October/November goals

  1. Clean up and organize my bathroom.
    1. Ugh…moving to November.
  2. Clean out and organize craft/storage closet.
    1. I did this early, but I also added shelving in the corner to make that stack of stuff easier to get to.img_0470img_0469
  3. Finish the stump and put it in Celine’s room. ED025794-88A9-4DF7-A74A-46E9838C33F5
  4. Maintain running schedule.
    1. Running…what’s that?
  5. Fotofacial
    1. Did it! The results aren’t crazy dramatic but I definitely like them. A lot of freckles and spots faded or disappeared completely, and my skin tone evened out quite a bit. Here’s a before and after (one week out).429731de-0173-48d8-ad4e-93b046114383

November goals

  1. Clean out and organize my bathroom. Still need to do…
  2. Kickstart working out again. The year-end activities (and work travel) have really started ramping up which contributed to my lack of athleticism in October, but I’m hoping I can sneak in some workout time in November.
  3. Organize the girls’ closet (again). Take out summer stuff and store too-small sizes, and transition to winter gear (and Christmas clothes!).
  4. Knock out more of my 2017 photo book. It’s definitely been neglected lately.
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September/October goals

September goals:

  1. Clean up and organize my bathroom.
    1. Still haven’t done this…moving to October!
  2. Make a dent in the 2017 photo book.
    1. YES! I finally got a decent amount of pages completed and finalized how I wanted the flow and look of the book to be this year. I’m increasing the physical size of the book and rearranging the order (by activity instead of chronologically) so it took a bit for me to get it off the ground.
  3. Start running again.
    1. Yes. Finished 3.3 out of the five weeks, and then I was in Brazil for work for a week. Need to hop back into it this month while the weather is (hopefully) cooler.
  4. Start figuring out all of the holiday clothes for the girls!
    1. Always happy to have a reason to shop! =)

October goals:

  1. Clean up and organize my bathroom.
  2. Clean out and organize craft/storage closet. Every time I go in there for wrapping paper or to grab a file, I cringe. It’s SO messy. So much so that I already finished this goal. It’s not perfect – I have to wait until Christmas to get a thing to hold all of the wrapping paper because Target doesn’t have them yet and I’ll be damned if I have to go to a different store to get it – but this task is basically complete. We went from this:

    To this! (I might put a metal shelving unit on the right side, but that would be the last thing). The bonus is, every time I organize a closet or room, I find something I’ve been looking for. This time it was two fold-up picnic blankets that have fleece on one side and vinyl on the other. Perfect for our next Arboretum outing!EA922E5E-C8B1-4C09-AF08-8FA32AF1BC05

  3. Finish the stump and put it in Celine’s room. I…actually already did this goal too. My dad and brother planed it, I borrowed my dad’s sander and sanded the sides, and then I slapped some matte chalk paint on it this morning. Luckily chalk paint is the easiest thing to do (barely any prep, only needed one coat, and it dried in maybe 10 minutes?), so I could enlist Michael to carry it into her room!ED025794-88A9-4DF7-A74A-46E9838C33F5
  4. Maintain running schedule. It’s made me feel good to have an actual schedule, and while it’s definitely not easy (it’s a mix of HIIT sessions and long runs), it makes me feel like I’m actually accomplishing something. And – my brother Taylor shared his activity with me forever ago and we both forgot about it, but now we get updates whenever one of us completes a workout or fills all three of our “rings.” It’s a surprising motivator!
  5. Vanity goal alert: I’m getting my first Fotofacial this month and I’m really excited to see how it improves my skin. I’m hoping to make it a regular thing depending on the results!

August/September goals

August goals:

  1. Drink more water.
    1. Yuppers
  2. Scan in Louise’s art that I don’t want to keep but want to remember.
    1. Done
  3. Get on a more consistent schedule with working out. I’ve been doing ok but it’s pretty random. Hopefully after Montana I can normalize.
    1. Meh
  4. Finish the cloud storage for photos and delete from my computer. (Very stressful…deleting 9k+ photos from my computer!! But I desperately need the memory).
    1. Complete

September goals:

  1. Clean up and organize my bathroom. Too many cosmetic boxes, old costume jewelry, and perfume I’ll never wear!
  2. Make a dent in the 2017 photo book. I need to get a move on as we head into busy season.
  3. Start running again. The weather’s been surprisingly mild, and I have this really old HIIT regimen I tore out of a Women’s Health magazine that is a 5-week program. I’ve been doing it for the past two weeks – it really helps me to have a plan!
  4. Start figuring out all of the holiday clothes for the girls! Between pumpkin patches, holiday photos, Christmas activities, and various parties…there are a lot of outfits to coordinate!

July/August goals

July goals:

  1. Continue to work out to prepare for Montana
    1. I was ok at this. Less running since it’s oppressively hot, more weight lifting.
  2. Organize the girls’ school art
    1. Technically I did this the first day of August, but it’s done! I had saved…a lot of stuff from Louise.img_9097
  3. Start on 2017 photo book
    1. Yup!! My computer is slow because I have way too many photos stored on it, so I’m working on uploading photos from 2009-2012 to the Amazon Prime Photo storage to have a second backup (in addition to an external hard drive…and Shutterfly and Facebook too, I guess). It’s taking forever, which is holding up my ability to continue with the photo book.
  4. Take inventory on the girls’ school uniforms and order what they need.
    1. Done and done! Just need to get a few gingham dresses for Louise at the school store, but everything else is purchased. Polos, bottoms, socks, shoes.
  5. Start on our Halloween costumes.
    1. “Start” means order various things on Amazon, which I did.

