2016 Goal Update: April

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Goals for 2016

Here is how I did in April with my goals for 2016.

(psst….the Ultimate Homemakers Bundle sale mentioned in my goal update is over but if you sign up for my weekly newsletter I will make sure you are well aware of the next one. You can sign up by clicking here.)

My Mind

Read one business book each month

I listened to most of  How To Talk To Anyone: 92 Little Tricks For Big Success in Relationships and do plan to finish it this week. I am gaining a lot of tips on how to start conversations with new people I meet and how to keep those conversations going however, the narrator for the audio book version is a bit more peppy than my personality. There are also  some words in this book that have sadly changed meaning since the book was written.

WorkingFromHome (with words)

This month I plan to take a break from listening to audio books and read the eBook Building A Frame Work: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook that retails for $25 but I got it as part of the Ultimate Homemakers Bundle which is $29.97 and includes over $1000 worth or eBooks, e-course and bonuses. You can take advantage of this great deal too! But only until Midnight!

As far as my goal for reading 52 books goes I am currently up to 22 books, however I need to take a moment and write them all down.

tri-goalsMy Fitness

Return to cross-training

In January I concentrated just on yoga. In February I added in two days of swimming each week. In March I added in biking.  Over the month of April  I have been slowly getting back to running. I finally last week made a 3 mile run without stopping–but it took a lot of effort. . My goal is to be able to do this comfortably by the end of the month.

Just one treat--goal 2016My Eating

One daily treat only

I did better with this goal than I did in March. I got a bit off track when some warm days hit and the local ice cream parlors were calling my name. However most days–one treat.

Date dayMy Marriage

1 date day a month with my hubby.

Or date day in April was a trip to Cincinnati . We had a great time wandering Ikea, trying out new foods at Jungle Jim’s market and enjoying the view of St Mary’s lake before crossing back into Indiana.

Marriage (sized)

I plan to read the book 175 Best Date Ideas ($9.99) this coming month to see if I can’t come up with a few new great date day ideas. I received it as part of the Ultimate Homemakers Bundle in the Marriage category . The bundle has 10 categories full of resources to help homemakers with all aspects of their lives.

 

30 times 12 challengeMy Home

Get rid of 30 items in my home each and every month.

I tossed 3o items in April with a little bit of help from my daughter.

In June the community where the current home we are renovating to rent is located is having a huge community wide rummage. My family is planning to take part. We also plan to take part in a large second hand homeschooling curriculum sale that month.

Organization (with words)

My plan is to gain inspiration to toss deep in preparation for these two sales by going through the Cozy Minimalist Mom course and by re-reading 31 Days To A Clutter Free Life. Both these resources together retail for $36.99 but I got them as part of the Ultimate Homemakers Bundle which was just $29.97.

Blog goal

My Business

Finish an eBook.

 

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Above is a picture of my fingers about to press the button in google drive that sent my eBook to a content editor. One. Step. Closer.

I am still thinking it will be a few months more until it is available in Kindle format on Amazon. This process is both exciting and nerve racking.

One new recipeMy Culinary Creativity

Try one new recipe a month.

Not one new recipe tried in the entire month of April!

Recipes (with numbers)

I am hoping that the recipe eBooks that came in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will inspire me to try not one but two new recipes in May.

I am very interested in trying the recipes from the Miracle Dough eBook a $12 value that was part of the huge bundle.

Set a wow goal!My WOW Goal

As in the past 2 years, my WOW goal is something I am going to share just with a select few. This year’s isn’t blog related but it is still big and going to be a challenge.

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Update: This goal has taken on an entirely new direction and this bag pictured above has something to do with that new direction!

(psst…. I gave you another hint to what this is last month-soon I will tell all but plans are still falling into place right now)

One!

My Word For 2016

This. Is. So. Hard!

But every time I get off track I think  of the book that inspired the word ONE as my word for 2016 and get back to focusing on my one goals.

How did you do with your goals this month? Share with me in the comments.

A Resource That Will Help You Achieve Your Goals

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What area of your life do you want to improve in? Do you want to manage your money better? Earn more money? Finally figure out how to tame that laundry pile? Make time for personal refreshment more of a priority?

There are resources to help you will all those goals and more in the Ultimate Homemakers Bundle but hurry today is the last day of the sale. It ends at Monday at Midnight EST.

Tip from an experienced Ultimate Bundle Buyer: Focus on just the resources  and bonuses you know you want and consider the others  the sprinkles on an iced cake. In other words if you get to them, you get to them, if not you still saved money.

