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I had these thoughts as I was on a walk with my son Harrington last week, so I started speaking them out loud and recording them on my phone because they felt weighty and important. I am passionate about these words. My neighbors who overheard me throughout my walk probably thought I was insane (if they didn’t already think that), but I was willing to take that risk for your sake, my friends. ;)

I wanted to share these words with you. If you’re not a driven, Type A person like me, you might not get this. Maybe you don’t know what it’s like to have your to-do list suck some of the joy out of your life, or what it’s like to realize you’ve turned your to-do list into an idol. Maybe you don’t feel tempted to measure the success of the day by how much gets checked off your list.

If you can’t relate, that’s wonderful.

But I know from experience and from working with my clients, that a lot of you can relate, so I wrote this for you. I can relate and still do. God’s brought me so, so far, but I will likely always be a fairly task-oriented person by nature.

Friends, let’s remember this: Our fight is not ultimately against to-do lists. It’s against the devil. The to-do list is a tool he tries to use against us (and sadly a tool that we sinful humans sometimes use against ourselves). I’m fighting back against that. You with me?

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The to-do list battle cry

I will not let my to-do list define my worth. I will not let it drown out God’s truth about my identity.

I will not open my planner to consult my to-do list religiously and yet open my Bible scarcely.

I will not allow my to-do list steal my joy.

I will not let my to-do list control me. It’s an inanimate object. It’s not even a real thing. It cannot actually control me.

I will not let my to-do list knock Jesus off the throne in my heart, to put my list above him.

I will not use my to-do list to accomplish things for the purpose of earning myself glory, praise, a pat on the back, or a “like” on Instagram.

I will not relegate my daily time with the Lord to something I complete simply so I can get it crossed off of my to-do list.

I will not fix my eyes on my to-do list more than I fix my eyes on the Author of my salvation and the Creator of heaven and earth.

 

I will use my to-do list as a tool to advance God’s kingdom. I will use my to-do list to make Jesus famous—to make him known and admired.

I will find my true satisfaction in the One who said, “It is finished,” rather than in my ability to get to the end of the day and say “My list is finished.”

I will brag to people about how good my God is, not how long my list is.

I will allow God to redeem not just me, not just my sin but also my to-do list, my calendar, my agenda. I will rise and greet the day with open hands of surrender, asking God to help me accept his plans and divine appointments for my day, instead of waking up and telling God the plans that I have for the day that I expect him to bless.

I will find rest at the foot of the cross and at the sight of the empty grave, in the God who took my burden on himself and gifted me rest—including rest from to-do lists—as a sacred gift.

I will cling to the truth that if Jesus has defeated sin, death, and the devil, then a to-do list is certainly nothing to be afraid of and nothing that can control me.

 

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  • June 21, 2017 - 1:51 pm

    Celia Redmond - I’ve just read the recent blog on the too do lists it sounds interesting.XReplyCancel

I’m finishing up this post a little late because I launched my group coaching program today and that was my #1 priority! :) Enrollment is open only until June 15–click here to learn more. :)

Also, my assistant Michelle just had her baby girl! She surprised us all and is here a few weeks early. Check out her newborn cuteness over here on Facebook.

In the midst of all this, I expected to be frazzled and really busy, but God is using motherhood to redeem my high standards and my use of time. Also, I’ve gotta give a shout-out to systems (You all know how much I LOVE systems), because they have made all these transitions and such very, very smooth.

Before I share my June goals, here’s how I did in May! Like I shared in my May goals post, I wasn’t going to worry too much about accomplishing all these things, and I didn’t. I soaked up the last month of maternity leave and feel great about it. :)

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MAY GOALS RECAP

1. Fill out my weekly routine workbook and create a new weekly routine for when I go back to work

If you want to purchase this workbook, click here to buy my to-do list guide, and then you’ll have a chance to buy the workbook when you complete your order!

2. Donate blood at the Blood Center nearby

3. Finish and publish Harrington’s birth story on the blog 

Read Harrington’s birth story here.

