My main goals for 2016 are to work on finances and myself. I’ve been too busy with kids’ activities to work on myself much. The last few months have been all about survival! However, by mid-month, all of our commitments will end, and I’ll be enjoying summer and schoolwork. I plan to make May through August the months I make a lot of headway in these goals.
Here’s how I did in April:
Exercise 4,160 minutes in 2016.
4.2% Complete. In April, I exercised for 41 minutes.
In March, I didn’t exercise at all.
In February, I only exercised for 30 minutes!!!
I exercised 103 minutes in January.
Write in my journal 100 times this year. 1% Complete. No journal writing in April.
Save 10 to 15% of my husband’s income. 16.6% Complete. We did not do this in April or March. In April, we had unexpected house repairs, and in March we had travel expenses.
Stay within our budget all 12 months of the year. 25% Complete. My income took a hit in April, so we weren’t able to do this.
Read 52 books this year, and blog about each of them. 28.8% Complete. I was able to read and blog about 3 books in April:
- Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- A Father’s Promise by Donnalynn Hess
I was able to read and blog about 4 books in March:
- Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup
- A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal
- The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
- The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson
I was able to read and blog about 4 books in February:
- Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
- Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji Li Jiang
- Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
- Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robertson
I was able to read and blog about 4 books in January:
- The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
- Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
- Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin
- Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
I also joined Goodreads. If you’re on there, I’d love to become friends.
Make 12 homemade gifts for Christmas. 0% Complete. I am already planning what I want to start working on first when our obligations end.
Get organized! 33% Completed.
This month I worked on our budgeting system. Yay! Look for a post on that later this week. For May, I want to declutter and have a garage sale.
In March, we decluttered more kids’ clothes. I took three more bags to the resale shop, so now I have $52 in credit, which I’ll use for birthday and Christmas presents.
In February, we decluttered our bedroom and the kids’ closets. I took five bags of items to the kids’ resale shop, and I packed up a box for a garage sale later in the year. We also threw away alot.
In January, we worked on organizing the kids’ schedule for chores and school. It’s worked wonderfully, which is great because right now we’re too busy to be unorganized!
Enter 200 giveaways. 11% Complete. Woo hoo! I’m on a roll so far. NOT. I have entered 23 giveaways so far, and I haven’t won any yet. Whomp, whomp, whomp. 🙂
Get into a regular prayer routine. 5% Complete. I’m making small progress with this. I’ve taken to reading an annotated Bible that I got for my son, but really, I’m still too erratic with this. I need a regular routine.
Control my sugar consumption. As of today, May 2nd, I am giving up my beloved mint patties. I’m not sure how long that will be for, but at least 30 days, but more likely longer.
Go Paleo again. 10% Complete. I’m about 70% Paleo right now, but there are still some non-Paleo foods that I need to eliminate from my diet like chips (uh-hum).
Visit Michigan. COMPLETED!! We went to Ohio and Michigan in March and had a great time, even if we had to drive in some wonky weather. (More on that later.) I can’t wait to share all of the fun things we did!
Do you set goals for the new year? If so, what goals are you setting?