Posts About goals

keeping up with personal projects when you feel overwhelmed

November 4, 2014

Life has been busy lately! Between all the sicknesses in our household, a spirited toddler, more patients at work, and an overbooked schedule, I haven’t had much time for myself. That’s okay; it’s the season of life I’m in and I know it will come and go. You probably know by now that I am a very goal-driven and aspirational person. I always have personal projects that I’m working on, both big and small, and even more that I’m dreaming up. I actually become even more inspired when I am busy with other things. When I’m active physically my mind is active as well. Lately I have so many ideas and dreams and hobbies that it can be easy for me to…
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cinnamon-topped oatmeal muffins

October 9, 2014

This is the second in my ten quick breads challenge. It is a delicious challenge. This time I went for muffins. I like that they’re not overly sweet (except for the topping…yum) and that they have oatmeal which is hearty – and good for lactation if that’s something important to you. :) Cinnamon-topped oatmeal muffinsadapted from More-With-Less 1 cup sifted flour 1/4 cup sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup quick or old-fashioned oats 1/2 cup raisins (optional – I didn’t have any, so I left them out) 3 Tablespoons oil 1 egg, beaten 1 cup milk For the topping: 2 Tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon melted butter Preheat oven to 425…
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fall goals

September 24, 2014

But first, a recap of my summer goals: >Complete Whole30 and reintroduction plan: did it! And it was awesome. >Finish Liam’s stocking: Check plus! >Go to the beach: Nope, we didn’t make it happen. We are such homebodies. Sadness. >Read a long book: Spent most of the summer reading Lonesome Dove, which I finished and loved. >Meredith’s birthday party: We had a great family day at the park. *** Now about my fall goals. Truth be told, I haven’t been in the best mindset for goal-setting. Things have been kind of chaotic and what I really want to achieve (a perfectly agreeable & compliant toddler, for example) doesn’t lend itself to measurable steps. So I did a little journaling and took some areas where I have…
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dutch apple bread (and a baking challenge)

September 15, 2014

As I was reading through my More-With-Less cookbook I was overwhelmed with the urge to do some baking. One day I’d love to master baking yeasted bread from scratch, but I’m not quite ready to tackle that yet. For now, I was very inspired by the quick bread section of this particular cookbook. Quick bread is any bread leavened without yeast. Technically this could include cakes and brownies and such, but I want to branch out from that. I set myself the goal to try ten new quick bread recipes. My first attempt – Dutch apple bread – was rushed and I realized too late that I used baking powder instead of baking soda (I am ALWAYS doing that; I…
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the houston project / july

August 4, 2014

Last month we were able to fit in a couple activities on my Houston project list. First of all, we attended a kids’ storytime at a cool independent bookstore called Brazos Bookstore. It started at 10:30 a.m. but weirdly Meredith fell asleep in the car on the way there (weird because she is usually wide awake well past noon). Waking her up is never fun but it wasn’t close so we did it. She was fine while the story was being read in the cute kids’ room, sitting on my lap with Liam in the Ergo. Next was craft time where the kids were supposed to draw a picture of their best friend. This is where it all went downhill…
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