January Goals

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“The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”– Michelle Obama

Life Update

Hi friends, and happy 2018! How was everyone’s first full week of the new year? It was terribly cold here, I don’t know if it’s ever been this cold in NYC since I moved in 2014 – brrrr! Besides the bitter cold weather, my first week of the year overall was a productive start to the year. We spent NYE in Charlotte with my girlfriend from college, her fiance, and crazy adorable dachshund puppy, Chibs. Chibs was the most food-driven and playful pup you could find! Love him. We didn’t fly home until Tuesday the 2nd and went back to work on Wednesday.
On the flight home, I finished reading the book, Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba of thechampagnediet (Cesar got it for me for Christmas!), which was a nice ‘n easy read for the flights we took over holiday break (Newark to Phoenix, Phoenix to Charlotte, and Charlotte to Newark!). In the book, one of the most impactful ideas Cara shares comes on the fourth page of the book where she declares, “There is absolutely no shame in having desires, and the sooner you own them, the sooner they will flow to you.” Cara is a life coach, and the mindset phrase she uses with her clients is called, “limitless luxe“, and when you’re in a mindset of limitless luxe, you understand that your desires can be boundless and can happen for everyone including yourself. The idea that you’re worthy of all of your desires and nobody else’s reality has to affect your own reality was a powerful mindset shift for me. With my perfectionist tendencies, when I see so many bloggers killing it, I can feel small, unimportant, like an imposter. Thinking like Cara has already helped me put myself out there more; I restarted posting on my MIM instagram, which I’ve neglected for a couple months because I’ve felt phony and inauthentic with my posts in the past. 

I also loved how the book was laid out – Cara made a “notes” page at the end of each chapter that gives the reader space to consider and write down their biggest takeaways from the chapter. I did these activities with post-its so I can go back and re-read and re-answer the questions in the future, too. Cara’s voice and tone in her books really resonates with me, and I plan on reading all of her books, prioritizing Style Your Mind: A Workbook and Lifestyle Guide For Women Who Want to Design Their Thoughts, Empower Themselves, and Build a Beautiful Life and Like She Owns the Place: Give Yourself the Gift of Confidence and Ignite Your Inner Magic next. 
Now, let’s talk #goals.

December Goals in Review

1. Mind: Actively make decisions that will make myself feel good.
2. Body: Eat less meat.
3. Soul: Buy a new pair of black boots.

In regards to my December mind goal, many times I made good decisions, and sometimes I didn’t. For example, some of the decisions I made that helped me feel good were not drinking a ton anytime throughout our holiday travels (hangovers these days are like 3 days long, iiiick). I also splurged on myself and got a 90-minute massage while in Arizona, and it was exactly what I needed to loosen up and feel refreshed. In addition, I did a big blog project that I had been wanting to do for a long time, where I went back and updated about 50 blog post title images that were from my first year of blogging and had images and a different design layout than I currently use; it felt so good to get everything cohesive and on-brand. Oh! I also finished my first knitting project! I created a set of 4 coasters with this lovely chunky yarn. Very, very happy/proud moment during vacation.

they’re far from perfect, but my first knitting project is complete!
On the other hand, I actively ate through the entire state of Arizona and stuffed myself to the point of major discomfort because of no self-control, which made me feel terrible (both physically and mentally). Of course, my bad decisions are focused on food and a lack of self-control. I’m not one to love weight scales, but I did step on one when we got back from vacation, and I’ve gained 8 pounds since last year…I’m frustrated with myself times a billion. SO, meal prepping and getting myself back into a fitness routine are ever-present on my mind; I know I’ll feel so much better about myself when I regain control and commit to taking care of my body.
For my body goal of eating less meat, at home, Cesar and I greatly cut down on purchasing and eating meat. The only meat I’m hanging onto (not eating it every day) is chicken. No red meat, no seafood, just a little chicken here and there. We did have some tamales in Arizona that had red meat in them. I tried to eat more of the chicken, bean, or cheese stuffed ones, but it’s kind of hard to tell which one is which when they’re wrapped up, and you just grab a couple from the pot to eat soo yeah. I ate what I got.
Good news: I DID buy a pair of black boots last month for my soul goal! To be honest, I haven’t worn them yet because of the nasty weather – don’t want this weather to be their first experience on my feet, haha!
Bad news: I know in my heart that these boots are NOT the equal replacement for the boots that I have now. They are great boots, but they were cheap and won’t have that long-lasting stamp of approval that I know and need. Stay tuned for real replacement boot news…

January Goals

1. Mind: Commit to walking the walk AND talking the talk in regards to working on my health, relationship, and blog. 
2. Body: Workout for at least 30 minutes two times each week. 
3. Soul: Get rid of the two bins worth of clothes sitting in my closet that I don’t wear. Okay, I have ONE more soul goal for this month, and that is to send out my first ever email newsletter. It’s going to have a free calendar for the month and a more personal vibe to it…if you want to get my first newsletter, you can subscribe below. 

In terms of my mind goal, the truth is, I know what I need to do, I just NEED to do it in order to be more successful in all those aspects of my life. For my body goal, there’s a small gym in our building that I’ll use, but I also need to go back to doing yoga/spin/barre classes, too. My body has been like WTF, why aren’t you working out, Marah?! It’s not happy with me, so I have to take care of that…This week, I’m going to go to Honor Yoga in Hoboken and try a class there – excited about that! Finally, decluttering is always good for the soul. We have so much less space in our new apartment, I have to get rid of those bins of clothes to clear out some precious, much-needed space for storage. I have two clean-out bags coming from ThredUp, and I’m going to fill them up and kiss those bags goodbyeee.

Those are my first mind-body-soul goals for 2018, how about you? What’s on your docket for this month? 

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