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april goals

Welcome, April! Between UNC winning the national championship (see photo below!) and prepping for a family wedding, the first few days of April have been wonderful already! April is my favorite month of the year. The spring weather is usually here to stay by mid-month, and I have my birthday to look forward to at the end of the month. I have good feelings about this month :)

2017 April Goals

March Goals
-Read a book for at least 10 minutes a day – This one didn’t go as well as it did in February; started reading Daring Greatly but didn’t make a ton of progress
-Do toning exercises twice a week – Again, didn’t go as well as it did in February, but did them about once a week
-Start a list of recipes we make often and the ingredients we need to make them to make meal planning is easier in the future – Ongoing
-Make 2 pieces of art for our bedroom – Pushed this off because after hanging art (see next goal) and rearranging our furniture, I don’t know if the art I planned to make is the right thing for the space.
-Hang art in our bedroom – Yes!
-Hang curtains in at least one room in the house (one day we will check this off the list) – Hung curtains in TWO rooms! Woohoo!
-Take a walk/run with Will at least once a week (this may be difficult with Will starting a new rotation, but I am hopeful!) – Yes! This was great!
-Test five cookie recipes for an upcoming project – Yes! This cookie testing came in handy for April’s goals :)
-Celebrate Will’s birthday – Yes! Yay, 25!
-Spend meaningful time with friends – This was wonderful. I may not have checked off the first two goals because I spent more time with friends than usual, but it was well worth it.

April Goals
Plant herbs
Do toning exercises twice a week
Successfully finish making and beautifully present 5 types of cookies for my cousin’s wedding reception
Celebrate with friends and family at wedding
See the Ansel Adams exhibit at the NC art museum
Celebrate Easter with family
Make a new spring dessert
Celebrate my quarter-century birthday!

spring bucket list

2017 spring bucket list
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It is officially spring and we have already had the rain showers and pollen coatings to prove it! Each fall, I like to create a list of things I want to do before the next season starts. I’m not sure why I haven’t done this for every season, because these seasonal bucket lists are some of my favorite ways to set goals. The three-month time period allows for more time and flexibility than my monthly goals, but doesn’t allow me to push things around like I might with my yearly goals. These lists also force me to live in the present and focus on and enjoy the current season. Some of the items on my list are already planned out, and some are left to fill free weekends and evenings whenever the mood (and timing) strikes. So, without further ado, my spring bucket list!

Spring Bucket List
-Go on a picnic
-Plant herbs
-Celebrate my birthday
-See the Ansel Adams exhibit at the NC art museum
-Go on lots of walks
-Celebrate with friends and family at weddings
-Spend time at our local farmers’ market
-Celebrate Easter with family and make an Easter dessert
-Go to at least one new place on our triangle bucket list
-Make lots of cookies for my cousin’s wedding favors
-Have tea at the reopened Honeysuckle Tea House
-Eat a meal outside (at home or at a restaurant/café)
-Have Memorial Day brunch (an accidental annual tradition in my family)
-Celebrate our three year wedding anniversary!

What is on your spring bucket list?!

march goals

February was a whirlwind. Looking back at my goals for the month I initially didn’t feel like I had accomplished that many of them. But, I feel like I made progress on the goals even if I didn’t accomplish all of them, and I realized that I was productive in many areas that weren’t listed as goals for the month. I’m hoping for more of the same progress in March, even if it is slow. Slow and steady, isn’t that what they say? ;)

2017 March Goals

Here is an update on my February goals before we head into March goals.

February Goals:
Make and send Valentine’s Day cards
Do toning exercises twice a week – some weeks, but definitely not all
Deep clean upstairs bathroomWill did this and I’m so thankful!
Clean up one room for at least 5 minutes a day (rotate rooms)didn’t quite do 5 minutes a day but I’m marking it off because we deep cleaned every room except our bedroom!
Start a list of recipes we make often and the ingredients we need to make them so meal planning takes less time in the future.
Read for at least 10 minutes a daystarted and finished Grace Not Perfection and started The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Purge my closet of things I no longer want or need – purged my t-shirts, so little by little I’m chipping away at this one
Make 2 pieces of art for bedroom
Go to 1-2 places on our Triangle bucket listwent to Cocoa Cinnamon

