Be Present: March

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Hello March! Baby Darby’s arrival is coming soon, so as intentionally restful and slow as February was, March will be even slower. Including signing off here for a while. No pre-scheduled posts or guest content. Just a much-needed time away being present with my new little family. I may pop in once a month with goal updates, but only as I am able. See you all in May!

February in Review:

1. Read 3 parenting books.

Managed to not only read three parenting books, but two other non-baby related books to keep me from going baby crazy. There is a LOT of information out there on how to get babies to sleep, stop crying, stick to a schedule, etc. My goal was to be as informed as I could to make the best decisions on these topics for my family. Now that I have the strategies, lets see what happens…

Also, go read Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. I love love love Bittersweet, but this one hit a similar nerve for a completely different stage of life.

2. Connect with 2 friends.

In keeping my schedule more open this month, I was able to do this easily. I was also able to make room for last-minute lunch with ladies at my house, help friends in need, and still feel relaxed and restful. Wins all around.

3. Do 1 thing for myself each week.

I actually had to schedule this in my planner to make sure I carved out time that wasn’t walking or exercise related (I also consider that self care time, but I wanted to keep it separate from this goal this month). This space looked a little different each week, but I fit it in, and it was wonderful.

4. Delete 1 item from my to-do list every morning.

This actually got hard as I started putting less and less on the to-do list to begin with. My last day of work ended up being the 17th, so these past weeks have been getting slower and slower in terms of tasks. Which was glorious and horrible at the same time. I am definitely addicted to checking things off my list!

5. Walk 3 miles every day.

This honestly has gotten too hard in the past couple weeks. Once I realized it, I managed to focus on finding 45 minute/2-2.5 mile routes in my neighborhood that have worked well in keeping me going without overdoing it.

March Goals:

  1. Allow help. Say YES to offers and ASK when needed. (This is hard for me!)
  2.  Go one ONE date with the husband. Even if it’s just a walk outside.
  3. Practice positive self talk and self care every day.

Having any sort of goals might sound ambitious this month, but as someone who thrives on structure and accomplishing things, even these small things will help keep me mentally and physically healthy through the next month and beyond.

 

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Friday Favorites: February

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We’ve made it through the end of another month! The shortness of February always makes it seem to disappear so fast to me. But March means baby month! Today’s Neat roundup is a bit random, but all good articles from around the web that really stuck with me. And a lovely Nutritious list of drool-worthy eats that anyone is welcome to make and bring over for us to eat! 😉

Neat:

  1. How to Make Goals and Intentions Stick // Continuing on January’s theme of how to stick to goals past January, this model is helpful for any time of year.
  2. Relationship Advice for Couples with Different Diets // People ask me all the time how I handle the husband and I having different diets. This is how it works for us.
  3. Why Kids Need Minimalism // Something I’m bookmarking to remember as I venture into motherhood.
  4. Go Small with Goal Setting // My goals for March are going to be extremely small. And that is okay. Sometimes progress is made with baby steps. This is also something I find true for my nutrition counseling clients.
  5. The 23 Minute Post-Run Routine // Definitely something I was not good about doing before getting pregnant, and something I am for sure going to focus on as I start running again postpartum.

Nutritious:

  1. Vegetarian Kale Taco Salad // Kale + Tacos? Oh yeah! I’d just swap the yogurt for an avocado in the dressing and omit the cheese.
  2. Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Enchiladas // A genius combination.
  3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites // If I still had the energy, I’d be stocking my freezer with these babies!
  4. Farmer’s Market Vegan Breakfast Bowl // A hearty, protein and veggie packed meal, perfect for a weekend brunch.
  5. Quinoa Gado-Gado Bowl // This reminds me of one of my favorite dishes at The Steeping Room here in Austin. Fresh veggies, hearty quinoa, and ALL the peanut sauce!

Simplify: To-Do Lists

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For me, the new year is always a busy season. Everyone has a resolution, a goal, a plan to get healthier, eat better, increase fitness, become more organized. Which translates to a lot of fun and exciting projects and new clients for me. However, as baby Darby’s due date is fast approaching, my usual to-do list has slowly become a very daunting list. I generally only give myself 6 top things to get done each day, and add other small things as needed, maxing out at 10 tasks in addition to appointments. But with my waning energy, 6 things has now become 3 or 4 some days. And as I’ve come to embrace this as both necessary and okay, it is making my days much happier, leaving more margin for the unexpected, and letting me appreciate the work I am doing more fully. One of my goals for February was to cross one thing off my to do list each day. That as well as a few other tips have been extremely helpful in letting me slow down. So whether or not you’ve got a baby coming soon, these ideas are still helpful in helping to make any day just as full and present.

1. Pick a number. 

For me, it’s 6. For you, it could be 3. Or 10. Pick a number of MOST IMPORTANT items you know you will want to get accomplished in a day. That is how long your to-do list is. Get everything done and ready to tackle more? Start on tomorrow’s list. Or add to it. But don’t give yourself more than that number of things to focus on for the day. You know your limits. Don’t stress out over what isn’t as important.

2. Cross one thing off.

This doesn’t mean cross off one thing you don’t want to do, or one thing you didn’t get to at the end of the day. Look at what you’ve given yourself as agenda items each morning before you start your workday and consider the feasibility of everything. Is your list realistic? Is it manageable in the time frame you have for your day? Find what doesn’t work and cross it off! Move it to another day. Or just eliminate it all together. Breathe a sigh of relief.

3. Just do it. 

First thing. Work on those most important tasks first in your day, before distractions and emails and phone calls pile up. Carve out time to focus on your tasks before checking your inbox. Especially if it’s a hard item or something you have been putting off and procrastinating doing. Don’t think about it. Just do it. And then breathe, take a break, and get back to the rest of your list.

Happy Simplifying!

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