Creating Routines: Eating my Veggies

Crafting my Life Creating RoutinesI am all about the monthly blog series, and one of my favourites is all about creating positive routines. Each month I set one goal with the aim creating a more purpose-filled life. If you’d like to join in and take some steps to create better rhythms and routines in your own life, I’d love to hear how you’re doing it.

Last Month’s Recap

In June, I committed to spending time every day in my garden. I feel good when I’m out there. Digging in the dirt grounds me. Plus, my plants benefit. I kept it up, for the most part, and it felt good. In June I harvested strawberries, lettuce, parsley, kale and carrots, as well as the first of my raspberries, potatoes and broccoli. My corn, tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, pumpkins, beans and blueberries are looking promising. Not everything is going gangbusters, but it still feels pretty great to eat food I grew myself.

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Creating a Routine for July

In addition to making a change of routine each month, I commit to doing one green thing. This month, I’ve committed to eating more local food. It seems like the perfect time to make a change to my diet for the better. While I eat a lot of fruit (and as much cheese and chocolate as I can lay my hands on), the truth is that when it comes to veggies I could do better. We all know we should eat more vegetables. They’re high in all sorts of good things we need, and low in calories, sugar, fat and all that stuff they’re telling us to cut down on. This month, I’m committing to eating at least four servings of veggies every day.

I’m not sure that eating more veggies will be a miracle cure, or noticeable improve the way I feel, but it certainly can’t hurt. Plus, at this time of year lots of veggies are in season and at peak freshness and tastiness. If I’m going to improve my diet, this is the time to do it. If I get in the habit of eating more veggies now, it will be easier to keep it going during the winter months. At least, that’s my theory.

Start With Small Changes

One thing I’ve learned on my journey towards a more purpose-driven life is that change happens best in small, bite-sized pieces. That’s why I’m once again choosing something that isn’t going to take much time. I may be busy, but I can find a few minutes a day to build a better life. I invite you to take on some small changes as well. What could you do to improve your daily rhythm or overall mood? And, what’s holding you back from doing it? Create a new routine, and leave a comment so that we can cheer each other on!

Creating Routines: Digging in the Dirt

Crafting my Life Creating RoutinesFor some time now, I’ve been running a monthly series on that’s all about creating positive routines. Each month I set one goal with the aim creating a more purpose-filled life. If you’d like to join in and take some steps to create better rhythms and routines in your own life, I’d love to hear how you’re doing it.

Last Month’s Recap

In May, I committed to daily journaling, listing what I did that day that fulfilled me, and what I’d like to do differently tomorrow. The point was to stop spending so much time focusing on what others think about me (or may think about me), and more time focusing on how my life is working for me. I did it exactly twice. It felt good, but I fell off the wagon pretty much right away. However, I also took on some other things this month. One was spending more time cleaning, and creating more order in my space, which was very positive. Another was setting aside some time to play games with my son that he enjoys on the days that he’s at home and his sister is at school. That was also very positive. Finally, I cut myself some slack with my blogging schedule. So, there were good routine changes – just not the one I’d planned at the outset.

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Creating a Routine for June

This month my garden is starting to produce. There’s spinach, strawberries, and the first little baby carrots. My corn is popping up, my potato plants are large and leafy, and I am dreaming of an abundant harvest. Every time I head outside, I see something new. I also feel more grounded and centered after doing some digging in the dirt. But I don’t spend as much time in my garden as I would like. I have the time – I just don’t always do it. To that end, here’s my goal for June:

  • Spend at least five minutes in my garden every day, unless it’s pouring rain.

My hope is that by spending at least a few minutes in my garden every day, I’ll feel better and my garden will benefit. I’d also like to model getting outside more for my kids. I think this could be a win all the way around it I manage to pull it off.

Start With Small Changes

One thing I’ve learned on my journey towards a more purpose-driven life is that change happens best in small, bite-sized pieces. That’s why I’m once again choosing something that should take me only a few minutes a day. I may be busy, but I can find a few minutes a day to build a better life. I invite you to take on some small changes as well. What could you do to improve your daily rhythm or overall mood? And, what’s holding you back from doing it? Create a new routine, and leave a comment so that we can cheer each other on!

Creating Routines: What do I Think of Myself?

Crafting my Life Creating RoutinesFor some time now, I’ve been running a monthly series on that’s all about creating positive routines. Each month I set one goal with the aim creating a more purpose-filled life. If you’d like to join in and take some steps to create better rhythms and routines in your own life, I’d love to hear how you’re doing it.

Last Month’s Recap

In April, I committed to doing more handcrafts. Because, as it turns out, I really like making stuff. Unfortunately, I totally failed in this goal. I didn’t start a new knitting project, and I didn’t sew anything. Some months are like that. I’m choosing not to dwell on it.

