Monday, May 2, 2016

Believe in 2016: May Goals

How on earth is it May?! I've had this month in mind for TWO YEARS. Why? Because I graduate from grad school on Friday! Ahhhhhhhhhh! Everything inside of me is screaming, dancing, throwing confetti, and simultaneously curling up into a ball. Big changes are head, and I don't know if I'm ready.

However, I am ready to take a look back at what happened in April and plan for May. Are you?



Making April Happen
Verse of the month: Lamentations 3:21-25
"But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him.' The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him."

1. Finish grad school! DONE! Well, I have two papers due tomorrow, then I'm D.O.N.E. done! And graduation is on Friday. Ahhhhhhhhhhh!
2. See Cinderella in Tulsa (+ more shows if possible)Hoorah! Cinderella was simply lovely, and I saw the broadcast of Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet in Ft. Worth a few weeks ago. OSU also put on The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which was hilarious. A month full of theatre leaves my heart well pleased.
3. Participate in the 24 Hour Play FestivalOh, this was so fun! We got our scripts at 7:30am, started rehearsals at 9:00am, and performed at 7:30pm. What a whirlwind! My cast was great to work with, the script so interesting, and I am really proud of the product we put out by the end. Hopefully another one of these is in my future.
4. The Contentment Challenge + StudyMonth one of The Contentment Challenge actually went fairly well!  I stayed away from frivolous spending on home goods, clothing, etc, and banned myself from TJMaxx and Target (among other places). I still ate out quite a bit, so that is where the next month of the challenge will shift.
5. Journal through the April Daily Declarations. At least I started! You can find the first few pages on Instagram, @lovebaileyjean, and even on the Illustrated Faith blog. IF made a cute printable that I'm using as a locks screen, and I hope to finish out the declarations this month.
6. Read 5+ booksSo.... I definitely met this goal. In fact, I doubled it! This month I participated in the 24-Hour Readathon, which brought my book count up to 12 for this month! I read: Wild and Free, Cinder, Scarlet, All the Light We Cannot See, The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise, Peter and Alice, Ah, Wilderness!, 100 Essays I Don't Have time to Write, The Wedding Dress (Audible), Hamilton, Once Upon a Prince (Audible), and The Paris Architect.
7. Disciple my girls wellOh, these sweet girls have taught me so much! I hope that I have discipled them well, but honestly they have had a huge impact on my life, and I've learned so much from them, that I'm sure they blessed me more than they know!
8. Contribute to my teamsI successfully completed my Illustrated Faith team duties for this month, and sadly I had to step down from the Laura Rahel team. It was simply too much for my season. I also contributed my first post to the PowerSheets community site, AND I have an article coming out in a magazine this summer. Woohoo!
9. Finish the In the Wait studyI haven't yet finished In the Wait by the sweet Holly Holt, but I'm still working my way through it. Boy, is it talking right into my season. Check it out ;)

Goodness! This is the first time in a long time that I've been able to check EVERYTHING off my list (even though the final one is only mostly finished...) April was a crazy month, but I'm more than ready for the next. May, here we go!

Making May Happen
Verse of the month: Colossians 3:23
"Do your best. Work from the heart. Work for your real master, for God, confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance."

1. Graduate from grad school! Graduation is Friday! Ahhhhhhh!
2. Keep with ketogenitic plan. My mom got me started on a high fat, low carb way of eating, and it has been really great. I feel so much better cutting gluten and sugar mostly out of my diet, though it is allowed in SMALL portions, and getting to slather practically everything in butter is a plus ;) This means kicking my fast food habit out the window (which will benefit both my health and my wallet), so I'll keep you posted.
3. Participate in The 100 Day Project. Elle Luna is once again hosting #the100dayproject, and I have jumped in with 100 Illustrated Days! I am illustrating a page in my Bible every day from April 19 to July 27, and so far we're going strong. Check them out HERE!
4. The Contentment Challenge + Study. Month two begins! It has been TOUGH to keep from wandering into my favorite shops, and I'll admit I shot off one Amazon order but it was small... So The Contentment Challenge continues, and I plan to cut out fast food. Wish me luck.
5. Meet my savings goals. This will largely depend on when my retail job picks up once I move back home, but I have specific amounts I want to put into savings and to put towards my trip to NYC at the end of July.  
6. Read 5+ books. My 52 Books in 52 Weeks goal for the year has passed the halfway mark! Woohoo! I have my stack of books ready to read in May, and maybe without grad school kicking my butt I'll have time to add a few more. 
7. Complete online certification. I have to admit I've been putting this off, but I need to buckle down and do it. Boo.
8. Collaborate with intention (and enthusiasm!) online. I'll be writing for Illustrated Faith and the PowerSheets this month, as well as beginning some new collaborations that I'm truly excited about! Stay tuned for more details ;) Also, I'm bubbling with a giveaway side for when Insta reaches 7,000 oh so soon! Woohoo!
9. Find a job. Yup, this one is on my list. I can't guarantee this will happen, but I am making it a priority to apply and interview as often as possible, searching out my options and the Lord's leading this month. We'll see how it goes.

Okay, May, you've got some big shoes to fill. Life is switching major gears as grad school ends and I move back to Texas, so goal planning for this month was actually really tough. I can't wait to see what actually happens by the end of it all!

So what are YOUR goals for the month?
What do you want to make happen this May?

1 comment:

  1. At last, All the Light We Cannot See Audiobook is officially available on AudioBooksNow.

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