Saturdays are “family day” at our house. Yes, some weeks my husband has to work (or go golfing…), or I might be working on a blog post — but we usually like to spend at least the morning doing things just the three of us.
The day usually consists of a variation of the following:
From a very young age, I have enjoyed transforming simple ingredients into delicious treats. Whenever I could, I was in the kitchen helping my mom cook supper or bake recipes. And if I could make something completely from scratch? Even better.
In the first two parts of “New Year, New Goals,” I talked about writing realistic goals instead of vague resolutions along with 7 areas of life that need goal setting. Now that the basics are out of the way, I thought I would share a few of my personal goals for 2016!
This past week I have really been putting my head down to complete my list of goals and aspirations for the New Year. I found once I got going, it was pretty easy to find one or two goals in each area I want to accomplish in 2016. In the same manner, I had to keep reminding myself not to get too carried away and keep the list of goals somewhat short. After all, they need to be practical so I can actually achieve them within the year. It also helped to write down short-term goals (ones that could be completed each day, week, or month) that could help pull off my ultimate, year-long goals.
Here’s three of my personal goals for 2016 keeping the S.M.A.R.T.Y. acronym in mind:
Hello, I'm Erin – a registered dietitian, loving wife, mommy of one, self-proclaimed foodie, and chronic maker of lists. I had my whole career 'perfectly' planned out until my son joined our family the last semester of grad school. Life got a little more complicated, and I eventually began to adjust to this new norm – motherhood.
But for first time that I could remember, I struggled with finding balance between passions: nutrition & education and faith & family.
After juggling the completion of internships, graduate thesis, and coursework with midnight feedings and diaper changes, I graduated from D'Youville College in May of 2014 with a Bachelor and Master of Science in Dietetics. Finally! I could sit for my registration exam and become a dietitian! Well, if there's one thing I learned from motherhood, it's that everything takes longer than originally planned: prepping meals, leaving the house on time, folding laundry (while your child demolishes the nicely stacked clothing piles) – you get the picture. I spent the summer squeezing in an hour of studying here and there, and before I knew it – the day of exam had arrived!
To this day I still remember sitting in my car outside of the testing center and promising myself three things: (a) to never procrastinate again, (b) to use the knowledge and skills I've learned to help others, and (c) to never let my career become more important than faith & family.
And that's why I've created this blog.
Although it's impossible to promise that I'll never procrastinate again or complete every to-do list, I can actively work on living out my good intentions. I can make nutrition, health, family time, and my relationship with Jesus Christ all priorities – while inspiring and helping others do the same!
- Erin Alaimo, MS, RD
Hi! I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, imperfect wife, mama of two, registered dietitian, and independent Beautycounter consultant. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like! I'm so glad you're here.
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