One of the problems with goals is that goals very often prevent you from appreciating who you are – or where you are – at this very moment.  Have you ever noticed this? 


If your goal is to lose 50 pounds, you might not appreciate the 10 you’ve already lost because you still have 40 to go.  Or if your goal is to make a baby, you might not fully appreciate time alone with your spouse because all you can think about is having kids.  If your goal is to run a 10K, you might not appreciate the first time you ran 4 miles because you’ve still got 2.2 to go. 


When gurus and yogis talk of “being present,” I think this is what they are referring to – don’t get so caught up in your goals and plans that you fail to appreciate where you are right now


I think I did that with my apartment.  I was so focused on buying a house that I didn’t appreciate my apartment.  I also stopped caring how it looked beyond basic cleanliness.  And now that we’ve lost the house, my eyes have been opened – I love my apartment!  I should take care of it because I value it.


So yesterday, we made a few fun swaps that we’ve been putting off until we moved into the house. 


Old rug (that I hated with an undying passion because parts were unraveling and stained):


New rug:


New rug and two new pillow covers = $70 at IKEA!


Maggie’s butt approves.


I also took touch-up paint and finally fixed all the marks on the walls, wiped down and shined the cabinets, and mopped.  Today is bathroom day, and I’m going to buy a new shower curtain since James chewed a hole in the last one and I’ve been ignoring it. 


Don’t let the future steal the present.  Enjoy what you’ve got right now.  Find something to love about your too-tiny apartment, your current running pace, your body, your family, your job.  Even if it’s something small, embrace it.  It’s possible to keep your eyes on the future and your heart in the present.


So please, gather ‘round my freshly cleaned kitchen, sit at my gleaming countertops, pull up a chair, and enjoy a lovely plate of Vegan French Toast.




  • 2 slices whole wheat bread / gluten free bread (if you want the entire recipe to be vegan, make sure you select a vegan bread)
  • 1 whole very, very ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • Drizzle maple syrup
  • Fruit for topping




  • Preheat griddle to medium-high and thoroughly grease <—overgrease it or the toast will stick.
  • In a food processor, combine the banana and peanut butter until a liquid forms.
  • Pour banana liquid into a bowl and dredge the bread in, as you would for normal French toast.
  • Place on hot griddle and cook each side 4 minutes or until it begins to brown and doesn’t stick to the pan.
  • Serve with syrup and fruit.



What are you lovin’ about your life right now – even if it’s only the halfway mark to your final goal?



  • Molly @ RDexposed July 11, 2011, 9:10 am

    That rug suits that room so much better! Let’s hope that’s all the Maggie shares with the rug!

  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey July 11, 2011, 9:12 am

    So, so true. I struggle daily to remain present… and not to always worry about the future, or put things off “until” and “when”… Thanks for the reminder!


  • Kalli July 11, 2011, 9:21 am

    I am loving being in the present everyday! Ever since I turned forty one I realized life is short and precious and we must enjoy all the little things between the big events. I am so glad you are too Caitlin. Be in the moment and love it! We are really so lucky and live beautiful lives. Enjoy!

  • Amanda July 11, 2011, 9:26 am

    This post was a great reminder. I have been living in the future and the past and forgetting about the present! It is so easy to overlook all the wonderful things around you, something I’ve been guilty of lately. I lost a close friend 2 weeks ago and have been pretty sick for the last week. It’s been a rough patch, but there are still many great things going on in my life. I certainly need to focus on them a little more right now.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 10:30 am

      I am sorry about your friend. xoxoxo

  • Baking 'n' Books July 11, 2011, 9:29 am

    I wrote this on another blog but, I recently started re-watching “Eat Pray Love” and in it Julia Roberts character is lying on the floor in tears and says (to James Franco in bed) :

    “I don’t know how to just Be.”

    And he says: ” You want to know how to just BE?! Stop waiting for something to happen.”

    Totally stayed with me…

  • Andrea @ Onion in My Hair July 11, 2011, 9:30 am

    Absolutely! It’s so true.

    It’s so easy to lose perspective on goals, blessings, etc.

    I have been following the house drama and I have to say I am so sorry. It’s such an emotional process, but I truly believe when you find “your” house, everything will fall into place.

    Whether it’s in January…six months from then…or even a year from then.

    Enjoy the new additions to your apartment!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged July 11, 2011, 9:31 am

    I’m loving the fact that I get to write for a living, I got a lot of much-needed rest this weekend and that I have a healthy enough body to work out when I actually have the motivation to do so!

  • Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 11, 2011, 9:31 am

    Such a good message this morning, Caitlin! We could probably stand to hear it everyday, but that might get a bit repetitive. 😛

    Also, I love that white chair in your new-rug room!

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 10:31 am

      That’s James’ chair 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 11, 2011, 9:31 am

    Oh my… I could go on forever about this and plan to talk a bit about the same issue in my post on Thursday (I’ll give you a shout-out!) Right now, I’m loving the fact that I have a new car (who wouldn’t?), that the weather has been so unbelievably gorgeous, and that I’ve had the opportunity to spend some quality time with friends lately.
    PS. Love the new rug! 🙂

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 11, 2011, 9:32 am

    Vegan french toast! This is such a cool idea – can’t wait until my bananas ripen enough to try it out. I may dump some cinnamon and coconut milk into it too.

