August Goals


So…July came and went, I guess? Whoops! The “dog days of summer” are definitely in full swing here in Florida and I am feeling it. But alas, this month, as I transition back to work, start my “new” job, and return to working full-time for the first time in over a year, life is all about to change.

My goals this month are small and simple in theory, but will take a lot of discipline and adjustment:

Mornings @ the gym on MWF

July found me in a really nice gym routine, but 2pm workouts aren’t going to cut it anymore. Since I know myself well enough to not expect to get to the gym after a full day of teaching (and walking, walking, walking…), that leaves me with the early mornings. Emphasis on early. Like, alarm going off at 4:30am early. I’ve always wanted to be the person who could do this, and when I was running regularly, I got into a good 7am routine, but this feels like the major leagues of commitment.

However, what I have going for me is that I’ve never enjoyed the gym like I do now. It is a sanctuary of sorts. And there is a 5:30am spin class, MWF, that would totally kick my butt. So, here’s to new beginnings in August. And coffee. Lots of coffee.

Get Ready in the Evenings 

My plan to make our lives easier in the morning is to off-load as much as possible into the evenings. Which means: laundry, lunches, E’s bag, my gym bag (with work clothes picked out), teaching bag, purse, coffee maker set up, quick morning snack ready to go, and post-workout breakfast packed. Also, gas in the car, and gym shoes and socks laid out. I pretty much already wear gym clothes to bed (t-shirt, sleep bra and leggings) so with minor adjustments, I think I can just sleep in my gym clothes, hop out into my shoes, and load the car.

In the dark.

Half asleep.

While not waking anyone else up.


The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far in my journey to lose the baby weight is that where there is a will, there is a way. And my will really likes the progress I’m making, so I think I’ll just keep finding a way. 🙂

Happy August!


June Goals

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There has always been something so special about June for me. Maybe because it’s my birthday month? 😉

I loathe the heat of summer in many respects, but I also love all the things that summer brings, and June is the most summer of months (and obviously, the actual beginning of summer). I plan on soaking it up!

This month my goals are to…

Keep going with CouchTo5K training

As you’re reading this I am on week four which means I’ve made it to the halfway point. The jogging stroller has added to my overall per mile time, but I’m pretty slow anyway, so it’s no big deal right now. The idea for me is to get out there and get those miles under my feet three times a week as a commitment to myself, and thus far, I’ve kept up despite that somedays have been a real challenge between lack of sleep, soreness, and general “ugh.” Keeping the promise to myself feels awesome. Planning on registering for the Firecracker 5K to celebrate my half-way victory!

Go a Month Without Target

Don’t get me wrong…we LOVE Target. But we’re on a tight budget this month, and we’re both interested to see what life (and our grocery bills) look like without my go-to store. Also, how sad is it that I go to Target when I need to get out of the house? Pretty sad. So, none of that in June. Will I survive?

Try Pilates/Barre/TRX

I found a local studio and normally it’s pretty pricey, but they’re running a teacher’s special over the summer. I’ve long loved yoga and have been intimidated by pilates, but watching E “swim” on his belly to work up his lower lumbar in order to get ready to crawl something clicked. Call it weird, but I feel like my body needs pilates. My goal this month is simple: get my butt in that studio and give it a shot! Hopefully I’ll like it and I can start saying hello core strength and hello improved posture.

Happy “Summer” 🙂

Yearly Family Goals


I became interested in putting this post together after listening to the inaugural episode of the Girl Next Door podcast. John and I don’t sit down officially and talk about our year to come, but we do make goals for the year, and I love the idea of putting them in writing in our home.

Here’s what’s on our agenda for 2014!

Enjoy Evan

This probably goes without saying, but the biggest deal for us this year is to just enjoy the ride with our little guy. We know “babies don’t keep” and are both doing our best to juggle all the things, while making sure he comes first.

Full-time Employment (for me) by August

Most of our larger financial goals hinge on this so it’s a pretty essential I do everything I can to make it happen this year.

Rent House w/ Pool

Our lease is up in November and we’re SO READY for a bigger place, a yard with real grass, and a dishwasher. We’re also going to try to find a rental home with a pool because we’re not sure how long we’ll be in Florida and we’ve both always wanted a pool home. We’ll see what the rental market is like when we’re ready to make the move, but so far, this looks very possible! And yes, we plan on doing swimming lessons with Evan starting this summer. And yes, we know a pool adds a whole new level of parenting challenges, but we also think it could add a lot of family fun, too.

Cut Overall Spending 

We learned a lot from the lean months of 2013 and so far this year we’ve been working hard to save money wherever we can by taking our breakfasts and lunches, keeping our grocery bill under control by planning simple meals, and making sure our personal spending is used carefully. We’re not where we want to be with this yet, but we’ve made a lot of progress in trimming this part of our individual spending and I’m excited to see it keep going.

Build Our Savings 

We’ve averaged $500 in savings a month for the last two months, and have built up a small cushion for other spending. We plan to keep this up each month, and hopefully double it when I land a full-time gig.

All-in-all, I’d say 2014 has a lot going for it! 🙂

What are your goals for this year?