Hello, 2014!

I have not been consistent in blogging. Sorry about that. I’ve had babies and final exams on the brain. And now here I am with a new blog! You will be glad to know I am setting some goals for 2014 that includes blogging on a more regular basis and I will hopefully be expanding to more of a lifestyle posts. My ideas for lifestyle will include posts on how I am getting organized, pregnancy, and what it means to find balance in living well.

So, why not start with establishing some goals?

1. Blog More.  As I’m still a pretty busy mom, I am shooting for one post a week, with an additional awareness post each month. I got a new blog planner- and now a new blog (since I finally got fed up with having access only half the time!)- that I am hoping will help with this.

2. Get Organized! Those who know me well know I am not the world’s greatest housekeeper. This affects me greatly- it distracts me, it depresses me and it embarrasses me.

I’ll be tackling this area by implementing FlyLady. My problem is that I get so overwhelmed I get stuck and don’t know what to do or where to start. She says “You can do anything for 15 minutes.” Part of her system includes creating routines that keeps you up on the day to day little things. To be clear- I clean my house- as in I regularly clean the bathroom and do laundry and sweep ect… but it is cluttered. Very cluttered. We have too much stuff. And when you start out on FlyLady you focus on getting rid of the clutter.

I’ve tried FlyLady in the past and it sort of worked. But I only sort of did it too. I rushed the baby steps because I wanted it done NOW! This time I am committed to doing one step a day and following her directions. I will do it like she says and make sure my habits are fully formed instead of rushing ahead to get my house looking nice, but not really having any substance to keep it that way!

3. Meal Planning.  I swear by meal planning. It helps keep eating clean, as well as budget our food money better. I’ve gotten away from that and it is reflected in our dinner choices as well as our bank account! I am going to try something new, and plan a month out ahead of time. I’ll be implementing some tools for this- better tracking of sales and using coupons, scouting out some new recipes, and using the Clean Eating Magazine meal plans and guidebook I have. This will also help me stay wheat free.

4. Matthew 6:33  (But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.) This is by far the most important one but will probably share the least about. Mostly because I feel quite vulnerable in this area.

2014 is going to be busy and exciting. What are you looking forward to in 2014? What are your goals? Tell me in the comments!

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