Part of creating your future is forming new habits. These steps will help you turn activities and behaviors that are important to you into habits!

Create Your Future: Forming New Habits

This month’s goals post is going to be a little different. Okay, a lot different. Part of creating your future is forming new habits. The activities that are important to you are easier to dominate when they become second nature. Believe it or not, there are specific steps you can take to turn activities and behaviors into habits. That is what we’re going to be doing for the next 6 months of create your future posts. Don’t worry. I’m sharing freebies to help you accomplish it all.

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Part of creating your future is forming new habits. These steps will help you turn activities and behaviors that are important to you into habits!

Choose Your Habits

Right now we’re going to focus on the next 6 months. That means your first step is to choose sex activities or behaviors that you want to become habits. These can be anything from getting a shower first thing in the morning to working out each day. Choose the activities that you want to be a part of who you are. To give you some inspiration, here are the six habits I will be forming:

  1. Crafting
  2. Writing
  3. Fitness
  4. Cleaning
  5. 11:30 Bedtime
  6. Reading

Assign Months

The next step is to assign each habit to a month. There are 2 different points to consider when deciding this:

  1. If your habits build on each other you will need to create them in the order that they build. For example, I want to read for 30 minutes each day but I also want that to become my body’s cue for bedtime. That means I will need to develop the reading habit first.
  2. Think about your schedule. Would it be easier to get more active in the summer when your kids are home or is that the time to start a new writing routine? It is likely easier to start working out. Save the writing habit for when the kids are in school.

Now that you’ve thought about these things, assign each habit the month you will create it in. Here are how I have assigned mine (and also the order I will be sharing tips and tricks with you):

  • April: Cleaning
  • May: Writing
  • June: Fitness
  • July: Crafting
  • August: Reading
  • September: 11:30 Bedtime

 

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Define Your Habits

You need to take the time to define your habits. For example, “cleaning” is too broad of a habit. Instead, list the specific cleaning tasks you are going to complete each day. You also want to define the time of day you will do the tasks. Here are some defining questions to ask:

  1. What are the specific tasks?
  2. When will you perform these tasks?
  3. Will you set a time for the task or will it be defined in a different way (word count, page count, task completion…)?
  4. What physical clues will you give your body to trigger your habit? For example, will sitting down with your morning coffee be your trigger to start writing? Will you start a load of dishes after clearing the dinner table each night?

Tips for Success

Simply having a plan isn’t enough to turn an activity into a habit. Here are a few pointers to be successful in forming your new habits:

  • Focus on one habit at a time.
  • To turn the activity into a habit, do it for at least 20 minutes each time.
  • Don’t skip any days while forming your habit. This includes weekends and holidays.
  • If you do miss a day, start your 30+ days over again.

 

Part of creating your future is forming new habits. These steps will help you turn activities and behaviors that are important to you into habits!

Part of creating your future is forming new habits. These steps will help you turn activities and behaviors that are important to you into habits!

Forming new habits also helps with your time management. By integrating the activities into your everyday life you become more efficient and will end up ahead in many areas of your life. To make this whole process easier, print out your free Monthly Habit Tracker so you can ensure that you are remembering your new habits each day! I will also be providing tips for the specific habits listed above each month so check back for those. You can also get weekly updates and inspiration each week in your inbox when you sign up below!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
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Your community directly impacts your life. Community shapes us. Great communities lead to great people. This is why when people come together and care about their community it makes it better for everyone. I know how blessed I am in my community because it is an amazing place to live. That is why it means so much when companies invest in your community like Cincinnati Bell is investing in Cincinnati. They are going above and beyond to make our community amazing. Find out how you can invest in your community with Cincinnati Bell and make your life easier with Fioptics.

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MyTV lets you pay for custom television the way that you want it. Combined with Fioptics you can customize your channels, stream videos, and always have a lightning fast connection. No more getting frustrated about buffering or lag because there isn’t any. You also get access to OnDemand which lets you stream the movies and shows you want, when you want them!

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Fiber technology means that lots of small wires, or fibers, are contained within the cables. This lets insane amounts of information and data travel across the lines at one time quickly. Fiber technology is what makes it so fast!

 

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How Cincinnati Bell is Giving Back

Cincinnati Home Campaign

Cincinnati Bell knows that community is important, too. They know that investing in our home makes it stronger. One way they are investing in our community is the Cincinnati Home Campaign. They have created these awesome t-shirts featuring the iconic Roebling Bridge. The shirts are $20 each with the proceeds going to four local organizations:

  • CancerFree KIDS: Mission is to eradicate cancer as a life-threatening disease in children.
  • The Dragonfly Foundation: Supports kids, young adults, and their families as they endure cancer and bone marrow transplants.
  • USO of Central and Southern Ohio: Supports local military service members around the world and their families.
  • Spca Cincinnati: Animal shelter and Humane Society dedicated to improve the welfare of animals by fostering the Humane Care and Treatment of all animals.

