Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Decisions 2014 {3 Month Update}

Well we're 3 months into the New Year so I thought I'd do an update on how my Decisions for 2014 have been going.

1/ Family Time
Be more present with the boys, especially Ben. J and I are going to devote special one on one time with each boy each week. It can be an outing or just doing something special at home. I also want to spend more time with J outside of the house. I'm not committing us to a date night every month, but something where we can get away from the monotony of everyday life.
Ben and I have had some one on one time and have gone on a date to the movies. J and Ben have nightly "boy" time where lately they've been playing Wii U games together...sometimes they invite me to play. J and I have also been able to get out of the house and go to dinner and a movie.

2/ Less negativity 
This not only includes things I say and do, but people I surround myself with. 
Eh. I'm trying. But I definitely need to try harder.

3/ Healthy Living
Getting back into a gym routine and working out at least 3 days a week. I'd like to run another 1/2 marathon and am planning on the Go! 1/2 marathon in St. Louis on April 6th. I also want to do another color run and a few other local races in town. This also includes continuing to take my lunch to work more than I eat out. I also want to cut soda down to once a month. I don't drink a ton of it so it shouldn't be that hard to do.
This one has been successful so far. I joined a new Gold's Gym Express that just opened and it's awesome. It's 2 minutes from my work and only $10 a month! If you have one of these near you you need to join asap. I've been doing a treadmill like machine by Jillians Micheals and I burn almost 1,000 calories in an hour...that doesn't mean I always work out for an hour:) I'm thinking I'll do the Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon in October instead of the Go! one in April.  I've signed up for a 5k Glow Run in April with some friends and Ben's doing it with me too.

4/ Organization
The home management binder is organized and up to date so now it's time to tackle things room by room. Finding a place for everything and purging or donating everything we no longer use or need. Simplicity  is key. This also includes keeping my purse and the diaper bag clean and organized.
The binder's still pretty darn organized. The basement storage is organized and I cleaned out/organized all my holiday decorations. I'm all about purging and getting rid of things we no longer need. Don't get me wrong though...there's still plenty of spaces that need some work.

5/ Professional Growth
Continue to try to balance work life and home life. By the end of last year I did pretty good at limiting myself to no more than 1 night a week where I worked late and if there are weeks where I don't work late at all, even better! I also want to grow more as a professional, read more articles and books, and put into practice things I've learned at conferences and trainings. 
I'm doing great about not working late more than 1 night a week. I've also gotten much better at setting limits in terms of scheduling with clients. As I'm afraid it will always be, I wish there was more time for professional development.

6/ Personal Growth
Read more books, both educational and fun. Begin a daily devotional; Jesus Calling has been on my  list forever. Spend more time in prayer. Travel more, even if it's just to never visited places in our state. Master new recipes in the kitchen (more on this to come) and become more creative in my everyday fashion. I also need to cut down on the cussing-just keeping it honest. And a big one, get better with time management. Before having Jack, I was almost always early. Now I'm almost always late and that needs to stop. I also want to do more little unexpected things for other people whether I know them or not.
I've started the devotional, Wife After God, but I've missed several days:( I've tried several new recipes, outfits, and have been doing fairly well with being on time. As far as the cussing...lots of room for improvement. I've also been doing lots of reading.

7/ Finances
I've managed to track our money and use a budget for all of 2013. I'm going to keep that going in 2014 with an even greater emphasis on saving. We want to begin building our forever house in the next 3 years so my goal is to put as much away for that as possible. J and I are also really lucky that we don't have tons of debt so I'd like to make a huge dent in my student loans from my Master's degree.
A solid B. I have something special planned for March that I'll share later this week.

8/ The Blog
2014 will be the year of a new blog design. I also want to comment more on the posts I read and let people know how much I enjoy reading what they have to say.
The new blog design is complete and to say I love it is an understatement. I've tried to comment lots more, but sometimes I get so busy reading everyone's great posts that I forget to. It doesn't mean that I don't love what you're saying and I've started following quite a few new blogs so far this year. I also appreciate all the new people following this little blog! 

9/ Fun fluff
All the not too important stuff, but if I want to get it done, I better be listing it. Paint my nails once a week and remove polish right away when it's chipped. I also need to get better about washing my face and taking my makeup off before bed at night. Beat level 300 on Candy Crush-sorry had to put that in there:) Try new restaurants and dishes instead of playing it safe. 
Why is this stuff the easiest to stick to:)

Did you make resolutions? If so, are you sticking to them?

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