4. Schedule thermography appointment for Kyle and me

5. Finish prayer box

6. Create a new workout routine

7. Figure out next steps for gathering some friends who want to encourage each other to live their faith boldly

8. Keep non-paleo food to no more than 30 items

9. Watch Idealust’s Facebook and Instagram ads course

10. Delegate advance tasks for my Bold, Intentional Life group coaching program to my VA by May 24

Weekly goals:

Goal: Do each of these at least 3/4 weeks

1. Take video of Harry

2. Take a true Sunday Sabbath

3. Do something for someone else

4. Spend no more than 90 minutes on social media

5. Take a photo of Harry with Kyle, me, or others

6. Eat an average of 2,500 calories/day or less 

7. Use my vitamin D lamp

Daily goals:

Goal: 17/25 days (since I didn’t start officially tracking these in my PowerSheets till May 6th :))

1. Pray for daily manna, boldness in my faith, and an eternal focus

2. Keep screen unlocks on my phone to 50 or less 

3. Track food in FitBit

4. Rest or take a nap

5. Achieve my daily step goal 

6. Find a way to intentionally love/respect/serve Kyle

7. Write in my gratitude journal

Books I finished:

Living Well, Spending Less

Chasing Slow

Profit First

Now, here are my June goals!

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JUNE GOALS

1. Launch Bold, Intentional Life

2. Clean up and reorganize my shared documents with my assistant Michelle

3. Implement the Profit First system in my business

Val Woerner’s blog post about her most life-changing books mentioned the book Profit First and it has changed my life!

4. Clean out photos + negatives

Most are already saved digitally, so I’m probably going to toss most of them. Is that a mistake? Please tell me your thoughts on this friends. I honestly never ever ever go through those boxes of photos; having them digitally has been waaay more useful. :)

Weekly goals:

Goal: Do each of these at least 3/4 weeks

1. Do something for someone else

I began adding this to my PowerSheets as one of my maternity leave goals after Harrington was born as  a way to not be too inwardly-focused, and I love having this on my weekly goals list. It’s not like I never did anything for anyone before having this goal, but seeing it over and over reminds me to think creatively about how I can be a blessing to others with the time and resources God’s entrusted me with.

2. Eat an average of 2,450 calories/day or less

I’ve been convicted lately of the wastefulness of eating more than I need to in order to fuel my body. Tracking what I eat has been eye-opening and has also made me less likely to eat when I don’t actually need to.

3. Take a true Sunday Sabbath

To me, this means a full day of no email, no work, no social media, no errands, minimal phone + computer time, and very minimal household productivity. It’s a day of church and rest for our family, because Jesus’ death gives us the ability to chill out and stop thinking that things will fall apart if we’re not productive 24/7.

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Lots of family time on Kyle’s boat + my parent’s boat is in the plans now that Harrington fits in his life jacket! He was on a boat 3 times last weekend. :) We’re maybe a little overeager. Also, I love that this life jacket goes down to his knees! :D 

Daily goals:

1. Track my food in FitBit Goal: 20 days

2. Keep screen unlocks on my phone to 50 or less Goal: 20 days

This is not as easy as you’d think! Try the QualityTime or Moment app to track your phone use and you’ll be shocked!

3. Rest or take a nap Goal: 15 days

This ties in with my #1 health goal for 2017.

4. Pray for daily manna + for a bold, eternal focus on life | Goal: 20 days

5. Go above and beyond to intentionally show love, service, or respect to Kyle Goal: 15 days

6. Exercise | Goal: 10 days

I’ve been doing lots of walking, but for this goal, I’m only counting running, elliptical, strength training, etc. to encourage me to get back into more challenging exercise.

7. Turn + keep my phone on airplane mode after 8 pm Goal: 10 days

To be honest, I’m struggling a little with phone boundaries after maternity leave. I temporarily lost some of my good habits surrounding phone use. This goal is a small step in the right direction, and is not just good for my mental health and my presence with my family, but my ability to fall asleep quickly when I go to bed. :)

Now I want to hear from you! Tell me your goals for June! If you posted them on your blog, please share the link below so I can check them out and cheer you on! Questions about goal setting? Post those below as well!

