Q2 Goals

At the beginning of January I announced my Q1 Goals. Who knew the world would lose its mind and my life (& everyone else’s) would be completely flipped upside-down…

But, alas, here we are. The world must go on and so must my goals- mostly for the sake of my isolated sanity.

The first quarter of 2020 has been… well… this:

But I managed to cross off a few goals!

  • Figure out work schedule after maternity leave is over.
    I had this figured out until the world went to sh*t.
  • Travel to Texas (twice) & figure out summer vacation.
    We had to cancel the 2nd trip (#becauseCorona) and LOL on summer vacation.
  • Start an exercise plan once dr says ok.
  • Unbox and sort out pre-pregnancy clothes.
  • Get M on some kind of daily schedule 
    Best WIN of them all! Mainly because we’re stuck at home & I could work on this.

We plan on making that second Texas trip in September. Fingers crossed. It was for a family wedding. The couple still got hitched in their living room while live-streaming it for the rest of us. Very unique and badass, ha.
No exercise plan. I could blame the virus but… it’s me. I have been doing a few yoga classes, though. My studio is offering them for free online ❤

Okay, on to the next quarter

Q2 Goals

  • Photograph & post nursery
  • Summer trip (har har har)
  • Pay off one credit card/no spending on it
  • Move scrapbooking supplies to the basement
  • No fast food
  • Start an exercise plan

And there we have it! Linking up with Kristen for What’s New With You? today!

My Resolution | 2020

Happy Thursday ♥ I skipped book day with Steph & Jana because I haven’t finish any books lately (surprise, surprise) but I’m showing up today. I listed some goals for 2020 a few weeks ago but I have a resolution to share, too.

My New Year’s resolution isn’t just for the year… it’s for the decade and (hopefully) forever. This isn’t a “new year, new me” kind of thing… It’s a “how can I nurture my mental health and fully enjoy life in this season and seasons to come” kind of thing.

So what is it?

I want to live in the present and fully enjoy (or at least experience) my time right now.

The season of life I’m in right now is tough & tiring, slow-paced with subtle achievements. It’s easy to miss or overlook or dismiss little victories & developments. It’s easy to wish for longer sleeps at night & more mobile and active baby days.

The thing is… those future days are going to happen. M is going to grow up and start talking and moving and sleeping etc. And when they happen, I can enjoy them for what they are. These days- the 2am cuddles and itty bitty onesies and first smiles & coos & babbles- are only going to happen right now. To reference 50% of country songs and 100% of seasoned parent advice, it won’t be like this for long.

So no more wishing the days away. No more “I can’t wait until … .” No more looking ahead to the next chapter while moving blindly through my current one. That’s not to say I can’t be excited about days to come. I will look forward to the future, but not with tunnel vision.

What am I hoping to achieve with this resolution? What changes do I hope to make?

Mindfulness (which is the root of living in and experiencing the moment) leads to decreased anxiety and depression. I’m hoping to experience more frequent and natural joy.

I hope to improve upon my patience. Less getting frustrated about things. Less getting frustrated with K or Bristol or M or myself. (Enzo very, very rarely frustrates me.)

I want to acknowledge and practice gratitude. When I’m home I want to be grateful for the time I spend with my family. When I’m at work I want to be grateful for a job I love. When I’m working out I want to be grateful for the ability and time. Et cetera.

I really do love my life. I feel incredibly blessed to have the family & friends and comfort and opportunities that I do. I never want to take my reality for granted. And I hope my resolution helps me to fall in love with my life, over and over.

I’ve shared my resolution with K. I’ve told him I want to cut the phrase “I can’t wait until/for…” from my vocabulary. I’m hoping he holds me accountable to this mentality and practice. (This is me giving you permission to call me out, dear.) I know I can’t be joyful or patient or grateful ALL the time… but I can certainly be those things more often than I am right now.

So here’s to living for today, patiently looking forward to tomorrow, and experiencing every moment as it happens, while it’s happening.

2020: The Roaring Twenties

Does anyone else find it weird that we can call this new decade the twenties?

Welcome to the New Year!

2019 was a rough effing year. I am so excited to jump into 2020. Between parenthood and work and life in general, 2020 truly feels like a brand new chapter.

Don’t get me wrong- I am exhausted. We are not kicking this decade off with much sleep or sanity. That said, I’d like to kick the decade off with some goals. I have some for the entire year as well as the first quarter.

I’m joining Kristen today for the What’s New With You? link up.

2020 Goals

Read 20 books. I set a goal of 40 last year and read 28. We’re going to be a little more realistic this year.

Reduce debt by at least 50%. In years past I’ve been very general with my debt goals. This time we’re assigning a number.

Move my body. I need to find a workout/routine that I enjoy. Once I’m cleared by my doctor I’m leaning toward a barre/yoga/hot yoga route.

