IMG_8350-RecoveredHere is an update on how my goals went in May…

Travel Plans:

  • Disney World in April I have written about part of our trip so far: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Day 2 of Magic Kingdom.
  • Costa Rica in July (just me and Eric!) –  We are finishing up the final touches and leave in about a month!
  • 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

I have taken the kids to the zoo and Eric has taken them to Inflatable Fun Factory but we haven’t gone all together yet.

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 did this in March, and it was so much fun! We are hoping to do it more often.
  • Volunteer to work at the church social – We signed up to work but it started raining with no end in sight so they closed our booth and we didn’t actually get to do it, but it wasn’t for lack of trying!
  • 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 –
  • Clean windows – I cleaned the windows on the first floor and just have the second floor to deal with now.
  • Organize office
  • Organize recipes
  • Organize email accounts – I have gotten my Yahoo account under control (somewhat, anyway) but still need to work on my Gmail account.
  • 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

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
  • Complete a couple’s daily devotional/meditation book we have had for awhile (or at least see how far we get!) – We haven’t started this yet.
  • See a movie
  • Eat at Vecchio’s or pick up a carry-out meal on a Friday night
  • Go for a run – We ran the 10-mile River Race together.
  • Go hiking together

Musical Intentions:

  • Learn a new classical piece on the piano – I am currently working on this!
  • Write at least one song
  • Read at least one of my music books
  • Take an online songwriting class
  • Play the violin more – I finally got my string fixed and got some peg dope to help the pegs when I tune it so hopefully I can do more playing very soon.
  • Listen to classical music regularly

Physical Intentions:

  • Stay within 2 pounds of my goal weight – Doing well so far as far as I know!
  • Run a 10-mile race and a half marathon (both are in May) –I finished both of these races so stay tuned for more information about these races!
  • Work on strength training on a regular basis – 
  • Work on getting rid of the belly fat – This is a continuous battle that I’m not sure I will ever win:(
  • Complete a January Plank Challenge

Writing Intentions:

  • Work through the book Journal to the Self
  • Work through the book The Artist’s Way – I just started this!
  • Finish a rough draft of one of my e-books
  • Answer 2 of the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind each month – I did this in May.
  • Blog about my goals each month – Doing this now!

Reading Intentions:

  • Complete 2 daily devotional books
  • Participate in the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge – I have completed 13 books for this still reading.
  • Finish reading the (Catholic) Bible – I am still working on finishing this. I just need to do it.

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 have finished 2 of them and I’m deciding when to start the 3rd..
  • Get at least 2 massages
  • Take at least 6 bubble baths – I am on 3 of 6.

Financial Intentions:

  • Try to keep groceries and toiletries under a certain amount each month – We went a little over in May but it was to be expected because we typically shop for groceries on Sunday and there were 5 Sundays in May instead of 4.
  • Try to save a certain amount in our Travel Savings account and our regular Savings account over the course of the year – I still need to do some calculations, but I hope to save a fair amount this month.
  • 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.) – We earned at least $10 in Amazon gift cards this month, and I earned $50 in Starbucks gift cards from our credit card.
  • Attempt to sell a few of the bigger items we need to get rid of – We participated in a yard sale a friend had and made a few extra bucks. We also sold another item on Ebay and made an extra $60.

Ideas to Explore:

  • Essential Oils
  • Starting a book club
  • Eating more organically – We are doing more and more of this.
  • Coupons

How are you doing with your goals?



  1. Wow! I love reading your goals lists. They are so inspiring. I would love to go to Costa Rica. My mom’s cousins are missionaries there–they are now over 70. And those computer files . . . never ending project! Have fun on your trip next month!

  2. Tammy says:

    Great list and I hope you enjoyed yourself at Disney!! I love earning the gift cards. Especially from Amazon. They pay for the occasional book or movie we want to read or watch.

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