March 2019 goals

4 March 2019

Here is one reason I like setting monthly goals: it makes me DO THINGS.

Case in point: as I sat down to write this post, I realized I hadn’t made any progress on outfitting our family for bike riding. Because that goal was sitting on my list, I paused, posted on our neighborhood Facebook group, and by the time I was finished writing this post, my next door neighbor had offered up the bike seat her kiddos have outgrown for free!

We can have the best intentions, but still let things – even things we care about! – linger for days/weeks/months without taking action. Identifying the little steps I’m going to take forward each month – and then holding myself accountable! – is the best way I know to move toward the life I want.

Let’s look at where March is headed!


Birthday daffodils waiting on my front porch!

On my calendar this month:
— Speaking at my church’s young adult gathering – I’m bringing these, which should be fun! :)
— The Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day parade
— June’s first foray into team sports (soccer – at a field we can walk to!)
— My favorite consignment sale
— Shep’s school pictures :)

What I’m loving right now:
— I ended up returning the heart tee I mentioned in last month’s post (the fit was a little weird!), but I have been wearing and loving this fun striped number from Boden!
— These sesame beef tacos are DELICIOUS and easy.
— As lifelong Jeopardy! fans, we have been eating up the first-of-its-kind All Star Games. The tournament wraps up with the finals today and tomorrow!

What I read in March:
Sing, Unburied, Sing: This novel was both lyrical and harsh, even hard to read at times. I’m glad I read it, though – it “broadened my horizons,” as my Dad likes to say.
Meet the Frugalwoods: I checked this one out of the library on a reader’s recommendation (thanks, Elizabeth!). While I don’t think it will win any writing awards, I was grateful for the encouragement to double down on frugality in certain areas. Lifestyle creep can be as relentless as kudzu, and since most of the messages we get each day are the exact opposite of helpful (more! more! more!), it’s important to intentionally feed ourselves reminders that the good life is not waiting on the other side of a purchase.

Revisiting my February goals:
Cull and sort 2018 and 2016 iPhone photos (This goal is majorly besting me!)
Buy a trainer for our bikes OR choose a bike trailer or kiddo seat (Done! Thank you, neighbor!)
Read a book about Sabbath
Stand for the first hour of every work day (Not every day, but most days!)
Make a final decision on our living room rug
Share my magic list (Done!)

March goals:
— Cull and sort 2018, 2016, and 2015 iPhone photos (!!!)
— Go on an inaugural family bike ride
— Arrange for a vapor barrier to be installed
— Sell our old rug
— Set a camping date for late summer/early fall
— Paint a few of our living room gallery wall frames
— Explore Squarespace for our new church site
— Buy a preschool devotional (any recommendations?)
— Rearrange and organize the loft (stop laughing)

As a reminder, many of the goals above are drawn from my 2019 goals!

I would love to hear what you’re working on these days… decluttering? Meal planning? Exercising? Reading good stuff? Anyone in the photo organization trenches with me? :)

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March 4, 2019 10:28 am

Looking forward to hearing how the “soccer” (aka mobile scrum) goes!

Abigail Gray
March 4, 2019 11:25 am

Definitely in the photo organization trenches! :) I just finished 2018 photos at the end of February. Ticking it off felt so good it is motivating me to complete 2017 this month. Cheering you on!

March 4, 2019 4:11 pm

We are leaving one busy season and entering another at our house, so these days I’m working on making sure my daughter is set up for spring. I’ve been confirming appointments all day, getting her set up for extracurriculars, organizing her toys, going through her clothing and giving away what she has outgrown, shopping for holes in her wardrobe (btw the SALE tab at Maisonette is really on fire today!), etc. Taking some time to do this ahead of a busy season always gives me SO MUCH peace of mind as a mom!

March 4, 2019 4:53 pm

I agree, I haven’t made goal lists the past couple of months and I’ve accomplished less of what’s important to me. Question, my youngest just turned 6 months. I thought you couldn’t bike until a year? (I absolutely don’t mean this as criticism) I would absolutely love to bike ride with him sooner. Is it something you’ve read you can start sooner? That’d make my spring much happier!

