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A Purposeful Week, Vol. 5 // Strep, skin infections, and testing my mettle

November 13th, 2017 Posted by Life 2 thoughts on “A Purposeful Week, Vol. 5 // Strep, skin infections, and testing my mettle”

Hello there! How was your weekend? Mine stunk. Thomas has been running a fever, and Kate had a weird skin thing going on. Come to find out on Sunday, Thomas has strep and Kate has impetigo. Luckily, my favorite pediatrician was on call Sunday and squeezed me in. Now we’re on antibiotics and hopefully on the road to recovery, at least for this strain of illness!

I feel like every time I turn around, someone is either getting sick, sick, or recovering from being sick. I know that’s not true; my kids are healthy on the whole. But, oh boy, the past several weeks have tested me in new and different ways.

Anyway, last week Dan was traveling, and I mostly held it together. Here’s what I wanted to do and how I did:

+Finalize the November content calendar and make a start on December and January.


+Keep up with the laundry.


+Source good salad dressing. (I LOVE Tessamea, but it’s so hard to find around here! Only certain stores carry it. And sometimes they’re out of stock).

Yes! I found more Tessamae’s! I love that brand!

+Pick up a jacket at Athleta and peruse the new arrivals!

Yes and yes! I got the Rock Springs CYA Jacket – and I LOVE it!

+Clean out/reorganize my closet.

Yep! I got rid of a new things and moved other things around, so I can better see what I have in my closet.

+Pre-make my lunch ingredients.

Yep! Each week I grill chicken sausage and cook up a big batch of quinoa.

+Continue working on the new site for my client.


+Start working on a couple projects for my other new client, my friend, Lisa of District Line, Co.! I’m excited to work with her.


+Film a weekly vlog.


+Send out my e-newsletter.

Nope. And I’m missing it!

+Clean the bathrooms.

Dan did this!


Dan did this, too!

+Buy chalk paint for my dresser painting project.


All in all, pretty good. Here’s what I want to do this week:

+Content calendar for rest of November, all of December, and all of January.

+Try, try again to create a bullet journal.

+Stay on top of the laundry.

+Get rid of stuff we don’t need from around the house. Everyone has a way to numb out/deal with stress. Mine is getting rid of EVERYTHING.

+Continue working on the new site for my client.

+Weekly vlog.

+Pre-make my lunch ingredients. (Doing this as I type!)

+Create a drugstore skin care routine. I love Paula’s Choice. But I don’t love Paula’s prices. I’m curious to see if I can put together a skincare routine from the drugstore. Any suggestions?

+Host my next meeting of Awesome Women Entrepreneurs! For you locals, it’s this Thursday, November 16! More information here!

My thought for the week comes from one of my favorite people, Brene Brown.

Let’s all be seen! Have a great week!

A Purposeful Week, Vol. 4: The Spica Cast Edition

November 6th, 2017 Posted by Life 4 thoughts on “A Purposeful Week, Vol. 4: The Spica Cast Edition”

We’re one week into the spica cast, and maybe three to five weeks more to go. Can’t say for sure. I try not to get caught up in how many weeks because I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment. (How did he end up in a spica? It was an accident, and I can’t even really describe it. Michael and Thomas were playing with a large-ish toy truck, they got tangled up, fell over each other, and that was that. Freak accident.)

We’re coping with it moment to moment. Some moments I’m upbeat and positive! This could be worse! It’s really not that bad! He’s fine, and we’re lucky!

Other moments. Not so much. It’s more like: he cries a lot, and I don’t know how much more I can take. Everything takes 300 times longer to do. And keeping this cast clean is impossible.

When things like this happen to me, I want to hide in my house and push everyone away and not talk to anyone. That’s my first instinct. Huddle up, duck my head, and get through it. But this time I decided not to do that. People who care about me deserve a response. So I’m letting people help me where they can, I’m being honest about my feelings, and I’m keeping perspective.

On that note, let’s talk about creating a purposeful week, shall we? Here’s what I wanted to do two weeks ago:

+Starting working on a new website for my client.

Almost! I set up the WPEngine account, and that was the first step.

+Start a bullet journal.

YOU GUYS. I’ve watched the bullet journal video several times. SEVERAL TIMES. I attempted to set it up. And I messed it up. Several times! What is wrong with me?!

+Content calendar for the rest of October and November.

Sort of! I have November done.

