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October goals + a printable calendar

This hand painted calendar is coming to you live and direct on October 3rd.  So I suppose my number one goal for the month should be… punctuality?  

PRINTABLE OCTOBER CALENDAR

october goals printable calendar

Materials used: Two leaves, 8 x 10 Gelli Plate (for mono-printing — such a fun tool to have on hand!), brayer, various acrylic paints (Golden liquid + high flow acrylics, Dick Blick matte acrylics, Martha Stewart craft paint), cold press watercolor paper, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paint, #2 round brush (for the October hand lettering), calendar text added digitally (because it took 9 months for me to accept I can’t paint in a straight line, apparently)

You can download your free, printable October calendar here.

I went in a bit of a different direction with this month’s calendar.  My distaste for fall colors is well documented here (plus there was the time I almost committed a crime against our wedding caterer when she suggested decorating our wedding reception with fake pumpkins and leaves…).  But I do love a good fallen leaf.  Whatever that means.

Grace and I collected a few on our way home from this morning’s workout and used them in today’s art project (I haven’t been doing much painting on my own these days, but we’ve been killing the mom/toddler art scene.  Again… whatever that means.).  Using my Gelli Plate to pull prints of these leaves was a lot of fun, and the result was just fall-ish enough to be October appropriate… without being a fake pumpkin.  

Regardless, we’ve got so much to look forward to this month — Nick’s birthday, my sister’s birthday, baby Nick’s baptism, dressing up Clark (and the children, obvi) for Halloween, football football snacks, and a really exciting thing I’ll tell you about later, because I seem to have become superstitious.  And vague.

OCTOBER GOALS

Keeping it basic.  Like a PSL.

  • My primary wellness goal is, once again, consistency– consistent workouts, consistent hydration, consistent nutrition.  (I’d say consistent sleep… but… #babiesdontsleep).  The Mama Beasts fall challenge is underway, which gives me some much needed structure and motivation.
  • Make 1 new-to-me recipe each week.  You know, in an effort to stop making the same three things over and over.
  • Be more intentional about our weekends.  It’s often the only solid family time we have during the week.  I’d prefer we not spend it buried under laundry and/or rushing around.

And on that note: laundry awaits.  The glamor of my life continues to abound.

Also On Tap for Today:

What are you most looking forward to this October?

September goals + a printable calendar

I’m pretending all the days leading up to Labor Day are still August.  Mostly because September feels like the time when all kinds of things change.  And I’m only 82% ready for those changes.  

Grace starts preschool next week, which means we’ll have a new routine to follow (and lunches to pack), along with a bit more structure to our days.  Structure sort of thrills me… so there’s that.  Meanwhile, she’s really excited to see her friends, “do letters” and be a good listener.  While she’s doing her thing three days a week, baby Nick and I will have some one-on-one time (and I’m hoping I’ll, like… maybe get the laundry done).  

Before I left my career to be home with the babes, my work life revolved around the academic calendar (minus the cool stuff like summer and holiday and February and April vacations), so it feels sort of natural to be back on that track.  

At the same time, I’m holding onto summer for dear life and hoping we get at least a few beach days in before September is over and I skip straight to Christmas time (you know how I feel about Halloween and fall colors and wool sweaters and hay and stuff like that… no thanks).

So this month’s calendar is an attempt to savor these warm days and ocean views before we need to do things like wear pants.  And roll our eyes at anything pumpkin spiced.  Please note that I finally wised up to the fact that I can’t paint numbers in a straight line, fired myself from that part of the job, and replaced myself with a robot computer.  The end is near.

