Monday, 30 April 2018

Continental Drift: Goals 2018 Update & Link-Up

 

Welcome to our Continental Drift linkup! The reason we are  dabbling at a link up was that we wanted to connect and learn from bloggers from all across the world about their passions and lifestyle.  We will host the  Continental Drift link-up the first of every month.  The concept for myself and my fellow hosts (Mutton StyleSydney Shop Girl ) is that we, the hosts, will write a post about our life on our continent/Country/state over the past month (hence the name) and our favorite thing from the month.

 

Starting June 1st we will have a prompt that we are writing about.  You are welcome to join us using the prompt  or link-up with  any family friendly topic that you like,  be it DIY, cooking, sewing, crafts, lifestyle, de-cluttering, traveling, moving homes, fashion, style, beauty, make up, etc. Your hosts to this linkup come from UK, Canada and Australia.  Enjoy getting to know each other!

 
 
 
 

2018 is over  a quarter completed and I wanted to revisit my goals for the year both personally and on the blog.  I find that when I sit down to revisit my goals it paints a clear picture of what I've done and where I need to put more time and energy.  Though I generally stick to whatever goals I originally outlined for myself, I have learned that  it's important to readjust goals accordingly and I don't believe in doing stuff unless I really want to.  Anyway let's take a look at the 5 goals I had set for myself at the beginning of 2018.


 


1.  Swimming.  I am proud to announce that I completed a 10 week swimming course!!!  I learned to do  the front crawl pretty well, the back crawl okay, and the breath stroke and the whip kick not at all :)  I am now going to the pool once and week to swim laps and am able to do approximately 500m.  At some point, I would love to try out a mini triathlon but don't feel there yet.  My goal it to continue the swimming throughout the summer by trying it out in the lake once a week.  (see readjusting my goal for the summer)

 

 

2.  The "Wearing My Closet Challenge" in January was a hit for me, see post here.  I didn't buy anything new and I also lasted through February as well!!!  Recently I purchased a few pieces for spring/summer such as this bright yellow kimono, along with many other pieces that I will be featuring on the blog every Friday and on my IG (below are a few of the outfits that have been posted on IG).  Currently, I am sticking to my budget of $100/month, except for my trip to Portland, but I don't think I really need much else to get me through spring/summer at this point so I am thinking I'll be doing a no shopping May and probably July/August.


 

3.  Reading.  I am doing pretty well on my goal of reading 12 books for the year.  Blog post coming with my full book review next Wednesday, May 9th!

 

4.  Cooking.  I loved trying out new recipes from Hello Fresh, full review of the service and recipes found here.  I also have tried some great new recipes from my Yum & Yummer by Greta Podleski that I received for Christmas.  My two favorite recipes have been the Double Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake (super easy and absolute goodness in every bite), and the Sensational Spinach Salad that I've been taking regularly to work for lunch. 


 
 

 

 

5. Family Time.  We have spent tons of family time together over the first part of the year, hitting the slopes at a local hill, swimming, having cabin time, etc.  One of my specific family time goals was to get back into reading with the girls and  I've definitely made time to read with Anya since the new year.  We are trying to get back into a routine of having her read out loud to us right after supper and us read to her at bedtime.  Halie goes off and reads her own books but for Easter she received the book Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle that her and I are going to start reading together before we go see the movie.






As far as my goals, I will continue to make time to read daily with one of the girls, as I feel we are still struggling with the routine.  I am also happily reading a lot more and find tracking my books very helpful in ensuring that I carve out time to just read instead of watching TV in the evening.




Now please follow each of your hosts Bojana of Bodaciousblog, Sydney Shop Girl and Mutton Style  on at least one platform (Instagram, Twitter or blog) and comment on their blogs.  It would be great if you could read and comment on the blog above yours in the link up.  You might make a new friend. Please also do add a link back to our blogs on your posts to help the linkup grow.  Thanks for stopping by, we look forward to learning more about everyone!

 

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14 comments:

  1. I love swimming too and have recomitted to going to the pool regularly this winter. Also trying to up the frequency of reading with my son.

    SSG #continentaldrift

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    1. There are so many things I want to do but then you know time. Lol. I find reading with my little one is easier but my older child and I are more talking about books together. So we don't always read together but read parts seperatels and then discuss.

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  2. I need to do a no shopping month...I have way too many clothes already, and I need to wear what I have!! Good job for doing that!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thanks Jodie. Honestly I get overwhelmed by too many choices in my closet so I often clear out or just focus on getting more wear out of existing pieces, though when I walk into a store and get shoooish, Eek!!!

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  3. I like swimming but it's normally a vacation activity for me. Perhaps if we get a hot summer I will. I get use of the 4 pools with my gym membership so have no excuse . I'm a reader too. It helps to have a good book to read with your daughter . My two aren't readers even though i am and I read with them when young .

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    1. I totally agree that the book has to be enticing. I just put a book down after 200 pages out of 600 that just wasn't keeping my attention so I've let it go.

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  4. Look at you! Doing so great on your goals. Way to go, gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks so much Carrie! I am trying and some days I am feeling really on top of it and then there are other days. LOL. Isn't that just life?

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  5. Wonderful news! Great job on keeping yourself accountable and congratulated on finishing your swimming course! Hooray! I am looking forward to your book review in May. I am always up for reading some good reads! Lol ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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    1. Thank you soooo much for your encouragement! That just made my day!

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  6. I love that you took a swimming class and plan to utilize it over the summer. Swimming is so relaxing and one of my favorite things to do in the warmer weather. I love that you are also working towards your book goal for the year. That's something I really need to get better at holding myself accountable for. Sierra~Beautifully Candid

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    1. Isn't it hard to find the time to do everything you want to? Especially with your little ones. At least right now, I know that most of the time if they are quite, it's not a sign of "oh, oh, what are they into?" LOL.

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  7. That spinach salad looks amazing and pretty! Love the outfit with the striped blazer and coral skirt! So stunning!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Thanks Carrie. The salad is really, really good and fills me up completely for lunch. I personally keep my dressing separate from the jar but everything else is just as it. Thanks for stopping by.

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