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Whole 30 Redux: A More Sustainable Solution

19 October, 2015

After 30 days of eating clean, I decided I wanted to try going back to eating some of the things that I cut out some of the time. My intention was to eat 2 of 3 meals a day on Whole30, but only doing Whole30 a little bit didn’t seem to work for me. I very quickly went back to the way I was eating before Whole30. What this taught me is that I do well with order and I need rules to keep myself in check.

Soon after I stopped doing Whole30, a coworker of mine went on it and we started comparing notes. When I thought about my experience eating clean for 30 days, there were a lot of benefits. The first was that my energy was much more even. I wouldn’t describe my experience as having more energy, but there were less peaks and valleys throughout the day. I also felt healthier overall and even lost 5 pounds by the end of the month.

I also didn’t really miss a lot of the foods that I had cut out. I made some pretty kickin’ recipes (see below) and, although I felt like I was eating more, I was eating much healthier. The biggest problem I had was that I constantly felt hungry. I also recognize that it takes a lot of planning to make meals on Whole30. There aren’t really shortcuts to Whole30 cooking, which is one of the reasons it’s so great for you – no processed foods.

So, after about a month not doing Whole30, I’ve decided to go back to it. I’m planning on a 90% approach – I’m going to make my own Whole30 meals and eat out Whole30 as much as possible, but if I get invited to an event, such as a happy hour or house party, I’m not going to necessarily stick to the Whole30 under any circumstances. I might have a glass of wine, some cheese, or even some bread or pasta. However, I’m not planning on keeping those things in my house or eating them on a regular basis.

If you’re thinking about going on the Whole30, I highly encourage it. It’s made me realize which foods my body needs and wants and which foods aren’t so great for my body.

If you’re looking for some recommendations, here are some recipes I found to be particularly good: Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash, Sweet Potato Taco Bowls, Bacon and Date Appetizers, Asian Meatballs, Whole30 Sloppy Joes, and my favorite: Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash (I used maple chicken sausage and carrots instead of mushrooms for a bit sweeter take).

So, all that being said, I’m off to start eating healthier in a, hopefully, much more sustainable way.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

11 August, 2015

Lately, I’ve been so unhappy with the way my room looks: scattered about the room are clothes, towels, and toiletries, not to mention half-read books. I’ve been so frustrated with this, but I finally figured out what the problem was: I didn’t have room for all my clothes in the closet or in drawers. I kept saying I was going to clean out and clean up, that I was going to find a way to put clothes away so that I wasn’t tossing them over a chair or across the bed when I wasn’t using them. So, I decided to make an event out of tidying up. Why did I decide that this deserved to be a special event? Well, I got inspired.

 

Inspiration for Tidying Up

I read a lot of blogs from beauty and lifestyle bloggers, who always have immaculately clean spaces on their Instagram feeds and blog posts. I would also like to have a lovely, tidy home; a place I’m proud to have guests; a space that both comforts and calms me; an atmosphere that sparks creativity.

So, it was perfect timing that I recently stumbled upon Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. After watching Kondo’s talk at Google, I was already convinced that I needed to follow the KonMari Method of tidying up. I was contemplating buying the book online or even getting a digital copy of the book (less clutter, right?), when I was early for an appointment and stepped into a shop that just happened to have the book on its shelves. Clearly, I was meant to start on this process right away. I read the book in two days and was inspired to immediately start in on this life-changing event (Kondo suggests that you should make tidying a special event and that you should not tidy a bit every day, but do your tidying all in one go… but I’ll get to that shortly).

 

Highlights of the KonMari Method

Sort by category, not by location: Kondo starts by explaining that your tidying will be most effective if you gather together all of one category together in one place instead of working through one room at a time. For instance, you should take out all of your clothes from all over the house and put them in one pile in one room, including off-season clothes, outerwear, and any other items that might not be in the main storage place. This allows you to see how much clothing you actually have and will help you to make clearer decisions on what to keep and what to let go of.

Make tidying a special event, not a daily chore: When you start with a clean slate, it’s much easier to maintain the tidiness, but it is much harder to tidy up if you’re constantly doing a little each day. If you try to do a little bit each day, you will nearly always put it off for another time and if there is something out of place, it encourages other things to pile up. (Another part of the KonMari Method is that everything you own has to have a place. If you can’t find a good place for it, you need to let it go.)

