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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Less is more.

After what has felt like the summer of sickness, I'm so ready to feel like myself again.  To get there, I've set one goal for this month - Less is more.  Maybe it's more of a guideline than a goal, but regardless, it's something that I will continue to repeat to myself until we get to October and this new way of thinking has become habit.

Less take out, more time in the kitchen.  I'm really ashamed to admit how frequently I have takeout.  There aren't many lunch options by my office, so I typically eat a light lunch and then I'm starving by the time I get home, leading me to just pick up a Chick-fil-a Cobb salad or some chicken tacos from a local tex-mex place.  I don't love cooking, but last week I found myself craving a home cooked meal.  It didn't take me very long, and there was just something so rewarding about making my own meal.  Over the next month, I'm hoping to find some great recipes for cooking for one and for crockpots.  (If you have any favorites, please send them my way!)

Less spending, more planning.  When I don't plan my purchases - whether it be clothing or my lunch - I end up spending more than I should.  I'm really practical with my spending, so feeling like I've wasted money stresses me out.  I think that planning my meals out for the week will be a major way to save money, as I not only spend less on lunch and takeout, but I'll also be able to purchase ingredients that can be used in multiple recipes.  I bought a carton of iced coffee at the store this weekend, so I think that's a great start!

Less time spent in front of a screen, more time spent bettering myself.  I spend all day looking at a computer screen at work, and I hope to do a little less of that when I get home in the evenings.  Instead of just poking around online, I could use that time to read a book or exercise.

Less scrambling, more focusing.  I really don't love getting up when my alarm goes off.  Because of this, I'm always scrambling to get ready in the mornings.  Friday morning I got up early for work to pick up some catering, and I was reminded of just how much better I felt when I got up and got my day started.  Instead of scrambling to accomplish something, I want to be able to focus fully on the task at hand.

Less caffeine, more water.  I usually limit myself to two caffeinated beverages a day - an iced coffee each morning and a diet soda around 3 PM.  But when the month of our big work event rolls around, I am pretty sure my blood type is caffeine.  I've stocked my fridge at home and work with different flavors of LaCroix, and I'm hoping I can stay strong and grab them over soda.

Less dread, more enthusiasm.  Just like everyone else in the world, I have a lot on my plate right now.  Sometimes this leads me to be dread my community involvement just because I feel so overwhelmed and over involved.  So I've decided to approach things that I typically dread with enthusiasm in an attempt to change my mindset.

I want to hear from you - what are your goals for the month?  I'd love to help keep each other accountable!


  1. I love this post and the idea of less is more! I could definitely go by this more!

  2. Uhm YES girl!! Less is so more! I love the reverse goals haha

    Rachel | www.theconfusedmillennial.com

  3. Wow I am loving this mentality! Powerful changes in all aspects of life, you go girl!

  4. Love this mentality! I think I'm going to encourage myself to embrace this mentality also!

  5. You go girl!!! I agree less it more!


  6. I love your all encompassing goal for the month, I definitely feel like so much of what I want fits into your "less is more" goal as well. Less takeout and more cooking has been a game changer for me though I still don't love cooking by any measure.

  7. These are fantastic goals and I need to use some of them in my life too! Good luck on them!!

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  8. I love drinking water, I want to give up coffee but just cant get myself to do it :(. I do try to drink a gallon of water a day though, and it makes me feel awesome! x, kenz http://sincerelykenz.com

  9. I love this goal. Less is more is important in so many different areas in our lives and it's something I'm definitely working on too.


  10. I hate cooking and spend most nights swinging by chic-fil-a as well. Planning my meals at the beginning of each week is definitely something I need to work on!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

  11. I love this post! I couldn't agree more about less being more. I second the less caffeine and more water! I usually have a cup of coffee (or two) a day, but other than that, I only drink water, and I feel the biggest difference physically and mentally.

  12. Well these sounds like excellent goals, friend! September is a whirlwind month for me, so my goal is just to survive it. (Haha!) Make sure I'm getting enough sleep and still making time for my blog and self care despite the crazy schedule. Hopefully come October and the rest of fall though I can get back on the goal train!

    xoxo A

  13. Totally agree with all of these - especially the last one. I'm so busy sometimes that I sometimes think negatively about the things that I love - recently it's been blogging. I definitely am with you in trying to re-focus my energy into enthusiasm.


  14. I LOVE this post so much!!! I totally agree with you - less is definitely more. I have started to [somewhat] get in a routine now that we are settling more into our home. We have been stocking up on essential oils to try and prevent winter sickness, and drinking tons of water and eating lots of fruit and veggies instead of going out all of the time. It has really been helping us!

  15. Every single thing you talk about sounds JUST like me, especially the eating out and caffeinated drinks... I can't go a day without my iced coffee. I'm striving for "less is more" every day!

  16. I'm loving the idea of this post! I may just have to steal it, and credit you for the amazing idea of course :) I totally know what you're talking about-especially with the take out situation. My goal is to cut our eating out to once a week-it's gonna be a challenge! My favorite crockpot recipe is Mississippi Roast-it's popular on Pinterest, you should give it a shot!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  17. I love this- I definitely need to do less staying up late and more sleeping haha!


  18. Definitely more water than coffee! Waters my favorite!

  19. I'm loving less is more as the goal. My spending has been frivolous (to say the least) lately so I'm focusing on selling clothes I no longer wear, not purchasing more, and taking care of myself (mentally & physically) - moving across the country has been quite the emotional roller coaster and I'm working to be a little less of an emotional train wreck some days haha.

    xo, Maddy