Meet my newest love. She arrived in mid-December and I've been so eager to get to know her and cover her in ink.
Last year I bought my first big 'ol planner, and now I am officially addicted. Before 2017 I had 4 separate places where I would write down everything or put it in my phone. It was as crazy as it sounds. My brain was all over the place and I felt like a frazzled mess.
At the end of 2017 I went back through my goals (there's a place for that in here) and I'd have to say while I have A LOT of room for improvement, I was so much more organized. My memory can be faulty, but I did a good job of writing down what I needed so always knew where to find my plans. No more stacks of post-it notes for me. (Well, I do love post-its so there are a few, but they can easily be tossed now that they get transferred in this beauty.)
This planner is made by a local KC designer, J.Lynn Designery, who I have really loved getting to know. She sends weekly organization emails that I look forward to reading. But most of all, she is positive and upbeat. A true source of light. You can find her items here. Check out her bridal books and fun list pads. (Remember my love affair with lists.)
Extra bonus, she has FREE SHIPPING until January 31.
It's here! Another year to get excited about. We get pretty giddy about the thought of a new year.
I am a list maker. If you told me you were going to open a bottle of wine and make a list of your favorite ___________ tonight, I'd be right over to help you with that. Wine always goes best with lists. For real guys, this sounds like a perfect night.
Ringing in the new year isn't the only time I break out a great gel pen and start the to-do list, but it does give my lists a little more glitter. This year I didn't go too crazy. I try to limit myself to 3 things to work on and this year I made things more fun.
#1 . A real date together once a month. Last year we started looking for babysitters to come during the week so I could work whether or not a baby took a nap. We have some amazing ones now. The kids get so pepped up to see them. While hiring someone to come for a date night gets expensive, we have decided that it's worth it. We need time together and the kids need to see us have time together. Our parents help us out so much, but we have a back up just in case everyone is busy. So far we are 1/1 in this spot!
#2 Get back into the music world. I don't know what happened, but I just fell out of the awareness of new music. Well actually I do know what happened. Kids and podcasts. Kids for obvious reasons and podcasts just because I'm addicted. I'm only kind of kidding. Neil has been in charge of playing music for almost 2 years now. For Christmas I asked for a year of Spotify so I'm hoping this is going to bring me back in. I'm already listening way more than I used to. If you have an account and are making playlists that you're proud of, message me!!
#3 Read. I'm a little sad to say that my goal is a book a month since I used to crush about 3 a month, but I'm willing to admit it so it can make me better. The truth is that I love to read so much that I feel guilty opening a book. I get sucked in really easily OR I get really annoyed being pulled out so frequently that it's hard. As the kids get older, I know family reading nights are in our future, but we just aren't there yet. I have to schedule time for myself in order to make sure I do this. So far I'm 0/1 on this goal.
What are your goals this year? We would love to hear them and cheer you on! Apparently, we've past the point where most people have dropped their resolutions so maybe you need a little rejuvenation!
A couple side notes:
-for those of you that are choosing a word, I LOVE this idea. So clean and simple and easy to hone back in on.
-we are also going to work on giving our website a kick in the butt. This is our main business goal so you can all judge us on how we do with this one (and call us out on it) throughout the year.