I received a lot of comments and questions when I posted my January goal recap + February planning last week - thank you! I can’t remember anything unless it’s written down, so I use a planner template that I designed a few years ago to keep myself organized. This helps tremendously, as I can schedule and track everything in one place with lots of detail.
One thing I try to do around the start of a new month is reflect on the last 30 days while planning for the next 30. My January reflection included a review of the priorities and goals I had for the month (checking off the ones I met was the most satisfying part, though certainly not the most important), as well as documenting my high and low of the month and one thing (outside the norm) that I was grateful for. January was a roller coaster - we had a school shutdown due to COVID, a couple launches at J. Margaret Weaver, and an oral food challenge for my son (which had passed - yay)! Despite cold temps and cabin fever, it was a treat to spend some extra downtime with my kids, read a couple books, and even go out on a nice day to evening date with my husband. We asked our nanny to babysit one Saturday a month so we can go out without having to go through the hassle of planning and coordinating schedules at the last minute. We did this when I was pregnant with Anne, and it was the best thing to realize that we had a free Saturday coming up. I’m looking forward to starting this again.
My newest challenge in February is incorporating more fruits and veggies into my diet (just ate broccoli for lunch, but I also had truffle fries - balance). I used to be a much healthier eater, and I’ve sacrificed that for speed + convenience these days. While I’m a believer in “everything in moderation”, my body needs more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff for energy these days. Any recipes or tips are welcome - send them my way :)