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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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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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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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.
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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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About Tim Ferriss

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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!

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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.
Whether you’re feeling discouraged about November's goals or you are excited to rock another month, it is time to create your December goals. See how I did!

Creating Your Future: December 2016 Goals

Can you believe that it is December already? It feels like just yesterday we were creating last month’s goals. In case you didn’t see it, make sure to snag your free Monthly Goal Setting Planner to make achieving your goals even easier. Whether you’re looking at November’s goals and feeling a little discouraged or you are excited to rock another month, it is time to create your December goals. Don’t get discouraged if last month wasn’t as successful as you hoped. If you’ve never been a goal planner it will take time to get on top of your plans. If you need some inspiration, keep reading below to see how I did in November and what this month’s goals are.

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Whether you’re feeling discouraged about November's goals or you are excited to rock another month, it is time to create your December goals. Plus find out how I did last month!

 

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November Evaluation

Business Goals

Create an Instagram Plan – Success

  • Not only did I manage to post more consistently, I was introduced to an awesome tool that makes this easy to schedule and post. Yay!

Add Daily New Listing to Etsy – Fail

  • Seriously, I failed so hard at this. I think I got 10 items listed and that’s it. I literally have 100’s of items to upload and currently they are sitting in boxes and organizers just waiting. Daily was too ambitious of a goal. This month I’m going to shoot for adding 2 items a week.

Plan New Revenue Stream – Success

  • I did decide on a new revenue stream. It is technically something I’m already doing but in December I’m going to focus on affiliate marketing. Currently I simply throw links in to direct you to the supplies needed for the projects. I have been neglecting in this area and I want to really hit this hard in December.

Get Ahead on Posts – Success

  • I have been very diligent about outlining and creating. This has given me a leg up on my posts. Admittedly, this week I have been on overdrive because in addition to my regular editorial calendar, I have some other projects that I am taking part in. That’s why this week (and for the next 2 weeks) you are seeing 2 posts go live on some days.

Finance Goals

Save $200 (or more) in an Emergency Fund – Near Success

  • I saved $150 so I’m pretty happy. It would have been more but most of our “extra” money was allocated to Christmas in our budget. My oldest also conveniently forgot about multiple school events, trips, etcetera that cost money so that came out of this fund. The joys of mom-life, right?

Meal Plan – Success

  • While I haven’t gotten any posts about it up yet, we totally rocked our meal plan this month. Of course, having so many holiday dinners helped make it easier.

Extra Cash – Fail

  • I didn’t even attempt this one. I was going to sell some of the items we’re purging but I only got as far as boxing them up. On the upside, that will make it easier to do this month.

Organizational Goals

Get rid of one item each day. – Crushed

  • I didn’t just get rid of 1 item a day. I boxed up hundreds of items last month and I plan to continue to do so in December.

Empty Living Room – Semi-Success

  • It is not done but I’ve made huge strides in the room. I knew this would be a huge undertaking for around the holidays so that fact that the entire living room remodel should be done in the next week is pretty awesome. A huge thanks to my best friend for coming over one night and helping me knock a lot of it out!

Family

Family Dinners – Success

  • Sometimes getting through the family dinner was rough but we are getting into the swing of things. They are much better now than they were at the beginning of the month.

Weekly Family Night – Success

  • We did make weekly family nights a priority. Some were very successful and fun while others, not so much. Either way we made memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world!

Self-Improvement

Complete Monthly Fitness Challenge – Fail

  • I have realized that I really need to restructure my days and get more rigid with my routine. Tasks are not done at the same time each day (except dinner and working after the kiddos go to bed). I wasn’t remotely consistent with my schedule and fitness became hit or miss.

Increase Gratitude – Success

  • I didn’t remember to write the 3 things every day. I set an alarm on my phone to remind me each day around the middle of the month. Before having the alarm idea, though, I would write additional entries for the days I missed. Since the entire exercise was about becoming more mindful about being thankful, I’m considering it a success. I feel that I have accomplished that.

Read 20 Minutes a Day – Success

  • Some days I actually surpassed this. I got caught up reading and go well past 20 minutes. This is definitely one of those goals that once your sit down and start, it is easy to complete (for those who enjoy reading).

 

Whether you’re feeling discouraged about November's goals or you are excited to rock another month, it is time to create your December goals. Plus find out how I did last month!

December Goals

Business Goals

  • Affiliate Marketing – I want to really spend December testing what works and what doesn’t. This will help me plan the coming months.
  • Create 2017 Business Plan
  • Take the Week of Christmas Off – I think the most important aspects of building a successful business is to be able to take time off and the business continues to run. This will be like the ultimate test to see if DIY Adulation is ready to go to the next level.

