Insane Goals – March 2013 Update

Insane GoalsDavid and I have made a list of several things that we want to accomplish this year. This isn’t the first time we’ve made goals lists, but this time we’re making a serious and conscience effort to work toward accomplishing each one of these goals, as well as the goals on our 101 Things in 1,001 Days list. SO far, three months into the year, we have done very well and completed a few of our goals.

I am taking one day out of every month to go over our successes and failures from the previous month. I do well with the pressure of being accountable to others, and this monthly post will hopefully inspire us to stay on task and check items off of the list. {January’s Goal Update} {February’s Goal Update}

I’ve linked up with Rebekah at SimplyRebekah.com, as part of her monthly Insane Goals movement! If you haven’t joined, I encourage you to post your own goals list, link up and join us in getting things done this year!

How We Did in March…

We stuck to our new budget last month, though it wasn’t easy. Our car needed some work done, so we had to spend our emergency fund on that – no way around that, so all we can do now is build it back up. The girls are doing better about helping around the house and keeping their room clean without a fight, which is a huge improvement. We had some issues with missing and incomplete homework, so we’re focusing on schoolwork and grades in the coming month.

Our entire family is eating much healthier overall, eating more fruits and vegetables and drinking more water. It was still mostly chilly in March, but we took full advantage of every warm day we had to play outside and walk around the neighborhood. I’m feeling less concerned about my weight in numbers, and more concerned with feeling healthier and stronger, the idea being that the numbers will naturally go down as long as I’m eating enough, not eating/drinking junk and staying active.

The house is in good shape – kitchen cabinets, dining room, our bedroom and closet are all decluttered. The girls’ room stayed clean for most of the month, though it needs a little work at the moment. Their closet floor is a mess but we’ve gotten the shelves cleared off, in preparation for packing away winter clothes and organizing their craft supplies and stuffed animals.

We didn’t have a “date night” in March – not exactly, but we did take a short road trip together, sans kids. Addah stayed with her friend, and Lakin stayed with David’s mom while we visited my brother and his wife to meet their new baby. It was an emotional trip for us, but we enjoyed the time alone to talk. We have decided to walk in the March for Babies on April 27, to raise money for the March of Dimes. I’m not very adept at fundraising, but I hope to raise at least a little for the cause.

I have been knitting baby loss blankets like a mad woman! I knit four new blankets in March, for a current total of ten blankets. These will all be donated to St. Francis Eastside hospital in Greenville, SC, during the first week of July 2013.

I read a lot in March, mostly book on my Nook, while sitting in afternoon car line to pick up the girls from school. I finished Gone Girl, The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk, 11/22/63: A Novel (so good that I’m now reading it out loud to David), Bossypants, Making Meant To Be: A Memoir of Secondary Infertility, Sickened, Dark Places, and Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity. What can I say, I spend a lot of time sitting in car lines! (If you’re a Nook user and would like to connect so we can share books, let me know!)

As for my blogging goals, I’m still working on updating the SEO (search engine optimization) on back posts – this is taking an insane amount of time. My blog traffic did increase from the previous month, and I did increase my blog income by a little. I wrote 14 posts in March, just one shy of my goal, darn it! I set up a profile with Bloglovin, due to Google Reader closing down in July, and I’d love it if you’d follow me there!

Overall, March was a good month, though there were quite a few frustrations. Financially, I felt like we had just gotten a few rungs ahead on the savings ladder, and now we’ve slipped to the bottom again. I know we will climb again, but it’s disappointing. Emotionally, I struggled as several family members welcomed beautiful little babies into their lives. It is hard when you feel truly happy for someone, but also very sad/angry/bitter/jealous because of your own loss.

Now, on to better things in April!

I have updated my original Insane Goals post below, with completed goals crossed out and new additions added in italics.

Insane Goals for 2013

Life Goals

  • Save $1000 in an emergency fund. ($0 towards this goal as of 3/31/13 – thanks to auto maintenance!)
  • Take a vacation.
  • Monthly date nights for David and I.
  • Yearly maintenance on our car.
  • Donate blankets to the hospital in July {in memory of Clara}.
  • Lose 5 lbs, 10 lbs, 30 lbs, 50 lbs, 70 lbs, 90 lbs, 110 lbs, 130 lbs, 150 lbs. {Yep, I’m a big girl.}
  • Participate in Greenville’s Zombie Walk.
  • Attend Renaissance Faire in Charlotte, NC.
  • Walk in the March for Babies on April 27, 2013.
  • Finish reading “11/22/63: A Novel” by Stephen King out loud with David.
  • Read 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40 books!
House Goals
  • Organize/declutter: my sewing area, my work area & filing cabinet, kitchen cabinets, our bedroom, girls’ room, our closet.
  • Container gardening – I love growing herbs and vegetables, and I really missed having a place to exercise my green thumb last year. I can’t plant in the ground at our apartment, but I can do some container gardening, and I intend to!
  • Paint coffee table/foot locker to match the living room.
Cooking Goals
  • Use bread machine more!
  • Can & freeze – jellies, salsa, pickles.
  • Freeze casseroles for nights when I don’t feel like cooking.
Parenting Goals
  • Get pregnant!
  • Encourage the kids to be more self-reliant (bathing without an argument, for instance).
  • Get the kids and their chores sorted out!
Blogging Goals {Heather}
  • Increase my monthly traffic.
  • Post at least 15 times per month.
  • Increase blogging income every month.
Work Goals {David}
  • Get a promotion and raise.
  • Complete HVAC certification.
  • Finish setting up RedBubble shop.
  • Sell at least one original drawing.
Kid Goals
  • Have a sleepover with a friend. {Lakin}
  • Go to Frankie’s Fun Park.
  • Save $50 and open a savings account. {Addah}
  • Save $50 and open a savings account. {Lakin}
  • Set up loom and make a small blanket. {Addah}
  • Work on my book every month. {Lakin}

Knitting & Crochet Goals

  • Finish queen-size ripple blanket. {crochet}
  • Finish David’s stripey socks. {knit}
  • Finish 5, 10, 15, 20 blankets for hospital/loss donations. {knit}

Insane Goals 2013

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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