Monday, January 18, 2016

currently in january

currently in january
(one of my favorite mugs: Anxietea)

enjoying the day off today with my girls. I took the time to read Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech. This is beautiful: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

reading Station Eleven, which is post-apocalyptic novel. As I said, the novel is gripping. In the beginning of the book, the reader is introduced to Jeevan, who gets a call from his friend, a doctor, alerting him of a flu quickly infecting and killing people (including medical staff). The doctor tells Jeevan to exit the city as quickly as possible before the media is informed and panic erupts. As the conversation is ending, the doctor himself begins coughing. I was bug-eyed throughout that scene.

prepping for a mom/daughter date this week. Lani decided we'd be reading and discussing what we've read for our monthly date. She chose the Harry Potter series.

rereading Boundaries at a slower pace this time. It's an excellent self-help book.

(lots of reading!)

tracking my progress with various goals/ habits using Elise's daily tracker. I'm continuing with my "Read for 15 min. a day" habit and introduced reaching at least 10,000 steps a day/do interval training 3x a week.

watching "Parks and Recreation" almost nightly with Jesse. We're in the middle of the fifth season and looking for a new show. We heard "Making of a Murderer" is good. (Sounds like a light show to watch. ;)

drinking green smoothies EVERY DAY. Today is day 18 of the 30-day green smoothie challenge.

blending with my new NutriBullet. I.love.it. It take 20 seconds to blend instead of 2 minutes like my old, clunky blender.

looking forward to baking later this week. I will be sharing the recipe here.

working on the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home challenge. Every morning I'm to write down a list of goals for the week (Monday) and then daily goals based on those weekly goals (Tuesday through Friday); drink coffee; get dressed in something that makes me feel great (the idea being you'll get more done if you dress the part); and stick to my morning routine. I'm happy to be sticking to this routine now at the beginning of the year. It'll help me for the rest of the year.

needing to work on my evening routine. I'm not good at sticking with it yet. There are a couple of things I want to do that I don't do right now. How can I gain 1 to 2 hours per evening? Is that possible?

using my Get to Work Book every day. I was worried I would "mess it up," but all of my scribbles and highlights are cool to see.

waking up early most mornings to enjoy some peace and quiet before my girls wake up. It's so gratifying.

planning to go hang out at the library alone every week to regroup. #introvert

getting 10,000+ steps every day since the beginning of the year. There's no shame in walking around and around and around my dining table, living room, and kitchen.

loving my Fitbit- such a neat gadget.

wearing supportive shoes. (Skechers). I'm never going back. My foot feels so much better.

exercising 3x a week... well, it was 3x this past week and 2x the week before. I've been doing Jillian's Shred-It with Weights DVD. If I don't have time, I do 3- 10 minute intervals, which feels so much more manageable. Also- this article states, "Studies have found that exercising sporadically throughout the day aids in weight control, particularly for older women. It also, in a few small studies, improved aerobic fitness among previously sedentary people as much as a single, longer workout did and, as a regimen, was more likely to be maintained over the long term."

thinking about my completing my Sept. 2015 spreads in my 2015 memory book. (Thinking is definitely not the same as doing!)

also thinking about completing my December Daily 2015 book. Send help.

hoping you enjoy the rest of your day. Glad you stopped by. :)

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