Living Intentionally, Month 1: Exercise, Reading, Health, School, Writing

ONE MONTH since I wrote my goals for the year! A little progress report on the goals I have been working on so far. Some I did well, some not so much. Some of the ones I have been focusing on are exercise, reading, blogging/writing, eating healthily, and doing school with Evie.


I tried really hard at this one but I’m still trying to figure out how to make it work for me. My first month did not go so well. I think I exercised 5 days out of 30. (More on this later…)


Book List March 2014

I just discovered the Washington County Free Library and I am in LOVE! It was like walking into Kinokuniya and being able to walk out with as many books as I wanted (50 to be precise). The best part about this library is that I can also place requests for books online and they will pull them from the shelves from various libraries in the county and deliver them to my closest library for pick-up! They also have an e-book library with books, magazines, and videos!

Books I am currently reading:

  1. The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman (Dec 3, 2013)
  2. Building a Discipling Culture by Breen, Mike (Aug 16, 2011)
  3. On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam (Feb 1, 2012)
  4. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to DASH Diet Cooking by ND, Ph.D., Deirdre Rawlings (May 1, 2012)


Eating Healthily

I have been looking for a “diet plan” to kickstart my healthy eating goals and I think I have found it. It is not just a diet, but a lifestyle. It is called the Daniel Plan. I have not read too much of the book yet but from what I have heard, I think it sounds like something I can sustain. I don’t want an extreme crazy diet that just makes me feel like a failure because it is unattainable. The Daniel Plan focuses on 5 areas of lifestyle change and holistic living: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends. They have a 40-day program that you can follow to build a habit of holistic living.

Daniel Plan: Who wants to do it with me? :)

While I am figuring out how to prepare for the Daniel Plan, these are some things I am working on for a healthier diet:

  1. Planning my meals: so that we don’t cave into eating out when we have a busy day (More on this later…)
  2. Developing a breakfast habit: I am eating the same thing every morning so that it becomes easy and automatic. So far, I drink my Melilea shake and take my vitamin supplements and eat a bowl of oatmeal with fruit. I would like to add drinking a cup of honey with apple cider vinegar too in the mornings as a next step.
  3. I’ve been buying bagged salads to help motivate me to eat a salad even when I am pressed for time to prepare a meal.
  4. Next on my list is to fill my house with healthy snacks because I am hungry all the time and always just cave into eating a cookie or granola bar! (More on this later…)

I’ve been hearing lots of good things about Trim Healthy Mama from various friends and might bite the bullet and buy the book to see what it’s all about.

Do One Hour of School with Evie/Alice

School Area

I have been organizing our living room to create a “school area” for Evie. I started with the workboxes but after Alice was born, Evie’s “school” kind of got shelved for a long time. When I say “school”, I mean activities that I do WITH her vs. independent play.

Her workboxes had little activities in it that she could do on her own like: pouring, scooping, play dough, dress up, coloring, painting, her wallet and money, and magnet activities. We also got a lot of Montessori materials for her to play with and she has really developed good habits of independent play while Mommy has been learning to be a Mommy to two.

I wanted to take it a step further, since she is turning 3 at the end of April — YES, THREE!!! She has also been begging for more “school work” and “writing”. I have realized that when she says she wants to do “school work”, she means that she wants me to do something with her. I got some samples of Sonlight’s P3/4 curriculum and we’re checking books out of the library to use with it. I know. I know. She’s only three. But I like having a plan for activities and maybe spending one day each month gathering supplies for fun projects vs. scrambling around each day trying to do something intentional with her. I have started making up a simple weekly schedule with a focus for each day (e.g. reading, piano, library, outdoors…) that we will try out and see how it works for us. :) I’m excited to start! Alice will just tag along I guess. :)

If any mommies want to meet up and do some “school” together, let me know!

(More on this later…)


My goals was to blog at least once a week and so far I think I’ve been doing it! I have quite a few blog posts in progress and lots of ideas and am excited to write and share. Thank you for reading and leaving me messages. It kind of provides me some accountability for my goals and encourages me to keep going!

What small steps have YOU been making towards your goals? Have you been celebrating your victories?

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