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans July 11, 2011, 9:32 am

    I keep thinking about my job as a stepping stone to the next one and I sometimes feel way too impatient to get there. There are a lot of things that are GREAT about my job now- flexible schedule, travel, my great boss, and I tend to overlook those!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 11, 2011, 9:32 am

    It’s funny you hated that rug so much, I always loved your zebra rug when you’d post pictures of it. Pictures don’t tell it all I guess.
    I’ve been so focused on wanting to move back to Florida that I don’t take the time to enjoy my current house (b/c it is awesome) in NY. I need to do that more 🙂

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 10:32 am

      I loved it in theory but West Elm makes really crappy quality rugs. 🙁

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas July 11, 2011, 9:35 am

    I feel you on this because I feel like we have so much more to do in our condo.. and I am always stuck on what we need to do .. rather then thinkig of all that we have ALREADY accomplished.. new paint, new floors.. new furniture.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg July 11, 2011, 9:36 am

    I like your attitude — I agree that having big goals can make you not appreciate what you have right now. When we first starting paying off our credit card debt I was so negative about it — sure we’ve paid off $1000 but we had over $30K to go! Thankfully Jason was good about pointing out the positive and the 2 years it took to get that paid off was 100% worth it and didn’t seem to take forever (like I thought it would!)

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) July 11, 2011, 9:36 am

    Even though I’m stuck at a job that makes me weep, at least I can enjoy reading blogs from my desk, and have plenty of time to day dream about better days!

  • lisa @ early morning run July 11, 2011, 9:36 am

    I totally agree that it’s incredibly easy to forget about being happy about the accomplishments we’ve made and what we have at this moment because we haven’t reached our ultimate goals yet. great post!

  • Megan @ On the Road Again July 11, 2011, 9:39 am

    Love this post! Such an interesting thought, too, that sometimes goals make us devalue ourselves in someway. It’s so important to think about where we are now!

    Although I want a bigger house (on a lake, with a boat!), I value that we have a sweet charming bungalow in a great neighborhood and, in January, we’ll welcome our first child in to it. Can’t get much better than that!

  • Jess July 11, 2011, 9:39 am

    I love this post!
    I like to break my goals up, too. Instead of thinking about the 3 more years I have at uni, I focus on each day on its own and the fact that I truly love what I’m studying.

    P.S. Your zebra rug was lovely, but the new one looks even better!

  • Ashley July 11, 2011, 9:40 am

    thank you for this. I think this is something I really needed to be reminded of! I have been having major anxiety problems lately worrying about my future (feeling stuck at the moment) and its taking over my mind, which is paralyzing me and making it impossible for me to push myself forward. But I need to appreciate where I am!

    Also, I have been meaning to say thank you, all your posts about swimming prompted me to start swimming!

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 10:32 am

      <3 yay swimming :)

  • Sophie @ threetimesf July 11, 2011, 9:42 am

    I couldn’t agree more! We’ve been looking at selling our place recently – it’s currently under offer but it wasn’t until we started tidying it up for viewings and looking at somewhere to move to that I realised how perfect our current home is! #sadtomove

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life July 11, 2011, 9:42 am

    Great post! It is so true that it is very easy to get caught up in the future that we forget the present!!!!

    I love the new rug!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 11, 2011, 9:43 am

    This is a great post. I need to spend more time enjoying the moment indstead of always waiting for tomorrow to come.

  • Lauren July 11, 2011, 9:43 am

    I think you are absolutely right. When we focus on big picture goals, it’s hard to appreciate all the little things and milestones it takes to get there. Training for a Half Ironman has made it hard for me to focus on all the little things that I’ve done to get there, like my first metric century and the “training” races I’ve been doing this season. Time to look back at my training with a new perspective, I think.

  • Colleen July 11, 2011, 9:44 am

    Great reminder! I keep looking down the road to when I will be done with my master’s degree in nutrition, but I need to remember the positives of being in school. I’m loving my flexible schedule as a student and that I have one year down!

  • Callie July 11, 2011, 9:44 am

    I’m trying to be present and enjoy every moment with my baby boy…I know the sleepless nights and poopy diapers will be gone before I know it!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 11, 2011, 9:48 am

    Another bright side of renting… home values aren’t expected to rise any time soon. Especially in the US.

    You and the Husband can take your downpayment and invest in higher risk investments (like, say, emerging markets) and get much higher returns than you would on a house (without all the headaches of having to sell the house and move too!)

    Renting can be seriously underrated.

  • Jen July 11, 2011, 9:53 am

    Right now I’m enjoying my recent engagement! We’re not going to start planning the wedding until next year, so I’m going to thoroughly enjoy the present before moving onto the next stage. I completely agree with you about goals. It’s great to have something to strive for, but when the final goal keeps you from appreciating all the little steps along the way, it takes the positivity out of the journey.

