Monthly Goals: April

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Hey friends, can you believe that it’s already April? I know I can’t, but I am so stoked that it is! I do not do well in the winter months at all– seasonal depression tends to get the best of me. Right now I am extremely happy that Spring is starting to show its lovely face around here, and I’m also excited to be assessing how last month went and setting myself some new goals for this month.

So, let’s talk about how I did with my March goals. Two of my goals were to see a movie and spend time outdoors, both of which I did accomplish. Andrew and I saw Captain Marvel (loved it) and we also took three walks around town this month. It was still pretty chilly most of the month, but it was nice nonetheless. Another goal was to meal prep, which I did do pretty consistently for my lunches for work, but I didn’t do so well for our dinners. One goal was to earn Silver in the Peloton Challenges, and I am so happy to report that I surpassed that goal by earning Gold for both challenges! Lastly, did I make the most of my time? Yes, I definitely think so.

Now, here are my goals for April:

Continue to be Active: I have been working out nearly everyday, and I am loving it. My goal this month is to stick with it and push myself with some longer Peloton rides. I’m also planning on mixing in some different workouts, like yoga and some strength work as well.

Drink More Water and Tea: I’m one of those people who completely forgets to hydrate throughout the day. I have this 32 oz water bottle that I bring to work everyday, but I never finish the whole bottle. My goal this month is to make sure that I am drinking that whole bottle, and also to start drinking tea more often. I love tea and have a ton of it in my pantry, but I’ve noticed that I haven’t been drinking it too often. I’m going to try to make a habit of having a cup of tea before bed each night.

Spend Time Outdoors/Fun Day Trips: Now that the weather seems to be on the warmer side, I am looking forward to spending more time outside. Nothing is better than going on a walk through the park and breathing in the fresh air. I’m also going to try to take some fun day trips on my days off. Today I am actually going into the city with my brother, where we will do some exploring. I’m also hoping to go on a hike in a week or so.

Eat Healthier: This is something that has always been difficult for me. Yes, I have been working out a lot, and eating better sometimes, and losing weight… But I know I could be doing better. In the last two weeks, I’ve had fast food three times. Before that, I hadn’t had fast food in at least four months. I also devoured an entire container of Lactaid’s peanut butter pie ice cream within three days. My goal for the rest of this month is to make better food choices, and to stop and think rather than impulse eating.

Write More Posts: I haven’t been writing on here as often as I would like to. The goal is to try to be more consistent with writing this month. I find that I have to plan ahead and give myself a schedule, otherwise I won’t ever get things done. Right now this blog is on a back burner, but I am going to make an effort to prioritize creating more content.

What are you planning to accomplish this month? What did you accomplish last month that you are proud of? The quote in April’s section of my planner says, “Don’t forget to be awesome.” I love that, and I hope that we all remember to be awesome this month.

Love Always,

Kathleen

Monthly Goals: January

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I don’t know about you, but I love lists. Having a planner with goals, to-do lists, and reminders makes me feel so good. There’s just something about having it written down on pen and paper that sets it in stone for me. I find myself more motivated to complete a goal, and I also feel more accomplished when I’m able check off a bunch of to-dos.

While Christmas shopping in early December, I found a ton of really nice 2019 planners and I knew I needed to have one. I’ve got big plans for 2019, and having everything written down really helps me to stay on track.

What I like about this planner is that I am setting monthly goals for myself rather than yearly. In the past, I hardly ever felt like I could accomplish my goals because it was really challenging to track my progress. This year, I’ve set smaller monthly goals so that I feel good when I’ve completed them, and I can continue to make progress with next month’s goal.

Another thing I appreciate about this particular agenda is that with every month comes a little inspirational message. I think it’s a really powerful thing to read right before you start writing in your goals for the month.

My January goals were primarily self-care related. At the end of 2018 I felt so drained. This month has been about getting back on track with aspects of my life that had been pushed to the side and neglected. Here are some of the goals I set for myself:

  • Complete Monthly Peloton Challenge: We bought ourselves a Peloton bike for Christmas this year, and I was so excited about it. I’m a person that hates the gym, so having this bike is awesome. They have monthly challenges for activity and miles. My goal for this month was to earn the Bronze for both challenges. Next month, I’m aiming toward Silver.
  • Cook more meals: November and December were rough months for my fiancé and I, and we found ourselves ordering take-out probably 70% of the time. For someone who really does like to cook, this was a tough realization. My goal this month is to cook more often. I didn’t make my goal to cook every night, because I know that I’d be setting myself up for failure. Now, so far for the month I can proudly say that we have cooked most of our meals and only ordered take-out 20% of the time, which I consider a huge accomplishment.
  • Spend more time with friends: I’ve been really bad at reaching out to my friends lately. It’s pretty easy to just text once in a while and skip on actual face-to-face time. So, my goal is to make a greater effort to meet up with friends. So far it has been great and really refreshing.
  • Create a blog and post the first entry: If you’re reading this, then you know that I have accomplished this goal. I’ve thought about creating a blog for years now, but I always felt overwhelmed because I had no idea how to actually start one. This Christmas, my fiancé gave me the nudge that I needed by gifting me with a ton of literature and a few courses about blogging. It gave me the confidence that I needed to finally dive in.

What are some of your goals for this month, and how are you doing so far? If you don’t have a planner, I highly suggest it. If you don’t want a physical planner, try a digital one. Set yourself some goals for next month– I’d love to hear how well you do.

Love Always,
Kathleen