The fur child and I

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?

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February Goals

Hello everyone!

I  hope you had a refreshing weekend and are ready to tackle another week.

I had a great weekend, including attending the Guelph Organic Conference for work and having a superbowl party yesterday. I don’t normally follow football, but it was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. My absolute favourite ad of the day was this one:

Now that we are in February, it means a few things. One being that my days of winter driving are limited. I am still scarred from my accident and am getting weary of Jesse complaining that I drive like a grandma [I do]. Secondly, it means that I am looking forward to what I am going to accomplish this month.

At the beginning of the year, I shared that I made a vision board. 

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I have a number of things I want to accomplish and thought I would use my online community of friends to help me reach those goals. A huge inspiration for me is Angela at eatspinrunrepeat, who has been doing this for a long time.

A bit of an update on how they are going:

I have been trying to use my camera more and have been dragging it from place to place and actually have taken more pictures. I am slowly learning the settings and am excited to keep increasing the quality of photos online.

I signed up for the Scotiabank Marathon in October!

I got my Spin Instructor Certification in January at the University of Guelph.

Goals for February: 

1. Finish Midnights Children. 

If you have been following my blog, this book has been the bane of my existence. I started it in November and it has dragged on long enough. I do like the book, but have not carved out enough time to read the 650 pages of deep and beautiful prose.

Which leads me to my second goal. . .

2. Carve out time for myself.

As it currently stands, I only have person time for grooming, eating [sometimes] and driving from workplace to home to workplace to socialization. To be honest with you, I have had some loving people approach me with a bit of concern so I am focusing on giving myself a bit more time to do the things I enjoy like eating a meal in more than 5 minutes, reading a book or seeing my family and boy friend.

3. Take a course for career development. 

This month, I am starting a course on advertising, photoshop and video editing for work which will also help to make my blog bigger and better than ever as well! I am excited to learn more for work although I am not excited about the extra 6 hours of homework per week. [See number 2].

4. Start juicing regularly. 

Source: www.ginnybakes.com

I am talking 3 -5 times a week. I ordered a brand spankin’ new juicer through Home Hardware and plan to crack open my Jesse’s juice recipe book and get to work.

5. Cut out all fried foods. This is an easy one for me, but I love my french fries on occasion. I am going to try to go without for Feburary. I also have a much harder one coming up about half way through February.

I will be checking back in March with new goals and testing to see how well I did on these.

What are YOUR goals for February?