    And great idea with the French toast! I would never have thought to use a peanut butter and banana mixture to dredge the bread. I’ll have to remember this one! Isn’t it interesting that a lot of gluten-free breads are not vegan? It must be a lot harder for the gluten-free vegans out there! I love Rudi’s Multigrain!

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith July 11, 2011, 9:55 am

    I was thinking about this yesterday because I was so frustrated that since we’ve moved I don’t feel like the house is completely decorated and it’s driving me crazy! But then I realized that I went from an 800 square foot apartment to an 1,800 square foot house. Of course it won’t be completely decorated right away! So I’m just trying to take it one room at a time, one wall at a time, one piece of furniture at a time and go from there.

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 11, 2011, 9:55 am

    This post is perfectly timed for me as I’m really working on appreciating what I have right now and enjoying the moment. It’s great to have goals but I’m also trying to looking at what I’ve already done.

  • Krystina (Organically Me) July 11, 2011, 9:57 am

    I’m loving that I’m falling in love with running. Every mile I run makes me feel so strong and beautiful.

  • Emily July 11, 2011, 9:59 am

    I needed that- thank you! Let’s see… I’m super anxious about the bar exam in two weeks, but I did get my JD.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 10:34 am

      Congrats on your JD!!! Huge accomplishment.

  • Juani July 11, 2011, 10:02 am

    Since the middle of last year,my biological clock has been ticking in over time,and with seemingly EVERYONE around me being either pregnant or a new mama,I felt so left behind because I was neither.But heck,my boyfriend and I aren’t even married yet!It just made me sad that some of these girls were years younger than me,and some already going on their 2nd (and some even 3rd!) child!

    But since about a month ago,I’ve started to appreciate my fun time spent alone at home with my boyfriend and our cats.They all make me so happy,and even though some people might look down their noses at my little ‘family’ – they are more than good enough for me.

  • chelsea July 11, 2011, 10:03 am

    Great attitude Caitlin! Making do with what you have and not taking anything for granted! Side note: I know you ordered the Diva Cup and I have been waiting to buy one until you posted a review since I don’t know anyone else who uses them, and I always trust your very honest opinions! Is it worth it???

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 10:34 am

      I am waiting for my period! LOL It’s late because I just went off BC… hopefully it will reset soon and I will be able to post an epic review of the Diva Cup.

  • Mary July 11, 2011, 10:04 am

    This is such an elloquently written post. I love it Caitlin. sometimes its important to check yourself so to speak and just appreciate everyday’s small victories 🙂

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) July 11, 2011, 10:05 am

    Last night my fiance posted these song lyrics on Facebook for all of the world to see…”I used to dream about the life I’m living now. I made it!” Love her! And I’m flattered to be a part of her dream life.

  • Lindsey July 11, 2011, 10:06 am

    Great post! I am loving summer and trying hard to appreciate each day and the sunshine (if it appears!). I also get caught up in always looking forward to a occasion or goal and forget to appreciate and live in the moment.

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots July 11, 2011, 10:11 am

    Thank you SO much for this post. I am struggling with this RIGHT NOW. Our apartment got hit by a tornado in May and it is till in shambles (holes in the walls, missing ceiling, stained carpet). The complex is slowly getting around to cleaning and fixing it all, but I’ve pretty much checked out. We’re considering buying a house next summer so I’ve stopped doing anything to our sad, sad apartment. I even contemplated just packing everything up except for essentials and living that way for a year.

    Thanks for the dose of perspective. I might go do some sprucing. 🙂

    • DadHTP July 11, 2011, 10:17 am

      I sympathize – Caitlin and I lived in an apartment after Hurricane Andrew, and were told to stop complaining about the water running down the walls or move – six months later.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 10:29 am

      Buy some pretty candles or something small to spruce it up 🙂

  • Shannon @ Mon Amour July 11, 2011, 10:18 am

    Such a great post! I am always way too caught up in the future and my goals. I have really been working on changing that though

  • DadHTP July 11, 2011, 10:19 am

    Now the rug is gone I can go indoors without steeling my nerves.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 10:30 am


      • DadHTP July 11, 2011, 10:31 am

        or asking someone to steal the rug.

  • Niki (Life's a Payne) July 11, 2011, 10:21 am

    I love this post! It is so uplifting. Thanks for the positive start to the week!

  • faith July 11, 2011, 10:21 am

    “eyes on the future and your heart in the present”, thanks for the reminder!

  • sarah (sarah learns) July 11, 2011, 10:25 am

    i’m loving my newly cleaned and stocked refrigerator!

  • marian July 11, 2011, 10:26 am

    great post, caitlin! right now i am loving the tiny, awkward-looking kitchen in my new (rented) house. I could easily complain about it but I’m honestly just loving it! I’m also trying to be positive about my running pace – still taking a long time to get back to where I was pre-injury, but thankful for what my body is giving me right now!

    Thanks for a burst of positivity on a Monday morning!

  • Dani July 11, 2011, 10:28 am

    I am loving being half way done with my undergrad dietetics degree. the vegan french toast looks amazing-definitely making that for my first breakfast back in the states.