They are even giving back to our community by investing in local businesses for the Cincinnati Home Campaign. The company printing the t-shirts is located right in downtown Covington and is locally owned and operated. This campaign is proving that it pays to invest in your community through and through.

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Fioptics at Home

When we bought our house I was ecstatic. There was literally only one thing that I was bummed about and that was that I couldn’t have my Fioptics internet because it wasn’t available in our neighborhood. We had used it the entire time we were in our apartment and loved it! So when I found out that is was now available to us I couldn’t say “Yes!” fast enough. Lightning fast connections and ability to stream everything we want easily is a no-brainer.

This time it’s even better because now we have the awesome television package, too. You can choose from tons of packages from sports to kids. You also get access to OnDemand shows and movies. Some of these are free and some you can rent for your next family movie night. Cincinnati Bell handled all of the installation so all there is for you to do is turn on your new box and pick a show! It’s perfect for busy moms.

 

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With all of the time you free up with Cincinnati Bell you’ll have time to invest in your community. Volunteer at your child’s school. Help keep the amazing family programs at the library going. You can run more 5K’s to raise money for your community. The possibilities are endless. Check out Cincinnati Bell so that you can start investing back in your amazing community today.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
It’s important to your well-being to get out of the house and spend time with friends. To help motivate you, I’m sharing my awesome ideas to save money on girls night.

Awesome Ideas to Save Money on Girls Night

With growing families to take care of and a never-ending to-do list, moms are the worst at making girls night a priority. Add to that the stress of budgeting for it and you’re ready to call it quits before you even start. It’s important to your well-being to get out of the house and spend time with friends. To help motivate you, I’m sharing my awesome ideas to save money on girls night. Now there will be one less barrier to you and the girls getting together.

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 It’s important to your well-being to get out of the house and spend time with friends. To help motivate you, I’m sharing my awesome ideas to save money on girls night.

No Cover

Pick a venue that doesn’t have a cover charge. This doesn’t mean that you can’t go to the happening spot in town. Be intentional with your planning. Choose to go on a night when women get in free. Some venues also offer free entry during certain times so check for that as well.

Skip Dinner Out

Have dinner at home with your family before your girls night. This will save you money and it can be an easier transition for your kids if you don’t leave them much. Alternatively, you can still have dinner with the girls but have everyone bring a dish to share. Meet up at someone’s house and eat together. Bonus points if the husband will do the dishes while you’re gone!

Bring Cash

Using cash is the only way to 100% control your spending on a girls night. This is especially true when alcohol is involved. In addition to only using cash leave your cards at home. This will help control your spending and it allows you to bring a smaller bag on your night out. Even with cash do not run a tab. That allows you to lose track of your spending easily. Pay for everything as you get it.

Coffee Instead of Drinks

Most coffee joints are open late. Take advantage of this and have a girls night at one. Coffee is much cheaper than drinks (especially since you are less likely to get multiples). You can chat and catch up for hours. You can even bring a game to play to liven things up. Also, don’t forget to splurge on a scone or a cookie while you’re there!

 

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Take a Free Class at Michaels

Okay, this one doesn’t typically happen at night but it is an awesome and inexpensive way to get some time with your girlfriends. The classes are free and even if you have to buy supplies it won’t cost much. Michaels will also typically let you bring in food and drink. Simply call your local store and check their policies beforehand. If your only option is to get together with the girls in the evenings you can also try Paint and Sip Parties although these tend to be a little more expensive.

Try Karaoke

Most karaoke is free to attend and participate in. The reason for this is because the venue expects that patrons will drink. You don’t have to imbibe to have a fun night out. One piece of advice before you go: even if you’re trying to do a girls night on the cheap, don’t forget to tip the bartender or waiter for your water. He or she is still serving you and taking care of your group that night.

 

 It’s important to your well-being to get out of the house and spend time with friends. To help motivate you, I’m sharing my awesome ideas to save money on girls night.

There you have it! All that is left for you to do is call the girls and ask them when they are free to get together. These awesome ideas to save money on girls night will make guilt-free fun a part of your life again. Do you have any tips for saving money on girls night? Share them with us in the comments so we can bring back the fun!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
It is time to rock your goals again! Take a look at what worked for me last month and how I plan to achieve my March 2017 goals!

