April Progress | May Goals 2018

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I’m so excited about May! April was great, but May just has a different feeling to it.

As you’ll see in my Powersheets, there is a lot to celebrate this month! Plus everything is continuing to bloom and come back to life since it seems like the warm weather is actually here to stay! My Spring-loving heart is oh so happy!

One of the things I love most about my intentional goal planner is how it encourages me to reflect and dream. I can reflect on what worked well and what could use a change. This month I’m saying no to other people’s emergencies and saying yes to myself. It may seem selfish, but it’s a way to protect my time and energy. I love helping others and being a blessing, but I can’t do that if my time and energy is drained. Can you relate?

April Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Stillness + Rest: I’m getting a lot better at this! It’s not exactly one of those goals you can check off completely since it’s something to always revisit, but I feel like I made good progress here in April. I’m learning more about what being still and resting looks and feels like for me.
  • Support opening of Vida Dulce: Vida Dulce didn’t open in April as we had planned, but all preparation was underway! The shop is really Eric’s baby, so I helped however he asked me to and supported by keeping things in order at home. That’s an important task too! 😉
  • Plan April blog content: I love planning out my content for you all! It doesn’t always go according to plan — sometimes I’m inspired by something other than what I had intended, but it’s good for me to have an outline. If there’s anything specific you’d like to see here, please let me know!
  • Set up our wills: This is moving to May.
  • Decide on financial advisor: We decided on a financial advisor and I’m so excited! We found a great one through Dave Ramsey’s Endorsed Local Providers. We’re beginning our investing young, so want to make sure we’re doing it in the smartest way possible. Having a trusted professional in our corner will help us do that!
  • Read book #4: I read Candace Cameron Bure’s newest book, Kind is the New Classy! I loved it!! I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about the book soon. I’ve enjoyed winding down my day before bed with some reading.
  • Declutter upstairs: I didn’t make as much progress here, but that’s okay. My focus shifted and this fell down the list of importance. Oh well, that happens.

Weekly Goals

  • Lift up others — be a light: I’m striving to live out 1 Thessalonians 5:11″Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Sometimes it was a kind word, a smile, a quick text, or time with a friend. I’m going to continue with this goal for May.
  • Social media free day: It wasn’t always a full day (so maybe I didn’t reach my goal?) but I was intentional about at least taking some unplugged time. Instead of making it a weekly goal, I’m going to do it as needed for the future.
  • Be early: I’ve gotten so much better with this since I made it an intention! It stresses me out to run late, but I often was. I started building more time into my getting ready process and commute time, so that’s helped a lot.
  • Blog post: Check! New blog post has been coming to you every Thursday! I’d like to work on batch writing these so I don’t feel so last minute putting them together.
  • Instagram with intention: This is one way to be a light. Posting with purpose on Instagram instead of posting “just to post” or worrying too much about what’s going to get more likes. I want my feed to be a place of real connection.

Daily Goals

  • Bible plan — Achieved 29/30 days
  • Outserve Eric — Achieved 25/30 days
  • Soul care — Achieved 30/30 days
  • Pure Barre — Achieved 19/30 days
  • Write the Word — Achieved 21/30 days

Good things are being cultivated through these daily goals. One goal I’m particularly pleased with is the second one, Outserve Eric. This was inspired by a previous discussion in our small group. We’re studying Francis and Lisa Chan’s book, You and Me Forever, and there was a point where they were talking about not just serving your spouse, but outserving them. Making it a competition of sorts.

Eric and I don’t get to see each other too often, so I struggled with how I could even serve him. By having this as a focus, I got creative and it stayed at the front of my mind. I sought out ways I could serve and bless him. This has a positive impact on our relationship. Even though we still don’t have a lot of time together, I feel connected and loved because I’m serving him and being served by him! Marriage is the best and most challenging thing I’ve experienced so far and I’m always looking for ways to develop as a Godly wife.

May Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Vida Dulce Opening
  • Celebrate Sarah Jane’s graduation
  • Budget meeting
  • Set up our wills
  • Complete Financial Plan
  • Friend date
  • Read book #5

Weekly Goals

  • Rest + Care
  • Be a light
  • Spend time wisely
  • Blog post

Daily Goals

  • Bible Plan
  • Write the Word
  • Serve Eric
  • Pure Barre

It’s amazing what will grow when you give it attention. They say the grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it. I believe that’s so true! If we want goodness to grow, we must water it and that starts with setting the intention! You can think about watering it all day long, but until you actually set aside the time and take the action to get the water, nothing will happen.

What do you want to grow this month? Now, what is it going to take to make that happen? ❤

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