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For as long as I’ve been reading blogs I’ve been reading the birth stories of those bloggers, the ones who’ve been brave enough to share. Each birth is so different, and I learned so much reading about their unique experiences.

I wanted to write out Harrington’s birth story for my own sake and for his, so I thought I might as well share it too. My prayer is that this is helpful to someone who’s trying to make a decision about a natural birth. I want you to know–I think whatever decision you make is a good one! We are so blessed to even have options living in a first world country, aren’t we?

Honestly, I was really on the fence for my whole first trimester about whether I wanted to attempt a natural birth. I did end up deciding to go that route and will definitely do it again. I liked that it increased my chance of being able to deliver vaginally, which has a lot more benefits for baby and mama than I even knew about until I researched it.

I highly recommend finding a great doula if you’d like to do a natural birth. Ours was fantastic, and charged only $600 for an extensive amount of help during pregnancy, birth, and even afterward. It’s a bit of money, but we didn’t have to do a birthing class at the hospital and we probably saved money on all the medical interventions we didn’t need. Kyle loved having her around; she gave us both so much peace of mind! (Her name is Carolyn Oteman if you’re curious and live in the Milwaukee area–look her up! :))

Here’s the story of Harrington James!

Saturday and Sunday | February 18-19

In the couple days leading up to Harrington’s birth, I was pretty sure I was leaking amniotic fluid, but it was slow and minimal enough that it didn’t seem like my water had broken. I talked to my mom and our doula on Sunday about it and they suspected maybe I simply had a small tear or hole in my bag of waters. After talking to them on Sunday afternoon I decided I would see how things went the rest of the day and call my doctor in the morning to go in for an appointment if nothing had progressed.

I had a feeling we were getting pretty close; I had already had a few nights in a row where I woke up with consistent contractions that I thought might be the real deal. They were too frequent and painful to sleep through, so I’d get up and do some things around the house, but then they’d eventually go away.

Side note: You’ll notice throughout the rest of this post that I refer to contractions as “pressure waves.” About halfway through my pregnancy, my cousin—due the same day as me!—had told me about Hypnobabies, a unique approach to natural birth that we both decided to try. You can look it up, but basically you train yourself to be very relaxed (a form of hypnosis) and to have a very positive mindset about birth. Countless women have actually had very comfortable natural births using these techniques. (I’ve seen the YouTube videos to prove it!) Crazy. As you’ll read in Harrington’s birth story, I was definitely in pain for the last few hours of birth, but I know Hypnobabies helped a lot!

Monday morning | February 20

1 am: I woke up around 1 am with the same kind of feelings I’d had for at least a few nights. “It’s not tonight, Diana,” I told myself. “It’s just the same thing as the last few nights.”

I couldn’t sleep, though, so I got up and went and sat in the nursery and decided to do my quiet time with the Lord for the upcoming day. That way, I thought, I’ll sleep in a little Monday morning and then get up and get right to work for the day.

The devotion for February 20 in my New Morning Mercies devotional had a little summary at the top of the devotion that said, “Today you’ll face things bigger than you, but you needn’t be afraid because none is bigger than the One who rules them all for your sake.” I remember thinking I thought it would be cool if today was the day our baby was born, based on that very appropriate encouragement.

2-4 am: The pressure waves weren’t going away, and I started thinking this could be legit. I wasn’t timing them, but I would look at the clock when they came, and I realized they were about 5 minutes apart.

At some point I realized that this was the day. I turned on my maternity email response, cleaned up my email inbox one last time, and let my VA and my business coaches know what was happening to prepare them for my absence!

4-6 am: Around 4:00 I started writing down the times of my pressure waves and realized they were 4 minutes apart. I woke Kyle up and told him this was the day! He asked if he could sleep a little longer, which at the time I thought was a bit silly, because I thought 4 minutes apart was kind of close and like things might be happening soon! Rookie mom. Haha. I hadn’t been paying as much attention to the length of the pressure waves themselves, and many of them were only 30-45 seconds, so we had a lot more time than I thought.

