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A Purposeful Week, Vol. 10 // Practicing Mindfulness

January 22nd, 2018 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “A Purposeful Week, Vol. 10 // Practicing Mindfulness”

Hey, Monday! And it’s nearly 60 degrees out! That’s my kind of January. We had a pretty good weekend, a good mix of getting things done and resting. I find the weekends can be a hard balance between those two things: productivity and rest. We don’t usually hit it, but when we do, it’s so nice!

We capped off the weekend watching the U.Va. vs. Wake Forest game. We’ve gotten really into college basketball, and it’s so much fun to watch the Hoos. Dan and I both graduated from U.Va., and it’s so fun to cheer on the team. I have a post brewing on this I hope to write this week.

So here we are, back at it. The kids have another short week this week, a half-day Thursday, no school Friday, and no school Monday. I’m tempering my expectations given those day off of school. Before I set this week’s intentions, here’s how last week went:

+Try a new salad

I did this…and it turned out…yuck. I’m not sure what went wrong, but I will try again.

+Work on hand lettering

Whomp, whomp. Nope.

+Write

Yes and no. I got a lot of good thinking done on what I want to try and some material outlined. Some is better than none!

+Make a video/FB live

No. I did my weekly vlog, but that’s it.

+Start meditation practice

No…and yes. I didn’t use any app or sit in silence. But I did realize I do have a meditation practice. I walk Beatrice every morning, alone, in the dark, quiet break of day, and I realized that time is a meditation. I’ve been listening to Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and contemplating all the wisdom in those talks on happiness, love, the soul, God, etc… I think that counts! I certainly feel more mindful and it creates a sense of peace in my day. That being said, I would like to create an additional practice, but my walks are good for now.

About half way through the week last week I realized I wasn’t accomplishing these tasks. But I was accomplishing a whole bunch of other things I didn’t list out. And then I realized the whole point of being purposeful is to consider with care what I’m doing and why. And I did do that.

Do you beat yourself up over tasks and to-dos? I do. But I’m working on adjusting as necessary, remembering santosha, and, knowing there is always tomorrow!

For this week, I want to think more about tapping into my why. Why I create digital content, why I do the things I do, etc… I find when I just fly from one thing to the next, I’m not present at all. And when I’m not present, I don’t digest any part of my day, find gratitude, or, really, act effectively.

Here’s what I want to do this week:

+Create a personal list of commandments

+Use my planners

+Start a gratitude journal

+Try Simple Habit app

What are you working on this week? How do you stay purposeful?

A Purposeful Week, Vol. 9 // January Doldrums

January 15th, 2018 Posted by Life 1 thought on “A Purposeful Week, Vol. 9 // January Doldrums”

This past weekend I ate out with friends not once but twice! So, so nice to sit without anyone in my lap, order delicious food that is brought to me, eat with two hands, and enjoy adult conversations about topics that matter. So, so good. I told my mastermind group last week that I felt dead inside (a post for another day), so fueling up with time away from home with people I love to spend time with felt comforting and affirming and filled up my cup.

And, now it’s Monday. Whomp, whomp! It’s not that I don’t like Mondays. But I like my routine (sometimes) and structure (sometimes). But I don’t love the go-go-go of the week. Getting out the door on time and homework and no break from childcare drags me down. I’m trying to find ways to take care of myself more/better during the week, so I’m not so burned out by Friday.

The kids are off school for MLK, but I still have stuff to do. So no shame in my iPad game today. After a warm Friday (nearly 70 degrees!), it’s a chilly 15 degrees out today. I can’t wait for warm weather, so the kids can play at the park and run off steam. But, for now, we’re watching iPads and playing Chutes and Ladders and wandering around Target to pass the time.

Anyway. The cold and the dark and the doldrums are hitting me hard, so I’m focusing on staying mindful this week. Instead of focusing on how many months (weeks, days, HOURS) until the pool opens and the sun comes out and we’re not stuck inside, I’m going to work on thinking about what I can do to make this time more enjoyable, how I can incorporate more self-care on the daily, so I don’t feel the need to escape my life, and how I can try some novel activities because I feel my best when I’m trying new things.

Here’s what I’d like to do this week:

+Try a new salad

I’ve been eating the same salad for months and months and months. And I’m gagged out on it. I have a couple recipes to try/adapt to my liking.

