- Monthly Goals:
- Finish all Christmas shopping by November 30
- Plan December Meals
- Date Night Swap with friends
- turn 31!
- December goal party with Sarah
- finish How to Break Up With Your Phone
- make book list for 2019
- Weekly Goals:
- Write the Word 2x a week
- Weekly budget meeting with Marshall
- Get to yoga 1x a week at the Y
- Instagram only on Wednesdays and Sundays
- Daily Goals:
- up at 5am
- drink 2 liters of water (via Camelbak or Smart Water liters)
- write one blog post a day
- go outside, breathe and look at the sun
- look at Everydollar budget every day (set an alarm reminder)
Once upon a time I decided February 1st would become my January 1st, and then not long after that it became March 1st, then April 1st and HERE WE ARE! June 1st was my January 1st! I think I finally have my bearings after having my daughter a year ago. Maybe? A little bit? Now that we’ve left the magical little baby stage behind and the kids are a little bit bigger and a little (read: VERY LITTLE) more predictable, I am building some new rhythms for myself as a working at home mama of two.
Monthly goals! I actually think it’s been a full twelve months since I’ve blogged my goals, and it took me several months, but I just wrapped up the Powersheets from Cultivate What Matters and I am fired up. The entire premise of the Powersheets is “where do you want your life to be when you’re 80? Does this goal help you get there? If not, move on. If so– cultivate it.” Truly an incredibly fresh outlook on goal setting.
Finish the spring semester strong!Actually this was wrapped up as of Tuesday at midnight, but I still wanted to include it. A MAJOR VICTORY! Although I felt like I was limping over the finish line, I FINISHED.
- Finish designing 2017 Chatbook
- Order the 2016 Leap Year, 2017 Family and Emmeline Grows Chatbooks
- 1:1 meetings with my RAL photo team members
- Plan July RDU Creative Team Night w/
- Shoot at least 5 Love Week Events!
- Continue the 100 Days of Blogging
- Get to the Y 3x a week (yoga, total body and THE POOL)
- Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning before I do anything else
- Strong start to my online summer session!
- Cultivate morning routine: drink water, kiss Marshall, create (write or read)
This is going to be an awesome summer. I CAN FEEL IT! Let’s go!
- set up and start bullet journaling
- I have the most wonderful undated monthly/weekly/daily planner from Target that I discovered was a one time collaboration and it sent me spiraling into the depths of the internet to find a new one. I’m super duper not interested in paying more than $20 (even that’s more than I’d want to pay…) for something I will scribble on, spill coffee on and that potentially has features I do not need, care about or plan to use. Per the recommendation of my sweet friend Marie, I finally Googled some bullet journaling tutorials and that is TOTALLY how I already run my work flow/schedule– except I was using a pre-made undated planner. Amazing. I’m excited to try it, and am looking forward to having a central location for lists too. I have a running tab of lists in my phone and legal pads about and the idea of having them all in one place gets me so excited. I found a cheap-ish one on Amazon that will arrive tomorrow and now I just need a good black pen. Hit me with your favorites.
- start teaching round 2 of Financial Peace University
- It’s starting February 19th! We’ve partnered with Elevation Raleigh to offer this course AGAIN with free childcare, coffee and no rush hour traffic. We will meet at Millbrook High School on Sundays during the 9:30 worship experience. The course runs for 9 weeks and you are free to come check it out without investing in the kit– it WILL change your life! Register here: https://fpu.com/1036068
- go to Ikea (FINALLY YOU GUYS)
- I get paid on February 10th and we have quite an Ikea list. Several house projects are in the works and we are borrowing a mini-van and plan to fill ‘er up! Yippee!
- assemble king bed + move queen bed to the Big Boy Room + move crib into the Baby Girl Room!
- We’re playing musical beds! We’re getting a memory foam king bed (adulting, so much adulting) and our queen mattress is going in Lincoln’s room and his crib (now toddler bed) is getting moved into baby girl’s room.
- make a nesting to-do list and clean out, organize and start preparations for Baby Girl’s Room!
- We’ve already gone through the clothes, downsized tremendously and have a ton of NB through 3mo stuff washed and ready, just need to get it in the room, put it all away and hang stuff on the walls. Post coming soon with inspiration for her room. EEEEEEP.
- complete Foto February Challenge
- I came up with this photo challenge for the month just for funsies. I’ve only done one so far, and it’s really fun! And really challenging to let go of the pretty image ideal… jump in! There are no rules!