Finance Goals

  • Save Another $200 – I like this number because it small enough to seem possible but large enough to require some sacrifice (such as not eating out or skipping extra trips in the van).
  • Continue Meal-Planning – This made dinners such a breeze that I definitely want to keep going.
  • Re-Read The Total Money Makeover – I love this book. I cannot say enough good things about it. However, when you haven’t referenced it in a while you can lose intensity. By re-reading the book I hope to re-ignite that fire. (This works directly towards my long-term goal of paying off my student loans.)

Organizational Goals

  • Continue to Get Rid of 1 Item A Day
  • Finish Living Room – I am tantalizingly close and I want to finish it by the end of next week so I can get Christmas decorations up.
  • Start Moving Office – Being a DIY blogger takes up a lot of space. Right now my office is in a tiny room in the corner of my house and it is overflowing, not-to-mention staging photos is a nightmare. The office is moving to the basement to provide me with the space I need to get everything done.

Self-Improvement Goals

  • Develop a Specific Routine – I am going to create a specific daily routine that will allow me to spend time doing all of the things I want and need to do each day.
  • Do One Activity that Brings Me Joy Each Week – The stress of the holidays and growing my business are really getting to me. Part of this is because I am pushing myself so hard that I’m no longer taking the time to do the things I love. Instead of reading a book or going to karaoke, I am filling that time with work. While I am seeing results, it is also killing me. I need to be more diligent with my “me-time”.

Family Goals

  • Weekly Family Nights – Even mixed results are worth it. We are enjoying the time together and I want to continue making these a priority.
  • Create and Enforce Chore Charts – This will be for everyone. Somewhere along the line my kiddos started developing lazy and self-entitled attitudes. I’m not having that so the whole family is getting chore charts.

 

Whether you’re feeling discouraged about November's goals or you are excited to rock another month, it is time to create your December goals. Plus find out how I did last month!

Wow, you guys, that is a lot. Even the goals I failed at taught me something to make my life (and future) better. Conquering your goals is moving towards creating your future. Even if you only manage to accomplish half of your monthly goals you are moving towards living a life you love. What are your goals for December? How did you do on your November goals? Don’t forget that there is an evaluation page in the Monthly Goal Setting Planner that helps you figure out what worked, what didn’t, and why.

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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.
Giving selflessly of your time and resources can improve your mood ten-fold! To get you started, here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

10 Acts of Kindness to Beat Winter Blues

As the days start getting shorter the winter blues can start to set in. There are many ways to combat this including getting active and soaking up the sunlight when you can. There is another way to get over these seasonal moods that too often gets overlooked. One of the best ways to elevate your mood is to perform acts of kindness. When you give selflessly of your time and resources you can improve your mood ten-fold! To help you get started here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

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As the days start getting shorter the winter blues can start to set in. There are many ways to combat this including getting active and soaking up the sunlight when you can. There is another way to get over these seasonal moods that too often gets overlooked. One of the best ways to elevate your mood is to perform acts of kindness. When you give selflessly of your time and resources you can improve your mood ten-fold! To help you get started here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

1. Put money in an expiring parking meter.

This is such an easy act of kindness that anyone can do. When your doctor’s visit is running longer than expected, the last thing you want to do is be worrying about your meter. Make someone’s day by taking care of it for them.

2. Donate your gently used books to a local school.

Have you been in a school library lately? My children’s school is excellent and still, the library is so depressing to me. When I think of a library, I want to see walls and walls of books. This just isn’t the case anymore. What’s worse is that there are schools that don’t half even half of the books my children’s school has. Why not donate your gently used books to schools that need them?

3. Give holiday gifts to your neighbors.

The holidays are a fabulous time to do something nice for your neighbors. Make up some delicious treat bags and hang on their doors. If you’re looking for something more useful why not give everyone an ice scraper? The smallest gesture goes a long way.

4. Make a freezer meal for a friend.

You know how crazy dinner time can be in your home. Take some stress off a friend’s plate and take their family an easy freezer meal that they can pop in the oven. Need some ideas? Check out these freezer-friendly chicken nuggets or freezer chicken pot pie minis!

5. Donate craft supplies to a local library.

Have you ever taken your child to a free event at the library? All of those events are run on donations. Say thank you by donating some craft supplies to help out with these fun events.

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6. Send a thoughtful card or letter.

This one is so easy and all it costs you is a stamp. Everyone is delighted to receive surprise mail that’s not a bill. Make someone’s day with a heartfelt sentiment to show you care and you were thinking about them.

