2018: The No Buy Year

 

After months of putting off organizing my newly remodeled bathroom, I finally got some organizing containers and stayed up until midnight sorting, organizing, and cleaning out the abundance of products that I have been hoarding!

When we unexpectedly had to remodel our bathroom, I was 5-6 months pregnant and completely overwhelmed! We went away to visit my family for Christmas and were having our bedroom floors refinished while we were out of town. We came back to the contractor saying that something didn’t look right underneath our master bathroom. After further investigation, turns out our shower had not been properly sealed and had been leaking pretty much the whole 10 years that we had been living in the house. Every support beam holding up our bathroom was completely damaged and needed to be replaced. This was only validated when my husbands foot literally went through the tile floor when he got out of the shower one morning. We took this as an opportunity to remodel the bathroom! Which normally, I would be ecstatic about but the damage was so extensive that within 48 hours, our bathroom was just a gaping hole in our house. To top it off, of course there was mold from the water leaking for 10 + years so being pregnant, I couldn’t even walk into our bedroom to get our items out.

The contractors had to tear out the existing bathroom as soon as possible which meant they also did the cleaning out of all of our personal items. Let’s just say our house looked like a combination of Hoarders and Extreme Home Make Over. Being the Type A personality that I am, y’all can imagine that my anxiety was through the roof! On top of living in a construction zone, being pregnant, and completely drowning in work at my job, I left most of the designing and remodeling to my Husband. My only requirement was that we add additional storage. Other than that, I gave my Husband complete freedom with the bathroom design. Which again, for this Type A girl, was not an easy task for me to do but he came through big time!

Our new bathroom has been great and was finished JUST in time for us to get moved back in and be ready for Baby! But since we cut the timeline pretty close, I didn’t have a chance to do much organizing and then baby arrived and everything just got pushed off to the wayside. Finally a couple of weeks ago, I was determined to get everything into a rightful place. As I was sorting and organizing I was able to take an inventory of the amount of beauty products that I have. I wasn’t even aware that I had back up upon back ups of items and other things I never even knew I had! I love trying all kinds of products so I decided to use 2018 as a Year Of No Buy!

A Year of No Buy? What does that even mean?

What it means is, that I won’t be purchasing any beauty products unless I am totally out and don’t have a comparable product to use. This will allow me to thoroughly use up and review products and maybe find some new holy grail items! The only time I will purchase a product is if I don’t have anything else that will do the job. For example, I’m on my last can of hairspray. So once I use up the last of this can, I will purchase more because I don’t have anything else in my collection that is hairspray related. And let’s be real, I’m a proper southern girl and we don’t function without a can of hairspray in our bathroom cabinets at all times.

My one exception will be my subscription boxes, Ipsy and Bumpbox. I will continue to receive these mainly because it would be too complicated to try and suspend them and I really, really look forward to getting them each month. So it’s my one treat for myself. 🙂

I’m really excited to for this challenge and to work through the products that are in my bathroom!

2018…Let’s Do This!

Oh the New Year! There’s always been something about the countdown to midnight on New Year’s Eve that has always made my heart flutter! Granted I’ve never actually fulfilled a full year of New Year’s resolutions but it’s always fun to set myself up for new challenges.

 

I’m a very goal oriented person but setting a goal and starting the journey to achieving that goal can be overwhelming! So here’s my method for setting and attaining goals…

I’m all about mini goals that guide you to your ultimate goal. Give yourself tiny benchmarks and take those tasks one at time. Before you know it, your end goal is in sight and you can look back and see your progress through the mini goals!

 

So 2018…What do I want to accomplish? How am I going to go about it? Am I actually going to complete ANYTHING that I set out to do? I hope so because I’m going to use you guys as my accountability partners! You will know if I succeed or if I fail. I’ll be an open book and won’t sugar coat how everything is going.

 

So let’s go…2018…what do I want to accomplish?

 

  • Run at least 1 mile/day

Before getting pregnant, I was an avid runner. I consistently ran half marathons and even completed a full marathon in 2016. After my marathon, I took a brief break because I was completely burned out after marathon training and we had some life moments that continued to push back lacing back up my Nikes. After giving birth, I jumped back into running fairly quickly but have since fallen off the wagon again. I used to barely be able to function if I didn’t get a run in so now I’m going to ease myself back into it!

 

The goal? A minimum of 1 mile/day. No excuses! I have several running paths right outside my front door, a jogging stroller, and for bad weather days, a treadmill(😫 last resort!!). I have no reason not to lace up! Thinking about running everyday for 365 Days is enough to cause me to rethink this resolution, even as a previous runner. Shoot…thinking about running everyday for one month makes me anxious! So here’s my plan….I’m going to take it week by week. You can do anything for one week. I will only set expectations for that week and that week alone. I won’t think about the weeks before or the weeks ahead. I will check off each day and track each run with my favorite apps. I’d love to get back into racing, especially half marathons, but to start, I’m just going to get moving!

