November/December Goals

I’m a little late on the draw with my November goals so I thought I would combine November and December. Maybe at the start of December I can do a check in to see where things are at.

I’ve done a lot of thinking about what I should work on this month  and have come up with quite a few different goals. Some are personal, some are a bit more trivial. Either way, I hope that these goals might inspire you to work towards some goals you may have for yourself!

1. Mail/Give Out Wedding Thank-Yous.

This goal naturally flows from last month’s goal. Now that all of these cards are written I have to give them all out. I’m hoping to finish this goal by December 1st so that I no longer have to worry about them.

2. Write More.

This is another goal that has carried over from last month. I really want to continue writing for my own personal development, but also to share with others. My goal is to write at least once a week.

3. Read my Bible More.

I feel like I’ve been doing a poor job of this lately and think it is important to pursue. If you want to walk the walk, you should know the talk. In other words, its important to know what you believe.

4. Relax More.

I am horrible at relaxing. This is something I’ve talked about before, but I’m really trying to work towards.

5. Remain Calm

Marriage teaches you a lot of things. I have learned in these past few months that I really need to remain calm even if I am extremely frustrated. I have a tendency to say things that don’t need to be said or to say things in unkind ways. I don’t think doing that is helpful to any situation. I hope to minimize these experiences and learn ways of remaining calm under stress.

6. Be More Healthy

Like everyone else, there are some things I don’t love about my physical appearance. During the years of my undergrad, I gained weight, which is fine. However, I do feel that I could stand to loose a few pounds to remain in a more optimal health range. (I’m on the border between a healthy weight and overweigh for my height). Additionally, I have some dietary restraints that make me feel quite unwell at times. I would like to continue finding meals that do not make me feel sick and meals that give me energy.

I think that these are all the goals I have for the next little while. Hopefully I can make some more progress on them!

What goals have you set for yourself?

October Goals Double-Take

Hi everyone,

So this past month I made three goals for myself. Overall I think I did fairly well, but I’m a little late on discussing them. I think my greatest accomplishment in October was finishing ALL of the thank you cards for my wedding! I can’t even begin to describe the weight that has been lifted off of my shoulders. It is really difficult to write hundreds of personal thank you cards. I guess now I have to make sure they all get delivered!

The other two goals I had were to write more and to schedule more. I think I have improved in both of these areas, but am still not where I want to be with them. As far as writing goes, I would really like to post something once a week. I find writing blog posts to be a good release of emotions and ideas. It is nice to have someone to share them with. Likewise, I really would like to do better with scheduling my time. In particular, I’m still struggling with blending my husband’s schedule with mine. Perhaps once we figure out what works best for us I can share it with all of you!

Thank you for helping me be accountable and hopefully I can continue to grow in these areas. Stay tuned for more monthly goals!

How do you stay on track with your goals?

Tips for Moving

I am a total move amateur but that won’t stop me from giving my two cents on it! Just so everyone knows where I am coming from I have only moved officially once. I did live in dorm a few times during my undergrad degree but I don’t think that really counts. On the other hand, my husband has moved at least 7 times in his life. From a newbie’s perspective here are some tips I have discovered about moving!

  1. Throw stuff out. 

While you are packing get rid of stuff you don’t use or don’t like. Either donate it, give it to a friend, or if it is busted you can toss it in the trash. It really isn’t worth all the extra time and effort to move all the things you are going to get rid of. Once you are in your new place you won’t want to have to sort things much either.

2. Make a list of missing items.

This kind of goes along with the first tip. While you are cleaning and packing make a list of all the items you need to replace or that you will need in your new house. I didn’t do this, but I regret not taking the time to write things down. It takes a while to get everything unpacked and you don’t want to buy things you already own. Plus its nice to have a family wish list so that each month you can set aside money for things you really want or need.