Finish discarding first: Before you start to find places for things, you must finish discarding everything. This may sound counter-intuitive if you have been reading about various storage methods or looking for inspiration at Ikea or the Container Store, but Kondo says that you will naturally select the right amount of things to keep for yourself and your space. If the first pass doesn’t feel completely right, another pass will help you to find the sweet spot of just the amount of things you need in your life.

Ask yourself if this item “sparks joy”: The criterion for choosing what to keep (a positive criterion as opposed to the usual negative criterion of “can I get rid of this item?”) is to ask yourself if the item “sparks joy”. After all, if it doesn’t ultimately make you happy, what is its purpose? Let it go and allow it to fulfill its purpose somewhere else. As you go through all of your things, hold each item up and ask yourself if it sparks joy. If it does not make you happy, thank the item for serving you in its own way and give your blessings on its future journey.

Reduce until you reach a point where something clicks: Kondo says that you will come to a point where you suddenly know exactly how much is right for you. I haven’t hit that point yet, but she assures the reader that if you have not yet felt that click, you can still reduce your belongings. Eventually you will choose the exact right amount. Focus on choosing things that inspire joy and on enjoying life by your own standards and it will come.

Designate a place for each thing: You must find a place for every thing you own. Although this seems like a daunting task, it’s far easier than deciding what to keep and what to discard, Kondo says. The benefits of having a place for every thing is that you will no longer buy more than you need, things will not accumulate, your stock on hand will decrease, and you will live a simpler life, free of clutter. However, she warns, that if you ignore this principle, your space will become cluttered and disorganized again. “Clutter is caused by the failure to return things to where they belong,” writes Kondo.

Discard first, store later: This way you will be left only with the amount that fits in the space you own. If you start putting things away before you are done discarding, you cannot properly see the volume of items you have to choose from.

 

Results

At present, I have only completed a tidying of my clothing and handbags, I already feel lighter. I started with a huge mountain of items in the middle of my bed that had previously been spread out around the house and had also been lying on the floor(!!), so I put on some music and set to it. A few hours later, I had reduced my clothing by at least two thirds and had put together seven trash bags full of handbags and clothing to donate to Goodwill. I knew if I waited, I would regret it, so I immediately packed those things away in my car and drove to the Goodwill to drop off the bags. I was surprised that when I held a few of the items up and asked myself if they sparked joy, I didn’t really feel either way about them. Ultimately anything I was unsure about, I decided to toss into the donation bags. It’s been only a few days, but I can already say that I don’t miss the things I tossed in. In fact, I already know that I have not yet reduced enough. I think my plan will be to do a clothing-tidying event at least every six months, but I also plan to do another once I’ve gone through all the other things in my home, including (next up) makeup and toiletries, shoes, and kitchen items.

Counter to my normal character, I am actually very much looking forward to the rest of this tidying project. I normally hate cleaning, but I think there is some magic in setting oneself free from the shackles of “stuff.” And, when I really think about this project, it really benefits my pursuit of all of my Core Desired Feelings this year, which are: Bold, Joy, Creativity, Radiance, and Grace. I can see easily how the act of tidying up and the state of being tidy in my own home will benefit each one of these feelings. I fully expect to feel closer to each of these feelings as I complete the process.

With regards to being Bold, having a good selection of clothing and accessories and easy-to-find makeup and jewelry will allow me to dress for success and if I’m spending less money on buying things I don’t need, I’ll be able to put away more money for travel, both of which were goals of mine this year.

I will certainly feel more Joy if I am surrounded by only things that cause me to feel joy specifically. It will be even easier to feel that joy when each thing has its place and I am able to find and return the things to their own places quickly and easily.

Having a clean and tidy space will certainly spark Creativity, as well. Having a visually quiet space and knowing where all my art supplies are will also help maintain a sense of creative flow.

That Radiance that I hope to project will be so much easier to share with a tidy house I feel confident in sharing with others. Wearing only clothes and accessories that I feel are part of a style I like and that spark joy within me will reflect the light within me. When I’m not so worried about myself and the things I possess, I can spend more of my energy making others happy, as well. I am really looking forward to that part.

Grace and elegance will be reflected through the tidiness of my home and the style of my dress, as well as my actions. Keeping up with all of these will be so much simpler once I’ve finished my tidying up and am able to maintain that state in my home. I hope that others will find my place and my presence a source of calm and comfort.

