September 20, 2011

5 Big Goals.

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It's kind of a "thing" to do a "30 Before 30" challenge when you turn 29. My friend Blair is blowing through her list with great gusto, and I laid out something similar at the beginning of the year. But for the final year of my twenties I'd rather hone in on five bigger goals to work towards. The cool thing is that each of these goals seem interconnected so that accomplishing one only serves another.

They are:

1) Spend more time in the sack. No, not like that! I've written about this before, but insomnia and I are bedfellows (even though I have a little girl who nearly always sleeps 12 hours straight through). Know what helps? Xanax or Motrin P.M. But you don't have to tell me that that's no bueno. It's just that sometimes I really, really need a good night's sleepno matter how I get there.

So I'm going to work on embracing natural ways to get solid sleep. Things to try: regular exercise, herbal supplements, no Internet after 9, etc. Please comment if you have other ideas.

This is tops on my list because I feel like sleep is the key to unlocking so much goodness in my life. When I'm not tired, I feel like I'm a better wife, mother, friend, and employee. I'm also so much more likely to make it to the gym and eat well throughout the day. Life in general just seems brighter and more beautiful and hopeful when I'm rested.

2) Make a quilt from start to finish. Which, really, is such a perfect way to spend my fall and winter nights, right? And, also, to honor my new commitment to sweet, restorative sleep. I really love the simplicity of this pattern (found via Dear Friend).

3) Kick aspartame. I start my morning with a huge cup of coffee and pile in a heaping spoon of Splenda, and lunch is almost always washed down with a Diet Coke (or two). And then there's the sugarless gum and the "light" ice cream products I chow down on.

I'm a total sweets addict who long ago switched from actual sugar to the fake kind. The real stuff doesn't seem to be any less frightening though, and I shudder at the taste of Stevia. So I'm not yet sure how this goal will be accomplished, and I anticipate it being the most difficult one on my list. But I also anticipate lots of rewards if I tell aspartame to suck it. More energy and better skin would be nice.

Perhaps just doing my homework on the evils of aspartame will be all I need to get motivated?

4) Write more and spend more time thinking about where I want to take my writing. I used to want to write a book. That's what I told people when I was eight. Seriously. Now I just write here and for my job(s) but very little else. However, I have lots of writing-related goals swishing around in my noggin. They don't involve making more money. They involve getting assignments to write about things I love and having them appear in places that I also love. I owe it to my 29-year-old self, and my eight-year-old self, to give more energy to my No. 1 passion.

5) Workout consistently. All I'm asking of myself is three times a week. I have a Y membership and the Y has a nursery so I have no excuses. Plus, I am insane about Zumba and yoga and pilates and spinning.  So there you go.

I can totally do this.


  1. I have heard of people taking herbal melatonin.... it's the natural hormone that our bodies make to get sleepy. Maybe do some research on that?....

  2. I have a sleep routine that puts me to sleep no matter how anxious I am. I heat up some milk on the stove and drink it warm (sometimes with a little honey), and then douse myself with lavender oil...on my temples, wrists, and neck. And then I put in earplugs. I am to dreamland in no time!! It's old-fashioned and lovely, and it works!

  3. yeah, i have a feeling all of these will effect the other so you should most definitely hit your goals!! Let me know when you get started on that quilt...I have plans to get a few more going this fall/winter too. My first one was similar to that pattern and it is easy once you get started, would love to help you out!

  4. Oh man, I have the WORST time sleeping. It's just impossible for me to shut my brain off! I also have a couple little happy pills that I'll break in half once a week or so just so I can have at least one well-rested day. If you figure anything out that helps, please share!

  5. melatonin for sure. try agave nectar in your coffee...that's what I use in lieu of far as the dc goes...maybe try to do hot tea instead? I'm proud of you, Mama!! loves!!

  6. i love your list. 5 very important things ... seems so very achievable and comforting. my list of 30 is a very daunting task. isn't turning 30 next year daunting enough!?! xo.

  7. melatonin is the most popular natural sleep aid but i would avoid it. if you take it regularly your body will stop producing melatonin naturally and you will mess your sleep cycle up even more. not to mention it gives you crazy dreams. i really like this stuff called sleep ease, by organix south. it is ayurvedic herbs and it usually makes me fall asleep within 15 minutes, and i don't feel like crap in the morning. we have it at the franklin whole foods.
    a bedtime routine helps a lot with sleeping as well. i even read that making your bed every day can help because your body will recognize that turning down the sheets means it is time to sleep. i like to drink sleepy time tea too, or sometimes i'll cake a bath so i can wind down. can you tell i've had sleeping problems?
    i used to drink 6 or more diet cokes a day! so addicted! i just stopped letting myself buy them, and recently i got one as a "special treat" and it tasted so terrible to me!

  8. Y'all! Thank you for all the helpful feedback!!!!