7. Rake a neighbor’s leaves or shovel their driveway.

Shoveling the driveway is one of my least favorite winter chores. A couple of years ago some sweet neighbors stopped by to shovel and salt my driveway for me and I still smile when I think about it. Do the same for someone in your neighborhood as a sweet act of kindness.

8. Offer to babysit so parents can have a date night.

Ah, the baby phase… they are adorable and utterly life changing (in a good way). Babies also can wreak havoc on a marriage. Let the parents you know get a much-needed break and offer to babysit the kiddos for a night.

9. Pay for the car behind you in the drive-thru.

Do you know what makes your Caramel Macchiato even sweeter? Not having to pay for it. This is such an easy and effortless way to brighten someone’s day. The caveat is that you don’t have any control of the cost. If you are on a limited budget, ask to put $10 towards their order instead. That is still a wonderful surprise.

10. Donate toys to the Salvation Army.

This is another one close to my heart. There was a year when my mom had absolutely no money for presents (even things we needed like socks and coats) when we were very little. Imagine having to tell your 4 year old that impossible scenario of that there is no Santa or that Santa forgot them. Neither is palatable. In a true Christmas miracle it turned out that our church had adopted our family that year and arrived not only with presents on Christmas Eve but food as well. When you give to the Salvation Army that is the kind of gift you are giving a family.

Giving selflessly of your time and resources can improve your mood ten-fold! To get you started, here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

These are all easy ideas that are low-cost or no cost. The best thing about them is that most of these can absolutely be a family affair. It’s always important to teach your kids early the joy of giving to others. These 10 acts of kindness are also a wonderful exercise in gratefulness. When you and your family see how much you truly have to give you will begin to appreciate all that you have. Usher in the colder months with warmth in your heart this year. Check out this DIY autumn thankful wreath for more wonderful ways to exercise a heart of thankfulness with your family.

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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.
This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Monthly Goal Setting Planner

Last week you learned how to start creating your future with monthly goals. Hopefully you took some time to get started with your lists or, even better, finished them. This week I wanted to give you a free tool to make creating your future even easier. The Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, make a daily to-do list to achieve them, and evaluate what worked (or didn’t) each month. This planner is basic, straightforward, and pretty making it the perfect tool for you. Simply print out your worksheets each month and fill them out. All that’s left is to rock your goals!

This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

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This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Setting Your Monthly Goals

This is the first sheet you need to start your month out right. You can see the details for effectively choosing goals each month with Creating Your Future. Use this worksheet each month to document your goals and reference it often. Ask yourself “How does this help me achieve my long-term goals?” when deciding on activities to do and even books to read. This determination now is the key to living the future of your dreams.

 

This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Creating a Daily To-Do List

You’ve read my tips to Dominate Your To-Do List but now it’s time to take it a step further. Use the second worksheet in the Monthly Goal Setting Planner to create daily actions that work towards your goals. Choose one action per goal each day with the exception of goals that only require weekly or monthly actions. An example of this would be my goal of weekly family nights. This only needs to be slotted once a week.

Note:

  • Choose these from your broader goal categories and not the specific sub-goals. You will notice that there are only 5 numbered points for each day. This is the maximum that I recommend adding to your existing daily to-do list.
  • These to-do lists will not be the same for each day. Be sure that you are working towards each of your sub-goals weekly.

 

This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Evaluation

The last step is an end of the month evaluation is the final step to take for ultimate success. The 3rd worksheet in the Monthly Goal Setting Planner will walk you through figuring out what was or wasn’t successful and why. Reference your monthly evaluation sheet when planning your goals for the next month. Make tweaks and changes based on your evaluation to accomplish your monthly goals with growing success.

This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Now that you know how to use it are you ready to download your copy of the Monthly Goal Setting Planner? I feel so strongly about helping your create your future that I am offering it for free to everyone! No sign-ups, emails, or money needed, just click the link and download your copy today. Stop reacting to your life and start creating it! Don’t forget that I’m taking this journey with you and you are not alone. Check back at the beginning of each month for an unfiltered look at m CYE Monthly Goals successes and failures.