 

  • Get back to pre baby weight (and then some)

Alright, alright here’s your typical weight loss goal that everyone and their mother sets every year. I’ve always been weight conscious and have never felt fully comfortable in my own skin so when I got pregnant, I accepted that I wouldn’t have any control over what my body was going to do. I knew no matter what that I had to nourish my body for my baby. Not going to lie, it was uncomfortable when I started seeing numbers on the scale I had never seen before. It was hard but it also meant my little nugget was growing, which was all I could ask for.

 

I gained right around 35 pounds when all was said and done.  I was surprised that I had only gained 35 pounds, but it definitely was not what I was used to. Being 4’11, the smallest weight gain shows quickly so I knew getting back into my pre-pregnancy clothes was going to be a process. I’m lucky in the sense that the first 20-25 pounds literally just fell off…I didn’t really have to do anything to jump start the weight loss so I just assumed I’d be back to pre-baby weight in no time! Welllll six months post partum and that pesky 10 pounds is still sticking around. I was about 10 pounds heavier that normal when I got pregnant so in reality, I’d love to knock off 20ish pounds but that alone sounds so overwhelming! So here’s the plan..

 

I’m going to focus on the last 10 pounds from pregnancy. I can wrap my head around 5-10 pounds at a time so the first half of 2018, I’m only going to focus on what I gained from pregnancy. I have two weddings that I am in before my son’s first birthday in June so my goal is to have to have dresses taken in and not just hemmed (like everything else I own…the joys of being 4’11)

 

  • Nap train my son in his crib

Ok this one is random but I have had to do some serious work with my son on napping! The first three months of his life he was an amazing napper. We hit month three and it completely changed and he never wanted to nap. I wouldn’t have thought anything of it except by mid afternoon, he would become inconsolable and I was crying almost as hard as he was.

 

I’ve gotten him back to napping consistently and sleeping well at night, however, he almost always naps in my bed. Before people jump all over me for letting him be in the big bed, he is never under any covers and I move all the pillows away from him. He literally just lays on top of the comforter and sleeps for 2-3 hours at a time. Which has completely saved my sanity!! However, I would like for him to associate all sleeping with his crib (which he sleeps in every night)…So my goal is to move any sleeping of any kind to his crib.

 

I don’t have a set plan on how to accomplish this just yet but I think I’m going to do something similar to how I’ve been sleep training him at night. If you want to hear about how I nap/sleep trained my son, let me know in the comments!

 

  • Growing my blog

Lastly, blogging is something I’ve wanted to do for so long that I really want to stay committed to it! I can easily see how it would be easy to quit before you even get started but now that I have started, I’m committed! I want to post consistently, create quality content, and create something I’m proud to show off! I’m all for constructive criticism and suggestions for content and expanding my little corner of the internet.

 

 

I’m so excited for 2018 and to see what it has in store! And for once, I feel like I’ve set resolutions that I can actually stick to for the year!

 

What are your New Years Resolutions? Who needs an accountability partner?

 

I’m your girl!

 

Happy New Year!! 2018 is going to be a great year!

Yup, I’m starting a blog…

 

Alright folks, here we go! I’m doing something I’ve always wanted to do but have never had the courage to pursue. I’m officially throwing caution to the wind and taking some chances.

So blogging…what does that mean? Is anyone even going to care about my thoughts, stories, or opinions? Who knows! All I know is that I’ve lived and died by various bloggers over the past few years and thank goodness for them! I’ve purchased products, read books, tried new experiences, and self validated my own personal level of crazy through blogs.

I constantly find myself reading a blog and thinking two things:

1) I could totally do this
2) I WANT to do this!

Number two is the most important thought. To date, there are only two things that I have been truly, 100% passionate about in my life. When I say passionate, I mean things that I knew I was supposed to do with my life. Things that deep down, I knew God had created me to do.

1) Being a Wife
2) Being a mother

These two items listed above might be basic to some, but to me, they are the only things I’ve ever been certain of.

Growing up, my mom would ask my sister and me what we would want to be when we grew up. She would ask us every few years and neither one of our answers ever really deviated.

My sister knew early on that she wanted a career in mental health and has developed a very successful therapy practice (yup…I get free therapy…..daily….sometimes hourly #NoShame). Me on the other hand, I had no professional aspirations. I had no clue what I wanted to do as a career. My answer to my mom was simply that I wanted to be a wife and a mom. I’m am currently living those two passions and I am so incredibly grateful for a loving husband and a pretty awesome baby!

So whenever I find something that I truly want to do…something that I think I could be good at…I’m always taken aback. I’ll spending days, weeks, months, years telling myself all the reasons why I shouldn’t. I play out every worse case scenario and think up the craziest what if situations. I beat myself down and tell myself that I couldn’t do it and that I will fail. I’ve let a lot of opportunities and experiences pass by because I’ve stood in my own way.

Since becoming a mom, I’ve realized that I don’t want my children to have any of these thoughts, I want them to never be scared to pursue their dreams and experience life. I can only raise them to do those things if I am. So here I go! I’m about 500 miles outside of my comfort zone and taking all of you along for the ride!

*Queue crazy what if situations that I’ll be up all night thinking about but will never actually happen*

 

 

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