Creating Your Future: March 2017 Goals

You may be wondering why I would share my goals and evaluations each month. More importantly, you may be wondering how it helps you. I share my goals with you each month for many reasons. One reason is accountability. If you set goals each month but no one knows about them, it is easier to push them back and put them off. The second reason is that I want you to be inspired to set and achieve your own goals each month. The third, and one of the most important reasons, is that I want you to see the evaluation process at work. Not achieving a goal you set can be good if you truly reflect and take a hard look at why you didn’t achieve it. That is how you grow. So take a look at what worked for me last month and how I plan to achieve my March 2017 goals!

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It is time to rock your goals again! Take a look at what worked for me last month and how I plan to achieve my March 2017 goals!

February 2017 Evaluation

Business Goals

Continue Product Work – Fail?

Do you ever get stuck on a project? That is what has happened to me. I set aside time each weekday to work on this and I sat staring at pages of notes and outlines. That is why I’m not sure if this is a fail. The tiny snippets that came to me don’t feel like accomplishing much.

Finish Posts in Editorial Calendar – Success

Okay, so I didn’t finish every single one. In fact, there are things for Easter posts that I couldn’t even find in stores yet. However, I am ahead on posts and I continue to get further ahead each day. This has been huge for me, as you can imagine.

Build Twitter Following to 5,000 – Fail

I haven’t cracked that magical formula yet. In the last few weeks I have been seeing progress but no huge leaps. I am continuing to see growth. I will preserver in this.

Finance Goals

Reorganize Finances – Success

This was definitely priority number one for me. I can’t focus on anything if I don’t know that my finances are in order. Thankfully, everything is re-organized and back on track.

Save Something – Success

It wasn’t much but I managed to save $50. The best part is that by the end of March I have it budgeted to save up to $500. Can’t wait to see that $1000 finish line!

Organization Goals

Finish Office – Fail

Why is this failing for the 2nd month in a row? TOO. MUCH. STUFF. I now have boxes of items and supplies to get rid of and still don’t have a place for everything. It is time to do a second round of purging.

Continue Purging – Success

I am like a machine. With every load of laundry I keep a box handy for outdated or unused clothes. As rooms get cleaned, excess items go into a box. By the end of March I plan to have a home that is thousands of pounds lighter.

Self-Improvement Goals

5,000 Steps Daily – Fail

I am super disappointed in this one. I have added more dancing to my day (which is pretty impressive considering how much I already randomly burst into dance). I’ve also made sure that I get up and move each time my Jawbone vibrates. We now have a treadmill that I plan to spend an hour on each day. I hope that this helps me reach above and beyond my step goal.

Make More Time for Friends – Success

I was much better at making time for friends. There is still room for improvement but I am well on my way to a more balanced life.

Family Goals

Continue Family Meetings – Success

We haven’t found out weekly rhythm but we are still having family meetings. I think that finding the day and time that fit best is the biggest challenge.

Regular Zoo Trips – Fail

We didn’t make it to the zoo once in February. This is one that I intend to try again in March. I’m hoping that going ahead and putting zoo trips on the calendar will make them more likely to happen. The eventually warming weather should help too.

 

It is time to rock your goals again! Take a look at what worked for me last month and how I plan to achieve my March 2017 goals!

March 2017 Goals

Business Goals

  • E.B.A. 3.0 – I am so excited to be taking this! I took Elite Blog Academy last year but the changes Ruth has made are extremely exciting. I have actually already started on the course and I love it!
  • Grow Twitter to 5,000 – Yes, I am continuing to focus on growing Twitter. I refuse to give up! P.S. I’m taking part in an awesome giveaway this month that will focus on this! Yay!
  • Continue on Editorial – It is amazing watching my hard work pay off and I want to continue with that momentum. If I can keep up this pace, I will be done with my May posts by the end of this month!

Finance Goals

  • Business Finance Plan – It occurred to me that I am super obsessive about my personal finances yet I’m not doing the same for my business finances. I keep an expense schedule and a register. That’s it. I need to start planning ahead with my business finances as I do with my personal finances.
  • Build Saving to $500 – As I said earlier, I have built this into the budget. Hopefully I can stretch it to even more.

Organization Goals

  • Ruthless Purge – It is time to go room by room and ruthlessly get rid of items. This is my trial run before running a challenge for you in April. A clean home makes for a clear mind.
  • Finish Office – Yet again I am going to make this a goal. I need my organized office back. That is why I’m going to devote 20 minutes every single day to get it done.

Self-Improvement Goals

  • Reach 5,000 Daily Steps – The treadmill should make this entirely reachable. This is another goal that I’m determined to reach.
  • Continue Improving Balance – I will continue to work on those goals that help me achieve a better life balance. That includes continuing to make time for friends and for myself. I can’t be productive if I don’t take the time to recharge.

Family Goals

  • Zoo Trips on the Calendar – As I said above, I hope that by getting these on the calendar I can make sure that they happen. No more ad-hocking it.
  • Family Meetings – I want to get these on a finalized schedule that works for us.

