Everyone but me in my house is battling some sort of head cold. This is the second day my husband has been home sick, so my blogging schedule is a little off. Hopefully things are looking up. The kids only seem to be stopped up right when they wake up but by about 8:00 seem fine.
It's the end of the month so it's time to check in with my 10 Things to Do Before Turning 30 goals. The nice thing is that, for the most part, several items are just becoming part of my routine instead of me having to consciously say, "You need to work on this because you're going to have to blog about it later this month." LOL! Here we go!
Goal #1: Read More
Progress: I finished Anything by Jennie Allen. I plan to do a review of it in the very near future, but it was a book that I have to let simmer in my soul before I talk about it with you. There were some very hard things I had to face while reading it, but that's what made it a fantastic book! I also finished The Dinner by Herman Koch (read my review here) and Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close. Strengths Finder 2.0 was one of the books on my Essential Reading List for a Simple 2016. I read part I, took the evaluation and then read the sections pertaining to my top 5 strengths. I really think that this is a valuable book for anyone, but especially people still searching for what they want to do when they "grow up." In this episode of The Influence Network Podcast, Kat Lee actually took some time to do the math and found that it is statistically impossible for you to have the exact same results as someone else on the Strengths Finder evaluation. THAT IS AMAZING!!! God created each of us completely unique and it was so cool to hear her explain the data to back that up. I also finished Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee for my book club. I wasn't a fan. And it wasn't because I was crushed to find that Atticus was racist (I honestly thought he was racist just from reading To Kill a Mockingbird), but there were many places, especially in the first few chapters, that felt like I was reading a paper written by one of my freshman students that had just discovered the Thesaurus capability and replaced every word they could with a big and obscure one whether it made sense or not. I'm still reading Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life by Shannon Ables and I started For the Love by Jen Hatmaker. I love that you can read multiple nonfiction books at one time and not lose plot!
Goal #2: Continue Going to Yoga
Progress: We got a new instructor this month, and she is killing me (in a good way)! Gone are the nights of just stretching and breathing. We are working it! I would be lying if at first I was nervous about the change. I actually almost cried the first night she taught because it was such a change from our previous instructor, but now I'm feeling stronger with each week. I'm starting to learn the names of the poses so I can flow much easier during the session. I've been to class every week this month. I'm hoping that maybe soon I can start to pick up sessions in the mornings here and there during the week as well. I feel such accomplishment after I go.
Goal #3: Lose the Baby Weight
Progress: Bleh! I gained all the weight back over the holidays and it is staying put! Last week I did try to do a pilates video here at home on top of my yoga class. I've also started to try to eat a grapefruit for breakfast. I was doing the smoothies, but J has been waking up so early that I'm starving if I wait to run the blender until after L wakes up. Because of that I was just eating cereal or whatever, but hopefully, my silent grapefruit breakfast will allow my little sleeping beauty to not wake up too early (and cranky) and start the day off right. I cannot wait until the garden is back this spring and summer. I need veggies! Our grocery budget is so tight that there is little room for a lot of fresh veggies (plus we don't have anywhere local to buy them either right now) so we've been eating a lot of homemade pizza (canned pizza sauce from garden tomatoes), pasta (canned marinara from the garden) and hamburgers or roast (we were given a portion of a beef from my parents). Not the best foods for my waistline. I'm still committed to losing the weight though. I've also looked into some of the products offered by doTERRA to help with appetite, but I won't use any products like that while I'm still nursing J.
Goal #4: Learn Italian
Progress: I'm still using Duolingo, though not as regularly. I dropped my fluency rate from 13% to 11% because I have forgotten some of the earlier words. My husband signed up for it this weekend though. We are both competitive, so hopefully this will give me a boost to practice more!
Goal #5: Take a Cooking Class
Progress: I think I'm closer to getting a class scheduled. We have a little extra money this month, so I'm trying to make a case for taking a class together. I just don't know which one I want to take. There are two wine primers and a French cooking class being offered this spring. What do you think?
Goal #6: Make Time for Play
Progress: We have become a dance party family. This is the biggest way we play just at home. We'll dance party in the afternoon or after dinner while clearing the table. It is a lot of fun and usually gets my heart rate up. I can only imagine what people think of us looking in our big picture window as they drive by! We also got an annual pass to the Indianapolis Children's Museum for Christmas. We've been once and plan on going again sometime in February after a few new exhibits are installed. To save money, we pack our lunch and then may eat out for supper. And my husband and I went on our first date since J was born! We went to a new sushi place called Sushi Haru in Bloomington. I loved it except they didn't have a cocktail menu. Then we went to watch Star Wars in 3D, mostly because my husband wanted to see it and everything I wanted to do was either closed or needed way more planning or research (like taking a cooking class).
Goal #7: Develop a Signature Style
Progress: I've cleared a few more items out of my closet that I don't love. I'm still waiting until I get to my goal weight before buying anything new. I plan to do a full post about the journey to do this that includes some of the resources I've been looking at.
Goal #8: Master the Top Knot
Progress: I'm getting more comfortable with the messiness of the top knot look I love. I've also started experimenting with braids. I love the Katniss braid and I love that I can sleep in it and the next day my hair is already done!
Goal #9: Continue Making our House Our Home
Progress: The plan for this month was to do a major declutter, but I wanted to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up first. I've been on the wait list at the library for about a month now! I guess everyone had the same plan as me. Anyway, I also said I was going to try to not buy anything new this month, so I haven't given in to the temptation to just run out and buy a copy. I'm hoping to clear out a lot of the items I'm not in love with. At this point, I'd rather have the house a little bare than full of things I don't love. My plan is to have a big yard sale this spring. That way I will have some money, and space, to add in pieces and decor I truly adore.
Goal #10: Make Devotions & Bible Study Part of My Daily Life
Progress: I've come up with a new plan! I'm not a morning person and there is no way I'm waking up before J gets up at 5:30. It's just not going to happen. The past few weeks, after I put J down for his nap in the morning, I get L settled in with her learning apps on the iPad and that is when I've been taking time for the Lord. It's still early enough in the morning for it to allow me to have a better day. I honestly was having worse days when I was trying to get up super early because inevitably J would wake up in the middle of my lesson. I was so irritated at God for not making J sleep later. I told my husband one night, "You would think God would help him sleep later since I'm trying to actually spend time in the Word." To which my husband replied, "I don't think that's how it works." Touche. I finally finished the Bible study my mom got me for Christmas 2014 which I started in like April. I started my Seamless by Angie Smith study this week.
Overall, I'm really loving life. I've given up trying to have the schedule that others have. I'm making time for things I love. And I'm finally getting over that depression of not feeling like I'll ever have a life again because I have a baby. The first year is one of the hardest for me in adjusting when I have babies, but with J turning one next month, he's starting to be less demanding and I'm seeing the light.
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