  • Stephanie July 11, 2011, 10:28 am

    LOVE this post. 🙂

  • becca (bellebottoms) July 11, 2011, 10:34 am

    very much love this post! it is soooo true! I need to appreciate my OWN apartment as well…

    one thing I am loving in this summer season is TRAVEL! I love getting to enjoy my passion…

  • Danielle C. July 11, 2011, 10:37 am

    I am always working on being more present in the moment, thank you for this reminder! I’ve been so frustrating trying to sell a house I can no longer live in, trying to balance a mortgage and rent for a tiny apartment. I am going to clean my apartment today to show it how much I love the safe and secure feeling I have living here (that I wouldn’t be able to have in my house).

  • Ciera @ Rose and Thistle July 11, 2011, 10:39 am

    I am wrapping up my Masters at business school and whilst I love my life I sometimes catch myself worrying about where I’m going to be living next year, what I’ll be doing etc. I have to definitely make the effort to remind myself that I’m more than content right now and the future will look after itself….
    Thanks for reminding us all to think of the present and make the most of it!

  • Katie July 11, 2011, 10:45 am

    I love that you not only have posts about health and fitness, but about life as well 🙂 I’m a couple weeks out of a break-up, and am getting a little stuck with where I was in my “life plan”, and how to get back there. I get so worried about having to start over with finding someone and settling down, when I thought I would be much further along in that process at this point in my life. It makes it hard to remember that this may be the last chance I get to really know myself outside of a relationship, to live with friends instead of a boyfriend/husband, to have a freedom that I haven’t had in a long time. Instead of agonizing over my lost relationship, and waiting on pins and needles for the next one, I need to appreciate where I am now.

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt July 11, 2011, 10:45 am

    Such a great post! I’m definitely guilty of forgetting to live in the present at times. I often wish for time to pass, so I can experience the next big thing. When I do this, I remind myself that I am essentially wishing my life away! It helps me to put things back into perspective. Right now, I am enjoying the fact that I have clients to counsel. Even though, I’d like to have a lot more than I do, I am trying to appreciate the free time that I have right now.

  • Erica July 11, 2011, 10:48 am

    I love this post. I’ve kind of been doing this for the past year because we knew we’d be moving this summer once I finish graduate school, so we haven’t been taking care of our townhouse as much as we used to. I’ve also been spending less time visiting family and friends and having fun with my husband because we knew we’d have more free time after I graduate. You are so right though, focusing on the goal sometimes gets in the way of being present and enjoying the moment. Thank you for this !

  • Lauren @ LaDolcePita July 11, 2011, 10:50 am

    Thanks for this post…it came at the right time! I was starting to get so down & out about my little house – and all the things that need improvement – that I sort of started to ignore the really fabulous things about it that made me buy it in the first place 🙂

  • Parita @ myinnershakti July 11, 2011, 10:50 am

    “Don’t let the future steal the present.” LOVE IT! This is exactly what I needed to read today…you have no idea!

    Curretnly, I’m enjoying the wedding planning journey that my fiance and I along with our families are on. It’s super stressful at times, but I’m focusing on the fun aspect of it and not letting the stress and unknown future take over. Thanks!

  • Carmen @ Goodbye Gorda July 11, 2011, 10:51 am

    Exactly what I needed to read on my birthday! On my weight loss journey, my initial goal was to lose 100. I’ve lost 45, but it’s easy to think how much more I have to lose, instead of appreciating where I am now. Instead of worrying about my past or my future, it’s good to be grateful for the present and all the blessings of today.

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out July 11, 2011, 10:55 am

    I agree, Caitlin. I have to remind myself to be present regularly. I’m glad you’re loving your apt. again. Lovely.

  • Maria July 11, 2011, 10:58 am

    What a great post! I am going through a rather difficult time right now (divorce, relocation, etc). Sometimes it is hard to balance regrets of the past and worry about the future. But this reminder to live in the present really resonated with me!

  • giordin July 11, 2011, 11:01 am

    thanks for this post! i, too, am going through a hard time and it’s great to be reminded to think positively. i’m loving my friends right now, and my running shoes.

  • alli July 11, 2011, 11:02 am

    great message. thank you! my hip has been bothering me the past few days so i’ve had to miss 2 runs. i biked instead for an hour plus each time. i realized that i enjoy biking and it’s making the running hiatus not as difficult 🙂

  • Christine @ BookishlyB July 11, 2011, 11:02 am

    It’s nice to hear I’m not the only one. Since we’ve started the house hunting/buying process I’ve totally let the apartment go to crap. It’s the whole “welllll, we’ll be packing soon and then I’ll have to deep clean, so why do it now?” issue. Love the new rug!

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) July 11, 2011, 11:04 am

    I love this post! 🙂

    I’m getting married in 25 days (!!) and sometimes I find myself wanting to fast-forward through all the other stuff that comes before it (bridal shower/stagette/family stuff) but I’ve realized I need to slow down, be present and enjoy it all.. it’s all part of the big picture.

    Great post Caitlin!