 

It is time to rock your goals again! Take a look at what worked for me last month and how I plan to achieve my March 2017 goals!

There you have it! If you take a peek at November’s goals from last year you can see how far I’ve already come. You can have that, too. See a steady growth in your life and yourself with monthly goals. Don’t forget to grab your Free Monthly Goal Setting Planner to help you be as successful as possible. Creating your future is easy when you have the right tools. What are you waiting for?

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

8 Tips for Dealing with Depression

Dealing with depression isn’t easy. Cultural stigma tells you to get over it. Friends and family don’t understand it. Then add on the fact that everyone is different so there is no standard treatment and it feels like a battle you can’t win. I would love to tell you I have a magic cure but I don’t. Instead, I can share with you my 8 tips for dealing with depression after nearly 20 years of doing so.

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Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

 

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Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Plan Ahead

It sounds so simple but you need to be specific. Bad days are going to come when you can’t function like you need to. Right now you’re trying to power through but that can actually make it worse. Don’t try to power through and instead plan ahead for these days.

  • Have freezer meals ready to throw in the oven or in the Crock-Pot.
  • Stash a set of clean clothes for each of your kids in case you can’t do laundry.
  • Batch your work so that you are ahead when bad days hit.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Have a Bag of Tricks

Keep a physical list of things that can improve your mood. Think of this list as your bag of tricks that you can pull from on bad days. Maybe getting lost in a good book helps you pull out of it. It may take some time but any time an activity helps make the bad days a little better, write it on your list. My top 3 activities are:

  1. Throwing on headphones and blasting music: I usually start with sad songs but put my IPod on shuffle so upbeat songs eventually come on. This keeps me from wallowing.
  2. Getting sunlight or visiting a tanning bed: In the summer this is easier because I can go outside and the sun physically warms me up. That helps warm my mood, too.
  3. Taking a nap or going to bed early: When I sleep it helps my levels go back to normal. While this one isn’t always an option, it does always help.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Be Open About It

I’m not saying have an all-out breakdown in front of people. None of my friends or extended family have seen me on the days that I am literally rocking in a corner bawling my eyes out. However, everyone in my life knows that I have depression and also that some days I am just going to be different. Trying to hide it isn’t worth it. Let people know when you’re having a bad day. If they can’t handle that, you don’t need them in your life.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Meal Plan

This goes along with planning ahead. If you have a weekly meal plan in place you can easily shuffle meals if needed. Move frozen pizza night to Tuesday and switch stir fry to Friday. Also, don’t forget about lunches if you have little ones at home during the day. Don’t feel guilty about heating up leftovers or serving a cheese sandwich for lunch. Your kids will love it, anyway.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Create Kid Kits

Speaking of kids, being a mom doesn’t stop when depression hits hard. Creating kid kits will make life so much easier. Keep a bag stocked with new, quiet toys and activities. When a bad day happens, surprise your kids with something from the bag. They will love getting a new surprise and it will help keep them entertained when you don’t have the energy. To help you out, here are some ideas for what to put in the bag:

  1. Coloring Books
  2. Crayons
  3. Puzzles
  4. Movies
  5. Dolls
  6. Figurines
  7. Play-Doh
  8. ISpy Books
  9. Hand-Held Mazes
  10. Magnetic Draw Pad
  11. Lego Kits
  12. Memory Game
  13. Look and Feel Book
  14. Deck of Cards

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Be Specific

Friends and family don’t know what you need. Be specific when telling them what you need, how they can help, and what is currently going on. If you need your husband to take the kids outside so that you can have some quiet, tell him. When friends keep calling and you can’t deal with it, tell them. Not everyone is going to understand and that’s okay. They simply have to respect it. My mom doesn’t love the fact that I can’t always bring myself to respond to her but she respects that sometimes it may be 24 hours before I can let her know that I’m okay. If I’m still not up for talking, a simple text will suffice. These are the specifics and boundaries that you need to set.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Keep Your Home Clean

Trust me; I know how hard this is. I have small kiddos, a tiny kitchen, and too much stuff. My house is always a mess. When you add a bad depression day to that mixture you get so far behind that it is a monster to tackle. If you can’t keep your whole house clean, aim for one room. For me, that room is my office because it is the only room in the house that no one else is allowed in. However, I actually recommend that you do it with your bedroom. If you can keep your bedroom clean then you will have one room to retreat to that doesn’t feel like it is adding to the chaos going on inside of you.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Don’t Be Ashamed to Take Meds

