The budgeting struggle at the end of the month…

At the end of the month, many of my budgeting categories are empty. What to do?

Monthly Budgeting:

Quarterly + Yearly Budgeting:

Exercise in the middle of the day, if you can swing it!

Exercising in the middle of the day?!

I’ve been experimenting with something kind of crazy lately: exercising in the middle of the day. What?! you might say. People usually exercise in the morning or the afternoon (although there are those who exercise in their lunch break instead of having lunch). I usually also prefer the afternoon for exercise, but hear me out…

Recently, I experienced some neck and back issues that tended to get worse the longer I remained sitting. Now, I work at my desk, so that’s kind of unavoidable. “How can I break up the periods of sitting?” I wondered. I began by looking at what my typical day looked like: identify the problem.

A typical day

Here’s what a typical day looks like for me. In the morning, I walk to daycare with William and then back home. It’s nice to start the day with a walk outside, and I’m glad I have this opportunity. Then, I come home and sit at my desk for the whole morning. I take brief breaks, but in the end I still spend about 3 hours sitting.

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My morning routine

The previous evening sets us up for the day ahead. I described extensively what I do on a typical evening here, and now I’ll talk about my mornings.

The funny thing is that my morning routine is much shorter than the evening routine. The latter is elaborate, with many moving parts, while the former is rather straightforward. Anyway, I’ll walk you through it.

Wake up 30 minutes before my son

This has been key. I used to wake up at the same time as William, and that felt stressful even though I didn’t realize it so explicitly. I was trying to take care of his needs while also taking care of my own, which often led to frustration on both sides: he wanted me to cuddle him, but I just wanted to pee!

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My evening routine

A good evening routine would set me up for a restful night of sleep and a good next day.

I wanted to create a realistic and stress-free (as much as possible) evening routine, so I had to leave enough time for everything I wanted and needed to do. I hate to be pressed for time in the evening when I’m tired and trying to wind down! Sometimes it still happens, and it’s oh-so annoying.

My evening routine starts early

I figured out that the evening routine starts as early as 17:00 (5 pm) when I leave to pick up William from daycare. I could pick him up anytime before 18:00 (6 pm), but if I leave later than 17:00 (5 pm), I just end up being too late for everything else, and I then have to rush. So I do my best to finish up my work, get ready, and leave on time.

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Your morning routine starts the night before

Ah, this is so true! How your morning goes depends to a large extent on what your evening looks like.

Do you go to bed at a time which allows you to get enough sleep?

Have you prepared yourself for the next day (e.g., clothes, food, backpack, living space)?

Have you made a plan for the next day?

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How I visualize my goals (and how I sing!)

Visualize your goal in order to reach it! (Btw, I’m singing in the last video on this page! :D)

Visualize the small steps on the way to your goal.

Create signposts to guide you on your way to your goal.

Visualize your big goal as well as the signposts along the way.

My theme for the year: Go Easy! (+ me singing!)

Microbreaks are annoying but helpful

Microbreaks are helpful but annoying…

Microbreaks for neck pain – what I’ve discovered.

What I do during a microbreak.

This year, I’m setting intentions.

I like thinking of intention as a feeling I’d like to bring forward.

My husband is so excited to do the Yearly Review (NOT!)

Some of us are more excited than others about the Yearly Review! πŸ˜€

Review your calendar for next year. What do you have planned? What would you like to add?

Set some realistic goals and some fun goals for the new year.

Review your 2023 to do list throughout the year πŸ˜‰

What to do when your planning never seems to work out?

This is how we do the Yearly Review in our home

Having trouble doing the Yearly Review? Find a buddy! That’s someone who will keep you accountable and/or will do the Yearly Review together with you.

Having trouble doing the Yearly Review? Schedule it on the calendar!

This is how we do the Yearly Review in our home.

Why you should make and review your Yearly To Do list.

What would you like to change in the new year?

My theme for the Year: Go Easy!

The Yearly Review: How was the last year for you?

This past week was all about the Yearly Review, my favorite topic of all!

Yearly Review Part 1: What went well this year?

Yearly Review Part 2: What didn’t go so well this year?

Yearly Review Part 3: If I could go back in time, what would I change?


Yearly Review Part 4: What feeling or theme belongs to this year for me?

Yearly Review Part 5: Was this year in accordance with your priorities?

Once you identify important goals in your life, it’s time to break them down into actionable steps. What tasks can bring you closer to your goal?