Aloha! I’m going to be starting a new weekly review to cover my progress, keep me on track, and share what I’m learning. This first review will be for the entire month of June, but the others that follow will be every week.
The first few weeks will contain all the details and links. After that, I may summarize the content in the post and share the full details with my mailing list.
The format will be a list of topics like recipes & cooking, health & fitness, living aloha, fun, and more. I’m sure I’ll tweak it a little bit as time goes on and I see what works best.
I’m changing the names I use for my kids. I don’t really like their names out there that much so I haven’t used their actual names. From now on, my son will now be “C” and my daughter will be “O.”
Inspirational Quote of the Week
It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations
Recipes & Cooking
- Started looking at meal plans and think I’ve decided to try Stockpiling Moms’s 15 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 90 Minutes. I love meal prep lists that also include a shopping list.
Health & Fitness
- The kids and I did our first Tough Mudder event on Father’s Day and it was awesome! O absolutely loved it and can’t wait to go again next year but C wasn’t too thrilled. I was extremely proud of them for trying it. I’m almost done with a post about our experience and I’ll update this post to include a link once I’m done.
- Ran 45.69 miles, including an estimated eight miles for Tough Mudder.
- Decided to withdraw my goal of running 1,000 miles this year. It’s something I really wanted to accomplish, and will someday, but there just isn’t time for that and other workouts I want to do. Running is my favorite exercise by a long shot, but my priorities are pushing me towards a more well-rounded routine.
- Ordered a workout plan from Fire Rescue Fitness (FRF) that is supposed to be modeled after behaviors you would be doing on the scene of a fire. I’m going through this right now and trying to plan how that will fit in my schedule and what all I need to get started.
- Decided to keep my Beachbody on Demand membership in addition to FRF. Beyond the strength training, I also want to make sure I maintain my (and improve) flexibility. C also recently told me he wants to start working out. He’s usually more into books than the physical things, so that surprised me. It’ll be fun to have him join me! They have a variety of programs that should work for us to do together.
- Ordered Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner (FFP) and will start using it today. The FFP website summarizes this by saying, “Plan your year, design your days, and achieve your biggest goals.” This planner is basically designed to keep you on track doing what’s important. This will be deeply integrated into my life plan.
- Speaking of life plan, continued to work on my life plan using “Living Forward” by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkvy. Life is great right now, but I want to make sure I keep moving in the right direction. “Living Foward” is a step-by-step-guide to “share simple but proven principles to help you stop drifting, design a Life Plan with the end in mind, and chart a path that will take you there. And you can work the process in just one day.” Figure out your priorities and and everything you do can follow from there.
- Reorganized my Trello To-Do List. I shifted things around to remove my “Today” list and added lists for each day of the week. We’ll see how it goes.
- I’ve been wanting to do a home binder for some time to keep track of our important information, bills, and other family and home-related items. I’ve even looked into them quite a bit to see what would work for us. I decided it’s time to just jump in and get started. I printed off a number of Scattered Squirrel’s Home Binder printables. I already know some of the things won’t work for us, but they still look like a good starting point.
- We had previously ordered plans for a playhouse for the kids. The directions weren’t very complete and there would be a lot of calculating and figuring things out. My grandpa was a carpenter and I used to help him with a lot of projects, but I just don’t have the time to do all that planning right now.
We have a playhouse that was on the property when we bought it. It’s worked for a few years, but we wanted to fix it up. As we started looking at what it would take, we made the decision we may as well build from scratch.
We found another playhouse that we really like and ordered the plans. These plans came in and look like something we can do. We haven’t decided for sure what wood we’ll use for the siding, but there is a picture of it below. The playhouse is 6’x6′ including the porch, so it’s a little smaller than we would like but we love the design. I’m going to revise just it just a bit and make it deeper by a couple of feet. I’ll be documenting our progress with this and will share it in a post once we’re done.
- Added Google AdSense to the site and selected the option to let Google find the best placement for the ads. I’m not quite sure I like some of the places they put the ads, so I’ll have to keep an eye on this and may have to manually adjust some things. The small extra income would be nice, but I don’t want to annoy people trying to read my content.
- Posts Published This Month:
- Post I’m working on: Completing my first Tough Mudder event with my kids, planning my perfect workout routine, a beginner’s guide to meal prep (by a beginner)
- Discovered Imagemagick for bulk resizing images. I use Ubuntu for my operating system and not Windows. Imagemagick lets me resize a bunch of images in a folder with a single command from the terminal. This is beyond the scope of some bloggers, but feel free to send me any questions if you want to try it out.
- Cancer is horrible, we all know that. Unfortunately, we’ve had two tragic experiences recently. Last week we lost an extremely kind family friend at the age of only 65. His loss comes one day short of a month since we lost my grandpa to cancer as well. Any prayers for our family would be appreciated at this time.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments about anything I shared this week. What was most helpful for you? Let me know on The Aloha Dad Facebook page.
That’s all for now. Aloha, a hui hou (until we meet again) and have a wonderful week!