Honestly, I see so many people who write, post, and talk about avoiding medicine at any cost. Decide right now that your life is worth more than that. My body is sick and cannot produce the chemicals that I need to keep from spiraling into depression. No amount of positive thinking, therapy, or homeopathic remedy can “fix” that. It is the same as needing to take insulin to process sugar. So don’t be ashamed if you need medicine and don’t be afraid to speak up when it’s not working. There are a ton of different kinds in a variety of strengths so that you can find the perfect fit for your body and your depression.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them. Even better, when you come out on the other side you won’t be as behind because of you planning ahead. Don’t let depression define you. It is simply a part of you and you are so much more than a single part.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

10 Tips to Fit in Fitness

Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? It is hard to find time to work out when you have a family to take care of, chores to do, meals to cook… the list goes on and on. Don’t give up on your goals. Instead, find ways to work it into your daily routine. Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list. From watching TV to cooking dinner, I’ve got ideas to add more activeness to your day.

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Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

Brushing Your Teeth

There are a number of easy exercises you can do while you brush your teeth. 2 of my favorite ones are wall sits and stepping in place. While this won’t make you thin overnight, it will add 2 more minutes of activity to your day.

During Commercials

Doing some sort of exercise during commercial breaks of your favorite shows is an excellent way to fit in fitness. Jumping jacks and crunches are popular for this but I prefer plank. It is an excellent core workout that also doesn’t make a lot of noise (in case you watch TV after the kiddos go to bed like me). If you are more of a Netflix binge-watcher, change it up by doing 2 minutes of activity between episodes.

Shopping

Park your car in the very back of the lot when you go shopping or run errands. This is a great way to get in extra steps. If you want to up the ante, don’t get a cart in the parking lot. Instead carry your kids from the car to the door. Trust me that will turn your shopping trip into a full-blown workout.

 

Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

Making Dinner

Let’s face it: even with careful meal planning moms still spend of good chunk of our lives in the kitchen. The next time you’re stuck by the stove or hovering over the sink, step in place. It will help keep you energy level up and add some movement to your day.

Dance

Dance a lot. Like, dance any chance you get to shake your body. We dance down the hallway to naptime. I dance in the shower (although I don’t necessarily recommend this as I have fallen a few times… I just can help it). We hold random dance parties in the living room. Find times every day to dance even if it is only for a moment.

Bus Stops

Walk with your kid to the bus top and meet them at it after school. Even if the bus stop is only at the end of your driveway those are still extra steps.

Bonus Tip:

  • If your kid gets embarrassed about you being at the bus stop, one afternoon wait with a huge “Welcome” sign and cheer as he or she gets off of the bus. They won’t mind you just standing there so much.

 

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Take the Steps

If you have a family room in your basement, hang out there. Then use the stairs to go to the restroom or get a drink of water. Even if you have a bathroom on the same level, take the steps to another one. It only takes an extra 2 minutes of your time and your body will thank you for it.

Toss Your Kids

Tossing your kids in the air is another excellent workout. Okay, so you don’t have to actually toss them in the air if that makes you nervous. Instead, try mimicking the motion but never letting go. The kids will still love it and you’ll be getting a varied shoulder press workout.

 

Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

Get on the Park Equipment

You can find tons of “playground workouts” on Pinterest but it doesn’t have to be that complicated. Your kids love it when you push them on the swings and it’s good for you, too. Spinning them on a merry-go-round is another easy way to fit in fitness. If you’re feeling ambitious, run with it and jump on like you did as a kid. Lastly, don’t forget to climb on the monkey bars. Show your kids how it’s done or lift them up and let them give it try.

Vacuum Twice a Day

Vacuuming is one of my favorite active chores to get up and moving. Instead of only doing this chore once a day, do it twice each day. That’s more steps each day and it has the added bonus of keeping your house extra clean.

 

Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

Choose one of these ideas or utilize all 10 tips to fit in fitness daily. You will find that the more your move each day, the more you will want to move. Want one more easy idea to get active? Play outside with your kids. They will love getting to run off that extra energy and will remember you making play with them a priority. My kids love being pushed around the yard in their Cozy Coupe. It’s an excellent workout for me that they have a blast with. Do you have tips to fit in fitness each day? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
You can be inspired and encouraged to create your future with your goals. Start with your February 2017 goals and start living a life you love!

Creating Your Future February 2017 Goals

It’s a new month and you know what that means! It is time to evaluate last month’s goals and set new goals to rock. Don’t forget to print out your free Monthly Goal Setting Planner to make it easy to rock your goals each month. To help you out, I’m sharing my goals each month and letting you know what worked or didn’t. You can be inspired and encouraged to create your future with your goals. Start with your February 2017 goals and start living a life you love!

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You can be inspired and encouraged to create your future with your goals. Start with your February 2017 goals and start living a life you love!