+Work on hand lettering

Kim and I took a brush script class last year, and it was so much fun. And then I promptly did nothing with it. I love looking at hand lettering, I love purchasing hand lettered things. And I have more than enough supplies to do it myself.

+Write

I feel my best when I write. However, I spend a lot of time self-editing in my mind and worrying about how readers could perceive something I write. So I don’t. And then I feel dead inside. And/or I hold on to my ideas because I’m “saving” them. OMG. Saving ideas? Just no.

+Make a video/Facebook Live

I’ve been keeping up with my weekly vlogs, which I love, but I’d also like to do another type of video. I have a few ideas, so hopefully I can record something else this week.

+Start my meditation practice

I have a couple apps to try out, so what I really need is to figure out when in my day this will work. I’m thinking while Thomas naps and Michael has his quiet time. I’ll give that timing a whirl and see if it works.

Of course I’ll also be working on my daily grind tasks of laundry and cleaning and such. But I’m hoping these other activities help me stay mindful and ameliorate those winter doldrums.

What are you working on this week? Do you get the winter blues? How do you deal with it?

Goals, Thoughts, and Intentions on 2018

January 8th, 2018 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “Goals, Thoughts, and Intentions on 2018”

I believe you can have a fresh start whenever you want one. I also believe in taking my time, especially when it comes to setting goals and intentions. When thinking about what I want to accomplish, I’m careful to not set myself up for failure. I like to think about what I might like to do, ruminate on those ideas, and make changes.

I’ve spent the past couple weeks thinking about 2018, and what this year will look like. Come September of 2018, all three kids will be in school everyday. But that means for the first eight months of the year, I will have kids in tow. That means I need to be wise when thinking about what I can truly accomplish.

With that in mind, I created some concrete and some more loosey-goosey intentions that I can alter to fit whatever is going on in my life. Overall, I my theme is: create, connect, community. I’m going to think about how to be creative, connect more, and develop community through the lens of santosha, my word for the year.

Here’s what I’m working on this year:

Family

-Find a sitter

Dan and I hardly ever go out because by the time we think about it, it’s often too late. We are fortunate to have our parents near by, but they have lives, too! I also need help during the week here and there, so I can record podcasts, write, and meet with my networking group. I’m excited because I already made progress on this goal! I met with a lovely young lady yesterday who also just wants hours here and there, so I think we could be a good fit!

-Family fun

With kids ages 7, 4, and 2, we struggle to find things to do that we can all enjoy. Often activities are too babyish for Kate and too much for Thomas. The only activity we all love is the pool, but we can’t do that year round (hello 18 degrees!). Any suggestions???

-Date nights (or day dates)

As I mentioned, Dan and I hardly get out. It’s not that we don’t want to. It’s more that we’re just surviving day to day and forget that we haven’t been out in a while until one of us says, hey, when was the last time we ate dinner out, alone, with two hands where some kid wasn’t sitting in our laps/trying to smack us in the face with food? We’re also looking into planning a trip away for just the two of us in the fall of 2018, and before that, hopefully a few fun things like concerts and basketball game tickets.

-Hit our monthly savings goals

Dan is looking into a way to get our money program on our phones, so we can help each other track our spending. We like to use discrete categories, so we know where the money goes. For instance, when I go to Target, I might get a birthday gift for a kid in Kate’s class, a mascara, some Method granite cleaner, a lamp, and some RX bars. But when it hits the credit card, I’m all, I don’t know?! With the app, we hope to better track our categories. You manage what you measure!

 

Professional

-Publish regular blog posts

Writing has always been and will probably always be my favorite form of expression. When I can’t write regularly, I feel like I’m creatively dying inside. More on this later.

Also, anything in particular you want to read?

-Continue my podcast schedule

I’m also going to try out a some different types of podcasting content like solo shows, brining my mom back on, having Dan on, etc…

-Add video content

I’m loving making vlogs. Any other videos you want to see? Also, check out and subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

-Share my content

I’m so caught up in creating my content (my favorite thing to do!) that I forget or just don’t know how to share it.

-Find an agent

I’ve been working on a book for several years, and it’s just about done. I wrote my proposal, and now it’s time to shop it.

-Network

I’m the Vienna-Tysons Chapter lead of Awesome Women Entrepreneurs, and I love this role because networking is my passion! I want to work on growing this chapter and growing my network in general. I’m also part of a new mastermind group – a dream come true! So I want to make the most out of that group.

