June 9, 2014

my weekly to-do list...

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This past week felt like a blur. For a few days, I wasn't feeling well. During most days, Eisley had at least one epic tantrum. On one day, I was in the worst mood of my life. But, still…there were many good moments scattered throughout the past week, and for those I am grateful.

Most notably, I was able to complete three of my goal workouts, which felt amazing. I've started running over and over and over again for the past few years, but the habit hasn't stuck. I haven't run consistently since I first fell in love with it, between 2008 and 2009. Granted, I had a gym membership and a ridiculous amount of free time at that point in my life, and it was much easier to fit 3+ weekly runs into my schedule.

This time around, I'm feeling more confident. Between making the decision to wake up early to work out and finding an app that I love (Runkeeper, for those interested), I have a feeling I can keep it going. I am also forcing myself to take it very slow. There truly isn't a rush, and I don't want to get burnt out quickly and not look forward to exercise. I'm doing a free couch-to-5k sort of program through the app I mentioned, and it keeps every run interesting—sometimes I do intervals, sometimes it's a certain mileage, sometimes it's a certain time goal. I love that it tracks my personal bests, and keeps a list of calories burned and miles run for every week.  This morning I completed my 4th workout of the program and it started my day off in the most perfect of ways. (And it turns out I needed the extra time to clear my head this morning, considering Eisley has decided to not take a nap this afternoon. Hold me!)

On days I don't have scheduled runs, my plan is to either do a workout DVD or yoga on our Wii Fit. I know there's no way a workout will happen every day, but being active first thing in the morning feels so good. I'll do what I can with the time I can, and will cheer myself on as I go along.

This past week has been the perfect reminder of how one good choice leads to another, which leads to another, and on and on it goes. If the first thing I do during the day is something good for my heart, body or soul (or sometimes all three), odds are the rest of the day will be filled with even more good choices.

See below for last week's to-do list, as well as a new list for the week ahead:

Last week's goals:

Marriage, Motherhood & Home Life
 — Try one new recipe (I tried a new chocolate chip cookie recipe—will share more tomorrow!)
 — Take Eisley somewhere new
 — Reorganize garage

 — Read every day
 — Run twice (ran three times!)
 — Complete daily devotions/prayer (skipped one day, but I'm going to still cross this one off because…progress!)

 — Make a bunch of handmade thank-you cards to have on hand
 — Work on granny square blanket

 — Earn at least one $5 gift card from Swagbucks
 — Send one piece of snail mail

This week's goals:

Marriage, Motherhood & Home Life
 — Buy (or make) Father's Day gift for Jay
 — Deep clean/organize something

 — Run three times
 — Work on my Sunday grumpiness (never fail, Sundays are the worst days for my attitude)
 — Learn something new

 — Work on granny square blanket
 — Organize items for destash sale
 — Clean off my sewing machine (to hopefully start using again soon)

 — Send a care package to someone
 — Drop off clothes/books at Goodwill

Here's to a beautiful week ahead...


  1. I feel you on the running thing -- I do the same thing with both running and yoga. I alternate between failing at them both, but I am currently in the midst of trying to make yoga "stick." Anyway, you can do it! :)

    I've been wanting to send more snail mail. I feel like I'm finally settled enough that I could pick up correspondence again, but I just haven't yet. Also, I am really enjoying these lists. <3

    xx Abby a geek tragedy

  2. I love these lists! Do you think that perhaps your mood on Sundays has to do with your struggle to find a "home" church? Sometimes I get grumpy when it should be a day off as a family and we end up having to do a lot of running around and whatnot. I'm a total homebody. <3 I make handmade soap, so hubby is getting some of that for father's day and I also made some mixed nuts. I bought bulk roasted, unsalted nuts and then seasoned them and baked them and put them in a little cellophane bag and tied with raffia. I know your crafty heart is swooning. I used this recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/spiced-mixed-nuts-recipe.html but I subbed 1/4 pure maple syrup in place of 1/2 cup sugar. I'm Canadian, I love me some maple syrup ;) We also made homemade cards for my dad and husband and my 3 year old told me his favourite things about papa and daddy so I wrote them on the card. Eisley is a little artist, bet she could draw a picture of she and Jay together for the card! I look forward to seeing what you come up with :) Lots of homemade treat recipes on pinterest too of course ;)

    1. I am TOTALLY going to make those nuts! Yum! Jay loves to have things like that to snack on. How perfect.

      And I think you're absolutely right about my Sunday mood having to do with a longing to find a church that feels like home…I've been recognizing that, and it's been very hard to fight that frustration when it's the first thing we do on Sunday. It's especially difficult because I've honestly been trying for years to open my heart to our church and to just get what I can from it, but I still come up empty. But that's a (ridiculously long) story for another time! Thank you for being so perceptive, though…you're always so thoughtful. <3

  3. 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup that should say!! and I also added salt since the nuts I bought were unsalted (they were on sale and salted were not lol)


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