March Goals:
Read a book for at least 10 minutes a day
Do toning exercises twice a week
Start a list of recipes we make often and the ingredients we need to make them to make meal planning is easier in the future
Make 2 pieces of art for our bedroom
Hang art in our bedroom
Hang curtains in at least one room in the house (one day we will check this off the list)
Take a walk/run with Will at least once a week (this may be difficult with Will starting a new rotation, but I am hopeful!)
Test five cookie recipes for an upcoming project
Celebrate Will’s birthday
Spend meaningful time with friends

As a reminder, here are my guideposts for the year.

february goals

I’m not sure how, but January felt like it both zoomed by and also lasted forever. While I didn’t cross off every goal on my January goals, I’m really proud of the goals I did accomplish in January. We accomplished a lot of tasks that weren’t even on the January to-do list (but I now wish I had included for the gratification of crossing them off the list). All of this made for an extremely productive and gratifying month. I am excited to enter February head-first with the momentum that we generated in January.

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January Goals:
Take down and find storage for Christmas decorations
Clean out and organize the hall closet
Clean out and organize 2nd bedroom closet
Deep clean upstairs bathroom
Get plant for living area
Hang framed art in our room
Go on a date and spend intentional time with Will before shelf/STEP studying kicks into high gear
Do toning exercises twice a week
Make Valentine’s cards! :)

February Goals:
Make and send Valentine’s Day cards
Do toning exercises twice a week
Deep clean upstairs bathroom
Clean up one room for at least 5 minutes a day (rotate rooms)
Start a list of recipes we make often and the ingredients we need to make them so meal planning takes less time in the future.
Read for at least 10 minutes a day
Purge my closet of things I no longer want or need
Make 2 pieces of art for bedroom
Go to 1-2 places on our Triangle bucket list

As a reminder,  my guiding goals and intentions for the year are in this post. How are your goals going?!

goals for 2017 and january

We are 13 days into January and I am just finishing setting my goals for the year. Most people have already decided on and gotten started on their goals at this point, but I firmly believe in the idea that there is nothing magical about January 1st. We put so much pressure on January 1st, but goals can be set and enacted any day of the year. I like being able to relax and reflect at the end of the year and slowly figure out what it is that I truly want to focus on in the coming year once January comes. It gives me time to decompress and come off of the high of the holidays and reflect on the best parts of the entire year before. I also don’t love the word “resolutions,” but instead stick with goals and intentions, because these are not strict “dos” and “don’ts,” but rather things I want to accomplish, focus on and work toward throughout the year. These are deeper than the usual monthly goals, and I hope these intentions can guide my monthly goals throughout 2017.

Goals for 2017 and January

Goals for 2017:
Be intentional – There is only so much time in a day. I want to be more intentional with what I do and how I use it. I enjoy being busy, but can get overwhelmed when I book my days to the brim back-to-back-to-back without scheduled “me time.” I want to be intentional about what I choose to do, instead of trying to do it all. I want to reduce over-commitment (which will cause stress), and focus on the people and activities that bring joy to my life.

Deepen my faith – This is something I can always work on, but want to focus on even more this year. I want to pray more and read more of the bible. I want to find a routine for these things that works and incorporate it into my weeks in a way that is sustainable. I don’t know what this looks like yet, but hopefully I can find out as the year goes on!

Gain confidence that is not based on perfection – I recently realized that I often do not recognize the things I do well because I don’t think I’m doing them perfectly or well enough. Striving for perfection means that even when I am doing well at something, I am not confident in myself until I think I am doing each task or activity the best that it could be done. This is so bad! In the end, this leads to a lack of confidence in a lot of things, because no one is perfect at everything! I want to grow my confidence and remove the idea that perfection is a necessary variable in the equation to have confidence in anything.

Love others well – This kind of falls under the goal, “be intentional,” but I also want to separate it as another specific intention. I feel so loved when I receive kind texts and notes, and I also get so much joy from spreading love to others, on birthdays, during hard days or weeks, but also just during the mundane and routine days. I want to reach out to friends and family more often to check in and let them know I’m thinking of them, send unexpected snail mail, judge strangers less, continue generosity and follow how our donations impact the lives of others.

In addition to intentions, I want to focus on a word for the year: growth. Sometimes change can make me unsure and hold me back, but without change it is difficult to grow. There are so many aspects of my life where I want to grow and learn and build. When faced with challenges and change this year, I want to ask myself how I can grow from those instead of giving in and accepting stagnation or resisting change.

