Thursday, January 28, 2016

january 2016 recap

Every month- towards the end of the month- I recap my monthly activities and goals and link to various personal blog posts. Related reading- Monthly Recaps: 2015 // 2014.
january goals
(I am using Elise Cripe's Get to Work Book this year).

Welcome back! I'm still getting used to my blogging routine for the new year. I had a few hiccups this week as you can tell. Thanks for sticking around as I get back into a groove.

I feel good overall about my activities and goals this month. I had a productive month.
book report :: the girl you left behind by jojo moyes
I shared that I plan to continue reading for 15 minutes a day in 2016 in my January goals. I'm at the end of Station Eleven, which is excellent. (Oh, the suspense!) My sister Jasmine is also reading it. She's coming to the end of it, as well. (She's actually a few chapters ahead of me). I am also reading the Harry Potter series with my daughter Lani (she's 12). The Harry Potter books are her favorite and we've decided that for our monthly date nights we would discuss the books. This week we went to the mall (got steps in!), looked around the bookstore, and read a bit from the the first book Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. (I'll blog about the book more when I finish reading it, but I have read it before for a Children's Literature college course). I shared my thoughts on the books I've read most recently earlier this month here.

Related: 10 Tips for Reading More Books
memory keeping: 2016
Most of my creative energy has been spent reading. I'm very, very behind on my memory book, but though I usually feel guilty about it, I don't right now. Memory keeping is a hobby I enjoy. This is a "want to" not a "have to." I'll get back into it soon enough. I did share what my plans are for Memory Keeping in 2016 earlier this month.

I have plans to update my etsy shop soon (I always say that!). I shared the business cards I had made last year, which I include in all packages, this month here.
business cards
I collect the business cards of handmade vendors. They're always so pretty. Making these business cards for my shop was fun.

Related: Tips for Running a Successful, Small Business Shop
green smoothie tips for newbies
In other news, I committed to a 30-day green smoothie challenge this month. Today is day 28. I have had a green smoothie every day this month. It's safe to say I'm pretty hooked. I crave the smoothie throughout the day if I haven't had it for breakfast. I'm just going with it 'til I'm sick of green smoothies (NEVER!). I'm eating so many greens! I shared Green Smoothie Tips for Newbies earlier this month.

I added 2 Greek yogurt smoothies to my "Greek yogurt 52 ways" project this month. (I love this project).
#32 Upside Down Salted Caramel Cheesecake (get serious. You have to try this).
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 32 upside down salted caramel cheesecake
#33 Coconut Macaroon (another one you'll HAVE TO try)
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 33 coconut macaroon

As far as my goals for January, this is how I did:

  • Do the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home challenge
    • I started the challenge today, so you can still join me if you'd like! Today is a fairly easy day, too. I did this challenge for the first time in November of 2014. I established a morning routine due to this challenge, which has revolutionized my mornings. I'm not a natural morning person, but I love my mornings now. 
      • I did well with this challenge. I didn't do it to a T, but I do feel more organized and ready to tackle the rest of the year.
  • Participate in this 30-day green smoothie challenge
    • I'm buying a blender this month- I'm leaning towards the NutriBullet. I'm alternating between these three smoothies: this tropical, green smoothie (but I'm using kale instead of spinach right now); this spinach smoothie, and this green orange banana smoothie (I omit the strawberries and add spinach or kale). I'm not new to making green smoothies. I've had them inconsistently for the last year or so. I am new to sticking to them on a daily basis though. I do notice that as I have a green smoothie on a regular basis, I tend to crave more greens in my life. I believe that you'll crave what you eat. If you eat junk, you'll crave junk. If you eat healthful foods, you'll crave healthful foods. I recently heard, "You don't satiate an appetite by feeding it. You satiate an appetite by starving it." 
      • I am going to complete this challenge. I can't go a day without a green smoothie. I'm hooked!
  • Write a winter manifesto
    • I had much success with my fall manifesto. I didn't cross off everything, but I did cross off several things. My manifesto includes a variety of fun, seasonal things to do- some alone and some with my family. I love referring to it when I want to do something fun on the weekend or when we have free time.
winter manifesto
      • I did! and blogged about it last week here.
I also have overarching goals/projects/resolutions for the year, which I shared at the end of my January Goals: 2016 post. I will let you know how I am doing with those later this year. (So far so good).

I will be back tomorrow for Five on Friday and then again on Monday to share my goals for February. :)