Choose Your Focus and Believe

You guys, I’m getting organized.  Majorly organized. After reading Lisa’s post yesterday I went out and bought a planner! I have an online calendar that I keep all of my important work related stuff in, but I don’t really have a way of keeping my personal life organized. This little book is going to help me with that!

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My new Believe training journal also arrived yesterday. Nothing like a new training log to kick off the new year!

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Inside the journal Lauren Fleshman and Ró McGettigan-Dumas share insights and wisdom they’ve picked up over the years. In their goal setting section one of their tips is to keep your goals visible. “Anything that keeps your goal at the forefront of your mind will help that goal remain a priority.”

As soon as I got home from Chicago last October, feeling defeated but inspired, I made this OWN CHICAGO picture my desktop wallpaper. Looking at it every day keeps the fire lit inside of me. I can’t wait to start training for Chicago 2016!

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Lauren and Ró also remind us that we need to choose specific goals to focus on. “You can have it all, but not all at the same time… Choose which goals you will focus on and when. Leaning in one direction means pulling away from something else, even for a little while.”

This makes so much sense and it’s why I didn’t make several different running resolutions for this year. I will focus on one mini goal at a time all leading up to my main goal for the year which is owning Chicago. I’m also going to have fun and really enjoy running this year, like I did back in 2014.

Last year running felt like too much of a chore sometimes. I think a lot of that had to do with getting injured multiple times and then having to re-start my training. The “re-start” is never fun because it’s really discouraging to not pick up where you left off. Hopefully this year will be injury and set-back free!

So, you remember when I bought a bunch of candles all at once? I’ve been making headway on my inventory and finally started burning Golden Peach Sparkle. It smells like heaven.

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I think it might be my favorite candle.

I’m positive that this is my favorite cat:

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Like most cats Cecil enjoys being up high. I worry about his joints now that he’s 8 years old though so whenever he gets up on the fridge I keep a close eye on him. When it looks like he wants to jump down I go over, pick him up and gently place him down on the ground. Basically I am his human elevator.

Long time readers will already know this, but that picture on the fridge of the multicolored dots was actually drawn by Cecil! He created it using the Paint for Cats app on the iPad.

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Adam and I are proud parents showing off our kid’s art work on the fridge just like any other family ;).

Is your fridge covered with things like ours is? 
– Ours is actually only covered on the top 1/3rd (eye-level).

Do you keep a handwritten planner/training log or do you do everything online?



  1. January 7, 2016 / 7:06 am

    I’m obsessed with my paper planner and I use it over an online calendar. I have outlook at work but at home, I like to see things written out. I have the Erin Condren planner and have been happy with it. I actually bought a smaller planner at the office supply store this year just to keep track of blog stuff because there wasn’t enough room in my EC planner for blogging + personal life. I think I like it much better this way because now I can leave my blog planner at home and not think about that while I’m at work.

    You will have to share how you like the believe journal because they look very cool. I truly believe that you will OWN Chicago this year 🙂 I’m excited for you!!

  2. January 7, 2016 / 8:23 am

    I use Google sheets to track my running. I used paper training logs for years, but it got to be to much of a hassle to add up mileage. The way I have my spreadsheet set up it keeps track of daily/monthly/yearly mileage as well as mileage on my different shoes. Way easier than having to tally everything up myself. I still like having a printed training plan that I can write modification on and cross off days. I just ordered a paper planner for organizing my non-running life which should be delivered today. I’m excited to start filling it in.

    Cecil is quite the artist 🙂

  3. January 7, 2016 / 8:30 am

    I go the handwritten route for personal and work. I have one of those huge desk calendars that displays the entire month. I love seeing each week mapped out for work. And then for personal I just have a planner similar to the one you bought. 🙂 For training, I print out a calendar off the internet- 1 month per page and then just write on it. If I need to include more than one month, I just staple the pages together. I am fancy like that. 🙂

    LOL @ Cecil all awkward right on the corner of the fridge!!!! Chrissy is going to be 9 very soon and since he is so big, I also worry about him jumping and I try to be his human elevator, but he doesn’t seem to care!

  4. January 7, 2016 / 8:41 am

    My fridge has some artwork on it–Maybe the top 1/3. My dogs are scared of the wooden steps in the new house, so they wait to be lifted up (ONE STEP) when they come inside…crazy.
    I am a paper calendar planner person. However, right now, I can’t find it…what does that say??? HA

  5. January 7, 2016 / 9:33 am

    Whew, for a minute there I got a little nervous when you mentioned “Lisa”… I was thinking, “I encouraged organization??” haha! I love paper calendars and organizers, but I keep mine all on Google calendar so I can see everything, all the time. That training journal looks really nice and I have heard some great things about it. I’m sure you will like it and be motivated!
    We used to have a ton of the kids artwork hanging on our fridge, but our new fridge won’t hold magnets, so that took care of that!

