Monday, March 31, 2014

March & April Goals

As I shared at the beginning of January, I’ve decided to have monthly goals this year in order to truly be diligent about making things happen. Before moving into April I want to revisit my March goals to keep myself accountable…

1. Limit my trips to Starbucks.

Success! I only stopped at Starbucks twice and both times were while I was traveling over spring break.

2. Learn more about adoption.

Adoption has been on my heart for a while now. Every time I hear another story something within me gets excited and I want to learn more. I started to learn a little bit more this month. I watched Stuck, a documentary focusing on international adoption. I’m barely scratching the surface, but I’m slowing becoming more aware.

3. Road trip to Florida to see one of my best friends.

Oh goodness. This trip was the best! I’m so thankful for the time I got to spend just hanging out with one of my best friends and her hubby. They opened up their home to me and I felt so welcomed. We explored Jacksonville and St. Augustine. We talked about anything and everything. We chased sunsets. We baked cookies and made face masks. Ahhh. It was just too sweet. We’re already talking about them spending some time with me in the mountains this summer.

{Exploring St. Augustine}

{Chasing Jacksonville sunsets}

4. Be intentional about giving at least one compliment every day.

This one is a work in progress.

5. Learn more about slavery.

There are 27 million men, women, and children still trapped in slavery today and that just in not okay. I need to become more informed about what’s actually going on. And I know that I need to be intentional about praying specifically every day. I’m not really sure about what this goal is going to look like. I just know that because I have been set free by Jesus I have a responsibility. You can learn more about the End It Movement as well.

I was not as intentional about this goal as I should have been. I did pray specifically, but it was not every day. I am still very unknowledgeable which is not okay.


Now for April’s goals…

1. Eat more fresh fruits and veggies.

I notice such a difference in my skin and energy when I’m intentional about my diet. I’ll often leave fruits and veggies out of my meals which is no good. I plan on making sure to include lots of fruits and veggies in my diet this month.

2. Go exploring on mountain adventures.

I’m going home two weekends this month and I’m bringing friends each time. So fun! When I’m not at school in southeastern Tennessee, I go home to western North Carolina. I actually live right in the corner of North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee so it’s a gorgeous area. I plan to explore new places and old favorites with some of my best girls.

3. Start making it a priority to manage my checking account with a register.

I’m awful when it comes to keeping track of my receipts. I never write it down when I use my debit card…I just keep track online to make sure I don’t overdraft. My mom convinced me that I need to start keeping a register as good practice. So I’m making it a priority from now on so I’ll be in the habit when I have a greater amount of money to budget in the future.  

4. Remind myself to speak life.

Words are powerful and I need to be using mine wisely. I need to think before speaking. I need to remind myself to SPEAK LIFE. When you’re intentional about speaking life, it’ll be hard to complain or speak negatively.

Speak Life! Love this song! Have I said that yet? Baha!! :){Source unknown}

5. No social media after 11PM.

I had this goal in January and it was so good to “shut down” after 11. I don’t need to be staring at a screen before I go to bed. However, after January ended I slowly started to ease back into my old routine of checking Instagram/Facebook before falling asleep. Without having it as an ongoing goal, I was not purposeful to keep the habit up. So I’m bringing this goal back for April.

Happy April, friends!


elle alice said...

These are great!! ** clap, clap**

Jenna Griffin said...

Ah! We have a lot of the same goals! The first one is a biggie. Sadly, something in me LOVES starbucks coffee over the kind I make at home. I decided to by some latte-making tools to improve my drinks so that hopefully I can stop buying 4 dollar lattes multiple times a week!

Also, adoption. Oh, my. Like you, it's been on my heart for a while. It's a bit overwhelming because even after hours of've only barely scratched the surface. I know one day my husband and I will adopt, but I feel like we have a long ways to go!

I love your goals!

Robin said...

So awesome to read your progress on goals and the goals that you pick for the upcoming month!

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