 

Personal

-Watch for burnout/self-care routines

I spin multiple plates all day, every day. Between learning choreography for my group fitness classes while I clean the shower while I’m on a conference call all while Thomas and Michael run around destroying my house is not ideal. I can keep it up for a time. And then I burn out.

I’m working on creating some self-care rituals to help keep burn out at bay. Some ideas include taking baths, meditation, getting a pedicure, and scheduling time for coffee/lunch/dinner dates with friends.

-Connect, connect, connect

I hardly ever get out. I had lunch with a friend about two weeks ago. And before that, I cannot remember the last time I saw a friend. Bad! I love and NEED to connect with friends, but I hardly ever do because they’re busy, and I always have a kid in tow. The longer I go without seeing a friend, the deeper I sink into funks.

This is a hard “goal” because unlike my other goals, it requires other people’s cooperation and interest. I dislike setting goals that require other people because I can only control me. I can’t make people go out to lunch with me. 😉

I’m not sure how to go about this goal given that everyone is busy, and scheduling time to meet up feels insurmountable. So I’m just going to reach out to a bunch of people, and even if it takes a couple weeks to find a date that works, that’s better than nothing!

-Explore health and fitness in a new way

I’ve been teaching group fitness for six years, and the longer I’ve taught, the more formats I’ve added, the more I’ve had to learn, and the more classes I’ve taught. Once I started teaching, I could take less classes because between learning and teaching, there isn’t much more time!

This year I want to push my exercise comfort zone a bit when it comes to take and teaching classes. I’m expanding my teaching to kid’s yoga – I signed up to take Kidding Around Yoga training in February. I’ve had the opportunity to do yoga in Kate’s classroom, and I enjoyed it. I’m exciting to take this training, and to teach this class in my community.

I’m also in a food rut. I eat healthily 80%-90% of the time. But I’m bored with my current food routine. I want to explore more variety, and I’m also interested in juicing – not as a meal replacement, but as a supplement. I ordered an inexpensive juicer and a juice book from one of my favorite YouTubers, Megan Roosevelt. Any tips?

-Read 50 books

I’ve never kept track of how much I’ve read in a year. I do read all the time, and reading is an important part of my life, so I want to be more intentional about tracking, so I can see how much I read, what kids of books, and where I should read more. Are you on Goodreads? Connect with me!

 

I’m going to take the rest of the month to reflect on these goals, see where I can make some progress, and decide if I need to make any changes.

For me, the best way I know how to accomplish goals is two-fold:

-Change goals/delete goals that no longer serve me.

-Focus on the process over outcome.

What are you taking on in 2018? How do you plan to work towards your intentions?

One Little Word 2018: Santosha

January 1st, 2018 Posted by Life 1 thought on “One Little Word 2018: Santosha”

I love personality tests. On the Myers-Briggs, I’m an ENFJ. On the Enneagram, I’m a 3, The Achiever. Sounds good, right? Well. Turns out my biggest asset is also my biggest weakness, as assets tend to be.

I love achieving. It feels so good! But what happens when circumstances are outside of my control? When I can’t make the outcome I desire? When I work hard and hustle, and, still, things don’t go my way?

That’s where I fall apart. And become absolutely miserable to be around.

Last year I went through my 200 hour yoga teacher training. The thing I took from the training the most wasn’t the poses but rather the mindset. I got really into the eightfold path and the concept the yamas and niyamas. And the word santosha stood out to me and blazed a hole in my head.

Santosha, according to several sources, is the concept of complete contentment. No, not laziness or giving up. But rather acceptance. That worth doesn’t have to do with outcome. That achievement isn’t all there is.

So much of my unhappiness stems from feeling discontent. Here’s a sampling of my daily self-talk (and also talk I say to my family and close friends):

I don’t have enough time!

I’ll never be good enough!

I’m unworthy.

No one likes me.

I’m not strong enough.

I can’t do that well enough.

I’m too fat.

My quads are too big.

I’m ugly.

I’m a bad writer.

I think you get the idea.

If something doesn’t match up for me, then BOOM! I’M THE WORST AND THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN SAY TO CHANGE MY MIND!

Phew. How exhausting. Living like this has taught me two things:

There is no THERE. There is no where to be except dead. I’m in no hurry to get to death. So every day doesn’t have to be about achieving mythical goals. Instead, it could be about the process of LIVING.

