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Believe in 2016: February Goals

Oh, Monday. Hello beautiful! I never thought I'd enjoy Mondays as much as I do this semester. On Mondays I don't have class until 6:45PM which means I could sleep in if I wanted to and essentially have one more day of the weekend. However, that has yet to happen and Mondays have found themselves full of appointments and travel, but one of these days I'll really get to soak it in. If you're around midday, catch me on Periscope for week 20 of Make Monday Meaningful

I'm also particularly thrilled when the first day of the month falls on a Monday. It's like two fresh starts in one! Below is a recap of January's major goals, followed by monthly, weekly, and daily goals for this February. We get an extra day this month and I can guarantee I'm going to need it to make what needs to happen, well, happen.

Making January Happen
Verse of the month: Matthew 6:19-21
Monthly Goals:
1. Spend a week prepping for the semester. Praise the Lord for a few days at home alone! I was so thankful for a few days to clean the house and prep for my final semester. Speaking of... I put graduation on the calendar last night. Ahhhhhhh!
2. Visit Seattle for Erin & Ben's wedding. Another win! I spent three and a half days in Seattle, and it was absolutely glorious! The wedding was beautiful, and I even got quality one-on-one time with the bride over a luxurious mani/pedi. I saw so many sweet friends and the weather was actually pretty nice!
3. Finish my thesis/creative component writing. Err... I'm finishing the first draft today. So... kind of? I'll mark it off partially just to make me feel better ;)
4. Direct Almost, Maine well. We open two weeks from this Thursday! This first month back at it has been so much fun, and I am overjoyed at how it is all coming together! The new set is gorgeous, my actors are working so hard, and it's becoming more and more real every day!
5. Make progress on my teaching certificate. I've applied and submitted everything I can online, and this afternoon I have a phone call with the company so I can keep moving forward.
6. Actually attend/watch the Influence Network class I signed up for. Oops. Nope. That didn't happen. BUT I am ready to rock and roll with next month's classes. I need to go back and watch this. You know... in all my spare time...
7. Host the Brave Love Book Club.  YES! Month one can be checked off! In January we read Restless by Jennie Allen, and check back this Wednesday for details about the February pick, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  
8. Read 5+ books. I didn't read the books listed on my January goals post, but I certainly met the mark! Last month I read The Heir, Red Queen, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Restless, Living Well Spending Less, and Cruel Crown. 6/52 done for the year!
9. Contribute to the Illustrated Faith team. Done and done! You can read my posts for the Illustrated faith blog here and here! Also, check out their Etsy shop to catch the latest stamp sets. They're so fun!

Now that January is under wraps, let's move on to this month's goals! It's gonna be a jam packed few weeks, y'all. Wish me luck.

Making February Happen
Verse of the month: John 15:4-8 MSG
"Live in me. Make your home in me just a I do in you. In the same way that a brand can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear fruit unless you are joined with me. I am the vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relationship is intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who He is --when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples."

Monthly Goals:
1. Direct Almost, Maine and survive the run of the show! We have one normal week of rehearsals left before we tech and then the show OPENS! I can't believe it's already almost here! I want to do well these final few weeks and end with a show I'm proud of. I'm already so pleased with it, but I know we can keep improving.
2. Finish my thesis/creative component writing. For real this time. I'm tired of it hanging over my head. Today I'm knocking out a big chunk!
3. Read 5+ books. This is a repeater, and I'm totally okay with it! On the list for this month is Prayer by Timothy Keller, The Siren by Keira Cass, My Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. 
4. Study the Gospels. There are six weeks until spring break, and I want to spend intentional time each week in the gospels, re-familiarizing myself with the stories and truths I grew up on.
5. Make progress on my teaching certificate. This is yet another repeater. Hopefully I can actually cross this one off next month!
6. Simplify. Get rid of the excess and keep from bringing more in. I made great progress on this with going through my clothes, bags, accessories, and toiletries through the KonMari method last month, and I want to push it further. I am prepping an instagram sale of clothes, bags, and jewelry, but I'm honestly not sure when that will go live. 
7. Attend KCACTF and learn as much as I can. I'm headed to a theatre festival at the end of the month, and I'm so eager to learn as much as possible while I'm there. Plus a week away from school will be nice.
8. Begin the Naptime Diaries Lent study. The sweet NTD gals send devotionals to the Illustrated Faith creative team, and it is simply gorgeous! I have not intentionally studied or practiced Lent before, so this will be a first. It begins February 10th, so there are only a few days left to order in time to start with all of us! Also, use the code ILLUSTRATEDLENT for 15% off everything in the shop!
9. Document January in One Little Word and Project Life. I started an album for this year, and I simply haven't sat down to work on it. There are some fun collaborations coming soon, so I want to make time to make this happen.

Weekly Goals:
1. Contribute to my creative teams: Illustrated Faith + another soon to be announced!
2. Meet with my girls for discipleship.
3. WRITE as He leads! Fiction, devotional, blogs, whatever it may be.
4. Blog 2-3 times per week.
5. Be an encourager.
6. Track meals on My Fitness Pal.
7. Catch up on inboxes/texts each Friday.

Daily Goals:
1. Bible study (Gospels / In the Wait / NTD Lent / Illustrated Faith).
2. Homework DONE. 
3. Make meals at home.
4. No spending money.
5. Get active.
6. Read 20 minutes before bed (instead of scrolling social media).

It's a big, big month but breaking things down in this way should help make it more bearable! I'll keep you updated along the way, don't you worry. And don't forget today's PERISCOPE!
So what are YOUR goals for the month?
What do you want to make happen this February?

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