January Goals Evaluation

Business Goals

Start Outlining Products – Success

  • Inspiration has hit at the craziest times for these so I’ve started carrying around a notebook to jot stuff down immediately.

Affiliate Income – Success

  • No, I didn’t earn thousands of dollars (yet). However, I did experiment and got some great ideas to move forward with. I did see an increase in income even though it was less than $100.

Build Twitter Following – Success

  • While I haven’t reached my goal of 5,000 followers yet, I did see an increase so it’s coming along.

Finance Goals

Save $100 – Fail

  • A crazy thing happened with our pay this month. We found out that our insurance hasn’t been withdrawn correctly for 6 months! This has resulted in a $400 difference in our pay each month (not exactly a small chunk of change). I am now in the middle of a budget re-haul to make saving a priority.

Grocery Freeze – Success

  • This was a little too successful. My grocery freeze inspired my mom to clean out her pantry and freezer. She then gave some of the items to me. A lot of it is baking supplies such as sea salt, flour, and etcetera. The kids are ecstatic because it also included items like boxed Mac-n-Cheese which I never buy.

Re-Read The Total Money Makeover – Success

  • I seriously love this book. It is always so inspiring. I can’t wait to rebuild our emergency fund and be debt-free (which is pretty much just student loans and a mortgage at this point). I’m also excited to start researching investing so that we’re ready to give it a try when we make that final debt payment.

Organization Goals

Finish Office – Fail

  • Holy cow do I own a lot of stuff! This move has inspired me to pare down my craft supplies. Lucky for you, this is going to mean an awesome spring cleaning giveaway in April because I’m going to pass it on to you!

Continue Purging – Success

  • The more stuff I get rid of the more I want to get rid of. That is why I’m choosing to purge craft supplies now in addition to everything else.

Self-Improvement Goals

Daily Routine – Fail

  • Remember the insurance thing from above? Yes, that craziness resulted in being off of my anti-depressants for 3 weeks. That has made a lot of things a struggle. Thankfully, we were able to get it worked out and I’m getting leveled off. Yay!

Move – Success

  • Admittedly, moving my office made this pretty easy. Every item is coming from the main floor to the basement so that is a lot of stairs each day.

Family Goals

Learn Something New Together – Success

  • We have started having weekly family meetings and one of the things we do during each one is learn something.

Try Out New Family Night Activities – Success

  • My oldest really loved our video game race night and the stop-motion video we made was a big hit as well.

 

You can be inspired and encouraged to create your future with your goals. Start with your February 2017 goals and start living a life you love!

February 2017 Goals

Business Goals

Continue Product Work

  • I want to set a firm timeline because right now I’m just dealing with this amorphous “end-of-the-year” deadline. That does not make a good or productive plan.

Finish Posts in Editorial Calendar

  • If I learned anything from not having my medicine in January it is that I want to be at least 3 months ahead on my site. I have every post mapped out through April and ordered lists for both what to write and what to make. I want all of it to be finished before the end of February.

Build Twitter Following to 5000

  • That is more than double what I have now so this is an ambitious goal. I am going to be working my little booty off to make this happen!

Finance Goals

Reorganize Finances

  • Since the $400 pay difference will be here for the foreseeable future, a financial restructure and re-evaluation is in order.

Save Something

  • Even if it is only $20, I will make saving money a priority.

Organization Goals

Finish Office

  • This will actually be completed within the next week. Purging items is going to help immensely.

Continue Purging

  • I am already in full spring cleaning mode. I want a light and clean home to fill with memories and not stuff.

Self-Improvement Goals

5,000 Steps Daily

  • I know that 10,000 is the recommended amount but I am currently logging around 2500 a day. My awesome Jawbone Up2 makes it so much easier to track this. I’ll tell you more about this awesome tool in a future post.

Make More Time for Friends

  • This is an area of my life that I am failing at miserably. I know that we are all in a stage of life that can make this difficult but it is important to me. I want to be better at making time for friends a priority.

Family Goals

Continue Family Meetings

  • After only 2 weeks this is already something that my kids look forward to each week. We sync calendars, learn something, have a treat, and more. Even my oldest has started improving at letting me know about school things that are coming up. This has been an area he has struggled with this year so I’m very happy that the family meetings are helping. I highly recommend starting these if you don’t have them already.

Regular Zoo Trips

  • This past year we haven’t used our zoo passes as much as we used to. It makes me sad because this is something our family loves to do. That is why I want these to become a priority for us.

 

You can be inspired and encouraged to create your future with your goals. Start with your February 2017 goals and start living a life you love!

