I Need to do These Things in January

I have to start out this post today by saying how lucky I am to have a cat that puts up with me. Last night I was like, “wouldn’t Cecil make a cute spin instructor?” and then I made him sit on the bike and take a pic.

Good thing he’s a ham that’s always willing to pose for the camera!

GUYS, it feels like January is trucking along at such a fast pace! I figured I better set some goals for the month before it’s too late.

My big goal is to get back to running before the end of the month. I’ve got just about a week to go until I see my doctor again… and hopefully for the last time. Other than that I’ve got some other things I want to accomplish this month.

Nothing too serious. I feel like I spent so much of last year serious… seriously stressed out. This year I am going to do more little things that make me happy, starting with re-reading the Harry Potter series.

I used to re-read the books every year, but I skipped last year which is really unfortunate. I’m going to start re-reading the books asap and then I want to have a movie marathon.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I also want to cook one new recipe per month this year. Before this month is over I really want to make this soup (but with chicken sausage):

OMG eating soup and reading a good book? Sign me up for that. This weekend sounds like a good time for it!

I also want to be more financially savvy this year. I’ve already increased my retirement contribution for the year so that’s one January goal ticked off the list. I also want to invest in something this year – probably stocks? I’m not sure. A good January goal for me is to research how you even get started buying stocks.

A little investment I made recently was in this cute new bag!

I was able to get it when it was 40% off right after Christmas so it was practically a steal! I really love structured bags and I think this size is perfect: not too big but big enough to fit the essentials. My camera and my travel makeup bag aren’t shown here but those both easily fit.

Honestly I have to have small-medium bags. I used to always carry oversized bags and ended up with my whole life stuffed inside. You know how Hermione has that bag that she can fit a tent, books… basically everything the trio needs to defeat Voldemort? Yeah that was me and my purse back in the day! πŸ™‚

Okay, so I’m really serious about doing more little things this year that make me feel less overwhelmed by stress. There are some things in life that are necessary even if they can add stress (you know, work lol) but that doesn’t mean I can’t try to counter that by doing other things that de-stress me.

A primary activity that helps me de-stress is running and I know getting back to that will help a lot. As most of you know I used to run after work almost every single day. I find running to be the perfect way to de-stress after work as I transition into my home life.

Unfortunately I couldn’t run most of last year and never really learned to cope with stress in a healthy way. I often coped by eating which isn’t the best way to go about things, especially if you’re supposed to be at a good place in life with your eating disorder.

I didn’t write about it on the blog because … a lot of reasons. The truth is I struggled with stress, anxiety, eating, switching to a new therapist after years (it was the right move), trying to work with a dietitian (I was a bad client). There was a lot of shit going on.

I feel like I’m in a good place right now so I’ll probably write about that all soon. It’s tough to write about those things when you’re going through them, but I do like to document those periods in my life on the blog here for myself.

Wow, okay so this post got way more serious than I expected it too! I better sign off for today :).

Have a great day!


What are some of your mini goals / goals for this month?



  1. January 9, 2018 / 9:50 am

    I think finding a new way to cope with stress is a really, really good goal! I imagine it has been a tough year not having your main coping mechanism. Seems like you’ve been killing it with the lifting lately, though! If I’m being honest running has never been a stress reliever for me – I don’t know why, it’s just not. I enjoy it but it’s never had any magical power over my emotions.

    I have decided not to set goals this year. I have goal burnout. I am trying to just live one day at a time this year and see what adventures unfold.

    • Kristina
      January 11, 2018 / 8:05 am

      I like that approach!

      Yes it was a tough year not having running and then going through a lot of stressors like job changes, the hurricane and surgery -all things that I might have been able to manage well on their own but when everything came together it was … a lot!

  2. January 9, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    I hear ya – I feel totally lost when I can’t run, so I know it must be tough for you too. Sounds like you have good plans for the month. Nice purse! I spent December trying to replace a pair of leather riding boots with another leather pair. I bought 6 different pairs online, and ended up returning all of them. None of them were “the one”, and if I’m going to spend that kind of money, I want it to be perfect πŸ™ In the end, I just gave up and bought the spin bike instead!

    • Kristina
      January 11, 2018 / 8:07 am

      OMG six pairs! I hear ya on wanting them to be perfect though. I initially bought a different KS purse and returning it for the same reason. Which worked out amazingly since I then found this one on sale and I love it!

  3. January 10, 2018 / 4:39 am

    Since I run in the morning, I would call running my stress PREVENTOR hehehe. But I suppose just knowing I can run the next day is a good stress reliever. And wine. There have been times I have had to take long periods off running and I made sure I lifted and walked. I really hope your Jan 17 appt goes well and it is all uphill from here!!

    I’m glad you are in a better place right now in regards to your stress/eating/anxiety. It’s so tough.

    • Kristina
      January 11, 2018 / 8:10 am

      God I wish I could walk – I think that would have helped a lot. The whole process of going somewhere relaxing and spending 60+ minutes just zoning out doing something active is what I think helps me de-stress, not so much running specifically. Lifting is nice but I don’t zone out like I do when I’m running. I feel like I have to be super present when lifting so that I don’t kill myself accidentally! πŸ˜€

  4. Deb
    January 12, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    Love your blog, have never commented before. Most importantly, we have 2 cats. I also have 3 kids aged 9, 7, and 4. I have been reading the Harry Potter books to them (the olders) with the promise of the movie after the book. This morning I finished the Chamber of Secrets so tonight we watch. They love these books so much and want me to read all. the. time. I read book 2 aloud in 12 days??

    • Kristina
      January 14, 2018 / 4:24 pm

      Hi Deb!!! Hahahah yes most importantly you have two cats, but the kids are somewhat important too πŸ™‚ I love that you’re reading them the books, that’s so fun. I read the books to my cat when I was younger LOL! I bet it’s so fun to experience the books with the kids and to talk about the stories and hear their perspectives. Hope they loved the movie!