Ready, set, GOAL(s)

We’re halfway through August and it’s still high 90’s here in GA. I know, welcome to the south right? I never thought I would miss CLE or Fort Drum the way I do right now. Well, the way I have all summer. I swear, once I’m an Ohio resident again, I won’t complain about the cold… deal? 
I’ve mostly been wearing shorts and t-shirts or sundresses and I’m hopeful that soon enough, I can bust out some leggings and oversized sweaters. But from what I hear, that won’t happen until late October. Good thing I’ll be taking a six week sabbatical in CLE right? I can’t WAIT! By the time I get there though, there will probably be snow on the ground but like I said, no complaining. 
Z and I have officially been apart for one week, which means we are one week closer to seeing each other again. I won’t say it’s been easy; it’s been an adjustment for everyone and I don’t know when it will all just click and feel like the norm again. I mean, to be honest, it won’t feel normal until he’s home and our family is whole. It’s hard to be apart from your other half; the person you go to bed with every night and wake up to every morning. The person you turn to when something good or bad happens during the day. The person who drinks a beer with you or finishes a bag of frozen Oreos. Yeah, I miss him. 
But I’ve been super busy with work and the kids and I decided to make a list of things I want to accomplish while he’s gone. Might as well make the most of this time apart, right? 
Finish my courses at NYIP: I decided to enroll in NYIP back when we were in Fort Drum to get my certification in photography. While at one point I was super set on opening my own little side business, now just isn’t the right time. However, I want to finish the courses so when the time is more convenient, I have that option. And it wouldn’t hurt to learn to take better pictures of my kiddos, right? 
Start working out again: While the 21-Day Fix lasted for a solid 16 days, I want something that I can stick with. Whether it’s a 30 minute walk a day or a 30 minute DVD workout, I NEED to do something to help me get back into shape. I may have lost all the baby weight but now it’s time to tone. 
Yoga: My anxiety has been through the roof and I’ve been told yoga is a wonderful way to control it. I’ll be on the lookout for a good yoga studio in the area…
Pay off some credit card debt: Z and I have tried to avoid using credit cards unless we absolutely have to. But we’re human and sometimes, we use them for things we don’t need. And while I wish I could wipe out my student loans (who knows how long that will take…) I can certainly work at paying off some other debt. And maybe stop shopping so much so I can put more towards the debt than I’ve been putting towards? I said maybe…
Excel at my job: While working may bring on some extra stress now that Z is gone, it’s certainly helped to keep my busy. I want to step it up and start to think outside the box; a challenge is always good for the soul, right? OH and do me a solid and click and share this link if you would, hmm k? Please and thank you! 
Time management: Now that Z is gone, my life has gotten hella crazy. So many more responsibilities and a lot less time to spend on the kids, work, blog, house, etc. However at the end of the day, these kids need to be my number one priority. This week, I hope to plan out a schedule and really stick to it. I’ve been working on getting them on strict nap and bedtime schedules but it’s time I start planning times to work, workout, read, etc. Which brings me to my next point…
Read: I was never a big reader until I was put on bed rest my first pregnancy. Enter Nolan and that went out the window. However, I would love to find time to read 30 minutes a day if possible. So with that, I would love some book suggestions :) 
If you have any other ideas to better myself or mind over the next year, I’m open to suggestions. I don’t want to stay busy just to stay busy, but rather use this time to better myself as a wife, mother, and person. I’ve always been an overachiever but the way I look at it? Staying busy leaves less room for thinking and the less time I spend thinking, the easier this will be :) 
Suggestions… GO! 



  1. says

    I love that you're setting yourself goals! I love reading but after baby number 2 I just didn't have the time. This weekend though I brought two new books so now I have to make the time! I suggest the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day. 'The Pact' and also Nineteen Minutes both by Jodie Picoult :)

  2. says

    I'm actually so jealous of your location right now… I just sent my husband back to Fort Benning! If I lived in Ohio, I would trade places with you in a heartbeat!!! I really enjoyed the Mortal Instruments series… I'm currently working on the last one. The series is by Cassandra Clare and begins with City of Bones.

  3. says

    I have a TON of book suggestions, just let me know when you are ready for them :) Remember to take a little time for yourself in there too! But overall your goals look awesome and will make the time go by faster, hopefully.

  4. says

    I am ALL about the yoga – I'm kind of a high stress? energy? kind of person and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to really let it all go, focus on my breathing, and that it would give me peace, but it does! I LOVE IT! And can tell when I'm out of my routine and haven't made time for it (like the past few weeks!)

  5. says

    I was so excited to start a photography business on the side back in December. Then I got a full time job and well, you know other things came up and now it's just not the right time. Maybe some day we will both accomplish that! Hoping yoga helps your anxiety! I've only done it a few times but it always made me feel so much better.

  6. says

    Craft with your kiddos! I know you had said the terrible twos have been TERRIBLE, so maybe some crafts you can do together would help curb some energy and it can be educational. My sister does tons of crafts with my 2-year-old niece and has for awhile, and it so fun for my niece to explore new things in that way. Good for rainy days, or days it's way too hot outside!

    I really want to take a photography class. Good for you for striving to get your courses finished! Sometimes yoga gets a little too slow for me, and I've tried pilates. Similar and faster paced. I hope that it helps your anxiety! I also have a Pinterest board full of reading suggestions if you need ideas :)

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