New Year, New You – Get Real

New Year, New You! Let’s face it, the beginning of a new year can come with a lot of pressure.  Everywhere you look you’re being asked to drastically change an aspect of yourself.  Let’s break the habit of breaking ourselves.  Instead of making radical changes in a short amount of time, let’s make small but substantial changes month by month.  At the end of each month, evaluate how you feel.  If you don’t want to continue with your resolution at the end of the month, you can stop but still know that you succeeded.  You’ll increase your ability to succeed by eliminating unrealistic expectations. 

It’s January, and it’s cold outside.  And if you’re anything like me, cold weather does not inspire me to get out there and be motivated.  So, January is going to be my month of getting organized and setting up the structure and basis for the rest of my years’ successes.

Bloom Planner

My Bloom – Hard Cover Vision Planner (Peacock Feathers) was delivered a few days ago and it’s amazing! This specific planner focuses on goal setting and breaking down those goals into bite-sized pieces.  It has a place for your monthly goals, divided into categories (finances, relationships, health…) and a place to break those goals down into a weekly check list! I LOVE checking things off a list.  Does anyone else add stuff after they’ve already done it, just so they can check it off?  It also has a monthly calendar (my favorite) and a weekly calendar.

Zig Dual-Tip Markers : I also suggest these fun markers for personalizing your planner.  These are vibrant without bleeding through the pages.

If you’re looking for something more basic, that will still keep you organized I’m a huge fan of wall/tabletop calendars.  It’s a great place to put family activities.  Right now, it’s just me and my husband (our dog’s don’t have very active social lives 😉 ) but it’s still really helpful to have one place with all of our plans for the week/month in one location.  We benefit from having a physical calendar to look at.  We spend so much time on our phones, the physical calendar stands out more.

Coloring Book Calendar  Etsy: Follow Your Arrow Calendar  Watercolor Calendar

Another way to start your year off successfully is to focus on being *grateful*.  Being grateful for the big and small things in your life, completely changes your attitude.  This leads to being happier and more productive.  I’m a nanny, and each day when I pick up the kids, I ask them 2 questions.  What was the best part of your day, and what was something nice that you or someone else did today.  Not only does this start a fun conversation, but it challenges you to think about your day in a more positive light.  Share your best and nice part of the day in the comments below!

One of my favorite finds this year has been 52 Lists of Happiness and 52 Lists Project. It’s gratitude journaling made easy.  Each week you’re given a prompt to list ways or things that make you happy.  I gifted several of these this year for Christmas!

I know that you can be successful!  Remember to set manageable goals and write them down!  Seeing your goals written down will keep them in the forefront of your mind.  Each month I’ll let you in on my monthly resolution and what products and tools I’m using to obtain that goal.  I want to know what your goals are for this year.  I’d love to know what steps you’re taking or offer advice to help you be successful!



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Friday Favorites 4/21/2017

We spent last week in Florida (amazing), and I’m still trying to remember what day it is.  Isn’t that the best part about vacation, not having to keep up with the days?  Now it’s back to the real world, luckily my real world is pretty fantastic.  Right now I’m curled up with a cute puppers and eating cotton candy, so life is pretty sweet.

Favorite Snack Food:  The Fluff Factory Cotton Candy! Y’all I don’t typically eat super sugary sweet stuff, but the flavors are insane!  Currently inhaling Salted Caramel Cotton Candy and contemplating if I need to join a support group.  Thanks to my mom for getting me addicted and the lovely ladies at Silver Star Mercantile for hooking me up!  If you’re in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, head to downtown Carrollton and check them out!  They always have super cute stuff (it’s not all food), including our favorite jalapeno jelly! 

Salted Caramel not pictured because I ate it all…

Favorite New Tradition: We decided to officially set aside one night a month for Ladies Night!  So much easier to just have a date in the books so there’s always something to look forward to!  If you’re in Greenville, SC and you see a group of 10+ girls out on the 3rd Monday of the month it’s probably us!  Feel free to buy us guacamole and offer to take our picture!  Shout out to the staff and manager at Chuy’s for giving us the history and fun facts about the restaurant!

My friends are like really pretty.

Favorite Meal: Salmon and Pesto Flatbread.  I mean, those 4 words are magical sounding, you know it’s going to be amazing.  I had this multiple days in a row for lunch, because  I love myself and want to be happy.  I will be attempting to recreate this recipe from Fresco’s, this weekend – follow my Instagram story to see how it turns out!


Favorite Gift Idea:  I came across this while researching gift ideas for a friends annual beach trip (Hi, Brie!), and immediately fell in love!  If you travel a lot, have a friend that travels, or have ever left your house – you need this!  It’s a travel phone charger BUT it’s pretty and conveniently hooks to your purse or key chain!  Unfortunately it’s only for iPhone, iPod and iPad, us Android users have to just sit in envy!

Favorite New(ish) Podcast:  In The Dark is such a well done podcast.  It follows in the footsteps of Serial, which I absolutely loved.  It chronicles the 27 year old case of a missing 11 year old boy from a rural Minnesota town.  The best part about this podcast is the resolution, it may have taken 27 years but the abductor has been captured.  An interesting fact, this case actually lead to the creation of the “sex offenders database”.  I found it fascinating and maddening at the same time.  If you listen to it, you’ll understand the maddening part immediately.  Let me know some other podcasts I should listen to, and if you’ve listened to In The Dark!

In the Dark

Thanks for reading, you guys are the best!  Feel free to share your “favorites” from the past week with me or what fun plans you have for the weekend!  I’m off to finish Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  It’s one of those can’t put it down but also don’t want it to end type books!  Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button!