While I am nowhere near completing the act of tidying my home, I certainly feel better after donating many items I wasn’t using and don’t need. I wished them well on their journey and hope they benefit some very worthy people in their next lives. And I even found that letting go was easier than I thought. I plan to use this method to reduce and tidy up other areas of my life and actually look forward to it.

Have you tried the KonMari Method? What was your experience?

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Themes of 2014: Bold, Joy, Creativity, Radiance, Grace

10 February, 2014

NOTE: I can’t believe it’s February already. Where has the time gone? January felt like a blur of snow, cold air, and work. In any case, here’s what’s up with me…

It has become a new year’s tradition for me to choose a few words each year to focus my energy on. Last year’s were Gratitude, Beauty, and Health. I had much success in following through with the goals I associated with those words and, though I did not feel that I got as much from Beauty, Gratitude and Health were ever-present. The words never left my mind, but this year I chose instead of focus words, new Core Desired Feelings* for 2014.

My Core Desired Feelings for 2014 are:

BOLD. Joy. Creativity. Radiance. Grace.

This year, I hope to find a way to embody these feelings as often and as consistently as possible.

 

BOLD

fire flower

  • Goal word: BOLD
  • Path 1 to the goal: Take a trip abroad. Whether or not I have company.
  • Path 2 to the goal: Take risks.
  • Path 3 to the goal: Be willing to say no or yes when there is a good reason, even if it doesn’t please everyone involved. Or negotiate in my favor.
  • Path 4 to the goal: Ask for what I want and need.
  • Distractions or barriers: Falling into old habits. Being uncomfortable. Anxiety.
  • Steps to the path: Take time to really plan a trip: ask friends to meet up, gather information on the best places to visit, save money, and be adventurous – don’t just stick to the beaten path. Meditate. Consider ultimately what is the best solution for everyone involved. Learn to speak more slowly, but with more conviction. Let complete thoughts form before giving an answer. Be diplomatic, but not compromising.
  • The finish line: Confidence. Sense of accomplishment.
  • What’s next: Practice the art of confidence. Continue to ask for what I want and need.

 

 

JOY

jumping for joy

  • Goal word: JOY
  • Path 1 to the goal: Celebrate my awesome lady friends with a Galentine’s Day brunch.
  • Path 2 to the goal: Find something incredible to do on my birthday.
  • Path 3 to the goal: Buy fresh flowers at least once a month.
  • Path 4 to the goal: Plan meals and cook and bake more often.
  • Distractions or barriers: Time management challenges, especially with class two nights a week through May.
  • Steps to the path: Set aside time each weekend to plan out meals for the week and when I am going to cook them. Set reminder to buy fresh flowers each month. Plan ahead for brunch and birthday celebrations.
  • The finish line: Feeling joyful and resplendent.
  • What’s next: Make Galentine’s Day brunch an annual event. Make plans to celebrate holidays with friends and family. Do little things each day to bring joy to others. Listen to joyful music and find more live music events to attend.

 

 

CREATIVITY

holi colors

  • Goal word: CREATIVITY
  • Path 1 to the goal: Complete New Media Design course.
  • Path 2 to the goal: Build and implement my own WordPress theme.
  • Path 3 to the goal: Keep my room clean and organized so that I have a space to be creative.
  • Path 4 to the goal: Start exercising again to clear my head and get blood flowing.
  • Path 5 to goal: Finish Family & Friends Cookbook.
  • Path 6 to goal: Watch a TEDTalk every week.
  • Distractions or barriers: Making time and space to be creative. Lack of energy.
  • Steps to the path: Keep writing dates with friends and actually write. Discuss with friends strategies for being creative. Drink coffee. Block off time to be creative as an appointment on my calendar and hold myself to that appointment just as if it were a date with a friend. Turn off the tv and turn on the music or audiobooks.
  • The finish line: Completion of a new website, Family & Friends Cookbook, and design course. A sense of flow.
  • What’s next: Continue to keep space and time for creativity and for exercise.