I also called our doula during this time, and she started getting ready to come over. In the meantime, Kyle woke up, and we finished packing our hospital bag (I had a packing list, of course). We both showered and got ready. It felt good to be clean and have makeup on. I knew I’d be super gross eventually, so I figured I might as well feel good for as long as I could.

At this time I also started listening to some “birthing day affirmations.” The Hypnobabies course included a bunch of mp3 tracks that I listened to during pregnancy and also on the birthing day. The birthing day affirmations was one of those tracks.

6:15-Noon: Our doula arrived around 6:15 as the sun was coming up. I was thankful it was a sunny day and that I got to labor during the daytime.

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Kyle, Carolyn, and I spent the next several hours hanging out in our living room. They took turns helping me with each pressure wave. I didn’t know what pressure waves would feel like, but I expected it would be mostly in front, in my stomach area. Nope. I honestly remember barely any pain the whole day anywhere except in my lower back. We figured out our rhythm quickly—when a pressure wave was coming, I would say, “Here it comes,” or “Pressure wave” and Kyle or Carolyn would rub my lower back firmly with both hands while I swayed back and forth.

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I tried swaying while kneeling on all fours, while sitting on an exercise ball, or while bracing myself against the kitchen counter. Carolyn was so great at encouraging me to keep moving positions.

Eventually, we put coats on and went outside to walk up and down the street. Carolyn thought that might help the pressure waves progress, and it totally did! Every time a pressure wave was coming, we’d stop walking and I’d put my arms around Kyle’s shoulders and sway back and forth while Carolyn rubbed my back.

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At one point we saw our neighbor outside and I wondered why he wasn’t working. We realized it was President’s Day! Kyle and I both have holiday birthdays, so we thought that was kind of fun.

Around 10-11ish, my pressure waves were 3-4 minutes apart and 60-90 seconds long, so I called my doctor’s office to let them know I was coming to the hospital and we started packing up.

We also called my mom and let her know she was going to become a grandma! I know Kyle called his parents, too, but I can’t remember when. He also sent out a big group text to all of our parents and siblings (and their significant others) so everyone was in the loop on one text.

I was nervous about the almost 30-minute drive to the hospital from our house because I had figured out the pressure waves were much more difficult to manage if I couldn’t move. Amazingly, I had only 4 during the whole ride, and 2 were at stop lights, so I could lean way forward and Kyle could rub my lower back. I also listened to a hypnosis track on the way to help keep me calm and focused.

Noon-3:00 pm: When we got to the hospital, our doula recommended walking around more to get the pressure waves going strong again and to put off checking in to the hospital. We wanted to wait as long as possible because we knew once I checked in I’d have to do fetal monitoring and there’d be more distractions overall. Plus, with it being my first, we knew it might still be a while, and she didn’t want me stuck in a hospital room for too long.

The three of us walked in circles on a sidewalk near the hospital, pausing again for each pressure wave. I realized that it helped me to actually keep my eyes open during pressure waves and find some random thing to look at that would distract me rather than closing my eyes and being super focused—that seemed to be more painful.

Eventually, I got tired of walking, or I should say that my pelvis was getting pretty sore, so we got our stuff out of the car and headed into the hospital. Before checking in, we went to the cafeteria to eat. Kyle and Carolyn ate a full meal, but I just had some fruit. I hadn’t really been hungry all day; food just didn’t appeal to me. In retrospect, I wish I would have forced myself to eat a little more so I would have had more energy for the long labor.

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Relaxing on Kyle’s shoulder in the hospital cafeteria in between pressure waves

3:00 pm: We finally headed to Labor and Delivery around 3:00 and checked in. They sent us to triage, where we met our nurse, Peggy. She had just started her shift at 3:00 and informed us she’d be with us till at least 11:00 p.m., if not 3:00 a.m., since she was on call. We shared our birth plan with her and she reacted so positively. “I love natural birth!” was the first thing she said. She birthed her kids naturally as well, all four of them I think! We told her she was literally an answer to our prayers!

