It is the first day of a new month! And what an insane, crazy, chaotic first month it has been! But now, it is time to review the goals of January and refresh them for the month of February!
So, spiritually, I want to start a “Conversations with God” journal which is a little bit of a looser version of a combination prayer and gratitude journal. I want to write in this journal every day this month.
Accomplished! I didn’t write at the same time every day, but every day there is something written. Having this journal and these conversations with God were truly helpful during some of the rougher times of the month.
For health, I want to incorporate strength training three times a week into my workout schedule. I’m going to use an app called Sworkit to help me accomplish this goal.
Almost Accomplished… I was doing great until last week when I got some kind of virus and had to avoid strenuous activity for the entire second half of the week. I did learn however that I’m not really a fan of the Sworkit app but instead prefer to lift weights using a variety of 10-minute videos from the YouTube channel Popsugar Fitness. I definitely feel stronger by the end of this month, and I want to continue incorporating it into my schedule in some way.
For home, I’m going to clean out our ‘catch-all’ coat closet downstairs, inventory and organize what’s in there, and purge what we don’t need.
Accomplished! I talked more about it here. It is so nice to open that closet door and not find a mound of junk to wade through. Plus, everything is accessible!
For online/writing, I’m going to try to blog every day this month. Instead of doing three videos and three blog posts a week, I’m going to focus more on writing posts this month and incorporate video here and there.
Accomplished! I got into somewhat of a rhythm, but as the month was coming to an end, like usual, my life started getting busier. I don’t think I will have time to commit to this in February, but I do plan on posting regularly at least 3-4 times a week. Also, I really liked the Saturday Summaries as a way to look back on the week and everything I wrote. Definitely want to keep that going for now!
And for my bonus goal, I want to volunteer with the SPCA twice a week. I know that I will have to step back from this organization if and when I get pregnant, so I want to dedicate time to the SPCA this month especially.
Almost accomplished…. That pesky virus not only put me out of commission for strength training, but also for handling dogs as well. So I missed technically only one opportunity for this.
So, this month is going to be a little bit different, as I use what I learned from this past month and shift gears just a bit. February holds some anniversaries for Michael and me, as well as Valentine’s Day. Also, there have just been a lot of opportunities to get involved with a lot of projects, plus I joined a Bible Study last month that I’ve been enjoying and will probably be partaking in another one soon, so time is going to play a bigger factor in making goals. Nevertheless, here we go!
So, spiritually, I am going to be focusing my personal Bible study on some of the women of infertility in the Bible. I hope to be sharing with you what I learn each Sunday on this blog. Last month, I wrote this blog about faith after I did a two-week personal study on the subject and loved it. So I want to try to do that more this month. I haven’t been really getting in depth with my personal study, usually, I just do a devotional or prayer journal, so I’m excited to see where this study will take me.
For health, I want to drink more water. So I’m going to focus on drinking 8 cups of water a day, plus only drinking water if we go out. This is inspired by my trip to the ER last week. I was really dehydrated so they gave me two bags of iv fluid. The next day, I felt like superwoman. I felt 10 years younger. And my friend told me, “well, that’s what it’s like when you are hydrated!” I know I’m late to this boat, but I’m totally on board! I’ve been focusing on drinking more water throughout the day ever since, and I’ve been feeling and even looking better. So why not make it a resolution and keep it going!
For home, I want to do something a little more creative than organizational. I mean, I have plenty of coat closet type projects waiting to be tackled, but I want to break them up with some smaller projects. So I have a two-year-old project that has been waiting to be finished that I would like to accomplish this month. All I will say about it right now is that it has to do with a shadowbox.
For online/writing, since I’m going to be writing on Sundays for my spiritual goal, I wanted to do something in this category that was more visual. So, I‘m going to do an Instagram challenge. I don’t think I’ve ever done one before, but I found this one online so I’m going to do it! If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you should! I’m at Katyslifestory and I will follow back. Also, I would love if you would do this challenge with me. The more, the merrier!
And finally, the bonus goal. Since it’s February and Valentine’s and all that, I thought it would be appropriate to do something with loving my husband. So, I’ve decided this month to speak to his love language: Words of Affirmation. I know that he really appreciates when I take the time to write him little post-its but I wanted to challenge myself a bit so, I’m going to write my husband a note every day this month.
Did you make new year goals? How are they going? If you accidentally forgot about them, or they don’t really work for you, or whatever reason, don’t be afraid to recalibrate and create new ones for this month!