Life as it was - January

So barely two weeks ago, I shared that my word for the year is Home and my goals are centered around that theme. Here's the first of what I hope will be a monthly progress report.

  • House: Almost bought a home that was perfect for us but the inspection turned up some flaws we could not ignore. Decluttered the guest room closet. 
  • Staycations: Participated in the Lunar New Year celebrations in Calgary's Chinatown. It was freezing cold and BabyBoy was not impressed by the dragons trying to get up close and personal but all in all, it was a decent first attempt at enjoying our city. 
  • Family Time: The girls are eager to learn how to cook and I'd love to use their eagerness to get them to try more new things. So this month, every Friday we had little "mommy and me" kitchen sessions. We made orange juice (and for the first time, the  girls actually drank and enjoyed orange juice), lemonade and apple sauce. I chose super-easy foods/drinks to start with and plan to go into the more complex dishes as time goes on.
  • Body: Ate less meat and more vegetables. Exercised a little more. I made baby steps but progress is progress. 
Every year, on my birthday month, I place an order with Sephora to combine my must-have beauty splurges with their birthday gift. This year, I got two serums -  vitamin C and hyaluronic acid - from The Ordinary brand. So far, I'm happy with both and will repurchase once they're empty.
Dragon getting up close and personal

I bought: 
Two weighted blankets. One for Spice and one for myself since we both seem to have similar sleep complaints. I got the kids' weighted blanket off Amazon for Spice and was able to buy mine from Costco (can't link because it's no longer showing up on their website). I had to go online for Spice's because it's hard to find kids' weighted blankets in stores. For mine, I found blankets in several stores but eventually settled for buying Costco's because it was price competitive and their return policy is very generous. 

Verdict? So far so good, Spice has not woken up once to complain that she didn't get any sleep. WIN!
For me, the good part is the blanket is so heavy and warm, I've been able to use it alone instead of the 4 layers of blankets I used to resort to. However, I'm still waking up at night and unable to fall back asleep. I hear it takes a month or so for any visible sleep pattern changes to be noticed so I won't call this a fail just yet. 

Raising a Girl Child - Reading List

I just noticed that I have a folder of bookmarks on my browser that's labeled "Girl Child". It's a collection of articles hosted on fairly reputable websites that share tips on raising girls in today's world.

In no particular order, here's my collection of resources on raising girls


Just sharing these links made me go back and check some of these resources are. They're really good and worth reading and re-reading ever so often.

2020 - Home

I always like to spend the months of December and January taking stock of several aspects of life, reviewing what worked in the past year and setting my directions for the next year. I don't consciously have a "word" for the year but I do have a theme that reflects the life goals.

If last year's theme was "SIMPLE", then 2020's theme is "HOME". In so many different definitions for the word Home.

HOME

noun
a house or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family or household
verb
to proceed or direct attention towards an objective
adjective
operating or occuring in an area that is a base of operations or headquarters
adverb
to a vital sensitive core

What Worked for Me in 2019

I didn't blog for almost all of 2019 but I was still out there, still doing my thing. Consciously or unconsciously, my life theme for 2019 was "Simple". I chose the simple life over and over again. I had so many balls in the air, I knew that the best thing for my mental and emotional well-being was to simplify as many things as I could.

So what did I simplify in 2019? Here's a concise summary of what worked for me and how I used the concept of "SIMPLE" to influence almost every facet of my life


5 Types of Goals Worth Setting in 2020

Happy New Year Everyone!

It's that time of the year where resolutions, goals and theme words ooze out of every media platform. As a compulsive list-maker and goal-setter, I have no complaints about this trend. I'm an ardent believer in the setting of goals, not just every New Year but as a tool to be used every time my life needs to be redirected.

On to the actual content of this post, here are 5 types of goals (with examples) that I will be setting this year to define the life I want to live in 2020 and beyond.

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