Q4 Goals

I’m so glad it’s October. One more quarter left in this weird year. And it’s the best quarter!

I wanted to share how I did with 3rd Quarter goals (spoiler alert: not awesome) and share my plan for the next three months. 

Q3 Goals

  • Finish Year 5 scrapbook
  • Read 3 books each month
  • Drink 2 glasses of water per day
  • Visit dermatologist for hands/skin
  • Start planning Halloween party & M’s first birthday! (I started a guest list at least…)
  • Get the pups groomed (I made appointments for October!)

I did very MEH on these goals. I definitely didn’t drink two glasses of water a day (I know, I know…) and I didn’t read three books a month. I scheduled the dog grooming so I’m counting that one as a win. Lol

Q4 Goals

I’m incorporating my 101 in 1001 list into my goals so I actively work on them…

  • Vote
  • Hike with Bristol
  • Hang HP Prints
  • Take 2 yoga classes
  • Start Year 6 scrapbook
  • Host Halloween Party
  • Throw M a 1st Birthday party!!
  • Make 2 cookbook recipes
  • Get the pups groomed
  • Read 3 books each month
  • Drink 2 glasses of water per day

That seems like a good start.

Per usual, many of these things are going to happen with or without making the list… but it’ll feel good to cross them off 😉 

What are your plans for the next few months?

 

Let’s Do This | 101 in 1001

At some point I created a 30×30 list and shared it on my blog. It had its own page and I managed to accomplish 14 things plus two almost completed items. But I’m turning 30 in October and I don’t see myself checking the remaining items off… so we’re going to start a new list & I’m jumping on the 101 in 1001 wagon- starting August 1st!

Self

1 | Read 101 books.
2 | Re-read HP 4, 5, 6, & 7 illustrated versions; as available.
3 | Find & stick to a Bible study that works for me.
4 | Vote in 2020 election.
5 | Watch a movie that was made the year I was born.
6 | Make a new friend.
7 | Read 3 “classic” books.
8 | Stop biting my nails FOR GOOD.
9 | Potty train M.
10 | Minimalize life.

Health

11 | Take 50 barre and yoga classes.
12 | Complete 30 Days of Yoga.
13 | Stop drinking pop for 3 months.
14 | Get & stay under ideal weight.
15 | No fast food for a month.
16| Replace a bad habit with a good one.
17 | Go to the dentist.
18 | Stop scrolling by 8pm every night.
19 | Ride my bicycle every day for a week.
20 | Walk from my home to the square & back.

Home

21 | Create a home master list.
22 | CCW course with K.
23 | Build out/complete the closet.
24 | Build shade/covering for back deck.
25 | Landscape backyard.
26 | Change out kitchen dishes & glassware.
27 | Hang HP prints in hall.
28 | Get headboard/bedroom furniture figured out.
29 | Plant (& successfully grow) sunflowers in the yard.
30 | Make ice cream with the ice cream maker.

Finances

31 | Pay off all credit card debt.
32 | Make next “fun” purchases.
33 | Pay for someone else’s meal/coffee/etc. once a month.
34 | One month shopping ban.
35 | Open and contribute to Roth IRA.

Skills

36 | Scrapbook Marriage Years (5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
37 | Scrapbook Pregnancy.
38 | Perfect the art of making pies.
39 | Take sign language course.
40 | Complete language courses on Dulingo (or another app… # of courses tbd).

Family

41 | Celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary.
42 | Enroll M in dance classes when old enough.
43 | Enroll M in music classes when old enough.
44 | Take M to story time somewhere.
45 | Very personalized Christmas gifts one year.

Dogs

46 | Complete two levels of training with Bristol.
47 | Take B hiking 10 times.
48 | Gets dogs groomed 4xs a year.
49 | Donate to an animal rescue each month.
50 | Budget back in poop-pick-up service. Ha.

Local

51 | See Trumpet in the Land.
52 | Volunteer regularly.
53 | Find a church home.
54 | Strengthen friendships in Moms Group.
55 | Go to Christmas in the Park.
56 | Visit 10 new restaurant.
57 | Make Christmas cookies for all the neighbors.
58 | Take in three shows at the Performing Arts Center
59 | Go to a race at the local speedway.
60 | Eat at a Diners, Drive Ins, & Dives location.

Travel

61 | Visit Disney World with K & M.
62 | Visit 3 new NASCAR tracks.
63 | See the West Coast.
64 | Go on a cruise or to an all-inclusive resort.
65 | Visit Rock n’ Roll HOF
66 | Take M to Williamsburg.
67 | Take a couples vacation with just K (not a work trip).
68 | Visit a new state.
69 | Go on a girls’ trip.
70 | Go to Nantucket.

Social/Holidays

71 | Continue to host Halloween Parties (x/3).
72 | Host Christmas morning for our families.
73 | Mail cards for every anniversary/birthday/holiday in a year to family & friends.
74 | Adopt a family for Christmas.
75 | Be a maid of honor!

Simplify

76 | Host another garage sale.
77 | Complete another MinsGame Challenge.
78 | Figure out morning routine with M.
79 | Stick to a gratitude journal every day for a month.
80 | Leave 5 inspirational notes for a stranger to find.

Adventure

81 | Go white water rafting.
82 | Go on an RV trip somewhere outdoorsy.
83 | Find 5 new hiking/walking paths.
84 | Visit a National Park.
85 | Go to three concerts.

Work

86 | Revamp blog & images.
87 | Clean out/edit old dated posts on blog.
88 | Hang artwork in my office.
89 | Meet a blog friend in person.
90 | Build bookstagram/travel IG.

Misc.