- finish reading Respect Dare
- This book has been pivotal in this season of transition. We’re not quite newlyweds, we’re preparing to transition to two kids, we’ve been in our house for five years.. it’s an interesting place to be and this book has provided such a shift in perspective for me. It is cheesy at times and the lil’ feminist in me sometimes screams and wants to stop reading it, but I’m finding it important that I challenge my thinking on all front and see things from other perspectives. I’m slated to finish it in the next two weeks (I’m a bit behind) and there are already quite a few “dares” that I haven’t really done full out and I’d like to do again. Perhaps this fall will be a good time to do that, I think! Regardless, I totally recommend it if you’re looking for some guidance in approaching marriage biblically. Men speak respect, women speak love and it’s a really great combination of these ideas with some practical tips, “dares” and reflections. A great “quiet time” piece and has sparked some wonderful conversations between Marshall and I. Highly recommend!
- maintain existing + continue developing good habits
- I’ve upgraded my water bottle to a 1L and am drinking 2-3 liters a day. Want to keep that up!
- I’ve been getting up early to work in the mornings and it has been a game changer for my stress level! Finding such peace and joy working in the wee hours of 5 and 6am. I don’t even know who I am anymore…
- I lowered my step goal to 6k a day, and some days it’s easy to hit and surpass, others not so much. Get back to walking every day and yoga 1x a week once I hit 30 weeks.
- enjoy at least one Lincoln + Mama day each week
- I’m getting all nostalgic about only having ~13ish weeks left of this pregnancy, and the transition to 2 YEARS OLD hasn’t been too bad, but there are definitely a few more tantrums than there used to be. It’s getting more difficult to wrangle him in public when he decides to not obey, BUT– it’s worth it. We’ve been going to Marbles a lot, would like to maybe go to Pullen Park and ride the train one day, go get special donuts at Levant… and also, would like to document one of these with my big camera.
HEY NOVEMBER! I really like you. Not sure if these are goals or just a list of things to look forward to, either way, I’m down!
- turn 29! Celebrate the weekend of with so many of my favorite things: Cornhuskin’ at my alma mater, dinner with wonderful friends Friday and Saturday night, shooting child dedications at church on Saturday, shooting the worship experience on Sunday, and who knows what else!
- start leading Financial Peace University on Tuesday nights at our house
- print our Halloween photo from this year (and two years ago, couldn’t find it before) to stash w/ our fall decor
- lots of fun essential oil/diy projects. Order glass bottles and:
- make Thieves sanitizing hand spray
- re-do face toner w/ YL oils
- make lavender linen spray
- make ACV hair rinse
- make floor cleaner
- some roller blends (immune boost, fever decreaser, stress away, etc.)
- go to Ikea and purchase our KING SIZE BED
- before going to Ikea phase 1 of big boy room prep: get all baby clothes boxed up and ready to go through once we find out gender of #2 (probably not until December); go through the room and THROW AWAY/DONATE anything that is just sitting there taking up space
- knock some things off our fun fall to-do list
- paint pumpkins (we didn’t squeeze this in before Halloween so we’re gonna make Thanksgiving pumpkins? Whatever that means)
- make and enjoy a little just us family (paleo) Thanksgiving before the big day
- donate to the Food Bank
- Second Annual Tacosgiving with my sister and her family and my dad. The day after Thanksgiving, we will eat tacos and finish off the night with cutie cousin boys in matching Christmas pajamas.
- start prenatal yoga
- make a pregnancy “don’t forget” list– only 26 more weeks! That sounds like a lot but it doesn’t feel like a lot…
- select and print a minimum of 10 family/Lincoln photos from the year to hang on our hallway photo wall
- make detailed Christmas list and budget spreadsheet, including giving
- decorate our house for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving!
- create the frame for Lincoln’s baby book. I was INSPIRED a few weeks ago to totally redo/finish his baby book.
- Finish Wild and Free, start Greater
- Host my first outreach project with Elevation Raleigh during Love Week– a dance for my friends at the Durham County Special Olympics. I am so in over my head with planning this, but it’s going to be fun! If you’re local, sign up! You don’t have to go to Elevation!
- Celebrate the Elevation Raleigh 2 year anniversary on July 24!
- Second shoot a wedding with my wonderful friend Stephanie Byrd.
- Use Nikon lenses with the Mark ii for our “everyday” July photos.
- Get to bed by 10pm every night, wake up at 6am.
- Go for an intentional walk daily and/or meet 10k step goal.
- Write every day– not necessarily to blog, but just for fun.
- Get my nose pierced. I’ve been thinking about it long enough. It’s happening. It’s time.
My goal of documenting a whole day from start to finish has become increasingly challenging, as this baby of ours is turning more and more into a little boy right before my eyes! These photos were taken over the past week, just having my camera in tow and sitting out at home. I took almost 600 pictures, flagged 100 and narrowed it down to these 35 to blog. Man oh man. I have a hard time deleting pictures of Lincoln.
It’s summertime, and as much as I’m dreading the 100º weather, and the sweat that comes with it, I love spending these days with this kid. Last week I wrapped up spring semester and my year long courses, and we have just a few weeks to hang out, take naps, play with cousins before summer session starts. So, this is what we’re up to these days now that it’s officially summer break!
