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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Be Present: February

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One month into 2017, and I am already feeling calm and confident with the rate of progress and balance this month has provided. While focusing on each moment, person, situation, has not always come easy, the notion of being present in what is currently happening has helped keep me calm through a lot of otherwise hectic events. An extra busy work season, unexpected major home projects, and a mile-long to-do list before baby arrives can easily make me go crazy. Instead, I leave the house, focus on today, and get things done! One day at a time.
2017 PowerSheets Collection

January in Review:

1. Read one book.

Read two! Last year I read over 65 books, so a goal of only 12 this year was a little silly to me, but once baby comes, reading time will be harder to come by. For anyone interested, Grace Not Perfection is a highly recommended read for anyone else trying to focus on being present this year.

2. Finish baby’s room.

Pictures still need to be hung on the walls, but we do now have all the furniture delivered and set up, clothes washed and folded, and gifts put away and organized.

3. Update Celebration Nutrition website.

This was going to be a big, one chunk project, that I realized is currently more doable for me with my work schedule if I break it down into baby steps. One item from my massive to-update list per week happening currently and through February, until I get it all done.

4. Have a date night out.

This did not happen, but honestly, the idea of going out is not appealing to me right now. Takeout and a date on the couch with the DVR or Netflix is all I need to be happy. Scheduling a few of these evenings in February to relax and recharge.

5. Make 3 freezer meals each week.

I was overly ambitious and made about 5-7 recipes each week, and my freezer is now filled to capacity. Lots of nutrient-dense, easy-to-eat meals ready to heat and go!

6. Take 1 day completely off each week.

This is harder than it sounds, but I stuck to it, and it greatly helped to make the weekdays more productive and efficient. I used Sunday as my off day, and one week when that did not happen, I was able to take a weekday off instead. Grace and flexibility!

February Goals:

  1. Read 3 parenting books.
  2. Connect with 2 friends.
  3. Do 1 thing for myself each week.
  4. Delete 1 item from my to-do list every morning.
  5. Walk 3 miles every day.

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Be Present: 2017 Goals

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Happy 2017! This post is coming a week later than usual because, to be honest, I didn’t have goals set by January 1st. And that is OKAY. It took me a solid few weeks to really dig in and articulate what I wanted to focus on this year. As a planner, it is so hard to have most of this year be completely unknown due to Baby Darby’s arrival in March. I don’t know when I’ll get back to running. Or when I’ll be able to figure out a work schedule. I don’t even expect myself to keep up with my goals for most of this Spring and into Summer. And that is hard for me. In order to let myself sit in today, enjoy every moment, and not worry about the schedule or the next step or the to-do list, my word for this year is PRESENT. And each of my goals for the year is also loosely based on this mentality of giving each day what it deserves. These will most likely change as I get to my mid-year check in over the Summer, but I love the freedom in knowing that and it being okay, despite publicly stating these intentions. I love, love, LOVE PowerSheets for helping me to set these goals and to give the space and flexibility for a year of unknowns.

2017 Goals:

  1. Increase self-awareness and knowledge in order to be a strong woman in today’s world. // There is so much I want to learn and do this year, and knowing I also need to give myself rest and a balance of self-care alongside motherhood, this is here to remind me to not neglect myself.
  2. Look UP every day to remember what matters most. // “It has been said that to know the mystery of life we must turn our face toward the sun, for only when we look upward can we begin to understand.”
  3. Give myself grace as I learn to be a mother. // The to-do list can wait.
  4. Cultivate relationships well. // Continue to grow and give to the husband, friends, family, neighbors. We spent the last two years building a community, so that we could have people to surround us as we start this next adventure as parents, and all relationships need to be tended regularly.
  5. Build back up to marathon-ready fitness level. // Ambitious, I know. I am longing for my usual training routine and am excited to get back to feeling myself and teaching my child to be strong and confident.
  6. Build consistency and growth in my business. // The flexibility of working for myself is an incredible privilege right now, and I have a lot of items in the works to grow Celebration Nutrition to be able to continue this career well and allow me to spend time with my family.

January Goals:

  1. Read one book.
  2. Finish baby’s room.
  3. Update Celebration Nutrition website.
  4. Have a date night out.
  5. Make 3 freezer meals each week.
  6. Take 1 day completely off each week.

Who else set goals for 2017? Did you set a word or intention for the year? 

 

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