Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May Monthly Goals 2017

I keep thinking that we're into spring: the warm, t-shirt and shorts, pretty flowers spring that we are all desperate to see — and then another cold snap comes through and everyone gets a little bummed out again. Which all just reminds me that this time of year takes a little patience. Those warm spring days will come, but in our part of New England it takes a little longer.

Similarly March was pretty crazy, and while I felt like I kept waiting for things to even out a little in April, I'm realizing that too will take a little patience. Even now, I'm over a week into May without posting my monthly goals. 

My Four Year Long Themes:
Balance - Find balance across all areas of my life.
Purpose - Reflect on the purpose of the things I own and my time.
Health- Spend time focusing on improving my own physical and mental health.
Organization- I am always striving for better organization, everywhere.

As these are big goals, I'm working on approaching them in manageable chunks. 

Reflecting on April 
Here's a quick look back at how April went.

April was all about catching up after a crazy March - but large chunks of April still remained pretty busy.

Balance- For the most part I kept one weekend day free during April so that we could have the down family time that we needed. I also kept our April vacation pretty low key. We stayed home and had a "staycation." We found something fun, easy and local to do each day - but beyond that spent most of our time at home. It was just what we needed.

I spent the month thinking about what volunteer commitments I have, and why. And then also trying to be better about saying no to some projects/commitments.

Health -
I wanted to spend some time in April catching up on sleep and exercise, and while I did for some spells there were other spells that were pretty low on both. This definitely still needs to be a focus area.

It was nice to find some small ways to work on "spring cleaning." There are definitely spaces that feel much more organized and clean now. A big activity included going through the boys' clothes to figure out what still fit and what we needed to replace with a larger size.

May Goals

Balance- I'm keeping to our plan of keeping one weekend day each weekend low key and about being home with family. Now that t-ball has started, which means practice two days a week, I'm also trying to keep one of our other after school afternoons less scheduled. These two things help us keep our personal balance despite busy routines.

I'm returning to my idea of being purposeful about my time. I'm trying hard again to limit how long I spend on one task while being aware of where I would prefer my time an energy to go. This includes again the problem of feeling distracted by household tasks when I also want to make sure I spend some time with the kids. I'm going to go back to the idea of setting a time limit, and then moving on.

Health -
Last spring I really enjoyed a "Plank" challenge I did online with a group of local people. Even if I didn't exercise, I still did a plank each day. It made an amazing difference physically and mentally. So, for the rest of this month I'm committing to one plank a day.

I'm gearing up for a yard sale at the end of the month, which I've said for a while now I've wanted to do. It's the perfect time to really dig into closets and storage

Don't forget to check out the goals from these other bloggers.

Three Dinosaurs - May 2017 Goals

Freshly Planted: Thrive in 2017 - May Goals

Mama Smiles - Goals for May 2017

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  1. I think I need to try your Plank a Day exercise challenge.

  2. Love planks! Have you tried burpees? My kids love to do them with me, and they really boost energy. Which is really helpful on low-energy, can't-find-time-to-exercise days :)

    Way to stay up with your low-key weekend goal! That's a great one.