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Planning Ahead

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In this post I want to share with you one of the habits I am building so that I can ultimately make my dream of owning and running a local cafe and a foundation a reality. I have always been a planner. I am not sure where exactly that comes from but I absolutely love planning, calendars and notebooks! I believe it really makes a difference, especially when you are working on a very big & long term goal. 

From now on I have decided that I will leave at least one day a month on my calendar especially for planning ahead to the next month or coming months. This is so helpful. Not only does it create space for creating a vision and dreaming, it also gives me a chance to look into what is working and what is not and make adjustments. I believe that just because I plan fairly far in advance, it doesn't mean that I can't make any changes based on feedback that I have gotten moving forward. I think that it's important to "have a date" with ourselves once a month to look at the calendar, look at our goals, look at the successes and what is not working and make changes. 

I encourage you to make your planning day special, fun, creative and engaging so that you will really look forward to it! 

Here's an example of a planning day that I had recently and I what I did: 

Before you set aside a day for your planning, take into account that even if you don't have a whole entire day that you can dedicate to planning, it is ok.  Even if you can only just set aside 1-2 hours in your month to do this, it will make a big difference. You could even plan several planning time slots during the 1st week of the month if that works for you. 

1. Dreaming Session: This is a wonderful start to your planning day. Take a few minutes to think about what a very successful year or month looks like to you. Imagine how you would feel. Jot down how that would feel to you and what that looks like to you: does it mean earning more? Does it mean having more free time? Take time to explore this fully. 

Example: One thing that I did during this session was plan out my earnings projections for 2018 and broke it down into how I was going to earn that money. It is a very useful exercise. 

2. 10 Ideas: Write down 10 ideas on how to bring in more money or work more on your goal. This is very useful because if you force yourself to get to 10, you will find at least 1-2 or more good ideas in the list that you can implement. 

Example: I wrote down 10 ideas for making more money and I chose the best ones to put on my list/calendar. 

3. Calendar it! Get or print out calendar pages that you can fill out with your ideas from step #2. I find this so useful because you are starting to make these ideas a reality once you get them on the calendar. You have set aside time for your success! 

Example: I decided to have an open house for clients and friends to invite their friends to see how my meal service works. It is on my calendar for January and it is also posted on Josephine.com. It is now a reality! 

4. Listen to the small voices: There may be times that you think of goals or ideas outside of your planning session. If these ideas pop into your head often, it is time to take serious action on them. Write them down somewhere to come back to. 

Example: Lately I had the idea of getting back to an exercise routine. I thought about something I enjoyed doing many, many years ago along with my brother. We used to go to a local gym and do weight training together. I really felt successful, felt more energy and felt my healthiest during that time. I really loved it! So, I have now decided that this month I will begin investigating gyms/trainers/sessions to get back into this activity that I really enjoyed a long time ago and make it a reality by January, 2018. 

These are just 4 quick ideas on how you can plan ahead in your life/business and make more dreams come true! It really is much easier than we think sometimes. 

I hope that this post was helpful to you! 

With lots of care,

Trista

How to Menu Plan & Grocery Shop

How to Menu Plan and Grocery Shop

In this post I will share with you the step by step process I go through each week as I plan out my menu and make out my grocery list. I like to menu plan on Saturday or Sunday, then grocery shop later on that day. I find the process really fun and creative. I like to try to come up with lots of new, exciting and healthy meals we can all enjoy! I usually go through this process on a Saturday or a Sunday. I like to start Monday fresh with all of the ingredients that I need to create recipes for the blog and for our dinners and other meals. This is one of my favorite things to do. I sit down with a nice cup of tea, take out a notebook, my recipes books or binders and come up with tweaks to recipes that I think might work. Then, I get to work on creating my list. This is a fun and creative process. I hope that you enjoy it too. Feel free to comment on how you make up your meal plans/grocery lists as well. Do you use paper? Do you use an app? 

The first step: 

I look in the following places for food we already have: 

The freezer: proteins, veggies, fruits.

The fridge: veggies, fruits, eggs, sauces. milks.

The pantry: rice, beans, condiments, canned goods, spices, extracts. 

The second step:

I get out  recipes/ideas for  meals based on some items we already have. I make sure the recipes is using the maximum number of items we already have. I write down those meal ideas on a piece of paper and post it on the fridge. That way I already have my meal plan. I usually have 3-5 meal ideas ready to go since some dishes make enough to last 2-3 days. Also, plan for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. 

The third step: 

I write down the ingredients that I need to purchase in order to make those meals. I keep in mind items that I have not used up in the fridge, pantry and freezer when I am planning out my meals as well. This way we make maximum use of our food and don't waste as much. 

The fourth step: 

I write my grocery list. I keep in mind items that are needed for breakfasts at home, at the office, my son's lunches and snacks. I like to make only 1 trip to the store per week, so I try hard to think of everything we might need. I also ask my husband and son about things that they need or would like from the store. 

I usually put items in categories like: 

 

produce/fruit/vegetables

natural section

canned foods/dry goods

baking section

fresh items/deli (eggs, etc.) 

meats

non-grocery items

 

I list those in sections and put squares around each section so that I can see clearly what I need to look for in each area. I love this system because I am able to plan out our meals, have all of the ingredients on hand and go through the store in an organized way. I prefer to actually write down my list because it helps me remember the items better, and I don't have to try to hold my phone with a list-app open while I am shopping. 

I hope that this process helped you. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with when it comes to meal planning, grocery shopping or recipes.