I have to say that I am incredibly proud of January. Despite having some serious struggles without my medication, I still managed to accomplish most of my goals. That is why the Monthly Goal Setting Planner is such an important tool. It lets you plug in your goals and the things you need to do each day to achieve them. Without it, I know that January would have been a lot less productive. Now I’d love to hear about your February 2017 goals and how you rocked January! Let me know in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Don’t be like everyone else this year. Decide right now to rock your resolutions with one class this year! (Free this weekend only!!)

Rock Your Resolutions with One Class

How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you are like most people, probably not so well. How many of your workouts have your already missed? Have you looked at your budget since creating it at the beginning of the month? Setting resolutions is easy but then we hit snags and snares that quickly make us revert back to old habits. Don’t be like everyone else this year. Decide not to give up on your goals. Decide right now to rock your resolutions with one class this year! Oh, and did I mention that it’s free this weekend only?

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The 4-Hour Life

It is so rare to find a class that covers so many areas of your life, unless you want to pay thousands of dollars. That is what the 4-Hour Life is. The creator, Tim Ferriss, want to help you live a life that is “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” which is what all of your resolutions boil down to.

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About Tim Ferriss

In case you have no idea who Tim Ferriss is, here is the biography straight from CreativeLive:

“Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People”, Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know,” and is the 7th “most powerful” personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index. He is an early-stage tech investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Duolingo, and 20+ more) and author of three #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef. His podcast — focused on deconstructing world-class performers — is the #1 business podcast on iTunes and was selected as ‘Best of 2015’ by Apple.” – Creator Biography from CreativeLive

 

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

Creating Your Future: January 2017 Goals

Are you as excited for 2017 as I am? I can’t explain why but I am absolutely confident that this year is going to rock. It is something I know in my bones. If you are going into this year skeptical or pensive, stop it. Decide right here and now that you are going to make 2017 the best year of your life. Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That is the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start creating your future by writing down your January 2017 goals! See my monthly goals and last month’s evaluation below for inspiration.

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Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

December Evaluation

Business Goals

Affiliate Marketing – Fail

  • I was incredibly blessed to have a lot of sponsored post offers for December. While this was fantastic, it meant bumping some of the affiliate articles I had planned.

Create a 2017 Business Plan – In Progress

  • This goal has been eye-opening. Writing down my processes and scheduling social media work is easy. Defining areas like my mission statement is really difficult for me.

Take the Week of Christmas Off – Semi-Success

  • For the most part, I did not work the week of Christmas. I was fully present at all of our celebrations and dinners. However, there were nights when the kids were in bed and TV was boring. To be frank, I missed it. I truly love what I do and I think that not allowing work to distract me from the holidays and being with family is successful.

Finance Goals

Save another $200 – Success

Continue Meal Planning – Fail

  • When all of the parties, dinners, and gatherings came my meal plan went poof! We were often sent home with leftovers that needed to get eaten. Many nights involved me reinventing the leftovers into a different meal.

Re-Read the Total Money Makeover – Fail

  • There is no reason that this failed. I could have made the time to do it but instead would turn on Netflix or pick up a fiction book. I plan on being more intentional with this one in January.

Organizational Goals

Continue to Get Rid of 1 Item a Day – Success

  • After continuing to do this I have come to realize something: I don’t think we have ever gotten rid of a piece of clothing in our lives! My goodness! There are at least 20 boxes of clothes to donate right now. It is madness.

Finish Living Room – Success

  • Yes, my friends, the living room is done! Yay! Of course, then Christmas happened so I’m currently working on finding homes for the gifts but I’m still very excited.

Start Moving Office – Success

  • I can promise you that I am highly motivated to finish this one this month. Having no home to work in is killing me.

Self-Improvement Goals

Develop a Specific Routine – (Insert Maniacal Laugh Here)

  • Whose genius ideas was it to try and develop a daily routine on the busiest and most chaotic month of the year? Oh yeah, that’s right: mine!

Do One Activity that Brings Me Joy Each Week – Success

  • These typically were me taking a bath with a book. On one week I did take an entire day and spent it with my mom. We had so much fun and it was incredibly rejuvenating.

Family Goals

Weekly Family Nights – Success

  • Our Advent gifts made these super easy in December. Almost every week we ended up having 2 instead of one because of how the activities fell in the Advent calendar.

Create and Enforce Chore Charts – Success/Fail

  • Were the chore charts created? Yes. Unfortunately they have not been hung up yet and subsequently not enforced.

 

Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

January 2017 Goals

Business Goals

  • Start Outlining ProductsI am planning to launch 2 new products this year. I want to have each of them outlined by the end of the month as well as a rough working timeline.
  • Affiliate IncomeThis one is the same as last month.
  • Build Twitter Following I have been focusing heavily on Pinterest in November and December. I have now grown it to over 5,000 followers (thank, guys!!). Now that I have my systems in place there, I want to start focusing on Twitter.

