February Follow-Up and March Goals

Also known as “the post where I make a bunch of excuses.”

1. Start going through my French book

Does getting through 5 pages and a couple conjugation exercises count as “start going through?”  I say yes!  But in March I hope to make it through the entire first chapter.  It’s only 13 pages long anyways.

2. Lift 2x/week.

A+!  I win!  But really, I think I decided I hate lifting.  I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but the only thing that hurts after I lift is the crook of my elbow and my wrists.  Follow up goal for March will be to do push ups twice a week.  Maybe the old-fashioned workout is the best.

3. Realize when I’m in a bad mood and make a concentrated effort to get out of it.

Hi, it’s me happy Lauren.  I won’t say I was in a good mood every minute of every day this month (who was?) but overall, I had a pretty positive month.  Turns out when you stop focusing so intently on being happy, it’s much easier to just be happy.

As for our joint goals…

1. Cut back on the amount of time we spend on our phones.

HA HA!  Nuff said.

2. Joey does the meal planning for two weeks.

This actually went really well!  It was surprisingly easy and pretty enjoyable to give up total control of our meal plan.  I was back to planning again this week but I’m asking Joey to take over the duties again this upcoming week.


As for March, we each have some personal goals that involve reading books and other boring things, but our joint goal for the month is to not eat out!


Which clearly meant I had to take advantage of our last day to go out and get Cold Stone.  Froyo is good and all but sometimes real deal, creamy, full fat, full dairy ice cream is where it’s at.

Believe it or not, we just thought this would be a fun challenge for the both of us to do together.  Plus it’ll be a big money saver.  I will say that we’re going to visit Joey’s grandparents in Arizona this month and probably won’t be able to avoid going out while we’re there (I’m not about to pack a weeks worth of food in my suitcase), but we’re letting that slide.  The point isn’t to punish ourselves, after all.  And it’s only a month.  Should be easy, right?


Was February a good month for you?

Ice cream or froyo?

Could you go an entire month without eating out?

So Long, January


I could lie and pretend January has been a great month. And frankly, I would love to do that because admitting that it hasn’t been is hard. I had really hoped to start this new year off on a optimistic and happy note, but that didn’t exactly happen.  I have felt majorly emotional and lost. Not all the time, not even everyday, but a lot. More than I’d like to feel that way. And I wish I could pinpoint the source but I can’t and that seems to be the real problem here.

I keep having moments of clarity where I think, “what is there to be in a bad mood about?!” or “okay, enough, I’m going to be positive now” but that is so much easier said than done and 5 minutes later I’m back to being a total grouch. I know the steps I need to take to get over my bad mood, but it’s just so hard to put them into practice.

I don’t really know where to go from here, but something’s gotta give.  So I’m saying goodbye to January. I didn’t enjoy you, January. And I don’t think I will miss you any time soon.

I know that February, like January before it, is not going to be magically better. But there’s a million things I’m looking forward to in February and I think I need something to look forward. Because I’m feeling kind of stuck right now.  So here’s the February and all the happiness it has to offer!



Do you ever find yourself in a bad mood and can’t pinpoint the reason?

What are you looking forward to most in February?

What was the highlight of your January?