So, if you're new to this, I use powersheets to set my goals. I love Powersheets! You can catch up on this year's series by going here.
March was the longest month. It really was! But there was progress made in some areas!
Goal Number 1:
Work through Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps for Financial Peace to cultivate good stewardship, gratitude, and contentment.
March goal: Finish baby step one--get an emergency fund in place.
Status: ACHIEVED! Guys, I am so proud of this. And it was so enjoyable to know that, when I was having computer issues earlier this month, I could go to the store and know that if it needed repairs, I could pay for them! This fund also allowed me to replace part of my Bionic Ear without freaking out.
April goal: Start baby step 2--also known as the Debt Snowball. This is where you list all debts, smallest to largest, and start to pay them off, by moving as much money as you can toward to the smallest debt. Once that's paid off, that money + the minimum payment for the second debt goes to the next debt....you see how this works? I will have the first part of the snowball done by this fall. Yay!
Goal Number 2:
Find an agent for my manuscript
March goal: At least one two-hour block of time outside the house working on my proposal. It doesn't have to be finished. But I have to dedicate at least two hours to drafting one.
Status: yeah...no. AGAIN!
April goal: GET IT DONE. And I've already started! I've written out the basics of a proposal and now I just have to tweak/re-write the sample chapters. I am ON IT.
Goal Number 3:
To deepen and strengthen my relationship with God, because He is the center and the well-spring.
March goals: Weekday Mass once a week, confession once a month, holy hour, daily vespers (evening prayer).
Status: Everything but that weekday Mass--because every time I tried to go, there was no place to park. I'm not kidding. So I tried, God! But I did get in a holy hour and daily vespers. Confession, no go either...I wanted to go wen I went to Mass. Face to face confession is offered at my parish on Fridays, which was the day I wanted to go to Mass as well. But no parking. Sigh.
April goals: confession, holy hour, Mass once a week!
Goal Number 4:
Continue to lose weight and treat my body well so I can do everything else I want to do, and honor my body which God made.
March goals: Daily yoga glo classes, weekly meal planning, go to bed by 10:00 (be IN bed, not necessarily asleep).
Status: I did REALLY well here. I attended a yoga glo class almost every day! The meal planning was OK, as was the bed thing.
April: Focus on healthy snacks, regular workouts--yoga glo strength courses, continue meal plan.
Goal Number 5:
Grow Barton Cottage Crafts, to help with baby steps (goal 1), but also to have a creative outlet and for enjoyment.
March goals: Keep trucking. :)
Progress: I finished my drachenfels shawl and am almost done with a current commission. That means that BCC is open for new work! If you'd like a scarf or a shawl, please contact me and we'll talk! I can do them in solid or variegated colors. Shawls at $45, and scarves are $35, and shipping is included!
April: finish new projects (I have two that I want to knit), get more commissions!
Goal Number 6:
Have a beautiful, peaceful, welcoming home so I can appreciate what I have, encourage hospitality, and cultivate peace.
March goals: ZERO OUT (with alarm at 9 pm); zone clean weekly; weekly surface clean; contentment challenge; finish Emily Ley's simplify challenge!
Status: Zeroing out just isn't me....I sort of tried but it doesn't work. I'd much rather come down in the morning and clean a bit. So that's what I switched to. I'm in zone cleaning weekly, and doing the weekly surface clean.
The Contentment challenge is almost done!
The biggest thing I did this month: