Be Present: June

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Hello friends! Happy summertime! The past three months have been so full of adventures into the world of motherhood, and it’s been a hard, wonderful, sleepless, joy-filled time.  As I had every intention of being back to this space in May, I’ve spent a bit of time considering how I want to make the most of this space while still enjoying what I do, without pressure of being pulled in a million directions. So for now, fewer recipes, some weekly menus, more running and minimalist living, a sprinkle of life and food with a baby. And most definitely still goals! Even though I have not shared April or May goals, I did set some. A little progress, a lot of grace. But most of all, plenty of motivation and direction setting in this new season. Let’s jump right in!

March in Review:

1. Allow help. Say YES to offers and ASK when needed. (This is hard for me!)

I’ve definitely gotten better at saying yes to offers of helping, but asking is still so hard. Even with the husband. I sometimes just do it all without even thinking I don’t have to. But we’ve slowly worked out a rhythm that makes life with a baby much easier. Patience and time and lots of communication is key!

2. Go one ONE date with the husband. Even if it’s just a walk outside.

Thanks to Nana being in town each month, we’ve managed to actually go on a real date every single month, not just in March. Thanks, Mom!

3. Practice positive self talk and self-care every day.

After finally being cleared to workout after 8 weeks, being able to run and do yoga/core work has really helped with the positive self talk. The scale may not budge for a while due to the combination of breastfeeding and running hunger (pretty much starving 24/7!), but I feel 10 times better being able to get out and move more than walking around the block.

June Goals:

  1. Enjoy the Summer.
  2. Take one morning a week out of the house for self-care time.
  3. Stick to office hours with Celebration Nutrition work.
  4. Complete couch to 10k training 3 times/week + yoga every day. (loving Jasyoga right now!)

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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