  6. January 7, 2016 / 11:22 am

    Definitely have to stay organized. I bounce around with different options, email, excel, journal, etc lol.

    That desktop you made is awesome. Perfect way to keep that goal visible.

    Of course our entire fridge is filled with pictures and artwork. A little to much at times lol.

  7. January 7, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    I have always used paper planners and journals – even for blogging – because I love the art of pen to paper. Because my work is done completely online, I enjoy taking a break from the screen. I actually purchased the Believe Training Journal (same color!) last month and have been using it every day. I love it!

    I have a planner as well, but sometimes forget to use it. Life with a 4-month old. ☺

    That is so cute that you and Adam keep Cecil’s artwork front and center on the fridge. While we don’t have any artwork up there yet, we have a collection of fun magnets and will usually display invites and cards.

  8. January 7, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    I love to stay as organized as possible. If you use a planner its easier to stay on track of your life. As a business owner, I’ve tried every kind of organization tool and a planner is always what I go back to! Keep it up!!

  9. January 7, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    The fridge is covered in magnets from places we’ve visited. I really try to pick out magnets that are on the simple & plain side, but when they’re all together on the fridge it looks like a big ol’ mess no matter what.

    I have a new iPad mini that will be my new everything. At least that’s the plan!

  10. January 7, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Peach sparkle sounds wonderful! I love that shot of your Garmin against the Believe journal, the colors look nice together. I feel so disorganized lately!

  11. January 7, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    Oh my gosh I love Cecil’s art!!!! My fridge is covered but Lola has yet to paint for us. 😉

    I love my Believe journal!!!! I get excited to record my workouts. I have the purple one.

    I’m still burning Christmas scents over here, lol.

  12. Michelle Sawatzky
    January 7, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    I ordered the Believe journal for my BRF and myself – I LOVE IT! When I’m training for a special race I’ll use a planner for training, but otherwise I just “wing it” and use Garmin Connect to keep track of miles, PRs, etc. I’m super excited to have a handwritten journal/training planner this year. I Believe it will help my reach my ultimate goal this year of running my 1st half marathon!!
    You are such an inspiration and I’m looking forward to hearing about when you ROCK CHICAGO!!!

  13. January 7, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    I love buying new planners, but then I totally NEVER use them. I always end up just putting stuff in my phone and then I never actually use the planner. But I do LOVE how they look and how organized they make me feel haha.

  14. January 7, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    I have a small hand written planner and I track a lot of stuff on the Garmin calendar on Garmin connect. I’ve always found that having a planner helped me.
    Are you running Miami this month?

  15. Cassie
    January 8, 2016 / 10:23 am

    I am experimenting with the Bullet Journal this year. Just found out this was “a thing” but the way it is set up seems like something I could keep up with because of the non-structure of it. I always buy a planner with good intentions but never end up keeping up with it for some reason. I keep track of my running with Runkeeper app.

  16. January 8, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    I love my paper planners too. I love the feeling of just being organized and getting things done. There is honestly not a lot of feelings like it.

    Our fridge is also covered with random things and memorabilia.

  17. January 10, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Our fridge is covered with various art works, coupons, and reminders. It’s pretty disorganized. Luckily Elly doesn’t like to hang out on high places. She really just follows me around everywhere and sits on me as soon as I sit down. Haha.

    I definitely feel the same way about Chicago. Not being able to run it really hurt my confidence and left me feeling unmotivated as a runner. But I’m getting back to things and I’ll be out there with you to own Chicago in October!

  18. January 10, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Everything you wrote speaks to me right now! I have been trying to not think about my big goals, just pick off my little work outs one at a time….and now I am back to where I will have to restart…restarting does stink.
    I love your wallpaper! Different year different experience 🙂
    Oh and when you run, run a mile for me!
    Oh and I love a paper planner, I wrote my plan out on paper 🙂 my hubby laughed and said you have an IPhone now lol but I still like paper!

  19. January 20, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    I call them “projects” instead of goals. Projects have a start date, an end date, and actionable items that must be completed by due dates in between. I work on one project until it is complete and then I move on to the next. I’m sure it’s just my own mentality, but planning projects has always been so much easier for me