SEPTEMBER GOALS + A PRINTABLE CALENDAR

september goals printable calendar

Click here to download your free, hand painted calendar

Materials used: Cold pressed watercolor paper, Winsor and Newton professional watercolors (tubes), round brushes (sizes 2, 6, 10), liquid gold gilding (so fancy)

Health + wellness

  • Keep up with a regular self care routine: This sounds super woo-woo, but whatever.  I’ve been making an effort to do little things for myself here and there, and I think these little things are making a big difference. For example, two Fridays in a row, I took a nice salt soak after the babes went to sleep.  I’ve decided adults should have bath time too.  Why let the kids have all the fun?  I have more ideas for easy ways to incorporate self-care, but that’s a different can of worms (gross expression, sorry) post altogether.
  • 4+ workouts/week
  • Meal plan and prep on the weekends
  • Register for 2+ fall races
  • Incorporate more yoga… ’tis National Yoga Month, after all! 

Family

  • Spend as much time as possible with our new + perfect nephew
  • Super fun date night
  • Make a list of fall-ish family adventures
  • Playdates!  We haven’t seen some of our favorite friends in far too long.
  • Finalize plans for baby Nick’s baptism in October
  • Keep better track of the amazing things Grace says on any given day (I recently overheard her asking Clark if he wanted a kitten… and if he did, she would ask me, since he can’t talk… and that I might say no, but then I’d say yes… whaaaaat?)

Miscellaneous

  • Re-start The Artist’s Way
  • Get my hair cut, colored + straightened (I accidentally haven’t had a hair appointment since May… so I am basically more poodle than human)… priorities, people
  • Donate/share all the clothes both babes seem to have outgrown over night
  • Do some important research about when the new emojis will show up on my phone

Let’s have a lovely month, my friends.

Also On Tap for Today:

What are you most looking forward to this month?

July goals + a printable calendar

July’s printable calendar is inspired by the matching popsicle pajamas Grace + Nick wore last night.  As soon as the paint on this sucker dried, we hit the road, staying up past our collective bedtime and making decent time from the city to the Cape.  

Nothing beats an actual popsicle on a hot July afternoon, but popsicle pajamas are pretty great.  And these painted ones aren’t so bad either.  They’re mess-free and calorie-free… which is occasionally a good thing.  Like, say, if you’ve already eaten four real popsicles.  Or whatever.

JULY GOALS + A PRINTABLE CALENDAR

july goals printable calendar

Click here to download your free July calendar

And now for a few goals:

Wellness

  • A new Mama Beasts challenge kicks off on Sunday, which makes setting wellness goals extra easy — I find these challenges to be super motivating (a new session of classes just started, check out the website for more info) and love feeling extra inspired both during and outside of class.  
  • In addition to specific challenge activities (increased vegetable/fruit intake, mileage, core work, etc.), I will also be conscious about staying adequately hydrated.  I usually drink at least 100 oz. of water, but I’ve been slacking lately (and feeling ridiculously thirsty at night).  
  • Start (and, like, somewhat finish) sleep training.  We moved Nick in with Grace a month ago… and then he cut 5 teeth and stopped sleeping so I moved him back to the co-sleeper in our room.  I love having him in there.  But I haven’t slept for more than 4-5 hours straight since 2013.  And I think that’s probably not okay.

Home

  • I want to streamline everything.  I was reading about people who eat the same breakfast everyday in order to not waste their decision making braincells (or whatever) and started noticing how much time and energy I waste waffling (which, disappointingly, has nothing to do with waffles).  This is obviously not a fully developed idea, so I suppose my goal is: Figure out what “streamlining everything some things” would look like.  

Family

  • Check off a few summer bucket list items 
  • Plan for fall classes (a child development class for me and baby Nick, and register for Grace’s next gymnastics session)
  • Cook up 9,000 things to do/eat/wear during the Summer Olympics (I’m so obsessed)

Popsicle time.  Toodles!

Also On Tap for Today:

What is your favorite Summer Olympics event?

 

June goals + a printable calendar

June already?! Oh buoy… (Sorry.  No restraint.)  

And apparently I cannot paint numbers in a straight line.  Let’s just pretend I painted this aboard a wobbly sailboat.  Or something.  

