Be Present: October

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As the year gets closer and closer to an end, I find myself scrambling to finish all the things I wanted to do this year. Then I stop and remember, I had a baby. That alone was a huge accomplishment. But I also find it nice to have these monthly posts to look back on and see how much has actually been done, even if it doesn’t seem like it. And now I have a whole fresh new month to keep working on tasks to get me closer to my year-end goals.

I mention this in my yearly goal posts, but I use power sheets to focus, brainstorm, let it all out, and bring it all back together. And then I share here the big things for each month. 2018 power sheets are going to be available later THIS MONTH, so if you’re interested in having something to use as a strategic goal setting guide for your business, your family, your life, go grab a set on October 25th!

September in Review:

1. Read 4 books.

I didn’t feel like I read that much, but Goodreads reminded me that I did indeed read 4 books last month. I think this one is hard for me because I don’t consider anything that’s not just for fun. I read baby books, nutrition books, reference books, etc all the time without even recognizing that I read (I know that sounds weird). And it’s not just that I need a novel to make it count, its more like the relaxing, evening wind down reading that I need to get me in a mindset to sleep well.

Best book I read this month? Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things. Extremely timely, well written, and with a perspective that really made me think about my own unconscious prejudices.

2. Update Celebration Nutrition services.

Phase 1 is complete! When I started my business, I offered counseling packages by time frames. As I have met with people over the past year, I have found some common themes that have led me to further narrow down and focus my expertise on a few key areas. Namely  vegan/vegetarian nutrition and mothers in all stages of having babies (pre-pregnancy, prenatal care, postpartum, and breastfeeding). I updated my services to reflect this change, allowing clients to know upfront what to expect out of each package, and to ensure I am able to present the best information for each person I work with. All services are now subject based, and counseling packages include intuitive eating, introduction to vegan/vegetarian nutrition, expectant mamas, and vegan athletes. More services for postpartum and breastfeeding mothers, as well as easier meal planning are coming later this year.

3. Carve out time for weekly self-care.

I realized the need for this when I started spending Saturday mornings running solo without a stroller or heading off to Whole Foods to work and savor a decaf latte. Now that I have childcare help and can run most days on my own to clear my head and work from Whole Foods at least once a week, I had to find new ways to spend some time both NOT working and NOT worrying about my daughter. The best time to do this now is Sunday nights. Even something as small as couch time with a glass of wine or a bath with a book has proven so beneficial to unwinding after a busy week and gearing up for a productive Monday. If you are a mama, and you haven’t made time for yourself, do so. Even just 15 minutes a week alone without your brain going a million directions. We all need it.

October Goals:

  1. Update editorial calendar for Neat & Nutritious (much more nutrition-related content coming soon!)
  2. Finish my first postpartum/stroller race.
  3. Complete phase 2 of Celebration Nutrition services updates.
  4. Plan WEEKLY date nights.
  5. Walk 10k steps every day (work days make this surprisingly difficult!)

Summer Goal Setting

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Be Present: September

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Happy September! August was a busy month with lots of moving parts, and with Fall and the end of the year fast approaching, things don’t look to settle down anytime soon. Last month’s goals were fairly ambitious, so September is about slowing down, simplifying, and focusing on what is most important. Namely, rest, family, and some big work tasks!

August in Review:

1. Clear out clutter.

This started out in one drawer in my kitchen, and slowly took over cabinet by cabinet, room by room. If we hadn’t used it since we moved in 2 years ago, out it went. So much open space everywhere now! Hopefully it stays that way for a while.

2. Start marathon training plan.

I’ve made progress since our California adventure with completing my couch to 10k plan, but I decided to completely forego a marathon this year. My heart just isn’t in it. And the thought of figuring out how to pump or nurse mid-race solidifies the decision to wait until breastfeeding season is over to tackle this goal again. I have signed up for an 8k in October and am now targeting a December 13.1 goal. Training plan is ready to go!

3. Batch cook meals.

This technically didn’t happen until this past weekend, but I am SO SO glad this got completed! I tacked 12 recipes over 2 days. I spent $140 and made over 50 individual servings for meals for the coming months. The last thing I like to do on busy nights now is cook, especially with trying to get a fussy, teething baby to sleep!

September Goals:

  • Read 4 books.
  • Update Celebration Nutrition services.
  • Carve out time for weekly self-care.

What are your big goals for this change of season? How are you slowing down and simplifying as we move toward the end-of-the year, holiday madness?

Be Present: August

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We’re two weeks into August, and I’m just posting these. But done is better than perfect, right? Last week was full of traveling, immunizations, jet lag, sleep training, and settling back into a new home routine. I really love doing these, because I felt like July was a lost month of baby madness. Work got pushed aside. Routines went out the window. But then sitting down to work on this, I realized the three big things I set aside for July actually got (mostly) done. All the more reason to write it down. You realize there’s progress even when you don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere.

July in Review:

1. Single task everything. Focus on each thing as it comes.

This was actually easy to do, thanks to a baby who insisted on being held and worn for all naps most of the month. I’ve learned to do quite a few things with a baby attached to me, but slowing down and just doing one thing at a time is much easier. And baby snuggles do not last for long.

2. Outline two new work projects.

One project is about 50% worked out, the other 25%. Now that we’re back home, and my sweet child is taking naps on her own again (hallelujah!) more progress is being made on these this month.

3. Get out and explore.

Yes! Being in a new city, without the creature comforts of home every day, kind of forces you to get out and try something new. Even just a naptime walk was usually to a new part of town. And weekends were spent on longer outings, driving around town, checking out new restaurants, wandering through parks. Forcing myself to get out at least once a week made daily life coming back home so much easier.

August Goals:

  1. Clear out clutter.
  2. Start marathon training plan.
  3. Batch cook meals.

Here’s to a productive and fun last month of Summer! 

What goals or bucket list items are you working on before back-to-school and Fall madness begins?