New year goals

I know it has been about 3 weeks since the new year, but I didn’t want to write about my New Years resolutions until the year had really started and I had bEen able to decide what I wanted to focus my year on.

So here they are, my goals for 2014:
1) exercise more regularly: I know this is cliche, and I am pretty regular with working out, but I can easily convince myself not to work out and end up going a few weeks without getting a workout in. My goal is to run another marathon before I turn 26, so I’m really trying to get more miles in. I also am thinking of joining a gym so I have other options besides running. Every now and then I would like to get to do a class or a different kind of exercise.

2) clean up! This is serious honesty time, but truthfully, I am a mess and I am a very messy person. I want to believe I’m not, but I am. This year I am going to try desperately to get a little neater. My goals so far have been cleaning up every night before I go to bed instead of leaving a mess and waking up annoyed, setting up a cleaning routine throughout the week, and being about intentional about putting things away after I am finished with them. So far this has been an adjustment for Nat and I, but we are doing ok, and my Saturdays aren’t spent cleaning up my mess from the week.

3) time management: this ties in with my two other goals as well as a few other miniature goals I have. I waste a lot of time and don’t spend my time doing what I actually want to do. My goal is to stop spending so much time on my phone, computer, iPad, tv, etc and more time either reading my bible (I’m trying to read through the bible in a year), working out, cleaning, doing work for school, spending time with Nat, reading, etc.

Anyway, these are my main goals for the year so I’m trying to hold tight and make them habits rather than give them up early like I usually do. Here we go, 2014!


Sorry I’ve been absent

Happy Thursday evening everyone!
I am writing this from my iPad in the Atlanta airport…I’m not supposed to be here right now. I should be in Jackson with my family already, but unfortunately I missed my flight so here I sit. I’m having flashbacks from my family’s trip back from Europe and our 8 hour delay in this same place.

Anyway, since I have time and I am all worked out, I figured I would update on my life.
This week has been really hard. The adjustment into working has knocked me on my butt: mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Wednesday evening I was certain I had run at least 10 miles that day, but no, I did not run 10 miles. My legs just aren’t used to standing and running around ALL day. Hopefully next week won’t be as rough, but I’m preparing for the tired.

I have been terrible when it comes to the goals I set for myself last week. Lets recap those bad boys-
1) stay in the word
2) exercise regularly
3) update the blog regularly.

Lets just say those goals have not been met. I did exercise this week by taking Avery on 2 mile walks most days, but I really need to get into running. It’s hard to convince myself to go after I get home and plop on the couch.

Staying in the word: well, I have 0 excuse and I know it is getting to me. This year is going to be really difficult and I tend to rely on myself unless I am really digging into the word. I need to hold myself more accountable.

Updating the blog- let me be honest here. This week the blog has not been my priority. By the time I get home and get myself together, I am too tired to blog. And I don’t feel as if my life is very blog worthy right now.

I need to stick to my goals and get myself together. I am letting this week off the hook because I was getting used to working again. Next week, though, I am back in the game.
Jesus, exercise, and writing are my three favorite things (besides teaching) and I know that I am just better when I am spiritually and physically feeling fit.

Anyway, I am on my way to my brother’s wedding and to see my sweet family. I will update about this weekend when I get back on Sunday.
Happy Weekend, everyone!

End of Summer…

I have officially recognized that summer is over. We have been back at work for a week and in 2 days students will come back into the school building and another school year will begin. Where did the time go?!? Seriously though, it has been a very quick summer. I think the fact that I travelled for over half of it added to the feeling of a short summer for us. I am so blessed to have had the summer I did, and I can’t believe all of the things I got to experience.


We got to spend an amazing 10 days traveling in Europe where we celebrated our one year anniversary! I can’t believe time has gone by that quickly. Heck, as I write this post we are over the 14 month mark 🙂

DSC_0762We went on our first annual friend vacation to Charleston, SC. We love having good friends to travel with. What a blessing!

We spent a good amount of time this summer with family and friends, and we grew our little family by one!

IMG_1119We love our sweet Baby Avery!

Anyway, this was a major season of change for my family. My parents moved to Wisconsin and my sister and brother in law moved to my parents’ old house and now my brother gets married in a week.

I feel like this last year or two has been quite huge in the change area. Nothing has stayed the same, but I am so grateful for everything that has happened.

This school year is definitely going to be a test of my patience, sanity, and ability. I am shifting gears from teaching low level students to the high performing IB students. I am seriously dumbfounded that I was chosen for this position and completely humbled, but I am ready to get this show on the road and see where this year takes me.

Anyway, I have made some goals for this school year and by the grace of God I will keep them. I didn’t do very well this first week of inservice, but really, I am giving myself a little time to get adjusted to getting back to work.

Goals for the year:

  • have a quiet time @ least 5 days a week (I get really bad at doing this and making excuses, but seriously, my attitude is so much better when I stay in the Word)
  • update blog @ least 2-3 times a week
  • Run 15-20 miles a week. We will see how this goes. I desperately want to be in good running shape, but I need to learn to block out my thoughts when I talk myself out of it.
  • Encourage the heck out of Nat. Last year was really difficult for us learning how to be a teaching/coaching family. I am seriously praying that I can bite my poor attitude in the butt and be supportive, rather than a thorn in his side about football.

Anyway, that is where I am at. Tomorrow I am posting about making sweet tea, or rather, Nat is going to “guest post” because my sister has been asking for it for a month. Happy Weekend!

May Goals

I know it is only 5 days into May, but the last three have been spent ill, so really I’m not that far behind.

Anyway, the other day I bought my dream pink shoes. Seriously, I have always wanted pink running shoes. These shoes are slightly obnoxious, but absolutely perfect. They have inspired a lot in me.

This month I have made a few goals to help keep me on track with running/eating healthy/life

Goal #1: Run 100 miles.

This goal may be adjusted. I have spent the first five days of May battling an intense cold/sinus infection war and have been slightly incapacitated. I would be really pleased if I reached 75 miles. I have spent this weekend in a cold-medicine haze, only coming out of it twice. I am on the up and up, and hopefully will be back on the road again tomorrow.

Goal #2: Run a 10k in under and hour

Nat and I have signed up for a 10k at the end of the month. Lately (well in April), I have picked up the pace in running and hopefully as I pick up the mileage, I will be able to complete the 6.2 miles in a little under 60 minutes. The finished my last 10k in around 54 minutes, and that was when I was in really good shape- so we will see.

Goal #3: Eat sweets only 2 times a week

I know this seems like a silly goal, but let me be honest, I LOVE DESSERT. I think I have sweet teeth instead of a sweet tooth. I just don’t have the metabolism I used to have and I know that sugar is not that great for your body all around. I’m hoping to substitue my sweet cravings with healthy sugars like fresh fruit. Nat loves dessert and could, and does, eat dessert at least once a day. I am going to have to develop some major self-control this month to reach this goal.

Goal #4: Cook dinner 3 out of 5 nights.

Nat and I eat out maybe once a week. We will occasionally eat out twice, but usually Thursdays are our night out. I, however, am a big advocate of hot dogs and fend for yourself nights when I am feeling lazy. The root of my goal is to waste less food. I want to cook the meals that I plan, so my groceries are eaten rather than thrown in the trash.

May is going to be a great month. School is almost out and I can almost feel the “freedom” of summer. What are some of your goals?

I need accountability, so please feel free to ask me how I’m doing. It is easy for me to let things fall to the wayside…