Above I listed just 5 resources I intend to use from the bundle and they total $83.98. The bundle is $29.97 so I am already saving $54.01 and I know I am at the very least going to cash in on some of the amazing bonuses (listed below) .

Yep this thrifty gal just told you it is okay to buy something you won’t use all of!

Psst…

Bonuses (sized)

The Ultimate Homemakers Bundle also includes an incredible line up of bonuses including ….

FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and FREE 60-day VIP trial with FREE shipping from Grove Collaborative ($30 value)

FREE Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-$69.99 value)

FREE Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($24.95 value)

$15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press ($15 value)

$15 Credit to Hope Ink Shop PLUS Two FREE 8×10 Art Prints with Any Purchase ($71)

FREE SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate from Bloom Naturals ($15 value)

FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt.com ($30)

FREE 1-Year MollyGreen.com Membership ($29 value)

FREE Hand Massage Routine Videos from Melt Couples Massage ($24 value)

Molly Green Magazine offer

And that MollyGreen bonus comes with a year long subscription to rightnow media which is a library of over 10,000 streaming videos that you can view online or through an app on your tablet or smart TV!!!!!! (This is my favorite bonus by far)
HomemakingJustGotEasier (300)

 

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2016 Goal Update: March

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Goals for 2016

Here is how I did in March with my goals for 2016.

My Mind

small is the new big

Read one business book each month

I listened to Small Is The New Big by Seth Godin through the Hoopla App. This book was full of nuggets of business wisdom to ponder but my favorite one is the quote above. I want to be a blogger who interacts with her readers. I don’t want to interrupt your day instead I want to build a relationship with you where you and I add value to each others  lives.

This month I have borrowed How To Talk To Anyone: 92 Little Tricks For Big Success in Relationships.

As far as my goal for reading 52 books goes I am currently up to 14 books.

tri-goalsMy Fitness

Return to cross-training

In January I concentrated just on yoga. In February I added in two days of swimming each week.

My plan for March was  to add 2  bike work outs. Due to my Plantar Fasciitis still being still in the healing stages My plan was to use my gym’s recumbent exercise bikes and really concentrate on making sure my foot is properly positioned on the peddle.

bike ride

Over the month of March I did do several bike workouts at the gym and I was even brave enough to go outside one day.

My foot has been feeling so much better lately that by mid- March I added in a 1 mile walk most days. This weekend I did a 1 mile run and I am so pleased to report that it didn’t seem to bug my foot!

feet

My goal if my Plantar Fasciitis should not flare up again is to be able to run 3 miles with my redhead runner by Mid May! Oh how I miss our runs together.  We were able to walk together a few times in March but it isn’t quite the same.

Just one treat--goal 2016My Eating

my bday cake

One daily treat only

March was my birthday and then the month ended with Easter. These two things did not lead to me making perfect progress on this goal but I did achieve it most days. Oh and that cake! It was my birthday cake made entirely by scratch by my daughter! (mmm….truffle icing)

Date dayMy Marriage

Our New RV

1 date day a month with my hubby.

Our date day in March wasn’t the most romantic but it was very exciting. We went down to Camping World in Indy and purchase a new Jayco camping trailer with the last of my inheritance from my father.  We then stayed over night at a local RV campground to test it out without the kids.

We have BIG plans for this RV that I am still processing. I will share more details in the months to come.

30 times 12 challengeMy Home

Get rid of 30 items in my home each and every month.

I tossed 36 items in March and tidied up 2 rooms . I wish I could say it was because I was taking my own advice and developing decluttering grit skills but no the motivation was because strangers were delivering this to my home and I didn’t want them to see my mess.

Blog goalMy Business

Thrifty & Thriving More Life For Less Money

Finish an eBook.

The eBook has now has a name-Thrifty & Thriving: More Life For Less Money.

It is also all in one document and headed to the content editor very soon.

It still needs someone to design it a cover, and then someone to get it on Kindle.

My guess is it will be a few more months before it is ready to sell but I am getting so excited about it–and nervous too!

One new recipeMy Culinary Creativity

yum

Try one new recipe a month.

This is about as close as I got to trying a new recipe out in March. It was really good! However I don’t think it counts as an entirely new recipe. It is more of a jumble of ingredients I had on hand that turned out great.

 

Set a wow goal!My WOW Goal

As in the past 2 years, my WOW goal is something I am going to share just with a select few. This year’s isn’t blog related but it is still big and going to be a challenge.

