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April Goals

There are a few times of the year when I want time to stop and savor the season. Now is one of them. The pear blossom trees are in blooms, the forsythias are changing from their brilliant yellow to lime green, and the weather is so unpredictable it keeps you on your toes.

This month will fly by, I just know it. I’ll be out of the country for a week (oh my!), work is as hectic as ever, and I have so many house and garden projects I want to get started.

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April Goals:

  • Have a wonderful time in Haiti (can’t believe it’s two weeks away!)
  • Celebrate our 3rd anniversary
  • Go on an Easter Egg Hunt
  • Run in a 5k race
  • Build a compost out of pallets
  • Start a window-box herb garden
  • Figure out the plan for a vegetable garden (pots vs. raised beds)
  • Start to maybe think about paint colors for the dining room
  • Finish at least one book

What are your goals this month?


March Goals

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Oy! March 6th and I’m just now getting to my March goals. I am so behind on updating this blog. I have dozens of posts half-written, but for some reason the step between draft and published is really hard. Story of my life right now (btw, is anyone else mad at One Direction for ruining that phrase?).

This month is sure to be a good one, though, with birthday celebrations and weekend trips and warmer weather and daylight savings. I will exchange an hour of sunlight for an hour of sleep any day!

March Goals:

  • Celebrate my dad’s 60th, sister’s 30th and 27th birthdays! (March is a very birthday-heavy month over here!)
  • Put knobs and pulls on our cabinets
  • Finish at least one book
  • Write at letter to Jacques, our sponsored child through Compassion
  • Make a plan for our backyard — things to plant and where a vegetable garden would go
  • Create a will for our family
  • Buy term life insurance for our family
  • File our taxes!
  • Gather supplies to bring to Haiti
  • Go to the gym at least 8 times

What’s on your list of things to accomplish this month?


February Goals


It’s February! The month of love. I am really excited about this month, mainly because two of my friends are having babies sometime in the next four weeks. Huzzah! Otherwise, it should be a pretty quiet month of routine. We had our first real snow last week, which means I’m satisfied with winter and ready for spring. (Can you tell I’m a Southern girl?:) Hopefully this month will start to show signs of spring approaching. My mom and I planted bulbs in the fall and I’ve already seen a few little green leaves break the surface. I can’t wait to see what blooms in the next few months.

February Goals:

  • Throw a Super Bowl party with friends (already accomplished, but still wanted to add it to the list:)
  • File my taxes
  • Continue to not spend any money on decorations, clothes or accessories
  • Order a photo book on 2013 (using a Groupon that expires this month)
  • Try to use food out of our pantry, fridge and freezer before buying new groceries
  • Finish two books this month
  • Send Valentine’s Day cards to close friends and family
  • Throw a Galentine’s Day party!
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day with J at home
  • Go to the gym at least 8 times

What is on your list to get done this month?

PS- See my goals from February 2013, 2012, and 2010. I guess I was too busy wedding planning to create goals in 2011?


Consuming News

One of my goals this year is grow and learn more about the world we live in. I would like to be able to speak intelligently on topics other than the drama going on in the lives of my favorite TV characters. I know, a tall order.

Here’s more background from my 2014 goals:

I rarely watch the news because I find it boring, but there is so much I can learn from the rest of the world. And one day my kids will learn this “history” we call the present and I’m not going to know what they are talking about.

I decided to start small, so I added to my January goals to “listen to NPR on my way to work every day.” A simple start.


I added this goal rather begrudgingly, but surprisingly have really enjoyed listening to NPR every day. Maybe this is a sign of me getting older or how simple-minded I viewed the news before, but it wasn’t boring at all. I loved the varied stories and learned about the conflict in Syria, the upcoming Olympic games, a bombing at a restaurant in Afghanistan, how people are helping the homeless in sub-zero temperatures, and the fight for teacher’s salaries here in North Carolina.

Last week I read an article on signs of a Type A person. Aside from interrupting (that’s actually one of my pet peeves, so please tell me if I ever do it to you), all signs point to me as being very Type A.

One of these signs is fear of wasting time. I am so guilty of this. When I’m waiting in a line, I check my phone and try to multitask because God forbid I stand idly by when there’s things to get done.

But I think that’s why radio is my favorite medium of receiving news. It doesn’t really interrupt something I’m already doing — driving to work — so it’s more passive on my part. Sitting in front of the TV to watch the news is not how I want to spend my time, and navigating news websites overwhelm me. I don’t know where to begin.

The radio it is. I’m on my way to a smarter 2014.

How do you consume the news? I’ve heard a lot of people use Twitter, but I get lost in all of the status updates. Maybe I follow too many people.

Highlights from 2013


January. The only thing I thought about in January was the marathon. Training for it, praying for it, running it, and then recovering from it. We also hosted friends for New Years at our apartment, had a great trip in Charleston, and celebrated my father in-law’s 60th birthday.


