Month: September 2013

Simple monthly goals

simple monthly goalsOk, who’s ready to join me in making some simple monthly goals for October? As a psychology major I know the best principles for setting and achieving goals: keep them simple, attainable, write them down and choose a reward for accomplishing them. I like to set 4 do-able goals each month and I’m inviting you along too.

They can be anything: a project you want to start or finish, a book to read, a skill to learn, a friend to visit or a recipe to try. No need for ground-breaking cancer-curing, marathon-running, rocket-launching type stuff here. Just little steps to keep yourself on track, growing and learning. Peek at mine for October:

  1. swim 2 times each week
  2. try at least 2 slow cooker recipes
  3. purge the coat/shoe closet and donate
  4. make an extra credit card payment

I’ll reward myself with take-out sushi and a real latte! See?…it’s easy. Prepare yourself for success – look at the month ahead and be realistic about the time and energy you have to devote to your goals and set them accordingly. Gather any supplies you’ll need – for me that’s goggles, recipes, garbage bags and a frugal mindset. So, take today, think about what you want to achieve, write it down and start working toward your goals along with me tomorrow. Share if you dare – I’d love to hear your goals and rewards!

Walk it out

Walk it outYou know there’s a mind/body connection with exercise, right? Luckily I get the ‘runner’s high’ even after my little jogs and I feel a real sense of accomplishment following my strength training workouts. Nothing beats the peace of mind that comes with a good old walk though. I regularly go for a 5km or so stroll through my neighbourhood and I love this time for decompressing, organizing my mind, letting go of the work day and enjoying being outside. My route is basically the same, sometimes with a longer addition or a shortcut if I’m pressed for time. Unlike counting reps at the gym or pushing myself to run farther, I don’t have to concentrate on my walking path so my mind is free to wander….and it does!
Walk it outI come up with some of my best craft ideas and problem solving while walking. I plan menus and make mental ‘to do’ lists. Something about being in motion physically makes my brain do the same. With the seasons changing, it’s interesting to watch the landscape and colors evolve. I meet all kinds of people and their dogs that I wouldn’t normally and being out in the world makes me feel more connected to my community. I am often surprised to find myself back home so soon and with all the challenges of the day sorted out. If walking isn’t part of your life, I invite you to try it. Burning calories, getting fresh air and gaining mental clarity are all good in my world!

Clean your wellies!

clean Hunter boots DIYIt’s time on the wet, west coast to get prepared for the rainy season. It lasts about 10 months here – ha ha – actually only about 9 1/2! There are a couple of things it’s hard to live without: a gore tex jacket and welly boots.
I was lucky enough to inherit a pair of gorgeous Hunters from a very generous friend who was abusing them wearing them on her farm while collecting eggs from the chicken coop and mucking out the goat barn, *yikes*! These boots are so nice, with rubber around the foot and tweedy fabric on the uppers and totally out of my budget. I set out to give them a good cleaning for Fall because, in these parts, we wear them as fashion boots too. Totally acceptable in my workplace to don wellies with a skirt.
clean Hunter boot DIYclean Hunter boots DIYclean Hunter boots DIYThere’s a special cleaner for Hunter boots to take care of the ‘fogginess’ that develops on the rubber but I was pretty confident I could live without it. I used good old Armor All and a Tide pen on these babies and I’m thrilled with how they spruced up. I sprayed the Armor All onto an old clean towel then thoroughly rubbed it into all the rubber parts of the boots. The Tide pen got out the worst of the dirt stains from the tweed fabric in no time! About 15 minutes effort and I’m all set to prance around in trendy boots AND stay dry. Win, win.