Also, one of my highest values is CONNECTION. I love to love on my family and close friends. I want to shower them with love. I also want to be a source of light and love in the world because that’s just good. But, if I’m too busy hating on myself over and over and over, then I do not have love to give. You cannot give what you don’t have.

My intention with santosha is to see how I can live in a dichotomy of ambition and contentment. My hope is through loosening the grip on outcomes, I find more peace, happiness, and fulfillment.

Did you pick a word for 2018? What did you pick? How do you plan to use your word throughout the year?

A Purposeful Week, Vol 8 // The Cast is Off

December 11th, 2017 Posted by Life 1 thought on “A Purposeful Week, Vol 8 // The Cast is Off”

The spica cast is off! I feel relief. And I feel high anxiety. I’m worried Thomas will re-injure his leg. The orthopedist told me he’d never seen a re-break (KNOCK ON WOOD), but I can’t help but feel anxious as I see him tear around the house with Michael.

His doctor didn’t prescribe him PT, but we are back in the pool. Swimming is the perfect way to get those muscles back in action. I took him to swim with Nancy on Saturday morning, and we got him kicking and bending his knee. His knee seems like it’s the biggest issue because he wasn’t able to bend it for so long, so his muscles are tight around that knee joint.

So, more water therapy! Luckily, he’s obsessed with the pool and loves his lessons (and Nancy!). If you’re local, go check out Machine. It’s where we swim, and the instructors are the best.

Okay, moving on to my weekly purposeful to-do list. Here’s what I wanted to do last week:

Home and Family:

+Keep staying on top of laundry.

YEP! This is going well. Staying on top of our laundry is no small accomplishment.

+Clean the bathrooms

Nope.

+Vacuum

Dan did the main level! Thanks, Dan!

+Wash the floors.

Dan did the main level. Thanks again!

Blog/Podcast/Video Work:

+December and January content calendar.

Nope.

+Do at least one Facebook Live.

Yes!

+Film a weekly vlog.

Yes!

+Film at least one other type of video.

No. 🙁

+Write blog posts.

Nope, nope.

+Revisit my book proposal.

Ah. Nope.

Freelance Work:

+Get website edits.

Yes!

+Work on content calendar.

No.

Personal:

+Decide on word for 2018 (I’m 99% sure I’m there).

Yes!

+Decide on Christmas gifts for my parents, Dan’s parents, and sibling.

Yes! I decided on them. I just need to pick up two things.

+Gifts for teachers.

Yes and no. Michael, yes. Kate, no.

+Help Kate with her Gift from the Heart project for school.

Yes! And it’s DONE!

Here’s what I’d like to accomplish this week:

Home and Family:

+Keep staying on top of laundry.

+Clean the bathrooms

+Vacuum upstairs

+Wash the bathroom floors.

Blog/Podcast/Video Work:

+December and January content calendar

+Film a weekly vlog

+Write blog posts

+Revisit my book proposal

Freelance Work:

+Get website edits.

+Work on content calendar.

Personal:

+Decide how to focus on my word for 2018.

+Pick up last two gifts.

+Gifts for Kate’s teacher

+Do my best at BootCamp Training

And that’s feels like enough for this week. What’s on your to-do list?

A Purposeful Week, Vol. 7 // The Final Countdown

December 4th, 2017 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “A Purposeful Week, Vol. 7 // The Final Countdown”

It’s the final countdown! Do do do do do! Do do do do! It’s the final countdown!

Hopefully, hopefully, it is the final countdown for Tom and the spica cast. He has another x-ray scheduled for Thursday, and, if it looks good, the cast comes off. It’s been over five weeks, and he walks (re: RUNS) on it, so that leads me to believe that he’s not in pain and it must be healing.

He smells awful, and his poor skin is sore and raw.  He’s managed to destroy the cast, tearing out the entire liner. We can’t wait to give him a bath!

Anyway, besides singing The Final Countdown all weekend, we were low key, which is how I like my weekends. I feel like I spend all week careening around between teaching at the gym, taking the kids to school, meetings, picking kids up from school, errands, etc…so I like to keep my weekend as spacious as possible. I need to leave enough space to play catch-up around the house and set up myself for the week, like editing podcasts and videos.

When I set aside a few hours for work, I’m always glad I did, even if I don’t feel like it in the moment. Do you spend time on the weekends working, so you’re in a better position for the week ahead?

And here we are at Monday morning, so it’s time to set up a purposeful week. Here’s how last week went:

+Film a weekly vlog.

