I wanted to share the list here on my blog and post a progress update. If anything, this will help me to reflect on what works and to set monthly intentions to keep these visions, or new ones, in motion.
My goals are just that, their mine. What matters to me. These may not be of interest or relevant to you, but the idea of 'happy,' 'new,' and 'year' has served me well so far. I think it's a great way to categorize the ideas that may lead to your dream life and I hope it inspires you to make your own lists :)
So here's what I posted January 1 with current thoughts & progress notes:
HAPPY | Intentional ways for me to feel *happy* in 2017:
1| write - any which way, to document thoughts & growth - journal, insta captions, daily calendar + consistent blogging (when it feels right.)
I'd still like to be writing more. The one thing I have been doing maybe weekly is a writing thought dump. Getting everything out of my head and on to paper is an anxiety lifter and calming act for me. I write down to dos, lists, plans, ideas, etc. all scratched on one piece and that helps me to best decide how to move forward instead of keeping it all up in my head.
2| active living - challenging my health & fitness with daily movement, conscious food choices + goal setting.
3| connecting - family first. foster authentic self & friendships - surround myself with likeminded + high vibe people, embrace quality or quantity.
I'm feeling good about this one. Setting boundaries and putting my values and my family first. Working part time is helping me to focus on real relationships and those that are present in my life. Sometimes being connected online creates false connections or keeps us too plugged in to those that don't really matter. I've learned to let go of that. I stopped following people or brands I used to like that don't make me feel good anymore. Instead I try to fill my life, and newsfeeds, with inspiration that matches the kind of life I want to live.
4| regular self care regiment - make 'me time' a routine. find alignment + flow in life by filling my own cup first
There's always room for improvement here. I'm proud of myself for making changes and taking time for myself. Now that I'm working, although only part time, it's more important than ever. Especially working from home. Sometimes the days leave me drained but staying up late to make time for me or better yet waking up early has been huge!
I started waking earlier to make time for morning yoga. I sometimes do it with the kids but there is something a little more magical in the peace and quiet of early morning. This helps me get that daily movement in, too, and really starts my day off strong (in all aspects.) More thoughts on that at the end of this post ;)
NEW | Some of the *new* things I want to do in 2017:
1| explore alberta - camper adventures round two! plan trips in advance. explore our beautiful province + beyond.
Being my own boss allows me to set my vacation hours! In January, I mapped out my time off for the year to let my dayhome families know well in advance. This narrowed down the weekends for camping. Between other holidays and Matthew away at work, there's really only a handful or so. I'm excited to book sites now that we know the dates.
2| read - at least one new book a month. more fiction novels.
January: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
February: The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Thoroughly enjoyed both! Book review posts coming soon perhaps? I have thoughts to spill but nap time's only so long ;)
3| learn to ski - (read: learn to enjoy skiing.)
In progress!!! I got on skis for the first time in 6 years... and I didn't fall... and I actually liked it! I stuck with the bunny hill ha... and was feeling better than I ever have! Looking forward to our upcoming long weekend trip to the real Mountains! Stay tuned.
4| plan + prep - meals, be consistent with healthy eats + organization! eat for energy. embrace whole foods, less sugar + natural products. | play experiences = dream job! | family time, date nights, vacations etc - use planner & calendar | plan time for no planning, too :P
My More Time Moms Family Organizer calendar may just be my favourite Christmas gift! Organization is an ever improving skill but I must say I'm pleased wit the progress I have made for planning in all areas.
5| embrace mind/body wellness - use insight meditation app. try new fitness genres + classes = spin!
Meditating (with this app) is something I'm specifically working on for February...
I finally tried a spin class! I liked it but honestly thought I would love it more, mostly for the music and atmosphere... which is probably what I did like most about it. My feet being locked in was weird , for me, and didn't help my knee that naturally turns in... And my body type personally doesn't need the crazy calorie crushing but if you do it's an awesome workout!
YEAR | Goals to make happen in 2017:
1| improve run speed & distance - run a 15K+ race. complete 4+ races.
I mapped out the runs I would like to do this year. There's 8 on the list so far. Half are for sure and half are maybes for fun. All working up to a 15K in mid September... And technically I completed the New Years Day race although I've hardly been counting that one, because aside from showing up, it wasn't much of a run between my stroller and the snow.
2| thrive in my childcare career - contribute financially (!) make it so it never 'feels like work.'
Happy to report I am loving 'work' so far! It's truly a dream job to me.
3| plan for continuing education - map out course completion. register for kids yoga teacher training.
I couldn't resist waiting any longer so I inquired about a training program in January for later this year!
4| attend a retreat.
Is it just me or are retreats popping up way more these days? I actually didn't commit time off for one when I looked at my calendar... so I'll have to wait and see what comes for this adventure.
5| print photos (at least) once a month.
This is the one goal I'm feeling down about because it's probably the most specific and measurable and it didn't happen last month. Despite how much I thought of it...
We gifted Chatbooks to grandparents at Christmas and they loved them! I have been a fan for a while and plan to catch up on a few years of printing photos using their service.
6| plan & start savings for 2018 family vacation.
California April 2018? Thinkin bout it ;)
There you have it.
And here's my little February check in... I took some quiet time for myself at the beginning of the month to do one of those thought dumps and then I wrote down some visions for this month. I didn't think to hard or overthink them, just wrote the words that came to me at the time:
1. yoga + meditation - every day!
2. organize + simplify - clear out clutter.
3. *energizing routines* - flow. excitement for every day!
4. write - freely after meditation. thought dump lists.
= SELF CARE
I'll save the updates for my next review ;)
Thank you as always for reading. I hope this interested or inspired you somehow to make life more intentional.