February. The month of love. The short month. That awkward time where we’re eagerly waiting for spring to arrive, but still dealing with winter. Or if you’re in North Carolina, you’re pretty much in early summer mode some days with gloomy winter snapping you right back to reality.
I’m ready for warm weather and sunshine to stay. Despite the weather tease, it was a good month. I am proud of the progress I made on my goals and excited for the month ahead!
- Whole30 — I completed my very first Whole30 yesterday! It was challenging, but I’m so happy I did it and stuck with it for the full 30 days. It wasn’t a perfect Whole30 by any means, but I did my absolute best and learned a lot, so that’s a win! I wrote about my meals and experience week by week if you’re interested in reading more! You can check them out here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4. My results will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
- Complete Emergency Fund (baby step #3) — We did it! We actually completed our fully funded emergency fund on Valentine’s Day. What a wonderful gift! Our original goal was $10,000, but we bumped it up to $11,000 to be sure we were totally good for 3 months. It took sacrifice and teamwork, but let me tell ya, it feels a lot more peaceful to be prepared financially.
- Read book #2 — Check! I finished “You are a Badass at Making Money” by Jen Sincero. It was alright. I don’t agree with some of the principles she discussed, but it was a good book if you need help with your mindset around money.
- Plan month’s blog content — I actually completed this before the month began. I like to plan out my blog content in my planner. It doesn’t always go according to plan, but it helps me to have a game plan so I can be thinking about content and take relevant pictures!
- Prepare + file taxes — We like to get this done early. We filed our taxes and then realized I was missing one 1099 from a company I used to partner with. Whoops. So I guess this technically isn’t completely done, but we’ll take care of that piece early in March. The majority of the work is done and we already got our refund (which actually got us to our Emergency Fund goal!)
- Update 401k (baby step #4) — This was quick and easy. If you follow Dave Ramsey’s baby steps, you’ll know step 4 is to put 15% of your income into retirement. This was simple for me to do through ADP’s website, so it’s all set. We’re doing this a little differently with Eric’s income since we also want to invest in businesses (Mi Cancun and the brand new ice cream shop coming soon, Vida Dulce).
- Health appointments — Both went well. I need to do followup blood work for my endocrinologist because my thyroid levels came back a bit wonky, but my doctor isn’t too worried. May just need a dosage adjustment, but otherwise all good! Even though we’re busy and it can be a pain to schedule, it’s so important to stay up to date with health appointments. Take care of yourself!
- Be still + quiet — I’m definitely still working on this which is why I didn’t completely fill in the progress bar. This is also a goal that isn’t really ever “done.” I also have something taking my attention: social media, Netflix, YouTube videos, etc. I’m working on being intentionally still and quiet so that I can settle my mind and talk with the Lord. I can’t hear Him when I’m constantly listening to other things.
- Check in meeting with Eric — These are still going well. It’s been very helpful for us to set aside just 10 minutes on Sunday to go over our budget and schedule for the upcoming week. It allows us to make sure we’re on track and update each other on any changes. Communication is key!
- Unplugged date — We usually do this on Sunday since Eric doesn’t work (for now) and our nights are generally free. Sometimes this date is going out and sometimes it’s just a night at home playing card games. No matter what we’re doing, the unplugged part is crucial. We put our phones down and just enjoy being together.
- Intentional Instagram — It was stressing me out to have a goal related to the number of followers I have. Yes, I want my account to grow. But more importantly, I want to share and connect intentionally. I want to use my platform to encourage, uplift, and educate. Plus the follow/unfollow games are just too much for me. Once I stopped focusing on the number and started focusing on sharing my heart, my followers grew. Funny how that works!
- Blog post — Weekly blog posts went up! This is another area where I want to intentionally share. I love sharing my Whole30 journey and it seemed like you really enjoyed reading about it! Words are so powerful and I’m so grateful to have a place where I can share the words on my mind. I pray that this continues to be a place where you find value. Where you can be inspired and flourish <3
- Small Group — I’m absolutely loving our small group! It’s going even better than I could have imagined. God has brought together such a wonderful group of people. We’re building bonds, learning from each other, and lifting each other up. I’m blessed to be a part of it!
- Get ready fully — It made me feel silly to even have this as a goal, but I gotta be real. As I’ve mentioned before, my getting ready was seeming slack. I want to put my best foot forward each day and I think that starts with the effort I put into my appearance. That may sound shallow, but don’t we always feel better when we’re put together? This doesn’t mean fancy, but putting in the effort. It’s made a difference!
- Utilize essential oils — This babies are wonderful! I have 4 rollers made for different circumstances and I’m diffusing something pretty much every day (my fave right now is Stress Away + Lavender). I started using a natural skincare by Lola Jane and they use essential oils in their products. Our skin is our biggest organ, so everything we put on top of it gets absorbed into our bodies. I want what’s going on my skin to be natural and non-toxic. Essential oils to the rescue!
- Bible plan — Achieved 27/28 days
- Meditate — Achieved 26/28 days
- Active body — Achieved 27/28 days
- No phone – bedroom — Achieved 27/28 days
Not to toot my own horn, but I crushed my daily goals this month! I wasn’t perfect in any of them, but that’s okay. I made major progress and these goals are becoming habits in my day. Focusing on the most important things has helped me to make sure I’m accomplishing what makes me feel my best and moves me forward. I’m my best self when my mind, body, and spirit are nurtured.
- Health Appointments: dermatologist and eye doctor
- Pack + prepare for LA
- LA Trip & celebrate Eric’s birthday
- Try/cancel Blue Apron
- Read book #3
- Plan March blog content
- Upgrade blog plan
- Research financial advisors in area
- Be still.
- Unplugged date
- Check in with E
- Intentional Instagram
- Blog post
- Be early
- Bible Plan
- Pure Barre
- Soul care at night
You don’t have to have a ton of goals to do great things. You just have to identify what’s most important and make it happen!
What is one thing you can strive to do each day that will have the biggest impact? Maybe you have a few things in mind, awesome! Write whatever it is down and put a check beside it each day you accomplish it. Your little by little progress adds up! Remember, good things grow over time. New habits can be hard to develop, but stick with it. You can do it! I’m cheering you on, friend.