At that point, I was dilated 6 centimeters, and still feeling pretty well. I was in a great place mentally—cheery, positive, confident. I was totally myself between each pressure wave, talking and laughing and enjoying myself with Kyle and Carolyn, and remember expressing how thankful I was for the relief that came between pressure waves. It’s odd to have quite a bit of pain for 60-90 seconds and then feel totally normal for a couple minutes!

Carolyn also pointed out that when I had a really strong pressure wave I’d say afterward, “That was a good one!” instead of “That was a bad one!” My Hypnobabies preparation had helped me to view intense pressure waves as positive rather than negative, since they were bringing my baby to me! And, I know that was God’s strength. He has given me so much more strength for birth and for motherhood than I ever imagined!

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Our amazing doula Carolyn!

Peggy took us to our room and we got situated, amidst pressure waves every few minutes, of course. She said I couldn’t eat anything anymore, which, oops, I didn’t think hospitals still enforced that. (I had heard that wasn’t a thing anymore. Wrong.) Even so, I snuck some powdered gelatin supplement, a honey stick, and a KIND bar because, like I said, I had barely eaten all day.

4:00 pm: The next 6 hours are fuzzier in my memory. There was a lot going on—decisions to make, staff to meet, intermittent fetal monitoring, changing positions frequently—all as the pressure waves slowly became more intense.

I sat on a birthing ball for a while, tried using a squat bar, and eventually got into the bed because I was starting to feel physically spent. It was nice to relax in bed in between pressure waves, but it was harder managing pressure waves in bed when I couldn’t sway and move around during them.

6:40 pm: Dr. Thompson, the doctor who would be delivering me (not my doctor but I was totally okay with that and really liked her) checked me out and said I was 8 centimeters dilated but that my water still had not broken. She broke my water, and I remember pressure waves being very intense for the next couple hours. I tried really hard to focus on taking them one at a time, but there was still a part of me that wondered, “How many more of these do I have to go?” To be honest, for those couple hours I thought to myself, “I am never doing this again. Ever. I am never giving birth, in any fashion, ever again.” (I’ve already forgotten how it felt and will definitely do a natural birth again. Haha)

Kyle held my hands and Carolyn rubbed my back and as I let out my deep breaths I moaned deeply like an animal. Carolyn had told me those noises would naturally come out of me and even though I had never heard them, she was right! Haha

I also repeated “peace, peace” over and over. At this point, I barely spoke at all. It honestly felt too tiring to even use my energy to speak; I just wanted to rest as much as possible between each pressure wave. Kyle says he never felt bad for me even in the midst of the most intensity; he said I seemed very in control. I laughed when he told me that, because I felt a little out of control at that point.

It was only those few hours of transition and pushing where I had to work really hard to keep my mindset positive. I pictured Jesus with me and him saying over and over, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you” (John 14:27).

7:55 pm: The last bit of dilation seemed to take forever, but finally they said I was 10 centimeters. Everyone told me I would know when I was ready to push—that I would feel “pushy” and feel like bearing down. I never felt that! But as much as I physically didn’t have the urge, I was more than ready to start pushing our baby out.

A lot of people told me that when you get to pushing, it’s a relief. I agree. I liked pushing much better than transition. It was much less painful than I thought it would be—really the bulk of the pain I felt was mostly just the back pain at the beginning of each pressure wave.

However, it was waaay more physically demanding than I thought it would be. I really wanted to push while squatting, but that was super exhausting and didn’t last super long. We tried a couple other positions, like pushing on my side, and eventually ended up with me holding my own legs up each time I pushed, while also curling up like I was doing an ab crunch. That was a lot more work than I anticipated. I thought someone would be holding my legs for me! I remember wondering how on earth I would be able to do this if I wasn’t athletic; I felt thankful for my health, muscles, and stamina. (Note to self: Make sure I stay strong and healthy between now and my next birth!)

I pushed for the next 2 ½ hours. Every pressure wave equaled 3 or 4 long pushes. I can still hear Peggy’s voice coaching me. Each time a pressure wave was coming I’d say, “Let’s push.” She’d respond, “Deep breath innnnnnnnn,” as she took a deep breath herself, then “Curl up, and 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . 4 . . .” as she counted to 10. At some point Kyle counted for me, and I appreciated that he counted more quickly. Haha.