JUNE GOALS + A PRINTABLE CALENDAR

printable June calendar On Tap for Today

Materials used: Canson watercolor paper, Winsor and Newton professional watercolor tubes, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors (24 color set), Kissho Gansai Lumi watercolors (NEONS!).

Download your printable calendar for June here

Family

  • Complete a second 5k with the babes
  • Plan a few family day trips (including one for Father’s Day!)
  • Rejoin swimming lessons
  • Move Baby Nick into Grace’s room (hold me…)

Wellness

  • Track all meals and workouts (in an effort to be more mindful)
  • 4+ workouts a week
  • Log all runs/walks with Charity Miles
  • Make use of my workout/yoga Pinterest boards + magazines to mix up my home workouts

Home

  • De-clutter beauty products (because let’s be serious… all I really need is moisturizer, SPF, mascara + chapstick)
  • Come up with a more efficient packing system for workouts, class, day trips, etc. (my diaper bag is out of control at the end of the day)
  • Pack up winter clothes (toooooodles!)

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s On Tap for your June?

Today: April goals (and a printable calendar).

I didn’t feel like painting April showers, so I skipped right to the May flowers.  Hope you don’t mind.

April goals (and a printable calendar)

april calendar printable

Materials used: Winsor + Newton professional watercolors and gouache; round brushes (4 and 8), liner brush (0); super-inexpensive mixed media paper (from the kids’ craft aisle at Target)

click here to download your free, hand painted April calendar

April goals

Family

  • Set plans for Nick’s baptism
  • Pick a new Audubon sanctuary to visit this month
  • Make a “warmer weather” bucket list (because I never did this in March… semi-related, it’s going to snow next week…)
  • Day trip to the Cape

Wellness

  • Continue to workout at least twice in the real world and twice at home (per week) and increase weekly mileage
  • Increase low plank hold to 45 seconds, high plank to 2 minutes (gettin’ there!)
  • Continue to keep food diary (this is something I got back into a few weeks ago — it’s been really helpful… and eye-opening)

Home

  • Donate newborn and baby clothes (seeing as both my children are toddler-sized, including the four-month-old)
  • Consign or sell our single running stroller
  • Get the deck ready for spring/summer
  • Continue to meal plan on Sundays (it’s really helping to cut down food waste)

Bring on the April showers.  So we can cut to the May flowers.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s On Tap for your April?

Today: March goals (and a printable calendar).

It’s March 1st, which means

march goals printable calendar

Materials used: Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pen (black), round brushes (sizes 2 and 4)

You can download your March calendar here.

March goals 

Family

  • This is mortifying… but I still need to make Nick’s birth announcement…
  • Date night afternoon at the museum
  • Make a few playdates for Grace
  • Make a “warmer weather” bucket list

Wellness

  • Continue to workout at least twice in the real world and twice at home (per week)
  • Meet my fitbit goals (10,000 steps/30 minutes of activity/10 floors climbed) 5 days a week
  • Increase low plank hold to 45 seconds, high plank to 1 minute 
  • Register for 2 spring races
  • Less TV, more reading

Home

  • Organize and donate Nick’s too-small baby clothes 
  • Wash deck windows
  • Limit food waste

Community

  • Make plans with friends
  • Win March Madness (or whatever)
  • Enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Southie

I hope your March is… super.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s on tap for your March?

Today: February goals (and a printable calendar).

Writing out goals for January proved to be very motivating and (mostly) productive.  So I figured, let’s keep on keepin’ on.  Also, I made you another calendar.  

And I want you to eat your vegetables.

february printable calendars

Materials used: Micron pen (black 01), Pigma brush pen (black, fine), Koi watercolors

Because I care.

You can download your February calendar here.

February goals

Family

  • Make the birth announcement I forgot to make last month (can’t win ’em all)… because nothing says second child quite like announcing his birth two or three months later
  • 2 trips to the children’s library (and maybe visit a different branch)
  • Date night out!