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic July 11, 2011, 11:04 am

    I think this post is great – exactly what I needed to hear! It’s funny how sometimes you read/hear something & it seems like it was meant JUST for you!!! That’s how I feel about this post : )
    Thanks for the reminder!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) July 11, 2011, 11:22 am

    “Don’t let the future steal the present. Enjoy what you’ve got right now.” – What a great msg on a Mon. I tend to always look ahead (&worry?)… thank you for reminding me to live in the present 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 11, 2011, 11:23 am

    Goals are so hard. We are in the middle of goals right now. Our motto is eye on the prize so we are looking to the future and not focusing on the in the middle part right now.

  • Mike Lieberman July 11, 2011, 11:24 am

    I woke up and have another day to live my life. I do my best to acknowledge and appreciate that everyday.

    I also set milestones on my way to my goals. So I can do the little celebration dance, but still focus on the bigger picture.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  • Rebecca July 11, 2011, 11:24 am

    This is a great post…and one I needed and one I think so many of my friends need. I hope to be able to share it with them in some way today. Thank you for this message!!

  • Abby July 11, 2011, 11:25 am

    So true! My husband and I started dating in high school and knew after the first few months we would eventually get married. Looking back, I kind of wish we had enjoyed our time dating more, and enjoyed our engagement period more. Being married is definitely the best, but you’re right, we can’t let the future steal our present. We’ve been back and forth between an apartment, his parents’ house, and living with some friends in a different town (due to our lease ending/ knowing we were moving just for the summer) and we are so ready to just have a place of our own again, and hopefully a house. We also have the dreaded baby fever, but we keep reminding ourselves that there is a time and place for everything, but now is not the time for a baby OR a house.

  • Corrie Anne July 11, 2011, 11:27 am

    What a great reminder. Thanks for a great (although LATE) start to my day! 🙂

  • Sarah July 11, 2011, 11:34 am

    You make some great points here, Miss Caitlin:-). I think that’s why I love yoga so much- it reminds me and gives me practice with being present. I am really looking forward to going back to regular classes, but for now, I am practicing being present-and enjoying- each day of my first pregnancy.

  • Lisa July 11, 2011, 11:40 am

    I needed this today! Thanks 🙂 It truly is about appreciating the little things in life.

  • Katy @ In Between Travels July 11, 2011, 11:44 am

    I’m currently training for my first half marathon (the longest race I’ve ever done was a 10k, and it was rough). Training has been going slowly, but I’m still leaps and bounds ahead of what I could do last year, or even 6 months ago!

  • Army Amy* July 11, 2011, 11:50 am

    Great topic and so true! On my run today, I passed a woman in a wheel chair. It made me realize that even though I sometimes feel slow, I’m so lucky that I can even put one foot in front of the other!*

  • Beth (Well I'll Be) July 11, 2011, 11:59 am

    I love this post! Goals are so important, but you’re right, it shouldn’t take away from the present. I think it’s just a balance of always aspiring to be better but being thankful for where you are right now.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 11, 2011, 12:04 pm

    That’s so true..I never really thought about it but we definitely lose sight of where we are, even if it’s a great place because we’re so focused on where we want to be. Sensei used to always say that were so wrapped in the future that we never really live. At least not in the life so of just passes us by that way.

  • Jill July 11, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Great post! I often use the phrase to my husband and daughter “enjoy the now” I think that is what you are saying. We are always so focused on what is next that we don’t enjoy what we are doing or what is right in front of us. When I walk around the lake with my daughter she is so focused on what we are going to do next that we don’t see the pretty flowers or the turtles that are sun bathing. I really try hard to enjoy my now! It makes my life seem so much more meaningful!

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:44 pm

      Have you read the power of now? very similar to your philosophy!

      • Jill July 11, 2011, 8:47 pm

        I have not read it. I think I will- now that you have reminded me! 🙂

  • karin (allpointswhole) July 11, 2011, 12:07 pm

    This is so true and something I am constantly working on. I think reminding yourself of “being in the present” is a great way to do just that and not always be looking towards the future or the next big thing

  • Lauren July 11, 2011, 12:08 pm

    I had a conversation with my dad about this exact same topic last night, so thank you so, so much for reaffirming what I needed to hear. “It is possible to keep your eyes on the future and your heart in the present.” . . . such wise words that I will repeat to myself over and over as I learn to be happy with myself exactly as I am. Thank you, a thousand times over.

    PS I’m sorry about your house, but I admire you so much in that you can take a negative situation and so easily flip it on it’s head! I’m taking notes! 😀

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:44 pm

      🙂 thanks, girl.

  • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl July 11, 2011, 12:22 pm

    I really enjoyed this post… Right now I’m love that I live in Holland with my boyfriend, although I let our end goal of someday moving to the States keep me from fully enjoying this experience. Sometimes I get so homesick for my family/friends/life in California that I don’t stop and appreciate everything this new life in Europe has given me!

    Thanks for this little reminder today.

  • Hillary July 11, 2011, 12:23 pm

    First of all, what an excellent idea for french toast. I need to try that ASAP!

    Second of all, I loved this post. Loved it. I tend to get very caught up in the future instead of the present. When I was training for my half marathon, I quickly started itching to get to higher mileage instead of celebrating my weekly accomplishments. Now that I’m in grad school, I find myself focusing on a year from now instead of being proud that I’m already halfway done! Thanks for the reminder to stay present, Caitlin. I needed to hear this.

