Faith, Goal Setting, Inspiration

April 2016 Goals and March Recap

April Goals

Do you set goals?  In March I started a new goals strategy.  After all, if I share them with the world maybe I will stay on track.  Right?

My March goals were huge, and I completed most of them, so in April I am going to set them high again, and continue until I feel a bit more organized, healthy  and relaxed.

 Looking for that relaxation.  How about you?

March was a busy month for us.  They all seem to be anymore.  I love my life and most days feel like the happiest wife, happiest mother and Nanna around.  For me, life is about fly Lord and my family, and I pretty much drop whatever I’m doing if one of the girls needs help with one of the grandsons, or if one of them calls and wants to have lunch or just come over and visit, or when things happen to people we love.

In March unexpected things did happen, and even still continue to and so many of them are hard and sad, so we were gone a lot and a few of my goals were unmet, but God’s goals and plans are always higher than ours.  A pastor friend lost his wife so we drove four hours to the funeral with a one hour traffic jam on the way there one weekend.  The next weekend a friend got married  two hours away, and we stopped on the way to visit an aunt in a nursing home.  We went out-of-town Easter weekend.

And then there were the expected things like weather that slowed down my yard work goals and walking goals.  Storms, rain, cold, windy days happened so the trimming, weed pulling and walking the grandson goals did not get accomplished.

Colossians 323So how did I do on my March Goals and adding new April goals?

FAITH GOALS

 

March:

Five-Minute daily devotion.  (I am still behind with all that has been going on with trips, substitute teaching, and grandsons.)  Finished the Bible Study called  Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa TerKeurst.  Continue study on the names of God called I Know His Name by Wendy Blight.

April: 

Five-Minute daily devotion on Leviticus and Hebrews – First-Five App – Get caught up which will mean finishing this month and starting  new one on the book of Acts.

I am finishing I Know His Name by Wendy Blight this week, and start a Bible Study – 5 Habits of a Girl That Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz on  ??????

FAMILY GOALS

March:

Snuggle on the sofa with my husband to watch a movie at least once a week. (Success)  One fun day a month with my 2-year old grandson to leave the house and go enjoy Chick-Fil-A, McDonald’s, a park, a long walk in the neighborhood, or just outside enjoying his mow-mow as he calls it.  We did go to Chick-Fil-A and got to enjoy his mow-mow and even his 4-wheeler one Sunday afternoon.                               

Reading children’s books, playing blocks and puzzles in the floor with them.  WIN-WIN with both grandsons!  

Dates with the family and hopefully a sister date with my sisters since one of them has a birthday this month.    FAILED.  I planned the sister date but one of them had to cancel at the last-minute.  Disappointed but I used that time to take the 2-year old to Chick-Fil-A.  

April:   

Walks in the neighborhood with both the boys and continue snuggling on the sofa and maybe one trip to the deer lease with our son and daughter-in-law and a trip or two to Dairy Queen with my mother-in-law, daughter-in-law and son-in-law.

HEALTH GOALS

Blog - Proverbs 163

March:  

Cut back on sugar and Diet drinks.  Wear pedometer (6,000) steps a day, exercise 3-4 days a week, walk two Thursdays in the neighborhood, weekly meal planning and lose two pounds.  Failure and success.  I did cut back on sugar and diet drinks, exercised almost 3-4 days a week, and lost two pounds BUT we didn’t get to walk because of the weather on Thursdays and the weekly meal planning didn’t happen because of our trips out of town.

April:  

Wear pedometer (6,000 steps a day), Exercise 3-4 days a week, walk two Thursdays in the neighborhood, plan at least two weeks of meals.  Lose 3 pounds.

FRIEND GOALScoffee - pumpkin bread

March:  

Start a monthly coffee at my home for my neighbors.  I had planned this for Spring Break but I was busier with the boys and had one of them three days that week so I didn’t get to do this and I’m going to have to move it to summer just because things are so busy right now with other wonderful things

Contact one friend by phone and one by email that I haven’t talked to in a while.  (DONE)

April:  

Contact one friend by phone and meet one for lunch.

HOME GOALS

March:  

Clean one flower bed a week and trim all the azaleas along the circular driver.  (Weather prevented this when we were home to do it.)    

Deep clean office and laundry room.  They both still need work.  I can’t seem to keep all the ironing done and constantly have things hanging up to dry in the laundry room.  Clutter in the office happens.                              

Contact quilting lady – Done

April:

Finish Income Tax

Clean the front flower beds and trim azaleas.  (Keeping it simple sort of – there are at least 24 of these azaleas and the front flower beds are huge.

Tidy up the office book case.

              BLOGGING GOALScomputer blog

March:

Clean-Up side bar, add a mail follow, start blogging course.  I did get the side bar cleaned up and started the blogging course, but not sure yet about the mail follow because I’m not sure where God is leading me with my blog yet.                                                                                                                                    

 April:

Complete  one lesson of my  blogging course.  

Clean up the linky page.

Continue to pray about where my emphasis should be.  So many questions on my heart right now as to how I should proceed.

If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy this one from March.

Check out my March goal blog here:

March 2016 Goals

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75 thoughts on “April 2016 Goals and March Recap”

  1. Debbie, writing down my goals really helps me too. I have to post them where I read them all the time. Isn’t it silly that those are things that mean a lot to us but we push them aside. You’ve reminded me to get my shoes on and walk on this stunning spring morning.

    Thank you for joining us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Pinning to the TOHOT board and also my Encouragement board. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Stacey, Love Thoughts of Home and all your beautiful pictures. I need to print out my goals. I keep finding myself going back to the blog to make sure I’m accomplishing them.

