February Goals

I haven't laid out specific monthly goals for myself in quite some time, but I have found myself needing some focus and direction lately! These are my goals for this month:

  • Be more budget-conscious. Okay, so the spending freeze didn't go exactly at all like I planned, but there are two really important things I took away from it. First thing, I did start to question my purchases more carefully than I ever have. For example, when ordering a new Clarisonic brush head from Sephora because mine is well over the 3-month limit, do I really also need to throw in other items from my "Loves" list? No, no I do not. Or maybe sometimes I do, but not every time. Second, I changed the way I budget and think it will help set us up for success more than the old way. I used to budget for different categories, but let's face it, not every month is the same and will have the same expenses. This month I thought ahead to all the things I knew would be coming up (a weekend trip, Valentine's day, registration for a race) and made additional lines on the spreadsheet for those special circumstances, whereas before I would have lumped the food we ate on our trip in our "Eating out" expenses, my race in the "Fitness" expenses, etc. It's only been 5 days, but our weekend away was right at the beginning of the month and I could already tell a big difference knowing what we were spending was already accounted for. 
  • Plan a great Valentine's Day date for my husband. Recently my husband and I have felt a need in our marriage to "date" each other more. That's not to say that we don't love each other, or enjoy dates and spending time together, but we have been together for almost 8 years and, frankly, it just hasn't been a priority like it should be. We have never really been the type of couple that celebrates Valentine's Day, but we're changing that this year. Due to aforementioned budget, we're not doing anything fancy or crazy, but it's the thought that counts!
  • Make more lists. Yep, while writing a list, I decided I need to make more lists. More specifically, I need to-do lists for school. I was AWESOME at this last semester. Every Monday morning, I opened up Stickies on my Macbook and made one for every day of the week, with the assignments I needed to work on that day and how long I needed to spend on them. I was always on top of my schoolwork because of this. It's now the 4th week of spring semester, and I have done this exactly zero times. I make like a billion lists a day, but for some reason, this has fallen to the wayside and it needs to change ASAP!
  • Continue to train for marathon #2 injury free. I may be crazy (let's be real, anyone who runs 26.2 miles for fun has to be at least a little nuts), but I am pressing on full steam ahead and attempting to run my second marathon in March - just under 2 months after running my first. I have no problem in the motivation department, and I am hoping with every ounce of my being that my body continues to play nice and not derail me. I was on the fence about trying to run a second one so soon, but this will be my dad's first and I really, really want to share that experience with him!
  • Read a book. This is really embarrassing to admit, but I don't really read. I think the last one I read was in October maybe? During a good reading year, I might read a handful of books. Not because I don't like to, but more because I have the attention span of my ferrets who are we kidding, that's insulting to them...their attention span is better than mine. I just get distracted really easily, and as soon as I sit down with a book it takes about five minutes before I remember something else I need to be doing, so I get up and go do it. Because of this, I have several books I've started and haven't finished, so for February this may just mean finishing one of those books! But if I can stick to it this month, maybe it can become a more regular thing.

That's it! Nothing too big or crazy, just a few things that are really important to me and really need my attention!

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  1. I just read the 8th Confession by James Patterson and recommend it for those with short attention spans & for those who like mystery/thrillers. The chapters are just a few pages long!

  2. I think the fact that you learned more from your spending freeze is even more important than how "successful" you were at it. The learning parts of my trial and errors are definitely my favorite part. I am such a list maker so I can definitely help with this one. hehe Thank you for linking up with us. I'm excited to follow along!

  3. That's so awesome you will be running with your dad!!! :) I'm not a big reader either but I get sucked into a book here and there!


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