Anyway, after spending an hour doing all of that, I uploaded 479 photos and videos to Dropbox. I then put a photo order through on Shutterfly and ordered two more photo albums off of Amazon. If the goal was to “work” on our photo album, then yes I did just that. If it was to “complete” our photo album, we absolutely did not achieve that, but it is a project ongoing.
- Exercise three times per week. YES! I started this at the very beginning of February. Three times per week was a great goal to start with and now I usually workout five times per week. I only go for 30 minutes at a time so it’s not like I’m hardcore training for anything. Also, in…April? I got a very cheap spin bike from Target dot com and with the blessing of a gifted Peloton app account, I have been spinning 2-3 times every week for 36 weeks.
- Buy new shoes. Yes. I have gone through two pairs of running shoes and I have a nice new pair of flats. I also treated myself to a pair of Sorel booties once I achieved another one of my goals, listed below.
- Get back into reading books. Yes? I couldn’t remember why exactly I made this goal but apparently during like the entirety of my maternity leave (September 2017 – December 2017) I only read like…four books. So it makes sense that I wanted to read more, which I did. I also read more, better non-fiction. Even though my learning serves no one singular purpose, I have learned SO MUCH this year and I am thankful for that.
- Finishing my SHRM-SCP recertification. Yes, I did this and I got most of my credits taken care of for my SPHR recertification as well.
I am still on the fence about 2019 goals/resolutions so stay tuned for an update on that.
I don’t have TONS of goals for 2018 (my children are little and I am not a glutton for punishment) but I have a few. Now that I am living in the light of (ideally) never being pregnant again, I honestly feel such a lightness and joy about getting on with my life. I still have little ones but I don’t feel like I am “waiting,” if that makes sense. Here is what I want to do!
- Work on our photo album. We all know I am a bad crafter so it should also come as no surprise that photo books are just not something I can possibly get together. A photo album? Something I can do! We’ve been printing more and more pictures since having little ones so I want to go through ALL of our photos and get the ones we love printed so they can go into the album I ordered in December. It holds 300 photos. I think we might get close to filling it! And if we do, I’ll order another.
- Exercise three times per week. Truth be told the only time I used our treadmill after moving (in my defense it was summer!) was the day I went into labor with Glitter. Generally I see myself doing some combination of hot yoga (or a workout video) once per week and a couple of power walking sessions. Once Glitter has a set bedtime (which she will by mid-February), this should be possible.
- Buy new shoes. No seriously I am for real. I have worn through the soles of my running shoes, Critter ruined my moccasins, my Revas have holes in the soles. I was waiting until Glitter was born to see what size my feet would be. She is born, the time is now.
- Get back into reading books. I feel like I lost momentum at the end of my maternity leave. I am a mentally healthier, more interesting person when I read. Shoutout to the Kindle for iPhone app and the Hennepin County Library eBooks collection for making that impossibly easy for me to accomplish.
- Finishing my SHRM-SCP recertification. Boring, but due by the end of 2018 so it has to get done!
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.
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?
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.