How was your weekend? Any signs of spring where you are? I don’t see many here, but my friends out in Vancouver tell me it’s sunny, warm, and that flowers are blooming so you can bet that I’m counting down the days until my arrival.
This weekend I had a little brunch + theatre date with my mum, 2 great workouts, and did a whole lot of packing, posting on Kijiji, and emailing landlords about condo rentals. I think I’ve got my new digs nearly nailed down – now it’s just a matter of finding someone who wants to move into my current place! (If that sounds like it could be you, please get in touch!)
This month’s goal check-in is a bit late due to last week’s Ironman 70.3 training recap, but that’s allowed because it’s my blog and I’m the boss. 😉 Before I talk about my new goals for March (some of which are very predictable), let’s see how February went.
1) Get started on kombucha making – A+
This was not only a success, but so much fun and SUPER tasty! I did a how to make your own kombucha post a couple of weeks ago, and I have no idea what I was so scared of – it really is one of the easiest and cheapest things to make!
In case you’re new to kombucha or haven’t tried it before, the health benefits are significant (especially when it comes to good gut health) but the price tag in stores tends to be between $3-5/bottle. As a result I found myself only buying it as a treat, but regular consumption has made my tummy exceptionally happy.
2) Grocery shop only on the weekends – A-
Ooh am I ever excited to tell you about this one! My intention was to grocery shop only on weekends in order to avoid those mid-week trips that start out as “just picking up a couple of things” but turn into $50+ receipts. I always buy food on the weekend anyway, but my grocery runs over my lunch hours were becoming way too frequent in January and I knew it needed to stop.
So how’d it go? With the exception of only a couple of weekday visits, I was able to stick to this really well. I totalled up all of my January grocery receipts and compared them to February, and the February total was…. drumroll please…..
$113.19 cheaper! YAY!
Since this went so well, I’m planning to continue the same sort of thing into March (but more about that coming up shortly… keep reading!)
3) Have a wicked awesome time training in Las Vegas – A+
I wrote all about this here so I won’t bore you with more blabbering about how these were by far the best 4 days of the entire month. I’m beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to go, grateful for my coach who spent so much one-on-one time working with me, and ridiculously excited about the improvements that will be made in my performance over the months ahead. It was just….. fantastic.
And now, here’s the new focuses for March:
1) Express gratitude for at least 3 things every day.
Based on the recap of my 3rd goal above, you’ve probably got the sense that the thankfulness vibe is running through my veins pretty strongly right now!
Honestly though, it can be so easy to get annoyed and impatient when things aren’t going exactly how we planned for them to be, or when we’ve got a million decisions to make in a short amount of time. I’m one of the most type A planners I know, and uncertainty makes my stomach flip flop like crazy. This month so far has been full of high highs – I’m crazy excited and happy, but cross country moves are an expensive endeavour with lots of details that are tough to figure out!
Rather than getting stressed out about things beyond my control, I’ve decided to focus on the ones I can. One of my biggest, hairiest, most audacious goals is coming true and reminding myself to look at the big picture definitely helps to make the stressy days worth it. So whether it’s on paper, out loud, or in my head, I’ll be consciously giving thanks for 3 things every day to keep things in perspective.
2) Play a solid game of Clean Out the Kitchen Cupboards
In conjunction with my grocery-shopping-on-weekends-only regimen, I’m making it my mission to use up all the food items in my kitchen cupboards and fridge as much as possible before I leave for Vancouver. I don’t know how I ever accumulated so many lentils, beans and quinoa, but meals for the next couple of weeks are going to involve plenty of them. (Yay for plant based protein and fiber!) Brand new recipe creations using my pantry ingredients are already well underway, and you’ll see some coming up here soon – including one on Wednesday using these items:
I think you’re gonna like it!
3) See as many of my Ontario friends before the end of the month as possible.
I’ve lived in the Waterloo area since I moved back to Canada in 2006 to go to university, and it’s where the majority of my adult-life memories have been formed. Just like many other major life changes, the people are going to be what I miss the most. Of course with modern day conveniences like Skype and FaceTime, keeping in touch shouldn’t be difficult at all (and I’ve already got a list of friends who tell me they’re coming to visit when I move west!) But there’s nothing quite like face-to-face, old-fashioned non-digital communication, so over the next couple of weeks, I hope to see as many of the amazing individuals who have made the past 7 1/2 years so fantastic as possible.
Now it’s your turn!
- How did February go for you? What would you say your key highlights were?
- What are you working on this month?