year in review

PROSPR is the Perfect Planner for Accomplishing Personal and Family Goals

At the beginning of every year people all over will put pen to paper and carve out their goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. I am included in that population. Then, if you’re like me, come June, you rifle through papers searching for that list. Possibly you find it, likely you don’t. Then you look at the list you created in January, and realize 6 months later, maybe one of your goals has been accomplished. While you vow the last six months of the year will be devoted to checking off your list, it rarely happens. Once you throw kids into the mix, forget about your yearly resolutions, your daily to-do barely gets done. 

I am constantly trying to find ways to remedy this. I have a daily to do list that is every changing, a monthly to do list that is a mile long and long-term goals that I have set for myself during the year. However, like most mothers, if the items on my list are not child-related, more often than not, they are put on the back burner. 

PROSPR PLANNER

I was thrilled to find a planner that actually enabled me to follow through with my own goals. The PROSPR Planner helps you to be productive and focused and actually accomplish what you set out to do, while acknowledging gratitude for what you have in your life. 

You begin with your vision for the year. Writing out the what, why and how right in the front of the book, along with a vision board, gives you the chance to see daily what you intend for yourself. Next is your monthly goals. There is a calendar and spot to list your top 3 goals for the month and how you can attain them. 

Daily Planner

The best part of the PROSPR Planner is the daily journaling. Each morning begins with a gratitude journal. It is easy to get bogged down in the struggles of parenting. Being able to start each morning feeling thankful, has enabled me to find that extra bit of energy or patience I often lose. Next you list what you would like to accomplish that day. Honestly, there have been plenty of times fold the laundry is on that list. But I have found that if I write it down, it is more likely to get done! 

The other great parts of the daily planning are the family moments. Time is flying by. I don’t know how my twins are already toddlers. It has been so lovely at the end of the day to stop and reflect on a great moment of the day.

The evening recap allows you to hail your successes and recognize your failures. A success can be as simple as getting the laundry folded. And a failure can be the laundry is still in the dryer. No matter how big or small, it has been so helpful to reflect on my actions of the day. 

Express Yourself

I have always used a journal. Being able to express my feelings on paper has been my therapist as I navigate life. The PROSPR has pages dedicated to your daily musings, where you can write whatever you are feeling. Combining journal entries with daily planning, I have found, I am not so overwhelmed. I am having an easier time holding myself accountable and I don’t feel like I am missing out on the things I want to do. Plus I am already way more organized which is a huge win for everyone!

I definitely think everyone, especially moms, can benefit from a little more me time.  I think using a planner like PROSPR is a great start to doing so. Use the code PROSPR10 for a 10% discount. 

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Year in Review…Age Two

photo by Damn Delicious
photo by Damn Delicious

Another year with twins has come and gone, faster than the last.  Turning three was incredibly exciting for the boys.  I get it, I remember.  Birthdays and getting bigger was everything as a kid, and that rang true for the boys.  They talked about their birthday for weeks, often varying in what age they were turning. Some days 3, a few times 45 and other times 16, either way they were ready.  I, on the other hand was not.

age 2

Two

I loved age two.  There was no such thing as “Terrible Two’s” in our house. Which doesn’t mean every day was rainbows, but I found two to be a lot of fun. I look back on this past year and marvel at what these two beings have accomplished, having been here for such a short time.

This past year was the year they learned to swim, ride their balance bikes with speed and feet up, ride scooters, learned to do a roll-over, navigate the playground without my help, sled, swim in both the Atlantic and Pacific, got their first haircut and cook scrambled eggs.  They like listening to David Bowie, The Beatles and humming Darth Vader’s theme song on repeat.

age 2

The boys know their letters, can count and have even started recognizing what letter certain words begin with. I will never get over the ability of babies learning language, I am in complete awe.  But this year their language skills developed with such precision it is amazing.  Their conversation skills are clever, funny, and vast.  Their capability of using certain words in the proper context is, at times, shocking. I have no idea how they have learned such things.

Stopping Time

One main reason I never want them to grow is I will miss the way they converse with each other.  They are like two little old men, conversing about the world around, sometimes correcting one another, at times bickering and most of the time playing off each other like a comedy duo.  I could sit and listen to them for the rest of my life.

age 2

They have been completely potty trained for a year and now will, at times, go by themselves and even empty their pot into the toilet.  Twice have tried to wash it out, but lack of arm length stopped them.  They lost their cribs and sleep in “big” beds.

Their imagination has exploded. I know it is cliché but what they come up with is so impressive and often weird and random, which is what we prefer.  They have made friends, on their own and are kind to them, which at this age isn’t always the case.

Watching them over this past year has been a gift. While it certainly had its challenges, (I was working with two 2 year olds), I wasn’t ready to it let go of two.  But we are here, at age three and there is no going back, only forward.  Another year of witnessing what wonderful things the boys will do.

 

 

 

 

 

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