May is almost always my busiest month of the year. So many birthdays, parties, barbecues, trips, and to-dos. This May was no different (last weekend I had two two-year-old birthday parties, a grown-up birthday party, and a graduation party — and an entire day of freezer cooking). I love it though, because the weather is generally nice and all these parties are a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the sunshine!
My May Whole30 eating plan was…well…kind of a failure. But a bit of a success, here and there. I’ll write more about later in this post, but first here’s a bit of background if you’re unfamiliar with the 2014 Directive.
What is the 2014 Directive?
The 2014 Directive is a New Year’s resolution link up structured in a way to maximize success of your goals by setting them on a monthly basis instead of a big year-long resolution that’s nearly impossible to keep. The monthly goals must be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. You can join the link up at Kate and Trudy!
How Do I Join Along?
If you’d like to participate, visit the 2014 Directive details page at Kate and Trudy 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 goals on Instagram (using the hashtag #the2014directive) with a smattering of photos throughout the month. Need some ideas for monthly goals? Jessica has 50 great ideas here!
My June Directive
Ever since I returned from SNAP, I’ve been working on blog organization (bloginization?) — beefing up my old blog posts by updating links, enlarging photos, adding featured images, etc. etc. It’s been slow going and it’s hard to stay motivated, so this month I decided I want to finish it up! Plus I have a few other goals for my blog that I’d like to complete before July.
This month I plan to:
- Finish updating my old posts. I’m more than halfway through. I started at the beginning, and I’ve worked my way into 2013 — just another, oh, 80 posts to do! In case you’re wondering what all that entails, here you go:
- Deleting obsolete content
- Updating the size of photos
- Adding headings and subheadings where needed
- Adding “read more” code
- Adding “today’s top posts” code
- Adding a featured image
- Adding or updating a “Pinteresting” image
- Updating links
- Updating SEO
- Adding affiliate links
- Re-pinning to Pinterest
- Anything else that needs work
- Set up the backend for email blasts. I’m learning the importance of building my email list! I have an idea for a fun quilt-as-you-go freebie in the future for email subscribers, so I need to get everything set up to make it actually work. Want to receive periodic emails and a chance to get new content before anyone else? Enter your email address in the bar at the top of this blog page! (I will never use your email for evil, I promise.)
- Get ahead. I’ve been using a loosey-goosey editorial calendar in Google, but I want to really make an effort to not only get a month’s worth of posts planned, but also get to the point where I’m working at least a week ahead. Right now I am, at max, three days ahead. With some planning and a lot of dedicated writing time on Mondays and Thursdays, I can make this happen.
Past Directive Reports
May 2014 “Changes to my plate”: I wanted to eat Whole30, but that lasted a whopping nine days until some friends and I had a cooking class we planned ages ago, and the main dish was chicken parm with pasta and peaches flambe for dessert. The next night was book club (where the food and wine is always amazing) and then we had a fancy dinner out with friends and then Mother’s Day and have I mentioned how many parties are in May?
Even though I didn’t eat Whole30, however, I made way better food choices this month than I would have otherwise. My snacking was minimized, and a lot of my meals were Paleo or even Whole30. I hope to continue these better choices — I’m just not comfortable in my own skin right now.
My water intake also increased substantially. I kept track for part of the month, but dropped off as things got busier. Most days, getting all eight glasses of water wasn’t difficult. It’s much easier for me to drink a ton of water when it’s warmer out, so I’m sure that helped too. Coffee intake may have decreased slightly…but let’s be real. Probably not.
And as far as vitamins go, that gets a big fat fail. I didn’t even buy vitamins, much less put them into my face. Oh well.
April 2014 “A digital detox”: Though I’m not still detoxing, I haven’t turned on any of my notifications on my phone — I still love not constantly being pinged. I also clean off my desktop regularly.
March 2014 “Get back on my feet”: Foot is still healing. We had to postpone a big trip we hoped to do this summer because I don’t think I can be on it that much. We’re disappointed, but it’s most important to get this foot healed!
Stay tuned for another update at the end of June!
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