  • Jenifer July 11, 2011, 12:31 pm

    I HATE.. and that’s a real understatement.. my job. I’ve tried since before I even got here to find a new one, but no such luck… So, what I love, and sometimes forget… is that I work 9-4 Mon-thurs, and 9-12 on Fridays, allowing me to hang out with my hubby (he’s off on Fridays)all afternoon.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:45 pm

      I’m sorry you hate your job 🙁 that is really miserable, i’ve been there. i hope you find something better soon, but you’re right – those hours ROCK. at least you arent working a shitty job for 70 hours a week, right? 😉

  • Heather July 11, 2011, 12:40 pm

    This is just what I needed to read this mroning. I just moved out into an apartment and its small, and not my taste, but its what I can afford on my own right now. Im going to make it a home for my babies and embrace it and quit knit-picking it. Thank you

  • HollyMW July 11, 2011, 12:50 pm

    I have been soooo guilty of this during our home search process. We have been looking for over 8 months now and the frustration has caused me to be fairly apathetic about our current place. Well, this weekend I woke up and cleaned our condo from top to bottom and I realized it is actually a pretty nice place to be. (And a lot better than how many people have to live.) Someday we will find our house…but in the meantime our condo is home!

  • Amber K July 11, 2011, 12:54 pm

    I think this is a great reminder! I have a few things I’m after in life and I don’t think I am fully appreciating the journey. The end goal is much too high in my mind. Once my husband and I decided we wanted to get a house, I did notice that I stopped really taking care of our apartment. While I don’t think I’m going to do much, I should be taking better care of our current residence!

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed July 11, 2011, 12:55 pm

    oy. sorry about the house. been there. major bummer.

  • Jacqueline July 11, 2011, 1:08 pm

    great post! i’m loving being self-employed. woohoo!

  • Sarah for Real July 11, 2011, 1:12 pm

    Warning! Weird comment ahead…

    We have a rug just like your new one (and really enjoy it!) and you should be warned that pattern is the ultimate in DOG POO camouflage! My dog is usually very good about doing her business outside but she still has accidents occasionally and that pattern will hide the poo logs so well, you’ll step on them in bare feet.

    So if your pups have accidents and you smell it, get horizontal on the floor and look for logs!

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:45 pm

      bawhahaha. i will take note of this.

  • Coco July 11, 2011, 1:16 pm

    I LOVE this post, and it is JUST what I needed to hear today! I often forget to sit back and appreciate this moment because I’m so focused on my goals. For example, I am really trying to save my money so my boyfriend and I can move into a bigger/nicer place together, and this month I didn’t save as much as I wanted to–but I still saved, so I should be proud of that!

  • Erin @ WholesomeRD July 11, 2011, 1:32 pm

    So So true. What a great message and reminder.

    I think most of us want to think this way but it’s difficult and you get caught up in the “BUT I WANT IT NOW”!

    Thanks for yet another great post 🙂

  • Courtney July 11, 2011, 2:57 pm

    I love this post!! I needed to hear this. We are stuck in a little apartment and can’t seem to be able to find anything else we can afford right now. Finding the positives in every situation is what keeps me going!

  • Catherine@happinessafterheartache July 11, 2011, 3:06 pm

    Love this advice. It especially applies to work. Everyone is always saying “is it Friday yet”, but really, isn’t there anything to appreciate about the weekdays? Life is short, let’s not try to make it go any faster.

  • Selena July 11, 2011, 3:22 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this reminder. I try to remind myself of this but lose sight of it often.

    I am very happy to have 3 healthy little girls that are growing up before my eyes. Tonight I’m going to appreciate that they are still little and actually like me (HA! those teenage years are going to be tough. I’m not going to wish for no whining, no crying baby, no fighting tonight…just enjoy them being little!

    I’m also going to be proud that I can run for 28 minutes straight and not care about how slow I am or worry about if I can do the 5K I’m scheduled for next month. I know I can and I’m just going to relish the fact that 2 months ago I couldn’t run more than 90 seconds!

    Oh and the house…I’m going to try to find something positive HA!

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:46 pm

      girl, if you can run for 28 minutes straight, you are going to rock out that 5k. you can do it!

      • Selena July 11, 2011, 9:01 pm

        Well…calling it “running” is probably an exaggeration but it is faster than walking LOL!

        Thanks for the thumbs up. I’m very excited and can’t wait to be able to say I did it! One more month!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances July 11, 2011, 3:22 pm

    Wonderful post! I’m going to bookmark it for future reference! I have been really down lately about my job, commute and this whole “being out of college for a year but still feeling confused and out of sorts about everything” thing… thank you for the reminder to appreciate where I am in life and not wish this time away!

  • Amber @ Stop and Smell the Wildflowers July 11, 2011, 4:12 pm

    Love this post! I too try my best to live in the present. It’s not always so easy, but I know I’m happier when I’m appreciating the now instead of worrying about the past or future.

  • Maggie @ ReadySetBreathe July 11, 2011, 4:57 pm

    I 100 percent agree with this. I’m working very hard to enjoy what and who I do have right now and not just focusing on the end goals. It makes for a much more content and happier me on a daily basis.