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Creating a Routine for May

Just yesterday, I got a less-than-complimentary email from a reader criticizing my work as editor of VancouverMom.ca. When I attempted to respond in a professional and polite manner, the email bounced. This left me feeling both attacked and misunderstood, with no way of communicating. I understand that negative responses are par for the course anytime you put yourself out there, but still, it stings. It stings a lot. As I wallowed and fixated on what I wanted to say, it occurred to me that I was investing a lot of energy into what someone else – a perfect stranger, at that – thought of me.

For May, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend less time worrying about what other people think of me, and more time trying to live a life that actually works for me. To that end, here’s my goal:

  • Journal every evening, using a pen and paper, listing what I did that day that fulfilled me, and what I’d like to do differently tomorrow.

My hope is that by taking the time to reflect on what is and isn’t working for me, I’ll have a better picture of where to invest my energy, instead of trying to make people like me. Because, truthfully, trying to make everyone happy is an exercise in futility and frustration.

Start With Small Changes

One thing I’ve learned on my journey towards a more purpose-driven life is that change happens best in small, bite-sized pieces. That’s why I’m once again choosing something that should take me only a few minutes a day. I may be busy, but I can find a few minutes a day to build a better life. I invite you to take on some small changes as well. What could you do to improve your daily rhythm or overall mood? And, what’s holding you back from doing it? Create a new routine, and leave a comment so that we can cheer each other on!

Creating Routines: Handcrafts

Crafting my Life Creating RoutinesBefore I decided to close Crafting my Life, I was running a monthly series on the site that was all about creating positive routines. I was enjoying it quite a lot, so I decided to move it over here and re-jig it a little. Each month I’m setting one goal towards creating a more purpose-filled life. If you’d like to join in and take some steps to create better rhythms and routines in your own life, I’d love to hear how you’re doing it.

Last Month’s Recap

In March, I committed to taking time every day to list five things I love about my husband. And, I’m sad to say, I didn’t even come close to doing it every day. Between a trip to Disneyland and my own forgetfulness, I hit more like 12 days out of the 31 days in March. Even so, I feel that I noticed a difference. I’m keeping the spreadsheet, and when I’m feeling annoyed at my husband or just kind of down in the dumps I open it up, add five things, and start to feel better. So, I could be more disciplined, but on the whole it had the desired effect.

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Creating a Routine for April

For April, I want to get back in touch with my crafty side. I put together a baby blanket for my new nephew last month, which I enjoyed immensely. It reminded me how much I like sewing. There’s something very satisfying, and even empowering, about creating something useful with your own two hands. Also, I find that when I’m watching TV I like to have something to do with my hands, and since I don’t have any knitting projects on the go, I often play iPhone games instead. (Bejeweled, anyone?) The result is way too much electronic stimulation. Plus, I often miss key points in the show since I’m distracted. I’d like to stop that, so this month I’m setting two goals:

  1. Start a new knitting project, and work on it while I’m watching TV. I’m thinking maybe a simple shawl. If you have any pattern suggestions, I’m all ears.
  2. Sew myself a new tunic. I already have the pattern (Amy Butler’s Anna Tunic) and the fabric (Valori Wells’ Mamma Birds – Gypsy), so I just need to make the time. I’m thinking playing fewer video games would be a good place to start.

Start With Small Changes

One thing I’ve learned on my journey towards a more purpose-driven life is that change happens best in small, bite-sized pieces. That’s why I’m once again choosing smaller projects. The knitting has no time frame, and the sewing project should take me a few hours, at most, if things go well. I invite you to take on some small changes as well. What could you do to improve your daily rhythm or overall mood? And, what’s holding you back from doing it? Create a new routine, and leave a comment so that we can cheer each other on!

Creating Routines: Love and Marriage

Crafting my Life Creating RoutinesBefore I decided to close Crafting my Life, I was running a monthly series on the site that was all about creating positive routines. I was enjoying it quite a lot, so I decided to move it over here and re-jig it a little. Each month I’m setting one goal towards creating a more purpose-filled life. If you’d like to join in and take some steps to create better rhythms and routines in your own life, I’d love to hear how you’re doing it.

Last Month’s Recap

In February, I committed to stop texting and walking. In the first place, I don’t relish the idea of walking into a mall fountain. In the second place, I was hoping to cultivate more presence and mindfulness. I would say that I succeeded. As the month wore on, I found myself reaching for my phone less and less while I was on foot. My Instagram postings decreased, which provides independent verification that I succeeded. I spent more time talking to my kids on the way to and from school, and less time saying, “Just a second,” while I tapped out a tweet.

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Creating a Routine for March

For March, I’m focusing on my marriage. It’s not in trouble – on the contrary, I think things are generally pretty good between Jon and me. However, relationships take work, even good ones. I’ve been asking myself what I can do to make mine better. I’ve decided that the answer is to cultivate appreciation. I don’t just mean telling my partner I appreciate him. I mean reinforcing in my own mind what I appreciate about this man I married.