 

 

RADIANCE

sitting buddha

  • Goal word: RADIANCE
  • Path 1 to the goal: Look the part.
  • Path 2 to the goal: Exercise.
  • Path 3 to the goal: Smile. Listen to, watch, or read things that make me smile or laugh.
  • Path 4 to the goal: Share.
  • Distractions or barriers: 
  • Steps to the path: Bring baked goods to work to share with coworkers. Walk every morning while listening to audiobooks, especially funny ones.
  • The finish line: Having a positive effect on others. Making others smile. Being genuinely happy and having other people notice.
  • What’s next: Keep up the routine of exercise, posture, smiling, and sharing.

 

 

GRACE

floral tea pot

  • Goal word: GRACE
  • Path 1 to the goal: THINK before speaking or acting. (This one is a big challenge for me, but something I definitely need to work on. I’ve always been a talker. Even when I was a little kid, my grandfather always referred to me as “chatterbox”, so thinking before talking is a big one.) Pausing to think while talking. Consider how I am going to sound to others before talking. Slow and confident is better than fast and excited.
  • Path 2 to the goal: Handle difficult situations with diplomacy, but don’t forget to be fair to all involved – this includes me. Consider others, but don’t put them ahead of my own needs.
  • Path 3 to the goal: Keep things simple.
  • Distractions or barriers: “Autopilot.” Feeling rushed and stressed. Saying yes just to please people.
  • Steps to the path: Breathe. Meditate. Turn off the tv. Slow down.
  • The finish line: Feeling more confident in the way I communicate with others.
  • What’s next: Continue to act from a compassionate and confident core.

 

Photo Credits: bold, photo by K. Kendall ; joy, photo by Hamad Al-Mohanna; creativity, photo by  Jeremy Nicoll; radiance, photo by Francis Chung; grace, photo by Angelina Earley.

*Core Desired Feelings are part of the wonderful Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map**, for using your desired feelings to get what you really want out of life. If you’d like to see my previous posts about the process, you can find them here:

The Desire Map

Soul Limber

On Gratitude and What’s Not Working

Clarifying Core Desired Feelings

**While this is an affiliate link, I truly do believe in this program and what it will do for my life. I am appreciative of the workbook and how it makes me more aware of what it is I truly want and how I can achieve my true core desired feelings. I hope sincerely that you will join me, not because I will make money from your purchase, but because I would love to have allies, friends, and co-conspirators along this journey. Please do leave a comment and let me know if you decide to do this program so we can work through it together.

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2014 Goals

30 January, 2014

Here are some of my goals for 2014:

Watch one TEDTalk every week.

Take at least one trip abroad.

Create a digital version of our Family & Friends Cookbook and give as gifts.

Complete at least one course at my alma mater with the alumni audit program.

Drink more champagne.

Take care of my health.

Take care of my home.

Pamper myself more.

Be BOLD!

What are your goals for 2014?

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

16 January, 2014

Looking back over 2013 isn’t easy. A lot happened, both good and bad. I got healthy (got caught up on all my doctors visits, learned more about healthy eating and exercise with Weight Watchers, and I even tried going gluten-free for a while). My brother and sister-in-law took me out for Ethiopian food and jazz on U St. early last year. I celebrated my new job with some great friends by going to Jaleo and having tapas and sangria. I learned a lot about wine going to my friends’ periodic wine tastings at their speakeasy. I watched one of my oldest friends get married. I went to the 20th Anniversary Tour of Great Big Sea and danced with a very pregnant, but cheerful friend. After about 5 years, I finally got my cherry blossom tattoo colored in. I worked really hard on the Desire Map. I got to see one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, do a reading and answer audience questions – and got him to sign two books! I tried hibachi for the first time ever with some good friends. I got to see my cousin marry his amazing wife, who seems like she has always belonged to our family. I ended a long-term relationship that was no longer making me happy. My friends made me an awesome birthday dinner and dessert, which we enjoyed outdoors with wine and rum. I went to a Star Wars Sing-A-Long. My mom came for a week-long visit during which we cleaned, organized, and decorated my little house. We also threw a party at the end of the week, featuring Italian food and dessert, including tirimisu and limoncello. My mom and I treated ourselves to a relaxation day and got spa treatments and watched The African Queen. I watched the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Special with some friends. I cooked and baked for Thanksgiving and really enjoyed some quiet time with friends. I traveled to New Hampshire to attend my uncle’s wake and funeral. I went to a very reflective and hopeful evening service at my church and then followed it with a lovely, rowdy, fun night at the speakeasy to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. And I spent a week in Florida visiting my parents with my brother and sister-in-law for the holidays.

