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March Goal Check In and 5 More!

Hello everyone,

I hope you are having a wonderful week. I am writing this from the cafe at my Toyota dealer where my little Prius is getting her first oil change!

I thought it was time to take a look at how I did this past month and look forward to the next month of April.

red-rounded-with-b-hiMake reading a book a month a regular thing. 

I was working through Gilead by Marilyn Robinson. Honestly, the best book I have read in a long time and it is not just because I preceded with with Midnight’s Children..

I gave myself a B because I finished it in April. We WILL be talking more about it later. Absolutely a fabulous book.

Survive a month long detox.

I gave myself a C because I ended up casting it aside. The first 10 days, which were the most vital of all, I did impeccably. No sugar (not even in fruit), no wheat, no dairy, no soy, no almost everything. Nailed it.

But then when we started reaching past the 10th day, I realized a detox of this length was not achievable with my pace of life. There is no way that I could commit the amount of time and planning ahead to make sure I got everything in and the bad things out. Needless to say, I have cut my sugar and peanut butter intake over 50% so that is something.

But I will not be detoxing anytime in the mere future.

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Devote some extra time to community service.

I feel as if I haven’t committed that much time to the Rainbarrel fundraiser. The person who was doing it with me dropped out so I am left to do it alone. So obviously the best response to overwhelming situations is to just not focus on it.

I joke.

If you want a rainbarrel, check out the website! Feel free to join our facebook page as well!

The distribution date is the day after I have surgery so I feel as if there will be a good story hiding in there somewhere.

Nothing like volunteering with good intentions and showing up solo with a bruised face. Welcome to my life.

Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. 

 

 

 

Organize my gym bag. 

The only thing on my list that wasn’t a complete and epic fail in March.
I am the proud owner of a brand spankin’ (smaller) gym bag. The hope is that I will not fill it to the brim with nonsensical items. My mother gifted me a cute Fossil carrying case for my watches, hair elastics, etc. I have a make up bag. I organized all of my class notes into a filing folder. I am winning at gym bag organization.

On to April…

1. Take some continuing education in Fitness Instruction classes. 

I am hoping to get my Aquatics certification as well as more training in Body Sculpt, Step, Bootcamps, and Kickboxing. I am really tired of checking out YouTube an hour before I am called in as an emergency sub.

2. Read another book in April. 

I am still undecided on which one. I will let you know when I chose. If you have any suggestions, throw them my way.

That being said, on my summer brain candy list is this one:

3. Learn how to use Photoshop to it’s full potential. 

My new employer is giving me the program so I want to learn how to use it to make the blog bigger, better and flashier than ever!

4. Get my taxes done. 

Let’s not elaborate on how late I am this year…

5. Begin a regular massage and athletic therapy program for my race season.

Now that I have found my girl, it is time to do work.

How about you? What are your goals for April?

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March Goals

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine consisted of a bit of work, a bit of reading and a lot of good food.

The fur child and I

The fur child and I

Light lunch and heavy reading. [or is it the other way around?]

Light lunch and heavy reading. [or is it the other way around?]

                       (Sorry. Dad joke)

I just had an exciting career move and I went in for heels and came out with these...go figure.

I just had an exciting career move and I went in for heels and came out with these…go figure.

It is the beginning of March which means I am taking a look at what I tried to do in February and make some goals for March.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

In the beginning of February, I said I wanted to:

1. Finish Midnights Children. 

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4 gruelling months, people. I get an A + on this one.  I actually had friends sending me reminder emails. I couldn’t even ask them for coffee unless I had read my daily quota of the book.

But I guess that is why we are friends.

It was a struggle to get through, not because it isn’t well written and full of amazing literary tricks and techniques, but because I took too long to read it. I was lost, confused and a tad frusterated. Which aligned me perfectly with the main character of the book. More later.

2. Carve out time for myself.

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Let’s just say it is a work in progress. However, it wasn’t an utter fail as my parents have been in Florida for the latter bit of February and I have been home to look after my youngest sister which allowed me a little more down time then usual. (Hence, the triumphant finished of Midnight’s Children.)
I also have made some pretty huge decisions that will help in making life a little bit less cluttered and a little more awesome.

3. Take a course in career development.

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I guess this one hardly counts because I made it a goal to do something I was planning on doing anyway. But it has been a very rewarding course. It is taught by Christian Aagaard, who was a reporter and editor of a medium newspaper for his entire career. We are learning the ins and outs of journalism from a pro as well as learning how to create film narratives. February focused on story: how to tell it well and how to make sure your audience stays with you. March will focus on translating that to media, especially video.

4. Start juicing regularly.

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This one flopped. It wasn’t because I didn’t try. But I wanted to do about 3-5 times a week, and my most regular juice week was three times. Juicing is fabulous and makes me feel wonderful, but it can be messy and takes a lot of time. Will I keep on it? Absolutely. I will cover my juice adventures in another post. (I can see some of you praying that I get a hobby. Unfortunately – you are looking at it!) My favourite ingredients so far have been carrots, lemons and apples. Also, the juice tasted much better than I was expecting. I find it is a fabulous way to take down my morning fish oils and apple cider vinegar.

5. Cut out all fried foods.

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This went really well. I even ordered steamed broccoli at The Works one night. Until I went out for sushi with my coworkers and forgot that tempera is deep fried. So really, I should get an F. But I didn’t want to upload another photo…

So. With a slightly under average score for February, we foray into March with a fresh batch of dreams, goals and ambitions. Here is what I am thinking for March.

1. Make this reading thing a regular deal.

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This month’s book is the Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. I have been told by many close friends that this is a must-read. And it is 300 pages shorter than Midnight’s Children so I think we have a winner.

2. Survive a month long detox.

You heard me right. It sounds crazier than it is. The other day, my health coach saw me reach into the corner and pull out my lunch which had been sitting out all morning and tuck into a cold plastic container of leftovers. She pursed her lips, left the room, and returned with a couple sheets of paper and said “Do this.” So I am. I want to be in tip-top shape for racing season, which for me, starts in April! I will be filling in details throughout the month, but for now, some of the things that are not appearing in my diet for the next 30 days are:

  • sweets
  • fried foods. (no tempura for me!)
  • wheat
  • dairy
  • yeast
  • etc.

Yay.

3. Devote some extra time to community service.

This month, I am partnering with REEP and Greening Sacred Spaces to head up the first KW region-wide rain barrel fundraiser. It will be a lot of work with promoting and distributing, but I spend a lot of time on ME with work and commuting and family and friends and not a lot of volunteering any more. I am excited to roll up my sleeves and make it happen!

4. Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

This is one area where I have really slipped in the new year. People who are close me know that if I am sleep deprived or hungry, I only feel one emotion – anger. Which is not a great emotion to have at the best of times, much less when you are at work trying to sell advertising.

5. Organize my gym bag.

Sounds like a quick, insignificant task, but when your gym bag has swallowed your loufa, favourite perfume and probably (you can only hope) the beautiful gloves your boyfriend gave you for your anniversary last month, it is time to take action.

What are your March goals?