Pushing seemed to last a long time. I think the toughest part was not knowing how long it would take. It was like running a marathon or competing in some brutal athletic event but not knowing when you’d hit the finish line. In the back of my mind, I thought, “What if this takes 3 or 4 hours?! I don’t know how much longer I can do this!” I asked the doctor multiple times, “How much longer?” as if she would know. Haha. She did give me vague answers and everyone was encouraging that I was making progress, so that helped.

Harrington crowned and I could see the top of his head, but it still took over an hour from that point until he came out. That big head just didn’t want to fit through! Still, it wasn’t painful like I thought it would be—just exhausting.

I knew I was getting close when the doctor got all her official gear on and called in a team of extra staff. (I had thought I was super close before, but obviously I wasn’t. Joke’s on me!) She turned overhead spotlights on all the action. (I had the room dark except for a couple lamps—and some Christmas lights Carolyn had put up).

I kept up with the pushing game, finally feeling like the end was in sight even though the finish line was still vague. Finally the doctor told me that she thought baby would be out within several good pushes. She was right!

10:20 pm Our son was born! On the push where he finally came out, I didn’t even realize he was out until I saw the doctor holding him up, trying to untangle the umbilical cord that was twisted all around his leg. I was expecting a lot more pain, but I didn’t really feel anything when he came out. I did feel loads of joy, emotion, and relief!

“It’s a boy!” Kyle announced. “What?!” I said. At least 90% of people thought we were having a girl, so we just kind of assumed they must be right. A boy was such a surprise! They put him on my chest, precious and covered in slime, and when the umbilical cord stopped pulsing the last of its blood, the doctor showed Kyle where to cut the cord.

I was exhausted and a little out of it, but I was so happy to meet him! We were in love with him instantly. I think Kyle was surprised how quickly he fell so much in love with him. We were also surprised how cute he was for just being born. “He’s not ugly!” I said, and all the staff laughed.

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The next few hours are a happy blur. Harrington was very healthy—praise God! Mama still had some work and recovery to do. I lost a lot of blood and was shaking pretty violently, so I needed a shot in my leg for that, which came with a hilarious, unfortunate side effect. On top of that, my tearing required a lot lot lot of stitches. On top of that, my uterus wasn’t shrinking on its own the way it was supposed to. I tried to breathe deeply and stay calm through the discomfort of the nurses pushing hard on my belly.

Overall, though, it was a really wonderful few hours. We talked and laughed and my energy started coming back. We praised God (out loud!—we wanted everyone in that hospital room to know that it was God who got us through) and played relaxing Christian music in the background.

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After all of that, and breastfeeding for the first time, and lots of tests and measuring and monitoring for Harry and me (Harry was 8 lb, 3 oz, 21 inches), and the epic (read: long and slow) first bathroom visit, and trying to get some food in me so the shaking would chill out, and saying goodbye to Carolyn, and Kyle finally getting to hold his son, we were finally sort of alone. It was already 1 or 2 am! We called our parents and all four sisters and they all picked up the phone, their voices sounding both happy and groggy.

And then we all passed out, including our sweet little son sleeping wrapped up like a snuggly burrito. We were just amazed at God’s goodness, care, and love.

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  • June 12, 2017 - 12:56 pm

    Nancy Ray - Way to go mama. So proud of you and this beautiful story God has written!!ReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2017 - 10:13 pm

    Mary Jo Barnes - Sounds a lot like the Bradley Method I used for my children. You learned to work through the contractions through breathing and relaxing so nature could do it’s thing. Congratulations. Harry is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing and I’m thankful it went well. Next time EAT. 😃ReplyCancel

May is my last month of maternity leave! My goals are a little ambitious, especially since I just set them on May 6th. (We got home from a 2-week trip on the 4th!)

Unlike most months, I’m not really expecting or hoping to meet all my goals. They’re all important, but I want to enjoy my last 3 weeks of leave and only work on these goals if they don’t get in the way of that.

