Thriving In 2015 | Summer Update

Goals are my thing. I've missed these updates! With the seasons hinting of fading into Fall before too long I'm getting excited to focus some of these the second half of the year. 

Read At Least 1 Fun Book a Month

Reading begets reading. And somewhere between the birth books and meeting Hudson I forgot to keep up with reading. A stop at Target last week had me in the book aisle for the first time in the longest time. And this new cover on The Alchemist talked me into finally grabbing it.

Because I judge books by covers.

Written by Paulo Coelho, an author from Brazil writing from a shepherd boy's perspective in Spain, you follow along on his journey to the Egyptian pyramids on a journey full of life lessons, metaphors and quotes that I'll be thinking about for a while. 

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it.”

Read 6 Books That Focus on Spiritual Matters

House of Learning: Getting More from Your Temple Experience was one I grabbed earlier this Spring but just got around to reading. Written from the perspectives of 2005-2008 SLC Temple President & Matron, both husband and wife share doctrine and personal experiences that help lead towards teaching ways to get more out of your time in the temple.

I'm suddenly ready for a 52 week temple challenge. Someone come up with a hashtag for me and I'll get on it.

Continue to Collaborate With Brands That I’m Passionate About

Sakura Bloom, Solly Baby Wrap, Sonnet James and Stokke. Apparently all of my favorites start with S. 

Collaborations are a funny thing. They make my day, my week, and my year. But something's throwing me off with the blog as a whole. The idea of modesty keeps jumping into my mind --- that is has so much less to do with hemlines and more with humility. And working towards being humble + modest while constantly needing photos of myself has started to feel like a bit of a contradiction. So I'll keep working on this one, and seeing if there's a balance that needs to be found. Or a bit more authenticity. Or consistency with posting. Or, something.

Contribute To Our Income This Year

At the beginning of the year I had no idea how to add to our income. I just knew that being away from Landon in the evenings wouldn't be worth it. And that all of the blog posts about "30 ways to make money from home" were a waste of the internet and my time. (Ok harsh? Sorry.) But! I've been spending a week each month getting wedding dresses ready and a weekend most months this year working a trunk show with Elizabeth Cooper Designs -- Landon's cousin and aunt's wedding business. Sure the money from it each month goes to a new baby carrier most months, but, extra money! ;)

Shred Credit Cards

CHECK. None. Zilch. Nada. 

Oh, that feels good.

Explore Utah and Appreciate Our Time Here

While simultaneously working to focus on other $$ goals we've been able to do a few fun trips this summer already -- Zion, a little Payson hike and weekends at Seven Peaks. Next up: Bear Lake and Moab.

Other areas I'm killing it: Fitness & Breastfeeding

Because those are are my jam, goal updates or not. Landon and I have been lifting weights together a few times a week most weeks all summer, which has been amazing. 5lbs away from pre-pregnancy weight and counting. Loving the idea of intuitive eating till I'm motivated enough to dial it in with macros again.