I love paper planners. I have used them for years and years. I know I could make the switch to something more 21st century at this point, but I find it so fulfilling to write down the things I want and need to do and then cross them off with vigor when they are completed. I have made my way through many different planners and to-do list templates, but this year I am using the GET TO WORK BOOK and could not be more pleased with it. At the beginning/end of each month, it has a “Reflect and Goal Set” page I am loving. Since my overall goals for 2016 are broad, I am using parts of this sheet to look at each month individually and better examine what exciting things happened, what is still in progress, and what I need to let go of. As we hit the end of January 2016, here is a “slice” (get it? there is a picture of toast above) of my goals and hopes and this-isn’t-gonna-happen-right-now’s from this last month!
This month was all about:
- Vacationing to Washington, D.C.! I took a trip at the end of December/beginning of January to explore somewhere I had never been, eat a lot of food, and celebrate the New Year. It was so fun and I am drafting up a post about things to do and eat there because as hoped, I ate a lot of food.
- The fresh promise of 2016. As described previously here, I love me a new year, and with 16 as my favorite number, I feel extra excited for what this year holds!
- Taking a knife skills class. I have been wanting to take this class offered by The Garden Kitchen for almost a year now. I finally had the chance and it was great! As a dietitian and food lover, I feel I am already pretty competent in the kitchen, but I love practicing old techniques and learning new ones. If you are ever in Arizona, I recommend taking this class, I’ll go with you!
- Launching my blog baby! YES! YES! YES! Here we are, guys. This was my biggest goal for January and I did it! I am excited to see how it grows, but feel very proud of where it is right now and how it came together and its simplicity and HOW MUCH CODING I DID. On my previous blog, I didn’t customize anything, I didn’t own the domain name, and I had little to no idea how to build a website. I am so very happy with Food-ish and the learning (and one night, the crying) it took to give her life.
Still in progress:
- A creative endeavor with a good friend. My dear friend and fellow dietitian Erinn and I are cooking up such a fun project and I can’t wait to “chat” more about it soon!
- Creating a consistent publishing schedule for Food-ish. To be honest, I had hoped I would launch my blog on the first day of 2016, and I had an editorial calendar with posts scheduled according to this timeline. But you know what? I was on vacation and it was fun and I said “I will launch it later, it’s my freaking blog!” and so I did, launching instead on January 24th. Because of this, there were a few posts I had really wanted to publish within January but the month was quickly coming to a close. I feel that my publishing schedule has been a little scattered but this post was the last I wanted to squeeze into January and I think come Febuary this will sort itself out! Right now I am deciding between a Monday/Wednesday schedule or a Tuesday/Thursday schedule.
- Create new exercise plan for approaching month. Consistent exercise has become very important to me in the last year. In high school I ran track and cross country, but upon hitting the end of my undergraduate program and into graduate school, I stopped running races and my exercise became far from regular. Almost a year ago I became serious about fitness again and it has made all the difference. For January my goals were to 1) exercise at least 4 times per week, 2) do an ab work out at least 5 times per week, and 3) lift weights at least 1 time per week. And I did it! For February I am hoping to stick to this again, but want to look over my progress and adjust the goals as needed.
To let go of:
- Perfect pictures. Right now the pictures used for my posts are from my iPhone. I would love a nice camera and to take a class about food photography, but a fancy camera isn’t a current savings goal for me and it’s fine and I’m going to stop worrying about this.
- Fresh green beans. Do you have a fruit or vegetable you just can’t seem to eat fast enough before it gets nasty? I like green beans fine, but am not eating them enough at home before they go bad in my fridge. I will quit buying them in bulk thinking I can use them in so many dishes because right now I’m just not. I bought myself a pre-cut and prepped frozen bag of them and am calling it a day.
How did your first month of 2016 go? What did you accomplish, what is still in progress, and what are you letting go of for now? I hope no matter what, you felt it was a wonderful start to a magical year!