January 2019 Goals

Instead of setting goals for the entire year, I’ve decided to set break it and set monthly goals. This will give me more flexibility, especially as we get further into 2019, and focus on different areas in my life through the year. So let’s check out my goals for January!

Daily Meditation

I don’t think I meditated at all in December and I’d really like to get back into the habit. I’ve also found a new app (Insight Timer) which has a ton of free, guided meditations which I think will really help me get back into the habit. Since I wasn’t paying for Calm, I only had the timer meditations which weren’t guided and I found it hard to focus.

Finish Three Books

My goal for 2019 is to read 36 books, which is up from the 27 books I read in 2018. I already have three books I’m partially through from the library (that I’m on the waitlist for so I can finish), plus I have a couple of books currently checked out and the fourth book in the Wayward Children series comes out next week. So I’m confident I’ll be reading at least three books this month!

Get Back to Foam Rolling Post-Run

Another thing I’ve been slacking on is foam rolling after runs, my foam rollers might be collecting dust bunnies and I can feel the difference in my body. So I’m getting back on track with a quick foam rolling session after every run!

Try Three Recipes from Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.

Mike got me Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. and I’m really excited to try some new recipes! Of course, if I didn’t make this a goal, I might not crack open the book for a while. So I’m going to try at least three recipes from it in January. Some that have piqued my interest are:

  • Beet Blueberry Molasses Superhero Muffins

  • Sweet Potato Waffles

  • Mediterranean Hummus Wrap

  • Veggie Lover’s Pasta Salad

  • Burger Salad Bowl

  • Creamy Ginger Cashew Sauce

  • Ginger Molasses Cookies

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13 Pratical Ways I Practice Self Care

It’s been so busy in December between work and everything going on in my personal life, that it’s been hard to make time for self care. And, it’s not practical for me to spend my time or money on things that a lot of people consider self care (like spa days, although I do make room in my budget for a monthly massage). So today I wanted to share thirteen ways I practice self care in practical and realistic ways (that hopefully, I will be better about making the time for in 2019).

  • Spending time reading a book rather than scrolling

  • Taking an extra long shower or a bubble bath

  • Going for a walk by myself (without Vinnie who stops every five seconds to sniff)

  • Meditation (which I haven’t done at all in December)

  • Lighting a candle or turning on the diffuser

  • Watching a guilty pleasure show (currently working my way through Reign)

  • Non-obligation knitting

  • Snuggles with Vinnie

  • Cooking and baking

  • Take a short nap

  • Spending time stretching out the tight spots

  • Giving my self a manicure

  • Cozying up with a blanket and tea

What are some easy, realistic ways you work self care into your everyday life?

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December Favorites

I know I say this every month but it seems like December just flew by! It’s probably a combination of work being super busy and having a long Christmas break but I can’t believe 2019 is just a couple of days away. But before we get there, here’s a couple of my favorite things from this past month.

Christmas Tree Decorating


Even though I take down the tree on the 26th, I love decorating the Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving and seeing it up all the way through December! My parents have gotten me an ornament every year since I was born so it’s so much fun to take them out and reminisce about when I got the ornament. Plus, since we also do Christmas tree decorating with Mike’s family, we got a double dose of it!

Yoga Classes


Since I’ve been having Fridays off this month, I’ve been loving going to yoga class at the gym. It’s a great motivation to get in an hour-long class plus it feels really good to get in stretching right away in the morning.

Spending Time With Family

One of the great things about Christmas is that we get to spend so much time with our families. Besides Christmas tree decorating with Mike’s family, we also did a game night with his dad’s side already and have a couple of days set aside for celebrations post-Christmas. My parents also made a trip down to the Cities right before Christmas and we’ve already spent two days up North with both sides of my family to celebrate Christmas.

What were some of your favorite things in December? Don’t forget to share them in the comments!

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