goals

I've been inspecting our new front yard trees – two desert museum palo verdes – for signs they are healthy after being transplanted in January. This past week I saw tiny new purple-red leaves, which will turn bright spring green, emerging from the tips of branches. I felt giddy. I'm eagerly awaiting the bloom of yellow flowers, set against green bark and a blue sky, that proclaims spring in the desert. But for now, a first hint of spring. This month marks one year since I gave my notice at work ahead of quitting my full time job. Wow! I... Read more →


January was a good start to my year. I hope you are having a good one too! If it hasn't felt like the energetic and fresh start you wanted I am also an advocate of February being the new January. Some years you need some time after the holidays to collect your thoughts and feel ready to dive into a new year. I am loving my daily health habit challenge. In January I did 10 pushups every day. This month I'm not eating food with added sugar (with one exception: dessert on Valentine's Day when Chris made dinner reservations for... Read more →


When it came to health goals for 2019 I couldn't get excited about committing to any one health habit. And so I picked 12! Here's how it will work: for each month of 2019 I will challenge myself to do a healthy habit every day, and each month will have a different habit challenge. The habits aren't cumulative so when the month is done I can stop doing pushups, stop tracking my food, whatever. I'll only focus only on the current month's challenge. In coming up with the 12 different ideas I wanted to pick challenges that were do-able enough... Read more →


There's always a flurry of goal posts here in late December and early January: reflecting, planning big, and planning for the month ahead. Big goals for the year are always exciting. Goals for the month are where I put those big dreams into action. A tangible representation of putting goals into action is my January health challenge of 10 push ups per day which I've done so far. Another good habit I am practicing: scheduling out most hours of my childcare days so that I prioritize creating (writing, podcasting) and keep my expectations realistic. January through March or April is... Read more →


Happy 2019! Among my book club we joke about how excited I am on the morning of our annual retreats waiting to leave: up since 5 a.m., grin plastered on my face, cup of coffee in hand. That's pretty much how I feel about heading into the new year with my list of goals to go with it. Goals and fresh starts are my jam. Read more →


Every year I love the holiday season: the lights, the music, the time with family, and slowing down. I savored all of that this year but I might be enjoying the post-Christmas, pre-New Year's week even more. Chris and I have been in major decluttering and organizing mode this week, which always seems to find us after Christmas with the influx of new stuff. This year our efforts have matched up nicely with the stretches of independent play from the boys, courtesy of new Christmas toys. (Although there's been plenty of fighting, too!) We spent yesterday morning taking down all... Read more →


With the end of the year in sight, I've noticed a reflective feeling edging into my thoughts. I'm looking back, thinking about everything that 2018 held, and looking forward to what 2019 will be. Since I started making annual goals in January of 2011 (my first blog post ever!) the clean slate of a new year has become significant to me. Twenty-eighteen was a big year for me and for our family (although I think I say that every year!). The year included: quitting my job, my little sister getting married, and the boys starting at a new school including... Read more →