Lately Lincoln has started noticing when we pray at home before meals and when we’re at church or if he’s at egroup or a church meeting with me. It is the best. He says “baaaaaaaby” instead of amen. Tonight at dinner he kept reaching for our hands and saying “paaay”, which is also how he says “play”. So cute. We’d take turns thanking God for stuff (mama is feeling better, it’s not raining today, yummy porkchops and broccoli, yummy water to drink, etc.) and he would babble something in Lincoln-ese and then say “baaaaaaaby” and Marshall and I would say “aaaaaaamen!”.
Sunday mornings when I shoot and Marshall plays bass, we get this kid up at 5:30am and head to church by 6 and he LOVES it. This was in between bites of banana at 6am and he was so happy to be there! I could write volumes about our church and how much we love serving on Sundays, especially together. They love us and our boy so well!
Dude has become quite a picky eater as of late, and so I figured all of America may be onto something with the whole PB&J thing, so I made him one on gluten free bread (of course) and he loved it. It’s become kind of a staple around here the past week or so, but just PB and honey. We are out of J, which is totally fine with me 🙂
Hellooooooo March! I can’t lie, I am overjoyed to see that February has passed. Fingers crossed we are done with winter weather and moving on towards greater things (like, I don’t know…. SUMMER?!). February was great! I did a pretty terrible job of my goals overall, but I’ve seen the areas that need improvement and I have a plan. And in the words of Lara Casey who spoke to me yesterday through her book: Progress– not perfection. And I’ve made some progress. Some.
- Check Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter only once a day. I really, really did a terrible job at this. I’m pretty sure there’s some science out there about abstaining from something and then bingeing on that thing…and that’s pretty much what happened. I started checking social media more. Anyway, I’ve decided to check it morning and night, and keep it off during my work day when I go upstairs to work. Logging out and everything.
- Post daily on Instagram an iPhone pic of the “ordinary” for my #chaney366 project. It was bound to happen, but I missed a day: February 28th. Womp. I decided to post twice on leap day (the whole point of the #366 thing, too!) but it’s all good. I’m loving this. Totally doing this every year from here on out. I am finding it so hard to pick one picture for the day though! I am constantly torn between a Lincoln pic and a just-because pic.
- Finish work before Marshall gets home so we can relax after dinner once Lincoln goes to bed. This did not happen most days, although it happened some days. We were transitioning to a new babysitter this month so I didn’t have any help for the month of February which basically meant I started my week behind. The new babysitter started yesterday (and she is wonderful!) and I have high hopes for the month of March. It all boils down to being more disciplined and not resting or procrasti-cleaning when L is napping.
- Get in bed by 10pm (at the latest). This happened some. Cracking down this month! Sleep is EVERYTHING.
- Go to the dentist. This happened and it was terrible. Marshall went too and we both have cavities and will be going back again before our 6 month check this summer. So much adulting.
- Blog my personal “every day” pictures from January! Check!
- Blog Lincoln’s first Christmas and birthday. Didn’t blog his birthday yet, but I will in March!
- Move our personal photos on to my Smug Mug page from Lincoln’s first year and my pregnancy. Smug Mug is changing my life! A post all about it will follow.
- Savor this season of “long days” and “short years”. Wondering if I jinxed myself into the no-babysitter situation with this goal, because MAN days are long when you’re constantly back-and-forth momming and teachering. Cutting back on social media has really allowed me to really take-in the everyday moments that I usually miss when I’m scrolling through Instagram. Appreciating that.
- Celebrate my nephews turning 2 and 4!
- Go to at least one free yoga class at Grow The Boutique.
- Start a new book. Started and Finished “Make it Happen” by Lara Casey! A good quick read, although in this current season I feel pretty content. I think it will be good for me to re-read in a couple of years when we are out of debt with older kids and I’m looking for new direction. I feel pretty confident and content in where I am and my purpose these days.
- Host a baby shower for my sweet friend Emily! She’s expecting a little girl this summer and I am so excited!
- Be going to bed consistently at 10pm and waking up at 6am by the end of the month. Transition by getting up a little bit earlier each day until I reach the goal. I have discovered the bliss of having time to fix myself breakfast before little people get up and demand things.
- Host and participate in the #moreveggiesinmarch challenge on social media! More about that here: http://www.wearehandpicked.com/2016/02/more-veggies-in-march-challenge-giveaway.html. I’m shooting for 5 servings a day! Tomorrow is grocery day, so pickings are kind of slim around here… I’ll probably be eating 5 salads.
- Read (Un)Qualified by Pastor Steven Furtick.
- Read New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else). (Two books in one month is VERY ambitious!).
- Blog Lincoln’s First Fiesta.
- Blog “everyday photos” from March.
- Go to “The Most Excellent Way to Lead” conference at Newspring Church in SC!
- Go for a walk every day that it is not raining.
- Pay off the bottom Sallie Mae loan.