Wellness

  • Continue to workout at least twice in the real world, and twice at home (and share with you all, for accountability’s sake) each week
  • Meet my fitbit goal (10,000 steps) 5 days a week
  • Less coffee, more tea
  • Read something other than articles about babies and/or toddlers and/or sleeping and/or eating and/or crying

Home

  • Create a better, more sustainable daily maintenance routine (my current routine is “It’s time for bed.  Holy crap!  Where did all this… crap come from?!”)
  • Donate, recycle and throw out even more things (last month was a good one for purging)

Community

  • Keep looking for a new parish
  • Share at least one friend’s post or project a week (I failed miserably at this last month)
  • Plan a weekend play date with friends

Oh.  And eat more carrots.

Also On Tap for Today:

What is On Tap for your February?

 

Today: Goodbye, 2015. Hello, 2016.

On one hand, I try not to buy into the New Year’s hype too much.  The “new year, new you” stuff sort of gets under my skin.  But on the other hand, I love a fresh start.  A clean slate.  A chance to set new goals and intentions.  And an opportunity to reflect on all that has transpired in the past year– the good, the not so good, the in between.

goodbye, 2015. hello, 2016.

Materials used: Cold pressed watercolor paper, watercolor paint (Winsor and Newton professional tubes, Ivory Black), small round brush.

Goodbye, 2015.  Hello, 2016.

2015 seemed to be marked by change (almost all good, but a bit unsettling nevertheless).  I left my career to be home with Grace and welcomed a second (equally adorable) baby to our family.  I found new ways to engage creatively, new ways to fit in exercise (while toting around a toddler), new concealer to hide the ever darkening circles under my eyes, and new ways to pass the time waiting for our little one to arrive (did I tell you about the time I hired a graphic designer in Pakistan to help me Photoshop Clark into a picture with the President and VP?).  I’m leaving 2015 feeling both grateful for all we’ve experienced, and relieve to be moving on to the next chapter.

And I’m greeting 2016 feeling hopeful.  I’ve got a few specific goals in mind for the year, and will share those soon.  In the meantime, I’m filling a Champagne glass with ginger ale and toasting to the year ahead.

I hope you have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve, and a lovely 2016.  Thanks for all of the love and support during 2015.

Also On Tap for Today:

How are you feeling about 2015?  And 2016?

 

 

Today: October goals.

I showed some serious restraint in not naming this post Goaltoberfest.  This month, I am committing to some much needed life adjusting.  With fall and the back to school rush being one of my busiest times at work, I’ve found myself feeling spread more thin than usual.

I’ve caught myself cutting corners (I ate a donut for breakfast the other day and barely lived to tell that sorry tale) and I’m only slightly exaggerating about the effects of gluten on my fragile digestive system.  I could eat bread by the loaf (and sometimes did) while pregnant.  These days?  No.  I’ve been making convenient choices rather than good choices.

There are days lately when I feel particularly sluggish and slow, both physically and mentally (not a shocker: the donut day was one of these days).  Case in point: Last week, I drove all the way to daycare before realizing that I had left Grace’s bag (and bottles and food and extra onesies and a love note and whatnot) at home.  I don’t forget anything. Like, anything.  (I know what you did last summer and in the summer of 1988.) The security guard saw me whip a safe-ish u-turn and jokingly asked if I had forgotten the baby.  I almost cried because Oh, my Lord! What if I had forgotten the baby?  I’m still recovering from that panic.

Even my dreams are telling me I need more sleep (just in case the dark circles under my eyes weren’t sending the message loud and clear). In the wee hours of Saturday morning, I dreamt that Nick and I decided we should skip Grace’s swimming class and sleep in a bit.  When my alarm went off, I silenced it.  When Nick’s alarm went off, he wondered why everyone else was still in bed and not running around the condo yelling “Swimmy time!”  Fortunately, getting ready for parent and baby swim class requires little more than a diaper change for Grace and shimmying into a bathing suit for me.  No hairdos.  No makeup.  No six hundred outfit changes.