August goals:

  1. Drink more water. I’ve noticed my water intake is pretty minimal these days (lots of tea…caffeinated and non-caffeinated), so I need to fix that.
  2. Scan in Louise’s art that I don’t want to keep but want to remember.
  3. Get on a more consistent schedule with working out. I’ve been doing ok but it’s pretty random. Hopefully after Montana I can normalize.
  4. Finish the cloud storage for photos and delete from my computer. (Very stressful…deleting 9k+ photos from my computer!! But I desperately need the memory).

June/July goals

A little late to the game, but here you go. Here’s how I did on June’s goals:

  1. Get back on the workout bandwagon
    1. I did a pretty good job of this!
  2. Celine and Louise’s photo books.
    1. I finished Celine’s and had it printed, and have one more month of Louise’s to go before hers is done too. I’m excited to get the girls’ books done because I have an idea of how I want to do the calendar year books moving forward and I wanted to get started on 2017!
  3. Organize the girls’ art from the past school year. I want to do two things: pare down what I’ve kept to the ones that mean the most and put them in a portfolio box, and scan them in so I can eventually create a photo book with all of their art.
    1. Moving to a July goal – something good to get done before school starts again. They’ve been bringing a lot home from summer camp too so it’s really piling up.
  4. Put the shower curtain up in the girls’ bathroom.
    1. Done! Finally bought a curtain rod and put it up.
  5. I have two Mike goals (things I want done but would rather Mike do them): change our air filters and clean our gutters.
    1. He did them – along with power wash the outside of our house. Boy did it need a cleaning!

July goals:

  1. Continue to work out to prepare for Montana
  2. Organize the girls’ school art
  3. Start on 2017 photo book (excited about this one!)
  4. Take inventory on the girls’ school uniforms and order what they need.
  5. Start on our Halloween costumes. I know it seems super early, but both girls are very clear in what they want to be (they want to be the same thing, just like last year), and I know exactly what I need to do to get all of our costumes in a good place. Mike’s will probably take a bit of time, so starting it now means I won’t be in a time crunch later.

May/June goals

May goals: I’m about half and half. I really need to get going on the photo books!!

  1. Not fall completely off the exercise bandwagon.
    1. I guess you could say I haven’t…I’ve worked out about 2x per week, not including our Germany trip. Still not as strong as I was earlier this year.
  2. Celine’s photo book – only five left to do (months 8-12)! I can do it!
    1. I did not do it.
  3. Louise’s photo book. This might bleed into June, considering I’m farther behind it than Celine’s.
    1. Yup…definitely bleeding into June.
  4. Declutter toys – specifically, donate all too-young toys and trash the broken/parts-missing ones.
    1. Hey! I actually did this! I pulled a bunch of infant and younger toddler toys out of their various nooks and crannies and have them boxed up for donation. We also had various bins filled with parts of toys that I just trashed.
  5. Organize the kids’ hall closet. This includes moving all linens, drapes, pillows, etc to bins in the garage, and adding designated spaces for themed toys (Play-Doh, musical instruments, etc).
    1. I didn’t really move the linens, but I DID organize the closet! It’s so much easier for the girls to grab what they want now, and it gives a home to the toys that have a lot of components. I threw away a couple of old pillows and made room for the girls’ 4,291 blankets.IMG_7962

June goals:

  1. Get back on the workout bandwagon
  2. Celine and Louise’s photo books. I only have three more months for Celine so I’m pretty confident I can at least get hers done by the end of the month.
  3. Organize the girls’ art from the past school year. I want to do two things: pare down what I’ve kept to the ones that mean the most and put them in a portfolio box, and scan them in so I can eventually create a photo book with all of their art. (What’s my deal with photo books?)
  4. Put the shower curtain up in the girls’ bathroom. Since we bathe them, we haven’t had a need for a shower curtain. However, I think it’s time that Louise start taking showers at least some of the time, so I want the curtain there for when we’re ready to make that leap!
  5. I have two Mike goals (things I want done but would rather Mike do them): change our air filters and clean our gutters.

April/May goals

I did NOT do so well in April, unfortunately. Too much other stuff going on!

April goals:

  1. Exercise 3+ times per week.
    1. I didn’t really do this that well. I tried…but I probably averaged more like 2x per week.
  2. Manage travel stress.
    1. Yeah, you could say I did ok at this. I didn’t stress out too much during our Austin trip!
  3. Celine’s photo book.
    1. Noooooope. I don’t think I even finished one page.
  4. Replace air filters in the house
    1. Nope. I’m going to outsource this goal to Mike, I think.
  5. Declutter toys
    1. I’ve started this about a thousand times, but it overwhelms me each time and I never finish. I think I need to find a strategy to tackle – like by room, or by type of toy. I think the first step is goal #6 though, so I have the space to put some toys.
  6. Organize the two hall closets
    1. I’ve finished one closet, but it was mainly just trashing our DVDs (the packing tape from one of our apartment moves was still intact on the top…clearly we don’t need these anymore) and donating Mike’s video games. I still have to go through the toys in the bin that was in there, but now we have a board game/puzzle/big floor activity closet, which is nice!

I can’t really do May goals because things are so busy this month – I doubt I’ll have the time. I still want to do some organization and decluttering, and finish Celine AND Louise’s photo books. So I’ll just keep April’s goals for May and do my best!

May goals:

  1. Not fall completely off the exercise bandwagon.
  2. Celine’s photo book – only five left to do (months 8-12)! I can do it!
  3. Louise’s photo book. This might bleed into June, considering I’m farther behind it than Celine’s.
  4. Declutter toys – specifically, donate all too-young toys and trash the broken/parts-missing ones.
  5. Organize the kids’ hall closet. This includes moving all linens, drapes, pillows, etc to bins in the garage, and adding designated spaces for themed toys (Play-Doh, musical instruments, etc).