Hey Friends! I'm going to try a new thing this year - To check in monthly regarding my 2017 Goals. [As opposed to my typical approach to announce them in January never to be mentioned again.] I've identified my four major goals as: Exercise, Mood, Books, and Budget. Here's how things went in January...
But first, because every post needs a photo of Swede, and this also goes along with the word of the year:
My official goal for 2017 is to PR the half marathon, but aside from that I like to exercise most days to be healthy and to feel like my best self. I try to run 3x/week and do 21 Day Fix workouts 3x/week. I haven't started officially training for a half marathon yet but I've definitely started pre-training by adding in some longer/faster/hillier runs. In January - I ran 53 miles and did 11 21DF workouts.
This is the hardest area to measure progress. My goal is to be more mindful, to be more present, to single-task, to spend less time on my phone. The word of the year is REST.
Some days are good - I feel focused yet relaxed, efficient and productive at work, present and engaged with the kids, at peace with life in general. Other days are less good - I feel scatter-brained, anxious, tense, irritable... You get the idea.
I do feel like I'm more aware when I'm not being mindful, even though I can't always manage to turn around a bad day once I'm deep in it, so that might be a step in the right direction. I downloaded the Moment app to track my phone use and it's about an hour per day - I'd like this to be closer to 30 minutes.
I decided to try to read one non-fiction book per month this year. In 2016 - which I only just now went back to figure out - I read seven non-fiction books. This month I read Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin. My next few non-fiction selections are below... You may notice a trend.
My goals here are a) Don't buy any clothes for myself until May, and b) Be more careful with random discretionary spending. I have been successful at (a) for three months now, which is probably a record. For (b) - I kept track of things I bought that we didn't exactly need:
For the kids - It's too easy to buy things for the kids with the justification that it's not for ME, and also I have the absurd idea that someday I'll find the perfect toy which will occupy a 14-month-old for more than five minutes - I bought: 1) a Kidoozie Funtime Tractor, 2) a Little People Sounds & Surprises Dollhouse, 3) a DVD of Beauty & the Beast, and 4) new clothes from Carters: a 5-pack of onsies for Abel and two pairs of leggings for Swede.
For myself I bought: 1) the Bloom Daily Planner pad I mentioned in my January Favorites last week, and 2) all the Danish books.
Jonathan and I also spent a little time reviewing and updating our monthly budget, and I want try a little harder to stay within those parameters.
Another couple random goals/projects I have going on this year is I've been updating the Food tab here on the blog with our weekly meal plan. I'm also trying to send more paper mail - It's so fun to get things in the mail! So I'm doing a pen pal project in February with Stephanie and Alexandra.
That's all! Did you make any goals for 2017? How is it going so far?