And that’s it since we’ll be mainly focused on keeping M happy & healthy. Now on to some shorter-term goals…

Q1 Goals

  • Figure out work schedule after maternity leave is over.
  • Travel to Texas (twice) & figure out summer vacation.
  • Start an exercise plan once dr says ok.
  • Unbox and sort out pre-pregnancy clothes.
  • Get M on some kind of daily schedule (i.e. consistent bedtime/mornings)

Five seems like a good number for now. Advice for flying with a 2 month old is welcome. Haha. What are your 2020 resolutions?

IT’S FALL!!! (Goals Update Q3)

Ok, technically Monday was the start of fall but I’ve been celebrating since Sept. 1 so whatever. I live by my own rules.

Before we dive into fall let’s check out how summer went…

Summer Goals

  1. Finish cleaning out room & paint nursery
  2. Organize basement
  3. Read and finish 3/4 of Erin’s Book Challenge
  4. Find out gender & plan reveal event
  5. Assist in baby shower prep
  6. Continue financial goals
  7. Visit Aub in Florida!!
  8. Finish the registry

For the most part, I did well! My half of the basement (which is party supplies, serving dishes, and holiday decorations) is cleaned, organized, and shelved. K’s half of the basement is a bunch of drums. That’s on him. Lol

The nursery is empty & painted. The gender has been revealed. (I blogged it, too.) The baby shower is in motion and the reins have been handed over to my mom & mother-in-law; I’m completely out of it 🎉 Registry is done with me adding random things every now and then.

Still working on financial goals. Definitely did not read enough for Erin’s Challenge.


And now… *drumroll please* …the best season of the year! FALL!

Fall Goals

  1. Attend baby shower (& send thank yous)
  2. Host Halloween Party
  3. Put nursery together
  4. Get 3/4 Xmas shopping done
  5. Go to TWO fall festivals
  6. Add mums & pumpkins to the house
  7. Celebrate my bday & our (dating) anniversary
  8. Read 3 books per month
  9. Get Christmas decor up before baby arrives… maybe
  10. Give birth

Some of these are bound to happen… like #1. Lol
Pretty much all these goals revolve around baby arriving on time- not too early, not too late. And there’s no guarantee of that soooo… in the wise words of Elsa I am prepared to let it go. Ha.

What are your fall goals? Anything fun on your fall bucket list?

Goals Update Q2

Happy 32nd Anniversary to my mom & dad!

Tomorrow is the first day of summer so I’m recapping my goals from the second quarter of 2019 and sharing my Q3 goals.

Life got a little nuts this past quarter & my goals suffered.

Spring Goals

  1. Start Year 5 Scrapbook
  2. Read at least three books per month (April, May, June) & finish Erin’s Challenge
  3. Visit yoga studio at least once a week
  4. Figure out fall travel: friends trip
  5. Figure out and work toward financial goals (IRA, credit cards, etc.)

I’m in the process of moving my home office/studio into the den (so the room can be a nursery). Despite the upheaval, I did manage to start my Year 5 scrapbook. I did not manage to read three books per month. I think I finished 2 in April and 0 in May. This month I’ve finished 1 so far, but I think I’ll squeeze a few more in.

When I found out I was pregnant I stopped going to traditional yoga classes, but this month my studio offered prenatal yoga on Saturdays so I’ve been going to that weekly. I didn’t do it all quarter, though, so I’m not counting it. Fall trip to Tampa is booked. Financial goals are hashed out and started (but it’s definitely ongoing).


Summer Goals

  1. Finish cleaning out room & paint nursery
  2. Organize basement
  3. Read and finish 3/4 of Erin’s Book Challenge (I have until Oct. to complete)
  4. Find out gender & plan reveal event
  5. Assist in baby shower prep
  6. Continue financial goals
  7. Visit Aub in Florida!!
  8. Finish the registry

…half of these goals center around baby prep. It’s kind of on our minds, lol.

I have made a TON of progress on the basement already and I’m in the midst of planning a family get together for the reveal so those goals are in progress. Since we have a little more to do I upped my goal number to 8 for this quarter. I guarantee I will have much less/easier Fall goals, lol.


2019 Resolutions

  • Read 40 Books I’ve read 18/40
  • Work on my marriage habits 
  • Keep a gratitude journal I jumped ship here. LOL
  • Budget I purchased and downloaded Steph’s Zero Based Budget Template & it’s been working well for me!
  • Work on sticking to a consistent schedule Getting better. Bed by 10pm, up around 6:30am… I’m working on it. Meals are kind of planned. Lol

I can’t remember what I meant by “work on my marriage habits.” That said, things have been really great & fun between us so I think I’m meeting that goal. Hahaha. The book goal & budgeting goal are going ok, too. RIP gratitude journal, lol.

And that’s it for now. How are your goals progressing this year? Do you still remember what 2019 resolutions you made (or what you meant when you made them, lol)?