June Goals

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May just flew by, but I have a feeling that June is going to be even busier. Life around here is going to be pretty crazy this month as we work on getting moved into our house.

My goals for June:

1. Finally finish our patio set! We only worked on this a little bit in May and I really want to finish it and move it over to our house so we can start using it.

2. Move into our house. We have a few projects we’re working on and need to finish before we start moving.

3. Find a balance between house projects/ moving and enjoying our first summer in Colorado.

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May Goals

20140429025What’s been happening the past few months? We bought a house! We aren’t moving in for a little while, but expect to see lots of projects on here for our new home.

The past couple weeks I’ve been finding my groove again. My craft room has been a constant mess (which means creativity is flowing!). I’ve been working furiously on projects to share over the next month. I’m excited and ready for May.

Personal goals for May:

1. Completely finish the patio set we are building. Right now we have the table ready for staining and  still have to build two benches and possibly two chairs.

2. Prep our townhouse for the move. This means going through all of our stuff and getting rid of anything we don’t love anymore. I’ll tackle one area of the house at a time and reorganize as I go.

3. Focus on healthy habits. Including regular exercise and eating healthy. I need to make meal planning a priority because its so much easier to stay on track when I have a plan. (especially for breakfast, lunch and snacks)

 

February Goals

IMAG1015I can’t believe the first week of February is almost over! This month is going to go by so fast, especially with the Olympics starting tonight.

This year I have been breaking my monthly goals into two categories: alysia loerch design (etsy shop/ blog) and personal goals. So far that’s been working out pretty well.

Here are my February Goals: Continue reading

February | Push Up Challenge

IMAG1002Happy February!! I’ve been pretty busy the last couple weeks. We flew out to Seattle to visit my sister and her kids. Our flight got cancelled due to snow on our trip back. We were almost home and they closed the Colorado Springs airport, so our plane got sent allllllll the way back to Seattle. We got a hotel and flew out the next day, but still such a hassle.

It’s been pretty snowy here the past couple of days. This month I am determined to stay active despite the weather and I am going to do a push up challenge. I’m starting with the easy version and then if it goes well I’ll try the regular version in march. It starts off with only doing 3 push ups and ends with 20, which seems totally doable.

I love the start of a new month! It feels like a clean slate and I get to set new goals.

 

Thoughts on goal setting | Inspiration

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I’ve been thinking a lot about this over past week, as I try to set specific goals for the year. This year is a first for me, I get to choose how I spend my time, all 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. We moved from Virginia to Colorado in September and I went from working full time with a long commute to being a stay at home wife. In December I opened my Etsy shop. It was sort of an impulse decision at the time but now I’m so glad I took the plunge. I want to make the most of this year by setting goals to keep me focused. But where do I start?!? I have bigger goals for this year than ever before and not sure how to get them down on paper, let alone start working on them.

Yesterday, I was so inspired by this post about being brave and choosing to act and accomplish over watching and wishing. I hadn’t thought about being brave with goal setting before and it makes me rethink how I set my goals.

This is another great post on goal setting. I read it again yesterday and its a great reminder to get through routine tasks like keeping my house clean and laundry to make more time for more meaningful tasks.

I am also reading Grow your Handmade Business right now and it has a great section on setting goals. The author explains the idea that intentions + goals = success.

Be Brave + Focus: This is going to be my inspiration as work on setting specific goals and outlining a plan to achieve them over the next few days.

 

Hello 2014

AL phone upload 10-24-13 667Happy 2014! I am excited to get started and make the most out of this year. I’m still working on finalizing my goals for this year, but here is where i’m headed:

– maintain a healthy lifestyle: regular exercise and healthy food choices

– push myself to try something new each month

– read more books, at least 2 a month.

– go on regular date nights with my husband, once a month.

– buy a house!!! Yep, this is a pretty big goal for 2014. We are going to buy a house!

– explore Colorado, we just moved here in September and there is SO much more to explore.

– continue to grow and develop my Etsy shop. I’m not exactly sure where this is headed in 2014, but can’t wait to find out!

This year I am picking a one little word as a guide and inspiration for the year. My word for 2014 is FOCUS. I want to make to most of this year and I’m hoping focus with help me stay on task and accomplish my goals this year. I am participating in Ali Edwards One Little Word workshop and will be sharing the monthly prompts.

Ambitious Goals for June

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1. Make weekly To Do lists. In May, I had a hard time focusing on my goals and getting stuff done. So this month, I am going to focus on making a manageable to do list for each week. Hopefully, this will help me stay organized and productive.

2. Plan a Birthday Party. We are planning a big birthday celebration at the end of July. (This will be a two month goal.) I have a lot of fun projects planned and can’t wait to share them. Right now, I am working on finishing the invitations I designed and printed.

3. Schedule time for Project Life. I am still going strong with project life but I’m starting to fall even further behind. I want to get into the habit of working on my layouts early Sunday mornings. 

4. Finish more Clean & Simple layouts. I am so far behind in this class, but I’m not worried about it at all. The class content is available forever so I can continue at my own pace. I love the clean and simple process but I’ve been choosing to spend my time on Project Life.

5. Invite Fun | go for bike rides with pat | go downtown and get dinner at a seafood place in Georgetown | go to happy hour on a Friday night | go hiking in Shenandoah National Park | go to a wine tasting at a local Winery | June 2013

Happy June!

Ambitious Goals for May

IMAG0188 (2)1. Invite daily exercise. I’m thinking about taking daily photos to document this and creating a photo collage at the end of the month. I joined a walk team at work, which kicks off May 6. We’ll track our steps throughout the month and the team with the most steps gets some kind of prize. I’m hoping this will help motivate me!

2. Schedule time for project life. So far I’ve stayed on track, but I don’t want to fall further behind. By the end of May, I hope to have all the April layouts completed.

3. Complete my DIY seashell picture frame project. I have a collection of shells from our trip to Florida. I still need to clean the shells and find a frame to use.

4. Wake Up Earlier. Traffic is so much better, if I leave for work earlier in the morning. I’d like to leave at least 30 minutes earlier than I have been. Hopefully I’ll spend less time sitting in traffic and more time on all the projects I’m working on.

5. Relax and enjoy life. Sometimes I try to fit too much into the weekend that I forget to relax and have fun! This is a hard one but I’m going to try to work on it this month.

Happy May!