Nourish {in January}

At the beginning of the month, I chose “nourish” as my word for the year. To hold myself accountable, I’m going to write a recap every month to make sure that I’m sticking to my word and making progress. It’s almost hard for me to believe that we’re one month into 2014, but at the same time, it’s not — the negative temperatures and snow have made the days feel very long. I suppose that’s a good thing, considering how quickly last year flew by.

I wrote mini goals for myself, focusing on my body, my mind and my spirit. I’m going to add a relationship category too — that’s something I’ve already discussed in earlier posts this month.

So, how have I been doing?

On nourishing my body:

I’ve been pretty consistent with my workouts, averaging 4 times per week. I could probably step it up a little, but the weather is making it really hard for me to stay motivated — thank goodness for at-home workout DVDs! Also, if you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen that we now have a treadmill in our basement!

I’ve already used it it three times this week! Especially because it’s winter, I’m loving that I can get in some cardio without having to drive to the gym. I have to thank my in-laws, who bought a new treadmill and gave us their old one!

My goal for February is to continue my workouts as usual, and just be more active in general. It’s really easy to sit for hours at a time when the weather’s like this. Also, I’m challenging myself to give up sugar. We’re taking a beach vacation in a couple of months, and to sound completely vain, I want to look and feel my best in my bathing suit. I’m curious to see how eliminating sugar will affect my body. To avoid going crazy and/or binging on sweets, I might let myself have an occasional treat on the weekend — we’ll see. I’m not counting calories or doing anything crazy.

On nourishing my mind:

I’m really happy with how well I’ve stuck to my goals for this one. I’ve been reading every day, and I’ve been watching a lot less TV. It helps that it’s basketball season and we only have one TV with cable. I don’t like watching basketball, so while Jordan watches the game, I read in front of the fireplace. It’s a win-win situation.

As far as my anxiety goes, it’s better than it was last year. This time of year is always the hardest because of the gloomy weather, but I’ve been avoiding the (depressing) news, and sitting in front of my sunlamp as much as I can.

In February, I want to continue to read good books! Right now I’m finishing up Tori Spelling’s Spelling It Like It Is, and earlier this month I read Alexandra Heminsley’s Running Like a Girl. I’m enjoying lighthearted, meaningful autobiography’s. Any suggestions for what I should read next?

On nourishing my spirit:

Earlier this week, Katie wrote a great post on her current season of life. Katie and I always joke that we seem to be going through the same things at the same time, but I seriously feel like I could have written that post myself.

Having somewhere to get up and go every morning has definitely lifted my spirits. Did I think I’d be in this place in my career at 25? No. But I love my new job and the other opportunities that it allows me have (like blogging!). Now that I have a reason to leave the house everyday, I find that I’m living much more in the moment.

My goal for February is to pursue more writing opportunities. I’m working on a couple of fun projects for next month, but I want to put myself out there even more. There’s a blog conference that I’d like to attend this summer, so I’d also like to start seeking out sponsors and arranging plans for that!

On nourishing my relationships:

Jordan and I are one date into our 50 dates challenge, and we’re planning more for the future. The past couple of weeks have been difficult, with Jordan working crazy hours, but I can’t complain. He works so hard for us, and we’re squeezing in time together when we can!

My goal for February is to get more connected in my community. I’d like to connect with other writers and/or bloggers that I can bounce ideas off of, and just get to know. My main source of interaction during the day is with two kids under the age of 9, and while I love it, by the end of the week, I’m desperately craving adult interaction.

Do you set goals for the month?

How was January for you?

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  1. January looks like it was great to you, even with the crazy cold and snow days. I’m totally with you and seem to do better with managing time and getting things done when I wake up and go somewhere for work! I can’t wait to see how the rest of the year goes. I also need to give up sugar like you. Seriously, it’s getting ridiculous, hahah Love the treadmill! I swear it’s helped keep me sane this past month! I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have that to at least refresh my mind during this awful cold!
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  2. I think I’ll be setting goals for February, since it is my birthday/favorite month! But I want to make more goals that connect to my word “simplify”, so I think that is my plan!
    Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change recently posted…Thinking Out Loud / #2My Profile

  3. Sounds like it has been a great month for you with nourishing. That has got to be super nice, just going down stairs and able to do some cardio. I’m glad you are enjoying your year so far!
    Hollie recently posted…I am Boring.My Profile

  4. I really enjoyed reading through this update Emily! It sounds like January was a really great month for you. I’m so happy that you were able to ‘nourish’ these areas of your life. :) My January wasn’t so good but I’m hoping February will be much better. I wish I wouldn’t have let the cold weather affect me as much as it has this month but I will stick with my goals for February – workouts, relationships, soul.
    Diane @ Life of Di. recently posted…Little Life Updates: January 2014.My Profile

  5. I had a no sugar goal in January that I abandoned. I really just wanted to cut back, and I did that, so I felt alright allowing myself some dark chocolate after dinner. All about balance :) Re: not being where you thought you’d be at 25 – I feel like that a lot so you’re not alone. When I was 13 I thought 26 was so old and grown up…ha!

    My biggest goal for February is to fit yoga in at least 3x per week. Should be pretty doable, I think.
    Emilie recently posted…February GoalsMy Profile

  6. “Nourish” is a great word choice for 2014! I chose “patience,” always a struggle for me, and have found myself being more patient with myself (and others, especially when driving!). I think it’s an awesome goal to ruminate and incorporate a single phrase into your year, and it sounds like you’re doing really well!

    I really enjoy autobiographies and memoirs, too. One of my recent favorites is actually one I reviewed today: Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod. If you’ve ever dreamed of moving to or wandering Paris, highly recommend!
    Meg recently posted…Book review: ‘Paris Letters’ by Janice MacLeodMy Profile

    1. I need to work on patience also — that’s a great word! Thank you for the suggestion — I’d love to go to Paris someday, so I’ll have to check it out!

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