Be Present: November

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I’m convinced that the later into the year we get, the faster the months fly by. Although, October started out well, with a lot of tasks getting completed and crossed off the very first week, which helped propel me through the rest of my list.  November is about slowing down a little. Simplifying more. Being more focused and intentional on how I spend my time and doing the right things well instead of all the things okay.

October in Review:

1. Update editorial calendar for Neat & Nutritious.

Since the start of Celebration Nutrition, I was running two blogs, which, combined with having a baby, meant content was sporadic on both sites. In order to streamline and make life simpler, I merged the two and am migrating content over to Neat & Nutritious. Which means more access to nutrition-related topics, more consistent content, and more recipes (down the road!)

2. Finish my first postpartum/stroller race.

My goal was to finish my 3rd Run Free Texas 80s 8k in under an hour/beat my pregnancy time from last year. Right at the end I realized I could even beat 55 minutes if I pushed hard enough, but ended up barely missing that and finishing in 56:10. Still, with a stroller and monster hills, I am super pumped with that time. Ready for another one soon!

3. Complete phase 2 of Celebration Nutrition services updates.

This got completely scrapped. Going in a whole different direction. My focus right now is on doing a few things well and not ALL THE THINGS, even though all the things are super awesome and I really want to do them. They will come, in time.

4. Plan WEEKLY date nights.

The husband ended up being gone for half the month, so this did not happen. But the weeks he was home, we snuck out, even if just for a quick lunch to catch up.

5. Walk 10k steps every day (work days make this surprisingly difficult!)

Averaged about 5 of 7 days each week, which I will take. Some days are so taken up with client appointments that I don’t get a run in, let alone a stroller walk. And I’ve noticed my body loves having one day completely off, so on Sundays we rest.

November Goals:

  1. Pick and sign up for Marathon #6.
  2. Set up a new meal prep routine that works.
  3. Network weekly to build brand awareness.
  4. Donate milk to Mother’s Milk Bank.
  5. Outsource and time manage better to maximize work days.

Ready to start intentionally goal setting in 2018? Grab a set of Powersheets and plan with me next year! The big 2018 goal setting prep week is happening December 4th.

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Present 2017: Rethink Goal Setting

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I started goal setting back in 2012 and have been actively sharing yearly and monthly goals on this space for over 3 years now. As someone who has always loved the idea of goals, I somehow never managed to make, keep, or share them until I began blogging. Outward accountability has some perks by publicly posting even the seemingly smallest of things.

The holidays are approaching, and before we know it, the year will be over. A shiny fresh new one will start. We will plan ALL the things we want to improve, change, cut out, altar about our lives. And then February will hit, and our excitement will wane, and we will slowly get busy, forget, give up, move on.

So how to we actually make goals for the year we can actually make STICK? By working on them little by little, every day, every week, every month, every season. Revisit and reshape as life happens, as it inevitably does, instead of letting circumstances take over. We adapt with them. And by doing this we can actually look back at the end of the year and see the progress we made, even if we don’t feel like we did anything worthwhile.

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So how do I do all this year after year? With POWER SHEETS! I love, love, love these. And they keep getting better and better each year I’ve used them. Both due to HOW I’ve learned to use them and because the awesome Cultivate What Matters team keeps improving them year after year to make them the best they can be for users. I just got my 2018 set and they’re AWESOME. The prep pages especially get better and better each year, really letting you hone in on what is important and at the heart BEHIND the goals.

Intentional goal setting is at the heart of how these work. Making progress, little by little, instead of driving for perfection. As someone who procrastinates because of perfection, I NEED the accountability to keep going, one step at a time. Otherwise, I just see the huge big picture, get overwhelmed, and end up on the couch with Netflix and a pint of (non-dairy) ice cream. Powersheets are the reason my business happened. They’re how I managed to do full-time school and full-time work and travel all at the same time. They made me feel like I accomplished something after my daughter was born, because that month my goals included showering and resting (and YES, those are good goals for a new mama!) Powersheets don’t help you make it all happen, they help you make the RIGHT things happen. Even when that thing is simply surviving new mamahood.

2018 PowerSheets Collection

Every month, I set aside time to look ahead and make a plan, for my business and for my life, all in one space. There is space to brain dump, brainstorm, scribble, get messy, be creative, dream, and discover. I use my power sheets in conjunction with my paper planner to make sure that progress happens instead of gets forgotten about. And I honestly love having it all on paper. There is something about WRITING IT DOWN that helps make it real, make it stick.

Powersheets WORK. You will feel the impact right away if you are faithful to the process. They will help you prioritize with confidence, giving you more time for what’s truly important in your life.

I love these so much, I became an affiliate partner for them. So yes, I do get a small commission for purchases made from links on this post. But I’ve loved and used these for years, well before an affiliate program existed. And I’ve purchased my powersheets every year myself. It is helpful to be able to bring in income to support my blog and my business from promoting products that I love, but I will continue to purchase and use these, regardless, for many years to come. Thank you for your support of businesses that support Neat & Nutritious! It is part of the reason I’ve been able to keep this space ad free.

The BEST part of this entire post? 2018 Power Sheets launch TODAY and are available to order for anyone who wants to get intentional with goal setting next year. I’ll be sharing my 2018 goals here later this year and would love to stay accountable with you! Grab yours here! And happy goal setting!

2018 PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner

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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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