Finance Goals

  • Save $100If you are wondering why it is less this month that is because one paycheck isn’t hitting until February 1st. The beauty of budgeting allows me to know this in advance and plan accordingly.
  • Grocery FreezePeriodically I will do a grocery freeze to clean out the freezers and pantry. It saves money and it helps older items get used up.
  • Re-Read the Total Money MakeoverThis month I’m going to break this down by daily page goals. It will be easier to make myself do this if I say, “I only have to read 10 pages today.”

 

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Organizational Goals

  • Finish My Craft Room/OfficeI need my space to write and create. Not having it has only proved to highlight that need.
  • Keep PurgingI am so tired of storing all of this stuff that we don’t use, don’t want, or don’t need. That is why I will continue to keep getting rid of items. Honestly, I haven’t even gotten to the point that it is difficult yet.

Self-Improvement Goals

  • Daily RoutineWe’re going to give this another try. With school starting back and the holidays ending, this should be a more conducive month for it.
  • MoveNo, I don’t want to pack up boxes and relocate. I want to make sure that I am moving every day. Dance to a 5 minute song, play tag with the kids, or do some activity that gets me moving.

Family Goals

  • Learn Something New TogetherI haven’t decided quite what it will be yet but I want us to learn something new as a family. We could cook a new recipe together or change a tail light on a car. As long as it is something new that we can all do together, I’m happy.
  • Try Out New Family Night ActivitiesThis month I want to change up the family night activities. Some ideas I have are a coloring night, a DDR (Dance, Dance Revolution) night, and an electricity free night.

 

Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

Given how chaotic December was I am incredibly proud of all that I accomplished. If you goals for December have a lot of “Fails” next to them cut yourself a little slack. Decide that January is going to be your month to dominate and jump back up onto that horse. Don’t forget, you can find a helpful “Evaluation Worksheet” in the free Monthly Goal Setting Planner. It will help you dig into why your goals were or were not successful as well as help your adjust so that you are more successful this month!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

2016 Reflections: A Year in Review

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. Doing so invites feelings of thankfulness to help us realize how blessed we are. We can also reflect on our goals to see what worked and what didn’t. Lastly, it encourages us to see just how far we have come and pushes us to reach farther in the coming year. If you haven’t yet taken the time to, I encourage you to take the time to reflect on your 2016. If you need some inspiration take a look at my 2016 reflections below.

 

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

 

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As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

Personal

In terms of my personal growth, 2016 has been phenomenal. I have begun to step outside of my comfort zone and grow into a stronger, more confident woman. It took getting knocked down a few times to realize just who and where I wanted to be. One of the greatest accomplishments was becoming more outgoing.

If you read How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions then you know that one of my goals was to be more outgoing overall. That was the scariest of all of my resolutions but also one of the most rewarding. I remember many years ago when I took part in a local Christmas choir. They had a meet and greet party after everyone was cast. I was so painfully shy that I wouldn’t even go to the restroom because I didn’t want to walk across the room and draw attention to myself. Crazy, I know, but the sad truth is that I wasn’t much better than that at the beginning of 2016. I am happy to say that I am a lot more confident and outgoing now. I have also made some wonderful new friends as a result.

 

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

Family

The way that your family grows and changes in one little year is simply incredible. It is hard to believe that in a few short years all of my kiddos will be in school! Last month I realized how fast it is all going and made the decision to make spending time together a priority. We are now making family dinners and a weekly family night a priority. We love our game nights the best but we’ve also had movie nights, family outings, and more. I can tell you with absolute certainty that you will never regret spending more time with your kids, even when the night is a complete disaster.

 

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

Business

DIY Adulation has grown leaps and bounds! It is hard to believe I just started this site last year. While I’m not yet earning a full-time income, I am making enough to cover expenses (and seeing steady monthly growth) so that is a huge win in my book.

Unfortunately, as far as building my business, that hasn’t gone far this year. That is one of the areas I will be focusing on for 2017. I am planning on launching 2 big launches later in the year: a course and a second book (you can get a copy of my first book here). These are huge ventures that I am super-excited to undertake!

Top Posts of 2016

  1. Organize Personal Information Now
  2. Top 10 Camping Items You Don’t Know You Need
  3. DIY Car Trash Can
  4. Doctor Who Inspired Greeting Card
  5. Monthly Goal Setting Planner

 

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

It is incredible that so much has happened in a single year. Now that you have seen my 2016 Reflections are you ready to tackle yours? Your reflections don’t have to be super in-depth. In fact, they don’t even have to be written down. Simply take a few minutes today before your festivities tonight to reflect on your year. You might be surprised at how much you have accomplished. If you aren’t, check out the free Monthly Goal Setting Planner to make 2017 your best year yet!

mm
I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.