March seemed to just blow on by. It is ridiculous how fast time is flying now that I have two children! Holy crap! It is officially Spring here in Texas…we’ve had 70-80* weather for almost a month now, with quite a few thunderstorms, a handful of tornado watches/warnings, and lots of shorts-wearing. I just hope April isn’t that much hotter than March!!
Birthday month, Valentine’s Day, lots of rain, lots of doctor visits, too much take out and Pepsi and peanut M&Ms. That’s what February looked like. Plus, a few of my friends gave birth this month, so it was really exciting to see brand new baby pictures again. Evelyn is 2 months, but she doesn’t look like a newborn anymore! I can’t believe it! And, I missed St. David’s Day! It was the first time in almost 7 years that I didn’t celebrate it. That just means I’ll have to make some leek and potato soup and the Cornish pasties later this month to make up for it.
January was quite a whirlwind with having a newborn. My mom was with me a few weeks in December and January to help with Evelyn. And, I had a really hard time adjusting once she left. I’m actually currently in Utah–I have spent about 10 days back in Utah with my mom. This postpartum and the bowel issues Evelyn has been having and the transition to two really took a toll on me. So, although I did well on some goals this month, I didn’t do well on others.
Last year was full of changes and transitions, the last one happening only last week with Evelyn being born! We knew 206 would be full of changes, and that is why I specifically chose my mission statement–I wanted to try to take the bad with the good, stay positive, and make the best of things. This year, things will be a little more stable: we have a long term contract with our apartment complex, Justin’s job is steady, and we are just fine with two kids this year. So, since things have calmed down a bit, I want to dive deeper into the different aspects of my life. I want to
Discover my family.
With a toddler who is continually learning and growing, I want to focus on helping him get prepared for preschool in the fall. With a brand new baby, there will be daily discoveries as she learns and grows. I want to rediscover the passion I had with Justin that was kind of lost during all the transitions last year.
Discover my faith.
At the beginning of the year, as well as 2015, I had a great relationship with my Savior. I feel I’ve lost that closeness, deepness, and passion with my faith. I want to rediscover that, especially now that I am a now a youth adviser in my congregation.
Every time we’ve moved somewhere, we have told ourselves that we are going to take advantage of all that town had to offer. And every time, we’ve waited until the very last minute and never succeeded. We want to enjoy and discover all that the DFW area has to offer.
I’ve dabbled in past-times and hobbies on and off throughout my entire life. Since I am no longer teaching (which I desperately miss, but won’t go back until my kids are both in school), I want to find a solid passion. I want to find my place online: blogging, free lancing, graphic design Etsy shop, virtual assisting. Learning how to use manual mode on my camera and editing photos is also a goal for this year. I also want to get back to my healthy self–my goal weight and intensity in my workouts. Rediscovering myself and seeing how I can change to be a better, happier, more positive person is a priority.
So, this year, I will be using these four areas to center all my monthly goals.
January Discover Goals
Discover being a family of four
- Create a new routine for our family that includes Evelyn
- Spend one-on-one time with Rhys electronic free every day
- Stay patient, positive, and loving
- Scripture reading every night with Justin
- Find a routine/work schedule that works with a newborn and 2.5 year old
- Stay caught up on blogging and freelancing
- Enjoy being present and electronic free
- Read 3 books
Discover a new Tayler
- Create and read through a new secret Pinterest board full of inspiration on what I want to be like this year
- Eat healthy–no Pepsi and no snacks after Rhys goes to bed
- Create mantras for myself
- Journal at least twice a week and be introspective
This year, I will be co-hosting a monthly linkup called One Little Word. The first Monday of each month, this link up will be open for you to join talking about how you are doing with your word of the year, your monthly words, or your monthly goals.
It is the last month of the year. The last month to really focus on my mission statement for this year: Be Intentional, Have Contentment, and Bloom Where You Are Planted. Before I go over November’s goals and share this month’s goals with you, I wanted to look back over the year and see how I’ve done.
Overall, I think I have done a really good job keeping these things in mind. I didn’t set New Year’s Resolutions because I wanted to do monthly goals. I knew that would help me concentrate and keep my mission statement alive. Although there were some months that I did pretty poorly with my goals, as well as being content, intentional, and blooming where I was planted, I have to say that overall, I did a good job. This was a tough year: moving in with my parents, Justin losing a job, getting pregnant at a bad time (although we didn’t know it at the time), moving to Texas away from family, having a hard pregnancy. But, we’ve come through happy. I feel more content that I have in a long time. I have friends here in Texas and feel that I am blossoming. I also try to be intentional with my time…although sometimes that’s super hard this pregnancy. But, I want to consider this year a success with my mission statement.
Even though I didn’t set any resolutions, I did have year long goals I wanted to achieve with my blog:
How I Did in November
Blogging & Work
Earn $300 in freelancing. | No…closer to $200. But, that’s ok. Some months are going to be slower than others.
Stay caught up with blogging and free lancing. | Off and on.
Workout 3x a week for at least 20 minutes | Nope nope nope. I’ve had a lot of pain this past month…and a lot of fatigue. But, I did do a lot of walking….
NO SNACKS AFTER RHYS GOES TO BED | Nope nope nope nope nope. I suck at this.
Marriage & Family
Finish Morrell ornaments | Complete! Once my MIL sends us all our packages, I’ll share my ornament and the “How-To” on the blog…in the next week and a half!
Try 2 new recipes | Nope. But Justin did with cooking our first Thanksgiving turkey! It’s the first year in our married life that we didn’t go to family for Thanksgiving dinner.
Make a nesting list and schedule it out to prepare for Evelyn | Done, and I’ve started to check some of it off.
3x tot school a week with Rhys | No, but I did create two file folder games for him…I’ll be making a lot more and will launch a whole line after the new year on my Etsy shop!
2x a week game night with Justin | We did very well with this the second half of the month–just about every night we played either Rummikub or Mario Party.
Personal & Religious
Finish the Old Testament | Done! Now working on Preach My Gospel before I head into the New Testament. My goal is to be done by February.
Finish 4 books. | Done! Did 4.5! Here are the book reviews!
Order a 2017 planner | Done! Last year I used Passion Planner, this year I used Erin Condren, and now next year I’m going to use Plum Paper!
Blogging & Work
- Get up to 200 followers on my Etsy shop’s Instagram
- Get up to 100 favorites for my Etsy shop
- Get at least 5 bloggers to collaborate with me for my Etsy shop–sign up here if you are interested!
- Make at least $250 freelancing
- Get all of January posts ready–which includes finding guest bloggers for my “maternity leave”
- Exercise or walk at least 15 minutes straight for 3 times a week
- Don’t go over 200 pounds before having this baby!
- Have a healthy delivery
- No more Pepsi and cut down on sweets (I know that’s going to be super hard during the Christmas holiday)
Marriage & Family
- Have game night or intentional bonding time with Justin 3x a week
- Have a big date before the baby comes
- Spend at least 30 minutes of intentional electronic-free time with Rhys each day
- Finish deep scrubbing and organizing the house and setting everything up for Evelyn’s arrival
Personal and Religious
- Write in my journal every Sunday, if not more during the week
- Write at least one thought down during scripture study each day
- Teach Rhys about the Nativity story and the true meaning of Christmas
What are your goals for this month? How have you been intentional? Have you been successful in your year-long goals or resolutions?