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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Celebrate! Year In Review

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December and January may very well be my favorite time of the year. Holidays and food and traditions. And best of all, starting fresh. Just like in September when school starts, January is a brand new year, a clean slate ready for new accomplishments and memories and life. As this year ends, it is fun to reflect on all the ways life and people and small moments and big milestones were Celebrated.

December in Review:

  1. Host Girls Night Supper Club (1. Plan for it) // Such a sweet time with a unique group of ladies. Hoping to keep this going on a regular basis through next year.
  2. Relax and enjoy holidays at home (4. Schedule rest) // Our week traveling and visiting was very full and meaningful. Especially as our last Christmas as a family of two.
  3. Complete one food photography lesson per week (7. Capture it) // 50% accomplished! Skipped a couple of weeks while traveling and relaxing, per goal #2, but Mondays when I was home, I finally got started on this project.

Year in Review:

  1. Neat: Plan for it // Cultivate intentional relationships. Celebrate others through time. // By simply writing time for others into my schedule, it happened. And it wasn’t forced or stressed; planning it allowed for more intentionality and joy to occur.
  2. Nutritious: Learn from it // Finish internship strong. Cultivate gratitude for what is being poured into me. // 2016 was the year I finally finished a six-year journey to becoming a Registered Dietitian. The people and experiences I had during my internship were what set me up to be where I am today, and I am so grateful for each of those moments.
  3. Nutritious: Grow it // Plan for RD career. Celebrate life through food. // This year also brought the creation of Celebration Nutrition, where I have the privilege of helping others to celebrate life through food and continue to do so myself through my work.
  4. Neat: Schedule rest. Recharge and focus. Cultivate gratitude for what I’ve been given. // This year, I managed to take not one, but two vacations, a rarity in the past ten years. Numerous weekends of emptied schedules and evenings free also allowed more time for others and for giving myself grace.
  5. Nutritious: Prepare it // Cultivate a healthy mind and body. Celebrate others with my best self. // Knowing we were wanting to start a family soon, this year was also about making sure I fed my brain and my body the most nourishing food I could to be the best I could for my family. Having discipline can be difficult, but finding the balance between indulging and limiting choices allows for more joy all around.
  6. Neat: Push it // Get stronger and faster. Cultivate daily gratitude. // While I did run a strong marathon this year (plus my first ever running award!) and built strength through Pilates and body pump, the best part of this goal was when running became difficult and I had to learn to find the thankfulness for what I was still able to do and to push through the mental blocks and tiredness to keep going each day. Not everyone may be able to run through all of pregnancy, but continuing to move and be active however that looks like is still a joy to be grateful for.
  7. Neat: Capture it // Learn photography. Capture moments. Celebrate what matters. // I may be just now working on this one, but I have done a much better job at capturing moments outside of delicious recipes and meals. People, places, experiences, also need to be celebrated and treasured.
  8. Nutritious: Share it // Build this space. Celebrate simplicity, nutrition, life. // Each month, I have strived to share more than just food, allowing the celebration of daily living to spread through the words shared here. And also spreading the message of simple living, nourishing food, and celebrated joy to a larger audience. Thank you for following along with me this year. 2017 is only going to be sweeter.