Sunday, February 1, 2015

My (Small) February Goals


I love new weeks but better yet is a new week that starts a new month. I've been thinking a lot about the idea of little goals, and I thought it would be fun to jot down some things I'm working on this month. I hope you'll share some of your goals too!

So, here are my (small) February goals:

1. Sleep more. This is something I really need to work on. Sometimes I won't go to sleep until almost midnight, and no matter what time I go to bed, my internal alarm usually goes off around 5am. Five hours of sleep just does NOT cut it for me, and I can see evidence of it in my skin, mood, everything. In an ideal world I'm in bed by 9pm and asleep by 9:30pm, then headed to the gym early feeling good and refreshed, not sluggish and hating life. Everything feels better with more sleep! So my number one small goal is to get to bed early as much as possible.

2. Step up my running. Brenda, Alana, and I are heading to Vancouver this summer to run Lululemon's SeaWheeze Half Marathon (13.1 miles). I run pretty regularly but I need to step it up a bit so I'm completely ready for it. I'm not going to follow a training schedule as of yet, but I do want to make sure I get in a couple good long runs in every single week this far out, building up to 14 miles. I typically run about 4-6 miles when I go, so my main focus is on making them progressively longer.

3. Date nights. Our beloved babysitter moved away last year, so our regular date nights haven't been happening as frequently. Hank and I are really good at making sure the other has enough friend and "me time," switching off on the weekends, but we both recently realized that we hadn't gone on an honest-to-goodness date in way too long. Dates at home (our norm) are so fun too, but this month I'm aiming to get us out on the town, on two official dates. I can't wait.

Now...it's your turn! What are you aiming for this month?

23 comments:

  1. Sometimes simple goals are the best goals! Good luck with all of these. They sound wonderful!

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    1. Thank you so much Stacia! I hope you have a great week...and month! :)

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  2. Small goals are great! Mine is to actually read (at least start to conquer) the pile of books I've had collecting dust for a while 😬

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    1. Thank you Louise! I love your goal too. What's on your reading list?

      xo

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    2. The Female Brain, Jack Kerouac's On the Road and The Art of Racing in the Rain are at the top...what about yours?

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    3. Oooo the Art of Racing in the Rain is fantastic. Have tissues ready.

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  3. Danielle I love your goals! One of my goals is be kinder to my body with nourishment and fitness... I'd to find a running group for encouragement. Know of any in the Phoenix west valley area?

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    1. Thank you so much Lindsey! Your goals sound so good- I love how they aren't entirely specific and instead are all about being kinder to yourself. I'm on board with that. And no, I don't know of any running groups but I hope you have luck finding one. One of my girlfriends is in one and really loves it.

      Have a great week!
      xo
      Dani

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    2. Hi Lindsey, I'm in the West Valley too! I'm not a runner but I've seen west valley running groups on MeetUp, give it a try! 😊

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  4. Ugh I need to work on getting to sleep earlier too! It's after midnight now and I'm still up even though I have to be up at 630 for work. Yikes!

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  5. Love these goals! So simple, but so doable. I'm hoping to read a book a month, keep up with my own blog, and walk my dog more [my husband always does it :) ]

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  6. I share some of Your goals!
    I've been staying up way too late studying this semester (nearly done with Engineering school; just one semester to go) so I usually sleep by 1 or so and pop up 8 tops! I also am trying to get back on a fixed workout schedule, though I DO SO want to run again (I was a sprinter in high school, but ooohhh am I behind!!!)
    And finally, need to be done with My God forsaken finals for this semester and start reading and writing again!!!!

    -SJay
    The Chronic Dreamer

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  7. I think it's great that your love life comes as a top priority this month.
    It's great when we get decent time with our better halves, it just makes everything better doesn't it? Having no kids yet, I can only imagine how those dates must be important!

    I'm really looking forward to taking a week off from work and hop on a flight to visit my family back in Portugal, since we moved to London we only visit twice a year, so these moments are really special.
    On the last days of our holidays, we're heading south to the sunny Algarve to enjoy some time alone. It will feel SO awesome to disconnect for a few days.

    Have a magical February!

    Rita
    heyrita.co.uk

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  8. 1. Actually getting my lesson plans done on the weekends.
    2. Losing 4 lbs by staying consistent with my healthy eating/workout habits.
    3. Incorporate more Pilates throughout the week.

    I've had my sleep in check for the most part lately. I have a pretty consistent routine in the evenings (come home, work out, make a smoothie, relax). I've found that a hot shower and lavender oil has been helping me. Sometimes I just get into bed before nine and make sure the electronics are put away and that the room is very dark. I'm usually asleep between 9:30 and 10:00. Wake up time is between 4:45-5:00. Ah, commuting.

    Good luck reaching your goals! My fiance signed up for a half marathon in April and he's been doing his own training schedule before starting an official one that he found online. I think it has him doing one long run a week and mixing in some strength training, too. He's also supposed to sign up for a 5-15K as he progresses.

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  9. Perfect, simple goals.If you throw too much at yourself at once you'll be overwhelmed and less likely to complete them, so better to have a few, simple and attainable goals that you'll finish. For me, I sleep quite a lot at night (usually 10pm-7am...a good nine hours!) so one of my goals is that I'd like to stay up an extra hour or two and use that time to work on sewing or blogging :) xo Chelsea play. wash. rinse. repeat.

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  10. I've been working on better sleep patterns as well. We tend to fall asleep on the couch while watching TV A LOT. So as soon as my eyes start feeling heavy, I make both of us head to bed. I still have my own internal alarm clock problem, but I feel like I'm getting a little more sleep lately. Good luck with your goals!

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  11. I'm heading into deadline mode on my third book so my main goal for this month is to finish the damn draft. I'd also like to not turn into MORE of a couch potato while doing this, and actually eat healthy.

    Because of my fibro, on days I don't work outside the house I sleep a good 11 hours a night because it takes me that long to reset. But I'd like to get a more regular sleeping schedule of 12 PM-10 AM so that I can wake up empowered and ready to start the day.

    Good luck on your February goals!

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  12. I really had to think about this because we have been so hyper focused on getting into a house. It seems like my only goals have been: down payment and debt payoff. I would like to focus on enjoying the details, whatever they may be. I haven't paid much attention to all the awesome little things in my life lately.

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  13. Since Georgie started pre-school in September, early nights and mornings are happening for me. I wasn't too keen on the idea of going to bed early as I love staying up late but I can see (as you said, skin) and feel so much better and full of energy. I seem to get more done too and I've never felt so productive!

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  14. Date nights are so important. They are so hard, but a necessary thing for a marriage. I am excited to hear about your dates!!

    I love your more sleep goal. As a student and wife, I lack too much sleep.

    xoxo - Cambria

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  15. I l-o-v-e little goals! They're so much more manageable and satisfying than huge, lofty ones.

    My itty bitty goals this month are to do a little yoga every day and to read at least one book. Oh! And to make kale chips. I was telling my boyfriend how I was delighted you had kaleidoscope chard and how I thought it was a pun, and then it reminded me I've never actually had kale. And lo and behold, we had kale chips at dinner for my birthday! So, now I am determined to make some.

    Have a happy day!

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  16. You are going to LOVE that lululemon marathon! Can't wait for you to experience my city through your eyes :)

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