The start of a new month always feels like a good time to take a few minutes to set some goals and realign myself with current goals.
I’m a big believer in goal setting. I like to have something to work towards. It helps me find a sense of purpose and drive. It kind of makes my head spin when my friends or people are me tell me they have “no goals”. Everyone wants something out of life! My monthly goals are just the baby steps to help me get there. That’s right, my big goals are always broken down into measurable steps that are realistic and achievable and add up to big results.
For me, December always feels like a month with a lot of potential to be great. It’s inevitably busy with the holiday season, but I think that’s all the reason more why goals are important. When our minds are frazzled from late night gift wrapping, hectic christmas shopping and too many holiday parties, they help provide that clear focus that might just help keep us sane.
This might be one of the busiest Christmas seasons for me yet. I have more holiday parties to attend and host than I have ever in previous years. Admittedly I am usually a whole lot more organized by this time in regards to my Christmas shopping, but I’m trying to not go overboard this year.
My main goal this month will be to achieve that balance between that craziness this season brings and not falling behind on everything else I have commitments to – school, this blog, my health!
Heres my top list of goals and areas of focus for December
- Set aside a little (or a lot) of time each day for School. Lately school’s kind of been taking the back burner. Oops.
- Get busy in the kitchen! Sometimes when I get too busy I rely on grabbing meals out instead of packing them with me. This puts a huge dent in my wallet and is overall just not as healthy!
- Make better use of my time. Okay, I’m not proud of this. I’m that person that sleeps in way too late pretty much every day. I hate it, but I can’t resist my warm bed when morning rolls around. I think I’ve been working on this one for years. With the hours I work, my mornings are my hours in the day to get sh*t done.
- Plan ahead to keep my sanity. Knowing myself and how overwhelmed and anxious I get when I feel busy in combination to my growing list of commitments this month, I think it’ll really help if I start planning now for the recipes I’ll be making Christmas Day, the finer details for my gift exchange this Friday, and sourcing out a place to chop down my own Christmas tree. Pinterest, you are my best friend.
- Learn to say no! I very well might be the biggest introvert I know.Maybe we all say that. All I know is that over extended myself socially takes up a lot of my energy and leaves me really, really drained. Not good for my busy schedule. Saying no to those things I simply don’t have time for or am just plain not into might be hard, but likely worth it for my own peace of mind. Here’s a quick read on the importance of being assertive: http://michaelhyatt.com/5-reasons-why-you-need-to-get-better-at-saying-no.html
- Take some time for Me. Whatever that means. Reading, baking, yoga, working out. Sometimes when I’m busy all of those things fall to the wayside (see number 1) and that takes a toll on my overall happiness. I think we are all so quick to try to please everyone else. We deserve that kind of treatment from ourselves, tpo.
- Shop local for my christmas gifts as much as possible. I’m all about local small businesses lately. It is incredibly more gratifying shopping this way. This is probably because of Nicole, who taught a workshop I attended on how to kickstart your business. I was so inspired by all of the people I met at her brand[ED] workshop. You should probably check her out. She was the kick in the butt I needed to start this blog which I’ve wanted to do forever. Seriously. Forever. Years and years! Now look at me go. Thanks Nicole!
If you follow me on Instagram and you only came to this post for this recipe I posted then I’ll cut to the chase and give the people what they want:
While I’ve been writing this post I’ve also been sipping on this Tumeric Tea. I started making and drinking this tea after my nutritionist told me she thought my body had a lot of inflammation. (As previously mentioned here). Tumeric has a ton of benefits, but the reason I choose to sip on it is that it is a powerful anti-inflammatory. However, beyond that, it is great for your immune system and your skin likes it too. I’ve even made a face mask of it before.
- 1/2 tbsp of tumeric. bye bye bloat! Prior to tweaking my diet I had a lot of bloat. This helped give me some relief.
- Freshly grated ginger, approximately 1 tsp worth. Or more. If you like the flavour, tailor this to your own liking. (tip: freeze your ginger. It makes it a million times easier to grate.) More cold and flu prevention and anti-inflammatory affects.
- Dash of cayenne. Helps out your sinuses and circulation. Handy for a girl like me who always has cold feet and hands.
- 1/2 of a fresh lemon, juiced. Helps kickstart your liver, alkalize your body and strengthen your immune system. I love you, Lemon. I have used Raw Apple Cider Vinegar in the past when I have been out of lemons. Works well, but I prefer lemon.
- Raw Honey / Pure Maple Syrup: enough to sweeten the tea so it’s enjoyable to drink. Don’t go overboard! 1/2 – 1 tbsp. I say maple syrup because that’s what I choose to use most of the time. Honey’s enzymes are sensitive to heat, so I prefer to use honey in food that won’t need to be heated to be served. To each their own! Sometimes I’m only slightly heating the drink, in which case I’m sure honey is fine. Maple syrup does have vitmains and minerals, so I like using it within reason.
Add all of the above ingredients in a small saucepan and gently heat on the stove to a temperature you’re comfortable sippin’ on. You’ll have to strain the tea if you’re not wanting any of the ginger gratings floating around. Sometimes I’m lazy and just ignore them. The taste might take a bit of getting used to, but I love it and so has everyone I’ve made it for! At least that’s what they tell me. Maybe they were just being nice.
Let me know what your goals are for December and if you try this tea below! I would love to hear how you stay on track with your goals. I’m always lookin’ for tips.