April 2016 Goals

april 2016 goals

March was a big month. I turned 40. It was a big deal/wasn’t a big deal at all. I threw myself a birthday party and was surrounded by the people that love me the most. I couldn’t have had a better celebration of a new decade. That part was a big deal. I normally don’t throw myself parties, but I felt like 40 needed to be recognized. (Really, I needed an excuse to have a dance party. #priorities)

And then it was just like another day. I don’t feel any different than I did at 39. Amy Poehler calls this age “the middle”. Not young, not old.

If anything, I’ve realized that age is just a number. In my head, I will be forever 27. I wrote in my newsletter (I send an email every Friday, it is my favorite thing to write each week. Try it out, and if you don’t like it, you can unsubscribe anytime. I promise you will not hurt my feelings.) that sometimes I will be out and about with my husband and kids and look around and realize that I am the mom. I’m not playing house, and I’m not babysitting.

I wrote in my newsletter (I send an email every Friday, it is my favorite thing to write each week. Try it out, and if you don’t like it, you can unsubscribe anytime, I promise you will not hurt my feelings.) that sometimes I will be out and about with my husband and kids and look around and realize that I am the mom. I’m not playing house, and I’m not babysitting. It feels like it happened so quickly and so slowly too. It’s weird.

I am really happy and content right now. 40 feels good. While I don’t think that anything magical happened on the 28th of March, I do feel like something shifted. I’m clear on how I want to live my life. I’m clear on what is important to me. I’m steady. I’ve done a lot and been through a lot in the last 40 years. I’ve accomplished a lot of life goals, said goodbye to ones that don’t quite feel right or fit, and no matter what, it all works out the way it’s supposed to.

I did predict correctly that March might be a challenging month. April is feeling similar. We went to NJ for Easter weekend and William was so sick. The poor thing was miserable for days and missed almost a whole week of school. Then I got it, and during that same week, Wes was away for a work trip. Needless to say, not a lot happened goal-wise. But one benefit was I got a lot of rest. Once I started to feel better, I started to get on it, and am crossing things off of my to-do list like it’s nobody’s business.

We have spring break next week. We are going to Boston and maybe walk around Newport. I’m looking forward to it.

Also, my life has been changed. I FINALLY figured out how to check out library books on my Kindle. OverDrive. Get it. GAME. CHANGER.

april 2016 goals


Finish course #1 – This is lofty, the site isn’t finished yet, but I’m hopeful. – I’m putting this one on hold for a bit. We are moving and it’s too much right now.

Purge. Purge. And more purging. A dumpster was delivered this morning and if it isn’t useful, beautiful, or meaningful, it’s going. (A lot will be donated, not thrown away. Just in case you were wondering. – It felt so good to do this. We are still going through some things and I have a donation pick up scheduled. During spring break we will have another round.

Clean my office and get rid of as much paper as possible. I’m ready to let go of a lot of things I’ve been holding onto. – Done. I cleaned out all of my drawers and binders and am down to bare bones.

I’ve been taking Xanthe Berkeley’s Make Films class and it is AMAZING. I have two videos left to make, and am going to redo another. (I loved, loved, loved this class.) – I am sad this class is over. I loved every second of it. (You can read my review here. Xanthe doesn’t know me, I paid for the class, just a HUGE fan.)

Plan a fun family day. We had so much fun at the Musuem of Modern Art. We live so close to so many things, we need to do this more. – We went to NJ for Easter weekend. We had a lot of fun family time.

april 2016 goals


– Organize photos and clean computers – This has been on my to-do list for ages. Once I cleaned the tangible stuff I realized that I am a digital hoarder. I have stuff taking up space and hard drives everywhere. Serendipidously, Everpresent reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying out their photo organizing service. It’s the best thing in the world. I’ll write a full post later, but let me just say now that this is a life-changing service for a photographer/hoarder like me.

– Finish cleaning out closets and have donation pick up.

– Pack a few boxes every week until we move. (We are moving almost a month earlier than we planned. Gotta get on it.)

–  Use spa gift card for a massage. I know this one sounds indulgent, but my husband gave me a massage for Valentine’s Day and I’m not making it a priority to actually book it and go. A massage sounds really good right now.

april 2016 goals

(These random pictures are from a book club meeting that I had at my house last week. They were the first pictures I found and since I didn’t have time to shoot something new and well, it’s the middle of April I figured what the heck.)

I made a few delicious things for Dixie Crystals and my book club friends got to sample. These Copycat Peanut Butter Double Doozies were a hit. I sent them all home and lots of little people had a fun sprinkle treat in their lunchbox the next day.

copycat peanut butter chocolate double doozies

You can find the recipe for the cookie over at the Dixie Crystals websiteCopycat Peanut Butter Chocolate Double Doozies.



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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. christi in ma

    Isn’t Overdrive the best? You can download audiobooks with it too.
    Are you a member of the Boston public library system along with your local one? Gives you even more books to choose from. https://www.bpl.org/general/circulation/ecards.htm

    EverPresent sounds like a neat service. I’d love to be a digital photo organizer! I use Lightroom and organize my digital photos the same way I did my prints back in the day. I keep it simple.

    1. bakedbree

      I’m not, I will have to join. Thanks for letting me know that I could do that! Everpresent is like magic. They find all of your duplicates not by file name, but by PIXEL! They have amazing magic software and catalog everything. And reduce your file size. I’m so excited to be working with them.

  2. Krystal

    Those cookies!! Recipe please!

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