Week in Review 9

Sometimes life gets crazy. I’m a firm believer that when that happens it’s important to focus your energy to keep from getting overwhelmed. Who am I kidding I still get easily overwhelmed… but I’m working on it. Either way, I love Meghan’s weekly list party because it serves as a reminder of all that I actually have accomplished.

This week was back to work and back into a pile of meetings. I work in special education and spring is always our ‘busy season’ where new students are referred to specialized programs like ours and many Individualized Education Plans for our existing students expire. Basically, it means my desk becomes a never ending pile of paperwork from mid-March to May which is my least favorite part of my job. On a positive note though I did write 3 of said IEP’s  bringing my to-do list before schools out into the single digits.

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I continued to battle the plague. This allergy/cold/cough combination has been going on 2 weeks now and while it’s not getting any worse it’s also not getting a whole lot better. Actually, if I’m being honest it’s just getting annoying.

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I stopped by the County Clerk to pick up copies of our marriage license. I’m planning to hit up the social security office for my new card next week.

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I wrote a grand total of 1 blog post. I took a bunch of pictures (that came out all grey because we haven’t seen the sun in what feels like forever) so hopefully, I’ll actually move something off of my draft list soon.

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Z and I took a whirlwind weekend trip down to Louisville for his cousin’s wedding. The road trip included a stop at an amazing gluten-free cafe that was almost good enough to be the highlight of the trip, they even had angle food cake! Okay, the real highlight was spending the night dancing with my husband 🙂

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Speaking of husbands we celebrated our first week of marriage. Not that we actually did anything to mark the occasion but it feels like an accomplishment nonetheless.

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We also got our pictures back from our photographer and they are gorgeous!

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I started a massive to-do list because we’re having a party for our combined families in June. Which sounds far off until you realize there are only 8 weekends between now and then. Hence the minor freak out leading to the massive to-do list 😮

What’s on your to-do list this week? Do you get overly excited about baked goods? This week you should because Meghan’s mini-me is celebrating her first birthday!

 

 

Monthly Challenges March 2017

Spring is just around the corner and so is the purchase of our house! for my March monthly challenges, I’m embracing the new beginning to try a little self-improvement that (in my mind) is long overdue.

30 days of Hairstyles

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I have always been jealous of the girls who know how to do things with their hair. 99.9% of the time mine ends up in a messy ponytail to keep it out of reach of grabby hands when I’m on behavior calls with my students. That being said I know plenty of women who manage to maintain a balance of beauty and function when it comes to their hair… this month I’m hoping to become one of them.

Morning Routine

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I’m planning to use this month do develop a morning self-care routine. Right now I have a lot of things that I do inconsistently and a lot of things that I want to try. My plan is to use this month to try them out and develop a routine that is suited to me. I know that consistent routines are an important part of keeping me from feeling overwhelmed and I’m looking forward to using my space (in our place!) to find the balance I need.

Are you an expert at doing hair?  Do you have a morning routine you love? Shout out with any advice you have in the comments.

 

Week in Review 5

I’m trying to live this year with intention which has given me an appreciation for the seemingly normal activities of daily life. What better way to reflect on the beauty of those simple moments than through  Meghan’s weekly list party?!

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I wrote 6 annual IEP’s, reviewed 5 potential students for admission, completed testing for 2 triennial evaluations, and evaluated a new home health patient. It has been the week from paperwork h*ll. The only bright side to having all the paperwork done is the 2-week break I have before my next batch of meetings starts up… just in time to do quarterly updates on my whole caseload.

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I also battled some sort of stomach bug on and off for this week. It wasn’t the plague that swept my school at the start of the month and it was probably (definitely) related to a certain friend being in town for the week, but it left me nauseous and sluggish in a way that I haven’t been for a long time. Obviously, the best solution to anything that makes you feel that crummy is Tumeric Tea and a good book.

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I finished the month strong with my #MinsGame challenge, clearing 73 unneeded items from my life in the month of February (hence the big trip to Goodwill).  I was less successful with my proposed handstand challenge, I blame the aforementioned stomach issues for limiting that challenge, but at least I did get moving a few days this past week which did my body (and my mind!) some good.

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Z and I made a trip to Ikea for our kitchen furniture and booked our Uhaul for the move. We also finished packing all but the essentials still in use… and took a huge pile of stuff to Goodwill.

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I decided on my monthly challenges for March and cleaned up some blog posts that have been sitting in my draft tab for far too long.

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I did the usual ironing/room cleaning/grocery shopping chores. It was super easy to grocery shop this week as we’re trying to clear out all the food we have before the move… it may be a little harder to eat as I try to use up the random bits of pasta/veggies/cheese/meats we have but what’s life without a little challenge.

What’s one challenge you’re facing this week? Any advice for a control freak who’s gearing up for a move?

Week in review 4

Sometimes I set intentions for a week, workout 5 days and eat full meals each day and read the stack of research journals piling up on my nightstand, and when I don’t achieve those goals I take it as an excuse to get down on myself. Nevermind the fact that I was already feeling down on myself to begin with, which is why I didn’t accomplish any of the things I had hoped… vicious cycle much?

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Rather than getting down on myself, I am choosing to recognize what I did accomplish this week, however small it may seem. Shoutout as always to Meghan for giving me the forum to spill the crazy thoughts in my brain.

I got at least 8 hours of sleep each night, with a little extra on the weekend in the form of naps. Sure my hair my look a little crazy when I rock a ponytail for the third day in a row, but who am I to argue with my body when it wants just 5 more minutes?

