I have to say, typing out my goals for April made such a difference! Instead of a bunch of vague, fuzzy stuff in my head that I wanted to accomplish, I had a very manageable list. I definitely plan to keep doing this in the future.
First, a recap of April’s goals:
Conceptualize Playroom: Check! I now have a very clear vision of what I want James’s playroom to look like. I’ve mostly cleared out the office, and have purchased about half of what we need. I just need to get a shelf, rug, and picture frames. I’m pretty sure I know what I’m going to buy, but I want to finish cleaning out the office before I actually buy it.
Prepare Garden Beds: This was the only one that was a big time failure…oops. I didn’t even start doing this, and I’m honestly not at all confident that it will happen this month either. I did acquire a few pretty potted plants for the back patio, and may just settle for that for now.
Make Family Dinners: Check! This was mostly a success. I did much more meal planning / cooking this month and found a few new staple meals that are very quick and easy, reasonably healthy, and taste good!
We did not really eat a lot of family dinners with James though, and I now realize we probably won’t for a while. Because of his early bedtime, he usually eats around 5:00. I honestly don’t really want to eat dinner that early, but also, my husband isn’t usually home by then. For now, I’m settling for eating a snack with James while he eats, and will make an effort to eat lunch with him.
Watch Less TV: Check! This may be the one that made me the happiest. I finished watching West Wing and did not start a new tv series (until this past weekend…oops). I occasionally watched a movie, but not being in the middle of a series I love meant that watching tv was not my go-to activity for the night. I may designate one night a week as tv night or something, I’m not really sure.
Okay, on to May’s Goals!
Read More: This is my number one goal this month. It’s already started to happen naturally because I haven’t been watching much tv. I love to read and want to really get back into the habit of reading regularly.
Write More: I’ve never had any talent for (or really enjoyed) most artistic activities, but I’ve always loved to write. I have a couple of writing projects that I’ve started, but haven’t worked on in a while. There is one in particular I’m hoping to finish this month. It’s a children’s book for James. I know it will likely never be published, but I plan to print it with Pinhole Press, which lets you print your own board books, to give to him.
Go Somewhere New Every Week: It is so fun to take James out these days. He is super friendly and smiley and seems to really enjoy getting out. We go somewhere almost every day now, but I am definitely a creature of habit and we often go to the same few places. We just moved to South Austin right before James was born, so I am still discovering the area. I’m looking forward to taking James to new places this month, even if it’s just a different park or library of coffee shop.
Wear Sunscreen: I wear sunscreen when I go to the beach or know I’ll be outside all day, but I am not good about wearing it every day. With the amount of time I spend outside, I know I should be doing this. I want to finally make this part of my daily routine this month.
What are your goals this month?