3. Try not to spend too much time on one thing.

I must admit that I cried so much while I was packing. I have never moved and that made everything I picked up sentimental to me. My fiancé (now husband) suggested to stop thinking about all the memories connected to each item and to try to pack quickly. It was hard but this advice did seem to help.

4. Label stuff.

Label the boxes you pack up! It is a simple tip but very effective. I really wanted to know which boxes had what in them so we labeled all of them. It paid off well as we were able to get our most important items unpacked quickly and leave less important boxes for later.

5. Enlist help.

If there is someone you can trust to touch your stuff getting help is really useful. Packing and unpacking goes much more quick if you have more hands to help you. My husband, family, and some friends ended up helping us move. Thank you folks!

These are just a few little tips I picked up in my first move. I’m sure the next time I move I will come up with some more. I hope that they can be of some use to you too!

What is your best advice or tips for someone moving? 

Thank You Thank You

Hi there!

I’m not sure how many of you are Canadian, but I sure am and today is Thanksgiving! I just wanted to make a quick post and list some things that I am thankful for. I find the world we live in is often consumed by wants and needs, yet it forgets to be grateful. I do not want to diminish the fact that so many people in the world have real needs that are not being met. It is very true that I live in a part of the world where very few of my needs are not being met and more should be done for those who go without. However, I wanted to post this thanksgiving list not just because of the holiday, but also because so few people in the world give thanks for what they do have. (I certainly am guilty of not giving thanks when life really isn’t that bad). I believe that there is something to be said for seeing what you have in a positive light, even if it isn’t that much in comparison to some Hollywood star. When we look at things positively it is much easier to feel empowered to make change and to have better health. So without further adieu, here is the list:

  1. My Faith

My faith helps keep me grounded and gives me strength when I feel like I cannot carry on.

2. My Family

Although its just me and my hubby, I am grateful for our marriage and for starting our little family. I am also thankful for my biological family and for my in-laws.

3. Friends

A good friend is worth so much. I’m blessed to have a few that are very supportive and fun to hang out with.

4. Home

I love Canada. It is beautiful, safe, and full of opportunity. I am also thankful for a roof over my head.

5. Employment

I am so lucky to have a job when so many do not. I’m extra lucky that my co-workers are pretty awesome too!

6. Education

I am so lucky to be educated when so many women are not allowed to learn anything in various countries.

7.Tea

Perhaps it is minor in comparison so far, but I sure appreciate a good cup of tea!

This is just a very short list of things I am thankful for. I’m sure I could spend all night coming up with various things I am grateful for. I hope this will inspire you to remember the good you have in your life even if you are in a darker season right now. I encourage you to make a list too (even if it isn’t Thanksgiving where you live)!

What is something you are thankful for?

-Katie

A New Day, A New Blog

Lately, there has been a lot going on. With the passing of a close friend, dealing with a major health issue, working to pay the bills, and life’s other ups and downs, I have had a lot of big topics to think about over the past year. I reccently had the thought that I should do something to create an outlet for so many thoughts. This is why I have created this blog. I hope that it will be a good outlet for me and a help to you. Whether you need a pick-me-up or to investigate some big topics, I hope that what I write will serve as a helpful tool. 

I’m not sure why things always happen the way they do in life. I believe that having faith is a very important part of life. Faith not only gives us purpose, but satisfies our greatest need as humans: to be loved. However, one reason I decided to go ahead with this blog is to show that faith is not empty or blind. Maybe for some people it is, but I do not believe that is true faith. Faith is knowing what you believe in and having good reasons for doing so. These reasons don’t have to be empirically proven, but I bet that some of the reasons you have will be. I do believe in the Christian God and I believe that I have good reasons for that faith. I hope that in future posts I can share some of them with you and share some great resources I come across. So there you have it, a bit of a mission statement I suppose. I’m glad that today is a new day full of endless possibilities and that as of right now, something new has been born despite such a rough year. 

To end I feel like this is fitting: 

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

– Katie