Hello 2018

How do you feel about new years resolutions? Do you make resolutions at the beginning of the year? Do you find yourself just a few months into it and you didn’t stick to anything?

That’s me! I can’t tell you how many years I’ve said “New year, new me!”, “I’m going to start working out and keep it up”, or “I’m going to eat better this year.” I can honestly say that I have never made a new years resolution that has stuck throughout the entire year. I read an article that said 8% of people actually keep their New Years Resolution. That should tell you something about resolutions. So this year I decided to set realistic goals for the year and write them down. But then I decided to take the rest, what would normally be considered a new years resolution and take it month by month.

For example, instead of saying in January I’m going to have me time, I sit down at the beginning of the month to decide what I want for my me time to look like, and schedule it right then or mark it in the calendar to happen. Another thing I want to do is slowly continue to do little updates on our house. So for the month of January I wrote down 1 thing that I want to do in the house that month. Small or big, but only 1 thing. Then I thought about where Nathan and I dream to be financially, So I have it set on a monthly plan; how much we want to put into savings in the month of January.

I want this to be a great, healthy and successful year for me individually and for my family. So I want to be realistic in setting these plans and goals for myself. I want to not only make big plans for the first of the year but things that will stick for the entire year.

Something that has been helpful with this is my 2018 planner. At the beginning of every month there is a spot for your monthly mission board. IMG_0917

It includes: 

  • Me time
  • Be Social
  • Home
  • Health
  • Financial
  • Dream Big
  • Blank: God Time
  • Blank: Volunteering

So at the beginning of every month I am filling in those spots with my monthly goals. I have chosen to use my blank spaces for God time and Volunteering. This mission board is really going to help me think through what I want to do each month, to be more intentional and hopefully help me grow every year. Not a goal planned out for the entire year that I more than likely wont stick to. If you feel like a monthly mission board would also be helpful for you, I’ve created a print out that you can print, fill out and look at every month. There is power in writing it down and looking at it every day!

Your Own Monthly Mission Board or if you want to pick up your own monthly planner you get can it here.

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What’s in my kitchen?

How many times have you gone to the grocery story with what you want to cook on your mind but you can’t remember what you have at home? Or pinned a ton of new fun recipes and head straight to the store and end up buying duplicates of spices, seasonings and broths? Me! I have!

I love to plan our my menu a week a head of time but I can’t tell you how many times I just write down everything that I need buy for every recipe and realize that I spent a ton of money on things that I already have. So recently I’ve been trying to find a way to keep that organized. I made a “master list” of the basics that you need in your kitchen for any meal. And on that list it has a number of how many I have, when I use one up or it’s getting low I make a mark on my list and check it every time I go to the grocery store. It has saved me from having 3 shakers of garlic powder in one cabinet, it’s saved money since I’m not just buying it just in case, and it’s saved time because now I have a little list of what I have in my kitchen.

So I’ve made my master list available to you. Now you may need things on your master list that I don’t have on mine and with this file you are able to change it and make it custom to you. I have one list printed out and hung in my cabinet and one also saved on my phone so that I can constantly update it.

What’s in my kitchen

↑ This is just a sample PDF of what the list looks like

What’s In my Kitchen (Make your own)

↑ This is an Excel Worksheet that you can save to your computer or your phone.   You can edit the supply list or how many items that you have at anytime.

I hope that you are able to enjoy and benefit from this list as much as we have.

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