  • Amanda P July 11, 2011, 5:26 pm

    Great post! I have been living in a tiny apartment for the past nine months and I have appreciated how easy it is to clean and keeps me from aquiring too much clutter. But in a week and I get to move into a much bigger apartment with my fiance after living 600 miles apart for the last year!

  • Emma July 11, 2011, 5:31 pm

    Seriously Caitlin, you always hit the nail right on the head. My husband and I are in the same situation as you (in an apartment, with a goal to find a house)and my sister and Mom had an intervention with me to tell me how much I was living in the future. I didn’t care about the apt and so I stopped putting work into it which was dumb. You have to value the small things just as much as the big ones.

    Thanks for always keeping me in check.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:46 pm

      <3 i hope you find ur dream house soon!

  • Katie @ peacebeme July 11, 2011, 5:48 pm

    I never thought about that that’s why goals seems so hard sometimes, what an eye-opener! I have been so caught up in that for the last few days. Then again, this morning I did try to force myself to see how far I have hardly come. I can see so many more blessings in my life now and then I had at this time seven or eight months ago. I have come so far mental health wise.

  • Jess July 11, 2011, 6:09 pm

    I LOVE holding my new baby girl. I may be completely exhausted and sore but one look at her and I can’t help but be thankful. 🙂

  • Jaclyn July 11, 2011, 6:27 pm

    I loved this post and I totally needed to hear it. When you wrote “if your goal is to make a baby, you might not fully appreciate time alone with your spouse because all you can think about is having kids,” you could have been writing about me – or about a trap I’m trying not to fall into, anyway. In the middle of TTC stress I am trying so hard not to lose sight of the fact that I also have a marriage to nurture, and sometimes that’s hard. You’re so right that when all you can focus on is your goal, you lose out on what is beautiful in your life RIGHT NOW. I swear this is not the first time that I’ve clicked on my google reader and you’ve put up a post that is exactly what I needed to read. Thank you so much for being so honest and real.

    • Emma July 11, 2011, 9:08 pm

      I 1000% agree with this!

  • Laura July 11, 2011, 6:44 pm

    That’s such an important thing to keep in mind! I’m helping my mom lose a lot of weight; she probably can lose up to 80 pounds. She gets discouraged sometimes when she doesn’t meet the goal she has for herself, but I always have to remind her of what she HAS achieved – going from struggling to walk 2 miles at a time to now walking 5 miles at a time, being able to work out for over an hour and not be completely worn out, eating a much healthier vegetarian meal (a way of life she chose before she set out to lose the weight).

    It’s so easy to get caught up in what you want and don’t have and forget to enjoy what you have. Thanks for this great post.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:46 pm

      tell your mom i said she’s a baller.

  • Heidi - apples under my bed July 11, 2011, 7:37 pm

    What a lovely reminder to cherish and appreciate the present 🙂 oh, and I’m totally making french toast for lunch now (too late for breakfast, already had porridge!!) – deeeelicious!
    Heidi xo

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit July 11, 2011, 8:29 pm

    Caitlin, I can’t even believe you wrote this post today. My husband and I have been planning on moving across the country for the past six months or so and we just changed our plans, a month before our planned moved, and are going to stay where we are for now. I’ve been feeling so down and disappointed about this, but there are also some amazing opportunities right in front of me, (like opening my own bakery!). Thank you SO much for reminding me to be present and grateful for what I have!

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:47 pm

      Ugh! I am so sorry you are dealing with this. Love ya.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 11, 2011, 8:30 pm

    You make such a great point Caitlin! Right now I’m on summer break and I feel like I’m just working and biding my time until classes start again. But I really should try to make the most of my summer and enjoy it more. Thanks for the reminder!! 🙂

  • Sarah July 11, 2011, 8:39 pm

    I love this post! My husband and I just bought our first car completely with cash, a goal we had been saving for for since last April. I have been DREAMING about a new car for almost two years and now that we finally reached the goal, I have already moved on to our next goals (down payment for a house and saving enough for an adoption, which seem far away when I want them to be happening now!) This is a great reminder to celebrate the victory we’ve already had in paying for the car and to to focus on what I’m accomplishing in the present–growing in my career and enjoying my marriage–while living in a great rental home. Thanks so much for using yourself as an example to really make this lesson hit home. You have helped me reframe a lot tonight.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:48 pm

      Enjoy your new vehicle. That’s a pretty big accomplishment – to buy a car in cash.

      • Sarah July 11, 2011, 8:57 pm

        Yes, it felt good! It wasn’t brand new but it was a 2010 with low mileage and it drives SO well. My old car had to be restarted literally every time I turned it on, and for the last year, I could never be sure if it would actually accelerate when I pushed on the gas because sometimes it just died instead. Needless to say, the difference between my old car and new one is vast! I actually feel safe while driving again!

