Lately

Sorry I’ve been so MIA for the last month. The first week of February was like a whirlwind as we travelled to Utah for my sister-in-law’s wedding, and the week we got back was so busy with work and babysitting and just general craziness that I fell behind with the blog and never caught back up. The month of February in general was just hard for me. I kind of abandoned all of my goals, I spent a lot of time feeling down and completely un-motivated to do things that needed to get done, and in general I was just in a slump. Do any of you have times like that that you go through?

Anyway, with the start of a new month I have tried to brush off the last few weeks and start fresh with a positive perspective. I’m usually the kind of person that really gets down on myself when I abandon a goal, but I’m going into the month of March with the mindset that just because I haven’t done something for a few weeks doesn’t mean that it’s too late to start again. My whole year isn’t ruined because things went a little sideways in February, right?!

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I love this quote. My friend handed it out during her lesson at church a few weeks ago and it really struck a chord with me. It’s so true too, isn’t it? Usually when we are feeling negative it is so easy to be down and make negative choices. Not even necessarily bad choices…just…not good ones, or productive ones. It’s during those times though that I think it’s the most important for us to make sure we make intentionally positive choices. It can really turn the whole day around, and our attitude too! This quote is my new mantra for March. I hope it helps to inspire some of you too if you have gotten in a slump over the last month or so!

I have every intention of being back to posting regularly this month, so I am hoping I can stay motivated and have that all pan out. I did want to go ahead and quickly say thank you to you all though–1) for voting for my #eyebooster video for the Physicians Formula contest (positive thoughts are still appreciated until they pick a winner at the end of the week!) and 2) for subscribing to my YouTube channel. Starting YouTube and putting myself out there has been a really scary thing (I feel like such a dork, you guys) but I am really glad I am doing it, and thankful to those of your supporting me! I already have well over 150 subscribers in just two months, and while I realize that is almost nothing in the world of YouTube, it means a lot to me. Other than my husband I haven’t really told any of my friends or family about my channel, so all of my subscribers are people I don’t know personally which makes me pretty excited! Haha, see? I totally am a dork. Oh well! If you want to subscribe to my channel or watch my videos I have it linked with the rest of my social media icons on the top right of this page. Thank you to you all!

Okay, nap time is almost over which means my blogging time is about to be cut short. I’ll talk to you all again later this week!

Goals for 2015

I hope all of you had a fun and relaxing New Year’s Day today. Even though Brinton had to work we still had a great afternoon and evening together as a family, and even got the chance to enjoy a Chinese dinner which is one of my favorite New Year’s Day traditions. I know it’s already pretty late in the day, but I wanted to go ahead and put up my goals for 2015 post before I went to bed tonight. So, here they are!

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As I mentioned in the last post, my word of the year for 2015 is priorities. Keeping that in mind, I took some time today to think about what things I really wanted to prioritize this year, and I came up with five areas of my life I want to improve.

Faith // Practice more open communication with the Lord through prayer and scripture study, and continue to learn how to listen to Him (how He speaks to me).

Fitness // Be active for at least 30 minutes every day.

Finance // Learn how to make a monthly budget–and then stick to it!

Self // Make time to allow myself to be more creative–learning new skills, DIY, art, music, theatre, YouTube, etc.

Family // Communicate more openly with my husband and make an effort to intentionally date him through the year; push myself to be more present with Evan and not allow less important tasks to distract me from my most important job as a mother.

This year I tried to set goals that would be attainable but still push me and challenge me to grow. I have every intention of using these goals to guide me in my monthly and weekly planning, and am confident that my word of the year will drive me each and every day. Even today it made a difference! Evan woke up so crazy early this morning and when he went down for his first nap all I wanted to do was take a nap too. But instead–remembering priorities–I changed into my work out clothes and pushed myself for 30 minutes. I ended up with a pretty good dose of energy through the rest of the morning, and even though I was a little tired by the afternoon I felt so good that I had made a positive choice.

So tell me, what are some of your goals for 2015? How did you celebrate the arrival of the new year?

2015 and my Word of the Year

Friends,

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I know I’ve been missing in action for a few months around here. When my in-laws came to visit in November I let myself take some time off from the blog so I could really enjoy their visit. Then the holidays were suddenly here and I decided to not stress over making sure I was getting posts up and just take a little blog-vacation until the new year. I’m sorry I didn’t really have a post up to communicate all that to you! Forgive me?

Speaking of the new year–I can’t believe it’s here already. I feel like holidays sped by so quickly that they didn’t even happen yet! Even though the end of 2014 flew by, I am really excited for the new year. I always feel like in a way, the slate is somewhat wiped clean at the start of a new year. It’s a perfect chance to start fresh, be renewed and re-energized, and set some new goals. I like the idea of goals so much better than the idea of resolutions. And this year, inspired by Elizabeth from Elizabeth Loves, I decided to pick a word to focus on in 2015–a word of the year, if you will. I’m still setting a few goals, but this year I am going to use this word to inspire and motivate me to accomplish the things I set out to do and to help me transform into a better version of myself.

So, what’s my word of the year, you ask? Priorities. I can easily say that with this word in mind as I plan my goals–both my larger goals and my smaller day to day tasks–I will be able to really evaluate if I am working towards the things that matter most to me. And sometimes it won’t be about making a good decision vs. a bad decision, but perhaps it will be to choose between something good and something better. I was inspired by this word, and chose it with the hope that I will be able to look back on my year at the end of 2015 with a feeling of accomplishment and knowing that I actively made an effort every day to improve myself.

Also…surprise! I decided to go for it and make my first YouTube video. Whaaaat?! I know. Crazy. I’d love for you to watch and let me know what your word for 2015 is going to be.

I’ll be back on the blog later today to share my goals for the year, but since I am writing this just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, I’m going to close my laptop and enjoy watching the rebroadcast of the ball dropping in Times Square with my husband.

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Happy 2013!

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Photo credit: I totally just googled this…

Happy New Year! I’ve been gone from the blog for about three weeks, and I have felt horrible for not posting through the holidays. Things got pretty busy around here. First, my in-laws came to visit, then I seemed to be working non-stop, and as I semi-recently posted, I have been having a lot of computer issues with connecting to the internet. In my down time, I have been spending a lot of time with my husband and with our friends. I have been having a blast (except for this work thing, you know?) so I hope you all will accept my apologies for being absent for so long.

Honestly, I have been a bit disappointed with myself about blogging. I had all of these great ideas for things I wanted to post about the holiday season, about nails, delicious cookie recipes, and how to set realistic, achievable, but challenging goals for the new year. In fact, one of my goals for the new year is to blog consistently, about 4 times per week, if not more. The funny thing is, is that I didn’t plan ahead the way I should have, so I never quite got off on the right foot. Suddenly it was January 2nd, then 4th, and now today is the 6th, and I’m finally sitting down to write. So much for week one of the new year, right?

On that note, I wanted to write a bit of encouragement to anyone who might be reading who thinks that they already blew their whole new year. Just because something hasn’t started the way you want it to doesn’t mean that it is all over. You can still achieve everything you want to–just don’t give up!

I am usually the kind of person who likes to start new things on the first day of the week, or on day one of the month, or of course, at the new year. Something I have started to learn though is that it doesn’t matter when we start trying to better ourselves. It just matters that we start. So instead of calling this week a bust and getting all upset with myself for not being more persistent in setting and keeping goals, I’m just going to start now, today, this minute.

Feels good to take that deep breath of fresh air, doesn’t it?

What goals are you all setting for the new year?