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    1. Thank you. My mom always teased me about being so busy. She was so relaxed. Thanks for Thought Provoking Thursday.

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  2. Wow…great focus! I like how you have divided your category’s. I’ve done a lot of goal setting activities, and the way you write them down is a success itself. May you continue to let God lead you on where you are to spend your time and efforts.

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  3. these are great goals and i hope you’re able to get them all accomplished ! so glad i found your blog through the link up! hope you’ll stop by mine! happy friday dear!

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    1. I hope so too Cait. Thanks for stopping by and yes I visited your site just now. Love that crochet dress and little pineapple lamp.

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  4. Love how you set goals for all areas of your life. It must really help to accomplish all that you have in your heart to do. Thanks for sharing! (found you at Grace & Truth link-up)

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    1. Thanks Julie. Most of my teacups my Mom gave me before she died. It was a big collection and I treasure them. I love adding them to my blogs.

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  5. I love that you set high goals for yourself – and you have the courage to state them publicly! Good for you! Perhaps I’ll give some thought to goals of my own 🙂

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  6. I’m a goals person and I enjoyed reading your goals. It is a great feeling when we achieve them isn’t it? Thanks for sharing with us at Over the Moon.

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  7. I love setting goals, it helps me get a list to focus on. I’m horrible about staying focused on my goals, you’re right, unexpected things always get in the way. Good luck with all your goals, I really need to work on my front yard flower beds also and make some progress in the blogging course I’m taking also. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board.

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  8. I like how you have your goals broken up into categories! That seems like such a smart way to do it! Best of luck on your April goals. I’ll be praying for direction from God on your blog! Blessings, liz

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  9. March was a Busy month for us as well, I fell like it flew right by us!

    I have been Bullet Journaling since February and it has been a huge help. I love it! Anyways! We are moving to a new place in the beginning of May, so I have a lot of planning and boxing for the move, not to mention I am trying to really make my Art my full tome job so that is a top priority. As for family time, my husband and I are trying to squeeze some date nights in and I am also trying to make it a point to go outside at least 2-3 hours a date to different parks.

    Hope you have a great productive week!

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    1. You are busy. I dread the thought of ever moving again. Been here 25 years. I hope your art business goes well.

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  10. Wow! Your goals are specific and measurable so you will know whether you have successfully completed them or not. I love the different categories that you have for your goals and your willingness to set the bar high to achieve them. You inspire me to reach for more. I will need to write down my goals first to see them in front of me daily to begin to then follow through with completing them. Thank you for sharing your goals today.

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  11. Very inspirational and motivational…I have a lot of “to dos” but I typically set goals based on dates I need to have something done and let the spiritual ones, and others you mentioned just happen. I needed that reminder.

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  12. The monthly coffee with neighbors sounds like a great idea! Thanks for sharing your goals with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

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    1. Again thank you for SocialButterfly and I’ll be there this week. I haven’t gotten that monthly coffee done yet, but it will happen.

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  13. I do set goals. Both long and short term ones. In fact, every morning I set goals for the day. Just mentally, but it helps me accomplish the things that I would like to in a day. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann. I probably should set some long term goals for the year. Last year I had a yearly list on the refrigerator for big tasks.

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  14. I love that you are putting out there for us all of your categories of goals, Deborah. This is a great way to hold yourself accountable as well as inspire the rest of us to get our lives on track and organized. If it isn’t on my calendar or to-do list, it almost never gets done! Great post, my friend!

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  15. I love that you set some tangible goals. And I thought that *I* was a list maker. ha. You put me to shame. You have many goals that I should adopt for myself as well. Congratulations on all that you completed and will complete because of goal-setting!

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  16. I always tell myself to sit down and write goals. You are amazing! Thank you for the inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing this over at #bloggerspotlight link and Pin-it Party. I do appreciate it and hope to see you again! Pinned!

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  17. What wonderful goals! I love this idea and think I will try to implement doing this in my own life. I say try because, like you, I have things that disrupt my days and then I get really uptight about not keeping to the schedule/goals I’ve set. I like how you’ve done this, though, and also how you have so much grace when you don’t do everything. Maybe that’s what I need – more grace for myself! lol Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful post on my Counting Our Blessings linkup! I’m always so excited to read your posts you share.

    Blessings – Julie

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    1. Thanks Julie. Hope you were able to try it. Yes, grace because God is in control with all the happenings that come our way to change our course.

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  18. I am working on setting more goals. You have done a great job planning and goals for April. I look forward to hearing what you accomplished. Thanks for sharing at Mom-to-Mom Monday.

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    1. I keep setting them each month. Not meeting them all, but doing so much more than I normally would. Thanks for Mom-to-Mom Monday.

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  19. Goals and keeping them are difficult for me, but I see your goals are manageable. It is good to be able to drop everything and help your children. I understand how that is too. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. I love helping our grown children Hazel and especially being such an influence on the grandsons lives. Thank you for visiting and thanks for Tell Me A Story.

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  20. I love that while you make new goals and things to do each month you go back and recap on the goals you set yourself the month previous. I think its important we look back and stop just saying we will do things but make sure we do them. it always feels better in the end if we do. This is lovely. Happy April and thanks for sharing them on #ShareWithMe

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    1. Thanks Jenny. Yes because I go back the first of each month and review last month’s goals it keeps me on track and I eventually get it done much quicker than I would were it not on my list.

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    1. Thank you Taren. I just saw this lovely post today. I know it’s long ago, but God’s timing is perfect. I enjoyed visiting you today and reading about black berries.

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