Side note: Our baby Harrington didn’t gain enough weight in month 2, so we’ve gotta chub him up a little. It’s funny how fast your already small amount of free time as a new mom becomes even smaller when you’re working on increasing your milk supply, pumping extra milk, researching good formula, and giving bottles of extra milk after feedings. It’s worth it, though, to a certain extent. :) By the way, if it saves you some time, I didn’t go overboard on formula research, but consulted with some professionals and decided to go with this formula. There’s a 30% off coupon on Amazon if you want to try it. I know the whole formula thing can be overwhelming! I was shocked how much junk is in most options, even the organic ones.

First, here’s how I did on my April goals! I only gave myself 2 weeks to get all this done because of vacation . . . I shouldn’t have been so optimistic! ;)

  1. Prepare items to sell at Divine Consign 
  2. Buy a one-piece suit for vacation that I feel good in with my new mom body :)
  3. Keep non-paleo food/drink to no more than 30 items this month | I lost track!
  4. Create a prayer box (Got the idea here)
  5. Revise my daily worksheet to be more intentional in this season
  6. Revise daily/weekly rhythms to make the most of the last 8 weeks of maternity leave
  7. Finish writing Harrington’s birth story and post on the blog
  8. Push goal: Decide on an exercise routine to begin in early May
  9. Push goal: Schedule thermography appointments for Kyle and me

Weekly goals:

Goal: Miss no more than 1 week for each of these goals

  1. Take video of Harry
  2. Take a true Sunday Sabbath
  3. Do something for someone else
  4. Spend no more than 90 minutes on social media

Daily goals: 

Goal: 18/26 days (I started on April 5)

  1. Spend time with the Lord
  2. Pray for daily manna, boldness in my faith, and an eternal focus
  3. Track food in FitBit
  4. Rest or take a nap
  5. Achieve my daily step goal (either 7387 or 9420/day, determined by the StepBet I’m doing)
  6. Spend 10+ minutes staying on top of things: either my email inbox, social media notifications, paper inbox, or Todoist inbox
  7. Avoid TV during the day
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Now, here are my May goals!

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  1. Fill out my weekly routine workbook and create a new weekly routine for when I go back to work. (If you want to purchase this workbook, click here to buy my to-do list guide, and then you’ll have a chance to buy the workbook when you complete your order!)
  2. Donate blood at the Blood Center nearby. (With such a tough flu season this past winter, not as many people donated blood as usual, so there’s a shortage.)
  3. Finish and publish Harrington’s birth story on the blog.
  4. Schedule thermography appointment for Kyle and me. (Annual thermography screenings help catch cancer very early when it’s easiest to treat.)
  5. Finish prayer box.
  6. Create a new workout routine.
  7. Figure out next steps for gathering some friends who want to encourage each other to live their faith boldly.
  8. Keep non-paleo food to no more than 30 items.
  9. Watch Idealust’s Facebook and Instagram ads course.
  10. Delegate advance tasks for my Bold, Intentional Life group coaching program to my VA by May 24. (She’s going on maternity leave end of June!)

Weekly + daily goals I’m tracking on my PowerSheets:

Weekly goals:

Goal: Miss no more than 1 week for each of these

  1. Take video of Harry
  2. Take a true Sunday Sabbath
  3. Do something for someone else
  4. Spend no more than 90 minutes on social media
  5. Take a photo of Harry with Kyle, me, or others (So that all my pictures aren’t just photos of only Harrington–I realized I don’t have many pictures with my kiddo!)
  6. Eat an average of 2,500 calories/day or less  (I’ve been convicted lately of the wastefulness of eating more than I need to in order to fuel my body.)
  7. Use my vitamin D lamp

Daily goals: 

Goal: 17/25 days (since I didn’t start officially tracking these in my PowerSheets till May 6th :))

  1. Pray for daily manna, boldness in my faith, and an eternal focus
  2. Keep screen unlocks on my phone to 50 or less (Not as easy as you think! Try the QualityTime or Moment app to track your phone use and you’ll be shocked!)
  3. Track food in FitBit
  4. Rest or take a nap
  5. Achieve my daily step goal (either 7387 or 9420/day, determined by the StepBet I’m doing)
  6. Find a way to intentionally love/respect/serve Kyle
  7. Write in my gratitude journal (I haven’t been doing this as consistently since Harry was born, but it’s a big part of my 2017 goal #4!)