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I worked a full week at my regular job, including writing annual reviews for 2 of my most challenging students. I also saw two home health patients and continued getting set up for part-time hours in a local pediatric clinic. I may have an increasingly thick stack of articles I want to read to help me design the best treatment for the wide range of individuals I treat, but I always leave work feeling like I made a difference for somebody.

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I fully enjoyed all my co-treatment sessions with occupational therapy. From yoga to crab walking I got a full range of movement at work each day this week. I may not have had the motivation to do any additional exercise, but the movement I got did my body good.

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I spent Sunday afternoon/evening tearing apart all our belongings in the basement and reboxing them in some semblance of order. During this time I also bagged up several bags of unused items for donation and attempted to convince Z that he should do the same.

Annnd that’s about it. I’m hoping to move out of this funk in the week to come, but I’m also trying to be respectful of my body’s natural highs and lows by not pushing myself if my motivation doesn’t come back.

Do you struggle with your motivation? Do you push through or give yourself a break?

 

Week in Review 2

It can be so easy to go through the day on autopilot. Since I’ trying to live this year with more intention I’ve been focusing more and multitasking less which has given me an appreciation for the seemingly normal activities of daily life. Even better Meghan created a crew of similarly minded people AND she lets us party on her blog every week. So without further ado, let’s get listing!

We met with a mortgage broker and a realtor and got our house hunt started! Our goal is to be settled by this spring and while we haven’t found any winners yet we’re watching the listings daily.

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We had two special events at school this week. On Wednesday a police dog came to visit with our community groups. My students got to learn about the different ways dog’s can work with people as well as general dog safety skills and the sheriffs got a chance to learn how to interact with multiple students with varying ability levels. On Friday some of our older students faced off against the staff in a schoolwide floor hockey game. Both events helped to break up the grey and dreary weather of this week.

On the health front I worked out 4 days this week (and by worked out I mean I did yoga and stretched a lot). I also upped my water intake by quite a bit and I’m loving the boost of energy it’s giving me.

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We both clocked 50+ hours and the paychecks put us at 96% funded on our downpayment. We’ll have that fully funded plus some savings started by the end of the month.

I read two books alongside seemingly endless mugs of tea.

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Z and I split up the usual chores of cleaning the bathroom, laundry, and grocery shopping. We helped my mom move some furniture around in the house, resulting in a cozy new reading space. I also got back into my food prep game with a little weekend batch cooking.

I started and finished season 4 of BBC’s Sherlock… 2 days after starting it.

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Annnd that’s it. This week is looking like more of the same with some home tours scheduled and part time hours piling up. My plan is to stay positive and focused on one day at a time and hope for some good news soon!

Monthly Challenges: January 2017

As part of my ongoing effort to be more intentional with my life and my choices, I’ve decided to participate in several positive lifestyle challenges. I chose two challenges to kick off the new year, each focusing on a different area of my life.

30 x 31 Capsule Wardrobe

Inspired by project 333, I chose 30 pieces of clothing to wear for the month of January. These 30 pieces will be the basis of my wardrobe at my full-time job, volunteering, and my part-time work. I did not include workout clothes or pajamas in the 30 pieces. I have a fairly well-curated closet already but I liked the idea of a challenging myself to remix new pieces and really determine the value I get from each of the pieces I own.

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30 Days to Splits 

I’ve had my eye on this challenge from Blogilates forever now, but have yet to get around to doing it. I love yoga for the calming effect it has on my mind, but I would really like to start pushing myself more to increase my flexibility.  I know from past experience that these Blogilates monthly challenges pack a punch, so I hoping to emerge from January feeling a little more flexy.

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Are you a New Years resolution kind of person? What goals are you setting for yourself this month? Be sure to follow along on Instagram at #middlemonthlychallenges for updates throughout the month and to share the goals you’re working towards!

30 before Thirty

I started this list when I turned 25 and since then life has been a bit of a whirlwind. I’ve had 3 different jobs, 2 apartments, and 1 dog. Z and I got engaged. We’ve lived with both of our families for an extended period of time. I paid off my Masters degree.  We’re almost done saving up the down payment for our house.

Considering I’m someone who thrives on balance and consistency it’s no wonder these 2 years have been rough. Yet we keep moving forward. There are many days when I’m frustrated with the pace of our progress. Those are the days when I look at this list to remember how far we have come together, and remind myself of where I want to build for our future.

  1. Buy our house
  2. Marry Z
  3. Travel the US (specifically Seattle, Buffalo, Kentucky, Colorado)
  4. Travel internationally (London, Sydney, Barcelona, Rome …)
  5. Become an ASHA certified (CCC) Speech-Language Pathologist
  6. Adopt a dog (read the rest of this story)
  7. Train a therapy dog
  8. Research and develop the use of therapy dogs in speech therapy 
  9. Find a job I love 
  10. Pay off my student loan debt
  11. Pay off my car
  12.  Assemble a piece of furniture on the first try
  13. Plant a vegetable garden
  14. Do a fun run
  15. Run a half marathon
  16. Practice yoga regularly
  17. Learn to meditate
  18. Take a salsa class
  19. Read at least one book a month
  20. Expand my repertoire of music
  21. Read every book on this list 
  22. Start a family
  23. Embrace minimalism on my own terms
  24. Practice gratitude
  25. Volunteer with a charity 
  26. Buy a real camera and learn to use it
  27. Learn about wine
  28. Take a cooking class
  29. Keep writing
  30. Love as much as possible

That’s a lot left to accomplish in the next 3 years, but you better believe I’ll be working my booty off to get it done.