February Goals: Healthier Lifestyle and More

I have commited to sharing my monthly goals for a year and today I will continue with sharing my February Goals: Healthier Lifestyle and More.

Last year I haven’t posted much as I have been so busy figuring out what would be my next step in life. If I did, you would know that I lost around 27 kg through changing my eating habits and becoming more active.

Oh, I did gain half of it back! So no magic here – just ups and downs of eating habits.

Since half of February we are on holidays here in China, it will be easier to concentrate more on my eating habits and my health.

Besides, if you follow my newsletter and my Instagram account, you would know that I have also taken my Aromatherapy hobby more seriously and I now have a second website as a wellness and aromatherapy advocate: Aromatherapy With Varya. And another IG account – aromatherapyvarya . You can follow me, by the way, if this topic is of any interest to you.

Getting back to my goals:

1. Work on eating habits and healthier meals.

2. Adding more exercise to my daily routine.

3. At least 2 Live workshops per month for both my sites.

4. This one is exciting: complete preparation for a series of workshops on cooking and DIY with essential oils.

5. Start bi-monthly Montessori series.

That’s about it. I don’t think all of it would be a matter of just one month. I am sure this will stretch well into the next. I just feel inspired and motivated, and I know I can do it!

While thinking about your own goal, stop by Mama Smiles and 3 Dinosaurs to see what they have planned for February!

Best of 2017 and January 2018 Goals

Those of you who are subscribed to my newsletter have already received a letter from me sharing Best of 2017 Posts and some of my January 2018 Goals. Today I want to share more with you and hear back from you, too!

Last year was quite challenging, yet exciting. I started a new job, I opened a new company. I am slowly moving towards my life’s dreams becoming true, to becoming self-employed.

I also received two trainings to add to my skills: Pediatrics for Breastfeeding Counselors, and Post-Partum Doula Certificate. This has broadened my area of expertise, allowing me to consult moms and dads on many different things related to childbirth, breastfeeding, post-partum care, and more.

This month I have very simple goals for my blog:

  • As you have noticed, I have improved newsletter sign up options. So I hope to grow my audience this year.
  • I am working on adjusting some things related to my blog’s design. I love the theme I use, but I am hoping to improve it all.
  • I have designed my first Freebie for newsletter subscribers. So this goal for January 2018 has been reached!
  • I revived Virtues Series, and hope to revive/introduce more regular posts to my blog.

As for my life’s goals for January 2018:

  • Start homeschooling our oldest. Yes, we have finally decided to give a try for 6 months. There are many reasons why we want to do it. But we won’t know how it goes till later. Note: we are not against schooling. We believe there are so many ways to get education, and everyone chooses the one most suitable for their family.
  • Finish setting up my consultancy. This is a big task and probably will stretch into February and March.
  • Work on my patience. Yes, I admit that it is one virtue that keeps fluctuating!

And now, what you have been waiting for – Best post of 2017!

In my newsletter I listed 5 posts of all times that have performed the best in 2017. But here I would like to share on post written in 2017 that performed the best in the same year.

Here it is…

Wait a moment…

Almost there…


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Please check this post from Teach Me Mommy to see what her Best of 2017 was!

Thank you again for reading my blog and for your support!


While you are at it, stop by Mama Smiles and 3 Dinosaurs to see what goals they have set this month! There are some awesome goals to look forward to!

Concentrating on Growing Closer in March


I am a little late with my Monthly Blogging Goals post this month. Holidays, colds, repeat pneumonia in Mini Man and some more things that have kept me from posting regularly and fulfilling my goals.

This month I am going to work on our family growing closer. Getting closer to my children, especially miss T, who needs my attention now as ever.

Blogging also will help me concentrate on closeness as besides doing regular activities, it was always always fun for me and the kids to create special ones for sharing on the blog.

Here are some highlights of what I plan to do this month:

1. I am now working along with a friend on opening a bilingual play group for children under 3. It will be another source for sharing wondeful ideas and experiences. Mini Man will be coming along and spending time with other 9-10 kids in his age category. I don’t know whether it will work out in a long run, but we are trying and hoping for the best!

2. I will be in charge of picking miss T from school. This will result in me fulfilling my daily walking goals, plus, spending extra time bonding with her.

3. I will be leading a regular weekly moral/spiritual education class for miss T’s age group and she will be coming along. That will be another way to bond and yet another resource which will help me revive my Virtues Series.

4. I will be looking into spending more time with miss A. As a middle child, she is often gets dismissed this way or another. So more time is what we need with her one-on-one.

5. Spending time with my husband in the evenings is a great way to bond. We have been fortunate that our children fell into a routine of going to bed quite early (before 8-9pm) which gives us an opportunity to catch up with things and each other’s days.

These are my goals for March. What are yours?


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Keeping Busy in February

February Goals

I am sitting down, looking at my clock, and realizing that a whole month just rushed by! We are in February already here in China! Where did the time go????

Wasn’t it just yesterday I published my goals for January? Is it time already to plan for February?

I have been busy indeed reviving my blog, working on bonding with my children, creating a small eBooklet, caring for a very sick child (Mini Man decided it was fun to get a bad cold first and then a pneumonia!), dealing with own injury (an epic fall during a Sports Day resulted in me injuring my knee)… So much has happened.

And yet, despite all the unpleasant things, January was a GOOD month. I have achieved so much: I am cooperating with 2 places on creating English curriculum for children under 6 years old; I have managed to handle a card exchange; we crafted with my kids and I introduced a new type of play dough in my classes (the post will come later – perhaps not in February, but in the months ahead when it is relevant!).

So, for February, I am setting the following goals:

  1. Continue being kind. I must admit that I need to be more kind. And I am working on it.
  2. Try not to get my blogging dates overbooks. Though, it is always fun to juggle the time differences in order to publish 3 posts in 2 days!
  3. Get back to composing music and record few songs with my husband. Yes, I am musical, too!
  4. Continue working on improving my blog’s content and revisit 2 or 3 old posts in order to improve photos and correct whatever spelling mistakes and typos there are.
  5. Initiate a regular moral and spiritual education class for my daughter with her friend. As Baha’is we believe that children should learn virtues and spiritual concepts from early on. It is a good practice as in between these practices help them concentrate, contemplate and self-discipline. So my goal is to start one class a week and hold it regularly.

I guess, that’s about it!


Please join us in setting Monthly Goals and read what my other fellow bloggers have planned for the month of February!


Reviving My Blog by Setting Monthly Goals This Year

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my friends, family and those who read my blog!

This year I am happy to take part in a new project for creating and fulfilling Monthly Goals, both for blogging and for life.

I started blogging back in 2010 and my blog and my style have evolved. I have been a member of two wonderful blogging groups and I am happy of my achievements.

This year I want to start taking my blog on a new level.

And so, here are my January  goals:

  1. Reviving my popular series: Creative Tuesdays and Virtues Series. We do a lot of craft and we work on various virtues with my children.
  2. Dedicating more time to create special activities for my half-schooled daughter (she is only in school in the mornings and at home in the afternoons).
  3. Working on 2 exciting ebooks along with Leanna of All Done Monkey. We have previously written a book together on Ayyam-i-Ha and we now have 2 more books in the works.
  4. Spend as much time outside with children as possible. We have all gone through a roller-coaster of sicknesses in November and December and missed out on a lot of things.
  5. Become more regular with exercise and clean eating. Yes, I said it! No, this is not about diet or some crazy weight loss spree. I am trying to make myself and my family healthier. And exercise is fun with children!

What are your goals for this year and for January?

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