While not everything was good or easy, overall it was a pretty great year. I am grateful that I got to live out my words of Beauty, Health, and Gratitude. I even accomplished most of my goals associated with each word. In all, I’m pretty okay with 2013. There were lots of great moments. Lots of hard moments. But it got me where I am now, and for that, I am grateful.

Gratitude was at the forefront of my mind. I posted things to Happier nearly every day and most days more than once. I completed The Desire Map (and came up with my themes for 2014). I added to lists of Love A La Carte. I achieved my sense of accomplishment and left 2013 with much gratitude.

Beauty was a tougher one for me.  Although I did appreciate beauty all around me, I found it challenging to find the time to write about it. I took more photos, but not to the extent and quality I would have liked. I did upgrade my phone and thus my camera, which I am very happy with. I started weeding out all the beauty products I have and got rid of a lot of beauty products, clothes, and accessories that no longer served me. I didn’t quite get to the finish line, but I was satisfied with my efforts. In the next year, I am tweaking this concept a bit and instead of focusing on beauty or style, I am working on Grace. Grace to me is a state of being which embodies compassion, beauty, and style at once. It is going to be a challenge, but a good one. Wish me luck!

As for Health, I was extremely happy with the outcome of this one.  I got new glasses, found a dentist I like, and got all my doctors appointments taken care of. I experimented with gluten-free eating and running and finished a full year of Weight Watchers meetings. Although I failed at keeping up with gluten-free eating and running, I learned a lot from Weight Watchers and am implementing it as best I can. I also changed my medication, which seems to be giving me a little less of an appetite (before, I was always hungry and now, not as much). While I didn’t fulfill everything on my list, I think I did pretty well and I hope to do better in the future.

I am determined to make 2014 the year I truly fall in love with myself and the life I am leading. And, after working through the Desire Map for the past six months, I have five words for the next year: BOLD, Joy, Creativity, Radiance, and Grace. Each of these is a feeling I want to embody over the next year and, though the feelings are abstract, I do have some specific goals I would like to achieve that go along with these feelings. But I’ll get into that more in another post.

I am looking forward to opportunities this new year may bring me, those I am aware of and working for, and those yet unforeseen. I am hoping this year to be more in a state of flow, taking what comes naturally, saying YES to things I really want and NO to things I’d rather not do. Working on being open is hard, especially after ending a long-term relationship, but I also know that if I close myself off I will be missing out on so much in life. And life is too short to dwell on the bad things. So, here I am, looking forward. Hopeful.

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The Desire Map

3 July, 2013

I recently started upon a new journey briefly mentioned in my post on themes for 2013 (Gratitude, Beauty, and Health) called The Desire Map (affiliate link)*. The program, authored by the luminous Danielle LaPorte, is all about how we want to feel in life. Much like setting up themes for myself each year instead of writing out a list of aspirations, The Desire Map encourages people to map out their core desired feelings instead of concrete goals. By doing this, the program helps people to access a more holistic life plan, both inclusive and flexible, as opposed to a traditional rigid and limiting set of goals.

Danielle focuses on five areas of life: Livelihood and Lifestyle, Body and Wellness, Creativity and Learning, Relationships and Society, and Essence and Spirituality. Each of these five areas deserves concentration and affection. By mapping out desired feelings in each area, people are able to make clear what it is they really want to get out of an experience – the feeling that comes during and after that event: pride, relaxation, comfort, physical well-being, spiritual connectedness, the list goes on.

The purpose of the program is, in Danielle’s words, to guide you in using your preferred feelings as a guidance system for making choices, and for being more present and alive, to help you use your desired feelings as a way to access comfort and clarity during painful times, to show you how to use your desired feelings as creative fuel to make great things happen in your life that will radiate out into the world, to help you accentuate the positive aspects of your life, while still honouring, and not invalidating, the negative parts that you want to change. All of these things sound like wonderful ways to get in touch with myself and where I truly want to be in life. So, I am working with The Desire Map in conjunction with my themes for this year.

I am in the process of crystallizing my vision for my core desired feelings. I am making my way through the workbook and finding a way from gratitude through desire to action.