  • Kelly July 11, 2011, 9:03 pm

    Dear Caitlin – you are the best. Thanks for this post 🙂

  • Emilee July 11, 2011, 9:21 pm

    I’m a wedding planner/designer. I’ve been focusing on really being present when I’m meeting with the bride’s and it makes my job so much more fun. Rather than feeling like “work”, I feel like I’m getting to know a new friend, and getting to help her plan the best day of her life!

  • SarahC July 11, 2011, 9:51 pm

    Thank you, Caitlin!!! I have just started running, and was pretty bummed about this morning’s run. I wrote a post about how disappointed in myself I was feeling. Then I read this post and had to edit it to add an entirely different perspective (linked back to you).

    Your message helped me take a deep breath and focus on enjoying the steps I am taking, rather than being upset I’m not already some rockstar runner.

    P.S. I love the rug! 😉

  • ML July 12, 2011, 1:00 am

    You are so right in appreciating what you have now, or the baby steps you have reached in your goals. I am so frustrated that I gained a few pounds, but I should relish that I am still below where I started and continue to work towards dropping more weight.

  • Jolene ( July 12, 2011, 1:52 am

    Great post and topic! I always try to love and appreciate where I am in the present. I have stopped longing for things, or thinking that life will “start” once I have ________. I am living life now, and loving every moment.

  • Alyssa July 12, 2011, 2:00 am

    I love this post! It makes me think of goals from a different perspective, not even just goals but of times when I am being self-critical and don’t appreciate the things I have accomplished and instead dwell on what I want to accomplish or feel like I should.

    I just moved away from home for a new job and into a new apartment three weeks ago. The first time I toured the building I thought, “man, this place is kind of old looking.” I judged what the building looked like on the outside before I saw the apartments inside. Yeah the building is really old, but it’s got great landlords, is in an excellent location (just a few blocks from the shores of Lake Superior 🙂 ), and quite the eclectic group of tenants. The apartment I got is awesome, nice and roomy with lots of windows…it’s got a beachy feeling with white walls. I’ve got a bunch of beach/shell themed decor and decorating the apartment really makes it feel homey.

    Sorry for going on so long, but I love this post and am going to refer back to it as a reminder to appreciate where I’ve gotten in all aspects of my life, to focus on the positive and not whether or not I’ll achieve everything I want to. Thanks sssoooo much for the post…I love these kinds of posts…well actually, I love all your posts 🙂

    • Caitlin July 12, 2011, 8:00 am

      Good luck with your new job 🙂

  • Amanda July 12, 2011, 5:25 am

    I really loved this post! I need to live more in the moment : D Particularly: my little apartment.

  • presley (run pretty) July 12, 2011, 9:37 am

    definitely needed to read this right now. thank you for posting 🙂

  • Jessica @ Bake a Little July 12, 2011, 9:43 am

    When I was at the gym yesterday I got to thinking about living in the moment and appreciating my accomplishments! I am training for a 10K and have never been a runner and am currently up to 2.75 miles! I was spending so much time worrying about the fact that I still have 3.45 more miles to build up to being able to run that I didn’t give myself time to fully take a second and pat myself on the back for running 2.75 miles for the first time in years! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • Caitlin July 12, 2011, 10:27 am

      congrats on 2.75 – amazing 🙂 you will kick butt at your 10K!

  • Victoria July 12, 2011, 2:51 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this. I don’t get to read your site everyday, so I am a few posts behind. But, I have also forgotten that I should be living in the present. I got engaged two months ago and have over a year to plan. I’ve just been so excited to do everything that I’ve forgotten that this engagement period is special in it’s own way. I’m so glad you reminded me of that!!

  • Dee July 12, 2011, 7:07 pm

    What an excellent reminder, this post includes words to live by. Your home makeover has come out great!

  • Liz A July 12, 2011, 7:19 pm

    thank you, Caitlin. I just happened to read this post at exactly the moment I needed to hear what you had to say. 🙂

  • lani July 14, 2011, 1:16 am

    Hi Caitlin, first time commenter. 🙂 I appreciate this post so much. I have been in transition for a while, having moved cross country and back, now I am once again on the job market. A lot of things are unsettled, but in less than a year, I found work, ran a half marathon in a strange city, made new friends, and had an adventure. So maybe I am where I need to be now, and I will try to remember that. Thanks chica!

    • CaitlinHTP July 14, 2011, 8:10 am

      Thanks for reading 🙂 I wish you the best with everything!

  • kelsie July 14, 2011, 1:52 pm

    Oh my goodness! I just made this with whole wheat english muffins and then stuffed it with’s cookie dough hummus (which I add protein powder & cocoa powder too) and it’s amazing!!! It tastes like a desert.

  • Shayla @ The Good Life July 28, 2011, 7:32 pm

    Can you tell I’m catching up on all your posts 😉 Love this one! I too got all caught up on the future of buying a new home while our current townhouse was on the market. We just took it off b/c it just wouldn’t sell for the price it deserves so we’re going to hold off for another year. But after that moment, I took a step back and realized, hey! this is a pretty darn nice townhome and we’re so lucky to have it! Now hubby and I take pride in the home and are doing things around the house to make it more “homier” 🙂

    And I love what you said here: “It’s possible to keep your eyes on the future and your heart in the present.” Love it! I’m going to remember that always 🙂

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