Elisabeth Viilu Photography KEP Stowe Mountain Lodge-38In 2018 I focused a large part of my blog on annual goal setting to prepare us all to achieve our best year yet: 2019-new-years-resolutions-looking-back-on-2018. After polling over 100 of you through my Insta-Stories I was excited to learn the majority of you gravitate to monthly challenges; so bring it on 2019 we are going to kick your butt with bite sized monthly challenges!

Each month I will create a challenge in an effort to change the way we think and motivate ourselves.  Don’t worry, you will not be doing it alone since I am also aiming to continue to build this amazing community.  As you complete each challenge you will be celebrated and meet other amazing people who are game for trying something new.

Gooseneck Dinner3For February I want us to change the way we enjoy dinner. If you typically gobble your food down as a family or solo, change it up. Enjoy a nice bottle of wine, add some candles and cook a meal to enjoy as a couple or with friends in the comfort of your home. Evenings in our home always feel like a rat race. We typically throw dinner together quickly so we can eat as a family before the boys get restless and eat every snack in the pantry. We then gobble it down so fast and don’t take the time to enjoy the meal or each other’s company. Because this is our norm, we try to change it up from time to time and feed the kids first and eat as a couple later once they are in bed.  If you typically eat dinner after the kids are in bed, make an effort to start earlier and eat dinner as a family one evening. Managing dinner is a hot topic with my friends and people always seem to want to try doing it differently. So this month, for just one evening try doing dinner differently, if you like it (as we did) make a commitment to do it once a week or once a month. It’s all about making small adjustments that have a big impact over time.

Dinner Challenge LightenedPlease help me spread the word by capturing a photo enjoying your dinner and share it with me by 2/25. You can tag @megliljedahl in Instagram (preferred) or send it to me directly. My exciting news this month is that everyone that completes this challenge and those who already completed the January challenge will be entered into a raffle where 5 lucky winners will receive a bottle of Gooseneck Vineyards Wine!!! I discovered this amazing brand through my affinity for all things New England prep. I adored their branding and have had an opportunity to enjoy many of their wines over the past year and absolutely love their Rose’ and Prosecco, so if you win my challenge those are my votes!!

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Our January challenge was to go tech free (or tech light) for 24hrs…probably an aggressive one to start with and also counterproductive to announce that over social media which requires tech (note to self!). If you want to get in on all the challenges please give my blog a follow and you will receive an update when a new one comes out. I continue to take Saturday off from technology and love everything about those tech free days. I can actually remember what I did on those days vs. the days blending together when I am distracted by technology. My first tech free day I went snowshoeing and began a 1000 piece puzzle.  My second one I finished a book I had been reading for 6mo, and my next two I skied and got some extra sleep! The other thing I love is that I can focus on my kids vs. constantly being distracted or spending my time taking pictures of them!! Congratulations to The Farm HomeTangerine & OliveAllieCathleenCathy(My Mom!) ,Katie, who all completed our January challenge!!

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If you have any questions on the February Dinner Challenge please let me know below!

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As a working mother of two 'lil boys I am experienced in the work/life juggle, and fluent in construction vehicles. After a decade in Boston at New Balance, we moved to Vermont where I lead a portfolio of strategic coffee partners at Keurig. I cannot wait to share our outdoor adventures in Vermont sprinkled with some fun lessons in work/life integration, taking care of yourself, organization, and being a boy Mom.

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