Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Making April Happen

To be honest, this is one of my least favorite days of the year. April Fool's Day brought me so much grief in elementary school. You might call me gullible but I'd prefer the word trusting. And this trusting nature of mine made me a prime target for many a joke. But I had my share of fun on this day, too. Without fail I would either visit or call my grandfather and tell him "Pop! There's a cow in the kitchen!" and he'd shuffle down the hall to check. It's our little routine that's still going strong.

You could also call my goals for March a bit of a joke. Yikes! I did not make the progress I wanted to, but I still count it as a successful and FULL month. April has the potential to be the same, and as it's the last month of school for the semester I'm determined to see it through/finish strong.

I still can't get over the fact that Hope Spoken came and went in such a flash! Last weekend was absolutely incredible and I cannot wait for next year's conference! Tickets are $385 and they go on sale May 1st at noon EST. It was such a surprise and a blessing to win the first ticket for Hope Spoken 2016, and I hope to see you there!

March Goals:

1. Attend Hope Spoken. Just in case you missed it, I shared about my incredible weekend in Monday's post HERE. I made sweet friends and met a few from the blogging world, and I left so encouraged by this gathering of women. You don't want to miss next year's conference!
2. Visit Hannah + Micah for spring breakOh, what a week! Spring Break was delightful and spent jet-setting to Las Vegas and Denver to see friends. We ate our way across these cities, shopping and exploring, and it was simply so sweet to spend time with these gals I haven't seen since graduation.
3. Read 3 books. Hoorah! I did this one! I finished Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet on the flight to Las Vegas, started Longbourn and finished it last Saturday, and I've been listening to The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet on Audible during my long drives. It is a continuation/expansion of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries series on YouTube (which I loved and highly recommend!).  I picked up If You Find This Letter while in Denver and it's on my list to finish this month.
4. Follow the She Reads Truth Lent study. I followed the study for a while but found myself piecing together my own scripture study. I spent a week in Proverbs then danced through Romans and Matthew. I got Shauna Niequist's Savor in the mail and hope to dive into it more fully, along with 31 Days of Prayer for the Dreamer and the Doer.
5. Get caught up on Project Life. With all my travels and homework I have to say this did not happen...
6. Visit a community group. This didn't either. It is truly a struggle for me to find time to go since my schedule changes so frequently. 
7. Purge my closet/insta saleYes! I pulled 50 pieces out of my closet during a spontaneous evening purge, and I sold quite a few items during a blogger Insta auction two weeks ago. I continue to rummage through my things little by little and toss items into a Goodwill box in the living room. The excess has to go!
8. Finish the wall collage behind my TV. Nope. Didn't even touch it.
9. The Contentment Challenge. Yeah, this one didn't happen either...

It was one of those months where half of my PowerSheets were left untended to, giant question marks over days I don't remember and tasks uncompleted. But His mercies are new every morning and there's another month ahead! Woohoo

April Goals:

1. Celebrate Easter + Pop's 80th birthday at homeI have made the drive from OSU to Dallas for the past three weekends in a row but never spent more than one night with my parents. This weekend we are celebrating my grandfather's birthday as well as Easter, and I'm eager to spend the time with my family.
2. Continue to clear the clutter. I have accumulated SO MUCH JUNK over the years, and this process of simplification has felt so good. I've made progress but there is still so far to go.
3. Read 3+ books. On my agenda for this month are the following: If You Find This Letter, 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write, Writing in the Margins (to finally finish!), and The Artisan Soul which was a gift from my Hope Spoken small group leader.
4. Make progress on Project Life. Crafting brings me so much joy and I want to be on top of my assignments so I can schedule time to work on my 2015 album.
5. Attempt the 21 Day Fix routine. I love the workouts on my DVD's but have not been dedicated to them. April is another chance to give it a go!
6. Finish the semester strong. May 1st is my last day of class for the semester, and I want to tackle upcoming progress early and with all of my attention. Let's do it!

I want to keep this month pretty simple. I've been battling overwhelm and anxiety like nobody's business lately, so now is not the time to complicate things. Time in scripture, finding rest in Jesus, and being diligent in my studies is my main focus.

What about you? What are your goals this month?

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