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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.
The key to creating your future is easy. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

Creating Your Future: November 2016 Goals

One of my biggest pet peeves is people who go through their existence acting as though life just happens to them. Your life is something you create. Your actions have consequences as does your inaction. That is why I’m taking the initiative to create my future and I want to help you with creating your future too. The key to creating your future is as easy as monthly goal planning. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

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The key to creating your future is easy. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

Divide Into Categories

When listing out your goals divide them into categories. Don’t just create a long list and hope you get through it. Organizing your goals makes them easy to stick to and easy to reference throughout the month. You also want to limit the categories you choose. If you choose too many then you will be too unfocused to accomplish any of them. Here are some category ideas to help you out, but remember not to try to do all of these in one month:

  • Family
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Fitness
  • Professional
  • Travel
  • Self-Improvement
  • Educational
  • Homemaking
  • Religious
  • Creative
  • Journaling
  • Holiday
  • Savings
  • Weight Loss
  • Organizational
  • Home Improvement
  • Cleaning
  • Long-Term* (See section below about long-term goals)

 

The key to creating your future is easy. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

Long-Term Goals

This is the one exception to choosing extra goal categories. Everyone should choose 3 long-term goals. This step should also be done first. Identifying your long-term goals first allows you to ensure that supporting goal categories work towards achieving your ultimate goals. For example, if you want the freedom to travel when and where you want in 3-5 years then your professional, business, and/or finance goals are needed to achieve this.

 

The key to creating your future is easy. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

How to Choose Your Goals

Step 1

As I said above, choose your long-term goals first. Here are my current long-term goals:

  1. Pay off student loans.
  2. Earn 10k a month from my site and side hustles.
  3. Spend summers travelling with my family.

Step 2

Next, number a post-it note (or scrap piece of paper) 1 through 3.

Step 3

Use the list at the beginning of this post as a reference and write down the categories that you feel correspond with each long-term goal. Overlap is perfectly fine as you can see in my example:

  1. Finances, Business
  2. Business, Organizational
  3. Finances, Business, Family

Step 4

Choose 4-5 categories to set monthly goals for. Be sure to include the ones you listed in step 3 then fill in the empty spots left. Here are my categories:

  1. Business
  2. Finances
  3. Organizational
  4. Family
  5. Self-Improvement

Step 5

Create specific monthly goals under each category. Again, be sure not to overload yourself with more items than you can reasonably accomplish in one month. You can see my November goals below.

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My November Goals

Business Goals

  • Create an Instagram PlanI want to get on top of my IG game by planning out my posts a month in advance. I want to create a spreadsheet that includes the captions that go along with each photo that I can copy and paste. I believe this will ensure that I am posting every day.
  • Add Daily New Listing to EtsyI just launched a shop with my mom on November 1st and I want to see it grow steadily.
  • Plan New Revenue StreamYou can’t get to earning $10k a month without trying out new things. Overall, I plan to spend the next year trying out a different technique for earning income each month. I want to see what works for me and what doesn’t. This month is the Etsy shop but I need an idea for December.
  • Get Ahead on PostsThe autumn season is hitting my schedule hard and I have fallen behind (which I hate!). I want to get back in front of my blogging schedule.

Finance Goals

  • Save $200 (or more) in an Emergency Fund
  • Meal PlanThis month I want to get back to meal planning. It saves money and, frankly, saves my sanity. I don’t have to think about dinner, I just make it. It’s even better when I can have meal prep sessions to create crockpot and freezer meals.
  • Extra CashI want to try one thing to make some extra cash fast. Some ideas I’ve brainstormed are selling something, try my hand at investing, or perform an odd job. While we are blessed enough to not truly need the money, I want to start socking extra payments towards my student loans.

Organizational Goals

  • Get rid of one item each day.
  • Empty Living RoomWe finally have all of the materials for the living room remodel. That means it’s time to empty it out so I can get to work. Because of how large of a goal this is, I’m not adding anything else to organizational goals this month.

Family

  • Family DinnersFor the first time in years everyone’s schedule allows for family dinners together. I want this to become the new norm for our family again.
  • Weekly Family NightThe demands of my work keep me busy constantly. I want to be more intentional about taking undistracted family time each week. Having a weekly family night is a great incentive to make sure that this happens.

Self-Improvement

  • Complete Monthly Fitness ChallengeI’m going to go with this push-up/plank challenge if you’d like to complete it with me.
  • Increase GratitudeI plan to accomplish this by journaling about 3 things I am grateful for each day. They can be little or big, the point is to focus on the good things in my life.
  • Read 20 Minutes a DayThis is not my leisure reading (which I love!). These will be educational reads pertaining to business or personal finance. I want these to help motivate me to rock my monthly goals while also expanding my knowledge on the topics.

There you have it. These are my goals for the month of November. I look forward to sharing this adventure with you. Are you ready to start creating your future along with me? Don’t wait to see what happens, be the catalyst behind it.

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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.