1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (30 miles down and 470 to go)
This week I walked outside and then did kettlebell, Pilates, and dumbbell workouts thanks to Bodyfit by Amy on YouTube. **Its free and fabulous!
2. Yoga/meditation 2x week
I did one yoga session and one meditation session.
3. Read more nonfiction books
I am reading The Book of Joy (my third time reading this one) and The Path Between Us. These are both five star books in my opinion. The Book of Joy is a collaboration between the Dalai Lama and Reverend Tutu. In this book, the two men get together to discuss the meaning of joy in our lives and how we can obtain it. It was a delightful read and one I keep coming back to.
The Path Between Us is a book about the enneagram and how we relate to other numbers. This book has been very helpful in my life lately. The Road Back to You should be read first if you are new to the enneagram and need help figuring out your number. **In case you are wondering, I am a 1 wing 9.
4. Keep a gratitude journal
This week I was thankful for:
- Glad that the election cycle is finally over. I did not vote for either Biden or Trump (so I have the unique advantage of being totally neutral), but I am eager to see what a new administration will bring to our country. Hopefully good things are on the horizon
- Happy to see so many people eager to get vaccinated. Many of my teacher and nurse friends have gotten their first vaccinations over the past week so that has been exciting to see. I think we are all ready for normal to return to our lives.
- We have been enjoying the slightly warmer temperatures in North Alabama. After the past few weeks of cold dreary weather, we have now swept into slightly warmer dreary weather.
5. Try one new recipe each week
We tried out a new recipe and it was a definite fail. That is just going to happen from time to time, but it still irks me. This week we tried out the Good and Gather Pad Thai sauce after having a good experience with the Good and Gather Butter Chicken sauce a few weeks ago. My main complaint was that it was too sweet and citrusy….not like the delicious Pad Thai that we have had from the restaurant.
6. Do more things as a family
We had errands to run in Huntsville, so we stopped by Cabela’s to see all of the cool taxidermy they have on display. Then we ran into Sam’s Club and got lunch on the way home at Tenda Chick (our favorite chicken places in order are Guthrie’s, Jim Bob’s Chicken Fingers in Opelika, Alabama, Tenda Chick, Zaxby’s, and then Chick-fil-a)
7. Buy more used items
We went to the used library book room and found a couple of books to add to our collection. I picked up Bossy Pants by Tina Fey and The Wednesday Wars (this is one of the best books I have ever read!)
Total spent: $1.50
Estimated saved for the year: $45
8. Take my children on monthly outings by themselves
I definitely need to get on this because its the last week in January already. This month has flown by!
9. Finish my 2019 NaNoWriMo novel
Doing some edits on my past few chapters before moving on.
**If you would like to check out my last novel, Murder at Kelsey Hall, its available to purchase on Amazon as an eBook (or if you have Kindle Unlimited, it is currently free to read with your subscription)
10. Volunteer more
I drove my daughter to and from work eight times….does that count? Someone needs to get her license….ahem….Emma…..
How is your week going??