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[BLOOM] Keeping Motivated & Accountable

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One of my issues with goal-setting is that I make goals and then promptly forget about them until it’s time to review. I’ve learned that I need repetition and structure — and reminders — to keep things going properly. This year I really do want to have an awesome 365 days, and so, I’ve set up a few ways to keep motivated and accountable with my goals and intentions.

#1 – You can check out everything I’ve compiled, photographed, written, etc. on this subject, on a page right here on the blog. It’s also on my top menu for future reference.

[BLOOM] Relationship & Social Goals

Maternity leave, in winter in Northwestern Ontario, can be a bit isolating. Oh, I know, it’s hard for everyone to get out of the house and do stuff in the early days, but I sit here with extreme cold warnings popping up from my weather app, I watch the snow pile up in the driveway, and I rue the fact that we aren’t in a big city with a mall or an aquarium or some other kind of climate controlled meeting place where it’s acceptable to bring a screaming kid (because my kid is, currently, a screamer).

I know it gets easier when January passes and the worst of the frigid cold is over,

[BLOOM] Health and Wellbeing Goals

In this case, ‘health and wellbeing’ is not code for ‘lose weight in the new year.’ I know that the postpartum body is a body that has been through a lot — and is still going through a lot — and so I’m trying to not worry about my weight or my shape a whole lot. That’s somewhat easy given that I barely have time to exist, let alone literally navel-gaze, but I do want to feel healthy this year.

A lot of it has to do with full family health and wellbeing. I want to support my husband as he aims to get back to a more active lifestyle,

[BLOOM] Travel and Adventure Goals

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When I was on leave with M we were able to make a summer trip down to southern Ontario [How We Spent our Summer Vacation: Part OneHow We Spent our Summer Vacation: Part TwoHow We Spent our Summer Vacation: Part Three] and we’re hoping to do it again this year. Matt calls it the tour de bebe. 

That’s our largest travel and adventure goal for 2017 — with me off work, and him with more vacation time, plus M likely being out of preschool,

[BLOOM] Renovation and Home Goals

Decluttering and organizing are a big part of my plans for 2017, but I have a few more home goals, too. Our house has been a work in progress since we bought it, and I’m not expecting to get it all done anytime soon — there’s just too much on the list — but I’d like to finish some things off, and make it a generally more comfortable, accessible space.

Finish the Bathroom

We’ve stalled out at the electrical stage — Matt moved onto finishing the third bedroom, thankfully (because we just got it done —