April 2017 Goals

Happy April, friends! I have missed writing in this sweet little space over the past few weeks. March was unexpectedly full! I turned 25, we found our apartment (YAY!) made lots of progress with wedding planning, and I got to catch up with lots of dear friends. While I didn’t post here as much as I’d planned, I am thankful for all the sweet memories made.

I think of April as the month of getting the majority of our remaining to-dos finished. Being nearly two weeks into the month already, this has held true so far. Dillon and I are going on a week-long vacation with my family early in May, and he moves into our apartment right after that. Since we are planning our wedding entirely on our own, without a planner, I have designated this month for wrapping up the details. I would like to have everything finished or delegated by the time we leave for vacation, so April is sure to be a productive month!

source: Cultivate What Matters

My goals for this month are focused primarily on organizing, planning, and prep-work for May and June. Things are coming together little-by-little, and I’m so very grateful for all the help of our friends and family in that!

April 2017 Goals:

– de-clutter and organize my bedroom, donating or tossing unnecessary items
– finish planning our wedding, delegating and assigning any outstanding tasks
– create a fun countdown for the savings goal that Dillon and I set together
– simplify my bathroom closet and pantry, keeping only items I will bring with me to our apartment
– buy the New Morning Mercies devotional
– savor every moment of my bridal shower
– plan my packing list for Bermuda and shop for new pieces, as needed
– fill out my prayer journal with thoughtful requests for the month and pray through it each week
– do some form of pampering for myself each week

 

What do y’all have planned for April? Share a few of your goals in the comments below so I can cheer you on!

March 2017 Goals

Happy March, friends! In addition to the start of a new month, today is my 25th birthday, too – YAY! We are starting to get our first glimpses of spring here in New Hampshire, which is a welcome treat after a few snow storms throughout February.

 This past month taught me the importance of prioritizing the best things over the good ones, including family and rest over blogging.  Since I began working full time in January, I had planned to use Saturday mornings to work on blog content. In February, those mornings were used for sweet time with family and friends instead. Balancing a new schedule is a learning curve, but one that I am trying to handle with grace and patience.

March 2017 Goals - Kyla Mary

source: Caitlin Wilson

Before I share my March 2017 goals, let’s review last month’s list.

February Goals in Review:

– send thank you notes for early wedding gifts we’ve received – y’all, I’m shaking my head at this one
– read Hebrews
– bake treats to bless others with on Valentine’s Day
– memorize a new scripture
– pray through my prayer journal each week 
– read Weird
– create inspiration boards to guide the decorative style for our home
– buy more food storage
– read Galatians 
– listen to a TED talk each week 3 out of 5

Grace not perfection, friends. While they are not listed above, I’m proud of myself for sticking to most of my daily rhythms and routines! I’m noticing the impact of some of the smaller daily practices I’ve put into place since the new year started, and it’s been wonderful! With a little shifting of time, I definitely could improve on some of the incomplete goals.

My values haven’t changed since starting a full time job or walking through our engagement, but my prioritization of time has shifted for this present season. With that in mind, I have four areas of focus behind my goals for March: my relationship with God, my wellness, my relationship with Dillon, and my friendships. I wanted to add about ten other ideas to my list for the month, but I want to enjoy these last few months of our engagement without overloading my time. 

March 2017 Goals:

– complete a two week sugar fast
– read The 5 Love Languages
– read Proverbs
– plan a girls gathering for dear friends
– make time for cardio 5x/week
– unplug each week with an analog weekend
– honor a Sabbath day each week
– make time for strength exercies 5x/week

 

What do y’all have planned for March? Share a few of your goals in the comments below so I can cheer you on!

February 2017 Goals

Happy February, friends! January was filled with the building of new routines and healthy habits to start the year off well. Last month taught me the positive impact of drinking enough water, consistently taking my vitamins, eating more greens, stretching, and simply being mindful of what my body needs each day. I also quickly learned the value of making the most of my free time, as my schedule was suddenly much more full than I’ve been accustomed to.

February 2017 Goals - Kyla Mary

source: Homey Oh My

On Sunday morning, I lit a candle, poured myself a warm cup of coffee (with cinnamon added into the brew process – yum!) and worked on my PowerSheets for the month ahead. It was such a joy to read through all the big picture goals I set for 2017 and break them down into manageable pieces to work through, little by little. Before I share my new goals for February, let’s review last month’s goals.

January Goals in Review:

– read Mark and Proverbs
– send thank you notes for early wedding gifts we’ve received
– grocery shop for healthy food by Sunday each week
– buy a programmable coffee maker
– listen to podcasts or scripture on audio during my morning commute
– write a budget for February
– choose a scripture to memorize
– implement my daily healthy habits (more on that in an upcoming post)
– read The Compound Effect
– publish my first wedding planning post (YAY!)
– read How to Win Friends and Influence People

I’m really happy with how January turned out. I’m proud of myself for sticking to most of my goals and learning what I am capable of accomplishing in a month’s time!

February 2017 Goals:

– send thank you notes for early wedding gifts we’ve received
– read Hebrews
– bake treats to bless others with on Valentine’s Day
– memorize a new scripture
– pray through my prayer journal each week
– read Weird
– create inspiration boards to guide the decorative style for our home
– buy more food storage
– read Galatians
– listen to a TED talk each week

What do y’all have planned for February? Share a few of your goals in the comments below so I can cheer you on!