February 2016 goals

1 February 2016

When June arrived more than a week before her due date, I thought all of my chances for accomplishing any of my January goals were gone. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much I’ve been able to get done over the last few weeks! I do expect for the next few months it will get harder, not easier, to be productive, as John and then I go back to work and June stays awake for longer stretches. However, I always surprise myself by how much I can get done when I just put my head down and do it; it’s easy to be ambitious about the things that matter most to me and our family!

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On our first neighborhood walk, when June was one week old! We’ve used the Ergo almost every day since then!

Revisiting my goals for January:
Organize coat closet and install hook for Ergo (closet organized and found another solution for Ergo!)
Read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” for NR book club
Research landscaping companies for our backyard project
Pack our hospital bag
Re-read first chapters of Babywise and The Nursing Mother’s Companion (didn’t re-read them, but we’ve referenced each several times, which is all I’ve needed)
Order favorite Instagram prints from 2015
Prep several EFM posts for after our girl’s arrival (didn’t get as many prepped as I would have liked, but so far I’ve had enough time to keep a good rhythm!)

February goals:
— Take two classes on Skillshare
— Find a new rhythm once John returns to work (So sad about this, but I am grateful for all of the time we had together to get settled!)
— Begin our will
— Resume our monthly tennis dates with Sam + Graham
— Go to Ash Wednesday service
— Read “His Needs Her Needs” for NR book club
— Hang art in June’s nursery
— Invite friends to dinner to celebrate my birthday!

As a reminder, here are my 2016 guideposts. If you’ve posted your goals somewhere, I’d love to see – or just drop them in the comments!

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Sarah r
February 1, 2016 6:57 am

Please share your ergo storage solution?? I feel like that thing is the bane of my existence (storage wise. Baby-wise, it is a LIFESAVER!)

February 1, 2016 9:13 am

You are so stinking encouraging!

February 2, 2016 12:18 am

Looks like y’all had a wonderful first month of settling in as a family of 3! So happy for y’all!! :)

February 2, 2016 10:25 am

This photo of y’all is too cute for words!! Tennis dates are also going back on my calendar (especially with the warmer weather this week!).

I shared my February goals here: https://stephseekingjoy.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/february-2016-goals/

February 5, 2016 11:45 am

Emily, I am so inspired that you are still setting goals even with a little babe! :) I visited your site expecting not to see your February goals and you not only have this post but a bunch of others! You go, girl!

My hubby and I were talking yesterday and saying that as much as having kiddos will bring HUGE changes in our lives, a lot of the people we know with kids who are super stressed out or disorganized or stewarding their finances poorly were already that way BEFORE kids! haha It gave me a little peace realizing that. :)

I can’t wait to see you next month at MTH! It’s coming up so quickly!

Oh, almost forgot! Here are my goals: http://dianakerr.com/february-goals-2016/

February 8, 2016 6:24 pm

Sweet friend! I just love reading about your family adventures and what you’re hoping for in the coming month! My February goals are up here: http://www.wearetlk.com/tlkblog/2016/2/8/february-goals
And I’m so excited they include a trip to your neck of the woods! xo!

February 20, 2016 9:24 pm

@Sarah R YES! It needs a hook or something! I’m afraid our solution isn’t that elegant, but it seems to work: we just stuff it inside our larger backpacking child-carrying backpack, which sits on the floor of our hall closet!