The 2014 Directive // May {Detoxify}

Last month we were still waiting on spring to arrive here in Chicago and…well…we’re pretty much still waiting. We’ve had a couple nice days lately, but I just don’t trust the weather anymore!

It doesn’t matter though, because I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a new month and a new Directive!


What is The 2014 Directive?

The 2014 Directive started on January 1st as a “modern new year’s resolution.” It’s an Instagram & blog link-up structured in a way to maximize success of your goals by setting them on a monthly basis. Whether you need to lose a couple pounds, organize your closet, or save a bit of cash, The 2014 Directive structure will get you there.

There are no strict guidelines for participating and you set your own goals. Whatever is relevant to your life each month!

{read more about The 2014 Directive here}

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How can I participate and link-up?

Visit The 2014 Directive details page for all the information you need to get started on the right foot. You can participate by linking up your blog post below and/or sharing your goal on Instagram (#the2014directive) with a smattering of photos throughout the month.

This month’s link-up will be open until May 31st, so add your May Directive post any time during the month.

Have you joined our Google+ Community? It’s a place to share your Directive, offer support, come up with and share new ideas, and make new friends! As soon as you link-up a blog post or tag (@kateandtrudy & #the2014directive) at least one photo explaining your Directive on the Instagram feed, you’ll be accepted into the super fun and supportive Google+ Community. Request to join once you’ve met these requirements and start getting and giving support on your goals!


For the month of May, I’m excited to share with you the super sweet, creative, and uber-organized, Amanda from The Color Coded Life. You’ve got to hop over to her newly re-designed and totally fabulous blog and give her a follow!

Amanda // The Color Coded Life

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Blog // BlogLovin’ // Instagram // Twitter

If you would like to co-host a future month, please use the Contact form and select “Interested in Co-Hosting The 2014 Directive” as your subject of inquiry.

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My May Directive

My May Directive is to detoxify.

I have two key areas to focus on this month…

First, I’m extending my April Directive to “focus on food” by doing an 8 week sugar detox. This was something that wasn’t part of my April Directive but the more I “focused on food,” the more I realized how badly I needed to reduce my sugar intake. Sarah Wilson’s book, “I Quit Sugar” caught my eye on the shelves at Target over Easter weekend and I had to grab it. I read the whole thing basically cover to cover immediately and started the detox on Monday, April 21. It’s no coincidence I started the day after Easter. Duh – Cadbury Eggs!

Second, I realize that I need a little break from my computer. Doing a digital/social media detox has been on my mind for awhile and I even made one of my 30 Before 30 goals a 10-day social media break! I need this detox more than ever right now for many reasons, including work is crazy, I want to spend time with my hubby before he starts his job on June 1st, and it’s just the next logical step in my year to “simplify.” My friend Cori did something similar for her Directive last month and she absolutely loved it.

Here are the 3 main “rules” I’ll be following:

> Set a daily digital blackout. I’ll hide my phone and shut down the computer by 8:30pm each night and won’t turn anything on again until 7:00am at the earliest. To wake up, I’ll use the Fitbit silent alarm and/or have Husband bring coffee at a predetermined time since he’s up with the dogs anyway. LOL!

> Delete all social media apps except Instagram from my phone. I’m near a computer all the time during the day and can easily check in if desired.

> Participate in at least one digital-free activity per day. Activities can include reading a book, going for a walk without my phone, working on my cross-stitch, etc.

I’m super excited to read all about your goals! Make sure to link-up below any time this month and join the Google+ Community ASAP!

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Past Directive Progress Reports

April 2014 (the link-up) ~ Focus on Food

I really loved my April Directive as it gave me a chance to get organized with meal planning which allowed us to save money and opened my eyes to the desire to give up sugar. So much goodness! The first step was creating the meal plan binder and I love the printable set I purchased here on Etsy. The next step was to review and downsize our cookbooks. We found we actually couldn’t get rid of much as most of our cookbooks are healthy foods and/or super comprehensive and awesome. We were able to downsize enough to fit the books into a small moving box which was the main goal. I also created our recipe workflow for adding the recipes to our binder. We obviously don’t want to add recipes we don’t like or have never tried, so if we try it and love it, we’ll add it to the binder for easy access later.

An outstanding item from the month is creating a list of meals to try from the cookbooks we have. Since I’m on a sugar free detox this month and hubby is going away soon for a little while for his job, it seemed unnecessary to go through every book to flag recipes. I’ll play around with some recipes while he’s gone and by the time we move maybe we’ll have a pretty solid meal plan binder!

March 2014 (the link-up) ~ Take Care of Myself

I’m still working on the awesome beauty habits I set in March and have kept up with drinking 60-75 oz. of water per day pretty well. I had trouble with the multi-vitamin but I think I’m back on track! Sleeping 8ish hours a night is high on my list of priorities and I think with the May Directive, I’ll be well on my way to achieving this regularly! As part of the sugar detox, I’m trying to give up alcohol too, even though it’s technically not required (praise the Lord).

February 2014 (the link-up) ~ Organize & Purge my Closet

So, I got my first StitchFix (referral link) last month and kept all 5 items. I set up another fix for May but had to reschedule because I didn’t want it to become an addiction, so June it is – ha! I did get rid of some other things in my closet to make way for my new StitchFix items, so hopefully I can keep the in/out trend going.

January 2014 (the link-up) ~ Complete a “No Spend” Month

We decided after much deliberation to pay off our Toyota 4Runner and make a dent in Hubby’s student loan. We closed our savings accounts (all but an emergency fund amount) and paid it all towards these loans. We literally paid off 50% of our total loans by doing this and I never in a million years thought getting rid of so much money would feel so good! We’re on track to paying the remaining 50% by my 30th birthday on March 31, 2015. I’m positive we’d have never decided to do this if not for lessons learned in January. That’s what I love most about setting monthly goals. They may be for a month, but the lessons learned or habits created are for as long as you want.

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Notes for Next Month

June’s Directive with progress reporting for January-May will be live on Wednesday, May 29, 2014. This date is listed in the (free to download) Participant Planner so you won’t forget and if you join the Google+ Community, you’ll get a reminder there as well!

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The Link-Up

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