1. Track my time.
Have you heard of this concept? Laura Vanderkam, a writer and one of my favorite podcasts hosts, introduced me to this. Basically, you capture what you do in 30 minute intervals for the entire day over a decent period of time.
A week or two is sufficient for me to get a good grasp of where my time is going. I think I have an idea, but I am a facts and numbers girl at heart, so I want the real data in front of me.
Watching the girls grow up so fast reminds me that time is a valuable resource and I don't want to be wasting it.
2. Read Matthew.
Bible study is a constant struggle for me, but I know it is mostly a habit I just need to start. Matthew has 28 chapters, so the plan is a chapter a day. A great "better than nothing" goal.
3. Make our bed every morning and wipe down my bathroom counter every night.
Outer order, inner calm. Starting and ending my day with peaceful surroundings helps me tremendously, but I rarely make it a priority.
Other things to do/look forward to in November:
- A field trip with some church friends
- A local musical with the girls
- Getting laser treatment on both of my legs for my varicose veins. I was hoping that those suckers would go away after the last pregnancy, but they have been very persistent. We met our maximum out of pocket cost for the year (thanks to confetti), so I am just going to get it over with. I am praying for a quick and easy recovery.
- Hair cut/trim - I am so horrible about doing this that I have started adding it to my to-do list every three months.
- Small group Thanksgiving
- Ina's birthday dinner (her birthday is technically in December, but we will be starting the celebrations early).
And, if you care, my October goal report card.
(Speaking of report cards, we just received Ina's first one and it isn't letters, it is numbers and colors. Although I watched the training video twice, I still am not 100% sure I get it. Ha!)
1. Making moving as a family a priority. B+
Because I knew I had this goal there were a few nights I forced us out of the house to play outside. Ina learned to ride her bike, which was super exciting.
However, we didn't go on one after dinner family walk, or hike, or scavenger hunt, mostly due to the lack of opportunity. Looking back, I can't think of many moments when we were all sitting around and would have otherwise had the chance to move, unless you count football games.
2. Read more books. B-
I really wanted to read 4 books this month. Instead, I read 2.5 (Crazy Rich Asians, Off the Clock, and half of Iron Gold), which I suppose is going to be good enough.
I checked out a few Halloween related books at the library, which the girls loved, and we are continuing to follow Jack and Annie in their tree house adventures (currently on book #10).
I also found a few books Mira would sit still for, and if I made enough hand gestures, sound effects, and read fast, she sat still and listened (and adorably gave the faces on the pages big open mouthed kisses).
3. Lose five pounds. A
Health wise I am feeling pretty darn good. I went to the gym every weekday morning this entire month and walked/ran a few miles all but one weekend day.
I tracked my food for a few days, but then tried to focus on eating a lot of protein and produce and not much processed food. Naturally, there were a few nights of pizza and/or cake involved, but also lots of kale salads and turkey meatballs. I also truly think that switching a traditional breakfast for bulletproof collagen coffee has made a big difference for me.
I hope you have a fantastic November! <3