February/March

Just an update on how my 2015 intentions are doing going into March.
Travel Plans:
  • Disney World in April – We are getting closer and closer! The kids are getting excited as well. I am working on coming up with tentative itineraries so that we can do our Fastpasses in a couple of weeks.
  • Costa Rica in July (just me and Eric!) –  Everything we need booked is booked. Once Disney is finished, I will get to do more with Costa Rica.
  • Possibly a weekend trip with the kids
  • A weekend trip with just me and Eric

Family Fun – We hope to do something fun with the kids at least once a month and are planning to do the following activities as a family this year:

  • Movie Night
  • Game Night
  • CMOE
  • Inflatable Fun Factory
  • Picnic
  • Hiking in the Woods
  • Gatti Town
  • Fire It Up
  • Zoo

Service Projects – We would like to do at least one service “project” a month and are planning to participate in these service projects this year:

  • Provide Dinner at Ronald McDonald House – We are scheduled to provide brunch sometime in March.
  • Volunteer to work at the church social
  • Buy gifts for kids from the Giving Tree at church
  • Soup kitchen
  • Donate canned goods to The Food Pantry
  • Continue to donate money to our church and other charities that we support – We are continuing to do this!
  • Go for a walk and pick up trash

House Projects – These are a few things we’d like to accomplish around the house:

  • Bonus room transformation (at least to start it)
  • Organize pantry
  • Clean out refrigerator and freezers – I have started this but still need to clean out the freezer in the garage.
  • Clean windows
  • Organize office
  • Organize recipes – Done
  • Organize email accounts
  • Organize computer files
  • Organize social media
  • Go through books
  • Go through my clothes
  • Go through the kids’ clothes (usually I do this when the seasons change)
  • Go through the kids’ toys
  • Go through the kids’ books
  • 365 Organizational Challenge – I am still trying to keep up with this but haven’t been able to spend as much time on it as I was.

Just the Two of Us – We hope to make time to do something together at least once a month; these are some of the things we hope to do:

  • Dinner at Melting Pot
  • Wellness Weekend in January
  • Attend a play
  • Attend a wine dinner – We are planning to go to a wine dinner at the end of March – can’t wait!
  • Complete a couple’s daily devotional/meditation book we have had for awhile (or at least see how far we get!) – We ended up not even starting this:( I think I will wait to start until later in the year.
  • See a movie – We saw The Loft on our Valentine’s Day date.
  • Eat at Vecchio’s or pick up a carry-out meal on a Friday night
  • Go for a run
  • Go hiking together

Musical Intentions:

  • Learn a new classical piece on the piano – I am currently working on this!
  • Write at least one song – My songwriting class is helping with this, as I have a few songs started:)
  • Read at least one of my music books
  • Take an online songwriting class – I am in the middle of my class right now.
  • Play the violin more
  • Listen to classical music regularly

Physical Intentions:

  • Stay within 2 pounds of my goal weight – Continuing to work on this.
  • Run a 10-mile race and a half marathon (both are in May)
  • Work on strength training on a regular basis – I am currently getting ready to start week 8/8.
  • Work on getting rid of the belly fat
  • Complete a January Plank Challenge

Writing Intentions:

  • Work through the book Journal to the Self – I have actually started this and have done a couple of short journal entries.  
  • Work through the book The Artist’s Way
  • Finish a rough draft of one of my e-books
  • Answer 2 of the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind each month – So far so good!
  • Blog about my goals each month – Doing this as well!

Reading Intentions:

  • Complete 2 daily devotional books
  • Participate in the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge – I have completed four books for this and I’m in the middle of the fifth.
  • Finish reading the (Catholic) Bible – I fell off the horse on this one. I don’t have much to read to finish but it’ll happen when it happens…

Fun Intentions:

  • Visit a friend in St. Louis
  • Visit “the Woods” (where I did my graduate work)
  • Complete a 6-week Fresh Start challenge on Facebook
  • Take at least 4 online classes – I am in the middle of the 2nd online class.
  • Get at least 2 massages – I have had 1 of 2.
  • Take at least 6 bubble baths – I am on 1 of 6.

Financial Intentions:

  • Try to keep groceries and toiletries under a certain amount each month – We did even better in February than we did in January.
  • Try to save a certain amount in our Travel Savings account and our regular Savings account over the course of the year – This should work out fine for us in February.
  • Attempt to keep track of how much we save using coupons – So far so good!
  • Attempt to keep track of how much we earn in rewards and reimbursements (coupon apps, Ebates, credit card rewards, etc.) –In February, we earned $19 from Ebates, saved about $20 when eating out, about $4 in groceries (I need to get on this!), and $10 in Amazon gift cards.
  • Attempt to sell a few of the bigger items we need to get rid of

Ideas to Explore:

  • Essential Oils
  • Starting a book club- We are planning to start this the first week of March. I am beyond excited!
  • Eating more organically – We are doing more and more of this.
  • Coupons

How are you doing with your goals?


2 comments

  1. Tammy says:

    What an outstanding list you have. I hope you all enjoy your trip to Mickey’s House. Be prepared for it being hot. I live not too far from their and April can be brutal sometimes. I love your “just us” getaway. Sounds like fun.

    I noticed you you are wanting to visit a friend in St. Louis? Are you from Missouri? I was born and raised in SEMO area.

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