Hey guys, I’m back here with one of my favorite posts! I’m sharing the goals I have set for April, along with a overview of how March went. You can read my March goals post here.
My goals for MARCH were to:
.1. Have consistent time in the Word – I spent more time listening to sermons and podcasts than actual reading, but I’m kind of okay with that. I’m learning and growing from it and it fits this season of life well. I will say though, that I get more richness from reading the Bible and do want to dive into it more. I found a random devotional the other day when I was cleaning, so I think I’ll incorporate that into my days.
2. Eat and Sleep Better – I most definitely started eating better, but sleep, not so much. Brielle is waking up A LOT during the night now and I might be dying. Please send the sleep fairies this way! I did lose about 6 pounds from simply watching what I ate.
3.Paint the Entry way, Dining Room, Hallway – We did this over Spring Break and man it looks good. I cannot wait to show you guys the transformation…you will not believe how different it looks. I LOVE it. Here is a sneak peek…
4. Organize Work Files on computer- Did not accomplish this
5. Organize Office Files – I haven’t touched my office 🙂
6. Taxes – Did not do this either…you know what I’ll be doing this month 🙂
I’m pretty proud of what we did this last month though…lots of organizing needs to be done now.
Now, for APRIL’S Goals:
Considering they’re due this month, I really hope I can check this off my list of goals 🙂 I am in charge of my business taxes and then Ryan incorporates them into our personal taxes, so I have a lot of back tracking to do since I was not a good “accountant” last year…I blame the baby!
#2 SLEEP & DRINK MORE WATER
I have noticed lately how little water I drink throughout the day the more I’ve been working out. I get dizzy and dehydrated at the gym. I also need to get more sleep if I can. Brielle is killing us in the sleep department, but luckily my husband helps out and deals with her also. I have a really hard time shutting down at night when it’s peaceful, but I’ll continue to work on it.
#3 LOSE 8 POUNDS
Yes, this month! That would sound like a lot in one month if I didn’t have 40 pounds to lose. And I’m not exaggerating…unfortunately. This third baby really did me in…paired with being in my 30’s and solo parenting the last 5 months (stress). It has really been a tough go with the new baby (just in an overwhelming sense) and I was definitely put last on the list in regards of taking care of myself. Ryan is home more now and has been so great with allowing me to go the gym as he takes care of the littles. I’m watching what I eat and working out. More sleep and water should help…and patience.
#4 FINISH DECORATING THE ENTRY WAY/DINING ROOM
My goal is to have that space finished by the end of April. I tend to take my time with these types of projects, but then they never really get finished. I’m applying my #actionoverperfection motto to this one.
#5 BUSINESS GOALS – ORGANIZING OFFICE/FILES & DECISION ON ANOTHER ETSY SHOP
I really need to organize my files and office because the further away I get from that, the messier it gets (and it’ already a disaster). I’m also contemplating another Etsy shop to sell t-shirts. I have designed a ton of shirts, but hesitant to sell them in my current shop since it’s mostly printables. I have added coffee mugs to my shop, but I feel like I need to keep Joyful Art Designs just printables (or change that name to JoyfulArtPrintables) and have another shop for shirts and mugs. My Etsy shop does quite well for printables and I don’t want to mess that up. I’m just fearful of taking on another shop. I’m not sure how easy it is to toggle between the two, and I already have so much on my plate. BUT I really want to start selling the shirts! Hopefully I can make a decision this month. Chime in below in the comments if you have any advice on that from a customer or Etsy seller’s point of view.
#6 BUDGET BETTER
By this, I mean, I need to get back to writing down every expense. I’ve tried apps but I’m still not doing it. Let me just say that I now believe in the power of tracking your expenses often, if not daily! So far, the most beneficial way for us has been in Excel.
I’m also trying to be much more intentional about my purchases. Really think about what items I bring into this house. I’ve decluttered so much lately and it’s gross how much we have accumulated that sits idle for so long.
And I’m trying hard to use what we currently have in our pantry/fridge/freezer before buying new groceries.
On a similar note regarding goals, I’m working on contentment in my life. I’ll go deeper into that in another post, but my heart is changing and I’m asking God to continue to lead me to contentment, happy with what I have and not thinking I need more/different.
I hope you enjoyed reading my goals, past and present, and would love to hear from you about what goals you have made or are working towards this year. Also, if you’d like to see a Day in the Life in action, check out my recent video on my YouTube channel. If you like these videos I’ve posted, make sure to subscribe (and hit the bell next to it) to keep seeing them.