Every year I’m so glad it’s summer and then every year I’m so glad summer is over and we can get back to our routines. My goals this month revolve around the idea of routine and getting us all feeling good and comfortable with work and school and new activities.
*Morning routine for myself: I would love to have a bit of time in the morning to just take care of myself. Whether that is a cup of coffee in peace or getting my workout in I’m not sure yet, I just know I can be a more relaxed mom getting us all out the door if I build in that time for me.
*Mile a day: I want to walk outside (weather permitting!) at least a mile a day. For physical and mental health.
*Writing schedule: With all three kids in school at least part of the day (hopefully, we all know this is not a given anymore) I’ve worked out how I would like to divide up my writing time between stuff for the blog and for my book. I would love to find a flow that really works for me and makes me feel like I have room in my day for writing.
*Working out: I did a 90 workout challenge that I absolutely loved this summer and I want to keep it up! My goal is to plan out my workouts for the week every Sunday and remember that I feel so much better when it’s a regular part of my day.
What have you got going on this month? Any changes with the season that get you excited? I feel like even thought I’m not in school anymore, the beginning of the school year still feels like a fresh start.
May is here and it is finally feeling like spring up in the mountains! Chris and I have been making big plans for our yard and all of a sudden little surprises are popping up- like these happy daffodils.
We are looking at another month of staying at home but I am over the grumpiness of it (most days) and am trying my best to find positive ways to keep life exciting and worth getting out of bed for. With that in mind, here are my goals for the month of May!
Work in the yard We had the best time last weekend getting started with yard work and have been doing little bits here and there throughout the week. It feels wonderful to be outside and it’s fun doing something that you can see the benefits of your hard work from so quickly.
Daily yoga I love Yoga with Adriene and this month is all about mediation and yoga and I’m going to try and get it in every day.
Me Made May I’ve talked about this challenge this week and I’m excited to participate in this and work on my conscious closet this month.
Read more I recently put a lot of great books on hold at the library (virtually) and they’ve all started to come in. I would like to be more aware of putting my phone down and reading this month.
Sourdough Starter I’ve tried and failed before, but this month I’m determined. And if it doesn’t work I found a local restaurant selling some!
What I mainly want this month is to accept what’s going on around me and still find ways to make this new house and town feel like home. Instead of focusing on what we can’t do, I want to actively look for all the things we are able to do and make memories based around those!
These past few months I have been setting 3 goals for myself (sometimes my whole family gets included) and I’m not being dramatic when I say it has been life changing. I plan to talk more about that later, but for now, let’s focus on my 3 goals for the month of December!
I have been writing so much lately and while I didn’t meet the goal I set for myself last month (holidays, travel, and trying to plan a big move put up a few road blocks but that’s ok!) I hope to keep up the habit this month. I have a goal in mind for where I would like to end the month, but more than anything I would just like to make time to write every day.
Celebrate the Joy of the season
December is full of celebrations and I’d like to soak in the time with my family, worry less about the stuff or trying to do all the things, and focus on the joy. I’m so thankful we get to celebrate one more Christmas in this house together and I want to enjoy it as much as possible.
This is it! No big deal here! Ha!
We close on our new house this month and we’re hoping to make the big move before the new year begins! I want time to slow down and I want it to be here all at once, it’s a strange place to be. This one is going to be happening no matter what, my goal is to approach the move with a clear head, prepare for the hiccups and stress that will come with it, and get my little family to Colorado!
Lately Chris and I have been killing it with our workouts. We have been consistently going to the gym together, which is a new thing for us and a lot of fun!, and I’ve been chipping away at my couch to 5k goal.
Next week Chris starts a new job and the little routine we’ve established is going to be shaken up. I decided to give myself a challenge that would motivate me to get up and moving even on the days that Chris isn’t here to do it with me.
Starting September 4th (because it was a holiday weekend and also it seemed fitting to start on Beyonce’s birthday?) I have a goal to get in a mile a day. It can be a walk, a run, a round on the elliptical, whatever. If I do more- amazing! good job! If I do just the mile- amazing! good job! And if I miss- I just try again the next day.
I’ve always loved to exercise but only lately have made cardio a regular part of my routine. I’ve found that when I run it out I feel better mentally and have started looking forward to sweating out any anxiety or blah mood I’m feeling.