Oh, and that pesky back and hip pain I was feeling after each run?  Apparently that’s not normal.  So instead of enjoying three blissful runs each week, I’m hauling my sorry ass bum to PT until that’s resolved.

Are you regretting attending my pity party?  I wouldn’t blame you.  And at the same time, I’m making a concerted effort to not blame myself.  With so much pressure to have and do it all, it’s easy to get wrapped up in a quest for that ever-elusive balance.  Being a wife and a mother and a friend and a career lady with cool outfits is both incredibly fulfilling and incredibly challenging.  Lately I’m seeing (more than ever) how important it is to take care of myself in order to take the best care of everyone else.  I feel like I’ve said that before.  Many times.

Simply put, my big goal for October (and like, for life… because LBS, important things usually take longer than 31 days) is to get out of my own way.  When I think about what would make my days more blissful and less stressful, it’s clear that I am often my own worst enemy.

  • If I want more peaceful mornings, I need to change my evening habits.
  • If I want to spend more quality time with my family, I need to make plans and stick to them.
  • If I want to make better food choices, I need to have better food ready and available.
  • If I want to reap the benefits of physical activity, I need to commit to what I can do and stop bemoaning what I can’t do.
  • If I want more space in my life, I need to make the room.

Don’t things seem so simple when you free them from the chaos of your busy brain and write them down?  Man.  After thinking about what I want and how to get it, the practical, smaller steps came easily.

  • I will pack our bags (and meals) the night before.
  • I will not wait until I have a smidge of gas in the car to fill my tank.
  • I will plan several dinners at home with Nick each week, along with a few weekend plans to look forward to.  Oh, and we will dance every day (we forgot to do this for a little bit and my moves have seriously suffered).
  • I will not let the laundry back up to the point of becoming an international underwear crisis.
  • I will embrace the fall weather and take more frequent walks with my favorite little lady and our favorite little Frenchie.
  • I will practice more yoga (even if it’s for 10 minutes between meetings in a dress and control top pantyhose).
  • I will carve out time each day for religious practices that are important to me and central to my wellbeing: prayer, reflection and gratitude.
  • I will ask for help when I need it.

You may have been expecting something more along the lines of “Do 3 workouts a week.” Or “Go leaf peeping.” (I love the expression leaf peeping. Love it.  It sounds both creepy and enchanting.  Also: I accidentally typed “leaf peeing” and laughed so hard that I almost left it.  Almost.)  Or maybe you saw me walking into work yesterday with my fly unzipped and thought, “This lady needs to get her act together before she even thinks about working out or leaf peeping.”

Either way, there you have it.  My grand October life plan.  Octoberlifeplanfest!

Also On Tap for Today:

What grand plans are you working on?

Today: 13 wishes.

Happy New Year!  Nick and I enjoyed a night of fun and games with my sister, her fiance and their friends.  Thanks to the magic of Uber, we were home before 1 AM, ready to ring in 2013.  After this morning’s daily juice, a quick run, a little nap and a big salad, anything seems possible.

I took some time over the past few days to set my intentions, goals, and plans for 2013.  I like to call them wishes.  Mostly because that just sounds magical.  And sort of cute.  Regardless of the amount of work and dedication each requires.

In no particular order, my 13 wishes:

  1. Make some sense of the 5 million photos on my MacBook
  2. PR in 5k and 10k distances
  3. Focus on getting quality sleep each night
  4. Complete a full month of #fmsphotoaday
  5. Save for a new car
  6. Complete at least one assisted pull-up before July 4th
  7. Beat my previous Christine PR
  8. Beat my previous mile PR
  9. Make at least 1 therapy dog visit each month
  10. Plan at least 2 dates with Nick each month
  11. Get together with pals more regularly
  12. Log mileage on DailyMile more consistently (I always, always forget)
  13. Plan a vacation away during 2013

Also On Tap for Today:

What are your goals, plans, wishes… or whatever for the new year?