Yes! It’ll be up soon!

+Finish the content calendar for December and start on January.

No, didn’t get around to this. But! I took a cool five-day content challenge with Lindsey Murray, so I’m feeling fueled up about content creation!

+Laundry, laundry, laundry.

Yes! I’ve been doing my usual 1-2 loads a day and staying on top of it!

+Promote my AWE Chapter.

I got one thing done – I wrote my meeting recap over on the AWE blog. Go check it out!

+Try new meals.

Yes! Well. I helped select them. Dan bought all the food and made the meals.

+Write a bunch of blog posts.

Nope.

+Start chalk painting a dresser that has been sitting in the garage.

Yes! And I finished it! It turned out beautifully. I’ll share photos on Instagram.

+Actually fill out a planner.

Nope. But I think I have a new idea for a system that could work for me.

Okay, on to this week. Here’s what I have on tap:

Home and Family:

+Keep staying on top of laundry.

+Clean the bathrooms

+Vacuum

+Wash the floors.

Blog/Podcast/Video Work:

+December and January content calendar.

+Do at least one Facebook Live.

+Film a weekly vlog.

+Film at least one other type of video.

+Write blog posts.

+Revisit my book proposal.

Freelance Work:

+Get website edits.

+Work on content calendar.

Personal:

+Decide on word for 2018 (I’m 99% sure I’m there).

+Decide on Christmas gifts for my parents, Dan’s parents, and sibling.

+Gifts for teachers.

+Help Kate with her Gift from the Heart project for school.

I think that’ll do it for this week. What are you working on? What’s the biggest obstacle to your productivity? Mine is indecision! This week I hope to make decisions and GO!

A Purposeful Week, Vol. 6 // Back At It

November 27th, 2017 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “A Purposeful Week, Vol. 6 // Back At It”

Hello! I hope you had a nice weekend and a nice Thanksgiving! Last week was so nice and restful. Dan took off the whole week, giving me a much-needed respite from Thomas care. He’s still in the spica cast, so he’s 100x harder to deal with. And he SMELLS! And I mean SMELLS! Like a port-a-potty. Or a litter box. Or a garbage dump. I told Dan I’m this close to sticking reed diffusers into his cast. HA! Not really. But, man oh man, does he reek.

Personally and professionally, I’m feeling a little stuck. This happens to me every year around this time. The shorter, darker, and colder days get me down. I don’t see friends nearly as much. And the baron look of the environment gets me down. I get anxious because it’s going to be like this for a while. At least until late May. That feels like FOREVER. And then I freak out because I don’t know how I will cope until then.

So. Back at it with the purposeful week to keep me distracted from WINTER.

Here’s what I wanted to do two weeks ago:

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

I got November, part of December, but nothing for January.

+Try, try again to create a bullet journal.

Nope. But I watched the video again, and I figured out what I did wrong the last time.

+Stay on top of the laundry.

YES! Woohoo!

+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.

YES! I did this twice. Felt good. Still more to go. But it was a great start.

+Continue working on the new site for my client.

Yep! And I finished it! Now it’s off to my colleague for notes.

+Weekly vlog.

Nope. Whomp. Whomp.

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

Yes…and I burned up my chicken sausage because I got distracted. HA!

+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?

Yes! I did this! I’m using a couple new-to-me products I hope to share soon. Would you be interested?

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

Yes! It was awesome. HA!

Here’s what’s on my agenda for this week:

+Film a weekly vlog.

+Finish the content calendar for December and start on January.

+Laundry, laundry, laundry.

+Promote my AWE Chapter.

+Try new meals.

+Write a bunch of blog posts.

+Start chalk painting a dresser that has been sitting in the garage.

+Actually fill out a planner.

What’s on your agenda this week? How do you stay on task? Do you feel unproductive in the winter months? How do you deal?

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.

Nope.

+Keep up with the laundry.

Yes!

+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.

Yep!

+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.

Yes!

+Film a weekly vlog.

Nope!

+Send out my e-newsletter.

Nope. And I’m missing it!

+Clean the bathrooms.

Dan did this!

+Vacuum!

Dan did this, too!

+Buy chalk paint for my dresser painting project.

Yes!

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.

Nope.

+Do at least one Facebook live.

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

+Send out my e-newsletter.

Nope!

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.

+Vacuum!

+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?

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!

sarah@bagley.org