Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Month Three Review

March is gone - April is here!  Loving the beautiful weather.  Spending time outdoors and keeping the windows down in the car.  Lovely!!

A few quotes to keep you motivated:

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” – R. Collier

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts


So how are my goals coming?!  Here goes...


Goals for 2014:

1 - Sending an email/letter/card to a special person can be so easy and simple and meaningful;  yet I did it only a few times this past month.

2 - I registered for the Orff Level II Workshop for this Summer 2014 at SMU.  Can't wait!!!  Hoping lots of Paul's Level One Class comes again - looking forward to seeing my friends!

3 - I should hear back soon as to whether or not I am accepted into SMU's Graduate Program.  Been checking my email a lot, but nothing yet!

4 - This month was the month I chose to read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  Enjoyed it, but it took a while to get through.  Also read the book "And Life Comes Back" by Tricia Williford.  Literally read it in part of a night and the next morning.  Go get that book - you'll love it!!  

Reading "Allegiant" and "Total Money Makeover."  Eleven books completed so far this year.


5 - Did HORRIBLE on this one this month.  Between birthdays, wants and good sales, I caved.  Determined to make April a better savings month!  Goal is to give myself $50 per month per person for 'fun money' towards clothes for myself and the girls.  (Don't have to apply to Jeremy because he doesn't get clothes unless he needs them and I end up overspending on clothes)  Total = $150 per month on clothes per person


6 - Have not been doing a commission chart since they got sick in February and they don't ask for $$ and have a bunch left from January... need to get better about having them do chores without any pay.

7 - I am now in the middle of my seventh week of P90x3 and loving it!!  Worked out every single day except one in March.  Getting close to a six pack which is pretty cool, but feel like I'm still wimpy in the arms.

8 - Looking into doing a family vacation in Arkansas this summer - sounds fun!?  Never been there and only about a five hour drive which is close enough for a four day weekend.

9 - Total saved so far is over $600.  Doing great! To see the challenge, click here:


10 - Do our second annual "Kindness Advent" in the month of December... waiting until November to plan.

11 - Downstairs bathroom is still ugly.  But I did sand and repaint and repurpose a rocking chair that I stole from my neighbor's garbage (thanks neighbors!).  It looks so cute with Julia in it too!

12 - Attend a Women's Bible Study at church at the new West Frisco Location where we are now going... waiting for summer!

13 - Cook a meal with my mom every month - alternating side dishes and main dishes.  The meal this month in March was amazing!!!!
January - Chicken Marsala with asparagus-new potato hash. (Southern Living)
February - Maple Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, Basic Vinaigrette (Shauna Niequist)
March - Mediterranean meal with yogurt chicken, homemade hummus, homemade pitas 

14 - Pray for a particular person(s) each day of the week all year.  Improving!
15 - Learn one new song on the piano each month.  This month's song was beautiful! Though Julia kept saying "Dat song is tooooo long!!!"
January - didn't do this and got the idea for it in the beginning of February.  Still plenty of months to hone a skill and add a goal!
February - Ballade in C Minor by Chad Lawson.  Sheet music purchased at www.chadlawson.com.
March - Dance you Pretty by Chad Lawson.  Beautiful!

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