91 | Leave a 100% tip for good service.
92 | Finish M’s Baby Book.
93 | Finish our wedding album.
94 | Host a game night.
95 | Invite neighbors for dinner.
96 | Plan and host street/block party.
97 | Cook 30 recipes from cookbooks owned (no internet).
98 | Paint a picture.
99 | Take photos of the same location through all 4 seasons.
100 | Spot a shooting star.
101 | Finish all 101 items 😉

If I kick this off in August, I have until April 28, 2023 to finish. (That’s the day after our 10 year anniversary!)

Q3 Goals

I don’t mean to be that guy, but how the eff is it July?

Linking up with Kristen today for What’s New With You?.

Welp… that quarter of 2020 was an interesting one, eh?

I would love to blame the items I didn’t check off on the state of the world, but I would’ve been equally successful (or… not, rather) either way. Oh well.

  • Photograph & post nursery (you can peep it HERE )
  • Summer trip (har har har)
  • Pay off one credit card/no spending on it
  • Move scrapbooking supplies to the basement
  • No fast food
  • Start an exercise plan

Let’s pretend like the last two bullet points don’t exist, k?
And truthfully, I photographed the nursery before my last goals post went live. *shrug* I actually thought I failed the credit card one because I thought I specified which card. I didn’t, though, and I did manage to pay one off over the last three months! And nearly all my scraping stuff is in the basement. I just need to move some stacks of paper down there. Woot woot.

Now moooving on…

Q3 Goals

  • Finish Year 5 scrapbook
  • Read 3 books each month
  • Drink 2 glasses of water per day
    (I know this sounds low but it’s better than the zero I drink now…)
  • Visit dermatologist for hands/skin
  • Start planning Halloween party (hopefully) & M’s first birthday (Dec.)!
  • Get the pups groomed

This quarter I’m giving myself a little break. These aren’t tough tasks and most of them are pretty fun 🙂

What are your goals for the summer?

Q2 Goals

At the beginning of January I announced my Q1 Goals. Who knew the world would lose its mind and my life (& everyone else’s) would be completely flipped upside-down…

But, alas, here we are. The world must go on and so must my goals- mostly for the sake of my isolated sanity.

The first quarter of 2020 has been… well… this:

But I managed to cross off a few goals!

  • Figure out work schedule after maternity leave is over.
    I had this figured out until the world went to sh*t.
  • Travel to Texas (twice) & figure out summer vacation.
    We had to cancel the 2nd trip (#becauseCorona) and LOL on summer vacation.
  • Start an exercise plan once dr says ok.
  • Unbox and sort out pre-pregnancy clothes.
  • Get M on some kind of daily schedule 
    Best WIN of them all! Mainly because we’re stuck at home & I could work on this.

We plan on making that second Texas trip in September. Fingers crossed. It was for a family wedding. The couple still got hitched in their living room while live-streaming it for the rest of us. Very unique and badass, ha.
No exercise plan. I could blame the virus but… it’s me. I have been doing a few yoga classes, though. My studio is offering them for free online ❤

Okay, on to the next quarter

Q2 Goals

  • Photograph & post nursery
  • Summer trip (har har har)
  • Pay off one credit card/no spending on it
  • Move scrapbooking supplies to the basement
  • No fast food
  • Start an exercise plan

And there we have it! Linking up with Kristen for What’s New With You? today!

My Resolution | 2020

Happy Thursday ♥ I skipped book day with Steph & Jana because I haven’t finish any books lately (surprise, surprise) but I’m showing up today. I listed some goals for 2020 a few weeks ago but I have a resolution to share, too.

My New Year’s resolution isn’t just for the year… it’s for the decade and (hopefully) forever. This isn’t a “new year, new me” kind of thing… It’s a “how can I nurture my mental health and fully enjoy life in this season and seasons to come” kind of thing.

So what is it?

I want to live in the present and fully enjoy (or at least experience) my time right now.

The season of life I’m in right now is tough & tiring, slow-paced with subtle achievements. It’s easy to miss or overlook or dismiss little victories & developments. It’s easy to wish for longer sleeps at night & more mobile and active baby days.

The thing is… those future days are going to happen. M is going to grow up and start talking and moving and sleeping etc. And when they happen, I can enjoy them for what they are. These days- the 2am cuddles and itty bitty onesies and first smiles & coos & babbles- are only going to happen right now. To reference 50% of country songs and 100% of seasoned parent advice, it won’t be like this for long.

So no more wishing the days away. No more “I can’t wait until … .” No more looking ahead to the next chapter while moving blindly through my current one. That’s not to say I can’t be excited about days to come. I will look forward to the future, but not with tunnel vision.

What am I hoping to achieve with this resolution? What changes do I hope to make?

Mindfulness (which is the root of living in and experiencing the moment) leads to decreased anxiety and depression. I’m hoping to experience more frequent and natural joy.

I hope to improve upon my patience. Less getting frustrated about things. Less getting frustrated with K or Bristol or M or myself. (Enzo very, very rarely frustrates me.)

I want to acknowledge and practice gratitude. When I’m home I want to be grateful for the time I spend with my family. When I’m at work I want to be grateful for a job I love. When I’m working out I want to be grateful for the ability and time. Et cetera.

I really do love my life. I feel incredibly blessed to have the family & friends and comfort and opportunities that I do. I never want to take my reality for granted. And I hope my resolution helps me to fall in love with my life, over and over.

I’ve shared my resolution with K. I’ve told him I want to cut the phrase “I can’t wait until/for…” from my vocabulary. I’m hoping he holds me accountable to this mentality and practice. (This is me giving you permission to call me out, dear.) I know I can’t be joyful or patient or grateful ALL the time… but I can certainly be those things more often than I am right now.

So here’s to living for today, patiently looking forward to tomorrow, and experiencing every moment as it happens, while it’s happening.