Genuine 2018: February

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I’ve struggled this past month with wanting to jump right in yet also slowly ease into things. While I’m ready to get right to my tasks and get things done, I also am craving a slower pace. My goals for February filled up fast, and I’m finding myself finding ways to let some go, knowing that if I get too overwhelmed, I’m more likely to not do anything vs. making small progress on a few things.

My biggest challenge right now is working on new routines, cultivating new habits. Getting up at the same time, going to bed at the same time, having set tasks in the morning and the evening, working on training my brain and my body to get into a new rhythm that is both slow and calming yet driven towards accomplishing something productive.

The focus for this month is ACTION. Going forth and DOING, but not too much at once. Focusing on doing ONE thing a day, each day, for the month. I have a few big work projects that I’m hoping to slowly make progress on, as well as spending more time on creative pursuits.

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January in Review:

1. Clear out clutter in one room each week.

This did not happen as intentionally or methodically as I had anticipated, but things are slowly getting cleaned out. More decluttering happening this month as well!

2. Set income goals for the year.

Last year I was mostly going with the flow when it came to working with new clients and new projects. This year, I have a more specific time frame for when I want projects to happen, how many people I have bandwidth to work with each month, and how much income I need to generate. I’m hoping having a financial focus will allow me to work smarter this year and take the time off when I need to without worrying about finances.

3. Set up weekly date nights.

Friends, this is important. If you’re not doing this, make it happen. We only get out of the house about once a month for a date, but Friday nights are date night in every single other week. No tv, no phones, no tablets. Just good food, conversation, silliness, and intentionality.

4. Take a walk to the park/swings each week.

My sweet girl LOVES the swings, and I love our time together slowing down, getting outside, and having fun. It’s easy to go, go, go each day, but setting aside time to get out and have a break has been good for all three of us.

5. Go to bed by 10:00 pm each night.

This one I am GREAT with on days the husband is home. But I just cannot get myself to go to bed when I’m home alone. I stay up too late reading or watching Netflix, and then regret it the next morning when my sweet child decides to start her day before 6:00 am. This is something I am continuing to work on, in an effort to get more rest, be able to wake up fully ready for the day at 6:00 am, and set a habit in the evening of winding down from the day.

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I’ve been working on being more intentional with the fringe time that I have. In using the little 15-20 minute gaps to do something that helps me to make progress on my goals instead of wasting the time feeling like I don’t have enough space to make progress right then. And especially with an almost one year old toddling around getting into everything, the spaces of time I have in my day to be productive have to happen in small bursts or they won’t happen at all. I’ve been in a routine of only working on days I have childcare to keep things simpler, but I know I won’t always have full days to get things done later on this year. So taking something that seems big, like creating new content, and working on creatively using my brain AND producing good work each and every day is a challenge I already am realizing I can tackle.

February Goals:

  • Create something (content) every day.
  • Connect and network online every day.
  • Create 2 new client resources.
  • Update Caroline’s baby book.
  • Practice Pilates every weekday.


A Year of Cultivating Authenticity: 2018 Goals

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Happy 2018! Yes, we are already a week into this bright, shiny, new year, and I am just getting goals down on paper. Something about the New Year arriving on a Monday made the whole of last week into an extended break that was much-needed. My brain was not ready to jump right in to all the projects and tasks and appointments of normal, routine life just yet. So I gave myself the pass to ease into this year at my own pace. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work for myself, doing work I love, and being able to make my own schedule, fitting this time in.

As I was working through my Power Sheets over the past month, I struggled to figure out what my overarching word or theme for the year would be. I like having a word to give meaning to the year as whole, and usually one just comes to me, based on the season I am in, that aligns well with my goals for the year. Last year, I wanted to Be Present in my life, for my new baby, for my family. The year before I was Celebrating each small thing, starting a business, and traveling.

This year I felt at a loss. A lot of change is happening this year, and I’m already getting lost in the overwhelm of all that is currently going on and what is yet to come. I tried to remove some of that from the equation, to see what I wanted to focus on regardless of the changes. And I also looked through the lens of the unknown, recognizing that whatever I plan now will most likely change as life happens this year.

