2019 Goals

2018 feels like a blur! We welcomed our first son in March, so we spent the two months before that traveling and preparing for his arrival. And, after? Life with a newborn was chaotic (but so, so rewarding); no amount of planning could have prepared for everything a baby entailed! Ten months later, Samuel still doesn’t love to sleep through the night, but I’m not letting that hold me back. In my mom’s words, I’m actually thriving with little sleep. Who knew?

Because of my new mentality (that I’m still working on), I’m excited about knocking out my goals for 2019. Below are some of my goals followed by a short explanation!

1. Spend more time on the people and things that bring me joy. Last year, I was forced to take a hard look at where I was spending my time and my money and to prioritize. Having Samuel to take care of has really changed my mindset. Before him, I really don’t know how I spent my time. That’s so cliche, but it’s so true. This year, I really want to be intentional. I want to make sure I’m spending my time on the things and people that truly matter. My Letterfolk Board says “Simplify: Make time for the little things” right now, and that’s what I plan on doing. 

2. Develop my personal style and donate or sell what doesn’t make me feel good. I often find myself pulling on some leggings, a v-neck, throwing my hair up, and calling it a day. That’s fine and all, but it doesn’t make me feel good. I find that I am so much more productive when I take the time to put myself together in the morning. I follow Natalie Borton on Instagram, and she is always sharing #legitmomstyle outfits. I’m really interested in defining my personal style and creating a “uniform,” so I can get ready quickly each day while still feeling fantastic. 

3. Give gifts like it’s my job (and sometimes it actually is). I’m a very good gift giver when I set myself up for success and actually make the things happen. A lot of times, I drag my feet and am a last-minute shopper. I run to the store and quickly buy something that works, which typically isn’t what I wanted. By planning and taking initiative, I will show people that I care. This means, I need to organize my calendar to keep track of those important dates! 

4. Spend time every single day laughing. Focus on enjoying the time with the people who are in my life, especially my son, I want to make him laugh every day! They say laughter is the best medicine, and I find that when I’m laughing, I’m in an overall better mood. (Duh!)

5. Become proactive and focus on tasks I need to complete. Woah! This is a big one that I hesitate to share. I tend to complete things (like this blog post) and then sit on it for a while until I can be sure it’s exactly what I want to put out there. In reality? No one cares as much as I do! I need to be more afraid of NOT doing the things I should be doing.

6. Have fun in the kitchen. Meal planning and cooking often get the best of me, even with my best intentions. I want to streamline my meal planning, so that way I can focus on creating new dishes in the kitchen, including baking delicious items. I want to try out new recipes and bake something new each month! 

7. Travel. One word is all this line needs! I want to explore and see more of the world with my family. I love going on an adventure, and I want this year to have even more!

I plan on revisiting my goals once a month and making smaller goals, so I can make I’m moving forward! Of course, circumstances can change, but I can always reevaluate and change these goals!

Happy 2019, everyone! I hope this is your best year ever!

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Healthy Pizza?

Good morning, everyone! I hope your Tuesday is off to a great start!

I did a few no-equipment YouTube workouts at home this morning, so I am feeling strong and mentally ready to go! I haven’t been working out lately because of my stress fracture, but I’ve found that I feel very sluggish. I am going to swim this week. No excuses! I have a few swim workouts to try and I bought a swimsuit, goggles and cap. So, I really have nothing holding me back.

Gratitude + Happiness

Do you ever feel frustrated about the way the events in your life are unfolding? If you occasionally do, I am with you 100 percent! Sometimes it feels like life just isn’t fair, and nothing is going my way (stress fracture, etc., etc.).

Over the weekend, I went home and attended church with my family. The theme was gratitude. We talked about happiness and gratitude. Apparently, the happiest people are people with who feel the most gratitude not the other way around. Being happy doesn’t make you thankful. Being thankful makes you happy.

I’m not an expert by any means, but I’ll leave you with that thought to think about!

My minister challenged us to write a thank you note to someone who we are grateful for. I still have to write mine!

No Cheese Cauliflower Pizza

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Last night I made cauliflower pizza for dinner, and it is definitely my favorite cauliflower pizza to date! This cauliflower pizza crust was easy to slice and stayed in the shape of a pizza, unlike my previous cauliflower pizzas that were made with cheese instead of nutritional yeast.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • oregano
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • marinara sauce
  • toppings (I used mushrooms and turkey pepperoni.)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coarsely chop cauliflower and pulse in a food processor.
  3. Place finely-pulsed cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for three minutes.
  4. While cauliflower is being microwaved, mix the two eggs, 1 tbsp almond flour, 3 tbsp nutritional yeast and seasoning in a large bowl.
  5. Drain cauliflower then slowly pour cauliflower into the egg mixture. Mix until combined.
  6. Spread pizza crust mixture onto greased stone and press into pizza shape.
  7. Bake crust for 25 minutes or until the edges are browned.
  8. Cover crust with marinara sauce and scatter toppings.
  9. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  10. Slice and enjoy!