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Well, I unintentionally took a bit of a blogging break there. Whoops! In all honesty, I had a really awesome post I had planned about last’s week’s Winter Festival at Lime Creek Nature Center that was supposed to go live earlier this week. I hadn’t started writing it, but I had already brainstormed cool post ideas and was really looking forward to it. Sadly, the event was cancelled due to warm temperatures and a lack of snow! While I’m certainly not complaining about the unseasonably warm weather here, it did throw a bit of a wrench in my blogging plans since I’m juggling blogging while working full-time and taking college classes on the side. Hence the unexpected almost-a-week of radio silence around these parts 🙂
Nonetheless, I am back today with my monthly goals update. If you ever feel disappointed that you haven’t accomplished goals, then you will totally relate to my January goals update! I promise, I am just as human as everyone else and don’t always achieve my goals.
1. Read 2 books this month. Yup, barely! Have I blogged about those 2 books yet? Nope! Have I even drafted my blog post? Also, no.
2. Do something for MLK Weekend. I tried really hard to make this happen, but it wasn’t meant to be! Our first idea was to visit Jen and her family in Kansas, but there was a snowstorm moving in so traveling too far was out. Then, we looked into going to the Ice Castles in Stillwater, Minnesota, but after re-evaluating our budget, we decided to postpone this trip. Our last idea was to go roller skating at the skating rink in town since we had 2 free tickets. I decided that we would go on Sunday or Monday…. unfortunately, I didn’t think to check the rink’s hours until Sunday morning before church. They are closed on both Sunday and Monday! Womp womp. We’ll hopefully make up for this in February!
3. Start my spring class: Principles of Macroeconomics. I started my class and it is going to prove to be a much tougher course than I thought. I haven’t had economics since freshman year of high school, 11 years ago! I’m also struggling trying to balance studying with working full-time. I’ll share more thoughts on this topic below!
4. Do yoga 1x/week. I did yoga once this month…. same difference! Okay, so not really.
5. Finish our Engagement scrapbook. Did I even start this? Again, no. I feel like the scrapbooks have been on my monthly goals list for months now. Update: I just checked my previous goals blog posts, and sure enough, they’ve been on here since July 2016!!!!
6. Do one e-course each week. Finally, one goal I’ve accomplished! 🙂
2 of out 6 goals for January. I’m not too pleased with myself, since January is usually a good month for resolutions/goals. I’m going to give myself grace, though, because honestly, I’m struggling emotionally and both physically. I’m not sure if it’s due to the even-colder temps, the lack of sunshine, and no vacations to look forward to until I don’t even know when, but Januarys usually are a month of hibernation for me.
1. Read 2 books this month. This is my usual reading goal for the year. Par for the course!
2. Visit the Ice Castles for a Valentine’s Day date. We probably won’t go on Valentine’s Day weekend itself, but I would like to go before the castles close for the season. The Ice Castles are weather-dependent, so hopefully it says cold enough until we’re able to visit. And yes, this is the *only* time I’ll ever say “I wish it stays cold”, haha!
3. Get on an actual study schedule for Macroeconomics. With Andy’s job being more predictable in the fact he doesn’t arrive home until late in the evening, you would think that I would use my “alone” time to study. Sadly, that’s not the case. I’ve realized that most days, I get home from work exhausted. I sit down on the couch for a few minutes to rest and before I know it, it’s quarter to 7, I haven’t started cooking supper, and my brain has shut off and there’s no way I can even look at my textbook. I really hate the idea of trying to cram all of my work in on the weekends, because weekends are the only days that Andy (sorta) has off. So, that means I have to study and do homework during the week. I just need to figure out how to get myself “in the mood” to study, if you will.
4. Exercise 2x/week. I’ve learned recently that I am an obliger. I do best at achieving things when I do things for other people. Strangely, accountability partners don’t work for me, because if a decision doesn’t affect someone else, even having an accountability partner doesn’t help me to achieve things because the only person I’m disappointing is myself. All this rambling aside, I’ve roped my husband into exercising with me 2x a week because not only will it force me to exercise, it allows him to PT and we can also spend some time together at the gym. Killing three birds with one stone. I plan for us to go to the gym together 1x a week and then do an at-home workout 1x a week.
5. Turn 2 blog posts into “Engaged” scrapbook. Since the scrapbooks have been on my list for months and I have yet to finish them, I sat down and evaluated, “Why are they not getting done?” I realized it was because I’m overwhelmed. Making all of these scrapbooks seems so daunting! Even though most of the hard work is finished, because all I have to do is copy/paste my blog posts into Shutterfly and then add the photos, I’m still overwhelmed at the thought of the sheer number of posts to turn into scrapbooks. So, I have decided to break this goal down a bit. I’m planning to turn 2 blog posts (1 every other week) into pages of the scrapbook about our engagement. Hopefully breaking this goal down into teeny-tiny goals will help me to just start already!
6. Do one e-course each week. My access to the 2017 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle closes on April 30th, and I’d like to finish the e-courses by then. One of the biggest things I’m struggling with is not taking e-courses that are not relevant/interesting for me, just because I feel “obligated” to take them since I paid for them. The way Ultimate Bundles work is you pay a set amount for a literal bundle of e-books, e-courses, podcasts, and workbooks. Ultimate Bundles are a wonderful value because you usually get the entire bundle for the cost of just one of the products, so I will certainly get my money’s worth out of the e-courses I do take. It’s just that I need to let go of the “I need to do all the things” mentality.
How did your January goals/New Year’s Resolutions go?
What are your February goals?