+Film a weekly vlog.


+Do at least one Facebook live.

Yes! I did do this! Check it out here.

+Send out my e-newsletter.


Let’s move on to this week, shall we?

I kind of love Mondays because they feel like a clean start. I also preach that one can have a fresh start whenever one wants one. But I do find Monday feels like a clean slate. Dan is out of town this week, so I also want to keep my expectations in check. Here are my plans for this week:

+Finalize the November content calendar and make a start on December and January.

+Keep up with the laundry.

+Source good salad dressing. (I LOVE Tessamea, but it’s so hard to find around here! Only certain stores carry it. And sometimes they’re out of stock).

+Pick up a jacket at Athleta and peruse the new arrivals!

+Clean out/reorganize my closet.

+Pre-make my lunch ingredients.

+Continue working on the new site for my client.

+Start working on a couple projects for my other new client, my friend, Lisa of District Line, Co.! I’m excited to work with her.

+Film a weekly vlog.

+Send out my e-newsletter.

+Clean the bathrooms.


+Buy chalk paint for my dresser painting project.

So. Looking over this list, it feels a titch ambitious. But my bar is low. Also, I picked out this thought of the week because I think so often my pursuit of perfection gets in the way of progress. I’m going to step out of my own shadow, and let’s see what happens!



A Purposeful Week // Vol. 3

October 23rd, 2017 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “A Purposeful Week // Vol. 3”

Hello, hello! How was your weekend? Kate went on her first camping trip with the Girl Scouts! I was nervous to let her go, but at the same time, I knew she would have a wonderful time and many other moms were there to chaperone. She did, indeed, have a great time. I was just thinking how when she was Thomas’s age, the days felt endless. I couldn’t imagine her ever going anywhere without me. And now she’s camping, overnight, almost an hour away?! No good night hug or kiss or phone call? I can’t even.

Since Kate was off having her fun, my parents invited Michael over for a sleep over. He spent most of the afternoon with my parents on Saturday, then we all met up for dinner at Matchbox (I always get the prosciutto and fig pizza), and then they took Michael home for a sleep over. Michael wasn’t too thrilled that we encroached on his time with Papa Mike and Susie. But I think he got over it.

Sunday is my laundry day, so I spent most of the day moving around endless loads of laundry, cleaning up, and trying to get ready for the week. Do you use Sunday to prepare for the week? Whenever I do, my week goes smoother. But sometimes Sunday gets too crowded, and I can’t manage it.

Anyway! It’s Monday. Again. And here’s what I wanted to do last week:

+Finalize my October editorial calendar

WHOMP, WHOMP. NOPE! And October is nearly over. So….

+Stay on top of the laundry

Yes! I love doing the laundry. It’s a nice time to listen to music or podcasts. But, it’s also challenging to do with the kids and Beatrice around. But, I kept up, and it made me feel 100% more productive.

+Put together a new yoga class

Yep. I did this, and I taught twice.

+Film a video

Big fat NOPE. I’ll try again.

+Make changes to my book proposal

Again. NOPE.

+Start Braving the Wilderness

Yes! And I’m loving it.

+Nail down Dan’s birthday weekend

Yes and yes! Phew!

It’s a new week, so it’s time for a new to-do list. Here’s what’s on my agenda:

+Start working on a new website for my client.

+Start a bullet journal.

+Create a content calendar for the rest of October and all of November.

+Film a weekly vlog.

+Do at least one Facebook Live.

+Send out my e-newsletter.

I like to come up with a guiding thought for my week, and this one from Elbert Hubbard spoke to me. I like to be all things to all people. And I spend most of my life trying to avoid criticism. But, that’s not only unrealistic, it paralyzes me.

What are you working on this week? Do you have a guiding thought?

A Purposeful Week // Vol. 2

October 16th, 2017 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “A Purposeful Week // Vol. 2”

Hello, hello! It’s Monday. And it feels like a Monday. It’s gloomy, windy, and a little chilly. Since it’s been sunny and oh, so warm, I’m a little okay with the cool weather (even if it does mean fall/winter, and I have Winter Anxiety, a post for another time).

I’m feeling a little down this morning. My grandma (my dad’s mom), passed away last week, so I traveled to Ohio over the weekend for her services. She was 84, and she died quietly in her sleep, so that gives me some peace. But it’s still sad, and I feel gloomy this morning. But at the same time, how fortunate I am that I had grandparents for so long into my life. Both of my dad’s parents and my mom’s mom came to things like my high school and college graduation, my wedding, and my baby shower for Kate. That’s remarkable.