Join me in the journey by following along here, or do it for yourself with The Desire Map* program (includes book, workbook, audio books, email inspiration, audio contemplations and motivations, worksheets, a web app, how-to videos, and 4 music playlists, as well as access to The Desire Map Facebook Group).

*While this is an affiliate link, I truly do believe in this program and what it will do for my life. I am already appreciative of the workbook and how it makes me more aware of what it is I truly want and how I can achieve my true core desired feelings. I hope sincerely that you will join me, not because I will make money from your purchase, but because I would love to have allies, friends, and co-conspirators along this journey. Please do leave a comment and let me know if you decide to do this program so we can work through it together.

 

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2013: Gratitude, Beauty, and Health

28 June, 2013

In the past couple of years, I’ve chosen just three words to focus on for twelve months. Last year, my words were Create, Celebrate, Simplify. Though I didn’t follow through with all of the goals I set out for myself, I was relatively happy with how they manifested for me. I got back into writing and wrote more than ever before during NaNoWriMo. I celebrated with friends, I celebrated myself, I even got to travel to Indonesia to celebrate my brother’s wedding to a wonderful Indonesian girl. And I simplified to such a degree that I find myself wanting more, for I have bare walls at home begging for some art.

For 2013, my three words are: Gratitude, Beauty, and Health. Here I have outlined them with words and photos, including ideas on how to better bring these wonderful things into my life and how to move forward with goals that will keep ensure they stay a part of my life.

[I realize that I’m a bit late to the party in posting this, but I’ve literally been working on this all year. (I started the first draft of this post on January 4.) I actually think taking my time and posting about this later in the year has helped to crystallize my vision for what I want and constantly updating this draft has kept me focused on these three words.]

Gratitude

prayer offering in Bali

  • Goal word: GRATITUDE
  • Path 1 to the goal: Keep up my lists of Love A La Carte (gratitude, wonder, and general awesomeness).
  • Path 2 to the goal: Live in the moment and be thankful for what I have.
  • Path 3 to the goal: Give some of the gratitude away. Instead of random acts of kindness, perform targeted acts of kindness, sharing with friends and family.
  • Path 4 to the goal: Complete Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map.
  • Distractions: Getting stuck in a rut. Getting overwhelmed or stressed.
  • Steps to the path: Keep a cup of “great times” moments listed on colorful Post-It Notes, eat seasonal food, update to Happier as often as possible, and take more photographs to document awesome things.
  • The finish line: Making 2013 my most grateful, happiest year yet. Feeling a sense of accomplishment. Radiating gratitude and kindness.
  • What’s next: Inspiring others to radiate gratitude and kindness.

Beauty

lilies

  • Goal word: BEAUTY
  • Path 1 to the goal: Spend less money and more time appreciating the beauty that surrounds me. Find the beauty in the mundane.
  • Path 2 to the goal: Write about beauty in the world and appreciate the beauty in myself.
  • Path 3 to the goal: Take more photographs of the beautiful details in life.
  • Distractions: Distractions. Being busy. Lack of awareness.
  • Steps to the path: Update my iPhone (camera) to a better one and/or carry my digital camera more often. Make my own beauty products. Organize and weed out beauty products I already own. Stop feeling guilty about making myself look good (STYLE).
  • The finish line: Experimenting with multiple design and style aesthetics.
  • What’s next: Finding a design and style aesthetic that pleases me.
Health

 

blueberries and blackberries

  • Goal word: HEALTH
  • Path 1 to the goal: Getting new glasses. (check)
  • Path 2 to the goal: Finishing dental work. (check)
  • Path 3 to the goal: Going gluten/wheat-free. (So, okay, I tried this and it didn’t really work out for me. It was too hard not to eat wheat and too expensive to keep up with. But, I tried something new. So, at least there’s that.)
  • Path 4 to the goal: Finish one full year on Weight Watchers.
  • Path 5 to the goal: Keep current with all doctors’ appointments throughout the year.
  • Path 6 to the goal: Start running.
  • Distractions: Time restraints, convenience, expense.
  • Steps to the path: Track the food that I’m eating, experiment with wheat-free cooking and baking, make and keep doctors’ appointments.
  • The finish line: Making 2013 my healthiest year yet. Losing weight. Feeling more full of energy.
  • What’s next: Don’t stop. Run a 5k. Run 3-4 times a week consistently. Add yoga.

*All images mine.