Goodbye January

February has arrived. Now is the time to reflect on how the previous month went for you. Were your actions in alignment with your goals? How will you modify your goals for this month?

January was a whirlwind for me. I mourned the loss of two grandmothers, was (and still am) in the process of buying our first home, and finished it off by being quite ill. With that being said, I have so much to be grateful for. I am lucky to have a supportive and loving family, the ability and finances to purchase a home, and an understanding workplace that doubles as my doctor’s office.

I took the first month of this year to focus on bettering myself. This is one thing that I plan to continue throughout the next eleven months. I have almost completed my first self-help book of 2019 and it has definitely helped to recenter my life.

My habit tracker for January consisted of blogging, reading, exercise, cleaning, meditation, hydration, sleeping 8 hours, clean eating, photography, and pampering myself. After evaluating my performance for the past month, I have adjusted my tracked habits depending on things that I either did really well and don’t feel necessary to track or did poorly in and find it not a priority at this time. This month I am going to focus on blogging, reading, doing 1 minute of planks per day (to help strengthen my back from previous injuries), hydrating, pampering myself, making our bed, doing dishes, clean eating, meditating, and not using my phone until after 8am. I am hoping that these things will become habits when I prioritize them for this month.

I am determined to make 2019 the best and most positive year yet. Sure, it’ll take some hard work, but it will be worth it.

So reflect on the past month, plan for this month, and keep on moving. You can do anything you put your mind to.

Love Always,

Elizabeth

Experiencing the New Year

I hope your holiday season is going well! New Years is just around the corner and I can’t believe that 2018 is coming to an end. I have a lot of plans for 2019 and I am excited to see the opportunities that it brings. I have always been a person who thrives with a planner. I need a place to write down my schedule and my plans that isn’t my phone – I haven’t warmed up to the online planners and I hope I never do. I’m a paper and pen kind of gal.

This year I have finally made the leap to a bullet journal. (I got mine from Target) This way I can create the perfect station for my life while tracking what I feel is most important. I hope that a bullet journal will help to keep my priorities in line. I have created a few pages including a January 2019 planner, a list of healthy vegan snack options, a birthday list, habit tracker, “experience” page, book list, movie ratings, winter bucket list, and a mood tracker. There are a ton of ideas on Pinterest for personalizing your bullet journal to fit your lifestyle.

2018’s word was “Adventure”, but 2019’s word will be “Experience”. I thought a lot about what I want for the upcoming year and what word will lead me in the right direction. This year was my first time assigning a “word of the year” and I feel like it was incredibly successful. I kept a running list in my phone of the things that I accomplished, places I went, and things that happened in my life. I thought of an adventure in a super broad aspect and included any and all events in our life. I’m going to include a couple of things from my list below in case you are curious

  • Binghamton Devil’s hockey game (3 times)
  • Corning Glass Museum
  • Hens Teeth Primitives shop (twice)
  • Strange Brew for brunch (twice)
  • Literature Reading at SUNY Broome
  • Syracuse Mall: mirror maze, WOB, melting pot, rope course, P.F. Chang
  • Hosted Easter Dinner with in-laws
  • Maine Vacation: antique shops, lighthouses, bakeries, beach, hiking Mt. Battie, food poisoning, Sea Dog Brewery, transportation museum
  • Making new foods/products: Peanut butter, hummus, shampoo, palak paneer, strawberry jam, blueberry jam, lotion bars, zucchini bread, Sweet and Sour Chickpeas
  • Strawberry Festival
  • NYC: Staten island ferry, the MET, the MET Breuer, Central Park
  • bowling
  • Hancock Vendor Fair
  • Photo sessions
  • New living room furniture and television
  • Surprise visit to family camp – played beer pong for the first time and won (granted I was the only sober person)
  • Shooting Range
  • Dirty Dancing Musical Performance
  • Howe Caverns
  • NYC bus trip with my mom
  • Started a new job
  • Created my blog
  • Family wedding in NJ – stayed overnight in hotel
  • Hosted vegan Thanksgiving with in-laws
  • Boudoir photos

There are so many other awesome memories that are listed on my “Adventure” log. You don’t realize how much you accomplish in a year until you look at it all written out. I definitely think that some of these things were accomplished solely because of having the goal of adventure this year. I have a hard time getting out of the house and trying new things, but this has been a huge motivator for me.

Although I have done a lot of things this year, I feel like I don’t truly experience life. I get caught in my own head entirely too much and this year I want to focus on living in the present and experiencing life instead of just watching it fly by.

What is your goal for 2019? Are you going to have a “word of the year”? If so, what is it?

Make these last few days count!

Love Always,

Elizabeth