I also had the opportunity to speak at my grandma’s services, and I’m glad I did.

So now it’s Monday, and it’s time to get purposeful with my week. Last week I wanted to:

+Finalize my editorial calendar for October.

No dice on this. Whomp, whomp! This is hard for me. I have A LOT of ideas. More ideas than I have time for. And, I also get paralyzed with all my ideas. AND. I can’t seem to find a calendar platform that works for me. So, HELP! I’m all ears.

+Promote my Chapter of AWE.

Yep! I wrote a press release and sent it around. It hasn’t been picked up, but I did complete that task. And I am getting a lot of interest via Facebook, Instagram, in person, etc… More to do here, but it’s a start.

+Take a small step towards an idea I have for Kate’s school.

Check! I contacted the principal and the guidance counselor. This will take time and evolve slowly, but that’s okay. One step at a time.

+Work on my new side hustle.

Check! This is going well. Part of my work involves website copy, and they use Squarespace, which is a new platform for me. But, within a couple of hours, I wrapped my mind around how it works, and I made progress on updating the copy and getting pages how I want them. Much more work to do here, but, any start is a good start!

Here’s my list for this week:

+Try, try again to get an editorial calendar for October and November. I really need to just pick one way to organize this. Help!

+Stay on top of the laundry. When I’m on top of my laundry game, life is great. When I’m not, well…

+Put together a new yoga flow class. I’m teaching yoga twice this week, and I want to put together a new playlist and flow.

+Film a video. I love putting together my weekly vlogs, and I missed last week because I just didn’t feel like vlogging in the wake of my grandma’s passing. But this is a new week, and I love doing these vlogs because it challenges me creatively. I also want to put together another video. What would you like to see?

+Make a few changes to my book proposal. I did send off my book proposal to one agent last month. She doesn’t want it (whomp, whomp!), but that’s okay. If I’m not getting rejected enough, I’m not putting myself out there enough. And, after I turned it in to her, I thought of something else I wanted to include…so here’s my chance!

+Start reading Brene Brown’s new book, Braving the Wilderness.

+Nail down a plan for Dan’s birthday weekend. We would like to plan a dinner out, and a dinner with family, so I need to get that squared away, order the cake, and pick up another gift for him. We don’t really do a lot of gifts, if at all. But I can think of a few things I know he’d love and would surprise him.

And that should really do it! I like to have just enough things on my list to keep me moving, but not so many I set myself up for feeling like I never get anything done. It’s a delicate balance.

What’s on your purposeful to-do list this week?

A Purposeful Week // Vol. 1

October 9th, 2017 Posted by Life 1 thought on “A Purposeful Week // Vol. 1”

Hello! We had a productive weekend, which is my favorite kind of weekend to have. Well. Fun weekends are actually my favorite. But with three young kids…”fun” isn’t a realistic goal at this moment. So anytime we can be productive, it’s a good weekend!

Do you ever feel like you’re flying by the seat of your pants? I don’t like that feeling, and I try to avoid it whenever possible. Certainly, sometimes I have to shoot from the hip. That’s just called life. But whenever I can be intentional, I’m happier and more productive.

I’m starting a new series here on Mondays called Purposeful Week. On Mondays I’ll share some goals, to-do list items, and a thought for my week. I’d love it if you joined along either in the comments section, on Facebook, on Instagram, or on your own blog and tell me how you’re living on purpose this week.

I know these buzz words like intention and purposeful and mindfulness are thrown around a lot. I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I see someone living with intention (or like my son, Thomas, living their best life), I think, wah! I don’t do anything intentional! What is all this noise?!

If that’s you, I feel you. I feel like that a lot. But while I was taking my 200 hour yoga teacher training, I got into the mindfulness piece big time because I saw such great results in my life when I stopped jumping from one thing to the next and letting my thoughts rule me.

Sometimes I feel less than when I read or see other people’s extensive goal list and achievements. And then I remember that feeling like that is 100% on me. And the opposite of mindfulness.

So, I hope you the idea of a purposeful week feels inspiring and not at all like something else you have to do or someone else you have to be.

