Life Update – January 2018

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Hello all!! I have been away from the computer for awhile and wanted to share a quick update! I do have some posts in the works ready to publish here soon I just need to finalize them. Life has just been a bit chaotic and I have not had much time.

Health

Since right before Christmas both of the boys have gotten sick and have basically been “sick” since with a cough, runny nose and all other cold like symptoms. Then BOTH Tom and I have gotten sick multiple times! Between the four of us someone has been sick basically every day….its exhausting! Does anyone have any tips for this cold season? I am about at my wits end with everyone being so sick all the time! I just want my boys and Tom and I to all be healthy at the same time for once HA!

Work

On the 1st of January I started back to work at Starbucks. It has definitely been more bitter than sweet this time. I want so badly to be home with my babies (WHAT me?! I know that was never my intention but this time around it’s how I feel). Luckily I am only working a few days a week but it still just tugs on my heart having to leave in the morning. Especially since little babe is giving his daddy a hard time in the morning. Boy I can’t wait till he’s on some solids and has a little more independence. So far he is following in his brothers footsteps with wanting so badly to be independent but knows that he just can’t accomplish what he wants yet. Being able to move himself around was the best time for Ezekiel, once he started he never stopped!

School

I have officially finished all the required credits needed for my semester! YAY! This has by far been my best semester yet at school. In just 4 months I finished 14 credits, when previous semesters it would take me the full 6 months to finish 12! I am now finally onto my teaching classes as well which makes me so happy because they are so much more interesting. I have the rest of January and February now to work on any other classes to try and pass more before the end of my semester.

Goals

So between being sick, starting back to work and trying to shoot for the stars at school I have been just a tad busy! Even being so busy though life is really good for us at the moment and we are enjoying the start to our new year. I have a few goals for the next coming months:

  • Finish at least one, if not two more classes before my semester ends
  • Continue to work on blog posts – at least one every other week
  • Get taxes done and filed
  • Start the babe on solid foods soon! (YAY!)

 

How’s your New Years Starting? What are your goals for the next few months? I’d love to hear that I am not the only insanely busy one!

How to Gear up for the New Year Today!

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We all do it at the end of each year; coming up with those New Years resolutions! Let’s face it…how long do you ACTUALLY stick to these goals? 1 month? 1 week? 1 day?!

New Years resolutions tend to be quite large goals that people want to accomplish. The always famous – lose weight, eat healthier, save money. Do you want to know the MAJOR issue with all of these goals?!

They are way to broad! Goals need to be specific, have a deadline and be achievable. For example: lose weight – I personally would like to lose 15 lbs by the end of April.

  • This is specific in that I stated the amount of pounds
  • It has a set time line to be accomplished by April
  • And It is achievable because 15 lbs between now and then is not an insane amount

So your now thinking about these goals you would like to accomplish but first let’s take a step back and first look at your life right now.

  • Are you an unorganized person but want to overhaul and organize your whole life?
  • Do you eat junk food all the time but now instantly want to eat healthier?
  • Are you a big shopper but you want to start a savings this year?
  • Are you a relatively sedentary person who now wants to be a gym junky?

All of these have something in common. Going from one extreme to the other.

So you have big goals, that’s wonderful! But we need to take baby steps to make these goals achievable in just 6 easy steps.

Step one: Define who you are right in this moment and be honest with yourself.

  • I procrastinate like no other, I have a very organized mindset but my house does not reflect that, and lastly I am not the most active person although I’d like to be.

Step two: WRITE IT DOWN! – having a goal in writing makes it more “set in stone” rather than just saying what you want to do in your mind. Use this Goals! sheet I made to help yourself along!

Take one sheet of paper and write your goal at the top of it with today’s date. (Do one sheet for each goal)

Step three: Now think about the steps it will take for you to achieve this goal. And write this down under your goal leaving space between each step (in case you think of something else you might need to do to reach your goal).

Each step should be small and specific. This makes it more achievable in the end.

Step four: Write a time frame that you would like to achieve each step by. I suggest giving each step a 30 day time frame. I fully believe in the fact that if you do something every day for 30 days it will become second nature.

So you want to procrastinate less? Give yourself 30 days to start by realizing the small things that you do throughout your day that take 2 minutes or less to do, and DO THEM. Do it right then, not 5 minutes from now or later this is just adding to your long list of things to do hence the procrastinating.

