From Rain City Prints on Etsy
Inspiration - Photo by Sarah Unger
- Exercise: I run 3x/week and do a 21 Day Fix workout 3x/week
- Walk Gumball: Usually this is with Abel in the hiking backpack so a little bonus exercise
- Play the piano*
- Bible study*
- Blogging: Reading blogs and/or working on my own posts
- Quality time with the kids*
Hiking with Abel and GB
Playing Busytown with Swede
[Most of these happen on the weekend.]
- Baking project with Swede. This month it's all things pumpkin!
- Date with Jonathan*
- Meal Planning
- Make a "nicer" dinner on Sunday*
- Visit with my parents (beyond dropping off & picking up the kids during the week)
Mid-afternoon cocktails with J at Fifth Street Eatery
Licking the spoon is often the best part
- Review budget spreadsheet*
- Update Shutterfly photo album: I do an album per year and it makes it so much easier to update once or twice a month rather than trying to organize the whole year in January.
- Accomplish something from the long-term to-do list*
- Review monthly & annual goals
- Race calendar: Chose races for the upcoming year. Set goals and develop training plans.
- Holiday/Seasonal traditions
- Identify projects and goals for the year ahead
At the Narrow Gauge 10-Mile in May
Christmas traditions are some of my favorites
* Indicates a work in progress... I'd like to do it regularly but it doesn't always happen. Re: Quality time with the kids, I spend time with them every day obviously but I want to have more dedicated one-on-one time with each kid with no agenda. Re: Vacations - Ideally we'd do one family vacation and one parents-only vacation.
Not on the list currently: 1) I'd like to get outside more, especially hiking and eventually camping with the kids. 2) I wish I had time for a crafty project - I've enjoyed cross-stitching in the past and I need to cash in the "learn-to-quilt" class series I bought at a silent auction.
Sometimes when I look at this list (which I've been editing for a couple weeks now) I think: Where's the FUN? But then I remember that fun is more often an attitude rather than an activity. Mindfulness studies have shown that what we are doing is about half as important to happiness as how focused we are on what we're doing in the present moment. So the key is to approach each and every moment with attention and respect and gratitude.