Okay, on to how I hope to stay on purpose this week:

+Finalize October editorial calendar. My suite of online media (blog, podcast, video) are a source of income for me, so while I like to share whatever is on my heart whenever I feel like it (and I do), I also like to create a content calendar because sometimes I don’t know what to create! And then I either don’t create or fly by the seat of my pants (see above, re: purpose!).

+Promote my new chapter of Awesome Women Entrepreneurs! I am excited to be the new Chapter Leader of AWE! Surrounding myself with other entrepreneurs is the best thing I’ve done for my business, so leading this group of ladies is a dream come true. If you’re a Northern Virginia local, come to my chapter meeting and learn what it’s all about!

+Take a small step towards an idea I have for Kate’s school. When I have an idea, I want to go full throttle. But that’s just not going to happen. I’m learning to accept I need to take small steps, and the first step here is to call the principal to see if she’s interested.

+I have side hustles on my side hustles, and my newest side hustle is a fun one! It combines my love of community, wellness, family, and connection! I just started, so I want to spend this week getting my head wrapped around their needs and how I can best serve them.

What are you working on this week? Tell me in the comments!

Weekend Weight Lifting

October 2nd, 2017 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “Weekend Weight Lifting”

Hello! How was your weekend? The weather was beyond nice. It’s true. You will hear me lament the fall. Because fall means winter. And winter means all the sadness for me.

But, yes, I concede, the cool weather feels so nice. And refreshing. So, okay, I guess fall is alright.

Lately we’ve been mixing up our weekend routine. I teach a class Saturday and Sunday mornings. On Saturday mornings, the kid’s club isn’t open during my class. But on Sundays, the kid’s club is open during my class. So over the past couple of weeks Dan and the kids accompany me to the gym. Dan takes my BodyPump class and the kids play in the kid’s club. It’s a win-win! They love it, we love it. It starts our Sunday off nicely.

I also love sharing my love of lifting weights with Dan. I never, ever thought I’d write that sentence! But I love lifting weights, and I love Dan. So it’s pretty much perfect!

What did you do this weekend? Do you love lifting weights? Do you go to the gym as a family? How’s the weather where you are?

September 2017 Favorite Things

September 27th, 2017 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “September 2017 Favorite Things”

I love chatting about my favorite things, so I’m bringing back the favorite things videos! Each month I’ll share, well, my favorite things from the past month. I like to include a variety of items, so this month it’s a mix of beauty, style, and food.

September 2017 Favorites:

+L’Oreal Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick in the color Cowboy

+L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer in the color Ivory

+L’Oreal Infallible Metallic Paints in the color Moon Lust

+L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

+Revlon Cream Eyeshadow in 720

+Organifi Green Juice Powder (use the code bagley for 20% off!)

+Athleta Threadlight tops

+Madewell Canvas Bag

I’m always looking to try new things, so, tell me, what did you love this month?

Weekly Vlog #3 // Swim Lessons, Bike Riding, Macarena, & Cox Farms

September 25th, 2017 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “Weekly Vlog #3 // Swim Lessons, Bike Riding, Macarena, & Cox Farms”

What a week! I spent Monday in total vacation hangover mode wondering how I ever kept up with my life. But by Tuesday, I was back in the swing of things. It was hot this week, so we spent a lot of time outside, including our annual trip to Cox Farms. It definitely didn’t feel like fall, but, as someone who does not love winter, I’m okay with the warm days.

Weekly Vlog, Vol. 2: Michael Rides a Two Wheeler

September 18th, 2017 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “Weekly Vlog, Vol. 2: Michael Rides a Two Wheeler”

In this weekly vlog Michael learns to ride a two-wheeler, I chat about my holiday decor challenges, and we leave for our New Mexico trip!

Weekly Vlog, Vol. 1: Birthday Week, New Coffeemaker, & Planning

September 11th, 2017 Posted by Life 2 thoughts on “Weekly Vlog, Vol. 1: Birthday Week, New Coffeemaker, & Planning”

Hello! Welcome to my first weekly vlog! I had so much fun putting this together and sharing things about my life in a way I haven’t before. I hope you enjoy!

Hi! I’m Sarah, I am passionate about creating community, building deep connections, and the power of creativity. I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, our three kids, and our golden-lab mix.

I believe in leggings as pants, and I drink my coffee black. I love shopping at Costco, teaching group exercise classes, and, athleisure.

say hello!