March 7, 2019 6:54 pm
Reply to  Em

If you don’t mind, I’d love to hear what they say. I forgot to ask at our 6 month appt. happy almost spring to your family!

March 5, 2019 1:36 pm

Your note “stop laughing” made me laugh! :) One day it’ll be done and that’ll be so nice!
This weekend I took down some photos that had been hanging for close to two years and updated them with new family prints! It was a major pain (literally, because I had used sticky squares to adhere the pictures to the wall directly to create a collage…never again)but so worth it! The updated images in perfect little frames with mattes is a large contrast to the unorganized way I was previously displaying prints. It was a goal that took months to achieve lol, so for now there is not anything on the tending list other than the weekly household management. :)

March 5, 2019 1:38 pm
Reply to  emma

PS: I’m surprised Cultivate doesn’t have a preschool devotional…maybe that should be your next work project!

March 5, 2019 2:50 pm

Love the monthly goal check ins! This month we are working on decluttering the basement for a spring yard sale!

Also, I have been devouring your marvelous money posts!! Do you think you’ll post anything soon on investing? A post for those of us who are wholly unfamiliar with investing would be so helpful!! I have no idea where to start!! My husband and I have tinkered with the idea of potentially investing some money from our sinking fun for the next car in order to maybe hopefully grow it a bit. Is this something you could potentially talk about?

Love your blog! Thanks for all you do!

March 7, 2019 7:23 am
Reply to  Em

Yay!!! Thank you!!

March 6, 2019 12:47 pm

I’m hoping others will chime in re: the devotionals for littles! My husband and I have searched and searched for just the right biblical resources for our little guy (born 12/29/15). We purchased “I Can Learn the Bible: The Joshua Code for Kids: 52 Devotions and Scriptures for Kids”, but haven’t felt like our dude is ready for it yet. Your cute June bug may be, though. I stumbled upon this resource, “7 Must-Have Children’s Bibles for All Ages (and How to Avoid all the Bad Ones)” from Thriving Home Blog. We ended up purchasing TWO of her recommended bible resources, and our little boy LOVES them both! He asks us to read from his “bible books” all the time! So, even in the absence of a real devotional, that just makes my momma heart swell every single time!!! We particularly love the Rhyme Bible, and he has an easy time memorizing the rhymes. Because I loved the blog post I mentioned so much, I just did a search for “devotional” on her blog, and… I’m off to investigate! There’s some good stuff there…

March 6, 2019 1:07 pm

These are some solid goals, Em! Also, if you want motivation, I just cleaned out and reorganized the ENTIRE inventory room in my studio which has five wire racks of things and oodles of boxes and crates stacked around those, and paperwork galore (I just sent off my 2018 receipts too!). It took me a good three full days to get it done but three trash bags later and a room I can walk through, it feels SO GOOD. This has been a goal of mine since last August so I am not laughing at you but cheering you on. Simply start :)

March 6, 2019 4:03 pm

Sorting and culling old photos has been on my list of monthly goals for at least six months now! I’m not sure why it’s been so hard for me! Do you have a method/process you use?

March 7, 2019 6:43 pm

Oh, the photos! I wish I could say I‘d be organizing them alongside you. At least I came up with a system for new photos (2018 and after), but everything before that? Oh man, it seems daunting. Not on top of my list for now, but definitely something I’d like to do at some point. But those cell phone pictures are killing me, argh!
As for kids‘ devotionals, we like this one by Sarah Young:
It says Bible Stories, but each story comes with a short devotional. Our kids enjoy it (almost 3 and 5).

April 4, 2019 3:51 pm

Since you love a good church sell The Chapel of the Cross in downtown Chapel Hill is hosting its annual one this Saturday and it’s so good! I’m volunteering 8-10 am in the kids section if you decide to come! I’m sharing this super last minute I realize but I still wanted to share! :)