Here’s how I did in December…
17 by 2017 progress. Done! I didn’t finish all 17, but I knew from the start that was unlikely, and having this list spurred me to make great progress. Last month I installed a new light in the breakfast room, ordered our breakfast room shades, cleared off the living room built-ins, unpacked all but two of the guest room closet boxes, hung art in all but the master bedroom, and finishing organizing my sewing room. All in all, I finished most or all of 11 items on my list. Nice!
Get ready for the half marathon. Fail. Hurting my foot in October threw me off and while I certainly could have gotten somewhat prepared in December, I just…didn’t. I ran, but had zero motivation to run long and never did anything more than 6.5 miles. So after some self-reflection and a lot of beating myself up mentally, I’ve decided not to run the race this year.
Happy holidays with minimal stress. This worked out really well! I had all my gifts done and either mailed or under the tree with a week to spare, and though I was sorely tempted to add a couple last-minute handmade gift items to my list, I resisted. With both Christmas Eve and Christmas itself falling on the weekend, the girls’ daycare was closed both Friday and Monday as well which made for a four-day holiday weekend. While that felt long at times — I readily admit that I was quite happy to send the girls back to daycare last Tuesday — it was also nice to have a solid chunk of quality family time. We walked around the neighborhood admiring the lights, went to the park three days in a row, baked cookies, spent a morning at the Galveston Children’s Museum, played with new toys…it was exhausting but also a lot of fun.
And here’s what I’m tackling in January…
Go to Orange Theory once a week. In light of my smart-but-frustrating decision to skip the half marathon, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my fitness routine and it’s time to shake things up. I’ve been to the new Orange Theory location near my house 3 times now and am really enjoying it! I signed up for 4 sessions per month — once a week will give me new challenges but also won’t be a burden on our family schedule. (I’ll still run a couple days per week as well, so OTF won’t be my only workout.)
Write Charlotte’s birth story. I wrote down really rough notes for this many months ago when it was fresh in my mind, but I want to clean it up and post it here for posterity like I did with Emma’s.
Finish Charlotte’s Christmas stocking. I want to do this now so it’ll be ready and waiting for when the holiday roll around again! I bought fabric for the rest of the stocking before the holiday prints left the shelves, so I need to finish the cross stitch and put it all together.
No phone between 5:30-7:30 on weekdays. In other words, no phone during the weekday “prime time” of getting home, making dinner, spending time with the girls, and getting them (or at least Charlotte) off to bed. Those two hours are so hectic and messing around on my phone is a huge distraction that’s become a bad habit. This goal is going to be HARD but I want to give it a solid effort.