The 2014 Directive // November {be present}

I’m typing this from my new office in sunny (j/k) Seattle! We drove over 2800 miles to get here from DC last week and are surrounded by boxes, but it’s so awesome to finally be here!! I can’t wait to share more, but for now, it’s Directive time on this Halloween day.

The 2014 Directive TITLES

 

What is The 2014 Directive?

The 2014 Directive started on January 1st as a “modern new year’s resolution.” It’s an Instagram & blog link-up structured in a way to maximize success of your goals by setting them on a monthly basis. Whether you need to lose a couple pounds, organize your closet, or save a bit of cash, The 2014 Directive structure will get you there.

There are no strict guidelines for participating and you set your own goals. Whatever is relevant to your life each month!

{read more about The 2014 Directive here}

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How can I participate and link-up?

Visit The 2014 Directive details page for all the information you need to get started on the right foot. You can participate by linking up your blog post below and/or sharing your goal on Instagram (#the2014directive) with a smattering of photos throughout the month.

This month’s link-up will be open until November 30th, so add your November Directive post any time during the month.

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My November Directive

Only two months left in 2014 and I’m going to make the most of them! November’s Directive is to be present.

My specific goals this month are:

> Work an appropriate schedule so I can enjoy time with my hubby and doghters. Before leaving on vacation, I had some pretty serious conversations about my work/life and thankfully received the support to return to work with an appropriate level of responsibilities. Now that I’m on Pacific time, I have the added benefit of being able to close the day out between 3-5pm with minimal meetings and tasks on the calendar (all of my regular meetings end by 3pm now whereas before they were 5pm or so). I think all of this, as well as having my hubby back who will be working the same hours, will have a positive effect on my work/life balance. Time to test it out in November!

> Limit alcohol to Saturdays only. Now that I don’t live under the roof of a wine blogger, my wine intake must drastically reduce or I’ll probably go broke. That said, I am content to give it up entirely except for Saturdays when we plan to try new restaurants and such. Drinking takes me away from enjoying and maximizing every moment so this goal is pretty important to me.

> Shutdown after 7pm. I’ve tried this one before and it felt great to get away from the computer, but because my room was basically a studio apartment, there was little “closure” each night. Since I’m now able to shut the door to my office, I plan to shut it at 7pm each evening and spend time with my husband and dogs. I’d like to also keep my phone inside the office as well to really, truly be present in the evening.

I’m super excited to read all about your goals! Make sure to link-up below any time this month.

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Past Directive Progress Reports

October 2014 (the link-up) ~ Transition Like a Boss

The pick-up of all our belongings went smoothly and I was able to enjoy a few hours of free time after they left on the 10th. Everyone was super nice and overall it went great! I then enjoyed having only what would fit in our car for awhile and it really opened my eyes to what I really need…let’s just say 2015 will be the year of continuing to purge as much as possible to make way for moments that really count! The goodbye tears were definitely limited by all but my adorable dentist who’s been taking care of my teeth since I grew teeth lost it the worst. Ha! Finally, we had an awesome cross-country road trip that went FAST for being on the road for 6 days. Overall, I totally transitioned like a boss – ha!

September 2014 (the link-up) ~ Prep for Seattle

Good news! We secured an apartment, albeit one I didn’t actually view. I saw the sister property in the same city and fell in love. We’ll be living in Issaquah as of 10/27! The commute is reported to be better from the east side of Seattle vs. others and we wanted more space for a reasonable budget to start off. It’s only a 10 month lease so we’ll be able to spend that time figuring out what will work best for us long term. I’m still working on the moving binder but a lot of goodness is clipped in after this past month. Last, I’ll be researching WA over the next few weeks to print some details and identify what we need to do when we get there. Our first date night is to Elliot’s on the water…that we know for sure!

August 2014 (the link-up) ~ Puppy Love

I definitely achieved a satisfactory level of puppy love in August. Lots and lots of snuggles but also many frustrations. These girls are totally missing their daddy and their mama is so busy all day that I just know they’re bored. They didn’t get nearly enough walks as I had planned and I admit I didn’t stay out for 10 minutes each time we went to the backyard. I did finish Breaking Bad with my girls by my side, so that was a win. Ha!

July 2014 (the link-up) ~ Hit the Barre

Boo July! Total fail. I hit the Barre only 3 out of 12 times. I’m super disappointed in myself and really frustrated at my inability to see this particular goal through. I was excited for it for so long! Pure Barre was an AWESOME workout each time I went and I’m hooked, but the whole get up, leave the house, go workout, come home and try to work more after didn’t work out too well. I need to figure out some kind of routine to get myself in the habit. I think I’ll eventually try the Pure Barre home DVDs and equipment. I’m definitely losing momentum this summer with all my Directives but hope August changes that.

June 2014 (the link-up) ~ Relax

I’ve made it through the May OUAT block since June but I’m still behind on June and July. Looks like I’m coming up close on being behind August too. I’ve not even picked up Storm of Swords since June so definitely no reading in the cards lately. I’ve sold a couple of my half page planners in the Etsy shop so that’s exciting!

May 2014 (the link-up) ~ Detoxify

I’m still down 15 pounds with continued sugar reduction through July. I’m feeling great and am super happy with my decision to limit sugar. I could do better though – definitely less restrictive than in May.

I haven’t really stuck with my digital detox quite like the month of May, but things are going well as far as detaching myself from social media. I really don’t feel tied to anything (except Instagram). I’m always up for more ways to simplify my digital life so I’m keeping my eyes and ears open!

April 2014 (the link-up) ~ Focus on Food

I’m still focusing on food especially with the sugar detox. I now have only myself to feed so meal planning is much easier. I haven’t used the meal plan binder as much since my grocery list is about 10 items strong but if I find more time to experiment with recipes I’ll get back to planning. Otherwise, I’ll probably pick this up again in November when we move!

March 2014 (the link-up) ~ Take Care of Myself

8 hours of sleep is my number one priority and with the dogs, it’s near impossible. Kate loves waking up at 5am when she starts hearing the birds chirp, then we try to get back to sleep until at least 6:30am. That’s tough! As far as going to sleep, it’s hard for me to be in bed before 11pm but we’re trying to hit 8:30pm which is when the dogs wind down (sleep when they sleep, they say!!) Other than that, still just trying to keep up good habits to feel good overall.

February 2014 (the link-up) ~ Organize & Purge my Closet

I got my first StitchFix (referral link) in March and kept all 5 items. I got my second StitchFix in June and due to the weight loss, only one item worked out. I should have been more liberal with my size changes as I LOVED the items I was sent and wanted to keep it all again…so sad! I recently got my third fix and kept all 5 items again! HOORAY!

January 2014 (the link-up) ~ Complete a “No Spend” Month

We’ve really done well since the January no spend month and have knocked out over half of Nate’s student loan. It’s pretty awesome!

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Notes for Next Month

December’s Directive (the final one!) with progress reporting for January-November will be live on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. This date is listed in the (free to download) Participant Planner so you won’t forget and if you join the Google+ Community, you’ll get a reminder there as well!

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The Link-Up

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