February went by so fast! I knew it would, but it went by even faster than I anticipated. In addition to lots and lots of work, our family was nailed with a nasty stomach virus on Valentine’s weekend. It took over a week before we felt normal again. But then we got to splurge on a weekend at Disneyland — our daughter’s first trip — which was a total blast. We’re hoping to do it again next year. Now that this working-two-jobs craziness has wound down, I am finally tasting the freedom I so craved while in school for the last six years — freedom to focus on family life, housework, ministry, friendships, and various other activities and projects I haven’t had time or energy to pursue. This transition period has been a little weird and unpredictable, but I look forward to my routine evening out in the next month or two, Lord willing. So how are my goals for 2015 coming? We’re nearly a quarter of the way through the year!
Start a blog Hit the ground running with my court reporting career. For now that means starting with simpler, easier work; learning as much as I can; working as often as possible to get the financial ball rolling; and working my way up the totem pole as my skills, knowledge, resources, and equipment investments increase.:: I received my first court reporting paycheck for this month! I suppose that means I can cross this off my list, even though it is definitely a work in progress, something I am always thinking about and trying to improve. My availability to work is limited because of a lack of babysitters, but we’re making efforts to change that. Can’t wait to see where we are at the beginning of April.
- Pay off debt; namely, the credit cards, car payment, a contract we don’t use anymore, and (at least put a dent in) my school loans. :: We’re making headway, praise God!
- Do the GAPS diet with my family. We’ll spend from January to May gradually eliminating foods and stocking up on supplies until we start the Introduction phase in June. I am praying this will be most helpful for my husband who is desperate to solve some major neurological and digestive complaints; but I also hope it will resolve some hormonal, digestive, immune, and skin issues for myself and food sensitivities for our daughter. :: Still not where I want to be, but I’ve decided to stop stressing about it. I have frozen some vegetables for Intro, and will continue stocking up on freezer-friendly foods. This week I am going to start regularly fermenting other vegetables.
- Start an organic pot garden on our apartment patio. I’ll start with some fresh herbs and flowers, maybe branching out to some fruits and vegetables that can grow in small spaces. :: This is going to be my project for March, and I’m so excited!
- Grow my hair out long again. :: Still looks terrible, but the bottom layers reach the very tops of my shoulders if I’m trying really hard and my hair is stick-straight. I’ll be scheduling a trim in a month.
- Potty train our daughter (preferably by springtime). :: As I’m typing, my daughter just passed by and I smelled a poo. I asked her if she had a poopie, and she guiltily ran away to hide, saying and signing “potty” several times. She knows what it is and how to hold it, but doesn’t relax while actually sitting on the potty. Sigh.
- Print and frame several family pictures; send small prints to grandparents and family members.
- Stock up on earthquake emergency food, water, and supplies. Start out by filling up our empty containers with beans, rice, and other grains/seeds/legumes to store for a rainy day.
Purchase two 5-gallon water jugs to fill and store, switching out as needed to keep fresh.Have medicine and first aid supplies, sources of power and light, etc. :: Our dog knocked our two 5-gallon glass jugs together, breaking one. So we decided we may as well order three in addition to the one we had left — two to use, and two to store. They’ll be switched out monthly.
- Continue building physical strength and stamina. I am already moderately active, but I’m physically not where I’d like to be. By the end of the year, I want to be strong enough to bust out 10 pull-ups from a dead hang and 50 push-ups. Attainable enough, right? My workouts certainly won’t be limited to these things, however; those are just my weak spots. Something to keep in mind, though: the GAPS diet is a higher priority, and that may interfere with my progress when we begin this summer. Maybe that means I can try out the T-Tapp program, which is another goal of mine. We’ll see! :: Our second Tough Mudder is in four weeks, and I’m getting a little nervous. Time to step up my workout consistency…
- Create art and music again. :: Still haven’t touched the ukulele, but I moved it to a place where I’m more likely to pick it up. I did finally organize my craft bin, and all my supplies are accessible. When the inspiration comes, I’ll be ready. I’m more motivated, however, to work on functional projects for our kitchen right now.
These bits of progress have pleasantly surprised me. Can’t wait to see where we’re at next month!