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To answer Carol’s question from the last post, I totally rocked my February goal.

Goooooooaaaaaaaallllllllllllllll!

There was one week that I only went to the gym twice (once to lift weights, which I normally do 3x a week, and once to do cardio), but the next week I went to the gym four times. So I’m calling it a win.

I’m not sure what I’m shooting for in March, but I think it’s going to be something house-related, like organizing favorite photos to put on the wall or put the budget in order (what?! too grownup!)

Speaking of pictures, here are four I took in February.

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February 3rd, 2010 – DeKalb IL
This is one Atticus Huenecke, a few minutes old. I was with his completely amazing parents for labor and birth, and it was awesome. Thanks, Beth and Adam, for letting me be part of that.

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February 7th, 2010 – Sycamore IL
I was making dinner and cut open a pepper to find… another pepper! That’s all I have as a description about this one. It’s not that interesting.

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February 18th, 2010 – DeKalb IL
My sister Laura as Mary Todd Lincoln at the DeKalb Public Library. The Library hired her to do a historical presentation and I got to introduce her! She did a great job in character and then answered questions from the substantial crowd, when I took this picture. I liked the look of her old-timey costume against the library’s mural. Plus I think she’s awesome.

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February 28th, 2010 – Chicago IL
On the last Sunday of the month NinjaHusband climbed up the Hancock building in the Hustle up the Hancock challenge with a team from his work, and he rocked it. I rode the elevator to the top and met him when he climbed the last stair. It was really cool, even with hundreds of people crowded into the bottom of the Hancock and waking up at 4am to drive in to make the start time, there was a big happy feeling all over the place and lots of positive energy. Big happies. And NinjaHusband rocked his goal time, so it was win-win-win. I took this picture of the shore as we were in line for the elevator to go back downstairs.

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New Month’s Resolutions

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, mostly because I get all big with my ideas and decide I’ll run a half-marathon or take up watercolor or start a band. Those big ones go as well as you might expect – right into the “meh” bin. I even thought that challenging myself by telling the blog about them would kick my ass a little bit more, but alas. Not even the power of the blog is strong enough to dislodge my ass from the couch when I do not wish to be moved.

And that’s the thing, I have to want to do it (whatever it is) and not feel like I should aspire to something just because it’s January first. Duh, right? I seem to be a slow learner when it comes to really really simple stuff like that.

So what I’ve decided to do for 2010, my thirtieth year (I’m feeling very into proclaiming my thirty-ness at every opportunity), is to set a goal for each month and see what happens with it. Ideally, yes, I’ll reach the goal and triumph over my laziness, but I’ve failed so many times that the “let’s see what happens with the goal” feels so much more comfortable.

January’s goal was to complete my doula certification portfolio on time, without asking for an extension. And I totally kicked that goal’s ass, you guys. I cranked out all five essays and completed all the paperwork and sent it off within the deadline (thanks to Margaret, who let me hang out with her and her daughter while I wrote parts of it). JANUARY GOAL: ACCOMPLISHED

What I intend to do in February is go to the gym three times a week for the whole month. Who hasn’t heard this song before? But seriously, three times a week for the month of February – that’s only twelve times. I have all kinds of reasons to do this, my health being the biggest one, and it’s just time to do it. I’m not deluded enough to think that I’ll get my 17-year-old high school trackstar body back, but I do want to see what I can do with myself at 30 (THIRTY!).

The rest of the goals for each month are a mystery. I don’t want to set a goal now, in February, for myself in July; I’d rather see where I am and what sounds good to me. Maybe in March I’ll clear out my office and install some shelving. Maybe one month I’ll knit myself a sweater. I know that travel will be part of my plan in the early summer. I’ll just see where the year takes me and set myself a goal for a month, hopefully reaching it but ideally I’ll learn something from it.

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A leftover picture from January. Me and Ayden. Maybe one month’s goal will be to see this sweet baby before he turns two years old.

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