Time for a monthly update again! So sorry it’s a bit late. April has been the most satisfying month so far this year. I am getting much better at breaking my annual goals down into good monthly/weekly/daily goals. Here’s a look at the progress for this month.
- Gift Red Sea Road – done! I decided who I would send a copy to, and did it. I can think of a few more people who might enjoy it. Maybe I’ll send some more copies next month?
- Read Humble Roots – I’m maybe a third of the way into this book. It is so good, ya’ll. And dare I say it – humbling! I’m redefining what pride is, what humility is, and what that looks like in my life. The root of basically all sin and false humility is pride – even ways we don’t recognize it, like low self-worth. I feel that this is a must-read for any Christian.
- Finish Fierce Women – I didn’t finish it but that is okay. I lost the book for over a week. As a result, I’m behind but that’s okay because I don’t want to rush it. Internalizing how to affirm, respect, and encourage my gentle man is worth missing this goal.
- Put up House Prayers – Inspired by this post by Val Marie, I wanted to get at least some index cards taped up in different rooms to remind me to pray for various things and people related to that room. This did not happen until the very end of the month.
- Set up a vet appointment – this is an example of one of those big to-do’s that I put off unless it is obviously visible and so found its way onto the PowerSheets. Not directly related to any of my annual goals. Henry the dog is all set for another year.
- Car tires/oil change/tail light – This is another of those to-do’s. The tires did get changed halfway through the month. We put this off way too long, but hooray for safe tires now! The oil change didn’t get done.
- Buy a wedding gift – Another to-do. Done and shipped in time for the happy bride and groom!
- Movie Night w/friend – so we did not get around to this. We both had crazy schedules and toddlers and this month just was not the month. Want to be very intentional about getting this done next month.
- Taxes – get them done! And yes, they were filed in time! Next year I do not want to put this off as long as I did. Can you see a theme here? Putting things off, avoiding hard things. I want to change this about me in the coming months, one step at a time.
- Truth journal – I did not need to do this like I thought I would. I did get lots of journaling in (see my daily goals) which was wonderful. I think that this could be a monthly goal on an “as-needed” basis. If you didn’t read my April goals post or don’t know what this is, you can read about it in detail here. Basically it’s a great way to battle depression or anxiety by writing down the lies that you are telling yourself, and then writing out the truth of Scripture and reality in order to combat them and cement them in your heart and mind.
- $75 grocery budget – every week was not at $75, but because of this goal I was able to stick to the overall monthly budget of $300! We even came in $5 under budget, for the first time ever!
- Check-in with a friend – a simple reminder to be more intentional about reaching out to my far-away friends. I’ve done it every week and I love being more connected with them. But more than that, it’s been great being able to encourage them and to know what is going on in their lives so that I can pray for them.
- Meal Plan – successfully done every week. It was tight some weeks, but I managed to use up a lot of what we had here in the house, plan meals that didn’t require as much standing for me, and that lasted over several days. I squashed my inner wanna-be gourmet chef for the second half of the month. That majorly helped us to stay in budget.
- Write out the next week’s blog post – Got that done starting about week 3 this month. I also set up an editorial calendar which I’d been putting off for ages because I thought it was complicated. Turns out it is really as simple as adding a recurring event to your Google Calendar. More details here. I now have posts planned out through October/November. I want to have all of July/August/September written (with a few exceptions) before Secundus arrives, so the next two months are going to involve much more writing.
- Read Bible – did not happen every day, but far more consistently than I had been in the past. I read through several epistles in their entirety and then went back through them a little slower. That helped immensely for understanding the context of various chapters and verses that had been foggy before.
- Prayer – so I didn’t mark this one off because I didn’t get dedicated prayer time. However, I did pray randomly throughout the day most days. I realize that I had an unrealistic expectation of what this goal should look like. It will continue to be a daily goal, but I’m not going to expect dedicated prayer times next month.
- Gratitude -I wanted to do this but was lost about how to go about it. I found a gratitude journal that I’ve had for ages and started using it last week. I’m not sure if I will keep doing it this way, or if I need to find a more genuine way for me to remember and express thanks.
- Get Outside – This one was pretty good. Some days i was too tired or it the weather was bad. But keeping it intentional kept me from being inside as much. I made more of an effort to get out and stay out for at least 30 minutes.
- Podcast – this is a daily goal that should have been a weekly goal. I listen to various podcasts, but I don’t always want to listen to their newest shows. I found out that if I listen to them daily, I get burned out quickly, especially with as much reading as I did in April. I need time to process everything.
- Journal – this should be weekly as well. I used to try to journal every day when I was single and thought I should go back to that frequency. Well life with a toddler does not lend itself to regular journaling right now! And some days I really had nothing I wanted to write down.
- Music time – this is good for me and Prima. I’ve been renewing my love of studying music. Prima has been practicing piano again, listening, learning rhythms, and showing great joy in singing with us out of the hymnals at night. Some days she goes around pretending to sing, or sitting and pretending to sing out of the child hymnals. We will keep this up as a way to cultivate a love for music as well as an ear for it.