Step five: Now that this is in writing, hang it up where you will see it everyday!

  • To make this something that catches your eye – decorate it and make it pretty to look at.

Step six: Tell all the people around you what your goals are. Better yet find someone close to you who has the same or similar goals to hold each other accountable.

Now that you have these goals written down and hung up. Start doing your first step now! Why wait for the new year? Because they are New Year’s resolutions?

NO! Making these goals and then waiting to start is just setting yourself up for failure. Once you have these written down there is no reason to start when the calendar reads January 1st.

I know I know it’s the holiday season and you want to eat healthy BUT all the Christmas sweets are around. Well look back at your timeline cutting out sugar completely should not be the first step. Just like hitting the gym on a daily basis should not be the first step.

Alright good now you have your list set up to your liking.

Next you need to make sure you have the tools accessible for each step.

  • Your exercise goal that starts with daily walks – get some good tennis shoes that are supportive
  • Your organizational goal that starts with to do lists – get a physical To Do pad that you can hang up in plain site
  • Your saving money goal that starts with $1 a week – Find and open only a savings account at a different bank and set up automatic transfers

Having the tools needed will make it so that you are less likely to trail off and not finish what you started.

PERFECT! You have your goals, timeline, and tools needed. So what’s next? It is time to get out there and start doing!

Do you really want to fail your New Year’s resolutions this year? No? I didn’t think so. So why don’t we call them New Year’s goals to get rid of that negative connotation and get started on the right foot. And don’t forget my attached sheet to help you get started! Goals!

So what are you wanting to accomplish? Let me know and we can all hold each other accountable!

Motivated!

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Well I did not make it on to post last week due to Thanksgiving but I’M BACK! I am feeling super motivated after a realization I had last week. My accomplishments between the 1st of September and November 15th:

  • I finished one 4 credit online class along with two 3 credit classes
  • I started working 40 hours a week for the first time in 2+ years
  • I had my second child on October 6th
  • I started a new “beauty” routine (more to come on that later)

So not to toot my own horn but I am feeling very proud of myself. Before I started this semester in school I went through a short period where I thought about taking a term break since I was going to be learning how to juggle two little boys now, but I decided to move on and continue with school. And boy am I so happy that I did! With the way my school works my semester still does not end until the end of February and I can take as many more classes as I would like to do. So onward to my next class; a four credit natural science class. This is a big milestone in my education because it is my last class before I begin to take all of the elementary education classes (YAY!).

For the upcoming week my next goals will be:

  1. Get one section of classwork done in Natural Science
  2. Finally make those cookies I have been craving for the last month!
  3. Wrap some presents
  4. Write 2 different blog posts on top of my weekly check in
    1. Baking with a 2 year old
    2. My new obsession – beauty

One Month In & Goals

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Little Lincoln is officially a month old (and a few days…oops!). This month has been full of firsts for us. He has given dad a few little smirks, he is trying to find his voice now, and he is starting to actually watch people. I love my little boy but now that he is starting to be more alert it is much more enjoyable! Before he was born many knew about my fear of how Ezekiel was going to act…I am pleased to say that he is just GREAT with his little brother. He may not always want to deal with Lincoln, but when he does it is probably the cutest thing you’ll ever see. Watching Ezekiel interact with Lincoln just melts my heart. Not to make everything seem perfect we definitely are having some major tantrums coming from Ezekiel and some colicyness from Lincoln, but taking everything day by day is all we can do.

Onto school…for a while I felt as if I dropped off the planet when it came to submitting my tasks (thank goodness my schooling is self-paced!!). I literally did not do a THING for about 3 weeks, but in the last 2 I have finished one class and am half way through my next.

To hold myself accountable I am putting it out there for all to see that my next goal is to finish the second half of my class by the 18th, because the in-laws are coming to town. That way I can take a week off and not focus to much on school during Thanksgiving. Goal #2 I would like to finish my science class by December 15th, because my school mentor is doing an Amazon giveaway and each class finished by that date is one entry…and who doesn’t love FREE money?! Goal #3 I want to get on here more to create more posts. I would like to shoot for at least one a week.

Now I do want to be reasonable since I do have a one month old and a 2 year old so my posts may not always be super detailed but this is something I want to do for me. With goals put out there for everyone to see I think I will be more likely to do this. And for anyone who wants to be held accountable with another person for any of their goals I am here! Let’s do this TOGETHER!