February. J and I went to see Seinfeld at the DPAC, and I spent a day in Charlotte with my mom and sisters. I met Deb from the Smitten Kitchen, finished reading the bible in its entirety, and gave my first Influence Network presentation.


March. My sisters and brother in-law came into town and we had a great time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We went to Greensboro to celebrate the many family birthdays, spent Easter with J’s family, and said farewell to some friends who moved to Germany.


April. We took a day off of work (as is our tradition) to celebrate our second anniversary. I went to the Wine and Food Festival in Cary with some friends, and decluttered our apartment.


May. We went to Asheville for a weekend getaway where we ate delicious food and toured the Biltmore. We also went strawberry picking and celebrated Mother’s Day in Greensboro. We went to St. Augustine for a wedding over Memorial Day weekend and enjoyed the gorgeous warm weather with friends/family.


June. We celebrate J’s 28th birthday in Boone with old friends who moved back from Austin, TX. We spent lots of time at the pool and went to Greensboro for a family staycation.


July. We found our house this month! We hosted a July 4th party for some friends and my sister Lucy who was in town. We volunteered for ServeRDU, went to a Durham Bulls game, saved like crazy, and enjoyed small summertime pleasures.


August. We bought our house! We spent the month packing, painting the walls and cabinets, and moving. For labor day weekend we went to DC for a friend’s wedding and went back to some of my old favorite places.


September. We finished painting and moved everything into the house. We bought a washer, dryer, rug, couch and ottoman. Our two families went to the beach together, where I celebrated my 28th birthday. We met our neighbors and I went to Greensboro for a wedding shower for my cousin.


October. I had two girl’s weekends — one in Asheville and one in Charlotte with old friends — and J hosted his old college buddy for one of those weekends. I painted abstract art over the mantle. My mother in-law celebrated her 60th birthday and we surprised her with a few fun events, including the first party at our house. We also saw lots of family at my cousin’s wedding in High Point.


November. My sister and brother in-law came to stay with us and we cheered Andrew on as he ran a half marathon. We went to Boone for a lovely autumn weekend with friends, and hosted a Friendsgiving. We celebrated Thanksgiving at my in-laws and did a lot of Black Friday shopping.


December. We decorated our house for Christmas, attended a few parties, went to see Handel’s Messiah, the Nutcracker, and hosted a surprise party for my friend’s 30th birthday. We had Christmas early with my in-laws and spent the real Christmas with my family. We went to Charlotte for New Year’s and toasted the new year with my sister, brother in-law and good friends.

Here’s a look back at my 2013 Goals:

  • Run a marathon. Done! Thank goodness this one is behind me. :)
  • Tour my city. I made a bigger effort to do more local things in the area, but feel that there is a lot more to discover.
  • Make more time for reading. Done! More on this one later….
  • Take better pictures. Eh, I wouldn’t say this is accomplished. I did get better, but I am hoping this year to be more comfortable with my DLSR.
  • Host more parties. Done! We’ve hosted lots of events and get togethers at our new house.
  • Buy a house! Done and done! I really didn’t think this one was going to be possible this year, but I am so thankful for the ways it all came into place.

Man, what a great year! I am so thankful for so many great experiences and time with family. See monthly highlights for more detail on each month.

December Highlights

December was such a great month. The holidays don’t last long enough, but I think we definitely packed in as much holly and jolly as we could, between hosting or attending parties every weekend, dressing up for holiday shows, spending cozy evenings in watching Christmas movies, and spending lots of time with family.

December highlights

December Highlights:

+ Going to see Handel’s Messiah at the Duke Chapel with my sister Lucy
+ Walking or running every day with my Mile a Day challenge
+ Dressing up to go to the Nutcracker with J’s family
+ Lots of family time
+ Celebrating advent and remembering the reason for the season
+ Finding ways to bless others with J
+ Dressing Leia up like a reindeer
+ Spending time with my cousins on Christmas Day
+ Celebrating my friend Becca’s 30th birthday

Recap of my December goals:

Accomplished: all of them!

  • Walk or run a mile every day (see more about my Mile a Day challenge) // There were a few days I skipped, but I did one or two more miles the next day to make up for it. :)
  • Do at least 10 random acts of kindness for neighbors, friends and strangers
  • Go see Handel’s Messiah and the Nutcracker
  • Wrap all of my gifts by December 20th
  • Read through The Meaning is in the Waiting advent book
  • Finish a holiday puzzle
  • Watch all my favorite holiday movies – It’s a Wonderful Life, The Holiday, White Christmas, Elf, and Home Alone
  • Thoughtfully prepare for the new year, creating goals for finance, giving and personal enrichment/challenges
  • Wrap up all work by December 23rd and take a real break from Christmas to New Years, including blogging and checking personal email

How was your December?

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