Books I’m reading this month:

Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World (Rereading it!)

Unsuper Mommy: Release Expectations, Embrace Imperfection, and Connect to God’s Superpower
x-Diana

Psst! Something BIG is coming in June! Make sure you’re on my email list to hear about it. :)

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I’ve got motherhood totally figured out.

April fools! :)

But, I will say, by God’s grace, it’s going better than I thought it would. My March goals were definitely appropriate for the season, and the fact that I had low expectations and met my goals made me feel really good! (Note to self: Keep my expectations from getting too high, or I feel like a failure!)

Here are my March goals + the results:

  1. Read + finish Secrets of a Baby Nurse
  2. Read + finish What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage
  3. Order a bracelet with my word of the year
  4. Contact an attorney to create a will
  5. Catch up on baby book up to 1 month
  6. Push goal: Put away maternity clothes and return the clothes I borrowed
  7. Push goal: Tag all items I’m selling at Divine Consign

Weekly + daily goals I tracked on my PowerSheets:

Weekly goals:

Goal: Miss no more than 1 week for each of these goals | I had zero misses! 

  1. Read Psalm 103 to focus on my word of the year, rejoice
  2. Do something for someone else
  3. Spend no more than 90 minutes on social media on my phone
  4. Take at least one photo of baby
  5. Get out of the house for something other than church or a required doctor’s appointment

Daily goals: (More details on how and why I chose these goals here!)

Goal: Do these things at least 25/31 days this month | I had only a few misses total! 

  1. Spend any kind of time with the Lord
  2. Pray for daily manna
  3. Do one small productive thing
  4. Change out of my pajamas, even if I’m not showering and just putting on super comfy clothes
  5. Avoid watching TV during the day

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Now, here are my April goals!

  1. Prepare items to sell at Divine Consign (If you’re in the Milwaukee area, you need to check this out for selling or buying gently-used clothes. :))
  2. Buy a one-piece suit for vacation that I feel good in with my new mom body :)
  3. Keep non-paleo food/drink to no more than 30 items this month (a challenge with vacation!)
  4. Create a prayer box (Got the idea here)
  5. Revise my daily worksheet to be more intentional in this season
  6. Revise daily/weekly rhythms to make the most of the last 8 weeks of maternity leave
  7. Finish writing Harrington’s birth story and post on the blog
  8. Push goal: Decide on an exercise routine to begin in early May
  9. Push goal: Schedule thermography appointments for Kyle and me

Weekly + daily goals I’m tracking on my PowerSheets:

Weekly goals:

Goal: Miss no more than 1 week for each of these goals

  1. Take video of Harry
  2. Take a true Sunday Sabbath
  3. Do something for someone else
  4. Spend no more than 90 minutes on social media

Daily goals: 

Goal: I’ve already been doing most of these things the first few days of the month, but I’m just going to start tracking them today–April 5. My goal is 18/26 days for these. Vacation will make these challenging!

  1. Spend time with the Lord
  2. Pray for daily manna, boldness in my faith, and an eternal focus
  3. Track food in FitBit
  4. Rest or take a nap
  5. Achieve my daily step goal (either 7387 or 9420/day, determined by the StepBet I’m doing)
  6. Spend 10+ minutes staying on top of things: either my email inbox, social media notifications, paper inbox, or Todoist inbox
  7. Avoid TV during the day

Books I’m reading this month: (Please note that these are affiliate links. Your purchase supports our Giving Back initiative!)

The Year of Small Things: Radical Faith for the Rest of Us

The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity

The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World

x-Diana

P.S. Share your goals in the comments below! :) And if you’re curious how I get so much done (even in this season while I’m savoring lots of time with my sweet little boy during maternity leave), here’s how!

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  • April 5, 2017 - 10:30 pm

    KAS - Where are your goals of precious time spent with Harringtons grandparents and family… haha.ReplyCancel