Little Letters, January 2017

At the first of the year I try to shake things up a bit around here. Today’s post is an attempt to do exactly that. When a couple of my blogging friends started talking about the Little Letters monthly linkup, I knew I wanted to join them. It instantly reminded me of Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes, which has always been a favorite of mine. Plus, it is the perfect way to clean out the corners of my mind, do some confessions, and share what is really going on inside of my head.

Come to think of it, I’m not so sure this is a good idea after all…

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January In Numbers {2016}

I have been a long time fan of the “My Month In Numbers” posts, but I have yet to put one together. I was a bit worried about how uneventful the post may turn out if I am being honest. But hey, even the boring things add up.

Trips to the gym: 16
I’ve settled on 4 gym trips a week and I am loving that schedule. It’s also nice to be work out with this lady at our really nice, brand new gym (that is saving us a TON of money a month). What a blessing all around.
New recipes tried: 3
All breakfast items too. We tried some apple muffins, blueberry muffin and cinnamon roll pancakes.
Episodes of Park & Rec watched: 24
We are loving watching this show. I <3 Ron Swanson.
Cars purchased: 1
A 1955 Chevy
Family movie nights: 3
Cinderella, Minions & Home
Selfies taken: 11
I’m sure there were a few *dozen* more on Snapchat, but these are the ones I grabbed off my phone.
Miles ran: 22
That’s the most I’ve logged since October!
Times the girls told Russ happy birthday: at least 53
They even told him “Happy almost your birthday” for days leading up to the event.

Chalk boards doodled: 4
Winter chalkboards were fun but doing Russ’ special birthday board was really neat.
Date nights: 1
1 date night to celebrate the birthday boy!
Pairs of shoes purchased: 2
Since I had some birthday money I snagged a pair of Chacos and some new Brooks running shoes!
Slumber parties the girls had: 21
So glad that is over.
Years Russ turned: 36
The girls always want the candles to match the birthday but some how I sold them on just one.

Trips to IKEA: 1
We even squeezed in a stop at Trader Joes!
Shades of blue I debated: 13
I feel pretty confident that I picked the best one.
Blog posts wrote: 24
Sh-woo! January was a busy month!
Days it was above 60 degrees: 3
And they were glorious!
And that’s a wrap on January.
I can’t wait to see what February brings!

Linking up with Deena @ Shoes to Shiraz

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Monthly Goals {January 2016}

Happy New Year!

One year ago today I published my very first monthly goal post. I continued setting and working on goals for the entire 2015 year. I learned a lot about myself over the course of a year. What motivates me, areas I have a hard time working on and that I am going to drop the ball, and that is okay. You can mess up, get over it and keep trying. Just skip the pouting or beating yourself up stage and push forward.

I’ve said it multiple times, “I feel like these posts are more for me than my readers”. Maybe they are, but I think that is okay too. I love knowing there is a sense of accountability in saying I want to do something and letting others know about it. Plus, your sweet words of how my goals motivate you have been such an encouragement to me. 

So, I plan to continue setting and achieving goals through 2016 and I would encourage you to set a few of your own!

When I left off in December I kept my goals pretty simple. Typically I recap the previous month before setting new ones, but I’m not going to do that for December. I met almost all of my goals with my biggest flop being my work outs. But I feel like stepping away from a few different things for a bit gave me a needed, fresh perspective.

Blog-
*Keep posting 4-5 days a week.
*Participate in a giveaway.
*Try to engage more on Twitter.
Family-
*Family Movie Night.
*Family Game Night.
*Celebrate Russ’ birthday!

Fitness-

*Join a new gym on January 1st!

*Work out 4 days a week.

*Stop eating so many cookies. You laugh, but it is true.

Spiritual- 

*To read a little bit of God’s word every day.
(I often try to do so much in this category that i overwhelms me. This year I would like to try and simplify my goals in this category.)

Home School-

*Resume school on January 4th.

*Begin working with Emily on early reading skills.

*Have the girls write thank you notes.

Random-

*Fix the wall…. more details on that soon.

*Finally order family photo prints.

*Try to combat winter depression.

*Drop off donation pile sitting in our room.

So there we have it, my first goal list of 2016!

Do you have resolutions or goal setting plans for 2016?

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