And that brought me back to just being real. Authentic. Genuine. The definition of genuine is “Truly what something is said to be. Possessing the claimed or attributed character. Authentic. Sincere.” No matter where life takes me this year, no matter how my business grows, no matter what goals I complete or cross off, doing everything to the best that I can, with sincerity, will make this year a success.

2018 is the Year of Being Genuine.

As I started brainstorming goals, I discovered the categories I usually focus on (personal, family, work, faith, fitness) fit in well with the framework of the Power Sheets prep this year. While my biggest areas of focus are on relationships and spiritual and personal growth, I set goals in each of 8 categories. To cultivate authenticity related to health, friends, my marriage, family, finances, work, spiritual and personal growth, and recreation. As usual, not all goals every month will target each category. And some are more small step, every day changes that will be ongoing. Similar to last year, I will highlight the top 5 or so each month, to direct my energy, keep me accountable, and see progress in different areas throughout the  year.

My intention in sharing my goals each month and each year are not just to keep me accountable or show off or be silly. I work with my nutrition clients to set small goals that will add up to big changes in the long run, and I share my own goals and struggles and progress as a way to model goal setting. To practice what I preach. I’ve been even more aware of that the past few months as I’ve made some bigger nutrition changes of my own (which I will be sharing more about later this month). I’d love for you to chime in with your goals each month, your struggles, your wins. Let’s do this together, this year. Here’s to being Genuine.

2018 Goals:

  1. Cultivate a healthy, real, GENUINE body. (health)
  2. Cultivate GENUINE, purposeful friendships.
  3. Cultivate a GENUINE marriage.
  4. Cultivate a GENUINE, life-giving home. (family)
  5. Cultivate GENUINE stewardship of finances.
  6. Cultivate GENUINE intention in spiritual and personal growth.
  7. Cultivate efficient and effective, GENUINE work.
  8. Cultivate time for GENUINE rest and recreation.

January Goals:

  • Clear out clutter in one room each week.
  • Set income goals for the year.
  • Set up weekly date nights.
  • Take a walk to the park/swings each week.
  • Go to bed by 10:00 pm each night.

What is your word for the year? Any big goals you’re ready to tackle?

Setting a new morning and evening routine is top of mind for me this month. Starting with simply getting to bed on time!


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Healthy Holidays: New Year’s Resolutions Aren’t Just for January

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With January fast approaching, bringing with it a bright, shiny brand new year, it’s easy to get caught up in all the “New Year’s Resolution” hype. All the things we hoped to get done this year that we didn’t finish or forgot about. The things we decided to change and were waiting until January to implement.

While there is nothing wrong with starting resolutions on January 1st, you don’t have to wait until then to get started. Today is a great day. So is tomorrow. So is February. So many people start resolutions on January 1st and by mid-February or March, they’ve lost all momentum and have fallen back into their old habits. If you are tempted by the shiny newness of the New Year, try out these tips before jumping in with your 2018 goals.

1. Wait until Spring.

If you are a chronic January 1st resolutions-maker and by Spring, you’ve given up on all your goals, it might be better to spend January reflecting on the why of your goals and get started later in the year when you are more likely to stick to it.

2. Focus on the WHY.

Even if you do start in January, spend a little time this week reflecting on why the goals you are setting are important to you. What made you write those down as resolutions for the New Year? What is the big picture behind the specific action?

3. Set up accountability.

Determined to lose 50 pounds? Wanting to eat healthier? Or try to get your kids to eat more vegetables? Having outside accountability can dramatically help in sticking to the daily or weekly tasks that will get you to your goal. Have a friend meet you at the gym in the morning. Create a recipe swap group with your friends to share healthy recipes and tips. Tell people about your goal. Text a friend. Post a picture. Do whatever you know will help make it stick for you.

4. Don’t give up.

You will have set backs. You will “mess up.” But that one incident should not be reason for you to give up on the whole big picture. Refocus on the WHY you created. Follow up on the accountability you created. And start fresh tomorrow. None of us are perfect. We all give in to temptations. And what sets apart the quitters from the achievers is the mindset to keep going. Forgive yourself. Pick back up and keep going.

Catch up on earlier Healthy Holidays posts:

Healthy Holidays: Maintaining Balance at Mealtime

Healthy Holidays: Managing Food Allergies

Healthy Holidays: Staying Active