The 2014 Directive // August {Puppy Love}

We’re moving to Seattle and no amount of busy schedule or not enough hours in the day is going to bring me down!! Did you see the announcement?! I’m on Cloud 9 and I doubt I’m coming down for a long time.

So, time for another Directive (OMG!).

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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 August 31st, so add your August 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!

I’m accepting co-hosts for The 2014 Directive! If you’d 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 August Directive

Out of every month so far this year, August’s Directive was the most difficult to pin point. As I started typing up this post with my puppies snuggling next to me on the bed, I realized exactly what I needed this month: Puppy Love!

With my crazy work schedule lately, my fur babies have had to fend mostly for themselves. I used to have at least a little time to snuggle with them during the day but now it’s a miracle if I even eat breakfast before 11am let alone snuggle my pups.

Therefore, August is all about my fur babies. I’ll spend as much time as I can with them and won’t rush them out of the backyard when they’re playing. We’ll spend at least 10 minutes in the backyard for each break during the day (for my sanity too). I’ll take them on a walk at least 3 times per week. Since they’re little dogs, we usually get by with just a couple backyard jaunts, but walks are good for getting them socialized too. I’ll also try to break away at night for more straight snuggle time. I’m working my way through Breaking Bad right now and there’s nothing better than a little Netflix and puppy snuggles at night.

Here’s to a low-key, puppy love-filled August!

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!

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Past Directive Progress Reports

July 2014 (the link-up) ~ Hit the Barre

Boo July! Total fail. I hit the Barre only 3 out of 12 times. I’m super disappointed in myself and really frustrated at my inability to see this particular goal through. I was excited for it for so long! Pure Barre was an AWESOME workout each time I went and I’m hooked, but the whole get up, leave the house, go workout, come home and try to work more after didn’t work out too well. I need to figure out some kind of routine to get myself in the habit. I think I’ll eventually try the Pure Barre home DVDs and equipment. I’m definitely losing momentum this summer with all my Directives but hope August changes that.

June 2014 (the link-up) ~ Relax

I’ve made it through the May OUAT block since June but I’m still behind on June and July. Looks like I’m coming up close on being behind August too. I’ve not even picked up Storm of Swords since June so definitely no reading in the cards lately. I’ve sold a couple of my half page planners in the Etsy shop so that’s exciting!

May 2014 (the link-up) ~ Detoxify

I’m still down 15 pounds with continued sugar reduction through July. I’m feeling great and am super happy with my decision to limit sugar. I could do better though – definitely less restrictive than in May.

I haven’t really stuck with my digital detox quite like the month of May, but things are going well as far as detaching myself from social media. I really don’t feel tied to anything (except Instagram). I’m always up for more ways to simplify my digital life so I’m keeping my eyes and ears open!

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

I’m still focusing on food especially with the sugar detox. I now have only myself to feed so meal planning is much easier. I haven’t used the meal plan binder as much since my grocery list is about 10 items strong but if I find more time to experiment with recipes I’ll get back to planning. Otherwise, I’ll probably pick this up again in November when we move!

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

8 hours of sleep is my number one priority and with the dogs, it’s near impossible. Kate loves waking up at 5am when she starts hearing the birds chirp, then we try to get back to sleep until at least 6:30am. That’s tough! As far as going to sleep, it’s hard for me to be in bed before 11pm but we’re trying to hit 8:30pm which is when the dogs wind down (sleep when they sleep, they say!!) Other than that, still just trying to keep up good habits to feel good overall.

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

I got my first StitchFix (referral link) in March and kept all 5 items. I got my second StitchFix in June and due to the weight loss, only one item worked out. I should have been more liberal with my size changes as I LOVED the items I was sent and wanted to keep it all again…so sad! I recently got my third fix and kept all 5 items again! HOORAY!

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

We’ve really done well since the January no spend month and have knocked out over half of Nate’s student loan. It’s pretty awesome!

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Notes for Next Month

September’s Directive with progress reporting for January-August will be live on Wednesday, August 27, 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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