2018 Goals: February Recap

​This post is one that has taken me a long time to write – not because I didn’t hit my goals – but because I really only enjoyed one of them. I thought I failed because my recipe wasn’t great and didn’t photograph well, and I felt guilty because I did not like the studio I tried – but then I realized something: this is the whole reason I set these goals.

Some months will have more joyous outcomes than others, but every month I’ll get out of my comfort zone, learn something, and try something new. I’m learning to cook (even if some meals are not photogenic or delicious), I’m reading books that will help me grow and develop, and I’m trying new workouts to push myself to work new muscle groups and try things that make me uncomfortable. With that being said, here’s what I was up to in February:

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International Women’s Day 2018

International Women’s Day 2018

IMG_7531.JPGAs many of you know, International Women’s Day (IWD) is coming up this week. On Thursday, March 8th, people throughout the world unite in order to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In addition, IWD marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

As explained on its website, IWD “has been observed since the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.”

The theme for this year’s IWD is Press for Progress, a call-to-action designed to help accelerate the statistic that gender parity is over 200 years away. To learn more about the theme, which kicks off March 8th, visit their website, here.

Events will be held world-wide to celebrate, create dialogues and cultivate positive change. And while you can find events for cities across the world on the International Women’s Day site, I’ve created a round-up of some exciting things happening in Chicago.

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2018 Goals: January Recap

For those of you who saw my post on my goals for 2018, you know that every month I’ll be reading one new book, learning one new recipe, and trying on new fitness studio. Well, I can proudly say I survived the first month with all my goals still on track, though it did require a lot of last-minute reading (about 70 pages if I’m being honest).

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How to improve your time management

How to improve your time management

My friends often joke that I am the busiest person they know, and sometimes I think they aren’t kidding. From my two jobs to my blog to my boxing and running I am constantly doing something, planning an event or expanding my network – which means time management has to be something constantly on my mind.

The more you commit to, the easier it becomes to lose track of time and the more important it becomes to manage. Whether it’s to make sure you get to a meeting on time, being able to fit an extra workout in, or just to help make sure you get enough sleep at night, time management is a critical part of being successful. As someone whose forte isn’t time management I’ve had to try a lot of tricks and instilled a lot of trial and error to find easy ways to be successful, and today I’m sharing some of those tips with you.

The challenge

The challenge

The other day my friend Geoff sent me a challenge. He told me that every day I should set three goals for myself. They could be to try a new restaurant, make a new friend, go to the gym – whatever I wanted – but at the end of the day if I didn’t accomplish my goals I have to reflect on why. As he said “progress not perfection. ”

It got me thinking about what we do in a day and the ripple effect it has and the progress it helps us make day by day. How reflection can help us. How motivation can guide us. And in addition to setting goals, I began reflecting on what I could practice daily to help myself progress daily towards my goals. So from now on, day by day, I strive for these things:

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Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf | A refreshing twist on a classic steakhouse

Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf | A refreshing twist on a classic steakhouse

Have you ever had a meal so good that you didn’t want to brush your teeth before bed because you never wanted the taste of delicious steak to go away? If your answer is no then you’ve obviously never been to Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf. (And incase you were concerned about my dental hygiene – yes I did brush my teeth that night). Last night Jackson and I went there for a dinner to celebrate my birthday and his new position on a prestigious choir, (ok we had the reservation before we realized those things, but it’s always more fun to go out for a celebration) and the whole meal reminded me why I truly love good food.

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New Year, New Goals

It’s officially the new year and everyone is talking about their resolutions – except for me.

Honestly, I hate new years resolutions for the sole fact that they stem from such negative feelings about ourselves. With the focus primarily on how much weight we need to lose, what we failed at in 2017, or the old saying of “new year, new me” the constant need to change ourselves year over year astonishes me. In fact, I’ve already seen posts from people beating themselves up because they already “failed” at their resolution. It’s been three days! There are so many opportunities to make things happen, don’t get down on yourself already! It may be a new year, but I am the same, self-loving me that you’ve known and (hopefully) loved all year.

While I don’t want to spend the year attempting to change who I am at my core, or resolving to change how I look, I do want to go into 2018 with some goals that I can accomplish. They’re not meant to change me, but they are some things that will help me grow as a person.

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