Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: Goals before 24

I was about to post this as a (much shorter) Facebook status but then I read my list and realized that this will help me take a step to accomplishing one of my goals.

Fail to Plan
Plan to Fail

This phrase has been running through my mind so much lately and it is so true.
Y'all, I am a terrible planner! I have my moments when I do plan, but when it comes down to it I am most definitely a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl. It can be a blessing and a curse. I love the thrill but I am definitely realizing how planning & schedules no matter how loosely I may follow them It DOES help life run a bit smoothly...and ok, I admit definitely helps with a baby thrown into the mix.
I don't expect to have my life run by a minute by minute schedule but I do want to implant some healthier habits into my life. I usually have the big things written in a planner whose location is unknown at the moment but my life could use a bit more planning on the smaller aspects of life and that's what the goal list will help me do! Right? And maybe posting it on the Internet for some accountability will boost its success too.

Today us April 11th which means I have 30 days until I celebrate my 24th birthday so I figured it was the perfect time to sit down and write out some goals for myself. I don't expect to complete them in a month but I want to work towards making some healthy, lasting habits to carry on into my 25th year of life. I have the same amount of time as everyone else so I want to make use of it so I am not sitting here in a year wishing I would've started now.

1. Read two books over the next thirty days. One fiction and one non fiction.
I confess that I have picked up a terrible habit of binge watching shows on netflix. After having Ezra those early days were spent glued to the couch while we figured out this whole nursing relationship & it was easy to keep clicking "next episode". Confession: I watched Hart of Dixie all the way through to its current season and I totally cried in the series good! Ezra is finally at an age where his clingy days are much less and he enjoys playing by himself. That leaves more two handed free time for me! I read so much growing up and when we lived overseas so I fully intend on getting rid of some distractions so I can enjoy that again.

2. Spend less time on social media.
It is way to easy to pick up the phone/ipad and spend 30 minutes (ok, an hour) of unintentional time on it. I get too caught up reading articles, clicking on links in the articles, reading comments..etc. I am over it. It does not add much depth to my life so I fully intend to focus my time elsewhere. I don't think I am at the point of getting rid of it forever because I do enjoy the networking and sharing but I don't like how the time spent on  it has become an unhealthy habit in my life. It is so easy to pick up my phone and see what everyone else is doing so that I can avoid the things that I need to do.

3. Re-start my blog.
I have been thinking about this for many months and have debated starting a new one in its entirety but I feel like it was just an excuse to not put the effort in to keeping up one I already have. I love the name of this blog and it means so much to me. I have let my blog evolve with me so I will continue to do so. That said, hopefully I can start writing in here a bit more consistently and clean up the look/old posts a bit to make it more of what I want it to be now. Plus, I am always thinking of things to post I just never do.

4. Stay on top of daily chores.
I have gotten better at this but there is still room for improvement. Working has made it much harder and not having that pregnacy nesting symptom anymore but I feel much more productive in every aspect of my life when things are in order.

5. Continue my fitness routine.
I have done really well over the past 4 months or so of consistently working out. I love being active and those little moments I get help keep me sane. I lost so much muscle in pregnancy that lofting weights has helped me feel strong again and take away some pain I was having but I haven't seen the results I want which leads me to my next point...

6.  30 days of whole food
I used to do very well at eating healthy on a normal basis while only having treats every now and then. I love the way I feel when I eat healthy, wholesome foods and I want to get back into making that our normal. I am not going to lie, pregnancy + overseas + breastfeeding + working at Starbucks has led to me indulging way too often in foods that I missed and now I use breastfeeding as an excuse to eat whatever I want which is not necessarily a good excuse. I haven't gained but I haven't lost either even though my clothes are fitting better I still know I can do better. I pretty much only drink coffee, water, & tea but I want to get in the habit of drinking MORE water. It is so important when nursing a baby. I am still exclusively nursing/pumping, no solids for Ezra yet so I just need to make sure I am eating enough calories that my supply doesn't suffer. I have come to really love my post partum body and I think that's all that really matters as far as "weight" goes but I DO want to be healthier. I really what to work on cutting out sweets & processed foods out of my diet until my birthday.

7. Challenge myself creatively everyday.
Whether it is writing a blog post, taking a picture, creating with my hands, learning a new vocabulary word etc. I want to implament creativity into my daily life to get my brain functioning like it used to before a baby. ;)

These last two are most important to me.

8. Spend daily time in the word even if it is only 5 min.
I have slacked big time and I like making this list to know what I need to cut out in order to see this happen. I found a daily devotional that my favorite author shauna niequist just put out and I would love to start it. Let's be honest, I wake up most days a good 3 1/2 hours before the sun comes up for work so getting up earlier isn't really an option for me like it used to be so I need to figure out a different time of the day this can fit in for me now.

9. Give myself grace but stay disciplined.
This goal list is fun and needed but I still have hard days and days I am exhausted. I want to try my best to accomplish these things but I also don't want to feel guilty if I don't. I need to apply this to many areas if my life.

Do birthdays put you in goal making mode too? Anyone want to be my accountability partner on one of these? :)

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