Now to get started on those intentions, I have more specific January goals!

Goals for January:
Take down and find storage for Christmas decorations
Clean out and organize the hall closet
Clean out and organize 2nd bedroom closet
Deep clean upstairs bathroom
Get plant for living area
Hang framed art in our room
Go on a date and spend intentional time with Will before shelf/STEP studying kicks into high gear
Do toning exercises twice a week
Make Valentine’s cards! :)

Do you have goals, intentions or resolutions for 2017? Share them in the comments! Let’s keep each other accountable!

december goals

December, December, the most wonderful time of the year is here! November was a whirlwind of activities and seemed to go on longer than usual (I think having half a week of the month left after Thanksgiving contributed to that). We have already started to get ready for Christmas and it makes me so happy. Our tree is up and decorated, wreaths are hanging and pops of red and white fill our downstairs. I am so excited for December and all of the fun holiday joy it brings. I have set aside some of our ongoing goals (like painting our room or hanging curtains), because while it would be great to get those done, I want to spend December enjoying time with friends and family, participating in lots of Christmas traditions, baking, and celebrating. Here’s to December goals and a merry December to you and yours!

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November Goals
-Start making a list of gifts we are giving and start shopping for Christmas gifts
-Test holiday recipes
-Paint our room (this will get done!)
-Get a Christmas tree (it sounds early, but there is still half a week of November after Thanksgiving!)
-Focus on what we are grateful for, not on what we want or lack
-Get ready for December parties

December Goals
-Throw a baby shower for two beautiful mamas-to-be
-Post gift guides!
-Participate in my family’s annual gingerbread house contest
-Bake Christmas cookies! :)
-Spread love to my morning bus driver, mailman, coworkers, and other people who help us throughout the year
-Go out to breakfast with Will before work (a tradition we started last year)
-Get all of our Christmas presents by December 18th
-Enjoy the holiday season with friends and family!

november goals

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I feel like we were just starting October and now Halloween is over and it’s on to November! Maybe it is because the weather hasn’t been completely fall-like, with spurts of warmth and cool days sprinkled together, but it really doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I’m excited to get into that mindset, because I love the cozy, relaxing time that comes with it, and especially the season that follows, but I’m just not there yet. Fall has been beautiful here and we are making such great progress on our fall bucket list. Now that I’m almost done with weekend work events and Will is out of his crazy surgery and medicine rotations and has weekends off here and there, I’m hoping we can cross off even more fall and November goals!

-Start making a list of gifts we are giving and start shopping for Christmas gifts
-Test holiday recipes
-Paint our room (this will get done!)
-Get a Christmas tree (it sounds early, but there is still half a week of November after Thanksgiving!)
-Focus on what we are grateful for, not on what we want or lack
-Get ready for December parties

What are your doing this November?

september goals

I can’t believe it is September already! August was packed with busyness for Will’s schedule (boo, surgery rotation) and my schedule, as work got crazier with the start of school. The last few weeks of August seem like a blur and I’m both afraid and hopeful that September is the same. I am so excited for fall, cooler weather and all things pumpkin, and we are so close! I don’t have too many goals for September, but I want to tackle some that have been on the list for months, so I’m keeping it simple.  Below are the August goal updates and my September goals!

September Goals
Update on August Goals

-Hang curtains in living room and guest bedroom – nope, still haven’t done this
-Pick paint color for bedroom – yes! Benjamin Moore White Dove!
-Go on family trip celebrating another year brain tumor-free for Pops! – Yes :) see NYC part I, II, III
-Continue to find ways to exercise when it is 100 degrees outside – mostly just endure the heat
-Go on a date – this makes the goals list because surgery rotations=not much time outside of the hospital for Will. :/ – we got dinner out one night? But surgery is done now, so hopefully we’ll have more time in September!
-Sew/make at least two pillow cases for bed in second bedroom – cut a few of them, but still no sewing yet.
-Learn a new way to braid my hair – eh, nope
-Enjoy the last of summer together before my work schedule gets busy again – yes, and it is busy again!
-Set up the second bedroom with the furniture we have – making the September list
-Keep working on Summer bucket list! :) (still doing well!)