To that end, I’ve created an Excel spreadsheet, because I do adore Excel, with a deep and abiding passion. Every day, I open that spreadsheet and list five things I love and appreciate about my husband. It takes only a minute or two every day, and when I’m done I feel all warm and fuzzy and happy. I’m not sharing the spreadsheet with my husband, although I am using it as fodder for telling him what I appreciate about him. Really, though, it’s for me. In fact, if he’s reading this post, he’s only just learning about its existence now. Sometimes love, and blogging, is weird like that.

Start With Small Changes

One thing I’ve learned on my journey towards a more purpose-driven life is that change happens best in small, bite-sized pieces. That’s why I’m once again choosing something small as my change in routine this month. I invite you to do the same thing. Is there something small you could do to improve your daily rhythm or overall mood? If so, what’s holding you back? Create a new routine, and leave a comment so that we can cheer each other on!

Creating Routines: Don’t Text and Walk

Crafting my Life Creating RoutinesBefore I decided to close Crafting my Life, I was running a monthly series on the site that was all about creating positive routines. I was enjoying it quite a lot, so I decided to move it over here and re-jig it a little. Each month I’m setting one goal towards creating a more purpose-filled life. If you’d like to join in and take some steps to create better rhythms and routines in your own life, I’d love to hear how you’re doing it.

Last Month’s Recap

For January, my goal was to sweep the kitchen every day. While I didn’t remember to sweep every single day, I’d say that I managed six days every week. And, as the month went on, I remembered to do it more and more often. I like sweeping, and I like having a clean kitchen floor, so it really was a positive change, and it only takes a few minutes at a time.

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Creating a Routine for February

For February, I’ve decided to return to my word for 2013, which is presence. As in, being more present in my life. This month, I am going to stop using my phone while I’m walking. This isn’t so much about talking on my phone, which I don’t do all that often, anyway. It’s more about sending texts, replying to tweets, or updating Instagram, as I make the twice-daily trek to drop my daughter off at school and pick her up again. I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’m often typing into my phone as I walk along, which is both irritating and dangerous. I don’t want to be like that woman who fell into a mall fountain because she was too busy texting.

When I’m out walking I often see things that I want to snap photos of. Maybe my kids are doing something particularly cute, maybe I see a pretty flower, or maybe one of my neighbour’s lawns has been decorated in honour of a 50th birthday. I will still stop and take a photo, but then I will put my phone back in my pocket before doing anything with it. I won’t use my phone while my feet are moving. In the process, I’m hoping to spend more time actually noticing my world, and being present in it, instead of being glued to a screen.

Start With Small Changes

One thing I’ve learned on my journey towards a more purpose-driven life is that change happens best in small, bite-sized pieces. That’s why I’m once again choosing something small as my change in routine this month. I invite you to do the same thing. Is there something small you could do to improve your daily rhythm or overall mood? If so, what’s holding you back? Create a new routine, and leave a comment so that we can cheer each other on!

Creating Routines: Sweeping Change

Crafting my Life Creating RoutinesBefore I decided to close Crafting my Life, I was running a monthly series on the site that was all about creating positive routines. I was enjoying it quite a lot, so I decided to move it over here. I’m going to be re-jigging it, though. Up until now, I was setting two new goals every month, one for me and one for my family. I’ve decided that’s too much. Instead, I’m just going to focus on setting one goal each month. If you’d like to join in and take some steps to create better rhythms and routines in your own life, I’d love to hear how you’re doing it.

Last Month’s Recap

For December my goals were:

  • For my family – Give the kids dinnertime tasks
  • For me – Come up with an email system

I utterly and completely failed at both of them. Here’s the truth – there was just too much merry-making going on last month for me to focus on much of everything else. I’m choosing to forgive myself and move on.

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Creating Routines for January

For January, my goal is to sweep the kitchen floor every day. I’m choosing this for two reasons. First, the kitchen floor could really use sweeping every day, and maybe even more often than that. Second, I actually kind of like sweeping. I find it kind of relaxing and meditative. Since I’m already in charge of cleaning the kitchen after dinner each evening, taking a few minutes to sweep isn’t exactly onerous. As well, doing this will force me to clear the clutter off the floor each day, in the same way that wiping the counters forces me to clear off the counters. I’ll get a cleaner kitchen, I won’t hate doing it, and in the process I may even feel better about my house.

One thing I’ve learned on my own personal life-crafting journey is that change happens best in small, bite-sized pieces. That’s why I’m choosing something small as my change in routine this month. I invite you to do the same thing. Is there something small you could do to improve your daily rhythm or overall mood? If so, what’s holding you back? Create a new routine, and leave a comment so that we can cheer each other on!

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