Update: This goal has taken on an entirely new direction and the RV has a lot to do with it!

One!

My Word For 2016

This. Is. So. Hard! This month I had a great idea for an eBook. But I made myself stop at just jotting down an outline so I don’t forget it and then went back to working on the one above that is almost done.

I think I will be listening to a chapter or two of the book that inspired the word ONE as my word for 2016 each and every month just to help me keep focus.

How did you do with your goals this month? Share with me in the comments.

 

Want to set goals but not even sure how to go about achieving them? Crystal Paine’s eBook, 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life, can help. Inside the pages of this book you will learn how to break down your goals into achievable steps and how to find time in your day to achieve them. I read this eBook in an afternoon and it revolutionized how I set and break down goals.  I went from thinking I could to knowing I could.

Grab your copy of 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life today and start achieving your goals.

 

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2016 Goal Update: February

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Goals for 2016

Here is how I did in February with my goals for 2016.

My Mind

Read one business book each month

I listened to The School Of Greatness by Lewis Howes on Audible this month (it was my last free title from my free trial). I had really high hopes for this book and although I did get some good snippets of ideas and inspiration here and there I didn’t find that it lived up to the hype I had heard about it.  It just wasn’t a good fit for my beliefs.

tri-goalsMy Fitness

Return to cross-training

Last month I concentrated just on yoga. In February I added in two days of swimming each week. My first day in the pool after years off from swimming I swam laps for 30 minutes and was exhausted. Back when I was in much better physical shape I would do laps for 60 minutes at a time.  By the month’s end though I could do 30 minutes without feeling so beat at the end.

My plan for March is to add 2  bike work outs. Due to my Plantar Fasciitis still being still in the healing stages I am going to use my gym’s recumbent exercise bikes and really concentrate on making sure my foot is properly positioned on the peddle.

My foot is feeling a little bit better each week. I am craving a run so bad but am sticking to staying away from running until the foot is fully healed in hopes of a full recovery.

Just one treat--goal 2016My Eating

One daily treat only

I have made huge progress with this goal this month thanks to the help of a friend. She wants to take a few pounds off her frame before her next half marathon and I decided to join her. We text each a snapshot of our calorie log each day (we both use the Lose it! app)  and our weigh in each week. Charting my calories is making me more aware of my food choices. I am eating a lot less sugary junk.

Date dayMy Marriage

1 date day a month with my hubby.

My husband and I spent an entire day exploring Indianapolis together in February. We tried out locally baked cupcakes. Went to an amazing deli for lunch. Spent several hours wandering the Indy Art Museum (and yes my injured foot was screaming by the end but it was worth it). We finished the date with a trip to Trader Joe’s for flowers and dinner at a upscale gourmet burger joint.

30 times 12 challengeMy Home

Get rid of 30 items in my home each and every month.

Another 30 items tossed!

Blog goalMy Business

Finish an eBook.

I finished the free printable pack that will be available to readers of the eBook when they subscribe to my blog, and I got the eBook divided into 3 sections, and finished the front and back matter..but there is still more work to do.

I need to decide the chapter order within the three sections and then put it all in one google document (I wrote each chapter in a separate one) . Once it is all put together it is getting sent to a content editor.

My guess is it will be a few more months before it is ready to sell.

One new recipeMy Culinary Creativity

Try one new recipe a month.

I created a new recipe I am calling Chocolate Covered Trail Mix. Sorry but I don’t have a single photo of it to share, it was so good I ate it before I could take a quick snapshot and post it on Instagram.

However next Monday  I plan to post the recipe and pictures of it on the blog.

Set a wow goal!My WOW Goal

As in the past 2 years, my WOW goal is something I am going to share just with a select few. This year’s isn’t blog related but it is still big and going to be a challenge.

Update: Going slow on this goal but progress is progress right?

One!

My Word For 2016

This. Is. So. Hard! So many times this month I have gotten off track in one of my goals and then remembered–one thing.

I think I will be listening to a chapter or two of the book that inspired the word ONE as my word for 2016 each and every month just to help me keep focus.

How did you do with your goals this month? Share with me in the comments.

 

Want to set goals but not even sure how to go about achieving them? Crystal Paine’s eBook, 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life, can help. Inside the pages of this book you will learn how to break down your goals into achievable steps and how to find time in your day to achieve them. I read this eBook in an afternoon and it revolutionized how I set and break down goals.  I went from thinking I could to knowing I could.

Grab your copy of 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life today and start achieving your goals.

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