September Goals
-Hang curtains in living room (removing guest bedroom until we get it set up)
-Sew at least two throw pillow covers for the bed in the second bedroom
-Set up the second bedroom with the furniture we have
-Paint our bedroom
-Make a new dinner recipe
-Go apple picking (or some kind of pick-it-yourself picking)
-Last month to work on the summer bucket list! So excited to have a fall list! :)

august goals

August is here!  Can you believe it?!  And I have my August goals ready before the month is halfway over – what?! :)

August Goals

This day last year I was just starting a new job, and it feels like the year has flown!  The first three weeks of July were so busy for us that I forgot how much I did, how much we celebrated (4th of July, 3 weddings and the return of siblings from far off lands) and how much I traveled (I stayed in 4 states within 6 days!).  While looking at my goals doesn’t necessarily reflect these busy and fun times, it makes me feel accomplished to look back at my calendar and know that we accomplished a lot more than just the items on my July goals list, and makes me feel better about not accomplishing the few items that aren’t crossed off yet.

Update on July Goals:
-Celebrate 4th of July with family in Georgia (always so fun!)
-Make a wedding cake – YES YES YES! :)
-Find ways to exercise even when it is 100 degrees outside – Youtube videos inside ftw.
-Hang curtains in living room and guest bedroom (holding off on bedroom because I want to paint) – It has been an ongoing struggle to get this done and I don’t know why
-Find paint color for bedroom
-Have fun with family and friends at many weddings! – lots of weddings, lots of love, lots of friends, lots of fun
-Plan a trip for family – All planned and we’re going this weekend!
-Enjoy frozen desserts – Ice cream, frozen yogurt and popsicles! :)
-Go on long walks – I underestimated how blazing hot it would be so this wasn’t a priority, but we did go on a few (and picked blackberries along the way!).
-Make a new recipe (savory or sweet) – We made Thai zucchini lettuce wraps and a few new baked goods!

August Goals:
-Hang curtains in living room and guest bedroom
-Pick paint color for bedroom
-Go on family trip celebrating another year brain tumor-free for Pops!
-Continue to find ways to exercise when it is 100 degrees outside
-Go on a date – this makes the goals list because surgery rotations=not much time outside of the hospital for Will. :/
-Sew/make at least two pillow cases for bed in second bedroom
-Learn a new way to braid my hair
-Enjoy the last of summer together before my work schedule gets busy again
-Set up the second bedroom with the furniture we have
-Keep working on Summer bucket list! :) (we are doing well! the photo above is from our latest trip to the farmers’ market :) )

july goals

July GoalsJuly is flying by and these July goals are coming way later than I had hoped (as in, I hoped they would be posted at least in the first half of the month. whoops). I think monthly goals might not be the best way for me to get things done, but seasonal goals are much easier to accomplish. I often get wrapped up in events and work and trips and don’t get to the monthly goals necessarily within the month, but I could get to them with the longer, more flexible timeline of the season. As I say that, I look at my June goals list, and am surprised at how many of them I accomplished. Maybe it is a combination of setting realistic goals and setting challenging goals in a realistic timeline.

What I really want my goal for July to be is: HOLD ON AND KEEP GOING, because that’s what it feels like I’m struggling to do. We have so much going on and with wedding season in full swing, I am gone every weekend, leaving grocery shopping, laundry, cooking, and exercise to all be squished into the weekdays, which, as you can imagine, doesn’t all happen.

Update on June Goals:
-Unpack and set up guest bedroom – I unpacked almost everything then attempted to set up the bed, which is when it got even more crowded and messy, but that is a story for another day.
-Celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary (!) – We did! We went to Riverdance and ate cake :)
Make a practice wedding cake – Made many!
-Hang curtains (living room, bedroom, guest bedroom) – Whoops, not yet.
-Create blog posts to have on hand for the busy month of July – Created some, but those are depleting.
-Finish raised garden bed and transplant herbs, veggies and flowers – We finished making the raised garden bed and planted some herbs, but no veggies and flowers, since it is way to hot to plant now.

July Goals:
-Celebrate 4th of July with family in Georgia
-Make a wedding cake
-Find ways to exercise even when it is 100 degrees outside
-Hang curtains in living room and guest bedroom (holding off on bedroom because I want to paint)
-Find paint color for bedroom
-Have fun with family and friends at many weddings!
-Plan a trip for family
-Enjoy frozen desserts
-Go on long walks
-Make a new recipe (savory or sweet)

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