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Running, Reading, Food and Family Goals for 2016

Goal setting at the beginning of the year is something that I look forward to. This year I broke my goals down into a few groups and I’m sharing them here with you today. Accountability is so important! Help me stay on top of my goals for the year. These goals also shed a light on the direction that I want to take my blog in 2016. Running, Healthy Food, Wildtree, Family, Reading. Those are all things I’m passionate about and all things I’ll share on the blog.


I miss running consistently but it is slowly coming back to me after the birth of my daughter in October. Setting running goals and competing in challenges is very motivating and helps me wake up in the morning. My biggest hurdle for these goals is being able to get my run in every day. It’s tricky to balance the timing of heading out for an early morning run and nursing a baby. I’m taking a no excuses approach to my running goal unless my baby girl needs to nurse. That’s obviously more important!

  • Goal 1: Run Consistently. Strive for 5 runs per week. Work up to about 30 miles per week.
  • Goal 2: Strength Train Regularly. Strive for at least 2 times per week.
  • Goal 3: Sign up for races or challenges. Having a race on the calendar or needing to hit a certain amount of miles for #Challengeville is highly motivating.
  • Goal 4: Eat Healthy Real Food. This goes hand in hand with my running goals for the year.

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Healthy Food | Real Food

I’ve been a Wildtree Representative for several months now and I can’t say enough good things about the company. The food is fantastic. It’s made with the finest natural and organic ingredients available. What I put on the table for my family is important for our health and I enjoy helping other families put healthy food on their table as well.

  • Goal 1: Menu Plan. Each week I’m planning on sharing my menu plan with you. I’ve been really good at planning out the week for us at home but I’m hoping that sharing it with you will help to give you some ideas on what to fix for dinner.
  • Goal 2: Organize Our Pantry. My goal in this area is to organize the pantry so it’s easier to get to the healthy food that I want our family to eat. Hopefully this is a short term goal and I can get it finished in January!
  • Goal 3: Eat a Variety of Food. I love when my kids try something new and like it! Trying new recipes exposes the kids (and us!) to different flavors and we’ve already found a lot that we enjoy. The photo below is from Wildtree’s Thai Green Curry that we made a few days ago. A completely new recipe and so delicious!

Wildtree Thai Green Curry | A Mother's Pace


Reading is so relaxing for me and my TBR (to be read) list is growing every day. When there is so much to be done every day it’s hard to get in reading unless I make it a priority. That’s why it’s one of my goals this year.

  • Goal 1: Read 24 books in 2016
  • Goal 2: Read for at least 20 minutes. Every. Single. Day.


Family is last on the list here but most important overall! My main goal for the year is to concentrate on spending quality time together. More game nights, more stories, more pretend play.

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So that’s it. Those are my goals for the year. I look at this list and all together it looks a little overwhelming along with all my daily responsibilities. But I have a plan to fit it all in and I’m sharing that with you next week!

Have a great weekend!

What is your top goal for the year?

Do you set aside time to do something fun for yourself, like reading?

Happy 2016!

Wow, I knew that it had been awhile since I had written a blog post but 8 months (!!!) is much longer than I had thought! Well, I’m back and ready to write again in 2016.

Happy New Year!

2015 was a crazy year with not a lot of running (or energy!) for me. My last post announced that we were expecting our fourth child and the pregnancy was exhausting and filled with challenges. I only ran through 21 weeks of my pregnancy and it wasn’t as often as I would have liked. Now, at 11 weeks postpartum, I’m just starting to feel the motivation to start consistent running again. That’s a long time away and it’s kinda like starting all over again. Every run is tough. Every run is slow. Every run is short.

But I’m doing it and I know that it will get easier the more I do it and eventually I’ll get back to my pre-pregnancy fitness level.

So let me introduce you to our little baby girl…

Baby A | A Mother's Pace

Our Baby A was born on October 15th and entered the world in quite a dramatic way. The abbreviated version is that shortly before our little girl was born we found out that she would need heart surgery very soon after birth. We had to leave for Colorado with just a couple of days notice so that I could deliver in a hospital where she would be able to have the surgery that she needed.

She had the surgery when she was 5 days old. It was the longest 6(ish) hours of my life! I may at some point share her birth and surgery story but for now I’ll let you know that the surgery was a complete success. Our Baby A is a healthy and thriving baby girl!

Baby A | A Mother's Pace

She’s 11 weeks old now and her smiles are the best! The older kids have all fallen in love with her and it is so sweet to watch them with their baby sister.

Today I’m just checking in but next week I’ll be back with some of my goals for the year and I’ll give an update on my plans for A Mother’s Pace in 2016.

Happy 2016!

Big News!


Oh, boy. I look back on my last post and I can’t believe that it’s been so long since I have disappeared. But there is a reason and I figured it was time to finally share it with you.


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Our big news is that Little E is going to be a Big Sis. Baby #4 will be arriving in late October!

I’m currently in the middle of week 13, right at the end of the first trimester and has it ever been a rough one. Nausea and exhaustion basically have taken over my life and I’m not even accomplishing the regular day to day activities that I need to do so this blog took the back seat.

Not only did my blog stop but my running came to a screeching halt as well. The last time I ran was several weeks ago and it was tough to get through because of the nausea. I’m hoping that with the end of the first trimester arriving soon that I will be back out there running again. I miss it terribly and I feel more like ‘me’ when I’m running.

I can’t say that I’m going to write much over the next few months as I make my way through this pregnancy but I may find I want to write more once I start running again. I am still posting pictures over on Instagram so be sure to keep in touch with me over there.

Pretty soon we will be a family of 6!


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