HELLO OCTOBER

BRRR! We woke up this morning to a winter storm warning. Yes, already. On October first. Yesterday was a beautiful 24º and I wore short-shorts for what will probably be the last time this year #insertsadface. We are expecting 15-20cm of snow in the next 24 hours and I wouldn’t say I’m happy about it. Fall is lovely- Winter is not my favourite. 3 Weeks ago we were still pushing 35º! It’s just all happened so quickly and I’m not ready!

But, enough complaining. No one can control the weather.

hello october

I started September with a fresh get-back-on-track attitude and committed to some Fall Resolutions . I would say that I started with my best intentions but as the month wore on I started to fall back off track. The continued hot weather got the best of me and I slipped back into those lazy summer habits, and, overall it was a very busy month. Here’s how I did:

  1. Meal Plan For The Month As A Whole
    Well, I rocked at the planning! I had the calendar filled with 30 different meals using what I mostly already had in the freezer and pantry and utilizing leftovers with no repeats. Buuuuut, I didn’t rock so much with the following through. Week 1 went perfectly. Week 2 went ok- I missed a couple of plans. Week 3 and 4 were pretty non existent. As soon as I am done this post I will start working on October.. Hopefully I will do much better this month!
  2. Cut Grocery Spending- Save $50 Each Month From The Budget
    This was a tricky one this month. I needed to do a big pantry re-stock and we were running out of all those expensive household things like laundry soap, dishwasher soap, paper towels and toilet paper. I did, however, manage to ring in $44 under budget- YAY!! All money saved from Groceries between now and the end of November will go towards Christmas.
  3. Reconnect With Yoga- Go 4 Times/ Month 
    I went the first week!! It was GREAT! My balance and strength were not what they used to be but I thought I kept up pretty well. I didn’t make it again after the first week, though. The hubs worked late a few times so it didn’t work out and the last 2 weeks of the month were super busy and it just didn’t work out to go again. I’m not giving up on this though- I stopped in and purchased a 20- class punch card this week so I am pre-paid and good to go for at least until the end of the year now 🙂
  4. No Coffee Until After Breakfast
    This one was to get myself to eat that all-important meal of the day. I would say overall I ate breakfast more times this month that usual, but I didn’t eat every morning. But, the morning I didn’t have breakfast I didn’t have coffee either so I did achieve what I sort-of set out to. It did mean that on mornings I had coffee out I also spent extra on eating breakfast out too. A valiant effort if I do say so myself.
  5. Catch Up On All Family Multi-Media
    Nope. No progress here.
  6. MOVE
    Nope. No progress here either. We just did another price reduction so we are being proactive. Fingers crossed it happens soon.
  7. Take Some Time For Myself Once A Week
    Good news- I DID make time to watch “You’ve Got Mail” and it was wonderful. I also went to the one yoga class. And, my sister and I hosted a sign workshop with some friends. That was about it though- But, three out of four weeks isn’t too bad, right?

hello fall

October doesn’t just mean earlier evenings and the first snow fall- It also means the start of Holidays! I am hosting Thanksgiving next weekend. Although my Mama will be here to help me I am going to make a point to do the whole turkey part myself. I’ve cooked turkey twice before in my kitchen, but both times I had assistance from a pro. This time I’m feeling confident enough to do it myself. Wish me luck!

I can start planning ahead for Christmas! Lots of exciting things coming up and plenty to share with you

Chat soon, friends.

❤ KOCHIEMAMA

 

 

The Bucket List

HELLO TWENTY SEVENTEEN!

Doesn’t the first day of the year just make you feel like anything is possible? You’re looking at a squeaky clean slate with 365 fresh new days ahead of you to make your mark on.

I am much more of a bucket list gal than a resolution lady. I like to sit down, usually on New Year’s Eve with a friend and a nice coffee shop mug of deliciousness, and write a list of goals and things to accomplish over the next twelve months. The scope of the list has evolved as I’ve grown up. In my early twenties the points would be more geared to figuring out this whole being-an-adult business. When I was more established in my mid twenties it was more about making the most of life

This month I turn the big 3-0 and I am in a much different personal place than any other year so far. My husband and I welcomed our first born this past spring so 2016 has been full of figuring out this “being-a-parent” world. So far it has been the greatest adventure and I absolutely cannot wait to see where this journey takes us. That being said, I have written my list in three categories this year to compliment where I am in life right now.

FINANCIAL

Some of us think of our finances daily and others of us like to avoid it at all costs. No matter what camp you fall under the start of a new year is a good time to evaluate your current financial situation and look at where you would like to be this time next year. Would you like to pay off some debt? Increase your savings? Buy a house? Make a goal and then more importantly MAKE A PLAN! How will you be successful in achieving this? The saying goes “If you fail to plan then you plan to fail” and when it comes to finances this couldn’t be more true. I have found that breaking the big goal down into achievable monthly goals is a great way to keep myself on track. If you don’t know how to get to where you want to end up then meeting with a financial advisor is an excellent place to start.

I started 2016 credit card debt FREE and one my financial goals was to continue to use my card for the travel points but to pay off purchases immediately and avoid paying any interest. I succeeded! I plan to continue with this goal for the coming year.

FAMILY

What would you love to achieve or experience as a family or a couple? We have been working hard at renovating our home so we can move this coming year. We’ve had some wonderful times here at this house but we have outgrown it and we are ready to move on. A family goal we have this year is to move into a home that our children can grow in. We also plan to take a family trip to England to visit my 93 year old grandmother so that she can meet her great grandson.

PERSONAL

Self development is important for our evolution as individuals. Challenge yourself to grow! What skill have you wanted to learn? What have you been longing to experience? Choose goals that you can get passionate about and plan to make them happen.

Some of my personal goals over the last few years have included: Host Thanksgiving Dinner, learn to make bread, try skiing, and travel to the longest list of places. I find that my list in this category is long and I know that I won’t be able to accomplish all of them. Again, the goals you are really serious about need to have a get-it-done plan attached to them or the year will pass by and they won’t have happened. For me, this category usually turns into more of an “I would love to” instead of a this is all going to happen” list. But hey, don’t dream too small! Firstly, you can always carry over incomplete items to the following year, and secondly, you never know when an opportunity may arise. Visiting New York City appeared on my list for years and I was unable to make it happen because of the finances and not enough annual vacation time from work. In 2015 I had a five day weekend booked for July and my friend and I had planned to take a road trip to Mount Rushmore (another reoccurring bucket list item). A couple of weeks before we were set to depart we debated finding a last minute travel deal to somewhere random and have an unplanned adventure instead. We found an insanely good flight and hotel deal in New York, snapped it up, and THEN found tickets to the Taylor Swift 1989 tour happening while we were there. It was the most amazing trip and it was so unexpected. #lifemade

How do you prepare for the year ahead? Do you make resolutions or goals, or do you just wing it?

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!