I’m trying not to be too annoying about my goal, but posting a pic on social media makes me feel somewhat accountable and the visual evidence of my hard work makes it less about perfection and more about the work as a whole.
And maybe soon I can take this mile challenge outside because it is going to eventually cool off, right?
I shared my thoughts on minimalism and how it’s a lifestyle I want to explore with my family recently and I put together a list of 25 tasks that I want us to do together. 25 because I wanted this to be challenge that’s completed within a month, but I also wanted to leave room for days when life comes up and not feel like I’m behind or failing. You will notice a mix of tasks based on physical stuff- purging, taking stock, organizing- but also some lifestyle changes thrown in too. I’ve given brief explanations for each and my hope is that in a month or so I can check in and tell you how it went! I plan on starting today and if you follow me on instagram I may give an update here and there. (Also the pic for this post has nothing to do with anything except that it’s my daughter at the beach when she’s four months old and I found it scrolling for an image to put there and just decided I didn’t want to put anything else!)
- Family Calendar (look at where we will be putting our time and energy this fall and get it in an organized place)
- Organize Master Bedroom, plan decor (kids in charge of organizing their rooms/unpacking/cleaning)
- Clean out clothes closets (everyone’s! this sounds like a monumental task but I’ve kept up with this all summer and think it’s doable for one day.)
- Clean out Toys
- Organize remaining toys
- Family meal plan (I love Miranda’s thoughts on minimal meal planning and want the whole family involved in setting this up for the next few months. I love to cook, but I hate meal planning. I hope this is a way to make it an easier task!)
- Clean out fridge, pantry, cabinets, make plan to organize, list of anything need to buy
- Organize kitchen!
- Hang pictures and art that I’ve been wanting to put up! Contact carpenter to come make repairs around house.
- Den bookshelves/clean out games and puzzles
- Dining room/hutch in living room/china cabinet
- Make a family cleaning schedule, set up chores/allowance chart
- Sewing/crafting supplies (ok this one is just me!)
- Kids Crafting supplies
- Big Closet- purge and organize
- Daily Gratitude List- I want this to be a habit for my family!
- Organize cleaning supplies closet- make cleaning products?
- Figure out home office/sewing space situation
- Digital purge- emails/recurring payments/email
- Paper purge- receipts/mail/filing system
- Bathroom toiletries- everyone!
- Window coverings
- Photos- put in albums, frame, order summer photo book
- Upstairs closet/seasonal items
- Make a fall bucket list for the family!
- Drop off any and all donations and CELEBRATE!
Tomorrow is my birthday! I did a bit of reflecting and shared something I really want to work on as a person on Tuesday, but I also have some lighter goals, resolutions I guess, as I begin another year on this earth, in this body.
- Practice Mercy
- Write out the story in my head. I have it started and keep leaving it, but it is something I would like to see to completion. Not to necessarily be published, maybe not even to widely share, but to get the story out of my head.
- Make less but make it better. I got in a groove this past year with my sewing and would like to continue that! But instead of trying to make ‘all the things’ I would like to pick one or two things a month to work on. The slow process is my favorite and I would like that to be what I focus on the most this year.
- Journal. I have a plan for journaling that combines my love of scrapbooking and making but in a way that feels less wasteful, more meaningful, more personal, and more manageable. I plan on sharing that over on my Whit Makes page and on my instagram as well!
- To read more slowly. Again with the being more intentional. I am a fast reader and sometimes I think ‘read all the things!’ because there are so many great books out there. I’d like to chill out and pick the cream of the crop and take my time reading them. You can follow me on Goodreads to see what I’ve read and what I thought about it.
- To buy less. Less clothes, less stuff, less, less, less.
- To do more. Adventures with my family, whether it’s a walk at the park or a big camping trip.
- Put my phone down.
- Blog regularly.
- Practice a daily act of gratitude. My mom got me this journal a couple of years ago and I love the concept, I’m just not the best at keeping it up. I hope to keep a gratitude log in my journaling on a daily basis. I think this will be a great way to actively keep that whole practicing mercy in the front of my mind.
There seems to be a theme in all these things. Practice, less, intention, and slowing down. All things I would like to some day master! Happy birthday to me and happy December to you. I hope you find moments to reflect and find the holiest of moments in the most ordinary of days.